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Wednesday 30 November 2011
club news
Coach travel to Bradford City update

Following a sufficient amount of interest we will definitely be running a third and final supporters’ coach to the FA Cup game at Bradford City this Saturday. Any fans who are interested in travelling for the reduced rate of £10 should contact us as soon as possible to book the last remaining places for this trip.

You can book by phoning the office on 020 8547 3528 or coming in, between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm on weekdays. The coaches will leave The Grove at 7.30 am and The Cherry Red Records Stadium at 8.00 am.


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Wednesday 30 November 2011
club news
In League with Christmas

This year has seen a big increase in demand for our quality merchandise, and in the next couple of weeks our sales operation will build to a peak in mid December of around five times the usual number of orders. This is obviously a great opportunity for the club and its supporters to mutually benefit from all the club shop has to offer.

Our band of volunteers will be DONning their Santa hats and opening the shop at the following times in December, in addition to the usual matchday opening:

Sunday 4th: 12.00 noon – 4.00 pm
Thursday 8th: 6.00 pm – 7.15 pm
Sunday 11th: 12.00 noon – 4.00 pm
Wednesday 14th: 11.00 am – 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm – 7.00 pm
Thursday 15th: 11.00 am – 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Friday 16th: 11.00 am – 2.00 pm
Sunday 18th: 12.00 noon – 4.00 pm
Tuesday 20th: 11.00 am – 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm – 7.00 pm
Wednesday 21st: 11.00 am – 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm – 7.00 pm
Thursday 22nd: 11.00 am – 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm – 8.00 pm

In addition to a great new range of training wear, we are pleased to announce the return of the popular New Era striped fashion scarf and the addition of a new range of babywear.

If there’s one item that has to be on your Christmas list as a stocking-filler this year, it’s the DVD of the playoff final. Four hours of top quality entertainment will help you to relive those precious moments on the pitch and behind the scenes, from the build-up to post-match – a snip at £15.

Another must should be one of our two calendars – one of which reveals a little more than usual!

This may also be the last opportunity to get hold of one of the few remaining white commemorative shirts, as worn by the team on the opening match of our return to League football. Other items include new door signs, fridge magnets, scarves, crystal, mugs and glasses.

This year has also seen the launch of the ever popular Football Manager game for MAC and PC. The 2012 version comes with an AFC Wimbledon special cover and sticker from our fantastic sponsors at Sports Interactive.

And finally, don’t forget your Santa hats, sacks and stockings!

It’s always a with a great sense of pride that we are able to send our products to our loyal supporters in many countries around the world, such as Australia, New Zealand, USA, Malaysia and Europe. We do not want to disappoint any of our fans, anywhere, so please bear in mind the following last recommended posting dates for Christmas:

UK and Channel Islands: 20th December
Europe: 12th December

Our excellent range can be seen in the club shop on matchdays or online here



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Wednesday 30 November 2011
club news
Ticket update for forthcoming matches

Accrington Stanley

Tickets remain on sale for the npower League 2 match against Accrington Stanley on Saturday 10 December. We are pleased to announce that all fans under the age of 16 will get free admission to the terrace, however please be aware that you may be asked to show proof of age at the turnstile to qualify for a free ticket.

Tickets for the John Smiths and Kingston Road End terraces can be purchased now by all supporters’ through our online ticket shop or by coming into the club offices between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm on weekdays. A small number of seat tickets are also available from the club offices.

Oxford United and Southend United

Tickets are now also on sale for the matches against Oxford United on Boxing Day, kick off 12.15 pm and Southend United on 31 December, kick off 3.00 pm. We have only 900 terrace tickets for general sale for each match, and with games over the holiday period being traditionally very popular, supporters are strongly advised to buy tickets early.

Tickets for both games can be purchased in the following ways:

Online
Tickets can be bought from Wednesday through our online ticket shop by supporters who have previously used this method and are therefore on our database. Season Ticket holders past and present, Dons Trust members and supporters who have made purchases from the online merchandise shop also appear on the database. The system will allow other supporters to purchase tickets, however you will be contacted regarding a refund should you not appear on our database. If you wish to have your tickets sent by special delivery you should order by post (see below)

In person
Tickets can be purchased from the club offices between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm on weekdays.

By post
Applications should include a SAE and a cheque for the relevant amount made payable to ‘AFC Wimbledon Ltd’ and be sent to:

Ticket Office
AFC Wimbledon
The Cherry Red Records Stadium
422a Kingston Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey
KT1 3PB

If you would like your tickets to be sent by special delivery, please say so in a covering letter and enclose a further £5.

Due to extra demands on seat tickets for this match we are expecting to have only a very small number of seats available for supporters who are unable to stand for the whole match. Supporters who require seats (maximum 2 per person) can apply by post or in person as above, and should express either a preference for which terrace they would like if the application is unsuccessful, or whether they would prefer a refund.

Away fans’ tickets for these two games will be sold by Oxford United and Southend United respectively.



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Wednesday 30 November 2011
club news
Stuart Cash "Mulley and Kiernan were outstanding"

You can hear Stuart Cash's post match interview after last night's London Senior Cup win by clicking on Stuart on Wingate win.


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Tuesday 29 November 2011
dons trust news
Junior Dons Christmas Party is now full

The Junior Dons Christmas Party on Sunday 11 December is now fully booked so unfortunately we cannot accept any more applications.


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Tuesday 29 November 2011
club news
Wimbledon fans asked to help select League’s official charity

The Football League is calling on Dons fans to help select its Official Charity Partner for the 2012/13 Season with the launch of an online vote.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER YOUR VOTE NOW

From 89 applications, six charities have been shortlisted to follow in the footsteps of Help for Heroes, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Help the Hospices - the previous and current League charities.

The 2012/13 shorlisted charities are: Anthony Nolan, British Heart Foundation, Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, NSPCC, The Prostate Cancer Charity and St John Ambulance.
Alongside fans, the Chief Executive of every Football League club will also vote for their preferred organisation, along with Football League staff members.

“The Football League is committed to supporting good causes, especially those demonstrating close community links in and around our 72 clubs," said Football League Head of Communications, John Nagle.

"We have seen fantastic support from fans and clubs for our charity partners during the past three seasons and we see their input at this stage as an integral part of the selection process.

“The quality of entries was again exceptionally high and each of the shortlisted charities will make a difference to the communities around our clubs. I would encourage all fans to take the time to read the shortlist and make their selection."

The vote will stay open for a week and a half, closing at midday on Wednesday 7 December.

The charities will then be ranked by number of votes received - the most popular receiving six points, the second five points and so on.

The totals will then be calculated from all three groups with the winner ratified by The Football League Board.

CAST YOUR VOTE HERE


The six charities:

Anthony Nolan

In 90 minutes, four people in the UK will be diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukaemia. For many, a blood stem cell transplant is their only hope.

We match these children and adults with remarkable volunteers willing to donate their stem cells to save their lives.

Help us provide more lifesaving matches in your local community. Vote Anthony Nolan.

www.anthonynolan.org/perfectmatch

British Heart Foundation

On the terraces more of your fellow supporters will die from heart and circulatory disease than any other illness. Chris was just 35 when he suffered a heart attack whilst playing football. 'BHF were my lifeline, a BHF funded defibrillator saved my life, without them I would not be alive today to see my four children grow up.’ Please help us to save even more lives.

www.bhf.org.uk

Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research

Help give blood cancers the red card. We need your vote to save lives. Every 20 minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer and sadly only half of them survive. Vote for us and help us save the lives of the kids, mums, dads, grannies and granddads who fight these terrible diseases every day.

NSPCC

Some children don’t realise that every childhood is not like theirs.

With your support, the NSPCC’s ChildLine Schools Service will educate 250,000 primary school children about abuse, bullying and neglect, how to protect themselves and where to turn for help.

Please vote for us and make a lasting difference to the lives of children in your local community.

The Prostate Cancer Charity

SPEND NEXT SEASON SAVING MENS’ LIVES

It’s Saturday afternoon. Between you walking through the turnstiles, watching the game, having a half-time burger, and leaving the ground, two men have been killed by prostate cancer ... the most common cancer in men. Our specialist nurses help thousands of men with the disease and we fund scientists to find the answers. Vote to save mens’ lives.

St John Ambulance

Every year, up to 150,000* people die in situations where first aid could have given them a chance to live.

As the nation's leading first aid charity, St John Ambulance believes that first aid skills should be available to everyone, which is why we teach it to as many people as possible - in the community, in the workplace, and to young people.

We also campaign to raise awareness of the importance of first aid, equip the public with first aid information and encourage everyone to join us in our cause.

Anyone can be the difference between a life saved and a life lost. Will you?

*Source: death registration data from the Office of National Statistics, 2008 (for England and Wales).



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Tuesday 29 November 2011
club news
Coach travel to Bradford City

We have now filled two supporters’ coaches for the FA Cup second round match at Bradford City this Saturday. We are hoping to run a third coach provided we have enough interest. We would encourage anybody who is interested in travelling for the reduced rate of £10 to contact us as soon as possible so we have an idea of numbers.

You can book by phoning the office on 020 8547 3528 or calling in, between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm on weekdays. The coaches will leave The Grove at 7.30 am and The Cherry Red Records Stadium at 8.00 am.


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Tuesday 29 November 2011
club news
Kids Go Free at Accrington game

The club is pleased to announce that all fans under the age of 16 will get free admission to the terrace at the Accrington game on Saturday 10 December.

All you have to do is print off this leaflet and bring it with you on the day:

Please note, this offer is subject to availability on the day of the game and the holder may be asked to show proof of age at the turnstile.



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Tuesday 29 November 2011
first team news
Terry Brown names strong side for London Senior Cup game

We spoke to Terry Brown this morning who updated us on the injury situation and the preparations for tonight’s London Senior Cup game.

“Saturday’s fixture at Burton Albion saw us collect a few injuries with Luke Moore, Sammy Moore, Jamie Stuart and Ricky Wellard all sustaining knocks that will require treatment in the next three to four days. Hopefully we should have at least two or three back in the squad for this Saturday’s FA Cup game at Bradford.

“The remaining players in the squad that are pushing for places will have the opportunity to impress in tonight’s game at Wingate & Finchley. The team is a very strong one and sees Mat Mitchel-King get his first taste of the action for over a month.

