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Wednesday 31 March 2010
club news
Supporters' coach to York

There has been a considerable amount of interest in running a supporters' coach to next Wednesday's Blue Square Premier match against York City.

We need around ten more supporters to book a place in order to run the coach. The coach will pick up from The Grove at 10.30 am and from Kingsmeadow at 11.00 am. On the return journey the coach will drop fans off at Kingsmeadow, Raynes Park, central Wimbledon and The Grove. The cost will be £15.

To book seats on the coach please call at the complimentary tickets window before or after Monday afternoon’s game against Stevenage or telephone the office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on Thursday.


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Wednesday 31 March 2010
club news
Terry looks back on last night

"I thought it was a very exciting game last night but with a disappointing outcome. I felt we came flying out of the traps and played some of the best football for a while and am bitterly disappointed that we did not pick up all three points.

"As often happens when you are so much in command the opposition go up the other end and score. Having created chance after chance without scoring it is always difficult to keep going and I though the players showed great character coming back from a sloppy first goal. Having got back on level terms and looking to go on and win the game we went gung-ho and left ourselves open at the back. Again the strength of character showed through to force a penalty in the dying minutes and I thought a draw was scant reward for a very good display.

"There were good performances from both full backs and Luke Moore and Will Hendry caused the Wrexham defence all sorts of problems all night.

"The result leaves us in a precarious position regarding the play-offs being 10 points behind York City with a game in hand and a visit to Bootham Crescent next week. Although it is a massive ask and no longer in our own hands there are still 21 points to play for and therefore Saturday and Monday’s games take on a cup final status for us.

"I will have to juggle the squad for the three games in five days as if we are to give ourselves an outside chance we need the fittest players possible. This will mean resting one or two of the players who have played well in recent games but looking at our workload next week we have to make full use of the whole squad."



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Wednesday 31 March 2010
club news
Under 18 and 19 games off

Both today's Under 19 game at Woking and tomorrow's Under 18 game against Hayes & Yeading have been called off and will be rearranged in due course.


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Tuesday 30 March 2010
club news
Dons end losing streak

Wimbledon got the late equaliser they richly deserved to pin back Wrexham and bring their losing run to an end.

In a game they dominated for long periods it looked as though bad luck would again send the Dons to defeat but Glenn Poole's penalty brought the scores level.

Terry Brown made two changes to the XI that had started against Rushden & Diamonds bringing in Jay Conroy and Danny Blanchett. Although dominating the first half the Dons went in all square after missing another penalty. Conroy was brought down as he ran into the box and without the injured Jon Main, Danny Kedwell stepped up but his low shot was well saved by Chris Maxwell.

The Dons were made to pay for the miss five minutes into the second half as an own goal by James Pullen, who involuntarily deflected Paul Lorraine's attempted clearance into his own net, gave the visitors the lead. For the rest of the half the Dons battled to get back on terms and three minutes from time a Poole free kick delivered with quality was headed goal wards by Brett Johnson and then deflected into his own net by Frank Sinclair.

Wimbledon went for the win only to be caught short at the back as Andy Mangan timed his run to perfection and shot past the advancing Pullen. The drama was not over as in the sixth minute of added on time Sinclair struck Kedwell as a corner came over and after a discussion between the referee and his assistant the defender was sent off to complete a miserable night for the former Chelsea man. Poole stepped up to send Maxwell the wrong way and earn a valuable point.





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Tuesday 30 March 2010
club news
Your chance to vote in the kit competition

For this year's kit competition we have short-listed 10 designs in total, five home and five away kits.

Please vote for your favourite design - one choice for a numbered home kit and one choice for an away kit indicated by a letter. Votes can be submitted either at the ground, by handing a slip in to the office, or by email to kit competition.

Please indicate the number of the home kit you are voting for and the letter of the away kit, and your Dons Trust membership number or season ticket number.

The deadline for votes is 3.00 pm on Monday 5 April and the winner will be announced during the man of the match presentation following the Stevenage game that day.












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Tuesday 30 March 2010
club news
Terry Brown interview, post Rushden

You can see Terry's interview after the game by clicking on Terry on Rushden.

The audio-only link can be found by clicking on Terry Brown - sound only re Rushden.


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Tuesday 30 March 2010
club news
Armed Forces

Moorad Choudhry, who sponsors the AFC Wimbledon matchday programme, is the match sponsor for the last game of the season on Tuesday 20 April against Tamworth.

He is not going to need all 10 tickets so he has kindly asked the commercial department to invite any Dons fans that have served in the armed forces in Afghanistan or Iraq to join his party.

The match sponsorship package includes tickets for the Presidents Lounge and Director’s Box, a complimentary programme, a hot buffet before the game and the chance to choose and have a picture taken with the man of the match.

Please e-mail here to register your interest.

There are a limited number of places available so we will fill them on a first come, first served basis.



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Tuesday 30 March 2010
dons trust news
Change of date for the SGM

Because of clashes with rearranged fixtures, the date of the Dons Trust Special General Meeting (SGM) has been moved to Thursday 22 April (from Thursday 15 April). The meeting will be held in the back bar, starting at 7.30 pm. Papers will be sent out shortly.



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Monday 29 March 2010
club news
Bucket collection at the Wrexham game

Exiled Chester fans will be staging a fund-raising bucket collection, to help build a new club in their home city, at tomorrow night's game against Wrexham.

Funds will be donated to the City Fans United group, which is aiming to have a ‘phoenix’ club playing football in Chester by the start of next season. This follows the expulsion of Chester City FC from the Football Conference and the club’s subsequent winding-up in the High Court.

City Fans United (CFU), a Supporters’ Trust body with more than 1,000 members, needs to build up its war-chest to allow football to be played in Chester again.

Members of the Chester City Exiles, a fans’ club now in its 25th season, will be at Kingsmeadow with their buckets asking for donations on behalf of CFU. They hope for some friendly banter and generosity from local rivals, Wrexham.

Exiles chair, Pauline Meakins, said: “The support shown by other football clubs, particularly AFC Wimbledon for generously allowing us to stage this collection and the messages of support from many of the fans of our old enemy Wrexham, has meant so much to us over the past few terrible months. It has given us a lot of strength and a real hope for the future of football in Chester. We thank everyone very much.”

For further information, contact Sue Choularton: 07979-495508 or email sue@choularton.co.uk.







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Monday 29 March 2010
club news
World Cup auction

With a certain tournament in South Africa just a couple of months away now, what better way to prepare for it (and help Dons Trust funds) than by bidding for a selection of carefully chosen England-related sports memorabilia? We have assembled ten lots representing some of the most iconic moments in England and World Cup history and you can bid online now until 2359 hours on Saturday 3 April 2010, with the event culminating in a 'live' auction ending at 1430 hours in the back bar before the Stevenage Borough Bank Holiday fixture at Kingsmeadow.

To view the items on offer and to enter your bid, please visit here.

Don't forget to come to the back bar pre-game on Monday 5 April where you can inspect the lots at first hand and put in some winning bids in person.

The fundraising team is grateful to Dons Trust Board member Ray Armfield for gathering together this excellent portfolio of items and for organising the auction. If you have any questions or enquiries, please email him here



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Monday 29 March 2010
first team news
Terry Brown 'there are plenty of points still to play for'

Despite the Dons' play off hopes taking a blow on Saturday, manager Terry Brown is not giving up on taking enough points from the remaining 24 that are available to keep the team in the hunt.

"After the disappointment of losing on Saturday I was able to lick my wounds over the weekend and watch the DVD of the game. I certainly couldn't fault our commitment or work rate as both sides battled out an evenly contested games with very few chances at either end.

"The difference between the two sides was the fact that they took their one chance and we failed to take ours on the day. This is often the case when a team is going through a good run and we need to take the positives out of Saturday's game to get ourselves back on track.

"Looking at the league table it would appear that, if Rushden and Luton continue their form, there will only be one play off place to play for. As we have to visit both York and Mansfield, and with 24 points still available to us, it is my job to ensure the players once again give everything on Tuesday night against Wrexham.

"The boys were feeling a little sorry for them selves in training this morning butI am sure that now they have had the opportunity of working together again they will understand how important Tuesday's game is to us.

"Although we worked hard on Saturday we do need to create more chances and I have once again asked the midfield to give us more of a supply of both chances and goals. The support we had on Saturday was just fantastic. I know it will be hard to lift morale on the terraces again but don't give up on us just yet.

"Thankfully, at this moment it appears we have no additional injuries and apart from Paul Lorraine and Will Hendry who are both a bit stiff from Saturday's game (but should be OK for tomorrow) everybody appears to be fighting fit."

As with most Tuesday night games, there will be seats available for sale on the evening. They will go on sale from the kiosk in the lobby leading to the main bar at 6.45 pm.


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Monday 29 March 2010
ladies news
Victory for the girls at Chipstead

AFC Wimbledon’s girls were also on the trail of silverware yesterday when they beat Colne Valley 3-0 to lift the Surrey FA U16’s Girls' Cup in the final, which was held at Chipstead FC's ground.

In a hard-fought match a battling Colne Valley side held their own in a first half in which few chances were created by either team, to go in with the score at 0-0. A goal from Wimbledon's Bernice Tully early in the second half settled the team and they went on to dominate the rest of the match, with Shannon Lindo scoring a further two goals.


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Sunday 28 March 2010
youth news
Victory for the boys at Chipstead

The boys under 13 squad have brought home the first silverware of the season winning the Surrey County cup for their age group. The boys were 2 – 0 up and well in charge at half time. The first followed a well worked short corner which Danny Gallagher turned in at the near post in and a penalty cleanly despatched by Jake Gill was just reward on the balance of play.

Netherne Falcons came back strongly in the second half, competing well in midfield and starting to ask questions of the resolute Dons’ back four. They will consider themselves unfortunate to fall further behind when unmarked Patrick Roberts made the most of a screwed shot across goal and finished clinically at the far post. The final score coming when Jordan Gallagher beat his marker in the box and was brought down, the same player getting up to convert into the bottom corner to make it 4 - 0.

Both sides competed fairly throughout and are to be congratulated on the quality of football on display.



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Saturday 27 March 2010
club news
Dons slip further behind the play-off pack

Despite a much-improved performance from Tuesday night's game against Barrow, the Dons lost to the only goal of the game against Rushden & Diamonds.

In a closely fought contest, there was little between the two teams and the match was settled by a 55th minute goal from Craig Farrell. Terry Brown was able to start three of the players who had recovered from injury, with Brett Johnson, Steven Gregory and Will Hendry back in the team.

The deciding goal came after a through ball found Farrell, who out-stripped the Dons' defence and slipped the ball past James Pullen. As Terry Brown later commented, "the opposition converted one of their two chances while Will Hendry missed the Dons' best opportunity, and that was the difference between the two teams".

Brown was happy with the performance, and although the team may have come up just a little bit short, the players had shown the desire to wear the Wimbledon shirt that he had asked for. Whilst it was still mathematically possible to make the play-offs, Brown said that he and the players would still be going all-out to reach the top five, although there were still difficult games at York and Mansfield, and of course the home game against the league leaders, Stevenage Borough.

Having raised their game for the fixture against Rushden & Diamonds, it was important that the team also raised themselves for the game against Wrexham on Tuesday night and he hoped the fans would play an important role by coming to the game and getting behind the team as they had done all season.


