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Monday 30 November 2009
first team news
Terry on Salisbury

Terry Brown had to cancel training this morning due to a waterlogged pitch but, with a number of injured players, he was thinking it was just as well.

"Following Saturday's fine performance at Kidderminster I had hoped to have kept the same side. Unfortunately, with injuries and circumstances beyond our control, we will be without the services of Luke Moore, who picked up a groin injury on Saturday, and Steven Gregory, who is away on a family matter.

"We also have injury doubts concerning Paul Lorraine and Ricky Wellard, who both received treatment today and are 50:50 for tomorrow's game. Fortunately for us, I felt the bench as particularly strong on Saturday and we are able to add to that with Kennedy Adjei and Luis Cumbers who came through Saturday's reserve fixture with no problems, while Derek Duncan picked up a knock in that game and so is doubtful.

"We go into Tuesday night's game at Salisbury in a confident manner after two much-needed wins. I felt that the home performance against Ebbsfleet saw us back to our passing game and the result look even better on the back of Ebbsfleet's fine home win against top-five team, Mansfield Town.

"Regardless of the changes necessary for the game at Salisbury we shall be looking to play in a similar attacking mode against a side who are definitely in a false position, owing to their early season ten point deduction. In our previous encounter, although we played very well, I thought the scoreline flattered us and on the night Salisbury played some good football.

"I am hopeful we can maintain the momentum built up by the last couple of wins as if we are to make a concerted effort for the play offs we will at some stage need to string at least six or seven wins together. I realise this won't be easy over the Christmas period. However, we will have a much better idea of where we stand with regards to the promotion play offs prior to the January window."


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Monday 30 November 2009
club news
From the Ebbsfleet programme, #2

After home games we sometimes publish articles from the programme that provide news or information about the club and Trust and which haven't previously appeared on this site.

We have had a number of requests to reproduce the linked feature on the financial benefits of our cup success this season.

It can be found by clicking on Our cup runneth over.


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Sunday 29 November 2009
club news
Bookings being taken for second fans' coach to Salisbury

We have had enough enquiries to enable us to book a second supporters' coach to the away game at Salisbury on Tuesday night.

The cost is £10 and the coach will leave The Grove at 4.00 pm and Kingsmeadow at 4.30 pm.

To book your place, please call the office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm.


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Saturday 28 November 2009
first team news
Dons overcome the Harriers

Wimbledon achieved a thoroughly-deserved win at Kidderminster as they defeated the home team by the only goal of the game.

Danny Kedwell got the winning goal moving onto a through ball by Ricky Wellard, taking the ball past the keeper and calmly rolling it into the net from an acute angle.

In the first half Wimbledon defied the aerial bombardment from Kidderminster with Paul Lorraine and Ben Judge defending resolutely.

In the second half Wimbledon again looked comfortable and had a number of opportunities to increase the winning margin as they looked very sharp on the counter attack. In the end the Kedwell goal was sufficient.

Terry Brown was in a particularly jovial mood after the game. "For the first time in a long time we have won a weekend game and as a result I will now be able to enjoy myself. This was probably one of our best performances of the season against an in-form Kidderminster Harriers team who had recently beaten both Oxford and Kettering.

"We established our style of play early on, and dominated the first half with debutant Will Hendry and the rest of the midfield pulling the strings, and it was no surprise when we went one goal ahead. Defensively, Ben Judge and Paul Lorraine coped very well with the aerial challenge of Robbie Matthews and Damien Spencer. Other than for some profligate finishing, we would have put the game to bed a lot earlier.

"It was an important game for us as Kidderminster are in a similar position to us, and with a number of other teams, are fighting for the fifth position. Looking at the table, Oxford and Stevenage look to be getting away from the pack.

"We are now going into games against Salisbury City and Gateshead, where we should be looking to pick up a minimum of four points, before turning our thoughts to the FA Trophy, a competition I want to do well in".


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Friday 27 November 2009
club news
Terry on Kidderminster

Terry Brown takes his team, supplemented by last minute signing Will Hendry, to the Aggborough Stadium tomorrow for what is bound to be a tough game. Kidderminster have been in good form recently and sit four points ahead of the Dons, who have a game in hand.

Since the Harriers took all three points from Kingsmeadow in early October, they have lost star player and top scorer Matthew Barnes-Homer to a deadline day signing by Luton. Instead, the Dons may well face Damian Spencer, a close season target for Terry Brown at one point, who has joined the Harriers on loan from Kettering.

As always, Terry is looking for a positive approach to the game, in search of all three points.

"Firstly, Thursday night's training started off with the first team and several of our youth sides taking part in the Winter Wonderland parade in the centre of Wimbledon. Not only did the players and several of the youth teams take part in the parade, but the Community Football Scheme provided a massive inflatable football pitch where local children could enjoy themselves outside Wimbledon station. Unfortunately for the first team players, they didn't get to enjoy the lights and festivities, owing to the fact that they had to get back for their training session.

"I am pleased to say that we were able to welcome Will Hendry who will come straight into the side for Saturday's game. Will had a good session with the rest of the lads who were in buoyant mood after Tuesday's 3-0 victory.

"Having already played Kidderminster and suffering a 1-0 defeat, and on the back of their two good wins against Oxford and at Kettering, we realise how difficult a task this will be. However, we are going to go there with an attacking line up and try, as we always do, to gain a maximum three points.

"The introduction of Will Hendry gives us another option during a very busy period to the end of December. We have 7 league and Trophy games in 31 days, plus two local cups as well. The extra player also gives me the opportunity to ensure that both Luis Cumbers and Derek Duncan are able to play 90 minutes for the reserves on Saturday to gain much needed game time.

"Lewis Taylor, Jay Conroy and Danny Kedwell were unable to train on Thursday but Mike is hopeful that all three will be fit and available for selection on Saturday."


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Friday 27 November 2009
club news
Matchday arrangements at Kidderminster

Admission: Over 700 seats are reserved for visiting fans in the John Smith’s Stand. Access to this stand is at the rear through Entrance D which is reached either through the South car park or, alternatively, turning left out of the Kidderminster Harriers Social and Supporters Club. The South terrace (all standing) is also available through Entrance E from the South car park.

Admission prices:

John Smith’s Stand
• Adult - £16
• Over 65 - £11
• Under 16 - £8

South terrace
• Adult - £13
• Over 65 - £8
• Under 16 - £5

Disabled facilities: A number of spaces for wheelchairs are available in front of the visiting supporters’ area in the East Stand. Car parking for the disabled is available by reservation adjacent to Entrance D. Disabled supporters and their carer’s admission packages are available at £10.

Car Parking: Limited car parking is available in the South car park at £3. Parking is not permitted in local streets off Hoo Road but there are town car parks approximately 10 minutes walk from the ground.

Matchday Programme: The 52 page programme costs £2.50.

Supporters Club: Access to the independently run Kidderminster Harriers Social and Supporters Club at the rear of the stadium is normally available to visitors




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Thursday 26 November 2009
first team news
Will joins the Dons

Terry Brown has signed Will Hendry on a short term deal until the end of the year. Will was a first team regular for Hayes and Yeading last season but moved to Dagenham and Redbridge at the beginning of this season.

A midfielder with an eye for goal, Will moved to Maidenhead United in September where he scored five goals in seven league starts. Terry Brown said "I am delighted to have brought Will in to strengthen our options in midfield. Everybody knows I've been bemoaning the lack of goals from midfield and I'm looking for Will to help us to put that right. He is tall, strong and can put in a tackle and I expect he will feature on Saturday."


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Thursday 26 November 2009
club news
New kit car needed

The club is looking for a new kit car. We have previously had a Vauxhall Frontera and Toyota Hilux and we are looking for something similar. If you have a 4 x 4 you would be willing to sell or if you know of a reputable, local 2nd hand dealership that may be able to help, please either call the commercial department on 020 8547 3336 or e-mail here.


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Thursday 26 November 2009
club news
Coaches to Kidderminster and Salisbury

We still have a few places left on the second coach travelling to Kidderminster on Saturday. The coach picks up from the Grove at 10.00 am and Kingsmeadow at 10.30 am.

The coach travelling to Salisbury on Tuesday is already full. We have had a number fans expressing an interest in travelling on a second coach but we will only be able to do that if there are sufficient numbers.

The cost of a seat is £10 and anyone wishing to book a seat on the Kidderminster coach or interested in travelling on a second coach to Salisbury should contact the club as soon as possible on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm today or tomorrow.


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Wednesday 25 November 2009
club news
York and Ebbsfleet highlights on AFC Wimbledon TV

The highlights of the York and the Ebbsfleet games are now available.

To see them, click on AFC Wimbledon TV.


