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Monday 31 January 2005
club news
Your views and questions

Don't forget the club programme always wants to hear from you in its soapbox feature. Whether you want to make a comment on the way things are going, give us your opinion on the team, or have a question you'd like us to answer, drop an email to editor@afcwimbledon.co.uk and we'll do the rest.


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Sunday 30 January 2005
ladies news
Ladies Cup Quarter-Final Day

The Dons' Ladies take on their Woking counterparts today (Kingsmeadow, 13.00) in the quarter-final of the Surrey Women's Cup, a competition manager Graham Newnham has his sights set on.

The return of Vicky Elcome means Graham Newnham has a full squad to select from for the first time since September, but South East Combination league leaders Woking should be no pushovers after winning their previous two rounds 18-0 and 13-3.

The victors play the winners of the Crystal Palace vs Wandgas game on 13th March.





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Saturday 29 January 2005
first team news
Endeavour but no quality, says Dave

Dave Anderson was forthright in his views after the 0-0 draw with Bashley:
?I felt the whole game lacked quality. You couldn?t fault the endeavour, but there was little quality anywhere on the pitch today. Bashley worked very hard and we worked very hard, but hard work isn?t enough to win a game, you need some quality as well. That said, if you go through our side from one to 11, there?s no-one who you?d say wasn?t doing their best and putting the effort in.

?Rob Ursell showed good confidence to step up to take the penalty and he won?t be criticised by me for it being saved. But I have told him I don?t want to see him take a touch on a rebound in the six yard box again!

?In the first half we seemed to have stepped back 15 games. There was an awful lot of just lumping it forwards. We discussed that at half-time, but even in the second half we just weren?t able to create much. We lacked quality today playing 3-5-2 and we continued to lack it when we went to 4-4-2.

?There?s no doubt it wasn?t much of a game to watch. But I suppose we need a game like that from time to time to give the moaners something to moan about!?


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Saturday 29 January 2005
first team news
Bashley line-ups and report

Squads and line-ups for this afternoon's match are live here. Updates and reports will appear throughout the match.


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Friday 28 January 2005
dons trust news
Draw jackpot extended - sign up now!

The February Dons Draw will see a further increase in the prize fund. Three cash prizes will be on offer with an estimated jackpot of no less than £630.

The deadline for the February draw is 31 January 2005. You can either sign-up on line here or fill in a form tomorrow at the Dons Trust table in the back bar at Kingsmeadow (don't forget to bring your bank details!). And if you cannot get to the match you can always contact us with any questions you may have by e-mail at donsdraw@thedonstrust.org or by telephone on 07990 554959.

If you haven't yet taken the plunge, then why not give it a whirl in next month's draw by signing up before 31 January 2005?


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Thursday 27 January 2005
first team news
Dave unimpressed with island display

Dave Anderson was less than thrilled with his team's display against Newport:
"For the first 25 minutes we started well and after scoring we had two or three chances to go two up. But we didn't take them and that was when I started to get worried about the evening. In saying that, I didn't imagine we'd try to play the second half without a midfield - I was very disappointed in them.

"And in the end I think we were fortunate to win the game. If I were their manager, I'd be disappointed not to have taken at least a point from it. I've actually been happier with us after games in which we were beaten. But the saving grace is always that the result looks better the following day when you look at the league table.

"Someone was asking on the ferry on the way back why I was diplomatic in what I said on the website and in the programme - I'd like to assure them I was certainly not diplomatic in telling the players what I thought of the performance after the game. Of course results are what's important, but if we play at the standard we did in the second half too often, we won't win matches.

"It heightened my disappointment that so many fans travelled so far on a cold Wednesday night in January for such a poor performance. I felt let down by the performance and I'm sure some of the supporters did. But it took us 11 points clear with a game in hand and I'm sure those same supporters would have taken that at the start of the season if they'd been offered it.

"I thought Mark Cooper had a reasonable debut, although it showed he's still got a fair way to go to get back to the level he needs to be at. But we felt we had to throw in him when Jay pulled out to go on trial. Whilst a lot of players underperformed, Jake Cole pulled off another top-drawer save and did well. And Richard Butler and Steve Butler were both excellent. Richard took his goal superbly, but I think I was about as close to Steve's "goal" as he was!"


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Thursday 27 January 2005
dons trust news
February quiz night

The ever-popular quiz night takes place on Wednesday 9 February, when the rounds will be as follows:

R1 - Picture round: The Feline Frenzy.
R2 - The Battle of the Sexes.
R3 - And the Letter is?.
R4 - Beat the Intro Music - Valentine's
R5 - Jackpot Pot Pourri.
 
Entry is one pound per person and the maximum team size is six.


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Wednesday 26 January 2005
first team news
Newport match updates

A harrassed journalist writes:

Apologies for the delay, which was caused (yet again) by a malfunctioning PC. Updates from the Isle of Wight are available here courtesy of an iBook and a bluetooth mobile phone, so further apologies in advance if they drop out at any point owing to a random (and hopefully brief) disconnection.


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Wednesday 26 January 2005
dons trust news
Recycling update

From this Saturday, 30 January, the club will no longer facilitate the
collection of cans for recycling. It remains a long-term aim to have a
full recycling centre based at the ground.

In the meantime, please continue to bring old mobile phones, used printer
cartridges and old foreign currency. Why not ask around your
office, school or friends to help collect these items? The collection
point for all of these is the Dons Trust table in the back bar at
Kingsmeadow on match days.

A full list of exisisting local recycling sites can be found by clicking here for Merton and
here for The Royal Borough of Kingston.

Thanks goes out to all who contributed to the can collection and to our
dedicated volunteers who processed them.


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Wednesday 26 January 2005
first team news
Sheerin off on loan

The paperwork on Joe Sheerin's month-long loan to Croydon Athletic is expected to be completed today.

Dave Anderson explained:
"Joe played 45 minutes for the reserves last night in their friendly, scored a goal and looked good. So he's had a couple of games in the reserves. And what Joe needs now is matches, so he can get his sharpness and match fitness back. He and I are sick and tired of putting him in the side, only for him to break down again - niggling injuries have ruined his season so far. Four to six games will give him a chance to get back into the squad for the last third of the season.

"Playing there he?ll get more games than he would in our reserves and they?ll be at our level, so they?ll give him the speed of thought and physical and mental fitness he needs to regain. I don?t think many people would argue with the effect Ginge?s loan spell had on him, so we?ll hope for the same result with Joe. As with Ginge, it means we can?t call him back into the side under the 28 days, but we?ve basically coped without Joe Sheerin all season, so that?s something we?re prepared to put up with to get him right."


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Wednesday 26 January 2005
first team news
Take me to the Island

Dave Anderson will be taking the following squad with him to the Isle of Wight for tonight's game:

Jake Cole, Paul Smith, Antony Howard, Steve Gibson, Mark Cooper, Steve Butler, Mark Jones, Ryan Gray, Gavin Bolger, Gareth Graham, Chris Gell, Jon-Barrie Bates, Rob Ursell, Martin Randall, Richard Butler, Leon McDowall.

The manager added:
"Jay Conroy is at Mansfield on trial and we hope he'll be back for Saturday, But of course we understand his contract is up at the end of the season at Crystal Palace and he's looking at his options for next year. We hope to be one of those options ourselves.

"Gavin Bolger and Mark Cooper both played 45 minutes for the reserves last night and came through fine, while Gareth Graham will have a fitness test in line with Mike's last injury update. Of course, just when we thought we were turning the corner in terms of injuries, we then lost Micky Woolner for three weeks, which is a big blow.

