Tuesday 29 April 2003
Hat-trick hero Lee Sidwell was delighted with his personal performance in the 3-0 victory over Walton Casuals at Kingsmeadow:
"It was an enjoyable game to play in. I got a little knock early on in the back of my knee and I was struggling with that for the rest of the game, but I managed to get through it and I forgot about it once I scored my first goal. I ran down the wing and I was going to cross it but I thought about it and cut in and it was either shoot or cross it. I didn't fancy trying to cross it. I hit the target and it got a bit of a deflection. The second one, Joe held the ball up for me, and knocked it into my path. I managed to nick it off the left midfielder's toe, took a couple of touches and shot it far post. It happened to go straight in. Nice goal. As soon as I got the ball going for goal was all I was going to do. For the last one I made a little run, got taken down, got the penalty. Only one thought in my mind, that was to take the penalty. I would have been fighting Coops for it if he had still been on there as he is going for the record."
Returning goalkeeper Glyn Shimell was happy to be back in the team following a long injury lay-off after an accident:
"I wanted to get on the level of the game and get my sharpness back. When I fell off my bike I don't know how I didn't break my leg. I don't know why I am back in now, it was Terry's decision. He told me after the game on Monday that I am back in and starting. Obviously I am happy with that."
Glyn also explained how he came to be playing for Banstead in a recent match:
"I went to play for Banstead against Carshalton because Banstead had
Carshalton's keeper on loan and they didn't want him playing for the side that were going for the title, so I played one game with Terry's blessing. I was obviously disappointed not getting my place back in the side but Terry didn't want to change an unbeaten side. Banstead did want me to play the last few games of the season with them but I wanted to stay loyal and see out the season with Wimbledon. I am over the moon to be back and hope to stay in for the last few games. I will have to fight it out with Ray over the summer. I intend to be here next year."
Defender Matt Everard felt that he was unlucky to have been sent off:
"I would like to think it was mistaken identity. We were just grappling, the sort of thing that goes on a lot of the time, so I don't know what the other guy got sent for either. I didn't see anyone else do anything and I didn't do anything. I would like to think that I can appeal against it but I will need to speak to Terry about it first and see how he wants to play it. The end of the season is only a couple of games away, I would say that the suspension will be next season rather than over the summer."
Tuesday 29 April 2003
Netherne match reminder
On Sunday 11 May, AFC Wimbledon will be playing a friendly match against Netherne Village, as a way of thanking Netherne for the support that they have provided to AFC Wimbledon in our first season. This is also an opportunity to see the new AFC Wimbledon youth teams who will be playing before the main match, which kicks off at 3pm.
Entrance will be £5 and Netherne Village hope to produce a programme for this match.
Tuesday 29 April 2003
BBC London player of the year
AFC Wimbledon's top-scorer Kevin Cooper has been nominated as London's Player of the Year, in a poll to be conducted by BBC London, the local radio station.
Kevin who will be battling it out against Chelsea's Gianfranco Zola and QPR's Marc Bircham, said:
"Just to be talked about in the same breath as Zola is an incredible honour. It's been a wonderful season at AFC Wimbledon and for the club to get this kind of recognition is a great reward for all the hard work put in by the supporters, players and management. Of course I'd love to win it, but to have got this far is a real boost."
Friday 25 April 2003
REFLECTING on the 5-0 thumping of Raynes Park Vale two-goal hero Matt Everard gave credit to the whole team that he says worked together to win the game:
"I wouldn't say it was that was easy, I just think that we played very well. We killed the game in the first half when we had the wind and the down slope and we had the chances as well. It took a great goal to put us in the lead and that pretty much settled us down. We dominated them all over the pitch. We got the ball down and played."
Matt admitted that the Dons were fortunate not to give a goal away:
"I cleared the ball after one attack, but it was about a yard over the line. It was miles over and I couldn't believe that the ref didn't give it. I would have thought at least that the linesman would have seen it. I was tangled up in the net, that shows how far back I had to go to get the ball! But at 4-0 down already, I don't think that it would have made a difference to the result if it had been given."
