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Thursday 30 April 2009
club news
Merton Civic Reception

The Mayor of Merton is holding a civic reception for the club on the evening of Tuesday 5 May.

If you would like to take part in a draw to join Terry and some of the team at the reception then please email civic reception with your name and phone number.


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Wednesday 29 April 2009
u18s news
Under 18 final at Kingsmeadow

The final of the Ryman Youth Cup between AFC Wimbledon and Staines Town will take place at the Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium, Kingsmeadow on Monday 4 May, kick off at 3.00 pm.

Futher information about the game will follow.


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Tuesday 28 April 2009
dons trust news
Recent golden goal winners

Now that the last golden goal ticket has been sold for the season, here is a run down of recent prize winners, not included in the last match day programme.

St Albans City: The first goal was scored by player 4, in the 48th minute. That won £100.00 for Richard Foot. The second goal was scored by a substitute, winning £25.00 for Jamie Peppard, holder of the ticket for a goal scored by a substitute in any minute.

Basingstoke Town: The £25.00 prize has been won by Howard Hailey, holder of the ticket for a 0-0 or 1-0 scoreline.

Team Bath: The £100.00 prize for the first goal, player 11, minute 52 has gone to Mike Groves.

Roger Dennis, the golden goal organiser, would like to thank everyone who has bought a golden goal ticket this season and contributed to raising £11,046.00 for the Dons Trust Stadium Fund. The total raised since sales began in August 2002 is £93,346.00. Roger's thanks also go to the brilliant team of volunteers who sell golden goal tickets whatever the weather.



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Tuesday 28 April 2009
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents Bob Mills this Friday- 20 TICKETS LEFT!

Comedy@Kingsmeadow on Friday 1 May, headlined by Bob Mills. is selling out fast. To avoid disappointment, make sure you book your tickets soon by e-mailing here.

PLEASE NOTE- due to staff holiday, tickets CAN NOT be booked by phone any longer.

Bob is undoubtedly one of the most high profile acts to ever grace the Comedy@Kingsmeadow stage, having appeared on TV shows such as 'Never Mind The Buzzcocks', 'Have I Got News For You' and 'They Think Its All Over'. He is also a regular guest on BBC Radio 5's 'Fighting Talk'.

Other acts on the night include Dan Antopolski, star of BBC 2's 'Hyperdrive' and Geoff Whiting, one of the most experienced comperes on the circuit.

For more details, visit here.

Tickets cost £12 and the doors open at 7.30pm.



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Monday 27 April 2009
dons trust news
Meeting for parents of the girls' teams

We are holding a meeting for all parents of girls who have been playing for AFC Wimbledon Girls this season. The meeting will be held in the President's Lounge on Friday 1 May, starting at 7.00 pm, and is to explain why we took our recent action to stop the use of the name 'AFC Wimbledon' by the girls' teams, and to enable parents to ask any questions they might have.

In addition, we have decided to publish the letter we wrote to parents following our decision, as understand that many of them have not yet seen it. It can be read by clicking on letter to parents.


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Monday 27 April 2009
dons trust news
Dons Draw and Dons Trust membership back online

The issues we had with our online sign-up pages for both the Dons Draw and the Dons Trust have now been resolved.

You can sign up for the Don Draw by clicking on Dons Draw and for the Dons Trust
by clicking on Dons Trust membership.

So, if you want a chance to win the monthly first prize of £1,000, or if you want to be one of the owners of the club and have a vote in how things are done, then sign up to either or both today.


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Monday 27 April 2009
youth news
Youth teams continue the successful weekend

More silverware for the trophy cabinet as the two youth teams playing their county cup finals on Sunday were victorious.

The Under 12 youth team beat Tooting and Mitcham United 3-1 and the Under 11 colts overcame Epsom Eagles in a penalty shoot out having been locked at two goals each after extra time.

More of our youth teams will be playing in County and League cup finals over the coming weekends.


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Monday 27 April 2009
club news
End of Season Dinner - After party tickets on sale

Once again, the club is putting on an end of season bash on Saturday 9 May to celebrate another successful season for AFC Wimbledon with the players, coaching staff and your fellow fans. And this year’s we have chosen a unique venue for the party… the pitch at The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium!

There is a limited number of £10 tickets for anyone who would like to join the party from 9.30 pm, in time for the end of season presentations and speeches. The back bar will be open from 8.00 pm.

The dress code for everyone attending this event is lounge suit.

To book tickets, please call the commercial department on 020 8547 3336 or click here


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Monday 27 April 2009
club news
Terry talks about Saturday

Terry Brown was already looking forward to next season when we spoke to him this morning. But first he looked back at the season and Saturday in particular.

"I hope you have all recovered from Saturday's festivities. It was a truly wonderful day, capping off what has been a fantastic season for everyone at the club.

"Full marks to all you supporters who allowed the team to celebrate with you in style by not entering the pitch. This allowed us to show off our championship trophy to everyone in the crowd. The celebrations after Saturday's win were even more fantastic considering we had already celebrated the previous Saturday.

"The whole day went splendidly, from the lovely gesture from their players to welcome us onto the pitch, right until the end. I hope you enjoyed it as much as the players and management did.

“Whatever the future holds for all of our playing staff, I'd personally like to thank them for the wonderful character and discipline they have shown this year. They are deserved champions and forever they will have 'winners' on their CVs. On behalf of Stuart, Simon and myself, we couldn’t have hoped to work with a better bunch of lads.

"I look forward to keeping you up to date with all future developments in pre-season. In the meantime I will take great pleasure watching my fellow managers squirm in the dug outs as they make their ways though the play offs. I don't envy them at all. And, of course, our management team will be scouting to strengthen the team at those and various other games."


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Monday 27 April 2009
dons trust news
On line server problem

We are currently experiencing problems with the online sign-up page for both the Dons Draw and the Dons Trust.

We hope to have a solution shortly and will confirm on this site when it is back online.


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Sunday 26 April 2009
club news
Thanks

Many thanks to the volunteers who came down to the stadium at short notice today to clean up in the aftermath of the game and the party. The car park has never looked in better condition!


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Sunday 26 April 2009
club news
Volunteers needed, please, to help to clear up

There is, not surprisingly, a lot of rubbish in the car park after yesterday's celebrations. If you are near the club and can spare an hour asap, please just turn up and we'll be glad for the help.


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Saturday 25 April 2009
first team news
Dons go up as champions

The Dons secured their place in the Blue Square Premier with a 3- 0 victory over St Albans City.

Second half goals from Kennedy Adjei, Sam Hatton and Jason Goodliffe won the game and the party started as Jason lifted the Champions Trophy in front of a record crowd of 4722.


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Friday 24 April 2009
club news
Please return unused season ticket vouchers

If you are a season ticket holder who can't come to the game tomorrow, please send us your details so that we can offer your seat or terrace space to someone else.

Just email spare tickets with your name and season ticket (or seat) number, or call the club's main switchboard (020 8547 3528) and leave a message.


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Friday 24 April 2009
club news
Arrangements for the St Albans game

This note explains what is going on at the stadium tomorrow. Please take particular note of the arrangements to ensure safe numbers of fans in each stand.

Bars and food

The bars will open at noon. As usual, food will be available in the back bar, also from noon. In addition, there will be a full food service outside the main bar.

In the main bar we have laid on two extra sets of pumps, to make sure that fans can get served as quickly as possible.

