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Thursday 31 December 2009
club news
FA Trophy - tickets for the Altrincham game on general sale from Monday

Ticket availability

The deadline for Paul Strank Stand season ticket holders to reserve their usual seats for the FA Trophy second round game against Altrincham has now passed. As a result, seat tickets will go on general sale for this game when the club's office re-opens on Monday 4 January.

Terrace tickets are already available for the game. Please note that with the expected attendance for this game, we are not issuing separate tickets for the John Smith’s and Tempest End terraces.

Purchasing tickets

Tickets may be purchased as follows:

By Post:

• There is a maximum of 4 tickets per applicant.

• Applicants should enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Tickets will be sent at the risk of the applicant – in other words we cannot issue replacement tickets for any that are lost in the post. Fans who want secure delivery of the tickets should not stamp the self-addressed envelope but instead add a payment of £2 for a recorded delivery service. Alternatively, applicants can request that the tickets are kept at the office for collection.

• Applicants must enclose a daytime phone contact number.

Online:

Terrace tickets may be bought online by going to the “Buy tickets” online tab on the front page of the official website. There is a maximum of 4 tickets per applicant.

Personal callers:

Tickets will not be sold by phone. However, personal callers may visit the club between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm during office hours to purchase tickets but please note that the office is currently closed and will reopen on Monday 4 January at 10.00 am.

Ticket prices:

Ticket prices are as follows:

Seats

Paul Strank Stand - Centre and Outer blocks

Adults £14

Concessions £7

Under-16s £3

Terraces

Adults £12

Concessions £6

Under-16s £2


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Thursday 31 December 2009
first team news
Terry makes Will's deal permanent

Dons manager Terry Brown has signed midfielder Will Hendry on a contract.

After completing the signing, Terry said "we originally signed Will on a short term deal until the end of this year. In the short time he has been here it is obvious that he is a quality player and I'm delighted that he is now on the books on a permanent basis. I am hopeful that he will have recovered enough from his recent injury to allow him to take part in the game against his former club, Hayes and Yeading, on Friday."


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Thursday 31 December 2009
first team news
Luke recalled early from loan

Facing a significant number of injuries following last weekend's two demanding games in 48 hours, Terry Brown has recalled Luke Garrard from his loan to Boreham Wood FC.

Terry said "Luke was on a three month loan to Boreham Wood and was due to play his last game for them on Saturday. We have recalled him slightly early because we have a number of injury doubts for Friday's game at Hayes and Yeading.

"Mike Rayner is treating several players this morning, Thursday. When he has finished the situation will be clearer, but with another big game on Tuesday we felt we needed Luke back into the squad as soon as possible.

"Luke is a talented player who needed to get some match practice following his long lay off from injury. He returns to us with plenty of game time under his belt, so I'm sure he is more than ready and, knowing his character, raring to get involved again."


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Wednesday 30 December 2009
first team news
Terry looks forward to Hayes - again

The Dons go into the Friday's return fixture against Hayes & Yeading United, with manager Terry Brown urging his team to forget the Boxing Day win and start afresh against a team that will be seeking to continue its recent run of good form.

Despite their defeat at Kingsmeadow, Hayes are still one of the form teams in the Blue Square Premier, as they emphasised when they put four goals past Ebbsfleet on Monday, making it 10 points from their last four home games.

Hayes started the season with two dreadful runs - it was six games before they won a Blue Square Premier match, and then they followed that with a run of nine games without a win. But the tide turned with a 3-0 victory against Cambridge United and from that they went on to win five games in a row. It is clear that they are now settled into the league and playing the passing football which got them promoted from the Blue Square South last season.

Hayes' Craig Watkins and Adam Green must be doubtful for Friday, both having gone off injured in the Ebbsfleet game, while Justin Cochrane will not be available after his straight red card in the game on Boxing Day.

Manager Terry Brown has injury worries, as explained below, but no suspended players. None of the Dons squad reached five yellow cards before the 31 December cut off date. With the Dons top of the fair play league, only two players had registered four yellows by the end of the year and now that the December games are over, a fifth booking won't lead to a ban.

When we spoke to him after this morning's light training session, Terry Brown was still smiling over the team's performance at Stevenage, but at pains to remind his players that every game in the Blue Square Premier is a hard one.

"Monday's game at Stevenage saw the end of what was a very successful year for the club. I was delighted with the performance on Monday where every member of the squad pulled their weight, as they have done all year.

"We are currently in somewhat of an injury crisis with several players unavailable for the forthcoming Hayes fixture. Having been at Hayes for several years and knowing the mentality within the club, this will be as hard a start to the New Year as we could possibly envisage.

"We had them watched on Monday, when they recorded a fine 4-2 win against Ebbsfleet. I have reminded our own playing staff that Hayes have only lost one out of their last six home league games and told them to discount our Boxing Day victory, as this particular young Hayes side will be out for revenge on the day.

"I am hopeful that we will see the return of Luis Cumbers and Ben Judge, as well as the possibility of Will Hendry being available. I have emphasised to the players how important it is to have a good start to the New Year and Friday's game will be quickly followed by home games against Wrexham, and then Altrincham in the FA Trophy.

"Some good news regarding injuries is that James Pullen has now fully recovered from his ankle ligament injury and will be playing his first game for several weeks for the reserves at Walton Casuals on Saturday 2 January. If you are in need of a game to watch on Saturday, there will also be several triallists on view.

"Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to express my sorrow at the news that we have lost the great Allen Batsford, a man who always found time to give me help whenever I requested it. He was a true gentleman who loved this club and he will be greatly missed."


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Wednesday 30 December 2009
club news
Allen Batsford - a tribute

A tribute to Allen Batsford, who died on Monday, has been prepared as a feature. It can be read by clicking on Allen Batsford - a Wimbledon football hero.


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Monday 28 December 2009
club news
Allen Batsford

We have just heard the very sad news that Allen Batsford collapsed and died late this afternoon.

We send our condolences to his wife Maureen. A full appreciation of Allen's life and achievements will follow in due course.


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Monday 28 December 2009
first team news
Clean sheet gives Dons a point

For the sixth game in a row Seb Brown and the Dons defence shut out the opposition and in the process helped Wimbledon gain a valuable point at high-flying Stevenage Borough.

The Dons' injury problems continued and from his squad, Terry Brown was unable to call upon the services of James Pullen, Ben Judge, Danny Kedwell, Steven Gregory and Will Hendry, as well as long-term injured players Luke Moore and Alan Inns. As a result, Brown was forced to make a number of changes with starts for Sam Hatton, Kennedy Adjei, Derek Duncan, Ross Montague and Elliott Godfrey, and only able to name four fit players on the bench.

Despite the goalless result, the match provided plenty of entertainment for the 3,000+ crowd, with the Dons putting in a fantastic performance. In the first half, Montague came close on three occasions to giving the Dons the lead, only to see one effort brilliantly saved by Chris Day, one cleared off the line, and the other hitting the woodwork. The home side enjoyed a lot of possession but Seb Brown was not unduly troubled in goal.

In the second half, it was Ricky Wellard who twice came close to scoring for the Dons, although at the other end Godfrey was required to clear off the line.

Terry Brown was extremely pleased with the performance and the result. "I have spoken all year about the importance of a good squad, and that came home to roost today against Stevenage Borough. I spoke to Mike Rayner, our physiotherapist, prior to the game, and had seven regular players unavailable. However, we dug deep as a squad and I was very proud of their performance. To go to one of the most powerful sides in the league and get a point with a great performance was testament to their ability.

"Although at times we had to defend in depth, on another day we could easily have scored two or three goals and only a couple of fantastic saves by their keeper stopped us from taking all three points.

"We are hopeful that one or two of the players will be back for the return match with Hayes & Yeading. They had a good victory today against Ebbsfleet United and I expect the game on New Year's Day to be much more difficult than the one on Boxing Day."


