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Saturday 28 February 2009
first team news
Dons take a point at Westleigh Park

Wimbledon failed to score in a league game for the first time since 2 December and by doing so had their first goalless draw of the season.

Each side were restricted to a couple of clear cut chances, although towards the end of the game, crosses from the wings flashed across Havant’s six yard box on three or four occasions, only for the forwards either to fail to get their foot to the ball or the ball sailed high into the crowd.

Terry Brown took some positives from the match. “Despite the result I was very pleased with the performance today. For me, the pluses were a clean sheet, and that we got the ball down and passed it as much as the pitch allowed. It was a heavy surface which suited the home side, who made their intentions clear with their midfield line up. They clearly did not wish to concede and, to be fair, their defence played very well.

“The negatives were that we dropped two vital points, and when I looked at the bench, it was very difficult to change things without the option to bring on a forward. This is an area we have been looking at for the past month, and I will continue to endeavour to strengthen this area before the end of March deadline.

“Although Danny Kedwell and Jon Main did not have their shooting boots with them today, it is unfair to expect them to produce the goods every week and goals need to come from other areas.

“Once again, the support for the team was tremendous and very much appreciated.”



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Friday 27 February 2009
club news
From the Worcester City programme

After each home game we publish articles from the programme that provide news or information about the club and Trust and which haven't previously appeared on this site.

The linked feature discusses the financial results for the first six months of the year and makes some cautious comments about what the results for the rest of the financial year might be.

The content may vary slightly from the programme as the original article is subject to sub-editing and may have been, for example, shortened slightly to fit the page.

It can be found here.


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Friday 27 February 2009
club news
Terry on Havant & Waterlooville - and a signing

Terry Brown was looking forward to tomorrow's game at Havant with the comfort that he has found a solution to the gap caused by the injury to Andy Little.

"Saturday sees the first of three vital away games that offer us the opportunity of cementing our place at the top of the league. Saturday's trip to the south coast will offer us an intriguing battle against a side who, on their day, have proved they can beat anyone in non-league football.

"The nucleus of their side contains quality players and we can only hope on the day that they show more of their league form than their cup form. Stuart and I have personal working knowledge of most of their players and we are fully aware that a pumped-up Havant is a very dangerous beast indeed.

"If last Saturday's game is anything to go by, games against sides near the relegation zone have to be given the due respect required. We have one or two injury doubts at the moment and I am not currently sure of our starting line up. However, in recent weeks, whatever permutation we have called upon, all the players in our squad have stepped up to the plate.

"After Saturday's game we have the luxury of a free midweek followed by a journey to Weston-super-Mare on the Saturday and then away to St Albans on the following Tuesday. As all of our supporters realise, these games are of major importance; if we can maintain our current form during these three games it will certainly set us up very well for the final run in.

"We are still waiting for the results of the MRI scan that Andy Little had this morning. While we assess the situation we are pleased to announce that we have signed Nick Gindre. Nick will come straight into the squad for Saturday. Stuart and I have seen Nick in action several times and we have no doubt that he is a very competent Conference goalkeeper.

"We are looking forward to seeing you all down on the south coast and hoping we can maintain our current run of form. As always, thank you for your continuing and very noisy support."


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Thursday 26 February 2009
club news
AFC Wimbledon TV updated again

Highlights of the Dons' 2-0 win against Worcester City are now available on AFC Wimbledon TV. You can see them by clicking on AFC Wimbledon TV.


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Thursday 26 February 2009
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents No1 Station CANCELLED

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Saturday's gig has been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Keep an eye on here for a new date.


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Thursday 26 February 2009
club news
AFC Wimbledon TV updated

Highlights of the Dons' 1-0 win at Thurrock last Saturday are now available on AFC Wimbledon TV. You can see them by clicking on AFC Wimbledon TV.

Highlights of Tuesday night's game against Worcester should appear tomorrow.


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Tuesday 24 February 2009
first team news
Terry on Worcester City

Terry Brown was continuing to focus on one game at a time as he looked forward to tonight's league match with Worcester City.

"Tonight's game sees us lock horns with a side we have played twice this year. Losing the league fixture early on was disappointing as it took us half an hour to get out of the blocks, by which time Worcester were 3-0 up. Although we played well in the second half, we failed to score an equaliser.

"The cup game saw us without the services of Jon Main and Danny Kedwell and a forward line containing Tony Finn and Belal Aiteouakrim who both played very well on the day, when we came away with a 3-1 win.

"Looking at Worcester's away form, it is evident that we will be in for a difficult night as they have fared very well on their travels. Both teams now know quite a lot about each other and this can lead to a tight encounter. I expect all of the games in our run in to pose difficult and demanding problems. However, I feel that if we can maintain our work rate and discipline we should be able to get back to the type of football we played earlier in the season.

"Although it is obvious to conclude that the result is everything in the latter part of the season, I feel that with twelve games to go that our performance is also important to us. I am sure that any of the fans would take three points under any circumstances, but I do believe that this group of players has the ability to play better than we have of late and possibly avoid additional grey hairs, not only for myself but also for the majority of our regular fans.

"Saturday's bruising encounter at Thurrock has left us with several knocks. However, Mike Rayner informs me that he has patched most of them up and I should be able to pick a very strong starting eleven tonight."


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Tuesday 24 February 2009
club news
Shop sale

The Club Shop sale continues, with thousands of items at special offer prices. A selection of the discounted products can be seen by clicking on sale items.

The online shop is now live with the new, low prices. Visit the new Sale section in the online shop by clicking on shop.

shop/shop.php?deptid=100

Subject to availability. E & OE.


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Monday 23 February 2009
dons trust news
Dinner with Dickie - A message from Dave Bassett

Harry Bassett spoke to Mick Pugh yesterday and praised the fund raising effort as "absolutely fantastic". As the first player to agree to be there, he was very apologetic about having to withdraw so late, but explained that he and his wife were chosen to represent Windsor Horse Show, as long-term members, and this involved an invitation to meet The Duke of Edinburgh in Windsor Castle.