Please note that, in line with all other bars, we will no longer allow food that has been bought elsewhere to be eaten in the bars. Also, fans who bring their own drink will be asked to leave.

During the game the bars will remain open for fans who don’t have a ticket but want to soak up the atmosphere. We are hoping to pipe the Radio WDON commentary into the bars for fans who can’t get a ticket. Although the bars will remain open for fans without tickets, fans leaving the ground during the game will not be allowed back into the stadium.

Parking

The car park will be very busy and we advise you to come by public transport if possible, especially if you plan to stay on for the post-match party. If the car park is full and you need to park in surrounding streets, please do so considerately.

Entrance to the stadium

Entrance arrangements for the Paul Strank Stand will be the same as usual.

For entrance to the terraces, the turnstiles will open at 1.45 pm.

Following discussions with the police and the council’s safety officer, we are introducing new procedures to make sure that we can monitor and control the number of people on the terraces in each stand.

As you go through the turnstile you will be asked which stand you plan to enter. You will then be given a coloured pass for the relevant stand in exchange for your ticket or season ticket stub. Each stand will be stewarded to make sure that fans enter the correct area. Once we’ve issued the relevant number of passes, the stewards will not allow anyone else in.

If you want to enter the Tempest End stand, you will need to collect the relevant pass from the turnstiles at that end of the stadium. Similarly, if you want to stand in the Kingston Road stand you should enter via the turnstiles at that end. Fans wishing to enter the John Smith stand can do so via either set of turnstiles.

If you are a St Albans fan, you should enter at the Kingston Road end and you will be shown an allocated area in which to stand.

Because everyone must collect a pass for a stand, all fans must enter via a turnstile – we will not be opening the double gates for fans who arrive late.

We strongly advise fans to arrive and take your places early, partly to make sure you get the place you want and partly to avoid a late rush as you must enter via a turnstile.

Inside the stadium

Fans who leave the stadium during the game will not be allowed re-entry.

Presentations

Player awards for the under 18 and U 19 teams, the reserves and first team will take place on the pitch before the game and at half time. Please note that, the player of the year award will take place at half time.

We are delighted to announce that the presentations will be made by Alun Armstrong.

At half time we also see the final of the AFC Wimbledon heat of the Blue Square ‘keepy uppy’ competition, using a large blue die. The winner gets two season tickets for next season and goes on to compete against other winners for the chance, ultimately, of an appearance at Wembley and a prize of £10,000.

Championship

If we should happen to win the championship tomorrow, the trophy and medals will be presented on the pitch at the end of the game. The team will leave the pitch at the final whistle and return to collect the trophy and medals and then carry out a lap of honour.

Please note that the presentation and lap of honour will not take place if fans come on to the pitch.

After the game

The Man of the Match award will take place as usual but, due to the trophy presentations, it will be later than normal.

All three bars will stay open during the evening and food will be available in the back bar for most of the evening. There will also be a disco.


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Friday 24 April 2009
club news
Merchandise special offers

To celebrate this year's spectacular success on the pitch, the Merchandise
Group has produced two new products to boost what has been a fantastic year off the pitch.

Champions' scarves and T-shirts will be available on Saturday at £6 & £10 respectively or at £15 for a joint purchase of Scarf & T-shirt. Numbers are limited so ensure you arrive early to get yours.

The latest DVD Round-up (Vol.13), which includes highlights from the
Eastleigh and Bromley games will be available, and a commemorative Champions badge will also be available from Terry's Badges for £3.

This year's Club Shop sale has finished but will continue through the Online
Shop for a little longer. Otherwise, the Shop will be open from 12:15pm on
Saturday.

Payment is by cash or by cheque only as there is no credit or debit card facility at Kingsmeadow.




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Friday 24 April 2009
cfs news
Saturday’s Matchday Academy for Match Ticket Holders Only

Come and enjoy the final Matchday Academy of the 2008/09 season. A fun filled Saturday starts at 1.30 pm with a matchday coaching session for 4-16 year olds led by top AFC Wimbledon coaches, including fun games, skills competitions and matches. The academy ends at 2.30 pm in time to watch the Dons take on St Albans City in the last match of the season.

Please note that this Saturday’s Matchday Academy is for match ticket holders only, at a cost of just £3. This Saturday’s match is sold out and therefore no tickets will be available at the end of the coaching session.

The Matchday Academy will resume again at the beginning of next season.


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Friday 24 April 2009
first team news
Terry on St Albans

Terry Brown is looking forward to tomorrow's game and the celebrations and party that will follow it. Nonetheless, the team is taking the game seriously, as they look to end the season on a high note with a win.

"After the celebrations of last Saturday it was down to work again on Thursday, with a training session at the ground. As is often the case when you are doing well, we have nearly a full squad to choose from and this has caused one or two difficult selection decisions for tomorrow.

“I wanted to reward all the squad that have played their part in what has been a fantastic season but, as you can imagine, it is impossible to please everyone when picking the side for the final game of the season. Although I have tried to be fair, this will mean that one or two of the team that have played a massive part in our promotion will be watching, along with the fans, what should be a memorable day for the club.

"On behalf of the players I'd like to thank you all for your support this season and particularly for your patience when the boys weren't playing particularly well. I always remind the players that our fans are more than willing to accept occasional off days so long as the team is seen to be giving their all. I hope you could all see that they have done that consistently all year.

"I am hoping that on Saturday we will be able to reproduce some of our early season form and, although obviously I would like to win the game, I am looking for a bright and bubbly performance that playing without any pressure should enable us to produce.

"I had planned to have another look at Rob Saunders on Saturday. However, because of Farnborough's position with reference to possible play offs, Francis Vines has had to call Rob back, as his need is greater than ours. I would like to wish Farnborough the best of luck for their final game of the season and thank them for the loan of Rob.

"The players are hoping that after the game they will be able to do a lap of honour and complete the celebrations in a manner that everybody can see. I realise that this is going to be difficult with a capacity gate, but all the players will be joining the fans in the bars after the game in what should be a fantastic party atmosphere.

“Finally, Stuart, Simon and I thank for your support this year and we look forward to enjoying the celebrations with you tomorrow."


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Thursday 23 April 2009
dons trust news
Special General Meeting to discuss our strategy - Tonight at 7.30 pm

The Dons Trust is holding a Special General Meeting at Kingsmeadow tonight to debate and vote on a number of strategic decisions about our future direction both on and off the pitch.

The meeting opens at 7.30 pm so, if you want a say in our future, please make sure you come along. The papers for the meeting can be found by clicking on SGM.



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Wednesday 22 April 2009
dons trust news
Fundraising at the St Albans City Game

The fundraising team will be active at Saturday’s game and will be looking for your support on a number of projects.

The iDON media stall will be marking its final appearance of the season with a half price sale. CDs, DVDs and computer games will be on sale for £1 each (or 6 items for £5), so be sure to check out the selection available at the stall, located at its usual place, outside the back bar.

Also, we will be raising sponsorship before and after the game on behalf of the team taking part in the inaugural “Ride 24” cycling event under the team name of “Velo and Blue”.

AFC Wimbledon physiotherapist Mike Rayner, Russell Smith, Mark Cassaroto and Will James will be riding (between them) for 24 hours on 27-28 June, against 30 other teams. As well as competing to record the greatest distance, they will be raising money for the Dons Trust and for Action Medical Research, a charity dedicated to improving the health of babies and children. To find out more about this event and to sponsor the team from the comfort of your computer, please visit here .

