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Friday 29 April 2005
club news
Buy your Cup Final tickets on the day

The club's office will be closed on Saturday 30 April and for the May Day public holiday on Monday. Therefore we have now stopped selling cup final tickets for Tuesday's game.

If you didn't buy a ticket in advance, there should be no problems getting into the final. The game is being played Woking's Kingfield Stadium, which has a capacity of 6,000. Please note that the kick off will be at 7.30 pm.


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Friday 29 April 2005
first team news
Young prospects step forward for tomorrow

With Steve Gibson absent at a long-standing family commitment, Dave Anderson has named the following squad for tomorrow's trip to Burgess Hill:

Matt Martin, Danny Naisbitt, Jon Boswell, Charlie Bunce, Ryan Gray, Antony Howard, Steve Butler, Mark Cooper, Sonny Farr, Chris Gell, Micky Woolner, Jon-Barrie Bates, Robert Ursell, Gavin Bolger, Leon McDowell, Shane Smeltz, Andy Frost, Mark King, Richard Butler.

The manager explained:
"Tomorrow is a perfect opportunity to give some of our younger players first team experience. And of course that means we can rest some players before the Cup Final as we rotate the squad a bit. That's important, because we can't afford for anyone to get injured - there's no recovery time before Tuesday night. I'm sure our supporters understand that and this will be the first time many of them will be able to see some of our young players in action."

And Dave added:
"A lot of our fans have asked if Ryan Gray is getting married after he was wearing a ball and chain during the post-match presentations last week. I'd like to reassure them that he's not. The ball and chain is an old tradition of ours for one player at the end of the season, and this year Giggsy got it for being the only player to get sent off all year. I'm glad to say he took his punishment like a man."


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Thursday 28 April 2005
club news
Shop open and tickets on sale tonight before Under-18s match

Tonight is your last evening to pick up tickets for Tuesday's Surrey Senior Cup Final.

Tickets will be on sale from 6pm at the ground until the start of the Under 18's cup match against Sutton (7.30pm kick-off). And the shop will be open for the sale of flags and other merchandise.

The Under 18s are taking on Sutton in the Southern Youth League Cup, so why not come down, pick up your tickets and give the title-winning side some support?


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Thursday 28 April 2005
first team news
Injury update

Mike Rayner writes:
As the season end approaches, our injury list finally seems to have reduced, and a settled team has been able to be fielded for the last few games. The players have been great over a long season. They have worked hard through diificult periods, and their attitude has been first rate. They are now seeing their rewards of this. All players have been advised of their vulnerable areas to work on over the close-season, with a view to reducing the more preventable injuries that occur.

Richard Butler - has finally overcome a knee injury that has side-lined him for the last few weeks. He is now working on further fitness and sharpness work this week, and there has been no reaction.

Shane Smeltz - mild groin strain sustained on Saturday, and was removed as a precaution. Has responded well so far to intial treatment, and I am confident he will be able be available on Saturday and for the cup-final.

Joe Sheerin - starting to finally improve following a hamstring and hip injury sustained whilst at Croydon. He is now back running symptom-free. It has been a frustrating season all round for Joe, but his pre-season is due to start now and he is fully aware of the areas he needs to work. This was further highlighted when I assessed his running technique via video analysis. If Joe remains disciplined over close-season and returns in good shape, he will have the best opportunity to establish himself again.

Matt Everard and Warren Kelly - both are progressing well and are at the end stage of their clinical rehab work. Their next step is to gradually return to light running activities, which I feel could be as early as this week if there are no subsequent reactions to late stage work. They have both worked well through what is a long and frustrating rehab period up to now. I expect Matt to be ready for game time in late July or early August.

Paul Smith - his intense rehab period since dislocating his shoulder at Sutton appears to have been successful. He is due to see his consultant today, and will find out a date for surgery to strengthen the joint further. This is necessary owing to the extremely high recurrence rate of this type of injury. I will ensure I remain in contact with Paul and his consultant to see if the initally quoted six month rehab period (post-operatively) can be reduced.


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Thursday 28 April 2005
youth news
Six won, two more to come

The young Dons have been playing in various League cup finals over the last week or so. Here are a run down of the results so far:

U8s Epsom and Ewell League
AFC Wimbledon 3 - 0 Banstead Rangers

U10s Guildford and Shere League
AFC Wimbledon 0 - 2 Ockham Athletic

U11s Guildford and Shere League
AFC Wimbledon 2 - 0 Milford Pumas

U11s West Surrey Youth League
AFC Wimbledon 2 - 0 West Ewell Wanderers

U12s Guildford and Shere League
AFC Wimbledon 2 - 1 Sunbury Celtic

U13s Guildford and Shere League
AFC Wimbledon 6 - 1 Hersham FC

U14s West Surrey Youth League
AFC Wimbledon 0 - 1 Hayes

U14s Guildford and Shere League
AFC Wimbledon 8 - 3 Meadow Sports

A terrrific performance from the youth sides means we now have six out of a possible eight cups so far. To add to the excitement, there are still two more finals to come. The details are:

AFC Wimbledon U9s Vs Rocks Lane (League Cup Final) 2 May at Wandgas Sports Ground. 1pm Kick off.

AFC Wimbledon U11s Vs Chipstead (Surrey Cup Final) 15 May at Chipstead FC. 10:30am Kick off.

Get along and support the lads if you can. The league seasons are also soon to be completed. An update on final league positions for the sides will follow shortly afterwards.


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Wednesday 27 April 2005
reserve team news
Reserves foiled again

Tonight's reserve team game versus Chipstead has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Banstead FC's Merland Rise.

A new date will be announced as soon as possible.


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Wednesday 27 April 2005
reserve team news
Reserves try again

Following the postponement of Monday's game the reserves will be playing Chipstead tonight at Banstead kick off at 7.30pm

John Morris has had to make a few changes to the original squad and the team will now be selected from the following:-

Matt Martin, Rob Hill, Jon Boswell, Ken During, Charlie Bunce, Daniel Llewellyn, Steve Tyson, Edward Beddow, Jones Bamfo, Mark King, Leon McDowall, Martin Randall, Ricky Bunce.


