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Friday 29 February 2008
club news
Coaches for Wembley

The club will be running at least one coach to Wembley for the game on 13 April against Corinthian-Casuals. The price will be £10 and bookings can be made at the complimentary tickets window before and after the game against Hastings United tomorrow.

If there is sufficient demand a second coach will also run. The pick-up times will be 12 noon from the Woodman pub and 12.30 from Kingsmeadow.


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Friday 29 February 2008
first team news
Alfie comes to Wimbledon

Terry Brown has today signed Alfie Potter from Peterborough United on loan until the end of the season.

19 year-old Alfie, who is a pacy midfielder/forward, came through the youth team ranks at Peterborough. He spent a month’s loan at Grays Athletic in September 2007, where he made one appearance, coming on as a substitute against Exeter City. In November he moved on loan to Havant & Waterlooville where he made nine appearances. He played in their 5–2 fourth round FA Cup defeat to Liverpool and played a big part in their second goal when his shot took a deflection off Martin Skrtel. For that feat, Alfie was named "Player of the Round".

Alfie will go straight into the squad for tomorrow's game against Hastings United.



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Friday 29 February 2008
first team news
Terry on Margate and Hastings

Earlier today, Terry Brown looked back on a pleasing performance on Tuesday against Margate and had high hopes of continuing in the same vein tomorrow, possibly with the addition of a pacy forward to the squad.

"After the disappointment of Saturday's defeat against Heybridge, it was important that the side bounced back, not just with three points but a good performance.

"With the injury to Daniel Webb, it gave us the opportunity to look at a new partnership of two young front runners and I thought they did exceptionally well together. Sometimes, as a side, when you have a big target man it is too easy for the forwards to play in a one-dimensional fashion and I felt that the two quick boys meant we had to play a bit more football.

"I was pleased with the manner in which we passed the ball on Tuesday and I thought we thoroughly deserved three points on the night. Credit to Margate who allowed the game to flow, which resulted in a good, open game of football.

"This Saturday's game takes us into a period of one game a week until the end of the season. This should allow several of our injured players back into first team contention. Looking at Saturday's game, I believe we should see the return of Robin Shroot. Meanwhile, Mickey Haswell, Jake Leberl and Karl Beckford should all be available for the Hendon game.

“Daniel Webb will be facing a fitness test prior to Saturday's game, as will Luis Cumbers. Therefore, we are looking at bringing in a pacy forward on loan for the run in to the end of the season. We should have news later today about whether or not we have been successful.

"While on the subject of strikers and injuries, I should say that Jon Main is targeting the Wembley game for his comeback.

"Looking forward to tomorrow’s game, Hastings come to us with a new manager in Tony Dolby, a man who knows the league well. A quick look at the league table will show you what a fascinating league this is, as Hastings sit in 20th position with 35 points yet only two wins would take them into twelfth place. Tony is starting to turn their fortunes round and so it will not be an easy game. In fact, for us, and also for Chelmsford, there will be no easy games between now and the end of the season.

"We are currently in a good run of form, with five wins out of the last six and this sees the squad going into the final ten games with confidence. Although the championship is currently out of our hands, if we continue February's league form into March and April, at least if gives us the opportunity of putting Chelmsford under some kind of pressure. So we are looking to continue in a similar fashion to the Margate game and we will be attacking from the first whistle to the last minute of injury time. On that subject, Tuesday was the first time this season that I can recall that we've scored so late in the game, so it is really important that we keep going to the last possible moment in each game and in the championship itself.”


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Friday 29 February 2008
club news
Last call for kit designs

A reminder that all entries for the design the Dons kit competition must be received by 5.00 pm on Saturday 1 March. We have already received a number of very interesting designs and it is not too late to enter your design before the judging panel meet to select the short-list of five home and five away kit designs.


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Friday 29 February 2008
dons trust news
Loose change collection on Saturday

Don't forget that you can swell the Dons Trust's coffers by contributing loose change. As well as collecting loose change at the Dons Trust table, the fundraising team will also be collecting inside the ground this Saturday at the Hastings game.

So please bring along any spare coinage that that you have lying around at home. And, if you can only spare a coin or two from your pocket on Saturday, that will be very welcome too.




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Thursday 28 February 2008
club news
Film stars wanted

A film unit is shooting an advert at Kingsmeadow next Thursday and Friday, 6 and 7 March, and is looking for about ten 'walk-ons' (apparently they get paid more than extras) who would be paid £180 for a day for a 10 hour day, finishing late at night. They are also looking for some people, preferably over 30, with specific roles as a referee/assistant referee and a security guard. There may be more pay for one or two of these roles.

They would prefer to use our fans, if possible. Fans would be needed for only one day, although it isn't yet clear which day.

If you are interested in taking part, and are available for both days, please call the club's office on 020 8547 3528. If you can't get through please do leave a message, with a contact number, and we will get back to you.

A brief casting session will be held before the Hastings game on Saturday, at about 12.30 pm and you will need to be available for that time as well.


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Thursday 28 February 2008
club news
Free programmes on Saturday!

To celebrate the return of the patrimony of Wimbledon FC to the London Borough of Merton, Merton libraries are giving out FREE programmes to the first 500 supporters who become Merton library members at the home game against Hastings United on Saturday 1 March. All you have to do is sign up on the day- it’s free and easy to join! Look for the stands set up in the car park before the match.

It also means that when you visit Morden library at Merton Civic Centre to look at the memorabilia you will able to borrow the books and DVDs on Wimbledon FC and AFC Wimbledon that are available to complement the display.



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Wednesday 27 February 2008
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents Skaville UK!

Skaville UK make their Kingsmeadow Live debut on Saturday 8 March. Skaville UK must be one of the most high profile acts on the ska circuit, featuring members of Bad Manners and Selecter, not to mention their 2 special guests for the night. See below for more details.

To book tickets, call the Kingsmeadow Live booking line on 020 8547 3335.



Saturday 8 March
Skaville UK
With special guests Rhoda Dakar & Jennie Bellestar

Also featuring DJ's spinning bluebeat, ska, two-tone faves with a side order of real deal 60's soul, power pop and new wave.

