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Tuesday 30 November 2004
club news
Band night at the ground this Friday

Don't forget the "Give and Go" night, this Friday, 3 December, featuring Everstrong ("classic English pop rock") and Fast Lane Roogalator ("Johnny Cash meets the Clash").

Tickets at 5 each will be on sale at the Dave Anderson Q&A session on Wednesday 1 December and from the club office from Wednesday morning (the office is open 10am - 4pm weekdays). Admission will also be available on the night - doors open at 8 pm and the bar will close at 12:30 am.

Find out more about the bands by checking their own websites - www.fastlaneroogalator.com and www.everstrong.co.uk.

Please note this night is strictly for those aged 18 and over.


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Monday 29 November 2004
first team news
Bashley beaten

Dave Anderson was pleased with the second-half fightback at Bashley:
"We were poor in the first half, but I thought the lads listened well and then played well in the second half. Bashley was always a possible banana skin against a decent side on a difficult pitch, but we played some good stuff as the game wore on. You always wonder if the chances will go for you when it gets that late, or if you deserve to win having played so badly in the first half, so we were very happy to get a late winner. And I thought Rands deserved a goal for his work. He, Gav and Ginge were excellent. A lot of the fans I saw afterwards certainly seemed to have enjoyed a good day out!"

Goalscorer Martin Randall added:
"Dave, JT and Warren told us what they thought at half-time quite forcefully. But it was fair enough and we needed it. I thought we reacted well. We kept on plugging away and deserved the win, so I was delighted to get the goal."

Mike Rayner said that the only injury concern was Matt Everard's knee:
"Matt came off because the knee was sore. We'll have to wait for a day or two to see if it's just a knock or something more serious like cartilage damage."

Finally, it was confirmed that Chris Gell will serve his suspension this Saturday and miss the trip to Cray.


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Monday 29 November 2004
reserve team news
Watch the reserves at Kingsmeadow

With Banstead's pitch being unplayable due to the weather, tonight's Suburban League reserves match against Bracknell Town has been switched to Kingsmeadow.

Kick-off will be at 7:45 and admission will be free.

The pitch is available since there was no match for either first team here at the weekend, and Dave Anderson is keen to get the game on to give a run-out to a number of first team players. Chris Gell will play due to his suspension for the Cray match, Joe Sheerin will get some more game time and Steve Butler will feature assuming he has experienced no reaction to his injury since last week.



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Friday 26 November 2004
first team news
Fitness tests at Bashley

Dave Anderson has named the following squad for tomorrow's trip to Bashley:

Danny Naisbitt, Paul Smith, Steve Gibson, Matt Everard, Micky Woolner, Jay Conroy, Antony Howard, Ryan Gray, Gareth Graham, Gavin Bolger, Rob Ursell, Chris Gell, Joe Paris, Gary Prigent, Richard Butler, Joe Sheerin, Martin Randall, Leon McDowall.

The manager explained:
"We're still sweating on a couple of players, so it's a big squad. Richard Butler, Gary Prigent and Robert Ursell will all have fitness tests. Steve Butler and Jon-Barrie Bates are both still out."

And the manager thanked the fans for the turn-out in Wimbledon last night:
"I was amazed by the number of fans we had down there - it made it quite an experience. So thanks for coming down, and to everyone who handed the leaflets out. They seemed pretty popular with the people watching and it was good to be part of something in the town."


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Friday 26 November 2004
u18s news
Niall on trial with Colchester

Micky Woolner and Rob Ursell aren't the only players at the cub to have attracted interest from League sides. Colchester United have asked the club to have a look at Niall Connery of the Under-18s next week.

Niall has scored six league goals so far this season, forming a strong partnership with Bradley Drake. He has been invited to train with The Us on Monday and Tuesday of next week, and will be back in time to play for the Under-18s in a friendly game that has been arranged against a Queens Park Rangers youth side.

This is more recognition for the Under 18s. In their first season they have already had players selected at county level and called up to the reserves.


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Thursday 25 November 2004
club news
Christmas party plans

As you may have seen in the programme, the AFC Wimbledon Christmas party will be held at the ground on Saturday 18 December after our match against Croydon Athletic. The playing and coaching staff will be in attendance and tickets are on sale, priced just 10 per head including buffet. The back bar will host not only the buffet but also cabaret acts throughout the evening, while the main bar will have a disco from 8 til late. So get buy a ticket and come and join in the fun. Tickets can be ordered by post by sending a cheque for the right amount made payable to AFC Wimbledon Ltd to the club in an envelope marked "Xmas party". Please note that this event is for over-18s only.

For our younger fans, don?t forget the Junior Dons Christmas Party is on Sunday 12 December.


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Thursday 25 November 2004
club news
The musical transfers to a bigger stage

We were delighted to hear from its author that the play of the club of the same name is to have a special one-off performance in the main auditorium of Wimbledon Theatre in January.

Saturday 22 January 2005 will be the date as ?A Fans Club? makes the transfer from the smaller studio theatre to the main stage of the New Wimbledon Theatre on the Broadway, Wimbledon.

The play, written by lifelong Don Matthew Couper, with cracking original tunes from Chris Barlow and a unique guest performance from Alun Armstrong, follows the Wimbledon supporters through their years of protest as they battle to stop their club moving to Milton Keynes and the club?s subsequent rebirth as AFC Wimbledon.

Praise for the show?s first run included:
"Excellent music" ? The Stage
"Constantly Charms" ? Time Out
"Superb" ? Wimbledon News
"It?s brilliant. A superb history lesson" ? Dave Anderson

The performance will commence at 7.30pm on Saturday 22 January, with tickets priced at 15 and 10. Call the theatre box office on 0870 060 6646, or visit the website for more information.


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Thursday 25 November 2004
first team news
Rob and Micky back

Rob Ursell and Micky Woolner drove back south on Wednesday evening after their spell at Chester, having both played in Chester?s reserve team fixture against Bury that afternoon. Rob scored but went off with a knock after about 20 minutes and Micky played the full 90 minutes, spending the first half at right-back and the second half at centre-back. Chester lost the match 3-1.

Dave Anderson said:
?The lads were travelling back yesterday evening and they?ll be at the Winter Wonderland in Wimbledon tonight if anyone wants to ask them about it. I think they both enjoyed it. They got to go to Old Trafford on Tuesday night, which Micky enjoyed particularly as he?s a United fan, while I gather Rob was pretty pleased to be training with Ian Rush.

