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Wednesday 31 May 2006
first team news
Kick off with The O's

This summer's first pre-season match sees newly-promoted Leyton Orient become the first Football League side to visit The Fans' Stadium to play AFC Wimbledon.

The game, The Os' first since winning automatic promotion to League One, will be played on Saturday 15 July with a 3 pm kick-off. Prices - valid for all home pre-season friendlies - are as follows:

Adults: Main Stand 9, terraces 7

Concessions: Main Stand 5, terraces 4

Under-16s: Main stand 3, terraces 2


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Monday 29 May 2006
ladies news
AFC Wimbledon Ladies & Girls trials

AFC Wimbledon Ladies and Girls are holding two open days this pre-season in order to assess and recruit new players at both senior and youth level.

The first is this coming Sunday, 4th June, at Richardson Evans Memorial Playing Fields. The second will be on 2nd July at Kingston University Sports Ground, Tolworth. Youth trials will be held between 10.00 and 12.00 and Senior trials between 12.00 and 14.00

Girls interested in trialling for age groups U12 to U15 should contact Toby Crisp on 07831 570441 or just turn up on the day.

Seniors interested in trialling should contact Carl Sims on 07710 324963 or just turn up on the day.

Further details are also available here.

AFC Wimbledon Ladies are also looking for qualified coaches and managers for their U12 (mini-soccer) and U14 teams for the upcoming season. All positions are voluntary. Please contact Jackie Saddington on 07711 564780 for further details.


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Saturday 27 May 2006
cfs news
Half-term kids courses

Looking for something for the kids to do next week? The AFC Wimbledon Community Football Scheme is running both half and full-day of courses for kids aged from 4-12 over the half-term week. Our courses get great feedback from the kids who attend and their parents, so why not give it a go. We welcome both boys and girls of all abilities and the courses are held at Wimbledon Park on grass and Goals Wimbledon on an all-weather surface.

Further information can be found by clicking on the soccer courses advert on the home page. Application forms can also be downloaded there.




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Friday 26 May 2006
club news
Gayle and Chirpy sign up for the Dons

Former WFC legends Marcus Gayle and Alan 'Chirpy' Kimble have signed up for the Dons to take part in this Summer's Masters tournament.

Fourteen-cap Jamaican international Gayle signed for the Dons from Brentford for 250,000 in 1994 and went on to score 37 goals in 198 games as a skilful winger-cum-striker. He eventually moved to Glasgow Rangers in a 1m deal seven years later while, during the 2005/6 season, he has been featuring in the Brentford side challenging at the top of League One.

Left-back Kimble, whose cultured left foot was known as The Wand, joined the Dons for 175,000 from Cambridge in 1993 and went on to make almost 200 appearances in the yellow and blue. Most recently Kimble has been plying his trade as Assistant Manager at Conference side Gravesend & Northfleet.

More details about the event and how to get tickets are in our features section here.



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Thursday 25 May 2006
club news
Get your Kicks (and Flicks)

Dons fans looking for a football fix could do worse than head on down to the first London International Football Film Festival - a six-day celebration of soccer on celluloid, with AFC Wimbledon themed-film The Other Half at the heart of it.

Kicks n Flicks kicks-off at the Curzon Soho on Friday June 2, with a screening of 'Goal! World Cup 1966'. For those who missed the AFC Wimbledon backed Charity Premiere last week, there's another chance to catch The Other Half on Tuesday June 6.

The festival is being organised by Wimbledon fan Matt Couper, who some may remember as the writer of the theatrical tale of AFC Wimbledon, A Fans' Club - The Musical. For tickets, call the Curzon Soho box office on 0870 756 4620.


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Tuesday 23 May 2006
first team news
Some pre-season friendly news

The Wimbledon pre-season programme this summer is due to start on Saturday 15 July, with a home match. Details of this game have yet to be finally confirmed, but will be announced as soon as possible.

The following midweek will see away matches against lower league sides, again details to be announced.

Saturday 22 July sees the Dons make the trip up to Gigg Lane, Bury for a return match against FC United of Manchester and Tuesday 25 brings a Crystal Palace youth side to The Fans' Stadium.

Another home match is being arranged for Saturday 29 July and away games against Aldershot on Saturday 5 August and Kingstonian on Saturday 12 August have been agreed.

Further details of these and one or two other matches will be announced as soon as possible. The Ryman League season starts on Saturday 19 August.