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Tuesday 26 April 2005
first team news
Burgess Hill tickets still available

Tickets are still available for the Dons' final league game of the season at Burgess Hill on Saturday. The club has advised that they expected around 700 tickets to be available for fans wanting to pay on the day.


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Tuesday 26 April 2005
club news
Come on down tonight

Don?t forget that cup final tickets are on sale in the main bar tonight from 6pm to 8.30 pm.  The shop will also be open from 6.00 ? 8.30 pm for the sale of flags as well as the normal range of merchandise. The AC Milan v PSV Champions League Semi Final will be shown in the bar.


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Monday 25 April 2005
dons trust news
Dons Draw - April results

The eighth Dons Draw took place before Saturday's home match with Cray Wanderers. The winning numbers were drawn by Jon-Barrie Bates and as usual the draw was independently monitored.

The cash prizes increased further this month. The winning tickets and prizes, as well as the three new winners, were as follows:

First prize of £660 - ticket 440 ? Adrian Stacey from Twickenham
Second prize of £330 - ticket 1771 ? Stephen Meyer from Carshalton
Third prize of £110 - ticket 880 ? Roger Dennis from London SW18

After today?s draw, we have paid out no fewer than eight £600+ jackpots, and in total £8,304 in cash prizes, not forgetting the other non-cash prizes offered along the way. In eight short months we will also have contributed in excess of £18,400 towards the Dons Trust?s coffers.

Any questions you may have relating to the Dons Draw can be sent to donsdraw@thedonstrust.org. You can also leave a message on 07990554959 and we will call you back as soon as possible. And even though the football season is coming to a close, the Dons Draw will carry on throughout the summer months. If you haven?t yet chanced your luck, then you still have time to enter the May draw prior to the 30 April 2005 deadline! To join the Dons Draw you can sign up here.


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Monday 25 April 2005
club news
Reserves and Youth fall victim to the weather

The reserves match at home to Chipstead and the youth matches due to be played at Kingsmeadow this evening have all been postponed due to the heavy rain which has put the Banstead and Kingsmeadow pitches under water today.

The games will be rescheduled as soon as possible, check back here for announcements.


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Monday 25 April 2005
reserve team news
Reserve squad for Chipstead

The reserves play Chipstead tonight at Merland Rise, Banstead, the match kicking off at 7.30pm and John Morris has announced the following squad:-

Matt Martin, Joe Hill, Ken During, Jon Boswell, Charlie Bunce, Rob Hill, Steve Gibson, Simon Bassey, Jake Delaney, Daniel Llewellyn, Jeff Campbell, Steve Tyson, Jones Bamfo, Mark King, Leon McDowall, Martin Randall and Edward Beddow.


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Saturday 23 April 2005
ladies news
All Blue Surrey Cup Final For The Ladies

AFC Wimbledon Ladies take on double chasing Chelsea in the Women's Surrey Cup final at Horley Town FC, Sunday 24th April. (Kick off 10.30).

Chelsea have won the competition for the last two seasons, and have already wrapped up the League title this year, but we also have some pedigree in the competition, having won it in 2000/01 and 2001/02.

Graham Newnham has the luxury of a full quota of players to choose from, and has selected the following squad;

Natalie Barette, Maria Bertelli, Lou Cooper, Vicki Elcome, Jo Goodwin, Carly Hunt, Gemma Hunt, Andrea McGrady, Keisha Ramos, Danielle Rebelo, Michelle Riley, Beth Sims, Laura Smith and Terri Warren.

Entrance is £3 on the gate and there are a few places left on the coach - call Ron Trayhorn on 020 8395 9462 for further details.


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Saturday 23 April 2005
first team news
Richard Butler clean sweep

Richard Butler completed an unprecedented Grand Slam of Player of the Year Awards, walking off with all four trophies: Junior Dons' Player of the Year, WUP Young Player of the Year, WISA Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year.

Joe Paris won Reserves' Player of the Year, while Bradley Drake was the Under-18s Player of the Year.


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Saturday 23 April 2005
dons trust news
Khosla paid off another £40k

The Dons Trust Board is delighted to announce a further £40,000 has been paid to Mr Khosla.  This is in addition to the amounts already paid this year.

This money has been accumulated in the nine months since 1 July, the start of the financial year.  In that time, money has been raised as follows:

- £19,000 from the Weird and Wonderful Rematch

- £15,000 from the Dons Draw

- £12,500 from Golden Goals

- £9,200 from the evening with Ossie

- £7,500 from Sponsor-a-seat

- £5,200 from general donations

- £1,500 from the bikeathon

- a further £2,000 from a wide range of events

None of this money would have been raised without the fantastic efforts of the fundraising group and the support and commitment of members and fans.

Following the payment of £40,000, the debt to Mr Khosla has now come down to £635,000. There are other fundraising projects in the pipeline and contributions are flowing in from recent events such as Walk for Wimbledon 2 and we look forward to further reductions over the next few months. Please continue your support of the fundraising efforts so that we can keep up the momentum and repay all the debt in the foreseeable future ? and why not? After all, when we started in June 2003 we owed £2,500,000! Remember, please e-mail your ideas or volunteer via fundraising@thedonstrust.

We also owe £220,000 to Dons Trust Bond Holders, at much lower interest rates of less than 2%.


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Saturday 23 April 2005
club news
Cup Final ticket reminder

Tickets are now on sale for the Surrey Senior Cup Final against Walton & Hersham at the Kingfield Stadium,Woking, on Tuesday 3 May. Prices are:

Adults: £8

Concessions and under 15s: £4 

There are no reduced prices for students.

The match is not all-ticket, but we recommend that you buy your ticket in advance. There are no transfer charges and so the tickets are valid for the terraces and the seats. It is not possible to reserve specific seats and it is therefore first-come-first-served.

Tickets will be on sale before and after today's final home league match of the season against Cray Wanderers.  Tickets will be on sale from 1.15pm (not 12.30pm as previously stated) until 2.45pm and after the post match presentation (i.e. about 5.15pm) until 6pm, both in the back bar.


