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Thursday 31 March 2011
first team news
Barrow preview

Terry Brown can hardly wait to get this team back into action on Saturday as the league season enters its final month. He was particularly encouraged by a training session today which focused on pattern of play and which involved all bar his two long term injured players, Sammy Moore and Fraser Franks.

“We have had a good week training this week with Christian Jolley joining the squad to compete for a place. On top of that, I am faced with the nice problem on Saturday juggling three centre halfs for two spots and we will have a look at the fitness of Ismail Yakubu before making that decision.

“Sammy Hatton has looked stronger and stronger as the week has gone on while James Mulley has been running around manically working off his frustration that there are two more games to play before he is eligible to return. Meanwhile Kaid Mohamed looked very impressive in training today.

“Stuart and I took the opportunity to watch Barrow play on Tuesday at Luton and we were very impressed by their style of play and their confidence on the ball. They kept the ball for long periods of the game and played some bright attacking football that fully earned them a point at Kenilworth Road.

“Barrow looked full of confidence and they certainly have plenty of experience on board, with several senior players in the team. They will be one of the few sides who come down to Kingsmeadow and play football and I look forward to what should be a very entertaining game.”

Back in November the Dons went down 2-0 at Holker Street, thanks to a combination of a failure to take chances and defensive lapses. Shortly afterwards, Barrow went on a disastrous run of fifteen games with only one win, albeit against high flying Kidderminster Harriers. But after a spell in the bottom four they turned things around in March, with four wins in a row, all of them against fellow relegation-threatened clubs, before ending the run with a rather surprising home defeat to Bath City.

With Histon and Eastbourne several points adrift and looking near certainties for the drop, there are seven teams struggling to avoid the other two relegation spots. Barrow are four points clear of 21st place, with a game in hand, and they will be keen to collect another six points which ought to guarantee safety. However, they will have been disappointed that Gateshead are recalling Andy Ferrell, who has starred for them recently, following injury problems for ‘The Heed’. Ferrell will be able to play against the Dons on Saturday before returning to Gateshead.

For the Dons, another six points ought to guarantee a play off spot and Terry Brown will be encouraging his team to take encouragement from the hard-fought win against Rushden and Diamonds and turn it into another three points on Saturday.


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Thursday 31 March 2011
first team news
Drewe recalled

Following a series of injuries, Lincoln City have recalled Drewe Broughton with immediate effect.

Drewe played eight games (including five substitute appearances) for the Dons, scoring two goals in wins against Tamworth and Altrincham. Manager Terry Brown said “Drewe has been an exemplary professional in his time here and I’d like to thank him for his contribution. We wish him well back at Sincil Bank.


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Thursday 31 March 2011
club news
Please return unwanted ST vouchers for the Barrow game

Demand for seat tickets for the Barrow game is very high and at present we have no seats left for sale.

Due to IT problems, our usual email reminder has been delayed. Therefore, if you aren't planning to come to the game, please will you contact the club directly to donat the relevant ST voucher to the club so that we can re-sell the seat.

To do so, please email your ticket details to returned vouchers or phone the office on 020 8547 3528 and leave a message.

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


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Wednesday 30 March 2011
club news
Rushden highlights now available on AFC Wimbledon TV

Highlights of our home game against Rushden and Diamonds can be seen by clicking on Rushden highlights.


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Wednesday 30 March 2011
first team news
Fraser Franks out for six months

Earlier this week, Mike Rayner became concerned that Fraser Franks's knee injury was not healing as quickly as expected. Therefore, as a precaution and despite there being no evidence of cruciate ligament damage, Fraser was sent for a scan on his knee and his case was reviewed by a specialist.

Although the knee appeared clinically stable and was responding well to rehabilitation, the consultant's strong advice was that while the knee might be ok for normal everyday wear and tear, it would not stand the strain put upon it by the demands of professional football. The advice from the consultant was that for the best chance of success the operation should be carried out immediately.

The injury is a posterior lateral corner injury. This is the outside and back part of the knee where there is a very complex arrangement of tendons and ligaments. The surgery is very specialised and we were fortunate to have one of the leading authorities on this injury to carry out the operation.

We have been told that the operation went very well and Fraser should expect a rehab time of about six months. He will now be in a brace for the next six weeks. We all wish him a speedy recovery.


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Wednesday 30 March 2011
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents The Dualers this Saturday!

The Dualers return to Kingsmeadow Live this Saturday, now fronted by Tyber Cranstoun. This is always one of our most popular gigs so make sure you get your tickets here while they are still available!


Saturday 2 April
Kingsmeadow Live presents The Dualers
With support from our ska DJs

Doors 7.30 pm, bar closes at 1.00 am
Admission: £12 (advance) £14 (door)
To purchase tickets please click here


Kingsmeadow Live would like to welcome back the Dualers, now fronted by Tyber Cranstoun. 2011 will bring a fresh new direction for the band, much loved for their upbeat music and electrifying live performances.

The Dualers first came to the attention of the nation in October 2004 when they became the world’s first street performers to enter the UK singles chart. Debuting at number 21 with self-penned Kiss on the Lips, they sold more records that week than established artists such as Duran Duran, the Scissor Sisters, Ronan Keating, Girls Aloud, and Natasha Bedingfield. No small feat given the lack of backing and publicity.

In November 2005, The Dualers released their second single, Truly Madly Deeply, another chart hit, entering at number 23 ahead of Bananarama, Jamiroquai, and Corrine Bailey Rae. Following the release of a third single, Don’t Go, their debut album, The Melting Pot, was unleashed on the nation on July 3rd, 2006.

As The Dualers became increasingly popular with fans, they also caught the attention of established acts such as Toots and the Maytals, Ziggy Marley, The Beat, and The Blockheads, who all invited Tyber and Simon to support them at their shows. Word began to spread further afield with a number of appearances in Europe in 2007.

In December 2007 Kiss on the Lips gained national TV airplay when it was used in a number of scenes on hit BBC soap Eastenders. Later that month, Tyber and his parents, Bill and Jackie, were seen, again on the BBC, featured as part of the documentary series Dance Britannia.

2009 has seen The Dualers sell out the indigO2 venue at the O2 Arena on two separate occasions.

The band is fronted by mercurial brothers Si and Tyber Cranstoun. Their musical preferences were heavily influenced by their father, Bill, who helped to introduce ska and soul music to the capital as part of the Savoy Sound System.

"These local superstars are inching towards fame" The Independent

"When you start dancing to these guys, it's impossible to stop" The Sun

"The Dualers soulful harmonising has admirable echoes of Bob Marley and Sam Cooke" Q Magazine


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Tuesday 29 March 2011
dons trust news
Dons Trust SGM - Thursday 14 April 2011

April's SGM is one of the three General Meetings which the Trust holds each year to discuss policies and developments at the Club and to enable members to quiz the Board. The agenda and papers can be found here. Whilst there are no formal resolutions there are a number of issues that will be discussed of interest to all Members.

From the Club’s perspective there are agenda items where the Club’s policy on signing ex-Franchise staff and players, smoking on the terraces and offensive chanting will be discussed. Erik and other ManComm members will be available to answer any other questions around Club issues.

For the Trust itself the main items of business are the next stage of the members’ survey and an update on organisation – effectively the “people” strand of the ongoing strategy review. On the survey front we are seeking feedback from members on the best way to approach the next step of the survey; to kick off the discussion the working group will present some options for consideration.

We look forward to seeing you for a lively evening.


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Tuesday 29 March 2011
first team news
Jon and Ed go on loan to Dover

Jon Main and Ed Harris have joined Dover Athletic on loan.

On announcing the news, Terry Brown said "Dover have an injury crisis and needed a centre back. We wanted Ed to get some match time so this suits everyone. He has gone for the minimum period of 28 days and we will review the position with him and Dover at the end of that period. If we need him back we can recall him after the 28 days has elapsed.

"Dover also approached us about taking Jon on loan. He was already on loan at Dartford and enjoying it but we felt we should ask him what he wanted to do. He said he was keen to join Dover so we recalled him from Dartford. We were able to do this because he was on his second loan period there and while you can't recall a player in the first 28 days, you can do so later.

"Obviously, this is a bit tough on Dartford, but they are looking pretty safe so I made the call to Tony Burman. Jon's loan is to 7 May and he can, if necessary, extend that to the play off finals, should Dover reach them.

"Just to round off the loan news, as I mentioned yesterday Mark Nwokeji has now returned from his loan spell at Eastleigh, where he scored a couple of goals despite his time there being disrupted by injury."


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Monday 28 March 2011
club news
Join Terry for a pre- match health check this Saturday!

Sutton and Merton Primary Care Trust, in partnership with Kingston Primary Care Trust, are hosting a men’s health event before the Barrow game this Saturday 2 April especially for AFC Wimbledon fans. This event is taking place in Kingsmeadow Gym, starting at 1pm.

And among the first fans to take up the offer of these health checks will be 1st team manager Terry Brown, club president Dickie Guy and commercial director Ivor Heller.

‘I think it’s a great idea to offer these tests at the stadium on a matchday’ said Terry Brown. ‘Its important to keep an eye on your physical well being and this makes it very convenient to do so.’

‘Regular health checks are vital for men of my age’ adds Dickie Guy ‘so I will be making my way over to the gym for a quick pre-match check up on Saturday’.

Everyone who takes part will be entered into a raffle for some fantastic prizes, including a signed programme, tickets for the match day carvery, a mountain bike and more.

There will be several services available ABSOLUTELY FREE including:
- Blood pressure checks
- Chlamydia testing
- BMI checks
- Smoking cessation team
- Cancer screening coordinator
- Dietician (weight management, cholesterol, diabetes etc)
- Nutritionist
- Lots of leaflets, booklets and advice
- Information on local services

So don’t miss out on this chance to check on your fitness for what should be a really exciting end to the season!



