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Saturday 31 December 2005
dons trust news
Dave Bassett comes to dinner on 24 Feb

Dons former manager Dave Bassett will be joining us at Kingsmeadow on Friday 24 February for a sporting dinner. He will be speaking about his time with the Dons both as a player and manager when we climbed from the non-League to the top of English football.

To join him for a 3 course dinner, comedian and various related events that night or even to consider Corporate Sponsorship on the night, see the full details here.


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Monday 26 December 2005
first team news
Dave hails Dons? dedication

Dave Anderson was a happy man after the Dons dominated the game in a 2-1 win over local rivals Walton & Hersham. He said: "I thought we thoroughly deserved the win. We were everything I know we can be and the lads worked hard for this. We trained on Christmas Eve and that?s the player dedication that the fans don?t always see.

"After the Hendon game I was speechless and I said that we were going to have to fix things. We did that today and I won?t dwell on it any more. Now we have to take this form into our next game and our entire focus is on that.

"But for now I?m a happy man. I couldn?t fault any of the players for commitment, and it's great to have Steve Butler back ? he?s massive for us, both on and off the pitch. And what can you say about Shane's goal? I was sitting directly behind him when he hit it and it was like a balloon fizzing through the air. The keeper had no chance."

Dave also took time out to praise the match officials. He said: "I thought they were superb, and I told them so. They got a few minor decisions wrong, but I thought all three of them handled the game superbly - and I'd be saying the same if we?d lost."

Finally, Dave wanted to thank the fans for their part in the victory. He added: "I'd like to think everyone enjoyed that as much as I did, and I?d like to wish the supporters a very happy New Year from myself, the players and all the staff here."


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Monday 26 December 2005
first team news
The passion of AFC Wimbledon

Dave Anderson is raring to go for today's huge Boxing Day clash with play-off rivals Walton & Hersham.

With almost a full squad to choose from, Dave is delighted that one of his new year wishes may be about to come true early.

"The one thing i wish for is less suspenions and less injuries. We cant do much about the injuries but we have been working hard to tackle the discipline. Today must be the first time this season, we are almost at full strength."

That said, Simon Sweeney remains sidelined and Micky Woolner is only fit enough for the reserves. Shane Smeltz requires a fitness test and Wayne Finnie and Dave Sargent will be assessed following recent illness.

The full squad is: Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Antony Howard, Simon Sobihy, Wayne Finnie, Steve Butler, Dave Sargent, Wes Daly, Dwayne Plummer, Sonny Farr, Chris Gell, Barry Moore, Michael Harvey, Robert Ursell, Shane Smeltz, Richard Butler, Nas Richardson, Mark Peters and Niall Connery.

The club trained as usual on Thursday and also had an extra session on Christmas Eve and Dave is in no doubt as to what he wants today.

"Passion. Everything that can be said about Walton & Hersham has been said. Now is the time for the talking to stop and to perform. The one thing i want to see is passion and lots of it. The players need to show everything they did against St Albans.

"We are at the half-way point of the season and we feel we are still in with a realistic shout of the play-offs which was the goal at the start. The squad is better than it was in August and we are ready."


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Sunday 25 December 2005
dons trust news
Co-option of Ivor Heller

At its Board meeting on 12th December, the Dons Trust Board voted to co-opt Ivor Heller back on to the Board until the end of March 2006. This decision had been anticipated by the outgoing Board but could not be formalised until the new Board was in place.

The reason for the decision was that the Dons Trust's Constitution requires the majority of the Board members of each subsidiary to be members of the Dons Trust Board. Ivor Heller has been a stalwart of AFC Wimbledon since its formation and the Board was keen to retain his participation on the Boards of AFCW PLC and the subsidiaries. In the short term, this is most easily accomplished by co-opting Ivor onto the DT Board. However, as indicated by Ivor's decision not to stand for re-election to the Dons Trust Board and his wish to be co-opted only for a limited period, this is not considered a long-term solution.

The Boards of the Dons Trust and AFCW are actively reviewing the rules for subsidiary board membership. Any new arrangements having a bearing on the Dons Trust's Constitution will be put to DT members for approval in due course.

The Dons Trust Board wishes to thank Ivor for his willingness to serve on the Board for a further period and for his ongoing contribution to AFC Wimbledon.

The Board wishes all of its members and the supporters, staff and players of AFC Wimbledon a very happy Christmas."


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Friday 23 December 2005
club news
Only one shopping day to Christmas

The club office is now closed for the Christmas break but the shop will be open on Saturday 24 December, from 10.00 am to noon. So, if you have any last-minute gifts to get, this is your last chance.


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Friday 23 December 2005
club news
Match on 14 January

The first team has a blank Saturday on 14 January so, for those of you who will be in need of an AFCW football "fix" that day, we have decided to move the reserves' home game to Kingsmeadow that day. Entry is free.

The kick-off time is 3.00 pm and the game will be preceded by the Manchester derby, which will be shown on the big screen from 12.45 onwards.


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Friday 23 December 2005
dons trust news
The Dons Draw ? December 2005 results

With Christmas and the festive season upon us, the December 2005 Dons Draw took place this week before the Hendon league cup game. This month the draw was conducted early due to one of the prizes being 2 President Lounge tickets for the home match against Walton & Hersham on Boxing Day.

Again this month, Tom Adam the Dons Trust Chair plucked the winning numbers whilst John Owen, the Dons Trust Treasurer, controlled the draw process.

The winning ticket numbers and prizes for the December 2005 draw were as follows:

First prize of 800 - ticket 2265 ? David Chan, from Tooting, London SW17
Second prize of 400 - ticket 2697 ? Paul Raymond, also from Tooting, London SW17
Third prize of 150 - ticket 0207 ? Ian Burrell, from Worthing
Fourth Prize of 70 ? ticket 1279 - Mark Griffin, from Harrow, Middlesex
Fifth Prize of 2 President Lounge tickets ? ticket 1708 - Patrick Doyle, from Southfields, London SW18

Congratulations to all five prize winners.

Prizes this month came to a total of almost 1,500! If you haven?t yet entered, but now feel that you may be missing out on a chance of winning a worthwhile jackpot for just a few pounds every month, then why not pick up a direct debit mandate form on Boxing Day from the Dons Trust table in the back bar at Kingsmeadow? Alternatively you can sign up to the Dons Draw here

And don?t forget, even if you are not lucky enough to win, then you can rest assured that the profits from the Dons Draw are going to a good cause by helping us reduce the debt to Mr. Khosla by more than 3,500 each month.

