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Friday 31 March 2006
first team news
Hampton is a 'big one'

Hampton & Richmond Borough are the visitors to The Fans? Stadium ? Kingsmeadow tomorrow as both sides look to strengthen their grip on a play-off place.

Dave has named a 17-man squad, with Tony Battersby and Simon Sobihy returning from illness and injury respectively.

The full squad is: Andy Little, Danny Wheeler, Antony Howard, Wayne Finnie, Steve Butler, Dave Sargent, Simon Sobihy, Luke Garrard, Micky Woolner, Scott Curley, Dean Brennan, Wes Daly, Dwayne Plummer, Robert Ursell, Shane Smeltz, Tony Battersby, Paul Barnes.

Chris Gell is injured and Liam George has left following 10 appearances and one goal. Sonny Farr has returned to Ryman Two side Chertsey on loan and Jon Boswell has joined Ryman One outfit Banstead Athletic, also on loan until the end of the season. Dave Anderson explains.

"Today is transfer deadline day and I felt both Sonny and Jon would benefit from regular first team football. For Jon particularly, it will take him to the next level and give him good first team experience which will be essential in his development."

Richard Butler had a slight reaction in training last night and will not be risked in the squad or the reserves.

"It is nothing to panic about," explains Dave. "But we do not need to take chances with him so he will be given the time he needs to get fully fit."

Tomorrow?s match is the first of two games in four days with the Dons visiting Ashford Town in the Surrey Senior Cup on Tuesday. With Luke Garrard, Tony Battersby, Paul Barnes and Scott Curley all ineligible and Wes Daly suspended for the semi-final, Dave will adjust his selection accordingly.

"I only just found out that our four new signings need to be signed 28 days before the semi-final to be eligible which I find amazing. To be honest I find it ridiculous to the point of being laughable. You can play in the FA Cup with 24 hours notice. With that in mind my selection will have half an eye on Tuesday but saying that, the most important game of the two is tomorrow. Our focus is only on that."

The Dons went down 2-1 at Hampton earlier in the season with the sending off of Steve Butler being key but Dave was keen to play down any talk of revenge.

"I would be sincerely happy if the game was as exciting at that match but with a different scoreline, of course. That night was one of the highlights of our season and that sense of occasion is all around the club this week. The dressing room is buzzing and the supporters I have spoken to, can sense that air of excitement. This is genuinely a big one and big games are the reason we are all involved in football."


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Friday 31 March 2006
dons trust news
Dons Trust Board

The following announcement covers some changes that are being made, with immediate effect, to the composition of the Dons Trust Board.

DT members will recall that, at the time of the 2005 Board elections, only five candidates came forward to fill the six vacancies available. At the time, the Board's interpretation was that the DT Constitution did not provide for this eventuality but considered that Rule 64 of the Constitution served as a guide to what should happen. The decision was therefore taken to consider the five candidates as being deemed elected members of the Board, with no further action required to constitute a quorate Board. For full details of this decision, please refer to the statement published on the website on 20th October 2005.

Subsequent to the AGM, the Board decided on 12th December 2005 to co-opt Ivor Heller for a limited period. This decision was motivated by the requirement to preserve the DT Board's majority representation on the Boards of its subsidiaries rather than by any issues as to whether the Board was quorate.

It has recently been pointed out to the Board by members of the Constitution Review Group that there is an alternative interpretation of the Constitution which would hold that the Board is not quorate because of Rule 54 (establishing the required composition of the Board) and Rule 62a (providing for a means of filling vacancies following retirement of Board members at a meeting). The Board believes that the Constitution is not entirely clear and does not necessarily agree (or disagree) that the alternative interpretation is more correct than the Board's original interpretation.

However, the Board acknowledges that there are different possible interpretations and wishes to avoid the possibility that Dons Trust business could be impeded for procedural reasons which might be relatively easily avoided. The Dons Trust Board therefore met prior to the SGM on 30th March 2006 and passed resolutions:

? Confirming that Ivor Heller's appointment to the Board (which will now continue for a further period beyond the originally intended date of 31st March 2006) will be by way of appointment, under Rule 62a, to fill a casual vacancy arising following the AGM;
? Appointing the DT Secretary, Mark Davis, to the Board by way of appointment to fill the casual vacancy arising following the recent resignation of John Owen;
? Ratifying all decisions, resolution, actions and policies made, taken or adopted by the Board following the AGM;
? To announce the above resolutions at the start of the SGM (and as soon as possible on the AFC Wimbledon website).

The full text of the above resolutions is available upon request and will in any case be published as part of the minutes of the Board meeting in due course.

Taken together, the above resolutions are intended to ensure that the Board is quorate even under the alternative interpretation of the Constitution so that the business of the SGM may continue unimpeded and so that the Society's votes in AFCW PLC may, following the SGM, be duly exercised at the AFCW PLC EGM on the same evening. The Board now comprises ten elected Board members plus two appointments made to fill casual vacancies arising among elected Board members.

The Board notes that the Constitution's rules relating to the composition of the Society Board are not as clear as it would wish and will be seeking to ensure that revised Rules are brought forward to members as soon as possible as part of the ongoing review of the Constitution. This, and ongoing work to appoint a new Treasurer to the Board, is likely to result in further changes to the Society Board in due course. In the meantime, the Board wishes to thank Ivor Heller for continuing to serve the Board so loyally and welcomes Mark Davis as a member of the Board, if only temporarily. The Board also wishes to thank members of the Constitution Review Group for their diligence in alerting the Board to this issue.

The Board has also been informed that, after four years of service to the Trust and Club, Erik Samuelson will step down from his position as Finance Director on completion of this year's accounts - likely to be September or October this year. This decision has been reached after a period of careful consideration by Erik.

Erik's decision was not related to the items of business discussed at the 30 March SGM but nonetheless Erik and the Trust, PLC and Club boards felt it was appropriate that this matter should be brought to members' attention at the same time as the procedural changes outlined above. Erik will be remaining on all of the Boards for the time being, pending an orderly handover of his responsibilities and the reorganisation of the Dons Trust Board referred to above.

The Board wishes to thank Erik for the tremendous contribution he has made since the Trust and Club were formed. The Board looks forward to Erik continuing to make a valuable, albeit less time-consuming, contribution to the work of the club after his resignation period. As Erik will be remaining on the Board for the time being, further opportunities will present themselves for the Board to thank Erik more fully prior to his departure.

Erik's comments will be posted on the website later today.


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Friday 31 March 2006
club news
Season ticket vouchers for the Hampton & Richmond game

There is enormous demand for seats for our home game this Saturday against Hampton & Richmond. If you can't come and are a season ticket holder, please send us your voucher (number 19) or email your details to the club. We can then re-sell your seat, which provides the club with more income and enables another fan to watch the game in comfort.

Would terrace ST holders who aren't able to attend also send your vouchers or email us, please, because we can reclaim the VAT on the cost of the game.


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Thursday 30 March 2006
club news
Dons legends make FA Cup Heroes shortlist

AFC Wimbledon today are delighted to announce that former stars Dave Beasant, Dickie Guy, Bobby Gould, Lawrie Sanchez and Dennis Wise have made it onto the shortlist to be named among the FA's Team of FA Cup Heroes.

Making the announcement, the FA's director of football Sir Trevor Brooking sent the club the following e-mail explaining the initiative and how you can vote for your heroes:

I'm delighted to tell you that Dave Beasant, Dickie Guy, Bobby Gould and Lawrie Sanchez have made it into the shortlist and are in with a chance of becoming members of The All-Time Team of FA Cup Heroes.

You may also be interested to know that Dennis Wise, another hero connected with your club, has been nominated by Millwall and has also reached the shortlist.

At the start of the year in this, the 125th season of FA Cup competition, our search began to find the all-time FA Cup Team of Heroes. With your club's help we are moving towards a fascinating climax.

As you know, we asked the 92 Premier League and Football League clubs and the top 33 non-league clubs in The FA Cup who their five Cup heroes are and, having received your nominations, I chaired a panel, which included Ray Wilkins and Martin Tyler, to narrow down the list of 625 to 100 players and 25 managers.

