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Saturday 31 March 2012
first team news
Dons boss admits his frustration after Accrington defeat

Terry Brown has vowed to shake-up his starting line-up for Wimbledon’s next league match against Rotherham after the frustration of today’s defeat at Accrington.

The Dons boss says the 2-1 defeat at the Crown Ground was simply not good enough at both ends of the pitch, particularly in attack as Wimbledon squandered a host of chances to put Accrington to the sword. “How on earth our forwards have not scored five or six, I do not know,” he said. “They had two youngsters in the centre of defence. I thought we played too much football on a surface that was not suited to it and we should have exposed their weaknesses more. It was one of the most frustrating, ugly games that I have seen this year. But you have to give them credit as they worked with a very young side and their manager will be a lot happier than me as he got the best out of his team and I did not.”

Terry Brown refused to make any excuses for Wimbledon’s performance or claim that Byron Harrison should have had a penalty near the end when he appeared to be impeded in the box. “I thought that we defended abysmally in the first-half and we did not deal with their long balls,” he added. “They need to have a good, hard look at themselves, every single one of our players. We will be in on Monday working on things and there is a game on Tuesday that some of them are involved in. I want there to be a vast improvement to our finishing and defending because that was not good enough. Some of them will be playing on Tuesday (London Senior Cup semi final versus Hendon) and there will be some very lucky players if it is the same 11 playing on Friday.”

See the official website later this weekend for a full audio interview with Terry Brown.


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Saturday 31 March 2012
first team news
Dons slip to defeat at Accrington

The Dons slipped to their fourth successive away defeat this afternoon after missing a host of second-half chances. An 80th minute strike from Accrington substitute Will Hatfield condemned the Dons to an undeserved 2-1 defeat after Luke Moore had cancelled out a fourth minute goal from Luke Joyce.

See our match reports section for a full report.


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Saturday 31 March 2012
first team news
Ricky Wellard makes first start for three months

Terry Brown has handed Ricky Wellard his first start for three months at Accrington Stanley this afternoon.

Wellard comes in for the injured Billy Knott after finally putting his injury problems behind him. The only other change sees Rashid Yussuff in for the suspended Sammy Moore. Dons team: Seb Brown, Sam Hatton, Pim Balkestein, Mat Mitchel-King, Gareth Gwillim, George Moncur, Rashid Yussuff, Luke Moore, Ricky Wellard, Jack Midson, Christian Jolley. Subs: Brett Johnson, Jack Turner, Byron Harrison, Kieran Djilali, Chris Bush.


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Friday 30 March 2012
first team news
Callum McNaughton faces injury lay-off

Terry Brown has today confirmed that centre-back Callum McNaughton has suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage to his knee.

The 20-year-old suffered the injury in Wimbledon's development match against Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday afternoon and the results of a scan suggest that McNaughton is facing an extended lay-off. Terry Brown admits that he could be out for between six to nine months. "It is a blow for the lad, but I am sure he can recover and be a part of our plans next season," he said. McNaughton has made 20 appearances for the Dons since joining from West Ham, initially on loan, before completing a permanent transfer to Wimbledon in January.

Meanwhile, Charlie Strutton is facing three weeks out with ankle ligament damage and Terry Brown hopes he can be back soon to recapture the form that made him sign the Chalfont St Peter striker in February.


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Friday 30 March 2012
first team news
Dons boss outlines his plans ahead of Accrington Stanley

Terry Brown aims to seal Wimbledon’s survival as soon as possible so that he can offer opportunities to a crop of his highly-rated youngsters.

The Dons boss believes a victory at Accrington Stanley tomorrow or at home to Rotherham next Friday will be enough to ensure our safety and Terry Brown says several young players enhanced their claims of a first-team chance in a 2-1 victory for a Wimbledon development team against Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday afternoon.

“We have an away game tomorrow and a home one next Friday and I would hope that between those two games that we can be on 50 points or above,” he said. “That is what our target is. Then for the rest of the season we have an opportunity to see some of the younger boys. It is vitally important that we assess them in the last month of the season so that we can see where they are for next season. We have very talented boys and I am really pleased with the progress that they have made. Jim Fenlon is a really good prospect and we had him training with us on Thursday. He is still very young and new to the game, but I think he is going to develop into a first-class right-back. Huw Johnson and Frankie Merrifield also did incredibly well against Wycombe in midfield and Louie Theophanous up front scored a good goal. The signs are really positive.”

First of all though, Terry Brown is concentrating on getting something from the trip to Accrington Stanley without his first-choice midfield as regulars Billy Knott (knee) and Sammy Moore (suspended) are both out. Mid-table Stanley beat the Dons 2-0 at the Cherry Red Records Stadium on 10 December with early goals from Padraig Amond and Craig Lindfield. They have since changed their manager with Paul Cook replacing the long-serving John Coleman after his departure to Rochdale. Terry Brown believes last season’s League 2 play-off semi-finalists are therefore going through a transitional phase and he hopes that the Dons can exploit that tomorrow when they make the trip to the Crown Ground.

“They are absolutely safe and they have a new manager on board, who will be looking at one or two players," Terry Brown added. "It may be a good time to play them as they have not got much to play for apart from Paul Cook looking at what players he wants to keep for next season. They have a good squad though and it will be a difficult game on a difficult playing surface.”


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Friday 30 March 2012
club news
Reminder for Kingston Road End season ticket holders

Dons fans have been reminded that today is the final deadline for alternative options at the Cherry Red Records Stadium during our planned work at the Kingston Road End.

Kingston Road End season ticket holders must let us know where they wish to watch the last two games of the season during the planned work or they will be put in the John Smith's Stand. All season ticket holders in the Kingston Road End should have received a letter, either via e-mail or post, explaining about the planned work at that end of the ground that will be starting soon and how this would affect them for the last two games of the current season. KRE season ticket holder should call the office on 020 8547 3528 or e-mail secretary@afcwimbledon.co.uk


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Friday 30 March 2012
youth news
Dons girls clinch title success

AFC Wimbledon U12s sealed the Surrey Girls Division One title in style on Sunday with a second-half winner from Emma Spencer.

Needing only a point to clinch the championship from their final match against Beecholme Belles, the Dons put the icing on the cake with a 1-0 home victory. It promised to be a tense second-half for the Dons as they went into half-time locked at 0-0. However, the hosts upped the tempo in the second-half and they were rewarded for all their hard work when Spencer scored from 20 yards. With Isabella Busa and Maisie Bagshaw solid at the back, Beecholme just could not break through and the final whistle signalled deserved celebrations for the Dons. The title success for the U12s made it a double for AFC Wimbledon Girls as the U16s also won their league recently.

AFC Wimbledon Girls are holding open trials on 13 May and 20 May for all age groups from U10s to U18s, apart from U17s. The trials take place at St George's Playing Fields, Morden, from 10am-12 noon on both days. For information, call club secretary John Ivers on 07719074908.


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Friday 30 March 2012
club news
Dons fans can boost club funds by shopping

Dons fans planning a shopping trip can also help out their favourite club by visiting the AFC Wimbledon e-store.

Our online site features many of the UK’s top retailers and Wimbledon earns a commission for every purchase you make with a company that is on the list. It is an initiative that will not cost you a single penny and there is more likely to be savings with exclusive offers for Dons fans. It is very important to make sure you are logged in to the e-store before you make a purchase so the commission is assigned to the club. The top retailers featured on our e-store includes: B&Q, Comet, Debenhams, Furniture Village, Halfords and loads more. To start shopping, visit our website by clicking on e-shop or e-mail commercial@afcwimbledon.co.uk


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Friday 30 March 2012
club news
American fan pays tribute to Wimbledon on his football tour

Our win against Burton Albion was extra special for Kevin Jarman as he travelled over 5,000 miles to make Wimbledon the 102nd ground that he has visited in the UK.

Jarman, who lives in Carmel Valley, California, had heard all about the Wimbledon story and he singled out the Cherry Red Records Stadium as the latest venue that he wished to visit on his 42-year tour of grounds over here. He may be a Wrexham fan, but Jarman wanted the Dons to get promoted to the Football League last season and he was hugely impressed by the match-day experience at Wimbledon on Saturday. “I try to get over here every year and visit as many grounds as I can,” he said. “Wimbledon is the 102nd ground I have visited and it has been fabulous here today. The food is great and I have never seen a pin collection like they have here, I am very impressed by that. I remember the split and what happened with Wimbledon. It was unfortunate, but the core fans are here today and I am glad that Wimbledon are back in the Football League. I was certainly rooting for them in the play-offs last year.”

The 54-year-old’s love affair with football started when he lived in North Wales and after moving back to America, he decided to take regular holidays that involved touring grounds over here. “My relatives lived in Wrexham and I fell in love with the game when I was 12 years of age,” he added. “Though I am an American, I understand the passion for football. When I lived over here from 1969 to 1971, I only went to the Racecourse, Sealand Road at Chester and Gay Meadow, Shrewsbury. I visited a few grounds in 1982 and 1983, but when I got my business sorted in 1991, I was able to get away more and I try to visit seven or eight grounds in every trip over here that I make. My 100th ground was Hereford United last week and I have been to Wrexham, Walsall, Norwich, Yeovil and Burton this year. Part of the fun is finding the places and you have wonderful books on grounds over here to help you. I got the train and followed some Wimbledon fans from the station. I have really enjoyed the experience at Wimbledon. I love the Premier League, but I would much rather watch lower division football to see the grounds and the fans close up.”


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Thursday 29 March 2012
club news
Launch of second AFC Wimbledon Poker Championship

Dons fan Chris Lines will be aiming to defend his crown as our club's Poker Champion on Friday, 25 May.

After the success of our inaugural tournament, the AFC Wimbledon Poker Championship returns for what promises to be another hotly-contested event. Ricky Wellard, Kieran Djilali, Jamie Stuart and James Mulley were among the Dons first-teamers to try their luck in the first club poker event that was staged on Saturday, 11 February. But it was Lines who reigned supreme and the avid Dons supporter is keen to take on all-comers once again, including any other first-team players if they are not topping up their tans on the beach during the close season. Mulley won the Wimbledon Players' league in the previous competition after he reached the final table and the top-eight overall players at the championship are all guaranteed a cash prize.

Doors will open at 7.00pm on the night and the initial buy-in is £20. Competitors will be allowed one re-buy for £10 or a £10 booster within the first hour. You can book your seat at a table by buying in here Poker Champs or by calling Jim Piddington on 020 8247 9918. Seats are limited, so please buy in early to guarantee yourself a place in the game.



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Thursday 29 March 2012
first team news
Billy Knott misses Accrington Stanley trip

Billy Knott has been ruled out of Saturday's match at Accrington Stanley with a knee injury.

Terry Brown confirmed that the on-loan Sunderland youngster will not make the trip. "Billy has had a steroid injection in his knee after we liaised with Sunderland about it," said the Dons boss. "It has flared up again and that will rule him out for Saturday."

Knott's unavailability and the start of Sammy Moore's two-match suspension for picking up 10 bookings means that there will be changes in midfield for the Dons. However, winger Kieran Djilali has recovered from a knee injury and will be back in the squad.

There is better news in defence though as Pim Balkestein came through today's full training session after shaking off the heavy swelling to his toe that he suffered in the win against Burton Albion. But Saturday will come too soon for striker Jason Prior after his midweek outing for a Wimbledon development side against Wycombe. "Jason has had his first full week's training now since he joined us," said Terry Brown. "He had 30 minutes the other day and I am going to start him against Hendon on Tuesday in the London Senior Cup. Hopefully, he can have at least an hour then."

Defender Callum McNaughton is still awaiting the results of a scan to assess the extent of damage to his knee that he suffered in the midweek game against Wycombe.


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Thursday 29 March 2012
first team news
Dons midfielder goes out on loan to Wealdstone

James Mulley has today joined Ryman Premier outfit Wealdstone on loan.

Mulley has recovered from the ankle injury that cut short his recent loan spell at Hayes and Yeading and Terry Brown has opted to give him first-team experience at Stones. Gordon Bartlett's men were recently knocked out of the FA Trophy in the semi-finals by Newport County, but they still harbour hopes of reaching the play-offs this season.

Attacking midfielder Mulley was instrumental in the latter part of our promotion season last year, but he has been restricted to just three starts and eight substitute appearances this season. He will join up with his former Hayes and Yeading team-mate Scott Fitzgerald, who also previously played for Wimbledon, at Wealdstone. The loan spell lasts until the end of the Ryman Premier season on 28 April.


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Thursday 29 March 2012
club news
Young Dons fans can meet the players during Easter break

AFC Wimbledon are offering younger Dons fans a chance to meet their heroes and take part in a quiz during the Easter holidays.

We will be running two events at Centre Court Shopping Centre in Wimbledon, the first of them on Monday, 2 April, when manager Terry Brown and his first-team squad will be in attendance. They will be at the town centre venue to chat and sign autographs for fans, who can also meet Haydon the Womble, between 2.00pm and 4.00pm. This offers a great opportunity to get to know the players and we encourage our junior Dons fans to wear the club colours and show members of the public what AFC Wimbledon is all about.

Our second big event during the school holidays is on Thursday, 5 April, when we will be hosting a football themed quiz with a special guest quizmaster! The quiz is free to enter and there will be great prizes on offer. The first quiz is for 6-10 year olds and starts at 1.00 pm and the second quiz is for 11-14 year olds and will start at 2.00 pm. Places are limited so please e-mail quiz entry to confirm your entry (including the child’s age).


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Thursday 29 March 2012
first team news
Seb Brown offers to step aside for his understudy

Seb Brown insists he would have no problem with losing his ever-present tag if the Wimbledon management wish to give Jack Turner a chance during the run-in.

A win at Accrington Stanley on Saturday would see us reach the 50 points mark that Terry Brown believes will ensure survival in League 2 and the Dons boss has already made clear that he would experiment with his squad if that happens. That may mean a chance for Jack Turner, who at 19 years of age has yet to gain Football League experience and goalkeeper Brown says he would understand if asked to step aside.

"When I first started playing first-team football here, I was also 19 and when you get to that age you want to be playing games. I have been there sitting on the bench and thinking that maybe if the other person goes down, you will get a chance. To be fair, Jack has been patient. He had a few loan deals that were lined up and that must have been gutting for him that they did not go through. He has definitely improved his physique and his overall game, but he now needs to get a few games. I hope it does not end up at my expense because I do not take anything for granted. Everyone wants to play all 46 games, but it would be fair enough if we are safe and Terry says he wants to give Jack a few games."

Seb Brown believes there are players in the squad as well as Turner that deserve a chance to stake their claims. "It has been a dynamic process this year as Terry has had to identify people that are not quite right at certain times," he added. "That started to happen in January, but in terms of having a look at players that have maybe not had a chance, Terry is probably relishing that opportunity. That is obviously up to the manager, but I am just pre-empting the vibe that I get. Hopefully, we can first build on Saturday against Burton Albion. We showed that we can be tighter at the back and not have to sacrifice scoring goals. I think my bank manager wants me to get a few more clean sheets. We have shored things up at the back now and that is positive for the next few games. We have some difficult matches coming up though against teams that have a lot to play for. That could work for or against us, but I am sure we will be fine."


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Wednesday 28 March 2012
club news
The Dualers bring a taste of Bob Marley to Kingsmeadow Live

The Dualers have been lauded for producing a sound reminiscent of the great Bob Marley - and that's why the reggae band are back at Kingsmeadow Live this Saturday.

Tyber Cranstoun and his eight-piece band will bring their familiar beat to Kingsmeadow for a fifth time during a busy 2012 that also sees The Dualers perform at the Indigo O2 and the London International Ska Festival at Shepherd's Bush.

The Kingsmeadow Live favourites, who perform ska and reggae with original material and cover versions, have in the past supported the likes of UB40, Madness and Jimmy Cliff. They have steadily gained a reputation as one of the most respected names on the UK Ska and Reggae scene after gaining exposure through their UK hit Truly Madly Deeply. That track was featured on the British movie Fools Gold, starring Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson. Such acclaim has led to The Dualers building up a loyal following of many thousands and their progress brought them to the attention of Q Magazine. The well-renowned music critic showered praise on The Dualers with the following comparison. "The Dualers' soulful harmonising has admirable echoes of Bob Marley and Sam Cooke."

For a sample of what you can expect on Saturday from the Dualers, click on Indigo O2 gig. Admission is £15 on Saturday, doors open at 7.30pm, and the venue is open until 1am. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling 020 8247 9918.


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Wednesday 28 March 2012
cfs news
Dons announce Easter coaching courses for children

Our Community Football Scheme is offering your child a chance to shine during the Easter Holidays.

Held over two weeks during the holiday period at Wimbledon Park, we are offering football courses to boys and girls of all abilities aged between four and 14. No advance booking is required to join in the fun, though forms can be downloaded from the CFS website, and children can simply turn up on the day. The courses run by our FA qualified coaches offer children a chance to learn new skills and develop in an enjoyable way with players placed in groups, dependent on their ages and abilities. They will benefit from technique and skills coaching, along fun games and competitions across a variety of differently themed sessions, covering all aspects of football development.

The venue is Revelstoke Road, Wimbledon Park, SW18 5NN, with the following dates and times: Monday, April 2 until Thursday, April 5 (full day 9.30am until 3.00pm, half day 9.30am until 12 noon) and Tuesday, April 10 until Friday, April 13 (same times). Prices are as follows: £70 for full week of full days, £50 for full week of half days, £17 for an individual day and £12.50 for an individual half day. For more information about both the Community Football Scheme and what we can offer, please visit our website by clicking on coaching. You can also follow us on Twitter@afcwimbledoncfs


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Wednesday 28 March 2012
first team news
New Wimbledon kit for 2012/13 after vote from the fans

The winning designs for our 2012/13 home and away kits have been confirmed.

From the 10 short-listed offerings, a design by Marc Jones was voted by fans as the winner for our home kit with Morgan O'Brien's smart contribution as our new away kit. Wimbledon will therefore wear brand new home and away kits for next season after the votes were counted on Saturday, before the winners were announced after the Burton Albion game.

See below for a look at our kits for next season:




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Wednesday 28 March 2012
first team news
Dons interview: past heroes on the current crop

Our commentator on Radio WDON, Rob Cornell, caught up with Dons greats Roy Law, Ian Cooke and Tommy McCready on Saturday. Law captained Wimbledon's FA Amateur Cup winning side of 1963 to success and he was joined by five other members of that team as special guests of the club for the Burton Albion game. Dons heroes from the 1970s, Cooke and McCready, debated the class of 2012 and relived their glory years with the help of Law. To hear the interview, click on Dons audio-only .