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Monday 28 March 2011
club news
Terry on injured players and Plan B

Delighted with a much-needed three points in the bag from Saturday's game against Rushden and Diamonds, Terry Brown was also pleased to see his injured and ill players returning and coming through the game safely.

"At this stage of the season more than any other, it is about winning and getting three points closer to securing a play off place. Once we've done that we can think about making sure we come second or third, but we will take one step and one game at a time.

"So, Saturday was a big boost after a disappointing March. We battled through and showed character when they came at us in the second half and I'm very pleased with that. I was also pleased to see Sam Hatton, Ismail Yakubu and Danny Kedwell training today with no obvious after effects from their lay offs. Danny collected a broken nose during the game, but there is no way he will let that stop him playing. In fact, Danny was absolutely flying in training this morning.

"More good news is that Christian Jolley trained today and he will be fit and available for Barrow on Saturday. This adds to our options, as does the return today of Mark Nwokeji from his loan to Eastleigh.

"There were other positives to take from Saturday, including a good start for Kaid Mohamed. He showed good technique and strength and once he has settled into the way we play, he will add a lot to our game. He is also a versatile player so we will be looking at possibly putting him alongside Danny and one or two other variations - in effect we will have a Plan B and a Plan C!

"As part of our preparations for Saturday's game against Barrow, Stuart Cash and I are going to watch them at Luton tomorrow night. It should be a fascinating game, as Barrow were on a very good run which was slightly surprisingly ended by Bath City at Holker Street on Saturday. I think they will put that behind them and prove very hard to beat, both for us and Luton."


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Monday 28 March 2011
club news
AFC Wimbledon Six-a-Side Tournament

The Fundraising Group are pleased to announce that Saturday 11 June 2011 sees the resurrection of the AFC Wimbledon Summer Football Tournament, and this time it will be six a side rather than the five a side of previous years.

The tournament will be held at Prince George’s Playing Fields, Raynes Park, starting at 10.00 am, with presentations to the winners at 5.15 pm.

It will cost £70 to enter a team. Each team is guaranteed a minimum of four games on the day. Food, a bar and changing facilities will all be available. There is ample car parking at a cost of £3 per car for the whole day. All money raised from the day will go to the Dons Trust.

There will also be a raffle, and hopefully plenty of other entertainment, which will be confirmed nearer the time.

We are looking for volunteers on the day for a variety of roles including manning the gates, stewarding the car park and refereeing the games.

To enter a team or to volunteer, please email Jack Yeomanson.



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Sunday 27 March 2011
club news
News about season tickets and play off dates

From time to time we publish features comprising articles from the programme that haven't otherwise appeared on this site. The linked feature was published in the Rushden programme on 26 March. In it Chief Executive Erik Samuelson explains the changes to ticket pricing for concessions that will come into effect for next season – and explains possible changes in the play-off dates.

You can read the feature by clicking on From the Rushden and Diamonds programme.


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Saturday 26 March 2011
club news
Blue Square Bet Premier weekend preview by Alan Alger from Blue Square

We may have paid out on Crawley Town ‘winning’ the Blue Square Bet Premier but there are still plenty of markets concerning the division available on the Blue Square website. We have betting ‘without Crawley Town’ which will pay out on any side that finishes second to Crawley OR beats them to the title. Luton are currently the strong odds-on favourites at 1/4 in that market. We are still offering promotion odds, a market in which two selections will be paid out as winners – the league champions AND the play-off winners. There are also a number of special Crawley Town markets which focus on Conference records. We offer 7/2 that they can extend their current unbeaten run of 20 to 29 and beat Altrincham’s record of 28 from the early 90’s. We also ask if Crawley can break Aldershot’s points haul of 101 from the 2007/08 season. That is looking increasingly likely and we offer just 1/3 that Steve Evans’ side can amass 102 points or more. The Sussex side have also been lethal in front of goal with prolific striker Matt Tubbs leading the way. Blue Square offer 2/1 that Crawley finish on a ‘goals for’ total of over 100. It has only been done three times in Conference history – Barnet 103 in 1990/91, Stevenage 101 in 1995/96 and Hereford 103 in 2003/04 – Yeovil went close in 2002/03 when scoring exactly a century. All of those clubs managed that feat within a 42 game season, whilst Crawley will have four extra games to set a new benchmark.

Crawley step into their final ten matches of the season with a tricky looking away fixture at Gateshead on Saturday. They’ll be favourites at a price of 4/7 having been beaten only three times in the league this season. Never by more than a one goal margin (the same can be said for their season overall including their trip to Old Trafford in the FA Cup). Gateshead have only lost two of their last 13 league fixtures and are priced at 9/2. The last three of Gateshead’s matches in the division have ended in draws and it’s 13/5 that they extend that record to four.

Richard Money mentioned something called ‘Team Luton’ in his interviews ahead of their midweek win at Rushden & Diamonds. He was certainly proved right by that display at Nene Park from both the playing squad and over 1000 travelling fans as The Hatters battled to a 1-0 victory. As readers of these previews will know – I’ve found it hard to call Luton at various stages of the season and I give them wholesome credit for proving me wrong in midweek. That credit of course will not mean a thing to Money and his team – it’s points that they are after and they’ve kept alive their slim title hopes. A long trip to Southport awaits on Saturday where I fancy the home side to get a point at odds of 9/4.

I saw Mansfield Town play at Histon in midweek and their boss Duncan Russell was right to be ‘disgusted’ with their first half performance. The Stags trailed the ten-man home team by two goals to nil at the break and didn’t look like they would have scored had the ref played 45 hours let alone 45 minutes. Russell’s rage did the trick though and they went on to win the second half and the match with a Louis Briscoe hat-trick. A much tougher game awaits them at the weekend and I have to fancy visitors Kidderminster Harriers to punish any sloppiness at a price of 11/8.

Grimsby Town were hit by a late blow from Gateshead in midweek as promotion hopes stuttered with a 2-2 draw. Ten points off the play-off zone with two games in hand on the majority of teams still offers a glimmer of hope but they will need to beat Tamworth on Saturday at odds of 8/13. Two injury hit and very tired sides meet at Kingsmeadow where the best bet between AFC Wimbledon and Rushden & Diamonds looks a low scoring draw. A goalless game is offered at 9/1 and a 1-1 stalemate at 11/2. Barrow are unbeaten in March and take a run of four straight wins into a weekend home fixture against Bath City. The visitors have been inconsistent of late and you’d have to fancy a home win at 6/5 here.

Cambridge United have been indirectly affected by the injury woes of both Luton Town and AFC Wimbledon as they have had loan players Dan Walker and Ricky Wellard recalled. With only one defeat in their last six matches it looked as though the U’s had settled into an outfit good enough to creep further away from the relegation zone. Their win over York City last weekend was indeed their first against top half opposition since last April’s home win over Mansfield in the previous campaign. The visit of Forest Green Rovers now becomes a difficult assignment and I can see another game featuring very few goals – 0 or 1 goal/s in the game is 5/2 and a goalless draw is just 7/1.

FA Trophy finalists and favourites Darlington are the 8/15 match favourites at home to Altrincham on Saturday. It won’t be as easy as those odds suggest as Alty have won their last two matches. Darlington have only lost once in their last 14 league games but 50% of those ended in draws and that’s the value call here at 13/5. Eastbourne Borough are the slight 13/8 outsiders at home to Kettering Town as they desperately search for another three points to stave off relegation. Fleetwood Town are the 5/4 favourites away at Hayes & Yeading United, but I feel that Garry Haylock’s hosts will have enough to gain a draw at 12/5. York City are the shortest priced favourites of the weekend at 1/3 as they welcome Histon to Bootham Crescent. The visitors have started recent matches well only to fall behind and you doubt they will get any such charity from a York team who rarely let things slip at home.

On Sunday Wrexham host fellow Welsh outfit Newport County at The Racecourse. Wrexham are the 8/11 favourites as they look to stay in the top five with a valuable win. Newport have slowly got into gear this year after an awful start to life without Dean Holdsworth but I couldn’t fancy them on this trip to the North of the country.


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Saturday 26 March 2011
club news
Vote for the new 3rd kit

We have short-listed five shirt designs for the new third kit that will be worn from 2011 to 2013. You can see them in all their glory in the Main Bar at home matches until Saturday 2 April.

Please vote for your favourite design - one choice only. Votes can be submitted either at the ground, by handing in a voting slip to the office or by email to kits@afcwimbledon.co.uk.

You can complete a downloadable entry form here. Please include the number of the shirt you are voting for and your Trust membership number or season ticket number.

The deadline for online votes is 10.00am on Saturday 2 April, before the Barrow match, and the winner will be announced after the game during the man of the match presentation.

Kits are shown below in numerical order ...

Kit 1 Kit 2 Kit 3 Kit 4 Kit 5


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Friday 25 March 2011
first team news
Rushden preview

Terry Brown is looking forward to welcoming several players back into the reckoning for first team action on Saturday, as well as new recruit, Kaid Mohamed, who trained with the team today.

Terry told us “"Sammy Hatton, Danny Kedwell and Christian Jolley resumed training on Thursday and Friday. The first two appeared to come through unscathed but Christian still had one or two concerns surrounding his knee injury.

"We will be without the services of James Mulley who has been suspended for three games and Jamie Stuart who is ineligible owing to the terms of the transfer agreement with Rushden when he joined us earlier this season.

"We will, however, be able to call on Ricky Wellard, who was recalled earlier in the week from a very successful nine match spell at Cambridge, and I am pleased to say that Ismail Yakubu is back after his extended lay off.

"Saturday gives us an opportunity to start our new signing Kaid Mohamed, who looked sharp in training today, as we expected. I feel that the extra firepower is needed for the final run in and Kaid's goalscoring record as a wide forward is probably the best in the Conference.

"Justin Edinburgh has been incredibly successful with Rushden over the last two years and will still be pushing for a play off spot this year. As for us, we need to get back to winning ways as soon as possible and we now have two home fixtures in succession and will be looking to add sufficient points as soon as possible to secure the highest possible play off place.