"Only Royalty could keep me away. I was so looking forward to meeting up with all my old team mates, Owen Harris and, of course, Allen Batsford. I'm delighted it was so successful and after my visit to the ground for the Chelmsford match, I never expected anything else."

"As for Dickie, he's a great mate and rightly deserves the celebration of his achievements. I do however have one or two questions to put to him - Firstly, where's the money from the BBC and ITV for your appearances? Shouldn't that go in the players pool? More importantly, when am I going to get the credit I deserve? After all, it was me who made you famous! I gave away the penalty at Elland Road – without this you couldn't have made the save from Peter Lorimer. When we had the replay at Selhurst, it was me who deflected the Johnny Giles shot past you – more fame for you, very little credit for me!"

"Well done everyone who was involved in the event. I never cease to be amazed at what you have achieved and I wish you all at AFC Wimbledon the very best of luck for the future."

Dave Bassett


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Monday 23 February 2009
club news
Coaches update

There are still places available on the supporters' coach travelling to Havant & Waterlooville on Saturday. The coach will be picking up from The Woodman at 11.30 am and from Kingsmeadow at 12.00 noon.

Bookings are also being taken for the supporters’ coach going to Weston-super-Mare on Saturday 7 March. The coach will be picking up from The Woodman at 9.30 am and from Kingsmeadow at 10.00 am. The supporters’ coach should not be mixed up with the volunteers’ coaches which are leaving earlier.

The price is £10 and to reserve a seat please contact the office on 020 8547 3528 during normal office hours. Alternatively, places can be booked at the complimentary tickets window before and after tomorrow night’s game against Worcester City.




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Sunday 22 February 2009
dons trust news
Walk Further for Wimbledon

Once again this year, a small band of hardy supporters will be undertaking a long sponsored walk on behalf of the Dons Trust. This year, the walk will depart from St Albans football ground on 24 April and arrive at Kingsmeadow (after an overnight break) in time for the home match against St Albans on 25 April. The total distance to be covered will be approximately 37 miles. The proceeds raised will be split between the Dons Trust’s Ground Fund and charities nominated by the walkers.

We are looking for a few more people to take part in the sponsored walk. Given the nature of the event, the participants need to be physically fit and proficient walkers. (A much shorter Walk for Wimbledon sponsored walk with wider appeal is likely to take place next season.) If you would like to take part, please contact matthew.breach@thedonstrust.org or fundraising@thedonstrust.org for further details.




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Saturday 21 February 2009
first team news
Dons extend their lead

Wimbledon extended their lead at the top of the Blue Square South to nine points over challengers Hampton & Richmond, who leap frogged Chelmsford City into second place and have a game in hand of the Dons.

Despite their lowly position, Terry Brown had predicted a very difficult game against Thurrock and he was proved absolutely right as the home side made it a very uncomfortable afternoon for the visitors.

The starting line up was the same as had begun against Bath City but with Chris Hussey returning from suspension to replace Michael Haswell.

On a bouncy pitch and in sunny, windy conditions the Dons found it difficult to play their passing game and the ball spent much of the time in the air moving from one half to the other. Chances were few and far between and it was the home team who twice came close to scoring but on each occasion being denied by James Pullen.

The second half followed a similar pattern but the vital breakthrough eventually came after 84 minutes. Tony Finn, who had come on as a 59th minute substitute for Elliott Godfrey, was fouled 25 yards from goal. Sam Hatton’s free kick lacked the power of some of his efforts in previous games and the ball seemed to be covered by Joe Woolley. But to the delight of the visiting crowd the ball took a vicious bounce and lobbed up and over the outstretched arms of the keeper and nestled in the back of the net.

Terry Brown was relieved and happy after the game. “Firstly, all credit to Thurrock who played magnificently on the day. They caused us problems all afternoon, but our goalkeeper, the back four and the midfield holding player were all tremendous.

“In previous games it has been our forwards who have got us out of trouble, but on this occasion it was definitely the defenders who kept a clean sheet and were the main reason behind our victory.

“If winning a league is about winning ugly and getting breaks, then today we have achieved both. It may turn out to be a massive three points for us, as results went our way. One or two players looked leggy today and I was really delighted with the contribution of the three substitutes. Michael Haswell won his tackles, Alan Inns won his headers, and Tony Finn looked the only player on the pitch who was comfortable with the ball at his feet.

“I cannot emphasise enough how important it is to have a quality squad, and the depth of that squad will be tested when we entertain Worcester City on Tuesday night.”





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Friday 20 February 2009
club news
Heston Blumenthal's 'Feast'

Fans will remember that, some time ago, Heston Blumenthal filmed part of his series Feast at The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium. The filming included him preparing some pigeon pies and offering them to fans in the stadium.

We have been told that the series will run for four weeks, starting on Tuesday 3 March at 9.00 pm on Channel 4. The programme that features his visit to AFC Wimbledon will be shown on Tuesday 10 March.


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Friday 20 February 2009
first team news
Terry on Dulwich and Thurrock

Terry Brown was looking forward to the Thurrock game when we spoke to him earlier today, but disappointed by the lost opportunity to progress in the Surrey Senior Cup on Tuesday night.

"Tuesday night was a disappointing performance against Dulwich. As far as the competition is concerned, I've have liked to see us progress to give our youngsters a real opportunity to promote themselves for next year. Unfortunately, one or two of the boys we would have hoped to play, Ollie Treacher and Luke Pigden, were injured and unavailable for the game.

"The players that did get the opportunity unfortunately didn't do as well as I'd hoped and therefore their opportunities will now be limited to reserve games, which is where they will need to impress us up to the end of the season.

"It is always difficult, both with the London Senior Cup and the Surrey Senior Cup, to balance a side that is strong enough to go through and hopefully win the competition, against ensuring we don't overstretch the senior players as far as numbers of games played is concerned.

"Next week is a massive week, one of the most important footballing weeks as far as the club is concerned. We have three games in seven days and really have the opportunity of cementing our position at the top of the table. I am expecting the three chasing clubs to pick up maximum points over the next week, so it is imperative that we maintain our fantastic form of late.