Doors 8.00pm, show starts 9.30pm, bar closes 1.00am
Admission: £10 (advance)/£12 (door)

Skaville UK are now recording their second Album in a year. The first, “1973”, is the current Top selling Album on Moon Ska Label. None less then the UK's biggest selling newspaper, The Sun, gave SKAVILLE UK a rave review from this years Guilfest, even bigging up the bands soon to be released “She's Mad About The Eighties” single. The band boasts 2 Grammy winners in Nick Welsh and Al Fletcher who both won Grammy's for their work on the Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry album ’Jamaican ET‚.
Skaville UK are:

Nick Welsh (vocals/bass)
Nick has written, played and produced with artists like Bad Manners, Busters Allstars, The Selecter, Selecter Acoustic, Prince Buster, Dave Barker, King Hammond, Laurel Aitken, Judge Dread, Rico Rodriguez and most recently Rhoda Dakar.

Martin Stewart (Keyboards)
Original guitarist in Bad Manners (voted channel four's 1980's best selling band), co-wrote (along with Martin) all the bands biggest hits including “Lip Up Fatty”, “Special Brew”, “Lorraine”, “Walking in the Sunshine” and “Just a Feeling”.

Louis Alphonso (vocals/guitar)
Original Keyboardist in Bad Manners. He was the featured instrument on the band's biggest hit “Can Can”, which he performed in front of the Pope at the San Remo festival in 1981.

Al Fletcher (drums)
He has also drummed for Laurel Aitken, Dave Barker, and for Two Tone Collective a Ska super group featuring members of The Specials, The Beat and The Selecter.

And their special guests for the night...

Rhoda Dakar
Rhoda Dakar began her career with the 2 Tone movement, as lead vocalist with all-female band the Bodysnatchers. Their first single, Do Rocksteady, b/w Ruder Than You, written by Rhoda and Gaz Rockin Blues Mayall, took them into the charts and onto Top of the Pops.
She went on to guest with the Specials, both live and on record. The Boiler, a tale of date ****, much played by John Peel, was recorded with a version of the Special AKA. A later incarnation recorded the In The Studio album, from which came the acclaimed single Free Nelson Mandela.

Jennie Bellestar
Jennie Matthias was the lead singer in the 1980’s all girl group ‘THE BELLESTARS' which derived from the all girl SKA group ‘THE BODYSNATCHERS’ they enjoyed great chart success with 'Sign Of The Times' 'Sweet Memory' 'The Clapping Song' and 'Iko Iko' during her success with the band she also sang with Paul Weller on 'The Bitterest Pill’ a number 2 hit in 1982 for The Jam.
Throughout the 1980’s Jennie toured with The Clash, The Police, The Alarm, Elvis Costello and Madness and traveled all over Europe, Japan and The USA.

For more information, visit www.skaville.co.uk




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Tuesday 26 February 2008
club news
Webshop wins £1,000 prize!

The club has won £1,000 through the Christmas competition run by Buy.at amongst their webshops. The competition ran from 1 November to 31 January and was based on the number of individual transactions that went through each webshop. AFC Wimbledon won with a total of 111 sales or £9,431 worth of goods, with the most popular stores being Amazon, Play.com, HMV,DVD.co.uk and Tesco.

The webshop can be found at www.buy.at/afcwimbledon or by clicking on the link on the right hand side of the club’s home page. Each time you make a purchase, the club earns commission so you can make money for the club while shopping online.


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Tuesday 26 February 2008
club news
FA Cup 20th Anniversary Celebration

There are only a few tables left for the FA Cup 20th Anniversary dinner being held at the Café Royal on Saturday 17 May.

Several members of the 1988 squad have confirmed their attendance, including Alan Cork, Lawrie Sanchez, Dave Beasant and John Scales, and most of the current first team squad will also be present.

Tables of ten cost £900. We are also working on a discount rate for a city centre hotel especially for the evening.

To reserve your place, call the commercial office on 020 8547 3336.



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Tuesday 26 February 2008
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow returns, headlined by Otiz Cannelloni!

Comedy@Kingsmeadow, our monthly comedy club, returns on Friday 7 March and is headlined by Otiz Cannelloni, the 'Master of Mirth and Minimalist Magic' according to Time Out. Tim Vine popped by unannounced last time, so you never know who will turn up for the next show. We are very glad to say that Garfield has agreed to serve up his fantastic Caribbean food again, making this a night that is not to be missed!

To book tickets, call our booking line on 020 8547 3335.



More about the show…

Friday 7 March
COMEDY@KINGSMEADOW presents….
Otiz Cannelloni, Mark Felgate and Scott Denyer
Doors open 8.00pm/ comedy starts 9.00pm/ bar closes Midnight
Admission: £12 (includes comedy and dinner)

Otiz Cannelloni (Closing act)
Otiz Cannelloni combines the illusion of magic and the logic of stand up to produce a hybrid comic creation. With a mind more suited to testing crash helmets, his performance fluctuates between sheer genius and downright stupidity. Just when you suspect he doesn’t have a clue, Cannelloni removes all doubt.
When this man is on stage the dressing room empties, as the rest of the comics rush to watch and learn from his mistakes. It’s taken years of practice to make something so simple look so difficult.
“Master of Mirth and Minimalist Magic …Delightful.” Time Out
“A magical Wag. Bewitching.” Guardian
“Sheer hilarity that clearly no one wanted to see end.” The Stage

Mark Felgate (Opening act)
Mark Felgate is a man with unique talents. His startling abilities as a ventriloquist combined with a wicked sense of humour have helped Mark move quickly up the ladder of stand up comedy. Although he first honed his skills as a ventriloquist performing at children's parties from the age of 12, he began his stand up comedy career in 1996. In that short time, Mark has garnered awards and much praise for his unique and hilarious performances.
Performing without a dummy, Mark 'throws' his voice to create side-splitting routines on freaking out drunks and pallbearers or the vagaries of censorship. His performances include a slew of silly voices, noises and vocal acrobatics.
"...right on the funny bone and his voice throwing talents are very original" The Stage
"He's a good mix of stand-up, silly voices, noises and verbal acrobatics" Time Out

Scott Denyer (Compere)
There's nothing surreal about Scott's act. He tells gags. And stories. With gags.
Subjects range from how to get off-stage when you shouldn't be there, incorporating Shakespeare into your love-life, and the difficulties of coping with an American girlfriend and her family.
As a new act, he won the Bracknell Comedy Festival New Act Competition, was runner-up in the Aardvark Act Of The Year Show, a finalist in the Paramount Gift Of The Gag, and has also won the Comedy Café New Act Night
"Excellent. Just got better and better. You get the impression that he could have carried on all night. Great stuff." Grinreaper.co.uk


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Monday 25 February 2008
club news
Manifestos and hustings

The Election Steering Group is pleased to announce that three candidates have stepped forward to stand for the two vacancies for elected members. They are (in alphabetical order): John Ivers, Dean Parsons and Aideen Rochford.

