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Wednesday 28 February 2007
club news
Parliamentary motion about AFC Wimbledon

Earlier today, Wednesday, Mitcham and Morden MP Siobhain McDonagh joined forces with the cross-party Parliamentary Football Group to submit a Parliamentary motion criticising the FA for its "excessive punishment" of AFC Wimbledon. The motion (known as an Early Day Motion, an "EDM") is EDM 992 on the Order Paper. Siobhian is urging all MPs to sign it - see the end of this note for the lsit of initial signatories'

You can help by urging your MP to add his or her name to the list of MPs who have signed it. We suggest that you also invite your MP to write direct to the FA urging them to take note of, and respond to, the EDM. Letters to the FA are probably best addressed to the director of the governance division (which has overall responsibility for football administration, disciplinary matters, registration and compliance, etc). He is:

Jonathan Hall
Director of Governance
The Football Association
25 Soho Square
London
W1D 4FA

The first 16 MPs to sign were:

Siobhain McDonagh
Alan Keen
Bob Russell
Mr John Greenway
Mr Clive Betts
Christine Russell
Clive Efford
Mr Fraser Kemp
Mr Stephen Hepburn
Mr Andrew Love
Mrs Joan Humble
Laura Moffatt
Mrs Sharon Hodgson
Mr Graham Allen
Mr Alan Meale
Ian Lucas


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Tuesday 27 February 2007
club news
Leyton match postponed

Tonight's match against Leyton has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.


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Tuesday 27 February 2007
club news
Pitch inspection at Leyton

There has just (3.30 pm) been a pitch inspection at Leyton and the pitch has been pronounced playable. However, if there is further heavy rain the game will be at risk of being called off. At the moment there is light rain at Leyton.

No further inspection is planned. If we hear that conditions have changed dramatically we will post a message here.


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Tuesday 27 February 2007
first team news
Squad for Leyton

Dave Anderson has announced the following squad for tonight's game against Leyton:

Andy Little; Paul Smith; Simon Sweeney; Paul Lorraine; Steve Butler; Jermaine Darlington; Michael Haswell; Mark Rooney; Wes Daly; Chris Gell; Steve Wales; Luke Garrard; Steve Ferguson; Roscoe Dsane; Paul Barnes; Lewis Cook.

Dave said ?I?m very aware that this game falls in between two big home league games, but we?re under no illusions and know it will be every bit as hard and is every bit as important.

"We need to get the players prepared correctly for this game because, if they?re not, we won?t get the result we need. It will be stern test like just about every game in this league, but we know the reward if we win is that we will go back to the top of the league.

"Paul Barnes, Lewis Cook and Mark Rooney all played for the reserves last night which is important for their fitness. It also demonstrates the quality of the squad that we have players as good as them on the bench.?


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Tuesday 27 February 2007
dons trust news
Walk for Wimbledon III - Dickie joins the walk

On 31 March, let's celebrate and show the real spirit of Wimbledon by bringing flags, banners and plenty of smiles as we walk united through the community.

Dickie Guy has confirmed that he will take part in the walk along with the Mayor of Merton. Sponsor forms and further information will be sent to you once we have received your entry form. As an added incentive, prizes will be awarded to the adult and child who collect the most sponsorship money.


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Tuesday 27 February 2007
club news
Credit card hotline closed today

Please note that, due to ongoing connectivity problems, the credit card hotline will not operate today, Tuesday 27 February.


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Monday 26 February 2007
club news
Dinner with Lawrie on 9 March: raffle results

On Saturday 24 February, a raffle was held for two tickets to the Dinner with Lawrie on 9th March. The winning ticket was drawn at half time during the home game against Billericay Town, by Dickie Guy, the Club's president.

The winning ticket, yellow 105, was claimed by Miss Donna Wrate, from Morden in Surrey. Congratulations, Donna!

The raffle raised a total of 364, which will go towards the Dons Trust. Many thanks and well done to all the volunteers who sold tickets on the day.


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Sunday 25 February 2007
club news
Dave's thoughts on Billericay

Dave Anderson was delighted to see the Dons restored to the top of the league after yesterday?s win over Billericay. ?It felt good after the win against Bromley when we were top equal. It felt better when the draw at Horsham took us a point clear, and it feels great that, after yesterday, we are two points clear. With most of the top teams? games postponed we?ve got a two point lead and, even if all the teams below us win their games in hand, only Hampton and Richmond can overtake us, and that is provided that they win both of their games in hand.

?I thought it was a good game, although it never hit the heights of the match against Bromley. Steve Wales hit as clean a strike from the edge of the box as I?ve seen in a long time. Steve has been getting into these positions for a while but not scoring. We?ve been telling him there is no shame in missing and he?s been much more positive lately ? and now he has three goals in two games.

?But we conceded a sloppy goal and then it was even for a time. We had our chances. Chris Gell?s shot was goal-bound when it hit one of our players and went wide. They had chances too; Andy Little made a super save from a close-in header. But overall I felt we?d shaded the first half.

?I don?t want to comment on the fracas and the sending off because I?d like to see the video first. But it clearly changed the game, although not as much as some fans think. It isn?t easy to play against ten men. But Steve came up with his second and then Paul Lorraine got up a height to get the third, which seemed to take an age to loop into the net.

?It is never all over against a team like Billericay but we really must work on not conceding late in a game that we have won. We did the same against Bromley and it isn?t good for my heart. Having said that, I thought the referee should have given us a free kick for the foul on Andy Little but he said he?d played advantage. In my mind, when you are 3-1 up with five minutes to go, the best advantage a referee can give is to award the free kick, but it didn?t affect the result, which is what really matters.

?There didn?t seem to be any new injuries and it was good to see Grievesy doing some running before the game. Let?s hope we have him back soon.?

Dave added one last thought. ?When I went into the bar there was a round of applause. I looked round to see who had come in but there was no-one there. Seriously, I really appreciated it, although I won?t let it go to my head ? because it?s the same head that some people were calling for a while ago!?


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Sunday 25 February 2007
club news
This week at AFC Wimbledon, w/b 26 February

This week at AFC Wimbledon is now available as a feature, by clicking here.


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Sunday 25 February 2007
ladies news
Off at the Palace

The Ladies game away to Crystal Palace this afternoon has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Whyteleafe.


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Saturday 24 February 2007
dons trust news
The Dons Draw - February 2007 results

The 30th Dons Draw took place today this afternoon prior to the Billericay game.

The winning numbers were drawn in the presence of Ivor Heller (Dons Board Member), Geoff Sullivan and Neil Messenbird (the Dons Draw Treasurer).

The winning ticket numbers and prizes were as follows:

First prize of 940 - ticket 2102 ? Mario Rajakone from SW20
Second prize of 465 - ticket 3120 ? Steve Derry from SW18
Third prize of 150 - ticket 1218 ? Simon Bailey from SW17

Congratulations to all three prize winners!

