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Wednesday 31 December 2008
club news
Fundraising dinner

Tickets are now on sale for the fundraising dinner with Dickie Guy and guests on 20th February. To find out more about the dinner and how to apply for tickets, please visit here. Details of Dickie’s guests will be published over coming weeks. This will be an evening to remember, so please be sure to book early.



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Tuesday 30 December 2008
dons trust news
Dons Trust News: Fundraising at Fisher game

There will be a bucket collection for loose change at the game on Thursday. Proceeds will be for the Dons Trust's ground fund. Please bring along any loose change you can spare. Indeed, why not make a New Year's resolution to bring along loose change and other items for recycling (printer cartridges, mobile phones, foreign currency, CDs, DVDs and computer games) to home games on a regular basis in 2009?

The i-DONS media stall, selling CDs, DVDs and computer games donated by fellow supporters, will also be present at the game. So come along early and check out the bargains that are on offer. Again, all proceeds raised are for the ground fund.



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Tuesday 30 December 2008
first team news
Terry looks back and forward to Fisher

We caught up with Terry after he had taken training last night to get his thoughts on the two matches against Fisher Athletic.

"Boxing Day’s victory against Fisher Athletic has continued our great start to the Christmas period. Coupled with the game against Newport County, we have won two games, scored six goals and conceded none, and we couldn’t have hoped to do better than that.

"Fisher put up a spirited performance with a very young side, and worked their socks off for manager, Dave Mehmet. Unless they can overturn the FA ban on registering new players they will have a struggle to survive. Hopefully they will not have too many new faces against us on New Year’s Day, and we look forward to an entertaining and open encounter.

"The two games over the New Year period come within two days of each other and therefore it will not only be a strain on our squad, but also the squads of all the other teams in Blue Square South. I shall be ensuring that everyone in my senior first team squad gets a run out in the next two games. It is vitally important that all the senior squad members are match-fit as we come into the New Year.

"Having reached the half-way point in the season it gives us a good opportunity to reflect on where we are. At the start of the season we set the players a target of two points per game and it is very pleasing that after 20 games we have 40 points. However, that still leaves us nine points behind Chelmsford and therefore makes the seven league games in January very important.

"We have set ourselves a target of being just three points behind Chelmsford rather than nine when we play them at the end of the month. All my squad will be available for selection on New Year’s Day and, everyone’s celebrations permitting, I hope to see you all at the game.

"Finally, I wish everyone a Happy New Year and best wishes for the year ahead."




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Tuesday 30 December 2008
first team news
Fixtures update

The third round home tie in the Surrey Senior Cup against Dulwich Hamlet will take place on Tuesday 6 January, kick off 7.45 pm.

As in the previous round, entry is £6 for adults and £2 for concessions and under 16s. There is no upgrade cost for seating which is unreserved, except for the Directors' Box and Press Box.

The Blue Square South league game at home to Hayes & Yeading has now been rearranged and will take place on Tuesday 10 February, kick off 7.45 pm.



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Monday 29 December 2008
club news
Square up!

The Hampton and Richmond match saw the introduction of 'Square Up', Blue Square's skills contest that involves playing 'keepy-uppy' with a large blue dice. The winner claims a free £25 bet with Blue Square and moves on to the next round which could lead to a chance to show off their skills at Wembley and win £10,000! For more information, see here.
The club is looking for participants to take part at half time of Thursday's match against Fisher Athletic. If you fancy your chances, please e-mail here. We already have two participants so the remaining two places will be filled on a first- come, first-served basis.
Over 18's only please.


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Tuesday 23 December 2008
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents Ricky Grover LAST 10 TICKETS

The Kingsmeadow Live team is proud to announce our strongest ever line-up for the first Comedy@Kingsmeadow show of 2009, on Friday 2 January. All three comics are household names and you won't get to see all of them together for only £12 (including dinner) anywhere else! For more information, see below.

To book tickets, call 020 8547 3335. We expect this show to sell out so don't delay.




Friday 2nd January
COMEDY@KINGSMEADOW presents….
Ricky Grover, Paul Tonkinson and Sean Meo
Doors open 8pm/ comedy starts 9pm/ bar closes Midnight
Admission: £12 (includes comedy and dinner)

Ricky Grover (Headliner)
Multi-award winning comedian, actor and writer Ricky Grover has an impressive list of TV & film credits and is a hugely popular and explosive act, on both the national and international comedy circuit. Born and bred in the East End of London, Ricky was an ex champion boxer and hairdresser before taking the comedy scene by storm.
Ricky's many television credits include, Black Books (CH4), TV To Go (ITV), 'Orrible (BBC 2), Red Dwarf (BBC 2) and the 11 O' clock Show (CH4). He's currently filming ‘Back in Business’ - a documentary for BBC 2 and developing a couple of his own TV projects.
Ricky's many films credits include 'Cargo', 'Revolver', 'Love Honour and Obey', 'Punch' and 'Hungry'.
On the comedy circuit Ricky is best known and loved for his comic character 'Bulla' (gangster and social commentator). Bulla also appeared as a regular guest on - The 11 o'clock Show and was interviewed by Michael Parkinson. Bulla continues to be an opinion former, writing a monthly column in Front magazine and 'Bulla' the film is currently in production.
A prolific writer, Ricky has written and starred in three short films, receiving international acclaim. The UK released 'Punch' won him the prestigious Silver Bear Award and 'Hungry' (broadcast on Channel 4) won him the Best Actor Award at the Brest Film Festival. His latest film, 'Therapy', is currently in production.
"Absolute knockout" Guardian
"Hilarious" The Sun
"Thank God for Ricky Grover!" Evening Standard
“Ricky Grover, born and bred in London’s East End, is probably one of the funniest men I have ever seen “ - The Independent on Sunday

Paul Tonkinson (Opening Act)
A self-confessed professional northerner - and far worse, a celebrity Manchester United fan, Paul Tonkinson is a star of comedy in all its forms. Be it on stage, in character or as a TB host, this man does not fail to make you giggle.
Having made his name as host of The Sunday Show, he took an even bigger step into the limelight when he replaced Johnny Vaughan briefly on The Big Breakfast.
Still relatively fresh-faced, Paul has actually been at the game quite a long time. Back in 1992, he was winner of the Time Out New Act of the Year Award and then completed the comedy double when he won Time Out Stand Up Comic of the Year in 1997.
On stage, Paul leads his audience on a guided tour through the differences in male and female logic and can take the mickey out of almost every region in Britain and further afield.

