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Tuesday 28 February 2006
club news
Information for supporters travelling to Braintree Town

Following discussions with officials of Braintree Town and police, the following arrangements have been put in place for Saturday's match at Cressing Road.

Segregation - Essex police have requested that segregation is in place for the game. There is no history of any crowd disturbances at Braintree Town and the Essex club pride themselves on offering a warm welcome for all the family in a trouble-free environment at the Cressing Road stadium.

For your safety and peace of mind, stewards from Tottenham Hotspur FC will be will be added to our usual stewards, together with a police presence.

Where to stand - AFC Wimbledon fans will be allocated the Cressing Road terrace for this match. This terrace runs the full length of one side of our ground, has a total capacity of one thousand two hundred, with room for over 800 under cover. You can gain entry to the Cressing Road terrace through turnstiles numbers 3, 4 and 5. Toilets and refreshment facilities for visiting spectators will be available within the ground. Unfortunately, as the clubhouse is situated within the designated home area of our ground, AFC Wimbledon supporters will not be able to gain access but there will be a marquee selling bottled beers and soft drinks.

Prices - Admission prices on the day will be 8 for adults and 4 for concessions. The matchday programme will be 2.

If you want to sit - There is seating for 284 in our main stand, but AFC Wimbledon supporters are advised that our main stand will be located in the designated home area of the ground.

Looking after the disabled - There are a number of spaces available in our disabled spectators stand at the corner of the ground, adjacent to our Sponsor?s Lounge, which offers an excellent view of the pitch. These are provided on a first come first served basis. Wheelchair users, who are offered entry at our concessionary rate, should approach the main gate for access. Those accompanying wheelchair users are asked to pay the appropriate adult or concessionary rate.

Getting to the game
Travel to Braintree by rail - The nearest railway station to the ground is Braintree Freeport, approximately a ten minute walk from the ground. It is served by fast and frequent services from London Liverpool Street. The 11.48am departure from London Liverpool Street arrives at Braintree Freeport at 12.47pm; the 12.48am departure from London Liverpool Street arrives at Braintree Freeport at 1.47pm. The return services leave Braintree Freeport at 5.02pm, 6.02pm and 7.02pm, with a journey time of one hour three minutes to London Liverpool Street.

Travel to Braintree by road - We advise you to leave the M25 motorway at junction 27 and then head north on the M11. At junction 8 (for Stansted Airport and the A120) take the second exit slip road and follow the A120 towards Braintree and Colchester. After sixteen miles on this road you reach Galley?s Corner roundabout with a McDonalds restaurant on your right. Take the first exit on the roundabout into Cressing Road and you will see the entrance to our ground sign-posted on your left after three quarters of a mile. The journey from the M25/M11 junction to Braintree takes approximately 30 minutes. A map of the area immediately surrounding the ground, together with directions, can be found at www.braintreetownfc.org.uk. Parking restrictions will be in place around the ground on the day, but there is a car park adjacent to the ground for over 500 cars.


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Tuesday 28 February 2006
reserve team news
Reserves to face Corinthian Casuals

The reserves play their re-arranged Suburban Shield game tonight against Corinthian Casuals when they make the short trip to Kings George's Field, Queen Mary Close, Hook Rise South, Tolworth. The match kicks off at 7.45pm and John Morris has named the following squad:

Danny Wheeler, Ken During, Dan Dean, Michael Woolner, Jon Boswell, Charlie Bunce, Steve Tyson, Liam Hirrel, Joe Paris, Luke Pigden, Jones Bamfo, Sonny Farr, Mark King, Niall Connery, Freddie Myers


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Monday 27 February 2006
club news
Coach to Braintree

There are just a few seats left if you wish to travel by coach to Braintree Town.

Following our fine win against Fisher on Saturday, the club expect there to be high demand for this fixture which takes place on Saturday 4 March.

The coach leaves the Woodman pub at 10.45am and Kingsmeadow at 11am.

There is also a coach for the Margate match on Tuesday 7 March, leaving the Woodman pub at 3.45pm and Kingsmeadow at 4pm.

Tickets cost just 11 for adults and 6 for concessions. Please contact the club for tickets and availability.


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Saturday 25 February 2006
first team news
Catch of the day

Dave Anderson was a happy man after his new look Dons side dominated the game in a 1-0 win over second placed Fisher.

Wimbledon took to the field in an ambitious 4-3-3 formation, with Dwayne Plummer and Robert Ursell playing just off Liam George up front. Dave said: "The formation is something we?ve discussed before and we?ve been working very hard on it in training this week. I thought it worked well today ? that was a big performance to a man out there, in difficult conditions and against a very good side."

Wes Daly hit the winner with a scorching drive from 25 yards. Dave said: "If the goal we conceded last week summed up last week?s performance, I think this goal summed up our performance this week. Dwayne showed great awareness to play Wes in with a beautifully weighted ball, and Wes hit it perfectly."

Dave also took the time to praise the organisers of yesterday?s Dinner with Dave Bassett. He said: "It was a superb night and ? for myself - it was a great honour to be invited to sit at the top table with Dave. I was chatting with him before the dinner itself and he is a very genuine guy whose enthusiasm for the game just shines through. I?d like to say a big ?thank you? to the organisers and everyone who helped put the night together.

"In fact, I?ve just had a great evening followed by a great day!"


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Friday 24 February 2006
club news
SSC clash postponed

AFC Wimbledon?s Surrey Senior Cup clash with Guildford United ? originally scheduled to take place Wednesday 1st March ? has been postponed.

The decision has been made by the Surrey FA who were concerned that the height of the terracing at Guildford?s Spectre ground could prove a hazard to the high number of spectators expected, a number that could not be ascertained in advance.

The tie will most likely now be played at The Fans? Stadium - Kingsmeadow but the date is yet to be confirmed. Both clubs would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience this re-scheduling may have caused.

March 14 has now been pencilled in as a provisional date, but is yet to be officially confirmed. The tie?s new venue, kick-off time and ticketing details will appear here once set in stone.


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Friday 24 February 2006
first team news
Sonny and Shane in Fisher squad

Dave Anderson has named the following squad for tomorrow's important game at second-placed Fisher Athletic.

Andy Little, Danny Wheeler, Wayne Finnie, Steve Butler, Antony Howard, Dave Sargent, Michael Woolner, Dean Brennan, Martin Carthy, Sonny Farr, Wes Daly, Dwayne Plummer, Robert Ursell, Chris Gell, Shane Smeltz, Liam George, Kim Grant, Niall Connery, Mark King, Jon Boswell, Joe Paris.

Simon Sobihy, Simon Sweeney, Josh Lennie, Richard Butler are injured. Shane Smeltz arrives back in England tomorrow and will only take part if he feels up to it and Dean Brennan and Kim Grant are both very doubtful.

Dave Anderson said: ?It is a blow to lose six or seven players at any time but especially at this stage of the season. However, I am more than confident that the players we do have available are more than good enough to get a result at Fisher.

"Shane told me that some times he feels fine after a long flight but it will be his decision and if he is exhausted, he will spend the afternoon in bed. Sonny Farr is back from his loan spell at Cherstey and he has been playing regularly and looked good in training last night so I have no fears about him."

