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Monday 31 March 2008
first team news
Last day signings

Terry Brown has been busy today bringing in the players who are intended to take the team through to the play offs and, hopefully, to promotion.

"We've not been performing recently and we needed to change that. So I've brought in some players that I've been after for a while to strengthen the squad. First, we have signed Elliott Buchanan on loan from Stevenage Borough for the rest of the season. Fans will remember Elliott as the scorer of that first minute goal against us by Northwood in the Trophy earlier this season.

"We've also signed Ben Judge, who has been released by Bromley. Ben is a very experienced player and, with Luke Garrard currently injured, we are making sure we are covered at right back. He can also do a good job at centre back if needed.

"And that isn't all. We have signed Nic McDonnell, also at Bromley, on dual registration forms and expect that he will be available to us up to and including the play offs. Fans will definitely remember Nic as the man who put us out of the play offs last year. Both Nic and Ben are nursing minor injuries but we are hoping they can play very soon, so we signed them before the deadline.

"Finally, we have signed QPR's Danny Maguire, another work experience player. Danny is a very promising central midfielder who is returning from a long term injury. When QPR are satisfied that he is back to full fitness (and he played last Saturday) then he will be made available to us.

"I've said that the players in the current squad are all playing for their places and I make no bones about bringing in players who will, I believe, see us through."


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Monday 31 March 2008
first team news
Luis returns

Terry Brown had some good news to announce to fans today.

"I am delighted to say I've received a phone message from Mark Stimson today advising me that we can take Luis Cumbers back, hopefully for the rest of the season.

"Mark has managed to sign two forwards to help in Gillingham's fight to stay in Division One. This enables Luis to come back to help in our bid to gain promotion this season. This is a terrific boost to the squad and we look forward to welcoming Luis back on Saturday. This is great news on what is the last possible day for signing any other players."


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Monday 31 March 2008
dons trust news
Play at Wembley - credit card hotline

The Dons Trust will be operating a limited-hours credit card hotline where lottery tickets for a place in the squad that will face Corinthian Casuals on 13 April can be purchased. See www.playatwembley.co.uk for further details - further opening hours will be announced over coming days on that page.




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Saturday 29 March 2008
first team news
Dons falter again

For the second home game running the Dons delivered a performance that left fans streaming out before the end of the game.

As they had against East Thurrock, the Dons took the lead when a header from Romone Rose was clawed away and Daniel Webb was on hand to slot home with his left foot after eight minutes. The equaliser came after 21 minutes when a left wing corner failed to be cleared despite two attempts and Lee Farrell forced the ball home.

After 40 minutes old boy, Lewis Tayor hit an outragous shot from wide out on the left which sailed over James Pullen and nestled in the back of the net. The Dons got back in the game after 73 minutes through a Chris Hussey penalty after a shot from Marcus Gayle had been handled.

Parity however only lasted two minutes before Dwain Clarke hit a curling shot which beat Pullen and went in off the inside of the post. As the Dons went forward in search of the equaliser the defence was left exposed and Lee Farrell added his second minutes from time.


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Friday 28 March 2008
club news
'Play at Wembley' raffle tickets for sale at Centre Court on Sunday

Raffle tickets for the lottery to win a place in the AFC Wimbledon squad that will face Corinthian-Casuals at Wembley on 13 April will be on sale at Centre Court on Sunday, from 11am.
For more information about this opportunity, visit www.playatwembley.co.uk.


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Friday 28 March 2008
first team news
Terry on Horsham

We caught up with Terry Brown earlier today to talk about tomorrow's game against Horsham.

"Saturday's game against Horsham is important to both clubs to ensure a play off position. I have recently watched Horsham at Staines on a poor night for them and having played them this season I am fully aware that they are better than they showed on that night.

"Horsham play open, expansive football and this should therefore ensure a very exciting game on Saturday. Their strengths are in midfield and we shall have to be at our best to win an important three points.

"Saturday's game gives us our first opportunity to look at our new loan signing Lewis Christon. Lewis is an aggressive, strong tackling quick centre back with first team experience at Wycombe Wanderers. Since Antony Howard left us, we need the extra cover and he can give us a bit more pace at the back.

"We are still looking for additional cover for the loss of Luis Cumbers but the good news is that Romone Rose will return to the starting line up on Saturday. Luke Garrard has not recovered from his dead leg. We are hopeful that Jake Leberl will have recovered sufficiently from his virus to be in the squad. Finally, I am very pleased to say that Andy Little is close to a full recovery and he will take his place on the bench.

"One more change is that Alfie Potter has returned to Peterborough after a month's loan where he contributed to two wins, scoring a goal in the process. He is a very talented young man who, I am sure, has an excellent career ahead of him. Our thanks and best wishes to him."


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Thursday 27 March 2008
first team news
Dons sign a centre back

Terry Brown has signed Lewis Christon, a 19 year old centre back from Wycombe Wanderers, on loan until the end of the season.

Terry said, "I am absolutely delighted to have signed Lewis. I watched him recently and he has what we want. Everyone can see that we aren't short of experience at centre back but I wanted to make sure we had speed as well. Lewis gives us this as well as being strong in the air."

Lewis added "I am delighted to be here, with the opportunity to play in front of big crowds. Obviously, I want to help to get the club promoted and I'll be giving it everything to try to make sure it happens."


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Thursday 27 March 2008
u18s news
Ryman youth game postponed

Tonight's Ryman youth league game against Croydon Athletic has been postponed as the pitch at Banstead is waterlogged.

The youth team friendly against Queens Park Rangers at Kingsmeadow does go ahead.


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Wednesday 26 March 2008
club news
Buy your Wembley tickets at Centre Court on Sunday

The club will be setting up a stand in the lower mall of Centre Court Shopping Centre on Sunday 30 March, starting at 11.00am.

So why not show your support for the club by donning your club colours and popping in to say hello?

On the day, you will be able to:

- Buy your Wembley tickets! (Cash or cheque with bank card only)

- Meet Haydon the Womble and Marcus Gayle!

- Help promote the Dons Trust membership drive!

- Sign up for upcoming Community Football Scheme courses!

If you have a couple of hours to spare to help hand out leaflets, please e-mail here.



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Wednesday 26 March 2008
club news
Reminder - tickets for Wembley

With tickets selling fast for the game between the Dons and Corinthian-Casuals, we are repeating the details of the arrangements for this game for those fans who haven't booked their places yet.

Tickets

As previously announced, all tickets for this match at Wembley on Sunday 13 April, kick off 3.00 pm, will be £20, the only concession being for under-16s, who will pay £12.

Tickets can be purchased by phoning the credit card hotline on 020 8546 9582 between the hours of 11.00 am and 1.00 pm on weekdays, or by postal application to the club address by sending the correct remittance together with full contact details. Alternatively, you can order your tickets by visiting the club's office during normal office hours.