"I've never been to the Isle of Wight before and a Wednesday in January isn't the time I'd most like to visit it for the first time. But this is a game we have to be mentally right for and focused on. It's the old cliche of one game at a time at this stage of the season, so we need to make sure we go there and get the job done."


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Tuesday 25 January 2005
club news
Wax on, wax off

Newport fan Roger Carter has a charirty appeal for tomorrow:

"After the Newport IoW v AFC Wimbledon match tomorrow, my brother and I are having our chests and backs waxed, with the aim of rasing money for both the Newport IoW supporters trust, and Macmillan Cancer Relief."

So now you know about the post-match entertainment, chuck him some loose change if you can.


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Tuesday 25 January 2005
club news
Fans United Day at Wrexham

The organisers of this Saturday's Clubs in Crisis Fans United Day this Saturday sent us the following news item:

THOUSANDS of football supporters have pledged to make next Saturday?s Clubs in Crisis day the biggest fans united event ever.

On Saturday 29 January fans from all over the country are preparing to descend on Wrexham?s Racecourse Ground -  for their match against Doncaster Rovers - in a mass display of unity for clubs on the brink of financial ruin.

Two months ago more than 10,000 fans gathered at the same ground in a Fans United Day to draw attention to Wrexham?s FC?s own plight. The 132 year old club is in financial administration, has been docked 10 points by the Football League and faces eviction from its ground on 21 July 2005.

Unless a buyer is found Wrexham faces liquidation and will be the first established Football League club to go out of existence since Aldershot in 1992.

But clubs the length and breadth of theUKare in a similar plight: Brighton and Hove Albion, Burnley, Bury, Cambridge United, Dover Athletic, Hendon FC, East Stirlingshire, Gateshead, Grimsby Town and Rotherham are among many with an uncertain future.

All football fans have been invited to gather at the Racecourse Ground and stand in their team colours alongside Wrexham and Doncaster supporters to show their solidarity. Those that cannot get to the game are asked to send a scarf, banner or team shirt to display support.
 
There have been amazing pledges of support: 

More than 70 clubs have advertised the event on their official websites and many ? including Premier League champions Arsenal ? have featured it in their match day programmes.

Over 20 fans from Wrexham?s greatest rivals Chester Cityhave promised to make the 14 mile journey across the Welsh border and stand shoulder to shoulder with their ?enemy? on the Racecourse Kop. 

25 QPR fans are hiring a coach and travelling from London and supporters from as far afield as Brighton, Sunderland and Scunthorpewill join the throng.

At least 100 BradfordCity, 50 Barnsleyand 40 Chesterfieldfans are joining the event ? these clubs have all faced similar crises in the past few years. 

A Fans United organiser and Brighton supporter Nic Outterside said: ?The pledges of support have been absolutely amazing. The press and national radio ? particularly BBC Radio Five Live and Talk Sport - have got behind this event and we estimate that this could be the biggest display of football fan unity this country has ever seen.

 ?With more than 20 clubs without a fixture next Saturday I urge every football fan to take part in the Clubs in Crisis day and tell the Football Association and Football League that the time has come save the heart of British football.?

Simon Johnson of the Wrexham Supporters Trust added: ?Football fans have had enough of being ignored.  Let us all stand together and show the powers-that-be that we are desperate to safeguard our clubs for future generations and we need their help.?

Bob Gilbert, an organiser and veteran of Doncaster Rovers own fight for survival, said: ?I urge you, passionately, to turn up at the Racecourse on 29 January to show all these people that millions and millions of us do care.?


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Tuesday 25 January 2005
first team news
Standing room only for Bashley

Main Stand tickets for the visit of Bashley on Saturday have now sold out. Terrace tickets will be available on the day.


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Tuesday 25 January 2005
first team news
JT turns down coaching offer

Dave Anderson told the official site today:
"Yesterday we had an approach from a Conference South side who wanted Jon Turner to go and join their coaching team. Obviously I didn't want him to go, but as he's not on a contract it was his decision. I'm pleased to say he turned it down, which shows his loyalty to the job we're doing here."

And the manager had an update on the Joe Sheerin situation:
"We expect Joe to play 45 minutes for the reserves tonight and after we'll finalise the paperwork so he can join Croydon Athletic on a month's loan. As soon as it's confirmed, we'll update the fans on that one."




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Tuesday 25 January 2005
first team news
Injury update

Mike Rayner writes:

There have plenty of ongoing knocks as usual, but, with pre-match strappings and treatments, players have been able to play without undue discomfort. Many of the players have been listening well to advice given and have working hard to keep themselves free from "niggly" injuries they may be prone to. They deserve great credit for their discipline in this, and have seen their reward with recent results. The treatment room waiting list is slowly decreasing in size, although below is a summary of the last few weeks:

Gareth Graham - an operation to resolve what I'm sure is a 'Sportsman's hernia' will be arranged early in February. The symptoms are gradually preventing match time, although there have been times when it has eased somewhat and he has been able to play (this quite commonly occurs with this type of injury). We will continue to monitor him on the day of a match to assess whether he is fit to play.

Micky Woolner - suffered a slight tear to his left hamstring at the weekend. From the initial assessment I would say he will be unavailable for about 3 weeks.

Danny Naisbitt - progressing well and is now able to lightly kick and jog without reaction. He is entering the last phases of treatment room rehab, and I hope to see him back playing in the next two - three weeks.

Gavin Bolger - played against Bromley with a slight niggle of his left hamstring. Although Gavin came through the match without reaction to this, several days later this caused subsequent tightening of his back (as hamstrings are protectors of the sciatic nerve), and he was struggling with basic mobility including walking. Treatment, exercises and home advice has now significantly eased this. He is looking to play 45 minutes in the reserves tomorrow night if possible. If there is no reaction to this, then he will be in contention for Wednesday's game at Newport IOW.

Paul Quinn - sustained heavily bruised/cracked ribs in a reserve game a couple of weeks previously. As with Steve Butler's injury earlier in the season, Paul will keep himself in shape with low impact work until he is able to resume running and training again in about two - three weeks time.

Matt Everard and Warren Kelly - both still progressing well with the next phase of rehab from their respective knee surgeries. Cycling and swimming, along with weight bearing exercises, have ensured they are well on course for recovery.

Trevor Williams - as you may know, the club secretary suffered a broken fifth metatarsal whilst in the gym. He is now in a walking boot for the next four weeks, so if you do see Trevor, wish him a speedy recovery!


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Monday 24 January 2005
first team news
Cray game date set

Wimbledon?s Bryco Cup Fourth Round match against Cray Wanderers will take place on Tuesday 1 February, with a 7.45pm kick-off. The club wanted to switch the game to Wednesday night, and both teams agreed on this, but the Ryman League refused permission for the switch.

Ticket details will be confirmed as soon as possible.


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Monday 24 January 2005
reserve team news
Squad match arranged for tomorrow

There will be a reserve team friendly against Bedfont at the Orchard, Hatton Road tomorrow, with a 7.30 kick-off.

Players expected to be involved include Andy Frost, Gary Prigent, Mark Cooper and Paul Smith.


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Monday 24 January 2005
first team news
You won't see the Dons' opponents tomorrow

With the Dons not in action until Wednesday, when they make the overseas trip to Newport, if you're missing your normal Tuesday football fix, we asked why not head down to High Road to see the Third Round Surrey Senior Cup clash between Chipstead and Crystal Palace, kick-off 7.30pm?

