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Thursday 31 March 2005
club news
Third kit design competition

As you may have seen in Monday's programme, AFC Wimbledon invite you to help us design the Dons? third kit.

The kit is to be launched in time for the start of next season so time is of the essence. Entries must be in by 4pm on Friday 8 April.We will set no parameters except that the kit must not be blue or yellow and must use the Football Manager Logo.

The entries must be hard copies. They can be hand drawn or printouts from a computer. We will not accept entries by email or any other means.

To post entries please send to:
Third kit Competition
The Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow
Jack Goodchild Way
422a Kingston Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey
KT1 3PB

You can hand them in to the office in person if you find that more convenient.

As with the last competition, we will display the five top entries in the main bar at KM. Fans will be able to vote on the premises or online as with the last competition. Voting will take place from 12 April to 26 April inclusive. The result will be announced via the OS on the 29 April. This only gives one match if you want to vote at the ground, that is the Cray game on the 23 April. Please note there is only one vote per Dons Trust Member or Season Ticket holder.

The prize is yet to be decided but will be at least a full third kit and hopefully a few other goodies to go with it. Good luck to one and all.


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Thursday 31 March 2005
dons trust news
Quarterly Report

The latest Dons Trust Quarterly Report (01/05) can be downloaded here in pdf format (452kb).

Adobe Reader (Adobe Acrobat Reader) is required to view. If you do not have this installed it can be obtained here. If you experience any difficulties in viewing this document and would like help with this and any other membership related questions please send an email to membership@thedonstrust.org.


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Thursday 31 March 2005
dons trust news
Notice and Agenda for The Dons Trust SGM - April 14

Notice is hereby given of a Special General Meeting of the members of the Wimbledon Football Club Supporters? Society Ltd to be held at The Fans' Stadium ? Kingsmeadow, Jack Goodchild Way, 422a Kingston Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 3PB on Thursday 14 April 2005 at 7.30 pm.

SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING

A G E N D A

1. Previous meeting Report
2. Quarterly Report
3. Shares in AFCW PLC? Proposed Resolutions
4. Questions & Answers
5. Any Other Business

By order of the Board


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Thursday 31 March 2005
first team news
Walton match details and transport update

Walton & Hersham have laid on extra facilities for Saturday's game, and SouthWest Trains advise of travel issues.

The ground and bar will open at 12 noon. Admission prices will be £7 for adults and £4 for concessions, with a £1 transfer ticket available for the Main Stand. Programmes will cost £1.50. There will be a charge of 50p entrance to the bar to help pay for all the extra plastic glasses etc they have had to purchase.

On top of that, there will be a marquee erected in front of the main stand which will hold plenty free of charge. It will have Young's bitter on draught, as well as the normal lagers etc. All bottle beer purchased will be poured into plastic glasses, as requested by the authorities. There will also be additional burger bars.

There are no trains on the Waterloo to Walton line on Saturday and those planning on travelling by rail are advised that a bus service will be in operation from Tolworth. The engineering works are between Raynes Park and Kingston and Raynes Park and Weybridge. Buses will run from Tolworth at xx10, xx25, xx40 and xx55, taking half an hour and arriving Walton at xx40, xx55, xx10 and xx25. To connect with these buses take the Chessington service or the diverted Hampton Court service. These will all call at Tolworth.


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Wednesday 30 March 2005
club news
Give & Go Again

Our resident new music guru scribbles:
The third AFC Wimbledon band night, Give & Go Again, is taking place in the main bar on Friday 8 April. For your measly £6, you once again get two top quality bands, plenty of drinking time and the chance to heckle Kevin Borras in his role as Give & Go MC.

The two bands on show couldn't differ much more in style and attitude. Up first are DeBooter (website here (external link)) from Cambridge, a highly-charged, energetic trio who'll smash their way into your brain with huge great chunks of classic British garage rock, but in a caring way. You'd come off worse in a fight with them, but they'd visit you in hospital.

Headliners Fifty Views (website here (external link)) are a different kind of cider altogether. Leaning heavily towards the polished, melodic rock of Coldplay and U2, they are one of the most hotly tipped unsigned bands on the circuit at the moment, and a deal with a major label, propelling them into the parallel universe of private jets, celebrity wives and children named after fruit ("I like the sound of Banana Stevens actually," says singer James) is surely imminent. Powerful and tuneful, Fifty Views are as much suited to playing stadiums as bars in stadiums. Catch them while you can.

Doors open at 7.30.


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Wednesday 30 March 2005
club news
Smoking views canvassed

Chairman Kris Stewart writes:
"Smoking in public places is currently a hot topic and will continue to be for some time. For two seasons now we have operated a "no-smoking" policy in parts of the main stand. This season we introduced a change in the back bar, making it non-smoking on our matchdays. These initiatives have gone down well and we have had a lot of positive feedback from supporters, many of whom would like us to go further. Indeed, more and more football grounds do not allow smoking at all.

"In addition to the feedback we have already received and the discussions we have already had, we would like to canvass the views of interested readers of the website to the proposal that the entire main stand is made non-smoking on our matchdays as from the start of pre-season this summer.

"Please send your views to smoking@afcwimbledon.co.uk."


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Tuesday 29 March 2005
reserve team news
A wednesday night at Dover

The reserves travel to Dover for their second game in the group stage of the Suburban Shield. Anything but a win will see their interest in this year's competition come to an end and John Morris has announced the following squad for the game which has a 7.45pm kick off:-

Michael Nicholas, Joe Hill, Steve Gibson, Ken During, Jon Boswell, Charlie Bunce, Daniel Llewellyn, Chris Gell, Andy Frost, Ryan Gray, Jones Bamfo, Mark King, Leon McDowall and Steve Tyson.



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Tuesday 29 March 2005
dons trust news
April Dons Draw deadline looms

The deadline to enter the April Dons Draw is just two days away on this Thursday 31 March.

Paul Harrison and Aaron Strutt who won first and second prize respectively in the March draw were both away on holiday at the time and didn't know they had won until they came back. Paul says that he will share his £650 winnings with the family, who will no doubt spend some of the winnings in the club shop. Aaron had been bumped from an airline flight and had received some £400 in compensation from the operator so together with his £325 winnings from the Dons Draw, it effectively had paid for his holiday! Scott Goulding who won the third prize only entered the draw for the first time in February 2005 and immediately won £109.

The prize fund increases the more who enter the Dons Draw and it could be your very lucky month in April if any of your numbers are drawn. Every £2 that you give equates to one ticket to be entered into the draw. We sell these tickets in batches of 5 (£10), 10 (£20) or 25 (£50) so sign up right now to ensure you beat the deadline here and be lucky!



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Tuesday 29 March 2005
first team news
"Promotion is an achievement for the players and fans" - Anderson

Fresh from talking to Radio London after the match yesterday, Dave Anderson looked back on the day the Dons clinched their place in the Ryman Premier Division for next year:
?I was brought here to win promotion and I brought a lot of people here to win promotion. So I?m very glad that?s been achieved. But I?m also very aware that I didn?t do it on my own. Jon Turner, Warren Kelly, Mike Rayner and a lot of other people deserve the pat on the back more than I do, not least all the players! Days like this are more about them than me. You go out, chop and change things but it?s the players who got out and do the job. The spirit we have in the squad is magnificent and a lot of people have worked very hard to make this possible.

