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Friday 31 December 2004
club news
Lunch at Kingsmeadow tomorrow

Our caterers will be running an extra food outlet before tomorrow's match against Whyteleafe. From 12:30 pm, outside the main bar, there will be burgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers and kebabs on sale.

Inside the ground, both teabars will be open as usual for the match, and hog roast rolls have been added to the teabar menu.

Depending on the uptake, we will consider making the extra facility a regular thing at future Saturday home matches.




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Friday 31 December 2004
first team news
Squad ready for the Leafe

Dave Anderson has named the following squad for tomorrow's New Year Day match against Whyteleafe:

Danny Naisbitt, Paul Smith, Steve Gibson, Ryan Gray, Julian Sills, Antony Howard, Steve Butler, Jay Conroy, Jon-Barrie Bates, Chris Gell, Gavin Bolger, Gareth Graham, Paul Quinn, Rob Ursell, Martin Randall, Richard Butler, Leon McDowall, Andy Frost, Jones Bamfo.

The manager explained:
"Gareth Graham and Martn Randall will both have fitness tests and Joe Sheerin is still out injured. Andy Frost is a young striker who's stepping up from the reserves."

And Dave was pleased to have won all three points at Dorking:
"It wasn't much of a match to watch, but it couldn't be on that surface. We said when we looked at it that it would be a "set piece" pitch and that's how it proved, for us and them. So you look for different qualities and I thought we battled excellently and worked hard. The midfield three were quietly efficiently and we did enough to control the game. It wasn't pretty, but it was a banana skin avoided."


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Thursday 30 December 2004
dons trust news
Draw deadline at hand once more

Oh come all ye faithful, roll up for your last chance to win large in January's Dons Draw. Time is running out to be included as the cut off point is 31 December!

There are three cash prizes of which first prize last month was a fantastic £612. The prize fund is growing month by month.

You can sign up online right now here and chose whatever you want to contribute. Best of all, the healthy profits are going directly to the Dons Trust initiatives including the Stadium Fund and Community Football Scheme. The next draw will be made at the stadium, just before the home game against Bromley on 15 January. As ever, be lucky!


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Saturday 25 December 2004
club news
Merry Christmas!

AFC Wimbledon would like to wish you all the very best for Christmas.

The office is now closed for the festivities, opening for the day on Thursday 30 December between 10 am and 4 pm and then re-opening for the new year on Tuesday 4 January.

Places on the coach for the Dover game on Monday 3 January can still be booked by emailing coaches@afcwimbledon.co.uk - the coach will leave Kingsmeadow at 11 am and seats are priced £13 for adults and £7 for concessions and under-16s.

See you at Dorking!


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Tuesday 21 December 2004
club news
Cheap panto tickets are in front of you

You may have noticed Spiderman in the crowd on Saturday, taking an afternoon off from fighting crime and flirting with Kirsten Dunst to watch the Dons. In fact, Spidey is in Wimbledon over the festive season to appear in Aladdin at Wimbledon Theatre.
The run lasts until 16 January, but there is a special offer for AFC Wimbledon fans wanting to see this year's panto. The top-price tickets (normally £20) are just £12 for the matinee on 5 January at 2pm. To order your tickets, call the box office on 0870 060 6646 and quote "AFC Wimbledon".


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Tuesday 21 December 2004
dons trust news
Dons Draw December winners

Saturday's home game against Croydon Athletic was also the day for the December Dons Draw and bumper Christmas prize payout.

The winning tickets and prizes were as follows:

1st prize of £612 ticket 1453 - Geoff Rideout of London SE9
2nd prize of £306 ticket 1128 - Simon Robins of London SW16
3rd prize of £102 ticket 0096 - Sam Elliott of Ashford, Middx TW15

This month saw a much increased prize fund paid out and prizes are set to increase further in January 2005. The three winners had on average just five tickets each, so for £10 per month it really is possible to win one of the top prizes with only a small monthly amount. You decide how much to contribute but hurry, deadline to be included in the January 2005 draw is midnight 31 December 2004. All profits go direct to the Dons Trust initiatives like the Stadium Fund and Community Football Scheme.

Subscibe online now by clicking here. Good luck!


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Monday 20 December 2004
first team news
Dave finds few positives from weekend performance

Dave Anderson was unimpressed with Saturday?s performance:
?The first thing I said in the dressing room was, ?I?ll see you all in at nine o?clock tomorrow morning to talk about it.? I wanted to have them in on Sunday morning because they ruined my Saturday afternoon, so we were going to ruin their Saturday night. I?m not concerned about players? nights out, I?m concerned about winning promotion. Eventually that didn?t happen because JT and Wozza convinced me it would be detrimental ? my staff are very good and make sure we come up with the right decision. But in many ways I think the players got out of jail twice ? first in the game and then from what I?d like to have done.

?For the first 20 minutes we played well. We were passing well. Rands showed good awareness for the goal and it was well taken. Ginge then played Richard Butler in with a great ball and the keeper made a good save to stop it being 2-0. Everything was rosy - our shape was good and we were in control.

?Then we gave away the worst goal I?ve seen in a long, long time. If I went to watch a Sunday game and a goal like that went in, the manager there would be jumping up and down. It was just a straight high ball that went over Antony Howard. Danny Naisbitt called ?Keeper? and didn?t get to it. Maybe someone else shouted as well - I don?t know. But a goal like that is just not acceptable at any level of football, never mind ours.