"If we are honest, we need something from tomorrow's game but so do they, which should make for an exciting game. The players are in the mood to make up for last weeks performance."


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Thursday 23 February 2006
club news
Getting quizzical

The Dons Quiz made a triumphant return to The Fans' Stadium last night.

With Radio Jackie?s Neil Long, AKA the Knight Fantastic, signing up as quizmaster, the evening attracted a healthy 28 entrants ? despite the rival attraction of Chelsea getting thumped by Barcelona live on television!

With the winning team walking away with 56, and seeing off the challenge of the Boardroom Gurus (featuring Kris Stewart, Ivor Heller and Nigel Higgs) in the process, the next event is sure to attract a decent sized crowd once again.

But budding quizzers should note that, as a one-off, next week's quiz night will be taking place on Thursday, rather than Wednesday. This is to avoid a clash with next Wednesday?s SSC tie with Guildford United.

Entry to the quiz is 2 per person. The evening kicks off at 8.00 and finishes around 10:30.



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Wednesday 22 February 2006
club news
Dave?s attacking conundrum

Dave Anderson has admitted that injuries have hit his squad hard ahead of the weekend's clash with promotion chasers Fisher Athletic.

Dave said: "Losing Richard Butler is a real blow ? he's a big part of our side here but the specialist has told us he needs an op so we are sending him in this week. We hope he?ll be back for us this season, but we?re not going to set a date and put any added pressure on him."

To add to the Dons' woes, Dean Brennan and Kim Grant both suffered groin injuries on Saturday and failed to complete the game.

Dave added: "Kim has been receiving treatment all week at Millwall and we'll have to assess him at training tomorrow night, while Dean is 50-50 at the moment. We'll have to see how he progresses as well. Shane [Smeltz] will also be back on Saturday morning, and he?s said that he'll ring and let us know how he feels as soon as he steps off the plane but, to be honest, I'm not counting on him being available after such a long flight."


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Wednesday 22 February 2006
club news
Harvey bids farewell to 'amazing' club

Michael Harvey has parted company with AFC Wimbledon to join up with old friend Luther Blissett at Southern League outfit Chesham.

Harvey said: "Of course, I'm going to really miss Wimbledon ? what can I say other than it's an amazing club and that I've been treated brilliantly here. Dave [Anderson] is an absolute legend, and one of the best managers I've ever played for. It's been amazing playing for him, JT and Wazza. And Kris Stewart and the board have been superb to me as well.

"But I'm delighted to be joining up with Luther ? he's like an uncle to me and somebody I've always wanted to play for since I met him on The Match three years ago."

Harvey also praised the players he is leaving behind, and hopes the Dons can go on to bigger and better things. He said: "That's a great set of lads you have there. The club is a lot more of a professional set-up than it was when I was here the first time around, and there are some great players here too. I'll really miss the guys. I've been getting texts all day today - from people like Steve Butler, Wes Daly and Dean Brennan ? and that means a lot to me. We'll definitely be keeping in touch."

And Dave Anderson paid tribute to the departing winger. He said: "It's been great having Harvey around the place ? he's been really good to have in the dressing room, he's a very bubbly character and he's always done his best for us."

Harvey is due to begin rehearsals for his West End musical, Daddy Cool, in the next two weeks, and has a new solo album hitting the shelves next month - meaning that his appearances in the yellow and blue would be restricted.

Dave added: "Luther Blissett called up to ask me about him and I thought it was only fair to let him know. We had to take into account that Harvey's other commitments would mean that he would be less involved with us from now on, and that he'd probably be leaving at the end of the season anyway. It's no secret that we are looking to bring a few people in, so he wouldn?t have been playing every week. But I'd certainly like to thank him for his time here and wish him all the best."

Harvey played 23 games (including six as sub) this season, scoring three goals.


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Tuesday 21 February 2006
club news
Wednesday night is Quiz Knight

As trailed in the programme over recent weeks, the Dons Quiz returns to The Fans' Stadium on Wednesday 22 February. In association with Knight Fantastic, the quiz features interactive, music and brainbender rounds and prizes and surprises throughout the evening. Chairman Kris Stewart has talked up the club board's prospects but with FD and all-round fact-fiend Erik Samuelson unavailable the team is looking weak and could be in for a drubbing.

Entry to the quiz is 2 per person. The evening kicks off at 8 and will finish around 10:30.


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Tuesday 21 February 2006
club news
Hero we go!

The votes are in and Dons fans have had their say! Yes, Wimbledon?s FA Cup Team of Heroes has been voted for by you, and the results have now been sent in to the FA.

One AFC Wimbledon player received votes - although Mr Ursell failed to knock a certain Mr Sanchez from the top of the midfield pile. Here's a list of the winners in full:

Goalkeeper: Dave Beasant

Defender: Eric Young

Midfielder: Lawrie Sanchez

Attacker: John Fashanu

Manager: Bobby Gould

Now the FA's panel of FA Cup experts, headed by Sir Trevor Brooking, will be whittling all the names that they have received down to a shortlist of 125 - 25 players in each position and 25 managers. This is to coincide with the 125th season of The FA Cup.

With the shortlist decided, TheFA.com will then begin a month-long search for the final all-time team by asking visitors to the website to select their own FA Cup Legends team and manager.

The final team will be announced in the build-up to May?s FA Cup Final.

Fans who take part in TheFA.com?s poll will also be given the opportunity to win two tickets to the big match on May 13 and be invited along to help unveil a special plaque at the new Wembley Stadium, commemorating this special team.

AFC Wimbledon and WISA would like to thank all those that submitted their vote.


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Monday 20 February 2006
first team news
Butler needs surgery

Leading goalscorer Richard Butler is to have surgery on Thursday. He saw a specilaist today who confirmed he needed an operation on a hernia. Physio Mike Rayner explains.

"Richard Butler was assessed by a specialist in the field of groin and hernias today and has been diagnosed with "gilmore's groin".

"He is due to have his operation this Thursday and I anticipate he will be out for up to six weeks. There has been no history of injury, so wear and tear is the more likely cause.

The symptoms have come on relatively quickly and we felt it best to address these sooner rather than leave it too long."


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Monday 20 February 2006
club news
Stars of the future wanted

The AFC Wimbledon Community Football Scheme has announced a new course for 12-14-year-olds.

The new scheme will take place on Saturday mornings at Wimbledon Park and will run from 10.00am ? 11.30am, with the first one starting this Saturday.

Each session costs 5 and this is the first course of its kind to be put on by the club. The idea is to use the sessions as a feeder for the AFC Wimbledon youth sides. Aspects covered each week will include advanced coaching of technique, phases of play, tactics and game play.

The club would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the fans who contributed to the CFS by collecting Tesco sports vouchers. The club has now accumulated more than 3,500 points, which has enabled us to buy some target goals and footballs - saving several hundred pounds.

We will be collecting Tesco sports vouchers again in the future ? watch this space for details.


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Monday 20 February 2006
dons trust news
The Dons Draw - February 2006 results

The February 2006 Dons Draw took place on Saturday, at Kingsmeadow, a couple of hours before the match against Windsor & Eton kicked-off.