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Friday 22 April 2005
first team news
Post-match entertainment tomorrow

This has been a fantastic season for AFC Wimbledon, so please stay behind after the game tomorrow to show your appreciation for all our teams.

The youth sides, who?ve won through to no fewer than ten cup finals, the title-winning Under-18s, fourth-placed reserve side and Surrey Cup finalist ladies team will all be joining the first team squad on the pitch after the match for a club lap of honour.

Once you?ve heard just how many honours the club has won this year (and it?s quite a list), you?ll be able to see the presentation of the Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year and Players? Player of the Year trophies.

The Man of the Match Award will take place in the main bar as normal, no doubt followed by one of Ivor?s inimitable interviews.

And you'll be able to make a night of it at The Fans? Stadium, with food, drink and entertainment provided. After the game in the back bar, chicken curry (or vegetarian alternative) will be on sale with naan bread and rice, priced £5 per meal. And the back bar will be a more relaxed alternative for a quieter celebration of the club?s amazing season.

Or, join us in the main bar after the Man of the Match presentation for a disco and karaoke from 6pm until 11pm. We expect the chairman will end up singing. He usually does. Children are welcome in the main bar until 9pm and in the back bar all night.


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Thursday 21 April 2005
club news
Catch the DA train

Dave Anderson has always said that fans are welcome to come to training sessions, so here?s your chance.  The team is training at Kingsmeadow tonight so why not drop in and watch while you buy your cup final tickets?  The tickets are on sale in the main bar from 6.00 ? 8.30 pm.


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Thursday 21 April 2005
club news
Re-sell your unused seat for the Cray game

If you are a main stand season ticket holder and can?t come to the match against Cray this Saturday, please consider sending your voucher to us so that we can re-sell the seat.  We have a waiting list of people are hoping that tickets will become available.

This pilot project has been running very well to date, with up to 40 extra seats made available for some games thanks to the generosity of season ticket holders.


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Thursday 21 April 2005
first team news
Manager of the Month Anderson

Dave Anderson was named Division One Manager of the Month for March. Collecting the award, the manager said:
"As ever it's an honour to win an award, but the credit belongs to my team and staff for all their hard work."

And Dave thought a draw was a fair result against Tooting:
"I think a point apiece was about right. We dominated at the end, but they were just on top in the first half. Derby games are often played at 100mph and form and league position goes out of the window - unfortunately I think quality went out of the window a bit too.

"Neither side will be too happy with the goals they conceded, but on balance I think we deserved a draw. It was good to be able to give Mark King his debut and I thought he looked lively."


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Thursday 21 April 2005
first team news
Dons to play in testimonial match

AFC Wimbledon will provide the opposition for Joe O'Shea's testimonial at Staines on Thursday 5 May. The match will also be the first occasion that the Gell brothers have played against each other, with Richard Gell lining up for the home side and Chris Gell turning out in the yellow and blue.

The match will kick off at 7.45pm at Wheatsheaf Park and tickets are £5 for adults and £2.50 for children and OAPs.


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Wednesday 20 April 2005
u18s news
Croydon Athletic home match to be played away this week

Following the announcement earlier this week of the postponement of the Under-18s home league match against Croydon Athletic due to their being very short of players, we have since been advised that the Southern Youth League have not sanctioned a postponement and therefore the match must be played.

Croydon Athletic will now stage the match at Mayfields on Thursday 21 April with a 7.30 pm kick-off.


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Wednesday 20 April 2005
reserve team news
Reserves try again

The reserves will play Monday's postponed league game against Walton Casuals tonight at Kingsmeadow with a 7.45pm kick off.


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Tuesday 19 April 2005
u18s news
Match postponed

This Thurday's match at home to Croydon Athletic has been postponed - a rearranged date will be published as soon as it is known.

If you were planning to come down to watch the match after buying your cup final ticket, we are sorry that the game has been postponed but please note that the tickets will still be on sale from 6.00 pm.


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Tuesday 19 April 2005
first team news
Lewis Hamilton recalled

Lewis Hamilton has been recalled to QPR and is expected to be in the squad for their Championship match tonight.

Dave Anderson explained:
"QPR have suffered a lot of injuries lately and they need to recall Lewis. Because he's actually a pro player, the terms of his loan mean he won't be able to come back to us. Jake Cole and Sonny Farr are both still scholars, which means when they play for us it's technically work experience, so they're able to come and go [the same was true for Glenn Wilson and Jay Conroy]. But Lewis is actually on pro terms, so that means we've seen the last of him for this season at least.

"We always knew there was an outside chance QPR would call him back, so we'd like to thank them for his time with us and wish him luck back there."


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Monday 18 April 2005
club news
Kit vote

It's time to vote on next season's third kit. A panel including Dave Anderson and kit manufacturers Tempest has drawn up the shortlist - have a look here and submit your votes by April 3.


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Monday 18 April 2005
reserve team news
Reserve game off

The pitch at Banstead is under water following last night's rain and the game against Walton Casuals has been postponed. Attempts are being made to rearrange the game for this Wednesday, 20 April at Kingsmeadow and a further announcement will be made in due course.


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Monday 18 April 2005
first team news
Cup Final tickets on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the Surrey Senior Cup Final against Walton & Hersham at the Kingfield Stadium,Woking, on Tuesday 3 May. Prices are:

Adults: £8

Concessions and under 15s: £4 

There are no reduced prices for students.

The match is not all-ticket, but we recommend that you buy your ticket in advance. There are no transfer charges and so the tickets are valid for the terraces and the seats. It is not possible to reserve specific seats and it is therefore first-come-first-served.

Tickets can be bought as follows:

- By post.  Please send your applicationto the AFC Wimbledon office, enclosing a cheque made payable to AFC Wimbledon Limited and a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

- To callers.  Tickets are available to callers to the office between 10am and 4pm on weekdays.

- In the main bar on Thursday 21 April from 6pm until 8.30. Why not come and buy your ticket and stay for the Under 18 match against Croydon Athletic in the Southern Youth League Cup? The shop will also be open that evening.

