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Monday 31 January 2011
first team news
Dons on the road again, as the squad prepares to set off for York

The Dons resume their long distance travels tomorrow when they set off to York for their tenth game in 32 days. Given this punishing schedule, manager Terry Brown is not entirely surprised that there are a few knocks around the squad at the moment.

"The treatment room was full to overflowing this morning with both Luke and Sammy Moore looking doubtful for tomorrow. Toks Yussuff is also doubtful. After treatment it looks as if Kirk Hudson will be OK for the game and he rejoins the squad, as does Ricky Wellard who played on Saturday for the reserves and did well - including scoring a headed goal!

"A big bonus is that Brett Johnson also got through a good sixty minutes on Saturday for the reserves and he too got a goal. He trained well this morning and will travel to York with the squad. One reason for this is that Ismail Yakubu has gone to have a knee injection similar to the one that seems to have sorted Brett out. Yaks's injury is a little bit different but the consultant thinks the injection will help, so we agreed to go ahead and he will be out for ten days while he recovers.

"After tomorrow's game the season settles down to a more sensible pattern with only one midweek game before the end of the month, although Seb Brown, Sam Hatton and Steven Gregory are likely to turn out for England C in one of the 'rest' weeks. This is great for them but my heart will be in my mouth until they finish the game uninjured.

"Our last trip to York was one of my worst memories of last season as we capitulated 5-0. I think we are a tougher nut to crack now but we know it will still be a very difficult game. York have had two fairly heavy defeats recently, but both followed the sending off of a key player early in the game. They will be looking to get back to their improved recent form and put those two games behind them.

"We know from experience that Gary Mills's teams play football and will be very hard to beat. But, as always, we will set out to win the game and bring three points home before the relative luxury of four home games out of five in the remainder of February."

York started the season in indifferent form but since a heavy defeat to Newport County they have been recovering strongly with six wins, four draws and three defeats in 13 league games - and two of those defeats were the ones which followed a sending off early in the game. Add to this an excellent win against Rotherham in the FA Cup and York are clearly a force to be reckoned with again.

While the Dons added to their squad earlier in January, York City have been active right up to the transfer deadline. Earlier today, they announced that 20-year-old right back Liam Darville will join them for the rest of the season from Leeds United.

Darville is the second young Leeds player to join The Minstermen this month, along with central midfielder Will Hatfield who has joined on a month-long loan. One player who will be missing on Tuesday night is David McGurk, York's highly rated centre back who was sent off in the third minute against Southport last Saturday.

Finally, and sadly, York heard earlier this week that their all-time record goalscorer Norman Wilkinson has died aged 79. Norman played 401 games for York scoring 143 goals in total. There will be a minute's silence before Tuesday night's game.


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Monday 31 January 2011
club news
Bath City highlights available on AFC Wimbledon TV

Highlights of the Bath City game can be seen by clicking on Bath City highlights.


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Sunday 30 January 2011
club news
Southport highlights now available on AFC Wimbledon TV

The highlights of the Southport game can be seen by clicking on Southport highlights.


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Saturday 29 January 2011
dons trust news
Fundraising news: Walk Further for Wimbledon

A band of intrepid Dons will be continuing the annual tradition of a long sponsored walk in aid of the Dons Trust and various charities. This year's event will be a 42 mile walk, mainly along the banks of the River Thames, starting from the Thames Barrier on Friday 29 April (a bank holiday) and finishing at Kingsmeadow in time for our home match against Grimsby on 30 April.

If you are reasonably fit, enjoy the company of fellow Dons, like walking and would not be too devastated by the prospect of missing non-stop television coverage of the Royal Wedding, then this could be for you. To find out more, email Fundraising or leave a message for Mark Davis via the club on 020 8547 3528.


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Friday 28 January 2011
dons trust news
Dons Trust news: Deadline looms for an Evening with Bobby Gould

With just over two weeks until the Evening with Bobby Gould on Friday
11 February, the deadline for ticket applications is looming. Ticket applications received by Friday 4 February will be honoured, subject to availability.

There has been a further surge in ticket sales following the announcement of Lawrie Sanchez and John Scales as Bobby’s special guests for the evening, and we recommend you get your application in as soon as possible if you want to be sure of a place. Details of how to apply can be found by clicking on Dinner with Bobby Gould

Tickets have been sent out this week to people who have already reserved places. If you have reserved a place but not received your ticket within the next two days, please contact Fundraising (or leave a message for Mark Davis via the club, on 020 8547 3528).

For those people who have not previously attended one of the annual fundraising dinners, these are highly enjoyable and memorable evenings, and a chance to rekindle memories of a previous era in the club’s history in a relaxed setting with excellent catering.

All profits from the evening will be donated to the Dons Trust.


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Friday 28 January 2011
club news
Watch the Gateshead game live tonight!

Don't forget, the Gateshead game will be shown live on the big screens at the stadium tonight.
The back bar is reserved for carvery customers but the middle bar will open at 5.30pm to everyone.



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Thursday 27 January 2011
club news
Supporters' coach to York City

There are still spaces available on the supporters' coach travelling to York City for our league game on Tuesday 1 February.

The coach picks up from The Grove at 12.00 pm and from Kingsmeadow at 12.30 pm. The cost is £15 and places can be reserved by contacing the club on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm during the week.


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Thursday 27 January 2011
club news
Gateshead carvery sold out but still space for Fleetwood game

We have now sold all 150 tickets for the carvery for the Gateshead game tomorrow night.

However the carvery will be open again before the Fleetwood match on Saturday 5 February.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

Carvery guests enjoy:

- A 3 course carvery including tea and coffee
- Drinks service direct to the tables
- Sky Sports/ ESPN on the high def screen
- A complimentary match programme and team sheet
- A pre-match briefing by Terry Brown

Cost: £20 (carvery only) or £38 (with a ticket for Paul Strank Stand)




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Wednesday 26 January 2011
club news
Watch the Gateshead game live on Friday night

The Gateshead game is being broadcast live on Premier Sports on Friday night (7.45pm kick off) and will be shown in both bars at the stadium.

The back bar will be reserved for guests of the carvery and will open at 5.30pm. Please note that we will stop serving the main course at 7.45pm sharp to avoid any obstruction of the big screen after kick off.

The middle bar and Presidents Lounge will also open at 5.30pm and will be open to everyone.



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Wednesday 26 January 2011
club news
Surrey cup tie goes ahead

We have spoken to officials at Colliers Wood early this afternoon who have confirmed that tonight's match will go ahead.

Terry Brown sees the game as another opportunity to give game time to some of the first team squad players as well as a chance for the young reserve and academy players to demonstrate the progress they have made.

The starting XI is: Jack Turner, Wilson Gondwe, Ed Harris, Charlie Girdler, Nathan Gordan, Ricky Wellard, Callum Dunne, Karl Douglin, Christian Jolley, Jerson Dos Santos, Brendan Kiernan.

The match kicks off at 7.30 pm and fans are advised to park on the slip road opposite the ground.


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Monday 24 January 2011
club news
Midweek Blue Square Bet Premier Betting Preview

The battle for top spot continues on Tuesday evening with just one point separating Blue Square Bet Premier high-flying duo AFC Wimbledon and Crawley Town. Luton Town follow closely behind and are still considered the nearest challengers to Steve Evans’ men in the title prices. Blue Square make Crawley the 8/13 favourites to lift the title with Luton at 2/1 and AFC Wimbledon third best at 8/1 before Tuesday’s all important matches.

Crawley entertain 14th-placed Cambridge United at Broadfield Stadium as they continue their title campaign. The Red Devils dropped down to second place at the weekend after playing out a goalless draw with Grimsby Town, while Martin Ling's U's were defeated 3-1 by an in-form Wrexham. Blue Square are taking no chances with the price for a home win and 3/10 is on offer for that outcome. Cambridge are offered at one of their biggest prices for a league game since their relegation into non-league football at 7/1.

Promotion-chasing Luton Town prepare for the visit of play-off hopefuls Grimsby Town to Kenilworth Road as they aim to cut the gap on AFC Wimbledon and Crawley Town. The Hatters sit in third place following a 2-2 draw with Gateshead on Saturday, while the Mariners find themselves sitting in ninth with 39 points from 26 fixtures. A home win in this Premier Sports live game is offered at 4/6.

Adie Britton's Bath City can expect a stern test when league leaders AFC Wimbledon make the trip to Twerton Park. The Romans ended a three-match winless run on Saturday with a 3-0 win against Altrincham, while the Dons reclaimed pole position in the league standings with a 5-0 victory over Southport. That win over the Sandgrounders cemented some good form in a difficult set of fixtures for Terry Brown’s team. A draw looks the best call at a price of 12/5 in this one.