To read their manifestos and arrangements for the hustings next Saturday, please follow this link to the features section.


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Sunday 24 February 2008
youth news
Surrey Cup progress for young Dons

Earlier today our U14 and U16 both progressed to the semi-finals of the Surrey County Cup to be played in March. They join our U11 and U13 at that stage of the competition. Well played boys!



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Saturday 23 February 2008
first team news
Disappointment in Essex

Wimbledon failed to take advantage of the results of their nearest challengers when a lacklustre second half display allowed the Swifts to overcome a half time deficit to run out the winners by the odd goal of three.

The Dons got off to a perfect start when Luis Cumbers was quickest to react when Daniel Webb’s header was blocked, and drilled the ball home for his fourth goal in four games. Despite having much the better of the first half, the Dons failed to create many clear-cut chances, although Webb should have increased the lead with only the goalkeeper to beat.

The second half had only been under way a few minutes when Reggie Savage cut in from the right and hit a left footed shot past James Pullen, and into the net via the inside of the post. The same player broke away twenty minutes later, and his well- struck shot again beat Pullen.

The Dons tried to recover the position but the increasing number of long balls were either cleared by the Swifts’ centre backs or picked off by the keeper, who was only called upon once to make a good save throughout the half.

Terry Brown was bitterly disappointed with the second half performance. “I did not think we worked hard enough or do the basics right in the second half. The difference between the two teams was Reggie Savage, who ran our defence ragged and scored two well-taken goals. In midfield we didn’t look lively or bright enough, and this has happened too many times. Every time we start a good run we trip up and land on our faces. One or two of my players need to learn some lessons quickly.

“If I can make some changes for the game against Margate on Tuesday I will do. If I look at good performances today I can really only limit those to Luke Garrard and Chris Hussey, and no-one else comes to mind”.



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Friday 22 February 2008
first team news
Terry on Heybridge

Terry Brown was still juggling with a long list of injuries ahead of tomorrow's match at Heybridge Swifts, but he was still positive about the game.

"The squad trained last night in probably one of the hardest sessions we've had for a while, not least because the players were flying about and were very positive.

"I don't envisage many changes in the team from the last couple of games. Unfortunately, we lose Sam Hatton with a one match suspension. This should allow one of our talented boys from the bench to step up and take his place.

"The players go into Saturday's game in a very confident mood on the back of some very good results and, for the first time in the season, they seem to have found the route to goal. I am hopeful that Romone will be fit again and available for selection, which will add some pace to the bench.

"On the injury front, we are still without Andy Little who got a hand injury (the other hand) while playing for the reserves on Saturday. We are hopeful that he will be back in training next week and available for selection in the near future. Fortunately for us, James Pullen has settled in well and has given us back some stability.

"Mickey Haswell is making good progress and is likely to return to training this week. In midfield, Jake Leberl is still having difficulty shaking off a back problem. However, Mark Beard has recovered and trained well last night - he is fit and available for selection.

"Robin Shroot's ankle is still considerably swollen although Robin is very keen to resume training as soon as possible. Mike Rayner feels that Robin is still a week or two away from being ready. Karl Beckford's thigh strain is improving and he should be fit to resume training next week. Romone Rose has recovered from a knee injury and is fit for selection tomorrow.

"Finally, Jon Main is hoping to have his plaster cast removed early this week. We have to make sure he doesn't come back too early because although the plaster will be off the damaged metatarsal will still be weak.

"As for tomorrow's game we realise that Heybridge will be fighting and scrapping for points so it won't be easy tomorrow. But we are playing well and really looking forward to the game."


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Thursday 21 February 2008
club news
Trust election deadline looming

Don't forget that the deadline for nominations for the forthcoming Trust board by-election is 23:59 tomorrow, Friday 22 February.

If you have made your decision to stand, but haven't yet got your papers, click here and you will find all the necessary documents.

If you are still not quite sure, why not email us to discuss any questions you may have?


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Thursday 21 February 2008
ladies news
Tonight's match cancelled

Tonight's match at Staines Town in the quarter-final of the Ryman Women's Cup has been cancelled due to Staines being unable to field a team.


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Wednesday 20 February 2008
club news
Matchday poster for download

We have produced another match-day poster for the next four games.

Please download the poster, which can be printed in black and white or colour, and encourage shops, local businesses and friends to display it.

Please ensure that it is posted responsibly.

The poster can be found here and a black and white version here


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Wednesday 20 February 2008
club news
Free programmes for the Hastings match!

To celebrate the return of the patrimony of Wimbledon FC to the London Borough of Merton, Merton libraries are giving out FREE programmes to the first 500 supporters who become Merton library members at the home game against Hastings United on Saturday 1 March. All you have to do is sign up on the day- it’s free and easy to join! Look for the stands set up in the car park before the match.

It also means that when you visit Morden library at Merton Civic Centre to look at the memorabilia you will able to borrow the books and DVDs on Wimbledon FC and AFC Wimbledon that are available to complement the display.



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Tuesday 19 February 2008
first team news
Tonight's game is on

We have received a number of calls asking if the game is on tonight.

There are no problems at all with the pitch and the game will definitely go ahead.


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Tuesday 19 February 2008
club news
Join up to stand up

We know that some members are still mulling over whether to stand for election to the Trust board this time round, or to wait for the next set of elections. Please remember that to be eligible this time out you need to be a Trust member tomorrow, Wednesday 20 February. The best way to sign up is online by direct debit.

If you would like to stand for election to the board, click here and you will find all the necessary documents and information.


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Tuesday 19 February 2008
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents Who's Who this Saturday!