Sean Meo (MC)
Sean Meo has been a stand up comic since 1989. Prior to that, he had been a full time snooker player and was a quarter finalist in the English Amateur Championships of 1987. He has risen to the very top of the UK comedy scene and regularly headlines at Jongleurs and The Comedy Store where he is a leading member of The Cutting Edge. Starting 1998 as Time Out Comic Of The Year, he appeared at the Kilkenny, Cork and Montreal Comedy Festivals and made his Edinburgh Festival debut in Catch 23. As well as acting in a movie "Comic Act" for the first time, he starred in four television commercials for the Vauxhall Vectra SRI.
"He can turn out intelligent material with a speed that many other comics can only gasp at" Time Out
"Slick, confident patter...can win over the most committed hecklers" ES Magazine
"Truly hilarious" The Scotsman
"Surreal, sexy...and very, very funny" Evening Standard
"The heavenly banter goes on and on the thinking man's comedian" Deadpan
"The pick of last nights excellent line-up" Review of BBC1's Stand Up Show The Sun
"Deliciously sardonic" The Guardian Guide

(Line-ups subject to change)



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Tuesday 23 December 2008
club news
Office closure

The club offices will close for the christmas period today at 1.00 pm and will reopen on Friday 2 January at 10.00 am


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Monday 22 December 2008
club news
Early kick off reminder

Please remember that the Boxing Day game at Fisher Athletic has a 2.00 pm kick off.


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Monday 22 December 2008
club news
Fisher Athletic match sponsor raffle winners

The winners of the volunteer raffle for the match sponsorship package for Fisher Athletic on New Years Day are as follows:

Dean Parsons

Ted Aslett

Geoff Sullivan

Colin Dench

Clare McDonagh

Thanks to everyone who entered.


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Sunday 21 December 2008
club news
Dons delight at double

The Dons completed the double over Newport County with a comfortable victory led by two goals from Danny Kedwell and a third from Jon Main.

Terry Brown made a number of changes to the defence with James Pullen taking over in goal, Sam Hatton switching to right full back and Jake Leberl and Ben Judge being reunited in the centre of the defence.

Kedwell scored both his goals in the first half. For the first, he latched onto Chris Hussey’s corner and smashed the ball home. Twenty minutes later, he got on the end of Tom Davis’ through-ball, and beat the centre back before rounding the goalkeeper Glyn Thompson and passing the ball into the empty net.

Despite missing a number of opportunities to score his hat trick, Kedwell was involved in the build up to the third goal, which eventually resulted in Main getting his head to Davis’ cross and guiding it just inside the far post.

Terry Brown was in a happy mood. “Today’s win has hopefully set us up for a fabulous Christmas. We desperately needed a good win here at Kingsmeadow to go into the festive period in good form. It was important to keep a clean sheet as I feel we will always score a goal or two. It was a good performance from the back four, with Sam Hatton coming in at right back. The defence had a solid feel about it and limited Newport to very few chances.

“In midfield, Dwane Lee dominated both aerially and at picking up the pieces in front of the back four which in turn allowed Elliott Godfrey to have his best game to date. Both Kedwell and Main caused the Newport County back four all sorts of problems and they benefited from playing further up the park.

“The players are going out for a well-deserved Christmas drink but they will be back in on Monday night for training to ensure any excesses will be sweated off. They will be training again on Christmas Eve at Kingsmeadow to go through patterns and shapes of play before our two encounters with Fisher Athletic.

“Finally, at this time of year I would like to thank all the fans for their great support and hope the New Year starts off with a bang!”



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Sunday 21 December 2008
dons trust news
Unclaimed raffle prizes

Unclaimed raffle prizes from the Newport County match on 20 December were as follows:

- 1st prize - signed AFC Wimbledon home shirt - White 116
- 2nd prize - personalised brick in the main stand wall - Yellow 108
- 3rd prize - bottle of port - White 108

If you are the holder of any of these tickets, please contact fundraising@thedonstrust.org or leave a message for Mark Davis via the club. You will need to retain the ticket, which has an identification number along the bottom, which you will need to quote.

Prizes not claimed by the end of January will revert to the Trust for future fundraising events.




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Saturday 20 December 2008
dons trust news
Dates for the 2009 diary

Please note that the date of the Dons Trust AGM will be Thursday, 22 January. The meeting will be at Kingsmeadow and will start at 7:30pm. A formal notice and the papers (primarily the audited accounts of the Trust and the PLC) will be issued as soon as possible in the new year.

While you have your diaries out, you might also want to note down the dates of the two other SGMs planned for 2009. One is timed to coincide with the end of this season - Thursday 30 April and the other is timed for the start of the next season - Thursday 24 September.



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Friday 19 December 2008
club news
Fundraising dinner

The fundraising group is also pleased to announce that a fundraising dinner will be held at Kingsmeadow on 20th February. AFC Wimbledon President and Dons Legend Dickie Guy will be re-living, along with special guests, key moments in the transition of Wimbledon from Southern League to the Football League in the 1970s. Tickets will be priced at £50, with proceeds donated to the Dons Trust for the ground fund. Look out for further announcements on the club's website and in this programme over coming weeks.


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Friday 19 December 2008
club news
Fundraising at Newport game

Look out this Saturday for the second outing of the i-DONS media stall. Located in the passage behind the back bar, the stall will be selling a selection of CDs, DVDs and computer games donated by supporters. All proceeds go to the Dons Trust ground fund. And remember that, if you have any CDs, DVDs and computer games that you are willing to donate, these can be handed in either to the i-DONS media stall or to the recycling point near the entrance to the club shop.

The Dons Trust will also be holding a raffle at Saturday's game. Prizes on offer will be: an AFC Wimbledon shirt, signed by the team at a recent hold game; a personalised brick in the end wall of the main stand extension (see here for further details); and, in honour of the festive season, a bottle of port kindly donated by Paul Jeater. Please note that only adults will be able to claim the third prize. The winner will be announced at half time and advertised on the website afterwards.


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Friday 19 December 2008
club news
Square Up!

The Hampton and Richmond match saw the introduction of 'Square Up', Blue Square's skills contest that involves playing keepy uppy with a large blue dice. Steve Fitzgerald was the lucky winner, claiming a free £25 bet with Blue Square. Steve also moves on to the next round which could lead to an opportunity to show off his skills at Wembley and win £10,000! For more information, see here.
The club is looking for participants to take part at half time of tomorrow's match against Newport. If you fancy your chances, please e-mail here.
Over 18's only please.


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Thursday 18 December 2008
first team news
Terry on Newport

Newport County AFC represent a much more significant threat to the Dons on Saturday than their recent league record suggests. They have won only one league game since beating Bromley on 4 October but this week they very nearly beat Rushden & Diamonds.

A large part of the improvement seems to stem from the arrival of Aaron Cooke and Wayne Turk on loan from cash-strapped Salisbury City. This has bolstered an already improving defence and they will be a very hard nut to crack. Having had them watched twice, Terry Brown is well aware of the challenge they pose.

"Saturday's game signals almost the halfway stage for the season as we entertain Newport County for the second meeting of the clubs this season. Dean's side appears to be on the up, and if their FA Trophy tie against Rushden and Diamonds is anything to go by, we shall be in for a very difficult afternoon.

