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Sunday 30 April 2006
club news
Three's good company for Dave

Dave Anderson praised his front three after the Dons came from a goal behind against Harrow to make it four league wins on the trot.

Having seen Tony Battersby draw Wimbledon level with his first Dons goal before Paul Barnes hit the winner with a goal-of-the-season contender, Dave said: "What can you say about Barney's goal? It was a great goal well taken by a great player - and it was almost worth waiting a year for!

"Tony opened his account too, and every striker likes to score. The goal will be good for his confidence, though I have to say we were never worried - all the staff here rate him very highly indeed."

And Dave also took the time to single out the contribution of sponsor's Man of the Match Richard Butler. Dave said: "I thought Butsy had a great game. He's done well and he's fought hard for the team. He was booked for dissent, which I'm not happy about, bu you can see just how much he cares about his game every time he plays."


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Sunday 30 April 2006
club news
Barney 'knew it was in'

Paul Barnes has spoken to the OS about his wonder winner against Harrow Borough yesterday.

Paul said: "To be honest, as soon as it left my boot I knew it was in. Goals from my left foot are few and far between, but I caught it just right and it flew in. I'm more than happy with it."

Barney also spoke of his joy at reaching the play-offs. He said: "This is the biggest club I've ever played for an I'm loving it here. There's a great bunch of lads here and the banter is great but, I think you can see, as soon as we go out onto the pitch we all knuckle down and work for each other. Of course, it's great to be in the play-offs and I don't really think it makes a difference who we play - we know that it's going to be a hard game and we'll have our work cut out. We'll certainly be giving it our best shot."


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Sunday 30 April 2006
club news
Joe 'thrilled' after league debut

Joe Paris described his league debut in front of 3,044 fans as 'an amazing experience'.

He said: "It was an amazing feeling to play in that game - there's no bigger thrill. I felt I did as well as could be expected. I've never played in that position before, and I was a bit nervous beforehand, but Dave said I did okay and that's good enough for me. I'm glad to have the experience under my belt."

Joe admitted that he was surprised to start the game, but spoke of how the crowd and players helped him through. He said: "In the dressing room when Dave told me I was starting, apparently my face just went white!

"But the senior players helped me through it, talking to me the whole time, and I appreciate that. And, whatever others say, you definitely can hear what people in the crowd are saying. I got a few comments, and it seemed to be stuff about sorting my hair out and that kind of thing! I thought that was quite funny."

Dave Anderson was happy to have blooded another fringe player. He said: "I thought he did well. He was playing in an unfamiliar position and adapted well. Hopefully the experience will do him good for the future."


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Sunday 30 April 2006
club news
Club shop open today

If you missed out yesterday and didn't buy the horn, hat or replica kit you need to take to the play off semi-final then we are offering you another chance to do so today, Sunday, when the club shop will be open from noon to 2.00 pm.

While you are here, why not call into the bar and get a ticket for the game and the Surrey Senior Cup final? Tickets are on general sale - you don't need a season ticket voucher.


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Saturday 29 April 2006
club news
Programme ends on a high

AFC Wimbledon ended the league programme wth a 2-1 win over Harrow Borough to confirm fourth place in the Ryman Premier.

Dave Anderson selected a 3-4-3 fomation from a depleted squad, but was able to give several players vital gametime. Dave said: "With our injuries and suspensions, that was about the only formation we could put out. I had a meeting with Jon and Warren and I think we went through every possible formation known to man and that was about all we could come up with, with the players available. But we work on different formations in training and, on days like today, I think it shows. We like to be able to adapt according to who is available and who we are playing."

Joe Paris made his first league start and Steve Tyson came on as sub for his senior debut, while Dean Brennan played 80 minutes. Dave said: "I thought Joe did well and it was nice to give him and Steve matchtime. We played Dean for 80-plus minutes, which was good. But we also wanted to win the game. Gelly was a bit sore, so we only gave him a few minutes at the end. Wes had a fitness test and failed, before the game, so we'll have to see how he is. We also picked up a few bumps and bruises today, but we'll do a body count.

"All the players are coming in for a training session on Monday. It won't be strenuous or anything, more about getting today's game out of their minds and focussing on Tuesday. As for whether I'd have preferred Fisher or Heybridge? Well, I always thought we'd have to beat one or both of them to go up and that's how it is.

"The Fisher game a local derby really - massive match for us. Both teams will be trying to play football and my only wish is that the best team win, not just the luckiest. And rest assured, we're not going there to do anything but win."


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Saturday 29 April 2006
club news
Play off tickets on sale on Sunday

The remaining tickets for Tuesday's play off semi-final against Fisher at Champion Hill will be on sale in the main bar tomorrow, Sunday, from noon - 2.00 pm. In addition:
. Tickets which have not yet been collected will be available
. Coach bookings for the trip to Champion Hill will be accepted
. Surrey Senior Cup final tickets will be on sale.

Please note that the office and the credit card hotline will be closed on bank holiday Monday. As a result, tomorrow is, effectively, your last chance to buy or collect a ticket for the semi-final.


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Saturday 29 April 2006
dons trust news
Help us get loose change to 2K

The Dons Trust Fundraisers have been raising extra funds all season from recycling. So far this season, we have raised around 1000 from foreign currency, and several hundred from recycling printer cartridges and mobile phones.

But it's loose change, those 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p pieces (higher denominations are also great!) that have added up to almost 2,000 this season. On Saturday before the game, there will be a final bucket collection so please show your support by throwing in your loose change, and help us get to over 2K this season.


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Friday 28 April 2006
club news
Travel by coach to the play off semi-final

We will be running coaches to the play off semi-final on Tuesday. If the game is a draw at the end of normal time there will be extra time followed, if necessary, by a penalty shoot-out, so you may be getting away from the game very late. Going by coach takes away the uncertainty about how you are going to get home, especially if we are away at Heybridge.

Because we don?t yet know who we are playing, tickets will go on sale immediately after the Harrow game on 29 April. The arrangements and prices are as follows:

If we play Heybridge Swifts the cost of a coach ticket will be:

Adults 11
Concessions and under-16s 6

Coaches will leave from the Woodman pub, Durnsford Road Wimbledon and from Kingsmeadow. The departure time from both places is 4.30 pm

If we play Fisher Athletic the cost of a coach ticket will be:

Adults 10
Concessions and under 16s 5

Coaches will leave from the Woodman pub, Durnsford Road Wimbledon and from Kingsmeadow. The departure time from both places is 6.15 pm


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Friday 28 April 2006
first team news
A day of celebration at the Meadow

AFC Wimbledon's inaugural season in the Ryman Premier draws to an exciting close tomorrow with the visit of Harrow Borough to The Fans? Stadium ? Kingsmeadow.

With the small matter of a play-off semi-final on Tuesday evening, Dave Anderson admits that avoiding any new additions to the Dons treatment room is high in his mind.

"It is our last home game of the season and we are keen to do well but are only too aware that we don?t want to take any chances. It has a similar feel to the Burgess Hill game last season so I will tell the players to go out and put on a show and enjoy themselves."

Dave welcomes back Wes Daly to the squad who, along with Dean Brennan and Chris Gell, should get some action as they bid to prove their fitness for the play-offs. One player who wont make it is centre-back Antony Howard, who is carrying a slight injury sustained in last week?s 1-0 victory over Hendon. He is expected to be fit for Tuesday.

The full squad is: Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Wayne Finnie, Dave Sargent, Luke Garrard, Michael Woolner, Wes Daly, Freddie Myers, Chris Gell, Dean Brennan, Joe Paris, Scott Curley, Steve Tyson, Robert Ursell, Mark King, Niall Connery, Tony Battersby, Paul Barnes, Richard Butler.

As has become tradition at the last home game of the season, the club are putting on a range of events to celebrate yet another spectacular season. The fun gets underway at 2.30pm with a parade of teams and various awards. After the match, there will be the presentation of Player of the Year award and more surprises planned as the Dons gear up for their week of destiny.



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Friday 28 April 2006
club news
St Albans statement

Statement by Wimbledon Chairman Kris Stewart Concerning Allegations by St Albans City FC.

"At the end of March 2006, following an investigation called for by AFC Wimbledon, the Football Association Challenge Trophy Sub-Committee exonerated AFC Wimbledon in relation to accusations from St Albans City FC that the club misreported the gate of the two clubs? FA Trophy tie on 17 December 2005, and thereby underpaid the amount owing to St Albans City FC under FA Rules.

"Although we are delighted that the FA has confirmed ? as we were well aware ? that there is absolutely no case to answer following these scandalous allegations by St Albans City FC, we are appalled at the way St Albans City FC has gone about this issue and I am disgusted that we have heard nothing from them since the FA ruling was communicated to both clubs.

"The accusations by St Albans City FC carried a clear implication of at best rank incompetence and at worst downright fraud on our part. We have very rigorous procedures for monitoring and accounting for attendances at our home games and they were applied in full. We are very proud of our matchday cash team who come from a wide range of backgrounds, many of them in very senior roles in the financial services industry.

