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Friday 28 November 2003
club news
Network and Cabling requirement at AFC Wimbledon offices

AFC Wimbledon have a requirement to extend its Local Area Network (LAN) at the Fans' Stadium Kingsmeadow. The value of the work, including labour and materials, is likely to be under 1,000.

This notice invites any qualified parties to express an interest to quote for carrying out this work.

Please write to, email or telephone the club offices using the reference "LAN Quote" by 5pm Wednesday 3 December 2003, giving relevant experience and/or references.

The award of this contract will be on the basis of qualifications, experience and cost.


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Friday 28 November 2003
club news
Parking at Cove

COVE FC have confirmed that there will be 250 parking spaces available at Farnborough FC's ground (a short walk away from Squirrels Lane) for Saturday's game at 4 per car. Meanwhile, the game is currently expected to go ahead despite this week's rain.


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Friday 28 November 2003
club news
FA Vase 3rd Round

AFTER extensive consultations between BAT Sports, the local authority and police, it has been agreed that for safety reasons the game against AFC Wimbledon will be moved to Bashley FC's ground, in the New Forest. The game will be held on Sunday 14 December at 2.00 pm.

If the game had gone ahead at BAT Sports' stadium, the capacity would have been restricted to a level well below the number of fans we expect to travel for the game. Bashley have a fixture on the Saturday and so the game had to be moved to the following day. In our conversations with the FA it has been made clear that the venue and date are now fixed on the grounds of police advice.

Both clubs would have preferred to play on the Saturday, so this is a disappointing outcome. In addition, the South West trains site says that there is a restricted service to Bashley, with bus connections. If correct, this is likely to cause delays and frustration for fans travelling by train. As a result of the reported train problems, we are investigating providing more fans' coaches than usual for this game.

We are told that Bashley's stadium holds about 4,000 people, so there should be no difficulty getting into the game.

Please look out for more details early next week.


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Friday 28 November 2003
club news
Parking at Cove

COVE FC have confirmed that there will be 250 parking spaces available at Farnborough FC's ground (a short walk away from Squirrels Lane) for Saturday's game at 4 per car. Meanwhile, the game is currently expected to go ahead despite this week's rain.


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Friday 28 November 2003
club news
Deluxe ticket offer for Horley Town v AFC Wimbledon

WE recently held a meeting with officials of Horley Town FC to discuss arrangements for the game at New Defence on Tuesday 16 December.

Horley's ground is new and mainly comprises a single crush barrier around the pitch, with hard standing. They plan to make burger bars etc available at the pitch side, but not alcohol. There will also be a marquee for shelter if it rains.

Along one side of the pitch there is a brand new stand with limited seating which Horley plan to reserve for their own fans. Above the seating is a bar with picture windows and a great view of the pitch. The safety limit for the bar is 200 people and Horley are kindly making 100 tickets available to us. The tickets cost 15 and include access to the game, a buffet meal and access to the bar during and after the game, as well as at half time. While the match can be watched from the bar, it is not possible for all 200 guests to do so and so a good view is not guaranteed ? you may need to go down to the pitch side to see the game

We have decided to make the 100 tickets available to our season ticket holders by means of a draw for 50 pairs of tickets. To enter the draw, please leave season ticket voucher C at the collection desk in the far bar, either this Sunday 30 November, when the merchandise shop is open from 13.00 to 17.00 or before the "away" Surrey Senior Cup game versus Ash, which is being held at Kingsmeadow on Wednesday 3 December.

Please write your phone number on the reverse of the voucher. Please do NOT leave cheques or cash. The draw will be made on Thursday 4 December and we will telephone the successful applicants and arrange for payment and collection of the tickets.

Ground entrance for the game will be 6 for adults and 3 for concessions and children.


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Tuesday 25 November 2003
club news
Reserve fixture postponed

TONIGHT'S reserve team game at home against Kew Association in the Surrey Premier Cup has been postponed. The date for the rescheduled fixture will be published as soon as it is known.


