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Friday 30 May 2008
club news
What's happening at Kingsmeadow - feature number 3

Today we issue the third of a series of features about what is happening at the club in the close season.

To read it, click here.


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Thursday 29 May 2008
dons trust news
And Stockport makes four…

The 2007-08 season has proved to be a magnificent one for the supporters’ trust movement. As well as AFC Wimbledon, three other trust-owned clubs have won promotion – all via the playoffs.

FC United of Manchester finished second in their league and beat Skelmersdale United 4-1 to win a place in the Unibond Premier for 2008-09. Exeter City finished fourth in the Blue Square Premier and beat local rivals Torquay and then Cambridge United to secure their return to the Football League after five years’ absence. And on Monday, Stockport County overcame Rochdale 3-2 to gain promotion to League One.

All four clubs have been leading lights in the supporters’ trust movement and are active members of Supporters Direct. Dave Boyle, the newly appointed Chief Executive of Supporters Direct, had this to say:


"It's fantastic to see well-run clubs achieving on the field as well as off it. They have all built their success on sustainable finances and
it's important that clubs getting the sums right off the pitch get success on it.

"There's another way of getting ahead in football. With 40 out of 72 Football League clubs having been insolvent in the last 15 years, supporters' trust involvement is an important way to get some common sense and longer-term thinking into the game."


Our congratulations go to Stockport, Exeter and FC United. Here’s to similar success for supporter-owned clubs in 2008-09!


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Thursday 29 May 2008
club news
Tom signs up

Terry Brown has signed Tom Davis from Lewes FC. Tom is a 24 year old midfielder who is probably better known to Dons fans as the pony-tailed St Albans player who created one of Paul Hakim's goals in our FA Trophy game at Kingsmeadow in 2005.

Terry said "Tom first came to our attention a couple of years ago when he was a key part of the St Albans team that won promotion. He played in most of last season's games for Lewes, so he has a champion's medal as well, and he has played a big part in two promotions in three years. We missed out on him at the beginning of last season so it is particularly satisfying to sign him now.

"Tom is a central midfielder who passes the ball very well and he can score goals. I am sure that the fans will find him an exciting player to watch. We will be using him further up the pitch than at Lewes and, in that position, I am sure he will score a few for us next season.

"Tom is also, at 24, the sort of player we are recruiting to build a young, passing team. So I am very pleased to have got him."

"Tom said "I am very excited to be joining AFC Wimbledon. I've watched the club from a distance and, of course, I played here a couple of years ago. I've been out on the pitch today and it looks in great condition. So I just want to get onto it and play - I can't wait for the season to start."


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Thursday 29 May 2008
club news
Deadline near for reduced price five year season ticket offer

The deadline of Saturday 31 May is fast approaching for fans who wish to buy a five year season ticket at last year's prices. This offer also allows existing five year ST holders to top up their current ticket and make it back up to five years again. Click on the button on the right hand side of this screen for more details.

Applications should reach the club by 31 May, although applications that are delivered by hand and are left in the club's mail box over the weekend will be treated as if they had arrived on Saturday (i.e. on time).


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Thursday 29 May 2008
club news
Deadline approaches for main stand season ticket holders

If you have a main stand season ticket and wish to retain the same seat next year, then you have until Saturday 31 May to get your renewal application in to the club. After that date, all unallocated seats will be made available to existing ST holders who wish to change seat and to new applicants, in that order.

Any applications that are delivered by hand and left in the club's mail box over the weekend will be treated as if they had arrived on Saturday (i.e. on time).


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Wednesday 28 May 2008
club news
Football Hurts, hour long special

There will be a wrap-up one hour 'special' from Football Hurts tomorrow night, Thursday, at 10.00 pm on Nuts TV.

The programme pulls together the material on our history, the season, ending with the play offs and the aftermath. Do watch it!


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Wednesday 28 May 2008
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents reality TV star Matt Kirshen!

Just a quick reminder about our last Comedy@Kingsmeadow before the summer break on Friday 6th June, headlined by Matt Kirshen, star of US reality TV show 'Last Comic Standing' (NBC).
Garfield is back with his phenomenal Caribbean food but their will be an alternative for those who fancy something a bit more basic. This MUST be booked in advance though.

To book tickets, call 020 8547 3336.


More about the show….