"These scandalous allegations were straightforwardly and comprehensively disproved by us. Not only did we provide our extensive documentation which records tickets and receipts, but we even had video stills of the crowd reviewed, which showed that the crowd was very close to the stated 1,953 and nowhere near the 3,000 claimed, with no supporting evidence, by St Albans City FC. In fact, St Albans City FC have not had a home gate of over 1,000 in the last three years and have never played in front of 3,000 people at Kingsmeadow, so it is hard to see where the allegations came from.

"In the past AFC Wimbledon has had reason to question the receipts from profit-sharing games and we have done so by approaching the relevant club informally, asking for an explanation. In every case, the queries have been resolved amicably and in a spirit of trust and goodwill. I regret that St Albans City FC eschewed such an approach and instead tried to bully us with a solicitor?s letter ? the first we heard of any official complaint. The next we heard was a call from a St Albans reporter. I have yet to hear a single word from the Chairman of St Albans City FC.

"As a club, we try to learn from our experiences. During our review of our records we concluded that our process needs simplifying and improving. We will be carrying out a review to achieve this during the summer. We have also decided that in future, where profit sharing applies, we will invite visiting clubs to send an observer to view our processes or, if they wish, to be part of our team. We have nothing to hide and much to boast about in the way we conduct ourselves."


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Friday 28 April 2006
dons trust news
Announcement of new Treasurer and forthcoming SGM

The Dons Trust are pleased to announce that, at its Board meeting on 24th April, Sean McLaughlin was co-opted to the Board. Sean, a qualified accountant, was appointed as Dons Trust Treasurer at the same time, filling the vacancy created by the resignation of John Owen last month. The Board is delighted to have Sean on board and looks forward to working with him over the months to come.

Sean commented:
"Having supported the Dons for 20 years, with great memories of trips up and down the country following the Dons - including the likes of St James Park (Vinnie in goal!), Anfield and Huddersfield, not to mention that day in 1988 - I felt that it was time to do something positive for the club, to ensure that my son and daughter could have the same experiences in the future. Given this I am delighted to be involved with the Dons Trust."

Dons Trust members can look forward to meeting Sean, as well as other members of the Board, at the next SGM which has now been fixed for the evening of Thursday 29th June. Further details will follow closer to the time.


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Friday 28 April 2006
club news
Coaching vacancies

The AFC Wimbledon Youth Development Programme wishes to recruit two coaches to take a leading role in the coaching and development of the under 19 squad at NESCOT college. The roles will be responsible for and will oversee the day-to-day delivery of the coaching programme of the NESCOT squad and will take a senior role in the coaching of AFC Wimbledon Reserves.

The duties are focussed around running the 10 hours of curriculum time coaching and training activities and coaching at under 19 matches. The appointment is for July 2006 to May 2007 and requires a commitment of between 10-20 hours per week depending on academic schedule and fixtures.

These are very important roles and there will be a rigorous selection process including interview and practical work.

Applicants will need to have attained a minimum of an FA Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Football and will ideally hold higher coaching qualifications or be working towards them; however, relevant experience is as important as formal qualifications. All applicants should possess full and up to date Criminal Records Bureaux documentation and be able to provide satisfactory relevant references.

Further details and application forms are available by sending a brief summary of experience and qualifications to

Nigel Higgs
AFC Wimbledon Youth and Community Director
AFC Wimbledon
The Fans? Stadium ? Kingsmeadow
422a Kingston Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey
KT1 3PB
or email to nigel.higgs@afcwimbledon.co.uk

The closing date for applications will be Monday 15 May 2006

AFC Wimbledon is an equal opportunities employer.


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Friday 28 April 2006
club news
Train for a career in football with AFC Wimbledon

AFC Wimbledon operates a full-time programme of education and football development at Nescot College Epsom and wishes to enrol boys in its squad for the academic year 2006-2007. Boys who are accepted into the squad will get the opportunity to develop their football skills, knowledge and understanding and hopefully set themselves on the way to a career in professional or semi-pro football. Those boys accepted will also be enrolled as students on suitable courses to ensure that their education continues. The academic courses offered are the BTEC at level 1, 2 or 3 and have a sports and coaching based curriculum.

To become a member of the Football Development Programme under 19 squad at Nescot students must successfully complete AFC Wimbledon?s football trials to be held in June 2006, meet the appropriate entry requirements of Nescot College and be aged over 16 and under 19 on 31 August 2006. Students made an offer will be notified of enrollment dates and times prior to enrollment which starts in August. The College will make every effort to accommodate successful trialists but, as in the case of any prospective student, cannot guarantee admission in the autumn unless all academic qualifications are met.

The AFC Wimbledon under 19 team play in the Football Conference Youth League (FCYL), the FA Youth Cup and boys will be expected to progress to the senior AFC Wimbledon reserve and first teams as their development dictates.

Applications are welcomed from boys who can demonstrate significant achievement in their football career to date. The course is ideal for those who have been released from professional football club academies or Centres of Excellence and possess the desire to reignite their dreams of becoming a professional footballer.

To apply write with a summary of football experience and achievement and to:

Nigel Higgs
AFC Wimbledon Youth and Community Director
AFC Wimbledon
The Fans? Stadium ? Kingsmeadow
422a Kingston Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey
KT1 3PB
or email to nigel.higgs@afcwimbledon.co.uk

More general information about NESCOT College is available in a prospectus, which may be requested direct from the College on 020 8394 3038 or at its website here


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Thursday 27 April 2006
club news
Additional sales arrangements for play offs and Surrey Senior Cup final

We have been able to recruit additional volunteers to sell tickets for the play offs and so, in addition to the credit card hot line and after-match sales on Saturday that were announced earlier today:

. On Friday night, from 6.00 - 8.00 pm, tickets will be on sale to season ticket holders only. This will be in the main bar. You can buy as many tickets as you wish, so long as you have one voucher I for each purchase

. On Saturday, from 1.30 - 2.45 pm, tickets will be on sale to season ticket holders only. This will be in the back bar. You can buy as many tickets as you wish, so long as you have one voucher I for each purchase

Tickets that have been bought via the credit card hotline will be available for collection from the back bar between 1.30 and 2.45 pm on Saturday. Please bring the appropriate number of vouchers for your purchase.

We will also be selling Surrey Senior Cup final tickets from the kiosk in the entrance lobby entrance in the main stand from 1.30 - 2.45 on Saturday.


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Thursday 27 April 2006
first team news
Playoff semi-final will be Tuesday 2 May

We today confirm that AFC Wimbledon's playoff semi-final will definitely take place on the evening of Tuesday 2 May, with a 7:45pm kick-off. These arrangements apply whether we play away to Heybridge Swifts or to Fisher Athletic.

The games are not all-ticket but we have an allocation of 2,000 tickets for each game. Season ticket holders can apply by using a special credit card hotline number, 020 8547 3335. This line will be open from 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm only on Thursday and Friday only. Please note that we will not be able to respond to any voicemail messages left in respect of playoff semi-final tickets - if your call is not answered, please hang up and try again.

Each season ticket holder is entitled to one ticket. Given the shortage of time, we will not send any tickets by post; they must be collected from the back bar before the Harrow game on Saturday 29 April or from the main bar on Sunday 30 April. Voucher I must be presented at the time the ticket is collected. We understand that some season ticket holders will not be able to decide whether to go to the play off until they know who we are playing. However, once a ticket is bought we will not offer refunds.

Any tickets not bought by season ticket holders will go on general sale after the Harrow game. As usual, they will be sold by volunteers who will be watching the post-match awards ceremonies. Therefore, tickets are unlikely to be available for sale until about 5.30 pm. Each person may buy up to 4 tickets until we are sold out.

Any remaining tickets will be on sale in the main bar on Sunday 30 April from noon ? 2.00 pm. Please watch the official site for details, in case we sell out.

Tickets are 8 for adults and 4 for concessions and under-16s.



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Wednesday 26 April 2006
club news
Ryman League statement regarding playoff semi-final date

The Ryman League has issued the following statement this afternoon:

"The Essex Police have contacted the League regarding the potential playing of the match at Heybridge Swifts on Monday, as a result further consideration is being given to the date of the match.

A further statement will be made as soon as possible."

In the light of this statement, we will not be selling playoff semi-final tickets tonight and the credit card hotline will not be open.


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Wednesday 26 April 2006
club news
Credit card hotline fully staffed

Thank you to all the people who volunteered to help with the credit card hotline tonight. We are now fully staffed.


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Wednesday 26 April 2006
club news
Update on arrangements for play offs

Following a meeting with officials from Heybridge Swifts last night, we can now provide more information on the arrangements for the play off semi-final at 3.00 pm on Monday 1 May. These arrangements are provisional as we will not know our opponents for certain until after our game against Harrow Borough this Saturday; it is possible that our semi-final will be away to Fisher Athletic on Tuesday 2 May.

There will be segregation of fans at Heybridge. We have been allocated the covered stand behind the goal furthest from the turnstiles, plus the entire length of one side terrace, which is partially covered, and part of the other side of the pitch, which is uncovered. Entrance will be by designated turnstiles and a side gate for ticket holders only.

