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Monday 28 February 2011
first team news
Hayes and Yeading preview

As usual, Terry Brown spent Monday morning waiting to hear the verdict on injuries and fitness after a hard physical game against Altrincham on Saturday. The news was mixed, as he told us after today's training.

"Saturday's game against Altrincham claimed one or two victims as far as injuries are concerned. Ismail Yakubu has severely damaged his collar bone, but Mike Rayner is hopeful that Ismail will be back in action within four weeks.

"Sammy Hatton, who also suffered a particularly poor challenge, will be undergoing a fitness test tomorrow. Meanwhile, although Luke Moore is responding to treatment he will be unavailable for Grimsby.

"On the positive side, Steven Gregory has recovered from the back injury that he suffered on Saturday and will be fit and available for selection on Tuesday. Also, both Sammy Moore and Lee Minshull trained well today and we are hopeful they will be able to take part in Saturday's reserve game at Hampton & Richmond. Apart from that, all the boys are fighting fit and looking forward to gaining our first ever points at Church Road.

"Since I left Hayes over nine years ago, I've yet to take a team to Church Road and come away with a point. This has to change some day and I sincerely hope that it will happen on Tuesday. Hayes themselves are also desperate for the points as the battle at the bottom currently involves up to nine teams and although I would dearly love Hayes to get out of trouble, we will be going looking for all three points.

"Finally, it is really a shame that due to the weather the only date the league could sanction the final of Suburban Champions Cup is tomorrow night. I would like to have been at Walton for the game, as I'm sure many fans would too, to watch Marcus's team try to convert their 2-1 lead from the first leg into a trophy."

By all accounts Hayes were unlucky to lose at home to York City on Saturday and they will be looking to bring that level of performance into the game against Wimbledon. On Saturday the Church Road pitch was very heavy and it is likely to be so again on Tuesday night, which will not suit either team as they both like to get the ball down and play football.

While the Dons have the injury worries described above, Hayes will be missing the services of Tom Cadmore who is suspended after reaching ten yellow cards for the season.

If you are travelling to the game by car, please note that car parking at Hayes's ground is very restricted due to building works.


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Monday 28 February 2011
club news
Crawley Town match will be all ticket

We understand from Crawley Town that on Police advice our fixture in the Blue Square Bet Premier on Friday 18 March will be all ticket.

We hope to be in a position to announce ticket arrangements tomorrow morning once we have heard from Crawley.


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Monday 28 February 2011
reserve team news
Reserves reach Surrey Final

Marcus Gayle's reserve team reached the final of the Surrey Premier Cup when they defeated Metropolitan Police 2-1 on Saturday with Billy Hussey and Jerson Dos Santos scoring the vital goals.

The final will be played on Wednesdasy 16 March against South Park at Carshalton Athletic FC with a 7.30 pm kick off.


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Sunday 27 February 2011
club news
Highlights of the Wrexham and Altrincham games on AFC Wimbledon TV

Highlights of the Wrexham game can be seen by clicking on Wrexham highlights.

On a happier note, highlights of the Altrincham game can be seen by clicking on Altrincham highlights.


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Saturday 26 February 2011
dons trust news
From today's Altrincham programme - News from the Trust

Dons Trust Board chair Matthew Breach has a round-up of Trust-related news.

FEBRUARY BOARD MEETING
The Dons Trust Board met on Thursday 17 February.
Erik Samuelson presented his monthly CEO report, along with the six-monthly accounts to December 2010. A particular item of note was the proposed signing of a player who had played for Milton Keynes a few years ago. The board engaged in a lively debate, and a motion was proposed that on a matter of principle in this specific case, the Dons Trust board's non-executive role in the club should be over-ridden, and ManComm should be instructed by the board to halt negotiations with the player. This motion was not passed - by a substantial majority. However, the board recognises that signing ex-Milton Keynes players is a sensitive issue and wants to seek members' views on any potential future instances, so this will be on the agenda for the next SGM.

• The topic of smoking on terraces, which had been debated at the previous meeting, was discussed further. It was noted that some Football League clubs allow smoking in uncovered corners of their grounds. The board will come to a decision on this issue at its next meeting.

• The report from the Election Steering Group on the board elections held last autumn was accepted. Some recommendations and items for discussion were raised by the ESG – these were discussed briefly and put on the agenda for next month's meeting.

• Nicole Hammond presented the results of the recent survey carried out regarding fans' wishes for the club in terms of ownership, location and ambition. The results were very interesting, but presented no tremendous surprises. The Survey Working Group was due to meet in a week’s time to discuss the results in more depth, and will produce a statement as well as a press strategy to help ensure that some of the subtleties of the survey are not misinterpreted. Options for the next steps for the survey will be put to members at the next SGM.

• Progress on the review of the structure, governance and management of the club which the board discussed previously was discussed. It was decided to hold another dedicated workshop on this important topic later in the month.

Erik Samuelson also reported that the submission made to the government's Select Committee on football is now available online.

If you have any questions for the Dons Trust Board, contact a board member either in person or via info@thedonstrust.org
DANISH BLUE (AND YELLOW)
We welcome Danish supporter Jakob Genz to his first AFC Wimbledon match today. Here he explains how Dons Trust members can help him with a survey he is conducting.
“I have been a Wimbledon fan since 1992 and am studying Culture and Communication at the University of Southern Denmark. During the next six months I am working on my final paper and wish to contact some fellow Dons Trust members (drawn randomly) to receive my survey about fans passion for football, their club and how it affects their everyday life. With their co-operation and approval, I will then visit the club several more times in the coming months for a follow-up interview (and watch the Dons of course!) I can promise that the survey questions themselves will not be too time-consuming. Today will be my first visit to Kingsmeadow and together with a research assistant I look forward to meeting many supporters on the Tempest End.”




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Saturday 26 February 2011
first team news
Reaction to the Altrincham game

Terry Brown's post match interview can be heard by clicking on Terrry Brown on Altrincham.

An audio-only version can be heard by clicking on Terry on Altrincham, audio only.


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Saturday 26 February 2011
club news
Arrangements for the Altrincham game

Tickets

There are plenty of terrace tickets available for today's game against Altrincham.

Thanks to fans who have returned enough season ticket vouchers for us to make 30 - 40 seat tickets available for today's game. These will go on sale from the kiosk in the lobby of the main stand from about 1.45 pm.

Pre-ordered tickets

Pre-ordered tickets can be collected from the complimentary tickets window next to the players’ entrance, from about 1.30 pm.

Bars

The bars will open at noon and are open both to Wimbledon and Altrincham fans before the game. A decision will be made on the day about whether or not there will be access to the bars for away fans after the game.

The England v France rugby will be shown in the bars after the game.

Please note that the back bar will close at 5.30 pm to allow for preparation for a function tonight.

Food

There will be a burger trailer in the car park, opening at about 12.30 pm. The four outlets within the stadium will be operating from 1.45 pm.

Segregation

'Soft' segregation will be in place for the game, with Altrincham fans directed to the north end of the John Smith's stand. Wimbledon fans in the John Smith's stand and the Kingston Road end will be allowed access to the toilets and burger bar in the north east corner of the ground, along with Altrincham fans.

Entering the ground

Altrincham fans will enter through turnstiles 7 and 8. These turnstiles are accessed via the residential car park which is, in turn, entered from Jack Goodchild Way.

Wimbledon fans will enter via turnstiles 4, 5 and 6 for the Tempest End and the southern end of the John Smith’s stand (i.e. furthest away from the Kingston Road end). For the Kingston Road end, Wimbledon fans will enter via turnstiles 1, 2 and 3.

Parking and public transport

As usual, parking will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please take care and drive slowly when entering the car park.

You can park in some surrounding streets but please do so considerately.

Club shop

The merchandise shop will be open from 12.30 pm to 2.45 pm and then again after the match.


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Saturday 26 February 2011
club news
Today's programme - and last chance for the survey

Have you given us your feedback on the programme yet? The deadline for on line feedback is Monday 28 February, or you can collect a paper copy of the survey from the complimentary tickets window and hand it in after the game today. And if you take part you could win a pair of matchday tickets.

We are carrying out the survey to find out what you as Dons fans think of the official AFC Wimbledon matchday programme, so that we can plan for next season. What parts of it do you enjoy reading most? Is there anything you never look at, or is there anything that we don’t include but you think we should? Is it good value for money? And if you don't buy it, what might make you do so in future?

To fill in the survey online, click here.

Today's programme is 68 pages as usual, costing £2.50. The contents include Jamie Stuart talking about the highs and lows of his career, while Stephen Crabtree reviews falling attendances (but not for all clubs) in the Blue Square Premier Division. There are articles from around the club, including the Under 10 team; Jordan Knight, our under 15 goalkeeper; and Tony Milstead talking about how he plans to rejuvenate the Ladies' team. There's also an article on Altrincham manager Ken McKenna and lots more.


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Friday 25 February 2011
club news
Blue Square Bet Premier & FA Trophy weekend preview by Alan Alger from Blue Square

Crawley Town were shortened into 2/7 favourites (from 2/5) for the Blue Square Bet Premier title after their valuable win over Southport in midweek. That was the first of four straight home games for Steve Evans’ team and the second match in that run comes on Saturday when Barrow are the visitors to the Broadfield Stadium. Coincidentally Crawley are also 2/7 to win this match and extend their 100% home record against teams 10th or lower in the table. With Barrow bottom of the away standings and yet to register a win away from Holker Street it does look like an accumulator banker. The sides did draw 1-1 in the reverse fixture but Evans’ team look more settled since and shouldn’t make any mistake.