"Having narrowly lost to Luton in midweek Rushden will come here in need of the three points that are vital to both sides. Having played them at a similar time last year, we know how difficult Saturday's game will be. The players have trained well this week and will be looking to start another good run as we approach the final league games of the season.”

All three games to date against the Diamonds have been very tight, with a 1-0 result each time. Last season a Ross Montague goal won the game at Nene Park, but Rushden won the return game at Kingsmeadow and this season’s game at Nene Park.

Both teams need a win tomorrow to get back on track after each winning only one of their last six games. Rushden currently sit in eighth place, just outside the play off places. A late run for a play off place would be a superb achievement given that, astonishingly, seven of their nine remaining games are away from home. Meanwhile, the Dons will be looking to secure three points to reinforce the challenge for second place.


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Friday 25 March 2011
club news
Terry bolsters his squad

Late yesterday Terry Brown signed Kaid Mohamed and we have received confirmation that all the paperwork has gone through successfully with the league and the FA.

Terry said "Mo, as Kaid likes to be called, is a highly talented, pacy striker who has scored 13 goals this season at the rate of a goal every other game. Fans who saw our game at Bath City in January will already be aware of his talent, given the influence he had on that game. We could not have signed Kaid without the active assistance of Bath City, for which we thank them.

‘Last weekend we were missing Sammy Moore, Sam Hatton, Christian Jolley and Danny Kedwell – that is 41 league goals that were taken out of the team. Mo is another major goalscorer and as we go into the last games of the season that will be invaluable. He has joined us for training today.”

Kaid Mohamed is 26. He started his career in non league in Wales where he was spotted by Swindon Town who signed him in 2007. Released by Swindon he went first to Forest Green Rovers and then signed for Bath City in 2009. He scored 18 goals in season 2009-10, including the only goal in the Blue Square South play off final. He goes straight into the squad for the game against Rushden and Diamonds on Saturday. Wimbledon paid a small fee to secure his services from Bath City.


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Thursday 24 March 2011
cfs news
School Report on AFC Wimbledon

'School Report' is an annual initiative carried out by the BBC where over 30,000 pupils across the country get involved in reporting and presenting news. One such initiative was produced by pupils at St Cecilia's school in Wandsworth, where they compiled an in-depth report on the club and our Community Football Scheme.

You can view it by clicking on School Report - AFC Wimbledon on the rise.


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Wednesday 23 March 2011
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents The Animals this Saturday!

Kingsmeadow Live is proud to present The Animals and Friends this Saturday 26 March after the Rushden and Diamonds game. See below for more information.

Tickets can be purchased here

Saturday 26 March
Kingsmeadow Live presents The Animals and Friends
With support from Derek T Booth

Doors open 7.30 pm
Admission: £15
Tickets: Click here

The concept of Animals and Friends began in the spring of 2000. Hilton Valentine had re-located to America but demand was high for the Animals. Peter Barton former Mindbender had been gigging in a band alongside John Williamson, former guitarist from Titanic. A suggestion was made to team the two units together. Pete had been involved with the Animals now for almost a decade on the management front. Due to the pedigree of the current band members the band was re-named Animals and friends. Jim Rodford was a well-known face from the Kinks and Argent. Johnnie guitar Williamson, again from his time with Titanic and Skeleton Cew had become a familiar face on the Blues and Rock circuit. Pete Barton had also served his apprenticeship alongside Wayne Fontana in The Mindbenders and with Trevor Burton from The Move. The final ingredient's to this rock & roll cocktail was of course original Animal members, Dave Rowberry and John Steel.

Animals and Friends were born. The band toured extensively and in the winter of 2001 went into Lisa Stansfields studio to record the debut Animals and friends Album Instinct. Friends had been called and recordings started.

In June 2003 the band had a major shock, Dave Rowberry suddenly died at the age of 63. The band knew they had to finish the new album but was not sure if they would continue as a touring unit. Coincidently the day Dave died, Peter Barton was contacted by a venue in Harlow, who mentioned that an ex member of the Animals lived in the area. Being a curious chap, Peter took the relevant contact details and made the call. The chap was Mickey Gallagher who had joined the Animals in 1965 when Alan Price left.

Mickey immediately took the offer on board and re-joined John Steel after almost forty years. (In the interim period Mickey had formed The Blockheads with Ian Dury, toured and recorded London calling with The Clash and worked alongside Paul McCartney and Robbie Williams to say the least). The circle was complete again. But the band would not have existed if not for Dave Rowberry.

Jim Rodford had one year earlier been asked to team up with his old mate's Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone to perform a select number of dates. Jim obviously accepted due to his history with Rod in Argent. In the summer of 2004 it was decision time again. Argent dates and Animal dates had started to clash so Jim reluctantly left the band. Jim was a major force in the band and it was sad to see him go. He still appears on occasion as a special guest.

The bands strength has grown over the last few years. Countless major British tours under the belt. A major new album in the shops. A fantastic fan base, which is growing daily. The band will continue to perform as long as we have the audience that keeps coming out to see us.

Line-ups change, sadly two of the original sixties members are no longer with us. Their music continues, as does their legacy. As long as we play the songs that people love we will continue. We will make more albums and continue this fantastic tradition. Eric Burdon, Alan Price and Hilton Valentine are still out there doing it. Let’s hope we all can continue for years to come.


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Wednesday 23 March 2011
club news
Dons make semi-final

The Dons made it through to the semi-final of the London Senior Cup with an exciting 4-3 victory over Beckenham Town.

Played on an excellent surface, the game moved from one end to the other at great pace and the home side raced into a two goal advantage by half-time with goals from Quentin Conteh and Anthony Weir. The Dons hit back in the second half with a header from Lee Minshull and a free kick from Jerson Dos Santos to take the match into extra time.

Dos Santos then put the Dons ahead early in extra time but Danny Lawson levelled the scores with a thunderous shot and a penalty shoot out looked likely. However, in the last minute of the game Harry Knock’s powerful shot was too much for keeper Nick Blue to keep out and the Dons claimed the victory.

A home semi-final against the winners of the Thamesmead Town and Hendon quarter–final will take place in April after those two teams meet on 30 March. Already through to the final, which will be played at Tooting & Mitcham United FC, are Wingate & Finchley who defeated Tooting 3-0 in their semi-final.


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Tuesday 22 March 2011
club news
Carvery open before Rushden game this Saturday

We still have space in the carvery before the Rushden and Diamonds game this Saturday.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

The carvery opens in the back bar at 12pm.

Carvery guests enjoy:

- A 3 course carvery including tea and coffee
- Drinks service direct to the tables
- Sky Sports/ ESPN on the high def screen
- A complimentary match programme and team sheet
- A pre-match briefing by Terry Brown

Cost: £20 (carvery only) or £38 (including a ticket for Paul Strank Stand)



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Tuesday 22 March 2011
club news
Dons in London Senior Cup action

Tonight Wimbledon travel to Beckenham Town FC of the Kent League Premier Division in the quarter final of the London Senior Cup.

The match will be played at Eden Park Avenue, Beckenham, BR3 3JL, kick off 7.45 pm. Admission prices are Adults £7 and Over-65s and Under-16s £3.

The winners will have a home tie in the semi final against either Thamesmead Town or Hendon.


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Monday 21 March 2011
first team news
Ricky returns

Terry Brown has recalled on-loan midfielder Ricky Wellard from Cambridge United. The Dons manager said "with Sammy Moore out with a long term injury and James Mulley missing three games through suspension, Ricky is back in the frame for Saturday.

"Jez George was very disappointed when I called to say we wanted Ricky back because he has been playing very well for them and has played a big part in Cambridge getting back on track, including the recent draw with Luton Town and the defeat of York City on Saturday.

"From our point of view, this is how the loan system is meant to work as we are able to bring back a player who has played nine full games, bar a few minutes, and so Ricky returns match fit and ready to slot straight back into the squad.

"Jez told me he has been very pleased with Ricky's performances and that's exactly what we want to hear. Ricky will rejoin us in time for tomorrow's training session."


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Monday 21 March 2011
club news
Blue Square Bet Premier midweek preview by Alan Alger from Blue Square

Crawley Town triggered our early title payout on Friday night with a 3-1 victory over AFC Wimbledon. It was their tenth straight home win in the Blue Square Bet Premier and extended their overall run in the league to 19 games without a defeat. Steve Evans’ men make the short trip to Eastbourne Borough on Tuesday - one of five games on an important night at both ends of the table. With only two wins in their last 24 league matches, Eastbourne find themselves eight points away from safety in the relegation zone. They would be bottom but for Histon’s points deduction, and defeat at home to Barrow on Saturday may have been the final nail in their top-flight coffin. Even at odds of 13/2 not many punters will be tempted by a home win in this fixture, the draw at 10/3 looks just as unlikely. Crawley are the 4/11 favourites to win at Priory Lane but the best bet could be found on our ‘special markets’ for the match. We offer 10/11 that the Red Devils win by more than one goal on our ‘match handicap’.

Nearest pursuers Luton Town will be doing their utmost to make us pay out twice on the league and they can start to make us sweat with a win at Rushden & Diamonds. Richard Money will need to pick his players up after their FA Trophy exit at the weekend. The fact that they went to the end of extra-time with just nine-men has led us to go a best price of 7/5 on the possibly tired Hatters. Rushden are on a run of four straight draws and it’s 23/10 that they extend it to five. A home win, priced at 8/5, would be a small boost for their play-off hopes – which could rest under the shadow of an off-field Conference charge and subsequent points deduction.

Darlington are celebrating reaching Wembley in the FA Trophy and they catch up one of their games in hand with a home match against Kettering Town. Darlo boss Mark Cooper will relish taking on his former club and after producing another solid defensive display at Gateshead on Saturday the away side will find it hard to get on the scoresheet. Only York City’s home defensive record is better than that of The Quakers. The teams drew 0-0 in the early weeks of this season but you could argue that Darlington are much improved since then. They are 4/6 to win this and keep up their slim play-off hopes – and that looks a very good bet. A draw is 5/2 and a win for The Poppies is offered at 7/2.