?Rob got a knock on his foot as he scored and they took him off as a precaution. He got some treatment from their physio and has already spoken to Mike Rayner about it. He?ll stay for the lights being switched on tonight and then go and get more treatment as we try to make sure he can play on Saturday.?

We got a quick word from Rob as the duo headed south (Micky was busy driving!):
?It was a really interesting couple of days. I?m a Liverpool fan as some people know, so being met by Ian Rush was pretty amazing. He shook my hand and called me Stig, because he?d read that was my nickname on our website. The thing is, someone else must have written that on my form, because I?ve not been called it to my face, so I didn?t know what he was talking about!

?Obviously I?m gutted to have got injured, but Micky looked very solid in the game and comfortable, so I think we gave a good account of ourselves and the club. My foot?s not too bad, so I hope I?ll be ok to play on Saturday.?

We?ll get the full story on their time up there, and find out how the training experience at the two club compares, as soon as we can.


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Wednesday 24 November 2004
club news
Club shop Christmas opening hours

The shop will be open for business more often in December to help make Christmas present-buying as painless as possible:

Matchdays:
Tuesday 7 December H v Molesey.
Tuesday 14 December H v Chessington United
6.30pm - 7.30pm.
The shop is not open after midweek matches.

Saturday 18 December H v Croydon Athletic
Saturday 1 January H v Whyteleafe
12.00 noon - 2.45pm prompt.
Then from ten minutes after the final whistle to 5.30pm.

DA Q&A:
As advertised, the shop will be open on Wednesday 1 December between 7.00pm and 9.00pm.

Sundays:
Following last year's spectacular success, the shop will be open on the following Sundays between 11.00am and 4.00pm:

Sunday 28 November
Sunday 5 December
Sunday 12 December (Ladies Home to Watford Ladies)
Sunday 19 December

Last Minute:
The shop will be open on weekdays from 13 December to 17 December and 20 December to 24 December between 11.00am to 4.00pm.


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Wednesday 24 November 2004
first team news
Injuries and suspensions

Mike Rayner has had a busy week:

"Wes Goggin went home on crutches on Saturday, but the foot was able to bear weight on Sunday. It now seems to be just general soreness of the foot rather than anything specific, so hopefully he'll only be out for about two weeks.

Steve Butler suffered a reaction in his calf to the running on Saturday, so he'll be out for a bit longer yet.

Richard Butler's recovery is progressing well and he's already back in straight-line running, so we hope he can be back next week.

Jon-Barrie Bate's neck problem is getting better and we'll be looking to do some light heading work this week, so I'd say he's close to a return.

Gary Prigent's quads are improving and he is running now, with light training hopefully starting next week."

Meanwhile, Chris Gell will be suspended for one league game after accumulating five yellow cards, but the date has yet to be set.


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Wednesday 24 November 2004
dons trust news
Thanks from Fans United

Nic Outterside of Fans United sent this message for the supporters of all the clubs who participated in events in support of Wrexham last weekend:

"I would like to take this opportunity to pass our sincere thanks for the wonderful support given by representatives of your club to the Fans United / Wear Red for Wrexham Day on Saturday 20 November.

It was a day that anyone who attended the Racecourse Ground will never forget. We have now counted representation from at least 56 football clubs. Elsewhere there were magnificent shows of support for the Wear Red for Wrexham day at football grounds across the country. Some clubs went out of their way to show support and solidarity despite having problems of their own.

I am sure there cannot be many people in this country who are now not aware of Wrexham?s plight. Thank you once again."


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Wednesday 24 November 2004
club news
Office administrator wanted

The following job advertisement appeared in Saturday's matchday programme:

Do you want to be part of a winning team?

Following our continued success on the pitch and off it, we are now looking to appoint an office administrator. Duties will include functions bookings and dealing with telephone and personal callers, as well as providing administrative support to the AFC Wimbledon Directors. A primary responsibility will be to improve the quality and consistency of our response to enquiries from supporters, customers and clients.

We need someone who is presentable, with excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Initiative will be the key to ensuring that you are able to learn ?on the job? in a busy and often demanding environment. You must have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office.

We need you 30 hours per week and both you and we would need to be flexible as to when you work, although this is a five day a week job. Starting salary will be 10,000 per annum with 20 days holiday, plus statutory holidays.

Please apply in writing enclosing a CV to:

Kris Stewart
Chairman
AFC Wimbledon
The Fans? Stadium ? Kingsmeadow
422a Kingston Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey
KT1 3PB

The closing date for applications will be Friday 3 December.

AFC Wimbledon is an equal opportunities employer.


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Tuesday 23 November 2004
club news
Raising the tone

One of AFC Wimbledon's corporate sponsors, Cherry Red Records, recently launched a new service for football fans where they can download the football anthem for their club as a ringtone for their mobile phone. These ringtones are 'realtones,' that is they are the real records, not the polyphonic tones that have only been available up until recently.
'We Are Wimbledon' is now available as a realtone for Dons fans. It can be downloaded as a ringtone onto your mobile by going to www.realfootballringtones.co.uk and then clicking on 'non-league clubs'. You will then be guided through the process (and told whether your phone is able to play a realtone.)

All Cherry Red Records' profits from this track will be donated to the stadium fund.


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Tuesday 23 November 2004
club news
Join us in Wimbledon on Thursday

Remember, the Christmas lights are being turned on in Wimbledon Town Centre this Thursday and AFC Wimbledon will be out in force doing the honours to get the festive season underway.

Dave Anderson and as many of the team as possible will be outside the railway station by Centre Court from 5.15pm onwards to sign autographs and chat to fans. Then at 6.15 pm they will join the crowd in the procession from St Mark?s Square (outside the Alexandra pub) down the Broadway to Wimbledon Theatre. At 7pm, there will be a firework display and Dave and the players will have the honour of flicking the switch on the lights.

Other attractions scheduled to be part of the fun include carol singing, aerobics from Cannons, walkabout animal characters including Debra the Zebra, street theatre acts, an exciting new five-piece pop band for kids, Colourama, the Southside Harmonics Steel Band sponsored by Cooper Wimbledon BMW performing on the Piazza, a Punch & Judy show, a surprise special show from Odeon cinema, arts & crafts from Lansdales, The London School of Samba, DJs from Heart Radio 106.2 and Radio Jackie and a variety of stalls.

