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Monday 30 May 2011
club news
Matchday and season ticket prices for 2011-12

Matchday prices for season 2011-12 will be as follows:

Terraces

Adults £15
Concessions £9
Under 16s £2

Seats, blocks A - C and J - M

Adults £17
Concessions £10
Under 16s £6

Seats, blocks D - H

Adults £19
Concessions £11
Under 16s £7

Season tickets for 2011-12 prices have been increased proportionately. However, fans can still buy a season ticket at 2010-11 prices until close of business on Friday 17 June. Fans who are over 60 will qualify for concession prices until 17 June, after which date the age threshold will become 65.

Season ticket prices until 17 June and also for season ticket purchases after that date can be seen, along with details of how to apply, by clicking on season tickets.

Matchday prices apply to Football League, FA Cup and Carling Cup games. Season ticket prices are for Football League games only. Prices have yet to be set for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and county cups.

While comparisons with other clubs are difficult to compile, because many have a wider range of prices, we believe that the adult ticket prices that have been set are slightly below the average for League 2, while concession and under 16 prices are significantly cheaper.


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Sunday 29 May 2011
dons trust news
An appeal from Marcus Gayle

Dons legend Marcus Gayle and the other nine members of Le Peledon set off for Paris on Thursday – an arduous cycle of 300 miles over three days. We caught up with Marcus to ask why he was taking part.

“I knew that Mike Rayner, Robin Bedford, Ross Montague and a few others had taken part in Velo and Blue over the past couple of years and that they cycled all the way to Gateshead for the final game of the season last year. That ride raised money to buy heart monitors for the squad last summer, and we’ve all seen how much of a difference that has made to the team’s performance.

“So, it looked like a good challenge when Mike asked me to come on board for the ride this year. It’s bigger than ever – ten of us are taking part – and I’ve been in training to make sure that I’m up there with the leaders when the Eiffel Tower comes into view.

"This year, we’re again raising money for a very worthwhile cause. It’s going to cost around £7,000 to improve the view from the disabled section of the main stand. It would be great if we can get all the way to that figure from the Velo and Blue lottery. I hope all supporters will buy an extra ticket or two and help us reach our target.”


To show your support for the Velo and Blue team, you can buy tickets in the Velo and Blue lottery at £2 each. The draw takes place on 4 June, once the team arrives in Paris, and the winning ticket will win £324 (equivalent to the height of the Eiffel Tower, in metres). If you are aged 16 or over and would like to buy tickets, then email Velo and blue, giving your name and stating the number of tickets you would like to buy at £2.00 each. You will then be emailed with details of how to pay online and, following payment, you will receive an email with your ticket numbers.

We will try to honour all applications made prior to Saturday. However, because of the need to process payments in advance of the draw, we strongly recommend you email your application by Wednesday 1 June.

For details of the other nine cyclists taking their place in the Peledon, see Velo and blue riders.


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Friday 27 May 2011
cfs news
CFS May Half-Term Football Courses

The CFS is running May Half-Term Football Courses at Wimbledon Park and The Alton School (Roehampton) next week. There is also a ‘Future Dons’ half-term course running at Kingsmeadow (only for children in the Under 5 and Under 6 age groups).

AFC Wimbledon football courses offer the opportunity for any child to learn new skills and develop their ability in a fun and enjoyable coaching environment. Any boy or girl aged between 4 and 14 of any ability is welcome to attend and receive quality coaching from our FA qualified coaches. Our courses are ideal for young players to develop their confidence and talent, with players placed in groups of similar age and ability to ensure the maximum levels of improvement and enjoyment. They will benefit from technique and skills coaching, fun games and competitions across a variety of differently themed sessions in our curriculum, covering all aspects of football development.

At all of these May Half-Term courses you can simply turn up and pay on the day – for full details on each course and more information please visit the CFS webpage by clicking here


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Friday 27 May 2011
club news
Fundraising news: Velo and Blue cycling shirts

We are aware that some supporters have had difficulties reaching the email address given in our 23 May news item for Velo and Blue cycling shirt orders. Supporters who would like to get hold of AFC Wimbledon themed cycling shirts should email Russell Smith at Russell at Velo and blue.

These shirts are not official club merchandise but are being worn by the Velo and Blue riders during the ride to Paris on 2 - 4 June. The design can be seen at Velo and blue jerseys. The cost of the shirts is approximately £40 plus a donation to the Dons Trust. Orders need to be finalised by 30 May.