"The games against Thurrock, Worcester and Havant will all pose different problems. The main one for our current squad is to keep as many of our senior players as possible fit and available for selection. Saturday's game against Thurrock sees us again without the services of Dwane Lee and Kennedy Adjei.

"Dwane Lee is making significant progress and Mike is particularly pleased with how his hip has settled down over the last week. It is too early to say how quickly he will be back, but Mike is a lot more hopeful than he was last week. Kennedy Adjei's groin problem unfortunately flared up against Dulwich and we are monitoring the situation as regards when we can hope to bring him back.

"Unfortunately we didn't have the opportunity to watch Thurrock last week as their game was postponed. They haven't played many games since Christmas and they will be trying to fit one or two new faces into the side on Saturday. The fact that they have dropped into the bottom three indicates that we will be in for a heck of a scrap on Saturday.

"Looking at their goal difference it would appear that they are the strongest team in the bottom five or six - they have only lost a league game by more than one goal two times this season - and personally knowing Hakan, their manager, I am sure they will be both well-organised and certainly up for Saturday's important league encounter.

"For last night's training, and with enthusiastic help from Trevor Williams, who was available during his half term break this week, we were able to put together a really good compilation of some of our best games this year. These were games in which we threw the ball out from the 'keeper, kept possession at the back and played through midfield, and we showed extracts of the DVDs just to reiterate to the players why we are top of the league.

"Nobody's disputing that the next 13 games will be difficult but we are aware as a team that we need to relax and play our own football. Being in the driving seat should mean exactly that and we need to get back to dictating the tempo and pace of the games we play in. This won't always be easy but I believe we have the players at the club to continue and build on the platform we have made for ourselves."


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Wednesday 18 February 2009
dons trust news
Dinner with Dickie – last minute update

We have a few updates on the Dinner with Dickie this Friday.

First, we regret to announce that Dave Bassett is unable to attend, due to unforeseen circumstances. Nonetheless, we have a tremendous line-up of special guests to help Dickie commemorate a magnificent era in the club's history and to make this an evening to remember - see here for further details.

Subject to a last-minute tally of numbers, the event is a sell-out. However, it is possible that there will be room for one or two more people. If you would like to wait-listed for a place, please email dinner@thedonstrust.org. A complimentary bottle of Champagne will be awarded to the person who buys the final ticket sold.

Finally, the online auction for the memorabilia to be auctioned at the dinner closes at midnight on Wednesday. If you are not attending the dinner, do take a look at the memorabilia on display here.


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Wednesday 18 February 2009
club news
Coaches for Thurrock and Havant

There are still places available on the supporters' coach travelling to Thurrock on Saturday. The coach will be picking up from The Woodman at 12.00 noon and from Kingsmeadow at 12.30 pm.

Bookings are also being taken for the coach going to Havant & Waterlooville on Saturday 28 February. The coach will be picking up from The Woodman at 11.30 am and from Kingsmeadow at 12.00 noon.

The price is £10 and to reserve a seat please contact the office on 020 8547 3528 during normal office hours.


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Wednesday 18 February 2009
club news
Ticket sales for the Worcester City game

The credit card hotline will be open from 10.30 am to 2.30 pm on weekdays starting today for purchasing tickets for our Blue Square South game on Tuesday 24 February.

The number is 020 8546 9582 and, as usual, there is a £1.50 charge per order.



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Tuesday 17 February 2009
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents Phil Nicholl!

Tickets are running out fast for our next Comedy@Kingsmeadow on Friday 6 March, headlined by the hilarious Phil Nicholl, so make sure you book soon to avoid disappointment by calling 020 8547 3335.



Friday 6 March
COMEDY@KINGSMEADOW presents….
Phil Nicholl, Carey Marx and Markus Birdman
Doors open 7.30pm/ comedy starts 9.00pm/ bar closes Midnight
Admission: £12 (includes comedy and dinner)

Phil Nicholl (Headliner)
Born in Scotland and raised in Canada, Phil Nichol was first known as the guitar playing member of top classic musical comedy trio 'Corky and The Juice Pigs'. Phil's solo performances have earned him huge critical acclaim and many awards. He is a Tasmanian devil with a guitar, wickedly funny songs and superb improvisational skills. Phil is also a superb character comedian performing greasy fist Joe, Kenny Smiles and his own rendition of Bjork as part of the Lenny Beige show.
"A genius of a show" The Herald
"This is comedy at its most eye-popping, synapse-fizzing, moral majority baiting, manic" The Guardian
"Hovers between insanity and brilliance." The Sunday Times
"The face of an angel the tongue of a whore and the energy of a toddler on an Irn – Bru binge." The Times
"Skipping nimbly back and forth across the line that divides comedy and dementia" The Scotsman
" A stream of inspired lunacy, a roller coaster ride, full of violent, unexpected twists and delivered at breakneck pace." The Stage

Carey Marx (Opening Act)
In the last 5 years, Carey Marx has risen through the circuit’s ranks and now regularly headlines most clubs, annually compères at the Reading, Leeds and Glastonbury Festivals, and most recently has been added to the rosters of both the Comedy Store and Jongleurs, two of Britain’s largest and most prestigious comedy clubs.
He delivers a stream of delightfully amusing and deliciously wicked tales full of hilarious twists and unlikely villains and is also happy to perform some of his unique magic routines, on request.
Carey’s career has taken him to 15 countries as far a field as China and Ascension Island. He has performed for the Rolling Stones at Bill Wyman’s wedding, warmed up for Torville and Dean and even managed to make Princess Beatrice cry for over an hour. Class.
“Excellent” The Guardian
“Hilariously demented” Edinburgh Evening News
“Marx is a magician in the post-modern Penn and Teller mould whose comic patter makes him an act worth staying up for.” Time Out (on the Stand Up Show)

