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Saturday 29 November 2008
first team news
Dons held by Hampton & Richmond

The Dons were held to a one all draw by local rivals Hampton & Richmond in a game that only came to life in the second half.

The first half was a disappointing display for the crowd of over 3,300 as each side cancelled each other out and chances were few and far between. The only incident of note was an injury to the visitors’ left back, Craig Tanner, which saw him leave the field on a stretcher after he and Jake Leberl had contested a ball on the half way line.

The second half saw the Dons come out in a more determined fashion and within 10 minutes they had taken the lead. Credit goes to the Referee who played an advantage as the ball was moved across midfield to Sam Hatton. Quickly controlling the ball, he unleashed a shot from 30 yards that arrowed into the top corner of the net beyond the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Matt Lovett.

For ten minutes it looked as though the Dons would increase the lead, but out of the blue a through ball saw Ben Wright reach the ball just before Andy Little, who had raced out of the penalty area, and the Referee deemed Little to have brought the attacker down. Wright delivered a teasing free kick to the far post which saw Dean Wells get his head to the ball first, to beat Little at the far post.

Both sides made use of their benches but neither was able to break the deadlock. Afterwards, Terry Brown thought that in view of the performance, it was a point gained rather than two lost.

“I didn’t think we did enough to win and credit must go to Hampton & Richmond, who I thought created the better chances. In the first half we just didn’t get going, and for long periods it was a war of attrition.

“In the second half we got into our stride and for the ten minutes either side of Sam Hatton’s goal, I thought we played our best football of the game. I was very disappointed to have conceded the equaliser, which was very similar to the two goals we had let in against Welling. We now have a massive game on Tuesday against Eastleigh, who are in excellent form having beaten Havant & Waterlooville today”.






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Saturday 29 November 2008
club news
Club shop opening dates for Christmas 2008

In the run up to Christmas, the club shop will be opening as usual before home games and after Saturday afternoon games. So, in the run up to Christmas, it will be open for the following dates and times:

Tuesday 2 December 6.00 pm - 7.30 pm Home v Eastleigh

Tuesday 9 December 6.00 pm - 7.30 pm Home v Tooting & Mitcham United

Sunday 14 December 12.00 noon - 4.00 pm Childrens' Christmas Party

Tuesday 16 December 6.00 pm - 7.30 pm possible replay Home v Uxbridge - provisional

Thursday 18 December 6.00 pm - 9.00 pm Late night shopping

Saturday 20 December 12.30 pm - 2.45 pm and 4.55 pm - 5.30 pm Home v Newport County

Sunday 21 December 11.00 am - 4.00 pm Christmas Shopping

Tuesday 23 December 6.00 pm - 9.00 pm Late night shopping


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Saturday 29 November 2008
club news
Don't forget - under 16s go free on the terraces today

To celebrate our success in the FA Cup we are re-introducing, for today's critical league game against Hampton & Richmond, free access to the terraces for under 16s.

You don't need a voucher - all you need to do is turn up on the day. Please note that under 12s must be accompanied by an adult.


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Saturday 29 November 2008
dons trust news
Silent auction, launch of i-DON Media and recycling

Email bids closed for the silent auction last night. So, if you want to bid for any of the items (see silent auction for the list), you will need to turn up between 12.30 and 2.30 pm and write down your bid.

Please remember to bring cash, cheque book (with card) and/or credit card.

Also, today sees the launch of i-DON Media, a stall (located in the foyer behind the back bar) where you can purchase CDs, DVDs and computer games that have previously been part of a fellow Womble's media collection at bargain prices.

If you would like to donate CDs, DVDs or computer games, bring them along to the game and deposit them either at the i-DON Media stall or at the recycling point.

And remember that we will be collecting loose change, printer cartridges, foreign currency, mobile phones as usual.


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Friday 28 November 2008
club news
Arrangements for the Hampton & Richmond game

There are lots of things happening before and after the game at Kingsmeadow tomorrow, so do take this chance to catch up with the order of events before you come down to the ground.

Food and drink in the bars

There will be a barbecue outside the ground from about 12.30 pm selling, among other things, a beef stew. The usual burger bar food will also be available in the back bar from 12.30 pm. If the weather prevents the barbecue from being set up, the stew will be available in the back bar.

Both bars will open at noon. After the game, the back bar will be open until 5.30 pm, when it will close to allow staff to clean the room before an evening function. However, fans can transfer into the main bar, which will stay open until 6.15 pm, after which fans can move on into the President's Lounge if they want to stay on a while longer.

Food inside the ground

The Tempest End tea bar and the new tea bar at the Kingston Road end, behind the Paul Strank stand, will open when the gates open. There will also be a fully operative burger bar at the Kingston Road end, situated just outside the ground behind the John Smith stand.

We regret that 'the tea pot', in the corner of the Tempest End and John Smith stands, will not be open following the discovery of an electrical fault earlier today.

The club shop

As usual, the club shop will open at 12.30 pm, allowing early purchase of Christmas presents. Among the items on sale will be a limited number of copies of Football Manager 2009, for sale at the very reasonable price of £20.

The shop will also open shortly after the game until about 5.15pm.

Ground opening, segregation and sale of seat tickets

The turnstiles will open once safety checks are completed, which will be at about 2.00 pm. Hampton fans will be asked to buy their tickets at the Kingston Road turnstiles, go out again and then enter via the gates at the corner of the John Smith stand and the Kingston Road end.

There will be segregation, with Hampton fans asked to congregate in the northern end of the John Smith stand.

We are performing our final checks of seat ticket applications this evening. If there are any seats remaining after that work, they will put on sale from the kiosk in the lobby from about 2.00 pm - whether or not we do this will also depend on how many returned season ticket vouchers arrive overnight.

Half-season tickets

Applications for half-season tickets can be left, or application forms collected, at the complimentary tickets window before and after the game.

Coach tickets for Team Bath

Coach tickets can be booked at the complimentary tickets window for the away game at Team Bath on 6 December. As always, the cost is a flat rate of £10. The coach will leave the Woodman at 10.30 am and Kingsmeadow at 11.00 am.


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Friday 28 November 2008
first team news
Terry on Hampton & Richmond Borough

AFC Wimbledon go into their critical league game against Hampton & Richmond tomorrow anxious to reverse the history of recent results between the teams. In the four meetings to date, the Dons have come out on the losing side every time and scored only one Wes Daly goal to Hampton's nine.

Worse, Wimbledon seem to lose their discipline whenever they play Hampton, with a sending off in three of the games, and four yellow cards, to Hampton's none, in the other game.

This season things will be a little bit different in at least one respect as Elliott Godfrey is unlikely to score against the Dons, as he did in both of the games between the teams three years ago.

Competition between the teams was suspended last season after Hampton were promoted to the Blue Square South. It resumes tomorrow and the teams could hardly be closer, with the Dons in fourth place, one point behind Hampton.

While the Beavers have fallen at the first hurdle in both senior cup competitions, their league season is much more successful. They started solidly but then fell away with only two points from twelve in late August and early September. They recovered and were going well until a run of three successive defeats, including a shock home loss to Brackley in the FA Cup. But they got back on the winning trail with wins against Dorchester and Bishop's Stortford and now sit one place above the Dons, albeit having played two games more.

The Dons have ex Hampton players Alan Inns and Elliott Godfrey in the squad for tomorrow while the Beavers have ex-Don Steve Tyson. As a youth team player, Steve was on the fringes of the first team squad under Dave Anderson but left for first team football at Walton Casuals, where he demonstrated his talents, enabling him to step back up the ladder to Hampton. We look forward to welcoming him back tomorrow.

Terry Brown said "Saturday sees us play our nearest rivals, Hampton & Richmond. I'm sure our fans won't need any introduction to Alan Devonshire's team, as our record has not been the most successful against them over the last three seasons.

"For us to change this sequence of results, we will need to play very well on Saturday. I had the opportunity of watching Hampton personally a couple of weeks ago, against Bishop's Stortford, and they ran out comfortable winners on the day, with a very professional away performance.