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Wednesday 25 November 2009
dons trust news
Silent auction

The Dons Trust will be holding a silent auction in the back bar before the home game against Gateshead on 5 December. Items to be auctioned will include AFC Wimbledon memorabilia as well as other goodies that could save you a Saturday afternoon’s Christmas shopping.

As in previous years, some of the items will be open to bidding online in the days leading up to the auction, so look on this website over the coming days for further details.

We are still on the look-out for a few further items to round out the auction, so if you or your company have items you can offer, please email fundraising@thedonstrust.org. We will of course be happy to advertise the source of donations.




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Wednesday 25 November 2009
club news
Ticket arrangements for the FA Trophy game

Ticket prices for our FA Trophy tie against Boreham Wood on Saturday 12 December have now been agreed as follows:

Paul Strank Stand Seats Centre and Outer blocks

Adults £14

Concessions £7

Under-16s £3

Terrace

Adults £12

Concessions £6

Under-16s £2

The match is not all-ticket, and all season ticket holders will be required to pay.

Paul Strank Stand season ticket holders who wish to reserve their usual seat may do so until 5.00 pm on Thursday 3 December. Fans wishing to buy a seat for the game can do so immediately but will not be allocated a specific seat until Friday 4 December.

Please note that with the expected attendance for this game, we are not issuing separate tickets for the John Smith’s and Tempest End terraces.

Tickets may be purchased as follows:

By Post:
• There is a maximum of 4 tickets per applicant.
• Applicants should enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Tickets will be sent at the risk of the applicant – in other words we cannot issue replacement tickets for any that are lost in the post. Fans who want secure delivery of the tickets should not stamp the self-addressed envelope but instead add a payment of £2 for a recorded delivery service. Alternatively, applicants can request that the tickets are kept at the office for collection.
• Applicants must enclose a daytime phone contact number.

Online:
Terrace tickets may be bought online by going to the “Buy tickets” online tab on the front page of the official website. There is a maximum of 4 tickets per applicant.

Personal callers:
Tickets will not be sold by phone. However, personal callers may visit the club between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays to purchase tickets.




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Wednesday 25 November 2009
club news
Feature from the Ebbsfleet programme

After home games we sometimes publish articles from the programme that provide news or information about the club and Trust and which haven't previously appeared on this site.

The linked feature updatea fans on our preparations for joining the Football League.

It can be found by clicking on preparing Kingsmeadow for league football.


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Tuesday 24 November 2009
club news
Dons return to winning ways

Wimbledon got three much needed points as they overcame a disappointing Ebbsfleet side and obtained their first league victory at Kingsmeadow since they beat Histon back in September.

Man of the match Luke Moore scored twice against his former team with strikes in the 42nd and 73rd minutes with a Danny Kedwell goal sandwiched betwween them.

Returning to the diamond formation the Dons dominated the game from start to finish although it took a long time to break down the visitors' dogged defence. All three goals were the result of perfectly hit shots which gave Lance Cronin little chance of getting to them. Ebbsfleet's best effort, another stunning shot, was brilliantly saved by Seb Brown.

Terry Brown was very pleased with the result after the recent setbacks. "I thought we went out with the right attitude tonight and tried to keep the ball on the floor and play football. I rested Luke Moore on Saturday and he was rightly upset. Tonight he came out and was very good and thoroughly deserved his two goals with the second one being of a very high quality.

"I was also glad that Danny Kedwell got back on the score chart. It was important to keep a clean sheet tonight and I was pleased with Seb Brown who did not have a lot to do but made one fantastic save.

"We now face a very difficult game at Kidderminster on Saturday. They are in very good form at the present time and have of course already come to Kingsmeadow and taken all three points. We will have to be on top of our game if we are going to get anything out of the match and it is important that we set up well. It will not be a case of going there to play a defensive game as that is not our strength and we will need to attack them."


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Tuesday 24 November 2009
first team news
Terry looks forward to Ebbsfleet - and Andy's back

Terry Brown was hoping to get back to open passing football when he talked to us about tonight's game against Ebbsfleet.

"Tonight's game against Ebbsfleet offers us the opportunity of hopefully getting back to winning ways. Although Ebbsfleet's results of late have been similar to our own, our reports back were that they should have beaten Tamworth on Saturday and should have definitely taken a point recently against a very strong York side.

"Both sides go into the game desperate for a win and I wouldn't envisage there will be a great deal between the two sides. The previous meeting at Stonebridge Road saw us come away with a very late point gained via a last-minute header from Ross Montague.

"Since that game we have acquired the services on loan of Luis Cumbers and hopefully he will be fit enough to play a part in tonight's game, as we have yet to see him, owing to his bronchial complaint. We have been unable to supplement the ranks so far with a left back but I am hopeful that we may be able to recruit one before this Fridays' deadline for emergency loans.

"Although the players have worked hard over the last month the form has been disappointing and we need to get back to playing a game that best suits us. Tonight's game is bound to start a little nervy, as both sides will be keen not to concede early on.

"I am looking for the players to pass the ball with more accuracy and confidence tonight and hopefully get our league form back on track as soon as possible.

"On the injury front, in goal we are still without the services of James Pullen and, unfortunately I managed to injure Jack Turner on Monday morning, with an ankle ligament strain. We don't think this will be too bad and hopefully he will be available at the weekend. This puts us in a position where we can, fortunately, bring in Andy Little, who has recovered from knee surgery and has trained on a regular basis over the last month.

"We were planning to re-introduce Andy gradually, via the reserves. However, this means that tonight he gets the opportunity of sitting on the bench as cover for Seb Brown. It is really lovely to have Andy back and is testimony to the fantastic work done by the surgeon, by our club doctors, led by Anup Sharma, and Mike Rayner, who has now successfully dealt with the rehabilitation of Lewis Taylor, Luke Garrard and Andy Little.

"Unfortunately for both the club and for Alan Inns, Mike's expertise will be needed again as we have suffered our fourth cruciate ligament injury within the last 18 months. I can't personally recall any club I've previously been at that has had this number of serious knee injuries. However, the good news for Alan is that all three previous injured players have come back fitter and stronger after Mike's excellent work.

"Alan's injury is undoubtedly a massive blow to both the club and the player and I am sure that all the supporters wish him a speedy recovery.

"Kennedy Adjei's groin injury has responded well to treatment and we are hopeful that he may well make a return for the reserves on Saturday. Derek Duncan's knee strain has also responded well to treatment and although he is not fit to start tonight, he will hopefully be fit and available for Saturday, providing he comes through Thursday's training session. Finally, I am also pleased to say that Peter Rapson is recovering well and he made his first start for the reserves last Saturday - he hopes to get 90 minutes under his belt this Saturday at Tonbridge."


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Monday 23 November 2009
club news
Bad news for Alan Inns

Earlier today Mike Rayner and Alan Inns were given the results of the scan on Alan's injured knee.

We are very sorry to report that, as feared, Alan has damage to his anterior cruciate ligament and will require an operation. He is likely to be out of action for six to nine months, during which his recovery will be under Mike's highly capable supervision.

Everyone at the club wishes Alan well and hopes that he makes a speedy recovery.


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Monday 23 November 2009
club news
Winter Wonderland 2009- HELP NEEDED!

This year's Winter Wonderland takes place between 5.00 pm - 8.00 pm this Thursday 26 November. Winter Wonderland is an annual, family-oriented event that takes place on the same night that the Wimbledon Christmas lights are turned on and attracts thousands from the local community.
For more information, see here.

The running order is as follows:

5pm- AFC Wimbledon and Paul Strank and Sons Roofing take over Wimbledon station forecourt with a wide range of attractions including human table football, appearances by Haydon the Womble and the 1st team squad and more.

5.30pm-5.45pm- Gather at St Marks Church (top of Worple Rd) for parade

6pm- Parade starts (featuring the 1st team squad and youth teams)

6.20pm- Parade finishes on Kings Rd

6.30pm- Firework display starts

8pm- Event ends

The club is pleased to announce that our presence at this year’s Winter Wonderland is a joint promotion with Paul Strank and Sons Roofing, sponsors of the Paul Strank Stand, and we are very grateful for the help they are providing on the night. Nandos will also have a stall on the forecourt, with all the proceeds being split between the Community Football Scheme and Children In Need.

We would like to encourage fans to support this event as much as possible. 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 either calling 020 8547 3336 or e-mail here.



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Monday 23 November 2009
first team news
FA Trophy draw

We have been drawn at home to Boreham Wood in the First Round proper of the FA Trophy. The match will be played at Kingsmeadow on Saturday 12 December, kick off 3.00 pm. Ticket arrangements will be announced shortly.

Luke Garrard is presently on loan at Boreham Wood and although permission was given for Luke to play in the FA Trophy the agreement was that he would not play if Boreham Wood were drawn against the Dons.


