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Monday 30 January 2006
reserve team news
Reserves squad for Shield game

The reserves visit Carshalton Athletic tonight to play their first game in the Suburban Shield. The early stage of the competition is run on a group basis with the team winning the group moving through to the knock out stages. Also in AFC Wimbledon's group are Corinthian Casuals and Metropolitan Police. Tonights match has a 7.30pm kick off and John Morris has named the following squad:

Danny Wheeler, Ken During, Jon Boswell, Charlie Bunce, Simon Sobihy, Freddie Myers, Steve Tyson, Joe Paris, Rob Ursell, Jones Bamfo, Mark King, Niall Connery, Matt Farrell, Anthony Giglio


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Monday 30 January 2006
club news
Dons' Boro date confirmed

AFC Wimbledon's away clash with Harrow Borough will now take place on Tuesday 21st March 2006, and will kick-off at 7.30pm.

Ticket details for this Ryman Premier League fixture will follow shortly.


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Saturday 28 January 2006
dons trust news
The Dons Draw ? January 2006 results

The first Dons Draw of 2006 took place this Thursday evening at Kingsmeadow.

This month Tom Adam, the Dons Trust Chair, presided over the draw and kept a watchful eye on proceedings. Stephen Butterick, the Dons Trust board member responsible for comms, drew the winning numbers, whilst John Owen, the Dons Trust Treasurer, controlled the draw process.

The winning ticket numbers and prizes for the January 2006 Dons Draw were as follows:

First prize of 800 - ticket 1559 ? Robert Aitkenhead, from Birmingham
Second prize of 400 - ticket 0534 ? Kevin Watson, from Morden
Third prize of 150 - ticket 1644 ? Dennis Beckett, from London E14

Congratulations to all three prize winners who were equally all ?first time? prize winners.

Since the Dons Draw was started in September 2004, the Dons Draw has now paid out almost 20,000 in prize money, and between now and the end of the season, at least a further 4,000 will be up for grabs for Dons Draw entrants.

The January 2006 Dons Draw, the seventeenth draw to date, also helped us reach an important milestone. We have now raised more than 50,000 from the draw, all of which has been used to reduce our debt to Mr Khosla.

For those of you wishing to help us reduce further our debt, and who wish to enter the Dons Draw in time for the February draw, the deadline is approaching. All applications need to be processed no later than midnight on 31 January 2006, so get your skates on! You can sign up to the Dons Draw here.

The February draw will take place shortly before the home match against Windsor & Eton on the 18th February 2006, and the winners will be announced at half time during that match.

Any questions you may have can be answered on match days at the Dons Trust table, or by contacting the Dons Draw team at donsdraw@thedonstrust.org or on 07990 554959.


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Saturday 28 January 2006
first team news
Dave laments

Dave Anderson was disappointed as his Dons side threw away a 2-0 lead to share the spoils with a hardworking Slough side.

Dave said: ?At two up I thought we?d go on to win it. But then they had what felt like a mad ten minute spell and scored an unstoppable goal. I think we suffered a bit from what I call 2-1 syndrome, where we looked edgy and nervous ? which in turn made the fans jittery. Their second goal was well worked on their part, and then ? to be fair - we looked on the ropes at 2-2.

?To the players' credit, we came back into it and, if you look at the chances, we had at least three good ones towards the end. But it?s two points down the pan ? and it just goes to show how close this league is; I think there were three wins in the whole division today!?

Wes Daly had to be withdrawn with concussion and double vision, with the returning Chris Gell taking his place in the side after 35 minutes, while Rob Ursell returned to the fray on 71 minutes. Dave said: ?We had to send Wes home as he was suffering from double vision and Mike [Rayner] wasn?t happy with him continuing. We left it until late to bring Rob on as we had just moved Frankie to right-back and we didn?t want to make too many changes down the right at once.?

Looking ahead to the Met Police game, Dave added: ?We?ll see who is available and I?ll be playing a team to win it - we are defending champions after all. With regards to our new striker, I spoke to him this morning and will hear one way or the other on Monday.?


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Saturday 28 January 2006
club news
Sky Sports follows The Dons

Sky Sports' Soccer AM will today carry an item about Wimbledon's forthcoming home match against Windsor & Eton, on Saturday 18 February. The show will also be sending cameras to the match, which they are billing as a celebrity clash between Ralf Little and our own Michael Harvey. The show airs on Sky Sports 1 from 9am until 12 noon. Read the feature here for more information.

Wimbledon supporters are in for another Sky treat this coming summer, when Wimbledon Masters compete for the first time in the London Masters tournament. The event will be held at Wembley Arena on Sunday 16 July and carried live on Sky. More information is available here and tickets for the event will be on sale from the club soon - so watch this space.


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Friday 27 January 2006
reserve team news
Reserve squad for Camberley Town

The reserves play their first home game at Croydon Athletic's ground since 19 November when they entertain Camberley Town. Following the return of Joe Sheerin last week another familiar face returns in the shape of Jones Bamfo. The match kicks off at 3.00pm and John Morris has named the following squad:

Danny Wheeler, Ken During, Jon Boswell, Dan Dean, Damian Ray, Charlie Bunce, Liam Hirrel. Joe Paris, Steve Gilbert, Steve Tyson, Freddie Myers, Joe Sheerin, Niall Connery, Jones Bamfo.