"The starting line-up will be: Jack Turner, Ade Osifuwa, Fraser Franks, Mat Mitchel-King, Gareth Gwillim, Max Porter, Lee Minshull, James Mulley, Ryan Jackson, Brendan Kiernan and Louie Theopanous. The players who have been banging on my door will want to prove a point tonight and I should hope that with a strong side we should be able to progress to the next round.”

The match kicks off at 7.45pm.


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Monday 28 November 2011
club news
Football League Match Attendance Survey

The Football League is conducting a survey as part of a project looking to attract more supporters to games. They would like to hear Wimbledon supporters’ views on a variety of issues.

The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and taking part means you have the opportunity to win an iPad 2

To take part in the survey click here.



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Monday 28 November 2011
dons trust news
Dons Trust Candidates' Debate

Following the technical problems with the debate last week, the Dons Trust debate between candidates was held on Sunday 27 November. Trust members who were not able to listen to the debate live can now hear the session at their convenience by downloading this recording.


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Monday 28 November 2011
club news
Oxford United and Southend United ticket arrangements

Tickets go on sale this Wednesday for the matches against Oxford United on Boxing Day, kick off 12.15 pm and Southend United on 31 December, kick off 3.00 pm. We have only 900 terrace tickets for general sale for each match, and with games over the holiday period being traditionally very popular, supporters are strongly advised to buy tickets early.

Tickets for both games can be purchased in the following ways:

Online
Tickets can be bought from Wednesday through our online shop by supporters who have previously used this method and are therefore on our database. The system will allow other supporters to purchase tickets, however you will be contacted regarding a refund should you not appear on our database. If you wish to have your tickets sent by special delivery you should order by post (see below)

In person
Tickets can be purchased from the club offices between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm on weekdays.

By post
Applications should include a SAE and a cheque for the relevant amount made payable to ‘AFC Wimbledon Ltd’ and be sent to:

Ticket Office
AFC Wimbledon
The Cherry Red Records Stadium
422a Kingston Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey
KT1 3PB

If you would like your tickets to be sent by special delivery, please say so in a covering letter and enclose a further £5.

Due to extra demands on seat tickets for this match we are expecting to have only a very small number of seats available for supporters who are unable to stand for the whole match. Supporters who require seats (maximum 2 per person) can apply by post or in person as above, and should express either a preference for which terrace they would like if the application is unsuccessful, or whether they would prefer a refund.

Away fans’ tickets for these two games will be sold by Oxford United and Southend United respectively.


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Sunday 27 November 2011
club news
Terry "we were wide open in defence"

You can hear Terry Brown's post match interview by clicking on Terry after Burton.


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Saturday 26 November 2011
club news
AFC Wimbledon Christmas Disco & Karaoke Party

With 3 weeks to go before the return of the AFC Wimbledon Christmas Party in the main bar on Saturday, 17 December, we are delighted to announce that Ben Judge will be joining the confirmed line-up of special guests of Jon Main, Mikey Haswell and Elliott Godfrey.

Presented by the Friends of the Dons Trust in association with AFC Wimbledon, this will be a disco and karaoke night with no formal dress code.

Tickets cost £10 including admission and a cold buffet. Doors open at 8 pm and the party goes on until 1.00 am to allow plenty of time for those travelling to Rotherham that day to join in the fun upon their return.

Tickets can be purchased here online ticket shop under special events.



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Saturday 26 November 2011
club news
Buy your half season ticket now and see the Accrington Stanley game free

A reminder that AFC Wimbledon half season tickets are now on sale.

If you want to be absolutely sure of seeing the Dons’ home games for the rest of the season, the best way is to buy a half season ticket. That way, you can see all twelve of AFC Wimbledon’s post-Christmas home Football League matches for only £135 for an adult terrace ticket in the John Smith’s or Kingston Road End terrace. Concessions are £80; young adults are £40 and under 16s are £15.

These half-season tickets guarantee your entry to the matches that will determine the promotion and play-off places for Football League 2 in 2011/12, starting with the home game against Oxford United on 26 December. They also give priority for booking for any FA Cup and play off games that the club is involved in.

Fans who apply and pay by Thursday 8 December may also attend the Accrington Stanley game at no additional charge – please enquire at the office for details (020 8547 3528).

You can collect an application form by calling into the club’s office to collect a form between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm on weekdays, or you can download a copy by clicking on half ST application form.

We strongly recommend that you also read the Q&A and the terms and conditions, which can be downloaded by clicking on Questions and answers and Terms and conditions respectively.

If you would like to pay in monthly instalments by direct debit, please contact the office for details.


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Friday 25 November 2011
club news
Bradford travel update

Despite our best efforts, we regret that we have been unable to obtain discounted train tickets for the FA Cup second round tie at Bradford City on Saturday 3 December.

However, recognising that fans are incurring a lot of expenditure for away travel this season, and to help ensure that the team has the maximum possible support, we have decided to reduce the cost of places on fans' coaches to £10.

You can book by phoning the office on 020 8547 3528 or calling in, between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm on weekdays. The coaches will leave The Grove at 7.30 am and The Cherry Red Records Stadium at 8.00 am.

Fans who have already booked at the original cost of £15 can obtain a refund by visting or phoning the office at the times described above.


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Friday 25 November 2011
club news
Winter Wonderland recap

Winter Wonderland, which took place last night in Wimbledon town centre, was a hugely successful event.

The evening started off with a mascot dance off on the Piazza featuring Haydon, Jimmy Spices’ mascot Chilli, Pudsy the Bear and others, which was justifiably won by Haydon. The piazza was full of people from the local community enjoying the spectacle with many also taking up the inflatable goal challenge.

Once again, the club had the biggest presence by a long way in the parade with the first team squad on a float kindly provided by Paul Strank Roofing and about two hundred representatives of the Centre of Excellence and the girl’s teams.

The evening finished off with the get-together at Jimmy Spices, which turned into a birthday party for goalkeeper Seb Brown. About 150 Wimbledon fans and players took advantage of the special offer and the restaurant even prepared a thirteen foot long birthday cake for Seb! The players particularly enjoyed kicking off the festive season with the fans in the heart of Wimbledon.

Throughout the night, we also managed to distribute thousands of leaflets promoting several aspects of the club’s offerings.

We would like to thank everyone who contributed to the event, including:
Stuart Cash and the first team squad
The Centre of Excellence
The Community Football Scheme
AFC Wimbledon Girls
Paul Strank and Sons Roofing
One Life
Jimmy Spices
The volunteers who helped on the night


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Friday 25 November 2011
first team news
Burton preview

Having got back on the winning trail on Tuesday night at Scunthorpe, the Dons are going after a win at another difficult away game at Burton Albion on Saturday. Terry Brown is looking to get some goals back into the team since the major improvement in restricting goals conceded has coincided with the goals-for column also reducing. Nonetheless, he feels they are back on an upward trajectory with Tuesday night's win confirming the general improvement in recent form. He talked first about the spirit in the camp and one or two injury doubts.

"After Tuesday's morale-boosting win the players trained well today and are feeling very positive. There are still slight injury doubts regarding Sammy Moore and Charles Ademeno. However, they both look to have a 60:40 chance of playing tomorrow. Additional players who can come into Saturday's squad are a fit-again Gareth Gwillim and a cup-tied Callum McNaughton,

"This leaves me a nice but difficult problem of whether to change the successful back four who kept a clean sheet on Tuesday. Christian Jolley and Kieran Djilali are still at least a week away from training but with the size of our current squad we certainly have no problem selecting a fit and talented 16 to travel to Burton.

"Burton are currently sitting in a play-off spot and will certainly be difficult opposition for us on Saturday. However our away for this season has been exceptionally good and so we travel in a confident frame of mind and looking, as always, for three points.

"Many thanks to the hardy souls who travelled to Scunthorpe on Tuesday - I'm really pleased that you will have had a great journey home, enjoying the victory. We look forward to seeing those who will travel tomorrow and hopefully we can maintain our impressive away form."

Burton come into the game in fifth place, just a couple of points short of an automatic promotion spot. A lot of this is down to their home form, with only one league defeat all season. They are also fifth in the form table for home games, while coincidentally the Dons are fifth in the away table - it's at home where Wimbledon have struggled to take all three points.

The club is running two fans' coaches to the game and there are still spaces available. Visit the office or ring 020 8547 3528 to book your place. It costs £15 and the coach leaves the Grove at 8.30 am and The Cherry Red Records Stadium at 9.00 am.


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Friday 25 November 2011
club news
Exclusive discount for Dons fans from Thomas Cook

We are pleased to announce the following exclusive offers from Thomas Cook, our official holiday club partner.

These offers are only available from the Wimbledon and Kingston Upon Thames branches of Thomas Cook. You can book either by phone or by dropping into the branch.

And please remember to mention AFC Wimbledon when you book so the club earns a referral fee!

1.London 2012 Olympic Games Break
5th Aug 2012
Athletics and Volleyball + 1 night accommodation Bed and Breakfast From £369 per person based on 2 sharing. Guaranteed Olympic games tickets for heats and qualifying rounds

2. Monaco Grand Prix hotel break
27th May 2012
From £357 per person based on 2 sharing. Accomodation, transfers and Grand Stand tickets included. 3 star hotel Bed and Breakfast.

3. Gambia- Winter sunshine
3rd Feb 2012
7 night package holiday from £499 per person based on 2 sharing.
Includes flights, transfers, 4 star accommodation on a half board basis (breakfast and evening meal).

4.Three night Rome City break
15th January 2012
From £175 per person based on 2 sharing. Includes flights and 3 nights accommodation in the city of Rome. 3 star hotel Bed and Breakfast.

5.Ski Deal- Bulgaria
25th Feb 2012
7 nights package including flights from Gatwick Includes transfers and 3 star accommodation on half board basis (breakfast + evening meal). From £275 per person based on 2 sharing.
7 day lift passes available from £120 per person.

6.Private Villa with pool in the Algarve Portugal 2nd June 2012 Package holiday including flights and 7 nights accommodation Based on 6 sharing private villa Resort near Albufeira Exclusive and modern private villa!

Terms and conditions: All deals are subject to availability on the dates specified and include AFC Wimbledon supporters discount.