This is the second win for Mario who joined the draw in March 2005 having won a third prize before. It is the first win for Steve and Simon who both joined during 2006.

The next Dons Draw will take place on around 15 March 2007 with the results being posted on the AFC Wimbledon official web site soon after the draw has taken place.

The jackpot next month will be at least the same as this month as we move towards a 1000 first prize! So if you want a chance of winning next month?s bumper jackpot but still haven?t entered, or if you have already entered the draw but would like to increase your chances of winning by taking a few more ticket numbers, then you know what to do!

You can sign up online to the Dons Draw here or download an online application here.

The deadline for new entrants to the March 2007 Dons Draw is midnight on 28 February 2007.

Any questions you may have can be answered by contacting the Dons Draw team here or by going here.


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Friday 23 February 2007
club news
Squad for Billericay

Dave Anderson has announced the following squad for tomorrow's game against Billericay:

Andy Little; Paul Smith; Simon Sweeney; Paul Lorraine; Steve Butler; Jermaine Darlington; Michael Haswell; Mark Rooney; Wes Daly; Chris Gell; Steve Wales; Luke Garrard; Steve Ferguson; Roscoe Dsane; Paul Barnes; Lewis Cook.

Dave said "Stephen Goddard has not recovered from injury and misses the game. Mark Rooney failed a late fitness test last Saturday but is fit for inclusion tomorrow. Simon Sweeney has a fatigue injury that needs rest. Although he could play he will probably not start but will be on the bench in case he is needed. Paul Lorraine missed training on Thursday night, as he felt unwell, and he faces a fitness test.

"Lewis Cook, Paul Barnes, Mark Rooney and Chris Gell all had 90 minutes match time in Monday's 10-1 win against Epsom & Ewell reserves. Lewis scored four and Paul scored three and all four players applied themselves thoroughly, to demonstrate their fitness to return tomorrow."

Dave added "It is no secret that I was disappointed, even humiliated, by our defeat at Billericay in December. I am not alone in that, listening to the conversations in the dressing room since. So, there is no doubt that it will be is a stern test tomorrow and we are desperate to perform better than we did in the first game. Since then our form has been exceptional.

"Billericay are in a position where they must think they can go on to win the league - but so are we. It is great to going into the game in that position and that is why we are all in football. So I am hoping that the atmosphere will be the same as against Bromley and I am really looking forward to the game."


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Friday 23 February 2007
club news
Ireland v England in the main bar tomorrow

After tomorrow?s home game against Billericay we will be showing the Ireland v England rugby international on the big screen in the main bar from 5.15 pm. Football will be shown on the small screen in the same bar.

The main bar will close at about 7.15 pm but if you are staying on for Kingsmeadow Live (featuring Ian Siegal) you can then transfer to the President?s Lounge, which will be open until the music starts at 8.00 pm.

The back bar will shut at about 6.00 pm to allow it to be prepared for Kingsmeadow Live.


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Friday 23 February 2007
club news
Friday night is comedy night at Kingsmeadow

This Friday, 23 February, Kingsmeadow Live brings you another hilarious line-up of comics.

COMEDY @ KINGSMEADOW

Doors open 8.00 pm, show starts 9.00 pm, bar closes Midnight

6 (advance) /8 (door)

Matt Kirshen (MC)

"A pocket-sized dynamo" The Evening Standard

"Excellent" The Stage

"A rollercoaster of comedy genius" The Scotsman

Tara Flynn

Flynn was part of the acclaimed Dublin Comedy Improv team, performing at the Melbourne, Adelaide, Kilkenny Cat Laughs and Edinburgh Fringe comedy festivals and has been a special guest on Whose Line Is It Anyway? and London's Comedy Store Players. She has extensive credits on Irish TV including IFTA-winning sketch comedy series Stew, RTE's X-it File, and has appeared as a panellist on The Panel and The Big Bite.

Flynn is also a founder member of comedy-singing trio, The Nualas.

Rainer Hersh

Rainer Hersch's innovative style crosses between verbal and hilarious visual comedy which, when combined with his continued fanaticism for classical music , produces a simple and stupid approach to the difficult subjects "How to play instruments without practising"; "Why is organ music so boring?" and "What do conductors actually do?".

This theme has been turned into two radio series for the BBC and Rainer is a frequent and popular guest on the classic Radio 4 programme "Loose Ends" with Ned Sherrin. His television credits include ?How Do They Do That?" and most recently his five week stint as team captain on the daily television show "The Entertainment Game" for BBC1.

"Most of what Rainer Hersch does doesn't bear explaining. But it will make you laugh" Orlando Sentinel

"Rainer Hersch is a rarity amongst musical comedians -he is funny" The London Daily Telegraph

"A guaranteed laugh every four bars" The Scotsman

(Line-ups subject to change)

To order tickets in advance, either e-mail here or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335. Alternatively, you can still buy tickets on the night of the gig.

Don't forget, when you order 10 tickets, you get one free!


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Friday 23 February 2007
club news
Kingsmeadow Live - top class blues on Saturday night

Saturday 24th February

Ian Siegal Band with support from Little G. Weevil


Doors open 8.00 pm, show starts 9.00 pm, bar closes 1.00am

6 (advance) /8 (door)

There is not much more we can say about this guy, Ian Siegal is basically the best British blues artist of his generation. He has played with some of the blues greats, including Phil Guy, Sugar Blue, Nappy Brown, Eddie Kirkland, Catfish Keith and Jimmie Vaughan. His latest CD ?Meat & Potatoes? was released in April 2005 on Nugene Records to great acclaim and his next album is out in July.

For more information, visit here

?The love child of Howlin? Wolf and Big Mama Thornton? Mojo

?Album of the year? Blues Matters

?The closest thing I?ve heard to Chester Burnett? Jeff Beck

?The baddest guitarist on the planet? Chaka Khan


Don?t miss these upcoming gigs!

Saturday 10 March - Purple Rain

Saturday 17 March - St Patrick?s Day celebration with Hungry Grass

Saturday 31 March - Everstrong, Last Chance Sunday and Mexico

For more details, visit here


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Friday 23 February 2007
club news
More bargains at the shop sale

The shop sale continues on Saturday with two new half price items in 2007 calendars and diaries.

Many other items are also reduced by a massive 50%. These include 04/06 Away shirts, 02/05 Goalkeeper kits & 05/07 Third kit shirts are half price.

Additionally, gloves are now in stock. Get them now before the cold weather returns!

MUGS ? The 'Plough Lane ' Mug is the first in a series of limited edition Photo Mugs in the 'Memories of the Dons' series, so please ensure you get yours as sales are good. We have the series planned but if you have a suggestion for another mug, please e-mail here.