Again this month Tom Adam, the Dons Trust Chair, presided over the draw and kept a watchful eye on proceedings whilst the winning numbers were drawn by David Cox, the Dons Trust Board member. Additionally, John Owen, the Dons Trust Treasurer, controlled the draw process.

The winning ticket numbers and prizes for the February 2006 Dons Draw were as follows:

First prize of 800 - ticket 0119 ? John Ivers, from Wallington
Second prize of 400 - ticket 2070 ? Craig Roper, from Weymouth
Third prize of 150 - ticket 1765 ? Louise Wales, from Chatham

Congratulations to all three prize winners.

For John ?Flying Jock? Ivers, he was amongst the initial batch of supporters who had signed up for the first Dons Draw that took place back in September 2004, and finally his patience has been well rewarded!

Since the Dons Draw was started in September 2004, it has now paid out more than 20,000 in prize money, and a further 15,000 prize fund is expected to be paid out throughout the rest of 2006. But we haven?t lost our senses! With our monthly costs of running the draw being less than 2% of the funds received, then a whopping 98% of funds received goes into paying out cash prizes or reducing our debt. To date, the Dons Draw has now raised more than 54,000 all of which has been used to repay our debt to Mr. Khosla.

Each month, more and more of you have been signing up to join the Dons Draw with a view to helping us further reduce our debt ? but we still have some more tickets to sell and some more debt to repay!! So if you haven?t yet entered the draw but would relish the idea of being one of our lucky winners, then why not sign up in time for the March 2006 draw?

The deadline for new entrants to the March 2006 Dons Draw is midnight on 28 February 2006. You can sign up to the Dons Draw here.

The March draw will take place shortly before the home match against Heybridge Swifts on 18th March 2006, and the winners will be announced at half time during that match.

Any questions you may have can be answered on match days at the Dons Trust table, or by contacting the Dons Draw team at donsdraw@thedonstrust.org or on 07990 554959.


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Sunday 19 February 2006
first team news
Dave's Royal blush

Dave Anderson admitted that he felt embarrassed after the Dons turned in an edgy and lacklustre performance against second-bottom side Windsor & Eton.

Dave said: "I'm wholeheartedly embarrassed by that. I'm the manager and I take full responsibility ? we just didn?t live up to the standards that we set ourselves, in any shape or form. I?m not going to make excuses or hide behind anything after that ? we were rubbish.

"At times like these you can always find excuses. I could say the crowd weren?t behind us, but that wouldn?t be true as I thought they were okay, and the stick we got at the end was completely understandable. I could point to injuries, or the new players we had out there but, when it comes down to it, the football team we put out today should be able to perform better than that no matter what. I would usually defend the people in the dressing room, but we played with no tempo and couldn?t pass the ball. You have to be able to pass the ball quicker and with more authority or that is what happens.

"And for a team with supposedly the best defence in the league, I don't think you could find a softer goal to concede than that."

But despite his downbeat mood, Dave refused to give up on his quest to reach the play-offs. He said: "People ask me about the play-offs every day and, until somebody tells me that we cannot make it, we won?t give up. But I have to say, if we play like that, we've got absolutely no chance."


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Friday 17 February 2006
reserve team news
Reserve squad for Merstham

The reserves play their first competitive game against Merstham Reserves tomorrow when they make the trip to the Moatside Ground at Merstham for a Suburban league game. John Morris has named the following squad:

Mick Fernandes, Stevie Gilbert, Jon Boswell, Dan Dean, Damian Ray, Charlie Bunce, Freddie Myers, Steve Tyson, Liam Hirrel, Joe Paris, Matt Farrell, Jones Bamfo, Luke Pigden, Simon Bassey, Mark King, Joe Sheerin, Niall Connery

The shield game against Coirinthian Casuals postponed from last Wednesday has been rearranged for Tuesday 28 February and will now be played at Corinthian Casuals. The league game against the same opposition originally fixed for that night will now be played later in the season.


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Friday 17 February 2006
club news
Standing room only at Windsor & Eton game

Thanks to everyone who returned their season ticket vouchers for tomorrow's game against Windsor & Eton. Even with these, we've been unable to meet the demand for seats, which have now all been sold. There are plenty of terrace tickets, however, so do come down to watch the game which has been featured over the last few weeks on Sky's Soccer AM on Saturday mornings.

There is a waiting list for seats so it isn't too late to return your voucher if you find you can't come to the game. All you need to do is email the club on info@afcwimbledon.co.uk with your name and seat number or season ticket number, or call us on 020 8547 3528 and leave your details.



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Friday 17 February 2006
first team news
Squad named for Royal visit

Dave Anderson has named the following squad to take on Windsor & Eton tomorrow at The Fans? Stadium - Kingsmeadow:

Andy Little, Danny Wheeler, Wayne Finnie, Steve Butler, Antony Howard, Dave Sargent, Michael Woolner, Dean Brennan, Martin Carthy, Michael Harvey, Wes Daly, Dwayne Plummer, Robert Ursell, Chris Gell, Richard Butler, Liam George, Kim Grant.

Josh Lennie broke down in training again yesterday and remains sidelined with a badly twisted ankle. Simon Sobihy and Simon Sweeney are both out for a few more weeks and Richard Butler will be, at best, fit to take a place on the bench, assuming he passes a comprehensive fitness test in the morning.

Dave Anderson said: ?It is a blow to lose Richard but the signing of Kim allows us to rest him which is the best thing for him. Kim looked sharp in training last night and, though him and Liam are a new strikeforce, they did play together a long time ago. I would ask our fans to allow them time to settle in.?

The game tomorrow has attracted the attention of Sky Sports? cult TV show, Soccer AM due to the presence of actor Ralf Little in the Windsor squad and our very own Michael Harvey. Dave is looking forward to his team turning on a performance worthy of the cameras.

?I imagine there may be a few hundred new people here tomorrow and it is up to us to put on a performance that will bring them back. I am always telling my mates back home in Northern Ireland about the incredible atmosphere here, such as the recent game with Braintree Town, and I am not sure they always believe me. But tomorrow with national television here, we can prove just how special this club is.?


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Friday 17 February 2006
club news
Business as usual at the academy

Tomorrow?s matchday academy will be running as per usual, with several senior stars expected to be lending their support once more.

The academy runs between 12.30?2pm and costs 5 per child, including entrance to the Windsor & Eton game, or 4 if your child already has a ticket. There?s no need to book in advance, just turn up on the day and head for the Athletics Stadium?s astroturf pitches, which are adjacent to Kingsmeadow.

Please note that this will be the last matchday academy of the season, as the astroturf pitches are now due to be re-laid.

Parents are also reminded that tomorrow?s game, to be featured on Sky TV?s Soccer AM, is likely to attract a big crowd and certain sections of the ground are likely to sell out. You are therefore advised to pick your game tickets up as early as possible in the day.


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Friday 17 February 2006
club news
Shirts back on again

We are pleased to announce that a fresh supply of extra large, large and medium shirts and shorts has arrived in time to be on sale at tomorrow's game against Windsor & Eton. They are available as part of our special offer of free matching shorts if you purchase any adult home or away shirt.

For those of you who want an adult's size XS, the home, away and third kit shirts are now only 25 - and you still get the shorts absolutely gratis.

