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Saturday 27 February 2010
reserve team news
Reserves game off

Today's reserves game at Eastleigh has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.


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Saturday 27 February 2010
dons trust news
No game today, but come down to Kingsmeadow anyway

With the Dons taking an enforced rest due to the vagaries of the fixture list, you can still have a Wimbledon-focused day by coming down to Kingsmeadow.

There's a number of activites, as described below, with the main one being a quiz hosted by Ben Judge, assisted by Alan Inns and Paul Lorraine. It starts at 3.00 pm.

If you are curious about exactly what that big orange digger is doing behind the John Smith's stand, join the tour of the stadium improvement works at 2.00 pm.

And if you want to top up your wardrobe of AFC Wimbledon kit then thre is a sale in the main bar.

The full order of events for the afternoon will be as follows:

12.00 Club shop opens (until 3.00 pm). There will also be a special sale, at reduced prices, in the main bar (see news item dated 23 February for further details).

1.00 Back bar opens. Catering available. An appearance by Haydon who will be there to launch the Guess Haydon’s Weight competition. Highlights of the 2008/09 season showing. A special Matchday Football Club will also be running (see news item dated 22 February for further details).

2.00 Following the news about the perimeter lease, venture outdoors for a conducted tour of the works that are under way to improve the ground (wellies recommended!).

3.00 Quid and a Quiz, with MC Ben Judge, assisted by Paul Lorraine and Alan Inns. Take part in the quiz for just £1 per head. There is a special round featuring photographs of members of the playing and coaching staff as youngsters. The quiz should conclude in time to check final football results at 4.45.

4.00 England versus Ireland rugby showing in the main bar.

Other activities include face painting, the iDONS stall, a raffle and some other amusements for the younger Dons.

Do come along and enjoy the presence of fellow Dons of all ages in a relaxed atmosphere on a Saturday when first team football is not available. There is no admission price and, if your preference is simply to have a quiet drink in the bar without participating in the quiz or other activities, then you too will be very welcome.


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Friday 26 February 2010
youth news
Trials for AFC Wimbledon's Youth Academy at Merton College

AFC Wimbledon runs a full-time programme of education and football development in collaboration with Merton College. We are now inviting applications to the squad for the academic year 2010-2011.

Academy Manager Mark Robinson says ‘AFC Wimbledon is a football club that places a lot of emphasis on developing young players. The Academy is an exceptional opportunity for any talented footballers. The standard of coaching received will significantly improve their all round game. Boys who work hard, concentrate and develop will be rewarded with the opportunity to play Reserve Team football. It is then just one step away from First Team action and the chance to be part of AFC Wimbledon’s incredible journey back into the professional leagues.’

To become a member of the Academy squad at Merton College students must:
• Successfully complete AFC Wimbledon’s football trials to be held over the coming months.
• Meet the appropriate entry requirements of Merton College.
• Be aged over 16 and under 19 on 31 August 2010.

The Academy team compete in the Football Conference Youth Alliance, against the likes of Crawley, Watford and Wycombe Wanderers.

Applications for the AFC Wimbledon Youth Academy should be made to Dan Stevens on 020 8247 9911 or email click here.


Further details about the Academy can be found by visiting the Merton College website here.


More general information about Merton College is available in a prospectus, which may be requested direct from the College on 020 8408 6500, at its website or by email here.

or by writing to:

Admissions Centre,
Merton College,
Morden Park,
London Road,
Morden,
Surrey SM4 5QX


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Friday 26 February 2010
dons trust news
Terry's Tales - Update

Ticket applications continue to roll in for the dinner with Terry Burton on 26 March but we still have seats and tables available.  The line-up for the evening is Terry Burton, Neal Ardley, John Scales and David Barnard, as well as members of the current AFC Wimbledon management team.  Such a line-up brings together not only former Dons playing legends but also long-standing friends of the club who are highly respected in the world of football management far beyond the confines of Wimbledon.  It will be an entertaining and fascinating evening.

Individual tickets are priced at £75.  However, tables of ten and half-tables of five are priced at £600 and £325 respectively.  These prices include a three-course meal and coffee. We advise you to book now to avoid disappointment later.

To apply for tickets, send your name, telephone number and email address (if you have one), together with a cheque for the requisite amount, to Terry's Tales, The Dons Trust, The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow, Jack Goodchild Way, 422a Kingston Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 3PB. Cheques should be made payable to The Dons Trust. Please make us aware of any dietary requirements.

If you have any questions, please email here or leave a message for Simon Bath via the club on 020 8547 3528.


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Friday 26 February 2010
dons trust news
Come and be Judged at the Inns of Sport on 27 February

The fundraising team is pleased to announce further details of the activities at Kingsmeadow this Saturday, 27 February. We are especially delighted to announce that AFC Wimbledon’s very own Ben Judge, Paul Lorraine and Alan Inns will be helping us to run the quiz.

The order of events for the afternoon will be as follows:

12.00 Club shop opens (until 3.00 pm). There will also be a special sale, at reduced prices, in the main bar (see news item dated 23 February for further details).

1.00 Back bar opens. Catering available. An appearance by Haydon who will be there to launch the Guess Haydon’s Weight competition. Highlights of the 2008/09 season showing. A special Matchday Football Club will also be running (see news item dated 22 February for further details).

2.00 Following the news about the perimeter lease, venture outdoors for a conducted tour of the works that are under way to improve the ground (wellies recommended!).

3.00 Quid and a Quiz, with MC Ben Judge, assisted by Paul Lorraine and Alan Inns. Take part in the quiz for just £1 per head. There is a special round featuring photographs of members of the playing and coaching staff as youngsters. The quiz should conclude in time to check final football results at 4.45.

4.00 England versus Ireland rugby showing in the main bar.

Other activities include face painting, the iDONS stall, a raffle and some other amusements for the younger Dons.

Do come along and enjoy the presence of fellow Dons of all ages in a relaxed atmosphere on a Saturday when first team football is not available. There is no admission price and, if your preference is simply to have a quiet drink in the bar without participating in the quiz or other activities, then you too will be very welcome.


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Thursday 25 February 2010
club news
What's happening at Kingsmeadow - mid-season special report

The latest in the series of "What's happening at Kingsmeadow" features is now online.

To read it, click WHAK Special


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Thursday 25 February 2010
first team news
Jack goes on loan

Jack Turner has joined Bedfont Green, in the Zamaretto League Division One - South and West - on a month's loan.

Terry Brown said "this is all part of Jack's development. We planned to lend him at some time this season and this is a good time to do it. Jack is a very good prospect and I am sure that the experience will stand him in good stead."


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Thursday 25 February 2010
first team news
Date announced for Harrow Borough game

The Dons will play their London Senior Cup quarter final game away to Harrow Borough on Thursday 11 March. The game will kick off at 7.45 pm.

Ticket arrangements will be published soon.


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Thursday 25 February 2010
club news
End of Season Dinner 2010 ONLY 4 TABLES LEFT

Following last year’s extremely successful event, the club is pleased to announce the details of this season’s End of Season Dinner, kindly sponsored by Sports Interactive.

Once again the dinner will take place in a marquee on the pitch at The Cherry Red Records Fans Stadium on Saturday 8 May.

The evening will commence with a reception in the main bar at 7.00 pm before moving into the marquee for dinner.

After dinner, there will be an auction, a raffle and the highly anticipated end of season speeches from Terry Brown, the player of the season and more.

Once that is finished, a live band will be providing the entertainment with the bar open until 1.00 am.

Tickets cost £900 for a table of 10 or £100 for individual tickets, which includes ½ bottle of wine per person.

The dress code is lounge suit.

To book your table or for more information, call the commercial department on 020 8547 3336 or e-mail here.

We have a limited number of tables available so we strongly recommend you book a table early to avoid disappointment


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Wednesday 24 February 2010
club news
Joint announcement by AFC Wimbledon and Kingstonian FC

The Royal Borough of Kingston and AFC Wimbledon have signed an agreement for the strip of land (‘the perimeter lease’) which stretches around two sides of Kingsmeadow stadium, to be acquired by the club in a new lease. As part of the agreement, Kingstonian and AFC Wimbledon are pleased to announce that they have signed an extended licence for Kingstonian to play at Kingsmeadow.

AFC Wimbledon chief executive Erik Samuelson said “As our fans know, we have been negotiating to acquire the perimeter lease for some time. The negotiations for both the perimeter lease and the new licence have been very positive and constructive, but they have nonetheless taken a substantial amount of time. However, the deals are now done to the satisfaction of all parties and I am delighted to say that we can now complete work that is essential to comply with Ground Grading regulations.”