Ken McKenna's Altrincham will be targeting all three points when fellow strugglers Hayes & Yeading make the trip to Moss Lane in a real relegation six-pointer. The Robins’ 3-0 defeat at the hands of Bath City at the weekend put them second from bottom with 22 points from 26 games. Hayes & Yeading have recorded two consecutive draws and sit in 21st place with 25 points from 27 fixtures. Another draw for Garry Haylock’s men is priced at 5/2.

18th-placed Barrow take on bottom-of-the-table Histon at Holker Street as they aim to further distance themselves from the drop zone. The Bluebirds have collected just four points from their last six fixtures following a 2-0 loss to Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday. However, the Stutes will be desperate to claim a victory, having picked up just one point from their last six games. The home side are as short as they have been for any game this season at a restrictive 4/6.

Mark Cooper's Darlington prepare to take on Mansfield Town at the Darlington Arena with both sides aiming to keep their play-off aspirations alive. The Quakers recorded a 1-1 draw against Tamworth at the weekend and currently occupy 12th position, while Mansfield are in eighth place after 1-0 victory over Histon. It’s almost a ‘must win’ game for the home side who cannot afford to let the coveted fifth place slip out of their sights, they are Evens to get back on track.

Garry Wilson's Eastbourne Borough play host to 15th-placed Tamworth at Priory Lane as they look to arrest a worrying run of form. The Sports have lost their last six league fixtures and they currently hover just two points above bottom-of-the-table Histon. Des Lyttle's Tamworth, meanwhile, will be keen to get a victory under their belts after recording two consecutive draws. An away win looks the percentage call here at 8/5.

Strugglers Forest Green Rovers have a tough home game against play-off chasing Kidderminster Harriers. David Hockaday's Rovers were defeated 2-1 by York City at the weekend, while the Harriers beat Barrow 2-0 at Aggborough. Steve Burr’s team are 7/5 to keep their good run going.

Marcus Law's Kettering Town will be targeting back-to-back wins when high-flying Fleetwood Town make the trip to Rockingham Road. The Poppies saw off the challenge of Eastbourne Borough, while Micky Mellon's Fleetwood were held to a 1-1 draw by Hayes & Yeading. Kettering’s win over Eastbourne was only their second home success of the season but now that poor run is over they should be backed at 7/4.


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Monday 24 January 2011
club news
Mansfield Town game brought forward

Our home fixture in the Blue Square Bet Premier against Mansfield Town, which was scheduled for Saturday 23 April, has, with the agreement of both clubs, has been brought forward one day to Friday 22 April, kick off 3.00 pm

With both clubs playing again on Easter Monday the decision was taken on footballing grounds to give the players maximum recovery time between the two games scheduled over the Easter period.


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Monday 24 January 2011
first team news
Terry on international call ups and Bath City

The club's youth policy is continuing to be recognised, with four players called up for international duty today. Terry Brown spoke about them and the forthcoming group of away games after training today.

"I will start with some player news.

"We have good news on the international front with call ups for Seb Brown, Sammy Hatton and Steven Gregory who have made the squad for the forthcoming International Challenge Trophy semi final against Belgium. Sam, Seb and Steven are established members of the squad now and Wimbledon share with Luton Town and Rushden and Diamonds the honour of having the most players called up for the game, which will be played on 9 February at Kenilworth Road, Luton's ground.

"Also, there is good news regarding Reece Jones who has been promoted form the full Welsh under 19 team into the under 21 squad for the game against Northern Ireland, also on 9 February. The squad is selected by Brian Flynn who is also the manager of the under 19 team, so Reece has clearly made a very good impression in his previous appearances.

"After consultation with Delano Sam-Yorke, he has asked if he can return to Basingstoke on loan until the end of the season. The prospect of playing first team football is clearly important to any lad of his age and I fully understand why he wants to play first team football at this stage of his career. Owing to the progress the first team has made this year, Delano has unfortunately not been given sufficient game time to press for a regular starting spot.

"Had we been in a position where the results weren't quite so crucial he would definitely have had game time between now and the end of the season. Delano has a great attitude both to training and playing and I hope he does well under the guidance of Frank Gray at Basingstoke.

"Still on the subject of players, Roscoe Dsane has asked if he can train with the squad with a view to returning to playing again. He has played hardly any football recently but given our long association with him, and of course he was also with me at Aldershot, we're delighted to welcome him to join in and regain his fitness.

"We are looking forward to tomorrow's game at Bath. We should have everybody fit from Saturday's home win against Southport. It would be nice to keep a settled side as we have been unable to achieve this for a while. From previous experience a Tuesday night visit to Twerton Park is never an easy one. It takes a while to get used to the slope and with a narrow defeat to Crawley and a well-deserved home point against Luton, we know we will be in for a very difficult game.

"This is the first of three very difficult away journeys over the next seven days and as usual we shall be setting out to win each game, although we realise this will be a difficult task."


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Monday 24 January 2011
club news
Carvery open this Friday

Following the popularity of the carvery for the Premier Sports broadcast of the Luton away game, the club has decided to put on another carvery for the Gateshead away game this Friday, 28 January.

Carvery guests will enjoy:

- A 3 course carvery including tea and coffee
- Drinks service direct to the tables
- Wimbledon vs Gateshead game shown live on the big screen

Cost: £15

The back bar will open at 6.00pm and the carvery will be served from 6.15pm to 7.45pm. We expect the carvery to be very busy so the back bar will only be open to carvery guests.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.



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Sunday 23 January 2011
dons trust news
Fundraising news: Saturday's raffle

The winning raffle ticket on Saturday was Pink 25.

To claim the prize of a pair of tickets for the Evening with Bobby Gould on 11 February, the holder of that ticket should email raffle prize or leave a message for Mark Davis via the club on 020 8547 3528.

Saturday's raffle raised £500 - many thanks to everyone who took part.


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Sunday 23 January 2011
club news
Terry talks after the Southport game

Manager Terry Brown's thoughts on the game against Southport can be seen on AFC Wimbledon TV by clicking on Terry on Southport.

An audio-only version can be heard by clicking on Terry on Southport - audio only.


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Saturday 22 January 2011
dons trust news
That's a goal for Wimbledon.....Lawrie Sanchez!!

The Friends of the Dons Trust are pleased to announce that Lawrie Sanchez will be the third and final guest of the Evening with Bobby Gould on 11 February, joining Bobby and John Scales.

An evening revolving around the club’s fantastic 1987/88 triumphant FA Cup campaign would hardly feel complete without the scorer of the winning goal. Lawrie completes a fabulous line up that will take to the stage in what promises to be a night to remember.

Tickets are still available so buy yours now to ensure that you don’t miss out. For more information on how you can attend this unique evening please click on An evening with Bobby Gould.

Also don’t forget to look out for raffle ticket sellers at Saturday's game against Southport - the prize will be two tickets for this exciting event.


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Friday 21 January 2011
first team news
Dons looking to regain winning habits against Southport

Wimbledon welcome Southport to Kingsmeadow tomorrow in the reverse fixture from the beginning of the season, and looking for the same outcome. Following that game, the Sandgrounders won three of the next four league games and looked well set for a successful return to the Conference. But results fell away and by the end of 2010 they found themselves in a relegation spot.

The start of 2011 saw a revival with seven points out of nine, including an excellent win over play off candidates Newport County, thanks to a last minute penalty. Disappointingly beaten 1- 0 in the FA Trophy by Gateshead they then lost at home to Wrexhan in midweek by a similar score and are hovering just one point above the relegation places.

Southport have been boosted by the news that Matty McNeil and Shaun Gray, who were sent off in a county cup game and looked like missing the trip to Kingsmeadow, are subject to rules that apply to reserve teams and so won't start their suspensions for 14 days from the date of that game. As a result, they are available to play tomorrow.

Terry Brown has strong memories of the threat from McNeil in particular as he explained when we spoke to him.

"Tomorrow we welcome Southport to Kingsmeadow. We met on the first day of the season in what was a very close encounter. Southport caused us considerable problems with the aerial prowess of Matty McNeil. The game ended in a 1-0 win for the Dons which saw a debut goal for Christian Jolley.

"Liam Watson's teams are always competitive and we shall have to be at our best if we are to get back to winning ways on Saturday. This is the start of a particularly busy week that sees us visit Bath City and Gateshead within a period of four days. With the new signings now on board I thankfully have the option of rotating one or two players during this hectic spell.

"Saturday's game is vitally important to us as we need to get back on the winning trail after four consecutive league draws. Although individually they were all well-earned points, when you put them in a back-to-back sequence we have only picked up four points from a possible twelve.

"The new players have fitted in well within the squad with the defenders in particular settling straight in. We have done a considerable amount of work this week focusing on our attacking play as we need to score more goals, and not being quite so dependent on Danny Kedwell as we have been in the past.

"Turning to one of the younger members of the squad, we have agreed to allow Reece Jones to join Kingstonian on a month's loan. This will give Reece valuable game time at Kingsmeadow and also should give me the opportunity to take in one or two of Kingstonian's games myself to monitor his progress. Reece has developed well this year and is certainly viewed as one for the future. He will be playing for a team that are currently vying for top spot in the Ryman Premier and this will be invaluable experience for him."


