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Saturday 29 May 2010
club news
What's happening at Kingsmeadow - number 2, 2010

The second of this summer’s What’s happening at Kingsmeadow features has been published. To read it, click on WHAK #2.


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Friday 28 May 2010
club news
Buy your season ticket the easy way - in ten instalments

Fans who want to buy a season ticket but don't have all the ready cash to hand can choose to pay monthly.

The forms are simple to complete and there is no finance charge, just a £10 administration fee which is designed to recover the extra costs of processing the direct debits. Groups who pay together only pay one £10 admin fee.

If you apply before 1 June we will be able to include you in the June run and your payments will be spread over ten months. The season ticket must be paid for in full by March 2011, so applicants after 1 June but before 30 June will pay nine instalments, and so on for later applicants.

New applicants for season tickets can download an application form plus the explanatory Questions and answers document, and the terms and conditions by clicking on the'season tickets' button halfway down the left side of the home page. If you prefer, you can call the office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on a weekday and ask for a form to be sent to you.


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Friday 28 May 2010
club news
Last chance to secure your current seat or terrace place

The deadline for guaranteeing your seat, or the terrace of your choice, is first post next Tuesday, 1 June.

We recommend that you allow for any possible postal delays over the public hoiliday weekend and send your application today.




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Friday 28 May 2010
dons trust news
Supporters Direct conference - 'Football needs to change'

Supporters Direct is hosting a national conference to enable fans from across the country to give their views on the need for supporters to have a greater say in the running of clubs.

Fans who are interested in knowing more should click on SD Conference.

To book for the conference, click on SD Conference booking.


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Thursday 27 May 2010
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow Presents Pierre Hollins on Friday 4 June! NEW MENU ANNOUNCED

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
Comedy@Kingsmeadow is pleased to announce a new BBQ menu for our next show on Friday 4 June.

Guests will have a choice of main courses including 1/4lb beefburgers, chicken quarters, lamb kebabs or vegetarian burgers all freshly booked on the BBQ served with sides including fresh mixed salad, coleslaw, spicy rice and more.




Comedy@Kingsmeadow Presents Pierre Hollins, Eddy Brimson and James Redmond

Friday 4 June
Price: £15 including dinner
Doors: 7.30pm
Tickets: here

Pierre Hollins (Headliner)

The only other ‘proper jobs’ he’s ever had were washing dishes in the House of Commons, labouring on a gas pipe line in Qatar, in the Middle East, and teaching drama to the mentally ill.

He has been an audience favourite on the comedy circuit for many years, and has headlined at clubs throughout the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
In the early days he worked as a support act to Lenny Henry and Rory Bremner; appeared in the West End with Rita Rudner; and toured with The Flying Pickets, and Willie Rushton & Barry Cryer.

He has completely re-invented his act several times (from the early days of acrobatic spectacle and frivolous audience abuse - where he was described as ‘far fetched and semi dangerous’ Time Out).

In a more recent incarnation he was found wielding an electric squash racket - ‘must be seen to be believed’ Chortle; ‘comedy rock and roll heaven’ Hot Tickets.

His relaxed amiability is defined by a compelling conversational style and absurd guitar posturing. His 'songs' are jokes that rhyme, set to a guitar backbeat, never travelling down the easy route of song parodies. He covers topics from love and hate, to sex and politics with a totally original voice, delivering his material with charm and irrelevance. ‘Always enjoyable and often inspired’ (The Source).He ‘should be made the mayor of a small village’ (Shanghai City Weekend).

Eddy Brimson

Eddy Brimson is one of the UK circuits most in demand headline acts working regularly with all the leading promoters.

Eddy is equally in demand worldwide. He played the first ever Altitude Festival in the French Alps in 2008 and the Sydney Cracker Festival in Australia. Eddy has also taken his comedy to such far flung places as Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain.

“Quite simply brilliant” Sky Magazine
“The crowd loved him!” William Cook, The Guardian

James Redmond (MC)

James Redmond is a dry, slick and subtle stand up who delivers unexpected twists and turns during his set as he deconstructs his art.

He has a track record as a model and actor and is best known for seminal roles in ‘Hollyoaks’ (C4) and ‘Casualty’ (BBC 1) as well as having presented CD UK alongside Cat Deeley and appeared as a guest on ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’ (BBC 2), Celebrity Who wants to be a Millionaire; (ITV 1) and ‘Soccer AM’ (Sky 1).
James has now done over 120 gigs in his first 10 months of stand up throughout the UK including: The Comedy Store, Conan O'Brien's 'The Tonight Show' Talent Search (as MC), Jongleurs Camden, The BBC Club, Guernsey Comedy Festival, Exeter Comedy Festival, Bristol Comedy Festival, Bristol, Bath & Huddersfield Universities, Amused Moose Soho, Bracknell Comedy Cellar, The 100 Club, Rawhide, Liverpool, The Funny Side of Covent Garden, The Ginglik &Swindon Old Vic Theatre, and at a range of clubs for the UK’s largest comedy booker, Mirth Control Ltd.

He also runs and is resident MC at a charity comedy club in Hampstead and has hosted charity events at Shoreditch House, Bristol Cathedral & the Indigo O2.
He will be making his debut at the Edinburgh Festival this year in a show called ‘The One and The Many’ written and directed by fellow comic Trevor Lock.






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Wednesday 26 May 2010
club news
Tuesday deadline for existing ST holders - and why not pay in instalments?

The deadline for guaranteeing your seat or the terrace of your choice is first post next Tuesday, 1 June. So if you are an existing season ticket holder and you want to ensure you keep the place of your choice next season, send your application now.

Renewals and new applicants can also take advantage of the opportunity to pay for a season ticket in ten monthly instalments, ending in March 2011. Applicants after 1 June but before 30 June will pay in nine instalments, ending in March 2011, and so on for later applicants. So if you want to spread the cost over the maximum period, you should apply now.

