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Friday 30 May 2003
club news
AFC Wimbledon announce pre-season friendly

AFC Wimbledon will play Kingstonian FC away on Wednesday 16 July, kick-off 7:45pm.


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Thursday 29 May 2003
club news
AFC Wimbledon youth trials

AFC Wimbledon youth section will be holding trials for its Epsom & Ewell Saturday morning league U10 side on Thursday 29 May and 05 June at Coombe Girls School, Darley Drive, New Malden.

The trials start at 6:30 pm and is for boys who will be in Year 5 from September 2003.


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Wednesday 28 May 2003
club news
From Kingsmeadow to Hollywood

As part of the stadium fund raising effort AFC Wimbledon are shooting a tv commercial.

The club are appealing for as many AFC Wimbledon fans as possible to volunteer to appear in the ad.

If you meet the following criteria we need your help:

You are over 18 years of age.

You can get to a casting at Kingsmeadow this Saturday 31st May

If selected you are available for the whole day of the shoot which will take place on Thursday 5th June in West London.

This commercial is a very important part of the clubs' fundraising campaign and we need a great turnout for the casting.

Please tell your friends.

Further details will be available on Saturday. All you have to do for now is turn up at Kingsmeadow at 12.30 and 1pm if you think you can make it on the big screen.

After all, if Vinnie can anyone can.


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Sunday 18 May 2003
club news
Open meeting re the purchase of Kingsmeadow

THE following is an article that was published in the Dons Trust News Sheet which was sent to members last week.

There will be an Open Meeting, led by the Finance Working Group, on Friday, 23th May at 7.30 p.m. in the middle bar at K's. The purpose of the meeting is to explain in more detail the nature of the deal we have agreed with Mr Khosla and the way we plan to finance the purchase of Kingsmeadow. The following article provides members with a summary of recent events. More details are on the Dons Trust website as explained later in this article.

At the recent SGM, the members agreed that the Dons Trust Board (DTB) should proceed with the purchase of the long leasehold interest at Kingsmeadow, so long as we could arrive at a satisfactory solution to certain legal and financial issues.

After carrying out a series of research projects, the Financial Working Group recommended that the main method of raising funds should be a public share issue, because the research showed that this will provide the best fundraising route compatible with ensuring:

* the successful purchase of the stadium
* the long term viability of the club
* that the DT maintains control of the club.

The underlying research was described in more detail in the papers that were distributed at the SMG and which can be found at www.thedonstrust.org/kings2.html

The Board is very aware that the Dons Trust is our protection against any threat to our ownership of the stadium and football club. Therefore, at a recent meeting of the Board, we received advice from professional advisors about how we can issue shares so that we ensure we cannot lose control but, at the same time, we can maximise the funds we raise. After a long and detailed question and answer session, the DT Board agreed:

* to approve a public share issue
* that the shares should give a rate of return at or about the rate available from a building society. Further work will be done on this to determine the best way of giving fans a return, for example vouchers or cash

TBWA should be asked to go ahead at full steam with the Fans? Stadium campaign and make share ownership a part of it.

Finalisation of terms for the purchase of Kingsmeadow.

Since the Board meeting, we have had further meetings with Mr Khosla to finalise the terms of the deal, subject to contract. There are a number of stories circulating on other websites about the nature of the agreement with Mr Khosla. We are pleased to confirm that one part of the agreement is that we aim to take control of the stadium, and the income from it, from 1 June 2003. We have also agreed a number of changes to the schedule of payments that substantially reduce the risk to members.

Finally, a small number of members have expressed an interest in the underlying assumptions that went into our five-year forecast. To minimise costs, we have not circulated the details but if you would like more details please email- info@thedonstrust.org


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Saturday 17 May 2003
club news
Golfing Dons to the fore

THE inaugural AFC Wimbledon annual golf day will be held at the Malden Golf Club on Wednesday 2nd July 2003. Teams of four will enjoy a fantastic days golf and hospitality, mix with players and backroom staff from the past and present and have the chance to win some great prizes.

All profits from this years event go to the Dons Trust Stadium Fund.

The number of teams that can enter is limited so get your entry forms in as quickly as possible.

If you would like to be a caddie on the day, please contact us and we will add you to our caddie list. Players that want to use a caddie will make an extra donation to the ground fund.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available to companies and individuals.

We have a number of hole sponsorships available and various other options that will be of interest to you. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

golfday@afcwimbledon.co.uk or phone 0208 544 8022.


