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Saturday 31 January 2009
first team news
Dons win top of the table clash

Wimbledon confirmed their position at the top of the table as they beat rivals Chelmsford City 3 – 1, in a match played before a record crowd of 4690 with a couple of hundred more fans unfortunately locked out for safety reasons.

The hero was once again Jon Main, who scored in the 18th and 28th minutes to put the Dons two goals ahead by half time. The visitors raised their game early in the second half and although they enjoyed a lot of possession, they rarely threatened James Pullen’s goal. However, they did pull a goal back after 64 minutes when Kevin James bundled the ball home following a free kick out on the left.

The Dons wrapped up the points a minute from time when Tom Davis passed the ball home following an earlier miss from Sam Hatton from about the same position.

Terry Brown was delighted with the result. “I am of course very pleased that after a number of reverses against Chelmsford in our last few matches we were able to come out on top and secure the three points.

“As I said before the match, there are still 45 points to play for and a lot more work to be done before the end of the season. I thought Chelmsford played well at times and enjoyed a lot of possession. However, when you have a strike force of Jon Main and Danny Kedwell they are always likely to get you goals, and today Jon scored two more to maintain the incredible record he has set since the start of the New Year.

“I thought our defence was again sound with Ben Judge and Jason Goodliffe providing a difficult barrier to breach, and it was a very encouraging debut by full-back Andy Sambrook.

“The boys will have Tuesday night off to give them a rest after a run of three games in eight days, before preparing for the visit to St Albans where I am sure we will again have a difficult match.”



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Saturday 31 January 2009
dons trust news
Fundraising at Kingsmeadow today

Raffle tickets will be on sale before the match against Chelmsford today. Prizes will be:

- 1st prize: Choice of a pair of tickets for the Dinner with Dickie on 20 February or two bottles of Champagne;

- 2nd prize: Choice of a £20 voucher from the i-DONS media stall (for purchases of CDs, DVDs and/or computer games donated by fellow supporters) or a bottle of sparkling wine.

Raffle tickets are priced at £1 each. The winning tickets will be announced at half-time and published on the website following the match.

Fans who want to buy or pay for tickets for the Dinner with Dickie should come to the DT table in the back bar before the game. there aren't many left, so please don't assume you can leave it any longer

The iDONS media stall will be open before the game for the sale and collection of CDs, DVD, and computer games etc

As usual, items may be deposited for recycling. These include loose change, foreign currency and printer cartridges, etc.


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Friday 30 January 2009
club news
Ticketing and other arrangements for the Chelmsford game

We are expecting a particularly large gate for tomorrow's top-of-the-table clash with Chelmsford City. Fans are advised to enter the stadium early, partly to avoid long queues and partly to ensure you can stand where you want to. Gates are expected to open shortly before 2.00 pm.

Terrace tickets - early purchase

One way of avoiding the queues is to buy your terrace ticket early. You can do this from 1.30 pm onwards at the kiosk in the main entrance to the Paul Strank Stand.

Access to stands

Wimbledon fans have been allocated the Tempest End, the southern end of the John Smith stand (both of these can be accessed via the turnstiles at the Tempest End) and the Kingston Road end.

Chelmsford fans have been allocated the northern end of the John Smith stand. To enter this stand Chelmsford fans will first need to purchase tickets at the Kingston Road turnstiles, then leave the stadium and enter the John Smith stand via the car park behind the Kingston Road end. The route will be signposted.

Seats

All seat tickets for tomorrow's game have been sold.

Parking

The car park will fill up very early. We encourage fans to travel by public transport wherever possible. Will fans who do come by car please park considerately.

Disabled parking

Will fans with blue disabled parking passes and club-issued disabled parking passes please remember that these give you priority to park in the reserved area but they do not guarantee you a space. As a result, we strongly recommend that you arrive early.

Toilets

The toilets that serve the main bar are being refurbished and so we have provided four portaloos in the car park for use by fans who are using the main bar.

Inside the stadium, we have provided three additional portaloos - one at the Kingston Road End and two at the Tempest End.


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Friday 30 January 2009
club news
Season ticket vouchers - more returns needed, please

With unusually high demand for seat tickets for tomorrow's game, we are in urgent need of additional seats.

If you can't come, please consider donating your ST voucher to us for the game. You can do so by sending details of your season ticket number, or seat number, here. Or you can call the office on 020 8547 3528 and leave a message with your ST details.


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Friday 30 January 2009
first team news
Andy signs and Stevie says goodbye

Earlier today Andy Sambrook signed for the Dons and, with the administration now complete, he is available for tomorrow's game against Chelmsford.

Andy is a right back who has played well over 100 games at Conference level. He started his career at Gillingham before making a move to New York where he combined his football career with further education.

Andy's next move was back to England when he signed for signed for Rushden & Diamonds, making about 50 starts before transferring to Grays Athletic in the summer of 2005. Andy made over 80 appearances at Grays and won the "Chairman's Player of the Year" trophy for season 2006-07.

Andy moved to Fisher Athletic from where he moved, in November, to Thurrock FC. The club had him watched and made an approach for him last week. Terms were agreed earlier this week, allowing him to train with his new team mates last night.

Terry Brown said "Everyone knows we've been looking for a right back and Andy fits the bill perfectly. He is a very good defender, experienced at Blue Square Premier level, dependable and solid, but he is also comfortable on the ball and going forward. We have been wanting to release Sam Hatton back into midfield and now we can do so."

Meanwhile, by mutual agreement Steve Gilbert has cancelled his contract and is expected to transfer to Walton & Hersham where one of his first games will be against table-topping Kingstonian on Monday. Terry Brown said "Our very best wishes and thanks to Stevie who is a young player with lots of talent but who is keen to get first team football, which we currently can't offer him."


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Friday 30 January 2009
club news
Get down to the ground early tomorrow!

The squad had a light training session last night and the team is picked.
The pitch is being rolled and the lines marked as we write.

Assuming that the formalities are completed successfully we will be announcing our new signing later today - he will go straight into the squad for tomorrow's game.

There will be a bumper crowd here tomorrow and we encourage fans to arrive early. We've made additional bar and catering arrangements for the game, as set out below.

Bars

. Both the main bar and the back will open at noon

. There will be extra pumps serving lager in the main bar, from noon

Food

. The weather forecast is good, so before the game there will be a barbecue outside the main bar, open from about 12.15 pm and serving the usual sausages and burgers. We will also offer a hearty home-made beef stew cooked in red wine, with vegetables and a piece of French bread. Or, if you prefer, there are jacket potatoes with a choice of fillings, including chilli, tuna mayo, prawn cocktail, cheese and coleslaw

We plan that the barbecue will remain open until the start of the match, subject to demand, and, in any event, until at least 1.45pm

. The Tempest End outlet will be open from when the gates open, offering the usual menu

. The Kingston road outlet will also open at the same time as the gates, with the usual menu

. The 'Tea pot', at the corner of the John Smith stand and the Tempest End will be open with its usual fare of snacks, sandwiches and drinks

. We are pleased to say that arrangements are underway to re-open the temporary outlet at the corner of the Kingston Road End and the John Smith stand. Provided that all goes well, this will enable us to house away fans in the north end of the John Smith stand and the Kingston Road end will revert to Wimbledon fans. This outlet will also open at the same time as the gates are opened

It is likely to be a very large crowd tomorrow so we urge fans to arrive early, have a quiet drink, grab some food and soak up the atmosphere.