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Monday 28 December 2009
club news
Stevenage game on

We have just spoken to officials at Stevenage who have confirmed today's game definitely goes ahead.


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Sunday 27 December 2009
first team news
Dons gear up for Stevenage

Following Saturday's five goal victory against in-form Hayes & Yeading United, the Dons now turn their attention to another in-form team, Stevenage Borough. Both Wimbledon and Stevenage have taken fifteen points from their last six games, with Boro going down to only their second defeat of the season in a surprise 2-1 defeat at Ebbsfleet, as the Fleet emerged from their long run of poor form.

The Dons have the second best away record in the league and average nearly two goals a game on their travels - but so far this season they have only visited Kettering of the other teams in the top six, so Monday's fixture will be a real test of the team's ability to maintain a play off spot.

Terry Brown has already said that he will be making extensive use of his squad over the holiday period, so there are likely to be changes from Saturday's starting line up. One player who definitely won't be featuring is Will Hendry, who awoke with a back spasm on Saturday. Hendry was named in the starting line up after intensive pre-match treatment, but the injury recurred during the warm up and he was forced to withdraw. Luis Cumbers stepped up at the last minute and is likely to start at Broadhall Way.

Terry Brown said "we picked up quite a few knocks and sprains on Saturday. Steven Gregory is doubtful and Danny Kedwell and Jon Main both needed treatment at times during the game, so we'll be looking at them again tomorrow. And with three games in six days, we need to think about how best to make use of the squad. We've got a strong squad and I'll be rotating one or two players. There is no point taking a risk with a player who has a strain."

Stevenage may well be without wide left midfielder Mitchell Cole, who pulled up with a strain in the warm up before their game at Cambridge. They have already announced that they are without towering centre back Mark Roberts and central midfielder Andy Drury for the Christmas period.


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Saturday 26 December 2009
first team news
Fans in party mood as Dons score five

Wimbledon moved to fourth place in the league with a resounding 5-0 win against Hayes & Yeading United at Kingsmeadow today.

From the beginning they dominated the game and after only seven minutes the Dons took the lead when Danny Kedwell shrugged off his marker, rounded the goalkeeper and planted the ball in the far corner of the net.

Luis Cumbers, voted man of the match by the sponsors and also by manager Terry Brown, hit a crisp well-placed volley for the second and there could have been more before the goal of the game, a sweeping move started by Lewis Taylor, who released Jon Main to provide a pinpoint cross for Kedwell to score his second.

Main himself nodded the fourth, to leave the Dons 4-0 up at half time and with Hayes missing Cochrane, who was sent off for a two-footed tackle on Cumbers. Not surprisingly, the second half was a bit of an anti climax although the Dons could have added more to their score than the fifth goal, which was put away by Main from an acute angle, after rounding the goalkeeper.

Terry Brown was clearly delighted. "This was a nice Christmas present from the boys. They started really strongly and won every tackle - and every time we went forward we looked like scoring.

"You can't say 'well done' to a team at half time, as there are still 45 minutes to play, so I reminded the players that Hayes had come back from four down to win in the play-offs last season against Eastleigh. And, as I knew they would, they played without fear in the second half and had a go at us. We lost a bit of rhythm too, but now we can look forward to Stevenage on Monday.

I will be rotating my squad for the Stevenage game, as I've said all along I would do. We've picked up a few injuries today so I'll be talking to Mike Rayner and then selecting my best, fit team on the day and going there to try to win."


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Saturday 26 December 2009
club news
Parking warning

Kingston Council have a policy that some of their parking restrictions apply on Public Holidays. While there is some uncertainty about exactly which areas are affected by the restrictions, we suggest that you take care when parking for this afternoon's game.

In any event, as usual, please park with consideration for local residents.


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Saturday 26 December 2009
first team news
Last doubts about today's game melt away

With the thaw completing its work, the Kingsmeadow pitch is in good condition for today's game. We are not asking for a ptich inspection and are confident that the match will go ahead.

With so many supporters taking a break at this time of year, we have had a higher number of returned season ticket vouchers than normal. As a result, there will be some seats on sale at the kiosk from about 1.45 pm.


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Thursday 24 December 2009
club news
Coach to Stevenage

There are still a number of spaces available on the supporters' coach travelling to Stevenage on Monday 28 December.

The coach will be picking up from The Grove at 12.00 noon and from Kingsmeadow at 12.30 pm. The cost is £10 and places can be reserved at the complimentary tickets window before and after Saturday's game against Hayes & Yeading.


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Thursday 24 December 2009
club news
Tooting game re-arranged

Our London Senior Cup tie at Tooting & Mitcham will now take place on Monday 11 January, kick off 7.45 pm. However, if there is a replay in the FA Trophy against Altrincham on 12 January, the Tooting & Mitcham game will be postponed.


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Thursday 24 December 2009
first team news
Terry looks forward to meeting Hayes again

Following last Saturday's postponement of the game at Crawley, the Dons resume the season with three games in six day, starting at home to Hayes and Yeading, who are also in their first season in the Blue Square Premier.

Hayes started the season slowly and for a while it looked as if they were going to be embroiled in a relegation fight, but they have now settled into the league and over the last six games they have showed play off form, with 14 points to Wimbledon's 13 in the same period.

Hayes have been formidable away from home recently, with three wins without conceding a goal at Tamworth, Wrexham and Kettering, followed by a 1-1 draw at Barrow. A stalwart in their defence has been Tom Cadmore whose skills have recently been recognised with his first England C cap.

Up front, Hayes's goals have come from former Don, Scott Fitzgerald, with five and Sean Canham, who scored six goals in a three month loan spell from Notts County - the loan ended recently. Hayes will be looking to on-loan Luton striker, Steve Basham, to replace Canham's goals.

Dons manager Terry Brown knows Hayes of old, of course, although he has struggled to get more up-to-date information this season.

"Boxing Day brings the visit of my home town club, Hayes, a team that I not only played for, for several years, but also managed for nine years. Their recent form has matched our own and both teams go into the game brimming with confidence.

"The two games last season were very tight affairs with both sides taking a win each. Unfortunately, due to cancellations we have been unable to watch them this year and we therefore go into the game not knowing quite as much about them as I would like.

"Saturday's fixture is the start of a heavy Christmas period where we play three games in six days. I will therefore utilise the squad as much as I possibly can. We have set the boys a target of six points out of a possible nine, however, like all managers I'd regard a good Christmas present as nine.

"I am hopeful we will see the return of Will Hendry playing against his old side and Ben Judge also appears to have recovered from last week's knee injury. We should therefore have a really strong squad to choose from and, as I stated previously, we will utilise the squad fully during the next three games. There is news of Luke Moore, who has had his operation and we believe that it was a success and it will be nice to think that Luke might be able to return for us before the end of the season.

"Finally, I'd like to thank you for the wonderful support you've given Stuart, Simon, the players and me over the last year. I would like to take the opportunity to wish all of you a very merry Christmas and if your dreams are similar to mine for the New Year we should all have an exciting time to look forward to."


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Thursday 24 December 2009
club news
The pitch - it looks like game on, on Saturday

Early this morning our groundsmen came to review the condition of the pitch and to try to prepare it for Saturday's game.

Following the overnight rain, the pitch is clear of snow and ice but it has not yet recovered sufficiently to allow the groundsmen to prepare it for the game - the ground is still frozen in the areas which are sheltered from the sun, principally near the Tempest End.

Nonetheless, the forecast is for milder weather over the next two days and no overnight frost. As a result, unless there are any unforeseen changes over the next two days, we are confident that the pitch will be sufficiently thawed to allow the game to go ahead on Saturday. We have no plans to call for a pitch inspection.

The stadium is closed on Christmas Day but the groundmen will return early on Saturday to complete their work. We will post an update on this site during Saturday morning but, for the avoidance of doubt, we expect the game to go ahead.

Please note that with many people away for the festive season, we have had a higher than usual number of returned season ticket vouchers and so there will be some seats for sale at the kiosk on Saturday.