Malcolm Winwright, Kingstonian FC joint chairman, said “This extended licence effectively ensures that we have security of tenure for the foreseeable future.” He went on to say “due to the complexity of negotiating with three parties this arrangement has taken a considerable amount of time to conclude. However, I am delighted to say that throughout this time all parties have remained optimistic, co-ordinated and productive.

“My thanks to Erik Samuelson of AFC Wimbledon and Scott Herbertson of Kingston Council for their patience and full support in concluding an agreement that benefits all parties”.

Councillor Simon James, Kingston Council’s Executive Member for Planning and Regeneration, commented “Concluding this deal completes a long standing commitment from Kingston Council to secure the long term future of Kingstonian as the borough's historic football side. We are delighted that we have been able to work in a spirit of partnership with both clubs to bring about this mutually beneficial outcome and we hope this spurs on both clubs in their efforts to win promotion.”

Background

Some years ago, Kingstonian Football Club was granted a lease over some additional land (the perimeter lease) so that it could expand Kingsmeadow Stadium and comply with Ground Grading regulations in force at the time. However, Kingstonian subsequently went into administration and while the stadium and the football club were acquired by Mr Khosla, the perimeter lease was not.

When AFC Wimbledon purchased the stadium from Mr Khosla it was not possible to acquire the perimeter lease as it was held by a company that was being liquidated; as a result, the perimeter lease reverted to Kingston Council. Subsequently, the council agreed that AFC Wimbledon could acquire the lease but, unfortunately, various circumstances had changed and the detailed terms proposed by the council proved impossible to complete.

Following a number of meetings between Malcolm Winwright of Kingstonian FC and Erik Samuelson representing AFC Wimbledon, a new means of acquiring the perimeter lease was proposed and presented to the council for approval. That approval was granted last year and, since then, the three parties have been working to agree the details. A cornerstone of the deal is that AFC Wimbledon has acquired the lease at no cash cost; in return, Kingstonian’s extended licence will also include a substantial rent-free period.

The new licence carries standard licence terms and conditions, plus everyday operational arrangements that exist between the clubs.


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Wednesday 24 February 2010
first team news
Terry on Oxford and the enforced break from games

Terry Brown was philosophical about last night's debate when we spoke to him after Wednesday morning training.

"Tuesday night's game at Oxford was certainly a different experience for both the supporters and the players of Wimbledon. It went to show how far the club has come in the last seven years and yet emphasised that we still have some way to go as far as winning this particular league.

"I thought Oxford dominated the game from the start. However, I was pleased with our character and resilience after their opening goal. I thought we had a good spell where we showed confidence on the ball, passed it well and created two good chances.

"The difference between the two sides on the night was their strength in both boxes and although I was pleased with the effort and commitment of all our players, I think it is fair to say that their forwards caused us more problems than any other club has done this season.

"It is difficult to read too much into one game although I would say on that performance that Oxford look to be the strongest side we've played this year. Sometimes you have to get your backside kicked to make you get back to working on the basics.

"We tried to make the mood in the dressing room after the game as positive as possible and as for our future with regards to the play offs, the games against teams such as Altrincham, Eastbourne, Grays at home will decide our destiny much more than an away game at the league leaders.

"We now enter a period with no league game for 11 days in which time we will hopefully, weather permitting, be able to work with the players as far as pattern and shape are concerned. The injuries to Brett Johnson and Luke Moore will have progressed and increased the possibility that they will be available in the near future. This will also give Lewis Taylor time to recover from the dead leg he received early in the Oxford game.

"The only game we have during this period is against Chipstead away on Tuesday night, in which I will be involving all of the first team squad - every player within that squad who needs a game will be involved. As the reserves also have a game that evening, this will work out quite well."


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Wednesday 24 February 2010
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents Steve Best on Friday 5th March!

Comedy@Kingsmeadow Presents Steve Best, Dan Evans and John Mann
Friday 5 March
Price: £15 including Dinner
Doors: 7.30pm
Tickets: here

Steve Best (Headliner)
Steve Best is rapidly building a reputation as a great visual comic, harnessing a mind-boggling array of gadgets and gags to keep his audience in stitches. Funny, frenetic and mad, his act can feature anything from blowing up a woman and eating balloons, to cutting his hand off. His unique form of slapstick comedy is backed up with astounding talent; he plays the guitar like a genius and is fluent in serbo-Croatian.
Steve has blasted onto the comedy scene and is a regular on the nationwide comedy circuit. As a headline act, Steve has gone on to perform all over the world including Hong Kong, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Greece, Ireland and Italy's celebrated 'Festival of the Absurd'.
His UK profile has been hugely boosted by supporting some major tours, including FRANK SKINNER and CRAIG CHARLES. He has headlined an extensive university tour and took his own show to Edinburgh to massive critical acclaim.
Steve is starting to make an impression on television, and has starred in C5's 'The Big Stage' and BBC1's 'The Stand Up Show'. He has just finished doing the warm up for the BADDIEL & SKINNER "Unplanned" live TV show and a month with them at the Shaftsbury Theatre in the West End. Steve is looking to take his unique brand of comedy to the small and the BIG screen, as well as building his popularity on the live circuit.
"In a class of his own" The Times
"Rip-roaringly funny. See him!" The Guardian
"An unholy cross between Steve Martin, in his early days, Lee Evans and Fozzie Bear" Sunday Times
"One of the most original and inventive comics on the circuit. Steve Best's act defies description. One of the great clowns of our time" Newcastle Comedy Festival

Dan Evans (Opening Act)
'Skilful and surreal' The Scotsman
'Original and inventive' The Times
Dan Evans first appeared on the comedy circuit in 1994, shortly afterwards leaving a promising career as one of East Anglia's leading office menials to go full time.
Over the past decade his twisted logic has delighted the nation, helping it through the dark days of the death of HRH The Queen Mother and the uncertainties of 21st century property prices.
As well as playing clubs and universities throughout the UK, Dan has gigged in Holland, Germany, Dubai and Ireland as well as being part of the sell-out Screaming Blue Murder Cabaret and Avalon Comedy Zones at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Dan's TV and radio appearances include Brain Candy (BBC3 & 2), Channel 5 at The Store, Channel 5 Comedy Zone and the Radio 2 Stand Up Show.
He writes too, with many credits including The Very World of Milton Jones (R4 - Sony Award Winner), Rory Bremner Who Else? (CH 4), The Eleven O'Clock Show (CH 4), The Live Floor Show (BBC 1), Revolver (BBC 1) and The Joan Rivers Position (CH 5).

John Mann (MC)
Sharp observation and wry wit mingled effortlessly with a gentle and confident rapport ensure this comic is unfailingly funny. Whether he is discussing the senile antics of senior citizens or giving handy hints to aid successful shoplifting, John's gentle and honest delivery makes him one of the most enjoyable comedians on the circuit today. John is a regular and longstanding Jongleurs act (compere and headliner).
“ Complete genius. . . . Brilliant observations” Johnny Vaughan The Big Breakfast
“ A fantastic compere . . . the night is his” Steve Lamacq – NME
“ The man is quite simply very very funny” Nihal Arthanayake – Radio One
“Distinctly amusing, engaging and talented” Malcolm Hay - Time Out
“One of the funniest people I know” Phill Jupitus






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Wednesday 24 February 2010
first team news
Dons go down to the league leaders

Two goals from Oxford striker James Constable were enough to overcome Wimbledon as the home side cemented their position at the top of the table.

Terry Brown made no changes to the side that had beaten Luton Town on Saturday and was hoping for another gritty performance to take points from United. The home team made a bright start pushing the Dons back and it came as no surprise when they took the lead after 14 minutes through Constable who shot powerfully home.

James Pullen was required to pull off several good saves to ensure the lead was not increased but as the half went on the Dons came more into the game and Danny Kedwell squandered a great opportunity when he shot wide. The closest the Dons came to getting an equalizer was from a cross from the left which a defender headed against his own bar under strong pressure from Nathan Elder.

The second half started with Oxford again in the ascendency and just 13 minutes in Jay Conroy was adjudged to have fouled an Oxford forward as he moved towards the penalty area and was dismissed for preventing a goal scoring opportunity. The 10 men battled bravely to keep Oxford at bay but as a result they were unable to pose any threat at the other end.

The result was put beyond doubt 10 minutes from time when Constable added his second from close range.


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Tuesday 23 February 2010
reserve team news
Reserves game off

Tonight's home game against Wealdstone Reserves has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.


