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Monday 30 April 2012
dons trust news
Reminder about Special General Meeting on Wednesday

The next Dons Trust SGM will take place this Wednesday at The Cherry Red Records Stadium with three main topics on the agenda.

The first section of the meeting (7.30pm start) will be dedicated to explaining the detailed plans for the Kingston Road End project, outlining the range of potential solutions for improving the East Stand to meet Football League requirements, and to explain the options for raising the funding necessary to finance this work.

The second section of the meeting will start with the presentation and debate of two specific members’ resolutions, one asking the DTB to look again at the planned ticket price increases for next season and another that calls for members to formally approve any future price increases. The DTB recommends voting against these resolutions. We understand some of the issues that have led to these resolutions and recognise that the DTB should better engage with members. In particular, we want to explore what types of topics members feel they should be canvassed about or directly consulted upon and what methods can be used to achieve these aims.

Finally, the SGM will focus on the progress made by the DTB on our action plan. Each DTB member will provide an oral report on their work and will field any questions from the floor. This is part of our continuing efforts to make the workings of the DTB more open and its members more accountable.


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Monday 30 April 2012
reserve team news
Marcus Gayle praises versatile Dons youngster

Dons reserve team boss Marcus Gayle has saluted Huw Johnson's versatility after his impressive goalscoring performance on Saturday.

The 18-year-old, who was an unused substitute for the first-team at Crewe Alexandra in February, notched one of the goals in a 3-2 win at Farnborough after being handed an attacking role by Marcus Gayle. That came after several fine displays from Johnson at centre-back in recent weeks and Gayle has been pleased with his development this season. "He has got 12 goals now and I always encourage him to get forward," said Gayle. "But Huw has been playing at the back for us recently and he can play anywhere, he has played in five or six positions for us, including across the midfield. I encourage players to play in a few different positions and it can only help Huw's development."

Striker Louie Theophanous struck his 38th goal of the season and Will Bor was also on target for Wimbledon, who aim to add more silverware on Thursday night when they take on Eastbourne in the final of the Suburban League Shield at Tonbridge Angels FC (7.45pm start). Ironically, Wimbledon need their rivals on Thursday to do them a favour tomorrow night as Eastbourne face a Woking side who can leapfrog Gayle's youngsters and win the Suburban League title with a win. Whatever happens in that match, Gayle says it has been a successful season. "It was a good response from us on Saturday after a defeat," he added. "We changed the team around a bit with youngsters Will Bor and Louis Sproson both coming into central midfield. They both did very well. We want the result to go our way tomorrow night, but it has still been a good season as we could end the season with two cups and we have brought a lot of youngsters through."


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Monday 30 April 2012
first team news
Dons injury update: Wellard ruled out for Shrewsbury

Ricky Wellard has been ruled out of Saturday's final match against Shrewsbury Town as he is struggling to shake-off a hamstring injury.

The midfielder was forced off prematurely in the 4-0 defeat against Barnet and he sat out training today. Assistant manager Stuart Cash confirmed: "I do not think Ricky will be fit and it may be his season finished."

Gareth Gwillim has missed the last five days of training due to a virus and Cash added that the left-back will need to train tomorrow to stand any chance of featuring for the visit of promoted Shrewsbury. Christian Jolley also missed training with a shin injury, but it is not serious and he should be avaliable for Saturday.

Meanwhile, Cash has praised defender Mat Mitchel-King for shaking off his early season problems with injuries and illness to become a regular at the heart of the defence. "He has played 24 games since returning in December and has missed only two training sessions," he said. "Mat has done very well and I thought that the commitment he and Jamie Stuart showed on Saturday was admirable, even though we got beat 4-0. I do not think you could pinpoint the two centre-backs as being at fault for any of the goals."


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Monday 30 April 2012
club news
Shrewsbury Town match is sold out

Our final match of the season at home to Shrewsbury Town on Saturday is a sell-out.

No tickets remain for the visit of Graham Turner's promoted side, which concludes our League 2 programme, and no more are likely to become available.


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Sunday 29 April 2012
first team news
Post-match interview with Terry Brown after Barnet

Terry Brown admitted that yesterday's second-half collapse against Barnet was simply not good enough. Read his post-match reflections by clicking on Dons interview.


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Sunday 29 April 2012
first team news
Dons interview: Brendan Kiernan stakes his claim

Brendan Kiernan says he is determined to build on his full Football League debut and earn regular first-team football at AFC Wimbledon.

The 19-year-old was singled out by boss Terry Brown as the only bright spark on a dark day for the Dons as we were humbled 4-0 at Underhill yesterday. Kiernan is highly-rated at Wimbledon as he only signed a long-term deal in January, but he has had to wait patiently to figure in the first-team. And though he was taking no consolation from his promising performance at Barnet after such a heavy defeat, he hopes to grasp any more opportunities that come his way in the future.

"I was pleased with my own performance, but it means nothing if you do not win," he said. "We are a team and it was frustrating today as when you make your Football League debut, then you want to win. I am always confident in my ability, but I have had to stay fit and ready to take my chance whenever the manager has chosen to throw me in. I am hoping to be a part of it next season. I have not yet been able to prove myself in back-to-back games and hopefully I will get more opportunities next season."

The attacking midfielder struggled to put his finger on why it went so wrong at Barnet, but Kiernan says no one will be trying harder to put things right if he features at home to Shrewsbury next Saturday. "It was hard to pinpoint what went wrong, but the goals changed the game and after the second goal, maybe a few heads went down," he added. "It went on from there and it was a really bad spell for us during the last 20 minutes. Terry has been saying that it's the Football League and you have to make your mark in every game. You have to play every game like it is your last. We have our final match of the season against Shrewsbury and we want to finish with a bang."


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Saturday 28 April 2012
first team news
Terry on Barnet defeat: it was bitterly disappointing

Terry Brown admitted Wimbledon's performance was simply not good enough today and that several of his players had let themselves down.

The Dons boss offered up no excuses for our 4-0 defeat at the hands of a side fighting for their lives in League 2 and he said that the only positive was the performance of Brendan Kiernan on his Football League debut. "Barnet deserved to win and credit to Martin Allen and his boys," he said. "The manner in which we conceded the goals was bitterly disappointing. It was not good enough and we capitulated in the second-half. I am very disappointed and there was not much for me to like out there. There were no real positives and no one really did enough who needed to prove that they should figure in our plans for next season. Not many could hold their heads up high, but I thought Brendan did okay on his full debut. The goals were not down to him."

Terry Brown added that certain players may now have ran out of time in their fight to earn contracts for next season. "We have reached our target, but that was irrelevant today as our target was to make life difficult for Barnet and to ensure that we put a shift in for our supporters, who travelled in their numbers. It was never going to matter for us as much as Barnet, but it was my job to try and lift them. I have let them know that for some of them, that may be their last league game. End of season games are sometimes the difference between whether or not you keep a player and some have to do a lot better next week."

See the official website later this weekend for a full audio interview with Terry Brown.


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Saturday 28 April 2012
first team news
Wimbledon well beaten at Barnet

The Dons were this afternoon brushed aside by a Barnet side that moved closer to League 2 survival with an emphatic victory.

Goals from Ricky Holmes, Sam Deering, Ben May and Mark Hughes earned a 4-0 victory for the hosts as Terry Brown's men were well beaten in the end.

See our match section for a full report.


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Saturday 28 April 2012
club news
The club is looking for a new Commercial Executive

The club is looking for a new Commercial Executive as we move towards our second season in League 2

The successful applicant will be part of a tight knit, hardworking commercial department and their main responsibilities will include (but not be limited to):

- Sales of sponsorship and advertising packages
- Managing relationships with existing clients
- Coordinating matchday hospitality
- Managing various events e.g. end of season dinner, presence at community events.

Some unsocial hours will be required.

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone early in their career to take their first steps into the football industry. No previous experience in the sports industry required but a degree in a relevant discipline would be a bonus.

The salary will be commensurate with experience.

Please e-mail a CV and covering letter here. The closing deadline is Wednesday 2 May.

AFC Wimbledon is an equal opportunity employer.


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Friday 27 April 2012
club news
Dons fans leading the chase in Fanpower Stadium challenge

Wimbledon fans are currently making the most "noise" in the League 2 Fanpower Stadium.

Our supporters have risen to the top of the pile in terms of using their social networking skills to mention AFC Wimbledon on Twitter and Facebook. Football League sponsors, npower, recently launched a Facebook challenge with each of the clubs being set a target (based on their average attendance) to sign up to the Fanpower Stadium. The first club to reach that specified target in each division wins £10,000. There is also an additional £20,000 up for grabs for making the most "noise" on social networks. AFC Wimbledon are currently top of the League 2 standings with Dagenham and Redbridge leading the attendance figures. Dons fans can continue to boost our chances in the following ways:

- Checking in at the stadium (Facebook only)

- Mentioning Terry Brown or any first team player's name (Facebook & Twitter)

- Mentioning the Dons, Wombles or Crazy Gang (Facebook & Twitter)

- Use the #fanpowerstadium hashtag (Twitter only)

Of course, making sure you share your support of the Dons with your friends can only help support our drive to win £30,000 for the club. Join by visiting www.facebook.com/npowerfootballleague


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Friday 27 April 2012
first team news
Terry on Barnet: we need to match their spirit

Terry Brown is adamant there will be no lack of motivation from his players against a Barnet side fighting for survival.

The Dons boss has highlighted that several of his squad are playing for their futures and he admitted that Wimbledon have been actively looking to strengthen with new recruits for next season. And that means there is plenty for the current crop to play for at Underhill tomorrow, despite Wimbledon having ensured safety two weeks ago.

"We have got to put as much effort and endeavour into the game as they will," he said. "We have to match their spirit. Chelsea showed this week against Barcelona that spirit takes you a long way. It is my job to motivate the boys as best I can to play in a game that means more to Barnet than it does to us.

"Stuart Cash and I went to watch Barnet versus Hereford a couple of weeks ago and that was an incredibly nervy and tense affair. No side was able to get the ball down and play. At least we can try and relax and play our football, but we first have to match their spirit to do that. Overall, we played very well against Torquay, but we are going to make one or two changes on Saturday to make sure that everyone in the squad gets a game."

Terry Brown added that the club's management team are working hard on bringing in new recruits to boost Wimbledon's squad for next season. "We appointed another scout on a temporary basis a couple of weeks ago and we have been actively looking for new players over the past six weeks," he added. "That is so that we ensure that we strengthen the squad as and when necessary."

Midfielder Sammy Moore is likely to be rested for the trip to Barnet as he has been struggling with a virus this week and Terry Brown wants to give youngsters Reece Jones and Brendan Kiernan a chance. Wimbledon face a Barnet side that just two points clear of the relegation zone after nine matches without a win. Manager Martin Allen, who recently returned for a third spell at Barnet in place of Wimbledon great Lawrie Sanchez, has this week banned player interviews, photographs and filming in an effort to concentrate on the task in hand. Barnet have no fresh injury worries, though they are still without injured trio Darren Dennehy, Danny Senda and Steve Kabba.


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Friday 27 April 2012
club news
Reminder about Special General Meeting

The next Dons Trust SGM will take place on Wednesday 2 May at The Cherry Red Records Stadium with three main topics on the agenda.

The first section of the meeting (7.30pm start) will be dedicated to explaining the detailed plans for the Kingston Road End project, outlining the range of potential solutions for improving the East Stand to meet Football League requirements, and to explain the options for raising the funding necessary to finance this work.

The second section of the meeting will start with the presentation and debate of two specific members’ resolutions, one asking the DTB to look again at the planned ticket price increases for next season and another that calls for members to formally approve any future price increases. The DTB recommends voting against these resolutions. We understand some of the issues that have led to these resolutions and recognise that the DTB should better engage with members. In particular, we want to explore what types of topics members feel they should be canvassed about or directly consulted upon and what methods can be used to achieve these aims.

Finally, the SGM will focus on the progress made by the DTB on our action plan. Each DTB member will provide an oral report on their work and will field any questions from the floor. This is part of our continuing efforts to make the workings of the DTB more open and its members more accountable.


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Friday 27 April 2012
first team news
Barnet preview: Jones eager to make his name in Wimbledon midfield

Reece Jones insists the prospect of being thrown straight in for his Football League debut at a highly-charged Underhill holds no fears for him.

The 19-year-old is hoping to get the nod from Terry Brown to finally show what he can do tomorrow when Wimbledon face a Barnet side that will be fired up to avoid relegation. It is a chance that Jones has waited a long time for and he believes he can thrive on a bigger stage after his recent loan spell at Hampton and Richmond Borough. "I want to play in big games like this," he said. "It offers a chance to prove myself in a pressure situation. I have been patient in waiting for my chance all season. It has been frustrating, but I have done everything that the manager has asked of me and hopefully he will reward me with games. I have learned that you have to just keep your head down and show what you can do in training. I am now looking to reproduce that in games for Wimbledon. The manager knows what he is doing with young players and I just have to take my chance if I get it."

If he does feature, then it will mean that the name Jones once again features on a Wimbledon teamsheet in the Football League. Though this particular Jones is more of a ball-playing midfielder, unlike his more famous namesake Vinnie, who became a Wimbledon legend with his aggressive style in the centre of the park. "I can play anywhere in midfield and you are learning all the time as a midfielder," he added. "I want to build on every aspect of my game and getting goals is something that the manager had told me to work on. I managed to do that during my loan spell so I was pleased with that. I played well at Hampton and Richmond and they got a few good results while I was there against the likes of Woking and Dover. It was a different experience for me, rather than playing reserve team football."


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Friday 27 April 2012
club news
Last chance to vote for player of the year awards

Wimbledon fans have until midnight tonight to vote for their players of the year.

Nominations for the WISA Allen Batsford Player of the Year and the Young Player of the Year accolade must be sent in via e-mail using the details below. Sam Hatton and Seb Brown were the respective recipients of last year's awards and this year's winners will receive their prizes after our last home game of the season against Shrewsbury on 5 May. The Young Player of the Year winner will receive the Natalie Callow Memorial Trophy, donated by the Womble Underground Press. Only first-team players who were 21 years or younger at the start of this season can be voted for in this category. The full list of eligible players is as follows: Seb Brown, Chris Bush, Kieran Djilali, Fraser Franks, Reece Jones, Billy Knott, Ryan Jackson, Brendan Kiernan, Callum McNaughton, George Moncur, Jack Turner, Rashid Yussuff.

All fans may vote, but if you're a WISA or Dons Trust member, or a season ticket holder, please provide one of your membership/season ticket numbers when you vote. Voting is open until midnight tonight and you can send in nominations by e-mailing here. Indicate your choice (s) in the subject line of the e-mail, clearly showing the player and the category, e.g. POTY (player's name), YPOTY (player's name). Please include your own name and any membership or season ticket number in the message. Votes for Young Player of the Year can also be sent by e-mailing here.


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Friday 27 April 2012
club news
Travel update for Barnet

There are still places available on the supporters' coach for our final away match of the season at Barnet tomorrow.

The coach will pick up from The Grove at 12.00 noon and from The Cherry Red Records Stadium at 12.30pm. The price for return travel to Underhill is £10 and bookings can be made by contacting the club office on 020 8547 3528 during normal office hours. Ticket information for the Barnet match can be found on the away tickets page.


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Thursday 26 April 2012
club news
The Dons decade: Phil Clark on his 10 years of putting safety first

The third of our features on a decade at AFC Wimbledon focuses on changes to the club's security operation on match-days. Phil Clark, head of security and safety at AFC Wimbledon, is the man best placed to explain the major differences in approach since our days as a Combined Counties League club. The full feature can be viewed here.


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Thursday 26 April 2012
first team news
Barnet update: Sammy Moore likely to be rested

Terry Brown this afternoon revealed that Sammy Moore is likely to be taken out of the firing line at Barnet on Saturday.

The midfielder, who has only missed three League 2 games all season, has missed training this week due to a virus and a tooth abscess. With Wimbledon's survival assured and his intention to hand rare chances to youngsters Reece Jones and Brendan Kiernan, Terry Brown sees no need to rush Sammy Moore back for the trip to Underhill.

"Sammy has been ill all week and has not trained," said Terry Brown. "He is very doubtful for Saturday. He has been a virtual ever-present this season and has been a fantastic performer for us. I want to make sure that Sammy definitely finishes the season at our place next weekend. We are going to make one or two changes to the side on Saturday to make sure that everyone in the squad gets a game. We have not picked the side yet, but the youngsters are certainly in contention for a squad place, if not a start."

Goalkeeper Jack Turner is one of those young players and he trained today after shaking off a knee injury, meaning that he should deputise for regular number one Seb Brown at Underhill. "Jack trained today and if he does not have a reaction tomorrow, then he will start at Barnet," said Terry Brown.


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Thursday 26 April 2012
club news
Wimbledon's Velo and Blue appeal earns media coverage

Our Velo and Blue campaign has today been featured on the Wimbledon Guardian website. After backing from manager Terry Brown and striker Jack Midson, the Dons fundraising effort has gone from strength to strength. To read the full article, click here.

It is now just four days before our 10-strong AFC Wimbledon cycling team attempt their gruelling climb of Mont Ventoux, France, and Velo and Blue lottery tickets can still be bought up until April 30 by clicking here.


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Thursday 26 April 2012
club news
Musician aims to go out with a bang at Wimbledon rock night

Billy Franks aims to go out with a bang at Kingsmeadow Live tomorrow night after showing off his film that promises to capture the imagination of music fans everywhere.

After over three decades as a songwriter, Franks says that the gig at AFC Wimbledon will be his last for a long time, but it is unlikely we will have heard the last of him. That’s because the talented guitarist says he has interest from TV companies in England and America interested in his unique story that we will be showing at Kingsmeadow Live. The film follows Franks and three of his friends in an eight-month journey across America and Europe as they bid to get 10 of the most famous recording artists in the world to record a tribute album to an unknown songwriter, in the process raising funds for a children’s music charity. The star of the film is, of course, Franks himself and he reflects on the experience as “the greatest adventure in my life”. While the ultimate goal was never going to be achieved, his tireless mission to meet the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart and Jon Bon Jovi is sure to make for great viewing.