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Tuesday 23 May 2006
club news
Get your Wimbledon Masters tickets

Wimbledon are making their return to the 2006 Masters Tournament being held at Wembley Arena on Sunday 16 July. The Wimbledon Masters will be competing against Arsenal, Tottenham and Watford. Tickets for the event are 18 for adults and 12 for under-16s or 50 per family (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children) and are available by calling 020 8547 3336 between 11am-1pm weekdays or by visiting the office between 10am and 4pm Monday-Friday. Make sure you buy your tickets through the office as a percentage of these sales will go directly to the club.


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Friday 19 May 2006
cfs news
CFS update

Last weekend was one of the busiest of the year for the AFC Wimbledon Community Football Scheme. Not only was there the regular schedule of Friday Night Soccer Club, Mini Soccer on Saturday Morning (at three different venues) and the annual AFC Wimbledon Family Fun Day, but it also saw the first of two tournaments that AFC Wimbledon have helped to organise this summer.

The Mitcham World Cup took place last Sunday at the Tooting and Mitcham Hub, and is a tournament that has been organised by AFC Wimbledon, Tooting and Mitcham United, Fulham, The Met Police, Mitcham MacDonalds and other partners. It has been put together to give something back to the kids of the local community. The tournament is for both boys and girls at a variety of age groups competing as World Cup countries and was the first of its kind in the area. The day also featured coaching work shops, football inflatables, stalls and a special appearance by World Cup winning hat-trick hero of 1966 Geoff Hurst.

Meanwhile, three AFCW youth teams were taking part in cup finals. The Dons were very unfortunate to lose in both SCC finals - with the under-14s losing 2-1 to Mole Valley Predators while the under-16s went down 1-0 to Woking Town Youth. The U15 lost 1-4 to Sutton Utd Colts, conceding three goals in the last seven minutes when chasing the game.



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Thursday 18 May 2006
club news
Dave already working towards 2006-7

The Dons' season may have been over for less than one week, but work is already going on behind the scenes ahead of next season. The OS caught up with Dave Anderson to hear about holidays, contracts and signings.

Dave said: "As some of you may know I went away for a couple of days over the weekend, but I got back on Monday night and work is already underway ahead of next year.

"Over the last few days I've spoken to a number of our targets and have arranged a series of meetings for next week. I've gone on record as saying I expect the vast majority of our current staff to be kept on, but we are also looking for a couple of wide players to play on both sides. At the recent Q&A someone mentioned that we were playing 4-4-2 without genuine wingers, and they had a valid point. That's something we've been looking at - we'd like the option of two out-and-out wingers and I think that would be very exciting for us.

"As ever, it's just a case of getting the right players at the right money. I expect things to progress over the next 7-10 days and, of course, we'll announce things as they happen.

"Meanwhile we have been talking to current players about contracts. It's an ongoing process and, again, we'll make an official announcement once everything is finalised."


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Wednesday 17 May 2006
club news
Young Don aims for World Cup squad

AFC Wimbledon may not currently have any players going to the World Cup, but young Dons starlet Patrick Roche hasn't given up hope just yet!

Patrick Roche plays for the AFCW under-9s youth team and has been selected as a finalist in the Birds Eye Mini England competition. The competition seeks to form an England look-a-like squad and Patrick is the Michael Owen candidate.

Patrick now needs your votes to make the squad and become the first AFC Wimbledon player to represent England. You can vote here

Voting finishes next Saturday 20th May. Good luck Michael, ahem, Patrick!


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Tuesday 16 May 2006
dons trust news
The Dons Draw - May 2006 results

With all the funds in, and the necessary reconciliations completed, the 21st Dons Draw took place earlier this afternoon at Kingsmeadow.

This month the winning numbers were drawn by Tom Adam, the Dons Trust Board Chair, whilst John Owen, the Dons Draw Treasurer, controlled the draw process.

The May 2006 jackpot climbed to a new record high of 840. The winning ticket numbers and prizes were as follows:

First prize of 840 - ticket 0363 ? John Moody, from Woking, Surrey
Second prize of 420 - ticket 0106 ? Jeff Roberts, from Wimbledon SW19
Third prize of 150 - ticket 0059 ? Vicki Lowndes, from Morden, Surrey

Congratulations to all three prize winners.

All prize winners this month had entered the Dons Draw back in September 2004, and for all three, it was the first time that their numbers had been drawn out as winners, and so their patience has finally been rewarded!

The next Dons Draw will take place on 15 June 2006 with the results being posted on the AFC Wimbledon official web site soon after the draw has taken place.