"We had them watched at Rushden in the replay and they were very unlucky not to go through after conceding a ninety-fourth minute equaliser and subsequently losing on penalties. Their defensive work ethic is similar to that of Eastleigh and therefore we shall have to overcome similar problems in a different manner.

"Saturday's game is very important both psychologically and for the very valuable three points on offer. We need to get back to winning ways at home as soon as possible and if we do so it will set us up very nicely going into the New Year with three opportunities to gain ground on the teams above.

"We still have sickness doubts regarding Dwane Lee, Mickey Haswell, Tony Finn, James Pullen and Danny Kedwell, who are all struggling to shake off viral infections. The good news is that Luke Garrard has been discharged from hospital after a successful operation and he is hoping to be here on Saturday to check in with Mike Rayner. It is a long process, as Lewis Taylor will no doubt tell him, but Lewis is a great role model for how to stay positive and getting yourself back playing as soon as possible."


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Thursday 18 December 2008
club news
It is not yet too late for half-season tickets as a Christmas present

If you are looking for last minute ideas for a Christmas present, then there is still enough time - just - to get a half-season ticket. A half-season ticket will ensure a seat, or space on the terrace, for the remainder of the season. And, of course, ST holders get priority for games where there is a restricted number of tickets, such as a play off, later in the season.

If you are want a seat that is nearer the back, there are still some available in Block A (the block nearest the Tempest End) and Block L (the recent extension). If you prefer to be in the middle of the Paul Strank Stand, there is just one seat, in the front row of Block F, but there are some near the front in Blocks J and K.

And, of course, half season ticket for the terraces are still available.

Whatever your preference, a half season ticket will enable you to see all eleven AFC Wimbledon's post-Christmas home Blue Square South League matches for only £90 for an adult terrace ticket or £115 for a seat in blocks A, J, K and L. For other prices see half season ticket prices.

Matches covered by the tickets start with the New Year's Day home game against Fisher Athletic and include the visits of fellow promotion challengers Hayes & Yeading, Chelmsford City and Team Bath.

These half-season tickets guarantee your entry to home matches that will determine the promotion and play-off places for the Blue Square South 2008/09 and give you priority for tickets for away games in the play offs.


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Thursday 18 December 2008
club news
Club shop open tonight

A reminder that the club shop is open tonight between 6.00 pm and 9.00 pm for late night shopping.

As well as the usual stock, the shop has just received the following new products which will make ideal christmas gifts:

Kit Keyring Home - £3
Kit Keyring Away - £3
Boot Bag (royal blue/yellow) - £10
Classic Backpack (royal blue/yellow) - £18
Monostrap Bag (royal blue/yellow) - £15
Pencil Case (royal blue/yellow) tube - £4
Pencil Case (royal blue/yellow) rectangular - £3
Gym Bag (tote bag royal blue/yell) - £10
Sports Holdall (royal blue/yellow) - £25
Portfolio Bag (black) - £15



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Wednesday 17 December 2008
club news
Volunteer reminder!

A very generous supporter, who wishes to remain anonymous, has sponsored the match against Fisher Athletic on New Year's Day in the name of the volunteers that play such an important role in running the club.

As part of this sponsorship, we will be raffling five pairs of tickets for the President's Lounge and Directors' Box for the match.

Each guest will also enjoy:
- Welcome drink on arrival
- Complimentary programme for each guest
- Full buffet and tea and coffee
- Commemorative photo of the occasion
- Opportunity to choose man of the match

If you are a volunteer and you would like to be entered in this raffle, please e-mail here.

The winners will be notified on Monday 22 December.


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Tuesday 16 December 2008
dons trust news
Dons Trust board - election announcement

Christmas is coming - and so are the elections to the Dons Trust Board.

The terms of seven members come to an end in the New Year. Matt Breach, David Cox, Ivor Heller, Nigel Higgs, Paul Jeater, Sean McLaughlin and Iain McNay are all coming to the end of their two-year tours of duty on the Board. Some of them have served a number of tours

In accordance with our constitution, all seven must stand for election if they want to continue to serve on the board. They will be considering over the holiday period whether to stand again.

All seven retiring members and the five continuing members would like to invite all their fellow members of the Trust to give thought over the holiday period to the idea of standing for election.

Over the past six years, we have all worked together to secure the future of our club as one that is owned and controlled by the fans. There is no clearer way of showing our commitment to our principles than by returning a democratically elected Board to oversee the running of the club on our behalf.

The Board has made it one of its priorities to "seek a vibrant election with a full set of candidates in the forthcoming winter 2008 election". A number of articles and features about the role of board members will follow, in the programme and on this site.

The timetable proposed by the Election Steering Group has been approved by the Board and it is set out in the box below.

So, is 2009 the year you would like to stand up for the Dons? Think about it.

Election timetable

Thursday 1 January - Nominations open

Monday 12 January - Nominations close

Thursday 15 January - Manifestoes published on the website

Monday 19 January - Voting forms and candidates' manifestoes sent to members

Saturday 24 January - Hustings at home game against Braintree Town

Saturday 14 February - Closing date for voting

Sunday/Monday 15/16 February - Count and announcement of the result

Tuesday 24 February - Preliminary report on the by-election in the Worcester City programme


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Tuesday 16 December 2008
club news
Kingsmeadow Live Xmas Party featuring Skalectrix!

The 3rd annual Kingsmeadow Live Xmas party takes place on Saturday 20 December, featuring Skalextrix, Garfield's Caribbean culinary delights and the clubseen DJs. For more information, see below. This is always a quality night out so make sure you don't miss it!

Please note
If you intend to eat, please book your tickets by Friday lunchtime or you will not be catered for.

To book tickets, call 020 8547 3335.




Saturday 20 December
Kingsmeadow Live Christmas Party featuring Skalectrix!

With support from DJ’s spinning bluebeat, ska, two-tone faves with a side order of real deal 60’s soul, power pop and new wave.

Doors 7.00pm, food served 8.00pm-9.00pm, bar closes 1.00am
Admission: £15 (includes admission and dinner)

The infamous Kingsmeadow Live Christmas Party is back! Come and celebrate another year of the best live music in Kingston with music from Skalectrix and food from Ting N’ Ting.
Skalectrix are a 7-piece covers band that cover the whole spectrum of ska music, everything from The Specials to Madness and much more. For more information, see here.
They come highly recommended from our house DJ’s, who will also keep you entertained with the best in ska and two tone until 1.00am.
And Ting N’ Ting will be serving up their award winning Caribbean cuisine, as seen on Ready Steady Cook!



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Tuesday 16 December 2008
club news
Coaches to Bognor Regis

The club will be running a supporters' coach to the game against Bognor Regis on Saturday 3 January. The coach will pick up from The Woodman at 12.00 noon and Kingsmeadow at 12.30 pm. The price will be £10.