Another team of intrepid supporters, led by Dons Trust Board member Matthew Breach, will be completing their 38 mile sponsored walk from St Albans to Kingsmeadow on Saturday. They are raising funds on behalf of the Dons Trust’s Ground Fund and other charities that they have selected. We will be holding a bucket collection to swell the amount raised at half-time on Saturday.

If you are willing to help out with the above fundraising activities on Saturday please contact here no later than Thursday.

Finally, we will be collecting loose change and the usual range of recyclables (printer cartridges, mobile phones and foreign exchange) at the recycling point on Saturday.




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Wednesday 22 April 2009
first team news
St Albans game sold out

All tickets for this game, both main stand and terrace, were sold out by Monday evening.


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Tuesday 21 April 2009
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow featuring Bob Mills is selling out fast!

Comedy@Kingsmeadow on Friday 1 May, headlined by Bob Mills. is selling out fast. To avoid disappointment, make sure you book your tickets soon by calling 020 8547 3335 or purchasing online here.

Bob is undoubtedly one of the most high profile acts to ever grace the Comedy@Kingsmeadow stage, having appeared on TV shows such as 'Never Mind The Buzzcocks', 'Have I Got News For You' and 'They Think Its All Over'. He is also a regular guest on BBC Radio 5's 'Fighting Talk'.

Other acts on the night include Dan Antopolski, star of BBC 2's 'Hyperdrive' and Geoff Whiting, one of the most experienced comperes on the circuit.

For more details, visit here.

Tickets cost £12 and the doors open at 7.30pm.



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Tuesday 21 April 2009
club news
On line sales

For the avoidance of doubt, while we are no longer selling tickets for the St Albans game on the online ticket shop, it is still possible to book Comedy at Kingsmeadow tickets on that site.

And, of course, the online shop for merchandise is open as usual.


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Tuesday 21 April 2009
club news
The Dons on TV

Setanta were filming the Hampton & Richmond game last Saturday.

The resulting feature will be shown on Setanta 2 at 5.30 pm this coming Friday, as part of their Blue Square Premier Review programme.


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Monday 20 April 2009
club news
St Albans game sold out

Following a surge in ticket sales, we have now sold all the terrace tickets for the St Albans game on Saturday.

As a result, the online shop is closed and the credit card hotline will not be open tomorrow.


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Monday 20 April 2009
first team news
Terry on Hampton & Richmond

Terry Brown was still walking on air after Saturday's result when we spoke to him earlier today.

"We might not have technically won the league yet but, barring a disaster of unheard of proportions, we should be having one heck of a party on Saturday evening.

"Last Saturday's point at Hampton and the late manner in which we achieved it certainly made for an exciting afternoon. As I have often been told by Wimbledon supporters in the past, supporting Wimbledon is never dull and we proved that yet again on Saturday.

"Saturday's game plan was quite simply to match Hampton's physical strength and to attack them from the first whistle. I thought our first half performance had everything I wanted - except a two goal margin! However, credit to Hampton as they started the second half with added purpose and drive and after 55 minutes they took the lead.

"I never had any doubts about the character of my players in bouncing back. However the practicalities of actually getting an equaliser proved particularly difficult owing to the pressure that only a championship decider can bring.

"I thought it was fitting that Jon Main should score the equaliser from a Danny Kedwell cross as they have both been a major influence as far as our attacking prowess has been concerned this year. Credit to Alan Devonshire and his team not only for this year's league campaign but also in the way they handled their disappointment.

"The success of any team can only be judged alongside the strength of the opposition and Hampton have once again proved what talented opposition they are and how difficult they are to beat. After all, while we got the result we wanted, we have yet to beat them.

"As far as the players and management are concerned, the day was rounded off in superb style with a visit to Wimbledon village. I was previously unaware of the singing talents of my squad and I want to send my thanks to all the fans who helped make Saturday night into a wonderfully memorable evening that will stay with Stuart and me and no doubt all the players.

"I've now got the difficult task of picking the team for our final game of the season. Regardless of what team I pick for the final game, the truth is we would never have done this without the contribution of the whole squad. They still have a job to do as we want to end the season with a win, but I am sure that you, the fans, will create a fantastic atmosphere for them to play in on Saturday."


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Monday 20 April 2009
club news
Credit card hotline open today for terrace only, as we approach a sell out for Saturday

Following the draw at Hampton on Saturday there has been a hectic weekend of ticket-buying via the club's new online facility. At the current rate of sales, we will sell out sometime in the next 48 hours.

All the seats have been sold but terrace tickets remain available as follows:

. through the online facility, which can be accessed via the link on the left of the home page screen

. by calling the credit card hotline, 020 8247 9910. The hotline will be open today from 10.30 am to 2.30 pm

. by visiting the office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm.

Please note that we cannot sell tickets via the main switchboard.


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Sunday 19 April 2009
club news
Please return season ticket vouchers if you can't come to the St Albans game

We want to enable everyone who wants to see the St Albans game to be able to do so. So, if you can't come to the game, please send us your ST voucher, or send an email with your details, confirming that you can't attend.

We have sold all the seats that are currently available and can't help other fans unless we get some vouchers returned.

Terrace vouchers are also needed, because the number of terrace tickets we can sell is restricted by the number of ST holders we must allow for in the crowd.

So, if you are a season ticket holder and can't come to the game, please do let us know.


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Sunday 19 April 2009
club news
AFC Wimbledon TV

We are sure that fans will want to see the highlights of our game at Hampton as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, due to a technical hitch, production of the highlights has been delayed. We are working on them but it is unlikely that they will appear before Monday. We apologise for the delay.


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Saturday 18 April 2009
first team news
Dons almost there

Wimbledon drew at Hampton & Richmond with a Jon Main goal three minutes from the final whistle.

It should be mathematically impossible now, barring any miracles, for the Dons not to win the league. The team are going to be celebrating up in Wimbledon village, so come and join them.


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Saturday 18 April 2009
dons trust news
Dons Draw results for April

The April Dons Draw took place yesterday at Kingsmeadow.

Winning numbers were drawn in the presence of Erik Samuelson (Dons Trust board member) and Neil Messenbird (Dons Draw Administrator).

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

First prize of £1,000 - ticket 2527 – David Whiteley from Morden

Second prize of £500 - ticket 1145 – David Chivers from Morden

Third prize of £250 - ticket 0190 – David Woodward from Guildford

Fourth prize of £100 - ticket 3409 – Ewan Alexander from Tottenham

Congratulations to all four prize winners.

The next Dons Draw will take place on or after the 15 May 2008, with the results being posted on the AFC Wimbledon official web site soon after the draw has taken place.

If you want a chance of winning next month's 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 numbers, then why not do so now?

You can sign up online to the Dons Draw or download an application here or to increase your tickets email us here.

The deadline for new entrants to the May 2009 Dons Draw is 8:00 pm on 30 April.

Any questions you may have can be answered by contacting the Dons Draw team here or by clicking here.


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Saturday 18 April 2009
club news
Parking today

We received a call from Hampton & Richmond Borough late last night to say that, following the heavy rain, they are unable to open the training field for parking today.

We strongly advise you to travel by public transport, or park some distance from the ground and make your way on foot.