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Tuesday 23 February 2010
club news
Oxford pitch update

In view of the recent heavy rain, we spoke to Oxford officials at 3.00 pm today and they expect that the game will go ahead tonight, as scheduled.


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Tuesday 23 February 2010
club news
Club Shop Sale

The Merchandise Team are pleased to announce that a Club Shop Sale will commence on Fundraising day, 27 February, allowing you to purchase some of our quality merchandise at giveaway prices.

Excellent sales this year have left us with a smaller amount of stock to sell at these low prices so it would be advisable to come along early. When the stock is gone, it's gone and we won't be restocking that product. Come along to the Middle bar from 12.00 noon and grab yourself a bargain.

The shop will be open from 12.00 pm -3.00 pm but will NOT have any sale items. Some lower priced products are now available online and can be found via here.

Thank you for your support.



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Tuesday 23 February 2010
dons trust news
Social afternoon on Saturday

A reminder that the fundraising team will be holding a social afternoon at the club this Saturday, in place of first team football. There will be a quiz, an appearance by Haydon and one or two first team players, the launch of the club shop's sale, food and other activities to appeal to Dons of all ages. And of course the bars will be open.

Further details of the schedule will follow later in the week. Do please make sure to come along and support the Dons on an otherwise fixture-free weekend, and take part in what promises to be an enjoyable (and affordable) afternoon's entertainment. Admission is free but there will be a nominal £1 charge per person for entering the quiz.



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Tuesday 23 February 2010
club news
Tickets on sale for Altrincham

Tickets have now gone on general sale for our next home game in the Blue Square Premier against Altrincham on Saturday 6 March. The game is not all ticket but fans can buy tickets in advance as follows:

On line

Up to four tickets can be bought by home fans for the John Smith's terrace. This option is open to all Dons fans, whether or not you are a Dons Trust member, PLC shareholder or season ticket holder.

Away fans can buy tickets online for the Kingston Road end.

Seat tickets for the Paul Strank stand cannot be bought online.

Callers

Between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays, personal callers can visit the club office to buy tickets for the John Smith's stand and the Paul Strank stand although there are only a limited number of seats available.

Postal applications

We will accept postal applications and cheques should be made out to AFC Wimbledon Limited.

Prices

Prices for the John Smith's stand and Kingston Road end are:

Adults £12
Concessions £6
Under 16s £2



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Monday 22 February 2010
cfs news
Special Matchday Football Club this Saturday

A special Matchday Football Club will be running this Saturday alongside the other fund raising events going on at Kingsmeadow. The time will be the usual 1.00 pm until 2.30 pm and costs just £6. Even if the heavy rain continues through the week, the 3G artificial grass surface ensures the session will go ahead.

Places can be booked in advance by phoning the Community Football Scheme on 020 8974 5712 or by emailing your child's name and age to here . Even if you cannot do this, simply turning up on the day will not be a problem. The session is open to anyone between the ages of 4 and 16, so why not come down and get some football in on this fixture free weekend, and bring along a few friends as well.


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Monday 22 February 2010
cfs news
Sainsbury's Active Kids Vouchers 2010

The Sainsbury's Active Kids vouchers have now started for 2010. If you shop in Sainsbury's, it would really help the AFC Wimbledon Community Football Scheme if you could collect the vouchers and then donate them to the club.

The vouchers can be handed in at the club office on a matchday or during office hours on weekdays between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm.


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Monday 22 February 2010
first team news
Terry looks forward to another crucial game

When we spoke to him earlier today, Terry Brown was still elated following Saturday's superb win at Luton.

"After Saturday's fantastic win, it is nice to be able to declare a clean bill of health for all those who participated in the game. The pitch at Kenilworth Road was particularly heavy and I was pleasantly surprised to find that none of our players suffered any tight hamstrings or pulled calf muscles.

"Owing to the poor weather conditions today, we were unable to train and I felt that in the circumstances it was probably a blessing in disguise. The reports back from Oxford are that they have covered the pitch and therefore the game should go ahead, providing there are no exceptional weather conditions prior to kick off.

"We travel to the Kazzam Stadium in a good frame of mind after one of our best results of the season. Without ever hitting top gear we fought for every ball and defended with our lives and therefore earned any luck that came our way. Danny Kedwell's goal will not only give him an extra boost going into the Oxford game but it was also certainly worthy of winning any match.

"As I stated earlier I had the good fortune of watching the Luton v Oxford game recently, a game in which Oxford were unlucky to lose. Given what I saw that day we shall be practising our inswinging corners before the game!

"On paper, this is the toughest game of the season and our players will approach it in a similar fashion to the Luton game, where we will be looking to collect three points and play our own game. A big thanks to the thousand-plus supporters who made the journey to Luton and I hope it will encourage all of you to make Tuesday's visit to Oxford. I look forward to seeing you there."


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Monday 22 February 2010
club news
Coaches to Oxford

There are still some places available on the supporters' coach travelling to Oxford for our game on Tuesday night. The coach will pick up from The Grove at 3.30 pm and from Kingsmeadow at 4.00 pm. The price is £10 and to book a seat please contact the club on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm today.

We have spoken to officials at Oxford who are very hopeful the game will go ahead despite the poor weather. The covers were put on their pitch straight after their game on Saturday and was protected from the slight snow fall they received overnight.


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Saturday 20 February 2010
first team news
Dons back in the play-off race

Wimbledon bounced back from their disappointing performance and result against Cambridge last Saturday to record a spirited win at Luton Town, and move up to sixth place in the league.

Terry Brown made just one change from the team that had drawn at Cambridge, with Glenn Poole starting in place of Ricky Wellard. In front of over 7500 fans, of which 1000 had made the trip to support the Dons, both teams played open, attacking football. Luton had a header in the opening minutes that looped over James Pullen and bounced off the crossbar before being cleared to safety. Luton looked the more threatening in the early stages, but the Dons came more into the game and took the lead after 28 minutes. A cross from the right from Will Hendry found Nathan Elder, and his miss-hit shot beat Mark Tyler in the Luton goal and dribbled over the line. Tyler made a gallant effort to claw the ball back but the assistant referee was on the spot to flag that the ball had gone over the line.

The lead was short lived and within a minute Tom Craddock had equalised, getting on the end of a cross and hitting it firmly past Pullen.

Again Luton made the running early in the second half, but although they enjoyed the majority of the possession, they were unable to find the telling pass and Pullen was not called into serious action. 20 minutes into the second half the Dons went ahead again through Danny Kedwell. Elder held up the ball in midfield and passed it out wide left to Kedwell. He beat Janos Kovacs for pace and drove into the penalty area, and from an acute angle smashed the ball high into the net giving Tyler no chance.

Luton pushed forward for an equaliser but with all the Dons players working tirelessly they were kept at bay, with the two centre halves, Paul Lorraine and Ben Judge, providing a solid barrier. After four minutes of added on time, the referee blew the final whistle for joyous celebrations to start for both the players and the fans.



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Friday 19 February 2010
first team news
Team news for Luton

Terry Brown updated us late this afternoon with injury news affecting the team for tomorrow's game.

"The latest update regarding injuries for Saturday's game is positive as far as Lewis Taylor and Paul Lorraine, who've been carrying knocks, is concerned and also for Danny Blanchett who has been struggling with a virus.

The bad news is that Brett Johnson is still suffering problems with his kneecap and so we decided, on Mike Rayner's advice, to send him for a scan as a precaution. We won't get the results until early next week. However, with all the other injury and sickness doubts settled, we go into arguably the two biggest away games of the season in decent nick and with no excuses.

"The players are very excited about the opportunity of playing at both Kenilworth Road and the Kassam Stadium in the space of three days. I am sure that those of you who are able to make the journey will not be disappointed by the effort and work rate put in by the lads."

After talking to Terry Brown we took the opportunity to talk to former Luton player John Faulkner, now our sports psychologist, to see how he feels about the fixture. John said "I played over 200 games for Luton and coached the youth team and then the first team for a total of eight years, when they were in the equivalent of the Premier League. They were good times and I have a great love for the club. But on Saturday, there is only one team I want to win and that is AFC Wimbledon. I love the energy at the club, with everyone totally involved in the vision of returning to the Football League. It is a very special place." After saying that, we just hope they let John in to the game tomorrow...

The club has sold over 800 of the allocation of 1,500 tickets, with the remaining tickets going on sale on the gate tomorrow. We know that there will be a lot of fans travelling on the day and we recommend that travelling fans arrive early.


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Friday 19 February 2010
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents Steve Best on Friday 5 March!