“It would have been a boring film if we tried to go through publicists and agents,” he said. “Instead we tried to follow them around by standing outside hotels and recording studios. It was obviously very tough to get close to them, but we managed it with a few of them. One major rock star let us in his house and it was great fun, but we also got thrown out of one concert. It is worth seeing the film and making your own mind up about it. It all started when I was going to be in a tribute album of Bruce Springsteen for a Spanish magazine, but Elvis Costello put his name forward and got it. That made me joke to three friends that I would get famous people to do a tribute album on me. One of them said it was a great idea and as they were all film-makers we decided to do it. We did 20 flights in 21 days in America. It was all great fun and the greatest adventure of my life. I like every story to be like the Wizard of Oz in that you set out to find something, but what you learn on your way turns out to be more valuable than what you went looking for.”

Franks has a book coming out in July based on his exploits called A Far Cry from Sunset and he plans to take time out from his music after Kingsmeadow Live. “I am looking forward to it, this will be my last gig for a very long time,” he added. “I picked up a guitar at the age of 14 and I have been a songwriter for over 30 years, but I refuse to charge big prices. I played to a packed house at Shepherd’s Bush Empire and charged just £10 each. I lost money on that, but you want your friends and family to see you play and they are all from a working class background. We will be trying to rock the place on Friday. People talk about the Rolling Stones as the best, but The E Street Band are better for me.”

Admission is £10 for the event that starts with the film called Tribute This, followed by Franks performing 10 of the songs in the film and then a full band set. Doors open at 7.30pm and the event goes on until 1.00am. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling 020 8247 9918.


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Thursday 26 April 2012
club news
End of season dinner: book tickets for the after party

Tickets are now on sale to celebrate the end of season dinner in style.

The event on 12 May is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the club’s first season in the Football League with the players, management staff and your fellow fans. We are now also offering after party tickets for £10 each, which allows guests to have access to the middle bar from 8.00 pm, and back bar from about 9.30 pm-10.00 pm in time for the speeches, auction and raffle. The post-dinner entertainment will be available to both dinner and after party guests and will start in the middle bar at around 10.30 pm-11.00 pm with the bar closing at 1.00 am. All timings on the night are subject to delay.

Tickets cost £10 each and can be purchased here (under special events). The dress code is lounge suit. The last few tickets for the dinner are also on sale, please call 020 8547 3336 to make a booking.


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Thursday 26 April 2012
club news
The Survey Working Group: Dons fans can get involved

The Survey Working Group will soon meet to discuss our club's role in the community and Dons fans have a chance to get involved.

Meetings of the group have been staged on several occassions since it was set-up last year when the Dons Trust ran a survey, in collaboration with the New Economics Foundation, to try to find out what Wimbledon fans think are the club's priorities. This was a complex and lengthy exercise, which resulted in a set of results that mean the Dons Trust board can state with some confidence that Wimbledon fans want to see steady progress on the pitch, and are keen to move back to Wimbledon. However, they do not want to gain either of these at the expense of losing ownership of the club, which it seems fair to say is of paramount importance to most supporters.

During the meetings so far staged, The Survey Working Group devised scenarios which would assist Dons Trust members and other fans in setting their priorities in order. Part of the process was to consider the different aspects involved, such as ownership models, location and funding. The location aspect covered to some extent the very important community aspect of the club, but it did not explore the issue in depth.

This is now something that The Survey Working Group wishes to put right now and it will be reconvening soon to consider the question of what the term community means to the club, and how our different communities, once defined, should be addressed. In short, "what should we be doing and where?" is the question. Once the group has come up with some ideas, we will be putting some options to the Dons Trust membership to help decide where our focus and priorities should lie.

Once again, the group is open to all interested parties, so if you would like to get involved, please get in touch with Nicole Hammond by e-mailing here.


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Thursday 26 April 2012
club news
Barnet ticket update

We would like to remind fans that the ticket arrangements for the game this Saturday against Barnet FC at Underhill can be found on our away tickets page.

The latest update we have had from Barnet is that all 240 seats in the away section are nearly sold out and we would advise fans to book as soon as possible if they wish to sit for the game. There are still plenty of tickets available in the covered terrace.

Fans who plan to pay on the day should be aware that concessionary and youth price tickets are only available in advance - any tickets purchased on the day will be at the full adult rate.


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Wednesday 25 April 2012
youth news
Dons girls secure end-of-season glory

AFC Wimbledon U15 girls ended the season in style with a hard-fought cup final victory on Sunday.

A second-half goal from Paige Vella proved just enough for the Dons as they triumphed 1-0 against Colne Valley in the Surrey Women's and Girls League final at Merstham.

It was always going to be a close affair between the two sides, who shared a win each in the league encounters and were only separated by three points in the final standings. Wimbledon shaded it early on though and Georgia Ridgeway's effort was just over the crossbar. However, Wimbledon needed Aimee Wills to rescue them when she cleared off the line and goalkeeper Jennie Ford also had to be at her best to deny Colne Valley.

The second-half saw Colne Valley again offering the most threat, but they came up against a stubborn Wimbledon defence. And with Colne Valley failing to make the most of their superior possession, Wimbledon took full advantage. A well-executed free-kick from Sandy Abi Elais caused panic in the Colne Valley defence and Paige Vella was in the right place to smash the ball home for what turned out to be the winner. In a tense finale, Wimbledon needed their goalkeeper Jennie Ford to made a superb diving save to deny Colne Valley and she received the man of the match award for her efforts. The final whistle signalled euphoria in the Wimbledon ranks with captain Amber Parker lifting the cup for her side.

AFC Wimbledon U15 squad: Jennie Ford, Amber Parker, Emma Nelmes, Lucy Berryman, Rachel Mason, Aimee Wills, Beth Lark, Jessica Mclean, Georgia Ridgeway, Paige Vella, Kate Martin, Fleur Robinson, Sandy Abi Elais, Mia Burgess, Mellisa Lang.



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Wednesday 25 April 2012
first team news
Dons skipper says he has plenty more to come

Jamie Stuart has targeted a perfect swansong to his Wimbledon career, but the defender still believes he has another couple of years left in him at Football League level.

The 35-year-old Dons skipper has been restored to Terry Brown's side recently and has helped Wimbledon earn four points out of six against promotion contenders Crawley Town and Torquay United. Stuart, who is set to leave Wimbledon when his contract runs out at the end of the season, believes he has plenty more to come. "I have always said that I will give my best if asked to wear the shirt again," he said. "I have done that and I want to finish the season on a high. We played well at Crawley and we were determined to beat Torquay, which we did. We wanted to give our home fans a good performance and I think we did that. At the moment it is going well and I hope that continues until the end of the season. I am as fit as a fiddle and have played over 30 games this season and for anybody that is not bad. I am very confident and I have a couple of options for next season. I will just have to wait until the summer."

Stuart, who led the Dons to promotion last season, believes a combination of hard work on the training pitch and a more settled side has turned it around for Wimbledon in recent weeks. "We have done a lot of work on the shape of our team in training during recent weeks and our midfielders getting tighter," he added. "The team has stepped up a gear and the hard work has paid off in games. We have also been able to relax a bit with the pressure of survival now off. I think confidence is massive in football. After starting the season well, we had a dip in form for a couple of months and we were stuck in a rut. There was a lot of changes in the team and rotations at the back. We just could not get out of it and things continued to go against us. But we have hit our target to be safe and that was the main priority at the start of the season."


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Wednesday 25 April 2012
club news
Just over two days left to vote for players of the year

The race is hotting up for our player of the year awards with just two-and-a-half days left for nominations.

Wimbledon fans still have a chance to select the players worthy of special acclaim for guiding us through our debut Football League season. Votes for the WISA Allen Batsford Player of the Year and the Young Player of the Year accolade must be sent in via e-mail using the details below, before midnight on Friday. Sam Hatton and Seb Brown were the respective recipients of last year's awards and this year's winners will receive their prizes after our last home game of the season against Shrewsbury on 5 May. The Young Player of the Year winner will receive the Natalie Callow Memorial Trophy, donated by the Womble Underground Press. Only first-team players who were 21 years or younger at the start of this season can be voted for in this category. The full list of eligible players is as follows: Seb Brown, Chris Bush, Kieran Djilali, Fraser Franks, Reece Jones, Billy Knott, Ryan Jackson, Brendan Kiernan, Callum McNaughton, George Moncur, Jack Turner, Rashid Yussuff.

All fans may vote, but if you're a WISA or Dons Trust member, or a season ticket holder, please provide one of your membership/season ticket numbers when you vote. Voting is open until midnight on Friday, 27 April, and you can send in nominations by e-mailing here. Indicate your choice (s) in the subject line of the e-mail, clearly showing the player and the category, e.g. POTY (player's name), YPOTY (player's name). Please include your own name and any membership or season ticket number in the message. Votes for Young Player of the Year can also be sent by e-mailing here.


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Wednesday 25 April 2012
reserve team news
Marcus Gayle issues cup final challenge to youngsters

Marcus Gayle has told his players that they are all competing for cup final spots with the Suburban League title chase now out of their hands.

A 2-0 defeat at Eastbourne Borough on Saturday means that Wimbledon Reserves will have to settle for the runners-up place if Woking beat the same team tonight at home. That would effectively render Wimbledon's away fixture at Farnborough on Saturday as meaningless. However, the Dons have a quick chance of revenge against Eastbourne in the Suburban Challenge Shield Final next Thursday at Tonbridge Angels (7.45pm start) and Marcus Gayle says there is plenty still left to play for. "We did not have too many youngsters involved on Saturday, but I know that I can call upon them when I want to refresh the squad," he said. "There is plenty of competition for places and everyone is competing for a cup final spot. It has been a long, hard season, but it is the same for everybody. The title is now out of our hands, we have to wait on Woking's result and if they slip-up, then we could win it on Saturday."

Gayle made no excuses for the defeat at Eastbourne, a match that saw midfielder Huw Johnson play at centre-back as Dwayne Campbell was unavailable. However, defender Campbell will be back for Saturday and full-back Ade Osifuwa has returned to full fitness after six weeks out through injury. Gayle believes his young squad have learned a lot this season. "Every game is like a cup final when teams play against Wimbledon," he added. "It is a pressure situation for the reserves and they have had to get used to that. When we are not fully on our game, then we will lose as teams are determined to beat us. But I have seen the players grow this season. From day one in pre-season to the Guernsey trip, which was a great experience for everyone, and during this season, we have got better. We have matured as a squad and I have brought a few more players in. All the Academy boys who have stepped up to the reserves have done well and overall I am pleased with the season."


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Wednesday 25 April 2012
club news
Haydon the Womble bids for glory at iconic mascot chase

Haydon the Womble is aiming to give his rivals the slip at Kempton Park on Bank Holiday Monday when he competes in the Mascot Grand National.

Wimbledon's official mascot will do battle with his counterparts from other clubs and charities around the country in the iconic race that takes place at the Sunbury track for the first time this year. The madcap race could see up to 100 mascots charging down the final furlong at Kempton and jumping over specially made hurdles in what will provide an entertaining sideshow to an afternoon of racing. The event has been staged on 12 previous occasions at Huntingdon Racecourse, but has been switched to Kempton.
Haydon has been in training for the event and he is aiming to better his 19th place finish in 2009. This year's race is for the charity Have a Heart, which aims to improve the lives of disadvantaged children living in our local communities. All mascot entry fees will be paid directly to the Childline charity, along with £1 from every admission ticket sold for the event, and there will be further fundraising activities on the day. Wimbledon fans can take advantage of a buy one, get one free offer (two adult tickets for just £16) to watch the mascot race, along with the afternoon of racing on 7 May. To redeem the offer just quote the promo code KPRMGN when booking. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling 0844 579 3008. Entry is free for U18s at the event.

Haydon the Womble has set-up his own fundraising page, which can be accessed by clicking here.


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Tuesday 24 April 2012
club news
Shrewsbury Town match is sold out

AFC Wimbledon has today confirmed that our final match of the season at home to Shrewsbury on 5 May is a sell-out.

There are no tickets remaining for the visit of Graham Turner's promotion chasers, which concludes our League 2 programme.


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Tuesday 24 April 2012
first team news
Terry Brown expects Turner to be fit for Barnet

Boss Terry Brown is confident that goalkeeper Jack Turner will be fit enough to take his chance at Barnet on Saturday.

The 19-year-old goalkeeper, who was injured during the pre-match warm-up for the Torquay match on Saturday, is rated as a "50-50" chance to be fit for Barnet by club physio Mike Rayner. Turner received a Proletherapy (sugar-based) injection yesterday after tweaking his medial ligaments and after assessing the goalkeeper today, Rayner said he will have a fitness test on Thursday.

But Terry Brown expects Turner to be fit for the trip to Underhill, a match that he had pinpointed for regular number one Seb Brown to step aside. "We promised Jack a home and away match before the end of the season," he said. "He has had the home one and I would like to get him in for the Barnet game if I can. He is a quality young goalkeeper who deserves it as he has been on the bench all season. I know he will not let us down if he comes in. Mike is saying that he is 50/50 to play, but I spoke to Jack and he is saying he is 100 per cent going to make it so I expect he will be fit."

The Dons boss added that he was impressed by the performance of young Chris Bush in the win against Torquay on Saturday and he is likely to share the left-back duties with Gareth Gwillim during the last two games. "Chris is a very talented young boy and he has shared the duties with Gareth this season," added Terry Brown. "I will probably look at giving both of them a chance in the games. Gareth has done a fantastic job, but I have to look all through the squad as regards what we are doing next season."


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Tuesday 24 April 2012
first team news
Dons boss to reward Reece Jones with first-team chance

Reece Jones will finally be handed a first-team chance by Terry Brown during the final two games after his impressive loan spell.

Terry Brown says the plan is to reward 19-year-old midfielder Jones for showing good form during a two-month stint at Blue Square South Hampton and Richmond Borough. The Dons boss says it was always in his mind to bring Jones back before the end of the season with Hampton, who have just two games to go. "We had spoken about bringing him back at this time so that he could have two full weeks with us before the end of the season," said Terry Brown. "Once the loan has been extended after 28 days, then you have an automatic call-back option and we decided to do that with Reece. I have watched Reece at Hampton and had other people looking at him, and he has done fantastic there. He has played a key part there in every game and we want to reward him by giving him League 2 experience."

The closest that Jones has come to playing in the Football League was in January as an unused substitute at Swindon Town, but it is now felt that he is ready for the step-up.

The Wimbledon manager will be reluctant to make too many changes at Barnet on Saturday though as he says the Torquay performance was up there with the best his side had produced all season. "We thoroughly deserved the win and got back to playing the football at times that we had produced earlier in the season," he added. "We now have two really good games left and hopefully we can finish the season on a high."


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Tuesday 24 April 2012
first team news
Terry Brown's men back in the groove after break

The Dons were back in training with a bang today after Terry Brown rewarded them with a day off for beating Torquay United.

Wimbledon's players were put through their paces with a double training session as they gear up for the final two games of the League 2 season, starting with Barnet on Saturday. "The boys had the PFA dinner on Sunday night, which some of them wanted to go to because it is our first season in the Football League," said Terry Brown. "It was a very difficult game for us against Torquay and we said that if we won it, then they could have a day off. But because of that we have done a bit extra today to make sure that they are at it. They have had a really hard double session to prepare them for the final two games of the season."

Terry Brown admitted that it would not be fair on Wimbledon's fans or the teams chasing promotion and relegation for him to field heavily weakened sides for the last games of the season. "It would not be right on Hereford or Macclesfield for us to take Barnet lightly or on the teams at the top if we did that against Shrewsbury," he added. "We want to do ourselves and the fans proud. We have talked about not just letting the season die for our fans now that survival is assured. They have come out in their droves and for the first time in five or six weeks I was really happy with our performance after we beat Torquay on Saturday."


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Tuesday 24 April 2012
club news
Make your next career move with the AFC Wimbledon Futsal course

Are you a promising footballer who is also looking to gain a valuable qualification while playing?

If so, the new AFC Wimbledon BTEC Level 3 Futsal and Education Programme could be ideal for you. As well as representing AFC Wimbledon, playing Futsal against other Football League clubs, the exciting programme will also allow you to:

• Get a first class education that will get you to university

• Gain qualifications to work in the sports industry

• Train and compete in a professional Futsal environment

• Become a Futsal coach or referee

The popularity of Futsal has grown massively in recent years and it is the only form of five-a-side football that is approved by FIFA, UEFA and the FA. Over two million participants regularly play the sport, which has professional leagues in many countries. The game is based around speed and technical excellence, and many greats from the 11-a-side game such as Messi, Ronaldo, Zidane and Pele attribute the development of their skills to Futsal.
To be eligible for the programme, applicants must have achieved four GCSE's (grades A-C) and be aged 16 or 17 before 31 August, 2012.

There will be presentation evenings about the course on 23 May and 20 June (both 7.00pm until 8.00pm) at the Cherry Red Records Stadium in the Presidents Lounge. To book your place, please download a flyer by clicking here or by e-mailing here.


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Monday 23 April 2012
club news
Velo and Blue appeal gathers pace after Jack Midson support

Wimbledon's fundraising efforts for Velo and Blue have stepped up a gear in the past few days after support from striker Jack Midson and generous donations from our fans.

Top scorer Midson only set-up his JustGiving page on Friday for his climb of Snowdon mountain, in aid of Velo and Blue, but he has already raised a total of £187.50. Midson and a group of friends will be scaling the heights on Saturday, 12 May, the first weekend after the end of the League 2 season. But our 10-strong AFC Wimbledon cycling team will be home and hosed by that time as they climb 4,443 metres to the summit of Mont Ventoux, France, on 30 April. Our Velo and Blue appeal will split funds raised between Anthony Nolan, a vitally important charity that saves the lives of people with blood cancer, and new club gym equipment.

Dons fans have already shown great support so far and the Wimbledon fundraising team wish to thank them for Saturday as a sum of £315 was raised by bucket collections at the Torquay United match. Funds raised from that will also go towards Walk Further For Wimbledon. There has also been a good response after an emotional appeal from Terry Brown. The Dons manager pledged his wholehearted support for the cause as the Anthony Nolan charity played a crucial role in saving the life of his wife Suzy, who needed an operation last year.

Midson has set-up a JustGiving page on his Twitter account, which can be accessed by clicking here. Velo and Blue Lottery tickets can still be purchased online until 30 April for £2 each and the draw will be made on 1 May with £443.30 as the winning prize (£1 for every 10 metres of the 4,443 metres climb). Velo & Blue tickets are on sale online by clicking here.


