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Tuesday 30 November 2010
club news
Wednesday's fundraising meeting cancelled

Due to the adverse weather conditions, Wednesday's fundraising meeting has been cancelled.

Fundraising group members will be contacted by email about the rescheduled date.



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Tuesday 30 November 2010
club news
Prospects for Saturday at York

We have spoken with club officials at York City this morning who have given us the following information about the prospects of our league game going ahead on Saturday.

At present there is five inches of snow on the pitch but the forecast is a little better for the rest of the week. Depending how things go, they may keep the snow on the pitch until Saturday morning to protect it from the frost and then clear it with the help of volunteers.

In the meantime, groundsmen are working to clear the terraces of snow and apply grit to the open areas. They are planning to look at the pitch early on Friday morning.

We will continue to liaise with York and will make further announcements if the position changes.



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Monday 29 November 2010
club news
Luton game postponed

Following a precautionary pitch inspection at 7.00 pm the Blue Square Bet Premier league game against Luton Town, scheduled to be played on Tuesday night, has been postponed due to a frozen pitch.

A new date will be announced as soon as possible. Tickets bought for this game will be valid for the rearranged date.




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Monday 29 November 2010
club news
Luton tickets still available

We still have terrace tickets on sale for the John Smith's stand for Tuesday night's top-of-the-table clash against Luton Town.

We appreciate that fans are finding it difficult to get to the office to buy tickets and so we have agreed to sell tickets by phone (020 8547 3528) until 6.00 pm today. However, this offer is open to home fans only and fans who buy this way will still be required to provide proof of address before we will release the tickets when you come to collect them before tomorrow's game.

In summary, tickets can be bought on the phone today, until 6.00 pm, and tomorrow, from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. The office remains also open to callers between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm. Please bring proof of address when you come to buy tickets.

Tickets may also be bought on line on provision of your season ticket number or Dons Trust membership number - click on the 'Buy tickets on line here' tab on the home page of this site.


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Monday 29 November 2010
first team news
Dons looking to bounce back tomorrow night

Terry Brown is determined to learn lessons from Saturday's FA Cup exit and put them into practice for the Luton game, tomorrow night.

He said "the end of this year's cup round was disappointing - it always is when you go out of a competition as famous as this. But we have to be straight with ourselves and I can honestly say that the best side won. On the day Stevenage not only overpowered us but played some good football to run out comfortable 2-0 winners.

"Having watched the DVD I have to admit the referee got all the major decisions right. However, the game will have been of great value, especially to younger members of the squad who haven't faced such a well-organised unit before. I have no complaints whatsoever about the work rate and commitment shown by us on the day but to have won on Saturday we would have needed everybody in our side to be on top form and sadly we didn't quite achieve that.

"I thought the players responded well in the second half both to the information given to them and the change in tactics, and the management team will be looking to see the advantages we gained out of tweaking the system.

"We fully expect that the Luton game will go ahead and we have yet again an opportunity of bouncing back in what to date will be our biggest game of the season. Having read the match report of their cup game against Charlton, it is evident that Luton come to us in a rich vein of form. We have to take advantage of the fact that of the five games they have lost this season, four of those defeats have been away from home.

"Despite the result, the team were all impressed by the level of support you gave them on Saturday and I hope you will be able to give us the same level of support tomorrow night against what I believe is the best side we will play this season - and we will do our best to give you something to cheer about.

"There are a few bruises and knocks in the squad and, obviously, Ed Harris will be suspended for this game, but right now I don't want to say publicly who is doubtful and who isn't. I can say that we've got a large enough squad to deal with such matters and we'll be putting out a strong team tomorrow night."


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Monday 29 November 2010
dons trust news
Dons Trust Board election results

The count for the Dons Trust Board elections took place at Kingsmeadow on Sunday 28 November under the supervision of Neil Springate, the independent observer from Fulham Supporters Trust.

The results of the Dons Trust election were as follows:

Iain McNay 486 votes
Sean McLaughlin 459 votes
Matthew Breach 408 votes
Kate Terriere 405 votes
Simon Bath 382 votes
Zoe Linkson 347 votes
Mike Richardson 309 votes
Chris Gibbs 235 votes
Stephen Crabtree 208 votes

Iain McNay, Sean McLaughlin, Matthew Breach, Kate Terriere and Simon Bath are therefore elected to the Dons Trust Board. Congratulations to them and commiseration to the others who all contributed to a well fought campaign.

Thanks are extended to all those who assisted in the running of the election. A full report on the election will be submitted to the Dons Trust Board for eventual publication.



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Sunday 28 November 2010
first team news
Terry talks about Stevenage on AFC Wimbledon TV

Terry Brown's interview following yesterday's FA Cup tie against Stevenage can be viewed by clicking on Terry on Stevenage.

An audio-only version is available on Terry on Stevenage.


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Saturday 27 November 2010
dons trust news
From the Stevenage programme......Dons Trust news

Dons Trust Board member Ray Armfield has a round-up of Trust-related news and events.

NOVEMBER BOARD MEETING
On 15 November, the board reviewed action points from the October meeting, including an update on possible access and use of space in the Athletics Stadium on matchdays, confirmation that the new DT matchday gazebo had been ordered and proposals for topics for the AGM on 9 December. Owing to pressure of time on other matters it was agreed to defer to the December meeting representation of outline management structure proposals and a response to a query on smoking on the terraces.

In his monthly report, Chief Executive Erik Samuelson;
• Commented that the AFCW PLC accounts were now complete and ready for signing off.
• Drew the DTB ‘s attention to the three-month management accounts
• Updated the board on potential ground and safety requirements that would need to be met when the club achieve promotion to the Football League.
• Discussed with the board in some length and detail, initial logistical, safety and security concerns arising following the draw for the FA Cup 2nd Round and the possible options about hosting the tie, should we overcome Ebbsfleet and Stevenage fail to win their own replay.

The board agreed to meet again within 48 hours to confirm an agreed strategy should the worst-case scenario from the club’s perspective materialise – but happily it didn’t!

VACANCY FOR DONS TRUST SECRETARY POST
Julian Edwards has stood down from the role of secretary due to other pressures on his time giving him less time than he would like to devote to the job. The Board would like to thank Julian for his hard work and practical advice since he took on the role in September 2009.

As a result, the Trust now needs a replacement. Responsible to the members and the board, the key role is to protect the members' interests and ensure that the Trust is properly run, according to its own rules and the law.

The primary tasks of the role include:

- ensuring that members have all the necessary information before and after meetings

arranging for external expert advice – including legal advice – to be taken, where she or he deems this necessary to protect the interests of members

liaising with the Chair to arrange meetings and prepare agendas

publishing minutes from board and members’ meetings

ensuring the Trust's records are kept up-to-date and that regulatory reports are filed accurately and on time

co-ordinating the work involved in taking minutes of meetings of members and board meetings.

A good Trust secretary will be methodical, reliable, decisive, resilient and tactful, acting with discretion and confidentiality. She or he will need the ability to summarise and explain complex information, have strong negotiation and delegation skills and be able to plan and co-ordinate the work of others. It is likely that she or he will have some experience of a similar role, either professionally or on a volunteer basis.

There is preparatory work to do before each monthly DTB meeting. Following which, minutes produced need to be agreed. Members' meetings are at least thrice yearly and each requires preparation and distribution of papers to members, with some post-meeting work. We believe that the post requires at least 4-5 hours per week dedicated to the role.

If you feel you have the qualities and experience required- or if you would like further information - please contact David Growns, Vice-chair of the Trust board via david.growns@thedonstrust.org



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Saturday 27 November 2010
club news
Luton tickets on sale today

John Smith’s terrace tickets for the Luton game will be on sale after the Stevenage game today. We will sell a maximum of four per person to fans who show a valid home ticket for the Stevenage game.

This game is all ticket and therfefore tickets will not be on sale at the turnstiles on Tuesday.


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Friday 26 November 2010
club news
Arrangements and ticket sales for the Stevenage FA Cup tie

Tickets will be on sale on the day of the FA Cup second round tie against Stevenage, kick off 12.50 pm on Saturday 27 November, as follows.

Seat tickets

Seat tickets will be on sale from 11.00 am from the kiosk in the lobby of the Paul Strank stand. The majority of the available tickets are for the outer blocks.

Terrace tickets

There are tickets available for all terraces, i.e. the Tempest End, the Kingston Road End and the John Smith’s stand. These can be bought from turnstiles 1, 2 and 3 for the Kingston Road End and from turnstiles 4, 5 and 6 for the Tempest End and John Smith’s stand. Turnstiles will open at 11.30 am.

Pre-ordered tickets can be collected from the complimentary tickets window next to the players’ entrance, from about 10.30 am.

Segregation

Full segregation will be in place for the game.

As usual for segregated games, Wimbledon fans will enter as follows:

For the Tempest End and the southern end of the John Smith’s stand (i.e. furthest away from the Kingston Road end), Wimbledon fans will enter via turnstiles 4, 5 and 6.

For the Kingston Road end, Wimbledon fans will enter via turnstiles 1, 2 and 3.

Stevenage fans have been allocated the northern end of the John Smith’s stand (i.e. the end nearest the Kingston Road end) and will enter through turnstiles 7 and 8. These turnstiles are accessed via the residential car park which is, in turn, entered from Jack Goodchild Way.

Parking and public transport

As usual, parking will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please take care and drive slowly when entering the car park. Although the TV trucks will be located behind the John Smith’s stand, we expect unusually high demand for places in the car park and fans are recommended to arrive early or come by public transport.

You can park in some surrounding streets but please do so considerately.

Club shop

The merchandise shop will be open from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm and then again after the match until 3.30 pm.

Bars

The bars will open at 11.00 am and are open both to Wimbledon and Stevenage fans before the game. A decision will be made on the day about whether or not there will be access to the bars for Stevenage fans after the game.

Food

There will be a burger trailer in the car park, opening at about 10.00 am. The four outlets within the stadium will be operating from 11.30 am.

Programme

We are publishing a 52 page programme for £2.50. The contents for this game include a feature on the Dons in the FA Cup second round, an interview with Rashid ‘Toks’ Yussuff and a report on our recent FA youth cup game - plus all the usual features.

Luton tickets

John Smith’s terrace tickets for the Luton game will be on sale after the Stevenage game. We will sell a maximum of four per person to fans with a valid home ticket for the Stevenage game.


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Friday 26 November 2010
first team news
FA Cup preview

AFC Wimbledon face a tough task in Saturday's televised game against Stevenage, kick off 12.50 pm. The last meeting with Stevenage was when they were on the final run in to the Blue Square championship while Wimbledon were running out of steam at the end of a long season, leading to a 3-0 home defeat. But earlier in the season a Wimbledon team minus Danny Kedwell took a well-earned point away from Broadhall Way.

With the Dons now full time, manager Terry Brown expects that his team will be better placed to go into the draw for the third round on Sunday. He has been making good use of the additional time he gets now that the team is full time to prepare for tomorrow's game.