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Saturday 17 May 2003
club news
Don the builder

As previously announced on the Dons Trust website (www.thedonstrust.org), we hope to take over the running of Kingsmeadow from 1 June 2003.

If and when we do take over the running of the stadium, there will be some immediate repairs and redecoration to be done, as well as a deep clean inside and out. Over the coming months and years, we will want to make further changes to the stadium. We hope that some of this work can be done by volunteers. However, some will need the expertise and security which comes from using specialists in a particular field.

We will as a matter of course look for three different quotes on any piece of work, and will insist on keen pricing which reflects our status as a community-orientated club. We will also take care to use firms which are members of the relevant trade associations and which have a track record which we can verify independently. However, all things being equal, we would prefer to use people who are AFC Wimbledon supporters or Dons Trust members.

Currently we are looking to put together a database of all supporters who work in the building trades. So if you are a builder, a plumber, a painter & decorator, an electrician, a carpenter, a roofer, or involved as a professional in any other relevant trade, please let us know.

Send your details to repairs@afcwimbledon.co.uk together with an idea of what kind of work you would be interested in quoting for. We will then add you to our list, and contact you when such work comes around.


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Tuesday 13 May 2003
club news
Netherne Village in cup final

NETHERNE Village will be playing in the Surrey League Challenge Cup Final at Tooting & Mitcham's Imperial Fields on Tuesday 13th May. Kick-off 7.30pm.


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Tuesday 13 May 2003
club news
Friendlies confirmed

ALTHOUGH we haven't yet finished organising all our pre-season friendlies, the following are all confirmed. Saturday matches kick off at 3pm and evening matches will all kick off at 7:45pm.

Tuesday 22 July
Leatherhead, away

Saturday 26 July
Watford, Kingsmeadow - in aid of the Milly Dowler fund

Saturday 2 August
Newport County, away

Tuesday 5 August
Luton Town, Kingsmeadow

Saturday 9 August
Sutton United, away

Wednesday 13 August
Whyteleafe, away

There will be matches on Saturday 19 July and during the week commencing 28 July, but these have yet to be confirmed.


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Sunday 11 May 2003
club news
AFC Wimbledon Ladies to hold trials

AFC Wimbledon Ladies will be holding trials for the coming season on Sunday 22nd June between 10am - 1.00pm at King George's Playing Fields, Tudor Drive, Morden.

Further information can be gained from Lynn Jacobs first team manager on 020 8647 8891 after 6.00pm.


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Thursday 08 May 2003
club news
Season tickets on sale now

SEASON tickets for the 2003-04 season are now on sale.

After the open meeting for supporters we held before the Viking Greenford match on Saturday 19 April, we considered the points raised and discussed and have made every effort to accommodate everyone. I am sure there will be a few supporters disappointed, and I offer my apologies if you are one of that number.

There will be no increase on this year's prices.

We have decided to make block K an area for under-16s and their adult family and friends ? we won't be selling tickets in this area to unaccompanied adults.

Following the successful experiment with no-smoking areas this season, we have extended this to cover blocks A-C as well as J and K next season.

We will not be selling any season tickets in block A. This is to ensure we have an area which can be used for away supporters if necessary. Tickets and transfers for this area will be on sale on a match-by-match basis.

We have not yet been able to arrange to take payments by credit card.

For application details please visit the "tickets" section of the website.

Here's to another exhilarating season watching the Dons.

Kris Stewart
Chairman.



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Thursday 08 May 2003
club news
Netherne match reminder

For those already suffering withdrawals following the end of the season, a timely reminder about the match between AFC Wimbledon and Netherne that takes place on Sunday 11 May.

AFC Wimbledon will be playing this friendly match against Netherne Village, as a way of thanking Netherne for the support that they have provided to AFC Wimbledon in our first season.

The proposed AFC Wimbledon youth team matches due to take place prior to kick-off have been cancelled due to the logistics of organising facilities for the extra attendees.

The main match kicks off at 3pm.

Entrance will be 5 and Netherne Village hope to produce a programme for this match.


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Sunday 04 May 2003
club news
Match reaction

MIDFIELDER Gavin Bolger spoke about the team's reaction to yesterday's results and his intentions for next season:

"The pitch didn't help us at all. We like to play football. It was a big pitch and that normally aids us, but it was so bobbly and that brought us down to their level. The first half must have been dreadful to watch. Terry Eames had a few words at half time, none of which are particularly printable, and we upped it after the break.

We dug in and realised there was little point in playing too much football, so we played higher up the pitch and hit the ball longer. We created four or five good chances and could have easily run out four or five nil winners.

