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Sunday 29 May 2005
dons trust news
Dons Trust Board Quarterly Report 02/05 released

The Dons Trust Board has released its second quarterly report for the year 2005. This has been sent to all members but is also being made available for download.

To download the report as a PDF file click here (140kb)

Adobe Acrobat 4.0 or higher version is need to view this .pdf document. Download the latest version here.

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Friday 27 May 2005
club news
Josh sticks with Kingsmeadow

19 year-old former Brentford goalkeeper Josh Lennie today signed a one-year contract with AFC Wimbledon.

Josh, who played in the pre-season friendly against the Dons in July 2004, also featured in the first team squad in the Bees' LDV Vans 2004-05 campaign, coming on for the second half against the Franchise and shutting them out for 45 minutes. He has also played on loan for Carshalton and Maidenhead in the Nationwide South and for Chertsey in Ryman League Division 2.

Josh said: "I am delighted to be with an up-and-coming club and would love to help Wimbledon progress into the Football League."

Dave Anderson said: "We are very pleased to have signed Josh on our usual deal of one year plus a one year option. He comes to us with a great professional background but also a knowledge of non-league football. He has the ability to play in the first team right away."

Josh Lennie played a full 180 minutes for AFC Wimbledon reserves in the season-closing double-header at The Fans' Stadium on Saturday 7 May 2005.

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Friday 27 May 2005
first team news
Bognor Regis friendly announced

As agreed last summer when the Rocks visited Kingsmeadow, AFC Wimbledon will be making the trip down to the coast this summer as part of Dave Anderson's pre-season preparations.

Saturday 16 July proved to be the only mutually convenient date for this fixture and, with Bognor's clubhouse already booked later in the day, the match will kick off at 12:30 pm. This will leave plenty of time after the match for an afternoon at the seaside.

Further details, including admission prices and bar arrangements, will be announced as soon as possible.

The Dons won the 2004-05 friendly 3-0, with goals from Matt Everard, Ryan Gray and Rob Ursell, in front of a crowd of 947. Bognor Regis Town finished the 2004-05 season in 9th place in the Nationwide South.

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Thursday 26 May 2005
club news
Help out with summer work at The Fans? Stadium

As in previous years, this summer we have plenty of work to do at the stadium to get ready for the new season.

Over the weekends of 11/12 and 25/26 June we will be cleaning (seats, toilets, inside and outside), painting (slapping it on in some places, delicate skilled work in others, gardening (ripping out entire hedges as well as simple grass-cutting), filling holes in the overflow car park (involving some heavy lifting), disposing properly of all the rubbish we generate and generally doing all those jobs which don?t get done during the football season.

If you can help with any of the above, or if you can come down to the stadium and keep those who are working in tea, the please let us know.

Drop us a line to summerwork@afcwimbledon.co.uk and tell us who you are, when you are free, what you can do, what useful equipment you are able to bring along with you and if you have a car suitable for transporting equipment or rubbish, and we?ll get back to you to confirm details.

If anyone is not free those weekends but does have time available during the week, then please also get in touch - there's plenty of work to go round.

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Thursday 26 May 2005
club news
Give & Go next Friday

Cinco de Give & Go, the fifth AFC Wimbledon band night, takes place next Friday, 3 June, at Kingsmeadow. The two bands in store for you this time are The Warming, who are being touted as the natural successors to Reef (at least by us) and Marc Jones' favourite purveyors of punk pop, The Stabilisers, who supported the Buzzcocks on some of their UK tour earlier this year. You can find out more about the bands on their websites and download an MP3 or two. Go to www.thestabilisers.com and www.thewarming.com.

The team are currently working on a dedicated website for Give & Go, where you'll be able to keep up to date as more gigs are added, find out the latest news from the Give & Go bands and, if the mood takes you, send Kevin Borras information about bands you think would be perfect for future nights. We will let you know as soon as the website is ready - the email address is up and running already - kevinb@giveandgo.co.uk.

Finally, the first issue of Go! Magazine, which is out in the first week of June, includes a nice feature on Give & Go and there's a competition where you can win one of 25 Give & Go CDs. Look out for it in all good newsagents.

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Thursday 26 May 2005
club news
AFC Wimbledon Souvenir Special available

The club office has received copies of the AFC Wimbledon Souvenir Special editions of the Wimbledon News and Surrey Comet dated 11 May 2005.

In addition to the regular sports news and updates from Kingsmeadow, there is a 4-page colour pullout, featuring pictures commemorating the league championship, the double double winners and a full list of results and appearances making up the English record unbeaten league run of 78 games.