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Monday 24 November 2003
club news
Fixtures confirmed

IT has been confirmed that the Surrey Senior Cup tie against Ash will be switched to Kingsmeadow on Wednesday 3 December on police advice. Ash United remain technically the home team and will be producing a double programme to cover that game and the league clash on the following Saturday, to be played at Young's Drive.

Ticket prices for the Cup game have yet to be confirmed but will be on a pay-on-the-day basis.

The Third Round Premier Challenge Cup tie against Chipstead will take place on Tuesday 27 January. The match will be played at Chipstead's ground with 1,000 tickets available to Wimbledon fans. Further details will follow nearer the time.

Finally, the home league match against AFC Wallingford postponed from December 13 because of the Dons' continued involvement in the FA Vase has been rescheduled for Wednesday 10 March.


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Monday 24 November 2003
club news
FA Vase draw

AFC Wimbledon have been drawn away to BAT Sports in the Third Round of the FA Vase.

The match will be played on Saturday 13 December away. This game replaces the match against AFC Wallingford that was due to be played at Kingsmeadow.

BAT Sports are the former works team of British American Tobacco and play in the Wessex League. Their ground is in Totton, Southampton.

So far in this season's competition, they defeated Chipstead 2-1 away in the Second Qualifying Round, overcame Ash United 3-0 at home in the First Round Proper and made it into the Third Round draw by winning 3-2 against Frome at home on Saturday in front of a crowd of 88.

They currently lie 18th of 22 teams in the Wessex League, with 12 points from their first 15 matches.


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Saturday 22 November 2003
club news
The Dons Directory

THE Dons Directory has launched today. This initiative is designed to promote the skills and businesses within the fan base. To ensure we have the broadest representation of trades, professional services, retailers and business, it is essential that you or your company subscribe. No business is too small or too large for The Dons Directory. If you are self employed or employed, make sure your business or employer is included.

The Dons Directory will provide access to the 3,000 Dons Trust members, 1,600 season ticket holders and general fan base of AFC Wimbledon, as well as hopefully being a reference for the broader community. It is designed to promote local business from both within the fan base and the surrounding area.

This is the first stage of the launch and we envisage the site evolving as the membership grows, with the ability to secure priority listings, show customer feedback and a host of other options.

In addition to an internet site, the Dons Directory will be available as a printed version which will be circulated to Dons Trust members and AFC Wimbledon season ticket holders. All companies included in the directory will automatically become AFC Wimbledon Corporate Supporters and will receive a sign for display at their place of business. Prices have been kept low so that everyone can be included, at only 100 pa + VAT.

Further details will be available at the ground today, or visit the the website, at www.thedonsdirectory.com


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Friday 21 November 2003
club news
Squad announced

TERRY Eames has named the following squad for tomorrow's Second Round FA Vase clash at Kinsgmeadow against Wootton Blue Cross:

Matt Martin, Steve Gibson, Matt Everard, Jamie Angell, Lewis Taylor, Keith Ward, Danny Oakins, Michael Harvey, Darren Dobinson, Lee Sidwell, Seb Favata, Gavin Bolger, Ryan Gray, Paul Scott, Joe Sheerin, Kevin Cooper.

...* Late addition to tomorrow's team*
Jamie Angell has withdrawn from tomorrow's squad suffering from a back injury and has been replaced by Noel Frankum.

Don't forget that the Rugby World Cup Final will be shown in the main bar, kicking off at 9am, with breakfast available and the bar open from 10 am.

The new range of merchandise will be available in the afternoon as well and Niall Couper will be there from 2pm to sign copies of "Spirit of Wimbledon" - remember if you buy your copy from us at least 50% of the cover price goes to the club.

So come early, watch the rugby, stock up on your Christmas presents and cheer the lads into the Third Round.

