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Saturday 31 March 2007
club news
Further open meeting re the strategy review

Following the meeting last Thursday at Kingsmeadow, the strategy review steering group felt that we should hold another meeting for people who would find it easier to get to a meeting in or near the city. Therefore, you are invited to join us at the Wellington pub, 81 - 83 Waterloo Road, SE1 from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm on Wednesday 4 April.

This is a very informal meeting and we have not booked a room; instead we will take over a few tables at the pub. So, why not come along and take the opportunity to give your ideas to some of the leaders of the strategic areas?

If you can't come, or have had further thoughts after Thursday night's meeting, then you can post your views on our "stratchat" site, here.

You can find email details for the strategy area leaders in the first strategy newsletter here.


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Friday 30 March 2007
club news
Squad for Slough Town

Dave Anderson has announced the folllowing squad for tomorrow's home game against Slough Town.

Clark Masters; Andy Little; Simon Sweeney; Paul Lorraine; Steve Butler; Antony Howard; Jermaine Darlington; Michael Haswell; Mark Rooney; Wes Daly; Steve Wales; Luke Garrard; Lee O'Leary; Lewis Cook; Steve Ferguson; Roscoe Dsane; Richard Butler; Ryan Peters; Richard Jolly.

After completing the final transfer formalities this morning, new signing Richard Jolly is added to the squad. Steve Butler and Jermaine Darlington are both doubtful for the game and will need late fitness tests, while Chris Gell is getting more game time with the reserves. Stephen Goddard picked up an ankle injury in the midweek reserves game and is sidelined.

"It's been a massive week for us, with the great news from the appeal and now we've signed Richard. He has a great goalscoring record over a long period. He scored well over a goal every other game at Wealdstone and this season he is top scorer for Heybridge, so he is a fantastic addition at this critical stage of the season.

"We are into the final run-in now and I expect the league will continue to be as tight as it has been all season. After the great news this week, I expect that the fans will arrive all keyed up for the game and expecting great things.

"I've said many times that the noise that the fans create makes a tremendous difference to the team. So, with every game being so important, I just want to ask for a little bit of patience, please. If we aren't at our best, please support us. And when we are at our best - well then, just enjoy us."


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Friday 30 March 2007
cfs news
Easter soccer courses

If you have not yet organised anything for the kids this Easter why not send them on one of our 3 soccer courses. All our courses take place at Wimbledon Park and are for boys and girls of all abilities aged between 4 and 14. This holiday we are providing half day and full day courses over 3 days and all courses will include skills coaching, fun games and mini tournaments. For more information or a booking form click on the CFS tab or call on 020 8974 5712.


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Friday 30 March 2007
club news
More about our appeal

Although we have not formally been notified of the need to pay the £400 fine we are pleased to announce that we have received a matching donation from a generous fan who does not wish to be named.

Over the next few days, there will, no doubt, be various press articles containing contentious statements by other parties. We encourage fans to ignore any apparent provocation in these articles and, instead, join the team and club officials in focusing on winning promotion. In other words, let's just celebrate the fact that we won the appeal and, if others have problems with this, let them deal with it; they are not our problem.

To put it more bluntly, we believe that one of the reasons we won our appeal was that we won the public arguments by being reasonable and balanced in what we said, while persistent in our efforts to be heard. Let's not lose the sympathy and support we gained during our campaign by being dragged into irrelevant arguments.

For those fans who have not seen it, here is the statement issued by the FA on Monday.

At an FA Appeal Board meeting today, the points deduction imposed on AFC Wimbledon by the Ryman League was reduced from 18 points to three points.

The points had been deducted after the club fielded an ineligible player, Jermaine Darlington, who had previously played for Cardiff City and had not obtained international clearance before representing AFC Wimbledon.

The Appeal Board ruled that, although the Ryman League had not misinterpreted its rules on eligibility and the decision to deduct 18 points was wholly in accordance with those rules, given the specific and unusual circumstances the deduction of 18 points was excessive.

The £400 fine imposed by the league was not reduced.



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Friday 30 March 2007
club news
More season ticket vouchers needed please - all seats sold for tomorrow

If you can't come to the match tomorrow, please will you consider releasing your season ticket voucher to the club so that we have more seats to sell? You can do so by emailing us at info@afcwimbledon.co.uk with the details of your ticket (i.e. the ST book number, or the seat number, or your name and address - we can work the rest out from these details).

In the meantime the credit card hotline is not open today; if more seats become available we will sell them from the kiosk before the game tomorrow.


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Friday 30 March 2007
cfs news
Matchday Academy on this Saturday

The Matchday Academy is held at Kingsmeadow Athletic track next to The Fans' Stadium, before every AFC Wimbledon Saturday home game and will be on for this Saturday?s game against Slough Town. The MDA involves lots of small-sided games on state-of-the-art synthetic grass pitches. The session runs from 1.00pm to 2.00pm and is for boys and girls aged 4 - 12.

The price is only £3 for season ticket holders and £4 for non-season ticket holders, who will also receive free entrance to the match.


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Thursday 29 March 2007
club news
Mothers of Memphis replace Everstrong at Kingsmeadow Live

We are sad to say that due to illness, Everstrong have had to pull out of the ?Dons Live? gig on Saturday night. We apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause. However we are thrilled to have found a fantastic replacement, The Mothers of Memphis (also featuring AFC Wimbledon supporters), so you can still look forward to a fantastic night of the best original music AFC Wimbledon has to offer.

After yesterday?s good news, Saturday is sure to be a big day for the club, and what better way to celebrate after the match than with Kingsmeadow Live?s first ?Dons Live? night?
Dons Live bring you some of the best live music from some of the hottest bands in South London- who just happen to be AFC Wimbledon supporters!
Mothers of Memphis are a punk/rockabilly/ blues outfit while Mexico and Last Chance Sunday are two up and coming indie bands. For more information on all the bands, see below.
Tickets for this gig are already selling fast so make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment. For more information about three bands, see their websites below.

Don?t miss these upcoming gigs!
Saturday 7 April- The Dirty Faces
Saturday 14 April- Ed Tudor Pole and Guests
Saturday 21 April- Neville Staple
For more details, visit here


Saturday 31 March
Dons Live featuring Mothers of Memphis, Mexico and Last Chance Sunday
Doors open 8.00pm, show starts 9.00pm, bar closes 1.00am
£5 (advance) /£7 (door)

Mothers of Memphis (featuring Dons fan Nicole Hammond)
The Mothers of Memphis are a five-piece London band playing a unique blend of punk, rockabilly, intense blues, deranged country waltzes and good old-fashioned hair-shaking guitar riffs. You'd only call them a "girl band" if you think the Ramones were a boy band. For more information, visit here

Mexico (featuring Dons fan John Samuelson)
Mexico are an energetic indie rock quartet, none of whom have been to Mexico. They have been gigging regularly around London for the past year and are making inroads into the live music scene in Germany. For more information visit here

Last Chance Sunday (Managed by Dons fan Kevin 'Baggy' Bagwell)
Recently formed and playing gigs in and around Manchester, Last Chance Sunday?s versatility is their strength, from the pop-punk melodies of Because and Someone Else's Wife to the luscious harmonies of read Me Now and Fragile Dreams via the indie beat of Save The World and She Cries. For more information visit here

For more information, make sure you visit our website here

Please take note of our advance bookings ticket policy:
To avail of the cheaper ticket price, you must book tickets in advance. You can book tickets either by e-mailing e-here or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335. You can still pay for the tickets on the night of the gig. Don't forget, when you order 10 tickets, you get one free!




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Thursday 29 March 2007
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow this Friday

Following on from one of our most successful nights yet, Comedy@Kingsmeadow brings you another great line-up this Friday, headlined by the brilliant Ben Norris. And don?t forget, our weekly comedy club continues in April, check out our website for more information on the line-ups!

Friday 30 March
Comedy@Kingsmeadow
Doors open 8.00pm, show starts 9.00pm, bar closes Midnight
Admission: £6 (advance) /£8 (door)

Dominic Frisby (MC)
?A masterful comic actor. Technically brilliant and irresistibly silly.? Evening Standard
?Viciously funny and inventive, a near-rapturous response - Frisby is a comic catch? The Guardian
?Highly amusing, highly enjoyable, highly entertaining. Delightful? Time Out

Tiernan Douieb
Douieb is a regular at some of London?s top comedy venues including Bound and Gagged, The Comedy Store and Jongluers.
Douieb?s comedy is generally him talking with lashings of funny thrown in and comedy topics have included dancing bears, being diabetic ('cos he is!), modern art, horse racing, break dancing and occasionally Lionel Ritchie.