We have confirmed that we have 2,000 tickets and Heybridge have made it clear that they do not intend to sell tickets to our fans on the day of the game.

Heybridge are reserving the seated area for their own fans. To be clear, there are no seats for our fans. However, there is provision for disabled people and those who cannot stand for long periods. Please ring the office for details.

The bar will be closed to Wimbledon fans.

As soon as we can, we will publish details of the provisional arrangements should our semi-final prove to be against Fisher Athletic on Tuesday 2 May, at 7.45pm.


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Tuesday 25 April 2006
club news
Ticket sales for the playoff semi-final

Following discussions with officials from Heybridge Swifts and Fisher Athletic, we are pleased to announce that we will start selling tickets for the play off semi-final tomorrow, Wednesday 25 April. We have agreed that the tickets are valid for the play off semi-final whether we play away to Heybridge on Monday 1 May (3.00 pm kick off) or away to Fisher on Tuesday 2 May (7.45 pm).

The games are not all-ticket but we have an allocation of 2,000 tickets for each game. Tickets will be offered to season ticket holders first.

Season ticket holders can apply by using a special credit card hotline number, 020 8547 3335. This line will be open from 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm only on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday only. Please note that we will not be able to respond to any voicemail messages left in respect of playoff semi-final tickets - if your call is not answered, please hang up and try again.

Each season ticket holder is entitled to one ticket. Given the shortage of time, we will not send any tickets by post; they must be collected from the back bar before the Harrow game on Saturday 29 April or from the main bar on Sunday 30 April (see below). Voucher I must be presented at the time the ticket is collected. We understand that some season ticket holders will not be able to decide whether to go to the play off until they know who we are playing. However, once a ticket is bought we will not offer refunds.

The remaining tickets will go on general sale after the Harrow game. As usual, they will be sold by volunteers who will be watching the post-match awards ceremonies. Therefore, tickets are unlikely to be available for sale until about 5.30 pm. Each person may buy up to 4 tickets until we are sold out.

Any remaining tickets will be on sale in the main bar on Sunday 30 April from noon ? 2.00 pm. Please watch the official site for details, in case we sell out.

Tickets are 8 for adults and 4 for concessions and under-16s.


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Tuesday 25 April 2006
club news
Free Dons Directory listing

Don?t forget, you only have a few days left to enter the draw for a free listing in the Dons Directory, a printed version of which will be distributed to our supporters and members next season. If you own your own business, simply e-mail commercial executive Keith McGuinness at commercial@afcwimbledon.co.uk and your company will be entered in the draw. The draw will take place prior to the last home match of the season against Harrow on Saturday.


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Tuesday 25 April 2006
first team news
Play off arrangements changed

The Ryman League issued the following statement this morning:

"Following discussions today (Monday) between Heybridge Swifts Football
Club and their local police, in the event of their home Play-off opponents
being AFC Wimbledon, the match will now take place on Monday afternoon,
1st May - kick-off 3.00 p.m. This decision, taken to ensure that the best possible safety conditions are provided for an anticipated large crowd at Heybridge, has the support of AFC Wimbledon and the League.

In the event of the Play-off semi-final being Fisher Athletic vs. AFC Wimbledon, police still require this game to be played on Tuesday evening, 2nd May."



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Monday 24 April 2006
club news
Volunteers needed please

We are making provisional arrangements for selling tickets for the play off semi-final, which takes place next Tuesday 2 May. While nothing is finalised yet, we are looking for volunteers to manage and operate the credit card hotline from 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm from tomorrow, Tuesday, to Friday, inclusive.

If you are able to carry out one of these shifts, please email the club office at info@afcwimbledon.co.uk or call 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm. Please provide us with a contact number.


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Monday 24 April 2006
club news
Call for season ticket vouchers

There is enormous demand for seats for this Saturday's game against Harrow. If you have a seat but can't come to the game, please email us with details of your season ticket so that we can re-sell the seat. This allows someone else to watch the game from the comfort of a seat and helps the club's finances at the same time.

While we can't re-sell unused season tickets for the terrace, we can reclaim VAT on the cost of the game so please consider emailing us with details of these too.


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Sunday 23 April 2006
club news
Play off arrangements

The Ryman League has announced that our play off semi-final will take place on Tuesday 2 May. Depending on the results of next Saturday's games, we will be away at either Fisher or Heybridge on that date.

Ticket arrangements will be announced later this week.


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Sunday 23 April 2006
first team news
Butler glad to be back in business

After hitting the winner against Hendon yesterday, Dons' joint top scorer Richard Butler spoke of his joy at coming back into the side following his long-term injury lay-off. He said: "I've been lucky in that I've been able to come back into the side quite quickly - albeit due to injuries and suspensions - because I need the gametime to get my sharpness back. I've been on as sub twice and I did 60 minutes for the reserves on Wednesday, but today I played about 80 minutes and I needed that ahead of the play-offs and the cup final. The first game I played I felt quite sore the next day, but I'm feeling good now.

"They say it usually takes about eight weeks to come back from my kind of injury, but I've done it in six or seven, so obviously I'm pleased with that."

And Richard has also been pleased with the quality of Dave Anderson's recent striker signings, despite the added competition for places. He said: "It's great to have them here. Barney is very quick and so sharp, and he'll always find you. And Battersby is great to play alongside - he's big and strong, and he's perfect to play off."


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Saturday 22 April 2006
first team news
Dons reach the promised land

AFC Wimbledon reached the play-offs with a 1-0 win over Hendon, to leave Dave Anderson purring.

Dave said: "We're all delighted to have reached the play-offs. At the start of the season that was our aim and we've achieved it, so it's very pleasing for all of us."

The Dons were missing seven regular first teamers through injury and suspension, and took to the field in an attacking 4-3-3 formation. Dave said: "I'm not exaggerating when I say that we could only just about find eleven to put out there on the pitch. We even had Gelly on the bench - even though there was no way he could play - because Steve Tyson broke down in Wimbledon on the way to the game. We played 4-3-3 because, in all honesty, there were no other real options - it was always going to be 4-3-3 or 3-4-3. But we knew what the team would be at training on Thursday and we'd worked on it, and the side we put out was still a strong one.

"Dean came on at the end, and we knew he had maybe 30 minutes in him, but he's way off being fit. It was actually a technical change because they had put another forward on so I wanted to take off a striker to seal the game. We felt Batts was holding the ball up well, so it was between Buts and Barney, and Buts has just come back from a serious injury so we decided to give him a bit of a rest."

With a play-off place in the bag, many managers would be looking to rest key players, but Dave doesn't have that luxury. He explained: "Thankfully our next game is a week away - if it was on Tuesday I think JT might have had to make a comeback! To be honest we just don't have enough fit players to be able to rest anyone. We'll have to do a body count in the week. But I'm just going try not to think about it too much - for now I'm just going to enjoy today."

But the victory did come at a cost, with Scott Curley receiving his marching orders on the stroke of half-time for raising his hands to a Hendon player - to leave him facing a suspension during the play-offs. Dave said: "Of course I'm annoyed with him. Scott raised his elbow and the letter of the law says it's a sending off. I'm just glad it worked out okay in the end today, and I certainly hope he'll learn from it - because I don't give people many chances to learn from that sort of thing."




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Friday 21 April 2006
club news
Surrey Senior Cup Final tickets on their way

The first batch of tickets for the Surrey Senior Cup final will be posted later today. Recent applications will not be posted until Monday 24 April, so please be patient if your tickets don't arrive for a few days.

Tickets which are marked for collection will be available before the home game against Harrow Borough on 29 April. We will also be selling cup final tickets before, but not after, that game.

We are required to return unsold tickets to the Surrey FA on Wednesday 10 May. As a result we cannot accept any postal applications that arrive after that date and our credit card hotline will operate for the last time this season on that day.

Anyone applying for tickets at that late stage runs a significant risk that the tickets will not arrive in time for the game on the Friday, so we advise fans to book early. Tickets for the game will still be on sale at the gate, however.


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Friday 21 April 2006
first team news
Hendon challenge awaits play-off chasing Dons

The Dons travel to Claremont Road tomorrow as they go in search of the points they need to guarantee a play-off place. Dave Anderson returns to the club where he made his managerial name, but is forced into several changes with six first-team players out and a further two doubtful for the clash with Hendon.

The full squad is: Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Antony Howard, Wayne Finnie, Dave Sargent, Luke Garrard, Michael Woolner, Freddie Myers, Chris Gell, Dean Brennan, Joe Paris, Scott Curley, Steve Tyson, Robert Ursell, Tony Battersby, Paul Barnes, Richard Butler.

Dave Anderson admits the successful Easter weekend came at a price.

"We picked up two important results last weekend which has given us a good chance of a play-off position, but has proved expensive in injury terms. Chris Gell and Dean Brennan return but both will face late fitness tests and, with Shane Smeltz and Dwayne Plummer both suspended, we are genuinely down to the bare bones. Wes Daly is definitely out but we are hopeful he will return for the Harrow Borough game."

"What this demonstrates is the depth of our squad. To have maybe eight players missing - eight genuine big players - and still be able to field a side that we feel confident can get a a result is a positive."

