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Wednesday 28 January 2004
reserve team news
Forthcoming Reserve Fixtures

Wed 28th Jan - Kew Association Home - KO 7.45pm
Sat 31st Jan - Tonbridge Angels Away - KO 3.00pm
Tue 03rd Feb - Croydon Athletic Away - KO 7.45pm
Sat 07th Feb - Chipstead Away - KO 3.00pm
Sat 14th Feb - Tooting & Mitcham Home - KO 3.00pm
Tue 17th Feb - Walton Casuals Home - KO 7.45pm
Sat 28th Feb - Godalming & G Home - KO 3.00pm


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Friday 16 January 2004
first team news
Squad ready for crucial Colne clash

Terry Eames has named the following squad for tomorrow's FA Vase Fourth Round clash against Colne:

Matt Martin, Steve Gibson, Matt Everard, Danny Oakins, Michael Harvey, Simon Bassey, Darren Dobinson, Lee Sidwell, Andy Sullivan, Seb Favata, Gavin Bolger, Gareth Graham, Ryan Gray, Joe Sheerin, Kevin Cooper, Paul Scott.

And the manager is expecting a tough challenge in the biggest game of the season so far:

"I'm looking forward to a good game against a very good side. It'll be a very competitive game and to play sides like Colne shows us how far we've come. We'll have to pull out all the stops to beat them but I'm confident our boys can do it. It should be a good day for fans and a good day for the players - I hope everyone enjoys it."

Matt Everard thinks the squad are quietly confident and well prepared:

"We don't know much about Colne, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. You can worry about other sides too much. If you know too much about them, you can go out and know what level you need to play at. When you don't know, everyone has to be on top of it from the start.

"The players are certainly well up for this game. Not much has been said about Sandhurst at training this week, but then not a lot needed to be said. There's not a lot to work on from that game - it was just some basic errors that let us down.

"We know that on paper this is the biggest game the club has ever had. Until the next round. From now on every game will be like that and we know that if we play well, we should win tomorrow."

Seb Favata agreed that tomorrow's game is vitally important for the Dons' season:

"Everyone's aware that every game in the Vase now is the biggest the club has ever played. But we won't be approaching it differently, our approach in the Vase so far has served us well. There'll be a few more nerves of course, but we'll look to keep doing the same things we always have been. You do need to be more focused than in some of our league games, work hard and stay sharp. But if we stay relaxed and don't worry about them but about what we do, we know that we can can play well enough to beat any side.

"Last weekend was just a poor second-half. Personally I wanted a game midweek to get over it, but the lads will certainly have a point to prove tomorrow. We're well up for it and I bet the fans are too. Training has been really good and the banter and spirits have been as high as ever. So we're confident. I can't wait, apart from anything else I'm still thinking about that miss and want to make up for it!"



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Thursday 15 January 2004
first team news
Reserves match off

TONIGHT'S Surrey Premier Cup reserve team clash against Kew Association at Kingsmeadow has been postponed. Details of the rescheduled date will be published as soon as they are known.


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Thursday 15 January 2004
dons trust news
Dons Trust Vacancies

VACANCY FOR A SECRETARY TO THE DONS TRUST BOARD



The new Dons Trust Board wishes to recruit a volunteer to act as the board secretary. The successful candidate will attend all board meetings but will not be a board member. He or she will be responsible for:




? Arrangements re formal Board meetings, including the agm
? Ensuring that minutes are taken at board meetings
? Keeping the Constitution up to date
?  Preparing and sending all Statutory returns
?  Monitoring the conduct of the Society?s affairs to ensure they are conducted in accordance with its rules
?  Arranging for members of the DTB to obtain independent legal, accounting, tax or other professional advice if the secretary considers it appropriate




Candidates must be DT members and, ideally, will have relevant experience of acting as a company secretary or, if not, they should have:




?  A strong legal background
?  The ability to take a pragmatic approach to legal issues
?  Minute-taking skills
?  Practical experience of such a role
?  Willingness to express and stand by unwelcome opinions, if necessary
?  Diplomacy




If you wish to apply, please send a brief statement of your experience to chair@thedonstrust.org or write to and send, or leave in person at:



The Dons Trust
Kingsmeadow Stadium
422a Kingston Road
Kingston upon Thames
KT1 3PB


The deadline for applications is 5.30pm on Monday 19 January.