- Before and after the final league game of the season against Cray Wanderers on Saturday 23 April.  Tickets will be on sale from 12.30pm until 2.45pm and after the post match presentation (i.e. about 5.15pm) until 6pm, both in the back bar.

- In the main bar on Tuesday 26 April from 6pm until 8.30. The shop will also be open.


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Sunday 17 April 2005
reserve team news
Reserves ready for Walton

The first of 3 consecutive home games sees the reserves play hosts to Walton Casuals on Monday night. The match being played at Banstead FC, Merland Rise kicks off at 7.30pm and John Morris has announced the following squad:-

Matt Martin, Joe Hill, Jon Boswell, Ken During, Charlie Bunce, Rob Hill, Steve Gibson, Steve Tyson, Jeff Campbell, Noel Frankum, Daniel Llewellyn, Jones Bamfo, Andy Frost, Martin Randall and Mark King.


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Sunday 17 April 2005
dons trust news
Walk for Wimbledon II update

Many congratulations to the approximately 170 people who took part in WfW2 on Saturday.  Our thanks go, in particular, to more than 30 volunteers who helped to organise the event and make it run smoothly and safely on the day.  We will be writing up the event for the "In Features" section of the website and a future matchday programme in due course.
 
Walkers will now be busy collecting sponsorship money to send in.  As previously advertised, there is a prize for the most sponsorship money handed in prior to the home game against Cray Wanderers on 23 April (one prize for adults, one prize for children).  To qualify for this prize, send in your cheque by 23 April or hand it in to the DT table in the back bar by 2.30pm on 23 April.  Any cheques covering multiple walkers will, in the absence of an individual break-down, be apportioned equally between the walkers for purposes of calculating who has won a prize.  Happy hunting!


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Friday 15 April 2005
first team news
Tickets on sale at the ground tomorrow

Tooting & Mitcham United have announced today that tickets for this game, originally billed as "all-ticket", will now be on sale on the day. They will be available from the ticket office (next to the main stand entrance) from 12.30 onwards.

All main stand tickets have been sold. Ground tickets are priced £7 for adults, £3 for under-16s and senior citizens.




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Friday 15 April 2005
first team news
Squad looking to win tomorrow

Dave Anderson has named the following squad for tomorrow's derby match against Tooting & Mitcham:

Matt Martin, Danny Naisbitt, Steve Gibson, Ryan Gray, Antony Howard, Steve Butler, Mark Cooper, Lewis Hamilton, Chris Gell, Micky Woolner, Jon-Barrie Bates, Robert Ursell, Gavin Bolger, Leon McDowell, Shane Smeltz, Andy Frost.

Richard Butler is still sidelined by his knee injury, and Micky Woolner is rated 50/50 to be involved.

The manager added:
"We know how much this game means to the supporters and I can assure them we'll be doing everything we can to win it. I know Richard Cadette thought they were unlucky not to win at our place and Tooting need the points to secure a play-off place, so it will be a tough game. We've already proved we're the best team in the borough - you only need to look at the league table to confirm that - but we know the fans are desperate to prove the point again tomorrow and we want to do it for them.

"Shane played for QPR on Tuesday afternoon and they've thanked us for letting him go down there, but we don't expect anything else to come of it at the moment. Sonny Farr will be playing in a youth semi final for QPR tomorrow, but should be back with us after that. Fans may also like to know that Gareth Graham had his groin operation on Tuesday and it went well. He's started his rehab now and will be ready for pre-season training. Finally, Martin Randall should be fit enough to start for the reserves on Monday."

And it's been a busy media week for the manager and the team:
"Every time you tell yourself nothing about this place will surprise you again, something does! The amount of people down at the record signing on Wednesday was unbelievable. The players and I really enjoyed that one and we wish Everstrong all the best for the weekend - go and buy a copy on your way to the game tomorrow if you haven't done so yet! And then we were on Futbol Mondial and Urse even got himself onto the Paul O'Grady Show doing keepie-ups. I don't think he'll be able to believe this season when he looks back at it - playing for England, going to the FA Cup Final and doing his tricks on daytime TV is more than anyone could have predicted!"


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Thursday 14 April 2005
club news
The third way: this time they're walking further

AFC Wimbledon fans Rob Aitkenhead, Matthew Breach, Bert Dale, Pete Davis, Paul Fischer, Geoff Hawley, Richard Lonsdale, Dean Parsons, Callum Watson and Richard Williams are hoping to initiate an annual event when they take Walk 4 Wimbledon II one step beyond, with Walk Further 4 Wimbledon on 30 April.

Further is certainly the operative word, as the fans will be leaving early Friday morning to make the 45 mile journey to the last game of the season, Burgess Hill Town, on foot.

The plan, hatched on the weirdandwonderfulworld.com guestbook, will see the fans trekking the first thirty miles on Friday before resting overnight in the Horsham area. Several more fans will join them for the last 15 miles the following morning, which should hopefully see them arrive at the ground in time for a well deserved pre-match pint.

It's hoped the event will raise some cash for the ground fund, and each walker also has the option of earmarking 50% of funds raised for charities, which so far include the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research and the South West Thames Kidney Fund.

If you'd like to sponsor one, some or all of the walkers, for any amount, or just wish them good luck, you can find further details by clicking here.


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Wednesday 13 April 2005
club news
Your chance to sponsor the Cray match

Unfortunately the sponsor that we had lined up for our final home league match, against Cray Wanderers on 23 April, has had to pull out. Our Commercial Director Ivor Heller would like to talk to anyone interested in filling the void.

Ivor said:

"I am sure you realise that the last home game of the season is going to be a big event and this opportunity willl give a lucky group of 10 the opportunity to be right there in the middle of it.

For a hard negotiation and a great day out please email me on ivor.heller@afcwimbledon.co.uk and I will be happy to help you to be our last sponsor in Ryman League division One."


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Wednesday 13 April 2005
first team news
Tooting ticket update and travel to Burgess Hill

Tooting & Mitcham United have announced today that tickets for this game, originally billed as "all-ticket", will now be on sale on the day. They will be available from the ticket office (next to the main stand entrance) from 12.30 onwards.

