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Saturday 30 November 2002
first team news


TERRY Eames has announced the following squad for tomorrow's match against Viking Greenford:

Glyn Shimell, Danny Oakins, Mark Nicholas, Tony Readings, Keith Ward, Lee Sidwell, Sean Daly, Gavin Bolger, Andy Sullivan, Kevin Cooper, Joe Sheerin, Ali Russell, Lee Pasmore, Andrew Petty.

Terry added:

"I'm looking forward to the match, it will let me see if we have turned a corner after the recent defeats and should allow us to develop again. I've included Andrew Petty who has been prolific wherever he as played and if I get a chance to look at him tomorrow I will do."

A reminder to supporters that the match takes place at Hayes FC, Church Road, Hayes, Middlesex, UB3 2LE. The nearest train station is Hayes & Harlington BR. For those driving, the details are as follows:

From the East:
Leave the M4 at Jct 3, and head north onto the A312. Cross the first large roundabout onto the Hayes bypass, then take the A4020 Uxbridge Road westbound. After crossing three sets of traffic lights, turn left into Church Road (opposite the Adam & Eve pub). The ground is on your right after approx 1/2 mile.

From the West:
Leave the A40 north of Hayes at the Target roundabout, and follow the A312 signs for Hayes. Come off at the A4020 Uxbridge Road junction, and follow the instructions above.



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Saturday 30 November 2002
first team news
Ditton fixture announcement.

THE rearranged Cherry Red Books Trophy will take place at Corinthian Casuals on Wednesday 4 December KO 7:30pm.


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Friday 29 November 2002
club news
Apology.

IN Yellow and Blue for the Feltham match, we named Feltham Chairman Brian Barry as the managing director of Seagrave Haulage. In fact Feltham President Andy Lonsdale is the managing director of Seagrave Haulage, sponsors of the Seagrave Haulage Football League. AFC Wimbledon would like to apologise for this error. We recognise and appreciate the substantial support given to this League by Mr Lonsdale and Seagrave Haulage and deeply regret any offence or embarrassment caused by our mistake.


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Friday 29 November 2002
club news
Dons make major signing.

Following the win against Bedfont in the London Senior Cup on Wednesday, there was more good news today for AFC Wimbledon when Director of Football Terry Eames signed a contract which will see him stay in the job until at least the end of the 2003-04 season.

Chairman Kris Stewart said:

"I'm absolutely delighted that Terry has signed up. The work he's done here so far has been fantastic and everyone at the club is very keen for that to continue. As well as getting the first team up and running so quickly, and taking us to second in the table long before we thought was possible, he has been working hard on developing the club. Next season will see a reserve side, and Terry is also looking at youth and women's football. This contract shows how dedicated Terry is to AFC Wimbledon,
and how committed the club is to Terry."

Terry commented:

"I hope this contract shows to the fans and to the players how serious I am when I say I'm here for the long haul. I'm enjoying myself more than ever at AFC Wimbledon, and it's great that the club are just as serious."




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Thursday 28 November 2002
first team news
Match reaction.

TERRY Eames spoke last night about how he felt that this result had put the team back on track:

"On the back of a couple of defeats it took us a while to get back into it and we were a bit clueless in certain areas. It was a poor performance but a good result, but I think the result was justified. This is what we needed and it will give us confidence, I feel that we will move on from this. I am looking forward to Sunday despite the injuries to Gavin Bolger and Neil Robson - those two are vital to me and I hope they are fit."

Goalscorer Keith Ward also felt that the team's spirits have been lifted by the result:

"It was a poor performance, but we've won and we've got ourselves back on the ladder. We can start building again. We had a bit of a bad time in recent weeks, but we have got a result today and the boys are lifted by that. We went down to ten men and battled it out. When Sunday comes we will be up for it."

Midfielder Gavin Bolger described how he got his injury which led to his being substituted at half time:

"When I went down I thought I might be out for a while. I went in for the ball and got caught with a straight leg and jerked my knee. Because I've been carrying an ankle injury as well, my whole leg got sore and has swelled up. I was feeling sluggish and so it was probably best to come off at half time. I hope to be okay for Sunday, so long as the swelling goes down."



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Wednesday 27 November 2002
first team news
Squad announced.

TERRY Eames has named the following squad ahead of tonight's LOndon Senior Cup match against fellow Seagrave Haulage Premier side Bedfont:

Ray Merry, Glyn Shimell, Danny Oakins, Mark Nicholas, Tony Readings, Keith Ward, Lee Sidwell, Neil Robson, Gavin Bolger, Andy Sullivan, Kevin Cooper, Joe Sheerin, Ali Russell, Lee Pasmore, Danny Roberts.