Meanwhile, the other sale offers continue, including free tracksuit bottoms if you buy the related 2002-2005 tracksuit top, and a large number of half-price items ranging from Ryman Division One Champions polo shirts, navy and grey sweatshirts, blue polo shirts and yellow or blue tee shirts.

Club diaries are reduced to 2 (pocket version) and 3 (desk version), with calendars now going for 3.50.

The club shop will be open from noon - 2.45pm and from shortly after the game until 5.30pm.


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Thursday 16 February 2006
club news
Kim wants Wimbledon to Grant him World Cup spot

AFC Wimbledon's latest signing, Kim Grant, has spoken about how he hopes to make the World Cup with Ghana - and is looking for his move to the Dons to help him do so.

Kim said: "I've been capped 14 times and I haven't given up hope of making it to the finals in June. We didn't do too well in the African Nations Cup recently, so I'm hoping my move here can help get me back in the side.

The much-travelled striker's career has seen him ply his trade in Portugal, Hong Kong, Belgium and Malaysia. He began his career with Charlton in 1991 and went on to make more than 150 appearances for the Addicks over nine years, scoring 25 goals, before moving to Luton for 250,000. Two years later he signed for Millwall for 185,000, and then for Lommel (65,000) in 1999. Recent domestic honours include winning the FA Trophy (2002) and Conference title (2003) with Yeovil, for whom he scored 11 goals in 50 appearances.

Kim said: "I was playing for Shobnan Bellmare in the J-League and came back to the UK in July last year. Since then, I've played for Gravesend and Crawley but, most recently, I've been down at Millwall with Dave Tuttle and it has been a case of seeing what happens. But then Dave [Anderson] called me and asked me to come down to training tonight and now I'm really looking forward to playing for Wimbledon. The move really suits me as I?ve been playing in training matches, but need to get some competitive action under my belt ? and if it works out and I get to stay here longer, then that would be great too. I've heard we?ll have the TV cameras down on Saturday so, of course, I'm excited by that and it would be great if I could knock a couple of goals in."

And Kim will be among friends at the Dons - having lined up alongside Liam George at Luton. He said: "Liam was one of the guys just coming through when I was there, along with people like Mathew Upson and Mathew Spring. Although he was quite young back then, I played alongside Liam a couple of times before I was sold to Millwall, and I?m looking forward to playing alongside him again here."


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Thursday 16 February 2006
club news
Dave?s wishes are Grant-ed

AFC Wimbledon have announced the signing of striker Kim Grant on a short-term contract. Dons fans may have heard of Ghanaian international Grant from his time at league clubs such as Charlton and Luton.

With Shane Smeltz away on international duty and Richard Butler carrying a groin injury, Dave Anderson was particularly happy to have Kim on board ahead of this weekend?s clash with Windsor & Eton. Dave said: "Kim trained with us tonight and has joined us initially on a short-term deal. He has been training full-time with Millwall, and will continue to do so, but goes straight into the squad for the weekend.

"Kim?s the most experienced player we?ve ever had here, and also the most experienced I have ever worked with. In fact, if you add up his transfer fees over the years, I think he could even be our first 1m player!"

But Dave admits that his striker search isn?t quite over yet. He added: "I?m still looking to bring someone in long-term, but that?s not to say that it won?t be Kim. He?s here for two weeks on a deal that suits us and him and, if it works out, there?s no reason why we can?t agree to extend his stay."

Meanwhile Richard Butler faces a fitness test on Saturday morning, and will discover on Monday whether his groin injury will eventually require an operation. Dave said: "We?ll see how Richard is on the morning of the game, but he is scheduled to have a scan on Monday and then we?ll find out exactly what course of action we need to take. But if it?s possible to rest him, then that?s certainly the ideal."

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Thursday 16 February 2006
club news
Dons set their stall out

Our first appearance at Centre Court on Sunday was a huge success. We set up our stand in a prime location outside Marks and Spencer?s and had shoppers falling over themselves to get information. Hopefully we will see some new fans over the next few weeks but most importantly, we are increasing the level of exposure the club gets in one of Wimbledon?s busiest spots.

We are still looking for volunteers to help talk with potential fans and hand out information for a couple of hours over the next few weeks, so if you have some spare time please contact the club at info@afcwimbledon.co.uk


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Thursday 16 February 2006
first team news
Further blow for Sweeney

A knee injury is likely to keep Simon Sweeney out of action until April.

Physio Mike Rayner saw Simon today and has the latest.

"Simon Sweeney had keyhole surgery at the weekend on his right knee for suspected catilage damage that had come to light during his specialist assessment and MRI scan.

"It transpires that there is little cartilage damage, but there is a partial tear of his anterior cruciate ligament that had only been picked up via surgery.

"The aim will be to build Simon's muscle strength up as much as possible in the coming weeks to compensate for the ligament. It will be a similar situation to Rob Ursell, where the specialist wants to try rehabilitation first before going straight for the surgical option. We will aim for four to five weeks before a return to play."


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Wednesday 15 February 2006
reserve team news
Reserves beaten by the weather

Following last night's heavy rain, tonight's Suburban Shield game against Corinthian Casuals has been postponed. A new date for this match will follow.


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Tuesday 14 February 2006
dons trust news
Get with the programme!

The Dons Trust have recently been given a selection of Wimbledon programmes spanning from 1989 through to the mid-90s. These will now be sold - along with various other vintage Wimbledon programmes - from the Dons Trust table in the back bar before Saturday home games.

If you are a long-term collector pop along and you might just find something of interest. Alternatively, if you are new to the club, it's a great way to learn about our history.

If any supporter has old Wimbledon home or away programmes that they are prepared to donate, please visit the DT table on match days. All proceeds from this venture will go into the Stadium Fund.


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Tuesday 14 February 2006
club news
Season ticket vouchers

If you can't come to any league game, especially Windsor & Eton where demand is unusually high following the promotion of the match on Soccer AM, please send us details of your season ticket voucher. By allowing us to re-sell your unused ticket, you will enable another fan to watch the game from a seat and help the club's finances.

All you need to do is email the club on info@afcwimbledon.co.uk with your name and seat number or season ticket number, or call us on 020 8547 3528 with the details.

Details of unused terrace season tickets are also very welcome as this allows us to reclaim VAT on the ticket.


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Sunday 12 February 2006
club news
That?s Futsal, folks

We caught up with Rob Ursell following his England international Futsal exploits last week, where he featured in both games against Finland.

Ursell said: ?It was a great experience. We trained on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and had games on the Tuesday and Wednesday so it was very intense. We lost the first game 7-3 and that was about right, although I can?t believe we lost the second game 9-2 as we were all over them!

?We?re not really expected to win many games as Futsal is much bigger in other countries than it is here, where it?s only really beginning to take off. But the technical ability of the players is amazing ? the difference was that Finland were firing their shots into the roof of the net, and ours were being saved.?

Dons fans may have noticed Urse being featured on television?s Football Focus. He explains: ?Apparently, they showed me nutmegging someone in training, so I was quite happy with that. The thing is, it was one of our players, so he wasn?t quite so keen for it to be shown!?


