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Friday 28 February 2003
club news
Pre-match drinks.

PLEASE note that there are no bar facilities at the ground for the away fixture against Feltham. However, the Feltham Labour Club and The Beehive pub have both informed the club that our supporters would be welcome. The Feltham Labour Club is located 50 yards from Feltham BR station, (off Bedfont Lane turn right at Swanwich Tyres). The Beehive is on the Staines Road just west of Shakespeare Avenue.


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Friday 28 February 2003
club news
Educating Eamo.

Terry goes to school
TERRY Eames began the first stages to improving his coaching qualifications last night, Thursday 27 February, when he attended an Emergency Aid course as part of the UEFA level 2 (1), coaching licence.

Also there on the course were Nicky English, Glenn "Trigger" Mulcaire, Joe Sheerin, Gavin Bolger, Ally Russell, goalkeeping coach Geoff Clayton, kit man Dennis Lowndes, and assistant therapist Andy Peppercorn who was renewing his Emergency Aid Certificate.

Some of those mentioned already have previous coaching qualifications but felt it important to update their qualifications so as to raise their standards.

Within a football club there is always banter and mickey-taking and a certain amount of peer group pressure, so I was a little apprehensive as to how the players and staff would approach this course. However, they all concentrated on the job in hand and made the course a success. I know they will have learned a lot and if they approach the rest of the UEFA course in the same manner over the next year they should have little trouble achieving their goals.

Life-saving in Football
There is a dual purpose to achieving the Emergency Aid course. Since the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, it has been the ongoing intention of the Football Association to have all 43,000 affiliated clubs with at least one person per team with this life-saving qualification.

The Emergency Aid course has now been incorporated into the coaching syllabus, and level 2 (2) of the UEFA licence will require study of "Aspects of First Aid" and "Recognition & Treatment of Injury". All courses are now examinable and candidates must pass the exams before they are allowed to coach.

The Future with AFC Wimbledon
All senior football clubs must have properly qualified coaching staff and medical staff. We already have that. Now AFC Wimbledon are looking to the future, and as the club expands even more into the community it will be able to offer football coaching facilities, as well as coaching and medical staff that will make AFC Wimbledon the pride of south-west London.

Latest injury news
Simon Bassey will be playing for Netherne tomorrow in his continued return to full fitness, Gareth Graham should be back in training Monday following a scan that revealed far less damage than was first suspected and Ally Russell will step up his training on Monday and is on target for March 8th return.


John Harris
Sports Therapist
AFC Wimbledon



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Thursday 27 February 2003
first team news
Squad named.

TERRY Eames has named the following squad for the away fixture against Feltham due to be played Saturday 01 March:

Ray Merry, Sean Daly, Matt Everard, Dave Towse, Gavin Bolger, Lee Sidwell, Lee Passmore, Andy Sullivan, Noel Frankum, Neil Robson, Joe Sheerin, Kevin Cooper, Andrew Petty, Ben Garner.



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Thursday 27 February 2003
club news
Dons in print.

AFC Wimbledon feature in the latest edition of The Big Issue. Make a point of grabbing a copy when you can, look out for the cover (shown left).


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Friday 21 February 2003
first team news
Match preview.

KEVIN Cooper was in no doubt about the importance of the next game for the Dons on the eve of the clash with Withdean 2000:

"It's massive. We have had big games this season, but this is the biggest. They haven't even played half their games this season and I'd rather have the points on the board. If we can win it will put us 16 points clear of them and they still have to play some strong sides. But, more importantly, it will show to other teams that they are beatable.

"I just want this game to get underway as soon as possible. I've been waiting for the game all week. I just want to get out there and we are so confident after last Saturday. It was a good performance, we kept a clean sheet and of course I scored three times!"

On closing in on Eddie Reynolds' record of 40 goals in a season set in 1964/65:

"It's quite a buzz to know you're closing in on records. But I'd rather get the win. Maybe when I'm within two goals of the record I'll start thinking about it then."

The second highest league goalscorer in one season for Wimbledon is Alan Cork with 29 and Cooper currently has 26:

"Just to be mentioned in the same breath as Alan Cork, I am chuffed. If I could beat his record, I'd be really happy. I'm not sure if he would be so pleased. But if you ask me would I rather get the three points against Withdean and promotion or beat Alan Cork's record. There is no question. The team always come first, I want AFC Wimbledon to win first and foremost."

Winger Andy Sullivan made a case for the advantage of the game being played at home:

"We have been trying to relax all week and get ourselves focused on the game. We all can't wait to play it because we know how much it means to the fans and the club.