Current indications are that the jackpot next month will be in the region of 860, or more. So if you want a chance of winning next month?s bumper jackpot 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 ticket numbers, then you know what to do!! You can sign up to the Dons Draw here.

The deadline for new entrants to the June 2006 Dons Draw is midnight on 31 May 2006.

Any questions you may have can be answered on match days at the Dons Trust table, or by contacting the Dons Draw team at donsdraw@thedonstrust.org or on 07990 554959 and leave a message.


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Tuesday 16 May 2006
club news
Stars gather for charity premiere

Local dignitaries, football fans, film buffs and stars of the silver screen congregated at Wimbledon Odeon on Monday for the Charity Premiere of The Other Half, a film by local director Richard Nockles and starring Vinnie Jones, Danny Dyer and Gillian Kearney.

The event was organised by AFC Wimbledon football club in association with Wimbledon Odeon and the film's distributor, Momentum - with money raised from the sale of tickets going to the Shooting Stars Hospice and Mayor Judy Saunders' designated charity, the Merton Music Foundation.

Nearly 300 people turned out to show their support for charity while taking in a film with real local connections. Director Richard Nockles went to Wimbledon College School and - as well as starring former Wimbledon star-turned-actor Vinnie Jones - much of the film was shot on location at the Dons' Kingsmeadow home.

Guests on the night included AFCW president Dickie Guy, Mayor of Merton Judy Saunders, producer Tiffany Whittome, director Richard Nockles, AFCW players Josh Lennie and Scott Curley and the star of the movie, Gillian Kearney, as well as several other members of the cast.

With wine and canapes flowing, the event had all the glitz and glamour one would expect from an uptown premiere, but directly benefitted the football club's local community - with some 1,500 raised for good causes.

Before the screening, guests heard from AFC Wimbledon's commercial director Ivor Heller, Tiffany Whittome, Richard Nockles, Karen Sugarman of the Shooting Stars Hospice and Mayor Saunders. Nockles described how the film had come about in much the same way as the football club - when a group of people decided to put a plan into action and "just went ahead and made it happen".

Ivor heller added: "It's great that we've been able to put on this event in our local community, and it's absolutely brilliant to have been involved in such a good film. I look forward to both the club and the film going from strength to strength."


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Tuesday 16 May 2006
club news
Legends lining up

Don't forget that Wimbledon will be competing in the 2006 Masters Tournament, being held in Wembley Arena on 16 July.

The Wimbledon Masters side will be lining up against Arsenal, Tottenham and Watford. Tickets for the event are 18 for adults and 12 for under-16s or 50 per family (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children) and are available via the credit card hotline (020 8546 9582, open 11am-1pm weekdays, although for today only please call 020 8547 3336 instead) or by visiting the office between 10am and 4pm Monday-Friday.

Make sure you buy your tickets through the office as a percentage of these sales will go directly to the club.



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Monday 15 May 2006
club news
Just another manic Fun Day

This year's Family Fun Day proved another roaring success, with well in excess of 1,000 raised towards the ground fund.

In total, there were some 22 stalls, games and activities on the Kingsmeadow pitch.

Highlights included the Keepy-Uppy competition organised by the AFCW Fans' Team - with Luke Garrard's 145 in 60 seconds being the highest player score, only for AFCW Ladies' Kirsty Percival to register an overall winning total of 160!

And there were plenty of players also involved in the regional 5-a-side tournament - with Niall Connery, Josh Lennie, Wes Daly, Wayne finnie, Luke Garrard, Paul Barnes, Joe Paris and player of the tournament Dave Sargent all taking part alongside the fans as Essex pipped Surrey to this year's title.

In the speed ball competition, Lou Cooper registered a kick of 45mph to take home the ladies' title, while the bare footed Doug Hammond hit 56mph to become top adult male. Of the players, it was Niall Connery who took the title with a 62mph rocket.

Just down the touchline, the players were showing what good sports they are in the stocks where, among others, Scott Curley, Dave Sargent, Luke Garrard, Niall Connery, Joe Paris and one Mr Ivor Heller could all be found cooling off thanks to several particularly well aimed wet sponges!

All in all, the day lived up to its name and good fun was had by all. Thanks to all involved in organising the event, manning the stalls and helping out on the day.