Grimsby Town are another team playing catch-up on the play-off pack. With only four wins in their last 13 matches (and 2-1 down to Rushden in an abandoned 14th fixture in that time) The Mariners do not look likely to have a say in the top five spots. Building for next season will be a priority at Blundell Park and I like the look of Gateshead at 11/4 to beat them on Tuesday. Ian Bogie’s team are performing extremely well in their first season as a professional outfit and were narrowly denied an FA Trophy final appearance at the weekend. They can become the seventh team from the bottom half of the table to return from Grimsby without suffering a defeat. The visitors are 5/6 for the game with a ‘goal start’ on our handicap – which covers any draw or Gateshead win.

Even if Histon win the majority of their remaining fixtures it will still be difficult for them to escape relegation. They’ll start a home match with Mansfield Town on Tuesday ten points off safety and propping up the whole division. The Stutes are 2/1 to beat the FA Trophy finalists. A Mansfield victory is priced at Evens and a draw is 12/5.


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Sunday 20 March 2011
club news
Supporters Direct survey

We have received the following letter from Supporters Direct, appealing for fans to participate in a survey about your relationship with the club.

"Supporters Direct are conducting a survey of the fans of ten clubs. Information generated will form part of a report that SD will release in May/June 2011 about the relationship of supporters to their clubs.

"We would really appreciate it if you would take the time to complete the survey, which will take you only about ten minutes. Please go to: Supporters Direct survey.

"All responses are anonymous and no individual’s data will be collected, no individual information will be passed to third parties and you will not get a whole load of unwanted email as a result of doing the survey – we’re not even asking for emails!

"For those that don’t know, Supporters Direct is the national agency that helps supporters create supporters’ trusts and increase their influence at their clubs. For more information, please go to More about Supporters Direct .

"The survey is being conducted by Substance, a social research cooperative who have worked with us in the past (see About Substance)."



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Saturday 19 March 2011
first team news
Terry reflects on Crawley

We spoke to Terry Brown this morning as he was re-running the video of last night's game. He said "first of all credit to Crawley for their win. They started with an attacking blitz and it took us a while to get to grips with Tubbs and Brodie getting behind our full backs. By the time we did, we were two goals down, one of them an uncharacteristic defensive error.

"I thought from about 20 minutes in, we got back into the game and we were well worth Brett Johnson's goal. The sending off of Danny Bulman was wrong on two counts - first it didn't look like a red card to me, and second Ryan Jackson had a one-on-one run at their defender when the referee halted play. I'd back Jacko to go past anyone in that situation.

"At half time I thought we were well in the game but two turning points decided it. The first was when we had two goal bound shots, when Toks hit the post and Gareth Gwillim's shot was deflected. If we'd drawn level at that stage I am certain we'd have gone on to win it. The second was a poor piece of defending that led to their third goal, which was a well struck shot but we should have pressured their man earlier.

"That knocked the stuffing out of us for a while and although we dominated possession from then on, we couldn't get a second goal. It was a bitter pill to swallow to see James Mulley sent off for what I thought was a nothing challenge. We will decide whether to appeal when I've watched the video in full.

"So now we turn to Rushden and Diamonds next Saturday when I hope we will have four key players available again, Sam Hatton, Ismail Yakubu, Christian Jolley and Danny Kedwell. We are setting off on a mini season of what I am determined will be ten games, culminating at Manchester City's ground in May. That has to be our focus and we'll be getting down to it on Monday at training.

"But finally, let's give credit to Crawley - they look like they've won it now and I think they will be worthy champions."


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Friday 18 March 2011
club news
Blue Square Bet Premier & FA Trophy weekend preview by Alan Alger from Blue Square

Saturday’s focus in the Blue Square Bet Premier is firmly away from the title race as important matches in the relegation battle and race for the top five feature in a programme of eight 3pm fixtures. The pick of the games could be at Highbury where Fleetwood Town host Wrexham in a real play-off six-pointer. The Welsh side are nicely settled in fourth spot and look on course for an extended season but the home side could move within six points of them with a win at odds of 11/8. Dean Saunders’ team have only won three of their last eight games and are priced at 13/8 to improve those stats to four in nine. A draw looks best here at 12/5.

Some lucky punters are holding bets at odds of over 40/1 for York City to be promoted after taking a view earlier in the season that things could only get better at Bootham Crescent. That price is down to 11/1 now after their incredible rise from 19th spot to sixth under the stewardship of Gary Mills. The Minstermen travel to Cambridge on Saturday with Blue Square offering a price of Evens that they continue their good run. The home side have only been beaten once in their last five games but also have only won once in 13 fixtures. According to some observers at the match they were the better side in the draw against Luton Town in midweek and are 9/4 to get back to winning ways here.

Grimsby were 2-1 down against Rushden when their game was abandoned on Tuesday, much to the chagrin of Diamonds’ boss Justin Edinburgh. Comments after the game suggest Rushden were very good value for their lead before it was stopped so Grimsby will have to improve this weekend if they are to continue their play-off charge. The Mariners are 6/4 to win at Bath City on Saturday with the home side offered at the same price. Bath are having a tremendous first season in the Blue Square Bet Premier after winning the South play-offs last season. They are probably too far away to claim the coveted fifth place but can hold their heads high if they maintain their 1.3 points per game record. I see one more point being added to their total here with a draw at 23/10.

Rushden will look to make up for the disappointment of their abandoned outing at Grimsby with a home win over Southport at odds of 4/7. A win for Tamworth at Altrincham would stave off any relegation fears for the Midlands outfit. An away win is 17/10 with an Altrincham victory at 13/10 – it’s a must win game for Alty who could find themselves as much as six points off safety if results go against them at the weekend. Eastbourne Borough couldn’t build on back-to-back wins achieved a few weeks ago and promptly lost their next two fixtures. A home match against poor travelers Barrow could be just the ticket at 13/10 this weekend. Newport County won for the first time this year as they beat Altrincham 2-1 at home last week and I expect them to make that two-from-two with a win at Forest Green Rovers at odds of 7/5. We can’t split Hayes & Yeading and Kettering for their game at Church Road and offer 6/4 each team.

Meanwhile the FA Trophy semi-finals are at the second-leg stage and both away teams for the weekend matches hold narrow one goal advantages. Mansfield could complete the double over Luton Town at a big price of 3/1 for their game at Kenilworth Road. Outright tip Gateshead are 6/4 to beat Darlington – who are 3-2 up from the first-leg.


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Thursday 17 March 2011
club news
Crawley preview

Friday's televised night's clash with Crawley Town will take place in front of a full house at the Broadfield Stadium. Both sides have reported injury problems but they have also been coy about which players are affected.

Earlier today, manager Terry Brown said "we are looking forward to our game on Friday evening. There are one or two injury doubts that will require fitness tests tomorrow. I don't really want to go into detail as to who it involves but we have a strong enough squad so that whatever team we are able to put out we will go to Crawley in a confident frame of mind.

"After a disappointing run of results over the last couple of weeks, this is the perfect game for us to lift ourselves up and get back to the level that we have performed at for most of the season. We have worked hard this week at tightening up defensively and to ensure that we play our own game and concentrate on that.

"We are aware of the considerable strength of Crawley's midfield and forwards, however I believe that we should concentrate on our own play and try to take the game to Crawley. The atmosphere on Friday should add to what already is one of the most important games of the season and there is no doubt that we will have to be at our best if we are to contain an excellent Crawley outfit.

"Finally, one player who won't be playing tomorrow is Sammy Moore but we have some good news about his injury. Sammy had an MRI scan today and it showed that there is deep bruising and tissue damage but it is nowhere near as bad as it might have been - thanks to the prompt action of the club's doctors immediately after he was injured.

"When I say it is good news, these things are all relative - Sammy will still be out for about three months but for a while we feared it might be six. So he has high hopes of being fully fit again for the beginning of next season and he has told the rest of the squad that he expects them to make sure that he returns as a League 2 player!"

Injury problems notwithstanding, Crawley felt able to release two players on loan to Hayes and Yeading earlier today. However, the Dons defence will be looking to contain the goal scoring feats of Matt Tubbs who was on target when the teams met at Kingsmeadow early in the season. Two late goals turned the game round and gave the Dons victory, so tomorrow night's game is Crawley's chance to reverse one of their few defeats this season.

For their part, Crawley will be very aware of the goal scoring abilities of Danny Kedwell and the Wimbledon captain, who scored the dramatic late winner at Kingsmeadow in September, goes into the game looking to add to his 20-goal tally; one more goal will see him equal last season's league total with several games still to go.

Crawley have announced that Wimbledon fans with terrace tickets will be directed into the away terrace; any Dons fans who have bought tickets for the home end should make their way to the away section where Crawley assure us there will be ample room.

Dons fans without tickets can watch the game on the big screen in the main bar at Kingsmeadow - the bar will open at 5.30 pm. There is room for 300 fans in the main bar and we can also accommodate a further 80 fans to watch the game on a 40 inch screen in the President's Lounge.

We advise all fans, whether going to the game or coming to Kingsmeadow to watch the game, to arrive early.


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Thursday 17 March 2011
club news
Crawley game sold out

Earlier today Crawley Town issued the following statement about Friday night's game at the Broadfield Stadium.

"All tickets have now sold out for tomorrow's top of the table clash with AFC Wimbledon.

Will all AFC Wimbledon fans with a terrace ticket for tomorrow's game at The Broadfield Stadium, please enter the ground through turnstiles 1,2,3 or 4 of the North Terrace. There is ample room for all ticket holders.

AFC Wimbledon Supporters who have tickets for the West Stand please enter the Stadium through turnstile 5.