"Looking ahead to Saturday's second round tie, we were able to work today at one or two set pieces. I am glad to say that the frost hadn't set in and the training pitch was in really good shape. There is a slight injury doubt regarding Ryan Jackson but I am pleased to report that Ismail Yakubu and Sam Hatton are both fit and raring to go. However, Andre Blackman's scan showed slight damage to the medial ligament and bruising of the bone and he won't be fit - Mike Rayner is hopeful that he should be back within the next week or two.

"Having watched Stevenage on Tuesday night it is evident that they possess the same strength, enthusiasm and commitment as they had shown all last season. Looking at their defensive record, it is evident that their strength lies with a solid defence. As it will be difficult for us to match their physical prowess we obviously need to move the ball around quickly and I've asked our players to play without any fear and to enjoy the occasion.

"These games are a fantastic learning curve for our players and they are even getting used to playing in front of the cameras now. Once again, Saturday's tie will be a test of character as much as ability and I am fully confident that our young squad will rise to the occasion.

"The crowd will be a great help to us tomorrow and I'm asking everyone to continue to get right behind us and create the sort of atmosphere that everyone expects at a cup tie. They players all say it helps so a big 'thank you' to all the fans for your support once again. "

Stevenage have made a good start to life in the Football League and currently sit in tenth place, only four points away from the play off positions. A run of eight games without defeat came to an end recently with a narrow defeat at Accrington. Meanwhile, manager Graham Westley has strengthened his midfield at the last minute with the loan signing of the highly talented midfielder, Josh Walker, from Watford.

None of this troubles Dons captain and top goalscorer Danny Kedwell who told us "I always score at least a couple of goals in the FA Cup and I'm due them tomorrow, to put us through to the third round. It's important that we enjoy the game and part of my job as skipper is to make sure the younger lads don't let the day fly by. And if they feel the same way about the game as I do, then I think we are going to win."

Tickets are available on the door and overnight on-line by clicking on 'Buy tickets online here'. Look under 'Special Events' on the online tickets web page if you want seats.


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Friday 26 November 2010
club news
Ticket availability for Stevenage game

Tickets can be bought on the door for Saturday's FA Cup second round game against Stevenage, kick off 12.50 pm.

Seat tickets are available in the Paul Strank stand and can now be bought on line. Tickets are also available for all terrace areas.

Fans who wish to buy in advance may still purchase up to four tickets as follows:

On-line

Click on the 'Buy on line tickets here' box on the left hand side of the front page of this site and then:

. for seats, look under 'Special events' for tickets in the Paul Strank stand.

. for terraces, look under the section headed 'AFC Wimbledon match tickets'.

All tickets bought on line will be held for collection at the complimentary tickets window on Saturday.

At Kingsmeadow

Personal callers will be able to buy tickets from the club office at Kingsmeadow until 4.00 pm today.

No telephone sales

Tickets will not be sold over the telephone.

Prices

Terrace:
Adult £14
Concession £7
Under-16s £2

Seats – blocks D - H:
Adult £18
Concession £9
Under-16s £5

Seats – blocks A – C and J – M:
Adult £16
Concession £8
Under-16s £4


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Friday 26 November 2010
club news
Ticket prices for Braintree FA Trophy game

We are pleased to announce ticket prices for the FA Trophy first round proper game against Braintree Town on Saturday 11 December.
 
We want to make the game as affordable as possible for fans of both clubs to attend and therefore we have agreed with Braintree Town that we will reduce our usual prices for this game.  This means that admission to the game is only £12 for an adult terrace ticket and £14 for an adult seat.

The full list of prices is as follows:

Terraces:

Adults £12
Concessions £6
Under 16s £2

Seats

Adults £14
Concessions £7
Under 16s £3

There will be no surcharge for the central blocks of seats. All seats will be unallocated.

At these prices we aim to generate a traditional cup-tie atmosphere for this important game.
 
Tickets will go on sale shortly after the Luton game.


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Friday 26 November 2010
club news
John Scales on the Dons and the FA Cup

Wimbledon FC star John Scales will be appearing on the ITV FA Cup highlights show on Saturday night, and we’ll be welcoming him to the game itself.

As part of the build up to tomorrow's game, we took the opportunity to catch up with John. You can read the interview by clicking on John Scales.

Terry's preview of the game and arrangements for the day will be posted on this site later today.


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Friday 26 November 2010
club news
Weekend Blue Square Bet Premier preview

We have a reduced programme in the Blue Square Bet Premier this weekend due to six clubs flying the flag for the division in the Second Round of the FA Cup. Unsurprisingly the top three in the table make up half of those still on the road to Wembley, or at least a clash with clubs from the other Premier League in the next round. A five point gap back to fourth placed Newport County means that the top trio will remain unchanged, but Dean Holdsworth’s side can close the gap on Saturday with a home win over Hayes & Yeading United. County are the shortest priced match favourites at 2/5 from seven scheduled matches which will be hoping to beat a threatening weather forecast. The home side have settled their form after the blip of three straight defeats including an FA Cup exit at the hands of Crawley. The visitors are looking to reverse a run of six straight defeats and will take to the field one place from the bottom of the table at a price of 13/2 to gain a vital win.

In-form Kidderminster Harriers make the long trip to Barrow looking to build on a seven match unbeaten run. Steve Burr’s side can move into the play-off zone with a win at odds of 6/4. That’s no foregone conclusion as the form of the home side at Holker Street has already seen them claim the scalps of AFC Wimbledon, Newport County and Rushden & Diamonds. They have also drawn at home to Darlington and Blue Square Bet Premier title favourites Crawley Town. Barrow are also 6/4 to win the game and a draw is priced at 23/10.

Wrexham’s recent form has taken them to within touching distance of the play-offs and their home match with Mansfield Town could be classed as a promotion six-pointer. The Red Dragons’ defence has been one of the best in the Blue Square Bet Premier for a few months now. The addition of goals at the other end of the pitch has propelled them to seventh place and likewise an opportunity to spend Saturday night in the top five. Dean Saunders’ side have failed to score in just two of their twenty league matches so far this season. At the exact same point last year the figure for blanks was eight! Mansfield pulled a victory from the jaws of defeat last Saturday with an eventual 3-2 win over Hayes & Yeading United at home. It was their first game since the departure of manager David Holdsworth and up until the time of writing the Stags remain managerless. Wrexham are Evens favourites to win this match with Mansfield outsiders at 5/2.

Rushden & Diamonds have only found the net once in their last four games and that has contributed to recent form figures of P4 W0 D1 L3. An early red-card in their most recent game at home to York City ended in a shock 4-0 defeat. If the attacking deficiencies have been addressed by manager Justin Edinburgh in training over the last few days then the Diamonds rate as a good bet to win at odds of 6/5 at Forest Green Rovers. The Gloucestershire team have been hard for punters to weigh up as home wins over York and Mansfield were preceded by a 1-0 defeat to fellow strugglers Histon. A home win is offered at 15/8 with a draw priced at 12/5.

Kettering Town sit 14th in the table despite having the division’s worst home record. That form has lead to a quote of 10/11 to beat Gateshead at Rockingham Road on Saturday. Gateshead are 13/5 to register what would be their third away win of the season in the league. The North-East side have drawn three games on the spin and are 12/5 to make that four from four here.

All five of Cambridge United’s league wins have been achieved against teams in the bottom half of the table. Whilst long-term that may affect their promotion aims it does bode well for this weekend’s visit of bottom club Altrincham. United are the 8/15 favourites to extend their unbeaten league run to seven matches. Alty are the second biggest price in the division this weekend at 5/1.

Southport have slumped to 22nd in the table having only gained one point from the last 21 available to them in the league. Away defeats at York and Newport would be no great concern in the grand scheme of things, but a home loss to Bath City when 2-0 up needs to be erased with a good performance as they host Eastbourne Borough this weekend. The Sandgrounders are 11/10 favourites to return to winning ways. Eastbourne are the 2/1 outsiders to get their first league win since early October.




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Thursday 25 November 2010
club news
Saturday's game no longer all-ticket

After consulting Stevenage officials and the Metropolitan police we have decided to re-designate Saturday’s game and remove the all-ticket status. To be clear, this means that tickets will be on sale on the day.

At present, both sides have tickets available for sale.

Stevenage will sell continue to tickets direct to their fans and we will jointly assess the situation tomorrow. Once their ticket allocation is sold we will be unable to provide any more due to the way the ground is segregated.

We have seats available in the outer blocks of the Paul Strank stand, a few in the Tempest End terrace, and there is good availability in the John Smith’s and Kingston Road ends. They can be bought by calling in to the office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays, on line (using the ‘Buy tickets online here’ button on the front page of this site) or, now, on the day.


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Thursday 25 November 2010
club news
Your line up for Saturday's FA Cup game

The commentating and summarising teams for Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Stevenage have now been announced. The programme presenter is Adrian Chiles, supported by Andy Townsend and Wimbledon favourite and scorer of the winning goal in 1988, Lawrie Sanchez. Another Wimbledon FC star, John Scales, will be the guest on the highlights show that evening and he will also be attending the game.

The commentary team is Clive Tyldesley and Jim Beglin. As part of the build-up to the game, we took the opportunity to speak to Clive Tyldesley about his career as a commentator and his previous experiences of Wimbledon. You can see the interview by clicking on focus on Clive Tyldesley.


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Thursday 25 November 2010
club news
We've got it covered

Fans who are watching the weather reports with concern will be reassured to hear that the pitch was put under protective covering late on Wednesday afternoon. The pitch markings were completed before it was covered and the covers will now stay on until Saturday morning. They are designed to protect the pitch in sub-zero temperatures below those which are currently forecast.

Tickets for Saturday's game remain on sale on line and to callers, as described in the article on this site yesterday.


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Thursday 25 November 2010
dons trust news
5k from 5k

The fundraising group is pleased to announce that the total amount raised so far from the inaugural AFC Wimbledon Minithon on 17 October has now passed £5,200. The amount raised is being split equally between the Dons Trust and the Mayor of Merton's charities (Wimbledon Civic Theatre Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support). A cheque for the charity's share of the proceeds was sent off to the Deputy Mayor of Merton earlier this week.

The fundraising group would like to thank all who took part and/or supported the minithon. It is not too late for any participants to hand in any remaining sponsorship moneys. Please send in cheques (made payable to The Dons Trust) via the club, and be sure to write Minithon on the back of the cheque.



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Wednesday 24 November 2010
club news
Tickets still available for FA Cup game on Saturday

We have had a number of enquiries from fans who (mistakenly) believed that we have sold out for Saturday's game agaisnt Stevenage.

Seat tickets are still available in the Paul Strank stand and can now be bought on line. Tickets are also available for all terrace areas.

Up to four tickets per application may be bought as follows:

On-line

We have been able to make seats in the outer blocks available on line as well as terrace tickets. Click on the 'Buy on line tickets here' box on the left hand side of the front page of this site and then:

. for seats, look under 'Special events' for tickets in the Paul Strank stand.

. for terraces, look under the section headed 'AFC Wimbledon match tickets'.

All tickets bought on line will be held for collection, either by calling in to the office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on a weekday or at the complimentary tickets window on Saturday.

At Kingsmeadow

Personal callers will be able to buy tickets from the club office at Kingsmeadow during normal office hours (10.00 am to 4.00 pm, on weekdays).