To reserve a seat either visit the complimentary tickets window before or after the game against Newport Count this Saturday or call the club office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm.



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Tuesday 16 December 2008
club news
Tickets for Newport and Fisher games

The credit card hotline, 020 8546 9582, is open all this week between 10.30 am and 2.30 pm for the sale of tickets for our home Blue Square South league games against Newport County on Saturday 20 December and Fisher Athletic on Thursday 1 January.

Tickets can also be bought by calling into the club office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm during the week.


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Monday 15 December 2008
dons trust news
Dons Draw Christmas Cracker Results

The December Dons Draw took place yesterday at Kingsmeadow.

Winning numbers were drawn in the presence of Ivor Heller (Dons Trust board member), Peter Proto and Neil Messenbird (Dons Draw Administrator).

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

First prize of £1,000 - ticket 1872 - Gerry Hever from Esher

Second prize of £500 - ticket 0560 - Colin Cameron from Long Ditton

Third prize of £250 - ticket 1449 - Tina Massey from Sutton

Fourth prize of £100 - ticket 1338 - Andrew Wardell from New Malden

Fifth prize of £50 - ticket 2831 - John Humphries from Croydon

Sixth prize of a Christmas Hamper - ticket 3364 - Michael Presland from Morden

Seventh prize of 2 President's Lounge tickets - ticket 2597 - Simon Bailey from Wandsworth

Eighth prize of a "Brick in the Wall" - ticket 3120 - Steve Derry from Southfields

Congratulations to all eight prize winners.

The next Dons Draw will take place on or after the 15 January 2008 with the results being posted on the AFC Wimbledon official web site soon after the draw has taken place.

If you want a chance of winning next month's jackpot, but still haven't entered, or if you have already entered the draw but would like to increase your chances of winning by taking a few more numbers, then why not do so now?

You can sign up online to the Dons Draw or download an application here or to increase your tickets email us here.

The deadline for new entrants to the January 2008 Dons Draw is 8:00 pm on Monday 29 December.

Any questions you may have can be answered by contacting the Dons Draw team here or by clicking here.


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Monday 15 December 2008
first team news
Terry on Uxbridge

Terry Brown was clearly still feeling the disappointment of Saturday's cup exit when we spoke to him earlier today.

"Saturday's exit at the hands of Uxbridge was a bitter disappointment as far as the club is concerned and now gives us only the league to focus on. I'd like to make it clear that both managers wanted the game to go ahead and the conditions are no excuse for going out of the competition. The pitch didn't really allow any football to be played, although it certainly made for an exciting cup encounter.

"The major disappointment for myself is the fact that we went in front and were unable to hold on to a 1-0 advantage. In conditions like they were on Saturday, goals will always tend to come from mistakes and we managed to make one too many on Saturday. Uxbridge competed and battled well for every ball and I would like to wish them all the best in the next round.

"As far as my players are concerned, we have to regroup this week in training and get our season back on track prior to a busy festive period. My concerns as a manager also relate to the discipline regarding the sending off at the end of the game. In my opinion the challenge was a reckless one and it not only dented our magnificent disciplinary record but also ultimately contributed to us losing the game. The club will be taking suitable action based on its code of conduct for players.

"I was very pleased with the behaviour of my players after the incident as they worked in a professional manner to get Alan Inns away from the area. I have to wonder how on earth the referee, after great deliberation with both the linesmen, managed to come to the conclusion that Chris Hussey and Sam Hatton were doing anything other than pulling our man away.

"However, the point is that Alan's actions effectively shortened the limited available time for us to salvage a draw, as the referee added on nothing like as much time as he took dealing with the incident.

"We have a lot of work to do during this week, starting with the defensive responsibilities of the team and it is vitally important that we come out with all guns blazing against a vastly improved Newport County."


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Saturday 13 December 2008
first team news
Dons drowned out

The Dons exited from the FA Carlsberg Trophy with a disappointing display against Uxbridge.

The match was played in appalling conditions not conducive to playing any sort of good football. The home side won through because they had the greater appetite and adjusted better to the conditions. The dismissal of Alan Inns towards the end of the game completed a wretched afternoon.

Wimbledon had gone ahead after 19 minutes through a mistake by goalkeeper Paul McCarthy, which resulted in Danny Kedwell squaring the ball for Belal Aiteouakrim to score from close range. Uxbridge equalised five minutes before half time when the Dons lost the ball on the half way line and the failure of anyone to track the winger allowed him to cross to the far post and Johnnie Dyer headed home.

The same player scored the winning goal, tapping home a cross after 64 minutes, when Jason Goodliffe's slip in the conditions, allowied the winger to get the ball into the penalty area.

The Dons raised their game in the last ten minutes but stout defending prevented an equaliser.


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Saturday 13 December 2008
first team news
Latest news from Uxbridge

The latest news from Uxbridge is that the ground staff are working on the pitch and Uxbridge are confident that today's game will go ahead.


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Friday 12 December 2008
first team news
Ticket arrangements should a replay be necessary

If tomorrow's FA Trophy game against Uxbridge ends in a draw, the replay will take place at the Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium on Tuesday 16 December, kick off at 7.45 pm.

Seating in the main stand, priced at £12 for adults, £7 for concessions and £3 for under-16s, will be unreserved, except for the Directors' Box and the Press Box.

Terrace prices will be £10 for adults, £6 for concessions and £2 for under-16s.


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Thursday 11 December 2008
first team news
Terry on Uxbridge

Terry Brown is looking forward to a chance to progress into the next round of the FA Trophy on Saturday against an Uxbridge team that has already beaten two teams from higher levels, Boreham Wood and Dorchester, in this year's campaign.

Uxbridge started the season disastrously with three defeats and a draw from their first four games, but they have since picked up their form and only a lack of consistency has stopped them rising higher than their current eleventh place in the league.

Their squad includes a former Don in Kevin Warner, who scored the winner against Dorchester that led to this game, and Wimbledon fans will remember how influential Mark Nicholls was when he scored two goals for Hendon in a 3-0 Trophy victory in Dave Anderson's first season here.

Meanwhile, Terry Brown will be looking to go at least one step further than last year when the Dons eventually went out against Torquay in the third round of the Trophy - and he is very clear that Saturday is a game he very much wants to win.

"Saturday can be viewed in two ways: a nice diversion from a hectic league schedule or a pain in the butt that stops us putting a run of league wins together. I think the following that we take to these games home and away tells me how much the fans value the FA Trophy and as far as the players and the club is concerned, this has always been a major target of ours.

"I fully believe that this club will one day regain its football league stature and during the interim period the FA Trophy will be one of our main objectives, as well as gaining promotion through the league. This is the only trophy the club needs to complete 'the set' of the Trophy, the FA Cup and the Amateur Cup and I'd love to be the manager to deliver that. Whether that is this year, next year or the year after, only time will tell.