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Wednesday 28 March 2012
reserve team news
Young Dons stay on track for treble

Wimbledon Reserves moved into the last-eight of the Suburban League Challenge Shield with a 2-2 draw against Hanworth Villa last night.

Marcus Gayle's squad, which contained nine youth team players, only needed a draw to progress to the quarter-finals after three previous wins in Group A of the knockout competition. Goals from Reiss Garwood and Chace Jacqhaurt proved to be enough for the Dons to go through with a point from the match at Walton Casuals. The Dons second string have already won the Suburban League Champions Cup and they are currently top of Suburban League A with three games to play.


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Wednesday 28 March 2012
first team news
Striker makes encouraging return against Wycombe Wanderers

Jason Prior continued his recuperation by playing 30 minutes for a Wimbledon development side against Wycombe Wanderers yesterday afternoon.

Former Bognor striker Prior, who had been out for almost two months with a knee injury before returning to full training on Friday, played as a second-half substitute for the Dons in a 2-1 win against a young Wanderers team. Coach Simon Bassey praised Prior's return and saluted the efforts of Dons goalscorers Frankie Merrifield and Louie Theophanous, along with promising full-back Jim Fenlon. "Jason came on for half an hour and I know it is hard for him as he is lacking match fitness, but he did alright," said Bassey. "He can get more game-time in the London Senior Cup next week to bolster him up and he will be all the better for that. It was a good test for us and the young boys did well. Jim Fenlon played right-back and had an excellent game for us."

First-teamers Byron Harrison, Jamie Stuart, Ricky Wellard and Brett Johnson also gained more match fitness from the match held at our training ground. The only downside to the work-out for the Dons is that centre-back Callum McNaughton suffered a knee injury during the match and we are awaiting a scan before finding out the extent of the damage. Wanderers featured a youthful side, though both Gareth Ainsworth and Matt McClure offered them first-team experience. The Dons starting 11 against Wycombe was: Jack Turner, Jim Fenlon, Chris Bush, Callum McNaughton, Jamie Stuart, Brett Johnson, Ricky Wellard, Frankie Merrifield, Huw Johnson, Byron Harrison, Louie Theophanous.


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Wednesday 28 March 2012
youth news
Dons trio set for more England caps

A trio of Dons youngsters have all played themselves into contention for more England call-ups.

Emmanuel Akiotu, Oluyesi Daley and Dan Sweeney made the national colleges U19s squad for an international tournament in Italy called the Caput Mundi tournament. England Colleges manager Simon East says all three have a chance of making a return trip to Italy for another tournament in May. The performances of Daley and Sweeney were all the more praiseworthy as the pair were only last-minute call-ups due to withdrawals from the squad. "They all did very well." said East. "My report would read that considering two of them did not have any experience with the squad, then their performances were exceptional. The team did well in the first two games, but ran out of steam against Romania, who are a full U19s squad and not just from the Colleges set-up. We have another squad coming up to play against a Reading U18s side, before we go to Italy in May, and I would think all three have a chance of going."

Daley made the most starting appearances out of the Wimbledon U18s trio by playing in two of the three games in Italy, but Sweeney and Akioto also played pivotal roles. England were beaten 5-4 on penalties by Croatia in their opener, before defeating Lazio, the region where the tournament was held, 3-2, and then losing 5-0 against Romania. Players in the squads gain coveted England caps for their appearances as well as the prestige of travelling to venues in Europe for tournaments.


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Tuesday 27 March 2012
club news
Wimbledon receive national award from the Minister for Sport

AFC Wimbledon has this afternoon received a glowing tribute from the Minister for Sport, Hugh Robertson, after he presented us with an award.

Robertson visited the Cherry Red Records Stadium to recognise Wimbledon as the latest winner of the Prime Minister's Big Society Award. The Minister for Sport and the Olympics also acted as a starter for Marie Miller's lap of the pitch with goalkeeper Seb Brown, which has raised funds for Sport Relief. Robertson said: "In a sense, AFC Wimbledon is a perfect example of what we want to create across sport. The link between the the team at the top end and the community is so strong here. One of the things that is difficult about English football is that there are so many ownership issues and it is difficult to say what works and what does not. But there is no doubt that the achievements of AFC Wimbledon in such a short space of time are extraordinary and is a remarkable tribute to the club, its supporters, and the community."

Since our formation in 2002, the club's officials, supporters and 300 volunteers have organised a number of community initiatives. Activities have included improving literacy in young adults, putting on art classes for those local people with learning difficulties, and providing football skills coaching in the community. Community volunteer, Clive Yelf, has been instrumental in our recent projects, most notably with the Big Brass band's production of "We are Wimbledon", created after our link-up with High Path Learning Disabilities Centre, South Wimbledon, and the Merton Music Foundation.

Marie Miller, a young lady with learning disabilities, is one of our success stories. She helped create the initial design for our High Path Super Dons flag and she has also been involved with the Big Brass band. Marie has been training once a week recently for her scheduled lap of the pitch today and this afternoon she passed it with flying colours, alongside her favourite Dons player Seb Brown.

Marie, who was presented with a certificate from Robertson, said: "I have been really looking forward to today as I am an AFC Wimbledon fan and the weather turned out great. Seb is a very good goalkeeper and I watched him play well on Saturday. The run was not as hard as I expected though."

Seb Brown said: "She started off at quite a fast pace - I was expecting a canter. But she did really well to get around the way she did. We as a club have done a lot more events and initiatives this season. Some of the boys were down helping with the Wimbledon song yesterday and helping in the community is definitely something that we can do more of."

Marie has already raised over £500 for Sport Relief. Anyone who wishes to donate can do so by clicking on Marie funds.


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Tuesday 27 March 2012
club news
Wimbledon feature on BBC London radio

Our Chief Executive, Erik Samuelson, was today interviewed on BBC London's The Breakfast Show with Gaby Roslin and Paul Ross. Erik spoke about Wimbledon's community work, which was today recognised with a Big Society award from the Sports Minister, Hugh Robertson. Andy Miller, father of Marie Miller, was also interviewed about how the club has helped his daughter. Marie ran a lap of our pitch alongside Seb Brown to raise money for Sports Relief this afternoon. To listen to the interview featured on BBC iPlayer, click on Dons feature. We are featured after approximately 17 minutes of the three-hour show.


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Tuesday 27 March 2012
club news
Places still available for Accrington Stanley coach

There are still places available on our supporters' coach for the trip to Accrington Stanley this Saturday.

The coach will leave The Grove at 8.00 am and pick up from the Cherry Red Records Stadium at 8.30 am. The price for this game is £15 and seats can be booked through our online ticket shop.

Alternatively, you can book by contacting the club office on 020 8547 3528.



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Tuesday 27 March 2012
first team news
Wimbledon players take time out to record new song

Ten Dons players swapped the pitch for a recording studio yesterday to complete a new version of "We are Wimbledon".

Virtually a whole first-team line-up packed into the Crown Lane studios, Morden, to join the Big Blast Band, who had successfully performed their version of the original 1988 song at half-time of our 4-0 win against Burton Albion on Saturday. Club skipper Gareth Gwillim presented the Big Blast Band with certificates for their 10-week recording project after our first-teamers had helped add the finishing touches during the afternoon session. Meeting their footballing heroes was the crowning glory for members of the band, who all attend High Path Learning Disabilities Day Centre in South Wimbledon. The production was made thanks to big contributions from John Merriman, a freelance producer at Crown Lane studios, and Elisabeth Wigley, deputy director at Merton Music Foundation. The plan is to release the song in the near future on iTunes with the help of our sponsor, Cherry Red Records.

Jack Turner, Sammy Moore, Brett Johnson, Jack Midson, Byron Harrison, Chris Bush, Luke Moore, Gareth Gwillim, Christian Jolley and Ricky Wellard were the players that turned out in force yesterday afternoon. Record club signing, Harrison, admitted it provided a welcome distraction from the pressure of scoring his first Dons goal, a feat he managed against Burton Albion on Saturday. "I enjoyed the experience," he said. "I was a bit sceptical at first as I did not know if I would be singing or not and I have not got the best of voices. I like listening to music, but to be involved in the making of it was new territory for me. The best part of it was interacting with the fans and I enjoyed meeting with them. It has been a good few days for me and I just need to keep ticking over now. I had been trying to take the pressure off myself and my goal on Saturday can only help me."

Freelance producer Merriman admitted that the visit of so many Wimbledon players had provided a big boost for those in the Big Brass Band. "The players took to it amazingly well," he said. "It was great to see the members of High Path bouncing off ideas in the studio. The excitement and creativity in the room was electric. All of the members of High Path in this group are Wimbledon fans and it was great for the players to come along and meet them. It has been an unusual project for me as I am used to producing music when the songs are already finished. But this time we started with no song, no performers, and no instruments. From week one to five, it was a case of finding out who had the skills to do what and in week six I put together a structure for how the song could go. We had to slow it down a bit from the original and then we threw in the chants that they had been learning with Elisabeth back at the centre. The members from High Path really went for it from day one and they can be really proud of themselves."

Look out for an update on the official site in the coming weeks for more details about the release of "We Are Wimbledon" by Cherry Red Records.


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Tuesday 27 March 2012
first team news
Dons midfielder admits he's fighting for his future

Ricky Wellard says Wimbledon's end-of-season run-in is crucial for his future at the club.

The midfielder's return on Saturday finally got 2012 up and running for Welllard as he had not featured since our 4-1 home defeat to Southend United on New Year's Eve. It has been a long road back for the 23-year-old, who had a setback in his recuperation from a knee injury, but that has only added to Wellard's determination to prove his worth. The ex-Ashford Town man, who will continue his comeback by playing for a Dons development side against Wycombe Wanderers this afternoon, said: "I have to show everyone what I can do. I have worked hard in the gym on my fitness to get back and I need to prove myself to the fans and Terry. I made 25 appearances up until New Year's Eve, but I have not played since due to injury, which is disappointing. I was out for three weeks with an ankle injury and then I came back for a friendly against Havant and Waterlooville and had a setback. It was about seven or eight weeks out, but I have been back in full training for two weeks now. It was just great to be back involved on Saturday and hopefully I can stay fit for the rest of the season."

Though the Dons now appear to be virtually certain of survival, Wellard admits that the current squad have performed below expectations this season and he sees the run-in as a chance to make amends. "With the quality that we have in this squad, we should not have been fighting relegation in the first place," he added. "We under-performed for a while and results did not go our way. We have shown in certain games that we should be looking higher up the table. We should be aiming to build on the positives during the rest of this season so that we can try and finish a lot higher next season."


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Tuesday 27 March 2012
reserve team news
Treble bid for the Dons reserves continues tonight

Our reserves will be bidding to stay on track for treble glory when they entertain Hanworth Villa tonight.

Having already clinched silverware by winning the Suburban League Champions Cup two weeks ago, Marcus Gayle's young squad are in action in another knockout competition at Walton Casuals (7.45pm start). The home match is a group A match in the Suburban League Challenge Shield. Wimbledon reserves are currently top of Suburban League A with just three matches to go, but they face a big challenge from Woking, who could still overhaul them during the run-in.


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Tuesday 27 March 2012
first team news
Dons video: extended highlights of our Burton win

Relive our biggest victory of the season as the Dons stormed to a 4-0 win against Burton Albion on Saturday. To watch the best of the action, click on Dons highlights.


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Monday 26 March 2012
club news
Support our drive to win £10,000

Dons fans have been issued with a challenge to leave all our League 2 rivals in the shade and win us £10,000.

The main sponsors of the Football League, npower, have launched a Facebook Challenge with each of its clubs being set a target (based on their average attendance) to sign up to the Fanpower Stadium. The first club to reach that specified target in each division wins £10,000 and there are also individual prizes to be won by fans. Join by visiting www.facebook.com/npowerfootballleague


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Monday 26 March 2012
first team news
Luke Moore aims to prove his worth for the Dons

Luke Moore has admitted his frustration at the way this season has gone - and says he must do better during the run-in.

The attacking midfielder struck his first goal in two months against Burton Albion on Saturday in what was only his second start during that period due to injury. That made it seven goals in all competitions for Moore and he says the season so far has been below what he expected for both the team and himself. "I have had setbacks here and there through injury and I needed to get my place back in the team," he said. "The gaffer gave me a chance again and I was delighted to get a goal. But I have not scored enough this season, my target was a lot higher, and I wanted it to be at least double figures. I need to keep scoring to stay in the team. I want to play in every game left until the end of the season and show what I can do. We as a team have had a stop, start season. We started like a house on fire and then we had a really bad patch, which was disappointing. Now we need to have a strong end to the season."

Moore says there must be no let-up from the Dons during the remainder of the season, even though survival is almost assured. "We need to try and pick up points from each of the games that we have remaining," he added. "I thought we did not play as well against Burton as we had against Oxford, but we got the goals this time. We have a tough run of games coming up now, but we feel on our day that we can beat anybody in this league."


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Monday 26 March 2012
first team news
Dons receive big defensive boost

Pim Balkestein could tomorrow be given the all-clear to continue his impressive loan stint with the Dons.

The on-loan Brentford centre-back was thought to have broken his toe during Saturday's 4-0 win against Burton Albion, but Terry Brown has confirmed that the injury is not as bad as first feared. Balkestein went for an X-ray after limping away from the Cherry Red Records Stadium, but the AFC Wimbledon boss is now hopeful that the defender will be ready for our trip to Accrington Stanley on Saturday. "He has not broken his toe, but there is severe swelling," said Terry Brown. "He has responded well to treatment from Mike Rayner today. Brentford will look at him tomorrow and if they think he is alright, then he may travel with us on Friday for the Accrington game."

Balkestein signed a one-month loan deal with us on 9 March and he has helped us win three matches out of five since his arrival.


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Monday 26 March 2012
club news
Reminder for Kingston Road End season ticket holders

All season ticket holders in the Kingston Road End should have received a letter, either via e-mail or post, explaining about the planned work at that end of the ground that will be starting soon and how this would affect them for the last two games of the current season. If any KRE season ticket holder has not yet received this letter, they should call the office on 020 8547 3528 or e-mail secretary@afcwimbledon.co.uk

All options for alternative positions in the ground must be received by Friday 30 March.


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Sunday 25 March 2012
first team news
Byron interview: Dons striker earns change of luck at 13th attempt

Byron Harrison spoke of his relief at finally scoring his first League 2 goal for the Dons at the 13th attempt. To hear a full interview with Byron, click on audio-only interview.


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Sunday 25 March 2012
first team news
West Ham youngster aims to build on his first Dons goal

George Moncur believes that his first senior goal showed that he is adapting to life as a Football League player.

The 18-year-old midfielder says that he found it tough to get used to senior football, but he has grown increasingly confident in recent weeks. "It was quite hard for me in the first few games," he admitted. "But more and more, it has become easier and in recent weeks I have been getting closer and closer to a goal. It was great to get my first league goal and even better to do it at home in front of our fans. We did not really get the rub of the green in the last couple of games, but today I think we did and it was great to win 4-0."

Moncur and on-loan Sunderland youngster Billy Knott have both made big contributions for the Dons in our push towards safety by injecting enthusiasm and drive from the centre of the park. Moncur added that the style of play at Wimbledon has helped to make him feel at home. "Though it is obviously different from West Ham, when we go out there we try to play good football and I think we showed that today," he said. "I have to thank the club and the staff here for helping me settle in."


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Sunday 25 March 2012
first team news
Post-match interview with Terry after Burton win

Terry Brown was not getting carried away by our excellent 4-0 victory against Burton Albion and says it is not yet time to give his fringe players a chance. For the video interview, click on Dons video . For audio interview, click on Dons audio-only .


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Sunday 25 March 2012
club news
From the Burton Albion programme

From time to time we reproduce articles from the programme which have not been reported elsewhere. In the linked extract from his page in the programme for the Burton Albion game, Erik Samuelson talks about exploring every avenue - including increasing ticket prices - to fund a squad that will enable us to continue to make progress in the Football League.

To read the article, click on feature.


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Saturday 24 March 2012
first team news
Dons striker says his first goal is just the start

Byron Harrison has admitted that his first Wimbledon goal in League 2 is a huge weight off his shoulders.

Before his goal against Burton Albion today, Harrison had only two goals in the London Senior Cup against Metropolitan Police to show for his efforts since joining in January from Stevenage. And our record signing admitted: "It is good to get off the mark - that is all I have been trying to do since I came here. Maybe I had put too much pressure on myself, but I am glad to get the goal and it is good to get the three points today as well. I have always been used to scoring goals and when you do not do that, a few doubts start to creep into your mind. But I am a confidence player and hopefully that is the start for me."

See the official website later this weekend for a full audio interview with Byron Harrison.


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Saturday 24 March 2012
first team news
Dons boss waits on Pim Balkestein injury

The Dons are awaiting the results of an X-ray to discover the extent of an injury to Pim Balkestein.

Terry Brown has confirmed that the on-loan Brentford centre-back has a suspected broken toe. "He was struggling after doing it in the first-half," said the Dons boss. "We will have to see if he has broken his toe or not and he will be going for an X-ray."

Though delighted with today's win, Terry Brown believes it is premature to say that the Dons are safe and he will wait before giving his fringe players a chance. "Everyone has told us that 47 points will be enough, but the target has always been 50 points," he said. "Hopefully, we can do that in the next couple of games. I would like to give the likes of Brendan Kiernan and Kieran Djilali a chance to stake a claim, but we need to get 50 points. I am delighted with the overall performance today. The players have given me everything in every single game, even though sometimes it has not been good enough. Let us hope we can now build on this."

See the official website later on this weekend for full video and audio interviews with Terry Brown.


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Saturday 24 March 2012
first team news
Harrison strikes his first in thumping win for the Dons

Byron Harrison struck his first Wimbledon goal to edge the Dons closer to safety today. It was a day of firsts for the Dons as George Moncur also got off the mark in senior football to help earn a storming 4-0 win. Luke Moore and Sammy Moore struck the other goals for Wimbledon.

See our match reports section for a full report.


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Saturday 24 March 2012
first team news
Jolley back in the Dons starting line-up

Christian Jolley has been handed a return to Terry Brown's starting line-up for this afternoon's Burton Albion match.

Jolley returns in place of Rashid Yussuff, who has sat out training this week with a hamstring injury. That is the only change to Terry Brown's side from the starting 11 that was beaten by Oxford United on Tuesday night.

Dons team: Seb Brown, Sam Hatton, Gareth Gwillim, Pim Balkestein, Mat Mitchel-King, Sammy Moore, Christian Jolley, Billy Knott, George Moncur, Jack Midson, Luke Moore. Subs: Jack Turner, Brett Johnson, Brendan Kiernan, Ricky Wellard.