Speaking about the missing Sean Daly and the match itself Terry added:

"Sean did fantastically well on his debut but because players have to have been registered 7 days before a London Senior Cup fixture he is unavailable to me tonight. This is an important game for us, I want to progress in this cup and tonight gives us a chance to get back to the winning way."



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Wednesday 27 November 2002
first team news
Two in - one out.

LUKE Milner has been released by AFC Wimbledon and two new players have been brought in. The new players are 22 year-old Andrew Petty and 17 year-old Robbie Burns. Petty is a former Netherne Village striker who bagged 20 goals in 14 games last season. A lot of interest was shown in him pre-season with a host of clubs after him. He started this season at Whyteleafe but has now signed for AFC Wimbledon and Terry Eames. Robbie Burns is an exciting 17 year-old striker/winger who has joined AFC Wimbledon from Walton Casuals. Speaking about the transfers the Dons' director of football Terry Eames commented:

"We have a big squad here and after looking at Luke in match situations I needed to make a decision. I have decided to release him but wish him all the best for the future. Andrew Petty is a well-regarded player that I would describe as a 'typical Terry Eames' style of player. He will not be scared to get stuck in and he may well figure in the squad for Sunday's match away to Viking Greenford.

"Robbie has come along for me to have a look at and he will play this Saturday at Dorking's Meadowbank Stadium in the Netherne Village line-up. We are attracting a very high calibre of player to the club which is something that obviously is a good thing



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Monday 25 November 2002
first team news
Raynes Park Vale ticket and KO info.

After many enquiries from supporters, AFC Wimbledon have decided to sell tickets in advance for the Boxing Day derby match against Raynes Park Vale. The club is expecting a large gate for this game. Tickets will be on sale from 27 November by post and at the Bedfont London Senior Cup to season ticket holders (for their guests) and Dons Trust members.

Tickets will go general sale from 14 December to all supporters. Prices will be as usual for a league match (see below). There are only a limited number of main stand tickets available for this match, and there will be no transfers from terracing to seating sold on the day.

This game is NOT all ticket, but we cannot guarantee entry without a ticket bought in advance.

To buy your ticket in advance, send a cheque made payable to AFC Wimbledon Ltd to:

Raynes Park Vale Tickets,
AFC Wimbledon,
297 Haydons Road,
Wimbledon.
SW19 8TX.

Please enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope. Season ticket holders please enclose voucher ?D?. Dons Trust members please give your membership number.

Before 14 December only one ticket per applicant will be available. People who are both Dons Trust members and season ticket holders will only be allowed to buy one ticket before this date.

Those applying for a main stand ticket, please indicate whether you would like a terracing ticket and voucher for a free programme should you be unsuccessful, or if you would prefer a refund.

Please note that no tickets will be sent out in the post after 21 December.

The kick-off for this game is 1pm.



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Monday 25 November 2002
club news
Stand Up for The Dons

The Dons Trust have launched their playing for keeps appeal to raise funds to secure a permanent home in the London Borough of Merton for AFC Wimbledon, the supporters-owned club created by former fans of Wimbledon FC.

The appeal kicks-off with a night of stand-up comedy at the Wimbledon Theatre, The Broadway, Wimbledon on 30th November at 8pm.

Top stand-up comedians including Mark Thomas and Radio 1 and BBC TV?s Kevin Day will be providing entertainment, along with Mark Watson, Mark Steel, and Terry Alderton. The night also boasts a fund-raising auction of football memorabilia.

Although a Crystal Palace fan, Kevin Day has been only too happy to lend his support to the appeal:

"As a Crystal Palace fan many people have been surprised that I was so eager to take part in this benefit for AFC Wimbledon. I fully applaud the actions of the AFC Wimbledon fans who have done this to reclaim the heart and soul of a football club that belongs to them and nobody else.

"Like them I long for the day when a Wimbledon team is playing again in Wimbledon. Please come to the gig, whoever you support, and do your best to ensure there will be a team bearing the name Wimbledon long after the Milton Keynes franchise has disappeared as it surely will."

Mark Watson added:

"I'm supporting AFC Wimbledon because I believe football still has a soul."

Chair of the Dons Trust, Lou Carton-Kelly said

"We?ve received such widespread support since the setting up of AFC Wimbledon and for this appeal, and we expect the night to be a roaring success. Everyone who wants to see a team from Wimbledon playing in Wimbledon knows that this appeal is vital to secure a viable future for the club and I think with Stand up for the Dons we are beginning the journey on the right note as ever, with a smile on our faces.

Tickets are 25 or 20 and can be purchased by calling the Wimbledon Theatre box-office on: 020 8540 0362.


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Sunday 24 November 2002
club news
Club statement.

AS you may have seen if you were there, or read about since the game, there was fighting in the bar at our away match at AFC Wallingford which led to the police being involved, and in arrests being made.