"As I know several players who play for Uxbridge I am also fully aware of the importance they are placing on Saturday's fixture and I am in no doubt we will have to be motivated to the full if we are to progress through this game. This will not be a game for the faint-hearted and I am expecting a full-blooded English cup encounter. And let's be clear, Uxbridge pose considerable threats going forward with several players in their side capable of playing at a higher level.

"There are injury doubts with reference to Kennedy Adjei, Elliott Godfrey and James Pullen. Meanwhile Luke Garrard is likely to have his operation on Monday and he has a fantastic role model when he comes out, as Lewis Taylor is making phenomenal progress. Everyone at the club wishes Luke well and a speedy recovery."


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Thursday 11 December 2008
dons trust news
There is still time to buy a brick for Christmas

Nearly 60% of the bricks have now been sold, but there is still time to order one for a Christmas present if you act now.

To buy a brick in time for Christmas, you need to apply and pay by 17 December. If you get your application in on time, your certificate will be waiting for you at the Dons Trust table in the back bar before the Newport game on 20 December.

You can apply by clicking on the button on this page or by following this this link buy a brick here.


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Thursday 11 December 2008
u18s news
Match postponed

Tonight's Under 18 game in the Ryman Youth League against Kingstonian has been postponed because of a frozen pitch.

Their next game is on Monday 15 December when they visit Woking Under 18s in the Ryman Youth Cup, kick off 7.30 pm


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Thursday 11 December 2008
dons trust news
A few spaces left at the Junior Dons party

There is room for a few more at the Junior Dons Christmas Party, which is being held at the stadium on Sunday 14 December, from 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm.

To book a place, please email Aideen. Admission is £8 for Junior dons and £10 for others. This includes a present and party food.

Additional bookings will be accepted on a first-come-first served basis and you can pay on the day - but you must have booked in advance. Please make sure to give us details of the child's age, gender and any allergies or medical conditions.

To remind you about the events on the day, the afternoon will include appearances by Terry Brown and the players. Rockin' Paddy will be doing the dj-ing and organising the party games, while Haydon will be making a special appearance to make sure everyone is having fun.

And, of course, Father Christmas will be calling in for a couple of hours to hand out presents!


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Wednesday 10 December 2008
club news
Attention volunteers!

A very generous supporter, who wishes to remain anonymous, has sponsored the match against Fisher Athletic on New Years Day in the name of the volunteers that play such an important role in running the club.
As part of this sponsorship, we will be raffling five pairs of tickets for the Presidents Lounge and Directors Box for the match.
Each guest will also enjoy:
- Welcome drink on arrival
- Complimentary programme for each guest
- Full buffet and tea and coffee
- Commemorative photo of the occasion
- Opportunity to choose man of the match
If you are a volunteer and you would like to be entered in this raffle, please e-mail here.
The winners will be notified on Monday 22 December.



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Wednesday 10 December 2008
first team news
Terry on Tooting

Terry Brown was very pleased with last night's result and even more pleased with the performance.

"On a very cold Tuesday evening it was nice to have a win for the die-hards who turned up to witness our Surrey Senior Cup second round tie against Tooting and Mitcham. The side contained several youngsters allied to members of a senior squad who played very well on the night.

"I was delighted with our performance up to the final third where I thought our finishing could be improved. We created several gilt-edged chances in both halfs without finishing any of them in the regulation 90 minutes,

"There were several really good performances, especially from the four youngsters we had on show. They fitted in well alongside their senior counterparts and not only did they not look out of place, they added vitality and youthful exuberance to our side.

"Luke Pigden is now not far from regular first team football. Richard Worrell took his chance very well, albeit a little fortuitously. Stephen Hendry produced one or two really exciting flashes of brilliance on the wing. And for me the star of the show was Jack Stafford who looked every inch a regular first team player in what was for him, Richard and Stephen, their senior debuts for the club.

"I am pleased with progress in the Surrey Senior this year as this is a competition that allows us to look at and blood some of the very talented youngsters we have at the club."


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Wednesday 10 December 2008
club news
Kingsmeadow Live Xmas Party featuring Skalectrix!

The 3rd annual Kingsmeadow Live Xmas party takes place on Saturday 20 December, featuring Skalextrix, Garfield's Caribbean culinary delights and the clubseen DJs. For more information, see below. This is always a quality night out so make sure you don't miss it!

To book tickets, call 020 8547 3335.




Saturday 20 December
Kingsmeadow Live Christmas Party featuring Skalectrix!

With support from DJ’s spinning bluebeat, ska, two-tone faves with a side order of real deal 60’s soul, power pop and new wave.

Doors 7.00pm, food served 8.00pm-9.00pm, bar closes 1.00am
Admission: £15 (includes admission and dinner)

The infamous Kingsmeadow Live Christmas Party is back! Come and celebrate another year of the best live music in Kingston with music from Skalectrix and food from Ting N’ Ting.
Skalectrix are a 7-piece covers band that cover the whole spectrum of ska music, everything from The Specials to Madness and much more. For more information, see here.
They come highly recommended from our house DJ’s, who will also keep you entertained with the best in ska and two tone until 1.00am.
And Ting N’ Ting will be serving up their award winning Caribbean cuisine, as seen on Ready Steady Cook!



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Tuesday 09 December 2008
club news
Club shop opening hours and admission prices for tonight's game

The club shop is opening as usual before tonight's home game against Tooting & Mitcham United, from 6.00 pm - 7.30 pm.

The game kicks off is 7.45 pm and entry is £6 for adults and £2 for concessions and under 16s. There is no upgrade cost for seating which is unreserved, except for the Directors' Box and Press Box.

If you can't make it to the shop tonight, you can order on-line by clicking on the relevant button alongside this news item. Alternatively, the shop will also be open as follows between now and Christmas:

Sunday 14 December 12.00 noon - 4.00 pm Childrens' Christmas Party

Tuesday 16 December 6.00 pm - 7.30 pm possible replay Home v Uxbridge - provisional

Thursday 18 December 6.00 pm - 9.00 pm Late night shopping

Saturday 20 December 12.30 pm - 2.45 pm and 4.55 pm - 5.30 pm Home v Newport County

Sunday 21 December 11.00 am - 4.00 pm Christmas Shopping

Tuesday 23 December 6.00 pm - 9.00 pm Late night shopping


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Monday 08 December 2008
first team news
Terry on Team Bath and Tooting

While he was very pleased with the win at Team Bath on Saturday, Terry Brown was concentrating on what else the team needs to have a successful Christmas period when we spoke to him after today's training session.

"It was a much-needed three points against Team Bath on Saturday with neither side able to play the football they would have liked on a very difficult playing surface. I thought our players adapted very well to the conditions and thoroughly deserved the win.

"I thought for most of the game we looked quite comfortable in possession and I was particularly pleased with the performances of Sam Hatton and Dwane Lee. A look at the league table tells you how important those three points were on Saturday and during the festive period we need to deliver the goods and go on a run of back-to-back wins.