So, we have done our bit, now it's up to the fans.

Over the next month, fans will be picking their own Team of Heroes from our final list in a 4-3-3 formation until the closing date of midnight on Monday 24 April 2006. They can do so by clicking here

The final Team of Heroes will come from the most selected players and manager, and the player with the most star ratings will be crowned The FA Cup all-time Hero and we will be unveiling this special side, by position, in the week leading up to this season's FA Cup Final on 13 May.

For every fan who takes part in this historic search the prize on offer is massive. It includes two tickets to this year's FA Cup Final and the chance to unveil a special plaque at the new Wembley Stadium in honour of the Official FA Cup Team of Heroes and meet some of the stars.

I hope you will give the initiative some coverage as it is a real opportunity for us to celebrate the 125 years we have had of this wonderful competition, as well as being a chance for us to recall and recognise the contributions of key players through the years.

We'll be inviting those members of the Team of Heroes that are still with us to this year's Final and I'm sure you will do all you can to ensure that Dave, Dickie, Bobby, Lawrie and Dennis are part of that team.

Thanks again for your support and I wish you all the best in next year's competition.

Best Wishes,
Sir Trevor Brooking


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Thursday 30 March 2006
club news
Vote for the one

Don't forget to cast your vote in this year's kit competition. You can vote up to midday tomorrow (Friday 31 March) and the winning kits will be announced during the Man of the Match presentation in the main bar on Saturday, after the Dons take on Hampton & Richmond Borough.

There are five designs for each strip (home and away). To see the contenders, click on 'in features' under 'Kit vote begins' on the front page. Then email your choice to kits@afcwimbledon.co.uk. Please include the number of the kit you are voting as well as marking your "home" and "away" choices clearly. Please include your DT membership number or season-ticket number.


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Wednesday 29 March 2006
cfs news
Easter eggs-citement for the kids

Don't forget that while schools may be breaking up for Easter, the fun is only just beginning for football loving kids.

The AFC Wimbledon CFS will be running soccer courses over two weeks during Easter. All kids aged between 4-12 are welcome and there are a variety of courses to choose from. For further information, just click on the 'Soccer Courses' tab to the right.


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Wednesday 29 March 2006
youth news
Dons win the league

AFC Wimbledon has won its first league title of the season. The team taking home the honours is the under-9 youth side who have just sealed the Epsom and Ewell Premiership, with a game to spare.

Further good news comes from the under-13 youth side who, now managed by former senior side star Gavin Bolger, have reached the West Surrey League Cup final against Worcester Park. For anyone hoping to catch a glimpse of some future Dons stars in action, the game will be played on Sunday April 9th at Imber Court (home of the Met Police) with a 1.30 kick-off.

So it's hats off to the trailblazing under-9s, and the best of luck to the under-13s. Let's hope there are more league and cup successes to follow.


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Wednesday 29 March 2006
club news
Wait-list for seats for Hampton & Richmond

We have already sold all the available seats for the Hampton & Richmond home game this Saturday, 1 April. However, we may receive more unused season ticket vouchers over the next few days and so we have opened a wait-list. The credit card hotline is closed and anyone wanting to be added to the wait-list should call the office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays. While we may receive more vouchers before Saturday, previous experience suggests that anyone wanting more than 2 seats together is very unlikely to be successful.


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Tuesday 28 March 2006
first team news
Barnes-storming

Following a hat-trick in only his second full appearance, Wimbledon fans have a new hero in Paul Barnes. The OS caught up with him to see what he makes of it so far.

"It has been mental. The first game against Heybridge was good. I felt I did well and the team played excellently. I have played most of my career at Barton Rovers as a lone front man so the formation suited me and the quality of the service from Dwayne Plummer and Rob Ursell really helped.

"Then on Saturday at Wealdstone, I played alongside Shane Smeltz who is a very talented player. He held it up well and made it much easier for me to play my usual game just off the shoulder of the last defender. It was good not to have to drop deep to collect the ball so it shows I can play in a different way.

"I must admit it was nerve-wracking at first knowing I was going to play in front of such a big crowd but the adrenaline took over and I loved it. Luckily the supporters have taken to me. I know I have to play my game and go out there and do my best. I think the fans have seen that I never take to the pitch to lose and I can promise them that will always be the case."

There will be more from Paul in Saturday's official matchday programme.


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Monday 27 March 2006
club news
Academy is back

After a short break, the AFC Wimbledon matchday academy returns this Saturday, ahead of the Hampton & Richmond game.

As usual, the academy will be running between 12.30-2pm and is open to kids aged 5-12. The session costs 5 including a ticket to the game, or 4 to season ticket holders, and is held by the athletics track next to The Fans? Stadium.



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Monday 27 March 2006
club news
Set out your stall at the FFD

If you fancy playing a part in this year?s Family Fun Day, here is your chance. Organisers are now looking for people with ideas for stalls or outside organisations that can be invited on the day, and all feedback/assistance is welcome. Whether you have an idea for a stall that you would like to see there on the day, or think that you could run a stall yourself, we?d like to hear from you.

This year?s Family Fun Day takes place at The Fans? Stadium - Kingsmeadow on Sunday 14th May, between 11am and 4pm. There will be dozens of stalls, games, competitions, activities, displays and a five-a-side football competition between the regional Wombles ? amongst other attractions.

If you can lend a hand, and maybe even help to raise some funds towards the stadium debt, please get in touch with Barrie Scott at any of our remaining home or away games, or by e-mail to barrie.scott@thedonstrust.org


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Monday 27 March 2006
reserve team news
Reserve game postponed.

Tonight's reserve team game versus Epsom and Ewell has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Banstead FC's Merland Rise.

A new date will be announced as soon as possible.


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Sunday 26 March 2006
club news
Dons man reaches the Trophy final

AFC Wimbledon will be represented in the FA Trophy final after all, albeit indirectly! That?s because Dons goalkeeping coach Ashley Bayes, who plays for Conference side Grays Athletic, is in line to start the match in goal. Grays yesterday beat Exeter 2-0 to go through 3-2 on aggregate, and will now meet Woking in the final on Sunday 14 May at West Ham?s Upton Park

Dave Anderson said: "Ashley has been with us since the beginning of this season and comes in once every fortnight to work with the keepers here. He?s doing a great job here and I think everyone can see the results in terms of Andy Little and Josh Lennie?s performances. So if any Dons fans are looking for a side to support on the day, I think Ashley?s appearance has got to be as good a reason as any to side with Grays on the day."


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Sunday 26 March 2006
first team news
Dave in buoyant mood as Dons take five

Dave Anderson was justifiably pleased after seeing his Dons side continue their recent run of good form with a 5-1 thrashing of Wealdstone.

Dave said: "You can?t have too many complaints after you?ve won 5-1 away from home, and I thought the lads put in a comprehensive performance today. Barney got the perfect striker?s hat-trick ? one with the left, one with the right and one with his head ? and I think he could even have a had a couple more. But we know he?ll always score goals and it?s nice that the supporters have seen what he?s all about."

While the Dons dominated in terms of possession and goalscoring opportunities, the teams went in 2-1 at the close of the first period. Dave added: "At half-time we were a bit concerned that the game was too loose, and so we made a couple of technical adjustments and then the third goal came at just the right time for us."

And the Dons could soon have an embarrassment of riches up front. Dave said: ?Tony Battersby has had tonsillitis but we had three good strikers with us so I didn?t want to get him out of his sick bed. He should be okay for next week though, and Richard Butler could also be in contention. If he?s not ready, we won?t rush him as I think everyone saw today that we have options up front now.

"I have to say that Richard has been a credit to himself and to the club throughout his rehab ? he?s been working as hard in rehab and he does on the pitch! Mind you, he?ll have his work cut out getting back in the side after today, in which case we could soon have the best reserve centre forward in the league!"



