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Tuesday 31 March 2009
first team news
Rocky Baptiste joins the Dons

Terry Brown has signed Rocky Baptiste to add extra strength to his squad for the run in to the end of the season. When we spoke to him a few minutes ago, shortly after the paperwork had been finalised and sent to the Conference, we asked him why he was signing another striker at this late stage of the season.

"Although I was very pleased with Kezie Ibe's first start for us, there is a strong possibility that Ebbsfleet will need to call him back, which they are entitled to do after our game on Good Friday. We therefore took the decision to sign additional cover. In the perfect world we would be able to keep Danny and Jon fit and available for our last five games - and as this season will testify for us, an injury can crop up at any time.

"I specifically targeted players who are experienced and could come straight in and deal with a cup final atmosphere - in other words players with experience and a big match temperament. Rocky ticks all of those boxes. Rocky is a players that I managed when he was a young lad. He then left Hayes and moved on to Luton Town where he played under Ricky Hill

"Since then, Rocky has experience playing in several top non-league sides with memorable cup games against Swansea and Arsenal, where he scored in both games, and also played a big part in Havant's cup run last year, culminating in their splendid game at Anfield.

"This season has not been one of Rocky's best. However, I am hoping that coming to play at such an exciting time for our season will no doubt bring the best out of him. Rocky will get a run out for the reserves on Thursday."


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Tuesday 31 March 2009
club news
Basingstoke and St Albans Terrace Tickets

Following the launch of our online ticket shop last week we are pleased to now make available terrace tickets for our final two home games of the season.

Whilst these games are not all-ticket we are expecting large attendances and we urge fans to buy tickets in advance. Fans will be segregated at these games and fans from Basingstoke and St Albans can also purchase tickets online.

The credit card hotline will be taking bookings all week for seat tickets in the main stand for the Team Bath and Basingstoke games.

An announcement will be made about the sale of seats for the St Albans game in the near furure.


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Tuesday 31 March 2009
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents Jim Tavare LAST FEW TABLES

We are pleased to announce April's Comedy@Kingsmeadow will be headlined by Jim Tavare ("The natural heir to the Tommy Cooper Fez' according to the Independent).

See below for more information.

Don't forget, you can book ticket for all our shows by calling our booking line on 020 8547 3335.

Friday 3 April
Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents
Jim Tavare, Ian Cognito and Simon Fox
Doors 7.30pm, show starts 9.00 pm, bar closes midnight
Admission: £12 (includes dinner)


Jim Tavare (Headliner)
Jim Tavar has been described as "transcending mainstream and alternative comedy". As a stand-up Jim Tavar has worked all over the world, performing throughout Europe, Australia and the USA, Jim has made frequent visits to The Falkland Islands to entertain the troops and was invited back for a 2 week run in March 1999. Jim appeared at the Auckland Comedy Festival in New Zealand, which was a sell-out success. Following appearances in the US, a special episode of WINGS (NBC/Paramount) - the hit comedy series made by the producers of CHEERS - was written around him. Jim has also performed three times at The Royal Variety Performance.

"The natural heir to the Tommy Cooper Fez" - THE INDEPENDENT
"Inspired." - THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
"Jim Tavar is an enormously talented individual, whose comic presence and off-the-wall material makes him one of the funniest and most original performers around." - THE INDEPENDENT
"Makes you laugh out loud." - THE TIMES
"Fresh, funny and imaginative without a trace of elitism." - THE GUARDIAN
"Full of visual flair and some really great gags. More please." - THE MAIL ON SUNDAY
"Finally one of the profession's funniest men gets the series he so richly deserves." - THE EXPRESS


Ian Cognito (Opening Act)
Ian Cognito is one of the best comics on the national circuit, a veteran who clearly knows what he's doing as he spits his darkly humorous vitriol over an unsuspecting crowd. Outspoken, opinionated, and totally clued up, this man's take on the world will have you convinced and convulsed (with laughter).

"Cognito's indignant polemic is a bracing antidote to more amiable routines. When a comedian can transform rage into humour without diluting their passion, the result is always riveting. Share his inspired madness." - William Cook, The Guardian
"Cognito puts them all in the shade. If you want to know what's wrong with New Britain, Ian Cognito's going to tell you. And if you don't, you'd better keep your mouth shut. Just stunning." - Phil Daoust, The Guardian
"Ian Cognito is up there with the greats. He rants - but not without thought." - Evening Standard
"There is no doubting Ian Cognito's blazing talent as a stand-up." - Time Out


Simon Fox (MC)
Simon Fox has established himself as one of the UK's best loved live comedians. Whether in The Comedy Store or Jongleurs, or further a field in Singapore, Hong Kong or Dubai, his sharp material, rapid-fire delivery and relaxed stage presence have made him the ideal choice for any event. Equally popular on the airwaves as on the stage - his television and radio credits have included The Jonathan Ross Show, The Des O' Connor Show and The Frank Skinner Show - as well as regular appearances on the ground-breaking 'Weekending' for BBC Radio 4. Other television work has seen him appear alongside, Mel and Sue, Terry Wogan, Derek Jameson, Shane Richie and Sacha Baron-Cohen. In 2008 Simon had the great honor of performing with Dame Helen Mirren on the maiden voyage of P and O's newest, and largest, luxury cruise liner 'The Ventura'. Simon is now a regular performer on the ships of the P and O fleet: The Oceana and Arcadia, as well as both the Ocean Village One, and the Ocean Village Two.

'The witty badinage and lightening comebacks were astounding' - The Guardian.
'Seriously Funny' - Time Out.
'A powerful stand-up' - The Stage and Television Today.


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Monday 30 March 2009
club news
Square Up!

This weekend sees the return of of 'Square Up', Blue Square's skills contest that involves playing 'keepy-uppy' with a large blue dice. The winner claims a free £25 bet with Blue Square and moves on to the next round which could lead to a chance to show off their skills at Wembley and win £10,000!

For more information, see here.

The club is looking for four participants to take part at half time of Saturday's match against Team Bath. If you fancy your chances, please e-mail here.


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Sunday 29 March 2009
club news
Ticket sales for the Team Bath and Basingstoke games

The credit card hotline will be open from 10.30 am to 2.30 pm on weekdays starting Monday 30 March for purchasing main stand tickets for our Blue Square South games against Team Bath on Saturday 4 April and Basingstoke on Friday 10 April.

The number is 020 8546 9582 and, as usual, there is a £1.50 charge per order.

Almost all the main stand tickets will be for Blocks A-C and J-L and are priced at Adults £12, Concessions £7 and Under-16s £3. If you require seats in Blocks D-H your name can be put down on a waiting list to see if there any returns from season ticket holders but this will not be known until the afternnon of Friday 3 April for the Team Bath game and Thursday 9 April for the Basingstoke game. If you are successful the extra charge will be collected when picking up the tickets on matchday.

For those fans wishing to purchase terrace tickets in advance please see the earlier announcement about online ticket sales.


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Saturday 28 March 2009
first team news
Eastleigh handed victory

Wimbledon lost their top of the table clash with Eastleigh in controversial fashion in front of a record league crowd at the Silverlake Stadium of 2283.

Terry Brown made a number of changes from the side that had started against Welling United, handing starting debuts to Kezie Ibe and Rob Saunders, and with Ben Judge and Tom Davis also returning.

Playing with the wind behind them in the first half, the Dons enjoyed slightly more of the possession, but with neither side creating any clear cut chances both goalkeepers enjoyed an incident free half.

20 minutes into the second half, the game burst into action with Eastleigh winning a corner on the right. The inswinging corner into the six yard box was attacked by a number of players, but it was the Spitfires’ captain Tom Jordan who made contact with the ball as he palmed it into the net. To the amazement of the Dons players and the majority of the crowd, none of the officials saw the infringement, and the goal was allowed to stand.