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Friday 17 April 2009
first team news
Terry on Hampton

Terry Brown is ready and raring to go for tomorrow's crucial game with Hampton and Richmond.

"We are really looking forward to tomorrow's game. At the start of the season had you given me the opportunity of being three points ahead with two games to go, I would have bit your hand off. However, no doubt all our supporters would have hoped as this season has gone on we would have wrapped it up before now. However, there is a certain deja vu that we have to go to our main opponents' ground to secure promotion, as we did last year.

"We go there with a full squad to choose from and no excuses either needed, or hopefully necessary, to secure the title. We will be going there in a frame of mind to win the game and we have told our players that we are looking for six points out of the next two games to end what would be a very successful season.

"Saturday's game will certainly be a test of both nerve and character and I feel there are enough mentally strong winners in our dressing room to continue the fantastic work they have put in all season. We trained at the ground last night and the players were full of running and enthusiasm, looking forward to what will be the biggest game of the season.

"I know we will be taking a large following to the Beveree. Considering what went on in our last two away games the fans' behaviour has been second to none. Should we win, I'm sure that you will be as gracious in victory as you have been in adversity. I've said it before but the players are always lifted by the massive noise you make, so please let's hear it one more time.

"Last but not least I'd like to congratulate Marcus Gayle and Russell Harmsworth whose very young side captured our first trophy this season, when our reserves defeated Bedfont reserves at the Met Police ground last night in a thoroughly deserved 1-0 win to secure the cup. It was nice to see so many fans making the trip to Imber Court to cheer on a future generation of Dons. From what I could see of the last twenty minutes, as I went to the game after the first team's training, we appear to be in good hands.

"Finally, we are looking forward to seeing and hearing you tomorrow in what is a big weekend for the club."

Terry will be appearing on Talksport today between 2.45 pm and 3.00 pm.


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Friday 17 April 2009
club news
Matchday arrangements for the Hampton & Richmond game

AFC Wimbledon and Hampton & Richmond Borough officials met earlier this week to discuss arrangements for the game on Saturday. This note is designed to explain the arrangements for Wimbledon fans.

Entrance to the stadium

Fans who have been to the Beveree before will know that the main entrance is from Beaver Close. This is the entrance that Wimbledon fans should still use but, on entering the car park, you will be directed to walk behind the West Stand (for fans who’ve been there before it is the stand with seats and the extensive terracing under cover).

To allow for full segregation, Wimbledon fans will enter via a new entrance between the existing seats and the newly built covered seats – these seats are reserved for Wimbledon fans. In addition to these seats, Dons fans have the North Terracing (i.e. behind the goal, facing the seated Simpson Stand at the far end) and all the East side.

Although there are emergency exits located around the stadium, this is the only entrance for our fans and so you will be encouraged to keep moving round so as to fill all the available space.

The gates will open at 1.30 pm. Fans leaving the stadium at half time will not be readmitted.

Viewing

Please note that the East side is flat – there is a concrete base that is about a metre wide and no terracing. Hampton officials expect that this side of the pitch should accommodate about 800 of our fans, which means that fans will be three deep or more on a flat surface. So, if you want to be sure that you can see, arrive early. Please note that it is not under cover.

The North Terracing is stepped, with steps that are quite deep, rather like the Kingston Road end at Kingsmeadow. It is expected to hold about 500 fans. We understand that a further 200 or so fans should be able to stand adjacent to the new seats on the West Stand. Both these areas are not under cover.

Parking and traffic

A limited amount of parking is available on the training pitch, which can be reached via the Beaver Road entrance, at a cost of £1 per car. There is no parking in adjacent streets and you are strongly advised not to do so.

The availability of the training pitch is dependent on the weather and a decision on whether it can be used will be made on Saturday morning.

We have been told of an alternative, which is to go to Sadlers Ride, TW12 2EW, in Molesey, where there is free parking. From there you can follow the signs to a ferry which will drop you within a five minute walk of the ground. The ferry price is £1 per person; there is parking available for about 100 cars.

Please note that there are events at Twickenham tomorrow so if your journey brings you that way, please allow extra time.

Refreshments

Refreshments and toilets will be available for our fans, but the bar is for home supporters only.

After the game

All the bars at Kingsmeadow are booked for Saturday evening and so, should fans wish to congregate after the game, they will not be able to do so at the stadium. In short, please do not come back to Kingsmeadow after the game – we cannot accommodate you.

Instead, after the game the players will be heading for Wimbledon village if we win. In this event, the team will be aiming to get back to the High Street between 6.30 pm - 7.00 pm.


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Thursday 16 April 2009
reserve team news
Silverware for the Reserves

In an entertaining game at Imber Court, the reserves beat Bedfont Reserves by the only goal of the game.

The Dons had much the best of the first half but were unable to turn their superior possession into goals despite a number of excellent crosses. The breakthrough finally came after 50 minutes when an inswinging corner from Jordan Brown was headed home by Peter Rapson.

The Dons spurned a number of chances to put the result beyond doubt, the best of which was a penalty after Josh Orlando was fouled in the penalty area. Orlando picked himself up to take the spot kick but his effort was well saved by keeper Triston Thomas.

The Dons were nearly made to pay for their missed opportunities as Bedfont raised their game in the final quarter and Jack Turner was required to make a number of good saves.

However, when the final whistle went Wimbledon had fully deserved their victory and there were loud cheers as Aaron Snelling led his team to collect their individual trophies and the cup.


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Thursday 16 April 2009
club news
Hampton ticket stubs

Some of the tickets which we sold for the Hampton game had the stubs removed by our turnstile operators. A number of fans have expressed concern that these tickets may not be valid.

We have spoken to the Hampton club secretary and he has confirmed that the tickets will be honoured on the day. However, many of the stubs are in our office and if you want to be doubly sure of access on the day you are welcome to call by during office hours (10.00 am to 4.00 pm) today or tomorrow to collect your stubs; please bring your tickets so that we can match them to the stubs.


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Thursday 16 April 2009
club news
Please return your season ticket vouchers (seats and terraces) if you can't come to the St Albans game

As already announced, we have already sold all currently available seat tickets for the game against St Albans on Saturday 25 April. A waiting list has been started and fans who wish to join it should call the main switchboard number, 020 8547 3528, between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm.

Please do not call the hotline number to join the waiting list. The hotline, 020 8247 9910, will be open today for the sale of terrace tickets only.

Season tickets voucher for seats

We will only be able to offer tickets to fans on the waiting list if season ticket holders who can't come to the game return their vouchers to us, or reply to the standard email we send before every game. So, if you can't come to the game, please consider sending us your voucher so that we can offer seats to another fan.

Season ticket vouchers for terraces

We have already sold well over 1,000 terrace tickets for the St Albans game via the new on-line system, plus postal and 'walk-ins'. Demand is increasing daily.

If, as we expect, we sell out, we will only be able to offer more tickets for sale if terrace season ticket holders who can't come return their vouchers to us. Please consider returning your voucher if you can't come.


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Thursday 16 April 2009
reserve team news
Reserves in Cup Final action tonight

The reserve team managed by Marcus Gayle are in cup final action tonight when they play Bedfont reserves in the Suburban League Challenge Cup Final. The game is being played at Metropolitan Police FC, Imber Court, Ember Lane, East Molesey, KT8 0BT with a 7.30 pm kick off.

The reserves, who have yet to win silverware in the Suburban League since they joined the league in 2003, have come close over the years with a losing final in the Suburban Shield and a runners up spot in the league.