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Saturday 27 March 2010
youth news
U13 Youth Cup Final tomorrow

Tomorrow, Sunday 28 March will see the first Cup Final appearance of the season for our youth development programme. The Under 13 squad managed by Tony Wilson and coached by Senior Academy Manager Mark Robinson face Netherne Falcons for the Surrey County trophy. Kick Off is 10:30 at Chipstead Football Ground, High Road, Chipstead, Surrey CR5 3SF

Why not get along to Chipstead and see for yourself the level of young talent the club is developing? The boys and staff would be delighted to see you there.


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Friday 26 March 2010
club news
Update on Suppporters’ coaches

The club is still taking bookings for the coach travelling to Histon on Saturday 3 April. The coach picks up from The Grove at 9.00 am and from Kingsmeadow at 9.30 am. The cost is £10.

The club plans to run a coach to the rearranged game against York City on Wednesday 7 April but we will only run the coach if it is full. The coach will pick up from The Grove at 10.30 am and from Kingsmeadow at 11.00 am. On the return journey the coach will drop fans off at Kingsmeadow, Raynes Park, central Wimbledon and The Grove. The cost will be £15.

To book a seat on either coach please call at the complimentary tickets window either before or after tomorrow’s game against Rushden & Diamonds or telephone the office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00am and 4.00 pm on weekdays.



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Friday 26 March 2010
first team news
Dons gear up for 'massively important game'

Despite yet more bad injury news last night, with the likelihood that Jon Main is out for the season, Terry Brown was taking a very positive view of tomorrow's key game against fourth placed Rushden & Diamonds. But first, he talked about our injury record and what we are doing about it.

"Reflecting on the disappointing news regarding Jon Main, if Mike's diagnosis proves to be right, at least Jon won't have to undergo any surgery or lengthy rehab period. However, it looks almost certainly as though he will miss the remainder of the season.

"This is once again a massive blow, not only to Jon but for Wimbledon as we approach the final nine games of the season. I can't for the life of me think of any connection between any of the knee injuries we've suffered. However, as you'd expect, the club will look very closely at any possible connection between our training and the amount of injuries we have had.

"During a visit to Nottingham Forest last week, we spoke in great detail about our injuries this year with the Notts Forest medical staff. They emphasised the importance of core stability and balance which could be a factor in any of the injuries. However, this is an area where our players already work very hard and if I look at someone like Lewis Taylor he is probably the fittest athlete within our club with good balance and core stability - and he has suffered two ACLs in the last two seasons. We will, however, continue to explore any possible reasons, other than very bad luck. We are making full use of our excellent contacts into some Premier League clubs to get their views and advice.

"This leads me on to, hopefully, some better fitness news with players. Mike believes that both Steven Gregory and Will Hendry stand a good chance of passing fitness tests tomorrow. Added to a fit-again Brett Johnson, this will allow us to make one or two changes to tomorrow's side.

"Normally, managers comment on a must-win game after the result. It is quite clear that Saturday's game is massively important to us. If we are to finish above Rushden, York and Mansfield then we can't expect other teams to beat them, we have to do it ourselves.

"The players are well aware after Tuesday's disappointing performance we have to bounce back immediately. This group of players has responded to disappointments with great character and I fully expect them to bounce back on Saturday. It will be important that we all put Tuesday's game behind us and that the crowd gets behind the players and we focus on beating a very talented and in-form Rushden & Diamonds.

"Thanks for your support and I look forward to seeing you on Saturday."

One of the early indications of a large crowd is an unusually low number of returned season ticket vouchers. Returns for tomorrow's game are one of the lowest totals of the season and with strong demand for seats it looks like being a busy game, so we encourage fans to get here early.

Any available seats will go on sale at about 1.45 pm from the kiosk in the lobby by the main bar. Any available seat tickets will mainly be 'singles'. There are plenty of terrace tickets available.


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Friday 26 March 2010
club news
Barry Briggs - Book launch at Kingsmeadow

Barry Briggs, the legendary Wimbledon speedway star, launches his book at AFC Wimbledon.

On Saturday 27 March, the day of the Rushden & Diamonds game, Barry Briggs will launch his book The Adventures of Barry Briggs: Wembley and Beyond at 1.30 pm in the back bar at Kingsmeadow. He will be answering questions about his life as the greatest ever speedway star and his long association with Wimbledon.

Barry is a fan of our club and actively supports the Dons, and we are mentioned his book. It will be an honour to have such a major star in our midst.

Barry is making a donation to the club from book sales, so please come and hear a legend speak, buy a copy of the book and get a treasured autograph at the same time.


Excerpts from Briggo’s book:

“I think I have enjoyed watching and attending football even more over the last few years. Along with Jan, we have become supporters of AFC Wimbledon, a club formed from nothing after Wimbledon FC moved to Milton Keynes.”

“AFC Wimbledon is one of the success stories of sport, especially now with the outlandish money around football. AFC Wimbledon is just about the game of football, not stars, not monster transfer fees. To me, it puts the word ‘sport’ back into football, and I sincerely hope it stays this way.”

“On Wednesday 21 August 2002, I was in a queue half a mile from the ground trying to get in to watch AFC Wimbledon’s home league debut at Kingsmeadow.”

“Four promotions in seven seasons later, AFC Wimbledon are now one rung below the Football League.”



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Friday 26 March 2010
club news
Please return your season ticket vouchers if you can't come to the Rushden game

Seats are in short supply for tomorrow's game agaisnt Rushden & Diamonds so if you can't come to the game, please send us your ST voucher, or send an email with your details, confirming that you can't attend. We can then re-sell your seat and/or reclaim the VAT on your voucher.




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Thursday 25 March 2010
first team news
Unbelievable

We understand from Mike Rayner that it is likely that Jon Main has suffered damage to his posterior cruciate ligament.

Jon will go for a scan tomorrow but, if it confirms the diagnosis, Jon will not play again this season. The treatment is not an operation but rest and monitored exercises.


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Thursday 25 March 2010
first team news
We have to put it right on Saturday - Dons skipper

Dons captain Paul Lorraine can't explain what went wrong in Tuesday night's disappointing defeat against Barrow, but he is determined that it won't happen again on Saturday when Rushden and Diamonds are the visitors.

"There is no denying we were poor on Tuesday. We let everyone down. I know I didn't personally have the best game, but I can't remember when so many players had an off game at the same time.

"The gaffer reminded us that we've surprised a few people this season by being in the running for a play off place and we don't want to let that go now. We'd had a great home record and, before Tuesday's game, I think we'd let in less than ten goals at home. All season - and especially recently - we've been a force to be reckoned with at home and everyone wants to get back on track and put things right.

"We'll be working hard in training tonight to make sure we put things right on Saturday. This one really is a must-win game but all the players will be focused. It wasn't pleasant leaving the pitch at the end of the game with some of the crowd obviously upset. All I'd say is we'll be a very different team on Saturday and you'll see the difference.

"Rushden have easily the toughest run in of the top seven teams, but they've been in great form. I heard that Justin Edinburgh was at the game on Tuesday night and what he saw won't have worried him. But he's been around the game long enough to know that teams have off nights. Remember that we took all three points up there and we aim to do the same again on Saturday. They will know they've been in a game."


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Thursday 25 March 2010
club news
Kick It Out

AFC Wimbledon is proud to announce our second Kick It Out ‘Day of Action’ of the 09/10 season at the Rushden and Diamonds game on Saturday 27 March.

The club will once again be promoting Kick It Out’s ‘One Game One Community’ campaign. While the players will be helping to get the message across to the fans by wearing ‘One Game One Community’ t-shirts during the warm-up, the highlight will undoubtedly be the penalty shoot out between two AFC Wimbledon youth teams at half time, one captained by Haydon the Womble (AFC Wimbledon’s mascot) and one by Kio (Kick It Out’s mascot). There will also be editorial in the programme and various signage in the stadium.


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Thursday 25 March 2010
club news
AFC Wimbledon and Love Music Hate Racism present The Beat this Saturday UPDATE!

We are very excited to announce that our support act on the night will be Mr Bligh, an up and coming reggae/ funk solo act from Bristol.
For more about Mr Bligh, click here.




AFC Wimbledon and Love Music Hate Racism are pleased to announce that The Beat will be performing at Kingsmeadow Live on Saturday 27 March, kindly supported by The Communications Workers Union (info) and the Merton Branch of the National Union of Teachers (info) .

All profits from this gig will be donated to the Love Music Hate Racism 2010 pre-election campaign.

Following AFC Wimbledon’s participation in Kick It Out’s week of action in October, the club is really excited about supporting yet another anti-racism event at the Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium.

We are also very fortunate to have an act like The Beat both play at Kingsmeadow Live and support Love Music Hate Racism. The Beat were at the forefront of the ska movement in the late 70s and early 80s, scoring several top ten hits along the way.

See below for more details about the gig and the band.

To purchase tickets, click here.


Saturday 27 March
Kingsmeadow Live and Love Music Hate Racism present…
The Beat
With support from DJ’s spinning bluebeat, ska, two-tone faves with a side order of real deal 60’s soul, power pop and new wave.
Doors: 7.30pm Bar closes 1.00am
Admission: £15


1979 was a time of social, political and musical upheaval. Into this storm came The Beat, trying to calm the waters with their simple message of love and unity set to a great dance beat.
Originally from Birmingham, The Beat were all about inclusion, rather than exclusion, and this showed in their personnel and their music influences. Along with their contemporaries The Specials, The Selecter, and Madness, The Beat became an overnight sensation and one of the most popular and influential bands of the British ska movement.
By Christmas of 1979, The Beat were riding high in the UK charts with their first single, a smoking remake of the classic Smokey Robinson tune "Tears of a Clown".
Over the course of the next five years The Beat toured relentlessly and released three studio albums: "I Just Can't Stop It", "Wh'appen", and "Special Beat Service". The band toured the world with artists such as David Bowie, The Police, REM, The Clash, The Talking Heads and The Pretenders to name but a few.
The Beat kept scoring hits with tunes that have now become so popular that it's hard to remember a time when they didn't exist, such as "Mirror in the Bathroom", "Save it for Later", "I Confess", "Stand Down Margaret", and their serene cover of Andy William's "Can't Get Used To Losing You".
For more information, click here.


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Thursday 25 March 2010
club news
New date for the York City game

Having received submissions from both ourselves and York City about the date for this rearranged fixture, the Football Conference has decided that the match will take place on Wednesday 7 April 2010, kick off 7.45 pm.


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Wednesday 24 March 2010
club news
AFC Wimbledon and Love Music Hate Racism present The Beat this Saturday!

AFC Wimbledon and Love Music Hate Racism are pleased to announce that The Beat will be performing at Kingsmeadow Live on Saturday 27 March, kindly supported by The Communications Workers Union (info) and the Merton Branch of the National Union of Teachers (info) .

All profits from this gig will be donated to the Love Music Hate Racism 2010 pre- election campaign.

Following AFC Wimbledon’s participation in Kick It Out’s week of action in October, the club is really excited about supporting yet another anti-racism event at the Cherry Red Records Fans Stadium.

We are also very fortunate to have an act like The Beat both play at Kingsmeadow Live and support Love Music Hate Racism. The Beat were at the forefront of the ska movement in the late 70s and early 80s, scoring several top ten hits along the way.