There will be more news later today on arrangements for access and ticket purchase - and, hopefully, our new signing...


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Thursday 29 January 2009
first team news
Terry on Chelmsford

After the exertions at Bishop's Stortford, the squad is having a light training session tonight in preparation for the clash with Chelmsford. While both managers have reminded everyone that there are many more points to play for after Saturday's game, there is no doubt in anyone's mind that taking all three points would be a massive boost for the winners.

We spoke to Terry Brown this afternoon, while he was finalising his tactics and making his team selection for the game.

"Saturday's game against Chelmsford has all the ingredients for one of the most exciting games of the season. The fact that we have had to win eight of our last nine games to catch up with Chelmsford is testimony to how good a side they are. I think there will be very little to choose between the sides and I hope that our fantastic recent form going into the game will give us the impetus to exact a little bit of revenge for last year's encounters.

"Whatever happens on the day there will still be 45 points to play for after the game. The title certainly won't be decided at Kingsmeadow on Saturday but whichever side is victorious on the day, they will feel they have gained some psychological advantage.

"As far as the team is concerned we have a very strong side available to us and I am in the pleasant position of having to make some very difficult decisions as regards the starting eleven. I am pleased to say that the current run has seen nearly everybody in the squad come in to perform very well, whatever side I've picked over the last six weeks. There has been very little to choose between anyone in our squad.

"The encouraging thing about this is that we have a very strong squad of players and I expect we will continue to draw on them through the next fourteen weeks.

"Lastly, I was again impressed with the sheer number of fans we took to our away game at Bishop's Stortford on a cold, midwinter Tuesday night. They made a phenomenal amount of noise, even when we were a bit under the cosh. I hope we give them something to cheer early in the game but I know that in every big game we've played they have been behind us all the way. On behalf of all the team I want to thank the fans and ask for more of the same on Saturday!"


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Thursday 29 January 2009
u18s news
Under 18 game off

Tonight's Ryman Youth game at Banstead Athletic against Staines Town has had to be postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.


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Thursday 29 January 2009
first team news
New date for Surrey Senior Cup game

The third round tie against Dulwich Hamlet will be played at the Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow on Tuesday 17 February, kick off 7.45 pm.

The winner will have a home tie against Woking in the quarter final.


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Wednesday 28 January 2009
dons trust news
Election husting interviews

At the Hustings event before the home match against Braintree Town, the candidates in the election to the Board of The Dons Trust were interviewed.

Here are their responses to a selection of questions (in mp3 format):

David Cox
Iain McNay
Ivor Heller
Matthew Breach
Nigel Higgs
Ray Armfield
Rob Crane
Warren Harvey

Regrettably one candidate, Sean McLaughlin, was unavoidably delayed, for which he gave advance warning and subsequent apologies. Another candidate, Ronan Warde, had apologised and was not able to attend due to work commitments.

Regards

Tim Hillyer
Chair
Election Steering Group


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Wednesday 28 January 2009
club news
Kingsmeadow Live returns with No.1 Station!

Kingsmeadow Live is proud to announce our first gig of the new year and we are back with a bang!

According to BBC2’s Mark Lamarr, No.1 Station are ‘the UK’s premiere ska band’. See below for more info.

To book tickets, call 020 8547 3335.




No. 1 Station
With support from DJ’s spinning bluebeat, ska, two-tone faves with a side order of real deal 60’s soul, power pop and new wave.

Saturday 28 February
Doors 8.00 pm, show starts 9.30 pm, bar closes 1.00am
Admission: £8 (advance)/ £10 (door)

“The UK’s premiere Ska band” Mark Lamarr, BBC Radio 2

No.1 Station are the vanguards of a new generation of Blue Beat - the generic name given to Jamaican music in Britain in the 1960s. Playing authentic Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae in the way it was originally intended. They’ve been single-handedly responsible for the resurgence of the seminal Blue Beat record label and have released half a dozen internationally acclaimed singles on the imprint. A sensational eight piece band consisting of a driving rhythm section, blistering horns (including the legendary Tan Tan on trumpet, famed for his work with Georgie Fame, Rico & Ska Cubano) and melodic blues vocals, No.1 Station get the crowds on their feet wherever they perform.

"The best bit of contemporary Reggae I've heard in ages" Robert Elms BBC Radio London
"If this doesn't get you moving, then you need to check for a pulse!" Springline Jamaica
"Dancefloor filling tracks that could fill any era of our beloved reggae and ska" Distorted magazine
"To miss out on this extraordinary album would be criminal. 10/10" Street Voice
"Highly Recommended" - Scootering Magazine
"**** out of 5" 247 magazine
"A collection of tracks that could make the dead get up and dance" Rock'n'Reel mag

For more information, visit here.


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Wednesday 28 January 2009
club news
Under 19 game off

This afternoon's Under 19 game at Banstead Athletic has had to be postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.


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Wednesday 28 January 2009
dons trust news
Winning raffle tickets at Braintree game

The winning raffle tickets at the Braintree game were:

- White 320 (prize: two tickets for Dinner with Dickie - not yet claimed)

- Blue 146 (prize: signed AFC Wimbledon shirt - has been claimed)

If you have the white ticket numbered 320 please email fundraising@thedonstrust.org or leave a message for Mark Davis via the club (020-8547-3528) before 10th February at the latest (after which date the prize will be withdrawn).


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Tuesday 27 January 2009
first team news
Dons back on top

Wimbledon returned to the top of the Blue Square South after a hard-fought 1 - 0 victory at Bishop's Stortford.

In a game where Bishop's Stortford played well, it was the solitary goal from Danny Kedwell after 58 minutes that gave the Dons their three points to put them above Chelmsford City on goal difference.

Terry Brown was in a happy but realistic mood after the game. “First of all respect and credit to a young Bishop’s Stortford side who, on another night, could easily have come away with all three points. From a manager’s point of view one of the most satisfying feelings is that we have won tonight without being at our best. To win a league you need to win games when you have not played well and that is something we haven’t been able to do in the past.

“In the games against Dorchester Town and tonight we have struggled to get going but have come away with four points from a possible six. These points gained will be equally as important as the three points that are on offer in the game against Chelmsford on Saturday. For the first time we are in a better run of from than Chelmsford and all the players are excited about the prospect of Saturday’s game and avenging the last couple of defeats against them.

“My main task now is to ensure all the players have a rest between now and Saturday. We looked a little leggy in the second half and some of my senior players will be doing little work at training on Thursday. They have worked hard as the games have come thick and fast and are being played on very soft pitches.

“It is very pleasing that we can bring in players who have recently been sitting on the bench and they have performed equally as well as those who have been playing more regularly. It was also good to see the skipper back to his best form.