Wednesday night's two-goal hero Matt Everard said the players will be hoping to look more solid at the back tomorrow:

"As far as Wednesday night was concerned, at least we can say we turned it round. The noise was great given there were only 1,200 there and at 4-3 we always thought we were going to do it. But whoever plays at the back on Saturday I'd like to think we'll look different. I don't think we'll try the 3-5-2 again!

"We're all really up for this game. We know a big crowd is expected and we just want to get out there and get the job done."


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Friday 21 November 2003
club news
Junior Dons Matchday Academy update

IMPORTANT information about a change to the start and finish time and a reduction in charges and confirmation that there will be an Academy before the FA Vase tie tomorrow (22 November).

12.15 am ? 2:00 pm

Please register at 12:15 for a prompt start at 12:30.

Kingsmeadow Athletics, Jack Goodchild Way.

Football coaching and games with qualified coaches for girls and boys aged 5-15 years old.

Saturday 22 November
Saturday 13 December* and Saturday 27 December 2003

PRICE: 4 per session incl. terrace entrance - 3 season ticket holders
Pay on the day

* No Academy if AFC Wimbledon are away in the FA Vase.


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Thursday 20 November 2003
club news
Make a day of it

WHY not come down early on Saturday and watch the Rugby World Cup final in the main bar? Hot bacon and egg rolls, tea, coffee and soft drinks will be on sale from 8.30am. The match kicks-off at 9am and the bar will be open at 10am.

With the FA Vase clash against Wootton Blue Cross kicking-off at 3pm it promises to be a great day of sport.


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Wednesday 19 November 2003
club news
New player, new reserve team manager

PETER Heyne has joined the club as joint reserve team manager alongside Dave Wager. This frees up Lee Dobinson to act as part of Terry Eames' management team alongside Steve Brindley, primarily scouting potential signings and future opponents. Peter previously worked with Dave at Raynes Park Vale and we wish him a warm Wimbledon welcome.

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that former Raynes Park Vale midfielder Marc Skinner has joined the club on a formal basis following a short spell on trial with the reserves. The right-sided wide player is expected to act as cover for Lee Sidwell in the short-term, with Andy Sullivan sidelined through injury.


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Wednesday 19 November 2003
club news
Squad announced

TERRY Eames has named the following squad for tonight's Second Round match against Walton Casuals:

Lee Carroll, Matt Martin, Steve Gibson, Lewis Taylor, Jamie Angell, Matt Everard, Danny Oakins, Keith Ward, Matt Hodge, Lee Sidwell, Seb Favata, Noel Frankum, Ryan Gray, Ryan Luffman, Kevin Cooper, Paul Scott.

Don't forget ticket prices are reduced for tonight's game. Terrace tickets are just 6 for adults, 3 for concessions and 2 for kids, with main stand tickets 8, 4 and 3.


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Sunday 16 November 2003
club news
Vandals strike

THOSE of you who have visited Kingsmeadow in the last day or so will have noticed that there has been some damage to the buildings. In particular, several windows and the players' entrance door were broken in an incident late on Friday night. No-one was hurt but the damage will take a few days to repair. We hope to be back to normal before Wednesday night's game against Walton Casuals.


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Friday 14 November 2003
club news
Walton Casuals ticket info

THIS is to confirm that there will be no advance seat ticket sales for the Seagrave Haulage Premier League Cup game against Walton on Wednesday 19 November.

We have taken this decision because our experience of the Merstham game in the previous round of the cup showed that demand is very low for advance sales of seats. There were fewer than 40 advance sales for the Merstham game. Preparing the tickets for pre-sales takes up a significant amount of time and, given the other pressures on the office team, we decided not to offer advance sales this time.

Seats in the main stand will therefore be sold on an unreserved basis for this game.

We will review this policy on a game-by-game basis and advance sales will depend on expected demand. Advance sales of seats were offered for the Wootton game, as previously advertised on this site and in the matchday programme.