See below for more details about the gig and the band.


To purchase tickets, click here.


Saturday 27 March
Kingsmeadow Live and Love Music Hate Racism present…
The Beat
With support from DJ’s spinning bluebeat, ska, two-tone faves with a side order of real deal 60’s soul, power pop and new wave.
Doors: 7.30pm Bar closes 1.00am
Admission: £15


1979 was a time of social, political and musical upheaval. Into this storm came The Beat, trying to calm the waters with their simple message of love and unity set to a great dance beat.
Originally from Birmingham, The Beat were all about inclusion, rather than exclusion, and this showed in their personnel and their music influences. Along with their contemporaries The Specials, The Selecter, and Madness, The Beat became an overnight sensation and one of the most popular and influential bands of the British ska movement.
By Christmas of 1979, The Beat were riding high in the UK charts with their first single, a smoking remake of the classic Smokey Robinson tune "Tears of a Clown".
Over the course of the next five years The Beat toured relentlessly and released three studio albums: "I Just Can't Stop It", "Wh'appen", and "Special Beat Service". The band toured the world with artists such as David Bowie, The Police, REM, The Clash, The Talking Heads and The Pretenders to name but a few.
The Beat kept scoring hits with tunes that have now become so popular that it's hard to remember a time when they didn't exist, such as "Mirror in the Bathroom", "Save it for Later", "I Confess", "Stand Down Margaret", and their serene cover of Andy William's "Can't Get Used To Losing You".
For more information, click here.



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Wednesday 24 March 2010
dons trust news
Line-up for Terry's Tales

There have been two last-minute developments on the line-up for Terry's Tales. First, we regret to announce that, due to unforeseen but pressing family reasons, John Scales is now unable to attend on Friday. He sends his apologies and we look forward to seeing John at future events for the club.

However, we are now looking forward to the participation of an additional guest in John's place, in the form of former striker Efan Ekoku. Known to many as The Chief, Efan was a popular figure with Wimbledon supporters in his tenure with the club from 1994 to 1999. With spells at Norwich City, Sheffield Wednesday, Brentford and other clubs under his belt, and international experience for Nigeria, Efan adds the final and welcome surprise to Friday's line-up.

If you would like to reserve a place at the dinner, this really is the final chance. Please contact here urgently if you would like to order a place and we will do what we can to accommodate additional reservations in the short period of time available.




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Wednesday 24 March 2010
first team news
Terry 'bitterly disappointed' at last night's defeat

Terry Brown was his usual honest self when looking back on last night's very disappointing defeat to Barrow.

"On early reflection of last night's game, and without seeing the relevant DVD, it would be obvious to anyone who watched the game how disappointed I was with our performance. From a manager's point of view you send your players out and providing they put a shift in, and they do the things you've asked them to do, nine times out of ten you can't ask for any more.

"The most disappointing aspect for me was our reaction, or lack of, to the opening goal. Without ever playing well in the first half, we could easily have gone in one nil up. Having missed the penalty the players were naturally a little down at half time. I fully expected the players to come out in the second half and take the game to Barrow and therefore I was bitterly disappointed at their reaction to what was a stunning opening goal by Barrow.

"Instead of raising our game, it looked to have knocked all the stuffing out of us. The one thing any supporter and manager requires of his team is that they knuckle down and work hard and I didn't think they worked hard enough as a team in the last half an hour.

"Having picked up an injury prior to half time, Jon Main's knee stiffened up during the second half and we made a substitution of Nathan Elder. From then on, the team went longer and longer and considering the size of the Barrow back four, I was disappointed we didn't win more ball aerially.

"Their second goal summed up the game as far as we were concerned and although the referee added on four minutes, he could easily have added on four days as we never looked like breaking down a very well organised and talented Barrow.

"I'd like to wish Barrow good luck at Wembley. They certainly played very well last night and thoroughly deserved to win. As far as our own season is concerned, we have a perfect opportunity to bounce back in what really is a must-win game for us on Saturday. Although the form of late has been very inconsistent we have to play Rushden at home, Mansfield and York away and we will certainly not throw in the towel at this stage as anything is possible between now and 24 April.

"I will be looking to make changes to Saturday's side and although confidence is not at its highest at the moment, I expect every single player who is lucky enough to pull on the shirt, to earn the right to do so on Saturday."


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Tuesday 23 March 2010
club news
Wimbledon crash to defeat

Wimbledon suffered their worst league defeat of the season at Kingsmeadow as they were well beaten by a good Barrow side who showed no signs of tiredness after their semi-final win in the FA Trophy on Saturday. Although not out of contention for the play-offs, any further abject performances would quickly bring to an end any hopes of a play off position.

Devoid of ideas and lacking any bite the Dons mustered just two shots on target all game. One of those was a 40th minute penalty from Jon Main after he had been brought down by Phil Bolland. Main picked himself up but his weak shot was comfortably saved by Tim Deasy.

Six minutes into the second half the Dons were made to pay for the miss when Mark Boyd struck from 25 yards after he was given time and space to shoot. Despite the appearance of Nathan Elder and Kennedy Adjei in the second half the Dons were unable to make any impression on the visitor’s defence and the result was put beyond doubt when James Pullen’s clearance was half blocked and Nick Chadwick shot into the empty net from 30 yards.



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Tuesday 23 March 2010
club news
Barrow preview

Tonight Wimbledon take on Barrow in the first of three crucial home games in eight days. When the two sides met back in November it finished 2-2, with second-half goals from Elliott Godfrey and Jon Main rescuing the Dons from a 2-0 deficit. Four of Barrow’s eight wins have come on the road, but their recent away form has been inconsistant, with defeats to Stevenage Borough and Gateshead either side of a win at Ebbsfleet United.

Barrow will still be on a high after reaching the FA Trophy final at the weekend, and looking forward to a trip to Wembley in May to face Stevenage. Their players have already had the experience of playing in front of over 25,000 people, in their FA Cup Third Round tie at Sunderland in January. Before they can get too carried away, they will be hoping to secure their place in the Blue Square Premier for next season: they currently sit in 20th position, just one spot above the relegation zone, and on the same points as Eastbourne Borough directly below them. They do have a fair few games in hand, having played just 32 so far – fewer than any other team in the league.

Having missed out at the weekend on the chance to add to the last league victory against Eastbourne, Terry Brown was looking forward to tonight’s game. “After a disappointing weekend when we travelled to York and were unable to play, we are looking forward to getting back into action tonight. When I looked at the pitch at 1.15 pm last Saturday with the referee and Martin Foyle, the York City manager, it was obvious that we couldn’t play on an already flooded surface. For both the players and the fans the prospect of travelling back up to York for a midweek game is not great, but the decision not to play the game was the correct one.

“Monday’s training session saw several players returning, and we hope that Nathan Elder, Danny Kedwell and Danny Blanchett will all be fit and available for selection tonight. Unfortunately we are still without both Will Hendry and Steven Gregory, and of course Lewis Taylor. Lewis had a successful operation on Friday and has already started his rehabilitation under the expert guidance of Mike Rayner.

“With ten games still to play it is important that we win the vast majority of our home games, and Barrow is the first of six matches where we will be looking for maximum points. If we can secure a victory tonight it will put a bit of pressure on Rushden & Diamonds, who have to play Oxford United tomorrow before their trip to Kingsmeadow on Saturday.

“Tonight’s game will not be easy. Barrow still need to secure some additional points before they reach safety, and as any manager will tell you, you don’t want to go into your biggest game of the season, the FA Trophy final, on a poor run of form.

“We have decided to extend the loan of Jack Turner, who has been in excellent form with Bedfont Green. As the loan has been extended we have the right to recall him if it proves necessary.”

There are plenty of seats available for tonight’s game, and they will go on sale at the kiosk inside the main entrance from 6.45 pm.



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Tuesday 23 March 2010
dons trust news
Auction for Terry's Tales

As with previous fundraising dinners, there will be an auction of club memorabilia at Terry's Tales this Friday. We are opening these items to online viewing and bidding in advance of the event. Online bids need to be placed by 4pm this Friday 26 March. To see the items and place your online bid, visit here. The highest online bidders will be contacted after Friday in the event that their bids have not been outbid at the dinner.

It is not yet too late to reserve your place at the dinner, if you have not already done so. If you wish to reserve a place, then please contact here as soon as possible.



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Tuesday 23 March 2010
dons trust news
Terry's tales - an evening with Terry Burton and friends

The evening is almost upon us and the excitement is beginning to build.

As you will know, joining the one and only Terry Burton, and sharing tales of their Wimbledon FC memories, are the legendary Neal Ardley,
1988 FA Cup winner John Scales, and David Barnard the former Chief Executive of Wimbledon FC and now firm friend and invaluable source of advice for our Club, AFC Wimbledon.

Also in attendance will be Wimbledon FC and AFC Wimbledon heroes, Marcus Gayle and, our President, Dickie Guy, together with our title winning management team of Terry Brown and Stuart Cash.

After enjoying a three course meal and dinner games, including a fun 'true or false' quiz, the raffle and auction will provide guests with an opportunity to get their hands on some superb memorabilia.

There are some tickets still available if you get your requests in now.

Individual tickets are priced at £75, but you can save money if you form a group. Tables of ten and half-tables of five are priced at £600 and £325, respectively. These prices include a three-course meal and coffee.

To apply for tickets, send your name, telephone number and email address (if you have one), together with a cheque for the correct amount, to Terry’s Tales, The Dons Trust, The Cherry Red Records Fans’
Stadium – Kingsmeadow, Jack Goodchild Way, 422a Kingston Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 3PB. Cheques should be made payable to The Dons Trust. Please make us aware of any special dietary requirements.

If you have any questions, please email here or leave a message for Simon Bath via the club on 020 8547 3528.


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Sunday 21 March 2010
dons trust news
Date for the Dons Trust Special General Meeting

The next Special General Meeting of the Dons Trust will be held on Thursday 15 April at Kingsmeadow at 7.30 pm. The formal notice and papers will be sent out soon - but please put the date in your diary.




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Saturday 20 March 2010
club news
York Match Postponed

This afternoon's game against York City was postponed at 1:15 pm after heavy rain made the pitch unplayable.

Rain started falling late friday night and although the pitch was still playable at midday the rain then turned torrential.

Terry Brown and the team arrived at the ground shortly after 1 pm and it was immediately apparent from the water lying on the pitch that the game could not go ahead.

The referee consulted both Terry and Martin Foyle and everyone agreed to the postponement.

The new date for this fixture will be announced next week.


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Friday 19 March 2010
first team news
The Dons take on York without Kedwell and Elder

The Dons go to York with some injury worrries resolved, but some major new ones to deal with in a game that is a key test of the team's chances of making the play offs.

Not so long ago, York were seen as a sure-fire tip for the play offs, following a fantastic run of 14 wins, 3 draws and only 1 defeat, and that at Premier League Stoke City in the FA Cup. But since then they have had a slump in form and, until Tuesday night's hard-fought win at Mansfield, they had won only one game in seven. So tomorrow's game is critical for them, as they strive to retain a play off place.