Midfield dynamo Gareth Graham was pleased with the way that the midfield worked:
"In the first half I think me and Gav dominated, but in the second half they got a little bit tighter on us and made it harder to play. They switched to four in midfield and went man for man. We worked hard and passed it well. They were always going to make it hard in the first ten minutes but we got on top and dominated the first half - we probably should have gone in more than three up."
Gareth is still aiming to play an entire game for the side:
"I want to get ninety minutes in but we were well up and Terry wants to give the rest of the boys a try because at the end of the day we are a squad."
Captain Joe Sheerin felt that the team was on top form:
"It was a very good performance by the team and everyone was spot on. The first half is probably the best we have played all season and it was fun to be out there."
Joe says that the team cannot worry about promotion:
"It is easy for us, we need to win our last three games, we cannot worry about what the others do."
Friday 25 April 2003
TERRY Eames names the following squad for the match against Walton Casuals at Kingsmeadow Saturday 26 April:
Glyn Shimell, Keith Ward, Mark Nicholas, Neil Robson, Danny Oakins, Matt Everard, Lee Sidwell, Gareth Graham, Gavin Bolger, Andy Sullivan, Noel Frankum, Joe Sheerin, Kevin Cooper, Ally Russell.
Friday 25 April 2003
WINGER Andy Sullivan was looking forward to the clash with Walton Casuals and expects a good game:
"We've played Walton Casuals twice this year. The first game we won on penalties in the cup, in the second game we completely dominated the game and we won comfortably 5-0. They are well organised, but on that day we were too strong.
"Tomorrow, however, will be a good game as looking at Walton's recent results they have improved dramatically. But our team spirit and confidence is growing as we have shown in recent weeks with the performances and results we have been getting. They recently beat Wallingford 3-0 away and that was a great result for them, but it was also part of the bad run that Wallingford have had.
"On Monday, when we played Raynes Park Vale, we knew that they were one of the sides that had beaten the Wallies and we took our game to them and they didn't have a chance to respond. We will go out with the same response for the next three games and that includes the game with Walton."
Sully was quick to dismiss the concept of nervousness in the Dons camp:
"I don't think the players are at all nervous and I think that shows, as I have said we have been playing really well. Terry keeps us focused on one game at a time, but he doesn't let us forget what it means to get a result and we know what we are aiming for. We'll let everyone else worry about us."
The match also sees the return of ex-AFC Wimbledon player Craig Carley:
"I remember Craig, although I don't think he made an appearance for us in the league but he was certainly one of the players involved in the club's first ever pre-season campaign. Craig has good feet and predominantly plays as a right winger and can be very tricky. He could well end up against me tomorrow and that will be an interesting reunion."
The former England schoolboy international also had a word to say about the supporters contribution to the success of the side:
"The fans have been different class this season, but it was extra special at the Wallingford game at home, the noise was indescribable. I just can't wait to pull the yellow and blue on tomorrow and run out to that sort of reception!"
Combined Counties League seasoned campaigner Matt Everard is well aware of the potential threat Walton pose:
"Over the last few years Walton have been a top six side, this year, after having quite a poor start, they seemed to have struggled to get out of the bottom six, saying that, they're capable of producing good performances, like their game away to Wallingford.
"All the boys are aware that they beat Wallingford and know that it's not going to be a walk over. They held us to 1-1 in the cup earlier in the year, so we're expecting a tough game, however if we play like we have been playing over the last month and work hard, then we should get the result.
"I think the reason behind our performances are in the main that we've had a settled side. We are all aware of each others capabilities and we're working hard as a team as well.
"I don't think there's any nerves at the moment, there's probably more pressure on Wallingford to keep producing the results, as we have confidence in ourselves to keep the winning run going to keep the pressure on them.
Everard has been in top goalscoring form lately but says he expects to continue his job as centre-back:
"I've never really thought about playing upfront, it's easier to stick with what you know. I've only been amongst the goals because the quality of service that we've been getting from corners and free kicks has been superb. It's just a case of getting on the end of them which, since I've joined, I've been lucky enough to do so.
