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Sunday 31 January 2010
first team news
Luke moves on

Luke Garrard has left the Dons to join Boreham Wood.

Terry Brown said "Luke and I had a long conversation after he returned from loan to Boreham Wood. He wanted first team football and I said that he was presently third in line for the right back spot.

"Luke had at least one other offer from a higher league team but he enjoyed his time at Boreham Wood and wanted to return there. So we cancelled his contract by mutual consent late on Friday, in time for him to appear in their game yesterday.

"Everyone here wishes Luke well in his future career in football. He has given great service to the club in nearly four years here and is a terrific influence in the changing room, always positive and a good team man. His attitude has always been superb. For example, Marcus commented that when Luke played for the reserves earlier this season, he was the perfect professional, supporting the young lads and encouraging them throughout the game.

"He was a model patient during his recovery from his cruciate injury last season and is now fully fit. I'm sure he will do a great job for Boreham Wood. We will miss him."

Luke joined the Dons in March 2006 and made over 120 appearances, including those as a substitute, scoring six goals in competitive matches.


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Saturday 30 January 2010
first team news
Dons crash out of the Trophy

Wimbledon's dreams of a first quarter final in the FA Trophy were dashed by a hard working and determined Workington team who never gave up even after being behind twice.

Having escaped an early warning when Seb Brown made two point blank saves, it all looked plain sailing for the Dons when Nathan Elder headed home from a Danny Kedwell cross on the quarter hour. But Workington fought back and, winning every second ball throughout the game, they equalised after 31 minutes when a cross eluded Brown, and Jonny Wright stooped to head home.

With Terry Brown looking and sounding increasingly frustrated as the Workington front two won every header, he replaced Ben Judge with Paul Lorraine who at least gave some drive and won some headers.

A soft penalty was converted by Kedwell after 62 minutes but if the Dons thought that was enough they were mistaken and a mis-hit cross by Jonny Wright brought them level again.

After that, there was only going to be one team to win it and sure enough it was the Reds as their best attacking move ended with Shaun Vipond hitting the winner home.

Terry Brown said "I've not ranted and raved in the dressing room because I am too stunned by that performance. Workington won every battle and thoroughly deserved their win. We will never have a better chance to progress in the Trophy but it was a gutless performance. Some of the players will be making an unexpected appearance on Monday against Tooting and Mitcham, as it will take a while to recover from this - and Forest Green Rovers will be a tough game next weekend.

"Good luck to Workington in the next round. They were worthy winners today."


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Friday 29 January 2010
dons trust news
Neal Ardley joins the Dinner

Following the news of the forthcoming fundraising dinner with guest Terry Burton, we are pleased to announce that cult hero Neal Ardley will also be making an appearance on the evening.

Neal’s Wimbledon career started in 1991 and continued until 2002. He finally retired in 2007 after playing for Millwall. During his time with the Dons he made 245 appearances and scored18 goals. Local lad Neal will be return to his roots for this year’s dinner.

The dinner will be held on Friday 26 March. Tickets are priced at £75 per person and will include a full three-course meal and coffee. If you would like to reserve a table for ten, please make sure you book early.

The evening looks to build on from the success of last year’s highly enjoyable Dinner with Dickie, which was attended by most of the 1975 squad. This year again promises to be very special indeed, certainly not one to be missed!

We are hoping to announce one or two further special dinner guests, so keep watching this space.

To apply for tickets, send your name and telephone number, together with a cheque for £75 per person (made payable to The Dons Trust), to: Terry’s Tales, The Dons Trust, The Cherry Red Records Fans Stadium – Kingsmeadow, Jack Goodchild Way, 422a Kingston Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 3PB.

If you have any questions, please email here or leave a message for Simon Bath via the club on 020 8547 3528.



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Friday 29 January 2010
dons trust news
Dons Trust Election

Ballot papers for the Dons Trust Board elections have now been sent to all members eligible to vote. They include post-paid reply envelopes but we will be collecting votes at the home matches on January 30th and February 6th and votes can also be handed in at the club offices during the week.

If your papers do not arrive by the start of next week please contact us at here or speak to an Election Steering Group representative at a game - we aim to be by the Dons Trust stall.

It has been brought to our notice that the manifestos distributed with the ballot papers did not include the names of those nominating Damian Woodward, he was proposed by Ivor Heller and Marc Jones.

Again we would remind people that they can question the candidates at the election forum at here.




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Thursday 28 January 2010
club news
Terry adds to his squad

Just before training started tonight, Terry Brown completed the signing of 19-year-old Josh Parker from Queens Park Rangers.

“I am delighted to announce the signing of Josh Parker on a long-term loan to the end of the season,” said Terry. “Josh is a very talented young player who as a forward can play either on the left or the right hand side. He possesses bundles of energy and blistering pace, and his record at QPR suggests that he can finish as well.

“I think his pace will add a great deal to the squad and will give me the opportunity to play three up front on a more regular basis. He is training with the boys tonight and will go straight into the squad for the FA Trophy game against Workington on Saturday.”



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Thursday 28 January 2010
first team news
Terry talks about Workington and the Trophy

Terry Brown is looking forward to Saturday's game against Workington with a historic target in his sights - a win would advance the Dons to the quarter final of the FA Trophy for the first time.

"Saturday's game brings us new opposition in the form of Workington AFC. We have got a couple of reports on them, one of which was from the Chief Executive and his good lady who took time out from a holiday in the Lakes to watch Workington play Vauxhall Motors, so if I get anything wrong on Saturday you will know where the blame lies.

"The report back on the Rushden and Diamonds games shows a very committed, hard-working side who played above themselves to beat a very good Rushden side. However, because we have home advantage on Saturday we obviously go into the game favourites to progress and it is Stuart's and my job to ensure that our players approach the game in a professional manner, to allow us entry into the last eight, for the first time in the club's history.

"Although the Surrey Senior Cup game wasn't the best on Tuesday night, at least we didn't pick up any additional injuries. However, Saturday will see us without the services of Will Hendry and Glenn Poole, who are both cup tied.

"Additionally, injuries will deprive us of the services of Steven Gregory and Ross Montague. Steven had an injection into his groin on Wednesday and should be fit and available for the Forest Green Rovers game on Saturday week. Unfortunately the news regarding Ross Montague will certainly be longer term and we are awaiting a scan as to the seriousness of his injury. Thursday night's training and physio sessions sometimes uncover other issues but at the moment everyone else looks OK, except for the long term injured players, Alan Inns and Luke Moore.

"Whatever side we are able to put out on Saturday there will be no excuses - the players are well aware that the FA Trophy is one of our major targets for the season."

Although ticket demand for the game is strong, there will be plenty of seats available on the day of the game.


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Thursday 28 January 2010
club news
Coach bookings for Cambridge United and Luton Town

We are now taking coach bookings for our next two away games in the Blue Square Premier.

Cambridge United - Saturday 13 February, The coach will be picking up from The Grove at 9.30 am and from Kingsmeadow at 10.00 am.

Luton Town - Tuesday 16 February. The coach will be picking up from The Grove at 4.00 pm and from Kingsmeadow at 4.30 pm.

The price is £10, and places on the coach may be reserved at the complimentary tickets window before and after Saturday's game against Workington. Alternatively, bookings may be made by contacting the club office on 020 8547 3528 during normal office hours.


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Thursday 28 January 2010
club news
New dates for Barrow and Grays Athletic

We have now been able to rearrange our two outstanding home league games in the Blue Square Premier, as follows.

Barrow: Tuesday 23 March, kick-off 7.45 pm

Grays Athletic: Tuesday 13 April, kick-off 7.45 pm



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Wednesday 27 January 2010
first team news
And now for the FA Trophy

Following last night's success in the Surrey Senior Cup, where the Dons won a penalty shoot out 6-5 after a 1-1 draw at the end of extra time, attention turns to the FA Trophy game against Workington on Saturday. But first, Terry Brown looked back on last night's game.