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Wednesday 23 December 2009
dons trust news
England 2018: host cities

Following the announcement last week that Milton Keynes has been included in the list of host “cities” for the England 2018 World Cup bid, the board has been considering how best to articulate the anger, hurt and disappointment felt by Wimbledon supporters and our friends in football. As well as being an insult to Wimbledon – to add to our existing injury – we believe that this decision damages the England 2018 bid.

The board has written to the various members of the football establishment in England – the FA, Premier League and Football League as well as the Department for Culture Media and Sport and the England 2018 committee itself – expressing our outrage at this reward for franchising. This decision cannot be allowed to stand and all of these bodies should take steps to ensure that it is reversed.

We want England 2018 to succeed. But, with the world watching, if the bid continues to include Milton Keynes in its proposed list of hosts, it will undermine all the values of integrity, fairness and decency which we like to associate with the home of football. We encourage Wimbledon supporters, and our friends in football, to write to the authorities and express your views. While there is no need to hide your anger, please make sure you keep within the bounds of civility: we can win this argument without resorting to abuse.

The board of The Dons Trust
On behalf of The Dons Trust and AFC Wimbledon


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Tuesday 22 December 2009
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents Boo Hewerdine!

KINGSMEADOW LIVE PRESENTS BOO HEWERDINE – SATURDAY 16 JANUARY

Doors 7.30pm, show starts at 8.30, bar closes at midnight
Admission: £8 (advance) / £10 (door)
For more information, please call our booking line on 020 8547 3335

Come and break in the New Year nice and gently with one of the most talented acoustic artists in the UK. Boo Hewerdine has recently become available to play at Kingsmeadow Live before jetting off on his world tour! Although he might not sound that familiar, he is the songwriter behind hits such as “Patience of Angels” and will be playing live at Kingsmeadow on 16 January 2010.


Hewerdine who is not only a fantastic solo musician as well as an integral part of ‘The Bible’ was nominated for an Ivor Novello Award for the song he wrote for Eddie Reader, who he continues to collaborate with. He has also worked with other artists over the years including Darden Smith. His song writing adventures have even led to writing for those in pop, including Natalie Imbruglia and Mel C.

Boo's latest album, “God Bless the Pretty Things”, was released last month, and marks his return to working with a band after around 10 years of going solo. He said: “I thought of these songs as a suite. There is a song called ‘God Bless the Pretty Things’ I have yet to record. It's about how the chance to create beauty is the ultimate sign of freedom. This was in the back of my mind during recording. With the previous acoustic EP series I was interested in storytelling. This time even when I'm telling a story I'm trying to find an atmosphere.”

Boo will be supported on the night by Dave Marston, an up and coming and local singer / songwriter of acoustic music and AFC Wimbledon's own John Kelly, also known as Rockin' Paddy.

‘Boo emotionally pulls the rug from under you and leaves you speechless’ - NetRhythms

‘Hewerdine's delicate songwriting art now has to answer to nothing but itself’ - Mojo Magazine

‘The tenderest of English songwriters’ - The Independent




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Tuesday 22 December 2009
club news
The state of the pitch

We know that fans will be wondering about the chances of Saturday's match going ahead, so we've carried out a brief survey of the pitch as it stands at noon today, Tuesday.

Kingsmeadow has missed most of the heavy snow and today's winter sun has been enough to clear 90% of the snow and ice from the pitch.

There are two areas of concern. The first is a strip of about ten yards across the entire width of the pitch at the Tempest End; the second is the linesman's run in front of the John Smith's stand. Neither of these areas gets much sun, so they remain quite icy and, as they stand today, make the pitch unplayable in our opinion. However, they are much improved from yesterday and after tonight's forecast frost the weather, while still cold, looks to be milder.

One other area of concern is safety on the terraces. Again, it is the John Smith's stand which is still icy underfoot and not safe to walk on. However, the unsafe areas are relatively small and, given some firm brushing and an application of salt, they should be OK on the day.

In the light of the above, we are cautiously optimistic that Saturday's game will go ahead but any decision can only be made by the referee.

We are talking to our groundsmen regularly to make sure the pitch is given the best possible chance of being playable on Saturday. Watch this site for more news nearer the time of the game.


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Tuesday 22 December 2009
club news
John Morris

We heard today that John Morris, who was the reserve team manager here for several years, died last night after a long battle against lung cancer.

John was brought to the club by Dave Anderson in 2004-05 and during his time here he nurtured many young players, most notably Chris Hussey, but also Casey Maclaren, Steve Tyson, Luke Pigden - and many others who are now playing first team football at a senior level.

John had an encyclopaedic knowledge of players and was at his happiest talking about football, if he couldn't be managing a game. He was well respected by the players he managed and by everyone in football who knew him. Our condolences to his wife Joan at this very sad time.

An obituary will be published in the Wrexham programme.


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Monday 21 December 2009
first team news
Tooting & Mitcham off

Following a lunchtime inspection tonight's game in the London Senior Cup against Tooting & Mitcham United has been postponed because of a frozen pitch.

A new date for the game will be announced in due course.


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Monday 21 December 2009
club news
Tooting and Mitcham pitch inspection

We have spoken to Tooting and Mitcham officials this morning.

Given the weather, tonight's game is in significant doubt but there will be a formal pitch inspection early this afternoon. As soon as we know the outcome, we will announce it on this site.


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Sunday 20 December 2009
club news
Club shop closed today, Sunday

Due to unforeseen circumstances the club shop will not be opening today.

We apologise for any inconvenience and aim to be open again on Monday and Tuesday, both days from 11.00 am to 2.00 pm.


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Saturday 19 December 2009
reserve team news
Reserves game called off

Today's home game, when the reserves were due to play Basingstoke, has been postponed due to the adverse weather conditions.


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Saturday 19 December 2009
club news
Geraldine Messenbird

We were very sad to hear that Geraldine Messenbird died during last night.

Geraldine was a staunch fan of the club for many years and with Neil, her husband, a volunteer in a number of roles at the club, including a spell as a member of the Dons Trust board. More important, however, she was a good friend to many of us at the club and a regular source of good advice, mixed with a great sense of humour.

Geraldine was 40 earlier this year and leaves two children, Libby and Georgina.

Our thoughts are with Neil, the girls and Geraldine's family.


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Friday 18 December 2009
club news
The match may be cancelled, but the Kingsmeadow Live show must go on!

You may not be able to get your football fix tomorrow but why not come down to the Kinsmeadow Live Xmas Party to celebrate Chrsitmas with your fellow fans and others? See below for full details, tickets can also be purchased on the door.

Saturday 19th December
Kingsmeadow Live Presents – Christmas Party featuring Ska Wars!
Tickets: £10 / £15 with dinner (award winning Caribbean Cuisine from Ting N Ting)
Doors: 7.30pm

Booking Line: 020 8547 3335
Email: here
Tickets: here

Ska Wars are an established 7 piece Ska band made up of a young bunch of fun loving lads whose energy knows no bounds. Ska Wars have been playing the national circuit for over 5 years and made occasional trips to the continent to show our European friends a good time.

Previous festival gigs include Guilfest Main Stage 2002, Leeds Millenium square 2001, Bradford festival 2001-2003, Portsmouth festival 2002, Dartford festival 2002-2004, Bedford festival 2004 and many more. With a charismatic frontman, full horn section and the tightest rhythm section in the land, Ska Wars never fail to get the audience up and moving to the 2-tone classics of the Specials, Madness, Bad Manners and the Selector. Ska Wars also pay homage to the birth of Ska with tracks by Toots and the Maytals, Desmond Dekker and the Upsetters included in the set.

Ska Wars have supported acts including The Fun Loving Criminals, The Selecter, The Beat, Jools Holland and many more Ska Wars. The band was also voted 10th best unsigned band in England by Kerrang Magazine 2004!



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Friday 18 December 2009
club news
Crawley game off

We have been told by Crawley Town officials that Saturday's game has been postponed due to the combination of snow and frost.