Unfortunately, the game has now been rescheduled for Tuesday 1 February, as Crystal Palace apparently couldn't get a side out.

The winners will travel to the Dons in Round Four.


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Saturday 22 January 2005
first team news
Dulwich match updates

Goals, bookings, incidents and a report for the Dulwich match will appear here.


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Friday 21 January 2005
first team news
Squad in good spirits for trip to Dulwich

Dave has provisionally named the following squad for tomorrow?s trip to Dulwich:

Jake Cole, Paul Smith, Steve Gibson, Jay Conroy, Mark Jones, Ryan Gray, Steve Butler, Antony Howard, Mark Cooper, Gareth Graham, Chris Gell, Micky Woolner, Jon-Barrie Bates, Robert Ursell, Martin Randall, Leon McDowall, Richard Butler.

Gareth Graham will face a late fitness test, while Gavin Bolger is sidelined through injury.

The manager added:
?There may still be one new face tomorrow, but that?s the squad as it currently stands. Andy Frost, Joe Sheerin and Gary Prigent all desperately need match time, so they?ll all be off with the reserves.

?I?ve been very pleased with the last two performances and the mood in the camp is absolutely buoyant at the moment. The lads were in great spirits during and after training last night. We?re looking now to put in some consistent performances, which in all honesty we haven?t really done all season. Injuries have played a part in that to an extent, and we now have as strong as squad to select from as I can remember over the last few months.

?Our record has been second to none, but we?d like to start winning games with a bit of style where possible and we?ll look to do that now. We?re expecting Dulwich to be a tough game, as it always is when Wimbledon visit anywhere. They?ve added some good signings to promising young players, so we know it won?t be easy, but we travel in a very confident mood.?


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Friday 21 January 2005
reserve team news
Earp moves on

James Earp has left the club in search of first-team football.

Reserve team manager Johnny Morris explained:
"James came to me a couple of weeks ago and explained that he wanted to be playing first-team football. A couple of teams came down to watch him in his last game for the reserves and he's taken up an offer to go down to Dorking. He wants to see how things work out, and we can't blame him for that. The door will be open for him if he wants to come back and we thank him for all his efforts while he was here."

And John expects further changes in the weeks ahead:
"James wasn't one we wanted to lose, but now is the time of year when you expect a few players to get released as we look to see who of the Under 18s will be able to make the step up."


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Friday 21 January 2005
first team news
Dave signs Cooper

Manager Dave Anderson has once more had a busy week on the transfer front, bringing Mark Cooper to the club from Chertsey and releasing Julian Sills. The 29-year-old Cooper has joined on a non-contract basis.

Dave explained:
?Mark is a centre-back well known to me because he played for me at Hendon. He spent some time with us doing his rehab work after suffering an Achilles injury, and recently he?s been playing at Chertsey to get his fitness back. I?m delighted to have him on board ? he?s a no-nonsense defender and a valuable addition to the squad. He?s turned down an offer from a Conference South club and another Ryman One side to join us. We?re starting to have real competition for places at the back, which can only be a good thing.

"The work isn't over yet, and we're still confident we'll have another new face in the squad for tomorrow's game, but that deal's not been finalised at the moment."

Mark said:
?I?m delighted to be part of such a prosperous club. This is a great place to play and there?s nowhere else in non-league football I?d rather be. I understand I?ll be on the bench tomorrow and I can?t wait to get involved. I snapped my Achilles last April, but I?m finally back to full fitness and looking forward to being part of the squad.?

Meanwhile, Julian Sills has been released. He made eight appearances for the club after signing on a short-term loan basis from Staines in December last year.

Dave added:
?Julian came down to us at a crucial time and did a good job for us. His involvement was always likely to be on a short-term basis, so we?d like to thank him for all he did for us and wish him all the best.?


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Friday 21 January 2005
club news
Office closure extended

During the essential electrical work being done at Kingsmeadow this week, we had hoped to be able to set up a temporary office at the stadium. However this has proved impossible and therefore the office remains closed and is not expected to open again fully until 10 am on Monday 24 January.

All coach enquiries will be dealt with on Monday morning.


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Friday 21 January 2005
dons trust news
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 or would like more information, 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 24 January.



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Friday 21 January 2005
dons trust news
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. 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 or would like more information, please send a brief statement of your experience to chair@thedonstrust.org or write to:

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

The deadline for applications is 5.30pm on Friday 21 January.


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Wednesday 19 January 2005
dons trust news
Dons draw January winners and update

The January Dons Draw took place before Saturday?s home match with Bromley, with the winning numbers being drawn by Kris Stewart, and as usual, the draw was independently witnessed.

The winning tickets and prizes were as follows :

First prize of £618 - ticket 0851 ? G Chase of Verwood, Dorset
Second prize of £309 ? ticket 0324 ? Simon Clarke of London SE25
Third prize of £103 ? ticket 1799 ? Lee Harding of Tadworth, Surrey

This month there was also an additional fourth prize of two President Lounge tickets for the home match against Burgess Hill Town, and this prize was won by ticket 0572 - Keith Brown of Redhill, Surrey.

Congratulations to all four winners. For Lee Harding it was really beginners? luck since this was the first draw in which he had taken part. Also, Keith Brown was our first repeat winner. This all goes to show that you don?t have to play forever before winning and that each and every entrant has a real chance to win a prize, and win again!

With more and more entrants to the Dons Draw, not only are the prizes starting to increase from our guaranteed minimums, but we have now also raised more than £9,700 that will go straight to the stadium fund coffers.

So if you are one of the 350 supporters who has already signed up to take part in the Dons Draw, then we thank you for your support. And if you haven?t yet taken the plunge, then why not consider doing so prior to 31 January 2005 in time to take part in the February 2005 draw? You can sign-up online now by clicking here.

If you have any questions you can contact us by e-mail at donsdraw@thedonstrust.org, by telephone on 07990554959 or on match days at the Dons Trust table in the back bar at Kingsmeadow.


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Wednesday 19 January 2005
club news
Newport coach places still available

The supporters' luxury coach to the Isle of Wight on Wednesday 26 January is now full, but the club are still taking bookings for places on the standard coaches, which have a toilet onboard.

Please email coaches@afcwimbledon.co.uk with your name, the number of places required and a contact number. The prices are £20 for adults and £10 for concessions. This includes the ferry crossing. There will be a 2pm departure time from Kingsmeadow and return drop offs at Kingsmeadow and Wimbledon station.


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Wednesday 19 January 2005
club news
Give and Go Too

The second AFC Wimbledon band night, Give & Go, has been confirmed for Friday 25 February in the main bar, and fans of chart-toppers Snow Patrol will be delighted to hear who's coming to the Fans' Stadium. First on will be Iain Archer, long-time Snow Patrol collaborator and co-writer of their huge hit, 'Run'. His latest album 'Flood The Tanks' was released last year to great reviews, notably "a mix of upbeat, heartbroken, dark and sweet, 'Flood The Tanks' is an excellent album that everyone who loves well-crafted indie rock should and must listen to".