Brown soon brought on Danny Kedwell for Dwane Lee as the Dons raised their game, but with 16 minutes remaining, just as they began gaining momentum, the referee halted play as he felt he was unable to continue because of injury. After delay of 20 minutes whilst a replacement linesman was found, the game restarted and soon after, the home side increased their lead when Jonny Dixon controlled a cross and fired home.

Elliott Godfrey came on for Tom Davis and after a high ball was half cleared, it was Godfrey who volleyed the ball home to give the visitors renewed hope. Despite a period of pressure including a number of corners and free kicks over the last ten minutes, the Dons were denied with Jason Matthews making an outstanding save from Ibe’s goalbound header in the final minute.

A subdued Terry Brown gave his thoughts on the game on the return coach journey. “Today was a massive blow for us. We started off the first half in a positive manner with the players well up for the game. We took the game to Eastleigh from the start and I was very pleased with the debuts of Rob Saunders and Kezie Ibe.

“The major turning point was clearly their first goal and I am mystified that the referee and the linesmen were the only three people in the ground who were unable to see a six and a half foot player use his hands to get the ball into the net. Once that goal went in it was a different game, as that first goal is always so important.

“Playing the second half against a strong wind, we struggled at times to get out but when we did we looked dangerous. Elliott Godfrey took his goal very well, and I am pleased that we have scored a goal from midfield which is an area where we have been desperately short of goals over the last few months.

“Unfortunately, Alan Inns lost his discipline at the end of the match and was sent off for abusing the officials, and the club will take the necessary action against him.

“It is important that the players stick together and work hard for each other. Results have not been good enough lately but as long as we work as hard as we did today, we might get the rub of the green and the first goal in a game which will give us belief once again. There are two home games and a match against Bromley before we face Hampton and Richmond, and the league title is still in our own hands.

“My job now is to pick the boys up and look forward to the next two games.”



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Friday 27 March 2009
first team news
Terry on Eastleigh

Terry Brown was in a determined frame of mind when we spoke to him earlier today.

"Tomorrow's game against Eastleigh is certainly one of the most important matches we will play this year. Eastleigh still have title ambitions themselves and will need to beat us for have to be realistic championship aspirations.

"We have watched them over the last two games and their system and personnel have hardly changed since they beat us at Kingsmeadow earlier in the season. They are the only team in the league that could achieve the double over us and our players will be keen to ensure that doesn't happen on Saturday.

"Our loss against Welling last Saturday gives us the opportunity to bounce back, as we have done several times this season. It is my belief there will still be one or two ups and downs between now and the end of the season. It won't just be ourselves that suffer from them, as I'm sure that all those teams which are capable of winning the league will be affected at some time.

"Our players have trained very hard this week with a physical session on Tuesday and pattern of play and set pieces on Thursday night. We have injury doubts with regards to Danny Kedwell, Jake Leberl and Jason Goodliffe but thankfully we have more than adequate cover in all these areas.

"I know that we will be taking a large contingent of fans tomorrow and the boys are determined to give the fans something to cheer about. This will be one of the hardest games left in the season and I am sure we will do well."


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Friday 27 March 2009
club news
Ticket sales on-line

We are pleased to announce that for the final home games of the
season, terrace tickets will be available online for home and away
fans. Tickets for Comedy at Kingsmeadow are also available on-line.

Tickets are currently available online now for:

Blue Square South - AFC Wimbledon vs Team Bath - Saturday 4 April

Comedy at Kingsmeadow - Jim Tavare, Ian Cognito and Simon Fox - Friday 3 April

here.

A transaction charge of £1.50 will be made, and you can purchase a
maximum of 4 tickets for any one event. If you purchase tickets more
than five days in advance of an event they will posted to you; tickets
purchased within five working days of the event will be held for
collection.

Tickets for the final two games of the season will be available online
next week.

Seat tickets are not yet available online and should be purchased by
calling the credit card hotline as usual between 10.30 am and 2.30 pm
on weekdays.



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Tuesday 24 March 2009
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents Jim Tavare! LAST FEW TABLES

We are pleased to announce April's Comedy@Kingsmeadow will be headlined by Jim Tavare ("The natural heir to the Tommy Cooper Fez' according to the Independent).

See below for more information.

Don't forget, you can book ticket for all our shows by calling our booking line on 020 8547 3335.

Friday 3 April
Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents
Jim Tavare, Ian Cognito and Simon Fox
Doors 7.30pm, show starts 9.00 pm, bar closes midnight
Admission: £12 (includes dinner)


Jim Tavare (Headliner)
Jim Tavar has been described as "transcending mainstream and alternative comedy". As a stand-up Jim Tavar has worked all over the world, performing throughout Europe, Australia and the USA, Jim has made frequent visits to The Falkland Islands to entertain the troops and was invited back for a 2 week run in March 1999. Jim appeared at the Auckland Comedy Festival in New Zealand, which was a sell-out success. Following appearances in the US, a special episode of WINGS (NBC/Paramount) - the hit comedy series made by the producers of CHEERS - was written around him. Jim has also performed three times at The Royal Variety Performance.

"The natural heir to the Tommy Cooper Fez" - THE INDEPENDENT
"Inspired." - THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
"Jim Tavar is an enormously talented individual, whose comic presence and off-the-wall material makes him one of the funniest and most original performers around." - THE INDEPENDENT
"Makes you laugh out loud." - THE TIMES
"Fresh, funny and imaginative without a trace of elitism." - THE GUARDIAN
"Full of visual flair and some really great gags. More please." - THE MAIL ON SUNDAY
"Finally one of the profession's funniest men gets the series he so richly deserves." - THE EXPRESS


Ian Cognito (Opening Act)
Ian Cognito is one of the best comics on the national circuit, a veteran who clearly knows what he's doing as he spits his darkly humorous vitriol over an unsuspecting crowd. Outspoken, opinionated, and totally clued up, this man's take on the world will have you convinced and convulsed (with laughter).

"Cognito's indignant polemic is a bracing antidote to more amiable routines. When a comedian can transform rage into humour without diluting their passion, the result is always riveting. Share his inspired madness." - William Cook, The Guardian
"Cognito puts them all in the shade. If you want to know what's wrong with New Britain, Ian Cognito's going to tell you. And if you don't, you'd better keep your mouth shut. Just stunning." - Phil Daoust, The Guardian
"Ian Cognito is up there with the greats. He rants - but not without thought." - Evening Standard
"There is no doubting Ian Cognito's blazing talent as a stand-up." - Time Out


Simon Fox (MC)
Simon Fox has established himself as one of the UK's best loved live comedians. Whether in The Comedy Store or Jongleurs, or further a field in Singapore, Hong Kong or Dubai, his sharp material, rapid-fire delivery and relaxed stage presence have made him the ideal choice for any event. Equally popular on the airwaves as on the stage - his television and radio credits have included The Jonathan Ross Show, The Des O' Connor Show and The Frank Skinner Show - as well as regular appearances on the ground-breaking 'Weekending' for BBC Radio 4. Other television work has seen him appear alongside, Mel and Sue, Terry Wogan, Derek Jameson, Shane Richie and Sacha Baron-Cohen. In 2008 Simon had the great honor of performing with Dame Helen Mirren on the maiden voyage of P and O's newest, and largest, luxury cruise liner 'The Ventura'. Simon is now a regular performer on the ships of the P and O fleet: The Oceana and Arcadia, as well as both the Ocean Village One, and the Ocean Village Two.

'The witty badinage and lightening comebacks were astounding' - The Guardian.
'Seriously Funny' - Time Out.
'A powerful stand-up' - The Stage and Television Today.


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Monday 23 March 2009
club news
From the Welling programme

After each home game we publish articles from the programme that provide news or information about the club and Trust and which haven't previously appeared on this site.