All main stand tickets have been sold. Ground tickets are priced £7 for adults, £3 for under-16s and senior citizens.

The club has arranged for coach travel to Burgess Hill Town for the final league game of the season on Saturday 30 April. The coach will depart from Kingsmeadow at 11:45 and leave Burgess Hill 45 minutes after the final whistle. The usual prices of £13 for adults and £7 for all concessions will apply. Please book by contacting the office on 020 8547 3528 between 10 am and 4 pm on weekdays, or email coaches@afcwimbledon.co.uk .


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Wednesday 13 April 2005
club news
Thinking caps on

A reminder that the monthly quiz night returns tonight at The Fans' Stadium.

The quiz will take place in the back bar due to the London Ladies Senior Cup Final between Charlton and Fulham which is being staged at the stadium tonight. As usual, the bar opens at 6.30pm and the quiz starts at 8.15pm. The entry fee is £1 per person with a maximum team size of six.


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Tuesday 12 April 2005
club news
Looking good for Everstrong

Everstrong, the band fronted by life long Dons fan Simon Vaughan, released the single 'Take Me Home (Womble Til I Die) yesterday and already things are looking very promising from official midweek sales data that goes towards compiling the national top 40 charts. Currently sales put it at number 46 with data from HMV sales still to be included. The single has been available on the HMV website for nearly a month here and all these sales have yet to be added.

Why not bring family and friends and grab yours in person, signed by band members and by AFC Wimbledon players from HMV on Wimbledon Broadway tomorrow night from 6pm - 8pm. AFC Wimbledon manager Dave Anderson and strikers Shane Smeltz and Richard Butler will be among the Dons in attendance, as well as Simon.

Let's get the guys in the top 40 proper and maybe even Top Of The Pops beckons! This is not only an opportunity to meet your Champions in SW19, but also a huge event for the club in the heart of Wimbledon itself, and a reminder to everyone that they have a local club to support.


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Monday 11 April 2005
first team news
Corndog and the Kiwi step up for QPR

Micky Woolner and Shane Smeltz have been asked to play for QPR reserves tomorrow afternoon against Crawley Town.

Dave Anderson explained:
"QPR have got a fair few injuries at the moment and they've been aware of Micky's abilities for some time. They called and asked if we would let Mick and Shane play tomorrow and we're happy to do so. It'll be good experience for the pair of them and it's good to be able to help QPR out in return for the things they've done for us. And before anyone worries, they're both under contract!"

QPR play their home reserve team matches at Loftus Road, with a 2pm kick-off.


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Monday 11 April 2005
first team news
Anderson pleased with a job well done

Dave Anderson was happy with what Saturday?s win meant, even if the game itself wasn?t memorable:
?That wasn?t a great game, to say the least, and we should have been out of sight with the amount of chances we had. But a certain amount of nerves are understandable when the finishing line is that close.

?It?s a magnificent achievement for everyone involved ? all the players, staff and everyone who works so hard at the club in so many different fields. To win a league is always impressive, but to win the league with three games still to go is even better.

?I certainly enjoyed the celebrations in the bar as well ? I?ll remember some of the singing as long as I live. Mind you, I think I must have been enjoying myself a hell of a lot ? at the time I even thought Dennis Lowndes? version of You?ll Never Walk Alone was ok!

?It?s good to have got it out of the way. With the final on the horizon it gives us the chance to mix things up a bit for the last few games. The challenge now is to make sure we add the cup to the league title, and bring another double back to the club.?


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Saturday 09 April 2005
first team news
CHAMPIONS!

AFC Wimbledon won the Ryman League Division One this afternoon with a 1-0 win over Metropolitan Police. Read the report here. More reaction from the staff and players will follow.


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Friday 08 April 2005
reserve team news
Reserve squad announced

The reserves travel to Chipstead for their final group match in the Suburban Shield. Although the reserves interest in the competition has ended it is an important match for their opponents who could qualify for the knock out stages if they can beat the Dons. The game has a 3.00pm kick off and John Morris has announced the following squad:-

Mick Fernandes, Joe Hill, Ken During, Jason Dodd, Jon Boswell, Rob Hill, Charlie Bunce, Ryan O'Sullivan, Steve Tyson, Jeff Campbell, Daniel Llewellyn, Jones Bamfo, Mark King, Jakob Grabowski.

With goalkeeper Michael Nicholas injured in the Under 18 game on Thursday night Mick Fernandes comes out of semi retirement to play his first full game of the season. Jakob Grabowski from the successful under 18 team makes his first appearance in the reserve squad.




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Friday 08 April 2005
club news
Squad named for tomorrow and Burgess Hill tickets on sale

Dave Anderson has named the following squad for tomorrow's match against Met Police at Kingsmeadow:

Matt Martin, Danny Naisbitt, Steve Gibson, Ryan Gray, Antony Howard, Steve Butler, Mark Cooper, Lewis Hamilton, Chris Gell, Micky Woolner, Jon-Barrie Bates, Robert Ursell, Gavin Bolger, Leon McDowell, Shane Smeltz, Andy Frost, Jones Bamfo.

Richard Butler is almost certainly sidelined with his knee injury and Micky Woolner will face a fitness test. Danny Naisbitt returns to the club after the conclusion of his loan period at Lewes, while Joe Vines returns to Lewes having completed his loan spell here. Mark Cooper has recovered from illness. Sonny Farr has been recalled for one game by QPR as they are suffering injury problems.

The manager added:
"We'd like to thank Joe for everything he did in his time with us - he was a good lad with a great attitude. Danny's loan spell means he has got games under his belt and it's worked out well for us, as he'll be able to slot into the team now Paul Smith is out injured.

"Tomorrow will be a really tough game. We know Met Police are fighting hard to hang on to a play-off spot. But football is all about playing big matches, so we're looking forward to it. We know that if we play like we did at Walton, we'll lose. But we also know that if we play like we did at Sutton, we'll win. Everyone is still on a high after our Semi Final performance, but I also know the players feel they have a point to prove after last Saturday.