It is Wembley's policy not to issue replacement tickets or refunds if tickets are lost in the post, and fans are therefore advised to collect tickets from Kingsmeadow. If, however, it is not possible for you to collect your tickets, and they do need to be posted to you, there will be an additional £5 charge per order to cover the costs of sending the tickets by Recorded Delivery and administration; in this case, make sure that you include the £5 in your remittance.

Mascots

The successful applicants have been notified and their names were also announced on this site a few days ago. The lucky winners get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go on the pitch at Wembley, as well as various souvenirs of the day, including their kit.

A place on the bench - 'Play at Wembley'

Details of how to enter the lottery for this fantastic opportunity were announced on this site yesterday, Tuesday 25 March - see that item for more information.


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Wednesday 26 March 2008
dons trust news
Play at Wembley - Mark Davis on Radio London at 7.45 tonight

Mark Davis, who is leading the Dons Trust fundraising group, will be interviewed on Radio London tonight to explain what you have to do to enter the draw to play for AFC Wimbledon at Wembley.

To find out more about the prize and how to enter the lottery, visit www.playatwembley.co.uk or click here.


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Wednesday 26 March 2008
youth news
Youth team friendly against Queens Park Rangers

An AFC Wimbledon youth team will be playing a friendly on Thursday night against their counterparts from Queens Park Rangers. The game will be played at Kingsmeadow and will kick off at 7.00 pm.

As well as a number of the highly promising youngsters such as Luke Pigden, Stevie Gilbert, Elliot Ransom, Aaron Snelling a number of trialists will also be playing.

Come down to see the youngsters, admission is free, and stay afterwards for a drink and see the next episode of the Nuts TV programme Football Hurts.


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Tuesday 25 March 2008
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents The Jamm

After a bit of a break, Kingsmeadow Live is back with a bang this Saturday as The Jamm, the UK's top tribute to the Jam, make their Kingsmeadow Live debut! These guys play top venues like the Half Moon, the Cavern in Liverpool and the Carling Academy in Islington so you know they have to be good.

And don't forget, the following weekend sees the return of our monthly comedy club on Friday 4 April followed by the return of The Smyths on Saturday 5 April.

We expect demand to be high for all these gigs so make sure you book tickets in advance, which you can do by calling 020 8547 3335.



More about this week's gig...

Saturday 29 March
The Jamm
With support from DJ’s spinning real deal 60’s soul, power pop and new wave with a side order of bluebeat, ska, and two-tone faves.

Doors 8.00pm, show starts 9.30pm, bar closes 1.00am
Admission: £10 (advance)/ £12 (door)

The Jamm have been delighting fans of Paul Weller's original group since '97. They have proven time and again just how powerful the music is, and the quality of The Jamm's show remains unsurpassed.

Backed by the experience of over 2000 shows, the band will take you back to a time when The Jam ruled the charts and a youth culture identified with the lyrics, energy and attitude from a band that reflected their lives.

The show includes 30+ songs packed into a "high energy" authentic performance and continues to draw in crowds old and new, young and old.

For more information, visit the Jamm's website here or Kingsmeadow Live's website
here.


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Tuesday 25 March 2008
dons trust news
Play at Wembley

The Dons Trust is delighted to announce a lottery for a place in the AFC Wimbledon squad that will face Corinthian-Casuals at Wembley on 13 April. This is a very unusual opportunity and we anticipate that demand will be high not only from AFC Wimbledon supporters but from the wider football supporting community too. To find out more about the prize and how to enter the lottery, visit www.playatwembley.co.uk or click here . Check here for further updates over coming days and weeks.


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Monday 24 March 2008
first team news
Dons' hard work brings home the points

After the bitter disappointment of Friday, a reinvigorated Wimbledon did enough to beat a relegation-threatened Carshalton Athletic with Steven Ferguson scoring both goals.

After a fairly even start the Dons went ahead after 22 minutes, when Alfie Potter crossed the ball to the far post where Ferguson met it first time and slotted it home under the impressive keeper, Richard Barnard.

Despite creating a number of very promising chances, which were either badly missed, or saved by Barnard, the Dons were unable to increase their lead and with Carshalton pressing for a badly needed equaliser the tension began to grow. However, a minute from time the home side over- committed and after a one-two Ferguson ran on to the ball and struck home to seal the victory.

Despite the result, Terry Brown was still in a subdued mood. "I have had a very miserable Easter, probably like a lot of the fans, and have spent most of the time sulking after Friday's defeat. Today's game was very similar, although we were better. Our inability to score goals cost us dearly on Friday and it could have also cost us today. I ran out of fingers counting the number of missed chances, or the number of occasions we had good possession in dangerous areas. I was very disappointed with the attacking play today and this must improve before we go into the play offs.

"We are still without a number of players such as Tony Finn, Jake Leberl, Luke Garrard, Jon Main and Romone Rose, and it will be particularly important to get Main and Rose back into action. I really need to rest my central defenders but this has not been possible. It is obvious that we need some cover in that area and I am hoping to deal with this during the week. At the moment, we are just about getting by but as will be seen from today's team, the squad is presently very stretched".


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Sunday 23 March 2008
youth news
Another Cup Final for the young Dons

Earlier today AFC Wimbledon under 14 cruised through to the final of the Surrey County Cup with a 4-1 win over Chertsey Town. Two first half goals from Alex Carver and one from Archie Chandler saw the young Dons take a well deserved 3-0 lead, with Chertsey replying from the penalty spot. A solitary goal from Charlie Bridges was scant reward for the boys' second half dominance.

The final against Gas will be played on Sunday 27 April 2008 at Chipstead F.C. k.o. 2.30pm.


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Sunday 23 March 2008
first team news
Terry on East Thurrock and fitness worries for Carshalton

We caught up with Terry Brown earlier today to talk about Friday's last minute defeat and fitness worries for Monday's game at Carshalton.

"Good Friday saw a very disappointing performance which concluded in a nightmare final five minutes. Having never played well on the day, it was still difficult to envisage us actually losing that game. I thought a lack of cutting edge up front meant that we were never able to put the game to bed and, as every football fan will tell you, if you fail to do that it will sometimes come and back and bite you.

"As I've stated previously, my intention was to rest some of the senior players for the fights that lie ahead. Unfortunately, due to sickness in the camp I am still unable to rest Jason Goodliffe. Of my other senior players, Marcus Gayle seems to have recovered from a bout of 'flu and looks to be ready for Monday whereas Jake Leberl is still sick in bed today.

"I am hopeful that Romone Rose will be available for selection on Monday. He is up from his sick bed and getting about, so I hope he will be able to play.

