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Saturday 30 April 2011
club news
Today's arrangements for buying play off semi final tickets

If you want tickets for the away leg on Friday 6 May, these may be bought at the turnstiles between 3.00 pm and 4.00 pm only. Watch for signage to explain where they may be bought. Fans may buy a maximum of four terrace tickets each.

Once tickets sales stop at 4.00 pm, tickets for the Fleetwood away game will be put on sale on line at the earliest possible time. they will also be put on sale to visitors to the office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm from Tuesday onwards (the office is closed on Monday). They will not be on sale after today's game.

Tickets for the home leg on Wednesday 11 May will go on general sale as soon as possible after the presentation of the runners up trophy following today's game.

Fans may buy a maximum of four tickets each for the home leg of the semi final.


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Saturday 30 April 2011
club news
Matchday arrangements for Grimsby game

Kick off time

Don't forget that today's kick off time is 5.15 pm, along with all other Blue Square Bet Premier games. There are lots of special events happening today so make sure you read the item entitled 'Come and celebrate at Kingsmeadow tomorrow' on this web site.

Tickets

There are plenty of terrace tickets available.

Demand for seats has been very high and there will be only a few tickets available for sale, all 'singles'. These will go on sale from the kiosk in the lobby of the main stand from about 4.15 pm.

Pre-ordered tickets

Pre-ordered tickets can be collected from the complimentary tickets window next to the players’ entrance, from about 1.30 pm.

Bars

The bars will open at 12.30 pm and are open only to Wimbledon fans both before and after the game.

After the game there will be a man of the match presentation in the main bar, along with an interview with the player of the season. Following that there will be a party starting at about 8.00 pm for fans who want to stay on and celebrate the wonderful season we've enjoyed.

Food

The four outlets within the stadium will be operating from when the turnstiles open at 4.15 pm. Following the success of last week's experiment of selling pizza before the game, this will be open again today from about 12.30 pm.

Segregation

Full segregation will be in place for the game, with Grimsby fans directed to the north end of the John Smith's stand. Wimbledon fans in the John Smith's stand and the Kingston Road end will be allowed access to the toilets and burger bar in the north east corner of the ground, along with Grimsby fans.

Entering the ground

Grimsby fans will enter through turnstiles 7 and 8. These turnstiles are accessed via the residential car park which is, in turn, entered from Jack Goodchild Way.

Wimbledon fans will enter via turnstiles 4, 5 and 6 for the Tempest End and the southern end of the John Smith’s stand (i.e. furthest away from the Kingston Road end). For the Kingston Road end, Wimbledon fans will enter via turnstiles 1, 2 and 3.

Parking and public transport

As usual, parking will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please take care and drive slowly when entering the car park.

You can park in some surrounding streets but please do so considerately.

Club shop

The merchandise shop will be open from 1.30 pm to 5.00 pm and then for 30 minutes after the presentation of the runners up trophy, at the end of the game. Remember, this is your last chance to take advantage of sale prices.


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Friday 29 April 2011
first team news
Terry gears up for Grimsby

It was training as usual for the Dons this morning and Terry Brown surfaced and declared himself very happy and ready for the final scheduled league fixture against Grimsby Town tomorrow.

"This week's training has gone without a hitch and everyone appears to be fit and raring to go for Saturday's game. We have taken the opportunity to recall Jon Main back from his loan spell at Dover so that he will be able to have some game time in our final league game of the season against Grimsby. Whatever the scoreline is tomorrow I am sure I will be able to ensure Jon gets to stride Kingsmeadow once more.

"The only problem we appear to have at the moment is which one of the several in-form players we have that I will have to leave out tomorrow. Looking at the side we have selected, the quality of not only the bench but the other squad players unable to participate in the game is the strongest I've worked with since I've been here. It won't be that pleasant an experience for some of the players but from a manager's point of view it's a very strong and positive position to be in.

"Saturday's game will be treated as an important game as it is our last one before facing Fleetwood next Friday. I would like to enter that game on the back of an unbeaten spell and we shall be looking to gain another three points against Grimsby. Having lost at Grimsby earlier on this season I would like to ensure that they don't become the second team to gain maximum points from us this year. I've asked the players to go out and play with flair and to enjoy themselves tomorrow and with no real pressure on the boys I expect them to do so.

"With a lot of league clubs releasing players and some overseas players available, we decided to hold a trial game at Walton Casuals' ground last night, with a view to next season's recruitment. The outcome was very positive and we have invited seven young hopefuls back to run the rule over them with the possibility of some of them hopefully entering the first team squad with three or four possibly joining our development set up with Marcus."

Grimsby have, like many Football League teams, found their first season in the Football Conference a challenge and, having changed managers mid season, can now finish no higher than tenth. But they have an excellent record against the top teams, having beaten Luton, Wrexham and the Dons at home, while remaining the only team in the division to avoid defeat against Crawley.

One player to watch out for is Alan Connell, voted the Grimsby player of the year along with six other awards at the Mariners' awards evening last Wednesday. Connell's 25 goals this season put him equal with Dons' skipper, Danny Kedwell, who will no doubt be looking to edge ahead during tomorrow's game.

Season tickets holders are reminded that you have until 10.00 am on Saturday to take advantage of your priority to buy tickets online for the away game at Fleetwood on Friday 6 May - these tickets go on general sale between 3.00 and 4.00 pm on Saturday.

Tickets for the home semi final on Wednesday 11 May go on general sale after the Grimsby game.


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Friday 29 April 2011
dons trust news
Fundraising at Kingsmeadow on Saturday

Velo and Blue lottery tickets will be on sale at Saturday's game to raise money to improve the disabled section of the main stand. We are looking to raise £7,000 for this project, so we urge every supporter to dip into their pocket to buy just a small number of tickets at every possible opportunity at remaining home games. Tickets are priced at £2 each and there is a prize to be won of £324. For further details see the news item of 2 April.

The Walk Further for Wimbledon sponsored walk takes place this weekend, with the walkers arriving at Kingsmeadow after their 40 mile walk along the Thames from the Thames Barrier in time for the match against Grimsby. We will be holding a bucket collection at half-time - 50% of the proceeds will go to the Dons Trust. The other 50% will be divided between the charities individual walkers have chosen, including: The Children’s Trust, Tadworth; St. Raphael’s Hospice; Macmillan Cancer Support; Alzheimer’s Society; the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability; and Help for Heroes. You can also email fundraising if you'd like to pledge sponsorship by email.


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Friday 29 April 2011
club news
After party tickets on sale for End of Season dinner

We are pleased to announce that tickets for the after party for this year’s End of Season Party, kindly sponsored by Sports Interactive, are now on sale. This year’s event takes place on Saturday 28 May at the stadium.

Due to limited space in the back bar, the speeches will be broadcast live into the middle bar and shown on the big screen for after party guests.

There will also be a disco in the middle bar which will be open both to dinner guests and after party guests.

The middle bar will be open from 8.00 pm with the speeches expected to start around 9.30 pm - 10.00 pm. We expect the disco to start at around 10.30 pm-11.00 pm with the bar closing at 1.00 am. All these timings are subject to delay on the night.

Tickets cost £10 each and can be purchased here under 'Special Events'.

The dress code for the after party is lounge suit.


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Friday 29 April 2011
club news
Come and celebrate at Kingsmeadow tomorrow

Tomorrow is the last game of the normal league fixtures and a chance to celebrate a wonderful season before we all turn our attention to the play offs. So, if you want to buy tickets for the play off home and away semi final legs, take your last chance to buy sale merchandise, cheer the winners of the player of the year awards, celebrate the presentation of the runners up trophy and medals by Conference chairman Brian Lee - or just enjoy the game and then stay on to celebrate the season with a party in the main bar, Kingsmeadow is the place to be.

The detailed timeline for the day is as follows:

12.30 pm The bars open
1.30 - 5.00 pm Shop opens - a last chance to take advantage of the sale
3.00 - 4.00 pm Tickets on sale for the away leg of the play off semi final
4.15 pm Turnstiles open
4.40 pm approx - Welcome the Walkers for Wimbledon
4.50 - 5.05 pm Awards:
. Reserves' players player of the year
. Reserves' manager player of the year
. Radio WDON player of the year
. Junior Dons player of the year
. Players' player of the year
. WISA Allen Batsford player of the year
6.00 pm (half time) includes:
. Bucket collection for Walk Further for Wimbledon
. Natalie Callow Memorial Trophy for young player of the year
. Senior Academy player of the year
. Stanley Reed Student of the year, and
. Youth and reserve players, and U18 girls team presented to the crowd
7.00 pm (end of match) Runners up trophy, medals presented to the team
7.15 approx Shop reopens for approx 30 minutes
7.15 approx Tickets for home play offs go on general sale
7.45 pm Man of the match presentation in the main bar - including interviews with the player and young player of the year
8.00 pm Party starts in the main bar

General matchday arrangements and a preview of the game will be posted in a separate announcement on this site.


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Friday 29 April 2011
club news
Blue Square Bet Premier live match and weekend preview by Alan Alger from Blue Square

It’s the final round of regular season fixtures in the Blue Square Bet Premier and with matters resolved at the top end of the table attention turns to the battle to beat the drop. The Premier Sports cameras will be at The Lamb to show the all important basement clash between Tamworth and Forest Green Rovers. The home side have been big drifters on the market to win this fixture after a goalkeeping crisis. They are currently appealing to make an emergency signing between the sticks although an outfield player or their 42-year-old assistant-manager have been suggested as other alternatives. A home win has slipped to 13/10 and could move out further if the situation is not resolved. Forest Green Rovers are 7/4 to win this game but a draw has to be considered because it could end up suiting both clubs as the evening progresses. If news filters through from Kettering that Southport are losing heavily then a draw would keep both teams safe due to Altrincham’s vastly inferior goal difference. The pre-match price for the draw is 12/5 but that could collapse in-running if situations are favourable elsewhere. Based on the team news an away win looks the best investment in what promises to be an intriguing match.

As already mentioned, Southport and Altrincham are the other two clubs in danger. Southport are slight favourites at 7/5 to win at Kettering. A win would guarantee the Sandgrounders’ safety. Altrincham need a combination of favourable results in order to beat the drop to the Blue Square Bet North. Ken McKenna’s team need Southport to lose at Kettering, a positive result for one team in the live match and also to win themselves. An accumulator that works out to just over 7/2 – with the easiest portion looking like their own ability to get three points at a price of 2/5 at home to Eastbourne Borough.

At this stage of the season there are plenty of matches with no more at stake than pride but I think two such matches warrant a second look. Bath City host Mansfield Town at Twerton Park and the winning team will finish in the top half of the table at the expense of their opponents. With The Stags looking towards the FA Trophy and also ravaged by injuries I’d have to take a home win here at 10/11. Sides that have appointed a new manager are always worthy of extra attention and Newport’s players will be playing for their futures under new boss Anthony Hudson, who made some very positive noises about next season in a recent press conference. Take Newport to win at Gateshead at a price of 6/4.


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Thursday 28 April 2011
club news
Party on Saturday night!

While there may be plenty of football still to be played, there is no question that its already been another successful season in the history of AFC Wimbledon.

To celebrate the end of the regular season, there will be a party in the middle bar on Saturday night, starting after the Man of the Match presentation (at about 8.00pm).

The flying Pig, aka Dons fan Graham Whitlock, will be spinning the tunes until late so we would like to encourage everyone to stick around after the game to celebrate with your fellow fans.



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Thursday 28 April 2011
club news
Fans' coaches to Fleetwood - book on line too!

We are running fans' coaches to Fleetwood for the first leg of the play off semi final on Friday 6 May. After careful consideration we have decided to subsidise the cost of travel to help fans to get to the game at a reasonable cost. Therefore, we have set a fixed cost of £10 for adults and concessions.

We have now made coach bookings available online, which is the recommended way. If you aren't able to book online, you can visit the club in office hours, between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays or book at the complimentary tickets window on Saturday, before and after the game against Grimsby. Please note that the office is closed on Friday 29 April.

Coaches will leave the Grove at 11.30 am and Kingsmeadow at noon.


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Thursday 28 April 2011
club news
Ticket arrangements for the away game at Fleetwood

We have now received from Fleetwood Town an allocation of just under 1,000 terrace tickets for our play-off semi-final first leg at Highbury Stadium on Friday 6 May, kick-off 7.45 pm. All Wimbledon fans will be situated in the Percy Ronson Terrace.

Tickets will go on sale initially to season ticket holders who will be allowed one ticket per person and who have until 10.00 am on Saturday 30 April to purchase their ticket. Any unsold tickets will then go on general sale from 3.00 pm until 4.00 pm on Saturday before the Grimsby game.

Following the pre match sales of tickets for the away leg of the semi final, we need time to reconcile the sales, so Fleetwood away tickets will not be on sale after the game - any remaining unsold tickets will be made available on line as soon as possible after the game and to callers to the office (but remember that Monday is a public holiday).

