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Monday 30 April 2007
club news
Collect your tickets tonight for the Bromley game

There is a substantial number of tickets to be collected for the Bromley game tomorrow. If you want to collect yours from the club tonight, you can do so until 6.30 pm by calling at reception.

From 6.30 pm to 10.00 pm, tickets can be collected from Aideen Rochford who will be working in the main bar this evening.

Tickets can also be collected from the office tomorrow until about 4.00 pm, after which the uncollected tickets will be taken to Bromley's ground - a collection point will be signposted.


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Monday 30 April 2007
club news
TomTom Offer ends today

This is a reminder that if you have not already taken advantage of the exclusive discount on TomTom's range of satellite navigation systems for AFC Wimbledon supporters, call the commercial office on 020 8547 3336 as soon as possible because the offer ends today.
For more information, click on the link on the right hand side of this page.


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Monday 30 April 2007
club news
Family Fun Day - Sunday 6 May

In the middle of all the play-off fever, don't forget that the Dons Trust Family Fun Day will take place at Kingsmeadow on Sunday 6 May. It starts at 11.00 am and finishes at about 4.00 pm. Entrance is free.

This year's attractions include:

Police Dog displays
Owl Sanctuary
Taekwonda demonstration
Bouncy castle/assault course
Football speed game
Haydon the Womble
Children's games
Face Painting
5 a side football (free)

A new attraction at this year's Family Fun Day will be a stall at which football stickers can be bought or swapped.

We are looking for as many volunteers as possible to help man stalls and games, so that all the helpers can have a break.

If you are able to help, even if only for a short time, please e-mail here or phone John Smith on 07949 355033.


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Monday 30 April 2007
club news
Sold out

We have now sold the final few tickets from our allocation for the Bromley playoff semi-final. If we get any more we will announce it here, but we are not counting on doing so.


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Monday 30 April 2007
club news
Volunteer raffle for Café Royal

TomTom, one of the club?s corporate partners, have very generously agreed to sponsor a table at the End of Season Dinner at the Café Royal for 5 lucky volunteers and their guests.

To be entered into this raffle, simply e-mail here stating your name, your volunteer position and the name of your team leader by Wednesday 2 May. The draw will take place in the middle bar at 7pm that evening.

For more information about this function, click here

This is yet another fantastic display of support from one of our most high profile and valued partners, who are also offering an exclusive 20% discount to AFC Wimbledon supporters on several of their systems until the end of April (click on the TomTom promo advert along the right of this page for further details).

On behalf of everyone at the club, we would like to express our gratitude to TomTom for this generous gesture and their support throughout the season.


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Monday 30 April 2007
club news
A 'thank you'

Thanks very much to everyone who helped out with ticket sales yesteday, whether on the credit card hotline, selling to callers or making sandwiches for all of us!

The day started for some of the volunteers at 9.00 am and finished at 11.00 pm, so it was a long day. We are very grateful to everyone who volunteered to help and gave up their Sunday to do so.


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Sunday 29 April 2007
youth news
Train for a career in football with AFC Wimbledon

The AFC Wimbledon Youth Development Programme invites players aged over 16 and under 19 on 31 August 2007 to apply for its Nescot squad.

See feature here for full details.



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Sunday 29 April 2007
club news
Tickets for the Bromley game - an update

There will be segregation for the game on Tuesday, supported by stewarding and a police presence inside and outside the ground.

We are aware that some fans are trying to buy tickets from Bromley. If you do this please note that the Bromley tickets are a different colour from ours and you will be directed to their end. Bromley have made it clear that anyone who is found in the wrong end of the ground will be ejected, not moved.

We will still have tickets available after the priority period for season tickets holders finishes at 6.00 pm today, and we strongly advise you to buy your tickets from us.


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Sunday 29 April 2007
club news
More pre season friendlies announced

Two more pre season friendlies have been announced.

On Saturday 14 July the Lanes Cup will be resurrrected when AFC Wimbledon visit Tooting and Mitcham as part of Tooting's 75th anniversary celebrations. Tooting are aiming to make quite make a day of this, including some youth matches before the game. Details will follow nearer the time.

On Saturday 21 July the Dons will visit Brentford. Again, more details will follow nearer the time.


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Saturday 28 April 2007
club news
Tickets for play off semi-final against Bromley

All ticket game

The play off semi-final against Bromley will be played at Hayes Lane on Tuesday 1 May, kick off 7.45pm.

The match will be all-ticket. Please note that Bromley tell us that they do not intend to sell tickets on the day of the game.

Our ticket allocation

We have been allocated approximately half of the tickets for the game, with about 1,500 terrace tickets and about 100 seats. This total is only slightly higher than the number of our season ticket holders.

Priority for season ticket holders and selling times

To meet our commitment to give priority to ST holders, from 11.00 am and 4.00 pm on Sunday only season ticket holders may buy tickets ? one ticket per season ticket holder.

Tickets may be bought by personal callers who need to bring voucher J or some other evidence of being a ST holder, or by credit card hotline (when we will take the ST holder?s details and check them later).

We will stop selling tickets between 4.00 pm and 6.00 pm on Sunday to allow time to fulfil all the sales we have made and then reopen from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm.

Other applications

Please do not leave applications at the ground or post them through our letter box.

Unsold tickets

Any unsold tickets will go on sale on Monday at 10.00 am by credit card and to callers.

Ticket collection

Tickets can be collected on Sunday and between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on Monday and Tuesday. Anyone who is unable to do this can collect them from outside Bromley?s ground before the match. Exact details of how to do this will be published later.

Credit card hotline numbers

The normal credit card hotline number (020 8546 9582) will operate as usual, plus an additional number (020 8547 3528).

Prices

Contrary to our original understanding, we now understand that prices are as follows:

Adults £8
Concessions £4

There is no surcharge for seats

We will be double-checking the accurcay of these prices before sales start.


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Saturday 28 April 2007
club news
Help needed on Sunday - possibly

If we get into the play offs we will need to sell semi-final tickets tomorrow, Sunday. Exact plans - if needed - will be announced after today's game but before then we need to know that we have enough volunteers to sell tickets to callers as well as man the credit card hotline.

If you can help for at least a couple of hours between 10.00 am and 8.00 pm on Sunday, please send an email here.

Please give a contact number in the email, along with your hours of availability. We will be in touch this evening to confirm arrangements - if needed.


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Friday 27 April 2007
club news
West Surrey Youth League cup finals at Kingsmeadow on Sunday, featuring the AFC Wimbledon U12s

The Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow plays host to some of this year's WSYL cup finals on Sunday 29 April. There are three cup finals, as follows:

. Ashford Town v AFC Wimbledon, U 12 League Cup, kick off 10.00 am

. Barnes Eagles Colts v Kew Park Rangers, U12 Invitation Cup, kick off 12.15 pm

. Kingstonian Youth Colts v Whitton Wanderers, U11Invitation Cup, kick off 2.15 pm

Past experience shows that the games are fast, exciting and with plenty of good football, so why not come down on Sunday and enjoy a game or two? If you arrive early you can support our own U12s in a bid for a trophy.

The tea bar will be open from 10.00 am and the main bar will open at noon.


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Friday 27 April 2007
club news
Arrangements for East Thurrock game

East Thurrock officials have asked us to inform fans that, to help to get fans into the ground as efficiently as possible, match tickets will be on sale in the bar before the game.

Also, please note that although the club's car park will be reserved for players and officials, there is a large grass car park close to the ground where free parking is available.


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Friday 27 April 2007
club news
Squad for East Thurrock

Dave Anderson has announced the following squad for the massive game against East Thurrock United at Rookery Hill tomorrow.

Andy Little; Paul Smith; Simon Sweeney; Paul Lorraine; Steve Butler; Antony Howard; Matt Fish; Jermaine Darlington; Michael Haswell; Wes Daly; Steve Wales; Luke Garrard; Lee O'Leary; Chris Gell; Robin Shroot; Lewis Cook; Steve Ferguson; Richard Butler; Richard Jolly; Roscoe Dsane; Stephen Goddard.

Dave commented "Richard Butler and Jermaine Darlington are doubtful and will have fitness tests just before the game. Richard Jolly returns after being unavailable for the Heybridge game as part of the terms of his transfer.

"I think this is the biggest game AFC Wimbledon has ever faced. We are confident that we will get the win we need to guarantee a place in the play offs and, after that, let's see. I'm going to adopt the old football manager's cliche of taking one game at a time - we mustn't be distracted by what might come next.

"I understand that there are several coaches going to the game and I expect we will have a large following. I want to win well but, in the end, the most important thing about tomorrow is just to win. I know the crowd will be behind us and I ask all the fans to stay patient and support us right to the final whistle."