Copies are available free of charge to personal callers during office hours, 10am to 4pm weekdays.

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Wednesday 25 May 2005
dons trust news
Dons Trust announce volunteer appointments

Foolowing the recent request for volunteer roles the Dons Trust is pleased to announce the following appointments;

Membership Development Officer (South West London and North Surrey): John Lynch.
Membership Development Officer (National and international): Ray Armfield.
Resource co-ordinator: David Bugg.
Volunteers? co-ordinator: John O?Brien.

These exciting new appointments will help the Dons Trust develop its membership programme and expand the volunteers pool.

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Wednesday 25 May 2005
dons trust news
Walk for Wimbledon II update

The Dons Trust is pleased to announce that the amount of money raised by Walk for Wimbledon II has passed £10,000. This includes £476 raised from the half-time bucket collection for the Mayor of Merton?s charities. Including money pledged but not yet received, we are expecting the day to yield over £9,000 for the Ground Fund and over £2,000 for St. Raphael?s Hospice and Merton Crossroads. And it?s still not too late to send in sponsorship money (for further information, contact Mark Davis on 020-8544-1936 or e-mail walk@thedonstrust.org.

The Dons Trust wishes to thank all the walkers, guests, sponsors, supporters and volunteers who made 9th April such an enjoyable, safe and rewarding day.

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Tuesday 24 May 2005
club news
Five-year season ticket sales enable further debt repayment

Five-year season tickets (FYSTs) are proving very popular. Sales have now reached a level where the club has been able to make a further £20,000 repayment of the debt to Mr Khosla, making the total repayment arising from FYSTs £120,000 to date.

As a result of this latest payment, the debt to Mr Khosla now stands at £595,000. A further £225,000 is owed to Dons Trust bond holders.

Will main stand season ticket holders please note that, to be sure of retaining your current seat, your renewal application must arrive at the AFCW office no later than Tuesday 31 May.

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Monday 23 May 2005
club news
Shane again, please

Shane Smeltz signed a new contract with AFC Wimbledon this afternoon to the delight of manager Dave Anderson.

"I am absolutely thrilled to have Shane with us next season", said Dave. "He is a very high quality player and will make a big impact in the Ryman Premier League. It takes a while for new players to settle in and, with a bit more game time, we'll see the team learning to take full advantage of the runs he makes. Shane may sometimes seem a little quiet on the pitch, but like all the best strikers he scores big goals against the top teams; look what he did against Horsham in the top-of-the-table clash and Walton in the Surrey Senior Cup Final. I can't wait to see him out on the pitch for us next season."

Just back from a training run, Shane said "I am delighted to have signed for a club that is clearly going places. It is good to get these things settled at an early stage and after last season I had no hesitation in signing again."

Asked about the forthcoming international game at Craven Cottage, Shane says he is hopeful of a run out and possibly even a start. "People have been telling me that quite a few of our fans might be coming to the game on 9 June. I can't believe the strength of the following here, it just amazes me - and the rest of the team tell me it is like this all the time."

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Monday 23 May 2005
dons trust news
Dons Trust Board responds to the call for a review of governance in football

On Saturday, the Chairman of the Football Supporters' Federation, the Chief Executive of Supporters Direct and many other major figures in football wrote to the Guardian calling for a major debate about the governance of football in Britain.

The Dons Trust Board has responded to this call in the following letter which has been published, in a slightly edited form, on the Guardian's website and, we expect, in the newspaper itself on Monday 23 May.

Dear Sir,

We support the comments made by the Football Supporters? Federation and other major figures in football (letters, 21 May 2005).

The Glazer takeover shows how little football?s governing authorities have learned in the three years since we had to re-form our club. In 2002, with Wimbledon FC?s owners wanting to move to Milton Keynes, the Football Association and the Football League passed the buck to an ?Independent Commission?. This commission scandalously allowed the move, thereby introducing franchising into English football, sentencing WFC to death and despatching the corpse to Milton Keynes.

The Football League and the FA publicly disagreed with this decision but washed their hands of responsibility for it. Since then they have made no attempt to hold ?Franchise FC? to the undertakings suggested by the Commission nor taken any steps to change the rules to prevent a repetition.

It is time that the governing bodies reformed themselves, the better to serve supporters. In its judgement, the Commission said that a re-formed Wimbledon was not ?in the wider interests of football?. When will football?s governing bodies focus on the wider interests of football and not the narrow interests of investors who do not care about our game?

