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Thursday 31 January 2008
club news
Latest ticket sales

After today's sales, and calculating the available tickets on the same basis that was explained on this site yesterday, there are now about 650 terrace tickets left for sale to Wimbledon supporters.

To put it another way, 3,000 tickets have been sold or allocated before taking the Torquay sales into account.

The credit card hotline will be open between 11.00 am and 4.00 pm on Friday and callers can still get tickets at the club's office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm. After that time, there will be no more sales until the turnstiles open.


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Thursday 31 January 2008
club news
Last two credit card sessions - Thursday evening and Friday lunchtime/afternoon

With demand for ticket for the FA Trophy game against Torquay United still high, we are opening the credit card hotline, 020 8546 9582, for two final sessions. These are:

Thursday: 5.15 pm to 9.00 pm

Friday: 11.00 am to 4.00 pm

In addition, tickets are on sale to callers at the club's office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on Friday.

After 4.00 pm on Friday there will be no more ticket sales, either from the hotline or to callers, until the turnstiles open on Saturday afternoon.


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Thursday 31 January 2008
u18s news
Under 18 Match postponed

Tonight's Under 18 game at Maidstone United has been postponed as the pitch is waterlogged.


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Thursday 31 January 2008
club news
Fundraising event featuring 'Backtrack'

Come and enjoy a night of live music and dancing at The Cherry Red Records Fans’ Stadium- Kingsmeadow on Saturday 9 February and help raise money for the club!

The evening will feature music from Backtrack, a five piece band, playing hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. The show is being held in the back bar and the dress code is smart casual. Doors open at 7.15pm, the music kicks off at 8.00pm and the bar closes at midnight.

Tickets cost £10 and can be purchased by calling commercial executive Keith McGuinness on 020 8547 3336 or Ian Cooke on 020 8397 6045. All proceeds go to the club.

We would like to thank former Dons captain Ian Cooke for his help in organising this event.


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Wednesday 30 January 2008
club news
New FA Chairman to attend Trophy game

We are delighted to announce that the newly appointed independent chairman of the FA, Lord Triesman, will be attending our FA Trophy game against Torquay on Saturday.

With the current chairman, Geoff Thompson, stepping down on 31 January, Lord Triesman will be in only his second day in his new role when he joins us for the game at the Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow.


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Wednesday 30 January 2008
club news
Ticket sales for Torquay game

There are just under 1,000 terrace tickets still available for Wimbledon fans for the FA Trophy game, against Torquay United, this Saturday, 2 February. All the seat tickets have been sold.

We strongly encourage fans to buy their tickets before the game, to avoid long queues and possible disappointment on the day of the game. Tickets can be bought either from the credit card hotline or by visiting the club's offices between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on Thursday or Friday,

If you want to know how the figure was calculated, read on... If you think life is too short, don't.

Torquay have been allocated the Kingston Road end of the ground and, although we don't yet know how many tickets they have sold, this end has a capacity of 850 which is set aside for them and therefore not available for Wimbledon fans. With Wimbledon ticket sales and allocations (e.g. visiting directors, press etc) to date totalling just under 2,700, and the stadium's capacity set at 4,500, this means that there are 4,500 - 2,700 - 850 = 950 tickets still available for sale.


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Wednesday 30 January 2008
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow returns this Friday!

Comedy@Kingsmeadow is back with a bang! Former Big Breakfast host Paul Tonkinson headlines our first show of 2008 this Friday so make sure you don’t miss this one. For more information on the line-up, see below.

Tickets cost £12 with a Caribbean meal or £8 just for comedy. Doors open and food is served from 8pm and the comedy starts at 9pm.

To book tickets, call the Kingsmeadow Live booking line on 020 8547 3335 e-mail here.

We have made a few changes for the new year. The club will now run on the first Friday of the month, and we will have a different culinary theme each month.
But one thing hasn’t changed- we still guarantee you a fantastic night out with the top comedians on the circuit!



More about Friday night’s show...

COMEDY@KINGSMEADOW presents….
Paul Tonkinson, Vince Fluke and Paul F Taylor (compere)

Paul Tonkinson (Closing act)
Johnny Vaughan’s replacement on Channel 4's The Big Breakfast, Paul Tonkinson is fast becoming a household name. Winner of the 1992 Time Out New Act of the Year Award and Time Out Stand Up Comic of the Year in 1997, Paul leads his audience on a guided tour through the differences in male and female logic and can take the mickey out of almost every region in Britain and further afield. Catch him before he becomes so much in demand he has to stop playing live gigs.
Other TV credits include hosting ‘Take the Mike’ on ITV and The Sunday Show on BBC2.

Vince Fluke (Opening act)
Lucky for the Pope that Vince Flück discovered comedy and decided not to join the Swiss Guard like his parents wanted. Raised in the wild western Canadian Rockies, Flück is a recent comedy import to Britain. Posessing a sardonic wit and a knack for finding the lighter side of dark matter, Vince has been a hit at comedy clubs and festivals accross North America since he was fresh out of secondary school.
Flück arrived in the UK in 2006 and fell in love with the slightly sinister sarcasm of British audiences... leading him to stick around for a while. In August 2006, Flück engaged in his first Edinburgh Fringe festival performing on the Big Value, Talk of the Fest, BBC Live, Spank, Late n Live, Phat Caves, Vent and the Stand. He now makes his home in windgey ol' London-town and tours accross UK, Ireland, Europe and wherever else this latest adventure takes him.

Paul F Taylor (Compere)
Up and coming comic Paul F Taylor is quickly making a name for himself on the UK comedy circuit as both an opening act and compere. Paul's unique style of comedy is best described as strings of odd observations, wordplay and one line non-sequitors.
Paul began performing stand up comedy in 2005 and has since performed extensively across the UK and Europe. He has performed at such venues as The Comedy Store, The Comedy Café, Frog and Bucket, Downstairs at the Kings Head and The English Comedy Club in Munich. He had a successful show in Edinburgh Festival 2007 and has also reached the semi finals of Laughing Horse New Act Competition 2006 and So You Think Your Funny 2006.



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Wednesday 30 January 2008
dons trust news
To all members thinking of standing in the by-election to the Trust Board

Do you want to help us remain a vibrant club, owned by its fans and dedicated to serving its community? That is what the the Board of the Trust is all about.

Want to find out what that means in practice? Why not sit in as an observer at the next monthly meeting of the Board? Then you can decide whether standing for the Board is for you. The Board will open its doors to the first 6 members of the Trust to apply to David Charles at the club on 020 8547 3528. You can call between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on a weekday.

Come on - we look forward to seeing you at 7.30 pm on Monday 4 February.


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Tuesday 29 January 2008
first team news
Dons undone

During an evenly contested first half AFC Wimbledon’s patched up defence, with Marcus Gayle at centre back and two young full backs coped well with Boreham Wood’s powerful forwards. De Bolla was withdrawn at half time with Jolly joining Webb up front. The Dons’ plans to take the game forward came unstuck in the 57th minute when Boreham Wood broke upfield and Archer curled a right foot shot past the reach of debutant keeper James Pullen.

The Dons continued to push forward, but despite several half chances and disputed decisions were unable to get anything from the game. In a disappointing night Chris Hussey once again impressed but all the team will be anxious about their selection for the big cup game on Saturday.


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Tuesday 29 January 2008
club news
Help needed

With the relaunch of Comedy@Kingsmeadow only a few days away, we are looking for help to promote the venue by distributing leaflets featuring upcoming events.
If you live locally and would be willing to distribute leaflets in local shops, cafe's, restaurants etc, please ask for some leaflets at the comps window tonight or call into the office over the next couple of days.

If you are intersted in purchasing a ticket for the relaunch on Friday, featuring former Big Breakfast presenter Paul Tonkinson, tickets will be on sale in the bar tonight.