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Sunday 12 February 2006
club news
Carthy happy to be off the Mart

New signing Martin Carthy was happy to be at AFC Wimbledon, despite the 2-1 loss to Margate.

He said: ?I only signed on Friday, so I only really met the lads before the game but, apart from the result obviously, I really enjoyed it. I thought we started off brilliantly and battered them for the first 20 minutes, but then they scored with their first shot on goal.

?From a personal point of view, I was reasonably happy with my performance and it was great to get a goal, although I was just gutted we didn?t get the three points I thought we deserved.?

Former Thurrock and Grays star Carthy signed a short-term contract ahead of the Margate match, but is hoping a longer deal can be agreed. He said: ?I?m a fireman based in Barking, so I work shifts and that makes getting to training difficult sometimes, but Dave has been as good as gold and is really helping me out on that side of things. It looks like a good set-up here and I hope things work out well for all parties.?


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Saturday 11 February 2006
first team news
Dave philosophical in defeat

Dave Anderson was understandably ?gutted? as his Dons side left the field pointless, despite having the better goalscoring opportunities.

Dave said: ?That?s the most disappointed I?ve ever been at Kingsmeadow. I?m disappointed with the result, but I can?t really fault the players? for effort. It?s been one of those days. Things started to go wrong this morning when Shane had to pull out and Wayne Finnie wasn?t feeling well. There?s a bit of flu going around the camp at the moment, and we knew about it on Thursday but were hoping they would be okay. Shane had to pull out altogether, and Wayne ? and Danny Wheeler for that matter ? were only on the bench as emergency cover really. Both Wayne and Shane would have started the game ? we really wanted to rest Richard Butler if at all possible ? his groin has been tight after the last couple of games and so we really wanted to wrap him up in cotton wool before Shane goes away, but that wasn?t possible in the end.?

The 2-1 reverse was only Dave?s third home league defeat since taking the helm, and came against a side who started the day in 18th position in the league. Dave said: ?Their first goal was numbing if I?m honest ? they hadn?t even had an attack up until that point. I thought we got back into it well and if you look at the stats, we must have had six or seven good chances or near misses. I think they had three ? one was saved well and the other two were goals. That says it all really.

?I don?t think we deserved to lose. But this league isn?t clear-cut ? it?s not always a case of play well, win ? play badly, lose. We?re all gutted ? to be honest, we?ll lose games in this league when we play badly, so it?s upsetting when you lose having played okay.?

Dave had to shuffle his pack, with Antony Howard coming back earlier than planned from his groin tear to replace the flu-ridden Finnie, and with Martin Carthy making his debut in place of the suspended Wes Daly. Dave commented: ?I was pleased with Carthy?s debut. Before the game, I told the chairman that he would get a goal today and he did ? and he could have had a couple more. He?s the type of player who will always score goals.?

And Dave remains optimistic about the Dons? play-off hopes. He added: ?I don?t think that?s the end of the play-offs for us. Today?s a blow and we?re not kidding ourselves, but the play-offs will go all the way to the wire, so don?t write us off yet.

?On the player front, we are looking to sign two or three new additions to the squad ? and one of them will be a big centre forward! In all honesty, we?ve been looking for someone like that for a long time.?


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Friday 10 February 2006
reserve team news
Reserves squad to visit Camberley

The reserves visit Camberley Town on Saturday afternoon in the Suburban League. The teams met 2 weeks ago and drew 0-0 and a win is needed to maintain the chances of finishing in the top 3. John Morris has announced the following squad:

Mick Fernandes, Ken During, Dan Dean, Damian Ray, Charlie Bunce, Freddie Myers, Steve Tyson, Liam Hirrel, Joe Paris, Jones Bamfo, Luke Pigden, Joe Sheerin, Tommy Hutchings


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Friday 10 February 2006
first team news
Dave?s squad hit by injury and illness

Dave Anderson?s squad has been rocked by injury, illness and suspension, with seven players currently on the treatment table and/or facing late fitness tests. New signing Martin Carthy is included in the squad for the first time, and is expected to make his debut, while Wes Daly is suspended.

The full squad is: Andy Little, Danny Wheeler, Wayne Finnie, Steve Butler, Antony Howard, Dave Sargent, Jon Boswell, Michael Woolner, Dean Brennan, Martin Carthy, Michael Harvey, Dwayne Plummer, Robert Ursell, Chris Gell, Shane Smeltz, Richard Butler, Liam George, Niall Connery, Mark King.

Josh Lennie is ruled out with a badly twisted ankle, while understudy-elect Danny Wheeler is suffering from flu along with Wayne Finnie. Michael Woolner (shoulder) Chris Gell and Antony Howard (both groin) and Dwayne Plummer (back) all face late fitness tests. Meanwhile Simon Sobihy, is awaiting the results of an x-ray on his suspected fractured toe, and could be ruled out for up to three weeks.

Dave Anderson said: ?We won?t know for sure until tomorrow, but I?m hoping that most of them will recover in time for the game. We?ve had to call up a couple of youngsters as precaution, but I have no problem doing that. It?s at times like these that you see the full value of having a good squad of players.

?But you can never have too many good players. We?ve done a bit of transfer business today, and I hope to do a bit more in the coming weeks ? I want us to give ourselves every possible chance as we make a final push for the play-offs.?

And Dave has called upon AFC Wimbledon supporters to play their part in tomorrow?s game. He said: ?I?ve already mentioned that I thought the supporters were magnificent on Tuesday, but the danger is that ? after such a big game ? it feels like we?ve been to the Lord Mayor?s show and come back. I want the players to be just as motivated for this one, and the supporters can help lift them again. If they can get anywhere near where they were on Tuesday, even just for the early part of the game, that would be a tremendous boost for all of us.?


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Friday 10 February 2006
club news
One in, one out

In a busy day of transfer dealings, Dave Anderson has announced the signing of Martin Carthy from Conference South side Thurrock, with Barry Moore moving in the opposite direction.

Central midfielder Carthy made almost 300 appearances in two spells at Thurrock, scoring more than 50 goals, and also starred in Grays Athletic?s 2005 double winning side ? scoring in the FA Trophy final penalty shoot-out.

Dave said: ?We?ve brought Martin in on a short-term contract. He?s someone I know all about and I originally tried to get him in the summer, although it didn?t work out that time round. But he comes here at a good time with Wes suspended tomorrow, and goes straight into the squad.

?Barry and I spoke several weeks ago and he told me that he wanted to be playing more regularly than he had been. To be fair, we haven?t been able to guarantee him that. We met up again on Tuesday night and we agreed that it would be best for everyone if he moved on.?

Having joined from Conference South side Lewes in the summer, Moore made 34 appearances (including three as sub) for the Dons, scoring six goals. Dave added: ?I have to say that from the minute he joined right up until the moment he left, Barry always applied himself and conducted himself in a very professional manner. He was great to have around the club, and his attitude and application were great for the young players to learn from. He certainly goes with all of our best wishes.?

Mooro himself was sad to be leaving. He said: ?I really enjoyed my time at the club and I?m gutted to be leaving if I?m honest. But that?s the way football works. I?m 29 now and I need to be playing regularly, but we?ve brought a few people in and you have to balance the budgets.

