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Wednesday 30 November 2005
reserve team news
Hello, hello hello - the Reserves are in Surrey Cup action

What's going on here? The reserves play the Metropolitan Police in the Surrey Premier Cup tonight at Imber Court. The match will kick off at 7.45pm.


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Wednesday 30 November 2005
club news
Ticket arrangements for FA Trophy v St Albans, 17 December

Following last night's victory against Dartford, we will be welcoming the Conference South leaders, St Albans City, to Kingsmeadow on Saturday 17 December, kick off 3pm, for an FA Trophy first round proper match.

Tickets for the game go on sale tomorrow, Thursday 1 December. Season tickets are not valid for this game. All applications will be accepted, but main stand season ticket holders have until the end of the Hendon home game on Saturday 10 December to reserve their usual seat. Applications can be handed in to the Complimentary Tickets window after the Hendon game and after the Leyton home game this Saturday, 3 December.

Applications which are made by post or left after a game should include voucher D plus a stamped, self-addressed envelope and a cheque made out to AFC Wimbledon Limited.

The credit card hotline - 020 8546 9582 - will open from Thursday 1 December for ticket sales from 11am until 1pm every weekday. Please note there will be a 1 per order charge for all debit and credit card sales.

Ticket prices are:

Main Stand
Adults 11
Concessions 6
Under 16s 3

Terraces
Adults 9
Concessions 5
Under 16s 2


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Tuesday 29 November 2005
first team news
Dons ease through

Dave Anderson was a happy man as his Dons side scored twice in the dying minutes of the game to ease past Dartford and progress into the first round proper of the FA Trophy.

Dave said: "I thought we passed the ball well tonight. We were playing a side that doesn't concede many, and always have a goal in them. Territorially we knew we'd probably dominate, but we needed to be patient. I think the fans could see that.

"But while I admitted that we maybe got the tactics wrong on Saturday, I'd like to think we got it right tonight. We played with a flat back four and, for me, Frankie was man of the match - he did a great job on their left winger, who I thought was their best player at the weekend."

And Dave is now looking ahead to a home tie with Conference South leaders St Albans in the next round. He said: "I'm really looking forward to that game, I can't wait. It's not often we are underdogs at home, but they are a good side and I hope we can play with no pressure. Of course, with [former Dons player] Nick Roddis there now there's a little bit of added spice. But it'll be a real test - they are top of the league above us and that tells us alot. But we'll be going for the win - hopefully without a replay this time!"

Finally, Dave took the opportunity to mention Niall Connery, a former youth team player who made his debut as a sub in tonight's match. Dave said: "It was nice to be able to give him a few minutes at the end. Everybody has to start somewhere and I hope he can go on from there."

Connery added: "It felt fantastic. I could even hear people in the crowd calling my name when I came on, and that felt great. I just hope I can play well enough to get another chance."


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Tuesday 29 November 2005
first team news
Depleted squad to face Dartford

Injuries, illness and suspensions have depleted Dave Anderson's options for tonight's FA Trophy replay with Dartford.

Simon Sobihy serves a one-match suspension tonight following his recent sending off. Fellow defender Dave Sargent is ill, while All White, Shane Smeltz is forced out with a knee injury he has been playing with recently.

Reserves Mark King, Niall Connery, Jake Delaney, Jon Boswell are added.

The full squad is: Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Antony Howard, Steve Butler, Jon Boswell, Wayne Finnie, Jake Delaney, Wes Daly, Chris Gell, Barry Moore, Sonny Farr, Dwayne Plummer, Michael Harvey, Niall Connery, Richard Butler, Matt Fowler, Mark King.

Dave Anderson has no qualms about playing the promising young players.

"It is disappointing to lose so many players, but we are using the full depth of our squad now. I have no doubts we still have the quality we need, though expect a tough game tonight. I can honestly say I have not given the FA Trophy draw a moment's consideration as that is nothing. Tonight is everything."


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Tuesday 29 November 2005
club news
Half-season tickets now on sale

You can now see ALL AFC Wimbledon?s remaining home Ryman Premier League matches for 72, with a half-season ticket.

Matches covered by the ticket include the Boxing Day clash with Walton & Hersham and the visit of table-topping Hampton & Richmond.

These half-season tickets guarantee your entry to the matches that will determine the promotion and play-off places for the Ryman Premier League 2005/06.

Terraces. Half-year season tickets are available for adults, concessions and under-16s.

Prices:
Adult - 72
Concession - 36
Under-16 - 12

There are a limited number of seats available in the Main Stand Family Area. These are available only to under-16s and accompanying adults; they may not be bought by adults alone.

Prices:
Adult - 96
Concession - 48
Under-16 - 16

To apply for a half-year season ticket, call the office between 10am and 4pm, Monday - Friday on 020 8547 3528 or email info@afcwimbledon.co.uk


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Monday 28 November 2005
club news
Party on!

To help celebrate another great year at AFC Wimbledon, the club has announced details of this year?s Christmas party, and it?s shaping up to be a fantastic evening.

The party will be held in the main bar at The Fans? Stadium - Kingsmeadow following the home fixture against Hendon on Saturday December 10. There will be a disco and a buffet laid on, and the party will run from 7pm-late.

This will be a chance for all those involved with the club - fans and volunteers, players, management and coaches, club staff?everyone - to let their hair down and party.

Due to capacity limitations and the success of previous parties this event will be all-ticket. Tickets cost 7.50 per person but please note that the party is strictly for those aged 18 and over only.

There are several ways to book your tickets. You can visit the club office on weekdays between 10am-4pm, or you can book over the phone on 020 8547 3528 using a credit/debit card. Additionally, tickets will be on sale from the back bar before the Dartford and Leyton games.

So get dusting down those dancing shoes and join in the fun - while supporting your club at the same time.



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Monday 28 November 2005
club news
FA Trophy first round draw

If we are successful in our FA Trophy replay against Dartford FC tomorrow night we will meet St Albans City in the FA Trophy first round proper at Kingsmeadow on Saturday 17 December.

For the complete draw please click here.


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Monday 28 November 2005
dons trust news
Meeting over yonder

A reminder that the Dons Trust Annual General Meeting will be held this Thursday, starting at 7.30pm, in the back bar here at Kingsmeadow. Papers for the meeting can be downloaded from the news section posted on Thursday 17 November (you may need to scroll down the page) here.


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Monday 28 November 2005
club news
Volunteer request: Interior Designer

AFC Wimbledon/the Dons Trust are looking for an interior designer with experience in the design of public amenities and specifically bars/public houses.

The club wishes to re-appraise the facility offered by the middle and back bars at Kingsmeadow and look at ways it could invest in improvements to the layout, interior finishes and facilities in order to make them more attractive and thus generate greater income for the club. It is hoped that this would engender an increase in turnover by creating a venue that supporters and the general public would want to visit seven days a week, not just on match days.

If you feel that you have something to offer in this exercise and would like to contribute to the continuing success at AFC Wimbledon, please contact Rob Crane, Secretary to the Stadium Working Group, by emailing swg@thedonstrust.org


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Sunday 27 November 2005
club news
Dartford replay date and arrangements

As Saturday?s FA Trophy game with Dartford ended in a draw the replay will take place at Kingsmeadow this Tuesday (29 November) with a 19:45 kick off. The game will be all pay on the night with no advance ticket sales. The main stand will be unallocated seating. Season tickets are not valid for this game.