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Tuesday 29 January 2008
club news
Credit card hotline open from 11.00 am to 2.00 pm today

All seats have been sold for the Torquay game.

Terrace tickets are still available and, due to continuing high demand, the hotline, 020 8546 9582, is open today from 11.00 am until 2.00 pm for their sale, as well as for tonight's league game against Boreham Wood (where there are still seats available).


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Monday 28 January 2008
club news
All seats sold for Torquay - terrace available after Boreham Wood game and via hotline

All seat tickets have been sold for the Torquay FA Trophy game on Saturday.

Terrace tickets are still available and may be bought:

• by calling the credit card hotline, which is open from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm on weekdays, unless otherwise announced on this site

• after the Boreham Wood game at the Kingston Road turnstiles, which will remain open for 15 minutes after the game or until the queue subsides.

Please note that tickets for the Torquay game will NOT be on sale before the Boreham Wood game, although applications may be left for processing later and collection on Saturday.

Pre-ordered tickets may be collected at the complimentary tickets window before and after the Boreham Wood game.


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Saturday 26 January 2008
first team news
Main double cancelled out

The Dons were held to a draw in the proverbial game of two halves that mirrored the away match earlier this season. A first half lead of two goals, courtesy of ex Angel Jon Main, was pulled back by two Tonbridge goals from ex Horsham striker Carl Rook. Main’s first came in the 8th minute and second in the 33rd minute when he neatly tucked away Chris Hussey’s low cross to the far post.

The lead was reduced in the 47th minute with Tonbridge striker Carl Rook heading in and he followed up with a second header in the 63rd.

Terry Brown rued his mounting injury crisis “Today we hit the buffers, especially as far as injuries are concerned. This was our 11th game since the 22nd December and we are counting the cost of that. In the first half of the season we were finding it hard to score goals and were not conceding. Today four of that five man defence were out. In addition, neither Leberl nor Beard should be playing but are! I was pleased to see Gayle complete 90 minutes but I doubt he will be moving much on Tuesday. I thought the best player on the pitch was Chris Hussey, who had a fantastic full debut and I was very proud of his contribution. We will now patch up the players ready for Tuesday night".



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Saturday 26 January 2008
cfs news
Matchday Academy

The Matchday Academy returns for this Saturday’s game against Tonbridge Angels. This is held at Kingsmeadow all-weather pitches next to The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium before every AFC Wimbledon Saturday home game.

The academy is open to boys and girls of all abilities aged 4 – 12 and consists of varied small-sided games on state-of-the-art synthetic grass pitches. It runs from 1.00pm to 2.00pm, entry to the area is gained through the Kingsmeadow athletics stadium reception and costs only £3.

Remember under 16s can then go free to the match in line with the club’s policy
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Saturday 26 January 2008
club news
Torquay tickets on sale after the game today

There are just over 50 seats (but plenty of terrace tickets) still available for sale for the FA Trophy game against Torquay next Saturday.

These tickets will go on sale after today's game, as described below.

Please note that any applications received today will be processed after the post-match ticket sales; in addition, tickets will not be not on sale before today's game.

Seats

The remaining seats will go on sale at the Tempest End as soon as possible after today's game. Please note that all these seats are not under cover. For a weather forecast for next Saturday, see here.

Once all the seats have been sold, terrace tickets will be available at the Tempest End, to avoid fans having to queue twice.

Terrace

Terrace tickets will be available at the Kingston Road turnstiles as soon as possible after the game. We encourage fans to buy in advance to avoid long queues or disappointment on the day of the game.

After today, remaining terrace tickets can be bought from the credit card hotline, which will re-open on Monday at 11.00 am, by post or by calling at the office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on any weekday.

Tickets for the Boreham Wood game can also be bought on Monday and Tuesday by post or by credit card hotline.


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Friday 25 January 2008
club news
The credit card hotline closes at 3.00pm today

Today at 4.00 pm is the cut of time for season ticket holders wishing to reserve their usual seat for the FA Trophy game against Torquay.

The hotline, 020 8546 9582, is open today until 3.00 pm for sale of seats and terrace tickets for the Torquay game, as well as for the Tonbridge and Boreham Wood league games.

After 3.00 pm today, the hotline will be closed for the weekend and will re-open on Monday 28 January at 11.00 am.


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Friday 25 January 2008
club news
Club shop sale

The Club Shop Sale starts on Saturday 26 January in the back bar at the end of the AGMs (approx. 1.30pm). A preview of the advertisement due to appear in the Matchday Programme featuring clearance lines, 1/2 price offers and new low prices can be found in the pdf document here

Stock is subject to availability. Cash and cheques only.


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Thursday 24 January 2008
club news
Season ticket holders' last chance to reserve their usual seats for the Torquay game - and other ticket news

Season ticket holders in the main stand who wish to reserve their usual seats for the FA Trophy game against Torquay only have until tomorrow, Friday, at 4.00 pm to do so. After that time, seats will be allocated to non season ticket holders in the order that they applied.

Seat and terrace tickets have been selling very quickly and, at this stage, we are far ahead of pre-sales for any previous cup game at The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow. Nonetheless, we expect there will be enormous pressure on the turnstiles on the day of the game and so we are encouraging fans to buy their terrace tickets early.

After 4.00 pm on Friday, we will be allocating tickets during the evening, ready for collection before and after Saturday's game against Tonbridge. To allow the ticket allocation to proceed, there will be no credit card hotline on Friday evening, but it will be open during the day - watch out tomorrow for a separate announcement about specific times.


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Thursday 24 January 2008
first team news
Terry on Tonbridge

Terry Brown and the team are keen to get back into action at home against Tonbridge after the disappointment of the last two games.

"On paper Saturday's game against Tonbridge would appear to be a three-pointer for us. However, the landscape has changed a little from our cup meeting 14 days ago. The Tonbridge manager now has his own players on board and has released several of the players who played against us in the FA Trophy.

"They have made several new signings within the last month and Tuesday night's win against Leyton saw Carl Rook registering his first goals for the club. The game is vitally important for both sides as neither side can afford to drop points.

"We go into a three match spell at home that will have a massive bearing on the rest of our season. As I've stated before, the league will always take priority and Tuesday's game will see us pick up one of our games in hand over the leaders. The Ryman League is very keen that teams should catch up on outstanding fixtures by the end of February and, thanks to the Boreham Wood game being moved, we only have Margate to rearrange.

"As we are still involved in the FA Trophy, any future progression will mean an inevitable backlog of fixtures. I am sure neither Torquay nor ourselves would welcome a draw as it just adds to the fixture pressure.

"The heavy fixture list over the Christmas period and New Year, including extra games such as Hendon on New Year's Day and Billericay last Tuesday, have given us a problem with accumulated injuries. Our midfield battlers have both been in the wars, while Beckford and Garrard both picked up injuries that have kept them out of contention for several weeks. However, I do still feel that it was important that we didn't let our fixture backlog get any further behind the leaders.

"The boys that are fit are looking forward to playing at home again and this really is a key stage of the season. I appreciate that three home games in seven days is a big ask for fans but I hope that you attend in numbers and continue to give us the fantastic backing you have done all season."


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Thursday 24 January 2008
dons trust news
Two annual general meetings on Saturday 26 January

The annual general meeting of the Dons Trust will take place at 12.00 noon on Saturday 26 January, before the home game against Tonbridge Angels. Paperwork can be found here

It will be immediately followed by the PLC AGM.

Both meetings will be held in the back bar.



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Thursday 24 January 2008
club news
Credit card hotline opening hours today

The credit card hotline, 020 8546 9582, will be open today from 10.45 am until 3.00 pm and again, tonight, from 6.00 pm until 9.00 pm.

In addition to tickets for the Torquay game, they may also be bought for this Saturday's game against Tonbridge Angels and next Tuesday's rearranged game against Boreham Wood.