?There were so many highlights here for me. I?ve played 30-odd games and scored a few goals, and I can honestly say I enjoyed every minute of it. I?d like to wish everyone at the club all the best and I think they deserve it. The whole place is run so professionally, and the fans are great as well. I really hope you get promoted ? who knows, perhaps we?ll meet again next year!?


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Friday 10 February 2006
club news
Wes and the Wizard at the academy

Tomorrow?s matchday academy will feature a couple of special guests ? with senior stars Wes Daly and Rob ?The Wizard? Ursell turning up to lend their support.

The academy runs between 12.30?2pm and costs 5 per child, including entrance to the Margate game, or 4 if your child already has a ticket. No need to book in advance, just turn up on the day and head for the Athletics Stadium?s astroturf pitches, which are adjacent to Kingsmeadow.

Parents should note that tomorrow?s is likely to be the penultimate matchday academy of the season, as the pitches are due to be resurfaced shortly.



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Friday 10 February 2006
ladies news
Ladies Valentine's Ball

Fans and friends alike are invited to the ladies Valentine's Ball at Kingsmeadow tonight.

Starting at 19.30 and running until late, there will be a disco and buffet, a raffle and, hopefully, some guest appearances from some well known ex-Dons!

Tickets, priced at only 5, can be purchased on the door, or reserved by telephoning Ron Trayhorn on 07980 697515 or e-mailing sec@afcwl.co.uk.


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Thursday 09 February 2006
club news
Cup date set

AFC Wimbledon?s Surrey Senior Cup clash with Guildford United has been pencilled in for March 1, 2006.

The tie is to be played away, and further ticket and travel details will appear here once confirmed.



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Thursday 09 February 2006
club news
Are you Britain's most famous footballer?

Are you Britain's most famous footballer? No? Possibly not, but now you have the chance to be famous for one day!

A new spoof autobiography of the world?s most famous celebrity footballer Stephen 'Burksey' Burkes is set to hit the shelves in April and the publishers are looking for a man aged between 20 and 35 to be Burksey.

Whoever wins this opportunity to play Burksey will be featured on the front cover of the book, plus in several photos inside. The book is sure to be a cult hit and you could be the man who IS Burksey.

Burksey is described as being the forefather of Wayne Rooney ? but without the ears! So anyone with a stocky, powerful build and solid oak legs can apply. Don't worry about skill, there won't be any ball-juggling competitions, but do be prepared to have a laugh.

All you need to do is email a full-length photo to info@knowthescorebooks.com. We will contact the lucky winner by return.

The photo shoot will be scheduled around you and in return for helping us out you will receive 5 copies of the book signed by the author, plus expenses. Know The Score Books will also make a donation of 100 to the Dons Trust Ground Fund. The shoot will take place in February 2006 and last around 5-6 hours.


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Wednesday 08 February 2006
reserve team news
Reserves to face the Police

The Reserves play their second group match of the Suburban Shield tonight when they entertain the Metropolitan Police. Kick off at Croydon Ahtletic's ground is at 7.45pm and John Morris has named the following squad:

Danny Wheeler, Jon Boswell, Stevie Gilbert, Damian Ray, Charlie Bunce, Jones Bamfo, Steve Tyson, Liam Hirrel, Barry Moore, Joe Paris, Freddie Myers, Joe Sheerin, Mark King, Niall Connery.


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Wednesday 08 February 2006
club news
Nas was here, now he?s Hare!

Nas Richardson has left AFC Wimbledon to return to former club Harefield.

Dave Anderson explained: ?Nas couldn?t really fully commit to us because of the pressures of his day job, and we fully understand that. You couldn?t fault his effort, but he was finding it hard to dedicate the time to us that we require. But he?s a good lad, and we wish him all the best in the future.?

Nas, who can play as a central midfielder or as a striker, made seven appearances (including five as sub) in the yellow and blue, and scored one goal.


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Wednesday 08 February 2006
first team news
Dave thanks ?magnificent? fans

Wimbledon left it late before eventually sharing the spoils with top-of-the-table Braintree to leave Dave Anderson reflecting on a well-earned point.

Dave said: ?It?s not a great result for us, but I think it was probably a fair result in the end. It wasn?t a game of great technical quality but I always ask my players to give it all they?ve got; to come off the pitch on their hands and knees; and they certainly did that tonight.

?But I have to say that the supporters were absolutely magnificent tonight ? they probably worked just as hard as we did out there! I can?t begin to tell you just how much difference it makes when the supporters are behind you like that ? and not just in the Tempest End, but behind me in the dugouts and from the main stand too. My living memory of tonight won?t be the game, but the supporters ? I think they almost willed our goal in at the end there!

?I gave them a little bow at the end but, to be honest, I?d had done that if we?d been beaten. They were unbelievable.?

Recent signing Liam George got the nod ahead of Shane Smeltz, while Dwayne Plummer failed a fitness test before the game and ? with Robert Ursell away on international duty ? Michael Harvey started on the left flank. Dave said: ?JT and I discussed it and we went with Liam as he had scored on Saturday and we didn?t want to drop a goalscorer. But I must say that was harsh on Shane, who has been in great form recently.

?In the end our goal scoring opportunity fell to Steve Butler and there?s nobody I would rather have had in that position at that moment. Steve is a great captain, both on and off the field, and he?s well respected by everyone at the club ? and he?s just the sort of person you would bet on in that situation.?

Dave also single out goalkeeper Andy Little, who took home his first sponsors? Man of the Match award of the season. Dave said: ?We?re now in February and I think he?s made one mistake that I can remember, just shortly after he joined. Defensively, we?ve been very good this season and Andy is a big, big part of that.

"We did have to take off Mickey Woolner towards the end, as he felt his shoulder pop. We'll find out on Thursday the extent of it, but I hope it's not too bad as he's been great for us since his return."


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Tuesday 07 February 2006
club news
Pre-match entertainment tonight

If you just can?t wait until kick-off tonight to get your next football fix, why not pop down to The Fans? Stadium ? Kingsmeadow a bit earlier than usual?

The main bar will be showing the African Nations Cup semi-final clash between the tournament hosts, Eqypt, and Senegal on the big screen from 5pm GMT onwards.

So arrive early and you could be away with the Pharaohs before Dave Anderson?s yellow and blue army take us into a Dons' dreamland later in the evening!


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Tuesday 07 February 2006
first team news
Dave relishing Braintree clash

Dave Anderson has spoken of how he is ?hugely excited? ahead of tonight?s clash with Ryman Premier League leaders Braintree Town.

Antony Howard is ruled out with his groin tear, while Robert Ursell is away with the England Futsal team and Dwayne Plummer faces a late fitness test, but Dave was happy to report that the squad has managed to avoid picking up any new injuries as they go into their third game in six days.

The full squad is: Andy Little, Danny Wheeler, Simon Sobihy, Wayne Finnie, Steve Butler, Dave Sargent, Michael Woolner, Dean Brennan, Michael Harvey, Dwayne Plummer, Wes Daly, Chris Gell, Barry Moore, Shane Smeltz, Richard Butler, Liam George.

Dave said: ?This is a massive game for us against the league leaders, and I?m hugely excited by it. I can tell you that all the players are well up for it, and I hope the supporters are too. I?m expecting a real big match atmosphere tonight and this is exactly the sort of game you are in football for.