While this is neither the time nor the place to go into the detail of what happened, officials of both clubs, and the Thames Valley police, have all been very clear in stating that the situation arose due to the behaviour of a group unconnected to either club.

AFC Wimbledon condemns any such violence at any football match. Wimbledon fans enjoy a reputation for good behaviour and we as a club are proud of this and will continue to make every effort to ensure this reputation endures.

The police will decide whether or not to charge individuals, and AFC Wimbledon will support any investigation and will happily co-operate with the police in this regard.

AFC Wimbledon have been praised, by various police forces and by clubs we have visited and who have visited us, for the arrangements we have made to ensure the safety and security of those attending matches in which we are involved. These arrangements are, of course, under continuous review by us, with help from the Metropolitan Police and experts in crowd safety. We will continue to monitor the arrangements and make improvements as necessary.

We would like to thank AFC Wallingford for their efforts to make the day an enjoyable one for all and we look forward to welcoming the players, officials and supporters at the return fixture in March.

Kris Stewart
Chairman
AFC Wimbledon



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Sunday 24 November 2002
first team news
Match reaction.

TERRY Eames felt that the performance against top of the table Wallingford was very good:

"I thought that ours was a fantastic performance and I told the players so. We may have been three goals and a player down, but we always pressed forward and never gave up. Our finishing let us down but we were very positive."

"We now have a very good squad and have some good players back. I am very pleased with Sean Daly who really fitted in despite not having had a match this season. I think that we still have every chance in the league and will be there or thereabouts."

Danny Oakins said that the mood in the dressing room was positive after the game:

"It is always hard when you have ten men but we just had to push on. That was one of the best performances we have had all season and we produced fifteen or twenty chances to their five, but we just could not take them. If we had, we might have beaten them. It is disappointing, but we are feeling positive. I feel better than I did on Wednesday night when we showed almost nothing. Today makes us look a bit better."

Captain Joe Sheerin said that his sending off came as a result of a misunderstanding:

"I was going for the ball and got a boot down my calf and an elbow in the back. I retaliated and the referee gave me a yellow card. I said something which the referee misheard and he thought I had abused him and sent me off."



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Friday 22 November 2002
first team news
Squad named.

THE following squad has been named for the trip to AFC Wallingford:

Glyn Shimell, Danny Oakins, Mark Nicholas, Tony Readings, Sean Daly, Keith Ward, Gavin Bolger, Neil Robson, Lee Sidwell, Kevin Cooper, Lee Passmore, Joe Sheerin, Ali Russell, Luke Milner.

Terry says he is looking forward to the match with the current league leaders:

"Against Feltham we didn't take our chances when we had them. We got into good positions to score and if we had hit the net it would have settled us down. The players feel as if they have let people down but tomorrow is more of a marker to see how far we have progressed. There will be passion tomorrow but I will also get the team playing the way I want them to. I am looking forward to the game and I am determined to enjoy the day."



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Friday 22 November 2002
first team news
Dons sign defender.

AFC Wimbledon Director of Football Terry Eames has signed 28 year-old left-back Sean Daly. Daly is a former England U16 international who has played for Sutton United, Carshalton Athletic, Croydon, Fulham, Wimbledon and Crystal Palace.

Terry commented:

"Sean is a quality defender who has played at a very good level. He is a welcome addition to the squad and I believe he will add experience to the set up. He was due to open talks with Tooting and Mitcham but I managed to get in there and secure him for us in time for him to travel with us to Wallingford."



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Thursday 21 November 2002
first team news
Match reaction.

THE mood in the Dons camp was downbeat after the defeat to Feltham. Defender Danny Oakins apologised to fans and described the match as "rubbish":

"I wouldn't even say that Feltham were a good team, we were second to everything and too slow for the game. We just had nothing, we had no go in us. We had nothing up front, we didn't hold the ball up. It was just coming straight back at us all the time."

Keeper Glyn Shimell was disappointed by the goal that was conceded:

"I didn't go out to meet the corner as it went beyond the back post and I thought he would never threaten the goal from there. It went through Tony Readings' legs. Anywhere else and it would have been blocked."

New boy Luke Milner was surprised by the pace of the game:

"It was a bit more hectic than I expected. A bit of a frantic atmosphere as they came out all guns blazing. We didn't play much football tonight, but if we knock the ball about, we can handle teams like this. Obviously they came today with a plan, it was a big game for them. Terry said I did well. I got into the pace of the game a bit more in the last 15 minutes of the first half. I felt that if I had stayed on I would have got to the pace of the game more and more. Terry has told me I will be with them on the weekend and I am looking forward to that."



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Wednesday 20 November 2002
first team news
Squad announced.