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Wednesday 23 January 2008
reserve team news
No reserve game tonight

Tonight's scheduled reserve game against Burgess Hill Town will not now take place as the pitch is not available.


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Wednesday 23 January 2008
club news
Credit card hotline open tonight

The credit card hotline, 020 8546 9582, will be open tonight from 6.00pm until 9.00pm. In addition to tickets for the Torquay game, they may also be bought for this Saturday's game against Tonbridge Angels and next Tuesday's rearranged game against Boreham Wood.

Please note that only the main number, as above, will be in use tonight.


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Wednesday 23 January 2008
first team news
Terry on Folkestone and Billericay

Terry Brown was disappointed with the last two games and looking to Saturday's game against Tonbridge to recover some ground.

"Obviously we feel a little bit down after the last two results. They were two difficult fixtures on heavy pitches that have taken their toll injury-wise. I don't want to go into great detail about the injured players, since naming them might help the opposition, but I can say that we will still have eleven fit and hungry players on Saturday.

"The Folkestone game was disappointing because we conceded three goals against a side who have struggled to score most of the year. They seemed to have saved up two special goals to beat us on Saturday. They had two long range efforts from outside the box that gave Lee no chance and whatever way I dress it up we would have had to score four goals to have won that game.

"As for Tuesday's game v Billericay, this was always going to be one of the hardest games of our season - another game that required some height and brawn, so we were therefore disappointed to go into it without the services of Webb, Howard and Leberl. I felt that our first half performance showed that we had too many lightweight players on the pitch and I felt we lost too many battles in the first half.

"At half time I spoke at great length about how we could get back in the game and I thought we showed great spirit and character in the second half. Richard Jolly took his goal very well and I felt that we would then go on and win the game. I thought their goal, which was a fantastic strike, took the stuffing out of the boys for a bit. The introduction of Marcus Gayle gave us the opportunity to deliver crosses into the box. However, it gave them the opportunity to bring on another couple of giants.

"I thought we deserved to get back into the game with a fantastic strike by Sam Hatton who worked tirelessly in midfield, created the first goal and scored the second. I hope this can be a catalyst for Sam to make the position his own and it is in his hands to do so.

"We are now turning our thoughts to Saturday's game against Tonbridge and making sure we are properly prepared for that - it is a big one for us."


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Wednesday 23 January 2008
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow returns!

Comedy@Kingsmeadow is back with a bang! Former Big Breakfast host Paul Tonkinson headlines our first show of 2008 so make sure you don’t miss this one. For more information on the line-up, see below.

We have made a few changes for the new year. The club will now run on the first Friday of the month, and we will have a different culinary theme each month, starting with Caribbean!

But one thing hasn’t changed- we still guarantee you a fantastic night out with the top comedians on the circuit!

To book tickets, call the Kingsmeadow Live booking line on 020 8547 3335 e-mail here.

And don’t miss these upcoming gigs…

Saturday 23 February- Who’s Who
Saturday 8 March- Skaville UK
Saturday 29 March- The Jamm
Saturday 5 April- The Smyths and Re:Order
Saturday 19 April- The Dualers
For more information, visit www.kingsmeadowlive.com.

More about our first show of 2008...

Friday 1 February
COMEDY@KINGSMEADOW presents….
Paul Tonkinson, Vince Fluke, Adrian Poynton
Doors open 8.00pm/ bar closes Midnight
Admission: £12 (includes comedy and dinner)

Paul Tonkinson (Closing act)
Johnny Vaughan’s replacement on Channel 4's The Big Breakfast, Paul Tonkinson is fast becoming a household name. Winner of the 1992 Time Out New Act of the Year Award and Time Out Stand Up Comic of the Year in 1997, Paul leads his audience on a guided tour through the differences in male and female logic and can take the mickey out of almost every region in Britain and further afield. Catch him before he becomes so much in demand he has to stop playing live gigs.
Other TV credits include hosting ‘Take the Mike’ on ITV and The Sunday Show on BBC2.

Vince Fluke (Opening act)
Lucky for the Pope that Vince Flück discovered comedy and decided not to join the Swiss Guard like his parents wanted. Raised in the wild western Canadian Rockies, Flück is a recent comedy import to Britain. Posessing a sardonic wit and a knack for finding the lighter side of dark matter, Vince has been a hit at comedy clubs and festivals accross North America since he was fresh out of secondary school.

Flück arrived in the UK in 2006 and fell in love with the slightly sinister sarcasm of British audiences... leading him to stick around for a while. In August 2006, Flück engaged in his first Edinburgh Fringe festival performing on the Big Value, Talk of the Fest, BBC Live, Spank, Late n Live, Phat Caves, Vent and the Stand. He now makes his home in windgey ol' London-town and tours accross UK, Ireland, Europe and wherever else this latest adventure takes him.

Adrian Poynton (Compere)
"One of Britain's most promising new comics" - The Daily Telegraph
"Adrian Poynton's excellent" - Metro
"A real talent" - The Stage
"Astounding moments of genius…stunning" - The Guardian
"Some amazing humour" - Fest Magazine
"So impressive" - The Times
"Can certainly deliver a Joke" - The Yorkshire Post
"Adrian Poynton's sharp and funny" - The Scotsman
"With his dynamic stage presents that can energise the most moribund of crowds, Poynton certainly has the art of delivery licked." - Chortle



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Wednesday 23 January 2008
club news
Fundraising event featuring 'Backtrack'!

Come and enjoy a night of live music and dancing at The Cherry Red Records Fans’ Stadium- Kingsmeadow on Saturday 9 February.

The evening will feature Backtrack, a five piece band, playing hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. The show is being held in the back bar and the dress code is smart casual. Doors open at 7.15pm, the music kicks off at 8pm and the bar closes at midnight.

Tickets cost £10 and can be purchased by calling commercial executive Keith McGuinness on 020 8547 3336 or Ian Cooke on 020 8397 6045.

All proceeds go to the club.

We would like to thank former Dons captain Ian Cooke for his help in organising this event.


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Wednesday 23 January 2008
youth news
Under 19s back in action

The Under 19s play their first game since November when they play Bromley this afternoon. The match is to be played at Kelsey Park Sports College, Manor Way, Beckenham, BR3 3SJ and kick off is at 2.00pm


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Tuesday 22 January 2008
club news
Come back from the game tonight in the fans' coach

If you are going to the Billericay game tonight by public transport and aren't sure about getting home in good time, why not book a one-way ticket on the fans' coach?

The cost is £10 for an adult and £6 for a concession. To take advantage of this offer, please call the club's office on 020 8547 3528 before 4.00 pm.

The coach will drop fans off at the Woodman pub and at the Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow.


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Tuesday 22 January 2008
club news
Reminder - today's credit card hotline hours

The credit card hotline, 020 8546 9582, is open today, Tuesday, until 4.00 pm. In addition to tickets for the Torquay game, they may also be bought for this Saturday's game against Tonbridge Angels and next Tuesday's rearranged game against Boreham Wood.

Please note that only the main number, as above, is in use today.

We are adjusting the availability according to demand so watch this space for further announcements re ticket sales.


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Monday 21 January 2008
club news
Last call for Billericay coach

There are still spaces available for the coach to Billericay on Tuesday 22 January but you need to book today, by calling the office on 020 8547 3528.

The coach will leave from the Woodman pub at 3.30 pm and from the Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow at 4.00 pm.

An adult place costs £13 and concessions are £9.


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Monday 21 January 2008
club news
Additional credit card hotline number for Tonbridge Angels, Boreham Wood and Torquay United

Today and tomorrow, the usual credit card hotline will be open from 10.45am until 4.00pm for the sale of seat and terrace tickets for the Ryman league games against Tonbridge Angels on 26 January and Boreham Wood on 29 January and the FA Trophy game against Torquay United on 2 February.