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Monday 23 November 2009
club news
Merton Abbey Mills comes to The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium!

Merton Abbey Mills, London’s alternative market located a few minutes from Colliers Wood tube station, are kindly sponsoring the game against Ebbsfleet tomorrow evening. As part of this sponsorship, several of their retailers will be setting up stalls at the ground, offering samples of their wares.
These are all independently owned local businesses so we would like to encourage everyone to stop by and see what is on offer.

The following retailers will be present:

Ting N Ting
Award- winning Caribbean cuisine and caterers for Comedy@Kingsmeadow, AFC Wimbledon’s monthly comedy club.
For more info, click here.

Love Chocolate
Artisan Chocolate & Cake shop. Irresistible handmade and organic chocolates, continental and traditional sweets, homemade cakes, pastries and ice cream made with our own secret recipe.
For more info, click here.

The Little Indian Kitchen
Offering an array of authentic Indian food & drink to all food lovers, as well as cookery classes for all those wanting to learn how to cook or to expand on the skills they already have.
For more info, click here

The Vintage Venue
For exclusive hand-picked high-end glamour, British and American vintage classics, clothing and accessories, The Vintage Venue is filled wall to wall with iconic pieces from 1940's - 1980's.
For more info, click here

Vanilla Rose Limited
Vanilla Rose offer the freshest of flowers in their shop as well as a range of plants, specialising in wedding and event floristry and have an extensive portfolio having decorated some of the most prestigious venues in London.
For more info, click here

Pastelaria Katavento
Brazilian Fast Food

For more information about Merton Abbey Mills, please visit here.



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Sunday 22 November 2009
first team news
Terry's post match comments on AFC Wimbledon TV

Terry Brown was interviewed for AFC Wimbledon TV shortly after yesterday's game at Kingsmeadow. To hear his comments, click on AFC Wimbledon TV.


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Sunday 22 November 2009
dons trust news
Dons Draw results for November

The November Dons Draw took place yesterday at Kingsmeadow.

Winning numbers were drawn in the presence of Ray Armfield (Dons Trust board member), Chris Atkinson and Mike Berry.

The winning ticket numbers and prizes for this draw were as follows:

First prize of £1,000 - ticket 4041 – Keith Slatter from Coulsdon

Second prize of £500 - ticket 4016 – Russell Moriarty from North Cheam

Third prize of £250 - ticket 0071 – David Hamilton from East Grinstead

Fourth prize of £150 - ticket 0098 – Sam Elliott from Ashford

Fifth prize of £100 – ticket 2376 – Colin Graham from Worcester Park

Sixth prize of £50 – ticket 1102 – Anna Slade from Banstead

Congratulations to all six prize winners.

The next Dons Draw will take place on or around 15 December 2009, with the results being posted on the AFC Wimbledon official web site soon after the draw has taken place.

We have again paid out a massive £2,050 a month in prizes!

If you want a chance of winning one of these prizes, 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 2009 Dons Draw is 8.00 pm on 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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Saturday 21 November 2009
club news
Winning Raffle Tickets

The winning tickets, in the order they were drawn, from today's raffle in aid of St Ann's School are as follows:

545

642

If you have either of these tickets, please call the commercial office on 020 8547 3336 or e-mail here


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Saturday 21 November 2009
first team news
Poor home form continues

Wimbledon's miserable home form continued as they were defeated by a physical, strong York team by the only goal of the game.

In windy, wet conditions the Dons looked short of ideas as they failed to put any pressure on goalkeeper Michael Ingham or his defence. The winning goal came after 63 minutes following a long period of York pressure when the Dons lost possession as they ran the ball out of the penalty area.The ball was played back into the box and Michael Rankine's diving header gave Seb Brown no chance.

Terry Brown had no doubt the better team on the day had won. "We have struggled when playing teams in the top six and today we came up against a team that was physical and stronger than us. They were more experienced and came with a game plan that clearly worked for them.

"I was very pleased with our effort defensively but we didn't cause them enough problems or create enough chances. I need to pick an attacking team that is going to beat Ebbsfleet on Tuesday and get those three vital points. At present we are a mid table side and that is where we deserve be. We are missing Chris Hussey more than we thought and I will be continuing the search for the right player to fill that position."


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Saturday 21 November 2009
club news
Marcus Gayle interview now available on AFC Wimbledon TV

Marcus Gayle is the latest Don to be profiled in the highly successful series of interviews on AFC Wimbledon TV.

To see Marcus's interview with Iain McNay, just click on AFC Wimbledon TV.


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Friday 20 November 2009
youth news
Dons lose out to Bournemouth in FA Youth Cup

The under 18 team went out of the FA Youth Cup on Wednesday night, losing 5 – 0 to AFC Bournemouth.

Despite losing an early goal, when a speculative shot bounced off the crossbar and fell perfectly for the onrushing forward, the Dons were at least the equals of Bournemouth for the first half, playing some neat football without looking like penetrating Bournemouth’s defence.

However, things fell apart for the youngsters in the second half as, shortly after Bournemouth scored a well-taken second goal, the Dons lost their discipline and, with it, the match

Reduced to ten men thorugh the sending off of full back Callum Wellburn, the Dons tried to regroup. However, Bournemouth exploited the extra man and their impressive front runners made sure the game was beyond retrieval to finish comfortable 5-0 winners.

This was a bitterly disappointing way to end a tremendous cup run that had seen the Under 18s win five games and progress to the second round proper of the FA Youth Cup for the first time.


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Friday 20 November 2009
first team news
Terry on York City

Terry Brown was thinking hard about how best to use his fit players, in the light of injuries, past and present, when we spoke to him earlier this afternoon.

"Saturday's game against York City is our first home league match for a while and it is important that we get our league form back on track as soon as possible.

"York's form of late is very good, with wins against Crewe Alexandra, Chester City and Ebbsfleet United, and we will have to be aware of their formidable strike partnership of Rankin and Brodie.

"As far as the Dons are concerned, we go into the game without the services of James Pullen, who won't be fit until December. We are also without the services of Alan Inns who picked up a very nasty knee injury at Barrow - we should have the results of Thursday's scan through by Saturday.

"We had hoped to see the return of Derek Duncan. However, he will be at least another week. On a more positive note, we welcome the return of Luis Cumbers to the bench, after a nasty bronchial complaint, as well as the return of Danny Kedwell up front.

"We have had one or two difficult decisions to make in choosing Saturday's side. The main one has been the good form of Ross Montague when we have Danny Kedwell coming back. However difficult a decision it is, it's a nice one to have to take.

"Saturday's game is quickly followed by another home game against Ebbsfleet on Tuesday and I'd like to think that we can collect at least four points from the two games, in no specific order."


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Friday 20 November 2009
club news
Arrangements for the York City game

Match arrangements for the game against York City are as follows;

Ticket status

Tickets are available on the day of the game for the John Smith's terrace. As in recent games, those tickets will allow access to part of the Kingston Road End terrace.

We expect that there will be a handful of seat tickets for sale from the kiosk in the main lobby at about 1.45 pm.

Access arrangements

Turnstiles 1 and 2 will be available for home fans to enter the John Smith's terrace and part of the Kingston Road end (as explained later in this article).

Turnstile 3 will be reserved for York fans and Dons season ticket holders.

Dons fans who already have match tickets or season tickets may also enter the John Smith's stand via the car park behind the houses in Kingston Road - there will be signs pointing the way. However, tickets will not be on sale at that entrance - you must already have a ticket to enter that way.

Turnstiles 4, 5 and 6 are for fans entering the Tempest End. Fans who wish to enter the John Smith's stand may use these turnstiles but it will be quicker to use turnstiles 1 and 2 or enter through the car park, as described above.

Dons fans in the Kingston Road end

We are expecting 300 – 400 York City fans. They will be required to stand in the Kingston Road end, in the section nearest the turnstiles. As a result, Dons fans who have John Smith's terrace tickets may stand in the KRE, at the end furthest from the turnstiles.

Tempest End ST holders

We are expecting one of our larger crowds for this game and therefore Tempest End fans should not attempt to move to the John Smith’s stand

Bars

The main bar and back bar will open at noon. They are open to fans from both teams.

The bars will remain open at half time.

Catering

There will be a barbecue outside the main bar from noon, and food will also be available in the back bar from noon. The normal range of food and drinks will be available from the burger bars in the ground, including ‘the tea pot’ at the corner of the Tempest End and the John Smith's stand.

Programme

As usual, the programme will be 60 pages and cost £2.50. This week’s programme includes special features on Jon Main; St Ann’s school Morden, which is the focus of the matchday collection; York fan Si Hood, who is cycling to every game this season; an update on the reserves and Terry’s musings on long-distance away games – plus all the usual features and match reports.