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Sunday 26 March 2006
youth news
Surrey County Youth Final Line Up

The Youth Development Programme had 3 teams in action in today?s Surrey County Cup semi-finals. AFC Wimbledon Youth under 11 went to Molesey Juniors and were unfortunate to concede a late equaliser in normal time to go into extra time 1-1. There were no further goals and the boys went on to lose the penalty shoot-out 4-3.

At under 15 the AFC Wimbledon team won a penalty shoot-out against AFC Wimbledon Youth following a hard fought goalless encounter where both sides had chances to take the lead. Despite the disappointment for the boys in yellow on the day, it was good to see both sides offer congratulations and commiserations in equal measure after the match.

The final line up is now:
7th May 10:30 am AFC Wimbledon Youth U14 v Mole Valley Predators Youth
7th May 2:00 pm AFC Wimbledon Youth U16 v Woking Town Youth
14th May 2:00 pm AFC Wimbledon U15 v Sutton United Colts or Addiscombe Corinthians
21st May 2:00 pm AFC Wimbledon Youth U12 v Halliford Colts
All matches to be played at Chipstead F.C.



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Saturday 25 March 2006
dons trust news
The Dons Draw - March 2006 results

The 19th Dons Draw took place last Saturday, the 18 March 2006, at Kingsmeadow, a couple of hours before kick-off against Heybridge Swifts.

This month the winning numbers were drawn by Geraldine Messenbird, the Dons Trust Board member, whilst John Owen, the Dons Draw Treasurer, controlled the draw process.

The March 2006 jackpot climbed to a new all-time high of 810. The winning ticket numbers and prizes were as follows:

First prize of 810 - ticket 1823 ? Brian Norman, from Beckenham
Second prize of 405 - ticket 2698 ? Ross Maclagan, from Camberley
Third prize of 150 - ticket 2166 ? Robin Bedford, from Woking

Congratulations to all three prize winners.

The April 2006 draw will take place shortly before the home match against East Thurrock United on 15th April 2006, and the winners will be announced at half time during that match. Current indications show that the jackpot for that draw will be no lower than 810 ? but it may be higher!

So if you haven?t yet entered the Dons Draw and would like to try your luck, or if you have already entered but would like to increase your chances of winning by taking a few more numbers, then don?t delay! The deadline for new entrants to the April 2006 Dons Draw is midnight on 31 March 2006. You can sign up to the Dons Draw here.

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


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Friday 24 March 2006
club news
Barclays loan proposal - your questions answered

As explained on the official site earlier in the week, since the notice of the PLC EGM was sent out a number of questions have been asked by shareholders, as well as Dons Trust members and other supporters. As well as continuing to negotiate the covenant with Barclays, the PLC's Chief Executive and Finance Director had prepared an overall reply to those questions, for publication here on the website. The dropping of the covenant, while very welcome news, meant that revisions to the document were needed. These revisions are now complete and the questions and answers are available here here (104kb). If you cannot download the document for any reason, please call the office and we will send you a hard copy.

The document includes an explanation of why we want the loan, the likely cost savings from taking the loan and an update on our financial performance. There are also simple cash flows for the football club and some projections relating to how we envisage the next few years, in financial terms.

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


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Friday 24 March 2006
first team news
Seventeen named in Stones squad

AFC Wimbledon travel to Wealdstone tomorrow as they look to cement their place in the play-off positions.

Dave has named a 17 man squad, with a doubt over the inclusion of Tony Battersby who has been suffering from tonsillitis this week.

The full squad is: Andy Little, Danny Wheeler, Antony Howard, Wayne Finnie, Steve Butler, Dave Sargent, Luke Garrard, Micky Woolner, Scott Curley, Dean Brennan, Wes Daly, Dwayne Plummer, Robert Ursell, Shane Smeltz, Tony Battersby, Paul Barnes, Liam George.

Tony is in the squad but will only be considered if he has fully recovered from the effects of his illness. Simon Sobihy is injured but should be fit for selection for next Saturday. Chris Gell is a week further behind, but there is good news on the fitness of Richard Butler who has resumed training.

"Richard trained very hard last night," explained Dave. "He needs a match or two to get sharp but could be included next week or, at the very worst, within the fortnight."

There is further good news concerning the contract of Scott Curley. Scott signed on Tuesday and both parties have now confirmed the short-term deal will now run until the end of the season.

"Scott has attracted a lot of attention from higher clubs than ours and will be having a trial with a Conference club in the summer. I am delighted we have got him until the end of the season and from my point of view, I am hopeful he will be here a lot longer."

Liam George is included again, following his recent bout of illness, and will play his last game for the club either tomorrow or next Saturday.

"We wouldn't normally announce a players departure like this but it is common knowledge that Liam is looking to continue his career in America," admits Dave. "Tomorrow may be his last game so it gives the fans and the staff a chance to say thank you."

Turning his attention to tomorrow's game with Wealdstone - now missing Jermaine Beckford who signed for Leeds United last week - Dave is promising no let up as the Dons aim to continue their recent good form.

"I know I always say it but there are no easy games in this division and we have come a cropper too many times to underestimate anyone. I have known the Wealdstone manager Gordon Bartlett a long time and have to say i am pleased he has managed to sell Richard Jolly and Jermaine Beckford before we went there!"

"Wealdstone are a local club to me and they wont make it easy for us but our concern now has to be us - If we focus and apply ourselves properly until the end of the season, then we'll happily take what we get."


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Friday 24 March 2006
club news
Planning permissions at Kingsmeadow

As many of you will remember, when we bought Kingsmeadow the stadium came with planning permission (granted to Kingstonian) for two different schemes, each of which would extend the stadium to a 6,000 capacity.

The planning permissions expired in January this year and we are very pleased to announce that we have just (on Thursday 16 March) been granted renewal, subject to a legal agreement and in the case of the larger scheme a reference to the Government Office for London.



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Thursday 23 March 2006
club news
Date for the diary

The date has been set for this year?s AFC Wimbledon Family Fun Day, which will take place at The Fans? Stadium - Kingsmeadow on Sunday 14th May, between 11am and 4pm.

Admission is free and, if last year?s event is anything to go by, there?ll be something for just about everyone on the day. There will be dozens of stalls, games, activities, displays and a five-a-side football competition between the regional Wombles - no doubt featuring the odd ringer! Last year Rob Ursell?s Wessex Wombles took home the bragging rights, but we?re sure the Mercia, Surrey and Kent Womble collectives will have something to say about that this time around!

Amongst the games there?ll be our very own football speed game, which measures just how fast you can kick the ball. You never know, you might be able to kick it harder than our own Wes Daly!

We?re also expecting several first teamers to come along and show their support, so be sure to mark the date in your diary and join us as we celebrate another historic Dons season. And who knows, we might even be celebrating another winning season by then?

And if you would like to get involved on the day then we?d love to hear from you. Perhaps you could spare an hour or so helping out on a stall during the day, or even just lend a hand setting the stalls up? If so, please get in touch with Barrie Scott at any of our home or away games, or by e-mail to barrie.scott@thedonstrust.org


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Thursday 23 March 2006
club news
Dons fan going for gold

Further to yesterday?s update on Dons fan Darran Langley's exploits at the Commonwealth Games, Darran has gone one further ? beating the highly-rated Mo Nasir in the light flyweight division semi-final this morning.

Darran now goes into the gold medal bout, which is scheduled to be shown live on the BBC at 8am on Saturday.

Apparently Darran has been keeping an eye on the OS during his time down under and has asked us to pass on his thanks to the club and its fans for all their support as he goes into what should be an epic clash against African champion Jafet Uutoni.

Let?s hope Darran and the Dons can make it a nice one-two combination, taking home a gold medal and three points come Saturday.


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Thursday 23 March 2006
club news
Update on travel arrangements for Wealdstone

AFC Wimbledon fans travelling by London Underground for this
Saturday's match at Wealdstone should note that engineering works are taking place on the Metropolitan and Jubilee lines. The Metropolitan line is suspended between Aldgate and Wembley Park and the Jubilee line is suspended between Waterloo and Wembley Park. Replacement bus services will be in operation on the following routes :

Service 'A' - Baker Street to Willesden Green, calling at all Jubilee Line stations.
Service 'B' - Willesden Green to Wembley Park, calling at Dollis Hill and Neasden stations.
Service 'C' - non-stop between Wembley Park and Stonebridge Park.