Ben Norris (Headliner)
Norris has become a regular headliner on the UK comedy circuit and has performed around the world in Prague, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, South Africa,Abu Dabi and the Isle of Wight.
As well as regular appearances at music festivals like Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, he has performed stand up on various TV shows including The Stand Up Show (BBC) Gas (CH4) The Comedy Store (Paramount & CH5) and "The World Stands up" (Paramount). He has also appeared on Singles Night (BBC Choice), 100 Greatest childrens TV Shows (CH4),"100 Greatest Musicals" (CH4) They Think It's All Over (BBC1), Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC2) and has written gags for Paul Kaye on BBC 2's Liar and Jimmy Carr for *Your Face Or Mine (E4).

For more information, make sure you visit our website here

To order tickets in advance, either e-mail here or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335. Don't forget, when you order 10 tickets, you get one free!




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Thursday 29 March 2007
club news
Paul leaves as Richard arrives

Paul Barnes has signed for Arlesey Town tonight. Dave Anderson said "Paul was finding the travel to Kingsmeadow very time-consuming and it was also causing his back problem to take longer to mend than we had hoped. Therefore, when Arlesey came in with a bid we talked it through with him and came to the conclusion that, while we didn't want to lose him, a move was in his best interests. We wish him every success at his new club."

Meanwhile, Heybridge striker Richard Jolly has joined the Dons on contract. Dave said" Richard is a proven goalscorer at this level. By adding him to the team we have strengthened our strike force ready for the run in to the end of the season. This proves that the club is serious about getting promotion this season and I know that Richard is very keen to help us to achieve that."


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Thursday 29 March 2007
dons trust news
Evening with Lawrie: presentation of cheque

The Project Team who organised the 'Evening with Lawrie' event on 9 March will be presenting a cheque to the Dons Trust for the funds raised from the event. The cheque will be presented on the pitch at half time during the game against Slough Town on Saturday.

The total amount raised is over £13,500, which is an outstanding result.

The Project Team are very grateful to everyone who took part in the event and contributed to this success.


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Thursday 29 March 2007
club news
Vote for the next new third kit - you choose

We need a third kit, in case there is a colour clash with our hosts at away matches. This year, with only one new kit to be selected, we have streamlined the selection process, while leaving the final decision with the fans.

We started by asking Dave Anderson to select from the palette of possible colour options. He has picked the traditional white as well as yellow, plus, for the first time, grey. Our creative team then came up with a selection of designs in the various colour combinations. From these permutations, a shortlist has been drawn up for you to select your favourite.

The shortlist of five kits will be revealed for the first time in Saturday's programme. You will be able to vote for your preference by selecting your favourite. You can vote only once, of course, so to ensure fair play you will need to give your name, plus your season ticket and/or Dons Trust membership number, if applicable.

Voting slips will be distributed around Kingsmeadow for the Slough game on Saturday and at the home matches on 9 April v Staines Town and on 21 April v Heybridge Swifts. Ballot boxes will be in each of the bars. Voting will close at 2.45 pm on 21 April. The winning design will be announced after the Heybridge Swifts game.

Tempest Sports will then deliver the new kit in time for a launch in July, in time for the team to wear it in pre-season friendlies.


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Thursday 29 March 2007
club news
Walk for Wimbledon III - not too late to join it

This is a final reminder that Walk for Wimbledon III is taking place this Saturday, 31 March, before the Slough match. It?s still not too late to enter and we would welcome additional entries from all Dons ? whether you are able to raise sponsorship or not. If you would like to take part, then please come along to the registration point at Havelock Road (just near Plough Lane) at 10.00 am.

Entry forms will be available at the start point, but it will save time on the day if you print one from here and complete it in advance.

The fee is £10 for adults, or free for under 16s. You could still raise sponsorship money after the event, and there will also be prizes for the people raising the highest amount.

The Dons Trust, the Mayor of Merton, Dickie Guy, Haydon the Womble and (for those of you lacking fitness) the 131 bus service look forward to welcoming as many walkers as possible on Saturday. And of course it?s another opportunity for us to celebrate the FA appeal board?s decision!


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Wednesday 28 March 2007
youth news
More good news

In a week of fantastic news for the club it is great to report that following the recent semi-finals of the Surrey County Cup the AFC Wimbledon youth teams have reached the finals at under 11, under 13, under 15 and both teams at under 16 . This means we are guaranteed at least one winner, but on the downside at least one loser!

These performances are backed up at league level for our 11 a side teams in the West Surrey Youth League, further details here and our mini-soccer teams in the Epsom and Ewell League, further details here.

All the Surrey County Cup finals will be played at Chipstead's ground in May so keep an eye out here for further details.

Finally, following today?s 3-1 win away to Thatcham Town our under 19 boys have regained top spot in the Football Conference Youth League Sothern Division. Next Wednesday will see what is likely to be the title decider away to our closest rivals Woking FC who we drew with earlier in the season. The winners of the section will go into the national play-offs with a semi final match against the Central Division winners. Next week?s match is scheduled to be at Horsley FC, but please check back here for confirmation; wherever it is played it would be great to see a few Dons there to cheer on the boys.


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Wednesday 28 March 2007
club news
Strategy review meeting on Thursday night at 7.30 pm

The strategy review meeting is explained in a feature here.


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Wednesday 28 March 2007
club news
Ladies game at Kingsmeadow plus England on the big screen tonight

AFC Wimbledon Ladies are at home to Millwall Lionesses tonight, with a 7.45 pm kick off.

In addition, England v Andorra (kick off 8.00 pm) will be showing on the big screen in the main bar.

So why not come down to Kingsmeadow and take your pick of tonight's two top games?


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Tuesday 27 March 2007
club news
Everstrong play Kingsmeadow Live!

After yesterday?s good news, Saturday is sure to be a big day for the club, and what better way to celebrate after the match than with Kingsmeadow Live?s first ?Dons Live? night?
Dons Live brings you some of the best live music from some of the hottest indie bands- who just happen to be AFC Wimbledon supporters!
Everstrong need no introduction to Dons fans and will be playing an exclusive acoustic set.
Supporting Everstrong will be Mexico and Last Chance Sunday, two up and coming indie bands that both boast AFC Wimbledon supporters in their line-up.
Tickets for this gig are already selling fast so make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment. For more information about three bands, see their websites below.

Don?t miss these upcoming gigs!
Saturday 7 April- The Dirty Faces
Saturday 14 April- Ed Tudor Pole and Guests
Saturday 21 April- Neville Staple
For more details, visit here


Saturday 31 March
Dons Live featuring Everstrong, Mexico and Last Chance Sunday
Doors open 8.00pm, show starts 9.00pm, bar closes 1.00am
£5 (advance) /£7 (door)

Everstrong Unplugged
Everstrong released their first album, Hello Again, on indie label Cornish Blue Hen in 2004 and their first single, ?Take me home?, made it to number 9 in the Official UK Indie Chart in 2005. Regular performers at the Night and Day Café, one of Manchester?s premier live venues, the band will play an exclusive acoustic set for Kingsmeadow Live.
For more information, visit here

Mexico
Mexico are an energetic indie rock quartet, none of whom have been to Mexico. They have been gigging regularly around London for the past year and are making inroads into the live music scene in Germany.
For more information visit here

Last Chance Sunday
Recently formed and playing gigs in and around Manchester, Last Chance Sunday?s versatility is their strength, from the pop-punk melodies of Because and Someone Else's Wife to the luscious harmonies of read Me Now and Fragile Dreams via the indie beat of Save The World and She Cries.
For more information visit here

For more information, make sure you visit our website here

Please take note of our advance bookings ticket policy:
To avail of the cheaper ticket price, you must book tickets in advance. You can book tickets either by e-mailing here or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335. You can still pay for the tickets on the night of the gig. Don't forget, when you order 10 tickets, you get one free!




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Tuesday 27 March 2007
club news
Squad for Leyton

Dave Anderson has announced the following squad for tonight's match at Leyton.

Clark Masters; Andy Little; Simon Sweeney; Paul Lorraine; Steve Butler; Antony Howard; Jermaine Darlington; Michael Haswell; Mark Rooney; Wes Daly; Steve Wales; Luke Garrard; Lee O'Leary; Lewis Cook; Steve Ferguson; Roscoe Dsane; Richard Butler; Ryan Peters.