Thomas Cook Sport has been the Official Travel Partner of The Football League since December 2004, and is now partner to over 60 clubs across The Championship, League 1 and League 2.

Branch details

Thomas Cook Wimbledon
Address: 6 Wimbledon Hill Road London SW19 7NS, United Kingdom
Phone: 0844 335 7766

Thomas Cook Kingston
Address: 4 Church Street Kingston upon Thames KT1 1RJ, United Kingdom
Phone: 0844 335 7400



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Thursday 24 November 2011
club news
Update on transport to Bradford for the FA Cup tie

We announced on Wednesday that we are investigating the possibility of block booking some train tickets at reduced prices.

At this stage it is still not clear whether we will be able to procure rates that are discounted from those that are generally available, but we expect to be able to make a firm announcement tomorrow, Friday.


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Thursday 24 November 2011
dons trust news
Rescheduled Candidates' Debate This Sunday

Following the technical problems with the debate last week, the debate between candidates will be held this Sunday 27 November at 3.00 pm. It will be broadcast live on Radio WDON, and be available for download afterwards.

Each candidate will open with a short statement (no more than three minutes) before moving onto questions from members. Questions will then be asked for all candidates, and everyone will have a chance to respond. After everyone has answered the question, candidates will have an opportunity to respond to what's been said.

Depending on how many questions are submitted to all candidates, and how many are submitted to specific candidates, we'll at some point move onto questions for specific people. These will be answered by the person of whom they're asked, but after those people have answered, other candidates can respond.

How to ask questions:
You can email questions to elections@thedonstrust.org, tweet them to @AFCW_Votes or visit the iPloughlane Stadium and ask in the forum there.

Questions will only be taken from Dons Trust members using their real names; questions submitted anonymously or from non-members will not be asked.

Inside the stadium at iploughlane, you can discuss the debate with other forum users. In that forum, people being abusive will be ejected, and as a basic groundrule, members are asked to act as if they were talking face-to-face with candidates. If there's something you wouldn't say in real life, please don't say it online, either.



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Wednesday 23 November 2011
club news
Transport to Bradford for the second round

Supporters should be advised that the club is currently investigating the possibility of block booking some train tickets at reduced prices.

We cannot guarantee that this will be possible, but supporters may wish to delay booking their own train tickets until we can confirm whether or not we have been successful. There will be a further update tomorrow.


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Wednesday 23 November 2011
club news
Terry 'we deserved the win'

You can hear Terry Brown's post match interview by clicking on Terry after Scunthorpe.


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Wednesday 23 November 2011
club news
Second fans' coach for Burton Albion and bookings now being taken for Bradford

We now have sufficient interest to confirm thet we will be running a second fans' coach for the game at Burton Albion on Saturday.

The coach will leave the Grove at 8.30 am and The Cherry Red Records Stadium at 9.00 am. Tickets are £15.

We are also taking bookings for the away second round FA Cup tie at Bradford on Saturday 3 December. The coach will leave The Grove at 7.30 am and The Cherry Red Records Stadium at 8.00 am. The price is £15.

You can book a place either by visting the club office or phoning on 020 8547 3528 between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm on weekdays.


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Wednesday 23 November 2011
club news
Dons win through to second round

The Dons won a tense, hard-fought 1-0 FA Cup tie at Scunthorpe to see them through to the second round on 3 December.

Terry Brown rested Jack Midson, starting with Charles Ademeno as a lone striker. He also brought back Luke Moore, which proved to be an inspired move as it was Moore who struck the winning goal in the 66th minute, after half-time substitute Midson's shot had been beaten out by The Iron 'keeper, Sam Slocombe.

The Dons set out to keep the game tight and frustrate Scunthorpe, while breaking quickly. The tactics worked as Seb Brown had few saves to make and gradually Wimbledon took control. There were very few scares as they saw out the last 24 minutes and now look forward to an away tie at Bradford.

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Tuesday 22 November 2011
club news
Winter Wonderland this Thursday

*Only a few tickets left for Jimmy Spices special offer*

This year’s Winter Wonderland takes place next Thursday, 24 November starting at 5.00 pm..

Winter Wonderland is Wimbledon’s Christmas celebration which features a parade through the town centre followed by fireworks from the roof of Centre Court Shopping Centre.

This is always a fantastic promotional opportunity for the club as there are several thousand people form the local community in Wimbledon town centre for the event.

This year the club will have a presence on the Piazza in front of Morrisons and the Odeon Cinema between 5pm and 8pm, alongside corporate partners Paul Strank Roofing and Jimmy Spices. Terry and the players will be signing autographs and there will also be football activities.

The club always has a strong presence in the parade, with the first team players, Haydon the Womble and a couple of hundred of our Centre of Excellence players taking part.

There are also a wide range of the attractions for the family including live entertainment, fairground rides, food stalls and more.

And we are also pleased to announce that there will be a post Winter Wonderland party at Jimmy Spices after Winter Wonderland (see below for a special offer).

We would like to encourage as many fans as possible to come to the event and stop by the Piazza to mingle with the players and coaching staff.

We will also be looking for volunteers to help hand out leaflets to promote the club’s upcoming games. If you can spare a couple of hours on the night, please e-mail here.

Special offer from Jimmy Spices

The club’s official after party will take place at Jimmy Spices with the guests of honour being the management team and the first team squad. And Jimmy Spices have generously offered an exclusive Dons discount so fans can join them.

We have a limited number of tickets available for only £10 per person* (a discount of nearly £6) which can be purchased from here (under special events).

Jimmy Spices is located at 122 The Broadway, a couple of hundred yards past Wimbledon Theatre as you walk away from Wimbledon Town Centre.

We expect the team to be at the restaurant from around 7.30 pm - 7.45 pm, depending on timings for Winter Wonderland.

For more information, e-mail here or call 020 8547 3336.
*Tickets only valid for Wimbledon branch of Jimmy Spices


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Monday 21 November 2011
first team news
Terry looking to get back to winning ways at Scunthorpe

Terry Brown supervised training today before the team set off to their overnight hotel, with Terry joining them tomorrow. He was clearly happy with Saturday's performance and looking forward to getting back to winning ways as soon as possible.

"The boys took part in a bright training session this morning prior to leaving at lunchtime for Scunthorpe. Two players who weren't on the coach were Christian Jolley and Gareth Gwillim who are unavailable for selection. Christian has a slight hamstring pull and Gareth is suffering from a virus.

"Fortunately we still have a strong squad to choose from and we ran through our pattern of play prior to boarding the coach for Scunthorpe. The players have prepared themselves very well for what is an exciting opportunity to progress into the second round.

"The size of our squad allows me to juggle with one or two of our positions and it was noticeable today that one or two of the players had given a great deal on Saturday. The only other forced change will be Jamie Stuart coming back in for Callum McNaughton who is unavailable for selection.

"I was delighted with Saturday's very good performance by our boys against one of the best teams in our league. I thought we looked full of endeavour and we will need to take the same attitude into the next two games as Scunthorpe and then Burton Albion away will give us a considerable challenge over the next four days.

"Scunthorpe will be a handful as they had a disappointing result on Saturday and they will be looking to get back on track. We saw how well they can play when they came to us so we will be assuming they will be as hard to get past as they were in the first game. We need to be quicker out of the blocks on Tuesday than we were last week. But the mood in the camp is good and we are looking forward to the game."

Scunthorpe are unable to play Shane Duffy, who has not been given permission to play by his parent club, Everton, and with Paul Reid doubtful it looks as if the centre back pairing will be the same two that played in the goalless game at the Cherry Red Records Stadium last week. Otherwise, Scunthorpe will be choosing from a full squad.


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Monday 21 November 2011
club news
Swindon game on AFC Wimbledon TV

Highlights of Saturday's game can be seen by clicking on Dons 1 Swindon 1


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Sunday 20 November 2011
club news
Chris and Paolo after the Swindon game

We interviewed Chris Bush and Swindon manager Paolo di Canio after Saturday's game against Swindon Town.

To hear the interviews click on Chris Bush and Paolo di Canio respectively.


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Sunday 20 November 2011
club news
Terry Brown on AFC Wimbledon TV after the Swindon game

Terry Brown was interviewed after Saturday's 1-1 draw with Swindon Town. The interview and an audio-only version can be found by clicking on Terry on Swindon or Terry, audio-only respectively.


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Saturday 19 November 2011
club news
Buy a half season ticket and see the Accrington Stanley game free

AFC Wimbledon half season tickets are on sale now.

If you want to be absolutely sure of seeing the Dons’ home games for the rest of the season, the best way is to buy a half season ticket. That way, you can see all twelve of AFC Wimbledon’s post-Christmas home Football League matches for only £135 for an adult terrace ticket in the John Smith’s or Kingston Road End terrace. Concessions are £80; young adults are £40 and under 16s are £15.

These half-season tickets guarantee your entry to the matches that will determine the promotion and play-off places for Football League 2 in 2011/12, starting with the home game against Oxford United on 26 December.

Fans who apply and pay by Thursday 8 December may also attend the Accrington Stanley game at no additional charge – please enquire at the office for details (020 8547 3528).

You can collect an application form from the pre-paid tickets window before and after Saturday’s game against Swindon, you can call into the club’s office to collect a form between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm on weekdays, or you can download a copy by clicking on half ST application form.

We strongly recommend that you also read the Q&A and the terms and conditions, which can be downloaded by clicking on Questions and answers and Terms and conditions respectively.

If you would like to pay in monthly instalments by direct debit, please contact the office for details.


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Saturday 19 November 2011
dons trust news
AFC Wimbledon Christmas Disco & Karaoke Party

The Christmas Disco is back by popular demand! Come along to the Cherry Red Records Stadium on Saturday 17 December to celebrate the festive season with your friends, fellow supporters and fans favourites Jon Main, Mikey Haswell, Elliott Godfrey, plus maybe one or two surprise guests.

The party starts at 8.00 pm, with carriages at 1.00 am to allow plenty of time for those travelling back from Rotherham that day to join in the fun upon their return.

Tickets, which cost £10 each and include a cold buffet, will be on sale prior to Saturday's match from the Dons Trust table and from roving sellers throughout the course of the day. Tickets can also be ordered through the on line ticket shop accessed via the front page of this web site

Buy your ticket on or before Saturday 19 November and receive a voucher for a shot for only £1 on the night*.