"Monday's game now takes on a bit more significance than I had hoped it would and we need to get back on track after two successive defeats. As always at this time of year, it is never easy playing sides who are scrapping for survival. And as the Chelmsford manager pointed out to me last week, Carshalton were one of the best footballing sides they had played over the last two months. But we will be ready and I am optimistic for a good result on the day."


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Saturday 22 March 2008
dons trust news
2008 by-election results

Results of the 2008 by-election to The Dons Trust Board were reported by the Election Steering Group to the Secretary of The Dons Trust Board after the count on 21 March 2008.

The following two candidates were successful in being elected to the Board: Aideen Rochford and Dean Parsons. They will serve alongside the existing Board members, namely: Tom Adam, Matthew Breach, David Cox, Ivor Heller, Nigel Higgs, Paul Jeater, Sean McLaughlin, Iain McNay, Erik Samuelson and Kris Stewart.

The Dons Trust board members thank all the candidates for standing. They also thank members of the Election Steering Group for their work during the course of the by-election and also Tony Nash, of the Hampton and Richmond Borough Trust, who oversaw the election count.

Finally, the Board wishes to thank outgoing Dons Trust Board member Marc Jones for his work to date on The Dons Trust Board.

A full breakdown of the election count is as follows:

Number of members eligible to vote: 1223

Number of those members who did vote: 545 (44.6%)

Votes received by each candidate:

Aideen Rochford 457 ELECTED

John Ivers 221

Dean Parsons 393 ELECTED


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Saturday 22 March 2008
reserve team news
Reserve game off

Today's reserve game at Dunstable has been snowed off.


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Friday 21 March 2008
club news
Kit vote

It's time to vote on next season's home and away kits. A panel including Terry Brown and kit manufacturers Tempest has drawn up the shortlist - have a look here and submit your votes by April 3.


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Friday 21 March 2008
first team news
Flat Dons pay the price

Despite going ahead after just seven minutes and playing against ten men for the last 15 minutes the Dons crashed to defeat by giving two goals away in the last three minutes of the game.

Alfie Potter opened the scoring when he received Michael Haswell's pass and made his way into the penalty area before unleashing a shot which managed to elude the grasp of Shane Gore and give the winger his first goal for the Dons.

After Craig Barrett was sent off for the visitors after his challenge on Jason Goodliffe the game was drifting to its conclusion when first Max Cornhill headed in from a corner and then after a defensive lapse Ben Boyce picked up the loose ball and hit a wonder shot from over 25 yards which gave James Pullen no chance and the visitors three very unexpected points.


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Friday 21 March 2008
club news
Mascot winners for Wembley

The following people have been successful in the draw to be a mascot for our friendly against Corinthian-Casuals at Wembley on 13 April:

Nicholas Bateman
Mark Bennett Jnr
Thomas Bentley
Billy Cockburn
Louie Cockle
Tom Cooper
Anthony Croucher
Benjamin Gardner
Shaun Goldfinch
Ben Goodliffe
Billy Gray
William Lonsdale
Jessica Proto
Sidonie Rogers
Rhianna Scott
Matt Shelton
James Whelan
Emma Whelan
Oscar Williamson
Daniel Wilson

The draw was made by Erik Samuelson and Clair Richardson. It was arranged so that at least six Junior Dons and six volunteers would win a place as a mascot.

Congratulations to all the successful applicants. The club will be in touch soon to explain the arrangements for the day.


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Friday 21 March 2008
club news
Wembley tickets for collection

The majority of tickets which have already been ordered will be available for collection from the complimentary tickets window at the game against East Thurrock United and, from then on, either at the club office, during office hours, or at the games against Horsham and Billericay.

Tickets for which postage has been prepaid will be mailed out after the Easter weekend.


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Thursday 20 March 2008
dons trust news
Dons Trust Election

The deadline for using Royal Mail to post your ballot paper has now passed (Good Friday is of course a public holiday).

However, the opportunity to cast your vote is still available. Please bring your completed voting form to the East Thurrock United match at The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow on Friday 21 March and cast your vote in the polling box which will be in the Main Bar before the game and afterwards until 5.30pm. (We regret that it is not possible to issue replacements for lost/mislaid or missing voting forms.)




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Thursday 20 March 2008
first team news
Terry on the weekend's games

With midweek training sessions being held earlier than normal, thanks to a Good Friday fixture, Terry Brown is satisfied that the team is ready for a weekend where they aim to pick up the pieces after last Saturday's defeat at Chelmsford.

"The boys have trained very hard this week after what was a very disappointing weekend result. Although it is still mathematically possible for us to win the title, I feel we need to be realistic and focus our attention on gaining second position which, of course, would enable us to play two home games, if we are fortunate enough to win the first one.

"I think it is important that we gear ourselves to a nine match challenge. Therefore I will be focusing my team selection in the belief that we will be playing at home on a good playing surface against whichever clubs succeed over the last six weeks of the season and get into the play offs. Assuming we get into the play offs, it is almost impossible to pick which three out of any eight or nine will be there with us.

"I had the opportunity to look at two of our main rivals in midweek and it is true to say that Staines impressed me more than Horsham on the day. Our chief scout, Lionel Meade, will also be given the task of trying to track down which teams are the most likely to be in the play offs - we are looking to get as much information as soon as possible about any likely opponents.

"As I said earlier in the week, subject to injuries, the sides I choose over the Easter weekend period will give every player in my squad an opportunity to stake a claim. I am able to put a good case for selection for every member of my squad but it is sometimes not about the best individual players, but more about the best and most cohesive team for what I believe and hope will be two home games.

"Unfortunately for us, Luis Cumbers has been recalled to assist in the battles that lie ahead for Gillingham. I'd personally like to thank Mark Stimson for allowing us the loan of such a very talented young man. I am sure he will do well for Gillingham and Mark has kindly said that if there is an opportunity for him to join us for the play offs he will look at it. So, if Gillingham's fortunes do pick up, we may still be able to take advantage of his abilities again this season.

"On the injury front, we only have the two long term injuries of Jon Main and Andy Little. Unfortunately for us, the virus that we keep getting has now affected Romone Rose and Jake Leberl. Apart from that, we have everybody fit and available for selection. Over the next two games it gives me a real opportunity to look at Alfie Potter and this gives him a chance to show us what he is capable of.

"East Thurrock are one of several sides who are near at the bottom of the table, yet have accumulated some excellent results, including a recent away win at Hornchurch and of course an early season win against us. We know that both games over the weekend will be played against highly motivated sides scrapping for survival. Our players, on the other hand, are fully aware that they are fighting for their places in the team, not just for this year but for next year too. I therefore expect us to maintain our recent form during the next seven games, while always having an eye on resting one or two senior players for the play offs.

"On Monday we go to Carshalton knowing that Hayden's team are not only fighting for their lives but, on their day, are one of the best footballing sides in the Ryman League. Depending on the surface at Carshalton I am sure that this will be an exciting encounter."