A new date for the game will be announced as soon as possible


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Friday 18 December 2009
club news
Crawley Town announce Saturday's match is in serious doubt

Crawley have asked for a pitch inspection this morning, Friday, in the light of the heavy snow covering, frozen pitch and terraces, at the Broadfield Stadium.

The site says that the current condition of the pitch and the weather forecast suggest that the game has 'little chance of taking place'.

For more details, see their site by clicking on match update.


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Thursday 17 December 2009
club news
Last few chances to get your Dons Christmas presents

With Christmas posting deadlines looming, you might feel safer coming direct to the club shop for your last minute Dons merchandise purchases.

Just to remind you, the shop is open at the following times over the next few days:

Friday 18 December 6.00 pm - 8.00 pm
Sunday 20 December 11.00 am - 3.00 pm
Monday 21 December 11.00 am - 2.00 pm
Tuesday 22 December 11.00 am - 2.00 pm (your very last chance before Christmas)


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Thursday 17 December 2009
first team news
Terry talks about the Crawley game

The Dons face Crawley for the fourth time this season when they visit the Broadfield Stadium on Saturday. Steve Evans and his team will be seeking to reverse the result the last time the two teams met, when a ten-man Wimbledon team put on a strong second half performance to win 3-1 in the FA Cup and seal a lucrative tie at Millwall.

Wimbledon have been in a good run of form recently, whereas Crawley have had a mixed December so far, losing at home to table-topping Oxford before winning two away games in succession, at Tamworth and then in the FA Trophy at Bashley. But Dons boss Terry Brown is very clear about the task facing the team on Saturday.

"Saturday sees us travel to Crawley where I am sure we will be in for another close encounter. Our previous visit in the FA Cup was a very difficult game for us, where we never really did ourselves justice on the day. However, we worked hard and came away with a draw. We will have to improve on that performance if we are to come away with three points this Saturday.

"The two sides know each other well and the Crawley side is packed with experienced Football League players. So, we are under no illusions how difficult it will be. We go there on the back of some good form at the moment and we will be looking to consolidate our position in the top half of the table.

"We will be without the services of Ross Montague, who will need a couple of extra days to recuperate after suffering concussion last Saturday. Also, we have a little bit of a bug in the camp and Jon Main is missing training tonight.

"Will Hendry will be training with the squad tonight in the hope that he will be able to make a welcome return to the subs' bench on Saturday. If he has any reaction to tonight's training we won't risk him prior to the heavy fixture list.

"Looking at our longer term injuries, I spoke to James Pullen on Saturday and he is looking to get back into training very soon, possibly during the Christmas period. Luke Moore has now seen the specialist and his operation is scheduled for next week. If all goes according to plan he may well be available at the back end of the season, which would be a tremendous bonus for us if we are in with a shout either in the FA Trophy or the play offs.

"Depending on how many injuries we pick up, if any, I had planned to give the subs a run out on Monday at Tooting where we plan to field a strong side in the London Senior Cup. Hopefully, we will see you on Saturday and thanks again for all your support."


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Thursday 17 December 2009
dons trust news
Dons Draw winners for December

The December Dons Draw took place today at Kingsmeadow.

Winning numbers were drawn in the presence of Erik Samuelson (Chief Executive), Chris Atkinson and Neil Messenbird (Dons Draw Administrator).

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

First prize of £1,000 - ticket 3613 – Terry Tuvey of Morden

Second prize of £500 - ticket 2992 – Sue Hessey of Thornton Heath

Third prize of £250 - ticket 1210 – Elaine Jeater of Ingatestone

Fourth prize of £150 - ticket 0658 – Philip Godfrey of Liverpool

Fifth prize of £100 – ticket 2946 – John O’Brien of Richmond

Sixth prize of £50 – ticket 3960 – Colin Whitehair of Sutton

Congratulations to all six prize winners.

The next Dons Draw will take place on or around 15 January 2009 with the results being posted on the AFC Wimbledon official web site soon after the draw has taken place.

We have again paid out a massive £2,050 a month in prizes!

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

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

The deadline for new entrants to the January 2009 Dons Draw is 8.00 pm on 31 December.

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


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Thursday 17 December 2009
club news
End of Season Dinner 2010- Gift Certificates available

Following last year’s extremely successful event, the club is pleased to announce the details of this season’s End of Season Dinner kindly sponsored by Sports Interactive.

Once again the dinner will take place in a marquee on the pitch at The Cherry Red Records Fans Stadium on Saturday 8 May.

The evening will commence with a reception in the main bar at 7.00 pm before moving into the marquee for dinner.

After dinner, there will be an auction, a raffle and the highly anticipated end of season speeches from Terry Brown, the player of the season and more.

Once that is finished, a live band will be providing the entertainment with the bar open until 1.00 am.

Tickets cost £900 for a table of 10 or £100 for individual tickets, which includes ½ bottle of wine per person.

The dress code is lounge suit.

To book your table or for more information, call the commercial department on 020 8547 3336 or e-mail here.

We have a limited number of tables so we strongly recommend you book tables early to avoid disappointment


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Wednesday 16 December 2009
club news
Ticket arrangements for Altrincham Trophy match

Ticket prices for our 2nd Round FA Trophy tie against Altrincham on Saturday 9 January have now been agreed as follows:

Paul Strank Stand Seats Centre and Outer blocks

Adults £14

Concessions £7

Under-16s £3

Terrace

Adults £12

Concessions £6

Under-16s £2

The match is not all-ticket, and all season ticket holders will be required to pay. Voucher C will need to be produced. Tickets will go on sale on Friday 18 December.

Paul Strank Stand season ticket holders who wish to reserve their usual seat will have until 5.00 pm on Saturday 26 December to do so. This is the date for our home league game against Hayes and Yeading and we will accept applications handed in on that day. Non season ticket holders wishing to buy a seat for the game can do so immediately but will not be allocated a specific seat until after 28 December.

Please note that with the expected attendance for this game, we are not issuing separate tickets for the John Smith’s and Tempest End terraces.

Tickets may be purchased as follows:

By Post:

• There is a maximum of 4 tickets per applicant.

• Applicants should enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Tickets will be sent at the risk of the applicant – in other words we cannot issue replacement tickets for any that are lost in the post. Fans who want secure delivery of the tickets should not stamp the self-addressed envelope but instead add a payment of £2 for a recorded delivery service. Alternatively, applicants can request that the tickets are kept at the office for collection.

• Applicants must enclose a daytime phone contact number.

Online:

Terrace tickets may be bought online by going to the “Buy tickets” online tab on the front page of the official website. There is a maximum of 4 tickets per applicant.

Personal callers:

Tickets will not be sold by phone. However, personal callers may visit the club between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm during office hours to purchase tickets but please note the office will be closed from 1.00 pm on Wednesday 23 December and will reopen on Monday 4 January at 10.00 am.



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Wednesday 16 December 2009
first team news
Surrey Senior Cup

Our 3rd Round tie against Camberley Town in the Surrey Senior Cup will take place at The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow on Tuesday 26 January 2010, kick off 7.45 pm.


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Wednesday 16 December 2009
club news
Kingsmeadow Live Presents – Christmas Party featuring Ska Wars!

Saturday 19th December
Kingsmeadow Live Presents – Christmas Party featuring Ska Wars!
Tickets: £10 / £15 with dinner (award winning Caribbean Cuisine from Ting N Ting)
Doors: 7.30pm

Booking Line: 020 8547 3335
Email: here
Tickets: here

Ska Wars are an established 7 piece Ska band made up of a young bunch of fun loving lads whose energy knows no bounds. Ska Wars have been playing the national circuit for over 5 years and made occasional trips to the continent to show our European friends a good time.