?And it changed the whole game as we never recovered from it. How we got a draw from that game, I?ve no idea. Maybe at Cray we should have got something and didn?t, but on Saturday we should never have got anything and we did.

?I?m lost for words at how far off the game we were in the second half, how poor our passing was when we had the ball, how little we closed them down when they had it and how easily we were broken down. I?ve said we?re suffering because we?re chopping and changing the side, but that?s no excuse for the second half. I could pick six players on a park on a Sunday to do at least as well as we did.

?It?s alright when one or two players aren?t on their game, but when five or six aren?t doing what they should, you?re always in trouble. Croydon Athletic passed and moved well, they were on top of their game and we expected them to be like that. But we just lost the plot. People may say sort it out, but I would have needed a timeout for ten or fifteen minutes to sort that out. And that?s wrong. Because we set the team up better than that.

?When we?re struggling and the opposition are on a good spell, our instructions are simple: find your man and mark him, mark him close. We designate who does what and when. If we did that in the second half, I must have turned away for five minutes. Good sides deal with being under pressure and on Saturday we didn?t. I do think we are a good side, but we weren?t on Saturday. We think we give the players enough information to know what to do and they just didn?t do it. It?s not about getting it right when you want to, or for 20 minutes ? it?s about doing your job for 90 minutes. If you can?t do that, you?re no good to me or us.

?But the funny thing is we actually extended our lead, so in that sense the weekend went well! That doesn?t mean I?m any happier about it, but on Tuesday and Thursday we?ll look to put things right. By then I?ll have looked at the video. We?ll talk about what was wrong, be professional about it and work on it. It may be Christmas, but this is a semi-professional football club and the players and staff will be working hard to turn things round for the Dorking match.

?I?m trying to find some positives ? normally I?m a positive person as you know, but there were few of them. Leon did well and it was nice to see him score against his old team. Ginge gave us a good first half before he got dragged down to everyone else?s level in the second half. And Steve Butler got 90 minutes under his belt.

?I had a little pop at a selection of supporters in my programme notes who I feel only support some of the players. But I fully understand anyone moaning on Saturday. I was moaning. People dropped below the levels we set here. I hope people read the notes properly and know who I was speaking to in that. I certainly wasn?t saying don?t moan at the team at all, just don?t pick and choose who you moan at. Treat everyone equally. On Saturday, you could justifiably have moaned at pretty much anyone.

?So Merry Christmas to all the fans and we?ll see you on the 27th to put things right!?


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Sunday 19 December 2004
ladies news
Ladies Matches POSTPONED

Today Ladies cup match at Redhill has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. Details of the re-arranged date will be announced as soon as they are known.

Today's Ladies reserve match at Bristol City has salso been postponed.


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Saturday 18 December 2004
club news
Calendars on sale

The club calendar arrived today and will be on sale in the shop. It is also being sold around the stadium from Saturday?s game against Croydon Athletic. The calendar is available on the on-line shop, as part of an improvement to the site to highlight new goods. It costs £7 and is definitely our best yet.

In addition, we?ve received a delivery of a small number of children?s home shorts which have been out of stock for some time. They are available via the on-line shop and, if stocks last, in the club shop on Saturday.


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Friday 17 December 2004
club news
Comedy acts confirmed for Christmas party

The AFC Wimbledon Christmas party takes place this Saturday 18 December at Kingsmeadow, after the match against Croydon Athletic.

We can now confirm the four comedy acts that will be appearing.

The evening will be compered by Cole Parker ("Wonderful, upfront, hilarious" ? Evening Standard) and will also feature Mike Gunn, who the Independent on Sunday described as "One of the ten leading stand-ups in Britain".

The quartet is completed by Dougie Dunlop and Valentine Flyguy, Zeron Gibson's alter ego, a pastiche of all the Huggy Bear-esque characters of seventies, 70s ? disco king, pimp and pusherman rolled into one.

Any remaining tickets will be on sale after the game.


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Friday 17 December 2004
first team news
Squad named to face Athletic

Dave Anderson has named the following squad for tomorrow's match:

Danny Naisbitt, Paul Smith, Jay Conroy, Steve Butler, Antony Howard, Julian Sills, Steve Gibson, Ryan Gray, Wes Goggin, Jon-Barrie Bates, Gareth Graham, Gavin Bolger, Chris Gell, Gary Prigent, Martin Randall, Richard Butler, Leon MacDowall.

And Dave added:
"We're expecting a tough game. Croydon Athletic are a good side, especially up front. We're glad to have some people coming back to fitness - it's good to have some good news on that front for once."

Mike Rayner added:
"Steve Gibson's injury wasn't as bad as first thought. There was no lasting damage and he only suffered a slight ligament strain in his shoulder from the way he fell. He'll have a fitness test tomorrow."

Don't forget the Christmas party takes place tomorrow evening - some tickets are still available, priced £10. And tickets for the match on December 27 away to Dorking will be on sale before the match and at half-time in the back bar.


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Friday 17 December 2004
first team news
Be quick for Fleet

The Dons travel to Calthorpe Park to play Fleet Town FC on 8 January 2005. Fleet are looking forward to our visit and a warm welcome is promised. Their hospitality will include laying on hot food and drinks as well as bar facilities. Fleet's arrangements also include a heated marquee and television coverage of the cup match that day. For up to date details including travel and parking please check our web site or visit theirs at www.fleettownfc.co.uk.

We recommend you get your tickets early and they are available by sending a SAE and a cheque or Postal order to:- The Ticket Office, Fleet Town FC, Calthorpe Park, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 5FA. Admission price :- Adults £8.00 U16 and OAP £4.00.