Friday 6 June
COMEDY@KINGSMEADOW presents….
Matt Kirshen, Martin Coyote and Paul T Eyres
Doors open 8.00pm/ comedy starts 9.00pm/ bar closes Midnight
Admission: £12 (includes comedy and dinner)

Matt Kirshen (Closing act)
After a triumphant win at the 2003 Hackney Empire New Act of the Year competition, Matt became an instant success on the the prestigious London and UK comedy circuit and a welcome regular at The Comedy Store, Jongleurs among others. He was also one of the 7 finalists in NBC’s ‘Last Comic Standing’ (USA).
"A rollercoaster of comedy genius" The Scotsman.
"His performance is the perfect mix of innocence and post-adolescent cynicism driven by infectious energy." Metro Life Magazine
"Excellent" The Stage
"Killer gags" Metro
"Matt Kirshen is a definite one to watch, his innocent looks belying a sharp, surreal and often gloriously sick mind" Metro
"A pocket sized dynamo" The Evening Standard

Martin Coyote (Opening act)
'Criminally underrated. A truly great writer and performer.' Time Out
'Great topical one-liners. Will make you laugh a lot.' Radio Five Live
'Unhinged, quick witted, slightly sinister. But always worth going to see.' London Evening Standard
'Coyote is a safe pair of hands, guaranteed to deliver a quality set.' www.chortle.co.uk

Paul T Eyres (Compere)
Paul T. Eyres was so bored of middle-class values that he converted to Buddhism, only to win the title of world's rudest Buddhist. Despite his everyman appearance, Paul rallies against the stereotypes and assumptions that are ingrained into our culture.
Paul is a lively and engaging compere who is much in demand for his ability to get a room going.
With his relentless high energy humour and rapid fire delivery, Paul breaks down barriers in way which is often challenging and frequently shocking — inspiring his audiences to laugh, gasp, then laugh some more!

Line-ups subject to change



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Wednesday 28 May 2008
first team news
Terry signs two

Terry Brown moved to bring in two central defenders yesterday, one an experienced centre back and the other a 'one for the future', a centre back who can play in central midfield.

Terry said "we signed Ben Judge at the end of last season as cover, knowing he was carrying an injury but really with an eye to this season. Ben is now fully recovered and so we've signed him up. He is a very strong, reliable defender who has operated at this level and higher for several years and he will bring that extra amount of experience to our back four."

Ben's career started at Croydon FC where he played over 300 games in seven years, being part of the teams that took them to the 'old' Ryman Premier League, broadly comparable to the current Blue Square South, before the reconstruction of the leagues. Still only 24, he then joined Crawley where he played about 270 games before becoming their joint player manager. At the beginning of last season he moved to Bromley where he was appointed captain but left to join us on the last day of the transfer period.

Asked to describe himself, Ben said "when people describe me on the pitch they use words like 'dependable', 'reliable' and 'consistent', which is fair enough. I put my foot in but like to think that I am comfortable on the ball too. And I am good for about two goals a season - usually at the right end of the pitch!

"I am absolutely delighted to join Wimbledon. I was there for the last few weeks of the season and got a chance to see, close up, what a good club it is, and it was a privilege to be involved in the celebrations. Despite my injury, I was really made to feel part of it all and I'm proud to be joining."

Terry also announced the signing of Michael Peacock from North Greenford United for a small fee. "Michael is definitely one for the future and I'll be working with him and some of the other players for extra training over and above the usual Tuesday and Thursday sessions. He is tall, about 6' 2" and probably still growing! He is a great prospect who we've been tracking for quite some time, before we finally did the deal last night. I'd like to thank North Greenford for the helpful and very professional way they have gone about this."

Michael is 18 and was North Greenford's player of the year last season. While he started as a midfield player he was moved to centre back some two or three years ago and has clearly settled there. He said "I see myself as a centre back first and foremost and although it took me a while to settle into the role that is where I like to be now. I am delighted to be joining AFC Wimbledon and can't wait to join the squad for pre-season training."

Fans will remember our games with North Greenford in our CCL days and, in particular, when they were our opponents in the Premier Challenge Cup final in 2004 when Bolger, Everard and Cooper (2), led us to a 4-1 victory.

Meanwhile, Terry had talks with three other players yesterday and is hopeful of signing at least one of them before the end of the week.


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Monday 26 May 2008
club news
Your memories of the season

We have had a lot of memories of the play off final submitted for promotion souvenir programme, but we need a few more best and worst memories of the season.

Please write about 75 words on either, or both, of your best and worst memories and send it here.

Please make it reflect the personal/amusing/odd things that you recall - it doesn't have to be about a game so long as it is about our season.


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Sunday 25 May 2008
youth news
Opportunities for youth managers

AFC Wimbledon Youth is looking to appoint football managers at U15, U16 and U18 level for season 2008-09.