Yours faithfully,

Tom Adam, Chair
The Dons Trust (owners of AFC Wimbledon)

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Sunday 22 May 2005
club news
Dave Anderson wins award

Dave Anderson has been named as the Ryman League Division One manager of the season.

Dave said "I am very pleased and honoured. It has put the icing on the cake at the end of a fantastic season. I say this a lot, because it is true, but what we've achieved this season has truly been a team effort. So I regard the award as a joint one, won by all the management team, not just me."

The award, sponsored by Score Teamwear, was announced by the Ryman League over the weekend. The Ryman Premier Division winner is Johnson Hippolyte and the Division Two winner is Allan Fenn of Ilford.

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Friday 20 May 2005
dons trust news
Trust team in action tomorrow

The season may be over for all the AFC Wimbledon teams, but the fans are still playing. So if you're so desperate to watch football (in its loosest sense) you'd consider watching the Dons Trust team, and you like getting up early on a Saturday, you could be in for a treat tomorrow. The Dons Trust take on the K's Trust for the Kingsmeadow Cup next to Raynes Park Vale's Grand Drive home, with an 11am kick-off.

The Dons are the current holders of the trophy after a fine 4-2 victory last year, but rumours abound that K's are so desperate to pick up one piece of silverware this season, they've drafted their worryingly athletic and talented youth players into their team.

The post-match presentation will take place back at Kingsmeadow - don't forget there will be a barbecue outside from 2pm and the FA Cup Final on the big screen.

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Friday 20 May 2005
club news
A Fans Club - the show of the club - one-off performance

Following its overwhelming success at the New Wimbledon Studio Theatre in July 2004, the greatest football story ever returns with a major one-off performance in the main house at the New Wimbledon Theatre.

A Fans Club, is inspired by the true story of the formation of AFC Wimbledon and follows a group of supporters as they battle to save their club moving to Milton Keynes.

Since 2004, the show has been developed to reach out to new audiences, whilst still retaining its charm. The show also features the original excellent music composed by Chris Barlow, who will be performing live with The Fans Club Band at the performance in the New Wimbledon Theatre on Friday 8 July, where there will also be some special guest appearances.

Writer Matt Couper said: "This will be a fun packed, emotional roller?coaster of a journey from deep despair to highest peaks of joy. After all that is what football is all about."

Tickets are available priced £15 and £10 - call the box office on 0870 060 6646, or ticketmaster on 0870 060 1827. Theatre details can be found here.

Praise for the 2004 run included:

?Excellent music? ? The Stage

?Constantly Charms? ? Time Out

?Superb? ? Wimbledon News

?It?s brilliant.? - Dave Anderson.

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Friday 20 May 2005
dons trust news
Dons Draw ? May 2005 results

The ninth Dons Draw took place yesterday at Kingsmeadow, with Geraldine Messenbird, a Dons Trust Board member, controlling the draw process whilst Kris Stewart plucked the winning numbers.

The cash prizes jumped for the sixth consecutive month, with a new record jackpot of £678. The winning ticket numbers and prizes, as well as the three new winners, were as follows:
First prize of £678 - ticket 1102 ? Anna Slade from Banstead
Second prize of £339 - ticket 1550 ? David Cunningham from Worcester Park
Third prize of £113 - ticket 2132 ? Robert Ford from Wallington

Congratulations to all three winners!

The Dons Draw will continue during the close season with the next draw taking place in June. And don?t forget that the deadline for entry for the next draw is the 31 May 2005.

Any questions you may have relating to the Dons Draw may be sent to the Dons Draw team at donsdraw@thedonstrust.org and we will come back to you as soon as possible.

To join the Dons Draw you can sign up here.

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Thursday 19 May 2005
first team news
Two players released

Martin Randall and Gavin Bolger have today been released by AFC Wimbledon.

Dave Anderson said: "We have released Gavin from the club after a meeting tonight. Gavin felt that he wanted to start more games and I fully appreciated and understood that. I felt that he wouldn't get the first team games with us that he'd like to, so we agreed that Gavin should move on.

As a person I will miss his company, as a footballer his attitude has been nothing less than professional and he has dealt well with not being in the side, something which is difficult for any player. If anyone doubts the feeling for Gavin within the dressing room just take a look at everyone's reaction to his goal at Burgess Hill. I wish him all the best and he's very welcome back at the club to see us at any time."

Gavin Bolger played 129 first team games for the club, scoring 26 goals and winning CCL Premier and Ryman League Division One championship and Premier Challenge and Surrey Senior Cup winners' medals.

