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Wednesday 29 February 2012
first team news
AFC Wimbledon midfielder joins Newport County on loan

AFC Wimbledon have confirmed that midfielder Max Porter will join Newport County on loan for the rest of the season.

The 24-year-old, who has made 14 first-team appearances for Wimbledon since joining last summer, suffered an ankle injury in the 2-0 defeat at Swindon Town on 2 January. Boss Terry Brown has therefore decided that a loan move to Blue Square Premier side County will be best to continue his recuperation.

Ex-Barnet man Porter will play once again for his former Rushden & Diamonds boss Justin Edinburgh and he joins fellow Dons midfielder Lee Minshull at the South Wales club.


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Wednesday 29 February 2012
first team news
AFC Wimbledon striker desperate to prove his worth

Byron Harrison has criticised his own performances since joining AFC Wimbledon and says he is determined to show why the Dons made him their record signing.

Harrison finally netted his first goals in a Wimbledon shirt last night in a 5-0 London Senior Cup win against Metropolitan Police and Harrison says he is working tirelessly to rediscover his scoring touch. The 24-year-old has been through an uncharacteristic lean spell since joining Wimbledon with no goals in eight league games and that is a far cry from his prolific scoring days at Ashford Town, Carshalton, and then in League 2 with Stevenage last season.

Harrison said: "This is new territory for me as I cannot remember going this long without scoring. It is something for me to work through and you know in football that everything is not going to be rosy all of the time. I am very critical of my own performances and have to admit that since I joined, I have not been in my best form. It is about me going back to basics and getting back to what I know I can do and what is expected from me."

Scoring twice last night was at least a step in the right direction for Harrison and the striker says he is determined to repay Wimbledon's management and fans for being so patient. "I was very happy with my move to Wimbledon as I left Stevenage for first-team football. From not playing there, I probably went a bit stale, but I am very confident that I will come good and show why Wimbledon paid money for me. The management here know what I am capable of and they have been very supportive and so too have the fans. I was more than happy to play last night having sat out the last two games and it cannot have done me any harm for my confidence to get a couple of goals."

Though the Dons fans may be casting anxious glances at the League 2 table after five games without a win, Harrison says that the players are not looking nervously over their shoulders at the drop zone. "I have not heard anyone in the squad saying that they are looking behind us at the other teams," he added. "I know that I joined a talented squad as I played against Wimbledon for Stevenage last season. We have a lot of good players and we were not third in the league earlier this season for no reason. It is just about us being more consistent and putting a run of games together."



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Wednesday 29 February 2012
first team news
Coach hails young Dons in post-match reaction

First-team coach Simon Bassey was interviewed after last night's London Senior Cup win against Metropolitan Police. To hear the interview click on Simon after Met Police.



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Wednesday 29 February 2012
club news
Carvery tickets still available for Plymouth Argyle

There is still space in the carvery before the Plymouth Argyle game next Tuesday.

Tickets are also on sale for all remaining home games this season.

Carvery guests enjoy:

- A three 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

The carvery opens in the back bar at 5pm.

Cost: £25 (carvery only) or £45 (including a seat ticket for the Paul Strank Stand)

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

We are also pleased to announce a special package for celebrations, whether it be birthdays, anniversaries or even divorces! If you book a table of ten, we will give you a complimentary bottle of Champagne or birthday cake. Once you have made your booking, please e-mail here to let us know what kind of event you’re celebrating.


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Tuesday 28 February 2012
club news
Dons announce Volunteers Day for Southend United trip

AFC Wimbledon have confirmed that its annual Volunteers Day will be staged on Monday, 9 April.

Following the success of the event in recent years, Wimbledon will reward the tireless work of its members when Terry Brown's men visit Roots Hall for an Easter Monday clash. More information will be sent to the club's volunteers via e-mail in due course.


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Tuesday 28 February 2012
first team news
Dons offer free entry for kids

AFC Wimbledon are offering children the chance to watch some of their star names for free at tonight's London Senior Cup game.

The Dons have confirmed tonight's London Senior Cup prices with U16s admitted free of charge and just £5 for adults and concessions. Wimbledon manager Terry Brown has picked a strong side for the contest, including record signing Byron Harrison, Christian Jolley and ex-Crystal Palace winger Kieran Djilali, who is making his way back from injury.

Spectators can gain admittance to all areas of the ground, except the directors box and press area, for the quarter-final tie (7,45pm start). Only turnstiles one and two at the Kingston Road end and the booth will be open (from 7pm) and a four-page free programme will be offered upon entry. Fans are requested to bring the correct change of £5 in cash if possible.


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Tuesday 28 February 2012
first team news
Dons man aims to grab his chance with both hands

Jack Turner is determined to show what he can do tonight after a lack of first-team opportunities this season.

The 19-year-old goalkeeper fully accepts that he will have to be patient at Wimbledon with Seb Brown making the number one spot his own, but Turner has been handed a rare first-team chance in tonight's London Senior Cup quarter-final tie at home to Metropolitan Police. And the ex-Chelsea trainee hopes a good performance from him between the sticks can lead to more opportunities at Wimbledon or on loan elsewhere.

He said: "I am buzzing for any opportunity that comes along for me. I have to impress to show any club that may be looking to take me on loan that I am sharp. I do not mind being patient behind Seb as he is a great goalkeeper and I do pick up things from him. I did get impatient earlier in the season, but that was not because I was annoyed that I could not get in the first-team here. It was more that I could not go out on loan and things did not go the right way for me."

Turner is also aiming to erase painful memories of his last first-team appearance when the Dons were knocked out of the Surrey Senior Cup by Corinthian Casuals last month. "That was one we have to try and forget about as it was a poor performance from everyone," he added. "Personally, I did not have much to do, but what I had to do, could have been better. We want to try and put that one behind us."


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Tuesday 28 February 2012
first team news
Boss throws down the gauntlet to Dons players

Terry Brown says that tonight's London Senior Cup match offers a "fantastic opportunity" for his fringe players to impress.

Brett Johnson and Brendan Kiernan, who have returned from loan spells at Cambridge United and Braintree Town respectively, will feature in the quarter-final tie at home to Metropolitan Police (7.45pm start), along with youngsters Frankie Merrifield, Huw Johnson and Ade Osifuwa.

Kieran Djilali will also continue his comeback after a hamstring injury and he could stake a claim for Saturday's trip to strugglers Hereford United.

Terry Brown said: "It is a fantastic opportunity to push for a first-team place and for a contract next season. In our match against Corinthian Casuals in the Surrey Senior Cup, a number of these boys did not do themselves justice. I do not get loads of opportunities to see these players in a first-team environment. Brett and Brendan have been away and both the managers I spoke to were pleased with them. It is now a chance for them to impress tonight and I hope they take it."

The Dons will field a strong side for the visit of Ryman Premier outfit Met Police with Christian Jolley partnering Byron Harrison up front.

Wimbledon line-up: Jack Turner, Ade Osifuwa, Brett Johnson, Callum McNaughton, Fraser Franks, Brendan Kiernan, Huw Johnson, Frankie Merrifield, Kieran Djilali, Byron Harrison, Christian Jolley. Subs: Yannick Nlate, Jim Fenlon, Jake Rose, Olu Scott, Louie Theophanous.

Meanwhile, full-back Gavin Hoyte has now gone back to Arsenal and AFC Wimbledon wish to thank him for his efforts during his one-month loan stay at The Cherry Red Records Stadium.


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Monday 27 February 2012
club news
Travel to Hereford United

Places are still available for the supporters' coach for this away trip on Saturday, 3 March.

The coach will leave The Grove at 9.00 am and pick up from The Cherry Red Records Stadium at 9.30 am. The price for this game is £15.

Seats must be booked in advance for this game. Bookings can be made by contacting the club office on 020 8547 3528 between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm during the week.


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Monday 27 February 2012
first team news
On-loan Sunderland man hopes to extend Dons stay

Billy Knott says he would relish a chance to stay at AFC Wimbledon for the rest of this season.

On-loan Sunderland midfielder Knott struck his second Wimbledon goal in Saturday’s 3-3 thriller at Crewe and he has already established himself as a favourite with the Dons faithful during his six weeks at the club.

The 19-year-old is now hoping that he will have done enough to convince manager Terry Brown to extend his stay when the second month of his loan deal is up on 10 March. “It is great to be involved with such a great group of lads,” he said. “We are trying to climb the table together and everyone is working hard for each other. I am really enjoying it and all the coaching staff are helping me so it has been great for me here. I want to play games before I go back to Sunderland. If I am doing well and the team are doing well and Sunderland are OK with it, then I do not see any reason why I cannot stay longer.”

Knott’s arrival during the January transfer window has helped Wimbledon earn breathing space over the bottom clubs in League 2 and he hopes to be the answer to Terry Brown’s wish for a regular midfield goalscorer.

“The gaffer gets on to the midfielders about scoring goals and luckily enough I have got two now, but I want to get more,” he added. “We just need to concentrate on not conceding goals and then we will be flying. We were not at our best (against Crewe) in the first-half and we conceded silly goals. That was disappointing, but the manager got into us at half-time and wanted us to be positive and move on. We did that in the second-half and it was great to be a part of it.”


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Monday 27 February 2012
youth news
AFC Wimbledon youngsters earn national exposure

AFC Wimbledon’s youngsters have been showing off their skills for the cameras as part of a link-up with national football magazine FourFourTwo.