If the new government raises the VAT rate, as is widely expected, prices will be unchanged. However, the club will pay less VAT if you renew or apply before any rate change, takes effect. This is because we account for the VAT on the date we receive the application form, so if you are in a position to renew or apply now, it will help the club if you would please do so.

New applicants for season tickets can download an application form plus the explanatory Questions and answers document, and the terms and conditions for applying. You can do so by clicking on season tickets.

There is also a button on the home page which can be clicked on. If you prefer, you can call the office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on a weekday and ask for a form to be sent to you.


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Tuesday 25 May 2010
club news
Terry makes his second signing of the summer

This evening Terry Brown made his second new signing of the close season when Lee Minshull successfully came through his medical with club physio Mike Rayner and put pen to paper to commit himself to the Dons for two years.

24-year-old Lee played a leading role in Tonbridge Angels’ campaign to obtain promotion to the Blue Square South. Lee played over 40 games for them, scoring 17 league and cup goals.

Speaking after the completion of the paperwork, Terry Brown said that he was delighted to announce the signing. “Lee started off his non-League career at Ramsgate as a centre-back, and Dons fans may recall that he played against us in a 1-1 draw in December 2007.

“When he moved to Tonbridge Angels in 2009, Lee was converted into an attacking midfielder, and last year he blossomed. He was voted the Angels’ player of the year in a season in which they finished eighth in their league. Lee is a powerful, tough-tackling player who will add much-needed bite to our midfield as well as a good number of goals. This was an area in which we were weak last year, and Lee will also contribute mental and physical strength.”

Lee is very pleased to be joining the Dons, having had a very enjoyable time with the Angels. “I enjoyed my time at Tonbridge, but this is a good time in my career to move into full-time football. Like Terry and the club, I am ambitious and want to play in the Football League. I was very impressed with what I heard about this club’s plans, and I am very happy to have agreed terms.”



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Tuesday 25 May 2010
club news
Fixtures release date

The Football Conference has announced that the target date for the release of next season's fixtures is Monday 5 July.


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Tuesday 25 May 2010
club news
Supporters' coaches for 2010-11 season

We have carried out a review of the costs of coaches for season 2010-11 and we are pleased to announce that prices have been frozen at the same level as the last two years, namely either £10 or £15 flat fare, depending on the distance.

We plan to run supporters' coaches to every away game except Hayes and Yeading. Over the season, our costs will be covered by these charges so long as the coaches are full. Therefore, we will be very cautious before starting to take bookings for a second coach for any particular game. Nearer the time we will remind fans of the importance of booking early to secure a place at these very cheap rates.


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Monday 24 May 2010
first team news
Terry reviews the pre-season programme and possible signings

Terry Brown looked forward to the club's pre-season fixtures when we spoke to him earlier today.

"Our final pre-season friendly fixture list has been put to bed and I am very pleased to say that we have a really exciting and challenging group of games, starting off with Charlton Athletic first XI where I believe that Phil Parkinson will be looking at all of his first team squad.

"This game is followed by a fixture against our friends at Maidenhead which will be a good test against one of the top half Blue Square south sides. The following Friday we are home again to play, hopefully, a Championship side, Millwall to see if we can improve on our 4-1 FA Cup defeat last season.

"We have also included two very local teams and I am pleased that we are going to our Wembley opponents, Corinthian Casuals, on the following Tuesday 20 July. On Tuesday 27 July we are at home to Kingstonian. I am pleased we are playing Alan Dowson's very successful team from last season, as Alan has been instrumental in the development of Christian Jolley and was also very helpful in Christian choosing Wimbledon rather than the two second division clubs who were pursuing him. Sandwiched between those games we travel the short distance to Woking to honour Phil Ledger, with all monies from the game going to the Woking Hospice.

"The good news is that I've specifically arranged for all you avid Dons fans to take your other half for a romantic west country weekend trip. There is no need to tell them that it includes a visit to Tiverton on a Friday night and Exeter on a Saturday afternoon. I hear the shopping in Exeter is second to none. This will also give the players a much-needed opportunity to bond with the newcomers as well as once again seeing the dancing prowess of Simon Bass and Stuart Cash.

"When we travel to both Exeter and Tiverton we are guaranteed a lovely playing surface and a warm welcome by both clubs. This season we have an additional week's training and the first week will be in preparation of an Arsenal XI that I can guarantee will consist of incredibly fit, talented young men, regardless of what side they put out. It will be a great test defensively for our players as we need to honour the way they play and give then a challenging but fair game.

"Turning to new players, please don't panic too much on the signing front. We are progressing well with several players at the moment and I am hopeful we can sign two or three within the next ten days. What I would say as far as signings are concerned is that there are new players becoming available as every week goes by, and I would like to keep our options open as long as reasonably possible."


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Sunday 23 May 2010
club news
Next season's friendly fixtures

The club's web site has been updated to show next season's first team pre-season friendly fixtures.

The archiving process is underway and, until it is complete, season 2009-10's results will be unavailable for a few days.


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Friday 21 May 2010
club news
Reserve your season ticket place now

The deadline for guaranteeing your seat or the terrace of your choice is nearly here. If you are already a seaon ticket holder you have until first post on Tuesday 1 June to reserve your current place, so we urge you to act now.

This season we have introduced the option of paying by monthly instalments, ending in March 2011. If you apply by 1 June you can spread your payments over the maximum number of ten monthly instalments, ending in March 2011. Applicants after 1 June but before 30 June will be able to pay in nine instalments, ending in March 2011, and so on for July, August, etc. So if you want to spread the cost over the maximum period, you need to apply now.

New applicants for season tickets can download an application form plus the explanatory Questions and answers document, and the terms and conditions for applying. You can do so by clicking on season tickets.