Tha manager added: "Obviously Martin hasn't been around anything like as long as Gavin, but he has made an impact on and off the pitch. He's a really strong character and has always been a big asset within the dressing room and will be sorely missed by the players. I'm not sure if he'll continue to play next season but whatever he does I know he'll do it well. We thank him and wish him all the best."

Martin Randall played 35 first team games scoring 12 goals. His last game was away to Burgess Hill Town, where he scored the Dons' second goal.

The club thanks both players for their efforts and wishes them both all the best for the future.

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Thursday 19 May 2005
club news
Watch the Cup Final at KM

The FA Cup Final this Saturday will be shown on the big screen at The Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow. Why not come down and watch the clash between Arsenal and Manchester United in the company of fellow Dons fans? Not to mention seeing if Rob "Player of the Round" Ursell manages to get his face on TV.

Barbecue food will be on sale from 2pm, namely burgers, hot dogs and kebabs. And the bar will be open all day for your refreshment needs. The match kicks-off at 3pm.

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Thursday 19 May 2005
youth news
Record-breaking youth season

Ben Canham counts the trophies:

A long, tough but outstanding season for the youth sides finally came to an end last week. All the teams have made huge strides forward and will look to improve even more next season.

There were League Championships for:

Under-11s (WSY and G&S Leagues)
Under-13s (WSY and G&S Leagues)
Under-14s (G&S League)
Under-15s (WSY League).

And runners up for:

Under-12s (G&S League)
Under-15s (WSY League).

There were also league cup victories for:

Under-8s (E&E League)
Under-11s (WSY and G&S Leagues)
Under-12s (G&S League)
Under-13s (G&S League)
Under-14s (G&S League).

And cup runners up medals for:

Under-9s (WSY League)
Under-10s (G&S League)
Under-14s (WSY League).

Finally, there was a fantastic County Cup win for the Under-11s (WSY League).

So, that's a total of ten cup finals, with seven victories for the young Dons. Add to
that six league titles, with three runners up spots, and you can see what a wonderful season it has been.

A special mention should go to the Under-11s, who managed a fabulous five trophies - a fully deserved and spectacular achievement. Also, a massive thanks to all the parents, managers, coaches, sponsors, and various other helpers who have made this such a successful season. But although winning the trophies is great, the fact that some fantastic prospects are up and coming is even greater for the future of the club.

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Wednesday 18 May 2005
club news
Season ticket deadline approaches

If you are a season ticket holder in the Main Stand, including the President's Lounge, you have until 31 May to renew if you wish to retain the same seat for 2005-06. Please make sure your application is sent in good time and remember that 30 May is a public holiday, so the last date for posting your application is Saturday 28 May.

If an existing seat holder does not renew by 31 May, the seat will be made available to current season ticket holders who have applied to move. Once their requests are dealt with, the remaining seats will be available to new applicants.

To date, we have received 450 applications for season tickets for seats and for the terraces. Of these approximately a quarter are for five-year season tickets (FYSTs). The money we receive from FYSTs will be used to repay the debt to Mr Khosla so that, in adddition to ensuring that you are immune from ticket price rises for five years, if you buy a FYST you will be helping to reduce the debt.

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Tuesday 17 May 2005
club news
Teenage kit design winner

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the competition to design the Dons' new third kit (design number four) was 16-year-old Jake Mullarkey from Banstead. He said, ?I am really chuffed to win this as I love the Dons and I am not used to winning things."

Jake has done very well to have won the competition - there were several entries from professional designers and several others that were very imaginative. In total 80 design entries were submitted, and 750 votes cast in the final poll. Jake's design was the clear winner with not far short of half of all the votes.

Jake's prize is a complete third kit, a new AFCW tracksuit and training kit, plus a goodie bag from SI and Sega that contains nine computer games, a Puma sports bag, Sega shoulder bag and a host of other goodies.

Commercial Director Ivor Heller added:
"I would like to thank all of those that took part in this process and I look forward to working on the production and sale of the new kit."

One change will be made to the original preliminary design before the kit is put into production, with regards to the positioning of the club badge. In consultation with Jake and the kit manufacturers it has been agreed to move the badge across to the left hand side of the shirt (from the wearer's perspective!).

Details of the launch date of the third kit will appear on the website later on in the summer.

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Monday 16 May 2005
first team news
Three signings announced

Dave Anderson announced today that Sonny Farr has signed a two-year contract with AFC Wimbledon. The manager explained:

?I?m glad to say that Sonny has signed a contract with us. It covers two years in our normal way, which means that we?ll have the option at the end of the first year. I think the fans will have already seen what an exciting prospect he is. He joins us from QPR and his football education and pedigree are first class. We know he?s not the finished article as yet, but sometimes in football you have to take a little bit of a gamble and what we?ve seen of his application, attitude and ability suggests that he could well grow into an excellent player.?