"Personally, I'm glad it's at Kingsmeadow. Firstly, we get a decent pitch and that suits my game. And secondly, the fans. We get a huge support at Kingsmeadow and that gives us an extra lift.

"It's a shame Gareth Graham isn't fit. In the 10 minutes he played, he was getting stuck in and spraying passes around, but we've shown since then that we now have the strength in depth to cope.

"Speaking about the players as individuals, we all feel we have moved on from the lull we suffered against Hartley Wintney and Barkingside and you can see that in the last two games."

Sean Daly made a return to action in the 3-0 win against Chessington and Hook and spoke about new signing matt Everard's influence across the back four:

"Everyone is trying to treat the game as if it was just any other game. Personally, it was great to get back into action last weekend. Terry Eames gave me a call in the week just to check on my hamstring. I hadn't played for a while, and the pitch last Saturday was a little bit heavy, but I came through it fine.

"Matt Everard talked a lot and that helped. He's a big strong defender and he looks good. He commanded the line quite well. It's all about getting the right balance in the side and performing well as a unit. If we can get to half time without conceding then I think we will win most games.

"It's been hard with all the injuries to keep a settled side and we've certainly not had that since I've been with the club and that's particularly important in defence. If we can get five games together then we can learn each others weaknesses and strengths and get some consistency. If we can get a settled side then I'm convinced we can get a good run going.

"Withdean already look like playing three games a week, and if they get a few more games cancelled, they are going to find it really difficult. But we can't think about their problems, we just have to think about the game in front of us and it's a huge six-pointer. We just have to go out there and win."

Lee Sidwell recalled the previous encounter away to Withdean:

"At their place, we had to shuffle the side around after Coops failed a fitness test just before the game. Terry opted for five in midfield, with Joe on his own up front running his socks off. But Withdean are a good side, and they just closed Joe down and we had no real outlet.

"This time it will be really different. We missed Coops badly that day and he's on great form at the moment.

"I'm really looking forward to it. We don't have to get hyped up for this one, personally I don't have to get hyped for any game I play for AFC Wimbledon. I want to play in every one, but there's no doubting that this game means that little bit more.

"It's going to be a good contest, between two good footballing sides. Against Wallingford, who are another good footballing side, for the first 10 minutes we were all over them. And even after Joe was sent off, we still deserved to get something out of the game.

"If we can play like that against Withdean then we will win the game."




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Friday 21 February 2003
first team news
Squad named.

TERRY Eames has named an unchanged squad for the home fixture against Withdean 2000 due to be played Saturday 22 February:

Glyn Shimell, Keith Ward, Sean Daly, Matt Everard, Danny Oakins, Mark Nicholas, Gavin Bolger, Lee Sidwell, Lee Passmore, Andy Sullivan, Noel Frankum, Neil Robson, Joe Sheerin, Kevin Cooper.



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Friday 14 February 2003
club news
Ticket update.

FOLLOWING further discussions with both clubs, the police have decided that the Chessington & Hook United match is no longer all-ticket.

Given the number of tickets sold in advance, there will be approximately 700 places available for AFC Wimbledon supporters on the day.

Ticket prices are 6 for Adults and 4 concessions (OAPs and under 16s).

Please note that parking will be available at Chessington World of Adventures at 2 per car.



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Friday 14 February 2003
first team news
Squad named.

TERRY Eames has named the following squad for the away fixture against Chessington & Hook United due to be played Saturday 15 February:

Glyn Shimell, Keith Ward, Sean Daly, Matt Everard, Danny Oakins, Mark Nicholas, Gavin Bolger, Lee Sidwell, Lee Passmore, Andy Sullivan, Noel Frankum, Neil Robson, Joe Sheerin, Kevin Cooper.



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Thursday 13 February 2003
first team news
Catching up with Nicky English.

NICKY English on the state of play at AFC Wimbledon...

"We went through a really bad patch recently. We didn't really play a lot of football against Hartley Wintney and against Barkingside our confidence was really low. The harsh reality was that our squad simply wasn't strong enough to cope with the injuries and the suspensions we've picked up.

And we've made big steps to rectify that in recent weeks with two excellent signings.

Matt Everard has impressed in training, he has the right character and the right attitude. He's a big signing. It will take a while for him to settle in. But he's the original centre-half, big and strong, very direct if a bit quiet.

Then there's Gareth Graham. I used to coach Gareth and Mark Nicholas at Crystal Palace when they were in the academy there. And it was very disappointing to see him limp off after just eight minutes on Saturday. Noel Frankum came on and did a great job. But Gareth's the sort of player the club needs to have in the long term. He has the potential and the talent.