Obviously a key man to watch is top-scorer Richard Brodie who has had a little bit of a lull in his goalscoring recently but is always a potent physical threat, even when he isn't scoring. For much of the season his strike partner has been the equally tall and strong Michael Rankine, who scored the winner at Kingsmeadow near the beginning of their long winning run. Recently however Michael Gash, a £55,000 signing from Ebbsfleet, has been getting the nod from manager Martin Foyle, ahead of Rankine.

Terry Brown was wrestling with some new injury problems when we spoke to him at lunch time today.

"We travelled to York today, having to leave behind Danny Kedwell, Nathan Elder, Steven Gregory, Will Hendry and Danny Blanchett. On a positive note, Brett Johnson is fit and available for selection and is likely to be on the bench tomorrow. Also recovered from illness and injury are Luke Moore, Glenn Poole and Jon Main, all of whom will probably be starting.

"These new injuries give Ryan Jackson and Jack Stafford the opportunity of experiencing a big game atmosphere at a large, successful northern club. With ten games to go the visit to York is a really important game. We have travelled without Danny Kedwell before, to both Barrow and Stevenage, and come away with points and I am confident that we have a strong enough squad to do well tomorrow.

"The games will come thick and fast from now on in, and hopefully some of the ill and injured players will be available for the home game on Tuesday night."


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Friday 19 March 2010
club news
AFC Wimbledon Commercial Forum

The AFC Wimbledon commercial department is pleased to announce our first Business Forum event, being held in conjunction with The Best of Wimbledon and Merton and The Best of Kingston.

The event will be held in the Ethelred Suite at The Cherry Red Records Fans’ Stadium - Kingsmeadow on Wednesday 24 March, starting at 6.30 pm and finishing at 9.00 pm. This is a fantastic opportunity to network with fellow AFC Wimbledon fans, AFC Wimbledon's corporate partners, members of 'The Best of' as well as other companies from both the Wimbledon and Kingston business communities.

Tickets cost £12 + VAT* each and include a complimentary glass of wine on arrival and canapés. You can purchase tickets here.

For more information, please e-mail here.

*Tickets cost £12 + VAT for AFC Wimbledon corporate partners, season ticket holders and Dons Trust members. Others pay £22 + VAT.


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Thursday 18 March 2010
club news
AFC Wimbledon and Love Music Hate Racism present The Beat!

AFC Wimbledon and Love Music Hate Racism are pleased to announce that The Beat will be performing at Kingsmeadow Live on Saturday 27 March, kindly supported by The Communications Workers Union (info) and the Merton Branch of the National Union of Teachers (info) .

All profits from this gig will be donated to the Love Music Hate Racism 2010 pre- election campaign.

Following AFC Wimbledon’s participation in Kick It Out’s week of action in October, the club is really excited about supporting yet another anti-racism event at the Cherry Red Records Fans Stadium.

We are also very fortunate to have an act like The Beat both play at Kingsmeadow Live and support Love Music Hate Racism. The Beat were at the forefront of the ska movement in the late 70s and early 80s, scoring several top ten hits along the way.

See below for more details about the gig and the band.


To purchase tickets, click here.


Saturday 27 March
Kingsmeadow Live and Love Music Hate Racism present…
The Beat
With support from DJ’s spinning bluebeat, ska, two-tone faves with a side order of real deal 60’s soul, power pop and new wave.
Doors: 7.30pm Bar closes 1.00am
Admission: £15


1979 was a time of social, political and musical upheaval. Into this storm came The Beat, trying to calm the waters with their simple message of love and unity set to a great dance beat.
Originally from Birmingham, The Beat were all about inclusion, rather than exclusion, and this showed in their personnel and their music influences. Along with their contemporaries The Specials, The Selecter, and Madness, The Beat became an overnight sensation and one of the most popular and influential bands of the British ska movement.
By Christmas of 1979, The Beat were riding high in the UK charts with their first single, a smoking remake of the classic Smokey Robinson tune "Tears of a Clown".
Over the course of the next five years The Beat toured relentlessly and released three studio albums: "I Just Can't Stop It", "Wh'appen", and "Special Beat Service". The band toured the world with artists such as David Bowie, The Police, REM, The Clash, The Talking Heads and The Pretenders to name but a few.
The Beat kept scoring hits with tunes that have now become so popular that it's hard to remember a time when they didn't exist, such as "Mirror in the Bathroom", "Save it for Later", "I Confess", "Stand Down Margaret", and their serene cover of Andy William's "Can't Get Used To Losing You".
For more information, click here.



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Thursday 18 March 2010
club news
Eastbourne highlights available on AFC Wimbledon TV

You can see the latest highlights by clicking on Eastbourne Borough.


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Wednesday 17 March 2010
dons trust news
Volunteers' table for Terry's Tales

Following the ballot announced on this site last week, the following volunteers have been allocated a place at the fundraising dinner on 26 March: Briony Little; Bert Dale; Margaret Hung; Vikki McKeegan; John Stembridge; Andrew Fullard; Angela Widdup; Roger Dennis; Andy Nagel; and Toni Shepherd. The Dons Trust is very grateful to the kind benefactor who made this possible.

Now that the volunteers' places have been awarded and two pairs of tickets awarded through matchday raffles, there is just one sure-fire way to stake your place at what will be a hugely entertaining evening. To apply for a ticket send your name, telephone number and email address, if you have one, together with a cheque for the requisite amount, to Terry’s Tales, The Dons Trust, The Cherry Red Records Fans’ Stadium – Kingsmeadow, Jack Goodchild Way, 422a Kingston Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 3PB. Cheques should be made payable to The Dons Trust. Please make us aware of any dietary requirements. Ticket prices are: £75 per individual; £600 for a table of ten; or £325 for a half-table of five.

The special guest line-up for the evening comprises: former Wimbledon FC manager Terry Burton, former players Neal Ardley and John Scales and former Chief Executive David Barnard, as well as current members of the AFC Wimbledon management team.






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Monday 15 March 2010
club news
Terry Brown's post Eastbourne interview on AFC Wimbledon TV

Terry Brown's TV interview after the Eastbourne Borough game can be seen by clicking on Terry Brown.

For fans who find audio-only easier to receive, the interview can be heard by clicking on audio interview.


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Monday 15 March 2010
first team news
Lewis Taylor snaps another cruciate

Early today we received the resutls of Lewis Taylor's knee scan.

The news is bad. Lewis has sufered a rupture of his anterior cruciate ligament, which is the same injury as he suffered on his other knee early last season.

Our sympathies go out to Lewis, for whom this is a terrible blow. We are arranging for him to have an operation as soon as possible and he will be looked after by Mike Rayner during his rehabilitation. He is unlikely to play again until well into next season.


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Monday 15 March 2010
first team news
Terry happy with the win but hoping for better injury news

Terry Brown was relieved to get back on the winning trail on Saturday, especially when his resources were stretched almost to breaking point. The three points leaves the Dons poised for a push for a play off place, but first he wants to get his injured and sick players available again.

"Saturday's game against Eastbourne was probably more eventful than it would look to an outsider, in as much as we had numerous problems actually fielding a side. Whether it was pure coincidence or the fact that we had played four games in seven days, we had ten players who were unavailable for selection, for various reasons.

"Although we were able to field eleven first team players, the bench was supplemented by youngsters from the reserves who had done exceptionally well at Harrow Borough, and even then we couldn't bring in Ryan Jackson as he suffered a head injury at that game. We needed to use two out of the three lads and both Matty Harmsworth and Jack Stafford acquitted themselves really well.

"The game itself was a pretty scrappy affair. We made a very good start and could have gone a couple up in the first ten minutes. We finally made the breakthrough just before half time and we started the second half in a confident manner. This was soon disrupted by the injury to Kennedy Adjei, who dislocated his shoulder and had to go to hopital to have it put back in place.

"Credit to Eastbourne who then attacked us and only some resolute defending and a couple of exceptional saves by James Pullen kept us in front. After weathering the storm we were able to mount a number of attacks and in the 85th minute Danny Kedwell took a fine header from a great cross by Derek Duncan.

"The timing of the win is very important as we go into another tough fixture at York on Saturday. Thankfully we have no games during the week and are able to take advantage of a much-needed break, which includes a team trip to Cheltenham races, to relax and focus on the last six weeks of the season. Hopefully, the break will also allow Brett Johnson, Steven Gregory, Will Hendry, Jon Main and flu sufferers Danny Blanchett and Luke Moore, plus Glenn Poole who went down with it on Saturday night, to be fit."


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Sunday 14 March 2010
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 David Cox (Dons Trust Board), Julian Edwards (DTB Secretary) and Neil Messenbird (Dons Draw Administrator).

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

First prize of £1,000 - ticket 3497 – Mark Draper of Surbiton

Second prize of £500 - ticket 2619 – Dave Meschall of Carshalton

Third prize of £250 - ticket 2087 – Derek Spiller of Croydon

Fourth prize of £150 - ticket 0823 – Robert Mitchell of Devizes

Fifth prize of £100 – ticket 3640 – Robert Day of Great Missenden

Sixth prize of £75 – ticket 3926 – Tom Cooper of Cheam

Congratulations to all six prize winners.

The next Dons Draw will take place on or around 15 April 2010 with the results being posted on the AFC Wimbledon official web site soon after the draw has taken place.

We are again paying out a massive £2,075 this month in prizes!

If you want a chance of winning one of these prizes, 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 2010 Dons Draw is 8.00pm 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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Sunday 14 March 2010
dons trust news
Terry’s Tales: an update

Applications continue to roll in for this event, so make sure you don’t miss out!

The evening will now include an auction of many spectacular and unique items, which collectors should not miss out on. Details of some of these items will be announced soon, so watch this space.

There will be speeches from Terry Burton and his guests, followed by an exclusive chance to put questions to this collection of Wimbledon heroes. This really is a one-off chance.

Individual tickets are priced at £75. Tables of ten and half-tables of five are priced at £600 and £325, respectively. These prices include a three-course meal and coffee. We advise you to book now to avoid disappointment.

To apply for tickets, send your name, telephone number and email address (if you have one), together with a cheque for the correct amount, to Terry’s Tales, The Dons Trust, The Cherry Red Records Fans’ Stadium – Kingsmeadow, Jack Goodchild Way, 422a Kingston Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 3PB. Cheques should be made payable to The Dons Trust. Please make us aware of any special dietary requirements.

If you have any questions, please email here or leave a message for Simon Bath via the club on 020 8547 3528.


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Saturday 13 March 2010
first team news
Dons grind out important victory

Wimbledon rediscovered their winning touch against Eastbourne Borough and in doing so kept in touch with those other teams pushing for a play-off position. Although not a classic game by any stretch of the imagination, it was a vital three points especially taking into account the playing resources that Terry Brown was able to select from.

Injury and illness kept out a good number of Terry Brown's first team squad, and on the day of the match he was only able to select four substitutes, three of whom came from Marcus Gayle's reserves.

The Dons made a very bright start but were unable to get that crucial first goal, and the game plateaued into a fairly mundane affair until the best move of the half three minutes before half time. On one of the rare occasions Wimbledon kept the ball on the floor, it finally reached Ricky Wellard in the penalty area and his low cross was calmly slotted home by Glenn Poole. The same player nearly doubled the lead a minute later with a superb strike that was met by an equally superb save.