Season ticket holders can purchase their ticket now by ordering from the online ticket shop, accessed via the front page of this site. They must enter their season ticket number. Tickets purchased on line before 3.00 pm on Tuesday 3 May will be mailed to applicants at their risk - after that they must be collected from the office in normal working hours (10.00 am to 4.00 pm).

Alternatively, they can visit the club on Thursday 28 April between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm bringing with them voucher F. As the club office will be closed on Friday they can also post their application through the letter box at the club on that day, enclosing the correct payment and voucher F.

Terrace prices are £15 for Adults and £10 for concessions.


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Thursday 28 April 2011
club news
AFC Wimbledon volunteer weekends

The tradition of the volunteer work weekends continues with this year's dates being Saturday and Sunday 28 and 29 May, as well as Saturday and Sunday 25 and 26 June.

Every year a band of intrepid volunteers sets about a whole range of jobs in the stadium, including mowing the grass, cutting back the bushes and undergrowth on the grass car park, power washing the stand and terraces, painting various parts of the stadium, etc etc.

Everyone who has helped over the past few years should by now have received an e mail informing them about the work that neeeds to be done to keep the stadium and surrounding areas in excellent condition. We have already received a number of responses from volunteers saying that they will again be helping. But it would be fantastic to see some new faces whether for a few hours or for a full day.

Although most tools will be provided, if you are able to bring your own, in particular power washers, that would be even better. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

If you are planning to help but have not yet told us, please ring the office on 020 8547 3528 to leave your name, and when you are available.


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Wednesday 27 April 2011
club news
Special offer for Jimmy Spices!

The Commercial Department is pleased to announce that we have signed a sponsorship agreement with Jimmy Spices for the 2011/2012 season.

Jimmy Spices is a restaurant that offers diners a wide variety of international cuisine, including Indian, Chinese, Thai and Italian, all under one roof. They have recently opened a restaurant on The Broadway in Wimbledon and they also have restaurants in Epsom and Staines.

For more information, see here.

There will be a special offer exclusively for Wimbledon fans in the match programme this Saturday so make sure you get a copy!



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Wednesday 27 April 2011
club news
Carvery for away leg of play-offs

We have already sold 100 tickets for the carvery for the away leg of the play-offs in less than 24 hours. The maximum capacity in the back bar is 180, leaving 80 tickets still to be sold. We would like to encourage anyone who would like to book the carvery to buy their tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

You can purchase tickets here.



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Wednesday 27 April 2011
youth news
Youth Cup Finals

In what is now a regular pattern, the end of season sees several of our boys' teams involved in Cup Finals.

On Wednesday 27 April Tony Wilson’s U14 face Sheen Lions in the Surrey Youth League Cup Final at Carshalton Athletic FC KO 7.30pm.

This all conquering squad have a fantastic record as witnessed by the recent news item on this website. The young Dons will lock horns with second placed Sheen for the third time this season having won all three previous encounters; in the league 1-0 at home and 4-0 away plus a 3-1 victory in the Surrey County Cup quarter final. Sheen Lions boast the league’s top goal scorer and are sure to be out for revenge as the teams vie for a season’s ownership of ‘The Charlie Proudfoot Memorial Cup’.

Also coming up over the next few weeks on Wednesday 4 May the U15 face Wycombe Wanderers HDC in the Surrey Youth League Cup Final at Molesey FC KO 7.30pm.

On Sunday 8 May both the U14 and U16 will be in Surrey County Cup Finals at Chipstead FC.

We encourage our fans to come and see for themselves how their young players are developing. Some of these boys are sure to be featuring in the first team in years to come.



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Wednesday 27 April 2011
youth news
Junior Academy Trials 2011/12 for U7s - U11s

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

Head Coach Jeremy Sauer said “our players receive the very best coaching from professional and 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 Football League 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. This is an exciting opportunity for any aspiring young footballer“

Teams train twice a week throughout the season at top facilities whilst playing weekend games in the Saturday am Epsom & Ewell Football League (U7s – U10s) and Sunday am Surrey Youth League (U11s).

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

Saturday 30 April 2011 - OPEN TRIALS

U7s: 9.00 am - 10.15 am

U8s: 10.30 am - 11.45 am

U9s: noon - 1.30 pm

Sunday 8 May 2011 - INVITATION ONLY TRIALS
(A football CV is required on application)

U10s: 4.00 pm - 5.30 pm

U11s: 6.00 pm - 7.30 pm

In 2011/12:
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 at trials with the subject line: 'Junior Academy Trials'. Or call Dan on 020 8247 9911

Full name
Date of birth
School attended
Previous football clubs
Contact phone number
Email address and home address.

U10s & U11s MUST include a brief history of their playing experience to date before being accepted.

Please resend any trial applications sent in the last 14 days. Due to an email problem at the club, many applications were lost before being processed.



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Tuesday 26 April 2011
dons trust news
Driver wanted this weekend

The team undertaking the Walk Further for Wimbledon sponsored walk this weekend are looking for a volunteer to drive baggage between the start of the walk and their various stopping points over the course of Friday and Saturday.

Of most importance, they are looking for someone to fetch Haydon and drive him to Kingston Bridge for 3.00 pm on Saturday. If you can help with that, and/or other ferrying of baggage on Friday or Saturday, then please contact Mark Davis via here




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Tuesday 26 April 2011
club news
Tickets for Fleetwood away in the playoffs

Tomorrow, all four semi-finalists will be meeting at the City of Manchester stadium to discuss arrangements should they reach the playoff final. At that meeting, we will finalise details of our away ticket allocation for the semi-final first leg with officials from Fleetwood.

Shortly after that we will announce on the website arrangements for the sale of tickets to Wimbledon fans.


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Tuesday 26 April 2011
club news
Carvery for Fleetwood AWAY

The carvery will be open in the back bar for the away leg of our play-off semi final against Fleetwood on Friday 6 may.

Carvery guests will enjoy:

- A 3 course carvery including tea and coffee
- Drinks service direct to the tables
- Play-off semi-final shown live on the big screen

Cost: £15

The back bar will open at 6.00pm and the carvery will be served from 6.15pm to 7.45pm. We expect the carvery to be very busy so the back bar will only be open to carvery guests.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.





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Tuesday 26 April 2011
club news
Runners-up place secured and dates for play-off semi-finals

Following the results in yesterday's games in the Blue Square Bet Premier, the club has secured the runners-up spot and the other three play-off teams are now known.

We have been informed by the league that the games will be played in the following order:

First Legs

Thursday 5th May 2011 – Wrexham v Luton Town

Friday 6th May 2011 – Fleetwood Town v AFC Wimbledon


Second Legs

Tuesday 10th May 2011 – Luton Town v Wrexham

Wednesday 11th May 2011 – AFC Wimbledon v Fleetwood Town


All four games will be televised live on Premier Sports.

As soon as we receive information about the ticketing arrangements for the game at Fleetwood a further announcement will be made. We can confirm that the carvery will be avaiable at the club on Friday 6 May.


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Tuesday 26 April 2011
club news
Season ticket holders have three days to reserve their usual seat or terrace

A reminder to season ticket holders that they have until the close of business on Thursday 28 April to reserve their usual seat or usual terrace before tickets go on general sale after the game against Grimsby Town on Saturday 30 April.

Tickets for the home play off semi final against Fleetwood Town remain available for season ticket holders only at this stage, with one ticket per ST as follows.

You will need Voucher E from your ST book.

 By post, enclosing Voucher E and the relevant payment. Cheques should be made out to AFC Wimbledon. Tickets will be posted to you but we cannot be responsible for any that are lost in the post – if you would like them to be sent by recorded delivery, please make this clear with your application and include an extra £2. Alternatively, if you would prefer to collect them before the Grimsby home game on 30 April, please make it clear in your letter.

 By visiting the club office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on Tuesday 26, Wednesday 27 or Thursday 28 April.

We are putting tickets on sale before we know the date of our home play-off leg. Any season ticket holder who is unable to attend on one of the two possible dates (Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 May) should phone the office for assistance.

Tickets for the play-off home leg are the usual prices:

Seats

Adults (centre blocks) £18; (outer blocks) £16
Concessions: £9 and £8
Under-16s: £5 and £4

Terraces

Adults: £14
Concessions: £7
Under-16s: £2

Any tickets that remain unsold after the Grimsby game will be made available on line and can also be bought by visitors to the office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays from Tuesday 3 May, or by postal application as detailed above. Note that there will be no telephone sales.

If we are asked to sell tickets for the away leg of the semi-final, we will publish the arrangements on the official website as soon as they are agreed with the relevant club.


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Sunday 24 April 2011
first team news
Forest Green preview

With Terry Brown confined to his sick bed, earlier this evening we spoke to assistant manager Stuart Cash about Monday’s game at The New Lawn. First, however, we asked for news of the manager.

"Terry has quite a nasty stomach bug, something that has been going round the squad on and off all season, although this is the first time one of the management team has got it badly. However, Simon Bassey and I are fully briefed and ready to run the game tomorrow and we've told Terry only to come along if he really feels up to it - even then, he will probably only watch the game and stay away from the players, as the last thing we want is some of them going down with a bug at this stage of the season.

"We previously announced that we were looking to give all the players game time over Easter but some of our plans have been disrupted by injury and illness. We have recalled Ed Harris from his loan to Dover and he was scheduled to play tomorrow, but unfortunately he suffered a knock in their game on Friday and he isn't ready. With Ismail Yakubu also suffering from a bug, this means that we can't rest Brett Johnson and Jamie Stuart, which was the intention.

"Although we can't quite achieve everything we wanted to, we are still expecting to give Ryan Jackson and Christian Jolley a start, while James Mulley is raring to go, having missed out recently following his suspension and the team's good form while he was out. Seb Brown will resume in goal.

"We only need one point to be absolutely certain of second place and the benefits that might come with that, but in our usual way we will be seeking all three points. Forest Green are battling to avoid relegation and we can expect a hard game, but to be honest, at this stage of the season we don't want a game where nothing is hanging on it - and in any event we owe it to the other teams in the relegation battle to try to win it. And if we don’t win we’ll never hear the last of it from Terry!

"I understand that tomorrow is the volunteers' away day and we'll be aiming to add to the 'thank you' they are getting from the club by bringing home all three points."

Forest Green, who were reprieved from relegation last season by the demise of Salisbury City, sit uncomfortably close to a relegation spot, above the danger zone thanks to the smallest possible margin of a goal difference that is one better than Southport’s. A run of five games unbeaten seemed to have lifted them to relative safety but a defeat at Kettering on Saturday and good results elsewhere have plunged them into difficulty again.

While Forest Green play the Dons, their companions in adversity all have hard games, with Barrow travelling to Fleetwood, Tamworth visiting Wrexham, and Southport entertaining Darlington. It looks very much as if Forest Green’s final game of the season, away at Tamworth, could be a cliff hanger. Meanwhile, the Dons will be determined to secure second place and make the final game of the season on Saturday a dress rehearsal for the play offs.


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Sunday 24 April 2011
club news
Senior Academy Trials - still recruiting

Applications to the Senior Academy squad for the academic year 2011-2012 are still open for school leavers with a strong football CV who are able to attend the full-time educational and football programme at South Thames College - Merton Campus.

We are particularly keen to hear from players released from youth contracts with professional clubs. We have places available in all positions but we are especially looking for talented Goalkeepers and Strikers.

All future trials will be by invitation only based on the applicant’s football CV and references.

Please read full article here before applying.


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Sunday 24 April 2011
club news
Five called up to the England C squad

Paul Fairclough has named a squad of 40 players to represent the England C (U23) team in their International Challenge Trophy Final tie with Portugal, which is to be played at Nene Park, Rushden on Thursday 19 May 2011, kick-off 7.30pm.

Seb Brown, Sam Hatton and Steven Gregory, who all played in England's last game, have again been selected and they are joined in the squad by Christian Jolley and Luke Moore.

The date of this fixture is only a couple of days before the Conference Promotion Final and the squad will be reduced to its usual 16-man format and stand by players following the completion of the play-off semi finals when it becomes clear which players will still be available.

Many congratulations to the five players.


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Sunday 24 April 2011
club news
Email problems at the club

We have been experiencing problems with our email systems at the club.

If you were seeking a reply to an email that you sent in the last five days and it has not arrived, please re-send it.

The problem only affects certain email addresses - we believe that we have received all emails relating to the Player of the Year vote.


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Sunday 24 April 2011
club news
Mansfield highlights on AFC Wimbledon TV

To see highlights of Friday's game, click on AFC Wimbledon v Mansfield.



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Saturday 23 April 2011
club news
Dons play off opponents still not decided

Today's results did a little to clear up who will be in the play offs, without finally deciding anything. Luton's win over Eastbourne means that they can still catch the Dons and take second place, but only if Terry Brown's men fail to take a point from their final two games.

At the same time, Luton themselves need only three points to be assured of third place and with one of their two remaining games being against already-relegated Histon, that looks highly likely.