Wimbledon will be supporting several charities at Wonderland including Marie Curie, WWF, Save The Children, Merton United Nations, Faith In Action and Churches Together.

It promises to be a great evening out for adults and kids alike, and a chance for AFC Wimbledon to show the community that it still has a football club proud to bear its name, so grab your colours and head on down to enjoy the occasion and spread the word. And if you fancy helping to hand out some leaflets, look for us outside Centre Court at 5.15pm.

The Wimbledon Guardian are also auctioning a prize to be a VIP part of the evening in aid of St Raphael's Hospice - details here (external link).


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Monday 22 November 2004
reserve team news
Friendly match tomorrow

The reserve team have a friendly match tomorrow night away to Hanwell Town, of the Spartan South Midlands league. The match will kick off at 7.30pm at Perivale Lane, in Greenford. Map here (external map from steetmap.co.uk). Entrance will be 3 for adults and free for children.

Joe Sheerin, Gareth Graham, Paul Smith, Leon MacDowall and Jones Bamfo will be among the players expected to feature.

Dave Anderson explained, "The match is a good chance for Ginge and Joe in particular to get some match time."


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Monday 22 November 2004
first team news
Dave's Dulwich thoughts

Dave was in expansive and discursive mood after the win against Dulwich:
?As 2-0 wins go, that was pretty comfortable. Of course we?d like to have got the second sooner, but anyone who paid money to see that must have been entertained by some of the football we played. People have said we?re a long ball team, but we passed the ball well. A big part of that has come from the way Micky Woolner is playing at sweeper. That was a change that got forced onto us to an extent, but sometimes these things work out well, and Micky?s passing out of defence was phenomenal.

?The whole day felt very upbeat, personally I actually enjoyed watching the game for the first time in ages. Even in the bar afterwards, there was a relaxed happiness about the place. I?m not blaming our dip in form solely on the record, but I think it was part of it. But we hit that dip and we?re coming out of it now. You can?t play magnificently all season, and I think the nerves over the last few weeks affected everyone, including the supporters. But we stayed unbeaten through a dip in form and on Saturday it felt as if someone took the handcuffs off.

?Micky stepping into sweeper has meant Gibbo has been enjoying a good run at wing-back. When we came here and decided to play 3-5-2, of Micky, Gibbo and Ryan Gray, Gibbo was probably the most natural wing-back. We?ve been working with him on the defensive side of his game, particularly around our box, but he?s an intelligent lad and a quick learner. You could see everyone was delighted for him to get his goal.

?To start with this season, we were keeping a bit of balance by having Micky at right wing-back, who?s a bit more defensive, and then letting Ryan Gray bomb on more on the other side. But when Wes came into the side, he?s almost the left-sided Micky Woolner if you like, so Gibbo became the forward outlet more. He and Ryan have both picked up the new roles well and are learning more all the time.

?On the subject of Wes, he looks to have picked up a bit of a nasty injury ? he got kicked on the foot before he got landed on. But you have to pay tribute to the way he stepped into the side. He came into a massively pressured game at Bromley, and to play as well as he did speaks volume for him. We work hard to make sure players are aware of our structure and set-up and give them the knowledge to step into the side, but they still have to come in and do it. Wes was prepared enough to take his chance well. I trust the opinions of my staff and, as soon as he signed, John Morris told me he was confident he could step into the first team.

?So we?re gutted for him to have gone off injured, but it gave Ryan the chance to come on against his old team. And we all know Ryan didn?t have the happiest of times at Dulwich, so we were delighted he was able to come back, be involved and of course score the goal. The spirit in this club is very tight now ? if you cut one of us, we all bleed, so everyone was made up for him. You can?t stay top of the league without the whole squad feeling part of what?s going on. Look at our bench on Saturday and you?ll see five players who are all good enough to start games every week: Paul Smith is an up-and-coming goalkeeper, Jay Conroy came down from Palace as cover for Antony Howard, Gareth Graham has nothing to prove to me or this club, Joe Sheerin is quite simply Joe Sheerin and Ryan Gray hadn?t missed a game until he got a cut at Bromley. If you need any proof of the togetherness ? look at the reaction to Gibbo?s goal! Like most keepers, Danny?s pretty fast when you don?t want him to be!

?But seriously, the squad atmosphere afterwards on Saturday was excellent. As a management team, we?re still new here and the system is still new, but I think you can really see things starting to gel now. I know people are still worrying about who should be brought in, but I was reading the Horsham programme and saw we?ve scored the most goals per game and conceded the least. So I think you have to say things are going pretty well.

?Finally, as far as bringing players in goes, I said last week we nearly had a striker in on a month?s loan but it fell through. We now have a fully-fit Joe Sheerin, but he?s not yet match-fit. To give him chance to get 90 minutes under his belt, we wanted to be able to let him play for the reserves. But no-one here has ever doubted Joe?s ability. I doubted his weight when I arrived, but he?s lost that and worked hard. He?s a great lad, very honest and likeable and has been his own strongest critic. Now we?ve got his fitness sorted, he just needs to get his game time up. And we know we?re looking for a big striker to step in for us ? Joe Sheerin could very well be the player I?m trying to sign.

?Leon has done well in the last few games, and I?m very aware of the potential he and Jones Bamfo have. Would Leon have started games if everyone was fully fit? In all honesty, probably not. But he?s stepped in, he?s caused teams problems with his workrate, his pace and his strength. Unlike Wes, who has the experience of this level before and was perhaps a bit more ready for his chance, Leon was chucked into the deep end without his water wings. But he?s done well on the whole. He needs to get used to the level and work on when to pass and when to shoot ? to be that little bit sharper. But what someone like Leon needs is time in the team to learn. We?re all very aware of that and I?m not being critical for the sake of it ? he?s shown what he?s capable of and he?s shown how quickly he?s learning. He?ll make more and more of an impression the more he plays, this season and next.?