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Friday 27 April 2007
club news
Volunteer raffle for Cafe Royal

TomTom, one of the club?s corporate partners, have very generously agreed to sponsor a table at the End of Season Dinner at the Café Royal for 5 lucky volunteers and their guests.

To be entered into this raffle, simply e-mail here stating your name, your volunteer position and the name of your team leader by Wednesday 2nd May. The draw will take place in the middle bar at 7pm that evening.

For more information about this function, click here

This is yet another fantastic display of support from one of our most high profile and valued partners, who are also offering an exclusive 20% discount to AFC Wimbledon supporters on several of their systems until the end of April (click on the TomTom promo advert along the right of this page for further details).

On behalf of everyone at the club, we would like to express our gratitude to TomTom for this generous gesture and their support throughout the season.


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Thursday 26 April 2007
club news
Arrangements for the play offs

The Ryman League has announced the following arrangements for the play off semi-finals next week. The following list sets out the names of the teams who might qualify and the night on which they would play a home semi-final.

Billericay Tuesday 1 May
Bromley Tuesday 1 May
Chelmsford Monday 30 April
Hampton Wednesday 2 May
Margate Tuesday 1 May

If AFC Wimbledon reach the semi-final and have a home game, then it would be held on Tuesday 1 May.

We will not know our situation until 4.45 on Saturday. IF we are in the play offs then the club will take the following steps to tell fans about the arrangements:

1 We will put an announcement explaining the arrangements on the club's answerphone and on the credit card hotline by no later than 8.00 pm on Saturday night

2 We will publish the arrangements on this site no later than 8.00 pm on Saturday night

IF we are in the play offs, and depending on who we might play, there may be greater demand for tickets than we can meet. We strongly advise season ticket holders to retain their season ticket books until the situation is clear.


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Thursday 26 April 2007
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow this Friday

This week, our weekly comedy club, Comedy@Kingsmeadow, continues on Friday night headlined by the hilarious Milton Jones. The gigs are taking a break for a few weeks but will be back on Saturday 19 May with another of our indie nights featuring The Comcomcommas, JC?s Flatline Junkies and more.
For more information, keep an eye on our website here

More about this week's comedy...

Friday 27 April
Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents?
Milton Jones, Chris Neil, Steven N Allen and Kevin Rook
Doors open 8.00pm, show starts 9.00pm, bar closes 1.00am
Admission: £6 (advance) /£8 (door)

Milton Jones (Closing act)
Winner of the Time Out Best Comedy Performance 2003, Perrier Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Festival in 1996 for his first solo show and BBC Radio 4 show ?The Very World of Milton Jones? won the Sony Award.
TV credits include The World Stands Up (Comedy Channel, 2004), The Comedy Store (Channel 5, 1996-2000) and The Strangerers (Sky 1, 1999-2000).

Chris Neil (Opening act)
?An expert storyteller with split-second comic timing? Independent on Sunday
?Neill presides over proceedings with the gracious self-assurance of a party host having a chinwag with his guests. Both acidic and disarmingly sweet, he has an ammaculate turn of phrase? Independent
?This acidic storyteller is the natural successor to Kenneth Williams? Evening Standard

Steven N Allen (Compere)
"Likeable", "very appealing" Hannah Chambers, Comedy Café (on 'Live With... Chris Moyles')
"He's hilarious" Stewart Dennis, The Saint
"Hilarious stand-up comedy" DATA Radio

Kevin Rook (Open spot)

Please take note of our advance bookings ticket policy:
To avail of the cheaper ticket price, you must book tickets in advance. You can book tickets either by e-mailing here or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335. You can still pay for the tickets on the night of the gig. Don't forget, when you order 10 tickets, you get one free!



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Wednesday 25 April 2007
club news
Coaches sold out for East Thurrock

Both fans' coaches are sold out for the game against East Thurrock. At this late stage we will not be booking another one.


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Wednesday 25 April 2007
club news
Few tables remaining for End of Season Dinner

Come and celebrate another exciting season for AFC Wimbledon in style with the players, staff and special guests at the Café Royal on Saturday 12 May 2007.

We are pleased to announce that 2006/07 player of the year Frankie Howard has agreed to make an after dinner speech.

We are also pleased to announce that The Royal Lancaster Hotel have very generously offered us a special room rate for the night of £95+VAT. These rooms must be booked through the Commercial Office. For more information about the hotel, visit here

There are only a few tables still available so, if you have not already booked your tickets, contact the commercial office quickly to avoid disappointment.

The evening will consist of a three-course meal which will be followed by speeches, an auction of Wimbledon memorabilia and a DJ to keep the party going into the early hours.

The running order is expected to be as follows:

7.00 pm: Arrive
An informal reception will take place in the Louis Suite, where dinner will also be served.

7.45 pm: Dinner is called
Seating arrangements: Unless you are booked onto a table, you will be assigned a seat. If there is someone in particular you would like to sit with, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

8.00 pm: Dinner served
Dinner will consist of a three-course meal with a meat and vegetarian option. Please let us know in advance if you have any dietary requirements.

9.30 pm: Speech by Anthony Howard followed by an auction of some very special Wimbledon memorabilia.

10.00 pm: DJ starts

1 am: Bar closes

Tickets for this black-tie event cost £75 per person or £700 per table of 10 and can be booked through the commercial office by calling 020 8547 3336 or e-mailing here.




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Wednesday 25 April 2007
club news
Reserves in action tonight

The reserves' battle for the Suburban League Southern Division title continues tonight when they take on Haywards Heath Town at Croydon Athletic FC.

Kick off 7.45 pm.


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Tuesday 24 April 2007
club news
Wimbledon Heroes vs. Chelsea Legends Sponsorship Opportunities

The match and match ball programme sponsorships are still available for the Wimbledon Heroes vs. Chelsea Legends match taking place on Bank Holiday Monday, 7 May.
This is a great opportunity to mingle with some of the stars from years gone by, including Robbie Earle and Alan Kimble for the Dons and Ray Wilkins and Kerry Dixon for Chelsea.
The match also presents a fantastic opportunity to raise money for three very worthwhile causes: The Isabel Hospice, Friends of Chelsea Children's Hospital School and The Dons Trust.
With this in mind, the commercial department will accept bids for each of these packages. As a rough guide, match sponsorships cost £1,000 and match ball sponsorships cost £200.
For full details of these packages, please visit here. If you would like to make an offer or if you have any questions, please e-mail the commercial department at here or call 020 8547 3336.



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Tuesday 24 April 2007
club news
Coaches to East Thurrock

As the first coach has sold out we will be running a second coach to East Thurrock this Saturday. To book on the coach please call the club's office on 020 8547 3528 between 10 am and 4 pm.

The coach leaves the Woodman pub at noon and Kingsmeadow at 12.30 pm.

As usual, thanks to sponsorship by WISA, tickets are £12 for adults and £7 for concessions.


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Monday 23 April 2007
club news
From the programme notes v Heybridge Swifts

In the Heybridge Swifts programme, Erik Samuelson updated supporters on a number of issues, including some of the work which is planned for the close season.

We have republished his article here for those fans who were unable to buy a programme on Saturday.


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Monday 23 April 2007
club news
Player of the Year awards

In case you missed the presentation of the end of season awards after the match on Saturday, the winners are as follows:

WISA Player of the Year - Anthony Howard

Junior Dons' Player of the Year - Roscoe Dsane

Players' Player of the Year - Anthony Howard

WUP Young Player of the Year (Natalie Callow memorial trophy) - Luke Garrard

Reserves Player of the Year - Casey Maclaren

Under-19s Player of the Year - Dan Dean

Anthony Howard also received a special award recognising his 100th appearance for the club. It has been quite a season for "Frankie" and the club would like to congratulate him on his achievements.


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Monday 23 April 2007
club news
April Dons Draw results

The April Dons Draw took place at Kingsmeadow before the Heybridge game. The winning numbers were drawn in the presence of Paul Jeater, Matthew Breach (both Dons Trust board members) and Neil Messenbird (the Dons Draw Treasurer).

The winning ticket numbers and prizes were as follows:

First prize of £950 - ticket 2657 ? Barry Willingham from SW18
Second prize of £470 - ticket 2306 ? A Mansfield from Orpington
Third prize of £150 - ticket 0314 ? David Kaill from SW20

Congratulations to all three prize winners. This is the first win for all the winners.

The next Dons Draw will take place on or shortly after 16 May 2007, with the results being posted on the AFC Wimbledon official web site soon after the draw has taken place. The first prize in the May draw will be a massive £1,000!

So if you want a chance of winning next month?s bumper jackpot but still haven?t entered, or if you have already entered the draw but would like to increase your chances of winning by taking a few more ticket numbers, then you know what to do. You can sign up online to the Dons Draw here or download an online application here

Applications were also enclosed with Saturday's programme.

The deadline for new entrants to the May 2007 Dons Draw is 8.00 pm on Monday 30 April.