The team made up by a large number of players from the Under 18 and 19 teams have secured victories over Chipstead, Dunstable Town, Uxbridge and Three Bridges to reach their first league cup final. Our opponents have won against North Greenford United, Berkhamstaed Town, Colliers Wood, AFC Hayes and Sutton United to book their place in the final.

For Marcus, in his first year of management, the prospect of watching his youngsters in a final is equally as exciting as some of his previous experiences in football so why not come down to Imber Court, where food and drink will be available, to support the Dons.





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Wednesday 15 April 2009
club news
Ticket availability for the St Albans game

Seat tickets

After a very busy morning on the credit card hotline, we have halted the sale of seat tickets for this game.

More seat tickets might become available, but only if enough season ticket holders who can't come to the game return their vouchers. Since we cannot predict how many, if any, vouchers will be returned, we have stopped selling.

We are, however, opening a waiting list for seats. Fans who want to be on that list should call the club's main number, 020 8547 3528, between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays.

Terrace tickets

Terrace tickets are still available for purchase in a number of ways:

. on line, via this web site

. by calling the credit card hotline (020 8247 9910 - a new number) on Thursday, from 10.30 am to 2.30 pm

. by post

. by calling at the club's offices between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm.


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Wednesday 15 April 2009
dons trust news
Quiz postponed

The 'Quiz at Kingsmeadow' will not be taking place tomorrow night. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

The first quiz was held in March and was a great success, but for reasons beyond our control we have had to postpone this month's quiz. Since we are so close to the end of the season we have decided to defer it for now get it running on a regular basis next season.

Thank you to all those fans who have expressed an interest - please keep an eye out for news of next season's quiz.


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Wednesday 15 April 2009
club news
End of season dinner 2009 - 2 TABLES LEFT!

Once again, the club is putting on an end of season bash to celebrate another eventful season for AFC Wimbledon with the players, coaching staff and your fellow fans. And this year’s we have chosen a unique venue for the party… the pitch at The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium!

A specially designed marquee will be set-up on the pitch, so there will be flooring, heating, a bar and every other facility you would expect for a night like this.

The dinner takes place on Saturday 9 May, starting with a reception at 6.30pm pm. Dinner will start at 7.30pm pm followed by an auction of Wimbledon memorabilia and the post dinner entertainment will be provided by a DJ with the bar closing at 1.00 am.

Tickets cost £85 each or £800 for a table of ten. There are only 2 tables left so reserve your place now to avoid disappointment.

We are also selling £10 tickets for anyone who would like to join the party from 9.30pm, in time for the end of season presentations and speeches. The back bar will be open from 8pm.

The dress code for everyone attending this event is lounge suit.

To book tickets, please call the commercial department on 020 8547 3336 or e-mail here.




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Wednesday 15 April 2009
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents Bob Mills!

Comedy@Kingsmeadow is proud to announce that Bob Mills will be headlining our next show on Friday 1 May.

Bob is undoubtedly one of the most high profile acts to ever grace the Comedy@Kingsmeadow stage, having appeared on TV shows such as 'Never Mind The Buzzcocks', 'Have I Got News For You' and 'They Think Its All Over'. He is also a regular guest on BBC Radio 5's 'Fighting Talk'.

Other acts on the night include Dan Antopolski, star of BBC 2's 'Hyperdrive' and Geoff Whiting, one of the most experienced comperes on the circuit.

For more details, visit here.

Tickets cost £12 and can be booked by calling the Kingsmeadow Live hotline on 020 8547 3335.

Alternatively, tickets can be purchased online here.



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Tuesday 14 April 2009
first team news
Terry on Bromley

Terry Brown was in a reflective mood after yesterday's controversial end to the day for the second away game in a row.

"The Easter weekend fixtures saw us start off brightly against a much improved Basingstoke side. Frank Gray has done a great job in ensuring safety for what at one time looked a relegation certainty. Basingstoke made it difficult for us to break them down and it took Alan Inns from a set piece to break the deadlock. Obviously nerves played a part in the second half performance and I was pleased that another clean sheet saw us gain an invaluable three points.

"If I thought Friday's game was tense, it certainly had nothing to compare with Monday's events at Bromley. Playing against a side that had nothing to play for except pride, I thought we started Monday's game off in a very positive manner. We dominated the first half with Elliott Godfrey not only scoring a great goal but dominating most of our best attacking forays.

"Unfortunately at half time we had to replace Elliott owing to a heavy fall when he landed on his shoulder. He was in a great deal of pain and unfortunately couldn't carry on. The second half saw the introduction of Lewis Taylor for his second homecoming and although we didn't perform as well in the second half, I though Lewis did very well in his first appearance since his knee operation.

"I must give some credit to Bromley who came out in the second half in a very positive fashion and on another day they could actually have won the game. All credit to James Pullen who made a couple of good saves which kept us in the game.

"The second half was an end-to-end affair and at the time I couldn't see us getting a winner. But we managed to score a late goal, with Rocky getting on the end of a messy goalmouth scramble, and I thought at the time, finally, we had had some luck in the later stages of a game. This was all to be turned on its head with an incident that I've never witnessed before and hope never to witness again.

"The incident itself has been well documented and the response from their bench was very, very disappointing. It is now my responsibility to make sure we take the positives out of Monday's game and they are: the players' discipline, which allowed us to leave the ground without incurring any sendings off, bookings or other incidents; the behaviour of our fans who behaved with considerable restraint considering the circumstances. One thing we must credit Bromley for is for the very effective segregation - while our fans behaved impeccably, it could have been very different if they had been mixed in with Bromley fans celebrating the goal.

"I would like to congratulate the officials who did as much as they could in what were very difficult circumstances for themselves. The referee gave me the opportunity to ask the manager and he himself asked both the captain and the manager if they would reconsider.

"As far as I am concerned, this now goes into Wimbledon folklore and we have to concentrate on what is the most important aspects of focusing on winning at Hampton on Saturday. There is no doubt that Wimbledon have a history of overcoming adversity and as and when we do win the championship it should taste all the sweeter.

"Nothing that has gone on prior to Saturday is of any importance now - the only thing that matters is beating Hampton on Saturday. We will use this latest event to motivate ourselves for Saturday."


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Monday 13 April 2009
first team news
Dons suffer more agony in the final run in

The Dons were denied victory in a thrilling but extremely controversial climax at Bromley Stadium.

On a hard pitch devoid of grass, Terry Brown made three changes from the starting line up against Basingstoke with Jake Leberl, Dwane Lee and Danny Kedwell all coming in, for Alan Inns, Tony Finn and Kezie Ibe. On the bench, Terry handed debuts to Lewis Taylor and Rocky Baptiste.

The Dons were quick off the mark, closing down and harrying Bromley, and got the dream start they wanted after just three minutes when Elliott Godfrey volleyed home after a loose ball dropped at his feet in the penalty area.

Although unable to increase the lead, the Dons had much the better of the first half, with Kedwell and Chris Hussey coming closest to a second goal.

Following a shoulder injury late in the first half, Godfrey did not reappear for the second, giving Taylor his first competitive first team action of the season.

The home side made the better start to the second half and were rewarded after 55 minutes when Ryan Hall broke into the penalty area and finished well, giving James Pullen no chance.