*over 18’s only, subject to sight of valid ID, no cash or drink alternative



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Friday 18 November 2011
club news
Please return unwanted season ticket vouchers for the Swindon game

Fans will have seen that the game against Swindon Town is close to selling out. If you are a season ticket holder (for seats or terraces) and are not planning to come to the game, please consider donating the relevant ST voucher to the club so that we can offer more spaces to supporters.

To do this, please email your ticket details to returned vouchers or phone the office on 020 8547 3528 and leave a message.


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Friday 18 November 2011
club news
Winter Wonderland + Jimmy Spices special offer

*See below for a Very Special offer from Jimmy Spices*

This year’s Winter Wonderland takes place next Thursday, 24 November starting at 5.00 pm..

Winter Wonderland is Wimbledon’s Christmas celebration which features a parade through the town centre followed by fireworks from the roof of Centre Court Shopping Centre.

This is always a fantastic promotional opportunity for the club as there are several thousand people form the local community in Wimbledon town centre for the event.

This year the club will have a presence on the Piazza in front of Morrisons and the Odeon Cinema between 5pm and 8pm, alongside corporate partners Paul Strank Roofing and Jimmy Spices. Terry and the players will be signing autographs and there will also be football activities.

The club always has a strong presence in the parade, with the first team players, Haydon the Womble and a couple of hundred of our Centre of Excellence players taking part.

There are also a wide range of the attractions for the family including live entertainment, fairground rides, food stalls and more.

And we are also pleased to announce that there will be a post Winter Wonderland party at Jimmy Spices after Winter Wonderland (see below for a special offer).

We would like to encourage as many fans as possible to come to the event and stop by the Piazza to mingle with the players and coaching staff.

We will also be looking for volunteers to help hand out leaflets to promote the club’s upcoming games. If you can spare a couple of hours on the night, please e-mail here.

Special offer from Jimmy Spices

The club’s official after party will take place at Jimmy Spices with the guests of honour being the management team and the first team squad. And Jimmy Spices have generously offered an exclusive Dons discount so fans can join them.

We have a limited number of tickets available for only £10 per person* (a discount of nearly £6) which can be purchased from here (under special events).

Jimmy Spices is located at 122 The Broadway, a couple of hundred yards past Wimbledon Theatre as you walk away from Wimbledon Town Centre.

We expect the team to be at the restaurant from around 7.30 pm - 7.45 pm, depending on timings for Winter Wonderland.

For more information, e-mail here or call 020 8547 3336.
*Tickets only valid for Wimbledon branch of Jimmy Spices


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Friday 18 November 2011
club news
Swindon tickets sold out

The game against Swindon tomorrow is now sold out and no tickets will be available to purchase on the day of the match.

Any tickets that have been purchased online in the last couple of days will be available to collect from the advanced ticket window from 12.30 pm tomorrow.


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Friday 18 November 2011
club news
November Dons Draw results

The November Dons Draw took place today at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

Winning numbers were drawn in the presence of David Charles (AFC Wimbledon Operations Director), Neil Messenbird (Dons Draw Administrator) and Chris Atkinson (AFC Wimbledon administration assistant).

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

First prize of £1,000 - ticket 2263 - David Chan - SW17

Second prize of £500 - ticket 3805 - Roy Tattersall - PR2

Third prize of £250 - ticket 4236 - Sally Rochester - KT18

Fourth prize of £150 - ticket 0124 - Tina Massey - SM1

Fifth prize of £100 - ticket 0009 - Michelle Walker - HP8

Sixth prize of £75 - ticket 3275 - Nicholas Miller - SW20

Congratulations to all six prize winners.

The next Dons Draw will take place on or around the 15 December 2011 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 2011 Dons Draw is 8:00pm 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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Thursday 17 November 2011
club news
Mr Smooth C’s CON-fusion club night this Saturday, after the Swindon match

Don’t miss out on this great club night here at the Stadium this Saturday 19 November from 8.00 pm – 1.00 am

Introducing DJ Smooth C who will be spinning good vinyl – Soul, Funk, Jazz Fusion and Boogie from late 1960’s through to the early 90’s.

To tempt you further The Root Soul Band, a collection of Top UK session musicians from bands such as Light Of The World will be playing live and direct.

As an introductory offer we are offering parties of 6 or more the chance to buy 5, get 1 FREE.

Tickets cost £7.00 each and are available here or from the box office 020 8247 9918.


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Thursday 17 November 2011
first team news
Swindon preview and thoughts on last night's County Cup win

Terry Brown was running training today, planning tactics for Saturday's second meeting with Swindon Town in the last couple of weeks. Even though he was unable to get to the Surrey Senior Cup tie last night he was delighted to hear first hand reports from Stuart Cash, Simon Bassey and Marcus Gayle on the win.

"Everyone says it was a good team performance and that there were some fine individual performances too. While I want to focus on the young lads coming through, some really good news was that Gareth Gwillim looked fit and strong in the 45 minutes we negotiated with Mike Rayner as being the right exposure at this stage. Being Gareth, he wanted to stay on but we want him properly fit and we were taking no risks.

"By the time the final whistle went, the average age of the team can't have been more than 19. They deservedly beat Tooting and Mitcham's first team and although they had a scare or two in the second half, the management team were unanimous that overall we ran out deserved winners. Mark Beard's teams are always well organised and motivated, and they played some nice football, which makes the win all the more satisfying.

"This win means that in the next round, and in the London Senior Cup at the end of this month, we can confidently continue to give our young players the exposure they need to advance their development. Credit is due once again to Marcus Gayle and Jon Phillips for bringing on the talent that they inherited from Mark Robinson.

"Turning to Saturday's game, we need to get back to winning ways and Swindon represent a major challenge. But we relish such occasions and especially where we know it will be a proper game of football, played along the ground, at pace.

"We have been practising the lessons we learned from the Johnstone's Paint Trophy game and will be working on our pattern of play tomorrow. The spirit in the team is good and we are focusing on reminding the players just how well they played their football earlier in the season. We need to recreate that expansive style while remembering the defensive disciplines we've put into place recently to staunch the goals conceded.

"To be honest, I am not too worried with where we are, as most of the goals we previously conceded were down to individual errors. Now that the players have regained their confidence and reminded themselves that they are a good, solid defence, we can get back to our attacking play.

"We will be lacking Jamie Stuart on Saturday as he is suspended. Sammy Moore is a doubt and Brendan Kiernan has a nagging back problem that needs attention, so both of them are in doubt. The good news on Kieran Djilali is that he doesn't seem to have a hamstring injury as we first thought, although he is still some way from regaining full fitness.

"We have a busy schedule over the next few days. I hear it is likely to be another sell-out crowd on Saturday and that creates an atmosphere that really lifts the players, so we are really looking forward to it. All I need now is a decent bottle of red to offer Paolo di Canio when we return his hospitality from the other week, with a post match drink!"

Swindon come to The Cherry Red Records Stadium as one of the league's in-form teams, their last six games gaining them 16 points. After a poor start away from home, they have now become one of the meanest teams defensively which will be a challenge for The Dons who are still seeking the right balance between staunching the flow of goals against and scoring as freely as they were a few games ago.

With only a few tickets left for the Kingston Road Terrace, it is likely to be a capacity crowd on Saturday. The remaining tickets can be bought on line - click on the 'Buy tickets online here' tab on the home page of this site - or you can visit the office between 9.30 am and 5.00pm on Friday.

Fans who attempt to buy online should note that we will only sell to people who have previously and recently bought tickets or goods from the club and that all such purchases are now being checked against our database of such records. Fans are also reminded that buying tickets for the home terraces on behalf of away fans is not allowed and any away fans who attempt to gain access to the home terraces will be refused entry, with no refund.


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Thursday 17 November 2011
first team news
Simon Bassey interviewed after the Surrey Senior Cup tie

Simon's post match interview can be heard by clicking on Simon on Tooting.


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Thursday 17 November 2011
first team news
Dons progress in Surrey Senior Cup

A 2-1 win at Tooting and Mitcham saw the Dons move into the third round of the Surrey Senior Cup last night.

Shortly after hitting the bar with a powerful left-footed shot, Louie Theopanous used his other foot to hammer home a cross from James Mulley. The Dons went two up when Ryan Jackson struck a loose ball home, following good work down the left by Brendan Kiernan and Reece Jones.

Tooting came back into the game just before half time with a headed goal from close in, following a right wing free kick. In the second half they were more successful in disrupting the Dons patterns of play but without ever really threatening Jack Turner's goal and the Dons ran out fairly comfortable winners in the end.

One pleasing aspect of the evening was that Gareth Gwillim played a pre-planned 45 minutes with no apparent adverse reaction from his injured knee.

Wimbledon now face an away tie against the winners of Molesey and Corinthian Casuals. Until that tie is resolved, the date cannot be agreed but the tie should be played by 18 January.


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Wednesday 16 November 2011
club news
Winter Wonderland and Jimmy Spices Special Offer

*See below for a Very Special offer from Jimmy Spices*

This year’s Winter Wonderland takes place on Thursday 24 November.

Winter Wonderland is Wimbledon’s Christmas celebration which features a parade through the town centre followed by fireworks from the roof of Centre Court Shopping Centre.

This is always a fantastic promotional opportunity for the club as there are several thousand people form the local community in Wimbledon town centre for the event.

This year the club will have a presence on the Piazza in front of Morrisons and the Odeon Cinema, alongside corporate partners Paul Strank Roofing and Jimmy Spices.

The club always has a strong presence in the parade, with the first team players, Haydon the Womble and a couple of hundred of our Centre of Excellence players taking part.

There are also a wide range of the attraction for the family including live entertainment, fairground rides, food stalls and more.

And we are also pleased to announce that there will be a post Winter Wonderland party at Jimmy Spices after Winter Wonderland (see below for a special offer).

We would like to encourage as many fans as possible to come to the event and stop by the Piazza to mingle with the players and coaching staff.

We will also be looking for volunteers to help hand out leaflets to promote the club’s upcoming games. If you can spare a couple of hours on the night, please e-mail here.