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Monday 23 April 2007
club news
Robbie and Efan sign up

Robbie Earle and Efan Ekoku are the latest former Dons stars to confirm their places at the Wimbledon Heroes v Chelsea Legends game at Kingsmeadow on bank holiday Monday, 7 May.

More names will be announced over the next few days, in line with our policy of announcing names only after the players confirm directly that they will be here.


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Sunday 22 April 2007
club news
Dave's thoughts on yesterday's draw

Dave Anderson was frustrated with yesterday's draw but relieved that results elsewhere leave our fate in our own hands. "We probably shouldn't be surprised the results turned out this way as it has always seemed destined to go to the last game.

"We always knew that it would be a tight game, given each club's defensive record. So to concede an early goal was a terrible start. But I thought the lads responded well and we got back on terms reasonably quickly. I thought it was a definite penalty but, if I am honest I'd have been very disappointed if one of my players had been sent off for that offence.

"Roscoe grabbed the ball although Luke was the designated penalty-taker. But he put it away and, in the end, that's all that matters.

"People were a bit surprised to see Roscoe there and so I thought I should explain. He and I spoke after each game and when it became clear that his father was recovering I raised the question about him coming back. We'd been careful not to apply pressure on him as 'family is first' but he felt it was an OK time to return. So we set about getting his flight switched.

"In the end it was Mark Cooper who sorted it, as he is in the business and through his contacts we got Roscoe onto a Thursday night flight - we didn't want him flying in Friday and arriving on Saturday morning not having slept on the flight. I decided to keep hisa availability from the fans because I thought it would give them a buzz to arrive and see him there and it seems like it did that.

"After we got the equaliser, I thought we might go on to win it, but Heybridge shut us down very well and I can't complain about the result. The worst part was sitting on the bench expecting a shout to tell me that Margate had gone ahead - but it didn't happen and so our future is in our own hands. And that will do for me."


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Sunday 22 April 2007
youth news
Cup win for the youth

Congratulations to the U16 boys Youth Team who earlier today defeated Cheam Sports Youth 3-2 in the West Surrey Youth League Cup Final. Manager Paul Braben and his boys are having another brilliant season; currently second in the WSYL Premier Elite division with the title still achievable and an appearance against our other U16 team in the Surrey County Cup Final to look forward to on 20 May. Well done boys!


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Sunday 22 April 2007
club news
Coach tickets for East Thurrock on sale

Coach tickets for the key game at East Thurrock next Saturday are on sale by calling the club's office on 020 8547 3528 or to callers between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays.

The coach leaves the Woodman pub at noon and Kingsmeadow at 12.30 pm.

As usual, thanks to sponsorship by WISA, tickets are £12 for adults and £7 for concessions.


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Sunday 22 April 2007
dons trust news
£1,000 for May Dons Draw - enter now

Don?t forget that from the May draw, the first prize for the Dons Draw will rise to a massive £1,000.

Season Ticket holders ? you will have received an application form with your Season Ticket renewal documents - these can be sent to the club at any time.

Application forms were also placed in the Heybridge programme. If you didn't get one there, you can sign up online at here.


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Saturday 21 April 2007
club news
Erik Samuelson appointed Chief Executive

The Board of the Dons Trust and the Directors of AFCW PLC are delighted to announce the appointment of Erik Samuelson as Chief Executive of AFC Wimbledon.

Erik, who held the position of Financial Director from 2002-2006, had been Acting Chief Executive since the resignation of Kris Stewart in September 2006.

Given the profile of AFC Wimbledon, the Boards believe that it is vital that the new Chief Executive not only has credibility with the Dons Trust membership, the PLC shareholders and the fans in general, but also within the broader football community. In addition to his work on the day-to-day running of the club, over the past two months Erik has received many plaudits for his handling of the campaign to reverse the decision to deduct 18 points from the club?s league total. It became clear to the Dons Trust Board that the person to carry the Club forward was already in our midst.

Explaining the appointment of Erik Samuelson, David Cox, Chair of the Dons Trust said:
"Making sure we have the right team off the pitch is as important as making sure we have the right team on it. In Erik we have someone who is devoted to the Trust and Club and who shares our collective passion, not only for success but for doing things the right way."

Commenting on his appointment Erik Samuelson said:
"It's a great honour to be associated with AFC Wimbledon and even more of an honour to be asked to be the Club's Chief Executive."


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Saturday 21 April 2007
club news
End of season fans' party

The fans' end of season party will be held at Kingsmeadow on Friday 11 May. There will be a free disco in the main bar and fans with season ticket books will gain free access to the comedy night in the back bar. All other fans will get reduced price access at £3.

More details will follow soon.


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Saturday 21 April 2007
club news
Rude boy Neville Staple at Kingsmeadow tonight!

The Rude Boy returns to Kingsmeadow Live tonight for a huge end of season party! This is your chance to experience former Specials frontman Neville Staple rock an intimate venue with a night of high octane ska sounds.

Saturday 21 April
the clubseen presents?
The Neville Staple Band
Also featuring DJ?s spinning bluebeat, ska, two-tone faves with a side order of real deal 60?s soul, power pop and new wave.
Doors open 8.00pm, show starts 9.00pm, bar closes 1.00am
Admission: £10 (advance) /£12 (door)

Best known for his work writing & composing, the lead singer from The Specials, and as one of the founding members of Fun Boy 3, Neville Staple is credited with changing the face of pop music not only once but twice.
Neville's biography and past projects read like a who's who of rock. He has worked with such legends as Elvis Costello (The Specials 1979 ? Chrysalis Records), David Byrne (Fun Boy 3 Waiting 1983 ? Chrysalis Records), and Ali Campbell (Today's Specials 1996 ? Kuff Records/Virgin), to name only a few.

Neville has also shared the stage with such icons as Ranking Roger (English Beat) forming Special Beat. Although this line-up never actually recorded an album they successfully toured the U.S. with Sting and Steel Pulse, which ultimately lead up to their own headline tour.
Visit here for more information.

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Friday 20 April 2007
club news
Squad for Heybridge Swifts

Dave Anderson has announced the following squad for Saturday's crunch game against Heybridge Swifts:

Andy Little; Paul Smith; Simon Sweeney; Paul Lorraine; Steve Butler; Antony Howard; Matt Fish; Jermaine Darlington; Michael Haswell; Wes Daly; Steve Wales; Luke Garrard; Lee O'Leary; Chris Gell; Robin Shroot; Lewis Cook; Steve Ferguson; Stephen Goddard.

"Richard Butler is not going to make it and Richard Jolly is not allowed to play under the terms of his transfer. This was agreed in writing at the time he signed. We did approach them to ask to be released from the clause. However, Heybridge said 'no', as they have every right to do, so there will be no complaints about that from me.

"Antony Howard is doubtful and faces a fitness test. However, Robin Shroot has been showing great form in the reserves lately and so we are bringing him into the squad. And Lee O'Leary has completed his suspension so he also returns to the squad.

"Once again we go into a game where, although we want to perform well and entertain, the result is all that matters. It won't be easy because Heybridge are not an easy team to beat and the conditions won't be easy. However, we do have the advantage of the noise the crowd makes and that feels like an extra man on the pitch for us, sometimes. So, I am hoping that the fans will get behind us and make the place rock until the final whistle."


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Friday 20 April 2007
club news
Get your pre-match food in the back bar tomorrow

To deal with ever-increasing demand, our caterers will be open for the full tea bar menu tomorrow in the back bar, starting at noon.

Given the current kitchen facilities, they regret that they cannot service both the back bar and the stadium at the same time. Therefore, once the turnstiles open at around 1.45 pm, they will serve from the normal tea bar hatch, inside the stadium, only.


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Friday 20 April 2007
cfs news
Matchday Academy On This Saturday

The Matchday Academy is held at Kingsmeadow Athletic track next to The Fans' Stadium, before every AFC Wimbledon Saturday home game and will be on for this Saturday?s game against Heybridge. The MDA involves lots of small-sided games on state-of-the-art synthetic grass pitches. The session runs from 1.00pm to 2.00pm and is for boys and girls aged 4 - 12.

The price is only £3 for season ticket holders and £4 for non-season ticket holders, who will also receive free entrance to the match.



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Friday 20 April 2007
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow tonight

Comedy@Kingsmeadow continues tonight, this week headlined by the hilarious Valentine Flyguy, who has stepped in to replace Geoff Whiting.