"I have to say that yesterday's Surrey Senior Cup encounter was hardly the most exciting game I've seen this season. Credit to Camberley who came with a game plan of one up front and executed it very well. They defended magnificently all night. The fact that they managed to score from their first shot of the game in the 100th minute, emphasises how few chances were created in the game. As is often the case in such games, the youngsters worked very hard and if I was to be honest I'd have wanted more out of some of my senior players.

"It was, however, useful in as much as Derek Duncan and Luke Garrard both completed 120 minutes in their first full games for several weeks. Ben Judge and Jay Conroy were solid at the back and the young full backs took their opportunity well and gave us width going forward.

"There was a good defensive midfield performance by Harry Knock - we always controlled midfield - but we never really looked like scoring. The two young forwards, Matty Harmsworth and Elton Gjoni, both worked very hard without ever receiving the sort of quality service they needed to score on the night.

"The win sees us progress to the next round where the youngsters will once again have an opportunity to impress."

Standing in the way of the Dons' first appearance in the quarter finals of the FA Trophy are Workington AFC. The Reds are in a good run of form, having gone nine games unbeaten. Their last league defeat was in November, when they lost to table-topping Southport, while in the previous round of the FA Trophy they recorded a fine 2-1 win against a full-strength Rushden and Diamonds team.

Tuesday night's 1-1 draw, snatched in the last minute of extra time at bottom-of-the-table Vauxhall Motors, kept the unbeaten record going but it didn't please manager Darren Edmondson, who described the performance as 'shambolic' and wondered if the players had their minds on the Trophy tie. He will definitely be looking for a more committed performance come Saturday.

Whatever the performance on Tuesday night, the game at Kingsmeadow, described as 'the draw every Reds fan wanted' on their web site, has captured the fans' imagination and they hope to bring up to 100 fans to the tie.

A win will take the Dons to the quarter finals for the first time, so Saturday's game is attracting a lot of interest, with advance ticket sales already nearly double those for the previous round against Altrincham. Nonetheless, we expect seat tickets to be available on the day at the usual Trophy prices of £14 adults, £7 concessions and £3 under 16s. Terrace prices are £12 adults, £6 concessions and £2 under 16s. Season tickets are not valid for this game.

Terry Brown's thoughts about the game, and his injury update, will be published here on this site this week.


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Wednesday 27 January 2010
club news
End of Season Dinner 2010 LAST 5 TABLES

Following last year’s extremely successful event, the club is pleased to announce the details of this season’s End of Season Dinner, kindly sponsored by Sports Interactive.

Once again the dinner will take place in a marquee on the pitch at The Cherry Red Records Fans Stadium on Saturday 8 May.

The evening will commence with a reception in the main bar at 7.00 pm before moving into the marquee for dinner.

After dinner, there will be an auction, a raffle and the highly anticipated end of season speeches from Terry Brown, the player of the season and more.

Once that is finished, a live band will be providing the entertainment with the bar open until 1.00 am.

Tickets cost £900 for a table of 10 or £100 for individual tickets, which includes ½ bottle of wine per person.

The dress code is lounge suit.

To book your table or for more information, call the commercial department on 020 8547 3336 or e-mail here.

We have a limited number of tables available so we strongly recommend you book a table early to avoid disappointment.


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Tuesday 26 January 2010
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents our first ever Battle of the Bands!

KINGSMEADOW LIVE PRESENTS BATTLE OF THE BANDS – Friday 12 February 2010

Doors 7.00pm, bar closes at 12.00am
Admission: £5
For more information, please call our booking line on 020 8547 3335

Kingsmeadow Live is proud to present our inaugural “battle of the bands” showcasing local talent. We are also delighted to announce that the bands due to perform on Friday 12 February all include AFC Wimbledon fans, so come along and show your support!

Kooler Kings

Kooler Kings are a young exciting new band formed from the current emerging Wimbledon & SW London music scene, spear headed by XFM DJ John Kennedy & Jamie T, with whom they recently played a show. The four members all met at The London Oratory school in Fulham & having grown up with musical influences in all their families decided to form a band. When the band played their first gig at The Watershed in Wimbledon, DJ John Kennedy saw them & immediately played them on his XFM radio show. The band were recently interviewed & filmed playing live for a docu-movie about the Reading festival due out on TV & Cinema in the next few months. Having written almost an album's worth of material, the band entered the studio to record their debut single. They are gigging extensively in London, especially Wimbledon where a dramatic new music scene for new bands is emerging. Their Myspace page can be found (here)

I, Ludicrous

I, Ludicrous have possibly been "the most original band in the world" since they formed in Endymion Road, Brixton, London during 1986. John and Will had become confederates whilst working for Finsbury Data Services - aka Textline - filling the dull days of clerking by amusing each other with jokes, anecdotes, fall lyrics and nasty comments about their colleagues. A homemade 4 track cassette somehow found its way into the hands of Mark E Smith who - without telling them - promptly booked them to support the Fall at a top London venue. The band achieved immortality the following year when their seminal flexi release reached the dizzy heights of number 11 in John Peel's Festive 50. This was followed up by the debut album It's Like Everything Else which also found its way into the top ten of the indie charts. Their Myspace page can be found (here)

On. Trial

On Trial, fronted by AFC Wimbledon fan Jonny Wah Wah, have been together around 4 years and they play rock music with a punky edge and cover many subjects in their songs; from the witch trials in "Burn Baby Burn" to the idea of a Utopian world in "Pangiers"! But their live performances are what they are really about, chaotic and wild you really never know what to expect and no two performances are ever the same! They are a favourite on the festival circuit and have played with some great bands like the Damned, Stiff Little Fingers and Eddie and the Hot Rods. So leave your inhibitions at home and get your drinking head on and enjoy the party because it’s a 24 hour one with these guys. Their Myspace page can be found (here)

Catharsis

Catharsis is a lively metal band formed in London in 2008 by guitarist Bill Rees and their influences include Metallica, Motorhead and Iron Maiden. Their Mypace page can be found (here)


Line-ups subject to change, additional bands TBC.


We are also on the look out for locally based bands to perform at similar events in March and April, so whether it is Pop, Alternative, Rock, Indie, Grunge or Electro we would love to hear from you!


If you're interested, give us a call on 020 8547 3396 or e-mail here.



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Tuesday 26 January 2010
club news
Matchday arrangements for Camberley

For tonight's Surrey Senior Cup tie at Kingsmeadow, entrance to the ground will be via turnstiles 1 and 2 at the Kingston Road End or via the Booth in the Paul Strank Stand lobby. We will not be opening the back bar although the middle bar will be open as usual.

The burger bar at the Tempest End will be open for refreshments. Admission prices for all areas of the ground, other than the Directors Box, are Adults £6 and Concessions and Under-16s £2. A 4 page programme will be given out free of charge at the turnstiles.


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Monday 25 January 2010
first team news
The Dons turn to cup action on Tuesday night

The Dons turn their attention to cup action this week, starting with Tuesday night's Surrey Senior Cup game against Camberley Town, before the FA Trophy game on Saturday at home to Workington.

Camberley are currently three points off the top of the Cherry Red Records Combined Counties League - the same league as Ash United, the Dons' previous opponents in this cup. Camberley have lost only three games this season and are the current holders of the Premier Challenge Cup.

It is almost mandatory for Surrey Senior Cup games to involve former Dons and in this case it is a chance to welcome back Joe Paris and Julian Sills who made four and eight starts respectively for the Dons. One further connection is Darren Barnard, who played for Terry Brown at Aldershot and is now the General Manager at Camberley.

Terry Brown is waiting until he has the latest injury news following Saturday's game at Wrexham, but it is clear that he will be looking to give some youngsters a start in the game.

"Before the season I said we wanted to do well in the Surrey Senior Cup and that is still true. We want to give game time to some players who haven't played recently but we need to balance that with the fact that we picked up even more injuries at Wrexham on Saturday. The position is made worse by some of our recent signings not being eligible for Saturday's Trophy game.