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Sunday 21 November 2004
dons trust news
The Dons Draw Results - November

The November Dons Draw was made before the home game against Dulwich Hamlet. As usual it was independently observed and this month assisted by special guest AFC Wimbledon manager Dave Anderson. Dave played his part in drawing the following winning numbers:

1st prize 600 - ticket 1379 - Stephen Murray of SW19
2nd Prize 300 - ticket 950 - Michael Pound of Crawley
3rd prize 100 - ticket 746 - Stephen Godfrey of Winchester

Congratulations to all three winners! Don't forget to get in on a bumper Christmas payout by signing up now for the draw online here. Closing date for application to be in the December draw is November 30th. Good luck!


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Saturday 20 November 2004
club news
Q&A with the DA

There will be a question and answer session with manager Dave Anderson and assistant Jon Turner at The Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow on Wednesday 1 December.

The club shop will be open all evening with merchandise on sale, so come down and pick up your Christmas presents, as well as hearing what Dave and Jon think of the season so far. Tickets to the band night and Christmas party will also be on sale.

The Q&A session will start at 7.30pm - email questions in advance to editor@afcwimbledon.co.uk.


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Saturday 20 November 2004
dons trust news
A message of support for Wrexham Supporters Trust

The Dons Trust and AFC Wimbledon would like to pass on their support for their fellow trust at Wrexham, WST.

As Wimbledon supporters, we know what what it's like having our ground sold from under us, leaving us homeless. The rest, as they say, is history.

We have admired what WST have done so far, and with the rest of the Supporters Trust Movement, we stand together with them, the fans and wider community of North Wales.

We fully support you in your battle to keep Wrexham where it belongs: at the Racecourse.

Good luck.


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Friday 19 November 2004
first team news
Dave juggles the squad as injuries hit

Dave Anderson has named the following squad for tomorrow's visit of Dulwich Hamlet to Kingsmeadow:

Danny Naisbitt, Paul Smith, Matt Everard, Antony Howard, Jay Conroy, Micky Woolner, Steve Gibson, Ryan Gray, Wes Goggin, Rob Ursell, Gavin Bolger, Chris Gell, Gareth Graham, Martin Randall, Leon McDowall, Joe Sheerin.

The manager explained:
"After coming off against Horsham, Richard Butler is going to be out for a couple of weeks. I was trying to bring another striker in on a month's loan, but it fell through today. We would like to have had Joe playing in the reserves to get his match fitness up now he's injury free, but at the moment we need his experience with us. Leon played 90 minutes on Tuesday and did well, and I know Jones Bamfo has been in good form in the reserves. But they're two players who don't have much experience of football at this level - whilst we want to give them some time and bring them on this season, we also need some experience up front and that's what Joe gives us, even if he isn't fully match-fit yet.

"At the back, we have a couple of fitness tests, so that's why we've brought Jay into the squad. Steve Butler is nearly back to full fitness, but we didn't want to risk him tomorrow as we expect a physical derby match. Ryan Gray should be fine after his cut last week. We expect all the paperwork to be cleared for Ginge to be back in the fold properly.

"We will still look to bring another striker in next week. And on Monday Micky Woolner and Rob Ursell go up to Chester for a couple of days' training. I don't want the fans to get worried - no-one will be going anywhere unless we want them to! What happened there was that Chester asked to have a look at Micky for a day or two and so we're sending Rob up to keep him company. Spending time at a professional club is something that will help them progress as footballers."

Don't forget that Fans United has asked football fans across the country to "Wear Red for Wrexham" tomorrow and also watch out for some visitors from Luton Town, eschewing the short trip to see their team away at Franchise to come and show their solidarity with AFC Wimbledon fans.


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Thursday 18 November 2004
dons trust news
Any more questions?

It's last call for your response to the Dons Trust comprehensive survey. The response has been fantastic so a big thankyou to all. Anyone can fill it in but time is running out.

You can fill it out online here or have it in printed form at the Dons Trust table in the back bar where it will be available for the final time this Saturday at the Dulwich Hamlet game.

The results will be made public later in the year and the Dons Trust Board will be looking to address the issues wherever possible.


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Wednesday 17 November 2004
first team news
Rayner rounds-up

Mike Rayner brought us his latest injury update:

"We acquired quite a few specific knocks last night against Horsham, but I don't want to go into detail as to who's hurt where in case players get targeted as a result. Looking ahead to Saturday, Richard Butler and Steve Butler will both have fitness tests. Richard got well and truly clattered, while Steve has been progressing well, so we'll see how the pair of them are. We're expecting Ryan Gray to be ok after his cut chin, while JB went to see a chiropractor today and I'm waiting to find out if that solved his neck problem.

"Finally for now, Simon Bassey came through 90 minutes unscathed for the reserves last week as far as his knee was concerned, but ran into something of a brick wall in the shape of his opposite number and jarred his shoulder and neck. That's getting better now."


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Wednesday 17 November 2004
reserve team news
Squad for tonight

John Morris has included the Under-18s striker Bradley Drake in tonight?s reserve team squad to face Merrow in the Surrey Premier Challenge Cup at Merland Rise. The full squad is as follows:

Paul Smith, Joe Hill, Ken During, Chris White, Marc Skinner, Daniel Llewellyn, Joe Paris, Rob Hill, Jones Bamfo, Bradley Drake, Wally Downes, James Earp, Sampa Chibulu, Simon Bassey, Richard Bayley.

The match kicks-off at 7.30pm.


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Wednesday 17 November 2004
first team news
Let me take you to the Island

The Dons trip to Newport IOW for their Ryman League Division One match has been scheduled for Wednesday 13 April 2005.


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Wednesday 17 November 2004
first team news
Dave's concerns

Dave Anderson had these thoughts after the Horsham Bryco Cup victory:
?I thought we performed very well last night. We changed the system a few times throughout the game and always looked comfortable. I thought Micky Woolner was excellent at sweeper and passed the ball out of defence well. Our shape was good and the application was first rate. Towards the end we just switched back to a variant of the Barnet system to close the game out. And apart from the penalty, they never really looked like scoring.

?I?m disappointed with myself for having to leave the dugout, but the concern I voiced was for the safety of my players. We?ve picked up a few knocks and we?ll be hoping everyone is fit to play on Saturday. The original plan was to bring Buts on a bit later, but we brought him on half-time because Rands got a kick just before the interval. Buts then got clattered on his ankle and had to come off, so we hope he can recover by the weekend.?