Stephen Goddard will be turning out for the reserves tomorrow night to make sure he has enough match time and to keep him fit for the run in. Richard Butler and Lewis Cook are added to tonight's squad.

Dave said "it is never easy to get to Leyton or to perform at their ground. But the players are all delighted with yesterday's appeal result and keen to get back on the winning trail. My job is to keep them focused and, if we do, I am confident we can get a good result.

"If we want to be champions, I think we probably need to win all our remaining seven games; to get into the play offs I think we need four or five wins and a draw or two. But, it's back in our hands and that is all we wanted."


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Monday 26 March 2007
club news
Come and celebrate our good news tonight

To celebrate the FA appeal committee's decision, why not come down to Kingsmeadow tonight, from 7 pm? Erik Samuelson will be there and, as far as he is able, he will be very happy to answer questions about the appeal process and how we got to where we are.

Thanks are due to everyone who has worked on our appeal and the campaign supporting it. We have remained dignified and composed during this very trying time, and we should endeavour to do the same now that we have had a positive result. Any hint of triumphalism will do us no good whatsoever and, in particular, we would ask you not to contact any of the official bodies involved in our punishment and appeal.

We will ensure, over the coming days, that official thanks are given to all those outside our ranks who have offered their support to us.


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Monday 26 March 2007
club news
Punishment reduced

The FA appeal hearing has reduced our Ryman League punishment. We have been deducted only 3 points, and fined £400 as per the original punishment.

More to follow as soon as possible.


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Monday 26 March 2007
club news
FA hearing today

Today sees the hearing of our appeal to the FA against the Ryman League decision to deduct 18 points from our total for the season.

The appeal will begin at noon. We do not know how long it will take but, as an indicator, the two previous hearings lasted about three hours from beginning to the announcement of the decision. While we cannot decide when the result is announced, we think we will hear it today.

As soon as we are able to do so, we will announce the result on this web site.


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Sunday 25 March 2007
club news
Award for the programme

In the annual awards conducted by "Programme Monthly" we have been judged to be the Divisional Programme of the Year for 2006/07, i.e. the best programme in all of the Ryman Leagues.

The award is arrived at using a points-scoring system and we were comfortably ahead of our next nearest competitors, Chelmsford City. Congratulations to everyone who is involved in the production of the programme.


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Sunday 25 March 2007
club news
Dave's thoughts on Hampton

After the Hampton game, Dave Anderson said "I thought the sending off was harsh. It was a mis-timed tackle and while it was late, no doubt about that, there was no intent in the tackle. Lee certainly didn't try to hurt him - if I thought that about any of my players, I'd deal with them in the harshest way.

"Look, if that tackle had been made against Hampton by a player from any other team in this league, I am sure it would have been a yellow card. The decision effectively ruined our chances of getting anything from the game, although I thought the lads put in a great effort.

"I can't recall Clark having to make any saves outside the two goals - that is how tight it was - and being a player light made all the difference.

"I feel for Lee. He was distraught. We told him to walk the long way round to the dressing room to keep him away from the Hampton fans and he said he was really lifted by the support he got from our fans as he went round. He isn't in a position to do it himself, so I am saying 'thank you' to the fans on his behalf. And thanks also for the fantastic support and the reception from the fans we got at the end.

"Now we just have to get on with the season and get a couple of wins under our belts. And hope for a good result tomorrow at Soho Square."


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Friday 23 March 2007
dons trust news
Junior Dons' disco - Thursday 12 April

The Events Group is holding a Junior Dons' Disco at Kingsmeadow, from 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm on Thursday 12 April. That's during the Easter holidays.

The Disco is for 11 to 15 year olds and is open to Junior Dons, their friends and other young supporters. The DJ is Rockin' Paddy who has been a great hit with the younger JDs at the last two JD Christmas parties.

Admission will be £6.00, or £5.00 for members of the Junior Dons. To be sure of admission, tickets can be bought in the back bar at our next two home games, on 31 March and 9 April. It will also be possible to pay at the door on the night.

So, we expect the club's young supporters to put on their dancing shoes, bring their friends and show the old fogies how to really have a good time.


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Friday 23 March 2007
club news
Squad for Hampton

Dave Anderson has announced the following squad for the top-of-the-table clash against Hampton & Richmond at the Beveree tomorrow:

Clark Masters; Andy Little; Simon Sweeney; Paul Lorraine; Steve Butler; Antony Howard; Jermaine Darlington; Michael Haswell; Mark Rooney; Wes Daly; Steve Wales; Luke Garrard; Lee O'Leary; Steve Ferguson; Roscoe Dsane; Stephen Goddard, Ryan Peters.

Lewis Cook and Richard Butler will be getting match time for the reserves, as will Chris Gell if he recovers from injury. "Richard is 90 - 180 minutes of match time away from being available for selection so, if he has no reaction from the next couple of games, we'll see him back in the first team squad very soon.

"There really isn't much need to comment on a game like this. This sort of game is why people play, manage and watch football. While we will all be a bit nervous, you just have to enjoy this sort of day. So, I am really looking forward to it and to seeing Lee and Ryan turning out in Wimbledon colours. And, of course, we desperately want to win so that we go into the appeal on Monday at least as joint top of the league. And the management and players are hoping for a big crowd so that we get the same sort of incredible atmosphere as last year."


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Friday 23 March 2007
club news
Kingsmeadow Live Comedy tonight, headlining Mitch Benn

Don't forget that Comedy@Kingsmeadow continues tonight with the hilarious Mitch Benn headlining.

The bill starts with our MC, Matt Holt

"Matt Holt is a genuine comic delight" Three Weeks

"Hilarious!" The Mirror

"Expect big things" Edinburgh Evening News.

Next up is Matt Reed

'Mental as anything and funny as f**k!' Daily Sport

'Has the crowd in hysterics. This is what comedy is all about' BBC Lincolnshire

'Great physical comedy' ITV Stand Up Britain

And then our headline act Mitch Benn

Benn is not only one of the most sought-after acts on the comedy circuit but is widely acknowledged as one of the best writer/performers of comic songs in the country.

He is a regular writer and performer on "The Now Show" for BBC Radio 4, "It's Been a Bad Week" for BBC Radio 2 and three series of his show, "Mitch Benn's Crimes Against Music", have been broadcast so far on Radio 4.

On TV, Benn has appeared on "The Last Word" for More4, "Gas" for Channel 4, "Live at Jongleurs", "The Warehouse" and "Today With Des & Mel" for ITV, "The Comedy Store" for Channel 5, and "The World Stands Up" for Paramount.

He has toured extensively abroad, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Ireland, Montreal, Holland and South Africa and in 1995 won the Best New Comic award at the Glastonbury Festival and has played there every year since. He also won the "Mercury Comedian of the Year" prize at the Leicester Comedy Festival in 1998.

?The obvious comparison is with Bill Bailey, but the best stuff on this CD is reminiscent of the brilliant Neil Innes? The Guardian

?A TV hit is surely a note away for this master of fine-tuned irreverence? The Evening Standard

?Razor sharp observation slickly packaged in truly funny songs? The Scotsman

Doors open 8.00 pm, show starts 9.00 pm, bar closes 1.00 am

£6 (advance) /£8 (door)

To obtain the cheaper ticket price, you must book tickets in advance. You can still pay for the tickets on the night of the gig.

To order tickets in advance, either e-mail here or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335. Don't forget, when you order 10 tickets, you get one free!

For more information, make sure you visit our website here

Please note that acts may be susceptible to change for reasons beyond our control.


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Thursday 22 March 2007
club news
Ryan signs

Ryan Peters, a 19 year old striker, has signed on loan from Brentford until the end of the season. Ryan has made several starts for Brentford and about a dozen appearances from the bench.

Dave Anderson said "Ryan is very quick and has good feet. With Paul Barnes still suffereing from a long-term injury, he is a great addition at this time of the season."

Dave added, "I hope to make one more signing before the deadline."


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Wednesday 21 March 2007
club news
Darran Langley makes his comeback

Dedicated AFC Wimbledon fan, boxer Darran Langley, makes his comeback following a bad back injury this Friday night. Darran, a silver medal winner at the Commonwealth games, has been preparing at the England training camp this week.

Darran represents England against Hungary in a tough bout against an opponent who won a silver medal at the last world championship.

Dons fans who want to go along and support Darran at the Newham Leisure Centre, Plaistow, can find out more about the event here.