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Friday 27 January 2006
first team news
Home at last

The Dons' first home game for over a month takes place tomorrow with the visit of fifteenth-placed Slough Town to The Fans' Stadium.

Dave has named the following squad:

Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Antony Howard, Simon Sobihy, Wayne Finnie, Steve Butler, Dave Sargent, Wes Daly, Michael Harvey, Dwayne Plummer, Chris Gell, Barry Moore, Robert Ursell, Shane Smeltz, Richard Butler, Mark King.

Dave was in the middle of delicate contract talks when the OS caught up with him.

"I will meet with a centre-forward tonight and hope we can come to some agreement. If we can agree terms, hopefully he will join on Monday to train with the boys on Tuesday."

Chris Gell trained on Tuesday and Thursday without reaction to his injured foot. Mark Peters is injured and Nas Richardson has a slight knock and will probably play for the reserves.

"Gelly feels good and Antony Howard also trained both days. Richard Butler's hand is also improving. Mark King replaces Niall Connery in the squad as Mark has been looking sharp recently and in training. In addition we feel Niall could do with some match time.

"It feels like a long time since we played at home so I would hope we will have a big crowd. The supporters were excellent at Worthing and the atmosphere around the club and in training has been really really good. I sense the players are in the mood to perform."


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Thursday 26 January 2006
club news
A golden opportunity to help the club

A number of regular Golden Goal sellers are unavailable ahead of this Saturday's home game against Slough Town. As a result, the club is looking for volunteers to fill the gap on the day.

Helpers can start selling anytime between 12.25 and 1.30 and all sellers will finish in time to see the start of the match. If you have a couple of hours to spare, and fancy helping to reduce the club's stadium debt, please contact Roger Dennis on rogdennis1@aol.com.


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Thursday 26 January 2006
dons trust news
Loose change on Saturday

As many fans will know, the Fundraising Team have been collecting loose change at matchdays this season. Since the start of the 2005 home fixtures we've raised over 1,500 from your 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins (and the odd note!).

On Saturday before the match against Slough we plan to do a bucket collection of loose change to supplement the fans who bring in full boxes of change. We will also be handing more of our collection boxes out for supporters to take home and fill up with their pocket change. This has been a great way of helping us pay off the debt, so the more fans that get involved, the better.

Keep an eye out for the collectors and the boxes, every little helps!


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Thursday 26 January 2006
dons trust news
Right result for Bees United

The Dons Trust Board, on behalf of all DT members, would like to congratulate Bees United, the supporters group which has now taken a controlling interest in Brentford Football club. This represents an extraordinary achievement by Brentford fans, and we are delighted that the club is now in a position to make progress with Bees United in control.

We know from our experience at AFC Wimbledon that there is nothing quite like a fans? owned club, and it is a tribute to the hard work of everyone at Brentford that they have kept their nerve, stayed organized, and now have the result they all wanted. We look forward to more co-operation between the fans? of AFC Wimbledon and Brentford after this significant step.


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Tuesday 24 January 2006
club news
One Kiwi Womble?

Shane Smeltz has been called up into the New Zealand squad for the international double header with Malaysia.

The games will be played on 19th and 23rd February, and Shane will miss the Dons? Ryman Premier League clashes with Windsor & Eton (on the 18th) and Fisher Athletic (on the 25th).

Shane will be hoping to add to his tally of eight caps and one competitive goal in what will be the nation?s first match at home in three years. He said: ?Obviously I?m disappointed to be missing the two league games - especially as we?re on a bit of a run and getting to the business end of the season. But, of course, this is a big chance for me to show what I can do. The manager has called up a squad of 38 players and he?s looking to start moulding a side for the next World Cup.?

Shane has fond memories of his last outing for the national side ? when New Zealand were narrowly beaten by Australia at Craven Cottage back in June. Around 100 soccer-starved AFC Wimbledon fans turned up and chanted his name throughout the game. Shane said: ?It was amazing ? you could hear them singing from across the other side of the ground. It was a big game for us and I only got to come on for the last couple of minutes ? I think the manager wanted to secure the draw and with everyone calling I don?t think he really had a choice but to bring me on in the end!?


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Tuesday 24 January 2006
club news
New catering arrangements for Slough match

R.EDs Catering will be offering a full menu from the warmth of the back bar for this Saturdays match with Slough Town and the forseeable future.

Available from 1pm and continuing right through to 5.30pm, including half time, this will replace the outside car park catering until the weather starts to warm up.

Saturday will also see jacket potatoes with a range of fillings available at all our outlets. Also don't forget to try our superb 'Real Pies', made from 100 per cent meat, including steak and kidney, chicken and mushroom and our cornish pasties or vegetarian pasties.


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Tuesday 24 January 2006
club news
Season ticket vouchers needed

Thanks to the season ticket holders who couldn't come to the game against Walton on Boxing Day and donated their vouchers. This helped a further 40 people to get a seat for the game and was valuable additional income for the club.

So, if you can't come to the Slough game this Saturday, please consider sending your voucher to us or email us to say we can re-sell it. Remember, we also benefit from donated terrace ST vouchers so please send them as well.