To add to that we've got a few players returning from suspension and injury most notably Joe Sheerin and Lee Sidwell.

The loss of Lee, who I know from my Netherne days, was devastating. And we really missed him against Barkingside and Hartley Wintney. Against Westfield it was clear to see the big difference he makes.

That said in the first half last Saturday the problems were still there. In the first half we played with a lack of confidence, so at half time we asked the players to believe in themselves and have confidence in their team-mates. And it paid off, we got more confident and we got the ball out to our wide players. We got Lee and Andy Sullivan involved more. We stretched the play and we were able to play our game. If you look at the Westfield game the majority of the goals came from crosses.

The pieces are starting to fall into place now and that makes Saturday's game against Chessington & Hook all the more important. We have to come off the Westfield result and keep going. We've got a series of big games coming up and we need to be ready for them.

In my view the Withdean game the week after is the biggest of the season. We need to win that if we want to give the fans what they deserve and that's promotion. We need to keep the momentum of this club going. But that all becomes an irrelevance if we can't get a result against Chessington.

A quick word on Terry Eames. Terry loves the club with a passion. He feels it really hard if he lets the fans down. And that's a big responsibility and it's my job to ease the burden on him. He puts everything into AFC. I can't think of anyone else that is as dedicated as Terry is.

For me personally it's a learning curve, I have had success at an academy level and at a level slightly below AFC Wimbledon. The difference here is the crowd. It's far more difficult to get the information across because of the noise. You have to make notes and present it at half time. But the final decision always rests with Terry. He has his ideas and his views and his say is final.

Terry's up for the players and he has a lot of respect from them. A lot of managers are in this game for themselves, but Terry's in it for the club. If you cut him in half, he would have 'AFC Wimbledon' running through the middle."




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Wednesday 12 February 2003
first team news
Meet Matt Everard.

MANAGER Terry Eames has completed the signing of 6' 2" Matt Everard from Ash United and was quick to sing his praises:

"Matt will be a valuable addition to the set up both now and in the future. He is a big uncompromising centre-back with a lot of ability who will give another edge to our game in both penalty boxes. I believe this is a great signing for the club."

Matt explained how AFC Wimbledon managed to secure his services despite over 6 years of loyal service with his local side Ash United:

"The chance to come and play for AFC Wimbledon was possibly a once in a lifetime opportunity, had I not taken it now, the chance may never have come round again.

Obviously it was going to take something special for me to leave Ash and I'm sure this will be it. Hopefully we can get promoted to the Rymans this season, it just needs a big push for the last few months, if not, then from what I've seen and read, the squad will be competent enough to achieve this next season.

The competition for places is going to be fierce, especially when Steve Lawson returns from injury, but this should only reiterate the importance for working harder to keep hold of the shirt, hopefully, I'll get my chance and prove I'm good enough to do so.

Lastly, I'd like to take the opportunity to say a big shout out to the fans, as without you, I doubt I would have joined."

Everyone at AFC Wimbledon welcomes Matt to the club and wishes him all the best in what we hope will be a long and successful association with us.



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Tuesday 11 February 2003
first team news
Chessington and Hook United ticket update.

TICKETS for the Chessington and Hook game on Saturday 15th of February will be on general sale from the AFC Wimbledon office on Thursday evening between 18:30 and 20:30. Tickets will not be available from the office at any other times.

The AFC Wimbledon office address in 165 The Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19 1NE.

The entrance to the office is in Southey Road which is adjacent to the Majestic Wine Warehouse and opposite Gerry's.



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Tuesday 11 February 2003
first team news
Centre-back signs.

AFC Wimbledon have completed the signing of defender Matt Everard from Ash United. Keep an eye on the Official Website for comment from Matt.


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Saturday 08 February 2003
first team news
Cherry Red Books Trophy announcement.

IT is with regret that we have to announce today that we have withdrawn the club from this year's Cherry Red Books Trophy competition.

We decided to enter this competition when we were expecting to play in Ryman Division 2 this season, a smaller league than the Seagrave Haulage League, with fewer matches to play.

The Cherry Red Books Trophy is normally a Saturday competition. Although we have managed, through the goodwill of the clubs we have played and of the competition organiser, to rearrange our two games so far for midweek dates, this has proved impossible with the quarter-final tie against Waltham Abbey, who have a busy midweek league schedule at this point in the season.

We feel it would be unfair to our supporters and to our league opponents, as well as unhelpful to the police, to cancel a Saturday league match at short notice. We were therefore left with no choice but to withdraw from the competition

We wish Waltham Abbey the best of luck in their semi-final.