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Tuesday 18 March 2008
youth news
Under 19 match postponed

Tomorrow's under 19 game against Wycombe Wanderers has been postponed.


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Tuesday 18 March 2008
club news
Follow the Dons to Centre Court Shopping Centre!

The club will be setting up a stand in the lower mall of Centre Court Shopping Centre on Sunday 30 March, starting at 11.00am.

So why not show your support for the club by donning your club colours and popping in to say hello?

On the day, you will be able to:

- Buy your Wembley tickets! (Cash or cheque with bank card only)

- Meet Haydon the Womble and Marcus Gayle!

- Help promote the Dons Trust membership drive!

- Sign up for upcoming Community Football Scheme courses!

If you have a couple of hours to spare to help hand out leaflets, please e-mail here.



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Tuesday 18 March 2008
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents The Jamm!

After a busy weekend, we need a bit of a break so our next gig is not until Saturday 29 March. But it is a big one, possibly one of our biggest yet, as The Jamm, the UK's top tribute to the Jam, make their Kingsmeadow Live debut. These guys play top venues like the Half Moon, the Cavern in Liverpool and the Carling Academy in Islington, so you know they have to be good. We expect demand to be high so make sure you book tickets in advance, which you can do by calling 020 8547 3335.

More about the gig...

Saturday 29 March
The Jamm
With support from DJ’s spinning real deal 60’s soul, power pop and new wave with a side order of bluebeat, ska, and two-tone faves.

Doors 8.00pm, show starts 9.30pm, bar closes 1.00am
Admission: £10 (advance)/ £12 (door)

The Jamm have been delighting fans of Paul Weller's original group since '97. They have proven time and again just how powerful the music is, and the quality of The Jamm's show remains unsurpassed.

Backed by the experience of over 2000 shows, the band will take you back to a time when The Jam ruled the charts and a youth culture identified with the lyrics, energy and attitude from a band that reflected their lives.

The show includes 30+ songs packed into a "high energy" authentic performance and continues to draw in crowds old and new, young and old.

For more information, visit the Jamm's website here or Kingsmeadow Live's website
here.


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Monday 17 March 2008
first team news
Terry looks back to Chelmsford and forward to East Thurrock

Terry Brown was putting the weekend behind him and looking forward to the run in to the end of the season, when we spoke to him earlier this morning.

"After a very disappointing weekend I can now hopefully reflect back on a very important game for the club. My first reaction is that the better side won. I thought they created the better chances and although lessons can be learned from every defeat my role now is to ensure we finish in second position and plan accordingly for two home games to see us through to promotion.

"This is not the scenario I had envisaged at the start of the season. However, it is important that we remain positive and focused on the task ahead. The next seven games will allow me to finalise our starting eleven for the play offs, in the knowledge that if we have accrued enough points we will be playing them at Kingsmeadow. I need to try two or three different combinations, especially taking into account the recent arrivals of Potter, Cumbers and Rose, to ensure I can finalise our strongest starting line up come April.

"Subject to injuries, the sides I choose over the Easter weekend period will give every player in my squad an opportunity to stake a claim. I am able to put a good case for selection for every member of my squad but it is sometimes not about the best individual players, but more about the best and most cohesive team for what I believe and hope will be two home games."


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Sunday 16 March 2008
first team news
Dons’ dreams dashed by Chelmsford

Although mathematically possible to catch Chelmsford, the defeat at Melbourne Park has virtually given the championship to Chelmsford. After a first half in which Andy Duncan had given the home team a lead after 25 minutes with a powerful header from a corner, the game came to life in the second half as the lead switched hands twice, the bookings count increased, and the result was in doubt to the final whistle.

The Dons got back into the game at the start of the second half when Steven Ferguson’s long throw was knocked into his own goal by Steve Clark. Another ball into the box led to a penalty for Wimbledon on 79 minutes when a Chelmsford defender handled the ball, and Luke Garrard stepped up to score with a well-taken penalty. However, the Dons were unable to retain that lead for more than two minutes when, at the other end of the pitch, the home team were also awarded a penalty and Ricky Holmes was equally assured in despatching the ball.

Into the last five minutes of the game, Chelmsford sensed victory and a well-worked move resulted in Bertie Brayley scoring from close range after a cross to the far post had been headed back into his path in the six-yard box. Despite throwing everything at Chelmsford, the equaliser failed to materialise.

A downcast Terry Brown said, “As a manager I am bitterly disappointed with the result. However, I must congratulate Chelmsford, who have now beaten us home and away, and should they go on to win the title they thoroughly deserve it.

“Defensively we were very poor today. We conceded three goals and it could have been more. No team can go to the champions elect and score four goals to win the game. Next week will be very important for us; we need to lick our wounds and make sure we bounce back over the Easter weekend with the two games we will be playing. We now need to make sure of second position and, over the remaining games, I need to get a settled side. Having said that, I have a number of new players and must decide on the best way to utilise them over the next three games so that when we go into the play-offs, we must do so in a positive mood”.



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Friday 14 March 2008
dons trust news
Dons Draw results for March

The March Dons Draw took place this morning at Kingsmeadow.

Winning numbers were drawn in the presence of Erik Samuelson (Dons Trust board member), Neil Messenbird (the Dons Draw Treasurer) and Commercial manager Keith McGuiness.

The winning ticket numbers and prizes were as follows:

First prize of £1,000 - ticket 0273 – Claire Henderson from SW20

Second prize of £480 - ticket 2792 – Martin Ware from Dartford

Third prize of £150 - ticket 1363 – John Darcy from Sutton

Congratulations to all three prize winners. This is the first win for all three.

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

The first prize is now £1,000 so if you want a chance of winning next month’s jackpot but still haven’t entered, or if you have already entered the draw but would like to increase your chances of winning by taking a few more numbers, then why not enter now?

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

The deadline for new entrants to the April 2008 Dons Draw is 8.00pm on Friday 31 March.

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


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Friday 14 March 2008
dons trust news
Anti-franchising T-shirt offer

Cod Almighty, the Grimsby Town Fanzine, has designed an anti-franchising t-shirt and have asked us to draw it to the attention of our fans. We expect that many Grimsby fans will be wearing it at Wembley when they play there on Sunday 30 March, making a strong statement to all football fans about their opposition to franchising.

Cod Almighty has kindly decided that, for every sale, £1 will be donated to the Dons Trust and £1 to the Grimsby Town Supporters Trust for every shirt that is sold, Details can be found and t-shirts purchased here.


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Friday 14 March 2008
club news
Last call for Chelmsford coach

If you want to book one of the remaining seats on our second Chelmsford coach then you can still do so by visiting or phoning the office (020 8547 3528) today before 4.00 pm.