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Friday 21 January 2011
club news
Weekend Blue Square Bet Premier preview

Crawley Town went to the top of the Blue Square Bet Premier table after their midweek win at Bath City, a win which also saw their title odds cut to 4/6. Steve Evans' men are the rightful favourites for the league but have a difficult weekend to overcome. Nearest pursuers AFC Wimbledon and Luton Town both have home games in which they are heavily odds-on to get three points. The Red Devils on the other hand travel to Grimsby Town where, although still favourites, they receive a quote of 10/11 – nearer odds-against. Grimsby Town got back to winning ways with a 2-1 home win over Kettering Town in midweek, the exact same scoreline that Crawley recorded in that fixture just days earlier. The Mariners had gone into that game off the back of two away defeats, but bounced back in front of their home fans to extend their Blundell Park league form to seven games unbeaten. Crawley’s last league defeat came in mid-October and that’s enough to make them favourites for the three points here.

Second-placed AFC Wimbledon host Southport and should justify their odds of 4/11. Terry Brown’s side may have drawn their last four games – but each one of those points in isolation represented a good result. That will all count for nothing though if Liam Watson’s side get anything from their trip to Kingsmeadow. It’s 7/2 that this ends in a fifth straight draw for the home side and it’s 6/1 that Southport can win their first away game since mid-August. Gateshead are the visitors to Kenilworth Road – where we have the shortest and biggest prices on show. A home win for Luton Town is offered at 1/4, the away win can be backed at 15/2. In a division where favourites can sometimes be slightly overrated in the match price market – there still isn’t much of a case to make for Ian Bogie’s team. They haven’t won away since September and both of their road victories came at clubs below them in the table. Luton have only one home defeat to their name in the league and that was the last gasp Crawley victory back in October – the only time they’ve conceded more than one goal at home this season.

The three-way race for the title is illustrated by a huge gap between the third favourites AFC Wimbledon at 13/2 and the teams vying for fourth favouritism. Fleetwood Town, Wrexham, Newport County and Grimsby are all offered at 33/1 to come from a long way back and win the league. Fleetwood should consolidate their place in the play-off zone with a victory at home to Hayes & Yeading United. Micky Mellon’s team are another of the odds-on chances at 2/5. Wrexham are grinding out the points to make a grab for a top five spot, they need to make the most of a visit to the Abbey Stadium where they will need to get at least a point to keep on target. Cambridge United will provide tough opposition after their midweek FA Trophy wounding by Blue Square Bet North title favourites Alfreton Town. We’re offering a best price of 6/4 on a home win for Martin Ling’s side who have only beaten teams from 16th or lower in the table when recording their eight league victories this season.

Newport County are coping with the loss of manager Dean Holdsworth and they will be looking to steady their ship with a home win over Rushden & Diamonds at 4/5. The visitors have not won in any competition since a 5-0 home win over Barrow back in October. Their boss Justin Edinburgh will take great heart from his sides’ excellent fightback at Hayes & Yeading in midweek where three second half goals earned them a draw. Mansfield Town have had an erratic set of results recently with games featuring plenty of goals. Successive league defeats at Field Mill have unsettled their promotion bid and we’ve decided to take a chance on offering them at a best priced 2/5 for the visit of struggling Histon - who had a five point deduction confirmed in midweek. Kidderminster Harriers were another side to suffer that penalty and they’ll need to get over that disappointment to fight their way back into the play-off places. They are 8/13 to get three of those points back on the board with a win over poor travelers Barrow.

York City suffered a 5-0 defeat at Luton on Tuesday, but the scoreline doesn’t tell the whole story. With keeper Michael Ingham dismissed early on, their ten-men had to fight against a rampant Hatters attack without a recognised replacement stopper on the bench. The best odds-on bet in this game is that Gary Mills will start naming a sub keeper. The Minstermen are 4/7 favourites at home to Forest Green Rovers. We can’t split Darlington and Tamworth who are both 6/4 for their game at The Lamb. Altrincham are the 11/8 slight favourites at home to Bath City. Kettering are 4/5 to win at home to Eastbourne Borough but odds-on punters will be very wary considering the Poppies have only won once at home this season.



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Friday 21 January 2011
club news
Please return your ST voucher if you can't come to the game tomorrow

Demand for seat tickets for the Southport game is very high and at present we have very few left for sale.

If you aren't planning to come to the game, please consider donating the relevant ST voucher to the club so that we can re-sell the seat.

To do so, please email your ticket details to returned vouchers or phone the office on 020 8547 3528 and leave a message.

Vouchers for terrace STs are also very welcome as we can reclaim the VAT on those tickets.


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Friday 21 January 2011
club news
Arrangements for the Southport game - and a reminder to wear your colours

Tickets

Free terrace entry for under 16s wearing their colours

Fans from both teams are encouraged to wear their colours for tomorrow's game, to add to the fun and make for a great atmosphere.

Any under 16 wearing their colours, i.e. blue or yellow, will be given free admission to the terrace, provided that:
. if under 11 they are accompanied by an adult
. they provide photo id to prove their age, if challenged. Anyone unable to prove they are under 16 will have to pay full price, unless they can prove that they are otherwise entitled to a concession rate admission.

Free entry also applies to Southport under 16 fans who are wearing their team's colours.

Seat tickets

We have almost sold out of seats for this game. However, if we get sufficient returns from season ticket holders who can't attend, we will put them on sale from the kiosk in the lobby of the Paul Strank stand from about 1.45 pm. Please note that returns are usually 'singles'.

Pre-ordered tickets

Pre-ordered tickets can be collected from the complimentary tickets window next to the players’ entrance, from about 1.30 pm.

Segregation

'Soft' segregation will be in place for the game, with Southport fans directed to the north end of the John Smith's stand. Wimbledon fans in the John Smith's stand and the Kingston Road end will be allowed access to the toilets and burger bar in the north east corner of the ground, along with Southport fans.

Entering the ground

Southport fans will enter through turnstiles 7 and 8. These turnstiles are accessed via the residential car park which is, in turn, entered from Jack Goodchild Way.

Wimbledon fans will enter via turnstiles 4, 5 and 6 for the Tempest End and the southern end of the John Smith’s stand (i.e. furthest away from the Kingston Road end). For the Kingston Road end, Wimbledon fans will enter via turnstiles 1, 2 and 3.

Parking and public transport

As usual, parking will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please take care and drive slowly when entering the car park.

You can park in some surrounding streets but please do so considerately.

Club shop

The merchandise shop will be open from 12.30 pm to 2.45 pm and then again after the match.

Bars

The bars will open at noon and are open both to Wimbledon and Southport fans before the game. A decision will be made on the day about whether or not there will be access to the bars for Southprot fans after the game.

Food

There will be a burger trailer in the car park, opening at about 12.30 pm. The four outlets within the stadium will be operating from 1.45 pm.

Please note that the carvery is sold out.

Programme

We are publishing our usual 68 page programme for £2.50. The contents for this game include an interview with Luke Moore, one man's view of AFC Wimbledon's six best goals, and a feature on Southport manager Liam Watson - plus all the usual features.


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Thursday 20 January 2011
club news
Show Your Colours Day

Saturday 22 January, the day of our home game against Southport, is Show Your Colours Day – and the momentum continues to build. Our opposition have seen what we are doing, and with yellow being their usual colours their fans are being asked to embrace the colourful day too.

Our girls’ and boys’ youth teams are getting involved and will be at the game, along with several Merton Councillors, and children from St Ann’s school and their parents.

We are pleased to announce that Blue Square Bet have put up the prizes for the best adult fancy dress in blue and yellow. We are very grateful to Blue Square Bet for joining in the fun with us. For the best male and best female costumes there is a £50 credit for Mecca Bingo, G Casino or Blue Square Bet.

The girl and the boy wearing the best costumes will win the under-18 prizes: a £50 voucher each for merchandise from the AFC Wimbledon club shop.

Please remember that all under-16s get in free if they are dressed in yellow and blue.

If you do not have any yellow blue, we will be selling a one-off blue and yellow scarf for £5 on the day.

We would like some extra volunteers to help sell the special scarves, so if you can help please come to the club shop at 1.00 pm.

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Wednesday 19 January 2011
first team news
Terry talks about the draw at Fleetwood

Terry Brown was very happy with a hard-won point from last night's game at Fleetwood.

"We travelled up to Fleetwood in a confident manner with a much more experienced back four. I am very pleased that Gareth Gwillim and Jamie Stuart are settling in well and those two should make a massive contribution as far as our defence is concerned for the rest of the season.

"With Steven Gregory coming back into midfield alongside Sammy Moore and James Mulley we had a more combative midfield than we have had of late, and with three up front the intention was to play an attacking game and press high up on the Fleetwood back four.