There are a limited number of seats available in the main stand and tickets for these can also be pre purchased at an additional cost of £2.00. These will be sold on a first come first served basis.

Please state clearly which tickets you require and include your telephone number. Please do not send cash.

Cut off date for postal ticket sales will be 31 December 2004.

Fleet can be contacted on 01252 623804.


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Friday 17 December 2004
first team news
K's cup clash

Wimbledon will be at home to Kingstonian in the Third Round of the Surrey Senior Cup on Tuesday 18 January. The winners will host the winners of the tie between Chipstead and Crystal Palace.

The Dons also expect to be at home on Tuesday 11 January to Fisher Athletic in the London Senior Cup, but this is to be confirmed.


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Thursday 16 December 2004
dons trust news
Board election results

The following Candidates were elected (in order of votes received):

1 Niall Couper 253
2 Nigel Higgs 227
3 Chris Philips 222
4 John Owen 220
5 Stephen Butterick 198
6 Geraldine Messenbird 179
7 David Cox 167.

The following Candidates were not elected:

Chris Butler 152
Dennis Lowndes 140.


287 voting papers were received of 1,677 sent out (a 17% turnout), casting 1,758 votes in total.


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Thursday 16 December 2004
first team news
Dorking tickets on sale again

Tickets for the Dorking game to be played on Monday 27 December at Dorking's Meadowbank ground will be on sale from Dorking officials before and after our home game with Croydon Athletic on Saturday, including at half time. Dorking FC have advised us that they recommend fans buy tickets in advance of the game to avoid unnecessary queueing at the ground on the day. Adult tickets are £8, with concessionary prices available.

Dorking have also advised us that there will be no parking at the ground on the day, but that there are several large public car parks in the vicinity of the ground all of which are clearly signposted.


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Wednesday 15 December 2004
club news
Party plans

As advertised, the AFC Wimbledon Christmas party takes place this Saturday 18 December at Kingsmeadow, after the match against Croydon Athletic.

Tickets are still available and are on sale from the club shop during the week (which is open 11am ? 4pm Thursday and Friday) or on Saturday before the match from the Main Stand kiosk. Any remaining tickets will be on sale after the game.

The running order for Saturday?s events is as follows:

5:45 pm
The back bar will stop serving. The Man of the Match presentation will take place in the main bar.

6:00 pm
The back bar will shut, for cleaning and preparation for the evening.

6:45 pm
The main bar will stop serving.

7:00 pm
The back bar will re-open. The main bar will close for cleaning and preparation for the evening.

7:30 pm
The buffet will be served in the back bar. Food will remain available until 9 pm.

8:00 pm
The main bar will re-open and the disco will start.

9:00 pm
The comedy show will start in the back bar. This will feature four comedians ? two supports, one headliner and a compere, all of Comedy Store / Jongleurs standard. The show will run until around 11 pm.

12:30 am
Both bars will stop serving.

1:00 am
The venue will close. Please remember that taxis are hard to come by at 1:00 am, so try to pre-book to avoid a long wait.



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Wednesday 15 December 2004
ladies news
Ladies Take On Great British Deaf Squad

An AFC Wimbledon ladies reserve XI take on the Great British Ladies Deaf Team this evening (Raynes Park Vale F.C.) as part of the GB team's warm-up for the Deaflympics in Melbourne, Australia in January 2005.

Kick-off is at 19.30, admission is free and the bar will be open.


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Wednesday 15 December 2004
club news
Take a seat - ticket update

At the time of writing this morning, there were only two single seats left for the match against Croydon Athletic this Saturday 18 December.

As already reported, postal applications for the Whyteleafe game on New Year?s Day will be fulfilled from Monday 20 December and personal callers can buy any remaining seats from Tuesday 21 December until Thursday 23 December. We strongly advise you to phone before travelling to the office as there are only a few seat tickets for sale and demand is likely to be very high.

We also sell terrace tickets in advance but we expect that there will be plenty available on match days.

Finally, remember that half-season tickets are still on sale (starting from the Whyteleafe match) and they are the only way to guarantee a seat at league and cup matches.


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Tuesday 14 December 2004
club news
Coach numbers needed

The club is investigating the possibility of hiring a luxury coach to take fans to the match against Newport IoW on Wednesday 26 January. The coast would be £25 for adults (£20 for concessions) plus a ferry cost of between £5 and £10. Please contact the office asap by email or on 020 8547 3528 to register your interest as it can only be booked if there is sufficient demand.


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Tuesday 14 December 2004
club news
Party on

Don't forget that tickets are still available for Saturday's Christmas party - your chance to join the players and club as they celebrate a successful and eventful 2004.

Priced just £10 each, they'll be available before and after tonight's game in the back bar. Buffet and entertainment (disco and comedians) is included in the price of the tickets,

Main stand tickets for the trip to Dorking on 27 December will also be on sale before tonight's match in the back bar.


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Tuesday 14 December 2004
first team news
Chess team named

Dave Anderson has named the following squad for tonight's visit of Chessington United in the Surrey Senior Cup:

Danny Naisbitt, Paul Smith, Steve Gibson, Wes Goggin, Ryan Gray, Steve Butler, Antony Howard, Jay Conroy, Paul Quinn, Julian Sills, Gavin Bolger, Gareth Graham, Jon-Barrie Bates, Gary Prigent, Joe Sheerin, Martin Randall, Richard Butler, Leon McDowall, Joe Hill.