Headlining Give & Go 2 are The Ghears, who supported Snow Patrol on their recent sell-out UK tour and feature Iain Archer's brother Paul on lead guitar and vocals. The Ghears will be taking time out from recording tracks for their third album to play at the Fans Stadium, thanks to Dons supporter and Ghears fan Kevin Borras, who used his powers of persuasion to bring them to Kingston. "I asked them if they'd play and they said yes. It literally took seconds of negotiation," Kevin said. In a 'try before you buy' move, Dons fans can download tracks from the Ghears second album, 'Until You Feel What We Mean' by visiting www.ghears.co.uk You can also read a review of their recent headlining gig at 93 Feet East in London, written by Kevin.

As ever, the profits from the venture go to the AFC Wimbledon Ground Fund. This is a real coup for Give & Go to get such well-established acts for just our second night, and entrance will cost just £6, so spread the word! Doors open at 7.30pm, first band on at 8.30pm.

It promises to be a musical weekend at The Fans' Stadium, as Give and Go's first headline act Everstrong are lined up to perform on Saturday evening after the Corinthian-Casuals match - watch this space for details.


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Wednesday 19 January 2005
club news
Office closed

The club office is closed today for essential electrical work. It will hopefully be able to open again tomorrow. All coach and ticket enquiries will be dealt with as soon as possible.


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Tuesday 18 January 2005
first team news
Squad named to face K's

Dave Anderson has named the following squad for tonight?s Kingsmeadow clash in the Surrey Senior Cup:

Paul Smith, Jay Conroy, Steve Gibson, Antony Howard, Steve Butler, Julian Sills, Micky Woolner, Ryan Gray, Gavin Bolger, Jon-Barrie Bates, Gareth Graham, Rob Ursell, Joe Paris, Gary Prigent, Martin Randall, Richard Butler, Leon McDowall, Andy Frost.

Mark Jones and Jake Cole were not signed before the seven day eligibility deadline, while Martin Randall will take a late fitness test but is not expected to be cleared to feature. Chris Gell is still recovering from his ankle injury.

The manager added:
?We?re expecting a very tough and tight game. Ks' problems are well-documented, but they had a good win last weekend at Dover and they have some good young players. Plus they?ll be especially fired up for this game. You always expect a tough game when you face a team from the league above you. We?re still struggling a bit in terms of fitness and availability, which makes thing tricky, but we?re more than up for a tough battle and looking forward to it.?


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Tuesday 18 January 2005
first team news
Bromley win shows squad's ability and spirit, says Dave

Dave was delighted with the win against Bromley:
?I came off the pitch saying that it was a massive result for us, and then when Paul Raymond told me the other results, it really was a day that couldn?t have gone any better. At the end of the season, there are always games that you look back to as key moments and turning points, and a good win against one of the strongest teams in the league makes Saturday one of those days. It was a big, big win for us.

?I don?t often like to blow my own trumpet, but I was working from Monday to Friday to bring the two players in, and Trevor Williams, broken foot and all, did everything to make sure they were cleared. So when you?ve worked that hard and you see the team play as well as they did, it?s very satisfying.

?I thought the two players who stepped in were magnificent. Jake Cole made one stunning save and looked as comfortable and confident as you?d expect him to, while Mark Jones looked every inch the capable experienced left-back we knew him to be. But even above that, I thought Michael Woolner in midfield was a revelation. He?s always said that?s his favourite position, but ever since I?ve known him we?ve used him as a full-back and then a sweeper. Injuries meant he got a start in midfield, and, on the basis of that display, he?ll be staying there for a while.

?I also think people need to be aware of a couple of other things from the game. Martin Randall played at about 60 percent fit because I asked him to do a job for the team. I wanted his experience and guile up front and asked him if he was up to trying to last an hour. A lot of players in his situation would have said no, but he was prepared to stand up and take the hit for the team. If he looked a little bit off his normal pace, that?s my fault not his. The way he stood up to be counted speaks volumes for his character and determination.

?We always knew we wanted to bring Leon into play later on, and in the end we made that switch at half-time. At that stage, Leon?s strength and pace gave us a different threat and gave Bromley something else to deal with. And Rands wasn?t the only one playing through the pain ? Ginge is carrying a groin injury and we?re nursing him along because of that. Antony Howard spent all week in bed with a chest infection and then played as though he?d spent the week at a health farm! Sometimes fans aren?t aware of things like that, so I think it?s important they know how far the players are prepared to go for the cause ? it tells you a lot about the spirit in the squad.

?The supporters seemed to be in good voice and enjoyed the game as much as we did. Everyone was aware that it was a big game and their support made a big difference to me and the lads. I can promise them more games that are close like that next season if we go up, so let?s hope we can all do our part to keep the atmosphere at that level.?


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Monday 17 January 2005
club news
Statement on the AFC Wimbledon v Kingstonian match

As you may be aware, there has been some publicity about a possible protest by Kingstonian fans before and during our Surrey Senior Cup game on Tuesday 18 January, aimed at the Chairman of Kingstonian FC, Mr Rajesh Khosla.

We have spoken to some of those likely to be involved in any protest to establish their plans and to make the following points:

1) We acknowledge and support the right of football supporters to engage in peaceful protest at football matches. Our paramount concern must be the safety of spectators and we will take whatever steps are necessary to secure this.

2) We are very happy for a collection to be taken in support of the K?s Trust

3) We cannot grant access to the game to supporters on the basis of a contribution to a collection. This would be a breach of our responsibilities under the Surrey FA

4) We will, however, be implementing our normal policy for access to the ground before and during the game, including at half-time

We also explained our ground regulations and said that we will apply them, in particular in respect of any intrusion onto the pitch area, which is completely unacceptable.

We have had a number of enquiries about how the proceeds of the game are divided. Briefly, the net proceeds (i.e. the gate money, less VAT, match officials expenses, policing and stewarding costs, etc) are divided equally between the teams. However, all other profits are AFC Wimbledon?s, as normal

Tuesday?s match will kick off at 7:45 pm. Terrace admission will be £6 for adults, £3 for concessions and £2 for under-16s. Main stand prices will be £8, £4 and £3 respectively. An 8-page programme will be on sale, priced at 50p.


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Sunday 16 January 2005
ladies news
Ladies Back On The Cup Trail

The Dons' Ladies take on Redhill in the Surrey Women's Cup today (Kiln Brow, 14.00) with only long term injury victim Vicky Elcome unavailable.

After last week's good performance against Arsenal, Graham Newnham is looking for the players to continue in a positive mode against lower league opposition. The winners are at home to Woking in the next round, with a possible semi-final tie with Crystal Palace to follow.


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Friday 14 January 2005
first team news
Dave fires up the Bromley squad

Dave has named the following squad for tomorrow?s top-of-the-table clash with Bromley:

Jake Cole, Paul Smith, Jay Conroy, Steve Gibson, Antony Howard, Steve Butler, Julian Sills, Micky Woolner, Mark Jones, Gavin Bolger, Gareth Graham, Rob Ursell, Gary Prigent, Martin Randall, Richard Butler, Leon McDowall, Andy Frost.

Four players face fitness tests: Gavin Bolger (hamstring), Gareth Graham (groin), Martin Randall (ankle) and Antony Howard (chest infection).

The manager added:
?I always expected facing Bromley again to be one of the toughest games of the season. With the injury crisis the way it is and two players suspended, this will now be the toughest game of the whole season in the league. Things are now so bad, I?ve been looking for a secretary to come in on loan after Trevor broke his foot on a running machine!