There is also a button on the home page which can be clicked on. If you prefer, you can call the office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on a weekday and ask for a form to be sent to you.

Any ST holder who has not yet received their renewal forms should call the office on the number shown above and ask for replacement documents.


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Thursday 20 May 2010
club news
Final call for volunteers for the first work weekend

We have had a very good response to our appeal for volunteers for the first work weekend, Saturday and Sunday 22 and 23 May, but we will welcome any others who wish to join us, whether for a few hours or for the whole day.

While there is plenty to do, it is also very rewarding to work alongside fellow fans and then relax with the refreshments that are on offer to everyone who participates. The tasks include mowing the grass, cutting back the bushes and undergrowth on the grass car park, power washing the stand and terraces, painting various parts of the stadium, etc etc.

Although most tools will be provided, if you are able to bring your own, in particular power washers, that would be even better. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

If you are planning to help but have not yet told us, please ring the office on Friday, on 020 8547 3528 to leave your name, and when you are available. If you find out that you can join us at the last minute, then you are welcome just to turn up on the day, but early notice does help us to schedule the work and to get the amount of catering right.


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Thursday 20 May 2010
first team news
Final pre season games announced

The dates for two more pre season first team games have now been agreed. The home game against Kingstonian will be played on Tuesday 27 July, kick off 7.45 pm.

We have also agreed an away game on Tuesday 20 July, at Corinthian Casuals.

All our pre-season games are now in place, with the exception that Terry Brown is aiming to arrange a Friday away game on 30 July, the night before we play Exeter City. The arrangements are close to agreement and willl be announced on this site very soon.

The full list of PSFs is therefore:

Saturday 10 July Charlton Athletic (home)
Tuesday 13 July Maidenhead United (away)
Friday 16 July Millwall (home)
Tuesday 20 July Corinthian Casuals (away)
Saturday 24 July Woking (away)
Tuesday 27 July Kingstonian (home)
Friday 30 July TBA (away)
Saturday 31 July Exeter City (away)
Saturday 7 August Arsenal XI (home)


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Wednesday 19 May 2010
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow Presents Pierre Hollins, Eddy Brimson and James Redmond on Friday 4 June!

Comedy@Kingsmeadow Presents Pierre Hollins, Eddy Brimson and James Redmond

Friday 4 June
Price: £15 including dinner
Doors: 7.30pm
Tickets: here

Pierre Hollins (Headliner)

The only other ‘proper jobs’ he’s ever had were washing dishes in the House of Commons, labouring on a gas pipe line in Qatar, in the Middle East, and teaching drama to the mentally ill.

He has been an audience favourite on the comedy circuit for many years, and has headlined at clubs throughout the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
In the early days he worked as a support act to Lenny Henry and Rory Bremner; appeared in the West End with Rita Rudner; and toured with The Flying Pickets, and Willie Rushton & Barry Cryer.

He has completely re-invented his act several times (from the early days of acrobatic spectacle and frivolous audience abuse - where he was described as ‘far fetched and semi dangerous’ Time Out).

In a more recent incarnation he was found wielding an electric squash racket - ‘must be seen to be believed’ Chortle; ‘comedy rock and roll heaven’ Hot Tickets.

His relaxed amiability is defined by a compelling conversational style and absurd guitar posturing. His 'songs' are jokes that rhyme, set to a guitar backbeat, never travelling down the easy route of song parodies. He covers topics from love and hate, to sex and politics with a totally original voice, delivering his material with charm and irrelevance. ‘Always enjoyable and often inspired’ (The Source).He ‘should be made the mayor of a small village’ (Shanghai City Weekend).

Eddy Brimson

Eddy Brimson is one of the UK circuits most in demand headline acts working regularly with all the leading promoters.

Eddy is equally in demand worldwide. He played the first ever Altitude Festival in the French Alps in 2008 and the Sydney Cracker Festival in Australia. Eddy has also taken his comedy to such far flung places as Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain.

“Quite simply brilliant” Sky Magazine
“The crowd loved him!” William Cook, The Guardian

James Redmond (MC)

James Redmond is a dry, slick and subtle stand up who delivers unexpected twists and turns during his set as he deconstructs his art.

He has a track record as a model and actor and is best known for seminal roles in ‘Hollyoaks’ (C4) and ‘Casualty’ (BBC 1) as well as having presented CD UK alongside Cat Deeley and appeared as a guest on ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’ (BBC 2), Celebrity Who wants to be a Millionaire; (ITV 1) and ‘Soccer AM’ (Sky 1).
James has now done over 120 gigs in his first 10 months of stand up throughout the UK including: The Comedy Store, Conan O'Brien's 'The Tonight Show' Talent Search (as MC), Jongleurs Camden, The BBC Club, Guernsey Comedy Festival, Exeter Comedy Festival, Bristol Comedy Festival, Bristol, Bath & Huddersfield Universities, Amused Moose Soho, Bracknell Comedy Cellar, The 100 Club, Rawhide, Liverpool, The Funny Side of Covent Garden, The Ginglik &Swindon Old Vic Theatre, and at a range of clubs for the UK’s largest comedy booker, Mirth Control Ltd.

He also runs and is resident MC at a charity comedy club in Hampstead and has hosted charity events at Shoreditch House, Bristol Cathedral & the Indigo O2.
He will be making his debut at the Edinburgh Festival this year in a show called ‘The One and The Many’ written and directed by fellow comic Trevor Lock.






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Wednesday 19 May 2010
dons trust news
Dons Draw results for May

The May Dons Draw took place today at Kingsmeadow.

Winning numbers were drawn in the presence of Erik Samuelson (AFC Wimbledon Chief Executive), Georgia Brickell (Programme seller!) and Neil Messenbird (Dons Draw Administrator).

