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Friday 30 April 2010
club news
Season ticket renewal letters

A number of season ticket letters have been sent out with the incorrect postage on them.

The vast majority of letters were franked with the correct postage but late in the day we needed to buy some stamps to complete the mail out; it was these stamps which were insufficient to cover the postal cost.

If you have received a notice of a letter for collection, instead of collecting it you may prefer to call the club's office on 020 8547 3528 with your name, address and ST details. We will then resend your renewal letter. We apologise for any inconvenience.


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Friday 30 April 2010
first team news
Terry signs them up

After a hectic day in the office, Terry Brown has signed up to retain a further five players for next season. Earlier today, Brett Johnson, Luke Moore, Steven Gregory, Ricky Wellard and Jack Turner all committed themselves to two years at the club.

Terry Brown, still suffering from writer's cramp, said "we have signed some of the most talented young men in the Conference. All of these players could and should one day be playing league football and hopefully do it with us. The fact that we were able to offer these players full time football made everything go so much more smoothly.

"I couldn't be more delighted. I don't think I have had a better day in the office in my life. I have no doubt in my mind that several of these players will go on to play at a higher level.

"The players have now gone to enjoy a two week break. The majority of the squad will be coming into the club on Thursday 13 May for a fitness assessment where they will be given individual weight training and fitness programmes to be continued throughout the summer months so that when they arrive back on 29 June they will be fully fit and ready to go into pre-season full time training immediately.

"We are still in negotiations with one or two players which we expect to complete over the next couple of days and we are also actively pursuing several other players. I am not in a massive hurry to fill all the available slots as previous experience has shown me that sometimes exceptional players become unexpectedly available later in the close season."


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Friday 30 April 2010
club news
End of Season Dinner AFTER PARTY TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Following last year’s extremely successful event, the club is pleased to announce the details of this season’s End of Season Dinner, kindly sponsored by Sports Interactive.

Once again the dinner will take place in a marquee on the pitch at The Cherry Red Records Fans Stadium on Saturday 8 May.

The evening will commence with a reception in the main bar at 7.00 pm before moving into the marquee for dinner.

After dinner, there will be an auction, a raffle and the highly anticipated end of season speeches from Terry Brown, the player of the season and more.

Once that is finished, a live band will be providing the entertainment with the bar open until 1.00 am.

Tickets cost £900 for a table of 10 or £100 for individual tickets, which includes ½ bottle of wine per person.

We are also selling £10 tickets for anyone who would like to join the party from 9.30 pm (subject to delays on the night), in time for the end of season presentations and speeches and live entertainment. The middle bar will be open from 8.00 pm. Tickets can be purchased at here.

The dress code for all guests attending this event is lounge suit.

To book your table or for more information, call the commercial department on 020 8547 3336 or e-maiL here.

We have a limited number of tables so we strongly recommend you book tables quickly to avoid disappointment.



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Thursday 29 April 2010
club news
Danny and Jon sign up

With the season now over, Terry Brown made two critical signings today as he starts to build the team for next season.

"I am pleased to be able to tell you that the club has secured the services of both Jon Main and Danny Kedwell for next season. It is always important to nail down the people who score goals for you and therefore I am delighted that both Jon and Danny are willing to commit for next season with the Dons.

"Both players will no doubt have received offers from other clubs. However, they both expressed their desire to stay wtih us and hopefully help us fulfill our dreams.

"We have ongoing talks over the next few days with another eight players and, of course, we already have Ryan Jackson who signed a contract last week. We have earmarked several other new players but we wish to secure our own players first."

Both Jon Main and Danny Kedwell are proven goalscorers at Conference level and between them netted nearly 40 goals this season.


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Thursday 29 April 2010
club news
Dons lose out in penalty shoot out

In what was an entertaining game for the neutral, Wimbledon lost out to a Metropolitan Police team that never gave up and refused to be beaten.

The Dons were ahead on three occasions but were unable to keep their lead with the Met Police's last equaliser coming in added on time in extra time. Danny Kedwell, Luke Moore, Elliott Godfrey from the penalty spot and Ricky Wellard were the scorers for the Dons.

The final went to penalties with Moore, Ben Judge and Kedwell all converting their efforts but misses from Godfrey and Jack Stafford gave victory and the cup to the Police.


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Wednesday 28 April 2010
club news
More silverware for boys and girls teams

Under-16 girls do the cup double

Last Sunday the Under-16 Girls added to their Surrey Cup win last month by defeating Reading Girls in the league cup final at Merstham FC.

The Dons went into the half-time break 1-0 down after Reading sprang their offside trap, but made amends in the second half. Dons winger Bernice Tully was brought down in the box and put away the spot-kick herself. Sarah Roberts and Natalie Slate added further goals to give Wimbledon a well earned 3-1 victory.

Under-15 boys are league champions

On Tuesday evening the Under-15s clinched the league title for the third year running with a 2-0 away win against second-placed Ashford Town. Both goals were scored by birthday boy Shervin Mohajeri in the first half. This team have lost only one game in two and a half years.

This Sunday, 2 May, the Under-15s travel to Chipstead FC for the Surrey Cup final against Hampton & Richmond, kick-off 2.00 pm; and on Friday 7 May they play in the league cup final against Sutton United, at Carshalton Athletic FC, kick-off 7.30 pm. If you can make it to either of these games, the boys would appreciate your support.



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Wednesday 28 April 2010
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents the Kingston Comedy Festival!

Kingston Comedy Festival
Presented by Kingsmeadow Live

Date: Sunday 9 May
Price: £15
Doors: 5.00pm
Tickets: here


Kingsmeadow Live is proud to announce the line up for the Kingston Comedy Festival which will be held in a marquee on the football pitch itself!

Lee Hurst

After earning his spurs on the comedy circuit Lee Hurst made his name as a quick-witted panellist on the BBC quiz show, They Think It's All Over. Although he has no sporting prowess, and knows next to nothing about football, he won over viewers with his easy banter.
Lee's other credits include presenting Shark Tank and Loose Ends as well as guest appearances on That's Showbusiness, The Stand Up Show, Have I Got News For You and Don't Give Up Your Day Job. He also stepped up to the plate as team captain on Hold The Front Page and What In The World.
Back in the real world Lee built and ran his own venue, the Backyard Comedy Club in London's Bethnal Green. He has since converted it to the 'FymFigBar' and continues to act as resident compere.
Lee has performed in cabaret for dozens of household name companies, from Britvic and SpecSavers to O2 - at his best simply bouncing off members of the audience. He has also hosted awards ceremonies for the travel, IT, printing, commercial vehicle and, perhaps surprisingly, the beauty industry.

Bob Mills

Bob Mills burst on to the London Comedy scene in 1985, turning the faltering "Alternative" establishment on it's head with his unique, challenging brand of laddish irreverent stand-up.
Over the next ten years he established himself as one of the most successful live acts in the country, as well as putting together a string of acclaimed TV and radio credits.
His performances as host of ITV's flagship daytime game show 'Win Lose Or Draw', treading the fine line between pensioners favourite, and students cult hero, and his weird and wonderful late night 'In Bed With MeDinner', are still remembered fondly wherever intelligent TV fans meet.
He also hosted, 'There's Only One Brian Moore', and 'Dial Midnight' for LWT, 'Not A Lot Of People Know That' for BBC1, as well as over 200 shows for VH1, including major documentary/interviews with Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Cher. He's recently appeared on The Weakest Link Comedian's Special.
In 1995 he starred in what he regards as his finest work, to date, Channel 4's 'The Show'. These eight one hour programmes featuring fly-on-the-wall film of the making of a real chat show, are widely regarded as the template for much of the reality TV that continues to dominate the schedules today.
On radio Bob has presented his own shows on BBC London and he still regularly covers for Danny Baker. He's also a popular guest on 'Fighting Talk' (BBC Radio 5) & Loose Ends (BBC Radio 4).
Since 1996 Bob has combined his TV, radio & live performances, with his role as writer and producer. He was responsible for two series of ITV's award winning, critically acclaimed 'Bob Martin', giving Michael Barrymore his acting debut. On his debut as a film producer he helped Julie Walters to a Best Actress BAFTA in 'My Beautiful Son', also receiving his own coveted nomination from the Academy.
Bob co-wrote and produced 'Stan The Man' which starred John Thomson & Gaynor Faye, the six-part comedy-drama 'Northern Lights' which starred Mark Benton & Robson Green, as well as an episode of Shameless and the feature length film 'Pierrepoint' that starred Timothy Spall & Juliet Stevenson and premiered in 2006.

Milton Jones

Milton Jones won the Time Out Best Comedy Performance 2003, comedian and actor. He also won the prestigious Perrier Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Festival in 1996 for his first solo show and returned in 1997 to become a Perrier Nominee.

His Sony Award-winning show The Very World of Milton Jones (BBC Radio 4) has enjoyed three successful series to date and was also nominated for a British Comedy Award for Best Radio Series in 1998. Four episodes of Another Case of Milton Jones have just been commissioned and will be broadcast in November of this year.

He has made numerous guest television appearances and starred as 'The Supervisor' in Sky 1's sitcom, The Strangerers. He continues to gig on the comedy circuit and is also adding many corporate clients to his growing fan base.

Robin Ince

Robin Ince started his comedy career as a writer, working on shows including Alistair McGowan's Big Impresison, V Graham, Norton and Meet Ricky Gervais, his first of many collaborations with the Extras star.

Ince appeared with Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Jimmy Carr in the 2001 Edinburgh show Rubbernecker, and regularly supports Gervais on tour. He also appeared in one episode of The Office, playing interviewee Stewart Foot.
That role inspired his tongue-in-cheek solo Edinburgh debut in 2004, and he has returned to the Fringe every year since. In 2005 he started erudite comedy night The Book Club, loosely based around bad literature, which won him the innovation award at the 2006 Chortle Awards as well as the outstanding contribution to comedy accolade at that year's Time Out awards. In 2007, he was named best compere at the Chortle Awards.