Two further players have already agreed terms for the 2005-6 season: Barry Moore and Simon Sobihy. Moore is a 28-year-old midfielder, who was Lewes FC?s captain in the Conference South last season. He has also played for Hayes, Woking and Crawley. Sobihy will be more immediately familiar to Dons fans, as he played for Walton & Hersham in the Surrey Cup Final and the away league game this year. He is a left-sided defensive player, comfortable in a back three, at full-back or wing-back. Prior to joining the Swans he spent three years at Corinthian-Casuals, including winning their 2001-2 Player of the Year Award. Before that he had spells with Kingstonian, Chessington United and Leatherhead.

Dave added:
?I?m delighted we?ve been able to add two more quality signings to the squad. Lewes had a great season last year, and Barry had Conference clubs interested in him. So for him to choose us shows our ambition for next season. Simon impressed both times we played Walton, and every time we had them watched and scouted our observers always gave him a glowing report.

?I?m sure by now the fans will be aware that players coming in and out will be an ongoing process over the summer. As yet I haven?t sat down with the existing squad to sort out deals, but that?s not unusual at this stage. As soon as anything else is confirmed, you can rest assured I?ll let you know.?

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Monday 16 May 2005
club news
Watch the Cup Final at KM

Why not watch this Saturday's FA Cup Final at Kingsmeadow in the company of fellow Dons fans? The Arsenal v Manchester United clash will be shown on the big screen - further details to follow.

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Friday 13 May 2005
first team news
Ryman League confirmed for next season

It was confirmed by the FA today that the Dons will play in the Isthmian (Ryman) League Premier Division next season. The full line-up of teams is as follows:

AFC Wimbledon
Billericay Town FC
Braintree Town FC
Bromley FC
Chelmsford City FC
East Thurrock United FC
Fisher Athletic FC
Folkestone Invicta FC
Hampton & Richmond Borough FC
Harrow Borough FC
Hendon FC
Heybridge Swifts FC
Leyton FC
Maldon Town FC
Margate FC
Redbridge FC
Slough Town FC
Staines Town FC
Walton & Hersham FC
Wealdstone FC
Windsor & Eton FC
Worthing FC.

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Friday 13 May 2005
first team news
Pre-season friendlies announced

AFC Wimbledon?s schedule of pre-season friendlies has been announced. We are still in discussions about two of the early dates, having formerly believed that games were agreed for those dates. We will announce the additional games as soon as agreement is reached and confirmed in writing.

There is likely to be at least one other date announced, because manager Dave Anderson plans to play a match comprising three 30-minute games towards the beginning of the schedule, to give an early run-out to as many as possible of the pre-season squad. Plans are close to completion for the opponents and the date of this game.

We are giving the pitch the longest possible time to recover from the 90-odd games that were played on it this season and so the first game at Kingsmeadow will be on Saturday 23 July. This is one of the games which is still being negotiated, but AFC Wimbledon will be at home on that day.

The Ryman League season starts on 20 August, but almost every other league will be playing competitive matches on 13 August. Therefore, we will be playing our last pre-season friendly against a Ryman League team. Understandably, Dave does not want to play a friendly against a team from our own division, so we are delighted to announce that Dover Athletic have accepted an invitation to play us. After playing two games at the Hoverspeed Stadium last season, we look forward to welcoming The Whites to Kingsmeadow on 13 August.

As in previous seasons, the pre-season friendly schedule has been drawn up primarily to ensure that the team has the best possible preparation for a tough season. Our secondary consideration is to provide fans with interesting and challenging opposition while making money from the games to help our finances.

Watch the official site for announcements of our remaining pre-season friendlies.

Pre-season schedule 2005-6:

Saturday 16 July TBA (but away)

Saturday 23 July TBA (home)

Tuesday 26 July Kingstonian (away)

Saturday 30 July Ashford Town, Middx (away)

Saturday 6 August Aldershot (home)

Tuesday 9 August Crawley (away)

Saturday 13 August Dover Athletic (home).

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Friday 13 May 2005
club news
Sunday - that's my Fun Day

Remember that the Family Fun Day is taking place at Kingsmeadow between 11am and 4pm this Sunday, (15 May). Admission is free and there will be lots of stalls, games, activities and displays, including birds of prey flying displays.  The ladies team will be demonstrating their skills and we are expecting a very good turnout from available members of the men's first team squad, mainly between 12 noon and 3pm. There will be opportunities for photographs with members of the men's team with their trophies and half an hour is being set aside for photos with members of the ladies' team and the Surrey Cup.