Markus Birdman (MC)
Markus Birdman is an up and coming Stand-Up based in London. He performed at the Edinburgh Festival 2001 as part of Screaming Blue Murder's Big Value Show and as a finalist in the televised BBC New Comedy Awards 2001.
He was the winner of the Lewisham Comedy Festival Open Mic 2001 competition, as well as a finalist in The Daily Telegraph Open Mic Award 2000, Jongleur's New Act 2000, Leicester Comedy Festival New Act 2001.
He performed at the Edinburgh Festival 2002 as both the compere of Avalon's Comedy Zone, and in Francesca Martinez's (Daily Telegraph Winner 2000) solo show, 'I'mPerfect', which he is also did at the Melbourne Comedy Festival 2003.
Whilst down under, Markus performed at the Sydney Comedy Store.
"Uniquely talented, demonstrates just how it's done." The Evening Standard.
"Already on his way up….." Time Out.
"Wonderful, extremely versatile." The Scotsman
"One of the millionaire mirth merchants of the future." The Metro.
"The crowd fell for his dry witty, confused little boy smutt-schtick in a big way" The Observer.
"Looks like the 4th Muskateer; infectious, likable and popular with the crowd" The Stage.


(Line-ups subject to change)



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Tuesday 17 February 2009
first team news
Terry on Bath City and Dulwich Hamlet

Terry Brown was still reflecting on Saturday's match as he prepared for tonight's cup game.

"I am delighted that we gained three valuable points against a very good Bath City side. Their recent record suggested they would be a handful, and so it proved, as they gave us one of the most difficult games we have had at Kingsmeadow.

"As a lot of teams will until the end of the season, they came with a game plan to stop us playing for the first hour, and that made it very difficult for us. I was proud of the boys as they remained patient and kept plugging away and eventually scored three goals yet again. Hopefully Bath will maintain their good form and take points from our rivals over the next two months.

"As far as the forthcoming league games are concerned, it is hard to predict which will be the difficult games and which should be easier. This Saturday we travel to Thurrock, who dropped into the bottom three at the weekend, and this will make it more of a difficult game because they, together with Bognor Regis, Fisher Athletic and Basingstoke Town, are all fighting for their lives.

"Tonight’s game against Dulwich Hamlet in the Surrey Senior Cup offers us an opportunity to relax away from the pressure of winning league points. It will also give valuable game time to Andy Little, Alan Inns, Michael Haswell, Chris Hussey, Chris Sullivan, Tony Finn and Dean Mason. The senior players will be supplemented by some of Marcus Gayle’s young lads who have been performing well over the past couple of months.

"Dulwich will provide stiff opposition, with the bonus of a quarter-final game against Woking. This is a competition we would like to progress in, and it would be nice to reach a final at the end of the season."



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Tuesday 17 February 2009
club news
From the Bath City programme, 14 February

After each home game we publish articles from the programme that provide news or information about the club and Trust and which haven't previously appeared on this site.

The linked feature discusses the volunteer event and updates fans on the main bar toilets (which did re-open on Saturday, as hoped in the article) and progress towards achieving the necessary ground grading for our current level, which must be sorted out by 31 March.

The content may vary slightly from the programme as the original article is subject to sub-editing and may have been, for example, shortened slightly to fit the page.

It can be found here.


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Tuesday 17 February 2009
dons trust news
Buy a brick update

All the engraved bricks are now either sold or reserved.

If you would like to buy a brick, you can join a wait list by emailing buy a brick. We will then get in touch if, for any reason, a brick becomes available.

For those who have reserved a brick, please send payment by 14 March or risk losing your reservation. You can pay by sending a cheque to: Buy a brick Campaign, The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow, Jack Goodchild Way, 422a Kingston Road, Kingston, Surrey KT1 3PB.

One brick has been reserved to be raffled at a future home game, so keep an eye on this website for more information.


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Monday 16 February 2009
dons trust news
Additional auction item

Supporters are reminded that the online auction for the Dinner with Dickie closes at midnight on 18th February. Please note that a new item - an AFC Wimbledon football signed by the BBC's Match of the Day presenter team - has now been added. Click here for further details.


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Monday 16 February 2009
first team news
Ticket arrangements for the Dulwich Hamlet game

The third round tie in the Surrey Senior cup on Tuesday against Dulwich Hamlet kicks off at 7.45 pm and entry is £6 for adults and £2 for concessions and under 16s.

There is no upgrade cost for seating which is unreserved, except for the Directors' Box and Press Box.

Tickets will be available from the Kingston Road end turnstiles and the booth from around 7.00 pm. The Tempest end turnstiles will not be open.




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Monday 16 February 2009
dons trust news
2009 election results

Results of the 2009 election to The Dons Trust Board were reported by the Election Steering Group to the Secretary of The Dons Trust Board after the count on 15 February 2009.

The following seven candidates were successful in being elected to the Board: Ivor Heller, Nigel Higgs, David Cox, Iain McNay, Sean McLaughlin, Ray Armfield and Matthew Breach. They will serve alongside the existing Board members, namely: Tom Adam, Dean Parsons, Aideen Rochford, Erik Samuelson and Kris Stewart.

The Dons Trust Board members thank all the candidates for standing. They also thank members of the Election Steering Group for their work during the course of the by-election and especially Mark Ogbourne, of The Devils Trust from Crawley Town and Football Supporters’ Federation National Council, who oversaw the election count.

Finally, the Board wishes to thank outgoing Dons Trust Board member Paul Jeater for his work to date on The Dons Trust Board.

A full breakdown of the election count is as follows:

Number of members eligible to vote: 1342
Number of those members who did vote: 635 (47.3%)

Votes received by each candidate:

Ivor Heller 475 (ELECTED)
Nigel Higgs 499 (ELECTED)
David Cox 553 (ELECTED)
Iain McNay 537 (ELECTED)
Warren Harvey 329
Sean McLaughlin 474 (ELECTED)
Ray Armfield 489 (ELECTED)
Matthew Breach 419 (ELECTED)
Ronan Warde 32
Robert Crane 398


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Sunday 15 February 2009
club news
Bath City highlights

The highlights of yesterday's 3-2 win against Bath City have been uploaded and can be seen by clicking on AFC Wimbledon TV.