Ticket prices will be as for normal league games, i.e.

Main Stand
Adults 11
Concessions 6
Under-16s 3

Terrace
Adults 9
Concessions 5
Under-16s 2


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Sunday 27 November 2005
club news
Get Dons' news on your mobile...free!

With some harsh weather leading to several games being called off over the past week, it's seems a good time to remind all Dons fans about the club's free SMS update service.

It's free to sign up, and means that you'll be the first to hear - via a text message sent to your mobile phone - in the event of a game being called off or re-arranged. You'll also receive details of other important news, such as away game travel arrangements and ticketing updates.

To subscribe to the service, simply email your name and mobile telephone details to info@afcwimbledon.co.uk. Alternatively, call the office between 10am-4pm on 020 8547 3528 and you will begin receiving the service immediately.


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Sunday 27 November 2005
first team news
Dons still in the hat?

Dave Anderson had mixed emotions following the FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round draw with Dartford. Dave said: ?Of course, I?m happy to still be in the cup, but I wasn?t happy with the performance. The way it was going, nil-nil was all it ever really looked like being. In the past we?ve drawn games and I?ve said we?d been unlucky, but I have to say that we were fortunate today. We were poor on the ball and struggling to pass it.?

But Dave didn?t shirk responsibility himself. He added: ?The players have got to take responsibility for their performance, but as a manager I have to be honest and admit that we didn?t get our system right. I?m going to change it around a bit for Tuesday.?

And Dave paid tribute to goalkeeper Andy Little who, having been a virtual spectator for most of the game, was called into action to make a couple of crucial saves in the dying minutes. Dave said: ?To be honest, Andy hasn?t had a lot to do but it?s great to know that he?s there when you need him. He?s totally unflappable.

?Andy nearly didn?t play the game because he pulled up with a sore knee in the warm-up. But that?s not why his kicking was so bad ? it always had been, we knew that when we signed him!?



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Sunday 27 November 2005
club news
Dave praises ?hero? Best

Following the Dartford game, Dave Anderson took a moment to pays his respects to his boyhood hero, the late George Best. Dave said: ?I grew up on a council estate in Belfast at a time when George was at the top of his game. I can tell you, every single boy in the yard playing football wanted to be one person, and that?s George. Those were dark times in Northern Ireland, and Best was a shining light for us. It feels a bit as if a lost relative has passed away.

?There?ll always be debates about what he should have done or shouldn?t have done, but for everyone back home this is a sad thing. I hope he rests in peace.?



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Saturday 26 November 2005
club news
Game on

We had a call from Dartford FC this morning to say that the pitch is fine for today's FA Trophy game and they are not expecting any problems.


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Friday 25 November 2005
first team news
Dave takes two

Dave Anderson has bolstered his squad with the addition of two new centre-backs ? Wesley Beckles and Nick Beasant.

Wimbledon fans may recognise the name Nick Beasant ? Nick?s father is former Wimbledon hero, and FA Cup winning captain, Dave Beasant, or ?Lurch? as he was commonly known among the Dons? faithful. Nick has signed from Ryman Premier League rivals Staines and is expected to link up with the squad in the week. Meanwhile, Wesley Beckles arrives on loan from Championship side Crystal Palace.

Dave said: ?We are planning ahead because we?ve got a few suspensions coming up and I thought we needed the cover - it looks as though we could well be without three centre-halves for the same game. We?ve got some big matches coming up and there was an FA Trophy deadline to consider as well, so we?ve had to act fast. These guys give us a bit of strength in depth and I know they?d be up to the task if required.?

But Dave also took the opportunity to sing the praises of a couple of former youth teamers who look to be on the verge of a first-team breakthrough - Jon Boswell made his bow for the senior side at the end of last season, while Jake Delaney has already featured in two squads this year. Dave said: ?We?re well aware of these guys and I?d like to think that they both have a very big future here. But we may have needed them to play in a big FA Trophy game and I don?t think that would really be fair on them just yet. I have no doubt we?ll be seeing a lot more of them down the line.?


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Friday 25 November 2005
club news
Dave looks forward to playing Darts

Dave Anderson has named a virtually unchanged squad for the FA Trophy clash with Dartford tomorrow.

Former youth team centre-back Jake Delaney has returned to the reserves to get some game-time under his belt, while Simon Sweeney remains on the long-term injury list with a damaged knee. Dwayne Plummer sat out training with a sore ankle, and will face a fitness test before the game. Michael Woolner resumed training this week but is suffering from a heavy cold that has set his return from a calf injury back a few days.

The full squad is: Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Antony Howard, Steve Butler, Dave Sargent, Wayne Finnie, Simon Sobihy, Wes Daly, Chris Gell, Barry Moore, Sonny Farr, Dwayne Plummer, Michael Harvey, Shane Smeltz, Richard Butler, Matt Fowler.

Dave said: ?There were several of us at Winter Wonderland last night and the lads went straight onto training. It?s a shame we had to rush off but I didn?t want them to miss a session, it?s a big week for us. I?d asked [Wealdstone manager] Gordon Bartlett if Urse could join us - I thought it would be nice for him to see the fans in Wimbledon and then train with us - but you can imagine the stick he was getting from the lads for turning out for another team!

?He was telling me that he can?t believe how different it is playing for another side in this league ? he said it?s so less intense than playing for Wimbledon, which is something I?ve noticed before. Teams really do seem to raise their game against us. It?s good that Rob can come back slowly and in that environment ? he?s still getting twinges and we have to be careful with him, but he seems to be doing well. Gordon tells me he had a great game at the weekend and that he?s going to get the video to watch their second goal again ? Rob took on about four defenders by all accounts! I told Gordon that?s just Rob ? he?ll do that wherever he is on the park!?

And, following on from the 5-0 midweek victory over Redbridge ? a game suspended for ten minutes due to fog on the pitch ? Dave took the chance to praise an AFCW stalwart, PA man Chris Philips.

He said: ?A big thank you to Chris from myself and all the staff and players here - I?ve no idea where he got that foghorn sound from, but it certainly had us cracking up in the dugout. We thought it was fantastic.?



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Thursday 24 November 2005
club news
Coach travel for Dartford

Don't forget the club are running a supporters coach for Saturday?s FA Trophy 3rd qualifying round game against Dartford, which is being played at Gravesend and Northfleet's home gound.

Please call the club on 020 8547 3528 during normal office hours to book by credit/debit card. You can also pay in cash or cheque at the office between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday.

Prices are 15 for adults and 8 for all concessions. The coach will leave Kingsmeadow at 11.30am.


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Thursday 24 November 2005
club news
Lets make Hendon a sell out

Wimbledon fans were out in force tonight as the Winter Wonderland took place in the town centre.

The switching on of the town's Christmas lights was the ideal chance to remind the community of their local team and it was an opportunity grabbed as volunteers distributed over 5000 leaflets on the night.