So, get along to the club shop on Saturday or take a look here. And please come early to avoid disappointment ........and the queues!!


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Thursday 22 February 2007
club news
Credit card hotline closed

The credit card hotline will not be open today, Thursday 22 February.


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Wednesday 21 February 2007
club news
The Dons Directory is going to print!

Over 4,000 copies of The Dons Directory, AFC Wimbledon?s official business directory, will be distributed among our supporters in April.

Is your company listed? If not, this is a great opportunity to take advantage of the benefits offered by the directory.

Not only will you get your company?s name and contact details directly into the hands of over 4,000 potential customers but other benefits of subscription include:

? Choose your own category

? An online presence on the Dons Directory website for 1 year
(www.thedonsdirectory.com)


? A listing in the official match day programme each season

? Guaranteed opportunity to quote for any product or service needed by the club

? Link to the Dons Directory website from both AFC Wimbledon?s official site and Radio Jackie?s official site

? Promotion of the directory to our supporters through pitch and programme advertising, commercial notes and our website

A regular listing costs 100+ VAT (which works out as only 2 per week!)

Registration is simple and only takes five minutes. Either call commercial executive Keith McGuinness on 020 8547 3336 or visit www.thedonsdirectory.com and click on "Get listed".

The deadline for listings to be included in the printed version of the directory is Wednesday 14 March.


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Wednesday 21 February 2007
club news
Win tickets for dinner with Lawrie on 9 March

The fundraising dinner with Lawrie Sanchez has now sold out, but two tickets have been held back and will be the prize in a raffle to be held this coming Saturday, at our home game against Billericay Town.

Tickets will be 1 each. Ticket sellers will be circulating both inside and outside the stadium before the game to enable Dons supporters to purchase tickets to get the chance to attend the event with the scorer of the winning goal in the 1988 Cup Final.

The raffle will be drawn at half-time and announced over the PA system during the second half and at the end of the game.


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Wednesday 21 February 2007
club news
Update on the FA appeal

The club today lodged its formal notice of appeal against the Ryman League's decision to deduct 18 points from our league total. The notice involves first saying what we are appealing against and then setting out the grounds for the appeal itself.

As we understand it, the process from now on is as follows:

. Our appeal will be passed to the Ryman League to allow them to respond in writing. They have 21 days to do so although we understand that they are likely to take less time than this
. The FA will then set a date for a hearing. We don't know how much notice they need to give members of the panel
. The formal hearing will then be heard and a decision made, probably the same day

It is hard to be precise about the timetable but it seems reasonable to assume that the hearing will take place in 10 - 14 days' time. Please note that this is speculation on our part; we don't know.

As soon as we have more information, we will post details on this website.


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Wednesday 21 February 2007
youth news
U19s postponed

Today's U19 game against Woking has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.


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Tuesday 20 February 2007
club news
Walk for Wimbledon III

We are pleased to announce that the Walk for Wimbledon III will take place on Saturday 31 March, prior to the home league game against Slough. Let's walk and unite together with family and friends to raise money for The Dons Trust and the club. This urban walk, which is seven miles, will start at Plough Lane and finish at Kingsmeadow, passing Wimbledon Centre Court shopping centre en route.

We intend to raise the club's profile in the community by giving out leaflets as we stroll and by dressing in the club's colours, yellow and blue. To add to the community element of the walk, we recommend that you give 25% of the sponsorship money that you raise to two Merton charities. The charities are Faith In Action Merton Homeless Project, and Merton and Morden Guild of Social Service.

Join us to help raise some money for something you believe in and to enjoy the occasion. Entry forms will be available from the Dons Trust table in the back bar at home matches and will be handed out by volunteers to supporters in the ground. Details of the walk will be available soon on this site or email here.


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Monday 19 February 2007
club news
Fergie agrees terms

Steve Ferguson has agreed terms with AFC Wimbledon and will join the Dons for the rest of the season. We recently extended his loan period from one month to three months but Dave Anderson was concerned that he could still be recalled by Woking at 48 hours' notice.

Dave said "I'm delighted that we've agreed terms with Steve, initially to the end of this season. We will have talks about keeping him at the club longer as well.

"It's no secret that he's fitted in well during this loan and is popular in the dressing room and with the fans as well. He's another great signing for the club."


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Monday 19 February 2007
club news
Strategy review launched - project manager needed

The club has launched its strategy review. The strategy steering group will meet for the first time on 26 February. Following that meeting we will publish more details of our plans and how DT members, shareholders and fans can get involved.

In the meantime, we are looking for a volunteer project manager to be part of the project steering group. The role will involve developing and maintaining an overall project plan to enable the steering group to monitor progress in each area of the review. We expect that the initial input will take a few days? work and then it may need a day a week, plus fortnightly evening meetings of the steering group. We expect that the majority of the project monitoring work should be able to be done outside normal office hours and from home.

If you can help and have relevant project management skills please email info@afcwimbledon.co.uk with details of your relevant experience and contact details.


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Monday 19 February 2007
club news
AFC Wimbledon ejected from Surrey Senior Cup

Surrey County FA has written to the club to inform us that at a meeting of their Challenge Trophies Committee last Wednesday they decided that "AFC Wimbledon F.C. (sic) will be expelled from this season's Surrey Senior Challenge Cup ...... No monetary fine to be imposed on AFC Wimbledon F.C."

The decision is said to be final and binding, which means that there is no right of appeal.


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Sunday 18 February 2007
dons trust news
Stadium Working Group

The consolidated minutes of the Stadium Working Group for the last 12 months have been posted in the Dons Trust section of this site. They can be found here.


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Sunday 18 February 2007
club news
This week at AFC Wimbledon, w/b 19 February

This week at AFC Wimbledon is now available as a feature, by clicking here.


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Sunday 18 February 2007
club news
Club goal news service

The club provides an official matchday text service where you can either be sent details of every goal or you can request the current score whenever you wish. Please note that there is an important change, in that the new short code for the service is now 60300. If you already subscribe to the service you will be transferred to the new number automatically.

More details of the two versions of the service follow below.

Subscription service The subscription service guarantees that you will receive details of the team line-up, goals, half time and full time scores from all games. The service can be turned on and off as you require. So, if you are away for a game you can turn the service on and then when you can turn it off again the next time you are going to be at a match and don't need it.

To subscribe, send a message of 'Dons Live Start' to 60300. You will receive a confirmation message that you have been signed up to the service.

To stop the service, text 'Dons Live Stop' to 60300. You will receive a message confirming that you have been unsubscribed.

On request service If you only want to find out the current score you can send a stand-alone message of 'Dons Live' to 60300. This will send you the current message in the system. So, for example, if you were to text this when the score is 0-0 you will get the most recent message, i.e. the line-up message. If the score is 0-0 and you send the message when the second half has started, you will get the most recent message, i.e. the half time score.