"The buzz is definitely there at the moment and it has probably shown in our performances. Me personally, I'm just gutted there's only three games left this season."
You're not the only one Matt...
Friday 18 April 2003
TERRY Eames names the following squad for the match at Kingsmeadow Saturday 19 April against Viking Greenford:
Ray Merry, Keith Ward, Matt Everard, Mark Nicholas, Neil Robson, Simon Bassey, Lee Passmore, Lee Sidwell, Gareth Graham, Gavin Bolger, Andy Sullivan, Noel Frankum, Ally Russell, Kevin Cooper.
Friday 18 April 2003
Tickets for the Raynes Park Vale away match at Carshalton FC (Monday 21 April, kick-off 12 noon) will be on sale from the ticket booth inside the main entrance before and after the Viking Greenford game on Saturday 19/04. Tickets are £7 adults and £4 concessions and children.
Also on sale will be tickets for the final away match of the season, at Reading Town on Saturday 3 May, at £5 for adults and £3 for under-16s. This match is strictly all-ticket.
We have arranged coach travel for supporters to the Reading Town match, leaving from Wimbledon Theatre at 11:45. Prices are £12 adults and £7 for concessions and under-16s. Book early to avoid disappointment.
To book your coach place, call the office on 020 8544 8022 between 10 am and 4 pm weekdays or email firstname.lastname@example.org including your full name and address and daytime telephone number.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Please note that voting forms for the WISA AFC Wimbledon Player of the Year Award will be in every copy of the Viking Greenford programme on Saturday. The closing date for votes is Saturday 26 April.
JDs MATCHDAY ACADEMY:
For those coming to the JDs Matchday Academy, please ensure you bring trainers as well as boots this Saturday and next, since some work will be done on the hard court.
Wednesday 16 April 2003
Open meeting for supporters
Open meeting for supporters before the Viking Greenford match on Saturday. Doors open 12 noon, meeting closes by 2pm. We will be discussing season ticket arrangements & prices for next season, as well as announcing some of our friendlies, plus answering any questions you may have about the club.
Wednesday 16 April 2003
Info for Raynes Park Vale away
AT the Raynes Park Vale match, to be played at Carshalton Athletic FC on Bank Holiday Monday There are NO SEATS for Dons fans.
Parking will be available in the Carshalton Girls School Playground at a cost of £2 per vehicle, with all takings being donated to the Stadium fund. Car parking will be limited in the surrounding roads. Turnstiles will open at 10.30 for a 12 noon kick
Tuesday 15 April 2003
Lee Harwood leaves
AFC Wimbledon today announced that Lee Harwood will no longer be taking part in reserve team activities, with immediate effect.
This decision was made in preparation for the launching of a full AFC Wimbledon reserve team for the 2003-04 season. Director of Football, Terry Eames, said:
"Lee has been with us since the beginning of AFC Wimbledon and to let him go was a difficult decision. However, in discussions with Trigger about next season it became clear that Lee would not have a role to play in the new reserve set-up. I therefore decided it would be better to make this change now. I would like to thank Lee for all the help and hard work he has put in over the past 10 months and wish him all the best for the future."
Monday 14 April 2003
AFC Wimbledon boss Terry Eames couldn't contain his delight as he watched his side cruise to an away win at Westfield:
"We were superb all over the pitch today and really showed why we are second in the league. The second half was the best 45 minutes that we have put together so far this season and I'm delighted with the overall effort and commitment of the players. Our passing made it difficult for Westfield to get anywhere near us and I couldn't be happier."
With AFC Wallingford beaten again, Eames admits to having confidence in his side and firmly believes that they can finish second and gain promotion to the Ryman League.
"There is still a lot of football to be played, but the way the boys are playing of late gives belief that we can pip them to second spot. Walton did us a favour, but it is still in Wallingford's hands. They seem to be losing consistency just at the right time for us, whilst we are playing well and picking up the results. The cat has been placed firmly amongst the pigeons because we are now only a point behind. It makes for great entertainment and it'll go right to the wire."