"Tomorrow will be a very difficult game, the people who are fit will need to give their all but I am confident they can get a result and that is what we will set out to get. It will be sad to see return to Hendon for what could possibly be their last ever game at Claremont Road. They need to win to avoid relegation and I have a lot of friends at the club so it saddens me as I was there for five years, but I'll think about that at 5-o-clock."


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Wednesday 19 April 2006
club news
Sobihy enters hospital following accident

Simon Sobihy and his fellow passengers have emerged relatively unscathed following a serious car accident.

Speedo broke his toe in the Easter Monday victory over his former side Walton & Hersham and, unable to drive, was a passenger in the car when the driver swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle. While the other vehicle was avoided, the car Simon was travelling in flipped onto its roof.

Dave Anderson said: "I've spoken to Simon today and he is gong to have to have a skin graft. He was on his way out to dinner with his girlfriend, Michelle, and a couple of friends. He was sitting in the passenger seat and, when it flipped, he got caught through the window. He's now got 'holes' of skin about the size of 50 pence pieces missing in his elbow and hand. His girlfriend has a couple of cracked ribs, and the other passengers suffered cuts and bruises, but it could have been a lot worse.

"Speedo's been moved from Kingston Hospital to St Georges in Tooting where he will have the operation, and we think he'll be in there for a couple of days. On behalf of everyone at the club, we'd like to wish him, Michelle and the other passengers a speedy recovery."


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Wednesday 19 April 2006
youth news
Dons go Dutch

AFC Wimbledon under-10s took two teams to Haarlem in Holland to take part in the Holland Easter Classic, a two-day tournament consisting of 25 teams. Both teams had three Dutch and one English team in their groups. On the first day, both won three games and drew one to top their groups - with AFC Wimbledon '1' scoring 14 goals and conceding none, whilst AFC Wimbledon '2' scored 10 and conceded just 1.

On the second day, the groups consisted of the top two teams from the day before. AFC Wimbledon '1' won three and lost one, scoring 9 and conceding 3, with AFC Wimbledon '2' winning two and drawing two, scoring 9 and conceding 2.

Both teams finished runners-up of their groups and so had to face each other for the tournament's 3rd & 4th positions. The game was entertaining but nothing could separate them and so it came down to a penalty shoot out, which AFC Wimbledon '1' went on to win.

What made their achievements even more remarkable was the fact that the boys were playing teams one year above their normal age group. Congratulations to everyone involved.


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Wednesday 19 April 2006
reserve team news
Butler and Ursell to feature for reserves.

The reserves play Epsom and Ewell tonight at Merland Rise. The match kicks off at 7.30pm and John Morris has named the following squad:

Josh Lennie , Michael Woolner, Ken During, Jon Boswell, Charlie Bunce, Luke Pidgen, Joe Paris, Steve Tyson, Rob Ursell, Richard Butler, Mark King, Niall Connery, Steve Goddard, Jones Bamfo, Antony Myers, Liam Hirrell.



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Wednesday 19 April 2006
club news
Kit sponsors' dinner

The Kit Sponsors' Dinner will take place at Kingsmeadow on Saturday May 20th. The format will be similar to last year but full details will follow in the next couple of weeks. Will sponsors please e-mail Richard Pope at popefish.afcw@cwctv.net and let him know whether or not you will be able to attend.

For those of you who are not sponsors but would like to attend the dinner, two tickets are being auctioned off, with the proceeds going to the ground fund. Contact Richard if you are interested.



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Tuesday 18 April 2006
dons trust news
Further reduction in debt to Mr Khosla

Those DT members and PLC shareholders who were at the recent meetings relating to the proposed loan from Barclays Bank will remember that 20,000 of new Bond investments were received just before the meetings began.

This money has been used to repay a further 20,000 from the debt to Mr Khosla which, as a result. now stands at 380,000.


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Tuesday 18 April 2006
club news
Mascots for 2006-07 season

We are now taking applications for mascots for next season.

The mascot package is for children aged 13 and below. It costs 120 and includes:

 Seat tickets for the mascot and 2 guests, including access to the President?s Lounge and a programme for each person
 A full home kit for the mascot
 A signed photograph with the player of your choice
 A signed AFC Wimbledon football
 An option to buy a further 2 tickets, with access to the President?s Lounge, for 25 each
 The mascot (but not the family members) can also attend Dave?s pre-match talk and join in the warm-up on the pitch

This package can be extended to a second family member for a further 60, i.e. a total cost of 180. This is available for 2 mascots and 3 guests. Each mascot gets a home kit, a signed AFC Wimbledon football and a signed photograph. In this option, we regret that we cannot offer the option to buy a further 2 tickets.

To apply, please email mascots@afcwimbledon.co.uk or call the club's office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays. Please send the following details:

 The mascot?s name and age
 Your preferred dates. The fixture list will not be published until late July so please indicate which month you prefer. Some times of the year are particularly popular so please be prepared to accept a different date.


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Monday 17 April 2006
first team news
Dons round off an eggs-ellent Easter

Dave Anderson praised his players and the Dons support after his side made it six points out of six over Easter to keep their play-off hopes alive.

Dave said: "We changed it around today and that's something we pride ourselves on - being able to adapt ourselves to who we are playing. On Saturday how we played was almost forced upon us, but we always knew how we would play against Walton today. We were almost 4-3-3, but Dwayne and Shane still had defensive responsibilities. Barney was the front runner and we thought his pace would cause them problems, but we wanted our front three to stretch their back three, which I think they did.

"We knew Shane and Dwayne would be out for a couple of games after this so I said to them beforehand that I wanted them to give us all they had and to go out with a bang, and I was pleased with their contributions. But that went for the whole team. I said to them before the game, 'there are 2,000 people here who have paid to watch you , and they are here to see you win, so let's go and do just that'. I went around the defence to a man and said 'look around you - look at Shane Smeltz, look at Paul Barnes, look at Dwayne Plummer. Do you not think that, if you win the battle in defence, that they will score goals for you?' And to a man they said 'yes'. We knew it would be a battle and we asked them to give us everything they had. It was time to stand up and be counted and they did just that."

Dave also recognised the part the the supporters played. He said: "The support we have had on Saturday and today has been unbelievable. I've said before that we are all in this together, and I think we've got our reward over the last two games. But I have to admit that I'm not sure I could handle two games in three days like this too many times in a season. People have asked me if I've been more animated in the last couple of games but I think if they are noticing that it's because they are looking. When Butsy scored that goal at the end JT and me were 40 yards down the pitch! But when the players cross the line we are all supporters - we all want to win and I challenge anyone not to be doing exactly the same thing in my position."

However, the victory came at a price with a couple of players picking up injuries. Dave said: "I'll be speaking to Mike [Rayner] tomorrow and we'll be doing a body count ahead of next Saturday. Wes jarred his knee in a tackle but we hope he'll be okay. But we're calling Simon Sobihy Speed-toe now - he took a kick on the same toe he broke earlier, and it looks as though he may have broken it again, but we're hoping for the best. On the plus side, Gelly did a full warm-up and we're hopeful he'll be okay for next week as well."

Dave also praised the part his recent signings played in the Dons' recent good form. He said: "I love players who love playing where they are playing, and people like Scott Curley and Paul Barnes are that sort of player - they are really enjoying it here. I was shouting instructions to Scott with just minutes to go and he was there smiling back at me - he just loves playing for us and I love to see that. And Tony Battersby didn't play today but I have to mention him - he has such a good attitude. He came here to play games, but his attitude has been an education to some of the players, and even to me at times. He's showed that he's there for the team in the way he conducts himself every day here, and he's worth his weight in gold - not just as a player but also as a good influence for people like Barney and Butsy."


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Sunday 16 April 2006
first team news
Dave urges same again for Walton

Just 48 hours after Saturday's last gasp victory over East Thurrock, the Dons face a tough away trip to Stompond Lane. Dave Anderson welcomes back Wes Daly and Andy Little after suspension for the clash with Walton & Hersham.

The full squad is: Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Antony Howard, Wayne Finnie, Dave Sargent, Simon Sobihy, Luke Garrard, Michael Woolner, Wes Daly, Joe Paris, Scott Curley, Steve Tyson, Dwayne Plummer, Robert Ursell, Shane Smeltz, Tony Battersby, Paul Barnes, Richard Butler.

Dave is expecting another titanic game.

"I enjoy playing Alan Dowson?s sides. He?s a good friend but that will be put aside for ninety minutes as both sides will be going all out for the win. We are under no illusions it is going to be a tough fixture ? another hard contest.

"We go there after getting a good result on Saturday but that was yesterday and will count for nothing. We can take the confidence gained from East Thurrock but that is all. We will need to apply ourselves the same way, put in the same effort and match the same levels of commitment. Everyone was buzzing last night but we must keep our feet on the ground. I asked the players to look after themselves last night and they did that. It not that we don?t trust them but tomorrow is yet another vital game and it?s time to go again!"


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Saturday 15 April 2006
dons trust news
The Dons Draw - April 2006 results

The 20th Dons Draw took place earlier today at Kingsmeadow, a couple of hours before kick-off against East Thurrock.