Each message you receive will cost you 25 pence so if, for example, you subscribe and the match finishes 2-1 to AFC Wimbledon you will receive 6 messages (line up, each goal, half time and full time message). This example will therefore cost you 1.50 so, if you are not the bill payer, please make sure that they have agreed that you can sign up.

Profits from this service go to the club and around 1,000 has already been raised this season.


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Sunday 18 February 2007
club news
Dave's thoughts on Horsham

Perhaps a little bit surprisingly, Dave Anderson was disappointed with yesterday?s performance, despite it being enough to take the Dons to the top of the Ryman Premier League.

?The game never really caught fire except perhaps in the last ten minutes. We didn?t get as much penetration from our attack as in recent games and the midfield only played well in patches. I think everyone will accept that we can?t always turn on the sort of form we?ve been showing recently but when that happens I still look for us to take something out of the game. For a while, it looked like we were going to take all three points. So I was disappointed that we conceded an equaliser.

?The mood in the dressing room was subdued after the game but then someone told me that the point had taken us to the top of the league. I went back in and told the lads but it shows the level of expectation nowadays that they were still a bit down even after that news. And I take that as a really good sign. They want to win, and expect to win, every game.

We asked why there were only four substitutes yesterday. ?Mark Rooney called in to say he was still suffering from ?flu so we called up Lewis Cook from the reserves. I didn?t really want to do that because Lewis really needed some game time after suffering quite badly from the stomach bug that swept the squad. And then Stephen Goddard failed his fitness test but we decided not to call anyone else out from the reserves.

?The good news is that no-one picked up a major injury and for the fourth game in a row we had no bookings. Now all we need is for everyone to recover fully from the stomach bug and the ?flu and we?ll be well set for the Billericay game next Saturday.?


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Sunday 18 February 2007
ladies news
Ladies Postponed

Note that this afternoon's game at Potter's Bar against Arsenal Ladies is OFF.


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Friday 16 February 2007
club news
Squad for Horsham

Dave Anderson has announced the following squad for the game at Horsham tomorrow:

Andy Little; Paul Smith; Simon Sweeney; Paul Lorraine; Steve Butler; Jermaine Darlington; Michael Haswell; Mark Rooney; Wes Daly; Chris Gell; Steve Wales; Luke Garrard; Steve Ferguson; Roscoe Dsane; Stephen Goddard; Paul Barnes.

Dave said "Antony Howard is not available. He has been told that he needs an operation to re-set his broken nose to restore normal breathing. The medics estimate that he will be out for six to eight weeks. Meanwhile, although Paul Lorraine also has a broken nose it is a less complicated break and he is likely to be fit to play. Lee Kersey is still suffering from a shoulder injury and is in a lot of pain, so he isn't in the squad.

"Lewis Cook has recovered from his stomach bug and will get some match time in the reserves. Mark Rooney and Jermaine Darlington have also had the virus but were not as badly affected as Lewis and will have fitness tests before the game. Stephen Goddard will also have a fitness test following the chest injury he received last week. However, Chris Gell has recovered frmo the illness that kept him out of the Bromley game.

"Fans will be pleased to hear that Richard Butler continues to make progress and is running with no adverse reaction. We hope that in two or three weeks he will be back in training and perhaps making a reserve team appearance shortly after that.

"As for tomorrow's game, it is another tough one. Horsham are only two points off a play off place and they are having a good season. But everyone here is desperate to keep our season going and we are confident that we can do so. I said before the home game that the one thing we could be sure of was that there would be goals - and it ended 0-0! But Horsham like to attack and so do we, so I really can't believe that will happen again."


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Friday 16 February 2007
club news
Place your bets for the Horsham game

The odds for this week's match away to Horsham thanks to Wimbledon Bookmakers, AFC Wimbledon's official bookmaker, are as follows.

To win:
AFC Wimbledon 11/10
Horsham 2/1
Draw 13/5

1st Goal Scorer:
R. Dsane 5/1
S. Ferguson 6/1
S. Goddard 7/1
L. Garrard 8/1
L. Cook 9/1
W. Daly 10/1
(Others on request)

Correct score bets and 1st goal/correct score doubles are also available.

Cheltenham Festival Special Offer
Wimbledon Bookmakers are offering prices for all the races at the Cheltenham Festival and will pay out 1/4 the odds a place 1-2-3-4.

To place your bets, visit the shop at 165 Arthur Road, Wimbledon Park, SW19 8AD or call Lee on 020 8286 0570 or 07769 783 067.


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Thursday 15 February 2007
club news
Get writing!

We have been approached by many fans asking how they can help re the appeal to the FA against the 18 points deduction imposed by the Ryman League. We set out below the contact addresses of people and organisations to whom you can write.

While we know that feelings are running high, emails and letters that are rude, aggressive or abusive could damage our image and our case. Therefore, please make your points politely, while making the strength of your feelings clear. Please note that the Ryman League feel that they cannot comment on the result of the hearing while an appeal is pending so you may well get a standard response from them.

Some fans have asked for guidance on what to say. We are not publishing a standard suggested text as we believe that individually-worded letters and emails are more effective. However, the points we are making are:

. Jermaine Darlington was a registered player - the failure to complete the paperwork re the ITC was a technical breach of the rules
. This was a victimless "crime" - no-one was cheated of points and there was no deception on our part
. Deducting 18 points is a totally disproportionate penalty compared to the offence
. We are being treated very differently from bigger clubs such as Liverpool and West Ham United. We don't begrudge them the treatment they are getting - we just want the same
. The minister (and shadow minister) should intervene with the football authorities to ensure that the football regulations are applied in line with natural justice - the current decision does not do that

Useful addresses:

The Right Honourable Richard Caborn, MP,
Minister for Sport,
Department for Culture Media & Sport
2-4 Cockspur Street
London
SW1Y 5DH

Hugh Robertson MP,
Shadow Minister for Sport,
House of Commons
Westminster
London
SW1A 0AA

The Football Association
25 Soho Square
London
W1D 4FA


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Thursday 15 February 2007
club news
Kingsmeadow Live Comedy night on Friday

Kingsmeadow Live continues to go from strength to strength, with The Smyths/ Re:Order double bill last weekend turning out to be one of our best nights yet.

We have no Saturday gig this week, but the show goes on with Comedy@Kingsmeadow on Friday night. For more details, see below.

Next week, we are honoured to have Ian Siegal, one of the top British Blues artists, performing with his band (and featuring support from Little G. Weevil). This is going to be another top night at Kingsmeadow Live so make sure your name is on the door. For more information, visit www.iansiegal.com.

Don?t miss these upcoming gigs!