The leaflet included a voucher giving under-16s free admission to the Ryman Premier clash against Hendon on Saturday 10 December - a match the club are determined to fill the Kingsmeadow ground for.

To that end, you can collect your voucher at the home game with Leyton on Saturday 3 December or by contacting the club. In addition, why not bring along a friend, work colleague or neighbour to experience the AFC Wimbledon phenomenon? Spread the word and lets make Hendon a sell out.


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Wednesday 23 November 2005
dons trust news
The Dons Draw ? November 2005 results

With the absence of a home Saturday match in the last two weeks of November, the fifteenth Dons Draw took place before the match with Redbridge yesterday evening. This month, Tom Adam the Dons Trust Chair plucked the winning numbers whilst John Owen, the Dons Trust Treasurer, controlled the draw process.

As more supporters have joined the draw for the first time this month the jackpot climbed to a new record high of 780.

The winning ticket numbers and prizes for the November 2005 draw were as follows:

First prize of 780 - ticket 2428 ? Max Harding from Ashford, Kent
Second prize of 390 - ticket 2531 ? Mike Elliott, from Langley, Berkshire
Third prize of 130 - ticket 2343 ? Derek Kortlandt from Brentwood, Essex

Congratulations to all three prize winners.

The December draw will take place on 26 December 2005 prior to the boxing day game against Walton & Hersham. The prizes for that draw will be a first prize of 800, a second prize of 400 and a third prize of 150. There will also be a couple of additional seasonal prizes thrown in for good measure!

The deadline for entry to the December 2005 draw has been extended to Saturday 10th December 2005, so if you haven?t yet entered you still have plenty of time!

Why not pick up and complete a direct debit mandate form, at either of our next two home Saturday league fixtures (Leyton 3 December 2005 or Hendon 10 December 2005), from the Dons Trust table in the back bar at Kingsmeadow? Alternatively you can sign up to the Dons Draw here

Any questions you may have can be answered on match days at the Dons Trust table, or by contacting the Dons Draw team at donsdraw@thedonstrust.org or on 07990 554959.


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Wednesday 23 November 2005
club news
Players walking in a Winter Wonderland

An array of first-team stars will be in attendance at the Wimbledon Winter Wonderland tomorrow night.

Chris Gell, Matt Everard, Shane Smeltz, Richard Butler, Rob Ursell will be joining manager Dave Anderson and coach, Simon Bassey at the switching on of the town centre Christmas lights and fireworks display.

You can meet the players at the start of the event at 5pm outside the main entrance to Wimbledon train station.

The Winter Wonderland is held on Thursday 24th November between 5 and 8pm and features a Christmas parade which passes through the town centre at 5.45pm, followed by the switching on of the lights and fireworks at 6.30pm. In addition, there will be live music, cabaret acts, carol singing and, of course, Father Christmas.

This is the perfect opportunity to show the community just who their local team is, so it would be great to see a repeat of the fabulous support we gave it last year.

We are still looking for volunteers who can help distribute leaflets to promote the "kids go free for Hendon game". Please contact Damian Woodward e-mail at commercial@afcwimbledon.co.uk or on 07946 476509 if you are able to help.


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Tuesday 22 November 2005
first team news
They never saw us coming!

The Dons ran out convincing 5-0 winners against Redbridge, despite the game having to be abandoned for ten minutes in the second half due to fog on the pitch.

Wimbledon went in to the interval 2-0 up, but with fog descending onto the playing area. By the time the Dons had doubled that lead to four the officials took the decision to suspend play ? eventually restarting the game once the pitch had cleared ten minutes later. However, while Dave Anderson had been critical of the referee for the Chelmsford match, he had nothing but praise for tonight?s man in black. Dave said: ?I know we hammered the guy at the weekend, but these guys were very impressive. They did exactly the right thing in suspending play, and followed the rules to the letter.?

The Dons dominated the match and could have scored more, but Dave was happy with the evening?s work. He said: ?We won the game, we got three points and we did what we had to do after Saturday. At one-nil up you are always nervous, and even at 2-0 I thought we were trying to score the perfect goal. The third goal was important as it then put the result beyond doubt but, by then, my concern was the game being abandoned.?

In the event, the full 90 minutes were played and, with the result being a ?fog-gone? conclusion at 5-0, the Dons were able to entertain the crowd and rest several keys players ahead of the weekend?s FA Trophy clash with Dartford.

?In the end we were able to give Sarge and Sonny some game time and we rested Wes, who was still carrying a bit of a knock. I suppose the best part for the club is that everyone missed half the game, so the club shop can expect to sell lots of extra DVDs!?



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Tuesday 22 November 2005
club news
Party tickets on sale tonight

Tickets for the Junior Dons' Christmas party will be on sale at tonight's home game against Redbridge.

This year?s party takes place on Sunday December 11, between 1pm and 5pm, and will feature entertainers, party games, face painting, a buffet lunch, a very special Father Christmas and, of course, guest appearances from your favourite AFC Wimbledon players.

You will be able to book your child's place at the The Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow prior to kick-off tonight - just look out for the sign in the Back Bar.


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Tuesday 22 November 2005
first team news
Dave looking for Dons to 'start at the beginning'

An upbeat Dave Anderson has named a 17-man squad ahead of tonight's encounter with Redbridge, a game that he is hoping his players will use to bounce back from the disappointment of the Chelmsford result at the weekend. With Simon Sweeney ruled out, former youth team player Jake Delaney is called into the squad in his place. Wes Daly will have a fitness test on his injured ankle prior to the game, while Chris Gell should have recovered from his bout of flu.

The full squad is: Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Antony Howard, Steve Butler, Dave Sargent, Wayne Finnie, Jake Delaney, Simon Sobihy, Wes Daly, Chris Gell, Barry Moore, Sonny Farr, Dwayne Plummer, Michael Harvey, Shane Smeltz, Richard Butler, Matt Fowler.

Dave Anderson said: ?I?m looking for my players to perform like they did in the second half against Chelmsford, but for the whole game this time. Redbridge have a new manager - and there?s always a honeymoon period when that happens, with players trying to impress the new boss - but if we play like that from the start we should do okay. Actually, I?m almost tempted to start with ten men!?

With both Gell and Daly absent from the weekend game, and Simon Sweeney now ruled out with a damaged knee, Dave explained how the management assess the squad with no opportunity for a training session between the two matches. He said: ?Mike [Rayner] has a look at the players immediately after the game. For example, Shane had a slight knock on Saturday and was packed up in ice straight away. Mike treats the player and then speaks to them on the Sunday. By Monday he will let me know how everyone is doing and we?ll have a strong idea of who will, or won?t, be available.?

Meanwhile, the pitch at The Fans? Stadium ? Kingsmeadow is said to be holding up well, despite the adverse weather of the last few days. Club Secretary Trevor Williams said: ?We?ve had a look at the pitch this morning and it looks fine. We?re expecting a drop in temperature later on, but there?s certainly nothing wrong with it at the moment and I don?t expect any problems.?



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Tuesday 22 November 2005
club news
Helping hand at Wonderland

We are looking for volunteers to help distribute club leaflets at the Winter Wonderland festival in Wimbledon on Thursday evening. Please call Damian on 07946 476509 or e-mail him at commercial@afcwimbledon.co.uk if you are able to help.