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Monday 23 April 2012
youth news
Dons youth focus: season ends with battling Stevenage draw

Mark Robinson said Wimbledon's U18 side have shown plenty of promise in their debut Football League Youth Alliance campaign after they earned a battling point at Stevenage.

A goal from Andre Morgan put the young Dons in front on Saturday, but they had to come from behind to salvage a 2-2 draw in their final game of the season, thanks to a superb individual goal from Charlie Craigg. Both the scorers have moved up to Marcus Gayle's reserves this season and Head of Youth Robinson believes that is evidence of the progress made, despite Wimbledon finishing third from bottom.

"We played very well in our last game of the season," said Robinson. "Charlie beat three players and took it around the goalkeeper to score a great individual goal for the equaliser. It has been a big learning curve for us in our first season at Centre of Excellence level. I would have liked it to have gone better in terms of results, but we have to look at the bigger picture. The best match for us was beating Brighton, who are going to win the league, but we have lost a lot of games through naivety at this level. It is all about progressing players though and I would say that we have only had our strongest side on three occasions this season. That is because of our players playing for the reserves. Since Christmas, I would say that Marcus Gayle has had six of our youngsters in his squad for every game. While I would have preferred better results, there have been a lot of promising signs in that regard."

Right-back Will Nightingale, aged just 16, was selected as man of the match by Robinson for an "outstanding" performance in defence against Stevenage.


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Monday 23 April 2012
club news
Travel update for Barnet trip

There are still places available on the supporters' coach for our final away match of the season at Barnet on Saturday.

The coach will pick up from The Grove at 12.00 noon and from The Cherry Red Records Stadium at 12.30pm. The price for return travel to Underhill is £10 and bookings can be made by contacting the club office on 020 8547 3528 during normal office hours. Ticket information for the Barnet match can be found on the away tickets page.


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Monday 23 April 2012
club news
Golden Goals competition prize is still unclaimed

The winning prize of £100 for our Golden Goals competition at the Rotherham match on Good Friday has yet to be claimed.

If you bought a ticket and still hold your entry, then please check it as there could be a chance of claiming the winning prize. The first goal was scored by player number seven (Ben Pringle) for Rotherham in the 34th minute. If you hold a ticket for that player and it is close to the time allocated, then it may be worth a check. To make a claim please follow the instructions on the reverse side of the ticket.


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Monday 23 April 2012
first team news
Dons injury update: Turner waits on Barnet outcome

Goalkeeper Jack Turner is likely to find out tomorrow if he has a chance of making Saturday's Barnet match.

The Dons reserve goalkeeper strained medial ligaments in his knee during Saturday's pre-match warm-up for Torquay and he is doubtful for Barnet, a match that boss Terry Brown had planned to play him in. "Jack's medial ligament injury will be assessed tomorrow," confirmed club physio Mike Rayner. "We will be looking to see if we can get him ready for Saturday's match against Barnet."

Meanwhile, Rayner and Simon Bassey are likely to be joined by first-team players in a visit to injured striker Jason Prior's Portsmouth home tomorrow. While the visit is important to wish Prior well in his recuperation from a double leg break, there are also practical reasons for it, according to Rayner. "We are taking down a muscle stimulation machine for him to aid his initial rehabilitation," he added. "The machine maintains muscle bulk by physically stimulating the muscles through electrical impulses. It is important otherwise muscles can waste away and it helps to start his recuperation. He is then due to be assessed by his local hospital on Wednesday."

Striker Jack Midson has received the green light to join in full training after he needed six stitches to a hand injury after Saturday's win against Torquay.


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Sunday 22 April 2012
first team news
Extended highlights of Torquay United win

A chance to relive our excellent 2-0 victory against promotion chasers Torquay United yesterday. Click on Dons highlights.


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Sunday 22 April 2012
first team news
Dons interview: Rashid Yussuff on his dramatic super-sub role

WDON commentator Rob Cornell caught up with our unlikely goal hero Rashid Yussuff, who produced an inspirational substitute appearance after he was originally left out of the squad by Terry Brown. To hear the interview, click on Dons audio-only.


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Sunday 22 April 2012
first team news
Mitchel-King receives plaudits after Torquay United win

Seb Brown took no credit for earning a rare clean sheet against Torquay United and he was instead quick to salute the contribution of Mat Mitchel-King.

Mitchel-King recieved the man of the match award in our 2-0 win after a commanding performance at the back that resulted in just a sixth League 2 clean sheet for Wimbledon goalkeeper Brown this season. Brown says that Mitchel-King has been a pivotal force in helping the Dons to survival as he has played every game since he returned against Rotherham in December after finally shrugging off illness and injury.

"The back four did very well today and Chris Bush had one of his best games for Wimbledon, but King was his usual self," said Brown. "He has made a big diference since returning as it helps to have a steady influence in there who is going to play in every game and before he came back we were chopping and changing a bit with different combinations. I think the fact that he has played every game lately is the reason why we have shored things up at the back. He has played at this level before and knows what it is all about. He deserves credit for keeping his head down and coming back after the problems he had earlier in the season."

Brown admits that there is plenty of room for improvement from the team and himself after what has been a difficult introduction to League 2 football at times. "I am pleased that I have played so many games," he said. "It is the first time for me at this level so you are going to expect errors here and there, but overall I am pleased with what I have done. It has been unspectacular, but I will take that and it is something for me to build on for next season.

"We got a decent draw against Crawley, who are a good side and now have beaten Torquay. We dealt with their threat well as they are challenging for an automatic promotion spot, but the nerves probably got to them a bit, which worked in our favour. Terry was delighted with the performance and hopefully we can build on it. It showed what we can do if we apply ourselves against these top teams. We worked harder than them and we got our just rewards."


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Sunday 22 April 2012
first team news
Post-match interview with Terry after Torquay United

Terry Brown hailed his own "tactical genius" with the introduction of substitute Rashid Yussuff in the win over Torquay, though there was more than a touch of luck about it. To watch the full interview, click on Dons interview.


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Saturday 21 April 2012
first team news
Dons boss challenges his side to repeat Torquay exploits

Terry Brown has challenged his players to ensure that today's impressive victory against Torquay United is not just a one-off.

The Dons boss was delighted with the overall performance and he wants it to be a benchmark for the future. Terry Brown also singled out the performance of Christian Jolley for special praise and has urged the striker to produce that on a regular basis. "I am not getting carried away by a really good performance late in the season," he said. "We would much rather have achieved our target in January or February. Torquay have similar resources to us and they are a side that we should look to emulate if we can.

"That is the best we have played for ages today, we were more relaxed and comfortable against a side that were tense and nervous on the ball. I am sure Torquay will play better, but that was a perfect performance and a perfect result for us. I am really looking forward to the Barnet game as I went to the Barnet versus Hereford game and the atmosphere was electric. I reckon we will take about 1,500 fans there. We have nothing to lose and I want us to relax, go there and strutt our stuff against a side that desperately need the points."

Terry Brown praised Jolley for reproducing his flying form from earlier this season, but he wants to see him produce that consistently. "Christian had his best game for ages and he looked more like the player he was before Christmas," he added. "But he needs to take a long, hard look at himself because I thought he was going to take this league by storm and he has had a poor end to the season. I am going to have to sit down with him and look at where he has gone wrong because we need him at his best next season with Jason Prior out."

The Wimbledon boss confirmed that Jack Midson was taken off after suffering a hand injury that required stitches. Goalkeeper Jack Turner tweaked medial ligaments in his knee during the pre-match warm-up and is likely to miss the Barnet match that Terry Brown had planned to play him in.

See the official website later this weekend for a full interview with Terry Brown and more post-match reaction.


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Saturday 21 April 2012
first team news
Dons upset Torquay United thanks to an unlikely hero

Rashid Yussuff emerged as Wimbledon's unlikely hero in an excellent victory against Torquay United this afternoon.

Yussuff, who would not have been on the bench but for an injury in the warm-up to goalkeeper Jack Turner, came off the bench to strike the all-important opener in a 2-0 win for the hosts. It was a deserved reward for the Dons, who dominated from start to finish, and George Moncur sealed victory five minutes from time.

See our match section for a full report.


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Saturday 21 April 2012
first team news
Torquay team news: Bush and Knott both return

Chris Bush and Billy Knott have both been handed first-team returns by boss Terry Brown this afternoon.

Young left-back Bush gets a rare chance in place of the experienced Gareth Gwillim and Knott comes in for the injured Jason Prior with Christian Jolley handed a forward role alongside Jack Midson.

Dons line-up: Brown, Hatton, Bush, Mitchel-King, Stuart, S Moore, Moncur, Knott, L Moore, Midson, Jolley. Subs: Turner, Johnson, Wellard, Harrison, Kiernan.


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Saturday 21 April 2012
ladies news
AFC Wimbledon girls aim for cup glory

Wimbledon U15 girls will tomorrow bid to end their season with silverware in the Surrey Women's and Girls League Cup.

Colne Valley are the opponents in the final that takes place at Merstham FC (10.30am start). The girls will be looking to add more success for AFC Wimbledon after the club's U12 and U16 teams both won their respective divisions. There are opportunities for new players to join AFC Wimbledon Ladies and Girls by taking part in trials on 13 May and 20 May for every age group from U10s up to U18s. The trials take place from 10am until 12 noon at King George's Playing Fields, Morden, on those two days.

For further information on the trials days for AFC Wimbledon Girls and Ladies, contact club secretary John Ivers on 07719 074908.


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Saturday 21 April 2012
cfs news
Make your next career move with the AFC Wimbledon Futsal course

Are you a young footballer looking for a platform to take your career onto the next level?

If so, then our new AFC Wimbledon Futsal and Education course could be ideal for future development. As well as played the shortened version of the beautiful game that the likes of Messi, Cesc Fabregas and Pele honed their skills with, the course also offers a path into university. The popularity of Futsal has grown massively in recent years and it is the only form of five-a-side football that is approved by FIFA, UEFA and the FA. Over two million players regularly play the sport, which is played professionally now in a lot of countries. Youngsters get to play for their local professional club in Futsal as part of the course and it offers the chance of either a route into the sport as a player or official, along with continuing your education. To be eligible, applicants must have achieved four GCSE's (grades A-C) and be aged 16 or 17 before 31 August, 2012.

There will be presentation evenings about the course on 23 May and 20 June (both 7.00pm until 8.00pm) at the Cherry Red Records Stadium in the Presidents Lounge. To download the flyer about the taster evenings, click here


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Friday 20 April 2012
first team news
Dons striker relishes his 50th club appearance against Torquay

Jack Midson is determined to come out on top tomorrow against a club that have brought about some of the best and worst moments in his career.

Midson makes his 50th appearance for Wimbledon tomorrow against the club that he scored a hat-trick against last season for Oxford United at Plainmoor in a 4-3 win. But Midson, who is the joint top scorer in League 2 with 18 goals, also has bad memories of the Gulls as he was a part of the Histon team that Torquay knocked out in the Conference play-offs in 2009 and just this season he played for the Wimbledon side beaten 4-0 in the south west last October. "I have quite a bit of history against them," he said. "Torquay beat us 2-0 in the first leg when I was at Histon and we just failed to turn it around against them. It was unbelievable though that a part-time club like Histon nearly got to the Football League and we came so close. But last season I scored a hat-trick against Torquay, and that paid them back a bit. I had just come back from a loan spell at Southend and it was my first game back with Oxford. It would be great to score a hat-trick again, but I think I would take one goal against them on Saturday."

Wimbledon may now be safe, but Midson also has motivation to be fired up as he is still joint top of the League 2 scoring charts, despite not scoring in seven games. And a few more goals from him would also help the Dons finish the season on a high. "We have said in training that it is a test for everyone because we are mathematically safe," Midson added. "We still need to do a professional job and we are playing against a side that are going for automatic promotion. They will certainly be no pushovers."

Midson's Wimbledon team-mates Mat Mitchel-King and Gareth Gwillim also played in the Histon side that was beaten by Torquay in that Conference play-off semi-final.

Midson will be embarking on a challenge of a different kind on the first weekend after the end of the League 2 season when he does a charity climb of Snowdon in Wales. The climb is in aid of Wimbledon's Velo and Blue cause, which supports the Anthony Nolan charity. To view the full article click here. Midson has set-up a JustGiving page on his Twitter account, which can be accessed by clicking here.


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Friday 20 April 2012
club news
A rock and roll night with a difference at AFC Wimbledon

Billy Franks aims to go out with a bang at Kingsmeadow Live after showing off his film that promises to capture the imagination of music fans everywhere.

After over three decades as a songwriter, Franks says that next Friday’s gig at AFC Wimbledon will be his last for a long time, but it is unlikely we will have heard the last of him. That’s because the talented guitarist says he has interest from TV companies in England and America interested in his unique story that we will be showing at Kingsmeadow Live. The film follows Franks and three of his friends in an eight-month journey across America and Europe as they bid to get 10 of the most famous recording artists in the world to record a tribute album to an unknown songwriter, in the process raising funds for a children’s music charity. The star of the film is, of course, Franks himself and he reflects on the experience as “the greatest adventure in my life”. While the ultimate goal was never going to be achieved, his tireless mission to meet the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart and Jon Bon Jovi is sure to make for great viewing.

“It would have been a boring film if we tried to go through publicists and agents,” he said. “Instead we tried to follow them around by standing outside hotels and recording studios. It was obviously very tough to get close to them, but we managed it with a few of them. One major rock star let us in his house and it was great fun, but we also got thrown out of one concert. It is worth seeing the film and making your own mind up about it. It all started when I was going to be in a tribute album of Bruce Springsteen for a Spanish magazine, but Elvis Costello put his name forward and got it. That made me joke to three friends that I would get famous people to do a tribute album on me. One of them said it was a great idea and as they were all film-makers we decided to do it. We did 20 flights in 21 days in America. It was all great fun and the greatest adventure of my life. I like every story to be like the Wizard of Oz in that you set out to find something, but what you learn on your way turns out to be more valuable than what you went looking for.”

Franks has a book coming out in July based on his exploits called A Far Cry from Sunset and he plans to take time out from his music after Kingsmeadow Live. “I am looking forward to it, this will be my last gig for a very long time,” he added. “I picked up a guitar at the age of 14 and I have been a songwriter for over 30 years, but I refuse to charge big prices. I played to a packed house at Shepherd’s Bush Empire and charged just £10 each. I lost money on that, but you want your friends and family to see you play and they are all from a working class background. We will be trying to rock the place on Friday. People talk about the Rolling Stones as the best, but The E Street Band are better for me.”

Admission is £10 for the event that starts with the film called Tribute This, followed by Franks performing 10 of the songs in the film and then a full band set. Doors open at 7.30pm and the event goes on until 1.00am. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling 020 8247 9918.


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Friday 20 April 2012
club news
Last day of online bidding for Wimbledon silent auction

Wimbledon fans have until midnight tonight to bid online for our excellent range of memorabilia.

There will also be one final chance to get your bids in before tomorrow's visit of Torquay United, but online bids must be in today. This year's offerings in our silent auction are better than ever and prizes mark significant events in Wimbledon's history, along with other great sporting feats, and all funds raised go to the club. We have a framed poster marking our 10-year anniversary, a signed AFC Wimbledon shirt from the club's 2009 Blue Square South promotion season, and a 2000/2001 Wimbledon shirt, sponsored by Tiny. Going further back, there is a signed and framed photograph of Lawrie Sanchez with the the FA Cup in 1988 and an action photograph of Alan Cork, signed by the Wimbledon great himself. Also up for grabs is a 1966 World Cup montage, signed by Sir Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters and a framed commemoration print celebrating the England cricket team's winning tour of Pakistan and Sri Lanka in 2001, signed by Michael Atherton, Nasser Hussain, Alec Stewart, Graham Thorpe and others.

Those interested have until midnight to bid online for 10 affordable lots covering AFC Wimbledon/Wimbledon FC and other sports memorabilia. There will be a final chance to bid in the auction, organised by Ray Armfield, in the back bar before the home match against Torquay United.

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 information can be found by clicking here.


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Friday 20 April 2012
club news
Vote for players of the year at Torquay United match

There is just one week to go for Wimbledon fans to nominate the players who deserve special acclaim for guiding us through our debut Football League season.

Fans can vote in person for the WISA Allen Batsford Player of the Year award and the Young Player of the Year accolade at tomorrow's match against Torquay United or by e-mailing the club. Sam Hatton and Seb Brown were the respective recipients of last year's awards and the race is now on to choose the next worthy winners, who will receive their prizes after our last home game of the season against Shrewsbury on 5 May. The Young Player of the Year winner will receive the Natalie Callow Memorial Trophy, donated by the Womble Underground Press. Only first-team players who were 21 years or younger at the start of this season can be voted for in this category. The full list of eligible players is as follows: Seb Brown, Chris Bush, Kieran Djilali, Fraser Franks, Reece Jones, Billy Knott, Ryan Jackson, Brendan Kiernan, Callum McNaughton, George Moncur, Jack Turner, Rashid Yussuff.

All fans may vote, but if you're a WISA or Dons Trust member, or a season ticket holder, please provide one of your membership/season ticket numbers when you vote. Voting is open until midnight on Friday, 27 April, so fans can still fill in a slip available from our volunteers or from behind the club bars at the Torquay United game. However, you can send in nominations by e-mailing here. Indicate your choice (s) in the subject line of the e-mail, clearly showing the player and the category, e.g. POTY (player's name), YPOTY (player's name). Please include your own name and any membership or season ticket number in the message. Votes for Young Player of the Year can also be sent by e-mailing here.


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Friday 20 April 2012
first team news
Torquay United preview: Cash aims to erase bad memories

Stuart Cash says that Wimbledon's players have been set a target of maximum points from their final three games.

The Dons assistant manager is adamant that his side will not be allowed to just see the season out after they sealed survival last weekend. Cash insists the players must match the motivation he has to put things right on Saturday against a Torquay side that beat Wimbledon 4-0 at Plainmoor in October. That match has particularly bad memories for Cash as he was looking after team affairs on the day with manager Terry Brown having taken time off to care for his ill wife Suzy. "It was unfortunate circumstances and it was a bad experience as it was the first match that Simon Bassey and I were looking after the team," he said. "They were very good on the day and they have kicked on since. Torquay may have slipped out of the top-three, but their manager has got them playing very well. They do not concede many goals and they deserve to be up there.