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Wednesday 21 March 2007
club news
E-petition approaches 9,000 signatures

The e-petition launched by Russell Smith and actively promoted by a team of volunteers has now reached nearly 9,000 signatures and 20th place in the list of petitions on the Number 10 website.

The team are aiming to get the total up to 10,000, being four times our average gate, before Monday's hearing. So, if you haven't already signed, please do so now.

The petition can be found here




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Wednesday 21 March 2007
dons trust news
Strategy project newsletter - edition 1

The first strategy project newsletter is now available as a feature, by clicking here.


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Tuesday 20 March 2007
club news
Lee signs up

Lee O?Leary agreed terms and signed for Wimbledon earlier this evening, before taking part in his first training session with his new team mates. O?Leary, who played a significant role in the Dons? defeat at Hendon 10 days ago, said "it is a real pleasure to join such a big club and I?m sure I?ll enjoy every minute of it here.?

Dave Anderson said ?we?ve been tracking Lee for quite some time now. He?s a good young player, who passes the ball very well and will fit in well. I?m delighted to have signed him.?


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Tuesday 20 March 2007
club news
No Kingsmeadow Live Music this Saturday, but .....

.... the following week, Kingsmeadow Live is proud to present our first ever Dons Live gig! On Saturday 31 March, we give you a night of music featuring bands that all support AFC Wimbledon. Headlined by Everstrong, who will be supported by Mexico and Last Chance Sunday, this is a night that all music-loving Dons should not miss. For more information, see below.

Also, don?t miss these upcoming gigs!

Saturday 7 April - The Dirty Faces

Saturday 14 April - Ed Tudor Pole and Guests

Saturday 21 April - Neville Staple


But first, next Saturday, 31 March:

Dons Live featuring Everstrong, Mexico and Last Chance Sunday

Doors open 8.00pm, show starts 9.00pm, bar closes 1.00am

£5 (advance) /£7 (door)

Everstrong Unplugged

Everstrong released their first album, Hello Again, on indie label Cornish Blue Hen in 2004 and their first single, ?Take me home?, made it to number 9 in the Official UK Indie Chart in 2005. Regular performers at the Night and Day Café, one of Manchester?s premier live venues, the band will play an exclusive acoustic set for Kingsmeadow Live.

For more information on Everstrong, visit here

Mexico

Mexico are an energetic indie rock quartet, none of whom have been to Mexico. They have been gigging regularly around London for the past year and are making inroads into the live music scene in Germany.

For more information on Mexico, visit here

Last Chance Sunday

Recently formed and playing gigs in and around Manchester, Last Chance Sunday?s versatility is their strength, from the pop-punk melodies of Because and Someone Else's Wife to the luscious harmonies of read Me Now and Fragile Dreams via the indie beat of Save The World and She Cries.

For more information on Last Chance Sunday, visit here

For details about Kingsmeadow Live gigs, visit here


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Tuesday 20 March 2007
club news
Darren goes on loan

Darren Grieves has gone on loan to East Thurrock for the remainder of the season. Dave Anderson said "this is a good chance for Darren to get properly fit again by the end of the season and be ready for next season. Given our current circumstances, we didn't think Darren would get enough match time in our remaining games, so this is the best chance for him to get fully fit again."

Dave added "look out for some more transfer activitiy in the next few days."


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Tuesday 20 March 2007
club news
Walk for Wimbledon update

The latest Walk for Wimbledon is on Saturday 31 March before the Slough home match. The walk starts at Plough Lane and goes to Kingsmeadow via Wimbledon and New Malden. In addition to raising funds, we aim to raise awareness of the club, so we need as many fans as possible to join along the route, decked out in yellow and blue. Flags and other decorations are also welcome. Go to the link here or click on the button on the home page of this site to download a form and get details of the route and timings.

The day is also raising lots of money for the Dons Trust and the Mayor of Merton's charities for the local homeless. Please raise as much as you can. We are hearing that some fans have already raised over £50, and last time, the top walker raised over £500! We will also be joined on the route by the Mayor, Haydon and a few past players so please make an effort to show our community that we are still going strong.


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Monday 19 March 2007
club news
Arrangements for the Hampton & Richmond game

We have been sent the following information by Hampton & Richmond re our game at the Beveree this Saturday.

"On Saturday 24th March Hampton & Richmond Borough will entertain AFC Wimbledon for a Ryman League premier division fixture. As this fixture will no doubt be one of the biggest events held at Beveree we shall be implementing some changes to the normal operation of the ground. These will be as follows:-

For the enjoyment and safety of all spectators the decision has been taken to segregate the Beveree. The ground will be divided at the front of Hammonds bar, and behind the dugouts on the East side of the ground. The South side of the ground (Alan Simpson Stand end) and the terrace on the school side will be for the use of home fans. The rest of the ground will be for away fans.

This will mean a change to the entrance to the ground. Away fans will enter the ground through the turnstiles off Beaver Close. In addition to normal operations we shall have stewards helping us from an external organisation.

Hammonds bar will be available to Home supporters and an additional bar and catering facilities will be operating at the front of the ground for the visiting supporters. Alcohol can only be consumed in the designated areas; the ground will be an alcohol-free zone. All drinks including soft drinks purchased from the bar and refreshment counters will be served into plastic containers.

The ground capacity will be as follows

Home end Simpson Stand seats 100
Standing 800

Away end Standing covered terrace 800
Main seated stand 200
Standing other areas 1,100

Total capacity 3,000

In agreement with the London Borough Of Richmond there will be local parking restrictions in place, so parking will be very limited in the local area. There will be no parking in Beaver Close or on the Ground side of Station Road; this is to ensure that the buses can continue to run with minimum disruption.

There will be NO supporter parking at the Beveree and local roads will have restrictions in place. So we advise wherever possible to use public transport. If any disabled persons (Blue Badge Holders) need a car park space, please contact us to ensure we can keep a space for you. Please phone or e-mail the club (details below).

Hampton is on the Shepperton line, South West Trains. This service runs from Waterloo through Kingston. Bus routes 216 and 111 stop outside the Beveree running from Kingston.

To comply with police advice all spectators will be searched on entry and spectators will not be allowed to bring in any drinks with them. No person shall be able to bring into the ground cans or bottled drinks (alcohol or soft drinks).

We have involved the police in all aspects of our planning and Hampton Safer Neighbourhoods team and the Metropolitan Police will be on duty outside the ground to provide support to the local area.

Tickets for the match are available in advance from Hammonds bar. These can be purchased in person 11am to 11pm Monday to Friday. Ticket prices will be as normal, Adult £8, Under 16/Senior Citizen £5.00

We hope all spectators will be accepting of the changes for this event, and we thank you in advance for your co-operation

For more information please either call the club on 020 8979 2456, e-mail
here, or see our website here"


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Monday 19 March 2007
club news
Dons Draw results for March

The 31st Dons Draw took place on Saturday, prior to the Worthing game.
The winning numbers were drawn in the presence of Marc Jones (Dons Board Member) and Geraldine Messenbird.

The winning ticket numbers and prizes were as follows:

First prize of £950 - ticket 1465 ? Peter Ledingham from SW17
Second prize of £470 - ticket 0755 ? Anna Rowatt from KT8
Third prize of £150 - ticket 0810 ? Steven Lonsdale from TW12

Congratulations to all three prize winners!

All three entrants started towards the end of 2004 and this is the first win for all three.

The next Dons Draw will take place on or around 16 April 2007, with the results being posted on the AFC Wimbledon official web site soon after the draw has taken place.

The jackpot next month will be at least the same as this month as we move towards a £1,000 first prize! So if you want a chance of winning next month?s bumper jackpot but still haven?t entered, or if you have already entered the draw but would like to increase your chances of winning by taking a few more ticket numbers, then you know what to do!!

You can sign up online to the Dons Draw here or download an online application here.

The deadline for new entrants to the April 2007 Dons Draw is 8.00 pm on 31 March 2007.

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


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Sunday 18 March 2007
club news
Dave's comments on the Worthing game

Dave Anderson was very disappointed following yesterday?s 1-1 draw with Worthing at Kingsmeadow. ?I fully expected to win this football match,? he said.

?And after going a goal up, it makes the fact we didn?t that much harder to accept. If Roscoe?s penalty had gone in, I think we'd have gone on to win comfortably, but we didn?t and we have to ask ourselves why. The main problem is that we played only in patches.

?As good a game as their goalkeeper had, we didn?t put the ball in the back of the net. We've been scoring goals when our tempo is high but it wasn?t for long periods.