Scholars from AFC Wimbledon’s Youth Academy will be featured online in the performance section of the magazine’s website that includes tips from the likes of Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta and Wayne Rooney.

The chance to shine for Wimbledon’s up-and-coming talents came thanks to the club’s association with Coerver Coaching, a company co-founded by former Wimbledon youth player Alf Galustian and ex-Chelsea great Charlie Cooke. Galustian, who has in the past worked with top clubs including Real Madrid and Arsenal, was filmed coaching Wimbledon U18 players at the club’s training ground on Wednesday.

Head of Youth, Mark Robinson, said: “This is great exposure for the club as it will be viewed by thousands on the website as well as being featured on YouTube and Facebook. FourFourTwo are going to Manchester City next so that shows the calibre of the clubs that they are working with.

"We have worked with Alf for the past six months and he is going to be having some input with our coaching curriculum as well. We have a really strong coaching curriculum here since we formed our Centre of Excellence, but it is great to have Alf and Charlie on board to work on specialised skills drills. It is all about beating players and using your first touch. This all helps us to try and produce that special player.”

Ben Welch, staff writer at FourFourTwo, said: “We have 10 pages in the magazine called Performance, which is basically tips from top professionals such as Iniesta and Rooney on how to improve your game. We have worked with Coerver Coaching quite a lot and we came to Wimbledon because we knew that the quality of player would be good enough. We got some great footage of Alf coaching Wimbledon youngsters and this will go on our website and we will be plugging it on Twitter and Facebook. The aim is for footballers to take these skills into their Sunday League matches or five-a-side leagues.

The AFC Wimbledon coaching sessions are expected to be featured online in the next two weeks.


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Monday 27 February 2012
club news
Post match reaction from Terry

Terry Brown was interviewed after Saturday's game. To hear the interview click on Terry after Crewe.


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Sunday 26 February 2012
first team news
Dons man reveals the spark for fightback

Sammy Moore admitted that a half-time rollicking from Dons boss Terry Brown sparked his side's superb fightback at Crewe.

Moore's dynamic second-half performance included a stunning 25-yard strike to get his side back into it at 3-2 and he was the catalyst for a memorable comeback that snatched an unlikely point.

But the Dons could have been more than 3-1 down at the interval after an inept first-half display and Moore admitted that a half-time dressing down from Terry Brown stirred the players into action.

"We scored a great early goal, but we were not at the races after that in the first-half and we were disappointed with the way that we played," he said.
"It was right for the gaffer to come in and have a massive go at us. Not one of us played like we could in the first-half.

"But we went out for the second-half and had a right go at them. After our first-half performance we wanted to go out there and show our fans what we could do. We upped the tempo in the second-half, got our passing game going, and scored two good goals. Our fans were excellent again and hopefully they have gone home happy that we got a point. I scored from outside the box and it was probably the best goal I have scored, but I was more delighted for the team. It was a great finish from Christian Jolley for the equaliser."

Though Moore says his side's fighting spirit is admirable, he says the Dons must do better to stay clear of the relegation zone.
"We have shown that we have great character in the squad," he added. "We have come from behind so many times and you can never write Wimbledon off because we are always fighting right until the end. But we cannot keep falling behind before we start playing. We need to be right on it from the start and we should have built on it when we went 1-0 up early on."



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Sunday 26 February 2012
first team news
Dons goal hero aims to stake his claim

Christian Jolley believes he is close to recapturing the form that made him an automatic choice in Terry Brown's side after his first goal in over four months.

Ironically, Jolley's last-gasp leveller in the 3-3 draw at Crewe was his first goal since Wimbledon's defeat to the same side at home on 15 October.

Since then injuries, a loss of form, and being sent off in one of his first games back against Southend United have not helped his cause.

But the pacy striker now hopes he has provided a timely reminder of his talents to earn a starting spot.
"No footballer wants to be left out, they want to be on the pitch," he said. "But sometimes you have to wait your turn and I think I forced my situation a bit by getting myself sent off. I am having to earn my place back in the team, but I think I have done myself no harm today and hopefully it can be the start of me producing my best again.

"That was my third headed goal of the season and I had been getting a bit of stick for my heading so it is nice when they go in. We do not know when we are beaten. We have added that to our game recently and have really grafted to get back into games."


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Saturday 25 February 2012
first team news
Dons boss salutes never-say-die spirit at Crewe

Terry Brown hailed his side's fighting spirit after their stunning comeback at the Alexandra Stadium today.

The Dons boss also reserved special praise for goalscoring hero Sammy Moore, who encapsulated the never-say-die attitude that helped Wimbledon snatch a point from 3-1 down at Crewe.

Terry Brown said: "The boys have continually showed character, as we did at Gillingham when everyone felt that we were dead and buried.
"The goals we conceded in the first-half were horrendous, but they were good value for being 3-1 up at half-time. We said to the boys at half-time that if we could just stay in the game and do the ugly side of things, then there might be a bit of pressure on them.

"The change in the game came with the penalty that Seb Brown saved and you could literally hear the regulars groaning. We plodded away and I could not see the second goal coming, but once we got that, I thought we could draw or win it. We showed great character in the end."

Sammy Moore produced one of Wimbledon's goals of the season to start the fightback and Terry Brown singled his overall performance out for special praise.
"Credit to Sammy Moore for a fantastic goal," he said. "I told Sammy at half-time that I thought their boy Nick Powell had ran the show, he is an exceptional player. But in the second-half I thought Sammy ran it and that shows the character the boy has got."


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Friday 24 February 2012
first team news
Dons boss orders shoot-on-sight policy

Terry Brown says the whole Dons team must share responsibility for a lack of goals.

Wimbledon have struck the back of the net just four times in the last five games and the Dons manager admits his side have been guilty of over-playing at times.

"We never get enough shots off," he said. "You only have to look at the likes of Frank Lampard, who gets his shots away, and then you can get ricochets or the ball bouncing for other players. It is about creating more chances and getting more shots in. It depends on the personnel that you have got and whether you can strike the ball from outside the box, but we all have to get better at these type of things."

Terry Brown says that Crewe's 3-1 win at Kingsmeadow in October was harsh on his side, but he says his players have to make their own luck on Saturday.

"We deserved something out of the last game against them, but it is up to us to earn the right and get something out of it on Saturday. We will be looking to exact revenge. I thought it was a fantastic game of football against them last time. We batttered them in the first-half, but could not get that goal and they scored with two long-range goals early in the second-half. They have picked up since then and that was the start of us having a bad run."


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Friday 24 February 2012
first team news
Dons striker revels in extra training sessions

Jack Midson is hoping that extra shooting practice can end his mini goalscoring drought at Crewe Alexandra on Saturday.

The ex-Oxford United striker may be AFC Wimbledon's top scorer this season with 13 goals, but even he has struggled to hit the target recently during a barren run for Terry Brown's men.

In a superb debut season for the club, Midson has had a relatively quiet time of late as he has not scored for the last five games in a spell that has yielded just four Wimbledon goals.

That led to boss Terry Brown ordering extra shooting sessions for his strikers in Thursday's training session - and Midson is confident of a change in fortunes in front of goal come Saturday.

"We did extra shooting with Terry and hopefully it will pay off on Saturday and I can get a goal," he said. "We got a clean sheet the other night at Cheltenham, but we did not score so a bit more hard work and more training will hopefully bring us goals. I do not set myself targets, but Terry wants 20 goals from me. That is a good target and there are still a lot of games to go so hopefully I can do it."

Midson believes that Crewe's passing style will suit Wimbledon on Saturday and that it will be an attacking game for the purists. "We have had a few tips from Mat-Mitchel King, but I have played a few times against them in recent years and they are a good footballing side. I think that will suit us though as we play better against teams like that and I hope that will be the case on Saturday."


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Friday 24 February 2012
dons trust news
Still a chance to meet the Dons legends

Dons fans can still join in our “10 years, 10 legends” celebrations by purchasing tickets for the landmark anniversary event on Friday 23 March.

AFC Wimbledon’s first-ever captain, Joe Sheerin, heads up an impressive roll-call of players who have contributed to the club’s success since our debut season in 2002/03.

Nine other players from every season up until 2010/11 will also be at the event, including former favourite Steve Butler, who helped the Dons make their mark under Dave Anderson.

Other former players who have already been announced for the dinner are: Kevin Cooper, Matt Everard, Keith Ward, Andy Little, Luke Garrard, Jason Goodliffe, Jon Main, Ben Judge.

Tickets for the dinner are priced at £55 per person, or £500 for a table of ten. To secure your place, please apply to: Mark Davis, Friends of the Dons Trust, 20 Rayleigh Road, London, SW19 3RF, enclosing a cheque for the relevant amount, made payable to Kidd Rapinet Solicitors. Please also include: your name, postal address, email address (if possible), telephone number and any special dietary requirements.

For any enquires, email dinner@thedonstrust.org or leave a message for Mark Davis via the club on 020 8547 3528. The proceeds of the evening will be donated to the Dons Trust’s fundraising budget.


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Friday 24 February 2012
first team news
Dons midfielder goes out on loan

AFC Wimbledon have confirmed that young midfielder Reece Jones will be loaned out to Hampton and Richmond Borough to gain first-team experience.

Dons boss Terry Brown has decided that a one-month stint at Blue Square South club Borough is the right move for 19-year-old Jones, who has yet to make a Football League appearance for Wimbledon.