So come on down to the Fans' Stadium and celebrate the end of a magnificent season.

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Thursday 12 May 2005
club news
Ivor Heller on Five Live

Five Live tomorrow morning will feature Ivor Heller being interviewed along with FC United representatives, following Malcolm Glazer's bid for Manchester United. Ivor will probably be talking about what we learned when we set up a football team from scratch and, no doubt, trying to sell them an AFCW replica shirt.

We understand that the interview will be after 8.30 am.

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Wednesday 11 May 2005
club news
Season tickets on sale

Don't forget that season tickets for 2005/6 are now on sale. You won't want to miss a minute of the Dons' assault on the Ryman Premier League, so get that application form in the post as soon as possible. Existing seat-holders have until 31 May to renew in order to confirm the same seat for next season.

Five-year season tickets are also available.

Full details can be found here.

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Tuesday 10 May 2005
club news
This Wednesday is quiz night at Kingsmeadow

The hugely successful quiz night resumes on Wednesday night, 11 May, at 8.00 pm in the back bar.

Entry costs £1 per person and there are five rounds, finishing in good time to get home by local transport. Teams can have any number of people but 6 - 8 members is ideal. The rounds are the usual mixture of a picture quiz, music, general knowledge and a final round that includes the chance to win the jackpot.

If you can get here early, you can also take in one of the AFCW youth team games before the quiz. See the news item further down the page.

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Tuesday 10 May 2005
club news
Local paper coverage

The Wimbledon News, Surrey Comet and Wandsworth Borough News series of newspapers are carrying a special four page full colour pullout in tomorrow's paper celebrating our three successes this season:

78 match unbeaten run
Ryman League Division One Champions
Surrey Senior Cup winners

Copies are available from local newsagents at 40p each.

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Tuesday 10 May 2005
youth news
Missing your football? Youth team games on Tuesday and Wednesday

Kingsmeadow hosts a double bill of youth team games on both of Tuesday 10 May and Wednesday 11 May.

On Tuesday, our Under 14 team plays Cheam Town, kick off 6.30, folllowed by our Under 13 team playing Epsom Dynamos at 7.45.

Come to the games on Wednesday and you are guaranteed to see an AFCW team win a league championship. At 6.30 our Under 11 team plays Gas United and, if they win, they will clinch their league championship.

At 7.45, AFCW Under 15 Colts play AFCW Under 15 Youths and the winners take the championship.

So, why not come down and see the future of AFCW football on show at Kingsmeadow? The Under 11s' game is 30 minutes each way; all the other games are 35 minutes each way.

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Sunday 08 May 2005
club news
AFC Wimbledon 5 a side tournament

The third official AFC Wimbledon 5 a side tournament will take place at Prince Georges Playing Fields, Raynes Park on Saturday 18th June from 10 am.

There will be 32 teams in 8 groups of four, with car parking and refreshments available onsite.

All proceeds from the day will go to The Ground Fund.

To enter a team - cost £ 60 per team - please click here to download an entry form in PDF format (80kb).

Adobe Reader (Adobe Acrobat Reader) is required to view. If you do not have this installed it can be obtained here.

Teams from AFC Wimbledon and Raynes Park Vale FC have played in the past - spectators are welcome - before the Wimbledon Village Fair on Wimbledon Common later on the same day.

We will also need some volunteers on the day, to help to steward the gate, collect car parking money, assist in the car park and help sell raffle tickets.

Even if you can only spare an hour or two on the day, your help would be appreciated - please email 5aside@afcwimbledon.co.uk for more details.

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Sunday 08 May 2005
club news
AFC Wimbledon family fun day

A reminder to all supporters that the AFC Wimbledon family fun day is to be held at Kingsmeadow on Sunday 15 May between 11am and 4pm.

Admission is free and attractions include the following:

* Appearances by AFC Wimbledon players and AFC Wimbledon ladies players
* Your chance to have a photograph with the Ryman League Division One Trophy and the Surrey Cup alongside an AFC Wimbledon player
* Free five-a-side football for 5 to 14 year olds
* A 5-a-side competition
* AFC Wimbledon ladies playing two challenge 5 a side games
* Bar and refreshments, ice cream and candyfloss
* Giant inflatables, children?s games, tombola, facepainting
* Stalls run by several outside organisations
* Merchandise & football programmes
* Taekwondo demonstration
* Raffle
* Jazz band

If you are able to print off and display an A4 poster in a local shop, school, pub, club etc. a PDF version is available here (84kb).