?I?ve been asked about the pitch and how important it is we get something done about it over the summer. I would say it is important ? but I?m not going to blame the pitch for not winning - I don?t make excuses like that.

?The problem is that we have dropped too many points against teams at the bottom and we need to make sure we win these games. So we will be looking at that and trying to deal with it over the next few training sessions.?


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Friday 16 March 2007
club news
Squad for Worthing

Dave Anderson has signed goalkeeper Clark Masters on a one month loan from Brentford. "Andy Little has been taking longer to recover than we expected. In his absence, Paul Smith has done great for us but when the opportunity arose to sign Clark I felt that we couldn't afford to miss it, especially at this critical stage of the season.

"Clark has played about a dozen games in league 2 this season and comes very highly recommended. We may also have an option to extend his loan at a later stage."

Clark joins the squad along with Paul Lorraine, who has not recovered as fast from his injury as he had hoped and so faces a fitness test tomorrow. Richard Butler and Darren Grieves are getting game time with the reserves, as is Robin Shroot, recently back from his trip to Israel with the Northern Ireland under 20 squad.

"Robin played the second half of the first game and all 90 minutes of the second game, so he really enjoyed it. This will bring him on as a player but he has had a busy week so he will be joining the reserves tomorrow," said Dave.

The squad is:

Clark Masters; Andy Little; Paul Smith; Simon Sweeney; Paul Lorraine; Steve Butler; Antony Howard; Jermaine Darlington; Michael Haswell; Mark Rooney; Wes Daly; Chris Gell; Steve Wales; Luke Garrard; Lewis Cook; Steve Ferguson; Roscoe Dsane; Stephen Goddard,

"This will be a tough game, as Worthing are fighting for their lives. I've always said this would be an exciting league and it is proving to be just that, with it being very tight at the top.

"After last week, we want to get back to winning ways. The players have always responded well to a defeat so I am hoping to see the team bounce back tomorrow."


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Friday 16 March 2007
club news
Sign the petition at tomorrow's game

There will be two volunteers manning computers in the back bar before tomorrow's game against Worthing, so that any fan who hasn't yet signed the petition can do so.


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Thursday 15 March 2007
club news
If you've not had a reply to an email to the club .....

It might be because we've had substantial IT problems for the last seven days. So, if you haven't had a reply to an email you sent after last Thursday, please consider re-sending it.

If, on the other hand, you've had the same reply more than once, we apologise for the inconvenience. Our server needs to be replaced and service may be a little bit haywire for the next couple of weeks.


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Thursday 15 March 2007
club news
Kingsmeadow Live this weekend!

Comedy@Kingsmeadow is back with a bang this week, with Will Smith headlining so it is guaranteed to be another hilarious night.

And then on Saturday, we have one of our biggest parties yet as we celebrate St Patrick?s Day with the amazing Hungry Grass playing a mixture of old favourites and their own brand of Irish music. This night is going to be huge so make sure you book tickets in advance (they will be available in the bars before the match on Saturday) to avoid disappointment.

Don?t miss these upcoming gigs!
Saturday 31 March- Dons Live featuring Everstrong, Last Chance Sunday and Mexico
Saturday 7 April- The Dirty Faces
Saurday 14 April- Ed Tudor Pole
Saturday 21 April- Neville Staple
For more details, visit here

Please take note of our advance bookings ticket policy:
To avail of the cheaper ticket price, you must book tickets in advance. You can book tickets either by replying to this e-mail or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335. You can still pay for the tickets on the night of the gig.


More about this week?s gigs?

Friday 16 March
Comedy@Kingsmeadow
Doors open 8.00pm, show starts 9.00pm, bar closes 1.00am
£6 (advance) /£8 (door)

Pete Jonas (MC)
?The execution of this work is perfect? hilariously insightful? The List
?Brilliant? The Stage
?Well-crafted show with natural interplay between the duo and jokes which hit? The Scotsman

Josh Howie
?Challenging, intelligent wit? as funny as it is fascinating? chortle.co.uk
?Bellylaughs? The Scotsman
?Intelligently neurotic? Evening Standard

Will Smith
Smith is one of the most in-demand stand-up comedians and comedy writers in the UK today.
He has been filming with More4?s The Last Word and Omid Djalili?s new sketch show for BBC and is working on a number of projects with Armando Iannucci and Harry Enfield. He appeared at the Royal Variety Performance in 2004, which was broadcast on BBC1, and was nominated for The South Bank Show Breakthrough Artist Award 2005 (the only comedian in that category).
Will?s other TV credits include CH4?s ?Back in the Day?, ?11 O? Clock Show? and ?Gas?, Five?s ?Comedy Network?, BBC2?s ?Happinness?, BBC1?s ?The Stand Up Show?, and ?Time Gentlemen, Please? on SKY. He is also a regular reporter for CH4?s Richard and Judy.
His won the ?Time Out? award in 2004 and the Chortle ?Best Headliner? award in 2005.
?Elegantly structured, blissfully witty and features a central performance that is so polished you can see your face in it.? London Evening Standard
?Fantastic... Faultless... Genius... Brilliant... Magnificent? The Observer
?Such craft and energy that you don?t want the hour to end? The Times


Saturday 17 March
St Patrick?s Day Party with Hungry Grass
Doors open 8.00pm, show starts 9.00pm, bar closes 1.00am
£6 (advance) /£8 (door)

Come and celebrate St Patrick?s Day with one of London?s best ?trad? bands. Hungry Grass play energised traditional Irish and original music, from fast and furious reels to soulful ballads with a strong emphasis on improvisation and spontaneity. The band play a wide array of instruments including guitar, fiddle, flute, whistle and bodhran. Their album, The Hungry Grass album, was launched last year at the Return to Camden Festival, London and Kinnitty Castel, Co. Offaly, Ireland.
"Disturbingly different" - T.K. Hughes


For more information, make sure you visit our website here

To order tickets in advance, either e-mail here or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335. Don't forget, when you order 10 tickets, you get one free!


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Thursday 15 March 2007
first team news
Early kick off

The Hertfordshire police have requested an early kick off for our visit to Boreham Wood on Saturday 7 April.

The game will now kick off at 12:30 pm.


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Thursday 15 March 2007
club news
All seats sold for Saturday

All seat tickets for Saturday?s home league game against Worthing have now been sold. Consequently the credit card hotline will not open today or tomorrow.

We do expect to receive some more returned vouchers between now and Saturday morning. Any returned seat tickets will be on sale from the ticket booth located in the main entrance from approximately 2 pm on Saturday.


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Wednesday 14 March 2007
club news
Strategy date for your diary

An open meeting will be held in the Back Bar at Kingsmeadow on Thursday 29 March at 7:30 p.m. This is open to all and gives people a chance to express their opinions on where the club should be going over the next few years. More details will be provided soon but in the meantime make a note to be there if you want a say in your club's future.


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Wednesday 14 March 2007
club news
Credit card hotline closed

The credit card hotline will be closed today (Wed 14 March)


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Wednesday 14 March 2007
club news
E-petition

The e-petition, launched by fan Russell Smith, is now approaching 7500 signatories.

Russell's team of supporters has been visiting guest books up and down the country to raise additional support for the petition, and many other fans are asking colleagues and friends to sign. Anything you can do to encourage others to sign it will be warmly welcomed.

The petition can be found here.


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Tuesday 13 March 2007
club news
Kingsmeadow Live this weekend!

Comedy@Kingsmeadow is back with a bang this week, with Will Smith headlining so it is guaranteed to be another hilarious night.
And then on Saturday, we have one of our biggest parties yet as we celebrate St Patrick?s Day with the amazing Hungry Grass playing a mixture of old favourites and their own brand of Irish music. This night is going to be huge so make sure you book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

Don?t miss these upcoming gigs!
Saturday 31 March- Dons Live featuring Everstrong, Last Chance Sunday and Mexico
Saturday 7 April- The Dirty Faces
Saturday 21 April- Neville Staple
For more details, visit here

Please take note of our advance bookings ticket policy:
To avail yourself of the lower price, you must book tickets in advance. You can book tickets either by replying to this e-mail or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335. You can still pay for the tickets on the night of the gig.

More about this week?s gigs?