We were buzzing in the dressing room and then Terry broke the news that Wallingford had won and that dampened the mood. After that I think all the players are desperate to win on Monday and finish the season on a high.

I have no doubts that if we started the league again we would win it, especially with the quality of the players we have now. And obviously Terry will be looking to improve the squad even more over the summer and I've definitely got no intentions to move on, I love it here. Terry has always been good to me, I just can't thank him enough.

It's good to be here and the fans are great. All the singing and dancing here and they have just found out that we can't get promoted. Every game is like a party."


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Sunday 04 May 2003
club news
Please keep off the pitch

AS usual before a game we speak to Kingston police. They have asked us to compliment everyone involved in the club for such a successful season. They particularly appreciate the hard work of the stewards and the marvelous attitude and behaviour of the fans throughout the season.

After the game, we will have a chance to thank the whole team for their efforts and honour the player who you have selected as your player of the year. We can only do this if everyone stays off the pitch at the final whistle so please stay in your places and await the ceremony.

The police will oversee this in their normal good-humoured way but they did ask us to say that they will take treat any encroachment onto the pitch, during or after the game, very seriously indeed. If fans come onto the pitch the ceremony cannot take place, so please stay in your places at the final whistle.

Lou Carton-Kelly
Operations Director



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Sunday 04 May 2003
club news
Eamo's view

TERRY Eames was a satisfied man following the two-goal victory away to Reading Town:

"It was one of those games where you don't play that well but you get the result. We got the job done. On a good day we might have scored five or six but they never looked like scoring. We created a lot of clear cut chances and did well on a difficult pitch.

"I'm very happy with the side now, they can play football but a bad pitch they just knuckle down and plug away. They stay positive and we'll always score goals.

"We have some very good players here now ? a lot of them could be elsewhere but they love this club just as much as the fans."

With the news of Wallingford's win and a guaranteed third place finish, Terry summed up his feelings:

"I'm proud of everyone who's played this year. The group we have now will be playing next year. They've done well for us. We've got 108 points with one game to go, that would be enough for promotion in any other league. After everything we've gone through, I'm sorry we're not going to get anything out of it, but we can all be very proud of what we've achieved."

The director of football revealed that plans for next year are already underway:

"I'm going to take five days off at the end of May and then I'll be straight back on it. Next week I've got a meeting about the training ground, there's four or five players I'm looking to bring in. We have the reserves and the youth teams now so I'll be looking at them as well. We won't be sitting still. And then there's the ground fund of course. It's been a great time so far but we have to move it on."

Speaking after he had joined the rest of the squad and management in pouring a pint of beer over his head to riotous applause in an exuberant Reading Town bar, Terry was looking forward to the party on Monday:

"It's going to be a great day. So many old Dons are coming down to see what we've achieved. I'm really looking forward to it. Today I'm a bit disappointed because we finally know we can't get second but Monday is a celebration of what we've built.

"A lot of people said the bubble would burst, that after Christmas the crowds would tail off, the interest would go. We've proved them wrong. And to everyone that's come and been a part of it I promise them this, we're getting better all the time. Next year will be even better than this year.

"But Monday is a celebration to give credit and thanks to everyone who's been involved, all the fans, all the players, all the officials and people who work so hard for this club. We're going to be together and say to all the cynics, ?We've built something really good here.' And then we're all going to have one hell of a party!"

Terry has named an unchanged squad for the final game of the season:

Ray Merry, Keith Ward, Mark Nicholas, Neil Robson, Danny Oakins, Matt Everard, Lee Sidwell, Lee Passmore, Gavin Bolger, Andy Sullivan, Noel Frankum, Joe Sheerin, Kevin Cooper, Ally Russell.


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Sunday 04 May 2003
club news
Final match arrangements

AS we have a large number of invited guests, including many Wimbledon heroes from our past, we have reserved the back 5 rows of block E for Monday's match.

We apologise to any supporters inconvenienced by this, but feel sure that you will agree that moving seats for one match is a small price to pay when set against the debt of gratitude we owe to these people for their part in our club's past and their support since our re-formation as AFC Wimbledon.



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Friday 02 May 2003
club news
Squad announced

TERRY Eames names the following squad for the match away to Reading Town at Scours Lane on Saturday 3 May:

Ray Merry, Keith Ward, Mark Nicholas, Neil Robson, Danny Oakins, Matt Everard, Lee Sidwell, Lee Passmore, Gavin Bolger, Andy Sullivan, Noel Frankum, Joe Sheerin, Kevin Cooper, Ally Russell.


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