Previous festival gigs include Guilfest Main Stage 2002, Leeds Millenium square 2001, Bradford festival 2001-2003, Portsmouth festival 2002, Dartford festival 2002-2004, Bedford festival 2004 and many more. With a charismatic frontman, full horn section and the tightest rhythm section in the land, Ska Wars never fail to get the audience up and moving to the 2-tone classics of the Specials, Madness, Bad Manners and the Selector. Ska Wars also pay homage to the birth of Ska with tracks by Toots and the Maytals, Desmond Dekker and the Upsetters included in the set.

Ska Wars have supported acts including The Fun Loving Criminals, The Selecter, The Beat, Jools Holland and many more Ska Wars. The band was also voted 10th best unsigned band in England by Kerrang Magazine 2004!



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Wednesday 16 December 2009
club news
Under 19 game off

Today's Under 19 game at Wycombe Wanderers has been postponed because of a frozen pitch.


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Tuesday 15 December 2009
first team news
It's Altrincham

In tonight's FA Trophy first round replay, Altrincham won 1-0 and so they will be our opponents at Kingsmeadow on Saturday 9 January.

Arrangements for the game will be published here soon.


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Monday 14 December 2009
club news
Home draw in the Trophy

We were first out of the hat in the draw for the Second Round of the FA Trophy and will play the winners of the replay between Altrincham or Wrexham which is due to take place tomorrow night.

More details will follow.


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Sunday 13 December 2009
club news
Coach travel to Crawley and Stevenage

The club will be running supporters' coaches to the away games against Crawley Town and Stevenage Borough on 19 and 28 December respectively.

Crawley Town: The coach will be picking up from The Grove at 12.30 pm and from Kingsmeadow at 1.00 pm.

Stevenage Borough: The coach will be picking up from The Grove at 12.00 noon and from Kingsmeadow at 12.30 pm.

The price is £10 and places can be reserved by contacting the club office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays.

Please note the club will not be running coaches to the game against Hayes & Yeading on New Year's Day.


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Sunday 13 December 2009
club news
Terry's thoughts on Boreham Wood

Terry Brown's post match interview following the Boreham Wood game is now available for viewing.

To see Terry, click on AFC Wimbledon TV.

For an audio-only version , please click on Audio, Terry Brown


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Saturday 12 December 2009
first team news
Dons progress in Trophy

Terry Brown used his get out of jail card as the Dons came from behind to score two goals in the last seven minutes to take their place in the Second Round of the FA Trophy.

Brown had made a number of changes from the team that had started against Gateshead, with Derek Duncan, Kennedy Adjei, Sam Hatton, Ross Montague, Luis Cumbers and Elliott Godfrey all starting. In a disappointing game, chances were few and far between and the action only really got going in the second half. Following a goalkeeping mistake by Seb Brown, when, outside his penalty area, he mis-headed the ball to Leon Hunter who shot from distance into the empty net after 53 minutes.

The entrance of Jon Main and Danny Kedwell after 58 minutes began to change the direction of the game and after 83 minutes Ben Judge headed the ball back across goal for Kedwell to net. Hatton and Main both missed glorious opportunities to take the lead and it was left to Cumbers in injury time to bag the winner. A long ball from Ricky Wellard found Kedwell who outpaced the defence and squared the ball for the onrushing Cumbers to lash home.

Terry Brown was a relieved man after the game. “It turned out to be a very difficult game for us today. Boreham Wood came with a game plan that worked effectively for 60 minutes and we had to struggle hard to get the goals. They were well disciplined, well organised and only played one man up front. They didn’t create much and the goal they did score, we gave them. That has not been happening recently, and is one of the reasons for our good run. Over the last couple of seasons, this is the kind of match we would probably have lost, especially because of the position we found ourselves in on the hour mark. However, when you have the likes of Danny Kedwell and Jon Main to bring on, it makes a big difference.

“We took a few gambles today and left out a number of players who needed a rest, and in the end the gamble paid off. This gave an opportunity for some of the squad players to impress, and some of them were more successful than others. If we are to win anything this season, we need a squad that has strength in depth.

“I am obviously delighted that we didn’t have a replay, as that would have defeated the whole object of resting some of the players. Looking forward to the draw for the next round on Monday, I hope that we get a home tie, and that the tie will be a little more appetising for our fans. What I hope to avoid at this stage is one of the top ten teams from the Conference.

“Next week we visit Crawley Town and having played them three times already this season it is obvious that there is nothing between the two teams. We will certainly have to play better than we did today if we are to come away with three points.”



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Friday 11 December 2009
club news
Half season tickets

There is still time to buy an AFC Wimbledon half-season ticket, either as a present or for yourself.

You can see all twelve of AFC Wimbledon's post-Christmas home Blue Square Premier League matches for only £100 for an adult terrace ticket. Concession tickets are £50, young adult tickets are £30 and under 16 tickets are £15.

Matches covered by the tickets start with the Boxing Day home game against Hayes and Yeading United and include the visits of promotion challengers Mansfield Town and Stevenage Borough.

These half-season tickets guarantee your entry to home matches that will determine the promotion and play-off places for the Blue Square Premier 2009/10 and give you priority for tickets for away games in the play offs, should we reach them.

Terraces

Half-year season tickets are available for adults, concessions, young adults (aged 16 - 21) and under-16s for the John Smith's stand only. We regret that there are no places available in the Paul Strank Stand and the Tempest End.

As fans know, we are planning to install additional turnstiles in the next few months. Once this work is complete, season ticket holders will be able to transfer to the Kingston Road end terrace, if they wish. We hope that this work will be completed by the end of February.

Applications

You can leave your application at the complimentary tickets window before or after the Boreham Wood game.

Alternatively, call the club office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm, Monday - Friday, on 020 8547 3528, or download a form by clicking here. We strongly urge you to read the 'Questions and answers' document and the Terms and conditions which can be found towards the bottom of the linked page, here.


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Friday 11 December 2009
dons trust news
Golden Goals for the Boreham Wood game

You might not recognise your Golden Goal seller tomorrow, as we've given the regular team the day off and invited them into the President's Lounge to celebrate their remarkable achievement of reaching £100,000 of funds raised since they started. A feature on this achievement will appear in Saturday’s match day programme.

The magic total will be reached tomorrow, so long as the stand-in sellers do as well as the regulars, so please be patient with these willing volunteer stand-ins and make sure you get your ticket in good time.

As a one off to celebrate the achievement a special “golden ticket” is being produced. The buyer of the golden ticket will win an immediate prize of £50. He or she will also have the opportunity to win £100 or £25 at home matches in 2010, by predicting the time and scorer of the first or second goal. In other words, instead of choosing a golden goal ticket at random, like every one else, the holder of the golden ticket can – in effect – choose their own ticket. Whether this will make the person concerned any luckier than other golden goal buyers remains to be seen but it will give him or her an opportunity that no one else has.

So, buy your golden goal tickets on Saturday, help the Dons Trust to pass the £100,000 total and see if you win the normal first or second prizes or the special prize by picking out the golden ticket.


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Friday 11 December 2009
club news
Extra opening hours for Christmas shopping

The club's on-line shop is now an incredibly popular way for fans to buy their Christmas presents and orders are currently being fulfilled most days of the week.

However, if you prefer to visit us and browse the range of goods on offer in the club shop, the merchandise team has announced the following additional opening times over the Christmas period:

Sunday 13 December 1.00 pm - 5.00 pm Junior Dons Christmas Party
Tuesday 15 December 11.00 am - 2.00 pm
Thursday 17 December 11.00 am - 2.00 pm
Friday 18 December 6.00 pm - 8.00 pm
Sunday 20 December 11.00 am - 3.00 pm
Monday 21 December 11.00 am - 2.00 pm
Tuesday 22 December 11.00 am - 2.00 pm (your last chance before Christmas)

More Christmas opening times may be added as more volunteers become available, so watch this site for additional information.