TERRY Eames names the following squad for tonight's match against Feltham:

Glyn Shimell, Danny Oakins, Mark Nicholas, Tony Readings, Keith Ward, Lee Sidwell, Neil Robson, Andy Sullivan, Ali Russell, Kevin Cooper, Joe Sheerin, Sim Johnston, Gavin Bolger, Lee Passmore.

Speaking ahead of the match Terry commented on the importance of the game:

"This is the biggest game we have faced so far. Tonight, the onus is on my players to show everyone what they are about, it will be a measure of their character. It is a chance for us to stamp our authority on the league. We have an ability and we must use it. We need an edge tonight to either make progress or stay where we are. Tonight is where we can make a statement of intent."

Looking back on Saturday's match Terry spoke about the performance and the press comments about how the reaction from some supporters had affected him:

"Saturday was a disappointing result and performance but I have to use games like that to try things out. I am not a full-time manager and this is not a pro-club, I do not have the luxury of being able to look at players during daily training sessions. It is only fair to judge players in match situations and that is what I did. There is a gulf between playing at Netherne and between the level we are at in the Premier Division of our league. The players do care about their performances and I made sure they were made aware that I expect to see character and desire when they pull on an AFC Wimbledon shirt."

Terry then addressed the recent press talk about his reaction to supporters being unhappy at the defeat:

"The comments made about the performance were just water off a duck's back to me, I told the reporter that but he didn't mention it! I am here for the duration, not just for a season to see how things go. If people recognise us as a stable club then I have done my job, any success on the pitch is a welcome bonus. I want to set in place a reserve and youth side and get the club a training ground - all of those targets are important to me."

Tonight's match kicks off at 7:45pm.



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Wednesday 20 November 2002
first team news
Kevin Cooper looks ahead to the big game.

TOP scorer Kevin Cooper has set his sights on tonight's match and says that the squad are looking no further ahead than the clash with Feltham:

"Tonight is a massive game for us - it's a potential banana skin and all the players agree that if we don't win tonight, it will take a lot away from the game on Saturday at Wallingford. Feltham are a good side and it will be a very hard game because they have had some excellent results. They beat Raynes Park Vale 4-0 so they're obviously no mugs. We are all up for this one and we need to have the crowd behind us."

Coops added that he was eager to get back to business following being rested last Saturday:

"It was frustrating in a way not to play on Saturday but it was good for me to have a break before these two huge games - I can't wait. We have been getting results recently, even when we haven't been playing as well as we can, and we will have a strong team out tonight. Simon Bassey and Danny Roberts are both banned but apart from them we should be at full strength."



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Tuesday 19 November 2002
first team news
Viking Greenford venue and date change.

AFC Wimbledon have agreed with Viking Greenford that the league match we are due to play away to them on Saturday 30 November will be switched to Hayes F. C., Church Road, Hayes, Middlesex, UB3 2LE and played on Sunday 1 December, 3 PM kick-off. Hayes FC have a capacity of 3,500.

7 adults
3.50 concessions
Includes programme



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Tuesday 19 November 2002
first team news
Wallingford ticket latest information.

THERE are approximately 350 tickets left for the game against AFC Wallingford. These will be on sale to all supporters before the Feltham game and also at half time. They can be bought from the kiosk inside the Main Stand at Kingsmeadow. Tickets will NOT be on sale after the game.

Postal applications are still being accepted but they must be received by Wednesday 20 November in order to be processed. We will not send tickets out in response to any applications received after this date, to avoid the possibility of tickets not arriving before the match.

For postal applications, please send a cheque made payable to AFC Wimbledon Ltd, and a stamped, self-addressed envelope, to:

Wallingford Tickets
AFC Wimbledon
297 Haydons Road
Wimbledon
London
SW19 8TX

Please - no personal callers

Tickets are 5 adult, 3 concessions (over 60s and 12- 16s) and 1 (under 12s).

Please note that although AFC Wallingford have previously publicised that this price included a matchday programme, their printing prices have been higher than they first expected and so they will now be charging 1 for their programme.



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Monday 18 November 2002
club news
Dons to light up Wimbledon.

AFC Wimbledon Director of Football Terry Eames and club captain Joe Sheerin have been invited to take part in the ceremonial switching on of the Christmas lights in Merton this year. The ceremony will take place on the evening of Thursday 28 November. Keep an eye on this site for more details nearer the time.


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Sunday 17 November 2002
first team news
Match reaction.

TERRY Eames was very disappointed with both the performance of many of his team as well as the manner of the defeat:

"What is disappointing is that we went out with a whimper. It got to the stage with injuries and so on that I have had to look at other players. The way the injuries are going, I am going to have to use these boys again. I have messed the side around today and had players playing in positions they are not used to because of injuries. They didn't really show the ability they've got. Even the experienced players out there didn't take the responsibility on."