“I will now have the unenviable and difficult task of sitting down and selecting a starting 11 for Saturday”.



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Monday 26 January 2009
club news
Square Up!

This weekend sees the return of of 'Square Up', Blue Square's skills contest that involves playing 'keepy-uppy' with a large blue dice. The winner claims a free £25 bet with Blue Square and moves on to the next round which could lead to a chance to show off their skills at Wembley and win £10,000!

For more information, see here.

The club is looking for participants to take part at half time of Saturday's match against Chelmsford. If you fancy your chances, please e-mail here. We already have two participants so the remaining two places will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.


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Monday 26 January 2009
first team news
Terry on Bishop's Stortford

While everyone is looking at our league position compared to Chelmsford, Terry Brown is all too aware of the pitfalls that face the team if they lose concentration in tomorrow night's league game at Bishop's Stortford.

"Tuesday's game finally gives us the opportunity to catch up with Chelmsford both on games and on points, if we were to win. The target prior to Christmas was to get within touching distance of Chelmsford prior to our game on Saturday. Thanks to the hard work by all our squad we will be within touching distance of them on Saturday.

"However, it is very important that, at this moment, we concentrate on Tuesday's game, because it would be all-too-easy to spoil our recent run by taking our eye off what is the priority and that, of course, is always the next game and the next three points we are battling for. It is down to Stuart and me to make sure the players stay focused and we will make sure that happens.

"We go into tomorrow night's game full of confidence and on the back of a very good run. We have watched Bishop's Stortford over the last two games in which they have beaten two strong play-off challengers, by winning at Welling and then beating Maidenhead at home. Therefore both sides will go into Tuesday's game full of confidence.

"Since our initial encounter they have changed management and the results have certainly picked up recently. As far as our team is concerned we have several injuries we picked up on Saturday, although at this moment in time only Kennedy Adjei has been ruled out with a dead leg.

"The injuries will stretch our squad but I am very happy with the quality of players who are coming in to replace them - they are every bit as good as the players they are replacing."


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Monday 26 January 2009
club news
Please return your season ticket vouchers for the Chelmsford game

With our major home game against Chelmsford due this coming Saturday, the usual appeal has gone out to ask season ticket holders to return their vouchers if they can't attend.

There is enormous demand for seats for the game. So, if you can't come to the game then please send your voucher to the club, or email info@afcwimbledon.co.uk with details of your ST book number.

We can also reclaim the VAT on unused terrace tickets so long as we get the go-ahead from you before the game - so if you want to help the club at no cost to yourself, please do send us your voucher, or the relevant details.


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Monday 26 January 2009
club news
Wait list for seats for the Chelmsford game

Wait list for seats

We have sold all the available seats for the league game against Chelmsford City on Saturday 31 January.

We are starting a wait list in case more seats become available. Fans who wish to join the wait list should call the credit card hotline (details below) and register for a maximum of two seats. Please note that we will only have more seats for sale if season ticket holders who can't attend the game return their vouchers.

We will not know how many additional tickets are available (and whether they are singles or pairs, etc) until late in the week. Therefore, we will call successful applicants on Friday - please do not call us. It is essential that you leave a contact number that can be reached on Friday. We expect that there will be a long waiting list and so we will only call successful applicants who will be required to pay in cash or by cheque on collection of their tickets.

Advance purchase of terrace tickets

The game is not all-ticket. We are confident that everyone who wishes to do so will get in on the day, but fans who wish to buy terrace tickets in advance may do so via the hotline,

Hotline details

The hotline number is 020 8546 9582. It will be open today between 11.00 am and 2.00 pm. Please do not call the main switchboard - you can only join the wait list by calling the hotline.

Please note that there is a £1.50 charge per transaction (not per ticket) for credit card bookings.


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Monday 26 January 2009
dons trust news
Last Thursday's AGMs

The AGMs of the Dons Trust and AFCW PLC were held at Kingsmeadow last Thursday evening.

Over 70 members/shareholders unanimously endorsed a set of resolutions approving the annual reports and accounts of the Trust and the PLC and authorising the directors of the PLC to issue additional shares. There was a lively Q&A session that will be summarised in the minutes that will be placed on this site in due course.

The meeting also took the opportunity to welcome Erik back and to offer votes of thanks: to Paul Jeater on the completion of his tour of duty on the DT Board; to Dean Parsons for his efforts in selling the bricks; to Mark Davis for his work on fundraising and to Tim Hillyer and the other members of the Steering Group for all their work on the current elections.



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Sunday 25 January 2009
dons trust news
Dinner with Dickie - The squad takes shape

With only four weeks to go until this vital fixture, the squad line-up for the Dinner with Dickie on 20th February is close to being finalised. Representing the Wimbledon team that beat Burnley (at the time, third from top in the Football League) and then twice took on Leeds United (league champions and European Cup finalists) in the 3rd and 4th rounds of the FA Cup in 1975, we have:

• In goal, the Dons legend who made nearly 600 appearances for the club from 1967 to 1978 – Dickie Guy;
• At right back, formerly with Coventry City, now a great Dons favourite - Bob Stockley;
• At centre back, former England youth international and scorer of Wimbledon's first ever Football League goal - Jeff Bryant;
• Defensive rock and part of the team that knocked Brian Clough's Brighton out of the F.A. Cup - Dave Donaldson;
• At left-back, the tough-tackling former Amateur Cup winner - Billy Edwards;
• Another amateur international midfielder but better known as the man who later piloted Wimbledon through all four divisions to the top flight - Dave "Harry" Bassett;
• At inside forward, former leading scorer in the Southern League and captain, still working hard for the Dons - Ian Cooke;
• Ex-Colchester striker who scored our only goal at Turf Moor, to knock out Burnely and put us into the 4th round of the FA Cup for the first time in the club’s history: Mick Mahon;
• Tough-tackling, ex-Gloucester City man, the 'Devonshire Destroyer': Selwyn Rice; and
• Ex-Gillingham creative midfielder, and a former Dons captain: Glenn Aitken.

Managing the team is the man who masterminded the rise to the Football League and the incredible success in the F.A. Cup, three Southern League titles in a row and the London Senior Cup - Allen Batsford.

The management team will be working to make any last-minute additions to the squad, so keep your eyes out on the website over coming days.

The evening's entertainment will include a three course dinner, video footage of the 1975 FA Cup run, questions and answers with our guests, and an auction of memorabilia. To find out more about the dinner, see here. All proceeds raised will be donated by the organisers to the Dons Trust’s fundraising budget.

Remaining tickets are expected to sell quickly, so book now to avoid disappointment.



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Sunday 25 January 2009
dons trust news
Dons Draw results for January

The January Dons Draw took place yesterday at Kingsmeadow.

Winning numbers were drawn in the presence of David Cox (Dons Trust board member), and Neil Messenbird (Dons Draw Administrator).

The winning ticket numbers and prizes for this draw were as follows:

First prize of £1,000 - ticket 1389 – Ian Peach from Cannock

Second prize of £500 - ticket 0858 – Barrie Scott from West Molesey

Third prize of £250 - ticket 1992 – Peter William from Reading

Fourth prize of £100 - ticket 2005 – K Yeomanson from Wandsworth

Congratulations to all four prize winners.