This month the winning numbers were again drawn by Geraldine Messenbird, the Dons Trust Board member responsible for fundraising, whilst John Owen, the Dons Draw Treasurer, controlled the draw process.

The April 2006 jackpot climbed to a new all-time high of 820. The winning ticket numbers and prizes were as follows:

First prize of 820 - ticket 1670 ? Michael Richardson, from the Isle of Man
Second prize of 410 - ticket 0525 ? Ian Walker, from Sutton
Third prize of 150 - ticket 1791 ? Kathryn Pitcher, from London SE9

Congratulations to all three prize winners.

Two of our winners this month saw their numbers come up for a second time. Michael Richardson had previously won the first prize in the Dons Draw back in February 2005 whilst Ian Walker had previously won the second prize in the draw in July 2005. In both cases, however, the winning numbers for both Michael and Ian were not the same numbers that had lead to their previous successes.

The Dons Draw will continue throughout the close season, and the next draw is scheduled to take place on Monday 15 May 2006 with the results being posted on the AFC Wimbledon official web site soon after the draw has taken place.

The deadline for new entrants to the May 2006 Dons Draw is midnight on 30 April 2006. You can sign up to the Dons Draw here.

Any questions you may have can be answered on match days at the Dons Trust table, or by contacting the Dons Draw team at donsdraw@thedonstrust.org or on 07990 554959 and leave a message.


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Saturday 15 April 2006
first team news
Dave 'absolutely breathless' after last gasp winner

Dave Anderson was almost lost for words after Antony Howard hit an injury time winner to seal all three points for his Dons.

Dave said: "That is a massive result for us, I honestly thought it was a draw. We'd gone two up and then comitted suicide within a minute as they drew level. At half-time I told them, 'You've won the game once, now go out there and do it again!'

"In the end we hung on in there and got the result, and what's important is picking up the paper tomorrow and reading that we've won 3-2. We know how hard we all work here and the harder you work, the more luck you get. Perhaps we got a little bit of luck today - even if it did come in the 95th minute!"

And Dave recognised the part the fans played in getting the late goal. He said: "I have to say that the support was magnificent today - they were behind us all the way to the end and the atmosphere was incredible."

But Dave is already looking ahead to Monday's clash with Walton & Hersham. He said: "Today's result gives us confidence ahead of Monday, but it doesn't mean anything come Monday. Tonight there'll be no players going out. We'll be calling them tonight - on their home phones, not their mobiles - and making sure they have a quiet night. Tomorrow it's up to them to stretch out because they will be feeling today's game."


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Saturday 15 April 2006
club news
Surrey Senior Cup Final tickets - apply at the game today

Although we have not yet received our ticket allocation for the SSC Final on Friday 12 May, we will be accepting applications before today's game.

To apply, come to the back bar today from 1.00 pm onwards. Please bring a stamped self-addressed envelope and a cheque for the correct amount (adults 8, concessions and under-16s 4) and we will post the tickets to you as soon as they arrive.


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Saturday 15 April 2006
club news
Back bar book launch

A reminder to all supporters attending the match against East Thurrock United today that comedy writer Peter Morfoot, author of Burksey: the Autobiography of a Football God will be giving a talk, taking questions and signing books in the back bar of the Fans' Stadium at 1.30pm prior to the match.

The book features the antics of the fictional, yet strangely believable, Stephen 'Burksey' Burkes, who meets and plays with all the top players and personalities of the last 30 years including Rooney, Beckham, Lineker, Maradona, Sven, Sir Alex Ferguson, Sir Bobby Robson and Graham Taylor. He reveals numerous of football's darkest secrets, such as why Gazza really cried at Italia 90, what happened when Glenn Hoddle met Mother Theresa, why Gabby Yorath is addicted to lip gloss and why Gareth Southgate missed that penalty at Euro 96. He also assists a newly formed club take the world by storm and win the Premiership within seven years of being founded!

Don't miss out on this opportunity to pick up a signed copy with all profits on the day going to AFC Wimbledon. (The book is priced at 9.99).



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Friday 14 April 2006
first team news
Butler out, Butler in

Club Captain Steve Butler will miss the rest of the season after it was confirmed he would need an operation to repair a hernia. Steve is booked to go under the knife on Thursday for the same procedure, his namesake, Richard Butler recently had.

Richard made his return last week in the defeat at Billericay and is named in the squad tomorrow as he steps up his bid for fitness. Michael Woolner also returns, subject to a fitness test.

Chris Gell and Simon Sweeney are out injured and are joined on the injured list by Dean Brennan who is expected to be out for two weeks. Scott Curley has been suffering from flu and will be assessed tomorrow and Wes Daly serves the last game of his suspension. Andy Little is also suspended following his recent red card against Hampton & Richmond

The full squad is: Danny Wheeler, Josh Lennie, Antony Howard, Wayne Finnie, Dave Sargent, Simon Sobihy, Luke Garrard, Michael Woolner, Joe Paris, Scott Curley, Steve Tyson, Dwayne Plummer, Robert Ursell, Shane Smeltz, Tony Battersby, Paul Barnes, Richard Butler.

Dave Anderson is targeting three wins from the last four games to seal a play-off place.

"I believe three wins should be enough but we will be going all out for four wins. At the moment we are focused just on Saturday?s game, but this Easter period will shape our destiny. Both East Thurrock and Walton & Hersham will pose difficult, but similar problems. Both sides are big and strong, like to get the ball forward quickly and never stop competing and we will have to match them."

Dave was pleased that Richard Butler is back in the squad.

?He isn't fit yet and will play 90 minutes in the reserves in the week but he is a lovely option to have on the bench."

Tomorrow's game kicks off at 3pm and a big crowd is expected, Dave was keen the crowd should play its part.

"We need to stick together and urge the lads to victory. We are in a decent position and it was great to meet so many fans at Wednesday's Meet the Manager night. I know what this club means to them and I would like to thank them for taking the time to come along. I really enjoyed talking to everyone."


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Thursday 13 April 2006
club news
Season ticket renewals

We will be sending season ticket renewal letters over the next few days. Prices are unchanged from last season, whether or not we are promoted into the Conference South for next season.

If you have an annual season ticket for 2005/06 you will soon receive a letter setting out your personal details for checking, along with a form to renew your ticket. Please don't complete a "new application" form but, instead, wait for your letter to arrive. If you don't receive your renewal letter by 1 May please call the office and we will send you a new copy.

If you have a season ticket for the main stand, including the President's Lounge, you must submit your renewal application no later than 31 May to ensure that you retain your seat. After that date, we may allocate your seat to another applicant.

Five year season tickets are available for seasons 2006/07 - 2010/11. Your renewal letter has an option for you to upgrade to a FYST.

If you are already a five-year season ticket holder we will be writing to you soon to ask you to reconfirm your personal details and to update you on a number of other matters.

Renewal forms can be handed to staff at the Complimentary Tickets window before our final two home games. Please note that this year, for the first time, season tickets may be paid for by debit card. However, we regret that we cannot accept credit card payments for season tickets.


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Thursday 13 April 2006
club news
Chairman takes to the airwaves

For those near a tranny today you'll be able to tune into the Victoria Derbyshire show on Radio Five Live between 11.45am-12.00 and catch Chairman Kris Stewart alongside Enfield Town's Dave Bryant discussing 'how to start a football club'.


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Wednesday 12 April 2006
club news
Call for season ticket vouchers

All the available seats for this Saturday's game against East Thurrock have been sold. If you have a seat but can't come to the game, please email us with details of your season ticket so that we can re-sell the seat. This allows someone else to watch the game from the comfort of a seat and helps the club's finances at the same time.

While we can't re-sell unused season tickets for the terrace, we can reclaim VAT on the cost of the game so please consider emailing us with details of these too.


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Wednesday 12 April 2006
cfs news
Back to the academy

Don't forget that the AFC Wimbledon matchday academy returns this Saturday, ahead of the East Thurrock United game.

As usual, the academy will be running between 12.30-2pm and is open to kids aged 5-12. The session costs 5 including a ticket to the game, or 4 to season ticket holders, and is held by the athletics track next to The Fans? Stadium.



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Wednesday 12 April 2006
club news
Get your votes in

It's time to vote for your Dons Player of the Year once again, and there will be several opportunities to do so.

Ahead of the East Thurrock United game on Saturday, WISA representatives will be handing out Player of the Year voting forms, while WUP representatives will be handing out Young Player of the Year forms. Forms can be filled in and handed back to the representative, or dropped into one of the boxes provided.

Alternatively, you can e-mail your vote to POTY@afcwimbledon.co.uk, quoting your name along with your WISA membership number, season ticket number or Dons Trust membership number.

The deadline to return your vote to the club is April 22nd.

Both awards will be presented at our last game of the season against Harrow Borough, at The Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow on Saturday 29th April.



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Wednesday 12 April 2006
club news
Meet the manager and apply for your cup final tickets tonight

"Meet the manager" starts at 7.30 tonight in the main bar, with Dave Anderson answering questions in his usual straighforward and forthright way - so do come and ask him anything you want.