In addition to the usual number we have, for today, added an extra number and fans can also call 020 8974 5712 between 10.45am and 2.00pm to book both seat and terrace tickets for the above games.

Season ticket holders are reminded that they have until 4.00pm on Friday 25 January to reserve their usual seats



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Monday 21 January 2008
first team news
Boreham Wood game re-arranged

To reduce the chances of a possible fixture pile up towards the end of the season, the game against Boreham Wood, originally set for 2 February, has been brought forward to Tuesday, 29 January with a 7.45pm kick off.


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Saturday 19 January 2008
first team news
Folkestone win ends run

The Dons’ run of five successive League victories came to an abrupt end as Folkestone inflicted their first defeat in any competition since 1 December.

After a dreary first half, the game burst into life within one minute of the restart when the Dons failed to clear a long throw and Kevin Watson’s shot from outside the penalty area flew past the partially unsighted Lee Butcher. Eleven minutes later, another long throw was flicked on by Tom Bryant and the ball looped over the despairing hands of Butcher to put the Dons two goals behind.

Richard Jolly replaced Mark De Bolla on 58 minutes and very quickly was involved in the move that led to Jon Main putting in Steve Ferguson, who drove into the far side of the goal. The Dons pushed forward for an equaliser but after 86 minutes, a pin-point Watson free kick went in off the inside of the post to restore the two goal advantage.

The Dons continued to press and Main reduced the deficit when he headed home from Marcus Gayle’s cross in the fourth minute of added time, but in the end it was too little, too late.

Terry Brown was obviously disappointed with the result. “Defensively, I thought it was our weakest performance for some time, and to concede three goals, from effectively three set pieces, was very disappointing from a manager’s point of view. I thought we lacked spark in midfield, and up front did not make enough of the opportunities that arose in free play.

“Overall, it was not a great day for the team, but it will be a good test to see how they bounce back on Tuesday when they face a very difficult game at Billericay. The team went on a good run after the League defeat against Chelmsford at the beginning of December, and we need to do the same again. The team were set a target of four points from the Folkestone and Billericay games and they will now need to claw something back. Folkestone played very well on the day in a very attacking formation, particular pushing the full backs on and creating a numerical advantage in midfield. Normally, to score two goals away from home you are usually safe, but today we would have had to score four to obtain the victory.

“I thought Richard Jolly and Marcus Gayle did very well when they came on, and that has given me food for thought before selecting the team on Tuesday night”.

A full report will appear later.



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Saturday 19 January 2008
first team news
Game on at Folkestone

We have just heard from Folkestone that the referee has passed the pitch as playable, so the game will go ahead as planned at 3.00 pm.



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Friday 18 January 2008
first team news
Terry on Folkestone

Terry Brown is looking forward to the Folkestone game and hoping that the rain holds off long enough for it to go ahead.

"Obviously we are hopeful that the game is on tomorrow as the whole squad are on a roll at the moment and would like the chance to continue the form that we've shown over the last month.

"I thought the home game against Folkestone was a difficult game for us as they defended very well. They had a very strong midfield, especially the three in midfield who worked very hard, so I expect that area of the pitch to be very strongly contested tomorrow.

"At the outset, it might seem that a muddy pitch might suit them but I've been down to Folkestone to watch them myself and on the two occasions I've seen them they've played good football - while we proved at Maidstone that we can battle with the best of them.

"We are hopeful that Marcus Gayle will be able to return to the squad and also Robert Quinn. It is the first of three games that Daniel Webb misses and that therefore means that we will have to juggle with the formation up front. However, we are fortunate enough to have both Jon Main and Richard Jolly available for selection. On the injury fornt, we are pleased with the progress that Luke Garrard has made and he should be available within the week.

"I've been very pleased with our form of late away from home and I'd like to think that the team are gelling a lot better than at the time of our previous encounter. So, let's hope the game goes ahead and that we can gain another three points to keep this run going."


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Friday 18 January 2008
first team news
Folkestone game update

In light of the continuing spell of bad weather we have been informed that there will be a pitch inspection at 9.00 am to see if the game can go ahead.

You are advised to watch the official site for the up to date position. Those fans who have joined our free SMS text service will receive an appropriate message.

If the game does go ahead, we have been informed that, as in previous seasons, there will be no crowd segregation. Wimbledon fans will have use of the front bar in Stripes with the back bar being allocated to the home fans.


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Friday 18 January 2008
club news
Online Shop

The Online Shop will be closed from 10.00pm on Friday 18 January whilst Worldpay upgrade their systems. The shop will re-open on Saturday morning as soon as we have received notification from Worldpay that the upgrade is complete.


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Friday 18 January 2008
club news
Additional credit card hotline number for Tonbridge Angels and Torquay United

Today, the credit card hotline will be open from 11.00 am until 2.00 pm for the sale of tickets for the Ryman league game against Tonbridge Angels on 26 January and the FA Trophy game against Torquay United on 2 February.

In addition to the usual number we have, for today, added an extra number and fans can also call 020 8974 5712 to book both seat and terrace tickets for the above games.


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Friday 18 January 2008
club news
Final call for the Folkestone coach and announcement re the time of the coach to Billericay

There are about a dozen seats available on the coach to Folkestone for the critical Ryman League game tomorrow. The coach will leave from the Woodman pub at 11.30 am and from the Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow at noon.

Places are also available on the coach to Billericay on Tuesday. This coach will leave from the Woodman pub at 3.30 pm and from the Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow at 4.00 pm.

Places on these coaches can be booked by calling in to, or phoning (020 8547 3528), the club's office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays.

Prices are, as usual, £13 for adults and £9 for concessions.


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Friday 18 January 2008
dons trust news
Dons Draw results for January

The January Dons Draw took place this morning at The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow.

Winning numbers were drawn in the presence of Erik Samuelson (Dons Trust board member), Dave Charles (Club Secretary) and Neil Messenbird (the Dons Draw Treasurer).

The winning ticket numbers and prizes were as follows:

First prize of £1000 - ticket 1216 – Elaine Jeater from Essex

Second prize of £480 - ticket 2217 – Tim Fessler from SW4

Third prize of £150 - ticket 0661 – Philip Godfrey from Liverpool

Congratulations to all three prize winners. This is the second win for Philip, but the first for Elaine and Tim

The next Dons Draw will take place on or after 15 February 2008 with the results being posted on the AFC Wimbledon official web site soon after the draw has taken place.

The first prize is now £1000 so if you want a chance of winning next month’s jackpot but still haven’t entered, or if you have already entered the draw but would like to increase your chances of winning by taking a few more numbers, then why not enter now?

You can sign up online to the Dons Draw or download an application here.

The deadline for new entrants to the February 2008 Dons Draw is 8:00 pm on Thursday 31 January.

Any questions you may have can be answered by contacting the Dons Draw team here or by clicking here.


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Thursday 17 January 2008
club news
Advance sales for Tonbridge Angels and Torquay United

The credit card hotline has opened today for the sale of tickets for the Ryman league game against Tonbridge Angels on 26 January and the FA Trophy game against Torquay United on 2 February.

To deal with the demand for tickets, the hotline will remain open until 2.00pm today.


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Wednesday 16 January 2008
club news
Advance sales for the FA Carlsberg Trophy third round versus Torquay United

Following Saturday's FA Trophy win against Tonbridge Angels, we have been drawn at home in the third round on Saturday 2 February, against Torquay United.

The game is not all ticket but it is expected that there will be a high demand for tickets to see this game. We strongly recommend that you book both seats and terrace tickets in advance.