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Friday 07 February 2003
first team news
Squad announced.

TERRY Eames has announced the following squad for the home match against Westfield at Kingsmeadow Saturday 8 February:

Glyn Shimell, Keith Ward, Danny Oakins, Sean Daly, Mark Nicholas, Lee Sidwell, Gareth Graham, Andy Sullivan, Lee Passmore, Noel Frankum, Neil Robson, Gavin Bolger, Kevin Cooper, Andrew Petty.



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Friday 07 February 2003
first team news
Match preview.

KEVIN Cooper is looking to get back on the score sheet against Westfield:

"It's a been a frustrating few weeks, with last week's game called off and a couple of disappointing results before that. We have to perform a lot better against Westfield to get our confidence back.

"Defensively we've lost both our centre-halves, Steve Lawson to injury and Tony Readings to New Zealand. And that's obviously not great. But that may have played a role in our last two games as well. Steve had just got back from a long injury and may not have been fully there, while Tony could well have had his mind on New Zealand. We have to put all that behind us now and focus on Westfield.

"But it's not just in defence where we have been disappointing, it's all across the pitch. And personally, it's about time I got back among the goals and hopefully I can get my name back on the scoresheet.

"Westfield are an unknown quantity, they have got some good results, notably against Feltham, so they can't be that bad and we will have to be on our game right from the start.

"The fans will also get a first look at Gareth Graham. I have been really impressed with him in training. He looks good and he's very strong."

Andy Sullivan, meanwhile, is not worried about the new competition:

"I don't have a problem with Gareth's arrival. Everywhere I've gone there's been competition for places and that's only healthy for the team.

"It helps keep you on your game and if the manager goes out and gets another player then it means you have to buck up your ideas and concentrate. It can only be good news for AFC Wimbledon.

"In terms of talent, Gareth has a very good pedigree. We met him for the first time on Monday and he looks very good.

"In midfield now, Terry has given himself a headache, but it's a nice headache to have.

"All of the squad are looking forward to tomorrow's game. It's been a nightmare for us of late and we just want to put all that behind us."



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Thursday 06 February 2003
club news
Dons look to sign centre-back.

AFC Wimbledon have approached Ash United with a view to sign 28 year-old centre-back Matt Everard. Any further developments will be posted here on the official website as soon as we get them.


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Wednesday 05 February 2003
first team news
Tickets for Chessington & Hook United away.

ON Saturday 15 February we play Chessington & Hook United away at Chalky Lane, Chessington. Local police have insisted that this match is strictly all-ticket, with no possibility of paying on the day. We have now received tickets from Chessington & Hook United and these are on sale immediately to season ticket holders and Dons Trust members only (one per season ticket holder or DT member), by post and at the home match against Westfield on Saturday 8 February.

Ticket prices are 6 for Adults and 4 concessions (O.AP's and under 16's).

To get your tickets by post, send a cheque made payable to AFC Wimbledon Ltd, with voucher "F" from your season ticket or giving your Dons Trust membership details, and including a stamped self-addressed envelope to:

Chessington & Hook United Tickets
AFC Wimbledon
297 Haydons Road
Wimbledon
London
SW19 8TX

(No personal callers, please)

We will send tickets out to all those whose applications arrive on or before
Wednesday 12 February.

Please note that parking will be available at Chessington World of Adventures 2 per car.



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Sunday 02 February 2003
first team news
Catching up with Terry Eames.

DIRECTOR of Football Terry Eames was frustrated with the postponement of Saturdays home fixture against local rivals Raynes Park Vale:

"I was unfortunate as we had things to prove to the crowd today. We've let people down recently and Saturday was the perfect chance for us to put that right in front of a big home crowd. It is another fixture that needs to be added to an already congested schedule, but we now have to look forward to Westfield on Saturday and make sure we approach it in the correct manner."

Eames was also concerned with the injury to Steve Lawson, but suggested his quest for bringing in new talent may not be over:

"We will be looking at a few players in training this week as it seems Steve Lawson could be out for up to a month with a pulled hamstring. With Tony leaving we seem to be down to the bare bones at the back so we might be looking at bringing in a new face or two."

There was good news regarding other defenders at the club, with two on the comeback trail:

"Sean Daly would have played against Raynes Park and with Simon Bassey looking fitter now I'm more optimistic."



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Saturday 01 February 2003
first team news
Raynes Park Vale POSTPONED.

THE match against Raynes Park Vale has been POSTPONED after failing a pitch inspection by the match referee - the pitch is waterlogged.


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