Friday 20 April
Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents?
Valentine Flyguy, Stuart Goldsmith, Steve Parry and Tyson Boyce
Doors open 8.00pm, show starts 9.00pm, bar closes Midnight
Admission: £6 (advance) /£8 (door)

Valentine Flyguy (Closing act)
TV credits include Comedy Nation (BBC 2), Nights Out at the Hackney Empire (C4) and Comedy Network (C5).
"The most infectious comic I?ve seen in a long time" Daily Telegraph
"Set to rocket" The Stage
"The outrageous Valentine Flyguy rounded off the eclectic evening in style with amusing US/UK comparisons and an insight into 'gangsta life" The Scotsman
"?he bounded on stage with enormous energy and immediately filled the room with his contagious humour?" Nottingham Post

Stuart Goldsmith (Opening act)
"Intriguing and invigorating" The Scotsman
"a set rich with wordplay... an unfazed, confident act" Chortle

Steve Parry (Compere)
Writing credits for the Frank Skinner Show, BBC?s Man Stroke Woman, Radio 4 series Dead Ringers and T4's The Morning After Show.

Tyson Boyce
Open spot.

For more information, make sure you visit our website here

Please take note of our advance bookings ticket policy:
To obtain the cheaper ticket price, you must book tickets in advance. You can book tickets either by e-mailing here or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335. You can still pay for the tickets on the night of the gig. Don't forget, when you order 10 tickets, you get one free!



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Thursday 19 April 2007
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents the return of Neville Staple!

The Rude Boy returns to Kingsmeadow Live on Saturday night for a huge end of season party! This is your chance to experience former Specials frontman Neville Staple rock an intimate venue with a night of high octane ska sounds.

Saturday 21 April
the clubseen presents?
The Neville Staple Band
Also featuring DJ?s spinning bluebeat, ska, two-tone faves with a side order of real deal 60?s soul, power pop and new wave.
Doors open 8.00pm, show starts 9.00pm, bar closes 1.00am
Admission: £10 (advance) /£12 (door)

Best known for his work writing & composing, the lead singer from The Specials, and as one of the founding members of Fun Boy 3, Neville Staple is credited with changing the face of pop music not only once but twice.
Neville's biography and past projects read like a who's who of rock. He has worked with such legends as Elvis Costello (The Specials 1979 ? Chrysalis Records), David Byrne (Fun Boy 3 Waiting 1983 ? Chrysalis Records), and Ali Campbell (Today's Specials 1996 ? Kuff Records/Virgin), to name only a few.
Neville has also shared the stage with such icons as Ranking Roger (English Beat) forming Special Beat. Although this line-up never actually recorded an album they successfully toured the U.S. with Sting and Steel Pulse, which ultimately lead up to their own headline tour.
Visit here for more information.

For more information, make sure you visit our website here

Please take note of our advance bookings ticket policy:
To avail of the cheaper ticket price, you must book tickets in advance. You can book tickets either by e-mailing here or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335. You can still pay for the tickets on the night of the gig. Don't forget, when you order 10 tickets, you get one free!



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Thursday 19 April 2007
club news
For those people who want to make a donation in memory of Syd Neal

Please send a cheque to:

Douglas Bader Foundation
45 Dundale Road
Tring
Herts
HP23 5BU

Please put Syd's name on the back of the cheque or in the covering letter.

Alternatively, you can make a donation here.

If you click on "make a donation" it is possible (if you are a tax payer) for the foundation claim an additional amount from the Inland Revenue - adding about 28% to your donation at no cost to you.



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Thursday 19 April 2007
dons trust news
First players for Heroes v Legends game announced

We are pleased to announce the following players have confirmed that they are playing in the Wimbledon Heroes v Chelsea Legends game at Kingsmeadow on bank holiday Monday, 7 May.

For Chelsea: Kerry Dixon; Clive Walker; Ray Wilkins.

For Wimbledon: Alan Kimble; Roger Joseph and our very own President, Dickie Guy.

And, possibly for both teams, Joe Sheerin!

We will continue with our policy of only announcing names once they have formally confirmed, so watch this space for further announcements over the next few days.

You can reserve your seat or purchase terrace tickets by:

1. Calling the credit card hotline ? 020 8546 9582? between 11.00 am and 1.00 pm on weekdays

2. Writing to the club office, enclosing a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a cheque for the correct amount, plus details of your usual seat

3. Calling in at the office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays. Please note that we may need to mail the tickets to you, so please bring a self-addressed, stamped envelope

4. Leaving your application (see 2. above for the details we need) at the complimentary tickets window before the Heybridge Swifts game on 21 April

Ticket prices are the same as for league games, namely:

Main Stand
Adults £11
Concessions (over 60s, students and unemployed) £6
Under 16s £3

Terraces
Adults £9
Concessions (over 60s, students and unemployed) £5
Under 16s £2

Please note that if you are a main stand season ticket holder and want to reserve your usual seat, you have until Saturday 21 April to do so.


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Thursday 19 April 2007
club news
Voting deadline extended for player and young player of the year

To allow everyone who wishes to do so to cast their vote, the deadline has been extended up to and including half time at Saturday's game against Heybridge Swifts. Forms will be available at the game.

If you want to vote for player of the year you can do so here.

For young player of the year, vote here.


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Wednesday 18 April 2007
club news
Funeral details for Syd Neal

We have been sent the following information fron Karen Neal, Syd's daughter.

The funeral will be at 11.00 am on Monday 23 April 2007 at Putney Vale
crematorium Roehampton. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The family has asked that, instead of sending flowers, people consider sending money in Syd's name to a charity.

Karen said "whilst many knew Syd in better days, there have been some special people who have helped him through illness in the last few years, for which we will always be grateful. We would like to help their future patients as they helped Syd. There will be details of the charity in the order of service."


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Wednesday 18 April 2007
club news
Volunteer required for season ticket database input

We are looking for a volunteer (or two) to help with data input and related work on the season ticket database.

The work requires attention to detail, to ensure that the prescribed input policies are followed, but only basic IT skills are needed. You will be needed for a few hours a week, but the times are flexible, from mid May through to mid August.

If you are interested in helping, please email here.


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Wednesday 18 April 2007
dons trust news
Sticker swap at the Family Fun Day

A new attraction at this year's Family Fun Day on Sunday 6 May will be a stall at which football stickers can be bought or swapped. So, please donate any unwanted football stickers you may have. They can be given to Pauline Deakin, in the back bar, before the Heybridge Swifts game on Saturday.

Alternatively please bring them along to the Family Fun Day itself and either donate them to the stall or, if you are a collector, see if you can swap them for stickers you don't have. The more stickers people bring, the greater chance there is of collectors finding ones to help complete their collection.


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Tuesday 17 April 2007
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents the return of Neville Staple!

The Rude Boy returns to Kingsmeadow Live on Saturday night for a huge end of season party! This is your chance to experience former Specials frontman Neville Staple rock an intimate venue with a night of high octane ska sounds.

Saturday 21 April
the clubseen presents?
The Neville Staple Band
Also featuring DJ?s spinning bluebeat, ska, two-tone faves with a side order of real deal 60?s soul, power pop and new wave.
Doors open 8.00pm, show starts 9.00pm, bar closes 1.00am
Admission: £10 (advance) /£12 (door)

Best known for his work writing & composing, the lead singer from The Specials, and as one of the founding members of Fun Boy 3, Neville Staple is credited with changing the face of pop music not only once but twice.
Neville's biography and past projects read like a who's who of rock. He has worked with such legends as Elvis Costello (The Specials 1979 ? Chrysalis Records), David Byrne (Fun Boy 3 Waiting 1983 ? Chrysalis Records), and Ali Campbell (Today's Specials 1996 ? Kuff Records/Virgin), to name only a few.
Neville has also shared the stage with such icons as Ranking Roger (English Beat) forming Special Beat. Although this line-up never actually recorded an album they successfully toured the U.S. with Sting and Steel Pulse, which ultimately lead up to their own headline tour.
Visit here for more information.

For more information, make sure you visit our website here

Please take note of our advance bookings ticket policy:
To avail of the cheaper ticket price, you must book tickets in advance. You can book tickets either by e-mailing here or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335. You can still pay for the tickets on the night of the gig. Don't forget, when you order 10 tickets, you get one free!



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Tuesday 17 April 2007
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow this Friday

Comedy@Kingsmeadow continues on Friday night, this week headlined by the hilarious Geoff Whiting.

Friday 20 April
Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents?
Geoff Whiting, Stuart Goldsmith, Steve Parry and Tyson Boyce
Doors open 8.00pm, show starts 9.00pm, bar closes Midnight
Admission: £6 (advance) /£8 (door)

Geoff Whiting (Closing act)
TV credits include ?How to Get Your Dream Job? (BBC 3 2006), ?The Interview? (BBC 3 Autumn 2005) and Young Gifted & Broke (ITV 2001).
"Geoff Whiting takes the stage with consummate ease and works the audience like a miner at the coal face, digging out nuggets of information to fuel his comedy." - Independent on Sunday, August 2006
"Geoff Whiting was the perfect compere. His lack of ego, his audience technique, and, of course, some great material, were a perfect warm-up for the main-billed acts." Funny.co.uk
"...a master of the 'That's so True' type of humour. He ad-libbed brilliantly and hooked the audience." Evening Standard
"...wonderfully confident, highly entertaining..." Scene Magazine Bristol
'' skilful stand-up '' Time Out Magazine

Stuart Goldsmith (Opening act)
"Intriguing and invigorating" The Scotsman
"a set rich with wordplay... an unfazed, confident act" Chortle

Steve Parry (Compere)
Writing credits for the Frank Skinner Show, BBC?s Man Stroke Woman, Radio 4 series Dead Ringers and T4's The Morning After Show.