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Sunday 08 May 2005
dons trust news
Another payment off the debt

As mentioned when we announced the last debt repayment, money from recent fundraising has continued to arrive in the Dons Trust bank account. As a result, we have been able to repay a further £20,000 and reduce the debt to £615,000.

With fundraising continuing over the summer, and more subscriptions to the DT Bond arriving recently, we hope that it won't be long before we get the debt below £600,000.

Remember that the the cash we raise from five-year season tickets will also be used to repay the debt and the club will, over the five-year period, be reimbursed by money raised from the Dons Draw. So, why not join the Draw and help to repay the debt even faster?

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Friday 06 May 2005
first team news
"Thanks for coming" - Dave

Dave Anderson would like to thank the fans who went to Staines last night. The manager added:

"I hope people who came last night appreciated the game for what it was. Coming two days after such a massive, and draining game, it was nice to have a bit of a laugh and a joke and see Robert Ursell try out his bag of tricks. To play for ten years at a club is a fantastic achievement and we delighted to go down there and support Joe O'Shea. He asked me to pass on his thanks to the people who went down.

"And after his sparkling performance, I would like to assure fans that contract negotiations with Noel Frankum are ongoing."

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Thursday 05 May 2005
dons trust news
Volunteers sought for Dons Trust posts

The Dons Trust is pleased to announce the creation of two new volunteer posts and welcomes applicants for both.

Resource Coordinator for the Dons Trust
Volunteer / few hours a week

This exciting new role would suit an individual who wants to be at the very heart of the decisions that affect your club.

The successful candidate will be responsible for collating the weekly volunteer needs and plans of the Dons Trust working groups and, by liaising with AFC Wimbledon and the Dons Trust communications team, help with promotion of events.

The post will suit a determined and organised individual, and can be conducted from the comfort of your own home.

The Dons Trust welcomes job-share applications for the role.

Membership Development for the Dons Trust
Volunteer / few hours a week

The Dons Trust is looking to develop its membership within communities across London, the UK and further a field.

This new role will focus specifically on direct promotion to lapsed members, local communities (Merton and surrounding areas) and through existing supporters groups such as the Kent Wombles, the Surrey Wombles, the Wessex Wombles and the Norse Dons.

How to Apply

For full job spec on either role please email volunteers@afcwimbledon.co.uk

To apply please send a brief CV and covering letter to Niall Couper on volunteers@afcwimbledon.co.uk stating which role you are applying for in the subject heading of the email.
Deadline for applications for both posts is noon on Friday 13 May 2005.

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Thursday 05 May 2005
club news
Kit number four for third kit

Kit number four won the kit vote for next year's third kit.

The votes were cast as follows:

Kit 1 178
Kit 2 27
Kit 3 106
Kit 4 333
Kit 5 72.

You can view the kits here. The final design will be agreed between the winning designer and the kit manafacturer shortly.

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Thursday 05 May 2005
club news
No parade in Wimbledon this Sunday

Unfortunately, the Merton Highways Authority and the local police have reluctantly advised that it will not be possible for the players and team to show off the trophies in the town centre this Sunday for safety reasons. Something may be arranged at a future date.

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Wednesday 04 May 2005
first team news
Fans deserve winners medals - Anderson

By this afternoon, Dave had just about managed to collect his thoughts after the Dons completed a league and cup double for the second successive year:
?That was everything we thought it would be on the pitch, but it surpassed my wildest dreams off it.

?As far as the game was concerned, it was as hard and tough as we expected it to be. Losing Steve Butler to traffic was a headache we could really have done without. I felt very bad for Steve Gibson to substitute him at half-time, but we just felt we had to get as much height and strength at the back as we could. I think Gibbo took the situation better than I did, so all credit to him.

?Rob Ursell was as good as I?ve ever seen him ? he was electric. And what a goal from Shane Smeltz, a strike that was worthy of any stage. Richard Butler?s was a little bit scrappier, but great reward for the way he and Urse battled. Overall though, the commitment of the entire team shone out. No-one could have given any more than they did and the determination and application was exemplary.

?The more the game went on, the stronger we got. We knew that would happen. Walton?s game is based on a high work-rate and strong work-ethic, so it was always going to be harder for them to keep playing like that. From the middle of the second half, we just got stronger.

?At the end of 90 minutes, I told the boys just to keep doing what they had been doing ? to keep playing the ball, keep passing it and stay focused when Walton had set pieces, because they were their biggest strength. I felt Walton were fading and we weren?t. That?s testament to the players and the staff for the condition they?re in and their levels of fitness. So the win was a great reward for the players? efforts and their determination to avenge the 4-0 defeat.