"It is very important that we match the determination and work rate that Hampton will bring to Kingsmeadow. No doubt Alan and Elliott will need no motivation tomorrow against their old friends. There is also a possibility that one of my former players, Ian Hodges, will be fit and available for selection for the first time in a couple of weeks and there is no doubt that Ian will be trying his utmost to put one over on his old manager.

"Alan's teams are always very competitive and, judging by the game at Stortford, if they are allowed to play they certainly have the ammunition to hurt us. As with all local derbies, form goes out of the window and it will be about who wants it most on the day and of course the rub of the green would be especially handy.

"With the sad news with regard to Luke Garrard, Ben Judge will be taking over at right back, a role that he filled for several years at Crawley and a role in which he performed very well last Saturday at Worcester. As far as the rest of the side goes, we are missing Tom Davis who serves his one match suspension for five bookings. We also have a fitness doubt with reference to Danny Kedwell who, although he is vastly improved, is still struggling to shake off the virus he had.

"As none of Luke, Danny or Jon Main played in last week's win, I still feel that we have a very strong side capable of beating anyone at home, on our day. I'm sure the atmosphere will reflect the importance of this local derby and let's hope we are finally on the winning side this time."


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Friday 28 November 2008
first team news
Luke Garrard

We have had some very bad news with regard to Luke Garrard's knee injury. Luke had a scan late on Thursday evening and after the specialist looked at it on Friday morning it was diagnosed as a ruptured cruciate ligament.

Terry Brown said "this is devasting news for Luke who, as we all know, as well as being a very talented footballer, is a very lively individual. We are desperately sorry for Luke.

"From the club's point of view it is also a devasting blow to the side as Luke has been pretty much an ever-present for the last two years and we will certainly miss his energy and ability down the right hand side. This blow comes on top of the early-season disappointment with Lewis Taylor. I'm sure Luke will draw on Lewis's experience with reference especially to his rehab.

"The club will be acting immediately to ensure that Luke sees a top specialist and be arranging for the operation to take place asap. Luke will also benefit from the expertise that Mike Raryner has to offer and if he makes sinilar progress to Lewis Luke could well be back by the start of next season."


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Friday 28 November 2008
dons trust news
Dons Draw - Last chance for Christmas Cracker

If you want to be in with a chance of winning the Dons Draw Christmas Cracker, there are only 3 days left. To enter now click here and sign up by 8.00 pm on Sunday 30 November.

In addition to the usual prizes of £1,000, £500, £250 and £100 the December draw will have a number of additional festive prizes, including:

* an extra prize of £50
* a luxury Christmas Hamper
* 2 President Lounge Tickets
* Your own Brick in the wall!

Of course if you are already in the draw you are automatically eligible to take part, but, if you want to increase your chances by buying more tickets drop us an email or contact us via the club as soon as possible.


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Friday 28 November 2008
dons trust news
i-DONS launch and silent auction on Saturday

Saturday is a busy day for fundraising at Kingsmeadow.

Between 12.30 and 2.30 pm there will be a silent auction in the back bar. Email bids will close at midnight on Friday (see silent auction if you would like to bid by email), following which the only way of bidding will be to turn up and write down your bid.

Please remember to bring cash, cheque book (with card) and/or credit card.

Also, Saturday will see the launch of i-DON Media, a stall (located in the foyer behind the back bar) where you can purchase CDs, DVDs and computer games that have previously been part of a fellow Womble's media collection at bargain prices.

If you would like to donate CDs, DVDs or computer games, bring them along to the game and deposit them either at the i-DON Media stall or at the recycling point. And remember that we will be collecting loose change, printer cartridges, foreign currency, mobile phones as usual.


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Thursday 27 November 2008
club news
Online shop - last order dates for delivery by Christmas 2008

If you are buying for Christmas from the on-line shop it might be later than you think. Here are the last order dates to be confident that you will receive your AFC Wimbledon merchandise before Christmas.

Wednesday 3 December, 4.00 pm GMT
Australia, New Zealand, South and Central America, Caribbean, Africa, Middle East, Asia and the Far East (excluding Japan) Airmail

Tuesday 9 December, 4.00 pm GMT
USA, Canada, Japan and Eastern Europe Airmail

Wednesday 10 December, 4.00 pm GMT
Western Europe

Tuesday 16 December, 4.00 pm GMT
The UK


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Thursday 27 November 2008
dons trust news
Today's silent auction update

Yesterday was a hectic day at Silent Auction HQ, with over 50 bids received by email. A number of items have now topped £100, but there are still many bargains, with some lots still unquestionably below "cost price". Dons fans suffering from insomnia were busy with a significant number of bids coming in after midnight.

Today we introduce a new lot into the auction - a pair of football shirts. They comprise a current AFC Wimbledon away shirt and a Wycombe Wanders away shirt, both signed by Wimbledon legend and former Wycombe boss Lawrie Sanchez. When filling in the auction form just state "Sanchez shirts".

For those bidding today, you will not receive email confirmation of your bid till late tonight. Apologies for any inconvenience.

To remind you, the auction will be held in the back bar before the game against Hampton & Richmond on 29 November, from 12.30 to 2.30 pm.

A list of items to be auctioned can be viewed at silent auction. You can enter your bid online at any time between now and Friday evening.

It’s not too late to donate further items to the silent auction. We will be pleased to acknowledge the source of all donations. If you or your company has a suitable gift to donate, please contact us by clicking here Paul Jeater.


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Thursday 27 November 2008
club news
Winter Wonderland 2008 Update- Mingle with Terry and the players!

**UPDATE**
Terry, Stuart and the players will be heading to The Wimbledon Hideaway on Kingston Rd after Winter Wonderland so please feel free to join them for a festive drink. Directions can be found here.




The running order for Winter Wonderland 2008, which takes pace in Wimbledon Town Centre tomorrow night (27 November) is as follows:

5pm Event starts

The club will be located in Wimbledon Station forecourt and will be running a range of football related activities including an inflatable human table football game

A wide range of street entertainment will take place in front of Tescos and on the piazza in front of Morrisons and Odeon Cinema including children's rides, face painting, live music from Southside Steel Harmonics and much more.

1st team players and Haydon the Womble will be making appearances throughout the event.

6.15pm- Terry Brown will be introduced to the crowd and will say a few words

6.30pm- Fireworks commence

Gareth Gates, runner-up of the first ever pop idol, will be counting down the fireworks with Radio Jackie.

8pm- Event ends

This is a fantastic opportunity to promote the club at the heart of our community (and one of the busiest spots in Wimbledon at rush hour) and we will be distributing leaflets throughout the event promoting various aspects of the club. If you have time to help, please let us know by e-mailing here.




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Thursday 27 November 2008
club news
Haydon The Womble at New Malden's Christmas parade

Haydon is a busy Womble at the moment. Not content with showing up at Winter Wonderland in Wimbledon tonight, he will also be part of the New Malden Christmas festivities on Friday evening.
There will be a wide range kid’s activities starting at 4.30pm and the highlight of the evening will be a parade along the high street at 5.30pm. The Christmas lights will be turned on by none other than Santa Clause himself.
If you have a couple of hours spare to help hand out leaflets during the event, please e-mail here.



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Wednesday 26 November 2008
club news
Under 16s go free for Hampton

To celebrate our success in the FA Cup we are re-introducing, for this Saturday's critical league game against Hampton & Richmond, free access to the terraces for under 16s.

You don't need a voucher - all you need to do is turn up on the day. Please note that under 12s must be accompanied by an adult.

For fans who want a seat for the game, there are still some available for purchase. To order yours, just call the credit card hotline tomorrow between 11.00 am and 1.00 pm on 020 8546 9582.


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Wednesday 26 November 2008
dons trust news
Silent auction - update

After the first day of bidding in the 2008 Silent Auction, a number of lots have already attracted sizeable bids.

Leading the way is the appearance of Haydon at a party, on a date to be mutually arranged, which has already received a bid of £125. Spending a Matchday with Dons boss Terry Brown has also hit £100 on the first day.

Nevertheless there are still a number of lots that can be had for a bargain price, so check through the list of lots, as there are many items of interest to Dons fans.

The auction will be held in the back bar before the game against Hampton & Richmond on 29 November, from 12.30 to 2.30 pm.