The game now began to move from end to end, with Bromley counterattacking at speed, and Pullen was forced to make a couple of excellent saves. With three minutes remaining, sustained Dons pressure led to a cross to the far post, which Taylor prodded goalwards, for Baptiste to poke home from close range.

Three minutes of added time was indicated and almost immediately Jay Conroy went down injured in the penalty area, and Jon Main kicked the ball out of play on the halfway line. Bromley threw the ball in to Hall, and the Dons players stood back as he launched the ball forward, attempting to return it to Wimbledon. To everyone’s amazement, the ball sailed over Pullen, landing in the net, and the referee had no option but to award the goal.

Bedlam ensued with the referee eventually asking Bromley’s management team if they would allow Wimbledon to walk the ball into the net, but they refused. After heated discussions, play resumed and the referee’s whistle soon went for full time.

Terry Brown was a very angry man, furious that Bromley had failed to follow the accepted convention of allowing the opposition to walk the ball into the net in such circumstances. So far as the game was concerned, he said, “I thought we played very well and dominated the first half. Bromley had the better of the second half, and the better chances, but when we scored with just a couple of minutes to go, that seemed like the end of the game. We now have to ensure we use what happened today, and at Eastleigh, to spur on and unite the players, and winning the Blue Square South will be even sweeter for what has happened.”

And so the Dons go into the final two games of the season, needing either a point at Hampton, or a victory against St Albans, to win the league.



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Saturday 11 April 2009
club news
From the Basingstoke programme

After each home game we publish articles from the programme that provide news or information about the club and Trust and which haven't previously appeared on this site.

The linked feature explains the current status of season ticket renewal notices and talks about some possible innovations for next season.

The content may vary slightly from the programme as the original article is subject to sub-editing and may have been, for example, shortened slightly to fit the page.

It can be found at features.


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Saturday 11 April 2009
club news
Dons at Ashford Town reserves today

We know that some fans are aiming to get along to Ashford Town (Middlesex) today to see a number of first team players in action. Those players include Andy Sambrook, Michael Haswell, Rocky Baptiste and Lewis Taylor, who is making his first competitive appearance since his return to the Dons last summer.

The game at Short Lane Stadium, Short Lane, Stanwell, Middlesex, TW19 7BH kicks off atT 3.00 pm. Adult entrance to Ashford's reserve team games is, as usual, £5 with £3 concessions and £1 Under 16s.


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Saturday 11 April 2009
club news
Podcast number 7

The latest podcast was recorded after Saturday's game against Basingstoke Town. You can hear it by clicking on podcast.


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Saturday 11 April 2009
club news
Ticket sales for St Albans and our remaining away games

St Albans, Saturday 25 April

The St Albans game is NOT all-ticket but we expect it will be a sell-out so we urge fans to get their tickets early.

Seat tickets

Seat tickets will go on sale on Wednesday via the credit card hotline, which will be open from 10.30 am to 2.30 pm. Please note that there is a new number for the hotline, 020 8247 9910. The old number has been withdrawn.

Terrace tickets

Terrace tickets can be bought on-line now. Just click on the button underneath the 'next game' sign on the left of the home page for this site and you can buy up to four tickets. Please don't abuse the service by buying too many tickets - we will be monitoring activity and reserve the right to refuse excessive purchases.

Bromley, Monday 13 April

We have sold just over 1,000 tickets for this game and so we expect that there will be little problem getting access on the day. Nonetheless, it is likely to be a big crowd so we recommend that you arrive early.

Hampton & Richmond, Saturday 18 April

We have sold all our ticket allocation for this game. The game will be segregated and Hampton are making it clear that any AFC Wimbledon fans who attempt to enter the home area will be excluded.


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Friday 10 April 2009
first team news
Dons remain in top spot

The Dons maintained their lead at the top of the table against Basingstoke Town before another crowd in excess of 4000.

With the prospect of another game on Easter Monday, Terry Brown shuffled his pack with Alan Inns, Elliott Godfrey and Tony Finn starting the game at the expense of Jake Leberl, Dwane Lee and Danny Kedwell.

After an early save by James Pullen, the Dons quickly got into their stride and came close to opening the scoring when a shot from Tony Finn was deflected by a defender up and over the goalkeeper, but was cleared off the line.

However, within minutes, the Dons had taken the lead when an inswinging corner from the right was met by Alan Inns, whose shot entered the net via a defender's foot. Jon Main came close to adding a second with a diving header, but it was Alan Inns who came closest to adding to the lead when his powerful header from a Chris Hussey cross grazed the outside of the post.

Despite enjoying the majority of the possession for the rest of the half, and indeed the second half, Wimbledon were unable to get that important second goal, which would have relaxed the players and eased the tension in the crowd. However, the visitors rarely troubled James Pullen and the Dons deserved their win.

A relieved Terry Brown was pleased to get the win under his belt. "The pluses for me were that I was able to rest Danny Kedwell, Dwane Lee and Jake Leberl, and still come away with the three vital points. All three were carrying slight knocks, and it was important to shield them for the next game.

"Credit to the boys who did play, and Alan Inns deserved his Man of the Match, because as well as scoring the goal he won just about every header, and hopefully that will have finished his season off on a high note.

"In the last two games we have been able to keep clean sheets, and apart from one save, James Pullen was rarely threatened. Ben Judge marshalled the defence very well and I really think that during this nervous period we need to continue putting up really good defensive displays. We didn't play that well today, but still looked likely to score a goal or two.

"I am now looking forward to seeing Jon Main and Danny Kedwell hooking up again and hopefully kick-start their scoring partnership."





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Friday 10 April 2009
dons trust news
Dons Trust board meeting, 6 April

The DT Board held its regular monthly meeting on Monday night, 6 April. The Board endorsed the papers on the Strategy Review that will be sent out shortly for the SGM on Tuesday 23 April. Most of the meeting was taken up with financial matters – the budget forecast for this year and two preliminary possible budgets for next year – one assuming that we stay in BSS and one assuming promotion to BSP.

The Board debated and voted on the two following resolutions.

“Believing that the decision to delay the kick off of the Basingstoke game was one on which the DTB should have been consulted, the Board resolves that the decision to shift the kick off time had been a mistake and that no similar decision involving a judgement on religious, ethical or political matters is to be made again until the Board has debated the Trust’s general approach to ethics on and off the field and has submitted an agreed ethical policy to the members for endorsement.” [The first part of this resolution up to the words “a mistake” was rejected by a majority of 6 who voted against (Tom Adam, David Cox, Nigel Higgs, Iain McNay, Dean Parsons and Erik Samuelson) to 4 who voted for (Ray Armfield, Ivor Heller, Aideen Rochford and Kris Stewart) with 1 abstention (Matt Breach) and 1 board member absent (Sean McLaughlin). The second part of this resolution from the words “no similar decision” was approved unanimously by the 11 members present.]

“The DTB tells the Management Committee of AFC Wimbledon Limited that the proposed new entrance costs, if we are promoted to the BSP, should hold the match day prices of concessions at 50% of the full price for adults and apart from that supports their proposals which if they were subject to any further changes should be referred back to the DTB.” [This was carried by a majority of 5 (Ray Armfield, Matt Breach, Dean Parsons, Aideen Rochford and Kris Stewart) to 4 (Tom Adam, David Cox, Iain McNay and Erik Samuelson) with 2 abstentions (Ivor Heller and Nigel Higgs) and 1 Board member absent (Sean McLaughlin).]