Terry felt that the game had slipped beyond the Dons' grasp before Lee Passmore missed a penalty that would have brought the match to 3-2:

"The penalty miss was not the key. We gave two silly goals away in the first half. The keeper should have come for balls in the six yard box and made decisions. If we had given ourselves a bit more of a chance, things would have been better. But we have to live with this, we can't go on winning games for ever. When we return to league games we will have a more experienced side and a consistent side."

Simon Bassey believes that the Dons were missing key players:

"We had a lot of players rested and a few missing through injury and I think it showed that our strength in depth is not up to scratch at the moment. A few people came in and it was hard to reshuffle the team, but I think it was just a blip and we can get back to normal next week. Once we get our full side out, we are decent. The sooner we get that continuity back again, the better it will be for us."

Young striker Chris Theodore had an eventful game, scoring his first goal for the team before picking up an injury:

"It was a hard game to get into the mood of. Terry said some hard words at half time and the heat was on to try to get back into the game. For my goal I took a gamble because I thought the keeper might not catch it. Sometimes it pays off and sometimes it doesn't. I got lucky. I don't know how long my injury will take, but I hope to be back by next Saturday, if not midweek."




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Friday 15 November 2002
club news
Sing when you're winning.

A quick heads up to warn all budding Meatloaf impersonators that there will be a karaoke session in the main bar after tomorrow's match until late. Please form an orderly queue behind the Chairman!


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Friday 15 November 2002
first team news
Squad announced.

TERRY Eames has named his squad for the match against Southall in the Seagrave Haulage Premier Challenge Cup:

Andy Bell, Keith Ward, Mark Nicholas, Sim Johnston, Simon Bassey, Akin Gallimore, Mehmet Mehmet, Lee Passmore, Danny Roberts, Andy Sullivan, Ali Russell, Chris Theodore, Lee Sidwell, Danny Oakins.

Terry commented on the inclusion of some of the younger players:

"The young players that have been at Netherne have made fantastic progress and this gives them a front-line opportunity to show us what they are all about. Likewise we will have Phil Donnelly and Luke Milner playing at Netherne tomorrow and I think they will be great acquisitions to the squad."

Another change for tomorrow is in the management line up:

"I will be at the game for the build up but will then go and watch Wallingford play, before hopefully getting back in time to see our match finish. It gives Lee Harwood and Neil Robson a chance to take charge and it's great to be able to let Neil Robson feel a stronger part of the management set-up. Since stepping up to be coach Neil has done tremendously well and this gives him the opportunity to further the great work he has been doing."



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Thursday 14 November 2002
club news
Dons on tour.

THE following travel has been arranged for the away match against AFC Wallingford on Saturday 23 November. The details are as follows:

To leave from Wimbledon Theatre, The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 at 11.45am. Leaving Wallingford at 5.15pm to return to Wimbledon.

Prices: 7 for under-16s and over-60s, 11 for adults.

To book: Contact the AFC Wimbledon office: 020 8544 8022

THE Dons Trust is hiring the Heritage Railway line between Cholsey and Wallingford on 23 November.

The diesel train from Cholsey to Wallingford will cost 3 (single or return) and 2 concessions (5-16 or over 60s). Train tickets will be available on the day, no pre-booking is required. Trains will run at approximately 12.20, 1.00, 1.40 and 2.20. The return journey will be at about 5.00, 5.30 and 6.30.

There is a regular mainline train service between Paddington and Cholsey. In addition, it is possible to go from Clapham Junction to Cholsey, via Reading. We plan to make the diesel train between Cholsey and Wallingford a very special "football special", so why not travel in style to what is likely to be our toughest away fixture. .




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Wednesday 13 November 2002
club news
Ditton match postponed.

Tonight's match (Wednesday 13 November) has been POSTPONED due to a waterlogged pitch.


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Wednesday 13 November 2002
first team news
Squad announced.

TERRY Eames has named a changed squad for the match against Ditton in the Cherry Red Books Trophy:

Andy Bell, Keith Ward, Mark Nicholas, Mark Watkinson, Danny Roberts, Simon Bassey, Lee Passmore, Paul Bentley, Luke Milner, Andy Sullivan, Sean Finnan, Steve Fowler, Kenny Dye, Kevin Cooper, Phil Donnelly.

Terry explained the new faces:

"With injuries and players cup tied I have had to make changes. It gives me a chance to look at young players wanting to break into the side, who all want to be involved with the club. Phil Donnelly is an 18 year-old player recently involved at Millwall, Kenny Dye has been with Epsom and Mark Watkinson has made first team appearances for Whyteleafe. Along with Sean Finnan (brother of Fulham's Steve Finnan) who is looking to get match fit, this gives me a chance to see these boys in a match situation.