Kingsmeadow Live is back with a bang this Saturday with the debut of Who’s Who, the UK’s top tribute to The Who, on Saturday 23 February. Tickets cost £8 in advance and can be booked by calling our booking line on 020 8547 3335 or e-mailing here.



More about the gig…

Saturday 23 February
Who's Who
With support from DJs spinning real deal 60s soul, power pop and new wave with a side order of bluebeat, ska, and two-tone faves.

Doors 8.00pm, show starts 9.30pm, bar closes 1.00am
Admission: £8 (advance)/ £10 (door)


Who’s Who is a dynamic powerful tribute band from the U.K with all of the energies, passion and angst of The Who at their peak. They recreate the classic hits whilst evoking the atmosphere of those heady times for a new generation to witness and for the older one’s to relive.
Who’s Who’s exciting live performances with Townshend’s leaping and Daltrey’s microphone whirling antics receive incredible reactions country wide. But it’s not just about the theatrics; they are widely recognised and respected by their musical peers, and The Who hierarchy, as the LEADING Who tribute style band in the country.
Gary, the bands vocalist, has been personally praised by Pete Townshend, and their interpretation of the original sound, is widely regarded as the best (and closest) that anyone will ever get to recreating the feeling and energy of The Who at their peak!
“Professional attitude⠉ndiscernible from the real thing” – The Stage
“The band ended with My Generation and the 1000 strong crowd went absolutely mental” – Scootering Magazine
“I rushed home and put on my Who albums. For a tribute act, there’s no higher praise.” – The Daily Record
For more information, visit here.




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Monday 18 February 2008
club news
FA Cup 20th Anniversary Celebration

There are only a few spaces left for the FA Cup 20th Anniversary dinner being held at the Café Royal on Saturday 17 May.

Several members of the 1988 squad have confirmed their attendance, including Alan Cork, Lawrie Sanchez, Dave Beasant and John Scales, and most of the current first team squad will also be present.

Tables of ten cost £900 while individual tickets cost £100. We are also working on a discount rate for a city centre hotel especially for the evening.

To reserve your place, call the commercial office on 020 8547 3336.


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Monday 18 February 2008
club news
Tour of duty

If you are thinking of standing for election to the Trust board this time round, remember that you will need to get your completed nomination papers to us by 23:59 on Friday 22 February.

Just click here to access all the information you need to stand.

Of course, if you aren't yet thinking of standing, why not click here anyway, and have a read of the recent programme articles, which may help to change your mind?


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Monday 18 February 2008
dons trust news
Dons Draw results for February

The February Dons Draw took place on Saturday afternoon at Kingsmeadow.

Winning numbers were drawn in the presence of Tom Adam (Dons Trust board member), Neil Messenbird (the Dons Draw Treasurer) and others in the President's lounge before the Leyton game.

The winning ticket numbers and prizes were as follows:

First prize of £1000 - ticket 2088 – Nicola Bacon from Wallington

Second prize of £480 - ticket 1213 – Elaine Jeater from Essex

Third prize of £150 - ticket 1363 – Steve Murray from SW19

Congratulations to all three prize winners. This is the first win for Nicola, but the second for Elaine and Steve.

The next Dons Draw will take place on or after 15 March 2008 with the results being posted on the AFC Wimbledon official web site soon after the draw has taken place.

The first prize is now £1000 so if you want a chance of winning next month’s 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 numbers, then why not enter now?

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

The deadline for new entrants to the March 2008 Dons Draw is 8.00 pm on Friday 29h February.

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


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Saturday 16 February 2008
first team news
Dons in cruise control

AFC Wimbledon made it three wins in eight days as they comfortably overcame bottom of the table Leyton by a margin that did not flatter them. Two goals in the first half did not reflect the Dons’ supremacy. Sam Hatton scored the first from close range, following a cross from Chris Hussey which took a slight deflection from Luis Cumbers on the way through, and the second came from Cumbers himself, heading Hussey’s corner in at the far post.

A goal by Daniel Webb from Hatton’s free kick early in the second half ensured that Leyton were not going to be able to launch the fight back they had shown recently when they had been two goals behind against Staines. Terry Brown made good use of his substitutes in the last third of the match by ensuring regulars Cumbers, Webb and Finn were all saved for Tuesday’s match against Wealdstone. Ryman League debutant Luke Pigden, who had come on as one of the substitutes, headed in from Romone Rose's cross, and the scoring was completed when Hatton again scored from close range when converting another cross from Rose.

A delighted Terry Brown was pleased with the performance, the result, and that the goal difference had been significantly improved. “As well as scoring five goals, I was pleased that again, as in the last four games, we have looked a lot more solid at the back, with James Pullen giving a presence and stability which has resulted in only one goal being conceded in four games.

“His presence, and the return of Luke Garrard, has given us a much stronger defensive line up and without Jason Goodliffe, Michael Haswell and Jake Leberl, it was a fine defensive performance. The pluses for me were again the two young forwards. Luis took his goal well, and Romone looked very quick and bright, and created a great first goal for debutant Luke Pigden. I am sure Luke will remember this day for the rest of his life, as it coincided with him being offered a contract at the club. Sam Hatton’s energy was rewarded with two goals from within the six yard box, an area we have been lacking in”.



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Saturday 16 February 2008
first team news
Frankie goes to New York

Shortly after today's win against Leyton, Terry Brown announced that Antony 'Frankie' Howard is to leave the club in March. Antony has accepted an offer to coach football in New York State, starting in April.

Antony said "I've been agonising over this offer for some time now. I am 24 and I feel that I need to get myself a career and this is a great opportunity to do so, in a new and exciting place. The problem was that I have to start work on 1 April. So I spoke to the manager and he said that he will be very sorry to lose me, but that I need to do what is right for me and the club will not stand in my way.

"I am really grateful to the club for being so understanding and I will leave with great sadness as I love this place and have had a fantastic time here; that’s the reason I’ve found it so hard to make this decision. But, in the end, I need to build a career and I feel this is the time to start."

Terry Brown said "I will be very sorry to see Antony leave but he needs to do what is best for him. He is a smashing lad and he has contributed immensely to the club in his time here. He is a great crowd favourite thanks to his whole-hearted approach to the game and I know the fans will miss him but I am sure they will, like us at the club, wish him every success."