A list of items to be auctioned can be viewed at silent auction. You can enter your bid online at any time between now and Friday evening.

It’s not too late to donate further items to the silent auction. We will be pleased to acknowledge the source of all donations. If you or your company has a suitable gift to donate, please contact us by clicking here Paul Jeater.


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Tuesday 25 November 2008
club news
KM Live presents Connett, RT3 and The Charlie Parkers

Kingsmeadow Live’s next gig features local mod bands Connett, RT3 and The Charlie Parkers this Saturday, 29 November.

Connett get their name from frontman Darron J Connett, whose talent has been recognised by Time Out, BBC and Scootering Magazine. And local mods will remember the Purple Hearts, from which RT3 has sprung. For more information, see below.

To book tickets, call 020 8547 3335.


More about the gig...

Saturday 29 November
Connett
With support from RT3 and The Charlie Parkers
Doors 8.00pm, show starts 9.00pm, bar closes 1.00am
Admission: £8 (advance)/ £10 (door)


Connett
One of Shepherds Bush's finest, Darron J Connett is not just another fresh faced wannabe off West London's conveyor belt of music. He's real. A driven singer-songwriter of depth, soulful integrity and immense talent.
With his varied and eclectic influences from luminary artists like Paul Weller, John Holt, Oasis, Small Faces, The Kinks and Elvis, teamed with a fantastic 'Look' that compliments his music, it's no wonder Darron's star is on the ascent.
With media acclaim from Time Out (who describe Darron as a 'Mod Rocker') Scootering Magazine, BBC London presenter Gary Crowley, and ex-NME journalist and writer Paolo Hewitt, (who called Darron's song 'Early in the Morning' , "Obvious Single material" ) Darron hit the streets of London Town at the end of 2005, and has been gigging ever since, building up a very healthy sized following.
For more information, see here.

RT3
RT3 are the follow on instalment for Simon Stebbing asnd Gary Sparks’ previous band, RT4. This time they have brough Mick Stoner on board to take care of the bass end. The band are currently recording new material and will be playing live every chance they get!
For more information, see here.

The Charlie Parkers
For those of you new to the Charlie Parkers, the band's songwriting has been compared by NME to that of 'the Beatles, Kinks, Bowie, Smiths and the Libertines' and along the way the band have supported the Pigeon Detectives and We Are Scientists as well as being runners up in a Channel 4 unsigned showcase competition and have also appeared on BBC Three. The band have cemented a strong following at their London shows and are now stepping it up a gear. The CPs will be playing higher profile shows in the capital - including King's Cross Water Rats and Camden Barfly, support slots with the likes of John Power from Cast and the La's, The Real People and Noel Gallagher's former band Tailgunner.
For more information, see here.



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Tuesday 25 November 2008
dons trust news
Silent auction

The Dons Trust will be holding a silent auction in the back bar before the game against Hampton & Richmond on 29 November, from 12.30 to 2.30 pm.

A list of items to be auctioned can be viewed at silent auction. You can enter your bid online at any time between now and Friday evening.

It’s not too late to donate further items to the silent auction. We will be pleased to acknowledge the source of all donations. If you or your company has a suitable gift to donate, please contact us by clicking here Paul Jeater.


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Monday 24 November 2008
first team news
Terry on Worcester and the Trophy draw

Terry Brown was delighted with the Saturday's win in the FA Trophy and was looking forward to meeting up with some former players in the next round.

"Saturday's away win against Worcester felt like the first weekend away victory for ages and the journey home was reminiscent of the trip back from Newport County. We went into Saturday's game on the back of a poor run of away performances and it was really important that the boys got back on the winning trail prior to one of the biggest games of the season, home to Hampton.

"The recent virus deprived us of both Jon Main and Danny Kedwell and it was an important game in as far as tweaking the system to incorporate both Godfrey and Finn, alongside our 'brand new signing', Belal Aiteouakrim.

"I am pleased to say that this is the first time that Mike has been able to give me Belal back with a clean bill of health. Belal's all-round performance and the clinical fashion that he took his chances means that both Danny and Jon have real competition for places. I thought the movement of Elliott and Tony caused Worcester all sorts of problems and Tony laid on all three goals.

"With the absence of Luke Garrard we also had the opportunity of seeing Ben Judge at right back for the first time, a position he played in for Crawley many times. Ben gave an extremely composed and assured performance and, along with Belal, has given me some interesting decisions to make with regard to the Hampton game.

"The FA Trophy draw has paired us with one of the sides local to me. I know the manager, Tony Choules, well and his teams are always well-organised and very competitive. It will also give me an opportunity of meeting up with several players that I had at Hayes, including the Warner Brothers, of which you will recognise Kevin, who was one of my first signings when I came here. Trust me, we never saw the best of Kevin here and, knowing him well, he will certainly be out to scupper us on the thirteenth."


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Monday 24 November 2008
club news
FA Trophy draw

The Dons have been drawn away to Uxbridge in today's draw for the first round of the FA Trophy.

Ties are to be played on Saturday 13 December, kick off 3.00 pm. Arrangements for the game will be published shortly.


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Saturday 22 November 2008
first team news
Belal brace puts Dons through in the Trophy

The Dons gained revenge for their earlier defeat in the league game at Worcester as they put on an assured performance to move into the first round proper of the FA Carlsberg Trophy.

With Luke Garrard out injured Ben Judge came in at right back with Alan Inns and Jason Goodliffe forming the partnership in the centre of the defence. Up front both Danny Kedwell and Jon Main were also missing through injury and Belal Aiteouakrim and Anthony Finn came in to the side to replace them.

The Dons took the lead after just five minutes when a Finn cross was headed against the bar by Sam Hatton and Elliott Godfrey was in the right place to head home the rebound.

Finn, who had an excellent match, was the architect for the vital second goal just before half time. Having tracked back into his own half he won the ball and quickly made progress into the opposing penalty area. Rather than shooting he played the ball across the penalty area where Aiteouakrim was on hand to put the ball away at the second attempt.

The home team raised their game at the start of the second half and they reduced the margin after 62 minutes when some lax defending allowed Craig Wilding to shoot powerfully past Andy Little.

However the Dons quickly restored their two goal lead when Aiteouakrim added his second of the afternoon. Having just been injured and signalling to be replaced he was forced to stay on the pitch as the ball would not go out of play. Minutes later Finn made another break down the right and again pulled the ball back to Aiteouakrim who sweetly swept the ball home.

The Dons comfortably played out the remainder of the game to go in to Monday's draw when the teams from the Conference National enter the competition. Details of our opponents will appear on this site at around 12.30 pm.




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Saturday 22 November 2008
club news
Half season tickets - seats still available

There is already high demand for half season tickets, whether for Christmas presents or to improve your chances of a ticket if we are in a game with a restricted number of tickets, such as a play off, later in the season.

However, there are still some seats available. If you want to be nearer the back, there are seats in Block A (the block nearest the Tempest End) and Block L (the recent extension). If you prefer to be towards the middle of the Paul Strank Stand, but nearer the front, there's a small number of seats in Blocks B, C, J and K. And, of course, half season ticket for the terraces are still available.

Whatever your preference, a half season ticket will enable you to see all eleven AFC Wimbledon's post-Christmas home Blue Square South League matches for only £90 for an adult terrace ticket or £115 for a seat. For other prices see half season ticket prices.

Matches covered by the tickets start with the New Year's Day home game against Fisher Athletic and include the visits of fellow promotion challengers Hayes & Yeading, Chelmsford City and Team Bath.

These half-season tickets guarantee your entry to home matches that will determine the promotion and play-off places for the Blue Square South 2008/09 and give you priority for tickets for away games in the play offs.

To apply for a half-year season ticket:

1 call the club's office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm, Monday - Friday, on 020 8547 3528, or

2 download a form by clicking on application form, complete it and send it to the club's offices with the relevant payment. Cheques should be made out to AFC Wimbledon Limited.


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Friday 21 November 2008
dons trust news
The Dons Draw - Christmas Cracker

This year, for extra fun and cheer, the Dons Draw for December will have a number of additional festive prizes.

These will be:

* an extra prize of £50
* a luxury Christmas Hamper
* 2 President's Lounge Tickets
* Your own Brick in the wall!