Wales U21 international Jones made five first-team appearances for the Dons last season after his arrival in the summer of 2010 and he has since had previous loan spells at Lewes, Kingstonian and Carshalton Athletic.

Jones is likely to go straight into the Hampton and Richmond squad for Saturday’s visit of runaway league leaders Woking to the Beveree.



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Thursday 23 February 2012
first team news
Dons winger admits he's fighting for his future

Kieran Djilali has admitted that his latest comeback will make or break his AFC Wimbledon career.

The ex-Crystal Palace winger, who joined the Dons last August, has been dogged by a series of hamstring injuries since being signed by Terry Brown on a free transfer.

But Djilali played 60 minutes for the reserves at Sutton United last night to continue his way back after two months on the sidelines and he has even worked on adapting his running style after advice from club physio Mike Rayner.

Though Saturday's trip to Crewe Alexandra will come too soon for him to make the squad, Djilali is desperate to prove himself when he returns. "If I can prove my worth during the rest of the season, then hopefully the manager will decide to keep me here," he said. "Playing just eight games since signing here is far from an ideal situation for me. Hopefully I can now start getting games under my belt and show my true worth.

"As soon as I came here I was made to feel welcome by the fans, the management, and staff. It is a really good club and I have learned a lot about the history of it. It is a good place to be and I am so glad that they gave me an opportunity. I am just upset that I have not been able to pay them back with good performances on the pitch."

Djilali hopes that will all change though that after working tirelessly on his fitness.
"I have taken that little bit of extra time by playing a couple of reserve games," he added. "I was out for two months and my last hamstring injury was more severe than the others. I have been doing a lot of fitness work to help me finish the season strongly. I had to adapt my running style just so that I was a little bit more upright with my posture. That puts less strain on my body and there is less risk of injury. I got through the hour fine last night, I did alright, but I am looking to do a lot better and boss those kind of games."


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Thursday 23 February 2012
first team news
Dons man aims to prove himself against Crewe Alexandra

Mat Mitchel-King says he is more concerned with proving his worth to AFC Wimbledon than settling old scores against Crewe Alexandra.

The 28-year-old has started eight of the last nine Wimbledon games after making his belated debut for the club on 17 December at Rotherham United.

Though Mitchel-King's recent performances have earned praise from boss Terry Brown, the ex-Crewe Alexandra defender says he still has to prove he can be a part of Wimbledon's long-term plans.

That is what he says he will be focusing on, rather than being distracted by proving a point against the club that showed him the door last summer.

"At the age of 28 I am now looking to be at my peak and play my best football for the next two years," he said. "It was a very frustrating start to my Wimbledon career, but I am now at the point where I wanted to be five months ago.

"Wimbledon have been spot-on with me. I know it was bad luck and through no fault of my own, but I want to show the fans and Terry that I should be here and that I am good enough to be here. Hopefully I can stay in the team and put in more good performances.

"I have played eight matches now and I am getting sharper with every game. I feel that I am getting back to the standards that I set myself and hopefully I can help us move up the league."

Mitchel-King returns to the club where he played 46 games in two seasons from 2009 until 2011 on Saturday when Wimbledon make the trip to the Alexandra Stadium.

The ex-Histon man says he is still grateful to Crewe Alexandra and current boss Steve Davis for giving him a chance to move up from non league. "I have a lot of friends there that I have kept in touch with and when we played at Port Vale a couple of them came to our hotel to see me. I think I will get a good reception. It was my first professional club after playing non league and I enjoyed my time there.

"It is a great club with fantastic facilities and I am delighted that Steve Davis has got the job. He is a nice guy and a really good coach. When I first moved there he showed me around the club and took training during my early time at the club. It is no surprise that he is doing well and they could be a strong bet for the play-offs. But I would love to go there and get a 1-0 win. We played well defensively at Cheltenham on Tuesday and that is a good platform for us to build on."


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Thursday 23 February 2012
first team news
Luke Moore ruled out of Crewe Alexandra trip

Terry Brown has confirmed that midfielder Luke Moore is not quite ready to return for Saturday's trip to Crewe Alexandra.

Moore is making good progress from the knee injury that has sidelined him since the defeat to Aldershot Town on 28 January, but he has been ruled out for the match at the Alexandra Stadium.

Gareth Gwillim is still out with a hamstring injury, but midfielder Ricky Wellard is expected to resume full training on Monday after shaking off a knee problem.

Terry Brown is looking to on-loan Sunderland youngster Billy Knott to add a creative spark from the midfield engine room with Luke Moore still out.

"Luke Moore is not going to be available for Saturday and that is disappointing as he was in a rich vein of form before he picked up his injury," he said.

"But I was really pleased with Billy on Tuesday. He looked very bright and hopefully he can push his way back into the side again."



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Thursday 23 February 2012
reserve team news
Djilali stakes his claim in reserves win

Kieran Djilali continued his push for first-team football by helping the reseves to victory against Sutton United last night.

The talented ex-Crystal Palace winger played for an hour to help Marcus Gayle's men to an impressive 2-0 win in a match staged at Banstead Athletic's ground.

Reserve team boss Gayle was impressed with Djilali's contribution as he edged closer to putting his two-month injury lay-off with a hamstring injury fully behind him.

The Dons second string won it with well-taken goals from Jake Rose and Huw Johnson and they are now just one point behind Sutton at the top of the Suburban League with four games in hand.

Gayle said: "The average age of our team is 18 and they have a lot of potential, but it is a learning curve for them. It is great experience for them when they play with players from the first-team.

"Kieran played behind the front two strikers and he was quite influential, but we had to take him off after an hour to look after him.

"I am encouraged by what I have in the reserves this season. I was very pleased with the whole squad's attitude last night. We were playing against a side who we have battled it out for the title with in the past two years and they had a few former Wimbledon players so it was quite a spicey, competitive match."




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Thursday 23 February 2012
club news
Travel to Crewe Alexandra and Hereford

Crewe Alexandra
AFC Wimbledon still have spaces available for Saturday's supporters' coach for the trip to Crewe Alexandra.

The coach will leave The Grove at 8.30 am and pick up from The Cherry Red Records Stadium at 9.00 am. The price for this game is £15.

Hereford United
Bookings are now available for the supporters' coach for this away trip on Saturday, 3 March.

The coach will leave The Grove at 9.00 am and pick up from The Cherry Red Records Stadium at 9.30 am. The price for this game is £15.

Seats must be booked in advance for both games. Bookings can be made for both games by contacting the club office on 020 8547 3528 between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm during the week.


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Wednesday 22 February 2012
first team news
Boss salutes defender's influence

Terry Brown says that Mat Mitchel-King’s growing influence has been pivotal in shoring up the Dons defence in recent weeks.

The ex-Crewe Alexandra man had to wait until December 17 at Rotherham to finally make his debut after suffering from a catalogue of injuries and illness since joining AFC Wimbledon last summer.

But the Dons boss, speaking after last night’s 0-0 draw at Cheltenham Town, believes that Mitchel-King’s return to form has been worth the wait.

“He is a very solid defender, who wins headers, and is decent on the ground,” said Terry Brown. “We needed that little bit of experience in there and he played very well with Jamie against a front three that have scored goals all year. We did our homework on them and we worked hard to combat their strengths. I thought that brought about the right result in the end.”

However, Terry Brown says there is plenty of room for improvement from the Dons for Saturday’s tough trip to Crewe Alexandra.

“I thought we kept the ball well for periods of the game and looked dangerous,” he added. “But on Thursday we need to work on our game in the final third, including scoring, shooting and taking our chances. If we can get one of our other forwards scoring goals, apart from Jack Midson, then we will be fine and can start pushing up the table.”


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Wednesday 22 February 2012
first team news
AFC Wimbledon man aims for top of the class

Seb Brown admits he’s facing crunch time both on and off the pitch during AFC Wimbledon’s end of season run-in.

The 22-year-old may be focused on keeping the Dons in League 2 for another season, but he is also striving to complete a degree in Sports Science at Roehampton University.

Wimbledon fans famously sing that it only took nine years to reach the Football League, but boyhood Dons fan Brown must also ensure that there is a successful conclusion to his three years in the classroom.

Ironically, his first clean sheet in almost four months at Cheltenham last night came at a time when he has been hitting the books in a big way.

“It has all heaped up on me as I took it a bit easy a bit in the first half of the year,” he said. Then in the middle of January I was sitting in the classroom and realised that I have a hell of a lot of work to. It has kind of hit me hard and I have been splitting my time between studying and football.

“I think it is a nice distraction to have though as it is something different for me to do. I do not get any stick from the lads as they kind of accept it now.

“I think they are keen to do bits and pieces of their own away from football and hopefully I can set the trend. It all started during our non league days and the club and Terry Brown have been as good as gold about it.

“There have been so many things that I have been thinking I could do with the degree, but if I am lucky enough to play until I am 35, then I do not have to spend another three years back at school. It is something for me to fall back on if I have to retire early.”

The PFA-backed Sports Science degree at Roehampton offers footballers a chance to get educated for life after the game and ex-Gillingham midfielder Mark Bentley, now at Hayes and Yeading, is one of Brown’s class-mates.

Meanwhile, Brown revealed that Wimbledon’s vast improvement at the back in recent weeks came after a meeting between players and management to try and plug the gaps.

“We had a meeting a couple of weeks ago saying that we needed to cut out the individual errors in defence,” he added. “We were told that we needed to defend better as a unit and I think we have done that in the past four games.