To be considered for these roles you will need to be either an experienced youth manager or a qualified UEFA B coach with extensive experience of coaching youth football. The positions are unpaid and require the highest standards of conduct, a passion for youth football and a high degree of commitment.

If you feel you have the necessary attributes please send a summary of your experience and references to Nigel Higgs at the stadium or by emailing Nigel Higgs here


Closing date: 31 May 2008


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Friday 23 May 2008
club news
What's happening at Kingsmeadow - feature number 2

Today we issue the second of an irregular series of features about what is happening at the club in the close season.

To read it, click here.


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Thursday 22 May 2008
dons trust news
Dons Draw - what next?

Since the Dons Draw started back in September 2004 we have gradually increased prizes in line with the number of tickets sold, paying out over £60,000 in prizes to date.

The Dons Draw continues to go from strength to strength, with around 650 entrants each month and prizes of £1,000, £500 and £150.

We are now in a position to increase the prizes and would like your views on what we do next.

Suggested options are listed below, but you may have other ideas - if so, please tell us:

1 Increase the first prize

2 Increase the third prize towards £250

3 Add a fourth prize

Your views as a current or potential entrant would be really appreciated.

Please email responses to donsdraw@thedonstrust.org
The draw has the advantage of both raising funds for the club, and giving every fan who enters the chance to win every month!

So, if you have never got round to entering but would like to, you can sign up online or download an application here.

Any questions you may have can be answered by clicking here or by contacting the Dons Draw team here


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Thursday 22 May 2008
club news
Tell us your memories

We are planning to publish a promotion souvenir programme/booklet and we plan to include fans' memories of the season and of the play off final itself.

If you'd like to submit your recollection of either or both of the final and the season, please send us:

. About 50 words describing your memory of the final, reflecting the personal/amusing/odd things that you recall

. About 75 words, describing the best or worst moment in your season

Please keep it brief, because we want to publish as wide a range of views as possible - any novel-length replies will be discarded.

Please send them here


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Wednesday 21 May 2008
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents Matt Kirshen!

Just a quick reminder about our last Comedy@Kingsmeadow before the summer break on Friday 6th June, headlined by US reality TV star Matt Kirshen.
Garfield is back with his phenomenal Caribbean food but their will be an alternative for those who fancy something a bit more basic. This MUST be booked in advance though.

To book tickets, call 020 8547 3336.


More about the show….


Friday 6 June
COMEDY@KINGSMEADOW presents….
Matt Kirshen, Martin Coyote and Paul T Eyres
Doors open 8.00pm/ comedy starts 9.00pm/ bar closes Midnight
Admission: £12 (includes comedy and dinner)

Matt Kirshen (Closing act)
After a triumphant win at the 2003 Hackney Empire New Act of the Year competition, Matt became an instant success on the the prestigious London and UK comedy circuit and a welcome regular at The Comedy Store, Jongleurs among others. He was also one of the 7 finalists in NBC’s ‘Last Comic Standing’ (USA).
"A rollercoaster of comedy genius" The Scotsman.
"His performance is the perfect mix of innocence and post-adolescent cynicism driven by infectious energy." Metro Life Magazine
"Excellent" The Stage
"Killer gags" Metro
"Matt Kirshen is a definite one to watch, his innocent looks belying a sharp, surreal and often gloriously sick mind" Metro
"A pocket sized dynamo" The Evening Standard

Martin Coyote (Opening act)
'Criminally underrated. A truly great writer and performer.' Time Out
'Great topical one-liners. Will make you laugh a lot.' Radio Five Live
'Unhinged, quick witted, slightly sinister. But always worth going to see.' London Evening Standard
'Coyote is a safe pair of hands, guaranteed to deliver a quality set.' www.chortle.co.uk

Paul T Eyres (Compere)
Paul T. Eyres was so bored of middle-class values that he converted to Buddhism, only to win the title of world's rudest Buddhist. Despite his everyman appearance, Paul rallies against the stereotypes and assumptions that are ingrained into our culture.
Paul is a lively and engaging compere who is much in demand for his ability to get a room going.
With his relentless high energy humour and rapid fire delivery, Paul breaks down barriers in way which is often challenging and frequently shocking — inspiring his audiences to laugh, gasp, then laugh some more!



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Wednesday 21 May 2008
club news
Five year season tickets - a clarification

Five year season tickets ('FYST') are available at last year's prices until 31 May, both to new season ticket applicants and to existing FYST holders who want to 'refresh' their ticket.

Some existing FYST holders have interpreted this to mean that they can add five years to the unexpired part of their current ticket, giving them, for example, a seven year ticket. This is not correct - the maximum length of an FYST is, as the name indicates, five years.