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Tuesday 24 January 2006
club news
Get your football fix tonight!

With tonight?s scheduled reserve clash with Corinthian Casuals postponed, AFC Wimbledon have arranged a friendly away to Chertsey Town in its place.

Several first team squad regulars are expected to line up, including Simon Sobihy, Josh Lennie, Nas Richardson and Niall Connery, as well as up-and-coming Dons such as Joe Paris and Jon Boswell.

So why not pop along and support the lads? Kick off is at 7.30 and you can find directions at www.chertseytownfc.co.uk


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Tuesday 24 January 2006
dons trust news
Dave's the ticket

As you may be aware the Dinner with Dave evening is now sold out. However we've kept one ticket back for a raffle prize. This ticket is on Dave Bassett's table at the forthcoming event (tickets on Dave's table have been sold at 100 each). We want to raffle this special ticket and give any disappointed supporters a chance to attend this very special occasion.

The raffle will be held in the back bar before the Slough home game. The tickets will cost 2 each and be on sale from 12.15pm to 2.45pm at the Dons Trust table. The winning ticket will be drawn at 2.50pm. Buy lots of tickets to increase your chances of winning!


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Monday 23 January 2006
club news
Definite article

Live music returns to Kingsmeadow on Saturday when the brilliant Articles take to the stage at 5.15pm straight after our home game with Slough Town.

With a Dons fan in their ranks (Jon Parish), the band have been looking forward to playing at AFC Wimbledon for some time and with Give & Go in "hiatus mode" for the time being, this is your best chance of seeing some quality live music at the ground for a while.

It won't cost you a penny to feast your eyes and ears on The Articles' energetic Northern Soul-tinged pop - think Dexys Midnight Runners on a particularly good day and you won't go far wrong.

Hopefully we can celebrate three most welcome points with some equally welcome pints and 45 minutes of The Articles in action.


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Friday 20 January 2006
first team news
Because we're Worth it!

Dave Anderson was a contented man after he saw a hardworking Dons performance seal a 2-0 win over fellow promotion chasers Worthing.

Dave said: ?It was a good result and a good performance. Make no mistake, this was always going to be a big match - away to a team who began the day in third place and had scored more goals than almost anyone else in the league. They were always going to be a threat. We had watched Worthing three times recently ? I saw them and so did JT and so did Steve Brindley ? and we had worked hard in training on how we were going to play them.


"In the first half I thought we dealt well with them defensively, but never looked like we?d win it. So we made a few technical changes at half-time ? we wanted to get Dwayne Plummer further forward to change the midfield dynamic. And I thought we were excellent in the second half. In the end I think we were well worth the result, and it was just reward for all the hard work the lads put in.?

JT was also in buoyant mood. He said: ?The guys did ever so well ? a couple more results like that and we?ll be right in the mix.?

The only negative to the game was Antony Howard?s withdrawal from the game after 70 minutes. Dave said: ?He took a blow to the back of the leg and couldn?t continue. We?ve now got a week to get him fit and we?re hopeful we will be able to, but we?ll know more in the next day or so."

Meanwhile, Chris Gell was ruled out of the squad, and Robert Ursell was deemed fit enough only for a place on the bench. Dave explained: ?Chris Gell?s foot injury is worse than we first thought and he could be out for up to two weeks, but Rob Ursell seems to be getting over his bug. He came on for a few minutes today but he?s been vomiting all week so we didn?t think he?d be strong enough to start.?

Finally, Dave reported that his search for a striker had been progressing well. He said: ?We are in negotiations at the moment, and talks are a bit further down the line than they were. Hopefully, we?ll find out early in the week if a deal can be done.?


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Friday 20 January 2006
club news
Friends reunited

A couple of old faces lined up against each other yesterday as the Dons reserves met Tonbridge Angels. Joe Sheerin played the first half and was marked by none other than former AFCW cult hero Sim Johnston.

Joe said: ?I hadn?t played for a while so it was good to get 45 minutes under my belt. I?m feeling it now, but not as much as I expected to be honest. Now it?s just a case of building up my fitness and playing as much as possible.

?It was good to catch up with Sim, who is possibly the nicest guy in the world! He says he still keeps in touch with things down here, and he may well pop down next week as he hasn?t got a game.?



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Friday 20 January 2006
reserve team news
Reserve Squad to face Tonbridge Angels

Tommorow the reserves are away to Tonbridge Angels and the squad will include a familiar name to Wimbledon fans whilst Mark King misses the game through suspension.

The full squad is:
Danny Wheeler, Ken During, Jon Boswell, Charlie Bunce, Joe Paris, Joe Sheerin, Steve Tyson, Matt Farrell, Freddy Myers, Tommy Hutchins, Liam Hirrall, Anthony Gigglio, Luke Pigden, Noel Frankum and Dan Dean.


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Friday 20 January 2006
first team news
They're all big games now

Dave Anderson is looking forward to tomorrow?s match with third-placed Worthing as he plots the Dons' route into the play-off positions.

?There is no point singling this game out as a big match as, in all honesty, they are all big games now. You only need to look at the results last week to see the teams above us are now playing under pressure. This can be to our benefit as we are used to that and we know we can acquit ourselves well under those conditions.?