Special offer from Jimmy Spices

The club’s official after party will take place at Jimmy Spices with the guests of honour being the management team and the first team squad. And Jimmy Spices have generously offered an exclusive Dons discount so fans can join them.

We have a limited number of tickets available for only £10 per person* (a discount of nearly £6) which can be purchased from here (under special events).

Jimmy Spices is located at 122 The Broadway, a couple of hundred yards past Wimbledon Theatre as you walk away from Wimbledon Town Centre.

We expect the team to be at the restaurant from around 7.30 pm - 7.45 pm, depending on timings for Winter Wonderland.

For more information, e-mail here or call 020 8547 3336.
*Tickets only valid for Wimbledon branch of Jimmy Spices


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Wednesday 16 November 2011
first team news
Dons at Tooting tonight in Surrey Senior Cup

With the Dons under 18 team putting on a fine performance last night against a strong Bristol rovers team, more of the emerging talent will get a chance to show what they can do tonight in the Surrey Senior Cup against Tooting and Mitcham. Terry Brown was looking forward to seeing them in action, while also giving an outing to senior players in need of game time.

"We are looking forward to tonight's game. Several players who have not being playing regularly will get an opportunity to shine tonight. Unfortunately, both Ricky Wellard and Charles Ademeno are suffering from a bug and can't play but they will hopefully be fit and available for the weekend.

"Tonight's game will also give an opportunity to some of Marcus's young fledglings who will be able to play alongside some first team regulars in what I am sure will be a very competitive cup tie. Previous encounters against Tooting have always proved to be very close and I've no doubt that tonight won't be any different. Hopefully we'll see a lot of our fans there tonight to cheer our young boys on.

"And whilst I am on the subject of young boys, credit to Mark Robinson and his players for a sterling performance in the FA Youth Cup against a very strong and talented Bristol Rovers side last night. Having talked to Rovers' manager, Paul Buckle, during the game, we were aware that this was one of the strongest sides they have had over the last few years and in a closely-fought encounter the Dons could easily have run out winners on the night.

"One of the most pleasing aspects of watching last night's game was the manner in which we played. We were patient and thoughtful and played passing football in an attractive and effective manner. Our youngsters are now competing on a weekly basis with other professional sides and they are certainly a credit to the club."

The match kicks off at 7.45pm.


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Wednesday 16 November 2011
club news
Swindon Town ticket update

Tickets for the game against Swindon Town this Saturday are selling well and we expect this game to sell out.

All places in the Tempest End, John Smith’s Stand and Paul Strank Stand for the game have now been sold. We do have some terrace places remaining for the Kingston Road End. Please note that all away tickets for this match have been sold by Swindon Town FC. Home terrace tickets for the Kingston Road End can be purchased in the following ways:

Online
Tickets can be bought from our online ticket shop. Tickets purchased online before 4.00 pm today (Wednesday 16 November) will be sent out in the post first class. Any tickets booked after this time will have to be collected from the club on the day of the game.

Please note that for the safety of all spectators, fans may be asked to provide evidence of being a Wimbledon supporter should their address fall outside the area where the large majority of our support come from.

In person
Tickets can be purchased from the club office between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm during the week.

No tickets will be sold over the phone.

Prices
Terrace tickets are on sale at the following prices: Adults £15; Over-65s, full-time students and unemployed £9; Under-16s £2.



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Wednesday 16 November 2011
dons trust news
Dons Trust Elections 2011 - Candidates' Debate

There will be a live debate between the candidates for the election tomorrow evening, live on Radio WDON from 8pm until 9.30pm.

Each candidate will open with a short statement (no more than three minutes) before moving onto questions from members. The order in which they speak will be the opposite of the order in the candidates' statements (so it will be David, Nicole, Tom, Zoe and Kris).

Questions will then be asked for all candidates, and they'll answer in the same order, but each time, the person who starts will rotate, so the first question will be answer first by Nicole, then Tom and so on; the next question will be answered first by Tom and so on.

After everyone has answered the question, candidates will have an opportunity to respond to what's been said. After a question has been asked, we'll move on to the next question.

Depending on how many questions are submitted to all candidates, and how many are submitted to specific candidates, we'll at some point move onto questions for specific people. These will obviously answered by the person of whom they're asked, but after those people have answered, other candidates can respond.

How to ask questions:

You can email questions to elections@thedonstrust.org, tweet them to @AFCW_Votes or visit the iPloughlane stadium and ask in the forum there.

Questions will only be taken from Dons Trust members using their real names; questions submitted anonymously or from non-members will not be asked.

Inside the stadium at iploughlane, you can discuss the debate with other forum users. In that forum, people being abusive will be ejected, and as a basic groundrule, members are asked to act as if they were talking face-to-face with candidates. If there's something you wouldn't say in real life, please don't say it online, either.

And Finally...

The debate is an attempt to broaden things beyond 'the usual suspects' who might actually turn up meeting. There's also a lot to be said for a discussion held together in person which was broadcast, where candidates and other participants could use non-verbal cues, signal who would like to speak etc, but those innovations will have to wait for a future election. It isn't a perfect format, and in an ideal world, it would be one of many opportunities members would have to engage with the candidates.

In the meantime, it's hoped members find this session useful, but please bear in mind that there will be times where it won't flow as well as anyone might like. The aim is to give all candidates a fair crack of the whip, and to give members as possible the chance to get their questions, and as many as members as possible an opportunity to learn more as they may their minds up about which way to vote. Or to put it another way, it probably won't be as good as WDON usually is!



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Wednesday 16 November 2011
youth news
Dons so close in FA Youth cup

The young Dons were entitled to feel a litle bit unlucky to lose 2-1 to Bristol Rovers in the FA Youth Cup last night.

After going behind in the first couple of minutes and conceding again close to half time, they hit back with a goal almost immediately. Despite a strong 20 minute spell in the second half the equaliser wouldn't come.

Mark Robinson, AFC Wimbledon's Head of Youth, was interviewed after the game and he can be heard by clicking on Mark Robinson.



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Tuesday 15 November 2011
club news
All about the good times - DJ Smooth C’s Confusion club night.

This Saturday 19 November 8.00 pm – 1.00 am

Ever wonder what happen to all those good times, when music was something you listened to, danced to and not something you watched on the television?

Wonder no more.

Capturing the flavour of a time when the needle on the vinyl was the groove to really make you sweat and move.

DJ Smooth C will be spinning – Soul, Funk, Jazz Fusion and Boogie from late 1960’s through to the early 90’s.

This great evening will feature The Root Soul Band, a collection of Top UK session musicians from bands such as Light Of The World, giving an outstanding live performance.

Tickets cost £7.00 each available here or from the box office 020 8247 9918

Special offer for parties of 6 or more: Buy 5, get 1 FREE.


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Tuesday 15 November 2011
club news
Carvery Update

There are still a few tickets available for the carvery before the Swindon game this Saturday.

You can also purchase tickets for the matchday carvery for all games up until Southend on New Years Eve.

Many of these games are already selling quickly so we recommend buying tickets as far in advance as possible.

Carvery guests enjoy:

- A three 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

The carvery opens in the back bar at 12 noon.

Cost: £25 (carvery only) or £45 (including a seat ticket for the Paul Strank Stand)

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

We are also pleased to announce a special package for celebrations, whether it be birthdays, anniversaries or even divorces! If you book a table of ten, we will give you a complimentary bottle of Champagne or birthday cake. Once you have made your booking, please e-mail here to let us know what kind of event you’re celebrating.



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Monday 14 November 2011
dons trust news
DTB Meeting on Thursday 10 November

The Dons Trust Board held its regular monthly meeting last Thursday. The meeting opened with a report from Fawwah Uddin, the Vice Chair of the Ladies and Girls section of the Club. He briefed on the progress that the section had made so far this season and raised a number of administrative points; it was agreed by all present that this new quarterly reporting approach was useful and will be continued.

The next section of the agenda covered Club issues with a review of the Football Club Board's report followed by agreement and approval of the final audited accounts. Key points raised and discussed included the continued good performance of our commercial operations and the feedback from Kingston Council and other bodies that our match day organisation is continuing to improve.

We then moved onto Trust matters and discussed in detail a paper regarding branding of the Trust (The Dons Trust's official name still refers to Wimbledon FC), the ongoing strategy review and arrangements for the AGM. On the Strategy Review, the current status is that a significant amount of detailed feedback has been received from the FCB and a new version that includes the aims and objectives is nearing completion. In order to fully review that document and to allow time to complete a further document that will contain all the DTB actions that result from the strategy, a special DTB has been arranged for Wednesday 23 November. The output from this exercise will be made available at the AGM.

Other items that were covered to prepare for the AGM included the review and approval of the audited Dons Trust accounts, agreement of the wording of resolutions to be presented to members and confirmation that a members' resolution had been received and will be presented to members. There are resolutions for (from the DTB) and against (from a group of members) a proposal to turn down future promotions that are offered by The Sun newspaper due to their reporting of the Hillsborough disaster. Please come along to the AGM (Thursday 8 December at 19:30) and join in the debate on this and to take the opportunity of quizzing your DT and Club Boards.

The next DTB meetings will be the extraordinary session on 23 November and next month's regular session on 5 December. Please feel free to pass on any comments or questions to info@thedonstrust.org or talk with a Board member at the Dons Trust gazebo on the way into the ground on match days.


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Monday 14 November 2011
club news
Brett Johnson and Andy Little after the Scunthorpe game

Brett Johnson was interviewed after Saturday's game, along wtih Dons favourite Andy Little who called by to watch the game.

To hear their interviews click on Brett Johnson and Andy Little.

For completeness, the link to Terry Brown's post match interview is repeated here. Terry's interview can be seen by clicking on Terry on Scunthorpe


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Monday 14 November 2011
club news
Arrangements for the cup replay at Scunthorpe

Our 1st round replay in the FA Cup with Budweiser will take place on Tuesday 22 November at Glanford Park, Jack Brownsword Way, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, DN15 8TD with a 7.45 pm kick off.

Admission prices, all seating, are Adults £15, Concessions £9 and Under 16s £2 and you will be able to pay on the evening at the turnstiles. We will not be selling tickets in advance.