Departure times are from the Woodman at 11.30 am and Kingsmeadow at noon. Prices are £13 for adults and £9 for concessions.


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Friday 14 March 2008
first team news
Terry on Chelmsford and player moves

Terry Brown was in a very positive mood before tomorrow's top-of-the-table clash at Chelmsford.

"We are obviously looking forward to Saturday's game which is, in effect, the most important game of the season. You can look at it in two ways and say that the pressure is on them, or on us, whichever way you care to see it.

"From our point of view it is a game that we are going all out to win and, knowing Jeff, I don't think he will be interested in a draw. I wouldn't think there will be too many goals in it as the sides are evenly matched. We will play without any fear, with the knowledge that we will put them under real pressure by winning.

"We have got more or less a full squad to choose from with the exception of Jon Main and Andy Little, and we go into the final run in of the season in good form with a very strong squad.

"There are some difficult selection decisions for Saturday's game and it is a nice position to be in, with several first team players declaring themselves fit and available for selection. We are not going to announce the team until 1.30 pm on Saturday and, of course, there may be a shock or two in the selection for Jeff to worry about.

"With reference to players, now that we have nearly everybody back fit, we have been able to allow Mark De Bolla and Karl Beckford to get some games under their belts. Both players have moved on loan to Bromley and we wish them the best of luck there. This still leaves us with a healthy-sized squad of players, including Luke Pigden, who signed a contract with us last week.

"We are delighted to have signed Luke, who is one of the most talented youngsters that has come through our youth section. Luke scored on his debut this year and I will have no hesitation in using him in the run-in if necessary. I am also delighted to say that we have signed James Pullen on a contract until the end of next season, subject to some tidying up of the paperwork. James had done exceptionally well for us and when Andy Little is fit again we will have two quality goalkeepers.

"The weekend also sees the departure of Antony Howard. Antony has been a great servant to the club and obviously everybody at the club wishes him the best of luck in his new career.

"I believe we will be taking a good travelling support tomorrow and the players will be determined to keep this season's championship hopes alive. It will certainly make for a very interesting last five weeks if we can come away with a win on Saturday."


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Thursday 13 March 2008
dons trust news
Leave your by-election vote at the open meeting night

The open meeting at The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow tonight, 13 March, gives a convenient opportunity to deliver your vote in the by-election for places on the Board of The Dons Trust.

If you want to leave your vote, please bring your completed ballot paper on Thursday evening and hand it to one of the speakers.


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Thursday 13 March 2008
club news
Open meeting tonight

Don't forget that an AFC Wimbledon open meeting takes place at Kingsmeadow tonight, starting at 7.30 pm, to discuss the planned stadium extension and ticket prices, plus updates on finances, youth and community, and commercial.

If you can't attend but want to raise a question, you can do so by emailing Ivor Heller or Nigel Higgs at any time before (or during) the meeting. Their email addresses are here for Nigel and here for Ivor.

The responses will be published as part of the notes of the meeting.


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Thursday 13 March 2008
club news
Roy Capell

The funeral of Roy Capell will take place on Friday 14 March.

The church service will commence at 12.00 at the Sacred Heart Church, Edge Hill, Wimbledon, SW19 4LU.

The burial will take place at 1.20 pm at the Sutton and Merton Cemetery, Garth Road, Morden, and all are welcome to return to Kingsmeadow afterwards.

Flowers and donations to Fredk W. Paine, 6 Coombe Lane, Raynes Park, SW20 8ND, Tel No 020 8946 1974.

All donations are going to the Kingston Hospital Cancer Unit Appeal.




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Wednesday 12 March 2008
club news
Mascot package for Wembley

We have received a large number of enquiries about the mascot package for the game at Wembley and can confirm the package consists of two adult and one child ticket, an AFC Wimbledon kit, signed football and photograph.

There are 20 mascot packages available at £120 each. There will be one child per mascot deal, and the minimum age for a mascot is seven. Six places will be reserved for the children of volunteers, and six for the Junior Dons, and the remainder will be generally available.

If more applications are received than there are places available, a ballot will take place. Applications should be made by e-mail to info@afcwimbledon.co.uk or by post to the club address. All applications must be received by 4.00 pm on Wednesday 19 March at the latest.



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Wednesday 12 March 2008
club news
Arrangements for Chelmsford game

The game against Chelmsford City on Saturday 15 March is not all ticket.

We have been informed that our fans will be allocated the stand along the side the pitch which is expected to hold 1100 supporters. Chelmsford will try and be as flexible as possible on the day of the game to ensure there will be sufficient room for our supporters but that will be governed by the size of the crowd. We recommend that supporters arrive at the ground as early as possible.

Ground admission is Adults £9, OAPs and Students £6 and Under 16's £3. Main stand is Adults £10, OAPs £7 and Under 16's £4.

There will be no bar facilities available in the ground for our fans although there will be food outlets.

We have been asked to advise our fans to park sensibly and not to park across the drives of local residents.


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Wednesday 12 March 2008
club news
AFCW PLC accounts for the six months to 31 December 2007

The summarised accounts and a brief commentary are now available here.

They will be one of the topics for discussion at the Open Meeting at Kingsmeadow at 7.30 pm on Thursday night.

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



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Wednesday 12 March 2008
club news
One game off and one game on

This afternoon's under 19 game against Woking has been postponed.

After an early pitch inspection tonight's reserve game against Tonbridge Angels will go ahead provided there is no heavy rain today.


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Wednesday 12 March 2008
club news
Second coach to Wembley

The first coach for the game at Wembley on 13 April against Corinthian-Casuals is almost full and a second coach will be taken. The price will be £10 and bookings can be made by visiting the office or calling 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays.

Tickets will also be on sale at the complimentary tickets window before and after the game against East Thurrock United on 21 March.

The pick-up times will be 12 noon from the Woodman pub and 12.30 from Kingsmeadow.


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Wednesday 12 March 2008
club news
Send your questions for the open meeting on Thursday night

This is a reminder that the open meeting at The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow, on Thursday 13 March, will start at 7.30 pm.

Anyone who can't attend but wants to raise a question at the meeting can do so by emailing Ivor Heller or Nigel Higgs at any time before (or during) the meeting. Their email addresses are here for Nigel and here for Ivor.

The responses will be published as part of the notes of the meeting.

The purposes of the meeting are:

. To present the proposed improvements to the stadium this summer and explain the plans for the longer term

. To discuss our proposals for raising the money to pay for the improvements

. To answer questions on the financial results for the first six months of the financial year

. To discuss our ideas for matchday and season ticket pricing for next season

. To update you on key areas of the club, including commercial activities and our youth development

. To discuss any issues that fans wish to raise


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Tuesday 11 March 2008
club news
Second fans' coach going to Chelmsford

Having filled one fans' coach, we are running a second one to the crucial league game at Chelmsford this Saturday.