These are in addition to the regular monthly cash prizes currently standing at £1,000, £500, £250 and £100

To be eligible you need to be signed up by 8.00 pm on Sunday 30 November.

You can sign up now by clicking here

Of course if you are already in the draw you are automatically eligible to take part but if you want to increase your chances by buying more tickets, drop us an email or contact us via the club.


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Thursday 20 November 2008
club news
Winter Wonderland 2008

As you may be aware, this year's Winter Wonderland takes place between 5.00pm-8.00pm on Thursday 27 November. Winter Wonderland is an annual, family- oriented event that takes place on the same night as the Wimbledon Christmas lights are turned on and attracts thousands from the local community. For more information, see here.

This year, instead of a parade, the event will focus on several sites and AFC Wimbledon has been allocated the station forecourt. We are planning several activities, including an inflatable human table football game, coaching from 1st team players and of course an appearance by the club's mascot, Haydon the Womble.

Other attractions include street entertainment with children's rides, face painting, live music from Southside Steel Harmonics and much more. Gareth Gates, runner-up of the first ever pop idol, will be counting down the fireworks with Radio Jackie.

We would like to encourage fans to support this event as much as possible because, not only is it a really enjoyable evening for all the family, but it is also a great opportunity to remind Merton that its football team is thriving.

It is also a fantastic opportunity to promote the club at the heart of our community (and one of the busiest spots in Wimbledon at rush hour) and we will be distributing leaflets throughout the event promoting various aspects of the club. If you have time to help, please let us know by e-mailing here.



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Thursday 20 November 2008
club news
Last spaces on Worcester coach

There are a handfull of spaces left on the coach travelling to Worcester for the FA Trophy game on Saturday. Pick up is 10.00 am from The Woodman and 10.30 am from Kingsmeadow. Price is £10 and you can reserve your place by ringing the club on 020 8547 3528.


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Thursday 20 November 2008
first team news
Terry on Worcester

When we spoke to Terry Brown this morning, he told us he is looking forward to this weekend's Trophy game but has a wary eye on the number of injured and unwell players.

"The week's training has been more difficult than usual with several players suffering from throat infections and general flu-like symptoms. Although the worst cases are limited to a couple of players at the moment, experience tells me that it could escalate and we will be keeping a close eye on it with reference to Saturday's away game at Worcester.

"Saturday's FA Trophy means another week away from the league, but it is important to point out that this is the last major trophy that we have an opportunity of winning - apart from the league of course. Therefore we will pick our strongest side.

"Saturday's game also offers us the opportunity to bounce back with a win from some rather indifferent displays during November. We are aware of the strengths and weaknesses of the Worcester side and I feel that if we can avoid gifting them a two or three goal start we should be able to play our football and return to winning ways.

"I felt on Saturday, against Welling, we looked a bit sorry for ourselves after the cup exit against Wycombe. The sooner we get back to passing the ball on the ground, in the fashion that we started the season off, the happier I will be.

"This week has also seen the club offer six players for short term loan. In the case of the two senior players, Chris Sullivan and Mickey Haswell, we are keen to keep both boys at the club and it is just a case of them enjoying a run of games prior to the Christmas period, so they can come back to us match fit and raring to go. We are hoping that Chris Sullivan will be able to get a number of games under his belt at Tooting and if the paperwork goes though OK he should be available for their game at Canvey Island on Saturday.

"With regard to the younger players in our squad, the plan this year was always to allow them first team experience as part of their development and we had envisaged that all of them would have at least two spells out on loan this season."


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Thursday 20 November 2008
dons trust news
Silent Auction

The Dons Trust will be holding a silent auction in the back bar before the game against Hampton & Richmond on 29th November, from 12.30 to 2.30 pm.

A list of items - featuring Wimbledon and other sporting memorabilia as well as other items - will be published here over the coming days. We will also be accepting bids by email in advance of the auction. All proceeds will go to the Dons Trust's ground fund.

Watch this space for further details.



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Wednesday 19 November 2008
dons trust news
Junior Dons Christmas Party

The Junior Dons Chrismas Party is taking place on Sunday 14 December this year, from 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm.

Continuing on from the success of previous years' parties, the afternoon will include appearances by Terry Brown and the players. Rockin' Paddy will be doing the dj-ing and organising the party games, while Haydon will be making a special appearance to make sure everyone is having fun.

And, of course, Father Christmas will be calling in for a couple of hours to hand out presents!

The party is always a great favourite with JDs so do book early as it is a first-come, first-served booking system. Admission is £8 for Junior dons and £10 for others. This includes a present and party food.

Please send cheques (made out to the Dons Trust) to the club's offices, for the attention of Aideen Rochford. Please make sure to give us details of the child's age, gender and any allergies or medical conditions.


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Wednesday 19 November 2008
dons trust news
Dons Draw winners for November

The November Dons Draw took place today at Kingsmeadow.

Winning numbers were drawn in the presence of Erik Samuelson (Dons Trust board member), Keith McGuinness and Neil Messenbird (Dons Draw Administrator).

The winning ticket numbers and prizes were as follows:

First prize of £1,000 - ticket 1923 - Sue Pritchard from Earlsfield
Second prize of £500 - ticket 0098 - Sam Elliott from Ashford
Third prize of £250 - ticket 0124 - Tina Massey form Sutton
Fourth prize of £100 - ticket 2016 - Victor Govey from Tooting

Congratulations to all four prize winners.

The next Dons Draw will take place on or after the 15 December 2008 with the results being posted on the AFC Wimbledon official web site soon after the draw has taken place.

We have again been able to increase the total prize fund and it could increase again next month.

If you want a chance of winning next month's jackpot, but, still haven't entered, or if you have already entered the draw but would like to increase your chances of winning by taking a few more numbers, then why not do so now?

You can sign up online to the Dons Draw or download an application here or to increase your tickets email us here.

The deadline for new entrants to the December 2008 Dons Draw is 8:00pm on Sunday 30 November.

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


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Tuesday 18 November 2008
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents Connett, RT3 and The Charlie Parkers!

Kingsmeadow Live’s next gig features local mod bands Connett, RT3 and The Charlie Parkers on Saturday 29 November.

Connett get their name from frontman Darron J Connett, whose talent has been recognised by Time Out, BBC and Scootering Magazine. And local mods will remember the Purple Hearts, from which RT3 has sprung. For more information, see below.

To book tickets, call 020 8547 3335.


More about the gig...

Saturday 29 November
Connett
With support from RT3 and The Charlie Parkers
Doors 8.00pm, show starts 9.00pm, bar closes 1.00am
Admission: £8 (advance)/ £10 (door)


Connett
One of Shepherds Bush's finest, Darron J Connett is not just another fresh faced wannabe off West London's conveyor belt of music. He's real. A driven singer-songwriter of depth, soulful integrity and immense talent.
With his varied and eclectic influences from luminary artists like Paul Weller, John Holt, Oasis, Small Faces, The Kinks and Elvis, teamed with a fantastic 'Look' that compliments his music, it's no wonder Darron's star is on the ascent.
With media acclaim from Time Out (who describe Darron as a 'Mod Rocker') Scootering Magazine, BBC London presenter Gary Crowley, and ex-NME journalist and writer Paolo Hewitt, (who called Darron's song 'Early in the Morning' , "Obvious Single material" ) Darron hit the streets of London Town at the end of 2005, and has been gigging ever since, building up a very healthy sized following.
For more information, see here.

RT3
RT3 are the follow on instalment for Simon Stebbing asnd Gary Sparks’ previous band, RT4. This time they have brough Mick Stoner on board to take care of the bass end. The band are currently recording new material and will be playing live every chance they get!
For more information, see here.

The Charlie Parkers
For those of you new to the Charlie Parkers, the band's songwriting has been compared by NME to that of 'the Beatles, Kinks, Bowie, Smiths and the Libertines' and along the way the band have supported the Pigeon Detectives and We Are Scientists as well as being runners up in a Channel 4 unsigned showcase competition and have also appeared on BBC Three. The band have cemented a strong following at their London shows and are now stepping it up a gear. The CPs will be playing higher profile shows in the capital - including King's Cross Water Rats and Camden Barfly, support slots with the likes of John Power from Cast and the La's, The Real People and Noel Gallagher's former band Tailgunner.
For more information, see here.