Before tonight's meeting you can also apply for your Surrey Senior Cup Final tickets. The tickets aren't printed yet but if you bring a stamped self-addressed envelope and a cheque for the correct amount (adults 8, concessions and under-16s 4) then we will post the tickets to you as soon as they arrive. Just bring your application to the table in the main bar and we will make sure you get your tickets in good time. We will accept applications from 6.30 pm until the start of the meeting.


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Tuesday 11 April 2006
club news
Cup Sunday

AFC Wimbledon celebrated two further cup successes at the weekend, with both the under-13s and the under-9s picking up trophies.

The under-13 youth team's success came in the West Surrey League Cup Final. Managed by Gavin Bolger, they beat a tough Worcester Park side 3-1, coming back from being a goal down.

Next up, the under-9 squad took part in a tournament held at Bournemouth. Fielding two teams, both sides got through to the final and, with hardly anything in it, the final was eventually decided by a penalty shoot out. They were awarded the cup in the evening by none other than Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp.

With the cup wins coming thick and fast in the youth section, the seniors certainly have a lot to live up to come the SSC final!


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Tuesday 11 April 2006
club news
Opening hours for credit card hotline extended

To deal with demand for tickets for the Surrey Senior Cup Final on 12 May, we are extending the hotline's opening time by an hour. The hotline will now be open from 11.00 am to 2.00 pm on weekdays.

Please note that the hotline will not be open on the Friday and Monday of Easter weekend.


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Tuesday 11 April 2006
club news
Have you moved since last year?

We are about to send out season ticket renewal letters. If you have moved since you bought your ST last year will you please send your new details to the AFCW office, info@afcwimbledon.co.uk


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Monday 10 April 2006
club news
Surrey Senior Cup final tickets on sale

Following Saturday's announcement of the date and venue for this season's Surrey Senior Cup final, we are pleased to announce that tickets for the game will be on sale via the credit card hotline (020 8546 9582, open 11am-1pm weekdays) from today, Monday 10 April.

Tickets are priced at 8 for adults and 4 for concessions and under-16s. Following a review of the finance costs incurred in accepting credit and debit card payments, we regret that we have had to increase the charge for tickets bought in this way to 1.50 per order to ensure that the our costs are covered.

Segregation will be in place for this game and Wimbledon supporters have been allocated the Bellway Homes stand (the large stand we filled with yellow and blue at last year's final) and two adjacent areas of uncovered terracing for this game. There will be no restriction on entry to the stand and individual seats cannot be reserved.

We are also accepting postal applications with immediate effect. Applications should enclose a cheque made out to AFC Wimbledon Ltd, a stamped, self-addressed envelope and details of the tickets you require. No season ticket vouchers are required.

The match tickets are unlikely to be available until next week. We will, however, accept walk-in applications on weekdays during normal office hours (10.00 am - 4.00 pm).

Please note that the office and hot line will not be open on Friday and Monday over the Easter weekend.



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Sunday 09 April 2006
youth news
More success for our boys

AFC Wimbledon has won two further West Surrey Youth League league titles. The under-10 Youth side have clinched the Premier Elite division, depriving Epsom Eagles on results from the head to head games, our boys already having drawn with and beaten them.

The under-15 Colts have won the Premier North division with a game still to play, scoring over 4 goals per game on average across the season.

A reminder for today that the under-13 Youth side, now managed by former Dons star Gavin Bolger, will be playing in the West Surrey League Cup final against Worcester Park Colts. The game will be played at Imber Court (home of the Met Police) with a 1.30 kick-off.

Directions can be found here



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Saturday 08 April 2006
first team news
Dave philosophical in defeat

Dave Anderson was disappointed after his Dons side failed to build on a dream start away to Billericay - ending up with two red cards and no points to show for their efforts.

Dave said: "It was a day that got off to a perfect start, with Barnes getting in behind their defence and putting us ahead early on. But then we conceded two goals from set pieces where our defending really was not good enough for this level. Andy Little knows he was at fault for about one and a half of those, but what can you say - he's been one of our best performers all year. The simple fact is that when you give away two goals like that, you are always going to struggle. Then, as well as the other team, we had to overcome the conditions - the pitch was hard and bobbly and it was blustery out there, so it wasn't the best of conditions to play good football on.

"At the end of the day, I'm not happy about the result, and I'm not happy about the red cards either. I don't want to say too much until I've seen the video, but I will say that if either Shane or Dwayne have thrown punches then I won't defend them. But is that really Shane? He was kicked and then he seemed to be studded on the ground, and he shouldn't have reacted, but can you really see Shane punching someone? Two yellows would have been more appropriate I would have thought. I don't like to comment on referees after we've lost a game, but is it coinidence that this was the same referee that sent two people off against Chelmsford?"

One highlight of the day was the return of Richard Butler following his long-term injury lay-off. Dave said: "I don't think anyone at the club would have predicted us playing all those strikers on the pitch at the same time, but we had to do something as we were chasing the game. In the event, results seem to have gone our way elsewhere and we are in the same position as we were this morning, with everything still to play for. I've said several times before that this is going down to the wire and that's exactly how it is panning out - everyone is under pressure at this stage and droppping points."

With the Billericay match being the last time the Dons take to the field ahead of Wednesday's Meet the Manager event, Dave is looking forward to meeting the fans, despite today's result. He said: "I'd like to encourage everyone to come along to the meeting and ask what they want to ask. I have nothing to hide as manager, and my staff have nothing to hide either. I'd like people to let me know what they think, and not hold onto their frustrations. I would say we're all in this together and I'll try to be as open and honest as possible.

"The next three weeks are essential to our whole season - we're chasing the play-offs and we're in a cup final. We all want to ensure we do what we said we'd do and that means going into the period together."


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Saturday 08 April 2006
club news
Surrey Senior Cup final

Following a meeting on Friday evening involving AFC Wimbledon, Kingstonian FC and the Surrey FA, it has been agreed that the Surrey Senior Cup final this year will be held on Friday 12 May at Woking's Kingfield Stadium, with a 7:45 pm kick-off. Tickets will be 8 for adults and 4 for concessions and under-16s. Details of how and when to buy tickets in advance will be published on the website as soon as possible.


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Friday 07 April 2006
club news
Notes from the treatment room

Mike Rayner has been a busy man again this week, and brings us updates on several key players.

Mickey Woolner. The good news is that his knee injury isn't as bad as we thought it was. Against Ashford he suffered a very slight strain of the medial ligament, which sent the surrounding muscles into spasm. At the time, he couldn't straighten his leg, because of the spasms. However he now has a full range of movement in the joint and, although it is still sore, there is no swelling. We hope to have Mickey back in the next week or two.

Chris Gell. Chris has a tendon injury in his groin area. Such tendon injuries are very stubborn and take a while to heal. Chris passed a fitness test on Tuesday and we thought he would be okay to get through the game, but he was feeling it again. Last night Dr Phil Whitehead, the club doctor, gave Chris an injection and we'll be monitoring the injury over the next five days. If all goes well, he could be back as early as a couple of week's time, and we're hopeful we'll have him back for the end of the season.

Dean Brennan. Dean is still feeling slight tightness in his thigh. Having recently returned from an injury lay-off, Dean suffered from us having to play much of the game against Hampton with ten men, and then having another game the following Tuesday. With Dean it is a bit of a balancing act - he probably isn't where he would want to be in terms of fitness, so we are trying to give him match time but, at the same time, don't want him to overdo it. We are hoping Dean will be available for the game tomorrow.

Steve Butler. Steve is going through his private health insurance and going to see a hip and groin specialist next week, or as soon as possible. The chances are that he may need an operation which would keep him out for the rest of the season. Before the Hampton game, Steve had a two week lay-off and that seemed to do the trick, but he suffered from soreness after the game and so we have decided to investigate further.

Simon Sweeney. Simon has been doing very well. It's now three weeks since his operation and he has already regained a full range of movement in his knee. We now go though the protocol of nursing him back to full strength over the next six-nine months. But we are very pleased with the progress he is making already.

Richard Butler. Richard trained on Thursday last week, but felt very sore around the scars from his operation. We then gave him one week of exercise and active rest, which has seen the tissue in the scar area calm down. Last night, Richard came through an intense training session and when I spoke to him earlier today he reported no adverse reactions. The next step for him is to get 45-60 minutes under his belt for the reserves after which he should be in contention for the senior side.


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Friday 07 April 2006
first team news
Patched-up squad named to face Billericay

The Dons take on Billericay tomorrow at New Lodge with six first team players out. Richard Butler, Steve Butler, Chris Gell, Simon Sweeney, Michael Woolner remain injured and Wes Daly is suspended. In addition, Dean Brennan and Antony Howard (illness) face late fitness tests as AFC Wimbledon aim to force their way into the play-off positions with just five games of the season remaining.

Dave Anderson is optimistic despite the latest injury 'curse'.

"It does feel like a curse sometimes. Never in my time in the game have I known a run of injuries like I have faced at AFC Wimbledon over the past couple of years. I can only put it down to the intensity of the games but at least we are used to it and have the squad to cope."