A number of AFC Wimbledon stewards will be present at the game to help to ensure that Wimbledon fans are directed to the correct part of the stadium."



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Thursday 17 March 2011
reserve team news
Last minute disappointment for reserves

In the final of the Surrey Premier Challenge Cup last night, Marcus Gayle's young reserves squad lost in the last minute of extra time of a hard fought game against Combined Counties team South Park.

The game was even throughout the first 45 minutes, with both sides missing a one-on-one chance but the young Dons went behind early in the second half when a long clearance set up a well-taken chance for South Park.

Despite ringing the changes and using all three substitutes the game looked to be drifting away from the Dons until a late bout of pressure saw two clearances off the line. Unfortunately for South Park the second one was a handball, in the last minute of normal time. Billy Hussey put the penalty away while the red-carded defender made his way round the pitch to the changing room.

With South Park deflated by the late equaliser and down to ten men, it looked good for Wimbledon but in injury time a lunging tackle by Kevant Serbony saw him get his second yellow card of the evening (and the fourteenth issued by the referee), so he too made his disconsolate way to the changing rooms.

Nonetheless, the reserves looked much the stronger team in the first period of extra time but a goal wouldn't come. There was no lack of excitement as South Park won a penalty, their forward being pulled down as he rounded the 'keeper. Given the referee's propensity for issuing cards, Wimbledon fans held their breath but the punishment was only a yellow. There was a further let off when the striker pulled his penalty well wide of the right hand post.

And so, with both teams tiring and getting cramp it looked as if the final would go to penalties until one last South Park attack and cross saw Charlie Girdler, who had a fine game, bundle the ball into his own net under pressure to give South Park the winner.

This was harsh on a young team who worked hard and kept trying to play football against an older and bigger team on a bumpy dusty pitch. Some of the team will be back in action on Tuesday night at Beckenham, playing for the first team in the London Senior Cup.


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Thursday 17 March 2011
club news
Hayes & Yeading highlights on AFC Wimbledon TV

You can view the highlights of our recent away game against Hayes & Yeading on AFC Wimbledon TV.


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Wednesday 16 March 2011
dons trust news
Dons Draw winners, March 2011

The March Dons Draw took place this morning at Kingsmeadow.

Winning numbers were drawn in the presence of Erik Samuelson (AFC Wimbledon Chief Executive), Neil Messenbird (Dons Draw Administrator) and David Charles, (AFC Wimbledon Club Secretary).

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

First prize of £1,000 - ticket 1316 - Andrew Harris DA12

Second prize of £500 - ticket 1588 - Graham Harby KT5

Third prize of £250 - ticket 0585 - Eamon Gibney BS35

Fourth prize of £150 - ticket 2188 - Paul Raymond SW17

Fifth prize of £100 - ticket 1494 - Elaine Vandecandelaere TQ13

Sixth prize of £75 - ticket 3705 - Paul McNulty

Congratulations to all six prize winners.

The next Dons Draw will take place on or around 15 April 2011 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 2011 Dons Draw is 8.00 pm on 31 March.

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


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Wednesday 16 March 2011
reserve team news
Reserves in Cup Final action tonight

The reserves will be going for their second trophy of the season when they take on South Park in the final of the Surrey Premier Cup.

The match takes place at Carshalton Athletic FC with a 7.30 pm kick off and admission prices are Adults £5 and Senior Citizens and Under 15s £2.


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Monday 14 March 2011
club news
Crack Comedy launches at Kingsmeadow Live this Thursday!

The club is pleased to announce that Crack Comedy will be launching at Kingsmeadow Live this Thursday 17 March with a fantastic line-up of Ian Stone, Pete Firman (fresh from his appearance on Jason Manford’s ‘Comedy Rocks’), Alistair Barrie and Steve N Allen.

Tickets are available by clicking here or call 020 8549 9790.

Crack Comedy have built up a hugely successful club in Kingston among other areas over the last several years so we are thrilled to be working with them.

The club will now take place on the THIRD THURSDAY of the month.


More details about the show....


Thursday 17 March
Crack Comedy presents...
Ian Stone, Pete Firman, Alistair Barrie and Steve N Allen
Admission: £10 (advance), £11 (door), £5 (students)
Doors: 8.00pm
Tickets: Click here


Ian Stone (headliner)
"Seriously funny" The Guardian
“He looks and sounds very good indeed" Time Out

Pete Firman (Middle act)
“A gob-smackingly talented magician…equally good at stand-up and boasts immaculate timing” Metro
“Firman is a delight” The Independent

Alistair Barrie (Opening act)
“BRILLIANT” Time Out
“Brilliantly funny” The Guardian

Steve N Allen (MC)
"Very funny" - Time Out
"Charming and witty" - Chortle.co.uk

For more information about the line-up, click here.


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Monday 14 March 2011
club news
Watch Crawley v AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow on Friday

The Blue Square Bet Premier game between Crawley and the Dons will be shown in the main bar and the President's Lounge on Friday.

We regret that we cannot open the back bar on Friday as we have a long-established booking for that room.

The bars will open at 5.30 pm with room for up to 300 fans in the main bar and 80 in the PL. Fans who want to watch the game on the big screen should arrive early - the television in the PL is a 40 inch screen.


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Monday 14 March 2011
first team news
Injury update

Terry Brown gave this update after Monday morning's training.

"Saturday's disappointing defeat was compounded by a very nasty injury to the returning Sammy Moore. Sammy dislocated his knee cap and if it hadn't been for the brilliant work of the club doctors, the injury could have turned out a lot worse. They managed to put the knee cap back into position very quickly and therefore hopefully avoiding any long term ligament damage.

"Sammy will be undergoing further tests later this week but we are looking at Sammy missing the rest of the season. This will be a real blow to our midfield as Sammy has been an integral part of a successful season.

"We are hopeful that Sam Hatton and Christian Jolley can resume training by the end of the week as, in a perfect world, I'd like them both to be available for Friday's game. Fraser Franks is awaiting the results of last week's scan and Ismail Yakubu is responding well to treatment on both his collar bone and knee.

"Gareth Gwillim has recovered well from the four stitches he received in a head wound later on in the game and will hopefully train later in the week."


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Monday 14 March 2011
club news
Blue Square Bet Premier midweek preview by Alan Alger from Blue Square

Crawley Town continued their relentless march towards the Blue Square Bet Premier title with a 2-1 victory at Fleetwood Town on Saturday. With Sam Elliott from the Non League Paper declaring the ‘fat lady’ to already be singing with his report from AFC Wimbledon’s defeat at the hands of Kidderminster Harriers on the same day. A line that could be seen as a call to action for us to payout on Crawley as Premier division winners as we have done with Aldershot and Burton in the past. Having had the panic over The Brewers bouncing back to 4/11 from 1/100 by the final day of their championship season our football desk have taken a new approach to early payouts. There were worried looks around the office as Burton looked to be throwing away a seemingly unassailable lead that would have lead to us paying out on our biggest liability of that season – Cambridge United. Once again it’s our biggest liability heading the chasing pack on the tail of the 1/14 Red Devils – Luton Town. Consequently our boys in the office want the ‘fat lady’ tucked up in bed the next morning reading her reviews in The Guardian with a cup of tea – before they hit the ‘PAYOUT’ button. We have introduced a ‘betting without Crawley Town’ market which makes Luton the 4/9 favourites after the weekend results.

Steve Evans’ team are at home to Hayes & Yeading United on Tuesday night and feature at their usual cramped odds for games at the Broadfield Stadium. Punters are offered just 1/5 on a home victory and it’s as short as 4/6 that the league leaders win by 2 or more goals. Hayes & Yeading have already won at Darlington and Grimsby Town this season at long odds, but even at 11/1 here there cannot be much hope for Garry Haylock’s side. His team’s decent away record also saw them get a point at Luton Town and it’s 9/2 they can pull off another shock draw here.

Luton were in FA Trophy action on Sunday at Mansfield Town and start playing catch-up with their league games at Cambridge United this week. The Hatters look a good bet at 8/11 to keep the title race alive (for now). One stat that will slightly temper 100% confidence in an away win will be the fact that Luton have only won two of their ten away matches when travelling to teams in the top 18. The U’s are continuing their form of struggling against the bigger teams and this season have just six points from a possible 51 when taking on teams in the top 11. Cambridge are 7/2 to end a winless run stretching back three matches.

Mansfield Town have 14 league matches to complete in just 47 days starting with a difficult midweek fixture at York City. The Minstermen are the 4/5 favourites with home advantage as they aim for a top five finish. Mansfield were 1-0 winners in their first-leg FA Trophy semi-final at home to Luton on Sunday but may be feeling the effects of that exertion. The Stags are 3/1 to register what would be their eighth away win of the season and it’s 12/5 that the match ends in a draw that wouldn’t be entirely beneficial for either side.

Elsewhere Grimsby Town can climb above opponents Rushden & Diamonds with a home win at 10/11. Diamonds are also in the play-off hunt and are 5/2 to win at Blundell Park. Kettering Town may harbour some minor relegation fears and will need to be at their best to beat a battling Histon outfit at 4/6. The Stutes prop up the table but have only been beaten twice when visiting teams in the bottom half of the table. Southport are one of four teams hovering above the relegation zone with 36 points. Their superior goal-difference looks as good as an extra point at this stage of the season and they are Evens favourites at home to another of the 36 point clubs Barrow. Altrincham are the 5/4 favourites at home to Forest Green Rovers and it looks a must win game for the home side who are in danger of dropping into the Blue Square Bet North.


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Sunday 13 March 2011
club news
Kidderminster highlights on AFC Wimbledon TV

Highlights of our home game against Kidderminster can be seen by clicking on Kidderminster highlights.


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Saturday 12 March 2011
club news
AFC Wimbledon TV - Terry Brown interviewed after the Kidderminster game

Terry Brown was interviewed after the home game against Kidderminster. The interview can be seen by clicking on Terry talks post Kidderminster.