"It appears that whenever we have a league victory, and they've been few and far between lately, it is followed by another cup game. Although this disturbs our league form, Saturday's cup is particularly important, both to the players and the supporters. There is no reason why this side shouldn't go even further in the Trophy than last year.

"Saturday's game saw us travel back relatively injury-free, apart from an ankle scare for Kennedy Adjei. It is hoped that both Mickey Haswell (who had 'flu) and Kennedy will be fit and available for Tuesday's game.

"Tuesday's game will be important to our squad as it gives us a chance to look at a formation at home that offers us more width while also ensuring that those players who have recently been on the bench gain a full ninety minutes. This will not be an Arsenal-type reserve side, although three of our younger players will be on the bench and hopefully will get some game time. Another youngster will also be a definite starter.

"As the only other cup competition we are left in is the FA Trophy, I feel it is important that we stay in the Surrey Senior Cup to allow valuable game time for the other members of our squad. It also offers some of the talented youngsters in Marcus's side an opportunity to enjoy a bigger stage.

"It is difficult to calculate how opposition teams view the County cups but I'm sure that Billy Smith will want to put out a decent side at Kingsmeadow on Tuesday night. It should be a very interesting game."


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Monday 08 December 2008
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents Ricky Grover, Paul Tonkinson and Sean Meo!

The Kingsmeadow Live team is proud to announce our strongest ever line-up for the first Comedy@Kingsmeadow show of 2009, on Friday 2 January. All three comics are household names and you won't get to see all of them together for only £12 (including dinner) anywhere else! For more information, see below.

To book tickets, call 020 8547 3335. We expect this show to sell out so don't delay.




Friday 2nd January
COMEDY@KINGSMEADOW presents….
Ricky Grover, Paul Tonkinson and Sean Meo
Doors open 8pm/ comedy starts 9pm/ bar closes Midnight
Admission: £12 (includes comedy and dinner)

Ricky Grover (Headliner)
Multi-award winning comedian, actor and writer Ricky Grover has an impressive list of TV & film credits and is a hugely popular and explosive act, on both the national and international comedy circuit. Born and bred in the East End of London, Ricky was an ex champion boxer and hairdresser before taking the comedy scene by storm.
Ricky's many television credits include, Black Books (CH4), TV To Go (ITV), 'Orrible (BBC 2), Red Dwarf (BBC 2) and the 11 O' clock Show (CH4). He's currently filming ‘Back in Business’ - a documentary for BBC 2 and developing a couple of his own TV projects.
Ricky's many films credits include 'Cargo', 'Revolver', 'Love Honour and Obey', 'Punch' and 'Hungry'.
On the comedy circuit Ricky is best known and loved for his comic character 'Bulla' (gangster and social commentator). Bulla also appeared as a regular guest on - The 11 o'clock Show and was interviewed by Michael Parkinson. Bulla continues to be an opinion former, writing a monthly column in Front magazine and 'Bulla' the film is currently in production.
A prolific writer, Ricky has written and starred in three short films, receiving international acclaim. The UK released 'Punch' won him the prestigious Silver Bear Award and 'Hungry' (broadcast on Channel 4) won him the Best Actor Award at the Brest Film Festival. His latest film, 'Therapy', is currently in production.
"Absolute knockout" Guardian
"Hilarious" The Sun
"Thank God for Ricky Grover!" Evening Standard
“Ricky Grover, born and bred in London’s East End, is probably one of the funniest men I have ever seen “ - The Independent on Sunday

Paul Tonkinson (Opening Act)
A self-confessed professional northerner - and far worse, a celebrity Manchester United fan, Paul Tonkinson is a star of comedy in all its forms. Be it on stage, in character or as a TB host, this man does not fail to make you giggle.
Having made his name as host of The Sunday Show, he took an even bigger step into the limelight when he replaced Johnny Vaughan briefly on The Big Breakfast.
Still relatively fresh-faced, Paul has actually been at the game quite a long time. Back in 1992, he was winner of the Time Out New Act of the Year Award and then completed the comedy double when he won Time Out Stand Up Comic of the Year in 1997.
On stage, Paul leads his audience on a guided tour through the differences in male and female logic and can take the mickey out of almost every region in Britain and further afield.

Sean Meo (MC)
Sean Meo has been a stand up comic since 1989. Prior to that, he had been a full time snooker player and was a quarter finalist in the English Amateur Championships of 1987. He has risen to the very top of the UK comedy scene and regularly headlines at Jongleurs and The Comedy Store where he is a leading member of The Cutting Edge. Starting 1998 as Time Out Comic Of The Year, he appeared at the Kilkenny, Cork and Montreal Comedy Festivals and made his Edinburgh Festival debut in Catch 23. As well as acting in a movie "Comic Act" for the first time, he starred in four television commercials for the Vauxhall Vectra SRI.
"He can turn out intelligent material with a speed that many other comics can only gasp at" Time Out
"Slick, confident patter...can win over the most committed hecklers" ES Magazine
"Truly hilarious" The Scotsman
"Surreal, sexy...and very, very funny" Evening Standard
"The heavenly banter goes on and on the thinking man's comedian" Deadpan
"The pick of last nights excellent line-up" Review of BBC1's Stand Up Show The Sun
"Deliciously sardonic" The Guardian Guide

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Monday 08 December 2008
club news
Half season tickets on sale - some seats still available

It isn't too late to order a half season ticket, whether as a Christmas present or to ensure you have a seat for the remainder of the season. And, of course, ST holders get priority for games where there is a restricted number of tickets, such as a play off, later in the season.

If you are looking for a seat that is nearer the back, there are still some seats in Block A (the block nearest the Tempest End) and Block L (the recent extension). If you prefer to be in the middle of the Paul Strank Stand, there is only one seat, in the front row of Block F, but there are some near the front in Blocks J and K.

And, of course, half season ticket for the terraces are still available.

Whatever your preference, a half season ticket will enable you to see all eleven AFC Wimbledon's post-Christmas home Blue Square South League matches for only £90 for an adult terrace ticket or £115 for a seat in blocks A, J, K and L. For other prices see half season ticket prices.

Matches covered by the tickets start with the New Year's Day home game against Fisher Athletic and include the visits of fellow promotion challengers Hayes & Yeading, Chelmsford City and Team Bath.

These half-season tickets guarantee your entry to home matches that will determine the promotion and play-off places for the Blue Square South 2008/09 and give you priority for tickets for away games in the play offs.

To apply for a half-year season ticket:

1 call the club's office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm, Monday - Friday, on 020 8547 3528, or

2 download a form by clicking on application form, complete it and send it to the club's offices with the relevant payment. Cheques should be made out to AFC Wimbledon Limited.


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Monday 08 December 2008
club news
Online shop - last order date for North America, Japan and Eastern Europe

If you are buying from the on-line shop please note the following last order dates if you want to be confident that you will receive your AFC Wimbledon merchandise before Christmas.