Buying by post

Postal applicants should enclose a daytime phone contact number in case we need to contact you about your application. All tickets will be held for collection as described in the 'on-line' section, above.

No telephone sales

Tickets will not be sold over the telephone.

Prices (cheques to be payable to AFC Wimbledon)

Terrace:
Adult £14
Concession £7
Under-16s £2

Seats – blocks D - H:
Adult £18
Concession £9
Under-16s £5

Seats – blocks A – C and J – M:
Adult £16
Concession £8
Under-16s £4


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Tuesday 23 November 2010
club news
Terry on Kettering, Stevenage, Braintree and Christmas festivities

Terry Brown was delighted with Sunday's 3-2 win against Kettering but concerned that tiredness was again showing among his players, given the massive games that are coming up in the next couple of weeks.

"Credit to Alan Algar in the Non League Paper for getting his forecast 99% right. Had it not been a fine Seb Brown save you could have been winning the bet at 14/1 that we would be leading at half time and drawing at the end. I don't know if my players did read the article prior to the game but we visibly tired in the second half.

"Credit also to the boys for hanging in and gaining three very valuable points that takes us into the next busy schedule in fine form. At least now we will be able to enjoy Saturday's second round tie with Stevenage. I am certainly under no illusions about how difficult Saturday's game will be as, whatever way I dress it up, Stevenage will be physically stronger than us on the day. It is therefore vitally important that we play to our strengths and especially as we are at home we need to take the game to them and attack them from the start.

"The players will enjoy a much-needed rest after Sunday's close encounter. I am hoping that Sammy Hatton, Ryan Jackson and Ismail Yakubu will all be fit and able to train on Thursday with Brett Johnson, Lee Minshull and Andre Blackman still receiving treatment. Andre is due a scan on his injured knee tomorrow and we will know a lot more about his fitness after he has seen the specialist.

"The players are really excited to have the opportunity to progress into the third round proper and what player at any level wouldn't relish the opportunity of playing at the Emirates or Old Trafford. The incentive is there for both sides and we know we will have to be at our very best to progress through.

"Graham Westley has had the opportunity of seeing us in person in the last two games and both Stuart and I will be visiting Stevenage for their game against Southend tonight.

"The players' social diary this week is a busy one with players attending the switching on of the Christmas lights at Merton Civic Centre on Wednesday evening, and of course our annual visit to take part in the Winter Wonderland festivities in Wimbledon on Thursday night, where the club has a float in the procession. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible there.

"Finally, the FA Carlsberg Trophy paired us with an in-form Braintree side who are currently in scintillating form and, having disposed of a very good Farnborough side on Saturday, will no doubt be looking forward to their trip to Kingsmeadow. If our previous two ties against Blue Square south sides this year is anything to go by, we are in for another exciting cup tie. We will obviously have to work hard to break down a team that has let in only one away goal in the league all season."


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Tuesday 23 November 2010
club news
FA Cup brunch this Saturday

Brunch will be served in the back bar from 11am prior to the club’s 2nd Round FA Cup tie against Stevenage on Saturday.

Brunch guests enjoy:

- Full English breakfast including tea and coffee
- Drinks service direct to the tables
- A complimentary match programme and team sheet
- A pre-match briefing by Terry Brown

Cost:

£12.50 for brunch only

£35 for a seat in the Paul Strank stand and brunch

Tickets can be purchased here.




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Tuesday 23 November 2010
club news
Ticket update for Stevenage game

Seat availability

The deadline for season ticket holders to reserve their usual seats or places on the terraces has expired. Not all season ticket holders have claimed their places so we are now able to offer tickets to AFC Wimbledon fans up to a maximum of 4 per person in all areas, specifically:

. Seats in the Paul Strank stand

. Terrace places in the Tempest End, Kingston Road End and John Smith’s stand

Any non-season ticket holder who made an application for a seat or a ticket in the Tempest End has had that request fulfilled.

Tickets may be bought as follows:

Buying on-line

Only terrace tickets may be bought on line. You can do this by clicking on the ‘Buy tickets online here’ tab on the left hand side of the front page of this site.

We have been able to release a limited number of tickets in the Tempest End. We will allocate any unsuccessful on-line applications for that end to the Kingston Road End terrace.

We will mail applications which are received up until noon on Wednesday – after that they will be held for collection. Please note that tickets which are sent by post are sent at the risk of the applicant - in other words, we cannot issue replacement tickets for any that are lost in the post. If you would prefer your tickets to be sent by recorded delivery, you should apply by post – see later in this note.

Buying at Kingsmeadow

Personal callers will be able to buy tickets from the club office at Kingsmeadow during normal office hours (10.00 am to 4.00 pm, Monday to Friday).

We are holding back some Tempest End tickets for callers, as well as making them available on line as explained above.

Buying by post

Postal applicants should enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a daytime phone contact number should we need to contact you about your application. Postal applications received on Wednesday will be sent by mail.

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. Applicants who want more secure delivery of their tickets should not stamp the self-addressed envelope, and instead add a payment of £2 for a recorded delivery service; you should also state in a covering letter that you require secure delivery.

No telephone sales

Tickets will not be sold over the telephone.

Prices (cheques to be payable to AFC Wimbledon)

Terrace:
Adult £14
Concession £7
Under-16s £2

Seats – blocks D - H:
Adult £18
Concession £9
Under-16s £5

Seats – blocks A – C and J – M:
Adult £16
Concession £8
Under-16s £4


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Monday 22 November 2010
club news
Kettering highlights now on AFC Wimbledon TV

Highlights from yesterday's home game against Kettering can be viewed by clicking on Kettering game.


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Monday 22 November 2010
club news
Dons draw Braintree at home in the FA Trophy

Today's FA Trophy draw has pitted Wimbledon against Braintree Town in the FA Trophy to be played on Saturday 11 December.


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Monday 22 November 2010
club news
Christmas celebrations start this week!

Show off your creative side!
As you will see below, the club will have a float for Winter Wonderland next Thursday. We want to make it the highlight of the parade so if you think you could help dress it up with banners, flags or anything else, please call 020 8547 3336 or e-mail here.



AFC Wimbledon is proud to have a significant involvement in two Christmas themed events in Merton next week.

We would like to encourage fans to support both events as much as possible. Not only will they both be really enjoyable evenings for all the family, but it is also a great opportunity to remind Wimbledon and Merton that its football team is thriving.



Merton Christmas Lights

On Wednesday night (24 November), the club will be the guest of honour at the Civic Centre in Morden as we help Mayor of Merton Oonagh Moulton and Father Christmas turn on Merton’s Christmas lights.

The celebrations start at 5.30pm and attractions include carols and Christmas music from local schools and choirs and festive food and drink from local vendors.

And of course Morden Library will be open so fans can check out the Wimbledon FC memorabilia on display.



Winter Wonderland

On Thursday night (25 November), the club will be taking over the forecourt at Wimbledon Station from 5pm as part of Wimbledon’s Winter Wonderland celebration, along with Paul Strank Roofing Ltd.

The CFS will be providing a wide range of activities and games, including our brand new inflatable goal and there will be appearances by Terry Brown and the squad and Haydon the Womble.

Elsewhere, there will be a variety of live performances on the piazza outside the Odeon Cinema as well as various stalls featuring local vendors, Father Christmas will be making an appearance in Centre Court shopping centre and Louis Spence, star of this year’s panto Peter Pan in Wimbledon Theatre, will launch the firework display at 6.30pm.

However the highlight of this event is the parade that passes through the centre of Wimbledon and the club will feature prominently, with a float carrying Terry, the players, Haydon and others surrounded by our youth team players. The parade starts at 6pm from St Marks Church at the top of Worple Rd.

Winter Wonderland attracts around 2,000 residents in the heart of Wimbledon, presenting the club with a fantastic opportunity to promote upcoming games and the CFS. If you have an hour or two to spare to hand out information, please call 020 8547 3336 or e-mail here.








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Monday 22 November 2010
dons trust news
Silent auction raises £3,000 for the Trust

Yesterday's silent auction grossed just over £3,000 for the Dons Trust - one of the most successful of these events that we've held to date, thanks to the generosity of our supporters.

Winning bidders who have not yet been emailed should, if possible, contact the fundraising team on here about arrangements for payment and collecting items. Fundraising team members will be on hand before and after the game against Stevenage on 27 November to receive payment (cheques made payable to The Dons Trust) and to hand across items that have been purchased in the auction.

The fundraising group would like to thank Paul Jeater and his team for organising the silent auction.


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Monday 22 November 2010
first team news
Terry talks about Kettering on AFC Wimbledon TV

Terry Brown's interview following yesterday's home game against Kettering can be viewed by clicking on Terry on Kettering.


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Sunday 21 November 2010
club news
Stevenage tickets on sale today, plus a few seats for today's game

Tickets for our second round FA Cup game against Stevenage, to be played next Saturday 27 November kick off 12.50 pm, are on sale today. We are not selling Luton tickets today.

Where?

Before the game tickets will be on sale from the kiosk in the main lobby of the Paul Strank stand from 1.00 pm to 2.30 pm prompt. As a result, the 30 or so available seat tickets (which are mainly 'singles') for the Kettering game will be on sale from the comps window from 12.30 pm.

After the game tickets will be on sale in the back bar as soon as possible after the final whistle.

What tickets are for sale today?

Seats - season ticket holders can buy their usual place in the seats on production of their ST book and voucher B.

Non season ticket holders can leave an application comprising your name, contact number, how many seats you want and the correct payment. When the ST holders' priority period expires on Monday evening, we will allocate any unclaimed seats to applicants in order of receipt. Unsuccessful applications will be allocated places in either the John Smith's stand or the Kingston Road end.

Tempest End - tickets are on sale to ST holders only. Similar to the procedure for seats, fans can leave an application to buy any unsold Tempest End tickets. Unsuccessful applications will be allocated places in either the John Smith's stand or Kingston Road end.

John Smith's and Kingston Road end - these tickets are on general sale

Prices (cheques to be payable to AFC Wimbledon)

Terrace:
Adult £14
Concession £7
Under-16s £2

Seats – blocks D - H:
Adult £18
Concession £9
Under-16s £5

Seats – blocks A – C and J – M:
Adult £16
Concession £8
Under-16s £4


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Saturday 20 November 2010
cfs news
Special Matchday Football Club this Sunday

To match the change of date of the Kettering Town game, the Matchday Football Club for children aged between 4 and 16 will be taking place this Sunday, 21 November.

The venue is Kingsmeadow Athletics Centre on the 3G artificial grass pitches from 1.00 pm – 2.30 pm, with the cost per session only £6 and including a free child match ticket for the first team match at 3.00 pm. Season ticket holders can attend at the reduced rate of £5 on production of their 2010/11 season ticket.





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Saturday 20 November 2010
dons trust news
Dons Trust Elections

The Kettering game on Sunday is your last chance to return your ballot papers for the Dons Trust Board elections. The ballot box will be on the Dons Trust stand outside the offices until 2.50 pm when voting closes.
Please use your vote and have your say in how the Trust runs.

Unfortunately due to the lack of a suitable location tomorrow and ESG members' commitments during the week we have had to delay the count until the following Sunday, 28 November.