"So tomorrow's team will be a mixture of some of the promising youngsters from Marcus's reserve team and some senior players. James Pullen, Jay Conroy, Luke Garrard and Derek Duncan need some competitive action and I'm thinking of having a look at Danny Blanchett at centre back, which is a position he played at Hereford. He was recruited as a left back and we'll be using him in that position, but I want to see how he fits as a centre back, should the need arise.

"On the injury front, I've not had a complete update on all the squad from Mike Rayner, but obviously Ross Montague is a key concern after his injury on Saturday. It is too early to tell but he goes for a scan on Wednesday and with our injury record over the last 18 months I'll be pleasantly surprised if he doesn't need an operation of some sort.

"I expect that the game will be a tough one - any team that Darren Barnard is involved with will be well organised and hard to break down."

Tickets for this game are £6 for adults and £2 for concessions and under 16s. The entrance fee provides access to all areas of the stadium except the Directors' Box.


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Sunday 24 January 2010
club news
Phil Ledger

Woking FC’s highly-respected non-league administrator and former Dons goalkeeper Phil Ledger sadly passed away on 21 January, aged 78.

After several seasons between the sticks at Kingfield, Phil’s move to Wimbledon in 1957 meant that he missed Woking’s greatest-ever triumph, the 3-0 victory over Ilford in the FA Amateur Cup at Wembley the following year – though he still managed to listen to the Final on a wireless that he’d put in the back of his net while Wimbledon won 1-0 at Oxford City! But as Phil commented during a 2008 interview “I’ve got no regrets. I was told that I wasn’t going to be needed at Woking and I had a great time at Wimbledon. It was very enjoyable to play in front of big crowds: Wimbledon frequently had 7,000 fans for their home game and I received proper coaching for the first time too, from manager Les Henley.”

He appeared over 100 times for the Dons first team and won an Isthmian League Championship medal in 1959. Phil remained to help out the Dons reserves until 1967, when he returned to Woking as Secretary.

Over the next 43 years, he worked for the Cardinals in almost every capacity - including Chairman between 1996 and 1998 - rightly earning the tag ‘Mr. Woking’ and also served as a Director of the Conference.

AFC Wimbledon sends its sympathies to his family, friends and everyone connected with Woking FC and we will be featuring Phil’s life and career in more detail within the Forest Green Rovers programme on 6 February.



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Sunday 24 January 2010
dons trust news
Terry's Tales

The Dons Trust is delighted to announce that Friday 26 March will see Terry Burton return to Wimbledon as the special guest of the Dons Trust's annual fundraising dinner.

Terry, as many will know, was involved with Wimbledon during the 1990s and made a significant contribution as Youth team manager, working his way up the ranks until he became manager of the first team.

The dinner will be held on Friday 26 March. Tickets will be priced at £75 per person and will include a full three-course meal and coffee. If you would like a table of ten, then please make sure to book early.

The evening looks to build on from the success of last year's highly enjoyable Dinner with Dickie, which was attended by most of the 1975 squad. This year again promises to be very special indeed, certainly not one to be missed!

We are hoping to announce one or two further special guests for this year's dinner, so keep watching this space.

To apply for tickets, send your name, telephone number and (if you have one) email address, together with a cheque for £75 per person (made payable to The Dons Trust) to: Terry's Tales, The Dons Trust, The Cherry Red Records Fans Stadium Kingsmeadow, Jack Goodchild Way, 422a Kingston Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 3PB. Tickets will also be on sale in the back bar before our home game against Workington on 30 January.

If you have any questions, please email here or leave a message for Simon Bath via the club on 020 8547 3528.


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Saturday 23 January 2010
first team news
Dons denied by controversial goal

A controversial goal in the first half by Wrexham's Gareth Taylor consigned Wimbledon to a second successive away defeat to dent their chase for a play off spot.

Injuries prevented Glenn Poole, Stephen Gregory and Jon Main from making the trip to north Wales, and the only changes from the starting line up against Altrincham were starts for Nathan Elder and Danny Blanchett. Clear cut chances for either team were very sparse in the early stages, although Will Hendry forced Sam Russell into a diving save.

The key moment of the match occurred in the 29th minute when Wrexham's Taylor hoisted the ball into the 6 yard box. Keeper Seb Brown caught it cleanly, but appeared to be nudged by a Wrexham forward and as he landed, the linesman indicated that the ball had crossed the goal line. Despite sustained appeals by the Dons players, the referee confirmed that the goal stood.

The goal boosted the home side's confidence and they enjoyed the majority of play up to half time. The Dons chased the game in the second half and Elder was twice denied by clearances off the line. At the other end, Brown made a superb one handed save from a Taylor header to prevent Wrexham increasing their lead. Despite their efforts, the Dons were unable to find the vital equaliser that their play deserved.


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Friday 22 January 2010
first team news
Terry looks forward to Wrexham

Early this morning the team set off for their overnight stop for the Wrexham game tomorrow.

For Wrexham, this is their first league game for seven weeks, although they did manage to play their FA Trophy game, and the replay, against Altrincham in the intervening period. However, when we spoke to them yesterday they said that the pitch was ready and, subject to no new problems from the weather, the game will go ahead.

Wrexham's league position of seventeenth is distorted by the number of games they've had postponed. The extent of the problems is shown by the fact that they currently have five games in hand over the Dons.

For Terry Brown, the game represents a return to the league after Tuesday night's Trophy win against Altrincham.

"Tomorrow's game offers us the opportunity to consolidate the top four place we earned with the defeat of Mansfield last week. With all the weather problems we've not been able to watch Wrexham play but we did see them earlier in the season and we know they are a strong, athletic team with a lot of skill. Their league position, which is partly caused by the lack of games, doesn't really reflect their ability and strengths, so it will be a difficult game. I don't think there is any great advantage to us from Wrexham not having played for such a long time as they are a professional unit and they will be ready and raring to go after such a long lay off.

"I see that Wrexham have signed Andy Mangan, who has a terrific record as a goal scorer - I think he got about 30 goals last season - and he will provide a real test to our defence. I know he hasn't played for a while but goalscorers never lose the knack and so he will be a threat.

"We have several players available who weren't eligible for the Trophy game on Tuesday night. In particular, Danny Blanchett, Will Hendry and Nathan Elder come back into the squad. Glenn Poole has picked up a slight strain in training so we won't be risking him and he won't be travelling.

"Steven Gregory hasn't recovered as quickly as we hoped so he too will not travel but Kennedy Adjei seems to have recovered from the knock on the head he got on Tuesday, so he is available. There is a doubt about Jon Main, who has a problem with his leg, but Derek Duncan is now recovered from his virus and he will travel too.

"I'd like to thank the travelling fans for your support and look forward to seeing you again tomorrow. We hope to give you a performance that makes the journey home all the more enjoyable."


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Friday 22 January 2010
club news
Kingsmeadow Live and Love Music Hate Racism present The Beat!

AFC Wimbledon and Love Music Hate Racism are pleased to announce that The Beat will be performing at Kingsmeadow Live on Saturday 27 March.

All profits from this gig will be donated to the Love Music Hate Racism 2010 pre- election campaign.

Following AFC Wimbledon’s participation in Kick It Out’s week of action in October, the club is really excited about supporting yet another anti-racism event at the Cherry Red Records Fans Stadium.

We are also very fortunate to have an act like The Beat both play at Kingsmeadow Live and support Love Music Hate Racism. The Beat were at the forefront of the ska movement in the late 70s and early 80s, scoring several top ten hits along the way.

See below for more details about the gig and the band.


To purchase tickets, click here.