We will be looking to meet outside Starbucks (opposite Elys) from 5pm. The WISA OGM is at the Wimbledon community centre at 7.30pm, so perhaps you could lend a hand before attending that and help spread the AFC Wimbledon word among our community.

All helping hands much appreciated!



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Tuesday 22 November 2005
club news
Lights, cameras and action!

Don't forget that the successful Wimbledon Town Centre Winter Wonderland will be held again on Thursday 24th November from 5-8pm.

The Christmas parade passes through the town centre at 5.45pm, followed by the switching on of the lights and fireworks at 6.30pm. Bring your camera along as there'll be live music and cabaret acts, Father Christmas, carol singing and, of course, a selection of your AFC Wimbledon heroes. It promises to be a veritable festival of fun.

This is another great opportunity to show the community just who their local team is, so it would be great to see a repeat of the fabulous support we gave it last year.

If anyone is able to volunteer to distribute leaflets on the night please contact Damian Woodward on e-mail at commercial@afcwimbledon.co.uk




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Sunday 20 November 2005
first team news
Dave lashes out at ?arrogant? referee

Dave Anderson has spoken out about the poor refereeing that overshadowed yesterday?s clash with Chelmsford, a game which the Dons ended with nine men.

Dave said: ?I?m going to break one of my own unwritten rules, and that?s to comment on the referee?s performance after we?ve lost a game. It's not sour grapes and I want to make it clear that I?m in no way having a dig at Chelmsford - I get on really well with Craig Edwards, and full credit to his side - but I have to say that the referee was shocking, not just in the game, but through the day.

?The biggest decision he made all day was to play the game at all ? the pitch was frozen in the far goalmouth. We asked the referee to have a look at it on four separate occasions and he just waved us away. Even the groundsman had said the surface wasn?t up to it. I thought the referee was being ignorant and arrogant. And then what happens? Simon slips on the pitch, in exactly the spot we?d pointed out, and is out for a minimum of two months! I feel sorry for Simon, and for the fans because they haven?t really seen him yet and he?s a great player."

With Steve Butler shown a straight red, and Antony Howard receiving his marching orders for two bookable offences, the Dons have now had five players sent off this season, compared to one all last year. But Dave felt that both Buts and Frankie were harshly treated. He said: ?Butler?s tackle was mistimed, but it was a yellow card, not a straight red. And Frankie had just been fouled by the player he then went on to foul for the second yellow. Both benches thought the ref was awarding us a free-kick?

Following a lacklustre first-half, Dave felt his troops rallied well in the second period. He added: ?We were a goal down and a man down. I told them to go out there and make the supporters proud of them, and I felt we deserved something from the game by the end of it. I had players on their hands and knees in the dressing room afterwards, they really had given their all.?



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Friday 18 November 2005
reserve team news
Reserve squad for Casuals

The reserves play hosts to Walton Casuals tomorrow in a Suburban league game and John Morris has named the following squad:

Danny Wheeler, Charlie Bunce, Tom Jelley, Craig Reilly, Freddie Myers, Jake Delaney, Jon Boswell, Ken During, Simon Bassey, Steve Tyson, Liam Hirrel, Joe Paris, Matt Farrell, Amo Kouman, Niall Connery, Mark King


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Friday 18 November 2005
first team news
Dave names squad for Chelmsford

With no fresh injury or suspension worries resulting from the Ramsgate double-header, and with Matt fowler returning from a three-game suspension and Simon Sweeney being available, Dave Anderson has named a 17-man squad for the Ryman Premier clash with Chelmsford.

The full squad is: Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Simon Sweeney, Antony Howard, Steve Butler, Dave Sargent, Wayne Finnie, Simon Sobihy, Wes Daly, Chris Gell, Barry Moore, Sonny Farr, Dwayne Plummer, Michael Harvey, Shane Smeltz, Richard Butler, Matt Fowler.

Robert Ursell has completed his loan move to Wealdstone while Sean Hiller has agreed terms on a season-long loan to North Greenford United. Following his spell in the first-team squad, Niall Connery has reverted to the reserve team squad to get some gametime under his belt. He is joined in the reserves by Amo Kouman, who has been passed fit to play despite experiencing some soreness on his knee following the previous week's reserve outing.

Dave said: "Chelmsford have got a bit of form going into this game, but we think we've been showing good form for a while now ourselves. I know [Chelmsford manager] Craig Edwards from a long time back, and his teams are never easy to play against, and I don't expect this to be any different. But we want to keep our run going, and pick up some crucial points."

Regarding Sean Hillier's move, Dave said: "We felt it was important for him to get gametime and continue his development, so he's gone back to his old side North Greenford until the end of the season. We'll keep monitoring him and, all being well, he'll be back with us for pre-season."

But Dave wanted to re-assure fans that Chris Gell won't be moving to Manchester united now that they are looking for a replacement for Roy Keane. Dave joked: "They offered me a swap deal but I had to turn it down. Not because Roy's a bad player, but because he's a Celtic fan and I can't have that in my squad!"


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Thursday 17 November 2005
dons trust news
AGM papers

Dons Trust members are reminded that the DT AGM will be taking place at Kingsmeadow on Thursday 1st December (7.30pm). Papers for the meeting have now been distributed by mail and e-mail to DT members. Copies of these papers can be downloaded below.

This year, the DT AGM will be held on the same evening as, and immediately prior to, the AFCW PLC AGM. We hope that the opportunity to attend both of these meetings at one sitting will encourage a sizeable attendance.

To download the covering letter as a PDF file click here (28kb)

To download the agenda as a PDF file click here (28kb)

To download the proposed resolutions as a PDF file click here (76kb)

To download the proxy form as a PDF file click here (8kb)

To download the notes of the SGM held on September 1 2005 as a PDF file click here (48kb)

To download the quarterly report as a PDF file click here (216kb)


To download the accounts for year ending June 30 2005 click here (100kb)

To download information about the outcome of the recent Dons Trust Board election click here (40kb)

Adobe Acrobat 4.0 or higher version is need to view these .pdf documents. Download the latest version here.

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Thursday 17 November 2005
first team news
Wizard 'can't wait to be back'

Robert Ursell has spoken about his loan move to Wealdstone, and declared, "I can't wait to be back."

Rob said: "I think the move is a good one. Several clubs were interested in me, but I wasn't so impressed with anyone else. I know Wealdstone play good football and have some good attackers. And I know Richard Jolly, who plays up front, and he is a good player. It's local too, so that's handy!"

But while Rob is happy with Wealdstone, the Dons remain his priority. He added: "Obviously, I'm concentrating on getting fit and playing for Wealdstone but, to be honest, already I can't wait to be back here at Wimbledon. I'm certainly not leaving, I love it here!"



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Thursday 17 November 2005
club news
Ursell departs to take on the Weald

Robert Ursell has gone to Ryman Premier League rivals Wealdstone on a one-month loan.

The loan is designed to get Rob gametime as the final stage of his rehabilitation, following a pre-season knee injury. As part of the agreement, Rob will not be cup-tied or play in any game against AFC Wimbledon during this period.