"I thought we started very brightly, playing good attractive football against one of the best footballing sides in our league. After a very well worked move down the right hand side a fine cross by Ryan Jackson was met by the onrushing, gleeful Danny Kedwell who took his chance very well.

"We continued to play good football and should have gone two nil up when Danny Kedwell broke through the Fleetwood back four. He had the choice of shooting or squaring the ball. Forwards are always encouraged to have a go but the 'keeper made a good save and the possibility of a square pass to Kirk Hudson was lost.

"Unfortunately the timing of the goals against us seems to be particularly hurting us at the moment and Fleetwood managed to secure an equaliser very late in the first half. The second half saw Fleetwood come out of the traps with a vengeance and kept our rearguard fully occupied for the majority of the second 45 minutes. A breakaway late on could have secured three points for us when the ball broke kindly to Ryan Jackson but his finish went well over the bar.

"On reflection it was a very hard well-earned point and although on paper we have had four draws in our last four league games I am delighted with the attitude and work rate in all four games as they were particularly sequence of trying games.

"Unfortunately, I had hoped that one or two of our first team players could supplement the talented youngsters we have at the club in Thursday's cup game but owing to the inclement weather conditions of late we are unable to play the game at Colliers Wood. We picked up two or three niggly injuries on Tuesday night with a back injury to Danny Kedwell, a groin injury to Kirk Hudson and an ankle injury to Ryan Jackson.

"We are now looking forward to Saturday's game. Judging by our first game against Southport it will certainly not be an easy game. We are looking to bounce back to wining ways in what will be a very important fixture for us. With both Luton and Crawley in exceptional runs it is important that we get back to winning ways as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday."


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Wednesday 19 January 2011
club news
Surrey senior cup game postponed again

Due to a waterlogged pitch Thursday night's Surrey Senior cup game against Colliers Wood has been postponed again.

The new date will be Wednesday 26 January, 7.30 pm kick off.


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Tuesday 18 January 2011
club news
U19 in Cup action tomorrow

The U19 Yellows host Filton College in the English Colleges FA Cup Round 2 tomorrow KO 1,30pm at Elmbridge Xcel 3G next door to Walton Casuals' ground.


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Tuesday 18 January 2011
club news
Reserves and Under 19 games postponed

Tonight's reserve game against Hampton & Richmond Borough and tomorrow's Under 19 Blues game at Corinthian-Casuals against Weston-super-Mare have been postponed because of waterlogged pitches.


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Tuesday 18 January 2011
club news
Southport (H) and Gateshead (A) carvery update

The carvery will be open before the Southport game this Saturday, 22 January. The carvery is situated in the back bar and food is served from 12.00pm.

Carvery guests enjoy:

- A 3 course carvery including tea and coffee
- Drinks service direct to the tables
- Sky Sports/ ESPN on the high def screen
- A complimentary match programme and team sheet
- A pre-match briefing by Terry Brown

Cost
£20 (carvery only)
or
£38 (with a ticket for Paul Strank Stand)

And the carvery will also be open at 6pm on Friday 28 January to coincide with the club’s away game against Gateshead being broadcast live on Premier Sports. Please note that food will not be served after 7.45pm.
Tickets for this carvery cost £15.

Tickets for both games can be purchased by clicking here.



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Tuesday 18 January 2011
club news
Crawley game brought forward

Following a request by the Football Conference and after discussions with the management team, the league fixture at Crawley Town has been brought forward and will now take place on Friday 18 March, kick off at 7.45 pm.

The game will still be broadcast live on Premier Sports.


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Monday 17 January 2011
club news
1889 Club 2011

The commercial department is pleased to announce a new format for the 1889 Club.

Membership will now run for a calendar year from January to December 2011. Membership benefits up until the end of the 2010/11 season are listed below. We will then announce the benefits for the first half of the 2011/12 season over the summer.

The cost of membership remains at £587 for the year (payable in one instalment or by Direct Debit).

Since turning full time over the summer, every penny counts so commercial income is vital for the club’s continued success. We are relying on the same playing budget this season as we had as a part time club last season, despite the extra costs such as feeding the players, a full time physiotherapist and extended hiring of training facilities. As such, any funds raised by the 1889 Club will contribute to the playing budget.

We would like to encourage fans to seriously consider joining the 1889 Club, not only because it helps generate income but also because the club has established itself as a very enjoyable social forum.


Member’s benefits until May 2011 are as follows:


1) An invitation to three dinners with very special guests:

Wednesday 9 February
Danny Kedwell and Lee Minshull
Lydons Restaurant, Wimbledon Village
Cost: £50 members, £100 guests

Monday 21 March
Terry Brown and Stuart Cash
Lydons Restaurant, Wimbledon Village
Cost: £50 members, £100 guests

Thursday 28 April
House of Lords as guests of Lord Richard Faulkner and Lord Nicholas Stern
House of Lords
Cost: £100 members, £150 guests


2) Four tickets for the carvery, Presidents Lounge and Directors Box will be made available to 1889 Club members for every home match for the discount price of £40 per ticket (£15 discount).
(This offer will be available to members immediately)


3) One complimentary ticket for the club’s annual End of Season Dinner held in May 2011 and a discount ticket for one guest and an invitation to the VIP reception.
(Venue and cost TBC)

For more information, please contact the commercial department by calling 020 8547 3336 or e-mail here.




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Monday 17 January 2011
club news
Terry's disappointment over Woking

Terry Brown spoke today about Saturday’s FA Trophy defeat to Woking and tomorrow’s long trip to Fleetwood in the league.

“Many congratulations to Woking, who played very well against us on Saturday, and I wish them all the best in the next round against Salisbury City. The draw shows how open the competition is this year: most of the teams remaining in the competition have a realistic chance of making a Wembley appearance.

“I’m not one of those who feel that we’re better off out of the competition, and I’m very disappointed that we failed to get through to the next round, and in the process suffered only our third home defeat of the season.

“Although we are still disappointed, it was back to training as usual this morning. It is important that the players bounce back with a positive result tomorrow against Fleetwood Town, one of the favourites to end the season in a play-off position.

“We will leave London early tomorrow, giving us time to prepare properly for what will be a vital game in our efforts to reach 80 points as soon as possible. We presently have 50 points from the 25 league games played, which gives us an average of two points per game, and if we maintain that average it should be more than adequate to secure a play-off spot.

The second half of the season sees us twice play two prospective promotion candidates, Fleetwood and Grimsby Town, who we have yet to meet, as well as York City, who have been on a good recent run. We have had Fleetwood watched, and they play attractive, attacking football.

“For you hardy souls who will be travelling to Fleetwood, we will be able to field a very strong side, and I’m sure you will see a very good game of football.”



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Monday 17 January 2011
club news
The Blue and Yellow day is approaching

Saturday 22 January, the day of our home game against Southport, is Show Your Colours Day – and the momentum is building.

We are pleased to announce that Blue Square Bet have put up the prizes for the best adult fancy dress in blue and yellow. We are very grateful to Blue Square Bet for joining in the fun with us. For the best male and best female costumes there is a £50 credit for Mecca Bingo, G Casino or Blue Square Bet.

The girl and the boy wearing the best costumes will win the under-18 prizes: a £50 voucher each for merchandise from the AFC Wimbledon club shop.

Please remember that all under-16s get in free if they are dressed in yellow and blue. If you do not have any yellow blue, we will be selling a one-off blue and yellow scarf for £5 on the day.

Please join in the fun and help us to create a special atmosphere at our very important home match on Saturday.



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Sunday 16 January 2011
club news
Woking highlights on AFC Wimbledon TV

The highlights of the Woking game can be seen by clicking on Woking highlights.


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Sunday 16 January 2011
club news
Terry reflects on Woking

Terry Brown can be heard giving his thoughts in the aftermath of the Woking defeat by clicking on Terry on Woking.

An audio version can be heard by clicking on Terry on Woking - audio only.


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Sunday 16 January 2011
dons trust news
Dons Draw results for January

The January Dons Draw took place yesterday afternoon at Kingsmeadow.

The Winning numbers were drawn in the presence of David Growns Dons Trust Board member, Neil Messenbird (Dons Draw Administrator) and Clare McDonagh.

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

First prize of £1,000 - ticket 2084 Keith Stedman - KT6

Second prize of £500 - ticket 4168 Erik De Turkheim - SW3

Third prize of £250 - ticket 1609 B Hawes - BN25

Fourth prize of £150 - ticket 0318 Drew Norman CR2

Fifth prize of £100 - ticket 2913 - M Allen - KT15

Sixth prize of £75 - ticket 0075 John Woodruff - SM5

Congratulations to all six prize winners.

The next Dons Draw will take place on or around 15 February 2011 with the results being posted on the AFC Wimbledon official web site soon after the draw has taken place.

We are again paying out a massive £2,075 this 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 2011 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 15 January 2011
club news
Luton highlights now available

Highlights of the Luton game are now available. They can be viewed by clicking on Luton.