The manager explained:
"It may be a stronger squad than some people were expecting and there certainly aren't many inexperienced reserves in there. But after the injuries we've had, we've got a lot of people who need game time, so we'll use this game to give them that. It also gives us an opportunity to take a look at combinations in defence before Saturday."

Don't forget the following arrangements apply for the game:

- Admission prices will be £6 for adults and £2 for concessions and under-16s. This price includes a four page programme, similar to those we had for our pre-season friendly matches

- There will be no charge for upgrading, i.e. with the exception of the Directors? Box and the Press Box, the admission charge is valid for both terraces and seats

- Access will be via the Kingston Road turnstiles and the main entrance only. The turnstiles at the Athletics end will not be open. (For the avoidance of doubt, the Athletics end will be open but you will need to enter via one of the above-mentioned entrances)

-Only the Kingston Road tea bar will be open

- The bar and club shop will be open as normal.


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Monday 13 December 2004
first team news
Mike's injury update

Mike Rayner is still a busy man. Here are his thoughts:

From Saturday we have several not on this list nursing minor, but painful
knocks. They are fit to play if selected tomorrow evening, but as always
they will not be named so they are not targeted. We have one or two back
fit looking to come into the side, and I hope we will soon be back to a
full complement of players.

Matt Everard - Matt had his operation on Saturday morning which confirmed our worst thoughts. The surgeon investigated inside the knee and found he needed an Anterior Cruciate Ligament reconstruction. This was performed at the time and he will not require a second operation. He will be out for about eight - nine months. We have already spoken at length about his rehabilitation, and I will aim to get him back in the shortest (but safest) possible time.

Warren Kelly - our coach also went under the knife last week for a Posterior Cruciate Ligament operation. He seems to be progressing well in the early stages, and we hope to see him back at the club later this week. It will be a while until he is fit to run with the players again, but I'm sure this will spur him on in his rehab!

Robert Ursell - the fracture in Rob's big toe is healing well, and light jogging may be possible in the near future. The swelling has reduced and the pain is minimal. He is due back at the fracture clinic in about 4 weeks, but depending on progress he may be able to play prior to this.

Michael Woolner - suffered a pull of his 'kicking muscle' (Rectus Femoris) at Ashford on Saturday. Initially very sore, and my thoughts are that it could take two - three weeks to heal fully. I will further assess this tomorrow evening.

Jay Conroy - took a blow to the outside hamstring muscle of his right leg at Ashford. This resulted in a dead leg and he was forced to withdraw. Immediate treatment, followed up by treatment at Crystal Palace yesterday, meant Jay was able to train today without reaction.

Anthony Howard - following last Tuesday's game Anthony suffered a very tight and tender thigh after the game. Treatment on Thursday eased this, and on discussion with Dave, we felt he would be best to come off the bench if required on Saturday. He suffered no reaction to this in the 15 minutes he played, and he will be fit to play this week.

Steve Butler and John Barrie-Bates - have both played two lots of 90 minutes in the reserves in the last week without reaction to calf and neck respectively. Continuation of exercises should see Steve and John available for first team action this week.

Joe Sheerin - progressing well from his hamstring pull last Tuesday. I will look to get Joe back involved in light running and training activities this week, and he will soon be back involved in the first team again.



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Monday 13 December 2004
first team news
Island trip changed

It has been confirmed that the Dons' trip to play Newport IoW will now take place on Wednesday 26 January.

The club is currently investigating running a coach to this game - further details will be published as soon as possible.


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Monday 13 December 2004
reserve team news
Squad named

The reserve team squad for tonight's match against Epsom and Ewell is:

James Marriot, Joe Hill, Sam Elliott, Dave Towse, Ken During, Alex Leris, Richard Bayley, Mark Cooper, Marc Skinner, James Earp, Joe Paris, Jones Bamfo, Andy Frost, Daniel Llewellyn, Bradley Drake.

The match will kick off at Merland Rise at 7.30pm.


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Monday 13 December 2004
first team news
Advance tickets for New Year's Day clash

Because of the Christmas holidays, it is not possible to operate our usual policy for advance tickets sales for the game against Whyteleafe on 1 January. Therefore, if you wish to buy a seat for that game, please:

- send (or leave) your application to arrive at the AFC Wimbledon office no later than noon on Monday 20 December. All applications will be treated as arriving at the same time and will be processed that afternoon.

- from Tuesday 21 December to Thursday 23 December, any remaining tickets can be bought from the office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm.

Please note that after 23 December, any remaining tickets will be held for sale on the day of the game.

Please:

- enclose a contact number in your application so that we can tell you whether you have been successful or not
- do not enclose a self-addressed envelope; the tickets will be available for collection on the day
- remember that tickets are £10 for adults, £5 for concessions and £3 for under 16s
- note that very few of the available seats are under cover.

Terrace tickets are available for advance sale with effect from 20 December although we expect that there will be plenty of availability on the day.



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Monday 13 December 2004
first team news
Flat first half, super second

Following yesterday?s Junior Dons? Christmas party, Dave Anderson was still searching for answers after Saturday?s Jekyll and Hyde display:
?I?ve been asked what was wrong with the first half. It?s easier to say what was right ? nothing! We started very flat. In fact we didn?t start really. They were set up well and were organised. I?ve known Terry Fenwick for years and I knew they?d be better set up this time around than they were in the FA Cup, because that was his first week with them. But then we were just second to everything ? they seemed to have more fire about that.