The linked feature updates fans on the publication of recommendations arising from the strategy review, an explanation of the action we have taken re AFC Wimbledon Girls, and the result of the ground grading review.

The content may vary slightly from the programme as the original article is subject to sub-editing and may have been, for example, shortened slightly to fit the page.

It can be found at features.


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Monday 23 March 2009
club news
Travelling to Eastleigh by train and coach

If you intend travelling to Eastleigh by rail on Saturday there are major engineering works planned for the Wimbledon area on the weekend of the game, with a reduced London to Southampton service, possible diversions and longer journey times. Further information can be obtained from www.southwesttrains.co.uk

There are still places available on the second supporters' coach which picks up at The Woodman at 11.30 am and from Kingsmeadow at 12 noon. To reserve a seat please ring the club office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays. The price is £10.


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Saturday 21 March 2009
club news
Dons run comes to an end

The Dons long unbeaten league run came to an end when they lost to a solitary goal against Welling United.

In a game that saw Welling continue their good form against the top teams, the visitors wasted a number of chances before Sanchez Ming scored from close range after 74 minutes.

Terry Brown was disappointed but still looking ahead. “Today was certainly a lost opportunity, but all credit to Welling United who came here with an adventurous game plan and executed it very well. I thought they created more clear-cut chances than us, and we owe it very much to James Pullen that they only scored one goal.

“As a team we failed to create enough chances and our service to the front two was not really good enough. In midfield we were a bit off the pace, and this is an area where we need to get better. The fact that this was only the ninth goal conceded in the last 19 games bears testimony to the defence, which is still very good. It is in the final third of the field where we need to recapture the early sparkle.

“There was no ranting and raving after the game. Instead, I said well done to the players for getting us in such a great position. We have to show resilience and character to bounce back after this defeat. There have been a couple of occasions this year when we have let our game drop a bit, but we have licked our wounds and come back fighting, and this I am sure we will do when we visit Eastleigh next week.”



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Saturday 21 March 2009
club news
Collection of pre-ordered tickets for forthcoming away games

We have had substantial demand for tickets for all three away games, Eastleigh, Bromley and Hampton. To allow us time to process applications we have made the following arrangements for ticket collection:

Eastleigh tickets

If you ordered your tickets for this game, they will be ready for collection from the complimentary tickets window before and after today's game against Welling United.

Bromley and Hampton tickets

These tickets are not available for collection today. They can be collected before and after the Team Bath game on 4 April.

The only exception to this is for fans who ordered tickets for all three games - all their tickets will be available for collection at the complimentary tickets window before and after today's game.

Arrangements for buying and ordering tickets at today's game

The arrangements were published yesterday in an article on this site.


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Friday 20 March 2009
club news
Ticket arrangements for Welling, Eastleigh, Bromley and Hampton

Tickets for tomorrow’s home game against Welling

We have some seat tickets left for tomorrow’s game against Welling. These will go on sale at about 2.00 pm from the kiosk in the main bar lobby.

Tickets for Eastleigh away game, 28 March

These tickets are now on general sale and can be bought:

. before the game, from a separate table outside the main bar

. after the game, from the kiosk in the main bar lobby

While the game isn’t all-ticket, we have sold a significant number of tickets and encourage fans to buy now, rather than on the day

Terrace prices are as follows: Adults £10, Senior citizens and Students £6, 16-18-year olds £3, 13-15-year-olds £1, Under-13s free.

We were allocated a small number of seats for this game but they have all been sold.

Tickets for Bromley away game, Monday 13 April

These tickets are only on sale to season ticket holders before the game but they are on general sale after the game. They can be bought:

. before the game at a separate table outside the main bar, for season ticket holders only. Please bring voucher E

. after the game, on generla sale from the Kingston Road turnstiles. Each fan may buy two tickets

The game is not all-ticket but Bromley are expecting a large attendance and we urge fans to buy tickets now. Please note that the fans will be segregated at this game.

Terrace prices are as follows: Adults £10; Senior citizens and Under-16s £5. There will also be a number of seat tickets available at no extra cost.

Tickets for Hampton & Richmond away game, Saturday 18 April

This game is all-ticket and we have a limited supply for sale, with priority to season ticket holders. Tickets are not on sale tomorrow, although season ticket holders can leave an application, enclosing voucher F, a stamped addressed envelope and the correct money at the complimentary tickets window before or after the game.

Please note that we will be selling tickets to ST holders only, before the Team Bath game on 4 April. Any unsold tickets will go on general sale after that game, with a maximum of two tickets each.

Postal applications from non ST holders will not be considered until 6 April –in other words, if you are not a ST holder, your best chance is to buy a ticket after the Team Bath game.

Terrace prices are as follows: Adults £10; Senior citizens and Under-16s £5; Under-12s £3. There will also be a number of seats which are £1 extra.

Please note that the credit card hotline will not be selling tickets for any of these away games.


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Friday 20 March 2009
first team news
Terry on Welling United

We spoke to Terry Brown earlier today about tomorrow's game with in-form Welling United.

"As per normal, Saturday's game is of enormous significance. Although it could hardly be classed as a 'must win' game, if we do manage to secure three points it will be a considerable step towards the title.

"As far as our rivals’ games, we are trying to take them out of the equation because the truth is, if we concentrate on our own games, the others will become irrelevant.

"This week's training has gone very well and we are hopeful that Dwane Lee, Jason Goodliffe and Tony Finn will all be fit and available for selection on Saturday. This, however, certainly gives me a selection problem for Saturday but, to be honest, it is the sort of problem that any manager would be grateful to have.

"Having read last week's scouting report from Welling versus Hampton it is clear that Welling come to us in good form with a great opportunity of making the play offs. Having opposed Andy Ford on several occasions, the games are never easy and he will no doubt set out his team to come away with three points on Saturday.

"Saturday also gives us an opportunity to welcome back Rob Quinn who helped us gain promotion last year from the Ryman League. Rob is a fantastic competitor and we know we will be in for a battle in the midfield area on Saturday. It will once again be important that we play our own game. Although we have been starting slowly at home, providing we keep our patience as we have done in previous weeks I am sure, as the game opens up, we should be able to play our football.

"As far as the neutrals are concerned, it should be a very exciting encounter, as both sides try to play open, attractive football. If last Saturday's game is anything to go by, we should expect a bumper crowd on a sunny day and I look forward to seeing you all there."


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Friday 20 March 2009
dons trust news
Dons Trust membership surgery

The Dons Trust are holding a membership surgery before tomorrow's game. If you are already a DT member and want to check your renewal date or need to alter your method of payment, or if you are a lapsed member seeking to rejoin or a new recruit wanting to sign up, then simply head for the Dons Trust table in the back bar, just inside the entrance by the big screen, between 1.30 and 2.30 pm, and one of the DT volunteers will be delighted to assist you.

Look out for further Dons Trust surgeries in the near future, where you will be able to ask questions, raise queries or voice concerns directly with your elected Dons Trust board members. Remember, the Dons Trust is the democratic heart of AFC Wimbledon, so come along and get involved in your club.


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Wednesday 18 March 2009
dons trust news
February DT Board Meeting

Following the Dons Trust election, the DT Board met on 26 February and elected David Wilkinson as Secretary, Sean McLaughlin as Treasurer and David Cox as Chair.

In addition, new DTB member Ray Armfield will head a special project involving better communication of Dons Trust news in the match day programme, whilst David Cox will head a membership group; more details to follow.


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Tuesday 17 March 2009
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents Roddy Radiation of the Specials!

Kingsmeadow Live is proud to announce that Roddy Radiation, The Specials guitarist who wrote 'Rat Race', 'Concrete Jungle' and 'Hey Little Rich Girl', will be performing with his band The Skabilly Rebels this Saturday 21 March. See below for more information.

To book tickets, call 020 8547 3335.