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Saturday 24 March 2012
club news
Dons sponsor makes Armed Forces offer

Our programme sponsor, Moorad Choudhry, has invited those who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan to end the season in style at Wimbledon.

Choudhry is offering five pairs of tickets for his sponsorship of the Shrewsbury game on Saturday 5 May to Dons fans who have served in the Armed Forces (season ticket holders or Dons Trust members only).

The tickets will include a meal in the carvery before the game, access to the President's Lounge and seats in the Directors' Box. The match sponsors are also responsible for choosing the man of the match and presenting the award.

Please e-mail here if you are interested in the tickets. The winners will be selected by a random draw to take place on Thursday 5 April.


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Friday 23 March 2012
first team news
Wimbledon's forgotten man determined to win a place

Jason Prior has vowed to put his injury nightmare behind him after returning to full training today.

After making just one fleeting substitute appearance when he made his debut at home to Aldershot on 28 January, the ex-Bognor striker has been sidelined for the best part of two months. And he accepts that the Dons fans could be forgiven for forgetting all about him. "After coming in and playing during my first week here, then they will think I have disappeared for two months," he said. "It has been so frustrating because I had missed just one game in two-and-a-half years at Bognor so being out is not something I am used to. It has been the worst time possible. I had an inflamed tendon in my knee and it is usually two or three weeks, but this injury has been particularly stubborn. When I was on trial at Newcastle, I did full-time training and then when I came here, so maybe I got injured because I wasn't used to it. I have had two injections, an MRI scan and even changed my boots - hopefully it will all be worth it if I can get back in the team. The lads have been ribbing me saying that I gave up my gym membership and came here for the free food and use of the gym."

Having become so used to watching from the stands since joining the Dons, Prior has had plenty of time to assess how he can make an impact and perhaps take the scoring burden off the shoulders of Jack Midson. "I have been watching the games and there have been plenty of crosses flying into the box," he added. "I cannot wait to try and get on the end of them, but it is about when the manager thinks that I am ready. I have to keep working harder and get my fitness back. I need to get my legs working fully because the strength in them has gone a bit with me being out for two months. I cannot wait to get back in the squad and hopefully when the gaffer thinks the time is right, I can show what I can do."

Terry Brown has arranged a development match for next Tuesday against a Wycombe Wanderers side when Prior is likely to feature, along with Ricky Wellard, and other players who have not been getting a run-out in the first-team recently.


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Friday 23 March 2012
club news
Support the Dons in their tough French challenge

There is still a chance to support our Dons team in their gruelling climb of Mont Ventoux.

Lottery tickets will be on sale at tomorrow's Burton Albion match and there will be a sum of £444.30 on offer for the lucky draw winner (£1 for every 10 metres of the 4,443 metres climb). The Dons fans involved are clearly gluttons for punishment as they will be climbing to the summit not once, but three times. Funds raised by the Dons fans climbing Mont Ventoux in southern France will go to two worthwhile causes. Half the proceeds will be donated to Anthony Nolan, a charity that saves the lives of people with blood cancer. The other half will be spent on equipment for the club's gym. Lottery tickets can be purchased for £2 each and the draw will be made on 30 April to coincide with the ride.

To mark the occasion, the Dons fundraising team has launched a new jersey in the club's traditional blue and yellow colours for its cyclists to wear during the challenge. The jerseys are available for Dons fans to buy with the proceeds raised donated to the same causes as mentioned above. For more information on the shirts, including the sizes available, visit: www.veloandblue.wordpress.com. To place your order or request more information, e-mail: veloblueshirts@gmail.com.


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Friday 23 March 2012
club news
Minister for Sport rewards Wimbledon at Marie's dream day

Hugh Robertson will present AFC Wimbledon with a Big Society Award and act as a starter for Marie Miller's lap of the pitch next Tuesday.

Minister for Sport and the Olympics, Robertson, will be on hand at the Cherry Red Records Stadium to reward our work in the local community. Since our formation in 2002, the club's officials, supporters and 300 volunteers have organised a number of community initiatives. Activities have included improving literacy in young adults, putting on art classes for those local people with learning difficulties and providing football skills coaching in the community.

Marie Miller is one of our success stories, thanks to our partnership with the High Path Community Resource Centre, based at South Wimbledon. Marie, a young lady with learning difficulties, created the initial design for our High Path Super Dons flag and she has also been involved in the Big Brass band production of "We are Wimbledon", which will provide half-time entertainment at tomorrow's Burton Albion match. But Wimbledon fan Marie will be back at the Cherry Red Records Stadium for another big event on Tuesday afternoon when she runs a circuit of the Kingsmeadow pitch with Seb Brown.

The Minister will act as the starter for Marie in her lap of the pitch that is in aid of the Sport Relief Challenge. Marie's father, Andy, said that her daughter cannot wait to take up the challenge. "This all came about because Marie said she wanted to run around the pitch at Wimbledon to raise money for Sport Relief," he said. "It grew from there really and it is great that the Minister for Sport is now coming. Marie does not normally run, we have told her that she can jog around and does not have to tear off. Her outreach worker, Andy O'Brien, has taken her once a week for a run around the pitch at the Abbey Recreation Ground in Morden. She cannot wait as Seb Brown is her favourite player and we are trying to calm her down a bit."

The Big Society Awards were set up by the Prime Minister in November 2010 to recognise individuals, groups or organisations that are demonstrating the Big Society in their work or activities.

Marie has already surpassed her Sport Relief target of raising £250. Anyone who wishes to donate can do so by clicking on Marie funds.


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Friday 23 March 2012
club news
Terrace tickets still available for Burton Albion


Tickets

There are still terrace tickets remaining for our crucial clash against Burton Albion and you can buy them on the day for the Kingston Road and John Smith's terraces.

Home fans are urged to book in advance through our online ticket shop, accessed through the home page of our website, and tickets can be collected from the new kiosk at Jack Goodchild Way from 12.30pm onwards.

It is possible that there will be a small number of seats for sale, depending on the number of late returns from season ticket holders who can't come. If there are seats for sale, they will be made available from the kiosk in the lobby of the Paul Strank stand from 1.45pm onwards.

Those with season tickets who are not coming, should contact 020 8547 3528 or tickets@afcwimbledon to make a return.

Visiting fans

Burton Albion fans should enter the stadium via the access road behind the east stand. This is about 100 yards east of Jack Goodchild Way and will be signposted.

Bars

The bars will open at 12 noon. Away fans are permitted in all the bar areas.

Parking

As usual, parking will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parking is available on local streets, but please be considerate when doing so.

Proof of eligibility for reduced price tickets

Fans are reminded that you may be asked to prove your entitlement to a concession or under 16 ticket - if you can't do this, you will be charged full price for admission. It is important that the evidence you provide clearly relates to you and, for example for student cards, is current.

Programme

The programme is £3 for 66 pages. This week's programme includes a revealing interview with fans' favourite Billy Knott on the pain of being released by Chelsea and how he got his career back on track. There is also a feature on how tomorrow's half-time entertainment from the Big Blast band came together and a report on about World number three Wayne Mardle's recent appearance at Kingsmeadow Live.


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Friday 23 March 2012
first team news
Burton Albion preview: Yussuff a doubt for the Dons

Rashid Yussuff is rated as a "50-50" chance to be included in Terry Brown's squad for the visit of Burton Albion tomorrow.

The midfielder, who has started Wimbledon's last five games, picked up a hamstring injury during the 1-0 defeat at Oxford United on Tuesday, and Terry Brown is therefore considering handing Christian Jolley a chance. The Dons boss confirmed: "Rashid did not train on Thursday. He might be able to do light training today and then we will make a decision. I would say he has a 50-50 chance. But we have people like Christian Jolley who are bursting for a run-out and Byron Harrison is desperate to get back in the team. We have options and have no excuses whatever happens."

The Dons entertain a Burton Albion side that have tumbled down the League 2 table after losing seven successive matches. New caretaker manager Gary Rowett lost his first match since taking over the reins from Paul Peschisolido with a 1-0 home defeat by Northampton on Tuesday. But Albion's midfield options will be boosted by the return of Adam Bolder after suspension and they have also brought in Northern Ireland U21 international Seanan Clucas on loan from Preston North End. Despite two successive defeats for Wimbledon, Terry Brown is reluctant to make many changes as he was encouraged with both performances. "It is a six-pointer for us on Saturday," he said. "We want to be able to get a couple more wins so that we can relax a bit and be able to play our football, without the worry of relegation. I was delighted with the way we played at Bristol on a bog of a pitch and then I thought we played perhaps our best football so far this season at Oxford. But none of that counts really as football is all about winning and we have to make sure we get back to winning ways on Saturday. We are back at home and for the first time this season we could make it three consecutive home wins."


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Thursday 22 March 2012
first team news
Dons boss insists Jamie Stuart is still an option

Terry Brown has saluted Jamie Stuart's professionalism and insisted that he would have no qualms about picking his former skipper again.

Since losing his place in the side, Wimbledon and Stuart have been seeking a suitable club for the 35-year-old to join on loan, but possible moves failed to materialise by today's 5.00pm deadline for emergency loan signings. However, Terry Brown says there would be no issue with thrusting Stuart straight back in if there was an injury to either Pim Balkestein or Mat-Mitchel King in central defence. "Jamie has already told me that he will knuckle down and work hard and, if he is needed, then he will put as much effort in for Wimbledon as he has ever had," said Terry Brown. "That just shows the character of the man and I have never doubted that for one minute. He has never given less than 100 per cent in training and in matches. I can honestly say that if we had not got Jamie at the right time last January, then we would not be a Football League club now."

Terry Brown added that it was not easy finding an appropriate loan option for Stuart because we are not yet safe from relegation. "We had interest from a couple of League 2 clubs, but as you can imagine, that is quite awkward when they are in and amongst us."

Fellow centre-back Fraser Franks did earlier today complete his loan move to Newport County though and Terry Brown added: "We have a surplus of centre-backs at the moment so it was the right time for Fraser to go out and get games and he joins two of our other boys at Newport with Max Porter and Lee Minshull already there."


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Thursday 22 March 2012
club news
Last chance to bid for Dons glory items

Time is running out to grab a piece of our glorious history at today's online auction.

Midnight tonight is the deadline for bidding to secure memorabilia that will be auctioned at our "10 years, 10 legends" event that takes place tomorrow evening. A framed shirt from our first-ever competitive match at Sutton United is among the star items we have up for grabs. Several other items chronicle the extraordinary journey of AFC Wimbledon since our formation in 2002. We also have framed photographs of a League 2 shirt from our debut Football League match against Bristol Rovers, along with a framed Play-off Final shirt from last May and photographs of Seb Brown making that all-important penalty save against Luton Town. The Friends of the Dons Trust would like to thank David McKnight for assembling this remarkable collection of items. Proceeds from the auction will go to the Dons Trust.

To get involved in the online action click on Dons acution.


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Thursday 22 March 2012
club news
Easter holiday bonanza for young Dons fans at Centre Court

AFC Wimbledon are offering younger Dons fans a chance to meet their heroes and take part in a quiz during the Easter holidays.

We will be running two events at Centre Court Shopping Centre in Wimbledon, the first of them on Monday, 2 April, when manager Terry Brown and his first-team squad will be in attendance. They will be at the town centre venue to chat and sign autographs for fans, who can also meet Haydon the Womble, between 2.00pm and 4.00pm. This offers a great opportunity to get to know the players and we encourage our junior Dons fans to wear the club colours and show members of the public what AFC Wimbledon is all about.

Our second big event during the school holidays is on Thursday, 5 April, when we will be hosting a football themed quiz with a special guest quizmaster! The quiz is free to enter and there will be great prizes on offer. The first quiz is for 6-10 year olds and starts at 1.00 pm and the second quiz is for 11-14 year olds and will start at 2.00 pm. Places are limited so please e-mail quiz entry to confirm your entry (including the child’s age).


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Thursday 22 March 2012
youth news
Wimbledon starlet rejects Fulham move

Wimbledon Centre of Excellence schoolboy Reece Williams-Bowers has turned down a move to Fulham and pledged his future to the Dons.

The 13-year-old striker was spotted by Fulham’s scouts recently and the Premier League club have been in contact with Wimbledon concerning his availability. However, the Cottagers were told that Williams-Bowers, who has been with Wimbledon since the age of nine, has himself decided to commit his long-term future to the Dons.

Jeremy Sauer, AFC Wimbledon Centre of Excellence Manager, believes the decision of Williams-Bowers shows that League 2 Dons now have the youth set-up to hold onto their hottest young prospects. “Fulham contacted us about Reece, but he has turned them down and shown his commitment to us,” said Sauer. “That shows the quality that we have now in our youth development programme. Reece is a strong and powerful forward, who has been with us since he was in the U10s. We see Reece as Wimbledon through and through and believe that he could potentially move up towards the first-team at Wimbledon in the future. Hopefully, this shows the rest of the schoolboys in our youth set-up that they can stay here and progress.”


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Thursday 22 March 2012
club news
Support our drive to win £10,000

Dons fans have been issued with a challenge to leave all our League 2 rivals in the shade and win us £10,000.

The main sponsors of the Football League, npower, have launched a Facebook Challenge with each of its clubs being set a target (based on their average attendance) to sign up to the Fanpower Stadium. The first club to reach that specified target in each division wins £10,000 and there are also individual prizes to be won by fans. Join by visiting www.facebook.com/npowerfootballleague


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Thursday 22 March 2012
first team news
Loan deals confirmed by the Dons

Wimbledon have confirmed that loan deals for Fraser Franks and Reece Jones have today been completed.

Franks, who can play centre-back or right-back, will join Newport County until the end of the Blue Square Premier season on Saturday, 28 April. Promising midfielder Jones will also remain on loan until the same date after having his successful spell at Blue Square South Hampton and Richmond Borough extended until the end of the season. Jones has notched two goals during his loan at the Beveree and has earned praise from Borough boss Mark Harper for his impressive performances.

Franks joins fellow Dons Max Porter and Lee Minshull at Justin Edinburgh's relegation strugglers, who have been hit by a defensive injury crisis. Ex-Brentford defender Franks has made 24 appearances for Wimbledon, but he has featured just three times during this campaign and was loaned out to Hayes and Yeading earlier this season.


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Wednesday 21 March 2012
club news
End of season dinner announced

Our end of season dinner will take place on Saturday, 12 May.

The first free weekend after the end of the League 2 season has been chosen for the annual get-together that will celebrate our 10-year anniversary. The event will be held at the Cherry Red Records Stadium and offers fans a chance to mingle with the players and coaching staff, who will be guests of honour on the night. Speeches from manager Terry Brown and our player of the season will follow the dinner in the Ethelred Suite (back bar), while the middle bar hosts the pre-meal reception and post-dinner entertainment. An auction and raffle for fantastic Wimbledon FC and AFC Wimbledon memorabilia will also take place after the meal.

Tickets cost £65 for individuals or £600 for a table of ten. Space is limited in the Ethelred Suite so we recommend booking tickets as soon as possible. Contact our commercial team by e-mail at commercial@afcwimbledon.co.uk or by phone on 020 8547 3336. The dress code will be lounge suit.


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Wednesday 21 March 2012
first team news
Knott aims to make amends for the Dons

Billy Knott criticised his own performance in last night's defeat at Oxford and said he is determined to make amends on Saturday.

The on-loan Sunderland midfielder admitted that he fell below the high standards he has set himself since arriving at Wimbedon and he was substituted during the second-half by Terry Brown. The Dons faithful still sang his name when he was withdrawn, but Knott admitted he never deserved it on last night's display. "I did not have the best of games tonight, said the 19-year-old. "I have to try and put that right on Saturday if I get a chance to play. The fans here are great, they have been unbelievable with me and I thank them for that. But I did not do myself any favours tonight - I did not show my best for the team. Things did not come off for me, but I still tried to put a shift in for the team. I have to move on and rectify it on Saturday. I have to get more goals for the team and work harder on my fitness."

Wimbledon entertain a Burton Albion side that have tumbled down League 2 after losing seven successive games and Knott says the match is crucial for the Dons to seal their Football League survival. "It is a massive game for us and it looks like a six-pointer," he added. "But if we get the ball down and play like we have in the last two home games, then we can get a result against anybody in this league. If the fans get behind us and we play like we normally do, then we can get the win."

For a full interview with Billy Knott, including the ups and downs of his times at Sunderland and Chelsea, see our official programme for the Burton game on Saturday.



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Wednesday 21 March 2012
first team news
Post-match interview with Terry after Oxford United

Terry Brown spoke of his frustration after last night's 1-0 defeat to Oxford United. Our interview with Terry can be heard by clicking on audio-only interview.


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Wednesday 21 March 2012
first team news
Dons boss admits his frustration after Oxford defeat

Terry Brown admitted he was "bitterly disappointed" by his side's defeat at the hands of play-off chasers Oxford.

The Dons boss expressed his frustration at a lack of cutting edge in attack and he believes that referee Keith Stroud should have awarded a penalty in the first-half for a foul on Sammy Moore. "I do not think we are ruthless enough in the box," he said. "How on earth we have not scored a goal tonight or at Bristol on Saturday, I do not know. We must have had 10 good chances in those two games and we hardly tested the goalkeepers. It all counts for nothing if you play well in midfield and then do not punish teams in the box. I thought we played good attacking football, but it was irrelevant in the end. They were always dangerous on the break and took their chance when they got it. We never really tested their goalkeeper."

Terry Brown insisted that the decision not to award his side a penalty when Sammy Moore was sent sprawling in the box was a key moment in the game. "I thought it was a definite penalty in the first-half for us," he added. "If we had scored the first goal we would have won that game today."

See the official website later today for a full audio interview wiith Terry Brown.


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Tuesday 20 March 2012
first team news
Dons slip to narrow Oxford defeat

The Dons were condemned to a 1-0 defeat tonight by a 57th minute strike from Dean Morgan.

Morgan's strike proved to be the difference between the two sides after a fine first-half from Terry Brown's men that eventually came to nothing. Luke Moore was twice denied by Oxford goalkeeper Ryan Clarke, who also denied George Moncur at the death.

See our match reports section for a full report.


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Tuesday 20 March 2012
dons trust news
Bid for Wimbledon's glory items

A framed shirt from our first-ever competitive match at Sutton United is among the star items we have up for grabs.

The memorabilia to be auctioned at our "10 years, 10 legends" event on Friday night can be bid for online in advance of the evening. Those interested have until midnight on Thursday to bid for items that chronicle the extraordinary journey of AFC Wimbledon since our formation in 2002. We also have framed photographs of a League 2 shirt from our debut Football League match against Bristol Rovers, along with a framed Play-off Final shirt from last May and photographs of Seb Brown making that all-important penalty save against Luton Town. The Friends of the Dons Trust would like to thank David McKnight for assembling this remarkable collection of items. Proceeds from the auction will go to the Dons Trust.