Dave Anderson said: "This is a move designed to fast-track Rob back to full fitness. He's going to be playing and he'll be able to get 4-6 games under his belt, playing at our level. He should come back with a bit of battle-hardiness.

"I think the reserves would have been fine if he had just had a couple of weeks out, or just after a long-term injury, but after that you need that bit more competitiveness."

The deal was struck between DA, JT and their old friend, Wealdstone manager Gordon Bartlett. Dave said: "I think it's a good move. Wealdstone is close to home for Rob, so he'll have no problem getting to training or games, and it's just far away enough from us to keep him out of the spotlight. We all love him around here, but I think it's important that he completes his rehab out of the spotlight."

But Dave says that he wants to reassure fans that Rob remains integral to his plans. He said: "I just want to let everyone know that this isn't a move to push Rob out or anything. As far as we're all concerned, we're very much looking forward to having a fit Rob Ursell back here at Wimbledon as soon as possible."

Meanwhile, Amo Kouman is set to have a scan on his troublesome knee. Amo recently returned to the reserves following a long-term lay-off. Despite playing two games, and scoring four goals, he is still feeling pain after games. Dave added: "We're hoping that it's nothing and that he's declared fit. But he's someone else who has been out for a long period, so we may look into getting Amo a few games out on loan as well."


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Thursday 17 November 2005
first team news
Coach to Chelmsford

AFC Wimbledon will be running an official supporters' coach to Chelmsford for this Saturday's game.

The coach leaves The Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow at 11.30am. Adults cost 15, with concessions charged 8.

Payment must be made in advance, either in person at the club office (open 10am-4pm) or by telephoning the office on 020 8547 3528.


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Wednesday 16 November 2005
club news
Walking in a Winter Wonderland

The very successful Wimbledon Town Centre Winter Wonderland will be held again on Thursday 24th November from 5-8pm.

The Christmas parade passes through the town centre at 5.45pm, followed by the switching on of the lights and fireworks at 6.30pm. With live music and cabaret acts, Father Christmas, carol singing and of course a selection of your AFC Wimbledon heroes, it promises to be a festival of fun.

This is another great opportunity to show the community just who their local team is, so it would be great to see a repeat of the fabulous support we gave it last year.

If anyone is able to volunteer to distribute leaflets on the night please contact Damian Woodward on e-mail at commercial@afcwimbledon.co.uk

For more info on the event please visit here


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Tuesday 15 November 2005
first team news
Dons go through

Dave Anderson was a happy man as the Dons reached the FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round - dispatching Ramsgate 2-1 thanks to goals from Richard Butler and Shane Smeltz, despite Sohiby's late dismissal for two yellow cards.

Dave said: "Football is all about fitness, tactics and organisation, but if you don't have heart and spirit you are nothing. Tonight I think we proved we have both heart and spirit. We did everything the hard way, but we got the result."

The only blot on the Dons copybook was conceding a goal virtually direct from the re-start, having just taken the lead. Dave said: "That's something we haven't done for a while - I think it's been seven weeks or so. I hope it's another seven years before it happens again!"

Robert Ursell appeared on the bench, but did not make his scheduled late appearance. Dave said: "At 2-1 up and with ten men, I didn't think it would be fair to bring him on at the end. By then, it was a case of rolling our sleeves up and playing the game out."


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Tuesday 15 November 2005
club news
Seats for FA Trophy replay

Seats for tonight's FA Trophy replay will be sold on an unallocated basis, with the exception of the Press Box and Directors' Box. Seats will go on sale at about 6.45 pm and will be sold from turnstile 3, at the Kingston Road end, and from the kiosk in the main entrance.

Seat prices are the same as for league games, i.e. 11 for adults, 6 for concessions and 3 for under-16s.

Terrace tickets are 9 for adults, 5 for concessions and 2 for under-16s.

Season tickets are not valid for this game.


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Monday 14 November 2005
club news
Dartford await winners

The winners of tomorrow night's replay have been drawn away at Dartford in the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy. The tie will be played on 26 November.


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Monday 14 November 2005
first team news
The wizard returns

Dave Anderson has named comeback kid Robert Ursell in his 18-man squad to face Ramsgate in the FA Trophy second qualifying round replay tomorrow night. This is the first time Rob has been included in a first-team squad this season following injury, and comes on the back of a successful return for the reserves at the weekend, in which he played 60 minutes with no reaction.

The full squad is: Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Antony Howard, Steve Butler, Dave Sargent, Wayne Finnie, Simon Sobihy, Sean Hillier, Wes Daly, Chris Gell, Barry Moore, Sonny Farr, Dwayne Plummer, Michael Harvey, Shane Smeltz, Richard Butler, Niall Connery, Robert Ursell.

Dave said: ?Rob?s in the squad as he?s been working hard and had a long time out, and we know the supporters miss him. We?re confident that he?s good for 20-30 minutes if required. And, if you?re looking for someone to come on and change a game with 15 minutes or so to go, I don?t think there?s anyone in this league that you would rather have.

?However, the fans have to understand that he?s nowhere near 100% yet. We might be looking to get Rob out on loan for a month to get him some game time, and the same goes for Amo, who has also been out for a while now."

And Dave is looking forward to another tough battle with the Rams, following the 1-1 draw at the weekend. He said: ?We always knew that it would be a hard game ? they are a big side, and well organised and they play to their strengths. But I thought we showed that we can play different ways, and I thought we handled them well.

?We?ve done half the job in getting them back to our place, where I hope a better playing surface will allow us to move the ball around more quickly. If we can compete as we did on Saturday, I?m hopeful we can finish the job. Saturday wasn?t pretty, and I don?t expect tomorrow to be that pretty either, but getting our name in the hat is the main thing here.?

With games coming thick and fast, several players have been carrying slight knocks. But Dave isn?t complaining. He said: ?I?d rather have this extra game than have been beaten. If it means staying in all the cups we can, keep them coming!?



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Sunday 13 November 2005
club news
Party time reminder

Time is running out so don't forgot to book your tickets for the Junior Dons Christmas Party.

Once again, AFC Wimbledon will be hosting its very own Christmas party at The Fans? Stadium - Kingsmeadow?and everyone is welcome. This year?s party takes place on Sunday December 11, between 1pm and 5pm, and will feature entertainers, party games, face painting, a buffet lunch, a very special Father Christmas and, of course, guest appearances from your favourite AFC Wimbledon players. Well, you try keeping them away!

To come along, you must be under 11 years of age on December 11, 2005. Children under five should be accompanied by an adult. Tickets cost just 8 but the closing date to apply for your tickets is Saturday December 3, 2005. So, what are you waiting for?

If you have any queries, or to book, please contact event organiser Nina Smith on 020 8355 0746 or by e-mail at nina.smith@thedonstrust.org

Alternatively, fill out the application form in the recent Maldon Town or upcoming Redbridge matchday programmes, and return with payment to Junior Dons Christmas Party, c/o 81 Coteford Street, London, SW17 8NX or visit the Dons Trust table in the back bar between 1.00 and 2.30 on prior to Saturday home fixtures. Cheques should be made payable to The Dons Trust.