Early in the second half Kennedy Adjei had to be substituted which gave the opportunity for Jack Stafford to make his first appearance in the senior team this year. The Dons had chances to increase the lead and although the opposition did not look threatening, Pullen was required to make one vital save. The victory was put beyond doubt on 85 minutes when Danny Kedwell headed home following a cross from Derek Duncan. Matt Harmsworth was then given a short burst of first team action as he replaced Nathan Elder.


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Saturday 13 March 2010
dons trust news
Saturday's matchday raffle

The draw for the matchday raffle took place on the pitch at half-time. Alan Inns pulled Orange 61 and Blue 33 out of the hat. John Bothamley wins a pair of tickets to Terry's Tales, the fundraising dinner with Terry Burton on 26 March. The second prize, a bottle of bubbly, has also been claimed.




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Saturday 13 March 2010
club news
More highlights available on AFC Wimbledon TV

Highlights of the Camberley game, comprising extra time and the penalty shoot out, have been uploaded to AFC Wimbledon TV.

To watch the highlights, click on AFC Wimbledon TV.

We've uploaded several sets of highlights recently so here are individual direct links to the most recently posted games, but starting with the recently published Dave Bassett interview:

The Dave Bassett story

Camberley

Workington

Salisbury

Boreham Wood

Mansfield Town

Forest Green Rovers


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Saturday 13 March 2010
club news
Volunteer event invitations despatched

E mails were sent to volunteers earlier this week inviting them to the Histon game, with a pre-match buffet, free entry, coach travel, and a complimentary programme.

The majority of invitations were despatched via volunteer team leaders, with a request to forward them on to individual volunteers. If you haven’t received your email please chase your team leader or, if you don't know who that is, email here. here, or call the club’s office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on Monday.




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Friday 12 March 2010
club news
Looking back at Harrow and forward to Eastbourne

Terry Brown was pleased with the outcome of last night’s cup tie. “Thursday night’s quarter-final at Harrow Borough was another exciting cup game, and a fantastic win with three excellent goals by us and a couple of good goals scored by the opposition.

“I was able to field Seb Brown in goal – and he acquitted himself well – along with the two young centre-halves, Aaron Snelling and Charlie Clark-Gleave, who dealt efficiently with a lively Harrow forward line. I needed to take off Elliott Godfrey and Ricky Wellard at half-time, and that just left the youngsters, who did exceptionally well. Matt Harmsworth’s two goals were well taken, and the build-up to the second was as good as anything I have seen this season. We are now in the nice position of being in two county semi-finals, but the timing of these two games will dictate the strength of the sides I will be able to put out.”

After Thursday night’s game, it is back to league action and the visit to the Cherry Red Records Fans’ Stadium of Eastbourne Borough, who currently sit 19th in the Blue Square Premier. Wimbledon will be looking for a better result than they achieved the last time the two sides met, at Priory Lane back in August. On that occasion a Neil Jenkins thunderbolt sent 1,200 travelling Wombles home disappointed after a 1-0 defeat.

Borough’s last away trip resulted in a fantastic win at York City, but it was followed by a 6-0 home defeat to Stevenage just three days later. Eastbourne have picked up three of their seven league wins on the road, and after Chester’s results were finally expunged earlier this week, they are now just two points outside the relegation zone. Dons fans with a reasonable memory will notice a familiar face in the visitors’ squad: Jamie Taylor, who played over 20 games and scored 10 goals for Wimbledon. He will be hoping to make an impact for his latest club tomorrow.

After the two recent league results, Terry is keen to get back to winning ways. “It is very important that we win this game and get our push for one of the playoff positions back on track. We have slipped up recently, and although some of the teams around us have done likewise, we cannot rely on the results of others.

“Going into tomorrow’s game we do have some injury worries, and we will definitely be missing Jon Main, Steven Gregory, Lewis Taylor and Brett Johnson. In addition we will need to give fitness tests to both Luke Moore and Will Hendry. The timing of the illnesses and injuries could not have been worse, as we had allowed Elliott Godfrey to go on loan to Staines Town for a month. Elliott has not being playing regularly, and we felt that he needed game time under his belt.

“We just need to get past the game tomorrow, as I am sure we will be a lot stronger for the trip to York City after a week’s rest.”



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Friday 12 March 2010
dons trust news
Fundraising on Saturday

Following last week’s successful raffle we will be holding another one tomorrow at the game against Eastbourne Borough with the winning prize being a pair of tickets to Terry's Tales, the fundraising Dinner on 26 March with Terry Burton and other special guests

Also at half-time there will be a bucket collection in honour of Walk Further for Wimbledon 3 and to support the ground fund.



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Friday 12 March 2010
club news
Dave Bassett interview on AFC Wimbledon TV

Dave Bassett is the latest addition to the series of interviews by Iain McNay, published on AFC Wimbledon TV. To watch it, click on the Dave Bassett story.


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Friday 12 March 2010
club news
More highlights uploaded to AFC Wimbledon TV

Highlights of the Workington game have now been uploaded to AFC Wimbledon TV.

To watch the highlights, click on AFC Wimbledon TV and select 'Blue Square Premier' or 'cup competitions'. as appropriate to find the game of your choice.

Alternatively, here are individual direct links to the most recently posted games:

Workington

Salisbury

Boreham Wood

Mansfield Town

Forest Green Rovers


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Friday 12 March 2010
club news
Dons win through to second semi-final

Wimbledon made it through to the semi-final of the London Senior Cup, where they have a home game against either Croydon Athletic or Fisher. With this quarter-final sandwiched between two league games, Terry Brown used just Seb Brown, Kennedy Adjei, Elliott Godfrey and Ricky Wellard from his senior squad, and the remainder of the team was made up from Marcus Gayle’s reserve side.

Two first-half goals from Matt Harmsworth either side of an equaliser from Andrew Harewood gave the Dons a deserved half-time lead. When Godfrey and Wellard were both replaced in the second half the young Dons had to dig in, and when Harewood brought the scores level with eight minutes left, extra time looked on the cards – especially when right-back Ryan Jackson had to be taken off with concussion and was replaced by Under-19 goalkeeper Ali Aksoy in midfield. But a thumping header form Charlie Clark-Gleave restored the lead and secured an exciting win.



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Thursday 11 March 2010
club news
Season ticket vouchers for the Eastbourne game

We have had unusually high demand for seats for the Eastbourne game this Saturday and currently have only a few 'singles' left for sale.

If you aren't planning to come to the game, please consider donating the relevant ST voucher to the club. To do so, email your ticket details to this address ST vouchers or phone the office on 020 8547 3528 before 4.00 pm today or tomorrow.

Vouchers for terrace STs are also welcome as we can reclaim the VAT on those tickets.


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Thursday 11 March 2010
club news
End of Season Dinner 2010 ONLY 3 TABLES LEFT

Following last year’s extremely successful event, the club is pleased to announce the details of this season’s End of Season Dinner, kindly sponsored by Sports Interactive.

Once again the dinner will take place in a marquee on the pitch at The Cherry Red Records Fans Stadium on Saturday 8 May.

The evening will commence with a reception in the main bar at 7.00 pm before moving into the marquee for dinner.

After dinner, there will be an auction, a raffle and the highly anticipated end of season speeches from Terry Brown, the player of the season and more.

Once that is finished, a live band will be providing the entertainment with the bar open until 1.00 am.

Tickets cost £900 for a table of 10 or £100 for individual tickets, which includes ½ bottle of wine per person.

The dress code is lounge suit.

To book your table or for more information, call the commercial department on 020 8547 3336 or e-mail here.

We have a limited number of tables left so we strongly recommend you book a table soon to avoid disappointment


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Wednesday 10 March 2010
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents Battle of the Bands this Friday!

After our successful opening show in February, Kingsmeadow Live is proud to announce the line-up for our second gig, showcasing six local, talented acts on Friday 12th March. Come along and show your support!

Date: Friday 12 March
Doors: 8.00pm – bar closes at 1.00am
Price: £5


1) Nouveaux

An upcoming band with a mellow acoustic sound, Nouveaux take their inspiration from Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz. The gig will kick off with Nouveaux and continue in the following order.

2) Burn, Burn, Burn

After playing in a few bands in the Netherlands, Woulter and Melle moved to London and formed Burn, Burn, Burn, a garage rock & roll duo. Their Myspace page can be found here

3) White Wire Drift

White Wire Drift, formed in 2006, are essentially a three piece rock band that play anything from heavy rock to acoustic music. They write, produce and record their own music from their recording studio known as “The Drive” in Surrey. Their Myspace page can be found here.

4) The Observers

The Observers are a cover band who gig extensively in the Buckinghamshire area. The band was formed in the late summer of 2007 and try and play songs that everyone is going to know, mainly rocky guitar music to be entirely vague! Their facebook group can be found here

5) 6 Rounds at Sundown

6 Rounds at Sundown, a four piece original band from South East London, love nothing more than going out, gigging and putting on a great show for everyone. With influences from The Who to Dream Theatre to AC/DC to A7X, every member has something to add to the mix bringing you a classic rock vibe. Their Myspace page can be found here

6) Bad Sign

Bad Sign are an Alternative Hard Rock act based originally in Croydon, South London. As a three piece Bad Sign have been together for about three years and are influenced by the likes of Led Zeppelin, The Music, Muse and Every Time I Die. They have been gigging constantly across London and the South and are building a strong fan base. Additionally, Bad Sign have just released their latest E.P. 'The Trend Is Dead', which is available on itunes via MudHutDigital and are currently finishing off an acoustic E.P. which will be available soon as a download only. Their Myspace Page can be found here and Youtube channel here



Kingsmeadow Live currently have two slots to fill for our next Battle of the Bands gig which will be held on Friday 30th April. Whether it is Pop, Alternative, Rock, Indie, Grunge or Electro we would love to hear from you! If you’re interested please get in touch via Email or give us a call on 020 8547 3335.



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Wednesday 10 March 2010
first team news
Terry on Crawley and Harrow Borough

Terry Brown looked back on last night's game and then assessed the injury situation for the Harrow Borough cup tie tomorrow night.

"On reflection of last night's game, I don't feel we have grounds for complaint with reference to the result, although obviously we could quite easily have nicked a point after the introduction of Luke Moore. We are at that stage of the season where games are coming thick and fast and we need to pick ourselves up quickly going into Saturday's vital game with Eastbourne Borough.

"We picked up a number of injuries against Crawley which leaves us minus at least two central midfield players. Steven Gregory aggravated a groin injury and will be undergoing treatment that will keep him out until the York game at the earliest.

"Lewis Taylor suffered a ligament injury to the opposite knee that he had surgery on last season. After a preliminary examination it would appear to be a medial ligament injury but until we can have further tests done we don't really want to second guess it. Nathan Elder also damaged his knee and we are unsure what the problem is at the moment.

"Thursday's game against Harrow Borough will allow the substitutes to gain valuable game time. The only player we shall keep in cotton wool will be Luke Moore who hopefully will be fit enough to start on Saturday. We have missed Luke over the last three months and it is a real boost to the side to have him back firing on all cylinders.

"Turning to existing injuries, the swelling is now coming out of Jon Main's ankle and Mike Rayner is trying very hard to get him fit for Saturday. However, Brett Johnsons's knee injury requires at least another 10 - 14 days for recovery. However some good news is that Kennedy Adjei is fit and available to play against Harrow on Thursday night."