Tuesday 9 December, 4.00 pm GMT
USA, Canada, Japan and Eastern Europe Airmail

Wednesday 10 December, 4.00 pm GMT
Western Europe

Tuesday 16 December, 4.00 pm GMT
The UK


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Friday 05 December 2008
first team news
Terry on Team Bath

Wimbledon step into the game at Team Bath tomorrow looking to get back into the groove of passing football against a similarly inclined Team Bath. Like the Dons, Team Bath have been going through some disappointing results recently, with only one win in the last six league games and including three home defeats in the last four games, against Maidenhead, Bromley and Eastleigh.

Team Bath started the season with a bang and 14 goals in their first three games, midfielder Steve Abbott scoring five of them. They play an attacking, passing game and, following last week's creditable draw at Hayes & Yeading, they will probably be fielding an unchanged squad and hoping that their recent dip in form is coming to an end. Meanwhile, Terry Brown is hoping for an upturn in form too.

"After Tuesday's disappointing performance against Eastleigh the players trained well on Thursday with only one absentee, Jon Main, who has picked up a dead leg and is doubtful for Saturday's visit to Team Bath.

"Footballers are a resilient species and they will pick themselves up well from Tuesday. The Eastleigh game threw up several dilemmas for us as far as management are concerned, with reference to getting enough width and getting behind opposition defences when they defend in depth.

"What Stuart and I need to come up with is a slightly different pattern or even shape that allows us to change our game as and when this happens at home. We shall be playing a strong side on Tuesday so that we can look at a different system in the match against Tooting and Mitcham.

"Saturday's game at Team Bath, however, will pose us different problems in that Team Bath are a very attacking, open and expansive side who like to get the ball down and play football. However, I'm told that the pitch at Bath is not at its best at the moment and it will be interesting to see which team adapts the best on the day.

"It is vitally important that we get back to winning ways on Saturday as our form over the last month has been very erratic. I was pleased with the performance of Dwane Lee on Tuesday who came into a difficult game and passed the ball around in a very calm and precise manner. He is not 100% match fit, as he hasn't played too many games recently, but he will have the opportunity of playing two or three games within the next seven days.

"Dwane has the opportunity to gain a regular place within the squad prior to the January window. I hope that we will see him play to the level I know he can, as we would be delighted to make his stay permanent.

"Although we haven't done well since the injury to Luke Garrard I've been very pleased with the performances of Ben Judge whose versatility allows us the time to see whether or not we need a replacement right back in the mould of Luke."


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Friday 05 December 2008
club news
Office closed

Due to staff holidays, the office will be closed this afternoon, Friday 5 December, reopening Monday 8 December at 10am.


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Thursday 04 December 2008
club news
Places still available on the coach

There are still some places available on the coach going to Team Bath on Saturday. The coach company have assured us that the coaches will not be travelling through the centre of Bath so there should be no repeat of the delays that were experienced when travelling back from the Bath City game at the end of August.

To reserve a seat please contact the club office on 020 8547 3528.


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Wednesday 03 December 2008
first team news
Dons drop more points

The Dons failed to score in a league game for the first time this season and with that also lost their unbeaten home league record as they were unable to find a way past a resolute Eastleigh side who moved to second place in the league after their victory.

The Dons included debutant, Dwane Lee, who had signed forms earlier in the day. In a very disappointing game for the home fans there was little to shout about as the visitors were in control for the majority of the match.

Their opening goal after 28 minutes was the result of a disputed free kick awarded just outside the penalty area. Full back, Andy Harris stepped up to hit his shot around the wall to give Andy Little no chance of getting across his goal.

Although there was plenty of endeavour from the home side Jason Matthews in the Eastleigh goal was rarely tested and five minutes from time the result was put beyond doubt when Alan Inns was adjudged to have brought down Tony Taggart who made no mistake from the resulting penalty.

Terry Brown summed up after the game. “It was a frustrating evening as we missed the opportunity to go second in the league. I thought we started very brightly especially Chris Hussey who caused them problems early on. I was disappointed with the first goal they scored and our reaction to falling behind. It was though we felt sorry for ourselves and it took the rest of the half to get over that we had fallen a goal behind.

“We had a good half time talk and again we made a bright start to the second period. We tried to remain patient and pass the ball but we lacked width and didn’t get behind them or test their goalkeeper enough. Credit should go to Eastleigh who, like Hampton & Richmond, defended very well.

“Over the next few days we will be looking at the system we will need to play against Team Bath who are attack minded and more open in their play and then, when we return to Kingsmeadow for the game against Newport County, how we can develop more width and spread the play quicker.”



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Tuesday 02 December 2008
first team news
Lee signs up

Late this afternoon Terry Brown signed Dwane Lee who is expected to go straight into the team tonight.

Lee is a tall, creative midfield player who was a summer target of the manager. More about him tomorrow.


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Tuesday 02 December 2008
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents Owen O'Neil this Friday!

Comedy@Kinmgsmeadow returns this Friday, headline by the hilarious Owen O’Neil and once again featuring the Caribbean culinary delights of Ting N Ting. See below for more information about the line-up.

And just announced the Comedy@Kingsmeadow line-up for Friday 2nd January….
Ricky Grover (Headliner)
Paul Tonkinson (Opener)
Sean Meo (MC)
3 huge acts and dinner for £12? Beat that!
(More information to follow)

To book tickets for any of these gigs, call 020 8547 3335.



More about this week's comedy...

Friday 5 December
COMEDY@KINGSMEADOW presents….
Owen O’Neill, Stan Stanley and Andrew O’Neill
Doors open 8.00pm/ comedy starts 9.00pm/ bar closes Midnight
Admission: £12 (includes comedy and dinner)

Owen O’ Neill (Headliner)
Owen O'Neill has established himself as a comedian, writer and actor. He made his TV debut on Saturday Live in 1985 and since has performed on numerous TV shows including his own TV Stand-up special for the BBC.
As a stand-up he has performed Worldwide, taking in Hong Kong, China, Melbourne, Frankfurt Toronto, Los Angeles, Singapore and Lisburn..sorry that should read Lisbon. He is a regular on the London Comedy circuit and has performed on The David Letterman and Conan O'Brien shows.
As a writer his debut feature film 'Arise and go now' a black comedy about poets, priests and the IRA was broadcast in the BBC 2's Screenplay series. 'The Fitz,' a sitcom for BBC2 was screened in 1999.
Owen wrote and starred in 'Shooting to Stardom' a short film for Channel4, which won best film at the Cork film festival and was shown at the Sundance Film festival to critical acclaim.
He is an annual visitor to the Edinburgh Festival where his one-man theatre shows have won awards including a Perrier nomination in 1998 and the Edinburgh Critics award for best comedy in 1999.