?I think today the players have realised their achievement, We?ve worked very hard to keep that from them until now. Like with the British record, we just deal with each game and let the rest take care of itself ? we keep everyone?s mind focused on the football. Then, on a day like today you pull the cloak back and say, ?Look at what you?ve achieved and what it means to people. Enjoy the day!? Then we?ll train on Thursday and work hard on Saturday when we go again to secure the title.

?The supporters have been in good voice of late, and I enjoyed the banter with them, especially the 4-0 chants after my trip to Old Trafford! I have to tell them, I phoned Lawrie Sanchez at half-time and told him my job would be uncomfortable down here if Northern Ireland got a draw. He understood, so we took a bit of a pasting in the second half. I said before I went that 4-0 would be a moral victory and it was ? it cold have been much worse. But it was a great day and nice to be amongst the fans instead of in front of them for once!

?But in all seriousness, I have to thank Wimbledon fans for their support and pay tribute for them for this promotion. It?s their football club. I?m employed by them, as is everyone else in the dressing room. If they?re enjoying themselves, then we?re doing our job. And I think people are enjoying themselves aren?t they? This club will always do well in a run-in, because other teams start playing under the kind of pressure we get from day one here. So we?re better equipped to deal with it and the fans can really make the difference. They?ve done that and we?ve hit form at just the right time.

?I thought the game was comfortable enough, although there was half an hour when we weren?t great in the second half and we could have done with the third goal earlier. Paul Smith made a great save when we were 2-0 up. He did the same at Banstead at a similar time. And that?s what good players do ? they react well when they?re called upon. He?s done very well for us. I thought Jon-Barrie Bates had a great game in the middle of the park and Micky Woolner looked good until his injury. Sonny Farr was entertaining again and now we?ll look at what we decide to do as his month here comes to an end. He?s shown great awareness beyond his years so far.

?It was good to see Chris Gell come back in and look on the way to hitting form again. And after his explosive start, Shane Smeltz has been relatively quiet in the last two games by the standards he set himself. It?s almost as though he hit the ground running, and has just fallen over! So he needs to take stock and focus on his game, but we?ve seen the ability from him to know he?s more than capable of doing that.?


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Tuesday 29 March 2005
first team news
Injury update

Mike Rayner is glad to be able to report that Micky Woolner's ankle is just badly bruised after being carried off yesterday. The physio said:
"At first we feared that he had broken something because he couldn't move it, but eventually we were able to ascertain that he just suffered bad bruising to the ankle. I expect him to be out for a week or two, but it's better news than we first feared might be the case."


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Monday 28 March 2005
first team news
PROMOTED!

A 3-0 win this afternoon secured promotion to the Ryman Premier League. Reaction from players and manager will follow. A draw is needed next weekend at Walton & Hersham to secure the title.


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Sunday 27 March 2005
first team news
Unchanged squad as Dons stand just one win away from promotion

Dave Anderson has named an unchanged squad for the Bank Holiday Monday fixture against Dorking:

Paul Smith, Matt Martin, Steve Gibson, Antony Howard, Mark Cooper, Joe Vines, Steve Butler, Lewis Hamilton, Robert Ursell, Jon-Barrie Bates, Gavin Bolger, Chris Gell, Micky Woolner, Sonny Farr, Ryan Gray, Shane Smeltz, Richard Butler, Leon McDowall, Mark King, Jones Bamfo.

The manager was happy with the result at Banstead but added:
"I didn't think there was much to watch or enjoy in the second half. It was a case of job done, move on. And it's nice to see us scoring from set pieces regularly again."

Results elsewhere on Saturday mean a win tomorrow will guarantee promotion. And if the Dons win while Walton & Hersham don't win at Molesey, the Dons could ptotentially be champions tomorrow. But the manager isn't getting carried away yet:
"It does now look as though it's just a question of when we win the league. But Monday will be another tough game and Dorking are very keen for the points themselves. So we can't be distracted by thinking about anything other than the game in front of us. Let's do our job and look to win it - if we do that, then we can see where that win has got us."


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Friday 25 March 2005
first team news
Banstead match update problems

Apologies, but the laptop has suffered a power pack failure. There will be no updates during the first half, but we will endeavour to bring you a half-time report.


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Friday 25 March 2005
cfs news
Matchday Academy this Monday

Don't forget that before this Monday's first team match against Dorking, there is a Matchday Academy in the same way as there is before every Saturday home game. Register at 12:15pm for a 12:30pm start.


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Friday 25 March 2005
first team news
Ursell call-up confirmed

As revealed in the Horsham programme, Rob Ursell's call up to the England Futsal (five-a-side) team has been confirmed for a trip to Belgium next week. Further information can be seen on the FA's website here.


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Friday 25 March 2005
dons trust news
Romping home in April

As winter gives way to spring and thoughts turn to celebrating another successful league campaign, there are many reasons to Walk for Wimbledon on Saturday 9 April.

With a procession through the streets of Wimbledon, and a number of local dignitaries and friends of the club joining us, the walk is a way of reminding the local community of all that we have achieved over the past three years. And it promises to be an enjoyable occasion for all ages.

AFC Wimbledon President Dickie Guy said ?I?m looking forward to the walk on 9th April. It?s going to be a fantastic day, and it?s raising money for the Stadium Fund and for two very worthwhile local charities ? St. Raphael?s Hospice and Merton Crossroads. I?d urge as many supporters as possible to join us.?

Whilst we encourage people to raise as much sponsorship as they are able, we also welcome people taking part as an end of season celebration. So, even if raising sponsorship is not for you, download an entry form from and register quickly. Please click here(16kb) to download the attached form, complete it and send it off.

Adobe Acrobat 4.0 or higher version is need to view this .pdf document. Download the latest version here.

A reminder of some of the features of the event:
? An official route of 5 or 7 miles (3 mile option available by catching a bus to Norbiton from the Robin Hood roundabout);
? Prizes available for: the best fancy dress costume; the most sponsorship raised; and for the winner of a football quiz;
? Opportunity to raise funds for two charitable organisations that are part of our local community - St. Raphael's Hospice and Merton Crossroads;
? Guest participants include Dickie Guy, Dave Willis, Ian Cooke, Trigger, Matt Everard, Noel Frankum - also Cllr Corinna Edge (Deputy Mayor of Merton) and (to be confirmed) Roger Casale MP;
? Special start for those wishing to run the route from Wimbledon Common to Kingsmeadow;
? Other attractions include face painting, and live music from Colbolt Collective at Kingsmeadow.

Competition for the prizes is already hotting up. We hear that lots of walkers are well on their way towards raising £100 but please remember that, to win this prize, your sponsorship cheque must be received by 22 April.

For further details, contact walk@thedonstrust.org or telephone Mark Davis on 020-8544-1936


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Thursday 24 March 2005
u18s news
Champions!

Congratulations to the Under 18s on securing the Southern Youth League Eastern Division title tonight - a fantastic achievement for Nicky English, Keith Ward and the boys in the team's first year of existence.


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Thursday 24 March 2005
dons trust news
DT draw March results

The seventh Dons Draw took place before Saturday's home match with Horsham. The winning numbers were drawn by Sonny Farr, and as usual the draw was independently monitored.