On TV, he has appeared as John Peel on Channel 4's 11 O'Clock Show as well as countless panel games and 'talking heads' shows, including Channel 4's 100 Greatest Musicals (2003), BBC Three's The State We're In (2003), Celebdaq (2004), BBC Two's Mock The Week (2006). He has also appeared on Radio 4's Now Show, Just A Minute and Mitch Benn's Crimes Against Music.

Dougie Dunlop

Highly talented observational comic, Dougie Dunlop, effortlessly gets audiences laughing and sharing his unique take on life.
Dougie started his career at the "The Stand" in hometown Edinburgh, and made his fringe debut in 2000 as part of the "The Midnight Show" in the Gilded Balloon. For Fringe 2003, he headlined the prestigious Big Value comedy package show at the Café Royal.
He performs at all the major comedy venues in the UK and abroad - as far flung as Shanghai! He headlines in many places, and his relaxed style and widespread appeal makes him much demand at major corporate events and weddings.
“Dougie has a rare ability to tell jokes about ordinary things and be hilarious!” Edinburgh Evening News
His precision humour is delivered with great warmth, and he’s been selected by many high profile comics, both old school and new, to support them on tour.
Dougie’s comedic talents also include writing and acting. He wrote and played the part of an eccentric vet in Scottish art house film, Auchter-Nae-Where released in May 2004.
Geoff Whiting
"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 is an established and popular compere, as well as a strong and versatile act. He has appeared at the Edinburgh Festival, on television and radio and at every notable comedy club in the UK. He is also an established TV warm up.





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Wednesday 28 April 2010
club news
Terry looks forward to the game this evening

Terry Brown was keenly looking forward to the final tonight. "Tonight’s game is an important one for the club in that it will be nice to win some silverware this year. Although the London Senior Cup was not top of the priority list at the start of the season it certainly is now.

"I asked some of the players who have been with the club over the past couple of seasons but will be leaving us if they wished to be involved tonight and Ben Judge and Elliott Godfrey are two who will start. Paul Lorraine would have liked to have played but his partner is expecting their first child at any time and so he will miss out. We wish them both all the best for the future.

"Tonight’s squad is therefore: Seb Brown, Ryan Jackson, Ben Judge, Brett Johnson, Kennedy Adjei, Steven Gregory, Elliott Godfrey, Ricky Wellard, Karl Douglin, Luke Moore, Danny Kedwell, Sam Hatton, Jack Turner, Matt Harmsworth, Jack Stafford, James Stenning, Aaron Snelling and Charlie Clark-Gleave.

"If my previous encounters with Met Police are anything to go by, tonight will be an exciting and keenly fought contest and I expect my senior players to take up the mantle and reward the club and the fans with a cup victory to end the season on a high note."



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Wednesday 28 April 2010
club news
London Senior Cup Final tonight

The final of the London Senior Cup against Metropolitan Police takes place tonight, Wednesday 28 April, kick-off 7.30 pm at Harrow Borough FC, Earlsmead, Carylon Avenue, Harrow, Middlesex, HA2 8SS.

The Match is not all ticket, and admission prices are £10 for adults, £5 for concessions and under-16s. The 300 seats in the stand will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Because both clubs normally play in blue, by the rules of the competition both clubs will wear change kits, and the Dons will be playing in their usual yellow away strip.

Directions to Harrow Borough are as follows:

By road

Leave the M25 at Junction 16 and take the M40 east towards Uxbridge and London. The road becomes the A40, and you pass RAF Northolt on your left. At the Target Roundabout turn left onto the A312 (Mandeville Road) towards Northolt. Just after you pass Northolt tube station on your left, turn left at the next set of traffic lights into Eastcote Lane North, which becomes Field End Road. At the next roundabout turn right into Eastcote Lane. At a small parade of shops, take the turning on the right into Carlyon Avenue (the middle of three roads that fan out to the right at this junction). Earlsmead is the second turning on the right, and the entrance to the ground is immediately on the left.

Parking There is very limited parking at the ground. Street parking is available in the surrounding area; please show consideration to residents.

By train

The closest rail station is Northolt Park, served by trains from London Marylebone. The journey time is 15–20 minutes. The station is ten minutes’ walk from the ground.

Leave the station from the platform you arrived on. Follow the path to Alexandra Avenue, turn right under the railway bridge, fork left (following Alexandra Avenue) and take the next left, Somervell Road. Bear right into Carlyon Avenue, and Earlsmead is the second on the left.

By tube

The nearest tube station is South Harrow, which is about 20 minutes’ walk from the stadium. Turn left on leaving the station into Northolt Road and follow it to its end. Cross over into Alexandria Road and turn right, and then left into Somervell Road. Bear right into Carlyon Avenue, and Earlsmead is the second on the left.

By bus

From South Harrow station, buses 140 and 114 take you to within a few minutes’ walk of the ground (114 goes the nearest). Catch a 140 going towards Heathrow and Hayes, and get off at Alexandra Avenue. Catch a 114 going towards Ruislip, and get off just after passing Rooks Heath school on the right; it is then a five-minute walk to the stadium.



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Monday 26 April 2010
first team news
Terry's day of difficult decisions

Terry Brown spent today talking to the members of his squad and has announced that the following 12 players are being released: Jay Conroy, Derek Duncan, Elliott Godfrey, Will Hendry, Alan Inns, Ben Judge, Paul Lorraine, Ross Montague, Glenn Poole, James Pullen, Peter Rapson and Lewis Taylor. In addition, Danny Blanchett and Nathan Elder have completed their loan periods with the club and will now be returning to Peterborough and Shrewsbury Town respectively.

Terry explained “When I released a number of my playing squad at the end of last season the decision was based on the desire to move to a younger squad who would be able to train three to four times a week, so that it would in part assist in the transition to a full-time squad, as and when it was financially viable to do so. That decision has now been taken and with the desire to continue with a young squad very much in mind I have had to make the difficult decision on who to release.

“This is the worst part of the season and a part of my job that I really don’t enjoy. I would like to place on record my thanks to the players who are leaving us for the contribution they have made to the club, some over the past two seasons and others in this our first season at this level when reaching eighth place is a major achievement. They are all talented players who I am sure will be able to display their footballing abilities at other clubs.

“There is a terrific team spirit at the club, so much so that some of the players who are leaving have asked to be considered for the cup final on Wednesday night. I hope to accommodate them so that our fans can give them a proper send off.”


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Monday 26 April 2010
dons trust news
Velo & Blue - result

Prior to kick-off on Saturday, the Velo & Blue team reached Gateshead International Stadium, having successfully cycled the 302 miles from London. Their official cycling time was a highly commendable 21 hours, 33.5 minutes.

The winning ticket (corresponding to exactly that time) was no. 1258 and we are contacting the holder of that ticket to let him know that he has won £302.

Just over 1,500 lottery tickets were sold and, after allowing for the prize money and other expenses, this has raised a little over £2,600, making a major inroad in meeting the cost of buying some sophisticated fitness monitoring equipment for the club.

The fundraising team wishes to thank Robin Bedford, Ross Montague, Mike Rayner, Russell Smith and Tommy Woolgar for their enormous dedication in completing this event. Thanks are also due to everyone who bought a ticket. The fundraising team will be thinking up further projects in order to raise the remaining money needed to purchase the fitness monitoring equipment. In the meantime, if you have a Paypal account and would like to make a donation towards the project, you can do so online via velo and blue, .



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Monday 26 April 2010
youth news
U14 Boys Lift Surrey Youth League Cup

The final was played at Molesey FC's ground against Sandgate. The young Dons dominated normal time, but neither side could find the net. Extra time remained scoreless but the boys prevailed on penalites 4-1.

See team line up and full match report here.



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Monday 26 April 2010
club news
End of Season Dinner 2010- AFTER PARTY TICKETS ON SALE!

Following last year’s extremely successful event, the club is pleased to announce the details of this season’s End of Season Dinner, kindly sponsored by Sports Interactive.

Once again the dinner will take place in a marquee on the pitch at The Cherry Red Records Fans Stadium on Saturday 8 May.

The evening will commence with a reception in the main bar at 7.00 pm before moving into the marquee for dinner.

After dinner, there will be an auction, a raffle and the highly anticipated end of season speeches from Terry Brown, the player of the season and more.

Once that is finished, a live band will be providing the entertainment with the bar open until 1.00 am.

Tickets cost £900 for a table of 10 or £100 for individual tickets, which includes ½ bottle of wine per person.

We are also selling £10 tickets for anyone who would like to join the party from 9.30 pm (subject to delays on the night), in time for the end of season presentations and speeches and live entertainment. The middle bar will be open from 8.00 pm. Tickets can be purchased at here.

The dress code for all guests attending this event is lounge suit.

To book your table or for more information, call the commercial department on 020 8547 3336 or e-maiL here.

We have a limited number of tables so we strongly recommend you book tables quickly to avoid disappointment.



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Monday 26 April 2010
club news
2 days to the London Senior Cup final

The final of the London Senior Cup against Metropolitan Police is on Wednesday 28 April, kick-off 7.30 pm at Harrow Borough FC, Earlsmead, Carylon Avenue, Harrow, Middlesex, HA2 8SS.

The Match is not all ticket, and admission prices are £10 for adults, £5 for concessions and under-16s. The 300 seats in the stand will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Because both clubs normally play in blue, by the rules of the competition both clubs will wear change kits, and the Dons will be playing in their usual yellow away strip.




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Saturday 24 April 2010
first team news
Dons season ends at eighth

Wimbledon failed to score for the third game running as their season ended at Gateshead with a 1-0 defeat which led to much celebration on the pitch as it proved enough to keep 'The Heed' in the Blue Square Premier.

With injuries to Sam Hatton and Ben Judge, and Paul Lorraine waiting at home for the birth of his child, the back four took on an unusual look. Ryan Jackson continued on the right after his MoTM performance against Tamworth, and Kennedy Adjei filled in at left back. Jay Conroy joined Brett Johnson in the centre.