"But we are looking to finish the season on a high. We have three games left and they are all against sides fighting for promotion or battling relegation. Those clubs all have something to play for, but we have lots to play for too. We want to finish the season with nine points from our last three games. We have players in the squad who have not played for a while and are looking to get into the starting 11. They need to make a final push. You cannot keep all of the players happy. We have a good bunch and they do not come and bang on the manager's door if they are not in the side. But if you look at the 20 in the squad, they have all had chances this season. They have all had an opportunity and if they are not in the team, then it is down to them to perform during the rest of the season."

Midfielder Billy Knott is expected to return for the Dons after shaking off a virus and the hamstring injury that has kept him out since the defeat at Southend on Easter Monday. Torquay, currently fourth in League 2, will have winger Ian Morris available again after suspension. He could come straight back into an attack led by 14-goal top scorer Rene Howe, who scored twice in Torquay's 4-0 win against Wimbledon in the reverse fixture.


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Friday 20 April 2012
club news
Jack Midson announces end-of-season charity challenge

Jack Midson will not be putting his feet up after our last match of the season against Shrewsbury as Wimbledon's top scorer will be gearing up for a charity climb.

The striker has announced that he will support our Velo and Blue cause by climbing Snowdon mountain in Wales on Saturday 12 May, the first weekend after the end of the League 2 campaign. Midson says he wants to make his own contribution after hearing about our AFC Wimbledon cycling team's climb of Mont Ventoux, France, which is in aid of the Anthony Nolan charity and equipment for the club's gym.

"When I heard what Mike Rayner (club physio) and Robin Bedford (kit man) were doing for Velo and Blue, I decided to do this challenge for charity as it is for a good cause," Midson said. "It will be the first time that I have done something like this. Since I have said that I am doing it, people have been messaging me about it and asking what challenge I am doing next, but I just need to get through this one first. My mates who I used to work with at the Elms Lawn Tennis Club are also doing it for another charity."

Midson has set-up a JustGiving page on his Twitter account, which can be accessed by clicking here. Saturday's Torquay United match is the final home game when Velo and Blue tickets can be purchased. Lottery tickets can be purchased for £2 each and the draw will be made on 1 May with £443.30 as the winning prize (£1 for every 10 metres of the 4,443 metres climb).

Velo & Blue tickets are on sale online by clicking here.


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Thursday 19 April 2012
first team news
On-loan West Ham youngster eyes England honours

George Moncur says he has extra motivation to finish his Wimbledon loan spell on a high with England honours at this summer's European U19 Championships up for grabs.

The promising midfielder has already been capped twice for England at U18 level and he is hoping that an impressive end to the season can lay claim to a place on the plane to Estonia for the tournament in July. "I have played two games for the England U18 side, the first one was in Poland and the second was in Italy," he said. "I have been on stand-by twice this year for the U19s and hopefully I can get picked for the European Championships. It would be unreal if I got in, but I have to keep working hard for the rest of the season and hopefully I will catch the eye if I keep playing well."

Moncur has certainly done that since joining the Dons on loan in January, but his father John, who also played for West Ham, certainly keeps his feet on the ground. Eighteen-year-old Moncur hopes to still have a future at West Ham as the midfielder is still highly-rated by the Championship club, but he would have no hesitation in re-joining Wimbledon if things do not work out in the future.

"I would definitely come back here if they wanted me," he added. "It has been a great time at Wimbledon for me. I am happy that I am finishing the season here. It is different from playing reserve team football at West Ham and I think it has been good for my development to play League 2 football. In the first couple of games I felt like I was feeling my way in, but I have gradually grown into it. Hopefully, I will have a future there (West Ham) because I am still quite a young footballer. My Dad has been watching every game that I have played here and it is good to have someone who has played at a high level behind you. He lets me know what I am doing well and what I need to improve upon."


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Thursday 19 April 2012
club news
Torquay United match is all-ticket

Wimbledon fans are reminded that Saturday's match against promotion-chasers Torquay is all-ticket.

Tickets will not be available from the turnstiles and must be purchased either in person before the match or from our online ticket shop by using the link below. We have a very small number of seats available for people who are unable to stand at the match and these can be purchased in person from the club office during normal office hours. There are not many tickets left for the John Smith's Stand, but terrace tickets for the Kingston Road End are still available.

Tickets can be bought in person during normal office hours, or from our online ticket shop for the Torquay United by clicking here.


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Thursday 19 April 2012
youth news
AFC Wimbledon make headlines in Bermuda after offer to youngster

Promising Wimbledon youth player Judah Chapman is the subject of an article by The Royal Gazette, a respected Bermuda news outlet. In what is another feather in the cap for our successful Wimbledon Academy set-up, The Royal Gazette reported: "Judah Chapman has moved a step closer to realising a dream of playing professional football. The teenage Bermudian footballer has successfully completed trials with AFC Wimbledon and is currently making positive strides playing for the English League Two club’s youth academy." For the full article, click here.


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Thursday 19 April 2012
first team news
Dons update for Torquay: Billy Knott back and skipper earns praise

Billy Knott has today returned to full training after shaking off a virus and could make his first start for almost two weeks on Saturday.

The on-loan Sunderland midfielder has been out since the defeat to Southend United on Easter Monday with a hamstring injury, but he was given the all-clear to train today after also being struck down with a virus earlier this week. Defender Brett Johnson is back in contention, but captain Jamie Stuart is likely to keep his place. Assistant boss Stuart Cash today guided a 20-strong Wimbledon squad through its paces at training with Terry Brown suffering from a cold, though he is expected back tomorrow.

Stuart Cash was pleased to see Knott back in the fold and praised Jamie Stuart for his contribution since being restored to Wimbledon's line-up. "Billy has been suffering from a virus, but he trained today and seemed fine," he said. "If he shows no reaction tomorrow, then he will be in the frame on Saturday. Brett has also trained this week and is back in contention, but Jamie has been in the team of late. I think he has done really well in the two games that he has played so he will probably stay in there."

Midfielder Ricky Wellard could be back in the squad after missing out at Crawley last Saturday. "We just decided to go with two central midfielders and 'Toks' (Rashid Yussuff) on the bench on Saturday," added Cash. "Ricky was disappointed, but he has to do more when he gets the opportunity. In the games he did come in, he did okay, but we want more from him. He might get a chance from now until the end of the season and it is up to him to take it."


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Thursday 19 April 2012
youth news
New talent wanted for AFC Wimbledon

Are you a rising football talent who is looking for the platform to reach the top?

If the answer is yes, then joining AFC Wimbledon could be your next step as we have vacancies for new players in our U14 squad. To gain a trial, potential new recruits must at least have gained experience at Academy/Centre of Excellence level or have played at top local league clubs (for example Surrey Youth League or Tandridge). If you meet the requirements, then you could have the opportunity to receive top-class coaching from our AFC Wimbledon Youth Development Programme (YDP). It is now run as a professional Centre of Excellence with matches played against other professional clubs in the Football League. Our squads are of a very high standard on Football League contracts and one of our youngsters, Reece Williams-Bowers, aged 13, recently turned down Premier League Fulham, to stay with the Dons.

As stated above, players must have played at the required level to be considered for a trial. Players in any position are welcome to apply, but we are looking for full-backs, centre-backs, wide midfielders and strikers, in particular. The squad trains on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and any potential trialist will be asked to attend these training sessions to be assessed by our coaches.

If you, or your son, fit the bill, please e-mail here with a full footballing CV, including current club, previous clubs, and your contact details.


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Thursday 19 April 2012
club news
Support our Velo and Blue appeal at Torquay match

Saturday's Torquay United match is the final home game when Velo and Blue tickets can be purchased.

The tickets purchased support our 10-strong AFC Wimbledon cycling team's gruelling climb of Mont Ventoux in France with funds raising going towards the Anthony Nolan charity and equipment for the club gym. There will also be a half-time bucket collection at the Torquay match to support Velo and Blue, along with those who are taking part in the Walk Further for Wimbledon (walking from our home ground to the Barnet match).

The Velo and Blue appeal is backed by Wimbledon manager Terry Brown, whose wife Suzy has been helped by the Anthony Nolan charity during her battle against Leukemia. The Dons fundraising team will undertake their climb of Mont Ventoux in France on 30 April. There will be a sum of £444.30 on offer for the lucky draw winner (£1 for every 10 metres of the 4,443 metres climb). The Dons fans involved are clearly gluttons for punishment as they will be climbing to the summit not once, but three times. Lottery tickets can be purchased for £2 each and the draw will be made on 1 May.

Velo & Blue tickets are now on sale online by clicking here.


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Wednesday 18 April 2012
first team news
The Dons decade: first-team coach was there from the start

The second of our features on 10 years at AFC Wimbledon focuses on Simon Bassey's transition from player to coach during that time and the changes he has seen to our managerial approach. The full feature can be viewed here.


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Wednesday 18 April 2012
club news
Carvery tickets still available for Torquay and Shrewsbury

There is still space in the carvery before the Torquay United game on Saturday.

Tickets are also on sale for our final home game of the season against Shrewsbury on Saturday 7 May.

Carvery guests enjoy:

- A three 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

The carvery opens in the back bar at 12.00 noon.

Cost: £25 (carvery only) or £45 (including a seat ticket for the Paul Strank Stand - Torquay game only)

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

We are also pleased to announce a special package for celebrations, whether it be birthdays, anniversaries or even divorces! If you book a table of ten, we will give you a complimentary bottle of Champagne or birthday cake. Once you have made your booking, please e-mail here to let us know what kind of event you’re celebrating.


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Wednesday 18 April 2012
youth news
Wimbledon trio bid for more England caps at Reading

A trio of Dons youngsters will be aiming to press their claims for more England honours this afternoon.

Emmanuel Akiotu, Oluyesi Daley and Dan Sweeney, who have all progressed through the Dons Academy set-up to make appearances for our reserves this season, are due to line-up for the national England Colleges team against a Reading U18 side. Good performances from the Wimbledon trio in the warm-up match could see them book a return trip to Italy for another international tournament next month. All three impressed England Colleges boss Simon East in the Caput Mundi tournament, held at Lazio, Italy, last month and appearances bring the reward of coveted England caps for students who gain vital experience on an international stage to boost their development.

The match takes place at the training base of newly promoted Premier League club Reading at Hogwood Park, Finchampstead.


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Wednesday 18 April 2012
dons trust news
Notice of our Special General Meeting

The next Dons Trust SGM will take place on Wednesday 2 May at The Cherry Red Records Stadium with three main topics on the agenda.

The first section of the meeting (7.30pm start) will be dedicated to explaining the detailed plans for the Kingston Road End project, outlining the range of potential solutions for improving the East Stand to meet Football League requirements, and to explain the options for raising the funding necessary to finance this work.

The second section of the meeting will start with the presentation and debate of two specific members’ resolutions, one asking the DTB to look again at the planned ticket price increases for next season and another that calls for members to formally approve any future price increases. The DTB recommends voting against these resolutions. We understand some of the issues that have led to these resolutions and recognise that the DTB should better engage with members. In particular, we want to explore what types of topics members feel they should be canvassed about or directly consulted upon and what methods can be used to achieve these aims.

Finally, the SGM will focus on the progress made by the DTB on our action plan. Each DTB member will provide an oral report on their work and will field any questions from the floor. This is part of our continuing efforts to make the workings of the DTB more open and its members more accountable.


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Wednesday 18 April 2012
reserve team news
Striker hits four to help young Dons into final

Louie Theophanous maintained his recent hot streak with another four goals to help Wimbledon reserves into the final of the Suburban Challenge Shield.

North Greenford were brushed aside 7-3 last night on their own patch with Wimbledon's in-form marksman leading the way. Will Bor and Chace Jacqhaurt also got in on the act, along with Cherno Mendy. Mendy's strike will have got Marcus Gayle off his back as the Dons reserves boss had challenged him to hit the 10 goals mark this season and he has now achieved that feat. The victory kept the young Dons on track for a treble this season as they have already won the Suburban Champions Cup and they remain in the hunt for the league title. Wimbledon face a crucial trip to Eastbourne Borough on Saturday in their penultimate league match as they may need to win both of their remaining games to overhaul Woking at the top.


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Tuesday 17 April 2012
first team news
Terry Brown says plans to improve the Dons have picked up a gear

Terry Brown says his plans to improve the Dons next season have cranked up a gear now that survival in League 2 is assured.

The Wimbledon boss is eager to ensure that his squad do not stand still and face a battle against relegation next season and he says that changes are necessary. Terry Brown and his management team will be attending matches this week to look at potential recruits for next season and he says that now is a crucial time for the club.

"The players you want for next season are always in your mind for a manager after Christmas," he said. "But you have to concentrate first on where the current season is going and once I knew we were not going to make the play-offs, we were aiming to make sure of survival. Now that has been assured, you are looking at the players who can take you forward because this club has never stood still. We have always improved year upon year. We need to make improvements again on a budget and that is difficult. It requires a lot more planning. The players have had a year of experience in the Football League, but so too have the management. That is invaluable as we now know the players that we need to strengthen the squad for next season."

Terry Brown admits he faces a dilemma in the final three games as he wants to take a look at players vying for contracts for next season. However, he does not want to finish the current campaign on a low note as the Dons face two automatic promotion contenders - Torquay and Shrewsbury - and a Barnet side fighting relegation.

"It is a bit of a dilemma with the games we have coming up," he added. "We don't want to put heavily weakened sides out against those three teams as they will provide three of our hardest games of the season. It is my job to make sure that the players do not switch off now that we are safe. Some of the players on the periphery who are playing for contracts I would like to give run-outs to. I would like to look at other players, but it is proving more difficult than I envisaged because we do not want to end the season with a run of defeats. I am not saying that because we are playing the youngsters that would definitely happen, it is for them to prove otherwise if they play."


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Tuesday 17 April 2012
club news
Dons fans can help us win £30,000

Dons fans have been issued with a challenge to leave all our League 2 rivals in the shade and win us £30,000.

The main sponsors of the Football League, npower, have launched a Facebook Challenge with each of its clubs being set a target (based on their average attendance) to sign up to the Fanpower Stadium. The first club to reach that specified target in each division wins £10,000 and there are also individual prizes to be won by fans. There is also an additional £20,000 to be won by using your social networking skills. This can be done on Facebook and Twitter in the following ways:

- Checking in at the stadium (Facebook only)

- Mentioning Terry Brown or any first team player's name (Facebook & Twitter)

- Mentioning the Dons, Wombles or Crazy Gang (Facebook & Twitter)

- Use the #fanpowerstadium hashtag (Twitter only)

Of course, making sure you share your support of the Dons with your friends can only help support our drive to win £30,000 for the club. Join by visiting www.facebook.com/npowerfootballleague


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Tuesday 17 April 2012
first team news
Dons midfielder hails manager for making him a better player

Sammy Moore has saluted Terry Brown for improving him as a player and backed the manager's vision to take Wimbledon forward next season.

Though Moore scored a superb goal at Crawley Town on Saturday, there is no chance of him banging on the manager's door and demanding to play in a more attacking role. That's because the former Brentford and Ipswich believes he has become a better player since being handed the midfield anchor role that Steven Gregory regularly filled before his departure to Bournemouth last summer.

"The manager asked me to do a job at the start of the season and it is a role that I played when I was a youngster at Ipwich and Chelsea," said Moore. "I am familiar with that role and I like to get on the ball and try and keep the team ticking over. I have really enjoyed that this season as you are right in the thick of it. It is about sitting in front of the back four, making sure they are protected, and distributing the ball. I scored from that position on Saturday and that was just a bonus for me. I will give 100 per cent wherever I am asked to play in the team."

Moore has been one of Wimbledon's most consistent performers this season in a debut Football League season for the club that has offered mixed fortunes. Immediately after sealing survival at Crawley on Saturday, Terry Brown spoke of his intentions to ensure that next season is not just about survival and Moore believes he is capable of doing that. "All the players and the management should be proud as the main aim was staying up," he added. "We have had a good look at it this season and looking ahead to next season, I do not think any of the sides are miles better than us. I just think we have made mistakes at vital times. If the gaffer gets new players in and we keep the majority of the squad then there is no reason why we cannot push for the play-offs. But we do not want to end this season third from bottom in the division. We have tough games coming up, but we have to give 100 per cent and try and finish as high as we can."


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Tuesday 17 April 2012
club news
Terry Brown makes heartfelt plea on behalf of club appeal

Terry Brown has made an emotional plea for people to support our Velo and Blue tickets appeal.

Half the funds raised will go to Anthony Nolan, a charity that saves the lives of people with blood cancer, with the rest going towards equipment for the club's gym. Velo and Blue tickets are now available to buy online, ahead of our Wimbledon cycling team's climb of Mont Ventoux on 30 April, and they can also be bought at Saturday's home game against Torquay United.

Wimbledon manager Terry Brown knows how important the appeal is because the Anthony Nolan charity played a crucial role in saving the life of his wife Suzy, who needed an operation last year. "It is an absolutely fantastic charity," he said. "They did a brilliant job when my wife was ill last year and there is real progress in the battle against Leukemia. They only have a tight window to get suitable donors in for bone marrow and the charity has huge success in what they do. I am certainly a very grateful husband. My wife has just had the all-clear for another six months. She has to have checks every month, but the bone marrow has been a tremendous success so far. The charity does a great job in saving the lives of young and old people alike."

The Dons fundraising team will undertake their gruelling climb of Mont Ventoux in France on 30 April. There will be a sum of £444.30 on offer for the lucky draw winner (£1 for every 10 metres of the 4,443 metres climb). The Dons fans involved are clearly gluttons for punishment as they will be climbing to the summit not once, but three times. Lottery tickets can be purchased for £2 each and the draw will be made on 1 May.

Velo & Blue tickets are now on sale online by clicking here.


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Tuesday 17 April 2012
reserve team news
Young Dons must guard against complacency says Marcus Gayle

Marcus Gayle has warned his young reserves that the hard work starts now in their treble glory bid.

Wimbledon travel to North Greenford tonight (7.30pm start) for a Suburban League Shield semi-final tie in good form as they are also closing in on the league title. But Gayle has urged his players to maintain their focus as they look to add more silverware after winning the Suburban Champions Cup last month. "We cannot underestimate North Greenford, they are in the northern section, a division below us, but we have to make sure that we give 100 per cent," said Gayle. "If we win our last four games then we are on course for a treble, but it is easier said than done. We have to apply the hard work in each game that we play. In life and especially in football, if you take things easy, then you can come unstuck. We need to have belief that we are a good side, but we must continue to show commitment in every game. We gave a good performance against Leatherhead last week. They had a good side out and we showed character and quality to win 3-2. I want to see us continue that momentum tonight."