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Monday 15 May 2006
club news
Raff justice

There are a number of unclaimed prizes following yesterday's Family Fun Day raffle. The winning ticket numbers are:

Portable Lcd TV - 66 - 70 Beige

Football manager mini fridge - 121 - 125 Beige

England Trivia Book - 516 - 520 Beige

England Trivia Book - 376 - 380 Blue

England Trivia Book - 456 - 460 Beige

England Trivia Book - 476 - 480 Blue

The prizes have been left at the club office and are available for collection during usual office hours.



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Saturday 13 May 2006
club news
Premiere tickets available at FFD

If you haven't yet got your ticket for the Charity Premiere of The Other Half, then you may be able to pick one up at tomorrow's Family Fun Day.

The Other Half is a film about an AFC Wimbledon fan's journey to Euro 2004, and stars Vinnie Jones, Danny Dyer and Gillian Kearney (see 'Dons on the silver screen' story, below).

Expected to attend the premiere are several of the film's cast, local dignitaries and VIPs.

Tickets will be available tomorrow on the AFCW Fans' Team table, where you'll be able to book your ticket as well as hone your keepy-uppy technique!

There are only limited number of seats still available, so you are advised to book early.



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Saturday 13 May 2006
first team news
Dave feels for the fans

Dave Anderson felt for the fans after his Dons side failed to capitalise on a series of chances before eventually going down 1-0 to Kingstonian in the SSC final.

Dave said: "On a night like this I just feel for the fans - the support tonight was tremendous. But it was a night of missed chances, I think we had six or seven and just needed one to hit the back of the net. Smeltzy's chance towards the end summed up our night when it came back out off Dean Brennan. But that's sometimes how it pans out - I thought we did enough to win the game but we just weren't at our best and we know we didn't play to our full potential. But it was a big game and you can't always predict how you will play.

"Obviously, we are all absolutely gutted. I think the last cup final I lost was the Belfast Schools Cup with the under-15s and, as for the dressing room, I've been to better funerals!"

Once again, Dave's hand was forced with regards to the team he could put out - having finished the league campaign with 12 players ruled out, returning from injury, carrying knocks or serving suspensions. Dave said: "We went 4-4-2 because that was the line-up that suited the players we had available. Wes passed a fitness test on Wednesday so he came in in the middle. Shane and Plums returned from international duty and suspension and felt good, but we knew we had to take precautions with Richard Butler. He worked so hard to get fit after his injury but suffered a reaction after a hard game against Fisher. We put him on the bench, but always knew we'd be able to get him involved."

"At the end of the game I gave my medal away to a supporter, and I know Shane did the same. I wish we had 3,000 of them to give away because the supporters deserve them - it's never easy to lose a cup final but we couldn't have asked for any more from our fans. When they [Kingstonian] scored I thought the player's reaction was a disgrace, but they didn't take the bait and I'd like to thank them for that too.

"Now it's a case of moving on. As manager, I've already been working all week on bringing players in for next season. I'll have a holiday but, even then, it'll be a case of being on the phone the whole time and getting things in place ready for pre-season."


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Saturday 13 May 2006
club news
See the Dons on the silver screen

A few tickets are still available for the Charity Premiere of The Other Half, being shown on Monday 15th May at 8pm at the Wimbledon Odeon.

The Other Half is a film about an AFC Wimbledon supporter's trip to the European Cup in Portugal in 2004 and stars Vinnie Jones, Danny Dyer and Gillian Kearney. Much of the film was shot at The Fan's Stadium - Kingsmeadow.

Tickets cost 10, with the proceeds going to the Mayor of Merton's Charity and the Shooting Stars Children's Hospice and you can order by calling the Odeon Box Office on 020 8944 6890.

Make sure you are there to help promote the club and enjoy a great night at the movies.

There are a limited number of tickets available so call the Odeon today.

To watch a trailer for the movie click here (Mov 5.6mb).


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Friday 12 May 2006
first team news
Cup final squad announced

AFC Wimbledon play their final match of another successful season tonight when they defend the Surrey Senior Cup at Woking's Kingfield Stadium.

The match against Kingstonian kicks off at 7.45pm and manager, Dave Anderson is able to name a strong squad, with several players returning following injuries and suspensions.

The full squad is: Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Antony Howard, Wayne Finnie, Dave Sargent, Jon Boswell, Luke Garrard, Michael Woolner, Chris Gell, Dean Brennan, Dwayne Plummer, Sonny Farr, Wes Daly, Robert Ursell, Tony Battersby, Paul Barnes, Richard Butler, Shane Smeltz.