The minutes of the meeting will be posted on the Trust’s publication pages as soon as they have been approved by the Board.


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Friday 10 April 2009
dons trust news
Dons Draw

Due to the Bank Holiday, the April direct debits for the Dons Draw will go through later than usual.

As a result the April draw will not be made before 18 April.

In the meantime if you want to sign up for the May draw you can do so online or download an application here or to increase your tickets email us here.





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Friday 10 April 2009
club news
Vote today for player awards

If you want to vote for your player of the year, or for the young player of the year, then you can do so at today's game so long as you are a season ticket holder, or a Dons Trust member, or a member of WISA.

Voting forms are available in the back bar before the game and you will find WISA ballot boxes around the bars in which to leave your vote.

Further guidance on voting, including voting by email, can be found at the WISA voting guidance

The closing date for voting is midnight on 18 April.


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Friday 10 April 2009
club news
Last chance to vote for next season's third kit

We have short-listed five shirt designs for the third kit for 2009-2011. You can see them in all their glory here and in the Main Bar where the designs will be on display before, during and after Good Friday's vital game against Basingstoke Town.

Please vote for your favourite design - one choice only. Votes can be submitted either by email to kits@afcwimbledon.co.uk by downloading a voting form here (pdf) or at the ground by handing a form in to the office. Please include the number / letter of the shirt you are voting for and your Trust membership number or season ticket number.


Kit 1

Kit 2

Kit 3

Kit 4

Kit 5


The deadline for votes is 5.30 pm today, and the winner will be announced after the St Albans City match on Saturday 25 April during the man of the match presentation.



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Friday 10 April 2009
club news
Travel problems getting to Kingsmeadow today

On the trains there are major engineering works in the Wimbledon area until early May which will affect today's game against Basingstoke.

There will be no trains stopping at Norbiton and most of the Wimbledon station area will be closed. The only train services able to use Wimbledon station will be First Capital Connect and Tramlink services in and out of platforms 9 and 10.

South West Trains services will either be diverted via an alternative route or will start at stations away from London Waterloo. London Underground's "District Line" service will not run between Wimbledon and Wimbledon Park.

A bus replacement service will run from Clapham Junction to Surbiton calling at Earlsfield, Wimbledon, Raynes Park, New Malden, Norbiton, Kingston and Surbiton.

There are also non stop buses from Clapham Junction to Surbiton and vice versa and Clapham Junction, Earlsfield, Wimbledon, Raynes Park then non stop to Surbiton.

Supporters are advised to allow extra time to get to Kingsmeadow.


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Thursday 09 April 2009
club news
20% discount at Sesame for a match day curry!

Sesame, the new Indian restaurant located at 216 Kingston Rd (opposite Homebase) are offering an exclusive 20% discount to Dons fans who eat in the restaurant before 7pm tomorrow night. The restaurant is also open for lunch between 12.00 and 2.30pm.

As mentioned by Tom Davis during last week's man of the match presentation, the team ate there recently and really enjoyed their meal. And Tom himself will have a chance to return courtesy of the restaurant's owners as they are offering a complimentary meal for two for the man of the match for all remaining games this season.

For more information, visit here or call 020 8949 2211.



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Thursday 09 April 2009
cfs news
Join in the Matchday Academy

A Good Friday Special Matchday Academy is being held tomorrow between 1.30 - 2.30pm for children aged 4 to 14, on the fantastic artificial grass pitches at Kingsmeadow Athletics Stadium.

A fun filled Saturday starts with a matchday coaching session led by top AFC Wimbledon coaches including fun games, skills competitions and matches and ends with a free ticket to watch AFC Wimbledon in action at the Fans' Stadium against Basingstoke.

This is a great opportunity to take part in healthy, supervised activity so come along to the Matchday Academy for only £3 for season ticket holders and £5 for a non-season ticket holders.


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Thursday 09 April 2009
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents Bob Mills!

Comedy@Kingsmeadow is proud to announce that Bob Mills will be headlining our next show on Friday 1 May.

Bob is undoubtedly one of the most high profile acts to ever grace the Comedy@Kingsmeadow stage, having appeared on TV shows such as 'Never Mind The Buzzcocks', 'Have I Got News For You' and 'They Think Its All Over'. He is also a regular guest on BBC Radio 5's 'Fighting Talk'.

Other acts on the night include Dan Antopolski, star of BBC 2's 'Hyperdrive' and Geoff Whiting, one of the most experienced comperes on the circuit.

For more details, visit here.

Tickets cost £12 and can be booked by calling the Kingsmeadow Live hotline on 020 8547 3335.

Alternatively, tickets can be purchased online here.



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Thursday 09 April 2009
first team news
Terry on Basingstoke

Terry Brown has almost a full squad to choose from for the weekend's big games, as he explained to us this morning.

"Friday sees us play a much improved Basingstoke side. Frank Gray has done a great job in guiding them out of the bottom three over the last few months and will no doubt be looking forward to an exciting Good Friday fixture. With their recent progress they are probably not under threat of relegation any longer and that might allow them to play in a more relaxed way.

"As far as we are concerned, this will be the first of four massively important games that will effectively decide the championship. We go into Friday's game in good spirit after a solid performance on Saturday against Team Bath. Training on Tuesday went very well and apart from Jason Goodliffe, who is a doubt, we look to have a full squad to choose from. Friday's game will, however, be the last opportunity to see Kezie Ibe, as Ebbsfleet have indicated that they need to take him back after the game.

"Having had Basingstoke watched against Thurrock last Saturday, their team now possesses strength and experience at the back, especially with the addition of ex Don Lewis Christon who joined them recently from Wycombe. As a result they are certainly big and powerful at the back.

"We will certainly not be underestimating Basingstoke but, as far as the game plan goes, it will be about us concentrating on our own game. I am in a good position in as much as I have various options available to me as far as the games over the weekend are concerned.

"Finally, fans who want a game to go to on Saturday might want to come along to see our reserves at Ashford Town (Middlesex) where Lewis Taylor will make his first competitive appearance for the Dons. I will be there too, at least for the first half.

"As always, I'd like to tell the fans how much the team appreciates your support and we hope you will be there in numbers tomorrow to shout us on to success."


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Thursday 09 April 2009
u18s news
Under 18s lose out in final

Despite dominating possession for large parts of the game, the Under 18s went down to a narrow 1-0 defeat to Woking Under 18s last night in the final of the Surrey FA Mid-week Floodlit Cup.

To read more about the game, click on match report.


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Wednesday 08 April 2009
u18s news
Under 18 final tonight

Tonight the Under 18s take on Woking Under 18s in the final of the Surrey FA Mid-week Floodlit Cup.

The match is being played at Walton Casuals FC, Waterside Drive, Walton-on-Thames, KT12 2JP and kicks off at 7.30 pm.

The teams have already met three times this sesaon with Wimbledon winning 4-2 in the home league game and 3-2 in the league cup. However, Woking won the return league game 3-2.

It is should to be an entertaining and exciting game so why not go down and support the young Dons.


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Tuesday 07 April 2009
dons trust news
A thank you

At their meeting on Monday night, Dons Trust board members agreed that we should publish our thanks for the outstanding fundraising efforts made by some of our members.

In particular, well done and thank you to Mark Davis and Mick Pugh, re the dinner with Dickie, and Dean Parsons and Rob Beatty for the Buy a Brick campaign. Mark and Dean have made it very clear that they could not have done it without the contributions of very many helpers, so a big thanks too to everyone who was involved.