Saturday 24 February - Ian Siegal

Saturday 10 March - Purple Rain

Saturday 17 March - St Patrick?s Day celebration with Hungry Grass

Saturday 31 March - Everstrong, Last Chance Sunday and Mexico

For more details, visit here

Please take note of our advance bookings ticket policy:

To obtain the cheaper ticket price, you must book tickets in advance. You can book tickets either by replying to this e-mail or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335. You can still pay for the tickets on the night of the gig.

More about this week?s comed.......

Friday 16 February

COMEDY @ KINGSMEADOW

Doors open 8.00 pm, show starts 9.00 pm, bar closes 1.00 am

6 (advance) /8 (door)

Tom Wrigglesworth (MC)

'With such an impressive stage presence, and equally impressive writing, Wrigglesworth's is a name to keep an eye on' chortle.co.uk

?Destined for the dizzy heights? NME

'The ultimate crowd pleaser' The Guardian

Tiffany Stevenson

"Magnificent satire - fresh and funny" Evening News

"Sexy funny lady" Time Out

"Rude, lewd and surprisingly shrewd!" South London Press

Patrick Monohan

An original and clever improviser, skilled in audience interaction, Monohan?s versatility, likeability and engaging stage presence has popular appeal, be it, stand-up, comedy character, host, presenter!

He is a regular on the UK comedy circuit, playing venues such as the Comedy Store, Jongleurs, The Glee club to name just a few, Patrick has also performed in Europe and on the International comedy scene, including shows in France (Paris 'Hotel Du Nordi' & The Alps), Monaco, Germany (Berlin), Belgium (Brussels & Antwerp), United Arab Emirates (Dubai, Doha & Abu Dhabi) and Bahrain.

Monohan has also appeared on BBC's ?Destination Unknown', 'Malai Monologues' and as a panel member on the comedy quiz show 'Sudoko Street Challenge'

?He moves around the stage like a boxer working a ring, covering all angles and staying light on his feet. He is a walking advert for world harmony. Hearts will be broken, socks will be laughed off." The Scottish Herald

For more information, make sure you visit our website here

To order tickets in advance, either e-mail here or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335. Don't forget, when you order 10 tickets, you get one free!

(Please note that line-ups are subject to change)


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Wednesday 14 February 2007
club news
Fergie extends his stay

The club has agreed wtih Woking FC that we will extend Steve Ferguson's loan period up to the maximum 3 month period. Steve has already spent four weeks with the club to date.

Dave Anderson said "we are delighted to secure Steve for the next two months. Like any short-term loan deal, Woking can recall the player after the initial month has expired, with only a couple of days' notice. Obviously we hope this won't happen as Steve has settled here very quickly and is already a crowd favourite."


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Monday 12 February 2007
cfs news
Coaching Opportunities

AFC Wimbledon Community Football Scheme is currently recruiting qualified FA coaches to work within Merton and Kingston to support an increasing amount of after school, evening and weekend work. We are looking for enthusiastic and reliable football coaches who have excellent communications skills and previous experience of coaching children between the ages of 5-14 years old.

Candidates will need to have a minimum Level 1 FA coaching qualification, current up to date Child Protection and 1st Aid certificate. Driving licence preferable. In addition a clean CRB must be obtained as well as satisfactory references as part of the recruitment process.

To apply please send (or e-mail) a copy of your CV to:

Jeremy Steele
Senior Community Coach
AFC Wimbledon
Kingsmeadow
Jack Goodchild Way
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey
KT1 3PB

jeremy.steele@afcwimbledon.co.uk



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Sunday 11 February 2007
club news
Dave's thoughts on Bromley

Dave Anderson was understandably upbeat 24 hours after yesterday?s game. ?the first thing to say is that it was a great game. If anyone came yesterday and didn?t enjoy the game and the atmosphere then they need to find another sport as this about was as good as it gets.

?I was disappointed to go behind so early in the game, again. That is four times in the last five home games when we?ve gone behind and we need to work on that. But I always thought we would score. Wes played a beautiful ball through for Fergie and with his pace they weren?t going to catch him. And what a clinical finish.

?At half time I said that the game was about the respective sets of forwards because both teams were out to win the game. For a while Bromley had the initiative and they missed a great chance to make it 2-1 before another great pass from Wes put Fergie through for a second clinical finish. And note that a man who was mainly playing wide left scored his goals from wide right and the right-side channel.

?Then they got a penalty. I didn?t see the incident very clearly but from the lack of protest by the lads I think it was probably the right decision. I fancied Andy to save it. In fact I always fancy him to save penalties and when he doesn?t save one it is quite a shock. It was a great save and it was undoubtedly the turning point of the game.

?Almost straight away we got our third. I think the ball went under the defender?s foot but once it reached Roscoe there was only one place the ball was going next. After that it was a story of missed chances. Fergie had a great chance to get his hat-trick, and Luke and Walesy also had great chances to make it 4-1.

?I was disappointed with their second goal. Maybe we lost concentration because it was so close to the final whistle. In the dressing room we talked about keeping going for the full 95 minutes, or however long we played. Overall, however, this was an excellent performance.

?It was a great way to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Dons Trust and to react to the outcome of the Ryman League hearing. The spirit is very strong now and we are fighting back against everything that is thrown at us.

?Finally, I want to thank the fans for the atmosphere they created. I thought they were tremendous throughout and it was good to see them partying after the game and well into the evening. I hear that the last fan left at about two in the morning and he had to be dragged away!!?


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Saturday 10 February 2007
club news
No fans' coach for Horsham

We have been making losses on most of our fans' coaches for away trips this season and sometimes these losses have been substantial. We cannot continue to make losses in this way and in future we will lonly provide coaches for away games where we expect significant demand. We will also need to increase prices for those coaches.

As a result of this review, we are not running a fans' coach to Horsham next Saturday. We are sorry that we have had to take this action but we cannot continue to subsidise coach travel in this way.


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Friday 09 February 2007
club news
More about DT celebrations tomorrow

Shortly before kick off tomorrow, our special guests, Geraldine Stanford, the mayor of Merton, and Dons legend Allen Batsford, will be introduced to the crowd. So do come into the ground a little early so that we can show our appreciation to them for their continued support to the Dons Trust and of AFC Wimbledon.


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Friday 09 February 2007
club news
Squad for Bromley

With manager Dave Anderson taking a day off with his wife Paula, to celebrate her birthday, it was over to Jon Turner today to announce the squad for tomorrow's top of the table clash with Bromley.

Andy Little; Paul Smith; Simon Sweeney; Paul Lorraine; Lee Kersey; Steve Butler; Antony Howard; Jermaine Darlington; Michael Haswell; Mark Rooney; Wes Daly; Chris Gell; Steve Wales; Luke Garrard; Steve Ferguson; Roscoe Dsane; Stephen Goddard.