Saturday 27 March
Kingsmeadow Live and Love Music Hate Racism present…
The Beat
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.
Doors: 7.30pm Bar closes 1.00am
Admission: £15


1979 was a time of social, political and musical upheaval. Into this storm came The Beat, trying to calm the waters with their simple message of love and unity set to a great dance beat.
Originally from Birmingham, The Beat were all about inclusion, rather than exclusion, and this showed in their personnel and their music influences. Along with their contemporaries The Specials, The Selecter, and Madness, The Beat became an overnight sensation and one of the most popular and influential bands of the British ska movement.
By Christmas of 1979, The Beat were riding high in the UK charts with their first single, a smoking remake of the classic Smokey Robinson tune "Tears of a Clown".
Over the course of the next five years The Beat toured relentlessly and released three studio albums: "I Just Can't Stop It", "Wh'appen", and "Special Beat Service". The band toured the world with artists such as David Bowie, The Police, REM, The Clash, The Talking Heads and The Pretenders to name but a few.
The Beat kept scoring hits with tunes that have now become so popular that it's hard to remember a time when they didn't exist, such as "Mirror in the Bathroom", "Save it for Later", "I Confess", "Stand Down Margaret", and their serene cover of Andy William's "Can't Get Used To Losing You".
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Thursday 21 January 2010
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents Mitch Benn!

Comedy@Kingsmeadow
Friday 5th February
Price: £12 (including Dinner)
Doors: 7.30pm
Tickets: Click here


Mitch Benn (Headliner)
Mitch Benn is not only one of the most sought-after acts on the comedy circuit but is widely acknowledged as one of the best writer/performers of comic songs in the country. Mitch began his comedy career in Edinburgh in 1994. He moved to London in 1996 and quickly established himself as a comedy club "headliner" as well as a favourite on the university circuit.

Mitch is a regular writer and performer on "The Now Show" for BBC Radio 4 and "It's Been a Bad Week" for BBC Radio 2. Three series of his successful Radio 4 show, "Mitch Benn's Crimes Against Music" have been broadcast so far. He also presents "The Mitch Benn Music Show" on BBC Radio 7.

On TV, Mitch appears regularly on BBC1's "The One Show" as the writer and arranger of "The Complaints Choir". Mitch contributes occasional songs to Channel 4's "Bremner Bird And Fortune". He has also appeared on "The Last Word" for More4, "Gas" for Channel 4, "Live at Jongleurs", "The Warehouse" and "Today With Des & Mel" for ITV, "The Comedy Store" for Channel 5, "The World Stands Up" for Paramount and "Raymaan Is Laat" for Dutch TV. He was the presenter of the paranormal discussion show "Out There" for Carlton World.

Mitch has toured extensively abroad, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Ireland, Montreal, Holland and South Africa (including a two-week run at the Grahamstown Theatre Festival in 1998). In 1995 Mitch won the Best New Comic award at the Glastonbury Festival and has played there every year since, including an hour-long extended set in 1999 which drew a standing ovation from an audience of 1,500.

In 1998 he won the "Mercury Comedian of the Year" prize at the Leicester Comedy Festival. Mitch has performed many times at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, including hour-long solo shows in 1997, 98 and 99. He also appeared in the successful revue show "The Bootleg Bootleg Beatles" in 1998 and the showcase "Carlton Comedy Warehouse" in 1999, the subject of a documentary series for Carlton TV.


Barry Castagnola (Opening Act)
Comedian, actor and writer Barry Castagnola has firmly established himself as an accomplished comic performer. He has been performing stand-up in the UK and internationally for over 6 years since blagging his way onto the stage at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles. His easy-going (yet very physical) style, mixing personal anecdotes with some sharp topical and political comment, enthuses audiences at most of the major comedy clubs in the UK. As well as being a popular compere, Barry regularly headlines gigs around the country. He has performed in New York, Ireland, The Melbourne Comedy Festival, Glastonbury and The Reading Festival. TV stand up includes The Stand Up Show (BBC1) and Net.Comedy (Carlton)

Barry stormed the 2004 Edinburgh Festival with his debut solo show, inspired by clearing out his childhood bedroom. The Importance of Not Being Too Earnest gained great critical acclaim.
Below is a selection of quotes from the press about the show:
'Castagnola has crafted a delightfully enjoyable portrait of himself as a young man...well constructed...so enjoyable' Chorlte
'Such fun... an appealing hour of biographical stand up' The Guardian - Todays Pick
'Perfect' Three Weeks
'A confident, likeable comic ... it's his self deprecating bemusement at his own diary entries, overblown song lyrics, home videos and vintage possessions that holds this show together and provides the most hilarity' Metro
'A genial performer, he has a gift for self mockery and his youthful indescretions chime easily with an audience' The Scotsman 'So confident in the delivery of his material...you've got to admire his no-frills approach' The Stage


Danny Buckler (MC)
Danny Buckler is fast establishing himself as one of the most popular performers in showbiz with a unique style that combines stand-up comedy, improvisation, story-telling, audience participation and the odd bit of magic.
The past few years has seen Danny travel the world entertaining the troops in Bosnia, Belfast, The Falkland Islands and Diego Garcia. He was also invited to support Victoria Wood on her national tour, which led to Danny being asked to participate in the show 'Victoria Wood and Friends' at the swanky Adelphi Theatre alongside Victoria and Imelda Staunton.
2003 also saw Danny make his Edinburgh Festival debut at the prestigious Edinburgh Assembly Rooms in an extremely successful double-hander with fellow magician, Mandy Muden.
Danny is a much sought after TV warm-up artist, having worked on various shows including the BBC series 'Dead Ringers' and 'Dinner Ladies' among others.
2004 saw Danny fronting the BBC 1 prime-time Saturday night special, 'Secrets of Magic', alongside John Lenehan, and Etienne Pradier.
"It's time we saw him on TV" LBC Radio
"He stole the show with his excellent impersonations and improvisations" Three Weeks
"Puts Houdini to shame" Daily Mail
"An endearing air of parodic grandeur" Metro
"Before you knew it he had the whole audience cheering" The Stage





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Thursday 21 January 2010
dons trust news
Quiz night returns tonight

Don’t forget the Quiz Evening returns tonight. So come along and test your knowledge against other supporters. It starts at 7.45 pm in the middle bar and entrance is just £1 per person.


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Wednesday 20 January 2010
club news
Altrincham highlights and Terry's post match thoughts

The highlights of the Altrincham game and Terry Brown's post match thoughts are now available on AFC Wimbledon TV.

For an audio-only version of Terry's interview, click on audio interview


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Wednesday 20 January 2010
club news
Ticket arrangements for Workington

Ticket prices for our 3rd Round FA Trophy tie against Workington on Saturday 30 January have now been agreed as follows:

Paul Strank Stand Seats Centre and Outer blocks

Adults £14

Concessions £7

Under-16s £3

Terrace

Adults £12

Concessions £6

Under-16s £2

The match is not all-ticket, and all season ticket holders will be required to pay. Voucher D will need to be produced. Tickets will go on sale on Thursday 21 January.

Paul Strank Stand season ticket holders who wish to reserve their usual seat will have until 9.30 pm on Tuesday 26 January to do so. This is the date for our home Surrey Senior Cup game against Camberley Town, and we will accept applications handed in on that day. Non season ticket holders wishing to buy a seat for the game can do so immediately but will not be allocated a specific seat until after 26 January.

Please note that with the expected attendance for this game, we are not issuing separate tickets for the John Smith’s and Tempest End terraces.

Tickets may be purchased as follows:

By Post:

• There is a maximum of 4 tickets per applicant.

• Applicants should enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Tickets will be sent at the risk of the applicant – in other words we cannot issue replacement tickets for any that are lost in the post. Fans who want secure delivery of the tickets should not stamp the self-addressed envelope but instead add a payment of £2 for a recorded delivery service. Alternatively, applicants can request that the tickets are kept at the office for collection.

• Applicants must enclose a daytime phone contact number.

Online:

Terrace tickets may be bought online by going to the “Buy tickets” online tab on the front page of the official website. There is a maximum of 4 tickets per applicant.

Personal callers:

Tickets will not be sold by phone. However, personal callers may visit the club between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm during office hours to purchase tickets.




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Wednesday 20 January 2010
club news
Under 19 game off

This afternoon's Under 19 game against St Albans in the Football Conference Youth Alliance has been postponed because of the state of the pitch following heavy rain this morning.