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Thursday 26 May 2011
club news
Bid for auction items available at the End of Season dinner

The following items will be available in the auction at the End of Season dinner on Saturday night, with all proceeds going to the Dons Trust.

- 2010/11 Playoff Final shirt signed by the squad and framed

-Seb Brown’s Goalkeeping Gloves from the playoff final
signed in a presentation case

-Framed Danny Kedwell Number 9 shirt
signed by the 2010/11 squad

-Seb Brown’s England C shirt signed and framed

-Framed front cover of News of the World from 13th May
1988 signed by John Fashanu and Peter Beardsley

-Framed postcards signed by eight members of the 1997/98
squad including Joe Kinnear, Robbie Earle, Vinnie Jones

If you would like to bid for any of these items in advance, please e-mail your bid here by 2pm on Saturday.



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Thursday 26 May 2011
club news
Last chance to celebrate promotion!

Due to popular demand, we’ve decided to put a few extra tickets on sale for the after party for this year’s End of Season Party this Saturday night, kindly sponsored by Sports Interactive.

The End of Season Dinner is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the club’s promotion to the league with the players, management staff and your fellow fans.

Due to limited space in the back bar, the speeches will be broadcast live into the middle bar and shown on the big screen for after party guests.

There will also be a disco in the middle bar which will be open both to dinner guests and after party guests.

The middle bar will be open from 8.00 pm with the speeches expected to start around 9.30 pm - 10.00 pm. The Champions League final will be shown at 8pm and we expect the disco to start at around 10.30 pm-11.00 pm with the bar closing at 1.00 am. All these timings are subject to delay on the night.

Tickets cost £10 each and can be purchased here under 'Special Events'. Tickets will sell out fast so make sure you book soon to avoid disappointment.



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Thursday 26 May 2011
club news
Season tickets - extension of deadline

We will post the new prices for season tickets for 2011-12 very soon.

In the meantime, we have extended the deadline for purchasing at season 2010-11 prices until close of business on Friday 17 June. Those prices and how to apply for a season ticket can be found by clicking on season tickets.

To be clear, all applications made by 17 June will be under last year's rules, i.e. the age for qualification for a concession is 60.


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Thursday 26 May 2011
club news
Interviews with Nige, Stuart and Terry after the play-off final

The last three interviews after the play off final feature Nigel Higgs, Stuart Cash and Terry Brown, talking about the team's achievements, the future - and Brian Clough.

Hear them by clicking on:

Nigel Higgs.

Stuart Cash.

Terry Brown.


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Wednesday 25 May 2011
club news
Volunteers required for Dons Trust WorkingGroup

The Dons Trust is setting up a working group to examine potential improvements to the membership experience. This Membership Working Group will be led by Simon Bath. Simon is looking for volunteers who are keen to help with this process, either as direct contributors or researchers.

A meeting has been arranged for Thursday 2 June from 7.30 pm at Kingsmeadow. If you would like to attend the meeting and volunteer your services, please first get in contact with Simon by emailing him here.


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Wednesday 25 May 2011
club news
What's happening at Kingsmeadow - number 2

The second WHAK of the summer can be read by clicking on WHAK #2.



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Wednesday 25 May 2011
club news
Jamie and Ivor after the final

We present two more post-final interviews, with two more to follow tomorrow.

Today, you can hear Jamie Stuart and Ivor Heller, by clicking on the relevant links, below.

For Jamie, click on Jamie Stuart.

For Ivor, click on Ivor Heller.


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Tuesday 24 May 2011
club news
Another post final interview - Jason Moriarty

Hear Jason Moriarty, AFC Wimbledon fitness coach, talking immediately after the play off final by clicking on Jason Moriarty.


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Tuesday 24 May 2011
club news
Players leaving

After the euphoria of the last few days it was back to work for Terry Brown today and the task of talking to players about next season.

Following those discussions, Terry has revealed that that Ed Harris, Jon Main, Mark Nwokeji, Delano Sam-Yorke and Ismail Yakubu have been released.

Having gained promotion on Saturday it was, as ever, a difficut task for Terry to tell players who have all contributed to the success of the squad that they would be leaving.

Terry will comment further on their contribution in due course.


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Tuesday 24 May 2011
club news
Last chance to celebrate promotion!

We are pleased to announce that tickets for the after party for this year’s End of Season Party, kindly sponsored by Sports Interactive, are now on sale. This year’s event takes place on Saturday 28 May at the stadium.