To get involved in the online action click on Dons acution.


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Tuesday 20 March 2012
club news
Film star visits Wimbledon for open day

Tamer Hassan has added a gloss of star quality to next Monday afternoon's Paul Strank Roofing Open Day.

The Football Factory lead-man will be on hand to meet members of the public after pledging his support to one of our key sponsors. Customers can take advantage of special sale offers, but money raised on the day from food, refreshments and a raffle will be donated to the BBC Children In Need Appeal. Hassan, who earned his film breakthrough in the Calcium Kid, became a star of gangster movies The Football Factory and The Business. He is also a man with non league football connections as he was once involved in the running of Kent League side Greenwich Borough.

The event will be staged from 1pm-4pm next Monday at Paul Strank Roofing and Building Suppliers, 22 Weir Road, Wimbledon, SW19 8UG.


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Tuesday 20 March 2012
first team news
Brentford man vows to prove himself at Wimbledon

Pim Balkestein says he has to prove himself all over again during his loan spell at Wimbledon.

The 24-year-old may have a wealth of Football League experience gained at Ipswich Town, Brentford and Rochdale, but the towering centre-back was wary of becoming a "forgotten man" after a lack of first-team football with the Bees this season. "I have to show people what I can do as I had not played for months before coming here," said Balkestein. "When you are out, it seems like people in the football world do not know you, but at least by coming here I have got a chance. I want to perform as well as I possibly can at Wimbledon. I have played three games here and we have won two, which is good. I think we have done better and better since I joined. Dagenham was not our best performance, but since then we have played really good football and we have to carry that on to get us safe as quickly as possible."

Balkestein has been thrust straight into the action by boss Terry Brown and has played three successive games for the first time since his loan spell at Rochdale ended in January. And the Dutchman says he is adjusting to playing regular football again. "It is hard to come straight back in and play three games in just over a week after not playing," he added. "But I had a light session today (Monday) after Saturday. I need to get used to doing it, but I feel a lot better and I am looking forward to the Oxford match. It is going to be hard, they will have the pressure, and I think a draw will be a good result. I think we deserved a bit more on Saturday after our second-half performance and it is a good chance for us to turn it around quickly after that defeat."


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Tuesday 20 March 2012
first team news
Boss backs Dons squad ahead of Oxford United test

Terry Brown insists there will be no more emergency loan signings as he believes his current squad can virtually seal survival by the weekend.

Though the Dons boss hailed tonight's opponents Oxford United as "one of the best sides in the league", he believes that a repeat of the fighting spirit shown in defeat at Bristol Rovers on Saturday can edge the Dons closer to safety at the Kassam Stadium tonight. "If we play with the same passion and commitment that we showed on Saturday, then we should pick up something from Oxford and we should get three points on Saturday against Burton," he said. "We are not looking to get anyone in before Thursday's deadline as I am really pleased with the squad that I have got. We played really well on a quagmire of a pitch at Bristol and we should have got something out of it on Saturday."

Terry Brown knows his side will have to be at their best though to contain Chris Wilder's League 2 play-off hopefuls. "They were full value for their 2-0 win against us on Boxing Day," he said. "Oxford are one of the best sides I have seen in this league and it would be no surprise to me if they got promoted. They operate with a 4-3-3 and it is very fluent as they have three experienced midfielders and a brilliant strikeforce. Chris has done a very good job, but from our perspective it is about getting three more points on the board. It is a great opportunity for us to play our football on a beautiful pitch in a fine stadium. There will be no excuses if we cannot do that. It is games like this why we wanted to be in the Football League, but until we get two more wins then we cannot enjoy it as we are not safe."

Terry Brown says that Jack Midson, currently top scorer in League 2 with 18 goals, will be fired up against his old club. "It is not as if he did not do well at Oxford as when I watched him there he was one of their best players," added Brown. "As a manager you make tactical decisions and their manager has brought in other players that have done well. I think both parties have done well out of the move. I know that Jack is really looking forward to going back and playing in front of the Oxford fans because they treated him well and liked him as a player."

Fellow striker Byron Harrison is back in the Wimbledon squad after notching a confidence-boosting strike for the reserves on Saturday and Terry Brown has no fresh injury concerns. Oxford will have their top scorer James Constable back after suspension, along with right-back Damian Batt, while Christian Montano, a loan signing from West Ham, is vying for a spot up front.


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Monday 19 March 2012
club news
Cup winners add extra spice to carvery

Six members of Wimbledon's 1963 FA Amateur Cup winning team will be special guests for the pre-match carvery on Saturday.

Roy Law, Les Brown, John Martin, Bobby Ardrey, Dave Willis and Mike Kelly will all be attending the Burton Albion match to relive their glory and meet old friends. Their visit is part of our involvement in True Volunteer Foundation’s (TVF) project that celebrates the history of sport in Wimbledon. Also joining them at the Cherry Red Records Fans Stadium will be regular attendees from the 1973/74 era in the forms of Dickie Guy, Ian Cooke and Tom McCready. The event comes hot-on-the-heels of Wimbledon's "10 years, 10 legends" anniversary celebrations that take place the night before.

Tickets can be purchased for the carvery by clicking here. There are only a few tickets remaining so book now to avoid disappointment. To find out more about TVF's project, please visit TVF project.


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Monday 19 March 2012
first team news
Midson relishes his return to old club Oxford

Jack Midson says he has no regrets about the manner of his departure from Oxford United.

The 28-year-old was allowed to leave by Oxford boss Chris Wilder last summer, but he returns to the Kassam Stadium tomorrow night for the first time as a player with his name at the top of the League 2 scoring charts. And with his debut season at Wimbledon having gone so well, Midson believes that Wilder did him a favour by letting him go. "I am not one to look back and think that I missed out," said Midson. "It was their decison and it has probably done me a favour as I am here playing regularly now and scoring goals, which I needed. The fans there (at Oxford) were brilliant and it was the manager's decision not to renew my contract. I knew I was moving on from the January of my final season there and that was when I was looking at other clubs."

Midson, who took a full part in training today after picking up a knock on Saturday, says it would have taken a lot to keep him out of the clash against play-off chasers Oxford. "I am raring to go - I would shake off any knocks because it is against Oxford," he added. "If my limbs were hanging off I would still make my way out there. When I was at Histon I played regularly and scored 20-odd goals, but I did not play as much as I would have liked at Oxford. Since I have come here, I have been playing every game again and have scored goals."

Oxford United provided Midson with his first crack at full-time senior football as he had previously mixed played semi-professionally with tennis coaching. His first season was a big success as he helped Oxford to promotion into the Football League and though things went downhill after that, his move to Wimbledon means he is likely to have several more years in the professional game. But Midson is keeping his hand in as a tennis coach so that he will have other options when his playing days are over. "I am concentrating on my football now," Midson added. "I have moved away from where I used to coach at Stanmore in Middlesex. Every now and then when I get a chance I will still go down there and do a bit of coaching. I am trying to sort a few things out for the summer to keep myself ticking over. It is probably something that I will go back into when my football career finishes."



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Monday 19 March 2012
first team news
Harrison returns for Oxford United test

Byron Harrison will return to the Wimbledon squad for tomorrow night's trip to Oxford United.

Boss Terry Brown confirmed that ex-Stevenage striker Harrison is back in contention after netting for the reserves in Saturday's' 4-1 win against Hampton and Richmond, a victory that also included a goal from Callum McNaughton. "Byron will be back in the squad," said the Dons boss. "He notched a goal on Saturday and the reports we had back from Marcus Gayle about him and one or two others was that they did well."

Wimbledon have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the match at the Kassam Stadium, though Terry Brown admitted that centre-backs Pim Balkestein and Mat Mitchel-King had only light training sessions after their exertions on a heavy pitch at the Memorial Ground on Saturday. "I was really worried after the game that we would be a couple of centre halves down because they had a heavy workload," he added. "The parts of the pitch they were playing in were like quagmires. Therefore, I am delighted that both Pim and Mat, both of whom had excellent games on Saturday, are both fit and available."

Terry Brown added that striker Jason Prior is expected to return to full training on Thursday after almost two months out with a knee injury.


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Monday 19 March 2012
youth news
Dons scholars finish like Wayne Rooney

More drills of AFC Wimbledon youngsters showing off their skills are currently featuring on a national football website.

After being shown how to perfect trademark Lionel Messi turns and flicks by Coerver Coaching supremo Alf Galustian, Dons scholars can be viewed trying to finish like Manchester United and England star Wayne Rooney. The video footage, filmed recently at our training ground, is part of an online feature for FourFourTwo magazine.

You can see the Dons youngsters showing off their skills by clicking on Dons skills.


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Monday 19 March 2012
first team news
Loan watch: Dons trio celebrate

Max Porter, Lee Minshull and Reece Jones have all had cause for celebration during their loan spells.

Porter was part of the Newport County side that booked a spot at Wembley for the first time in the club's history with a 0-0 draw at Wealdstone on Saturday earning a 3-1 aggregate victory in the FA Trophy semi-final. Porter's Wimbledon team-mate Lee Minshull will also be aiming to win back his place in the centre of the park for the final against York City on 12 May as he was suspended for the second-leg.

Jones has enjoyed a highly productive loan spell at Blue Square South Hampton and Richmond Borough by scoring his first goals in senior football. After firing a late winner in a 4-3 win against Truro City last Saturday, the 19-year-old was on target again in a 2-2 draw against Dover three days later. And Jones is hoping that his impressive loan spell can force him into Terry Brown’s long-term plans. "I got my first goal in senior football and this has been the first time that I have been really match-fit,” he said. “I am not one who normally gets goals, but it is something that I am working on. It is a good standard of football and hopefully I can keep playing and then come back to Wimbledon and get my break here. I know what I need to do to get a chance. When Fulham let me go I did not have anything else and I am thankful that I got offered a contract by Wimbledon. The plan for me is to get a game for Wimbledon and then take it from there.”



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Sunday 18 March 2012
first team news
Jason Euell leaves the door open for Wimbledon return

Jason Euell says he would relish a third spell back at Wimbledon.

The 35-year-old has now returned to Charlton Athletic after a two-month loan spell with Terry Brown's men that saw Euell help the Dons move nine points clear of the League 2 relegation zone. Euell's contract with the Addicks is up in the summer and he admits that returning to Wimbledon could be an option. "There is no reason why I would not want to come back here," he said. "I love the club and the fans as well. But I have to wait and see what happens with Charlton in the summer. Coming back here was something I wanted to do, it was a no-brainer, and it has been great to be a part of the club again. I came in here to add that experience on and off the field for Wimbledon. But it has not just been about what I have brought in as the other boys that came in on loan and the existing players have contributed. We have got ourselves out of a sticky situation and hopefully we can now look upwards. I came here to help the club and at least I can leave with the team in good shape. I think the boys are now in a good situation and will not be looking over their shoulders. Things can now start being put in place for next season and I think that is important."

With Euell now in the latter stages of his playing career, he is planning to stay in football, either as a coach or in the media. "I want to have the option to coach anywhere that I can," he added. "That is the reason that I am doing my coaching badges. It is still early days in terms of what might be there for me in the summer. I have been doing media work with bits and pieces for Talk Sport, BBC london and the Late Kick-Off, which I did last Monday. I have also done a recording for the Football League podcast. For now though, it is just a case of me concentrating on going back to Charlton and helping them to promotion."

With so many options left for him to pursue in football, it is therefore highly unlikely that the Dons faithful have seen the last of Jason Euell.



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Sunday 18 March 2012
first team news
Terry Brown in upbeat mood after Bristol Rovers defeat

Terry Brown's post-match interview can be heard by clicking on audio-only interview.


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Sunday 18 March 2012
first team news
Our prospects are in safe hands says Seb Brown

Seb Brown says he has seen enough improvement in the Dons defence to believe that Wimbledon will not be looking nervously over their shoulders during the run-in.

Though Wimbledon slipped to a 1-0 defeat at the Memorial Stadium yesterday, they showed a defensive resilience that has been lacking for much of this season with on-loan Brentford defender Pim Balkestein making a valuable contribution. "We pride ourselves on our attacking, but I think we have defended better in the last few games," said the Dons goalkeeper. "We have done that as a team as it is not just about the back four. We have been a bit more responsible in midfield. It is something that we have been working on and we have gone from conceding two or three every game to just conceding one a game. It is an improvement, but we are still working on it. We have to keep going until it is mathematically certain that we are safe. It is in our own hands and that is the main thing. We have given ourselves a cushion and if we can get a couple more wins under our belts, then we can have a nice end to the season and not be looking over our shoulders."

Brown praised Balkestein for another commanding defensive performance at the Memorial Stadium as the Dons came close to snatching a point during the second-half. "It was always going to be difficult coming here as they are an attacking side with experienced players who know what they are doing," he added. "I think they are in a false position. We knew we would have to defend well and barring a few scares, I think we did that. We gave it a good go in the second-half and we could have got back into it as their goalkeeper made a couple of good saves. Pim has slotted in here brilliantly, he is a typical no-nonsense centre-half, but he is also comfortable on the ball and makes the right decisions. He has played at a higher standard and has been a very welcome addition. Hopefully, we can pick up a few more results before he goes back. But we still have people like Brett Johnson who can come in and do a job if need be."


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Saturday 17 March 2012
first team news
Wimbledon confirm end of Jason Euell loan

Terry Brown has saluted Jason Euell's contribution to the Dons after he confirmed that the forward will now go back to Charlton Athletic.

The man who is a favourite with the Dons faithful after his successful first spell with Wimbledon has played his part in steering us away from the relegation zone. And Terry Brown praised Euell after his two-month stay that was interrupted by injury. "I would like to thank Jason," said Terry Brown. "He has come in and worked hard, today he has given his all. The plan was always for him to come here and then go and celebrate Charlton winning League 1. Hopefully, he will go back and have a successful period there as he has done well for us."




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Saturday 17 March 2012
first team news
Boss praises beaten Dons

Terry Brown drew consolation from Wimbledon's battling second-half performance in defeat at the Memorial Stadium today.

The Dons rallied after the break and were only denied an equaliser by an excellent save from Bristol Rovers goalkeeper Scott Bevan and last-ditch defending from Cian Bolger. Brown insisted his side merited a draw for their efforts after Mustapha Carayol's 11th minute strike decided it in the end.

"I am very disappointed with the result," said Terry Brown. "I felt that we deserved something out of it in the second-half. But credit to Bristol Rovers as they came out of the traps very well. They attacked us for the first 30 minutes, particularly Carayol caused us problems, and he scored a goal that was worthy of winning any game. I do not think the pitch suited either team as both sides like to play football. I thought it was an exciting game, we have had so many games like that this season when we have had the rub of the green and won by the odd goal and others when it has not gone for us and we have lost by the odd goal. Their boy at the back Bolger won every header in the box and their goalkeeper made a wonderful save."



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Saturday 17 March 2012
club news
Have you moved recently?

We are planning to post out renewal documents to Season Ticket holders within the next fortnight.

If you are a Season Ticket holder who has changed address during the past season and not yet informed us, please contact the club to update your details. The easiest ways to do this are by emailing here here or by calling the club on 020 8547 3528 between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm on weekdays.

If you're not certain whether or not you've already told us about a move, send your details anyway, to ensure you get your notice on time.


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Saturday 17 March 2012
club news
After the Fire support announced

Rising folk group Blackheart will provide an entertaining support act to rock band After the Fire at Kingsmeadow Live on Saturday, 24 March.

Since their formation just three years ago, Blackheart duo Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington have “taken the acoustic scene by storm”, according to BBC Radio 2, with their unique brand of music. That should get Kingsmeadow Live spectators well in the mood for After the Fire, a British rock band who have gone from strength to strength since their rebirth in 2004. After their initial formation in the 1970s, After the Fire went onto have their biggest hit over a decade later when Der Kommissar rocketed into the US top-10. Though the band quit the music scene in the late 1980s, they reformed in 2004 and have gone on to tour venues around the UK.

Doors open at 7.30 pm with the action lasting until midnight. Tickets are £12 in advance and £15 on the door. Tickets are available via KM Live.


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Saturday 17 March 2012
club news
AFC Wimbledon supports Football League campaign

AFC Wimbledon has shown its support for a Football League campaign to tackle Homophobia.

The Dons are one of 72 Football League clubs committed to throwing the club's weight behind the Government’s Sport Charter that aims to stamp out discrimination, in particular Homophobia and Transphobia. Football League clubs including Wimbledon aim to ensure that everyone participating in football has a voice to challenge unacceptable behaviour and provide a welcome place for everyone, whether they are playing, working, volunteering or attending a match as a fan.

With Championship, League 1 and League 2 clubs joining the campaign, it now means that all 92 Premier League and football League clubs in domestic football have committed to supporting the Charter.

The official signing of the Charter was announced at half-time of the Liverpool versus Cardiff Carling Cup Final with Home Secretary Theresa May MP in attendance. She was joined by Football League Board members Keith Lamb (Non-Executive Director Middlesbrough), Lorraine Rogers (Director Tranmere Rovers) and Chairman, Greg Clarke.

Theresa May said: “Football has a hugely important part to play in stamping out discrimination and intolerance. That’s why I’m so pleased The Football League - the largest league of professional clubs in Europe - has signed the government’s Sports Charter on behalf of all its clubs. We now have all 92 professional league teams signed up. This means our campaign to tackle homophobia and transphobia will reach even more communities and spread the message that playing and watching the beautiful game should be open to everyone.”


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Saturday 17 March 2012
club news
From the Bradford City programme

From time to time we reproduce articles from the programme which have not been reported elsewhere. Today we are publishing an extract from an article which appeared in the Bradford City programme.

The article updates fans about progress on the new stand in the Kingston Road End, plus initial details of the process for allocating seats in that stand. It can be read by clicking on KRE update.


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Friday 16 March 2012
dons trust news
Last call for legends bookings

Tomorrow, Saturday 17 March, is your last chance to book your place at the dinner to celebrate our glorious past decade in the “10 years, 10 legends” event, which is being held on Friday 23 March.

Wimbledon's first-ever captain, Joe Sheerin, heads up an impressive roll-call of players who have contributed to the club’s success since our debut season in 2002/03. Other Dons legends who have been announced for the dinner are: Steve Butler, Kevin Cooper, Matt Everard, Keith Ward, Andy Little, Luke Garrard, Jason Goodliffe, Jon Main, Ben Judge.

As part of the celebrations, we have compiled a short highlights video from the past decade that provides a taste of what you can expect on the night. You can see it by clicking on Dons highlights.