Shane Smeltz is included in the 18, following international duty during which he scored his first-ever international goal (against Chile). Dwayne Plummer and Wes Daly are also back, though the latter faces a fitness test. Scott Curley, however, is suspended and Antony Howard and Richard Butler will both be assessed by physio, Mike Rayner before kick-off. Dave Anderson explains.

"Richard Butler suffered a reaction, following his recent hernia operation, during the game with Fisher Athletic. He is a little sore and we won?t be taking any chances unless he is 100 per cent fit.

"The players and I are looking forward to this final as it is a good opportunity to end the season on a high. Cup finals are generally tight games and playing K's should add a little bit of spice to what promises to be an exciting occasion.

"We will go into the game as favourites but it is up to us to prepare properly to ensure there is no shock. The players trained well after the Fisher game ? good teams have that resilience to bounce back after defeats and we are a good team."

This will be the last action for the Wimbledon players for seven weeks.

"The players will get together for the family funday on Sunday and the sponsor's dinner but, as far as football goes, will now break until July 1. Most will be back as I don?t envisage making many changes ? possibly three or four. I have already started making enquiries for next season and this will be a busy period ensuring we are prepared for the challenge ahead."


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Friday 12 May 2006
club news
Sunday, that's our Funday

Don't forget this year?s AFC Wimbledon Family Fun Day takes place at The Fans? Stadium - Kingsmeadow this Sunday 14th May, between 11am and 4pm.

Admission is free and, if last year?s event is anything to go by, there?ll be something for just about everyone on the day. There will be dozens of stalls, games, activities, displays and a five-a-side football competition between the regional Wombles - no doubt featuring the odd ringer!

Last year Rob Ursell?s Wessex Wombles took home the bragging rights, but we?re sure the Mercia, Surrey and Kent Womble collectives will have something to say about that this time around!

Amongst the games there?ll be our very own football speed game, which measures just how fast you can kick the ball. You never know, you might be able to kick it harder than our very own kick-like-a-mule Wes Daly!

We?re also expecting several first teamers to come along and show their support, so be sure to mark the date in your diary and join us as we celebrate another historic Dons season. And who knows, we might even be celebrating another SSC winning season by then?

Let's hope it's another manic Funday!



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Thursday 11 May 2006
club news
Arrangements for the Surrey Senior Cup Final

Because fans will be segregated for the cup final, two sets of turnstiles have been set aside for AFC Wimbledon fans.

One group of turnstiles is on the left as you go into the main entrance, beside the Snooker Club. These turnstiles provide access to the long terrace down the side of the pitch, although the Bellway Homes Stand can also be reached this way.

Access is also available by approaching the ground down Westfield Avenue. This provides access direct to the Bellway Homes Stand where there will be a drinks marquee open before the game. There is a catering facility underneath the Bellway Homes Stand.

Both entrances will have at least one turnstile dedicated to fans who have pre-bought tickets.

The gates will open at 6.00 pm.


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Thursday 11 May 2006
first team news
Ryman Premier Division constitution 2006/2007

The Ryman league today announced the consitution of the Ryman Premier division for next season.


AFC Wimbledon
Ashford Tn Mx
Billericay Town
Boreham Wood
Bromley
Canvey Island
Carshalton Athletic
Chelmsford City
East Thurrock Utd
Folkestone Invicta
Hampton & Richmond
Harrow Borough
Heybridge Swifts
Horsham
Leyton
Margate
Ramsgate
Slough Town
Staines Town
Tonbridge Angels
Walton & Hersham
Worthing


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Thursday 11 May 2006
club news
Cup final coach

AFC Wimbledon will be running a coach to the Surrey Senior Cup final at Woking FC.

Costing 11 for Adults and 6 for concessions, the coach will depart The Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow at 18:00. The coach will leave Woking FC after the presentation of the cup and drop off at Kingsmeadow and Wimbledon Broadway.

Please call the club on 020 8547 3528 during normal office hours to book by credit/debit card. You can also pay in cash or cheque at the office between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday.


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Wednesday 10 May 2006
club news
A night at the flicks

Tickets for the Charity Premiere of The Other Half, taking place on Monday 15th May at 8pm at the Wimbledon Odeon, are still available by calling the Odeon Box Office on 020 8944 6890. Tickets are 10 each and all proceeds will be shared between the Mayor of Merton's Charity and the Shooting Stars Children's Hospice.

The Other Half is a film about an AFC Wimbledon supporter's trip to the European Cup in Portugal in 2004 and stars Vinnie Jones, Danny Dyer and Gillian Kearney.

Make sure you are there to help promote the club and enjoy a great night at the movies.