Antony has yet to complete some formalities regarding his move to the USA so his final date at the club is not yet settled, but it is likely to be sometime around Easter.


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Friday 15 February 2008
club news
Barbecue time again before the Leyton game

Our caterers will be running a barbecue before tomorrow's home game against Leyton, starting between noon and 12.30 pm. In future, the intention is that they will run a barbecue before every Saturday home game, subject to the weather.


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Friday 15 February 2008
first team news
Terry looks forward to Leyton

Terry Brown looked ahead to the game against Leyton and warned that playing the team that is bottom of the league is by no means a guaranteed three points for the Dons.

"Tomorrow's game, on paper, would appear to be a home banker. Unfortunately for us, it isn't that simple as we have seven ongoing injuries. However, we will have to get on with it. On the plus side, we've been managing this sort of problem for a while now and I'm very pleased that the last two performances have seen the squad players come in and perform to a very high level.

"Following Tuesday's game, we will be without the services of Karl Beckford and Robin Shroot, while Jason Goodliffe will have a fitness test tomorrow. We are, however, hopeful that Luke Garrard will be able to play. Meanwhile, the good news on injuries is that Andy Little is aiming for an hour's outing with the reserves on Saturday.

"We have had Leyton watched and we understand from our scout at their game against Staines that they are emerging as a very fast, young and fit team who will give us a hard game tomorrow.

"We are now going into a period when we need to ensure that we pick up maximum points from games that we really ought to be winning - we've not always been successful in those sorts of games this season. So, the next three or four games are crucial in this respect. If we can win them and then pick a settled side for a period then we will go from strength to strength - the last time we've been able to do this was at Christmas. But, one step at a time and the first step is Leyton. I expect it will be a fast and hopefully exciting game."


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Thursday 14 February 2008
first team news
Players on the move

The club has announced that two players are going on loan. Will Salmon returned to Fleet Town earlier this week and Richard Jolly is expected to sign for Braintree Town tomorrow.

Terry Brown said "The arrival of Luis Cumbers and Romone Rose has allowed me the opportunity of loaning Richard to Braintree. Richard will benefit from a run of games in the first team and hopefully he will score a few goals before he returns. Will has returned to Fleet until the end of the season where a consistent run of games should benefit him."

Meanwhile, the manager's hopes of signing a midfielder have fallen through as Rob Saunders, who is at Farnborough Town, has decided to stay with the Southern League side. "I had hoped to bring Rob, who is a passing midfielder, into our side but unfortunately he has decided to stay at Farnborough. We wish him well and will keep an eye on his progress."


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Thursday 14 February 2008
dons trust news
Launch of the Patrimony Display

As fans will know, the patrimony of Wimbledon F.C. has now been returned to the London Borough of Merton. This wonderful collection includes many historic and valuable items, including cups won by the club since its formation in 1889.

The collection is to be put on show to the public at the Civic Centre, London Road, Morden, so everybody can appreciate the achievements of the club from its earliest beginnings, through the Isthmian and Southern Leagues and into the football League and Premiership.

The launch of the display will take place at the Civic Centre on Wednesday 27 February at 7.00 pm and will be attended by many of our former players, including Dave Beasant, Lawrie Sanchez and Roy Law. The event will also see the F.A. Cup return to Merton.

There is an opportunity for 10 AFC Wimbledon fans to attend the launch. To be in with a chance simply complete the slip that will appear in Saturday’s match day programme and place it in the boxes outside the main stand after this game. Alternatively, collect a slip from the complimentary tickets window or other locations around the ground. Club President, Dickie Guy will draw the ten lucky winners during half time in the match against Wealdstone on 19 February.



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Thursday 14 February 2008
club news
AFC Wimbledon feature on TV tonight

The players and fans of AFC Wimbledon are the subject of the first in a documentary series called 'Football Hurts' which starts tonight on Nuts TV. Nuts TV can be found on Sky 207 and Freeview channel 42.

The programme, which is half an hour long, starts at 10.00 pm and will be followed by a studio discussion including Ivor Heller and Andy Little. For more details see the Nuts TV website, here.

If you haven't got access to Sky or Freeview, then the programme will be shown in the main bar at Kingsmeadow tonight.


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Thursday 14 February 2008
club news
The Fire Brigade come to Kingsmeadow

London Fire Brigade will be on hand before the home game against Leyton on Saturday 16 February, to give advice on fire safety matters and raise awareness in the local community.

There will be an opportunity to talk to the local firefighters from New Malden fire station and book a Free Home Fire Safety Visit, where the Brigade will fit a smoke alarm where needed. Alternatively you can call 0800 028 4428 free, to arrange a visit


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Wednesday 13 February 2008
club news
Get up, stand up

Calling all prospective board members – all the details about how to stand for election to the Trust board are now available in the features section (click here for direct link). Go to the features page for everything you need to get up, stand up and (the voters willing) get on board. But do get moving - we need to hear from you soon.


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Wednesday 13 February 2008
cfs news
Under 19 game called off

This afternoon's game at Ebbsfleet has been called off and will be rearranged in due course.


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Tuesday 12 February 2008
first team news
Assured Dons overcome the Hornets

Despite the absence of a number of senior players the Dons put on a confident display against one of their main rivals to secure three important points and leapfrog over Staines Town into second place in the league.

A goal in each half and a second clean sheet in two away games were the highlights of an exciting and open game. Luis Cumbers opened the scoring by heading in Luke Garrard’s cross from the right after 23 minutes. The second came almost 15 minutes into the second half when a move involving Antony Howard and Romone Rose resulted in 3 Wimbledon players converging on the ball in the penalty area. As it looked as though they might get in each other’s way it was Robin Shroot who stroked the ball past the helpless keeper to wrap up victory.

Terry Brown was delighted to give the travelling supporters three points. “Horsham don’t lose many games at home and it was good to get a win here after they had knocked us out of the FA Cup earlier in the season. Although they had several players missing we also had five regular first team players absent and to win 2-0 without Andy Little, Michael Haswell, Jason Goodliffe, Jake Leberl and Mark Beard says a lot about the squad.