?In all seriousness, what would have been a difficult game has been made a very difficult game because of the situation we?re in. As I?ve said, January is a key month for us. If we can get a good haul of points now, then we?re confident we?ll finish the job in the run-in when the squad regains its depth. I have a lot of respect for George Wakeling and Billy Smith and we know they?ll send out a good side. But I?ll have the lads fired up for it and we?ll be looking to get a win despite the problems.

?I?ve said before to the supporters, ?When things aren?t going well, support us, when things are going well, enjoy us.? We need their help tomorrow and we need them to stay with us 100% for 90 minutes, whatever?s happening. I know they won?t let us down in that regard and we?ll be doing everything we can to get a win for them.?


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Friday 14 January 2005
first team news
Dave brings two new faces in

Dave has brought two players into the club and let one go. Left-sided player Mark Jones and goalkeeper Jake Cole have both joined for at least a month, while Wes Goggin has left to rejoin Walton & Hersham.

Dave explained:
?Mark Jones has joined us from Staines for at least a month initially. He?s able to play in defence or midfield on the left and has plenty of experience, having been at Wimbledon originally and then at Kingstonian. We had a training match against Staines on Thursday night in which he was playing. I have a good working relationship with the Staines manager Steve Cordrey and he agreed to let Mark come down here. With the injuries we have at the moment, we?re very pleased to have him here. With suspensions taking their toll as well, I expect him to start tomorrow.

?Meanwhile, Jake Cole has joined us initially on a month?s loan from QPR. He?s a very highly-thought of goalkeeper ? in fact he?s been on the bench for their first team this month. Last season he had a fair few games for Hayes on loan. The situation there is that I get on well with Tony Roberts [the goalkeeping coach] and Gary Waddock [coach]. My first call when Danny got injured was to Gary and he told me that they were in the process of bringing another goalkeeper in, so if someone became available he?d call me back. He was true to his word, and QPR are happy to let Jake come down and get some more games under his belt.

?A professional goalkeeper is quite simply too good an offer to turn down. For a Division One side to want one of their players to come down here shows the regard in which this club and the setup is held. Jake will continue to train with QPR every day and is free to play for their reserves as well under the terms of the deal. He?s looking forward to playing in front of our crowds.

?We?ve signed Jake to play. That?s no disrespect to Paul Smith, nor a negative comment on the way he?s played in the last few games. I think he did a good job and showed that if he continues to progress he?s got a bright future at this club. But we can only benefit as a team from the experience and ability Jake brings with him. Obviously it means things have worked out a little harshly for Dominique, but we?ve told him that he?s welcome to keep training with us and get some games in the reserves.

?On the other side of the coin, Walton & Hersham put in a seven day approach for Wes. He spoke to them and then explained to me that he?d like to go back there. That?s understandable, because they want him to play a big part in their team, whereas here he?s on the fringes a bit. I?m sorry to see him go, but as ever he leaves with our best wishes, except when they play us! He always did a good job on the pitch for us, conducted himself professionally and never let himself or the club down.?

Finally the manager had a word about the Joe Sheerin situation:
?You may have seen some local press rumours that Joe would be joining Ashford Town (Middx) on loan. That was the intention, but in the event things haven?t quite worked out as yet. I was watching the reserves play down at Ashford and spoke to Mark Butler, who?s now manager there. There?s no doubt Joe needs a run of games and I saw they have a good pitch down there as well. So we agreed that Joe would join them for a month to do that. But this week Joe?s contracted flu, so we?ve had to put those plans on hold. With the way our injuries are, we don?t know if sending him down there will still be the best plan in another week or so, but it remains a possibility.

?Joe is determined to ensure his future remains with Wimbledon, and so am I. But to do that, he needs some games. I think we saw with Ginge what a difference it makes to go away and get a good run of matches. That?s what Joe needs, so if we can sort something out that suits everybody once he?s better, that?s what we?ll look to do.?


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Thursday 13 January 2005
first team news
Bryco draw

The Dons have been drawn at home to Cray Wanderers in the Bryco Cup Fourth Round - further details of the match will follow as soon as they are known.


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Wednesday 12 January 2005
first team news
"We were well beaten" says Dave

Dave was in a phlegmatic mood after the loss to Fisher:
?We were comprehensively beaten by a better side. That was a proper football match and I have to say I enjoyed it. They didn?t batter us in terms of possession, but they picked us off clinically. We?ve spoken about being ready for the next level, but last night you saw what a good team at the next level looks like. They pay good money for their players and you can see what they got for that. They will do very well next year as well if they keep that squad together.

?I would have liked to have more fit players available, but I?m not saying that would have enabled us to win the game. I would also like to have had three better officials, but again that?s not to take anything away from Fisher.

?I don?t want to be too harsh on us, because we?ve had a lot of players out and we were playing a very good side. When you?re playing sides as good as that, it exposes people who aren?t yet ready for the next level. I don?t mean they never will be, but at the moment they?re not. We?ve got from now to the end of the season to make them good enough. At the moment they only have to be good enough for this level. I?ve been quoted as saying we?re trying to build for the next level and of course we are, but you have to see the progression of players as you work towards that.

?You can see a big difference in standard between Fisher and anyone we?ve played in our league. I understand they?re probably looking to come into the Ryman League Premier rather than the Southern League Premier next year and to be honest, I?d love to play them again. It?s a proper football match, but unfortunately we weren?t up to their level. You can say it in a million different ways, but we just weren?t as good as they were.

?And they were clinical in the way they took their goals. The first goal came from a free-kick where the wall wasn?t in the right place and the second was a little bit of an error by Paul Smith, but these things happen. For the third and fourth, Jay Conroy and Antony Howard seemed to have taken it upon themselves to switch positions, which was something I noticed, but we let them stay like it and they learnt a bit of a lesson from it.

?Was 4-0 a little harsh? Probably. I thought we had two good penalty appeals turned down ? Rands at 2-0 which could have made a difference was stonewall. I?ll hold my hand up that were well-beaten by a better side, but I thought the officials were not up to the level of football that was being played by both sides. I find that embarrassing and frustrating for people who pay money to come and watch a football match. I?m held responsible for the job I do at this club and at times when you look at the quality of the officials, I don?t think they?re held responsible enough for their performance.?

And the manager assessed the injury situation as he looked forward to the Bromley match:
?We decided we didn?t want to risk 90 minutes for Buts, nor was it worth taking a chance on Ginge. It?s no secret they?re both carrying injuries to an extent. Buts felt up to playing some time and it was good to give Gary Prigent his first game time since he came back as well. Ginge and Buts will both be fit enough to figure on Saturday now.

?I?ve been trying to bring someone in on loan all week, but you need to bring in the right player on the right amount and we?ve not been able to do that. Believe me, I will continue to work tirelessly up to Saturday on that. Saturday is another big football match and I hope it?s as good as game as tonight in terms of quality, but with a different result and a better performance from us!?


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Tuesday 11 January 2005
club news
Fisher match updates

Updates for tonight's game will appear on the website on the match report here.

There are currently technical difficulties with radio WDON - if we can solve these we will bring you audio commentary as normal.


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Tuesday 11 January 2005
club news
Part-time accountant wanted

AFC Wimbledon wishes to recruit a part-time accountant, reporting to the Finance Director. Duties will include data input, payroll processing, producing monthly trial balances and draft management accounts with supporting details, and dealing with supplier queries. It is likely that the successful candidate will be part-qualified or have equivalent experience.

We need someone who is presentable, with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, who can show initiative in a busy and often demanding environment. You must have a working knowledge of Sage Line 50 (including Sage payroll) and Microsoft Office.