Tickets are £55 per person, or £500 for a table of ten. To secure your place, please apply to: Mark Davis, Friends of the Dons Trust, 20 Rayleigh Road, London, SW19 3RF, enclosing a cheque for the relevant amount, made payable to Kidd Rapinet Solicitors. Please also include: your name, postal address, email address (if possible), telephone number and any special dietary requirements.

For any enquires, email legends dinner or leave a message for Mark Davis via the club on 020 8547 3528. The proceeds of the evening will be donated to the Dons Trust’s fundraising budget.


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Friday 16 March 2012
club news
Sammy and Jack on Bristol Rovers

Sammy Moore and Jack Midson talked to us about regaining that winning feeling in Tuesday's game, when we caught up with them after training yesterday.

To hear them talking about that and their views of our prospects at Bristol Rovers tomorrow, click on Sammy Moore and Jack Midson respectively.


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Friday 16 March 2012
cfs news
Saturday morning football coaches required

The AFC Wimbledon Community Football Scheme is currently seeking to
recruit football coaches for paid work in Wimbledon on Saturday mornings.
Candidates must be enthusiastic and reliable with excellent communication
skills and previous experience of coaching children between the ages of 4 -14 years old.

Candidates will need to have a minimum of a FA Level 1 coaching
qualification, as well as current up to date Child Protection and First Aid
certificates. In addition, a clean CRB must be obtained as well as satisfactory references as part of the recruitment process.

A driving licence and access to a car would be highly desirable but are not a
necessity.

To apply, please send a copy of your CV with a covering letter to:

AFC Wimbledon Community Football Scheme
The Cherry Red Records Stadium
Jack Goodchild Way
422A Kingston Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey
KT1 3PB

or by email to coaches.



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Friday 16 March 2012
club news
AFC Wimbledon wins Merton community award

On Wednesday afternoon, Merton Council held the 'Merton Partnership Volunteering Awards 2012’ which is the first of what is now expected to become an annual event.

AFC Wimbledon was nominated in two categories: Volunteer Project of the Year and Volunteer Host of the Year. In the Project category The Big Blast Band' was shortlisted and received an honourable mention and certificate, which was accepted by Clive Yelf, who devised and is leading the project.

The Big Blast Band involves working with twelve adults with moderate to severe learning disabilities at the High Path and introducing them to structured musical participation based on football songs, chants and instruments. Fans will be able to hear the fruits of their work at the game against Burton Albion on 24 March.

The club won the Volunteer Host of the Year award, in effect for its overall contribution to volunteer services in Merton. The award was accepted on behalf of the club by chief executive Erik Samuelson and Clive Yelf, the driving force behind the projects which won us the award.


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Friday 16 March 2012
club news
Terry and Jason are upbeat about prospects at Bristol Rovers

Terry Brown looked back on the Bradford win and forward to Bristol Rovers and the rest of the season when we spoke to him yesterday. Click on Terry Brown to hear his interview.

We also spoke to Jason Euell as his current loan comes to an end. We asked him about the mood in the camp after two wins - and possible managerial ambitions! His interview can be heard by clicking on Jason Euell.


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Thursday 15 March 2012
dons trust news
Dons Draw for March

The March Dons Draw took place today at Kingsmeadow.

Winning numbers were drawn in the presence of Zoe Linkson (Dons Trust Board Member), Neil Messenbird (Dons Draw Administrator) and Mike Berry (Volunteer).

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

1st prize of £1,000 - ticket 3932 - Michael Hayes - W8
2nd prize of £500 - ticket 0915 - Catherine Hunter - SW15
3rd prize of £250 - ticket 4091 - John Braithwaite - SW19
4th prize of £150 - ticket 1499 - Justin Sythes - EN2
5th prize of £100 - ticket 2439 - Paul Torre - SW11
6th prize of £75 - ticket 3136 - Tom Lees - SW19

Congratulations to all six prize winners.

The next Dons Draw will take place on or around the 15 April 2012 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 2012 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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Thursday 15 March 2012
club news
Bradford highlights on AFC Wimbledon TV

Click on AFC Wimbledon TV to see the Bradford highlights.




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Thursday 15 March 2012
club news
Attention: the forces

Moorad Choudhry, the club’s programme sponsor, has kindly offered five pairs of tickets for his sponsorship of the Shrewsbury game on Saturday 5 May to Dons fans who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan (season ticket holders or Dons Trust members only).

The tickets will include a meal in the carvery before the game, access to the President's Lounge and seats in the Directors' Box. The match sponsors are also responsible for choosing man of the match and presenting the award.

Please e-mail here if you are interested in the tickets. The winners will be selected by a random draw to take place on Thursday 5 April.


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Thursday 15 March 2012
cfs news
CFS take Respect to local schools

Yesterday the Wimbledon Guardian published an article highlighting the recent delivery of the npower Respect sessions in local schools, by the AFC Wimbledon Community Football Scheme. To view the article, please click on Respect.


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Wednesday 14 March 2012
first team news
Back to back - Gareth and Sam interviewed post Bradford

Gareth Gwillim and Sam Hatton were interviewed after last night's win.

The interviews can be heard by clicking on Gareth Gwillim and Sam Hatton respectively.


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Wednesday 14 March 2012
club news
Terry Brown after Bradford

Terry Brown was interviewed after the Bradford game. The interview can be seen by clicking on Terry after Bradford.

An audio-only version can be heard by clicking on audio-only interview.


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Wednesday 14 March 2012
club news
Bristol and Oxford travel update

We have a few spaces remaining on the supporters’ coaches to the games against Bristol Rovers on 17 March and Oxford United on 20 March. Seats must be booked in advance by contacting the club office on 020 8547 3528 between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm during the week.

Bristol Rovers
The coaches will leave from opposite South Wimbledon Underground Station at 10.00 am and pick up from The Cherry Red Records Stadium at 10.30 am. The price for this game is £15.

Oxford United
The coaches will leave from opposite South Wimbledon Underground Station at 4.00 pm and pick up from The Cherry Red Records Stadium at 4.30 pm. The price for this game is just £10.

Match tickets can be purchased on the day for both games, however if you would like to save money by purchasing tickets in advance for the Oxford match full details can be found here.


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Wednesday 14 March 2012
dons trust news
Saturday deadline for a place at the legends dinner

Saturday 17 March is the cut off date for booking your place at the dinner to celebrate our glorious past decade at the “10 years, 10 legends” event, which is being held on Friday 23 March.

Wimbledon's first-ever captain, Joe Sheerin, heads up an impressive roll-call of players who have contributed to the club’s success since our debut season in 2002/03.

As part of the celebrations, we have compiled a short highlights video from the past decade that provides a taste of what you can expect on the night. You can see it by clicking on Dons highlights.

Other former players who have been announced for the dinner are: Steve Butler, Kevin Cooper, Matt Everard, Keith Ward, Andy Little, Luke Garrard, Jason Goodliffe, Jon Main, Ben Judge.

Tickets for the dinner are priced at £55 per person, or £500 for a table of ten. To secure your place, please apply to: Mark Davis, Friends of the Dons Trust, 20 Rayleigh Road, London, SW19 3RF, enclosing a cheque for the relevant amount, made payable to Kidd Rapinet Solicitors. Please also include: your name, postal address, email address (if possible), telephone number and any special dietary requirements.

For any enquires, email legends dinner or leave a message for Mark Davis via the club on 020 8547 3528. The proceeds of the evening will be donated to the Dons Trust’s fundraising budget.


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Tuesday 13 March 2012
first team news
Dons ease to a 3-1 win

Wimbledon took another important step towards safety tonight with what ended up as a comfortable 3-1 win against a Bradford team that was the architect of its own fate, giving away two penalties and having a man sent off.

In an incident-packed first half, the Dons took an early lead from the penalty spot, conceded the almost mandatory equaliser through an unfortunate own goal and then watched as Craig Fagan was booked twice in eight minutes and sent to the dressing room.

With the Dons playing with increasing confidence in the second half, it seemed only a matter of time before they took the lead and, for once, the game played out the way a neutral spectator would expect when eleven men play ten. First Billy Knott scored with a far post header after an excellent move down the right, and then Bradford conceded a second penalty and Midson repeated his first half conversion.

The fans went home happy as not only was this an essential three points, it was a well-deserved win. For more detail see the match report.


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Tuesday 13 March 2012
dons trust news
Dons Trust Board meeting, 8 March

The Dons Trust Board (DTB) held their regular monthly meeting last Thursday, 8 March.

The first item on the agenda was an introduction to the new Communications Executive Chris Slavin who summarised his plans for improving the communications of both Club and Trust. A brief discussion followed on the current situation with moving over to the FLi website format and the timetable and process for this. Chris's appointment marks the achievement of the first part of the current DT communications strategy and he was welcomed to the Club by all.

The remainder of the first half of the meeting concentrated on operational matters. A discussion on the plans of the football management team for improving our current League form was followed by a review of the Football Club Board report. Specific issues raised included:

• The timetable for Season Ticket notifications for next season, along with the possibility of introducing a designated family area
• The success of the recent Poker Tournament and Darts night events
• A commendation of the excellent work that has been done by Paul Foley in raising attendance at the Wimbledon Park CFS sessions to over 100
• Arrangements for the Volunteers Day Out which will be for the away trip to Southend on 9 April
• Options for raising the funding necessary to complete the KRE works and other essential ground improvements required by League rules
• David Charles reported that analysis of the uptake of the recent voucher-based ticket offer indicated that almost half were from people who had not attended a Wimbledon home game before or had not done so in the past year.

The second half of the meeting concentrated on strategic matters and progress against the DTB action plan. A Paper was presented by Simon Bath on behalf of the Membership Working Group; the latest Communications Strategy was presented by David Growns and a draft paper on Volunteers was presented by Zoe Linkson. Verbal updates were received against all other actions.

The next regular DTB meeting will be held on 2 April and as ever questions, comments or feedback is welcomed via Dons Trust or by speaking to a member of the DTB at the Dons Trust stall, which can be found next to the new ticket kiosk on match days.


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Tuesday 13 March 2012
club news
Dons at Centre Court Shopping Centre during the Easter holidays

AFC Wimbledon is pleased to announce that the club will have a presence at Centre Court Shopping Centre at the heart of Wimbledon town centre during the Easter holidays.

On Monday 2 April, Terry, the first team squad and Haydon will all be at the centre from 2.00pm until 4.00pm, chatting with the fans and signing autographs. This is not only a great opportunity for younger fans to get to know the players but it will also help promote the club at the heart of Wimbledon, so we would like to encourage as many junior Dons fans as possible to come down in their club colours.

On Thursday 5 April, the club will be hosting a football themed quiz with a special guest quizmaster! The quiz is free to enter and there will be some great prizes on offer. The first quiz is for 6-10 year olds and starts at 1.00 pm and the second quiz is for 11-14 year olds and will start at 2.00 pm. Places are limited so please e-mail quiz entry to confirm your entry (including the child’s age).


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Tuesday 13 March 2012
dons trust news
Wimbledon launch new jersey for cyclists

A new Velo and Blue replica jersey has been launched to commemorate the Mont Ventoux challenge.

Tonight's match against Bradford City offers the Dons faithful another chance to back their cyclists by buying lottery tickets. A team of Dons fans will be hitting the heights next month by climbing a gruelling 4,443 metres to reach the summit of Mont Ventoux in southern France. To mark that occasion, the Dons fundraising team has launched a new jersey in the club's traditional blue and yellow colours for its cyclists to wear during the challenge.

The jerseys are available for Dons fans to buy and all profit from the shirt sales will go towards the fundraising target of £10,000. Funds raised will be split with half donated to the Anthony Nolan Charity and the rest put towards equipment for the club's gym. The Anthony Nolan Trust saves the lives of people with blood cancer who need a blood stemcell transplant, matching donors willing to donate their blood cells to people who desperately need lifesaving transplants. It was recommended by Terry Brown and chosen to show our and the club's appreciation of what he has achieved for AFC Wimbledon. The charity has greatly assisted his wife and family during her recent battle with illness.

We are also hoping to purchase a cross trainer and handbike for the club's gym at the training ground. These machines will assist significantly in the rehabilitation of injured players and general conditioning of players and help the team to achieve a gym suitable for a Football League club.

The shirts manufactured by Owayo are a high-quality, lightweight traditional cycle jersey and priced at £45 each - perfect for Dons fans to show their colours while out riding on their bikes. The jerseys are made from R-Tex fabric and are 100 per cent polyester. They are available in all sizes from chest sizes 32.3 inches to 46.5 inches. To place your order or request more information, e-mail Velo and Blue shirts.

Lottery tickets can be purchased at tonight's Bradford City game for just £2 with the draw being made on 30 April to coincide with the ride. There will be a sum of £444.30 on offer for the lucky draw winner (£1 for every 10 metres of the gruelling climb).


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Tuesday 13 March 2012
first team news
Sunderland man revels in his rapport with the Dons fans

Billy Knott has promised the Dons fans there is plenty more to come from him after he extended his Wimbledon loan spell.

Knott has established himself as a favourite with the Dons fans since joining Terry Brown’s men in January and the Wimbledon faithful have been singing his name at every game. Such adulation has taken the 19-year-old by surprise - it even brought his mother to tears – but Knott is far from resting on his laurels and admits he has to be more consistent.

“It is great to extend my time here and to carry on getting experience,” he said. “I am really enjoying it and I love the fans here. My mum was crying the first time that they sung my name – it sends shivers down your spine. It is a great buzz to know that they appreciate you and I just have to keep giving 110 per cent. I think they will like me for that. I just need to keep doing well for the team and the results will come. I need to get more consistency though and try to improve my game so I want to play all the time.”

Known more as a midfield playmaker, Knott admits he has had to add more steel to his own game in recent weeks with the Dons battling for survival points. But he believes that Saturday’s crucial win against Dagenham and Redbridge can help Wimbledon recapture the flowing football that helped them to three successive wins when he first joined. “It was a great spell when I first came here,” he added. “But we then went through a really bad patch. Hopefully, we have now turned that around and can take that into the final 11 games. Then we can start enjoying playing our football again. Everyone in the team is capable of getting on the ball and playing here, but we had to battle and show that we could scrap for the points on Saturday.”


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Tuesday 13 March 2012
first team news
Dons boss says his side must improve

Terry Brown has challenged his players to improve on Saturday's victory against Dagenham and Redbridge.

The Dons boss says his side must do better against Bradford City tonight if they are to clinch another crucial three points. "I am not getting carried away by the performance on Saturday," he said, "They could have scored a couple of goals themselves in the second-half and we did not play the football that I know we are capable of. But we have to concentrate on keeping a clean sheet because if we do that, then we have players who can score goals. Dagenham made it really difficult for us on Saturday and Bradford will do the same. We lost to Bradford in the FA Cup after beating them in the league, so it is honours even. I have read the report from their win on Saturday against Oxford and their wingers caused the oppostition a lot of problems. We have to make sure that our full-backs do a good job."

Wimbledon are likely to be unchanged at the back as Terry Brown has no doubts that new skipper Gareth Gwillim is up to playing two matches in four days, despite the experienced left-back only returning from a month out on Saturday. However, Saturday's match-winner Kieran Djilali is not yet ready to start a match, according to Brown. "He needs more games to get fit," he added. "Kieran gave us an excellent cameo on Saturday, but he is one of those players who need a few games after they come back."

Centre-back Mat Mitchel-King has been given the all-clear to play after suffering a blow to the eye on Saturday, while Luke Moore is likely to return to the bench and Jason Euell may be back involved after missing out on Saturday. Phil Parkinson's Bradford are likely to be boosted by the return of both Simon Ramsden and Michael Flynn, while striker Dean Smalley will also be back as the on-loan Oxford forward was unable to play against his parent club on Saturday.


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Tuesday 13 March 2012
reserve team news
Marcus Gayle salutes Dons youngsters after cup glory

Marcus Gayle hailed the fighting spirit of his young reserves after they just held on to clinch glory last night.

Though the Dons lost the Suburban League Champions Cup Final second-leg 1-0 against Corinthian Casuals, it was just enough to win on away goals after a 2-1 win in the first leg. Gayle's youngsters came under real pressure, particularly in extra-time, and they had to show plenty of defensive resolve to hold on. "I am really pleased," said Gayle. "We did not play the sparkling football that we are capable of and win by three of four goals, but we have won another cup. My squad is very young and we had about five players from the academy that stepped up. I am just pleased that they can make this progress and play in games like this. We showed determination, resolve and character to come through against a Corinthian Casuals side that played more senior players in the second-leg to balance it out."

Wimbledon fielded a sprinkling of players that had played for Wimbledon's first-team in the London Senior Cup recently, with Huw Johnson, Louie Theophanous and Ade Osifuwa, but the rest of the side was largely made up of players who had graduated from Mark Robinson's youth set-up.

Wimbledon were behind in just the first minute at Walton Casuals when Francois Gabbidon - a striker who has played first-team football - fired home the opener. Though the Dons recovered from that terrible start to gain a foothold in the match, only Louie Sprosen and Tom Beere came close for the hosts. Wimbledon goalkeeper Yannick Nlate had to make a fine second-half save to deny Gabriel Adesima and Gabbidon also threatened to win it for Casuals in normal time.

During a frantic extra-time, Dons substitute William Bor headed against the crossbar, but Casuals peppered Nlate's goal in a desperate search to snatch the cup. However, the Dons just held on to retain the cup that they won last year and they will now set their sights on winning the Suburban League title.


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Monday 12 March 2012
club news
VOTE FOR NEXT SEASON’S HOME & AWAY KITS

Wimbledon will wear brand new home and away kits for next season, and we are once again giving Wimbledon fans the opportunity to vote for their favourite designs.

We have short-listed ten designs in total - five home kits and five away kits which can be seen below.

Please vote for your favourite design - one choice for a home kit and one for an away strip. Votes can be submitted either at the ground, by handing a slip in to the office or by email to kits@afcwimbledon.co.uk. Please include the number / letter of the kits you are voting for and your Trust membership number or season ticket number.

The deadline for votes is 3.00 pm on Saturday 24 March, and the winner will be announced after the Burton Albion match on Saturday 24 March during the man of the match presentation.













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Monday 12 March 2012
first team news
Boss delighted to extend loan deals for pair

Billy Knott has today signed on the dotted line to extend his loan spell at AFC Wimbledon for a third month.

The Sunderland youngster joins West Ham's George Moncur in commiting for another month at Wimbledon with the midfield pair both having impressed since manager Terry Brown signed them in January. Terry Brown admitted that both Knott and Moncur have made a big impact for the Dons and he is delighted to keep them. "They are both very talented boys who could play at a higher level," he said. "What I like about them most is that they both have a willingness to learn. They also have a lot of enthusiasm and put so much hard work in. I am delighted to get them back as we have a lot of games coming up during the next month."