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

First prize of £1,000 - ticket 4030 – Geoffrey Wakefield from Twickenham

Second prize of £500 - ticket 2467 – Ian Hidden from Sutton

Third prize of £250 - ticket 2607 – Leigh Rumbelow from Mitcham

Fourth prize of £150 - ticket 3281 – Geoffrey Carton-Kelly from Wimbledon

Fifth prize of £100 – ticket 1392 – Debbie Buck from Beckenham

Sixth prize of £75 – ticket 3578 – Stephen Chandler from Chelmsford

Congratulations to all six prize winners..

The next Dons Draw will take place on or around the 15 June 2010 with the results being posted on the AFC Wimbledon official web site soon after the draw has taken place.

We are again paying out a massive £2,075 this month in prizes!

If you want a chance of winning one of these prizes, but, still haven't entered, or if you have already entered the draw but would like to increase your chances of winning by taking a few more numbers, then why not do so now?

You can sign up online to the Dons Draw or download an application here or to increase your tickets email us here.

The deadline for new entrants to the June 2010 Dons Draw is 8.00 pm on 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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Wednesday 19 May 2010
club news
The Dons play at Cards

The latest pre-season friendly to be announced is an away game at Woking FC on Saturday 24 July.

The fixture is a memorial game in memory of Phil Ledger, who died in January. Phil appeared over 100 times for the Dons first team and won an Isthmian League Championship medal in 1959. Phil remained to help out the Dons reserves until 1967, when he returned to Woking, his original club, as Secretary.

Over the next 43 years, he worked for the Cardinals in almost every capacity - including Chairman between 1996 and 1998 - rightly earning the tag ‘Mr. Woking’ and he also served as a Director of the Conference.

The proceeds of the game will be donated to Woking Hospice.


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Tuesday 18 May 2010
club news
Gunners head for Kingsmeadow

We are delighted to announce that our final home pre-season friendly will be on Saturday 7 August against an Arsenal XI. Kick off will 3.00 pm. More details will follow in due course.

We are awating the go-ahead to announce our final away Saturday fixture and then almost all the fixtures will be in agreed for what looks like our most exciting pre-season schedule so far - and it isn't that far away as next season's training sessions start 6 weeks today.


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Monday 17 May 2010
club news
Deadline is approaching for reserving your seat or terrace space

If you are already a season ticket holder, the deadline for guaranteeing your seat or the terrace of your choice is approaching fast. The deadline is first post on Tuesday 1 June, not 31 May, as previously advertised because 31 May is a public holiday.

So if you want to ensure you keep your seat or terrace place next season you should apply now.

Fans who apply by 1 June can also take full advantage of the offer to pay by direct debit in ten monthly instalments, ending in March 2011. Applicants after 1 June but before 30 June will be able to pay in nine instalments, ending in March 2011, and so on for July, August, etc. So if you want to spread the cost over the maximum period, you should apply soon.

New applicants for season tickets can download an application form plus the explanatory Questions and answers document, and the terms and conditions for applying. You can do so by clicking on season tickets.

There is also a button on the home page which can be clicked on. If you prefer, you can call the office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on a weekday and ask for a form to be sent to you.

Any ST holder who has not yet received the renewal forms should call the office on the number shown above and ask for replacement documents.


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Monday 17 May 2010
club news
Work weekend - more volunteers needed, please

The first work weekend, Saturday and Sunday 22 and 23 May, is nearly upon us. Although we already have a good number of volunteers for the weekend we still need a few more, for a few hours or for a full day.

The work involves whole range of jobs in the stadium, including mowing the grass, cutting back the bushes and undergrowth on the grass car park, power washing the stand and terraces, painting various parts of the stadium, etc etc.

Although most tools will be provided, if you are able to bring your own, in particular power washers, that would be even better. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

If you are planning to help but have not yet told us, please ring the office on 020 8547 3528 to leave your name, and when you are available.


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Monday 17 May 2010
youth news
Penalties heartbreak for Under 13s

English U13 Champions AFC Wimbledon travelled to the Reebok Stadium, Bolton yesterday to compete in the UK Final of the Tesco Cup against the champions of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In the first semi final Welsh representatives Mostyn FC beat Scottish team Tynecastle FC 1-0.

AFC Wimbledon played Northern Ireland Champions, Linfield FC in the second semi final and after drawing 1-1 lost on penalties.

The final was won impressively by Linfield FC 5-0.

Although very disappointed to lose at this stage, the boys and management team can hold their heads high after representing their club and country so fantastically. The boys will have memories to treasure forever and surely many more successes to come. Well done to everyone involved.


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Saturday 15 May 2010
club news
What's happening at Kingsmeadow - number 1, 2010

With the close season upon us, our occasional feature, What's happening at Kingsmeadow, returns today.

You can read it by clicking on WHAK #1.


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Friday 14 May 2010
club news
Football in HD tomorrow

The club has recently installed high definition projectors and new larger screens in both bars at Kingsmeadow. The main bar will be open from 1pm tomorrow if you would like to watch the FA Cup final in excellent quality HD.


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Friday 14 May 2010
club news
Pre-season friendlies

The club is pleased to announce two additional pre-season friendly games, both of them away from home.

Wimbledon will play Maidenhead United away on Tuesday 13 July, with a 7.45 pm kick off. The Dons will travel further for Saturday 31 July when they face a fellow supporters'-owned club, Exeter City, for our first encounter since the 2-1 FA Cup defeat at St James' Park in October 2006.

As announced earlier today, the Dons are also to play Kingstonian, at a date to be finalised. We expect to announce details of two more PSFs very soon - an away game on 24 July and a home game on 7 August. We are awaiting final confirmation of these games before announcing the names of the opponents.