Wrexham's win today means they need one more point to be certain of a play off place and they will be looking to take that from their game against Tamworth on Monday, since their final game is a tough one, away at Luton.

The fifth play off spot now looks to be between Kidderminster and Fleetwood, the team Kidderminster defeated 2-1 yesterday. Fleetwood are one point ahead with a better goal difference and have to play two relegation-threatened teams, Barrow and Cambridge, so they must be favourites.

York's play off chances now look remote following today's defeat at Darlington, while that win means that the Quakers retain an arithmetical chance of making the play offs. That in turn means that the Conference remain unable to announce the dates of the first play off games.

No doubt things will be clearer after Monday's games....


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Saturday 23 April 2011
club news
Marcus on the Mansfield and Hendon games, and the play offs

Marcus Gayle was interviewed after yesterday's game against Mansfield.

To hear the interview, click here.


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Saturday 23 April 2011
dons trust news
Walk Further for Wimbledon 2011

A group of 10 AFC Wimbledon fans will be doing the annual Walk Further for Wimbledon on 29 – 30 April, to raise money for the Dons Trust and for various charities. This year, they are walking 40 miles along the Thames, from the Thames Barrier to Kingsmeadow, to arrive in time for the home game against Grimsby on 30 April.

The charities being supported this year include: The Children’s Trust, Tadworth; St. Raphael’s Hospice; Macmillan Cancer Support; Alzheimer’s Society; and the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability.

To support these valuable causes and the band of walkers led by Dons Trust Board member Matthew Breach, please email Walk further, indicating the amount of sponsorship you would like to pledge. You will then be sent an email which will allow you to make payment online. Alternatively, payment can be handed in at a subsequent home game. 50% of your donation will go to the Dons Trust and the remainder of your donation will be divided equally between the charities. (Please note that there is no facility to claim Gift Aid on these donations because the Dons Trust is not a registered charity.)


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Friday 22 April 2011
club news
Terry's reaction to the Mansfield game

Following today's game, Terry Brown was interviewed for AFC Wimbledon TV. To hear the interview, click here.

For an audio only version, click on audio.


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Friday 22 April 2011
club news
From the Mansfield programme - a short guide to the play offs

From time to time we publish articles from the programme that haven't otherwise appeared on this site. Today we reproduce an article explaining various aspects of the play offs.

This article has been amended from the one that appeared in the programme to make it clear that the order of the play off games has not yet been decided.


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Well, we are in the play-offs, so now is the time to answer some of the questions we’ve been asked lately.

First, when are they? The semi-final is over two legs, and the dates for the first legs are Thursday 5 and Friday 6 May. At the time of writing it was theoretically possible that this could change if Darlington reached the play-offs, because they are in the FA Trophy final on Saturday 7 May. But that looks very unlikely, so we have been working on the basis that those dates are 99% certain. The dates for the second legs are fixed, and are Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 May.

Who will play who? The fifth-placed team will play the first leg of their semi final at home to the second-placed team. The other game will therefore be fourth place at home to third place.

The order of the games will be the same for the home legs so, for example, if the first game was fifth-placed v second-placed on 5 May, then the first home semi final leg would be second-placed v fifth-placed on 10 May - but please remember that the absolute order of the games is yet to be decided.

How will the semi-final ties be decided? If the teams are level on aggregate after the second leg, extra time will be played; if the aggregate score remains level after the extra 30 minutes, penalties will be taken “from the penalty mark” (as the rule-makers put it). Away goals don’t count double, and there is no golden goal rule.

Where and when is the final? The final is at the City of Manchester Stadium on Saturday 21 May, kick-off almost certainly 3.00 pm. I don’t want to look that far ahead except to say that all the ticketing will be done by an agency, and if we reach the final we won’t be able to guarantee priority for season ticket (ST) holders – but I don’t suppose there will be any problem getting tickets if you act promptly.

Will there be TV coverage? Yes, Premier Sports TV will cover all five play-off games. We plan to show our away game at Kingsmeadow for those of you who can’t travel to it, and there will, of course, be a carvery that night. Depending on where and when the semi-final is, we may need to limit the numbers at Kingsmeadow, but if we do we will make an announcement in good time. And we will probably show the other semi-final games in the bars.

Who gets the money? For each semi-final leg, all the proceeds go to the home club except for the TV money, which goes into a central pot. The finalists have usually each been paid 25% of the net profits and the rest has been divided between the other Premier Division teams. I assume it will be the same this year.

When and how will we sell tickets for the semi-final? For the home leg, we want to give ST holders priority to buy tickets while ensuring that regular fans have time to obtain theirs. So we have announced that ST holders can apply for one ticket each until next Thursday, 27 April. After that, tickets will go on general sale. We don’t yet know the date of our home leg, but we saw no reason to wait – please watch out for the date. If you are an ST holder and can only make one of the two possible dates (10 and 11 May), please contact the office.

For the away leg there may be only limited time to arrange ticket sales. As usual, we will give ST holders priority but we won’t have much time to explain how to get tickets; watch the official website for news.

And the final question – will we win? As Paul Gascoigne once famously said, “I never make predictions and I never will.”


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Friday 22 April 2011
club news
Attention season ticket holders! Play off tickets on sale today

Tickets for the home play off semi final will be on sale as soon as possible after today's game. They are available for season ticket holders only at this stage, with one ticket per ST.

Terrace tickets will be on sale as follows:

. For the Tempest End, from turnstiles 1 and 2 (the ones nearest Kingston Road)

. For the John Smith stand and The Kingston Road End, from turnstile 3

Seat tickets will be sold from a table located near the complimentary tickets window.

You will need Voucher E from your ST book.

ST holders who cannot get to the Mansfield game can obtain their ticket as follows:

 By post, enclosing Voucher E and the relevant payment. Cheques should be made out to AFC Wimbledon. Tickets will be posted to you but we cannot be responsible for any that are lost in the post – if you would like them to be sent by recorded delivery, please make this clear with your application and include an extra £2. Alternatively, if you would prefer to collect them before the Grimsby home game on 30 April, please make it clear in your letter.

 By calling at the office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on Tuesday 26, Wednesday 27 or Thursday 28 April.

Tickets will go on general sale on Saturday 30 April from the turnstiles, immediately after the Grimsby home game.

We are putting tickets on sale before we know the date of our home play-off leg. Any season ticket holder who is unable to attend on one of the two possible dates (Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 May) should phone the office for assistance.

Tickets for the play-off home leg are the usual prices:

Seats

Adults (centre blocks) £18; (outer blocks) £16
Concessions: £9 and £8
Under-16s: £5 and £4

Terraces

Adults: £14
Concessions: £7
Under-16s: £2

Any tickets that remain unsold after the Grimsby game will be made available on line and can also be bought by visitors to the office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays from Tuesday 3 May, or by postal application as detailed above. Note that there will be no telephone sales.

If we are asked to sell tickets for the away leg of the semi-final, we will publish the arrangements on the official website as soon as they are agreed with the relevant club.


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Friday 22 April 2011
club news
Blue Square Bet Premier live match and weekend preview by Alan Alger from Blue Square

Kidderminster Harriers had their 15-match unbeaten run ended in midweek when Darlington came from a goal down to win 2-1 in the Midlands. Steve Burr’s side slipped further from the play-off zone and have now not tasted victory since late March. The Premier Sports cameras are at Aggborough on Good Friday to capture Harriers’ must win clash against fellow play-off hopefuls Fleetwood Town. The Cod Army are in that all important fifth spot and with their form coming to the boil at the right time could be the dark-horse in the promotion race. Micky Mellon’s team come into this game off the back of five straight wins and for that reason we are taking no chances with a quote of 8/5 for them to make it six on the spin here. We’re offering a best price of 7/5 for a home win and the draw is 11/5. With less than a goal per game conceded, Fleetwood’s defence is the third best in the division and is part of the reason that their games this season have been some of the lowest scoring in the division. Only two teams have been involved in matches with fewer goals. Mellon’s team have been beaten eight times on the road in the Blue Square Bet Premier this season and six of those defeats were by a scoreline of just 1-0. A 1-0 home win for Kidderminster is priced at 7/1 here. I’d fancy both teams to score though at a price of 4/6 and a ‘correct score’ wager of a 2-1 away win at 9/1. Whilst soon to be brother-in-law Peter Crouch has had a month to forget, Sean Clancy has been in scintillating form for Fleetwood and his quote of 10/1 to score first also appeals here.

The Good Friday fixtures start at 3pm in the South of the country. AFC Wimbledon are 4/7 to gain the three points that will (all but) assure the runners-up spot in the division with a home win over Mansfield Town. The only thing that may put accumulator punters off including The Wombles in their lists will be the possibility of Terry Brown resting key personnel ahead of the play-offs. Champions Crawley are also in Friday afternoon action at home to Rushden & Diamonds as they close in on the all-time Conference unbeaten-run record and points total. The Red Devils are 1/2 favourites to win again and it’s 9/2 that Rushden can be the first team to beat them in the league since the 16th of October.

Saturday’s action features some important matches towards the bottom of the table. Southport and Altrincham are cut adrift in the two remaining relegation spots and a win is vital for both teams. Southport travel to Tamworth as the 13/5 outsiders, a home win is priced at 10/11. Altrincham host Newport County and the market makes the home side favourites. Needing the points does not guarantee a performance from Alty though and I like the look of Newport here – who are playing with freedom in mid-table as they look towards next season. The Welsh side are a value bet at 13/8.

Forest Green Rovers are on a five game unbeaten run and sit one place outside the relegation zone. They travel to Kettering as the 15/8 outsiders to gain a most welcome three points. Kettering with one win in seven should be opposed at restrictive odds of 5/4. Cambridge United with one win in nine are far from safe and would certainly be the biggest casualty of a genuine relegation to the next tier if they finish in the bottom four. The U’s welcome Hayes & Yeading United to the Abbey Stadium and it’s the away side who are in a comfortable position in the table. Again the need for points has dictated the prices in this market and I’d much rather be with Hayes & Yeading at a price of 2/1 than backing Cambridge at 11/10. Barrow are the 11/8 favourites at home to Grimsby Town, but the Holker Street side have had some erratic results in recent weeks. One more win should see them safe but this game is hard to predict in terms of a scoreline. Goals should be on the cards though so a bet on ‘4 or more’ on the total goals market at 9/4 should pay off.

Histon and Eastbourne Borough are already relegated. Histon travel to Bath City with only pride to play for, a home win is priced at 2/5 which, although very likely, is not worth backing as the Twerton Park outfit also have nothing to play for. Eastbourne are making the journey to Bedfordshire to take on Luton Town. The Sussex side are big outsiders at 13/2, with a home win for The Hatters available at 4/11. A draw will confirm a top five finish for Luton and they should get at least that despite their recent poor form.

Also in the play-off hunt are York City who beat Luton in a feisty midweek encounter. They make the short trip to Darlington as the slight outsiders at 8/5 to gain another three points in the promotion race. It may be too little too late for The Minstermen, who were last season’s losing finalists. Wrexham are another team aiming for a play-off finish but racked with inconsistency. Their quote of 5/4 to win at Gateshead also looks like one to swerve, with a draw the best call at 12/5.


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Friday 22 April 2011
club news
At today's game - pizza, the shop sale and details of the matchday arrangements

Tickets

There are plenty of terrace tickets available for today's game against Mansfield but the Tempest End is fully sold. Please note that the offer of reduced prices for advance purchase of terrace tickets has now closed and the usual matchday prices will apply.

Demand for seats has been very high and there will be only a handful of tickets available for sale, all 'singles'. These will go on sale from the kiosk in the lobby of the main stand from about 1.45 pm.

Pre-ordered tickets

Pre-ordered tickets can be collected from the complimentary tickets window next to the players’ entrance, from about 1.30 pm.

Club shop

The club shop will open from 12.15 pm until just before kick off and again after the game. The sale continues – sale items will be available outside the main shop.

Bars

The bars will open at noon and are open both to Wimbledon and Mansfield fans before the game. A decision will be made on the day about whether or not there will be access to the bars for away fans after the game.

The Kidderminster v Fleetwood game this evening could have a major impact on who we play in the play offs – it will be shown live on the big screen in the main bar this evening.

Food

Don’t forget that a new venture starts today with pizza available from a stall under the umbrella by the back bar. The four outlets within the stadium will be operating as usual, from when the turnstiles open at 1.45 pm.

Segregation

Full segregation will be in place for the game, with Mansfield fans directed to the north end of the John Smith's stand.

Entering the ground

Mansfield fans will enter through turnstiles 7 and 8. These turnstiles are accessed via the residential car park which is, in turn, entered from Jack Goodchild Way.

Wimbledon fans will enter via turnstiles 4, 5 and 6 for the Tempest End and the southern end of the John Smith’s stand (i.e. furthest away from the Kingston Road end). For the Kingston Road end, Wimbledon fans will enter via turnstiles 1, 2 and 3.

Parking and public transport

As usual, parking will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please take care and drive slowly when entering the car park.

You can park in some surrounding streets but please do so considerately.