Due to limited space in the back bar, the speeches will be broadcast live into the middle bar and shown on the big screen for after party guests.

The End of Season Dinner is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate another great season in the history of the club with the players, management staff and your fellow fans.

There will also be a disco in the middle bar which will be open both to dinner guests and after party guests.

The middle bar will be open from 8.00 pm with the speeches expected to start around 9.30 pm - 10.00 pm. The Champions League final will be shown at 8pm and we expect the disco to start at around 10.30 pm-11.00 pm with the bar closing at 1.00 am. All these timings are subject to delay on the night.

Tickets cost £10 each and can be purchased here under 'Special Events'. Tickets are selling out fast so make sure you book soon to avoid disappointment.


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Tuesday 24 May 2011
club news
Awards for the Browns

It is probably no surprise to Dons fans that Blue Square have announced that the manager and player for April and May combined are Terry and Seb Brown respectively. Our congratulations to them both.

BROWN TOP BOSS AS WOMBLES PROMOTED TO THE FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Terry Brown from AFC Wimbledon has been named the Blue Square Bet Premier ‘manager of the month’ for April and the Play-Offs. Brown took his side to the Football League after a tense promotion final against Luton Town at the City of Manchester Stadium. The Wombles extended their unbeaten run to ten games with a goalless draw at Eastlands before prevailing in a penalty shoot-out. Their 8-1 aggregate win over Fleetwood Town in the semi-final followed five league wins and a draw which confirmed a runner-up berth in the final table behind champions Crawley Town.


SHOOT-OUT HERO SEB LANDS DOUBLE FOR WOMBLES

AFC Wimbledon’s Seb Brown has been named the Blue Square Bet Premier ‘player of the month’ for April and the Play-Offs. The lifelong Wombles fan saved two spot-kicks in the promotion final against Luton Town to secure promotion for his side. Brown also kept five clean sheets in the nine games during the period and only conceded four goals in over 800 minutes of football – including a tense extra-time period at Eastlands. The award makes up a fitting double for the Kingsmeadow side as boss and namesake Terry scooped the managerial honours.



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Tuesday 24 May 2011
club news
Gareth Gwillim speaks after the final

Hear Gareth Gwillim immediately after the play off final by clicking on Gareth Gwillim.


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Monday 23 May 2011
club news
Dons on TV tonight

The London Tonight programme on ITV at 6.00 pm will include a feature on the club.


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Monday 23 May 2011
club news
Help prepare the stadium for league football

Following last weekend’s fantastic win we would like to remind supporters we will be holding our traditional volunteer work weekends during the close season, starting this Saturday and Sunday 28 and 29 May.

Every year a band of intrepid volunteers help with 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. We have already had a number of replies from volunteers saying they will be willing to help, but we are attempting to get a record turnout this season in order to get the stadium in a fantastic condition ready for the Football League.

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 email info@afcwimbledon.co.uk or ring the office on 020 8547 3528 to leave your name, and when you are available.


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Monday 23 May 2011
dons trust news
Fundraising news: Le Peledon

Following last week’s announcement that former Dons goalkeeper Andy Little is on board for the Velo and Blue 300 mile ride to Paris in June, we are pleased to announce the full line-up of cyclists taking part:

Former Dons legends Marcus Gayle and Andy Little
AFC Wimbledon physios Mike Rayner and Simon Head
AFC Wimbledon kit man Robin Bedford
Community Football Scheme staff Dan Stevens and Paul Foley
Training ground groundsman Matthew Grant
Dons supporters and veterans of Velo and Blue Russell Smith and Tom Woolgar.

With ten riders on board, this is the largest Velo and Blue team to date and shows real determination to raise money to improve the disabled section of the main stand at Kingsmeadow.

To show your support for the Velo and Blue team, and to help us raise the £7,000 we need for this very worthwhile project, you can buy tickets in the Velo and Blue lottery at £2 each. The draw takes place on 4 June, once the team arrives in Paris, and the winning ticket will win £324 (equivalent to the height of the Eiffel Tower, in metres). If you are aged 16 or over, have a debit / credit card or Paypal account and would like to buy tickets, then email Fundraising, giving your name and stating the number of tickets you would like to buy at £2.00 each. You will then be emailed with details of how to pay online and, following payment, you will receive an email with your ticket numbers.