If Crawley are the first click on all accumulator bets this weekend then punters might also be tempted by two other matches in the division with similar prices. AFC Wimbledon and Fleetwood Town are both priced at 1/3 for their home matches with Altrincham and Eastbourne Borough respectively. The Wombles need to bounce back from their midweek defeat at home to Wrexham which has caused a big drift in their title price. Altrincham are stuck in the relegation zone and have lost ten of their 16 away matches already this season, seven of which without scoring a goal. Eastbourne could be in for a long and fruitless trip to the North West considering they haven’t won in their last 19 league games. Those interested in the ‘odds-on home treble’ of Crawley, AFC Wimbledon and Fleetwood can back it at just over 5/4 with Blue Square – experience tells us that these bets are never as easy as they sound though, particularly in this tough division.

Kidderminster Harriers welcome Wrexham to Aggborough in the game of the day – a real play-off ‘six pointer’. Whilst the title contest is possibly narrowing into a two horse race – the chase for a top five finish could concern as many as ten clubs. Wrexham got over their 7-2 blip at home to Gateshead with a clean-sheet and a win at AFC Wimbledon. They still have an outside hope of the title but a win here would go a long way to extending their season at the very least. Steve Burr’s Harriers are the ever so slight 7/5 favourites with an away win offered at 8/5.

Elsewhere in the division Rushden & Diamonds have been well backed from 6/5 into Evens to win at Histon. Newport are now 7/5 favourites to win at Kettering – who have one of the worst home records in the league. Bath City can return to winning ways with a home win over Southport at attractive odds of 4/5. Hayes & Yeading’s recent wins over Southport and Histon have improved their survival chances but they are still 2/1 outsiders for the visit of York City. Tamworth halted a three game losing run with a 2-0 win at Barrow, victory at Forest Green Rovers at a price of 15/8 would almost ensure their safety for another season.

With the Blue Square Bet Premier play-off final moving to the ‘City of Manchester Stadium’ for a year the prestigious FA Trophy competition provides clubs with their only chance of reaching Wembley this season. The ‘Quarter Finals’ take place this weekend and 2/1 competition favourites Luton Town have a tough trip to Blue Square Bet North side Guiseley. With the Hatters likely to field a second string line up we’ve drifted them from 8/11 to 4/5 to win this tie in 90 minutes. Gateshead look like they have a decent chance to win at Blyth Spartans in another ‘North v Premier’ encounter. An away win is on offer at an appealing 10/11. Salisbury have had a great run in the competition and are not without a chance at Darlington despite their price of 5/1. Mansfield shouldn’t make any mistakes at Chasetown at a short price of 4/6.


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Friday 25 February 2011
club news
Please send unwanted season ticket vouchers to the club

Demand for seat tickets for Saturday's home game is, as usual, very high.

If you aren't planning to come to the game, please consider donating the relevant ST voucher to the club so that we can re-sell the seat.

To do so, please email your ticket details to returned vouchers or phone the office on 020 8547 3528 and leave a message.

Vouchers for terrace STs are also very welcome as we can reclaim the VAT on those tickets.


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Friday 25 February 2011
club news
Ticket prices and coach arrangements for Grimsby Town

We have been informed by Grimsby Town that if tickets are booked in advance for our league game at Blundell Park on Saturday 5 March, there is a saving from the match day price.

This is an all seater stadium and tickets booked on 01472 605050 or bought at their ticket office before 1.30 pm on the day of the game are priced as follows: Adults £16; Over-65s and 15 to 18-year-olds £10; Under-14s £6.

Otherwise the prices are Adults £18; Over-65s and 15 to 18-year-olds £12; Under-14s £8.

There will be a supporters' coach travelling to the game which will pick up from The Grove at 7.45 am and from Kingsmeadow at 8.15 am. The price is £15 and places can be reserved at the complimentary tickets window before or after tomorrow's game against Altrincham.

Alternatively, bookings may be made by contacting the club office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays or at the online ticket shop, accessed via the front page of this website.


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Thursday 24 February 2011
first team news
The Dons look to get back on the winning trail

The Dons are looking to put Tuesday night's disappointing result behind them and get back on the winning trail with a home game against Altrincham on Saturday. Terry Brown has been trying to learn the lessons from the Wrexham game and today he took the players through an analysis of the key points, making use of the club's performance analysis software.

"Training today consisted of a light session on the Astroturf followed by a DVD session incorporating points from the last two fixtures. The emphasis was on ensuring we are able to play our passing game even when the opposition pressure us high up the pitch.

"As with any footballing team, you have to work that much harder at finding the space necessary to keep the ball on the ground. As a coach it is relatively easy to look at any opposition and work out ways of stopping them playing. It is, however, much more difficult to take the game to our opponents in a manner that is pleasing to the eye, which we want to be.

"Whatever style of football a manager chooses to play, it must be winning football. Like any of the fans who watched on Tuesday you suffer the initial disappointment of a home defeat but this has to be tempered with the fact that our style of play and consistency this year has put us in the position we are in today.

"The players are certainly not despondent and are looking forward to bouncing back against Altrincham on Saturday. There is good news on the injury front as both Rashid Yussuf and James Mulley are now fully fit. Ismail Yakubu will definitely be starting one of the next two or three games and Sammy Moore should hopefully be available for Tuesday's game against Hayes.

"The other good news is that Lee Minshull has made significant progress this week. He had been running in straight lines very well but last week his first attempt at running round the curve of the 'D' of the penalty area proved painful. After a bit more rest and treatment, he is now running at angles with no difficulty. We aren't going to rush him but it is good to see him making a visible improvement again and that put him in good spirits.

"Now that we have nearly a fully fit squad we are able to give Mark Nwokeji some game time at Eastleigh, where we thought he might give them a helping hand up the table. Mark has initially gone to Eastleigh for a month.

"Turning to the game itself, Dean Saunders commented on how patient our fans were on Tuesday and we might need a little bit of that patience against an Altrincham side who are desperate for points on Saturday and will no doubt come to stop us playing our usual game. The players are all very confident and looking forward to the game."

Altrincham come to Kingsmeadow in a relegation spot but within reach of safety if they can string together a run of good results. Their current position is mainly due to a disastrous start to the season when they scored four goals and took only one point from their first nine games. Their form since then would give them a comfortable mid-table place if repeated throughout the season.

On their day Altrincham are clearly a threat, as their most recent results show, with a win against Kettering and a draw against a strong York City side. Yet immediately before that they succumbed 3-0 at home to another relegation-threatened team - Histon. The issue for Terry Brown is which Altrincham turns up on Saturday, as the Dons seek their sixth double of the season to keep them on top of the Blue Square Bet Premier League.


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Thursday 24 February 2011
club news
Dons Trust's evidence to government inquiry

From time to time we reproduce a programme article on this site where it hasn't otherwise been publicised.

The linked article is from the Wrexham programme where Erik Samuelson talked about the Dons Trust's evidence to the government's select committee on governance in football.

You can read the article by clicking on Dons Trust submission to Select Committee.


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Wednesday 23 February 2011
club news
Carvery open before Altrincham game this Saturday

We still have space in the carvery before the Altrincham game this Saturday.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

The carvery opens in the back bar at 12pm.

Carvery guests enjoy:

- A 3 course carvery including tea and coffee
- Drinks service direct to the tables
- Sky Sports/ ESPN on the high def screen
- A complimentary match programme and team sheet
- A pre-match briefing by Terry Brown

Cost: £20 (carvery only) or £38 (including a ticket for Paul Strank Stand)



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Wednesday 23 February 2011
club news
Wrexham - post match interview with Terry Brown

Terry Brown's interview following the game against Wrexham can be seen by clicking on Terry on Wrexham.

An audio-only version can be heard by clicking on Terry on Wrexham - audio only.



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Tuesday 22 February 2011
club news
Avoid Kingston Town Centre

If you are coming to the game tonight at Kingsmeadow by car we advise you to avoid Kingston town centre where road works are causing very long delays.


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Tuesday 22 February 2011
club news
Blue Square Bet Premier live match and midweek preview - by Alan Alger from Blue Square

The last round of fixtures in the Blue Square Bet Premier on Saturday produced an average of 4.4 goals per game. Leaders AFC Wimbledon were responsible for a handful of those as they ran out 5-2 winners at Tamworth to extend their advantage at the top of the table to six points. Meanwhile promotion chasing Wrexham suffered a bad day at the office as in-form Gateshead put no less than 7 (Seven) past them at the Racecourse Ground. The last place Dean Saunders would have wanted to go next would be Kingsmeadow to face the Wombles - but that's Tuesday's live Premier Sports fixture on a night featuring ten matches in Non League's top-flight.

AFC Wimbledon are down to a price of 6/1 to win the title - with just 13 games left to play starting with the clash against the team from north Wales. The win at Tamworth put them back on track to beat the 'two points per game average' required to win the league and victory tonight would be another step in the right direction. Terry Brown's team are the 5/6 favourites to win the match, the draw is 12/5 and it's 3/1 that Wrexham can bounce back. On paper that looks a tough task for the Red Dragons as only Darlington have managed to take all three points when visiting south west London. It's hard enough to breach the home defence - who have ten clean sheets from 16 home matches. That said, Wrexham are not usually prone to shut-outs and have failed to score in only four of their 32 matches in the league this season. A 3-2 defeat in their last away game at Crawley halted a 14 game unbeaten streak though. It's important that Saunders' team do not panic whilst looking over their shoulders at the chasing pack for the play-off places. They are in a good position with just this fixture and a trip to Luton Town looking like the only potential stumbling blocks on a relatively easy run in. Their title dream looks over but they should still stay in the top five, although I can't see past a home victory for AFC Wimbledon here. The best 'correct score' bet looks to be a 2-1 home win at 15/2. Like many of his teammates Christian Jolley is probably not getting the full credit he deserves this season and 6/1 for the first goal looks a generous price for this talented wide forward.