While Gayle is understandably cautious about banging the drum for several of his players to move into the first-team picture, he says that Wimbledon is a club that will always provide that opportunity. "We are not at that stage yet and I try to keep the boys single-minded about the group that they are in and that is the reserves," he added. "But if their performances are deemed good enough by the manager, then I am sure he will get them involved with first-team training and games."

Wimbledon reserves have almost a full squad to choose from with only Ade Osifuwa (knee) and Dwayne Campbell (shoulder) out of tonight's match. Wimbledon reserves line-up: Yannick Nlate, Olu Scott, Harry Wise, Duvaine Lindo, Jim Fenlon, Frankie Merrifield, Jake Rose, Huw Johnson, Louis Sproson, Louie Theophanous, Cherno Mendy. Subs: Will Bor, Anderson Pinto, Oluyesi Daley, Reiss Garwood.


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Monday 16 April 2012
club news
Bid for fantastic Wimbledon prizes in our silent auction

Dons fans now have the chance to bid online for an excellent range of Wimbledon memorabilia.

This year's offerings in our silent auction are better than ever and prizes mark significant events in Wimbledon's history, along with other great sporting feats, and all funds raised goes to club funds. We have a framed poster marking our 10-year anniversary, a signed AFC Wimbledon shirt from the club's 2009 Blue Square South promotion season, and a 2000/2001 Wimbledon shirt, sponsored by Tiny.

Going further back, there is a signed and framed photograph of Lawrie Sanchez with the the FA Cup in 1988 and an action photograph of Alan Cork, signed by the Wimbledon great himself. Also up for grabs is a 1966 World Cup montage, signed by Sir Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters and a framed commemoration print celebrating the England cricket team's winning tour of Pakistan and Sri Lanka in 2001, signed by the likes of Michael Atherton, Nasser Hussain, Alec Stewart and Graham Thorpe.

Those interested have until midnight on Friday to bid online for 10 affordable lots covering AFC Wimbledon/Wimbledon FC and other sports memorabilia. There will be a final chance to bid in the auction, organised by Ray Armfield, in the back bar before Saturday's home match against Torquay United.

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 information can be found by clicking here.


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Monday 16 April 2012
first team news
Dons striker Charlie Strutton nears a return

Terry Brown still hopes to see Charlie Strutton in a Wimbledon shirt this season as the striker closes in on a comeback.

Strutton is ready to return to full training this week and could feature for Maidenhead United, where he has been on loan, this Saturday if he has put an ankle problem behind him. Since signing Strutton at the end of February from Chalfont St Peter, Dons boss Terry Brown has not had a chance to see him in first-team action, but he hopes that will change before the season ends. "Charlie will hopefully be training on Thursday or Friday," he said. "He is still loaned to Maidenhead at the moment and if we get him back playing for them on Saturday, then that will be good news and we might be able to look at him before the end of the season. Charlie has picked up two different injuries since coming here and it is because he is a brave boy who puts his head and foot in where it hurts. But I want to have a look at him as he is a very talented young player."

Meanwhile, centre-back Brett Johnson has today returned to full training for the first time since being injured against Rotherham, but midfielder Billy Knott has not yet fully recovered from the hamstring injury that he picked up against Southend United on Easter Monday.


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Monday 16 April 2012
first team news
Jason Prior latest: Portsmouth offer a helping hand

Jason Prior has today been discharged from hospital and will start his road to recovery with help from Portsmouth FC.

Wimbledon physio Mike Rayner has confirmed that striker Prior did suffer a double leg break on Saturday and is facing a minimum of six months out. But after being discharged from Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, Rayner agreed it was best for Prior to start his initial recovery phase closer to home and he is very grafeful for Pompey's help. "We have spoken to Steve Allen (Portsmouth physio) and their medical staff are happy to help Jason out," Rayner said. "In the short-term, he will have hospital checks and will go to Portsmouth FC until he is a bit more mobile and can come back here. He needs to be with his family at this time."

Rayner added that it was a successful operation for Prior over the weekend and he has no doubts that at just 23 years of age, he can return stronger than ever. "I have dealt with tibia fractures before with private patients and they have been able to get back to a good standard in their chosen sports. Hopefully, it will be the same with Jason. It will be six months minimum for him. He has a nail fixing the fracture site through his tibia bone (shin) and we have to wait for the two bone ends to knit together. The fibula is left to heal properly on its own."

Team-mate Sammy Moore says the players will all rally around to help Prior and they aim to visit him soon to boost his spirits. "I was right in front of him when it happened and it was a terrible tackle," he said. "I feel for the lad as he has battled back from injury after suffering bad luck on his debut against Aldershot. He came back from that and looked absolutely on fire in training. He showed what he could do with his hold-up play at Southend last week, everyone could see his quality then. A few of the lads are going to ring him after training today and wish him all the best. Hopefully, we can go down and see him when we get a couple of days off and cheer him up. I had a long-term injury last season and it makes you mentally stronger when you come back. He is going to be a massive part of this squad next season when he comes back."


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Monday 16 April 2012
club news
Knock our champion off his perch at second AFC Wimbledon Poker event

There is still time to sign up for our second AFC Wimbledon Poker tournament on Friday, 25 May, when current champion Chris Lines will be bidding to defend his crown.

After the success of our inaugural tournament, the AFC Wimbledon Poker Championship returns for what promises to be another hotly-contested event. Ricky Wellard, Kieran Djilali, Jamie Stuart and James Mulley were among the Dons first-teamers to try their luck in the first club poker event that was staged on Saturday, 11 February. But it was Lines who reigned supreme and the avid Dons supporter is keen to take on all-comers once again, including any other first-team players if they are not topping up their tans on the beach during the close season. Mulley won the Wimbledon Players' league in the previous competition after he reached the final table and the top-eight overall players at the championship are all guaranteed a cash prize.

Doors will open at 7.00pm on the night and the initial buy-in is £20. Competitors will be allowed one re-buy for £10 or a £10 booster within the first hour. You can book your seat at a table by buying in here Poker Champs or by calling Jim Piddington on 020 8247 9918. Seats are limited, so please buy in early to guarantee yourself a place in the game.


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Monday 16 April 2012
club news
Kingston Road End tickets now available for Torquay United

There are now tickets available to buy for the Torquay United match in the Kingston Road End.

Following discussions on Friday with the contractors who will be carrying out the work at the Kingston Road End of the ground, and a thorough review of the work schedule, it has been agreed that we can now have use of that terrace for our game against promotion-chasing Torquay this Saturday. This means that all season ticket holders in the Kingston Road End who were contacted about their preferences for moving to other parts of the ground for the last two games of the season will now remain in their existing position for the game against Torquay. We have a very small number of seats available for people who are unable to stand at the match and these are available to purchase in person from the club office during normal office hours.

The game will remain all-ticket and tickets for the Kingston Road End are now available to purchase either in person from the club office or online. Tickets can be bought from our online ticket shop for the Torquay United by clicking here.


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Sunday 15 April 2012
first team news
Jason Prior will receive the "best possible treatment"

Terry Brown says that Jason Prior could not be in better hands to make a full recovery after breaking his leg at Crawley Town.

The Dons boss hopes that Prior is young enough at the age of 23 to come back stronger and he has full faith in Wimbledon's medical team to help him achieve that aim. "Jason will have the best treatment that he can possibly have," said Terry Brown. "He will be looked after by the best surgeons and our physio Mike Rayner is fantastic at what he does. Jason will obviously be gutted, but he is still a young man who can come back from this. I spoke to Jack Pearce (former Bognor manager) and Jason had never missed a game for five years. But he comes to us and gets injured in his first game and is out for six weeks and now he has broken his leg. It is really bad luck."

Wimbledon defender Mat Mitchel-King believes that the tackle from Crawley's Hope Apkan was not malicious. "It is the first time that I have been involved in a game with an injury as serious as that," he admitted. "It was a sombre mood afterwards and we all wish Jason a speedy recovery. I do not think there was any malice from their player. It was a poorly timed challenge and I think if he looks back on it, then he will be disappointed himself. It was right to send him off and you never want to see anything like that in any walk of life." For a full interview with Mitchel-King, click here.


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Sunday 15 April 2012
first team news
Dons interview: Mat Mitchel-King on Prior injury and survival

Our defensive talisman wishes Jason Prior a speedy recovery from his injury and pays tribute to skipper Jamie Stuart. To hear Mat Mitchel-King's interview with WDON commentator Rob Cornell, click on audio-only .


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Sunday 15 April 2012
first team news
Post-match interview with Terry Brown after Crawley Town

Terry Brown told our WDON commentator Rob Cornell of his anguish after Jason Prior's first-half injury and spoke about Wimbledon's aim to push on next season after sealing survival. To hear the interview, click on audio-only interview.


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Saturday 14 April 2012
club news
Kingston Road End in use for Torquay game

Following discussions on Friday with the contractors who will be carrying out the work at the Kingston Road End of the ground, and a thorough review of the work schedule, it has been agreed that we can now have use of that terrace for our game against Torquay United on Saturday 21 April. This means that all season ticket holders in the Kingston Road End who were contacted about their preferences for moving to other parts of the ground for the last two games of the season will now remain in their existing position for the game against Torquay.

The game will remain all-ticket and tickets for the Kingston Road End will shortly be available to purchase from the online ticket shop accessed via the front page of this website. These tickets are for home fans only. We have already received many requests for seat tickets and we are reviewing the availability and will make a further announcement about seated tickets in the Paul Strank Stand shortly.



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Saturday 14 April 2012
first team news
Survival is "massive" for Wimbledon says boss

Terry Brown has already set his sights on making Wimbledon a stronger force next season after guiding us to survival this afternoon.

Macclesfield's failure to beat Crewe Alexandra made mathematically certain of League 2 football for next season and Brown's side did their bit by earning a 1-1 draw at Crawley. But the Dons boss wants next season to be about more than just merely surviving. "It is a massive step forward for the whole club, the fans and hopefully the players," he said. "They can now relax a bit now and hopefully play a bit more football. I am delighted that we now have the points on the board because I would not have wanted to have been sweating over it with the form we have been in lately. But you can see a difference between the top teams and ourselves, we have to try and strive to bridge that gap next season. We have to get better players and we have to improve as a unit."

See the official website later this weekend for a full audio interview with Terry Brown.


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Saturday 14 April 2012
first team news
Jason Prior injury update

Wimbledon club physio Mike Rayner said that striker Jason Prior is likely to have suffered a double leg break in this afternoon's 1-1 draw at Crawley.

Prior was rushed to East Surrey Hospital in Redhill after a rash sixth minute challenge from Hope Apkan. And Rayner admitted the initial indications are not good. "The feedback so far from the hospital, without the X-ray, is that he has broken both his tibia and fibula," said Rayner. "He has been put in plaster and is in a lot of pain at the moment. He is staying in the hospital and they will decide whether to operate on him tonight or tomorrow. We will update everyone as soon as we know more. It is a nasty one, but we will look after Jason. We got him back when he had his knee problem and we will get him right again and hopefully he will be back in a Wimbledon shirt in the near future."


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Saturday 14 April 2012
first team news
Dons seal League 2 survival at Crawley Town

Wimbledon did their bit to seal survival today with a 1-1 draw at the Broadfield Stadium that was completely overshadowed by a terrible injury to Jason Prior.

Striker Prior suffered a suspected double leg break after a tackle from Hope Apkan that received a straight red card from referee Darren Drysdale. Sammy Moore put the visitors into the lead with a 77th minute strike, but Crawley earned a point with a goal from Gary Alexander four minutes later. However, Macclesfield's failure to beat Crewe Alexandra meant that the Dons were mathematically safe regardless of our result at Crawley Town today.

See our match section for a full report.


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Saturday 14 April 2012
club news
Reminder about Crawley ticket arrangements

Dons fans going to today's game at the Broadfield Stadium should note that you must buy your ticket before entry; you cannot pay at the turnstiles. Tickets can be purchased from 12.00 noon at the ticket booths and we advise you to allow plenty of time for queuing to get your ticket.

All seat tickets for the West Stand are sold out, but there are still terrace places available.


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Friday 13 April 2012
first team news
Dons defender relishes a clash with Crawley Town man

Gareth Gwillim is relishing the potential prospect of a head-to-head battle with his old Histon team-mate Josh Simpson tomorrow.

Dons left-back Gwillim will be reunited with Simpson at the Broadfield Stadium with the pair having played together during Histon's glory days when they upset Leeds United in the FA Cup in 2008, a match that Mat Mitchel-King and Jack Midson also played in. But his friendship with Simpson only serves as another motivating factor for Gwillim against a Crawley side that Wimbledon have had an increasing rivalry with in recent years. "There are a few lads who I know there, including Josh Simpson," said Gwillim. "I will have a little dig at him if he is on the pitch and you always want bragging rights over your former team-mates. Hopefully, with the way Crawley are at the moment, they will be a bit disjointed and we can get at them. It is a good rivalry that we have against Crawley. To get someone in with the pedigree of Steve Coppell cannot be a bad thing for them. But we want to get to 50 points and after looking like getting there easily a few weeks ago, we will now have to do it the hard way."

Gwillim admits that is has been a tough debut season for the Dons in the Football League, but he says the squad have gradually adapted to the challenges along the way. "Every team has been stronger and fitter than we had been used to," he added. "But I have really enjoyed it as I love the physical battles. There are a lot more players at this level though that should be playing higher, for example Nick Powell at Crewe. There have been a few games when we should have done better, but I think we have acquitted ourselves well. Survival was our aim and hopefully we can achieve that now."


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Friday 13 April 2012
club news
Dons draw results

The April Dons Draw took place today at The Cherry Red Records Stadium.

Winning numbers were drawn in the presence of David Charles (Operations Director), Neil Messenbird (Dons Draw Administrator) and Phil Clarke (Chief Safety Officer.)

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

First prize of £1000 - ticket 3061 - Melanie Whitehouse - B64

Second prize of £500 - ticket 1429 - David Kelly - UB10

Third prize of £250 - ticket 3618 - Alan Cotterill - PO10

Fourth prize of £150 - ticket 0021 - Nigel Standish - GU27

Fifth prize of £100 - ticket 2935 - Jack Yeomanson - SW18

Sixth prize of £75 - ticket 0783 - Edward Halls - KT8

Congratulations to all six prize winners.

The next Dons Draw will take place on or around the 15 May 2012 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 £2075 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 April 2012 Dons Draw is 8:00pm 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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Friday 13 April 2012
cfs news
Sainsbury's Active Kids vouchers appeal

Dons fans who have collected Sainsbury's Active Kids vouchers still have time to hand them into the club.

The joint initiative with the supermarket will support our AFC Wimbledon Community Football Scheme by providing vital equipment for young footballers. We wish to thank everyone who has so far donated vouchers with the collection period in Sainsbury’s stores having ended on Tuesday, 10 April. However, if you have collected vouchers there is still time to drop them off at the club during office hours on weekdays, or hand them in at the ticket window before the Torquay United match on 21 April.

Meanwhile, the Wimbledon Community Football Scheme's term-time courses for block five start on Saturday, 21 April, at Wimbledon Park. This follows the success of our Easter Holiday courses and information can be found here. You can also keep up to date with the Wimbledon Community Football Scheme by following @afcwimbledoncfs on Twitter.


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Friday 13 April 2012
club news
Dons sponsor makes Armed Forces offer

Our programme sponsor, Moorad Choudhry, has invited those who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan to end the season in style at Wimbledon.

Choudhry is offering five pairs of tickets for his sponsorship of the Shrewsbury game on Saturday 5 May to those who have served in the Armed Forces. The offer is not just open to season ticket or Dons Trust members and is a unique opportunity for anyone who fits the bill to enjoy the match-day experience at AFC Wimbledon. The tickets will include a meal in the carvery before the game, access to the President's Lounge and seats in the Directors' Box. The match sponsors are also responsible for choosing the man of the match and presenting the award.

Please e-mail here if you are interested in the tickets. The winners will be selected by a random draw to take place on Thursday 19 April.


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Thursday 12 April 2012
first team news
Boss says it's time to reward the Dons fans at Crawley Town

Terry Brown has urged his players to repay the faith of the Dons fans by finally sealing survival at Crawley Town.

Though Wimbledon are close to safety, the Dons boss accepts that his side have put their fans through the mill in recent weeks by failing to make survival mathematically certain. But they can do that with a win at the Broadfield Stadium on Saturday and now could be a good time to play Crawley Town, according to Terry Brown. "We go there on the back of three defeats and not in the best of form at the moment," he said. "But we are playing them at the right time because they are missing several key players. They have a lot to play for as they are going for promotion, but we still need to get to 50 points. I have been saying that for the last three games and we have not got anything. It is time that we got back to winning ways. As far as the fans here are concerned, they are the club, and they would be delighted if we could get three points at Crawley."

Wimbledon's visit to Broadfield marks a new era at big-spending Crawley with their successful managerial duo of Steve Evans and Paul Raynor having quit the club for Rotherham. Steve Coppell has since been installed as director of football with Craig Brewster as caretaker manager. But Crawley have selection problems for Saturday with suspended pair Claude Davis and Pablo Mills among the players unavailable on Saturday. Charlie Wassmer, Ben Smith and John Akinde have therefore all been recalled from their loan spells to fill the gaps. Terry Brown also has a weakened defence though with injuries to Brett Johnson and Callum McNaughton meaning he has just two fit centre-backs.

But whatever the personnel, Terry Brown is expecting a fiery encounter on Saturday with the rivalry between Wimbledon and Crawley stemming back to those memorable battles last season when both clubs were vying for promotion. "It promises to be a great game against Crawley and I am looking forward to it," he added. "Steve Coppell has come into the club and he is a steady pair of hands. He has a fantastic CV, both as a player and a manager, and it will be a pleasure to pit my wits against him. I am sure that this game will be another high-tempo one as they always are against Crawley. We have four games left that are all vitally important for the teams that we are playing, but they are also important to us too."