We need you for 21 hours a week. Both you and we need to be flexible as to when you work, but we want you in the office at least four days a week. Starting salary will be £12,000 per annum with 20 days holiday, plus statutory holidays.

Please apply in writing enclosing a CV to:

Erik Samuelson
Finance Director
AFC Wimbledon
The Fans? Stadium ? Kingsmeadow
422a Kingston Road
Kingston upon Thames
KT1 3PB

Please be prepared to supply two references if requested to do so.

The closing date for applications is Friday 21 January.

AFC Wimbledon is an equal opportunities employer.


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Tuesday 11 January 2005
dons trust news
Dons Trust Board Appreciation of work of Secretary and Treasurer

By now Dons Trust members should be aware that the Dons Trust Board is seeking a new Company Secretary to the Trust and a new Dons Trust Treasurer to carry on the sterling work undertaken by Roger Cassells and Steve Elson respectively during last year.

As secretary to the board Roger has brought a tremendous wealth of professional legal secretarial experience coupled with offering the Board extremely professional and pragmatic advice on secretarial, constitutional and other managerial issues. The impact of Roger?s contribution has meant that board members now have a much clearer insight as to their legal obligations, membership has more transparency on the board work and board member potential conflict of interests together with the highly successful management of both Annual and Special General meetings. Roger has gone on record by saying the voluntary work he has undertaken for Board has been tremendously challenging but extremely rewarding and looking back over the year the achievements by all board members has been outstanding recognising they are all volunteers. Furthermore, Roger has made it clear that he is prepared to carry on supporting the Board in an advisory role but personal and business commitments prevent him from undertaking the Company Secretary role for another year.

Concerning Roger?s departure, I have expressed to Roger the appreciation of the Board and the whole membership for the tremendous contribution he has made. Furthermore, Roger and I have reviewed tasks undertaken by the Company Secretary last year and have concluded that some of these can be reassigned to other Board members leaving the Company Secretarial role as one of advisory and ensuring that legal obligations are being met.

Equally, Steve Elson as Dons Trust Treasurer has made some tremendous strides in automating the financial recording process, securing more transparency in Dons Trust accounting through regular reports to the membership and timely publication of annual accounts. Furthermore, Steve has made it clear that he is prepared to carry on supporting the Board on a treasury advisory basis but personal and business commitments prevent him from undertaking the Treasurer role for another year. Concerning Steve?s departure, I have expressed to Steve the appreciation of the Board and the whole membership for the contribution he has made. Furthermore, Steve and I have reviewed the work undertaken by the Treasurer last year and have concluded that the financial data collection and recording can be devolved away from the board leaving the Treasurer to pursue a more traditional role.

Tom Adam
Chair Dons Trust Board


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Tuesday 11 January 2005
first team news
Dave names Fisher squad

Dave Anderson has named the following squad for tonight's London Senior Cup match:

Paul Smith, Steve Gibson, Wes Goggin, Ryan Gray, Jay Conroy, Antony Howard, Steve Butler, Gavin Bolger, Julian Sills, Micky Woolner, Jon-Barrie Bates, Rob Ursell, Gareth Graham, Joe Paris, Gary Prigent, Leon McDowall, Andy Frost, Martin Randall.

Dominique Jean-Zephirin was not signed before the seven day deadline in this competition and is therefore ineligible.

Dave added:
"Fisher are flying and this would have been a tough game with everyone available. It's no secret we have a few players nursing injuries and more players who are totally unavailable. So because of the situation we're in, it's going to be very tough indeed. But we'll put out the best side we can and give it all we've got. This must surely be the peak of our injury crisis now and we hope things will get better from here on in."


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Monday 10 January 2005
first team news
Mike's injury update

Club physio Mike Rayner writes:

Following the third game in seven days, we unfortunately picked up our third injury in as many games. Richard Butler had to be withdrawn following a suspected hamstring pull, as he landed awkwardly in the first half. Following initial examination, it does not appear to be a long-term injury, and he was walking without discomfort following the game. He will be reassessed on Tuesday, but is unlikely to feature.

Other updates include:

Chris Gell - swelling around the ankle is slowly resolving, but is still very painful. Exercises to maintain range of movement and further reduce swelling have been undertaken, but running is not yet possible. I feel it will be unlikely that Chris will feature this Tuesday, but the condition will constantly be reassessed to ensure minimal time on the sidelines.

Joe Sheerin - following further rehab to Joe's hamstring, he is progressing well. I expect him to be able to train this Thursday, following another intense session planned for this Tuesday. Joe has continued to be disciplined and has worked hard during this time.

Danny Naisbitt - progressing slowly in the early stages of healing following a tear of his thigh muscle. Danny will also be working hard on his upper body so he returns in as good a shape as possible when he overcomes his injury.

Gary Prigent - returned to the club last Thursday following his bout of bronchitis. I took Gary through further advanced rehab exercises for his thigh muscles, and he also undertook running exercises. There was no reaction to this, and he was due to play in the reserves on Saturday, but for it being cancelled. He is now back in the frame, but must work hard on rebuilding his fitness.

Matt Everard and Warren Kelly - are both progressing well in the early phases post-operation. Swelling is controlled and they are both being very disciplined in their approach to rehabilitation. Further exercises have now been given, and they are over the first stage of about six levels that they must reach to be back to full functional fitness.

Simon Bassey - has recovered following his shoulder injury, and has subsequently worked hard on recovering the strength loss in his knee. He is back in full training/coaching, and should feature in a reserve game soon.


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Monday 10 January 2005
club news
Tsunami aftermath - Dons fans at the forefront of Sri Lankan aid efforts

Tom Armstrong writes:

Sam Clark and I have been Dons fans for twenty years and we have been running a travel company in Sri Lanka for the past year.

Following recent events the company has switched its efforts, facilities and
resources to providing aid to the people of the devastated coastal regions. The team now consists of fifteen people (including a Sri Lankan who has graced the terraces at Kingsmeadow), five lorries, two vans and a pick-up truck.

We are also running a mobile clinic staffed by two doctors and volunteers,
providing desperately needed medical assistance. Several convoys have already delivered food, medicine and general supplies to some of those areas most in need. We want to continue doing this because the need is so great .

Whilst we realise many of you will have already donated to tsunami relief funds, we encourage you to support us to in any way you can. We differ from other aid organisations because all our man power and vehicles are donated. This means all the money you donate goes directly to the people of Sri Lanka. Your money, whether it be £5 or £50, will make a huge difference to the lives of the one million homeless and traumatized people in the country.

Please visit www.aidsrilanka.org to find out more about who we are, what we do and how you can contribute.

Thanks from all at the Experience Sri Lanka Aid Foundation.


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Monday 10 January 2005
first team news
Quick words after Fleet win

Dave Anderson only had one complaint after the victory at Fleet:

?I thought that was a good performance and I was happy with the way we played. The only down side is that we have picked up yet another injury. Fisher and Bromley will be two tough games and seeing Richard Butler limp off took the shine off a good win. But the team all did well and I thought Paul Smith was impressive again."


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Sunday 09 January 2005
ladies news
Ladies Gunning For 5th Round

AFC Wimbledon's Ladies take on the mighty Arsenal in the Women's F.A. Cup fourth round today (Borehamwood, 13.00). Manager Graham Newnham is without inspirational captain, Maria Bertelli, and Vicky Elcome (long term injury) but otherwise has a full squad available to pick from.