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Tuesday 19 January 2010
club news
Dons progress to third round

Wimbledon moved into the third round of the FA Trophy and a home tie with Workington after they overcame a dogged Altrincham team who fought to the end to stay in the competition.

Faced with a number of injuries and ineligible players, Terry Brown was forced to make six changes from the side that had started against Mansfield Town on Saturday and name three reserve players on the bench. After a scrappy opening period Ricky Wellard opened the scoring after 39 minutes with a low drive from outside the penalty area.

When Jon Main doubled the lead just 4 minutes into the second half it looked as though the tie was over but Altrincham made two substitutions and kept on fighting to get back into the game. After 59 minutes they were rewarded when Anthony Danylyk shot home from outside the area to reduce the arrears.

However, Ben Judge popped up to smash the ball home after a goalmouth scramble on 72 minutes to calm the nerves and despite a few anxious moments the Dons ran out the worthy winners.



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Tuesday 19 January 2010
dons trust news
Dons Trust Election

As already announced, the Dons Trust are running an election to fill four vacancies on the nine person Board that is responsible for conducting the business of the Trust.

Twelve candidates have come forward to fill the four vacancies – in ballot paper order (drawn at random by Julian Edwards and witnessed by two Election Steering Group members):

David Hall
Mark Davis
Nicole Hammond
Kate Terriere
Kris Stewart
Lee Willett
Stephen Cooles
Tom Adam
Simon Bath
David Growns
Damian Woodward
Christopher Gibbs.

Ballot papers together with the candidates' manifestos will be posted out within the next week. Additionally, there is a forum for discussion between members and candidates at here.
and it is expected that WISA will be publishing their questionnaire to candidates.

We are hoping for a lively and vibrant election. We strongly urge you to use your vote and return the voting form in the envelope provided in good time to beat the closing time of 17.30 pm on Saturday 13 February.

This year we are providing pre-paid envelopes but we will also be accepting papers at the club offices and at match days. Returning your vote by hand will save the Trust money. If you are voting by post please allow an extra day or so to make sure your ballot paper gets here on time.



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Monday 18 January 2010
first team news
Terry turns his thoughts to the Trophy

After Saturday's exhilarating performance against Mansfield, the Dons turn their sights away from the league and towards the FA Trophy, as the previously postponed game against Altrincham goes ahead on Tuesday night.

Altrincham arrive with a very impressive away record, with seven of their nine league wins away from home this season - their away form would have them in a play off place, but only two wins at home has held them back into mid-table.

Both teams have ineligible players. Alty are missing tall forward John McAliskey, who signed for them just before the fixture list ground to a halt but played for Witton in an earlier round. Terry Brown has four ineligible players - Glenn Poole came on as a substitute for Grays in their game against Worcester City, while both Will Hendry and Luke Garrard played in earlier rounds for Maidenhead and Boreham Wood respectively.

Nathan Elder is also unavailable because he wasn't signed before the date the game was first due to be played; he will, however, be available for the next round if the Dons should win through.

Terry Brown isn't thinking beyond Tuesday night, however, as he prepares for what will no doubt be a very difficult game with several injury doubts to add to the long list of players he can't call upon.

"On the injury front, there are doubts concerning Danny Blanchett, who suffered a dead leg on Saturday and Paul Lorraine, who is suffering from a groin strain and missed Saturday's game as a result. I am hopeful that both of them will be fit and available for selection.

"Derek Duncan is still recovering from a virus. He trained today and I hope he will be well enough to make the bench. Steven Gregory is making good progress and will hopefully be fit and available for Saturday's game at Wrexham. Elliott Godfrey has resumed training since his cracked ribs and should hopefully be available again sometime between 10 and 14 days from now. Peter Rapson is recovering well from a thigh strain but he will also not be ready for Tuesday's game.

"Owing to the unavailability of the four ineligible players, and the long injury list, the team will see several changes from Saturday's side. We have managed to rotate the squad successfully for most of the year, and we go into Tuesday night's game confident that we have a fit and hungry side looking to progress further in the FA Trophy, which has always been one of our major targets for the season.

"The away form of our opponents suggests that we will be in for a very difficult evening and I would ask the supporters and the players to show the necessary patience if we are to get past very challenging opponents.

"Our performance at Altrincham in August was certainly one of our best displays of the season and we will have to recapture that form if we are to progress through into the next round."

With season tickets not valid for the game, there will be plenty of seats available, all of them at the lower seat price of £14 for adults, £7 for concessions and £3 for under 16s.


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Monday 18 January 2010
dons trust news
Dons Draw results for January

The January Dons Draw took place late last week at Kingsmeadow.

Winning numbers were drawn in the presence of Erik Samuelson (Chief Executive), Chris Atkinson and Neil Messenbird (Dons Draw Administrator).

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

First prize of £1,000 - ticket 2106 – Mario Rajakone of Wimbledon

Second prize of £500 - ticket 4171 – Erik De Turkheim of Wimbledon

Third prize of £250 - ticket 1576 – Matthew Couper of Lewisham

Fourth prize of £150 - ticket 1061 – David Colman of Bath

Fifth prize of £100 – ticket 3863 – Max Swain of East Grinstead

Sixth prize of £75 – ticket 0805 – John Deveraux of Wallington

Congratulations to all six prize winners.

The next Dons Draw will take place on or around 15 February 2009 with the results being posted on the AFC Wimbledon official web site soon after the draw has taken place.

We have again increased prizes and paid out a massive £2,075 a month in prizes!

If you want a chance of winning one of these prizes, 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 2009 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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Monday 18 January 2010
dons trust news
Walkies!

As part of the fundraising effort for the season, the Trust is planning to run two sponsored walks before the end of the season. Walk 4 Wimbledon 4 will be a family-friendly sponsored walk, similar to the 2005 and 2007 Walk for Wimbledon events from Wimbledon to Kingsmeadow. Subject to confirmation, this event is likely to be held towards the end of the season, possibly to coincide with the Chester home game.

Before then, an intrepid crew led by Matthew Breach will undertake the annual Walk Further for Wimbledon. This year, they will be walking over 50 miles from Eastbourne to Kingsmeadow, over 2 1/2 days, to arrive in time for the home game against Eastbourne on 13 March. They would welcome additional walkers to join them, either for part or whole of the journey.

This is a physically demanding challenge, and should only be undertaken if you are a fit walker. However, if you do fall into that category, then you will find the walk scenic and exhilarating, and the company very friendly. So please email here or leave a message for Matthew Breach via the club on 020 8547 3528 if you would be interested in taking part. Sponsorship raised by walkers will be divided between the Dons Trust and a charity of their choosing.

Finally, the walkers would welcome some logistical support in transferring bags between overnight locations. So, if you are available to ferry bags from Eastbourne to Lewes on the morning of 11 March, or from Lewes to Leatherhead on the morning of 12 March, please get in contact.

Look out for further details on how to sponsor the walkers and also for details of the family-friendly Walk 4 Wimbledon 4 on the website soon.


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Sunday 17 January 2010
club news
Allen Batsford tribute

For fans who missed the Allen Batsford tribute before the Mansfield game, you can see it by clicking on Allen Batsford.

Iain McNay's interview with Allen, carried out only a couple of months ago, can also be found on the AFC Wimbledon TV site.


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Sunday 17 January 2010
first team news
Terry's post match thoughts on the Mansfield game

Terry Brown's post match interview is now available on AFC Wimbledon TV.

For an audio-only version, click on audio interview


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Saturday 16 January 2010
first team news
Elder makes the difference

Nathan Elder made a dream debut for the Dons, scoring after just two minutes with a far post header from Will Hendry's cross, and creating the second for Lewis Taylor who swept home Elder's headed pass.

After their lay-off since New Year's Day, the Dons were good value for their win as they overcame a strong Mansfield team. All three of Terry Brown's new signings started the game and looked at ease as they settled into the Dons' diamond formation.