“Certainly in the Northampton game and tonight, the improvement has been marked. But it is now a case of getting the balance right. I wanted us to nick a goal at the other end, but it is all going to take time.

“It is baby steps really as we are trying to go from being so wide open to shoring it up at the back. Everyone at the back had to be confident and hopefully we can start pushing that into the midfield and forwards. Hopefully, it will then click for when we are playing against the teams around us.”


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Wednesday 22 February 2012
reserve team news
Reserves play Sutton tonight - at Banstead

The reserves are in action tonight, playing away to Sutton United in a league game that pits top against third. The Dons are four points behind Sutton but have four games in hand.

Marcus Gayle is putting out a strong team which includes his senior development squad players plus first team squad members Jack Turner, Fraser Franks and Kieran Djilali, who is taking another step in his recovery programme.

The game will be played at Merland Rise, Banstead Athletic's ground, with a 7.30 pm kick off.


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Wednesday 22 February 2012
first team news
Dons boss hails battling draw

Terry Brown believes his AFC Wimbledon side showed the fighting spirit required to steer clear of the relegation zone last night.

The Dons boss hailed the defensive solidity that frustrated promotion-chasers Cheltenham and edged the club another point closer to safety in League Two.

“In the early days of the season, we played great football and got a couple of good results at home and I would not mind replicating that if we could,” said Terry Brown.
“But this was a different type of performance. This was going to the league leaders and we needed to batten down the hatches, scrap and make ourselves difficult to beat.

“The only worry I had about staying in this league was that we were too easy to beat and we certainly showed tonight that we are not a soft touch. We came and defended brilliantly and Seb Brown did not have a lot to do. He organised the defence well and they played very well in front of him.”

Terry Brown also praised substitute Billy Knott for putting his recent injury problems behind him with an impressive second-half cameo.

“When Billy and Byron Harrison came on, they made a difference,” he said. “Billy looked back to his best and maybe I should have put him on earlier, but hindsight is a wonderful gift.
“We got the ball down and moved it around well at times. We had long spells of possession and that relieved the pressure.”



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Tuesday 21 February 2012
first team news
Skipper targets former Dons hero

Jamie Stuart is relishing another battle with former AFC Wimbledon favourite Kaid Mohamed in tonight’s clash at Cheltenham Town.

Club captain Stuart has won back his place in Terry Brown’s starting line-up recently and his combative style will be needed to curtail the threat of in-form striker Mohamed.

Mohamed, who was a pivotal force in Wimbledon’s play-offs success last season, quit the Dons in the summer and his nine goals for Cheltenham have helped the Robins mount a promotion charge.

But Wimbledon kept the ex-Bath City man quiet in September’s 4-1 home win against Mark Yates’ men and Stuart is confident of doing so again.

“We know what Mo is all about and he is a good player with a lot of ability,” said Stuart.

“He has a lot of pace, he can run forever, and on his day he can be a handful for anyone.

“But we kept him quiet at our place and he got dragged off so we are hoping that we can do the same again tonight.”

Stuart has called on his team-mates to show the fighting spirit required to ensure safety in League 2 this season.

“We have to keep fighting and plugging away,” he added. “I think we have been unlucky in the last couple of games.

"We had the chances at Northampton, but they nicked a goal and it was the same on Saturday.

“Football is obviously about scoring goals, that is what gives you confidence, but it will come. Saturday was disappointing as we felt we deserved to win.

“It will be a tough game tonight as they are up there competing with the best teams in the league, but we will go there and try and get the three points.

"We just have to keep going and get the points that will make us safe sooner rather than later.”


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Monday 20 February 2012
first team news
Euell ready to roll back the years says boss

AFC Wimbledon boss Terry Brown says that Jason Euell is finally ready to show his best form after shaking off an ankle injury.

Euell, who has had his loan spell from Charlton Athletic extended by a further month, made just his second appearance for the Dons on Saturday in the 1-1 draw against Morecambe.

The 34-year-old is now ready to start back-to-back games for the first time since his Dons return at Cheltenham tomorrow night.

“We have not seen much of Jason since the injury that he picked up in his first game for us,” said Terry Brown. “It is really exciting to have a fit Jason back in the fold.

"He wants to give everything for the club and he is getting better with every training session and game that he plays.

“He has been playing at a higher level and it is just a matter of him getting game time under his belt now.

"Once he does that, I believe we have a Premier League quality player on our books.”

Terry Brown also believes that record signing Byron Harrison is showing the right signs to deliver his first goal for AFC Wimbledon.

“Byron was smashing them in during training, but he needs a goal in a game,” he said.

“He has had six games for us now and those games have coincided with a good run for us.

“We have won three and drawn one out of those six. He holds the ball up well and is a real nuisance.

"As soon as he does manage to get a goal, then I think you will see another level of performance from him.”


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Monday 20 February 2012
first team news
"We will need to be at our best" says Brown

TERRY Brown says he is far from surprised by Cheltenham Town’s transformation into promotion contenders since their 4-1 beating at Wimbledon in October.

Mark Yates has moulded an attacking side that moved level on points at the top of League 2 with Southend by beating Dagenham and Redbridge 5-0 on Saturday.

And Brown has warned his side that they will have to be at their best to contain an in-form strike-force that includes former Wimbledon favourite Kaid Mohammed, who has plundered nine goals so far this season.

“We will all have to be on form as they have got one of the best attacking line-ups in the league,” he said.

“They have a quality manager with some really good players. A lot of other managers I have spoken to in this league say that Cheltenham are the best side that they have played.

“It was obviously one of our best games of the season when we beat them, but they did not have a great game.

"They will be wanting to exact revenge on us for that and they beat Dagenham on Saturday so we know it will be tough.”

Brown has no fresh injury worries for the trip to Cheltenham, but midfielders Luke Moore and Ricky Wellard are still sidelined with ankle injuries.


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Monday 20 February 2012
first team news
"We need to pick up a gear" says boss

TERRY Brown believes his side are close to recapturing the form that brought three successive wins during January, after Saturday’s draw against Morecambe.

The Dons had chances to have taken maximum points at home to the Shrimpers in a much improved display, but they had to settle for a share of the spoils in the end.

“In the first hour of the game I was definitely thinking that we should win this,” he said. “Once we got the equaliser, the game became so open and either side could have won it.

“As far as the performance was concerned, everything up until the final third I really loved because the last couple of games before it were not what I had hoped for.

“I think we will need to pick up a gear though if we are to get anything at Cheltenham as it will be very tough.”


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Sunday 19 February 2012
club news
Toks talks

Rashid 'Toks' Yussuff was interviewed after the draw against Morecambe. To hear the interview, click on Toks.


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Sunday 19 February 2012
club news
Morecambe match report and a thank you

The report from yesterday's match has been published and can be read by clicking here.

The club's new Communications Executive, Chris Slavin, starts tomorrow and in future he will be writing our match reports. We would like to thank all the volunteers who have contributed reports over the last few years and in particular Kevin Borras, who has written the majority of our reports in recent times, as this is his last such report. We hope that Kevin and the other volunteer reporters will continue to be involved in producing material for this site and for the progrramme.


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Sunday 19 February 2012
club news
From the Morecambe programme

From time to time we reproduce articles from the programme which have not been reported elsewhere. The following article appeared in the Morecambe programme and welcomes Communications Executive Chris Slavin, as well as updating fans on progress towards a new web site.

To read the article, click here.


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Sunday 19 February 2012
dons trust news
Another Dons Draw

The February Dons Draw took place yesterday at The Cherry Red Records Stadium.

Winning numbers were drawn in the presence of Nigel Higgs (Youth and Community Director), Neil Messenbird (Dons Draw Administrator) and Mike Berry (Volunteer)

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

First prize of £1,000 - ticket 4309 - Colin Wilson - KT2

Second prize of £500 - ticket 2389 - Ian Bloor - GU27

Third prize of £250 - ticket 0586 - Eamon Gibney - BS35

Fourth prize of £150 - ticket 2780 - Matt Jennings - MK44

Fifth prize of £100 - ticket 0917 - Paul Harrison - TW13

Sixth prize of £75 - ticket 1978 - Tony Greene - KT10

Congratulations to all six prize winners.

The next Dons Draw will take place on or around 15 March 2012 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 2012 Dons Draw is 8.00 pm on 29 February.

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


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Saturday 18 February 2012
first team news
Dons draw

Wimbledon conceded first yet again at The Cherry Red Records Stadium but they came back with a Rashid Yussuff goal, scored after substitute Billy Knott threaded a ball into his path in the Morecambe area.

Terry Brown made three changes from the starting line up at Northampton, with Chris Bush replacing the injured Gareth Gwillim, Sam Hatton coming in for Gavin Hoyte and Yussuff taking the place of the injured Knott, who was only judged fit enough to go on the bench.

After a first half in which the Dons dominated but couldn't covert their superiority into goals, it looked like the story of much of the season would be repeated when they fell behind in the second half to a soft goal. The Dons pressed and got their equaliser but couldn't get a second - indeed they almost gifted a winner to Morecambe in the last minute.

The point sees Wimbledon sitting in seventeenth position and now facing three successive away games over the next two weeks.