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Tuesday 18 November 2008
club news
Half season tickets on sale now

Stuck for an idea for a Christmas present? Why not buy an AFC Wimbledon half-season ticket? You can see all eleven AFC Wimbledon's post-Christmas home Blue Square South League matches for only £90 for an adult terrace ticket or £115 for a seat. For other prices see half season ticket prices.

Matches covered by the tickets start with the New Year's Day home game against Fisher Athletic and include the visits of fellow promotion challengers Hayes and Yeading, Chelmsford and Team Bath.

These half-season tickets guarantee your entry to home matches that will determine the promotion and play-off places for the Blue Square South 2008/09 and give you priority for tickets for away games in the play offs.

Terraces

Half-year season tickets are available for adults, concessions, young adults (aged 16 - 21) and under-16s.

Paul Strank stand seats

There is a limited number of seats available in the Paul Strank Stand. These are almost exclusively in the new seats in Block L, in the recent extension, plus some in Block A.

Applications

To apply for a half-year season ticket, call the club office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm, Monday - Friday, on 020 8547 3528, or download a form by clicking on application form.


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Monday 17 November 2008
first team news
Terry looks back on Welling

Despite gaining a point on some of our promotion rivals, Terry Brown was unhappy with Saturday's result.

"I was very disappointed about the result on Saturday, as I felt our second half performance was below par. The manner in which we gave away two needless free kicks is very frustrating. This is not the first time this has happened, as we needlessly allowed the opposition to deliver balls into our box.

"I thought we started Saturday's game off very brightly with Main and Kedwell causing the Welling back four major problems. To give credit to Andy Ford's side, they played open attacking football after our goal and took the game to us. Their first equaliser came after a needless foul in our half and we paid the price.

"We bounced back with a free kick of our own in very similar circumstances. It was a great delivery from Chris Hussey and it was forced in by the prolific Ben Judge. I was particularly pleased for Ben as he has been very patient during the last couple of weeks when he has been on the sidelines.

"Our inability to defend free kicks cost us dearly in the second half after, once again, we gave away a needless free kick. The dividing line between winning and losing can be very small. Although we missed several chances to have wrapped the game up in the first half we can't keep going away and expecting to score three or four goals to win.

"This week will be spent working defensively on the back four and there is a need to get back to the passing football that we successfully played at the beginning of the season. Danny Kedwell gives our team an additional option to go forward early but we need to get the balance right between when to go long and when to keep possession.

"I feel a little frustrated at the moment with the fact that we are playing too few league games and I would hate to get into a position, as we were last year, where Chelmsford gained a march on us merely by the fact of playing more games and having points in hand. We are involved in the Trophy, as are all the teams in our league, this weekend and after Saturday we go into three consecutive league games where it is vital we restart our league campaign in earnest."


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Thursday 13 November 2008
youth news
Boys Youth Under 12 require players

AFC Wimbledon Under 12 Colts are looking for 2 new players. One defender and one striker would be ideal, but good quality experienced team players regardless of current playing position, would be welcome to contact us and come along for a trial. We play in the Surrey Youth League Premier Elite division and our training night is Wednesday. If you are interested please contact Jim Fry in the first instance for further information here jim.fry@tiscali.co.uk or on 07515 449501.


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Thursday 13 November 2008
first team news
Terry looks forward to Welling

The Dons go to Park View Road to take on Welling United this Saturday, as they turn from FA Cup action back to the league.

Welling have the equal best defensive record in the league but only two top half teams have scored fewer than them, and that record leaves them currently seventh. After a fine start to the season, they went into a run of bad form, with only two points from five games. However, they seem to have come out of that now and have won four, drawn one and lost only one of their last matches, which puts them fourth in the form league over the last six games.

Part of the reason for the revival of their early-season form is that Welling have started to put things right in the 'goals for' column, with James Baker getting three in his last two games and striker Moses Ademola adding to the options after signing on a one-month loan from Brentford yesterday.

With attacking midfielder Loui Fazakerly committing himself to the club until the end of the season, after rejecting an approach from Histon, Welling will be looking to continue their recent run of good form.

Well aware of the need to bounce back after Monday night's disappointing defeat in the FA Cup, Terry Brown was seeking to accentuate the positive when we spoke to him earlier this afternoon.

"We are having a meeting at training tonight to let the players know how well they have done in the year 2008. As a club we gained promotion to the Blue Square South and we have had the best FA Cup run in the club's recent history. So, rather than be disappointed by Monday night's defeat I want to congratulate the players on their success in 2008.

"The meeting will also give us the opportunity to highlight our targets until the end of the calendar year. We have seven games remaining and we are on schedule to reach our target points total. But to meet our target, we will have to get our league form back on track, starting on Saturday at Welling.

"We will be emphasising to the players how important it is to bounce back on Saturday, as a visit to Welling will be a far from easy one. We had them watched against Eastleigh on the previous Saturday and they were very much in form. They have also added Moses Ademola from Brentford to their strike force. Fortunately for us, they will be without the services of our own favourite Rob Quinn, who is (shock horror) suspended.

"Injury-wise, we look to have a good squad to choose from and I definitely have some selection problems with reference to the starting line up, especially in defence. But we are looking forward confidently to the game and are going to Park View Road looking for all three points."


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Wednesday 12 November 2008
club news
Club office closed on Thursday

The club office will be closed on Thursday while the telephone and computer systems are upgraded. It is expected that the office will open again as usual on Friday morning.


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Wednesday 12 November 2008
club news
From WISA - Fans' draw for Plough Lane naming ceremony

As many fans know, WISA has been very active in a number of areas over the last few years, notably the return of the patrimony to Merton and also the naming of the development at Plough Lane.

While we wish that the Dons had been able to return to a stadium at the old site, this isn't possible, so WISA has been instrumental in making sure that, at least, some of our history is reflected in the naming of the site.

WISA is offering fans a chance to participate in a draw to attend the naming ceremony. If you want to know more, click on fans' draw.


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Tuesday 11 November 2008
first team news
Terry on Wycombe

Having spent the morning watching the Wycombe game twice, Terry Brown had this to say to us earlier today.

"Having seen the game a couple of times now, I don't feel quite so down as I did yesterday night. We were beaten by a very accomplished side, which was easily the best team that has visited Kingsmeadow, and we made it easier for them with our mistakes.

"When you play against a team from a higher league you need to make them work hard for their goals and we clearly didn't do that last night. We have given away a few goals recently with poor defending, and we are working on stopping that, but this was the first game where our tactic of playing the ball out from the back actually cost us goals. Wycombe closed us down very quickly and took advantage of the mistakes we made as a result of that pressure. However, we won't be playing a team of the quality of Wycomble every week and we will continue to play it out from the back.

"We had our moments and when we pulled it back to 2-1 it got very interesting. But Wycombe scored their goals at just the right time to kill us. Each of their goals should have been stopped and the third one followed a definite foul on Jake Leberl. But let's not fool ourselves, Wycombe won well, and the margin didn't really flatter them.

"There are some positives to take from the game. I thought the midfield did well and we held our own there. Luke Garrard deserved his man of the match award and Danny Kedwell worked very hard throughout.

"The other positive thing I want to say is how terrific the support was last night and, most of all, how impressed I was that despite the score, almost none of the fans left before the end. The players were very disappointed with the result but I know they appreciated the fantastic support they received.

"Now we need to turn our thoughts to Welling and to getting the right result there and getting back into winning ways in the league."


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Tuesday 11 November 2008
first team news
Coaches for Worcester

The club will be running a supporters' coach to Worcester on 22 November for the FA Carlsberg Trophy tie.

The coach will pick up from The Woodman at 10.00 am and Kingsmeadow at 10.30 am and the price will be the usual £10.

To reserve a seat please contact the club office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays.


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Tuesday 11 November 2008
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents The Small Fakers

Kingsmeadow Live is back this Saturday with yet more live music, this week featuring The Small Fakers, a tribute to the seminal Small Fakers that count Ronnie Lane’s brother Stan as a fan.
For more information, see below.