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Friday 22 April 2011
club news
Last opportunity to order tickets at the reduced prices for Mansfield game

Fans have until 10.00 am on Friday to take advantage of the special reduced prices for the terraces for that game. These prices apply to Mansfield fans as well as Dons fans.

For the Mansfield game, so long as tickets are bought in advance, terrace prices will be:

Adult £10
Concession £5

Under 16 prices are, as usual, £2.

Tickets can be bought in advance on line, by clicking on Mansfield terrace tickets, where tickets will be available at these lower rates until 10.00 am on Friday 22 April. Please note that prices are only for advance purchases - for tickets purchased at the turnstiles on Friday, prices will be:

Adult £14
Concession £7
Under 16 £2

Anyone who has already applied for terrace tickets for the Mansfield game and who paid more than the amounts set out above can phone the office on 020 8547 3528 to arrange a refund.


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Thursday 21 April 2011
club news
Please return unwanted season ticket vouchers for the Mansfield game

Demand for seat tickets for the Mansfield game is very high and at present we have only a handful left for sale.

If you aren't planning to come to the game, please consider donating the relevant ST voucher to the club so that we can re-sell the seat.

To do so, please email your ticket details to returned vouchers or phone the office on 020 8547 3528 and leave a message.

Vouchers for terrace STs are also very welcome as we can reclaim the VAT on those tickets.


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Thursday 21 April 2011
club news
Play off tickets on sale to season ticket holders after the Mansfield game

Tickets for the home play off semi final will be on sale as soon as possible after the Mansfield game. They are available for season ticket holders only at this stage, with one ticket per ST.

Terrace tickets will be on sale as follows:

. For the Tempest End, from turnstiles 1 and 2 (the ones nearest Kingston Road)

. For the John Smith stand and The Kingston Road End, from turnstile 3

Seat tickets will be sold from a table located near the complimentary tickets window.

You will need Voucher E from your ST book.

ST holders who cannot get to the Mansfield game can obtain their ticket as follows:

 By post, enclosing Voucher E and the relevant payment. Cheques should be made out to AFC Wimbledon. Tickets will be posted to you but we cannot be responsible for any that are lost in the post – if you would like them to be sent by recorded delivery, please make this clear with your application and include an extra £2.

 By calling at the office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on Tuesday 26, Wednesday 27 or Thursday 28 April.

Tickets will go on general sale on Saturday 30 April from the turnstiles, immediately after the Grimsby home game.

We are putting tickets on sale before we know the date of our home play-off leg. Any season ticket holder who is unable to attend on one of the two possible dates (Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 May) should phone the office for assistance.

Tickets for the play-off home leg are the usual prices:

Seats

Adults (centre blocks) £18; (outer blocks) £16
Concessions: £9 and £8
Under-16s: £5 and £4

Terraces

Adults: £14
Concessions: £7
Under-16s: £2

Any tickets that remain unsold after the Grimsby game will be made available on line and can also be bought by visitors to the office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays from Tuesday 3 May, or by postal application as detailed above. Note that there will be no telephone sales.

If we are asked to sell tickets for the away leg of the semi-final, we will publish the arrangements on the official website as soon as they are agreed with the relevant club.


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Thursday 21 April 2011
first team news
Terry looks forward to an entertaining game on Friday

With only three league games remaining and the Dons having already booked a play-off spot and looking to secure a runners-up place, Terry Brown was in a relaxed mood as he looked forward to the two Easter games. First though he reflected on the game in the London Senior Cup.

"Although the result didn’t go our way on Tuesday night it was lovely to see a very good turnout from our fans and a good display of attacking football from both sides. Credit to Hendon who deserved to go through and we wish them all the best in the final. Our own young lads did well and only a lack of concentration cost us the game. Their time will, no doubt, come again.

"Training this week has been very warm and on a good surface at the training ground we have been able to do some work with all the players in connection to the two fixtures over the Easter period. We will be juggling the two sides to ensure they are both of equal strength whilst resting some of the players who will have played over 50 games this season.

"Friday’s game against Mansfield offers revenge for the Stags after we put on one of our best performances of the season at Field Mill. Because of their progress in the FA Trophy, the fixture list at the end of the season has become very congested for them and tomorrow they will be playing their eighth game in 21 days. Mansfield are one of the few clubs in this league who play football from the back and that should mean we will be treated to a really enjoyable game of football."


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Thursday 21 April 2011
club news
Pizza in the Meadow

For the last three home games this season, starting at the Mansfield game on Good Friday, we are pleased to be providing a new alternative for pre-match food.

Baretto’s pizzas are a little different: they are thin-crust and healthy, and freshly made on site. They cost £5.00 each with a choice of three different toppings. They will be on sale outside the middle bar.

Baretto’s say they will have a top team at the game on Friday, and they are hoping for a successful end of the season. They also hope you will enjoy their pizzas enough for them to become a permanent presence at Kingsmeadow.

Baretto’s are an Italian company based at Merton Abbey Mills. This three-match trial is in conjunction with DB Catering.



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Thursday 21 April 2011
dons trust news
ATTENTION ALL CRICKET FANS! - AN EVENING WITH GRAHAM THORPE

Following England's retention of the Ashes during the winter, the new domestic cricket season is now upon us, and it is with much pleasure that the Friends of the Dons Trust announce that they will be hosting their first cricket evening at Kingsmeadow on Friday 16th September 2011 as part of the annual fundraising initiative.

The evening will include a quality three-course meal with coffee, a pay bar, cricket-themed quiz, auction and raffle - with our special guest being the popular and respected former Surrey and England batsman, Graham Thorpe, who will make a keynote speech to guests and then host a question and answer session from the floor.

Graham Thorpe MBE won 100 caps for England in a test career that spanned over a decade, and following his retirement as a player, has remained in the game as a batting coach for both Surrey and England, as well as appearing regularly in all forms of the cricket media.

We also plan to screen highlights of his playing career during the evening and there will be opportunities to have your photograph taken with Graham and win some exclusive memorabilia. Members of the current 2011 Surrey CCC squad will also be invited to what should prove a fascinating and enjoyable night.

We anticipate that demand for tickets among cricket enthusiasts in our catchment area will be high however and we want to offer AFC Wimbledon supporters priority in obtaining tickets for the event.

Tickets for the evening are priced at £55 each or £500 for a table of ten. Dons supporters can reserve a ticket by sending a cheque for £15 (or £150 for a table) made payable to ‘Kidd Rapinet Solicitors’ to Friends of the Dons Trust, c/o 20 Rayleigh Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 3RF.

The proceeds of the evening will be donated by the Friends of the Dons Trust to the Dons Trust.

If you have any enquiries concerning this event, please call Ray Armfield on 07922 144625



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Thursday 21 April 2011
dons trust news
Fundraising News - Velo and Blue

Supporters are reminded that lottery tickets for Velo and Blue will be on sale at the Mansfield game on Saturday and at all remaining home games this season.

Priced at £2 per ticket, this is your opportunity to win £324, help fund improvements to the disabled section of the main stand, and show your support for Marcus Gayle and the rest of the Velo and Blue team who are cycling to Paris in June. With a fundraising target of £7,000 for this project, we encourage all supporters to keep on buying tickets at every game.

See here or the 2 April news item (The answer is 324) for further details.



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Thursday 21 April 2011
club news
£4 off for adults - special prices for Mansfield game

To celebrate reaching the play offs and to encourage a bumper gate for the Mansfield game tomorrow, the club is pleased to announce special reduced prices for the terraces for that game. These prices apply to Mansfield fans as well as Dons fans.

For the Mansfield game, so long as tickets are bought in advance, terrace prices will be:

Adult £10
Concession £5

Under 16 prices are, as usual, £2.

Tickets can be bought in advance on line, by clicking on Mansfield terrace tickets, where tickets will be available at these lower rates until 10.00 am on Friday 22 April. Alternatively, you can get them by visiting the club's offices between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday this week.

Please note that prices are only for advance purchases - for tickets purchased at the turnstiles on Friday, prices will be:

Adult £14
Concession £7
Under 16 £2

Anyone who has already applied for terrace tickets for the Mansfield game and who paid more than the amounts set out above can phone the office on 020 8547 3528 to arrange a refund.


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Wednesday 20 April 2011
club news
Volunteers' awayday update

An email has been sent to volunteer team leaders for onward despatch to the relevant team members, explaining the timetable for Monday's awayday at Forest Green Rovers. If you have indicaed that you wish to attend, you should receive your copy in the next 24 hours.

Please note that the original email contained an error. Although a correction was sent, to be safe we are repeating the correct times here - the coaches will leave the Grove at 9.00 am and Kingsmeadow at 9.30 am.

Our thanks to Iain McNay of Cherry Red Records who is sponsoring the volunteers' day.


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Wednesday 20 April 2011
club news
Dons fall at the semi-final stage

In their attempt to reach the London Senior Cup final for a second successive year, the Dons were denied by Hendon, who won this semi-final with a goal scored in extra time.

A mixture of experienced first-team squad players and younger reserve and academy players fought back from a two-goal deficit in an open and entertaining game in front of a Kingsmeadow crowd of just under 800 fans but were unable to grasp victory. The Dons were a goal down inside four minutes when Rakatahr Hudson put the visitors ahead, and came close to getting back on level terms when Reece Jones saw his powerful 25-yard shot hit the post and rebound back into play.

The Dons fell further behind after 64 minutes when Greg Ngoyi slipped the ball past Jack Turner after he was put in by former Wimbledon striker Belal Aite-Ouakrim. Within a minute, Christian Jolley, whose substitution for the Dons at half-time seemed to give the side some extra energy, pulled one back with a cracking shot that flew in just under the crossbar. The Dons now enjoyed the majority of possession, and it came as no surprise when they equalised through Jones, who finished from close range after more good work down the right by Jolley.

All the momentum was now with Wimbledon, but Hendon keeper James Reading made several good stops to ensure that the game went into extra time. Both sides were now showing signs of tiredness, and it was a defensive mix-up that left Dave Diedhiou with the simple task of scoring a third for Hendon and putting them through to the final.



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Wednesday 20 April 2011
dons trust news
Dons Draw - join now!

Mark Davis, head of fundraising for the Dons Trust, is asking more fans to join the Dons Draw:


With only three league games still to play in the 2010/11 season (plus, hopefully, three play off games) planning is well underway for next season – whichever league we find ourselves in.

Our first year of having a full-time squad has seen us do better than many of us had dared hope. This success however comes at a cost, both in wages and infrastructure. So, I’d like to thank all of you who are already Dons Draw ticket holders for your continued support.

To those of you who are not members of the Dons Draw, this message is to ask you if you would consider signing up.

The money the Dons Draw raises is vital in allowing the club to invest in the squad - without it those funds would have to go towards meeting our Barclays loan repayments.

The draw has the advantage of both raising funds for the club and giving every fan who enters the chance to win £1,000 every month. Last year alone the Draw paid out £24,900 to fans.

Signing up can be done for as little as £2 a month, in two easy ways:

1) Click on join here and sign up online via the secure website

2) Click on Dons Draw, print out the form from the web site and return it in the post to the club, or hand it in at the Complimentary Tickets window on a match day (in both cases marked for my attention). In case you are worried about sending bank details by mail, the information we require is no more than your bank would send you with your monthly bank statement.

If you are already a member of the draw and wish to increase the number of tickets you have please email Dons Draw, or we can be contacted via the club on 020 8547 3528.

Many thanks for taking the time to read this, and good luck to all those who enter!

Yours sincerely,
Mark Davis
Head of Fundraising, Dons Trust

Each lottery ticket costs £2 and you can buy just one ticket if you wish. Entrants must be aged 16 or over, with a bank account. The Dons Draw is a monthly lottery run by the Dons Trust and registered with, and authorised by, the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. The draw takes place on or around the 15th of each month. To minimise costs (and maximise the prizes and fundraising) the draw is run by direct debit mandate. Full details are available in the Dons Trust, Dons Draw section of the AFC Wimbledon website.


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Wednesday 20 April 2011
club news
Jack Turner interviewed after the Hendon game

Jack Turner was interviewed after last night's London Senior Cup game. The interview can be heard by clicking on here.


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Tuesday 19 April 2011
club news
PLAY-OFF HOME LEG – TICKETS ON SALE NOW

To maximise the time available for fans to buy tickets for the home leg of our play-off semi-final, we have decided to put them on sale now, in the first place to season ticket holders. Each season ticket holder is entitled to one semi-final ticket.

Season ticket holders have until close of business on Thursday 28 April to reserve their usual seat or usual terrace and can obtain their ticket as follows:

 By post, enclosing Voucher E and the relevant payment. Cheques should be made out to AFC Wimbledon. Tickets will be posted to you but we cannot be responsible for any that are lost in the post – if you would like them to be sent by recorded delivery, please make this clear with your application and include an extra £2.

 After the game against Mansfield Town on Friday 22 April – detailed arrangements for the sale of tickets will be announced on the day.