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Saturday 15 January 2011
dons trust news
Come dine with Bobby – and John

The Friends of the Dons Trust are delighted to announce that Cup Final hero John Scales will be joining our special guest Bobby Gould at the fundraising dinner on Friday 11 February. Come and relive the glory.

Please click on Dinner with Bobby for further details.


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Friday 14 January 2011
cfs news
Matchday Football Club this Saturday

The Matchday Football Club is running from 1.00 pm to 2.30 pm tomorrow, before the Woking FA Trophy tie, on the 3G artificial grass pitches at the Kingsmeadow Athletics Centre. The club is open to anyone between the ages of 4 and 16 who want to enjoy some football.

The cost of the session is just £6, which includes a ticket for the Woking game at 3.00 pm. There is a discount for season ticket holders: the cost is just £5 on production of a 2010/11 season ticket.


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Friday 14 January 2011
club news
Low prices and special arrangements for the Woking game

Reduced prices

Remember that tomorrow's FA Trophy tie is at reduced prices for fans, with adult terrace places only £10 and seats only £12. The full list of prices is published at the end of this article.

Carvery spaces available

If you want to make a special day of it, there are still some spaces for the carvery for 'walk ups' on a first-come, first-served basis.

Ticket sales

Tickets will be on sale from about 1.45 pm on Saturday, with the following arrangements for the game itself.

Seat tickets

Seat tickets will be on sale from the kiosk in the lobby of the Paul Strank stand. Seats are for allocated places - Woking fans are welcome in the Paul Strank stand but please identify yourself as a Woking fan as we have set aside an area in the stand for you.

Terrace tickets

There are tickets available for all terraces, i.e. the Tempest End, the Kingston Road End and the John Smith’s stand.

Please note that terrace tickets are divided into two categories only -'home' and 'away'. Woking fans will be in the north end of the John Smith's stand. Wimbledon fans may use a 'home' terrace ticket to enter any of the Tempest End, the John Smith's south end and the Kingston Road end.

Pre-ordered tickets

Pre-ordered tickets can be collected from the complimentary tickets window next to the players’ entrance, from about 1.30 pm.

Segregation

Full segregation will be in place for the game.

As usual for segregated games, Wimbledon fans will enter as follows:

For the Tempest End and the southern end of the John Smith’s stand (i.e. furthest away from the Kingston Road end), Wimbledon fans will enter via turnstiles 4, 5 and 6.

For the Kingston Road end, Wimbledon fans will enter via turnstiles 1, 2 and 3.

Woking fans have been allocated the northern end of the John Smith’s stand (i.e. the end nearest the Kingston Road end) and will enter through turnstiles 7 and 8. These turnstiles are accessed via the residential car park which is, in turn, entered from Jack Goodchild Way.

Parking and public transport

As usual, parking will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please take care and drive slowly when entering the car park.

You can park in some surrounding streets but please do so considerately.

Club shop

The merchandise shop will be open from 12.30 pm to 2.45 pm and then again after the match.

Bars

The bars will open at noon and are open both to Wimbledon and Woking fans before the game. A decision will be made on the day about whether or not there will be access to the bars for Woking fans after the game.

Food

In addition to the carvery (see the second item in this notice), there will be a burger trailer in the car park, opening at about 12.30 pm. The four outlets within the stadium will be operating from 1.45 pm.

Programme

We are publishing a 52 page programme for only £2.00. The contents for this game include a feature on the players who have appeared for both clubs over the years, an interview with Chris Bush looking back on his time at the club and an article about Woking manager Graham Baker - plus all the usual features.

Ticket prices

Prices are as follows:

Seats

Adults £12
Concessions £6
Under 16s £3

There is no premium for seats in the central blocks.

Terrraces

Adults £10
Concessions £5
Under 16s £2


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Friday 14 January 2011
first team news
Terry on Woking and Jon moves out on loan

Terry Brown is keen to make progress in the FA Trophy and, as he told us today, he will be putting out a strong team against Woking tomorrow.

"Saturday's game sees the visit of three-time Trophy winners, Woking FC, visiting Kingsmeadow.

"This is a competition where they have a very proud record and will no doubt be looking to emulate their illustrious predecessors. Having reached the semi-finals on three different occasions, as a player, a coach and a manager, I would dearly love to take Wimbledon to Wembley this year and we will be picking a very strong eleven to try and overcome a strong Woking side.

"Woking's FA Cup displays this year have been fantastic, with an away draw at Brighton followed by a very unlucky defeat in a penalty shoot out at the Kingfield stadium. So we know we are in for a game tomorrow.

"Training this morning has seen the boys in good spirit. We will be without the services of Steven Gregory due to a slight hamstring pull. We might take the opportunity to rest of a couple of players from the Luton game and, of course, Jamie Stuart is not eligible having played for Rushden and Diamonds in an earlier round.

"You will, however, have the opportunity to see our new signing at left back, Gareth Gwillim. Gareth trained with the squad for the first time today and looked very accomplished both with and without the ball.

"As far as long term injuries are concerned, Lee Minshull's hairline fracture will take another five weeks to heal. Brett Johnson has seen a different specialist in Leicester who deals with a number of similar problems including, recently, two players at Stoke City. So, we are cautiously optimistic that there may be a significant improvement in the next few days. Time will tell, and hopefully soon.

"Also, on behalf of the club we'd like to welcome back two outstanding characters both on and off the field who have made a significant contribution to the rise of this club. Andy Little made nearly 150 starts in league and cup for the Dons and Alan Inns made 35 starts. Both made a major contribution to our success over recent years and I am sure that the crowd will give them a warm welcome.

"Last, but by no means least, Jon Main has asked if he can get some game time under his belt and the club has agreed to loan him to his local club Dartford for a month. They have a heavy fixture schedule over the next four weeks and Jon should play in at least seven or eight games during his spell there. His goalscoring record with us is second to none and I am sure that Dartford will benefit from Jon's unique ability in and around the box."


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Friday 14 January 2011
dons trust news
Dons Trust board meeting - Monday 10 January

The Dons Trust Board met last Monday. In a long and detailed meeting a number of issues were discussed including :

. The CEO report, including plans to make sure we are ready for the Football League should we get promoted

. A Commercial report. Performance against the sponsorship and advertising budget remains strong

. Ivor Heller presented results from the Carvery - it has been very successful and the club has received good feedback. The club has also secured a number of additional bookings for facilities because of the positive experience guests have had. It is acknowledged however that the Carvery has had a negative impact upon the facilities for fans using the back bar. The Board is actively monitoring plans to provide a covered area outside

. An update from Mark Davis on the Fundraising Working Group. We are on budget for the fundraising target but the Working Group is looking at ways of increasing income and working more closely with the commercial team. The Board thanked Mark, his team, and all volunteers for their continued hard work and dedication. If anyone has any ideas or would like to get involved in the Working Group please emailfundraising. It was also agreed that the Working Group would report to the Board on a quarterly basis

. The Board will be holding a special meeting later this month to discuss the structure, governance, and management of the club. A plan will be developed to make sure that the club runs as effectively as possible in the future and particularly to support us when we're in the Football League. Matters discussed will include reporting lines, contingency planning, and complaints procedures

. The FA has a scheme whereby clubs can apply for a grant for money raised by the Charity Shield to be donated to charity - this has to be within a certain radius of the club. The Board is considering a range of worthy causes and will select an appropriate charity


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Thursday 13 January 2011
club news
Special offers for the Woking carvery this Saturday!

We are pleased to offer the following discounted packages for the Woking game on Saturday:

Carvery - £15

Carvery and Paul Strank stand - £30

Carvery, President's Lounge and Directors' Box - £40

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

Carvery guests enjoy:

- A 3 course carvery including tea and coffee
- Drinks service direct to the tables
- Sky Sports/ESPN on the high definition screen
- A complimentary match programme and team sheet
- A pre-match briefing by Terry Brown

The carvery will open in the back bar at 12.00 on Saturday.


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Thursday 13 January 2011
first team news
Gareth joins as Chris departs

Terry Brown has recruited an experienced left back with perfect timing, as Chris Bush has been recalled to Brentford.

"I am delighted to announce that we have been able to secure the services of Gareth Gwillim until the end of the season. Gareth was one of our targets during the summer. Having decided to go to League One Dagenham & Redbridge he was unable to secure a regular first team place so we approached them.

"Dagenham's manager John Still has kindly agreed to Gareth getting some game time until the end of the season. Gareth is an experienced left back who played 123 games for Histon during his very successful spell there. He will add stability to our very young back four. Because he comes from a Football League side he will be eligible to make his debut on Saturday in the Trophy.

"The signing is perfect timing after the news we received from Brentford on Tuesday that they were recalling Chris Bush into their ranks. We signed Chris Bush as a scholar which effectively means he can play for us and Brentford and we are very grateful for Brentford allowing him to gain valuable first team experience and play a major part in the success in the team has had during his spell here. It is ironic that the qualities he showed for us led to him being recalled earlier than we had hoped.