The full list to date of friendlies is as follows:

Saturday 10 July Charlton Athletic (home)
Tuesday 13 July Maidenhead United (away)
Friday 16 July Millwall (home)
Saturday 24 July Opponents to be announced soon (away)
Saturday 31 July Exeter City (away)
Saturday 7 August Opponents to be announced soon (home)
Date TBA Kingstonian (home)


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Friday 14 May 2010
club news
More signings announced

Earlier today, Terry Brown announced that he has signed Christian Jolley from Kingstonian, while also tying up two more deals with retained players.

Terry said "we are delighted to have Christian on board. I have personally watched him several times. He is a very versatile young player who is able to play at left wing, left back, as well as up front. He combines bravery with pace and he is the first of several youngsters we hope to sign who will hopefully have a long term future at the Dons. Alan Dowson has worked incredibly hard with this raw young talent who came out of park football and I know Christian is very grateful for the support that Dowse has given him at the start of his career.

"Christian is six foot tall with a slim frame that we aim to build up during the summer. One of his biggest attributes is his willingness to learn and enthusiasm to play. I look forward to working with him in pre-season.

"We have also re-signed Kennedy Adjei who has committed himself to the club for two years. Owing to the fact that Kennedy was injured quite a lot last season it affected his ability to win a first team place and Steven Gregory has made it his own. Kennedy is a fine player and one we don't want to lose, but I felt it was necessary that he play more football in the coming year and regain his edge. Therefore, we have allowed him to go on a season-long loan to Sutton, where he may well find himself alongside one or two of our former players. He will be able to play regular football and develop his game and, at the end of the loan, he is committed to Wimbledon for the following season. I am sure this will work out well for all three parties, Sutton, Kennedy and Wimbledon.

"Finally, I am pleased to announce that we have agreed terms with Seb Brown for him to continue with the club for a further two years at Kingsmeadow."

Kingstonian are to receive a fee for the transfer of Christian Jolley. The Dons will also be playing Ks in a pre-season friendly.


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Friday 14 May 2010
club news
Season ticket application forms available on line

New applicants for season tickets can now download an application form plus the explanatory Questions and answers document, and the terms and conditions for applying.

You can do so by clicking on season tickets. There is also a button on the home page which can be clicked on. If you prefer, you can call the office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on a weekday and ask for a form to be sent to you.

Any ST holder who has not yet received the renewal forms should call the office on the number shown above and ask for replacement documents.


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Thursday 13 May 2010
club news
Blue Square racing at Sandown Park

Conference League sponsors Blue Square invite fans to a night of top class racing at Sandown Park in Surrey on Thursday 27th May.

Blue Square Super Thursday features the best evening racing of the summer and includes The Blue Square Brigadier Gerard Stakes, won last year by Cima De Triomphe who beat Conduit in a thrilling finish. Another highlight last year was the blistering turn of foot shown by Monsieur Chevalier in The Blue Square National Stakes. The first race is at 18.05.

Following racing there will be a World Cup Preview, where a panel of guests, including commentating legend John Motson, will look ahead to the summer's big tournament and try to dig out some value bets!

Blue Square and Sandown Park are delighted to offer fans of AFC Wimbledon an amazing £5 Grandstand ticket offer (normally £15) for this event. To take advantage you need to quote code SPBSQ10 – tickets can be booked online at here or via the call centre on 0844 579 3012 and there is a limit of 4 tickets per booking.

Deadline for booking tickets is Thursday 20th May.




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Thursday 13 May 2010
club news
Start date for the new season

The Football Conference board has confirmed that the 2010-2011 season will commence on Saturday 14 August 2010 and will end on Saturday 30 April 2011.

The league fixtures are likely to be announced at the begining of July.


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Tuesday 11 May 2010
club news
Tesco Cup Press release - AFC Wimbledon U13 boys crowned best in the country

This press release will appear in the national and local press.

AFC Wimbledon U13 boys' football team won the Tesco Cup English Final last weekend at Pride Park, Derby, beating YMCA Lytham St Anne’s from Lancashire in the final. The boys, who were representing Southern England, now advance to the UK Final of the Tesco Cup at the Reebok Stadium, home of Bolton Wanderers, on Sunday May 16.

AFC Wimbledon beat Laverstock and Ford FC from Wiltshire 2-0 in the semi-final. The final against YMCA Lytham St Anne’s saw an entertaining start to the game. AFC Wimbledon scored before half time following a well worked move down the right wing which culminated in a tap in for Patrick Roberts. The game was put out of reach by AFC Wimbledon’s midfield general Jake Gill, who created enough space to score the team's second goal.

Team Manager Tony Wilson said, ‘It’s probably the proudest moment of my life, I am so thrilled for the boys, I have worked with them since under 7s and they deserve all the credit. They have done brilliantly.’

Derby County FC striker Rob Hulse attended the event at Pride Park and chose talented player Jack Watret from AFC Wimbledon as Defender of the Tournament, for his impressive performances throughout the day. Wimbledon were awarded more glory as Patrick Roberts was selected as Forward of the Tournament, after some impressive play on the wing, which included a goal in the final.

Rob Hulse commented: ‘The Tesco Cup is a competition I would have loved to have competed in when I was younger; it is a great experience for the youngsters to play at Pride Park for a chance to represent England. I wish the three English qualifiers the best of luck for the final of the competition.’

Tesco Cup teams have competed at County and then Regional level in a bid to reach the National Final and ultimately, to represent their country at the UK Final. Over 3,700 teams entered the 2009/10 Tesco Cup competition and just 12 teams across the age groups -U13 boys, U14 girls, U16 girls – progressed to the National final. In the U14 girls, QPR girls were victorious with West Ham Girls winning the U16 girls tournament.

The Tesco Cup is part of a wider commitment from Tesco to encourage children to get involved in sport. Now in its fifth year, Tesco works in conjunction with the FA and local communities to provide young footballers with the opportunity to play in a structured competition, on a national and international stage.