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Saturday 18 February 2012
club news
Ticket collection today

We have recently received a new kiosk that will speed up ticket collection on a match day. If you have pre-booked tickets for today’s game against Morecambe they can be collected in the following places:

New kiosk in Jack Goodchild Way
All tickets booked online
SUN tickets
Tickets booked through the Community Football Scheme courses

Collection Window next to players’ entrance
All other pre-booked tickets and tickets to be paid for

Coach bookings for future matches can still be made at the collection window next to the players’ entrance



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Friday 17 February 2012
first team news
Morecambe preview

The Dons will be looking to reproduce the form they took to the Globe Arena when they meet Morecambe at The Cherry Red Records Stadium tomorrow. However, Dons manager Terry Brown has been on tenterhooks over the injury situation which has only become a bit clearer after training and a treatment session today, as he explains.

"We are now entering one of the busiest periods of the season with Saturday and Tuesday games being a regular occurrence over the next two months. Although we have recently suffered additional injuries, to Gareth Gwillim at Northampton and Jason Prior in the Aldershot game, the size of our squad allows us to field a strong side against Morecambe on Saturday.

"Talking to Mike Rayner today, he gave the following run down on current injuries: Gareth Gwillim's hamstring injury will be a minimum of another two weeks; Jason Prior's knee will be under tratment for a minimum of seven days before we can consider involving him; Kieran Djilali's recovery from his hamstring injury will hopefully allow him to play sixty minutes at Sutton on Wednesday; Luke Moore had a glucose injection in his knee yesterday and might be available for next Tuesday's game; Ricky Wellard has aggravated his recent ankle injury and it will be at least another fourteen days before we can consider him again.

"There is some good news is that Sammy Moore has recovered from the numerous knocks he took on Tuesday night. Also, Billy Knott started a training session today following his knock on Tuesday and I expect him to take part in tomorrow's game.

"The other good news is that Jason Euell has recovered from his ankle injury and has now re-signed for a further month, allowing him to start on Saturday.

"Without doubt the most important factor tomorrow is to pick up three very valuable home points. We played extremely well at the Globe Arena and hopefully we can start to recapture some of our early season form. Although our results have not been good enough at home this year, your support during those games has been really important and the next few home games in particular will be vitally important as to how the season pans out."

Tomorrow's game is not all-ticket and fans on the John Smith's terrace will find they have more space than usual as Morecambe have been allocated the smaller section of that stand for their fans.


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Friday 17 February 2012
club news
Programme from the Bradford City postponed game

The Bradford game was postponed too late for us to cancel the printing of the programme.

A number of fans have asked if they may buy a copy. We are happy to sell copies for the full face value of £3, so long as buyers understand that much of the content has been re-used for tomorrow's game against Morecambe.

Ask at the complimentary tickets window before or after tomorrow's game if you'd like to buy a copy.


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Friday 17 February 2012
club news
Arrangements for the Morecambe game

Tickets

This is not an all-ticket game and you will be able to buy a ticket on the day for the Kingston Road and John Smith's terraces.

It is possible that there will be a small number of seats for sale, depending on the number of late returns from season ticket holders who can't come. If there are seats for sale, they will be made available from the kiosk in the lobby of the Paul Strank stand from 1.45 onwards.

Reduced price vouchers

Fans who have taken advantage of the Sun's offer for reduced price tickets should ensure they bring the vouchers with them - without vouchers we cannot issue the tickets, even if they have been paid for.

There will be clear signage explaining where to colllect your tickets under this offer.

Extra space for Dons fans in the John Smith's stand

Club and police estimates indicate that there will be about 150 Morecambe fans at the game, As a result, they will be allocated the bsmaller area in the John Smith's stand and Dons fans will be able to spread out and occupy about two-thirds of the terrace. The extended terrace area will be open to Dons fans immediately on opening the turnstiles.

Visiting fans

Morecambe fans should enter the stadium via the access road behind the east stand. This is about 100 yards east of Jack Goodchild Way and will be signposted.

Bars

The bars will open at noon. Morecambe fans are welcome to join Dons fans in the bars before the game where the Chelsea v Birmingham City FA Cup tie will be shown on the big screen with a noon kick off.

Please note that the back bar will be shutting at 5.45pm. Fans will be asked to move into the main bar after that time where the Man of the Match presentation will take place.

Parking

As usual, parking will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parking is available on local streets, but please be considerate when doing so.

Proof of eligibility for reduced price tickets

Fans are reminded that you may be asked to prove your entitlement to a concession or under 16 ticket - if you can't do this, you will be charged full price for admission. It is important that the evidence you provide clearly relates to you and, for example for student cards, is current.

Programme

As usual, the programme is £3 for 68 pages. This week's programme includes a feature on the Dons Trust's tenth anniversary, deferred from the Bradford programme where it was due to be published, updates on the Community Football Scheme and a report on our community work with First Morden Cubs, a thought-provoking article by programme sponsor Morad Choudry how we might raise additional funds to help propel us thorugh the leagues, features on two of our youth teams and a look at former Dons star David Connolly, plus. Plus all the usual features.


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Friday 17 February 2012
dons trust news
Sign up on Saturday

Volunteers will be on hand at the Dons Trust gazebo from 1.30 pm on Saturday to help supporters to sign up to two of the Dons Trust's important fundraising initiatives.

First, if you have not yet applied for the Ten Legends fundraising dinner on 23 March, then you can deposit your application at the Dons Trust gazebo. As announced here we have now announced the complete line-up of ten legends, so be sure to get your applications in.

Second, if you have not yet signed up to the Dons Draw then volunteers will be on hand to help you do so. Please bring your bank details (sort code and bank account number - both normally shown on your cash withdrawal / debit card if you have one) - along to the Dons Trust gazebo and we will help you subscribe to the Dons Draw in any multiple of £2 per month that you choose. Over £2,000 of prizes are awarded every month, with the net proceeds going to the Trust's fundraising budget. This scheme remains the single most important source of fundraising for the Trust and we urge all supporters aged 16 and over to consider subscribing. See here for further details.


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Thursday 16 February 2012
club news
Morecambe tickets still available

The Dons are back in action at The Cherry Red Records Stadium this Saturday against Morecambe. Earlier in the season goals from Jack Midson and Christian Jolley secured all three points for Wimbledon in a 2-1 victory at the Globe Arena. Terry Brown will be looking to complete the double this weekend and you can pre-book your tickets for this important match in the following ways:

Online
Tickets can be bought from our online shop, which can also be accessed through the front page of our website.

In person
Tickets can be purchased from the club office until 5.00 pm on Friday.

Promotional Offer
The Sun newspaper have been running a special offer for this match which required readers to collect numbered tokens. To take advantage of this offer fans must have booked over then phone in advance by calling 020 8547 3528. Tickets will only be released on the day of the game in exchange for a completed and filled in voucher.

Proof of eligibility for reduced price tickets
Please remember that you may be asked to prove your entitlement to a concession or under 16 ticket when you arrive at the turnstile - if you can't do this, you will be charged full price for admission. It is important that the evidence you provide clearly relates to you (photo id is expected) and, for example for student cards, is current.



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Thursday 16 February 2012
club news
AFC Wimbledon Poker Championship review

It was chips away in the back bar at the Cherry Red Records Stadium last Saturday night as the players took their seats for the first ever AFC Wimbledon Poker Championship. Cards were dealt, blinds were raised and brows were mopped as the players were slowly whittled down to the final table.

Chris Lines was the last man standing with Rob Heath coming in as runner up. Ivor Heller came in 3rd and Ashley Walter, who knocked club captain Jamie Stuart out of the competition, came 4th. Richard Farrell, James Mulley, Simon Clarke & Graham Brown completed the final table.
The tournament ran very smoothly and was enjoyed by all, so much so that the next AFC Wimbledon Poker Championship will be held in May with the date to be confirmed.

Thank you to everyone that attended, we are very grateful to all 60 players that came out on one of the coldest nights of the winter.

To those that didn’t make it to the final table, better luck next time.



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Wednesday 15 February 2012
club news
Travel to Cheltenham and Crewe

The club will be running supporters' coaches to games against Cheltenham Town on 21 February and Crewe Alexandra on 25 February.

Cheltenham Town
The coach will leave The Grove at 2.30 pm and pick up from The Cherry Red Records Stadium at 3.00 pm. The price for this game is £15.

Crewe Alexandra
The coach will leave The Grove at 8.30 am and pick up from The Cherry Red Records Stadium at 9.00 am. The price for this game is £15.

Seats must be booked in advance. Bookings can be made for both games by contacting the club office on 020 8547 3528 between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm during the week.



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Wednesday 15 February 2012
club news
Chas from Chas & Dave live this Saturday

Chas Hodges, one half of rockney duo Chas and Dave, makes his Kingsmeadow Live debut this Saturday 18th February, supported by the original wild man of English rock n roll Wee Willie Harris. Chas will be performing all your favourite hits including Rabbit, Margate, Ain’t No Pleasing You and more.

Admissions costs £15 and the doors open at 7.30pm. Bar closes at 1am.

Traditional cockney fare including pie and mash will also be available on the evening.

Tickets can be purchased here or by calling 020 8247 9918.




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Tuesday 14 February 2012
club news
Carvery open before Morecambe game this Saturday

There is still space in the carvery before the Morecambe game this Saturday.

Tickets are also on sale for all remaining home games this season.

Carvery guests enjoy:

- A three 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

The carvery opens in the back bar at 12.00 pm.