Comedy@Kingsmeadow Presents Steve Best, Dan Evans and John Mann
Friday 5 March
Price: £15 including Dinner
Doors: 7.30pm
Tickets: here

Steve Best (Headliner)
Steve Best is rapidly building a reputation as a great visual comic, harnessing a mind-boggling array of gadgets and gags to keep his audience in stitches. Funny, frenetic and mad, his act can feature anything from blowing up a woman and eating balloons, to cutting his hand off. His unique form of slapstick comedy is backed up with astounding talent; he plays the guitar like a genius and is fluent in serbo-Croatian.
Steve has blasted onto the comedy scene and is a regular on the nationwide comedy circuit. As a headline act, Steve has gone on to perform all over the world including Hong Kong, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Greece, Ireland and Italy's celebrated 'Festival of the Absurd'.
His UK profile has been hugely boosted by supporting some major tours, including FRANK SKINNER and CRAIG CHARLES. He has headlined an extensive university tour and took his own show to Edinburgh to massive critical acclaim.
Steve is starting to make an impression on television, and has starred in C5's 'The Big Stage' and BBC1's 'The Stand Up Show'. He has just finished doing the warm up for the BADDIEL & SKINNER "Unplanned" live TV show and a month with them at the Shaftsbury Theatre in the West End. Steve is looking to take his unique brand of comedy to the small and the BIG screen, as well as building his popularity on the live circuit.
"In a class of his own" The Times
"Rip-roaringly funny. See him!" The Guardian
"An unholy cross between Steve Martin, in his early days, Lee Evans and Fozzie Bear" Sunday Times
"One of the most original and inventive comics on the circuit. Steve Best's act defies description. One of the great clowns of our time" Newcastle Comedy Festival

Dan Evans (Opening Act)
'Skilful and surreal' The Scotsman
'Original and inventive' The Times
Dan Evans first appeared on the comedy circuit in 1994, shortly afterwards leaving a promising career as one of East Anglia's leading office menials to go full time.
Over the past decade his twisted logic has delighted the nation, helping it through the dark days of the death of HRH The Queen Mother and the uncertainties of 21st century property prices.
As well as playing clubs and universities throughout the UK, Dan has gigged in Holland, Germany, Dubai and Ireland as well as being part of the sell-out Screaming Blue Murder Cabaret and Avalon Comedy Zones at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Dan's TV and radio appearances include Brain Candy (BBC3 & 2), Channel 5 at The Store, Channel 5 Comedy Zone and the Radio 2 Stand Up Show.
He writes too, with many credits including The Very World of Milton Jones (R4 - Sony Award Winner), Rory Bremner Who Else? (CH 4), The Eleven O'Clock Show (CH 4), The Live Floor Show (BBC 1), Revolver (BBC 1) and The Joan Rivers Position (CH 5).

John Mann (MC)
Sharp observation and wry wit mingled effortlessly with a gentle and confident rapport ensure this comic is unfailingly funny. Whether he is discussing the senile antics of senior citizens or giving handy hints to aid successful shoplifting, John's gentle and honest delivery makes him one of the most enjoyable comedians on the circuit today. John is a regular and longstanding Jongleurs act (compere and headliner).
“ Complete genius. . . . Brilliant observations” Johnny Vaughan The Big Breakfast
“ A fantastic compere . . . the night is his” Steve Lamacq – NME
“ The man is quite simply very very funny” Nihal Arthanayake – Radio One
“Distinctly amusing, engaging and talented” Malcolm Hay - Time Out
“One of the funniest people I know” Phill Jupitus






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Thursday 18 February 2010
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 Erik Samuelson (Chief Executive), Alison Franks and Neil Messenbird (Dons Draw Administrator).

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

First prize of £1000 - ticket 3664 – Barrie Scott of Molesey

Second prize of £500 - ticket 2523 – Linda Hunt of Worcester Park

Third prize of £250 - ticket 1595 – Bernard Podd of Earlsfield

Fourth prize of £150 - ticket 2760 – Duncan Worsfold of Worcester Park

Fifth prize of £100 – ticket 3609 – David Kirk of Marlow

Sixth prize of £75 – ticket 2264 – David Chan of Tooting

Congratulations to all six prize winners.

The next Dons Draw will take place on or around the 15 March 2010 with the results being posted on the AFC Wimbledon official web site soon after the draw has taken place.

We are again paying out a massive £2075 in month in prizes!

If you want a chance of winning one of these prizes, 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 2010 Dons Draw is 8.00pm 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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Wednesday 17 February 2010
first team news
Looking forward to Luton

Following the midweek Blue Square Premier results, where Oxford scored a late winner to defeat in-form Rushden while York and Luton battled out a scoreless draw, the Dons are still in touch with a play off place. However, they now face two of the season's most difficult away games, with visits to Luton Town and Oxford United in the space of three days.

The season opened for the Dons with Luton at Kingsmeadow. It could scarcely have been a tougher start for Terry Brown's young team, but they fought back from an early Tom Craddock goal to snatch a draw with a late Jon Main penalty.

Luton have not conceded an away goal for eight games and have taken twenty points in the process, but in the same number of recent home games, they have dropped thirteen points. Perhaps this reflects the pressures of playing in front of the Blue Square Premier's biggest crowds but, whatever the cause, Terry Brown will be taking his team to Kenilworth Road looking for all three points.

Earlier today he said "we are looking forward to Saturday's clash as Luton. I was fortunate enough to see the visit of Oxford last week in what must have been one of the most dramatic games ever seen at Kenilworth Road. I'd like to say how much I enjoyed Luton's victory but unfortunately, like quite a number of supporters on the night, I had left after 90 minutes, fully convinced that Oxford had won a very close encounter.

"I have since seen the two Luton goals which were both scored from corners, one of them directly into the net, and therefore we know where at least one of their threats lies. Luton's form since the defeat at home to Ebbsfleet has been very good but, as Ebbsfleet proved, they are certainly not invincible at home.

"I know most of our fans are looking forward to the trip on Saturday as we will once again be locking horns with a very famous and distinguished ex-football league opponent. I have no idea how our previous record stands up against Luton - all I do know is that we shall have to be at our best if we are to come away with the points on Saturday.

"This is the second of three difficult games away from home and dropping two points against Cambridge will put extra significance on the points at stake in the next two games."

Advance ticket sales to Dons fans have nearly reached 800. The game is not all ticket, but tickets can still be bought in advance by calling at the AFC Wimbledon office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm this week.

There are still a few places available on the second fans' coach and places can be booked by phoning the club on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm.


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Wednesday 17 February 2010
club news
Under 19 game off

This afternoon's home game against Woking has been postponed because of the waterlogged pitch following yesterday's heavy rain.


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Tuesday 16 February 2010
dons trust news
Scales for dinner

Wimbledon legend John Scales is the latest addition to the stunning line-up for Terry’s Tales on 26 March.

John began his career with the Dons in 1987 and made an appearance in the winning FA Cup final team in 1988. By the time he left Liverpool in 1994 for £3.5 million, he had completed 240 Wimbledon appearances, scoring 11 goals. He also earned three England caps. More recently, John has played for the AFC Wimbledon Masters team.

So your Terry’s Tales line-up looks like this:

Terry Burton
David Barnard
Neal Ardley
John Scales

Tickets for this dinner evening are £75 per head. We are pleased to announce a discounted price for ordering a complete table of ten, a special offer of £600 per table. These prices include a three-course meal and coffee. We advise you to book now to avoid disappointment later.

To apply for tickets, send your name, telephone number and email address (if you have one), together with a cheque for £75 per person (or £600 per table), to Terry's Tales, The Dons Trust, The Cherry Red Records Fans’ Stadium – Kingsmeadow, Jack Goodchild Way, 422a Kingston Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 3PB. Cheques should be made payable to The Dons Trust. Please make us aware of any dietary requirements.

If you have any questions, please email here or leave a message for Simon Bath via the club on 020 8547 3528.



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Tuesday 16 February 2010
club news
Send your questions for Dave Bassett's AFC Wimbledon TV interview

Iain McNay’s next guest for an in-depth interview for afcwimbledon.tv is former Wimbledon FC player and manager Dave Bassett. The interview is being recorded next week.

If you have any questions that you would like Iain to ask Dave then please email him at Iain at AFC Wimbledon TV.


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Tuesday 16 February 2010
club news
Coaches to Luton and Oxford

We are continuing to take bookings for the supporters' coaches travelling to our next two away games against Luton and Oxford.

Luton Town - Saturday 20 February. The coach will pick up from The Grove at 10.30 am and from Kingsmeadow at 11.00 am.