 By calling at the office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on Tuesday 26, Wednesday 27 or Thursday 28 April.

Tickets will go on general sale on Saturday 30 April from the turnstiles immediately after the Grimsby home game.

We are putting tickets on sale before we know the date of our home play-off leg. Any season ticket holder who is unable to attend on one of the two possible dates (Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 May) should phone the office for assistance.

Tickets for the play-off home leg are the usual prices:

Seats

Adults (centre blocks) £18; (outer blocks) £16
Concessions: £9 and £8
Under-16s: £5 and £4

Terraces

Adults: £14
Concessions: £7
Under-16s: £2

Any tickets that remain unsold after the Grimsby game will be made available on line and can also be bought by visitors to the office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays from Monday 2 May, or by postal application as detailed above. Note that there will be no telephone sales.

If we are asked to sell tickets for the away leg of the semi-final, we will publish the arrangements on the official website as soon as they are agreed with the relevant club.



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Tuesday 19 April 2011
club news
Carvery open before Mansfield game this Friday

We still have a few spaces left in the carvery before the Mansfield game this Friday.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

The carvery opens in the back bar at 12 noon.

Carvery guests enjoy:

- A 3 course carvery including tea and coffee
- Drinks service direct to the tables
- Sky Sports/ ESPN on the high def screen
- A complimentary match programme and team sheet
- A pre-match briefing by Terry Brown

Cost: £20 (carvery only) or £38 (including a ticket for Paul Strank Stand)



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Tuesday 19 April 2011
club news
£5 entrance - U16s go free - for the London Senior Cup

With a play off place secured, The Dons turn their attention to the London Senior Cup and tonight's semi final against Hendon.

We want to get as large a crowd as possible to urge the Dons on to a cup final so we have agreed with Hendon that admission prices will be £5 for adults and concessions, with under 16s free.

There is no premium for a seat so, with the exception of the Directors' Box and the Press area, fans can go anywhere in the stadium for these prices.

Kick off is at 7.45 pm and a preview of the game, along with Terry Brown's comments on the win at Histon, will appear here later today.

Please note that turnstile operators will ask for photo id to prove entitlement to free entry for under 16s. If you can't provide proof you will be required to pay the full price.


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Monday 18 April 2011
youth news
The Under-14s: Champions Again

Last season’s English Champions have continued to succeed in all competitions. Last Saturday they clinched the Surrey Youth League Premier Elite Division title with four games still to play. They have also reached the League cup and County cup finals, both to be played soon:

• League Cup final v Sheen at Carshalton Athletic, Wednesday 27 April, kick-off 7.30 pm
• Surrey County final v Netherne at Chipstead FC, Sunday 8 May, kick-off 10.30 am

After winning the treble in each of the past two seasons, the pressure is on for the squad to continue their dominance. But they have continued to play open and attractive football, and the boys have gone from strength to strength.

If they continue winning, they are on for another amazing treble. Their statistics are absolutely fantastic: this season they have won each and every one of their 26 games, scoring 114 goals and conceding a mere 7. Their last defeat was back in January 2008, and they have won 93 consecutive games – which is almost unbelievable.

Over the season they have beaten not only the best teams from Surrey and Hampshire, but also professional academy teams, with wins over Wycombe Wanderers (3-1) and Portsmouth (1-0), and a very special 4-0 victory over a youth side from the Czech Republic.

With all this amazing success they have gathered an ever-increasing group of admirers, including Terry Brown, who watched the team beat Wycombe. “I was really impressed with their technique, movement and how they pass the ball,” he said afterwards. “It’s players like these that we need coming through the ranks.”

Along with all this success in the domestic league, six of the boys represent Surrey Schools at county level. AFC Wimbledon provide the biggest contingent for this squad, which also draws on players from Chelsea, Fulham, Palace, Brighton and Brentford. The boys involved are Jake Gill, Danny Gallagher, Billy Bishop, Callum Wilson, Ryan Sweeney and Issa Soulamon.

With successes like these, the future of AFC Wimbledon indeed looks bright.



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Monday 18 April 2011
first team news
Terry talks about Histon, Hendon and play offs

After Saturday's win at Histon, the Dons are now focusing their attention on the play offs, aiming to go into them in top form by extending their run of four wins in succession, as Terry Brown explained earlier today.

"Having now confirmed a play off spot we took the opportunity to arrange a play off focus day today where after a light training session the players enjoyed highlights of most of our home wins this season and also had a session designed to make sure that they remain mentally strong as well as physically strong.

"The day focused very much on what we have achieved this season and, more importantly, what we hope to achieve in the future. As I said to the players today, we fully expect not only to achieve the play off final but also to win a place in the Football League this season rather than next.

"The achievement itself of making the play offs will not, and should not, be good enough for this group of talented young players. Our aim is to enter the play offs on the back of a good run of form and we should therefore make sure we get the right results from this busy weekend's games.

"As you are aware we are planning to involve everyone from the squad over the Easter break and I am looking forward to watching eight of those players play a part in the London Senior Cup semi final on Tuesday against Hendon. They will be supplemented by the best young players we have available from both Marcus Gayle and Mark Robinson.

"We haven't picked up any additional injuries from Saturday's win at Histon and I am sure that the two goals each for Danny Kedwell and Luke Moore will see them both embark on goalscoring runs. It's now a very exciting time for the club and we need our major goalscorers to stay on form as we go into the play off semi finals in just over two weeks' time."


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Monday 18 April 2011
club news
Crack Comedy presents Hal Cruttenden this Thursday!

Crack Comedy returns to Kingsmeadow Live next week on Thursday 21 April, headline by the hilarious Hal Cruttenden!

Tickets are available here.

For more information about the line-up, see below.

Thursday 21 April
Crack Comedy @ Kingsmeadow presents....
Hal Cruttenden, Otiz Cannelloni, Paul Sinha and Erich McElroy
Price: £10 Advanced £11 on the door, £5 students
Doors: 8.00pm, show starts 8.30pm
Tickets: here or call 020 8549 9790.

Hal Cruttenden (Headliner)
Hal Cruttenden is one of the one of the top comedians working in the UK today, as well as being an accomplished writer and actor.
Hal's big breakthrough in stand up came with his nomination for the Perrier Newcomer Award at the 2002 Edinburgh Festival for his solo show 'Hal', followed by a highly successful run the following year of his second show, 'To Hal and Back', which was also performed at the Soho Theatre in London at the end of 2003. At the 2005 Edinburgh Festival, he performed sketches with 'The Monkey Butlers' to sell out crowds at the Underbelly Venue. He is a regular performer at all the top UK clubs, including the Comedy Store and Jongleurs, and supported Ardal O'Hanlon and Omid Djalili on their nationwide tours.

Otiz Cannelloni (Second Act)
“Master of Mirth and Minimalist Magic …Delightful.” Time Out
“A magical Wag. Bewitching.” The Guardian
“Sheer hilarity that clearly no one wanted to see end.” The Stage
“A laugh a minute.” The Age (Australia)

Paul Sinha (Opening Act)
"Sinha's wonderfully uncluttered one-liners are delivered with the crisp clarity of cut glass, but, crucially, his set retains an engaging warmth.He doesn't so much walk the line between controversy and outrage as use it for a skipping rope.Highly original." Metro, June 2005
"Universal anecdotes as warmly delivered as you would find anywhere........its a pleasure listening to him" - Steve Bennett, Chortle
"His confidence on stage was excellent and his talent for adlibbing and summoning gags off the cuff were very funny" - BBC Online
"Wonderfully inventive and intelligent" - Evening Standard
"One of the most consistently funny acts on the circuit today" - The Last Laugh Comedy Club
"A tour de force of humor and insightful observation" - BBC Online
"One of the bravest stand ups I have ever seen ....... a thoroughly recommended act" - Funny.co.uk

Erich McElroy (MC)
“Excellent” Time Out
“He’s at ease with the audience, making them feel comfortable in return…it’s this geniality that will ensure his place on the circuit.” Chortle.co.uk
“Great gags” The Stage
“Hilariously insightful” The List



(Line-ups subject to change)




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Sunday 17 April 2011
first team news
Dons seal play off place - and a home second leg

Yesterday's win at Histon saw the Dons seal a place in the play offs and a second or third place finish which guarantees a home second leg in the semi final on 10 or 11 May.

The date of the away leg depends on whether the Dons finish second or third and Tuesday night's game, when Luton visit York, may clarify matters, while Friday's televised clash between Kidderminster and Fleetwood may cast light on the Dons' likely play off opponents.

In the meantime, a report on yesterday's game can be read here.


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Sunday 17 April 2011
club news
Mini Silent Auction - Made In England

Ray Armfield is holding another mini Silent Auction to raise money for club funds, running from now until Friday 22 April - and with St. George’s Day the following day, there’s a special patriotic theme as we celebrate the best of English sport.

You now have until the end of the week to bid online here for nine lots.
Once online bidding ends at 23:59 hours on Thursday 21 April, there is a final opportunity to have a look and bid for the lots themselves in the back bar area ahead of the Mansfield Town fixture on Good Friday. Simply turn up, write down your bid next to your preferred item(s) and at 2.30pm if your bid(s) are the highest - you win!

Auction items and online bidding can be found here.


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Friday 15 April 2011
club news
Histon preview

Training this week ended on a high with the players in good spirits and all the short term injuries resolved. Terry Brown's only real problem is who to pick for tomorrow's game, where he is aiming to secure not just a definite play off place but also a guaranteed second or third spot. And, looking beyond that, how to keep everyone fit and sharp for the final games of the league season.

Terry said "we have got a really good week's training under our belts with Rashid Yussuff and James Mulley both available for Saturday, alongside Christian Jolley who returned after a three week lay off. Once again the miracle sugar treatment has worked and Christian was able to train 100% today. This gives me a wonderful problem for Saturday's game at Histon where I can pick from any one of ten subs, all of whom are quality players with something to offer the team when needed.

"The game on Saturday sees us travel to Histon and although they are now relegated their young squad was still full of enthusiasm when they played a strong Darlington side on Tuesday night. Dave Livermore took on an impossible task with the most inexperienced side in the Conference and hardly any money to bring in new recruits. They have rarely been beaten by more than the odd goal in any game this year and I am sure they will bounce back next year with the experience they've gained from this season.

"Once we have got this Saturday out of the way and provided that we've qualified for the play offs, we can fully concentrate on the three most important games in the club's history, which start a few days after the last scheduled game of the season.

"Once we have formally qualified, my major priority will be to keep every player as fit and fresh as we possibly can, going into the first semi final. The size and quality of the squad we currently have available will give me the opportunity to rest one or two of the players in the remaining league games; some of the players will rack up over 50 appearances this season.

"Our target for this season will be to finish in the highest position possible which means aiming to finish in second place if we can. The second and third positions offer us the second leg of a semi final at home and I feel our boys are certainly capable of achieving that.

"The mood both in the dressing room and on the training pitch is very buoyant at the moment and as I stated earlier if we can steer clear of any injuries we will go into the play offs in fine fettle.

"Some of the players who are not in the starting line up tomorrow will be able to get some game time at home to Hendon in the London Senior Cup semi final on Tuesday. If you get the opportunity please come down and support them and the younger lads in trying to obtain a cup final place."

Histon have taken only six points from games against teams in the top half of the table with a February victory against Fleetwood Town being their only win against those teams. Three wins and a draw in February made it look as if they'd survive but since then they've gone into a disastrous run of ten successive defeats with no goals scored in the last five of these games.

So Wimbledon go into this game as firm favourites but with scouting reports saying that Histon battle for every ball and work hard throughout the pitch, the Dons would be foolish to take anything for granted.

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Friday 15 April 2011
club news
Blue Square Bet Premier weekend preview by Alan Alger from Blue Square

Crawley Town lifted the Blue Square Bet Premier title trophy on Tuesday night after their draw with Luton Town. The Red Devils still have plenty to play for though as a couple of Conference records are in sight. Just three more games without defeat will break the record for the longest unbeaten league run at this level. Steve Evans’ team also need just seven more points (from a possible 12) to break the divisional record for the most points gained in a season. They can keep in touch with both honours with a victory at Southport on Saturday at odds of 8/11. The hosts are involved in a wide open relegation battle in which two remaining places could go to any of seven teams.

Two of those teams meet at the New Lawn this weekend where 19th placed Forest Green Rovers entertain 17th placed Cambridge United. A win for The U’s at 9/5 should put them clear of danger, but a record of one win in eight would temper confidence. The home team are the favourites at 6/5 and their good recent form makes them the tentative selection to leapfrog the visitors with a win.

Tamworth are on a winless run of eight matches and parted company with manager Des Lyttle in midweek. It’s no surprise to see them offered as big as 5/1 for a difficult trip to York City. The Minstermen are still aiming for a top five finish, although their inferior goal difference could be their ultimate downfall. A home win is priced at 4/9 and City are 13/10 to win by more than one goal on the ‘match handicap’.