Any questions you may have can be answered on match days at the Dons Trust table, or by contacting the Dons Draw team at donsdraw@thedonstrust.org or on 07990 554959.



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Thursday 22 December 2005
club news
Improved arrangements for away coach travel

We have improved the arrangements for coach travel to away games, by introducing a pick up and drop off in the Wimbledon area as well as the usual Kingsmeadow pick up. Prices are now lower, at 11 for adults and 6 for concessions and under-16s.

For the Folkestone game on 7 January, the coach will leave The Woodman pub, 222 Durnsford Road, Wimbledon, at 10.45 am, with a pick up at Kingsmeadow at 11.15. Parking is available at The Woodman for those who need it or, alternatively, it is only a few minutes walk from Wimbledon Park tube. The return journey will drop off at Kingsmeadow first and then go on to The Woodman.

Tickets must be paid for in advance. This can be done by calling the club office (020 8547 3528) or they can be bought at the complimentary tickets window before and after the Walton & Hersham game on Boxing Day.


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Wednesday 21 December 2005
club news
Reduction of debt to Mr Khosla

Over the last few weeks, we have made payments totalling 60,000 to Mr Khosla, reducing the debt to him to 440,000. The debt to Mr Khosla at this time last year was 795,000, so we have reduced it by 355,000 during the calendar year.

The repayments of 60,000 were made up of new investments in the Dons Trust bond of 20,000, fundraising from a wide range of activities, and a surplus from the day-to-day activities of the Trust, accumulated over a period of several months.

In addition to the money owed to Mr Khosla, the total owed to Bond holders is approximately 265,000. At the same time last year it was about 210,000.


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Wednesday 21 December 2005
club news
Office, bar and shop opening times over the Christmas period

The club office will close for the Christmas break at lunchtime on Friday 23 December and re-open on Tuesday 3 January at 10.00 am. Although the stadium will be open and functioning normally for the Boxing Day game against Walton & Hersham, general enquiries cannot be dealt with that day.

The bar will be closed from Friday 23 December to Sunday 1 January inclusive, with the exception that it will be open from noon on Boxing Day for our game that day.

The club shop will be open on Thursday and Friday 22 and 23 December from noon ? 3.00 pm and on Saturday 24 December from 10.00 am to noon. On Boxing Day the shop will open from noon ? 2.45 pm and from shortly after the end of the game for about 30 minutes.

Following the break, the shop will revert to opening on match days but goods can still be bought by mail order or via the on-line shop on here


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Tuesday 20 December 2005
first team news
Dave ?embarrassed? by woeful Dons

Dave Anderson described the Dons? tame cup exit to Hendon as ?the worst night I?ve had in my time here.?

A lacklustre Wimbledon performance saw them knocked out of the Westview League Cup having barely mustered a shot on target, despite fielding a strong looking side. Dave said: ?That was an embarrassment ? I can?t recall too many games where a side of mine has played so passionlessly. It was totally unacceptable to me.?

Prior to the match, Dave Sargent, Wayne Finnie and club captain Steve Butler were all suffering from the virus going around the squad, but while Sargent and Finnie were deemed fit enough to play some part, Butler was ruled out.

But Dave added: ?There can be no excuses. We could talk all day about tactics or any other aspect of the game but, at the end of the day, we simply weren?t good enough. Andy Little did his job, and Jon Boswell is only a youngster, but the rest of the performances out there were rubbish. And I?m not going to distance myself ? or any other member of staff - from it. We win together and we lose together. Now it?s my job as manager to put things right.?

Dave now has just one training session ahead of the Boxing Day clash with local rivals Walton & Hersham. Dave said: ?I?ll have to go away and gather my thoughts, and then we?ll have to work a few things out on Thursday. I told the players at half-time that I was going to give them the chance to redeem themselves in the second half, but they threw that away.

?After the game I told them that any one of them who thought they deserved their wages should come to me and get them ? because then they could pick them on their way out.

?The least you can expect from your players is 100 per cent. If we ever get beaten here again, I want us at least to be trying to win it.?


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Tuesday 20 December 2005
club news
1 a cup? You must be joking!

Cold and thirsty supporters at Saturday's FA Trophy match will have been surprised to have been charged 1 for a cup of tea or coffee at the teabars. This was was a mistake, for which apologies are due to supporters. The new, agreed price is 70p per (new-size) cup and this will be charged correctly as from tonight's Westview League Cup match against Hendon.


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Tuesday 20 December 2005
club news
Brazilian Don is a winner

Wagner Gimenes, sometimes known as the Brazilian Don, was the very worthy winner of Saturday's match sponsorship raffle.

Wagner won the exclusive VIP sposorship package for the Walton & Hersham game and in an extremely generous gesture is to auction some of his prize to help raise money towards the Stadium Fund.

The draw raised 830 for the club and this is set to be boosted further as Wagner has kindly decided to use only three of the ten tickets himself and will sell the rest of his prize on eBay.

In honour of Wagner, the Boxing Day match against Walton and Hersham will have a Brazilian theme, so get ready to celebrate the ?Carnival at Christmas?.

Further details will be published here when we have them.


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Tuesday 20 December 2005
club news
Programme seller needed

If you have always wanted to help your club but didn?t know how you could help, then this may be the perfect opportunity. We are keen for a volunteer to join our army of programme sellers.

If you fancy the gig, it will involve selling programmes from 2.30pm on a Saturday matchday from a fixed point within the ground ? possibly from the corner of the Main Stand where it meets the Tempest End.

The volunteer will get free admission to the game, a copy of the programme and the warm glow only made possible by doing their bit.

If tempted, please see Gavin Ainslie at the comps window before the Boxing Day clash with Walton & Hersham or email him direct at programmesellers@afcwimbledon.co.uk


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Monday 19 December 2005
youth news
U19 match postponed

Grays Athletic U19 have been required by the league to play a Football Conference Youth League Cup fixture this coming Wednesday 21 December. Consequently our fixture with them has been postponed.

All results and fixtures have now been updated on the U19 section of this website and further updates will be posted as and when they become available.


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Monday 19 December 2005
first team news
Dave delighted to see players return

With captain Steve Butler, Chris Gell and Dwayne Plummer returning from suspension, and with Rob Ursell making his first senior appearance of the season last weekend, Dave Anderson has almost a full squad to choose from ahead of tomorrow?s Westview League Cup clash with Hendon.