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Tuesday 16 November 2004
club news
Wear red for Wrexham

A message from Clubs in Crisis:
"The 20th November 2004 is to be 'Wear Red for Wrexham' Day, on which fans from clubs around the country turn up to watch their respective club dressed in red. This will be a striking visual show of support for their cause and will show the North Wales club that they are not alone. It will also show the powers that be that the rest of football cares what happens to the club.
Anyone seeking more information on 'Wear Red for Wrexham' day should email fansbehindwrexham@hotmail.com.

"It is important that as many of you as possible turn up in red to show support so please make the effort and spread the word round your club. Wrexham fans are among the best and have rallied to help clubs such as Doncaster Rovers and Brighton and Hove Albion despite facing problems of their own."



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Tuesday 16 November 2004
club news
For those about to rock

There will be a live music night at Kingsmeadow on Friday 3 December, as Fast Lane Roogalator and Everstrong are on the bill. Doors open at 8pm, with the first band on stage at 9pm. The bar shuts at 12.30am.

Admission will be 5. Tickets are available in advance by sending a cheque made payable to payable to AFC Wimbledon Ltd c/o the club. Please mark the envelope 'band night'. Tickets will be posted out before the event. Tickets will also be available on the night, cash only.

Please note that this event is restricted to over-18s only.
For further information on the bands, check www.fastlaneroogalator.com and www.everstrong.co.uk.



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Tuesday 16 November 2004
first team news
Ready for the Lardy boys

Dave Anderson has named the following squad for tonight's trip to face Horsham in the Bryco Cup:

Danny Naisbitt, Paul Smith, Steve Gibson, Micky Woolner, Matt Everard, Antony Howard, Wes Goggin, Joe Paris, Noel Frankum, Chris Gell, Gavin Bolger, Robert Ursell, Joe Sheerin, Martin Randall, Richard Butler, Leon McDowall.

The manager added:
"We've got Gary Prigent, Steve Butler, Ryan Gray and Jon-Barrie Bates all unavailable through injury. JB has pulled a muscle in his neck. Meanwhile, we've recalled Gareth Graham. We wanted him to be in the squad for tonight, but under league rules 28 days has to elapse because of the way he went on loan, so he'll be available again by Saturday."


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Monday 15 November 2004
club news
Winter wonderland

The Christmas lights are being turned on in Wimbledon Town Centre on Thursday 25 November and AFC Wimbledon will be out in force doing the honours to get the festive season underway.

Dave Anderson and as many of the team as possible will be outside the railway station by Centre Court from 5.15pm onwards to sign autographs and chat to fans. Then at 6.15 pm they will join the crowd in the procession from St Mark?s Square (outside the Alexandra pub) down the Broadway to Wimbledon Theatre. At 7pm, there will be a firework display and Dave and the players will have the honour of flicking the switch on the lights.

Other attractions scheduled to be part of the fun include carol singing, aerobics from Cannons, walkabout animal characters including Debra the Zebra, street theatre acts, an exciting new five-piece pop band for kids, Colourama, the Southside Harmonics Steel Band sponsored by Cooper Wimbledon BMW performing on the Piazza, a Punch & Judy show, a surprise special show from Odeon cinema, arts & crafts from Lansdales, The London School of Samba, DJs from Heart Radio 106.2 and Radio Jackie and a variety of stalls.

Wimbledon will be supporting several charities at Wonderland including Marie Curie, WWF, Save The Children, Merton United Nations, Faith In Action and Churches Together.

It promises to be a great evening out for adults and kids alike, and a chance for AFC Wimbledon to show the community that it still has a football club proud to bear its name, so grab your colours and head on down to enjoy the occasion and spread the word.


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Monday 15 November 2004
first team news
Rayner's update as Martin moves on

Mike Rayner had this update from the treatment room:
Ryan Gray suffered a deep cut to the chin against Bromley from a sharp stud or blade. We tried to address the problem in the changing room, but every time he opened his jaw it gaped open. In the end, it needed nine stitches. He won't be able to play tomorrow night but we're confident at the moment he'll be available on Saturday.

Steve Butler is 50-50 to be back on Saturday after suffering a slight calf strain against Brimsdown. It's one of those injuries that you're not able to run through without making it worse, so we'll check him out on Tuesday and Thursday and see how it's progressing.

Matt Everard picked up a minor groin strain against Brimsdown but came through the Bromley match fine.

We expect Gary Prigent to be sidelined for three or four weeks with the thigh strain that forced him off against Brimsdown.

Meanwhile, Martin McGhee, who joined the club as masseur in 2002, has decided to return to studying and has relinquished his post. We?d like to thank Martin for all his efforts here and wish him all the best in the future.


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Monday 15 November 2004
dons trust news
Junior Dons Christmas Party 2004

It's that time again! There was a buzz around the club this week as Santa has been on the blower and is scheduled to swoop low over the Fans' stadium with a trailer load of gifts to visit the kids on Sunday, 12 December 2004 from 1-5pm. Along with Father Christmas will be a host of AFC Wimbledon players, entertainers, games and a disco.

Children aged 0 to 11 including non-Junior Dons members are welcome (children under five to be accompanied by an adult) Tickets: 8.00 per person.

Any further queries? ? please contact Nina Smith on 020 8355 0746 or by e-mail ? juniordons@thedonstrust.org .

To download the application form as a PDF file click here (116kb)

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Monday 15 November 2004
first team news
Thoughts on the record

With the 1-1 draw at Bromley on Saturday, AFC Wimbledon set a new English senior record by going 76 league games unbeaten. The run dates back to Wednesday 26 February 2003, with a 3-1 win at Chessington United (report here).

Dave Anderson said he was delighted for the club and the supporters:
?This is a fantastic achievement. But it?s not a fantastic achievement for Dave Anderson, or for my staff, or even for the players here now. It?s a wonderful achievement made possible by the hard work of three managers, three sets of staff and 66 players who?ve been involved. It?s a wonderful thing for the club and the fans and everyone who?s been involved for the last three years should feel very proud to have been part of it. I genuinely can?t see anyone beating it and, if anyone does, I know from coming in at the end of this run they?ll certainly have earned the right to knock us out of the history books!?