There are a limited number of tickets available so call the Odeon today.

To watch a trailer for the movie click here (Mov 5.6mb).


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Wednesday 10 May 2006
club news
Late licence at Kingsmeadow after Friday's cup final

After the Surrey Senior Cup final on Friday, we have arranged an extension for the main bar at Kingsmeadow and the bar will remain open until late. So come and join us to celebrate the end of the season with fellow fans.


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Tuesday 09 May 2006
club news
Surrey Senior Cup Final Tickets - deadline for advanced purchases

On Thursday we have to return any unsold tickets for the Surrey Senior Cup Final to the Surrey FA. As a result, we will not be able to sell tickets after 2.00 pm that day.

Ticekts can still be bought be bought by credit card hotline (020 8546 9582), between 11.00 am and 2.00 pm on Wednesday and Thursday, or by callers to the club office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on Wednesday and until 2.00 pm on Thursday.


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Tuesday 09 May 2006
club news
Dons go Radio Ga Ga

If you can't make it in person to Woking for Friday's SSC final versus Kingstonian, you may fancy tuning into www.bbc.co.uk/southerncounties where BBC Southern Counties will be hosting full match commentary.

Let's hope the team can turn the airwaves (yellow and) blue for the night!


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Friday 05 May 2006
youth news
Final destination

If you need your AFC Wimbledon fix this weekend then there are still trophies to be won as our youth sides do battle for the County Cups at Chipstead FC this Sunday.

The Under-14s play Mole Valley Predators at 10.30am and the Under-16s, featuring several lads who have featured in the reserves, kick-off at 2pm.

So why not turn up and lend your support as the next generation of Dons look to get that trophy cabinet bulging?



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Friday 05 May 2006
club news
Wimbledon Masters

Wimbledon are making their return to the 2006 Masters Tournament being held in Wembley Arena on 16 July. The Wimbledon Masters will be competing against Arsenal, Tottenham and Watford. Tickets for the event are 18 for adults and 12 for under-16s or 50 per family (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children) and are available via the credit card hotline (020 8546 9582, open 11am-1pm weekdays) or by visiting the office between 10am and 4pm Monday-Friday. Make sure you buy your tickets through the office as a percentage of these sales will go directly to the club.


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Friday 05 May 2006
club news
The Other Half hits Wimbledon

Wimbledon fans may almost be getting used to seeing the Dons break new ground out on the pitch, but one thing the club has never done is make it to the big screen. Until now, that is.

The Other Half revolves around an AFC Wimbledon fan's emotional journey to the 2004 European Championships in Portugal. Being released on DVD on May 29 to coincide with the World Cup, much of the gritty British drama was filmed in and around The Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow. Starring former Don Vinnie Jones, Football Factory's Danny Dyer and Shameless' Gillian Kearney, AFC Wimbledon are delighted to have teamed up with Wimbledon Odeon and Momentum film distributors to host a charity premiere of The Other Half.

The film will be shown on May 15th at Wimbledon Odeon cinema, with proceedings kicking off at 8pm. As well as the movie itself, there will be a raffle, speeches and possibly even a few VIP guest appearances.

A limited number of tickets are on sale now, through the Odeon box office, at just 10 each - with all money raised going to the Mayor's chosen charity and Shooting Stars Hospice.

Please note that with just 300 tickets, we expect this event to sell out very quickly. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis, and it is therefore recommended that you book early to avoid disappointment. For tickets call the Odeon box office on 020 8944 6890 - tickets are only available via this number - or in person at the Odeon box office.

To watch a trailer for the movie click here (Mov 5.6mb).


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Friday 05 May 2006
club news
Season ticket applications

The forms for new applications for season tickets, along with a questions and answers document, are now available for downloading by clicking on the button on the "tickets" page of this website.

Please note that renewal forms have already been sent out to all existing season ticket holders. If you have not received your renewal form, please call the club office on 020 8547 3528 or email info@afcwimbledon.co.uk


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Friday 05 May 2006
ladies news
Awards evening tonight at Kingsmeadow

The ladies and girls teams are holding their annual Awards Evening and Disco this evening at Kingsmeadow, from 19.00 until late. The presentations start at 20.45. All supporters are welcome.