Missing out are Simon Sweeney (long-term injured), while Simon Sohiby is out for another week and Mickey Woolner, who has returned to training following a calf injury, is not yet match fit. Tommy Welch has returned to Crystal Palace following his short-term loan.

The full squad is: Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Antony Howard, Wayne Finnie, Steve Butler, Dave Sargent, Jon Boswell, Wes Daly, Sonny Farr, Barry Moore, Michael Harvey, Robert Ursell, Shane Smeltz, Richard Butler, Nas Richardson, Mark Peters, Niall Connery.

Dave said: ?We?re now finally getting to be where we want to be in terms of the squad here. Monday?s game with Walton & Hersham sees our league season reach the halfway mark, but it feels like we have the majority of the squad available for the first time.

?And I?m certainly taking this game seriously. When people ask me what our first choice eleven is, I say that we have a couple of different first choice elevens depending on what system we are playing. But I can guarantee that we?ll be playing what I consider to be my first choice team for this game.?

Fans are reminded that the match is the second of two Kids For Free promotions, where under-16s will be admitted free of charge onto the terraces. And Dave is hoping the crowd can live up to last Saturday?s. He said: ?I had asked the supporters to be our twelfth man and I have to thank them because they didn?t let us down.?


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Monday 19 December 2005
club news
Under-16s Go Free for Hendon

Don?t forget, Tuesday night?s match against Hendon is the second of our ?Under-16s Go Free? nights in December.

Anyone under the age of 16 can gain free admission to the terraces if they just turn up to Kingsmeadow on the night (admission to the seats remains 3 for under-16s). We got a great response from the first game against Hendon on December 10 and it would be great to see as many as you as possible this time around.


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Monday 19 December 2005
club news
5 shopping days to Christmas

If you are thinking of buying on the on-line shop, the cut off time for delivery before Christmas is noon on Tuesday 20 December. Any orders received before then will be despatched on the Tuesday and should arrive in time for Christmas.

If you miss that deadline, the club shop is open every day this week for last minute shoppers. It is open from Tuesday to Friday inclusive from 12.00 - 3.00 pm.

In addition, the shop will be open from 6.00 - 7.30 tomorrow night, before the League Cup game against Hendon.

Your final chance to visit the shop before Christmas is on Saturday when the shop is open from 10.00 am to noon.


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Monday 19 December 2005
club news
Unused season tickets for the Walton & Hersham game

If you can't come to the Walton & Hersham game on Boxing Day, please send us details of your season ticket voucher. There is enormous demand for seats for this game. By allowing us to re-sell your unused ticket, you will enable another fan to watch the game from a seat and help the club's finances.

All you need to do is email the club on info@afcwimbledon.co.uk with your name and seat number or season ticket number, or call us on 020 8547 3528 with the details.

Details of unused terrace season tickets are also very welcome as this allows us to reclaim VAT on the ticket.


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Monday 19 December 2005
dons trust news
Goodbye and hello

After three years Andy Goodwin has stepped down as secretary of the DT fundraising working group ? he has been a great help to the team in taking notes, chasing actions and publishing minutes. Thanks Andy.

His departure means that the DTFRWG is looking for a new secretary! We are looking for someone who can arrange meetings, take notes, and type minutes ? preferably we would also like someone with a flair for fundraising but this is not essential. The DTFRWG meets monthly for a couple of hours at Kingsmeadow - to generate ideas, review performance and plan events, meetings are generally ? if you can spare the time to assist please e-mail Geraldine.messenbird@thedonstrust.org


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Sunday 18 December 2005
ladies news
Short notice Ladies fixture changes

The Ladies game at home to Holmsdale today has been postponed and the Ladies Reserve team fixture has been switched to Meadow Sports ground, Loop Road, Woking, kick off 14.00


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Saturday 17 December 2005
first team news
Dave philosophical in defeat

Dave Anderson refused to be despondent following the Dons? 3-2 FA Trophy defeat to St Albans.

Dave said: ?That was a pulsating cup-tie and had just about everything in it ? goals, penalty appeals, near misses, passion. I?m never happy when we?ve lost but we can take a lot from this performance and, if I?m honest, I thought we deserved a draw. We made their keeper work hard and we created chances - they?re one of the better sides one league above us and we?ve shown we can compete. But then, anyone can give anyone a good game in a one-off situation ? that?s what cups are all about. Now we have to show that we can duplicate that level of performance week in, week out."

Dave refused to lay the blame for the defeat on some dubious officiating in a game where the Dons were awarded one penalty, but denied two seemingly more obvious appeals. He said: ?I don?t even want to talk about the referee, but I think there must be a rule that says you are only allowed one penalty a game! When she gave us the first one I thought it was bit harsh on St Albans, but the two others were stonewall and she hasn?t given them.?

But Dave was quick to praise the opposition. He said: ?They attacked with pace, purpose and penetration and when their forwards got the ball I was on the edge of my seat, wherever they were on the park. Their second goal was all about good technique and touch.

?But I couldn?t ask for much more from the lads in terms of effort and the way they played. And I have to say that I thought the supporters were magnificent today. Even when things weren?t going our way, they got behind us and that?s fantastic for the players.?



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Friday 16 December 2005
reserve team news
Reserves called off

As a result of the promotion of a number of reserve team players to the first team squad for the match against St Albans, and because a number of reserve players are also suffering injuries and illness the reserve match against Tonbridge Angels on Saturday has been postponed.


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Friday 16 December 2005
club news
Amo shoots off

Amo Kouman has joined Tooting & Mitcham until the end of the season.
Following a sparkling start to the season, Amo has been dogged by injuries and only recently returned to the fray following his latest round of treatment.

Dave Anderson said: ?There?s no doubting Amo?s ability, but he needs six or seven weeks of football to get him back to the level we need him to be at, and our reserves just don?t have enough fixtures. Also, from a budget point of view, it doesn?t make sense to have Amo in the reserves. Tooting came to take him until the end of the season and we?ve accepted.?


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Friday 16 December 2005
first team news
Dave names squad for ?biggest game?

With his squad ravaged by injury, illness and suspension, Dave Anderson has named a 19-man squad for the FA Trophy clash with Conference South high-fliers St Albans.

The full squad is: Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Antony Howard, Wayne Finnie, Dave Sargent, Jon Boswell, Tommy Walsh, Wes Daly, Sonny Farr, Barry Moore, Michael Harvey, Shane Smeltz, Richard Butler, Nas Richardson, Robert Ursell, Mark King, Niall Connery, Craig Reilly, Antony Myers.