Together these two events have raised over £20k net for the Trust – one fifth of our fundraising target for the year.


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Monday 06 April 2009
club news
Team Bath highlights now available on AFC Wimbledon TV

Highlights of the game at Team Bath last Saturday are now available on AFC Wimbledon TV. You can see them by clicking on AFC Wimbledon TV.


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Monday 06 April 2009
club news
Square Up!

This Friday sees the return of of 'Square Up', Blue Square's skills contest that involves playing 'keepy-uppy' with a large blue dice. The winner claims a free £25 bet with Blue Square and moves on to the next round which could lead to a chance to show off their skills at Wembley and win £10,000!

For more information, see here.

The club is looking for four participants to take part at half time of Friday's match against Basingstoke. If you fancy your chances, please e-mail here.


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Monday 06 April 2009
first team news
Terry on Team Bath

Terry Brown was understandably pleased with Saturday's win over Team Bath and being one game nearer the end of the season.

"I am sure you suffered as much as I did on Saturday as these are certainly nervous times for all three teams that possess title aspirations. Until the first goal goes in, in any of our next four games the pressure obviously mounts up. Looking at Manchester United and Liverpool over the weekend you could see the importance of not giving up and for keeping going until the 95th minute.

"Saturday's stats show us with dominant possession and territorial advantage without necessarily converting them into chances made and taken. I was delighted that Kezie Ibe opened his account with us as I believe he offers us something different up front.

"Having studied the video of the game, although we won most of the battles at the back and in midfield, we need to utilise the ball in a more effective fashion. There is no doubting the commitment, effort and character within the dressing room - these are massive strengths for any team to possess going into the last part of the season. The ability to relax and play our football is a much more difficult commodity to obtain.

"It is also noticeable that the strength of our squad allows us to change our formation and our style as and when is necessary. And I thought that all three substitutions on Saturday came on and gave us an additional lift.

"Tonight Stuart, Simon and I are going to watch two other management teams suffer. I will no doubt be digging out my claret scarf for tonight's visit as this will be possibly the first and only time I enter Melbourne Park as a Chelmsford supporter.

"We have an important training session Tuesday. At this time of the year, it is about ticking the squad over and keeping them fit - especially not injuring anyone. On Wednesday night I hope some of you will join Erik and me who will be going to watch our very successful under 18 side in the final of the Surrey Youth Floodlit cup, at Walton Casuals' ground. Kick off is 7.30 pm if you are thinking of joining us.

"This particular group of young Wimbledon lads is very talented and this bodes well for the future of the club. Russell Harmsworth has built this team to combine skill and ability with strength and a ruthless streak.

"Because of the Good Friday fixture, we will be giving the players a well-earned rest on Thursday night, prior to the two Easter weekend fixtures."


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Friday 03 April 2009
dons trust news
Sign up if you love the Dons!

The Dons Trust is holding a membership surgery before the Team Bath home game on 4 April. If you are already a DT member and want to check your renewal date, need to alter your method of payment, are a lapsed member seeking to re-join, or a new recruit wanting to sign up, then simply head for the Dons Trust table in the back bar or to the table in front of the main stand below the "Join the Team" banner. The table will be manned between 12.30 pm and 2.30 pm and one of the DT volunteers will be delighted to assist you.

Look out for further Dons Trust surgeries in the near future, where you will be able to ask questions, raise queries, or voice concerns directly with your elected Dons Trust Board members. Remember, the Dons Trust is the democratic heart of AFC Wimbledon, so come along and get involved in your club!


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Friday 03 April 2009
dons trust news
Sign up for the Dons Draw on Saturday

As the end of the season approaches, now is a good opportunity to continue contributing to our fundraising campaign during the close season by signing up for the Dons Draw.

To help supporters who wish to participate (or to increase their participation), members of the fundraising team will be available in the bars to help people who wish to sign up for the Dons Draw.

If you'd like to participate (for a minimum of £2 per month), please bring along your bank details to the game and look out for members of the fundraising team.

You can also sign up to the dons draw now by clicking here.

Participants must be aged 16 or over


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Thursday 02 April 2009
club news
Kit Sponsors' Dinner 2009

We are pleased to announce that this year's Kit Sponsors' dinner will take place on Thursday 14 May in the back bar. As usual, there are two tickets for each sponsorship. One extra ticket per sponsorship is available at the cost of £10.

The running order for the evening is as follows:

7.00 pm - Arrive and collect your shirt

7.30 pm - Buffet dinner

Midnight - Bar closes

If you have not received notification, please e-mail the commercial office here as soon as possible.


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Thursday 02 April 2009
first team news
Terry on Team Bath

Terry Brown had some good news when we talked to him earlier this afternoon. He started by looking forward to the Team Bath game.

"Only five games to go, with this Saturday obviously being the most important as we are in need of a morale-boosting win. The players will not need any motivation. I hope they retain some of the anger and commitment they showed after the game last week. We now know exactly what we need to do and it has to start with three points on Saturday.

"I've looked at the scout's report from the Team Bath v Chelmsford game and, on the day, Team Bath played very well. They travel here knowing that they need a win to stay in touch with the play offs and we know that, because they are a full time side, they will certainly be focusing on their trip to Kingsmeadow.

"With all due respect to Team Bath, it is not what they do that matters on Saturday, it is how my players react to back-to-back defeats; as the players are aware, we can't afford any more slip ups.

"Several of the injuries that we have had over the last couple of weeks now look to be improving and we should go into the final five games with a large and well-motivated squad. However, Kennedy Adjei hasn't been able to train this week and he will not be available to play on Saturday.

"Also, Danny Kedwell's injury has meant that he has been unable to train this week. However, I can tell you now that Danny will declare himself fit for Saturday. He has been playing in recent weeks carrying an injury and possesses the type of determination that makes him the player that he is.

"Jason Goodliffe and Jake Leberl will resume light training tonight and are in contention for places. Andy Sambrook, Mickey Haswell, Tony Finn and new signing Rocky Baptiste will be taking part in our reserves’ game at Croydon Athletic's ground tonight.

"The really good news we have on injuries is that Lewis Taylor is much more advanced in his recovery than we had initially given him credit for. This is due in no small measure to the expertise of Mike Rayner and the 100% commitment of Lewis himself over the last eight months.

"Mike was so impressed with Lewis's recent acceleration in his recovery that he commissioned some special medical tests which Lewis passed earlier, comfortably exceeding all the criteria Mike set – in some respects his injured knee performed better than his other knee! This is great news, not only for Lewis but also for the club. He has waited a long time to fulfil his dream of returning to play in yellow and blue.

"If it was up to Lewis he would play on Saturday, but we are taking it cautiously. He will take part in full first team training over the next week or so and we hope that he can then have an outing at Ashford on Easter Saturday. If he comes through that he will be fit and available for selection, possibly as early as Bank Holiday Monday. But we are taking no risks – we want him available and fully fit for next season and if he can play this season, then that is a bonus.

"With that good news, all that is left for me to say is that we look forward to seeing you on Saturday and having you make a massive noise to help the players to win three points."


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Thursday 02 April 2009
club news
Eastleigh highlights now available

Highlights of the game at Eastleigh last Saturday are now available on AFC Wimbledon TV. You can see them by clicking on AFC Wimbledon TV.


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