You can book your place by visiting the office or calling 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays.

The coach will leave The Woodman pub at 11.30 am and The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium - Kngsnmeadow, at noon. As usual, adult tickets are £13 and concessions £9.


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Tuesday 11 March 2008
dons trust news
Election update - candidates' answers to WISA questionnaire now available

Every Dons Trust election, WISA ask all the candidates the same questions and then publish their answers.

The questions and the candidates' answers are now available here.


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Tuesday 11 March 2008
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents The Jamm

After a busy weekend, we need a bit of a break so our next gig is not until Saturday 29 March. But it is a big one, possibly one of our biggest yet, as The Jamm, the UK's top tribute to the Jam, make their Kingsmeadow Live debut. These guys play top venues like the Half Moon, the Cavern in Liverpool and the Carling Academy in Islington, so you know they have to be good. We expect demand to be high so make sure you book tickets in advance, which you can do by calling 020 8547 3335.

More about the gig...

Saturday 29 March
The Jamm
With support from DJ’s spinning real deal 60’s soul, power pop and new wave with a side order of bluebeat, ska, and two-tone faves.

Doors 8.00pm, show starts 9.30pm, bar closes 1.00am
Admission: £10 (advance)/ £12 (door)

The Jamm have been delighting fans of Paul Weller's original group since '97. They have proven time and again just how powerful the music is, and the quality of The Jamm's show remains unsurpassed.

Backed by the experience of over 2000 shows, the band will take you back to a time when The Jam ruled the charts and a youth culture identified with the lyrics, energy and attitude from a band that reflected their lives.

The show includes 30+ songs packed into a "high energy" authentic performance and continues to draw in crowds old and new, young and old.

For more information, visit the Jamm's website here or Kingsmeadow Live's website
here.


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Sunday 09 March 2008
youth news
Two boys' youth teams through to Surrey County Cup final

Earlier today our U11 and U13 teams both progressed to the final of the Surrey County Cup.

The U11 won through with a 5-1 defeat of Melwood Youth with two goals for Daniel Haines and one apiece for Patrick Roberts, Denis Mochan and Jordan Gallagher.

The U13 defeated Battlebridge Club 3-0 with a hat-trick for striker Rhys Watson.

Well played boys!


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Sunday 09 March 2008
club news
Coach tickets for Chelmsford still available

Tickets are still available for the fans' coach to the Chelmsford game next Saturday.

You can book your place by visiting the office or calling 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays.

The coach will leave The Woodman pub at 11.30 am and The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium - Kngsnmeadow, at noon. As usual, adult tickets are £13 and concessions £9.


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Saturday 08 March 2008
first team news
Awayday joy for the Dons

The Dons maintained their pursuit of leaders Chelmsford City, and although their rivals did not drop any points, the Dons did extend their lead over the chasing pack with a 2 - 0 victory.

In difficult conditions, two first half goals were enough to seal their third victory of the season over Hendon. Wimbledon got off to the start they wanted when on just eight minutes they were awarded a penalty after Daniel Webb's shot was blocked by a Hendon defender and Chris Hussey stepped up to send the goalkeeper, Luke Blackmore, the wrong way. After 38 minutes the Dons added their second when nimble footwork allowed Webb to cross from the left, and Romone Rose climbed to plant his header in the corner of the net.

The second half failed to repeat the excitement of the first, and with Hendon having more of the game as they tried to claw back the deficit, they hit the post and had the resulting shot cleared off the line, as well as a couple of other chances well saved by James Pullen.

Terry Brown was relieved to have collected all three points. "Hendon is a very difficult place to come and on another Saturday with a poor playing surface and a swirling wind, it was important to grind out the victory. Credit to Hendon who tried to play football in the conditions. With the wind and slope advantage, we wanted to be one or two goals to the good at the half time point and that proved to be the case. I thought that we should have had another penalty in the first half, when Daniel Webb was impeded.

"The second goal was very pleasing as both Webb and Romone Rose combined very well. I was very pleased with Romone, who showed energy, pace and commitment, and I wish we had had some of that in the first half of the season. Romone makes a real difference and he gives us the option of getting behind defences. Defensively I thought we rode our luck in the second half, but this was always going to be the case with the opposition chasing the game. I am pleased that we kept a clean sheet and we go into the Chelmsford game next week still in the hunt for the automatic promotion place, and being able to exert real pressure on them if we win the three points".


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Saturday 08 March 2008
dons trust news
Voting for the Dons Trust by-election

Voting packs for the by-election to fill two vacancies on the Board of The Dons Trust have been posted to members. Manifestos from the candidates are included and are also available here.

Voting forms should be returned in the envelope provided in good time to beat the deadline of 17.30 on Friday 21 March. Please remember that 21 March is Good Friday so, if you are mailing your vote, allow an extra day or so to ensure your vote arrives on time.


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Friday 07 March 2008
club news
Arrangements for the Hendon game

We have received the following information about Saturday's game against Hendon.

Arrangements are much the same as in previous years. The regular bar will be open for home supporters, whilst the larger back bar will be opened up for the use of visiting supporters. Turnstiles will be open as normal at the clubhouse end of the ground, and supporters are asked not to leave it until the last minute to enter the ground to avoid congestion. Also, to help speed up the entry process it would be helpful if supporters could carry the correct money. Admission prices are as normal, £8.00 for adults and £4.00 for concessions with no additional charge for seats in the stand. Latecomers will be admitted via the turnstiles only. No money will be taken after kick-off on the members gate.

Supporters travelling by public transport are also asked to note that First Capital Connect trains are not stopping at Cricklewood on Saturday, whilst there is no Northern Line service between Camden Town and Golders Green. Supporters are advised to use the Jubilee Line to West Hampstead, where they can catch a C11 bus to the ground, or Jubilee Line to Kilburn, where they can catch a 189 bus which also goes past the ground. Both the C11 and 189 are scheduled to operate at least every 10 minutes.



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Friday 07 March 2008
first team news
Terry looks forward to Hendon

Terry Brown was in an upbeat mood at the prospect of several players becoming available again after injury.

"We are entering probably the most crucial stage of the season with two away games that will probably determine where the championship ends up. We really need to win both games againt Hendon and Chelmsford to give ourselves a realistic chance of catching Chelmsford.

"Saturday's game against Hendon will also be an important one as far as Hendon are concerned. They look to be coming through the poor spell they suffered over Christmas and the New Year - a fine win against Horsham last Saturday will see them come into the game with realistic ambitions of maintaining a play off spot.

"We go there knowing we will have to play considerably better than our last away visit to Heybridge, but we are in a determined mood with a number of first team regulars coming back into contention after, in some cases, lengthy injuries. We are hopeful that Daniel Webb, Mickey Haswell and Jake Leberl will have come through training this week and be fit and available for selection."