The fans who have sent applications that would make their ticket last beyond five years will be sent a refund of the excess payment in due course. Please call the office on 020 8547 3528 if you have any queries.


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Tuesday 20 May 2008
club news
Inns signs up

Terry Brown has completed the signing of Alan Inns, a centre back who can double up as a central midfielder.

Terry said "I am delighted to have secured the services of Alan. He has been at Hampton & Richmond for nearly six years and in that time he has played well over 200 competitive games.

"Although he started his career as a midfielder, Alan converted to centre back some time ago. He is a strong, tall mobile centre back who gets more than his fair share of goals. He has proved himself at Conference South level, being part of the team which got to the play off final and unluckily lost to Eastbourne. He is a natural leader and I am sure that he will soon become a crowd favourite at Kingsmeadow."

Terry has been in talks today with a number of players, with more lined up for later this week. Terry said "these things always take longer than you want when you are after a player but we have to be patient. We are making a couple of offers to players this week and now we have to see if they are going to be accepted."


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Tuesday 20 May 2008
cfs news
May Half Term Soccer School

If you have not yet organised anything for the kids this half term, why not send them on our May Half Term Soccer Schools? The courses take at two venues - Wimbledon Park and Goals Soccer Centre, Wimbledon. Both courses start on Wednesday 28 May and run until Friday 30 May and are for boys and girls of all abilities aged between 4 and 14.

This half term we are providing half day (10.00 am - noon) and full day (10.00 am - 3.00 pm) courses over the 3 days and all courses will include skills coaching, fun games and mini tournaments. The 3 day course costs only £20 on a half day basis or £30 on a full day basis. So why not book your child on a course that is packed full of fun?

For more information call 020 8974 5712 or download a booking form here


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Monday 19 May 2008
club news
Haydon stand-ins needed

Due to massive demand for his services, we need one or two people to act as alternative Haydons.

The duties will be to wear the costume for birthday parties and all manner of public appearances. Some of these duties will be paid for.

The applicant should have access to a vehicle and be able to attend school events during the week. There will be some remuneration for this very worthwhile activity.

Our regular Haydon is not leaving us, although we have had several transfer requests!

If you are interested in this challenging and rewarding work, please apply by sending an email here


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Monday 19 May 2008
club news
DVD of the play off semi-final and final

This two-set DVD, priced at £15, has now sold out twice and we have ordered more.

The next batch should be arriving late this week and we will be sending them out in exactly the same order as they are bought, whether via the on-line shop or by post. So get your order in now if you want to make sure you get your copy as soon as possible.

Please be patient - the DVDs should be sent to you within 10 to 14 days of receipt of your order.


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Monday 19 May 2008
club news
For the attention of main stand season ticket holders

If you have a seat in the main stand and you want to reserve it for next season, please remember that the latest date that you can do so is Saturday 31 May. After that date, any seats which haven't been renewed will be allocated to other applicants.

Following promotion to the Blue Square South and the plans for the front rows of the main stand to be under cover, we have received many more seat applications than at this stage last year. So, if you are an existing ST holder and you haven't got your application form in yet, then we strongly urge you to do so, to make sure your seat is guaranteed for next season.


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Monday 19 May 2008
club news
Five year season ticket deadline nears

This is a reminder to five year season ticket ('FYST') holders who want to refresh their tickets back up to five years, that you have until Saturday 31 May to do so at last year's prices. A similar deal is available for new FYST applications. From 1 June onwards, prices will be at the new rates.

Application forms, a question and answers document and prices, both old and new, can be found here.


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Monday 19 May 2008
dons trust news
Dons Draw results for May

The May Dons Draw took place on Friday afternoon at Kingsmeadow.

Winning numbers were drawn in the presence of Erik Samuelson (Dons Trust board member), David Charles (Club Secretary) and Neil Messenbird (Dons Draw Treasurer).

The winning ticket numbers and prizes were as follows:

First prize of £1000 - ticket 0853 – Lawrence Pym from Epsom

Second prize of £500 - ticket 2787 – Stephen Crabtree from Farnborough

Third prize of £150 - ticket 2453 – Colin Houchin form Morden

Congratulations to all three prize winners who have all had their first win.

The next Dons Draw will take place on or after 15 June 2008, with the results being posted on the AFC Wimbledon official web site soon after the draw has taken place.

The first prize is now £1000 so if you want a chance of winning next month’s 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 numbers, then why not enter now?

You can sign up online to the Dons Draw or download an application here.

The deadline for new entrants to the June 2008 Dons Draw is 8.00 pm on Saturday 31 May.

Any questions you may have can be answered by contacting the Dons Draw team here or by clicking here.