An audio-only version can be heard by clicking on Audio only, Terry Brown interview re Kidderminster.


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Saturday 12 March 2011
club news
Bar opening times and other matchday arrangements

Bars

The bars will open at noon and are open both to Wimbledon and Kidderminster fans before the game. A decision will be made on the day about whether or not there will be access to the bars for away fans after the game.

Please note that the back bar will close after half time and the main bar wil close at 6.30 pm to allow time to prepare for functions tonight.

Food

There will be a burger trailer in the car park, opening at about 12.30 pm. The four outlets within the stadium will be operating from 1.45 pm.

Segregation

Full segregation will be in place for the game, with Kidderminster fans directed to the north end of the John Smith's stand. Wimbledon fans in the John Smith's stand and the Kingston Road end will be allowed access to the toilets and burger bar in the north east corner of the ground, along with Kidderminster fans.

Entering the ground

Kidderminster fans will enter through turnstiles 7 and 8. These turnstiles are accessed via the residential car park which is, in turn, entered from Jack Goodchild Way.

Wimbledon fans will enter via turnstiles 4, 5 and 6 for the Tempest End and the southern end of the John Smith’s stand (i.e. furthest away from the Kingston Road end). For the Kingston Road end, Wimbledon fans will enter via turnstiles 1, 2 and 3.

Parking and public transport

As usual, parking will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please take care and drive slowly when entering the car park.

You can park in some surrounding streets but please do so considerately.

Club shop

The merchandise shop will be open from 12.30 pm to 2.45 pm and then again after the match.


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Friday 11 March 2011
club news
Ticket availability and special events at the Kidderminster game

Tickets

There are plenty of terrace tickets available for Saturday's game against Kidderminster Harriers.

Despite the generosity of fans who have returned season ticket vouchers that they don't need, there will be only a handful of seat tickets available for Saturday's game. These are mainly 'singles' and will go on sale from the kiosk in the lobby of the main stand from about 1.45 pm.

Pre-ordered tickets

Pre-ordered tickets can be collected from the complimentary tickets window next to the players’ entrance, from about 1.30 pm.

Cash collection

There will be a cash collection on behalf of the Phoenix Prison Trust, one of the charities nominated by the Dons Trust Board for this season. The Trust works with prisoners to help them out of their prison lifestyle using yoga, meditation and related techniques. The Trust hopes that fans will support their collection tomorrow.

KSK Beveren

Fifty three (i.e. a coach load) of fans of Beveren, a club from Belgium, will be at Saturday's match. The story of the plight of Beveren appears in tomorrow's programme, but their club was taken over in May 2010 and they now have what is effectively a new club playing in their community. They are very aware of what we have achieved at AFC Wimbledon and they are coming to meet representatives of the club and Trust as well as enjoying the game.

This is their second visit to watch a Dons game - sadly their first was for the postponed Wrexham game. They will almost certainly be in the Kingston Road End so if you come across Bevern fans, please welcome them to our stadium.

Team of the week

The team of the week is the Under 12s, managed by Dons favourite Andy Little. They will be introduced to the crowd tomorrow so please give them a very warm welcome.

Dons Trust raffle

As previously announced on the club's web site, there will be a raffle to raise funds for the Trust at tomorrow's game.


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Friday 11 March 2011
club news
Follow the Dons on twitter

The club now has a twitter account which is @afcwnews and you can follow it if you click here


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Friday 11 March 2011
club news
Blue Square Bet Premier & FA Trophy weekend preview by Alan Alger from Blue Square

This time last year Blue Square were paying out on Newport County as the Blue Square South champions as they swept all before them on their journey to a place in this season’s Blue Square Bet Premier division. The Exiles started this season brightly under Dean Holdsworth as they aimed for back-to-back promotions. With County settled in second position in the table at the halfway stage everything looked bright at Spytty Park under their talented young manager. Heads were being turned though and Holdsworth was tempted to move to Aldershot in December which has led to a huge reversal in form for the South Wales team. A New Year’s Day defeat at home to Bath City started a winless run that was extended to twelve matches at home to Fleetwood last Saturday in a 3-1 reverse. With their title chance over and promotion hopes fading fast Saturday’s home match with Altrincham takes on huge significance. A Newport win is priced at 4/6, which looks incredibly short for a team that haven’t a single league victory to their name in 2011. Opponents Altrincham have won four matches in the same period and are available at 4/1 for three vital points to help ward off their relegation worries.

At the top of the table leaders Crawley Town sit ahead of AFC Wimbledon on goal difference but have five games in hand over The Wombles. Both teams have difficult matches this weekend and feature at exactly the same price. Crawley can be backed at Evens to win at Fleetwood Town and AFC Wimbledon are an identical price for their home match with Kidderminster Harriers. It was the in-form Harriers that held Crawley to a 0-0 draw in midweek which was The Red Devils’ fourth straight goalless league game away from home. Fleetwood are 8/1 to stall Crawley to a fifth away game with no goals. The Cod Army haven’t been very consistent of late and I strongly fancy Crawley to win this match and stay at the summit. Kidderminster are unbeaten in ten matches and I fancy them to get at least a draw on their visit to Kingsmeadow against AFC Wimbledon. An away win at 5/2 looks the best value call though as Steve Burr’s men look to reinforce their play-off position.

Fourth placed Wrexham host play-off outsiders Rushden & Diamonds at the Racecourse Ground on Saturday. The Red Dragons have ten games left in the regular league season to stay in the top five. They start the weekend with an eight point cushion back to sixth place in the table. Away team Rushden have faltered of late and have let odds-on punters down two games running with draws at home to Hayes & Yeading and Forest Green Rovers. This is the Diamonds’ hardest match for some time and I expect a home win here at a price of 4/5.

York City are the shortest priced team in the division this weekend as Eastbourne Borough visit Bootham Crescent in a rearranged fixture. The Minstermen look like solid 1/2 shots to win this despite Eastbourne’s improved run. Barrow are 10/3 to record their first away win of the league season at fellow strugglers Forest Green Rovers. Grimsby Town still have enough games in hand to hope for a late run to fifth place and they can extend Kettering’s poor home record with a victory at Rockingham Road at a generous price of 7/5. Southport are hovering above the relegation zone with their weekend visitors Cambridge United. The only bright spots for both teams recently are victories over Histon. I fancy a draw at Haig Avenue at a price of 12/5. Tamworth need a few more wins to ensure their safety for another year and a home fixture with Hayes & Yeading United gives them a good opportunity at a price of 10/11.

The FA Trophy Semi Final first leg matches take place over the weekend and feature four Blue Square Bet Premier teams. That was looking an unlikely prospect as plenty of lower level clubs made it through to the latter stages of the competition at the expense of some more established names. My outright tip for success a few rounds ago was Gateshead, but they have a tough tie with North East neighbours Darlington in their attempt to reach the Wembley final. Mark Cooper’s Quakers are at home in the first leg and can gain the upper hand at 4/5. Blue Square Bet Premier title chasers Luton Town travel to Mansfield Town on Sunday and, although they may rest players for what is clearly their second priority, they should be capable of a draw at Field Mill at a price of 12/5.


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Thursday 10 March 2011
club news
Kidderminster preview

Terry Brown started his match preview by reviewing all the players who are currently injured or, in some cases, close to returning from injury, hopefully in time for Saturday's game against Kidderminster Harriers.

"Starting with an update on injuries for Saturday, Sammy Hatton and Fraser Franks will definitely be out. Sammy was not making any progress at all from his ankle injury so we arranged for him to have a steroid injection in the ankle and he ought to be able to resume training some time next week.

"Fraser damaged his medial ligaments on Saturday at Grimsby and is making steady if unspectacular progress. Christian Jolley also misses the Kidderminster game owing to suffering from concussion at Grimsby - it isn't wise to rush such injuries.

"Gareth Gwillim has a calf strain but should resume training tomorrow while Ismail Yakubu has made remarkable recovery from his collar bone injury and could be in the frame for a return against Crawley next week.

"Luke Moore will also resume training tomorrow with the hope that he will be available on Saturday. Also on a positive note, both Lee Minshull and Sammy Moore came through 60 minutes for the reserves on Wednesday and are both itching for their first starts for some time.

"The management team had the luxury of watching Kidderminster play Crawley on Tuesday night in what was a very fast and exciting game, even though it ended 0-0. Both sides worked extremely hard and although Kidderminster could have nicked it at the end, I think a draw was a fair result."

Kidderminster come into Saturday's game with an unbeaten run of ten games, which is all the more impressive in that their last four games include away draws at Darlington and Luton, and a home win against Wrexham followed by their midweek draw at home to Crawley.

The Harriers currently sit in the last play off place, a couple of points ahead of Fleetwood but the next four teams could overhaul them if they won their games in hand. But their fate is in their own hands as they have to play four of the five teams immediately below them, plus Luton, before the end of the season.

Kidderminster moved quickly this week to sign Matt Lowe on loan from Macclesfield after their promising young full back Tom Sharpe dislocated his knee against Crawley. Lowe will be in the squad on Saturday.

In the game at the Aggborough Stadium the Dons went down 2-0, possibly suffering from a hangover from their win against Crawley only a few days earlier. This time the fixtures are reversed and the home game against Kidderminster is followed by the return fixture at Crawley. Terry Brown will be looking to take three points form Saturday's game as a major boost towards securing a play off place as early as possible.


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Thursday 10 March 2011
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents Crack Comedy, The Animals and The Dualers!

Kingsmeadow Live has a busy few weeks coming up with the launch of Crack Comedy@Kingsmeadow on Thursday 17 March, The Animals and Friends playing their first gig on Saturday 26th March (after the Rushden and Diamonds game) and the return of The Dualers on Saturday 2 April (after the Barrow game).

See below for details, more info can be found here.