Jon said "as always we have a few injured players who need tests. Antony Howard took a really severe knock on his nose last week and he is doubtful. Lee Kersey aggravated a shoulder injury and also needs a fitness test. But Steve Butler is available again and is back in the squad.

"Lewis Cook was particularly badly affected by the stomach bug he was suffering from last week and he needs more time to recover, so he has been rested. Roscoe Dsane needs a fitness test as well.

"To complete the injury round up, Steve Watson has had a scan and it revealed a tear in his posterior cruciate ligament. The good news is that he doesn't need an operation but the bad news is that he needs rehab and active rest and he is probably out for the rest of the season.

"There is good news about Richard Butler who has been training more intensively, with no adverse reaction so far. He tells us that this is the first time in a long while that he has been totally pain free when running, so we are hoping that this time he has finally recovered fully."

We asked Jon about tomorrow's game. "We really needed the rest this week and it means that we'll comeo out with all guns blazing. It should be a good game because they like to play football and so I expect an open game. Bromley have bounced back from a poor run of form and all credit to them for doing so. But we are feeling confident and the team's spirit remains very high."


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Friday 09 February 2007
club news
Game on

After intensive work on the pitch today the majority of the snow has been cleared and the pitch is currently being prepared for tomorrow?s game.

We anticipate no problems and expect the game to go ahead.



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Friday 09 February 2007
club news
MP asks Sports Minister to intervene with FA

Mitcham and Morden MP Siobhain McDonagh, has written to the Sports Minister asking him to intervene with the Football Association after her local club was "unfairly" docked points and thrown out of the FA Trophy. AFC Wimbledon, which was created by fans after the football authorities permitted Wimbledon to move to Milton Keynes, has endured a "disproportionate" punishment following a minor administrative error, according to the MP.

Ms McDonagh is angry that the FA do not allow a right of appeal in this case.

AFC Wimbledon have been docked 18 points, thrown out of the FA Trophy and forced to return prize money totalling 12,000. The punishment is because they signed left-back Jermaine Darlington from Cardiff City, and although they believed they had completed his registration correctly, they did not appear to realise that the transfer also required international clearance. The club does not deny that it made a mistake, but Ms McDonagh believes it was an honest (and understandable) mistake.

Ms McDonagh says:

"I think AFC Wimbledon fans have been very hard done by. The football authorities should never have allowed their club to move to Milton Keynes in the first place. The punishment the new fans' club has been given now would never have been given to a bigger club, and I want the Sports Minister to step in and stop them dishing out disproportionate punishments to small clubs. This puts an end to their promotion hopes for the season, and looks like wiping out most of this year's wages. They should think again."

She adds:

"The club certainly did not seek any advantage, and only discovered the mistake when the player was booked for the first time, after 11 League games. The stupid thing is that if he was a dirty player they would have learned their mistake earlier and faced a smaller punishment. The whole thing is unfair and the FA should treat Wimbledon's fans with as much respect as they would treat fans at big clubs."

(West Ham, Liverpool and Portsmouth have all been accused of signing or playing ineligible players this season)


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Friday 09 February 2007
club news
Place your bets

The odds for this week's match against Bromley from Wimbledon Bookmakers, AFC Wimbledon's official bookmaker, are as follows.

To win:
AFC Wimbledon 5/4
Bromley 7/4
Draw 5/2

1st goal scorer:
R.Dsane 5/1
S.Goddard 5/1
S.Ferguson 6/1
P. Barnes 7/1
L.Cook 8/1
L.Garrard 10/1
W.Daly 12/1
Others on request.

Correct score bets and 1st goal/correct score doubles are also available.

Special offer until Friday at noon:Bet on the first goal scorer and Wimbledon Bookmakers will give you 1 point better i.e. if you bet on Dsane to score first, the odds will be 6/1 instead of 5/1 (100 maximum bet).

Wimbledon Bookmakers will be in their usual spot outside the main bar on Saturday. Otherwise, visit the shop at 165 Arthur Road, Wimbledon Park, SW19 8AD or call Lee on 020 8286 0570 or 07769 783 067.


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Friday 09 February 2007
club news
Kingsmeadow Live tonight and tomorrow!

Yet again, Kingsmeadow Live brings you another fantastic weekend of entertainment with the very, very funny Sarah Kendall headlining Comedy@Kingsmeadow tonight and the first ever Kingsmeadow Live Double Bill featuring The Smyths and Re:Order on Saturday night.

More about tonight's gig (scroll down for Saturday night's gig)?..

Friday 9 February

COMEDY @ KINGSMEADOW


Doors open 8.00 pm, show starts 9.00 pm, bar closes 1.00 am

6 (advance) /8 (door)

Silky (MC)

?Silky was upsettingly funny, biting without alienating the audience... left me with aching stomach muscles, teary eyes and a need to buy more anti-wrinkle cream for the laughter lines around my eyes.? BBC Online

'Terrific. Refreshing, off-the cuff? excellent' The Herald

?Skilful and entertaining? Silky?s audience banter is sans pareil? Time Out

Carl Donnelly

"A hell of a lot of innocent fun" chortle.co.uk

"Wowed a packed local crowd and an esteemed panel of judges" yourlocalguardian.co.uk

"Hilariously silly" ThreeWeeks

Sarah Kendall

Nominated for Time Out Comedy Award in 2006 and Perrier Award 2004 Nomination and won the prestigious Herald Angel Award in 2003.

Performed at the Hong Kong Fringe, the Adelaide Fringe, four times at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, the Berlin and Stavanger (Norway) Comedy Festivals, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, NBC's Edinburgh Nights season in New York, Brighton Comedy Festival and the Perrier season at the Gielgud Theatre in London's West End.

TV appearances include The World Stands Up (Paramount/ Comedy Central) Edinburgh and Beyond (Paramount) The Comic Side of Seven Days (BBC3) Four at the Store (Radio 4) and Parson's and Naylor's Pull Out Sections (Radio 2) and is currently writing and developing a sitcom with Big Talk Productions.


And tomorrow (Saturday 10 February 2007) our gig is........

KINGSMEADOW LIVE DOUBLE BILL FEATURING?

The Smyths and RE: Order


Doors open 8.00 pm, gig starts 9.00 pm, bar closes 1.00am

8/10

The Smyths

Tribute to seminal 80?s legends the Smiths, the Smyths offer an authentic and thoroughly entertaining tribute to the angst-ridden pop rockers. Extensive set list covers hits such as ?Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now?, ?Girlfriend in a Coma?, ?Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want? and ?The Boy With The Thorn In His Side?.

"You?ll never see The Smiths again, but The Smyths are the next best thing." Music-News.com

"Amazing...just like The Smiths" XFM

Re: Order

The definitive tribute to one of the most critically acclaimed and influential bands of the 80?s plays a mix of the known and loved, the classics and the idiosyncratic including ?Bizarre Love Triangle?, ?Temptation? and ?Confusion?.