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.

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 do so now?

You can sign up online to the Dons Draw or download an application here or to increase your tickets email us here.

The deadline for new entrants to the February 2008 Dons Draw is 8:00 pm on 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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Saturday 24 January 2009
first team news
Fluent Dons keep on scoring

Wimbledon maintained their wonderful start to the New Year with a great performance against Braintree Town which saw them score five goals for the second time in three weeks, and a third Jon Main hat-trick of the season.

Terry Brown was forced to make one change to the line that had started against Maidenhead United, with Jason Goodliffe replacing the injured Jake Leberl.

The Dons got off to the perfect start when Sam Hatton scored direct from a free kick after just six minutes, following a foul on Kennedy Adjei which led to his retirement from the game 20 minutes later. On the half hour mark, Main opened his account after being put in by Tom Davis and seven minutes later he got on the end of a deflected Hatton shot to score easily past Craig Holloway.

The entertainment continued in a very open match when Danny Hockton pulled one back for the visitors just before half time when he volleyed home from inside the penalty area after he had got the better of Goodliffe in the air.

Main made a perfectly timed run to latch onto the ball and score his hat-trick within three minutes of the start of the second half. The Dons continued to create opportunities and on another day Danny Kedwell could easily have had a hat-trick himself. The final goal came four minutes from time when Dwane Lee arrived at the far post to volley home Chris Hussey’s inswinging corner.

Terry Brown was not unnaturally in exuberant mood. “What a fantastic performance and we probably played as good as we have all season. We played with a swagger and created some wonderful opportunities, with great movement on and off the ball.

“Although Jon Main will undoubtedly grab the headlines, the skill and work rate of his ten colleagues was a pleasure to behold. We restricted a very good Braintree Town side who have only been beaten once in nine games, and, at times, tore them apart.

“What also pleased me was the performance of the substitutes who came on and performed without disrupting the fluency and commitment of the team. A starting eleven without the injured Jake Leberl was soon without Kennedy Adjei, and Sam Hatton put in a great performance as he had to go from right back to centre midfield and back to right back again to replace the injured Ben Judge.

“I will be seating down to discuss with physiotherapist, Mike Rayner, which players we should take a risk with on Tuesday, and who should take a rest. With Bishop’s Stortford beating Maidenhead United by two goals to nil we know we will be in for a difficult time on Tuesday night”.



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Saturday 24 January 2009
dons trust news
Dinner with Dickie – a nice surprise

We are delighted to announce that a generous supporter has agreed to pay for five pairs of tickets to the Dinner with Dickie on 20 February for the benefit of our volunteers. If you are a regular volunteer with the club (or Trust) and would like to put your name forward to receive a pair of tickets, then please email fundraising@thedonstrust.org by 30 January. You will need to provide your name, contact details (email and / or telephone) and area of the club / Trust activity for which you volunteer. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of January. The fundraising group would like to extend its thanks to the benefactor who has made this possible.

For those people not lucky enough to win this prize, tickets are still on sale. As well as postal applications, you can come to the Dons Trust table in the back bar at Saturday’s game against Braintree to apply and pay for tickets. See here for further details. Watch this space for further announcements about Dickie's guests.


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Saturday 24 January 2009
club news
Book your coach tickets to Bishop's Stortford

Don't forget to book your place on a coach to Bishop's Stortford for Tuesday night's game. You can book at the complimentary tickets window before or after today's game.

As always, the cost is a flat-rate £10. The coach will leave The Woodman pub at 4.00 pm and Kingsmeadow at 4.30 pm.


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Friday 23 January 2009
first team news
Terry on Braintree

Braintree Town come to Kingsmeadow tomorrow, seeking to reverse the Dons' win at Cressing road earlier this season when 'The Iron' were in the middle of a run of six defeats in the first eight games of the season. Since then they have strengthened their side and are now in a respectable twelfth position and have suffered only one defeat in their last ten league games.

Terry Brown is more than aware that there is lots of quality in the Braintree squad and he knows that tomorrow's game will be a real test for his team, who are themselves in the middle of an impressive run of six wins in the last seven games. When we spoke to him, he was also conscious of the opportunity that the next two games offers the Dons as they challenge Chelmsford for top spot.

"Saturday's game against Braintree takes on more significance than normal with an opportunity for us to finally close the gap on Chelmsford if (a) we can secure a win and (b) Chelmsford slip up. Our target over the last couple of months has been to get within touching distance of Chelmsford by the time we play them and therefore the next two games are very important as far at that is concerned.

"Our form of late has been very good and with the exception of Jake Leberl, who has a slight hamstring problem, we should be able to pick from a full squad on Saturday.

"We had Braintree watched last week against Eastleigh and the report back was that they should have won comfortably on the day and were very unfortunate to concede a 90th minute equaliser.

"The Braintree squad contains several quality Conference players who, on their day, can hurt any side and we will obviously have to be particularly careful to watch out for the scoring prowess of Danny Hockton.

"I'm frequently asked if we plan to strengthen the squad now that we are into the second half of the season. As far as our current squad is concerned I am very happy with it and if there is an area where we might need to strengthen it is probably right back. Sammy has proved he is very effective there but I think we miss him in midfield. So, like any manager, I am always on the lookout but we aren't thinking in terms of major changes, just a little bit of fine tuning, at the right time. In other words, we won't be rushing into anything."


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Thursday 22 January 2009
club news
While the main bar toilets are being upgraded..

Work on upgrading the main bar toilets is well underway. The work is scheduled to be completed on 6 February.

In the meantime, we are making arrangements for temporary toilets, sited in the car park, for users of the main bar on match days. This is not ideal but please be patient until these much-needed improvements are completed.


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Thursday 22 January 2009
dons trust news
Dons Trust and AFCW PLC agms tonight

The annual general meetings for both the Dons Trust and AFCW PLC will be held tonight in the back bar, starting at 7.30 pm.

In addition to the formal business of the meeting, which includes resolutions approving the accounts and authorising the directors of the PLC to issue additional shares, there will be a session in which you can ask questions about any aspect of the Trust or football club. This is usually a particularly lively and interesting part of the meeting.

Experience shows that the more members and shareholders who attend, the more each person who attends gets out of the meeting. So we encourage you, as members and shareholders, to come along tonight and make use of your votes and your right to ask questions of the boards.


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Thursday 22 January 2009
club news
Under 18 game postponed

Today's Under 18 game at Banstead Athletic's ground has been called off due to a water logged pitch.


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Wednesday 21 January 2009
reserve team news
Reserve game called off

Tonight's Suburban league game against Ash United has had to called off after electricians working next door in the cemetary severed the power cables therefore cutting power to the club.




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Wednesday 21 January 2009
club news
Under 19 game postponed

This afternoon's Under 19 game has just been called off because of a frozen pitch at Watford.


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Tuesday 20 January 2009
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents Milton Jones! LAST 30 TICKETS

Comedy@Kingsmeadow returns on Friday 6 February, featuring another fantastic line-up headlined by the hilarious Milton Jones as well as Ting’ N Ting’s award winning Caribbean cuisine.