Oxford United - Tuesday 23 February. The coach will pick up from The Grove at 3.30 pm and from Kingsmeadow at 4.00 pm.

The cost is £10 and places can be reserved by contacting the club office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays.


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Monday 15 February 2010
club news
Terry reflects on Cambridge

We were able to catch up with Terry Brown after this morning's training session and look back at Saturday's game. "I came away from Saturday’s game very disappointed. We were playing a side low on confidence and had the opportunity to go and play some good football and get the result we needed but we didn’t. Having started poorly we gradually got into the game and after establishing a 2-1 advantage I would have hoped that we would have seen the game through and take the maximum three points.

"Credit must go to Cambridge who showed great resilience when they went down to 10 men. They worked their socks off, the crowd got behind them and they fought back to grab an equalizer but, from our point of view, it was definitely two points dropped on the day.

"As Cambridge was the start of three difficult away games we now have to pick up additional points from what on paper looks like the two hardest away games of the season. Having gone to watch Luton play Oxford last Tuesday I am fully aware that the points on offer will be very difficult to achieve. However, we will be going to both games looking to play our normal game and looking for maximum points. Although the other results in the league on Saturday didn’t go well for us there are still 48 points to play for and I fully expect there to be plenty of ups and downs in the coming weeks."



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Monday 15 February 2010
club news
Luton Town tickets now on general sale

This is a reminder that tickets for the Luton away game on Saturday 20 February have gone on general sale from this morning, limited to four tickets per applicant.

Tickets can be bought by visiting the club office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm during the week.

Alternatively, tickets can be purchased by making a postal application. Applicants should enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Tickets will be sent at the risk of the applicant – in other words we cannot issue replacement tickets for any that are lost in the post. Fans who want secure delivery of the tickets should not stamp the self-addressed envelope but instead add a payment of £2 for a recorded delivery service. The last day for the club to post tickets out will be by 1st class post on Wednesday 17 February.

For fans who wish to travel to the Luton game by coach, the price is £10, and places may be reserved by contacting the club office on 020 8547 3528 during normal office hours.

The coach will be picking up from The Grove at 10.30 am and from Kingsmeadow at 11.00 am.



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Sunday 14 February 2010
dons trust news
Dons Trust election results 2010

Results of the 2010 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 14 February 2010.

The following four candidates were elected to the Board: Nicole Hammond, Kris Stewart, Tom Adam, David Growns. They will serve alongside the existing Board members, namely: David Cox, Iain McNay, Sean McLaughlin, Ray Armfield and Matthew Breach.

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 election and especially Neil Springate, of The Fulham Supporters’ Trust, who oversaw the election count.


A full breakdown of the election count is as follows:

Number of members eligible to vote: 1633

Number of those members who did vote: 786 (48.1%)

Votes received by each candidate:

David Hall 288

Mark Davis 277

Nicole Hammond 511 ELECTED

Kate Terriere 187

Kris Stewart 436 ELECTED

Lee Willett 125

Stephen Cooles 62

Tom Adam 371 ELECTED

Simon Bath 290

David Growns 311 ELECTED

Damian Woodward 176

Christopher Gibbs 56



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Saturday 13 February 2010
club news
Cambridge come back to deny the Dons

Despite a brace of goals from Lewis Taylor and the sending off of Cambridge's Antonio Murray, the Dons were unable to secure a victory and fell further behind in the race for a play-off spot.

In front of a crowd of over 3000, the Dons were slowly out of their blocks and Danny Crow put the home team in front when he headed home from close range after James Pullen had dropped a cross. The equaliser came shortly before half time when good build up play led to Taylor passing the ball home from ten yards.

The same player then gave Wimbledon the lead after 56 minutes, getting on the end of a Danny Kedwell cross, and shooting left footed past the sprawling Simon Brown. Things got better for the Dons when Murray was red carded after the referee deemed his tackle on Kedwell to be dangerous.

With the game for the taking, Paul Lorraine had a header come back from the underside of the bar, but just two minutes later another goalkeeping error led to Lee Phillips getting his head on a cross from the left. The Dons were never able to take advantage of the extra man and in the end, it was Cambridge who came closest to snatching a winner.


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Friday 12 February 2010
club news
Luton tickets and coach travel

This is a reminder that unsold tickets for the Luton away game on Saturday 20 February will go on general sale on Monday 15 February but fans can apply now for tickets, limited to four tickets per applicant.

Tickets can be purchased by making a postal application. Applicants should enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Tickets will be sent at the risk of the applicant – in other words we cannot issue replacement tickets for any that are lost in the post. Fans who want secure delivery of the tickets should not stamp the self-addressed envelope but instead add a payment of £2 for a recorded delivery service.

Season ticket holders have until 5.30 pm on Saturday 13 February to apply for a guaranteed ticket.

For fans who wish to travel to the Luton game by coach, the price is £10, and places may be reserved by contacting the club office on 020 8547 3528 during normal office hours.

The coach will be picking up from The Grove at 10.30 am and from Kingsmeadow at 11.00 am.


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Friday 12 February 2010
club news
Seats still available for the Cambridge coach

There are some spaces available for our away game at Cambridge United tomorrow.

The coach will be picking up from The Grove at 9.30 am and from Kingsmeadow at 10.00 am.

The price is £10 and places on the coach may be reserved by contacting the club office on 020 8547 3528 before 4.00 pm today.


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Thursday 11 February 2010
club news
Phil Ledger memorial service

A memorial service for Phil Ledger, the former Dons goalkeeper who went on to be a highly-respected non-league administrator, will be held at Guildford Cathedral at 1.00 pm on Monday 15 February.


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Thursday 11 February 2010
first team news
The Dons get ready for Cambridge

As Wimbledon go into a challenging February, Terry Brown looked back on a disappointing London Senior Cup performance before turning his thoughts to Saturday's visit to Cambridge United.

"Unfortunately, or fortunately as the case may be, I missed the London Senior Cup tie against Tooting owing to the fact that I attended Luton v Oxford and, yes, I left before both the Luton goals. As all good scouts do, I left five minutes before the end.

"Having spoken to Stuart and Simon after the Tooting game, it doesn't appear that I missed much on the evening. The only positive that Stuart and Simon gave me from the performance was the fact that several of our players benefitted from 120 minutes of football and we came through it without any significant injuries.

"Looking at the size of our current squad, it is important that we remain in both cup competitions, and we face another very difficult Ryman League team away from home at Harrow in the next round.

"The Luton v Oxford game was a fairly dour affair, as is often the case in big games of this nature. The atmosphere at Kenilworth Road was fantastic, with Oxford providing a full house behind the goal. It would be nice to think that we could emulate that on Saturday week. Both sides played similar formations, with one lone striker supplemented by wide midfield players.

"I thought a draw would have been a fair result on the day and I still can't quite believe that in injury time, with two minutes to go, Luton scored twice from set pieces. If this result tells you nothing else, it is don't leave the game until the 98th minute. Oxford will be very disappointed with the outcome but they have had their own successes with late winners. I think the games against these teams will be very difficult but these are two games we've been looking forward to since we came up and they are games that I hope my players will learn from and enjoy.

"This Saturday we look forward to visiting another big Conference Premier club who, at the start of the season, certainly had aspirations for promotion. They are unfortunately going through a poor spell at the moment. Cambridge possess a good quality squad and a top quality manager and I am sure they will address their slump, hopefully after our visit to the Abbey Stadium. Saturday's game will offer our fans the opportunity to watch the game in a fantastic stand behind the goal in a lovely traditional stadium with plenty of atmosphere.

"We go there at the start of a three match sequence where we know we will have to be at our best to keep in touch with the top five. At the outset, based on their recent results, Cambridge would appear the most likely place to attain maximum points but, football being football, the results never work out quite how you envisage them. We need to start at Cambridge in a similar fashion to the way we started against Forest Green Rovers. I thought on our previous encounter, Cambridge were one of the best sides to visit Kingsmeadow.

"For Saturday's game, we have got injury doubts concerning Brett Johnson, Steven Gregory and Kennedy Adjei. Despite that, we go into three of the biggest away games of the year with a good balanced squad and plenty of players to choose from.

"I think we need to make a five to ten percent improvement if we are to be successful on our travels over the next two weeks. Our players certainly have the capabilities to improve and now is the time to step up to the plate."


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Thursday 11 February 2010
club news
End of Season Dinner 2010 ONLY 4 TABLES LEFT

Following last year’s extremely successful event, the club is pleased to announce the details of this season’s End of Season Dinner, kindly sponsored by Sports Interactive.