Roddy Radiation and the Skabilly Rebels
With support from DJ’s spinning bluebeat, ska, and two-tone faves

Saturday 21 March
Doors 8.00 pm, show starts 9.30pm, bar closes 1am
Admission: £10
For more information call our booking line on 020 8547 3335

Roderick James Byers started playing the trumpet when he was 11 years old but by the age of 13 had discovered Rock'n'Roll, and swapped his trombone for an electric guitar.

His early tastes in music ran to the more outrageous pop and R'n'B bands such as The Rolling Stones , The Kinks, and The Jimi Hendrix Experience and the early seventies saw Roddy adopt a "Ziggy Stardust" persona as "Roddy Radiation", a nickname given to him by his brother Chris.

Roddy's first proper group based on these early influences was The Wild Boys, formed in 1975 but he would have to wait a few more years until a certain local nutter (Jerry Dammers) asked Roddy to punk up his new band "The Coventry Automatics" - nee "The Specials".

Roddy & The Specials notched up seven top 10 hits including two number Ones ("Too Much Too Young" & "Ghost Town") and two top 5 albums ("Specials" & "More Specials") before the famed acrimonious split in 1981.

Rod's current project "The Skabilly Rebels" are a Coventry based outfit, mixing their own punky brand of rockabilly with the rhythmic lilt of Ska. They are on the verge of a studio album and have toured extensively around the UK and Europe.

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Monday 16 March 2009
first team news
Terry on Dorchester Town

Terry Brown was understandably ebullient when we spoke to him this afternoon, following Saturday's win over Dorchester Town.

"I hope you have recovered your breath from Saturday. The game certainly lifted the players after three difficult away games. Home form will be a key factor in the remaining six weeks and we need to play in a similar dominant fashion as we did against Dorchester on Saturday. We were fortunate to be able to bring in some new blood at an important time and I certainly think it freshened the team up.

"Saturday's team certainly highlighted the need to have cover in every position at the end of the season. We were without the services of eight players who would certainly be able to get into most other Blue Square South teams.

"I am hopeful that at least three of those players should be available for selection on Saturday. Ben Judge is serving a one match ban which will allow Jason Goodliffe to come back in again. We are also hopeful that both Tony Finn and Dwane Lee will be fit and available for selection.

"I was delighted with the contribution of the three new players on their home debuts. Jay Conroy has settled in remarkably well, giving us the width required to play our football, especially at home. Rob Saunders' introduction gives us attacking flair. Rob has the ability to both create and score goals - an area we've been lacking over the last month. Finally, Kezie Ibe not only gives us cover for Jon Main and Danny Kedwell but also competition for places. This will allow me, if necessary, to rest either Jon or Danny if they are carrying injuries.

"For the rest of this week, I leave you juggling with your league tables and fixtures. Please tell me how many points you think are necessary - I bet you are wrong!"


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Monday 16 March 2009
club news
Ticket sales for away games at Eastleigh, Bromley and Hampton

General

Although the games against Eastleigh and Bromley are not all-ticket there are likely to be large numbers of spectators. Therefore, to ensure that our fans can see the match and to ease congestion close to kick-off, we have agreed to sell tickets in advance. We encourage all fans planning to go to these games to buy their ticket from us first. It is possible that on the day there will be no entry to the Bromley game.

Please note that the credit card hotline will not be able to take ticket applications for any of the following away games.


Eastleigh, 28 March 2009

The game is not all-ticket and there will be no formal segregation, but the match will be well stewarded and there will be a designated entrance for our fans.

Terrace prices are as follows: Adults £10, Senior citizens and Students £6, 16-18-year olds £3, 13-15-year-olds £1, Under-13s free.

We were allocated a small number of seats for this game but they have all been sold.

Tickets for this game are now on general sale, with a limit of two tickets per person. They can be bought by postal application or by visiting the club's offices between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays. Tickets will also be on sale (at a location to be announced nearer the time) before the game against Welling United.

Bromley, 13 April 3009

This game is not all-ticket but fans will be segregated. If advance sales are very high, Bromley reserve the right not to sell tickets on the day of the game.

Terrace prices are as follows: Adults £10; Senior citizens and Under-16s £5. There will also be a number of seat tickets available for sale.

Tickets are on sale to Season Ticket holders now and are limited to one ticket per Season Ticket holder. Postal applications should be sent with Voucher E to the club, together with a stamped addressed envelope and the correct payment.

Season Ticket holders can also call at the club office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays. Season Ticket holders will also be able purchase a ticket (at a location to be confirmed nearer the time) before the Welling game on Saturday 21 March.

From around 5.00 pm after the Welling game, tickets will go on general sale from Turnstiles 1 and 2 at the Kingston Road End, with a limit of two tickets per person. Any postal applications from non-Season Ticket holders will be dealt with after 23 March, and after that date Season Ticket holders will not get priority.


Hampton & Richmond, 18 April 2009

This game will be segregated and is all-ticket. We have a limited number of tickets to sell to our fans.

Terrace prices are as follows: Adults £10; Senior citizens and Under-16s £5; Under-12s £3. There will also be a number of seats available for sale.

Tickets are on sale to Season Ticket holders now and are limited to one ticket per Season Ticket holder. Postal applications should be sent with Voucher F to the club together with a stamped addressed envelope and the correct payment.

Season Ticket holders can also call at the club office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays. Season Ticket holders will also be able purchase a ticket (at a location to be confirmed nearer the time) before the Team Bath game on Saturday 4 April.

From around 5.00 pm after the Team Bath game, tickets will go on general sale from Turnstiles 1 and 2 at the Kingston Road End, with a limit of two tickets per person. Any postal applications from non-Season Ticket holders will be dealt with after 6 April and after that date Season Ticket holders will not get priority.


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Monday 16 March 2009
dons trust news
Dons Draw results for March

The March Dons Draw took place yesterday at Kingsmeadow.

Winning numbers were drawn in the presence of Nigel Higgs (Dons Trust board member), Andy Baly and Neil Messenbird (Dons Draw Administrator).

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

First prize of £1,000 - ticket 1168 – J Crabtree from Wimbledon

Second prize of £500 - ticket 2808 – Gareth Hughes from Worthing

Third prize of £250 - ticket 0735 – Sarah Mills from Kingston

Fourth prize of £100 - ticket 3072 – Simon Bailey from Wandsworth

Congratulations to all four prize winners.

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

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 do so now?

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

The deadline for new entrants to the April 2008 Dons Draw is 8:00 pm on 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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Monday 16 March 2009
club news
From the Dorchester programme

After each home game we publish articles from the programme that provide news or information about the club and Trust and which haven't previously appeared on this site.

This linked feature updates fans on various recent and planned developments around the stadium.

The content may vary slightly from the programme as the original article is subject to sub-editing and may have been, for example, shortened slightly to fit the page.

It can be found at features.


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Sunday 15 March 2009
club news
Dorchester highlights on AFC Wimbledon TV

The highlights of Saturday's game against Dorchester Town arfe now available on AFC Wimbledon TV.

To see them, click Wimbledon TV.


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Saturday 14 March 2009
club news
Podcast number 6

The latest podcast was recorded after Saturday's game against Dorcheter Town. You can hear it by clicking on podcast.


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Friday 13 March 2009
club news
Another update for AFC Wimbledon TV

The highlights of Tuesday night's game against St Albans will be available later this evening on AFC Wimbledon TV.

To see them, click Wimbledon TV.


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Friday 13 March 2009
first team news
Kezie signs for the Dons

Kezie Ibe has joined the Dons from Blue Square Premier side Ebbsfleet, initially on a month's loan. For a while it looked as if the signing might be delayed until next week but only a few minutes ago the Conference confirmed that his registration has gone through and he will take his place in tomorrow's squad.

Terry Brown said "Kezie is a proven goalscorer who we looked at signing earlier in the season. But he wanted to go full time and we couldn't offer him that.