The lack of experience of playing together cost the team an early goal as a right wing free kick was allowed to bounce in the six yard box before being tucked away in the resulting scramble.

For the remainder of the half the Dons played some nice football but it was Gateshead who created the chances and then found increasingly innovative ways of missing them, including a lob into Seb Brown's grateful arms when one-on-one, and a scuffed shot from three yards that allowed Brown to scramble on hands and knees to save it on the line. At the other end, Danny Kedwell missed an open goal with a header from eight yards, in the Dons' only real chance of note.

The second half started much the same and with four teenagers on the bench, Terry Brown clearly decided that it was time to give them a chance to show the passion and drive that seemed to be missing. So off came Will Hendry and then Glenn Poole, the latter visibly unhappy to be called to the bench, with Jack Stafford and Matt Harmsworth taking their places. Towards the end, Ricky Wellard was replaced by James Stenning, but to no avail.

While the team showed more urgency, there were no real chances and Gateshead understandably saw out time as deserved winners. This was clearly one match too many for Terry Brown's tired and injured troops.

At the start of the season, most fans would have been delighted with the prospect of an eighth place finish but recent form has made what is actually a substantial achievement in our first season in a national league feel more like a disappointment. On reflection during the summer break the season's outcome will no doubt come into perspective, but meanwhile the team can turn its attention to the London Senior Cup final next Wednesday and make sure that the fixtures end on a high note.


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Friday 23 April 2010
club news
Stuart Cash interview after the Tamworth game

You can see Stuart's interview after the game by clicking on Stuart Cash on Tamworth.


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Friday 23 April 2010
club news
Dickie goes home

Earlier this evening we were delighted to hear that Dickie Guy has been allowed to return home following his recent heart attack and the resultant operation.

Josie and family have asked us to express their thanks for the messages of concern and hope that everyone will understand their wish for continued privacy while Dickie continues his recovery.


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Friday 23 April 2010
club news
Pre season friendly

Our first announced pre season friendly is a home game against Millwall on Friday 16 July, kick off 7.45 pm. Millwall were, of course, our opponents in this season's first round of the FA Cup and have a good chance of gaining automatic promotion to the Championship as the season draws to a close.

Discussions with other clubs continue and we will make further announcements over the next few weeks.


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Friday 23 April 2010
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 (AFC Wimbledon Chief Executive), Rhiannon Luke (First team sports therapist) and Neil Messenbird (Dons Draw Administrator).

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

First prize of £1,000 - ticket 2049 – Howard Muten of W9

Second prize of £500 - ticket 0359 – Ian Pollock from Wimbledon

Third prize of £250 - ticket 3669 – Christine Purchase from Wiltshire

Fourth prize of £150 - ticket 3318 – J Farrow from Crawley

Fifth prize of £100 – ticket 1021 – Damian Woodward from Chessington

Sixth prize of £75 – ticket 2868 Tony Wellby from Thames Ditton

Congratulations to all six prize winners.

The next Dons Draw will take place on or around the 15 May 2010 with the results being posted on the AFC Wimbledon official web site soon after the draw has taken place.

We are again paying out a massive £2,075 this month in prizes!

If you want a chance of winning one of these prizes, 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 2010 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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Thursday 22 April 2010
club news
End of Season Dinner 2010 AFTER PARTY TICKETS ON SALE

We are now selling £10 tickets for anyone who would like to join the party from 9.30 pm (subject to timings on the night), in time for the end of season presentations and speeches and live entertainment. The middle bar will be open from 8.00 pm. The dress code for everyone attending this event is lounge suit.
Tickets can be purchased here.



Following last year’s extremely successful event, the club is pleased to announce the details of this season’s End of Season Dinner, kindly sponsored by Sports Interactive.

Once again the dinner will take place in a marquee on the pitch at The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium on Saturday 8 May.

The evening will commence with a reception in the main bar at 7.00 pm before moving into the marquee for dinner.

After dinner, there will be an auction, a raffle and the highly anticipated end of season speeches from Terry Brown, the player of the season and more.

Once that is finished, a live band will be providing the entertainment with the bar open until 1.00 am.

Tickets cost £900 for a table of 10 or £100 for individual tickets, which includes ½ bottle of wine per person.

The dress code is lounge suit.

To book your table or for more information, call the commercial department on 020 8547 3336 or e-mail here.

We have only two tables left, so we strongly recommend you book a table soon to avoid disappointment



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Thursday 22 April 2010
first team news
Ryan signs up

Earlier this morning Terry Brown made the following statement about his first signing for 2010-11.

"I am delighted to announce, on behalf of the club, that we signed Ryan Jackson today. Ryan has been with the club for nearly two seasons. He has made rapid progress to a level where he was voted man of the match on Tuesday night.

"It is always a real pleasure to sign a player where the club has played a major part in his development. Ryan has worked under Marcus this year and comes highly recommended into the first team squad. Marcus is particularly impressed by the boy's work ethic and determination which complements his ability and raw pace.

"Ryan is our first signing for the 2010-11 season. It is nice to have another example of the club's youth policy bearing fruit. As I stated earlier we are looking to strengthen the squad with young, hungry and ambitious players and Ryan is a perfect example of this."


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Wednesday 21 April 2010
club news
Dickie Guy in hospital

Earlier today, Dickie Guy suffered a serious heart attack.

We understand that he has undergone an operation and is now recovering. Our thoughts are with Josie and all their family. They know that many people will be concerned but have asked for privacy at this difficult time.

As soon as there is any further news, we will put an announcement on this site.


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Wednesday 21 April 2010
dons trust news
Three reasons why you really do need to be at the SGM on Thursday

The Tamworth match programme included three articles which talked about matters of interest to all our fans and therefore they have been copied onto this site as feature articles, with links below.

The topics covered by each of the articles will be covered in more detail at the Special General Meeting on Thursday 22 April, at Kingsmeadow, starting at 7.30 pm. If you want to get up to date on them, then make sure you don't miss the meeting.

First, the latest news on plans for a fans' survey, which will be explained at the SGM, with a call for fans to step forward and voice their opinions:

What do you think? A chance to let us know.

Second, an update on the search for a new stadium:

A stadium fit for the Dons.

And third, news of plans to go full time:

Dons to go full time.

Terry Brown will be present at the start of the meeting to talk about the last of these three items.


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Wednesday 21 April 2010
club news
Player Awards 2009-10 – Danny Kedwell sweeps the board

At last night’s game the player of the year awards were presented as follows.

Maureen Batsford presented the WISA trophy now named in remembrance of her late husband Allen Batsford, legendary Manager of the Dons in the surge to the Football League the first time around:

Allen Batsford WISA Player of the Year - Danny Kedwell

Paul Lorraine joined Maureen to present:

Players' Player of the Year - Danny Kedwell

Maureen was then accompanied by two Junior Dons for the

Junior Dons Player of the Year - Danny Kedwell

Kelvin & Hazel Callow presented:

Natalie Callow Memorial Trophy for AFCW Young Player Of The Year - Seb Brown

Maureen also presented:

Reserves Player of the Year - Matt Harmsworth
Reserves Manager Player of the Year - Matt Harmsworth

Club President Dickie Guy presented the Youth Awards:

Under 18 Player of the Year - Harry Knock
Under 18 Players' Player of the Year - Jamie Warren
Under 19 Player of the Year - Charlie Girdler
Under 19 Players' Player of the Year - Nathan Gordon

Finally, the Radio WDON Team Mikey T, Geoff Hawley, Barry James presented:

Radio WDON Player of the Year - Danny Kedwell


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Wednesday 21 April 2010
dons trust news
Final reminder about the SGM!

The Dons Trust Special General Meeting is tomorrow ,Thursday 22 April starting at 7.30 in the back bar at Kingsmeadow. This is your chance to come and discuss the future development of the Club with the Board and the manager - Terry will be joining us to talk about going professional and his plans for next year. And hear an update on progress about a new stadium.

Please come and enjoy - and contribute to - a lively evening.


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Monday 19 April 2010
club news
Awards night at the last home game of the season

Tuesday night sees our last home game of the season against Tamworth when the team will be going all out to secure three more points and lift the club to sixth position in our first season in a national league.

It will be a time of celebration with presentations taking place on the pitch before the game and again at half-time. Awards to be made include the player of the year, players' player of the year and the young player of the year. There will also be awards for the Reserve, Under 19 and Under 18 teams.

Interviews will take place soon after the game in the middle bar with the player of the year and young player of the year as well as the management team. If there is a demand the bars will stay open until 12.00 midnight.

There will be some seats available which will go on sale from the kiosk in the main lobby from 6.45 pm. The weather is set fair so why not come down to Kingsmeadow to get behind the team and enjoy a great evening out.



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Monday 19 April 2010
club news
Last call for Velo and Blue

This Wednesday, the Velo and Blue team will be setting off on their 302 mile epic cycle ride to Gateshead, to arrive in time for our final league game of the season on 24 April. Among them will be Ross Montague, Mike Rayner, Robin Bedford, Russell Smith, and Tom Woolgar.

The purpose of the ride is to raise money for some fitness monitoring equipment for the first team squad. The fundraising for this event takes the form of a lottery, with tickets on sale (to people aged 16 and over) for £2 each. The prize for the winner is a cash prize of £302.

Tomorrow's match against Tamworth will be the final match at which Velo and Blue tickets will be on sale. So, if you haven't already purchased some tickets, do please look out for them. Between now and Tuesday afternoon, you can also subscribe to tickets online at velo and blue, . Further details of the rules for the lottery can be found at velo and blue lottery rules.


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Sunday 18 April 2010
youth news
AFC Wimbledon win the Tesco Cup Under-13 Southern England finals

After winning the Surrey County Cup for the third time on the trot, AFC Wimbledon Under-13s represented Surrey in the Tesco Cup. Before this prestigious tournament the boys had won 73 of their previous 76 games, spanning three years since they started playing 11-a-side football together, scoring over 315 goals and conceding only 34.