The cash prizes increased for the fourth consecutive month and are set to climb further. The winning tickets and prizes were as follows:

First prize of £650 - ticket 914 ? P Harrison from Feltham
Second prize of £325 - ticket 1290 ? Aaron Strutt from Carshalton
Third prize of £109 - ticket 2050 ? Scott Goulding from London SE24

This month there was also one additional non-cash prize. The fourth prize of two President Lounge tickets for the home match against Dorking on 28 March 2005 went to ticket 1171, held by J Crabtree of London SW19.

Any questions you may have relating to the Dons Draw can be sent to donsdraw@thedonstrust.org. You can also leave a message on 07990554959 and we will call you back as soon as possible, or ask on match days at the Dons Trust table in the back bar at Kingsmeadow. To join the Dons Draw you can sign up here.



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Thursday 24 March 2005
first team news
Squad ready to take one step nearer the title tomorrow

Dave Anderson has named the following squad for tomorrow?s trip to Banstead:

Paul Smith, Matt Martin, Steve Gibson, Antony Howard, Mark Cooper, Joe Vines, Steve Butler, Lewis Hamilton, Robert Ursell, Jon-Barrie Bates, Gavin Bolger, Chris Gell, Micky Woolner, Sonny Farr, Ryan Gray, Shane Smeltz, Richard Butler, Leon McDowall, Mark King, Jones Bamfo.

Steve Gibson?s involvement is doubtful as he is still recovering from an infection, while Mark Cooper (hamstring), Micky Woolner (shoulder) and Richard Butler (foot) will all face fitness tests.

And the manager has had a good week:
?The Horsham result was massive for us. It was a big game and a big day ? winning against the team in second like that to pretty much guarantee the league was special. And the atmosphere was great as well. There was a big crowd and a lot of anticipation beforehand, but the noise during the game was superb, because everyone appreciated what a big fixture it was. And then we got the job done inside 30 minutes. It?s always pleasing to have a game wrapped up that quickly and realistically three early goals pretty much settled it.

?But we have to make sure we don?t turn a good Horsham performance into a bad performance tomorrow. Now this is a bigger game, because it?s the next one. We don?t expect it to be easy, but we do go there expecting to win. But we know we have no divine right to anything. Banstead are fighting for all the points they can get and there?s no pressure on them because they?re not expected to get anything from the game. So we need to make sure our preparation and our play are just as good as they have been against Horsham and Newport.?

The team need just a maximum of eight more points to secure promotion, but the manager wants the team to concentrate on each game:
?We know the title is very close. But all we need to do is to concentrate on every game as it comes along ? matters beyond that and results elsewhere will take care of themselves. The crowd have been in great voice lately, so I hope we have more of the same from them for these two games.?


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Wednesday 23 March 2005
club news
Get Burgess Hill ticket applications in now

There are only 50 stand tickets available for the last match of the season and capacity for terrace tickets is also strictly limited. Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Applications should be made direct to:

Burgess Hill Town F.C
c/o Ticket Office
Leylands Park
Maple Drive
Burgess Hill
West Sussex
RH15 8DL

Ticket prices: Adults £6, OAPs and Under-15s £4. (Stand tickets no extra charge).
All cheques should be made payable to Burgess Hill Town F.C. Ltd and be accompanied with an SAE.


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Wednesday 23 March 2005
first team news
Injury update late extra - Jay Conroy

Mike Rayner is delighted to be able to pass on the latest good news on Jay Conroy's injury progress:

"I saw Jay last night when he came to the ground and the news is extremely encouraging. He hasn't been able to describe in detail exactly what injuries he did sustain, but the good news is he is out of plaster and has just recently been able to discard the temporary air-cast boot as well. His rehabilitation is well under way,
and there may be a possibility that he could return in as little as four - five weeks. The season would be virtually over, so Jay is well aware to be looking ahead to next season and not just the short term."


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Wednesday 23 March 2005
club news
Saturday night's alright for fighting

Tickets are selling fast for the second AFC Wimbledon boxing night, to be held at Sandown Park racecourse on Saturday 2 April. But there are still a few places available.

Dinner will be served at 7.45pm, followed by eight quality bouts from 9pm. The dress code is lounge suit / cocktail dress and carriages will be at midnight.

Group bookings are available for tables of 10 at £500 each, and there are now only a few tables left. Individual tickets are £50 and there are now standing (non-dining) tickets available for £10. To book a place email ivor heller on ivor.heller@afcwimbledon.co.uk.


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Wednesday 23 March 2005
club news
Office closure over Easter

The club office will be closed from 4pm on Thursday until 10am on Tuesday. So applications for seat tickets for Dorking in advance need to be made today or tomorrow.


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Wednesday 23 March 2005
dons trust news
Fundraising update

Many thanks to all who attended the David Conn talk before the Horsham game. He was in fine form and very much enjoyed his day at AFC Wimbledon. Every single available copy of David's book 'The Beautiful Game' was sold on the day, raising nearly £500 for the Stadium Fund.

The fundraising team is also delighted to announce the receipt of a cheque for just over £800 from the recent currency collection.

As well as bringing old mobile phones and printer cartridges that also raise valuable funds, don't forget you can pick up a new limited edition loose change collection box at Monday's game against Dorking from the Dons Trust table in the back bar at the ground.

If you have any fundraising ideas, large or small, please get in touch at fundraising@thedonstrust.org.


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Tuesday 22 March 2005
first team news
Mike Rayner's injury update

Micky Woolner - received a heavy blow to his shoulder during the game on Saturday. He has general soreness at present, but specifically over his "a/c" joint (small gliding joint at front of shoulder). I will target this area during treatment this week and strap it up for Friday's game - although he may require a fitness test.

Mark Cooper - his hamstring has responded very well to treatment and he is now in the final phases of fitness work and rehabilitation. Baring any late stage reaction, I expect to see Mark being available over the Easter period, more likely for Easter Monday.

Richard Butler - received some heavy impact blows during Saturday's game. All these will be assessed in training/treatment this week, but he may require a fitness test for this Friday's game.

Sonny Farr - received an impact to the front of his hip during Saturday's game. This left him in considerable discomfort, but on examination from our doctors (John and Phil) they were satisfied this was only bruising. Depending on how this settles, he may also require a fitness test prior to Friday's game.

Martin Randall - pulled his hamstring last night in the reserves. He will be assessed at training this evening, but on talking with him it sounds like it will be at least two - three weeks. I will update the site when I have more news.

Matt Everard and Warren Kelly - both progressing on schedule with their rehab programmes. It is a long process for both of them but their are being disciplined and working hard. Present work, and further work that is planned, should enable them to re-start gentle running late April/early May.


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Tuesday 22 March 2005
ladies news
More Representative Honours

It's been a busy week for several of the ladies team;

Rachael Axon, our England under 19 international, has been called up to the under 21 squad for their training camp at Lilleshall this week.

There are also further representative honours for Maria Bertelli, Lou Cooper, Lizzie Laws and Keisha Ramos who will be representing Surrey in their Home Counties Championship match against London on Wednesday (Dulwich Hamlet, 19.30).

Our congratulations to all the players mentioned.


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Monday 21 March 2005
club news
Commerical Executive wanted

£15,000 per annum
Benefits: OTE APPROX 25k to 30k


Variety is the spice of life.This fantastic opportunity will challenge you on a daily basis, as you help us to grow our football club. Your role will incorporate both new business development and the management and servicing of current accounts. You will be responsible for ensuring advertising sales, sponsorship packages and other commercial activities are maximised. You will deal with people from all walks of life, and hence need to be able to communicate at all levels and be a natural rapport builder. It is likely that the successful candidate will be as passionate about football and sport as we are.