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Friday 11 December 2009
first team news
The Dons set off on the hunt for cup success

The Dons take on Boreham Wood tomorrow in the FA Trophy first round proper. In four attempts to date, Wimbledon have not beaten The Wood. Dave Anderson's last season saw two draws, while in Terry Brown's first season the Dons suffered two 1-0 defeats, the home defeat being an end to a run of poor results for The Wood.

As fans know, Luke Garrard is on loan to Boreham Wood and we spoke to him about the game. "I've been here because I desperately needed game time, due to last season's long term injury. I've enjoyed my time here immensely.

"We haven't been having the best of results in the second part of my spell here but we've just not being getting the breaks, losing to Kingstonian on a late pen and one or two other unlucky knockbacks. This is a good team, young and athletic and they will be up for it. So it should be a good contest."

We asked Luke if he had split loyalties for the game. "No, not at all. There will be no split loyalties tomorrow - no question. I probably won't cheer any goals, so that I make sure I don't get beaten up when I get back home, but I'm a Dons player and that is all there is to it. And I'll be back in early January fit and ready to fight for my place back."

Terry Brown is looking forward to the game too.

"After a hectic schedule of six games in 18 days, we have a number of knocks. After discussions with Mike Rayner, we've decided that prior to the very busy Christmas period we will rest one or two of the players who have born the brunt of this season and played in most of the games so far.

"Having been delighted with the performance of several of our squad on Tuesday night at Ash, we will be giving some of them another opportunity to stake a claim for a regular first team place.

"When we started this season off it was made abundantly clear to all the players that if we were going to be successful this year it would be due to the strength of the overall squad, not just individuals. We had a meeting last night prior to training and complimented them on reaching their targets with regard to league position and FA Cup progress during the first half of the season.

"We also took the opportunity to emphasise how important the FA Trophy is in the second half of the season. We need to balance this with the need to avoid being foolhardy by overloading some players. I hope in particular that the forwards take advantage of tomorrow's opportunity as they have both certainly earned the chance that Saturday's game offers them.

"So, as we set off on the Trophy trail this season, tell your other half that you can't go shopping after all - and I look forward to seeing you for what should be an exciting and entertaining cup tie."


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Thursday 10 December 2009
club news
Under 19s off again

Tomorrow's Under 19 game against Bromley has been called off as the pitch is deemed unfit to be played on.

Their next game is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 16 December when they visit Wycombe Wanderers.


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Thursday 10 December 2009
club news
Golden Goal Tickets

On Saturday, sales of golden goal tickets will have raised over £100,000 for the Stadium Fund since sales began in August 2002. A feature on this achievement will appear in Saturday’s match day programme.

In addition, a special “golden ticket” is being produced to mark this total. The buyer of the golden ticket will win an immediate prize of £50. He or she will also have the opportunity to win £100 or £25 at home matches in 2010, by predicting the time and scorer of the first or second goal. In other words, instead of choosing a golden goal ticket at random, like every one else, the holder of the golden ticket can – in effect – choose their own ticket. Whether this will make the person concerned any luckier than other golden goal buyers remains to be seen but it will give him or her an opportunity that no one else has.

So, buy your golden goal tickets on Saturday, help the Dons Trust to pass the £100,000 total and see if you win the normal first or second prizes or the special prize by picking out the golden ticket.



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Wednesday 09 December 2009
club news
Under 19 game postponed

Following more heavy overnight rain this afternoon's Under 19 game against Woking in the Football Conference Youth Alliance has had to be postponed.

The Under 19s next scheduled game is on Friday 11 December when they visit Bromley.




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Tuesday 08 December 2009
first team news
Luke needs an operation

Following a scan last Friday, we have now heard that Luke Moore has been diagnosed as having a hip impingement, caused by a bony outgrowth. In everyday terms, there is a spur of bone on his hip which is causing him pain.

Club physio Mike Rayner tells us it is likely that Luke will need an operation and, if so, he will be out for a minimum of three months - possibly as long as six months.

Luke will, of course, be in good hands with Mike and we wish him a speedy recovery.


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Tuesday 08 December 2009
first team news
Game on - and Terry's thoughts on Ash

Following a pitch inspection the game at Ash has been declared 'on' for this evening. Kick off is at 7.30 pm.

"We are expecting that tonight's game against Ash in the Surrey Senior Cup will go ahead. It is an important game for the club as a number of first team regulars have not had a 90 minute run out for several weeks.

"We will be playing 4-3-3 and we are putting out a very strong team. The defence is Jack Turner, Sam Hatton, Charlie Clark-Gleave, Quincy Rowe and Derek Duncan;

The midfield will consist of Elliott Godfrey, Kennedy Adjei, and Ricky Wellard. Up front will be Peter Rapson, Ross Montague and Luis Cumbers.

"The five subs are Ryan Jackson, Matty Harmsworth, Callum Dunne, Charlie Girdler and Tommy Rose - all drawn from the reserves and youth teams who have been recommended to me by Marcus Gayle, Mark Robinson and Russell Harmsworth.

"The current squad is running at about 24 and the Surrey Senior Cup offers a good opportunity for squad players to fight for a first team spot. Ash are having a successful season so we expect a good game and our supporters will, once again, be able to link up with Dons legend Matt Everard."


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Tuesday 08 December 2009
club news
Pitch inspection at Ash

We have heard from Ash United that following the recent heavy rain over the past few days a pitch inspection will be taking place at 3.00 pm to determine whether tonight's game will go ahead.

We will publish the result of the inspection as soon as we hear. Please do not telephone the office.



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Tuesday 08 December 2009
first team news
Gateshead highlights and Terry's thoughts

The highlights of the Gateshead game and Terry Brown's post match interview are now availabele for viewing.

To see them, click on AFC Wimbledon TV.


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Monday 07 December 2009
club news
Match ball sponsorship packages available

Looking for the perfect Christmas present for the special Dons fan in your life?

The commercial department has a few ball sponsorship packages still available over the Christmas period and in the New Year.

The ball sponsorship package includes:

- 4 tickets for the Presidents Lounge and main stand
- Full buffet plus tea and coffee
- Complimentary programme for each guest
- Group or company name or logo on front cover of match day programme
- Editorial on commercial page in match day programme
- Several announcements over the PA
- Signed AFC Wimbledon football
- Commemorative photo of the occasion

For prices and availability, either call the commercial department on 020 8547 3336 or e-mail here.



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Monday 07 December 2009
dons trust news
Silent Auction

The Dons Trust held its annual silent auction at the match against Gateshead on Saturday. Assuming that all amounts pledged are received, then the auction raised £2,319, which is a very commendable result. The Dons Trust would like to thank Paul Jeater and his team for organising this event.

The silent auction is now a regular fixture in the Trust's fundraising calendar. If you have any suitable memorabilia or other items you would like to donate for the 2010 silent auction, then please contact fundraising@thedonstrust.org or leave a message for Mark Davis via the club on 020 8547 3528.



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Sunday 06 December 2009
first team news
Ash Ash Ash United

The Dons' next game is at Ash United in the Surrey Senior Cup on Tuesday night, 8 December. Please note that the kick off time is 7.30 pm.

Ash was one of the first teams Wimbledon played in competitive football and, of course, their centre back was Matt Everard, later to join the Dons and play nearly 100 games for the club. We thought we would take the oportunity to speak to him about his current role as assistant manager at Ash and also about his Wimbledon memories.

You can read the resulting feature by clicking on Matt Everard feature.

Terry Brown's thoughts on the game, for which he will be sending a strong squad, will appear here on Tuesday.


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Saturday 05 December 2009
first team news
Dons continue their winning ways

Two stunning strikes from Steven Gregory and Ricky Wellard were sufficient to give the Dons all three points in a game in which they had to fight hard for the full 90 minutes against a tenacious Gateshead team.

Terry Brown made just one change to the team that has started at Salisbury with Gregory coming in for Kennedy Adjei. And it was the midfielder who opened the scoring after 22 minutes. Picking up the ball in midfield there appeared to be few options for him but with the Gateshead defence backing off he unleashed a left footed shot from at least 25 yards which crashed against the bar and over the line.