To book tickets, call 020 8547 3335.

And make sure you put the following dates in your diary:
Saturday 29 November- Connett with support from RT3 and The Charlie Parkers
Saturday 20 December- The Infamous Kingsmeadow Live Xmas Party featuring Skaletrix!



More about this week's gig...

Saturday 15 November
The Small Fakers
With support from DJ’s spinning bluebeat, ska, two-tone faves with a side order of real deal 60’s soul, power pop and new wave.

Doors 8.00pm, show starts 9.30pm, bar closes 1.00am
Admission: £8 (advance)/ £10 (door)

At last, a tribute to one of the most seminal, sensational bands of the swinging sixties, the one and only... Small Faces!
Featuring Matt Bond on vocals and guitar, described by 'Room For Ravers' website as 'truly a reborn Marriott'.
The Small Fakers will rip through all the classics, album tracks and b-sides from 'Whatcha Gonna Do About It' to 'Wham Bam Thank You Mam!'
'It was like being transported back in time, like being there the first time' - Val Weedon - Small Faces Fan Club
'As far as tribute bands go, they're better than anything I've seen before... Awesome' - John Hellier - Author of Steve Marriott biography 'All Too Beautiful'
'For those of you that never saw the Small Faces live, this is as close as you're gonna get' - Stan Lane - Brother of Ronnie Lane

For more information, visit here.




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Tuesday 11 November 2008
dons trust news
Matchday raffle

The following raffle tickets were drawn by Dons Trust Chair David Cox at half-time at the game against Wycombe Wanderers on Monday:

- First prize (signed AFC Wimbledon shirt): Yellow 61
- Second prize (personalised brick in the main stand extension): Pink 52

The prizes were not claimed on the night. If you are the holder of the above tickets please email fundraising@thedonstrust.org or leave a message for Mark Davis via the club on 020-8547-3528.




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Monday 10 November 2008
club news
Buy a Brick!

The Dons Trust is pleased to announce a scheme allowing supporters to buy a brick in the end wall of the main stand extension. For the price of £40, you can buy a brick with two lines of 13 characters of text of your choice. These will be installed at the end of the season. These will make an excellent present for you or anyone you know who wants to be immortalised at Kingsmeadow. For more information please click here



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Monday 10 November 2008
first team news
Tonight's Game

At 1.45 pm the pitch is very wet but at present the game is still going ahead. If this changes we shall immediately put a message on this site.

In the meantime please do not ring the club switchboard as we are unable to give any firther information at this stage.


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Sunday 09 November 2008
club news
Shop opening for the Wycombe game - and the new calendar is here

For the FA Cup tie on 10 November, the club shop will open at 5.00 pm and close at 7.30 pm. It will not re-open after the game.

A limited stock of the official 2009 Club Calendar is now available from the club shop, price £10.

The item will be added to the online shop in due course.

A link to the website, so that fans can put together, personalise and order their bespoke calendar, priced at £14.99, will be placed later this week.


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Sunday 09 November 2008
club news
Arrangements for the FA Cup tie against Wycombe Wanderers

The arrangements for tomorrow's FA Cup tie are as follows:

Access to the stadium

Turnstiles will open at about 6.45 pm, once all the safety checks are completed.

The Kingston Road end should be entered via turnstiles 1 and 2.

The Paul Strank stand should be entered via turnstile 3 or the main entrance

The Tempest end should be entered via turnstiles 5 and 6

The John Smith stand, southern end (i.e. the area of the JS stand reserved for Wimbledon fans) should be entered via the Athletics stadium. Please note that this is a change from the original plans and from what is printed on the tickets. Stewards will direct you which way to go.

Wycombe fans should enter the northern end of the John Smith stand via the residential car park. Stewards will direct you which way to go.

Special arrangements re the John Smith stand for Wimbledon fans

It has not proved possible to provide separate toilet facilities inside the ground for the Wimbledon fans in the John Smith stand. Therefore, after a long review of the options, we have decided that fans who wish to use the toilet will need to go to the ones in the back bar. Similarly, fans on the JS stand who want to get hot food will be able to do so in the back bar; they will not be able to use the Tempest End tea bar. The small tea hut will be selling cold food and hot drinks throughout the game.

We are sorry for any inconvenience but crowd safety must come first. The experience of the Torquay game is that there will be too great a crush if fans from the John Smith stand are allowed to walk along the front of the Tempest End.

The bars

The main bar will open at 4.30 pm.

The back bar will open at 5.30 pm.

Both bars will stay open until midnight if there is sufficient demand - this no doubt depends upon the result.

To encourage fans to enter the stadium in good time, both bars will close at 7.30 pm.

The bars will re-open 10 minutes after kick off and close again just before half time. The purpose is to allow fans who haven't got tickets to have a drink while they watch the game in the bar, but we have been advised not to sell drinks at half time. The bar will re-open just after half time and then stay open for the rest of the evening.

Food

There will be a range of food available for you, as follows.

5.00 pm A BBQ will open in front of the middle bar, subject to the weather. The food on offer will be beef stew, burgers and hot dogs etc

5.30 pm A full tea bar menu will be available in the back bar until after half time

Inside the ground, a new tea bar is scheduled to open at the Kingston Road end, just inside the turnstiles, serving the normal tea bar food.

Meanwhile the Tempest End tea bar will be open as normal.

The 'Tea Pot' (the hut between the John Smith stand and the Tempest End) will be open to fans in the John Smith stand only, as explained earlier in these notes.

Wycombe fans will be able to use the tea bar adjacent to where they enter the stadium, i.e. at the corner of the Kingston Road end and the John Smith stand.

Parking

Parking will be very restricted. In addition to the additional pressure on space due to a large attendance, Setanta have a significant number of vehicles present. Furthermore, if the rain continues, there is a strong possibility that we will not be able to open the auxiliary grass car park.

We strongly urge you to come by public transport if at all possible and, if not, to car share. You can find help for planning your journey by clicking on Network for London and network rail.

If you do drive, please park responsibly and with consideration for others, especially if you park in the local streets.

Disabled badge holders are reminded that the badge gives you priority, not a guaranteed space. We expect all the disabled parking spaces to be filled much earlier than normal, so please allow for that in your planning.


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Sunday 09 November 2008
club news
All tickets now sold

Following this morning's sale of the final few tickets to personal callers, All the Wimbledon tickets have now been sold. We understand that Wycombe were confident that their allocation would also be sold and therefore the game is sold out.


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Sunday 09 November 2008
first team news
Terry on Wycombe

We are now less than a day away from the first round FA Cup tie against Wycombe Wanderers. Wycombe are unbeaten in the league this season. They have conceded only two goals in eight away league games, and six in total this season, so they must start as favourites.

Nonetheless, when we spoke to him late this afternoon, Terry Brown was looking forward with optimism to tomorrow's game and The Dons' first appearance in front of live TV cameras at The Cherry Red Records Fans' stadium - Kingsmeadow.

"I hope all our fans are looking forward to Monday night's FA Cup clash with Wycombe. The players trained on Saturday morning in atrocious conditions and were very bubbly and bright, and I know they are looking forward to pitting their wits against division two opposition.

"If our players need any encouragement as to whether they can cause a cup upset they need look no further than some of Saturday's results. Listening to Peter Taylor's comments we can be assured that his Wycombe side will come here well motivated and well up for the task ahead.

"In our favour, a cup tie such as this puts tremendous pressure on the favourites and, as any pro manager will tell you, the last thing you want to happen is to get knocked out of the FA Cup on live TV by a team from a lower league - that is about as painful as management gets. Fortunately for ourselves, on this occasion we are certainly the underdogs so my message to fans and players alike is - lets make sure we enjoy ourselves and do ourselves justice on Monday.

"The squad looks to be as strong as we could hope for and one of my major difficulties over the weekend was finalising the starting eleven. Whoever sits on the subs bench on Monday can justifiably see themselves a little bit unlucky, as any other side in the Blue Square South would benefit from their ability. I emphasise that we are a squad because I feel that there may well be a time during Monday's game when two or three of them will be called into action either to change the course of the game, or possibly to protect what we already have. Either way I know I can call on quality players to supplement the starting eleven.