Friday 16 March
Comedy@Kingsmeadow
Doors open 8.00 pm, show starts 9.00 pm, bar closes 1.00 am
£6 (advance) /£8 (door)

Pete Jonas (MC)
?The execution of this work is perfect? hilariously insightful? The List
?Brilliant? The Stage
?Well-crafted show with natural interplay between the duo and jokes which hit? The Scotsman

Josh Howie
?Challenging, intelligent wit? as funny as it is fascinating? chortle.co.uk
?Bellylaughs? The Scotsman
?Intelligently neurotic? Evening Standard

Will Smith
Smith is one of the most in-demand stand-up comedians and comedy writers in the UK today.
He has been filming with More4?s The Last Word and Omid Djalili?s new sketch show for BBC and is working on a number of projects with Armando Iannucci and Harry Enfield. He appeared at the Royal Variety Performance in 2004, which was broadcast on BBC1, and was nominated for The South Bank Show Breakthrough Artist Award 2005 (the only comedian in that category).
Will?s other TV credits include CH4?s ?Back in the Day?, ?11 O? Clock Show? and ?Gas?, Five?s ?Comedy Network?, BBC2?s ?Happinness?, BBC1?s ?The Stand Up Show?, and ?Time Gentlemen, Please? on SKY. He is also a regular reporter for CH4?s Richard and Judy.
His won the ?Time Out? award in 2004 and the Chortle ?Best Headliner? award in 2005.
?Elegantly structured, blissfully witty and features a central performance that is so polished you can see your face in it.? London Evening Standard
?Fantastic... Faultless... Genius... Brilliant... Magnificent? The Observer
?Such craft and energy that you don?t want the hour to end? The Times

Saturday 17 March
St Patrick?s Day Party with Hungry Grass
Doors open 8.00 pm, show starts 9.00 pm, bar closes 1.00 am
£6 (advance) /£8 (door)

Come and celebrate St Patrick?s Day with one of London?s best ?trad? bands. Hungry Grass play energised traditional Irish and original music, from fast and furious reels to soulful ballads with a strong emphasis on improvisation and spontaneity. The band play a wide array of instruments including guitar, fiddle, flute, whistle and bodhran. Their album, The Hungry Grass album, was launched last year at the Return to Camden Festival, London and Kinnitty Castel, Co. Offaly, Ireland.
"Disturbingly different" - T.K. Hughes

For more information, make sure you visit our website here

To order tickets in advance, either e-mail here or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335. Don't forget, when you order 10 tickets, you get one free.




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Tuesday 13 March 2007
reserve team news
Return trip to Godalming

The reserves make a quick return to Godalming Town tonight following their successful win in their league cup tie on Saturday. A rearranged league game has been scheduled at short notice which will kick off at 7.45pm at Godalming's ground at Wey Court.

John Morris has a strong squad available which includes Paul Smith, Lewis Cook, Chris Gell, Steve Goddard and Darren Grieves.


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Tuesday 13 March 2007
club news
Office closed, hotline open

The AFC Wimbledon office will be closed today, Tuesday 13 March, due to IT issues.

The credit card hotline (020 8546 9582) will be open, from 11 am until 1 pm, for the sale of tickets for the Worthing match.


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Tuesday 13 March 2007
cfs news
Matchday Academy on this Saturday

The Matchday Academy is held at Kingsmeadow Athletic track next to The Fans' Stadium, before every AFC Wimbledon Saturday home game and this Saturday?s game against Worthing is no different. The MDA runs from 1.00pm to 2.00pm and is for boys and girls aged 4 - 12.
The session costs only £3 for season ticket holders and £4 for non-season ticket holders who will also receive free entrance to the game that day.

The MDA involves lots of small-sided games on state-of-the-art synthetic grass pitches. Everyone is welcome to take part, whether you are an AFC Wimbledon fan or not, so come on down and practice your skills and have some fun at the Matchday Academy.



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Sunday 11 March 2007
club news
Dave's thoughts on Hendon

Dave Anderson was obviously very disappointed with yesterday's 3-1 defeat at his old club, Hendon.

"Whenever we lose, I look at how we lost. And yesterday, while we were never at our best, I did feel we did enough to get something from the game. Since the defeat at Billericay we've only lost twice in 20 games and, with the exception of the first 20 minutes against Chelmsford, in both of those defeats I've felt we were in the game and competing.

"As far as I can work out, Hendon had four shots on goal and three of them went in. I reckon we had about eight shots and headers and only one went in. We've been doing well recently because we've been taking our chances but yesterday they just wouldn't go in.

"So, while I know we can play better, I am still disappointed with the result. But, we have a chance to bounce back next Saturday and the other results mainly went our way, so we are still in with a very good shout. And, as I've been saying all season, this is likely to go to the wire."


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Saturday 10 March 2007
club news
Squad for Hendon

Dave Anderson has announced the following squad for the game at Hendon later today:

Andy Little; Paul Smith; Simon Sweeney; Paul Lorraine; Steve Butler; Antony Howard; Jermaine Darlington; Michael Haswell; Mark Rooney; Wes Daly; Chris Gell; Steve Wales; Luke Garrard; Lewis Cook; Steve Ferguson; Roscoe Dsane; Stephen Goddard,

As usual there are some doubts. Andy Little, Paul Lorraine, Jermaine Darlington, Steve Wales and Mark Rooney all face tests before the game. ?Andy and Paul are known about, as they failed fitness tests on Tuesday. Jermaine has been carrying a knee injury for a little while and he has been feeling it a bit more in the recent past. So we are being cautious with him. Steve went off with a groin injury on Tuesday and Mark is feeling the general effects of playing games close together on draining pitches, shortly after a long lay off.

?It is good to report that Richard Butler and Darren Grieves joined in a full training session on Thursday night. I?ve not heard of any reaction so I am hopeful that they are now well on the way to recovery. Lee Kersey is an awful lot better after a painful shoulder injury. Lee doesn?t make a fuss about injuries so when he misses a game, you know it is a problem.

?I?ve released Robin Shroot and Steve Tyson to play for the reserves today. I think they need match time, particularly for Robin to help him be in the best possible shape for his trip to Israel with the Northern Irish under 20 squad.

?It is good for me to go back to Hendon and see the familiar faces again. We are looking for three points to keep us at the top of the league and to keep the pressure on the other teams. The boys are confident and are looking forward to it.?


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Friday 09 March 2007
club news
Kingsmeadow Live this Saturday - Purple Rain

Comedy@Kingsmeadow is taking a break this week but the live music continues with superb Prince tribute ?Purple Rain? on Saturday night. These guys put on quite a show so don?t miss out! For more information, see below.

Also, tickets are already selling fast for the St Patrick?s Day Party with Hungry Grass, so make sure you book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment- this one is going to be huge!

Don?t miss these upcoming gigs!

Saturday 17 March - St Patrick?s Day Party with Hungry Grass

Saturday 31 March - Everstrong, Last Chance Sunday and Mexico

Saturday 7 April - The Dirty Faces

Saturday 21 April - Neville Staple

For more details, visit here

Please take note of our advance bookings ticket policy:

To avail of the cheaper ticket price, you must book tickets in advance. You can book tickets either by replying to this e-mail or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335. You can still pay for the tickets on the night of the gig.

More about this week?s gig

Saturday 10 March

Purple Rain


Doors open 8.00pm, show starts 9.30pm, bar closes 1.00am

£8 (advance) /£10 (door)

Purple Rain is the ultimate tribute to an artist that has dominated the charts for over three decades. This 6-piece band is dedicated to recreating the look and sound of Revolution era Prince, with a set that includes hits such as ?Let?s Go Crazy?, ?You Got The Look? and of course, ?Purple Rain?. Recently closed the SGR stage at Ipswich Music Day 2006 and headlined Oriel College, Oxford Ball 2006. The band are also bringing a DJ for pre and post gig entertainment!

For more information, make sure you visit our website here

To order tickets in advance, either e-mail here or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335. Don't forget, when you order 10 tickets, you get one free!


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Friday 09 March 2007
dons trust news
Evening with Lawrie: your last chance to make an advance bid for memorabilia

It is now fewer than 24 hours until the evening with Lawrie Sanchez.

There will be an auction of Dons memorabilia during the evening, for the benefit of Dons Trust funds. To preview these fabulous items, and find out how you can make an advance bid for them, click here


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Thursday 08 March 2007
cfs news
Your Community, Your Views.

At the AFC Wimbledon Community Football Scheme we would like to hear what you have to say about your clubs community programme. We are always keen to make positive steps in serving the community and we feel that your feedback is a vital part of doing this. If you have any comments, questions, complaints or queries no matter how big or small please contact us at communityfootball@afcwimbledon.co.uk and help improve and support your clubs community programme.


