AFC Wimbledon fans are still celebrating the club's long-awaited home-coming after permission was unanimously granted by Merton Council for the club to build its Plough Lane stadium, but will it go into extra time?

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson could still over-rule the decision which would see the current Wimbledon Stadium - home of the greyhound racing Derby and stock car racing - demolished.

A spokesman for the Mayor's office said a private meeting would be held 'early in the New Year' for Mr Johnson to review the application. It is standard procedure for an application of strategic importance to be automatically referred to the Mayor's office.

From February: AFC Wimbledon's Plough Lane bid: Boris Johnson highlights flaws but offers 'remedies'

In February, Mr Johnson had asked for more work to be done on the stadium bid before he could back it.

Wandsworth Council and Mayoral hopeful Sadiq Khan both lodged concerns about issues including parking, impact on transport network and traffic. 

From Thursday: AFC Wimbledon stadium will be 'the end of greyhound racing', but the sport will fight Plough Lane plans

Live blog: #DDayforDons All the news on the AFC Wimbledon Plough Lane decision

The party went on long into the night for AFC Wimbledon fans and club members, who hailed chief executive Erik Samuelson as a saint for bringing the Dons home.

From Thursday: Cheers and hugging as AFC Wimbledon have Plough Lane stadium plans unanimously approved by Merton Council

After the decision on Thursday night at the council chamber in Morden, where hundreds of fans packed in to see the historic moment, they cheered and chanted with delight as Mr Samuelson walked down the stairs towards them.

Wimbledon Times:

Since then a petition has been signed by 3,000 stock car racing fans pleading with Mr Johnson to intervene before it says an historic bit of sporting culture will be bulldozed.

From Monday: AFC Wimbledon: What's been said since the plans for Plough Lane stadium were approved

The Greyhound Board of Great Britain said it would appeal against the decision, which was followed live on Twitter by people from as far away as Dubai and Tasmania as events unfolded.

Hashtag #Bringthedonshome was trending on social media the day after the decision, showing the outpouring of support for the club online.

Moments after the decision was announced, Mr Samuelson told the Wimbledon Guardian: "I am absolutely delighted.

"I am a bit stunned.

"I'm getting quite emotional which I am a bit embarrassed about because I'm a northerner and I don't do that."

He said the club could start building work a year from now - that would be a safe estimate.

"In a perfect world, we would be finished in two years from now and move in immediately, but would we want to move in out of season? I don't know," he said.

Ex-player and AFC legend Wally Downes called on fans to be "raucous, supportive, biased, enthusiastic, forgiving, passionate, unendingly loyal and create an atmosphere that can only encourage".

He said: "I think it will be great to have somewhere to call home again. But it will be strange for players to move to a new place, as they have made Kingsmeadow their home."

However, Iain Simpson, chairman of the Wimbledon Park Residents' Association, remains against the plans.

He said: "A significant number of major issues remain unsolved to the satisfaction of many residents who ultimately will bear the impact of this development.

"A unanimous decision was quite surprising in the circumstances.

"It seems an opportunity for affordable housing has been denied.

"So ends the fight. An appeal is not something we have considered."