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Thursday 04 May 2006
reserve team news
Reserves to face the Angels

The reserves finish their season tonight with a home league game against Tonbridge Angels. The match is being played at Kingsmeadow with a 7.45 kick off and John Morris has named the following squad:

Danny Wheeler, Ken During, Jon Boswell, Casey MacLaren, Steve Gilbert, Freddie Myers, Joe Paris, Steve Tyson, Luke Pigden, Steve Goddard, Mark King, Niall Connery, Jones Bamfo, Jason Chapman


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Wednesday 03 May 2006
club news
Dons on TV

It's only one day since our last game, but if you are missing your AFC Wimbledon fix, tune into ITV1 at midnight tonight. Fans United is presented by MTV's Dave Berry and profiles dedicated supporters who have started their own clubs. Sounds familar to us! Tune in for some yellow and blue.


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Wednesday 03 May 2006
club news
Mike's injury minutes

Following the play-off defeat to Fisher Athletic, the OS caught up with Mike Rayner to get the latest on the Dons mounting injury list.

Wayne Finnie - Wayne had to leave the field following a blow to the head. Dr Phil Whitehead gave him stitches and he came back on, but then sufferred from double vision so we had to take him off. If he'd played on and sufferred another blow to the head it could have been quite serious. As it is, Wayne should be okay for the cup final.

Antony Howard - Frankie had to have stitches to the underside of his chin at half-time. He later had to come off after he seemed to have turned his ankle and was suffering from cramp. He was suffering from serious fatigue and his body just couldn't cope - when we looked at him he physically couldn't move his ankle and the bottom part of his leg had frozen solid. In these situations it's better to overtreat the injury rather than undertreat it, which could lead to further damage. As for the final, we'll have a look at Frankie on Thursday and go from there.

Wes Daly - Wes has a lateral ligament injury in his left knee. He failed a fitness test on Saturday and aggravated it slightly. We'll continue to assess him but it will close as to whether he's available for the final or not.

Chris Gell - Gelly was fine after the 5/10 minutes he played on Saturday, but we knew he still wasn't where we wanted him to be. When Wayne came off it forced our hand really, and he's now aggravated the original injury. We'll give him intensive treatment to get time out of him for the final.

Dean Brennan - Dean came through tonight with no adverse reactions. He's not 100% but he has put an awful lot of effort in - both at the club and in his own time, where he's been coming to the clinic where I work.

Richard Butler - Buts has been fine since he came back, but we'll have to work on him until the end of the season because where he had his double hernia the scars tend to tighten up.

Scott Curley - Scott twisted his ankle against Hendon and played against Fisher with very heavy dressing on his ankle to get him through the game.

Luke Garrard - As per Scott, Luke had twisted his ankle (in this case against Walton) and played with heavy strapping on it.

Paul Barnes - Paul twisted his ankle tonight. We treated it after the game, but it doesn't look too serious.

Andy Little - Andy tweaked his hamstring making the save from a free-kick in the first-half. He got through the game and is a little bit sore, but should be okay for the final.

Simon Sobihy - When Speedo broke his toe against Walton it was the same toe he'd broken twice before this season - but this was a third different fracture site. More importantly, the scars from his car accident are healing well.

Steve Butler - Steve is progressing very well from his operation and will be fighting fit for pre-season, but will play no further part this season.

Rob Ursell - Urse had a slight groin strain from Saturday. He had intensive treatment which enabled him to play tonight. He should be okay for the final.

Simon Sweeney - Six weeks on from his ACL operation he's further ahead on his rehab than we'd anticipated, and we're hoping he'll start his running in pre-season.


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Wednesday 03 May 2006
club news
Quiz tonight

Don't forget that this month's quiz kicks-off tonight in the main bar at 8pm.

Hosted by Radio Jackie DJ Neil Long - AKA the Knight Fantastic - it costs 2 per person to enter and you can expect plenty of prizes and surprises through the night.


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Wednesday 03 May 2006
club news
Dons Directory winner

The Dons Directory Draw on Saturday was won by Peter Osborne, of Osbornes Accountants Ltd.

Congratulations to Peter and thanks to everyone who entered the draw.



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Wednesday 03 May 2006
club news
Chairman stays positive

AFC Wimbledon chairman Kris Stewart remained philosophical after the Dons' promotion hopes were ended away to Fisher tonight. He said: "At the beginning of the season we said we wanted to get to the play-offs and, once we got there, we wanted to win them. Everyone at the club was desperate to win and we're all gutted we couldn't do it.

"But everyone who was here could see that the players gave everything they possibly could tonight, and that's all you can ask for."

Despite the result, Kris took several positives from the current campaign. He said: "As gutted as we are tonight, we met our target for the season in the league and now we have a cup final to look forward to."