And this month we have a special guest performing one of his only London shows. We can’t tell you who it is though, you are just going to have to book tickets to find out!

Once again, tickets are only £12 and we only have 30 left so book now to avoid disappointment by calling 020 8547 3335.




Friday 6 February
COMEDY@KINGSMEADOW presents….
Milton Jones, Rainer Hersch and Electric Forecast
Doors open 7.30pm/ comedy starts 9pm/ bar closes Midnight
Admission: £12 (includes comedy and dinner)

Milton Jones (Headliner)
Milton Jones won the Time Out Best Comedy Performance 2003, comedian and actor. He also won the prestigious Perrier Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Festival in 1996 for his first solo show and returned in 1997 to become a Perrier Nominee.
His Sony Award-winning show The Very World of Milton Jones (BBC Radio 4) has enjoyed three successful series to date and was also nominated for a British Comedy Award for Best Radio Series in 1998. Four episodes of Another Case of Milton Jones have just been commissioned and will be broadcast in November of this year.
He has made numerous guest television appearances and starred as 'The Supervisor' in Sky 1's sitcom, The Strangerers. He continues to gig on the comedy circuit and is also adding many corporate clients to his growing fan base.

Rainer Hersch (Opening Act)
Rainer Hersch is a musician and comedian who performs on every major comedy stage in Britain and abroad. He has appeared eight times at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, toured Canada five times and performed in comedy clubs all across Europe and in TV shows around the world.
As a straight stand-up, Rainer Hersch's innovative style crosses between verbal and hilarious visual comedy. Whatever his role on stage, Rainer's energy is immediately passed on to his audience and the rapport he generates is boisterous and fun.
In 1996 Rainer combined stand-up comedy with his continued fanaticism for classical music to produce "All Classical Music Explained" - a simple and stupid approach to the difficult subjects "How to play instruments without practising"; "Why is organ music so boring?" and "What do conductors actually do?". The result was an immediate hit with all kinds of audiences.
"Most of what Rainer Hersch does doesn't bear explaining. But it will make you laugh" Orlando Sentinel
"Rainer Hersch is a rarity amongst musical comedians - he is funny" The London Daily Telegraph
"A guaranteed laugh every four bars" The Scotsman

Electric Forecast (MC)
Electric Forecast (Dan Wright & Steve Marsh) is an exciting and enriching new style of double act - a unique coupling of upbeat physical and observational comedy with slick synchronized interactions.
Dan Wright and Stephen Marsh burst onto the comedy scene in 2001 and quickly made a name for themselves as a young, slick and original duo. Such is their chemistry, that it was only a matter of time before TV spotted their potential. As presenters they've just finished a 6 month stint at Nuts TV, presenting 2 hours of live TV, 2 nights a week. In 2007 they presented Big Brother's Big Mouth (E4), Crash Test Dummies (Sky 1 , 20 x 30 min series) and Celebrities Uncensored (FIVE , 4 x 60 min series). Dan also presented (on his own ) ’F… Off I’m Ginger’ - a documentary for BBC 3.
As actors, they've recently filmed a sitcom pilot with Jones The Film (which they co-wrote) and appeared in Kingdom (ITV1) playing brothers running rival burger vans. Steve has a role in the new Ken Loach movie (playing the lead bad guy) and they're also developing sitcoms with Objective Productions and RDF Television.
“The first thing you notice is how striking a partnership this is... a high degree of comedy skill...Outstanding comperes." Funny.co.uk
"Very original, very funny, extremely entertaining." City life magazine

A very special guest!
We are pleased to announce that we have a very special guest comic performing at our February show…but we can’t announce his name! Safe to say that he is a household name, regularly appears on TV and has earned rave reviews in the national press. You will just have to book tickets to find out who it is!




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Tuesday 20 January 2009
club news
Supporters' coach to Bishop's Stortford

The club will be running a fans' coach to the league game at Bishop's Stortford on Tuesday 27 January. The coach will pick up from The Woodman at 4.00 pm and from Kingsmeadow at 4.30 pm.

The cost will be £10. To book a seat please contact the office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays. Alternatively, you can reserve a place at the complimentary tickets window before or after Saturday's game against Braintree Town.


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Tuesday 20 January 2009
dons trust news
A few fundraising volunteers needed at next two home matches

The fundraising group is looking for a few volunteers to help out with leafleting and raffle ticket sales at the next two home matches on 24th and 31st January.

Volunteers would be expected to arrive at around 1.15 pm and would be finished in time for kick-off. Please email fundraising@thedonstrust.org if you are willing to help on one or both days.



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Monday 19 January 2009
club news
Square Up!

This weekend sees the return of of 'Square Up', Blue Square's skills contest that involves playing 'keepy-uppy' with a large blue dice. The winner claims a free £25 bet with Blue Square and moves on to the next round which could lead to a chance to show off their skills at Wembley and win £10,000!

For more information, see here.

The club is looking for participants to take part at half time of Saturday's match against Braintree Town. If you fancy your chances, please e-mail here. We already have two participants so the remaining two places will be filled on a first- come, first-served basis.

Over 18s only please.


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Monday 19 January 2009
dons trust news
More Dinner with Dickie guests

We are pleased to announce the next two special guests to be joining Dickie Guy, in addition to Allen Batsford and Dave Bassett, at the fundraising dinner on 20 February.

Ian Cooke joined the Dons in October 1963 from Westminster Bank F.C. and worked his way to the first team by November 1964. His contribution to the club was immense and he captained the all-conquering Dons through three consecutive league championships and the incredible F.A. Cup run of 1974-75. Although starting as a forward, he soon converted to midfield and scored an amazing 297 goals in 615 appearances for the club. Ian was ever-present until the 1976-77 season, when the club joined the Football League and it was no longer possible for Ian to balance his footballing career with a senior position in National Westminster Bank. Ian remains active within AFC Wimbledon and is a regular supporter at home and away games.

Ex- Fulham defender Jeff Bryant joined the Dons in 1972 and soon established himself as a regular member of the first team squad. As a fast, uncompromising player, he quickly became a favourite with the fans and scored a number of vital goals for the club. In 1976 he scored the first of three goals at Leatherhead, to earn us a place in the all-important F.A. Cup Third Round. Our reward was a home tie with Middlesbrough and that ended 0 - 0. We lost the replay at Ayresome Park, by 1 - 0 as Dave Armstrong fell outside the area and managed to slide on the snow-bound pitch, into the penalty area. He got up to convert the resulting kick himself.

Look out over coming days for announcements of further special guests joining Dickie, Allen, Harry, Ian and Jeff for what promises to be a very entertaining evening.

To find out more about the dinner and how to apply for tickets, please visit here.


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Monday 19 January 2009
club news
AFC Wimbledon goes to the dogs!

The club is pleased to announce a special deal for AFC Wimbledon fans with our friends at Wimbledon Stadium for the Saturday evening greyhound meeting after the Braintree home game on 24 January.