They won the Southern England regional final by winning their group, which included county champions from London, Oxfordshire, Kent, Sussex and Essex. They had a fantastic start, beating Chase Town with a excellent goal from Callum Wilson. They then lost to Bloxham from Oxford by one goal and drew with Bromley, which meant that they had to win their last two remaining games against Sittingbourne and Hastings, and this they achieved with goals again from Callum Wilson and Jake Gill.

Some 2,500 teams had entered this tournament, and it was left for the Dons to play Wealdstone in the final. In a close-fought match, AFC Wimbledon won 1-0 thanks to a fantastic individual goal by Jake Gill. The boys will now represent Surrey and the South of England in the national finals, to be held on 9 May at Pride Park, home of Derby County. This is the first time that a team from Surrey has reached this stage of the competition.

There were 12 teams that took part in this regional final, and it was two AFC Wimbledon players, Jake Gill and Patrick Roberts, who received player of the day awards. But everyone knew that it was the fantastic team effort from the whole squad that makes this under-13 side such a very exciting team and one for the future.



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Saturday 17 April 2010
dons trust news
Dons Draw for April

For reasons beyond our control, the Dons Draw for April will be held later than usual this month.

When the draw takes place we will again be paying out a massive £2,075 in prizes.

It is too late to enter the April draw but if you want a chance of winning the May draw, then why not enter 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 2010 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 17 April 2010
first team news
Terry talks about the last games of the season and a cup final

Terry Brown was at Kingsmeadow this morning overseeing the final training session of the season. The players were in great shape and looking forward to Tamworth on Tuesday night followed by the long trip to Gateshead. With both those games possibly having an impact on relegation the players are well aware that the games won't be typical end-of-season affairs and the preparation reflected that.

Just before taking advantage of a rare opportunity to carry out a Saturday scouting mission, Terry Brown spoke to us.

"After our recent slump in form, it was nice to get back to winning ways on Thursday night and the prospect of a cup final at the end of the season will be something for the players and fans to look forward to.

"As this was the last cup that we were in it is a competition we want to win. To be fair to Croydon they put out a very young side owing to their fixture congestion and one or two key matches in the next few days. Croydon's youngsters were a credit to their club and played some really good football in what turned out to be an entertaining game.

"We were able to field some of our youngsters and give them valuable first team experience, with all of Marcus's youngsters doing extremely well on the night. Ryan Jackson is still telling everybody that he chipped the 'keeper for the third goal. I'm not sure myself, but if he wants to claim it was deliberate he can!

"It seems strange to have no game on a Saturday and the players came in this morning for their last training session. The break over the weekend should enable most of the players to renew themselves for the final three games of the season and on Tuesday we entertain Tamworth in our last home game of the season - a game we would like to finish well on. With Tamworth possibly needing to make absolutely sure of survival it is sure to be an entertaining and competitive game. At the moment, the only injury doubt is Brett Johnson but otherwise everyone is fit and available for selection."

Tuesday also sees the presentation of the player of the year and young player of the year awards which will take place before the game.


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Saturday 17 April 2010
club news
Reserves at Sutton United today

The reserves are at Sutton United this afternoon in their penultimate league game of the season.

Although Sutton were crowned champions of the Suburban League Premier Division on Tuesday evening, Marcus Gayle's young reserve team also secured the runners up spot. Sutton have only lost twice all season, once to the Dons.

This afternoon's game kicks off at Gander Green Lane at 3.00 pm.


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Friday 16 April 2010
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents The Dualers!

KINGSMEADOW LIVE PRESENTS – THE DUALERS!

Saturday 24 April
Doors 7.30pm, bar closes as 1am
Admission: £14
For more information, please call our booking line on 020 8547 333

Kingsmeadow Live is pleased to announce that The Dualers will be performing a 90 minute set on Saturday 24 April! With support from DJ’s spinning bluebeat, ska and two-tone faves.

To purchase tickets, visit here

The Dualers first came to the attention of the nation in October 2004 when they became the world’s first street performers to enter the UK singles chart. Debuting at number 21 with self-penned Kiss on the Lips, they sold more records that week than established artists such as Duran Duran, the Scissor Sisters, Ronan Keating, Girls Aloud, and Natasha Bedingfield. No small feat given the lack of backing and publicity.

In November 2005, The Dualers released their second single, Truly Madly Deeply, another chart hit, entering at number 23 ahead of Bananarama, Jamiroquai, and Corrine Bailey Rae. Following the release of a third single, Don’t Go, their debut album, The Melting Pot, was unleashed on the nation on July 3rd, 2006.

As The Dualers became increasingly popular with fans, they also caught the attention of established acts such as Toots and the Maytals, Ziggy Marley, The Beat, and The Blockheads, who all invited Tyber and Simon to support them at their shows. Word began to spread further afield with a number of appearances in Europe in 2007.

In December 2007 Kiss on the Lips gained national TV airplay when it was used in a number of scenes on hit BBC soap Eastenders. Later that month, Tyber and his parents, Bill and Jackie, were seen, again on the BBC, featured as part of the documentary series Dance Britannia.

2009 has seen The Dualers sell out the indigO2 venue at the O2 Arena on two separate occasions.

The band is fronted by mercurial brothers Si and Tyber Cranstoun. Their musical preferences were heavily influenced by their father, Bill, who helped to introduce ska and soul music to the capital as part of the Savoy Sound System.

'These local superstars are inching towards fame' The Independent
'When you start dancing to these guys, it's impossible to stop' The Sun
'The Dualers soulful harmonising has admirable echoes of Bob Marley and Sam Cooke' Q Magazine

For more information, visithere



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Friday 16 April 2010
dons trust news
Last call for Walk for Wimbledon 4

It's going to be a lovely day tomorrow, Saturday, and it is not too late to join us in a Saturday morning stroll in the sunshine, as Dons of all ages walk a scenic route from Plough Lane to Kingsmeadow to raise money for our great club. If you want to join us but haven't already registered, you can just roll up at the starting point of your choice and the relevant time (10.30 am at Plough Lane and 11.15 am at Wimbledon Common).

Joining us on the walk are:

- First Team players Alan Inns, Lewis Taylor and Ross Montague as part of their injury recovery process.
- Haydon the Womble, who is currently training for the London marathon on 25 of April!
- Club President Dickie Guy and family will be out in force supporting AFC Wimbledon, along with the Mayor of Merton, Nick Draper.

We are encouraging everyone to wear as much blue and yellow as possible, or even fancy dress! Bring banners, and horns and remind everyone that we proudly bear the name of Wimbledon.

For everyone who takes part, refreshments and tea/coffee will be provided in the middle bar when we reach Kingsmeadow and of course the bar will be open.

For more information please visit W4W4.


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Thursday 15 April 2010
youth news
Under 13 in Southern National Championship

This Saturday, 17 April, the under 13 team is playing in the Southern National Championship at Richardson Evans Memorial Playing Fields, Robin Hood Roundabaout, A3, Kingston By Pass, on the edges of Wimbledon Common.

After winning the Surrey County Cup for the third time, the boys are now representing Surrey against ten other County Cup winners to determine the best under 13 team in South East England. If successful, the next stop will be the National Championships. Any support would be appreciated. The first game kicks off at 10.30 am.



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Wednesday 14 April 2010
club news
DONS GO HEAD TO HEAD AT KINGSMEADOW THIS SATURDAY

There is a football match this Saturday at Kingsmeadow after all, and entry is free. It may not be quite the first team, but it’s football none the less! The match kicks off at 3.00 pm, and the participants in the Walk 4 Wimbledon 4 sponsored walk that starts in the morning should arrive in plenty of time to see it.

AFC Wimbledon Supporters’ Team v AFC Wimbledon Club Representative Team

The Supporters’ Team are currently in fourth place in the IFA League, two points off the top and with two matches left to play, and they are in the quarter-finals of the IFA National Cup. The Club Representative Team is made up of club coaches and staff, and a friendly but competitive rivalry will no doubt ensure an entertaining spectacle for those who come to watch. Three seasons ago the Supporters’ Team played the Club Coaches in a match that ended 4-3 to the Coaches, and the Supporters will be after revenge this time.

Before the kick-off, you will be able to watch the Man City v Man Utd game, which starts at 12.45 pm, on the big screen in the Middle Bar. So come down to Kingsmeadow and relax over a drink or two, as well as watching the team of supporters that represent AFC Wimbledon all across the country.

Walk 4 Wimbledon 4

There is still time to sign up for the sponsored walk from Plough Lane to Kingsmeadow. Dons of all ages will be enjoying a Saturday morning stroll in the sunshine on a scenic route taking in Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park to raise money for our great club and the Mayor of Merton’s charities (Grenfell Housing and Merton Mind).

Joining us on the walk will be:
• First-team players Alan Inns, Lewis Taylor and Ross Montague as part of their injury recovery process.
• Haydon the Womble, who is currently in training for the London Marathon on 25 April.
• Club President Dickie Guy and his family, along with the Mayor of Merton, Nick Draper.

We are encouraging all the walkers to wear as much blue and yellow as possible, or even fancy dress! Bring banners, and horns and remind everyone that we proudly bear the name of Wimbledon.

For everyone who takes part, refreshments and tea and coffee will be provided in the Middle Bar when we reach Kingsmeadow – and of course, the bar will be open.

To enter and for more information please visit W4W4

To volunteer to help with arrangements on the day (marshalling, face painting, refreshment stall, first aiders) contact Siobhan Darlington at walk@thedonstrust.org




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Wednesday 14 April 2010
first team news
Terry on Grays and looking for cup success

Terry Brown was checking the physio's room anxiously this morning as he planned his team for Thursday night's cup London Senior Cup game against Ryman South team Croydon Athletic. With some new injuries, including one that will keep Brett Johnson out of tomorrow's game, and many tired bodies, his options are likely to be limited for a game he clearly wants to win.