Steve Butler and Dwayne Plummer are suspended while Mark Peters is cup-tied and Simon Sobihy is ruled out with a cheekbone fracture. One new face is Tommy Walsh. Dave Anderson said: ?Don?t worry, he?s not the guy from Ground Force! Tommy is helping us out and has joined us on a short-term loan from Crystal Palace for what may only be the one game. You don?t have to be a rocket scientist to see that we?re stretched ahead of tomorrow, and we?re going to have to do a body count in the morning and see who is fit to play. If the game was today, Richard Butler wouldn?t be ready, but we?re hoping that another 24 hours in bed will see him recover.?

And Dave has called for help from the Dons? twelfth man. He said: ?In terms of the opposition, I?d say this is probably the biggest competitive game in my time at the club. We?ve been working hard in training and we had a good session on Thursday. But in many ways this feels like Sutton last year and the supporters can have a massive part to play. We?ll really need them tomorrow if we?re going to beat St Albans. They know how highly I rate them, and I hope they can help us out. If I?ve ever asked the supporters for their help, this is it.

?There?ll be times when we aren?t on the ball, and the support can be invaluable. If the fans can be as good as they were against Sutton last year then I think we?ll have a massive chance.?


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Friday 16 December 2005
club news
The academy before the big match

Dont forget the Matchday Academy before tomorrow's big clash with St Albans.

Taking place at the five-a-side pitches at the athletics stadium, the academy kicks off at 12.30pm and runs 90 minutes.

With coaching from a couple of first team players, the academy costs just 5 and includes a free terrace ticket thrown in for the big FA Trophy game.


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Thursday 15 December 2005
club news
Win a VIP match sponsorship package

The first ever AFC Wimbledon match sponsorship raffle will take place on Saturday. The prize is a VIP match sponsorship package for the huge Boxing Day clash with Walton and Hersham.

Only 200 tickets will be available and will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Costing 10 each, they will give you and your family the opportunity to win a Match Sponsorship package. This includes ten tickets to the Cherry Red Records President's Lounge and Directors' Box, a message in the matchday programme, the chance to choose the Man of the Match award, buffet lunch and more.

This is a great opportunity to celebrate Christmas with The Dons. Tickets will be available through the commercial office on Friday and will be on sale in the main bar from noon on Saturday. For more information call Keith at the commercial office at 020 8547 3336.


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Wednesday 14 December 2005
club news
Credit card hotline out of action on Wednesday

Due to technical problems, the hotline will not be operating today but will be back in operation on Thursday


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Wednesday 14 December 2005
first team news
Dave ?glad to make it through?

Dave Anderson was not a happy man, despite his injury and illness-ravaged side making it past Ash United in tonight?s SSC clash.

Dave said: ?We?ve got big game against St Albans on Saturday but, if we play like we did in the first half tonight, we wouldn?t beat St Trinians!

?It?s fair to say we had a bit of a word in the dressing room at half-time. I told them that the tempo they were playing at was an insult to the people who had paid money to watch them. I grabbed the trophy out of the office and took it in there and showed it to them. I was trying to drum into them what it meant to us; that we?re the holders and should be better than we were in that first 45. I wanted to jog a few memories and leave them in no doubt that it would be nice to win it again!?

A much improved second half performance eventually saw the Dons win 3-2, hitting the woodwork on three occasions and going close on several more. Recent signings Mark Peters, Nas Richardson and Nick Beasant all started, while former youth player Niall Connery replaced Richardson late on. But Dave was more than happy to hear the final whistle blow. He said: ?I?m glad we?ve got through the game to be honest - we?ve got half the squad down with some virus. I had to send Andy Little and Richard Butler home earlier, I don?t feel so good myself and even Rob Ursell had to pull out of his last game with Wealdstone tonight. Mark Peters is another ? he told me he kept feeling like he was going to be sick out there tonight. I?m not sure what it is, but it?s a real worry ahead of Saturday. In many ways it forced our hand tonight with regards to the team we put out, and now we?ll have to have a body count ahead of Saturday - we?ve now got four days to get everyone ready. ?

Nas Richardson added to Dave?s woes when he limped off the pitch, shortly after scoring on his debut. Dave said: ?I thought Nas had a decent game. We played him in midfield and up front. It was useful to be able to have a look at him in both positions - I don?t think he let himself down in either and it was nice that he got his goal. But he?s on the treatment table right now and Mike [Rayner] is giving him the once over. We?ll know more tomorrow.?

But Dave also took some positives from the performance, with all his forward line going close to adding to the Dons? tally. He added: ?Mark [Peters] is so keen to hit the target and was shooting from everywhere. But he?s that kind of player - a natural striker, he just wants to score - and I?ve told him to be patient and the goals will come. I was happy with Niall as well ? he?s had a great effort at the end there that?s hit the woodwork.

?But at the end of the day we did the important part and got through it. We got the result and we?re in the next round ? that was the main thing tonight.?


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Tuesday 13 December 2005
first team news
Dave names big squad for cup clash

Dave Anderson has named a squad of 21 for the home clash with Ash United tonight, to account for several minor injuries among the squad.

With Steve Butler still suspended, and with Robert Ursell completing his loan spell at Wealdstone tonight, Dave has called up several fringe players, and also includes recent signing Nas Richardson for the first time. Amo Kouman is recalled after a long spell on the sidelines with injury, but Simon Sobihy is ruled out after suffering a blow to the cheek on Saturday. With his face swelling up overnight, Sobihy had an x-ray on Sunday which revealed a minor fracture, expected to keep him out for up to two weeks.

The full squad is: Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Antony Howard, Nick Beasant, Jon Boswell, Wayne Finnie, Dave Sargent, Wes Daly, Chris Gell, Sonny Farr, Barry Moore, Dwayne Plummer, Michael Harvey, Joe Paris, Amo Kouman, Nas Richardson, Shane Smeltz, Richard Butler, Mark Peters, Mark King, Niall Connery.

Dave said: ?I have called up a large squad to allow for several players carrying minor injuries ? we picked up quite a few bumps and bruises at the weekend, and it?s possible that several players may not be worth risking. But I can tell fans that they will be able to see Nas [Richardson] and Mark [Peters] in action tonight, and it?ll be nice if I can put some of the younger players in for a bit of experience too.?