"Although we won't be focusing at all on the second round draw, suffice to say that either side on Monday will feel they have a good opportunity of reaching the third round. I am fully aware that Eastwood beat Wrexham over two games - however, at that stage of the cup, to draw a team below you in the second round can only be a positive thing."

And so, with the Setanta trucks in the car park and their security man set up for a windy and wet evening, the game is nearly upon us. The players' dressing room has been re-painted, the tickets are all sold, the team is selected and the training and preparation are complete. Early tomorrow fans will be putting flags up in the Tempest End while final preparations will be undertaken for the bars and the club shop. And the sixty strong TV team will start to arrive to put the finishing touches to their coverage.

We are on the verge of one of our biggest games in the last six years.


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Sunday 09 November 2008
first team news
Dons away again in the FA Cup, if .....

Today's FA Cup draw saw Lawrie Sanchez pull Eastwood Town, of the Unibond Premier League, at home before Ray Parlour picked The Dons' to visit them. This is, of course, subject to the result of tomorrow night's first round FA Cup tie against Wycombe Wanderers.

Second round ties are due to be played on Saturday 29 November.


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Saturday 08 November 2008
club news
Final ticket sales

Following the expiry of the deadline for season ticket holders to claim a ticket, we have now contacted, or left messages for, all the people on the wait list for tickets.

A number of people on the wait list have not taken up their tickets, which we assume means that they have found tickets by other means. To give other fans a chance, we have decided that anyone who has not replied by now has missed their opportunity.

Therefore, the unclaimed tickets (plus a few returns) will go on sale at the stadium, to personal callers only, from 11.00 am on Sunday until 1.00 pm, or until they sell out. To give as many people as possible a chance of getting tickets, callers will be limited to 2 per person.

To help you to decide whether or not to come to the ground tomorrow to try to get a ticket, there are about 60 terrace and 60 seats available.


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Friday 07 November 2008
club news
Food for the Wycombe game

If you are arriving early for Monday's FA Cup tie please note that the main bar will be open from 4.30 pm, while the back bar will open at 5.30 pm. There will be a range of food available for you, as follows.

5.00 pm A BBQ will open in front of the middle bar, subject to the weather. The food on offer will be beef stew, burgers and hot dogs etc

5.30 pm A full tea bar menu will be available in the back bar

Inside the ground, we plan for a new tea bar to open at the Kingston Road end, just inside the turnstiles, serving the normal tea bar food.

Meanwhile the Tempest End tea bar and the 'Tea Pot' (the hut between the John Smith stand and the Tempest End) will be open as normal.

Wycombe fans will be able to use the tea bar adjacent to where they enter the stadium, i.e. at the corner of the Kingston Road end and the John Smith stand.

More details of the arrangements for the day will be published after a final review at the ground on Sunday afternoon.


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Friday 07 November 2008
dons trust news
Wanted - your CDs, DVDs and Computer Games

We will shortly be launching iDon Media - a stall selling second hand CDs, DVDs and computer games. iDon Media will be open for business before kick-off at selected home matches and will add an extra dimension to the match day experience as well as raising valuable funds for the Dons Trust's fund.

To help get this going, we would like supporters to go through their CD, DVD and computer game collections and to donate any items that no longer feature on their ‘must have’ list. Especially welcome will be those quirky, hard-to-find albums that you bought on-spec, listened to a few times but which didn’t quite make the grade for you. With the right promotion, reviews and background information we think that they might well be of interest to supporters with slightly different tastes and, with luck, we might well have just the album for you too!

So please give your media collections a thorough shake up and donate any unwanted items you can. You can drop them off at the Dons Trust recycling stand before all homes games (along with any mobile phones, printer cartridges and loose change too). Then be prepared to grab some interesting bargains in the weeks to come.

If you can’t make any games over the next few weeks a limited home collection service may be possible, especially in the SM4 area. For further details contact Clive Yelf.

And remember, all proceeds raised will go towards the Trust's fund for use re the stadium.

"Ask not what your cd can do for you. Ask what you can do with your cd..."


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Thursday 06 November 2008
dons trust news
Raffle at Monday's game - volunteers needed

The Fundraising Working Group is proposing to hold a raffle at Monday's FA Cup game against Wycombe Wanderers.

We are looking for six volunteers to help us to sell raffle tickets before the game, between around 6.15 pm and 7.30 pm. Please contact Mark Davis by clicking on raffle if you are willing to help with this.



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Wednesday 05 November 2008
club news
Joint statement by Kingstonian FC and AFC Wimbledon

Kingstonian FC and AFC Wimbledon are pleased to announce that their joint proposal for a new lease to be granted in respect of the perimeter land, was approved at Tuesday’s meeting of Kingston Council’s Executive Committee.

The next stages are for the clubs to agree the detail of a new licence agreement in line with the original proposals and for AFC Wimbledon to agree a new lease with the council. This may take some time but yesterday’s approval of the resolution is a significant step forward.


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Wednesday 05 November 2008
club news
Wycombe ticket update

Now that the deadline has passed for season ticket holders' priority purchase of tickets, we are assessing how many tickets are available to people who are on the wait list.

There is a significant number of issues to deal with before we can complete this task, including allocating seat tickets to sponsors, which we are obliged to do, responding to queries and, most time-consuming, organising the wait lists, which have been collected from more than one phone and also from emails, into date and time order.

This means that we will not start calling people who have been successful in getting tickets from the wait list until at least tonight and possibly Thursday. In the meantime, please do not call the office enquiring about your application as we will not be able to answer until we've completed this process.


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Tuesday 04 November 2008
club news
Disabled viewing areas at the Wycombe game

We have a limited number of spaces for wheelchair users at the stadium.

Will anyone who needs a space reserving in one of the disabled areas please email info@afcwimbledon.co.uk with the following details:

. Name and contact phone number

. Space needed (e.g. wheelchair only; wheelchair plus helper)

. Your preference re where to sit: in front of Block M; in front of Tempest End tea bar; in the Tempest End

We will try to accommodate all requests, but fans who are regular visitors to the statdium will get preference.


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Tuesday 04 November 2008
club news
Volunteers needed

The commercial department is looking for volunteers to help distribute information promoting several aspects of the club at the annual fireworks display held at the stadium this Friday 7 November. There will be several thousand people at the stadium so this is a great opportunity to build up the club's profile.
If you have a couple of hours to spare, please e-mail here.
Each volunteer will be given free entry to Comedy@Kingsmeadow including dinner, being held in the back bar after the fireworks.


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Tuesday 04 November 2008
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents the Southampton (Surbiton) 20 Year Reunion gig!

Kingsmeadow Live is proud to present the Southampton (Surbiton) 20 year Reunion gig this Saturday 8 November, fearturing Bad Influence, The Mondays and Gary Brewer and the GBs. Tickets cost £10 and you can pay on the door.



Southampton Surbiton 20 Year Reunion
Featuring Bad Influence, The Mondays and Gary Brewer and The GB’s
Doors 7pm, show starts 8pm, bar closes 1am
Admission: £10 (door only)
For more information call our booking line on 020 8547 3335

Bad Influence
Originally formed in 1986, by Val Cowell (lead vocals & rhythm guitar), and Richard Hayes (lead & slide Guitar), the band has seen many line ups in the years since. Whilst Val and Richard have been the consistent driving force, the rhythm section has seen some changes. Ever since the beginning the band has toured constantly, playing in a wide variety of venues, including the now legendary Marquee Club (both Wardour St and Charing Cross Rd) on a great many occasions.
Bad Influence is described as a Rock and Blues band and that is where they sit quite comfortably. However, this band has many musical influences and it shows in just about every song on the new CD. Val is often described as Bonnie Raitt gone raunchy or powerful like Janis Joplin. Richard squeezes every ounce of passion from the guitar, whilst Harry and Pete hold it very tightly together at the back

The Mondays
Steve Simpson and Pap George started playing together in the early 80s. They formed the “Monday Band” with Pete Rees on bass, Pete Huish on drums and Ralph Ogunvie on sax. The current line-up is:
Sam Kelly (drums) Pete Stroud (bass/vocals) Steve Simpson (guitar/vocals) and Papa George (guitar/vocals). Every once in a while the band get together for the occasional gig or party and play some classic blues covers such as "Sharp Dressed Man" "Rocky Mountain Way" or some self penned songs, "Blackjack", " Wrong Road Home".