The English Teams will be looking to repeat on their performances at the 2010 UK final. In 2009, teams from England won all three age groups, with Stokesley FC winning the U13 boys, Manchester City the U14 girls and Manchester United the U16 girls title

The match report is available here.


Some fans have enquired about tickets for the final. At Derby, entry was £2 by purchase of a match programme.


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Monday 10 May 2010
club news
Volunteers still welcome to help with the work weekends

Don't forget that the tradition of volunteer work weekends continues with this year's dates being Saturday and Sunday 22 and 23 May, as well as Saturday and Sunday 26 and 27 June.

Every year a band of intrepid volunteers sets about a whole range of jobs in the stadium, including mowing the grass, cutting back the bushes and undergrowth on the grass car park, power washing the stand and terraces, painting various parts of the stadium, etc etc.

Despite the great turnout of volunteers last year, more will be welcome whether for a few hours or for a full day.

Although most tools will be provided, if you are able to bring your own, in particular power washers, that would be even better. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

If you are planning to help but have not yet told us, please ring the office on 020 8547 3528 to leave your name, and when you are available.


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Monday 10 May 2010
ladies news
Treble for the under 16 girls

To add to the successes of the boys' teams which were reported here recently, we are delighted to announce that AFC Wimbledon U16 girls have completed the treble, winning the Surrey League at Crawley Wraps on Sunday.

The Girls also won the Surrey County Cup and the Surrey League Cup.

Manager Nick Flinders and Coach Terry Slate are to be congratulated on the success of the team which reflects their commitment to development of the girls team over the last 5 years.


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Monday 10 May 2010
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents Stackridge - Friday 11 June

KINGSMEADOW LIVE PRESENTS STACKRIDGE – FRIDAY 11 JUNE

Doors 7.30pm, show starts at 8.30, bar closes at 1am
Admission: £15
For more information, please call 07981 154 498 / 020 8547 3335
To purchase tickets please visit here

Kingsmeadow Live and Inspired Wizards Promotions presents Stackridge on Friday 11 June supported by the Dave Press Band.

The Media Today

Andy Davis’s deliciously resigned Lennonish voice & James Warren’s unique boyish tone blend better than ever, every song has moments of stirring beauty. Quite splendid. Jim Irvin. Mojo Magazine.

This is a record that is more inspiring than any 1970’s reunion has any right to be-pastoral Pop masterpieces ,a beautiful record worth the 36 year wait.
Nick Dalton. Maverick Magazine.

Old English Eccentrics still sounding fabulous.
Dave Ling. Music Journalist.

More remarkable still they don’t sound dated at all - the cool harmonies & endearing lyrical quirks are a delight. 8 out of 10.
Hugh Fielder. Classic Rock Magazine.

Also in March 2007 when Mojo Magazine published a feature about Sir George Martin they selected the three best Albums he produced outside of his work with The Beatles . One of the three was “ The Man In The Bowler Hat” by Stackridge.

Meanwhile back in the 1970’s :-

Stackridge were a great favourite of the late John Peel. They recorded seven live broadcasts for his programme. They also recorded three “In Concert” Live performances for BBC Radio 1 and appeared three times on BBC TV’s “ Old Grey Whistle Test”

In the 1973 Melody Maker Reader’s Poll. Stackridge were voted fourth ( above Genesis @ 6th & Wings @ 8th !!)

Stackridge broke all house records when they appeared @ the legendary Marquee Club in London on New Years Eve 1972.





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Sunday 09 May 2010
youth news
Unparalleled success for boys Youth Development Programme

In the Surrey Youth League Cup final at Carshalton Athletic FC on Friday evening the under 15 defeated Sutton United 4-3 on penalties after normal time finished 1-1 and no further score in extra time. This completed the League and Cup double for the boys. They showed great character to bounce back after County Cup heartache in extra time the previous week, keeping their nerve to put away all four of their penalties as Sutton failed with their last kick. Superb stuff!

Today, on the season’s final day of fixtures the club’s boys youth development programme finished on a high.

This morning the under 14 completed the final leg of its back to back treble beating Brockham Badgers 3-1 in the Surrey County Cup at Chipstead FC with goals from George Oakley, Bradley Sexton and Luc Vezzu. Congratulations boys you are a credit to the club.

With all results now in and the final tables published on the Surrey Youth League website we can confirm that AFC Wimbledon are champions of every Premier Elite division from under 11 to under 15. Final day victories for the under 11 Youth and under 12 Youth wrapping up this incredible achievement.

The under 16 secured runners up spot ahead of Hampton and Richmond Borough Juniors, winning a very tough last day fixture away to Sandgate 2-1.

Our under 11 and under 12 Colts teams, who have supported the club to bring on players and give them chances to progress, have also done well in what is the most competitive league in the area outside the professional academies.

Well done to all the players who have worn the yellow and blue this season and thanks to the managers, coaches and family who have made it all possible.



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Sunday 09 May 2010
youth news
Under 13 Boys Champions of England

Early this morning the AFC Wimbledon under 13 squad and supporteres travelled to Derby County’s Pride Park to play other regional winners in the Tesco Cup. They are now on their way home as English National Champions. This is a fantastic achievement and a tribute to the boys and staff.

Next week the team will travel to Bolton Wanderer’s Reebok Stadium to take on the other UK nations for the top prize.


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Friday 07 May 2010
club news
Main bar open on Sunday before Comedy Festival

The main bar will be open from 12.30 on Sunday 9 May prior to the comedy festival showing a game from the last day of the Premiership season. A burger bar will be available from 5pm

Tickets for the Comedy Festival headlined by Lee Hurst will be available on the door.



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Friday 07 May 2010
club news
Another pre-season friendly

We can announce that our first Saturday pre-season friendly will be against promotion seeking Charlton Athletic who have agreed to send down a first team squad. The game will be played at Kingsmeadow on Saturday 10 July, kick off 3.00 pm.