Tyson Boyce
Open spot.

For more information, make sure you visit our website here

Please take note of our advance bookings ticket policy:
To avail of the cheaper ticket price, you must book tickets in advance. You can book tickets either by e-mailing here or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335. You can still pay for the tickets on the night of the gig. Don't forget, when you order 10 tickets, you get one free!



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Tuesday 17 April 2007
club news
Please return your ST voucher if you can't come to the Heybridge game

As explained in an OS item below, we have sold all the seat tickets for the Heybridge game.

If you are unable to come to the game, please consider returning your voucher to us so that we can offer seats to more fans. You can either email the club on info@afcwimbledon.co.uk or call us on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm.


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Tuesday 17 April 2007
club news
First pre season friendly announced

AFC Wimbledon and FC United of Manchester are delighted to announce that we will meet in a pre-season friendly at Kingsmeadow, on Saturday 4 August.

This will be the third game between two of the leading Trust-owned clubs. While the game is a friendly, previous matches have been highly competitive and we expect this one to be no different.

Arrangements for ticket sales and prices will be published nearer the time of the game.


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Tuesday 17 April 2007
club news
Seat tickets sold out for Heybridge - plenty of terrace tickets left

All seat tickets for the last home league game of the season against Heybridge, this Saturday 21 April, have been sold. While we expect a large attendance, plenty of terrace tickets will be available on the day.

If more seat tickets become available, they will be sold on the day from the kiosk.

The credit card hotline remains open for sale of tickets for the Wimbledon Heroes v Chelsea Legends game on Monday 7 May.


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Tuesday 17 April 2007
club news
Reserve game at Kingsmeadow on Wednesday

This Wednesday, 18 April, AFC Wimbledon reserves take on East Grinstead Town reserves in a Suburban League game at Kingsmeadow.

The Dons are currently second in the league and going for promotion. A win on Wednesday will take them back to the top of the Southern Division. The squad is expected to feature a couple of first team players.

Kick off is at 7.45 pm.



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Tuesday 17 April 2007
dons trust news
Family Fun Day - Sunday 6 May

This is a reminder that the Dons Trust Family Fun Day will take place at Kingsmeadow on Sunday 6 May this year. It starts at 11.00 am and finishes at about 4.00 pm. Entrance is free.

This year's attractions include:

Police Dog displays
Owl Sanctuary
Taekwonda demonstration
Bouncy castle/assault course
Football speed game
Haydon the Womble
Children's games
Face Painting
5 a side football (free)

We are looking for as many volunteers as possible to help man stalls and games, so that all the helpers can have a break.

If you are able to help, even if only for a short time, please e-mail here or phone John Smith on 07949 355033.


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Monday 16 April 2007
club news
There is a mistake in some of the season ticket renewal forms

Over the weekend we discovered that some of the renewal forms for season tickets contain only the terrace prices instead of both the seat and terrace prices.

Not all the renewals have been despatched and so we will amend those which have yet to be sent. Meanwhile, if you have received your form and wish to renew your seat, please note that seat prices are as follows:

Adults £200
Concessions £100
Young adults £60
Under 16s £35

We apologise for any inconvenience that this may have caused.


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Sunday 15 April 2007
club news
Rod steps down

Rod Fraser has stepped down from his role as Finance Director designate.

At the time of his appointment on 26 October, the board agreed with Rod that we would operate an initial trial period in the role. Following the end of that period, it is clear that the job requires a greater commitment than we originally indicated in the advertisement and more than was originally envisaged for this voluntary role. As a result we have agreed that Rod will step down.

The board wishes to thank Rod very much for the time and effort he has put into the role over the last few months.


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Sunday 15 April 2007
club news
Dave's thoughts on Folkestone

Dave Anderson was being pragmatic about yesterday?s win at Folkestone. ?At this time of the season, the result is everything. The game was far from being a classic but, with the events of the second half, it was exciting for what happened.

?We knew before we arrived that the surface would be difficult for both sides and so it proved. Sometimes you need to go on the pitch to see exactly what it is like and what problems it might create - and of course fans can?t do that. But fans will have seen the ball slice off at odd angles at times and, while it was the same for both teams, it did make life a bit harder than usual.

?Setting that aside, I always felt we were the better side but it was difficult to create chances. So we told the team to hang in there and the moment would come. But when you have a penalty awarded against you that late in the game you wonder if you could come back from that. Then Andy Little made a great save and within three or four minutes we?d scored.

?The sending off made it harder for Folkestone but it was still a very edgy time until the end ? but it?s that time of year when every kick can count, so that?s not surprising. And this is the tightest, most exciting season I can remember in the last 20 years that I?ve been involved. Yesterday?s results showed how tight it is and, as I have said many times, this season is going to the wire.

?So, we need to get the players back to earth after yesterday?s excitement and focus on next Saturday. It will be a massive game and I?m hoping the support will be as vocal and as continuous as it was yesterday.?

Meanwhile, Dave and the players had a chance to catch up with two long-distance fans yesterday. ?We were having a quiet beer after the game when I got talking to a couple who had travelled down from Sunderland for the match. The man, I think his name was Richie, showed me his tattoo. He has got the AFC Wimbledon badge tattooed on the whole of his back. It is a superb piece of work and the only pity is that he can?t ever see it himself! I called the players over to see it because I wanted to remind them just what this club means to the fans; I?m sure it is something they will remember for a long time!?


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Sunday 15 April 2007
dons trust news
Wimbledon Heroes v Chelsea Legends, tickets on sale from tomorrow, Monday 16 April

On bank holiday Monday 7 May, Wimbledon Heroes are playing Chelsea Legends. There will be many names that you all know involved and Dons legend Dickie Guy has committed to a stint in goal.

Many other ex-players are commiting themselves and announcements of who is taking part will follow on a regular basis. The Chelsea side play regularly in charity matches and the day promises to be a great opportunity to raise funds for three great causes:
1. The Dons Trust
2. The Isobel Hospice
3. Friends of Chelsea Children?s Hospital School

Tickets are priced the same as for any home match - see below for details. There are various sponsorship opportunities available plus the chance to bid to play for Wimbledon or Chelsea.

Raffles and auctions will also be taking place on the day, plus there will be a chance for you to meet and greet your former heroes. We will keep you informed on developments as we get closer to the date of the game.

You can reserve your seat or purchase terrace tickets from Monday 16 April by:

1. Calling the credit card hotline ? 020 8546 9582? between 11.00 am and 1.00 pm on weekdays

2. Writing to the club office, enclosing a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a cheque for the correct amount, plus details of your usual seat

3. Calling in at the office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays. Please note that we may need to mail the tickets to you, so please bring a self-addressed, stamped envelope

4. Leaving your application (see 2. above for the details we need) at the complimentary tickets window before the Heybridge Swifts game on 21 April

Ticket prices are the same as for league games, namely:

Main Stand
Adults £11
Concessions (over 60s, students and unemployed) £6
Under 16s £3

Terraces
Adults £9
Concessions (over 60s, students and unemployed) £5
Under 16s £2

Please note that if you are a main stand season ticket holder and want to reserve your usual seat, you have until Saturday 21 April to do so.

We look forward to a big response to this match as it is a great opportunity to show a lot of new faces what AFC Wimbledon is all about.


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Friday 13 April 2007
club news
Syd Neal

We are sorry to announce that Syd Neal, who was the Wimbledon FC kit man for over 50 years, has died after a long illness. Syd was an ardent supporter of AFC Wimbledon and made a point of getting to a few games each season, most recently when we played Horsham.

We will publish details of his funeral arrangements as soon as we know the family's wishes.


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Friday 13 April 2007
club news
Place your bets for the National

Many thanks to Wimbledon Bookmakers, AFC Wimbledon's official bookmakers, for supplying the following odds for the Grand National tomorrow. Depending on the results, the club can earn a commission so, if you are planning on placing a bet on one of the biggest races in the racing calendar, please do so with Wimbledon Bookmakers.

Joes Edge (9/1)
Point Barrow (10/1)
Hedgehunter (14/1)
Numbersixvalverde (16/1)
Dun Doire (18/1)
Billyvoddan (20/1)
Others on request (20/1 or more)

Wimbledon Bookmakers promises to beat other bookmakers by one point and are paying 1/4 the odds a place 1-2-3-4-5.