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Friday 20 November 2009
club news
Support the collection for St Ann's school

St Ann’s School in Morden is for 3--19-year olds with severe learning difficulties, and several of the school’s students are the club’s guests for tomorrow's game.

AFC Wimbledon is proud to be helping St Ann’s this season. Tomorrow we are holding a major fundraising drive for the school: before and after the game and at half-time, there will be bucket collections and raffle tickets on sale. Please be generous with your donations.

You can read more about the school and our club’s involvement on page 44 of tomorrow's match day programme.


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Thursday 19 November 2009
dons trust news
Dons Draw sign-up on Saturday

Volunteers will be at the game on Saturday encouraging and helping supporters to sign up for the Dons Draw. If you would like to participate in (or increase your participation in) the Dons Draw, then please come to the back bar before the game on Saturday. Please remember to bring your bank details with you.

The total prizes under the Dons Draw now amount to just over £2,000 per month. For more details see www.thedonsdraw.co.uk



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Wednesday 18 November 2009
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents the Kounterfeit Kinks this Saturday!

Kingsmeadow Live proudly presents the Kounterfeit Kinks as our next gig on Saturday 21 November. Please see below for more details.

Saturday 21 November
The Kounterfeit Kinks
Tickets: £8 (Advance) / £10 (door)
Doors: 8pm

The Kinks are one of the most important and influential bands of all time. With a rich and diverse range of songwriting from Ray and Dave Davies, the band set a standard throughout the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, with a hard edged rock ‘n’ roll, outstanding melodies and razor sharp lyrics.

As a tribute to The Kinks, the Kounterfeit Kinks recapture both the raw energy and subtle tones of The Kinks' sound whilst always remaining faithful to the original recordings.

Using authentic equipment, vintage clothing and predominantly ‘real-hair’ the Kounterfeit Kinks deliver the goods in superb fashion.

To purchase tickets: here or call: 020 8547 3335

Upcoming Gigs:
Saturday 19 December – Kingsmeadow Live Christmas Party featuring Ska Wars


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Wednesday 18 November 2009
club news
Winter Wonderland 2009

This year's Winter Wonderland takes place between 5.00 pm - 8.00 pm on Thursday 26 November. Winter Wonderland is an annual, family-oriented event that takes place on the same night that the Wimbledon Christmas lights are turned on and attracts thousands from the local community. For more information, see here.

The parade has been reinstated this year, starting at 6.00 pm, and passing thought the town centre before ending on Queens Road. The activities will be spread over several sites around the town centre and AFC Wimbledon has once again been allocated the station forecourt. We are planning several activities, including an inflatable human table football game, skills competitions and of course appearances by the first team squad and Haydon the Womble.

Other attractions include a fireworks display, street entertainment, live music and much more.

The club is pleased to announce that our presence at this year’s Winter Wonderland is a joint promotion with Paul Strank and Sons Roofing, sponsors of the Paul Strank Stand, and we are very grateful for the help they are providing on the night. Nandos will also have a stall on the forecourt, with all the proceeds being split between the Community Football Scheme and Children In Need.

We would like to encourage fans to support this event as much as possible. 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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Wednesday 18 November 2009
club news
Coach bookings to Kidderminster and Salisbury

We are now taking bookings for the supporters' coaches travelling to our next two away games in the Blue Square Premier.

Kidderminstaer Harriers on Saturday 28 November. The coach will pick up from The Grove at 10.00 am and from Kingsmeadow at 10.30 am.

Salisbury City on Tuesday 1 December. The coach will pick up from The Grove at 4.00 pm and from Kingsmeadow at 4.30 pm.

The price for a seat is £10 and places can be reserved by calling the club office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays. Alternatively, seats can be reserved by visiting the complimentary tickets window before and after the league game against York City on Saturday.


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Tuesday 17 November 2009
u18s news
Dons youth team up for the cup

AFC Wimbledon's under 18 team is back on the cup trail on Wednesday night when they meet AFC Bournemouth in the second round proper of the FA Youth Cup. The game will be played at the Cherry Red Records Fans’ stadium – Kingsmeadow, kick off 7.45 pm.

This is the first time that the under 18s have played their counterparts from a Football League team and it has taken five victories to get this far. The run started over two months ago with a close-fought 2-1 win against Kentish Town, when two goals from James Cottee saw them through. Next came Hayes and Yeading, who have a long-established and highly successful youth development scheme but a superb team performance saw them come away from Church Road with a convincing 3-0 win.

Drawn away at Thamesmead Town the youth team won again and, for the second game in a row, the goals came from Rhys Turner, Callum Wellburn and Matt Harmsworth in a convincing 3-1 win. Matt Harmsworth was on target again, along with Joe Jackson, in the next game, away to Tilbury, and this success took them into the first round proper where they faced local rivals Sutton United at Kingsmeadow.

Watched by scouts from a number of league teams and an enthusiastic crowd of over 200, the game against Sutton went to extra time before the Dons completed a 2-1 victory with goals by Matt Harmsworth and Callum Dunne. This time, however, it was the defence which shone, with goalkeeper Jack Turner making three superb saves at critical times in the game. For more details of the games to date, see here and follow the link via the result of the game.

AFC Bournemouth reached the second round with a 3-1 win at Bristol Rovers, setting up a game where the winners will go to play Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium.

Russell Harmsworth, the under 18s manager, said ‘getting this far, which is a first for us, is a fantastic achievement, not least because the team includes quite a few first year boys. So that shows the strength and quality of the squad.

“We have spoken to Bristol Rovers and so we know Bournemouth are a very good side. Our training last night obviously focused on this game and the boys are really up for it. Not surprisingly, everyone is fit and available and picking a squad of 16 has proved incredibly difficult.

“The boys love playing at Kingsmeadow and the extra atmosphere of a few hundred fans – we are hoping for even more than last time’s 209 to cheer us on. In summary, they are looking forward to it – and so are the management! The carrot is the fantastic opportunity of the away game at Bolton.”

Entry to the game is £5 for adults and £2 for concessions and under 16s.


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Tuesday 17 November 2009
club news
Half-season tickets

Stuck for an idea for a Christmas present? Why not buy an AFC Wimbledon half-season ticket? You can see all twelve of AFC Wimbledon's post-Christmas home Blue Square Premier League matches for only £100 for an adult terrace ticket. Concession tickets are £50, young adult tickets are £30 and under 16 tickets are £15.

Matches covered by the tickets start with the Boxing Day home game against Hayes and Yeading United and include the visits of promotion challengers Mansfield Town and Stevenage Borough.

These half-season tickets guarantee your entry to home matches that will determine the promotion and play-off places for the Blue Square Premier 2009/10 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 for the John Smith's stand only. We regret that there are no places available in the Paul Strank Stand and the Tempest End.

As fans know, we are planning to install additional turnstiles in the next few months. Once this work is complete, season ticket holders will be able to transfer to the Kingston Road end terrace, if they wish. We hope that this work will be completed by the end of February.

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 here. We strongly urge you to read the 'Questions and answers' document and the Terms and conditions which can be found towards the bottom of the linked page,


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Monday 16 November 2009
club news
Terry looks back on Barrow and updates the injury position

After Monday morning’s training session we spoke to Terry Brown about the game at Barrow, the latest injury situation, and player coming and goings.

“Saturday’s game at Barrow gave Seb Brown and Ross Montague an opportunity to savour first-team appearances, and they both acquitted themselves very well and made major contributions to what was at the end of the day a very well-earned point. Barrow are on an unbeaten ten-match run going back to the end of September, and they caused problems for our back four, especially in the first half.

“Stuart, Simon and I will be working very hard this week on our defensive shape. We are conceding too many goals and we’ve not managed to keep a clean sheet since our game at Rushden & Diamonds at the end of September. The character shown by the players after going two goals down early in the second half at Barrow was commendable, but we can’t keep giving the opposition two-goal starts.

“It has not helped the defence that we have been forced to change the personnel because of injuries, and we now have a problem with Alan Inns, who picked up a nasty knee ligament injury on Saturday. Alan is very competitive and wanted to continue playing, but it was evident to Mike Rayner that he was unable to continue. Alan will be going for a scan this week, and we are hoping that it will turn out to be nothing too serious.

“James Pullen has chipped a bone in his ankle and we will be without him for well over a month. There is better news on Danny Kedwell, and I’m hoping that he will be fit and available for selection on Saturday against York City. Peter Rapson was able to start his first training session for over a month this morning, and Luis Cumbers is recovering from a bronchial complaint and should be able to resume training on Thursday. Apart from Brett Johnson breaking a finger, everyone else appears to have a clean bill of health.