Cost: £25 (carvery only) or £45 (including a seat ticket for the Paul Strank Stand)

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

We are also pleased to announce a special package for celebrations, whether it be birthdays, anniversaries or even divorces! If you book a table of ten, we will give you a complimentary bottle of Champagne or birthday cake. Once you have made your booking, please e-mail here to let us know what kind of event you’re celebrating.



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Monday 13 February 2012
club news
New date for Bradford

Our league game against Bradford City which was to have taken place last Saturday has been rescheduled for Tuesday 13 March, kick-off 7.45 pm.

Tickets purchased for the original game will be valid for the rearranged fixture. Supporters who pre booked tickets but cannot make the new date can return their tickets to the club by Saturday in exchange for another league game this season.

Should fans require clarification they should call the office on 020 8547 3528.


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Monday 13 February 2012
club news
Yellow and Blue Open Darts Tournament + an evening with Wayne “Hawaii 501” Mardle

The first ever Yellow and Blue Open Darts Tournament takes place this Sunday 19 February followed by an Evening with Wayne ‘Hawaii 501’ Mardle.

The tournament starts in the middle bar at 1.00pm with registration from 12.00pm. Entry costs £5.

This will be followed by an exhibition featuring one of the most entertaining players on the darts circuit, Wayne ‘Hawaii 501’ Mardle in the back bar. Doors open at 5.30pm and the exhibition starts at 7.30pm. There will also be a Q&A session with Wayne at about 9.30pm.

Admission is £20 including dinner and we are selling a combined ticket for both the tournament and the exhibition for £23.

The winner and runner up from the tournament will be guaranteed to play against Wayne and there will be a raffle to determine who else gets to play against him.

Tickets can be purchased here or by calling 020 8247 9918.



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Monday 13 February 2012
first team news
Northampton preview

After two postponements, the Dons are relieved to be back playing competitive football again, with the game confirmed as going ahead at Northampton's Sixfields stadium on Tuesday night . With no game over the weekend, Terry Brown was able to update Friday's injury report with the news that one Jason isn't available to play, but the other is. He also had good news on the loan front.

"For the first time in over a week, we were able to have a proper training session on grass this morning. It was a light session in view of the Tuesday night fixture at Northampton. All the players I reported as fit on Friday came through, apart from Jason Prior - it follows that Jason Euell is fit and available for selection. Jason Prior will receive further treatment from Mike Rayner during the week on a troublesome haematoma.

"I've been asked about the status of our loan players. I am pleased to announce that Sunderland and West Ham United respectively have agreed to extend the loans for Billy Knott and George Moncur. Jason Euell and Gavin Hoyte's loans have not yet reached their expiry dates.

"The new manager at Northampton, Adie Boothroyd, has also been busy signing players during the January window and owing to the recent cancellations, we haven't really been able to see their team or formation over the last two weeks. Looking at the quality of players they have brought in there is no doubt they will be making a concerted push up the table, which makes our game on Tuesday night very important to both sides.

"We understand that the game will definitely be going ahead and I am sure that both sets of supporters will be looking forward to seeing some football again after this unwanted break.

"With the recent cancellations, we are now in a position where we will be regularly playing on Tuesday nights. Our squad at this present time is certainly big enough and strong enough to cope but they need some game time. With that in mind we have arranged a friendly game with Havant and Waterlooville for Wednesday night at 7.30 pm at Westleigh Park. This will be a much-needed run out for the substitutes from Tueday night's game as well as Fraser Franks, Chris Bush, Reece Jones, Kieran Djilali, Ricky Wellard, Frankie Merrifield and a trialist front runner."

Like Wimbledon, Northampton have indeed been busy in the transfer window and since. They have added experience in the shape of central defender Clarke Carlisle, on loan from Burnley to the end of the season, and Ben Harding has had his loan converted to a permanent transfer. Luke Gutteridge has also returned to Sixfields after playing nearly 70 games for Aldershot, returning just before the close of the transfer window.

Added to them, Adie Boothroyd has signed two other players on loan; striker Brett Williams, who was signed by Reading from Eastleigh and who featured against the Dons earlier this season while on loan at Rotherham, as well as highly rated Leicester goalkeeper Chris Weale.

With the Dons fielding four loan players ni their squad, much will depend on which side has bedded their new players in more quickly and effectively.

Earlier today, the final spaces were taken on the fans' coach. The club will not be running a second coach.


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Monday 13 February 2012
club news
Thomas Cook special offers

We are pleased to announce the following exclusive offers from Thomas Cook, our official holiday club partner.

These offers are only available from the Wimbledon, Worcester Park and Kingston Upon Thames branches of Thomas Cook. You can book either by phone or by dropping into the branch.

And please remember to mention AFC Wimbledon when you book so the club earns a referral fee!

1. Barcelona city break
From £207 per person based on 2 sharing
Departing from Gatwick on the 2nd July for 2 nights Includes flights and accommodation
5* apartments on room only basis
Add on Nou Camp stadium tour for only £23 per person extra

2. Dubai Short Break
From £449 per person based on 2 sharing
Departing from Heathrow on the 24th April for 3 nights Includes flights and 3* accommodation on room only basis Fantastic climate amazing beaches.

3. Las Vegas Break
From £644 per person based on 2 sharing
Departing from Gatwick on the 3rd March for 5 nights Includes flights and accommodation
3* Riviera hotel room only- on the lively Vegas strip
Great for stag/ hen trips

4. Family Holiday to Turkey
Family price £2449 based on family of 4
Departing from Gatwick on the 9th August for 14 nights
3* All inclusive
All food and drink included

5. Private Villa with pool in Crete
From £299 per person based on 6 adults sharing
Departing from Gatwick on the 12th June for 7 nights
Includes flights and accommodation self catering.

Terms and conditions
All deals are subject to availability on the dates specified and include AFC Wimbledon supporters discount.

Thomas Cook Sport has been the Official Travel Partner of The Football League since December 2004, and is now partner to over 60 clubs across The Championship, League 1 and League 2.

Branch details

Thomas Cook Wimbledon
6 Wimbledon Hill Road London SW19 7NS, United Kingdom
0844 335 7766

Thomas Cook Kingston
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Thomas Cook Worcester Park
147 Central Road Worcester Park KT4 8DT
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Monday 13 February 2012
club news
Pitch help required this afternoon

Around half of our frost covers were removed at the end of last week following the postponement of the Bradford City game. It is important that the remaining covers are removed today so that the pitch is not damaged and so the surface can be prepared for Saturday’s important home match against Morecambe.

If you are available to help our pitch team in this task please come to the reception at The Cherry Red Records Stadium from 1.00 pm today. We expect this to take no longer than two hours.


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Monday 13 February 2012
first team news
Game on

We have spoken to Northampton Town officials this morning who have confirmed that they are very confident of the game going ahead tomorrow night. The pitch was covered in snow at the start of the weekend, but when the frost covers were removed the pitch was in a playable condition.

The last few remaining places on the supporters coach can be booked by calling 020 8547 3528, and tickets can be purchased at the stadium tomorrow evening.


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Saturday 11 February 2012
club news
London Senior Cup

Our London Senior Cup quarter-final against Metropolitan Police will be played here at The Cherry Red Records Fans Stadium on Tuesday 28 February, kick-off 7.45 pm. Admission prices for this game will be announced shortly.

The winner will be at home in the semi-final against the winners of the quarter-final between Hendon and Harrow Borough.




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Saturday 11 February 2012
dons trust news
A brace of captains

We are pleased to announce the final two AFC Wimbledon players who will join the “10 years, 10 legends” annual fundraising dinner on Friday 23 March.

One of the first players to follow Dave Anderson from Hendon to Kingsmeadow, Steve Butler was a commanding presence in defence for the Dons over three seasons. During that time, he made over 100 first team appearances, scoring 12 goals and, as club captain, led Wimbledon to both the Ryman One title and Surrey Senior Cup victory in 2005.

Joe Sheerin made his debut in the Premiership playing for Chelsea against Wimbledon FC. After spells at AFC Bournemouth and Kingstonian, Joe was recruited to AFC Wimbledon at the trials on Wimbledon Common and immediately assumed the captain’s armband, leading the team out at the club’s first ever match against Sutton United. Over a period of three seasons, Joe made 85 first team appearances, scoring 35 goals. A player whose career would undoubtedly have continued at a much higher level but for injury, Joe left AFC Wimbledon for Croydon Athletic and subsequently Leatherhead.

While that concludes the line-up of the ten legends, the evening will of course include a number of other people who have been part of the club over the past ten years, making this an evening not to miss for those who want to relive the formative years of a very special football club. Former players who have previously been announced for the dinner are Kevin Cooper, Matt Everard, Luke Garrard, Jason Goodliffe, Ben Judge, Andy Little, Jon Main and Keith Ward.

Tickets for the dinner are priced at £55 per person, or £500 for a table of ten. To apply for your place at the dinner, please apply to: Mark Davis, Friends of the Dons Trust, 20 Rayleigh Road, London, SW19 3RF, enclosing a cheque for the relevant amount, made payable to Kidd Rapinet Solicitors. Please also include: your name, postal address, email address (if possible), telephone number and any special dietary requirements. For any enquires, email here or leave a message for Mark Davis via the club on 020 8547 3528. The proceeds of the evening will be donated to the Dons Trust’s fundraising budget.


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Friday 10 February 2012
club news
Terry - 'we were keen to play'

We spoke to Terry Brown shortly after hearing the news that tomorrow's game has been postponed.