Thursday 17th March
Crack Comedy presents...
Ian Stone, Peter Firman, Alistair Barrie and Steve N Allen
Doors open 8pm, show starts 8.30pm
Admission: £10 (advance), £11 (door), £5 students
Tickets: Click here


Saturday 26th March
Kingsmeadow Live presents...
The Animals and Friends
Doors open 7.30pm
Admission: £15
Tickets: Click here
Also featuring support from Derek T Booth


Saturday 2nd April
Kingsmeadow Live presents...
The Dualers
Doors open 7.30pm
Admission: £12 (advance) £14 (door)
Tickets: Click here
Also featuring support from ska DJs






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Thursday 10 March 2011
dons trust news
Dons Trust news: Raffle on Saturday

The fundraising team will be holding a raffle on Saturday, with two prizes on offer.

· First prize will be a collection of brand new (still in their wrapping) computer games that have been generously donated to the iDons stall. The games are: Call of Duty: Black Ops (XBox 360); Super Smash Brothers Brawl (Wii); Blur (PS3) and Monopoly (Xbox 360). Please note that, as Call of Duty has an 18 rating, that particular item will be held back unless the winning ticket is presented by an adult. For further details of the package of games on offer, see this attachment.

· Second prize will be a pair of tickets to the party being held in aid of Motor Neurone Disease Association at Kingsmeadow on Saturday evening. This party is being organised by (and tickets kindly donated to the raffle by) AFC Wimbledon supporter Tina Massey and will feature Dons legends Chris Perry, Michael Haswell, Alan Inns, Elliot Godfrey and Jon Main as special guests. Matchday announcer Mikey T will be the DJ for the evening and a cold buffet and sweetie table are being provided. For further details of this special event, please see this attachment.

. A substitute prize will not be offered in the event that this prize is not claimed on the day.

As usual, tickets for the raffle will be priced at £1 and the draw will be announced at half-time. The prizes can be collected outside the complimentary tickets window immediately after the match. Proceeds of the raffle will go to the Dons Trust.


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Thursday 10 March 2011
club news
Please donate unwanted ST vouchers for the Kidderminster game

Demand for seat tickets for the Kidderminster Harriers game is very high and at present we have no seats left for sale.

If you aren't planning to come to the game, please consider donating the relevant ST voucher to the club so that we can re-sell the seat.

To do so, please email your ticket details to returned vouchers or phone the office on 020 8547 3528 and leave a message.

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


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Tuesday 08 March 2011
club news
Under 19s league game has evening kick-off

The Under 19 team will be playing their home game against Havant & Waterlooville in the Football Conference Youth Alliance on Wednesday evening with a 7.30 pm kick-off.

Usually their games are played in the afternoon but tomorrow night's game at Corinthian-Casuals has an evening kick-off and gives fans an opportunity to see Mark Robinson's academy side that had such a great run in the FA Youth Cup in league action.

With no first team midweek action why not go and support the promising youngsters.


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Tuesday 08 March 2011
club news
Blue Square Bet Premier live match and midweek preview by Alan Alger from Blue Square

Barrow and Altrincham meet at Holker Street on Tuesday night in front of the Premier Sports TV cameras for a hugely important clash at the bottom of the Blue Square Bet Premier. The teams will kick-off level on points and occupying the top two berths in the division’s relegation zone. Home team Barrow do have a game in hand and superior goal difference but it has to be said that both sides are in real danger of playing in the Blue Square Bet North next season. The Bluebirds are the favourites at 10/11, with a draw priced at 12/5 and an away win offered at 13/5. Barrow extended their winless run to nine matches with a goalless draw at home to York City at the weekend. In the context of the table that can be considered a point gained and extends their decent record when the big teams visit Cumbria. The Minstermen becoming the eighth team from the top half of the table to return from LA14 with less than three points. It’s not often that the joint-management team of Dave Bayliss and Darren Sheridan lead their team out as odds-on favourites for a match – but the price looks justified based on all the information available ahead of the game. Altrincham have only won three league matches away from home this season although they can boast a 2-0 win from the reverse of this fixture earlier in the campaign. The Robins have conceded an average of nearly 2.5 goals per game on the road so Barrow can be hopeful of finding the net at least once. Not many teams get change out of the home defence at Holker Street and that’s evidenced by their place of ninth in the ‘fewest home goals conceded’ table – a stat belying their position in the table that counts! A home win looks the best call here with 2-0 on the ‘Correct Score’ market paying an attractive 7/1.

Elsewhere on the same night Crawley Town can take another step towards the league title with an away win at Kidderminster Harriers. The Red Devils are the Evens favourites to win at Aggborough - but it looks a match that is far from easy for the 1/9 Blue Square Bet Premier favourites. Steve Burr’s Harriers have been in fantastic form and can boast a 1-1 draw at Luton Town from their previous outing. That extended their unbeaten run to nine games and they are now favoured for a top five finish and a place in the play-offs. A home win is priced at 23/10, but the better bet could be a draw at 12/5 which would not be a big disappointment for either team.

Kiddy’s weekend result at Kenilworth Road was the fifth time this season that Luton Town have failed to win at home when odds-on. In which case punters may be very wary when faced with odds of 4/11 for The Hatters to beat Tamworth this week. Richard Money’s team have only won four of their last ten matches in the league and have consequently drifted in the title market. They could, and should, get back on track here but the price will only appeal to accumulator fans.

Gateshead and Darlington meet in an important league fixture at the International Stadium ahead of their two-legged FA Trophy semi-final. Both harbour outside hopes of a play-off place and a win for the away side at 17/10 would put them in an especially good position. Mark Cooper’s team have moved from 13th spot up to eighth in the table with a run comprising of just one defeat in 12 league matches. Gateshead had a 100% record in February which led to a ‘manager of the month’ award for boss Ian Bogie but March has started with just one point from a possible six. The Heed are 13/10 to get back to winning ways here but again the draw price looks the value call at 12/5.

Eastbourne Borough registered back-to-back wins for the first time since September at the weekend and now aim to win three on the bounce for the first time since January 2009 with a difficult trip to Wrexham. A home win is priced at a very short 4/11, with a draw at 10/3 and a shock win for the Sussex club offered at 6/1. Rushden & Diamonds let odds-on backers down at home to Hayes & Yeading United on Saturday but have the chance to redeem themselves at a price of 8/13 when hosting Forest Green Rovers.


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Tuesday 08 March 2011
club news
Crawley tickets sold out

We have now sold our allocation of tickets for the Crawley game.

If you bought on line you should have received an automatic email acknowledgement. and your tickets will be posted to you. If you didn't receive an acknowledgement then we advise you to call the office (020 8547 3528) to confirm that your purchase went through.


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Tuesday 08 March 2011
club news
Carvery open this Saturday

We still have space in the carvery before the Kidderminster game this Saturday.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

The carvery opens in the back bar at 12pm.

Carvery guests enjoy:

- A 3 course carvery including tea and coffee
- Drinks service direct to the tables
- Sky Sports/ ESPN on the high def screen
- A complimentary match programme and team sheet
- A pre-match briefing by Terry Brown

Cost: £20 (carvery only) or £38 (including a ticket for Paul Strank Stand)



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Monday 07 March 2011
club news
Terry on Grimsby and injury update

As usual the treatment room was busy after Saturday's game, with several players in need of extensive treatment and one missing entirely on doctor's orders. Terry Brown explained.

"Saturday's disappointing result at Grimsby was unusual this season as when we get our noses in front we can normally expect a good away day. Credit to Grimsby who played well on the day and deserved the win.

"The defeat saw us pick up some additional injuries, with a calf problem for Gareth Gwillim. Also, Christian Jolley suffered concussion from what looked like an innocuous challenge. He was required to stay the night in a local hospital where they were happy enough to release him on Sunday morning. He will, however, need a complete break from football for at least seven days and he will therefore not be training this week or available for Saturday.

"Fraser Franks suffered a knee ligament injury in the first half on Saturday and is very doubtful for any training this week. Meanwhile Sam Hatton is making steady progress from what was a very nasty knock against Altrincham.

"On a positive note, both Lee Minshull and Sammy Moore continued their progress with 25 minute cameo appearances. Both came through well and trained this morning. Also on a positive note, Ismail Yakubu is recovering well from his injured collar bone and he should be back within the next fourteen days.

"It would be nice to be able to select the same side for consecutive games and hopefully now that our fixture list has eased we will see all the niggling injuries that they have been carrying given time to heal. With the injuries dealt with we should see the squad looking fitter and sharper than we have done over the last month.

"With no game this midweek the management team will take the opportunity to look at Kidderminster v Crawley on Tuesday night. Both are exceptional runs and we ought to get a good insight into how they are playing at the moment."


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Monday 07 March 2011
dons trust news
Fans' Survey

Following the Press Release dated 2 March, the detailed results can now be seen by viewing this attachment.


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Monday 07 March 2011
club news
Arrangements for sale of Crawley Town tickets

Tickets for our league game at Crawley Town will go on sale from 10.00 am on Tuesday 8 March. Because of the limited number of tickets made available to the club, applications will be accepted from season ticket holders only, and they will be restricted to one ticket per person.

Ticket prices


Terrace


Adult - £14

Over 65, and 18-20 - £11

Over 7- under 18 - £5

Under 7 – Free

Seats


Adult - £17

Over 65, and 18-20 - £13

Under 18 - £8

Under 12 - £6

Under 7 – Free


How to buy


1. By visiting the club office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on 8 March and providing voucher D from the season ticket book.