?No matter how many injuries we get or how many changes we?re forced to make, not to have that passion and desire just isn?t good enough. We know it?s been hard for the lads with everyone coming in and out, but one of the main things we talked about at half was playing like men and not boys in the second half.

?Before anyone asks me what we do at half-time that we don?t do at two o clock, I don?t know. We played well in the second half, but we?re very aware we can?t keep doing it and get away with it. What?s causing the difference from half to half I don?t know. Obviously we only fix problems at half-time, you can?t fix something before the match when it?s not broken!

?In the first half we didn?t hang on to the ball, because we hadn?t earned the right to. You can?t just run out on a football pitch and expect to be able to pass the ball around. You have win your battles, pick up the seconds and then think about passing it. Then in the second half we earned the right to pass the ball, because we won our challenges and were sharper and stronger, without messing around when we got the ball.

?We actually looked to play it longer in the second half. We said if you haven?t earned the right to play, don?t play. Look to the channels and get over the top and harry it down. So we did that until we were able to play.

?We were better all over the park, but the front three did particularly well. Prigent scored four in two games which is great for him and us, but we had the movement and link-up play between them for all the goals. Buts slotted in well after his injury. Rands is still claiming he meant to put the penalty there, so we have to believe him! That summed up a great second half for him. He made the first goal with a great reverse pass and the header for the second one was excellent as well. He could have flicked it out wide which was the easier ball, but he got up to head it inside and showed he has the ability to pass the ball with his head. He proved what great awareness he has.

?So on the plus side that?s four goals in a game twice in a row, and we hadn?t scored that many since the opening day. The other downside apart from the first half was picking up two more knocks. Mike Rayner and I are starting to wonder if Kingsmeadow is built on an Indian burial ground, because we certainly seem jinxed at the moment. Perhaps it?s because we?re a little bit fitter and faster than other teams and people mis-time tackles. We don?t always seem to get the protection we could do with from referees either.

?Whatever it is, both Jay and Micky had to come off on Saturday, so the defensive headache continues. Jay was just a dead leg, so he should be fine again for Saturday, but Micky had a strain and could be a couple of weeks.?

And Dave revealed that the news from Matt Everard?s surgery was that he will be out for as long as first feared:
?Matt?s had his operation. I spoke to Mike Rayner on Saturday night and in the end the surgeon confirmed it was his anterior cruciate ligament, so it?s at the worst end of the possibilities we knew about. So we?re looking at six to nine months rehab. At least the operation has been done, so he?s on day two now and looking forward.

?He?s very popular at the club. I don?t just mean with the fans, but in the dressing room. I?m gutted for him because in the last half-dozen games or so before he came off with his injury, he seemed to have stepped up his game to another level with his control on the ball and his awareness. It?s a very tight-knit dressing-room now and everyone is disappointed for him.?

Finally, Dave had a word for the Junior Dons:
?It was great to see so many of the players down here and we all enjoyed the afternoon. I hope all the families and kids did too. I know my family did! I?d like to thank everybody who worked so hard to put the event on ? it was a very enjoyable day.?


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Sunday 12 December 2004
first team news
Chessington United arrangements

For next Tuesday?s Surrey Senior Cup match against Chessington United at Kingsmeadow, the following arrangements apply:

- Admission prices will be £6 for adults and £2 for concessions and under-16s. This price includes a four page programme, similar to those we had for our pre-season friendly matches

- There will be no charge for upgrading, i.e. with the exception of the Directors? Box and the Press Box, the admission charge is valid for both terraces and seats

- Access will be via the Kingston Road turnstiles and the main entrance only. The turnstiles at the Athletics end will not be open. (For the avoidance of doubt, the Athletics end will be open but you will need to enter via one of the above-mentioned entrances)

-Only the Kingston Road tea bar will be open

- The bar and club shop will be open as normal.

Regarding the match itself, Dave Anderson said:
?We want to win every game we play in, but we also need to get our priorities right. So, we will give a game to a few players who need some match-time, having missed games through injury, plus some of the promising reserves. The clearest thing I can say is that this will not be a full first team but it won?t be the reserves either. After all, if we win we will be playing Kingstonian in the next round and I know that quite a lot of fans will be up for that game?.

As usual, the squad will be announced on Tuesday after an assessment of injuries from this weekend?s games.


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Sunday 12 December 2004
ladies news
Ladies Reserve Match POSTPONED

In the midst of an injury crises, Langford are unable to raise a team to play the reserves at Dorking today, so the match is postponed.

The first team take on Watford at Kingsmeadow, 14.00


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Friday 10 December 2004
first team news
Dave looks for more solidity as squad named for Ashford

Dave Anderson has named the following squad for tomorrow's trip to Ashford:

Danny Naisbitt, Paul Smith, Steve Gibson, Antony Howard, Jay Conroy, Julian Sills, Steve Butler, Micky Woolner, Ryan Gray, Chris Gell, Gavin Bolger, Gareth Graham, Wes Goggin, Richard Butler, Joe Sheerin, Martin Randall, Leon MacDowall, Gary Prigent.

And the manager didn?t find last Tuesday?s win entirely satisfactory:
?I think the result was the important thing, but there were a lot of things I wasn?t very happy with. Basically, we weren?t a tight unit when they had the ball. It?s understandable in a way with all the changes we?ve made, but as manager you like to see your team playing with solidity and we didn?t have that.

?It would be easy to say it was all great because we won 4-0, but I?m not going to do that. Some of the supporters probably wonder what I?m moaning about, and of course the most important thing was to win, and win well, but it confirmed we?ve got plenty of work to do. I didn?t really enjoy the game because I wasn?t happy with how we were set up.