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Thursday 12 April 2012
youth news
Dons Academy focus

Our successful Academy set-up was today the focus of media attention with an article featured online in the Richmond and Twickenham Times, along with the Wimbledon Guardian newspaper. The articles focused on how the Dons recently retained the talents of 13-year-old Reece Williams-Bowers, despite the interests of Premier League Fulham, and the good work done by our Centre of Excellence Manager, Jeremy Sauer. To view the article, please click on Youth focus.


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Thursday 12 April 2012
first team news
Dons defender receives a helping hand in his recuperation

Callum McNaughton has been backed to shrug off his injury problems and have a long career in the game by someone who knows exactly what he is going through.

McNaughton, who suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury to his knee two weeks ago, has not had far to turn for advice in his recuperation with team-mate Gareth Gwillim having suffered a similar injury when he was a youngster. McNaughton this week had a successful knee operation, but he faces a long road to recovery and the ex-West Ham defender admitted in an interview that he does not know when he will return.

However, left-back Gwillim suffered an even worse injury at the age of 18 and he has since gone on to have a long career. "I ruptured my ACL and LCL (lateral collateral ligament) just a couple of days after my 18th birthday at Crystal Palace and I was out for 13 months in total," said the 29-year-old. "I had to have two operations and my injury was worse than Callum's, but it was the longest I have been out in my career. But after being out for that long, you can deal with it better when you are out for just a few weeks. With my experience I can help Callum and try and talk him through it. I can let him know the mistakes that I made and the things that I thought really helped at the time. I have tried to do that and he should not think it is all doom and gloom. I have played nearly 500 games since and you can come back better than ever. I was told that once you have had the operation, then the area is stronger than before and I have never had a problem with it again."


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Thursday 12 April 2012
club news
Celebrate Wimbledon's 10 years with the players

There are still places available for our end of season dinner that takes place on Saturday 12 May.

The first free weekend after the end of the League 2 season offers Dons fans a chance to celebrate our 10-year anniversary. To be held at the Cherry Red Records Stadium, the event provides an opportunity to mingle with the players and coaching staff, who will be guests of honour on the night. Speeches from manager Terry Brown and our player of the season follows the dinner in the Ethelred Suite (back bar), while the middle bar hosts the pre-meal reception and post-dinner entertainment. An auction and a raffle for Wimbledon FC and AFC Wimbledon memorabilia will take place after the meal. Tickets cost £65 for individuals or £600 for a table of ten. Space is limited in the Ethelred Suite so we recommend booking tickets as soon as possible. Contact our commercial team by e-mail here or by phone on 020 8547 3336. The dress code will be lounge suit.


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Thursday 12 April 2012
first team news
Dons injury update for Crawley Town

Terry Brown has confirmed that he only has two fit centre-backs for the trip to Crawley after Brett Johnson suffered an injury setback.

Terry Brown expected to have Johnson back for Saturday's match as he was due to join in full training. However, the defender has this afternoon been ruled out with the gluteus maximus injury that he suffered in the defeat against Rotherham. It means that Mat Mitchel-King and Jamie Stuart will be Wimbledon's only two first-team centre-backs available for the match at the Broadfield Stadium. Terry Brown confirmed: "Brett has had a setback as he did not respond well to treatment today and we are looking at next weekend rather than this weekend for him. It means that we still only have two available centre-halves for Saturday."

Midfielder Billy Knott only has an outside chance of making the squad for Saturday after suffering a hamstring injury during the 2-0 defeat at Southend United on Monday. "There is no chance of him starting," added Terry Brown. "He probably has a chance of being on the bench, but I would say that is only a 40 per cent chance. We might take time to get him 100 per cent ready for the following week."


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Thursday 12 April 2012
reserve team news
Marcus Gayle demands more from Dons goal hero

Cherno Mendy came within inches of celebrating a superb hat-trick last night - and finally shutting-up his biggest critic.

Mendy struck twice in a thrilling 3-2 Suburban League Shield quarter-final win for Wimbledon reserves against Leatherhead last night and hit the crossbar. However, it was not enough to completely silence Marcus Gayle. "I have told Cherno that he needs to get me 10 goals this season," said the Dons reserves boss. "He is on nine, but he has hit the bar, and he has three or four more games to get another goal for us. I am trying to get as many of our players into double figures for the season as I can. Cherno could be the fourth player to do that and we are trying to share the goals around."

Gayle nominated Olu Scott as his man of the match for a powerful display from right-back that included setting up the opening goal for in-form top goalscorer Louie Theophanous. However, visitors Leatherhead struck two quick goals for a 2-1 lead and it needed Mendy's first goal on the stroke of half-time to draw them level. But five minutes into the second-half came what turned out to be the winner when Reiss Garwood's header was saved and Mendy was there again to follow-up. Mendy came tantalisingly close to his hat-trick when he struck the crossbar and Theophanous had a fine effort saved, but three was just enough in the end.

It was a performance that pleased Gayle, who is hoping to lead Wimbledon to a fine treble as they are also closing in on the Suburban League title after winning the Champions Cup last month. "We are into the semi-final of this competition now and we want to end the season on a high," he added. "It has been a long, hard season and a lot of new faces have come in. They have all gradually improved as the season has gone on. Charlie Fayers came on wide left in the second-half, he showed nice touches, and Owen Roberts made his first appearance at centre-back. It was also only a third game for Charlie Craigg. I am always pleased when the youngsters come through. I think they relish stepping up into a squad that plays good football with a winning mentality. We are here to play good football and try to produce players for the first-team. But we also want to win and it is great for the players to get used to playing pressurised, winning football. Leatherhead were a good side, but every match for us is like a Cup Final as everyone wants to beat us, and our players have had to get used to that."

Wimbledon reserves: Yannick Nlate, Olu Scott, Anderson Pinto, Huw Johnson, Dwayne Campbell, Oluyesi Daley (Owen Roberts), Jake Rose (Charlie Craigg), Louis Sproson, Reiss Garwood, Louie Theophanous, Cherno Mendy (Charlie Fayers).


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Wednesday 11 April 2012
club news
Dons feature: a decade of changes

The first of our features on 10 years at AFC Wimbledon focuses on the changes that physio Mike Rayner has helped implement to our medical approach. The full feature can be viewed here.


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Wednesday 11 April 2012
club news
Cult film star promises a night to remember at Wimbledon

The man who starred as Spider in cult film Quadrophenia cannot wait to roll back the years at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

Gary Shail will be special guest at Kingsmeadow Live's Quadrophenia night that offers a unique opportunity for fans of the classic 1970s movie to relive the moments that have earned the film a worldwide appeal. There will be a chance to sing the soundtracks by The Who and quote-along with Jimmy, Steph, Spider, Chalky and Monkey as we play a re-run of the film in full. There will also be a short question-and-answer session with Shail, followed by music from Quadrophonia, a tribute band to The Who.

Shail says the appeal of Quadrophenia has grown massively since its heyday and he relishes opportunities to pay tribute to the 1979 film that portrayed the clash of two rival youth cults - the mods and the rockers - in 1960s Brighton. "We had a Quadrophenia reunion a few years ago at Earls Court as part of a classic film event and we did not think many people would turn up, but there were queues of people," he said. "Quadrophenia is more popular now than it ever was. I have been over to America and a lot of the kids know it over there now and it is the same in Japan. I think it caught the imagination because it was so real and it reflected life. The directors also made us get to know each other so much during the filming. For six weeks we were learning to ride scooters and doing the dance moves from the 1960s. We all became mates and I think that comes across in the film."

Shail celebrated his 18th birthday during the making of Quadrophenia and now aged 52, his enthusiasm for the film has not dimmed. "I am really looking forward to Saturday," he added. "I did something like this in America last year for the film I was in called Shock Treatment, which was a follow-up to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. That involved audience participation and I think this kind of thing could take off over here. It should be a right laugh on Saturday and it could be a raucous evening."

Admission is £10 for the event that goes on until late as there will be DJs playing until 1am. Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling 020 8247 9918.


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Wednesday 11 April 2012
first team news
Jamie Stuart aims to end his Wimbledon career on a high

Captain Jamie Stuart says he is determined to end his Wimbledon stay on a high by showing how much the club means to him.

The 35-year-old was recalled by manager Terry Brown for the trip to Southend United on Monday after over a month out of the first-team picture. Though Stuart admits that he has no future with Wimbledon, the centre-back says he will give 100 per cent if called up again during the end-of-season run-in. "I had a good chat with Terry, he was honest with me, and I was honest with him," said Stuart. "I know I will not be here next season, but I told the manager that if I am needed again, then I will put the shirt on and give 100 per cent. I will carry on doing that for the rest of the season if required. I am here to play as I love the fans and everyone involved with the club."

Terry Brown admitted recently that Wimbledon may not have achieved Football League promotion last season without the influence of Stuart. And though the defender was left out of the squad recently, Stuart insists he holds no grudges. "I am not worried about myself as I have other options for next season," he said. "It is just football that one day you are in and then the next you are out. At the end of the day, I am still paid to play here and if called upon, then I will give my all. We have been very unlucky with centre-backs here with Pim going back from his loan, along with injuries to Callum McNaughton and Brett Johnson. I had not played for over a month and I thought I would be more tired after the game, but I was all right. It was frustrating as we defended well in the first-half, but it ended up being the same old story as we conceded a goal from a set-piece. It was nice for me to play first-team football again, but I was obviously disappointed with the result."


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Wednesday 11 April 2012
club news
Crawley Town travel update

There are still spaces available on our supporters' coach for Saturday's visit to the Broadfield Stadium.

The coach will pick up from The Grove at 12.00 noon and from the Cherry Red Records Stadium at 12.30pm. The price is £10 and bookings can be made by contacting the club office on 020 8547 3528 during normal office hours. Ticket information for the Crawley Town match can be found on the away tickets page.


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Wednesday 11 April 2012
reserve team news
Marcus Gayle's young side hunt for more silverware tonight

Wimbledon reserves will be bidding to maintain their treble glory bid when they entertain Leatherhead tonight (7.45pm kick-off).

Marcus Gayle's young squad have already bagged the Suburban League Champions Cup and they will win the title if they win their final two games. But first they aim to continue their run in the Suburban League Shield with a chance to move into the last-four of the competition by beating Leatherhead in a quarter-final clash at Walton Casuals. Wimbledon reserves edged closer to winning the Suburban League by beating Tooting and Mitcham last Thursday with goals from in-form marksman Louie Theophanous and Olu Scott. With nearest challengers Woking slipping up against Boreham Wood, it means that maximum points from their final two games will clinch the league title for Wimbledon.


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Tuesday 10 April 2012
youth news
Dons youngsters show seniors the way with Crawley Town draw

AFC Wimbledon's U18 team produced a spirited performance to earn a point at Crawley Town today.

The young Dons eventually had to settle for a 2-2 draw after being pegged back near the end of an entertaining Football League Youth Alliance match that came just four days before Wimbledon's seniors travel to the Broadfield Stadium. Wimbledon were 1-0 down at half-time with their opponents scoring through a first-half penalty, but it was a different story after the break as the visitors bounced back. Their second-half pressure paid off when Chace Jacqhaurt was brought down in the box and Andre Morgan made no mistake from the penalty spot. Morgan then turned provider to set-up Emmanuel Akiotu, who finished superbly to put the Dons 2-1 up. The visitors missed chances to seal it though and were made to pay when Crawley equalised with 15 minutes to go.

Wimbledon Head of Youth, Mark Robinson, was pleased with their performance. He said: "Crawley are a good side and they drew with Brighton at the weekend so it was a decent result. We felt that we could have nicked a win with the chances we had, but a draw was fair in the end." Robinson could not separate promising right-back Jim Fenlon and Jacqhaurt for the man of the match award.


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Tuesday 10 April 2012
first team news
Vote for players of the year at Torquay United match

There is just one week to go for Wimbledon fans to nominate the players who deserve special acclaim for guiding us through our debut Football League season.

Fans can vote in person for the WISA Allen Batsford Player of the Year award and the Young Player of the Year accolade at tomorrow's match against Torquay United or by e-mailing the club. Sam Hatton and Seb Brown were the respective recipients of last year's awards and the race is now on to choose the next worthy winners, who will receive their prizes after our last home game of the season against Shrewsbury on 5 May. The Young Player of the Year winner will receive the Natalie Callow Memorial Trophy, donated by the Womble Underground Press. Only first-team players who were 21 years or younger at the start of this season can be voted for in this category. The full list of eligible players is as follows: Seb Brown, Chris Bush, Kieran Djilali, Fraser Franks, Reece Jones, Billy Knott, Ryan Jackson, Brendan Kiernan, Callum McNaughton, George Moncur, Jack Turner, Rashid Yussuff.

All fans may vote, but if you're a WISA or Dons Trust member, or a season ticket holder, please provide one of your membership/season ticket numbers when you vote. Voting is open until midnight on Friday, 27 April, so fans can still fill in a slip available from our volunteers or from behind the club bars at the Torquay United game. However, you can send in nominations by e-mailing here. Indicate your choice (s) in the subject line of the e-mail, clearly showing the player and the category, e.g. POTY (player's name), YPOTY (player's name). Please include your own name and any membership or season ticket number in the message. Votes for Young Player of the Year can also be sent by e-mailing here.


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Tuesday 10 April 2012
first team news
Pim makes his mark after Dons loan spell

Pim Balkestein showed the benefit of his Wimbledon loan spell by helping Brentford boost their League 1 play-off hopes yesterday.

The towering centre-back, who made six first-team appearances for the Dons during a one-month loan spell that ended on Friday, shrugged off a broken toe to help the Bees to a 0-0 draw at Hartlepool. Balkestein came on as a 73rd minute substitute and earned words of praise from Brentford manager Uwe Rosler for his brave display. "Pim went on loan to show everyone what he can do and to get match-fit," he said. "We needed his qualities at Hartlepool so that we could get a result. He has some problem with his toe, but he bit his lip and wanted to play - that is a good sign."


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Tuesday 10 April 2012
club news
Torquay United match is a sell-out

All terrace and seat tickets for our home match against Torquay United on 21 April have been sold.

The final 100 tickets for the visit of promotion-chasers Torquay - our penultimate home game of the season - were snapped up over the Easter weekend. Our last home game of the campaign against Shrewbury Town on 5 May has already been announced as a sell-out.


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Tuesday 10 April 2012
first team news
On-loan Sunderland man relieved to extend Dons deal

Billy Knott admitted he was relieved not to end his loan spell on a sorry note at Southend United yesterday.

The dynamic midfielder, who has become a firm favourite with the Dons faithful, was due to head back to Sunderland today after three months with Wimbledon. That would have meant a sour end to Knott's successful loan spell as he came off after just 36 minutes at Roots Hall yesterday with a hamstring injury and the Dons were eventually beaten 2-0. However, Dons boss Terry Brown confirmed afterwards that Knott's loan deal has been extended and the player himself is relishing more chances with Wimbledon. "It was a disappointing for me today," he said. "My hamstring is still a bit sore, but hopefully I can recover in the next few days and be ready for Crawley. There were a lot of people supporting me here today as I am from Canvey Island and I thank them for that. It has been brilliant for me at Wimbledon. Everyone knows that I have enjoyed it immensely here. I cannot thank the gaffer and the club enough and the fans have been top-drawer for me."

The 19-year-old is eager to continue impressing during the rest of the season though. "I was ready to go back to Sunderland after the game, but Wimbledon asked me to stay on Saturday and it is a bit of a relief," Knott added. "That is really good for me and hopefully I can get four more games under my belt. I have just tweaked the hamstring, but I am due in on Wednesday and I will have to see what happens then. Hopefully, I will be back for this weekend, if not, then the week after."


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Tuesday 10 April 2012
first team news
Post-match interview with Terry after Southend United

Our WDON commentator Michael Taliadoros caught up with Terry Brown after the 2-0 defeat at Southend United yesterday. To watch the video in full, click on video interview. To hear the audio version, click on audio-only interview.


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Monday 09 April 2012
first team news
Front pair were the only positives says Dons boss

Terry Brown said that the performances of Jason Prior and Byron Harrison were the only positives to take from our defeat at Southend United.

Striker Prior showed up well in his first taste of action since the end of January and his partnership with Harrison at least offered Wimbledon another option, according to the Dons boss. But Terry Brown admitted that his side did not do enough to earn a point at Roots Hall.

"It is very difficult to take positives on the back of three straight defeats," he said. "It was frustrating to come away with nothing because I do not think that we offered enough in the second-half. There was not enough of a goal threat from us to say that we deserved anything out of the game.

"I was really pleased with the first-half and in particular the performances of Jason and Byron. They both worked really hard up front and held the ball up well. But I wanted us to get the ball down and play in the second-half and we did not do that. We need to go direct more often, but we were doing that too much during the second-half and we need to find more of a balance."

See the official website tomorrow for a full interview with Terry Brown.



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Monday 09 April 2012
first team news
Wimbledon extend loan deals for youngsters

Terry Brown has confirmed that Billy Knott and George Moncur have had their loan deals extended until the end of the season.

Today's defeat to Southend United was expected to be the last game at Wimbledon for the midfield pair after three months for both of them at the club, but boss Terry Brown has decided to prolong their stays due to injuries. It means that Knott and Moncur will not go back to their parent clubs at Sunderland and West Ham respectively. "We have extended their loan deals until the end of the season," he said. "We have lost two centre-backs through injury and Mat Mitchel-King should not really have played in the second-half today. If we lose two more midfield players then we would not have enough left."


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Monday 09 April 2012
first team news
Dons slip to third defeat on the bounce

Wimbledon were condemned to their third successive defeat after they found promotion-chasers Southend too strong in the end.

After a battling performance for long spells at Roots Hall, the Dons were eventually beaten 2-0 with goals from Freddy Eastwood in the 69th minute and Anthony Grant in the last minute of normal time.

See our match section for a full report.


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Monday 09 April 2012
first team news
Jason Prior handed a first Wimbledon start at Southend

Terry Brown has this afternoon handed Jason Prior his first Wimbledon start at Southend United.

Striker Prior comes in as one of seven changes to the side that started against Rotherham. Top scorer Jack Midson drops to the bench with Prior partnering our record signing Byron Harrison up front. Jamie Stuart's return is confirmed and he comes straight back in as captain.

Dons line-up: Seb Brown, Sam Hatton, Chris Bush, Mat Mitchel-King, Jamie Stuart, Billy Knott, Sammy Moore, George Moncur, Byron Harrison, Jason Prior, Christian Jolley. Subs: Gareth Gwillim, Jack Turner, Jack Midson, Luke Moore, Rashid Yussuff.