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Thursday 06 March 2008
club news
Open meeting on Thursday 13 March

There will be an open meeting at The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow, on Thursday 13 March, starting at 7.30 pm.

The purposes of the meeting are:

. To present the proposed improvements to the stadium this summer and the plans for the longer term

. To discuss our proposals for raising the money to pay for the improvements

. To answer questions on the financial results for the first six months of the financial year

. To discuss our ideas for matchday and season ticket pricing for next season

. To discuss any issues that fans wish to raise


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Thursday 06 March 2008
dons trust news
Dons Trust Board meeting - 3 March 2008

At its regular monthly meeting the Board discussed:

with the help of Dave Boyle of Supporters Direct, how to take forward the second phase of the plan to define the restricted actions that can only be taken if they are given specific, special approval by super majorities of the Trust.

the management accounts of AFCW PLC for the six months to 31 December 2007.

the latest position on the perimeter lease and the financing of the first phase of the redevelopment of the Kingsmeadow stadium.

the celebration dinner at the Cafe Royal and the need to put in place a systematic annual plan for fund raising.

The Board also thanked Marc Jones for all he had done for trust and club during his second tour of duty and noted with pleasure that three candidates had come forward to contest the by-election.

The minutes of this meeting will be placed on the Trust pages of this site when they have been approved by the Board.


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Wednesday 05 March 2008
club news
Few tables left for Cafe Royal dinner

There are only a few tables left for the FA Cup 20th Anniversary dinner being held at the Café Royal on Saturday 17 May.

Several members of the 1988 squad have confirmed their attendance, including Alan Cork, Lawrie Sanchez, Dave Beasant and John Scales, and most of the current first team squad will also be present.

Tables of ten cost £900. We are also working on a discount rate for a city centre hotel especially for the evening.

To reserve your place, call the commercial office on 020 8547 3336.



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Tuesday 04 March 2008
club news
Ticket arrangements for the game against Carshalton

Although the game at Carshalton Athletic on Easter Monday, 24 March will not be all ticket, Carshalton will, as they did last season, be selling tickets in advance to reduce the queues at the turnstiles.

Prices are £9.00 for adults and £4.50 for concessions. Postal applications to the War Memorial Sports Ground, Colston Avenue, Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 2PW should be accompanied by a cheque and a SAE and should be received by no later than Monday 17 March.

For personal applications, their offices will be open between 10.00 am and 1.00 pm and 5.00 pm and 7.00 pm on Monday 10, Wednesday 12, Friday 14, Monday 17 and Wednesday 19 March.



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Tuesday 04 March 2008
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents Skaville UK this Saturday!

Skaville UK make their Kingsmeadow Live debut on Saturday 8 March. Skaville UK must be one of the most high profile acts on the ska circuit, featuring members of Bad Manners and Selecter, not to mention their 2 special guests for the night. See below for more details.

To book tickets, call the Kingsmeadow Live booking line on 020 8547 3335.



Saturday 8 March
Skaville UK
With special guests Rhoda Dakar & Jennie Bellestar

Also featuring DJ's spinning bluebeat, ska, two-tone faves with a side order of real deal 60's soul, power pop and new wave.

Doors 8.00pm, show starts 9.30pm, bar closes 1.00am
Admission: £10 (advance)/£12 (door)

Skaville UK are now recording their second Album in a year. The first, “1973”, is the current Top selling Album on Moon Ska Label. None less then the UK's biggest selling newspaper, The Sun, gave SKAVILLE UK a rave review from this years Guilfest, even bigging up the bands soon to be released “She's Mad About The Eighties” single. The band boasts 2 Grammy winners in Nick Welsh and Al Fletcher who both won Grammy's for their work on the Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry album ’Jamaican ET‚.
Skaville UK are:

Nick Welsh (vocals/bass)
Nick has written, played and produced with artists like Bad Manners, Busters Allstars, The Selecter, Selecter Acoustic, Prince Buster, Dave Barker, King Hammond, Laurel Aitken, Judge Dread, Rico Rodriguez and most recently Rhoda Dakar.

Martin Stewart (Keyboards)
Original guitarist in Bad Manners (voted channel four's 1980's best selling band), co-wrote (along with Martin) all the bands biggest hits including “Lip Up Fatty”, “Special Brew”, “Lorraine”, “Walking in the Sunshine” and “Just a Feeling”.

Louis Alphonso (vocals/guitar)
Original Keyboardist in Bad Manners. He was the featured instrument on the band's biggest hit “Can Can”, which he performed in front of the Pope at the San Remo festival in 1981.

Al Fletcher (drums)
He has also drummed for Laurel Aitken, Dave Barker, and for Two Tone Collective a Ska super group featuring members of The Specials, The Beat and The Selecter.

And their special guests for the night...

Rhoda Dakar
Rhoda Dakar began her career with the 2 Tone movement, as lead vocalist with all-female band the Bodysnatchers. Their first single, Do Rocksteady, b/w Ruder Than You, written by Rhoda and Gaz Rockin Blues Mayall, took them into the charts and onto Top of the Pops.
She went on to guest with the Specials, both live and on record. The Boiler, a tale of date ****, much played by John Peel, was recorded with a version of the Special AKA. A later incarnation recorded the In The Studio album, from which came the acclaimed single Free Nelson Mandela.

Jennie Bellestar
Jennie Matthias was the lead singer in the 1980’s all girl group ‘THE BELLESTARS' which derived from the all girl SKA group ‘THE BODYSNATCHERS’ they enjoyed great chart success with 'Sign Of The Times' 'Sweet Memory' 'The Clapping Song' and 'Iko Iko' during her success with the band she also sang with Paul Weller on 'The Bitterest Pill’ a number 2 hit in 1982 for The Jam.
Throughout the 1980’s Jennie toured with The Clash, The Police, The Alarm, Elvis Costello and Madness and traveled all over Europe, Japan and The USA.

For more information, visit www.skaville.co.uk




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Tuesday 04 March 2008
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow returns this Friday!

Comedy@Kingsmeadow, our monthly comedy club, returns on Friday 7 March and is headlined by Otiz Cannelloni, the 'Master of Mirth and Minimalist Magic' according to Time Out. Tim Vine popped by unannounced last time, so you never know who will turn up for the next show. We are very glad to say that award- winning celebrity chef Garfield (wait until you see him on Ready, Steady, Cook!) has agreed to serve up his fantastic Caribbean food again, making this a night that is not to be missed!

To book tickets, call our booking line on 020 8547 3335.