?Very few teams stay top of the league changing their side all the time, so to have done well while the personnel have changed so often through no fault of our own is testimony to the squad. So we did a lot of work on pattern of play on Thursday night and we want to see us looking more solid tomorrow when the opposition are on the ball.?

Dave closed with a quick word on the two most recent additions to the squad:
?We were very happy to be able to bring Julian Sills in. That?s where your knowledge of the league really comes in ? we?re always on the lookout for players, but when you?re in an injury crisis, you have to bring someone in urgently. He?s done well. Similarly Gary Prigent is now free from injury, although he?s a long way from being match-fit, so we?ll be looking to get him running and give him game time. Obviously his two goals were a massive bonus on Tuesday. The situation with both of them is that they?re here for now, and we?ll see how things pan out and assess the situation as we go.?



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Tuesday 07 December 2004
club news
Are you being served?

The long-awaited AFC Wimbledon online shop is now, finally, open.

Just click on the club shop button to the right - happy shopping!


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Tuesday 07 December 2004
first team news
Dave's squad ready to roll

Dave Anderson has named the following squad for tonight's visit of Molesey to The Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow:

Danny Naisbitt, Paul Smith, Steve Gibson, Antony Howard, Jay Conroy, Julian Sills, Steve Butler, Micky Woolner, Ryan Gray, Chris Gell, Gavin Bolger, Gareth Graham, Wes Goggin, Jon-Barrie Bates, Richard Butler, Joe Sheerin, Martin Randall, Leon MacDowall, Gary Prigent.

The manager explained:
"The injury situation is slowly improving, but we've still got a couple of players who'll have tests, so that's why I've named 19 people."

And Dave is confident the team can return to winning ways straightaway:
"I though we actually played some good stuff on Saturday, especially in the first half. Joe, Rands and Frankie all had chances and Ginge hit the post with a free-kick. So despite the injury problems we went there with, I thought there was some good form. That means one defeat shouldn't affect our confidence too much.

"We need to get back to winning ways tonight and then against Ashford on Saturday to open up a gap at the top again. It's a test of a different kind for us, and the supporters. Saturday has shown that we're not invincible and reminded them we're in a tough league, so we're hoping for a positive response from the fans as we look to get three points for them."


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Tuesday 07 December 2004
club news
Youth team results

Junior sides' results from the weekend:
U15 WSYL Premier ? AFC Wimbledon Colts 2 ? Links FC 1

U14 WSYL League Cup Quarter Final ? Ashford Town 2 ?  AFC Wimbledon 4

U13 WSYL Premier North ? AFC Wimbledon 2 ? Raynes Park Sport 1

U12 WSYL League Cup Quarter Final ? AFC Wimbledon 0 ? Hayes 2

U11 WSYL League Cup Quarter Final - AFC Wimbledon 1 ? Tooting & Mitcham 0

U10 E&E Premier  - Predators 2 ? AFC Wimbledon 1

U9  WSYL League Cup Quarter Fina ? Tooting & Mitcham 3 ? AFC Wimbledon 3 (Wimbledon won on pens)

U8 E&E  Premier    - AFC Wimbledon 6 ? West Byfleet Scorpions 0.


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Tuesday 07 December 2004
club news
New merchandise on sale

Tim Hillyer and his crew have even more to offer to you from the club shop. Here's what he had to say:

We are proud to launch the following products:

For Ladies:
Pyjamas in Navy/Yellow £18
Sizes 8-10, 12-14, 16-18, 20-22

For Girls:
Pyjamas in Navy/Yellow £15
Ages 11-12, 13-14

For Children:
Pyjamas in Royal Blue £12
Ages 6m-12m, 12m-18m, 18m-24m, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10

Pyjamas in Pink £12
Ages 6m-12m, 12m-18m, 18m-24m, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10

For Adults:
No MK ? Fans Against Franchising T-Shirt £12
S, M, L, XL Very limited stock.

For All Football Fans and Collectors of Memorabilia:
We have received limited stocks of the FIFA Museum of World Football book at a discounted price of £15. This spectacular publication is superbly illustrated, an absorbing read, and great to dip into for those interesting facts and figures.

The shop will be open from 6pm on Tuesday before the Molesey match. Opening hours on Sunday 12 December are from 11am to 4pm.

We urge you to visit the shop at your earliest opportunity to avoid disappointment. There is massive demand for certain products, so it is inevitable that we will run short of popular colours and sizes.

Your comments and your custom are very welcome.


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Tuesday 07 December 2004
first team news
Mike's been busy

Mike Rayner found time to assess the casualties in his worryingly full treatment room:

Following a dreadful run of injuries in the past week, I've compiled a list of those who are recovering, those who are almost ready to play, and those who unfortunately will need a longer period of rehabilitation. Although we lost on Saturday, we did not pick up any further knocks that will rule people out.

Matt Everard - the news on Matt isn't good I'm afraid. At Bashley, Matt had to be withdrawn following locking of his left knee during the game. The knee became swollen, but following treatment the swelling reduced enough to assess the area on Tuesday evening, and then reassess it on Thursday evening. Initially I suspected cartilage damage, although there was slight laxity in his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). His right knee gave no real comparison as the ACL was lax from a previous injury several years ago. Strengthening work was undertaken, and I contacted a consultant near Harley Street who saw Matt yesterday. He feels Matt has at least a 25-50% tear of his ACL, but will not be sure until he performs an operation. What the surgeon discovers, and what needs repairing, will determine how long Matt is out. A conservative estimate is anywhere from four to six months. If the ACL needs reconstruction then it will be nine months.