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Sunday 08 April 2012
first team news
Jack Midson admits he almost signed for Southend United

Jack Midson says he will relish an opportunity to end his mini-goalscoring drought on Monday against the club he nearly joined last year.

Midson returns to Roots Hall as the joint top scorer in League Two with 18 goals and he admits that he could have signed for promotion-chasers Southend after a successful loan spell with them last season. Dons boss Terry Brown is expected to ring the changes to his starting line-up at Southend and Midson just hopes he gets a chance to show what he can do. "I was on loan there for a month and it went alright as I scored a couple of goals," he said. "They wanted to extend the loan, but then Oxford called me back. There were talks with Southend before I came to Wimbledon, but nothing was put in writing. There has been talk that Terry will change the side around and look to play the other guys, but I am not sure if he will now as we want to get to 50 points. If I am playing I will give it a go. I have not scored for four or five games, which is not good enough for me. I have looked at the DVD's and I have had a hand in the last seven or eight goals though so I have been contributing in other ways, but I need to start scoring again."

Midson believes Wimbledon's second-half improvement against Rotherham showed that an in-form Christian Jolley provides an extra edge to their attacking threat. "I think we are at our best when Jolley is up there as he is really good to play up front with," he added. "Luke Moore has scored some fantastic goals, but I think he is best playing behind the front two. When I was at Oxford they wanted me to hold the ball up and play differently to here. Terry wants me to run the channels and that is all well and good when we are getting the ball into those areas, but we did not do that in the first-half. It was better in the second-half and that showed by the amount of chances that we had. We should have got to 50 points ages ago with the potential that we have got, but the bottom two are still on 36 points and I cannot see them winning all their games. We should be safe, but we can't take it for granted yet."


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Sunday 08 April 2012
dons trust news
Dons Trust update

The Dons Trust board held its monthly meeting last Monday, 2 April.

The monthly report from the football club board included the status of the Kingston Road End development, which is due to start next week and be completed in time for the start of next season. Details of this were discussed, along with the plans for financing the project. Erik Samuelson has been in talks with Supporters Direct on some innovative ways of raising funds on a large scale.

Commercial and youth development matters discussed included the kit design competition, and AFC Wimbledon's participation in "London United", a consortium of clubs looking for London-wide funding, which each club would be unlikely to win on its own. The second half of the meeting looked at ideas for increasing investment and fundraising, and the latest progress on the Action Plan. Finally, the board rounded up the preparations for the next SGM, which is due to be held on May 2 at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.


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Sunday 08 April 2012
first team news
Dons interview: Ricky Wellard backs Byron Harrison to come good

Ricky Wellard spoke to our WDON commentator Rob Cornell about his recent return to the first-team and he is relishing the chance to link-up again with his former Ashford Town team-mate Byron Harrison. To hear the interview, click on audio-only interview.


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Sunday 08 April 2012
first team news
Sammy Moore salutes returning Dons captain

Sammy Moore says Jamie Stuart's surprise return will provide inspiration for Wimbledon at Roots Hall tomorrow.

Dynamic midfielder Moore, who will also be back in the side at Southend United after a two-match suspension, backed Terry Brown's decision to hand Stuart another chance after over a month out of the first-team. "To have Jamie back in the side will give us a massive boost going into Monday and hopefully we can get the three points," said Moore, who had the honour of being captain for the match against Plymouth Argyle. "I have spoken to Jamie about it and he cannot wait to play. He is a good talker and always gives 100 per cent in matches and in training. Jamie is a great example to all the boys and everyone in the squad respects him. He has just got his head down and continued to give his best in training since he has been out. We always said that if Jamie came back then whoever had the armband would give it back to him."

Terry Brown admitted after Wimbledon's defeat against Rotherham on Friday that his side were a bit lightweight in midfield, but Moore's return will add much-needed bite in the centre of the park. And Moore says he is relishing the chance to push the Dons closer to sealing League 2 safety. "I have had a couple of games out and I cannot wait to get going again," he added. "The results have not gone for us and I want to play my part in putting that right on Monday. We owe the fans a little bit after our first-half performance (against Rotherham) and we want to get the three points so everyone can relax a bit. When we played Southend previously we were the better side before Christian Jolley got sent off. We have a great opportunity to go down there and show what we an do. We have no fear about playing them and if we can get the ball down and play our football, then we can definitely get the right result."


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Sunday 08 April 2012
club news
Shrewsbury game sold out

All home terrace and seat tickets for our last game of the season against Shrewsbury Town on 5 May have been sold.

There are just 100 tickets for the John Smith's Stand still available for our home game against Torquay United on Saturday 21 April. They can be bought from our online ticket shop accessed via the home page of this website. It is expected that they too will sell out over this Easter weekend so we advise fans to buy without delay.


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Saturday 07 April 2012
first team news
Extended highlights of Rotherham match

It may have ended in frustration for the Dons, but there was no lack of goalmouth action in our 2-1 defeat against Rotherham. To relive the goals and near misses, click on Dons highlights.


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Saturday 07 April 2012
first team news
Post-match interview with Terry Brown

Terry Brown spoke of his frustration after the Rotherham defeat and revealed that our former captain Jamie Stuart will return for the trip to Southend United on Monday. To watch the video in full, click on video interview. To hear the interview, click on audio-only interview.


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Saturday 07 April 2012
first team news
Dons interview: Jack Turner on his Football League debut

Wimbledon goalkeeper Jack Turner's big day finally arrived yesterday afternoon when he made his League 2 debut against Rotherham. Our WDON commentator Rob Cornell caught up with him for a chat. To hear the interview, click on audio-only interview.


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Saturday 07 April 2012
reserve team news
Young Dons earn praise after edging closer to title

Wimbledon reserves moved closer to winning the Suburban League title with a performance that impressed Marcus Gayle.

A 2-0 home victory against Tooting and Mitcham United on Thursday night means that Wimbledon will hold off nearest challengers Woking and win the league if they can win their final two games. A penalty from Olu Scott - his first goal for the reserves - and another goal from in-form striker Louie Theophanous sealed the points at Walton Casuals. The victory was particularly pleasing for Dons reserve team boss Gayle as he had called for a response from his side after two recent setbacks. His side were beaten 2-0 by Sutton United last Saturday and then several of the second string were involved in our 2-1 midweek defeat to Hendon in the London Senior Cup.

Marcus Gayle said: "It was a solid performance and it was a good reaction from us. I have pressured Olu to get a goal as he has not scored since joining us in December and I told him if we got a penalty then he should take it. Matt Cunnington came in from the Academy and had a good game at left-back and Dan Sweeney did a very good job in midfield, he made a big difference when he came on as substitute."


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Saturday 07 April 2012
club news
The new Kingston Road End stand

The programme for the Rotherham game included an article updating fans on the new stand at the Kingston Road End, as well as other news re the east (formerly John Smith's) stand. This article can be read by clicking here.


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Friday 06 April 2012
first team news
Dons boss says his side deserved all three points

Terry Brown felt that Wimbledon's much-improved second-half performance deserved all three points against Rotherham.

The Dons spurned a host of chances to put the Millers to the sword before an 83rd minute Sam Hoskins winner earned all three points for Rotherham. And Terry Brown believes the outcome was harsh on his players, who responded to stern words from their boss at half-time.

"I thought we were well below par in the first-half and they completely dominated in the first 30 minutes," he said. "We were always looking dangerous on the break even when they were murdering us. You have to earn the right to play in League 2, you cannot just go out there and say we are playing 4-4-2 and we want to play our football.

"They pressed us and won every tackle in the first-half. It was like we did not have a midfield out there. I made changes at half-time, we changed the system and that seemed to suit us better. We won more battles in midfield and I thought we created enough chances to have won the game. I felt we were the only side that would have won it at 1-1."

See the official website later this weekend for a full video and audio interview.


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Friday 06 April 2012
first team news
Terry Brown confirms Jamie Stuart return for Southend

Jamie Stuart will return to the Dons line-up for the first time for over a month at Southend United on Monday.

Boss Terry Brown confirmed that Wimbledon's former skipper will be straight in from the start at Roots Hall with Brett Johnson having suffered an injury today. It means that centre-back Stuart, who played a crucial part in our promotion last season, will be restored to the heart of the defence. Terry Brown said: "Brett will be out for Monday and that leaves us with Jamie Stuart to come back in, which is great. We nearly lost Jamie and he is a winner who will come in and compete at Southend."

Sammy Moore will also be back in the side at Roots Hall and the Dons boss says that his influence was really missed during today's 2-1 defeat against Rotherham. "We were not strong enough without Sammy in the midfield," said Terry Brown. "Without Sammy out there and Pim we looked a bit lightweight. I am disappointed that we did not get anything out of it today."


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Friday 06 April 2012
first team news
Dons slip to defeat after late Rotherham goal

Wimbledon came up short in their bid to move closer to League 2 safety when Rotherham substitute Sam Hoskins condemned them to defeat.

Hoskins struck in the 83rd minute to earn a 2-1 win for the Millers as a much improved second-half performance from the Dons came to nothing. Luke Moore had cancelled out Ben Pringle's 34th minute strike with a superb strike in the 65th minute.

See out match section for a full report.


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Friday 06 April 2012
first team news
Jack Turner starts for the Dons against Rotherham

Jack Turner has this afternoon been handed his League 2 debut by boss Terry Brown.

The Wimbledon boss has decided to rest ever-present goalkeeper Seb Brown to give Turner a chance and there are two other changes to the side that started against Accrington Stanley. Kieran Djilali makes his first start since 17 September in place of Christian Jolley and Brett Johnson returns in defence with Pim Balkestein injured.

Dons side: Jack Turner, Sam Hatton, Mat Mitchel-King, Brett Johnson, Gareth Gwillim, Rashid Yussuff, George Moncur, Ricky Wellard, Kieran Djilali, Luke Moore, Jack Midson. Subs: Seb Brown, Byron Harrison, Chris Bush, Christian Jolley, Billy Knott.


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Friday 06 April 2012
club news
Dons fans can help us win £30,000

Dons fans have been issued with a challenge to leave all our League 2 rivals in the shade and win us £30,000.

The main sponsors of the Football League, npower, have launched a Facebook Challenge with each of its clubs being set a target (based on their average attendance) to sign up to the Fanpower Stadium. The first club to reach that specified target in each division wins £10,000 and there are also individual prizes to be won by fans. There is also an additional £20,000 to be won by using your social networking skills. This can be done on Facebook and Twitter in the following ways:

- Checking in at the stadium (Facebook only)

- Mentioning Terry Brown or any first team player's name (Facebook & Twitter)

- Mentioning the Dons, Wombles or Crazy Gang (Facebook & Twitter)

- Use the #fanpowerstadium hashtag (Twitter only)

Of course, making sure you share your support of the Dons with your friends can only help support our drive to win £30,000 for the club. Join by visiting www.facebook.com/npowerfootballleague


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Friday 06 April 2012
club news
Late appeal for more ST voucher returns

We have had an unusually low number of ST voucher returns for today's game against Rotherham. After investigating, we have found that many of the reminder emails we routinely send before each game did not reach ST holders.

We are expecting a large gate for the game and any returned vouchers will be extremely helpful, allowing us to provide more spaces for our fans. So, if you are not coming to the game we will be grateful if you will please donate your voucher.

To do this, please email your season ticket details to returned vouchers or phone the office on 020 8547 3528 - if you don't get through, please leave a message with your details as we check our messages regularly.


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Thursday 05 April 2012
first team news
Wimbledon boss hails loan trio ahead of Rotherham

Terry Brown has hailed the impact of his three loan signings for helping the Dons towards safety.

Youngsters Billy Knott and George Moncur will return to Sunderland and West Ham respectively after the Easter holiday fixtures, while Pim Balkestein has already played his last game for the Dons after suffering a broken toe. The trio all made crucial contributions and boss Terry Brown says any of them would be welcome back.

"Both Billy and George are aware that their loans are nearly finished and they will go back to their parent clubs," said Terry Brown. "It is going to be difficult for them to get into the first-teams at those clubs this season, but they go back with our blessings. They have both done a fantastic job, along with Pim as well. I am not sure that we would have accumulated so many points without those three. They got us going when we most needed the points. I think Pim could comfortably play in the Championship, but he has had a few injuries to deal with."

Wimbledon entertain a Rotherham side without a permanent boss as Darren Patterson is currently holding the fort as caretaker manager. However, Terry Brown does not think that will have a bearing on the outcome tomorrow. "We had a report on them from last week and they are a very professional side," he added. "They beat us at their place, but I thought that we were a bit unlucky that day, and we will be looking to get three points. We have played against teams without a manager before and I do not know whether it is good for us or not. It is just about the team that turns up on the day and plays their football."


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Thursday 05 April 2012
first team news
Dons forward admits he has plenty to prove

Christian Jolley admits he shoulders the blame for Wimbledon's over-reliance on Jack Midson this season.

The pacy forward says he has fallen well below the expectations he set himself at the start of the season and Jolley is determined to finish the season strongly. "Jack has not stopped scoring all season and we have expected him to score at times," he said. "We have to look at ourselves and score goals from other areas. I have not scored since the Crewe game and that is a while ago. I have been in and out though and not had the run of games. I just need to earn the shirt, score goals when I get in, and keep my place. I set myself a personal target of 15 league goals and I am well off that as I have scored only seven goals. I have still scored one in three on average though and the aim is for me to stay fit for the rest of the season."

Jolley rejects the notion that the Dons are just seeing the season out with survival almost sewn up and he says there will be no one trying harder than him in the run-in, particularly at Southend on Monday as he was sent-off in the previous encounter. "I am hoping to be playing on Monday and to correct what happened on New Year's Eve," he added. "But first it's Rotherham and the gaffer wants us to get 50 points, We need to make sure that we reach that target. I thought that we did well against Accrington considering we were away from home, but we were just not clinical enough and that is what is letting us down. We will get there though and we just need to keep getting in the positions and getting the shots in. We want to be the best team that we can be and compete every week in this league."


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Thursday 05 April 2012
first team news
Balkestein ruled out of Rotherham match

Pim Balkestein will miss tomorrow's visit of Rotherham after a second scan revealed that he has a broken toe.

The Brentford defender misses the chance to say farewell to the Dons fans in what would have been the final game of his one-month loan. Brett Johnson will now step in for his first Dons start since the trip to Swindon Town on 2 January. Balkestein was first feared to have fractured his toe during the Burton Albion game, but an initial scan revealed otherwise and the centre-back played in the 2-1 defeat at Accrington.

Terry Brown confirmed: "Pim had a second scan on his toe and there was a hairline fracture. Fair play to the boy as he played last week with a broken toe and credit to him for that. We cannot play him and it gives an opportunity for Brett Johnson to come in alongside Mat Mitchel-King."

The Wimbedon boss plans to juggle his options for the Easter weekend double-header with a trip to Southend United also following on Monday. "I would like to think that we can get to the magic 50 points mark this weekend as we have incredibly tough fixtures coming up," he added. "But we do have the points on the board and it is a chance for players who need to earn a contract for next season to play games. We have a Friday and a Monday game coming up and I want to make sure that we have the fittest and most hungriest players for both games. I am going to go for a mixture in both games and that gives us two really strong sides, of course there will also be players who play in both games."


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Thursday 05 April 2012
club news
Season ticket vouchers - an appeal

We have had an unusually low number of ST voucher returns for the Rotherham game so, even more than normal, we will be grateful if any fans who are unable to come to the game would please donate their vouchers so that we can offer more spaces to supporters.

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


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Thursday 05 April 2012
first team news
Dons interview: mixed emotions for our former player

WDON commentator Rob Cornell caught up with Elliott Godfrey after he played a crucial part in Hendon knocking us out of the London Senior Cup on Tuesday. The man who helped Wimbledon to promotion into the Conference in 2009 expresses delight at making his first return to the club as a player and gives his views on the current crop. To hear the interview, click on audio-only interview.


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Wednesday 04 April 2012
first team news
Dons loan watch: pair boost County in Wembley warm-up

Wimbledon's Max Porter and Lee Minshull helped Newport County draw first blood in last night's dress rehearsal for the FA Trophy final.

Porter and Minshull both played the full 90 minutes as Newport edged out York City 2-1 at Sptty Park. The pair have both impressed during their loan spells at County and the victory helped ease the Conference club's relegation fears as well as putting one over on their opponents in the FA Trophy final at Wembley on 12 May. Former AFC Wimbledon winger Romone Rose scored the winner against York City.

Meanwhile, James Mulley's debut for Wealdstone turned out to be a winning one as he helped his new club to a 2-0 win at Hastings United. The attacking midfielder, who joined Stones last week, had to wait to make his first appearance due to an ankle injury, but he came on as a 60th minute substitute last night. Ex-AFC Wimbledon striker Richard Jolly scored both goals in the victory as Gordon Bartlett's men kept their play-off hopes alive. Elsewhere, midfielder Reece Jones played the full 90 minutes for Hampton and Richmond Borough as they suffered a 2-1 defeat at Boreham Wood. However, Jones has received words of praise from Borough boss Mark Harper for his impressive form during a two-month loan spell and the Beavers still have a chance of survival in Blue Square South.


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Wednesday 04 April 2012
reserve team news
Marcus Gayle calls for a reaction from young Dons

Marcus Gayle has urged his young players to bounce back quickly from last night's London Senior Cup disappointment.

The Dons reserve boss admitted that his rising talents fell below expectations when they were thrust into the limelight of a semi-final cup tie against Hendon. However, they have a quick chance to make amends tomorrow night when the reserves entertain Tooting and Mitcham at Walton Casuals (7.45pm start) in a Suburban League match.

"We started off great, but then we conceded a simple goal, and I expected us to perform a lot better," he said. "We were at home and no disrespect to the Ryman Premier, but we were representing a League 2 club. We were playing against experienced players like Darren Currie, Isaiah Rankin and Elliott Godfrey, they have good knowledge of the game, and credit has to be given to Hendon. But we have to look at ourselves and we needed to make our own impressions on the game. To play with purpose and the right attitude. We did not do that enough, they deserved to win."