More about the show…

Friday 7 March
COMEDY@KINGSMEADOW presents….
Otiz Cannelloni, Mark Felgate and Scott Denyer
Doors open 8.00pm/ comedy starts 9.00pm/ bar closes Midnight
Admission: £12 (includes comedy and dinner)

Otiz Cannelloni (Closing act)
Otiz Cannelloni combines the illusion of magic and the logic of stand up to produce a hybrid comic creation. With a mind more suited to testing crash helmets, his performance fluctuates between sheer genius and downright stupidity. Just when you suspect he doesn’t have a clue, Cannelloni removes all doubt.
When this man is on stage the dressing room empties, as the rest of the comics rush to watch and learn from his mistakes. It’s taken years of practice to make something so simple look so difficult.
“Master of Mirth and Minimalist Magic …Delightful.” Time Out
“A magical Wag. Bewitching.” Guardian
“Sheer hilarity that clearly no one wanted to see end.” The Stage

Mark Felgate (Opening act)
Mark Felgate is a man with unique talents. His startling abilities as a ventriloquist combined with a wicked sense of humour have helped Mark move quickly up the ladder of stand up comedy. Although he first honed his skills as a ventriloquist performing at children's parties from the age of 12, he began his stand up comedy career in 1996. In that short time, Mark has garnered awards and much praise for his unique and hilarious performances.
Performing without a dummy, Mark 'throws' his voice to create side-splitting routines on freaking out drunks and pallbearers or the vagaries of censorship. His performances include a slew of silly voices, noises and vocal acrobatics.
"...right on the funny bone and his voice throwing talents are very original" The Stage
"He's a good mix of stand-up, silly voices, noises and verbal acrobatics" Time Out

Scott Denyer (Compere)
There's nothing surreal about Scott's act. He tells gags. And stories. With gags.
Subjects range from how to get off-stage when you shouldn't be there, incorporating Shakespeare into your love-life, and the difficulties of coping with an American girlfriend and her family.
As a new act, he won the Bracknell Comedy Festival New Act Competition, was runner-up in the Aardvark Act Of The Year Show, a finalist in the Paramount Gift Of The Gag, and has also won the Comedy Café New Act Night
"Excellent. Just got better and better. You get the impression that he could have carried on all night. Great stuff." Grinreaper.co.uk


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Monday 03 March 2008
club news
Reminder of arrangements for the Corinthian-Casuals game - including mascots

At the request of a number of fans, we are repeating the details of the arrangments for this game.

Tickets

As previously announced, all tickets for this match at Wembley on Sunday 13 April, kick off 3.00 pm, will be £20, the only concession being for under-16s, who will pay £12.

Tickets will go on sale from today, and can be purchased by phoning the credit card hotline on 020 8546 9582 between the hours of 11.00 am and 1.00 pm, or by postal application to the club address by sending the correct remittance together with full contact details. Alternatively, you can order your tickets by visiting the club office during normal office hours.

It is Wembley's policy not to issue replacement tickets or refunds if tickets are lost in the post, and fans are therefore advised to collect tickets from Kingsmeadow once an announcement has been made about collection arrangements. If, however, it is not possible for you to collect your tickets, and they do need to be posted to you, there will be an additional £5 charge per order to cover the costs of sending the tickets by Recorded Delivery and administration; in this case, make sure that you include the £5 in your remittance.

Mascots

Both clubs have agreed that each player will be accompanied by a mascot, and for the Dons there will be 20 mascot packages available at £120 each. There will be one child per mascot deal, and the minimum age for a mascot is seven. Six places will be reserved for the children of volunteers, and six for the Junior Dons, and the remainder will be generally available.

If more applications are received than there are places available, a ballot will take place. Applications should be made by e-mail to info@afcwimbledon.co.uk or by post to the club address. All applications must be received by 4.00 pm on Wednesday 19 March at the latest.

A place on the bench

A further announcement about a raffle for this will be made in due course.


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Sunday 02 March 2008
dons trust news
Raffle and loose change collection yesterday

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the loose change collection yesterday, especially to the volunteers who gave their time to rattle buckets at the turnstiles. The collection raised £438 for Dons Trust funds.

The raffle for Frankie's match shirt raised £267 for the Dons Trust funds. The winning ticket was Blue 692 and the prize was claimed by Ms Carol King.


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Saturday 01 March 2008
club news
Dons win puts heat back on leaders

The Dons run of good form continued as they convincingly defeated Hastings United 4-0 to maintain their chase of Chelmsford City.

Following a slow start the Dons took the lead after 20 minutes when Sam Hatton unleashed a thunderbolt of a free kick from almost 25 yards which gave Worgan no chance. While the first goal was all about power the second had a much lighter touch as Hatton carressed a free kick to the near post and Robin Shroot guided the ball home.

The visitors were unlucky not to reduce the deficit when in a short space of time they twice hit the bar with the ball rebounding back into play on each occasion. However, a further two goals in the space of three minutes for the Dons finished the game as a contest. First a corner was swung over and after a back header, the ball balooned up in the air towards the goal and although Worgan got his hands to it the linesman signalled the ball was over the line. Then Steven Ferguson, who had been on the pitch for only three minutes, headed home at the near post after a move involving Alfie Potter and Chris Hussey, who supplied the cross.

Terry Brown was very pleased with the result. "It was always going to be difficult to put on a polished performance on a rock hard pitch in blustery conditions. We put out a footballing side without the likes of Luke Garrard, Daniel Webb and Luis Cumbers and it was very nice to win 4-0. I thought Romone Rose worked hard up front and created space for others to utilise.

"Sam Hatton is coming into his own not only by scoring goals but winning his battles in midfield and controlling that area of the pitch. The surface made it difficult for our flair players like Robin Shroot, Rob Quinn and Alfie Potter to run with the ball. I thought Alfie looked a little nervous early on but came into the game as it went on and put in some telling crosses.

"I thought we were a bit fortunate in scoring a goal that looked a little dubious and enjoyed a bit more luck when they twice hit the woodwork but I am pleased that James Pullen kept a clean sheet. Finally, it was a nice farewell for Frankie to end his home career on a high note".


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Saturday 01 March 2008
first team news
Frankie's last home game

We have learnt this morning that today's game against Hastings United will be Antony Howard's last home game before he leaves for America. To mark the occasion there will be a ceremony after the game on the pitch.


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Saturday 01 March 2008
club news
Reserve your Wembley tickets

Applications for tickets for our friendly game against Corinthian-Casuals at Wembley on Sunday 13 April can be left at the complimentary tickets window before and after today's game against Hastings United.

Tickets are £20, with reduced rates of £12 for under 16s - there are no other concessionary prices. Tickets will be available for collection from our next home game (Frida 21 March) onwards. Please include contact details in your application.

Please note that because Wembley will not replace tickets, we will not be posting them. If there is no other way for you to receive the tickets then please add £5 to cover the cost of sending them by registered post and make it clear on your application that this is your wish.


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