“After speaking to Nathan Ashton last week, it is apparent that he wants immediate first-team football. But I could not give him that guarantee, so Nathan has left us. We have been playing Brett Johnson in the left-back role for the last couple of weeks, but we look better defensively with him playing in one of the centre-back positions. So our search for a left-back continues.

“Finally, after discussions with Luke Garrard, whose loan period was nearing an end, we have agreed that he should remain at Boreham Wood for an additional loan period to allow him to continue playing regular football, so that when he returns in the New Year he will be sufficiently match fit to start pressing for a first-team place.”



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Friday 13 November 2009
club news
No breakfast at the Grove on Saturday

Because of the very early departure of the supporters' coach on Saturday morning, breakfast will not be served in the Grove. Those fans leaving their car in the car park at the Grove are asked to leave some form of identification in the front of the car that you are a Wimbledon fan.


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Thursday 12 November 2009
first team news
Terry thoughts on Barrow

We were able to have a quick word with Terry Brown as he was preparing for the visit to Barrow. “Saturday’s game at Barrow means an early start for the players on Friday morning as they board the coach for the long trip north. Except that is for Alan Inns and Elliott Godfrey who are having to work during the day, and will be making their own way to the hotel later in the day.

"After the exertions and disappointment following Monday night’s cup-tie at Millwall the players have participated in one full training session. With a game on Monday and travelling on Friday it has not been possible to fit in any other sessions.

"Unfortunately, we picked up several injuries during Monday night’s game at Millwall and we will be without James Pullen and Danny Kedwell, who both suffered ankle ligament injuries. They have both had x-rays and we are hopeful that they should be fit and available for selection next Saturday, when we play York City. Also on the missing list is Luis Cumbers, who has a bronchial complaint.

"Saturday’s game will undoubtedly be one of the toughest away trips of the year. It is a game where we need to secure some points, and get our league form back on track.

"The team know that again there will be a large following travelling to Barrow, and they will be giving it their all to obtain victory and give the fans a happy journey home."


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Thursday 12 November 2009
club news
Winter Wonderland 2009

This year's Winter Wonderland takes place between 5.00 pm - 8.00 pm on Thursday 26 November. Winter Wonderland is an annual, family-
oriented event that takes place on the same night that the Wimbledon Christmas lights are turned on and attracts thousands from the local community. For more information, see here.

The parade has been reinstated this year, starting at 6.00 pm, and passing thought the town centre before ending on Queens Road. The activities will be spread over several sites around the town centre and AFC Wimbledon has once again been allocated the station forecourt. We are planning several activities, including an inflatable human table football game, skills competitions and of course appearances by the first team squad and Haydon the Womble.

Other attractions include a fireworks display, street entertainment, live music and much more.

The club is pleased to announce that our presence at this year’s Winter Wonderland is a joint promotion with Paul Strank and Sons Roofing, sponsors of the Paul Strank Stand, and we are very grateful for the help they are providing on the night. Nandos will also have a stall on the forecourt, with all the proceeds being split between the Community Football Scheme and Children In Need.

We would like to encourage fans to support this event as much as possible. 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 12 November 2009
first team news
Luton game rearranged

Our Blue Square Premier game against Luton Town will now take place at the Kenilworth Stadium on Tuesday 16 February 2010, kick off 7.45 pm


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Thursday 12 November 2009
first team news
Luton off - Kidderminster on

Following the success of Luton Town in the FA Cup, our away game in the Blue Square Premier at Kenilworth Stadium, which was to have been played on Saturday 28 November, has been postponed.

On that date we will now visit Kidderminster Harriers having agreed to bring forward the fixture which was to have been played on Tuesday 9 February.

A new date for the away game against Luton Town will be announced in due course.


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Wednesday 11 November 2009
dons trust news
Junior Dons party - clarification

As a one off for this year, the Dons Trust board has agreed that entry to this year's Junior Dons Christmas party will be free.

This decision was taken after letters had been sent to parents telling them about the event. These letters said there was a cost to the event.

To be clear, the event is free and anyone who has booked and already paid will be reimbursed.

This year's party will be held on Sunday 13 December from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm in the back bar.

Spaces are limited so we recommend that you apply before 30 November.

Haydon will be overseeing the fun and party favourite Rockin' Paddy will be dj-ing and organising the party games. Terry Brown and the players will be joining in the fun and Father Christmas has even agreed to leave the North Pole for a couple of hours to hand out presents.

The party is suitable for children up to 12 years old, under 5s must be accompanied by an adult.

Although entry is free, we still need the Junior Don's name, age, gender and details of any allergies or medical conditons. Please send these to the club's office for the attention of Aideen Rochford.

If you have any queries, please email here.


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Wednesday 11 November 2009
u18s news
FA Youth Cup

The Under 18s game in the Second Round of the FA Youth Cup against AFC Bournemouth will take place at Kingsmeadow on Wednesday 18 November, kick off 7.45 pm.

Admission prices will be Adults £5 and Concessions and Under 16s £2.


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Wednesday 11 November 2009
club news
Supporters' coach to Barrow

The supporters' coach travelling to Barrow on Saturday is now full and we will not be taking any bookings for a second coach.


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Tuesday 10 November 2009
club news
End of Season Dinner 2010

Following last year’s extremely successful event, the club is pleased to announce the details of this season’s End of Season Dinner.

Once again the dinner will take place in a marquee on the pitch at The Cherry Red Records Fans Stadium on Saturday 8 May.

The evening will commence with a reception in the main bar at 7.00 pm before moving into the marquee for dinner.

After dinner, there will be an auction, a raffle and the highly anticipated end of season speeches from Terry Brown, the player of the season and more.

Once that is finished, a live band will be providing the entertainment with the bar open until 1.00 am.

Tickets cost £900 for a table of 10 or £100 for individual tickets, which includes ½ bottle of wine per person.

The dress code is lounge suit.

To book your table or for more information, call the commercial department on 020 8547 3336 or e-mail here.

We have a limited number of tables so we strongly recommend you book tables early to avoid disappointment.


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Tuesday 10 November 2009
first team news
Terry's thoughts on Millwall

This morning we caught up with Terry Brown, who was still feeling rather sorry for himself. “I’m really proud of the performance of the players, who gave absolutely everything last night in front of the phenomenal travelling support at the New Den,” he said.

“I haven’t yet had a chance to look at the DVD of last night’s game, but I’m sure we can learn a great deal from it. We were up against a very good Millwall team who remain unbeaten at home this season and had conceded only four goals. Not only did we compete well, but we caused them problems, and their manager Kenny Jackett was most complimentary about the way we played.

“I was particularly pleased with the performances of Danny Kedwell and Jon Main, who battled away all game. They didn’t get the quality of delivery they would have liked, but they worked very hard to ensure that the Millwall back line had an uncomfortable night.

“It’s important to remember that three of the players – Elliott Godfrey, Sam Hatton and Paul Lorraine –were playing their first 90 minutes since going down with the flu-type virus, and they all acquitted themselves very well.

“My only disappointment was that we gave them a couple of goals near the end, and that the scoreline did not reflect the effort we put in and the football that we played. Apart from the result, the night couldn’t have gone better. Millwall looked after us fantastically well and their fans applauded us off the pitch. I would like to wish them all the best in the next round of the FA Cup, when they will come up against a very good Staines Town team who will not make it easy for them.”



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Tuesday 10 November 2009
first team news
Dons go down fighting

In front of a fantastic travelling support of over 3,300 fans, the Dons’ dream of a giant-killing act against Millwall was denied despite a brave performance at the New Den.

In a first half in which there was nothing between the two teams, Danny Kedwell came closest for the visitors when his effort just trickled past the far post, while Neil Harris and Steve Morison had chances for the home team.

Just four minutes into the second half Harris took advantage of a slip in the Wimbledon defence and volleyed home from close range. Jon Main came close to equalising shortly after, but having wriggled through the Millwall back line he saw his toe poke go agonisingly wide. James Pullen was called upon to make excellent saves from Jimmy Abdou and Tony Craig before substitute Jason Price added a second after 72 minutes.

The Dons were never going to go down without a fight, and Lewis Taylor reduced the arrears after 81 minutes with a great run and finish. As the Dons sought the equaliser, gaps began to appear at the back, and goals from Danny Schofield and another from Price after 86 and 89 minutes respectively resulted in a scoreline that the Dons did not deserve.



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Monday 09 November 2009
club news
Terry sets the scene

As the players congregated at Kingsmeadow to take the team coach to the hotel where they will have their pre-match meal, we spoke to Terry Brown for any late team news.

"The three players who have had a virus have all reported fit - but then you'd expect nothing else for such a big game. We will be monitoring their condition during the game in case the effects of the virus catch up with them.