Highlights of the Hayes & Yeading game will follow in a few days.


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Sunday 15 February 2009
dons trust news
Dons Draw results for February

The February Dons Draw took place yesterday at Kingsmeadow.

Winning numbers were drawn in the presence of Matthew Breach (Dons Trust board member), Kerry Mander and Neil Messenbird (Dons Draw Administrator).

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

First prize of £1,000 - ticket 2725 – Caroline Walsh from Epsom

Second prize of £500 - ticket 3754 – Felix Stride-Darnley from Merton Park

Third prize of £250 - ticket 2511 – Stephen Sands from Wimbledon

Fourth prize of £100 - ticket 3072 – Neil Bolton from East Molesey

Congratulations to all four prize winners.

The next Dons Draw will take place on or after 14 March 2008 with the results being posted on the AFC Wimbledon official web site soon after the draw has taken place.

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 do so now?

You can sign up online to the Dons Draw or download an application here or to increase your tickets email us here.

The deadline for new entrants to the March 2008 Dons Draw is 8:00 pm on 28 February.

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


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Sunday 15 February 2009
club news
Bring a guest to the volunteer event

If you are a volunteer and you are coming to the game at Weston-super-Mare with the club, you can now book a place for an adult guest if you wish to do so, at a cost of £15. For this you get free coach travel and entrance to the game, a buffet lunch and drink, plus a complimentary programme.

We want to encourage volunteers with families to come, so children are welcome at £10 per child. While you are limited to one adult guest, you can bring as many children as you have!

To take advantage of this opportunity, or to ask any questions, email volunteers,


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Saturday 14 February 2009
first team news
Dons make it six league wins in a row

Wimbledon maintained their excellent run as they defeated one of the other form teams, Bath City, in front of another crowd in excess of 3,000 fans.

A game that seemed to be petering out with the Dons ahead by two goals burst into life in the final 10 minutes as a further three goals were scored while the visitors pushed for an equaliser.

Terry Brown made only one change from the side that had started against Hayes & Yeading on Tuesday night, with Michael Haswell replacing the suspended Chris Hussey. Bath had clearly come to stop the Dons playing as they crowded the midfield and chances were few and far between. However, right on half-time Jon Main won a hotly disputed penalty which he duly dispatched, sending goalkeeper Steve Perrin the wrong way.

The lead was increased 15 minutes into the second half when a cross to the near post from Elliott Godfrey found its way into the net. The goal was claimed by Main although after the game there was some doubt as to who had got the last touch.

Two goals behind, Bath brought on all three substitutes and started to press forward and they were rewarded after 82 minutes when Dave Gilroy broke into the penalty area and although his initial shot was well saved by James Pullen, the ricochet came back to Gilroy who headed home.

The Dons' response was immediate with Godfrey finding himself in acres of space just outside the penalty area with time to lob the advancing Perrin and restore the two goal advantage.

A nervous looking home defence still had time to allow Darren Edwards to narrow the deficit. A poor clearance fell to Edwards who returned the ball into the unguarded net.


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Saturday 14 February 2009
dons trust news
Dinner with Dickie - Memorabilia auction now online

An auction of memorabilia from the Wimbledon squads of the 1970s will be held at the Dinner with Dickie on 20 February. To give supporters who will not be attending the opportunity to participate in the auction, we will be accepting online bids in advance of the auction. See here for further details.

Please note that the online auction will finish at midnight on 18 February, and we encourage supporters who aren't attending the dinner to get their bids in ahead of that deadline if they wish to have a chance of purchasing items from this unique set of Wimbledon memorabilia.

The highest online bid at the time that online bidding closes will be represented by a proxy bidder at the auction on 20 February. However, the amount you bid online will be the amount you will actually pay for the item if the bid is awarded to you, regardless of the level of the next lowest bid on the evening.


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Saturday 14 February 2009
club news
Traffic delays - plan your route carefully today

Hawks Road, which is about quarter of a mile towards Kingston town centre from Kingsmeadow, is closed. As a result, there is a risk of long tailbacks and delays for traffic approaching the ground along Kingston Road from the A3.

We advise you to take other routes to the game today, if possible.


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Friday 13 February 2009
first team news
Terry on Bath City

Terry Brown was counting the wounded before tomorrow's key game with Bath City and he found that things were looking a little better than he had expected earlier in the week.

"We have good news and bad news on the injury front for tomorrow. We start off with the positive news, which is that Jon Main and Danny Kedwell both did light training on Thursday and will be fit and available for Saturday. Andy Sambrook trained with the physio and it now looks as though he suffered a muscle spasm rather than a hamstring pull and we are hopeful that he will pass a fitness test tomorrow. Kendedy Adjei also did light training with Mike and should be available for either Saturday or Tuesday.

"We are awaiting results from a hip scan for Dwane Lee and, depending on the results of the scan, we will know a lot more then. Currently Mike Rayner thinks that it is unlikely that Dwane will be available during the rest of this month. The only other absentee will be Chris Hussey who is serving a one match suspension. Fortunately for us, we have Mick Haswell who can come straight in. Mick has been very tirelessly in training and is pushing Chris hard for a place at the moment.

"I think tomorrow's game will be very tough for us as Bath come on the back of a very good run of results. We have them watched when they beat an in-form Newport County last week and the report back was of a very strong physical side that are enjoying a good run. But we are in good form and the team will go into the match determined and confident.”


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Friday 13 February 2009
dons trust news
Last minute voting

If you have changed address, mislaid your ballot paper or forgotten to post it, there is still a chance to vote for members of the next Board of The Dons Trust.

Representatives of the Election Steering Group (ESG) will be on hand from 1.00pm until 2.45pm and after the match until 5.30pm outside the Players' Entrance to help, and to direct you to post your vote into the ballot box .

If you do not have the original voting paper, please bring along your Dons Trust membership card or another piece of identification showing proof of name and address, eg driving licence, recent bank statement or similar documentation. Please refer to the detailed list used by the Post Office here

Replacement or duplicate ballot papers will only be issued by the ESG upon satisfactory proof of identity, after checking the list of members eligible to vote and at their discretion. No discussion can be entered into on Saturday regarding eligibility to vote or other membership issues.