"There were a few encouraging signs and Jim Fenlon had a steady game at right-back. We ended up scoring a good goal from what we set out to do in the first place. We wanted the wingers to have some end product and get more crosses in during both halves, to pepper the ball in rather than just dropping it in. We scored through Louie (Theophanous) whipping a ball in and Brendan (Kiernan) getting his head on it. These matches encourage their development, but tonight was a bit disappointing. I wanted this team to get into the final, but we have to earn the right and we did not do that."

Wimbledon reserves need a win against Tooting and Mitcham tomorrow night to boost their claims of winning the Suburban League as there are just three games to go and rivals Woking are making a big challenge. Gayle will field a strong side as he says the players who played in Tuesday night's Hendon match should be up to the physical demands of playing two games in a short space of time. "The boys are young, they are fit and strong and they recover well," he added. "On Thursday night they can get back out there. If they want a career in football, then they have to get used to playing two games in three days over Easter. If they have the right mentality, which they will because I will get them up for it, then we should look to win that game on Thursday."

The Dons reserves, who won the Suburban League Challenge Cup last month, missed out on a chance to add more silverware on Saturday when they were knocked out of the League Cup with a 2-0 defeat at home to Sutton United.


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Wednesday 04 April 2012
ladies news
Be a part of our successful AFC Wimbledon Girls and Ladies

Are you a girl aiming to improve your football skills as part of a successful club?

If so, then mark Sunday 13 May and 20 May as dates in your diary to earn a place with AFC Wimbledon Girls and Ladies. The club is holding trials for every age group from U10s up to U18s from 10am until 12 noon at King George's Playing Fields, Morden, on those two days.

Wimbledon's teams have enjoyed plenty of success this season, most notably with the club's U12s and U16s both winning the title in their respective Surrey Women's and Girls League competitions. The U15s girls also have a cup final to look forward to on Sunday, 22 April. Wimbledon face Colne Valley for the chance to win silverware in what is sure to be an exciting match at Merstham FC.

For further information on the trials days for AFC Wimbledon Girls and Ladies, contact club secretary John Ivers on 07719 074908.


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Wednesday 04 April 2012
club news
Notice on contacting the club today

Wimbledon's club switchboard will not be open for enquiries today due to staff illness. However, we as a club will endeavour to return any phone messages left from our supporters as soon as we possibly can. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


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Wednesday 04 April 2012
first team news
Dons interview: Prior aims to prove he's worth the wait

Jason Prior told our WDON commentator Rob Cornell that he's determined to make up for lost time after finally starting a match for Wimbledon in last night's London Senior Cup defeat to Hendon. The ex-Bognor hit-man says he is hugely motivated to hit the goals trail for Wimbledon after being out since January - and by a fear of going back to part-time football. To hear the interview, click on audio-only interview.


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Tuesday 03 April 2012
first team news
Dons knocked out of London Senior Cup

Wimbledon missed out on the chance to play for silverware after they were knocked out by Ryman Premier Hendon.

A 90th minute Brendan Kiernan header came too late to save the Dons, who suffered a 2-1 defeat at the semi-final stage of the London Senior Cup in front of a crowd of 611 spectators. Goals from Jerome Federico and Jack Mazzone set-up a final showdown for Hendon against either Kingstonian or Cray Wanderers.

See our match section for a more detailed report.


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Tuesday 03 April 2012
club news
Tickets still on sale for Rotherham clash

There are still tickets remaining for our Good Friday home match against Rotherham.

Terry Brown's men can virtually seal survival with a victory, before we head to promotion-chasers Southend United on Easter Monday. You can book tickets in advance online from our online shop, which can also be accessed through the front page of our website. Tickets can also be purchased in person from the club office between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm during the week.


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Tuesday 03 April 2012
club news
Dons goalkeeper takes time out to be quizmaster at Centre Court

Seb Brown will put his own books aside for the afternoon to be a quizmaster at Centre Court Shopping Centre on Thursday.

The Dons number one, who is in the final year of a Sports Science degree, will be joined by team-mate Chris Bush as our special guest quizmasters at the Wimbledon town centre venue. The pair will run the rule over two quiz competitions for children with the fantastic prize of a new Wimbledon 2012/13 home shirt for each age category winner. Both quizzes will be football-themed and free to enter for children.

The first quiz is for 6-10 year olds and starts at 1.00 pm and the second quiz is for 11-14 year olds and will start at 2.00 pm. Places are limited so please e-mail quiz entry to confirm your entry (including the child’s age).

Bush was one of nine Wimbledon players to join manager Terry Brown and club mascot Haydon the Womble at our first Easter holidays event at the Centre Court Shopping Centre yesterday afternoon. Over 100 young Dons fans attended to chat with their favourite players, who signed autographs and posed for photographs. Club skipper Gareth Gwillim said: "It was nice to meet the younger fans, they come up to you and recognise that you are trying your hardest on the pitch. And it is great to give something back because the fans turn up week in and week out to support us."

Sammy Moore, Pim Balkestein, Christian Jolley, Brett Johnson, Jack Turner, Byron Harrison and Mat Mitchel-King were the other Wimbledon players who attended the event.


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Tuesday 03 April 2012
club news
Join Terry Brown and the players at our end of season dinner

There are still places available for our annual get-together that takes place on Saturday 12 May.

The first free weekend after the end of the League 2 season offers Dons fans a chance to celebrate our 10-year anniversary. The event will be held at the Cherry Red Records Stadium and provides an opportunity to mingle with the players and coaching staff, who will be guests of honour on the night. Speeches from manager Terry Brown and our player of the season will follow the dinner in the Ethelred Suite (back bar), while the middle bar hosts the pre-meal reception and post-dinner entertainment. An auction and raffle for fantastic Wimbledon FC and AFC Wimbledon memorabilia will also take place after the meal.

Tickets cost £65 for individuals or £600 for a table of ten. Space is limited in the Ethelred Suite so we recommend booking tickets as soon as possible. Contact our commercial team by e-mail at commercial@afcwimbledon.co.uk or by phone on 020 8547 3336. The dress code will be lounge suit.


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Tuesday 03 April 2012
first team news
Boss throws down the gauntlet to Dons pair

Terry Brown has challenged Jason Prior and Kieran Djilali to stake their claims for first-team opportunities at the weekend with good performances tonight.

The Dons boss is taking the London Senior Cup semi-final against Hendon at the Cherry Red Records Stadium (7.45pm start) very seriously, particularly after our defeat at Accrington on Saturday. Prior has not made a first-team appearance since his debut over two months ago due to a knee injury and Djilali has struggled for regular fitness. Terry Brown said: "We are looking at involvement over the weekend for Kieran and it is the same with Jason. With a good performance tonight, they will both be considered for selection at the weekend. I will tell all the players that this is a really important game for them because I have to make decisions for next season based on the games that we have left. I want them to get to the final and we have a good side out tonight."

Tonight's opponents Hendon, managed by Gary McCann, are currently sixth in the Ryman Premier, just one spot outside the play-off zone, after a 3-2 defeat at Lewes on Saturday. Former AFC Wimbledon trio Elliott Godfrey, Michael Peacock and Belal Aite-Ouakrim were all in the squad for that match and they could all be in the frame for returns to their old club.

Meanwhile, on-loan Sunderland midfielder Billy Knott handed the Dons a boost yesterday by returning to full training after a knee injury and he should be available for Friday's visit of Rotherham.


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Tuesday 03 April 2012
club news
Volunteers day details for Southend United

AFC Wimbledon are about to confirm numbers for our volunteers away day at Southend United on Easter Monday.

Volunteers should have been notified by their team leaders about this annual occasion, which rewards the hard work done throughout the season by so many people for the club. However, if you think you are entitled to be a part of the volunteer away day (i.e. you have done voluntary work this season), but have not been asked if you wish to go, please let us know. Call the club's office on 020 8547 3528 between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm today or tomorrow to give us your details.


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Monday 02 April 2012
club news
Ticket details for final two home games

Wimbledon have announced that the final two home games this season will be all-ticket.

Tickets will go on sale on Tuesday 3 April from 9.30 am for our home games against Torquay United and Shrewsbury Town respectively. Work is due to commence at the Kingston Road End of the ground on Tuesday 10 April and as a result that terrace will be closed for both games. The club will be relocating Kingston Road End season ticket holders to the Paul Strank Stand, the Tempest End or John Smith’s Stand, therefore reducing considerably the number of tickets available for general sale. Those tickets, which will only be available for the John Smith’s Stand, can be purchased either from our online shop, which can be accessed through the front page of our website, or in person, by visiting the club office between 9.30 am and 5.30 pm. Applicants will be limited to three tickets per person and all online ticket sales will be checked for evidence of previous purchases of tickets or merchandise from the club.

Tickets for away fans will be sold by the visiting club and away fans trying to obtain tickets for the home terrace will have their application rejected. There will be no tickets for sale in either the Paul Strank Stand or Tempest End and no tickets will be sold over the telephone. We expect these tickets to sell very quickly and urge fans to buy tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


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Monday 02 April 2012
first team news
Skipper says the Dons can push on

Gareth Gwillim believes the Dons are well equipped to build on their debut Football League season once safety is assured.

As the second oldest member of Wimbledon's squad at just 29 years of age, Gwillim is quick to point out that most of the players have their best years ahead of them. And he expects Wimbledon's young squad to help the club achieve bigger and better things if safety can be sealed soon.

"I am sure that we will get to the magic 50 points mark that we need, but the manager will not let us rest on our laurels," said Gwillim. "Once we have achieved safety, then a few of the lads who have not been involved will get their chances, which is only fair. I am only 29 but I feel like a grandad compared to these lads. The young players have seen what it is all about at this level and they will play more of a part next season and in the future. That is what this club is all about. With young players coming through, we have something to build on next season."

Left-back Gwillim believes Wimbledon's defence has improved recently, but he says that Saturday at Accrington was not good enough. "We had been playing quite well lately, but we let ourselves down on Saturday," he added. "We did not test their goalkeeper enough and we lacked a bit of concentration for their goals. We did not really do enough overall. I think the front play has been a lot harder than I thought. It has been a step-up playing against quality strikers week in and week out. When they get a half chance, then they either score or hit the target.

"I think we have adapted well as the majority of the team came up last season. It was always going to be about consolidation this season, but because we started so well we were thinking higher. But the players can still be proud of their efforts and hopefully we can kick-on during the rest of this season."


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Monday 02 April 2012
club news
Ticket details for Southend United trip

There are still tickets remaining for our Easter Monday trip to promotion contenders Southend United.

Wimbledon fans will be located in the North Stand at Roots Hall. The prices for tickets bought in advance for the match are as follows:

Adults £19.00
Senior Citizens £13
Under-21s and students (must have NUS card (£12)
Under-16s £9.00
Under-8s £4

Online
Tickets can be purchased through our online ticket shop, which can be accessed through the home page of our website. However, supporters who wish their tickets to be sent out by post must apply before 4pm on Tuesday due to the Easter holiday period coming up. Any tickets booked after that can be collected from the office up until Friday.

On the day

The match is not all-ticket, and tickets will be available for purchase at Roots Hall on the day of the game but at full prices, which can cost up to £2 more.


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Monday 02 April 2012
youth news
New Dons recruits wanted for our Centre of Excellence

Footballers of a high standard have been offered a route to the top with the Dons.

We are currently seeking new players for our U14s squad, who are now coached through AFC Wimbledon's Youth Development Programme (YDF). It is now run as a professional Centre of Excellence with matches played against other professional clubs in the Football League. Our squads are of a very high standard on Football League contracts and one of our youngsters, Reece Williams-Bowers, aged 13, recently turned down Premier League Fulham to stay with the Dons.

To gain a trial, new players must at least have gained experience at Academy/Centre of Excellence level or have played at top local league clubs (for example Surrey Youth League or Tandridge). Players that do not meet this criterion cannot be accepted for a trial. Players in any position of that standard are welcome to apply, but we are looking for full-backs, centre-backs, wide midfielders and strikers, in particular. The squad train on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and any potential trialist will be asked to attend these training sessions to be assessed by our coaches.

If you or your son fits the bill, please e-mail academy@afcwimbledon.ltd.uk with a full footballing CV including current club, previous clubs, and your contact details.


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Monday 02 April 2012
first team news
Dons confirm Jason Prior return in strong cup line-up

Terry Brown has confirmed that Jason Prior's long-awaited return will take place in tomorrow night's London Senior Cup clash.

The Dons boss plans to start the ex-Bognor striker and give him at least an hour to continue his comeback after two months out with a knee injury. Prior made a promising substitute appearance on his debut against Aldershot Town on 28 January, but he will make his first Dons start at the Cherry Red Records Stadium for a match that is just £5 for spectators (see ticket prices below). Winger Kieran Djilali, Brendan Kiernan, Brett Johnson and Chris Bush are the other first-teamers to feature against Hendon in the London Senior Cup semi-final. The rest of the starting 11 and substitutes are made up of promising youngsters, including Jim Fenlon, who starts at right-back.

Terry Brown says players have the incentive of earning a first-team spot for Friday's home match against Rotherham after he expressed his displeasure with Saturday's performance at Accrington. "We will see who does well on Tuesday and I hope I am left with a dilemma or two for Rotherham," he said.

Dons line-up: Jack Turner, Jim Fenlon, Dwayne Campbell, Brett Johnson, Chris Bush, Brendan Kiernan, Frankie Merrifield, Huw Johnson, Kieran Djilali, Jason Prior, Louie Theophanous. Subs: Jake Rose, Yannick Nlate, Cherno Mendy, Olu Scott, Will Bor.

Tickets are just £5 for adults and concessions with entry free for U16s. All areas of the ground are open with spectators welcome to watch the match anywhere, apart from the directors' box and the press area. A four-page programme will be offered free upon arrival and the burger bar will be open at the Tempest End. The match is a 7.45pm kick-off with turnstiles one and two at the Kingston Road End and the booth in the main lobby open from 7pm.


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Sunday 01 April 2012
first team news
Post-match interview with Terry Brown

Terry Brown spoke of his frustration after our 2-1 defeat at Accrington on Saturday. Click on audio-only interview.


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Sunday 01 April 2012
first team news
Defender says Wimbledon's defeat was the worst of his career

Pim Balkestein was so frustrated with our defeat at Accrington yesterday that he said it was the worst of his career.

The on-loan Brentford defender has a wealth of experience in the Football League with the Bees and Ipswich, but Balkestein admitted that yesterday afternoon was the real low point of his time in England. "I think it was the worst defeat of my life," he admitted. "We had 70 per cent of the possession and so many chances, but it did not go for us. It was a terrible feeling and we had to win this game today. But we cannot make any excuses and our performance was not good enough. We have to put the ball in the back of the net and I missed a great chance with a header - I had to make that. The three points stay here and I do not know how. They had a bit of luck, but we had to force it and make it go our way."

Balkestein's one-month loan spell is up after Friday's home match against Rotherham and the towering centre-back says he has enjoyed his time with the Dons. "For me personally, it has been good for me to come here and play after not playing many games previously," he added. "We have had a few great results since I have been here, but I am always thinking about the team, and we have also had a few disappointments. Away from home, we have to start believing that we can win. I will have talks with the manager, but he may want to give the younger players like Chris Bush a chance."


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Sunday 01 April 2012
first team news
Goalscorer admits Wimbledon must improve

Luke Moore says Wimbledon's players were told in no uncertain terms that a repeat of their performance at Accrington will not be tolerated.

Terry Brown was far from happy with the manner of our 2-1 defeat and he made it clear afterwards that the Dons have to do better during the rest of the season. Even Moore, who scored his second goal in as many games, was not exempt from criticism. "He has told us that we are all fighting for our futures and we all know that we cannot just see the season out," said the midfielder. "We need another three points to make sure we are safe. We had a bit of a telling off, it was a bit more than that, and we will have to go again on Friday and get three points then."

Moore was one of the positives in the defeat as he appears to be getting back to his best after finally getting a run of games under his belt this season. "I feel good now and I have got a couple of goals since coming back," he added. "But I know that I need to do more and get more goals. I could have got another today when Jack Midson put in a great ball for me and I just could not get enough on it. I am bitterly disappointed that we did not get the three points as it was the same old story in that we did not put our chances away. We need a reaction now and we have to come out and take the game to Rotherham on Friday. We have to pick ourselves up in training on Monday and work on things again."


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Sunday 01 April 2012
cfs news
Dons hold Easter coaching courses for children

Our Community Football Scheme is offering your child a chance to shine during the Easter Holidays.

Held over two weeks during the holiday period at Wimbledon Park, we are offering football courses to boys and girls of all abilities aged between four and 14. No advance booking is required to join in the fun, though forms can be downloaded from the CFS website, and children can simply turn up on the day. The courses run by our FA qualified coaches offer children a chance to learn new skills and develop in an enjoyable way with players placed in groups, dependent on their ages and abilities. They will benefit from technique and skills coaching, along fun games and competitions across a variety of differently themed sessions, covering all aspects of football development.

The venue is Revelstoke Road, Wimbledon Park, SW18 5NN, with the following dates and times: Monday, April 2 until Thursday, April 5 (full day 9.30am until 3.00pm, half day 9.30am until 12 noon) and Tuesday, April 10 until Friday, April 13 (same times). Prices are as follows: £70 for full week of full days, £50 for full week of half days, £17 for an individual day and £12.50 for an individual half day. For more information about both the Community Football Scheme and what we can offer, please visit our website by clicking on coaching. You can also follow us on Twitter@afcwimbledoncfs


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Sunday 01 April 2012
club news
Young Dons fans can meet the players tomorrow

AFC Wimbledon are offering younger Dons fans a chance to meet their heroes and take part in a quiz during the Easter holidays.

We will be running two events at Centre Court Shopping Centre in Wimbledon, the first of them taking place tomorrow, when manager Terry Brown and his first-team squad will be in attendance. They will be at the town centre venue to chat and sign autographs for fans, who can also meet Haydon the Womble, between 2.00pm and 4.00pm. This offers a great opportunity to get to know the players and we encourage our junior Dons fans to wear the club colours and show members of the public what AFC Wimbledon is all about.

Our second big event during the school holidays is on Thursday, 5 April, when we will be hosting a football themed quiz with a special guest quizmaster! The quiz is free to enter and there will be great prizes on offer. The first quiz is for 6-10 year olds and starts at 1.00 pm and the second quiz is for 11-14 year olds and will start at 2.00 pm. Places are limited so please e-mail quiz entry to confirm your entry (including the child’s age).


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