Crawley Town flew the flag for the non league game in the FA Cup and are the shortest priced favourites of the evening as they return to league action. The match against Southport is the first of four straight home games that will go a long way to deciding the destination of the title trophy. Steve Evans' team are 1/3 favourites to beat the Sandgrounders, and that's not far off their title price of 2/5. A shock win for Liam Watson's team is offered at 15/2 and that might appeal to punters thinking that this is well and truly 'after the Lord Mayor's show' for the Old Trafford heroes.

For the second season running the Cambridgeshire derby is being played out as a relegation clash rather than the usual promotion battle of the two prior seasons. Histon are in improved form as they host neighbours Cambridge United. The U's with caretaker Jez George at the helm did not look as bad as their recent record suggests when I caught their home game with Kidderminster last Friday. I've taken a view on this game by making the away team narrow favourites at 6/4.

Darlington are 10 points behind sixth placed Kidderminster with three games in hand, so the hosting of Steve Burr's team tonight is an ideal time to reawaken their promotion push with the fear that defeat tonight will put it to sleep for good. The Harriers are looking for their fifth straight win at a price of 2/1. Gateshead are another of the form teams in the division and the aforementioned rout of Wrexham was their fourth straight win too. Ian Bogie's side are just 13/8 to make it five from five at Kettering.

Grimsby and Rushden are both odds on at home to Forest Green and Eastbourne Borough respectively. York City are the only odds-on away favourites of the evening as they travel to struggling Altrincham. Bath City take the eye at 6/4 to beat an unsettled Newport County, with only three defeats in 16 matches at their Twerton Park home. Barrow have only won one of their last 11 league matches and tonight they host a Tamworth team with a similarly inconsistent record. The home team are the slight favourites at 6/5.



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Tuesday 22 February 2011
club news
Have you had your say on the programme yet?

Are you going to buy a programme tonight? If so, please tell us what you thought of it. And if you aren't going to buy one, please tell us why not.

We want to know what you as Dons fans think of the official AFC Wimbledon matchday programme. Take part in our survey, and you could win a pair of matchday tickets.

The club would like to know your opinions so that we can start to plan the programme for next season. What parts of it do you enjoy reading most? Is there anything you never look at, or is there anything that we don’t include but you think we should? And is it good value for money?

To fill in the survey online, click here.

It won’t take more than a few minutes. Alternatively, you can fill in a paper copy of the survey available from the complimentary tickets window on any home matchday this month, and return it to the complimentary tickets window. The last date for returning a paper copy of the survey is 26 February, the day of the Altrincham game. The last date for completing the survey online is 28 February.

Everyone who takes part in the survey and enters their email address will go into a prize draw, with the chance to win a pair of tickets for a forthcoming home game, complete with a pre-match carvery meal for two.


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Tuesday 22 February 2011
club news
Matchday arrrangements for the Wrexham game

Tonight's televised game against Wrexham gives the Wimbledon a chance to extend the lead over three of the other top five in the league, with Luton and Fleetwood not playing. Doing so would mean winning a fourth game in a row - something the Dons have not achieved so far this season in the league, so this is another critical fixture in the final run in to the end of the season.

Although we are expecting a good crowd tonight, there are some seats available for sale, as explained below

Ticket availability

There are plenty of terrace tickets available for the game.

Thanks to an excellent response to our request for returned season ticket vouchers from fans who can't attend, there will be some seats on sale at the kiosk from about 6.45 pm. Nonetheless, we will be grateful if fans who find they can no longer come to the game would return spare ST vouchers by emailing returned vouchers or calling 020 8547 3528 and leaving a message.

Pre-ordered tickets

Pre-ordered tickets can be collected from the complimentary tickets window next to the players’ entrance, from about 6.30 pm.

Segregation

Segregation will be in place for the game, with Wrexham fans directed to the north end of the John Smith's stand. Wimbledon fans in the John Smith's stand and the Kingston Road end will not be allowed access to the toilets and burger bar in the north east corner of the ground - these are for Wrexham fans only.

Entering the ground

Wrexham fans will enter through turnstiles 7 and 8. These turnstiles are accessed via the residential car park which is, in turn, entered from Jack Goodchild Way.

Wimbledon fans will enter via turnstiles 4, 5 and 6 for the Tempest End and the southern end of the John Smith’s stand (i.e. furthest away from the Kingston Road end). For the Kingston Road end, Wimbledon fans will enter via turnstiles 1, 2 and 3.

Bars

The bars will open at 6.00 pm and are restricted to Wimbledon fans only, both before and after the game.

Food

There will be a burger trailer in the car park, opening at about 6.30 pm. The four outlets within the stadium will be operating from 6.45 pm, when the gates open.

Parking and public transport

As usual, parking will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please take care and drive slowly when entering the car park.

You can park in some surrounding streets but please do so considerately.

Club shop

The merchandise shop will be open from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm but not after the match.

Programme

We are publishing our usual 68 page programme for £2.50. The contents for this game include an interview with Brett Johnson, a review of the highly successful evening with Bobby Gould, Lee Minshull and Seb Brown going head to head in our quiz challenge, a feature on Wrexham manager, Dean Saunders, and a review of what it takes to win the league - and which teams tend not to win the play offs - plus all our other usual features.


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Tuesday 22 February 2011
club news
A few vacancies for carvery

We have had a late cancellation in the carvery and so there are about ten spaces available for tonight.

If you'd like to book a place you can do so by calling 020 8547 3336 or on-line by clicking on carvery. We will accept 'walk-ups' on a first-come first-served basis, subject to availability.

The carvery opens in the back bar at 5.30pm and carvery guests enjoy:

- A 3 course carvery including tea and coffee
- Drinks service direct to the tables
- Sky Sports/ ESPN on the high def screen
- A complimentary match programme and team sheet
- A pre-match briefing by Terry Brown

Cost: £20 (carvery only) or £38, including a ticket for the Paul Strank Stand. A booking with a seat is only available to telephone and on-line bookings.


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Monday 21 February 2011
first team news
James Mulley talks about the Tamworth game

A post-match interview with James Mulley can be heard by clicking on James Mulley on Tamworth.


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Monday 21 February 2011
first team news
Wrexham preview

While he was extremely satisfied with Saturday's win at Tamworth, Terry Brown wasn't resting on his laurels as he looked forward to a tough game with Wrexham on Tuesday night, in front of the TV cameras.

"The large number of fans who travelled to Tamworth and gave us magnificent support will have been delighted with the outcome, although we made hard work of it at times. At 2-0 I would expect the team to close down the game in a more professional manner, but football never turns out how you expect. Credit to Tamworth who never gave up and threw everything at us to bring the scores level in the second half.

"Fortunately, we were able to bring on substitutes and that certainly made a difference to the outcome. I thought Rashid Yussuff and James Mulley both had very good games and it was good to see them both score, while Drewe Broughton registered his first goal for the club after coming on with the score at 2-2.

"The result sets us up well for our game against Wrexham who obviously had an off day on Saturday. I am not going to read much into that, other than that they will probably come to us doubly determined to keep a clean sheet and get back on the winning trail. I know from reports of their game at Crawley they gave them a very good game for an hour and I think that is more of an indication of their quality than a one-off result on Saturday.

"On the injury front, Luke Moore isn't available following his injury in training last week but we expect that Ismail Yakubu will rejoin the squad now that his treatment is complete. I am hoping to name an unchanged team for the game.

"This is the first of two more weeks of back-to-back games and it is important that we gain more points to put pressure on Crawley and Luton. We are asking the fans for the same fantastic support they gave us for our last home game against York. You can ask any of the players and they will tell you that it really makes a difference."

Wrexham arrive having lost two and drawn one of their last three games, but two of those were against Crawley where by all accounts they gave a very good account of themselves. So recent form is misleading and Terry Brown will be taking more notice of the recent fourteen game unbeaten run in the league. That run started immediately after the Dons' win at The Racecourse, a result that Terry Brown described at the time as 'an unlikely three points' with Wrexham looking very strong but goals from Christian Jolley and Rashid Yussuf stealing the points on the day.

Manager Dean Saunders will be looking to put Saturday's result behind him, ignore the off-the-pitch issues that the club currently faces and get back to winning ways. Meanwhile, with Luton not playing, Terry Brown will hope to move 12 points clear of them in what is another massive game for Wimbledon.


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Saturday 19 February 2011
club news
Wimbledon's three lions - part 2

The second and third interviews, with Sam Hatton and Steven Gregory, complete the interviews with our three England C players, and can be seen by clicking on Three Lions - Sam and Steven.

An audio version can be heard by clicking on Three Lions - Sam and Steven, audio only.


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Friday 18 February 2011
club news
Late start for final game of the season

To facilitate live coverage of a Blue Square Bet Premier Division match on the final day of the season, Saturday 30 April 2011, the Football Conference Board has agreed all matches will commence with a 5.15pm kick-off.


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Friday 18 February 2011
first team news
Terry previews Tamworth

After a two-week respite when there has only been one game per week, the Dons are back to intensive games with five games in fifteen days. During the relatively quiet period, Terry Brown was looking to get all his squad back to full fitness but today brought disappointing injury news as he told us early this afternoon.

"On the injury front, Sammy Moore is still suffering from an ankle ligament injury he incurred ten days ago. Unfortunately, the injury hasn't healed as quickly as we had hoped and he will not be available for the next couple of games. Also, Luke Moore tweaked a medial knee ligament in training today and he will be rested over the weekend.

"However, looking on the bright side, Kirk Hudson has responded well to treatment and will be available for selection on Saturday, along with Drewe Broughton who, having passed his medical, trained with the players today. Drewe will add height and strength to our forward line and he allows us to change our shape if necessary.

"Although Drewe is a different type of target man to Danny, he will also offer us cover if Danny should pick up an injury. Danny and Drewe worked well together today and I am hopeful they can quickly strike up a fruitful partnership on the pitch. Finally, Ismail Yakubu has responded well to his final injection and should be fit and available for selection on Tuesday.