He took the opportunity to bring us up to date on the injury situation at the moment. "First, I'm pleased to say that both Jason Euell and Ricky Wellard were both fit and available for selection on Saturday and obviously they will also be available for Tuesday night's game at Northampton.

"We were keen to play even though, had we played tomorrow, we would have had four players unavailable due to injury. One player to benefit from the extra time between games is Jason Prior who will hopefully will be fit and available for Tuesday, following a steroid injection for a slight knock he received in the Aldershot game.

"The longer term injured players include Kieran Djilali, who should be OK within 7 – 10 days, and Fraser Franks who has had some stitches in his heel and should be back next week. Finally, Luke Moore is making steady progress with his knee ligament injury and Mike Rayner expects that Luke will be back in training next week.

"This sort of weather is very frustrating as the training pitches have been unavailable. So we've varied what we do, with five-a-side sessions on the Astroturf; a day of swimming, water polo and weights; and a spinning session. Today we finished off the week’s training with a light work out followed by a snowball fight at Kings College!

"The last two postponements mean that the fixtures are starting to fill up and I can foresee us playing a pretty intensive series of Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday games. But it's the same for everyone and we are all keen to get playing again. Let's hope Tuesday night is the first step in that catching up process."


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Friday 10 February 2012
club news
Poker tournament goes ahead

The AFC Wimbledon Poker Championship will go ahead as planned tomorrow night despite the game against Bradford being cancelled.

We are pleased to announce that we already have 60 participants but we can accommodate up to 100 so there is plenty of room still available.

Tickets are still available here or you can register on the night up until 7.15pm.

And don’t forget that there is a special prize for knocking Jamie Stuart out of the tournament.

Food will be served throughout the night and the bar is open until 2am.

And don’t worry if you get knocked out early as all players are entitled to free entry into the soul and ska night being held in the Middle Bar (also 2am finish).



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Friday 10 February 2012
dons trust news
Dons Trust Board meeting, 9 February

The Dons Trust Board (DTB) met last night and the key topics discussed were:

An update from the ladies and girls section was received from Fawwad Uddin. All teams are performing well and have had good cup runs. There is better integration and engagement with the wider club and the ladies and girls are relishing this. Detailed financial figures will be sent to the DTB for the next meeting together with a business plan outlining the ladies and girls section's ideas for next season - consolidated pitch facilities and further fundraising. It was noted that there was a good turnout from the ladies and girls at the Winter Wonderland and this was very welcome.

The AFC Wimbledon six month Management Accounts were presented and discussed. The Chief Exec explained that the club is having a successful financial year and is ahead of budget. In addition to the extra income from higher than budgeted attendances, sales from merchandise had been very positive and the merchandise team is to be congratulated on exceeding their annual budget already. The Community Football Scheme and Youth Development Programme were also ahead of budget. The costs of stewarding/policing have risen substantially and will be reviewed for possible savings for next season. The DTB welcomed the new reporting format and thanked the Football Club Board (and other club staff) for their hard work in pulling it together.

The AFC Wimbledon forecast was tabled and discussed. This paper had only been received on the day so the Chief Exec invited questions to be sent via email. In essence however, the figures are positive and a profit is forecast, even after the recent commitment to increase the players’ wage budget.

The Football Club Board (FCB) report was discussed. Matters of note include:

• The board received positive feedback about the new player signings, both permanent and loan. The Chief Exec reported that manager Terry Brown felt these had had significant impact on the team’s recent performances and felt confident his squad would continue its improved run of results;

• The FCB will be looking at options for various stadium improvements that are needed and /or desired and these will be discussed at a future DTB meeting;

• The Youth & Community Director explained the Elite Player Performance Plan and potential implications for the club - a paper will be discussed at a future DTB meeting;

• The Operations Director relayed some positive feedback the club had had from fans; the club had a good response to the recent Sun promotion with approximately 200 tickets claimed, most of which are from people who had not come to the club before;

• The Chief Exec outlined the plans and programme for the new Kingston Road End stand. It is likely that an SGM will be held to discuss this further and in particular the finance and fundraising options. The board briefly brainstormed possibly ideas for targeting fundraising to help finance the new KRE stand.;

• The Volunteers Day was discussed and plans are progressing. Details will be published soon.

Other matters:

• Today marks the 10th anniversary of the Dons Trust. The DTB and FCB would like to thank all members for their support and their part in the amazing success of the club. A special piece on the Dons Trust will be in the next match day programme and further initiatives announced;

• Supporters Direct (SD) - the DTB Chair will cast the DTB vote in the SD elections. David Growns will attend the next SD regional meeting and will report back to the DTB;

• There was a reminder of various governance rules for DTB members and wider club 'officials' relating to betting, conflicts of interest, and gift register.

Progress against the DTB Action Plan was discussed. All actions are progressing well and members will be formally updated on them at the next General Meeting.


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Friday 10 February 2012
club news
Bradford game off

Following a lunchtime inspection, the game tomorrow has been called off.

Although the majority of the pitch was playable the strip running in front of the Tempest End was still hard and with no indication that the temperature was going to rise significantly for that area to thaw out it was felt the match should be postponed now.

A new date will be announced next week.


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Friday 10 February 2012
dons trust news
Sign up on Saturday

Volunteers will be on hand at the Dons Trust gazebo from 1.30 pm on Saturday to help supporters to sign up to two of the Dons Trust's important fundraising initiatives.

First, if you have not yet applied for the Ten Legends fundraising dinner on 23 March, then you can deposit your application at the Dons Trust gazebo. We are pleased to announce that the ninth special guest joining the dinner will be former captain Steve Butler.

Steve was a commanding presence in defence for the Dons over three seasons. During that time, he made over 100 first team appearances, scoring 12 goals and, as club captain, led Wimbledon to both the Ryman One title and Surrey Senior Cup victory in 2005.

For further details of the guest line-up so far, and for details of how to apply, please see the news item entitled 'Legends 7 & 8' dated 31 January at Ten legends.

Second, if you have not yet signed up to the Dons Draw then volunteers will be on hand to help you do so. Please bring your bank details (sort code and bank account number - both normally shown on your cash withdrawal / debit card if you have one) - along to the Dons Trust gazebo and we will help you subscribe to the Dons Draw in any multiple of £2 per month that you choose. Over £2,000 of prizes are awarded every month, with the net proceeds going to the Trust's fundraising budget. This scheme remains the single most important source of fundraising for the Trust and we urge all supporters aged 16 and over to consider subscribing. See Dons Draw for further details.


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Friday 10 February 2012
club news
Pitch inspection today

Following last night's snow, a pitch inspection will take place today at 1.30 pm.

As soon as a decision has been made an announcement will be made on the web site.


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Thursday 09 February 2012
club news
The pitch is covered

Many thanks to fans Derek Goodhew and Simon Duncton and volunteers, Alex Pugh, Mick Pugh and Dave McKnight who came to the ground to help lay down the pitch covers this afternoon.

Together with the commercial team of Keith McGuiness and Jim Piddington, Chris Atkinson and David Charles from the club office and Simon Bassey they managed to get the whole ground covered in 90 minutes.

Thanks also to the Groundsman Gabor Tanczos, and to Alison Franks and Sarah-Louise Harwood who supplied the refreshments.


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Thursday 09 February 2012
club news
Pitch update and help required

A large section of The Cherry Red Records Stadium pitch was in a firm but playable condition at 12.00 noon today. To help protect the areas that are soft we will be putting the majority of our pitch covers on this afternoon. This is a quite a large task and we will require some volunteers to help if we are to complete the job before the temperature drops again this evening.

If you are in a reasonable physical condition, free for a couple of hours this afternoon and would like to help please come to the reception at the Cherry Red Records Stadium from 2.00 pm today.

Anybody who helps will receive a free terrace ticket for Saturday’s game against Bradford City. Please leave your name before leaving the stadium.


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Wednesday 08 February 2012
club news
Win a 2012/13 season ticket!

Corporate partner A Plan Insurance are running a prize draw this season, giving Dons fans the chance to win some fantastic prizes.

As many fans will know, A Plan is a nationwide insurance company with a branch on Wimbledon Hill Road.

This is the second season that A Plan has sponsored the club and they have a fantastic incentive for Dons fans to sign up for a policy - they pay the club an extra £25 per policy! This was worth a significant amount of income last season and we would like to build on that this season.

The prizes on offer are as follows:
- Two season tickets for the 2012/13 season
- A framed shirt signed by the 2011/12 squad
(Winner to be announced at last match of 2011/12 season)

You can enter the draw by clicking here or call the Wimbledon branch on 020 8944 4121.


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Wednesday 08 February 2012
club news
Players confirmed for poker tournament

Jamie Stuart, Ricky Wellard and Sammy Moore have all confirmed that they will be taking part in the AFC Wimbledon Poker Championship this Saturday.

Give yourself a chance of playing with a first team player by booking your place at the table at here or by calling 020 8247 9918.


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Tuesday 07 February 2012
club news
AFC Wimbledon Business Club

The Commercial department is pleased to announce the launch of the AFC Wimbledon Business Club.

The aim of the business club is to foster a business community centred around the football club. We hope it will benefit members by both promoting your business to the club’s fan base while also presenting an opportunity to network with other companies that are involved with the club.

We are also pleased to announce that the AFCW Business Club is being supported by the Merton Chamber of Commerce, TheBestof Wimbledon and Merton and TheBestof Kingston.