The advice if travelling from central London is to take the Bakerloo line to Stonebridge Park and catch the replacement bus service to Wembley Park.
Metropolitan line services will be running from Wembley Park to Northwood Hills (the nearest station to the ground). Alternatively, catch the Chiltern Railways service from Marylebone to Harrow on the Hill and then change onto the Metropolitan line for Northwood Hills.


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Wednesday 22 March 2006
first team news
Dave refusing to get carried away

Dave Anderson was refusing to get carried away last night, despite seeing his in-form Dons side beat Harrow Borough to record a third straight win. He said: "We?re very happy as it?s all about getting the points. I thought we passed it well in the first half and played with confidence. We scored two well worked goals and had to defend a bit more towards the end, but you have to be able to grind out results at this stage of the season and we did just that."

And Dave was suitably impressed by his two debutants. He said: "We had to put the two new lads in because we had several players missing. The only changes we made following last Saturday were because of injury or, in Paul Barnes? case, because he was delayed getting to the ground. We didn?t make any technical changes as such and, considering Scott and Tony didn?t even know anyone?s names before the game, I thought they did very well. And I thought Luke Garrard did well again as well, playing at right-back this time.

"Overall I thought we were good value for the win although if I had a complaint, it would be that we didn?t really test the keeper enough considering the amount of ball we had. But we got the three points and that?s the important thing."


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Wednesday 22 March 2006
club news
Breakthrough on the Barclays loan

After further discussions with Barclays, AFCW PLC is very pleased to announce that the financial covenant referred to in the documentation sent out to PLC shareholders has been removed entirely from the conditions of the loan offer.

This is a major improvement in the terms offered.

Since the notice of the PLC EGM was sent out, a number of questions have been asked by shareholders, as well as Dons Trust members and other supporters. As well as continuing to negotiate with Barclays, the PLC's Chief Executive and Finance Director have been preparing an overall reply to those questions, for publication here on the website. This news, very welcome as it is, will mean some further revisions and therefore publication will be delayed by another day or so.

The document will include a detailed explanation of the likely cost savings from taking the loan and an update on our financial performance. There will also be a run-through of just how simple the cash flows are in the football club and some projections relating to how we envisage the next few years, in financial terms.


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Wednesday 22 March 2006
club news
Launch postponed

The official launch of our initiative at Centre Court on Sunday 26 March has been postponed until further notice. Please accept our apologies for the short notice. A new date will be announced shortly.


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Tuesday 21 March 2006
first team news
Batman begins

AFC Wimbledon travel to Harrow Borough tonight bolstered by the double-signing of Tony Battersby and Scott Curley. Both players are expected to feature tonight with both Liam George and Chris Gell missing through illness and injury respectively.

Dave has named a 21 man squad for the game:

The full squad is: Andy Little, Danny Wheeler, Antony Howard, Wayne Finnie, Steve Butler, Simon Sobihy, Dave Sargent, Luke Garrard, Jon Boswell, Micky Woolner, Scott Curley, Dean Brennan, Joe Paris, Sonny Farr, Wes Daly, Dwayne Plummer, Robert Ursell, Shane Smeltz, Tony Battersby, Mark King, Paul Barnes.

Steve Butler is struggling with injury and Simon Sobihy, Michael Woolner, Dean Brennan and Wes Daly all face late fitness tests.

Dave Anderson is mindful the team build on Saturday's 1-0 victory over third-placed Heybridge Swifts.

"This is a very local game for me as I live about three minutes from the ground and I'd like to think i know all there is to know about Harrow Borough. We beat a good side on Saturday and we have given ourselves the foundations to build on to make a proper push for the play-offs. No game will be easy at this stage of the season and Harrow are having a good season but it is up to us to show the same determination as we did on Saturday."


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Tuesday 21 March 2006
first team news
Dave brings in two

Dave Anderson has pulled off a double transfer coup with the signing of Grays Athletic striker, Tony Battersby and Leyton midfielder, Scott Curley.

Tony Battersby drops down from the Conference to finally end Dave's search for a target-man. The 30-year-old marksman has an impressive professional record, with over 200 league appearances to his name. He started his career at Sheffield United before Notts County paid 200,000 for his signature in 1996. From here he switched to Bury and then to Lincoln City, before signing for local rivals Boston United. Since 2003, Tony has plied his trade in the Conference. He joins till the end of the season, with a view to a longer deal.

Scott Curley is a tenacious midfielder who makes the switch from Leyton on a short-term deal. An influential member of the England Learning Disabilities team, Scott is much sought after, with several clubs from higher leagues interested in signing him but Dave Anderson has convinced him to join the Dons initially, also with a view to a permanent deal.

Dave is looking forward to working with his new players.

"I am very excited about the four recent additions to the squad. We are the business end of the season and these players will give us the push we need. It is no secret that I have been after a big centre-forward and Tony certainly fits the bill. He has a wealth of league experience and will give us another dimension - a different option to what we have at the club already."

"Scott is an aggressive midfielder who is not afraid to put himself about and I hope we can keep him at the club for a long time."

Both players are expected to feature tonight at Harrow Borough.


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Tuesday 21 March 2006
club news
Dons fan proves a knockout down under

Congratulations to ardent AFC Wimbledon fan and boxer Darran Langley, who is now guaranteed a medal at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

Darran, who is a regular at The Fans? Stadium, won silver at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and is hoping to go one better this time around. Earlier today, Darran boxed clever to comprehensively beat Malaysian Aziz Mohammed and win his way through to the semi-finals of the 48kg light-flyweight event - guaranteeing himself a bronze medal at least.

During his stay down under, Darran is said to have been keeping abreast of all the latest Dons news right here on the OS so, if you?re reading this Darran, best of luck from everyone at AFC Wimbledon.


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Sunday 19 March 2006
youth news
Three through to County Cup Final

Three AFC Wimbledon Youth teams progressed through today's Surrey County Cup semi-finals. At under 12 level the boys won through against Selsdon Juniors with a goal in the last minute of extra time to make the score 3-2 to the Dons. At under 14 two Wimbledon teams were drawn against each other with the Youth team coming out on top against the Colts 5-0. At under 16 Wimbledon put out Kingstonian Youth 2-1. All told this is a tremendous achievement and we are proud of all the boys who performed today in the yellow and blue.

All the finals will be held at Chipstead FC. U12 KO at 2pm on 21 May. U14 KO at 10.30 am and U16 KO at 2pm both on 7 May.

Next Sunday an under 11 and two under 15 AFC Wimbledon teams will play in semi-finals.




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Saturday 18 March 2006
first team news
Dave proud as Dons make Hey

Dave Anderson was a proud man after 'everybody stood up to be counted' in the 1-0 victory over Heybridge Swifts.

Dave said: "That was a big game to win - they are all big games from here on, but it was a little bit bigger for us because of who we had available. Shane pulled out with flu symptoms at 11am this morning so a lot of what we had been working on in the week went out of the window.

"But I thought everyone stood up to be counted ? and I include the supporters in that. It was a game in which there was a real feeling of togetherness, and perhaps the average supporter won?t really be able to understand just how much that means to the players. It?s not often that you clap the fans at half-time, but I did because I thought they were great in the first half."

Both Luke Garrard and Paul Barnes made their debuts as the Dons battled to compensate for an injury list including Chris Gell, Liam George, Shane Smeltz and Richard Butler - and Dave liked what he saw. He said: "I thought they were both excellent. Garrard was everything we thought he would be, and we know Barnes will score goals but we got to see other aspects of his game today. Both have settled in well, both are likeable chaps and I hope both will do well here.

"But we?re not getting carried away. It?s three points in the bag but now we move on. We?ve got Harrow on Tuesday and we?re hoping to have signed a new player ahead of that game. We?re in advanced negotiations with someone who was at the game today - but I can confirm that it wasn?t John Terry!"