Once again the dinner will take place in a marquee on the pitch at The Cherry Red Records Fans Stadium on Saturday 8 May.

The evening will commence with a reception in the main bar at 7.00 pm before moving into the marquee for dinner.

After dinner, there will be an auction, a raffle and the highly anticipated end of season speeches from Terry Brown, the player of the season and more.

Once that is finished, a live band will be providing the entertainment with the bar open until 1.00 am.

Tickets cost £900 for a table of 10 or £100 for individual tickets, which includes ½ bottle of wine per person.

The dress code is lounge suit.

To book your table or for more information, call the commercial department on 020 8547 3336 or e-mail here.

We have a limited number of tables available so we strongly recommend you book a table early to avoid disappointment


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Thursday 11 February 2010
dons trust news
Sign up for WALK 4 WIMBLEDON 4

Saturday 17 April
10.30 am meet at Plough Lane (7-mile walk) OR
11.30 am meet at Wimbledon Common (5-mile walk)

Entry forms are now available for this season’s sponsored walk being organised by the Dons Trust. This promises to be an important fundraising opportunity and a highly enjoyable family occasion, starting at Plough Lane and finishing at Kingsmeadow via Wimbledon Common.

We are walking to raise money for something that matters to all of us: clearing the debt on our Kingsmeadow stadium. The walk will also remind the people of Wimbledon (those who don’t know already!) that there is a football club that bears their name.

In addition to the Stadium Fund, the Dons Community Chest and two local charities – Merton Mind and Grenfell Housing – will benefit from the event, further reinforcing our links with the local community.

Once again we will be joined by the Mayor of Merton, Cllr Nick Draper, as well as other old friends of the club.

Please join us, and persuade your friends and family to Walk 4 Wimbledon too. Full sponsorship information, route details and forms will be sent to you when you complete and hand in an entry form. If you would like any more information please email here

This will be an enjoyable day with hundreds of people, of all ages, in club colours or even fancy dress, walking through leafy parks and commons on their way to a rousing reception at Kingsmeadow on the final Saturday home game of the season.

Alternatively, if you would like to volunteer to help with marshalling walkers or other arrangements on the day, whether you are participating on the walk itself or not, please e-mail Siobhan at here



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Wednesday 10 February 2010
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents our first ever 'Battle of the Bands' this Friday!

KINGSMEADOW LIVE PRESENTS BATTLE OF THE BANDS – Friday 12 February 2010

Doors 7.00pm, bar closes at 12.00am
Admission: £5
For more information, please call our booking line on 020 8547 3335

Kingsmeadow Live is proud to present our inaugural “battle of the bands” showcasing local talent. We are also delighted to announce that the bands due to perform on Friday 12 February all include AFC Wimbledon fans, so come along and show your support!

Kooler Kings

Kooler Kings are a young exciting new band formed from the current emerging Wimbledon & SW London music scene, spear headed by XFM DJ John Kennedy & Jamie T, with whom they recently played a show. The four members all met at The London Oratory school in Fulham & having grown up with musical influences in all their families decided to form a band. When the band played their first gig at The Watershed in Wimbledon, DJ John Kennedy saw them & immediately played them on his XFM radio show. The band were recently interviewed & filmed playing live for a docu-movie about the Reading festival due out on TV & Cinema in the next few months. Having written almost an album's worth of material, the band entered the studio to record their debut single. They are gigging extensively in London, especially Wimbledon where a dramatic new music scene for new bands is emerging. Their Myspace page can be found (here)

I, Ludicrous

I, Ludicrous have possibly been "the most original band in the world" since they formed in Endymion Road, Brixton, London during 1986. John and Will had become confederates whilst working for Finsbury Data Services - aka Textline - filling the dull days of clerking by amusing each other with jokes, anecdotes, fall lyrics and nasty comments about their colleagues. A homemade 4 track cassette somehow found its way into the hands of Mark E Smith who - without telling them - promptly booked them to support the Fall at a top London venue. The band achieved immortality the following year when their seminal flexi release reached the dizzy heights of number 11 in John Peel's Festive 50. This was followed up by the debut album It's Like Everything Else which also found its way into the top ten of the indie charts. Their Myspace page can be found (here)

On. Trial

On Trial, fronted by AFC Wimbledon fan Jonny Wah Wah, have been together around 4 years and they play rock music with a punky edge and cover many subjects in their songs; from the witch trials in "Burn Baby Burn" to the idea of a Utopian world in "Pangiers"! But their live performances are what they are really about, chaotic and wild you really never know what to expect and no two performances are ever the same! They are a favourite on the festival circuit and have played with some great bands like the Damned, Stiff Little Fingers and Eddie and the Hot Rods. So leave your inhibitions at home and get your drinking head on and enjoy the party because it’s a 24 hour one with these guys. Their Myspace page can be found (here)

Catharsis

Catharsis is a lively metal band formed in London in 2008 by guitarist Bill Rees and their influences include Metallica, Motorhead and Iron Maiden. Their Mypace page can be found (here)


Line-ups subject to change, additional bands TBC.


We are also on the look out for locally based bands to perform at similar events in March and April, so whether it is Pop, Alternative, Rock, Indie, Grunge or Electro we would love to hear from you!


If you're interested, give us a call on 020 8547 3396 or e-mail here.



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Wednesday 10 February 2010
club news
Update on Luton ticket sales

Tickets for the away game against Luton Town on 20 February are selling well and season ticket holders are reminded they have until 5.30 pm on Saturday 13 February to apply for their tickets.

Unsold tickets will go on general sale on Monday 15 February but non season ticket holders can apply now for tickets, limited to four tickets per applicant. Tickets can be purchased by making a postal application.

Applicants should enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Tickets will be sent at the risk of the applicant – in other words we cannot issue replacement tickets for any that are lost in the post. Fans who want secure delivery of the tickets should not stamp the self-addressed envelope but instead add a payment of £2 for a recorded delivery service.



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Tuesday 09 February 2010
dons trust news
Terry's Tales - another guest

The Dons Trust is pleased to announce another special guest who will be joining the fundraising dinner on 26 March.

David Barnard was Chief Executive of Wimbledon FC and was at the helm of the club at the time that our special guest Terry Burton was manager. He has been a friend of, and source of advice for, AFC Wimbledon since the club's formation.

Tickets for the dinner are available for £75 per person. To reserve your place, send a cheque for £75 per person (made payable to The Dons Trust), your contact details (name, address, telephone number and, if possible, email address) to Terry's Tales, The Dons Trust, The Cherry Red Records Fans Stadium Kingsmeadow, Jack Goodchild Way, 422a Kingston Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, KT1 3PB. Please state whether you have any special dietary requirements. For further details email hereor contact Simon Bath via the club on 020 8547 3528.

Check this space over coming days and weeks for further announcements on what promises to be a fascinating and entertaining evening. The line-up so far is Terry Burton, Neal Ardley and David Barnard.



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Monday 08 February 2010
dons trust news
Dates for your diary

The fundraising team is now approaching the busiest period of the season, with a number of events which should appeal to a wide range of Dons supporters.

On 27 February, we are pleased to announce our “Quid and a Quiz” afternoon. In the absence of first team football that afternoon, we will be opening the bars at Kingsmeadow and organising a number of events to appeal to supporters (young and old alike), including a quiz. Admission will be free, although there will be a £1 nominal charge for participating in the quiz. The full line-up of activities will be announced in due course, so make sure to keep the afternoon free in your diary.

Another new event to announce is Walk 4 Wimbledon 4, a family-friendly sponsored walk from Wimbledon to Kingsmeadow, to be held before the home game against Chester on 17 April. This walk follows the scenic route of Walk for Wimbledon 2, back in 2005, across Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park. Further details will follow on this website shortly. Sponsorship forms are available from here .

Tickets are on sale for Terry’s Tales, the fundraising dinner with Terry Burton, Neal Ardley, David Barnard and other guests to be announced, on 26 March. For further details, watch out on this website. Email here if you have any questions about the event.




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Monday 08 February 2010
club news
Terry names a stong team for re-run cup game

The Dons turn their thoughts back to the London Senior Cup tomorrow, when last week's abandoned game against Tooting and Mitcham United will be played again.

Last week's game was abandoned after 70 minutes. The usual convention in such circumstances is that if a game is abandoned up to half time, spectators are entitled to free entry to the replayed game, but not if the game goes on into a second half. In the light of this, the AFC Wimbledon directors have decided that at least half of the club's share of the profits from the replayed game will be allocated for the benefit to a local charity. Tooting and Mitcham are also donating a proportion of their share of the gate to charity.