"The players set off to the game in a confident mood - and who would blame them after the weekend that non league teams have had? I expect that my team talk will be the same as Kenny Jackett's; look at Staines Town, look at Northwich Victoria - this could happen here tonight.

"I am sure that we will give a good account of ourselves and that the fantastic following of Dons fans will make a huge noise and hopefully drive the team on for a night that adds to this club's fantastic FA Cup history.”


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Monday 09 November 2009
club news
Bar open for fans travelling on supporters' coaches today

The main bar will be open at 3.30 pm today for fans waiting for the supporters' coaches to Millwall.

After the game the bar will remain open for fans returning to Kingsmeadow by coach.


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Monday 09 November 2009
club news
Collection of tickets for the Milwall game

The office is open from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm today for collection of pre-ordered tickets for tonight's game at Millwall.

After that time it will not be possible to collect tickets from Kingsmeadow. However, Millwall have kindly agreed to hold tickets for collection at the North Stand ticket office. You will need to take identification and, if you bought on line, your email confirmation.


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Monday 09 November 2009
club news
Club shop opens on Monday

A reminder that the club shop will be open from 3.00 pm until 4.30 pm today prior to the departure of the supporters' coaches leaving for the FA Cup tie at Millwall.

On what is forecast to be a cold evening this will be an opportuniuty to purchase Scarfs, Hats and flags, etc.

This is the only time the shop will be open before the Millwall game.




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Sunday 08 November 2009
first team news
It's Staines next - if the Dons can defeat Millwall

The Dons' number was the last one out of the bag today, when the winners of tomorrow night's first round FA Cup tie at Millwall were drawn away against Staines Town in a game to be played on 28 or 29 November. Staines were one of the first round's giant killers with a 1-0 away win at League Two Shrewsbury Town, in their game yesterday.

There will be more comment on the draw if Wimbledon get past Millwall on Monday night.


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Sunday 08 November 2009
club news
Crawley highlights now available

To see the highlights of the Crawley FA Cup replay, and Terry Brown's thoughts on the game, just click on AFC Wimbledon TV.


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Sunday 08 November 2009
dons trust news
Summary of monthly CEO report

A standard item on the agenda for every Dons Trust board meeting is a report by the Chief Executive. From now on, we will be publishing the highlights of that report on this site, shortly after each meeting.

The following summary was submitted to the DTB for its meeting on Monday 2 November. The background to each item is well known to the board, so the points are very brief. Italicised comments have been added to the summary, to make it easier to follow for members.

. Responses to Merton LDF submitted (note to readers - an LDF is a long term development plan for a borough which sets out certain key plans and policies. We have commented on the plan, including the possible use of the greyhound stadium.)

. Ks licence agreed (as part of the deal to acquire the perimeter lease, we have renegotiated Kingstonian's licence. The final details are now agreed and it is ready to be signed at the same time as the perimeter lease)

. Good progress on the perimeter lease (although the lease is to be transferred to us, we still need to agree the detailed wording with Kingston's legal representatives. There are now only one or two issues to be resolved and we are aiming to get them agreed by the end of the month)

. No news yet on turnstile project planning application (on the day of the meeting we received confirmation that the applications, one for the new turnstiles, burger bars and toilets, the other for the extension of the Kingston Road roof, have been agreed)

. Significant doubts about availability of grant funding for turnstile project

. Borrowings unchanged and healthy bank balance

. PLC and subsidiary audits complete - no outstanding issues to report

. Proceeds from FA cup games to date exceed entire cup budget for the season

. Proposed structure of ManComm in future (Management Committee is the body that runs AFC Wimbledon on a day to day basis. It comprises the three directors, plus David Charles, the club secretary. One of the strategic decisions was to review how it operates and increase the number of directors. This is the first stage of that process)


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Saturday 07 November 2009
club news
Final ticket sales and arrangements for the Millwall game

Tickets for the game

After ticket sales this morning, Saturday, we have agreed with Millwall that they will sell the remaining 200+ tickets, on the door, on the night of the game. Tickets are no longer on sale at the club or on line.

Pre-ordered tickets may still be collected from the club’s offices between 10.00 am and 2.00 pm on Monday. After this time, it will not be possible to collect tickets.

Although the North Stand holds rather more, the police have agreed a limit of 3,400 seats for this game.

Travel to the game

Details are on the Millwall site, here, under the 'tickets' tab.

By train

Millwall strongly advise travelling by coach or train. The nearest station is South Bermondsey, which is one stop from London Bridge. Travellers from Wimbledon can either take a train into Waterloo, then go onto London Bridge via underground and then one stop to South Bermondsey, or you take a train from Wimbledon to Tulse Hill for a train that stops at South Bermondsey, en route to London Bridge.

At South Bermondsey station there is a segregated walkway for away fans going to the away end.

The nearest tube stations (Canada Water and Bermondsey) are 30 minutes' walk away and not the recommended route.

By supporters’ coach

Two supporters’ coaches will be leaving from the Grove at 5.00 pm and seven from Kingsmeadow at 5.00pm. No coaches will go to both locations.

Please bring your match ticket with you. Fans will be pre-allocated to specific numbered coaches – Wimbledon stewards will direct you to the right coach.

Coaches will leave promptly after the game – please be on time.

Entrance to the stadium

Turnstiles will open at 6.15 pm.

Fans are either allocated to the upper or lower tier, as indicated on the ticket. Seats are unreserved but each ticket shows a block number. We have been told by Millwall officials that their stewards will be directing fans to sit in the block indicated on their ticket. All seats have a good view of the pitch.

If you want to sit with your friends then you are strongly advised to arrive early and arrive together. While each block contains up to 300 seats, people arriving late are unlikely to be able to sit next to friends who arrived early.

Programmes

Millwall are producing their usual size match programme of 64 pages, cost £3.

Drums and flags etc

It is against ground regulations to bring drums into the ground.

Any flags that obscure advertising hoardings will be removed.

Former players

Before the game a number of players who have appeared for both teams will be introduced to the crowd.

Minute’s silence

There will be a minute’s silence before the game to mark Remembrance Day.


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Saturday 07 November 2009
dons trust news
Date of Dons Trust AGM

This year's Dons Trust AGM will be held on Thursday 10 December at 7.30pm at Kingsmeadow.

Papers will be sent direct to members soon. Please put the date in your diary.


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Saturday 07 November 2009
dons trust news
Junior Dons party now free

As a one off for this year, the Dons Trust board has agreed that entry to this year's Junior Dons Christmas party will be free. This year's party will be held on Sunday 13 December from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm in the back bar.

Spaces are limited so we recommend that you apply before 30 November.

Haydon will be overseeing the fun and party favourite Rockin' Paddy will be dj-ing and organising the party games. Terry Brown and the players will be joining in the fun and Father Christmas has even agreed to leave the North Pole for a couple of hours to hand out presents.

The party is suitable for children up to 12 years old, under 5s must be accompanied by an adult.

Although entry is free, we still need the Junior Don's name, age, gender and details of any allergies or medical conditons. Please send these to the club's office for the attention of Aideen Rochford.

If you have any queries, please email here.


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Friday 06 November 2009
first team news
Terry looks forward to Millwall

With no game tomorrow Terry Brown and his management team are holding a light training session in the morning and then going scouting at a range of games in the afternoon. There is a lot of press interest in Monday night’s tie, as the Dons are about to appear against league opposition in the first round proper for the second year in succession.

"Thursday night started off with our usual training session with a slight change with reference to three newspapers who were doing interviews with the players and me. There were also photographs of the players training, which follows on from an interview with the Daily Mail, which will hopefully be out on Monday, featuring Erik, Marcus and me.

"The players have been working extensively this week on defending and pressing the opposition when we don't have the ball, as I felt we were pretty poor last week at Chester. We still have slight doubts with regards to Paul Lorraine and Sam Hatton who have both contracted a virus of some kind. We are hopeful that both of them will be able to train on Saturday morning.”

Terry was quick to add his congratulations on the under 18 team’s success in the FA Youth Cup, which he stopped off to watch after training. "I was able to leave training slightly early and left the troops in the capable hands of Stuart and Simon, so that I could watch what turned out to be a very exciting first round match in the FA Youth Cup against our near neighbours, Sutton United.

"It was a very close affair with Russell Harmsworth's lads finishing slightly stronger and thoroughly deserving the opportunity of facing Bournemouth in the next round. There was a good crowd of over 200 people and I hope you will get the opportunity to see the next round at home to Bournemouth on Thursday 19 November.