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Monday 12 March 2012
first team news
Mitchel-King boost for the Dons against Bradford

Mat-Mitchel King has been given the all-clear to resume his new centre-back partnership with Pim Balkestein.

The ex-Crewe Alexandra centre-back was forced off during Saturday's win against Dagenham and Redbridge after suffering a blow to an eye. Mitchel-King was subsequently taken to Moorfields Eye Hospital and though he had double vision for four hours afterwards, he has been given the green light to play. It is a big boost for the Dons according to manager Terry Brown, who said: "That is very important for us because we need his aerial ability. I have just looked at the Bradford side and they are gigantic. All the sides in this league seem to have four or five big lads. I thought we looked a bit more solid at the back on Saturday. I was delighted with the performance of Pim Balkestein. He is big, strong and aggressive. He heads the ball miles and while that may not be the normal format for us, sometimes you need that."

Luke Moore was back in full training today and could return on the bench after missing out on Saturday, while Jason Euell is expected to be back involved after being rested and George Moncur has recovered from the stomach bug that kept him out on Saturday. However, Ricky Wellard and Jason Prior are not yet ready to return and Terry Brown is aiming to arrange a development game for the pair next week. Wellard has been out with an ankle injury for seven weeks and Prior has not figured since his debut against Aldershot Town on 28 January due to a knee injury. "Ricky is back, but needs games, so we will try and get a development game for him, along with Jason," added Terry Brown. "I would like Jason to start pushing for a place because he is a goalscorer and it seems to be only Jack Midson who is scoring. Jason's knee now seems to be fine and he is now doing straight-line running. It is going to be at least a week of training for him and then if he does not have a problem we will get him a development game."


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Monday 12 March 2012
club news
Tickets still on sale for Bradford City

We still have tickets remaining for tomorrow night's clash at home to Bradford City.

The last of a run of three home games offers the Dons a chance to take another big step towards League 2 safety by beating a Bradford side that knocked us out of the FA Cup earlier this season.

There are a few seat tickets still available in the Paul Strank Stand for the match, along with terrace tickets in the Kingston Road End and the John Smith's stand. You can book tickets in advance in the following ways:

Online
Tickets can be bought from our online shop, which can also be accessed through the front page of our website.

In person
Tickets can be purchased from the club office between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm tomorrow.

Ticket Office
AFC Wimbledon
The Cherry Red Records Stadium
422a Kingston Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey
KT1 3PB



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Monday 12 March 2012
youth news
AFC Wimbledon starlets do it the Barcelona way

AFC Wimbledon starlets have been showing the way for Lionel Messi wannabes as part of an online feature for FourFourTwo.

After hours of expert tuition from former Wimbledon youth teamer Alf Galustian, now a top coach and co-founder of Coerver Coaching, Dons scholars were filmed on camera for the national football magazine. They can now be watched showing off trademark Messi turns and flicks at AFC Wiimbledon's training ground in New Malden.

The chance to shine for Wimbledon’s up-and-coming talents came thanks to the club’s association with Coerver Coaching, run by Galustian, who has worked at Real Madrid and Arsenal, and former Chelsea great Charlie Cooke.

Wimbledon's youngsters are featured online in the performance section of the magazine's website that includes tips from the likes of Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta and Wayne Rooney.

You can see the Dons youngsters showing off their skills by clicking on Dons skills.

More drills from the recent training session are scheduled to be featured on the same FourFourTwo website soon.






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Monday 12 March 2012
youth news
Dons pair earn late England call-ups

Wimbledon youngsters Oluyesi Daley and Dan Sweeney are celebrating late England call-ups after the pair were drafted into the national colleges squad.

Daley and Sweeney have both joined their Wimbledon U18s team-mate Emmanuel Akiotu in the England Colleges U19s squad for an international tournament in Italy later this week after answering a last-minute SOS from manager Simon East.

But boarding a plane at Gatwick today to play in an international tournament was the last thing that centre-back Daley expected to be doing. "I was watching television on Friday and then I got a call from Mark Robinson (Head of Youth)," said Daley. "I thought he was joking at the time, but I am now looking forward to playing in it. It is a big challenge and a big opportunity for me."

Ex-Leyton Orient schoolboy Daley, who is studying for a B-Tech in Sport at Merton College, and Sweeney, were both given the nod after late withdrawals from the squad.

Eighteen-year-old Akiotu, who is also guided by Robinson at Wimbledon's Centre of Excellence, made the squad for the Caput Mundi International Tournament after coming through several trials. "It is a very big thing as I will be playing against players of a high standard from other countries," he said. "I have got to be on top of my game, but I also want to enjoy it. I am hoping to get a place in the reserves set-up at AFC Wimbledon for next season." Akiotu, who is studying for a B-Tech in Business at Merton College, has been with Wimbledon since the age of 15, and the right-back has already made his debut for England Colleges and helped them beat Wales 1-0 recently.

Robinson says the tournament offers the trio great experience to progress in their football careers. "It is a big honour for them," he said. "Brendan Kiernan played in the same tournament last year and he is a professional at Wimbledon now. The competition offers a good opportunity for them to progress.

The players will all receive a coveted England cap for representing their country.


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Monday 12 March 2012
club news
Carvery tickets still available for Bradford City

There is still space in the carvery before tomorrow night's match at home to Bradford City.

Tickets are also on sale for all remaining home games this season.

Carvery guests enjoy:

- A three 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

The carvery opens in the back bar at 5pm.

Cost: £25 (carvery only) or £45 (including a seat ticket for the Paul Strank Stand)

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

We are also pleased to announce a special package for celebrations, whether it be birthdays, anniversaries or even divorces! If you book a table of ten, we will give you a complimentary bottle of Champagne or birthday cake. Once you have made your booking, please e-mail here to let us know what kind of event you’re celebrating.


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Sunday 11 March 2012
first team news
Midson reveals the inspiration for Dons win

Jack Midson admitted that an inspirational half-time team-talk from Terry Brown played a big part in Wimbledon's crucial victory yesterday.

The ex-Oxford United striker's 16th league goal of the seaon helped the Dons end their barren run of seven games without a win by beating Dagenham and Redbridge. Midson, who is in the running to win the Golden Boot for League 2, revealed that his manager's words spurred on the players after a drab first-half. "He told everyone at half-time how much it all meant to everyone at the club, including him," said Midson. "There had been a few rumours flying around, but we had to put those to the back of our minds. I thought my goal was going to be the winner, but they equalised and we had to go again. The win has helped everyone, including the fans, staff and players."

But Midson says the Dons now have to push on, starting with Bradford on Tuesday night, and he has also set his sights on edging closer to being the division's top marksman. "A lot of people have mentioned that and I am looking to climb up, just as the team should be looking forward," he added. "We are playing the teams around us so games like today are six-pointers. I think people will agree that our last three games have not been good to watch, but we defintely needed to win today. We should not really be looking down, but unfortunately we have not won enough games. Hopefully, this will now spur us on for a few more wins."


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Sunday 11 March 2012
first team news
Pim aims to reignite his career at Wimbledon

New signing Pim Balkestein rose to the challenge of boosting our battle for points with an impressive home debut against Dagenham and Redbridge. The Brentford defender tells us of his determination to prove himself during his loan spell. To hear the interview click on Pim after Dagenham.


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Sunday 11 March 2012
reserve team news
Dons young guns bid for silverware tomorrow night

Dons fans have a chance to watch the club's youngsters go for glory against Corinthian Casuals tomorrow.

Marcus Gayle's reserves are aiming to retain the Suburban League Champions Cup final at Walton Casuals (7.45pm start) with rising striker Louie Theophanous leading the charge. In-form forward Theophanous warmed up for the clash by scoring four last Wednesday against Mole Valley and midfielder Huw Johnson, who was recently called up for Terry Brown's first-team squad at Crewe, should also feature.

Wimbledon's reserves are currently also on track in their bid to add the Suburban League title this season.

Louie Theophanous earned special praise from Wimbledon reserve boss Marcus Gayle after his superb four-goal blast last week.

The young striker's goalscoring exploits may have caught the eye in an 8-0 win against Mole Valley, but it is the improvement in his overall game that has most pleased Wimbledon favourite Gayle. "For someone to score 24 goals in six months speaks for itself," he said. "I am very encouraged with him as he has improved his overall game. Other elements he had to do better on, such as his hold-up play and bringing other players into the game. In the past four months he has worked on that and now contributes other things to the team."

A double from Zachary Richards, along with goals from Jake Rose and Ade Osifuwa made it an 8-0 win for Wimbledon reserves and Gayle praised his men for rising to the challenges that he had set. "I told the boys in the second-half that they could only have three touches and they expressed themselves well," he added. "With these sort of games, the hardest thing is to stay consistent and not be complacent and get into sloppy habits. My job is to ensure that does not happen."



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Sunday 11 March 2012
first team news
Post-match reaction from Terry Brown

Terry Brown speaks about easing our relegation fears and praises new signing Pim Balkestein. To hear the audio interview click on Terry after Dagenham.
To watch the video interview click on Terry after Dagenham.



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Saturday 10 March 2012
first team news
Dons hero delivers response after Twitter exchange

Kieran Djilali admitted he was relieved to finally show the Dons fans what he could do by scoring the winner against Dagenham and Redbridge.

The ex-Crystal Palace winger put months of problems with a recurring hamstring injury behind him today and it came after a week that saw Djilali exchanging views with fans on Twitter. "I have had all sorts of things wrong," he said. "I have had injuries, MRI scans, and had to make changes to my running style. It was good to finally get out there and make a contribution to the team. I have been getting a bit of stick on fans forums and on the internet, but my message was really for the whole club, including the fans, staff and players to be positive and that was all I wanted. I think if we start talking negatively then bad things can happen, but today was more positive in our approach. We showed that on the pitch by coming out on top. I would like to chip in with a few more goals and that is what the manager wants me to do as well."

Djilali believes that the current Dons squad is actually better than flirting with relegation. "I do not believe that we will get relegated," he added. "People bring up the word relegation, which is a bit negative for me. At the same time, it is a thing that people were saying and obviously today is a big boost. It has pushed one of the teams that are struggling further away from us."


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Saturday 10 March 2012
first team news
On-loan Brentford man hails "unbelievable" Dons fans

Pim Balkestein said the Dons fans played a huge part in making his debut a memorable one today.

The towering Brentford defender admitted after the 2-1 win against Dagenham and Redbridge that his loan spell is a great opportunity to prove himself and help lift the Dons away from the relegation zone. "They have had a real bad period here and confidence is a big thing in football," he said. "It was such a good feeling to win, I have to play and prove I can do it to the Brentford manager as well. It was an unbelievable atmosphere today and the crowd gave us a huge energy boost."

Watch out later this weekend on the official website for a full audio interview with Pim.


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Saturday 10 March 2012
first team news
Relieved boss says the Dons must build on win

Terry Brown admitted that today's crucial victory had eased a massive weight off his shoulders.

The Dons boss dedicated the 2-1 victory against Dagenham and Redbridge to Wimbledon's fans for showing patience in him and his team. Terry Brown said: "If you lose to Hereford, Plymouth, Dagenham and Bradford, then do you expect to keep your job? If the fans turn then that is different, but they have not turned and have been as good as gold. The club means so much to the fans and no one wants us to go down. I think we have a squad capable of getting out of it, but I have to prove it. We have to do better than today, but hopefully that is a big stepping stone for us. We are not safe yet and we need more points. Bradford is a must not lose game, we need to get to 50 points, that is the target."

However, Terry Brown was taking no credit for substitute Kieran Djilali's dramatic match-winner. "I brought him on and he is great on the left, but he does not track back and he does not cover," he said. "Gareth Gwillim said to me that he had cramp and was struggling. I did not have anyone on the bench so had to put 'Toks' (Rashid Yussuff) on the left. That meant I had to put Kieran on the right and then he gets the winner."


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Saturday 10 March 2012
dons trust news
Grab your chance to meet the Dons heroes

AFC Wimbledon fans still have the chance to relive our glorious past decade by purchasing tickets for the “10 years, 10 legends” event on Friday 23 March.

Wimbledon's first-ever captain, Joe Sheerin, heads up an impressive roll-call of players who have contributed to the club’s success since our debut season in 2002/03.

As part of the celebrations, we have compiled a short highlights video from the past decade that provides a taste of what you can expect on the night. You can see it by clicking on Dons highlights.

Other former players who have already been announced for the dinner are: Steve Butler, Kevin Cooper, Matt Everard, Keith Ward, Andy Little, Luke Garrard, Jason Goodliffe, Jon Main, Ben Judge.

Tickets for the dinner are priced at £55 per person, or £500 for a table of ten. To secure your place, please apply to: Mark Davis, Friends of the Dons Trust, 20 Rayleigh Road, London, SW19 3RF, enclosing a cheque for the relevant amount, made payable to Kidd Rapinet Solicitors. Please also include: your name, postal address, email address (if possible), telephone number and any special dietary requirements.

For any enquires, email legends dinner or leave a message for Mark Davis via the club on 020 8547 3528. The proceeds of the evening will be donated to the Dons Trust’s fundraising budget.


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Friday 09 March 2012
club news
Season ticket vouchers - an appeal

We have had an unusually low number of ST voucher returns for the Dagenham & Redbridge game so, even more than normal, we will be grateful if any fans who are unable to come to the game would please donate their vouchers so that we can offer more spaces to supporters.

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


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Friday 09 March 2012
club news
Launch of lottery ticket sale at Dagenham match

A team of Dons fans will be hitting the heights next month by climbing Mont Ventoux - and you can support their efforts by purchasing a club lottery ticket tomorrow.

There will be a sum of £444.30 on offer for the lucky draw winner (£1 for every 10 metres of the gruelling climb) with tickets being sold before the match against Dagenham and Redbridge.

Funds raised by the Dons fans climbing the 4,443 metres of Mont Ventoux will go to two worthwhile causes. Half the proceeds will be donated to Anthony Nolan, a charity that saves the lives of people with blood cancer. The other half will be spent on equipment for the club's gym. Lottery tickets can be purchased for £2 each and the draw will be made on 30 April to coincide with the ride.




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Friday 09 March 2012
club news
Match arrangements for Dagenham and Redbridge

Tickets

There are still tickets remaining for this crucial clash and you can buy them on the day for the Kingston Road and John Smith's terraces.

It is possible that there will be a small number of seats for sale, depending on the number of late returns from season ticket holders who can't come. If there are seats for sale, they will be made available from the kiosk in the lobby of the Paul Strank stand from 1.45 onwards.
Those with season tickets who are not coming, should contact 020 8547 3528 or tickets@afcwimbledon to make a return.

Visiting fans

Dagenham and Redbridge fans should enter the stadium via the access road behind the east stand. This is about 100 yards east of Jack Goodchild Way and will be signposted.

Bars

The bars will open at noon and are available to Wimbledon fans only.

Please note that the back bar will be shutting at 5.45pm. Fans will be asked to move into the main bar after that time where the Man of the Match presentation will take place.

Parking

As usual, parking will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parking is available on local streets, but please be considerate when doing so.

Proof of eligibility for reduced price tickets

Fans are reminded that you may be asked to prove your entitlement to a concession or under 16 ticket - if you can't do this, you will be charged full price for admission. It is important that the evidence you provide clearly relates to you and, for example for student cards, is current.

Programme

As usual, the programme is £3 for 68 pages. This week's programme includes a feature on the launch of an AFC Wimbledon Motorsport team at the TT Races, an update from the Dons trust on plans to upgrade our stadium and a report on our club poker tournament. Plus all the usual features.


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Friday 09 March 2012
first team news
Dons boss insists he can cope with pressure

Terry Brown says he is not feeling the pressure of leading Wimbledon into a vital run of fixtures.

Despite one or two sleepless nights since our 2-1 defeat against Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday night, the Dons boss says he is relishing the chance to put things right when Dagenham & Redbridge visit tomorrow. And Terry Brown believes his players share that vision after he forced them to watch a full re-run of the Plymouth defeat on Wednesday, which is usually their day off. "They have been full of life and spirit in training and I hope that they carry that into Saturday," he said. "I never slept on Tuesday night or the night after, but I want us to put points on the board. Until we do that, then I am not going to be happy. Our supporters had to go through watching that dross on Tuesday and it was painful for the players watching it on Wednesday. Sometimes you need a bit of pain in football and hopefully the players will have watched themselves and maybe thought that they did not work hard enough on occasion or go in for a that vital challenge that they could have. We have to realise that we are in a relegation dogfight. Dagenham and Bradford are must-win games and it is time that the penny dropped."

But Brown has insisted that he has enough experience to cope with steering Wimbledon away from the relegation zone. "It is probably the hardest spell that the fans here have gone through," he added. "I have gone through dire spells at Hayes and Aldershot and you know that if you work hard enough, then you will come through the other end. From the fans' side of things, they have had nine years of winning and I cannot believe how patient they have been. There has been no booing, but I would fully accept it if they did that as this is their club and they are as disappointed as I have been lately. The difference is that I can do something about it, and I hope that they continue their fantastic support."

Wimbledon have experienced left-back Gareth Gwillim back in contention after a hamstring injury and he could face his former club with Chris Bush carrying a hip injury. Terry Brown will also consider whether tomorrow is too soon for both Kieran Djilali and Ricky Wellard to make the bench. Dagenham and Redbridge have forward Josh Scott suspended, but on-loan Oldham Athletic man Josh Parker could make his debut in attack.


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Friday 09 March 2012
club news
Wimbledon support national campaign

AFC Wimbledon have pledged to support the crucial community work of St Raphael's Hospice as part of a national football campaign.

The Dons have selected St Raphael’s Hospice as its chosen charity for Help the Hospices Football Week, which runs until March 11. Wimbledon have joined forces with all the other 71 Football League clubs to provide united support for the valuable contribution made by hospices.

As part of that commitment, AFC Wimbledon will carry out a number of duties to raise money for St Raphael's, based in North Cheam, Surrey. These include wearing sunflower badges to show support for Help the Hospices and holding a bucket collection at a coming match. We will also invite a hospice nurse and a patient to a match as VIP guests and visit our chosen local hospices to learn more about their vital work.

Commercial Manager, Ivor Helller, said: “We are really pleased to be supporting Help the Hospices and specifically St Raphael’s. I’m sure there are fans that will be at the game on Saturday who know someone who has been helped by this charity, so they are both very worthwhile causes."