Graham insists the Dons are not just going to make up the numbers. "It'll be tough, and we'll be starting as huge underdogs againts probably the best team in the country, but if we play to the best of our ability, and Arsenal have an off-day, who knows what might happen? Realistically, we need to defend and frustrate 110%, have luck and the officials on our side and then sucker them somehow, but rest assured we'll be giving it our best shot."

There are still places on the coach for anyone who wishes to make the trip, leaving Kingsmeadow at 10.00 (cost £7.50).

Meanwhile the reserves are at full strength at home to Enfield Town (Dorking, 14.00).


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Saturday 08 January 2005
first team news
Burgess Hill date set

The only remaining unconfirmed league fixture has been announced. The Dons will host Burgess Hill Town on Tuesday 15 February.


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Saturday 08 January 2005
club news
DA Q&A transcript

If you couldn't make it to the last DA Q&A session, then download the transcript
here
as a word document (84kb).

Many thanks to Jane Lonsdale for transcribing it.


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Saturday 08 January 2005
first team news
Train travel update for Fleet

No trains are running today from New Malden, Berrylands and Surbiton. A replacement bus service is in operation.

Trains are running direct from Clapham Junction. The Basingstoke service will depart Clapham Junction at 12:25 and 12:55, arriving at Fleet at 13:38 and 14:09.


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Saturday 08 January 2005
reserve team news
Reserves game OFF

Today's reserves match away to Tonbridge Angels has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.


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Friday 07 January 2005
first team news
Squad ready for Fleet trip

Dave Anderson has named the following squad for the trip to Fleet tomorrow:

Paul Smith, Dominique Jean-Zephirin, Steve Gibson, Wes Goggin, Ryan Gray, Jay Conroy, Antony Howard, Steve Butler, Gavin Bolger, Julian Sills, Jon-Barrie Bates, Rob Ursell, Gareth Graham, Chris Gell, Leon McDowall, Richard Butler, Andy Frost, Martin Randall.

Gareth Graham and Martin Randall have been passed fit to play, while Chris Gell will face a fitness test.

Dave added:
?This month is key for us now. If we can get through January averaging two points a game, then we?re set up well for the season. With the amount of players out injured, this is our lull, if you like. So if we can weather that and still keep our lead, we know we?ll have players back and fully fit for the run-in.

?I know at this club the players and the team get not so much judged by the game, but judged almost every ten minutes. But I think the fans need to be aware of the bigger picture. We know we?ll get stronger from now to the end of the season and we?re working hard on that, believe me.?


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Friday 07 January 2005
dons trust news
Quiz night returns for 2005

The popular quiz night returns for 2005, with the next one on Wednesday 12 January.
The bar will open from 6.30pm and the quiz is due to start at 8.30pm. Entry is £1 per person and teams can consist of up to six people. There is also a rolling jackpot currently standing at £25.

The rounds are:
R1 ? Pictures - Do you remember 2004?
R2 - Beastly Nicknames
R3 - School Days
R4 - Beat Intro - Clock This
R5 -Rocky's Jackpot Mix

Following the success of the first few nights this will now be a regular monthly feature.


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Friday 07 January 2005
first team news
Dave goes continental for keeper cover

Dave Anderson has brought French goalkeeper Dominique Jean-Zephirin to the club as cover for the goalkeeping position. Zephirin has played for Slough and Lewes and was at Dover until recently.

The manager explained:
?We?ve brought Dominique in as cover for the next six weeks. That?s not to say he?ll play necessarily, but with Danny Naisbitt injured it?s good to have some experience to call on. He played at Lewes when they won promotion last season and has been at Slough, so we know he knows what this level is about. I?ve been trying very hard to bring some cover in, so this is a good arrangement for us.

?I had a chat with Paul Smith at training last night and he has been guaranteed at least the next two games. He did ever so well at Dover and the way he handled himself spoke volumes for his ability and his character, but I don?t think it?s fair on a 20-year-old to expect him to play 12 games in a row necessarily. So we?ll take it a game at a time and see how things progress.?


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Friday 07 January 2005
first team news
Suspensions announced

Ryan Gray and Jon-Barrie Bates will both be suspended for one game after accumulating five bookings. Both will miss the Bromley match on 15 January.


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Thursday 06 January 2005
club news
Musical cancelled

The producer of A Fans Club, Peter Wallder, writes:

It is with great disappointment that due to unforeseen and irreversible circumstances, the show A Fans Club, scheduled to be performed at the New Wimbledon Theatre on Saturday 22 January 2005 has had to be cancelled.

We apologise most sincerely to the club and its supporters who have already booked for the show and for those who were about to. Tickets already purchased will be refunded shortly following an acknowledgement from the Theatre.

It is our intention to still bring you the show and, subject to scheduling and availability, we will now be looking at a May 2005 date, (so this would be a postponement rather than cancellation).

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody at AFC Wimbledon, those behind the scenes, the fans and especially Ivor Heller for all his enthusiasm and support for the show.

We enjoyed a fantastic run in the Studio Theatre so much so that we wanted this extra performance to take place, to give the opportunity for those who missed it at the Studio to see it and for it to be seen again on a larger stage. A great night out and a true celebration of the Club and show alike!

It has been extremely disappointing for us not to be able to proceed in January, so we will now do everything we can to give you the good news of a re-scheduled date as soon as possible.


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Wednesday 05 January 2005
club news
Raffle prizes unclaimed

Several prizes remain unclaimed from the Christmas raffle. Prizes can be collected from the comps window on a matchday.
 
? 1st Home or Away shirt to be named and numbered and signed by the player of your choice - GREEN 120
? Framed Programme, mount to be signed by the team - YELLOW 31
? Bottle Champagne - ORANGE 50
? Bottle Whisky - YELLOW 466
? Bottle Vodka - YELLOW 216
? Bottle Gin - YELLOW 546
? Bottle Bacardi - ORANGE 266
? Two Bottles Wine - LILAC 11
? Case of Lager - GREEN 136
? Box of Chocolates - YELLOW 726
? Tin of Biscuits - YELLOW 181
? Christmas Pudding - GREEN 401
? Cuddly toy - YELLOW 871
? Sports Interactive Football - YELLOW 851

(For clarity, the codes on the tickets are
Orange AS51 VY4V
Lilac/Brown CB7162
Yellow AR3T PZ4H
Green AN9D EZ4R.)


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Wednesday 05 January 2005
club news
More Tsunami money

Following a recount, the amount raised for the Tsunami appeal (and already banked and sent off) from the collections at the Whyteleafe game has been confirmed as £3872.16. Many thanks for your generosity.

We also recieved a personal appeal and update from Martin Jenkins, a Don in Jakarta - see feature here for more details.


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Wednesday 05 January 2005
first team news
Injury update

Mike Rayner brought us the latest from the treatment room:

"Gareth Graham - Ginge has been playing with a groin injury for the past few weeks that now seems to be isolating itself as a type of sportsman's hernia/Gilmore's groin. He has been playing games, but then has had vague discomfort at the top of his groin for two - three days after. Treatment has more delayed the progression of symptoms rather than cleared them, and I have already been in contact with a specialist surgeon (Mr Gilmore) to book a consultation as soon as possible. He may still be able to play the next game, but it is a game-by-game situation, and we will not run the risk of him damaging the area further.
 