To order your tickets for the game, please follow these instructions:

Main Stand and President's Lounge

Starting on Thursday 17 January, main stand season ticket holders can reserve their usual seats by calling the credit card hotline (020 8546 9582) between 11.00 am and 1.00 pm on weekdays or by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the club office. Season ticket holders, whose applications are received by 4.00pm on Friday 25 January, will be allocated their usual seats. Please note that block A season ticket holders may also apply for their usual seats. These tickets will be available for collection at the Tonbridge game on 26 January.

Fans who are not season ticket holders may also apply now but they will not be allocated specific seats until after 25 January. Any unsold seats will be on sale after our game with Tonbridge.

If you are applying by post, please enclose Voucher E, a cheque for the correct amount, a contact phone number and a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

Tickets for the President's Lounge are available only to existing season ticket holders.

Terraces

We advise fans to buy terrace tickets in advance. They will also be available via the hotline and by post from 17 January. Please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope as described above. There is no need to enclose a season ticket voucher with your application. Terrace tickets will also be on sale after our game with Tonbridge on 26 January.

Seat prices

These are: Adults £11, Concessions £6 and Under-16s £3. Terrace prices are £9, £5 and £2 respectively. President's Lounge tickets are £35.


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Tuesday 15 January 2008
dons trust news
By-election for two elected members of Dons Trust Board

On 9 November the Dons Trust announced that the number of candidates for the election was fewer than the number of vacancies.

The board has decided to hold a by-election for the two vacant places. The formal launch of this by-election, including the detailed timetable, will be made once the results of the recent election have been reported to the Trust AGM on Saturday 26 January.


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Tuesday 15 January 2008
club news
Book for the coaches to Folkestone and Billericay

There are still places available for the crucial next two away league games at Folkestone, on Saturday 19 January, and Billericay, on Tuesday 22 January.

You can book your place by visiting or phoning the club's office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays. Tickets are £13 for adults and £9 for concessions.

The Folkestone coach will leave the Woodman pub at 11.30 am and The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow at noon.

The Billericay times will be announced very soon.


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Tuesday 15 January 2008
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow returns!

Comedy@Kingsmeadow is back with a bang! Former Big Breakfast host Paul Tonkinson headlines our first show of 2008 so make sure you don’t miss this one. For more information on the line-up, see below.

We have made a few changes for the new year. The club will now run on the first Friday of the month, and we will have a different culinary theme each month, starting with Caribbean!

But one thing hasn’t changed- we still guarantee you a fantastic night out with the top comedians on the circuit!



And don’t miss these upcoming gigs…

Saturday 23 February- Who’s Who
Saturday 8 March- Skaville UK
Saturday 29 March- The Jamm
Saturday 5 April- The Smyths and Re:Order
Saturday 19 April- The Dualers
For more information, visit www.kingsmeadowlive.com.



More about this week's comedy...

Friday 1 February
COMEDY@KINGSMEADOW presents….
Paul Tonkinson, Vince Fluke, Adrian Poynton
Doors open 8.00pm/ bar closes Midnight
Admission: £12 (includes comedy and dinner)

Paul Tonkinson (Closing act)
Johnny Vaughan’s replacement on Channel 4's The Big Breakfast, Paul Tonkinson is fast becoming a household name. Winner of the 1992 Time Out New Act of the Year Award and Time Out Stand Up Comic of the Year in 1997, Paul leads his audience on a guided tour through the differences in male and female logic and can take the mickey out of almost every region in Britain and further afield. Catch him before he becomes so much in demand he has to stop playing live gigs.
Other TV credits include hosting ‘Take the Mike’ on ITV and The Sunday Show on BBC2.

Vince Fluke (Opening act)
Lucky for the Pope that Vince Flück discovered comedy and decided not to join the Swiss Guard like his parents wanted. Raised in the wild western Canadian Rockies, Flück is a recent comedy import to Britain. Posessing a sardonic wit and a knack for finding the lighter side of dark matter, Vince has been a hit at comedy clubs and festivals accross North America since he was fresh out of secondary school.
Flück arrived in the UK in 2006 and fell in love with the slightly sinister sarcasm of British audiences... leading him to stick around for a while. In August 2006, Flück engaged in his first Edinburgh Fringe festival performing on the Big Value, Talk of the Fest, BBC Live, Spank, Late n Live, Phat Caves, Vent and the Stand. He now makes his home in windgey ol' London-town and tours accross UK, Ireland, Europe and wherever else this latest adventure takes him.

Adrian Poynton (Compere)
"One of Britain's most promising new comics" - The Daily Telegraph
"Adrian Poynton's excellent" - Metro
"A real talent" - The Stage
"Astounding moments of genius…stunning" - The Guardian
"Some amazing humour" - Fest Magazine
"So impressive" - The Times
"Can certainly deliver a Joke" - The Yorkshire Post
"Adrian Poynton's sharp and funny" - The Scotsman
"With his dynamic stage presents that can energise the most moribund of crowds, Poynton certainly has the art of delivery licked." - Chortle





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Monday 14 January 2008
cfs news
Part time administrator for Community Football Scheme

The Community Football Scheme wants to recruit a temporary part-time administrator. Initially the job is for 3 months to work between 10-15 hours per week, mostly mornings, and is based at The Cherry Red Records Fans’ Stadium. The job covers:

• record-keeping and dealing with basic book-keeping
• organisation of coaching staff
• the marketing of our offerings to schools and community groups

Applicants will need office administration experience, a good telephone manner, excellent MS Office skills and ideally will have exposure to the voluntary or charity sector.

To apply send your CV to Nigel Higgs at The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow, Jack Goodchild Way, 422a Kingston Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 3PB or email your CV to Nigel here

Closing date for applications 17 January 2008.
AFC Wimbledon is an equal opportunities employer.



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Monday 14 January 2008
club news
For PLC shareholders

At this time of year, when we have just sent out the papers for the PLC agm, we get a number of calls from people saying that the shareholder has moved and they have no forwarding address. We can't do anything about this as the registrars will only accept instructions for changes of address from the registered shareholder.

Therefore, if you have changed address, or any other pesonal details, please do tell Capita, our registrars, so that they can amend their records. They can be contacted on 0871 664 0300. Please note that calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras.

If you prefer to write, you can do so to:
Capita Registrars
The Registry
34 Beckenham Road
Beckenham
Kent
BR3 4TU

Please remember that, understandably, Capita will not accept any instructions from the club re your shares - you need to contact them directly.


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Monday 14 January 2008
first team news
Terry on Tonbridge and Torquay

Terry Brown was on top of the world this morning, following the victory at Tonbridge on Saturday and the prospect of a home game against one of the Conference leaders in the next round.

"Saturday's game at Tonbridge proved to be a massive game as far as the confidence of my players is concerned. The team has evolved even in the short time since our last visit there and I was never in any doubt that it was 'game over' when we went in 2-0 up at half time. I was particularly pleased for the players that came in. I thought Lee Butcher did very well in goal, along with Will Salmon who kept their new signing, Kirk Watts, very quiet. I was also delighted to see Steve Gilbert making his debut and looking comfortable. It is a sign that the youth academy that Nige Higgs is running is delivering what we need in terms of quality young players and I never had any doubts about bringing Steve on.

"I was also very pleased that Mark De Bolla came back into the side and showed the quality that first brought him to the club. I thought his two finishes were very clinical. I was also delighted that Richard Jolly's lively ten minutes resulted in a very well taken goal.

"I don't know what it is about the FA Trophy but we seem to play with a little bit more freedom in it. You only have to look at our goal tally to realise that we seem to be able to put sides to the sword in this competition. I would like to think the confidence this result gives us can be transferred into our league form.

"The win on Saturday takes us into the last 16 and sees the lowest ranked club left in the competition pitted at home against the second most successful non-league club in the country. I am particularly delighted with this draw as it will give me my first opportunity of seeing our current squad pitted against one of the strongest teams in non-league.