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Tuesday 02 May 2006
first team news
Dave and squad are 'desperately upset'

Dave Anderson has spoken of his disappointment after seeing his battling Dons side go down 2-1 to Fisher Athletic in tonight's play-off semi-final.

With the walking wounded running into double figures, Dave's team selection options were limited ahead of the encounter. He said: "The team we put out was just about the only team we could select really, and our biggest fear was that we didn't really have many options outside of the players on the pitch. But what I wanted us to do was to give everything and you can't fault the players for effort. Unfortunately, tonight it just wasn't enough.

"And one thing I will say is that my players never moaned. Dean Brennan, Chris Gell and Robert Ursell were all carrying injuries, but you'd never hear them complain."

But Dave refused to make excuses. He said: "I don't want to take anything away from Fisher - they are a very strong side and I'd like to wish Justin Edinburgh and his lads all the best."

Dave now needs to rally his troops ahead of the Dons' final game of the season - the SSC final. Dave said: "It's never easy to get over a big game like this when you have lost, and especially when you have the support we have had tonight - the fans were absolutely awesome. Anyone who saw the players after the game will have seen just how upset they are - because we all care. We are all desperately, desperately upset. We all want to be successful, and when you have a reception like that at the end you really feel it on behalf of everyone. What can I say - it affects you.

"But now it's our job to pick the players up and prepare for the Surrey Senior Cup final. We'll do a body count on Thursday and any injured players will be treated. Then we'll train on Saturday and again on Tuesday, and by Thursday we'll be ready. It's up to the players to some their resilience, as they have done several times already this season. My only hope is that we get a couple of injured players back ahead of the game."


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Tuesday 02 May 2006
club news
Player awards

Saturday's game against Harrow Borough saw Andy Little crowned two-time Player of the Year, while Wes Daly also picked up two awards.

The results in full were:
Under 19s Player of the Year - Mark King
Reserves Player of the Year - Joe Paris
Radio WDON Player of the Year - Wes Daly
JDs Player of the Year - Andy Little
Young Player of the Year (Natalie Callow memorial trophy) - Richard Butler
WISA Player of the Year - Andy Little
Players' Player of the Year - Wes Daly
Special Recognition Award - Matt Everard

Congratulations to all the winners from everybody at AFC Wimbledon.


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Monday 01 May 2006
club news
Ticketing update

There is a limited number of tickets still available for tomorrow's game against Fisher Athletic at Champion Hill.

The club office will sell tickets to personal callers from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm on Tuesday, after which any remaining tickets must be returned to Fisher.

Fans are urged to arrive at the game as early as possible to avoid long queues and delays at the turnstiles.


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Monday 01 May 2006
first team news
Dave names the Fisher force

Dave Anderson took a break from a Bank Holiday Monday training session to talk to the OS about tomorrow's play-off clash with Fisher Athletic.

"The play-offs are a pretty new initiative for the Ryman League so this is a new experience for me, but we have practised penalties a couple of times and training has been good today. Of course you cannot replicate the pressure of a penalty shoot-out in such an important game, but at least it gives the players a feel for striking the ball. With so much resting on the game, I expect a frantic affair, but the lads are very relaxed and we are all determined to give it our best shot.

"The worse thing we could do is freeze, but we have worked on our shape and we know what we need to do. I have told the players to go out and express themselves. This is a one-off game, no previous results, league positions or form come into it. At the end of the match, I want the best team to have gone through and not the luckiest. The crucial factor in big games is to settle quickly and take your chances when they come."

The 18 players who will travel to Fisher are:

Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Wayne Finnie, Dave Sargent, Antony Howard, Luke Garrard, Michael Woolner, Wes Daly, Chris Gell, Dean Brennan, Joe Paris, Scott Curley, Steve Tyson, Robert Ursell, Mark King, Tony Battersby, Paul Barnes, Richard Butler.

Finallly Dave paid tribute to the sizeable Dons following.

"The fans probably have no idea just how much they can affect the match. We need everyone in good voice and that alone can unsettle Fisher. I have no doubt that the supporters will make a difference for what has to be the biggest game the club has ever played since it became AFC Wimbledon."


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Monday 01 May 2006
club news
Coach spaces still available for Fisher game

There are a few spaces available for the coach to the game at Fisher. You can get on the coach at Kingsmeadow or at the Woodman pub in Wimbledon, leaving at 6.15.

Prices are 10 adult and 5 concession. If you want to book, please call the office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 2.00 pm on Tuesday.


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