Robert Ursell - Rob was progressing well with the injury to his big toe, and I felt this was bruising only. Last week however, it did not progress, indeed it regressed significantly on running activities Thursday evening. Concerned at this I sent Rob for an x-ray. This unfortunately revealed a fracture of his right big toe. This will side-line him for at least 4-6 weeks, and he is due for another appointment at the fracture clinic this Friday.

Steve Butler - suffered a reaction to his left calf injury before the game against Dulwich. Further investigation showed a weakness in his left hamstring, which I felt was over-loading his calf. Working hard at this, Steve has progressed well in the last two weeks and is now back in contention.

Jon-Barrie Bates - suffered a neck muscle pull in the warm-up at Bromley two weeks ago. This has slowly resolved and John is now near to full fitness and close to getting game time.

Ryan Gray - suffered what I initially thought was a hamstring pull right at the end of the training session on Thursday night. I feel it is more likely to be a nerve condition, as this eventually spread into the centre of his left buttock. Specific exercises and stretches were given last Friday, and Ryan came through a fitness test prior to the game. It was sore after the game Saturday, but we will look at this closely to resolve the condition.

Julian Sills - suffered a gash just above his left eye on Saturday. The area was cleaned and steri-stripped and we are confident he will be available for tonight.

Wes Goggin ? has worked hard at his rehabilitation in the two weeks since being injured against Dulwich. Luckily there was no ligament damage to the ankle, just severe bruising, and Wes was able to play last Saturday.

Richard Butler - following being clattered against Horsham several weeks ago, Richard is now back to full fitness and is in contention for a starting place.

Gary Prigent - rehabilitation has cleared up his quadricep tear (and for now, his Patella tendinitis) and Gary came through training last Thursday to be in contention for Saturday.

Simon Bassey - recovering from his shoulder/whiplash injury, Simon has been catching up with lost time at work. This has unfortunately regressed his knee condition, as it has remained static while he drives his automatic cab. We will look to start work on his knee again, and see him back involved again soon.



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Monday 06 December 2004
ladies news
Ladies draw Arsenal in Women's FA Cup

After a beating South Eastern Combination side Norwich yesterday, the Ladies have been rewarded with an away tie at holders Arsenal in the fourth round, to be played on 9th January.

Full draw;

Leafield Athletic v Northampton Town
Oldham Curzon v Fulham
Doncaster Rovers Belles v Birmingham City
Middlesbrough v Sheffield Wednesday
Charlton Athletic v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Watford v Chelsea
Tranmere Rovers v Langford
Arsenal v AFC Wimbledon Ladies
Blackburn Rovers v Leeds United
Leicester City Ladies v West Ham United
Queens Park Rangers v Sunderland AFC Ladies
Reading Royals v Ipswich Town
Cardiff City Bluebirds v Millwall Lionesses
Bristol City v Everton
Portsmouth v Liverpool
Bristol Rovers v Stockport County



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Monday 06 December 2004
first team news
Coaches on Saturday

This Saturday 11 December coaches will depart Kingsmeadow at 11am for the trip to Ashford. They will return 45 minutes after the final whistle. Prices are £13 for adults and £7 for concessions and Under 16's. Please call the office on 020 8547 3528 or email coaches@afcwimbledon.co.uk to reserve places.


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Monday 06 December 2004
club news
Your views on the champagne song

One topic of interest that has been raised by a couple of writers to the programme's soapbox feature, and has also been debated at open meetings, is the singing of the "champagne" song. It is clear that some fans are offended by it, but as yet there has been no consensus of views established.

We will be printing an exchange of emails between Kris Stewart and one correspondent in the Croydon Athletic programme as a way of introducing the debate, but we would be interested in hearing fans' views on the song, and what you think we, as a club and as a fanbase, should consider doing about it. Send the editor your emails or drop a line to the office.


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Monday 06 December 2004
club news
Quiz and Christmas parties

It?s a fun packed week ahead at The Fans? Stadium ? Kingsmeadow.

The popular quiz night returns on Wednesday evening. The questions this time round will have a Christmas theme. Entrance is just a pound for teams of up to six people. The quiz starts at 8.30pm, but arrive early to grab a seat!

Sunday 12 December is the Junior Dons? Christmas party for kids from 0-11 years old. This runs from 1pm till 4pm and tickets are £8, including presents and buffet food. Dons players and Father Christmas will be in attendance. Over 90 tickets have been sold already, but Nina Smith will be in the newly decorated back bar before the game on Tuesday evening for your last chance to snap them up.

And don?t forget that tickets are still available for the club Christmas party on Saturday 18 December, after the game against Croydon Athletic. This event is for over-18s only owing to licensing restrictions and £10 tickets include cabaret and disco entertainment and buffet food. The players, staff, officials and volunteers will all be there, so grab a ticket and stay behind to join in the fun at the end of a successful year.


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Monday 06 December 2004
first team news
Dave looks to bounce back after Cray

Dave Anderson summed up the mood in the camp after the Cray defeat:
?We?re all gutted to have lost, of course. No-one likes losing football matches. But we have to keep a sense of perspective. Obviously it means the record has come to an end, but the major annoyance is that we lost a game we should have got something out of. Everyone in the squad has lost football matches before, and they?ll lose them again. The challenge is how you react to it.