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Saturday 17 May 2008
club news
Blue Square (Conference) South line up formally announced

The FA has published the allocation of clubs into leagues next season. There are no real surprises and the Blue Square South league will comprise:

AFC Wimbledon (from the Isthmian Premier League - 'ILP')
Basingstoke Town (last season in Conference South - 'CONFS')
Bath City CONFS
Bishop's Stortford CONFS
Bognor Regis Town CONFS
Braintree Town CONFS
Bromley CONFS
Cambridge City CONFS
Chelmsford City ILP
Eastleigh CONFS
Fisher Athletic CONFS
Hampton & Richmond CONFS
Havant & Waterlooville CONFS
Hayes & Yeading United CONFS
Maidenhead United CONFS
Newport County CONFS
Redditch United CONFN
St Albans City CONFS
Team Bath SLP
Thurrock CONFS
Welling United CONFS
Worcester City CONFN

Because of the number of northern teams that were relegated from the Blue Square Premier division, two former Blue Square North teams, Redditch United and Worcester City, have been re-allocated to the South.

Should Cambridge City be unsuccessful in their appeal against the decision of the Football Conference to relegate them, they will be placed at Step 3 (Southern League Premier Division) thereby reprieving Weston Super Mare from relegation.

The first league game of the season will be on 9 August.


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Friday 16 May 2008
club news
What's happening at Kingsmeadow

Today we issue a feature which is the first of an irregular series of updates about what is happening at the club in the close season.

To read it, click here.


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Wednesday 14 May 2008
youth news
Youth trials - Under 7 to Under 10 age groups

AFC Wimbledon are holding open trials in the coming weeks for next year's Under 7, Under 8, Under 9 and Under 10 teams. We are therefore looking for players who are currently in year 1, 2, 3 and 4 at school.

The trials will be held at Goals Soccer Centre in Wimbledon on either Tuesday 20th or Thursday 22nd May from 5.15pm (depending upon age the of the child).

Click here to download an application form.

Applications should be returned to:

Adam Moriarty
AFC Wimbledon Youth Development Programme
Kingsmeadow
Jack Goodchild Way
Kingston Upon Thames
Surrey
KT1 3PB

or e-mail your application to:

a.moriarty@hotmail.co.uk

Deadline for applications is Monday 19th May.


For more information please call 020 8974 5712



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Wednesday 14 May 2008
club news
Full list of pre-season friendlies

In addition to the pre-season friendlies announced in the playoff semi-final programme, a further 6 games have been arranged. Our schedule of games is now complete and the full list is as follows:

Saturday 12 July Croydon Athletic away ko 3.00 pm

Tuesday 15 July Met Police away ko 7.45 pm

Wednesday 16 July Northwood away ko 7.45 pm

Saturday 19 July Brentford home ko 3.00 pm

Tuesday 22 July Walton Casuals away ko 7.45 pm

Wednesday 23 July Colliers Wood away ko 7.45 pm

Saturday 26 July Salisbury home ko 3.00 pm

Monday 28 July Kingstonian away ko 7.45 pm

Wednesday 30 July Sutton United away ko 7.45 pm

Saturday 2 August Tonbridge Angels away ko 3.00 pm



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Monday 12 May 2008
first team news
Lewis signs on

Terry Brown has completed the signing of Lewis Taylor, who returns to AFC Wimbledon after two seasons with Horsham.

A happy Terry said, "I am absolutely delighted to announce that Lewis is our first signing for the 2008-09 season. Lewis is a player who I have watched several times last season. He is one of the most talented young midfielders in non-league football, and I am sure he will have a long and successful career ahead of him. I am delighted he has chosen to return to AFC Wimbledon where he believes he can progress his career and be part of the successful future of this club.

"Lewis is a proven goal scorer from midfield who scored 17 goals for Horsham last season, and I would like to think he can improve on that. He has also proved in the games against Swansea City in the FA Cup that he is capable of playing at a much higher level."

We were able to catch Lewis shortly before he went on holiday: "I am very excited about the prospect of returning to AFC Wimbledon. I share the ambitions that Wimbledon have to play in the Football League and I am sure we will reach that goal together."

Lewis was originally at AFC Wimbledon but he moved to Horsham to play regular first-team football and further his career. "I am grateful for the help and guidance that John Maggs, the Horsham manager, gave me. I enjoyed my time at Horsham and the FA Cup run was a great thrill. I feel that I developed a lot while I was there but things move on in football and I am ready for the challenge of Conference South football with Wimbledon. I'm already looking forward to pre-season training.