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Saturday 12 November 2005
first team news
Replay date confirmed

As today?s game ended in a draw we can confirm that the replay will take place at Kingsmeadow this Tuesday (15 November) with a 19:45 kick off. The game will be all pay on the night with no advance ticket sales. The main stand will be unallocated seating.

With this game being arranged at short notice we ask that people arrive as early as possible on the night (gates will open at 18:45) and as we obviously want to get as many people to the game as possible we would ask you to let Wimbledon fans or anyone else who may be interested know that the game is on.


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Friday 11 November 2005
reserve team news
Rob's return

Rob Ursell returns to action when he turns out for the reserves in their suburban league fixture at Chipstead tomorrow afternoon. The reserves hope to extend their winning run to 7 games and John Morris, who has a couple of injury doubts, has named the following squad:

Danny Wheeler, Jon Boswell, Ken During, Simon Bassey, Jake Delaney, Charlie Bunce, Tom Jelley, Craig Reilly, Liam Hirrel, Steve Tyson, Noel Frankum, Rob Ursell, Amadou Kouman, Mark King


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Friday 11 November 2005
club news
Ready to face the Rams

Dave Anderson has named a 17-man squad for tomorrow's FA Trophy clash away to Ramsgate. With Matt Fowler suspended and Simon Sweeney cup-tied, the squad is:

Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Antony Howard, Steve Butler, Dave Sargent, Wayne Finnie, Simon Sobihy, Sean Hillier, Wes Daly, Chris Gell, Barry Moore, Sonny Farr, Dwayne Plummer, Michael Harvey, Shane Smeltz, Richard Butler, Niall Connery.

Antony Howard faces a fitness test but Dave is hopeful he will make it.

"I am genuinely excited by the way the squad is shaping up now. We have staff meetings where we discuss the line-up and formations and, though I get final say, these can often be quite lively and even heated at times. I can't imagine how they will be now. Realistically everyone of our squad can not only get a place in the team but also stay in. It is never just about the 11 who start and that the way it has to be if we are to be successful."

Dave also paid tribute to Niall Connery.

"Niall has done well in the youth team and carried that form into the reserves and fully deserves his place in the squad. Ramsgate will be tough, we have watched them and I personally have been to see them and they are doing very well this year. It will be a very very difficult game."


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Friday 11 November 2005
club news
Mobile phone and other recycling

Thanks for donating your mobile phones. We have just sent off over fifty phones and have another batch waiting to go. Understandably we get more money for working phones and in order to allow quick and speedy checking, we would be grateful for donations of chargers and batteries ? for all makes and models please.

Don?t forget we also recycle printer cartridges (big and small), old and foreign currency and loose change.

Our target for recycling is 10,000 this season ? so every little helps. So far, we have raised almost 2,000 in foreign currency and loose change alone. The recycling team can be found in the back bar or near the club shop on matchdays.


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Thursday 10 November 2005
club news
Radio quiz

Be part of the audience of a new radio quiz presented by former Dons hero Carl Leaburn.

The new show, transmitted by Redstone FM in the new year, will form part of a four show run to be recorded later this month. Presented by Carl Leaburn, the show will test contestant's knowledge on football, health and fitness.

Carl Leaburn explains.

"We want to make a show that deals with the serious subject of fitness and healthy eating but delivered in an entertaining way."

Teams of two people will be made up of past and present footballers, including some former Wimbledon FC stars. One programme will feature a team from AFC Wimbledon against one from Merstham FC.

Recordings will take place at Kingsmeadow on Wednesday 23 and Wednesday 30 November. Two programmes will be recorded on each evening. Doors open at 7pm with the first show starting at 7.30pm. Places are limited so to be sure of a seat, please e-mail us with your name, recording date and number of places required. There is no charge but you are welcome to contribute to AFC Wimbledon's stadium fund via the bar.

Further details from Des Shepherd on 01737 768935 (10am-4pm weekdays) or mail quiz@redstone.fm to register.


Details of contestants will be posted here once formally confirmed - watch this space.


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Thursday 10 November 2005
club news
Westview League Cup draw

The next round of the Westview League Cup has been drawn and sees the Dons play host to Dave Anderson's former side, Hendon.

The date of the game is still to be confirmed, but we expect the tie to be played on December 20. Watch this space for further information.




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Wednesday 09 November 2005
dons trust news
Golden Goals ? Fifty thousand pounds and still counting

Sales of Golden Goal tickets at the Maldon Town game took the total amount raised for the Dons Trust Stadium Fund to over 50,000 since sales started in August 2002.

Over 12,000 has been paid out in prize money, some of which has been donated to the Stadium Fund to help make up the fifty thousand pound total. Some takings have been shared with other clubs where their home game was played at Kingsmeadow. In all, this means that over 62,000 tickets have been sold since August 2002.

It didn?t take long for the competition to take off and for many supporters, golden goals have become part and parcel of home games. These days all tickets are usually sold ten or 15 minutes before kick-off.

Winners include the Matchday Secretary, a former Dons player (Ron Wootton) and a youngster who tore his ticket in half when Andy Sullivan was substituted but managed to put the two pieces together when the opposition number 11 scored in the minute on his ticket. Several people have won more than once and the record number of wins by one person is three first prizes and two second prizes (the person concerned has donated a lot of his winnings to the Stadium Fund).

The last prize winning goal was scored by Shane Smeltz, against Maldon Town. He came on as a substitute, so the winning ticket on this occasion goes to the holder of the ticket for a goal scored by a substitute or an own goal in any minute of the game. Not a bad ticket to have. There is also a ticket with a 0-0 and 1-0 score line, which wins 100 or 25 pounds when an AFC Wimbledon home game ends goalless or 1-0 to either team. This ticket has paid out a lot of winnings over the last three and a bit years.

Win or lose, Golden Goals aim to add some enjoyment to home games, while raising money to help buy and develop the Fans? Stadium at Kingsmeadow.


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Tuesday 08 November 2005
first team news
Dons complete Staines removal

AFC Wimbledon beat Ryman Premier rivals Staines 2-0 to progress through to the next round of the Westview League Cup.

Dave Anderson was justifiably proud of his side. He said: "We're very pleased with the whole team; everyone played a part. We made a few changes but it shows you just what our squad is like nowadays. I thought Speedo was excellent, Sweeney showed the fans what he's all about in his first game, Smeltzy seems to be hitting a bit of form, Josh Lennie made a great save towards the end...I could go on."

With Chris Gell injured early on, Steve Butler moved into an advanced midfield role for much of the tie. Anderson added: "We weren't too worried about Gelly, as soon as we found out it was his head! Seriously, he's had some glue put on his cut to seal it, but he doesn't need stiches and should be okay for Saturday. Gelly started the game brightly but I think it must have been Butsy's pace in midfield that really changed the game! People might not realise this but Steve spent much of his early career in midfield - it was only when we took him to Hendon that we made him a centre-half, so we knew he'd be comfortable in there."

As to the question on everybody's lips: did Sonny actually mean to shoot for the second goal? Dave said: "I'm saying it was a cross. Sonny reckons it was a shot and that he meant it, but I'm not having any of it!"