"Ebbsfleet play with only one up front and that has limited Kezie's opportunities so we got in quickly and offered him some time here to play some games and help us to get promotion. He is a big strong athletic goalscorer who will provide real competition to our front line and I'm delighted to have him on board."


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Friday 13 March 2009
first team news
Terry on Dorchester and new players

Terry Brown is looking for a return to form tomorrow against Dorchester, and plans to introduce his latest signing at some point in the game.

"Those supporters who travelled to St Albans on Tuesday will no doubt be disappointed at the performance and yet relieved with a point. I thought we played well below our normal standard and the fact that we failed to register a shot on target tells its own story.

"We had a meeting with the players prior to training on Thursday, with reference to returning to our passing game, and we emphasised that point with various passing drills and practising our shape. This, hopefully, will be particularly beneficial to our latest two signings, Jay Conroy and Rob Saunders.

"I thought Jay was one of the only plus factors from Tuesday's game and I thought he settled in surprisingly well, in what was a disappointing performance from the lads.

"We now have a fantastic opportunity to bounce back into form with two very important home league fixtures, starting off tomorrow against Dorchester. I don't envisage too many changes to the team but I shall be looking to introduce Rob into the side at some time during the game.

"Rob offers the team a high level of skill and vision as far as his passing is concerned. His strengths are also that he can create and score goals, an area that I believe over the last three games needs strengthening, as well as offering us suitable cover in that department for the rest of the season.

"I've personally watched Rob play at Farnborough over the last two years and although we couldn't get him when we tried at this time last year, he has agreed to join us on loan to the end of the season for our final push for the championship.

"Jay Conroy has been brought into the squad for the injured Luke Garrard and Andy Sambrook. We are hopeful that, in Andy's case, he may be fit and available for selection in April. Jay possesses a calm nature, he is comfortable on the ball, and he will give us the width necessary as and when he gets forward.

"We had hoped to agree a loan period with a Conference striker last night. Unfortunately, his club has put a temporary stop on the deal until they are sure they have sufficient cover over this weekend. We hope to conclude the signing next week, prior to the Welling game.

"As far as our forward line is concerned, Danny Kedwell, Jon Main and Tony Finn are all fit for Saturday. However, you will be aware that we still need additional cover in this department.

"It is important in tomorrow's game that we get back to winning ways and hopefully the morale boost that would produce should stand us in good stead for the final run in."


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Friday 13 March 2009
club news
Highlights of Weston-super-Mare game now available

Highlights of the recent game at Weston-super-Mare are now available on AFC Wimbledon TV. To see the highlights, click Wimbledon TV.


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Friday 13 March 2009
club news
Book signing tomorrow

They used to call it the people’s game – but not any more. Quiet crowds, soulless all-seater stadiums, rip-off ticket pricing, corporate priorities, player diving, 24/7 fixtures, overbearing advertising, overpaid players, aggressive stewards, agents – and, of course, Sepp Blatter. All this and more is “effortlessly destroyed in a relentless attack” (Four-Four-Two) by Arsenal fan Matthew Bazell, who asks why no-one’s singing anymore.

Tomorrow we are pleased to welcome Matthew to Kingsmeadow. At 1.30 pm (half-time in the televised football match) in the back bar he will be signing copies of his book Theatre of Silence – The Lost Soul of Football, which at £8.99 is 1p cheaper than two pies at Wembley Stadium! Gooner Matthew not only relates his disaffection with modern football, he heaps praise on AFC Wimbledon and FC United of Manchester. We have read Theatre of Silence and strongly recommend it to all true football fans. All profits from this book signing will go to our club. We hope to see you there!

“Genuine and heartfelt . . . will strike a chord with many football fans” – Four-Four-Two

“For a book about a depressing subject, Theatre of Silence has wit, and oh boy, what a difference that makes” – Steve Bunce, BBC London

“Bazell presses a consistent message throughout, namely that the modern fixation with making money does not bring happiness: not in life, not in business and certainly not in the strangest business of them all – professional football” – Nick Hart, Supporters Direct/The Lions Trust

“A brilliant and unique football book” – Football Fancast



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Thursday 12 March 2009
club news
Club phones reinstated

Following the upgrade work, the club phones are now working again. The switchboard will open as normal from 10.00 am on Friday.

We apologise if this caused you any inconvenience while the phones were out of service.


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Thursday 12 March 2009
dons trust news
Statement re AFC Wimbledon Girls

From next season, there will be a new group of girls’ football teams playing under the name ‘AFC Wimbledon Girls’. The teams which are currently using the name will not be allowed to continue to do so because their management has made it plain that they do not and will not accept the authority of the Trust, preferring, in their words, ‘to keep (sic) full autonomy’. The Trust’s position is simple and unarguable – if a team uses the name ‘AFC Wimbledon’ then it must be accountable to the Dons Trust.

After discussions lasting well over six months, the current, self-appointed, management of the girls’ teams has rejected all our proposals regarding the girls’ teams, including access to their finances and the related records. Furthermore, they have failed to reply to our requests to attend proposed meetings with parents, so that we can explain our proposals, and they have also failed to respond to a request to enable us to write directly to the girls and their parents.

As a result of their unwillingness to be part of the Trust, we have withdrawn our permission to play in our name and in our kit. We do not wish the girls to suffer as a result of the attitude of management and therefore, while reserving our rights, we are willing to let the current teams see out this season. We continue to be fully in support of girls’ football and teams bearing the name AFC Wimbledon Girls will operate next season, under our direct management.


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Thursday 12 March 2009
club news
Ticket arrangements for Eastleigh on 28 March 2009

Although this game is not all ticket, there are likely to be a large number of spectators. Therefore, to ensure that our fans can see the match and to ease congestion close to kick-off, we have agreed to sell tickets in advance, and we would encourage all fans planning to go to this game to buy their ticket from us first.

There will be no formal segregation, but the match will be well stewarded and there will be a designated entrance for our fans.

Terrace prices are as follows: Adults £10, Senior citizens and Students £6, 16–18 year olds £3, 13–15 year olds £1, Under-13s free.

There are also a very limited number of seat tickets for the disabled and others who are unable to stand throughout the game, and if a seat is required for this reason please inform the club when applying.

Tickets will go on sale to Season Ticket holders immediately and will be limited to one ticket per Season Ticket holder. Postal applications should be sent with Voucher D to the club together with a stamped addressed envelope and the correct payment.

Season Ticket holders can also call at the club office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays. Season Ticket holders will also be able purchase a ticket before the Dorchester game this Saturday, 14 March. Please watch out for a further announcement about where in the stadium the tickets will be on sale to Season Ticket holders on Saturday.

From around 5.00 pm after the Dorchester game, tickets will go on general sale from Turnstiles 1 and 2 at the Kingston Road End, with a limit of two tickets per person. Any postal applications from non-Season Ticket holders will be dealt with after 16 March and after that date, season ticket holders will not get priority.

Please note that the credit card hotline will NOT be able to take ticket applications for this game.



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Wednesday 11 March 2009
dons trust news
Quiz@Kingsmeadow

Don't forget that the quiz night returns to Kingsmeadow on Thursday 12 March at 8.00 pm.

Come and test your general knowledge against Dons fans and others. There are prizes for the winners, spot prizes and even a prize for the funniest team name. Entry is £1 per head and teams are limited to 6 members each. Make sure not to miss out on what promises to be an enjoyable night.


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Wednesday 11 March 2009
reserve team news
Reserve game off

Tonight's reserve game against Three Bridges which was due to be played at Croydon Athletic tonight has been called off.

Croydon's first team played last night and the pitch is unplayable today.


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Tuesday 10 March 2009
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents Roddy Radiation of the Specials!