"And the fans were absolutely magnificent at Gander Green Lane. If they can make that much noise at Kingsmeadow, then it might just make the difference to ensure a win again tomorrow."

Burgess Hill officials will be selling a limited amount of tickets for the last game of the season from 1.30pm to 2.45pm and also for 30 minutes after the game, in the back bar from a table next to the Dons Trust table.
Adults tickets are £6, Under-15s and OAP £4.


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Thursday 07 April 2005
club news
Signing session in HMV Wimbledon next Wednesday

Don't forget that Everstrong's single Take Me Home goes on sale next week - available at local HMV outlets and via the web - details here.

And you can get your copy signed by the band and by AFC Wimbledon players if you head down to HMV on Wimbledon Broadway on Wednesday night from 6pm - 8pm. Dave Anderson, Shane Smeltz and Richard Butler will be among the Dons luminaries in attendance, as well as Simon Vaughan and his Everstrong colleagues.

So head on down to buy your copies, bring your friends and help get the Dons into the charts.


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Thursday 07 April 2005
youth news
Ten cup finals for youth sides

An amazing season for the youth sides has seen the young Dons finish in a staggering ten cup finals. One has been played and a brilliant all round team performance saw the AFC Wimbledon U11s West Surrey Youth side beat West Ewell Wanderers 2-0 in the League Cup Final.

The other nine cup finals are coming soon ? eight league cup finals and one County Cup Final appearance (though the club reached at least five County Cup Semi Finals, so there?s still room for improvement next year!). Details are below. Please get along to support and hopefully enjoy even more trophy success with the boys.

Many of the youth sides are currently also challenging for Championship trophies and there will be an update soon on how their league seasons have finished.

Dates, opponents, venues and kick-off times:

League Cup Finals:
17 April

10.00 AM Under 10's Vs Ockham Athletic @ Walton Casuals FC
12.00 AM Under 11's Vs Milford Pumas @ Walton Casuals FC

22 April
7:45 PM Under 14?s Vs Hayes FC @ Cobham FC

23 April
10:30 AM Under 8?s Vs Banstead Rangers @ Dekkers Sports Club

24 April
10.00 AM Under 12's Vs Sunbury Celtic @ Walton Casuals FC
12.15 PM Under 13's Vs Hersham FC @ Walton Casuals FC
2.30 PM Under 14's Vs Meadow Sports @ Walton Casuals FC

2 May
1:00 PM Under 9?s Vs Rocks Lane @ Wandgas Sports Ground

Surrey County Cup Final:
15 May

10:30 AM Under 11?s Vs Chipstead FC @ Chipstead FC


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Wednesday 06 April 2005
first team news
Injury update

Mike Rayner writes:
Paul Smith - following a heavy landing against Sutton, Paul suffered a
dislocation of his right shoulder. This was reduced at the hospital last
night, and having spoken to him he is feeling much better today. He will be
out for the rest of the remaining season, but his rehab will start this
week. I will update as to his progress.

Steve Butler - received a blow to the back of his hamstring against
Walton. Was very sore for the following two days, but was fit to play in last
night's game. I will assess the area on training night for any reaction, and
I am confident he will be involved this Saturday.

Mark Cooper - had a viral infection which worsened following Saturday's
game. His doctor feels this has now become a bacterial infection and is
presently on antibiotics. We will wait to see if he recovers in time for this
Saturday's game.

Richard Butler - unsure of the cause of the injury, but Richard has
slight medial ligament damage of his knee with bruising to the muscle above
it. It is easing day by day, and he will be assessed and treated further at
training to ascertain if he is fit to play Saturday.

Micky Woolner - treatment has been successful in resolving his bruised
ankle, and he was able to play last night. I will be checking the area for
reaction at training, and following further treatment, he should be available
Saturday.

Andy Frost - recovered from his back and groin injuries and is now
regaining his fitness. He has played twice for the reserves without
reaction, and is working hard to ensure he remains symptom free.

Martin Randall - following a hamstring tear playing for the reserves,
Martin is progressing well, and if he suffers no reactions in the next set
of progressions, I expect to see him training within the next week or so.


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Wednesday 06 April 2005
first team news
Cup Final date and venue confirmed

The Surrey Senior Cup Final against Walton & Hersham will be played on Tuesday 3 May at Woking's Kingfield Stadium. Kick-off time and ticket details will follow.


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Wednesday 06 April 2005
first team news
Dave delighted to reach Surrey Cup Final, Smith out for season

Dave Anderson was delighted with last night's stunning cup win:
?What a game! As JT said, that?s football! Coming into a game with that number of players unavailable, playing a team two divisions above you, with a manager I highly respect in charge and getting a result ? I think it?s among my best results as a manger. As a one-off result it might even be my best. And that?s testament to the players. If people listen to their jobs and do what they?re told, then we?re capable of winning games like that. Once the players cross that white line, there?s not much more we can do. But they showed 100% commitment across the pitch.

?We can?t come here and beat Sutton without a little bit of luck, but in 90 minutes it was an even match and we scored a goal. Teams from a higher level have bigger and better commitment and you have to match that. I knew that the players I brought in this summer would be able to match that ? the challenge tonight was to see how the others stepped up. And players like Ryan Gray, Gavin Bolger, Steve Gibson and Leon McDowall were all magnificent. We said to Gibbo and Giggsy before the game that with a back three it would be all about the wing-backs and they were both excellent. If Giggsy has played a better game for this club, I didn?t see it.

?And of course, it was one of those games that had everything, including all that injury time and the defender in goal. We didn?t agree who the keeper would be in that situation, because I nearly always have a keeper on the bench. There was a bit of a discussion, and Steve Butler and Steve Gibson were suggested, but Frankie ended up going in. I never want to see that again. He was immense tonight, but to call him a rubbish goalkeeper would be a compliment. I?d rather go in myself than watch that again ? at least I can still catch! By the end we were screaming at him to head it out rather than try to catch it.