Table-topping Croydon are in a similar position, facing seven games in 14 days and with a possibly decisive clash next Tuesday against Folkestone Invicta who are five points behind them with a game in hand. But they have made it clear that they too want success in the LSC, so they will also be seeking to strike a balance between their competing priorities.

First, however, Terry looked back on last night's game.

"Last night's defeat against Grays was certainly a bitter pill to swallow. My players looked absolutely dead on their feet. The fixtures we've had since the start of this month have certainly taken their toll on our squad and whoever I juggle about now will have certainly have played more games that I would have liked them to play over the last ten days.

"Within those ten days they have had to travel to Histon, York and Mansfield with home games against Stevenage Borough and Grays Athletic sandwiched in among them.

"I don't know that we could have learned many lessons about the fixture pile up this year as most of it is out of our own hands anyway. It is difficult for me to chastise the players too much after last night's defeat as, on reflection, I think we would have beaten a very game Grays side had we had a fully fit side available.

"Tomorrow brings the visit of Croydon Athletic, a side which has done incredibly well this year, in what is our only remaining opportunity of winning some silverware this year. It would be nice if we were able to finish the season off with a cup final. We will be introducing some fresh legs and minds with Jack Turner, Ryan Jackson and Peter Rapson, who will start. Selection of the other players will be determined basically by Mike Rayner as I think it is important to play the players with the most stamina at this stage of the season.

"By a quirk of the fixture list and the demise of Chester our players will benefit from a rest over the weekend and can hopefully finish off the home fixture with a more vibrant display the following Tuesday against Tamworth.

"To the fans, I'd like to say thanks for being generous with your support last night. I do appreciate that you would be every bit as disappointed as the players and management were in what was an inauspicious evening for the Dons but you stayed behind us and we appreciate that. We will aim to win a cup and end the season with something to cheer about, and that means making sure we win tomorrow night."

Tickets for the game, which kicks off at 7.45 pm on Thursday night, are £6 for adults and £2 for concessions and under 16s, giving access to all terraces and seats except for the Press Box and Directors' Box.


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Wednesday 14 April 2010
club news
Dons crash to Grays

A tired Wimbledon side were defeated by relegated Grays Athletic as past games finally caught up with them.

Despite having 23 efforts at goal the Dons were unable to break down the Grays defence and were twice caught out in the second half as Grays broke quickly. Alex Osborn put the visitors ahead after 54 minutes getting on the end of a quickly taken free kick to fire past Seb Brown. Almost 20 minutes later the fifth penalty in three games was awarded against the Dons and Jamie Guy made no mistake from the spot.




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Tuesday 13 April 2010
club news
Volunteers needed

AFC Wimbledon is looking for volunteers to help with envelope stuffing and door to door leafleting in the Kingston area.

If you are able to help with either please email or call us on 020 8547 3396.



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Monday 12 April 2010
first team news
Terry looks back on goalkeeping heroics and forward to the week's games

When we spoke to him early this afternoon, Terry Brown was still feeling elated after Saturday's win and Seb Brown's man-of-the-match contribution in the dying minutes.

"Saturday was a good result as it ended the run of defeats and, more important, it showed the right reaction by the team, not so much against the loss to Stevenage but to the 5-0 defeat at York City.

"We set ourselves up to be more resilient across the team, and with Steven Gregory and Kennedy Adjei sitting in front of the back four we did very well in the first half. We were aiming to attack Mansfield on the break and it worked very well, not only with Danny Kedwell outmuscling their centre back for his goal, but with Luke Moore, Will Hendry and Danny himself all going close to further goals.

"The second half started badly with Derek Duncan being sent off. I haven't yet got a copy of the DVD to watch and I won't be commenting on the incident until I've had a chance to watch it again. From then on, we were under pressure so I had to call Will Hendry off to give us a little bit more of a defensive focus through Ricky Wellard.

"Danny ran his socks off for us yet again and scored the crucial goal, but we couldn't risk him for the entire game, given his recent injury. Which allows me to turn to the hero of the day, Seb Brown. It isn't often that a 'keeper gets to save everything that is thrown at him during the 90 minutes, let alone when he then keeps out two penalties in the final five minutes. He will remember this game for the rest of his life - and so he should, it was a terrific performance.

"Turning to the games we have this week, my job is to put out two teams that are capable of winning on the night. On the injury front we have only one new doubt, which is Danny Blanchett who is unlikely to be ready for Tuesday's game.

"We want to beat Croydon on Thursday and earn the chance to win some silverware this season but first we need to beat Grays. Obviously, they have already been relegated, but often in that sort of situation a team plays with confidence born of pressure being removed. So we will give them their due respect and go all out for a win. We want to finish as high as we possibly can this season so there is still a lot to play for."


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Sunday 11 April 2010
club news
Kit competition winners

The winners of the kit competition were kit 5 for the home kit and kit C for the way kit.

Many thanks to everyone who voted and in particular to Rob Beatty who designed the chosen home kit and Marc Jones who designed the chosen away kit.

Here are the kits that the fans selected.




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Saturday 10 April 2010
club news
Brown the Dons hero – Seb that is!

Wimbledon secured a hard fought away win thanks to two late penalty saves from Seb Brown who also made a number of other great saves.

Terry Brown made six changes from the side that had started against York City with Seb Brown, Sam Hatton, Brett Johnson, Derek Duncan, Will Hendry and Danny Kedwell coming into the starting XI. Wimbledon got off to the ideal start with Kedwell scoring after nine minutes. Hendry hooked the ball on and Kedwell out muscled his defender before finishing well.

The Dons had chances to increase the lead but Steven Gregory, Luke Moore and Kedwell were all denied by man of the match Andy Marriott. At the other end Mansfield’s long throws were causing some discomfort in the visitor’s penalty area but other than a full length save and some vital punches Brown was secure.

Duncan’s dismissal after 58 minutes for an alleged elbow leaving the team to play out the last half hour with just 10 men was the last thing they needed after their recent hectic fixture schedule. Terry Brown made full use of his substitutes and although under the cosh for a lot of the time the team defended with strength and resolution.

Five minutes of added on time saw great excitement as the home team were awarded two penalties both of which were well saved by Seb Brown diving to his right on the first occasion and to his left on the second. There was still time between the penalties for Hatton to break into the penalty area but with the chance to shoot the ball was squared to Ricky Wellard and the chance was lost.

Terry Brown was in a jubilant mood as the team made its way back to Kingsmeadow. “I am delighted to start the weekend with a win and see the back of a really hard, dire week. Stuart and I set the team up today with the sole purpose of keeping a clean sheet so that we could rebuild from the wreckage of the York result.

“It was important we defended as a team today and although some of the defending was desperate to say the least, the team showed its character and backbone to bounce back from a bad setback on Wednesday. We started the game off with two holding midfielders and a solid back four and used it as a springboard to counter attack. With a little luck we could have gone in at half time three goals up but for some great saves by their goalkeeper who was later named as Mansfield’s man of the match.

“We started the second half in similar fashion and soaked up some early pressure. However, after 58 minutes we had to readjust following the dismissal of Derek Duncan. I will be looking at the video evidence before making any further comment on the incident. With most of the boys having played a great deal of football in the last week we needed to get some fresh legs on replacing Will Hendry with Ricky Wellard, Luke Moore with Jay Conroy and finally Danny Kedwell with Nathan Elder. Danny had not only scored the winning goal but also had worked tirelessly up front.

“This put us in a fantastic position going into added on time until award of two dubious penalties. Thankfully, our hero of the day Seb Brown two remarkable saves to earn us a well deserved battling three points.

“Next week sees us play two important games. On Tuesday we tackle Grays Athletic when we will be going all out to consolidate our position in the league. On Thursday we entertain Croydon Athletic in the semi final of the London Senior Cup. This is the last competition where we can win some silverware and again we will be aiming to progress to the final. I will have to juggle the side around taking into account the amount of football played by some of the players but it will be a strong team as there is no game on Saturday they will have an opportunity to recover before playing Tamworth a week on Tuesday.”

Seb Brown was in a modest mode as he explained that he had never saved two penalties before in the same game. “Although I had saved from the spot in a penalty shoot out while I was at Brentford and of course for the Dons earlier in the season at Tooting and Mitcham I had not saved a penalty in open play.

“Although the penalties were well struck both penalty takers gave me the chance to reach them and I was relieved to guess the right way and see the rebounds cleared by my defence.”



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Friday 09 April 2010
club news
Last chance to vote for Player/Young Player of the Year

There are only a few days left to vote for WISA Player of the Year and AFC Wimbledon Young Player of the Year, as the deadline is Tuesday 13 April.

Voting forms and ballot boxes will be available in the bars until after the Grays match on Tuesday. Alternatively, you may vote online.

Full instructions are available at POTY and Young POTY.


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Friday 09 April 2010
dons trust news
Walk for Wimbledon 4 - sponsored walk from Plough Lane to Kingsmeadow

Enjoy a Saturday morning stroll in the sunshine on 17 April, as Dons of all ages walk a scenic route from Plough Lane to Kingsmeadow to raise money for our great club. (An optional 25% of all the sponsorship raised to be donated to the Dons Community Chest, Grenfell Housing and Merton Mind charities.)

Joining us on the walk are:
- First Team players Alan Inns, Lewis Taylor and Ross Montague as part of their injury recovery process.
- Haydon the Womble, who is currently training for the London marathon on 25 of April!
- Club President Dickie Guy and family will be out in force supporting AFC Wimbledon, along with the Mayor of Merton, Nick Draper.

We are encouraging everyone to wear as much blue and yellow as possible, or even fancy dress! Bring banners, and horns and remind everyone that we proudly bear the name of Wimbledon.

For everyone who takes part, refreshments and tea/coffee will be provided in the middle bar when we reach Kingsmeadow and of course the bar will be open.

To enter and for more information please visit W4W4.