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Tuesday 08 November 2005
club news
Quiz night at Kingsmeadow, Wednesday 9 November

On Wednesday, 9 November, it is quiz night again at Kingsmeadow. The quiz begins at 8.15pm and entry is 1 per person. It is advisable to arrive early to make sure you get your favourite table. Teams can be made up of any number of people, although six to eight members is recommended.

This month's quiz will feature the usual mix of pictures, music, general knowledge and the chance to win the jackpot in the final round.


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Tuesday 08 November 2005
first team news
Dave?s squad up for the cup

Dave Anderson has named a 17-man squad for the League Cup clash away to Staines Town. With Matt Fowler suspended, and Simon Sweeney making his first appearance since signing from Chesham at the weekend, the squad is: Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Simon Sweeney, Antony Howard, Steve Butler, Dave Sargent, Wayne Finnie, Simon Sobihy, Sean Hillier, Wes Daly, Chris Gell, Barry Moore, Sonny Farr, Dwayne Plummer, Michael Harvey, Shane Smeltz, Richard Butler.

Dave said: ?I haven?t really changed the squad from the weekend. We want to win as many games as possible, and this is the League Cup so of course tonight?s is a game we are taking very seriously.

?There?ll be a couple of changes to the side that played Maldon on Saturday but I don?t think you could say there are any soft touches in the squad now ? so whoever comes in should be more than up to the job.?

The Staines match is the first of two cup games within one week, and Dave added: ?We?ve also got a big game against Ramsgate in the Trophy at the weekend to bear in mind and a couple of the lads have been carrying knocks, so I won?t risk them. But it?s a good opportunity to give a couple of the other lads a bit of gametime.



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Monday 07 November 2005
first team news
Dates for your diary

A couple of forthcoming AFC Wimbledon first team cup-ties have been confirmed.

The Dons travel to Wingate and Finchley in the London Senior Cup on Tuesday December 6. AFC Wimbledon will then host old foes Ash Utd in the Surrey Senior Cup on Tuesday December 13.

Ticket prices and further details will appear here as they are confirmed.



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Monday 07 November 2005
club news
Live cup coverage on the radio

Tomorrow's Westview League Cup tie away at Staines Town is to be broadcast live on County Sound radio.

The popular Guildford-based radio station has cleared its schedule to bring, fans unable to travel to Staines, full live commentary and analysis.

The third round match kicks off at 7.45 pm and will be broadcast live on the radio from 8pm, though you can catch the early action from 7.40pm, online here

County Sound broadcasts on 1566 MW or at NTL 91.5FM.


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Monday 07 November 2005
dons trust news
Lend a hand to the fundraising working group

The Fundraising Working Group holds their next meeting on Thursday 10 November at 7.30 in the back bar at The Fans Stadium - Kingmeadow.

A number of fundraising events are in the planning stage including a Silent Auction which is scheduled to take place at a home game next month. The group are currently looking for people to assist in marketing the various events planned and any offers of help will be gratefully received.

If you are interested in helping the fundraising team to raise money to reduce the stadium debt, please come along this Thursday or contact Geraldine Messenbird by email at geraldine.messenbird@thedonstrust.org


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Saturday 05 November 2005
first team news
Sweeney signs on

AFC Wimbledon have announced the signing of Simon Sweeney from Southern Premier side, Chesham United.

The right wing-back has been at Chesham for the past three years and was a long-term target of the Dons as Assistant Manager, Jon Turner explains.

"We have been after him a long time - He must be 42 now! He'll probably make his debut on Tuesday and should give us something extra. He is very quick, very verstaile and never beaten - no-one ever goes past him."

Simon is relishing the chance to play for the Dons.

"Dave calls me up every season and I think he is relieved that I have finally come here. I have been at Chesham a while now and the opportunity has always come at difficult times. I normally play in front of 400 people, so it is a bit daunting but I am looking forward to it. The place was buzzing today."


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Saturday 05 November 2005
first team news
'It's all about the goals', says JT

With Dave Anderson busy celebrating his side's 3-0 victory over Maldon Town with the Unofficial Northern Ireland Supporters Club, it was left to Assistant Manager Jon Turner to comment on the game. He said: "I thought that was a good result - when you play teams who are low on confidence it's all about getting a few goals, and that's exactly what we did. At 1-0 of course you are slightly anxious, but I don't think Andy [Little] really had a save to make today."

And there was special praise for Chis Gell, making a triumphant return to the Dons. JT added: "Gelly is the type of player we have been missing. Look at his tackling, and his sheer endeavour. I think everyone agrees he was fantastic today.

"And what can you say about Richard Butler? He never ceases to amaze. His finishing has improved so much, since last Christmas even. I'd say now that the whole squad is improving and it's possibly the best squad we've ever been in charge of."


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Friday 04 November 2005
reserve team news
Reserves squad for Horley Town

The reserves visit Horley Town, newcomers to the Suburban League, on Saturday and John Morris has named the following squad:

Danny Wheeler, Tom Jelley, Ken During, Jake Delaney, Charlie Bunce, Freddie Myers, Liam Hirrel, Joe Paris, Steve Tyson, Amadou Kouman, Mark King, Niall Connery, Simon Bassey, Noel Frankum


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Friday 04 November 2005
club news
Dave names squad for Townies

Dave Anderson has named a 17-man squad for the visit of Maldon Town. The squad is: Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Antony Howard, Steve Butler, Dave Sargent, Wayne Finnie, Simon Sobihy, Sean Hillier, Wes Daly, Chris Gell, Barry Moore, Sonny Farr, Dwayne Plummer, Michael Harvey, Matt Fowler, Shane Smeltz, Richard Butler.

Chris Gell makes his first appearance in the squad since his midweek re-signing from Northwood, while one absentee from the squad that travelled to Windsor last week is Matt York, who today re-signed for former club Carshalton Athletic. If a replacement goalkeeper can be drafted in ahead of time, Josh Lennie may drop out of the squad and play for the reserves, with a view to getting 90 minutes gametime ahead of the League Cup game on Tuesday.

Dave Anderson said: ?I?ve spoken about a couple of new signings coming in recently and Chris Gell is hopefully the first of a couple. We?re currently in talks with two other players and I hope there will be an outcome, one way or the other, by the end of the weekend.?

More good news comes in the form of those returning from injury. Dave added: ?Amo Kouman is itching to return and will play for the reserves tomorrow, while Rob Ursell should play for the reserves next Saturday?I expect a sell out crowd for that one!?



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Friday 04 November 2005
first team news
Yorkie bids farewell

Matt York has parted company with AFC Wimbledon to re-join his former club, Conference South side Carshalton Athletic.

Dave Anderson said: ?Carshalton made an enquiry about Yorkie last week, about the same time as I was talking to Northwood about bringing Chris Gell in. Matt spoke to them last night and we?ve made the decision to let him go today.

?Matt?s a smashing lad and we?re sorry to see him leave, but we just felt it was the right thing to do. I feel that the one thing we?ve been lacking from our midfielders is the Chris Gell type. But when we bring one senior player in, one has to go to balance the budgets, so the timing was just right. Football is a tough business, and this was a tough decision to make. I?ve got a lot of time for Matt and I?d like to wish him all the best.?