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Saturday 18 March 2006
club news
Statement from the board of The Dons Trust

The Dons Trust wishes to announce that John Owen has decided to resign his positions as an elected Dons Trust Board member and Dons Trust Treasurer.

The following statement has been issued by John Owen:
"At the time when the Dons Trust Board voted in favour of the commercial loan, I still had a number of questions and concerns for which answers and solutions were simply not forthcoming. My concerns are real and not something that I could just try and sweep under the carpet. I also felt it remiss that the Dons Trust Board deemed, in its wisdom, that it did not have the authority to formally consider the contents of the paper prepared by AFCW PLC to support the commercial loan, a paper, distributed to Dons Trust members, that was prepared in such haste that it contains, albeit unintentionally, not only factual inaccuracies but also misleading statements. I had also requested to be able to speak against this resolution at the forthcoming SGM but such an opportunity was clearly not to be made available. I for one would have preferred that on this crucial vote, Dons Trust members would have been allowed to hear clear arguments from the Dons Trust Board not only for the commercial loan, but also against. Such a debate was clearly going to be stifled. Clearly, as I am against the bank loan, at the current time and under the current conditions, my position on the Board was untenable. Further, to avoid any disciplinary action by the Dons Trust Board, I was left with no other option than to tender my resignation with immediate effect?.

Members will see from the briefing material released on the resolution about the Barclays loan that one board member, namely John Owen, opposed the resolution with all other members present voting in favour.

The Dons Trust Board believes all key issues were addressed in discussion by the Board, over a period of some months leading up to the decision to recommend the loan. The resolution put to the AFCW PLC EGM, if accepted, will empower the PLC directors to enter into the proposed loan with Barclays ?subject to the receipt of written confirmation from appropriate Dons Trust bond holders in relation to deferring their right to repayment of their bond, and the satisfactory negotiation by the directors of AFCW PLC of acceptable terms and conditions with regard to the proposed loan?. Given the importance of this issue, the Dons Trust Board will be exercising very close scrutiny if and when this process proceeds to ensure that any questions or concerns are addressed.

The Board also considers that the AFCW paper issued to the Shareholders was formally a matter for the PLC ? a point that was conveyed to John at the time of him expressing his opinions on this matter. Nonetheless, there was an opportunity for DT Board members to convey comments to AFCW PLC.

John had requested an opportunity to speak at the forthcoming SGM against the motion ? this however does not fall within the rules of the Dons Trust Board which John and all DTB members have only recently signed up to (the rules can be found online here). John?s vote against the recommendation being put to members, and the reasons for his vote are available as part of the published February Board minutes (available here). Dons Trust Board members are, however, entitled to discuss their reasons for voting both for and against any motion if questioned by members. The Dons Trust Board has no intention of stifling debate at the SGM and John would have had every opportunity to speak at the SGM as a Board member. Indeed, the Board is putting the matter of the loan to members to discuss and review precisely because it believes that decisions of this importance must be democratically decided by a general meeting.

Following John?s declaration to the Board of his intention to resign, the Board has ? in the usual way, via the Chair ? been working to agree a statement with John before announcing his resignation to members. The Board regrets that John has chosen to publish his statement unilaterally via other channels before such a statement could be agreed.

The resignation of John means the Board is now without a Treasurer and a replacement is currently being sought with urgency. John has said that he would be prepared to advise the new incumbent and we thank him in advance for assisting with an orderly transition.

John Owen also made it clear that he is standing down from the management of the Dons Draw as from June this year. An appropriate replacement will be found in due course.

The Dons Trust Board wishes to thank John for the work he has put in as Treasurer and Dons Draw manager as well as Board member.


Tom Adam
Chair Dons Trust Board


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Friday 17 March 2006
first team news
Happy days

Paul Barnes can?t wait to start scoring goals for his new club following his signing today from Barton Rovers.

The highly-regarded forward has been building a reputation for himself in the Southern League Division One East but admitted that signing for a club of AFC Wimbledon?s magnitude was ?surreal?.

"I?m just a little village boy from a little village club. I came to the game on Tuesday and was amazed that I would be playing in front of so many people and that was only about a quarter of the normal crowd. It?s completely surreal."

Paul, who works as a salesman, has been a long-term target of Wimbledon but a move in the summer was scuppered as Paul had yet to pass his driving test.

"I live in Hitchin in Hertfordshire so as I didn?t drive it was not to be. Dave told me to pass my test and he would be back, so happy days. I am just going to play well and score goals. The drive takes over and hour and a half but it is worth it.

"Hopefully the fans will take to me. I don?t mean to be big-headed, but I have yet to meet anyone quicker than me. I have springs in my heels so can compete in the air and I can guarantee that I will work hard."


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Friday 17 March 2006
first team news
Swifts squad announced

AFC Wimbledon take on high-flying Heybridge Swifts tomorrow at the Meadow. New signing Paul Barnes is included in the squad and will take some part, subject to all his paperwork being complete.

The Dons go into the game without a home league win all year. Manager, Dave Anderson has been working with the players this week to overcome this.

"We know how Heybridge will line up and which players we have to be aware of. They are a good side, they are not up there for nothing and our home form is not going to make the game any easier, but we have been tackling this issue for a while now. It is about giving the players the mental strength to deal with the unique pressure of playing for this club. You can sign the best players, but how they will react when under the level of pressure and expectation here is harder to predict."

Dave has named a 17 man squad for the game:

The full squad is: Andy Little, Danny Wheeler, Wayne Finnie, Steve Butler, Simon Sobihy, Dave Sargent, Luke Garrard, Jon Boswell, Joe Paris, Sonny Farr, Wes Daly, Dwayne Plummer, Robert Ursell, Shane Smeltz, Liam George, Mark King, Paul Barnes.

Chris Gell, Antony Howard and Micky Woolner are injured, while Dean Brennan failed a fitness test last night. Liam George is suffering from a viral infection and will be assessed tomorrow.


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Friday 17 March 2006
first team news
Dons beat a path to Barnes

AFC Wimbledon have pulled off a transfer coup, beating off a host of clubs to sign the highly-rated striker Paul Barnes from Barton Rovers for an undisclosed fee. The 25-year-old forward is the top scorer in the whole of the Southern League with 25 goals to his name already this season.

Dave Anderson has been tracking the forward, who plays in the Southern League Division One East, for over a year following his exploits last season when he scored 35 goals.

"This deal has taken the best part of four weeks to come together. We first moved for Paul last year and I am delighted to have finally signed him. We know he will do well here and hopefully he will settle quickly. But this can be a difficult place to play so we have to give him time.

"One thing I can say to the fans is that Paul?s work rate is phenomenal - very Richard Butler-esque"

You can read Paul's views on his transfer on the OS shortly.


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Friday 17 March 2006
club news
Credit card hotline closed today

Due to equipment failure the credit card hotline will be closed today.

Any seat tickets still available for tomorrow's match will be on sale from the kiosk in the main foyer from 1:45pm tomorrow.

We will re-open the credit card hotline on Monday 27 March in anticipation of the Hampton & Richmond game.


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Thursday 16 March 2006
club news
Swift return for Sanchez

Dons legend Lawrie Sanchez is guest of honour at Saturday's home game with Heybridge Swifts.

Lawrie is taking time out from plotting Northern Ireland's route to Austria and Switzerland for Euro 2008 to help launch 'There's always one' - a new book by Shaun Schofield.

'There's always one' is Shaun's personal memoirs of the travel and cultural experiences he faced in his ten year journey between June 1995 and September 2005 when he attended every single Northern Ireland international, culminating in that famous night at Windsor Park when Northern Ireland beat England 1-0.

Shaun will also be attending the game along with the London Northern Ireland Supporters Club and talking about the evolution of the national football team and their growing support.

The book will be launched in the back bar after the Heybridge game, where Lawrie will say a few words and be available to sign copies. The proceeds of the sales on the day will go to two Northern Ireland charities, Action Cancer and Heartbeat.


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Thursday 16 March 2006
club news
Be a life saver this Saturday

This Saturday, please visit the Kingsmeadow Fitness Centre next to the ground to support the Anthony Nolan Trust.