Terry Brown plans to use the game to give first team squad members some game time and he named a strong team for the game when we spoke to him shortly after this morning's training session.

"Tomorrow night's game gives me the opportunity of playing several players who need 90 minutes game time. Subject to one or two injury doubts clearing up, the team will be: Seb Brown; Ryan Jackson, Jay Conroy, Ben Judge and Derek Duncan; Glenn Poole, Josh Parker, Elliott Godfrey and Kennedy Adjei; Jon Main and Peter Rapson. Substitutes will be drawn from the first team squad.

"With only 17 league games left until the end of the season, I feel it is important that everyone in the squad gets adequate game time and therefore we shall be putting strong sides out in both cup competitions. If last Monday's game is anything to go by, we should be in for another very close encounter - we were fortunate last time as I don't really think we looked like scoring a goal on the night and I certainly don't expect it to be an easy game on Tuesday.

"Looking back on Saturday, the 2-0 win against Forest Green Rovers puts us back in a play off position. However, there are still 51 points to play for and the next three difficult away games, starting this Saturday at Cambridge, will no doubt have a bearing on our chances of a play off spot."


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Sunday 07 February 2010
dons trust news
Dons Trust elections - answers to WISA questionnaire now available

With twelve candidates standing in the elections for the Dons Trust Board, it looks like being an exciting contest. As usual, WISA – with input from you, the fans – has asked candidates a raft of questions on the important issues facing the Trust, the Club, and all things Wimbledon.

The answers are now in, and you can see them by clicking on WISA election questionnaire.

Whether you’re a Dons Trust member and want more information to help you cast your vote, or whether you simply want to find out what the candidates think on the important issues, it promises to make fascinating reading.


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Saturday 06 February 2010
first team news
Dons complete the double over Forest Green

Wimbledon started with a bang against Forest Green Rovers, racing to a 2-0 lead in nine minutes. But a head injury to Brett Johnson after 25 minutes disrupted the Dons' rhythm and they never really recovered it from that point.

Will Hendry, Steven Gregory and James Pullen returned to the team who took only eight minutes to take the led when Sam Hattton chipped a lovely through ball for Will Hendry to run on to and cross perfectly for Nathan Elder to nod home. This came only a couple of minutes after a similar effort by Elder had been cleared off the line.

Almost straight from the re-start Ricky Wellard strode through mid-field and waited until just the right moment before slipping a perfect through ball for Hendry to hit a sweet shot home from the edge of the area. Only minutes later, another sweeping move put Lewis Taylor through and his snap shot hit the outside of the post and went for a goal kick.

After about 25 minutes, Brett Johnson went off with a head injury and in the ten minutes it took to insert stitches and get him back on the pitch, Wimbledon lost their impetus.

Forest Green went close to pulling a goal back before half time, including a strange incident when Pullen could only touch a deep cross onto Hatton's head, from where it bounced onto the cross bar and down into a massive scrum before being scrambled clear for a corner.

The second half continued where the first left off, with Forest Green looking unlikely to score but being very effective in disrupting the Dons' play. For a while it looked as if the game might erupt, after a series of strange decisions by the referee raised tempers and added to the stop-start nature of the game.

Terry Brown said "after the recent disappointments we started off very strongly and were good value for our lead. After Brett Johnson went off due to an elbow in the head, we lost that momentum and never regained it.

"I was pleased to welcome back Will Hendry who had a very good game and Steven Gregory was a massive influence for us. Also, Glenn Poole gave us something a bit different when he came on - he didn't get a lot of the ball but he moved it around well and showed some good touches. Since we won I feel I can say that the game was spoiled by a series of poor decisions by the referee who, let's just say, will have better days.

"I feel for Jon Main who didn't get onto the pitch today, especially as he was in very good form when we signed Nathan Elder, but he will get his chance again, I'm sure."


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Friday 05 February 2010
club news
Ticket arrangements for the visit to Luton

Although our league game against Luton Town at the Kenilworth Stadium on Saturday 20 February is not all ticket we have been advised that the capacity for Wimbledon fans in the Oak Stand will be 1500. With a big following expected for this important league fixture we have decided to sell tickets in advance.

The ground is an all-seater stadium and prices are Adults £18; Over-65s £13; Young Adults (17-21) £13; Over-75s £10; Youths (10-16) £8 and Under-10s £5. Seats are unallocated.

Tickets will initially go on sale to season ticket holders, using Voucher E, limited to one ticket per applicant. We are hoping that the tickets will have arrived in time for them to go on sale at the game against Forest Green Rovers. If this is the case the tickets will be available from the Kingston Road End turnstiles 10 minutes after the final whistle so please listen out for announcements at the game. Tickets can also be purchased as follows:

By Post:
• Applicants should enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Tickets will be sent at the risk of the applicant – in other words we cannot issue replacement tickets for any that are lost in the post. Fans who want secure delivery of the tickets should not stamp the self-addressed envelope but instead add a payment of £2 for a recorded delivery service.
• Applicants must enclose a daytime phone contact number

Personal callers:

Tickets will not be sold by phone. However, personal callers may visit the club between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays to purchase tickets.

Season ticket holders will have until 5.30 pm on Saturday 13 February to apply for their tickets and any unsold tickets will go on general sale from Monday 15 February by either of the above means.



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Friday 05 February 2010
club news
Date arranged for the trip to Chipstead

Our quarter final tie against Chipstead in the Surrey Senior Cup will take place at their High Road ground, Chipstead on Tuesday 2 March, kick off 7.45 pm.

Ticket prices will be announced in due course.


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Thursday 04 February 2010
first team news
The Dons face Forest Green Rovers following Trophy disappointment

Forest Green Rovers come to Kingsmeadow on Saturday still in a relegation position but with their form improving - they have won 3 and drawn one of their last six league games. Wimbledon fans who went to the New Lawn for the away game back in October saw a thrilling encounter with five goals in the first 23 minutes in a game which heralded the return to goal scoring form of Jon Main.

Since that game, on-loan striker Sean Rigg, who was the object of interest from Terry Brown for some time, has left and is now at Port Vale on loan. During the transfer window, Forest Green recruited 19 year old Reece Styche to help to increase their goals-for tally. Styche was at Chasetown where he scored 13 goals in 15 appearances and he continued that fine run of form with two goals on his debut, coming on as a substitute to help to defeat Hayes and Yeading United.

Terry Brown stressed the importance of getting back into winning form on Saturday, when we spoke to him just before tonight's training session at Kingsmeadow.

"Saturday's game against Forest Green Rovers takes on extra importance after a couple of disappointing defeats. The squad is now back to its strongest level, except for our long term injured players, and I hope competition for places will ensure a better performance on Saturday.

"As expected with a young side, our form has fluctuated from month to month and it is important in the latter half of the season that we concentrate on more consistent performances to enable us to keep in touch with the play off positions.

"Going out of the FA Trophy means a slight change in priorities as far as the London Senior and Surrey Senior Cups are concerned, as I believe that it is vitally important that every player in our squad gets first team game time every week.

"Therefore, I shall expect the players who aren't playing on Saturday to take part in Tuesday's game at Tooting and that will be their opportunity to force their way back into the side. If the players currently on the periphery don't take that opportunity then it is down to them.

"Forest Green come to us having moved out of the bottom three as their results have improved recently and they will be looking to continue this improvement on Saturday. It is up to the players selected for Saturday's game to bounce back and put a smile on everyone's face again.

"We will certainly be aiming for maximum points on Saturday as our next three league fixtures are away at Cambridge, Luton and Oxford, all of them very tough games. But if we can return to the solidity of defence and consistency of play from December, I am we will get some vital points from those games. But first, we need to get back to winning ways on Saturday."


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Thursday 04 February 2010
club news
Fixtures Update

As a result of Tamworth’s progress in the FA Trophy, our home league game scheduled for Saturday 20 February will now take place at the Cherry Red Records Fans’ Stadium – Kingsmeadow on Tuesday 20 April, kick off 7.45 pm.

We have agreed with Luton Town that our away fixture due to take place at Kenilworth Stadium on Tuesday 16 February will now be played four days later on Saturday 20 February, kick off 3.00 pm.

The abandoned London Senior cup tie against Tooting & Mitcham will be played on Tuesday 9 February, kick off 7.45 pm and further information will follow in due course about the arrangements.

In the quarter final of the Surrey Senior Cup we will be away to Chipstead and the date for this game will be announced in due course.