The club will be running a supporters' coach that will leave The Grove at 12.30 pm and pick up from the Cherry Red Records Stadium at 1.00 pm. The price is £15 and to book a seat please call the office on 020 8547 3528 between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm on weekdays.


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Monday 14 November 2011
u18s news
Young Dons get ready for their FA Youth Cup tie

Following hard on the heels of the senior team's FA Cup game, AFC Wimbledon's under 18 team are getting ready for their match against Bristol Rovers in the FA Youth Cup second round on Tuesday 15 November.

In the build up to the game we spoke to AFC Wimbledon's Head of Youth, Mark Robinson, about his side's chances. Mark said "we are very excited about this tie. If we win this game it will mean that we have progressed even further than last year's excellent achievement - and the reward would be a tie at home to Coventry City.

"The game will be a real test of our young players as Bristol Rovers are currently top of their regional league with only one draw stopping them from achieving a 100% record. But we've been getting stronger as the season goes on and the lads can't wait for the game to come.

"For me, this is what it is all about, developing our best young players and setting them against the best from other league clubs. I'm also very satisfied that about 80% of the squad have come through from our under 15 and 16 teams. They've come on so well that it is sometimes hard to remember that nearly all of them were playing Sunday football only a couple of years ago. This season has been a big step up for them but they are a talented team and I'm sure they are in with a good chance of progressing and I'm also sure that they will do us proud. And the prospect of playing Coventry City at home in the next round just adds a bit of icing on top of the cake."

The game will be played at the Cherry Red Records Stadium on Tuesday. Please note that the kick-off time is 7.30 pm. So come on down and support the Dons in the FA Youth cup and get a glimpse of some of the Dons of the future.

Admission prices are Adults £4 and Over 65s and Under 16s £2


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Sunday 13 November 2011
first team news
Bradford for the Dons, if....

In today's FA Cup draw the winners of the replay at Scunthorpe will play away at Bradford on 3 December.

Reaction to the draw from Terry Brown will follow on Monday.


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Sunday 13 November 2011
club news
Second round draw details

The Dons are in the hat for today's draw for the second round of the FA Cup. The draw can be seen live on ITV at about 2.40 pm, shortly after the featured game, Halifax v Charlton.

The Dons share ball number 33 with yesterday's opponents, Scunthorpe United. Second round ties are scheduled to be played on Saturday 3 December, subject to any decisions about televised games.

First, however, Wimbledon's visit to Glanford Park for the first round replay is scheduled for Tuesday 22 November.


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Sunday 13 November 2011
first team news
Dons v Scunthorpe on AFC Wimbledon TV

To see the highlights of Saturday's first round FA Cup game, click on Dons v Scunthorpe.



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Saturday 12 November 2011
club news
Matchday arrangements for FA Cup tie against Scunthorpe United

Tickets

The game against Scunthorpe is not all-ticket so fans can pay at the gate.

Tickets will go on sale at 1.30 pm and there are spaces available in all areas, including seats in the Paul Strank stand.

Tickets for the league game against Swindon Town

We are expecting another sell out for next week's League game against Swindon Town. We strongly advise fans to buy tickets as soon as possible. Tickets for that game will be on sale after the Scunthorpe game from turnstiles 1, 2 and 3. We have places available for the Kingston Road and John Smith's terraces.

Visiting fans

Scunthorpe fans should enter the stadium via the access road behind the east stand. This is about 100 yards east of Jack Goodchild Way and will be signposted

Scunthorpe fans are also welcome in the club's bars before the game.

Proof of eligibility for reduced price tickets

Fans are reminded that you may be asked to prove your entitlement to a concession or under 16 ticket - if you can't do this, you will be charged full price for admission. It is important that the evidence you provide clearly relates to you and, for example for student cards, is current.

Bars

The bars will open at noon and are open to all fans.

Parking

As usual, parking will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parking is available on local streets, but please be considerate when doing so.

Programme

Today's programme is at the reduced price of £2 for 52 pages. It includes an interview with Kieran Djilali, out to prove that Scunthorpe were wrong to let him go after a trial last Summer, plus features on former Dons favourite Wally Downes, a reminiscence on visiting Scunthorpe's former stadium, the Old Show Ground, and all the usual features.


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Friday 11 November 2011
first team news
Terry's back and he can't wait to get going

AFC Wimbledon manager Terry Brown made a low key return to duties today when he attended the Friday morning training session. We spoke to him at the training ground and, naturally, we asked first about Suzy.

"She is fine and looking very well. Thanks to everyone who has asked after her and for all the cards, good wishes and expressions of concern. We were both very moved by the way people have responded to the news. We have been told that the operation went well and Suzy certainly is feeling stronger by the day, so I felt able to return to training. I'll be at the game tomorrow and will have a chance to thank everyone personally for their concern, although I hope people will understand that I'd prefer to do that after the game and concentrate totally on the match until quarter to five.

"As you know I missed the Swindon game and I've not really had a chance to absorb the DVDs yet, so Stuart and Simon are choosing the team for Saturday. But I'll be in the dug out and I'm really looking forward to a return to a normal Saturday.

"The lads looked very good in practice today and there's a lot of confidence in the squad. We don't have any new injury problems but we do have Ryan Jackson back and looking exceptionally sharp and confident after getting some much-needed game time. His loan expired last night and Fleetwood wanted him to stay but he prefers to battle for a place with us.

"As for the game itself, Scunthorpe have had a small dip in form lately and they'll be looking to take advantage of playing a lower league team to get back on track. But we have to treat it as a major opportunity to get ourselves back into winning ways and show again the quality and movement that we showed against Morecambe and Stevenage. We know we can do it and the team are feeling confident, so I'm looking forward to a close game and a great atmosphere because our fans love a cup game.

"It will be good to be back."

The game is not all-ticket and it is possible to pay at the gate on the day of the game. Pre-sales have gone very well and the club is expecting another large gate for our first FA Cup tie as a League club.

Anyone who wants to guarantee a place in their favourite part of the stadium should do so by visiting the office before 5.00 m today, Friday, or online by clicking on online tickets. Note that, exceptionally, because this is a Cup Tie, it is possible to buy seats on line for this game.


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Friday 11 November 2011
club news
Swindon tickets on sale after Saturday's FA cup tie

It looks like the Swindon game on 19 November will be yet another sell-out fixture at the Cherry Red Records Stadium, so we urge fans to buy tickets now.

To help you to do so, tickets for the game will be on sale from turnstiles 1, 2 and 3 after Saturday's FA Cup tie against Scunthorpe. The turnstiles will open as soon as possible after the game for the sale of tickets for the Kingston Road End and John Smith's terraces. We regret that there are no seats for sale.

Tickets will be on sale at the usual terrace prices - £15 for adults, £9 for concessions and £2 for under 16s.

Please remember that while you can buy all categories of ticket on Saturday - adult, concessions and under 16s - on the day of the Swindon game you are likely to be asked to provide evidence of eligibilty for reduced any price tickets - failure to do so means you will need to pay the difference up to a full adult ticket.

If yo can't make it tomorrow, tickets remain on sale on line by clicking on the 'Buy tickets online here' button on the front page of this site.


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Friday 11 November 2011
club news
FA Cup Budweiser Man of the Match

In an historic move, football fans will now decide which player is awarded the official Man of the Match for every match of The FA Cup with Budweiser.

The Budweiser Man of the Match award will be voted for by football fans across the UK. The British public will get to choose the top player from every single match in the competition - from the First Round proper on Saturday 12 November all the way through to the final next May.

With football fans now having a platform for their opinions to be heard (and judged), they just need to head over to the Budweiser UK Facebook page and select the Man of the Match panel on the The FA Cup with Budweiser Hub during matches. Their individual player vote from their selected game will then count towards the final outcome. And if football fans are not near their computer they can still vote using the free official Budweiser Man of the Match app available for iPhones and on Android. Their decisions will also see the winning player celebrate with a unique prize - a magnum of beer to celebrate with his teammates.

Iain Newell, Western European Marketing Director, Budweiser comments: "We know how passionate football fans are about The FA Cup with Budweiser and we wanted to let their opinions be heard. By giving fans the chance to choose the Man of the Match, Budweiser is bringing something new to the most iconic football competition in history, and bringing passionate fans closer to the game they love by celebrating players in every single game. We're proud to be making this amazing tournament even greater with Budweiser's Man of the Match."

Cast your votes for the Budweiser Man of the Match at www.facebook.com/BudweiserUK. This is available to over 18's and UK residents only. Terms & Conditions apply and can be found on the Budweiser FA Cup Hub at www.facebook.com/BudweiserUK


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Thursday 10 November 2011
club news
Scunthorpe ticket update - Seats now available online

Tickets are still available in all areas for this Saturday’s FA Cup first round tie against Scunthorpe United. As season tickets are not valid for this game we have a larger amount of seats than usual available for sale to supporters. To make purchasing seats easier we have now made tickets in the Paul Strank Stand available to purchase online so supporters can guarantee their place before Saturday’s game.

All seats are in the outer blocks of the stand (A-C and J-L) and when multiple tickets are purchased we will ensure they are located together. You will automatically be allocated the best available tickets at the time of purchase. All seat tickets ordered online for Saturday’s game will be held for collection from the advanced ticket window. To buy tickets in the Paul Strank Stand for this Saturday’s match please visit our online ticket shop.

Terrace tickets in all areas, including the Tempest End, are also still available to purchase through the online ticket shop here.

The game is not all-ticket and any remaining tickets will be available to purchase on Saturday before the match.



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Wednesday 09 November 2011
first team news
Stuart Cash 'disappointed but not downhearted'

Stuart Cash spoke to us after the disappointment of losing on penalties at Swindon on Tuesday night.

To hear the interview, click on Stuart Cash.


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Wednesday 09 November 2011
club news
Zumba Zumba starts tomorrow night!

Move your body to the sound of exotic rhythms, high energy Latin beats whilst getting yourself into shape. Zumba is easy to do, effective and exhilarating. Join the growing Zumba community and dance yourself healthy.

Our instructor Paola is from Colombia so she was born with that Latin Rhythm running through her. Paola is a registered fitness instructor, so you will be in expert hands. Paola also runs classes at gyms around London including Chelsea Harbour.