"I have said all along that I think our squad need fear nobody and this will cetainly test that theory. A good performance against Torquay will instil even more confidence in our side. Torquay are currently managed by a good friend of mine, Paul Buckle, who has done a wonderful job in his first managerial role and I think he will go on, alongside Aldershot, to lead them back into the football league. Unfortunately, neither of those teams will be able to do the double because, of course, we are going to win the FA Trophy!!

"I am aware of the quality players Paul has at his command and one of them will be my former star striker Tim Sills. Tim is one of the best target men I've ever worked with - my two centre halfs will have to be on top form to contain him. However, we may have a surprise or two for Paul and I am sure he won't take us lightly.

"In the meantime we have some rather important league games which will take priority over the next few weeks."


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Monday 14 January 2008
first team news
FA Carlsberg Trophy draw

We have been drawn at home to Torquay United in the third round of the FA Carlsberg Trophy. The game will be played on Saturday, 2 February with a 3.00pm kick off.

Ticket arrangements for the game will be announced shortly.



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Saturday 12 January 2008
dons trust news
Dons Trust AGM

The annual general meeting of Dons Trust will take place at 12.00 noon on Saturday 26 January, before the home game against Tonbridge Angels.

Paperwork can be found here

It will be immediately followed by the PLC AGM.


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Saturday 12 January 2008
first team news
Dons cruise into the Third Round

The Dons’ love affair with the FA Carlsberg Trophy continued as they dominated the Second Round tie against Tonbridge Angels and comfortably moved into the last 16.

On a muddy pitch that played better than had been predicted, the early stages were evenly contested until in the 13th minute when Daniel Webb controlled a cross from Will Salmon and lashed the ball past the helpless Reed. Despite having a Mark De Bolla penalty well saved by Reed after 35 minutes, the Dons increased their lead when De Bolla scored the crucial second goal almost on the stroke of half time, after a dreadful mistake by John Wilfort.

In the 58th minute another defensive mistake let in De Bolla, who calmly slotted the ball home for his second, and the scoring was wrapped up in the 90th minute when substitute Richard Jolly tucked the ball home via the far post.

Terry Brown was very happy with both the performance and the result. “As in the previous rounds, the team showed how much they enjoy playing in the Trophy. The system that we employ away from home allows us to break from the back with pace. We could have taken more of the chances we created, especially in the second half, but it is difficult to ask for more when you have won 4 – 0 and missed a penalty.

“I am very pleased for the players who have not been able to break into the team recently and who have been sitting on the bench. Mark De Bolla and Richard Jolly have both been frustrated by their recent lack of first team action, but between them scored three of the goals. Will Salmon played well at right back and showed his adaptability when he moved to the centre of the defence later in the game. Other pluses included Lee Butcher’s clean sheet and Stevie Gilbert making his first team debut in a game he will never forget. All in all, this will provide me with some difficult selection problems next Saturday.”

Details of our opponents in the Third Round will appear here at around 12.30pm on Monday.


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Saturday 12 January 2008
reserve team news
Today's reserve team game

Today's reserves game at Whyteleafe has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.


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Saturday 12 January 2008
first team news
FA Trophy game at Tonbridge is on

We have just heard from Tonbridge that the referee has passed the pitch as muddy but playable, so the FA Trophy game will go ahead as planned at 3.00 pm.


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Friday 11 January 2008
first team news
Fixture change

We have agreed with East Thurrock United, with the approval of the Ryman League, that our Easter home game will be brought forward to Good Friday, 21 March, kick off 3.00 pm.

This will give both teams an extra day's recovery time before their Easter Monday games.


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Friday 11 January 2008
first team news
FA Carlsberg Trophy game update

In light of the current spell of bad weather we are in regular touch with Tonbridge Angels prior to our FA Carlsberg Trophy game on Saturday.

As a precaution, a pitch inspection will be taking place early on Saturday morning to see if the game can go ahead. You are advised to watch the official site for the up to date position or, alternatively, join our free SMS text service which keeps fans abreast of postponed matches.

To make use of this service please either e mail info@afcwimbledon.co.uk or telephone the office on 020 8547 3528 with your mobile number. To ensure you receive the up to date information about this game you must contact the office by 4.00pm at the latest with your mobile number.



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Thursday 10 January 2008
u18s news
Under 18 game postponed

Tonight's under 18 game against Tooting and Mitcham United has been postponed as the pitches at Banstead are waterlogged following the recent rain.


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Wednesday 09 January 2008
club news
Important note re Tonbridge coach, plus details re Folkestone and Billericay

Important - Tonbridge

If you have booked on the coach to Tonbridge and have been given a ticket, please note that the times printed on the tickets are incorrect. The coach will leave from the Woodman pub at noon and The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow, at 12.30 pm

There are about 10 seats left on the coach for this Saturday's FA Trophy game. Seats can be booked by phoning, or visiting, the club's offices - 020 8547 3528 - between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays.


Folkestone

Tickets are also available for this coach for the league game at Folkestone on 19 January - see above for details of how to buy them. The coach will leave the Woodman pub at 11.30 am and The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow, at noon.

Billericay

We are also taking bookings for the league game at Billericay on Tuesday 22 January. Departure times will be announced at a later date. Please note that if there is insufficient demand, we will review our decision to go ahead with this coach.

Prices

Prices are the same, i.e. £13 for adults and £9 for concessions, for each coach.


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Wednesday 09 January 2008
first team news
Terry on Ashford

Terry Brown had mixed feelings about last night's win, where the team kept the excellent run going but suffered another disciplinary problem when Antony Howard was dismissed late in the game.

"This was another fantastic result that keeps the run going. The very difficult conditions last night made it very hard to get the ball down and pass it. Defensively, I thought we restricted them to only two or three chances on the evening.

"As a spectacle, the game never really got going. I felt a little bit sorry for our two forwards because the service up to them wasn't good enough - they were fighting for scraps and lacking quality passes to them. As seems to be the fashion nowadays, Ashford came with five in midfield and only one up front, making it very difficult for our wingers to take advantage of their pace. However, we do now seem to have the firepower to score important goals at the right time.

"I think I said at the start of the season that we might have to get out of this league by playing ugly football. At the moment, our side seems to benefit from the extra space we find during away fixtures.

"I was, however, very disappointed with the lack of discipline showed by Antony Howard. As with Daniel Webb, he will be disciplined by the club and I have reiterated the importance of discipline to the whole squad. These two unnecessary sending offs mean we will have a problem with suspensions during this month.

"The run over Christmas has seen us produce flashes of brilliance, e.g. Tony Finn's winning goal last night, and it has also shown a great deal of character within the side. Players such as Jake Leberl and Mark Beard may not be the most attractive to watch on the ball but they do win their battles. The long term aim is to play attractive football that we can all be proud of, but the short term aim is to get out of this league, whatever it takes.

"Lastly, the players really appreciate the patience that our fans have shown when they are battling to overcome the stifling tactics of visiting teams and I'd like to pass on their thanks to all the fans."


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Wednesday 09 January 2008
first team news
Robin Shroot available for transfer

Robin Shroot is currently on loan at Harrow Borough but is not presently playing following an injury received against Staines Town several weeks ago. Having reviewed Robin's statement that he will not re-sign for the club next season and after careful consideration, Terry Brown has placed him on the transfer list with immediate effect.


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Tuesday 08 January 2008
first team news
Finn super strike seals win

On a night when the windy conditions made it difficult to play flowing football, the Dons made it five wins in a row against in-form team Ashford Town.

In a game with limited goalmouth action Wimbledon went ahead after 26 minutes when Tony Finn's shot was headed into his own net by the diving Adam Logie. Tony Finn's strike after 73 minutes made the game safe but there was still time for Antony Howard to be given a controversial straight red after a goalmouth melee. A last minute goal offered little comfort to Ashford.