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Wednesday 03 February 2010
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents The Dualers!

KINGSMEADOW LIVE PRESENTS – THE DUALERS! Saturday 24 April

Doors 7.30pm, bar closes as 1am
Admission: £14
For more information, please call our booking line on 020 8547 3335

Kingsmeadow Live is pleased to announce that The Dualers will be performing a 90 minute set on Saturday 24 April! With support from DJ’s spinning bluebeat, ska and two-tone faves.

To purchase tickets, visit here.

The Dualers first came to the attention of the nation in October 2004 when they became the world’s first street performers to enter the UK singles chart. Debuting at number 21 with self-penned Kiss on the Lips, they sold more records that week than established artists such as Duran Duran, the Scissor Sisters, Ronan Keating, Girls Aloud, and Natasha Bedingfield. No small feat given the lack of backing and publicity.

In November 2005, The Dualers released their second single, Truly Madly Deeply, another chart hit, entering at number 23 ahead of Bananarama, Jamiroquai, and Corrine Bailey Rae. Following the release of a third single, Don’t Go, their debut album, The Melting Pot, was unleashed on the nation on July 3rd, 2006.

As The Dualers became increasingly popular with fans, they also caught the attention of established acts such as Toots and the Maytals, Ziggy Marley, The Beat, and The Blockheads, who all invited Tyber and Simon to support them at their shows. Word began to spread further afield with a number of appearances in Europe in 2007.

In December 2007 Kiss on the Lips gained national TV airplay when it was used in a number of scenes on hit BBC soap Eastenders. Later that month, Tyber and his parents, Bill and Jackie, were seen, again on the BBC, featured as part of the documentary series Dance Britannia.

2009 has seen The Dualers sell out the indigO2 venue at the O2 Arena on two separate occasions.

The band is fronted by mercurial brothers Si and Tyber Cranstoun. Their musical preferences were heavily influenced by their father, Bill, who helped to introduce ska and soul music to the capital as part of the Savoy Sound System.

'These local superstars are inching towards fame' The Independent
'When you start dancing to these guys, it's impossible to stop' The Sun
'The Dualers soulful harmonising has admirable echoes of Bob Marley and Sam Cooke' Q Magazine

For more information, visit here



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Wednesday 03 February 2010
dons trust news
Use your vote

Dons Trust members are reminded that there is just over a week remaining in which to cast their votes for the Dons Trust Board. Many important questions are being addressed in this election with a wide range of candidates and your votes matter.

There will be a ballot box by the Dons Trust stall before the game against Forest Green Rovers on Saturday, together with someone to answer any membership queries.

After that ballot papers can be delivered to the office during their working hours or by post. If posting remember the closing date is Saturday February 13th and allow ample time for delivery.

There is active questioning of the candidates continuing at here and all are welcome to take part or simply read the contributions.




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Tuesday 02 February 2010
cfs news
Matchday Football Club Resumes As Usual

Now that the recent adverse weather conditions have subsided, the Matchday Football Club has resumed as usual before AFC Wimbledon home matches on Saturdays, from 1.00 pm to 2.30 pm.

The sessions are suitable for any child between the ages of 4 and 16, costs just £6 and includes a child terrace ticket for the match afterwards. For season ticket holders, the cost is only £5. The next Matchday Football Club will be this Saturday prior to the match against Forest Green Rovers, so why not come down and enjoy some quality football coaching, learn new skills and play small sided matches before watching the Dons in action.




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Tuesday 02 February 2010
club news
Terry on Tooting and Mitcham

Terry Brown was grateful that last night's abandoned game won't add to the fixture congestion by being played next week.

"Monday's London Senior Cup tie against Tooting resulted in a disappointing ending for all parties, I must admit I felt sorry for the referee last night - he was in a no-win situation. It was 50:50 whether he was going to start the match but as both management teams wanted to proceed he agreed to go ahead on the understanding that the hard surface didn't turn into a frozen surface.

"Although the weather forecast predicted above freezing temperatures it was quite evident as the night wore on that the surface was getting treacherous. It was an awkward situation for our bench because as soon as you go 1-0 down you are reluctant to give the referee any views about calling it off, especially with only 20 minutes to go. Thankfully no-one received any serious injuries although Danny Blanchett badly bruised and cut the left side of his body.

"As far as the game was concerned it was a good-natured contest, with both sides giving their all on a difficult surface. Do I think we would have pulled a goal back? I am not too sure, with what I witnessed on the night, so Billy Smith can quite rightly feel a bit aggrieved. All I can say on the matter is that we will be really trying to beat you next time, Bill!

"A saving grace of the situation is that neither team had a game arranged for next week so the game will be played on Tuesday night. The clubs have agreed that two charities will benefit from a share of the gate from the rescheduled game."


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Tuesday 02 February 2010
club news
Dave Honour

We are sorry to report that Dave Honour, a dedicated fan of the club, has died.

Dave made his career as an engineer moving south from his native north east to pursue his career. He only really adopted Wimbledon after his retirement, since he was a Newcastle United supporter until then. Dave's son Tim passed his season ticket to him after moving to New Zealand twelve years ago. Dave gradually 'got the bug' and enthusiastically supported AFC Wimbledon since it started.

Dave was a frequent volunteer, helping first the Dons Trust with its banking and then various other roles around the club where his cheerful and quiet manner endeared him to other fans and volunteers. He fell ill shortly after his 80th birthday in December and died last Thursday, 28 January.

Dave's funeral will be held at 11.00 am on Monday 8 February at St John Fisher Church, 207 Cannon Hill Lane, SW20 9DB. Dave's wife, Cathy has said that fans are very welcome to attend. She is happy if anyone wishes to send flowers or, if people prefer, a donation to the Haiti disaster fund.

We send our condolences to Cathy and Tim.


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Monday 01 February 2010
club news
Wimbledon and Tooting must try again

The two clubs will meet again on Tuesday 9 February after the London Senior Cup tie was abandoned after 70 minutes when the Referee deemed the pitch had become dangerous and unplayable.

Despite the conditions both sides were willing to get the game going but it was quickly apparent that the far side of the pitch was very hard with players on that that side finding it difficult to keep their feet. The only goal came after 48 minutes when Paul Vines ran on to a through ball and shot purposefully home to give the home side the lead.

With players increasingly falling over as they took corners or slipping as they took throw ins the referee was left with no option other than call a halt to proceedings before one of the players suffered a serious injury.


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Monday 01 February 2010
first team news
Ross Montague out for up to eight months

Terry Brown made the following statement early this afternoon.

"Unfortunately today we received the news we half expected, that our young striker Ross Montague has ruptured his cruciate ligament in the game against Wrexham, on 23 January.

"The timing is exactly one year to the day from his previous cruciate ligament injury, in the other leg. I am sure that everyone at the club will join us in commiserating with this very talented young lad, who had just started to show some of the undoubted talent that he possesses.

"This couldn't come at a worse time as we felt that he had now fully recovered from the previous injury and was going from strength to strength.

"The club will ensure that Ross gets the best possible treatment. He couldn't be in better hands for the recovery period as Mike Rayner has now successfully managed the rehabilitation of four other players in the last 18 months. These were all unavoidable injuries that happened in the most innocuous circumstances - in Ross's case he fell awkwardly when an opponent was shepherding the ball out of play. There is no underlying reason or cause for the injuries, other than sheer bad luck.

"We all wish Ross a speedy recovery."


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Monday 01 February 2010
first team news
Tooting and Mitcham pitch update

We have spoken to Tooting and Mitcham officials and they are optimistic that the game will be played tonight.

No pitch inspection is planned, although the referee will of course review it when he arrives at the usual time for such a game.


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Monday 01 February 2010
first team news
The Dons return to cup action tonight at Tooting

Terry Brown was looking forward to getting into action as soon as possible after Saturday's defeat against Workington.

"Having reflected on Saturday's performance, from a management point of view the only answer is to get back to basics again, and you can only really do that on the pitch or the training pitch.

"Several first team players will be involved in tonight's game at Tooting and they will be the players who need a game. The team for tonight will be: James Pullen; Ryan Jackson, Jay Conroy, Ben Judge, Danny Blanchett; Kennedy Adjei, Derek Duncan, TJ Rose, Will Hendry; Jon Main and Peter Rapson.

"The bench will be made up of Marcus Gayle's best young players. This is a very strong side and there will be no excuses for anyone not producing their best form.

"In light training this morning were Glenn Poole and Steven Gregory, who hopefully will both be fit and available for selection on Saturday. We expect to hear today concerning Ross Montague's scan."


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