Date: Every Thursday starting 10 November
Time: 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm
Venue: Middle Bar, Cherry Red Records Stadium
Class entry fee:
£5.00 for season ticket holders. (Please state this when reserving your place and bring your season ticket on the night.)
£6.00 non season ticket holders

To guarantee your place in the class, pre-book by calling 020 8247 9918.


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Tuesday 08 November 2011
club news
Dons Youth in the hat for another cup

The AFC Wimbledon Youth team has progressed to the next round of the Youth Alliance Cup after finishing third in their group.

AFC Wimbledon Head of Youth Mark Robinson said “this is a fantastic achievement for the boys and the club in our first year of Centre of Excellence football. It has taken the boys some time to adjust to the pace of the football but what makes me so proud of their achievements is that 80% of the boys have come through our Sunday sides from before the first team’s promotion. I am so glad we stuck with our own players because we are trying to build a structure for the future and our faith in them has paid off. We still have a tremendous amount of work to do but the fact that we dispatched Aldershot 5-1 and beat Championship side Brighton 3-2 shows how far we have come in a short time. We only sneaked through on goal difference but the fact that we only lost by the odd goal to Millwall, Crawley and Brentford (2 goals last minute) shows that we are now competing with everyone and we deserved a minimum of a draw in all those games. More importantly every game we play now we have as much talent on show individually as the opposition. The lads have a tremendous work ethic and I can only see things getting better as the season goes on.”

The second round is to be played on 3 December, with the draw happening this Friday.

There is a great chance to see for yourselves the progress of this talented group of players when they face Bristol Rovers in the FA Youth Cup second round next Tuesday 15 November kick-off 7.30pm at The Cherry Red Records Stadium.



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Tuesday 08 November 2011
club news
Discount hospitality packages still available for FA Cup game

We still have carvery and carvery + stand ticket packages available for the FA Cup tie against Scunthorpe this Saturday, 12 November.

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 member of management team

Cost:
£20 for the carvery only (normally £25)
or
£35 for the carvery and a seat ticket for the Paul Strank Stand (normally £45)

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

We expect demand to be high for this carvery so book early to avoid disappointment.

The carvery opens at 12.00 in the back bar on a match day. If you order the carvery + ticket package, you can collect your tickets from the carvery. Please e-mail here if you have any special dietary requirements.




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Tuesday 08 November 2011
dons trust news
Junior Dons Christmas Party 2011

This year’s Junior Dons Christmas Party will take place on Sunday 11 December between 11.00 am and 2.00 pm in the Back Bar at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

Haydon the Womble, Terry Brown and the Wimbledon players will all be joining in with the fun and party games, organised by children's favourite RockinPaddy. We are delighted to announce that Father Christmas has also agreed to join us for a couple of hours to hand out presents.

Admission to this event is completely free for Junior Dons and junior season ticket holders. The price for others is £10 and places are allocated on a first come first served basis. The Junior Dons Christmas Party is always popular and spaces are limited so we recommend you apply by 30 November. If you wish to book a place please contact the club offices with the Junior Don’s name, age, gender, membership number and details of any allergies or medical conditions. Please mark all correspondence FAO Aideen Rochford.

You can find information on how to become a Junior Don if you are not already by visiting the Dons Trust section of the website.



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Tuesday 08 November 2011
club news
Jimmy Spices Special Offer

We are pleased to announce a very special offer from Jimmy Spices for the night of this year’s Winter Wonderland on Thursday 24 November.
The club’s official after party will take place at Jimmy Spices with the guests of honour being the management team and the 1st team squad.
Jimmy Spices have very generously offered Dons fans a limited number of tickets at very special price of only £10 per person* (a discount of nearly £6).
And the restaurant will also be preparing a very special dessert for the club!
To purchase tickets, click here.
Jimmy Spices is located at 122 The Broadway, a couple of hundred yards past Wimbledon Theatre as you walk away from Wimbledon Town Centre.
We expect the team to be at the restaurant from around 7.30pm-7.45pm, depending on timings for Winter Wonderland.
For more information, e-mail here or call 020 8547 3336.
*Tickets only valid for Wimbledon branch


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Tuesday 08 November 2011
dons trust news
Dons Trust Elections 2011

Voting has now opened in the Dons Trust Elections 2011 and information was sent to members last weekend.

This year for the first time, we have online voting, which we hope will be convenient for members and save postage costs for the Trust. People who normally receive information from the Dons Trust will receive paper ballots.

If you want to change switch from paper to electronic or vice versa please contact the election team as soon as possible.

Five candidates have put themselves forward for four places on the Dons Trust Board, and they've submitted statements in support of their election which can be downloaded here.

There will also be a live interactive session on Radio WDON during the election, currently scheduled for the evening of Thursday 17 November - keep an eye on the club website for final details. Questions will be submitted by twitter (@AFCW_Votes), email (elections@thedonstrust.org) and on the iPloughlane forum.

In the meantime, if you have questions for candidates about their statements or their plans, there's an election forum to put questions to candidates.

Emails have been sent out to members last week, so if you normally get information from the Dons Trust by email and have not received yours yet, please email elections@thedonstrust.org ASAP.

Voting closes at 5.00 pm on Monday 5 December.



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Monday 07 November 2011
first team news
Stuart Cash 'we aim to win both these cup games'

The Dons face two cup games in a week, starting with Tuesday night's Johnstone's Paint Trophy quarter final tie at Swindon. Stuart Cash was busy picking a team for the game that will give some valuable game time for senior squad players while complying with the rule that six players must either have started the Barnet game or be chosen from the eleven players with the most starts this season - but you can't mix and match so the starting point is the eleven that give the most choice.

"In any event, some of the decisions aren't in our hands" said Stuart, " as Sam Hatton is suspended following his fifth yellow card of the season and Brett Johnson is very doubtful after taking a knock on Saturday. Brett had an injection the same day and looked a bit easier in training today, but he will face a fitness test on Tuesday morning.

"We've picked our team, with an alternative if Brett can't make it, and it is a strong one. And let's remember that a team selected in similar circumstances was the one that got us past Stevenage, so we know we've got strength in depth at the club.

"We will see Ricky Wellard, Chris Bush, Fraser Franks, Kieran Djilali and James Mulley all starting and all pressing for a place on Saturday. They know this is their chance and I'm expecting them all to grasp the opportunity with both hands.

"Unfortunately, the requirement to start with six from Saturday's game means that some players who deserve a chance won't be able to play, but we'll have them on the bench and aiming to give them some game time too.

"One player who isn't quite ready yet is Gareth Gwillim, who is back and easing himself back into to training with straight line running, which he did today with no adverse reaction from his injury - he will move onto curved runs tomorrow or Thursday. Mike Rayner is very pleased with Gareth who is impatient to be back, but we'll take it a day at a time.

"We don't know how Swindon will approach the game in terms of resting players etc. We have had them watched but if they make a lot of changes then we'll need to be ready to adapt our playing style on the evening.

"I spoke to Terry earlier today and he plans to be there, but not in the dug out. He wants to be back in harness and we want to see him back here. Depending on how things are progressing at home we may well see him back in the dug out for the Scunthorpe game on Saturday. I know his presence will give the players a boost - and the fans too."

Swindon come into the game with a seven game unbeaten run, including a victory, like the Dons, against a team from a higher league in the previous round. While manager Paolo di Canio is best remembered as a player with great attacking flair, he has built a team with a miserly defence, conceding the least goals in League 2, alongside league leaders Southend. The Dons will need to be their best to break them down but we will let Stuart Cash have the last word "we have two major cup games this week and we are approaching them the same way. We are going there to try to win and to do it inside the ninety minutes - we don't want a penalty shoot out, even though we've been getting good at them since May!"

Swindon have reduced admission prices for the game with adults £10, concessions £5 and juniors £2. There are still places available on the fans' coach at £15, leaving The Grove at 4.00 pm and The Cherry Red Records Stadium at 4.30 pm. You can book by phoning or calling in to the office after 9.30 am on Tuesday. And remember, it is a 7.30 pm kick off.


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Monday 07 November 2011
club news
AFC Wimbledon Poker Tournament

We are pleased to announce the inaugural AFC Wimbledon Poker Championship, taking place on Saturday 11 February 2012.

Entry costs £20 and any participants knocked out in the first hour (first hour only) can buy back in for £10.

There will be prizes for the winner and two runners up. There will also be special prizes for knocking out any AFC Wimbledon player (several will be playing) and an extra special prize for knocking out club captain Jamie Stuart.

The tournament starts at 7.30pm in the back bar and food will be served during the night.

To book your seat at a table, click here or call 020 8247 9918.




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Monday 07 November 2011
club news
FA Cup ticket update

The deadline for season ticket holders to reserve their normal places for the FA Cup game against Scunthorpe this Saturday has now passed. We have a number of applications for seat tickets to work through before we know which tickets we can release for general sale. We are confident that once we have finished this process we will have a reasonable selection of seats to purchase. These seat tickets will go on general sale from the club offices tomorrow from 9.30 am.

Supporters who wish to go on the terraces for this match can book tickets now through our online ticket shop. Following sales to season ticket holders we can confirm that we currently have availability for all home terraces including the Tempest End.

Any remaining tickets for all areas will be available to purchase on Saturday before the match. Full arrangements for this match can be viewed by reading the news item dated Tuesday 1 November.

Prices

Terrace:
Adult £15
Concession £9
Under-16s £2

Seats – blocks D - H:
Adult £19
Concession £11
Under-16s £7

Seats – blocks A – C and J – L:
Adult £17
Concession £10
Under-16s £6



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Monday 07 November 2011
club news
Johnstone's Paint Trophy latest

Our southern section Quarter-Final game in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy against Swindon Town takes place tomorrow night at the County Ground. Competition rules require at least six players from the previous league match to play so both teams will boast strong starting line ups. Supporters are reminded this match has a kick-off time of 7.30 pm.

Swindon Town are offering reduced price admission for this match. Prices for seats are Adults £10, Over 60s and Under 19s £5 and Under 16s £2. Tickets are available to purchase on the evening of the game.

We have a limited number of spaces remaining on the supporters coach to this game at the bargain price of £15. The coach will leave The Grove at 4.00 pm and pick up from The Cherry Red Records Stadium at 4.30 pm. Seats can be booked by calling 020 8547 3528 during office hours.