Terry Brown felt conditions had spoilt the game."Blustery conditions rarely allow a good game of football and tonight proved the case. I was pleased that the back four limited Ashford to just two chances but once they had set out their formation with five in midfield and one up front it was always going to be a scrap in the middle of the park with little good football from either side. I felt sorry for Jon Main and Richard Jolly as they had very little service with which to work. The sending off of Antony Howard was another disappointment. However, it was another important win and another three points".


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Tuesday 08 January 2008
dons trust news
Dons Trust Board meeting, 7 January 2008

At its regular monthly meeting, the Board:

· Endorsed the Trust's audited report and accounts for the year ended 30 June 2007

· Confirmed the Trust's commitment to meeting capital repayments from its fundraising, leaving the Club responsible for meeting the interest on capital loans.

· Resolved to pay the first three monthly repayments of the principal of the £600k Barclays loan and to transfer £15,500 to the Club for that purpose.

· Agreed to take part in a Supporters Direct pilot programme to develop a trust membership management database and thanked John Stembridge for agreeing to lead on this and for his splendid work as Membership Secretary.

· Agreed to a membership project that would look at fundamentals (eg the nature of membership, the relationship of Trust and Club, the name of the Trust) and practical matters (including a phone campaign during the renewal season and a face-to-face membership drive focused on the 1 March home game against Hastings United)

The minutes of this meeting will be placed on the Trust pages of this site when they have been approved by the Board.


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Tuesday 08 January 2008
reserve team news
No reserve game tonight

The advertised reserve game against Tonbridge Angels in the Suburban shield will not be going ahead tonight.


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Tuesday 08 January 2008
first team news
London Senior Cup tie fixed

We will play our quarter final London Senior cup tie at Bromley on Tuesday 5 February, kick off at 7.45 pm.

Further details about the game will be announced in due course.


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Monday 07 January 2008
club news
Please return season ticket vouchers if you aren't coming to the Ashford game

Before each home game we send an email asking season ticket holders who can't come to the game to donate the relevant voucher to the club so that we can reclaim the VAT and also re-sell seats.

Due to a technical problem, we can't send the email for the game against Ashford Town (Middlesex). However, the vouchers are still needed so, if you aren't coming, please consider emailing us on info@afcwimbledon.co.uk - we can then use the voucher.


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Monday 07 January 2008
first team news
Terry on Maidstone and Ashford

Terry Brown was still buzzing after Saturday's gripping win at Maidstone when we spoke to him earlier today.

"Saturday's game saw us gain three very valuable points. After what was a very hectic Christmas period we needed to consolidate and maintain our current run.

"On Saturday, like most of the away games this season, there was a need to maintain our composure in the first thirty minutes when most sides manage to throw the kitchen sink at us. This was made harder because we have also had several changes in the back five over the last week, with the introduction of our new goalkeeper, Lee Butcher, Will Salmon coming in for Luke Garrard and Rob Quinn being injured within five minutes of the game starting. Fortunately for us, we were able to call on the services of Antony Howard who came in and did very well on Saturday.

"The game started in a bizarre fashion, when the opening 10 minutes saw us go into a 2-0 lead with our first two forays into the opposition half. We then had to suffer a very difficult 30 minutes when we had the real possibility of Jake Leberl having to come off at the same time as Rob Quinn. Jake suffered a very deep cut to his ankle which also led to a large swelling around the joint. He was unable to take his boot off at half time and very bravely played on despite incurring further damage.

"During his initial baptism of fire, Lee Butcher came for every cross and gained in composure as the game wore on. I was delighted with his introduction to Ryman League football and I know from speaking to him afterwards that he enjoyed it and feels that it will be invaluable to his long term career.

"I was very disappointed with the sending off of Daniel Webb. I thought his tackle was ill-advised and reckless and I don't expect any of my players to behave like that in the future. The player will be disciplined by the club and as far as I am concerned the matter is now closed. Daniel will suffer a three match ban, starting on Saturday 19 January, when we are at Folkestone.

"Saturday turned out to be a very big three points for the side. I thought we worked very hard when we had ten men. The depth of our squad enabled us to make the necessary changes to improve us in the second half and I felt that even with ten men that our superior fitness told. It would be wrong of me to single out any individual as I was delighted with the effort and determination shown by everyone in the second half.

"Unfortunately we now have a long injury list for Tuesday night's game against Ashford Town. However, it is funny how quickly players regain fitness when you are in a winning streak.

"Mark Butler brings his side here on the back of a successful Christmas period that sees him in a very respectable mid-table position. I know he will see our fixture as an opportunity for his players to bounce back after their reverse at Margate. I am aware of several quality young players they possess and they certainly showed it against Staines in their 4-2 victory.

"Our home form of late has been patchy, but we have picked up good wins without ever playing to our full potential. I think we have quality attacking players that the management team needs to get more out of. It is easy to say that we have only lost one league game since September, but I would be kidding myself if I said the team was playing to its full potential.

"The players have had sufficient time now to gel as a unit and we are seeing some of the benefits. However I expect this unit of players to step up to the plate and go on to another level over the remainder of the season."


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Monday 07 January 2008
club news
Credit card hotline open today and tomorrow for Ashford tickets

Seat tickets are on sale via the credit card hotline for the crucial Ryman League game versus Ashford Town (Middlesex) on Tuesday 8 January, kick off 7.45 pm.

You can buy tickets by calling the credit card hotline on 020 8546 9582 between 11.00 am and 1.00 pm.

Prices are £11 for adults, £6 for concessions and £3 for under 16s. There is a £1.50 charge for each transaction.


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Sunday 06 January 2008
cfs news
Part time administrator for Community Football Scheme

The Community Football Scheme wants to recruit a temporary part-time administrator. Initially the job is for 3 months to work between 10-15 hours per week, mostly mornings, and is based at The Cherry Red Records Fans’ Stadium. The job covers:

• record-keeping and dealing with basic book-keeping
• organisation of coaching staff
• the marketing of our offerings to schools and community groups

Applicants will need office administration experience, a good telephone manner, excellent MS Office skills and ideally will have exposure to the voluntary or charity sector.

To apply send your CV to Nigel Higgs at The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow, Jack Goodchild Way, 422a Kingston Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 3PB or email your CV to Nigel here

Closing date for applications 17 January 2008.
AFC Wimbledon is an equal opportunities employer.


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Saturday 05 January 2008
first team news
Determined Dons despatch the Stones

The Dons continued their fine run of form with a deserved victory over Maidstone.

A game which held the crowd’s interest throughout had an incident-packed start as Mark De Bolla converted a penalty after just two minutes, following a handball in the penalty area. A second soon after, when Tony Finn nodded in Jake Leberl’s header, appeared to put the Dons in a comfortable position, but Mo Takaloo quickly reduced the deficit.

Injuries to Rob Quinn and Leberl, the former being substituted, cautions for Anthony Howard and Mark Beard, and a red card for Daniel Webb, meant that you could not take your eyes off the game.

Both teams ended up with 10 men when Conor Hagan was dismissed for the home team 10 minutes into the second half. Although the Dons had a few anxious moments, they created a number of goal scoring chances and should have increased the margin of victory.

Terry Brown was, not surprisingly, up-beat about the performance. “It was a fantastic win on another Saturday when we had to get all three points. It was a very hectic start and although we were quickly two goals ahead, we also suffered two early injuries which disrupted us. Quinn pulled a calf muscle and had to be replaced by Howard, who did well. Leberl suffered a cut on the ankle which will require stitches, but he battled on bravely.

“I was very pleased with Will Salmon who handled a tricky winger very well, and delighted with Lee Butcher who grew in confidence on his debut as the game progressed, and showed some good handling in the second half. At the time of the sending off, I knew we would have to grind out the result and made a number of tactical changes. Although Finn had scored a good goal, I knew that the pace of Steve Ferguson and Jon Main up front in the second half would allow the team to defend in depth. I was disappointed that we did not convert the three or four opportunities that we had in the second half to increase the lead”.