?It?s not going to be easy, and I imagine it?ll be all about who takes their chances on the night. If we can take our chances, and limit theirs, we?ve got a very good opportunity to do well.

?But the fans can play a big part too ? if they can give us that extra lift tonight, that could help make all the difference.?

So dust down those flags, tune up your vocals chords and help turn The Fans? Stadium - Kingsmeadow into a fortress for the evening.


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Monday 06 February 2006
club news
Pop in and say 'pie'

R.EDs will be providing a comprehensive catering service from 6pm for tomorrow's game against top-of-the-table Braintree.

For a top notch pre-match meal, pop to the back bar where a full menu will include jacket potatoes and real meat pies.


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Monday 06 February 2006
club news
Dons serve up an ace at Centre Court

In a bid to promote the club within the local community, the Dons have announced a tie-up with Centre Court shopping centre in Wimbledon.

Every Sunday from February 12 onwards, AFC Wimbledon will have a presence in the shopping centre between the hours of 11am-5pm. With everyone at the club - from the chairman to the players ? being involved it will be a chance for AFC Wimbledon to reach a wider public, catching up with old fans and encouraging new fans to follow the club.

Each week AFC Wimbledon will be giving fans the chance to meet their heroes, as well as find out more about the Community Football Scheme and just about every other aspect of the club. But we need your help! To get the most from the deal, we will need volunteers to help co-ordinate activities ? starting from this Sunday. To get involved, contact the club at info@afcwimbledon.co.uk or even just turn up on Sunday at 11am.

AFC Wimbledon Commercial Director Ivor Heller said: "This is a massive project for AFC Wimbledon. A lot of people have worked long and hard to forge this partnership with Centre Court, and now it?s vitally important that we get your support to make it work."


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Sunday 05 February 2006
dons trust news
SGM Date

The Dons Trust will be holding its first SGM of 2006 at 7.30pm on Thursday 30th March at Kingsmeadow. An agenda and papers will be sent out closer to the date.


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Sunday 05 February 2006
club news
Mike?s injury minutes

Mike Rayner's treatment room has been a busy place once again this past week.

Mike reports: "Simon Sweeney had gone through his rehab with no reaction and we started him running last week, with a view to having him back playing in a week or so. Unfortunately he has now suffered a reaction in a separate part of his damaged knee. We sent him to a specialist and he had a scan, which revealed a loose bit of cartilage within the knee joint. He is now scheduled to have a clean-up operation on the 11th and that should be the end of it. We now expect to have him back playing in four week's time.

"Meanwhile, Frankie has a slight groin muscle tear and we've ruled him out for 2-3 weeks. But Dwayne Plummer could be back as early as next Tuesday. He's irritated a sciatic nerve in the base of his back and will face a fitness test on the day of the game, but it isn't too serious."


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Saturday 04 February 2006
first team news
Dons keep the pressure on

The Dons kept their play-off hopes alive as they overcame a battling Leyton side to take an important three points with a convincing 2-1 win.

Richard Butler opened the scoring in the first minute of play and, while Micky Woolner was unfortunate to concede an own goal on 26, debutant Liam George wrapped up the win with a cool six-yard finish to leave Dave Anderson a happy man. Dave said: "I'm sure I sound like a broken record when I say all games are tough ones from now on, but this was certainly another and I think we did well to get the job done.

"We made a great start and played well for the first 15 minutes, when we were looking to kill the game of early. Of course, we were disappointed with the goal we conceded but I'm happy with the way we reacted and eventually went on to get the win. We had to be patient, play our own game and keep up our standards of play; then we knew that eventually the goal would come. To be honest, I don't think they actually had a shot on target over 90 minutes and yet they've scored a goal. Figure that one out!"

Dean Brennan debuted alongside George in the yellow and blue, and Dave was pleased with both of his new recruits. He said: "I was happy with both ? neither of their performances were outstanding, but I think the supporters will have seen enough to know that both are of the quality we require here. What impressed me was how hard they both worked as well."

Looking ahead to Tuesday, and Antony Howard has been ruled out with a minor groin muscle tear, while Dwayne Plummer faces a fitness test on the day. Dave said: "It's a blow but I have great faith in the squad: I think we?re finally at the stage where everyone is good enough to play. We always knew we would have to shuffle our squad over the three games and we have been doing so with the aim of winning all three. We are two-thirds of the way there at the moment."

"Tuesday should be a game that takes care of itself in many ways ? I don't think the players will need much motivating and I'd hope that the supporters won't need much motivating either.

"For now, I'm happy to have secured a big three points here today."


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Saturday 04 February 2006
dons trust news
Secretariat support

The Dons Trust is looking for volunteers who would be willing to support the Dons Trust Secretary in the administration of the Society. The Secretary is responsible for a variety of tasks, including supporting DT Board meetings and General Meetings, renewal of insurances, record-keeping, devising and implementing new policies, supporting the Constitution Review, overseeing the work of the Election Steering Group, etc.

The current DT Secretary, Mark Davis, has indicated that he is willing to continue in the role of Secretary for 2006, but would welcome assistance in support of a challenging workload and will be looking to pass on the role after this year.

If you would be interested in helping out as part of an expanded DT Secretariat, then please contact Mark Davis by e-mailing secretary@thedonstrust.org by 18th February.


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Friday 03 February 2006
cfs news
Half-term football courses

The Community Football Scheme (CFS) are running football courses this half-term (13-17 February).

There will be two tournament days as well as a strikers course. All courses will be held at GOALS Wimbledon or Wimbledon Park. Prices range from 10 and 30.

To find out more see the CFS tab on the website or for an application form, call the CFS on 020 8974 5712.

Courses are open to boys and girls between the age of 5 and 12 and there is no need to pre book.


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Friday 03 February 2006
reserve team news
Reserve squad for Corinthian Casuals

The reserves play host to Corinthian Casuals on Saturday in their Suburban League game. The visitors are in 3rd place in the league, 2 places above AFC Wimbledon, and this match will be the first of 3 meetings between the 2 teams in February with the return fixture and a Suburban Shield game to follow. The match kicks off at 3.00pm at Croydon Athletic's ground and John Morris has named the following squad:

Tom Costello, Ken During, Jon Boswell, Dan Dean, Stevie Gilbert, Charlie Bunce, Steve Tyson, Liam Hirrel, Anthony Giglio, Joe Paris, Jones Bamfo, Mark King, Joe Sheerin, Niall Connery.


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Friday 03 February 2006
first team news
Dave gets his man

Dave Anderson has successfully brought his drawn-out search for a striker to a temporary close with the signing of former Eire under-21 international, Liam George on a short?term contract.

George, 26, sprung to prominence at Luton Town where he made over 100 appearances scoring 26 goals. He was subject to a 350,000 bid from Wimbledon in 2001 but injuries have hampered his progress subsequently. He is currently negotiating a contract in the United States but Dave wasted no time snapping him up when he heard of his availability.

"I'm delighted to have him. He is currently negotiating a contract to play in America and we can keep him until that is agreed, maybe till mid-April. It was too good an opportunity to turn down. Like all new signings, we will need to give him time, but we know from his track record he has the ability."