Dave has named the following squad:

Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Antony Howard, Simon Sobihy, Wayne Finnie, Steve Butler, Dave Sargent, Wes Daly, Michael Harvey, Dwayne Plummer, Chris Gell, Barry Moore, Robert Ursell, Shane Smeltz, Richard Butler, Nas Richardson, Niall Connery.

Mark Peters has an injured neck and will not travel. Rob Ursell is ill but will be assessed prior to the match and Wayne Finnie will face a late fitness test. Chris Gell is doubtful with a foot injury.

?Chris will be a big loss if he fails to make it. It was a big decision to bring him back into the fold but one of our best, as he has been playing better than ever. It will give someone else an opportunity and it is up to them to take it.?

Dave has confirmed to the OS that he is working round the clock to bring in a new striker, even sounding out former England front man Les Ferdinand.

?We are all trying ever so hard to bring a new striker in. I think people would be surprised by how many people we have spoken to. Les Ferdinand was one but, though he still trains every day, he has a lot of media work going on and is not able to make a commitment. But the search goes on and hopefully this shows we are not scared to speak to anyone.?


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Wednesday 18 January 2006
club news
?World Cup widowers? wanted

Woman's Own magazine are looking for AFC Wimbledon fans to feature in a story they are putting together on ?World Cup widowers?. The story will be about women who are absolutely crazy about the beautiful game but have male partners who can?t stand it. Do you never miss a kick as you follow the Dons to the ends of the earth, while your hubby or boyfriend is left cursing every minute of it? If so, why not share your story will hundreds of thousands of readers?

The story will be a light-hearted article published to coincide with the World Cup in Germany this June, and writer Nick McGrath is looking for couples who are willing to talk about their mutual love (and hate) of football and who are happy to be photographed for the story.

If you fit the description, and fancy helping to spread the Wimbledon word, you can e-mail Nick at nhmcgrath@aol.com.


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Wednesday 18 January 2006
club news
'Gate for your diary

AFC Wimbledon's Ryman Premier League clash away to Margate is now scheduled to be played on Tuesday 7 March. Ticket and travel details will follow shortly.


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Wednesday 18 January 2006
club news
Joe returns ?home?

There was a familiar face at first team training tonight as former Dons captain Joe Sheerin met up with Dave Anderson to discuss his return to the fold.

Since leaving AFC Wimbledon at the end of last season, Joe has been turning out for Croydon Athletic in Ryman Division One. However, mainly due to concussion, he has not featured since manager Hayden Bird was sacked and his contract has now been terminated by mutual consent.

Dave Anderson explains: ?I?ve got a lot of time for Joe and we?ve kept in touch since he left here. He?s parted company with Croydon now and I?ve said to him that he is welcome to come along and train with us to maintain his fitness. We?ve got a good relationship and he was at training tonight to discuss a few things. It?s just a case of seeing what happens from here really.?

And Joe himself was glad to be back in the fold. He said: ?I?m glad to be back if I?m honest ? I?ve missed this place a lot. I always look out for the club and it feels like home in many ways. For now, Dave has invited me to train with the squad and maybe I?ll play a few reserves games and take it from there. It?s a case of playing things by ear and we?ll see what happens I guess.?

Former Chelsea and Bournemouth striker Joe was AFC Wimbledon?s first captain and was with the reformed Dons from the very beginning ? turning out at the trials on Wimbledon Common. In his first spell at the club, he made 85 competitive first team appearances, 15 as a substitute, and scored 35 goals.


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Wednesday 18 January 2006
ladies news
Dons Ladies gunning for London Cup

The Dons Ladies take on Arsenal, rated the best ladies side in the country, at The Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow on Thursday night, with a place in the semi-final of the London FA Women's Cup at stake.

Manager, Lance Patey, is hoping for a little bit more luck to swing our way after two narrow defeats in the last two matches between the sides.

Kick-off is at 19.45 and admission is free, so why not pop along and cheer on the team?


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Wednesday 18 January 2006
first team news
Cup date announced

Defending champions AFC Wimbledon will host Met Police in the third round of the Surrey Senior Cup on Thursday 2nd February.

Cup rules stipulate that the tie should have been played between 16th-31st January but, with Met Police suffering from fixture congestion throughout that period, the Surrey FA have authorised the new date. The Met Police?s next available window would have been at the end of February, at which time ties in the next round should be played.

With the Dons scheduled to play Leyton the following Saturday, Dave Anderson was understandably disappointed by the scheduling. He said: ?I?m not happy that we have been asked to play an important cup tie on a Thursday before a vital league game on the Saturday. As far as the league is concerned, every game from February onwards is part of the run-in and I don?t think it?s right that senior clubs are asked to do this. It leaves us very little time to prepare for the Leyton game.

?The league is our priority here and, if we?re struggling that week, we?ll have to see what sort of side we are able to put out for the cup match.?

Meanwhile, the club expects to be able to confirm a date for the Ryman Premier League clash away to Margate within the next ten days. Watch this space!


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Tuesday 17 January 2006
club news
FA Cup Team of Heroes

WISA chair Simon Wheeler has passed the following good news from the FA on to us:

"Following talks with the Wimbledon Independent Supporters Association, the Football Association would like to invite the fans of AFC Wimbledon to supply them with Wimbledon supporters' nominations for the FA Cup Team of Heroes.