Dave has named a 16-man squad but may add a couple of players from the reserves depending on reports on his players carrying knocks.

The full squad is: Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Antony Howard, Wayne Finnie, Dave Sargent, Simon Sobihy, Luke Garrard, Joe Paris, Scott Curley, Dean Brennan, Steve Tyson, Dwayne Plummer, Robert Ursell, Shane Smeltz, Tony Battersby, Paul Barnes.

"A few months ago I couldn?t get a fit forward out now we are short in the middle, but I am happy with the squad we have tomorrow and know we can go there and get a win. That is what we will set out to do, it may not be pretty but results are everything now. You don?t go to Billericay and win easily and we understand that and are looking forward to giving it a good go."

Richard Butler is almost fit and the club are hoping to arrange a closed-doors friendly next week to give the front man some match practice. Micky Woolner?s injury is not as bad as first feared, but Steve Butler will see a specialist on Monday to assess the abdominal problem he has been carrying over the last few months.


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Thursday 06 April 2006
club news
Billericay travel information

After consultation between local police and the AFC Wimbledon Safety Officer, Billericay Town Football Club wish to inform Wimbledon supporters of the following arrangements for next saturday's game.

1) The ground will be fully segregated. AFC Wimbledon's allocation will include 100 seats.

2) There will be no access to the clubhouse and bar for Wimbledon supporters. Refreshment facilities will be available in the away area but no alcohol will be served, nor permitted to be brought in to the ground.

3) There will be no parking available for Wimbledon supporters within the ground or Blunts Wall Road, other than for Blue Badge holders. Wimbledon supporters who are travelling by car are advised to park in Tye Common Road or the roads leading off Tye Common Road.

Ian Ansell, Billericay Town Football Club Secretary, said: "Billericay Town Football Club wish to thank Wimbledon supporters in advance for their co-operation in ensuring an enjoyable afternoon for all."



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Thursday 06 April 2006
club news
Burksey booked for back bar

AFC Wimbledon is delighted to announce a special book signing.

Comedy writer Peter Morfoot, author of Burksey: the Autobiography of a Football God will be giving a talk, taking questions and signing books in the back bar of the Fans' Stadium on Easter Saturday, 15th April, at 1.30pm prior to the home game with East Thurrock United. All are welcome to discover more about the funniest book ever to be written about football.

BURKSEY is set to take the footballing world by storm. It features the antics of the fictional, yet strangely believable, Stephen 'Burksey' Burkes, who meets and plays with all the top players and personalities of the last 30 years including Rooney, Beckham, Lineker, Maradona, Sven, Sir Alex Ferguson, Sir Bobby Robson and Graham Taylor. He reveals numerous of football's darkest secrets, such as why Gazza really cried at Italia 90, what happened when Glenn Hoddle met Mother Theresa, why Gabby Yorath is addicted to lip gloss and why Gareth Southgate missed that penalty at Euro 96. He also assists a newly formed club take the world by storm and win the Premiership within seven years of being founded!

Already the book has received some glowing praise:

'Written in authentic footballerese, Burksey goes down better than a South American striker in the box.' - Pat Nevin

"A funny, savage and endlessly inventive satire on modern football, Burksey is also a compelling story in its own right." - Gareth Edwards, Producer of Dead Ringers & Spaced

"More side-splitting than one of my tackles!" - Ron 'Chopper' Harris

BURKSEY will be the best Easter read, or Easter present you have ever bought!

Don't miss out on this opportunity to pick up a signed copy with all profits on the day going to AFC Wimbledon. BURKSEY - the ego has landed - Price 9.99


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Thursday 06 April 2006
club news
Boo's back

One of Britain's finest singer-songwriters is making a hugely welcome
return to Kingsmeadow.

Boo Hewerdine, who graced us with his presence back in October, is coming back on Friday 7 April to entertain us with his superbly crafted acoustic rock as part of his UK tour to promote his brilliant new album Harmonograph.

The album features songs that Hewerdine has written for other artists, such as Eddi Reader and Hepburn, but had never recorded for himself. The album has been released to great reviews, including 5 out of 5 in The Sun.

Boo will be playing songs from Harmonograph together with a selection of beautiful songs from his back catalogue and maybe even a couple of songs from his days with 80s pop combo The Bible. Tickets are just 7 on the door, and with able support from James Richard Stevens and MJ Hibbett, it promises to be a great night.

Doors open at 7.30pm with James on stage at 8pm. MJ Hibbett is on at 8.45pm and Boo is playing a 90 minute set from 9.30pm.


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Wednesday 05 April 2006
club news
The youth of today

AFC Wimbledon under-16s will be playing Walton & Hersham in a WSYL
Premier Elite Division fixture tonight at The Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow, with kick-off at 7pm.

A number of the players in the under-16 squad have become regulars in both our reserve and under-19 teams this season, and this is a chance to see how well our boys are developing.

If you fancy an even closer look at the action, you could savour the experience from the other side of the boundary fence as we are also looking to hear from any budding linesmen out there. You don't have to be qualified, but you will need a basic knowledge of the offside law. If you are interested, and can spare a couple of hours this evening, please contact nigel.higgs@afcwimbledon.co.uk



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Wednesday 05 April 2006
club news
Catch the coach

The first supporters' coach to Billericay on Saturday is now fully booked. However, if there is sufficient demand, AFC Wimbledon will now be running a second coach.

The coach would depart the Woodman Pub, Wimbledon Park, at 10.45am, or The Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow at 11.00am. Tickets cost 11 for adults or 6 for under-16s/concessions.

To add your name to the waiting list for a seat on the coach, call the club on 020 8547 3528. Once the second coach is confirmed, the club will contact you regarding payment and further details


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Wednesday 05 April 2006
club news
Trip to the Knight Fantastic

Don't forget that this week's quiz kicks-off tonight in the main bar at 8pm.Hosted by Radio Jackie DJ Neil Long - AKA the Knight Fantastic - it costs 2 per person to enter and you can expect plenty of prizes and surprises through the night. The rollover prize fund currently stands at 25 and will be further boosted tonight - but will the winner pick a key or take the wine?

Don't forget that from next month the quiz will be held monthly rather than weekly, and will be staged on the first Wednesday of every month.


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Wednesday 05 April 2006
first team news
Dave pleased to get 'reaction'

AFC Wimbledon marched into their second successive Surrey Senior Cup final following a hard-earned 2-1 win over Ashford town (Mddx).

With Ashford flying high in Southern Leaue Division One, and with the Dons missing seven regulars, Dave was more than happy to make it through. He said: "The main thing after Saturday was to get a reaction from the side and make it through to the final. It was a difficult night to play - it was windy and the pitch was poor - and it didn't make for a pretty game of football. It was never going to be an easy place to go to and I can tell you that the lads are exhausted. But it keeps the season alive on another front and, having been there last year, we all wanted to get back there again."

But Dave admits that he won't be allowing himself, his staff or the players to be distracted by the cup. He said: "Just as we had to put the Hampton result away and turn our focus to this game, we now have to put this game away and put all our focus on the Billericay game. My main worry is the number of injuries we have picked up, and we suddenly seem to be a midfielder short. Gelly was a gamble, and he had to come off. He was keen to help the cause, but we're not sure exactly what the problem with his groin is - it should have healed by now. Mike Rayner will be having another look at him tomorrow. As for Mickey, we'll know more tomorrow as well, but the initial signs aren't good. Mike seems to think he's damaged the medial ligament in his knee but we're hoping for the best.

"Dean Brennan is another worry - he seems to have strained his thigh again and was struggling out there. Dean's been out for a while and now he's had two hard games in a matter of days, so he's another one where we'll have to see how he feels tomorrow. Dean's not quite where we want him to be in terms of fitness, and we haven't really seen the best of him yet."

On the posiive side, youngster Jon Boswell gave a good account of himself in defence after replacing Chris Gell in the first half. Dave added: "Boswell came in and did well. It was a big, big game for the club and he's a young lad so it was a big ask. But commeth the hour, commeth the player, as they say. The one thing we knew about Jon is that he wouldn't be scared and I think the experience will make him a better player in the future.

"But we proved tonight that we can adapt our formation, which is something we spend a lot of time working on. To a certain extent, the side we put out and the formation we played were dictated to us by who we had available. We've been playing 4-4-2 recently, but we were able to adapt our shape to 4-3-3 for this game. And we haven't seen our 3-5-2 much this year, but that's something else we are comfortable with, if needed."

Meanwhile, there were further twists in the Ryman Premier League, with Heybridge Swifts beating Hampton & Richmond 5-0. Dave said: "That just shows how unpredictable this league is. I suppose that means we'd lose to Heybridge 9-0! Seriously, it just goes to prove once again that every side in this league is beatable on the day. If, at the beginning of the season, you had offered me a place in the final of the Surrey Senior Cup and a place one point off the play-offs with five games to go, I'd have taken it. I wonder how many others would do?"


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Tuesday 04 April 2006
club news
Win a listing in the Dons Directory

As announced in Saturday's programme, the commercial department has launched a Dons Directory competition for the business owners among our supporters.