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Wednesday 10 March 2010
club news
AFC Wimbledon Commercial Forum

The AFC Wimbledon commercial department is pleased to announce our first Business Forum event, being held in conjunction with The Best of Wimbledon and Merton and The Best of Kingston.

The event will be held in the Ethelred Suite at The Cherry Red Records Fans’ Stadium - Kingsmeadow on Wednesday 24 March, starting at 6.30 pm and finishing at 9.00 pm. This is a fantastic opportunity to network with fellow AFC Wimbledon fans, AFC Wimbledon's corporate partners, members of 'The Best of' as well as other companies from both the Wimbledon and Kingston business communities.

Tickets cost £12 + VAT* each and include a complimentary glass of wine on arrival and canapés. You can purchase tickets here.

For more information, please e-mail here.

*Tickets cost £12 + VAT for AFC Wimbledon corporate partners, season ticket holders and Dons Trust members. Others pay £22 + VAT.


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Tuesday 09 March 2010
club news
Crawley fight back to take the three points

Despite taking the lead after just 50 seconds the Dons were beaten by Crawley Town by the odd goal of three in what turned out to be a quick tempo and entertaining game.

Terry Brown stuck with the same starting line up and bench that had been selected for the game against Altrincham on Saturday and he was rewarded within the first minute as a long ball into the Crawley half was miss-headed by a defender and Danny Kedwell was quickly on the ball and executed the perfect lob over the motionless Simon Rayner in the Crawley goal.

The home team looked stunned as the Dons dominated the early play but the game was quite open and as Crawley came more into the game the equalizer arrived after 18 minutes as Danny Forrest scored from close range at the far post as he got on the end of a header back across goal from Crawley new boy Matt Langston. The first half flew by as both team attacked and counter attacked and the only surprise was that there were no more goals.

The second half started with Ricky Wellard coming on for Glenn Poole but it was the home side who started the better and Charlie Ademeno put them in front after 53 minutes as he latched on to a pass from Barry Cogan, turned Paul Lorraine and shot crisply home. While this was happening Lewis Taylor was receiving treatment off the pitch for a knee injury which prevented him returning to the action and led to the introduction of Elliott Godfrey.

Having taken the lead Crawley worked tirelessly to shut down the Dons and gave them little time to play their football. For the first time the game began to get niggly as the Referee showed the yellow card on five occasions in the last 30 minutes. The last ten minutes saw a lot of pressure from the Dons although Rayner was rarely tested and the ploy of pushing Paul Lorraine up front failed to get that vital second goal.




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Tuesday 09 March 2010
dons trust news
Volunteers' table for Terry's tales

The fundraising team is pleased to announce that, thanks to the generosity of a kind benefactor, a table of ten places at the fundraising dinner on 26 March will be made available free of charge to volunteers.

If you are a regular volunteer for the club or Trust, and have not already applied to purchase a ticket for Terry's Tales, then please email here or leave a message for Mark Davis via the club on 020 8547 3528. Please provide contact details and state in which area of the club's activities you act as a volunteer.
Applications to take part in this ballot should be submitted by 4.00 pm on Monday 15 March. Successful applicants will be notified as soon as possible thereafter.

For all others, tickets remain on sale for Terry's Tales. The prices
are: £75 per individual; £600 for a table of ten; or £325 for a half-table of five.

To apply for tickets, send your name, telephone number and email address, if you have one, together with a cheque for the requisite amount, to Terry’s Tales, The Dons Trust, The Cherry Red Records Fans’ Stadium – Kingsmeadow, Jack Goodchild Way, 422a Kingston Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 3PB. Cheques should be made payable to The Dons Trust. Please make us aware of any dietary requirements.

The special guest line-up for the evening comprises: former Wimbledon FC manager Terry Burton, former players Neal Ardley and John Scales and former Chief Executive David Barnard, as well as current members of the AFC Wimbledon management team.

This will be a fascinating and highly entertaining evening. Make sure to get your applications in soon - whether as a volunteer or paying guest.


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Tuesday 09 March 2010
dons trust news
Dons Trust Board meeting, 9 March

The Dons Trust Board held its first session since the recent election and formally welcomed Nicole Hammond and David Growns who joined the current and re-elected members of the Board.

The first major business was the selection of the Board's officers and David Cox (Chair), Sean McLaughlin (Treasurer) and Julian Edwards (Secretary) were elected. Other business addressed included agreeing the new Board's procedures and working practices (a significant change being caused by the recent DT vote to prevent Club Executives from standing for the DTB); setting in motion a new approach to consulting the membership (to be driven by a working group led by Nicole and supported by Matthew Breach); and planning for the upcoming DT SGM (provisionally scheduled for April 15th - details to be announced very soon).

Erik Samuelson then presented the regular report from the CEO and ManComm, which included several highlights such as the positive feedback from the appropriate authorities on the impact that recent ground improvements have on our ground grading.

The full minutes from the February meeting were approved and will be placed on the OS shortly.


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Tuesday 09 March 2010
club news
Date for Surrey Semi-final

We have heard from Godalming Town that our Surrey Senior Cup semi-final will be played at Wey Court, Mead Row, Godalming on Thursday 8 April, kick off 7.30 pm.

Match day arrangements and admission prices will be announced nearer the game.


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Tuesday 09 March 2010
club news
AFC Wimbledon TV updates

Highlights of the Forest Green, Mansfield and Boreham Wood games have now been uploaded to AFC Wimbledon TV. More will follow shortly.

To watch the highlights, click on AFC Wimbledon TV and select 'Blue Square Premier' or 'cup competitions'. as appropriate to find the game of your choice.


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Monday 08 March 2010
first team news
Terry looks forward to Crawley

After Saturday's disappointing home draw against Altrincham, the Dons are on the road again for their fourth away match in the last five games. Despite the dropped points on Saturday, the Dons have turned their home form round in style, topping the form table over the last six home games.

But, conversely, the Dons' away form has fallen away from the early season's strong start. The defence will need to be back at its miserly best at the Broadfield Stadium if Crawley's highly-rated Charles Ademeno is to be stopped from increasing his recent run of goals.

At the back, Crawley have just announced the signing of Matt Langston on emergency loan from Histon. Crawley have been suffering from a spate of injuries recently and Langston, a 6' 2" centre back, has no doubt been recruited to respond to them. He is perhaps best remembered for being the man who scored the goal that knocked Leeds United out of the FA Cup last season.

Terry Brown wants to get back into action and into winning ways if at all possible on Tuesday night. Earlier today he said "tomorrow night's visit to Crawley will no doubt be another very difficult game. The previous three games with Crawley have all been very close, with us finally edging them out of the FA Cup at home.

"The pitch at Crawley is in good condition and hopefully we will see an entertaining, open football match. Crawley employed a similar formation to Altrincham with one up front against Stevenage on Saturday and it will be interesting to see if they play in a more attacking fashion at home.

"We have injury doubts concerning Jon Main and Danny Kedwell but I am hopeful that at least one of them should be fit and able to start. Brett Johnson is still at least two weeks away with his injured patella and hopefully we will not pick up too many additional injuries in what is a very congested week for us.

"We go into Tuesday night's game on the back of a frustrating home draw against a well-organised and resolute Altrincham side. I don't think there will be any easy games between now and April 24 and we need to bounce back from Saturday's draw with a win if possible at the Broadfield Stadium.

"The most positive aspect to come out of Saturday's game was the re-appearance of Luke Moore. Luke was absolutely on fire when he picked his injury up and he will be a fantastic boost to the team going into the last few weeks of the season."


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Monday 08 March 2010
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents The Kingston Comedy Festival starring Lee Hurst, Bob Mills, Milton Jones and more!

Kingston Comedy Festival
Presented by Kingsmeadow Live

Date: Sunday 9 May
Price: £15
Doors: 5.00pm
Tickets: here


Kingsmeadow Live is proud to announce the line up for the Kingston Comedy Festival which will be held in a marquee on the football pitch itself!

Lee Hurst
After earning his spurs on the comedy circuit Lee Hurst made his name as a quick-witted panellist on the BBC quiz show, They Think It's All Over. Although he has no sporting prowess, and knows next to nothing about football, he won over viewers with his easy banter.
Lee's other credits include presenting Shark Tank and Loose Ends as well as guest appearances on That's Showbusiness, The Stand Up Show, Have I Got News For You and Don't Give Up Your Day Job. He also stepped up to the plate as team captain on Hold The Front Page and What In The World.
Back in the real world Lee built and ran his own venue, the Backyard Comedy Club in London's Bethnal Green. He has since converted it to the 'FymFigBar' and continues to act as resident compere.
Lee has performed in cabaret for dozens of household name companies, from Britvic and SpecSavers to O2 - at his best simply bouncing off members of the audience. He has also hosted awards ceremonies for the travel, IT, printing, commercial vehicle and, perhaps surprisingly, the beauty industry.

Bob Mills
Bob Mills burst on to the London Comedy scene in 1985, turning the faltering "Alternative" establishment on it's head with his unique, challenging brand of laddish irreverent stand-up.
Over the next ten years he established himself as one of the most successful live acts in the country, as well as putting together a string of acclaimed TV and radio credits.
His performances as host of ITV's flagship daytime game show 'Win Lose Or Draw', treading the fine line between pensioners favourite, and students cult hero, and his weird and wonderful late night 'In Bed With MeDinner', are still remembered fondly wherever intelligent TV fans meet.
He also hosted, 'There's Only One Brian Moore', and 'Dial Midnight' for LWT, 'Not A Lot Of People Know That' for BBC1, as well as over 200 shows for VH1, including major documentary/interviews with Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Cher. He's recently appeared on The Weakest Link Comedian's Special.
In 1995 he starred in what he regards as his finest work, to date, Channel 4's 'The Show'. These eight one hour programmes featuring fly-on-the-wall film of the making of a real chat show, are widely regarded as the template for much of the reality TV that continues to dominate the schedules today.
On radio Bob has presented his own shows on BBC London and he still regularly covers for Danny Baker. He's also a popular guest on 'Fighting Talk' (BBC Radio 5) & Loose Ends (BBC Radio 4).
Since 1996 Bob has combined his TV, radio & live performances, with his role as writer and producer. He was responsible for two series of ITV's award winning, critically acclaimed 'Bob Martin', giving Michael Barrymore his acting debut. On his debut as a film producer he helped Julie Walters to a Best Actress BAFTA in 'My Beautiful Son', also receiving his own coveted nomination from the Academy.
Bob co-wrote and produced 'Stan The Man' which starred John Thomson & Gaynor Faye, the six-part comedy-drama 'Northern Lights' which starred Mark Benton & Robson Green, as well as an episode of Shameless and the feature length film 'Pierrepoint' that starred Timothy Spall & Juliet Stevenson and premiered in 2006.

Milton Jones
Milton Jones won the Time Out Best Comedy Performance 2003, comedian and actor. He also won the prestigious Perrier Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Festival in 1996 for his first solo show and returned in 1997 to become a Perrier Nominee.
His Sony Award-winning show The Very World of Milton Jones (BBC Radio 4) has enjoyed three successful series to date and was also nominated for a British Comedy Award for Best Radio Series in 1998. Four episodes of Another Case of Milton Jones have just been commissioned and will be broadcast in November of this year.
He has made numerous guest television appearances and starred as 'The Supervisor' in Sky 1's sitcom, The Strangerers. He continues to gig on the comedy circuit and is also adding many corporate clients to his growing fan base.