Danny Kedwell looked to have increased the lead early in the second half after he had outpaced his marker and curled a shot round Paul Farman but the effort was ruled out as the assistant referee raised his flag for a foul by the Dons forward. Not to be denied, Wimbledon did score a second after 60 minutes when Wellard curled his free kick round the wall and into the top corner of the net.

After the game Terry Brown was quite excited about the result. "We knew several weeks ago we would have to put a run of good results together if we were going to stay in touch with the leading pack. We have achieved four clean sheets and picked up 12 points in the process and now sit in sixth position. We know we are only half way through the league fixtures but find ourselves in a good position.

"I thought today was a bit scrappy and to be fair to Gateshead they came here to stop us playing while trying to play a bit themselves. I thought we had the rub of the green as they pressed towards the end and they did have several opportunities late on.

"It was lovely to see Ricky Wellard score his first goal for the club and, in the context of the game, it was a massive goal as it effectively put the game to bed. My only disappointment is that we are still not clinical enough in the final third and we must learn to kill teams off when we have the chance to do so.

"Over the past few weeks we have done a lot of work on the defensive side of the game and it seems to be paying off as we kept our fourth clean sheet. Seb Brown has got better with each game and made a vital save near the end. Another important factor has been the return of Ben Judge who, like vintage wine, gets better with age. He is a great reader of the game and while the likes of Paul Lorraine, Alan Inns and Brett Johnson win the headers he just mops up anything left over.

"Unfortunately Will Hendry pulled a hamstring in the first half and is likely to be missing for a few weeks. Coupled with the injury to Luke Moore, which we should know more about on Monday, it means we have lost some of our attacking quality from midfield.

"We now have a two week break from the league and turn our attention to the FA Trophy, a competition we want to do well in. That said I will be making full use of my squad as after the recent run of game a few players need a rest".


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Friday 04 December 2009
dons trust news
Silent auction on line bids close at 8.00 am on Saturday - more lots added

If you can't come to the silent auction, which will take place before this Saturday's game against Gateshead, then you can still bid on line. You have until 8.00 am on Saturday to do so, or you can go to the back bar before 2.15 pm and make your bid in person.

Four new lots were added earlier today; there are three copies of the newly released version of Football Manager and an FM gift bag. They were kindly donated by Sports Interactive.

If you want to know how a silent auction works, please click on Silent auction. The page then directs you to a link where you can bid.

If you want to go straight to the bidding site then click bid here.


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Friday 04 December 2009
cfs news
Matchday Football Club off tomorrow

There will be no Matchday Football Club running at Kingsmeadow tomorrow prior to the match against Gateshead.

The Matchday Football Club will resume as usual on Saturday 12th December before the Boreham Wood fixture, and continue running every Saturday (including Boxing Day) through the Christmas and New Year Period, 1.00pm – 2.30pm.



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Thursday 03 December 2009
first team news
Terry on Saturday's game against Gateshead

We spoke to Terry Brown just before tonight's training session, and he looked forward to this weekend's game against Gateshead.

"Saturday's game against Gateshead offers us the chance to build on a run of three wins. It would be nice to enter the Christmas period on the back of a continued good run and it is important that we start to establish some consistency at home.

"I have been asked in recent weeks why our away form is considerably better than our home form. I think some of this can be put down to the fact that we have played at home against Oxford, Kettering, and York, plus Cambridge, Luton and Kidderminster - all very good teams.

"The game plan, regardless of being home or away, is always to try to gain maximum points and I am sure in the second half of the season our home form will improve.

"As a management team, we set the players certain targets at various times of the year and coming up to the halfway stage we are fractionally short of the target we set. Personally, I'm delighted with the overall performance during the first half of the season and I am sure as the players get to know and understand each other better that we can continue to build upon what is a very promising start to the season.

"Although we are fully focused on the league this Saturday, as soon as we have played Gateshead the focus will change to the FA Trophy tie against Boreham Wood. I am sure with the help of Luke Moore (who won the FA Trophy while with Ebbsfleet) we can emphasise not only the possibility of reaching Wembley but how important and how magnificent it would be to go back to Wembley, taking this great club back to our second home!

"Saturday should see the return of Steven Gregory and hopefully there will be no other new injuries at tonight's training. If so, I should have at least 18 players from which to choose our squad of 16.

"With Kingstonian playing on Sunday, we've invited their manager, Alan Dowson, to the game. Alan is from the north east and a former player of theirs - perhaps some of their team can interpret what Alan says, as we have absolutely no idea!"


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Thursday 03 December 2009
club news
Kingsmeadow Live is looking for bands!

AFC Wimbledon is searching for locally based bands to play at a Kingsmeadow Live 'Battle of the Bands' on either Friday 22 January or Friday 12 February. If you can’t make either of those dates let us know when you would be available. Whether it is Pop, Alternative, Rock, Indie, Grunge or Electro we would love to hear from you!

If you have a following fan base let us know and we could organise a door split with you.

If you're interested, give us a call on 020 8547 3396 or e-mail here.




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Thursday 03 December 2009
dons trust news
Special guest dinner

Following the successful dinners held by the Dons Trust over recent years, such as an Evening with Lawrie and this year's Dinner with Dickie, the fundraising team is pleased to announce the date of the 2010 special guest dinner, which will be held on the evening of Friday 26 March.

Further details of our special guest and of ticket arrangements will be published in the near future. Please place this date firmly in your diary as it's bound to be another memorable evening.



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Thursday 03 December 2009
dons trust news
Place your bids for the silent auction

The silent auction will take place in the back bar before this Saturday's game against Gateshead.

If you can't come, or want to get in an early bid for one of the lots, then you can do so on line.

To find out more about silent auctions, please click on Silent auction. The page then directs you to a link where you can bid.

If you want to go straight to the bidding site then click bid here.

Please note that on line bidding closes at 8.00 am on Saturday.


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Wednesday 02 December 2009
first team news
Update on injuries

Terry gave the players a day off from training following an evening match and a late return from the Salisbury game, so he took the chance to update us on the injuries from last night and last Saturday.

"The recent run of games - four in ten days - has brought with it several injuries. Hopefully, most of these are only minor.

"Starting with Luke Moore, the situation is that he has picked up what first appeared to be a groin injury but now appears to be something a little more serious. The club is currently arranging for Luke to meet a specialist who can hopefully diagnose what the problem is.

"Will Hendry picked up a nasty bang but, having spoken to him, he appears to have no after effects today. Jay Conroy also picked up a nasty injury to his leg which led us to withdraw him from the game. The cut didn't require stitches and we hope he will be OK for Saturday.

"Kennedy Adjei came through his first game for several weeks and was brought off after 76 minutes as a safeguard. Considering that Kennedy has been out for what seems an eternity, he came in and, in his own inimitable manner, stroked the ball about midfield. I certainly feel fortunate to have a player of Kennedy's calibre to come in instead of the unavailable Steven Gregory.

"There were also good performances by the back four and Ricky Wellard, and obviously Jon Main's goals contributed to what was another fine away victory. We now have to concentrate on our more inconsistent home form to ensure we maintain our current run and league position.

"We will be training as normal on Thursday night - a light session as the boys have had a very heavy work load over the last ten days. I envisage picking from a strong squad for both the Gateshead game and then the Surrey Senior Cup game at Ash next week."


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Wednesday 02 December 2009
club news
End of Season Dinner 2010

Following last year’s extremely successful event, the club is pleased to announce the details of this season’s End of Season Dinner kindly sponsored by Sports Interactive.

Once again the dinner will take place in a marquee on the pitch at The Cherry Red Records Fans Stadium on Saturday 8 May.

The evening will commence with a reception in the main bar at 7.00 pm before moving into the marquee for dinner.

After dinner, there will be an auction, a raffle and the highly anticipated end of season speeches from Terry Brown, the player of the season and more.

Once that is finished, a live band will be providing the entertainment with the bar open until 1.00 am.