Friday 11 April 2003
LEADING scorer Kevin Cooper knows that Westfield will be no pushover after a recent run of top form:
"They'd won nine on the spin before Wednesday and then then they only lost 1-0 to Withdean. So we are going to have to concentrate from the start. We can't take them lightly, but equally their good form could help us.
"When we play teams plodding along in mid-table they tend to try and frustrate us. But Westfield will have a lot of confidence in themselves and they will come out and play and that should open up the game a bit more and allow us to play too.
"The one down side is that we will missing Sean, who starts his suspension. Sean's been playing really well and he will be missed. We can't argue with the ban, we all know what the league is like and one Sean got sent off it was bound to follow.
"But we've got the strength in depth to cope. Simon Bassey has been playing well and I fully expect him to slip in at left back. I have every confidence in Bass.
"Off the pitch, all the focus has been on fundraising, but come match days I guarantee that all the players are just thinking about the game. But in the middle of week, we do talk about what's going on and how we can help. I would definitely colour my hair yellow and blue if that would help. I think all the players would do whatever to try and help the club."
Defender Danny Oakins also predicts a different challenge compared to the previous encounter:
"It will be a tough game. We stuffed them at our place, but they are a different team now and we just have to be up for it.
"We have to look to win every game and just hope Wallingford slip up. Everyone will be up for it, especially as it's going to be in a big stadium. And as I'm banned for a week from Saturday, I really want to put in a good performance.
"In terms of the team, I reckon that it'll be the same side that finished last Saturday. Bassey will slot in and Ginge [Garath Graham] will come into the middle.
"I remember Ginge from my time at Palace and he was easily the best player down there then, but he got a couple of nasty injuries and has basically been out for three years. We still ain't seen the best of him yet.
"Obviously, we're going to miss Sean and I suspect Mark Nicholas will get a chance soon. He's been impressive in training and he's a good young player and another ex-Palace man too!"
Friday 11 April 2003
TERRY Eames names the following squad for the away match against Westfield at Woking's Kingfield Stadium on Saturday 12 April:
Ray Merry, Keith Ward, Matt Everard, Danny Oakins, Lee Sidwell, Simon Bassey, Gavin Bolger, Andy Sullivan, Noel Frankum, Gareth Graham, Lee Passmore, Ally Russell, Joe Sheerin, Kevin Cooper.
Friday 11 April 2003
Terry Eames in action
A reminder that Terry Eames will be playing for an AFC Wimbledon XI on Sunday 13 April in a charity match against an Old Rutlishians XI. The game will also feature backroom boys as well as a chance to see both AFC Wimbledon's Peter Smith in action up against Ruts guest Jason Cundy. For full details see the Old Ruts website here.
PLEASE NOTE: this match is NO LONGER all-ticket and entry on the day is now available.
Monday 07 April 2003
TERRY Eames was content with the 1-0 victory over Frimley Green on Saturday:
"We were okay in parts, but didn't really raise our game to the level that I expect. We played in pockets this afternoon, but in all honesty there were not enough of those pockets for my liking. The defence was solid and didn't look like conceding, which pleased me, but we took our foot off the pedal and should have built on a good start to the second half. We hit the woodwork three times and on another day we could have been out of sight by half time, but I am delighted that we kept our good run going."
"It will be difficult to finish in the top two, but there are a lot of games still to be played by all of the three teams. We won't rule anything out because I have confidence in the players at the club and feel this is achievable. It will go right to the wire and will make an interesting end to the season."
Goalscorer Lee Sidwell felt the performance on Saturday was mixed:
"I thought that in parts of the game we looked quite a good team, knocking some good balls about. There was some good passing going on. Other parts of the game, I looked at us and thought we were too complacent after a good performance last week. Overall, I don't think we did too badly. I think we deserved the result.