Meanwhile, keep an eye out while queuing up for your half-time cuppa ? there?ll be a familiar face or two on the pitch. AFCW chairman Kris Stewart will be joined by Ash officials in paying tribute to recently retired Matt Everard. Matt spent several years at Ash before joining Wimbledon and playing a huge part in our push for the CCL title and record-breaking 78 game unbeaten run. However, little more than one week ago Matt announced his retirement, having been told that the knee injury that had kept him out for 12 months required another operation.

Kris Stewart said: ?This seems to be the perfect opportunity for both clubs to pay tribute to Matt and thank him for his services. We?ll be dragging him out onto the pitch and I hope our supporters will join us in giving him a deserved round of applause.?



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Monday 12 December 2005
club news
FCUM interview

Anyone who has been following the fortunes of FCUM may be interested to hear Andy Walsh, one of the founder members of FCUM, interviewed by Michael Buerk on Radio 4's "Choices" programme on Tuesday 13 December at 9.00 am.


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Monday 12 December 2005
club news
On my radio

County Sound radio are following the Dons again tomorrow with live coverage of the Surrey Senior Cup clash with Ash United.

The popular Guildford-based radio station will be broadcasting live from The Fans? Stadium - Kingsmeadow.

County Sound broadcasts on 1566 MW, at NTL 91.5FM or alternatively here



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Monday 12 December 2005
club news
Christmas quiz night at Kingsmeadow, Wednesday 14 December

The club's Christmas quiz is this Wednesday, 14 December, at Kingsmeadow. The quiz begins at 8.00pm and entry is 1 per person. It is advisable to arrive early to make sure you get your favourite table. Teams can be made up of any number of people, although six to eight members is recommended.

This month's quiz will feature the usual mix of pictures, music, general knowledge and the chance to win the jackpot in the final round.




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Monday 12 December 2005
first team news
Mike's injury minutes

In case you missed Saturday's match programme, where physio Mike Rayner brought us up to date with the current crop of injuries at the club, here it is again.

Amodou Kouman: It is now two weeks since Amo had his ultra-sound scan and injection. He is due to visit the specialist again this Thursday to check how the area has settled. I am hopeful he will be given the all clear to then resume training activities. It is an unusual injury to the knee, and Amo still may yet need an operation to remove a small bony fragment if symptoms persist.

Micky Woolner: Now fully recovered from his calf tear and achilles tendonitis which have kept him out of action since the end of October. He is back in training, and will progressively increase his match time in the coming weeks.

Rob Ursell: Another long term knee injury, but progressing well. Gaining valuable match time with Wealdstone at present. Rob has completed four full games, and has only felt his knee very occasionally. With adequate rest and continuation of maintenance exercises, I am hopeful Rob will continue to progress. As I have stated previously, it is still possible Rob may require an operation in the future, but we will continue to monitor him.

Simon Sweeney: Simon suffered a knee injury at Chelmsford just over three weeks ago. He has damaged both medial and lateral ligaments of the knee. The area will be closely monitored for any underlying trauma in the next week. He is progressing well in the early stages, but I feel will be out a minimum of two-three months.


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Sunday 11 December 2005
club news
Club shop - Christmas opening hours

To give you every possible chance to buy AFCW Christmas presents for your loved ones, the club shop is open every day from Monday 12 December (except Sunday 18 December) until Christmas Eve at the following times:

Monday 12 December 12 noon - 3pm
Tuesday 13 December 12 noon - 3pm
Tuesday 13 December Ash Utd 6pm - 7.30pm
Wednesday14 December 12 noon - 3pm
Thursday 15 December 12 noon - 3pm
Friday 16 December 12 noon - 3pm
Saturday 17 December St Albans 12 noon - 2.45pm, 5pm - 5.30pm
Sunday 18 December CLOSED
Monday 19 December 12 noon - 3pm
Tuesday 20 December 12 noon - 3pm
Tuesday 20 December Hendon 6pm - 7.30pm
Wednesday21 December 12 noon - 3pm
Thursday 22 December 12 noon - 3pm
Friday 23 December 12 noon - 3pm
Saturday 24 December 10am - 12 noon
Sunday 25 December CLOSED
Monday 26 December Walton & H 12 noon - 2.45pm, 5pm 5.30pm



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Saturday 10 December 2005
first team news
Dave remains positive after 'game of two halves'

Dave Anderson had mixed emotions following the 2-1 win over Hendon. He said: "I thought we played well in the first half, and we were well worth our two goal lead - we passed it around as well as we have done for a while.

"At half-time I told the players that the next goal was massive - either we score it and we have a nice afternoon, or they score it and we've got our work cut out. I guess the players didn't hear me right!"

But Dave was pleased to get the win wrapped up. He added: "There were some good performances out there - I thought Sarge was the best player on the pitch by a country mile. By the end of the game we had three up front, which was a bit of a gamble - some people would put on another defender and try to play the game out. But if we'd put another defender on, I'm sure they would have put another striker on and we'd be on the backfoot. And, while it was a difficult game to come on for, it was good to be able to give Mark Peters a bit of a run out - we'll see more of him of Tuesday."


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Saturday 10 December 2005
dons trust news
Shh - it's the silent auction

Don't forget that if you want to train with the first team, learn ball skills with Rob Ursell or listen to Dave's team talk, plus lots of other superb items, come to the back bar today between 12.00 and 2.30 pm and make your bid in the silent auction.


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Saturday 10 December 2005
club news
Advance ticket sales update, including the Walton & Hersham match

Tickets will be on sale from Monday 12 December for the Boxing Day game against Walton & Hersham. This is earlier than usual for advance sales for a league game, to take account of the Christmas holiday period.

There is likely to be a small number of seat tickets for sale in advance; the exact number depends on how many vouchers are returned for re-sale by fans who can?t attend the game. These seats can be bought by calling the credit card hotline on 020 8546 9582 between 11.00 am and 1.00 pm on weekdays.

Tickets for the FA Trophy match against St Albans City on 17 December will also be on sale from the hotline all week.

We are not selling tickets in advance for the Surrey Senior Cup game against Ash United on 13 December or for the Westview League Cup game against Hendon on 20 December.




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Saturday 10 December 2005
club news
Standing room only

Half-season tickets continue to sell well and are proving a popular Christmas present, since they can be used from Boxing Day onwards.

Sales have been so successful that the last few season tickets in the Main Stand have now been sold and, for the first time since AFC Wimbledon was formed, Main Stand season tickets are sold out.

However, it is not too late to get half-season terrace tickets which are still available at the following prices:

Adult - 72
Concession - 36
Under-16 - 12

To get your half-season ticket, call the office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays.