Every 21 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with a potentially life threatening disorder, like leukaemia or aplastic anaemia where often the only chance of a full cure is to have a bone marrow transplant. Fewer than 3o per cent of these patients will find a family member with compatible blood stem cells to donate. For the rest, an unrelated donor is the only chance.

The Anthony Nolan Trust is working with AFC Wimbledon, to raise awareness surrounding the need for more bone marrow donors and has set up a special donor session before this Saturday?s home game with Heybridge Swifts on Saturday 18 March from 11.30am to 2.30pm. AFC Wimbledon supporter Dr Andrew Harris is spearheading the campaign.

"I work as a GP and one of my patients, Diane Patterson developed leukaemia about a year ago. It became apparent that she might require a bone-marrow transplant, and unfortunately none of her family was a matching donor. In discussion with Diane we agreed to use our surgery premises for a donor recruitment session. We wrote to all our eligible patients (age 18-40), and 55 people came forward to volunteer. Of these 45 were suitable and were added to the database. We have just heard this week that one of these may be a suitable donor for someone and he is currently undergoing further tests."

"Through my greater knowledge of the work of the Anthony Nolan Trust, I was keen to continue supporting them, and am grateful to AFC Wimbledon and Kingsmeadow Fitness Centre for allowing us to put on a donor recruitment clinic at The Fitness Centre at Kingsmeadow. I would urge anyone eligible to join the donor panel to give serious consideration to doing so. You might just be able to save someone?s life."


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Wednesday 15 March 2006
dons trust news
SGM Papers

Dons Trust members are reminded that the first DT SGM of 2006 will be taking place at Kingsmeadow on Thursday 30th March (7.30pm). Papers for the meeting have now been distributed by mail and e-mail to DT members. Copies of these papers can be downloaded below.

The DT SGM will be held on the same evening as, and immediately prior to, the AFCW PLC EGM. We hope that the opportunity to attend both of these meetings at one sitting will encourage a sizeable attendance.

To download the set of paperwork as a PDF file click here (679kb)

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

Members are reminded that they can in future opt to receive Dons Trust papers by e-mail by sending a request to membership@thedonstrust.org


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Wednesday 15 March 2006
club news
Time to get serious

Chairman Kris Stewart and his fellow Directors have vowed to get serious at the regular Wednesday Quiz at the Meadow tonight.

The quiz, in association with the Knight Fantastic (Radio Jackie's Neil Long), features interactive, music and brainbender rounds, and is particularly noticeable for the inadequate performance of the Directors team, who have so far come last and second last. Kris Stewart, though, is ready.

"We have been warming up over the last couple of weeks and I think it?s all going to come together tonight, so any team hoping to beat us had better be on form."

Entry to the quiz is 2 per person. The evening kicks off at 8pm and will finish around 10.30pm.


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Tuesday 14 March 2006
first team news
Dons march on

Dave Anderson was pleased to see his Dons side comfortably beat Guildford United to move into the SSC semi-finals. Dave said: "We were on a hiding to nothing and the main thing was to get through the game and into the next round. We put out the strongest team we had available but these are never easy fixtures as you are expected to win.

"It was nice to be able to be able to give a few of the younger lads a run out. It?s no secret that we?ve been nursing Butsy through games and he was feeling a bit sore so we put Bossie on towards the end. We also gave Sonny some gametime and gave Kingy a runout because he?s been doing well in the reserves. I also thought Speedo did well after coming back from his toe injury."

Wimbledon lined up in a traditional 4-4-2 formation, and Dave said: "We thought 4-4-2 would be the best system for this particular game. Looking forward to Saturday, we?re hopeful Frankie will be fit to play, and there?s a chance Dean Brennan could return, although it looks as though Chris Gell will be ruled out."

Dave also took the time to thank the departed Kim Grant for his time with the club. He said: "We?d like to thank Kim for the short time he was with us. Everyone knew he was only ever going to be here short-term, and he helped us through a time when Shane was away and Buts was out injured. We thank him for that and wish him all the best."



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Tuesday 14 March 2006
club news
Get shirt thrift

Starting from the home match vs Heybridge Swifts, the Dons club shop will be offering free printing with the purchase of ANY football shirt; home, away, third kit or goalie kit. This offer applies to adult and child sizes, and is worth up to 14. (Conditions apply - see below).

This offer is subject to availability. Naming is up to 10 letters and numbering is up to two digits. This offer is only available with the purchase of a football shirt.

Please note that shirt printing may not be possible immediately at the point of sale. Printing will be processed in strict order. Printed shirts will be available for collection at the next home match or can be posted upon receipt of 2.50 for UK postage.

Once printed, shirts are non-returnable and non-refundable, so please check the size before ordering the shirt printing. Please also note that this offer is currently available to personal callers only.

Furthermore, you can now receive your choice of home or away kit sticker free with every club shop purchase of 10 or more. Once again, this offer is subject to stock availability.


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Tuesday 14 March 2006
first team news
Squad for Guildford named

Dave Anderson has named a 17-man squad for tonight?s Surrey Senior Cup Quarter Final against Guildford United.

The match kicks off at 7.45pm at The Fan?s Stadium ? Kingsmeadow after the original away fixture was switched on the advice of the Surrey FA.

The full squad is: Andy Little, Danny Wheeler, Wayne Finnie, Steve Butler, Simon Sobihy, Dave Sargent, Michael Woolner, Jon Boswell, Joe Paris, Steve Tyson, Sonny Farr, Wes Daly, Dwayne Plummer, Robert Ursell, Shane Smeltz, Liam George, Mark King.

Antony Howard, Dean Brennan and Chris Gell are injured. Luke Garrard in ineligible as he was not signed in time and Michael Woolner is 50/50 after he sustained a hip injury against Chelmsford City. Kim Grant has been released following his short spell with the club.

"We are looking at several attacking players and hope to sign at least one before Saturday so we thought it was only fair to let Kim go. Ideally we will add two, or even three players, before the transfer deadline at the end of March but I would like to thank Kim for helping out and wish him all the best for the future.

"We are taking this game very seriously. In many ways it is a hiding to nothing for us but all we are concerned about is winning the game and being in the draw tomorrow morning. This is a competition we want to win, we hold the trophy and we have no desire to give it back."


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Monday 13 March 2006
club news
Commercial group to reform

Commercial Director Ivor Heller is reforming the commercial working group.

We are looking for volunteers with a commercial background, especially those with experience in marketing, multi media and running conference/exhibitions. If you are interested, please e-mail commercial@afcwimbledon.co.uk, including a brief description of your relevant experience.


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Monday 13 March 2006
club news
Centre Court official launch

As mentioned in Saturday's match programme, we will officially be launching our Centre Court shopping centre initiative on Sunday 26 March.

There will be representatives from the team and coaching staff, entertainment for the kids, merchandise and tickets for sale and lots more so make sure you keep the date free and bring the whole family!

We are also still looking for volunteers to help out with the stand on Sunday?s so please e-mail commercial@afcwimbledon.co.uk if you have a few hours to spare.


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Monday 13 March 2006
club news
Office closing early today

Due to staff training the club office will close at 2pm today instead of the usual 4pm.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to supporters.


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Saturday 11 March 2006
first team news
Dave?s birthday blues

Dave Anderson was ?desperately, desperately disappointed? after his Dons surrendered tamely to Chelmsford City on his birthday.

He said: "As a manager you are in it to win games, and it hurts when you don?t. We played the same formation to the one we have used away from home recently, but I can?t put my finger on just why we didn?t create chances. At half time I thought we were in a good football match, but it was disappointing not to create anything in the second period."

Following three good results in a row away from home, the Dons once again failed to shine at The Fans? Stadium. Dave added: "I don?t know what it is ? whether we feel the pressure more at home or what, but we certainly looked like a team under pressure as soon as they scored. It?s something we will have to work on, we seem to struggle at home when we have gone behind. With regards to the play-offs, if we don?t improve at home we?ll have no chance.