To volunteer to help with arrangements on the day (marshalling, face painting, refreshment stall, first aiders) contact Siobhan Darlington at walk@thedonstrust.org


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Friday 09 April 2010
first team news
Terry on the Surrey Senior Cup and the trip to Mansfield

Terry Brown watched the reserve team go down 2-0 to Godalming Town last night but he was impressed with their display against a much older, more experienced and physically stronger team.

"Thursday night's Surrey Cup semi final game against Godalming saw a very spirited display by a young Dons side. In a closely fought game with very few chances Godalming went ahead in the second half and we never really looked like breaking them down after that. A second goal was a bit harsh as the game was closer than 2-0.

"There were good displays by several youngsters and the game enabled me to have a close look at the young crop of players we have coming through. It would have been lovely to try and achieve two finals this year in which I could have mixed and matched first team players with the youngsters. It now leaves me in a slightly more difficult position with reference to what side I put out against Croydon Athletic, as we would genuinely like to win the London Senior cup if possible.

"Although people might on paper think we should automatically roll over a side like Godalming they are a very well drilled, successful side who are having an excellent year. The boys will have gained valuable experience last night and this will serve them well in future.

"Saturday's game at Mansfield is another very difficult test for a squad of players who have played a large number of games recently. The priority for Saturday has to be stemming the flow of goals and we need to be a lot more solid, not just in defence, but as a team.

"Mansfield are another big strong side with a physical presence that we need to combat better than we have done over the last couple of games. The weather looks good so your trip up to Mansfield will hopefully be a lot more pleasant than the trip to York on Wednesday!

"On the fitness front we are hopeful of having both Danny Kedwell and Will Hendry available for selection and at this moment in time the only other player who has picked up an injury is Danny Blanchett; he will be missing from the side on Saturday.

It is important that we show some character on Saturday and bounce back from what has been a very difficult week. Those of you who managed to get to York were fantastic and thanks for your support. See you on Saturday."


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Friday 09 April 2010
club news
Highlights of Rushden game now on AFC Wimbledon TV

You can see the latest highlights by clicking on Rushden and Diamonds.


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Wednesday 07 April 2010
club news
Dons run out of steam

The effect of their third game in five days and as well as a continuing injury list took its toil on the Dons as they were unable to prevent York City from clinching a play-off position. The clinical finishing of the York forwards was the main difference between the two sides, as the Dons suffered their worst defeat of the season.

Four goals behind at the break Wimbledon, as they had against Stevenage, refused to lie down and put in a spirited second half display. Bizarrely, considering the score line, the Dons played some good football in the first half and could easily have scored several goals themselves.

The game got off to the worst possible start as Michael Rankine put the home side ahead after just 17 seconds, following some weak defending. Things didn’t get much better when Ben Judge brought down Richard Brodie as he ran into the penalty area and the same player scored from the penalty spot via the post. By this time a Nathan Elder header and a Luke Moore shot had just failed to hit the target and the Dons were again punished when Rankine headed on for Brodie to run clear of the defence, round James Pullen and shoot into the empty net.

Elder and Moore again came close to pulling a goal back but when Brodie was brought down by Paul Lorraine after 35 minutes Brodie again took the penalty to complete his hat-trick.

The second half failed to provide as much action with the only goal being scored by Rankine after 72 minutes. Terry Brown made full use of his three substitutes but the Dons were unable to find the net.

Terry Brown was obviously disappointed with the result. “First of all a big thank you to those supporters who made the long trip and stayed the 90 minutes and continued to get behind the players. It must be really difficult when you are five nil down to keep your spirits up and our fans were fantastic.

“I must admit it was a very difficult half time talk as I cannot remember ever being four down at the interval. I asked the players to go out and win the second half and show that they really wanted to wear the badge with pride. I was pleased with the spirited display after what can only be described as a horrendous start when we conceded after seventeen seconds.

“I was pleased with the fact we continued to pass the ball around all night. However, we can’t hide from the fact that we could not psychically cope at the back with the second robust team we have played in three days. It is evident now that the players are struggling for legs. The schedule we are playing is severely testing the depth of our squad and we could really do with some fresh legs but at this time of the season we cannot do this.

“After two thumpings my job is to keep the players heads up and we may have to adapt a more negative approach for the Mansfield game as our present cavalier approach is conceding too may goals. I can’t tell at the present time what my side will be, but it will be selected purely on the fittest players available.

“Please stick with the boys at this difficult time as they still show a willingness to play their football to the end and play their hearts out.”



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Wednesday 07 April 2010
ladies news
Free football sessions and Girls and Ladies trials

The AFC Wimbledon Ladies and Girls teams are pleased to announce that they will be holding free football sessions with qualified coaches on 24 April and 1 May. If you, or a girl you know, are aged between 8 and 15, you are welcome to come down and join in between 10.00 am and 12.00 noon at Raynes Park High School, Bushey Road, London SW20 0JL.

In addition, open trials for the 2010/11 season will be held for all AFC Wimbledon Girls teams, and also the AFC Wimbledon Ladies first team, on 6 and 13 June. These will take place between 10.00 am and 12.00 noon at the Richardson Evans Training Ground, Roehampton Vale, London SW15 3PQ.

For further information, or if you have any questions, please contact John Ivers on 07719 074 908 or john_ivers@blueyonder.co.uk



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Wednesday 07 April 2010
club news
Tickets for home games against Grays Athletic and Tamworth

Tickets remain on sale for the home games against Grays Athletic on Tuesday 13 April and Tamworth on Tuesday 20 April. The games are not all ticket but fans can buy tickets in advance as follows:

On line

Up to four tickets can be bought by home fans for the John Smith's terrace. This option is open to all Dons fans, whether or not you are a Dons Trust member, PLC shareholder or season ticket holder.

Away fans can buy tickets online for the Kingston Road end.

Seat tickets for the Paul Strank stand cannot be bought online.

Callers

Between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays, personal callers can visit the club office to buy tickets for the John Smith's stand and the Paul Strank stand although there are only a limited number of seats available.

Postal applications

We will accept postal applications for tickets and cheques should be made out to AFC Wimbledon Limited.

Prices

Prices for the John Smith's stand and Kingston Road end are:

Adults £12
Concessions £6
Under 16s £2

Paul Strank Stand

Adults £16-14
Concessions £8-7
Under 16s £4-3


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Tuesday 06 April 2010
club news
Terry's reflections on Stevenage, York and Godalming

"Monday's defeat against the champions-elect, Stevenage Borough, effectively means that our play off hopes are nigh impossible. We would now need York City to drop ten points and for us to get a maximum return from our remaining fixtures, and this seems very unlikely.

"Looking back at Monday's game objectively, I think it is quite evident the difference in strength and power between a part time and full time side. Stevenage dominated the first 30 minutes, scoring two goals, and Seb Brown made a great save to prevent a third. I was proud of the players in the second half, as they put in a good shift, matching the opposition and although we huffed and puffed we never really looked like breaking down a resolute Stevenage defence.

"Stevenage are the benchmark for success in the Conference and we will need to place more emphasis on power and pace next season, regardless of whether we are part or full time. Stevenage performed very well on the day and look to be a formidable side, which I believe will look very comfortable in Division Two.

"This now leaves us in a position where the players are not just playing for pride, but also for a contract next season. We face two very difficult league games which once again will test the character of our playing squad. We will be trying to finish as high as possible in the league to ensure the season doesn't just fizzle out. There will be fans making the long midweek trip to York tomorrow and we will want to put on a good performance for them.

"It would be nice to win both our county cup semi finals and ensure that we reach two finals. However, the timing of the Godalming game leaves me no option but to name a very young side made up from Marcus Gayle's reserve squad. After a six hour journey, playing an important match then another six hours home, it will be impossible to play any of the first team squad, who will then be preparing for the trip to Mansfield on Saturday."


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Tuesday 06 April 2010
club news
Coach update

Having received a lot of bookings, the club is running the supporters' coach to York for tomorrow's Blue Square Premier game. There are still a few seats available so please contact the office on 020 8547 3528 before 4.00 pm today to reserve a place. The coach will pick up from The Grove at 10.30 am and from Kingsmeadow at 11.00 am and the cost is £15.

There are also some seats available on the supporters' coach travelling to the league game against Mansfield Town on Saturday 10 April. Pick up times are 9.00 am from The Grove and 9.30 am from Kingsmeadow. The cost is also £15 and to reserve a seat please call the office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays.


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Tuesday 06 April 2010
u18s news
Under 18 game goes ahead

Tonight's Under 18 game against Sutton United in the Ryman Youth Cup goes ahead tonight at Banstead FC, kick off 7.30 pm.


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Tuesday 06 April 2010
dons trust news
Walk 4 Wimbledon 4

Only a small number of our supporters are likely to relish cycling 302 miles that the velo and blue team are undertaking (see news item of today).

However, walking just a few miles, from Wimbledon to Kingsmeadow, is something that many of our supporters can take part in, to raise money for the ground fund. Look out at the Stevenage game for opportunities to sign up for Walk 4 Wimbledon 4, which is now just two weeks away (17 April). See W4W4 for further details.

As announced on Friday, club President Dickie Guy, the Mayor of Merton Cllr Nick Draper and injured players Alan Inns, Ross Montague and Lewis Taylor are taking part, so please do join the walk and add to the turn-out for the Dons in Wimbledon.


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Monday 05 April 2010
club news
Stevenage too strong for the Dons

Two goals in the first 12 minutes settled the game in Stevenage's favour, but a third goal in injury time gave the scoreline a slightly flattering look for the visitors.

Having rested players for the Histon game, Terry Brown brought back Paul Lorraine, Steven Gregory, Ricky Wellard, Will Hendry and Luke Moore as the Dons set out on the task of overcoming the league leaders. However, any plans Terry Brown had to grab a win were quickly undone as Stevenage raced into an early lead. A close ranged effort from Mark Roberts gave Stevenage the lead after nine minutes, and three minutes later a thunderbolt from Lawrie Wilson after a four man move increased the lead.