The first race will,be at 7.30pm. Entrance will be free on production of a valid ticket for the Braintree game including season tickets but we’ve also secured a limited number of tickets for the evening which for only £3.00 will give you as well as free entry a free racecard worth £2.50 and a free pint (or equivalent). The club will benefit from the sale of these tickets. Parking is also free at the Stadium.

You can buy these tickets in advance through the commercial office. Please e-mail here or call 020 8547 3336.

Tickets will also be on sale in the back bar at the Braintree match on Saturday 24 January.

As well as club officials and other VIPs, we are hoping to invite players and coaching staff.

Please support the club and help us to reinforce the relationship with the other famous stadium in Plough Lane by joining us for a night to remember on 24 January!



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Sunday 18 January 2009
club news
Tickets for Braintree and Chelmsford

Tickets go on sale tomorrow for our home league games against Braintree Town on 24 January, and Chelmsford City on 31 January.

To book seats in the main stand please ring the credit card hotline on 020 8546 9582 between 10.30 am and 2.30 pm during the week. Alternatively, you can call at the club office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm.

While the Chelmsford game is not all-ticket, we expect the demand for seats for that game to be very high. As the central part of the main stand (Blocks D – H) is taken by season ticket holders, seat tickets will only be available for Blocks A – C and J – M, at a cost of £12 for adults, £7 for concessions and £3 for under 16s. You can if you wish go on a waiting list for Blocks D – H should any tickets be returned by season ticket holders. If you are allocated a ticket in these Blocks the additional cost (£2 for adults, £1 for concessions and under 16s), will be taken when the tickets are collected from the Complimentary Ticket window before the game.

Terrace tickets can be bought in advance but we expect that there will be plenty available on the day.



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Saturday 17 January 2009
first team news
Dons enjoy their away day at Maidenhead

Wimbledon completed their fourth double of the sesaon with an excellent win over play-off chasing Maidenhead United. Two goals from the returning Jon Main, who had recovered from the back injury that had prevented him from playing at Dorchester, and a goal apiece from Danny Kedwell and Sam Hatton, was enough to see off the Magpies.

Terry Brown made one other change from the team that had started the Dorchester game with Tony Finn returning to midfield and Kennedy Adjei moving to the bench. The Dons took the lead after 17 minutes when a Hatton free kick from 25 yards whistled into the top corner of the net.

Kedwell steered home a Main cross from the right after 37 minutes to give the Dons that important two goal lead at the interval. Even better was to come for the visitors just two minutes into the second half when Kedwell crossed to the near post and Elliott Godfrey making an intelligent run saw his header well saved by goalkeeper, Shane Gore. However the ball fell into the six yard box where Main was first to the ball and he gladly knocked it home.

The home team had spells where they saw a lot of possession but they were unable to find their way past a resolute defence who blocked a number of goalbound efforts, or James Pullen, who pulled off a couple of excellent saves. Main completed the scoring after 78 minutes when he latched on to a long through ball from Ben Judge, held off his marker and stroked the ball past the advancing Gore.

A happy Terry Brown was keeping his feet firmly on the ground. "I thought it was a magnificent result for us today, although the 4 - 0 scoreline did flatter us slightly. The difference on the day between the two sides was that we finished our opportunities clinically, and they were wasteful.

"In addition, we scored our goals at the right time. For periods during the game they exerted pressure on us but we were able to withstand that and then go on to score ourselves. In Jon Main and Danny Kedwell we clearly have the best two front runners in the league and their contribution has been magnificent.

"I thought that we did have the run of the green and that we could have defended better as a team, especially in the second half. I thought it was a particularly good performance by James Pullen who made a couple of marvellous saves. Other than a slight strain to Jake Leberl, there were only the usual minor bumps and bruises and we are looking forward in a positive mood to our forthcoming games against Braintree Town, Bishop's Stortford and of course the big one, Chelmsford City."




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Saturday 17 January 2009
dons trust news
Reminder - the Dons Trust AGM

The annual general meeting will be held at Kingsmeadow on Thursday 22 January starting at 7:30pm. Try to come along to join in the discussion of the performance and development of the club and the trust over the past year. The papers for the Dons Trust meeting can be found here. The meeting will be followed by the AGM of AFCW PLC papers for which have been issued to shareholders.


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Friday 16 January 2009
dons trust news
Election manifestos revealed

As you know, we are running an election to elect seven members to fill seven vacancies on the 12 person Board that is responsible for conducting the business of the Trust.

Ten candidates have come forward to fill the seven vacancies – in ballot paper order (drawn from a random sequence generated from an online sequencer witnessed by a fellow Dons Trust member): Ivor Heller, Nigel Higgs, David Cox, Iain McNay, Warren Harvey, Sean McLaughlin, Ray Armfield, Matthew Breach, Ronan Warde and Robert Crane. Their manifestos can be viewed here or via the Trust / Publications / Elections page on this site.

We are hoping for a lively and vibrant election. We would strongly urge all Dons Trust members to use your vote and return the voting form in good time to beat the closing time of 17:30 on Saturday 14 February. If you are voting by post please allow an extra day or so to make sure your vote gets here on time.


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Friday 16 January 2009
club news
Buy a Brick Campaign Update

With almost 80% of the bricks now sold, there are less than 100 bricks still available.

So choose your brick now to avoid missing out on the chance of being part of the limited number of 473 engraved bricks in the main stand extension.

For more details and to apply please click here.



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Friday 16 January 2009
first team news
Terry looks forward to Maidenhead and salutes the fans

AFC Wimbledon go into the game at Maidenhead tomorrow seeking to continue their recent run of six league games unbeaten. While the Dons had a difficult and draining match at Dorchester in midweek, Maidenhead haven't played a league game since New Year's Day when they reversed the scores from their Boxing Day game against Hayes and Yeading, running out comfortable 2-0 winners.

Maidenhead had a very strong start to the season, winning four and drawing two of their first six games. They currently sit just outside a play off place. Had it not been for a disastrous November, when they lost four out of five league games, including three home games on the trot, they would no doubt be pushing for a top two spot today.

They pose a threat to the Dons, not least with Richard Pacquette, who is second in the Blue Square South goalscorers' chart, behind Jon Main. It was Pacquette who scored an excellent goal at Kingsmeadow when the teams met earlier in the season. But when we spoke to Terry Brown earlier today, he was most focused on the continued wonderful support the team has been getting from the fans. First, however, he talked about tomorrow's game.

"Saturday's game against Maidenhead offers us another opportunity to get closer to Chelmsford. Maidenhead started the season very well and, being local to myself, I know all of their players well. Drax's teams are always entertaining and competitive. Having talked to Dwane Lee, who knows many of their players from his time there last season, I'm in no doubt that they will be up for Saturday's game.

"Tuesday's game against Dorchester took a lot out of the lads but I am glad to say that most of them were fit and trained well yesterday. Jon Main is fit and available for selection and there are slight injury doubts regarding both Elliott Godfrey and Danny Kedwell. Mickey Haswell has slightly damaged his medial ligaments whilst at work and will not be available for the weekend. Alan Inns will come into the squad, following his return from suspension.