"Both Chris and Andre Blackman have played about twelve games each. Andre is currently training with Oldham Athletic with a view to possibly joining them. Andre joined us with a bit of a reputation as a bad boy but in the time he has been here he has been no trouble at all. He has knuckled down to training and done everything we asked him to do. There is no doubt in my opinion that Andre's playing style is better suited to football at a higher level but what we need at this moment is some experience in a very young Wimbledon side so we agreed with him that we would not stand in his way of his progress as we feel he will have more time to develop his qualities at a higher level.

"Last night's game was another building block in the progress of our side. It was important for us not to lose ground on Luton and although they created more chances than us on the night I thought some of our defending, and especially Seb Brown's goalkeeping, was top drawer and contributed to us earning a point on the night.

"I felt last night showed that the players certainly have the character to be successful this season and I am sure that once we are able to field our strongest and fittest side we will start winning again. The midfield in particular is a problem to us at the moment as the 'flu bug seems to have affected them more than the rest of the team. The aim is to get a settled back four as soon as possible and I am sure the clean sheets we have kept over the last couple of weeks will give us confidence going in to a very difficult series of games in January.

"Turning to Jon Main, Jon has asked if he can get some regular games under his belt and we are currently looking at the prospect of loaning him out for a month to gain some valuable game time. We hope to finalise something in the next couple of days to allow Jon to get seven or eight games in the next month."


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Thursday 13 January 2011
club news
Terry looks back on the Luton game

Terry Brown's post match comments on the game against Luton last night can be viewed by clicking on Terry on Luton.

An audio only version can be heard by clicking on
Terry on Luton - audio only.



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Wednesday 12 January 2011
first team news
Terry looks forward to tonight but Lee Minshull is sidelined again

Terry Brown is looking forward to tonight's televised game which will decide which team goes into the weekend at the top of the Blue Square Bet Premier League.

"The boys trained well yesterday and are all looking forward to the game. From a manager's point of view I've got some difficult decisions to make as our recent recruits mean we have a bigger squad than in the past and one or two of the boys will be disappointed to find themselves in the stand tonight.

"We all know that Luton are a very strong and talented team. The last time they lost was back in November and in the six league games since then they have only conceded a single goal, so we know what the challenge will be tonight. But we are confident that we can score against any team and we will be going all out for a win. We also know that Richard Money takes a very positive approach to games so it should be a very exciting game with both teams going for the win.

"I am sorry to say that we have more injury news regarding Lee Minshull, which is that he has suffered a hairline fracture of his foot. The previous X-rays hadn't shown anything but he was in pain so we sent him for a scan which revealed the problem. It isn't the same injury as before but it will still be four to six weeks before he is able to play again. This is very difficult for Lee and the club but we hope to have him back fighting fit by the back end of the season.

"Brett Johnson is having a glucose injection in his knee today. We are indebted to Darlington's medical team who told us about a similar injury to one of their players which was resolved by this treatment, so we are cautiously hopeful of a good outcome."

Luton are expected to be unchanged tonight, with Shane Blackett, Adam Newton, Charlie Henry and Freddie Murray all finding tonight's game coming too soon for a return. All bar Charlie Henry, who joined later in the season, played in the game at Kenilworth Road in September but Luton have added to their squad since then and will be fielding a very strong team tonight.


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Wednesday 12 January 2011
club news
Live Blue Square Bet Premier Preview - AFC Wimbledon v Luton Town

Tonight's live Premier Sports game from Kingsmeadow features two of the teams challenging at the top of the Blue Square Bet Premier. Table-toppers AFC Wimbledon entertain third placed Luton Town in a match that could have plenty of bearing on where the title eventually ends up.

The home side are in the midst of a difficult run of fixtures but have held their own at the top of the table. Tonight's game against the Hatters comes off the back of demanding trips to Newport County and Darlington. Both of those matches ended in draws and the Wombles should feel happy with that two point haul. A third successive draw for Terry Brown's team is priced at 23/10.

AFC Wimbledon's goalless draw at Darlington came on the same day that Luton Town were held to the same scoreline at Bath City. Their boss Richard Money may feel slightly disappointed with that outcome, but the Twerton Park outfit are well drilled and a fifth straight win for the Hatters just wasn't to be. Their last league defeat came in a live game at Wrexham where they could not come back from an early defensive error. Premier Sports viewers have also seen the brighter side of their campaign when they were 3-0 winners in the reverse of tonight’s fixture. That posed doubts as to whether AFC Wimbledon could cope with the more difficult matches that come with being title challengers. Those questions were answered emphatically just days later when they came from behind to beat Crawley Town 2-1. The result at Kenilworth Road in September has led to Luton being quoted as slight 6/4 favourites for tonight even though they are the away side. A home win is priced at a best-priced 7/4 with Blue Square.

Both teams have five defeats to their name and both have lost four games each on the road, with only one reverse coming at home. AFC Wimbledon have conceded an average of just over 1 goal per game, a record that puts them only seventh in the list of the division’s best defences. Terry Brown’s side have kept nine clean sheets in their 24 league games so far, but only two of those came against sides in the top half of the table. Luton may fancy their chances of breaching the Wombles’ defence at least once, but the capture of Jamie Stuart from Rushden & Diamonds saw him come into the side as they shut out Darlington at the weekend. Stuart is likely to stay in the starting line-up with Ismail Yakubu still suffering from an injury. Brown will be very happy with his defensive options if they keep another shut-out tonight at a price of 2/1.

Luton’s away games feature towards the bottom of the ‘Total Goals’ table and a bet on ‘Under 2.5 Goals’ would have been successful in seven out of their twelve matches on the road. It’s worth supporting that outcome at a price of 5/6 tonight which does represent value based on those statistics. The best correct score features both teams finding the net in a 1-1 stalemate. Matthew Barnes-Homer and Claude Gnakpa are in good goalscoring form for the visitors with two goals apiece in their last three matches. Barnes-Homer looks the value call to break the deadlock at 6/1, with each-way places on unlimited goals he would even snatch a 2/1 return if he notches after the first goal has gone in.



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Wednesday 12 January 2011
club news
Bars opening early tonight - and other match arrangements

The arrangements for tonight's televised game against Luton Town are as follows:

All ticket

The game is all ticket and there will be no pay-at-the-turnstile access tonight.

Bars

The bars will open early, at 5.30 pm, for use by AFC Wimbledon fans only.

Segregation and access to the stadium

Full segregation will be in place for the game.

Luton fans have been allocated the Kingston Road end and should enter via turnstiles 1, 2 and 3.

Wimbledon fans who have tickets for the John Smith's stand can enter either via turnstiles 7 and 8, which are accessed through the residential car park behind the Kingston Road end, or turnstiles 4, 5 and 6.

Wimbledon fans with tickets for the Tempest End should enter via turnstiles 4, 5 and 6.

Food and drink

Luton fans will have the use of the burger bar and the toilets near turnstiles 1, 2 and 3.

Wimbledon fans can use the other three burger bars, including the one at the corner of the John Smith's stand and the KRE.

Parking and public transport

As usual, parking will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please take care and drive slowly when entering the car park. You can park in some surrounding streets but please do so considerately.

Club shop

The merchandise shop will be open from 6.30 pm until about 7.30 pm, bnit not after the game.

Programme

We are back to a 68 page programme, for £2.50. The contents include an interview with Mark Nwokeji, a feature on our two Academy players called up to the English Collees squad, a feature on our longest serving players and all the other usual programme features.


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Tuesday 11 January 2011
club news
Special offers for Woking carvery this Saturday!

The carvery for the Luton game tomorrow night is sold out but we have some fantastic offers for the Woking game on Saturday:

Carvery - £15

Carvery and Paul Strank stand - £30

Carvery, President's Lounge and Directors' Box - £40

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

Carvery guests enjoy:

- A 3 course carvery including tea and coffee
- Drinks service direct to the tables
- Sky Sports/ESPN on the high definition screen
- A complimentary match programme and team sheet
- A pre-match briefing by Terry Brown

The carvery will open in the back bar at 12.00 on Saturday.


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Tuesday 11 January 2011
club news
Final call for tickets for the Luton game

There are still terrace tickets available in the John Smith's stand for AFC Wimbledon fans for the game versus Luton on Wednesday night. Tickets cost £14 for adults, £7 for concessions and £2 for under-16s. If you are planning to come to the game you must buy a ticket in advance - it will not be possible to pay at the turnstiles.

Season ticket holders, Dons Trust members and share holders can order tickets using the online ticket shop, accessed via the front page of this site.

Personal callers will be able to buy tickets from the club office at Kingsmeadow during normal office hours (10.00 am to 4.00 pm). Personal callers must produce proof of address: a bank statement or a recent utility bill is acceptable; a general letter sent to your address is not. A season ticket number or Dons Trust membership number will also be sufficient.

If you are buying a concession ticket, proof of concessionary status must also be supplied.