"The game at Tamworth is the first of five games within a period of 15 days. These games will be crucial as to the eventual outcome of both championship and play offs. We have emphasised to the players that we need to go on a run of back to back wins if we are to press Crawley and Luton for the title. The feeling within the squad is very positive and there are certainly enough points available to enable us to make a concerted challenge for the championship. The reason why the players and I are in a bullish mood is simply that we have 42 points to play for. If we can get on a proper run then we are certainly in with a chance."

Back in August the Dons beat Tamworth by a rather flattering 3-0 margin, with two goals by Danny Kedwell adding to a superbly-worked Sammy Moore opener. After a good start to the season (the defeat by the Dons was their only loss in the first ten games) they lost seven and drew one of their next eight games.

Things were looking up again as FA Cup success saw wins over Grimsby and League club Crewe Alexandra, but then manager Gary Mills left to join York City in October. Since then new manager Des Lyttle has orchestrated a good recovery and Tamworth currently sit fairly comfortably in sixteenth position, although they lost star player Alex Rodman to Aldershot in January.

Last season the Dons recovered from going two down early in the game with Danny Kedwell getting two goals in a spirited second half fight back. He will be looking to add more tomorrow as the Dons seek to extend the points gap over Crawley at the top of the table.


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Friday 18 February 2011
club news
Blue Square Bet Premier live match and weekend betting preview by Alan Alger from Blue Square

Having been well backed for the title in pre-season Cambridge United are in the middle of a miserable run that their backers and loyal fans will want to quickly forget. Summer optimism over the way they finished the last campaign has been replaced by a real fear that they could be dragged into a relegation battle as the current one reaches the final couple of months. Caretaker manager Jez George leads out a U’s team on Friday night, in front of the Premier Sports cameras, that have not won in seven matches – including six defeats. United have only scored three goals in their last 666 minutes of Blue Square Bet Premier football – which is not a good omen for any punters wishing to back a home win against Kidderminster Harriers tonight. They have struggled to beat the better sides in the division for the second season running and every one of their eight victories this season has been achieved against a side 14th or lower in the table – Kiddy are 6th. Blue Square make Cambridge the 9/5 outsiders for the game, the draw is 12/5 and an away win is the favourite at 11/8. Kidderminster’s away form should give the passionate Abbey Stadium faithful a glimmer of hope though. The Harriers would be no higher than 10th in the table for their record in road matches and three of their four wins have come when visiting sides in the relegation zone. The other was a shock victory at York City on the opening day of the season. United also managed a 0-0 draw when the two teams met at Aggborough in mid-September – a repeat of that scoreline is a tempting 11/1.

Elsewhere on Friday night Newport County host title chasers Luton Town. The Hatters can go within a point of Crawley and four points off leaders AFC Wimbledon with a win in South Wales. Again we have an away team as the favourites in this game with Richard Money’s team at 11/10. As shock losers at 2/5 in their last match at home to Fleetwood Town – some people may tread carefully before getting involved at that price. Though this is a much changed County side from the one that took a point from Kenilworth Road in the first few weeks of the season. Another draw is 12/5 with Blue Square, with a home win offered at 2/1.

However Friday’s nights matches end up, AFC Wimbledon will start and end the weekend at the top of the Blue Square Bet Premier table. Terry Brown’s team just will not lie down and be swallowed up by the chasing pack – as even the most faithful of Wombles expected. With Crawley Town in FA Cup action the South London side can open up a gap of six points with victory at Tamworth. That will force Steve Evans team into winning three of the five games they will have in hand come Monday morning to get back in front. It’s gradually looking like having points on the board may count for something, especially as the Red Devils have been on their magnificent, but also distracting, FA Cup journey. Crawley do begin a run of four home games next Tuesday so a win at The Lamb is vital for Brown’s men, they can be backed at 10/11 to do just that. Tamworth are on a run of two straight defeats without scoring and need to bounce back at best odds of 11/4.

Wrexham are the shortest priced favourites of the weekend at 8/15 for the visit of Gateshead. The Red Dragons lost their long unbeaten run at Crawley Town last week, losing 3-2 having led 2-0 at half-time. They bounced back by holding the same side to an impressive 0-0 draw in midweek. Opponents Gateshead are in great form though and take a three game winning streak to the Racecourse – each game won without conceding a goal. Ian Bogie’s form team are 7/2 to keep another clean sheet!

In other matches the best bets look to be a resurgent Southport who visit Hayes & Yeading United and should be backed at 13/8. With Histon winning three of their last four matches – they have to be high on the shortlist at 8/5 to win away to an Eastbourne side who haven’t picked up three points since the first week of October. Play-off hopefuls Darlington can complete the treble at 11/10 to win at Forest Green Rovers.


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Friday 18 February 2011
dons trust news
Dons Trust board meeting, Thursday 17 February

The Dons Trust Board met on Thursday evening.

Erik Samuelson presented the monthly CEO report, along with the six month accounts to December 2010. A particular item of note was the proposed signing of a player who had played for the Franchise a few years ago. The board engaged in a lively debate, and a motion was proposed that on a matter of principle in this specific case, the trust board's non-executive role in the club should be over-ridden, and ManComm should be instructed by the board to halt negotiations with the player. This motion was not passed, by a substantial majority. However, the board recognises that signing ex-Franchise players is a sensitive issue and wants to seek members' views on any potential future instances, so this will be on the agenda for the next SGM.

The topic of smoking on terraces, which had been debated at the last meeting, was discussed further. It was noted that some Football League clubs allow smoking in uncovered corners of their grounds. This board will come to a decision on this issue at its next meeting.

The report from the Election Steering Group on the board elections held last autumn was accepted. Some recommendations and items for discussion were raised by the ESG – these were discussed briefly and put on the agenda for next month's meeting.

Nicole Hammond presented the results of the recent survey carried out regarding fans' wishes for the club in terms of ownership, location and ambition. It was noted that the results were very interesting, but presented no tremendous surprises. The Survey Working Group is meeting next week to discuss the results in more depth, and will produce a statement as well as a press strategy to help ensure that some of the subtleties of the survey are not misinterpreted. Options for the next steps for the survey will be put to members at the next SGM.

Progress on the review of the structure, governance and management of the club which the board discussed previously was discussed. It was decided to hold another dedicated workshop on this important topic later in the month.

Erik Samuelson said that the submission made to the government's select committee on football is now available online.


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Friday 18 February 2011
club news
Terry signs his striker

Terry Brown has signed Drewe Broughton, a 6’ 3” striker, on loan from Lincoln City until the end of the season.

Terry said “I am delighted to have signed Drewe who I’ve been aware of for some time. He offers us different options – he is a big strong lad who wins headers in and around the box, creating chances for others, and he holds the ball up very well. In effect, he offers us a Plan B. I expect he will take some of the pressure off Danny who has led the line single-handedly and taken a bit of a pummelling from time to time. I am sure they will play well together. Drewe goes straight into the squad for Saturday’s game at Tamworth.”

Drewe Broughton has made well over 300 Football League appearances, and has played for a range of clubs, including 13 appearances for a team in Buckinghamshire. On signing for Wimbledon, Drewe said “I know that some fans won’t like the fact that I played for them, but I’ve talked to Terry Brown and the club officials. All I can say is that I now understand the AFC Wimbledon story and the club’s heritage and I want to be part of its return to the Football League.”




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Thursday 17 February 2011
club news
Fleetwood Town away highlights now on AFC Wimbledon TV

Highlights of the game at Fleetwood last month can be seen by clicking on Fleetwood highlights.


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Thursday 17 February 2011
club news
Carvery open before Wrexham game

We still have space in the carvery before the Wrexham game on Tuesday of next week.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

The carvery opens in the back bar at 5.30pm.

Carvery guests enjoy:

- A 3 course carvery including tea and coffee
- Drinks service direct to the tables
- Sky Sports/ ESPN on the high def screen
- A complimentary match programme and team sheet
- A pre-match briefing by Terry Brown

Cost: £20 (carvery only) or £38 (including a ticket for Paul Strank Stand)



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Wednesday 16 February 2011
dons trust news
Dons Draw results for February

The February Dons Draw took place this morning at Kingsmeadow.

Winning numbers were drawn in the presence of Erik Samuelson (AFC Wimbledon Chief Executive), Neil Messenbird (Dons Draw Administrator) and Chris Atkinson (AFC Wimbledon Office Administration).

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

First prize of £1,000 - ticket 2970 - Simon Rey SW18

Second prize of £500 - ticket 3943 - Derek Hessey CR7

Third prize of £250 - ticket 0373 - Raymond Smithson BD20

Fourth prize of £150 - ticket 4040 - Tim Edwards SW20

Fifth prize of £100 - ticket 1232 - Stephen Montgomerie SW17

Sixth prize of £75 - ticket 4085 - David Bone DA&

Congratulations to all six prize winners..

The next Dons Draw will take place on or around 15 March 2011 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 £2,075 this 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 2011 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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Wednesday 16 February 2011
club news
Wimbledon's Three Lions

The first in a series of interviews with our three England C players, entitled 'The Three Lions', can be seen by clicking on Three Lions - Seb Brown.

An audio version can be heard by clicking on Three Lions - Seb Brown, audio only

This extended inverview will soon be followed by shorter interviews with Steven Gregory and Sam Hatton.


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Wednesday 16 February 2011
club news
York highlights now on AFC Wimbledon TV

Highlights of the York City game can be seen by clicking on York highlights.


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Wednesday 16 February 2011
dons trust news
Photos from an Evening with Bobby Gould

A collection of photos from last Friday's Evening with Bobby Gould can be found online here.

Pictures can be ordered online for the modest price of 50 pence each (6" x 4.5" format - higher prices apply for larger formats). The profits from the sale of these photographs (i.e. net of the amount retained by Photobox) will go towards the Dons Trust's fundraising budget.