Kingsmeadow Live is proud to announce that Roddy Radiation, The Specials guitarist who wrote 'Rat Race', 'Concrete Jungle' and 'Hey Little Rich Girl', will be performing with his band The Skabilly Rebels on Saturday 21 March. See below for more information.

To book tickets, call 020 8547 3335.




Roddy Radiation and the Skabilly Rebels
With support from DJ’s spinning bluebeat, ska, and two-tone faves

Saturday 21 March
Doors 8.00 pm, show starts 9.30pm, bar closes 1am
Admission: £10
For more information call our booking line on 020 8547 3335

Roderick James Byers started playing the trumpet when he was 11 years old but by the age of 13 had discovered Rock'n'Roll, and swapped his trombone for an electric guitar.

His early tastes in music ran to the more outrageous pop and R'n'B bands such as The Rolling Stones , The Kinks, and The Jimi Hendrix Experience and the early seventies saw Roddy adopt a "Ziggy Stardust" persona as "Roddy Radiation", a nickname given to him by his brother Chris.

Roddy's first proper group based on these early influences was The Wild Boys, formed in 1975 but he would have to wait a few more years until a certain local nutter (Jerry Dammers) asked Roddy to punk up his new band "The Coventry Automatics" - nee "The Specials".

Roddy & The Specials notched up seven top 10 hits including two number Ones ("Too Much Too Young" & "Ghost Town") and two top 5 albums ("Specials" & "More Specials") before the famed acrimonious split in 1981.

Rod's current project "The Skabilly Rebels" are a Coventry based outfit, mixing their own punky brand of rockabilly with the rhythmic lilt of Ska. They are on the verge of a studio album and have toured extensively around the UK and Europe.

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Tuesday 10 March 2009
dons trust news
Quiz@Kingsmeadow

The quiz night returns to Kingsmeadow at 8pm on Thursday 12 March in the middle bar under new management. Come and test your general knowledge against Dons fans and others. There are prizes for the winners, spot prizes and even a prize for the funniest team name. Entry is £1 per head and teams are limited to 6 members each. Make sure not to miss out on what promises to be an enjoyable night.


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Tuesday 10 March 2009
club news
The Dons on 'Feast' tonight

Some time ago, Heston Blumenthal filmed part of his series Feast at The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium. The filming included him preparing some pigeon pies and offering them to fans in the stadium.

The series runs for four weeks and tonight's second episode, starting at 9.00 pm on Channel 4, features his visit to AFC Wimbledon. If you are going to St Albans this evening then set your recorder!


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Tuesday 10 March 2009
club news
Please send us your unwanted vouchers for the Dorchester game

Early signs are that there will be another big crowd for the Dorchester game on Saturday, as we have had high demand for the relatively few seats available for sale.

If you can't come to the game please consider sending us your season ticket voucher for game 17, or email us with details of your book number at tickets so that we can re-sell your seat. This will allow someone else to see the game in comfort and provide the club with additional income.

Terrace season ticket vouchers are also very welcome as we can reclaim the VAT on them.


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Monday 09 March 2009
club news
Square up to Blue Square for Red Nose Day

Blue Square, proud sponsors of the Football Conference, are looking to make Saturday 14th March a special fundraising day for Comic Relief through their exciting keepie uppie challenge “Square Up”. By taking part, you the fan will have the opportunity to win £10,000 and a trip to Wembley!

Timmy MallettIn order to raise money for Comic Relief, Blue Square are appealing to home clubs and fans to join in with the spirit of Red Nose Day by getting involved on Saturday 14th March.

At half time at each home game on the 14th March we would like to see as many clubs as possible invite four fans, home or away aged 18 and over, to take part in the keepie uppie “Square Up” Challenge. To be in with a chance of being invited onto the pitch to take part, we would like clubs to choose fans who have come dressed for the occasion … wearing their Comic Relief Red Nose!

Each fan will have 3 attempts to do as many keepie uppies as possible with the square ball. The fan who scores the highest on a single attempt will win a £25 Blue Square betting voucher and £25 will be donated by Blue Square to Comic Relief for each club taking part.

Blue Square’s Sponsorship Manager, Matt Cook, says:

“This is a great opportunity to encourage clubs to get their fans involved in the ‘Blue Square’ challenge and at the same time raise valuable funds for comic relief.”

Matt adds:

“Just £15 can pay for two months’ worth of basic provisions, giving an orphaned child in South Africa the chance to go to school rather than have to work or walk miles a day to fetch wate. If all 30 games taking place on the 14th March partake in the ‘Square Up’ challenge, we will be donating £750.00 to Comic Relief.”

So come on fans, get your Red Noses on and get down to your local Blue Square Premier, North or South club on Saturday 14th March and help those less fortunate.

Who knows, your generosity might lead you onto the Wembley pitch at the play-off final with the chance to win the phenomenal £10,000 prize!



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Monday 09 March 2009
first team news
Michael and Luke go on loan

Manager Terry Brown has agreed that Michael Peacock and Luke Pigden will join Ashford Town (Middlesex) on a month's loan. All being well, they are expected to sign after Ashford's Middlesex Senior cup game tomorrow night.

Both players have recently been on loan to Ryman League Division one teams, Michael Peacock playing for Dave Anderson's Northwood team and Luke Pigden playing at Godalming. Terry said "the feedback is that they have both done very well and now, as part of their development, we want them to show they can do it one level higher. This is a great chance for them and we'll be sending our scout down to report back on their progress."


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Monday 09 March 2009
first team news
Terry on Weston-super-Mare, Andy Sambrook's injury, and the St Albans game

Terry Brown has acted quickly following Saturday's game at Weston-super-Mare and the injury to Andy Sambrook. When we spoke to him he talked about that game, his new signing following Andy's injury, and then the St Albans game tomorrow.

"Reflecting on Monday, reference Saturday's game, unfortunately still leaves us with a lot to do. The last couple of games have seen us struggle to make as many chances as we normally make. Fortunately for us, whether we're making numerous chances or none, Jon Main still seems to register on the score sheet.

"Midfield players in particular need to take some of the pressure off the front two and chip in with a few more goals. Saturday's trip up to Weston-super-Mare started off badly with the news that Andy Sambrook twisted his ankle ligaments in the warm up, prior to the game and could be out for a month, or even more. I think this affected the balance of our team and it meant we had to juggle Ben Judge to right back and bring Alan Inns in. Although Alan is a first class centre half and Ben is a more-than-capable right back, the system we employed on Saturday is affected if we can't get out through the full backs. Ben's strengths are predominantly defensive and we don't get the same width as we would do with a more attacking right back.

"As far as the game is concerned it is always disappointing for a manager if the team goes in front early and doesn't build on that. We missed one or two early chances to put the game to bed and paid the price with an unnecessary penalty. As far as the second penalty was concerned, it followed a catalogue of mistakes by the referee but fortunately for us a fine save by James Pullen, who had a very solid game throughout, ensured at least we came away from the game with a point. Although we lost ground of two points to both Chelmsford and Hampton, that penalty save could prove vital come 25 April.

"Having looked at our performances when Luke Garrard first picked his injury up, I felt it was vitally important to the side that we install a replacement specialist right back as soon as possible. Therefore I am pleased to announce that today we secured the signing of Jay Conroy.

“Along with Tom Davis, Jay was an ever-present in the Lewes side last year and has both the quality and experience we require at this moment in time. Many fans will remember Jay from his previous time at the club when he was on loan from Crystal Palace as a young teenager. The more difficult task of finding another front runner eludes us at the moment abut we are still hopeful of getting someone in prior to Saturday.

"Jay will come straight into the side for Tuesday's game against St Albans where there are injury doubts regarding Jason Goodliffe, Dwane Lee and Jake Leberl. Tuesday's game is our first opportunity of playing against St Albans this year and we hope, by the next time we play them, the picture as far as the championship is concerned will be a lot clearer.