Stan Stanley (Opening Act)
Since becoming runner up of the Daily Telegraph Open Mike Award 2002 and making a big impact at the Edinburgh Fringe 2003 ("Simply Class" - Fest), Stan has become a firm favourite on the comedy circuit. Stan is a warm and genial comic with brilliant timing, who delivers smart, satirical observations that have more of an edge than their light-hearted handling and delivery suggest.
In 2004 Stan was invited to perform in the prestigious 'Britcom Show' at the Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. His appearance was so successful that the festival extended his stay.
"Stan Stanley was the triumph of the night" - Chortle review of the Britcom Show.
A prolific writer, Stan has written sketches for radio and television including two series of 'Man Stroke Woman' for BBC 3 (which later transferred to BBC 2), 'Blunder' Channel 4 and 'Parsons and Naylor's Big Pullout section' BBC Radio 4.
Stan is currently developing a radio sketch show with his wife Nina Conti. 2007 will see Stan continuing his success on the circuit, and making further inroads into TV and radio, through both his writing and performance.
‘Stan and Deliver! Stan Stanley can shake a crowd with his energetic pace…’ The Daily Telegraph
‘Smart and shameless the crowd devour his observations on popular culture’ The Stage
‘With timing Accurist would be proud of’ Chortle

Andrew O’Neill (MC)
Andrew O'Neill isn't your usual stand-up comedian. Yes, he tells jokes. Yes, he makes you laugh. But he does it all with an innate sense of absurdism and silliness, and proudly displays one of the most inventive comic minds around today. Why tell a joke when you can sing it? Why not tell the masses about the celebrities who live in London’s sewer system? Why not pepper your performance with increasingly funny and bizarre non-sequiteurs?
Highly inventive and extremely funny, Andrew has risen like warm air in a comparatively cold room ever since his debut in 2002. He’s done primetime comedy with Steve Coogan, dabbled in reality TV, and had dozens of sketches broadcast on Radio 1.
His debut solo show ‘Winston Churchill was Jack The Ripper’ grafted his surreal comedy onto ‘diligently researched’ fact, creating a piece of comedy that was ‘bloody entertaining’ and a sell-out show at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Andrew is currently working on various treatments for television and radio, a non-fiction book about the occult and putting together a compilation of his travel writings.
‘Keeping the true flame of creativity burning bright’ TimeOut
‘So funny I put him in my new TV show’ Steve Coogan
‘Talented, intelligent and unique. Bringing the spirit of the alternative 80s back into the comedy circuit’ Dazed & Confused
‘Everyone around me fell about with laughter’ The Scotsman
‘Gruesomely absorbing … bloody entertaining’ Chortle
‘One of the emerging barometers of hilarity’ TimeOut
‘Refreshing and inventive’ Manchester Online
‘Sparkling ... 4 stars’ Three Weeks
‘He's got an engaging stage manner and the proven ability to write a gag ... a bright future awaits’ Chortle

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Monday 01 December 2008
dons trust news
Junior Dons Christmas party

There is still time to book a place at the Junior Dons Chrismas Party, which is being held at the stadium on Sunday 14 December, from 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm.

The deadline for booking is Saturday 6 December, so book now to ensure a place. Admission is £8 for Junior dons and £10 for others. This includes a present and party food.

To remind you about the events on the day, the afternoon will include appearances by Terry Brown and the players. Rockin' Paddy will be doing the dj-ing and organising the party games, while Haydon will be making a special appearance to make sure everyone is having fun.

And, of course, Father Christmas will be calling in for a couple of hours to hand out presents!

Please send cheques (made out to the Dons Trust) to the club's offices, for the attention of Aideen Rochford. Please make sure to give us details of the child's age, gender and any allergies or medical conditions.


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Monday 01 December 2008
first team news
Terry on Hampton and Eastleigh

Terry Brown was not a particularly happy man as we talked to him before he left for tonight’s game against the Army under 23 side.

“Reflecting on Saturday’s game I still think, in view of our performance, it was a point gained rather than two lost. Having spoken to a number of people connected with Hampton & Richmond they were delighted with their performance which they felt was probably the best they have played this season.

“I thought their defence gave us absolutely nothing and their forwards caused our back four considerable problems. The absence of Luke Garrard will cause us a headache especially in home games. Ben Judge has played at right back a considerable number of times and his strengths are more defensive than attacking. For us to play our passing football I need both full backs to offer us options in wide areas. I didn’t think our back four worked hard enough to retain possession or make good use of the football. This is an area we will be working harder at on Tuesday.

“Bashing the ball upfield is not an option for us as we don’t have Histon like players who can attack the ball. This is no disrespect to Histon who were magnificent on Sunday against Leeds United and did the Blue Square Conference proud. My midfield, to be effective, need possession of the ball from the back if they are to be able the football we want.

“I am hopeful that for the Eastleigh game tomorrow night we will have both Jon Main and Danny Kedwell fit and available for selection, as well as seeing the return of Tom Davis from suspension. Eastleigh come to us on the back of wins against Team Bath and Havant & Waterlooville and so our next two games are as important as any two we will play this year."


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Monday 01 December 2008
club news
Merton Abbey Mills comes to The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium!

Merton Abbey Mills will be sponsoring the match against Eastleigh on Tuesday 2 December and as part of this sponsorship, several of their tenants will be setting up stalls outside the middle bar. This is a fantastic opportunity to sample their wares so make sure you drop by at some stage during the evening.

The following retailers have confirmed their presence and we are hoping more will join them over the next few days.

Silver Orchid - An authentic Thai Restaurant/Takeaway offering unique dishes with an emphasis on healthy and freshly made affordable food.

Silver Thai - A Traditional Thai Massage offering real Thai style of massage that helps relive pain, helps with blood circulation, general well being and full relaxation!

Love Chocolate – Love Chocolate is a stunning artisan chocolaterie & patisserie supplying irresistible handmade chocolates, connoisseur hot chocolate, cakes, desserts, organic soft drinks, organic tea/coffee and brunch.

Ting N Ting - Award winning Caribbean Cuisine to eat in or take away and official caterers for Comedy@Kingsmeadow.

Transfix Body Studio Tattooing & Body Piercing - Transfix Body Studio is a friendly, family run tattoo and body piercing studio that will soon be the official provider of AFC Wimbledon tattoos.

All these stores are based at Merton Abbey Mills in Colliers Wood, for more information, visit here.
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Monday 01 December 2008
club news
Coach update

We have already filled the first coach travelling to the game against Team Bath next Saturday and are now taking bookings for a second coach. Pick up from The Woodman is 10.30 am and 11.00 am from Kingsmeadow. The price, as usual, is £10.

To reserve a seat please contact the office on 020 8547 3528 during office hours or, alternatively, visit the complimentary tickets window before or after tomorrow night's game against Eastleigh.

Please note that we are not running a coach to the FA Trophy game at Uxbridge on Saturday 13 December.


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