We are grateful to Maria Potter for taking these photographs


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Monday 14 February 2011
club news
Supporters' coach to Tamworth

We are still taking bookings for the supporters' coach travelling to Tamworth for our game in the Blue Square Bet Premier on Saturday 19 February.

The coach picks up from The Grove at 10.00 am and from Kingsmeadow at 10.30 am. The cost is £10 and places can be reserved by calling the office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm. Alternatively, bookings can be made at the online ticket shop, accessed via the front page of this site.


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Monday 14 February 2011
club news
Midweek Blue Square Bet Premier preview by Alan Alger from Blue Square

The title odds for the Blue Square Bet Premier suffered a huge shake-up at the weekend after some exciting games and important results. The main factor was Luton Town’s defeat at home to Fleetwood Town which has led to the Hatters drifting to 5/2 from 7/4 for automatic promotion as champions. Just after half-time on Saturday it was all looking good for table-toppers AFC Wimbledon who led at home to York City whilst Crawley Town and Luton were behind in their games. Crawley bounced back from two goals down to beat in-form Wrexham 3-2 and saw their price as title favourites harden from 4/7 into 2/5. AFC Wimbledon held on to their lead at Kingsmeadow as well as their lead in the table which witnessed a collapse in their championship odds from 12/1 into 7/1. Wrexham losing for the first time in 15 matches meant their price went out to 18/1 from 14/1. With each-way betting still available (on two places to a third of the odds at Blue Square) - Saturday winners Kidderminster Harriers and Fleetwood may appeal to some at their identical price of 33/1.

Tuesday night sees Wrexham host Crawley at the Racecourse Ground in a quick reverse of Saturday’s thriller. The manner of the comeback from Steve Evans’ side means that they will start this game as slight 11/8 favourites to gain another three points. A home win is offered at 13/8 with the draw priced at 12/5. Andy Mangan hit a first half brace for the Welsh side on Saturday and he is 11/2 to break the deadlock again. The league’s leading scorer Matt Tubbs netted all three of Crawley’s goals in their fightback and is continuing an incredible stat carried over from his Salisbury City days. The 26-year-old has played in 124 games in Non Leagues’ top-flight since the start of the 2007/08 season and has scored an incredible 68 goals in that period. His ‘goals to games’ ratio over this season and the last one is up to 0.74 – and it’s no surprise to see him as the favourite for the ‘first goalscorer’ market here at 3/1. Of course Crawley have a huge game at Old Trafford to look forward to at the weekend and far from thinking that this will be a team pulling out of dangerous tackles – I actually think they’ll be playing for their FA Cup places. A draw suits the away side here considering their games in hand towards the top of the table and I think that is the best call.

York City are another team with games in hand and they can kickstart their play-off push from mid-table with a win over fellow promotion hopefuls Fleetwood Town. The Minstermen are ten points behind Micky Mellon’s team in the table but have played three games fewer. City’s home form has seen them only lose four times in their last 37 league matches at Bootham Crescent and Fleetwood will do well to get anything from this game. A York win is 6/5 with an away win priced at 15/8, the draw is 12/5. Fresh from their win at Kenilworth Road, the Cod Army will think they are capable of anything.

Kettering Town were strong favourites and one of my tips at the weekend to beat poor travelers Barrow. It was therefore strange to see their young boss Marcus Law employ a 4-5-1 formation against a team that hadn’t won away all season. That played into Barrow’s hands and they achieved a valuable point. Law’s side host Bath City on Tuesday - a team who have lost seven of their 15 away games. Six of those away defeats for the Romans came on trips to the top six in the division, so they will have some hope of getting something from Rockingham Road. A Kettering win is 6/5, an away win is 15/8 and a very probable draw is 12/5.

Barrow are on the road again seeking that first win away from Holker Street. Mansfield are the hosts after their 3-3 thriller at home to Newport County on Saturday evening. The Stags have conceded 20 goals in their last eight league matches – which incredibly includes two clean-sheets. Barrow are the 4/1 outsiders, with a home win odds-on at 4/6 and a draw available at 12/5. The best bet may be to expect more goals with ‘over 2.5’ an attractive 8/11. We should also expect goalmouth action from Darlington who visit a Cambridge United team who are winless in six matches. Darlo beat Eastbourne 6-1 on Saturday, but their previous league game was a 4-0 defeat at Luton. Mark Cooper’s team have only won once away all season – at leaders AFC Wimbledon. We make Darlington the favourites at 11/8 to get three points, Cambridge are 6/4 to return to winning ways and the draw is 23/10. ‘Over 2.5’ goals in this game is 4/5.

Altrincham aren’t usually in the position of being strong favourites but are no bigger than Evens to win at home to Histon. Alty had two men dismissed in their defeat at Kidderminster at the weekend and have only won once in their last five matches. Histon visit off the back of a home defeat against Hayes & Yeading United on Saturday – arguably their easiest game in a run of five, but the only one they lost. This game is very hard to call and an away win at 12/5 does not appeal due to that inconsistency. Gateshead can consolidate their mid-table place with a home win over Hayes & Yeading. Ian Bogie’s team are the 8/11 favourites to beat the team which registered only their third away win of the season in 16 matches on Saturday. A Hayes & Yeading victory could lift them out of the relegation zone at 10/3.


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Saturday 12 February 2011
club news
Terry interviewed after York City match

Terry Brown can be seen giving his thoughts on the 1-0 win against York City today by clicking on Terry on York City.

An audio version can be heard by clicking on Terry on York City - audio only.


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Saturday 12 February 2011
club news
Tell us what you think of our matchday programme

We want to know what you as Dons fans think of the official AFC Wimbledon matchday programme. Take part in our survey, and you could win a pair of matchday tickets.

The club would like to know your opinions so that we can start to plan the programme for next season. What parts of it do you enjoy reading most? Is there anything you never look at, or is there anything that we don’t include but you think we should? And is it good value for money?

To fill in the survey online, click here.
It won’t take more than a few minutes. Alternatively, you can fill in a paper copy of the survey available from the complimentary tickets window on any home matchday this month, and return it to the complimentary tickets window. The last date for returning a paper copy of the survey is 26 February, the day of the Altrincham game. The last date for completing the survey online is 28 February.

Everyone who takes part in the survey and enters their email address will go into a prize draw, with the chance to win a pair of tickets for a forthcoming home game, complete with a pre-match carvery meal for two.



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Friday 11 February 2011
club news
Arrangements for the game against York City

Tomorrow's game against York City is a critical match for the Dons as other fixtures mean that a win will increae the gap between Wimbledon and either Crawley or Wrexham (or both if they draw), who meet at Broadfield Stadium, and Luton or Fleetwood, who contest three points at Kenilworth Road.

Ticket availability

There are plenty of terrace tickets available for the game.

High demand for seat ticket sales means that there will be, at most, a handful of seats on sale tomorrow, so we repeat our request for any season ticket holders who can't make it to the game to return spare ST vouchers by emailing returned vouchers or calling 020 8547 3528 and leaving a message.

Seat tickets

The small number of available seat tickets will go on sale from the kiosk in the lobby of the Paul Strank stand from about 1.45 pm. Please note that most seat tickets will be 'singles'.

Terrace tickets

Fans who wish to do so can buy terrace tickets in advance using the 'Buy tickets online here' button on the left of this site's home page. The tickets can be collected before the game.

Pre-ordered tickets

Pre-ordered tickets can be collected from the complimentary tickets window next to the players’ entrance, from about 12.30 pm.

Segregation

Segregation will be in place for the game, with York fans directed to the north end of the John Smith's stand. Wimbledon fans in the John Smith's stand and the Kingston Road end will not be allowed access to the toilets and burger bar in the north east corner of the ground - these are for York fans only.

Entering the ground

York fans will enter through turnstiles 7 and 8. These turnstiles are accessed via the residential car park which is, in turn, entered from Jack Goodchild Way.

Wimbledon fans will enter via turnstiles 4, 5 and 6 for the Tempest End and the southern end of the John Smith’s stand (i.e. furthest away from the Kingston Road end). For the Kingston Road end, Wimbledon fans will enter via turnstiles 1, 2 and 3.

Bars

The bars will open at noon and are restricted to Wimbledon fans only, both before and after the game.

Before the game the televised Manchester derby match will be showing in all bars.

After the game the main bar will remain open until 9.30 pm and will show the Sunderland v Spurs game, followed by Mansfield v Newport County which kicks off at 7.15 pm.

The back bar will be closed at full time and the President's Lounge will close at 7.30 pm.

Food

There will be a burger trailer in the car park, opening at about 12.30 pm. The four outlets within the stadium will be operating from 1.45 pm.

Parking and public transport

As usual, parking will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please take care and drive slowly when entering the car park.

You can park in some surrounding streets but please do so considerately.

Club shop

The merchandise shop will be open from 12.30 pm to 2.45 pm and then again after the match.

Programme

We are publishing our usual 68 page programme for £2.50. The contents for this game include an interview with Fraser Franks, a visit to the Dons' other stadium - in cyber space - the second half of the feature analysing how Wimbledon fare against top and bottom half clubs, and interviews with York manager Gary Mills and Wimbledon's Albanian striker Elton Gjoni - plus all the usual features. There is also a piece on "Bullies Out" the charity which will be holding a cash collection at the ground tomorrow.


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Friday 11 February 2011
club news
Weekend Blue Square Bet Premier and live match preview by Alan Alger from Blue Square

We have a ‘Super Saturday’ in the Blue Square Bet Premier this week as a number of the top teams face-off against each other. No less than four matches will involve two teams from the top half of the table and the day could go down as an extremely important one in the title race. AFC Wimbledon have a quick chance to get revenge on York City after their heavy defeat at the hands of the Minstermen at the start of the month. The Wombles are favourites with home advantage and can be backed at 10/11 to extend keep their lead at the top of the table. York are yet to register a win away at any of the teams above them in the table and that’s a key stat for this contest. Gary Mills’ side are available at 11/4 which could be an attractive price for punters who look at the 4-1 scoreline from the reverse fixture a few days ago.