Steve Fowler and Paul Bentley are different, both have a wealth of experience having played hundreds of games in the Ryman League for teams such as Croydon and Banstead and are here to help out and to fill the gaps we have with injured first team players out.

Saturday's match will give me a chance to call up players from Netherne, but for this cup I had to look elsewhere."

Looking ahead to Saturday's Premier Challenge Cup match against Southall at Kingsmeadow Terry suggested a few more familiar faces will be back in contention:

"Danny Oakins will be fit for Saturday which is very good news for me, I thought he would miss the Wallingford game but I have him available again. Ali Russell will also be available and Joe Sheerin has started a week of intense training with the sado-masochist Paul Braham, who reports that Joe is feeling no reaction to his hamstring injury. I think we will have Joe available for the Southall match which is fantastic for us".



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Tuesday 12 November 2002
club news
Wallingford ticket latest.

AFC Wallingford tickets will be on general sale at the Southall match on Saturday 16 November.

Before the game, they will be on sale in the bar at the away end of the ground.

After the game, they will be on sale at the kiosk, inside the Main Stand.

Ticket prices are 5 for an adult, 3 for concessions (over 60s and 12 - 16s) and 1 for Under 12s.

Any tickets that are still remaining will be on sale before, but not after, the home match against Feltham on Wednesday 20 November.



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Sunday 10 November 2002
first team news
Match reaction.

TERRY Eames was content with the 2-0 victory over Merstham:

"It was a difficult game and I was pleased we came through with the points. Though we didn't set the place alight we did enough and I was pleased with the all round commitment of the side. Another clean sheet was a plus for us, especially with our injury problems I was delighted to take maximum points from what was a difficult fixture. It was a workman-like performance from the lads and it was a case of just getting the job done, which we did."

Recalled defender Sim Johnston was delighted to be back in the team again:

"I've been out of the frame for a while and it was great to get back to playing in front of the fans again. Everyone was happy in the changing room as we feel it was a tricky game and we were pleased not to slip up. We battled and dug in, thankfully we did enough to grind the result out. I'm hopeful of keeping my place, but the strength in depth we have here now will make it difficult for me. I hope to get a run out in the cup games and show Terry what I can do."

Goalscoring midfielder Andy Sullivan believed the next few league games could determine the Dons season.

"It should be an eventful couple of weeks. With Feltham to come before we take on Wallingford we must focus on one game at a time. We can't wait for these matches to come around and we are really fired up. If we can take six points I don't think we will be stopped. With these big games coming up it was important to take three points against Merstham today. We did that even on a poor pitch. I was pleased to get a goal, it's been a while coming."



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Friday 08 November 2002
first team news
Player joins.

AFC Wimbledon have signed 20 year-old Luke Milner. Milner, who was a reserve player at Northwich Victoria, started this season at Kingstonian. Director of Football Terry Eames revealed that it wouldn't be long before the Dons faithful saw him in action:

"He can play on either wing and with many of our reserves cup-tied, and with a few missing, injured first team players, Luke will feature against Ditton on Wednesday in our Cherry Red Books Trophy match."



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Friday 08 November 2002
first team news
Squad announced.

TERRY Eames has named the following squad for the away match against Merstham:

Glyn Shimell, Keith Ward, Sim Johnston, Mark Nicholas, Danny Roberts, Simon Bassey, Lee Sidwell, Andy Sullivan, Ali Russell, Kevin Cooper, Neil Robson, Lee Passmore, Mehmet Mehmet, Chris Theodore.



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Friday 08 November 2002
first team news
Injury update.

Tony Readings
Tony turned his left ankle against Woodford. He came through a fitness test last Saturday before the Chessington & Hook United game and completed the match with no adverse effects. Unfortunately, shades of Dave Beasant, Tony twisted the same ankle at home on Sunday and the badly rutted pitch at Cove aggravated the problem. It was thought expedient to take him off as a precaution. Although Tony may well be able to play on Saturday, Terry Eames may wish to use the squad strength in depth and keep Tony out until he is fully fit.

Danny Oakins
Danny received a torn calf muscle on the inside of his right calf last Tuesday against Cove. The first degree strain restricted his movement somewhat during the game, but Danny, being the professional he is, stayed on until the game was in the bag before coming off for a well earned rest. Danny will be unavailable for Saturday?s game at Merstham but should be available for the game against Feltham.

Gavin Bolger
Gavin received a nasty laceration to his right ankle during the Woodford cup-tie. Doctor Wheeler inserted four stitches in a jagged wound. By Saturday there was a marked improvement in the ankle but Gavin will not be considered until the cup-tie against Southall.

Joe Sheerin
Joe is making very good progress and is now building up his strength and flexibility in the gym. By the end of this week, assuming no adverse reaction, I will hand him over to our fitness coach Paul Braham, and then Lee Harwood will join me in taking him for functional work.