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Sunday 06 November 2011
club news
Catching up with Sanch

Lawrie Sanchez spoke to us after yesterday's game, talking both about the game itself and also his perspective on AFC Wimbledon.

To hear the interview, click on Lawrie Sanchez.


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Friday 04 November 2011
club news
Arrangements for the Barnet game

Availability of space in the John Smith's stand

The general arrangements for the Barnet game are broadly the same as usual but they set out at the end of these notes for those fans who are not familiar with them.

There is one significant change from usual for tomorrow's game, however. Our initial feedback from Barnet and their local police was that they would be bringing in the range of 200 - 300 fans for the game. However, a late surge of interest and more recent intelligence from their local police suggests that it could be as many as 500.

These numbers are always estimates and may well be wrong. But if they bring, say, 300 fans then we would allocate them only the smaller area at the north end of the John Smith's stand. If they bring over 400 however, they will need to expand into the central section.

After extensive talks between the club's safety officer, operations director and the police, we have decided to leave the central section of the JS stand empty for as long as possible so that we can gauge the demand. When numbers are clear the safety officer will make a decision as to whether to allow the Barnet fans or the Dons fans to spread into the central area.

We believe that this is a pragmatic solution to the problem but it does mean that if fans wish to be under cover it is important that they arrive early - in particular, Barnet fans are reminded that only part of their section of terracing is covered.

Tickets

The game is not all-ticket so you can pay to enter on the day.

Please note that all seats have been sold but there is terrace availability for the home and away sections of the John Smith's stand, as well as the Kingston Road End. However, until a decision has been made about the allocation of fans within the John Smith's stand, there may be restricted numbers of tickets available for home fans in that stand.

Tickets for the FA Cup first round tie

Tickets for next week's FA Cup first round tie against Scunthorpe will be on sale from the kiosk in the main lobby before the game.

Visiting fans

Barnet fans should enter the stadium via the access road behind the east stand. This is about 100 yards east of Jack Goodchild Way and will be signposted

We are sorry but we can’t accommodate visiting fans in the bars before or after the game

Bars

The bars will open at noon and are only open to Dons fans.

Parking

As usual, parking will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parking is available on local streets, but please be considerate when doing so.

Proof of eligibility for reduced price tickets

Fans are reminded that you may be asked to prove your entitlement to a concession or under 16 ticket - if you can't do this, you will be charged full price for admission. It is important that the evidence you provide clearly relates to you and, for example for student cards, is current.

Programme

As usual, the programme is £3 for 68 pages. This week's programme includes an interview with Lawrie Sanchez and his views on what the future holds for the Dons, a memory of when Sanch's goal took the club into Division One , a Community Football Scheme update and a review of the under 14s' progress, plus all the usual features.


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Friday 04 November 2011
first team news
Barnet preview

Following last week's ground out draw at Shrewsbury, Stuart Cash wants to return to attacking ways to make sure the Dons get three points against Barnet on Saturday. Earlier today he explained the options that he and Simon Bassey are considering, but first he had some news from Terry Brown.

"I have spoken to Terry over the last two or three days and the good news is that Suzy came through the operation successfully and when he left her today she was sitting up in bed and looking very well. Obviously there is a long way to go, but this is a big first step and they are very relieved.

"Terry understands and is grateful that the fans are concerned and he and Suzy agreed that they should explain his recent absence from a game. But now I think she needs to concentrate on getting better and we will respect their privacy. Terry did manage to get away to join us for a friendly game against the Army earlier this week and he is currently hoping to be at the Swindon game on Tuesday night although, at the moment, he doesn't plan to be in the dug out. It will be good to see him back at a game.

Stuart went on to speak about the attacking options for the Barnet game. "The lads did very well for us last week in a 4-3-3 formation and they say not to change a successful formula, but we need to be more positive at home so there will be personnel changes. One change that might be forced upon us is that Sammy Moore is doubtful and will have a fitness test in the morning.

"As for other changes, I don't want to go into too much detail but Christian Jolley is available again and Charles Ademeno has been very sharp in training all week. We are in the fortunate position of having hardly any injuries at present so some people are going to be disappointed but team spirit is high and those players who miss out are guaranteed a start on Tuesday at Swindon, subject to the rule about starting with at least six of Saturday's eleven.

"Training this week has been very good and today's session was very positive - the boys are keen to get back to winning ways. We're expecting a decent crowd again tomorrow and we hope that we'll be sending them home happy after seeing us take all three points."

Saturday's game sees the return of Dons legend Lawrie Sanchez as Barnet manager but the warmth of the welcome will be off the pitch, not on it, as both teams seek a much-needed three points.

The issue for both teams is much the same - Barnet are one of only two teams which have conceded more goals than the Dons this season. With former Dons target Anwar Uddin out injured along with fellow centre back Daniel Leach, Sanch may well hand a debut to two young loan centre backs, Paul Downing and Michael Hector from West Brom and Reading respectively.

Barnet have scored a good number of goals this season, however, so the Dons defenders will need to be watchful. Another former target, ex Chelmsford star Ricky Holmes, with four in the last five games and Izale McLeod with eight will be the men to watch out for. All the signs are that it ought to be a high scoring game despite both managers keen to record clean sheets.


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Friday 04 November 2011
cfs news
Community Football - Block Two Starts Tomorrow

The first sessions of block two for Saturday Football Club and Future Dons start tomorrow morning (Saturday 5 November), 10:00 am – 11:30 am.

Future Dons at Kings College London is for children in school years ‘Reception’ and ‘Year 1’, whilst Saturday Football Club at Wimbledon Park is open to all children between the ages of 4 and 14. If you sign up for the full seven sessions of block two you will only pay £36 – giving you the equivalent of one session completely free! Alternatively, you can just turn up on any Saturday morning during school term time for £6 per session.

Please visit the CFS website for more information on our Saturday Football Club and Future Dons sessions.

If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact us by email at communityfootball@afcwimbledon.co.uk or by calling the office on 020 8974 5712. A booking form can either be downloaded from here or you can complete one on the day. We hope to see you there!



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Thursday 03 November 2011
youth news
Bristol Rovers next in line for the Dons youth team

The youth team won their first round FA Youth Cup tie on Wednesday nght with a 3-1 victory that was rarely in doubt. They took the lead just five minutes into the first half when William Bor coolly converted a left wing cross from close in.

Shortly afterwards, Uxbridge equalised when the ever-dangerous Jamal El-Azizi broke away and hit a fine shot into the corner of the net.

For a while the game was in the balance but then as half time approached Cherno Mendy cut in from the left and hit a strong rising shot into the top corner for the goal of the game. Shortly afterwards an Uxbridge back pass was underhit and William Bor pounced to make it 3-1.

The second half passed with the Dons looking comfortable and moving the ball around smoothly and dominating possession and although they were unable to increase their lead the result never looked in doubt.

The Dons youths now play Bristol Rovers at The Cherry Red Records Stadium on Tuesday 15 November.


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Thursday 03 November 2011
club news
Carvery still available this Saturday

There are still a few tickets available for the carvery before the Barnet game this Saturday.

You can also purchase tickets for the matchday carvery for all games up until Southend on New Years Eve.

Many of these games are already selling quickly so we recommend buying tickets as far in advance as possible.

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

The carvery opens in the back bar at 12pm.

Cost: £25 (carvery only) or £45 (including a seat ticket for the Paul Strank Stand)

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

We are also pleased to announce a special package for celebrations, whether it be birthdays, anniversaries or even divorces! If you book a table of ten, we will give you a complimentary bottle of Champagne or birthday cake. Once you have made your booking, please e-mail here to let us know what kind of event you’re celebrating.



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Tuesday 01 November 2011
club news
Ticket arrangements for the FA Cup

The FA Cup first round game against Scunthorpe United will be played at the Cherry Red Records Stadium on Saturday 12 November, kick-off 3.00 pm. The game is not all ticket and tickets are now on sale.

Season ticket holders are reminded that their tickets are not valid for this game.

Number of tickets per applicant

There is a limit of four tickets per application for this game.

Tickets may be bought as follows:

Season ticket holders who wish to book their usual seat or place on the terrace have until 6.00 pm on Saturday 5 November to do so. This is the date for our home league game against Barnet and we will accept applications handed in on that day. Applications should include voucher A, a cheque for the appropriate amount and a SAE if you wish your tickets to be sent to you. Non season ticket holders wishing to buy a seat for the game can apply immediately, but will not be allocated a specific seat until after 5 November, using one of the methods described below.

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 at The Cherry Red Records Stadium on Saturday

It will be possible for season ticket holders to purchase their usual seat or place on the terrace from the kiosk in the main lobby from 1.30 pm until 2.45 pm.

Buying at The Cherry Red Records Stadium at other times

Personal visitors will be able to buy tickets from the club office at The Cherry Red Records Stadium during normal office hours (9.30 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday).

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 £15
Concession £9
Under-16s £2

Seats – blocks D - H:
Adult £19
Concession £11
Under-16s £7

Seats – blocks A – C and J – L:
Adult £17
Concession £10
Under-16s £6

We remind fans that as you enter the stadium you may be required to provide proof of eligibility for any reduced price ticket that you buy. The best such proof is a photo id card - please note that student cards must include a date which proves that it is current. If you cannot provide suitable evidence, you will be asked to pay full price.



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Tuesday 01 November 2011
youth news
Youth team ready for Cup action

The Youth team enter the FA Youth Cup on Wednesday 2 November when they visit Uxbridge in their 1st Round tie. The match is being played at Uxbridge FC, Honeycroft, Horton Road, West Drayton, UB7 8HX with a 7.45 pm kick off. Admission prices are Adults £3 and Senior Citizens and Under 16s £1.

The winners are at home in the 2nd Round to either Bristol Rovers or Maidenhead who are playing tonight.



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Tuesday 01 November 2011
club news
Coach travel to the Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie at Swindon

The club will be running a supporters' coach to the game against Swindon Town on Tuesday 8 November.

The coach will leave The Grove at 4.00 pm and pick up from The Cherry Red Records Stadium at 4.30 pm. The price for this game is £15 and seats can be booked by calling 020 8547 3528 during office hours. Places can also be booked before or after Saturday's game against Barnet by visiting the advanced ticket collection window.




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