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Thursday 08 March 2007
club news
Find your way to matches, the easy way!

Got a TomTom Satellite Navigation system? Need directions to the next away match?

Thanks to Dons supporter Geoff Hawley, we now have directions to every non-league club in England available to download directly to your TomTom. Please click here to access the files and the "how to" in our features section.


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Wednesday 07 March 2007
cfs news
New CFS section of the website launched!

Over the coming weeks there will be many exciting new changes at the Community Football Scheme including new courses, venues and activities. All the latest news will be more readily available through our brand new section on the website which we feel is competitive with all the top clubs and most importantly easy to navigate. It includes up to date information on soccer courses, venues, news, coaching tips, maps, booking forms and general information you may find useful. We hope that you enjoy the fresh look and atmosphere in and around the AFC Wimbledon Community Football Scheme. Click on the CFS tab for more information.


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Tuesday 06 March 2007
club news
Game on

After a pitch inspection tonight's home match against Carshalton is on.


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Tuesday 06 March 2007
club news
Squad for Carshalton

Dave Anderson has announced the following squad for the game against Carshalton Athletic tonight:

Andy Little; Paul Smith; Simon Sweeney; Paul Lorraine; Steve Butler; Antony Howard; Jermaine Darlington; Michael Haswell; Mark Rooney; Wes Daly; Chris Gell; Steve Wales; Luke Garrard; Robin Shroot; Steve Tyson; Steve Ferguson; Roscoe Dsane; Stephen Goddard; Lewis Cook.

"Andy Little, Jermaine Darlington and Paul Lorraine are all doubtful and will require fitness tests. Because of the doubt about Paul, we've brought Antony Howard back into the squad earlier than planned. He has been cleared by the doctor to play so, in the end, it will be up to him how he feels.

"Simon Sweeney is back to fitness after his rest to deal with a persistent niggle, and Chris Gell returns to the squad after missing Saturday's game. We've also added Robin Shroot and Steve Tyson.

"Tonight is another big game, not least because we will go back to the top if we win. We are very up for it and so I am keen that it goes ahead if at all possible."


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Tuesday 06 March 2007
club news
Pitch update - 2:30 pm

The pitch has been forked and the surface water has gone. Given the weather this afternoon it will continue to dry. As a result, we have cancelled the 3.00 pm pitch inspection and we are hopeful that the game will go ahead. However, the decision can only be made by the match referee and so we cannot be certain until he arrives and inspects it for himself.

Watch this site at about 6:30 pm for further news. We will also send out an SMS text to subscribers to the club's service, to make sure you are as up to date as possible.


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Tuesday 06 March 2007
club news
E-petition launched

The e-petition, launched by fan Russell Smith, has today been posted on the Number 10 web site.

Russell has organised a team of supporters to visit guest books up and down the country to raise additional support for the petition. Anything you can do to encourage others to sign it will be warmly welcomed.

The petition can be found here.

Unfortunately, the web site has omitted a substantial amount of Russell's text and, until this can be righted, the petition is nowhere as clear as it should be. The missing text is:

AFC Wimbledon have been docked 18 points, thrown out of the FA Trophy and forced to return prize money totalling £12,000. The punishment is because they signed left-back Jermaine Darlington from Cardiff City, and although they believed they had completed his registration correctly, they did not appear to realise that the transfer also required international clearance.

The club does not deny that it made a mistake, but it is an honest (and understandable) mistake. I want the Sports Minister to step in and stop the F.A. dishing out disproportionate punishments to small clubs.

This puts an end to our promotion hopes for the season, and looks like wiping out most of this year's wages.

The club certainly did not seek any advantage, and only discovered the mistake when the player was booked for the first time, after 11 League games. The stupid thing is that if he was a dirty player they would have earned their mistake earlier and faced a smaller punishment.

The whole thing is unfair and the FA should treat Wimbledon's fans with respect. Why is there no right of appeal in respect of such an important matter? Would the FA resist a referral to The Court of Arbitration of Sport? The FA's answer is that the Court does not have jurisdiction. In effect, the FA is not willing to allow its decisions to be reviewed by an independent Court - one which does have jurisdiction with FIFA and UEFA. It is a very curious state of affairs, and one which we believe is capable of challenge, when the FA can deny us any right of appeal against a decision which fundamentally interferes with our rights to compete in the competition. Why the judgement did not deal with "proportionality" (in other words that there is no relationship between the size of the alleged offence and the punishment).

The FA's answer makes a number of points, including that the penalty could have been greater and that it was in line with precedent. It does not, however, answer our question about matching the punishment to the crime, in other words how can a technical breach of the rules result in such a disproportionate punishment?



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Tuesday 06 March 2007
club news
FA appeal hearing

We understand from the The FA that the appeal hearing will be held on Monday 26 March.


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Tuesday 06 March 2007
club news
Credit card hotline closed

The Credit card hotline will not be open today.


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Monday 05 March 2007
club news
Correction of attendance

As part of our regular review procedures we have double checked the attendances at recent games. As a result, the crowd figures for the recent Bromley game have been amended from 2,963 to 3,034. All others remain unchanged.


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Monday 05 March 2007
club news
Commercial legal advice needed, please

We want to carry out a review of our terms and conditions for season tickets and also for booking functions.

If you have a commercial law background and can spare a few hours to carry out the review, please email us here with a brief description of your qualifications.


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Sunday 04 March 2007
dons trust news
Matchday raffle breaks all records

The matchday raffle for the signed matchball from the Gravesend v AFC Wimbledon FA Trophy tie raised £583 for Dons Trust funds. This sum far and away exceeds the highest sum previously raised by raffles on matchdays.

All prizes were claimed. The signed Gravesend matchball was won by members of the Margate Board, who have generously given the ball back to AFC Wimbledon so that the club can retain it.

Many thanks are due to Andrew Harris who organised the raffle and ticket sellers and to the Kent Wombles who originally sponsored the matchball at Gravesend.


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Sunday 04 March 2007
ladies news
Game off

Once again the Ladies game scheduled for this afternoon has fallen foul of the weather, the fifth postponement in succession!


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Saturday 03 March 2007
first team news
Game on

Despite the overnight rain the pitch is playable and today?s game against Margate will go ahead.


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Friday 02 March 2007
club news
Unique raffle prize at Margate game

Some people may know that the ball for the Trophy game at Gravesend game was sponsored by Kent Wombles. The ball was signed by both teams. Kent Wombles are kindly raffling it tomorrow before the Margate game.

There are two other prizes:

. A ball signed by some of the Soccer AM team

. A signed picture of Roscoe Dsane

The proceeds of the raffle will go to the club/Dons Trust as a donation.


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Friday 02 March 2007
club news
Odds for tomorrow's game

The odds for tomorrow match against Margate, with thanks to Wimbledon Bookmakers, AFC Wimbledon's official bookmaker, are as follows:

To win
AFC Wimbledon 11/10
Margate 11/5
Draw 5/2

1st Goal Scorer
R. Dsane 5/1
D. Hockton (Margate) 5/1
S. Ferguson 6/1
S. Goddard 6/1
S. Wales 7/1
J. Pinnock (Margate) 8/1
L. Garrard 9/1
W. Daly 10/1
Others on request

Correct score and 1st player to score and correct score doubles are also available.

Wimbledon Bookmakers are also offering odds on all the races at the Cheltenham Festival. Please call the shop for more details.

To place your bets, visit the shop at 165 Arthur Road, Wimbledon Park, SW19 8AD or call Lee on 020 8286 0570 or 07769 783 067.


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Friday 02 March 2007
club news
Squad for Margate

Dave Anderson announced the following squad for tomorrow's top-of-the-table clash against Margate.

Andy Little; Paul Smith; Simon Sweeney; Paul Lorraine; Steve Butler; Jermaine Darlington; Michael Haswell; Mark Rooney; Wes Daly; Chris Gell; Steve Wales; Luke Garrard; Steve Ferguson; Roscoe Dsane; Stephen Goddard; Lewis Cook.

Stephen Goddard trained last night and has had no reaction from his injury so he rejoins the squad. "Obviously, Stephen isn't match fit but he is ready to go and we are delighted to see him back. The timing is perfect because we are giving Paul Barnes a couple of weeks off. He has had a repetitive injury for some time now and we think the best thing is for him to take a total break for a while.