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Saturday 10 December 2005
club news
Dons announce double swoop

AFC Wimbledon have completed the signing of two new forwards, Nas Richardson and Mark Peters.

Nas arrives from Robert Ursell?s former side Harefield, and can play in midfield or as an out-and-out striker. Mark Peters joins the Dons following spells with Basingstoke and Eastleigh, where his goalscoring exploits attracted the attention of several non-league clubs. With all the relevant paperwork done, Mark is available for selection for today?s game with Hendon, while Nas will be linking up with the squad on Tuesday for the clash with Ash.

Dave Anderson said: ?We weren?t the only side looking at these two, so we had to play our cards close to our chests until all the paperwork was completed. But I?m delighted to have Nas and Mark on board, and I?m hoping that Mark will be able to play some part today. He?s a proven goalscorer and his goals-per-game ratio in the Conference South is very impressive. Nas is a player who can fill a couple of positions and brings something different to the side.?

The double swoop brings Dave?s prolonged search for a new striker to a satisfactory conclusion. Dave added: ?The stats don?t lie, and the one area where we?ve been weak has been in the goals scored column. It?s no secret that I?ve been looking to do something about it for a while now, but it was important that we didn?t panic and that we got the right people in. I?ve got every faith that Nas and Mark will be positive additions to the squad in this aspect.?



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Friday 09 December 2005
first team news
Dave names squad for Hendon...almost!

Dave Anderson has named a 15-man squad for the Ryman Premier League clash with Hendon tomorrow - with a new signing expected to to be added tomorrow morning. Jon Boswell, Joe Paris, Niall Connery and Mark King make way, but recent signing Nick Beasant keeps his place in the squad following his debut in midweek.

The full squad is: Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Antony Howard, Simon Sobihy, Nick Beasant, Wayne Finnie, Dave Sargent, Wes Daly, Chris Gell, Sonny Farr, Barry Moore, Dwayne Plummer, Michael Harvey, Shane Smeltz, Richard Butler.

Dave said: "It's no secret that we've been looking to bring in a couple of forwards, and I hope one of them will feature in tomorrow's game. It's our policy not to announce new signings until all paperwork has been signed, sealed and delivered, but we're working on it and should have everything wrapped up this evening. We should then have another player on board in time for Tuesday's game with Ash."

Meanwhile, Dave is looking forward to entertaining his old side for the first time since he joined the Dons. He said: "There are a lot of players and staff on both sides who know each other very well, and I think that adds a bit of spice to the occasion. Hendon arrive here on the back of a bit of form, but I think we've been showing good form too - when we can keep eleven men on the pitch that is!

"But tomorrow feels like a bit of a Derby game in some ways. We're expecting a big crowd and hopefully we can put on a good show for everyone."

Watch this space for further details regarding Dave's two new signings.


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Friday 09 December 2005
club news
Give and Go...tonight

Fancy seeing some great live music at Kingsmeadow tonight? Give & Go's First Eleven features two reasonably local (but certainly top quality) bands in the shape of The History and Pipe - and just 6 will get you in, and out of the cold and fog.

Give & Go's First Eleven will be held in the main bar, and doors open at 7.30. Pipe are on first at 8.45, with The History taking to the stage an hour later. Unfortunately, tonight's scheduled headliners Three Quarters have pulled out at short notice.

Nevertheless, it's a good chance to get Steve West's autograph as Give & Go's security maestro makes the most of his semi-naked appearance in last night's episode of The Bill.

So that's good music, fine beverages and even a minor celeb or two - with all proceeds going to the ground fund. What more could you ask for from a night's entertainment?


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Thursday 08 December 2005
club news
Let's make Hendon a sell out

We are on course to make this Saturday?s game with Hendon a sell out. Thousands of vouchers, giving under 16s free admission, have been given out and hopefully you have all told friends, relatives, colleagues about the feast of football down at the Meadow.

If you haven?t got your hands on a voucher giving Under-16s free admission then fear not. You can get your hands on one by clicking here (pdf 64kb).

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Why not use Saturday?s game to bring along a friend. And if you are an occasional or lapsed supporter, this is the perfect opportunity to rekindle the magic or spread the word about the AFC Wimbledon phenomenon. Commercial Director Ivor Heller is in no doubt that Saturday will be a special day.

?Everybody knows and appreciates that kids are the future of this football club. We want to encourage as many as possible to come down on Saturday to experience great football and genuine prices. We want their parents to come and their parents and their friends. Drop whatever you are doing ? let?s make Hendon a sell out!?


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Thursday 08 December 2005
dons trust news
Junior Dons' Christmas Party confirmations

Due to a technical problem, a small number of parents who contacted the DT about the JDs' Christmas party by emailing nina.smith@thedonstrust.org may not yet have received a response.

If you are one of those parents, and your child would still like to attend on Sunday, please contact the club office on 020 8547 3528 as soon as possible, between 10am and 4pm today or tomorrow.


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Wednesday 07 December 2005
club news
The Bill visit The Fans? Stadium - Kingsmeadow

The race is on to find suspected gay serial killers, John Lord and Michael Keenan in the first of two visits to The Bill this week which feature the home of the Dons and a few of your favourite players.

Expected to appear are Shane Smeltz, Rob Ursell, Barry Moore, Simon Sobihy, James Thorne, Josh Lennie, Joe Paris and club caretaker, Steve West among the extras in tonight's show which is broadcast on ITV1 at 8pm. Fingers crossed, Steve West's possibly immortal line "OK - time for a shower now boys" will have made the final cut.

You can read more about when the Bill came to the Meadow in next week's St Albans programme.

The second part of the show will be broadcast on ITV1 tomorrow at 8pm.


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Wednesday 07 December 2005
first team news
The kids are alright

Dave Anderson paid tribute to the youthful side that bowed out of the London Senior Cup to Wingate & Finchley last night.

"I am never happy when we lose but this was a useful exercise in so much that the young players, who were involved, acquitted themselves ever so well.

?I felt it was a good opportunity to give first team experience to a number of players who have been performing well in the reserves and to a man they didn?t let anyone down.

?Nick Beasant looked good. He was comfortable on the ball - I couldn?t fault him. Joe Paris isn?t afraid to put his foot in and showed good awareness. Niall Connery was superb. He took a few clumps to the head so we took him off as a precaution and Mark King did well when he came on. He was a player who suffered a dip in form after being involved last season, which is not uncommon, but now he looks back to his best.