To place your best, either visit the shop at 165 Arthur Rd, Wimbledon Park SW19 8AD or call manager and AFC Wimbledon supporter Lee Finch on 020 8286 0570. Make sure to mention you are an AFC Wimbledon supporter so that the club gets its commission!


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Friday 13 April 2007
club news
Squad for Folkestone Invicta

Dave Anderson has announced the following squad for the game at Folkestone tomorrow:

Andy Little; Paul Smith; Simon Sweeney; Paul Lorraine; Steve Butler; Antony Howard; Matt Fish; Jermaine Darlington; Michael Haswell; Wes Daly; Steve Wales; Luke Garrard; Chris Gell; Lewis Cook; Steve Ferguson; Stephen Goddard; Richard Jolly.

Dave said "Paul Smith and Stephen Goddard return to the squad but Richard Butler hasn't yet recovered from his ankle injury. Roscoe Dsane is still away following an illness in his family and Lee O'Leary is serving the last game of his three match ban. As everyone knows, Clark Masters has returned to Brentford and with Ryan Peters due to go back early next week, I thought it was best to leave him out of the squad.

"The players are in good spirits and all looking forward to the fixture. We are all involved in football for situations like the next three weeks. Let's hope we can win and set ourselves up for the play offs."


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Friday 13 April 2007
club news
Dons return to Café Royal

One of the traditional events that took place as a finale to a Wimbledon FC season used to be a big bash at the West End Café Royal with players, fans and officials. We are delighted to say that, after an absence lasting several years, we are restoring this fine tradition as part of our end of the season celebrations.

Come and celebrate another exciting season for AFC Wimbledon in style with the players, staff and special guests at the Café Royal on Saturday 12 May 2007.

The evening will consist of a four course meal which will be followed by a DJ to keep the party going into the early hours.

Tickets for this black tie event cost £75 per person or £700 per table of 10 and can be booked through the commercial office by calling 020 8547 3336 or e-mail here. Tickets will sell out quickly so make sure that you book early to avoid disappointment.


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Friday 13 April 2007
club news
TomTom offer

Details of a special TomTom offer appear in a feature, here.


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Thursday 12 April 2007
club news
Kingsmeadow Live on Saturday - former Sex Pistol, Ed Tudor Pole

This Saturday, former Sex Pistols frontman Ed Tudor Pole brings his one man show to Kingsmeadow Live, supported by up and coming punk outfit More than Normal.

And don?t forget, the rude boy returns on 21 April - Neville Staple is back for an end of season party and he owes us! Make sure you book tickets in advance for this one because demand is going to be high.

Saturday 14 April

Ed Tudor Pole

With support from More Than Normal

(Find out more here)

Doors open 8.00 pm, show starts 9.00 pm, bar closes 1.00 am

Admission: £6 (advance) /£8 (door)

RADA Trained Edward Tudor Pole briefly joined the Sex Pistols in 1978 after the departure of 'Johnny (Rotten) Lydon', surviving with the band for four or five rehearsals in the Pistols den & practice room on Denmark St, but in the short association he had with the band still managed to help produce some memorable moments, most notably his performance in the film 'The Great Rock & Roll Swindle', adding his own distinctive vocals on the title track, as well as the crazy 'Who Killed Bambi', & beefed up version of Bill Haleys 'Rock Around The Clock' . Then Sid Vicious moved to New York, leaving Ed to move on to front his own band 'Tenpole Tudor, with whom he had U.K chart hits with 'Wunderbar', Throwing my baby out with the bathwater, & 'Swords of a thousand men'.

His recent re-awakening to the live music scene has seen some classic performances and his fantastic 'one-man electric show' has to be seen to be believed. Ageing punks & new fans alike are attracted by his mix of punk, country, and pure rock 'n' roll. Each of his catchy tunes pays tribute to a variety of stars and his new material blends in with the classic punk anthems & his 80's chart singles.

For more information, make sure you visit our website here

Please note our advance bookings ticket policy:

To obtain the cheaper ticket price, you must book tickets in advance. You can book tickets either by e-mailing here or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335. You can still pay for the tickets on the night of the gig.

Don't forget, when you order 10 tickets, you get one free


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Thursday 12 April 2007
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow with Hal Cruttenden

Comedy@Kingsmeadow returns this week with the hilarious Hal Cruttenden headlining. This weekly comedy club brings you a great night packed with hilarious entertainment so make sure you check it out. For upcoming line-ups, visit our website here

Friday 13 April

Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents?

Hal Cruttenden, Stan Stanley, Charlie Baker and Liz Carr

Doors open 8.00 pm, show starts 9.00 pm, bar closes 1.00 am

Admission: £6 (advance) /£8 (door)

Hal Cruttenden (Closing act)

Won the prestigious Perrier Newcomer Award at the 2002 Edinburgh Festival

TV credits include 'The 11 O'Clock Show', (Channel 4), 'Brain Candy' (BBC3) and 'The World Stands Up' for the Paramount Comedy Channel.

"He had the crowd roaring." The Hollywood Reporter

"He takes the personal, the surreal, the ridiculous and the political, and whizzes them into a delicious comedy smoothie that is sweet with a hint of sharpness. And it's really good for you." The Scotsman

"An hour of comedy that can't fail to delight" Metro

"Cruttenden takes his own world of the cosy English middle classes, rummages around it and pulls out some remarkably dark humour that he finds lurking at the bottom." The Herald

"He even cracked up the band who by this point had seen the show at least three times." Montreal Gazette

Stan Stanley (Opening act)

"Smart and shameless the crowd devour his observations on popular culture" The Stage

"With timing Accurist would be proud of" Chortle

Stan and Deliver! Stan Stanley can shake a crowd with his energetic pace?" The Daily Telegraph

Charlie Baker (Compere)

?So you think you?re funny?? finalist 2005, ?You must be Joking!? finalist Newbury Comedy competition 2005, BBC new act competition semi finalist.

Open spot - Liz Carr

For more information, make sure you visit our website here

Please note our advance bookings ticket policy:

To obtain the cheaper ticket price, you must book tickets in advance. You can book tickets either by e-mailing here or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335. You can still pay for the tickets on the night of the gig.

Don't forget, when you order 10 tickets, you get one free!


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Wednesday 11 April 2007
dons trust news
Dons Draw hits the £100,000 mark

The Dons Draw has reached a landmark, contributing £100,000 to the club since it started 3 years ago. This is a magnificent achievement and we would like to thank all those fans who have entered the draw and also the volunteers who have managed the administration to date.

To celebrate this achievement, from the May draw we are raising the first prize to £1,000!

Whatever the team's results during April, the club will have already begun to plan for next year, and the money raised from the Dons draw helps fund some of the many improvements around the ground. By entering the Dons Draw not only do you help the club, but you can win some great cash prizes plus, from time to time, other club-only prizes, such as tickets to the president's lounge.

Signing up is easy, and can be done in either of these ways:

1) Go here and sign up online, or download a PDF if you prefer.

2) Complete an application which can be collected from the Dons Trust table on matchdays or the club office.

If you are an existing entrant and would like to increase your chances of winning by buying more tickets, let us know and we can make the arrangements for you.

Each lottery ticket costs £2 and you can buy just one ticket if you wish. Most supporters commit to £10 per month (or more!) but you can of course buy any number you want.

If you want to find out more, go to The Dons Draw site mentioned above, call in at the Dons Trust table in the back bar or email us here. We?ll be delighted to help.

Once again, our thanks to all those Dons fans already in the draw; good luck to you and to all the new entrants in the first £1,000 draw.


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Wednesday 11 April 2007
club news
Recall for Clark and Ryan

Clark Masters has been recalled by Brentford, with effect from tomorrow, 12 April. We understand that Brentford have recalled all their loan players following changes in their football management structure. Therefore, we expect that Ryan Peters will also return at the end of his 28 day loan period on 19 April.

Dave Anderson said "obviously we are disappointed that the arrangements are ending but this sort of thing does happen quite a lot when changes occur at clubs, so we have to accept it and move on. We are recalling Paul Smith from Wealdstone and I expect that he will be back with us tomorrow."


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Wednesday 11 April 2007
dons trust news
Last call for the Junior Dons' disco

This is a final reminder for our supporters aged between 11 and 15 that the first Junior Dons' Disco is being held tomorrow - Thursday, 12 April - at Kingsmeadow, from 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm, with Rockin' Paddy as the DJ.

The Disco is open to Junior Dons, their friends and other young supporters. Tickets cost £6.00, or £5.00 for members of the Junior Dons.



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Wednesday 11 April 2007
club news
Vote by email for Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year

It's time to vote for your Dons Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year once again.