Having secured a two goal lead in the first half, Wimbledon withstood a Mansfield fight back early in the second half, and could easily have added to their goal tally with substitute Ricky Wellard twice being denied by excellent saves from keeper Alan Marriott.

Terry Brown was absolutely delighted with both the result and the display. "It was a massively important win today, beating one of the teams in the top five for the first time this season. It was vital after the set back against Hayes & Yeading on New Year's Day that we returned to winning ways. Mansfield were a big, strong, physical side who on another day could have scored two or three goals, and I was delighted with the clean sheet.

"The two first half goals were well taken and I could not have been more delighted with the performance of all three new signings. In particular, it was a great debut for Nathan, who was awesome in the first half. As we get used to the strengths of the new signings I am sure that we will get even more out of them. I was also very pleased with the response of the rest of the team and from those who came off the bench, and indeed Ricky Wellard was unfortunate not to get his name on the score sheet.

"Looking forward to the FA Trophy game on Tuesday night against Altrincham, it will be a very difficult game. I have played against Graham's teams on a number of occasions and they will be dogged, have ability, and be very hard to beat. A number of players who played today are not eligible for Tuesday night's game and I hope that some of the injured players will be able to return."


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Friday 15 January 2010
club news
Arrangements for Saturday's game, including Allen Batsford tribute

Allen Batsford

Saturday's game against Mansfield is our first opportunity to pay tribute collectively to Allen Batsford.

Once the players have left the pitch following their pre-match warm up, there will be a brief tribute paid to Allen by some of his former players. This will be at about 2.45 pm and we urge fans who wish to hear the tributes to be in the ground in good time. There will also be a minute's silence in memory of Allen immediately before the game.

In addition to these tributes, there are two articles in the programme, one about how Allen transformed Wimbledon and the second comprising tributes to him from former players.

Among Allen's former players and colleagues who will be at the game are: Kieron Somers; Dave Lucas; Jeff Bryant; Dave Donaldson; Dave Bassett; Glenn Aitken; John Leslie; Alan Gillette; Kevin Tilley; Owen Harris and, of course, Ian Cooke and Dickie Guy.

Blue Square awards

Immediately before the pre-match tribute, AFC Wimbledon manager Terry Brown and goalkeeper Seb Brown will be presented with the Blue Square December manager and player of the month, respectively.

Other arrangements

Segregation

We plan to allocate the whole of the Kingston Road end to Mansfield fans. Nonetheless, Wimbledon fans may enter via turnstile 3 and make their way to the John Smith's stand by walking along the front of the Kingstson Road End.

Bar and catering

As usual, the bars will open at noon and there will be food available in the back bar and outside the main bar before the game.

Parking

The main car park is free of snow and ice. We have inspected the overflow grass parking area and, at the moment, it isn't fit for use. We will inspect it again in the morning but if we are unable to open it then there will be even more pressure on parking spaces than normal.

Where possible, please consider travelling by public transport. If you are parking in the surrounding streets, please show consideration to the residents and, in particular, please don't block driveways.

As always, we remind people who wish to use the disabled parking area that your passes give you priority, but not a guaranteed space. It will be wise to arrive early.


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Friday 15 January 2010
club news
Nathan joins the Dons

Terry Brown signed Nathan Elder late this afternoon, as he moved to strengthen his attacking options as the season re-starts tomorrow, following a two week lay off due to the weather. Nathan joins the Dons for the rest of the season on a long term loan.

Dons fans may remember Nathan from his time at Billericay when he played against us in season 2005-06 when he played in both games and scored in Billericay’s 2-1 win – he also scored against us in a pre-season friendly against Brentford in 2008-09.

Terry Brown said “It is good news on the striker front, as we have managed to secure Nathan’s services. I thought it was important that we added a permanent addition to the forward line this season – with it being a long term loan Nathan can’t be recalled.

“It was important for the club that we were guaranteed his services until the end of the season as a recall at the wrong time could have cost us dearly. Nathan is a player that Stuart and I first looked at whilst he was playing for Billericay. Unfortunately for us, he signed professional forms for Brighton. He subsequently transferred to Brentford where he was part of their very successful League 2 campaign, alongside Glenn Poole and Brett Johnson.

“Nathan will add height, strength and aerial power to our side. He will bring us a strong physical presence in both boxes. We will be looking to start Nathan on Saturday and this will give us an opportunity to rest Danny Kedwell in preparation for the Tuesday night game against Altrincham. Nathan is not eligible to play against Altrincham because of the time we signed him, but he is, of course, eligible for the next round, should we succeed on Tuesday night.”


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Friday 15 January 2010
first team news
Terry looking forward to getting back into action

The good news about the pitch was exactly what Terry Brown wanted to hear after his efforts yesterday to help get it ready for Saturday's game. He can't wait to get back into action tomorrow and had some player news to add when we spoke to him a few minutes ago.

"Owing to the sterling efforts of at least 30 loyal supporters we are pleased that Saturday's game is able to progress. Having helped out a little myself, it is amazing how long it takes to clear a football pitch. It is important that we get Saturday's and Tuesday's games played so as to avoid a fixture pile up that I certainly think will affect the northern clubs.

"Fortunately, we have been able to strengthen the squad over the last two weeks and it is evident enough that we needed to do so as the second half of the season we will need strength in depth.

"On the injury front we have doubts concerning Danny Kedwell and Paul Lorraine and definitely out of Saturday's game is Elliott Godfrey with cracked ribs from the Stevenage game, Steven Gregory with a groin injury, Derek Duncan with a virus and the departure of Luis Cumbers whose loan has ended; he has decided to stay at Gillingham and force his way back into their first team.

"We are also hoping to sign a big target man prior to Saturday's game but until a medical and the paperwork have been completed we can't say any more. If there is any news, we will announce it later today."


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Friday 15 January 2010
club news
Mansfield game goes ahead

Follow a look at the pitch this morning, the match referee has confirmed that tomorrow's Blue Square Premier game against Mansfield Town can go ahead provided there is no adverse weather overnight.

The weather forecast in not predicting any problems and no further pitch inspections are planned.


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Thursday 14 January 2010
club news
Snow going

Thanks to the fantastic work of the volunteers who turned up at Kingsmeadow today, aided and abetted by club staff, 75% of the snow has been cleared from the pitch and what is left is likely to thaw itself.

The match referee is coming tomorrow morning to take a preliminary look and advise us if there is any further work we need to do. We hope to make an announcement at about midday as to whether we will need further help.


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Thursday 14 January 2010
club news
Pitch update

Although we have had a number of fans come to the club today to help clear the pitch of snow we still need more volunteers and particularly snow shovels and wheelbarrows.

If you can help please just come down to the ground. We may also need help tomorrow so please watch this site for any further announcements.


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Thursday 14 January 2010
dons trust news
iDONS on Saturday and Quiz next Thursday

Assuming the game goes ahead on Saturday, and subject to the weather, we hope to be running the iDONS stall on Saturday, so you can look out for bargain CDs, DVDs and computer games to keep the winter blues away. Whether or not the iDONS stall is present at the game, we will be accepting any CDs, DVDs and computer games that you no longer want in your collection.

After a short interlude, the Quiz Evening returns on Thursday 21 January. So come along and test your knowledge against other supporters. Starts 7.45 pm. (In the event of adverse weather conditions on the evening, an update will be published on this site.)




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Wednesday 13 January 2010
club news
End of Season Dinner 2010

Following last year’s extremely successful event, the club is pleased to announce the details of this season’s End of Season Dinner, kindly sponsored by Sports Interactive.

Once again the dinner will take place in a marquee on the pitch at The Cherry Red Records Fans Stadium on Saturday 8 May.

The evening will commence with a reception in the main bar at 7.00 pm before moving into the marquee for dinner.

After dinner, there will be an auction, a raffle and the highly anticipated end of season speeches from Terry Brown, the player of the season and more.

Once that is finished, a live band will be providing the entertainment with the bar open until 1.00 am.