?They all have to progress and work on their game but they are all players who could see first team action as the season progresses. We chose to bring on Wayne Finnie when Sobihy was injured for his experience but Jon Boswell is another whose time will come.?

Dave was also happy with Shane Smeltz, assuring fans recent spells on the bench have been through injury.

?I am very happy with Shane. He scored two, created a few more chances himself and at times his feet were unbelievable.?

Dave remains confident that two players will sign this week following his decision to let Matt Fowler leave.

?I expect both players to be involved for the Hendon game.?

We will update you in Saturday?s match programme and on the website with all the relevant news.


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Tuesday 06 December 2005
club news
Fowler bids farewell

Matt Fowler has spoken of his departure from AFC Wimbledon earlier today. He said: ?To be honest I?m a bit gutted to be leaving but, as I striker, I know you are judged on goals and I can understand Dave?s position. He has been straight down the line with me and that really is all you could ask for.

?I?d like to thank the fans and everyone for all their support. I love the club and I?ll miss it, but I wish the lads all the best and I?m sure they?ll do really well.?

However, the 26-year-old striker admitted he didn?t yet know what the future holds for him. He said: ?I haven?t really had a chance to think about it yet. Who knows, I may be back here with another team, or even back as a player one day. In the meantime, I?ll keep looking out for the club and, if I?ve not got a game on, I?ll be coming down on a Saturday.?


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Tuesday 06 December 2005
club news
Fowler parts company with the Dons

Striker Matt Fowler has been released by AFC Wimbledon. Fowler, who arrived at the beginning of the season from Croydon Athletic, leaves after 16 appearances (seven as sub) and one goal for the Dons.

Dave Anderson said: ?Matt has been released following a conversation we had earlier today. We all know that Matt is capable of scoring, but it hasn?t really happened for him here. His biggest problem was missing pre-season. We got him fit but then he injured his back and was out for another four or five games. Then when he got fit, he got sent off and missed another three. That?s just summed up his year really ? stop and start.

?Of course, Matt is disappointed and wanted more time here, but if you look at the stats the one area we need to improve is our goalscoring and I?m working towards that. I want fans to know that this is a purely footballing decision. There?s no problem between the two of us and I have a lot of time for Matt.?

And Dave wanted to assure fans that his search for a new forward is close to bearing fruit. He said: ?I?ve been speaking to a couple of strikers. One is from the Conference South and the other is from a lower division, and I?m hopeful that we?ll have one of them, or both of them, in place by Saturday.?


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Tuesday 06 December 2005
first team news
Dave set to give youth a chance

Ahead of tonight?s London Senior Cup clash with Wingate & Finchley, Dave Anderson has made several changes to the squad that drew with Leyton at the weekend, and is set to give youth its chance.

Captain Steve Butler misses the second match of his four game suspension, while Barry Moore and Richard Butler are rested and Wesley Beckles has returned to Crystal Palace following a brief loan spell. But Antony Howard returns following his one-game suspension and there are call-ups for Niall Connery, Mark King, Nick Beasant and Joe Paris.

The full squad is: Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Antony Howard, Jon Boswell, Nick Beasant, Wayne Finnie, Dave Sargent, Wes Daly, Chris Gell, Sonny Farr, Joe Paris, Dwayne Plummer, Michael Harvey, Shane Smeltz, Niall Connery, Mark King.

Dave said: ?Richard and Barry have played a lot of football lately and this is a good opportunity to keep them fresh. Wesley Beckles has returned to Crystal Palace and we?d like to thank him and the club for helping us out when we were short.

?We?ve called up a few of the younger lads and I hope to start some of them and, if possible, give them all some match time. This is the perfect opportunity for these guys because they?ve done well in the reserves and deserve a chance.?

Meanwhile, Dave has had a chance to have another look at Chris Gell?s sending off at the weekend. He said: ?You can?t appeal against yellow cards, so there?s nothing we can do. But I?ve looked at the video of the second yellow ? the camera has caught it perfectly and I don?t think it was a booking. Gelly?s taken the ball cleanly with his kicking leg, and caught the guy with his dragging leg afterwards. You can see from his line of vision that he wasn?t even looking at where their player was ? it was a foul but there was no intent at all. But now it?s another suspension and there?s nothing we can do about it.?


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Sunday 04 December 2005
dons trust news
Silent auction next Saturday

How would you like to train with the first team, own the signed matchball from AFC Wimbledon?s first league game against Sandhurst Town from 2002, or even sit in on Dave?s next team talk?!

On Saturday 10 December, the Dons Trust are running a ?Silent Auction? in the back bar from 12:00 until 14:30. Follow this link for a full list of the lots available.

Don?t know what a Silent Auction is? The concept is simple, rather than have a auctioneer going through items one by one, every item is displayed on a table in the back bar, and if you want to make a bid you just write down your name, your bid and your contact number on the bidding sheet next to the item. The highest bid at 14:30 wins!

Come along, make your bid and get that perfect Christmas present for a Dons fan!

Payment on the day is preferred so bring your cheque books!



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Sunday 04 December 2005
club news
Dave and Matt thank the fans

Dave Anderson has praised AFC Wimbledon fans for the way they paid tribute to Dons legend Matt Everard at yesterday?s game.

Dave said: ?When Matt arrived to take his seat you could see word spread around the ground and everybody started applauding and singing his name. I?m sure that would have meant a lot to Matt and, in a week that I lost one of my personal heroes, it was lovely to see Wimbledon fans pay tribute to one of their heroes in such a way.?

Matt was at the game as a spectator, and also expressed his appreciation at the reception he received. He said: ?It was really nice of them to do that, and I didn?t expect anything like it at all. I?ve seen some of the things people are saying about me online and I have to admit that it brought a tear to the eye of the missus. I really am quite humbled by it all."


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Sunday 04 December 2005
ladies news
Ladies on the Cup trail

Beth Sims (injury) and Gemma Hunt (suspension) return to the squad for today's Nationwide Women's FA Cup 3rd round proper tie at home to Crystal Palace (Kingsmeadow, 14:00).

Meanwhile, both the girls teams are at home in League games. The under 14s take on Crawley Wasps (Sutton Arena, 10:00) and the under 12s play Woking Girls (Tolworth, 10:00).




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Saturday 03 December 2005
first team news
Dave disappointed with 'two points dropped'

Dave Anderson was disappointed with a solitary point against Leyton, despite having Chris Gell sent off after 33 minutes.