As this is the 125th season of The Cup, the FA are launching a search for the Official All-Time FA Cup Team of Heroes.

In the lead up to this season?s 125th FA Cup final, TheFA.com will be unveiling the chosen eleven players along with a manager and an overall FA Cup legend, who will be crowned the number one FA Cup hero of all time.

To help them achieve this, the FA would like Wimbledon supporters to provide them with the names of four players and one manager from Wimbledon's past who have been the most memorable, most idolised and successful FA Cup heroes in Wimbledon's history.

The FA need to cover all positions on the field, so they would like you to nominate one goalkeeper, one defender, one midfielder, one forward and, of course, a manager.

To register your vote please email chair@wisa.org.uk, with your five names for the relevant positions. Your entries need to be in by 24 January 2006, so that the votes can be counted before the winners are forwarded to the FA.

In early February the FA's panel of FA Cup experts, headed by Sir Trevor Brooking, will whittle all the names that they have received from all the clubs down to a shortlist of 125 ? 25 from each position and 25 managers.

With the shortlist decided, TheFA.com will begin a month-long search for the final all-time team by asking visitors to the website to select their own FA Cup Legends team and manager.

The final team will be announced throughout the build up to May?s Cup Final.

Fans who take part in TheFA.com?s poll will also be given the opportunity to win two tickets to the big match on 13 May and will also be invited along to help unveil a special plaque at the new Wembley Stadium commemorating this special team.

By providing us with the choices, AFC Wimbledon, will play a major part in the initial stages of an extremely momentous and historic search for the ultimate team of The FA Cup.

If you would like to be know more about the FA Cup Team of Heroes please visit the website here."


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Tuesday 17 January 2006
first team news
Butler getting better

Richard Butler is expected to have recovered sufficiently from his hand injury to play some part in Saturday's important game at Worthing.

The striker missed the Folkestone Invicta game after sustaining a broken bone in his hand in the recent match with Staines. The injury prevented him from playing in yesterday practice game with QPR, but physio Mike Rayner is hopeful he will be able to play against Worthing.

"I expect him to be able to resume training on Thursday and am hopeful with the use of a protective splint and strapping he will be able to play."

Two other players are nursing injuries but both are making decent progress.

"Chris Gell has heavy bruising on his foot following an injury sustained against Folkestone. This has responded well to rest and treatment. He also missed last night's game as he was having an X-ray. This revealed no serious problems though and I will be putting him through his paces on Thursday and again remain hopeful he will be fit to take part on Saturday.

"Finally Simon Sweeney is progressing well from his dual knee ligament injury. He has just started the early stages of running again and we will now progress his recovery within his tolerance."


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Monday 16 January 2006
first team news
Dons see off QPR

AFC Wimbledon saw off a Queens Park Rangers XI 4-2 tonight in a thrilling encounter played behind closed doors at The Fans? Stadium - Kingsmeadow.

With the Dons not having had a competitive first-team fixture at the weekend, and with QPR wanting to look at a few players between Championship games, the match was arranged between Dave Anderson and QPR first team coach Gary Waddock and played in front of around 20 club officials.

And despite Rob Ursell being laid up with flu, and Richard Butler not being risked following his hand injury at Folkestone, the Dons started with a strong side of Andy Little, Wayne Finnie, Steve Butler, Antony Howard, Dave Sargent, Dwayne Plummer, Barry Moore, Wes Daly, Michael Harvey, Shane Smeltz and Niall Connery.

Shane Smeltz opened the scoring early on with a 25-yard screamer, and Michael Harvey doubled the home side?s tally halfway through the opening period. QPR then pulled one back early in the second half, but the Dons effectively sealed the match with Niall Connery applying the finishing touch to a Barry Moore free-kick before Smeltz grabbed his second of the game, tapping in a pinpoint Joe Paris cross, to make it 4-1. QPR grabbed a late consolation but, with Josh Lennie, Steve Tyson, Freddie Myers and Ken During also featuring for the Dons, Dave Anderson was able to take many positives from the game. He said: ?That was a good workout for both sides. It was competitive, but played in a good spirit, and it gave me the chance to see some of the younger lads in action alongside some of the first team. I thought they acquitted themselves well and the experience will do them all a bit of good.?


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Sunday 15 January 2006
club news
Plenty in reserve

A strong reserve team ran out 4-0 winners over Chipstead at The Fans? Stadium ? Kingsmeadow yesterday, with several first teamers getting a run out.

Michael Harvey, Mark Peters, Nas Richardson, Rob Ursell, Wes Daly, Simon Sohiby and Josh Lennie all started alongside fringe players Ken During, Jon Boswell, Joe Paris and Charlie Bunce in a conventional 4-4-2 formation, while Niall Connery, Mark King and Freddie Myers also featured.

In a game dominated by the Dons, Harvey opened the scoring and Richardson ? leading the line up front ? made it 2-0 at the interval. But it was Niall Connery ? on at half-time for the injured Peters ? who scored the pick of the bunch, beating two defenders before unleashing a left foot screamer from 25-yards. As if to say ?anything you can do, I can do too? Daly then fired in an unstoppable free-kick from similar distance.