All four players should be in contention for the game at AFC Wallingford.

A quick word on the injuries we have suffered this season. There are two types of overload injuries, intrinsic and extrinsic.

Extrinsic injuries are usually caused by a direct blow, for example a ?dead leg?, or a fracture or ligament sprains to the knee or ankle as a result of a kick Intrinsic injuries are usually muscle strains or ligament sprains. These can be brought about by overstretching or by twisting a knee or ankle on a rutted or slippery surface. Cartilage damage can be caused by studs or blades getting caught in the grass as the player goes to turn.

Intrinsic injuries can also be caused by not warming-up or warming-down correctly, by lack of fitness or flexibility, or by improper footwear. Not once this season have we been affected by this type of injury and full credit should go to our fitness coach Paul Braham. Paul, who has a physique like a sack of walnuts, improved the player?s fitness and flexibility pre-season and in recent weeks has become more sport specific and worked on the player?s particular needs. He has become vital in the rehabilitation of players after injury and, in my opinion, the club is very lucky to have him.

John "fingers" Harris



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Thursday 07 November 2002
first team news
London Senior Cup date.

THE following home fixture has now been confirmed:

London Senior Cup 2nd Round vs Bedfont
Wednesday 27 November, Kingsmeadow.

? Standing - Adults 6, Concessions 3, Under-16s 2
? Seated - Adults 8, Concessions 4, Under-16s 3




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Tuesday 05 November 2002
first team news
Player leaves.

Sean Marshall has decided to take a break from football. Although he has enjoyed his time with us, Sean feels the need to concentrate on other things in his life at the moment.

Director of Football Terry Eames said:

"I'm sorry to see Sean go - he gave us another option and was developing into a fine player. However, we respect his decision and wish Sean all the best for the future".



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Tuesday 05 November 2002
club news
Half-season tickets.

AFC Wimbledon are pleased to announce that half-season tickets are now on sale.

These tickets will be valid as from the Boxing Day derby match against Raynes Park Vale. That means 13 home league matches. Because that is slightly over half the 23 home matches we have in the Seagrave Haulage Premier Division, the prices are slightly over half of the full season tickets we sold at the beginning of the season.

In fact we have calculated the prices to be the same - per match - as our exisiting season ticket holders have paid.

Main Stand
Adult - 115
Concessions (Over 60s, full-time students and unemployed) - 55
Under-16s - 20

Terracing
Adult - 85
Concessions - 40
Under-16s - 15

President's Lounge
Adults - 310
Each adult ticket bought entitles the holder to buy up to two Under-16s tickets at 40 each.

A season ticket is the only way to guarantee entry to all home league matches and gives you priority treatment in getting tickets for away matches.



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Tuesday 05 November 2002
first team news
Match reaction.

TERRY Eames was happy with the victory over Cove and with the determination the team showed in getting the job done:

"It was hard for us to motivate ourselves. We came out and we started playing, but then we sat back and didn't push things on. Ali got a good, well made, goal but we should have moved up a gear. After the second goal there were lapses of concentration and suddenly it was 2-1. The togetherness of the squad is phenomenal though. I went in at half-time and normally I would be hollering and shouting, but they were doing it for themselves. They wanted it."

Unfortunately, a couple of knocks mean that the Dons could be without some key players for Saturday:

"Unfortunately I now have an injury to Danny Oakins that could be a two-weeker and Tony Readings is injured, maybe for ten days, and we have a lot of games coming up. I want points on Saturday and I could be without valuable players. What I have seen today from the youngsters, I can rely on them. If a job needs to be done, they can come on and do it for us. I was pleased in the second half that I got the opportunity to see Mehmet and Chris Theodore."

Ever-present midfielder Lee Sidwell felt that the team's win should have been much more emphatic:

"They were pretty poor. The conditions made it a bit harder than it should have been really, but I think the score really should have been about 10-0. I think it took us a little while to get into the game, but once we did so they were never going to trouble us. Terry tried a few things tonight because we had a few injuries and a few key players out. I hate to think what the score might have been if we had a full squad. But we are delighted with the result and being up to second in the league."



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Tuesday 05 November 2002
first team news
Squad announced.

TERRY Eames has named the following squad for the away match against Cove tonight:

Glyn Shimell, Danny Oakins, Keith Ward, Tony Readings, Mark Nicholas, Simon Bassey, Lee Sidwell, Andy Sullivan, Ali Russell, Kevin Cooper, Neil Robson, Sean Marshall, Mehmet Mehmet, Chris Theodore.

Lee Passmore will be absent following a minor car accident. Lee is uninjured but has minor whiplash, all at AFC Wimbledon wish him a speedy recovery.