Having got over that shock, the Dons fought to get back into the game and although they matched Stevenage in endeavour, they found it hard to break down a resolute back four. For the second half Nathan Elder replaced Will Hendry as the Dons tried to match Stevenage's physical presence. The Dons kept going to the end, but were punished in added on time when the ball was given away and Eddie Odhimbo shot past Seb Brown.

Terry Brown was in realistic mood after the game. "Stevenage looked like a team who were ready for the second division, and I think we have probably been beaten by the team that will top the league at the end of the season. I would like to think that they are the benchmark for us in that they have a particular plan and although it has taken them some time to get to where they want to be, I hope they go on and secure the title.

"In the first half it was like men against boys, where physically they won all the battles. I was pleased with our second half performance and the team kept on fighting to the end, but despite the huff and puff we didn't really look like we were going to breach their defence.

"We now go to York City and Mansfield Town for two more vital games, and sandwiched between that is a Surrey senior cup semi final. I will need to see who is fit and available for Wednesday before naming a side for the York game. With the team not returning to London and then getting home until 4 am the next day, it is unlikely I will be naming any of those players for the Godalming game, and I expect the eleven who start that match will be very much a team made up of reserves."


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Monday 05 April 2010
club news
Matchday Football Club Special Today

A special Matchday Football Club is running today from 1.00 pm to 2.30 pm prior to the home match against Stevenage Borough. The sessions are suitable for any child between the ages of 4 and 16, costs just £6 and includes a child terrace ticket for the match afterwards. For season ticket holders, the cost is only £5.

So why not get down slightly earlier than usual to Kingsmeadow, let the children enjoy some quality football coaching, learn some new skills and play small sided matches, whilst you either watch the action or take an hour and a half out to relax in one of the bars (food is also served).



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Monday 05 April 2010
dons trust news
Fundraising at today's game

Two very special fundraising projects will take place at today’s game against Stevenage.

First, the World Cup auction organised by Ray Armfield will take place in the back bar from around 12.30 pm until 2.30 pm. In common with previous auctions, this will take the form of a silent auction, with bidders writing in their names and bids, rather than an open outcry auction. To see the items available for auction, visit silent auction or, better still, come and see the items for yourself, including memorabilia signed by past and present members of the England team and the legendary Pele, in the back bar.

Second, we will be launching the fundraising for Velo and Blue 02. Starting on 21 April, a team of four Dons will be setting off on their epic bike ride, to arrive at Gateshead International Stadium, 302 miles away, in time for our final scheduled match of the season on 24 April. Among them will be Ross Montague, who is cycling his way to recuperation from his cruciate ligament injury, club physio Mike Rayner, Russell Smith, and Tom Woolgar.

The purpose of the ride is to raise money for some fitness monitoring equipment for the first team squad. This is sophisticated equipment with a price tag of several thousand pounds. However, it could potentially make a difference to the club’s fortunes on the pitch, so we are hoping supporters will dig deep to support this project. (In the event that we fall short of the amount we need, then we will decide whether to supplement it from other fundraising projects or to apply the proceeds to the ground fund.)

To support this project, supporters aged 16 or over can buy lottery tickets (priced at £2 each) that will be on sale at forthcoming home games. Each ticket number has allocated to it a random cycling time (in intervals of half-minutes over 15 hours). The ticket with the time closest to the time that it takes the cyclists to cover the 302 miles will win a cash prize of £302. Further details of the ride and fundraising are at velo and blue, and the rules of the competition can be found by clicking on velo and blue lottery rules.


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Sunday 04 April 2010
first team news
Terry looks forward to a decisive week

After Saturday's return to winning ways at Histon, Wimbledon face one of the biggest challenges of the season when title favourites Stevenage Borough visit The Cherry Red Records Fans' stadium on Monday.

Stevenage's charge to Football League status has been slowed, for the time being at least, by Saturday's defeat at home to Luton Town. They will be keen to get back on track with a win, while Terry Brown is hoping that getting three points from this game will set up a massive game at York City on Wednesday.

The Dons took a well-deserved point at Broadhall Way in December where Ross Montague was unlucky not to get a goal, going very close three times. But, as they showed then, Stevenage are a difficult team to beat and despite Saturday's setback, they have lost only five times all season, conceding a miserly 24 goals in the process.

We interrupted Terry Brown's rest day to get an update on his thoughts for the game.

"Bank Holiday Monday sees us playing a major role as far as the title is concerned. With games running out for Luton and Stevenage, tomorrow's home game will play a vital role in deciding where the championship goes. We go into the game ourselves with a real opportunity of staying in the hunt for a play off spot. With 18 points to play for and visits to both York and Mansfield to come, we still have a realistic chance of making the top five.

"If we do manage to achieve the play offs it would certainly be a major achievement, not just the fact that we have climbed so quickly over the last eight years but also that we will have had to beat Stevenage, York and Mansfield to have achieved this, all crammed into six exciting days.

"Turning to tomorrow's game, we were able to rotate the squad on Saturday, which has helped the recovery of Luke Moore, Steven Gregory, Will Hendry, Ricky Wellard and Paul Lorraine, all of whom we are hopeful will be able to take part in either Monday's or Wednesday's game.

"We are in a position where we need to win as many of the remaining six games as we can and so we will set our stall out to gain maximum points. I don't think we can afford to show Stevenage too much respect; we know how physically strong and well-organised they are and if we are going to win we need to dictate the game ourselves.

"Because of our situation we have to play the game without any fear and attack them from the start. It should be a fantastic game with what will hopefully be a very large and very loud Bank Holiday crowd."

Arrangements for the game have already been posted on this site. Fans are urged to arrive early for what should be a very busy day with a large crowd.


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Sunday 04 April 2010
club news
Last day of the Merchandise Sale

Tomorrow's game against Stevenage Borough is the last day of the Sale.

Come to the Middle Bar before 2.30 pm for your final chance this season to browse the range on offer with t-shirts from £1 and the current away kit at half-price (subject to sizes and availablility).

Selected items will continue to be available in the Online Shop.


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Sunday 04 April 2010
club news
Matchday arrangements for the Stevenage game

For tomorrow's game against Stevenage there are some different access arrangements, following the introduction of the new turnstiles and tea bars. The arrangements are as follows:

Access for away fans

Stevenage fans will be using the Kingston Road End stand. They should enter via the Kingston Road turnstiles, numbers 1, 2 and 3. Wimbledon fans may not enter the ground via these turnstiles.

Stevenage fans will have use of the toilets and burger bar at the Kingston Road End which will not be available to Dons fans.

Dons fans will not be able to stand behind the goal in the KRE. If there are fewer Stevenage fans than expected then, subject to police advice, Dons fans may be allocated part of the KRE nearest the John Smith's stand. This decision will be taken near kick off time in the light of the attendance for the game.

Access for home fans

Wimbledon fans will be in the John Smith's stand and the Tempest End stand. Fans wishing to use the John Smith's stand are recommended to enter via the new turnstiles behind the Kingston Road End but it will also be possible to use the Tempest End turnstiles.

The two new tea bars, one at each end of the John Smith's stand, will be serving hot and cold drinks and a range of sandwiches and snacks. The new toilet block, at the north end of the John Smith's stand, will be for the use of Dons fans only.

Seats

As usual for an Easter game, there is strong demand for seats. Any seats that are available, thanks to returns of unused season tickets etc, will be put on sale at about 1.45 pm from the kiosk in the lobby by the main bar.

Bars and catering

Both the main bar and the back bar will open at noon. Stevenage fans who wish to arrive early for the game are welcome to use the main bar. It is likely that the bars will be reserved for Dons fans only after the game.

In addition to the tea bars inside the stadium, food will be served in the back bar and also from a barbecue outside the main bar from about 12.30 pm onwards.

Parking

As usual, the car park is likely to be very busy. There are spaces on a first-come-first-served basis but these are likely to be taken by 2.00 pm or shortly afterwards.

There are about 30 disabled parking spaces but fans are reminded that a disabled pass gives priority, but does not guarantee a space. Once these spaces are full a pass will not gain you entry to the car park.


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Saturday 03 April 2010
club news
Dons back to winning ways

Wimbledon kept their chances of a top 5 finish alive, as they comprehensively beat Histon to move into sixth position and make sure Easter Monday’s game against Stevenage Borough would be an important and enthralling game.

With a busy schedule over the next week, Terry Brown made full use of his squad giving starts to Seb Brown, Kennedy Adjei, Ben Judge, Derek Duncan, Glenn Poole and Nathan Elder.

The Dons settled into the game for the first 15 minutes before chances began to be created with Poole being foiled by David Knight at the near post. Two goals in three minutes then put the Dons in command with Kedwell being the provider for both. For the first he ran down the left and squared the ball to Poole who scored high into the net. For the second Kedwell headed Poole’s free kick back across goal for Sam Hatton to calmly volley home.

Kedwell the provider then turned goalscorer as he prodded the ball home from close range after Knight dropped a cross. Lack of concentration allowed the home side to pull a goal back a minute later when Brett Johnson inadvertently diverted a cross past Seb Brown.

After a few nervy minutes the Dons steadied the ship and saw the game out comfortably.

Terry Brown was a happy manager on the coach journey home. “Saturday’s trip to Histon ended up with a fine 3-1 victory for the Dons. A splendid first half display with two well taken goals from Glenn Poole and Sam Hatton. However this gave us an awkward half time team talk as a 2-0 scoreline is never comfortable.

“We knew Histon would attack us in the second half and when we scored an early third goal we should have really put the game to bed. However, some really sloppy defending immediately after our goal resulted with an own goal which let Histon back into the game.

“The final 30 minutes was more uncomfortable than it should have been with Histon creating one or two dangerous chances. We managed to see the game out without any further upsets and were therefore able to win the game having rested Ricky Wellard, Luke Moore, Steven Gregory, Will Hendry and Paul Lorraine for what will be a demanding final run in.”



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Friday 02 April 2010
first team news
Histon update

Some fans have expressed concerns about the weather at Histon with heavy rain forecast for today, tonight and tomorrow, so we called Histon officials to check the situation.