Dave said: "I'm bitterly disappointed to be honest, I thought the game was there for the taking, but I'm disappointed about how things panned out. And when you play an hour with ten men, it's always going to be difficult."

But Dave still found time to look at the positives. He said: "My players are on their knees, they gave us everything. I don't think it would have been obvious to people watching that it was 10 versus 11 out there. After Gelly went off, we played our strikers a bit wider and it meant that Barry Moore and Dwayne Plummer had to work that little bit harder. I think the whole team worked hard and you certainly can't fault our fitness!

?But I?m left with a bittersweet feeling. I?m not happy about the result and what happened ? I think everyone there will know what I mean by that ? but I?m happy with the way we gave everything, and with the way the fans supported us.?

Chris Gell?s red card means he will now be suspended for the FA Trophy clash with St Albans. But Dave said: ?I?m going to look at the bookings again on video. If the angle shows the ref was wrong, we?ll appeal.?


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Saturday 03 December 2005
reserve team news
Reserves called off

The reserves game against Eastleigh has been called off after the heavy overnight rain has led to the pitch at Croydon Athletic being waterlogged.


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Friday 02 December 2005
club news
Party people hit the bar!

A reminder to young and old that tickets for both the Junior Dons and the grown-ups? Christmas parties will be on sale at the game tomorrow.

The over-18s party will be held in the main bar at The Fans? Stadium - Kingsmeadow following the home fixture against Hendon on Saturday December 10. There will be a disco and a buffet laid on, and the party will run from 7pm-late.

Due to capacity limitations and the success of previous parties this event will be all-ticket. Tickets cost 7.50 per person.

You will be able to reserve your ticket at the back bar before tomorrow?s game. If you can?t make it, you can visit the club office on weekdays between 10am-4pm, or you can book over the phone on 020 8547 3528 using a credit/debit card.

Meanwhile, tickets for the Junior Dons' Christmas party will also be on sale in the back bar before tomorrow's home game.

This year?s JD party takes place on Sunday December 11, between 1pm and 5pm, and will feature entertainers, party games, face painting, a buffet lunch, a very special Father Christmas and, of course, guest appearances from your favourite AFC Wimbledon players. Tickets cost 8 and you will find further details, along with a booking form, in the Leyton matchday programme.



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Friday 02 December 2005
first team news
Squad to take on Lilywhites

With players returning from injury and illness, and with suspensions kicking in, there are several changes to the Dons? squad for tomorrow?s home match against Leyton.

The full squad is: Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Jon Boswell, Wesley Beckles, Wayne Finnie, Simon Sohiby, Dave Sargent, Wes Daly, Chris Gell, Barry Moore, Sonny Farr, Dwayne Plummer, Michael Harvey, Richard Butler, Shane Smeltz, Matt Fowler.

Wesley Beckles makes his first appearance in a senior squad since his recent loan move from Crystal Palace, while Dave Sargent and Shane Smeltz both return after missing the Darford replay, through illness and injury respectively.

Centre-backs Antony Howard (one game) and Steve Butler (four games) see their suspensions kick in, while Jake Delaney, Mark King and Niall Connery all return to the reserves for their home clash with Eastleigh tomorrow.

With Dave Anderson otherwise engaged, JT looked ahead to the game. He said: ?Leyton have scored more than most and conceded more than most, and I think inconsistency is a trait of their season so far. But they?ve had some big wins as well as some disappointing losses so we won?t be taking them lightly tomorrow ? I?m sure they will raise their game against us.?

With two first choice centre-backs missing the game, JT sees the match as an opportunity for others to shine. He said: ?Buts and Frankie are both very consistent performers, but this is a great opportunity for people like Wayne [Finnie] and Simon [Sohiby] to come in and make their places their own. They?ve both done well for us, and I have real belief in them ? I?m sure they won?t let us down.?

And JT also says that he?d have no qualms about giving a debut to Beckles. He added: ?Wesley played for the reserves last week, and then trained with the first team last night. He comes highly recommended at Palace and I?m sure he?ll give a good account of himself if he plays. We had Jay [Conroy] and Glenn [Wilson] over here last season on similar deals and they did okay, didn?t they.?

Finally, JT joined in the tributes to Matt Everard, who today announced his retirement from football following injury. JT said: ?We only worked with him for a short time and that?s a shame - we felt he was doing very well and everyone holds him in the highest esteem around here. But he?s a great character, and he?s a very strong person. I?m sure he?s hurt deep down, but we all know how hard he tried to come back and I suppose it just wasn?t to be. We told the lads at training and they were all sad and shocked.

?Obviously, we?d love to keep Matt around the club. It?s up to Matt, but if there is any way we can help then, of course, we will.?


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Friday 02 December 2005
club news
Dons legend calls it a day

Matt Everard has announced his retirement from football after being advised that his damaged knee requires another major operation.

Matt said: ?It?s almost a year ago today that I had the original injury. I went to have it checked out in July and they were concerned that my cartilage wasn?t growing back normally. When I went in to have it looked on Tuesday night, they told me that their worst fears had been confirmed and I?ll need another op. I think realistically that?s it for me now at Wimbledon.?

The new operation involves using somebody else?s cruciate and growing the knee ligaments around it. Rehab from this kind of procedure generally takes a minimum of one year, and waiting lists stretch back around 6-12 months. Matt said: ?It?s a long way off. I?d love to be able to play again, but the main thing is getting my knee right, anything else will be a bonus.?

Dave Anderson was the first to pay tribute. He said: ?His operation will rule him out for the best part of a year and a half, and that?s a big mountain to climb ? we?re all gutted for him.

?When he picked up the injury against Bashley I thought he was just coming into his best form. He was using his feet better, his tackling was strong, his passing was reasonable ? and we were all very excited by him. This is very upsetting news all round. The supporters know him as a player and I can tell you he is a top man off the pitch as well. He?s great company and he?s very down to earth.

?I hope he stays around. We?ve told him that he?s welcome to complete his rehab with Mike [Rayner], and if we can help him with coaching badges or anything in the future, we?d love to. On behalf of all the players, staff and fans I?d like to like to wish him all the best.?

And Matt insists it won?t be long before the fans next spot him around the ground. He said: ?I have no regrets whatsoever. That?s the way it goes sometimes. I had a superb year and have so many high points?the Cup Final, Herne Bay, Raynes Park on the bank holiday, the first game of last season?loads. Too many to mention ? I have absolutely loved it here.?

?I?ll still be keeping in touch with the boys and getting to games ? in fact I hope to be there on Saturday.?


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