The Broadfield Stadium plays host to an intriguing clash between title favourites Crawley Town and the division’s form team Wrexham. This is a difficult match to weigh up and although Crawley will be favourites, an odds-on quote of 4/5 leads me to think that an away win could be value here. The price of 3/1 for Dean Saunders’ team to win and move right into the title shake-up is worth taking. Fleetwood Town have not kept up their consistent start to the season but can be proud that they are still in contention for the play-offs. They have a tough game at Kenilworth Road against Luton Town. The Hatters have seen their title price collapse from 5/2 to 7/4 in the last few weeks and continue to move in the right direction. They are strong favourites at 8/15 to beat Micky Mellon’s men and continue to put pressure on their fellow promotion contenders.

Improving Kettering Town make plenty of appeal at odds of 5/6 to beat poor travelers Barrow. The Holker Street side yet to register an away win all season. Bath City also stand out with their solid home record as Tamworth visit Twerton Park, a win for Adie Britton’s team is priced at Evens. Kidderminster Harriers continue to perform extremely well considering their off the pitch problems and they are worthy 8/15 favourites at home to Altrincham. Rushden & Diamonds now have home advantage against Gateshead after the fixture was swapped and are priced at 8/11 to make that count. The reverse fixture will now be played later in the season. Eastbourne Borough have not won in the league since the first week of October and are winless in 16 matches including 10 straight defeats ahead of Saturday’s trip to Darlington. The Sussex side are 6/1 to halt that slide with an unlikely win over Mark Cooper’s men. Cambridge United are also in a long run of defeats and their trip to Grimsby tomorrow sees the home side offered at 4/7 to inflict a sixth straight loss on the U’s.

There are also some huge matches towards the bottom of the table which could be labeled with the cliché ‘six-pointer’. Histon are in tremendous form at the moment, especially in defence where they’ve conceded just one goal in four unbeaten matches. They look like the best bet of the weekend at 11/10 at home to Hayes & Yeading United. David Livermore’s Stutes can leapfrog the Middlesex side with a win. Southport can do the same to Forest Green Rovers as they look to build on two decent home performances with a third straight game at Haig Avenue. Liam Watson’s team are the 11/10 favourites to register a victory against a struggling Rovers side who have won just two of their 14 away matches in the division.

Mansfield Town and Newport County feature in a live Premier Sports game on Saturday evening and you’d fear that the losers of this match will be out of contention for a top five finish as the play-off spots become ultra-competitive. Mansfield are the slight favourites at 6/5 with a draw offered at 23/10 and an away win at 15/8. Mansfield topped the table back in late September but have been on a downward curve since. Newport have been as high as second as recently as between Christmas and New Year but have also suffered reversed fortunes of late. The loss of manager Dean Holdsworth has coincided in a slump from the South Wales team, who have not won in six matches so far this year. The loss of striker Craig Reid was another big blow. Mansfield only have four points from a possible 33 when facing teams from the top ten in the table this season (0 from 12 in their home games). With neither side in particularly good form it’s hard to rule out a scoring draw – maybe 1-1 or 2-2 on the correct score market at 6/1 and 12/1 respectively.


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Friday 11 February 2011
first team news
Wimbledon aiming to turn the tables on York City tomorrow

After a week-long break, for most of the squad, the Dons return to action tomorrow against in-form York City at Kingsmeadow. Terry Brown is looking forward to the game and an early chance to redress the Dons' only defeat in their last eleven games.

"We are looking forward to Saturday's game against York City. We have two players back and available for selection; Luke Moore will come in to the squad alongside Ismail Yakubu. I am also pleased that the three England C internationals returned fit and well, if a little bit tired, from their win against Belgium on Wednesday night.

"Having watched the game at Luton on Wednesday, I thought all three of our boys acquitted themselves very well and I know, having talked to them this morning, they are looking forward to representing England in the final later on this year against the winner of the Portugal and Italy semi-final.

"There shouldn't be any need to give any of our players a team talk prior to the York game, as I would expect the players to be well motivated by our previous encounter last week.

"York's mixture of strength up front and quality in midfield will ensure a very close game tomorrow. The players have had a relatively easy week as we gear ourselves to start what will hopefully be a new run of wins that we would require to stay in the fight for the league championship,

"The business end of the season is well and truly upon us now and I am pleased to say that we go into the last fifteen games with only one major injury concern, Lee Minshull. Our other major worry, Kirk Hudson, has responded well to his injection. We hope to have Kirk back for training on Monday while Lee is now running again and we are hopeful of a return to full training for Lee in a couple of weeks.

"With several first team players now returning from injury, we felt it would be a good time to let Ricky Wellard start some games so we have agreed to give him a month's loan to Cambridge United, where he will be available to play in seven games in his time there, including against Newport County and Grimsby, starting with three games in his first week, including a televised game next Friday against Kidderminster.

"On the loan front, Jon Main has renewed his loan period at Dartford for another month and while we have had lots of interest in Mark Nwokeji and Ed Harris, we are biding our time before agreeing any additional loans."

York haven't played since defeating the Dons as their scheduled league game against Mansfield last weekend was postponed due to the Stags' involvement in the FA Trophy. As a result, they are able to select from a full squad for the game.

The Minstermen are aiming to make a late burst into a play off spot, which they would achieve if they won their three games in hand. They will be looking to continue their run of five wins and a draw in their last eight league games, the run being marred by two heavy defeats when, in both games, they suffered an early sending off.


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Thursday 10 February 2011
club news
Please return any unwanted season ticket vouchers for the York City game

Demand for seat tickets for the York City game is very high and at present we have no seats left for sale.

If you aren't planning to come to the game, please consider donating the relevant ST voucher to the club so that we can re-sell the seat.

To do so, please email your ticket details to returned vouchers or phone the office on 020 8547 3528 and leave a message.

Vouchers for terrace STs are also very welcome as we can reclaim the VAT on those tickets.


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Thursday 10 February 2011
club news
Arrangements for those requiring seats at Tamworth and terrace prices

Due to the small allocation of seat tickets for away supporters at Tamworth’s Lamb Ground, Wimbledon supporters who require a seat are requested to book in advance by calling Tamworth FC on 01827 65798 during office hours.

Adult seats are £16-00, Concessions (65 & above and 16 and 17 years old) are £11, Juniors (8-15 Years old) £6, Mini (7 and under ) £4. Terrace tickets will be pay on the gate on the date using turnstiles 1 & 2 . Prices Adults £14, Concessions £9 Juniors £4 and mini £3. Credit Card purchases will be an extra £2, debit cards no extra charge.


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Thursday 10 February 2011
dons trust news
Last opportunity to bid online

A reminder that online bidding closes this evening for the wonderful collection of Wimbledon memorabilia that will be auctioned at tomorrow's dinner with Bobby Gould.

If you wish to place an online bid, then you will need to do so before midnight today (Thursday 10 February). To look at the items on offer and to place a bid, visit here.




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Thursday 10 February 2011
club news
Wrexham game to be televised

The Dons' game against Wrexham has been selected for showing on Premier Sports TV.

The date and time of the game are unchanged - it will be played on Tuesday 22 February, kick off 7.45 pm.


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Wednesday 09 February 2011
club news
Live Blue Square Bet Premier action on Saturday evening

The Blue Square Bet Premier tie between Mansfield and Newport on Saturday night will be shown live on the big screen after the York City game.

The middle bar will remain open after the match. The game is being broadcast on Premier Sports and kick off is at 7.15pm.



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Wednesday 09 February 2011
club news
Kingsmeadow Live Rearranged Xmas Party this Saturday featuring Skalectrix!

Better late than never, Kingsmeadow Live is pleased to present our rearranged Xmas Party featuring Skalectrix this Saturday!

See below for more details.

Tickets can be purchased here.



Saturday 12 Feb
Kingsmeadow Live Rearranged Xmas Party!
Doors 7.30pm, bar closes as 1.00am
Admission: £10

Kingsmeadow Live is proud to present our rearranged Christmas party featuring Skalectrix! 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.

Skalectrix is not a band but a labour of love.

Faithfully recreating the sound of an era, from the roots of Trojan to the anger of the Specials. This high energy group is made up of fans of the Ska scene and will give you the best night you have had in years.

A full 8 piece band with brass section, the band has been a standard at festivals and parties alike for 4 years.

"Recreating the sounds of Ska, Rocksteady and Two Tone, this energetic 8-piece band will take you back through the cool sounds of the Trojan, the angst of Two Tone and fun of Bad Manners and Madness" Visit London.com




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Tuesday 08 February 2011
club news
Carvery open before York game this Saturday

We still have a few spaces left in the carvery before the York game this Saturday.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

The carvery opens in the back bar at 12.00 before the game.

Carvery guests enjoy:

- A 3 course carvery including tea and coffee
- Drinks service direct to the tables
- Sky Sports/ ESPN on the high def screen
- A complimentary match programme and team sheet
- A pre-match briefing by Terry Brown

Cost: £20 (carvery only) or £38 (including a ticket for Paul Strank Stand)



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Tuesday 08 February 2011
club news
Volunteers' awayday set for Forest Green game

This year we aim to hold the volunteers away day on Monday 25 April when we are away at Forest Green Rovers.

While the plans are still in progress, volunteers usually receive free coach travel, entry to the game, a programme and a buffet lunch. So, if you qualify put the date in your diary now.

More details will follow soon.


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Tuesday 08 February 2011
club news
Evening with Bobby Gould - auction and tickets

There will be an auction of Wimbledon memorabilia relating to Bobby Gould at the dinner on Friday. As usual, these items will be open for online bidding in advance of the event. To take a look at the auction lots, or to place online bids in advance of Friday, please visit here. We are very grateful to David McKnight and Ivor Heller for their generous donations of these fabulous items.