Please apply in writing enclosing a CV to:

Ivor Heller
Commercial Director
AFC Wimbledon
The Fans? Stadium ? Kingsmeadow
422a Kingston Road
Kingston-upon-Thames
KT1 3PB

or by email to jobs@afcwimbledon.co.uk
.

Please be prepared to supply two references if requested to do so.

The closing date for applications is Monday 4 April.

AFC Wimbledon is an equal opportunities employer.


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Monday 21 March 2005
reserve team news
A casual night at Banstead

The Reserves entertain Corinthian Casuals at Banstead tonight, the match kicking off at 7.30pm. John Morris has announced the following squad:-

Matt Martin, Joe Hill, Rob Hill, Steve Gibson, Ken During, Charlie Bunce, Jon Boswell, Ryan Gray, Chris Gell, Noel Frankum, Daniel Llewellyn, Jones Bamfo, Leon McDowall, Martin Randall and Mark King.


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Monday 21 March 2005
dons trust news
AFCW PLC Board changes

As you may know, two members of the Dons Trust Board act as non-executive directors on the AFCW PLC Board. These two non-executive directorships are confirmed annually by the newly formed Dons Trust Board and confirmed by the PLC Board.

The two non-executive directors who have previously served on the PLC board have been Nigel Higgs and me.  Following the DT election last December, I decided to step down from the PLC board.  At a subsequent DT Board meeting, Marc Jones was nominated as my replacement on the PLC board.  Nigel Higgs was also asked to continue on the PLC board and he and Marc will both serve for the coming year.  I would like to thank Marc for taking up this challenge and wish him every success

For myself, I have enjoyed my time on the PLC Board and am grateful to that board and to the DT Board for their kind words of appreciation to me, for my contribution. 

Following a vote at a recent DT Board meeting it was agreed that I should continue as Chair of the DT Board for the remainder of this year. 
 
Tom Adam
Chair of the Dons Trust


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Friday 18 March 2005
dons trust news
Pick your cards up

A quick reminder that Dons Trust membership cards will be available for collection from the DT table in the back bar from noon before the Horsham game tomorrow. The cards are for ALL DT members - Juniors as well as Seniors, so pick yours up tomorrow!


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Friday 18 March 2005
club news
Return unused seat tickets

Last week, we wrote to all main stand season ticket holders asking them to donate their vouchers so that we could re-sell their seats if they were unable to come to a game. 

Many thanks to the people who have sent us their vouchers.  As a result, we have been able to provide seats to an additional 12 people for the Newport game and over 30 people for the Horsham game.  At the same time, this has also brought in some welcome additional income.

This experiment will continue to the end of the season so, if you are a main stand season ticket holder and can?t come to any of the final home games of the season, please do send us your voucher as soon as possible for the relevant game.


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Friday 18 March 2005
club news
Arrive early and get Conn-ed

Don't forget writer David Conn will be speaking from 1.30pm in the Back Bar tomorrow before the Horsham game.

Copies of his book 'The Beautiful Game' will be on sale at £10 each (cheaper than from outside sources) with £4 from each copy going to the AFC Wimbledon ground fund. There is a large chapter in the book on our club and David is happy to sign copies on the day.

David is a regular writer for the Independent and has always supported our club over the years. He is coming down from Manchester and naturally we'd like a good large attendance to show our support back so why not come down a little earlier to The Fans Stadium this Saturday to join in?

Last week he was awarded Sports News Reporter of The Year and the judges said, "The judges chose this journalist, not only for the sheer volume of work and research that he has undertaken, but also the fascinating and emotive nature of his work, the agent piece in particular [about Paul Stretford's payments in Wayne Rooney's transfer from Everton to Manchester United] evoked amazement."

You can read Dave Boyle's review of the book here.


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Friday 18 March 2005
first team news
Horsham squad named

Dave Anderson has named the following squad for tomorrow?s visit of Horsham:

Matt Martin, Paul Smith, Steve Gibson, Antony Howard, Joe Vines, Steve Butler, Micky Woolner, Lewis Hamilton, Ryan Gray, Jon-Barrie Bates, Gavin Bolger, Rob Ursell, Sonny Farr, Martin Randall, Richard Butler, Leon McDowall, Shane Smeltz.

Chris Gell is suspended and Andy Frost is still ruled out by a groin injury, while Steve Gibson is rated as doubtful after being ill all week.

And Dave looked back to a good win against Newport last weekend to take the squad into this top of the table clash in good spirits:
?I enjoyed the game last Saturday and I haven?t done that since the first game of season. In the last half an hour we looked after people ? we brought Sonny off as his back had tightened bit, and took Buts and Micky off with half an eye on tomorrow?s game. When you?re 5-0 up, you can afford to think about the next game.

?And 5-0 was a reward for the work my staff and I had put in leading up to the match. Sonny Farr?s only 18 and there?s more to come from him, I?m sure, but he showed his potential and talent. Joe Vines slotted straight in and did a non-nonsense job. And Shane looked useful enough, didn?t he?

?Newport was an important game for us, because I felt we?ve looked sterile and not created enough for a while, so we used the injury crisis and bringing people in as a way of shaking things up and adding some flair. I don?t any anyone could deny we were good value for five goals and we?ll hope for the more of the same.

?Of course Horsham is a big game, but it would have been much bigger without playing well and winning against Newport. I?ve always said that the big games have a way of looking after themselves ? the challenge to win a league it to concentrate on all the others.

?And now I?m really looking forward to tomorrow?s match. I expect you all are. Because of the league position, they have to come here and win. And that should make for an open game. They play football and so do we, so it should be a good spectacle. Now I?ve said that, watch it be nil-nil!?


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Friday 18 March 2005
first team news
Familiar face back in squad

Dave Anderson has brough Matt Martin back to the club as cover for Paul Smith. The manager explained:
"Matt's coming in on a short-term basis so we've got cover for Paul Smith. He's no stranger to the club of course and it's nice to see him back. He's been playing at Chipstead till recently and the big plus for us is that we know he can do it at this level and we know that he won't be fazed by playing in front of our crowd if we have to call on him."

Matt added:
"I left Chipstead by mutual consent last week and it's good to be able to help the club out in the short term. I know that bench well and I'm looking forward to sitting on it. And of course catching up with a few old friends."


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Thursday 17 March 2005
ladies news
Goals! Galore for the Ladies

Goals at Beverley Way, New Malden, is the scene this evening (Friday, 19.00) of a charity ladies five-a-side tournament put together by the AFC Wimbledon Ladies.

12 teams are competing and all money raised will be split equally between the Ground Fund, Cancer Research and The Stroke Association.

Feel free to come down and give them your support.


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Thursday 17 March 2005
club news
AFCW plc 6 month results

The AFCW PLC management accounts for the 6 months to 31 December 2004, with a brief commentary setting out the highlights, have been approved for release.

To download them as a PDF file click here (68kb)

Adobe Acrobat 4.0 or higher version is need to view this .pdf document. Download the latest version here.

A fuller commentary is available to PLC shareholders and DT members.  If you would like a copy, please email erik.samuelson@afcwimbledon.co.uk


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Thursday 17 March 2005
dons trust news
Change for the Dons

In another good initiative to contribute to the Ground Fund, this Saturday
the Dons Trust fundraising team is pleased to launch specially designed
loose change collection boxes. 600 of these boxes will be available from
Saturday on a first come first served basis at the turnstiles and from the
Dons Trust table in the back bar at Kingsmeadow.