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Saturday 20 November 2010
dons trust news
Silent auction

The fundraising group is pleased to launch its traditional pre-Christmas silent auction, which will be held before the game against Kettering on Sunday.

To view the range of items on offer - and to get your bids in online in advance of Sunday - please click here. Online bidding will remain open until midnight on Saturday. Thereafter, the silent bidding will open in the back bar at Kingsmeadow at 12.30 pm on Sunday and remain open until 2.30 pm.

This year's collection includes items that will appeal to supporters of AFC Wimbledon and followers of football, cricket, darts and baseball generally. This is an ideal opportunity to take care of Christmas presents for your loved ones early without venturing into the high street. As ever, the proceeds will go to the Dons Trust funds.


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Saturday 20 November 2010
dons trust news
Book now for the Junior Dons Christmas party

The Junior Dons Christmas Party will take place on Sunday 19 December from 2.00 to 5.00 pm.

Terry Brown and the players will be joining in the fun and Father Christmas is taking time off from his other season duties to call in. Haydon will be making an appearance and the dj will be Dons fan 'The Flying Pig.

The party is suitable for children aged up to 12 years; children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult.

Admission is free for Junior Dons and junior season ticket holders, with other children £10 each, on a first-come, first-served basis. You must apply in advance by writing to Aideen Rochford, c/o the club's offices. Please state the child's age, gender, membership number and details of any allergies or medical conditions.

If you have any queries or would like to join the Junior Dons in time for the party then please email here with the words 'JD Party' in the subject heading.


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Saturday 20 November 2010
club news
Brunch before the Stevenage game

We are offering brunch before the Stevenage game on Saturday 27 November. Brunch guests enjoy:

- Full English breakfast including tea and coffee
- Drinks service direct to the tables
- A complimentary match programme and team sheet
- A pre-match briefing by Terry Brown

Cost:
£12.50 for brunch only
£35 for a seat in the Paul Strank stand and brunch
£45 for a seat in the Paul Strank stand and access to the President's Lounge

To book your place please email here or call 020 8547 3336.


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Saturday 20 November 2010
club news
Rearranged fixtures

Our away game against Fleetwood has been postponed due to our involvement in the second round of the FA Cup. The game will now be played on Tuesday 18 January, kick off 7.45 pm.

Our game against Crawley Town has been selected to be shown on Premier Sports TV and will now be played on Wednesday 23 March, kick off 7.45 pm.

Finally, our Surrey Senior Cup game at Colliers Wood, originally set for Wednesday 24 November, has been postponed. A new date will be announced as soon as possible.


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Saturday 20 November 2010
dons trust news
Magic Minute Winning Ticket

The winning minute from Thursday night's game against Ebbsfleet was that of MINUTE 8.

This is the time accredited to Mark Nwokeji's goal on the Wimbledon match report and has netted one lucky supporter £40!

The prize can be collected by presenting the winning ticket at the Comps window or the office over the following month. Congratulations to the winner and thanks to all of those that took part.




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Friday 19 November 2010
first team news
Terry looks back on the FA Cup and forward to the Kettering game

Since the Dons took all three points from Rockingham Road in September, Kettering have changed their manager and gone on a run of 18 points from 9 league games. New manager Marcus Law's first league defeat came against Mansfield Town after a very successful start to his time with The Poppies.

Terry Brown talked about the importance of the game with Kettering after first looking back on last night's late win in the FA Cup tie at Ebbsfleet.

"I hope you have all got over the excitement of last night - I'm not sure if I have yet. It was a real FA Cup tie with passion and enthusiasm from both sides. It was one of those games where no-one really deserves to lose. I felt sorry for Liam as the timing of the goals was particularly cruel.

"I am absolutely delighted with the character shown by our side to keep going for what was 95 minutes and to get what I felt was a deserved equaliser was a credit to all 14 players who took part.

"As far as the game was concerned I don't think we defended well enough in the first half and were far too open at the back. The re-emergence of Brett Johnson was a real tonic and although I think all of our young lads are a credit to the club, you really do need some experience in there in big games.

"I'd also like to thank the supporters who made the journey as they were fantastic. I hope that none of them left after 94 minutes and missed all the excitement.

"Unfortunately for us, it looks as though Brett has picked up another injury to his already damaged knee and he underwent a scan today to determine how bad it is. Andre Blackman also picked up a leg injury and will be doubtful for Sunday's game.

"Thursday night's game took an incredible amount out of all the players involved, both physically and mentally and I will hopefully be able to rest two or three players on Sunday. Because of the depth of the squad I don't feel it will weaken the side in any way and it gives one or two who came on and did well last night the opportunity for another start. For Sunday we can also include Chris Bush and Christian Jolley who are available again.

"This is another massive game for us, as we press to stay in contention in the league. The boys put a real shift in last night and I know that some of them need a break - although the spirit is such that none of them will want to be rested. But it's my job to get the balance right and I'll be talking to Mike Rayner about his perception of how the players are coping with the strenuous fixture list we face. That will help me to decide our team for Sunday."


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Friday 19 November 2010
club news
Additional chance to buy FA Cup tickets

In addition to the original announcement earlier today, we have added another opportunity to buy tickets for the FA Cup second round game on 27 November.

On Sunday, before the Kettering game, tickets for the FA Cup tie only (but not the Luton game) will be on sale as follows:

· Existing season ticket holders who bring their ST books can buy their usual place, whether it be a seat or a place in the Tempest, Kingston Road or John Smith’s stand, plus a further three tickets for either the John Smith’s stand or the Kingston Road end

· Non season ticket holders can buy up to four tickets for the John Smith’s stand or the Kingston Road end

There are 800 season ticket holders for the Tempest End and space for 900 fans. The available 100 tickets have been sold so if all ST holders claim their place we will have sold out. This is why the on-line ticket system says that the Tempest End is sold out.

Season ticket holders have until Monday 4.00 pm to claim their usual place. After that time, any unclaimed seats and Tempest End tickets will be available on general sale. Fans who wish to apply for seats or Tempest End tickets can do so, but we will be unable to let you know if you have been successful until Tuesday. If you wish to apply for a seat or a Tempest End ticket, we recommend that you:

· Hand in your application on Sunday, or apply by post, or visit the office with your application – you cannot apply on line

· Enclose a cheque made out to AFC Wimbledon for the correct amount

· Indicate your second choice of terrace if you are unsuccessful with your first choice

· Give us a daytime contact number

Anyone who doesn’t get the tickets of their choice will be allocated tickets in the Kingston Road End unless they specify a preference.

Tickets will be on sale from the kiosk between 1.00 pm and 2.30 pm prompt. They will also be on sale as soon as possible after the game in the back bar.


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Friday 19 November 2010
club news
Ticket arrangements for the FA Cup second round

All ticket game

The FA Cup second round game against Stevenage, will be played at the Cherry Red Records Fans’ Stadium – Kingsmeadow, on Saturday 27 November. The game will be shown live on ITV and as a result it will kick off at 12.50 pm.

This is an all-ticket game and tickets cannot be bought on the day. Season ticket holders are reminded that their tickets are not valid for this game.

Stevenage fans will be located in the north end of the John Smith’s stand so Season Ticket holders will be able to buy tickets for their usual stand.

Number of tickets per applicant

There is a limit of four tickets per application for this game. Season ticket holders may buy four tickets in addition to their usual place.

Tickets may be bought as follows:

Season ticket holders who wish to book their usual seat or place on the terrace have until 4.00 pm on Monday to do so, using one of the methods described below. Voucher B should be provided up until the deadline – after that ST holders will not get preference and so no voucher is required.

All other fans are advised to apply immediately in one of the following ways:

Buying on-line

Only terrace tickets may be bought on line. You can do this by clicking on the ‘Buy tickets online here’ tab on the left hand side of the front page of this site.

We have a limited number of tickets available in the Tempest End and we will allocate any unsuccessful on-line applications for that end to the Kingston Road End terrace.

Please note that tickets which are sent by post are sent at the risk of the applicant - in other words, we cannot issue replacement tickets for any that are lost in the post. If you would prefer your tickets to be sent by recorded delivery, you should apply by post – see later in this note.

Buying on Saturday, at Kingsmeadow

As there is no game on Saturday 20 November, we will be selling tickets to callers at Kingsmeadow between 11.00 am and 2.00 pm on that day. Please note that tickets for the Luton game will also be on sale at those times - the detailed arrangements for Luton tickets were published on this site in a news item dated 16 November.

Buying at Kingsmeadow at other times

Personal callers will be able to buy tickets from the club office at Kingsmeadow during normal office hours (10.00 am to 4.00 pm, Monday to Friday).

We will not be selling tickets at the Kettering game but fans can leave an application, comprising their details, which tickets they want, a contact number, and payment at the complimentary tickets window.

Buying by post

Postal applicants should enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a daytime phone contact number should we need to contact you about your application.

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. Applicants who want more secure delivery of their tickets should not stamp the self-addressed envelope, and instead add a payment of £2 for a recorded delivery service; you should also state in a covering letter that you require secure delivery.

No telephone sales

Tickets will not be sold over the telephone.

Prices (cheques to be payable to AFC Wimbledon)

Terrace:
Adult £14
Concession £7
Under-16s £2

Seats – blocks D - H:
Adult £18
Concession £9
Under-16s £5

Seats – blocks A – C and J – M:
Adult £16
Concession £8
Under-16s £4


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Friday 19 November 2010
dons trust news
Silent Auction

The fundraising group is pleased to launch its traditional pre-Christmas silent auction, which will be held before the game against Kettering on Sunday.

To view the range of items on offer - and to get your bids in online in advance of Sunday - please click here. Online bidding will remain open until midnight on Saturday. Thereafter, the silent bidding will open in the back bar at Kingsmeadow at 12.30 pm on Sunday and remain open until 2.30 pm.

This year's collection includes items that will appeal to supporters of AFC Wimbledon and followers of football, cricket, darts and baseball generally. This is an ideal opportunity to take care of Christmas presents for your loved ones early without venturing into the high street. As ever, the proceeds will go to the Dons Trust funds.




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Thursday 18 November 2010
club news
Dons Late Show Puts Them Through

Sammy Moore was the Wimbledon hero as his double secured a Second Round tie against Stevenage on Saturday 27 November in front of the ITV cameras.

In a pulsating game Moore scored an equaliser in the fifth minute of added on time to take the match into extra time and then the winner in the last minute of extra time.

Mark Nwokeji had put Wimbledon ahead after 8 minutes heading home but a brace from Ashley Carew after 12 and 19 minutes put the home team ahead. Both teams created a number of chances with the two goalkeepers pulling off great saves.

A full report will appear later.


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Thursday 18 November 2010
club news
Can't get to the game tonight? Watch the Dons on Kingsmeadow's big screen

The club’s FA Cup replay against Ebbsfleet United tonight will be shown live on ESPN in the middle bar at The Cherry Red Records Fans’ Stadium.

If you can't make it to Ebbsfleet for anyr eason, why not come down and watch the game with fellow fans? The bar opens at 6pm and kick off is at 7.45pm.



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Thursday 18 November 2010
club news
Christmas festivities kick off next week!