“The Board have allowed me to have strength in depth and that showed tonight with the two young forwards who both made a difference. Luis Cumbers scored his first goal for the club but had to come off at half time with a slight hamstring pull. Karl Beckford broke down early on and that gave me a chance to look at Robin Shroot. Robin made full use of his opportunity. He played well, scored a goal and earned the right to a place in the first team. I was very pleased with another clean sheet and the way Marcus Gayle stepped back again into the centre back position”.



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Tuesday 12 February 2008
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents Who's Who!

Our next gig sees the Kingsmeadow Live debut of Who’s Who, the UK’s top tribute to The Who, on Saturday 23 February. Tickets cost £8 in advance, see below for more details.
Comedy@Kingsmeadow returns on Friday 7 March, headlined by Otiz Cannelloni, the 'Master of Mirth and Minimalist Magic' according to Time Out. Tim Vine popped by unannounced last time, so you never know who will turn up for the next show.
For more information, visit here.

To book tickets in advance, call our booking line on 020 8547 3335 or e-mail here.


More about our next gig…

Saturday 23 February
Who's Who
Doors 8.00pm, show starts 9.30pm, bar closes 1.00am
Admission: £8 (advance)/ £10 (door)

With support from DJ's spinning real deal 60's soul, power pop and new wave with a side order of bluebeat, ska, and two-tone faves.
Who’s Who is a dynamic powerful tribute band from the U.K with all of the energies, passion and angst of The Who at their peak. They recreate the classic hits whilst evoking the atmosphere of those heady times for a new generation to witness and for the older one’s to relive.
Who’s Who’s exciting live performances with Townshend’s leaping and Daltrey’s microphone whirling antics receive incredible reactions country wide. But it’s not just about the theatrics; they are widely recognised and respected by their musical peers, and The Who hierarchy, as the LEADING Who tribute style band in the country.
Gary, the bands vocalist, has been personally praised by Pete Townshend, and their interpretation of the original sound, is widely regarded as the best (and closest) that anyone will ever get to recreating the feeling and energy of The Who at their peak!
“Professional attitude⠉ndiscernible from the real thing” – The Stage
“The band ended with My Generation and the 1000 strong crowd went absolutely mental” – Scootering Magazine
“I rushed home and put on my Who albums. For a tribute act, there’s no higher praise.” – The Daily Record
For more information, visit here.




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Sunday 10 February 2008
dons trust news
Please help our fundraising efforts

With repayments of the Barclays loan now being made, and more borrowing needed to fund the extension of the main stand, fundraising is back at the top of the agenda.

To kick-start a new wave of fundraising initiatives for 2008, there will be a meeting this Wednesday, 13 February, at 7.30 pm in the back bar at Kingsmeadow. The purpose of the meeting will be to get ideas for new projects and to find people who are willing to manage them.

Please do come along if you have some ideas or expertise you can share – having an idea for a project doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be the person to take it forward.

If you are interested in attending the meeting, it would be very helpful if you could let us know, by emailing here or leaving a message via the club on 020 8547 3528.


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Sunday 10 February 2008
first team news
Terry on Harrow and Horsham

Terry Brown was very pleased with yesterday's performance when we spoke to him this morning.

"I was very pleased with Saturday's performance and result. I thought 2-0 flattered Harrow. It was important that we kept a clean sheet and we did - I can't remember James Pullen having too much to do.

"I was also very pleased to see the return of Luke Garrard who, I thought, had a fine game and was taken off as a precaution. The back four in particular were as solid as we have been all year - it would be nice to be able to pick a settled back four. And you always know it is going to be your day when Antony Howard dummies before hitting the ball into the net.

"I would have liked to have seen us push on from the 2-0 half time advantage and we created enough chances to do so. The third goal never came but we saw it out quite comfortably, even with only ten men. On that subject, I was disappointed that Sam was sent off for the first time in his career. I am sure that if the referee had the benefit of our DVD he would agree with me that none of the three bookings was warranted - in fact none of the bookings were even fouls. I thought Sam was very unlucky and so the club will be taking no action in regard to his sending off.

"I was pleased with the debuts of Romone and Luis and I thought both had splendid games. They added a great deal of pace to our front line.

"Barring injuries I hope to name the same side for Tuesday's game against Horsham, the main doubt being Luke Garrard. We may also have the services of Marcus Gayle, Mark De Bolla and Robin Shroot.

"Tuesday's game will be vitally important for both sides in their quests for promotion. In my opinion, Horsham have one of the best midfields in the Ryman League and we shall have to be at our best to come away with three points."


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Saturday 09 February 2008
first team news
Margate game rearranged

The home game against Margate in the Ryman Premier league has now been rearranged for Tuesday 26 February, kick off 7.45 pm.


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Saturday 09 February 2008
first team news
Dons plough on

Two first half goals were enough to seal victory in a solid performance against in-form Harrow Borough.

The Dons’ first goal came on 15 minutes when Antony Howard volleyed home after the ball had been played back into the penalty area following a Dons corner. The second came courtesy of a Karl Beckford penalty, four minutes before half time, after Tony Finn had been brought down following a good move down the left.

Although no goals were added in the second half, the Dons twice came very close to increasing their lead, with a Howard header that came back off the post, and a Luis Cumbers header which was cleared off the line.

A relieved Terry Brown was pleased to get back on the victory trail. “I was delighted to win this game and to end our recent slump in league form. This is always a difficult place to come and play, especially when we needed to secure three points. It was difficult to play too much football in view of the pitch conditions, but it was a very workmanlike performance. I was very pleased with the debuts of the two new forwards, Luis Cumbers and Romone Rose, and the very assured performance of goalkeeper James Pullen. The return of Luke Garrard gave us more stability at the back and overall I am satisfied with the win, and look forward to another crucial game on Tuesday, when we visit Horsham”.


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Friday 08 February 2008
first team news
Steve moves on

After discussions with Stephen Goddard the club has agreed that he should be released from his contract. This was done late this afternoon and he will be joining Kingstonian later today.

Terry Brown said "Steve has been plagued with injuries during my time here and his chances have been limited. He wants to play first team football and I respect that, so we agreed that the best thing was to release him.

"On behalf of the club I thank Steve and wish him well in the future."


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Friday 08 February 2008
first team news
Terry on Harrow Borough

Earlier this afternoon, Terry Brown previewed the game against in-form Harrow Borough and took the opportunity to introduce two new players to the fans.