"At one point Terry was saying that it could end up going the same way it did against Farnham, could have been a 0-0. But in the first minute of the second half I took my chance. Terry has said to me that I have to get into the box as many times as I can, to keep making the runs and they have got to start putting better balls into the box. Gavin made a good run and knocked a good ball in and I happened to be there at the right time.
"We have got to keep plugging away, we have another five or six games. We just need to win them and see what happens. All we can do is hope the others slip up."
Sean Daly felt that the Dons dominated the game:
"Everyone was on such a high from last week when everything was good and the crowd was brilliant, we had a good performance and got a good result. I think today, when we were playing a side who are not the best, you have just got to keep battling away and try to get the goal. Once you have the goal, you have the three points. We sat back and kept the ball well, had about 80% of the game and we never felt in any danger at the back."
Saturday's match was Sean's last of the season as he is now banned for 112 days:
"I was subbed because Terry needed to have a look at Bass at left back. I will keep training and come down to the games but it is a bit of a nightmare. I am gutted because I have only had about 15 games and I wanted to be part of the final push. I will keep training and be ready for next year. I have got to forget about it and try to stop doing silly things in games."
Friday 04 April 2003
Ticket information for Raynes Park Vale away
Although this match, to be played on Monday 21 April with a 12:00 kick off, is NOT all ticket people are advised to buy tickets in advance as there will be separate turnstiles for ticket holders at Carshalton's War Memorial Sports Ground. Tickets are priced £7 for adults, £4 for concessions and children and are available from the ticket booth in the main stand.
Carshalton Athletic FC have informed us that there will be NO parking allowed in the following roads: Colston Avenue, Mead Crescent, Coleridge Avenue, Brookfield Road. Wheel clamping will be in operation in these roads. Because of limited parking, there will be no vehicular entry into the ground without parking permits.
Friday 04 April 2003
TERRY Eames names the following squad for the home match against Frimley Green:
Ray Merry, Keith Ward, Matt Everard, Danny Oakins, Sean Daly,
Lee Sidwell, Simon Bassey, Gavin Bolger, Andy Sullivan, Noel Frankum, Gareth Graham, Ally Russell, Joe Sheerin, Kevin Cooper.
Thursday 03 April 2003
Terry reflects on Wallingford victory
DIRECTOR of Football Terry Eames was in buoyant mood following his side's victory over league leaders AFC Wallingford:
"It was a fantastic result, an excellent performance and a wonderful day. We have shown people that we can beat teams like Wallingford and this proves what an excellent team we are. I felt we controlled the game and were very unfortunate to concede twice, whilst in attack we always looked dangerous. The commitment of every single player in blue made me, and I'm sure the supporters, very proud."
Eames also played tribute to the clubs supporters:
"The crowd were again very supportive and they are what make teams fear coming to Kingsmeadow. The atmosphere outweighs the pressure to succeed and we really turn the support in our favour. There is no better place to be than a packed Kingsmeadow, especially when the team shows the fans what they are capable of doing.
On being named man of the match, Eames was clearly delighted, but insists the win was a whole team effort:
"It was a nice touch and really made my afternoon. To be honest everyone in that dressing room deserved the credit from the players down to the sports therapist, club doctor, fitness coach and the management team. We are very united and when we win, we win together. It's a team effort."
Thursday 03 April 2003
Westfield tickets on sale
TICKETS for the away match against Westfield, to be played at Woking FC's Kingfield Stadium, will be on sale at this Saturday's match against Frimley Green. Tickets are priced £6 for adults, £3 for concessions and children and are available from the ticket booth in the main stand. This match is NOT all-ticket.
AFC Wimbledon fans are welcome to visit the Westfield Club House before and after the match. It will will be open for drinks/food from 11:00am and then again after the match from 5:00pm onwards. Free parking is available behind the Westfield FC ground at the back of Woking Leisure Centre (1st left off Elmbridge Lane).
Thursday 03 April 2003
"Womble Till I Die" on VHS
All supporters wishing to order "Womble Till I Die" on VHS must do so before the shop shuts on Saturday 05 April. The cost of the VHS is £20 + £2 p&p.