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Tuesday 11 January 2011
ladies news
New manager for the Ladies

The Ladies team has experienced a run of poor results, and circumstances have conspired against any progress being made.

The AFC Wimbledon Ladies Management Committee has decided to replace Jeanpierre Kalebic as manager, and would like to thank him for his efforts and wish him success in his future ventures.

A replacement has been sought, and we are pleased to announce that Tony Milstead has agreed to take over as new Ladies team manager.

Tony is a former Chelsea FC player and has a UEFA B Coaching Licence and FA Youth Coaching Licence. He has coached at youth level with a number of clubs, and more recently has coached and managed the QPR Ladies first team, the Reading Ladies first team and Slough Town Ladies FC.



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Tuesday 11 January 2011
club news
Please return ST vouchers for the Luton game

Although we will not be selling tickets on the night of the game it will still help the club if season ticket holders who are unable to attend the match let us know so that we can sell any unused tickets during the day tomorrow, subject to the previous sale conditions. It will also help the club reclaim the VAT on those tickets.

To do so, email your ticket details to this address ST vouchers or phone the office on 020 8547 3528 and leave a message.


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Monday 10 January 2011
first team news
Terry reviews his recent signings and looks forward to the Luton game

Terry Brown is pleased that his new recruits have settled in so well but he hasn't necessarily finished yet as he explained today.

"So far I've been very pleased with the three signings we have made during the January window. James Mulley scored two goals in his first three games. Apart from suffering from the club's virus, Kirk Hudson has fitted in well and will give us a tremendous boost for the rest of the season. Our third signing, Jamie Stuart, made a massive impact on our very young defence on Saturday and gave a wonderful display on his debut at Darlington.

"We currently have Patrick Kanyuka, a 23 year old defender. who has been training with us this last few weeks in a bid to earn a contract. Patrick has Football League experience at Queens Park Rangers, Swindon and Northampton and has been playing this season in Romania. We are helping him to get his international clearance.

"Fans may have seen publicity elsewhere that we have signed Danny Hylton from Aldershot. This was wrong - the only time you can be sure about a signing is when it is announced on this site. We have been trying to sign Danny but our efforts have been somewhat scuppered by the managerial situation at Aldershot. He is a player that I've worked with in the past and like Kirk Hudson I would see him as a valuable addition to the club. The appointment of a new manager at Aldershot will no doubt resolve any possibility one way or the other as to whether we can persuade Danny to join us.

"We are still looking to bolster this current squad, either during the window or possibly a loan in February or March.

"With two important home games coming up, it will be important to utilise the strength of our squad. My first priority is obviously picking the strongest possible squad to play Luton on Wednesday but we also need to ensure a strong-enough side to cope with the visit of Woking FC on Saturday. The FA Trophy was one of our stated targets at the start of the season and remains so. In addition to Luke Moore, we now have on board Jamie Stuart who has won the Trophy twice with Grays. Jamie has already been telling the squad what a wonderful feeling it is to win the Trophy and how they need to experience it for themselves.

"Not so good news regarding Brett Johnson who broke down in training last week. Brett will be undergoing a further injection at Leicester on Wednesday in the hope that he won't have to undergo an exploratory knee operation to diagnose the underlying problem. Our other long term injured player, Lee Minshull, is still having problems with his foot. Previous X-rays have not shown any breaks, so we are sending him for a scan to finally pin down what the problem is.

"We are hopeful that Kirk Hudson and Ricky Wellard will have recovered in time for the Luton game - they both trained today. 'Toks' Yussuf will also be back and Sammy Moore ought to be 100% by then. This therefore gives me the type of selection problems that we want to have."


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Saturday 08 January 2011
club news
Terry pleased with point

“Thursday’s late signing, Jamie Stuart, proved to be a fantastic acquisition in what was a very well earned point against Darlington. The Darlington pitch was not conducive to any type of passing football and the most I could ask of our players was to get to the ball first and get it into the opposition’s half.

“Credit to both sides, who tried to entertain on what was a hard and, in some places, dangerous pitch. The conditions in no way suited our team and we were left to show passion and pride in what was a battling performance against a big and resourceful Darlington side.

“On the day, either side could have won the game but some exceptional saves from Seb Brown and Sam Russell kept the score goalless. Sterling performances by Fraser Franks and Danny Kedwell ensured we defended resolutely, kept a clean sheet and caused Darlington several problems up front. We have now negotiated several northern trips and I feel it was a point gained rather than two dropped.

“I am hopeful of the return of Kirk Hudson who has been recovering at home from the virus that has struck a number of players over the past month. Luton’s result at Bath means both sides on Wednesday will be looking for maximum points to ward off the challenge of Crawley who have played three games less than us.”



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Saturday 08 January 2011
first team news
Darlington match

Because of technical difficulties it has not been possible to place information on the site before now, and we are sorry if this has caused problems for you.

After an early pitch inspection Darlington are hopeful that the match will go ahead. Over 60% of the pitch was playable earlier today and with improving temperatures they hope the pitch will be playable at 3.00 pm.

There will however be a further inspection at 12.30 pm, and we will give more information as soon as we have it.


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Friday 07 January 2011
club news
More highlights on AFC Wimbledon TV

Highlights of our home game against Eastbourne and the away trip to Barrow
are now available from AFC Wimbledon TV.


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Thursday 06 January 2011
club news
Show your colours at the Southport match

We thought it was time to have some fun at a home game and
Show Your Colours day is a chance for every one of our fans to turn up
and visually and verbally show their support for the club.

Under 16s wearing Yellow and Blue will get in free and there will be prizes for the best dressed male, female, boy and girl wearing yellow and blue.

We want to have some fun and celebrate what has been an excellent
first half of the season. If we can all get right behind the club who
knows where it might lead. Terry Brown said "nobody expected us to get
into the great position we are in and with a big push from everyone, who
knows where we will land up."

Everyone that volunteers on the day will be asked to wear something
Yellow and Blue and the club will be producing a one-off bar scarf.
We will be selling them for £5.00 each on the day only.

This event will create a great atmosphere for the match against
Southport. We hope that everyone will get involved and turn the day
into a spectacular feast of colour and an opportunity to show your
support for the club.


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Thursday 06 January 2011
club news
Terry adds to his squad

Jamie Stuart today left Rushden & Diamonds Football Club and joined AFC Wimbledon for an undisclosed nominal fee. Jamie had spoken to the Rushden manager about the difficulties he was having with the travelling and as they only wanted players committed to their club he has moved to South West London

Terry Brown was delighted that he had signed one of the best centre backs in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

"It was vital that we signed an experienced leader after the news that Brett Johnson needed to undergo an exploratory operation on his troublesome knee. The two young centre backs have done an admirable job covering for my two senior centre backs but with the number of important games coming thick and fast as we get to the business part of the season I felt I needed more cover and Jamie fits the bill perfectly."

Terry is having ongoing talks with several other players as he puts the finishing touches to the squad he hopes will take the club to the next level.





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Thursday 06 January 2011
club news
1889 Club 2011

The commercial department is pleased to announce a new format for the 1889 Club.

Membership will now run for a calendar year from January to December 2011. Membership benefits up until the end of the 2010/11 season are listed below. We will then announce the benefits for the first half of the 2011/12 season over the summer.

The cost of membership remains at £587 for the year (payable in one instalment or by Direct Debit).

Since turning full time over the summer, every penny counts so commercial income is vital for the club’s continued success. We are relying on the same playing budget this season as we had as a part time club last season, despite the extra costs such as feeding the players, a full time physiotherapist and extended hiring of training facilities. As such, any funds raised by the 1889 Club will contribute to the playing budget.

We would like to encourage fans to seriously consider joining the 1889 Club, not only because it helps generate income but also because the club has established itself as a very enjoyable social forum.


Member’s benefits until May 2011 are as follows:


1) An invitation to three dinners with very special guests:

Wednesday 9 February
Danny Kedwell and Lee Minshull
Lydons Restaurant, Wimbledon Village
Cost: £50 members, £100 guests

Monday 21 March
Terry Brown and Stuart Cash
Lydons Restaurant, Wimbledon Village
Cost: £50 members, £100 guests

Thursday 28 April
House of Lords as guests of Lord Richard Faulkner and Lord Nicholas Stern
House of Lords
Cost: £100 members, £150 guests


2) Four tickets for the carvery, Presidents Lounge and Directors Box will be made available to 1889 Club members for every home match for the discount price of £40 per ticket (£15 discount).
(This offer will be available to members immediately)


3) One complimentary ticket for the club’s annual End of Season Dinner held in May 2011 and a discount ticket for one guest and an invitation to the VIP reception.
(Venue and cost TBC)

For more information, please contact the commercial department by calling 020 8547 3336 or e-mail here.




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Thursday 06 January 2011
club news
For one evening only - tickets can be booked by phone

The office will remain open until 7.00 pm tonight to take telephone bookings for our league game against Luton Town on Wednesday 12 January and the FA Trophy game against Woking on Saturday 15 January.