2. By ordering from the online ticket shop, accessed via the front page of this site. Tickets will be available from 10.00 am on Tuesday. You will need to enter your season ticket number. Because of the different prices as set out above and as we are required to reconcile to Crawley for all the different categories, please select in the following way and be very careful to ensure you make the right selection.

a. Adult Terrace – select ‘Home Terrace Adult’
b. Over 65 Terrace – select ‘Home Terrace Concession’
c. 18-20 Terrace – select ‘Home Terrace Under 16’
d. Over 7 Terrace – under 18 Terrace – select ‘Away Terrace Concession’
e. Adult Seat – select ‘Standard Ticket Adult’
f. Over 65 Seat – select ‘Standard Ticket Concession’
g. 18-20 Seat – select ‘Standard Ticket Under 16’
h. Under 18 Seat – select ‘Home terrace John Smith’s Stand Adult’
i. Under 12 Seat – select ‘Home terrace John Smith’s Stand Concession’

If you want a ticket for an Under 7, please email the office at info@afcwimbledon.co.uk or visit the office in person.

If you buying a reduced priced ticket you may be asked to show proof that you are eligible for that ticket when entering the ground at Crawley.

We will not be selling tickets on the telephone or accepting postal applications.



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Sunday 06 March 2011
reserve team news
Great week for the reserves

The reserves have completed a busy and very successful week in which they have secured a place in the Surrey Premier Cup final, won their first trophy of the season, and extended their lead in the Suburban League Premier division to 14 points.

Last Saturday goals from Billy Hussey and Jerson Dos Santos helped the Dons defeat Metropolitan Police in the Surrey Premier Cup semi final and book a place against South Park in the final, which will take place at Carshalton Athletic FC on Wednesday 16 March.

On Tuesday night, a 4 – 2 victory over Uxbridge reserves saw them win the Suburban Champions Cup 6 – 3 on aggregate. The goal scorers were Billy Hussey, Nathan Gordon, Jerson Dos Santos and Elton Gjoni. The match also produced two penalty saves by Dons keeper Ulysees Obame but on each occasion it had to be retaken, and on the third attempt, Obame was finally beaten.

Yesterday the Dons defeated Hampton & Richmond Borough reserves 2 – 1 with the Dons scoring twice in the last ten minutes through Elton Gjoni and an own goal, to come from behind and complete their 16th victory out of 20 league games.

Many congratulations to Marcus Gayle, his management team and the players, who play their next league game on Wednesday night at Eastbourne Borough.



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Thursday 03 March 2011
club news
Supporters' coach to Grimsby

There are still a few spaces on the coach travelling to Grimsby for the league game on Saturday. The coach picks up from The Grove at 7.45 am and from Kingsmeadow at 8.15 am.

The cost is £15 and to reserve a seat please call the office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on Friday.


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Thursday 03 March 2011
club news
Tickets for the away game at Crawley on Friday 18 March

Following some confusion over the ticket allocation for our away game at Crawley on Friday 18 March, Crawley have announced that we will have 600 tickets, in accordance with Football Conference rules. These comprise 122 seat tickets and 478 terrace tickets.

Season ticket holders have preference, at one per ST, for the sale of the tickets. We have well over 2,000 ST holders and so we do not expect any tickets to be available on general sale.

We expect to put the tickets on sale early next week and will make an announcement of exactly how we will do so over the weekend. Please note that we will not be accepting postal applications for tickets.


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Thursday 03 March 2011
club news
Grimsby preview

Terry Brown is pleased to welcome back Sammy Moore and Lee Minshull for Saturday's game at Grimsby, following the disappointing draw at Hayes and Yeading on Tuesday night.

"Tuesday's result at Hayes was obviously disappointing. We really needed to secure maximum points and in the end the game could have gone either way. Seb Brown made a couple of brilliant saves in the first half and another day we would have finished one of the chances that we created.

"Looking at the positives at least I took a point from Hayes at last. And more seriously, sometimes you go to a team that is struggling in the league and people expect you to win but on Saturday they were very unlucky not to get something out of York City and they make Church Road a very difficult place to go.

"Saturday's visit to Grimsby should see the return to the squad of Sammy Moore and Lee Minshull who have both recovered from injuries and have trained well over the last week. Unfortunately, Sam Hatton has not recovered from the ankle injury he suffered during the Altrincham game and therefore Fraser Franks will cover at right back. I thought Fraser played very well on Tuesday at Hayes and I am hopeful that we can get back to winning ways at Grimsby on Saturday."

Grimsby started 2011 in a blaze of goals, scoring 13 in two games and looking as if they were going to take the second half of the season by storm. But these wins were followed by three successive losses, and a run of only two wins in eleven games has left them in mid table, although still with a chance of reaching the play offs if they can win their games in hand.

They are a hard team to beat at Blundell Park, with only two defeats at home all season, both of them in the first few weeks as they got to grips with the Blue Square Bet Premier League. The man who Wimbledon defenders must watch out for is Alan Connell, who has scored 19 league and cup goals. Meanwhile, Charlie Ademeno whose pace proved a handful when he scored against the Dons for Crawley last season, is close to a return following knee surgery earlier in the season.

The team will travel up early on Friday with a stop at Lincoln where, thanks to Drewe Broughton, the team will be able to use Lincoln's training ground as preparation for the game.


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Wednesday 02 March 2011
club news
Date arranged for London Senior Cup tie

Our quarter final game in the London Senior Cup at Beckenham Town will take place on Tuesday 22 March, kick-off 7.45 pm.

Admission prices will be announced in due course.



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Wednesday 02 March 2011
dons trust news
Fans' Survey

The results of the recent Fans' Survey have been announced in a Press Release as follows:


PRESS RELEASE

AFC WIMBLEDON FANS' SURVEY

The fans of AFC Wimbledon are determined to keep control of their football club.

This is the headline result of an independently audited survey carried out by the Dons Trust, the supporters trust that owns AFC Wimbledon, as part of an ongoing process to determine the future model, direction and location of the club. The results of the first part of the survey, which canvassed opinion from a broad cross-section of Wimbledon supporters (including Trust members, season ticket holders, and both regular and casual fans), have now been collated. The key headline from the results was that the overwhelming majority of the 730 respondents rejected any future sell-out to a sugar-daddy type “saviour” who would take full control over their club in return for a fast-track injection of cash to build a new stadium and to vault the club into the big leagues.

Perry Walker from the New Economics Foundation (NEF) guided the Dons Trust Survey Working Group through the process. NEF was invited by the Dons Trust Board last April to help fans thrash out and articulate their vision for the club’s future using the NEF’s innovative “consensus voting” approach, designed to help groups with differing opinions to find common ground. The Board wanted to find out what supporters thought about four key areas for the club: its future location, its ownership, their ambition, and how any new stadium should be funded. The conclusions that Perry drew from the results of the survey are that:

• The key issue for the club’s supporters is continued fan-ownership.

• The second most important issue is location, with a preference for a return to Wimbledon/Merton, but many fans indicated that Kingston/SW London would be acceptable if it meant not losing control of their club.

• Supporters are also cautiously ambitious, but do not want the cost of promotion to be losing their ownership of the club.

• Finally, how a new stadium would be funded is less of a concern to supporters as long as they do not lose control.

Having had their club taken from them once before, it is perhaps unsurprising that Wimbledon supporters are firmly against any sell-out, wishing to retain overall control of their club. And as AFC Wimbledon continues to hold discussions with both the London Borough of Merton and the Royal Borough of Kingston about potential sites for a new stadium, the club will now have a clearer idea of the fans’ preference for its location.

Nicole Hammond, chair of the Survey Working Group and Dons Trust Board member, says: “It is gratifying that most fans put control of the club as their number one priority. As a board member, it is very helpful for me to have this feedback from our community. The next stage of the process will be to engage the Dons Trust membership in a further round of consensus voting, with the emphasis on investigating more subtle nuances around the headline results from this first round.

“I would like to thank those fans who have given us their views and would urge any who are not yet Dons Trust members to join now if they want to make sure that their opinions count in the next stage.”

Notes

Wimbledon FC supporters formed AFC Wimbledon in 2002, when their club’s future was determined by an FA committee to be in Milton Keynes.

AFC Wimbledon is run and owned by its supporters through the Dons Trust, which currently has over 1,800 members. The Dons Trust Board is made up of elected supporters who have the responsibility for the club’s progress while following members’ wishes. Dons Trust membership is open to any and all supporters who care about the long-term wellbeing of AFC Wimbledon.

The club is currently in the Conference Premier, one step away from its stated aim of returning to the Football League.

The full results of the survey and commentary will appear soon as a feature.


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Wednesday 02 March 2011
club news
Crawley tickets

We are still awaiting delivery of the tickets for the game against Crawley Town on Friday 18 March.

Once they have been received an announcement will be made on this web site about the arrangements for sale. We anticipate that tickets will only go on sale to season ticket holders.


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Tuesday 01 March 2011
club news
Crack Comedy launches at Kingsmeadow Live!

PLEASE NOTE: LLAUGH@KINGSMEADOW WILL NOT TAKE PLACE THIS FRIDAY

The club is pleased to announce that Crack Comedy will be launching a brand new comedy club at Kingsmeadow Live, starting on Thursday 17 March with a fantastic line-up of Ian Stone, Pete Firman (fresh from his appearance on Jason Manford’s ‘Comedy Rocks’), Alistair Barrie and Steve N Allen.

Crack Comedy have built up a hugely successful club in Kingston among other areas over the last several years so we are thrilled to be working with them.

The club will now take place on the THIRD THURSDAY of the month.

Tickets are available by clicking here or call 020 8549 9790.

More details about the show....


Thursday 17 March
Crack Comedy presents...
Ian Stone, Pete Firman, Alistair Barrie and Steve N Allen
Admission: £10 (advance), £11 (door), £5 (students)
Doors: 8.00pm
Tickets: Click here


Ian Stone (headliner)
"Seriously funny" The Guardian
“He looks and sounds very good indeed" Time Out

Pete Firman (Middle act)
“A gob-smackingly talented magician…equally good at stand-up and boasts immaculate timing” Metro
“Firman is a delight” The Independent

Alistair Barrie (Opening act)
“BRILLIANT” Time Out
“Brilliantly funny” The Guardian

Steve N Allen (MC)
"Very funny" - Time Out
"Charming and witty" - Chortle.co.uk



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