Because of the Velo and Blue cycle ride, it is also possible for Dons supporters who are keen cyclists to get hold of AFC Wimbledon themed cycling jerseys. These are not official club merchandise but are being worn by the Velo and Blue riders during the ride. The design of the jerseys can be seen at Velo and blue jerseys.

The cost of the shirts is approximately £40 plus a donation to the Dons Trust. If you would like to enquire about buying one of these, then email Russell Smith at Russell at Velo and blue. Orders need to be finalised by 30 May.


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Sunday 22 May 2011
club news
Thinking ahead

For fans who like to plan ahead, here are a few dates to make a note of:

16 June Carling Cup first round draw
17 June League fixtures released at 9.00 am

9 July Probable date of first pre-season friendly

6 August First game of the league season
w/b 8 August Carling Cup first round

For a fuller list of key dates, click on key dates and scroll down to 2011-12.

Excited yet?


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Sunday 22 May 2011
club news
Terry speaks after promotion

Terry Brown's post match comments on the play off final can be heard by clicking on Terry, after winning promotion.

An audio0only version can be heard by clicking on Terry, after winning promotion, audio-only.


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Sunday 22 May 2011
club news
Homecoming arrangements - updated

After a night's celebrations in Manchester, Terry, Stuart, Simon and the team will set off for the coach journey to Kingsmeadow at about 11.00 am today.

In preparation for their return, which will be some time after 4.00 pm, the bars will open at noon. Shortly afterwards the pizza counter will open near the main bar and so will a burger bar. The club shop will be also open at noon, although we regret that we are not yet in a position to be able to offer the £5 discount in return for a playoff final ticket. The final day of the Premier League season will be showing on the big screens while fans await the return of the team.

An event is taking place today in the adjacent athletics stadium and so the car park will be very full. As we are expecting a large crowd to welcome the team back to the Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium we have decided to open the stadium itself to allow management and players to parade the trophy around the pitch. The gates at each end of the stadium will be opened to allow fans into the Paul Strank Stand and onto the terraces. Two burger concessions will be open in the stadium.

Please note that the pitch renovation for next season has only just been completed and so we cannot allow anyone on the pitch except the squad and management. Even they will be confined to the edges to avoid undoing the last week's work.

After the trophy has been paraded, there will be a party and disco in the bars until everyone runs out of energy or the bar runs out of beer. No doubt some of the players will stay to join in the celebrations. Have a good time!


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Sunday 22 May 2011
club news
Relive those moments in the glorious sound-surround of Radio WDon

If you want to be sure it really happened, you can listen again by clicking on Radio DWon and the penalty shoot out.


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Sunday 22 May 2011
first team news
Nine years - it only took nine years

The Dons completed the incredible journey of the last nine years when Danny Kedwell blasted a '"get in the way of that if you dare" penalty into the back of the net to win a shoot out at the end of a very tight play off final. He did so at the Dons' fans end of the City of Manchester stadium to set off a noise far louder than anyone could imagine could come from the 6,000 travelling fans.

The game itself had been very close (a full report will follow later) but despite being a 0-0 draw it was appealing to the neutral supporter as both clubs played football on a perfect playing surface. Early in the game Kedwell had a goal disallowed for offside but after that neither goalkeeper had to make an outstanding save as Luton's use of their height and the Dons' clever patterns of play led to very few chances.

Luton's best chance came right at the end of normal time when a header from Walker rebounded back from the inside of the post into Seb Brown's grateful grasp. At that point many Wimbledon fans sensed the game was theirs. In the second half of extra time, Kaid Mohamed hit the post and with pretty much the last move of the game, Ismail Yakubu had a clear sight of goal with a far post header that he put wide. And so to the agony of penalties.

This is worthy of the longer description that will follow in the full report. Suffice it to say that Luton started. Brown saved their first and fourth penalties while Mohamed's penalty, the Dons' third, was saved. So up stepped Kedwell to blast Wimbledon back into a league place that was so outrageously taken away nine years ago next Saturday.

Cue wild celebrations, gracious and generous good wishes from the crestfallen Luton club officials, lots of tears and much partying. And so a club that had nothing nine years ago now has nearly thirty adult and youth teams, its own stadium, several fair play awards, five promotions, strong integration into the community, financial stability - and a Football league place. If that isn't in the wider interests of football, what is?

A final word. After many years of striving, congratulations to Terry Brown, Football League manager. Now doesn't that roll off the tongue nicely?