"In my discussions with Terry Brown, I was impressed with the plans he has for the club, and the ambition and commitment he showed. The training facilities, the style of football, and the passion of the fans are all major positives. It is good to be back."


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Monday 12 May 2008
club news
Terry lets eight go

Manager Terry Brown has completed his discussions with all the playing staff and the club can now confirm that Mark Beard, Karl Beckford, Mark De Bolla, Steven Ferguson, Richard Jolly, Rob Quinn, Will Salmon and Daniel Webb have been released. In addition, as previously announced, Marcus Gayle has retired from playing competitive football.

Terry explained that telling players that they would not be remaining with the club is one of a manager’s difficult jobs. “After the excitement and jubilation of winning promotion at Staines it was necessary to start planning for our first season in the Conference South. As I have said elsewhere, the squad that I will be bringing together will be a much younger one and there will also be a change in the style of football played.

“I needed to speak to everyone individually. Everyone was on a high and to talk to players who had played an important part in the success the club has enjoyed and let them know that they would not be remaining is not easy. They are all players who could and probably will play at Conference level and have been a great bunch of lads to work with.

“On behalf of the club I would like to thank them for the contribution they have made and wish them all the best for their future careers. I hope that they remember their time with the Dons fondly.”


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Saturday 10 May 2008
club news
DVD of the Playoff semi-final and final

This two set DVD priced at £15 quickly sold out at the club shop this afternoon.

Thank you to everyone who showed patience and understanding by placing orders for home delivery. The DVDs should be sent out to you within 7 to 10 days.

Our apologies go to everyone who made a special journey to Kingsmeadow and was disappointed to find out we had sold out by the time they arrived.

The item has now been added to the online shop but please allow an extra week over our normal delivery times so that we can catch up with the back orders first.


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Friday 09 May 2008
club news
Community Events Team needs YOU!

The community events team will be participating in several events in June to help build the club’s profile in the local community.

They would like to appeal for volunteers to help on the following dates:

Saturday 14 June- Fun Day at Corpus Christi School (Raynes Park)

Saturday 14 June- Sports Day at Hill Cross Primary School (Morden)

Saturday 28 June- Fun Day at Burlington School (New Malden)

Each event will involve activities such as ‘Beat the Goalie’, ‘Speed Shot’ and more.

If you have a couple of hours to spare on any of these dates, please contact Nina at smithy_nl@hotmail.com.



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Thursday 08 May 2008
club news
This Saturday at The Cherry Red Records Fans’ Stadium

This Saturday, 10 May, why not head down to the stadium for your last fix of football before the long summer break?

The day is shaping up like this:

1pm- Club shop opens
Purchase the mini Haydon mascot, which is now back in stock, and the two DVD set comprising both the semi-final and final playoff games which led to us securing promotion to the Blue Square Conference South.

3pm- AFC Wimbledon Reserves vs. Burgess Hill Reserves
Come and support the reserves in their last league match of the season.

4.45pm- Relive the club’s successful play-off run
Highlights of both our semi-final and final wins will be shown in the middle bar.



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Thursday 08 May 2008
u18s news
Tonight's Under-18 game postponed and re-arranged

Tonight's home Under-18 game against Croydon Athletic has been postponed and re-arranged for Monday 12 May.

The match that evening will have a 6.30 pm kick off and will take place at Croydon Athletic's ground at Mayfields, Mayfield Road, Thornton Heath, CR7 6DH


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Thursday 08 May 2008
club news
Five year season ticket offer

Season tickets for our very first season in the Blue Square South are on sale now.

Don't forget, if you buy a five year season ticket by 31 May, you can get it at last year's prices for all five years. This applies to season ticket holders who are 'refreshing' their tickets back up to five years and also to fans who are buying a five year season ticket for the first time.

For details, just click on the season ticket button alongside this news item or, alternatively, here.


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Wednesday 07 May 2008
club news
Shop opening for mini Haydon and 2 DVD set

The shop will be open from 1.00 pm until 2.45 pm this Saturday so fans will have an opportunity to purchase the mini Haydon mascot which is back in stock. Also available is a two DVD set comprising both the semi-final and final playoff games which led to us securing promotion to the Blue Square Conference South.

The reserves' last game of the season against Burgess Hill Town will kick off at Kingsmeadow at 3.00 pm on Saturday. After the game in the main bar at 4.45 pm, highlights will be shown of both our semi-final and final wins.


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Tuesday 06 May 2008
club news
Terry starts to plan for next season

Terry Brown and Stuart Cash have today had discussions to clarify each player's situation following the end of the season.

When all the players have been contacted a statement will be made - this will be in the next two or three days.