Finally, Terry spoke about the team’s discipline. “We have had a very good disciplinary record so far, but today I felt we let ourselves down and I was disappointed with Webb. It was a deserved red card. I have spoken to the player and will be dealing with the matter internally”.

A full match report will appear later.



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Friday 04 January 2008
club news
Final call for coach places to Maidstone

If you want to book a place on the coach to the game against Maidstone tomorrow, then please call the club's office on 020 8547 3528 before 4.00 pm today.

Tickets are £13 for adults and £9 for concessions. The coach leaves from The Woodman pub at 11.30 am and from The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium, Kingsmeadow, at noon.


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Friday 04 January 2008
club news
AGM papers sent out

The annual general meeting of AFCW PLC will take place on Saturday 26 January, just before the home game against Tonbridge Angels and immediately after the Dons Trust AGM.

Papers for the PLC's agm were despatched earlier this week. These include the PLC's annual accounts, which will also be published on this site next week.

The papers for the DT agm will be despatched next week.


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Friday 04 January 2008
first team news
Terry signs goalkeeper

Terry Brown has signed 19 year old goalkeeper, Lee Butcher, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur for four weeks. He will go straight into the squad for the game against Maidstone United on Saturday.

As Terry explained, Danny Knowles’ loan period ended on 1 January and he has returned to Grays Athletic where he hopes to move on in the transfer window.

Lee, who is seen as a bright prospect, joined Tottenham from Arsenal during the summer of 2007. Previously, he had been a member of the Arsenal youth system since the age of 10. Last season he made his debut for the Arsenal under 18s, making 16 appearances for them in the Academy league. Lee is a full time professional with Tottenham and although now too old for their academy side has made a number of appearances for them. He has also been on the bench for the reserve side and the move is a great opportunity for him to gain experience from regular football.



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Thursday 03 January 2008
first team news
Terry looks forward to Maidstone

Terry Brown took time out before tonight's training session at the club to talk about Saturday's game against Maidstone and his continuing aim of getting even more out of his squad.

"The team is looking forward to making the journey to Sittingbourne to play Maidstone on Saturday. I have personally seen Maidstone twice this year, once prior to our home game against them, which turned out to be a fairly close encounter. This will be a difficult game, I am sure of that.

"However, we go into the game confident, on the back of a three match winning spell. The players will be in no mood to waste the ground we have made up during the Crhistmas period.

"Some good news is that we appear to be shaking off the virus that has affected the players over the last two weeks. There are still unfortunately a few injuries and Marcus Gayle, Karl Beckford and Luke Garrard are definitely ruled out for at least another week or two, while Jon Main is trying desperately to shake off an injury sustained in the first half against Hendon.

"Although I am delighted with the Christmas return I still believe there is room for considerable improvement. A key to that improvement is not with the playing staff but with the management; we are still striving to get the best out of the talent we have here. It is finding the right balance between increasing our goal tally by improving our attacking play, but keeping our defence as mean as it has been so far this season. I think we can get there but the fans can expect to see some more fine-tuning over the next two or three games."


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Wednesday 02 January 2008
club news
Please send your vouchers for the Ashford Town game

Due to a technical problem, we can't send the usual "please let us know us if you can't come to the game"email, asking for unused season ticket vouchers to be sent or assigned to the club. Therefore, we are issuing this request via the club's web site.

If you can't come to the Ashford Town game on Tuesday 8 January and want to help the club to earn more income, will you please send an email to info@afcwimbledon.co.uk giving your season ticket number or your name and seat number, or send us the relevant voucher itself.

We can reclaim the VAT on any voucher that is given or assigned to the club before the game and, for seats, we ca re-sell the seat, and so earn extra income.

This request applies both to main stand and to terrace season tickets.


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Wednesday 02 January 2008
club news
Places still available on Maidstone coach

There are still about 15 places available on the fans' coach to the Maidstone game on Saturday 5 January.

These can be reserved by calling the club office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays or by calling in to the office at those times.

Tickets are the usual £13 for adults and £9 for concessions. The coach leaves the Woodman pub at 11.30 am and The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow at noon.


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Wednesday 02 January 2008
first team news
Terry on Hendon and games over the holiday period

Manager Terry Brown was understandably very positive when we spoke to him late last night.

"We have had a magnificent Christmas period, with ten points from a possible twelve. And in winning those points, we've played three teams who are battling for play off places (two of them, Staines and Ramsgate away) and the fourth is fighting to get out of a relegation spot. So to get the 10 point target we set ourselves is a significant achievement. To do this, the players have worked very hard over the holiday period and shown great commitment.

"As for the Hendon game, we just about got away with it, but you can't tell me we played well. Hendon work very hard and they made it difficult to play. When I look back at the game I can see why they have stayed at the top all season.

"Today's performance was never a pretty one. We weren't able to play any football on the day and at times the boys looked out on their feet. We were fortunate enough to get three goals up, which allowed us the nervous luxury of ten minutes from hell, as Hendon pressed for a equaliser. I know that for the spectator there can scarcely have been a more exciting game, but I am in no doubt that there is still more to be done on our balance and shape.

"We have picked up several injuries in these last few games. For Saturday we could easily be without Marcus Gayle, Luke Garrard, Karl Beckford and Jon Main. However, Steve Ferguson should be back - he was away yesterday on a family matter that he arranged some time ago and when we rearranged the Hendon game for new year's day we felt he should honour it.

"It was nice to see Will Salmon, who stepped in for Luke Garrard, making his first home start in the league. He gained in confidence as the game went on and being able to call on a player like Will shows the benefit of keeping a large squad together over such a busy period.

"New Year's Day also saw the last game of the loan period for Danny Knowles. He has done very well for us and I'd like to thank him on behalf of everyone at the club. He enjoyed his spell here but we know he is looking to moving on from Grays in the January transfer window and we wish him well in that. We have lined up a replacement for Danny. He is from a premier league club and we hope to be able to announce more details later in the week.

"Looking at things overall, we got through the Christmas period with half the side either injured or playing while ill. We won ten points and caught up on one of our games in hand. This has been a magnificent effort. Now we must turn our thoughts to Maidstone on Saturday"


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Tuesday 01 January 2008
first team news
Dons hang on against Hendon

The Dons completed their Christmas and New Year schedule with a 3-2 win against a resilient Hendon team who fought to the end and almost pulled off a remarkable recovery from 3-0 down, with Sam Hatton heading off the line in the dying moments of the game to make the victory safe.

The first half was a tense and rather dour affair with the teams separated by a 28th minute penalty, taken by Jon Main after he was fouled. In the second half, both teams struggled to play much football, with the ball spending a lot of time in the air until a defence-splitting pass from Michael Haswell found Tony Finn. Although Finn still had a lot to do, he beat two men before smacking the ball into the net.

When Mark De Bolla, on for the injured Beckford, made it 3-0 a few minutes later the game seemed over. However, Haule pulled back a goal and when Schulton made it 3-2 with nearly ten minutes left, the crowd was in for a nail-biting finale. But the Dons hung on to make it ten points from twelve over the holiday period and now occupy third position.

Manager Terry Brown said "We just about got away with it today. We didn't play especially well and Hendon are a good team - you can see why they have stayed the course all year. With a couple of players really struggling with the bug that has been going round, and tiredness setting in, we were just glad to get the win and that gives us time to prepare for Saturday's game at Maidstone."

A full match report will follow later.


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Tuesday 01 January 2008
club news
Seats available for today's game v Hendon

Thanks to a good number of ST voucher returns, there are seats available for today's Ryman Premier League game against Hendon, kick off 3.00 pm. These seats will go on sale from the kiosk in the main stand at about 2.00 pm.


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