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Saturday 21 May 2011
club news
Ticket collection today

Wimbledon supporters' who have pre-booked tickets to collect from the ground today should head to the matchday ticket sales windows opposite the City store at the North end of the stadium.




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Friday 20 May 2011
club news
Team update

This morning, as can be seen on the club's Twitter feed, the squad trained on the pitch at the City of Manchester Stadium for over an hour. This was a chance to get familiar with the surface, which is perfect, and also the general feel of the stadium and its layout.

Manager Terry Brown said "training went well and we managed to avoid injuring anyone. After a few minutes of acclimatisation, everyone settled down and felt at home in the new surroundings. This was certainly a session worth having."

The team returned to its base for an afternoon of relaxation as they prepare for tomorrow's game. Terry said "we are excited but confident. It is very important that the team is fit and, with the exception of Sammy Moore and Fraser Franks, all available. We wish eveyone a safe journey and look forward to seeing - and hearing - our fans at the game."


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Friday 20 May 2011
club news
Ticket office now closed - watch at Kingsmeadow if you can't get to Manchester

See Tickets stopped selling tickets at 5.00 pm today and tickets will not be on sale on the door for tomorrow's game.

Fans who are not able to go to the game can watch it live on the big screens at Kingsmeadow . The programme starts at 2.30 pm and kick off is, of course, at 3.00 pm. The bar will, however, open at noon to allow fans to build up a suitable atmosphere for the final.

Fans who can't get to Kingsmeadow can listen to the inimitable style of commentary from the Radio WDon team, and the game will also be broadcast on Radio London, 94.9FM, which is also available on the internet via the BBC Sports Service.




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Thursday 19 May 2011
club news
Season ticket deadline on Friday

The deadline for season ticket applications is close of business on Friday 20 May (but see below for details of a short extension). For ticket applications after that date,

* The age for eligibility for a concession ticket will become 65

* Concession prices will increase

* Further increases may apply if the club is promoted into the Football League

Full guidance on prices and application forms can be found by clicking on Season ticket information.

Please note that the office closes on Friday 20 May at noon. After that time, applications and renewals should be posted through the letter box on the door adjacent to the door marked 'Reception'. Applications posted in this letter box up to and including the time the fans' coaches leave on Saturday morning will be regarded as having met the deadline.


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Thursday 19 May 2011
club news
Bar opening times over the weekend

The Kingsmeadow bars will be open as follows over the weekend:

Saturday The bar opens at noon and the Play Off final will be shown in both bars. The bar will shut at midnight, so the bars will be open to welcome the coaches back.

Sunday The bar opens at noon and if the team has won there will be one enormous party, for as long as possible. See also the news item Arrangements for the team's return on Sunday.

Will fans who are travelling by coach from The Grove please note that it will be open for breakfast on Saturday morning and there will be merchandise available inside the pub.


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Thursday 19 May 2011
club news
Kick for cash

One lucky AFC Wimbledon fan can take to the pitch at the City of Manchester Stadium on Saturday and win up to £5,100 with Conference sponsors Blue Square.

The winner will go onto the pitch at the City of Manchester Stadium at half-time in the Blue Square Bet Premier Promotion Final and have three shots at goal.

Each shot will be the equivalent of a £100 bet. There will be three markers on the pitch: one at 2/1, one at 8/1 and one at 16/1.

The 2/1 marker will be on the penalty spot, the 8/1 marker outside of the penalty area and the 16/1 marker will be somewhere close to the half way line.

It means you take the easy option or you can go for glory. If the player scores, their £100 shot will be multiplied by the odds on the marker from where they have taken the shot.

If they were to miss all three they would win nothing while if they were to score three from the 16/1 mark they would win £4,800 plus the 3x £100 shots.

It's a free-to-enter competition with the lucky winner drawn out of a hat on at random on Friday morning.

Simply email Alan Alger by 9.00 am on Friday with “Wombles” in the subject title - it couldn't be easier! The winner will be notified by return e-mail at 10.00 am on Friday 20 May.

Terms of entering the competition

Over 18's only. Prize includes a pair of match tickets (don't worry if you've already bought yours, Blue Square will refund the cost).

Travel expenses and food and drink costs are not included and are to be paid by winner. Prize money won during the game will be paid to the winner within 30 working days of the event. Winner is advised to bring appropriate footwear i.e. football boots or trainers and if possible wear the football shirt of their team. No cash alternative, non transferable.