"We just didn?t cross the ball enough or create enough. Gelly had to come off with a tight groin at half time but, in retrospect, taking Shane off was a mistake. To be honest, we could have taken any of the front four off as we wanted to shake things up but, looking back, it was a bad decision."

Looking ahead to Tuesday?s SSC clash with Guildford, Dave said: "We?ll be putting out as strong a side as possible ? it?s a game we?re taking seriously and don?t want to gamble on. Be in no doubt, it?s a game we want to win."



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Friday 10 March 2006
club news
Feast of fun

Tomorrow promises to be an action-packed day. Firstly, the AFCW Fans team take on Motherwell in the quarter finals of the iFA cup at 10.30am, before the club?s directors host an open meeting in the back bar between 12.30-2pm. Then, of course, the first team look to continue on their march towards the play-offs, kicking off against Chelmsford City at 3pm.

If that little feast of football sounds like it?ll build up an appetite, you?ll be glad to hear that R.Eds will be providing outside catering facilities once again - selling burgers, hot dogs, cheeseburgers and bacon baguettes from 12pm onwards. R.Eds will also be offering a full menu inside the club, at the far corner of the back bar, from 1pm. Dishes that have proved popular at recent home games include jacket potatoes and the superb 'Real Pies', made from 100 per cent meat. Even Jamie Oliver would approve of those! Vegetarian pasties will also be available.


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Friday 10 March 2006
first team news
Garrard in, Carthy out as Dave names Chelmsford squad

Dave Anderson has named a 17-man squad for tomorrow?s Ryman Premier League clash with Chelmsford, with new signing Luke Garrard included for the first time.

The full squad is: Andy Little, Danny Wheeler, Wayne Finnie, Steve Butler, Antony Howard, Dave Sargent, Michael Woolner, Dean Brennan, Luke Garrard, Sonny Farr, Wes Daly, Chris Gell, Dwayne Plummer, Robert Ursell, Shane Smeltz, Liam George, Kim Grant.

Twenty-year-old former Swindon player Luke Garrard is a versatile midfielder who can operate on both sides. Having made 14 appearances for the Robins last year, he has most recently been starring for Northwood in the Southern Premier League. But one player who won?t be involved against Chelmsford is Martin Carthy, who has now moved on to Nationwide South side Welling following his loan spell with the Dons.

Assistant Manager Jon Turner admits tomorrow?s game will be difficult.

"We watched Chelmsford beat Hendon 3-0 on Wednesday and they are a good side. They work hard and are difficult to break down. It is a good game for us to have after our recent run and we have talked to the team about remaining patient."

Manager Dave Anderson also reports that he?s pleased with the team spirit in the camp following a trip to Charrington Bowl in Tolworth.

"We had a bit of a bonding night out the other day when we all went bowling down at Tolworth. We?ve had a couple of decent results recently and the spirit in the camp is high, so that can only be a good thing. It?s also my birthday on Saturday, so I sincerely hope the lads will be giving me an extra reason to celebrate."

A preview of the match is available here.


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Friday 10 March 2006
first team news
Carthy loan expires

Martin Carthy has signed for Nationwide South side Welling following his one month Dons contract. The Dons have moved swiftly to bring in Luke Garrard but Dave was sorry to see Martin depart.

"Martin lives and works on the other side of London, so he?d been having a bit of trouble with getting to training and games. He told me that he?d really enjoyed his time here, and we enjoyed having him here, but it?s just a logistical thing. He?s joined Welling, which is much nearer where he lives, and we wish him all the best there."


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Friday 10 March 2006
first team news
Dons sign Garrard

Twenty-year-old former Swindon player Luke Garrard has signed for the club and goes straight into the squad for tomorrow?s match with Chelmsford City.

Luke is a versatile midfielder, who can also play full-back on either flank. Starting his career with Tottenham, Luke joined Swindon and progressed from the youth set up to make 14 appearances for the Robins last season. He turned down the offer of a professional contract and has recently been plying his trade in the Southern Premier League for Northwood. Assistant manager Jon Turner told the OS more about the signing.

"He actually made contact with us through a third party and we have been watching him recently in action, where he has stood out as the best player on the pitch. He is very versatile and we felt this would be an asset for us as we enter the run-in and with transfer deadline just around the corner. He is a classic box-to-box player, who will hustle and bustle and work very hard for the team."


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Thursday 09 March 2006
cfs news
One for the boys (and girls)

Wondering what to do with the kids this Easter, then why not send them along to one of the AFC Wimbledon soccer courses running throughout the holiday period?

The Community Football Scheme team are running a variety of courses for boys and girls aged 4-12, including half-day and full-day courses, and even a tournament day. Further information can be found by clicking on the soccer courses button to the right.

On this page, you will also now find a downloadable/printable application form for all the Dons soccer courses.


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Thursday 09 March 2006
club news
Dons host Scots in cup

Fancy a feast of football this Saturday? Why not kick things off in the morning when the AFC Wimbledon Fans side host Motherwell in the quarter finals of the iFA Cup?

The Dons saw off the previously undefeated QPR 4-1 in the last round and now take on Scottish opposition for the first time. They will be hoping to improve upon last season's quarter final defeat to eventual winners Fulham.

The game takes place at Colliers Wood United?s ground (see http://tinyurl.com/s23u) and kicks off at 10.30 ? meaning you should still be able to make it down to The Fans? Stadium and catch the AFCW open meeting afterwards.

Fans team manager Steve Kendrick said: "It?s going to be a tough test, but we?ve already shown this season that we can pull big results out of the bag when it matters. It would be nice to make it to the final in Leeds as the iFA cup is a very well respected tournament, and it would certainly help raise AFC Wimbledon's profile among our peers.

"Of course, if we could get a few fans down to cheers us on, that would be a massive boost."

For more information on the AFCW Fans team ? whether you fancy a game or just fancy popping along to show your support ? visit www.donstrustfc.co.uk


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Thursday 09 March 2006
club news
AFCW PLC EGM

The AFCW PLC board has announced an Extraordinary General Meeting of the PLC, to take place on the evening of Thursday 30 March at Kingsmeadow, immediately after the Dons Trust SGM scheduled for that evening.

The meeting is to discuss the issue of whether or not to accept the offer of a loan facility from Barclays Bank.

Papers have been issued to all AFCW PLC shareholders this week giving notice of the meeting and outlining the issues involved. These papers can be downloaded below:

EGM Letter (177kb)

EGM Notice (139kb)

Also available is a form enabling any shareholders unable to attend the meeting to appoint a proxy on their behalf which can be downloaded here (136kb)here.

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


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Wednesday 08 March 2006
club news
Open meeting this Saturday

The latest in our series of open meetings takes place on Saturday before the Chelmsford City game. This is your chance to ask club directors Kris Stewart, Ivor Heller, Erik Samuelson and Nigel Higgs any question you may have about the club.

The meeting gets underway at 12.30pm in the back bar with a prompt 2pm finish to allow everyone to prepare for the match.


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Wednesday 08 March 2006
reserve team news
Reserves versus Merstham - Match Postponed

Tonights reserve home fixture versus Merstham has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch


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Wednesday 08 March 2006
club news
Quiz night is back

Don't forget the regular Wednesday night Dons Quiz returns to The Fans' Stadium tonight.

In association with the Knight Fantastic (Radio Jackie's Neil Long), the quiz features interactive, music and brainbender rounds and prizes and surprises throughout the evening.

Entry to the quiz is 2 per person. The evening kicks off at 8 and will finish around 10.30pm.


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Wednesday 08 March 2006
club news
Sweeney setback

Simon Sweeney has suffered another setback in his return from injury, and now faces further surgery. Club physiotherapist Mike Rayner explains: "Simon?s rehab was going really well and he looked to be only weeks away from a return to playing before he broke down in January. He saw a specialist straight away and was diagnosed as having some loose cartilage floating around the knee joint. However, he had an arthroscopy and, when they looked inside his knee, they found that his anterior ligament was damaged.

"It was thought that some conservative rehab would get Simon back on track but the knee hasn?t responded, and he now faces anterior ligament reconstruction."