Joe Sheerin added:
?When I went to those trials on Wimbledon Common in 2002, I could never have foreseen being part of something like this. This club has changed a lot since it started, but no matter who?s been and gone, the team have maintained an incredible level of consistency. No matter what level you play at, to make it through 76 games like we have done is something we should be very proud of. Of course, it also means you think about all the players who?ve been and gone in that time and I hope they?re all remembered for the part they played in it.?

Matt Everard, who made the most appearances during the 76 game run, failing to feature in only nine of the matches, said that he felt the achievement was unlikely to be bettered:
?I can?t see anyone beating that record in my lifetime. It?s been a privilege to be part of the history this club makes and I think I speak for everyone in the squad now when I say we feel a sense of pride, but also enormous relief that we?ve got the record done and out of the way. I?d also like to thank the fans for their tremendous support along the way.?

Gavin Bolger, who is second only to Matt for games played during the run, had this final thought:
?At the time you?re playing, you?re concerned about winning leagues and winning promotion, so runs like this don?t really sink in. But when we look back after we?ve retired and see it in the history books, then we?ll know we were part of something very special. Players and managers have come and gone here, but the spirit lives on exactly the same.?

The matchday programme for the visit of Dulwich Hamlet this Saturday will contain further details and statistical analysis of the run and the players involved, as well as a look at some of the key moments and matches.


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Saturday 13 November 2004
first team news
Record secured

AFC Wimbledon today secured their place in the record books by setting the longest unbeaten league run in senior football. A 1-1 draw at Bromley was enough to secure the Dons' place in history - see here for the match report.

Further reaction will be published later.


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Friday 12 November 2004
first team news
Bromley details

Fans are advised that there is no parking at the ground for tomorrow's match. Some parking will be available nearby, in Norman Park, (stewards will be able to direct fans there). This is expected to fill up quickly and Bromley officials do advise travelling fans to use public transport if possible.

There are three possible routes by train:

- Fast train from London Victoria to Bromley South
- Train from Wimbledon to Herne Hill and change for Bromley South train
- Tram to Beckenham and train from there to Bromley South.

We have also been advised that no alcohol will be on sale at the club bar between 2.45pm and 5pm. The turnstiles and the bar will both open at 1.30pm.


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Friday 12 November 2004
first team news
Squad named and Dave's thoughts

Dave Anderson has named the following squad for tomorrow?s trip to face Bromley:

Danny Naisbitt, Paul Smith, Steve Gibson, Micky Woolner, Steve Butler, Matt Everard, Antony Howard, Ryan Gray, Chris Gell, Jon-Barrie Bates, Robert Ursell, Gavin Bolger, Leon McDowall, Martin Randall, Richard Butler, Joe Sheerin.

And the manager is expecting a tough match:
?It?s an odd situation to be in because of the chance to break the record. We?re under a lot of pressure and there?s none on them. And it?s one of the hardest places in this league to go and get a result. I know people like to argue about team selections and tactics, and that?s what?s football?s all about. But tomorrow is a big day for AFC Wimbledon and it?d be great to have the fans making a lot of noise for the team that?s picked to go out and do their best to get this record for them. The crowd were fantastic against Fleet and they can be a big factor tomorrow as well. We?ll have a couple of fitness tests on a few players, but we?re confident we can get the result the fans want.?

And he reflected on the previous two games:
?There?s no doubt we were poor at Hendon. Tactically I made a mistake at half-time when we decided to stop man-marking Mark Nicholls. But too many players had poor games. For me, the most disappointing thing was that we totally lost our shape for about ten minutes. I know it ruins our fans? weekend when we lose, but I can assure them all that no-one had a worse Saturday night than me.

?At 2-0 down, we had a chance that fell to Leon and we needed that to go in to have any hope of getting anything out of the game, But to be honest I don?t think we deserved to get anything out of it. We probably just shaded the first half and being level at half-time seemed a fair reflection of the game, but they won the second half comfortably.
But players don?t run out to play badly and managers certainly don?t send players out to play badly, so we had words afterwards and used the Brimsdown game to get it out of our system.

?There were a couple of reasons for putting out such a strong squad ? one was that some of the players needed to be reminded what?s required of them and the other is that now we?re out of the two major cup competitions, we want to do well in the others. And overall I was pleased on Tuesday. We created six to ten good chances and scored three, while they didn?t create a chance at all until the 92nd minute. Their goal came from an individual error by Danny Naisbitt, but these things happen in football. We were always confident we?d create enough chances to win and in the end we did that comfortably. I thought Gav and Gibbo both came in and did well, while Micky Woolner had a great game at sweeper.?



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Friday 12 November 2004
club news
Ladies Cup Walkover

It has just been announced that the ladies opposition in the first round of the Surrey Women's Cup, Roehampton University, have regrettably withdrawn from the competition, leaving the ladies first team without at fixture this weekend. The reserve team fixture at Redhill, also in the Surrey Women's Cup, goes ahead as planned.


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Thursday 11 November 2004
club news
Bashley travel plans

Fans are advised that on Saturday 27 November the train service to New Milton will be delayed because replacement buses are operating between Winchester and Southampton.

The club will be running at least one coach for supporters to the game, priced at 13 for adults and 7 for concessions and under 16s. To book your place, email your details (including a contact telephone number) to coaches@afcwimbledon.co.uk or call the office on 020 8547 3528.

Timings for the coach will be announced as soon as possible.


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Thursday 11 November 2004
u18s news
U18s Friendly Tonight

With the Under-18s without a competitive game for the next couple of weeks owing to opposition teams' cup matches, Nicky English has managed to arrange a friendly game against a Forest Football Club ?Select Side?. Forest play in the Sussex County Division 3 and it will be a good chance to see the current table-topping Under-18s against a very strong side.

Admission for the Under 18s is free, so come along and seeing how Nicky and Keith?s team are progressing. Kick off tonight at Kingsmeadow is 19:30 and the bar will be open.


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Thursday 11 November 2004
dons trust news
SGM resolutions

The following resolutions, which were included in the notice of the meeting, were passed at the Dons Trust SGM held on 30 September. Both resolutions were approved on a show of hands by a large majority of those attending the meeting. It was reported at the meeting that the proxies received prior to the meeting were also overwhelmingly in favour of the resolutions.

As a result of the passing of the first resolution AFCW PLC has included within the Agenda for its AGM to be held on Friday 12 November proposed resolutions to enable the Board of AFCW PLC to allot a limited number of shares to the Dons Trust.