?It was always going to be a tough game, and we had a terrible week?s preparation with people getting injured. Ryan Gray played heroically to last the game with a hamstring pull and we had a bench of players who weren?t match-fit. Julian Sills met the team on the morning of the game and I thought he did very well.

?Sometimes you just have one of those games when it?s not going to be your day. The last seventeen things we said in the dressing room were the same: start the game right. We majored on that because we?ve not been happy with letting in early goals recently. And having said that for so long, I was still behind the other goal walking round the pitch when we went 1-0 down! So we had a few words about that at half-time. And then we had enough chances to get something from the game.

?So the disappointment?s not for the record, it?s for getting beaten without being outplayed. That?s always annoying. Losing to Thurrock was easier to take, because they were bigger, faster and stronger. Losing at Hendon was at least understandable because we were rubbish. But against Cray we were arguably the better side without doing enough to win. That?s guaranteed to annoy you. So credit to Cray for a job well done and we regroup, see which players are fit enough for Tuesday and look to go from there.?

And the manager said the game ended a long week for himself and his staff:
?We were all working hard right up to the last minute trying to bring people in. Julian Sills has come down on a short-term loan from Staines, although he?s now got a gash in his head, so we have to wait and see if he can play on Tuesday. And then Saturday started at 8.30am for John Morris and me. We went to Crystal Palace on Saturday morning. I have to thank Iain Dowie for that ? they all made us very welcome. We had a pitchside view of their first team training session, and then watched an under-19s match with Glenn Wilson playing before driving to Bromley. Iain also took the time out for a chat about how it was going for us.

?We were laughing about the word he invented, bouncebackability, and I said that although Danny had crowbarred it into the programme to try to get on TV, I hadn?t really had to use it yet. He said he hoped I didn?t have to all season! Now we?ve ended up needing to show that quality straight away. But sometimes things don?t go your way ? I?m sure Horsham and Tooting felt hard done by earlier in the season and our luck just ran out. We?ll be raring to go to get back on track against Molesey tomorrow.?


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Sunday 05 December 2004
ladies news
Canaries Visit Kingsmeadow In Cup

AFC Wimbledon Ladies take on Norwich City this afternoon in the third round of the Women's FA Cup (Kingsmeadow, 13:00).

With only Vicky Elcome out injured, Manager Graham Newnham names the same squad that won at second place Crystal Palace last weekend.

Squad: Rachael Axon, Natalie Barette, Maria Bertelli, Julie Bygrave, Lou Cooper, Carly Hunt, Gemma Hunt, Lizzie Laws, Andi McGrady, Lauren Nuttall, Keisha Ramos, Danielle Rebelo, Michelle Riley, Beth Sims, Laura Smith.


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Friday 03 December 2004
first team news
Dave's injury headache for Cray

With injury problems mounting and Chris Gell suspended, Dave Anderson has named a large provisional squad for tomorrow?s trip to face Cray:

Danny Naisbitt, Paul Smith, Steve Gibson, Steve Butler, Micky Woolner, Jay Conroy, Antony Howard, Ryan Gray, Wes Goggin, Paul Quinn, Gareth Graham, Gavin Bolger, Rob Ursell, Joe Paris, Jon-Barrie Bates, Joe Hill, Richard Butler, Joe Sheerin, Martin Randall, Leon McDowall.

The manager explained:
?Matt Everard is having tests but it looks like he might have cartilage damage. Rob Ursell is very doubtful, while Steve Gibson has had food poisoning all week and lost half-a-stone. Even with JB and Steve back in contention, there are still about five players who are going to have fitness tests tomorrow morning. There?s a chance we may well end up playing people who are 80% or who just aren?t fully match-fit, so I don?t want to go into any more detail for obvious reasons.

?It?s very worrying, of course. I consider Cray to be the second-best team in the league and we?re now traveling to our toughest game of the year with what you could reasonably call an injury crisis. Paul Quinn only played one game at Chertsey before suffering another knock and we?re checking to see if enough time has elapsed for him to be eligible for us tomorrow. I?m still trying to bring another player in as well. With the fitness tests we have lined up, it could end up being anything from a very strong squad to a bit of a wing and a prayer.

?Whatever happens we expect a very difficult match. Cray are a good and strong side, who are certainly capable of causing us problems even when we?re at full-strength, so there?s no doubt this is the toughest test of our season.?


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Wednesday 01 December 2004
club news
Dave's Q&A and parking at Cray

Tonight sees the second question and answer session with manager Dave Anderson down at Kingsmeadow. Dave will be on stage at 7:30pm, the club shop will be open and tickets for this Friday's band night and the AFC Wimbledon Christmas party on 18 December will also be on sale.

Unfortunately the club is unable to broadcast tonight's session via WDON.

For Saturday's visit to Cray Wanderers, who play at Bromley's Hayes Lane, parking in the ground will be limited to pass holders. Cray have provided us with a limited number of passes for supporters. Holding some back for supporters with restricted mobility who already hold an AFC Wimbledon car park pass, we have around 50 which are available on a first-come, first-served basis at tonight's Q&A session.

Current AFC Wimbledon blue car park pass holders should contact the office on 020 8547 3528 between 10 am and 4 pm this week to claim their pass for Saturday.


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Wednesday 01 December 2004
first team news
Bryco cup draw announced

AFC Wimbledon have been drawn away to Dover Athletic in the third round of the Bryco Cup.

The tie is due to take place on Monday 3 January with a 3 pm kick-off. This will be confirmed, along with details of travel arrangements, as soon as possible.


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