Tickets cost £900 for a table of 10 or £100 for individual tickets, which includes ½ bottle of wine per person.

The dress code is lounge suit.

To book your table or for more information, call the commercial department on 020 8547 3336 or e-mail here.

We have a limited number of tables so we strongly recommend you book tables early to avoid disappointment


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Wednesday 02 December 2009
first team news
Jon proves to be the main man again

Wimbledon did enough to beat Salisbury 2-0 to move up to sixth position in the Blue Square Premier and record their third consecutive win.

There were just two changes to the team that had beaten Kidderminster on Saturday with Kennedy Adjei and Jon Main making the starting line up in place of Steven Gregory and Luke Moore. After a lack-lustre first half the game was a much more entertaining affair in the second period and, not for the first time, Jon Main was the hero, scoring two goals in the space of six minutes.

The first came after 63 minutes when a ball down the right from substitute Sam Hatton found Lewis Taylor who made ground and crossed for the unmarked Main to head home. The architect of the second goal was Will Hendry who played a perfectly weighted pass into Main who shot left footed past the goalkeeper.

Terry Brown was happy for the fans and with the win. “It was another fantastic turnout from our fans on a cold, windy and wet Tuesday night and I am delighted that the players were able to send them home happy with three points.

“I felt our first half performance was below par and nowhere near the level we displayed against Kidderminster on Saturday. However, as I have said before, this is a young squad and it is not always going to be possible to find the consistency we would all like.

“Travelling back I don’t think we played as well as we can do but we ran out 2-0 winners against a side who had run Stevenage close on Saturday. They say a good sign is when you play poorly but win but it would be unfair to say we were poor when we dominated the game and gave them hardly any opportunities to score. The difference to our losing and winning streak is that we have been able to keep clean sheets and much credit must go the goalkeeper and the defence.

“We have now played four games in 10 days and have picked up a number of injuries. The worst being Luke Moore who, after scoring two fantastic goals last Tuesday, has what Mike Rayner fears is a long term injury. Fortunately, we have brought into the club Will Hendry who should be a natural replacement for him at the top of the diamond. He needs to work hard to get himself 100% fit, but the quality of his through ball for Jon Main to score his second goal was there for everyone to see.

“We now go into Saturday’s game against Gateshead on the back of three wins and we must ensure we are not over confident. If we can secure another three points it will put us in a very good position in the league as we go into the busy Christmas schedule”.


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Tuesday 01 December 2009
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents Milton Jones this Friday!

Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents Milton Jones, Raymond & Mr Timpkins Revue and Mark Maier

Friday 4th December
Tickets: £12 (Price includes award-winning Caribbean dinner)
Doors: 7.30pm

To purchase tickets, visit here or call 020 8547 3335

Milton Jones (Headliner)

Milton Jones won the Time Out Best Comedy Performance 2003, comedian and actor. He also won the prestigious Perrier Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Festival in 1996 for his first solo show and returned in 1997 to become a Perrier Nominee.

His Sony Award-winning show The Very World of Milton Jones (BBC Radio 4) has enjoyed three successful series to date and was also nominated for a British Comedy Award for Best Radio Series in 1998. Four episodes of Another Case of Milton Jones have just been commissioned and will be broadcast in November of this year.

He has made numerous guest television appearances and starred as 'The Supervisor' in Sky 1's sitcom, The Strangerers. He continues to gig on the comedy circuit and is also adding many corporate clients to his growing fan base.

Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue (Opening Act)

From the sunny side of Planet Stupid comes the unique character comedy that is The Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue, and this charasmatically-challenged uncle / mute nephew co-operative invite you to their disturbing world of brushed velvet arousal.

It's freakish entertainment on a twisted stick, incorporating inimitable acoustic guitar / stylophone driven rock anthems coupled with a plethora of prop-assisted material that's busier than a wasp in a fat child's lunchbox and which has, in turn, made them popular in curry houses across the commonwealth.

Together since 1992, their highly original performance approach has made them regulars in Universities and comedy clubs around the country, including appearances at the Edinburgh (Where they appeared in 'The Best of the Fringe'), Glastonbury, Phoenix and Reading festivals. They have appeared on Carlton TV's 'The Warehouse', BBC Choice's 'Lenny Beige's Variety Pack', Men At Work Productions' 'Raymann is Latt' (a hugely popular Dutch comedy show) and are currently writing their own sitcom.

"Enough silliness to fill a pillow" EVENING STANDARD
"An indulgent set of brilliant tackiness" TAKE 7 MAGAZINE
"Someone should give them their own show" PORTSMOUTH NEWS
"Knockabout duo - Really out there!" THE GUARDIAN

Mark Maier (MC)

Multi award winning writer and comedian Mark Maier, is a highly sought after performer on both the national and international comedy circuits. He has played Germany, Holland, Ireland, Hong Kong, Bahamas, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand - and has also appeared at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles and Caroline's in New York.

Recent professional highlights include two series of 'Trapped' for BBC Radio 4 - a show both written and performed by Mark (with a third series already penned), ‘Inner Voices of Men’ an Alan Bennett style talking heads series for BBC R4 and ‘Object Lessons’ - the radio adaptation of his hit 2004 Edinburgh show.

Mark’s many television appearances include; The Stand Up Show (BBC1), Dating The Enemy (ITV), Bring Me The Head of Light Entertainment, (CH5), Five’s Company (CH5), The World Stands Up (Paramount Comedy), Comedy Rules (SKY) & Live At Jongleurs (LWT). As an actor he appeared in Rory Bremner, Who Else? (CH4) and recently filmed an episode of My Hero (BBC 1).

Mark regularly performs with the critically-acclaimed 'Comedy Store Players'. He has taught improvisational comedy in London and founded the group 'MadLib' which performed at the Edinburgh Festival. His ability to tailor material on demand has also made him very popular with corporate bookers.

"A multi-talented, mercurial comedian" - The Independent
"It's high time someone gave him a TV show of his own" The Guardian 2005
“Talent to burn” Mail On Sunday 2005
“Pathos, poignancy, wit and wisdom” Evening Standard 2005
“See it” Daily Mirror 2005
“His delivery sparkles with wit, pathos and invention” The List 2004
“ Maier proves himself quite a character actor, making these frankly ridiculous flights of fancy seem perfectly believable through precise, nuanced performances” Chortle 2004

(Line-ups subject to change)




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Tuesday 01 December 2009
dons trust news
Junior Dons party nearly fully booked

There are only ten spaces left for the Junior Dons Christmas party and they have been reserved for Junior Dons members only.

If you wish to book one of these spaces, please contact Aideen Rochford via the club's offices with details of your JD membership.

Entry to this year's party is free. It will be held on Sunday 13 December from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm in the back bar.

Haydon will be overseeing the fun and party favourite Rockin' Paddy will be dj-ing and organising the party games. Terry Brown and the players will be joining in the fun and Father Christmas has even agreed to leave the North Pole for a couple of hours to hand out presents.

The party is suitable for children up to 12 years old, under 5s must be accompanied by an adult.

Although entry is free, we still need the Junior Don's name, age, gender and details of any allergies or medical conditons. Please send these to the club's office for the attention of Aideen Rochford.

If you have any queries, please email here.


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Tuesday 01 December 2009
club news
Matchday arrangements for Salisbury City

There will be full segregation for this game and Wimbledon supporters will not be able to use the club bar. If you are travelling by coach or car you are advised to use the Harvester Public House at Old Sarum which is approximately one mile form the ground. Supporters travelling by train should use the Railway Public House near the station. If you need to take a taxi from the station you are advised to call 01722 505050.

Supporters should enter the ground via turnstiles E and F and terrace admission prices are:

Adults £13
Concessions £9
Students £7
Under 16 £3

There is a transfer charge of £2 to the seating areas.

There are still a few spaces left on the supporters' coaches and anyone interested should contact the office on 020 8547 3528 before 2.30 pm today.


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