"...when I listened to RE: Order I thought it was uncannily accurate, which I thought was really weird, that made it really spooky, do you know what I mean?" Peter Hook

(Line-ups subject to change)

For more information, make sure you visit our website here

To order tickets in advance, either e-mail here or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335. Don't forget, when you order 10 tickets, you get one free!


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Thursday 08 February 2007
club news
Celebrate The Dons Trust's anniversary at the Bromley game

Saturday is not only one of the most important games of the season, for all sorts of reasons, it is also the game where we are celebrating the fifth anniversary of the creation of the Dons Trust. We are celebrating the event in a number of ways. In particular, we are delighted to welcome the mayor of Merton, Geraldine Stanford, to the game. And our guest of honour for the day is Allen Batsford, former Dons manager ? the man who took us into the football league.

To commemorate the celebrations we are pleased to announce another ?Under 16s go free? for this game. Furthermore, there will be a special offer (details to be published tomorrow) for entrance to Kingsmeadow Live on Saturday night, featuring The Smyths and Re:Order. For more details about these bands see here

It is ironic that shortly after the Dons Trust was created we were on the receiving end of a dreadful decision by the FA and, five years later, here we are again. This is the time for all our fans to get behind the team and the whole club as we once again unite against adversity. The best way to do this is to come on down to Kingsmeadow on Saturday ? bring your friends and family ? and make it a carnival atmosphere.

One of our fans has kindly donated the cost of an advertisement in tomorrow?s Metro as his contribution to making Saturday a day to remember. So why not follow his lead and support the club on Saturday?

Bars open at noon and shut at 1.00 am.


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Thursday 08 February 2007
club news
Taking to the airwaves

If you want to hear Erik Samuelson being interviewed about the FA and Ryman League hearings, he will be on BBC Radio London (94.9) "sometime between 7.30 and 8.30 tonight". (Times as provided by the producer - sorry if it turns out different.)


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Thursday 08 February 2007
club news
AFC Wimbledon to appeal

Following the decision of the Ryman League Appeals Committee to deduct 18 points from our total for the season, the AFC Wimbledon board has agreed that we will appeal to the FA. We are also considering our legal options if this appeal is unsuccessful.

Appeals to the FA over a member league?s hearing can be made if the following grounds apply:

1 The hearing misinterpreted or failed to comply with the rules or regulations relevant to its decision; and or
2 The hearing came to a decision to which no reasonable such body could have come; and or
3 The hearing imposed a penalty, award, order or sanction which is excessive.

Given the above, the board believes that the club has more than sufficient grounds. The appeal must be lodged within 14 days and we are awaiting the answers to a number of queries to the league before we go ahead.

A number of fans have asked about the status of our challenge to the FA regarding their decision expelling us from the Trophy. We wrote and asked:

. Why is there no right of appeal in respect of such an important matter? The FA?s reply is that it this is laid down by Rule 1 (f) of the Trophy Rules. One might say the answer is, effectively, ?because we say so? since our question has not been answered.

. Would the FA resist a referral to The Court of Arbitration of Sport? The FA?s answer is that the Court does not have jurisdiction. In effect, the FA is not willing to allow its decisions to be reviewed by an independent Court - one which does have jurisdiction with FIFA and UEFA. It is a very curious state of affairs, and one which we believe is capable of challenge, when the FA can deny us any right of appeal against a decision which fundamentally interferes with our rights to compete in the competition.

. Why the judgement did not deal with ?proportionality? (in other words that there is no relationship between the size of the alleged offence and the punishment). The FA?s answer makes a number of points, including that the penalty could have been greater and that it was in line with precedent. It does not, however, answer our question about matching the punishment to the crime, in other words how can a technical breach of the rules result in such a disproportionate punishment?

We are very disappointed, but not surprised, that the FA has not answered our questions but has, instead, said ?rules is rules?. We continue to believe that the FA owes a responsibility to its members to act in an open and fair way and we believe that it has not done so. We compare the treatment of a small club like ours to the way that Premier League clubs appear to be able to avoid such punishments, for example in Liverpool getting dispensation from FIFA so that one of its players might play for three clubs in a year (in breach of FIFA?s own Articles) or the Premier League?s apparent decision to offer a 14 day amnesty to clubs who might have played ineligible players in breach of rule U18. It seems that there is genuinely one rule for the rich and one for the poor.

We first intend to exhaust our remedies within football, but we believe that grounds exist to bring proceedings against the FA in the High Court, or even the European Court, and we shall consider those options once the process within football is completed. The same route remains open to us regarding the Ryman League decision if our appeal fails.

Over the next few weeks the board will consider the risks of taking this approach to seek to correct the disproportionate penalties imposed upon us by both the FA and the Ryman League. First, however, we must exhaust the formal appeals process that is available to us, i.e. we must complete our appeal to the FA regarding the Ryman League judgement. We will now press ahead with that appeal and, if we are not successful, we will then decide whether or not to pursue this in the courts.


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Wednesday 07 February 2007
club news
Ryman League Appeals Committee verdict

AFC Wimbledon has been found guilty of breaching Ryman League Rule 6.1 in that Jermaine Darlington played eleven games for the club before an International Registration Certificate was obtained. Because the club was found guilty of breaching Rule 6.1 the Committee also considered Rule 6.8 which deals with playing an ineligible player. The Committee has also found AFC Wimbledon guilty of breaching Rule 6.8.

As a result of these decisions, the Appeals Committee has deducted the eighteen points earned by AFC Wimbledon in the games in which Jermaine Darlington played whilst ineligible. The Committee has also fined the club 400 and the costs of the hearing. An appeal to the FA is allowed and must be lodged within 14 days.

The board of AFC Wimbledon is very disappointed with this outcome and intends to consider the options available to it. Until it has done so, there will be no further announcements.


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Monday 05 February 2007
first team news
Wayne moves on

After spending a season and a half with the club Wayne Finnie today left the club by mutual consent.

Dave Anderson said ?Wayne hasn?t had much match time recently but he?s dealt with it as professionally as any player I?ve ever worked with. Another Ryman club came in for him last week and the only reason we?re letting him go is because we have a budget to stick to. Wayne wants to play and I understand that

"He?s done great for us since joining from Banstead and only ever given his best. He leaves the club with my utmost respect and best wishes. ?

Wayne joined from Banstead FC at the start of last season and clocked up 60 appearances for the club. We wish Wayne all the best.



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Monday 05 February 2007
club news
This week at AFC Wimbledon, w/b 5 February

This week at AFC Wimbledon is now available as a feature, lower down this page or by clicking here.