?But that was a big result for me, a big result for the fans and a big result for this football club. And it gives us an immediate chance for revenge against Walton ? we have a point to prove there. People might have forgotten, but I went to the CCL Cup Final last year when I was applying for the job. JT didn?t, but I told him about it and showed him the video. All year he?s been saying, ?I want us to get to a Cup Final.? Everyone knows what this club has achieved in cups before by winning against the odds, and we took our steps in that tradition tonight.?

The only bad news came with confirmation that Paul Smith has suffered a dislocated shoulder and will be out for the rest of the season. A full injury update from Mike Rayner will follow later, but this morning the physio added:
"Paul dislocated his shoulder by landing on his outstretched arm. At first he thought he might be able to play on, but the more he moved it, the worse the pain got. He had it put back in at hospital last night and is going back for a check-up today. The rehab starts now, but he won't be able to play again this season."


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Tuesday 05 April 2005
first team news
Cup Final beckons

The Dons have won through to the Surrey Senior Cup Final with a sensational 1-0 victory at Sutton. Antony Howard scored the only goal of the game, but ended it in goal himself after an injury to Paul Smith. Read the full report here. They will face Walton & Hersham in the Final, who defeated Tooting & Mitcham tonight in the other Semi Final.


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Tuesday 05 April 2005
club news
Club website voted best in country

The AFC Wimbledon website has been voted the best club website in the country in a nationwide survey run by the Football Fans' Census in association with ZOO magazine.

This website won both the non-league and overall awards, beating the other divisional winners: Fulham, Sunderland, Bristol City, Lincoln City and Hibernian.

The results were provided from more than 12,500 replies - other winners included Old Trafford as best away ground, Newcastle for best away fans, Sunderland as best overall club, Hull for best home ground and Steven Gerrard as the player fans would most like to go for a pint with.

Website Designer Marc Jones, Programmer Bert Dale and Club Journalist Charlie Talbot are pictured collecting their award on Plough Lane in this week's issue of Zoo magazine, out now. You can see them between a feature on a bikini babe showdown and a 16 page "nude archive". Apparently.


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Tuesday 05 April 2005
first team news
Scratch squad for Sutton

Denied the services of eight players through eligibility rules and injuries, Dave Anderson has named the following squad for tonight's Surrey Senior Cup Semi Final at Gander Green Lane against Conference South side Sutton:

Paul Smith, Steve Gibson, Ryan Gray, Antony Howard, Steve Butler, Chris Gell, Micky Woolner, Jon-Barrie Bates, Robert Ursell, Gavin Bolger, Leon McDowell, Jones Bamfo, Mark King, Andy Frost, Jon Boswell.

Mark Cooper is kept out by a virus infection, while Richard Butler hasn't recovered from a knock to his knee on Saturday. Martin Randall is still sidlelined following his hamstring injury. And the manager faces further potential headaches as both Steve Butler (thigh) and Micky Woolner (ankle) face fitness tests.

Dave added:
"Eight players out and two more with fitness tests is not the ideal way to approach a Semi Final, to say the least. This is the first time that JT and I haven't been able to name a full squad. This was always expected to be a very tough test, but a difficult game just got even harder. But we have to get on with it and give it our best shot."


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Monday 04 April 2005
club news
Give & Go Again this Friday

Don't forget the third AFC Wimbledon band night, Give & Go Again, is taking place in the main bar on Friday 8 April. For your measly £6, you once again get two top quality bands, plenty of drinking time and the chance to heckle Kevin Borras in his role as Give & Go MC.

The two bands on show couldn't differ much more in style and attitude. Up first are DeBooter (website here (external link)) from Cambridge, a highly-charged, energetic trio who'll smash their way into your brain with huge great chunks of classic British garage rock, but in a caring way. You'd come off worse in a fight with them, but they'd visit you in hospital.

Headliners Fifty Views (website here (external link)) are a different kind of cider altogether. Leaning heavily towards the polished, melodic rock of Coldplay and U2, they are one of the most hotly tipped unsigned bands on the circuit at the moment, and a deal with a major label, propelling them into the parallel universe of private jets, celebrity wives and children named after fruit ("I like the sound of Banana Stevens actually," says singer James) is surely imminent. Powerful and tuneful, Fifty Views are as much suited to playing stadiums as bars in stadiums. Catch them while you can.

Doors open at 7.30.


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Monday 04 April 2005
club news
Seats for Met Police game this Saturday

There is very heavy demand for seats for this game.

This is to remind main stand season ticket holders of our pilot project to re-sell unused seats. To do this, we need you to send us the match voucher (number 20) please. By doing so, you enable people who might not otherwise be able to attend to see the match and you provide the club with a valuable source of additional income.


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Monday 04 April 2005
club news
Club makes major debt repayments

After being stuck on £795,000 for some time, the debt to Mr Khosla came down substantially when we paid a lump sum of £100,000 last week. Taking into account a payment of £20,000 that was made in mid-March, the debt is now down to £675,000.

The decision to make pay £100,000 was made at a meeting of the PLC board just over a week ago. At that meeting, the board reviewed a forecast of the profit for the year ending 30 June 2005 and a related cash flow forecast. The board had previously approved a proposal that five year season tickets should be offered from next season, 2005-06.

After reviewing the forecasts the board agreed that it could prudently make a payment of £100,000 immediately. In effect, this payment anticipates the receipt of cash from sales of five year season tickets. If sales of these tickets are sufficiently strong, we hope to be able to reduce the debt further in July.

The £20,000 payment was possible thanks to recent sales of the Dons Trust Bond and from fundraising events organised by the Trust.

Tom Adam, Chairman of the Dons Trust, commented:
?I have always said that a specific objective is to pay off the debt and this is another major step in that direction. It was possible thanks to the fantastic efforts put into fundraising, especially the Dons Draw, by the team of volunteers and also due to the careful and prudent management of cash by AFCW. Now I?m going to be pressing the teams to get another £100,000 paid off as soon as possible!?

Details of the prices and terms of five year season tickets will be announced in the programmes for the two remaining home games on 9 and 23 April. We will also be sending details to current season ticket holders near the end of the season.