"Last year's visit to York Road in the FA Trophy was a memorable one and I know that, owing to the accessibility of the stadium, we should take a good following tomorrow. The support the players had on Tuesday night in a very difficult game was absolutely fantastic, especially when we went 1-0 down - their encouragement really helped the boys to fight back.

"If we had any illusions that the second half of the season would be any easier than the first, they were certainly dispelled by a very spirited and talented Dorchester side. Your support in the second half of the season will be as vital as ever and I know the players really appreciate it."


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Friday 16 January 2009
club news
Spaces on the Maidenhead coach

There are still some places available on the supporters' coach going to Maidenhead tomorrow.

Please ring the office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.15 am and 3.45 pm to reserve a seat.


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Thursday 15 January 2009
u18s news
Under 18 game moved to Banstead

Tonight's Ryman Youth Cup tie against Woking will now be played at Banstead Athletic's ground, kick off 7.30 pm, as the pitch at Woking is not available.


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Wednesday 14 January 2009
club news
Coach to Maidenhead

There are still places available for the coach travelling to Maidenhead on Saturday.

Pick up from The Woodman is 12.00 noon and from Kingsmeadow 12.30 pm. The cost is £10 and places can be reserved by ringing the office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm.


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Wednesday 14 January 2009
club news
End of Season Dinner 2009

Once again, the club is planning an end of season bash to celebrate another eventful season for AFC Wimbledon with the players, coaching staff and your fellow fans. And this year’s we have chosen a unique venue for the party… the pitch at The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium!

A specially designed marquee will be set-up on the pitch, so there will be flooring, heating, a bar and every other facility you would expect for a night like this.

The dinner takes place on Saturday 9 May, starting with a reception at 7.00 pm. Dinner will start at 8.00 pm followed by an auction of Wimbledon memorabilia and the post dinner entertainment will be provided by a DJ with the bar closing at 1.00 am.

Tickets cost £85 each or £800 for a table of ten. We are also selling £10 tickets for anyone who would like to join the party from 10.30pm.

The dress code is black tie for anyone attending the whole evening or lounge suit for those arriving at 10.30pm.

To book tickets, please call the commercial department on 020 8547 3336 or e-mail here. We have a limited number of tables available so book early to avoid disappointment.


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Wednesday 14 January 2009
first team news
Honours even after an entertaining game

Wimbledon settled for a point against Dorchester Town after a competitive, open game which in the end could have gone either way.

Terry Brown was forced to make one change from the team that had played Bognor Regis, with Belal Aiteouakrim replacing the injured Jon Main. Both teams had chances in the first half with Tom Davis, Danny Kedwell and Elliott Godfrey coming closest for the Dons, and Jamie Mudge and Ryan Moss for the Magpies.

It was the home team that drew first blood after 59 minutes, when good work down the left by Ronayne Marsh-Brown resulted in a goalmouth scramble following his cross, and eventually Moss forced the ball over the line with a back heel.

The Dons reacted very positively and just eight minutes later scored the equaliser. A free kick taken from the right by Chris Hussey was flicked goalwards by Jason Goodliffe, only to be denied by a flying Gareth Stewart. However, he was only able to palm the ball out, where Kedwell headed home via the underside of the bar.

Both teams had chances to score the winning goal. Mudge missed a penalty after 80 minutes, when he shot wide of the post, and then Tony Finn escaped the attentions of four defenders only to pull his shot wide of the far post.

At the final whistle, Terry Brown was happy with the result. "It was a very hard fought, well earned point. It was an open game with both sides giving everything they had. I was very impressed with Dorchester, who played good football throughout, and gave us our hardest game of the season. The boys came off the pitch very tired after the tremendous work they had put in.

"I thought Dorchester's Kevin Hill was the best player on the pitch. He stifled our attacking options and was often the instigator of their attacking play. I thought Danny Kedwell worked particularly hard and fully deserved his equalising goal.

"The pitch was very heavy and our midfield never really got going. I have no complaints about the result and was pleased that we came away with a point. Finally, the team really appreciated the phenomenal turnout at Dorchester on a Tuesday night, and this was a true testament to what this club is all about."


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Wednesday 14 January 2009
club news
Under 19 match postponed

Today's Under 19 match against St Albans City has been postponed due to an unplayable pitch. It will be rescheduled shortly.


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Monday 12 January 2009
first team news
Terry on Dorchester and Dwane Lee

Terry Brown was looking forward to getting back to action on the pitch after a ten day break.

“In the end, not having a game last Saturday did not have any adverse affect on us with all the matches being called off because of the weather. The game against Dorchester now gives us a great opportunity to reduce the deficit on Chelmsford to just three points, and will keep us in touch with them until we meet at the end of the month.

“We have had a great run of results and it is important that the momentum we have built up is maintained. The squad has trained three times since our last game against Bognor Regis despite the poor weather, and they are all looking forward to the game. I hope that all the squad will be able to travel, although there are some injury doubts to our strike force of Jon Main and Danny Kedwell.

“I am also pleased that we have now been able to sign Dwane Lee on a contract until the end of the season. Dwane has played an important role in our recent run and has added strength and height to the midfield. He has a wealth of experience and was part of the Barnet side that won the Conference title, and he will be a key figure as we approach the business end of the season.”



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Sunday 11 January 2009
ladies news
Ladies game postponed

This afternoon's fixture against Wingate & Finchley Ladies has been postponed after a 9am pitch inspection found the pitch frozen.


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Saturday 10 January 2009
dons trust news
Dinner with Dickie - Dickie's guests

We are pleased to announce the first two special guests to be joining Dickie Guy at the fundraising dinner on 20th February.

Our first guest, Allen Batsford, joined Wimbledon as manager in 1974, after steering Walton and Hersham to Wembley and an Amateur Cup Final victory over Slough. On his arrival the Dons had only seven registered players in the squad, including Dickie Guy, Ian Cooke and Jeff Bryant and yet he was to build a team that won the Southern League Cup, the London Senior Cup twice and crucially the Southern League Championship three years running. It was this remarkable achievement that transformed a mid-table Southern League side into a football league side in 1977 and, together with the F.A. Cup exploits of 1974-5, made Wimbledon part of football folklore throughout the country.

Also, back by popular demand after a very memorable dinner in 2006, is Dave “Harry” Bassett. Harry joined the Dons from Walton and became part of the great "Batsford Boys" team that won three consecutive Southern League titles and promotion to the Football League in 1977. As captain, midfielder Harry led from the front and quickly became a Dons favourite. In 1981, Harry became the "Gaffer" and continued the rise through the football league. Finally, in 1986, the Dons reached the top flight and under his guidance actually topped the first division for a short period. He left for Elton John's Watford in 1987 having completed the weird and wonderful journey - from Southern League to the very top of the First Division.

To find out more about the dinner and how to apply for tickets, please click here.

Details of further guests will be revealed over coming weeks.



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Friday 09 January 2009
club news
Coaches update

Dorchester: There are still a few place left on the second coach going to Dorchester on Tuesday. Pick up at The Woodman is 3.00 pm and from Kingsmeadow at 3.30 pm.