Matt himself says he has fond memories of his spell at AFC Wimbledon. He said: ?I didn?t feel as though I was playing at my best, and I'd hoped that I?d have more to offer, but I?ve been released and it?s one of those things. But I made a few good mates and I enjoyed my time at AFC Wimbledon ? I?ll always have fond memories of my time there.?



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Friday 04 November 2005
dons trust news
DT Board confirm transfer

The AFC Wimbledon Youth Development Programme (YDP, formerly known as the AFC Wimbledon Youth Academy) has been in operation since the summer of 2003, when six teams at 3 age groups were set up, playing in the West Surrey Youth League and the Guildford, Shere & District League.

The YDP was set up as an elite provision, with the intention of developing the best players to provide an intake for the men?s senior teams ? the reserves and the first team.

The club now boasts 17 boys? teams, from under-8s to under-16s, as well as an under-19s side playing in the Football Conference Youth League. The under-16s, new this season, will be the first to be encouraged to apply for the new YDP course at NESCOT, Epsom's College of Further and Higher Education.

Funding for the boy?s teams has to date been provided largely by The Dons Trust. A DT board member, Nigel Higgs, has been responsible for this area as part of his DT board responsibilities.

As the YDP is intended to produce the best players in the area to feed the AFC Wimbledon senior teams, the Dons Trust Board has decided that responsibility and costs should be the concern of AFCW PLC. The Dons Trust will continue to provide some finance for the YDP but the majority of funding will come from within AFCW PLC.

The boards of The Dons Trust and AFCW PLC believe that Nigel Higgs should continue to perform his leading role in this area. Given that this function will report to the AFCW PLC Chief Executive the Dons Trust board unanimously decided that Nigel Higgs should be appointed to the AFC Wimbledon Ltd board as Director of Youth and Community Football with immediate effect. The directors of AFC Wimbledon Ltd were able to confirm this appointment on Wednesday 2 November at a board meeting.

Nigel will have board level responsibility within AFC Wimbledon for the Community Football Scheme and the YDP, covering all teams from under-8s to under-19s and including the NESCOT programme. He remains a member of the Dons Trust board as elected by the membership and will continue to attend DT board meetings.

AFC Wimbledon Chairman Kris Stewart commented:

?Youth & Community Football is something which is dear to all our hearts and vital to the future of our club. Nigel has shown over the last three years that he is the man to make things happen in this area and I am delighted to have him on the AFC Wimbledon board.?



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Thursday 03 November 2005
club news
Incident following the game against Hampton & Richmond

Following the incident at the end of our game against Hampton and Richmond we appealed for witnesses. Many thanks to the significant number of fans who contacted us to describe what they saw. As a result of this feedback, we have banned a supporter from the ground for the rest of this season.

In addition, thanks to help from Hampton & Richmond officials, we have identified two other individuals who have been warned about their future conduct.

Following this incident we have reviewed our policy regarding spectator behaviour at Kingsmeadow. In future, any spectator who is ejected from the ground will be given an automatic ban from the ground, which will last at least three games. Any spectator who is formally warned by stewards or the police about their behaviour will be regarded as having been given a ?yellow card?. Anyone who receives two yellow cards will be treated as if they have been ejected from the stadium and will subject to the same automatic ban. This policy applies with immediate effect.

Should there be an incident at any future away game involving Wimbledon supporters, we will continue our policy of investigating and taking appropriate action.


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Thursday 03 November 2005
first team news
Gell will tear them apart?again!

Dave Anderson has re-signed fans? favourite Chris Gell. Combative midfielder Gell was one of the first names on DA?s team sheet last term, before leaving in the summer for a spell at his former club, Southern Premier side Northwood.

Dave said: ?I think people realise that I didn?t want him to leave in the summer, but he had a few personal problems at the time with a new job and other things. We had a few differences of opinion about it at the time but we?ve spoken and sorted everything out.

?I don?t think there was ever any doubt that he loves the place and didn?t really want to leave, and we?re delighted to have him back. He?ll be down to training tonight and go straight into the squad for Saturday. I have to mention Colin Payne and Northwood, who have been very fair in their dealings with Chris and us ? I think they?ve acted in his best interests when they could have refused to let him leave before the weekend.?

Chris was equally excited about the move. He said: ?I can?t wait to be back. I always loved it at Wimbledon and I?ve really regretted leaving. Unfortunately, a few things came up, such as me starting a new job, and I didn?t really have a choice at the time. But I?ve spoken to Dave and everything is okay now.

?Now I?m really keen to meet the fans again. The fans were always really good to me, and I hope they will take to me again. While I?ve been away I?ve kept in touch with people like Rob Ursell and he?s been keeping me up-to-date. I have to say that I think the squad looks great; really strong at the moment. I just can?t wait to get out there.

?And I can assure everyone that I?m back here for good this time.?


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Wednesday 02 November 2005
club news
Dave happy to keep Bass man

Dave Anderson has praised AFC Wimbledon stalwart Simon Bassey after the player-coach rejected a series of managerial offers to remain at the Dons.

Dave said: ?Simon has been approached a couple of times in the last month to become first team coach at a Ryman Division One club, and he?s rejected them on each occasion. I?m personally very happy about that ? he?s certainly very highly respected here among the players and management staff.

?It was me who originally encouraged him to swap the playing side of things for coaching here, and he hasn?t let me down in any way. I don?t think it would have been the right time for him to move and I?m certainly glad he?s decided to stay.?

And Dave also predicts a good future for Bassey the coach. He added: ?I can see a great future for Bass in the coaching, or even management, side of things ? and I for one hope he has a very long career here with us.?



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Wednesday 02 November 2005
club news
Let's raise the roof

Watch Saturday's match from the Tempest End and win the chance to be part of AFC Wimbledon history.

The Tempest End is officially opened this weekend before the game with Maldon Town. AFC Wimbledon president, Dickie Guy and Tempest Sports Managing Director, Alp Orge will oversee the grand ceremony and you too could be a part of it.

By taking your place on the Tempest End before 2.45pm, you will be entered into the draw and if your ticket is the one drawn on the pitch before the game, you will be invited to join Dickie and Alp to declare the new stand open.

And if that wasn't enough, you will also receive a whole bunch of Tempest goodies as well as be the general envy of all your friends and family. To stand a chance of winning you must be standing on the Tempest End when the draw is made otherwise the prize will be drawn again if the lucky ticket holder is not present.

The official opening ceremony gets underway at 2.45 and can only help inspire Dave's boys to score a few on Saturday in front of that end to really raise the roof.


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Tuesday 01 November 2005
first team news
Urse sees light at the end of the tunnel

Crowd favourite Rob Ursell's rehabilitation looks to be finally reaching its conclusion, with game time being only a matter of weeks away following a couple of minor setbacks.

Rob said: "As long as there's no setback between now and then, I hope to be able to train next week. After that, I'll be looking to play for the reserves as soon as Mike [Rayner] allows me. We haven't set a date, but I'm hoping it won't be too long now."

Following a knee injury in pre-season, Rob has yet to feature for the first team so far this term, and Dave Anderson has said that his comeback will be, "like signing a new player."


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