Since the partnership between Help the Hospices, the UK charity for hospice care, and the Football League, was launched, supporters across the country have shared one goal – to help people with life-limiting and terminal illnesses to live well. St Raphael’s Hospice, based in North Cheam, provides high-quality specialist medical care for people with cancer and other serious illnesses, along with support for their families.

Wimbledon fans can also get involved by either making a donation or taking part in the Arch to Arc Challenge, a three-day bike ride from Wembley to the Arc de Triomphe, Paris. For more information, visit www.helpthehospices.org.uk/truecolours. Donations can be easily made via text by sending to 70070 with the following message: Goal33£3 (for the sum of £3). Find out more about Help the Hospices Football Week at www.helpthehospices.org.uk/footballweek.



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Friday 09 March 2012
first team news
Wimbledon seal loan signing of Brentford defender

AFC Wimbledon have confirmed the signing of Brentford defender Pim Balkestein on a one-month loan deal.

We have completed a deal for the 24-year-old Dutchman today and he will go straight into Terry Brown’s squad for tomorrow’s home match against Dagenham & Redbridge. Balkestein has a wealth of Football League experience having made 29 appearances for Ipswich Town in the Championship, before joining the Bees in 2009, initially on loan, and then becoming a regular for the League 1 club. However, his first-team opportunities have been limited this season since Uwe Rosler took charge at Brentford and he spent the first half of this season on loan at Rochdale.

Dons boss Terry Brown moved swiftly to sign the 6ft 3inch centre-back, who can also play left-back, before the close of the emergency loan window at the end of this month. “This is the last-chance saloon for getting a centre-back in,” he said. “I have been reluctant to get more signings in because I wanted to stick by the boys that had got us here. But I wanted a big, powerful centre-back who wins headers and Pim fits the bill. I have done a lot of groundwork on him and had him watched. I have also spoken to people at Brentford and the then Rochdale manager Steve Ayre from when Pim was on loan there. Everyone I spoke to said that we should go and get him. He is a Dutchman who can also play a bit, but we have brought him in for his other attributes, and hopefully he will provide a strong presence at the back.”


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Thursday 08 March 2012
first team news
Dons man admits there's no room for sentiment

Gareth Gwillim admits there will be no room for sentiment in the battle for crucial survival points against his old club on Saturday.

The 29-year-old has shrugged off a hamstring injury in time to make himself available for selection on Saturday against Dagenham and Redbridge. Gwillim is determined to help the Dons get back on track if he is put straight back in by manager Terry Brown. "Hopefully in a couple of days I will be ready if the gaffer decides to put me back in," he said. "It is against my old club and they are looking for three points as much as we are. It is going to be a hard game as it was a tough one at their place. They will be doing everything they can to stop us. We will try and address our defensive problems from the other night. Our confidence is gradually getting better and we have to try and come out on top on Saturday. Regardless of it being Dagenham, I have wanted to get back as quickly as possible and I am not rushing back just because it's against my old club."

Experienced head Gwillim says the alarm bells are not ringing yet in Wimbledon's battle to beat the drop. "There is no need for us to panic," he added. "Our goals have changed, but personally I am not happy with just surviving in this league. However, we have had a bad run and have ended up just outside the relegation dogfight, If we can get a couple of wins under our belts, then we will be alright - I am sure of that. There is no point kidding ourselves though as we have not been good enough at times lately. It is not nice viewing videos of games when you have not done well, but you cannot expect to be a better player by just watching the good matches. It has to be done and sometimes honesty is the best policy."


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Thursday 08 March 2012
first team news
Midfielder makes goals vow

Rashid Yussuff says he must add more goals to his game during a crucial spell of games for Wimbledon.

The midfielder has been a regular for most of this season, but he has only struck two goals during the campaign and he admits that must change. Yussuff has good memories of playing against Saturday's opponents Dagenham and Redbridge as his goal in the away fixture helped Wimbledon clinch their first Football League win in August. "It was a great team performance on that day and we need another good one on Saturday," he said. "We need to start right as confidence is one thing we have been lacking in recent weeks. We need to have more attempts on goal. I am more of an attacking midfielder, but I need to chip in with more goals and assists than I am at the moment. I need to have more quality in and around the box and if I get more shots on goal, then maybe I can find the target more often. The manager wants us to play football, but maybe we sometimes make that extra pass when we should shoot. We have been working in training on getting more shots off from all angles."

Yussuff admitted that the Dons players deserved their punishment of being forced to watch a DVD of the Plymouth game on their usual Wednesday off. "We had to analyse what went wrong on Saturday and Tuesday," he added. "As a team, we must move on because we win together and we lose together. We need to produce a big performance on Saturday and then build on that for the rest of the season."


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Thursday 08 March 2012
first team news
Gwillim set for Dons return against his former club

Terry Brown is ready to thrust Gareth Gwillim straight back in to face his former club after an injury to Chris Bush.

Left-back Gwillim was back in full training today after almost a month out with a hamstring tear and with Bush struggling to shake off a hip injury, the ex-Dagenham & Redbridge man is ready to step back in. "Gareth trained today and looked very fit and strong," said Terry Brown. "He is an ex-Dagenham boy and I am sure he would love to play against them. Gareth was playing very well before he got injured. Chris Bush has played brilliantly for three games, even though he was a part of our poor defensive display on Tuesday. But Chris has picked up an injury and I do need Gareth to be fit."

Right-back Sam Hatton has shrugged off a knock to be fit and midfielder Ricky Wellard could be in line for a substitute appearance. The Dons boss does not yet consider Kieran Djilali as match-fit to start, though Brown says he would be capable of a "20-minute cameo" from the bench. Striker Jason Prior is not yet ready to return.


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Thursday 08 March 2012
club news
Ticket update for Dagenham and Oxford matches

Dagenham & Redbridge

We still have some terrace tickets remaining for the important League 2 match this Saturday against Dagenham & Redbridge at The Cherry Red Records Stadium.

With ten of the Dons home games this season already selling out we would encourage any supporters who want to secure a place in their preferred terrace to book in advance to avoid disappointment. Tickets can be booked now through our online shop and collected from the new kiosk in Jack Goodchild Way on the day of the match. Tickets can also be purchased from the Wimbledon club offices on weekdays between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm.

Any remaining tickets will be made available on the turnstiles from 1.30 pm on the day of the game.

Oxford United (Away)

Tickets for our game against Oxford United at The Kassam Stadium on Tuesday 20 March 2012 are now on sale online, by post and from the club offices between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm on weekdays.

Wimbledon fans will be located in the all seated Weber BBQ North Stand. Advance ticket prices are as follows:

Adults £18.00
Concessions (Students with NUS card) £14.50
Under 16 & Over 65 £11.00
Under 7 Free

Online
Tickets can be purchased through our online ticket shop, which can be accessed through the home page of our website. Over 65's who wish to purchase tickets online should select the Under 16 ticket option.

By post
Applications should include a SAE, a cheque for the relevant amount made payable to ‘AFC Wimbledon Ltd’ and be sent to:

Ticket Office
AFC Wimbledon
The Cherry Red Records Stadium
422a Kingston Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey
KT1 3PB

If you would like your tickets to be sent by special delivery, please say so in a covering letter and enclose a further £5.

On the day

The match is not all-ticket, and tickets will be available for purchase at The Kassam Stadium on the day of the game but at the full price.

On the day prices are as follows:

Adults £20.50
Concessions (Students with NUS card) £16.50
Under 16 & Over 65 £12.00
Under 7 Free



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Wednesday 07 March 2012
reserve team news
Rising Dons striker receives plaudits

Louie Theophanous earned special praise from Wimbledon reserve boss Marcus Gayle after his superb four-goal blast last night.

The young striker's goalscoring exploits may have caught the eye in an 8-0 win against Mole Valley, but it is the improvement in his overall game that has most pleased Wimbledon favourite Gayle. "For someone to score 24 goals in six months speaks for itself," he said. "I am very encouraged with him as he has improved his overall game. Other elements he had to do better on, such as his hold-up play and bringing other players into the game. In the past four months he has worked on that and now contributes other things to the team."

A double from Zachary Richards, along with goals from Jake Rose and Ade Osifuwa made it an 8-0 win for Wimbledon reserves and Gayle praised his men for rising to the challenges that he had set. "I told the boys in the second-half that they could only have three touches and they expressed themselves well," he added. "With these sort of games, the hardest thing is to stay consistent and not be complacent and get into sloppy habits. My job is to ensure that does not happen."

The Dons Reserves can clinch silverware on Monday night when they take a 2-1 lead into the second-leg of the Suburban League Champions Cup final against Corinthian Casuals. Wimbledon are aiming to retain the competition after winning it last season and the match takes place at Walton Casuals (7.45pm start).



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Wednesday 07 March 2012
club news
Carvery tickets still available for Dagenham & Redbridge

There is still space in the carvery before the Dagenham & Redbridge game this Saturday.

Tickets are also on sale for all remaining home games this season.

Carvery guests enjoy:

- A three 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

The carvery opens in the back bar at 12.00 pm.

Cost: £25 (carvery only) or £45 (including a seat ticket for the Paul Strank Stand)

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

We are also pleased to announce a special package for celebrations, whether it be birthdays, anniversaries or even divorces! If you book a table of ten, we will give you a complimentary bottle of Champagne or birthday cake. Once you have made your booking, please e-mail here to let us know what kind of event you’re celebrating.


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Wednesday 07 March 2012
club news
Punk star with Liverpool in his blood ready to rock Wimbledon

As lead singer of the Sex Pistols Experience, Nathan Maverick's Wimbledon gig will be far easier for him than watching his beloved Liverpool get humbled by the Crazy Gang in 1988.

Maverick, who calls himself Johnny Rotter, will be joined by Kid Vicious, Steve Bones and Paul Crook for Kingsmeadow Live on Saturday (doors open 7.30pm).

Maverick's storming career on stage has helped his band win acclaim as the best Sex Pistols tribute act around. But football is also close to Maverick's heart as cousin Joey Jones became a Liverpool legend in 1977 when his all-action performances helped the Reds win the European Cup. "Liverpool is my team with Joey being my cousin," said Maverick. "I know the history of both teams and if someone asks me about it (1988) I will definitely know what they are talking about," he admitted.

But Maverick's main focus is the music and his imitation act of Johnny Rotten has been a resounding success all over the world. "I have been doing it now for over six years and done over a 1,000 shows," he added. "It is challenging, but when you have done it for such a long time it becomes easier. I am robotic in some ways as you go into acting mode, but we try to do it a bit different in every show. I put on a different outfit for every one, but I will have a think about that on the night before."

Drummer Dave Twigg, also known as Paul Crook, formed The Sex Pistols Experience as long ago as 2001 and has seen the band grow and grow. "We have performed everywhere in America and played in Rio, Brazil," he said. "But a few of us have got babies now so we tend to concentrate on the UK. With such an iconic band that included four colourful characters, everyone is familiar with them. And they only had one album so you have to try not to get things wrong. But right from day one we set ouselves high standards and we must be alright to have lasted this long. We do three-minute numbers and they have to be done with passion."

A Clash tribute act called Rebel Truce will also feature at this Saturday's Kingsmeadow Live, which starts at 7.30pm and goes on until 1pm. An after-show party of old-fashioned punk and roll will be featured after the acts.
Tickets can be purchased here or by calling 020 8247 9918.



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Wednesday 07 March 2012
first team news
Defender still upbeat about the Dons staying up

Chris Bush says every player in the squad must stand up and be counted during Wimbledon's battle to beat the drop.

The Dons defence has been criticised after defeats to fellow strugglers Hereford United and Plymouth Argyle, but left-back Bush believes his side are capable of turning it around against Dagenham on Saturday if they stick together. "It is virtually the same team that won games in January," he said. "But you cannot just blame the back four, it is a team game and it is about the whole 11. We just have to go again against Dagenham and give 110 per cent to get the three points. Regardless of who we play against, we need to start getting points on the board. There is more than enough talent in this squad, we just have to do all we can to get the three points on Saturday."

Bush added that the Dons must learn to grind out victories in their crucial relegation battles coming up. "We need to kick on and make sure that what happened tonight does not continue for the rest of the season," he said. "We have to dig in now. I think we dominated the game at times in the middle of the park, but they were just more clinical than us in the final third."


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Wednesday 07 March 2012
first team news
Striker hails new Dons captain

Christian Jolley reflects on last night's defeat to Plymouth Argyle and salutes new skipper Sammy Moore. To hear the interview click on Christian after Plymouth.


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Wednesday 07 March 2012
first team news
Boss vows to raise Wimbledon morale

Terry Brown says his players have no time to feel sorry for themselves with relegation rivals Dagenham and Redbridge up next on Saturday.

The Dons boss admitted that the 2-1 defeat at the hands of Plymouth Argyle had affected the morale of his players and he is determined to galvanise them before they face John Still's men. "I have got to look at making sure that we pick up six points from the next two games," he said. "They are on the floor at the moment and they are going to come in on Wednesday. They would normallly have the day off, but they will come in and watch the game on video again like I normally do. If it means embarrassing them and showing them how poor they were then I will do that. But then after Wednesday it is about building them up for Saturday. It is going to be a nervy week for us. We will have to patch them up mentally because that is more important than anything else."

Terry Brown admitted that it was simply not good enough all over the pitch against Plymouth. "It was not just our centre halves as I did not see an awful lot going forward today," he added. "I did not see our forwards holding the ball up and the midfield making penetrating runs. We looked narrow and lacked width. Dagenham is massive for us now. I can assure you that John Still will watch our game and we will have long balls thrown into our box. If we do not deal with that then everything else is irrelevant."



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Tuesday 06 March 2012
club news
Travel update for Plymouth match

Spectators travelling to tonight's Plymouth match should leave plenty of time to get to the game after an incident at lunch-time today.

A 100-foot long lorry has got stuck at the St Peters Road junction on the A2043 Cambridge Road, Norbiton, because of an abnormal load. The lorry is currently still parked on the road and has caused one lane to be closed. Police have advised that the vehicle may not be moved until approximately 8pm tonight so supporters should be wary of increased traffic as we head towards kick-off.


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Tuesday 06 March 2012
first team news
Striker urges the Dons to come out firing

Jack Midson insists that Wimbledon must come out of the blocks quickly and crank up the pressure on Plymouth tonight.

The ex-Oxford striker is chasing the League 2 Golden Boot as he is just three goals behind current top scorer Izale McLeod, but he says that comes secondary to boosting Wimbledon's survival claims. And Midson believes that the Dons must be right at it from the first whistle. "We need to come out flying, said Midson, who scored his 14th league goal of the season at Hereford on Saturday. "We are at home and we must turn our place into more of a fortress than it has been. We need to score first and crack on from there. We scored first at Crewe and tried to push on, but they were a very good footballing side. But we need to get back to starting well and we need to tighten up as we will always score goals with the players we have got. We need to pick ourselves up after a bad result on Saturday."

Midson's 14th league goal of the season at Edgar Street put him right in the shake-up to top the scoring charts come the end of the season. Reaching at least the 20-goal target that boss Terry Brown set for him, would surely seal survival for Wimbledon. "I have to just look at it as me doing my job," added Midson, who scored both goals in a 2-0 win at Plymouth in August. "But more goals from me will get us in a better position. The players at the top have scored a lot of penalties, but I have only scored one so maybe we need to get more people in the box. It was nice for me to get a goal on Saturday after a mini-drought and hopefully I will get a few more chances tonight, whatever system that we play."


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Tuesday 06 March 2012
dons trust news
Dons Trust Board meeting

Plans for a new all-seater stand at the Kingston Road End will be on the agenda at this Thursday evening's Dons Trust Board meeting.

Alongside the regular agenda items discussed at the monthly meeting, the Board will be discussing:

- plans and financing for the Kingston Road End

- the draft report of the Membership Working Group

- progress by individual Board members against the action plan.

Members of the Dons Trust Board can be contacted by email via the official site here or at the Dons Trust Stall on any Saturday home game.


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Tuesday 06 March 2012
club news
Plymouth Argyle match is almost a sell-out

Tickets

Tonight’s Plymouth match is close to being a sell-out with only about 450 terrace tickets remaining at the time of writing. Home fans are urged to book in advance and Plymouth have snapped up all of their 700 away allocation.

Home terrace tickets can be booked through our online ticket shop, accessed through the home page of our website. Any booked online today can be collected from the kiosk in Jack Goodchild Way from 6.00 pm onwards this evening.

Reduced price vouchers

Fans who have taken advantage of the Sun's offer for reduced price tickets should ensure they bring the vouchers with them - without vouchers we cannot issue the tickets, even if they have been paid for.

Tickets booked through the Sun offer will be available to collect from the kiosk in Jack Goodchild Way.

Visiting fans

Plymouth fans should enter the stadium via the access road behind the east stand. This is about 100 yards east of Jack Goodchild Way and will be signposted.

Bars

The bars will open at 5.30pm. Away fans are not permitted in all the bar areas.

Parking

As usual, parking will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parking is available on local streets, but please be considerate when doing so.

Proof of eligibility for reduced price tickets

Fans are reminded that you may be asked to prove your entitlement to a concession or under 16 ticket - if you can't do this, you will be charged full price for admission. It is important that the evidence you provide clearly relates to you and, for example for student cards, is current.

Programme

The programme is £3 for 66 pages. This week's programme includes an interesting interview with Callum McNaughton on how his move to the Dons softened the blow of West Ham’s decision to let him go. There is also On the Spot with Jason Euell, Huw Johnson talks about his call-up to the first-team squad, and Wimbledon fans tell us all about their match-day rituals in our special feature.


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Tuesday 06 March 2012
first team news
Dons boss issues rallying call ahead of Plymouth

Terry Brown has told his players that they must be prepared to "win ugly" in the League 2 survival stakes.

The Dons boss also reminded his squad that they had earned the right to play in the Football League and that tonight's opponents Plymouth will be determined to take that off them. "We had a meeting today (Monday) and I told them how disappointed I was with the result on Saturday," he said. "We conceded two really soft goals, which annoyed me, and we wanted to have a look at them again and address problems defensively. I wanted to make sure that the whole squad is pulling in the right direction. When you are winning games it is easy to have that team spirit and camaraderie. I said to the boys that we had earned the right to be in this league and that Plymouth are coming here to take your Football League status away from you. We have to address that early and get points on the board quickly."

But Terry Brown added that his side must be prepared to scrap for every point in the coming home matches against Plymouth, Dagenham and Bradford. "This particular group falls down on doing the ugly side of things," he added. "It falls down on defending from the front, in midfield, and defending from the back. If we do those things then we are a match for anybody in this league, whether that is Crawley or Cheltenham. We have to make sure that we match the heart, fight and spirit of these teams scrapping for their lives at the bottom."