"Most of the first team players have had a welcome break from football this week and I hope that they have sufficiently licked their wounds from Saturday's defeat against Torquay United. I spoke earlier in the week about the need to freshen up the squad and I am delighted to say that we have managed to get two very talented young forwards on board this week.

"Some of you may have seen Ramone Rose on Tuesday night at Bromley, and some of you will have also seen Luis Cumbers play for Maidstone at Kingsmeadow earlier in the season. Both are very talented young players who we have been chasing over several weeks. Romone, who is on loan from Queens Park Rangers, did very well on Tuesday night against a Conference South defence and scored a well-deserved goal. Luis is on loan from Gillingham and earlier in the season he was loaned to Maidstone, where he scored eleven goals during his stay there, so he knows what is needed at this level.

"Both players will add pace to the front line, which is much needed due to the long term absence of Jon Main. Jon is progressing well and it is hoped that he will be available for the last couple of games of the season.

"Saturday's game is the start of yet another very important week for us. The players were relaxed in training and know what is required of them over the next seven days. The next two games in particular see us pitched against in-form sides, both more than capable of making the play-offs.

"We have recalled Robin Shroot from his loan to Harrow. We have agreed with Robin that it is probably not appropriate for him to play against the side he has had considerable success with and, as far as we are concerned, the loan has certainly achieved the desired effect in as much as Robin has proved himself at this level.

"We are also looking to bolster the midfield and I would like to think that we can get a attacking midfielder who passes the ball well, within the next couple of weeks.

"There are injury doubts on Saturday concerning Marcus Gayle and Mark Beard, however Luke Garrard came through a training session successfully on Thursday and will come back into Saturday's side. Harrow is never an easy place to go but we go there in a positive frame of mind and look forward to seeing and hearing the fans supporting us as strongly as ever on Saturday."


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Thursday 07 February 2008
u18s news
Switch of venue for tonight's Under 18 game

Tonight's Under 18 game against Horsham YMCA will now take place at Kingsmeadow with a 7.45 pm kick off.


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Wednesday 06 February 2008
club news
Fundraising night featuring 'Backtrack'

Come and enjoy a night of live music and dancing at The Cherry Red Records Fans’ Stadium- Kingsmeadow this Saturday, 9 February and help raise money for the club!

The evening will feature music from Backtrack, a five piece band, playing hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. The show is being held in the back bar and the dress code is smart casual. Doors open at 7.15pm, the music kicks off at 8.00pm and the bar closes at midnight.

We would like to thank former Dons captain Ian Cooke for his help in organising this event.

Tickets cost £10 and can be purchased by calling commercial executive Keith McGuinness on 020 8547 3336 or Ian Cooke on 020 8397 6045. All proceeds go to the club.




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Tuesday 05 February 2008
dons trust news
Dons Trust Board meeting, 4 February 2008

At its regular monthly meeting the Board:

· was delighted to welcome two observers who were thinking of whether to stand in the by-election.

· confirmed David Cox as Chair and Sean McLaughlin as Treasurer and appointed David Wilkinson as Secretary. It was agreed that all three appointments would be looked at again after the by-election so that the two new elected members would be involved in setting the Board's course for the year ahead.

. agreed on the timetable for the by-election and endorsed a new set of rules for elections to the Board - both will be posted here very shortly

. discussed the latest position on planning permissions and the redevelopment of the Kingsmeadow stadium, and how that should best be progressed whilst remaining ready to seize any opportunities that might arise out of developments at the Greyhound stadium

. reaffirmed that membership and fundraising were the Board's top priorities and endorsed the renewed drives to push up membership numbers and fundraising income

The minutes of this meeting will be placed on the Trust pages of this site when they have been approved by the Board.


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Tuesday 05 February 2008
cfs news
February half term soccer school

If you have not yet organised anything for the kids this half term, why not send them on our February half term soccer school? The course takes place at Wimbledon Park from Monday 18 February to Wednesday 20 February and is for boys and girls of all abilities aged between 4 and 14.

This half term we are providing half day (10am - 12 noon) and full day (10am - 3pm) courses over the 3 days and all courses will include skills coaching, fun games and mini tournaments. The 3 day course costs only £20 on a half day basis or £30 on a full day basis. So why not book your child on a course that is packed full of fun?

For more information call 020 8974 5712 or download a booking form here


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Tuesday 05 February 2008
first team news
Arrangements for Bromley game

We have heard from the officials at Bromley ahead of tonight's game that although they are not expecting a big crowd they will be operating a "self- segregation" system. AFC Wimbledon fans will be allocated the north terrace (car park end) and Bromley have asked that supporters do not change ends at half time.

Seats in the stand are on a 'first come first served' basis as normal.



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Monday 04 February 2008
first team news
Terry on Torquay and Bromley

Terry Brown looked back on Saturday and forward to Bromley when we spoke to him earlier today.

"Firstly I would like to thank all the fans who turned up on Saturday and made it a very special day for the club, the players and the management. I thought the atmosphere was as good as anything I've experienced, both as a player and a manager, and I thought that the way the club ran the game was a credit to everybody involved.

"Unfortunately, the result wasn't quite as I had hoped and envisaged. The game plan was always going to be to contain Torquay for an hour and look to bring on our smaller and more talented attacking players, and look to try to win it in the last half hour. Like all great master plans, it had one flaw in it. Torquay weren't meant to score in the 46th minute and I must say I was disappointed with the manner of the goal.

"I can't fault the effort of any of my players on Saturday and I think it highlighted one or two areas where we need to improve. We will be taking positive steps this week to do something about that. An injection of some new blood is required.

"Tuesday night's London Senior Cup game against Bromley is one game too far for most of the players within our squad. I will be recalling Robin Shroot, who has experienced a fantastic loan spell at Harrow where he has started every game and scored a number of goals. He will have greatly benefited from this first team experience and hopefully we will gain from that. He will come straight into the forward line. The team will contain an experienced midfield, a couple of triallists and several of our young successful reserve team players.

"I have emphasised to the players that this is an important week for the club in terms of rehab of our senior players. This will be an extremely testing time and there will be no bigger games this year than the games at Harrow and Horsham. We need to stop this current blip turning into a slump.