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Wednesday 12 November 2003
club news
Reserve squad named

DAVE Wager has named the following squad for tonight's reserve team home match against Havant & Waterlooville:

Matt Martin, Keith Ward, Lewis Taylor, Sam Elliott, Dave Towse, Darren Dobinson, Matt Hodge, Micky Fernandes, Rob Hill, Jody Yee, Aaron Perry, Joe Hill, Dwayne Townsend, Bobby Jones.

The match will be played at Hampton & Richmond's Beveree Stadium and kicks
off at 7.45pm.


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Wednesday 12 November 2003
club news
Get with the programme

FOLLOWING a review of our programme selling operations by representatives of the volunteer teams, we have decided to sell programmes at the turnstiles for a three match "pilot". You may have noticed this came into operation last weekend against Hartley Wintney.

Programmes will continue to be sold at the usual sites, including by the entrance to Jack Goodchild Way and various other sites around the stadium.

Fans are also reminded that the programme for next Wednesday's Premier Challenge Cup match will be 32 pages, in keeping with last season's system of lessening pagination for midweek cup matches. Otherwise there is a real danger of making a loss, which the club can ill-afford at the present time.

We thank you for your understanding.


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Wednesday 12 November 2003
club news
Midweek injury update

ANDY Sullivan has picked up an injury to one of his knees. He has also reported that he is experiencing a groin strain. As a result Terry rested "Sully" on Saturday and he will be getting a thorough check at training.

Meanwhile, Paul Scott and Joe Sheerin are back to full training and regaining match fitness, as is Paul Quinn. Sean Daley continues to make good progress.



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Friday 07 November 2003
club news
Squad named

TERRY Eames has named the following Squad for tomorrow's match against Hartley Wintney at The Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow:

Lee Carroll, Steve Gibson, Keith Ward, Jamie Angell, Matt Everard, Michael Harvey, Darren Dobinson, Andy Sullivan, Lee Sidwell, Seb Favata, Gavin Bolger, Noel Frankum, Ryan Gray, Paul Scott, Kevin Cooper, Joe Sheerin.

The match kicks-off at 3pm, but don't forget to get there early, with the Dons Trust Board candidate surgery at 12pm, followed by the launch of the book "Spirit of Wimbledon".



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Friday 07 November 2003
club news
Injury update

BOTH Paul Scott and Joe Sheerin are expected to be back in contention for Saturday's game. Sports Therapist John Harris explained:

"It is no secret that Joe's professional playing career was curtailed by hip and hamstring problems. Occasionally Joe suffers a bit of discomfort, which means his training schedule is amended, and sometimes he misses games when the manager feels it is unnecessary for him to aggravate the problem.

"Joe is a vital player for AFC Wimbledon and we believe he will lead us into the Conference in the not too distant future. Therefore, we will be calling for Joe's records from his previous clubs and carrying out our own medical examinations in an attempt to alleviate his hip problem. Meanwhile, Joe is expected to be fit for selection on Saturday."

"Meanwhile, Paul Scott had a pre-existing problem when he joined AFC Wimbledon with Achilles tendonitis. It flared up again on Wednesday, but had subsided enough for him to play on Saturday at Reading Town. Scotty will be having intensive treatment during this week but will only be considered for selection if Terry believes Paul to be 100% fit."



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Thursday 06 November 2003
club news
Robbo steps down

WE are sad to announce that Neil Robson has stepped down from his role as coach at the club with immediate effect.

He felt he needed to spend more time with his family. In particular, his younger son signed schoolboy forms for Fulham recently and Neil would like to be able to see him play.

Neil explained:

"I've been mulling it over for a while and now my son's at Fulham as well, something had to give. It got to the stage where if we had a Wednesday night game, I was out every night of the week, and with a baby as well that just wasn't on. Both my sons play now and my younger son's games will be on Saturdays."

"It wasn't an easy decision to make and I would like to thank everyone for their tremendous support: the fans, the staff, the players and particularly Terry."