If you have already voted, do not attempt to vote again. In the event of duplicate votes, both will be eliminated from the count and further action may be taken.


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Friday 13 February 2009
dons trust news
Final call for Dinner with Dickie

At time of writing the Dinner with Dickie on 20 February is very nearly a sell-out. Supporters who would still like to buy tickets are urged to contact
here.

Tickets have now been despatched to people who have applied for tickets. If you have already applied for a ticket but not yet received it, then please contact the same email address or leave a message via the club on 020 8547 3528.




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Thursday 12 February 2009
club news
End of Season Dinner 2009

***UPDATE***
The dress code for the end of season dinner has been changed to lounge suit for ALL guests.

Once again, the club is planning an end of season bash to celebrate another eventful season for AFC Wimbledon with the players, coaching staff and your fellow fans. And this year’s we have chosen a unique venue for the party… the pitch at The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium!

A specially designed marquee will be set-up on the pitch, so there will be flooring, heating, a bar and every other facility you would expect for a night like this.

The dinner takes place on Saturday 9 May, starting with a reception at 7.00 pm. Dinner will start at 8.00 pm followed by an auction of Wimbledon memorabilia and the post dinner entertainment will be provided by a DJ with the bar closing at 1.00 am.

Tickets cost £85 each or £800 for a table of ten. We are also selling £10 tickets for anyone who would like to join the party from 10.30pm.

The dress code for everyone attending this event is lounge suit.

To book tickets, please call the commercial department on 020 8547 3336 or e-mail here. We have a limited number of tables available so book early to avoid disappointment.


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Thursday 12 February 2009
club news
Podcast number 5

The latest podcast was recorded after Tuesday night's game against Hayes & Yeading. You can hear it by clicking on podcast.

Please do send us your feedback on the podcasts. Do they cover the sort of topics and inforamation you want to hear? Are they frequent enough/too frequent? What (or who) else would you like us to cover? Please send your feedback to podcast feedback,


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Thursday 12 February 2009
dons trust news
Don't forget to use your vote for the Trust elections

Saturday is the last day for voting in the elections for board membership of the Dons Trust.

Any DT member who hasn't yet voted still has time to do so. We will accept votes up to 5.30 pm on Saturday 14 February. Votes may be posted to the club's office, put through the letter box adjacent to the door marked 'Reception', or handed in at the complimentary tickets window before or after Saturday's game.


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Thursday 12 February 2009
club news
From Tuesday's programme

After each home game we will publish, on this site, articles from the programme that provide news or information about the club and Trust.

The linked feature discusses the large crowd at the Chelmsford game, what we do to prepare for such games, and some of the lessons we learned from the day. The content may vary slightly from what appeared in the programme as the original article is subject to sub-editing and may have been, for example, shortened slightly to fit the page.

It can be found here.


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Wednesday 11 February 2009
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents ‘the UK’s premier ska band’

Kingsmeadow Live is proud to announce our first gig of the new year and we are back with a bang!

According to BBC2’s Mark Lamarr, No.1 Station are ‘the UK’s premier ska band’. See below for more info.

To book tickets, call 020 8547 3335.


NEW GIG JUST ANNOUNCED!
Saturday 21 March- Roddy Radiation and the Skabilly Rebels
Specials guitarist plays one of the last gigs with his band before The Specials reform.




No. 1 Station
With support from DJ’s spinning bluebeat, ska, two-tone faves with a side order of real deal 60’s soul, power pop and new wave.

Saturday 28 February
Doors 8.00 pm, show starts 9.30 pm, bar closes 1.00am
Admission: £8 (advance)/ £10 (door)

“The UK’s premiere Ska band” Mark Lamarr, BBC Radio 2

No.1 Station are the vanguards of a new generation of Blue Beat - the generic name given to Jamaican music in Britain in the 1960s. Playing authentic Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae in the way it was originally intended. They’ve been single-handedly responsible for the resurgence of the seminal Blue Beat record label and have released half a dozen internationally acclaimed singles on the imprint. A sensational eight piece band consisting of a driving rhythm section, blistering horns (including the legendary Tan Tan on trumpet, famed for his work with Georgie Fame, Rico & Ska Cubano) and melodic blues vocals, No.1 Station get the crowds on their feet wherever they perform.

"The best bit of contemporary Reggae I've heard in ages" Robert Elms BBC Radio London
"If this doesn't get you moving, then you need to check for a pulse!" Springline Jamaica
"Dancefloor filling tracks that could fill any era of our beloved reggae and ska" Distorted magazine
"To miss out on this extraordinary album would be criminal. 10/10" Street Voice
"Highly Recommended" - Scootering Magazine
"**** out of 5" 247 magazine
"A collection of tracks that could make the dead get up and dance" Rock'n'Reel mag

For more information, visit here.


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Tuesday 10 February 2009
first team news
Pitch update and expectations for tonight

We expect tonight's game to go ahead.

Despite the rain during the night, there is no standing water on the pitch. The weather forecast indicates that the current drizzle will ease off and that there will be sunny intervals this afternoon. In the light of that forecast we are confident that the game will go ahead tonight and we are not requesting a pitch inspection.

Fans may be aware that last night's Kingstonian game was postponed. When the referee arrived shortly after 5.00 pm the pitch was playable but, as the rain became much heavier over the following 90 minutes, standing water accumulated on the pitch. With no prospect of the rain easing, the referee decided to call the game off.

Given the weather forecast for today, we do not expect a similar situation to arise tonight.


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Monday 09 February 2009
club news
Square Up!

This weekend sees the return of of 'Square Up', Blue Square's skills contest that involves playing 'keepy-uppy' with a large blue dice. The winner claims a free £25 bet with Blue Square and moves on to the next round which could lead to a chance to show off their skills at Wembley and win £10,000!

For more information, see here.