Please take one away and return it full of all that loose change that
builds up, whereby it will be emptied and returned for more! Typically
each box could hold around 300 one pence pieces.

The boxes, each clearly labelled, are also ideal for shops, businesses and
offices.



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Wednesday 16 March 2005
first team news
Prigent pops off

Dave Anderson also announced today that Gary Prigent has left the club. The manager explained:
"Gary wants regular first-team football and we're not able to guarantee that for him here. As ever, we wish him all the best in the future."


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Wednesday 16 March 2005
dons trust news
Walk for Wimbledon 2 marching ahead

Entry forms are now streaming in for the fundraiser Walk for Wimbledon II on Saturday 9 April.  If you haven't yet entered, click here or on the shoes on the home page for further details and then download an entry form.
 
To add to the occasion, a number of prizes are on offer for:
 
- the best fancy dress costume
- the highest amount of sponsorship money collected by April 22.
- football quiz (£1 entry fee on the day)
 
For those of you unable to participate in the walk, we will be coming round collecting sponsorship at our forthcoming games for special guests taking part in the event.  So far these include Dons legends Dickie Guy and Matt Everard.  If you would like to pledge sponsorship for them, please e-mail walk@thedonstrust.org.


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Wednesday 16 March 2005
first team news
Jonesy and Jake both gone

Dave Anderson has released Mark Jones, while Jake Cole has been recalled by QPR.

The manager explained:
?It was always agreed that Jake would only be called back if they needed him because of injury, or if a Conference club wanted him on loan. I looked around the Southern Conference teams and they were all settled, but then Farnborough sacked Dean Austin and now they wanted to bring someone else in. Whilst we really wanted to keep Jake here to the end of the season, of course we wish him well. I?m in no doubt he?ll go far.

?With Danny out on loan that leaves us with just one goalkeeper. I was hoping after last week?s activity I?d be able to have a quieter week this time, but it doesn?t look that way. We have no qualms about Paul Smith being our Number One ? he?s done very well since he was asked to step in. But I?ll try to bring someone else in to back him up. Obviously had we known this would happen, we wouldn?t have let Danny out on loan. So it?s a bit of a shocker, but we?ll work round it.

?Because of bringing players in, I needed to let some go to balance the books. So Mark Jones has been released. He did well for us in his short time here and we wish him all the best in the future.?


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Wednesday 16 March 2005
first team news
Shane signs on

Manager Dave Anderson was delighted to announce this morning that Shane Smeltz has put pen to a paper on a contract that secures the club his services for the remainder of this season, with an option built in for next year.

Dave explained:
"I had a chat with Shane last night and we've signed him on a deal that means he'll be here to the end of the season. And the option is there for us to keep him next year. So we have a get-out clause, but I don't expect to use it!

"As ever we would never stand in any of our players' way if a good enough offer came in for them, but we're delighted to have got the paperwork sorted and tied him to the club. It took a lot of hard work from myself, Jon Turner and Trevor Williams to bring him in, but I think last Saturday people saw that it was worth it. I've told Shane I don't expect goals like his first one every week, but it'd be nice if he could! He seems like a really nice lad as well as a quality footballer and I'm sure he'll settle in well here."

Shane added:
""I'm really pleased to have everything signed and sorted. It needed to be done and now I can concentrate on playing til the end of the season. Dave's probably right that you don't score goals quite like last Saturday's every week, but I'll just look to do my best and score whatever kind of goals I can."


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Wednesday 16 March 2005
reserves news
Reserves at KM tonight

The reserves are at home to Hampton and Richmond tonight with a 7.45pm kick-off and the match will be played at Kingsmeadow. John Morris has named the following squad:-

Michael Nicholas, Rob Hill, Joe Hill, Ken During, Jon Boswell, Steve Butler, Joe Vines, Ryan Gray, Steve Gibson, Daniel Llewellyn, Noel Frankum, Martin Randall, Mark King, Jones Bamfo, Charlie Bunce, Jason Dodd, Steve Tyson.


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Tuesday 15 March 2005
dons trust news
David Conn event rescheduled for this Saturday

Writer David Conn will be speaking from 1.30pm in the Back Bar this Saturday 19 March before the Horsham game.

Copies of his book 'The Beautiful Game' will be on sale at £10 each (cheaper than from outside sources) with £4 from each copy going to the AFC Wimbledon ground fund. There is a large chapter in the book on our club and David is happy to sign copies on the day.

David is a regular writer for the Independent and has always supported our club over the years. He is coming down from Manchester and naturally we'd like a good large attendance to show our support back so why not come down a little earlier to The Fans Stadium this Saturday to join in?

You can read Dave Boyle's review of the book here.


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Monday 14 March 2005
first team news
Tooting tickets - ALL-TICKET MATCH

The derby match on Saturday 16 April will be all-ticket - no tickets will be on sale on the day.

Prices:
Stand: £7, no concessions
Ground: Adults £7, Under 16s and Senior Citizens £3.

Subject to availability, tickets will now be on sale:

At Imperial Fields Mondays-Fridays (8am to 12 noon).

By post to Imperial Fields, Bishopsford Road, Morden, Surrey, SM4 6BF.
Please state your ticket requirements clearly, and include an SAE and a
contact telephone number. Cheques/Postal Orders should be made payable to
?Tooting & Mitcham United F.C.? Please specify that you are an AFC Wimbledon
supporter.


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Monday 14 March 2005
first team news
Injury update

Mike Rayner has the latest:

Steve Butler - Recovered from his rib injury, and will be fit for selection this Saturday. All being well, Steve should get game time in the reserves this week.
 
Mark Cooper - Following an intense first week of treatment, Mark's hamstring has responded very well. I expect to see Mark being fit and available sometime over the Easter period.
 
Andy Frost - His groin injury has responded well to treatment in the last week, following impact to the area at Molesey. His fitness will be tested this week to assess whether he is fit to play in the reserves Wednesday, or if this is to soon, available for selection this Saturday.
 
Joe Sheerin - Following an intense training session, Joe's back and hamstring went into spasm. I have since seen him, and the areas responded well to treatment. All being well, it should not keep him out long, and he can then get further game time under his belt.


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Monday 14 March 2005
dons trust news
Dons Trust board announcement concerning recent election

Dear Dons Trust Member,

The Dons Trust Board recently discovered that a significant amount of post addressed to our PO Box has been held by the Royal Mail at the Wimbledon Sorting Office since mid November 2004. We have been told by senior Royal Mail management that the post was mislaid when, following an unusually large volume of mail to our Post Box, they moved it to an overflow area but failed to take steps to ensure it would be passed to us. The error was discovered late in February 2005. The Royal Mail has acknowledged that it was at fault and has formally apologised in writing. They have also assured us that there is no more undelivered DT mail on their premises.

One major effect on the Dons Trust's operations is that membership applications and renewals have been subject to considerable delay. We now know why some members have been expressing concern that their cheques had not been submitted for payment. The Dons Trust Treasurer is working through the backlog of mail, so please do not cancel your cheque if there has been a delay in it being cashed.