Looking towards the match Terry said:

"We need to be on our game for this match. Cove have recently replaced their manager and that sometimes has a very positive effect on teams. There are no mugs in this division as Chipstead proved with their 2-2 draw away to Ash. If we are at all complacent we could end up getting a hiding. We must make certain the next two matches go our way for the Wallingford game to mean anything at all. We have the ability, but without concentration and application it will not count for anything."




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Sunday 03 November 2002
first team news
Match reaction.

TERRY Eames commented that he was always confident that the Dons could get maximum points from the Chessington and Hook clash:

"I knew we would get a chance and it was up to use whether we took it or not. They came out and played the way they had planned and it nullified us. In a lot of areas we were not intelligent enough to play around them. But the boys have immense character. They will grind out a chance and when Kevin is on the end of it there is a good chance of it going in."

"I looked on this as a potential banana skin before the game because they are not as bad as people might think by looking at their league position. That is why I am glad that we have got something out of it."

Terry also commented on two of the players called into the squad, returning goalkeeper Glyn Shimell and Mehmet Mehmet who is yet to feature for the first team:

"Glyn made an excellent save in the first half and had a solid game. Ray Merry has done very well for us but Glyn is my number one. There was a bit too much going on for me to bring on Mehmet today. It might have been disastrous for him to have to face that in his first game. But he has shown me enough with Netherne and for us that he is worthy of being given a chance."

Sponsors' man of the match Danny Oakins revealed a little about Terry's game plan:

"The pitch was heavy and got mushy in the second half. Terry wants me to get on and get a bit of width into the team and I like going forward - it's getting back that is my problem."

Oakins also confirmed that it would have been him who went in goal if Glyn Shimmel had been forced off injured:

"I used to play in goal up until the age of 15, but then I got bored of it. The only position I don't play is central midfield, it's too much like hard work."

Leading scorer Kevin Cooper described his finish:

"I was waiting on Ali to win one of his knockdowns and it was tough for him because he had a couple of big centre-backs looking after him, but he got the knock down and I got on to it. I've been shooting quite early recently but this time I took it round the keeper and hit it with my left foot."



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Saturday 02 November 2002
club news
Pitch inspected.

THE pitch at Kingsmeadow was inspected at 9am this morning by an official of AFC Wimbledon.

The pitch was in a good condition and doesn't appear to have suffered from the incredibly wet weather of the past couple of days.

Manager Terry Eames was notified at 9.15am and is happy and looking forward to today's game against Chessington & Hook United.

Should the rain start again prior to noon there will be another inspection shortly after that. The final say goes to today's match referee when he arrives at the ground.



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Friday 01 November 2002
first team news
Squad announced.

TERRY Eames has named the following squad for the home match against Chessington & Hook United:

Glyn Shimell, Danny Oakins, Keith Ward, Tony Readings, Mark Nicholas, Simon Bassey, Lee Sidwell, Lee Passmore, Andy Sullivan, Ali Russell, Kevin Cooper, Neil Robson, Danny Roberts, Sean Marshall, Mehmet Mehmet.

Speaking about the call-up for Mehmet Mehmet Terry said:

"Mehmet has done very well playing at Netherne and with Gavin Bolger out it was an opportunity to bring Mehmet into the squad. Mehmet is a player I believe will have a great future with us and he may well feature at some point during tomorrow's game."

One player not in the squad due to injury but ever-present at matches is club captain Joe Sheerin. Joe had this to say about the fixture:

"I think the Chessington and Hook game will be a hard one because they are a decent side but there?s no reason why we can?t get another win and keep our run going as long as the players? attitude is right. It?s great to see the players doing so well just now but it?s also really frustrating ? it makes me want to get out there and get stuck in, especially when the tackles are flying in. But I wouldn?t miss it for the world ? the atmosphere at the games is first class and the team spirit among the lads is excellent as well. I?m going to be stepping up my rehab work this week and I?m hoping to be back training again in two weeks so hopefully I will be able to play again in about three weeks? time."



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Friday 01 November 2002
first team news
New date for Ditton.

THE Cherry Red Books Trophy match away to Ditton previously cancelled due to a waterlogged pitch has been rearranged for Wednesday 13 November and will be played at Corinthian Casuals' ground, King George's Field, Hook Rise South, Tolworth, Surrey, KT6 7NA, kick-off 7:30pm.


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Friday 01 November 2002
club news
Keep K?s Tidy.

AFC Wimbledon are responsible for cleaning the ground after each of our home games. To make this chore a little easier there are big plastic bins placed around the ground, both inside and outside the stadium for your rubbish.

You will also see black plastic rubbish bags attached to various parts of the mainstand. Please do your bit and help keep the ground clear of litter. Place your rubbish in the black plastic bags.

Let?s be considerate to K?s, to the local residents and to each other by keeping the ground clean and tidy.


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