As previously announced we are hosting Millwall at Kingsmeadow on Friday 16 July, kick off 7.45 pm.

We hope to announce further games next week.


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Thursday 06 May 2010
youth news
Treble for the under 13 boys

On Wednesay night at Carshalton Athletic FC, the boys won 3-0 against Epsom Eagles to retain the Surrey Youth League Cup. This victory added to the Surrey County Cup and Surrey Youth League Premier Elite titles and secured the treble for the second succesive season. This is a fantastic achievement for the boys, manager Tony Wilson, coach Mark Robinson and assistant Chris Haines.

This exceptional group now go to Pride Park, the home of Derby County FC, on Sunday for the Tesco Cup National Final.


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Thursday 06 May 2010
dons trust news
Communications - appeal for assistance

As you may know, David Growns is now leading Communications Strategy on behalf of the DT Board.

David has assembled a comms working group, consisting of editors, publishers, journalists and others who do this thing for a living. What is lacking is a couple of fans who work OUTSIDE the comms industry, who can provide a detached view of the issues from a fans point of view (i.e as a user of communications in all formats).

If you would like to help, please get in touch. David's email address is here.


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Wednesday 05 May 2010
club news
After party tickets still available for End of Season Dinner this Saturday

We are still selling £10 tickets for the after party at the club's official End of Season Dinner this Saturday 8 May. These tickets allow access to the marquee from 9.30 pm (subject to delays on the night), in time for the end of season presentations and speeches and live entertainment. The middle bar will be open from 8.00 pm.

The dress code for all guests attending this event is lounge suit.

Tickets can be purchased at here.


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Tuesday 04 May 2010
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents the Kingston Comedy Festival!

Kingston Comedy Festival
Presented by Kingsmeadow Live

Date: Sunday 9 May
Price: £15
Doors: 5.00pm
Tickets: here


Kingsmeadow Live is proud to announce the line up for the Kingston Comedy Festival which will be held in a marquee on the football pitch itself!

Lee Hurst
After earning his spurs on the comedy circuit Lee Hurst made his name as a quick-witted panellist on the BBC quiz show, They Think It's All Over. Although he has no sporting prowess, and knows next to nothing about football, he won over viewers with his easy banter.
Lee's other credits include presenting Shark Tank and Loose Ends as well as guest appearances on That's Showbusiness, The Stand Up Show, Have I Got News For You and Don't Give Up Your Day Job. He also stepped up to the plate as team captain on Hold The Front Page and What In The World.
Back in the real world Lee built and ran his own venue, the Backyard Comedy Club in London's Bethnal Green. He has since converted it to the 'FymFigBar' and continues to act as resident compere.
Lee has performed in cabaret for dozens of household name companies, from Britvic and SpecSavers to O2 - at his best simply bouncing off members of the audience. He has also hosted awards ceremonies for the travel, IT, printing, commercial vehicle and, perhaps surprisingly, the beauty industry.
Bob Mills

Bob Mills burst on to the London Comedy scene in 1985, turning the faltering "Alternative" establishment on it's head with his unique, challenging brand of laddish irreverent stand-up.
Over the next ten years he established himself as one of the most successful live acts in the country, as well as putting together a string of acclaimed TV and radio credits.
His performances as host of ITV's flagship daytime game show 'Win Lose Or Draw', treading the fine line between pensioners favourite, and students cult hero, and his weird and wonderful late night 'In Bed With MeDinner', are still remembered fondly wherever intelligent TV fans meet.
He also hosted, 'There's Only One Brian Moore', and 'Dial Midnight' for LWT, 'Not A Lot Of People Know That' for BBC1, as well as over 200 shows for VH1, including major documentary/interviews with Eric Clapton, Phil Collins and Cher. He's recently appeared on The Weakest Link Comedian's Special.
In 1995 he starred in what he regards as his finest work, to date, Channel 4's 'The Show'. These eight one hour programmes featuring fly-on-the-wall film of the making of a real chat show, are widely regarded as the template for much of the reality TV that continues to dominate the schedules today.
On radio Bob has presented his own shows on BBC London and he still regularly covers for Danny Baker. He's also a popular guest on 'Fighting Talk' (BBC Radio 5) & Loose Ends (BBC Radio 4).
Since 1996 Bob has combined his TV, radio & live performances, with his role as writer and producer. He was responsible for two series of ITV's award winning, critically acclaimed 'Bob Martin', giving Michael Barrymore his acting debut. On his debut as a film producer he helped Julie Walters to a Best Actress BAFTA in 'My Beautiful Son', also receiving his own coveted nomination from the Academy.
Bob co-wrote and produced 'Stan The Man' which starred John Thomson & Gaynor Faye, the six-part comedy-drama 'Northern Lights' which starred Mark Benton & Robson Green, as well as an episode of Shameless and the feature length film 'Pierrepoint' that starred Timothy Spall & Juliet Stevenson and premiered in 2006.
Milton Jones

Milton Jones won the Time Out Best Comedy Performance 2003, comedian and actor. He also won the prestigious Perrier Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Festival in 1996 for his first solo show and returned in 1997 to become a Perrier Nominee.

His Sony Award-winning show The Very World of Milton Jones (BBC Radio 4) has enjoyed three successful series to date and was also nominated for a British Comedy Award for Best Radio Series in 1998. Four episodes of Another Case of Milton Jones have just been commissioned and will be broadcast in November of this year.

He has made numerous guest television appearances and starred as 'The Supervisor' in Sky 1's sitcom, The Strangerers. He continues to gig on the comedy circuit and is also adding many corporate clients to his growing fan base.

Robin Ince

Robin Ince started his comedy career as a writer, working on shows including Alistair McGowan's Big Impresison, V Graham, Norton and Meet Ricky Gervais, his first of many collaborations with the Extras star.