We understand that there has been limited rain today and the forecast now looks more optimistic for tonight and tomorrow, so we are expecting the game to go ahead.


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Friday 02 April 2010
first team news
Terry's thoughts on the start to a fixture-packed fortnight

Tomorrow's game at Histon sees a Dons team that is struggling with yet more injuries seeking to get their season back on track against a team that has seen substantial change this season, following board changes late in 2009. Both teams have been struggling to get goals recently - the Dons have averaged fewer than a goal a game in their last eight away games, while Histon have scored only two in their last ten league games, taking five points from those games. So everything points to a tight game as Wimbledon aim to keep in touch with the top five.

Manager Terry Brown talked about the issues he faces in juggling with his options to try to make sure that he avoids adding to the injury list, while putting out competitive teams in the packed fixtures schedule over the next couple of weeks.

"Saturday's game against Histon is the start of five games in ten days. The most difficult task, apart from picking up maximum points, is to make sure the players don't get over-tired and stretched, because that will increase the risk of more injuries.

"We have injury doubts tomorrow regarding Luke Moore, Ricky Wellard, Steven Gregory, Will Hendry and Paul Lorraine. We do, however, have strength in depth and will be able to call on sufficient players to put out the strongest possible side in every game, from the fittest players available.

"We will also be calling on Ryan Jackson, who comes into the squad. Ryan has acquitted himself very well every time we have called upon him and hopefully he will get some game time between now and the end of the season. Given the number of games we face, we will be rotating some positions and players like Seb Brown will be getting games over the next couple of weeks.

"This is the weekend that we will have the added bonus of a visit from the champions-elect. They will no doubt bring a good following with them and we look forward to a fantastic game on Monday. But first I look forward to seeing you at Histon and hope that the volunteers see a win as part of their annual day out."


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Friday 02 April 2010
club news
BLUE SQUARE EXTEND SPONSORSHIP OF THE FOOTBALL CONFERENCE

The Football Conference are pleased to announce that Blue Square, part of the Rank Group, has signed a new three year - seven figure deal, to continue as Title Sponsor for all three divisions for the next three seasons. To bring more emphasis to their sponsorship, the respective divisions will now be known as BLUE SQUARE BET PREMIER, BLUE SQUARE BET NORTH and BLUE SQUARE BET SOUTH.

The agreement, signed by Mark Jones the MD of Blue Square and Brian Lee, the Chairman of the Football Conference took place in the presence of Sir Geoff Hurst, who will be Blue Square’s guest of honour at this season’s Promotion Final at Wembley on Sunday 16th May. Blue Square are excited to have such a legend, not only in this World Cup year but with him returning to the ‘Venue of Dreams’ to present the trophy to the club who will gain promotion to the Football League via the Conference play-off system.

Mark Jones stated “We are delighted to be continuing our sponsorship of the Conference competition. Football is a vital part of our company strategy and we are delighted to support that with our investment into the grassroots game.”

Brian Lee in response commented “The partnership with Blue Square has seen The Football Conference grow in stature in the last three years within the professional game. As the present season draws to an end we are absolutely delighted that we are renewing our sponsorship with Blue Square and look forward to continuing our successful working relationship with them in the future'.

Member clubs will starting next season, see a closer link with other partners of Blue Square via the Rank Group, namely Mecca Bingo and Grosvenor Casinos. Spearheading the sponsorship on a day to day basis will be Richard Jaques, Sponsorship Manager for Blue Square. In his new role he said “It’s fantastic to be able to continue our association with the league. The new deal runs for another three years and we look forward to supporting all of the member clubs during that time.”


As this current season and the current deal draws to a close, Alan Alger, PR Manager for Blue Square underlined his and Blue Square’s passion for the competition “This season is shaping up to be as exciting as the first two. I’m extremely happy that the deal will run for three more years as attendances continue to rise and the quality on the field reaches even higher standards. The Blue Square Promotion Final in May will be eagerly awaited by all in football generally, let alone the fans of the two clubs who will be treading the hallowed turf to secure their dream end to this fabulous season”.



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Friday 02 April 2010
dons trust news
World Cup Auction

Supporters are reminded that the online World Cup memorabilia auction remains live until 23:59 hours on Saturday. At that point, the online bidding will be frozen and items can only be bid for at the “live” silent auction in the back bar before the Stevenage game.

Based on current bids, there are still some tremendous bargains to be had, including memorabilia signed by past and present members of the England football team and of course the great Pele himself. So do visit
here
and see if there are any items you wish to bid for. Furthermore, you can also help increase the amount of funds raised by bringing the auction to the attention of friends, relatives and colleagues who also follow international football (and cricket). The proceeds of the auction will go to the Dons Trust’s ground fund.






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Friday 02 April 2010
club news
ALAN INNS AND LEWIS TAYLOR WALK 4 WIMBLEDON 4

Saturday 17 April 2010

10.30 am meet at Plough Lane (7-mile walk) or
11.15 am meet at Wimbledon Common (5-mile walk)

This walk will be a winning event, as Dons of all ages in blue and yellow or even fancy dress enjoy the highly scenic walk from our former Plough Lane ground, to Kingsmeadow.

This promises to be an important fundraising opportunity and a highly enjoyable family occasion, raising money for something that matters to all of us: clearing the debt on The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow stadium. The walk will also remind the people of Wimbledon (for those who don’t know already) that there is a football club that bears their name.

In addition to the Stadium Fund, the Dons Community Chest and two local charities – Merton Mind and Grenfell Housing – will benefit from the event, further reinforcing our links with the local community.

We will be joined by the Mayor of Merton - Cllr Nick Draper, Club President Dickie Guy and family as well as other injured players to be confirmed.

Although there is no match planned for that Saturday, there will be fun and entertainment on the day to look forward to.

To join us, please complete and send off the attached entry form - here.

For more information, or to volunteer to help with arrangements on the day (marshalling, face painting, refreshment stall, first aiders) contact Siobhan Darlington on 07791 021282 or e-mail walk@thedonstrust.org


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Thursday 01 April 2010
youth news
Junior Academy Trials - 2010/11

Next season our very successful Junior Academy section will consist of 8 teams, ranging from Under 7s to Under 11s. We're now on the look-out for elite players only to join these teams.

As Head Coach Jeremy Sauer says :
“Our players receive the very best coaching from professional & experienced AFC Wimbledon coaches whilst working on their own tailored player development plan. The standard of coaching and the player development philosophy we apply is unrivalled away from any professional club and gives every boy a fantastic opportunity to progress through to our Youth Academy (U12 – U16s) and on towards senior football. We're now looking to recruit top young players to join the club and add to the very talented group of players we already have“

Most teams train twice a week through-out the season at top facilities whilst playing weekend games in the Saturday AM Epsom & Ewell Football League (U7s – U10s) & Sunday AM Surrey Youth League (U11s).

The two trial dates available will be in the Wimbledon area as follows:

Saturday 8 May 2010

U7s & U8s: 9.00 am – 10.30 am
U9s & U10s: 11.00 am – 12.30 pm
U11s: 1pm – 2.30pm

Sunday 16 May 2010

U7s & U8s: 9.00 am – 10.30am
U9s & U10s: 11.00 am – 12.30pm
U11s: 1.00 pm – 2.30 pm

In 2010/11:
U11's = Year 6 ; U10's = Year 5 ; U9's: = Year 4 ; U8's = Year 3 ; U7's = Year 2

To apply for a place at our trials please submit the following to Dan Stevens here with the subject line: Junior Academy Trials. Or call on 020 8247 9911:

Full name, D.O.B, school attended, contact phone number, email address & home address

A description of the child's playing history inc. teams played for, leagues involved with, trophies/awards won, any external coaching etc. This will help us determine whether the player meets the requirements to attend a trial date, although this may not always apply for the younger age groups.


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Thursday 01 April 2010
club news
End of Season Dinner 2010 ONLY 2 TABLES LEFT!

Following last year’s extremely successful event, the club is pleased to announce the details of this season’s End of Season Dinner, kindly sponsored by Sports Interactive.

Once again the dinner will take place in a marquee on the pitch at The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium on Saturday 8 May.

The evening will commence with a reception in the main bar at 7.00 pm before moving into the marquee for dinner.

After dinner, there will be an auction, a raffle and the highly anticipated end of season speeches from Terry Brown, the player of the season and more.

Once that is finished, a live band will be providing the entertainment with the bar open until 1.00 am.

Tickets cost £900 for a table of 10 or £100 for individual tickets, which includes ½ bottle of wine per person.

The dress code is lounge suit.

To book your table or for more information, call the commercial department on 020 8547 3336 or e-mail here.

We have only two tables left, so we strongly recommend you book a table soon to avoid disappointment


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Thursday 01 April 2010
first team news
Jon Main update

This morning, club physio Mike Rayner received the results of the scan on Jon's injured knee.

Mike said "the damage to the posterior cruciate ligament is less than we feared and so Jon is likely to be out of his brace next week and the recovery time ought to be 8 - 10 weeks instead of the 12 -16 weeks that a worse injury would have meant.

"I wouldn't go so far as to say it is good news, but even getting less bad news about an injury is a change for the better. Jon can now have every confidence that he will be ready for pre-season training. He does not need an operation."




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Thursday 01 April 2010
club news
Volunteers Trip

We would like to remind fans who are travelling on the volunteers' coaches to Histon this Saturday that they will leave The Grove at 8.30 am and Kingsmeadow at 9.00 am.

These are not to be confused with the usual supporters' coach, which is now full, and will leave The Grove at 9.00 am and Kingsmeadow at 9.30 am.




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Thursday 01 April 2010
club news
Date for London Senior Cup semi-final

Our semi-final against Croydon Athletic will take place at The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow on Thursday 15 April, kick off 7.45 pm.

Admission to all parts of the ground, excluding the Directors' Box and Press Box, will be Adults £6, Concessions and Under-16s £2.


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