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Sunday 04 February 2007
club news
Dave's thoughts on angelic victory

?Obviously this was another good win against a side which is in the top half of the table and not the easiest place to go.

?It was all the more creditable because of what went before. On Thursday, Andy Little and Michael Haswell pulled out of training with an achilles problem and a dead leg respectively. Luke Garrard and Paul Lorraine missed training entirely because they had the stomach bug that is going the rounds. Then Roscoe failed a fitness test on his ankle and Simon Sweeney had to play the whole game when we had planned to give him no more than an hour. And finally, Frankie had a badly broken nose and Stephen Goddard came off with an ankle injury. Taking all that into account, a comfortable 3-1 win, on a day when we should really have been playing another team in a different competition, was a massive achievement. I am well pleased.

?It was good to see Jermaine back and I was impressed by his professionalism when I asked him to move from playing his previous game at left back to playing wide right. But he takes it all in his stride and was fine to do it.

?Two of our goals were a bit fortunate but they followed good moves. We?ve been working hard on getting shots and crosses in and I?ve always believed that if we try to do the right things on the pitch, the right consequences will follow eventually. And football is like that; when you are scoring goals you score all sorts.

?I was very pleased for Fergie to get his goal which was a proper reward for his tireless efforts for the team. He has really struck a chord with the fans. And while I am talking about our strike force, I was pleased to see that Stephen Goddard has won the January golden boots award, which was announced by the Ryman league last week. It is great for him. He has come into the side and scored lots of goals. He is still a young lad and it will take him a little while to settle in and become an established player, but he has been making a strong case for himself, hasn?t he?

?And now we have a week off to rest. We?ve got a lot of players who need some recovery time so we can nurse them through to next Saturday when we will be playing what really ought to be a top of the table clash, Ryman League willing, against Bromley.?


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Saturday 03 February 2007
club news
Kingsmeadow Live Cancelled

Regretfully, the 'Fraud Squad' gig at Kingsmeadow Live tonight has been cancelled as the band's guitar player has been taken to hospital with a collapsed lung. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


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Friday 02 February 2007
club news
A few places left on the Tonbridge coach

There are still a few places available on the coach to our Ryman Premier League game at Tonbridge on Saturday 3 February..

You can book a coach ticket by phoning the office on 020 8547 3528 before 4.00 pm today, Friday.

Tickets are 12 for adults and 7 for concessions.

The coach departs from the Woodman at noon and from Kingsmeadow at 12.30 pm.


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Friday 02 February 2007
dons trust news
An evening with Lawrie Sanchez - all places tickets now booked, HOWEVER.......

Following huge demand, all places for the Lawrie Sanchez dinner are now booked. But read on....

The two tables closest to the stage, where Lawrie will be sitting, are still open for bidding. The highest bid received so far is 1,000.

We will be holding a raffle for 2 tickets on 24 February, at the Billericay game. Tickets will be on sale before the game, priced at 1 each. The draw will take place at half time.

Any further applications for tickets priced at 60 are welcome, but will now go on a waiting list, pending any late cancellations (or unsuccessful applications). To find out more, please click here


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Friday 02 February 2007
club news
Squad for Tonbridge Angels

Dave Anderson has announced the following squad for tomorrow's trip to Tonbridge Angels:

Andy Little; Paul Smith; Simon Sweeney; Paul Lorraine; Lee Kersey; Antony Howard; Jermaine Darlington; Michael Haswell; Mark Rooney; Wes Daly; Chris Gell; Steve Wales; Luke Garrard; Lewis Cook; Steve Ferguson; Roscoe Dsane; Stephen Goddard.

"It has been another busy week for Mike Rayner with Simon Sweeney, Lee Kersey. Mark Rooney, Andy Little and Michael Haswell all suffering from knocks and needing fitness tests tomorrow. Add to that Steve Watson needs a scan on his knee and Paul Barnes has a back problem that is concerning us.

"Of course, that is nowhere near as long a list as we've had lately so, to keep up to our typical recent numbers we need to add that Paul Lorraine, Lewis Cook and Luke Garrard have all had a stomach bug and are doubtful.
I do sometimes wonder if there is a jinx on this club.

"Looking forward to the game, we've beaten them and they've beaten us this season so we can expect another difficult and close game. But we've been doing well of late and our training has been focused on keeping that going and we certainly hope to do so tomorrow."


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Thursday 01 February 2007
club news
Coach tickets for Tonbridge

We still have some places on the coach for this weekend's visit to Tonbridge. You can book a coach ticket by phoning the office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm.

Tickets are 12 for adults and 7 for concessions.

The coach departs from the Woodman at noon and from Kingsmeadow at 12.30 pm.



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Thursday 01 February 2007
club news
Dave's comments on the East Thurrock game

Dave Anderson was understandably buoyant following the second successive game where the Dons have scored four goals and the first time this season that the team has won three league games in a row.

"We needed to be patient on the night but it came good in the end. There will be quite a few times in the games that are coming up where we will need to keep plugging away and be patient.

"The difference in our recent performances is that whereas earlier in the season if we scored a goal it wasn't clear where the second goal might come from, now we feel we've got more goals in us.

"One player who hasn't yet got onto the score sheet is Steve Ferguson but his attitude and commitment epitomise what you need to become a fans' favourite. I'm sure that his first goal will come soon and that when it does the celebrations will be massive!"


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Thursday 01 February 2007
club news
Notes about the Tonbridge Angels game

We have been sent the following notes about the game from Tonbridge:

"We have a large car park just outside the ground which holds around 300 cars, but please be careful when entering as there are several speed humps in the road. As far as we are aware there are no major road works or restrictions in the area.

We have a food outlet on the ground selling burgers, chips, tea etc, and the owner has just acquired a new vehicle, which he hopes to have open for the first time at this game.

We have a clubhouse which will be open from around 1.00 p.m on the day, selling beer and spirits etc. The capacity of the bar is 120, so please arrive early in the wish to use this facility. Due its size numbers may have be limited.

We will have 4 turnstiles open on the day from 1.00 p.m, again we would recommend an early arrival to ease congestion.

On police advice the ground will not be segregated. In the last eight months we have had gates of 1800 and 1500 in there, so we are able to cope with large crowds. The home fans will stand behind one goal, and you will encouraged to stand at the other end. Stewards will be on hand to assist.

The railway station is around 1 miles from the ground. There are many public houses in the town for you to visit if you wish. It is best to either walk to the ground or get a taxi or a bus from the railway station.

Trains for Tonbridge leave from Charing Cross/Waterloo East. There are 6 trains an hour, and the journey time is around 40 minutes.

We hope that you have an enjoyable afternoon at our Club.

Have a safe journey."

AFC Wimbledon add: "In addition to the note from Tonbridge Angels, and in answer to a question we are regularly asked, please note that there will be no police inside the ground on Saturday."


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