All guests should by now have received their tickets for the evening. If you have not yet received your ticket, please email fundraising@thedonstrust.org or leave a message for Mark Davis via the club on 020 8547 3528.



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Monday 07 February 2011
first team news
Terry planning to make the most of a week's break

Terry Brown was looking to a week of rest and recuperation for tired legs among the squad when we spoke to him following a cut-down training session earlier today.

"There were lots of players missing today. Both Brett Johnson and Ismail Yakubu were seeing the specialist in Leicester to see whether either of them needs a top up injection to carry on the good work already done.

"Jamie Stuart, Danny Kedwell, Sammy Moore, all picked up injuries on Saturday but they will hopefully resume training later in the week. We also have the additional complication of three players on England duty this week, not forgetting Reece Jones who is representing the Welsh under 21s. Although we had planned a relatively easy week's training, it was still a little bit strange because in addition to the injured players and those on international duty, Ricky Wellard, Ed Harris and Jack Turner are having a runout with the reserves at Uxbridge tonight. As a result of all of these things, there were only eight first team players training today.

"As I said last week, Kirk Hudson has had a recurrence of an old injury and after discussing it with Brentford, they arranged a scan for him. After looking at the results, they have decided that he needs an injection - it seems likely that he will be unavailable for selection during February.

"Finally, owing to the return of injured players and new signings during the window, Ed Harris, Mark Nwokeji and Ricky Wellard have been made available for short term loans. Jon Main is already on loan at Dartford and this expires this week, so over the next few days we will be talking to him about how it has gone and what next."


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Monday 07 February 2011
club news
Fleetwood highlights on AFC Wimbledon TV

Highlights of the Fleetwood Town game can be seen by clicking on Fleetwood Town highlights.


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Saturday 05 February 2011
club news
Terry speaks following Fleetwood Town victory

Terry Brown can be heard giving his thoughts on the win against Fleetwood by clicking on Terry on Fleetwood.

An audio version can be heard by clicking on Terry on Fleetwood - audio only.


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Friday 04 February 2011
club news
Weekend Blue Square Bet Premier and FA Trophy preview

We have a reduced programme in the Blue Square Bet Premier on Saturday as some clubs are still on the road to Wembley offered by the FA Trophy. Luton Town play their ‘last 16’ clash in the competition at home to Gloucester City on Friday night and we offer 4/11 on a Hatters win, with plenty of changes to their line-up in store. Luton’s Trophy match coupled with Crawley Town’s draw at Kettering on Thursday night, gives AFC Wimbledon the chance to extend their lead at the top of the table. The Wombles are a point clear of their nearest rivals in the title race, although they have played more games. They host Fleetwood Town this weekend and are offered at 4/6 with Blue Square to get back to winning ways after a midweek reverse at York City. Fleetwood were shock losers at Histon on the same night and go into this game after consecutive away defeats in the league. We’re offering the best price on an away win at 4/1.

Wrexham aim to extend their unbeaten league run to 14 matches as they visit struggling Barrow. Dean Saunders’ men still have an outside chance of a title push but will surely be setting a minimum target of staying in the ‘top 5’. They’ve found the ideal blend of attacking flair and solid defending that hasn’t always been in synergy during Saunders’ reign. They merit plenty of respect to win again at odds of 4/5. Kidderminster have quickly recouped the points that were deducted for off the field problems and it has restored their faith in achieving a play-off berth. Whilst ownership issues rumble on behind the scenes manager Steve Burr has kept his team on the straight and narrow. Harriers are 8/11 favourites at home to Bath City. The Romans have impressed plenty of people this season with their efficient displays and are thoroughly deserving of their mid-table status. Adie Britton’s team have already won five times away from Twerton Park and it would be no surprise if they got something from this match, although a draw is most likely at 5/2.

Rushden & Diamonds were 2-1 winners in midweek at home to Cambridge United and the sides meet again in the reverse league fixture just four days later. Cambridge parted company with Martin Ling just hours before the defeat at Nene Park, with Jez George taking temporary charge. Four straight defeats and only two goals in recent league outings mean the U’s need a response here if they are to cling to a very slim play-off chance. The resounding feeling at the Abbey Stadium will probably one of consolidating and looking ahead to 2011/12. Rushden are worthy of support to complete a double at odds of 7/5.

Histon are determined to battle their way off the bottom of the table and deserve enormous credit for their win at home to Fleetwood on Tuesday. They are still seven points off safety – including the five they were deducted – so will need to pull out more performances like that one. They travel to Tamworth at a price of 5/1 to win back-to-back league games for only the third time this season. Tamworth are the strong 8/15 favourites and have only been beaten once in their last ten league matches.

Altrincham have a good home record against the clubs around them in the table and are worthy of support at 11/10 to beat Southport. Liam Watson’s team travel to the Manchester suburbs with just one away win to their name. Hayes & Yeading will aim to leapfrog Forest Green Rovers into the place just outside the relegation zone with an away win at the New Lawn. Garry Haylock’s team are the 5/2 outsiders, with a home win on offer at 10/11. The best bet in the FA Trophy could be Alfreton to win away at local rivals Mansfield Town. Guiseley also warrant plenty of respect at Eastbourne Borough, who have lost ten straight league matches.


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Friday 04 February 2011
first team news
Fleetwood preview

After a break to recover from their recent heavy schedule, the players were back in training today and at least some of them have recovered from the injuries that kept them out of the game at York on Tuesday night, as Terry Brown explained.

"The players have enjoyed a two day break after the journey back from York. They trained this morning and looked very sharp. We have had good news regarding Tuesday's injury to Ryan Jackson - he has now fully recovered. Brett Johnson came through 45 minutes at York unscathed and he will also be fit and available for selection, as will Toks Yussuff who has recovered from a groin strain that kept him out of that game.

"There are some players who are not fit for Saturday. Ismail Yakubu is responding well to his injection, similar to the one that Brett had, and we hope for similar success over the next week or two. Kirk Hudson has had a recurrence of an old injury and after discussing it with Brentford, they have arranged a scan for him and we will work with them on any necessary follow up. Finally, Luke Moore's injury will take at least another seven days to clear up.

"So, apart from a bruised ego or two from Tuesday night we go into Saturday's game against Fleetwood in a positive frame of mind, hoping to continue our excellent home form to date. We are playing both Fleetwood and York within a short time span and, judging by the fixtures away from home, both games will be extremely tight affairs.

"The next two games are against quality opposition who are in contention for a play off spot. These games obviously take on more significance in the later part of the season.

"We don't normally comment on individual players' circumstances but there have been press reports recently about Jon Main so I thought we should explain the position. Jon is contracted to us to the end of the season and is getting valuable game time at Dartford where he is on a one month loan. We haven't yet had a conversation with Jon about extending the loan for another month."

Fleetwood come to Kingsmeadow after a disappointing run of results by their high standards - after a defeat to local rivals Southport on 28 August they went until 8 January with only one league defeat. However, since then they have lost three of the following seven games, including a 1-0 defeat at Histon in midweek. They will take a lot of comfort from the fact that only Luton of the top teams have beaten them this season - they will need to continue this run to stay in close contention since their next three games are all away, against the Dons, Luton and York.

For the Dons, tomorrow's game is a chance to move clear of Luton and Crawley, both without a league game - Crawley's game was brought forward to Thursday night for TV and Luton are still in the FA Trophy.


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Thursday 03 February 2011
dons trust news
Dons Trust news: A late addition to the line-up - but not too late to join in

It is now just over a week until the Evening with Bobby Gould, featuring Lawrie Sanchez and John Scales, on Friday 11 February.

We are delighted to announce that former Wimbledon defender Chris Perry will be joining us at the dinner. Chris, who originally hails from Carshalton, started his career with the Dons in 1991 and was a regular member of our Premiership side until 1999. He moved on from Wimbledon to Spurs and also played for Charlton, West Bromwich Albion, Luton and Southampton. Chris is now starting a career in top class coaching.

Although the official deadline for ticket applications for the dinner is this Friday, we will be accepting applications handed in at the Dons Trust gazebo at the game against Fleetwood Town on Saturday. We shall also be holding a raffle for a further pair of tickets at Saturday's game. To find out further details of the evening and of how to apply for tickets, please click on Dinner with Bobby Gould.

We would also like to point out that Chris Perry will be taking part in this year's London Marathon, to raise money for MNDA, the motor neurone disease charity. To make an online donation please see Chris's JustGiving page at Chris Perry marathon.


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Thursday 03 February 2011
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents the Sex Pistols Experience, Rebel Truce and On Trial!

Kingsmeadow Live returns this Saturday with our first gig of 2011 featuring The Sex Pistols Experience, Rebel Truce – The Clash Tribute and AFC Wimbledon fans On Trial.

Tickets can be purchased here.


More about the gig....


Saturday 5 Feb
Kingsmeadow live presents The Sex Pistols Experience and Rebel Truce - The Clash Tribute with support from On Trial
Doors 7.30pm, bar closes as 1.00am
Admission: £12 advanced £14 on door


The Sex Pistols Experience

The Sex Pistols Experience are the worlds leading & only professional tribute to the most outrageous & controversial band of all time! They've played well over 1000+ worldwide shows, are regulars on the U.K & European touring & festival scene, & have to date completed hundreds of UK gigs, done extensive tours of the U.S.A, Europe, & South America, taking in cities from New York to Los Angeles, El Paso to Seattle, Sao Paulo, Rio, & Maringa, Berlin to Barcelona & everywhere in-between. So convincing is the live show that the BBC, Sky TV, Ch4, Fox TV (in the US) and lately the new movie 'Who Killed Nancy? (Out now on DVD) have all hired this band for their look-alike & sound-alike abilities for re-enactments in film & T.V.