Dave Anderson, watching the game from the stands among the supporters, was happy with the exercise. He joked: ?I thought the circus had come to town at one point, with Rob Ursell pulling out his bag of tricks, but it was a good run out for some of the lads who haven?t played much recently. It was unfortunate that Mark had to come off, but he was suffering double vision and there was no point risking him. He should be okay ahead of our next game.?


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Sunday 15 January 2006
first team news
Loan stars

Michael Woolner and Sonny Farr have both left AFC Wimbledon on loan in a bid to get some match time under their belts. Woolner has gone to Southern League Division One East side Berkhamsted Town, while Farr is at Ryman Division Two outfit Chertsey.

Dave Anderson said: ?It?s a similar case to when Rob Ursell went on loan to Wealdstone. They both desperately need gametime as neither of them have played much recently and I hope they will return ready to hit the ground running. They will have both played today [Saturday] and they are on loan for one month ? after that they should be ready to return to the team straight away.?


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Friday 13 January 2006
reserve team news
Strong squad for the reserves

The reserves entertain Chipstead in a Suburban league game on Saturday, 14 January. The match which is being played at Kingsmeadow kicks off at 3.00pm and with the 1st team without a fixture John Morris has been able to name the following squad:

Josh Lennie, Charlie Bunce, Michael Harvey, Simon Sobihy, Ken During, Jon Boswell, Wes Daly, Rob Ursell, Joe Paris, Freddie Myers, Steve Tyson, Liam Hirrel, Nas Richardson, Sonny Farr, Mark Peters, Niall Connery, Mark King


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Thursday 12 January 2006
club news
Dave praises ?hard-working? Wizard

Dave Anderson has hailed Rob Ursell?s England Futsal call-up as just rewards for the way he has battled back from injury.

Dave said: ?The call-up is an honour for Rob and it?s an honour for the club. His side will be playing some of the top teams in the world and, from what I?ve heard, Dubai is a very nice place to visit.

?I see this as a great reward for all the hard work Rob has put in since he got injured. We knew this tournament was coming up, and we spoke about it when he was out. It does mean that he?ll miss one game for us, against Slough, but when you get an opportunity like this you have to take it. I?m delighted for him.?


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Thursday 12 January 2006
club news
Urse gets England call-up

Robert Ursell has been named in England?s 14-man Futsal squad for the DSF Tournament in Dubai later this month and the home matches against Finland in February.

Urse has two caps but is hoping to make his first appearance for the side since injuring his knee in pre-season.

Rob said: ?When I was injured I missed two games in Lithuania and two in Romania as well as a couple of home games against Poland, but the manager [Graeme Dell] kept in touch with me all the time. I knew he was naming his squad this week, but I really didn?t know whether he?d call me up or not, so I?m well happy with that and I?m looking forward to it.?

England are currently ranked 66th in the world at Futsal, a variation on traditional five-a-side, and will face stiff competition in the tournament?s group stages ? being drawn to play two from Italy (second in the world), Brazil (third), Asian champions Iran (ninth), Romania (16th) and African Champions Egypt (18th).

Rob added: ?The game is much bigger in other countries, and most of the players are professional. In fact, I?d say many of the players are technically better than a lot of Premiership players in England. But it?s becoming bigger over here now. The squad train every month at places like Lilleshall and I?ve spoken to the other players who tell me they have stayed at some top hotels when they have travelled before.

?But the game itself is totally different to eleven-a-side. Each game lasts 40 minutes but it?s rolling subs and you are usually only on the pitch for about three minutes at a time. And whenever the ball is out of play the clock stops, so it?s a full-on workout. I?d say I?m not quite at 100 per cent match fitness at the moment, but I?m getting there ? I?m not far off and this will help. I?m just glad it?s being played indoors ? I don?t think I?d last two minutes playing in the heat over there!?


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Thursday 12 January 2006
club news
Soccer Saturday!

While the Dons may not be in Ryman Premier League action this Saturday, Dave Anderson has pledged to give several first team regulars a run out when the reserves take on Chipstead at The Fans? Stadium ? Kingsmeadow this Saturday, with a 3 PM kick-off.

With people like Michael Harvey and Wes Daly returning from suspension, and with others - such as Sonny Farr, Mark Peters and Nas Richardson ? featuring infrequently in recent weeks, fans can expect a particularly strong line-up. Then, of course, there are former youth players such as Niall Connery and Jon Boswell looking to prove their worth as members of the senior squad. As is the norm with reserve games, admittance will be free.

But if that isn?t enough to tempt you down, Saturday promises to be a veritable feast of football - with the Premiership?s Manchester derby being screened in the main bar from 12.45.

What?s more, the club shop will be opening between noon and 2.45, and the ground?s tea bar will be serving food and drinks from 2pm.

So why not come on down and show your support for the lads ? and be part of the Wimbledon Soccer Saturday?


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Thursday 12 January 2006
club news
The next generation go up for the cup

With the Dons' first team not in action until the Worthing game a week on Saturday, you may be wondering where your next football fix will be coming from. Well, if you are at a loose end this Sunday, why not catch up with one of the Dons' youth sides?