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Monday 04 April 2005
first team news
"We got absolutely battered" - Anderson

Dave Anderson pulled no punches after Saturday?s capitulation:
?Well, a lot of people have asked me what went wrong today. The answer is we got what we deserved for a performance like that ? absolutely battered. The short story is that we conceded from three set pieces, which we shouldn?t do, but I can only assume that the real problem was psychological. It looked as though we thought all we had to do was to turn up.

?And when I say we, I don?t mean me or the staff, I mean the players. We?d been trying to impress on them all week what a difficult game it would be. With due respect to those clubs, Walton are not a Banstead or a Newport. They?re a big strong, physical side with a gameplan that works well for them. In the first half it looked like men against boys.

?So the biggest problem was psychological. The players clearly felt they just had to turn up to win the championship. That?s not how you win any league, certainly not against a team like that. And we left the players in no doubt what we thought of them. I don?t think they?ll turn up to a game like that again.

?At half-time, we took Sonny Farr off because he had a knock and went 3-4-3 to try to get back at them. Because of the surface and the way the game was going, we had to look to be a bit more direct. If you look at Walton?s Goals Against column you?ll see they?re a hard team to score against. But we needed to score in the first 15 minutes of the second half to have any chance of getting back into the game. And then they got their third from the free-kick. Basically, today we were beaten by a team playing much better than us on the day.?


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Sunday 03 April 2005
dons trust news
Walkies

A final reminder that Walk for Wimbledon II takes place this coming Saturday 9 April. For updated details, or to download an entry form, instructions or sponsorship form, please visit the Dons Trust Ground Fund section here.

If you would like to take part - whether to raise sponsorship or simply to take part in an enjoyable occasion - it is not too late to register. You can turn up on the day and hand in your completed entry form plus £10 payment at either of the two registration points (cheque or postal order only please ? made payable to The Dons Trust ? nil for under 16?s). If possible, please let us know in advance (especially if you would like a certificate, signed by some of our special guests, as a momento of the occasion).

Due to railway engineering works, a replacement bus service will be operating between Norbiton and Wimbledon this weekend. The 131 bus service will be operating as normal. If you need or can offer help with transport before or after the walk, contact us and we will endeavour to match up offers and requests.

Please do arrive in good time for registration (by 10.15 at Plough Lane or by 11.00 at Wimbledon Common) as we will be keeping to the stated departure times.

Further help is still needed with the event. We need someone with access to a car and mobile phone who can be on standby to help out with any last-minute emergencies.

Finally, if walking is not for you, you can sponsor our special guests from the comfort of your own home. E-mail us with your name, contact details, and the amount of sponsorship you would like to contribute.

For further information on any of the above, e-mail walk@thedonstrust.org or call Mark Davis on 020 8544 1936.



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Friday 01 April 2005
reserve team news
Reserves are ready for Molesey

John Morris has named the following squad for Saturdays match at Molesey.

Michael Nichlolas, Joe Hill, Steve Gibson, Jon Boswell, Jason Dodd, Ken During, Charlie Bunce, Daniel Llewellyn, Andy Frost, Steve Tyson, Gavin Bolger, Joe Edwards, Mark King


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Friday 01 April 2005
club news
Boxing event auction items under the hammer

With the second AFC Wimbledon boxing night (organised for the Dons Trust stadium fund) due to take place tomorrow night (Saturday 2 April) commercial director Ivor Heller has announced a selection of items due to be auctioned at the event. The items are as follows:

1. Arsenal Double winning shirt signed by the Arsenal squad.

2. A pair of boxing gloves both signed by former British & World Champion Nigel Benn.

3. Framed signed print by Olympic rowing Gold Medal winner Mathew Pinsett.

4. Football signed by Wimbledon & Liverpool squads after the FA Cup reunion match.

5. Boxing glove signed by 5 British boxing heroes - Sir Henry Cooper, John Conteh, Charlie Magri, Duke McKenzie, Frank Bruno.

6. Geoff Hurst limited edition autobiography '1966 and all that' with signed print.

7. Football signed by the current Chelsea squad.

8. A pair of tickets for the WBU Light Welterweight Championship title fight in Manchester on Saturday 4 June between Ricky "Hitman" Hatton and Kostya Tszyu.

Any fans unable to attend but keen to make a pre-auction bid are invited to call or text Ivor Heller on 07973 322409.

There are a number of seating tickets still available priced £50. Dinner will be served at 7.45pm, followed by eight quality bouts from 9pm. The dress code is lounge suit / cocktail dress and carriages will be at midnight.

To book a place call Ivor Heller on 07973 322409.


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Friday 01 April 2005
first team news
Walton squad ready

Dave Anderson has named the following squad for the trip to Walton & Hersham, with just one point needed to clinch the championship:

Paul Smith, Matt Martin, Steve Gibson, Antony Howard, Mark Cooper, Joe Vines, Steve Butler, Lewis Hamilton, Robert Ursell, Jon-Barrie Bates, Gavin Bolger, Chris Gell, Micky Woolner, Sonny Farr, Ryan Gray, Shane Smeltz, Richard Butler, Leon McDowall, Mark King, Jones Bamfo, Andy Frost.

The manager explained:
"That's the named squad, but because of the unavailability of five players for Tuesday's Semi Final [Matt Martin, Lewis Hamilton, Joe Vines, Shane Smeltz, Sonny Farr], we may well try to give some other people 90 minutes in the reserves rather than leave them sitting on the bench.

"Micky Woolner will have a fitness test, but we're very conscious of not wanting to take a risk and bring him back too early, when he could be fully fit for Tuesday.

"This is the time of the season to enjoy matches. We know it will be a very tough game. Walton are scrapping for every point to get promotion and they'll be desperate to beat us. It should be a big crowd and a big day. Let's hope we get the result we all want."

The chairman would also like to point out that, should the Dons gain the point they need to secure the title, with a regular function on in the main bar, the back bar at Kingsmeadow will be open for a celebratory drink (or two!) after the game. This room has a fire limit of 200 people. And don't forget to email your opinion on whether or not the Main Stand should become non-smoking to smoking@acfwimbledon.co.uk.


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