"Simon Sweeney has benefitted from his rehab and is closer to 100%. There is also good news about Frankie Howard. He trained last night and so, when he is cleared to play again, he should be ready to play - it isn't like coming back from a leg injury where you can't train for ages. Finally, Richard Butler joined in the warm up last night and, while he isn't yet ready for the competitive stuff in training, he is getting there."

Dave added "tomorrow is a big game but when you are at the end of the table we are, they are all big. But that's why we are involved in football, to be involved in the big games. The squad is desperate to keep the run going and they are really looking forward to the game. What always helps is a great atmosphere that you get with big games and I'm sure the supporters will come up trumps again tomorrow."


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Friday 02 March 2007
club news
No trains to Norbiton tomorrow

We understand that there will be no trains running to Norbiton on Saturday. A bus replacement service will run from Raynes Park.

There are services to Kingston but they will run the long way round from Clapham Junction, via Richmond and Twickenham.


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Friday 02 March 2007
club news
Upcoming gigs at Kingsmeadow Live

As mentioned previously, there is no Kingsmeadow Live gig this Saturday night. However we have two huge gigs coming up over the next couple of weeks that we want you to know about. We are expecting demand for both gigs to be high so make sure to book your tickets in advance. Tickets for both these gigs will be available in the bars before the match on Saturday.


Saturday 10 March
Purple Rain
Doors open 8pm till 1am
Admission: £8 (advance) /£10 (door)

The ultimate tribute to an artist that has dominated the charts for over three decades. This 6-piece band is dedicated to recreating the look and sound of Revolution era Prince, with a set that includes hits such as ?Let?s Go Crazy?, ?You Got The Look? and of course, ?Purple Rain?. Recently closed the SGR stage at Ipswich Music Day 2006 and headlined Oriel College, Oxford Ball 2006.


Saturday 17 March
St Patrick?s Day Celebration featuring Hungry Grass
Doors open 8pm till 1am
Admission: £6 (advance) / £8 (door)

Come and celebrate St Patrick?s Day with one of London?s best ?trad? bands. Hungry Grass play energised traditional Irish and original music, from fast and furious reels to soulful ballads with a strong emphasis on improvisation and spontaneity. The band play a wide array of instruments including guitar, fiddle, flute, whistle and bodhran. Their album, The Hungry Grass album, was launched last year at the Return to Camden Festival, London and Kinnitty Castel, Co. Offaly, Ireland.

Also featuring special St Patrick?s Day bar promotions.

""Disturbingly different" - T.K. Hughes


To order tickets in advance for both these gigs, either e-mail here or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335.




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Friday 02 March 2007
club news
Yet more signatories to the EDM

The following MPs yesterday added their neams to the list who have already signed the Early Day Motion prottesting aganst the deduction of 18 points from the club:

Stephen Hesford
Mr David Drew
Mr Simon Burns
Mr Lee Scott
Mike Gapes
Mrs Ann Cryer

If your MP has not already signed then please urge him or her to do so AND to write to Jonathan Hall, Director of Governance at the FA, to express their concern.


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Thursday 01 March 2007
club news
More MPS sign the EDM

Overnight, the following MPs added their names to the EDM.

Mr Mike Hancock
Derek Wyatt
Peter Bottomley
Dr Ian Gibson
Dr Rudi Vis
John McDonnell
Jeremy Corbyn
Alan Simpson
Paul Flynn
Mark Lazarowicz
Stephen Hammond

If your MPs name hasn't yet signed, please do write to him or her and urge them to do so. If they have, please urge them to write to the FA's director of governance (see previous article re the EDM).


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Thursday 01 March 2007
club news
Kingsmeadow Live this weekend!

If you missed out on any of last weekend?s entertainment, shame on you. We enjoyed one of our funniest nights of comedy on Friday night with the incredibly talented Rainer Hersh and Blues Legend Ian Siegal on Saturday night was one of the best live acts yet. Just goes to show that Kingsmeadow Live is really establishing itself as a top venue.
We have no gig this week but the show goes on with

Comedy@Kingsmeadow on Friday night, featuring AFC Wimbledon supporter Geoff Norcott.


Don?t miss these upcoming gigs!
Saturday 10 March - Purple Rain
Saturday 17 March - St Patrick?s Day celebration with Hungry Grass
Saturday 31 March - Everstrong, Last Chance Sunday and Mexico
For more details, visit here


Please take note of our advance bookings ticket policy:
For the cheaper ticket price, you must book tickets in advance. You can book tickets by calling our booking line on 020 8547 3335. You can still pay for the tickets on the night of the gig.


More about this week?s comedy?

Friday 2 March
COMEDY @ KINGSMEADOW
Doors open 8.00 pm, show starts 9.00 pm, bar closes Midnight
Admission: £6 (advance) /£8 (door)


Geoff Norcott (MC)
?An amiable and quick witted host? chortle.co.uk
"FAST-talking London gagster Geoff Norcott's party piece is his rapping parody, which is guaranteed to bring the house down at any comedy gig." Manchester Evening News
?Genuinely entertaining?.worth seeing just for the impressions? Edinburgh Writers Guild


Lloyd Langford
"The new Prince Charming of comedy...Might well be the find of the year." Paramount Comedy
"Some really fine gags?A lovely contrast of this very benevolent delivery with some quite edgy material." The Observer
"Part of the new generation?A talented comedian." Julian Hall, The Guardian.


Martin Davis (Headliner)
Davis lets fly a relentless rapid-fire assault that hits every corner of the room, going where mere joke-tellers fear to tread with his characteristic kamikaze bravado. With enough nervous energy to power a small city, he is the Jolt Cola of the circuit.
In addition to residences at the Comedy Cafe, the Comedy at Soho-Ho and regular appearances at the Comedy Store, Banana Cabaret and Up the Creek, Davis is a regular performer on the international circuit, including Murphy's Laughter Lounge, Dublin, The Empire, Belfast, the Kilkenny International Comedy Festival, The Smirnoff Mule Comedy Festival in Durban and Cape Town, South Africa, the Lowlands Festival, Holland.
He has also toured clubs in Holland, Belgium, Singapore and Dubai.

"Davis is good, very good " Daily Mirror
"The star of the evening, for my money, was compere Martin Davis, a cockney stuffed with mercurial Welsh genes (surely"), who had abrasive wit, tons of energy and an unparalleled ability to talk dirty without causing too much offence" The Mercury
"Hilarious parrot-faced twat" Viz

(Line-ups subject to change)


For more information, make sure you visit our website here

To order tickets in advance, either e-mail here or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335. Don't forget, when you order 10 tickets, you get one free!


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Thursday 01 March 2007
club news
Special deals from our corporate partners

The following corporate partners would like to offer exclusive discounts to AFC Wimbledon supporters.

TomTom

Web: here

TomTom manufacture the leading satellite navigation systems in the UK market and are offering a 20% discount on the following systems:

TomTom ONE RRP £179.99 AFC Wimbledon Price £143.99

TomTom ONE WE RRP £229.99 AFC Wimbledon Price £183.99

TomTom GO 510 RRP £269.99 AFC Wimbledon Price £215.99

TomTom GO 710 RRP £299.99 AFC Wimbledon Price £239.99

TomTom GO 910 RRP £349.99 AFC Wimbledon Price £279.99

To order, either call 020 8547 3336 or e-mail here

commercial@afcwimbledon.co.uk indicating which product you would like to purchase, your shipping address and your credit card details. Once the payment has been processed, your system will be delivered within 2 days (Delivery costs £5.99).

Cherry Red

Web: here
Phone: 020 8740 4110

Cherry Red are offering a 10% discount on any CD, DVD or book bought through our on line shop until the end of March '07.

Cherry Red Records is an independent record label with an extensive catalogue that includes the original Cherry Red label, Anagram Records, Rev-Ola Records, RPM Records, Football Collectors Series, Zebra Records, Lemon recordings among others plus our books and DVD collections.

Mexifresh

Web: here
Phone: 020 8971 2100

Mexifresh would like to offer AFC Wimbledon supporters a free beer with every order. Just mention ?Dons free beer? when you place your order.

Mexifresh deliver London's best Mexican food straight to your door. The company pride themselves on using the freshest ingredients and preparing your food to order. Their delivery area is extensive and covers SW6, SW13, SW14, SW15, W4, W6, TW1, TW9, and TW10 (To order, call 020 8878 1333) and SW11, SW12, SW16, SW17, SW18, SW19 and SW20 (To order, call 020 8971 2100).

Many thanks to our corporate partners for these generous offers.


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