The club is looking for participants to take part at half time of Saturday's match against Bath City. If you fancy your chances, please e-mail here. We already have two participants so the remaining two places will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.


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Sunday 08 February 2009
first team news
Easter Saturday game brought forward

The Easter Saturday home league game against Basingstoke Town has been brought forward one day to Good Friday, 10 April, kick off at 3.00 pm.


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Sunday 08 February 2009
club news
Chelmsford highlights now on AFC Wimbledon TV

As announced last week, highlights of recent games are being uploaded to the AFC Wimbledon TV site on Youtube. The most recent games to be uploaded include the wins over Newport County and Maidenhead United, plus last week's victory in the top-of-the-table clash with Chelmsford City.

You can find these games, and several others, on AFC WimbledonTV.


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Friday 06 February 2009
first team news
Terry Brown wins Manager of the month

Blue Square have announced that Terry Brown has won the January Blue Square South Manager of the month award.

The announcement said "Terry followed up his August award after a cracking start to the year. The Wombles plundered 19 points from a possible 21 during the month scoring 22 goals in the process and only conceding 4. The club attracted an incredible attendance of nearly 4,500 to their table-topping clash at home to Chelmsford at the end of the month which they won 3-1".


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Friday 06 February 2009
first team news
St Albans game off

Following a pitch inspection we have just heard that tomorrow's Blue Square South game against St Albans City has been postponed.

The fixture has been rearranged for Tuesday 10 March, kick off 7.45 pm.


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Friday 06 February 2009
first team news
Pitch inspection

Following the heavy snowfalls over the last few days, St Albans have informed us that there will be a pitch inspection at 3.00 pm today.

As soon as we have any news we will publish it here.


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Friday 06 February 2009
club news
Volunteer event invitations despatched

Emails were sent to volunteers yesterday afternoon, Thursday, inviting them to the Weston-super-Mare game, with a pre-match buffet, free entry and coach travel, and a complimentary programme.

The majority of invitations were despatched via volunteer team leaders, with a request to forward them on to individual volunteers. If you haven’t received your email by Friday evening, please chase your team leader or, if you don't know who that is, email volunteer event, or call the club’s office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on a weekday.

Please do wait until you've received your email, or Friday evening if you haven't received it, before contacting us.


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Friday 06 February 2009
club news
Credit card hotline - Friday 6 February

We are sorry that we continue to be unable to man the credit card hotline today, Friday 6 February.

As a result, we are continuing with our alternative arrangements, where fans who wish to buy tickets for the Hayes & Yeading game, and also the Bath City game, can call the switchboard on 020 8547 3528 until 4.00 pm.

We hope to resume normal service on Monday.


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Thursday 05 February 2009
club news
Kingsmeadow Live returns with 'the UK's premiere ska band'!

Kingsmeadow Live is proud to announce our first gig of the new year and we are back with a bang!

According to BBC2’s Mark Lamarr, No.1 Station are ‘the UK’s premiere ska band’. See below for more info.

To book tickets, call 020 8547 3335.




No. 1 Station
With support from DJ’s spinning bluebeat, ska, two-tone faves with a side order of real deal 60’s soul, power pop and new wave.

Saturday 28 February
Doors 8.00 pm, show starts 9.30 pm, bar closes 1.00am
Admission: £8 (advance)/ £10 (door)

“The UK’s premiere Ska band” Mark Lamarr, BBC Radio 2

No.1 Station are the vanguards of a new generation of Blue Beat - the generic name given to Jamaican music in Britain in the 1960s. Playing authentic Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae in the way it was originally intended. They’ve been single-handedly responsible for the resurgence of the seminal Blue Beat record label and have released half a dozen internationally acclaimed singles on the imprint. A sensational eight piece band consisting of a driving rhythm section, blistering horns (including the legendary Tan Tan on trumpet, famed for his work with Georgie Fame, Rico & Ska Cubano) and melodic blues vocals, No.1 Station get the crowds on their feet wherever they perform.

"The best bit of contemporary Reggae I've heard in ages" Robert Elms BBC Radio London
"If this doesn't get you moving, then you need to check for a pulse!" Springline Jamaica
"Dancefloor filling tracks that could fill any era of our beloved reggae and ska" Distorted magazine
"To miss out on this extraordinary album would be criminal. 10/10" Street Voice
"Highly Recommended" - Scootering Magazine
"**** out of 5" 247 magazine
"A collection of tracks that could make the dead get up and dance" Rock'n'Reel mag

For more information, visit here.


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Wednesday 04 February 2009
club news
No business like snow business

We thought fans might be interested in the view from the sidelines during the recent inclement weather.














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Tuesday 03 February 2009
club news
AFC Wimbledon TV

For a number of reasons we have been unable to upload highlights from our games for some time.

We are now working on the backlog and, by the end of this week, we expect to have uploaded extended highlights of several games, up to and including Maidenhead. Highlights of the Braintree and Chelmsford games should be available a few days later.


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Tuesday 03 February 2009
club news
Chris Hussey selected as back up for England C

Chris Hussey has been selected by Paul Fairclough as one of the back up players for an England C game against Malta under 21s in Malta on 17 February. Chris will be on stand by in case one of the squad is injured.

On hearing the news, Terry Brown said "this is a great honour for Chris and for the club. Which player wouldn't want to wear his country's shirt in a representative game? Chris has only just had his 20th birthday and has made fantastic progress with us in the last year. I am sure he will continue to do so and, if he does, it won't be long before he makes his full debut."

The FA don't announce back-up players' names, but notice of the squad and details of the game can be found here.


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Monday 02 February 2009
club news
Volunteers' event

This year’s volunteers ‘party’ has a new format.

Instead of an event at the stadium, we are inviting everyone who has done voluntary work this season to come with us to the game at Weston-super-Mare on Saturday 7 March. We are laying on free coach travel and a buffet meal at the ground, plus free entry to the game and a programme.

Invitations will be emailed later this week and will be sent via volunteer team leaders. The email will provide more information about the day and will also ask for specific information from you, so please wait for it before raising any queries.