?But having said that, the support from the crowd was such an adrenalin boost, I reckon I could have run for 120 minutes for those fans! As far as I?m concerned the chairman should be going out today and ordering 3,500 winners? medals. Everyone played a part in this victory ? I?m rarely speechless, but I?m lost for words to describe how magnificent the supporters were last night, and how much it meant to me and the players. You couldn?t fail to keep going with that number of people behind you, making that amount of noise for each and every player.

?I look on myself as a seasoned, experienced manager who?s served a good non-league apprenticeship at a lot of different teams. I thought all that experience would mean that nothing could surprise me, but at this club things still take your breath away. I had to keep reminding myself to focus on the pitch, but from the moment people started arriving, the noise, the colour and the support was quite incredible. In a game that tight, you can certainly say the support was enough to make the difference, so that was a victory for the whole club and everyone played their part in it.

?Now we get a couple of days to relax and enjoy it. Tomorrow?s testimonial is good for the players, because it will give them a chance for their achievement to sink in ? it was such a late finish in the end last night that they hardly had chance to catch their breath.

?And then one way and another I?m sure we?ll get a chance to thank the fans for their unbelievable support before you head off on a summer break and my staff and I get on with the work for next season.?

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Wednesday 04 May 2005
club news
See the double winners

The first team's competitive season may have come to a close with last night's drama, but there are still plenty of opportunities to see the Dons' heroes before the summer break, inclding a probable appearance in Wimbledon town centre this Sunday morning.

First up is tomorrow night's testimonial match at Staines for Joe O'Shea. The whole first team squad will be involved and there are even rumours that Noel Frankum will be making an appearance. It will also be the first time the Gell brothers, Richard and Chris, have played against each other. The match kicks-off at 7.45pm at Wheatsheaf Park and tickets are £5 for adults and £2.50 for children and OAPs.

And if you're worried about missing your Saturday football fix, the reserves bring their season to a close with a double header at Kingsmeadow. They will take on Chipstead at 11.30am and then enjoy a brief rest before playing Molesey at 4pm. And with uncertainty over whether table-topping Havant & Waterlooville will maintain a second string next year, if results elsewhere are favourable there is still a chance a brace of victories could secure promotion for John Morris' side. The bar will be open, the sun will be shining (possibly), and there are two games to watch. What more could you want?

Finally, after last night's heroics, subject to police confirmation (expected tomorrow morning), the team will almost certainly be invited to parade their trophies in Wimbledon by the Town Centre Manager this Sunday. Hopefully this will be another opportunity to remind the people of Wimbledon what their team has achieved. Watch this space.

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Tuesday 03 May 2005
first team news
Double winners!

The Dons completed a league and cup double for the second successive season tonight, after a memorable extra-time victory against Walton & Hersham. Read the full match report here. Further reaction might follow later!

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Tuesday 03 May 2005
club news
Cup Final squad named

Dave Andersen has named the following squad for this evening's Surrey Cup Final against Walton & Hersham at Woking FC:

Danny Naisbitt, Antony Howard, Steve Butler, Mark Cooper, Chris Gell, Steve Gibson, Ryan Gray, Sonny Farr, Gavin Bolger, Jon-Barrie Bates, Micky Woolner, Rob Ursell, Richard Butler, Shane Smeltz, Martin Randall, Leon McDowall.

Separate turnstiles will be operating for ticket holders tonight but entrance is available on the gate.

Dave's final thoughts before tonight's match will be here later this afternoon as the excitement builds.

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Sunday 01 May 2005
club news
Cup Final arrangements

The Surrey Senior Cup Final will kick off at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 3 May. If the scores are level after 90 minutes, extra time will be played. If the scores are still level afer extra time, the result will be settled by penalties.

There will be no segregation of fans and seats cannot be reserved - the only way to guarantee a seat is to arrive early. There will be separate turnstiles for fans who have bought tickets in advance. The programme will cost £2.

The presentation of the cup will take place on the pitch, not in the stand as happened last year, and so the Surrey FA has asked fans to stay off the pitch at the end of the game, as this will delay the presentation ceremony and prevent a lap of honour by the winners. They have also reminded us that, as a club, Woking are taking steps to stop obscene and offensive chanting and their stewards are instructed to implement this policy actively.

Please note that the club has been unable to extend opening hours at Kingsmeadow on Tuesday night and therefore there will be no celebrations or commiserations here after the game.

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