"As I stated earlier, the players will be attending our final training session on Saturday morning, hopefully coming up with a set piece or two to surprise Millwall on Monday. Although everyone at the club realises that Monday's task is a very daunting one, no doubt the customary Wimbledon fighting spirit will rear its head so far as the FA Cup is concerned and it wouldn't surprise me if this group of individuals surprises a few people on Monday night.

"The players are aware of the fantastic support we will have on Monday night and I'm sure the sight of our own yellow and blue army will be enough to inspire every player who gets the honour of pulling on a yellow and blue shirt on the night.

"Many thanks also to the two youth teams who have kindly reorganised their training session around the first team next week as, after Monday's game, the only practical date for the first team to train prior to the early morning departure to Barrow, is Wednesday night. With the help of Mark Robinson and the youth teams concerned we are able to overcome the problem and many thanks to everyone concerned."


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Friday 06 November 2009
club news
Coaches list closing soon

For practical reasons, today is the last day we can order additional supporters' coaches for the Millwall game on Monday. Therefore, we will stop taking bookings when the current two coaches have been filled.

At the time of writing, there are approximately 30 places still available for the seventh coach leaving from Kingsmeadow and 20 places on the second coach leaving from The Grove pub.

Places are free for season ticket holders, Dons Trust members, PLC shareholders and volunteers.


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Friday 06 November 2009
club news
On line ticket sales resume

Following a short interruption in service, ticket sales are now available on line again. Subject to availability the on line system will remain open until noon on Monday.

Tickets are on sale today to callers and on line, but we are not posting them - they must be collected from the club's offices at any of the following times:

Today, Friday, until 4.00 pm
Saturday 10.00 am to 1.30 pm
Monday 10.00 am to 2.00 pm

We have sold 2,850 tickets to date and we are limited to 3,400 in total. Please read the news item dated 5 November re whether or not tickets will be on sale on the night of the game.


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Thursday 05 November 2009
club news
Limit set on ticket sales for Millwall game

Following further consultations between Millwall officials and the police, the number of seats available to Wimbledon fans for the game on Monday night has been set at 3,400. To date, we have sold about 2,550.

We will be monitoring advance sales very closely. If they continue at the current level the police may decide that the match should be designated all ticket for Dons fans, to avoid fans being unable to get in on the night if 'walk-up' sales are substantial.

To be clear, the game has not yet been designated all ticket for Dons fans. If it turns out that advance sales have now reached a plateau, there is every likelihood that tickets will be available on the night. However, if you want to guarantee getting into the game, we strongly recommend that you buy your ticket in advance.

In the light of this development, we are extending our opening hours on Saturday and we will now be open from 10.00 am to 1.30 pm. However, the credit card hotline will not be open.

For opening hours today and on Friday, please see the earlier news item on this site.


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Thursday 05 November 2009
u18s news
FA Youth Cup action tonight

Tonight the Under 18s attempt to reach the Second Round of the FA Youth Cup sponsored by E.ON when they entertain local rivals Sutton United at Kingsmeadow. The winners will have a home tie in the next round against AFC Bournemouth who beat Bristol Rovers on Tuesday night 3-1.

Sutton United Under 18s, like Wimbledon, play in the Ryman Youth League and are in the Central Division where they sit in fourth place having won one and drawn two of the three league games they have played so far.

Sutton have progressed to this stage of the competition having defeated Epsom & Ewell 5-0, Cobham 2-1, Colliers Wood United 3-1 and Margate 2-1. A close and exciting encounter is expected tonight so why not come down and support the stars of the future.

Kick off is at 7.45 pm and admission is £5 Adults and £2 Concessions. The burger bar will be open for refreshments.



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Wednesday 04 November 2009
club news
Supporters' coach pick up times

Pick up times for supporters' coaches to the Millwall game will be 5.00 pm on Monday, for Kingsmeadow and The Grove.

We are not planning to run coaches that visit both locations.


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Wednesday 04 November 2009
club news
Millwall ticket sales on Thursday 5 November

This note is to clarify a number of matters relating to ticket sales and collection for Monday's first round FA Cup tie at Millwall.

To date, ticket sales are about 2,500. We understand that the North stand at The New Den holds about 4,500.

We have confirmed with Millwall officials today that they plan to allow pay-on-the-gate on Monday night. However, they have cautioned us that this is not solely their decision and that if, for any reason, the police conclude that it is not appropriate to do so, they can over-ride Millwall.

In the light of this, while we hope and expect that it will be possible to pay on the night, any fan who wishes to be certain of entry is advised to buy a ticket in advance.


Tickets will be on sale tomorrow to callers into the club's office and on line, as explained in previous notices on this site. The credit card hotline will not be open.

Due to the current uncertainties, we are no longer sending tickets by post - they must be collected. Collection times are as follows:

Thursday: 10.00 am to 7.30 pm

Friday: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

Saturday: 10.00 am to noon

Monday: 10.00 am to 2.00 pm

Please note that after 2.00 pm on Monday we will not be able to hold tickets for collection and, contrary to rumour, we will not be distributing them at the New Den.


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Wednesday 04 November 2009
club news
Dons game to be televised - but only overseas

The FA Cup tie between Millwall and AFC Wimbledon, which is being played on Monday 9 November, will be shown by a number of overseas broadcasters.

While we don’t know for certain which of them will show the game, if it is to be broadcast then it will be available at the following broadcasters in the respective territories:

Africa SuperSport

Albania Theatre International - Vizion Plus

Asia ESPN Star Sports

Australia Setanta

Belgium Telenet & BeTV

Bulgaria Diema Television

Czech Republic Galaxie/Nova

France France Televisions

Cyprus ERT

Eastern Europe Sportklub

Germany DSF

Greece ERT

Iceland and Faroe Islands IBC

Indian Sub continent Sony

Israel Charlton

Italy Sky Italia

Japan J-Sports

Macedonia Diema Television

Malta GO

Middle East Al-Jazeera

Netherlands Sport1

North America Fox / Setanta

Portugal Sport TV

Scandinavia Viasat

Slovakia Galaxie/Nova

South America ESPN

Spain Sogecable

Turkey NTVSPOR

Russia NTV +

Thailand True & Channel 3

Ukraine TV & Broadcasting JSC Ukraine - TRK

Sadly, it seems there are no broadcasting fees payable to the club for this service.


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Wednesday 04 November 2009
club news
Luke Moore named in England C back up squad

Luke Moore has been named in the 22 man contingency squad for the forthcoming England C (U23) friendly International with Poland, which is to be played in Grodzisk Wielkopolski, near Poznan, on Tuesday 17 November, kick-off 6.30 pm.

The game is being played in the same week as FA Cup first round replays and the FA has said that they realise that they will 'need to alter the squad should any players be involved in these replays'.


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Wednesday 04 November 2009
club news
Danny Kedwell wins player of the round award

Danny Kedwell has won the E.ON player of the round award, voted for by fans, for his performances against Crawley Town in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup and the replay, in which he scored and played a major part in setting up the second goal.

Danny will receive an 'E.ON Player of the Round' trophy and two VIP tickets to this season's FA Cup Final which will take place at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 15 May 2010.


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Tuesday 03 November 2009
club news
Millwall ticket sales on Wednesday 4 November

Wednesday's arrangements for ticket sales for the Millwall game are the same as for Tuesday, as set out below. Please note that we will not mail tickets sold on line after 3.00 pm on Wednesday - they will need to be collected from the club's offices.

More tickets are being sent to us on Wednesday, bringing the total for sale in the upper tier to 2,200. With about 1,930 sold to date, it is likely that we will sell out the upper tier sometime on Wednesday or Thursday. We are in discussions with Millwall officials about whether or not lower tier tickets will be sold in advance.

Early tomorrow morning, we hope to announce departure times for supporters' coaches to the game.




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Tuesday 03 November 2009
first team news
Luis comes back again

Subject to administrative clearance, Terry Brown is pleased to announce that we have managed to secure the services of Luis Cumbers.

Terry said "Luis was a tremendous success last time he was here. He comes on an initial one month loan, which brings us back up to the four strikers that I feel we must have. Unfortunately, Peter Rapson has suffered a couple of injuries this season that have not allowed him to play any competitive games.

"Gillingham have kindly agreed that we can play Luis in the FA Cup. He is very comfortable on the ball and certainly has an eye for goal, unfortunately as he showed in the Ebbsfleet away fixture this year. I will endeavour to stop Lorro kicking him in training but I am sure everyone will be pleased to see Luis in a Dons shirt again."


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Tuesday 03 November 2009
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents Hal Cruttenden this Friday! NB SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS

Comedy@Kingsmeadow returns on Friday 6 November, headlined by the hilarious Hal Cruttenden. See below for more about the line-up, including an appearance by AFC Wimbledon fan Colin Shergold.