"Chris Gell - Chris took a heavy blow to his right ankle at Dover. Initially I was very concerned as he was in a lot of pain and there was no movement. Gradually slight movement was possible, but Chris was stretchered off as a precaution, as I was unsure of the exact trauma present. Fortunately, on assessment more movement was possible and the ankle locking that was present was down to severe muscle spasm. He now has severe bruising and swelling, although the ice and compression that was immediately used in the treatment room have limited this. Talking with Chris today, he is presently able to bear weight on the ankle, and we will reassess the area on Thursday.
 
"Gary Prigent - Following his thigh muscle tear, Gary has subsequently contracted bronchitis and is presently convalescing. He is still quite weak, and we can do no further rehabilitation until he improves.
 
"Danny Naisbitt - The tear of his kicking muscle (rectus femoris) is as bad as first feared, and he will be out for at least 6 weeks.
 
"Micky Woolner - Progressing well following the tear to his kicking muscle and will be reassessed this Thursday with a view to training and game time in the next week.
 
"Martin Randall - Following a twist of his knee, Martin had various sites of pain across the knee. Following treatment to these sites, the injury has now shown itself as a slight strain of the medial ligament. Martin has worked hard and been disciplined with his rehab and we will assess him for a possible return this Saturday.
 
"Joe Sheerin - Following the hamstring strain sustained against Moseley, Joe had worked hard and was set for a return over Christmas, but pulled up in his first training session back. It is frustrating for all concerned, and I am working closely with Joe to ensure other areas of the body are not causing an overload of his hamstrings. He is now progressing well again in the late phases of rehab and I expect to see him training shortly."


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Tuesday 04 January 2005
first team news
Dave delighted with Dover display

Dave was very pleased with the team?s performance at Dover in a tough match:
?We were always expecting a committed tie. They?re fighting for their lives and we?re suffering with injuries, so it was always going to be blood and thunder, not culture out there.

?But we played well at times. Steve Butler and Antony Howard were excellent at centre-half. Jay Conroy and Palace have always said his best position is right back in a four and he showed us that. Ryan Gray went about his job and did everything he was asked to do well. We started Gavin to give us some strength in midfield with him and Gelly there. Ginge gave us his passing ability and got stuck in. We tried to keep Rob Ursell out on the left. He was very heavy legged, but he?s entitled to be having had to play 90 minutes on Saturday after seven weeks out.

?Frosty had a great finish for the first goal. Andy Frost might be a stranger to most people at AFCW, but he?s not a stranger to Richard Butler. They played together at Ashford, so we knew they could link up well and it proved to be the case. He?s someone I?ve been aware for a year or two. His problem is that his discipline hasn?t been that great, but we felt that we had the staff here to help him progress and took a chance on bringing him in. To be fair to him, he?s not played much football lately but stepped in and played 89 minutes. He?ll stay part of the squad now. If you do well when you come in, you stay in.

?And of course Paul Smith did very well indeed. They had so many corners right at the start and put him under early pressure, but he made a good early save and his confidence grew.?

And the manager explained the tactical switch:
?We decided to go 4-4-2 to make ourselves a bit more solid. The easiest way to avoid getting overrun and to look solid is to play 4-4-2. When you?re not in good form and confident form, and you don?t have the fluidity of play that comes from a settled team, then 3-5-2 can be a difficult system to play.

?We said all along then we?ll change the system when we think it?s right. We thought it was the right way to play at Dover and the result was the proof of the pudding, so to speak. We haven?t decided yet how we?ll play at Fleet. We?ll have a look at the report, see who we have available and then decide on Thursday. And I?m not going to say how we?re going to set-up on the website for everyone to read anyway!?

Dave is reasonably happy with the way the squad have coped with a difficult patch:
?If you look at the players we have not available, our injured team is probably the best side in the league. I hope people respect that. As a football manager you expect to be judged on results, but when you take out Naisbitt, Everard, Woolner, Randall, Sheerin. Prigent ? there are some big, big players to be missing. And now we have a headache over Chris Gell.

?People are very demanding about results and we will work ever so hard to get results, but I feel for the last four weeks we?ve limped along rather than strolled along. Part of that has been down to injuries, but we?ll get on with it. We?re still in the competition as far as the Bryco Cup is concerned and to travel to Dover with six of the first team squad out and get a result is very pleasing indeed. With eight and a half minutes of injury time, it looks like I picked the wrong day to give up smoking! Three days and counting on this year?s resolution on that one. I also have to say I thought the referee was good yesterday. I didn?t think that on Saturday, but I couldn?t say that in case people though I was blaming that for losing!?

And the manager had a few words about the Whyteleafe game:
?That?s the only game I can remember losing where the other side didn?t create a chance. They had one snapshot from the edge of the box and we gifted them two dreadful goals. The first was a goalkeeping error, where Danny tried to punch a ball that didn?t have enough pace on it. He should have caught that. Then for the second one, a player with Julian Sills? experience, having done so well to win the ball, just needed to put it out. But instead of kick it anywhere, he tried to roll it back to a young keeper who?d just stepped into the game and sold him short. As a manager you can?t legislate for individual errors, you can just hope people learn from them. There were two more yesterday. Rob Ursell gifted Dover the corner they scored from and I can tell you he heard what I thought of that. He said he couldn?t watch the last ten minutes because he knew he?d get it even worse if they scored again. And then Jay Conroy, who had a great game, had one moment where he tried to play a backpass instead of clearing his lines.

?People may have gone home on Saturday thinking we were poor, but until almost half-time I thought we looked good. We were pushing for a second and passing it well. But that goal conceded right on half-time out of nothing changed the game. So it was good to play well and win against a difficult side straightaway to bounce back.?

Chris Gell?s ankle injury is believed to be just severe bruising. An injury update from Mike Rayner will follow later.


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Monday 03 January 2005
first team news
Dons win through

The Dons completed a cup double over higher-ranked Dover Athletic with an impressive 2-1 win in the Third Round of the Bryco Cup. Read the report here. News of the Fourth Round draw will follow as soon as it is known.


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Monday 03 January 2005
first team news
Squad looks to bounce back at Dover

Dave Anderson has named the following squad for today?s trip to Dover Athletic in the Bryco Cup Third Round:

Paul Smith, Jamie Marriot, Steve Gibson, Wes Goggin, Ryan Gray, Jay Conroy, Antony Howard, Steve Butler, Gavin Bolger, Jon-Barrie Bates, Rob Ursell, Gareth Graham, Chris Gell, Leon McDowall, Richard Butler, Andy Frost.

Julian Sills is ill and Danny Naisbitt is expected to be out for up to six weeks by physio Mike Rayner after tearing his kicking muscle (rectus femoris) against Whyteleafe.


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Saturday 01 January 2005
ladies news
Ladies Play The Big Names

The Ladies team warm up for next weekend's Women's F.A. Cup fixture at Arsenal with a hastily arranged friendly tomorrow, 2nd January, against Premier National side Fulham (Mostpur Park, 14.00).

On Sunday, 9th January, the Ladies face the ominous task of overcoming the holders, Arsenal, as they try and progress to the 5th Round of the National competition.

The game is to be played at Boreham Wood F.C., kicking off at 13.00.

A coach will be leaving Kingsmeadow at 10.00 for any supporters wishing to make the journey. Cost £7.50. To book a seat, please contact Ron Trayhorn by e-mail or by telephone on 0208 395 9462


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Saturday 01 January 2005
club news
Tsunami appeal

Many thanks for the generous donations to the tsunami appeal at today's game. The total amount raised was £3,594.03 and US$100.


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