With regard the second resolution the Dons Trust Board will now carry out the review as specified and report back to future general meetings on proposals.

First Resolution
That the Dons Trust Board should be authorised to vote in favour of a resolution to be tabled at the first AGM of AFCW PLC (?the PLC?), authorising the PLC board to allot additional shares to the Wimbledon Football Club Supporters? Society Ltd (?the Society?), and only to the Society. The consideration for the shares to be allotted may be by whatever means the PLC board considers to be appropriate but specifically can include the capitalisation of loans from the Trust to the PLC.

Furthermore, that the Dons Trust Board is not authorised to vote for any future proposed allotment of shares in AFCW PLC, or any allotment of shares in any other subsidiary company, without the prior approval from a majority of Society members by way of a resolution at a General Meeting of the Society.

Second Resolution
That the Dons Trust Board should be instructed to carry out a review of the risks and benefits of allotting shares to a wider range of bodies, or individuals, than the Society alone and that a recommended policy should be presented for debate and vote at a future General Meeting of the Society. The board notes that the outcome might be that shares should only be issued to the Society.


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Wednesday 10 November 2004
dons trust news
The Dons Trust announces record fundraising total from Weird & Wonderful rematch

The Dons Trust are proud to announce the results of the 1988 re-match held on 12 September 2004 ? a day the Trust made history.

The day raised 19,000 for the Dons Trust, making the event the biggest single fundraiser undertaken by the Trust. The day also helped to raise funds for two Hillsborough charities, with 1,000 each going to the Hillsborough Family Support Group and the Hillsborough Justice Campaign.

But for most Wimbledon fans the day will be remembered for so much more. The sight of the likes of Dickie Guy, John Scales and Warren Barton in AFC Wimbledon colours will live long in the memory.

Scales, a second-half substitute in Wimbledon?s 1-0 victory back in 1988, said that it showed who the rightful heirs to the Wimbledon heritage are: ?I believe in what AFC Wimbledon are doing. The fact is, this club is run by the supporters of Wimbledon FC, and I know the passion of those fans and they had ownership of the club. They?ve taken that ownership and adapted it for themselves. They have created a club that is in the spirit of what Wimbledon FC was about. So my loyalties lie here 100 per cent.?

The one regret was that Wimbledon were unable to repeat the ?88 score line. Kevin Cooper had given the Dons the lead. And echoes of the original final sounded out when Brian Hill, referee in the original match and in the re-match, pointed to the spot after Roger Joseph handled on the line.

Back in 1988 John Aldridge was denied from the spot by a superb save from Dave Beasant. This time Aldridge managed to put it away and salvage a 1-1 draw. The goal prompted Aldridge to hold a party at his own bar, The Place, in Liverpool. Celebrities from the world of sport, music and television joined him for the shindig.

Aldridge said: ?Maybe the referee had been nobbled to give us the penalty but as soon as it was given there was no doubt I was taking it. As soon as it hit the net I just felt relief. It?ll never make up for missing in the Cup final because that was so important to me and every Liverpool player and fan. But it did mean a lot to me and I don?t need much excuse for a party and I could think of no better place to hold it than in my own bar.?

Asked about who has the right to claim the Wimbledon heritage, Aldridge was in no doubt. He said: ?This is the proper Wimbledon without a doubt. This is where they are from and you have to take your hats off to the people that have rallied round to get them going.?

The success of the event owes a great deal to the unchampioned match day volunteers at Kingsmeadow. With two games ? the first a fans / celebrity match ? a large number of volunteers worked a double shift to make the day so memorable for the thousands that attended.



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Wednesday 10 November 2004
first team news
Bashley game switched

Following the postponement of the home match against Burgess Hill Town on Saturday 27 November owing to the opposition's FA Trophy commitments, the Dons' trip to Bashley has been rearranged from Tuesday 23 November to Saturday 27 November.


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Tuesday 09 November 2004
first team news
Squad ready for London Senior Cup action

Dave Anderson has named a strong squad for tonight's London Senior Cup match:

Danny Naisbitt, Paul Smith, Steve Gibson, Micky Woolner, Steve Butler, Matt Everard, Antony Howard, Ryan Gray, Chris Gell, Jon-Barrie Bates, Robert Ursell, Gavin Bolger, Leon McDowall, Martin Randall, Richard Butler, Gary Prigent.

Mike Rayner sent us this update from the treatment room:
"Joe Sheerin suffered a dead leg against Hendon. He and I would like to make it clear it's nothing to do with his knee injury - he had no reaction to that. It's just one of those freak things that happen in a contact sport - he got a kick from the keeper right at the top of his thigh. It's just a dead leg with bruising, so it's not serious, but he won't be fit tonight.

"Steve Gibson should be ok, but he's got a bruised ankle after he dropped a weight on his foot in the gym. And Antony Howard will have a fitness test after picking up a slight groin strain."


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Tuesday 09 November 2004
club news
Shirts in stock

Merchandise guru Tim Hillyer has an exciting announcement:
The merchandise team is delighted to confirm that the promised shipment of Home and Away shirts is now in stock. All sizes are now in stock, including the new XXXXL size. Adult shirts are all 35. Children?s shirts are 15.

The 'Players' T-shirts' as worn by the first team squad are now also available from the shop. The attractive design in a white/grey/black combination is priced at 18 for adults and 12 for children and includes design features recommended by players.

The shop will be open from 6.30pm before tonight?s match, closing at 7.30pm. We will not be open after the game.


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Monday 08 November 2004
dons trust news
Dons Trust Board election manifestos

Attached are the manifestos for the candidates standing in the upcoming Dons Trust Board elections.

To download the manifestos as a PDF file click here (116kb)

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Sunday 07 November 2004
ladies news
Ladies Look To Continue Winning Run

The ladies take on bottom of the table Ipswich Town today (Kingsmeadow, 14.00), looking to extend their record of only one defeat in the last six games. After a poor start to the season the Dons now sit in third place in the table and are the second highest scorers in the division.

With Vicky Elcome, Lauren Nuttall, Terri Warren (Injured), Jo Goodwin (Suspended) and Maria Bertelli unavailable, Graham Newnham has drafted Danielle Rebelo from the reserves after a string of impressive performances!