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Monday 05 May 2008
club news
FA Trophy and FA Cup Final tickets

We have received two tickets for each of these two finals.

As last year, we invite volunteers to apply for a ticket - you can apply for both finals. We have written to volunteer group leaders but there is always a risk that someone will be missed. If you are a volunteer and haven't received an email invitation by tomorrow, please email here to indicate your interest in either or both games.

Please note that you need to apply by 10.00 am on Thursday as the Trophy final is this Saturday, 10 May.


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Sunday 04 May 2008
club news
Lawrie Sanchez and Dave Beasant send their congratulations

In a call to Mick Pugh today, Lawrie Sanchez asked to be remembered to everyone at AFC Wimbledon and passed on his congratulations in winning the Rymans Premiership Playoff Final.

"What a fantastic performance! Please let the players, management and especially the fans at AFC Wimbledon, know that I am delighted at their hard-won success.

"It's an incredible achievement to beat Staines and complete a fantastic season, on top of the promotions already earned. Terry Brown and his squad must be justly proud and I'm sure, knowing the passion of the Dons fans, that the players appreciate the amazing level of support they have had all season.

"Just two more steps up the league pyramid and the Dons are back where they belong - in the football league."

Dave Beasant is in total agreement and sends his hearty congratulations. "Please tell the fans, players and all those working so hard at the club that I'm tremendously pleased and now it's onwards and upwards."

Both Lawrie and Dave have been totally supportive of AFC Wimbledon from the very beginning and hope to get along to see us soon in the Conference South.





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Sunday 04 May 2008
club news
Terry on Blue Square South

Terry Brown was still on a high after yesterday's sensational end to the season.

"What a way to finish the season. In a season that has sometimes had some desperately disappointing days, it was wonderful that we came out on top on the last day of the season. I never quite made manager of the month this season, but perhaps I might get it for May!

"Saturday's game certainly turned out to be a nerve-wracking affair. I thought the game started out very open, with both sides missing clear-cut chances. Their front pair started the game very brightly and caused our defence all sorts of problems. Thankfully, as the game wore on our central partnership started to get more of a grip on the game. I thought the referee was right in booking Flitter rather than sending him off and I was glad that both teams finished with eleven men. I think our discipline this year has been one of the major strengths of the team and it continued on the day.

There was very little to choose between the sides but I knew that our players would fight for the full 90, or 120, minutes. The half time team talk was as easy as any I have had to do this year. There was no need to motivate the players and they knew what the job in hand was. One of the key phrases we used at half time was to be patient and I told the team that the longer the game went on the stronger we would become.

"This sounds very easy with hindsight, however I thought the players did admirably in sticking to their task. On viewing the video I don't think there was anything wrong with our first goal but I wouldn't expect anyone at Staines to see it the same way. After the first goal, I felt there was only going to be one winner, whether it was within the 90 or 120, and we are fortunate as a club that I was able to draw from such a strong bench. It is easy at times to claim credit as a manager for the substitutions made but a lot of managers look at making a change and don't have the players to make a difference - I was fortunate that I could.

"The support on the day certainly lifted the players and helped them to give that extra required in the final third of the game. Full credit to Mark De Bolla who came back to us from a loan spell at Bromley and certainly delivered the goods on the day.

"This has sometimes been a very difficult year on the pitch and we have used far more players than I plan to use in the future. Many thanks to all the players who have donned the shirt this year; they have all contributed to what turned out to be a very successful year. I said prior to the game that I would view this season as a success only if we got promoted and I do feel that it will now be easier to build upon our success in the Blue Square South, rather than with the Ryman Premier as our base.

"Many thanks to all the supporters who actually managed to obtain a ticket for the big day. I know there were thousands of other Wimbledon supporters who were listening to the radio commentary. It is always a special day when you gain promotion from any league, and the reception the players received both after the game and back at Kingsmeadow was something that will stay with me forever.

"I hope you will enjoy your summer break as much as I will and I look forward to keeping you in touch with any developments on the player front, especially during the next two weeks."


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Sunday 04 May 2008
club news
DVDs of final and semi final available soon

We will be producing a DVD of the semi final and final for sale in the near future. Please watch this space.


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Saturday 03 May 2008
club news
Dons in dreamland

Third time lucky for the Dons in the Ryman Premier League play-offs brings promotion to the Blue Square Conference South. Falling behind to a Matt Flitter header from a corner after 36 minutes, the Dons were struggling to make an impression against a well organised Staines Town.