Show off your creative side!
As you will see below, the club will have a float for Winter Wonderland next Thursday. We want to make it the highlight of the parade so if you think you could help dress it up with banners, flags or anything else, please call 020 8547 3336 or e-mail here.



AFC Wimbledon is proud to have a significant involvement in two Christmas themed events in Merton next week.

We would like to encourage fans to support both events as much as possible. Not only will they both be really enjoyable evenings for all the family, but it is also a great opportunity to remind Wimbledon and Merton that its football team is thriving.



Merton Christmas Lights

On Wednesday night (24 November), the club will be the guest of honour at the Civic Centre in Morden as we help Mayor of Merton Oonagh Moulton and Father Christmas turn on Merton’s Christmas lights.

The celebrations start at 5.30pm and attractions include carols and Christmas music from local schools and choirs and festive food and drink from local vendors.

And of course Morden Library will be open so fans can check out the Wimbledon FC memorabilia on display.



Winter Wonderland

On Thursday night (25 November), the club will be taking over the forecourt at Wimbledon Station from 5pm as part of Wimbledon’s Winter Wonderland celebration, along with Paul Strank Roofing Ltd.

The CFS will be providing a wide range of activities and games, including our brand new inflatable goal and there will be appearances by Terry Brown and the squad and Haydon the Womble.

Elsewhere, there will be a variety of live performances on the piazza outside the Odeon Cinema as well as various stalls featuring local vendors, Father Christmas will be making an appearance in Centre Court shopping centre and Louis Spence, star of this year’s panto Peter Pan in Wimbledon Theatre, will launch the firework display at 6.30pm.

However the highlight of this event is the parade that passes through the centre of Wimbledon and the club will feature prominently, with a float carrying Terry, the players and Haydon surrounded by our youth team players. The parade starts at 6pm from St Marks Church at the top of Worple Rd.

Winter Wonderland attracts around 2,000 residents in the heart of Wimbledon, presenting the club with a fantastic opportunity to promote upcoming games and the CFS. If you have an hour or two to spare to hand out information, please call 020 8547 3336 or e-mail here.








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Thursday 18 November 2010
dons trust news
Fundraising with The Magic Minute

Supporters travelling on the coaches to watch AFC Wimbledon's first round FA Cup replay against Ebbsfleet United, or those watching the game in the middle bar at Kingsmeadow on Thursday, will have the opportunity to participate in the second outing of the Magic Minute. This is a scheme which was first piloted for the away game against Luton earlier in the season. Thanks to the experience gained that evening the Magic Minute has been taken in, honed, re-vamped, streamlined and is all ready for a second outing.

If you are new to the Magic Minute think of it as an away version of Golden Goals, but with a difference. Each ticket is allocated a single number corresponding to a minute in the game. The winning minute will be the one in which the first goal is scored by either side and will be the minute recorded on the Official Site match report. If the score is 0-0 after 90 minutes the winning minute will be the minute of the first card shown in the game.

Tickets are priced at £1 each and the proceeds will be divided 50 / 50 between the holders of the winning tickets and the Dons Trust. With a 1 in 90 chance of a winning ticket you could end up with a smile on your face, whatever the score!


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Wednesday 17 November 2010
dons trust news
November Dons Draw results

The November Dons Draw took place this morning at Kingsmeadow.

Winning numbers were drawn in the presence of Erik Samuelson (AFC Wimbledon Chief Executive), Neil Messenbird (Dons Draw Administrator) and Alison Franks (AFC Wimbledon Accountant).

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

First prize of £1,000 - ticket 3563 - Margaret Hung SW19

Second prize of £500 - ticket 0974 - Stuart Lillie SW12

Third prize of £250 - ticket 1337 - Andrew Wardell KT3

Fourth prize of £150 - ticket 2916 - Anthony Woodley HP1

Fifth prize of £100 - ticket 0750 - Anna Rowatt KT8

Sixth prize of £75 - ticket 3704 - Jonathan Wilkins RH4

Congratulations to all six prize winners.

The next Dons Draw will take place on or around the 15 December 2010 with the results being posted on the AFC Wimbledon official web site soon after the draw has taken place.

We are again paying out a massive £2,075 this 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 2010 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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Wednesday 17 November 2010
first team news
Dons gear up for cup replay

Terry Brown was keen to focus on the FA Cup replay rather than who the Dons might meet in the next round when we spoke to him today.

"Mixed reaction amongst the players this morning on the news that we will be playing Stevenage should we be fortunate enough to beat Ebbsfleet tomorrow night. But it won't matter who won last night if we don't get through, so the management team made sure that we emphasised how important it was to reach the second round, both for the club and the fans. If the players needed any incentive to be in the hat for the third round they couldn't ask for any more than the scheduled game being televised.

"Apart from the injury to Lee Minshull and the suspension of Christian Jolley, we have a fully fit squad to choose from for the Ebbsfleet game, with both Jon Main and Brett Johnson fit again and available for selection.

"Last Monday we went through the DVD of the Ebbsfleet game with the players and identified certain points where we can improve. The schedule of two games between Thursday and Sunday means that we will be resting players on the Sunday that we feel are in need of a break and once again we will be delving in to the strength of our squad."

Following last night's FA Cup replays, the Dons will be at home to Stevenage on Saturday 27 November if they beat Ebbsfleet tomorrow night or, if they fail to win at Ebbsfleet, they will be at Fleetwood for a scheduled league game.


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Wednesday 17 November 2010
first team news
Dons game at Gateshead rearranged

Wimbledon's game at Gateshead will be shown live on Premier Sports TV and will now be played on Friday 28 January, kick off 7.45.

Further televised games will be announced in the next few days.


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Wednesday 17 November 2010
club news
Carvery open this Sunday!

Once again, the carvery will be open from 12.00 noon in the back bar prior to the Kettering game this Sunday.

Carvery guests enjoy:

- A 3 course carvery including tea and coffee
- Drinks service direct to the tables
- Sky Sports/ ESPN on the high def screen
- A complimentary match programme and team sheet
- A pre-match briefing by Terry Brown

Cost: £20

To book your place please email here
or call 020 8547 3336.




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Wednesday 17 November 2010
youth news
FA Youth Cup second round action at Kingsmeadow tonight

Following their 2-1 win at Dartford in the previous round, the youth team plays Aldershot tonight at Kingsmeadow, with the prize of an away game at West Ham United if they make it to the third round.

This is a great chance to spot the Dons stars of the future and encourage them on to further cup success. Kick off is at 7.45 pm. Admission is £5 Adults and £2 concessions and Under-16s.


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Tuesday 16 November 2010
club news
Luton tickets go on sale from 10.00 am on Wednesday 17 November

The Blue Square Bet Premier league game against Luton Town on Tuesday 30 November will be all-ticket, and there will be no tickets available on the evening of the game.

Tickets will go on sale to both season ticket and non-season ticket holders from 10.00 am on Wednesday 17 November, from the club office and online.

A small number of tickets for the Tempest End and for the John Smith’s Stand will be available. Once we have sold out of tickets for the Tempest End, fans will be allocated tickets for the John Smith’s Stand.

For this game the Luton Town fans will be housed in the Kingston Road End, and Wimbledon fans with season tickets for that terrace have been contacted about the alternative arrangements that have been made for them.

We reserve the right to refuse to sell tickets to anyone whom we suspect is not a Wimbledon supporter.

The sale of tickets to away supporters is being dealt with by the ticket office at Luton Town.

Online sales

We need to control who can purchase tickets for this game. Only season ticket holders and Dons Trust members who wish to buy additional tickets for friends will be able to use the online ticket shop, accessed via the front page of the official website, to purchase tickets.

Online applicants will be limited to a maximum of two tickets per person and must enter their season ticket number or Dons Trust membership number in the relevant box. Only terrace tickets can be purchased online.

Personal callers

The limit for personal callers is also two tickets per person.

Personal callers will be able to buy tickets from the club office at Kingsmeadow during normal office hours (10.00 am to 4.00 pm, Monday to Friday). As there is no game on Saturday 20 November, we will also be selling tickets at Kingsmeadow on that day between 11.00 am and 2.00 pm.

Personal callers should produce proof of address: a bank statement or a recent utility bill is acceptable; a general letter sent to your address is not. A season ticket number or Dons Trust membership number is an acceptable alternative. Personal callers who wish to buy concession tickets must produce evidence of concessionary status.

Postal applicants

Tickets can also be requested by post, again limited to two tickets per application.

Postal applicants should enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a daytime phone contact number should we need to contact you about your eligibility for a ticket.

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. Applicants who want more secure delivery of their tickets should not stamp the self-addressed envelope, and instead add a payment of £2 for a recorded delivery service; they should also state in a covering letter that they require secure delivery.

If you are buying a concession ticket, proof of concessionary status must also be supplied.

No telephone sales

Tickets will not be sold over the telephone.

Prices

Terrace:
Adult £14
Concession £7
Under-16s £2

Seats:
Adult £16
Concession £8
Under-16s £4



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Tuesday 16 November 2010
club news
Live FA Cup action on Thursday

The club’s FA Cup replay against Ebbsfleet United on Thursday evening will be shown live on ESPN in the middle bar at The Cherry Red Records Fans’ Stadium.

The bar opens at 6pm and kick off is at 7.45pm.



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Tuesday 16 November 2010
club news
Last call for the coaches to Ebbsfleet

There are 16 places remaining on the free coaches travelling to Ebbsfleet on Thursday for the FA Cup replay.

To reserve a seat on the coach please call the office on 020 8547 3528 as soon as possible.


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Monday 15 November 2010
youth news
FA Youth Cup action at Kingsmeadow on Wednesday

Mark Robinson's youth team will be attempting to make it to the Third Round of the FA Youth Cup and an away tie with West Ham United when they take on Aldershot Town on Wednesday 17 November at Kingsmeadow.

Kick off is at 7.45 pm and admission is £5 Adults and £2 concessions and Under-16s.


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Monday 15 November 2010
club news
Reduced price train tickets for York and Darlington away games

Reduced price train tickets for the away game at York sold out a little while ago. Anderson Travel have been able to obtain some more tickets but please note that these are for different train times from the first offer.

In addition, Andersons have obtained reduced price train tickets for the Darlington game on Saturday 8 January and these are now on sale.

Fans can pay on line and will get an e-ticket as confirmation. Each person will receive their rail tickets from the Andersons representative at the station on the day, on presentation of their confirmation.

For more details, click on York and Darlington train tickets and scroll down the page. The offer is limited to the specific trains referred to on the site.


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Monday 15 November 2010
first team news
Looking back at Barrow

Terry Brown was disappointed but not downcast after the defeat at Barrow on Saturday. He said "our second long trip within five days saw us return from Holker Street without any points. However, after reviewing the DVD I was very pleased with the performance but, obviously, not the score line.

"However you measure performance, it has to include goals and this is the one area that is giving us some concern at the moment. Having lost the services of seven-goal Christian Jolley it is evident that we need one of our other forwards or midfielders to chip in with some goals.

"Although I thought Ricky and Toks dominated central midfield area on Saturday the difference between the two teams was that their midfielder scored the first and crucial goal of the game. We created enough chances at Barrow without ever really testing the 'keeper enough.