If you missed your chance to vote at the Staines game then 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 17.

Both awards will be presented at our last game of the season against Heybridge Swifts, at The Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow on Saturday 21 April.

Players eligible for the Young Player of the Year are:

Luke Garrard
Tommy Hutchings
Lee O'Leary
Robin Shroot
Stephen Goddard
Casey Mclaren
Steve Tyson


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Wednesday 11 April 2007
club news
Kingsmeadow Live on Saturday - former Sex Pistol, Ed Tudor Pole

This Saturday, former Sex Pistols frontman Ed Tudor Pole brings his one man show to Kingsmeadow Live, supported by up and coming punk outfit More than Normal.

And don?t forget, the rude boy returns on 21 April - Neville Staple is back for an end of season party and he owes us! Make sure you book tickets in advance for this one because demand is going to be high.

Saturday 14 April

Ed Tudor Pole

With support from More Than Normal

(Find out more here)

Doors open 8.00 pm, show starts 9.00 pm, bar closes 1.00 am

Admission: £6 (advance) /£8 (door)

RADA Trained Edward Tudor Pole briefly joined the Sex Pistols in 1978 after the departure of 'Johnny (Rotten) Lydon', surviving with the band for four or five rehearsals in the Pistols den & practice room on Denmark St, but in the short association he had with the band still managed to help produce some memorable moments, most notably his performance in the film 'The Great Rock & Roll Swindle', adding his own distinctive vocals on the title track, as well as the crazy 'Who Killed Bambi', & beefed up version of Bill Haleys 'Rock Around The Clock' . Then Sid Vicious moved to New York, leaving Ed to move on to front his own band 'Tenpole Tudor, with whom he had U.K chart hits with 'Wunderbar', Throwing my baby out with the bathwater, & 'Swords of a thousand men'.

His recent re-awakening to the live music scene has seen some classic performances and his fantastic 'one-man electric show' has to be seen to be believed. Ageing punks & new fans alike are attracted by his mix of punk, country, and pure rock 'n' roll. Each of his catchy tunes pays tribute to a variety of stars and his new material blends in with the classic punk anthems & his 80's chart singles.

For more information, make sure you visit our website here

Please note our advance bookings ticket policy:

To obtain the cheaper ticket price, you must book tickets in advance. You can book tickets either by e-mailing here or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335. You can still pay for the tickets on the night of the gig.

Don't forget, when you order 10 tickets, you get one free!


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Tuesday 10 April 2007
club news
A few coach seats left for the Folkestone trip

There are about half a dozen seats left in the coach for the trip to Folkestone tomorrow. Prices have been held at £12, adult, and £7, concession, thanks to a generous sponsorship from WISA.

The coach leaves the Woodman Pub at 10.30 am and Kingsmeadow at 11.00 am.

Call the office on 020 8547 3528 before 4.00 pm today to book your seat.


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Tuesday 10 April 2007
club news
Friday night is comedy night at Kingsmeadow - with Hal Cruttenden

Comedy@Kingsmeadow returns this week with the hilarious Hal Cruttenden headlining. This weekly comedy club brings you a great night packed with hilarious entertainment so make sure you check it out. For upcoming line-ups, visit our website here

Friday 13 April

Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents?

Hal Cruttenden, Stan Stanley, Charlie Baker and Liz Carr

Doors open 8.00 pm, show starts 9.00 pm, bar closes 1.00 am

Admission: £6 (advance) /£8 (door)

Hal Cruttenden (Closing act)

Won the prestigious Perrier Newcomer Award at the 2002 Edinburgh Festival

TV credits include 'The 11 O'Clock Show', (Channel 4), 'Brain Candy' (BBC3) and 'The World Stands Up' for the Paramount Comedy Channel.

"He had the crowd roaring." The Hollywood Reporter

"He takes the personal, the surreal, the ridiculous and the political, and whizzes them into a delicious comedy smoothie that is sweet with a hint of sharpness. And it's really good for you." The Scotsman

"An hour of comedy that can't fail to delight" Metro

"Cruttenden takes his own world of the cosy English middle classes, rummages around it and pulls out some remarkably dark humour that he finds lurking at the bottom." The Herald

"He even cracked up the band who by this point had seen the show at least three times." Montreal Gazette

Stan Stanley (Opening act)

"Smart and shameless the crowd devour his observations on popular culture" The Stage

"With timing Accurist would be proud of" Chortle

Stan and Deliver! Stan Stanley can shake a crowd with his energetic pace?" The Daily Telegraph

Charlie Baker (Compere)

?So you think you?re funny?? finalist 2005, ?You must be Joking!? finalist Newbury Comedy competition 2005, BBC new act competition semi finalist.

Open spot - Liz Carr

For more information, make sure you visit our website here

Please note our advance bookings ticket policy:

To obtain the cheaper ticket price, you must book tickets in advance. You can book tickets either by e-mailing here or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335. You can still pay for the tickets on the night of the gig.

Don't forget, when you order 10 tickets, you get one free!


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Sunday 08 April 2007
club news
Squad for Staines Town

Dave Anderson has announced the following unchanged squad for the game against Staines Town on Easter Monday:

Clark Masters; Andy Little; Simon Sweeney; Paul Lorraine; Steve Butler; Antony Howard; Matt Fish; Jermaine Darlington; Michael Haswell; Wes Daly; Steve Wales; Luke Garrard; Chris Gell; Lewis Cook; Steve Ferguson; Richard Butler; Ryan Peters; Richard Jolly.

Dave said "Clark Masters arrived late yesterday so Andy Little played despite still having a slight niggle in his injured leg. I've spoken to Andy today; he has had no adverse reaction and is available, which is good news. Chris Gell will need another fitness test but everyone else looks OK.

"Staines is a local derby with all that it entails. That will give the match some extra spice as we go into our last four games. This is our second game in three days so I am sure that no-one will be surprised if we freshen things up a bit. The mood in the dressing room is good but the lads know they need to give a big performance to keep us in the frame. So here's hoping for a big crowd and a big atmosphere to help us on our way."


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Sunday 08 April 2007
club news
Dave's comments on the Boreham Wood game

Dave Anderson was in philosophical mood after yesterday's draw at Boreham Wood. "I thought we played very well until we got into the final third of the pitch where we just didn't get the ball into areas where we could hurt them. The pitch suited us, so we were able to get the ball wide and get behind them but our execution of our final pass let us down a few times.

"That is disappointing but we stayed solid and gained a point. The lads were a bit down in the dressing room after the game but I told them not to be. We've come to the team that was top of the form league with five wins out of six and we've taken a point from them. If we'd done that in the first few months of the season we'd have been more than happy with that point as part of the campaign. So, while it would have been great to win, it isn't a disaster and our job is to get as many points as we can from the last four games.

"We all know by now that this league has become unpredictable and the important thing is to concentrate on us, as that is what we can affect - we can't have any impact on other games so there is no point worrying about them."


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Friday 06 April 2007
first team news
Squad for Boreham Wood

Dave Anderson has announced the following squad for tomorrow's 12.30 pm kick off against Boreham Wood.

Clark Masters; Andy Little; Simon Sweeney; Paul Lorraine; Steve Butler; Antony Howard; Matt Fish; Jermaine Darlington; Michael Haswell; Wes Daly; Steve Wales; Luke Garrard; Chris Gell; Lewis Cook; Steve Ferguson; Richard Butler; Ryan Peters; Richard Jolly.

Dave said "we have two players definitely missing tomorrow. Lee O'Leary starts his three match ban following his sending off at Hampton and Roscoe Dsane is not available.

"Roscoe rang me very late last Sunday to say that there is a family illness and he felt he had to travel to Ghana. He is booked on a flight tomorrow.

"Roscoe is a true professional and he was very concerned about going away at this time of the season, but I assured him that it was absolutely the right thing to do. I knew the board would back me up and they did - "family comes first" was what they said and I totally agree. He goes with our blessing and best wishes for his family.

"Although Roscoe is provisionally due to arrive back in the country on 21 April, too late for the Heybridge game, I am taking an approach of 'he'll be back when he is back'. He is very appreciative of the way we've dealt with this and will be on the phone after every game to find out how we are doing.

"Meanwhile, it was heartening to see the Butlers both come through a reserve game earlier in the week, sharing six goals between them - one of them got five and the other got one; I'll leave you to guess which was which! They will both be in the squad tomorrow along with Matt Fish who joins the squad for the first time.

"Chris Gell will have a fitness test on the hip he injured in the reserve game earlier in the week and Jermaine Darlington has a fitness test on his knee. While it makes no difference to his availability tomorrow, due to him starting his ban, Lee O'Leary is also receiving treatment for a hip and back injury.