Tickets cost £900 for a table of 10 or £100 for individual tickets, which includes ½ bottle of wine per person.

The dress code is lounge suit.

To book your table or for more information, call the commercial department on 020 8547 3336 or e-mail here.

We have a limited number of tables available so we strongly recommend you book a table early to avoid disappointment.


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Wednesday 13 January 2010
club news
Help needed to clear the pitch

Following last night’s snowfall the pitch is now covered with an extra one to two inches of snow. Underneath the snow, the ground is quite hard particularly in front of the Tempest End and John Smith’s Stand.

However with the weather forecast predicting a rise in the temperature over the next few days there is still a chance that Saturday’s game against Mansfield Town could go ahead. To help with the thawing process it is necessary to move the snow from the pitch and we are looking to supporters to come to the ground on Thursday morning at 10.00 am with snow shovels, shovels and wheelbarrows to help clear the playing surface.

If you can spare any time on Thursday it will be greatly appreciated. Just so we have an idea about numbers please call 020 8547 3528 between now and 5.00 pm to let us know if you can help or e mail secretary@afcwimbledon.co.uk. Refreshments will be provided.



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Tuesday 12 January 2010
club news
Terry signs Glenn

Terry Brown acted quickly after being given the go-ahead to strengthen his squad this morning. This afternoon he signed Glenn Poole, a left-sided, goalscoring midfielder.

"I am absolutely delighted to announce a new addition to our squad as today we signed Glenn until the end of the season. Glenn was part of the very successful Brentford side which gained promotion from League 2, alongside Brett Johnson.

"Glenn is a player I know well, having played a major part in the success of Grays Athletic under Mark Stimpson. He is a goalscoring midfield player who is also very accomplished on set pieces. As you are aware, scoring goals from midfield is an area where I believe we haven't done enough this season.

"His role will be to supply the passes necessary for our front players and also I will expect him to make a major contribution to our goals tally. He is a very accomplished player on the ball and he will also add much-needed experience to our young side.

"We are also looking for additional strike power and we are currently in negotiations for another front man. I think it is important in the second half of the season to have sufficient strength in every department, especially with the likelihood of a fixture backlog due to the recent bad weather. If we continue our run in the FA Trophy it will be even more imperative that we are able to rest some important players at various intervals."


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Tuesday 12 January 2010
club news
New date for London Senior Cup

Our London Senior Cup tie at Tooting & Mitcham United has been rescheduled to take place on Monday 1 February, kick off 7.45 pm.

However, should we reach the 3rd Round of the FA Trophy and draw the game on 30 January, the date for the next round, a replay would take place on 2 February and the Tooting & Mitcham game would need to put back again.


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Monday 11 January 2010
club news
Altrincham postponed again

Following a brief inspection of the pitch a few minutes ago, tomorrow night's game has been postponed. It is now scheduled to take place, weather permitting, on Tuesday 19 January, kick off 7.45 pm.

This means that our league game in the Blue Square Premier due to be played that night against Grays Athletic will itself be postponed. A new date for that fixture will be announced once discussions have taken place with Grays Athletic.


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Monday 11 January 2010
club news
FA Trophy draw

In this morning’s draw for the 3rd Round of the FA Trophy, the winners of our 2nd Round tie with Altrincham will play at home to Workington or Rushden & Diamonds. That game is scheduled to be played on Saturday 30 January and if we are successful against Altrincham, it would mean our Blue Square fixture against Barrow would be postponed.


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Monday 11 January 2010
club news
Altrincham update

There has been no improvement in the pitch conditions since the end of last week and it is extremely unlikely tomorrow night's game against Altrincham in the FA Trophy will go ahead.

A formal inspection will take place at approximately 1.30 pm today.


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Saturday 09 January 2010
club news
Tooting off and Wrexham rearranged

Monday night's game at Tooting & Mitcham in the London Senior Cup has been postponed. A new date for this fixture will be announced soon.

Our Blue Square Premier game at home to Wrexham has now been scheduled to take place on Tuesday 30 March, kick off 7.45 pm.


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Friday 08 January 2010
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents Boo Hewerdine- supported by Rockin' Paddy!

UPDATE
We are pleased to announce that AFC Wimbledon fan John Kelly, AKA Rockin' Paddy, will be suporting Boo with an accoustic set!


KINGSMEADOW LIVE PRESENTS BOO HEWERDINE – SATURDAY 16 JANUARY

Doors 7.30pm, show starts at 8.30, bar closes at midnight
Admission: £8 (advance) / £10 (door)
For more information, please call our booking line on 020 8547 3335

Come and break in the New Year nice and gently with one of the most talented acoustic artists in the UK. Boo Hewerdine has recently become available to play at Kingsmeadow Live before jetting off on his world tour! Although he might not sound that familiar, he is the songwriter behind hits such as “Patience of Angels” and will be playing live at Kingsmeadow on 16 January 2010.


Hewerdine who is not only a fantastic solo musician as well as an integral part of ‘The Bible’ was nominated for an Ivor Novello Award for the song he wrote for Eddie Reader, who he continues to collaborate with. He has also worked with other artists over the years including Darden Smith. His song writing adventures have even led to writing for those in pop, including Natalie Imbruglia and Mel C.

Boo's latest album, “God Bless the Pretty Things”, was released last month, and marks his return to working with a band after around 10 years of going solo. He said: “I thought of these songs as a suite. There is a song called ‘God Bless the Pretty Things’ I have yet to record. It's about how the chance to create beauty is the ultimate sign of freedom. This was in the back of my mind during recording. With the previous acoustic EP series I was interested in storytelling. This time even when I'm telling a story I'm trying to find an atmosphere.”

Boo will be supported on the night by Dave Marston, an up and coming and local singer / songwriter of acoustic music and AFC Wimbledon's own John Kelly, also known as Rockin' Paddy.

‘Boo emotionally pulls the rug from under you and leaves you speechless’ - NetRhythms

‘Hewerdine's delicate songwriting art now has to answer to nothing but itself’ - Mojo Magazine

‘The tenderest of English songwriters’ - The Independent




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Friday 08 January 2010
first team news
Terry welcomes Danny Blanchett and looks forward to getting some training done

When we spoke to Terry Brown, he was back at home after attending John Morris's funeral earlier today. He said: "it has been a particularly difficult week with the funerals of three people close to the club's heart. The three people in question, Geraldine Messenbird, Allen Batsford and John Morris, will be greatly missed and we send their families all our best wishes at this very difficult time.

"Turning to the thing that unites us all, AFC Wimbledon, I am pleased to welcome the signing of Danny Blanchett. He is a young left back with Football League experience who can come straight into the side - as and when we finally play another game.

"Danny is a tall, athletic left back who played several games in League Two as a left back and 16 games at left-sided centre back when on loan to Hereford. Danny comes to us for the remainder of the season on loan, with hopefully a permanent signing at a later date. Signing Danny also releases Brett Johnson to revert to a centre half position.

"We needed to sign Danny before noon today, because that makes him available for the FA Trophy tie with Altrincham - the deadline date for eligibility is based on when the game should take place, not when it actually happens - and he will add strength to what is already a strong-looking squad. We would like to thank Peterborough for their help in enabling us to sign this talented young player.

"As far as actually playing is concerned, it is doubtful whether there will be any football for us within the next seven days. Training has been very difficult this week. We have managed to book an Astroturf facility for Saturday morning and the boys will get some much-needed football in the guise of small-sided games. The good news is that the enforced rest has allowed several players to recuperate, including Danny Kedwell, Jon Main, Elliott Godfrey and Steven Gregory, all of whom would have struggled to play this weekend."


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Friday 08 January 2010
club news
Altrincham off

Following a pitch inspection at 11.50 am, tomorrow's FA Trophy game has been postponed.

The game is now scheduled to be played on Tuesday 12 January. However, the weather forecast is not encouraging and we will be keeping in touch with the FA about the need for a further inspection on Monday.