Yet again after Saturday's trip to Hereford United, the Dons face another club with their manager under increasing pressure. Argyle boss Carl Fletcher is the man in the hot-seat and his side slipped into the relegation zone on Saturday with a 1-0 home defeat against 10-man Gillingham. But they could be boosted by the return of forward Warren Feeney after six weeks out with a calf injury and Onismor Bhasera could be back after being on international duty with Zimbabwe. For the Dons, midfielder Sammy Moore has passed a late fitness test, but tonight will come too soon for left-back Gareth Gwillim to return.


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Monday 05 March 2012
first team news
Hammers prospect aims to extend Wimbledon stay

George Moncur wants the green light to extend his impressive loan spell at Wimbledon.

The second month of the 18-year-old's loan spell expires after Saturday's home match against Dagenham & Redbridge and Moncur would love to stay for longer with Terry Brown's men. "The first game I had here was the first time that I had been out on loan and I have really enjoyed it," said the West Ham midfielder, who has made nine Wimbledon appearances. "The loan is up after Saturday and hopefully it can be extended again so that I can play more games here. Wimbledon are similar to West Ham in that they want to play good football and it has been great for me. It is better than playing reserve team football with the fans here and the atmosphere at matches."

Moncur's initial impact in January helped the Dons to three wins and he says the squad are doing everything they can to recapture that form with crucial home games coming up. "The main thing is trying to get the spirit back from when the new boys first came in," he added. "We helped to lift things a bit and we need to get that back. We have got to try and get nine points from the next three games, if not then seven points. The manager has said that we have to dig in for the next three games and then the points will come for us."


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Monday 05 March 2012
club news
Fantastic offer to win a Wimbledon season ticket

We have teamed up with A Plan Insurance to offer Wimbledon fans a chance to win fantastic prizes.

Two season tickets for the 2012/13 campaign are on offer thanks to a prize draw and a framed, signed shirt from the whole of this season's squad is also up for grabs.

This is the second season of our corporate partnership with the nationwide insurance company that has a branch at Wimbledon Hill Road. A Plan offer a superb incentive for Wimbledon fans to apply for a policy as they pay your club an extra £25 when you sign up. This partnership has boosted Wimbledon's income at a vital time for the club.

The prizes on offer are as follows:
- Two season tickets for the 2012/13 season
- A framed shirt signed by the 2011/12 squad
(Winner to be announced at last match of 2011/12 season)

You can enter the draw by clicking here or call the Wimbledon branch on 0208 944 4121.


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Monday 05 March 2012
first team news
Moore boost for the Dons ahead of Plymouth visit

Sammy Moore has handed AFC Wimbledon a boost by passing a fitness test today.

The influential midfielder left Edgar Street on crutches after taking a bang to his calf during the 2-1 defeat at Hereford United. But Wimbledon boss Terry Brown confirmed that Moore is available for tomorrow night's visit of Plymouth after being put through his paces by club physio Mike Rayner.

Luke Moore will be on the bench again after his return at Hereford on Saturday as the Dons boss does not think he is quite ready to start. "Luke is fit enough to make a difference coming off the bench, but he is not quite ready for 90 minutes," said Terry Brown. "I know Sammy well enough to know that he limps off on crutches one day, and then can play three days later. He is a warrior and I am sure he will come back well."


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Monday 05 March 2012
first team news
Brett Johnson aims to force his way back in

Brett Johnson has vowed to force his way back into Terry Brown's plans and prolong his AFC Wimbledon career.

The 26-year-old defender has made just one first-team appearance since the end of November and was recently loaned to Conference Premier outfit Cambridge United. It is all a far cry from previous seasons for Johnson, who had been an automatic choice in defence when fit and helped the Dons to promotion last season. But Johnson now accepts that he is fighting for his future at the club. "Terry told me when I went out on loan that I needed to get more confidence and fitness and if I came back and impressed, then he would give me a chance," said Johnson. "I have to get back to basics, try and get back in the side, and then keep the shirt. I have had great success here and it could not have been any better, but it has now come to a point when I have to improve as the team has improved. I want to be here next season, but I have to work extremely hard to do that."

Johnson was released by both Brentford and Northampton earlier in his career after playing in the Football League and he says those experiences have made him stronger for the battle ahead. "I have been through this before," he added. "It is typical of when you step-up a level in that you have to improve your game. I definitely need to improve myself, but when I do that, then I am capable of playing in League 2. Of course, where we want to be is in League 1 and I want to be in a squad here that makes that step. It was enjoyable for me to go out on loan and get games under my belt. We have important games coming up and hopefully I can be a part of it. There is no reason why we should not be winning these matches."


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Monday 05 March 2012
club news
Carvery tickets still available for Plymouth Argyle

There is still space in the carvery before the Plymouth Argyle game tomorrow night.

Tickets are also on sale for all remaining home games this season.

Carvery guests enjoy:

- A three 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

The carvery opens in the back bar at 5pm.

Cost: £25 (carvery only) or £45 (including a seat ticket for the Paul Strank Stand)

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

We are also pleased to announce a special package for celebrations, whether it be birthdays, anniversaries or even divorces! If you book a table of ten, we will give you a complimentary bottle of Champagne or birthday cake. Once you have made your booking, please e-mail here to let us know what kind of event you’re celebrating.


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Sunday 04 March 2012
first team news
Dons defender expects changes for Plymouth

Mat Mitchel-King admits that no player in the Dons side can complain if they are dropped for Tuesday's home match against Plymouth.

Mitchel-King says there can be no excuses for the first-half defending that allowed Hereford to pinch all three points from a match that saw the Dons have a much greater share of possession and chances. "They had three chances and took two of them," he said. "We just need to start all over again on Monday in training and focus on Plymouth. A few people are going to get the axe on Tuesday after that performance and no one can really say anything about that as they would not have a leg to stand on. We are all professionals who take pride in what we do and we must try and put in another performance like we did at Cheltenham. We will not be climbing up the table if we keep conceding goals like today."

The ex-Crewe Alexandra defender pulled no punches with his frank assessment of Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Hereford United. "Looking at the goals, it was a comedy of errors from us. It is something that we need to rectify as we cannot keep losing goals like that. Their goals were preventable and we do not want to keep having these conversations talking about our defensive record. We have three home games now and we have to improve considerably. We have to play teams around us, but if they keep taking points off us, then it will not be looking too good. But the good thing is that we have another game on Tuesday and it will not be all doom and gloom if we win that."


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Sunday 04 March 2012
first team news
Midfielder aims to spark the Dons

Luke Moore says he is determined to build on his return by sparking the Dons to safety.

The midfielder put a six-week injury lay-off with a knee injury behind him with a late substitute appearance in Saturday's defeat at Hereford United and he will offer boss Terry Brown another attacking option during a crucial run of games, starting at home to Plymouth on Tuesday. "I had a medial knee ligament injury and we did not think it would take this long, but I feel good now," he said. "I am delighted to be back as part of the squad as I have missed being in and around the boys on match-days. I would have liked to have got more minutes than I did today, but the manager needed to put other boys on as well. I will bide my time and hopefully when I get my chance I will take it. I would like to think that I can play my part in the team staying up."

But Moore says himself and the rest of the attackers in the Dons squad must also take responsibility for poor defensive performance recently. "The defence cannot bear the brunt of it all the time," he added. "It starts from the top really and we all have to work hard together. We have to stick together during this tough period coming up and we have to scrap for every point now. We feel we are good enough to win the next three games and then go from there."


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Sunday 04 March 2012
first team news
Post-match reaction from Terry after Hereford

Terry Brown was interviewed after Saturday's game. To hear the interview click on Terry after Hereford United.





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Saturday 03 March 2012
first team news
Boss sets target for beaten Dons

Terry Brown has demanded two wins from the next three games after criticising his side's defending at Hereford today.

The Dons boss admitted that the defending of his players was simply not good enough and he says they must pick themselves up for the home games against Plymouth, Dagenham and Redbridge and Bradford. "It does not matter what way you look at it, there is no way any team in the world can keep giving teams a two-goal start," he said. "It happens every week, whether that is on the road or at home. The standard of our defending is simply not good enough and that is what I have to work at because today we would have won that ugly, scrappy game if we had defended better. I think we have kept a clean sheet only three times this season. We would have had to have scored three at Hereford today to win and that is not good enough."

Terry Brown says his side must do better for the visits of Plymouth and Dagenham to avoid being in a relegation dogfight in the final month of the season. "If you look at the form of all the teams at the bottom, they are scrapping and fighting for their lives," he added. "I would like us to win two out of three home games. I do not know how many points that we need, but there are 39 points up for grabs so we have a lot to play for. It is probably the kick up the backside that we needed."


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Saturday 03 March 2012
club news
Tickets on sale for Plymouth, Dagenham and Bradford

Tickets remain on sale for our three important home games against Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday 6 March, Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday 10 March and Bradford City on Tuesday 13 March.

There are a few seat tickets still available in the Paul Strank Stand for the Dagenham and Bradford games and terrace tickets in the Kingston Road End and the John Smith's stand for all three games. You can book tickets in advance in the following ways:

Online
Tickets can be bought from our online shop, which can also be accessed through the front page of our website.

In person
Tickets can be purchased from the club office between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm during the week.

By post
Applications for the Dagenham and Bradford should include an SAE and a cheque for the relevant amount made payable to AFC Wimbledon Ltd and be sent to the address set out below.

Ticket Office
AFC Wimbledon
The Cherry Red Records Stadium
422a Kingston Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey
KT1 3PB



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Friday 02 March 2012
first team news
AFC Wimbledon confirm signing of Saints striker

AFC Wimbledon have confirmed the signing of striker Charlie Strutton - and immediately loaned him out to Maidenhead United.

Strutton’s impressive three-week training spell with the Dons has been rewarded with a short-term contract, but he will start his Wimbledon career with an initial one-month loan at Blue Square South Maidenhead.

The 22-year-old has scored 13 goals in Evo-Stik Division One Central this season for Chalfont St Peter and his form has attracted interest from several clubs higher up the pyramid, including Football League clubs. But Strutton admitted he had no hesitation in joining the Dons once manager Terry Brown made him an offer. “I am really happy as signing for a professional club is what I have always wanted to do,” he said. “I always hoped that I would get the chance since I got in the Chalfont St Peter first-team at the age of 17. There were quite a lot of clubs interested in me, but no one actually put an offer in and I have really enjoyed it at Wimbledon since I started training with them three weeks ago. I have fitted in well.

"I have spoken with Terry all about Wimbledon and it is brilliant what they have done as they started at a level below what Chalfont are now. I am on loan for the first month at Maidenhead and if I do well then hopefully I can come back here and get games in the first-team.”

Strutton, who came through the youth system at Chalfont St Peter, will go straight into the Maidenhead squad for the visit of runaway Blue Square South leaders Woking tomorrow.


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Friday 02 March 2012
club news
Dons man is shaping up well

AFC Wimbledon's Ivor Heller has exceeded his own expectations by shedding the pounds for our sponsored slim.

Commercial Director Heller targeted a minimum weight loss of at least 20 lbs when he set the challenge in January, with funds raised going towards the Dons trust. And after losing 16 lbs already due to club physio Mike Rayner's exercise regime, Heller is shaping up well for the next weigh-in at Wimbledon's home game against Burton Albion on 24 March. "I have just been doing a little bit of exercise that I had not been doing for 35 years," he admitted. "I have done 15 minutes on the exercise bike every day and have got down to about 12 stone. My diet has also changed big-time as I have cut-out the carbohydrates."

In other words, Heller has turned down the temptations of chips and other match-day snacks at AFC Wimbledon, but first-team coach Simon Bassey is not doing so well. Bassey says that recently celebrating his 36th Birthday has hardly helped his cause. "It was my Birthday recently and I enjoyed it so much. I have had a kind of mid-season break and my early promise has faded. I have lost a few pounds still since I started, but I need to get back on it. I may try to start cycling to training on my bike."

You can sponsor Heller or Bassey, or both of them, by sending an email pledge to sponsored diet or you can use one of the forms to sign and recruit other sponsors by downloading it from here.

The sponsorship should be an amount per pound lost. The final weigh-in will be after our last home match of the season against Shrewsbury.


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Friday 02 March 2012
first team news
Wimbledon full-back aims to prove a point

Chris Bush has admitted that the next four games are crucial both for his own future and the Dons.

Though the left-back has won praise from boss Terry Brown for his performances recently, most notably with a man of the match display in the 0-0 draw at Cheltenham, Bush says he has been nowhere near his best. And with the experienced Gareth Gwillim now on the way back, the ex-Brentford trainee admits that he must hit top form soon. "I have had a topsy-turvy season and been in out of the team. There was a chance for me to go out on loan, but then Gareth got injured and I am getting games now. To be honest, I do not think I am anywhere near what I can be. I am just trying to keep the shirt and hopefully with a run of games I can show people what I can do. I think the fans saw my best games last year when I was on loan and I feel there is so much more to come from me."

The 19-year-old believes that Wimbledon can effectively seal League 2 football for another season during the next four games that are all against teams around them, starting with Hereford United away on Saturday. "The next four games are massive and if we can get 10 points from the next four games, then we will have a great chance of staying up."

Boss Terry Brown has challenged his players to ensure that they are not in a relegation scrap during the final month of the season. "It is a very important run of games that we have coming up," he said. "It will definitely shape the rest of our season. If we have a good run now, then we will be safe and that has always been our priority. Hereford played very well against us earlier this season (1-1 draw). I like the manager and I like the way they play football as they get it down and play. I am told their pitch is not the best at the moment so that may affect how we can pass the ball. They are capable of scoring goals as they showed at Gillingham and the way that we play, it will probably be a high-scoring game."



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Thursday 01 March 2012
first team news
Dons man ready for a big battle

Dons skipper Jamie Stuart insists he still has what it takes to lead his club away from the relegation zone.

The 35-year-old ex-Charlton Athletic man may be the oldest in the Dons squad by some distance, but he says that no one will be more up for a hectic run of games, starting at strugglers Hereford United on Saturday.

Stuart lost his place to Callum McNaughton earlier this season, but manager Terry Brown has turned to his experience once again during a crucial spell of the season. "Playing Saturday, Tuesday, every week is not a problem for me," he said. "Sometimes you come off after games and you are aching, but that is no more than any other player. I keep fit and look after myself. I train harder than a lot of them and the young boys look up to me a bit in the way that I train. I am a big believer in that you only get out of it, what you put in, and for years now I have made sure that I give it my all in training. That has benefited me and I am still going strong."

And Stuart has no doubts that the Dons have enough talent in their squad to virtually ensure League 2 safety in the coming weeks. "A couple of wins will push us up, but if the teams around us do well, then we could be in a bad situation. I think that we have enough in the squad to be fine though. We were very disappointed with our first-half at Crewe, but that was our only bad performance at the back in four games. We have done a lot of work defensively, but also with the midfield and forwards as we defend as a team. It is going to be a tough game at Hereford. We have done a bit of work today on what we think we will be facing and the front three are dangerous, especially the two wide men. We have to keep them out of the game like we did at Cheltenham."


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Thursday 01 March 2012
first team news
Wimbledon man admits he deserved the axe

Sammy Hatton insists that being dropped by Terry Brown was just what he needed to rediscover his best.

AFC Wimbledon's player of the year in 2010/11 admits that he suffered an alarming dip in form earlier this season and he had no qualms about being taken out of the firing line by the manager. However, Hatton won back the right-back position that he has made his own during the past two years from Gavin Hoyte, who has now returned to Arsenal after a loan spell. "I did have a dip in form and Gavin coming in was the kick up the backside that I needed," said Hatton. "But I got my head down, worked hard, and it is now paying off for me. It was not a surprise as I knew that the manager wanted competition for every position."

Hatton's return coincided with Wimbledon tightening things up at the back, but things went horribly wrong during the first-half at Crewe on Saturday. And the ex-Stevenage man says that a solid defence will be the key to League 2 safety, starting at Hereford United on Saturday. "We conceded three sloppy goals against Crewe, we have to rectify that, and get another clean sheet. We performed really well at Cheltenham, but we have to do that again to get more points on the board. We had a great start to the season and it looked like we may push for promotion, but we are just aiming to survive now."



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Thursday 01 March 2012
first team news
Dons striker faces race to be fit for Hereford United

Christian Jolley is a major doubt for the trip to Hereford United after he missed today's training session.

The 23-year-old striker suffered a hamstring injury after netting twice in Tuesday night's London Senior Cup win against Metropolitan Police. While it is not thought to be serious, the man who scored last Saturday's dramatic equaliser in the 3-3 draw at Crewe Alexandra may not be risked at Hereford. Boss Terry Brown confirmed: "He did not train today and we will find out how Jolley is. Mike Rayner has worked with him and we will have a good look at the injury tomorrow."

Midfielder Luke Moore is back in full training after shaking off a knee injury and so too is Ricky Wellard, but Saturday may come too soon for the pair. Striker Jason Prior is still expected to be out for a couple more weeks, the ex-Bognor striker having had a steroid injection in his knee last Friday.

Byron Harrison's promising two-goal performance on Tuesday night staked his claim for a starting spot and Terry Brown admits he now has a selection headache for Saturday. "We have four forwards if you include Jason Euell. I was very pleased to see Byron and Christian score on Tuesday as scoring goals in any game will give you confidence. Byron had not played a lot of football when he joined us as he had been in and out of the team at Stevenage. Strikers need a run of games and we gave him six straight off, but that little bounce never came for him. We will be looking to put him back in as soon as we can."


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Thursday 01 March 2012
dons trust news
Relive the Dons glory years

AFC Wimbledon fans still have the chance to relive our glorious past decade by purchasing tickets for the “10 years, 10 legends” event on Friday 23 March.

Wimbledon's first-ever captain, Joe Sheerin, heads up an impressive roll-call of players who have contributed to the club’s success since our debut season in 2002/03.

As part of the celebrations, we have compiled a short highlights video from the past decade that provides a taste of what you can expect on the night. You can see it by clicking on Dons highlights.

Other former players who have already been announced for the dinner are: Steve Butler, Kevin Cooper, Matt Everard, Keith Ward, Andy Little, Luke Garrard, Jason Goodliffe, Jon Main, Ben Judge.

Tickets for the dinner are priced at £55 per person, or £500 for a table of ten. To secure your place, please apply to: Mark Davis, Friends of the Dons Trust, 20 Rayleigh Road, London, SW19 3RF, enclosing a cheque for the relevant amount, made payable to Kidd Rapinet Solicitors. Please also include: your name, postal address, email address (if possible), telephone number and any special dietary requirements.

For any enquires, email legends dinner or leave a message for Mark Davis via the club on 020 8547 3528. The proceeds of the evening will be donated to the Dons Trust’s fundraising budget.


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