Membership benefits include:

Advertising
∙ Promote your business to AFC Wimbledon fans through a presence on The Dons Directory, AFC Wimbledon’s official business directory:
- Listing on The Dons Directory
- Listing in the matchday programme twice per season
- Digital version of the Dons Directory to be e-mailed to our database

Networking
∙ Invitation to two networking events free of charge:
- Network with other members of the AFC Wimbledon Business Club as well as members of TheBestof Wimbledon and Merton and TheBestof Kingston and Merton Chamber of Commerce
∙ Online networking through exclusive AFCW Business Club group on LinkedIn

Discounts
∙ Exclusive discounts for members of the AFC Wimbledon Business Club including:
- Matchday advertising (pitch side, programme, promotional opportunities)
- Match ball sponsorship packages
- Corporate hospitality packages
- Function room hire

Cost: £150 + VAT per calendar year (£250 + VAT for Premium listing)

We are especially excited about the digital version of the Dons Directory that we will be producing and e-mailing to the club’s e-mail database. A basic listing will be included in the membership but there will also be opportunities for interactive advertising such as embedded media and social media links. You can see a sample here

To apply for membership or for more information, call Keith McGuinness on 020 8547 3336 or e-mail here



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Tuesday 07 February 2012
club news
Last few places at Bradford carvery

There are only a few places available in the carvery before the game against Bradford this Saturday where our guests of honour will be members of the 1963 FA Amateur Cup winning team.

Tickets are also on sale for all remaining home games this season.

Carvery guests enjoy:

- A three 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

The carvery opens in the back bar at 12.00 pm.

Cost: £25 (carvery only) or £45 (including a seat ticket for the Paul Strank Stand)

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

We are also pleased to announce a special package for celebrations, whether it be birthdays, anniversaries or even divorces! If you book a table of ten, we will give you a complimentary bottle of Champagne or birthday cake. Once you have made your booking, please e-mail here to let us know what kind of event you’re celebrating.



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Monday 06 February 2012
club news
Poker and darts

Just a quick reminder about upcoming events at the stadium over the next couple of weeks.


AFC Wimbledon Poker Championship

We are pleased to announce the inaugural AFC Wimbledon Poker Championship takes place this Saturday 11 February 2012 after the Bradford game.

Entry costs £20 with a £10 re-buy within the first hour or a £10 booster after the first hour.

There will be prizes for all players who reach the final table. There will also be special prizes for knocking out any AFC Wimbledon player (several will be playing) and an extra special prize for knocking out club captain Jamie Stuart.

The tournament starts at 7.30pm in the back bar and food will be on sale during the night.

The tournament is open to all comers over 18 years of age.

To book your seat at a table, visit here or call 020 8247 9918.



Hawaii 501 Darts Tournament

The Hawaii 501 Open Darts Tournament will be held at stadium on Sunday 19 February 2012, followed by ‘An Evening with Wayne “Hawaii 501” Mardle’.

Registration for the tournament starts at 12.00 with the tournament itself starting at 1.00pm

Doors open for ‘An Evening with Wayne “Hawaii 501” Mardle’ at 6.00 pm with the exhibition starting at 7.30 pm. The bar closes at 10.30 pm.

The costs are as follows.

Players:
Entry to the Tournament + an Evening with Wayne “Hawaii 501” Mardle - £23.00 (including food in the evening).
Entry to Tournament only: £5.00

Spectators:
Tournament: FREE
An Evening with Wayne “Hawaii 501” Mardle: £20.00 (including food in the evening).

To register for the tournament and for tickets for An Evening with Wayne “Hawaii 501” Mardle visit here or call 020 8247 9918.



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Saturday 04 February 2012
ladies news
Ladies and Cup News

In the Surrey Women’s Cup, AFC Wimbledon Ladies will host Fulham Compton on Sunday 19 February. The tie kicks off at 2.00 pm at the Kingsmeadow Athletics & Fitness Centre. Fulham Compton beat Molesey Junior 4–0 in their quarter-final last Sunday.

Our Under-10 Girls will host the Crystal Palace Ladies Under-10s in the semi-finals of the Surrey County Under-10 Girls Cup next Sunday, 5 February. The tie will be played at Morden Recreation Ground, Morden, Surrey, SM4 6RE, kick-off time to be arranged.

AFC Wimbledon Under-15 Girls have reached the final of the Surrey League Cup by beating league leaders Denham United 3–0 away in their semi-final. They will face Colne Valley in the final, due to be played in April (date to be announced) at Merstham FC



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Saturday 04 February 2012
club news
Catching up on AFC Wimbledon TV

We have recently been able to post the highlights from the Bradford City away league game on AFC Wimbledon TV. To see them, click on Bradford highlights.




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Friday 03 February 2012
club news
New date for Cheltenham

Our league game against Cheltenham Town which was to have taken place tomorrow has been rescheduled for Tuesday 21 February, kick-off 7.45 pm.

Arrangements for those wishing to travel to the rearranged game by coach will be announced shortly.


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Friday 03 February 2012
club news
Cheltenham Town game off

Following a pitch inspection a short while ago tomorrow’s game against Cheltenham Town has been postponed due to a frozen pitch.

No re-arrangement date has yet been agreed for this fixture.



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Friday 03 February 2012
club news
Cheltenham Town have requested a pitch inspection ahead of tomorrow's match against AFC Wimbledon

Cheltenham Town have placed a request with the Football League for a pitch inspection ahead of our game tomorrow.

The request does not guarantee that game will be off or on but Cheltenham have taken the precaution due to the freezing temperatures overnight. The pitch has been protected by frost covers since the start of the week but temperatures last night were low enough for some frost to penetrate the covers and get into the pitch.

No club is not allowed to arrange a pitch inspection itself. All requests must be approved by the Football League and if the request is granted then the League will appoint a suitably qualified official to carry out the inspection.

There will be more news as soon as we have it.



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Thursday 02 February 2012
club news
"Flying the Flag for Haydon" exhibition

The Flying the Flag for Haydon' exhibition opened on Sunday 15 January and remains on show at the stable block in Morden Hall Park until Friday 10 February. The highly enjoyable exhibition features flags produced by various groups including cub scouts and the inspirational High Path project, as well as scenes of the flags hanging in the Cherry Red Records stadium.

The linked feature article was written by Clive Yelf, who is the driving force behind the project. It can be found by clicking on Flying the Flag for Haydon.


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Thursday 02 February 2012
club news
FA Amateur Cup winners’ reunion at Bradford game

We are pleased to announce that as part of the club’s involvement in True Volunteer Foundation’s (TVF) project celebrating the history of sport in Wimbledon, several members of the 1963 FA Amateur Cup winning team will be attending the game against Bradford on Saturday 11 February.

We are looking forward to welcoming the following players to the Cherry Red Records Stadium:

Roy Law
Les Brown
John Martin
Bobby Ardrey
Dave Willis
Mike Kelly

Also joining them will be regular attendees from the 1973/4 era Dickie Guy, Ian Cooke and Tom McCready.

All of the players will be guests of honour in the carvery before the game. If you’d like to join them, tickets are still on sale from here.

We expect demand to be high for the carvery so we recommend buying tickets ASAP.

To find out more about TVF’s project, please visit here.



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Thursday 02 February 2012
ladies news
AFC Wimbledon Girls & Ladies vacancies

AFC Wimbledon Girls & Ladies have a number of vacancies for team managers and coaches. We currently have teams from Under 10 Girls through to Ladies, and are looking to form additional teams for the 2012/13 season.

Minimum requirement is FA level one coaching badge for younger teams and FA level two coaching badge for senior teams. All posts are Voluntary, but assistance will be provided for further development, such as courses & coaching badges.

Please e-mail a CV and a brief summary of previous experience to John Ivers or for further details please call 07719 074 908. All applications will be considered

Closing date for applications is 6 March 2012


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Wednesday 01 February 2012
club news
Ticket Promotion

The Sun and The Football League are giving fans the chance to get closer to the action and get behind their team as the ‘Footie with a Friend’ promotion returns, giving fans another chance to save on standard ticket prices.

The paper’s latest deal launched on Saturday 28 January and offers reduced price terrace tickets to both home and visiting fans for the following matches:

AFC Wimbledon Vs Morecambe – 18 February 2012

AFC Wimbledon Vs Plymouth Argyle – 6 March 2012

Readers just have to collect four differently numbered tokens printed in The Sun up until 6 February.

Tickets must be booked in advance and for more information you can call the club offices on 020 8547 3528.



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Wednesday 01 February 2012
first team news
Dons go out of Surrey Senior Cup

The Dons crashed out of the Surrey Senior Cup on a bitterly cold Tuesday night, when they lost 2-1 to Corinthian-Casuals in front of a crowd of 236.

Despite having six members of the first team squad in the starting line up, the team never recovered from conceding two first half goals. The first was scored after 15 minutes by right back Williams, who ran through unchallenged and hit a superb dipping 25 yard volley that looped over Jack Turner. The second goal came after 27 minutes when, following a set piece, the ball bobbled around the six yard box before Stevenson hit it home.

A well-taken 78th minute goal by Huw Johnson raised hopes that the Dons could snatch an equaliser against a visibly tiring Casuals side, but a few goalmouth scrambles aside, they never really looked like getting that second goal and Casuals ran out worthy winners.

After the game we spoke to a bitterly disappointed Marcus Gayle. Click on Marcus after Corinthian-Casuals to hear the interview.


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