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Friday 08 January 2010
club news
Danny joins the Dons

Terry Brown has this morning completed the signing of Danny Blanchett from Peterborough United until the end of the season.

22 year-old Danny is an attack-minded, left-sided full-back who started his career in non-League football playing for Hendon, Harrow Borough and Cambridge City. In March 2007 he signed for Peterborough United, making his debut on 9 April as a substitute against Mansfield Town.

In all Danny made seven appearances for Peterborough, scoring one goal. In August 2009 he joined Stevenage Borough on loan for a short period before moving to Hereford United in September, where he made 15 appearances. Danny will be eligible to play in the FA Trophy game against Altrincham .

More reaction from Terry will follow later.



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Thursday 07 January 2010
club news
Pitch update

The pitch at Kingsmeadow is under about three inches of snow and the surrounding areas including the car park are very icy. The chances of the FA Trophy game against Altrincham going ahead on Saturday are very remote and a formal pitch inspection by an appointed referee will take place tomorrow lunchtime.

The result of that inspection will be announced afterwards.


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Wednesday 06 January 2010
club news
Allen Batsford's funeral - more details

In answer to queries by a number of fans, we understand that if anyone wishes to make a charitable donation in memory of Allen, Maureen Batsford has nominated the British Heart Foundation.

You can do this by sending a cheque, made out to the British Heart Foundation, to the funeral directors:

P Boast & Son
36 Eastworth Road
Chertsey
KT16 8DW


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Wednesday 06 January 2010
club news
Altrincham ticket sales suspended

There is over an inch of snow on the pitch and the exposed terraces. Even if that isn't a lot compared to some parts of the country, there is more snow falling heavily now, and underneath the snow the pitch is already frozen. Therefore, we have suspended ticket sales for Saturday's game against Altrincham.

The FA is understandably keen that every game is given the maximum possible chance of going ahead and so pitch inspections cannot take place before Friday morning - and even then only under 'extreme weather' conditions. Nonetheless, we will be in regular contact with the FA so that we can keep fans up to date.

If Saturday's game is called off, it can be played the following Tuesday, 12 January. If the weather prevents any postponed game being played on that date, then we understand that Trophy ties take precedence over midweek league games (but not Saturday league games) - so if the extreme weather persists we might find that the home game against Grays is displaced by this Trophy tie.

This information is published to allow fans to make whatever contingency arrangements they feel are appropriate - we stress that no decision has been made about Saturday's game.


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Wednesday 06 January 2010
dons trust news
Dons Trust Board Elections

With the start of the Dons Trust Board elections for this year, we have
set up an internet forum to allow questions to and discussions with the
candidates.

Although one section of the forum is open to all who register, the
majority is specifically for Dons Trust members. The forum can be found
here.

Instructions for registering are given in the Announcements section of
the forum. We hope that members will find this forum useful in informing
them and helping them to be active participants in the election.





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Tuesday 05 January 2010
club news
New date for Crawley game

The away fixture at Crawley Town which was postponed on 19 December will now take place on Tuesday 9 March, kick off at 7.45 pm.


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Tuesday 05 January 2010
dons trust news
Fundraising Meeting

The first fundraising meeting of 2010 will take place in the Presidents Lounge at Kingsmeadow on Wednesday 13 January commencing at 7.30 pm.

The Trust has a number of fundraising projects lined up for the remainder of the season and beyond, for which assistance would be appreciated. All are welcome to attend - but it would be helpful if you could let Mark Davis know in advance if you are planning to attend either by emailing fundraising@thedonstrust.org or leaving a message via the club on 020 8547 3528.


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Monday 04 January 2010
club news
Wrexham off

Following a pitch inspection at 4.45 this afternoon and with the pitch frozen solid the referee took the decision there was no possibility of the match going ahead on Tuesday.

A new date will be announced in due course. Tickets will be valid for the rearranged game but a refund will be given on return of the ticket if fans are unable to make the new date once it is announced.


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Monday 04 January 2010
first team news
Pitch inspection this afternoon

With a continuation of the freezing conditions and with little prospect of a rise in temperatures, a pitch inspection will be take place at Kingsmeadow late this afternoon to see whether there is any prospect of tomorrow's game against Wrexham going ahead.

As soon as we have any further information an announcement will be made.


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Monday 04 January 2010
club news
Under 18 game off

Tonight's Under 18 league cup game against Hampton & Richmond has been called off because of a frozen pitch.


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Monday 04 January 2010
club news
Allen Batsford - funeral arrangements and tribute by the club

Allen Batsford's funeral will take place at Woking Crematorium on Thursday 7 January at 11.45 am.

There is likely to be a large number of people at the funeral but Maureen Batsford has said that all Allen's friends are welcome to attend.

AFC Wimbledon plans to honour Allen at the Mansfield game on 16 January. This allows us time to invite a number of his former players and colleagues to the game, at which a minute's silence will be observed.


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Saturday 02 January 2010
reserve team news
Reserves game is on today

Marcus Gayle's young reserve team will play Bedfont Green this afternoon, at the reserves' home ground, which is at Walton Casuals' Waterside Stadium, KT12 2JG. We have confirmed with Walton officials that the game is definitely on.

There is a small admission fee, but AFC Wimbledon season ticket holders who bring their ST book will get free admission.

Today's game sees the return to competitive play of James Pullen and will also feature some triallists.


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Saturday 02 January 2010
club news
Hayes and Yeading highlights - Boxing Day - now available

The highlights of the home game against Hayes and Yeading United and Terry Brown's post match interview are now available for viewing.

To see them, click on AFC Wimbledon TV.


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Friday 01 January 2010
club news
Unbeaten run ends

Wimbledon's unbeaten run of six league games ended when they conceded thir first goal in the league since 21 November, and went down to a 1-0 defeat.

With Danny Kedwell and Steven Gregory both injured, Terry Brown started with three changes from the team that demolished Hayes in the equivalent fixture on Boxing Day. In came Ross Montague and Kenedy Adjei, with Sam Hatton stepping in for for Jay Conroy at right back.

From the beginning it was obvious that there would be no repeat of the 5-0 scoreline last Saturday and, indeed, there was scarcely a threat on either goal in the whole of a forgettable first half. Jon Main had the only chance worth noting, when he appeared to get to a superb Hatton cross but failed to get more than a glancing header and the ball was cleared.

The second half started more brightly for the Dons and Main went close twice, once when he lunged in and directed a loose ball just past the post and then when, after a good run by Lewis Taylor, he got to the resultant cross only to head over from eight yards.

Although they had won several corners, Hayes didn't pose a threat until the Dons midfield was slow to stop a cross coming in and, when it did, it was headed back across goal and into the net by Ram Marwa.

There was still over half an hour for Wimbledon to retrieve the situation but, in truth, they never looked like doing so. Hayes showed more confidence and a better touch from the time of the goal onwards and, despite making three substitutions, the Dons were frustrated. In the end, Hayes looking marginally more likely to score as Wimbledon threw more players forward as time ran down.

Terry Brown was disappointed with the performance on his return to the club where he played and managed for many years. He said "we were poor today, on a difficult pitch. I didn't have a problem with the defence, although I'd like to see the DVD of the goal, but none of the forwards threatened today and we weren't able to hold the ball up at all."

It was not the way he had hoped to start New Year but the team has an early chance to get back on the winning trail at home to Wrexham on Tuesday night.


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Friday 01 January 2010
club news
Awards for the Browns

The New Year got off to a great start for manager Terry Brown and goalkeeper Seb Brown as they were named as the Blue Square Premier Manager and Player of the Month for December.

Their awards will be presented to them at the game against Wrexham on Tuesday 5 January. More information about the awards will appear in Tuesday's match day programme.


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Friday 01 January 2010
club news
Hayes & Yeading game goes ahead

We have heard at 10.15 this morning that this afternoon's Blue Square Premier game against Hayes & Yeading at Church Road goes ahead. The ground is bathed in sunshine, the frost covers are shortly to be moved and the pitch is perfectly playable.


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