Amongst the delayed post there was also a large quantity of Dons Trust Election post. As soon as the DT Board realised this, we asked the Election Sub-Group to re-form. They immediately took full control of the unopened election letters and were charged to carry out a recount, using the same control arrangements as were used for the original count in December 2004.

On 8th March 05 at 7.30 pm at Kingsmeadow the Election Sub Group opened the envelopes and found 238 valid voting papers with no spoilt papers. The recount then took place in the presence of the original independent observer, Mark Murphy, the Kingstonian Trust Chairman, together with Tom Adam, the chair of Dons Trust and Dons Trust Board Member Marc Jones both of whom were not subject to the December election.

The Election Sub Group then added the totals of the new votes to the original totals giving an amended result following the recovery of votes lost by the Royal Mail as follows:


Niall Couper: Dec 04 Votes 253 / Mar 05 Votes 209 /Total votes 462

Nigel Higgs: Dec 04 Votes 227 / Mar 05 Votes 198 / Total votes 425

Chris Philips: Dec 04 Votes 222 / Mar 05 Votes 194 / Total votes 416

John Owen: Dec 04 Votes 220 / Mar 05 Votes 177 / Total votes 397

Stephen Butterick: Dec 04 Votes 198 / Mar 05 Votes 163 / Total votes 361

Geraldine Messenbird: Dec 04 Votes 179 / Mar 05 Votes 142 / Total votes 321

David Cox: Dec 04 Votes 167 / Mar 05 Votes 145 / Total votes 312

Chris Butler: Dec 04 Votes 152 / Mar 05 Votes 128 / Total votes 280

Dennis Lowndes: Dec 04 Votes 140 / Mar 05 Votes 122 / Total votes 262

Number of voting papers dispatched: 1677
Number of voting papers received in Dec 04: 287
Number of voting papers received in March 05: 238
Total number of voting papers received: 525

Total number of votes for candidates cast: 3236
Number of voting papers found to be spoilt: 0

% of electorate that voted: 31.3%

This result means that the order of selection announced at the December AGM remains the same.

Dealing with election voting papers which turned up nearly three months after the election has presented the Dons Trust Board with quite a challenge but we believe that the course we have taken is the fairest to all concerned. One of the few benefits of the votes being found is that the additional votes have increased the percentage of members who voted to a more reasonable level.

When events like this occur it is important that we learn from them. The Dons Trust board intends to review the election process to see if there are ways to minimise problems of this nature in future or at least to alert us early enough so that we can take preventive action.

We wish to thank all the candidates for their understanding and cooperation in resolving this rather sensitive and difficult situation, which arose through no fault of ours or theirs.

Tom Adam
Chair Dons Trust Board


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Saturday 12 March 2005
ladies news
Reserve game postponed.

Due to illness and injury Langford are unable to get a team together to take on the Ladies reserves at Dorking tomorrow, so the game is OFF.


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Saturday 12 March 2005
ladies news
Surrey Cup Semi Final for Ladies

The Dons Ladies have followed the men into the semi-final of the County Cup, and tomorrow (Sunday 13th March) they take on local rivals Crystal Palace for the right to play either Carshalton Athletic or Chelsea in the Final.

Why not come down to cheer on the ladies to their first final since joining forces with AFC Wimbledon. Kingsmeadow, 14.00 is the place to be, with the bar open and admission only £1 including a programme.


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Friday 11 March 2005
first team news
Shane's looking forward to it

New signing Shane Smeltz is excited about the start of his AFC Wimbledon career. The New Zealand international, who has won seven caps for his country, explained what prompted him to come over to England:
"I've been playing in the national leagues in Australia for Adelaide United and Adelaide City, but I felt it was time for a new challenge. I spent two weeks at West Ham when I came over at the start of the year and then five or six weeks at Mansfield on a non-contract basis, but things didn't really work out there.

"I'm really looking forward to the next challenge. Dave has told me all about the fanstastic set-up Wimbledon have and I'm looking forward to getting started and playing some games. I've enjoyed my time in England so far and I hope this move works out well for me and the club."


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Friday 11 March 2005
first team news
Vines joins as squad named

As Dave Anderson named his squad for tomorrow's visit of Newport, he added one more name. Centre-half Joe Vines joins from Lewes on a month's loan.

The manager explained:
"We've broght Joe in as cover while we have Steve Butler, Mark Cooper, Jay Conroy and Matt Everard out. He's got a good pedigree and we're pleased to have signed a Conf South player.

With Andy Frost sidelined by a groin injury and Chris Gell, Steve Butler and Ryan Gray suspended, the manager named the following squad:

Jake Cole, Paul Smith, Steve Gibson, Antony Howard, Joe Vines, Mark Jones, Micky Woolner, Lewis Hamilton, Jon-Barrie Bates, Gavin Bolger, Rob Ursell, Sonny Farr, Martin Randall, Richard Butler, Leon McDowall, Shane Smeltz, Mark King, Joe Paris.

Dave concluded:
"We have a lot of people sidelined by injury and suspension. So we welcome three new players into the squad along with Lewis Hamilton who only played once last week. I hope the supporters get behind them and have patience with us as we look to gel everyone together. We'll certainly be doing our best to make sure everyone is ready to put on a good display, but the biggest player tomorrow can be the supporters."


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Friday 11 March 2005
dons trust news
Dons Trust members to get a card

As announced a while ago, The Dons Trust has now introduced membership cards. These cards will help members to know when their renewal is due and also act as a reminder of your membership number for occasions such as priority ticket allocation for relevant away matches.

Please help us save on postage costs if you are attending games this month. You can collect yours during March from the Dons Trust table in the back bar before the forthcoming three matches.

The cards are ready for all current members, those recently renewed and those wanting to renew membership. If you would like to renew just bring your renewal form and cheque with you or email membership@thedonstrust.org for further assistance.

Don't worry if you can't get along in person, any cards not collected during March will be posted.


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Friday 11 March 2005
first team news
Dons sign international as four player moves confirmed

Dave Anderson has been busy in the transfer market this week. Today he confirmed that two new players have joined, with Andrew Martin leaving the club and Danny Naisbitt off for a month?s loan.

Shane Smeltz becomes AFC Wimbledon?s first current full international. The six-foot New Zealand striker has just been released by Mansfield and joins us on a non-contract basis. Left-sided midfielder Sonny Farr joins us from QPR on a month?s loan, with a view to a possible permanent deal. Meanwhile, Andrew Martin has left to join Conference South side Redbridge and Danny Naisbitt will spend a month on loan at Lewes, also in the Conference South.

Dave explained:
?It?s been a busy few days. To stay within our budget, bringing a striker in meant another striker had to move on. Redbridge expressed an interest in Andrew Martin a while ago and after a chat we decided it was best for all concerned if he moved there. It?s a shame in some ways because he?s a smashing lad and conducted himself in a professional manner down here, but these things happen in football. We part on very good terms and I?d like to thank him for all he did in his short time here.

?Danny Naisbitt is now fit and needs games, so he?s going to Lewes, initially for a month and we?ll see what happens after that. We have Jake Cole still down here and it didn?t seem fair on Paul Smith not to be involved, so this is a solution that suits everyone. I think people can see all of a sudden the level we now find ourselves ? you look at the players we?re bringing in, and you also see that players who leave us are playing in the Conference South and it highlights the quality we?re dealing with.