Ince appeared with Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Jimmy Carr in the 2001 Edinburgh show Rubbernecker, and regularly supports Gervais on tour. He also appeared in one episode of The Office, playing interviewee Stewart Foot.
That role inspired his tongue-in-cheek solo Edinburgh debut in 2004, and he has returned to the Fringe every year since. In 2005 he started erudite comedy night The Book Club, loosely based around bad literature, which won him the innovation award at the 2006 Chortle Awards as well as the outstanding contribution to comedy accolade at that year's Time Out awards. In 2007, he was named best compere at the Chortle Awards.

On TV, he has appeared as John Peel on Channel 4's 11 O'Clock Show as well as countless panel games and 'talking heads' shows, including Channel 4's 100 Greatest Musicals (2003), BBC Three's The State We're In (2003), Celebdaq (2004), BBC Two's Mock The Week (2006). He has also appeared on Radio 4's Now Show, Just A Minute and Mitch Benn's Crimes Against Music.

Dougie Dunlop
Highly talented observational comic, Dougie Dunlop, effortlessly gets audiences laughing and sharing his unique take on life.
Dougie started his career at the "The Stand" in hometown Edinburgh, and made his fringe debut in 2000 as part of the "The Midnight Show" in the Gilded Balloon. For Fringe 2003, he headlined the prestigious Big Value comedy package show at the Café Royal.
He performs at all the major comedy venues in the UK and abroad - as far flung as Shanghai! He headlines in many places, and his relaxed style and widespread appeal makes him much demand at major corporate events and weddings.
“Dougie has a rare ability to tell jokes about ordinary things and be hilarious!” Edinburgh Evening News
His precision humour is delivered with great warmth, and he’s been selected by many high profile comics, both old school and new, to support them on tour.
Dougie’s comedic talents also include writing and acting. He wrote and played the part of an eccentric vet in Scottish art house film, Auchter-Nae-Where released in May 2004.
Geoff Whiting
"Geoff Whiting takes the stage with consummate ease and works the audience like a miner at the coal face, digging out nuggets of information to fuel his comedy." - Independent on Sunday, August 2006
Geoff Whiting is an established and popular compere, as well as a strong and versatile act. He has appeared at the Edinburgh Festival, on television and radio and at every notable comedy club in the UK. He is also an established TV warm up.





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Sunday 02 May 2010
youth news
Mixed fortune for the boys

Three boys teams were trophy hunting today resulting in two more pieces of silverware being added to the cabinet and the U15 boys just failing to retain the Surrey County Cup.

Following an emphatic 6-1 victory over Sheen Lions at the Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium on Saturday, the U14 boys wrapped up the Premier Elite title with an even more impressive 10-1 score away at Netherne Falcons. With the League and League Cup now in the bag, back to back trebles are the boys’ target next Sunday against Brockham Badgers in the Surrey County Cup Final.

At Imber Court, the U11 Youth boys defeated Epsom Eagles 3-0 in the Surrey Youth League Cup Final with two goals from Deon Moore and one from Tanaka Gabaza.

This afternoon at Chipstead FC the U15 boys lost to Hampton & Richmond Borough Juniors in the Surrey County Cup Final after extra-time.

See 1 May news item for other YDP fixtures in the coming week as more teams go for glory.



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Saturday 01 May 2010
club news
AFC Wimbledon achieves FA Charter Standard Community Club

The club continues to work across all departments to raise standards and position ourselves for a return to the professional leagues. At the recent Altrincham game the youth, community and girls areas of the club were delighted to receive the award of FA Charter Standard Community Club. This is the highest level of FA accreditation for grassroots football.

The award is the culmination of years of hard work by many people but was only made possible by Mark Hudson, AFC Wimbledon under 18 boys' assistant manager who pushed it through, so many thanks to him.

The article from the Altrincham programme which explains how this was done and what it means to the club is reproduced in the features section
here.



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Saturday 01 May 2010
youth news
Upcoming youth matches and cup finals - Updated

Missing your AFC Wimbledon football fix already? Why not go along to one or more of the following games to see for yourself how your youth development programme is progressing.

In a game that could secure the Surrey Youth League Premier Elite title the U14 boys play Sheen Lions at the Cherry Red Record Fans' Stadium on Saturday 1 May, kick off is at 3.00 pm. The bar will be open and all are welcome.

The U11 boys play Epsom Eagles in the Surrey Youth League Cup final on Sunday 2 May, kick off is at 10.15 am at Metropolitan Police FC, Imber Court, Ember Lane, East Molesey KT8 0BT

With the Surrey Youth League Premier Elite title already in the locker the U15 boys play Hampton & Richmond Borough Juniors in Surrey County Cup Final on Sunday 2 May, kick off is at 2.00 pm at Chipstead FC, High Road, Chipstead, Surrey, CR5 3SF

In the final leg of their quest for a possible second successive treble, having already won the Surrey County Cup and the Surrey Youth League Premier Elite title, not to mention the Southern Regional Finals; the U13 Boys play Epsom Eagles for the Surrey Youth League Cup on Weds 5 May, KO 7.30pm at Carshalton Athletic FC, War Memorial Sports Ground, Colston Avenue, Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 2PW

The U16 boys, who are still chasing the runners up spot, play Croydon Athletic in a Surrey Youth League Premier Elite fixture at the Cherry Red Record Fans' Stadium on Wednesday 5 May, kick off is at 7.00 pm

In another possible successive treble chase the U15 Boys play Sutton United in the Surrey Youth League Cup final on 7 May, KO 7.30pm at Carshalton Athletic FC.

Finally, with the Surrey Youth League Cup already in the trophy cabinet and treble glory a real possibility, the U14 boys play Brockham Badgers in the Surrey County Cup Final on Sunday 9 May at Chipstead FC, KO 11am

All support will be welcome and appreciated by the boys in what is promising to be a great season for our Surrey Youth League section.


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