"Since 22nd December, we have experienced the highs and lows that football can bring. The squad wasn't world beaters when we won six on the trot and they aren't the worst team in the league because we haven't won for five. The players are desperate to get back on track and your support is vital in them regaining their confidence."


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Sunday 03 February 2008
dons trust news
Matchday raffle winners

The matchday raffle at the Torquay game proved a great success and raised £588. Many thanks to everyone who purchased tickets and to the volunteers who sold tickets.

The first prize of an AFC Wimbledon shirt signed by the squad was won by Amy Deakin (ticket 448 blue).

The third prize of a signed AFC Wimbledon matchball was won by Barbara Richardson (ticket 119 yellow).

The second prize of the Wimbledon v Torquay 1977-78 programme, signed by Dickie Guy, was won by green ticket 817; this as yet has not been claimed. If you have the ticket please contact Paul Jeater here.


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Saturday 02 February 2008
youth news
More cup action at the Cherry Red Records Fans’ Stadium

In what is so far another successful Surrey County Cup campaign for our boys we have 3 teams in Sunday’s quarter finals.

The under 13s are away to Croydon Juniors, but the tie of the round for Dons fans is the all-Wimbledon clash to be played at the Cherry Red Records Fans’ Stadium, with a 10:30 am kickoff. The under 11 Youth and Colts teams will battle it out for a place in the semi finals. So if you want to see an AFC Wimbledon win this weekend get down and cheer on the boys.

The bar opens at 12 noon and for those of you needing a total AFC Wimbledon fix, the Ladies play at the Athletics Stadium against Rushden and Diamonds Ladies, kickoff 2pm.

Come on you Dons!



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Saturday 02 February 2008
first team news
Unbeaten Trophy run ends

The Dons acquitted themselves well in an even and cagey first half, but hopes for a continuation of the two year unbeaten Trophy run were dashed in the 47th minute. Ferguson's dribble was halted by a dubious tackle and Torquay broke up field. Jason Goodliffe's challenge in the box was ruled illegal and ex-Don Roscoe Dsane put away the resulting penalty.

A second penalty awarded following an Antony Howard challenge was blazed over by Tim Sills. The Dons were unable to capitalise and despite a change to the formation and the use of all substitutes they could not threaten a composed Torquay outfit who sealed the win with a second courtesy of Lee Phillips in the 79th minute.



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Friday 01 February 2008
dons trust news
Matchday raffle

At Saturday's game there will be a matchday raffle to contribute towards our fundraising. Tickets will be sold before the game. At half time, the winning tickets will then be drawn, and the winners announced over the PA during the second half and at the end of the game.

The first prize is a signed AFC Wimbledon shirt and there will be a couple of other prizes, to be announced on the day.


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Friday 01 February 2008
club news
Arrangements for Torquay game

There are still plenty of terrace tickets available for tomorrow's FA Trophy game against Torquay. Tickets sold and allocated by Wimbledon amount to just under 3,300 but pre-sales at Torquay are only just over 100, with many fans apparently choosing to pay at the gate. Therefore there are still over 1,000 tickets for sale on the day.

The turnstiles will open at 1.45 pm. Torquay fans will be directed to enter at the Kingston Road end while, subject to conditions on the day, Wimbledon fans may enter at either end of the ground. As is usual for our games, the away fans will stay in the Kingston Road end but Wimbledon fans who enter at that end must go on to the John Smith stand (or keep going the long way round to the Tempest End).

For many of or home games, fans choose to enter the ground close to kick off time. We advise fans not to do this tomorrow as there are likely to be large queues. Please note that the police will be very reluctant to delay the kick off in these circumstances and you would be in danger of missing the start of the game.


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Friday 01 February 2008
club news
Entertainment before and after the FA Trophy game versus Torquay

We are expecting extra demand on our bars for the FA Trophy game gainst Torquay United on Saturday 2 February so we have installed extra pumps in the main bar. The main and back bars open at noon and will be open both to Torquay and Wimbledon fans.

To encourage fans to arrive early, our caterers will be laying on a barbecue, outside the main bar, starting at 11.30 am and running until 2.00 pm - weather permitting. They will also be providing food in the back bar from noon until close to kick off.

The televised game, Manchester City v Arsenal, will be shown in both bars from 12.45 pm.

The England v Wales rugby international will be shown in both bars from 4.30 pm. Last orders in the back bar will be at 6.10 pm since there is a function in the back bar that evening. Fans who want to continue drinking will be invited to transfer to the main bar,


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Friday 01 February 2008
club news
Club shop sale tomorrow

The Club Shop Sale continues on Saturday 2 February in the back bar from 12.30 pm. The advertisement from the Matchday Programme featuring clearance lines, 1/2 price offers and new low prices can be found in the pdf document here.

Stock is subject to availability. Cash and cheques only.


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Friday 01 February 2008
first team news
Terry looks forward to Torquay

Terry Brown is really looking forward to the FA Trophy game against Torquay tomorrow and started by talking about the team's preparations.

"On Thursday night the players had a training session at the ground and the session was followed by a meeting where we discussed the last four league games. Suffice to say I haven't been impressed with how we've played in the last four games and I wanted to get a reaction from the players, so it was as much their chance to express themselves as the management.

"As a person I've never been willing to accept excuses for poor performances, however several players pointed out that the sheer number of games and injuries received during this period were a major contributory factor to our poor performances.

"It is my job as a manager to ensure we bounce back and I really feel that we needed a game like Torquay to re-focus on the positive side of our game. Stuart and I have picked a side specifically designed to beat Torquay on Saturday. Whether that proves to be the case we will only know at 4.50 tomorrow evening.

"Without going into specific details of who is available and what the side will be, I'd like to make it clear to our supporters that we will be picking the strongest available eleven. One of the positive things that came out of the meeting was the need to show the fans that nothing less than 100% effort and passion from all eleven players will be sufficient to beat Torquay. Talking of passion, some of you will be aware that Mark De Bolla was very unhapy to be substituted at half time on Tuesday. I've talked to him about that and the club has dealt with the matter which I now consider to be closed. I don't expect a repetition.

"I personally am looking forward to playing in front of the largest crowd seen at Kingsmeadow for many years. I know that the atmosphere that the crowd generates will motivate our players to do their utmost to bring back a smile on the faces of our supporters."


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