Eastbourne Borough need a miracle to survive and it would be no surprise if plans for a Blue Square Bet South campaign for next season are already being made. Kidderminster Harriers are the visitors to Priory Lane on Saturday and look like solid favourites at 4/7. In a similar fixture, already relegated Histon are 9/2 outsiders at home to AFC Wimbledon who are 8/15 favourites to get the three points that will help them cling on to second place and a thoroughly commendable Runners-Up trophy.

Luton drew at champions Crawley in midweek and also enjoyed a team-building day at Newmarket races the following afternoon. The Hatters will be hoping to emulate Oxford United, who last season dragged themselves back into form just in time for the play-offs after missing out on the title. Gary Brabin’s side travel to Mansfield Town as the 11/10 favourites on Saturday. The hosts have been making up fixtures this week and this will be their fourth match in eight days. For that reason I have to fancy an away win here.

Fleetwood Town are holding on to that all important fifth place and have the chance to stay there as heavy odds-on favourites for the weekend visit of Altrincham. A home win is 4/9 and that will be a worry for Dean Saunders and his Wrexham team. The Red Dragons have been inconsistent of late and with their major play-off rivals having relatively easy games they will need to improve at home to Kettering Town. Saunders’ side are also odds-on at 4/7 but have let plenty of favourite backers down in the last few months.

Darlington are the only other team capable of making the play-offs but will need lots of results to go in their favour and even then that may not be enough. Unusually they are the 13/8 outsiders at Hayes & Yeading United this weekend, which would almost have been unthinkable at the start of the season. The hosts improved form can partly be attributed to some decent loan signings and that could be the reason that they escape the drop.

Barrow have plenty to play for at Newport County and a win at 2/1 will end any relegation worries. It will be interesting to see how County’s new boss Anthony Hudson copes with his team’s first defeat and if they bounce back – they are Evens favourites to do so. Bath City have had a very good first season back at this level but their away form hasn’t been that good of late – Grimsby are solid Evens favourites to beat them at Blundell Park on Saturday. Gateshead and Rushden also have little to play for except pride and a draw at 23/10 could be the call.


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Friday 15 April 2011
club news
Welsh Under-19 call up for Reece Jones

Reece has again been selected for the Wales Under-19 squad which travels to Norway on 25 April for games in the UEFA Championship Elite Group.

During the 10 days they will be in Norway, Wales play games against Norway, Serbia and Moldova.

Congratulations to Reece who has to date received 8 Under-17 caps, 6 Under-19 caps and 1 Under-21 cap.


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Friday 15 April 2011
dons trust news
April Dons Draw Results!

The April Dons Draw took place on 13 April at Kingsmeadow.

Winning numbers were drawn in the presence of Erik Samuelson (AFC Wimbledon Chief Executive), Neil Messenbird (Dons Draw Administrator) and Alison Franks.

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

First prize of £1,000 - ticket 3949 - Derek Hubble - SM7

Second prize of £500 - ticket 2757 - Duncan Worsfold - KT4

Third prize of £250 - ticket 1883 - Mark Mitchell - SY5

Fourth prize of £150 - ticket 0313 - David Kaill - SW20

Fifth prize of £100 - ticket 3499 - Mark Draper - KT5

Sixth prize of £75 - ticket 3822 - Nick Dukes - CB11

Congratulations to all six prize winners..

The next Dons Draw will take place on or around the 15 May 2011 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 2011 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 14 April 2011
first team news
Gareth Gwillim looks forward to Histon with mixed feelings

On Saturday Wimbledon go to the Glass World Stadium at Histon, seeking the three points that will, to all intents and purposes, guarantee a second or third place finish. This would mean that the second leg of a play off semi final would be held at Kingsmeadow on 10 or 11 May.

Histon's recent results now mean that they will be relegated at the end of the season, a far cry from their achievements only a couple of years ago - a time when Gareth Gwillim, currently on loan to the Dons from Dagenham and Redbridge, was a regular in the team there.

Gareth spoke to us today about his time at Histon and how he feels about going back to play against his former team. "I was at Histon for three seasons and for the first two and a half, they were very, very enjoyable. But towards the end, there were many changes in the board room and it became clear that the budget needed to be cut.

"As a player, you don't really think about the finances and how things are funded, but it was pretty clear that this was a turning point and, as a result, the manager brought in a lot of young players and we struggled.

"At the end of that season I joined Dagenham and Redbridge but I've watched out for their results. I thought for a while they would avoid the drop. Obviously I'm sad for them as I made a lot of good friends, although of the senior players, only Antonio Murray and Erkan Okay are still there from when I played. I don't really know Dave Livermore but it looked like he had a baptism of fire.

"I feel really sorry for the fans, who were great to play for and who were very supportive while I was there. We had a great time, getting into the play offs in my second season. We lost 2-1 over two legs to a Torquay side that, with hardly any changes, is in a play off spot in League 2, so it shows what we achieved. And of course we had that FA cup run when we beat Leeds United, so there are lots of happy memories for me and for the fans.

"Last season when we played Wimbledon, we were well beaten twice, 4-0 at Kingsmeadow and 3-1 at the Glass World. I played centre back in the 3-1 defeat, as we introduced some young lads - I hated playing in that position. This season I return to Histon playing for Wimbledon and whatever my feelings for Histon I want to see us take the three points away. If we get to 83 points that will be the highest by a team I'm playing in and I want to come second and beat the third place we got at Histon. That would be another good memory to take away from the Glass World Stadium."


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Thursday 14 April 2011
dons trust news
Dons Trust Special General Meeting tonight

A reminder that The Dons Trust will be holding an SGM tonight, Thursday 14 April, at Kingsmeadow starting at 7.30 pm. The papers have been published here.

At the meeting you have a chance to catch up on what is happening at the Trust and the club and give the DT board your views on issues such as wide-ranging as: signing former Franchise players; smoking on the terrraces; and offensive chanting.

If you have any queries before the meeting, please contact Matthew Breach, the Chair of the Dons Trust, via email here.


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Wednesday 13 April 2011
club news
Volunteers - have you replied to your invitation?

We are about to send detailed numbers and food preferences to Forest Green Rovers in connection with the volunteers away day at Forest Green Rovers.

If you think you are entitled to be part of the volunteer awayday (i.e. you have done voluntary work this season) and have not been asked if you wish to go, please call the club's office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on Thursday or Friday to give them your details.


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Wednesday 13 April 2011
club news
Histon arrangements - and last call for the fans' coach

There is one place left on the fans' coach to the Histon game on Saturday. The coach will leave The Grove at 9.30 am and Kingsmeadow at 10.00 am.

Tickets cost £10. If you want the last place on the coach, please ring the office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on Thursday.

For fans going to the game, we have been allocated spaces in the South stand (seated) and on the Bridge Road terrace.

Tickets cost £14 for adults, £9 for concessions, and £3 for students and under 16s. Be prepared to show proof of entitlement to any discounted price. Entry to the seats costs an extra £1.


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Tuesday 12 April 2011
dons trust news
Dons Trust Board Meeting - Monday 11 April

The Dons Trust Board met at Kingsmeadow last night for its regular monthly meeting. Major points covered included:

• A discussion around the Club's current organisational structure and agreement of the proposed approach to reviewing its ongoing suitability;
• Erik Samuelson's CEO report (including details of the ongoing work on a potential new stadium and plans for ensuring KM is suitable for League football);
• Nigel Higgs' report on community and youth football;
• Ivor Heller's report on commercial activities;
• The next step in the Fans Survey.

The DTB also recorded its congratulations to Marcus and the Reserve squad on winning the Suburban League title.

The minutes from the March DTB meeting were approved and should be posted onto the OS within the next couple of days - we will work to ensure that each month's minutes are made available to Members to view as soon as possible after the following month's meeting approves them.

Lastly, a reminder that the first DT SGM of the year will be held at KM on Thursday evening at 19:30; please come along to take part in some lively discussion.



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Tuesday 12 April 2011
club news
Crack Comedy presents Hal Cruttenden!

Crack Comedy returns to Kingsmeadow Live next week on Thursday 21 April, headline by the hilarious Hal Cruttenden!

Tickets are available here.

For more information about the line-up, see below.

Thursday 21 April
Crack Comedy @ Kingsmeadow presents....
Hal Cruttenden, Otiz Cannelloni, Paul Sinha and Erich McElroy
Price: £10 Advanced £11 on the door, £5 students
Doors: 8.00pm, show starts 8.30pm
Tickets: here or call 020 8549 9790.

Hal Cruttenden (Headliner)
Hal Cruttenden is one of the one of the top comedians working in the UK today, as well as being an accomplished writer and actor.
Hal's big breakthrough in stand up came with his nomination for the Perrier Newcomer Award at the 2002 Edinburgh Festival for his solo show 'Hal', followed by a highly successful run the following year of his second show, 'To Hal and Back', which was also performed at the Soho Theatre in London at the end of 2003. At the 2005 Edinburgh Festival, he performed sketches with 'The Monkey Butlers' to sell out crowds at the Underbelly Venue. He is a regular performer at all the top UK clubs, including the Comedy Store and Jongleurs, and supported Ardal O'Hanlon and Omid Djalili on their nationwide tours.

Otiz Cannelloni (Second Act)
“Master of Mirth and Minimalist Magic …Delightful.” Time Out
“A magical Wag. Bewitching.” The Guardian
“Sheer hilarity that clearly no one wanted to see end.” The Stage
“A laugh a minute.” The Age (Australia)

Paul Sinha (Opening Act)
"Sinha's wonderfully uncluttered one-liners are delivered with the crisp clarity of cut glass, but, crucially, his set retains an engaging warmth.He doesn't so much walk the line between controversy and outrage as use it for a skipping rope.Highly original." Metro, June 2005
"Universal anecdotes as warmly delivered as you would find anywhere........its a pleasure listening to him" - Steve Bennett, Chortle
"His confidence on stage was excellent and his talent for adlibbing and summoning gags off the cuff were very funny" - BBC Online
"Wonderfully inventive and intelligent" - Evening Standard
"One of the most consistently funny acts on the circuit today" - The Last Laugh Comedy Club
"A tour de force of humor and insightful observation" - BBC Online
"One of the bravest stand ups I have ever seen ....... a thoroughly recommended act" - Funny.co.uk

Erich McElroy (MC)
“Excellent” Time Out
“He’s at ease with the audience, making them feel comfortable in return…it’s this geniality that will ensure his place on the circuit.” Chortle.co.uk
“Great gags” The Stage
“Hilariously insightful” The List



(Line-ups subject to change)




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Monday 11 April 2011
club news
Terry contemplates possible play off opponents

Terry Brown was very relaxed in the light of an excellent performance on Saturday at Cambridge and the prospect of more players returning from suspension, injury and illness.

"Saturday's game at Cambridge almost clinched our play off spot, barring a Rory McIlroy style end to the season. The last two games have seen us play with a lot more confidence and belief and our ball retention on Saturday was our best of the season.

"What we have worked on today in training is translating the ball retention into chances and hopefully goals. We stressed to the players the importance of learning lessons from Saturday's game in as much as if you are unable to put a game to bed then football has a funny way of biting back at you. Credit is due to Cambridge in the second half as their young side worked very hard and nearly got themselves back in the game.

"The training between now and hopefully the play off final is all about retaining our fitness and ensuring that we have everybody fit and available for selection and entering May on the back of some good results.

"The size of the squad will be strengthened this week by the hoped-for return of Christian Jolley, plus James Mulley from suspension and Rashid Yussuff from his illness. As you can imagine this will give management something of a headache as far as selection is concerned but having made the play offs before I can't tell you how important it is to have as many as possible of your best players fit and available for selection.

"In a midfield that dominated the game on Saturday, neither Rashid Yussuff nor James Mulley were available and if you add to that Christian Jolley not being available for the last month it really does show the strength in depth we now have at the club.

"With our fixtures schedule allowing us the opportunity to field everyone in the squad during the Easter weekend, it is a nice position for any manager to be in.

"On the injury front, Christian Jolley goes for what is hopefully his final injection today and he should be able to train on Thursday. Rashid Yussuff has recovered from his bout of tonsillitis and trained today alongside James Mulley who has now finished his suspension. Ricky Wellard suffered one or two nasty tackles on Saturday but has recovered and was OK to train today.

"For those of you who enjoyed a good day out on Saturday, hopefully we can replicate that with the visit to Histon next week. The fact that they are now mathematically down means they should be able to relax and play the football that Dave Livermore has instilled in his young troops. As always, we expect a hard game.

"For those of you planners out there no doubt you are wondering who I would like to play in the play offs. I have to say I have no preference whatsoever as we have to beat whoever is put in front of us. I would however like to finish in the top three as those teams play the second leg of the semi final at home and we would prefer that.

"Congratulations to Crawley for wrapping the league up as early as they have. Let's hope they continue in their fine form and take points off Luton on Tuesday."


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Monday 11 April 2011
reserve team news
Reserves take the title

The reserves lifted the Suburban League Premier Division title on Saturday when the point they took at Leatherhead in the 2-2 draw was enough to ensure none of the other title chasers would be able to overhaul their points total.