?Sonny isn?t yet the finished article, but he?s a very exciting prospect. He?s still only 18, but he?s been at QPR since he was 11, which gives you some idea of his pedigree. We want to bring some promising young players in and this month will give us a chance to have a look at him and see what he can do. Finally, of course we?re delighted to bring the first international to the club. Shane has been at Mansfield since the turn of the year, so we look forward to seeing what he can do.

?I?m also hopeful I?ll have another centre-back coming in on loan today to help us through the injury problems ? all being well something should be completed about that before I announce the squad for tomorrow.?


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Thursday 10 March 2005
first team news
Semi date set

The Dons will travel to Gander Green Lane to take on Sutton United in the Surrey Senior Cup Semi Final on Tuesday 5 April. Kick-off will be 7.45pm. Further details will be published as soon as they are known.


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Wednesday 09 March 2005
club news
Shop sale

The shop has a large range of items at clearance sale prices from this Saturday. The third kit, T shirts, polo shirts, training tops and the 2005 calendar are among the items available, with discounts as high as 50%.

Come on down there after midday on Saturday to browse the bargains, or check out the online facility by clicking the button on the right.

The shop will be open from midday before the Newport (Isle of Wight) match. First come, first served. Internet sales will start after the match and will be dealt with in strict order of arrival.


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Wednesday 09 March 2005
first team news
Injury update

MIke Rayner brought us this injury update after last weekend:

Mark Cooper - From analysis of the injury sustained at Molesey, it's a hamstring problem and I expect him to be out for at least three or four weeks.

Steve Butler - now fit again and ready to play once he's served his suspension against Newport.

Joe Sheerin - Joe sustained an injury to his other leg playing for Croydon last weekend, not connected to the original hamstring injury, but at the time of writing I've not yet assessed it.


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Tuesday 08 March 2005
club news
Quiz night tomorrow

Don't forget the monthly quiz night returns tomorrow night at The Fans' Stadium. The bar opens at 6.30 and the quiz starts at 8.15. The entry fee is £1 per person.
 
This month has a St Patricks night theme to it and round details are:
 
Round 1 (Picture round) - The Luck of the Irish.
 
Round 2 - The Losers Round.
 
Round 3 - It's an Irish Thing.
 
Round 4 (Beat the intro) - Made in Ireland.
 
Round 5 - The Not the Irish Jackpot Round.


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Tuesday 08 March 2005
youth news
Kids' Cup Finals

The following Dons youth teams in the Guildford and Shere League have made it into their League Cup Final. There could also still be a few more cup finals to come from the youth teams who are yet to play Semi Finals in other League and County cups:

17 April
10.00 AM Under 10's Ockham Athletic v AFC Wimbledon
12.00 AM Under 11's AFC Wimbledon v Milford Pumas

24 April
10.00 AM Under 12's Sunbury Celtic v AFC Wimbledon
12.15 PM Under 13's AFC Wimbledon v Hersham FC
2.30 PM Under 14's AFC Wimbledon v Meadow Sports

All matches to be played at Walton Casuals.

Please get along if you can to cheer on our future prospects!


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Monday 07 March 2005
club news
Urse in action tonight

Don't forget our very own wing Wizard Rob Ursell is one of only two Division One players in the Ryman League side for tonight's Centenary Match. The match pits an Isthmian League XI against an FA XI to mark the 100th anniversary of the Isthmian League competition.

The game is being played at Dulwich Hamlet's Champion Hill ground and kicks off at 7.30pm. Directions here.

The full squad is Paul Nicholls (Chelmsford City), Dean Marney (Harrow Borough), Ollie Adedeji (Braintree Town), Pat Sappleton (Billericay Town), Alex Haddow (Eastleigh), Liam Collins (Worthing), David Clarke (Yeading), Fiston Manuella (Staines Town), Robert Ursell (AFC Wimbledon), Alex Revell, (Braintree Town), Andy Forbes (Eastleigh), James Hasell (Leyton) Richard Jolly (Wealdstone), Leon Hunter (Billericay Town), Michael Shinn (Heybridge Swifts), Alex Stanley (Yeading) and Kenny Beaney (Dulwich Hamlet).


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Monday 07 March 2005
reserves news
Tonight's game

Tonight's away game against Epsom & Ewell has been postponed and will be played on Wednesday night.


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Sunday 06 March 2005
ladies news
Reserve game postponed.

The ladies reserve game at Dorking scheduled for this afternoon has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

At present the first team game at Kingsmeadow against Langford is still on.


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Friday 04 March 2005
dons trust news
Meeting dates

The Dons Trust board have set the dates for the forthcoming special and annual general meetings:

SGM Thurs 14th April 2005
SGM Thurs 16th June 2005
SGM Thurs 15th September 2005
AGM Thurs 1st December 2005

All meetings start at 7.30pm


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Friday 04 March 2005
first team news
Molesey squad and match details

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

Danny Naisbitt, Paul Smith, Jake Cole, Steve Gibson, Mark Cooper, Antony Howard, Mark Jones, Micky Woolner, Lewis Hamilton, Chris Gell, Jon-Barrie Bates, Gavin Bolger, Rob Ursell, Martin Randall, Andy Frost, Gary Prigent, Richard Butler, Leon McDowall, Andrew Martin.

Steve Butler is still sidelined by injury, while Andy Frost will have a fitness test.

Molesey have advised us that any pitch inspection will not take place before 11am, so please do not indundate them with phonecalls before that - we will print an update on here if necessary. Molesey will also be keeping Radio Jackie informed of any developments.

An exclusive AFC Wimbledon supporters bar will be open inside the ground from 12 noon and has a capacity of up to 275.

Molesey also advise supporters coming by car to park in the following roads and simply ask that you give consideration to their neighbours by not parking over or blocking drives.
Roads to use; New Road,High Street, Walton Road (service road), Grange Road, Cannon Way,The Forum.
The 411 bus stops just 75 yards from the entrance to the stadium. You need to disembark at Molesey War Memorial and walk back once you leave the bus.

Seating is limited to around 100 supporters and will be available on a first come first served basis. Grandstand entry is £1 extra. Tickets for the match are £7 for adults, £3 for OAPs and £3 for Under-16s, though all Under-16s accompanied by a parent get in free.


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Friday 04 March 2005
first team news
Lewis on loan and Jake's back

Dave Anderson has signed QPR full back Lewis Hamilton on loan.

The manager explained:
"At 10.30 this morning we signed Lewis Hamilton on a month's loan from QPR. We were aware of him when he played against us for Kingstonian and I watched him on Tuesday v Reading reserves. I was watching it with Ian Holloway and Gary Penrice [QPR manager and coach] and they both rate him as well, so we're delighted to bring him down here. He's here for a month initially. He can can play at right or left back, he's quick and he's got good feet.

"QPR have also confirmed that Jake Cole will be available again for tomorrow, so that's good news. It opens up the possibility of us allowing Danny to go out on loan to get a few games somewhere else, which we think he needs. QPR are another club we've got a good association with, so we hope the two loans work out well for both clubs."


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Thursday 03 March 2005
dons trust news
Sign up for Walk for Wimbledon II

Entry forms are now available for the sponsored walk being organised by the Dons Trust on 9 April.

This promises to be an important fundraising opportunity and a highly enjoyable occasion. Starting at Plough Lane and continuing via Wimbledon Common, the walk will also remind the people of Wimbledon that there is a football club that bears their name. In addition to the Stadium Fund, two local charities, St. Raphael's Hospice and Merton Crossroads, will benefit from the event, further reinforcing our links with the local community.