"I had hoped that Lee Minshull's re-emergence would give us more goals from midfield. However, Lee suffered a big setback when he broke his toe on Saturday. Having seen the X-ray Mike Rayner believes that Lee's recuperation will take about 6 weeks and therefore it is imperative that our current playing staff chip in to assist with the goals that Danny Kedwell has scored.

"A bit of good news is that Brett Johnson stayed at home on Saturday and worked very hard with our fitness coach, Jason Moriarity. He also took part in a practice game under Marcus Gayle. Brett came through unscathed and although he has yet to gain any real game time, he will give us cover for both centre half and left back on Thursday.

"Stuart and I spent today with the team, reviewing the DVD of our home game against Ebbsfleet and looking for ways to improve. Between now and the game we will be focusing on working on those issues in training."


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Sunday 14 November 2010
dons trust news
New minute taker needed

The Dons Trust needs a minute-taker, for board meetings and general meetings of members.

The board usually meets once a month, often on a Monday evening, at the stadium. Our meetings start at 7.30 and are due to finish at 10.00 pm, although they can extend beyond that time.

General meetings of members are held three times a year, usually on a Thursday evening, with similar timings.

We need an experienced minute-taker to attend these meetings, minute them, and provide draft minutes to the board within three days of the meeting.

If you have the right experience, are available for one or two evenings plus a few hours each month, and would like to help out, please email David Growns, Vice-Chair with your details. David can be emailed here.


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Sunday 14 November 2010
dons trust news
The Dons Trust is looking for a new secretary

We are sorry to report that Julian Edwards has stood down from the role of secretary due to other pressures on his time giving him less time than he would like to devote to the job. The Board would like to thank Julian for his hard work and practical advice since he took on the role in September 2009.

As a result of Julian's decision to stand down from the role, the Trust now needs a secretary.

Responsible to the members and the board of the Trust, the secretary's key role is to protect the members' interests and ensure that the Trust is properly run, according to its own rules and the law.

The primary tasks of the role include:

- ensuring that members have all the necessary information before and after meetings

- arranging for external expert advice – including legal advice – to be taken, where she or he deems this necessary to protect the interests of members

- liaising with the Chair to arrange meetings and prepare agendas

- publishing minutes from board and members’ meetings

- ensuring the Trust's records are kept up-to-date and that regulatory reports are filed accurately and on time

- co-ordinating the work involved in taking minutes of meetings of members and board meetings.

A good Trust secretary will be methodical, reliable, decisive, resilient and tactful, with the ability to show discretion and maintain confidentiality. She or he will need the ability to summarise and explain complex information, have strong negotiation and delegation skills and be able to plan and co-ordinate the work of others. It is likely that she or he will have some experience of a similar role, either professionally or on a volunteer basis.

The board meets once a month and there is some preparatory work to do before each meeting. Following the meeting, minutes once produced need to be agreed. Members' meetings are at least three times a year and each requires the preparation and distribution of papers to all members, with again some work after each meeting. In all, we believe that a good secretary is likely to dedicate at least 4-5 hours per week, on average, to the role.

If you feel you have the qualities and experience required, and would like to help - or if you would like further information - please contact David Growns, Vice-chair of the Trust board on or before Friday 12 November. David can be emailed here.


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Saturday 13 November 2010
dons trust news
November Dons Trust Board meeting agenda

The next Dons Trust Board meeting is on Monday 15 November and the agenda is reproduced below. If you have any comments or questions please e-mail them to a member of the Board (their contact details are on the Dons Trust Board section of this website) or to the secretary at secretary@thedonstrust.org

1. Apologies

2. Minutes and matters arising from previous meetings
3. Chief Executive’s Report
4. DT accounts 2009/10
5. AFC Wimbledon accounts 2009/10
6. Agenda and arrangements for AGM
7. Roles for DT Board members
8. Communications strategy implementation plan
9. Carbon footprinting
10. Updates on:
- additional match-day covered spaces
- responding to correspondence

11. Any other business



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Friday 12 November 2010
club news
Barrow preview

The Dons take on Barrow AFC tomorrow, keen to build on the fine win at Altrincham on Tuesday night and reinforce their position at the top of the league. We caught up with Terry Brown at the team's hotel this evening and he said:

"After a really good journey up, which included a training session at Aston Villa's training ground - many thanks to Villa for their generous gesture in allowing us to use their facilities - I am pleased to say that everyone is raring to go.

"Our recent away form has been very good and I'd like to think we can continue this form on Saturday, although we are under no illusions that gaining points at Barrow is a difficult task at any time of the year. The focus this week has been entirely on the league and our two difficult away trips. Nothing would please me more than going into next Thursday's important FA Cup game on the back of two successful journeys."

Barrow go into the game sitting in the bottom four, despite their excellent win against Newport County last Saturday. They have one or two selection problems, with top goalscorer Jason Walker missing through a one match suspension. Walker has scored eleven of their 20 league goals this season, including five penalties. In addition, Barrow's on-loan goalkeeper Clark Masters, who has also played on loan for the Dons, was rushed to hospital with a groin injury after training and so Barrow are trying to sign Mark Halstead, a 20 year old 'keeper from Blackpool, on emergency loan.

The Dons have injury and illness problems too, as Terry Brown explained "There is a little bit of illness in the camp and Danny Kedwell, Jon Main, Ed Harris and Lee Minshull have all been doubtful. Jon was easily the most ill so he hasn't travelled and Ed won't be ready either, but we hope that Danny and Lee will recover in time for the game. The good news, however, is that Ismail Yakubu is fit and will be starting."


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Thursday 11 November 2010
dons trust news
Dons Trust Election - Deadline for voting

Following the re-arrangement of the home game against Kettering Town to Sunday 21 November, the Election Steering Group (ESG) has decided to extend the deadline for Dons Trust Board voting to 2.50 pm on Sunday 21 November.

This will allow members to bring their ballot papers to the game on that day.

The ESG will attempt to complete the count after the match on 21 November but this is dependent on the availability of the ESG members and a suitable location for conducting the count. Thus it may be necessary to delay the count and the declaration of results.



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Wednesday 10 November 2010
club news
Special offer from Premier Sports TV

Premier Sports TV has teamed up with AFC Wimbledon to offer fans a special promotion of 2 months for half price offer which will allow fans to watch all the live action over the winter for only £3.49 per month!

To take advantage of this special offer please enter the code AW26 at here or call 0871 663 9000 quoting the code. The offer is open to new customers only and terms and conditions apply. The offer ends 28 February 2011.

Premier Sports TV shows 30 live games from the Blue Square Bet Premier every season as well as goal highlights from other games. The league has entered into a revenue sharing arrangement whereby once the cost of production is covered clubs receive 50% of all revenue on top of the basic amount.

The more people that get behind this deal the more money the clubs receive so sign up now.



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Wednesday 10 November 2010
club news
Free coaches to the Ebbsfleet replay

After the impressive attendance at the FA Cup tie against Ebbsfleet last Saturday we are looking for another good turn out of Wimbledon fans for the replay on Thursday 18 November.

The club has therefore decided that there will be no charge for fans who wish to use the supporters' coaches that will be travelling to Ebbsfleet. The coaches will be picking up from The Grove at 4.30 pm and from Kingsmeadow at 5.00 pm and to reserve a seat please contact the office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays or book at the online ticket shop, accessed via the front page of the official website.

If you do decide to book online there will however still be a £1.50 transaction fee.




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Wednesday 10 November 2010
club news
Live Blue Square Bet Premier Action Tomorrow

The Blue Square Bet Premier league fixture between Wrexham and Luton Town will be shown live on the big screen in the middle bar tomorrow night.

The bar opens at 6.00 pm and kick off is at 7.45 pm.


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Wednesday 10 November 2010
club news
Dons overtake Crawley to regain top spot

The Dons regained top spot as they overcame bottom club Altrincham with a comfortable victory.

Terry Brown made three changes from the side that started Saturday’s FA Cup game with Fraser Franks, Ricky Wellard and Jon Main coming in for Ismail Yakubu, Luke Moore and Christian Jolley. There was also a welcome return to the substitute’s bench for Lee Minshull.

Once again on their travels, Wimbledon made a dream start with a goal in the first minute when Danny Kedwell ran onto Ricky Wellard’s through ball and outpacing the two central defenders shot past Stuart Coburn.

Despite their lowly position Altrincham played some neat football and Seb Brown was called upon to make an excellent save from Nicky Clee. The Dons increased their lead on the stroke of half time when Kedwell volleyed home Sam Hatton’s cross.

The Dons remained in control in the second half although the home side were denied a goal when the assistant referee flagged for a very close offside decision. At the other end when a stunning shot from Rashid Yussuff beat Coburn all ends up hitting the crossbar and post before rebounding to safety.

Terry Brown made use of his three substitutes as the Dons saw the game out to record an important victory.

Terry was in a very happy mood on the team coach home. “It was a fantastic win in what will be a busy week for the team. The three hundred plus fans who made the long journey north will have found it very worthwhile. It was important to get back to winning ways in an important month in our history. It was a really good night gaining three important points and no injuries. We will be rotating the squad to utilise the energy and potential of the players and not overplay the same players. It would be nice to rest Danny Kedwell in particular but anyone watching him tonight will see how important he is for us. I also thought there were very fine performances from Sam Hatton and Rashid Yussuff.”



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Tuesday 09 November 2010
club news
FA Cup second round to be televised

ITV has announced that the FA Cup second round tie will be televised, irrespective of the outcome of the first round replays. The game will take place at 12.50 on Saturday 27 November.

Further information will follow.


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Tuesday 09 November 2010
club news
Reserve Game Off

Tonight's Suburban League Champions Cup match against Hampton and Richmond has been postponded due to a waterlogged pitch.


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Tuesday 09 November 2010
club news
Supporters' coach to Ebbsfleet

If there is enough take up, the club will run a coach to the FA Cup replay at Ebbsfleet on Thursday 18 November. The coach would depart from The Grove at 4.30 pm and from Kingsmeadow at 5.00 pm. The cost will be £10.

If you are interested in travelling on the coach please contact the office on 020 8547 3528 on weekdays between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm as soon as possible so a definite decision to run a coach can be taken.


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Monday 08 November 2010
club news
Blue Square Bet Premier - Midweek Preview

AFC Wimbledon can return to the top of the Blue Square Bet Premier table with a win at Altrincham on Tuesday evening. The Wombles are the 17/20 favourites to beat bottom placed Alty who have been slowly closing the gap at the foot of the standings. New manager Ken McKenna has worked hard to put things right at Moss Lane and can boast a recent run of only one defeat in their last eight league matches. In contrast the visitors are experiencing a minor blip, although plenty of clubs would gladly swap places with Terry Brown’s team. The South West London side have failed to win in half of their last ten matches and recent home games have resulted in a defeat against Darlington and a goalless draw with Blue Square Bet South Ebbsfleet United. Brown’s side have suffered four league defeats – each time without scoring – so those wanting to back a home win may want to avoid the 29/10 price and plump for a special ‘Altrincham win without conceding’ at a tasty looking 6/1. The home side have drawn four of their last seven in the league and another stalemate is 5/2.