"As for the game, it has all the makings of a great contest, with Borehamwood being in very good form lately. They usually have a good surface and this will help us. We know we need to win this to stay in contention, so that is what we are looking for. While I never take it for granted, I am sure we'll get great support from the fans tomorrow, and that is always an enormous help."


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Friday 06 April 2007
youth news
Girls' title success and next season's trials announced

Congratulations to the U15 girls, who have won the Surrey County Girls League Division 1 title. This is the first success for an AFC Wimbledon girls' team, in only their second season.

The U11, U12, U13, U14, U15 and U16 girls will be holding trials for next season on Sunday 6 May and Sunday 20 May, between 11.00 am and 1.00 pm, on both days, at Richardson Evans, Roehampton Way, London, SW15. Anyone who qualifies for one of these teams can participate by just turning up on the day.

For more details, please email here or here.


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Friday 06 April 2007
club news
Sponsorship opportunities

If we host a play-off semi-final on either Tuesday 1 May, Wednesday 2 May or if we host the play-off final on Saturday 5 May, the match, programme and match ball sponsorship packages will all be available.

Given the short time between the last match of the season and the subsequent matches, we are inviting provisional offers for all these packages, with the highest bid winning. For matches of this stature, we aim to receive offers above the normal rate. As a rough guide, match sponsorships cost £1,000 and programme and match ball sponsorships cost £200.

For full details of these packages, please visit here. If you would like to make an offer or if you have any questions, please e-mail the commercial department at here or call 020 8547 3336 on weekdays.


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Friday 06 April 2007
club news
Kingsmeadow Live - The Dirty Faces this Saturday

Comedy@Kingsmeadow is taking a break this week but the live music continues on Saturday night with Mod favourites ?The Dirty Faces?. Never fear, the weekly comedy returns on Friday 13 April and we have more great live music from former Sex Pistols frontman Ed Tudor Pole and the return of Neville Staple to look forward to later in the month!

Don?t miss these upcoming gigs!

Saturday 14 April - Ed Tudor Pole with support from More Than Normal

Saturday 21 April - Neville Staple + DJ

For more details, visit here

Please take note of our advance bookings ticket policy:

To obtain the cheaper ticket price, you must book tickets in advance. You can book tickets either by e-mailing here or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335. You can still pay for the tickets on the night of the gig.

Don't forget, when you order 10 tickets, you get one free!

More about this week?s gig?

Saturday 7 April

the clubseen presents?

The Dirty Faces

With support from DJ?s spinning real deal 60?s soul/ska/max r?n?b/power pop/new wave.

Doors open 8.00 pm, show starts 9.30 pm, bar closes 1.00 am

Admission: £6 (advance) /£8 (door)

The Dirty Faces are one of the most established bands on the mod and scooter circuit, having played scootering club gigs recently at The Billett and The Welcome Club in Essex and rallies at Hemsby and Mersea. The band pride themselves on recreating the classic dirty guitar, buzz voice, organ and drum sounds of artists such as The Small Faces, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Paul Weller, Bob Dylan and more. They recently won the Hemsby Battle of the Bands 2006, and are opening this year's Scooter Festival at Camber Sands which also features Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler's JAM.

With an extensive and entertaining play list featuring Song of a Baker, Tin Soldier, Brown Sugar, Squeeze Box, Baba Oreilly, Changing Man, Hard to Handle and many more favorites, Dirty Faces never cease to get feet tapping.

For more information, make sure you visit our website here


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Thursday 05 April 2007
club news
Leader needed for "people" strategy

The "People" area of the strategy review needs a leader.

If you are keen to be more involved with the club, have an interest in how we staff it and how we recruit and retain volunteers, and if you are a better listener than talker, then please contact us here with your contact details and a brief review of why you are the right person for the role.


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Thursday 05 April 2007
club news
End of season clean up ? please help

As usual, we are carrying out a close-season clean up in and around the stadium.

This is an appeal for volunteers to come and help to carry out a slightly belated spring clean. The Stadium Management Group has carried inspections of the stadium and it is in better condition at this time of year than in previous years. Nonetheless, there are plenty of jobs to be done so we are asking for multi-skilled workers to help, with the promise of refreshments and kindly encouragement as your reward.

The work is scheduled for the bank holiday weekend at the end of May, i.e. Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May.

If you can help on either or both of those days, please let us know so that we can make the necessary arrangements. If you are able to bring your own tools, especially forks, spades, shears, flymo or equivalent, brooms and buckets, that would be even better. Also, if you are able to organise reduced price skips (we probably need two) then please let us know.

If you can help, please email us here or call the office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on a weekday.


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Thursday 05 April 2007
club news
Office closed over Easter

The club office and switchboard will be closed on Friday 6 April and Monday 9 April, re-opening on Tuesday 10 April at 10.00 am.


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Thursday 05 April 2007
club news
Boreham Wood coach sold out

There are no more seats available for the coach to Boreham Wood on Saturday.

Coach tickets for the game at Folkestone on 14 April will be on sale at the game against Staines on Monday and for the remainder of that week.


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Wednesday 04 April 2007
club news
All seats sold for Staines - plenty of terrace available on the day

We have sold all the seats for the Easter Monday game against Staines Town. Should any more become available, they will be put on sale immediately before the game.

The credit card hotline is now closed and will re-open on Monday 16 April to sell tickets for the final home league game of the season, against Heybridge Swifts.


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Wednesday 04 April 2007
club news
Mark steps back

Dave Anderson has announced that Mark Rooney is leaving the club.

Dave said "Mark has recently changed his job and is struggling to find the time he needs to train. We talked about this at length and, in the end, we agreed that the best solution is to terminate his contract.

"I worked with Mark at Aylesbury and I've kept an eye out for him ever since. He is technically one of the best players we've ever had at this club, which is reflected in the great career he has had in non-league football.

"We wish him well and hope that he will be able to return to the game next season."

Mark Rooney made 20 starts for the club plus 4 appearances from the bench. He has not featured on the score sheet.


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Tuesday 03 April 2007
club news
Matt joins up

Matt Fish, a scholar at Crystal Palace, has joined the squad as cover. Matt can play at centre half, right back and midfield.

Dave Anderson said "with Steve Butler suffering from a back problem, we were anxious not to be exposed during the run in to the end of the season. Matt knows he might not get a lot of match time, but he wanted to join to get the experience of being part of a run-in and it will help with his progression.

"Matt was at Saturday's game against Slough. He signed for us that day, but we did not announce it until after we had clarified a couple of administrative matters."


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Tuesday 03 April 2007
club news
Under 19s in title decider

Top of the table AFC Wimbledon take on second placed Woking in a crunch Football Conference Youth League (Southern Division) game at Horsley FC tomorrow (Wednesday 4 April) with a 2.00 pm kick off.

The Dons are 2 points clear of Woking but have played a game more. This game will go a long way to deciding who wins the league and goes on into the national play off stages.

The game is at Horsley FC, Toms Field, Long Reach, West Horsley, Surrey, KT24 6NE.

Directions: Leave the A3 at Ripley/Ockham turning. Join the B2039 towards Ockham. Bear right at the War Memorial, when the road splits bear left into Long Reach. The ground is on the left.

Nearest station is Horsley (1.5 miles from the ground)

Entry to the game is free.



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Monday 02 April 2007
club news
Arrangements re the informal strategy open meeting on Wednesday

Further to the news item dated 31 March, we are pleased to say that a defined area of the bar will be set aside for the informal strategy open meeting on Wednesday.

The meeting will take place at the Wellington pub, 81 - 83 Waterloo Road, SE1 from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm on Wednesday 4 April. It is open to all.


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Monday 02 April 2007
club news
All aboard for the coach to Boreham Wood

Thanks to sponsorship by WISA, we are running coaches to all our last three away games this season, startinng with Boreham Wood this Saturday.

Prices are £12 for adults and £7 for concessions. The coach will leave the Woodman Pub at 10.00 am and Kingsmeadow at 10.30 am for the 12.30 pm kick off at Meadow Park.

To book a place, either visit the office between 10.00 and 4.00 pm or call us on 020 8547 3528 at the same times. We will not be taking bokings on Friday, as it is a public holiday.


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Monday 02 April 2007
club news
Don't miss the celebrations at the Café Royal

The traditional finale to a Wimbledon FC season used to be a big bash at the West End Café Royal with players, fans and officials. We are delighted to say that, after an absence lasting several years, we are restoring this fine tradition.

Come and celebrate another exciting season for AFC Wimbledon in style with the players, staff and special guests at the Café Royal on Saturday 12 May 2007.

The evening will consist of a four-course meal which will be followed by an auction of Wimbledon memorabilia and a DJ to keep the party going into the early hours.

Tickets for this black tie event cost £75 per person or £700 per table of 10 and can be booked through the commercial office by calling 020 8547 3336 or e-mail here.

Tickets will sell out quickly so make sure that you book early to avoid disappointment.


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