VACANCY FOR A TREASURER TO THE DONS TRUST BOARD



The new Dons Trust Board ("DTB") wishes to co-opt a member to act as the Treasurer. This is a board role. The successful candidate will be responsible for:



Keeping proper books of account with respect to the transactions of the Society and its assets and liabilities


Developing a suitable format for regular accounts and related information and submitting them, with a commentary, at each DTB meeting


Creating a controls infrastructure that provides reasonable assurance that:

?All income due to the DT is identified and received
?Expenditure is properly authorised within limits agreed with the DTB
?Assets are safeguarded and liabilities are restricted to amounts authorised by the DTB




Producing accounts that comply with relevant accounting standards, company law and regulatory requirements


Liaising with the auditor to ensure that the annual audit is conducted smoothly and in a timely manner


Working with other financial officers to ensure that cash is managed across all companies in as efficient a manner as possible and, specifically, to maximise interest income from deposit accounts, or equivalent





The skills required for this role include:



Analytical skills and numeracy


A good understanding of strong financial controls and disciplines


The ability to produce, interpret and report clearly and simply on management information


A working knowledge of company law, accounting standards and regulatory requirements relating to the Society


Relevant experience




If you wish to apply, please send a brief statement of your experience to chair@thedonstrust.org or write to and send, or leave in person at:



The Dons Trust
Kingsmeadow Stadium
422a Kingston Road
Kingston upon Thames
KT1 3PB

The deadline for applications is 5.30pm on Monday 19 January.


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Wednesday 14 January 2004
club news
Office refurbishment

OWING to refurbishment the club offices will not be functioning normally on Thursday and Friday morning. This means that emails will not be received and there may be substantial delays in answering the phone.
The club apologises for any inconvenience caused. The work will be completed by Friday afternoon.


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Friday 09 January 2004
club news
The Last Noel

NOEL FRANKUM has left the club in search of first team football.
Manager Terry Eames explained:

"Sadly Noel Frankum has decided to move on. It's one of the saddest moments I've had at AFC Wimbledon but I just couldn't fit him in. With Gareth Graham returning, he was fourth in the pecking order in midfield. At his age he needs to be playing, so I told him what the situation was and explained that I'd still like him to be part of my plans, but that he might not be getting as many games as maybe he needs.

"He decided that he wants to play more and so he's moved on. He leaves with all our best wishes. He was fantastic for us and will always be welcome down here at the club. So we wish him all the best and hope he does well."

Frankum started 15 games for the Dons, made a further 19 substitute appearances and scored two goals, including this season's memorable celebration against Merstham. He also possessed the fattest tie knots at the club, a title and obligation that now passes to Simon Bassey.


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Wednesday 07 January 2004
first team news
Walton squad named

TERRY Eames has named the following squad for tonight's League game against Walton Casuals at Kingsmeadow:

Lee Carroll, Danny Oakins, Matt Everard, Simon Bassey, Jamie Angell, Darren Dobinson, Michael Harvey, Lee Sidwell, Gavin Bolger, Seb Favata, Andy Sullivan, Gareth Graham, Ryan Gray, Paul Scott, Kevin Cooper, Joe Sheerin.

Commenting on Gareth Graham's return the manager said, "He'll be on the
bench. We'll wait and see if it's an appropriate game for him to come on
in."


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Thursday 01 January 2004
club news
Happy New Year

AFC Wimbledon and The Dons Trust would like to wish all of its supporters and friends a happy new year and a fun filled 2004


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