***Special arrangements for Friday 6 November***
Due to the fireworks display taking place at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Friday 6 November, we regret to say that there will be no parking available until 9.00 pm. As a result, doors will open at 8.00 pm and the comedy will start at 9.30 pm.

To purchase tickets, click here.

Upcoming Gigs:
Saturday 21 November - The Kounterfeit Kinks
Saturday 19 December - Kingsmeadow Live Xmas Party featuring Ska Wars!





Friday 6 November
COMEDY@KINGSMEADOW presents Hal Cruttenden, Steve Williams, David Earl, Colin Shergold and Geoff Whiting
Doors open 7.30pm. Comedy starts 9.00pm. Bar closes midnight.
Admission: £12.00 (includes dinner)

Hal Cruttenden (Headliner)
Hal Cruttenden is one of the one of the top comedians working in the UK today, as well as being an accomplished writer and actor. Already this year he has appeared on 'Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive' for BBC3 and has just finished writing and performing in 'The Omid Djalili Show' due to be aired on BBC1 towards the end of the year. Hal's big breakthrough in stand up came with his nomination for the Perrier Newcomer Award at the 2002 Edinburgh Festival for his solo show 'Hal', followed by a highly successful run the following year of his second show, 'To Hal and Back', which was also performed at the Soho Theatre in London at the end of 2003.

At the 2005 Edinburgh Festival, he performed sketches with 'The Monkey Butlers' to sell out crowds at the Underbelly Venue. He is a regular performer at all the top UK clubs, including the Comedy Store and Jongleurs, and supported Ardal O'Hanlon and Omid Djalili on their recent nationwide tours. Internationally, Hal received rave reviews at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal in 2004 and at the Kilkenny Cat Laughs Comedy Festival in 2005.

He has done shows throughout the Netherlands, Belgium, and Ireland, and even further afield in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Jakarta, Canada, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore, where he appeared at the Jubilee Hall in the world famous Raffles Hotel. He performed at the opening of the first comedy venue in Bali and, earlier this year, did a week of shows to the Armed Forces in the Falkland Islands!


Steve Williams (Opening Act)
"The Prodigy" - The Independent
"The star of the show and a treat to behold. Inventive material and banter with the audience blended together effortlessly and seamlessly. Sheer brilliance." - Manchester Evening News
"Scores real laughs with sharp improv" - The Scotsman.
"Hilarious, shining through" - Three Weeks Magazine.
"Very special, completely spontaneous lunacy. Tears were universal" - East Magazine.
"Attracts admirers for his topical comedy and effortless delivery" - Newcastle Metro.
"Every minute provided a digestible chunk of sheer hilarity. His natural talent threw the crowd into a frenzy, resulting in a night of laugh-out-loud comedy. This distinctive night of comic entertainment will be ingrained in the minds of those who went for some time." - Huddersfield Daily Examiner
''Enjoyable' and 'Entertaining'' - Time Out Magazine
''Deservedly good'' - The Western Mail
''Seriously recommended viewing, immerse yourself in his world'' - Manchester City Life Magazine
''Effortless and effective delivery'' – Chortle


David Earl and Colin Shergold (Open Spots)


Geoff Whiting (MC)
Geoff Whiting is an established and popular compere, as well as a strong and versatile act. He has appeared at the Edinburgh Festival, on television and radio and at every notable comedy club in the UK. He is also an established TV warm up. "Geoff Whiting takes the stage with consummate ease and works the audience like a miner at the coal face, digging out nuggets of information to fuel his comedy." - Independent on Sunday, August 2006

"Geoff Whiting was the perfect compere. His lack of ego, his audience technique, and, of course, some great material, were a perfect warm-up for the main-billed acts." - Funny.co.uk
"...a master of the 'That's so True' type of humour. He ad-libbed brilliantly and hooked the audience." - Evening Standard
"...wonderfully confident, highly entertaining..." - Scene Magazine Bristol
'' skilful stand-up '' - Time Out Magazine

(Line-ups subject to change)


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Tuesday 03 November 2009
club news
Kingsmeadow Live is looking for bands!

AFC Wimbledon is searching for locally based bands to play at a Kingsmeadow Live 'Battle of the Bands' on one Friday in January. Whether it is Pop, Alternative, Rock, Indie, Grunge or Electro we would love to hear from you!

If you have a following fan base let us know and we could organise a door split with you.

If you're interested, give us a call on 020 8547 3396 or e-mail here.


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Tuesday 03 November 2009
club news
Millwall ticket sales on Tuesday 3 November

Ticket sales for the first round proper FA Cup tie against Millwall have now passed the 1,600 mark.

They will be on sale today, Tuesday, as follows:

Callers

The club office will be open from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm on Monday and every weekday.

Credit card hotline

The hotline, 020 8247 9910, will be open on Tuesday from 10.30 am to 2.30 pm.

On line

Tickets can be bought via the club’s web site at any time. Look for the ‘Buy tickets online here’ sign on the left of the home page

Prices

Tickets are for unreserved seats and prices are;

Adults £15

Concessions £10 (Concessions are for over 60s only - there are no student concessions.)

Under 16s £5


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Monday 02 November 2009
first team news
Terry on Chester

We caught up with Terry Brown after Monday’s training session to get his feedback on Saturday’s defeat at Chester City.

"Saturday's trip to Chester proved to be a disappointing one. Sam Hatton pulled out in the morning with a virus, therefore allowing Ben Judge to come in at right back. We also introduced Nathan Ashton at left back and I think the back four, in particular, looked a little shaky in the first half an hour. This was the first time this back four had played together and in the first 30 minutes Chester took advantage of the fact that we were at sixes and sevens.

"Once again our players showed great resolve and after going 2-0 down they took the game to Chester for the latter part of the first half and for a good 25 minutes in the second half. During this period we should have scored at least three or four goals butunfortunately I have to report once again that our midfield failed to register on the score sheet.

"As in most games, if you don't score during your period of pressure, the opposition will come back and bite you. Having been unlucky with a fantastic shot they followed up with a third which clinched the game.

"Although Chester are by no means a bottom three side I feel that if we had defended better as a team we would have come away with the three points. This is an area where we will have to greatly improve if we are to run Millwall close on Monday. This week's training will consist of practising defensive shape, but still looking to play our football as and when we get the opportunity.

"My job this week is to lift the lads and get them in fighting spirit for what should be a fantastic FA Cup tie, and to get them to carry on from a brilliant second half performance against Crawley."


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Sunday 01 November 2009
club news
Millwall ticket sales arrangements for Monday 2 November

Tickets for the first round proper FA Cup tie against Millwall will be on sale on Monday as follows:

Callers

The club office will be open from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm on Monday and every weekday.

Credit card hotline

The hotline, 020 8247 9910, will be open on Monday from 10.30 am to 2.30 pm.

On line

Tickets can be bought via the club’s web site at any time. Look for the ‘Buy tickets online here’ sign on the left of the home page

Prices

Tickets are for unreserved seats and prices are;

Adults £15

Concessions £10

Under 16s £5

To date, we have sold over 1,000 tickets for the game.


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Sunday 01 November 2009
club news
Coach travel to Millwall

To celebrate our success in this year's FA Cup, coach travel to the Millwall game will be provided free by the club.

To ensure that this is restricted to Wimbledon fans only, the offer is only available to the following people:

. Previous users of the supporters' coach
. Season ticket holders
. Dons Trust members
. Shareholders in AFCW PLC
. Volunteers

Fans who wish to book may do so by calling in to the office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays, or by phoning the office on 020 8547 3528 between those hours. Please do not use the credit card hotline for this purpose.

Please note the following conditions:

. You must book - we will not accept 'walk ups' on the day
. We require evidence that you qualify in one of the above categories
. You must provide a daytime contact phone number
. We will not accept bookings left on the club's answerphone - you must book with a member of staff

You will be allocated a coach number and a pick up point - either Kingsmeadow or the Grove.

At the moment we are unable to confirm pick up times as we need to consult the police about routes and timing. As soon as they are known, we will publish them here.

Fans who have booked and already paid can collect a refund from the office.


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Sunday 01 November 2009
club news
Danny Kedwell nominated as player of the round

Danny Kedwell is one of five players who have been nominated as player of the round for the FA Cup fourth qualifying round. The citation for his nomination says:

"Danny Kedwell secured AFC Wimbledon a date with Millwall after his influential display in the Fourth Round Qualifying replay against Crawley. With the scores level at the break but the Dons down to ten men, Luke Moore converted a Kedwell cross before Kedwell made sure of victory as he made the most of goalkeeping error."

To read more about this and to vote, click on player of the round. Votes must be cast before noon on Tuesday 3 November.

Previous winners from AFC Wimbledon include Rob Ursell, Byron Bubb and Sam Hatton.



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