This Sunday sees three of the Dons' youth teams in League Cup Semi-Final action, and each one promises to be an entertaining encounter.

Entry is free, and the games take place at the following venues:

AFC Wimbledon U10s Vs Mole Valley Predators - 10:30am KO at NPL Sports Club, Queens Road, Teddington, TW11.

AFC Wimbledon U12s Vs Gas United Sports - 2:00pm KO at Imber Court,
Ember Lane, East Molesey, KT8.

AFC Wimbledon U16s Vs Kingstonian - 1:00pm at Westfield FC, Elmbridge
Lane, Woking, GU22.



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Thursday 12 January 2006
dons trust news
Hurry up Harry!

Further to our recent promotion of the forthcoming "Dinner with Dave" we are pleased to report we have had an excellent response. There are however a handful of tickets still available, but they won't be here for long! If you are interested in securing one or more of the last remaining tickets please contact Mike O'Shaughnessey on dinnerwithdave@thedonstrust.org



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Wednesday 11 January 2006
club news
Give & Go off

Next Friday's Give & Go, featuring the return of The Stabilisers, has been cancelled. The Stabilisers, Pipe (who played at Give & Go's First 11 in December) and Primary School Hero will now be appearing together at The Fighting Cocks, Old London Road, Kingston, the day before - Thursday 19 January. Go here for more details.


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Saturday 07 January 2006
first team news
Dave disappointed as Dons get sparse reward

Dave Anderson was disappointed to leave Folkestone with nothing to show for a game in which the Dons created the better chances, but failed to capitalise on a host of opportunities.

He said: ?I thought we deserved something from the game. Their goal was a great individual strike, and there?s not much you can do about that, but I have to say I was disappointed with the five minutes that led up to it when we were very sloppy. On that surface I don?t think there were ever going to be a lot of goals in the game, but we didn?t take the opportunities that we created, and that is what happens.?

With Richard Butler on the bench but ruled out late in the day, Steve Butler was thrown up front late on as the Dons went in search of a winner. Dave said: ?That was a gamble. Robert Ursell?s calves tightened up towards the end and we put Speedo on as part of a back three as we went in search of a goal. Buts was a big loss, and we gave him painkillers at half-time, but you have to respect the fact that he didn?t feel right and so there?s no point taking a risk. That?s no excuse for the result ? we just didn?t take our chances.?

And Dave promised that the players would be working hard ahead of the forthcoming Worthing match. He added: ?We?ll have a couple of practice matches before then, and we?ll be giving a few of the squad players a run out next week in the reserve game ? it?ll be useful to give some gametime to people like Harvey, Speedo, Wes, Mark and Nas ahead of the Worthing game.?


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Friday 06 January 2006
reserve team news
Reserves return to action

After their mid winter break the reserves play their first league game since 19 November when they visit Molesey and John Morris has named the following squad:

Danny Wheeler, Michael Woolner, Jon Boswell, Ken During, Charlie Bunce, Craig Reilly, Joe Paris, Steve Tyson, Freddie Myers, Niall Connery, Mark King, Simon Bassey, Matt Farrell, Tommy Hutchings, Daniel Dean


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Friday 06 January 2006
first team news
Mike's injury minutes

Physio Mike Rayner is back with an update on the club's walking wounded.

"I know people were concerned about Rob Ursell after the Staines game, but I can confirm he had no reaction at all to his knee. In-fact he was hobbling after an already sore toe was stamped on late in the game.

Simon Sobihy has also been given the all clear for games following his cheekbone injury against Hendon in December, and Chris Gell had no reaction to his knee following a full game against Staines.

All three are fit to play and travel for tomorrow?s game at Folkstone.

Richard Butler broke a bone in his hand against Staines on Monday. It is very sore, but we will re-assess him at Folkstone tomorrow, and with the use of a protective splint and strapping he will have the best chance of playing.

Micky Woolner has recovered from his right calf problem that had curtailed his progress from an achilles injury. He has been involved in full contact training for the last few weeks plus further work to increase his fitness. He now requires game time to increase his sharpness.

Simon Sweeney is progressing well from his dual knee ligament injury. He is in the late stages of clinical rehab and advancing well. I am hopeful Simon can re-start light running activities late next week and we will aim for late Jan/early Feb as a return date."


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Friday 06 January 2006
first team news
JT names Folkestone squad

With manager Dave Anderson laid up with the flu, assistant manager Jon Turner has named the following 16-man squad to face Folkestone Invicta tomorrow. (Dave was allowed some input).

The full squad is: Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Antony Howard, Simon Sobihy, Wayne Finnie, Steve Butler, Dave Sargent, Dwayne Plummer, Sonny Farr, Chris Gell, Barry Moore, Robert Ursell, Shane Smeltz, Richard Butler, Nas Richardson, Mark Peters.

Wes Daly, Michael Harvey remain suspended and Richard Butler is at the hospital today having his broken hand assessed, though he is expected to play. JT is looking forward to the game.

"We have had two good victories over the Christmas period and now it is essential we keep the momentum going. There is a buzz about the place at the moment and we feel confident."

"We have had Folkestone watched and we expect a tough game on a big pitch. We have worked hard over Christmas and it is important not to let that slip against a team in the middle of the table. Our improved performances have coincided with having all our main players fit and cutting out the silly dismissals and the benefits of having a settled squad are obvious."