The procedure involves taking tendon from the patella or hamstring and inserting it in place of the cruciate ligament, and is expected to keep Sweeney out for somewhere between six-nine months. He is scheduled to have the operation in the next two weeks.

Rayner added: "It?s a real shame for Simon, who has worked brilliantly thoughout his rehab. We are now hoping to have him back to full fitness in time for the early part of next season, when I hope he?ll be able to show fans what a great player he is."


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Wednesday 08 March 2006
youth news
Cup Final fever

The Dons U9s side are aiming to bring home the first silverware of the season for the youth section as they play in the Epsom & Ewell Mini League U9's Premier Cup Final this Saturday, 11th March.

The young Dons will be taking on Stanley Park Dynamos at Old Walcountians Sports Club, Carshalton Road, Woodmansterne, Surrey. Kick-off is 12.00 noon.

So why not pop along and hopefully see the club pick up their first trophy opf the season, before watching the first teamers take on Chelsmford at The Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow, later in the day?


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Wednesday 08 March 2006
club news
Cup action next Tuesday

AFC Wimbledon?s Surrey Senior Cup clash with Guildford United has been re-arranged for March 14 and will now take place at the Fan?s Stadium ? Kingsmeadow.

The original away fixture was postponed by the Surrey FA who were concerned that the height of the terracing at Guildford?s Spectre ground could prove a hazard to the high number of spectators expected, a number that could not be ascertained in advance.

Tickets are just 7 for adults and 3 for concessions with no extra charge for the Main Stand. Both clubs would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience this re-scheduling may have caused.


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Tuesday 07 March 2006
first team news
Dave praises hardy Dons

Dave Anderson was happy to take all three points following a hard fought win played out in the driving rain.

Dave said: "That was a game I felt we had to win, to compensate for some of our recent home results. In my mind it wasn?t a classic football match, but it was something of a classic result and it was a big, big three points for us.

"I think, over the last three or four games, our back four and keeper have been immense for us, and that?s been the basis of some decent results.?

And JT agreed. He said: "I thought Steve Butler had a massive game again for us tonight. He shouldn?t really be playing this many games ? people may not realise that he?s been carrying an injury for two or three months now, and we?re having to nurse him through.

"I thought Dwayne Plummer was excellent as well, especially in the second half ? he?s really come alive in recent weeks."

The Dons shuffled their pack once again, with Dean Brennan and Liam George being rested, with Chris Gell and Shane Smeltz starting in their places. Dave explained: ?Dean is still feeling his groin strain and we knew on Saturday that he wouldn?t be right for this game. And Liam has worked so hard over recent games, and especially in what was a tiring game against Braintree, so we brought in Shane who has been looking fresh.

"We also slightly tinkered with the formation we were playing during the game. For about 15 minutes in the second half we went to 4-4-2, with Smeltzy and Liam up front. But we felt that took something away from our passing on what was a difficult pitch, so we changed it around a bit. It?s nice to be able to chop and change depending on how we see the game."

Dave also praised the several hundred Dons fans who made the journey and supported the side for 90 minutes without any form of shelter. He said: "I couldn?t believe the support we got from the fans behind the goal ? they stuck it out even though they were absolutely drenched. We were very grateful, and really touched by it. At the end I made a point of going over to them and thanking them ? in fact, if I could have, I would have shaked the hand of every single one of them."



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Tuesday 07 March 2006
first team news
Down to Margate

Dave Anderson is taking a 17-man squad to Hartsdown Park for tonight?s Ryman League clash with Margate.

The full squad is:

Andy Little, Danny Wheeler, Wayne Finnie, Steve Butler, Antony Howard, Dave Sargent, Michael Woolner, Dean Brennan, Martin Carthy, Sonny Farr, Wes Daly, Chris Gell, Dwayne Plummer, Robert Ursell, Shane Smeltz, Liam George, Kim Grant.

Chris Gell returns following suspension and Martin Carthy is included as the club look to extend his loan spell from Thurrock.

"We would like to keep Martin but this will be subject to paperwork being completed. He is available for tonight though. The squad is looking stronger by the game. I would be interested in seeing the last time Wimbledon were able to field two full internationals on the bench as we did on Saturday. (Shane Smeltz and Kim Grant.)

"Tonight is an important game. We need to keep our improved run going and though it is a long away trip, we will be ready. If we can win tonight, it will go a long way to repair the damage of the last three home games. Our form is picking up. We have shown we are able to compete with the top teams in this division but there is no sense in doing that unless we show the same level of performance against everyone else.

?We have had enough of the Jekyll and Hyde stuff. We need to get that consistency if we are to achieve our aim. The one shining light in the last two games has been the total effort across the pitch, if we can re-produce that over the next ten or eleven games then we will give ourselves every chance."


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Saturday 04 March 2006
club news
Dave's delight as Dons show Brain power

Dave Anderson was a proud man after his Dons troops secured their second draw with runaway leaders Braintree in under three weeks.

The Dons, lining up in 4-3-3 for the second week running, followed up their inspired win over second placed Fisher with a dominating performance against a side yet to taste defeat at home all season.

Dave said: "I couldn't ask for much more from either the players or the fans. They [Braintree] had a couple of chances but I think we were the better side today, and they will be glad to have come away from that with a point. As for the fans, they were magnificent away from home once again, as they have been all season, and I want them to know just what a difference their support makes to us out there."

Dave also took a moment to wish coach Warren Kelly all the best after he injured his knee in training midweek. Dave added: "Warren hurt his knee in training and has had to see a specialist. It meant that he missed today, and may even miss our next game. We wish him all the best. In the meantime, Simon Bassey has been called in to help out with the senior squad in Wazza's place, starting from today."


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Friday 03 March 2006
reserve team news
Reserve squad for Eastleigh

The reserves entertain Eastleigh reserves on Saturday and John Morris has named the following squad:

Dean Banks, Ken During, Stevie Gilbert, Dan Dean, Jon Boswell, Charlie Bunce, Steve Tyson, Liam Hirrel, Joe Paris, Matt Farrell, Luke Pigden, Freddie Myers, Jones Bamfo, Mark King


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Friday 03 March 2006
first team news
Braintree teasers for Anderson

Dave Anderson welcomes back Shane Smeltz and Kim Grant for tomorrow's clash at top of the table, Braintree Town.

The full squad is:

Andy Little, Danny Wheeler, Wayne Finnie, Steve Butler, Antony Howard, Dave Sargent, Michael Woolner, Dean Brennan, Martin Carthy, Sonny Farr, Wes Daly, Dwayne Plummer, Robert Ursell, Shane Smeltz, Liam George, Kim Grant.

Chris Gell is serving a one-match suspension and Martin Carthy is playing his last game of his current loan spell though Dave is looking to extend his stay at the club. Dean Brennan will face a fitness test, though Dave is hopeful he will make it.

"The 16 looks strong which gives me a lot of tough decisions and good options. It's a nice position to be in, especially for a game of this magnitude. Braintree have not lost a league game at home all season - make no mistake about it, this will be our hardest league game of the season.

"It is quite nice to go into a game as underdogs and if we perform like we did last week, then we can give them a game. The formation worked well last week, but this is a different game with different challenges ? having the opportunity to switch formation and personnel during the game could be invaluable.?

Dave is still looking to add to his squad before the non-league transfer deadline date on March 31.

"It's no secret that I am looking to strengthen in a couple of areas. We have a lot of big games and a lot to play for and the whole team are determined to push on."


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Wednesday 01 March 2006
club news
Quiz night is on Thursday for one week only

Dont forget, our popular Wednesday night quiz has been moved to a Thursday for one week only.

The quiz was moved originally to avoid a clash with our SSC tie with Guildford United, but now has the helpful advantage of allowing you to watch the England match - or The Apprentice - for those of you who find England friendlies a little less than stimulating.

Entry to the quiz tomorrow (Thursday 2 March) is 2 per person. The evening kicks off at 8.00 and finishes around 10:30 and is hosted by Radio Jackie?s Neil Long, AKA the Knight Fantastic.


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