Robin Ince
Robin Ince started his comedy career as a writer, working on shows including Alistair McGowan's Big Impresison, V Graham, Norton and Meet Ricky Gervais, his first of many collaborations with the Extras star.
Ince appeared with Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Jimmy Carr in the 2001 Edinburgh show Rubbernecker, and regularly supports Gervais on tour. He also appeared in one episode of The Office, playing interviewee Stewart Foot.
That role inspired his tongue-in-cheek solo Edinburgh debut in 2004, and he has returned to the Fringe every year since. In 2005 he started erudite comedy night The Book Club, loosely based around bad literature, which won him the innovation award at the 2006 Chortle Awards as well as the outstanding contribution to comedy accolade at that year's Time Out awards. In 2007, he was named best compere at the Chortle Awards.
On TV, he has appeared as John Peel on Channel 4's 11 O'Clock Show as well as countless panel games and 'talking heads' shows, including Channel 4's 100 Greatest Musicals (2003), BBC Three's The State We're In (2003), Celebdaq (2004), BBC Two's Mock The Week (2006). He has also appeared on Radio 4's Now Show, Just A Minute and Mitch Benn's Crimes Against Music.

Dougie Dunlop
Highly talented observational comic, Dougie Dunlop, effortlessly gets audiences laughing and sharing his unique take on life.
Dougie started his career at the "The Stand" in hometown Edinburgh, and made his fringe debut in 2000 as part of the "The Midnight Show" in the Gilded Balloon. For Fringe 2003, he headlined the prestigious Big Value comedy package show at the Café Royal.
He performs at all the major comedy venues in the UK and abroad - as far flung as Shanghai! He headlines in many places, and his relaxed style and widespread appeal makes him much demand at major corporate events and weddings.
“Dougie has a rare ability to tell jokes about ordinary things and be hilarious!” Edinburgh Evening News
His precision humour is delivered with great warmth, and he’s been selected by many high profile comics, both old school and new, to support them on tour.
Dougie’s comedic talents also include writing and acting. He wrote and played the part of an eccentric vet in Scottish art house film, Auchter-Nae-Where released in May 2004.

Geoff Whiting
"Geoff Whiting takes the stage with consummate ease and works the audience like a miner at the coal face, digging out nuggets of information to fuel his comedy." - Independent on Sunday, August 2006
Geoff Whiting is an established and popular compere, as well as a strong and versatile act. He has appeared at the Edinburgh Festival, on television and radio and at every notable comedy club in the UK. He is also an established TV warm up.





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Monday 08 March 2010
dons trust news
Sign up for Walk 4 Wimbledon 4

Saturday 17th April 2010
10.30 am meet at Plough Lane (7-mile walk) OR
11.15 am meet at Wimbledon Common (5-mile walk)

Chester City game off but the walk must go on!

Entry forms are now available for this season’s sponsored walk being organised by the Dons Trust. This promises to be an important fundraising opportunity and a highly enjoyable family occasion, starting at Plough Lane and finishing at Kingsmeadow via Wimbledon Common.

Please join us, and persuade your friends and family to Walk 4 Wimbledon too. More information and entry forms can be found here.

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



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Monday 08 March 2010
club news
Supporters' Coach to Crawley

There are still seats available on the supporters' coach travelling to the Blue Square Premier league game against Crawley Town on Tuesday.

The coach picks up from The Grove at 4.45 pm and from Kingsmeadow at 5.15 pm. The price is £10 and places can be reserved by ringing the club on 020 8547 3528 between 11.00 am and 4.00 pm on Monday and 10.00 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday.


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Sunday 07 March 2010
dons trust news
Walk Further for Wimbledon 3

A handful of hardy Wombles, led by Dons Trust Board member Matthew Breach, will be embarking on the Walk for Wimbledon 3 sponsored walk this Thursday. Matthew Breach, Dave Chan, Richard Williams, Greg Valentine and Mark Davis will be walking all the way from Eastbourne to Kingsmeadow, to arrive in time for Saturday's fixture against Eastbourne Borough. They will be joined by a number of other walkers along the way, including Haydon. The walkers will be raising money for the AFC Wimbledon ground fund and also for charities they have personally selected.

There are several ways you can sponsor the walkers.

If you have a Paypal account, then visit Walk for Wimbledon 3 and leave a pledge that way. At the "Add special instructions to seller" prompt, you can specify whether you'd like your money to: (a) go only to the ground fund, (b) be shared between the ground fund and all of the walkers' designated charities or (c) be shared between the ground fund and one specific walker's charity; or

Alternatively, you can send an email to here advising of your contact details, the amount you'd like sponsor the walkers for and the same information about how you wish the proceeds to be shared.

There will also be a bucket collection at half-time during the Eastbourne game on behalf of the walk.


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Sunday 07 March 2010
first team news
Dons play off hopes hit as Altrincham close them down

The Dons suffered a blow to their play off hopes when they were comfortably held to a 1-1 draw by Altrincham in a dour game of few chances.

Wimbledon started with Derek Duncan at left back and he was one of the few bright lights in a dull first half, only to mar his performance with a needless foul on Chris Denham to give Altrincham a penalty and the lead on 51 minutes.

Altrincham started brightly and it took the Dons some time to get into their stride. Nathan Elder and Danny Kedwell struggled to make an impact on Altrincham's towering centre half combination until, after the best move of the game, Kedwell saw his powerful header from a Duncan cross well saved by Stuart Coburn.

With Kedwell and Elder winning little else in the air, and still struggling to show they know how to play together, the Dons' best chance of a breakthrough needed to come from through balls between the rather immobile centre backs. From the one effective through ball in the first half, Kedwell rounded the 'keeper but Coburn had done enough to push him wide of the goal and the move came to nothing.

February player of the month Chris Senior converted Altrincham's penalty but it was the only time he threatened all afternoon as Ben Judge kept him tightly under control. Indeed, the Dons defence was rarely threatened as Altrincham got men behind the ball quickly and closed down the Wimbledon midfield, stifling hopes of an equaliser.

Will Hendry had a shot clawed away by Coburn, but it was the introduction of Luke Moore which brought fresh energy into the Dons, as he showed a willingness to run at defenders and create space for others. As the Dons mounted a serious threat at last, the equaliser came when a cross from the left was nearly bundled into the net by Lewis Taylor. Coburn managed to block it, only for Judge to show a striker's instincts by being in the right place to bend low and nod the ball home.

For all their efforts, Wimbledon rarely looked like scoring the winner and Altrincham went away with a hard fought draw, which seemed to match their ambition. Terry Brown said "Altrincham came with a clear game plan, with Senior up front, and made it hard for us to break them down. We knew that Graham Heathcote's sides are hard to beat and, to be fair, they did what other teams have struggled to do, getting the better of Danny Kedwell and Nathan Elder. We lacked a cutting edge today."

So the Dons turn their thoughts to Tuesday night's game at Crawley where a point is more important then ever if play off hopes are to be sustained.


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Sunday 07 March 2010
dons trust news
Matchday raffle on 6 March

The first prize in Saturday's matchday raffle was won by Dave Hayes of Tonbridge. Dave wins a pair of tickets for Terry's Tales, the fundraising dinner with Terry Burton, on 26 March.

The second prize was a salmon ticket 397. This has not yet been claimed. The winner of the second prize receives a pair of tickets to the Kingsmeadow Live Battle of the Bands on Friday 12 March or, if not claimed in time, a bottle of bubbly. Please contact here or leave a message for Mark Davis via the club on 020 8547 3528 if you are the holder of this ticket.


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Friday 05 March 2010
club news
Coaches to Crawley and York

We are taking bookings for our next two away games in the Blue Square Premier.

Crawley Towm - Tuesday 9 March. The coach will pick up from The Grove at 4.45 pm and from Kingsmeadow at 5.15 pm. Price £10.

York City - Saturday 20 March. The coach will pick up from The Grove at 8.00 am and from Kingsmeadow at 8.30 am. Price £15.

Places can be booked and paid for at the complimentary tickets window before and after tomorrow's game against Altrincham or by phoning the club office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays.


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Friday 05 March 2010
dons trust news
Dons Trust surgery before the Altrincham game

The Dons Trust is holding a membership surgery before tomorrow's game. If you are already a DT member and want to check your renewal date, if you need to alter your method of payment, 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. You will find us 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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Friday 05 March 2010
dons trust news
Terry’s Tales

As March begins we move closer to Terry’s Tales on the 26th, a night of celebration that and boasts a strong guest list, including:

David Barnard

David was Wimbledon’s chief executive from the last season at Plough Lane until the ill-fated 2001/02 season. His approachability and willingness to assist Dons fans made him a popular and respected figure during the Selhurst Park era. Now the Chelsea secretary, he is often seen representing the Stamford Bridge side at Champions League draws. However, he still attends AFC Wimbledon games when time allows.

Neal Ardley

A firm fan favourite and local lad, held in high regard among female supporters. Neal’s Wimbledon days saw him make 245 first-team appearances, scoring 18 goals. He began his career with the Dons in 1991, and left the club in 2002. He is now at Cardiff City as academy manager.

John Scales

Capped by England, John’s clear ability became apparent while he was playing for the Dons, and he was bought by Liverpool for a then record transfer fee of £3.5 million. During his time with the Dons he made 240 appearances, including the legendary FA Cup victory of 1988, and he also scored 11 goals.

And of course, Terry Burton

Terry started his career at Arsenal and captained Arsenal’s FA Youth Cup winning team in 1971. He joined Wimbledon in 1988 as reserve team coach, eventually taking on the role of first-team manager until the club’s demise. Terry was present at the trials on Wimbledon Common in summer 2002 and has voiced his belief in what AFC Wimbledon stands for. He is now assistant manager at Cardiff, and we look forward to giving him a warm welcome back.

This one-off chance to see, and hear Terry and his other guests, and ask them questions, is not a night to be missed.

Individual tickets are priced at £75. Tables of ten and half-tables of five are priced at £600 and £325 respectively. These prices include a three-course meal and coffee. We advise you to book now to avoid disappointment.

To apply for tickets, send your name, telephone number and email address (if you have one), together with a cheque for the requisite amount, to Terry’s Tales, The Dons Trust, The Cherry Red Records Fans’ Stadium – Kingsmeadow, Jack Goodchild Way, 422a Kingston Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 3PB. Cheques should be made payable to The Dons Trust. Please make us aware of any dietary requirements.

If you have any questions, please email here or leave a message for Simon Bath via the club on 020 8547 3528.



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Thursday 04 March 2010
dons trust news
Fundraising on Saturday

Raffle tickets, priced at £1 each, will be on sale at the game on Saturday.

First prize will be a pair of tickets to Terry's Tales, the much coveted fundraising event on 26 March. Second prize will be a pair of tickets to the next Battle of the Bands evening, to be held at Kingsmeadow on 12 March.