"I've had a great time at the club and I wish you every success for the future. To be honest I don't think the players need much coaching ? they're outstanding so I don't think I'll be missed."

"I will of course come down when I have time and I have every confidence this team will win the league this season. I will see you all soon."

Terry Eames thanked Neil for his input and wished him all the best for the future.

"I understand Neil's decision and he goes with my best wishes, and those of everyone at the club. He has been a major part of what we've done this season so we will miss him but of course we understand his reasons. He and Nicky have been instrumental this season ? as in fact I explained in my piece for this week's programme - so it is sad that the little family of three has been broken up."

"No-one will be brought in to take his place. It will mean more work for me but the post will remain open. No-one can take his place as far as I am concerned. So we thank him for all he has done, wish him all the best for future and hope to see him down at the club soon."

Meanwhile, striker Wade Falana has left the club. Terry Eames explained:

"Wade did well for us, but to be honest I didn't see him featuring at this stage in my plans for the first team. I'd rather focus on the young players we have coming through. I've chatted with Wade and we've agreed he'll be better off moving on."


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Wednesday 05 November 2003
club news
Votes, books and shopping

THERE'S plenty of excitement at The Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow this Saturday before the match against Hartley Wintney.

From 12 noon in the back bar, there will a surgery for the Dons Trust board candidates, your chance to quiz them before casting your vote.

And at 1pm "The Spirit of Wimbledon" book will be launched. The book brings together memories from ex-players, managers and chairman as well as supporters spreading back to 1922. All the old favourites are there from Robbie Earle to Jack Wallis, who made his debut for the Dons way back in 1947. The book also chronicles AFC's first season and the last at Selhurst with exclusive insights from Ivor Heller, Kris Stewart, Terry Burton and Neal Ardley among others.

Players already confirmed in attendance include:
From the 50s: Ron Wootton and Jim Wright (captain in 59)
From the 60s: Roy Law, Billy Edwards, Geoff Hamm and John Martin.
From the 70s: Ian Cooke and Dickie Guy.
From the 80s: Mick Smith
From the 90s: Efan Ekoku, Roger Joseph.

The current squad and Terry Eames will also be popping in to sign copies.

With a cover price of 14.99, the book will be available from the merchandise stall at every home game or by mail-order from the club office.

To complete the excitement, the new range of merchandise will also be on sale.

So raid your piggy banks and get down early!


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Wednesday 05 November 2003
club news
FA Vase tickets

This Saturday, 8 November, is the last chance for Main Stand season ticket holders to reserve their usual seats for the FA Vase game against Wootton at Kingsmeadow on Saturday November 22.

This is how to apply:

Bring Voucher B to the game along with a stamped, addressed envelope and a cheque for the appropriate amount. (For the Wootton game, adult seats are 10, Concessions 5 and U-16s are 3.)

You can hand the envelope in to any turnstile operator or at the "complimentaries" window. If the recent strikes makes you uneasy about trusting the post to deliver your tickets on time, you can leave your voucher and cheque in an unstamped envelope and collect your tickets from the AFCW office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays or from the complimentaries window before the Seagrave Haulage Premier League Cup match versus Walton on Wednesday 19 November.

From Monday 10 November, Main Stand season ticket holders can apply for seats by post or by calling at the office between 10.00 and 4.00. These seats will be allocated on a "first come, first served" basis with one seat per voucher.

From Monday 17 November, any remaining Main Stand seats will be available for general sale.

Please note that we are not selling terrace tickets in advance.


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Wednesday 05 November 2003
club news
Reserve Squad announced

DAVE Wager has named the following squad for tonight's reserve team match
against Corinthian Casuals at home at Hampton & Richmond's Beveree Stadium:

Ray Merry, Joe Hill, Rob Hill, Sam Elliott, Kerry Watts, Lewis Taylor, Dave Towse, Andy Sullivan, Noel Frankum, Darren Dobinson, Matt Hodge, Jody Yee, Micky Fernandes, Huggins, Wade Falana.



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