Rushden & Diamonds have firmly put themselves in the title race with a six match unbeaten run in the league. They were unlucky losers at home to Yeovil in the FA Cup on Saturday but can make a return to league action with a trip to Kidderminster. Justin Edinburgh scooped the manager of the month award for October and his side are 11/8 favourites for a win which would put them level on points with Luton Town. Kidderminster have only lost twice in their last 12 league matches and have climbed into the top half of the table after a poor opening month. Steve Burr’s team have not kept a clean-sheet for over five weeks though and that would be a concern after Rushden’s prolific 5-0 win at Barrow in their last league outing. Rushden are 11/4 to score 2 or more goals in the game. A home win for the Harriers is priced at 7/4.

Fleetwood are the shortest priced favourites of a midweek programme that has plenty of evenly balanced matches. Micky Mellon’s team are offered at 4/6 to get three points when Gateshead visit Highbury on Tuesday. League 1 Walsall became the last side to fail to win at Fleetwood’s fortress of a home on Saturday and only Luton Town have managed to win there in the last 13 matches. Gateshead are making good progress in their first season as a full-time club, although they travel to Lancashire with only one win in their last six matches. Ian Bogie’s team have gained the majority of their points against teams in the bottom half and this away trip to the fifth placed Cod Army is a difficult task. An away win is priced at 4/1, with the draw a 5/2 chance.

Mansfield Town are without a win in their last six league matches and have consequently dropped to eighth in the table. David Holdsworth’s men travel to in-form Kettering Town on Tuesday and are offered at 2/1 to make it a successful journey. The Stags have not won away since early September and are facing a Poppies’ team who haven’t lost in seven. Marcus Laws’ team have climbed to tenth in the table and can overtake Mansfield with a win here at odds of 6/5. The teams met at Field Mill in the fourth set of league matches and that day a 1-1 draw put Kettering 23rd and Mansfield 6th. A repeat of that scoreline is priced at 6/1, but the form lines those previous positions highlight must point to a home win here.

Cambridge United put in a fantastic performance in the FA Cup at home to Championship-bound Huddersfield on Saturday evening. That goalless draw sets up a money-spinning replay next week. Martin Ling’s side welcome Grimsby Town to the Abbey Stadium on Tuesday with the market favouring a home win at 5/4. The U’s won back-to-back league games before that live cup clash and are in good enough form to oblige at those odds. Visitors Grimsby have only won two of their last ten league matches and haven’t won away since the first month of the season. They’ll need to put in an improved performance to win at odds of 19/10 here.

Darlington followed up their excellent win at Wimbledon by shocking Bristol Rovers in the FA Cup at the weekend. Mark Cooper’s team are way off the pace set by their fellow promotion hopefuls but will be hoping that those results secure an uplift in fortunes. Despite languishing in 12th spot in the table The Quakers have the best defence in the league – shipping a miserly 0.82 goals per game. Tamworth visit the Northern Echo Arena this week and a home win is offered at 3/4 with a ‘win without conceding’ priced at 15/8 on our usual match specials. An out of form Tamworth managed to beat Crewe in the cup on Saturday but have not won in their last eight league fixtures. The Lambs have only one clean-sheet to their name in the league this season and 14 of their 17 games have ended with both teams finding the net. Both teams to score in this game is priced at 8/11, a Tamworth win is 7/2 and a draw is offered at 12/5.

Eastbourne Borough have only won once in their last seven league matches and are without a clean–sheet since late September. With that in mind not many punters will trust them at odds-on for a home match against Forest Green Rovers this week. The sides met at the New Lawn earlier in the season and Eastbourne won a thrilling encounter by the odd goal in seven. Forest Green are offered at 100/30 to follow up their victory over York City which halted a winless run of 12 in the league.

Bath City host Hayes & Yeading United in a relegation six-pointer. The sides sit 21st and 22nd respectively in the table and are level on 17 points from as many matches. The teams met on the opening day of the season when Hayes & Yeading won on their own patch 2-1. Only Wrexham have managed to win in Bath this season though and a home win makes plenty of appeal at 23/20.



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Monday 08 November 2010
club news
Terry reflects on Saturday's Cup game and looks forward to Altrincham

"Saturday's cup game against Ebbsfleet United was a very tight affair, with neither side able to break the deadlock. I felt we started off very brightly, but we were unable to take advantage of our early chances. Because we have not been scoring goals lately, we looked nervous in the final third of the pitch as the game went on.

"After looking at the DVD of the game I feel the sending off of Christian Jolley was extremely harsh, however, nothing compared to the dismissal of the Ebbsfleet player. Both sides now have important league fixtures to play before we lock horns again next week.

"Monday's training was a light session with the long journey to Altrincham tomorrow. Stuart and I spoke to the players today about rotating the side over the next three games, as we feel it is vitally important we keep the squad as fit and fresh as possible. This will mean several of the players who have been on the bench recently making the starting line up in the next few games.

"The good news on the injury front is that Lee Minshull will be looking to play a part in one of the next two games and if Brett Johnson has no reaction to the work he has done today, we will be looking to give him some game time as soon as possible. Sammy Moore's ankle ligament injury is not as bad as we first feared. Considerable bruising has come out today and hopefully he will be available for selection on Saturday.

"Tomorrow is the start of two important away matches and after the excitement of the FA Cup it is important that we get back to winning ways in the league, and getting points on the board to maintain our challenge at the top of the league."


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Monday 08 November 2010
club news
Cup replay live on ESPN and new date for Kettering Town

Our First Round FA Cup replay against Ebbsfleet United will now be played on Thursday 18 November, kick-off 7.45 pm, and will be shown live on ESPN.

As a consequence, our Blue Square Bet Premier fixture against Kettering Town will be moved back one day and will now be played on Sunday 21 November, kick-off 3.00 pm.

Further information about admission prices for the replay and details about the supporters’ coach will be announced once they are known.



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Monday 08 November 2010
club news
Update on Supporters' coaches

There are still seats available on the supporters' coaches travelling to our next two away games.

Altrincham on Tuesday 9 November. The coach picks up from The Grove at 1.00 pm and from Kingsmeadow at 1.30 pm. The price is £15.

Barrow on Saturday 13 November. The coach picks up from The Grove at 6.00 am and from Kingsmeadow at 6.30 am. The price is again £15.

To reserve a place please call the club office on 020 8547 3528 during normal office hours or at the online ticket shop, accessed via the front page of the official website.


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Sunday 07 November 2010
club news
FA Cup draw

Depending on the outcome of two replays, we have been drawn against Milton Keynes in the FA Cup 2nd round to be played on 27 November.

Most people know the way that Milton Keynes obtained their football club. It was wrong then and it is still wrong now, which makes this fixture very painful for us. However, when we entered the FA Cup we understood that this might happen and we will go about our business professionally and complete the fixture. But we would have preferred that it hadn’t happened. We have no further comment to make at the moment.


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Sunday 07 November 2010
dons trust news
Saturday's Matchday Raffle

The two winning tickets in Saturday's raffle were Green 308 and Green 282. Both prizes have now been claimed.

The raffle raised £665 for the Dons Trust. Many thanks to everyone who bought tickets.




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Saturday 06 November 2010
club news
Cup match ends in stalemate

Both the Dons and Ebbsfleet will be in the hat for the draw for the second round of the FA Cup after they cancelled each other out in a goalless draw at Kingsmeadow.

The busiest man on the pitch was referee Andy Davis who showed six yellow cards and two red as both teams played the entire second half with just ten men. First to be shown the red card was Christian Jolley after 38 minutes, for what was deemed a reckless challenge. Three minutes later Ashley Carew was also dismissed, having collected two yellow cards.

Neither team was able to show that decisive cutting edge although there were several near misses at each end. The game had got off to a good start with the Dons showing plenty of pace and movement, but the visitors’ game plan to shut down the Dons’ wide men soon began to take effect and Danny Kedwell was starved of any quality service. In fact, the much-awaited contest between Kedwell and last season’s captain Paul Lorraine never really materialised.

In the end, the draw was probably the correct result and both teams will try again on Tuesday 16 November at Stonebridge Road. An announcement about ticket arrangements and prices will be made in the next few days.

The draw for the second round will take place on ITV1 after the Southport v Sheffield Wednesday game, at approximately 2.00 pm.




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Friday 05 November 2010
dons trust news
Dons Trust Election - Ballot papers

The ballot box for the Dons Trust Board election will again be on the Dons Trust stand before the game tomorrow. Please bring your ballot papers along to the game if you have completed them, thus saving the Dons Trust the cost of postage.



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Friday 05 November 2010
club news
Final FA Cup thoughts from Terry and match arrangements

Terry Brown came in after training today, having selected his team and delighted that Brett Johnson and Lee Minshull look close to ready for action. "The team trained well today and look good for tomorrow's important FA Cup game. Lee and Brett are looking better every day and the only frustration is that we don't have a reserve team game soon to give them a run out.

"With most of the squad fit we've decided to agree to Lewes taking Reece Jones on loan for a month. Reece is a fantastic prospect and has done very well for the Wales under 19s but he needs more game time, so a loan is the right thing for him at the moment.

"We won't be making many changes for tomorrow. This is a very important game and we want to win it and be in the draw at 2.00 pm on Sunday. But it will be tough - our scout's report on Ebbsfleet's win at St Albans said they look a very strong team, so we know we are in for a tough game. Hopefully a big and noisy FA Cup crowd will get behind us and will us on to victory."

Meanwhile, the TV gantries behind the John Smith's and Kingston Road End stands are in place and the TV lorries are already parked behind the KRE ready for tomorrow. There will be seven cameras focusing on the action, plus a larger-than-usual number of press, as always happens with the FA Cup.

Seats

Pre-sales have already accounted for half the seats. However, that means there will be plenty on sale before the game from the kiosk in the lobby of the Paul Strank stand, at the reduced price of £14 for adults, £7 for concessions and £3 for under 16s.

Terraces

There are plenty of places available on all the terraces. Given the expected crowd, there is one standard terrace ticket for home fans, which allows access to any of the Kingston Road End, the Tempest End or the south end of the John Smith's stand.

Away fans will be located in the north end of the John Smith's stand.

Terrace ticket prices have also been reduced from the usual league prices and are £10 for adults, £5 for concessions and £2 for under 16s.

Segregation

We will be employing full segregation for this game. Ebbsfleet fans will enter via turnstiles 7 and 8 in the residential car park. Dons fans should use turnstiles 1 - 3 to enter the Kingston Road End and 4 - 6 for the Tempest End and the southern end of the John Smith's stand.

Bars

The bars will open at noon, as usual. Ebbsfleet fans are welcome to use them before the game; a decision about access to the bars after the game will be made by the Safety Officer during the match.

Please note that due to pre-booked functions, the back bar will close after half time and the main bar will close at about 6.15 pm, after which fans can transfer into the President's Lounge where the live match will be showing.

Food

We are sorry but there will not be a burger trailer in the car park before the game. However, the usual four outlets will be open from about 1.45 pm, when the stadium opens.

Programme

The programme for this game is 36 pages and costs £2. It features a pictorial report on the Minithon and most of the usual features.