The prize is a free listing for one year in the Dons Directory www.thedonsdirectory.com - a printed version of which will be distributed to around 3,000 of our supporters and members at the start of next season.

You can enter for free by either e-mailing commercial@afcwimbledon.co.uk or just hand your card to commercial executive Keith McGuinness. A draw will take place at the home match against Harrow Borough. Don't miss out on the chance to win this valuable free advertising with the club.


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Tuesday 04 April 2006
first team news
Dave focuses on Ashford

AFC Wimbledon travel to Ashford Town (Middlesex) in the semi-final of the Surrey Senior Cup tonight, looking to bounce back from the 4-0 horror show they suffered at the weekend.

Dave has named a 17-man squad, with five changes from the Hampton game.

The full squad is: Andy Little, Danny Wheeler, Antony Howard, Wayne Finnie, Steve Butler, Dave Sargent, Simon Sobihy, Jon Boswell, Micky Woolner, Chris Gell, Dean Brennan, Sonny Farr, Dwayne Plummer, Robert Ursell, Shane Smeltz, Mark King, Steve Tyson.

Sonny Farr and Jon Boswell are included despite being on loan at Chertsey and Banstead Athletic respectively. Mark King and Steve Tyson step up from the reserves and Chris Gell returns following an injury lay-off. Dave Anderson is pleased he and his team have the opportunity to bounce back so quickly.

"In the short-term you have to put days like Saturday away and forget all about them. There is no point brooding over it or feeling sorry for yourself. It was an awful performance but I know have a good squad. It's vital we look forward and luckily tonight we have a big game. We spoke on Saturday as a group and I have spoken on an individual basis to many of the squad too. There is the chance to analyse what happened at a later time but now it is about focusing fully onto tonight's game."

Dave was keen to take the positives from the situation.

"We suffered something similar last year when we were beaten 4-0 by Walton & Hersham and then had to go to Sutton in the semi-final with four or five out. With the four new lads ineligible and Wes Daly suspended we have made changes and the players know what is required. We are one match away from another cup-final and if the player?s minds are not focussed fully on Ashford, we will get found out."

Sonny Farr and Jon Boswell can still play for AFC Wimbledon as the club holds their registrations. Chris Gell will face a fitness test before the game. Andy Little will miss the home fixture against East Thurrock following his sending-off last Saturday. Josh Lennie makes his return in the reserves tomorrow night.


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Monday 03 April 2006
club news
Meet the Manager

AFC Wimbledon and Dave Anderson are pleased to announce the latest in our fascinating Meet the Manager sessions.

Dave and his management team will be on hand to answer any of your questions, to talk tactics, explain transfer policy and provide an insight into their working world. The session will take place on Wednesday April 12 in the main bar at The Fan's Stadium - Kingsmeadow. Doors open at 7pm, and the action is scheduled to take place from 7.30pm onwards. The bar will be open for the duration of the meeting, but you are advised to get there early to secure a seat/table. If the last event is anything to go by, the club expects there to be standing room only by the time Dave comes on stage.

For those who have not attended a Meet the Manager evening in the past, these events are usually lively affairs where Dave and his team are able to offer an insider's account of where and why it all went wrong or, hopefully, superbly right. It's a bit like Newsnight but with 150 or so budding Jeremy Paxmans!

For a taste of what to expect, you will find the minutes from the last event
here
(PDF 196kb). If you are unable to attend this time around, you may still be able to have your questions answered in your absence. Simply e-mail your questions and your name to info@afcwimbledon.co.uk and they pitch them to Dave and the team on your behalf, subject to time available. Minutes from this session will then available on the OS at the earliest opportunity.

So if there's anything you want to know - from Dave's preferred formation or whether we'd survive in a higher league to who he rates as his best ever signing - here's your opportunity to ask the man himself


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Monday 03 April 2006
club news
Dons get kitted up

The winners of the AFC Wimbledon kit design competition have been announced - with home kit 5 and away kit 1 taking the vote. An official announcement was made following the Man of the Match award on Saturday, and work is now underway on having the designs turned into the real thing.

Home kit number 5 was selected by a narrow margin over kit 1, and was designed by Carl Bartlett. Although Carl entered as an individual, Carl actually works for kit manufacturer Tempest and has graciously turned down his prize. In the event, it has been decided that runner-up Graham Stacey will be taking up the prize and will now visit Tempest's factory in Istanbul, Turkey.

Away kit number 1 was designed by 15-year-old Purley resident Nicholas Jones. Nicholas was understandably thrilled - his family were all in attendance at the presentation and it was easy to see just how justifiably proud they all were. Nicholas will also now be travelling to Turkey.

AFC Wimbledon Commercial Director Ivor heller said: "We'd like to thank everyone who took part in the kit competition. Once again the quality of design was superb and the competition attracted hundreds of votes. It's good to see that democracy is alive and well at the club."

The original entry shortlist - including the winning designs - can be found here.



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Sunday 02 April 2006
club news
Dave praises departing director

Dave Anderson took time out from plotting his side's assault on the play-offs to praise departing Finance Director Erik Samuelson, who has announced that he is to step down shortly.

Dave said: "Erik has to take an enormous amount of credit for where the club is today, and we'd like him to know that he is held in the utmost respect by myself and all the staff here. The hours he puts in here are incredible - he just always seems to be here. He's here whenever I get here and still here when I leave. I sincerely hope he'll stay around the club in some capacity."

Following the 4-0 humbling by Hampton & Richmond, Erik was awarded the sponsors' Man of the Match in tribute. Dave added: "I wholeheartedly agreed with that decision. In fact, I think it's probably the first time that I've agreed with a Man of the Match award this season."


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Sunday 02 April 2006
club news
Help needed please

It won't be long before we send out the season ticket renewal notices. Before we do, we want to tidy up the ST database, which will involve a significant amount of work.

The work does not require high levels of IT literacy but you must be patient, have a good eye for detail, and be available during the next week or so. The work can easily be split into parts, so more than one person can help, and it can be done outside office hours. It can't be done at home, however.

Will anyone who is able to help please email info@afcwimbledon.co.uk with the subject heading "ST data review" and a contact phone number.


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Saturday 01 April 2006
first team news
Dave describes his ?nightmare at Kingsmeadow?

Dave Anderson was shell-shocked after seeing his Dons side capitulate against play-off rivals Hampton & Richmond.

Dave said: "I can?t remember a day I?ve looked forward to so much that?s turned out so bad. I?m shell-shocked by it. The fact is we were well on our way to losing by half-time. I don?t think you can judge our strikers on that performance as their service was rubbish, but seven out of ten players out there were way off the pace ? in fact I think only Rob Ursell came away with any credit."

Dave?s hand was forced slightly with regards to team selection. He explained: "We made three changes. Steve came in for Pel [Finnie] because we knew they would play high balls into the box. Wayne hasn?t done anything wrong and he?ll be back. But Plums wasn?t 100% so we rested him and brought Dean in, while Battersby came in for Shane because we didn?t want Shane to get injured ahead of Tuesday. If we?d played Shane and he?d have got injured we wouldn?t have had a single striker for the cup game. But I don?t think anyone would say that Barnes-Battersby is a weak forward line."

In the end, the ten-man Dons held out for the final 43 minutes of the game after Little was sent off for two bookable offences. Dave said: ?I?ll be analysing the two penalties on the video but I have to say that they looked like penalties from where I was sitting. I?m not going to point the finger at Andy because he shouldn?t have been put in those positions.

"There were harsh words in the dressing room after the game. There was no shouting or swearing, but we made a few points one to one. What we are having to do is get a reaction from the players. We?ve had to do similar in the past and we have to make sure we do it again."


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Saturday 01 April 2006
club news
Youth sides march on

AFC Wimbledon's youth sides have continued their stunning progress in the cups, and several have now reached West Surrey Youth League Cup Finals.

The under-13s play Worcester Park Colts on 9th April at 1.30 pm, the under-16s play Aldershot Town Blues on 23rd April at 1.30 pm and the under-12s take on Tooting & Mitcham Juniors 30th April at 10.30am. These ties will be played at Imber Court. Directions can be found here

Meanwhile AFC Wimbledon under-15s clash with Hayes Youth on April 23 at 1.30 at Westfield FC. Directions can be found here

Last but not least, the under-10s will meet Epsom Eagles on May 1 at 10.00am at Wandgas Sports Ground. Directions can be found
here

Congratulations to each of the sides, and come on you young Dons!


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Saturday 01 April 2006
dons trust news
Barclays loan proposal - Result

At the Dons Trust SGM on Thursday evening, a well attended meeting took the opportunity for a lively debate on the Barclays loan proposal. There seemed little opposition in the room to both proposals presented by the Board, and this was reflected in a large majority voting yes to both resolutions.

David Cox, the Dons Trust vice-chair, attended the AFC Wimbledon PLC EGM immediately afterward and used the Dons Trust block vote to ensure the resolution to take the Barclays loan (subject to the conditions contained in the resolution) was carried.

Minutes of the December AGM, agreed at the SGM, are available to download here. (116kb)

Adobe Acrobat 4.0 or higher version is need to view this .pdf document. Download the latest version here.


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