Gary Brewer and The GB’s
Gary Brewer and bassist Malcolm Hoskins were originally part of ‘Little Sister’ who played regularly at The Southampton during the 1980’s. When the venue closed down, Gary then formed ‘Hellfire Corner’ with ‘Bad Influence’ drummer Harry James. Gary now fronts the ‘GB’s’ whose influences include Muddy waters, Steve Marriott and Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland.





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Tuesday 04 November 2008
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow is back this Friday!

Comedy@Kingsmeadow returns on this Friday 7 November, headlined by the 'hugely entertaining' Canadian comic Tony Law and once again offering up the Caribbean culinary delights on Ting N' Ting.

For more information about the line-up, see below.

Please note- Alternative parking has been arranged due to the firework display.

To book tickets, call our booking line on 020 8547 3335.



Friday 7 November
COMEDY@KINGSMEADOW presents….
Tony Law, Inder Manocha and Bryan Lacey
Doors open 8.00 pm/ comedy starts 9.00 pm/ bar closes Midnight
Admission: £12 (includes comedy and dinner)

Tony Law (Headliner)
Like a rolling ball of funny with bits flying out of it, Tony Law’s infectious comedy will leave you stranded in a hilarious field of ideas. Half Canadian, half Trinidadian, Tony has been busy working hard on the circuit and creating a buzz for himself as one of the most exciting new comedy propositions around.

His laid back acid casualty approach, combined with scorching jokes and incisive remarks, have endeared him to both live and TV audiences here and abroad. Tony has performed in New York, Aspen, South Africa, Ireland, The Netherlands and in his native Canada. He is a regular face at the UK’s biggest comedy clubs such as The Comedy Store and Jongleurs.
Along with Dan Antopolski and Craig Campbell, Tony created The Dinks, the acclaimed comedy troupe, which excited both Fringe audiences and critics alike with their inimitable style of slapstick and banter.

Tony’s TV credits include The Stand Up Show (BBC1), House of Fun (Meridian) and Does Doug Know? (Channel 4).
‘Hugely entertaining’ Time Out
‘To see Tony Law is to inhale deep breaths of comedy oxygen’ The Herald

Inder Manocha (Opening Act)

Since appearing on the comedy circuit in September 2000, Inder Manocha has established himself as one of the hottest talents on the international stand-up scene. He has caught the spirit of our times with his devilishly funny observations about multiculturalism, integration and the clash of civilisations in the 21st century. His incisive wit has won him acclaim both at home and abroad. In 2004 his achievements were acknowledged when he won the EMMA (Ethnic, Multicultural Media Award) in the category of Best Comedy/Comedian, beating Lenny Henry, Meera Syal and Three Non-Blondes.

‘Skilfully surfed the wave of acceptability’ The Telegraph on-line
‘A thorough delight from start to finish’ Time Out
‘...it was time for the undoubted star of the show Inder Manocha, known to TV viewers for his work on Channel 4’s ‘Skins’. His was a masterclass in observational comedy...the audience lapped it up, and it is an act which deserves the widest possible stage’ Lancashire Telegraph, 2007
‘…this was the highlight of my Edinburgh festival… Inder’s slick, confident and unbelievably smooth style was great to watch… clever, informed and hilarious... Pure Class’ www.Funny.co.uk
‘Inder Manocha... skilled and stylish set’ Manchester Online
‘At last, an Anglo-Asian stand-up not afraid to wrestle with the big questions. Like, why is there no one on the Starship Enterprise called Patel?’ William Cook, Guardian Guide – Critics Choice
‘Among this year's highlights at Best of the Fest... was a hugely successful set from Inder Manocha, who went down a storm in front of the 600-strong crowd’ The Scotsman

Bryan Lacey (MC)

With a relaxed, cheeky yet charming persona Bryan seems to have almost as much fun as the audience. His material guides you in to his somewhat strange existence and lets you see the world as he sees it and as it sees him!

Since starting on the circuit he has fast become a club favourite and he easily mixes some slick material with quick wit and improvisational skills making him a truly solid act and an excellent MC for any evening.

‘Very, very amusing, the audience is treated to some fine stand-up! Lacey is top notch!’ Three Weeks 2007
‘Bryans music and material charms the audience’– The Scotsman
‘A genuinely funny man and a potential comedy star of the future’ BBC 6 Music.


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Tuesday 04 November 2008
club news
Wycombe ticket update on 4 November

Season ticket holders have until 4.00 pm today to claim their seats or a terrace ticket - one per ST book.

Once this priority booking deadline has expired any remaining tickets will be made available. We are maintaining a wait list for seats and terraces. Anyone who wants to go on the wait list should either email info@afcwimbledon.co.uk or call the club's office on 020 8547 3528 before 4.00 pm today.

Once we have assessed the position regarding remaining tickets - if any -we will contact people on the wait list. This is unlikely to be before late afternoon on Wednesday.


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Monday 03 November 2008
club news
Credit card hotline

For the avoidance of doubt, the credit card hotline is open until 9.00 pm tonight for sales of Wycombe tickets to season ticket holders only.


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Monday 03 November 2008
first team news
Terry on Chelmsford and the FA Trophy

Terry Brown was in sombre mood after Saturday's defeat at table-topping Chelmsford.

"Saturday's game was a bitterly disappointing result. I felt Chelmsford went into a three goal lead without having to do too much and, unlike last season where I felt they were better than us, I felt we surrendered three goals far too easily.

"We missed a great opportunity to take advantage of the two games in hand we have over Chelmsford and I felt if we had played more like our normal game we could definitely have won.

"It would be all too easy to put a poor display down to the conditions. Although they were difficult I felt there wasn't much difference between the conditions on Saturday and the conditions at Newport County, where we managed to play our own game and benefitted from a 4-1 victory. I would be very disappointed if I felt that our forthcoming FA Cup tie had anything to do with a lack lustre display but for thought was that two or three of our players didn't turn up on Saturday.

"The defeat also brings to light that we have lost our last three away league games. This is an area that we shall have to address as soon as possible as is the fact that we are conceding too many goals in the first ten minutes of the game.

"Although the result is very disappointing it still leaves us in a very good position in the league. When we resume our league campaign we will no doubt be several games behind the teams at the top, although this season we have more strength in depth than last.

"Today's FA Trophy draw once again gives us a long trip, this time to Worcester. The FA Trophy is a competition Stuart and I have targeted to do well in this year. The players are under no illusions that this is a cup that we not only expect to do well in, but could go on to win. What an achievement it would be for the club to, at some stage, add the FA Trophy to the proud collection of trophies we have won over the years."


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Monday 03 November 2008
club news
FA Trophy draw

Wimbledon have been drawn away to Worcester City for the FA Trophy third qualifying round. The tie will be played on Saturday 22 November, kick off 3.00 pm.


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Monday 03 November 2008
club news
Wycombe ticket sales update

We have paused sales of tickets for the Wycombe game until the deadline for season ticket holders' priority, which is 4.00 pm on Tuesday 4 November, has passed.

After that time we will assess how many tickets, if any, are left for general sale. If you want to go on a wait list for any tickets that become available, please email info@afcwimbledon.co.uk or call the office on 020 8547 3528 and we will date and time stamp your application. Please give us a phone number to enable us to contact you.

Please don't call the credit card hotline with your application to go on the wait list.


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Sunday 02 November 2008
club news
Wycombe ticket sales stopped

Due to large demand, we will stop selling terrace tickets for the FA Cup tie against Wycombe Wanderers at 1.00 pm today, except to season ticket holders.

Terrace season ticket holders have until 4.00 pm on Tuesday to claim one ticket per ST. After that deadline has passed we will release any unclaimed terrace tickets for general sale.

Seat season ticket holders also have until 4.00 pm on Tuesday to buy their usual seat, after which time any unsold seats will go on general sale. The waiting list for unsold tickets is full and we won't be taking any more applications.


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