No other Sex Pistols show has the commitment to perfecting the Pistols distinctive look and sound down to every last detail, making sure every concert performed is as dynamic, explosive & exciting as the 'real deal'. They have all the spirit & energy of the bands peak 1977 period, blended with the ability of the seasoned musicians of the later Sex Pistols reformation tours.


"They Really ARE The Sex Pistols - splendid!" Steve jones (live on Jonesy's Jukebox L.A)
"Great fun - the cheeky buggers!" Glen Matlock (Pistols convention day, Liverpool)


Rebel Truce - the Clash tribute

Formed in 1997, Rebel Truce has one mission. To fully recreate the experience of The Clash live on stage.

The Clash were one of the most influential and enduring bands to burst from the Punk rock scene of 1977, with the late Joe Strummer revered as one the greatest front men in rock. Their music still remains hugely popular with stalwart fans and new generations of music lovers alike.

Though not a “look alike” band in the fullest sense, Rebel Truce have the visual style and excitement of the Clash, and the same explosive, all action stage presence, with front man Jerry in particular delivering an adrenalin fuelled, foot stomping performance that has won over even the most sceptical Clash fans.

With a repertoire of some 50 songs ranging from the incendiary blast of “1977” to the assured swagger of “London Calling” to the pop sensibilities of “Should I stay or should I go” Rebel Truce is a must see, not only for fans of the Clash, but for all lovers of live rock ‘n roll.


On Trial

On Trial are a Kingston based rock band with a punk edge
An experienced group, that have supported bands such as “Stiff Little Fingers”, “The Damned” “Biffy Clyro” , “The Rifles” and “Alvin Stardust” .
Well known on the summer festival scene for bringing to you catchy songs with an eventful and involving live performance.
Signed with Strange Records, they will be releasing their long awaited debut album “Crack in a Box” at this gig!



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Thursday 03 February 2011
club news
Mascot required for the Mansfield game

An opportunity has arisen for a mascot for our Blue Square Bet Premier game against Mansfield Town on Friday 22 April.

If you would like more details about the mascot package please contact Aideen Rochford here


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Wednesday 02 February 2011
club news
Carvery open this Saturday

We still have space in the carvery for the Fleetwood game this Saturday.

The carvery opens in the back bar at 12.00 before the game.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

Carvery guests enjoy:

- A 3 course carvery including tea and coffee
- Drinks service direct to the tables
- Sky Sports/ ESPN on the high def screen
- A complimentary match programme and team sheet
- A pre-match briefing by Terry Brown

Cost: £20 (carvery only) or £38 (with a ticket for Paul Strank Stand)



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Wednesday 02 February 2011
club news
Roscoe Dsane

Fans may have seen that the Football Conference web site has announced that we have signed Roscoe Dsane.

As we have previously announced, Roscoe asked to train with us because he wishes to get fit after a year-long break from football. Given this aim, and knowing Roscoe well, Terry Brown decided it would be sensible to register him to play for us.

Players who are not under contract are allowed to be 'dual registered', i.e. available to play for more than one club. This is why Roscoe has been able to sign non contract terms for Beaconsfield, and he played for them on Monday night. Meanwhile, Roscoe will continue to train with the squad when he is able to do so, as he seeks to regain full fitness.


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Wednesday 02 February 2011
club news
Terry and Brett Johnson after the York game

Following the York game we recorded Terry Brown's post match interview. It can be heard by clicking on Terry on York.

We also took the chance to catch up with Brett Johnson on his return. Click on Brett talks about his return to hear this interview.

We apologise for the high level of background noise in the interviews.




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Wednesday 02 February 2011
dons trust news
Dons Trust survey - deadline is this week

The deadline for returning ballot papers for the Dons Trust survey is this Saturday,5 February. The Survey Working Group will be collecting papers before the game at the Dons Trust stall, and afterwards at the main entrance. If you are not at the game, you can email your response (it doesn't have to be on a ballot paper, as long as you provide your rankings and answer the questions) to Survey. You can now download the explanatory paper and the ballot paper.

You don't have to be a member of the trust to participate in this part of the survey - at this stage, the trust is aiming to get an initial response to how all supporters and interested parties feel about the direction the club should take.


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Tuesday 01 February 2011
club news
Live Blue Square Bet action this Thursday

The Blue Square Bet Premier tie between Kettering Town and Crawley Town will be shown live in the middle bar this Thursday, 3 February. The bar opens at 6pm and kick off is at 7.45pm.


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Tuesday 01 February 2011
club news
Midweek Blue Square Bet Premier preview

AFC Wimbledon will aim to extend their lead at the summit when they visit York City in the Blue Square Bet Premier on Tuesday night. The Wombles, who are two points ahead of closest rivals Crawley Town, have played four more games than the Red Devils and can ill afford any slip-ups. Terry Brown's men enter the tie with confidence after dispatching Gateshead 2-0 last Friday, while York - in 10th-place - are smarting from a shock 4-0 reverse at struggling Southport when they were reduced to ten-men early in the game for the second time already this year. AFC Wimbledon are in the midst of a grueling schedule which has seen them play away four times in recent weeks requiring overnight stays. York are the well backed slight favourites at 11/8. An away win has drifted to 7/4 and a draw is on offer at 9/4.

With Crawley not playing until Thursday, third-placed Luton have a chance to move into second. The Hatters have collected 54 points - two less than Steve Evans' charges - and are set to host mid-table Darlington who were held by Mansfield in their last league outing. Luton edged Grimsby 1-0 in their last match. Robbie Willmott’s arrival from Cambridge United can be capped with the opening goal on his debut at 9/1. Richard Money’s team are the strong 1/2 favourites to win on the night.

Wrexham, in fourth, are favourites to claim the spoils at home to relegation-threatened Altrincham. Dean Saunders' resurgent outfit ousted Mansfield in a five-goal thriller on Saturday. With in-form Jay Harris firing a late winner. Although the Dragons enjoy a mammoth 24-point advantage over Altrincham, the Robins can draw inspiration from their recent 4-2 defeat of fellow strugglers Hayes and Yeading. Wrexham are the 2/5 favourites for the game but the best value may be found in the draw at 16/5.

Fleetwood Town, with 48 points, currently occupy the final play-off place and will expect nothing less than victory when they visit bottom club Histon at Bridge Road. The Cod Army beat Forest Green Rovers 2-0 last Saturday while the Stutes earned a creditable point at high-flying Newport County. David Livermore’s team are far from being beaten out of sight in their home games and a 1-0 away success at 11/2 appeals more than a straight win bet at 4/6.

Histon are still five points adrift of nearest strugglers Eastbourne Borough who entertain Gateshead. The Tynesiders, in 17th place, are an uneasy five points above the drop zone following their recent loss to AFC Wimbledon. They should maintain their Premier status if they can win games against the teams around them. Tonight is an ideal opportunity for Ian Bogie’s men to do just that at a price of 13/8.

Grimsby, in eighth, are six points of the play-off pack ahead of their trip to Southport. The Mariners edged Eastbourne 3-2 over the weekend and could find it tough against another side desperate for a win. The Sandgrounders are just three points above the relegation zone but will take heart from their recent demolition job of ten-man York. Back-to-back victories have been infrequent for Liam Watson’s side this season and only the bravest punters will back them at 21/10.

In the middle of the standings, Rushden & Diamonds will battle it out with visiting Cambridge United at Nene Park. The 12th-placed Diamonds are four points richer than the U's in 16th who have played an extra game. Justin Edinburgh's side were held by Tamworth in their previous outing, while Cambridge were destroyed by Bath City in a 4-0 rout. With U’s boss Martin Ling requiring a response from his players, the draw price of 5/2 makes most appeal.


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Tuesday 01 February 2011
club news
Half price comedy tickets!

We have a very special limited time offer of half price tickets for LLAUGH@Kingsmeadow this Friday, 4 February!

Until MIDNIGHT TONIGHT, you can buy tickets for only £6 by clicking here.

See below for more information about the line-up, featuring some of the top acts on the circuit.


Friday 4 February
LLAUGH@Kingsmeadow presents...
Richard Morton, Dave Thompson and Al Cowie
Doors: 7.30pm

Richard Morton (Headliner)
Stand up comedian, singer, songwriter and winner of the Time Out Comedy Award, Richard Morton is now a regular on Channel 5. You can see him on The Comedy Store Show and on the retro quiz show WowFab Groovy. He's also had his own half hour special Richard Morton Live At The Comedy Store.
Richard has built up a formidable reputation as a live stand up, having completed several UK tours with Jack Dee, Lee Evans, Jo Brand, Lily Savage and Phill Jupitus.

Dave Thompson (Opening Act)
Best known for playing Tinky Winky in the Teletubbies, Dave plays a semi-regular character in both series of Al Murray's sitcom Time Gentlemen Please, and two cameo roles in Ben Elton's feature film Maybe Baby. Dave has appeared in ITV's The All New Harry Hill Show, and TV Burp! and plays various roles in Harry Hill's stage show, Wild Horses.
"Mr Thompson has become a cult among students." (DAILY TELEGRAPH).
"Dave Thompson is hilarious and goes down a storm with the crowd." (DAILY MAIL).

Al Cowie (MC)
Having shared a bill with acts from Mitch Benn to Felix Dexter, Al spent August 2010 in Edinburgh where he hosted a 40 run show of the absolute cream of the Fringe (over 100 comics from Barry Cryer to Robin Ince, via Nick Helm, Andi Osho, Dan Antopolski and Abandoman). With appearances on both TV and radio, Al is a rising comedic star and a quality compere.
As resident MC at Kingsmeadow, you'll love him, and he'll make sure you'll love the show!
"You were brilliant" - The Rt Hon Sir Richard Needham (expert in all things quality)
"Could do better" - Mr Perry (his maths teacher)




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Tuesday 01 February 2011
club news
Terry interviewed after Gateshead

Following the Gateshead game we recorded Terry Brown's post match interview. It can be heard by clicking on Terry on Gatehead.


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