Maidenhead: There will be a supporters' coach going to Maidenhead for our league game on Saturday 17 January. Pick up at The Woodman is 12.00 noon and from Kingsmeadow at 12.30 pm.

The cost of a seat is £10 and places can be reserved by ringing the club on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays.



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Wednesday 07 January 2009
dons trust news
Dons Trust board elections

There are now just 6 days to submit your nomination form. To remind you why the election is so important we are reproducing here the three articles that have appeared in recent programmes.

Our club, our team (164k pdf)

Stand up for the Dons (488k pdf)

Time to do your bit? (317k pdf)




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Wednesday 07 January 2009
dons trust news
Quiz The Dons Trust Candidates

The next Dons Trust election is now approaching, and as with previous elections, WISA is continuing the tradition of supplying all the candidates with a questionnaire.

We are giving supporters the opportunity to submit suggestions for questions to ask. Please send them to secretary@wisa.org.uk by close of play on Sunday, 11th January, making them as clear and unambiguous as you can.

The answers from candidates will be published on the WISA website as soon as practically possible.

This does not form any part of the official electoral process and candidates are under no obligation to respond, but we feel it is very useful for Dons Trust members to read and compare answers from the different candidates, and for the candidates to expand on their manifestos.

We may not be able to use all the questions that are put forward, so we would advise all Dons Trust members to keep their eyes peeled for opportunities to meet the candidates in person and quiz them face to face.


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Wednesday 07 January 2009
club news
AFC Wimbledon goes to the dogs- UPDATED

The club is pleased to announce a special deal for AFC Wimbledon fans with our friends at Wimbledon Stadium for the Saturday evening greyhound meeting after the Braintree home game on 24 January.

The first race will,be at 7.30pm. Entrance will be free on production of a valid ticket for the Braintree game including season tickets but we’ve also secured a limited number of tickets for the evening which for only £3.00 will give you as well as free entry a free racecard worth £2.50 and a free pint (or equivalent). The club will benefit from the sale of these tickets. Parking is also free at the Stadium.

You can buy these tickets in advance through the commercial office. Please e-mail here or call 020 8547 3336. Alternatively, you can post a cheque made payable to AFC Wimbledon Ltd (enclosing a SAE) before 17 January.

Tickets will also be on sale in the back bar at the Braintree match on Saturday 24 January.

As well as club officials and other VIPs, we are hoping to invite players and coaching staff.

Please support the club and help us to reinforce the relationship with the other famous stadium in Plough Lane by joining us for a night to remember on 24 January!



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Wednesday 07 January 2009
club news
Under 19 game off

Today's Under 19 game at St Albans has been postponed because of a frozen pitch.


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Tuesday 06 January 2009
club news
Coach to Dorchester

The first supporters' coach going to Dorchester is now full and bookings are being taken for a second coach.

Pick up at The Woodman is 3.00 pm and and from Kingsmeadow at 3.30 pm. The cost is £10 and places can be reserved by ringing the club on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm.


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Monday 05 January 2009
dons trust news
Elections to the Dons Trust board

Note 8 on the Nomination form for the current election states: "Copies of the constitution, the election rules, the conflict of interest policy, and the form for making a declaration of shareholding in AFCW PLC can be found in the Trust section of the official website".

These documents have now been gathered together in one handy place and can be found here



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Sunday 04 January 2009
first team news
Terry on the Bognor game and Christmas period

Terry was reflecting on another victory as the run of league wins continued.

"Saturday's game against Bognor Regis came just 48 hours after our home game against Fisher Athletic and we therefore decided to rest one or two players to make sure that everyone who did play was 100% fit.

"Thanks to the miraculous work by our physio, Mike Rayner, Danny Kedwell went from a possible two weeks' absence because of a calf strain, to cramp, and he was therefore able to start the game.

"Danny proved again to be one of our most influential players with two well-taken goals. Although the scoreline suggests otherwise, Bognor did cause us one or two alarming moments and got behind our defence on two or three occasions.

"It is always hard to get the opening goal, and we made several good scoring opportunities before we got on the scoresheet. It was pleasing to see Kennedy Adjei make a surging run into the box, and head home the super ball from Dwane Lee. Once we had got that goal, there was only going to be one winner.

"We were fortunate to be one of only four games played because of the weather, and it was important that we kept our run going, especially as we have no game next Saturday. This brings our run of league victories to five, and we could have not asked better for a return of 16 goals scored, and two against.

"It will always be the case that as long as we beat the teams we ought to beat, we will be there or thereabouts at the end of the season. It has been a great Christmas period and a good start to the year in terms of results and performance."


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Sunday 04 January 2009
ladies news
Ladies game postponed

After an early pitch inspection this afternoon's Ladies match at home to Denham has been postponed.


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Saturday 03 January 2009
first team news
Bognor Regis game goes ahead

We have heard from Bognor this morning that despite an overnight frost the pitch is thawing and is playable and the game will go ahead.


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Friday 02 January 2009
first team news
Terry on New Year games

Terry was in a happy mood after the team's latest victory. "The victory over Fisher Athletic gave us a fantastic start to the New Year, with a really professional display on a bone-hard and difficult pitch.

"Although Fisher will not be the strongest side we have to play this season, I was very pleased that in the two games against them, we limited them to one major chance and I was delighted with the defending. We kept our patience and were rewarded with three goals, two of which were very well taken by Jon Main and Danny Kedwell.

"It was also nice to be able to give Jack Stafford his league debut and I thought that apart from his hasty tackle, he acquitted himself very well. If we can give him another run out against Bognor Regis we will, but I don't envisage many changes. Danny Kedwell is doubtful with a possible calf strain, although it may just be severe cramp. Elliott Godfrey is now fit and available for selection, and I am juggling with his and Tony Finn's fitness as to who plays.

"We go into the game on the back of three 3 - 0 victories and it is important that we win tomorrow to maintain the pressure on Chelmsford."


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Friday 02 January 2009
first team news
Dulwich Hamlet game postponed

The Surrey Senior cup tie against Dulwich Hamlet which was to take place on Tuesday 6 January has been postponed.

Dulwich were due to play a Ryman league cup tie against Cray Wanderers on 30 December but due to the weather the game was called off. That game has now been rescheduled for 6 January and takes precedence over our Surrey cup tie.

The new date will be published once it is known.


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Friday 02 January 2009
club news
Last few places on Bognor coach

There are still a few places on the supporters' coach travellling to Bognor on Saturday.

The coach will be picking up at The Woodman at 12.00 noon and from Kingsmeadow at 12.30 pm. The price is £10 and to book a seat please ring the club office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.15 am and 3.45 pm today.


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Thursday 01 January 2009
first team news
Match is on

Following a good night weather wise and having put down sheeting in the goalmouths and other areas of the pitch as a precaution, this afternoon's league game against Fisher Athletic goes ahead as planned. Kick off is 3.00 pm.

Tickets for the main stand will be on sale at the booth from 2.00 pm and turnstiles will also open at 2.00 pm


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