Please join us, and persuade your friends and family to walk for Wimbledon too. For further details of the event and an entry form, please
click here
.

If you would like to volunteer to help with marshalling walkers or other arrangements on the day, please e-mail Mark Davis at walk@thedonstrust.org.



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Wednesday 02 March 2005
first team news
Buts out as squad named

Dave Anderson has named the following squad for tonight's visit of Crystal Palace:

Danny Naisbitt, Paul Smith, Steve Gibson, Mark Cooper, Antony Howard, Mark Jones, Micky Woolner, Chris Gell, Jon-Barrie Bates, Gavin Bolger, Rob Ursell, Martin Randall, Andy Frost, Gary Prigent, Richard Butler, Leon McDowall, Andrew Martin.

Antony Howard will face a late fitness test. Steve Butler is sidelined with a rib injury.

The manager added:
"Yet again, we go in to a match struggling with players out through injury. I think it's been the only consistent thing about the whole season. Steve Butler got an elbow in the same place where he cracked his ribs before on Saturday. He did well to finish the match, but was in some pain by the end. And of course we expect a tough match - whatever side Palace send down, they'll still be professionals."


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Tuesday 01 March 2005
first team news
Dons get a semi-final

The Surrey Senior Cup Semi Final against Sutton United will be played on Tuesday 5 April at Gander Green Lane. Kick-off will be at 7.45pm. Further details will be posted as soon as they are known.


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Tuesday 01 March 2005
reserve team news
RESERVES MATCH OFF

Tonight's game at Chipstead has been postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.


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Tuesday 01 March 2005
dons trust news
Dons Trust look to community involvement

All of us involved in AFCW Wimbledon know how important community is to the club ? but put two Dons fans in a room, ask them to discuss the meaning of ?community? and you could end up with a dozen opinions and definitions. If you follow the arguments on the fans? websites, you will know how important this is to many people, and we are delighted to anounce a new Steve led community effort.

New Dons Trust board member Steve Butterick is to take on the task of finding ways to increase the involvement of the Dons Trust in the community. Former board member Steve Elson will be starting the fieldwork with immediate effect; hopefully with your help.

?We are looking for people who are already involved in community work in our traditional areas of support and asking them to come to us with ways that The Dons Trust and AFC Wimbledon can get involved and help,? Steve (Elson) explained. ?I am already beginning to make a few contacts in Merton and will be looking to talk to anybody who has an idea. Don?t worry how raw the idea is, I can help work it up into something that we can present to the Dons Trust board and the football club.?

The Dons Trust Board are aware that community involvement was an integral part in the formation of the Trust and that it has fallen behind slightly in the whirlwind of building a club and paying off the ground debt. Community involvement has always been integral to the aims of the Trust and something that has been carried on through the football in the community work. Now it is time to take the Trust and club?s involvement in its community to a new level. If you do have any ideas or just want to get involved, please contact Steve Butterick at stephen.butterick@thedonstrust.org or find him or Steve Elson at a match. And don?t worry ? you don?t have to be called Steve to get involved. It?s a community thing.


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Tuesday 01 March 2005
first team news
Two more suspensions confirmed

Steve Butler will be suspended for the Newport (IoW) match for collecting five yellow cards, while Chris Gell will miss the games against Newport and Horsham for collecting ten yellow cards so far this season.


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Tuesday 01 March 2005
dons trust news
February draw results

The sixth Dons Draw took place before Saturday's home match with Corinthian Casuals. The winning numbers were drawn by Michael Woolner, and as usual the draw was independently monitored.

The winning tickets and prizes were as follows:

First prize of £642 - ticket 1654 - Michael Richardson from the Isle of Man
Second prize of £321 - ticket 0829 - R Mitchell from London SW17
Third prize of £107 - ticket 0485 - Paul Jeffrey from East Molesey

This month there were also two additional non-cash prizes. The fourth prize of two President Lounge tickets for the home match against Newport (IOW) on 12 March 2005 went to ticket 1265, held by Pieter Samuelson of London SW17, and the fifth prize of 2 President Lounge tickets for the home match against Crystal Palace on 2 March 2005 went to ticket number 0332, held by Nick Palmowski of London SW20.

Congratulations to all five winners. And thanks to all those who have entered so far. In February alone we raised almost £3,000 to go into the Dons Trust coffers.

The Dons Draw now has more than 400 entrants - so if you want to join them in having a chance of winning one of the prizes whilst helping the Dons Trust raise money for the stadium fund and other good causes, you can sign up here.

Any questions you have may be sent by e-mail to donsdraw@thedonstrust.org. You can also phone 07990554959 with your queries, or ask on match days at the Dons Trust table in the back bar at Kingsmeadow.


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Tuesday 01 March 2005
first team news
Not enough chances says Dave

Dave Anderson was fairly unimpressed with Saturday?s display:
?We let them back into the game because we didn?t take advantage of the possession we had in the first half. Possession-wise we killed them, but we didn?t create that many chances.

?I have to say that of three Richard Butler challenges in the area, at least one must have been a penalty! I talked to him about the third one where he was booked and he said the two of them clipped each other?s heels. I?m being very careful what I say, because I never believe in blaming referees for what we don?t achieve, but I?ll certainly be looking at the incidents because I think two were stonewall.

?But we didn?t create an awful lot in the second half. You won?t play well for 90 minutes and create chances throughout the game no matter who you are. You have to create more chances when you?re on top. We spoke about tempo and I thought we did that well in the first half and had enough chances to be more than one-nil up. But at this level of football you won?t dominate teams for 90 minutes. It was a game when you always knew the second goal would be crucial. I said to the lads at half-time the next goal was going to be massive. JT said that if we weren?t right in the second half, the game had 1-1 written all over it. And if we had a specific fault in the second half, it?s that we played the game at their tempo, not ours. I don?t think they dictated the game, but we ended up playing at the tempo they wanted.

?Now I?m sure our fans will then ask why did we slow down and do that. One answer to that is that players don?t always do what they?re told and the second answer is that the players didn?t play as they can! Once they cross the white line, there are many ways in which I?m as much as fan as anyone else. I doubt anyone else was as frustrated as me. Experience in football teaches you what?s coming next. And then it did! . Their goal of course was disappointing. Andrew Martin span for a ball where Gavin played it into his feet and they moved it up the pitch quickly, everyone missed the cross and it was a tap-in at the back post. But that?s one of those things that happens. I don?t have all the answers and you won?t stop goals like that being scored against you from time to time! The problem was not them scoring a goal, but that we didn?t score enough ourselves earlier on.

?But one team below us lost and the other drew, so we actually progressed over the weekend. Now we?ll look to work hard to prepare for the next match against Palace and then each match and the next three points in the league after that.?


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Tuesday 01 March 2005
first team news
Take a seat tomorrow

If you want to avoid the long queues for seats at midweek cup games, please note that you can buy seat tickets from turnstile number three (at the Kingston Road end) as well as from the kiosk in the main entrance of the Main Stand. Also, to help to reduce the late rush, the kiosk will open at 6.30 pm, so that you can buy your ticket and then have another drink in the bar before taking your seat. The gates will open at 6.45 pm.


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Tuesday 01 March 2005
club news
Our number's up

Following the usual post-match checks, the attendance for the game against Corinthian-Casuals has been increased to 2,774.



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