It has been a fantastic effort from the team who have won 19 of their league games with six draws and just one defeat. The championship was won with four games remaining.

Many congratulations to Marcus Gayle and the players.



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Saturday 09 April 2011
club news
Blue Square Bet Premier weekend preview by Alan Alger from Blue Square

Crawley Town can secure the Blue Square Bet Premier title on Saturday with a win at Tamworth. The Red Devils are just 8/15 to win at The Lamb and finally confirm the inevitable. The title race may have been dead as a contest a few weeks ago but the race for the play-offs are bursting into life. At Blue Square we believe nine teams are in contention to win the play-off final – ranging from our 11/4 joint-favourites AFC Wimbledon and Luton Town to big outsiders Bath City at 150/1. My particular fancy, and a side I’ve been backing for a while, are Kidderminster Harriers who have briefly slipped out of the top five. Steve Burr’s team have a decent mix of end of season fixtures against opponents at each end of the table. They have a tough game at Grimsby Town this weekend but I fancy them to get at least a point. Harriers are slight favourites at 7/5 to win at Blundell Park, Grimsby are 13/8 and the draw is 23/10.

Southport will be hoping to complete a quick fire double over Luton Town as they travel to Kenilworth Road at the weekend. Liam Watson will be shaking the hand of fellow Scouser Gary Brabin in the opposing dugout after Richard Money’s reign was ended by that first match. Despite Southport faltering when odds-on against Eastbourne last week I think Watson will have reminded his players that they have the beating of The Hatters. A midweek draw at Mansfield coming from two goals down was a good way to bounce back and they can avoid defeat here. The best way to back them is receiving a goal start on the ‘match handicap’ that means we get any Southport victory or drawn game as a winning bet at 11/8.

AFC Wimbledon are 6/5 to win at Cambridge United and almost assure a play-off berth. The U’s have been hard to beat in recent weeks and should avoid being dragged into the relegation zone. If so their supporters can look ahead to a season of putting things right at the Abbey Stadium as they try to become challengers again – it may take a while. We can’t split the sides as Wrexham travel to Rushden & Diamonds. The Welsh side were involved in one of the shocks of the season last Saturday as they lost at home to Hayes & Yeading United – showing that there are no certainties in this competitive division. Hayes and Yeading will look to follow up with a home win over Mansfield Town which is priced at 6/4.

Darlington host Bath City in a match where the loser would almost certainly be out of the play-off fight. It’s as big as 4/5 that Darlington win this match which proves what a great season Bath are having. York City drew at home to Crawley Town in midweek and have another difficult home fixture. Anthony Hudson took the helm at Newport last week and started as he meant to go on. County travel to Bootham Crescent with a real threat and we’re taking no chances at 13/5. York City are a best price of Evens.

Fleetwood Town occupy fifth spot and will stay there if they can win at odds of 4/5 at Eastbourne Borough. The home side have certainly turned the corner from their disastrous winless run, but the bell may have already tolled on their future in the division. The Sports are 3/1 to get the three points they require to keep their safety hopes alive. Barrow look like solid 6/5 home favourites at home to Kettering who have little more than pride to play for.

Gateshead are one of the shortest priced teams of the weekend at 1/2 for their home match with Histon. The Stutes can be relegated on the day if results go against them, although anything else would be surely just a delay. Forest Green Rovers host Altrincham in an intriguing clash which is one of those ‘six-pointers’. Ken McKenna has done a great job at Alty and if you took their points gained under him and averaged them out over a full season they would be comfortably in mid-table and planning for next year. Their bad start means they need to win here at 9/4 and I fancy them to do so.


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Friday 08 April 2011
club news
Play off dates may change - Conference announcement

The Football Conference has announced that it "is considering a request to re-schedule the Blue Square play-off first leg matches from the 3rd and 4th May to the 5th and 6th May, to avoid a clash with Champions League fixtures.

A decision on this proposal cannot be made until it is certain neither finalist in the FA Trophy will be a participant in the play-off.

An announcement on this proposed movement will be made immediately the position is determined.
"

We brought the possibility of a change in play off dates to fans' attention in a feature on this site (and in the programme) in March, but we thought fans would welcome a reminder.


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Friday 08 April 2011
club news
Kids go free at the Hendon cup tie

Agreement has been reached with Hendon that for our London Senior Cup semi-final on Tuesday 19 April, children Under-16 will be admitted free. To help get a bumper crowd for the game, Adults and Concessions will be priced at £5 each.

These prices are for all areas of the ground except for the Directors' Box and Press area.


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Friday 08 April 2011
club news
Season ticket application forms now available on line

Renewal notices for season tickets were sent last week, so if you haven't received your forms, please call the office on 020 8547 3528, between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on a weekday.

Fans who want to buy a season ticket for the first time can download an application form by clicking on season tickets, 2011-12.

Please note that the prices shown on this link are guaranteed, both for one year and five year season tickets, so long as your application is received by Friday 20 May. After 20 May, the age for eligibility for a concession ticket becomes 65 and concession prices increase. Prices may also be changed if we win promotion to the Football League - this is currently under review.


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Friday 08 April 2011
club news
Third kit selected by fans' vote

Next season's third kit, as selected by fans' votes, is the maroon design. shown below.

Kit 1


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Thursday 07 April 2011
first team news
Cambridge preview

Terry Brown has used the week-long gap between games to give some players some extra rest while others had game time with the reserves. As a result, except for long term injured Sammy Moore and Fraser Franks, he is close to having a full complement of fit players for the run in to the play offs. Meanwhile, as he observed, other teams have been dropping important points.

"The results went very well for us again in midweek and we go to Cambridge full of confidence and looking to cement our place in the play offs. Having loaned Ricky Wellard to Cambridge and having watched them myself a couple of times, they possess good individual players and Jez George has done a great job getting this young side to blend well. Jez is an advocate of getting the ball down to play and on a good surface we should be in for a fast-moving flowing game.

"Training this week has gone well and the only likely casualty for Saturday will be Christian Jolley. Christian has suffered a similar injury to Brett Johnson and we are hoping that we will have as much success with Christian's injection as we did with Brett's. Christian will receive his second injection on Monday and we are hopeful he will be fit and available for the Histon game next Saturday.

"This will also be the last Saturday without the services of James Mulley and I am pleased to say that we are looking forward to the luxury of a large, fit squad going into the play offs.

"There is also good news about Sammy Moore who is making excellent progress and it is beginning to look as though he will be ready for pre-season. but sometimes it is too easy to come back too soon, so Mike Rayner is encouraging Sammy to take it carefully and build up to full fitness slowly. We are also pleased with the progress Fraser Franks is making but he will definitely not be back until September or October.

"For those of you able to attend the reserve game on Tuesday night, an emphatic 8-2 victory against Uxbridge more or less assured the reserves of the league title. It also gave several first team players the opportunity of 90 minutes with Mark Nwokeji scoring a hat trick, Lee Minshull bagging a brace, as did Brendan Kiernan and a wonderful goal from Ryan Jackson. Strikers like putting the ball in the net irrespective of whether it is a reserve or a first team game, so these goals will have given them extra confidence.

"I don't envisage making too many changes from last Saturday's squad and hopefully by this time next week we will be able to add both Christian Jolley and James Mulley to the list of available players.

With Eastbourne and Histon looking doomed to relegation, Cambridge come into the game top of a group of seven teams who are battling to avoid the other two relegation spots. They already have 45 points, which was enough to avoid relegation last season, but the league is a lot tighter this time round and while 48 points may prove to be enough to be safe, they will be looking for another two wins before they can relax.

Cambridge's last eight games have seen them lose only once, and during that run they have taken a point off Luton and beaten York at the Abbey Stadium. So the Dons will be in for a difficult game on Saturday as they seek to pin down a play off place at the earliest opportunity.

There is still a handful of places available on the fans' coach to the game. If you would like to book one of those places, which cost £10 each, call the office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on Friday.


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Thursday 07 April 2011
club news
Ricky Wellard - 'I enjoyed my time at Cambridge, but now we need to beat them'

A win at Cambridge on Saturday could, subject to other results, cement a place in the plays offs for the Dons.

Ricky Wellard, who has been in fine form since his return from a loan spell at Cambridge, knows them better than most. "I enjoyed my time with Cambridge - they are a good club. I didn't know anyone when I first went there on loan but they quickly made me feel at home and I settled in really quickly.

"I think we will enjoy playing there - the pitch is a bit bigger than ours, which will suit our style of play. Cambridge mix it up a bit more than us and are a bit more direct, but they also play good football, so it will be a tough game because both teams need the points."

We asked Ricky who we should watch out for. "They have a lot of good young players. James Jennings and Kevin Roberts are very strong in defence while Luke Berry and Adam Marriott are young players who have come through this season and are making a big impression.

Overall then, was the loan to Cambridge a good thing? "When I was offered the chance I wasn't sure if I really wanted to go but I'm glad I did. I played almost every minute of nine games and that made it a lot easier to slot straight into the team when I was recalled for the Rushden game.

"So, yes, it was a good thing to do. I enjoyed it, I played a lot of football and got myself fit, and I think I did a good job for Cambridge. But I'm a Wimbledon player and we'll be looking for a win. If we play like we did last Saturday I am confident we will take all three points."


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Wednesday 06 April 2011
youth news
U16 side in action tonight

Due to a late change our Under 16 side are playing at Kingsmeadow tonight against Hook Youth in the Surrey Youth League Premier Elite. Kick-off is 7.00 pm and entry is free, although no alcohol is allowed inside the ground. The Champions League game will also be shown in the main bar on the large HD screens.


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Wednesday 06 April 2011
club news
Cambridge United coach travel and admission news

There are still half a dozen available places on the fans' coach for the away game at Cambridge United on Saturday. The coach picks up from The Grove at 9.30 am and from Kingsmeadow at 10.00 am.

The cost is £10. To reserve a seat please call the office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays.

Dons fans have been allocated seats in the South Stand and terracing. Prices are as follows:

South Stand
Adults £17
Concessions £12
Under 16s £8

Terracing
Adults £14
Concessions £10
Under 16s £5

Wheelchair users will be charged £9 (adults) and £7 (concessions), with adult helpers admitted free of charge. There is a limited number of wheelchair spaces, so pre-booking with the Cambridge United booking office is essential.

Please note that there are no car parking facilities for visiting supporters. The ground is about 2 miles from the main rail station but there are no direct buses - instead fans should take a Stagecoach number 3 bus from the City Centre to close to the ground.


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Wednesday 06 April 2011
cfs news
Easter Holiday Football Courses

The AFC Wimbledon Community Football Scheme will be running Football Courses on both weeks of the Easter Holidays.

Venues

Kingsmeadow, Wimbledon Park

Dates

Week 1: Monday 11 April – Friday 15 April 2011

Week 2: Monday 18 April – Friday 22 April 2011


Times

Full Day: 9.30 am – 3.00 pm

Half Day: 9.30 am – 12.00 noon


Prices

£15 Individual Full Day

£10 Individual Half Day


£60 Full Week of Full Days

£40 Full Week of Half Days

(equivalent of one day completely free!)

For more information please visit the website here.
or call the CFS office on 020 8974 5712. Booking forms can be downloaded from the website.




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Tuesday 05 April 2011
club news
Volunteer event invitations despatched

Emails were sent to volunteers earlier this week inviting them to the Forest Green Rovers game, with a pre-match meal, free entry, coach travel, and a complimentary programme.

The majority of invitations were despatched via volunteer team leaders, with a request to forward them on to individual volunteers. If you haven’t received your email please chase your team leader or, if you don't know who that is, call the club’s office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm this week.


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Tuesday 05 April 2011
ladies news
AFC Wimbledon Girls and Ladies update

Under 18 side win the cup

On Sunday the AFC Wimbledon Girls Under 18 side overcame league leaders Queens Park Rangers Girls 3-2 to win the Surrey County Girls League Premier Cup.

The team are all Under 17, and last season won the treble at Under 16 level. Congratulations to manager Nick Flinders, coach Terry Slate and all the girls on their latest triumph.

You can read a brief match report on the U18 Girls section of the site.

Girls and Ladies trials

You can view details of the upcoming taster sessions and trials in our features section.


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Tuesday 05 April 2011
first team news
Date set for London Semi-Final

Our semi-final tie in the London Senior Cup against Hendon will take place at Kingsmeadow on Tuesday 19 April, kick-off 7.45 pm.

Admission prices will be announced soon.


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Tuesday 05 April 2011
dons trust news
Dons Trust SGM - Thursday 14 April

The Dons Trust will be holding an SGM next Thursday, the 14th of April, at Kingsmeadow starting at 7:30pm. The papers have been published here.

If you have any queries before the meeting, please contact Matthew Breach, the Chair of the Dons Trust, via email here.


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Monday 04 April 2011
club news
AFC Wimbledon TV - Barrow highlights now available

Major action from the 2-0 win against Barrow can be seen by clicking on Barrow highlights.