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Thursday 04 March 2010
club news
Altrincham preview

Altrincham visit the Cherry Red Records Fans’ Stadium for the second time this season on Saturday, hoping to avenge the two defeats they have already suffered against the Dons. Danny Kedwell’s late winner at Moss Lane early in the season was the only goal in a tight league encounter, while a home FA Trophy win was decided by some great finishing although there was a controversial refereeing decision which went in Wimbledon’s favour.

The Robins’ recent form has been a little inconsistent, with high scoring wins against Eastbourne Borough and Salisbury City, followed by them failing to beat Eastbourne in the return fixture along with frustrating results against Gateshead and Grays Athletic.

Altrincham have been impressive on the road all season, losing just five of 16 away league matches, and they currently boast February’s Blue Square Player of the Month in Chris Senior, who has scored five goals in his last six games.

After a break in league action for ten days when they lost to Oxford United, Terry Brown was really looking forward to the game. “Saturday sees Altrincham return to Kingsmeadow. Having played against Graham Heathcote’s sides over the past ten years I can assure everyone coming to Saturday’s game it will be a very difficult encounter. Graham sets his sides up in a very professional manner and I will be highly delighted to come away with three points at the end of the game.

“This is the start of a very busy week when we also travel to Crawley on Tuesday, Harrow Borough in the London Senior Cup on Thursday, and then entertain Eastbourne Borough at home on Saturday. I will therefore be utilising everyone in the squad and we may see some of the injured players such as Paul Lorraine, Ben Judge, Lewis Taylor, Kennedy Adjei and Luke Moore being able to participate in one or two of the games. Jay Conroy’s suspension following his dismissal at Oxford United means he will not be available until the game against Harrow Borough, when he will get a much needed 90 minutes. As you will expect, we will be concentrating on the league fixtures as they take priority.”

This is our first home game for a month, and after the fantastic support the team received at Cambridge, Luton and Oxford, we really look forward to seeing a lot of fans come down to Kingsmeadow to get behind the team as they continue their push for a play-off place. There will be plenty of room on the terraces and fans will be able to pay on the day. There are also some seats available which will be on sale from the booth in the main lobby from 1.45 pm.

Saturday is an important day for the club as has been awarded FA Charter Standard for its youth and community teams, and presentations will be made on the pitch at half time when players from the Community Advanced Centre, Junior Academy and girls teams will be showing some of their skills on the pitch.



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Thursday 04 March 2010
club news
AFC Wimbledon Business Forum

The AFC Wimbledon commercial department is pleased to announce our first Business Forum event, being held in conjunction with The Best of Wimbledon and Merton and The Best of Kingston.

The event will be held in the Ethelred Suite at The Cherry Red Records Fans’ Stadium - Kingsmeadow on Wednesday 24 March, starting at 6.30 pm and finishing at 9.00 pm. This is a fantastic opportunity to network with fellow AFC Wimbledon fans, AFC Wimbledon's corporate partners, members of 'The Best of' as well as other companies from both the Wimbledon and Kingston business communities.

Tickets cost £12 + VAT* each and include a complimentary glass of wine on arrival and canapés. You can purchase tickets here.

For more information, please e-mail here.

*Tickets cost £12 + VAT for AFC Wimbledon corporate partners, season ticket holders and Dons Trust members. Others pay £22 + VAT.


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Wednesday 03 March 2010
club news
Terry's thoughts on Chipstead

Terry Brown was a relieved manager after last night's game. "Those fans who made the journey to Chipstead last night enjoyed an exciting evening. Back in the dressing room after the game I wasn’t sure whether to have a go at the players or pat them on the back. From a footballing point of view we played very well, scoring four goals and having 23 shots at goal with 16 of them on target.

"On the downside, without the services of our three centre-backs Paul Lorraine, Brett Johnson and Ben Judge through injury and illness, our rearranged defence was pretty disastrous on the night, and we were exposed on a number of occasions by the long ball over the heads of the replacement centre-backs.

"On the positive side, we have reached a semi-final, against Godalming Town. Elliott Godfrey, Derek Duncan and Will Hendry all got a valuable 90 minutes, and the game also saw the welcome return of Luke Moore, who was able to complete 45 minutes. Unfortunately, Jon Main picked up a nasty shin injury which makes him doubtful for Saturday.

"I would like to give credit to Chipstead, who were good hosts and played really well on the night – with a little luck they could have run out winners.

"Our squad will be having a full training session on Thursday before going into what is not only the important part of the season but also the busiest."



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Wednesday 03 March 2010
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents Steve Best this Friday!

Comedy@Kingsmeadow Presents Steve Best, Dan Evans and John Mann
Friday 5 March
Price: £15 including Dinner
Doors: 7.30pm
Tickets: here

Steve Best (Headliner)
Steve Best is rapidly building a reputation as a great visual comic, harnessing a mind-boggling array of gadgets and gags to keep his audience in stitches. Funny, frenetic and mad, his act can feature anything from blowing up a woman and eating balloons, to cutting his hand off. His unique form of slapstick comedy is backed up with astounding talent; he plays the guitar like a genius and is fluent in serbo-Croatian.
Steve has blasted onto the comedy scene and is a regular on the nationwide comedy circuit. As a headline act, Steve has gone on to perform all over the world including Hong Kong, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Greece, Ireland and Italy's celebrated 'Festival of the Absurd'.
His UK profile has been hugely boosted by supporting some major tours, including FRANK SKINNER and CRAIG CHARLES. He has headlined an extensive university tour and took his own show to Edinburgh to massive critical acclaim.
Steve is starting to make an impression on television, and has starred in C5's 'The Big Stage' and BBC1's 'The Stand Up Show'. He has just finished doing the warm up for the BADDIEL & SKINNER "Unplanned" live TV show and a month with them at the Shaftsbury Theatre in the West End. Steve is looking to take his unique brand of comedy to the small and the BIG screen, as well as building his popularity on the live circuit.
"In a class of his own" The Times
"Rip-roaringly funny. See him!" The Guardian
"An unholy cross between Steve Martin, in his early days, Lee Evans and Fozzie Bear" Sunday Times
"One of the most original and inventive comics on the circuit. Steve Best's act defies description. One of the great clowns of our time" Newcastle Comedy Festival

Dan Evans (Opening Act)
'Skilful and surreal' The Scotsman
'Original and inventive' The Times
Dan Evans first appeared on the comedy circuit in 1994, shortly afterwards leaving a promising career as one of East Anglia's leading office menials to go full time.
Over the past decade his twisted logic has delighted the nation, helping it through the dark days of the death of HRH The Queen Mother and the uncertainties of 21st century property prices.
As well as playing clubs and universities throughout the UK, Dan has gigged in Holland, Germany, Dubai and Ireland as well as being part of the sell-out Screaming Blue Murder Cabaret and Avalon Comedy Zones at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Dan's TV and radio appearances include Brain Candy (BBC3 & 2), Channel 5 at The Store, Channel 5 Comedy Zone and the Radio 2 Stand Up Show.
He writes too, with many credits including The Very World of Milton Jones (R4 - Sony Award Winner), Rory Bremner Who Else? (CH 4), The Eleven O'Clock Show (CH 4), The Live Floor Show (BBC 1), Revolver (BBC 1) and The Joan Rivers Position (CH 5).

John Mann (MC)
Sharp observation and wry wit mingled effortlessly with a gentle and confident rapport ensure this comic is unfailingly funny. Whether he is discussing the senile antics of senior citizens or giving handy hints to aid successful shoplifting, John's gentle and honest delivery makes him one of the most enjoyable comedians on the circuit today. John is a regular and longstanding Jongleurs act (compere and headliner).
“ Complete genius. . . . Brilliant observations” Johnny Vaughan The Big Breakfast
“ A fantastic compere . . . the night is his” Steve Lamacq – NME
“ The man is quite simply very very funny” Nihal Arthanayake – Radio One
“Distinctly amusing, engaging and talented” Malcolm Hay - Time Out
“One of the funniest people I know” Phill Jupitus






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Tuesday 02 March 2010
club news
Dons through to Cup semi-final

Wimbledon squeezed through to the semi-final of the Surrey Senior Cup as they came from a 3-1 deficit to snatch an equaliser and then a winner in the last couple of minutes of the game.

In what would have been an embarrassing exit with the strength of the team that Terry Brown had put out it looked as though it would be plain sailing as Danny Kedwell headed home early on. However, Chipstead made good use of the small amount of possession that they had and by half time had taken the lead as the Dons defence was twice caught square for the Chipstead forwards to capitalise with good finishing.

Worse was to follow in the second half as again the defence was caught out of position and the home team increased their lead to two goals. A penalty from Glenn Poole reduced the arrears but despite continual pressure time seemed to be running out until a header from Steven Gregory at the far post brought the scores level a minute from time and in added on time Poole added his second with a well struck shot to secure the game.



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Tuesday 02 March 2010
cfs news
Matchday Football Club this Saturday

Our Matchday Football Club is running as usual this Saturday from 1.00 pm to 2.30 pm prior to the home match against Altrincham. The sessions are suitable for any child between the ages of 4 and 16, costs just £6 and includes a child terrace ticket for the match afterwards. For season ticket holders, the cost is only £5.

So why not get down slightly earlier than usual to Kingsmeadow, let the children enjoy some quality football coaching, learn some new skills and play small sided matches, whilst you either watch the action or take an hour and a half out to relax in one of the bars.



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Monday 01 March 2010
first team news
Arrangements for Chipstead

Tuesday night's Surrey Senior Cup tie against Chipstead takes place at
their High Road Ground, High Road, Chipstead, CR5 3SF, kick off 7.45 pm.

Entrance prices are Adults £8.00, Concessions £4.00, and children under 16 will be admitted free.

If you are travelling to the game by train you are advised to travel to Coulsdon South station where there is a Coulsdon & District cab office, 020 8668 6686, and you will be able to get a cab/shuttle bus to the ground for £2 per head and book a return journey. If you travel to Chipstead station there is NO cab office and it is about 1.1/2 miles to the ground, up a very steep and narrow hill with NO pavements or street lights.

The winners of this tie will be away in the semi-final to the winners of the Walton & Hersham v Godalming Town quarter final.


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Monday 01 March 2010
club news
Terry looks back at the weekend and forward to Chipstead

The weekend turned out to be a slightly strange one without a game of football to be involved in on a Saturday. We called the players in for an extra training session on Saturday morning but because of all the wet weather we have been experiencing we were unable to do much work with a ball and instead concentrated on doing a lot of running and physical work.

The players were given the afternoon off to go shopping with their partners or watch a game. Paul Lorraine, Seb Brown, Ben Judge and Alan Inns as well as Simon Bassey attended the special fundraising afternoon at Kingsmeadow and I am pleased that everyone had a good time and were able to raise funds for the club

The rest of the coaching staff went to watch other games and it was nice to be able to watch a game without the pressure of having to win it and gain valuable points. All in all the results from the other league games played and the resulting league table made it one of our most successful weekends of the season and it will now be up to the players to take advantage of it.

Because of the way the fixtures have fallen I will be putting out a strong side against Chipstead on Tuesday in the Surrey Senior Cup, as nearly all my first team players need a game. Looking at the forthcoming fixtures we won’t always be able to do this in the County Cup competitions and the Thursday game against Harrow Borough the following week looks like one of those games.

I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday evening at Chipstead and, if not, back at Kingsmeadow on Saturday for our first home league game for a month against Altrincham.


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