At the restart Terry Brown brought on Nic McDonnell and as the half wore on the Dons began to gain the upper hand against a tiring Staines. Late into the game, when all hope seemed lost, the Staines' keeper mis-handled and McDonnell chipped the ball back into the six-yard box for Luis Cumbers to score with a diving header. Victory was sealed by a Mark De Bolla free-kick driven low into the bottom right hand corner of the Staines goal in the 84th minute.

The lucky Dons fans in attendance swarmed onto the pitch at the final whistle as the heroic players and management took their bows.


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Friday 02 May 2008
club news
Listen to the game at Kingsmeadow

The Radio Wey match commentary will be piped through our PA system in the back bar tomorrow for fans who are unable to get a ticket and would like to listen to the game in the company of fellow fans.

The back bar (not the main bar, as previously announced) will open at 1.00 pm and will stay open all the way through the game, the return of the team after the game, and then until late. So come on down to Kingsmeadow for a full day of football followed by post-match emtertainment with a disco in the back bar and a quieter atmosphere in the President's Lounge.


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Friday 02 May 2008
club news
At Kingsmeadow tomorrow

The football management team and players will be meeting at the stadium tomorrow for an early lunch before setting off to the game by coach. If you want to wave them off, they will be leaving Kingsmeadow between 12.15 and 12.30 pm. Incidentally, if you like to wear a matching outfit, the team will be wearing the white strip tomorrow.

If you've been unable to get a ticket, we hope to be able to pipe the match commentary into the back bar for fans who would like to listen with fellow Wombles - there will be a further announcement about this later.

The team will be coming back to the stadium after the game. Why not come back to Kingsmeadow to greet them? While you wait, the back bar will be open from 6.00 pm and it will stay open until very late, with a disco booked. If you'd like a quieter place to mull over the day's events, the President's Lounge will also be open to fans.

It could be quite an evening!

Please note that the main bar will not be open to fans tomorrow evening as there is a booking for that room.


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Friday 02 May 2008
club news
Matchday arrangements at the Staines ground

We have received the following information from the Safety Officer at Staines Town

1. Car parking will be strictly limited at Wheatsheaf Park on Saturday. It is expected that the available spaces in the car-park will be snapped up very quickly by players & officials. Please bear in mind that this is a shared car-park, and respect our stewards' instructions as to where to park. Please also in no circumstances park vehicles in such a way as to obstruct the main gate access, which would be used by the emergency services if required. Once the car park is full, we regret that fans will have to find street parking, and walk to the ground.

2. During the game, we will not be allowed to open the Penton Hook Road ("houses") end for spectators to stand. This must be kept clear for emergency services to access. We regret that this is outside the club's control and is a requirement of the Emergency Services.

3. The bar in the Thames Club will close at 2.30 pm, and will not reopen until after the game.

4. We hope that, despite these inconveniences, you all enjoy your visit, and witness an exciting afternoon of football.



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Thursday 01 May 2008
first team news
Terry on Saturday

Terry Brown is looking forward to Saturday's game and can't wait for it to start.

"We have just finished training on Thursday night. We have a large, fit squad to choose from and without giving my team away I am confident that our side is as strong as it could be at this time of the season.

"The game itself sees us pitted against Staines who deservedly finished above us this season and their run of results in April was truly phenomenal. We had them watched on Tuesday night and they overcame a similar hurdle to ourselves with both sides overcoming very difficult opposition.

"Saturday's game offers us a different challenge from Tuesday and once the nerves settle on both sides I expect a very entertaining, open encounter. The challenges offered by Butler and Nwokeji will be different from Tuesday's game. I am fully aware of their strengths and will pick a team accordingly.

"I spoke to the boys tonight about the need to be disciplined and not to let the occasion get the better of them. I believe we have enough senior players who have won important games to ensure there is a calming influence on the field at all times.

"We go into the game with a very potent strike force intact and I hope our firepower will be enough to win the game for us. The atmosphere on Tuesday night was certainly electric and I know that those who are fortunate enough to have gained access to Saturday's game will ensure it doesn't feel like an away fixture. Whatever happens on Saturday the support you have given the team has been second to none and, on behalf of all our players, I'd like to thank you for the patience you have shown throughout all the ups and downs of the season."


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Thursday 01 May 2008
club news
Trials for girls and ladies teams

AFC Wimbledon girls teams are holding trials at Richardson Evans Memorial Playing Fields, Roehamption Vale, SW15 3PQ from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm on Sunday 11 May.

The trials are for girls aged 11 - 18. If you want more information, please contact Jackie Saddington on 07711-564780.

The trials for the ladies team commence at 3.00 pm at the same venue. For more information about the ladies please contact Carl Sims on 0771 0324963 or Ron Trayhorn on 020 8395 9462


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