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Sunday 03 April 2011
first team news
'The best we've played for ages' - Terry talks after the Barrow game

Terry Brown was interviewed after the home game against Barrow. The interview can be seen by clicking on Terry talks post Barrow.

An audio-only version of the interview can be heard by clicking on Terry talks post Barrow - audio only.



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Saturday 02 April 2011
club news
Matchday arrangements for the Barrow game

Tickets

There are plenty of terrace tickets available for today's game against Barrow.

Demand for seats has been very high and there will be only a handful of tickets available for sale, all 'singles'. These will go on sale from the kiosk in the lobby of the main stand from about 1.45 pm.

Pre-ordered tickets

Pre-ordered tickets can be collected from the complimentary tickets window next to the players’ entrance, from about 1.30 pm.

Bars

The bars will open at noon and are open both to Wimbledon and Barrow fans before the game. A decision will be made on the day about whether or not there will be access to the bars for away fans after the game.

The back bar will close immediately after half time, to allow for preparation for a function this evening. The main bar will close at 6.30 pm but fans who wish to do so can relocate to the President's Lounge after that time.

Food

The four outlets within the stadium will be operating from when the turnstiles open at 1.45 pm.

Segregation

'Soft' segregation will be in place for the game, with Barrow fans directed to the north end of the John Smith's stand. Wimbledon fans in the John Smith's stand and the Kingston Road end will be allowed access to the toilets and burger bar in the north east corner of the ground, along with Altrincham fans.

Entering the ground

Barrow fans will enter through turnstiles 7 and 8. These turnstiles are accessed via the residential car park which is, in turn, entered from Jack Goodchild Way.

Wimbledon fans will enter via turnstiles 4, 5 and 6 for the Tempest End and the southern end of the John Smith’s stand (i.e. furthest away from the Kingston Road end). For the Kingston Road end, Wimbledon fans will enter via turnstiles 1, 2 and 3.

Parking and public transport

As usual, parking will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please take care and drive slowly when entering the car park.

You can park in some surrounding streets but please do so considerately.

Club shop

The merchandise shop will be open from 12.30 pm to 2.45 pm and then again after the match.


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Saturday 02 April 2011
club news
Special events at the game today

In addition to the usual matchday arrangements - see a separate item on those - there are some special events at today's game against Barrow.

Get a free health check
Sutton and Merton Primary Care Trust, in partnership with Kingston Primary Care Trust, are hosting a men’s health event before the Barrow game this Saturday 2 April especially for AFC Wimbledon fans. This event is taking place in Kingsmeadow Gym, starting at 1.00 pm. You do not need to book a place, just walk straight in.

And among the first fans to take up the offer of these health checks will be 1st team manager Terry Brown, club president Dickie Guy and commercial director Ivor Heller.

Support the latest velo and blue cycle rid - to Paris!
On 2 June, a group of cyclists featuring Dons Legend Marcus Gayle, club physio Mike Rayner, kit man Robin Bedford, Velo and Blue stalwart Russell Smith and a number of others are setting off on a three day cycle ride to Paris to raise funds for an improved area for disabled fans to watch the game.

The fundraising for these improvements will be via a lottery, with tickets, priced at £2 each on sale at today's game against Barrow and at forthcoming home games between now and the end of the season. The lottery draw will be made on 4 June, when the Velo and Blue team arrive in Paris, and the prize will be £324.

Shop sale
A whole range of items will be available at bargain prices outside the club shop from 12.30 pm until 2.45 pm today.

Welcome the Great Britain Deaf Men's team to Kingsmeadow
As part of their preparation for the European Deaf Teams' championship, they are playing a Dons XI comprising reserves and academy players this morning, Afterwards, they will be visting Kingseadow as our guests.

Raise a cheer for the Under 13 team
The boys are having a great season so please give them a warm welcome when they are presented on the pitch at this afternoon's game.


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Saturday 02 April 2011
dons trust news
The answer is 324

How many metres high is the Eiffel Tower?
How much is the prize in this year’s Velo and Blue lottery?


On 2 June, a group of cyclists featuring Dons Legend Marcus Gayle, club physio Mike Rayner, kit man Robin Bedford, Velo and Blue stalwart Russell Smith and a number of others will be setting off from Kingsmeadow for a three day cycle to Paris of approximately 300 miles.

The project they are working for this year will be some ground improvements which will make a real difference to the matchday experience of our disabled fans. During the summer, the intention is to raise the disabled area at the north end of the Paul Strank stand, so improving the view from this area, and to build a ramp to create wheelchair access to it.

The fundraising for these improvements will be raised via a lottery organised by the Dons Trust’s fundraising group. Tickets, priced at £2 each, will be on sale at Saturday’s game against Barrow and at forthcoming home games between now and the end of the season. The lottery draw will be made on 4 June, when the Velo and Blue team arrive in Paris, and the prize will be £324.

The estimated cost of the ground improvements is £7,000 and we are hoping to raise every single penny of it from the Velo and Blue lottery. Watch this space over coming weeks for more news, including details of additional riders making up the Velo and Blue peleton (or peledon!).

The Velo and Blue lottery is organised by The Dons Trust, under its registration with the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. Purchasers of tickets must be at least 16 years of age. If you are able to help sell tickets – at forthcoming home games or to your friends, family or work colleagues – then please contact Mark Davis by email to Dons Trust fundraising.


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Friday 01 April 2011
club news
Further call for ST vouchers to be donated

Due to IT problems this week we were unable to send the regular reminder on time, asking fans to donate any unwanted ST vouchers to the club. As a result, we've had an unusually low rate of returns and currently we have no seats for sale for the Barrow game.

If you aren't planning to come to the game, please will you contact the club directly to donate the relevant ST voucher so that we can re-sell the seat.

To do so, please email your ticket details to returned vouchers or phone the office on 020 8547 3528 and leave a message.

Vouchers for terrace STs are also very welcome as we can reclaim the VAT on those tickets.


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Friday 01 April 2011
club news
Blue Square Bet Premier weekend preview by Alan Alger from Blue Square

Looking at this weekend’s full programme of fixtures in the Blue Square Bet Premier division you would be hard pressed to find more than three games with nothing riding on them. As we move into the final month of the season it promises to be an exciting run-in for both the race to be in the play-offs and the scrap to get out of relegation trouble. Without doubt the game of the day takes place at Aggborough where fifth placed Kidderminster Harriers host third placed Luton Town. Just five points separate both clubs, but that’s a gap that has been in Luton’s favour by as much as eleven points when the clubs reached the halfway stage of the season. Kidderminster’s improved form of late has given them a real shot of extending their campaign, whilst Luton have only won six of their last fifteen league matches. That’s why Luton feature at the biggest price they have been for a game this season – a record sure to be broken again on April 12th when they visit Crawley Town. The Hatters are 7/4 to get the first victory of Gary Brabin’s reign, a home win is offered at 11/8 with the draw priced at 9/4.

Luton’s inconsistent form has given AFC Wimbledon a real chance of clinging on to the runner-up spot in the division. The Wombles have suffered some bad luck with injuries, as they did at the end of last season, but only need a few more points to finish in the play-off zone. They are odds-on favourites at 8/15 to beat Barrow at home this weekend. The Bluebirds had a long journey to Luton in midweek and were thoroughly deserving of the point they gained from that game. Another point here would help in their quest to avoid relegation and a draw is on offer at 11/4. I wouldn’t expect a hatful of goals in this match and ‘under 2.5’ makes plenty of appeal at 10/11.

I don’t think any club outside the top seven as this weekend begins can actually make the play-off places but Darlington will be aiming to prove that wrong as they visit champions elect Crawley Town. Darlo have only lost two of their last sixteen matches in the league and have proved hard to break down and dogged in defence. Crawley may not have this their own way and we’re offering a best price of 1/2 on a home win. A win for the visitors is unlikely at 5/1 but I could fancy a draw here at 11/4.

Altrincham extended their unbeaten run to four games in the relegation clash at home to Southport in midweek, they now welcome Cambridge United to Moss Lane. The U’s could easily be sucked into the relegation fight if Alty pull off a home win at odds of 6/5 here. Southport themselves host Eastbourne Borough which is a must win game for both sides. I’d have to fancy the home side at odds of 8/11 – albeit one of the shortest prices they have been all season – as you cannot fault their record at Haig Avenue.

Fleetwood Town are solid 4/7 favourites to win at home to Tamworth. The Cod Army will have one eye on results from sides just above them in the table. They are two points outside the play-off zone with a relatively easy run-in. Kidderminster and Wrexham will certainly be looking over their shoulders at Fleetwood and the side just below them in the table York City. The Minstermen blew a good opportunity at struggling Cambridge United a fortnight ago and just about made amends at home to Histon last week with a narrow 1-0 win. They are 5/4 favourites for a difficult trip to unpredictable Kettering.

Wrexham are the shortest priced favourites in the division this weekend at 2/5 to beat Hayes & Yeading United, who have slipped into the relegation zone after midweek results. Newport County were narrowly beaten by their countrymen Wrexham last Sunday but bounced back against Gateshead in midweek. They will look to finish the season on a high after a miserable start to 2011. The Exiles host Grimsby Town in a game in which the losers slim play-off hopes will be crushed. I feel a very likely draw at 12/5 will eliminate both sides from the promotion equation.

Mansfield’s injury woes have reached such a level that assistant manager Paul Hall has come out of retirement to help fill the bench at former club Rushden & Diamonds this weekend. The Stags only named three substitutes at Crawley in midweek and we’re taking no chances by offering a Rushden win as short as 8/5 here. A win for Forest Green Rovers at Histon will mean there is no way back for The Stutes in the relegation zone. Forest Green are 8/5 outsiders to pull off an away win in this six pointer. Bath City and Gateshead have both had fantastic seasons and their game at Twerton Park doesn’t seem to have much riding on it other than pride. I’d also take a draw in this game at 12/5.


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Friday 01 April 2011
ladies news
AFC Wimbledon Girls and Ladies

Taster sessions

Football taster sessions for girls aged 9 and over and ladies (over 16) will be held on Saturday 30 April and Saturday 7 May 2011 at Raynes Park High School, Bushey Road, London SW20 0JL, from 10.00 am to 12 noon.

Entry to Raynes Park High School is via the entrance on the A3, near the Tesco supermarket.

Open trials

Open trials will be held on Sunday 8 May and Sunday 15 May, for girls aged 9 and over and ladies (over 16) of a good standard, at Richardson Evans Memorial Playing Fields, Roehampton Vale, London SW15 3JL, from 10.00 am to 12 noon.

Entrance to the car park is on the southbound A3, just south of the Roehampton Asda superstore.

All sessions will be taken by qualified coaches, and successful applicants will be informed by the end of May 2011.

For further details of the taster sessions and the open trials, please call John Ivers (secretary) on 07719 074908.



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Friday 01 April 2011
club news
Join Terry for a pre- match health check tomorrow!

Sutton and Merton Primary Care Trust, in partnership with Kingston Primary Care Trust, are hosting a men’s health event before the Barrow game this Saturday 2 April especially for AFC Wimbledon fans. This event is taking place in Kingsmeadow Gym, starting at 1pm. You do not need to book a place, just walk straight in.

And among the first fans to take up the offer of these health checks will be 1st team manager Terry Brown, club president Dickie Guy and commercial director Ivor Heller.

‘I think it’s a great idea to offer these tests at the stadium on a matchday’ said Terry Brown. ‘Its important to keep an eye on your physical well being and this makes it very convenient to do so.’

‘Regular health checks are vital for men of my age’ adds Dickie Guy ‘so I will be making my way over to the gym for a quick pre-match check up on Saturday’.

Everyone who takes part will be entered into a raffle for some fantastic prizes, including a signed programme, tickets for the match day carvery, a mountain bike and more.

There will be several services available ABSOLUTELY FREE including:
- Blood pressure checks
- Chlamydia testing
- BMI checks
- Smoking cessation team
- Cancer screening coordinator
- Dietician (weight management, cholesterol, diabetes etc)
- Nutritionist
- Lots of leaflets, booklets and advice
- Information on local services

So don’t miss out on this chance to check on your fitness for what should be a really exciting end to the season!



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Friday 01 April 2011
club news
Shop sale

To create space in the shop for new products, it is time for a sale.

The following items will be available at bargain prices outside the club shop from 12.30 pm until 2.45 pm before the Barrow match on Saturday 2 April:

• Home shirts 2008–2010, 2006–2008 and 2004–2006: £20 Adult size, £15 Youth, £10 Children
• Other shirts: £10 Adult and Youth sizes, £5 Children
• Shorts/bottoms: £10 Adult size, £5 Children
• Benchcoats: £50
• Short zip fleeces: £20
• Socks: £2
• T-shirts: £2
• Sweatshirts: £20
• Calendar: £5

Subject to availability. Some garments are available in certain sizes only.

Sorry, no credit or debit cards. Note that these are special sale prices; the prices shown online may differ.



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