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Thursday 05 January 2006
club news
Arrangements for the Folkestone game

The game at Folkestone?s Buzzlines Stadium this Saturday, 7 January, kicks off at 3.00 pm. Prices are adults 8, concessions (including under-16s) 4. A 56-page programme will be on sale for 1.50.

Before the game, two bars will be open at the ground, one of which will be set aside for AFCW fans. ?Our? bar can only be accessed after entering the ground; it holds about 200 people. AFCW fans will not be allowed in the other bar.

A number of fans have asked us about the safety arrangements, as we have had incidents at our last two matches in Kent. The uncovered terrace behind one goal will be set aside for us, as well as part of the covered terrace along one side. In addition, there are about 350 seats available in the Main Stand on a first-come, first-served basis, with a 1 charge for upgrading. The seats will not be segregated.

We understand from Folkestone officials that the security will be provided by Conference-qualified stewards, who will monitor the ground, plus trained door staff who will monitor the bar areas. There will also be a strong police presence as part of the safety arrangements.

The supporters? coach to the game is sold out and, so close to the game, we will not be arranging another one. For those fans who are planning to drive, parking is relatively easy on the main road near the ground and in nearby side roads. For those travelling by train the nearest station is Folkestone West although, with it being a Saturday, not all trains stop there and you may need to alight at Folkestone Central.



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Tuesday 03 January 2006
club news
Coach travel to Folkestone

Don't forget that we have introduced a pick up and drop off in the Wimbledon area as well as the usual Kingsmeadow pick up. And we've reduced the prices to 11 for adults and 6 for concessions and under-16s.

For the Folkestone game on 7 January, the coach will leave The Woodman pub, 222 Durnsford Road, Wimbledon, at 10.45 am, with a pick up at Kingsmeadow at 11.15. Parking is available at The Woodman for those who need it or, alternatively, it is only a few minutes' walk from Wimbledon Park tube. The return journey will drop off at Kingsmeadow first and then go on to The Woodman.

Tickets must be paid for in advance. This can be done by calling the club office (020 8547 3528) between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm.



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Monday 02 January 2006
first team news
Dave happy as Dons get ?massive? result at Staines

Dave Anderson was a happy man after seeing his Dons side comprehensively beat high-flying Ryman Premier League rivals Staines Town.

Dave said: ?This has turned into a very merry Christmas for us and the lads deserve credit for that. This was a massive game and I thought we played well - I was in my sick bed with a bug this morning, but that performance was certainly a bit of a tonic for me. To win 3-0 here is no mean feat ? Staines are right up there at the top of the division and you don?t get to be there after half a season by being lucky.?

Following the Boxing Day win over Walton & Hersham, Dave stuck with the Dons? 4-4-2 formation but changed things around tactically. He said: ?Staines play differently to Walton, and so we changed things around a bit. We tried a few things out in training on Thursday and it came off for us. But the first goal was always going to be important and if anyone was going to score a goal like that it was going to be Rob, he just writes his own script sometimes! At half-time, we told the players it was all going to be about discipline and holding on to our lead, and they did just that. In the end I think we were well worth the win.

?As a manager or as a player, it?s nice to be able to enjoy the game and, at 3-0 up with ten minutes to go, we were able to do just that - although, of course, you don?t want to concede a goal. But the atmosphere was great and we could tell the fans were enjoying it too.?

Wes Daly and Michael Harvey were both missing through suspension. Dave added: ?This is what having a squad is all about. Now it?s up to these guys to fight their way back into the side.?



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Sunday 01 January 2006
first team news
Dave names squad as Dons enter ?crucial? period

Dave Anderson has named a 17-man squad for tomorrow?s Ryman Premier Division clash with Staines.

Wes Daly and Michael Harvey are both suspended following red cards received after the FA Trophy clash with St Albans, but Chris Gell has recovered from the knock he received against Walton & Hersham on Boxing Day.

The full squad is: Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Antony Howard, Simon Sobihy, Wayne Finnie, Steve Butler, Dave Sargent, Dwayne Plummer, Sonny Farr, Chris Gell, Barry Moore, Robert Ursell, Shane Smeltz, Richard Butler, Nas Richardson, Mark Peters and Niall Connery.

Dave said: ?This has all the makings of a great game. If you look at current form, we are up there with Staines right at the top of the pile. We?ve played each other twice already, but I think this will be a different game to the cup match ? since then we both seem to have been signing centre forwards!

?The next few games are crucial for us and, from here on, every game is a big game for all of us in the mix for the play-offs.?

Following the Walton win, the squad trained on Thursday and Dave says that he trusts his players to have been sensible over the New Year. He added: ?The lads are semi-professional footballers and you have to be able to trust them not to overdo it over the holidays. Of course, some of the lads will have had a few beers, and I?m sure we?ll have that in common with every other set of players in this division. But I trust my players and there?s good discipline within the squad. I can assure you that they will be taking this game every bit as seriously as myself and the fans.

?Tomorrow will be all about who performs on the day, who takes their chances and who gets that little bit of luck. If we can come away with a result, we?ll be in a very strong position at a crucial time.?


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