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Friday 05 November 2004
first team news
Dons ready to face the Dons

Dave Anderson has named the following squad for tomorrow?s trip to Hendon in the FA Trophy:

Danny Naisbitt, Paul Smith, Steve Gibson, Micky Woolner, Steve Butler, Matt Everard, Antony Howard, Ryan Gray, Chris Gell, Jon-Barrie Bates, Robert Ursell, Gavin Bolger, Leon McDowall, Martin Randall, Richard Butler, Joe Sheerin, Gary Prigent.

The manager added:
?Martin Randall is in the squad but we won?t know till tomorrow if he?ll actually be able to play. His wife has been induced and I know he?s hoping the baby?s been born by then so he can play, but obviously we understand he may well not be available because he?s with his wife.?


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Thursday 04 November 2004
first team news
Dave's thoughts

Dave Anderson looked back on Tuesday?s celebrations for equalling St Blazey?s senior league record of 75 games unbeaten and ahead to a tough weekend trip in the Trophy to Hendon.

And the manager won?t be letting being record-equallers distract the squad from the tasks in hand:
?The most important thing about Tuesday was three points. All we?ve done is equal a record. We?ll run out against Bromley in a week or so and try to beat it. It?s nice, but it?s not something we?ll get carried away with. We want to win leagues, not records. That said, it represents a fantastic achievement for this club and everyone involved in the last 20 months. Everyone should be very proud of it. So it?s good to have our name in the record books as joint-holders and it takes one little bit of pressure off. But now we have the pressure of a big Cup match at Hendon to focus on. Actually, if you want to split hairs, I think our record is better anyway because St Blazey drew nine in their run, and we?ve only drawn eight!?

And Dave was pleased with the way the team bounced back from a poor display against Tooting & Mitcham with a 3-0 win:
?That was a good performance. As bad as we were on Saturday I thought we were as good against Fleet. We were solid, strong, mobile and passed the ball wide well. A lot of the boys felt like they had a point to prove after the way we played on Saturday. For an hour that performance was unacceptable for the standards we set ourselves and we came out and reacted well to put that right. I think the focus and togetherness there is in the dressing room was obvious in the match.?

And he also praised the sustained vocal efforts of the fans:
?I?d love our supporters to be like that all the time. It really helps. It doesn?t have to be my name all the time of course, but hearing them chant all the way through the first half was something pretty special. It felt as though they knew the pressure the team were under to get the job done. That level of support and togetherness between the players and the fans really helped them through it. I think you could see from the way the players reacted by running over to the singers at the end how much it meant to them. Our fans can be a great help or a great hindrance depending on how they react to games, but they were magnificent all evening on Tuesday. So thanks very much and let?s have some more!?

He and the squad are now looking forward to a difficult clash this weekend:
?It?s another big game when we go to Hendon. It?ll be a very difficult tie, so all thoughts of the record are put aside as we deal with this next challenge. Of course I want to win it. But in all honesty, the fact I used to be there doesn?t make me want to win it any more. It?s a game we want to win in a competition we want to do well in. But I had a good time at Hendon and as ever in football it?ll be nice to catch up with a few old friends. Whatever happens, I hope to be sharing a beer with them afterwards. But we have a good chance of winning if we play as well as we?re capable.?

Dave is pleased to have added Gary Prigent to the squad, but is still looking for a couple more faces:
?Gary is someone we?ve had an eye on for a while. I?ve been trying to sign two players for the last week or so and he wasn?t one of them. But the situation arose on Tuesday where we able to get him down here so we decided to bring him in. He?ll be down here for a month while we take a look at him and he takes a look at us and then we?ll see what we both want to happen.

?Meanwhile, we?re still looking at two more players and that hasn?t changed. We?re working hard to bring them in, but it?s not always a quick process. We?ll see what we can do within our budget. As a club we never sit back and relax. If we want to keep progressing and keep our good runs going, we always have to be alert to opportunities of strengthening the squad and improving.?


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Thursday 04 November 2004
ladies news
International Football At The Fans Stadium

Norwegian academy side, Wang, visit Kingsmeadow this evening for a friendly match against an AFC Wimbledon XI. Wang have several under 17 and under 19 internationals and are coached by 1995 World Player of the Year, Hege Riise, who won 188 full caps for Norway.

The Dons are likely to play a first XI for the first 45 half, then a Reserve XI for the second half.

Kick-off is at 19.45 and the bar is open!


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Wednesday 03 November 2004
first team news
Bryco Cup draw

The Dons will travel to Horsham in the Second Round of the Bryco Cup on Tuesday 16 November (TBC).

Further details of the match will be published as soon as possible.


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Tuesday 02 November 2004
club news
Quiz night coming

Next Wednesday (10 November) will be the first quiz night in what is hoped to become a new monthly event at The Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow.

The quiz will begin at 7.30pm in the main bar. Teams are limited to six people or fewer, with entry one pound a head. There will be cash prizes for the first three teams, a jackpot round and two spot prizes.

Questions will be varied and not AFC Wimbledon-related, so get your mates involved, get a team together and we'll see you in the bar.


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Tuesday 02 November 2004
dons trust news
Questions questions

A reminder that The Dons Trust Board is undertaking a thorough review on membership and volunteers for AFC Wimbledon. We have commisioned a comprehensive survey questionnaire so please take time out to fill in the survey, whether you are a Dons trust member or not.

You can fill it out online here or in printed form at the Dons Trust table in the back bar at tonight's home game against Fleet.

The results will soon be made public and the Dons Trust Board will be looking to address the issues wherever possible.


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Tuesday 02 November 2004
first team news
Ready to face Fleet

Dave Anderson has named the following squad for tonight's visit of Fleet Town to the Fans' Stadium:

Danny Naisbitt, Paul Smith, Steve Gibson, Micky Woolner, Steve Butler, Matt Everard, Antony Howard, Ryan Gray, Chris Gell, Jon-Barrie Bates, Robert Ursell, Gavin Bolger, Leon McDowall, Martin Randall, Richard Butler, Joe Sheerin.

Antony Howard was given the all-clear by doctors at the hospital on Saturday after a series of tests following a clash of heads in the Tooting match. Jon-Barrie Bates has an ankle sprain that will require strapping, but Mike Rayner is confident he will be fit enough to be involved.


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