"We have watched St Albans a couple of times and their form in their recent games suggests we will be in for another difficult encounter. However, the playing surface at Clarence Park is normally very good and hopefully we can look forward to playing our football again. And as none of our closest rivals have games this week, tomorrow night's game offers us a fantastic opportunity to put on more points in front of Hampton, Chelmsford and Eastleigh."


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Monday 09 March 2009
club news
A few places left on the St Albans coach

There are a few seats remaining on the supporters' coach travelling to St Albans on Tuesday. The coach will pick up from The Woodman at 5.00 pm and from Kingsmeadow at 5.30 pm. To reserve a seat please contact the office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm. The usual price of £10 applies.


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Monday 09 March 2009
club news
Ticket sales for the Dorchester and Welling games

The credit card hotline will be open from 10.30 am to 2.30 pm on weekdays starting today for purchasing tickets for our Blue Square South games against Dorchester Town on Saturday 14 March and Welling United on Saturday 21 March.

The number is 020 8546 9582 and, as usual, there is a £1.50 charge per order.

Almost all the main stand tickets will be for Blocks A-C and J-L and are priced at Adults £12, Concessions £7 and Under-16s £3. If you require seats in Blocks D-H your name can be put down on a waiting list to see if there any returns from season ticket holders but this will not be known until Friday afternoon. If you are successful the extra charge will be collected when picking up the tickets on matchday.



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Saturday 07 March 2009
first team news
Wimbledon pegged back at the Woodspring Stadium

For the second successive Saturday, the Dons were held away from home as Weston-super-Mare came from behind to snatch a point.

There was drama before the game started as Andy Sambrook rolled his ankle in the warm up, and was therefore unable to start. He was replaced by Alan Inns with Ben Judge moving to right back.

The game however got off to a good start from a Dons point of view, as Jon Main put the visitors ahead after just two minutes when Danny Kedwell's through ball found Main, whose first time shot with the left foot nestled in the back of the net. Although the Dons had most of the possession, the nearest they came to scoring again was from a Main header whicih hit the post and then rebounded off the goalkeeper for a corner.

Little had been seen of the home side's attack in the first half, and this continued into the early part of the second. A foul by Chris Hussey after 69 minutes presented Emanuelle Williams with an opportunity to score from the penalty spot, which he duly did.

Tom Davis, Elliott Godfrey and Kedwell all had opportunities in the second half but failed to find the target. The game ended in controversial fashion when the referee halted play with the Dons in possession, as a home player went down with cramp. Rather than have the drop-ball take place where play had been stopped with the Dons regaining possession of the ball, a contested drop-ball was taken from the point of the injury. The ball was immediately smashed towards the Dons' goal, and with Judge missing the bounce, Williams gained control of the ball and was caught by Judge at what appeared to be just outside the penalty area. However, the referee awarded a second penalty and dismissed Judge from the pitch. To the delight of the fans behind the goal, James Pullen dived to his left and palmed the ball away for a corner.

Terry Brown was a thoughtful man as he returned on the coach. "It is always bad news when a player is injured, but to lose a player in the warm up as we did with Andy Sambrook when he rolled his ankle over a divot, was upsetting. We had to reorganise at the last minute by bringing in Alan Inns and moving Ben Judge to right back. The initial report from Mike Rayner is that he is likely to be out for at least three weeks, but we will know more when the swelling has subsided.

"This was another difficult away trip against an incredibly motivated side, which saw us come away with what could be a valuable point at the end of the season. As my players are fully aware, the last nine games of the season are all going to be cup finals and we must expect teams to play with passion and commitment against us.

"After going ahead so early in the game I feel we should have increased the lead with some decent early pressure, which would have seen us put the game beyond the reach of the home side. We went in at half time without having given them any chances. The second half started with West-super-Mare pushing players forward and taking the game to us, but up to the hour point I could not see them scoring.

"However, a lack of discipline led to us giving a number of unnecessary free kicks and eventually this led to a stonewall penalty when Chris Hussey pushed their winger, who had little chance of getting to the ball. After the equaliser play moved from end to end but with neither side able to convert their half chances. After some questionable decisions by the referee we found ourselves conceding another penalty, which looked to have been outside the box. It also cost us the sending off of Ben Judge. But James Pullen was able to pull off a magnificent save to protect our point.

"Once again the support was absolutely fabulous and we now move to Tuesday night's important game against St Albans."


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Friday 06 March 2009
first team news
Terry on strikers and Weston-super-Mare

Terry Brown has not been able to complete a deal to bring another striker to the club but he was not disheartened when we spoke to him earlier today.

"I started the week off searching for a striker as cover for Jon Main and Danny Kedwell. Although we have until the end of the month to secure a player before the transfer deadline, it would have been nice to have got one on board prior to a busy forthcoming week.

"Although our search started off with a list of eleven different players, due to circumstances beyond our control, i.e. our team's fortunes or misfortunes, we haven't been able to secure a player for this Saturday. Several of the players we enquired about may become available before the transfer deadline, however I feel there is no particular panic at the moment as Tony Finn has shown that he is more than capable of playing up front alongside either of our strikers.

"On the positive side for Saturday, I am pleased to say that both Kennedy Adjei and Dwane Lee have taken part in both training sessions this week and should be fit and available for selection. This is a particular boost to the squad as Jake Leberl serves a one-match ban tomorrow for five bookings.

"We look in good shape going into what could be the most significant week of the year and it is important to have as many fit players available in our squad for three games during this seven day period. If we could secure maximum points from all three games it would certainly put us in a fantastic position.

"As any manager will tell you in this position, my job is to concentrate the boys on Saturday only. They have trained well this week and we are looking forward to they trip to Weston-super-Mare. Our scout Lionel Meade watched Weston's win at Fisher and highlighted a particular threat from their front two and therefore it will be important that our back four maintains their good run of late.

"I look forward to seeing those who make the journey on Saturday and let's hope we can enjoy another good weekend this season."


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Thursday 05 March 2009
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents The Specials' Roddy Radiation!

Kingsmeadow Live is proud to announce that Roddy Radiation, The Specials guitarist who wrote 'Rat Race', 'Concrete Jungle' and 'Hey Little Rich Girl', will be performing with his band The Skabilly Rebels on Saturday 21 March. See below for more information.

To book tickets, call 020 8547 3335.




Roddy Radiation and the Skabilly Rebels
With support from DJ’s spinning bluebeat, ska, and two-tone faves

Saturday 21st March
Doors 8pm, show starts 9.30pm, bar closes 1am
Admission: £10
For more information call our booking line on 020 8547 3335

Roderick James Byers started playing the trumpet when he was 11 years old but by the age of 13 had discovered Rock'n'Roll, and swapped his trombone for an electric guitar.

His early tastes in music ran to the more outrageous pop and R'n'B bands such as The Rolling Stones , The Kinks, and The Jimi Hendrix Experience and the early seventies saw Roddy adopt a "Ziggy Stardust" persona as "Roddy Radiation", a nickname given to him by his brother Chris.

Roddy's first proper group based on these early influences was The Wild Boys, formed in 1975 but he would have to wait a few more years until a certain local nutter (Jerry Dammers) asked Roddy to punk up his new band "The Coventry Automatics" - nee "The Specials".

Roddy & The Specials notched up seven top 10 hits including two number Ones ("Too Much Too Young" & "Ghost Town") and two top 5 albums ("Specials" & "More Specials") before the famed acrimonious split in 1981.

Rod's current project "The Skabilly Rebels" are a Coventry based outfit, mixing their own punky brand of rockabilly with the rhythmic lilt of Ska. They are on the verge of a studio album and have toured extensively around the UK and Europe.

For more information, click here.



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Tuesday 03 March 2009
club news
Quiz@Kingsmeadow

The quiz night returns to Kingsmeadow at 8pm on Thursday 12 March in the middle bar under new management. Come and test your general knowledge against Dons fans and others. There are prizes for the winners, spot prizes and even a prize for the funniest team name. Entry is £1 per head and teams are limited to 6 members each. Make sure not to miss out on what promises to be an enjoyable night.