Weston-super-Mare can cater for up to 200 people, which we think should be plenty, but we cannot increase those numbers, so please respond to the email as soon as possible to secure your place.

If you haven’t received your email by Friday evening, please chase your team leader or, if you don't know who that is, email volunteer event, or call the club’s office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on a weekday. But please do wait until you've received your email, or Friday evening if you haven't received it, before contacting us.

We would like to thank Iain McNay of Cherry Red Records, who are sponsoring the event again this year.


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Monday 02 February 2009
club news
Joint statement by Chelmsford City and AFC Wimbledon

Firstly, both clubs should be congratulated on Saturday's performance on and off the pitch, which was a ringing endorsement for non league football. The capacity gate broke all records, and would not have looked out of place in the Football League. On the matter of the gate, the decision to make the fixture "pay on the day" was taken after discussions between both clubs about the likely numbers travelling and with the support of the local police, and we apologise to the more than 300 fans who were turned away disappointed on the day.

Both clubs are disappointed by the actions of one individual who decided to throw objects at the linesman. Both clubs are investigating the incident but should anyone have any information that may assist the enquiries will they please contact an official of either club. You can contact Wimbledon by emailing here.

Both clubs pride themselves on their well-behaved and exceptional support and actions of this nature are taken very seriously. The capacity crowd behaved exceptionally well all afternoon and the lively but friendly banter that exists between the two clubs is something that we should be proud of.

Chelmsford City and AFC Wimbledon are now looking forward to an exciting climax to the season, which, after Saturday's result, is now wide open. We hope this will encourage more fans to attend matches at both clubs in the future.


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Monday 02 February 2009
first team news
Terry on Chelmsford

Terry Brown was snowed in at home when we spoke to him earlier today, but that gives him the opportunity to watch the replay of Saturday's game again. He said:

"Firstly, what a fantastic weekend for the club. What a brilliant way to end what has been the best start to a calendar year that I can remember as a manager. It is testimony to how good a side Chelmsford are that we have had to work so hard to catch them and then beating them is the icing on the cake. Stuart and I said to the players before Saturday's game that owing to the hectic Christmas period and the amount of games we had in January they were bring given Tuesday off training and, judging by the snow in London, it has proved to be a wise decision.

"I have had the opportunity to view the DVD of the game and, to be honest, I was even happier after viewing it than I was after Saturday's game. My recollection of the game was obviously affected by somewhat of a nervous stomach through all of the second half, in as much as Chelmsford's ability to draw and win games late on was preying on my mind. It felt to me on Saturday that the second half lasted at least an hour and a half.

"However, in viewing the video it was evident that although Chelmsford possessed the lion's share of the ball, our resolute and good defending restricted them to very few actual opportunities. The back four and the midfield defended as though their lives depended upon it and therefore James Pullen didn't have a massive amount of work to do - and the work he did have, he did very well. I also thought Andy Sambrook did very well, especially when we take into account that he made his debut in what was an absolutely massive game.

"The work rate of Tom Davis and Elliott Godfrey in particular was a pleasure to behold and in attack I really have seen a difference in the front pair's understanding over the last four weeks. If we are able to keep Jon and Danny fit, I am sure they will grow into one of the most effective partnerships in the club's history.

"We go into the month of February with two difficult weeks (weeks that both contain three games). After that we are literally playing Saturday to Saturday and I feel that will suit our squad better. The four teams at the top of our league have all played a similar amount of games and the others all have to play each other. Therefore the last fifteen games of the season should be as exciting a run in as we could have hoped for at the start of the season.

"Finally, I don't think we are doing too badly with injuries although we are having to manage one or two players to make sure they can play regularly. I hope to get some training in with the players on Thursday prior to the short trip up to St Albans and we look forward to seeing lots of you there."


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Monday 02 February 2009
club news
Office closed today

Due the current weather conditions, the office will remain closed today, Monday, and the switchboard will not be manned.

We will re-open as soon as conditions improve.


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Sunday 01 February 2009
club news
Pre-season trip announced

We are in the final stages of agreeing details for a pre-season trip to the Isle of Man.

The plans, which are subject to confirmation, are for the squad to fly up on Friday 17 July and play two games on the Saturday. The games are likely to be against an Isle of Man team and another invited team and they will probably be played in Ramsey, although this is subject to change as we finalise the arrangements.

Some of the squad will coach local children on the Sunday morning before they all fly back to London that evening.

Once again, we would like to thank Mike Richardson for his generosity in sponsoring the trip and for making the approach and arrangements with the Isle of Man FA.


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Sunday 01 February 2009
club news
From yesterday's programme

For some time we have intended to reproduce articles from the matchday programme on the club's site. The idea is that articles that provide news or information about the club will be repeated here shortly after the relevant game.

The first article to be published is yesterday's page by Erik Samuelson talking about financial planning for next season. The content may vary slightly from what appeared in the programme as the original article is subject to sub-editing and may have been for example, shortened slightly to fit the page.

It can be found here.


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Sunday 01 February 2009
club news
Ticket sales for Hayes & Yeading and Bath City home games

The credit card hotline will be open from 11.00 am to 2.00 pm on weekdays, starting on Wednesday 4 February. Bookings can be made for the Hayes & Yeading home game (Tuesday 10 February) and also for Bath City (Saturday 14 February).

The number is 020 8546 9582 and, as usual, there is a £1.50 charge per order.


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Sunday 01 February 2009
dons trust news
Winning raffle tickets

The winning raffle tickets at yesteray's game against Chelmsford were drawn by Luke Garrard on the pitch at half-time. They were:

First prize: Orange 143 (choice of a pair of tickets for the Dinner with Dickie or two bottles of Champagne);

Second prize: White 472 (choice of a £20 i-DONS voucher or a bottle of sparkling wine).

Neither prize has been claimed so far. The prizes need to be claimed by the end of February; however, if the winner of the first prize wishes to attend the Dinner with Dickie, then it needs to be claimed by 10 February.

To claim these prizes, email fundraising or leave a message for Mark Davis via the club on 020-8547-3528.


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