George and fellow new signing Dean Brennan will both be involved tomorrow. The squad for the game at Leyton is as follows:

Andy Little, Danny Wheeler, Antony Howard, Simon Sobihy, Wayne Finnie, Steve Butler, Dave Sargent, Wes Daly, Michael Woolner, Michael Harvey, Dwayne Plummer, Chris Gell, Barry Moore, Robert Ursell, Shane Smeltz, Richard Butler, Liam George, Dean Brennan.

Antony Howard and Dwayne Plummer face late fitness tests for a game that ushers in a crucial period for the club but Dave is only thinking about tomorrow.

"Leyton is an opportunity for us to put the disappointment of last week behind us and we will be going there to win. They have shown good form recently with only one defeat in eight so it won't be easy and that is all we are focused on."


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Thursday 02 February 2006
club news
Dave brings in a Dean

AFC Wimbledon have announced the signing of Dean Brennan. Dean is a former Republic of Ireland U-21 international whose past clubs include Luton, Stockport County and Sheffield Wednesday.

Most recently, he has been playing for Conference South title challengers Lewes, and last year he played for eventual champions Grays Athletic.

Dave said: ?He is a quality footballer. I know him from Hendon, where I had him on loan from Stevenage Borough for a while, and he can play across the midfield or at right-back. He came to watch us tonight and we completed the paperwork after the game. It?s a good signing for us, and I hope to give him his debut on Saturday.?

And Dave was also had positive news regarding his search for a striker. He added: ?I?ve spoken to someone, and we hope to finalise details tomorrow. It?s somebody who some people may have heard of and, if it comes off, then I?m sure he?ll be a great acquisition. I?m hopeful he?ll also be available for Saturday, and he may even start the game.?


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Thursday 02 February 2006
first team news
Dave?s dazzlers prove an arresting sight

AFC Wimbledon ran out comfortable 2-0 winners against the Met Police in tonight?s SSC 3rd round clash.

Rob Ursell opened the scoring on 28 minutes, beating the keeper with a somewhat fortuitous flick on the end of a deep Dave Sargent cross, while Dwayne Plummer doubled the lead with a cheeky back heel five minutes later. However, as the Dons showboated during a dominant second half, 6-0 wouldn?t have been an unreasonable final score.

Dave Anderson was pleased to progress. He said: ?I had said that we?d put out a strong team, and we did that. We mixed it up a bit, because you want to give some players a rest while others need gametime, but our sole task was to get a win.

?The positive is, of course, the result and I thought we put in a good performance. Of course, I would have liked to have scored a few more from the chances we had, but the main thing was to progress and avoid too many injuries. Unfortunately, we didn?t manage that bit ? Frankie hurt his groin and is a big doubt for Saturday now. Dwayne Plummer also pulled the top of his thigh slightly, although we think he?ll be okay. Barry Moore is feeling ill with a bit of a bug, so we?ll have to see how he is.?

But Dave was also happy to see the return of Michael Woolner - following injury and a loan spell - and Robert Ursell entertaining the crowd with his usual array of tricks. Dave said: ?Mickey was another one who wasn?t feeling too well before the game, but I thought he did well ? he added something to our play in the final third and put some good crosses in so it looks as though he has come back match fit and ready to play. He still needs a couple of games to get him where we want him to be, but it?s a boost to have him back.

?As for Rob, I?d have enjoyed it a bit more if we were 4-0 up, but he was doing it in their box and it?s always nice to be able to entertain the fans. Overall, I?d say it was a good night at the office.?


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Thursday 02 February 2006
dons trust news
Peach 284 - just the ticket!

Following the recently held raffle if you have possession of the peach ticket number 284 you are the lucky winner of a seat on the top table with Dave Bassett, at the Dinner with Dave on 24 February. Please contact geraldine.messenbird@thedonstrust.org to claim your prize.

If you didn't get peach 284, don't throw your ticket away - another one will be drawn on 8 February if the holder hasn't come forward by then.


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Wednesday 01 February 2006
club news
Do you fancy seeing your name in lights?

Consider yourself as a bit of a writer? If you want to contribute exciting and, hopefully, evocative match reports to appear on the club's official website, then the club want to hear from you.

We need people, with a flair for writing, to be able to produce high-quality match reports to be published on the club's award-winning website.

We are looking to cover all first-team matches - home and away - and ideally are looking for a number of supporters to work on rotation as we appreciate to commit to a whole season is often difficult.

The opportunity to 'work live' during the game, using the club's laptop & mobile connection, is preferable or you can submit your report after the game.

For further details, please contact us on matchreports@afcwimbledon.co.uk


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Wednesday 01 February 2006
first team news
Dave names his Bobby dazzlers

Dave Anderson has named a strong first team squad for tomorrow?s clash with the Met Police, declaring: ?We will be doing everything we can to win the game and defend our trophy?.

The full squad is: Andy Little, Danny Wheeler, Antony Howard, Simon Sobihy, Wayne Finnie, Steve Butler, Dave Sargent, Wes Daly, Michael Woolner, Michael Harvey, Dwayne Plummer, Chris Gell, Barry Moore, Robert Ursell, Shane Smeltz, Richard Butler, Mark King.

Josh Lennie has been ruled out for up to one month with a badly twisted ankle, so Danny wheeler is called in as back-up to Andy Little. Meanwhile Michael Woolner has been recalled from his loan spell at Berkhamsted Town as the Dons look to cope with three important games in the space of just six days.

Dave said: ?We?ve called Mickey back from his loan as we?re going to need all the experience we can get to get us through these games. We certainly want to win all three games, and I?ll be putting out my strongest side possible for each one, starting tomorrow night.

?Everyone knows my feelings on having to play these games so close together, but now we just have to get on with it. You really just have to deal with each game as it comes in these situations ? you may have to rest certain players at certain times and it?s going to be a delicate juggling act. The worry is that players can pick up fatigue injuries so we?ll have to be aware of that.?


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Wednesday 01 February 2006
club news
Striking out

Following a conversation between Dave Anderson and Mark Peters, the centre-forward has been released by AFC Wimbledon.

Peters arrived on December 10, but failed to score in his six appearances (three as sub) before suffering a head injury in his solitary appearance for the reserves.

Dave said: ?The move didn?t really work out but, on behalf of everyone at the club, we?d like to thank Mark for his short time here, and wish him all the best for the future.?

Meanwhile, Dave?s search for a new striker isn?t running as smoothly as hoped. Dave said: ?We looked to be close to bringing someone in, and talks were at an advanced level but the deal looks to have fallen through at the last minute. Basically, the player we were talking to was after a long-term contract ? until the end of next season - and we weren?t prepared to offer him that up front.

?With Mark Peters leaving and with Shane Smeltz missing two games on international duty, we?re well aware that we?re left short up front at the moment. It would have been the easiest thing in the world to say ?okay, here?s the contract you want? but that wouldn?t be right for the club ? and we?re in the business of doing what?s right, not what?s easy!?

But Dave has not given up hope of adding to his squad. He said: ?I must have made 100 calls in the last three days. We?ve got a list of players we like, and we?re working our way through it to see who is available and who is right for the club. I?m disappointed but we?ll keep on going.?


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