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Friday 05 November 2010
dons trust news
Win a Dons cup final shirt in tomorrow's raffle

The fundraising group will be holding a raffle at the FA Cup game on Saturday. The two prizes on offer, kindly assembled by David McKnight, will be:

- An unworn AFC Wimbledon shirt from the 2005 Surrey Senior Cup final against Walton & Hersham, especially embroidered with "Surrey Senior Cup Final 2005" below the club badge, making this a real collector's item;

- An AFC Wimbledon shirt signed by the full 2009/10 team.


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Thursday 04 November 2010
club news
Terry looks forward to the FA Cup

We caught up with Terry after this morning’s training session and after the players had watched the video of Saturday’s game.

“Saturday’s FA Cup encounter with Ebbsfleet gives us an opportunity to bounce back after our home defeat against Darlington last Saturday.

“The FA Cup has its own magic, and the boys have looked very sharp in training this week and are clearly up for the contest. The good news on the injury front is that both Brett Johnson and Lee Minshull have completed a successful week’s training. I will not be risking them at the weekend, but they should both be fit and available soon for a reserve team game.

“I don’t intend to make many changes for the game on Saturday after our recent successful run. In training this week we have obviously been working hard on breaking down resolute defences and teams who defend in depth.

“Ebbsfleet are on a fantastic run of 12 games undefeated and have an away record that would grace any team in the country. Added to that is the return of Calum Willock, Derek Duncan and last season’s captain, Paul Lorraine, and I expect all three of them are looking forward to coming back to Kingsmeadow. The prize for victory is not only financially important but would potentially offer us an opportunity to pit out wits against a Football League side.

“We hope to emulate Mark Robinson’s Under-18 side, who have already progressed to the second round of their FA competition with their fine away victory at Dartford. This has given them the chance to play one of my old teams, Aldershot Town, in what will be an exciting encounter.

“I am sure there will be a fantastic cup atmosphere on Saturday, and I hope to see as many Dons fans at Kingsmeadow as possible.”



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Thursday 04 November 2010
club news
Volunteers needed tomorrow night

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 tomorrow night, Friday 5 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 LLaugh@Kingsmeadow (the comedy show) being held in the back bar after the fireworks.


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Thursday 04 November 2010
youth news
Youth team make further progress

The youth team progressed to the Second Round of the FA Youth Cup and a meeting with Aldershot Town of npower League 2 following their deserved victory over Dartford last night.

A towering header from centre half Jay Kalama on the stroke of half-time put the Dons ahead but the home side brought the scores level 17 minutes into the second half through Louis Rankin. The response from the Dons was almost immediate with Nathan Gordon cracking home a free kick from just outside the penalty area to score what proved to be the winning goal. A full match report will appear later.

The Second Round tie will be played at Kingsmeadow in the week commencing 15 November and a further announcement will be made in due course.



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Wednesday 03 November 2010
club news
Carvery returns this Saturday SPECIAL OFFER

Once again, the carvery will be open from 12.00 noon in the back bar prior to the FA Cup tie against Ebbsfleet this Saturday.

Carvery guests enjoy:

- A 3 course carvery including tea and coffee
- Drinks service direct to the tables
- Sky Sports/ ESPN on the high def screen
- A complimentary match programme and team sheet
- A pre-match briefing by Terry Brown

We have the following special offers for this game:

- Carvery
- Seat in the Paul Strank Stand
Cost £30

OR

- Carvery
- Access to the President’s Lounge
- Seat in the Director’s Box
Cost £40

To book your place please email here
or call 020 8247 9918.

The carvery is nearly sold out so book soon to take advantage of this fantastic offer!

Please Note: The carvery season ticket will not cover this carvery as it is an FA Cup game.


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Wednesday 03 November 2010
club news
The Road to Wembley goes via AFC Wimbledon

As part of their coverage of the FA Cup this season, ITV has been running 'The Road to Wembley', following a club from the very first round of the competition and now reaching The Dons.

To read more about this, click on The Road to Wembley starts here.


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Wednesday 03 November 2010
club news
Ebbsfleet tickets remain on sale

Tickets for our FA Cup game against Ebbsfleet on Saturday 6 November remain on sale.

The match is not all ticket and there will be plenty of room on the terraces. To avoid queues on the day terrace tickets may be bought online by going to the “Buy tickets” online tab on the front page of the official website.

The time for season ticket holders in the Paul Strank Stand to reserve their normal seats has elapsed and seats are now on general sale at £14 for adults, £7 for concessions and £3 for Under 16s. Tickets will not be sold by phone, however, personal callers may visit the club between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm during office hours to purchase tickets.



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Wednesday 03 November 2010
youth news
FA Youth Cup action tonight

Following their wins against Thamesmead Town and Wealdstone in the qualifying rounds of the FA Youth Cup, Mark Robinson's youth team take on Dartford tonight in the First Round Proper. The game is to be played at Dartford's first team ground at Princes Park Stadium, Grassbanks, Darenth Park, Dartford, DA1 1RT

Kick off is at 7.45 pm and admission prices are £3 for Adults and £1 for everyone else.

The winners of the tie have been drawn at home to Cirencester Town or Aldershot Town in the Second Round Proper.


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Tuesday 02 November 2010
club news
Live Comedy and FA Cup action on Friday night!

This Friday sees the return of LLaugh@Kingsmeadow with a fantastic line-up of some of the finest comedians on the circuit. For more information about the line-up, please see below.

Please note that due to the firework display that is taking place at the gym on Friday night, there will be no parking available at the stadium.

We will also be showing FC United of Manchester’s FA Cup 1st round tie against Rochdale live on the high def screens in the middle bar. Coverage starts at 7pm.




LLaugh @ Kingsmeadow presents
Ian Cognito, Tom Craine, Paul Sweeney and Al Cowie

Friday 5 November
Tickets: £10 (Advanced), £12 (Door)
Doors Open: 7.30pm

You can now purchase tickets online at www.llaugh.com
or by phone on 07740 255 446

Ian Cognito (Headliner)
Ian Cognito is one of the best comics on the national circuit, a veteran who clearly knows what he’s doing as he spits his darkly humorous vitriol over an unsuspecting crowd. Outspoken, opinionated, and totally clued up, this man’s take on the world will have you convinced and convulsed (with laughter).
"Cognito’s indignant polemic is a bracing antidote to more amiable routines. When a comedian can transform rage into humour without diluting their passion, the result is always riveting. Share his inspired madness." - William Cook, The Guardian
"Cognito puts them all in the shade. If you want to know what’s wrong with New Britain, Ian Cognito’s going to tell you. And if you don’t, you’d better keep your mouth shut. Just stunning." - Phil Daoust, The Guardian
"Ian Cognito is up there with the greats. He rants - but not without thought." - Evening Standard
"There is no doubting Ian Cognito’s blazing talent as a stand-up." - Time Out

Tom Craine (Opening Act)
Tom Craine is one of the fastest rising comedians” BBC Radio 1
NEW COMEDY: RISING STAR OF 2010- Spoonfed.co.uk
Tom Craine is an award winning stand-up comic, MC and writer. Since winning 'Best Comedy & Drama' at the BBC National Student Awards 2006 (hosted by BBC Radio 1) he’s already had his own radio comedy commissioned for BBC Radio 2, penned laughs for BBC 3 and presented items for BBC Radio 1 & BBC 6 Music. However, he's still most proud of being named Wales' 33rd sexiest man, despite hailing from Bath.
Since leaving university in 2006 (Tom has a Degree in Child Psychology & a Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism), Tom has performed in comedy clubs throughout the UK and clocked up an impressive list of radio & television credits, including his own radio show, ‘The Tom Craine Show’, BBC Radio Bristol.
At the Edinburgh Fringe 2009, Tom successfully debuted his first solo show, ‘Tom Craine’s Comfort Blanket’, whilst also performing daily in the critically acclaimed sketch group ‘Superclump’. This followed the huge success of his appearance in 2008 on the bill of the sold out AAA Stand Up Show.
"Wry, intelligent humour effortlessly fuels quip after quirky quip, as this fresh young talent reveals his curious perspective on the world, whilst making it his mission to compliment, rather than ridicule individual spectators. A great pick-me-up." THREEWEEKS 2009
“Tom Craine, with this his gangly, adorable festival debut proves he has grown into a very funny man” EdFest 2009
“Sweetly anxious nonsense sets up dark flashes of brilliance in Tom Craine’s giddily self-conscious show” Venue Magazine **** 2009


Paul Sweeney (Open Spot)
Laughing Horse Semi Finalist 2009
"he's fresh, funky, new and original, a breath of fresh air on the comedy circuit" Patrick Monahan

Al Cowie (MC)
Having shared a bill with acts from Mitch Benn to Felix Dexter, Al recently in Edinburgh where he hosted a 40 run show of the absolute cream of the fringe (over 100 comics from Cryer to Robin Ince, via Nick Helm, Andi Osho, Dan Antopolski and Abandoman). With appearances on both TV and radio, Al is a rising comedic star and a quality compere.
'' You were brilliant'' - The Rt Hon Sir Richard Needham (expert in all things quality)
'' Could do better'' - Mr Penny (his maths teacher)
''Al Cowie ... is one of the best compares I have ever worked with''- Norman Lovett (Holly from Red Dwarf) -







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Tuesday 02 November 2010
club news
And your commentator is .........

As part of the build up to Saturday's FA Cup tie against Ebbsfleet United we spoke to ESPN's Jon Champion, who will be the commentator for our game, which is to be shown on the ITV highlights show that night.

To read the interview and his views on the continuing attraction of the FA Cup, click on Jon Champion profile.


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Monday 01 November 2010
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 on Friday 5 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 LLaugh@Kingsmeadow (the comedy show) being held in the back bar after the fireworks.




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Monday 01 November 2010
first team news
Terry looks back on Darlington

Terry Brown was philosophical about Saturday's first home defeat of the season when we spoke to him earlier today. And he talked about how he is going to give some game time to players who haven't been in action for a while.

"With the heavy schedule of games the players have recently undertaken we decided to give the starting eleven a day off today. The squad players who haven't had too much game time recently will all get a run out tonight in a fixture against the British Army at the Military Stadium, Aldershot. The game kicks off at 7.30 pm.

"After reviewing the DVD of the game, I was pleased with the patience and a lot happier with the performance than I was the previous Saturday against Basingstoke. The quality of the opposition and the manner in which they play made it very difficult for us and we have to find ways around the many teams who will come and play in a similar fashion.

"We created one or two really good chances on Saturday and lacked a bit of cutting edge on the day. The margins between winning a tight game and losing it can be as small as one decision by the referee. We have played a lot worse this season and picked up three points and Stuart, Simon and I will have to look at better ways of getting in behind massed defences.

"We will be back training tomorrow and getting our thoughts in line for Saturday's FA Cup tie."


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Monday 01 November 2010
club news
Catching up with Paul Lorraine

As part of the build up to the FA cup tie against Ebbsfleet we talked to former skipper Paul Lorraine, to catch up with him on what he has been doing since he left Wimbledon in the close season and to look ahead to Saturday’s game.

You can read it by clicking on Paul Lorraine interview.


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