To book terrace tickets in the John Smith's Stand for the Luton game or seats and terrace tickets for the Woking game please call 020 8547 3528 up to 7.00 pm tonight.


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Wednesday 05 January 2011
club news
Carvery open for Gateshead away game

Following the popularity of the carvery for the Premier Sports broadcast of the Luton away game, the club has decided to put on another carvery for the Gateshead away game on Friday 28 January.

Carvery guests will enjoy:

- A 3 course carvery including tea and coffee
- Drinks service direct to the tables
- Wimbledon vs Gateshead game shown live on the big screen

Cost: £15

The back bar will open at 6.00pm and the carvery will be served from 6.15pm to 7.45pm. We expect the carvery to be very busy so the back bar will only be open to carvery guests.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.



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Tuesday 04 January 2011
club news
Date arranged for Surrey Senior Cup game

Our away Surrey Senior Cup tie against Colliers Wood United will take place on Thursday 20 January, kick-off 7.30 pm.

Further arrangements will be announced in due course.


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Tuesday 04 January 2011
club news
Match ball sponsorship available for Luton game

Due to the change of date, we have a match ball sponsorship package available for the Blue Square Bet Premier game against Luton Town on Wednesday 12 January (kick off 7.45pm).

This is unquestionably one of our biggest home games of the season and will be broadcast live on Premier Sports.

And match ball sponsorship is a fantastic way of showing your support for the club while enjoying the hospitality in the Presidents Lounge and mingling with the players and coaching staff after the game.

The match ball sponsorship package includes the following:

- 4 tickets for the Directors Box and Paul Strank Stand
- 3 course carvery before the game
- Half- time refreshments
- Complimentary match programme and team sheet for each guest
- Name and logo on front cover of programme
- Editorial on commercial pages of programme
- Several P.A. mentions throughout the match
- Signed ball presented by Man of the Match
- Commemorative photo of occasion

Cost: £300 + VAT (including VAT for fans group)

To book this package, please call the commercial office on 020 8547 3336 or e-mail commercial@afcwimbledon.co.uk.

We only have one package available so it will be sold on a first come, first served basis.



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Tuesday 04 January 2011
club news
Tickets still available for 1st v 3rd clash

Everyone connected with AFC Wimbledon is up for the home top-of-the-table clash with Luton Town. The game is on Wednesday 12 January, kick-off 7.45 pm.

Danny Kedwell talked to us today and gave us his thoughts on the match:

“It’s a big game. This will showcase our true credentials for what we can achieve this season. I fancy us to beat them! And we owe them one. The atmosphere will be amazing, and I’m sure the crowd will get right behind the boys.”

There are still terrace tickets available in the John Smith’s Stand priced at £14 for Adults, £7 for concessions and £2 for Under-16s.

Season ticket holders, Dons Trust members and share holders can order tickets using the online ticket shop, accessed via the front page of this site.

Personal callers will be able to buy tickets from the club office at Kingsmeadow during normal office hours (10.00 am to 4.00 pm, Monday to Friday).

Personal callers must produce proof of address: a bank statement or a recent utility bill is acceptable; a general letter sent to your address is not. A season ticket number or Dons Trust membership number is an acceptable alternative.

Tickets can also be requested by post. Postal applicants should enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a daytime phone contact number in case we need to contact you about your eligibility for a ticket.

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. Applicants who would like more secure delivery of their tickets should not stamp the self-addressed envelope, and instead add a payment of £2 for a recorded delivery service; they should also state in a covering letter that they require secure delivery.

If you are buying a concession ticket, proof of concessionary status must also be supplied.

Additionally, it will be possible to order tickets by phone, 020 8547 3528, on Thursday between 4.00 pm and 7.00 pm. It will be necessary to bring proof of address when picking up the tickets on matchday.






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Tuesday 04 January 2011
club news
Supporters' coach to Darlington

There are still spaces available on the supporters' coach travelling to Darlington for our league game on Saturday 8 January.

The coach picks up from The Grove at 7.30 am and from Kingsmeadow at 8.00 am. The cost is £15 and places can be reserved by contacing the club on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm during the week.


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Tuesday 04 January 2011
club news
Terry's thoughts on the fight back at Newport

Terry Brown was very pleased with the result at Newport bearing in mind the disruption to the team.

"We suffered an early blow when our only senior centre-back, Ismail Yakubu, injured a knee tendon during the warm-up. That meant that we had to start with an unfit Ed Harris, and considering how sick he had been over the previous two days, he did extremely well to give us 80 minutes of football.

"Going to Newport is always a big ask, particularly for a 20-year-old goalkeeper, two 19-year-old centre-backs, a 19-year-old left-back, and old man Sam Hatton at the age of 22. We found it very difficult to cope with Newport’s aerial prowess and they deservedly raced into a 2-0 lead. The players showed good fighting spirit in the first half to pull it back to 2-1, but suffered another poorly conceded goal from a set piece just before half-time.

"The team talk at half-time was a simple one: plenty of encouragement and telling the players the obvious – that we were more than capable of scoring two goals to get back into the game. The players showed great spirit from the start of the second half and were rewarded when Sam Hatton’s free-kick reduced the deficit to one goal.

"The following 40 minutes saw us on the front foot, attacking Newport at every opportunity, and we fully deserved to equalise when substitute Rashid Yussuff came on and scored another vital goal in Wales for the Dons.

"The last ten minutes could have seen either side win the game, as chances were created at both ends. But on reflection, 3-3 was a fair result in what was a fantastic advert for the Blue Square Bet Premier. The match was played in good spirit with both sets of players and fans playing their respective parts in a great New Year spectacle."


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Sunday 02 January 2011
dons trust news
Survey deadline extended

With home games lost to the weather, the survey team has been unable to distribute the documents as widely as they had planned. Therefore, the deadline for the return of ballot papers has been extended to 5 February, the date of our home game against Fleetwood.


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Sunday 02 January 2011
first team news
Terry waits for fitness reports

Terry Brown will have to wait until Monday morning to see who is fit to travel to Newport.

"There were no new injuries during the game against Eastbourne but Sammy Moore looks unlikely to recover in time for Monday - like three or four other players, he really ought not to have been playing but he insisted that he wanted to play, which is typical of the commitment of this squad.

"I expect Sam Hatton to be back from suspension and am hopeful that Steven Gregory will be available again, following his injury, but it is all a bit touch and go.

"I said after the games against Eastbourne and Hayes that, with all due respect to those teams, we were fortunate not to have had to play one of the top five with so many players below par. However, now we have to face Newport, who are having a fantastic first season in the Blue Square Bet Premier, and this will be a real test of the depth of our resources. I was delighted with the way our two debutants settled in on Saturday and they give us a bit more of the depth we will need during these illness problems and the incredibly heavy January schedule we are facing. The teams that respond best to such a heavy schedule will surely be the ones contesting the top spot at the end of the season."

Newport County rose to second after a dramatic late win at Kidderminster but yesterday's surprise home defeat to Bath City has seen them slip to fourth, six points behind the Dons, having played two games more.

Newport had gone a record 32 home league games without defeat until they went down 2-1 to Kettering Town in late October but Saturday's result against Bath City means they have lost two of their last four home league games. Nonetheless, they will be a force to be reckoned with and have already added four new players in the transfer window as they seek to strengthen their promotion bid.

The man the Dons need to stop is Craig Reid who, with 17 league goals, has scored almost half their 39 to date. Meanwhile, Terry Brown must wait until tomorrow morning to find out who he has available to try to stop Reid adding to his tally as the Dons go after three points in their first league away game since Barrow, over seven weeks ago.


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Sunday 02 January 2011
club news
Hayes and Yeading highlights on AFC Wimbledon TV

Highlights of the Blue Square Bet Premier leage game against Hayes and Yeading can be viewed by clicking on Hayes and Yeading highlights.



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Saturday 01 January 2011
first team news
Terry talks about the Hayes and Yeading game

Terry Brown's interview following today's game against Hayes and Yeading can be viewed by clicking on Terry on Hayes and Yeading.

An audio-only version can be heard by clicking on Terry on Hayes and Yeading - audio only.


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Saturday 01 January 2011
first team news
James Mulley joins

Terry Brown added to his squad yesterday when he signed James Mulley.

Terry said "James has been training with us for a while and we wanted to have a longer look at him so we offered him non contract terms. He is a very versatile player who looks comfortable in several positions - fans may recall that he played against us at right back for Charlton in the pre-season friendly and in midfield for Hayes and Yeading twice last season.

"James has impressed us in training and so we felt it was right to take the next step. James is likely to be included in the squad for the game against Hayes and Yeading."

James Mulley is 22 and was the longest serving player with today's opponents, Hayes and Yeading, playing as a central midfielder. He left earlier this season and joined Chelmsford City but has been training with the Dons since early December.


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