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Tuesday 03 March 2009
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents Phil Nicholl! FEW TICKETS REMAINING

There are a few tickets left for our next Comedy@Kingsmeadow this Friday 6 March, headlined by the hilarious Phil Nicholl, so make sure you book soon to avoid disappointment by calling 020 8547 3335. See below for the full line-up.

Kingsmeadow Live is also proud to announce that Roddy Radiation, The Specials guitarist who wrote 'Rat Race', 'Concrete Jungle' and 'Hey Little Rich Girl', will be performing with his band The Skabilly Rebels on Saturday 21 March. For more information, click here.



Friday 6 March
COMEDY@KINGSMEADOW presents….
Phil Nicholl, Carey Marx and Markus Birdman
Doors open 7.30pm/ comedy starts 9.00pm/ bar closes Midnight
Admission: £12 (includes comedy and dinner)

Phil Nicholl (Headliner)
Born in Scotland and raised in Canada, Phil Nichol was first known as the guitar playing member of top classic musical comedy trio 'Corky and The Juice Pigs'. Phil's solo performances have earned him huge critical acclaim and many awards. He is a Tasmanian devil with a guitar, wickedly funny songs and superb improvisational skills. Phil is also a superb character comedian performing greasy fist Joe, Kenny Smiles and his own rendition of Bjork as part of the Lenny Beige show.
"A genius of a show" The Herald
"This is comedy at its most eye-popping, synapse-fizzing, moral majority baiting, manic" The Guardian
"Hovers between insanity and brilliance." The Sunday Times
"The face of an angel the tongue of a whore and the energy of a toddler on an Irn – Bru binge." The Times
"Skipping nimbly back and forth across the line that divides comedy and dementia" The Scotsman
" A stream of inspired lunacy, a roller coaster ride, full of violent, unexpected twists and delivered at breakneck pace." The Stage

Carey Marx (Opening Act)
In the last 5 years, Carey Marx has risen through the circuit’s ranks and now regularly headlines most clubs, annually compères at the Reading, Leeds and Glastonbury Festivals, and most recently has been added to the rosters of both the Comedy Store and Jongleurs, two of Britain’s largest and most prestigious comedy clubs.
He delivers a stream of delightfully amusing and deliciously wicked tales full of hilarious twists and unlikely villains and is also happy to perform some of his unique magic routines, on request.
Carey’s career has taken him to 15 countries as far a field as China and Ascension Island. He has performed for the Rolling Stones at Bill Wyman’s wedding, warmed up for Torville and Dean and even managed to make Princess Beatrice cry for over an hour. Class.
“Excellent” The Guardian
“Hilariously demented” Edinburgh Evening News
“Marx is a magician in the post-modern Penn and Teller mould whose comic patter makes him an act worth staying up for.” Time Out (on the Stand Up Show)

Markus Birdman (MC)
Markus Birdman is an up and coming Stand-Up based in London. He performed at the Edinburgh Festival 2001 as part of Screaming Blue Murder's Big Value Show and as a finalist in the televised BBC New Comedy Awards 2001.
He was the winner of the Lewisham Comedy Festival Open Mic 2001 competition, as well as a finalist in The Daily Telegraph Open Mic Award 2000, Jongleur's New Act 2000, Leicester Comedy Festival New Act 2001.
He performed at the Edinburgh Festival 2002 as both the compere of Avalon's Comedy Zone, and in Francesca Martinez's (Daily Telegraph Winner 2000) solo show, 'I'mPerfect', which he is also did at the Melbourne Comedy Festival 2003.
Whilst down under, Markus performed at the Sydney Comedy Store.
"Uniquely talented, demonstrates just how it's done." The Evening Standard.
"Already on his way up….." Time Out.
"Wonderful, extremely versatile." The Scotsman
"One of the millionaire mirth merchants of the future." The Metro.
"The crowd fell for his dry witty, confused little boy smutt-schtick in a big way" The Observer.
"Looks like the 4th Muskateer; infectious, likable and popular with the crowd" The Stage.


(Line-ups subject to change)



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Tuesday 03 March 2009
club news
AFC Wimbledon TV updated

Highlights of the Dons' 0-0 draw at Havant and Waterlooville last Saturday are now available on AFC Wimbledon TV. You can see them by clicking on AFC Wimbledon TV.


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Monday 02 March 2009
first team news
Andy Little

We have now heard the results of Andy Little's MRI scan. The specialist says that Andy has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

On hearing the news, Terry Brown said "this is terrible news for Andy. We are bitterly disappointed that what has been a great season for him should end in this manner. Luckily Andy is a very fit young man and I'm sure he will bounce back, in a similar fashion to both Luke and Lewis."


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Monday 02 March 2009
first team news
Terry on Havant

Terry Brown was far from downhearted after Saturday's draw at Havant.

"Saturday's game at Havant was a frustrating 90 minutes where, although I was pleased with the performance, our inability to score on the day meant the loss of two valuable points. I have obviously been spoilt over the last 15 games and Saturday's result felt more disappointing than possibly it should have.

"Having viewed the DVD over the weekend it highlighted the fact that we played better football than we have for a while and if our final ball had have been better I'm sure we would have run out comfortable winners. Having said that, I thought Havant defended very well and certainly made it difficult for us to breach their very solid defence. As far as our defence is concerned, it is very pleasing to note that this is our third clean sheet in a row. As all successful sides are built on good defences, we go into the final ten games in a fantastic position. And in that position, it is important that my players and I concentrate on what we do and not what others do, as the title still lies firmly in our own hands.

"There were no new injuries on Saturday. Dwane remains a couple of weeks off fitness. We are still awaiting the results of Andy Little's MRI scan and will inform you as soon as we have the necessary information. In the meantime we have had to ensure that we have cover for the last ten games and we have therefore signed Nick Gindre. Nick is a goalkeeper I've seen several times. He is a very talented young 'keeper with experience at Conference level and I must admit I was surprised to see Woking let him go.

"Our search for a cover striker goes on and there is a possibility of a loan later in the week.

"This week offers us the chance of two training sessions prior to our visit to Weston-super-Mare on Saturday. Having looked at the Havant video we will be doing a little bit of work on crossing and finishing.

"Our scout's report from Weston's game on Saturday at Fisher stated that Weston were a very efficient and well-organised side. Therefore we are anticipating a keenly-contested game. But more about that later in the week."


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Monday 02 March 2009
club news
Update on Coaches to Weston-super-Mare and St Albans

The first supporters' coach going to Weston-super-Mare next Saturday is now full. A second coach will be taken if enough bookings are received over the next couple of days. The coach will pick up at The Woodman at 9.30 am and from Kingsmeadow at 10.00 am.

Bookings are also being taken for the coach travelling to St Albans on Tuesday 10 March. The coach will pick up from The Woodman at 5.00 pm and from Kingsmeadow at 5.30 pm.

The cost is £10 and a plaace can be reserved on either coach by contacting the office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays.


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Sunday 01 March 2009
dons trust news
Photographs of Dinner with Dickie

Photographs of last Friday's highly successful and entertaining Dinner with Dickie are now available online for viewing and purchase here.

Profits on the photographs sold will be contributed to the Dons Trust. We are grateful to Zoe Linkson for taking this wonderful collection of photographs and for making them available to the Trust in this way.

A write-up of the evening will follow in a matchday programme shortly.


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Sunday 01 March 2009
club news
Shop sale

The Club Shop sale continues, with thousands of items at special offer prices. A selection of the discounted products can be seen by clicking on sale items

The online shop is now live with the new, low prices. Visit the new Sale section in the online shop by clicking on shop

Subject to availability. E & OE.


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