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Thursday 19 May 2011
club news
Ticket update and other information re the game

The latest on ticket sales for the play off final suggests that the attendance will be in the range 18,000 - 20,000 of which approaching 6,000 will be Dons fans.

We have now stopped selling the 'fee-free' tickets via the club. However, tickets can still be bought online from SeeTickets by clicking on SeeTickets or by calling See Tickets on 0844 854 1361. The final deadline for getting tickets in this way is 5.00 pm on Friday 20 May. Please note that tickets will not be on sale on the day.

We have been asked about flags for the stadium. The flags which we are selling, at Kingsmeadow tonight and before the fans' coaches leave on Saturday, are 5' x 3'. We don't currently have any information about banners and whether (or where) they may be hung in the stadium.


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Thursday 19 May 2011
club news
Was it really only three years ago?

Now that the team is on its way to Manchester and the play off final feels more real by the minute, we thought we'd remind fans how things went in a previous play off final. So here is an edited version of the win against Staines, until now probably the most important game the club has ever played.

To see it click on play off final Staines.


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Thursday 19 May 2011
club news
We're on our way

Fifteen minutes ago the squad left Kingsmeadow by coach, heading for the hotel which will be the team's base for the promotion bid at the City of Manchester Stadium. Some of the players are seen relaxing just before the coach sent off We're on our way.

Manager Terry Brown, returning to his theme of management and players being a family, has taken all the current squad. Just before the coach left he said "we've had a light training sesion this morning followed by lunch and now we set off to a game where we aim to put the name of Wimbledon back into the Football League.

"With the exception of Gareth Gwilliam, who is 50:50, everyone is fit. We know Luton are a very good side but I mean no disrespect to them when I say that the lads are in the form of their lives and very confident.

"We will be acclimatising tomorrow with a visit to the stadium to train on the pitch and then it's a matter of relaxing for the rest of Friday before getting a clear focus for Saturday's game. It will be a fantastic game and a great atmosphere where we aim to make another major step in the club's history."


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Thursday 19 May 2011
club news
Danny, Jon and Sammy interviewed

The last three in our series of interviews with players can be heard by clicking on the relevant names.

Danny Kedwell talks about the fantastic team spirit, Jon Main talks with feeling about his love for the club, and Sammy Moore talks about how he still feels part of it all, even though sidelined by injury.

To hear Danny click on Danny Kedwell, club captain.

To hear Jon click on Jon Main.

To hear Sammy click on Sammy Moore.


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Thursday 19 May 2011
club news
Help urgently required today

We still require help preparing the flags. If you can spend an hour or two please come down to the club this morning at 11.00 am


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Wednesday 18 May 2011
club news
Updated consolidated Q&A re the play off final

We have published a lot of information about the game over the last few days so, to try to aid fans in finding the answers to your queries, we've taken the opportunity to re-consolidate and update it in the following Q&A.

WHEN? Saturday 21 May, kick-off 3.00 pm.

WHERE? The final will be played at Eastlands, the City of Manchester Stadium.

WILL THE GAME BE TELEVISED? Yes. Premier Sports will be screening the Promotion Final live.

WHAT IS OUR TICKET ALLOCATION? We have been allocated 13,500 seats in the North and West Stand. There are plenty of tickets left. We also have a small number of executive hospitality tickets for sale in the West Stand.

ARE THE CLUB SELLING TICKETS? Yes, the club has a few tickets left over from its allocation of 1,000 tickets and these can be bought – with only a £1.50 transaction fee - until noon on Thursday 19 May. For all other ticket purchases, the Football Conference has appointed a third-party agency, See Tickets, to sell the tickets.

HOW DO I BUY THEM? For tickets bought direct from the club, you can do so online via the ‘Buy tickets online here’ button on the home page of this site. Or you can visit the club’s office. This opportunity is only available until noon on Thursday 19 May.

You can also buy tickets from SeeTickets in one of two ways: 1. Online via SeeTickets or by calling See Tickets on 0844 854 1361. However, you are advised that it will be quicker if you use the online booking. Tickets bought now will be held for collection at the Fans’ Zone at the north end of the City of Manchester Stadium on Saturday.

HOW MUCH WILL THEY COST ME? Both Luton Town and Wimbledon have made representations to the Football Conference about the pricing arrangements. At a Conference meeting on Thursday 12 May the Board was notified that the arrangements that follow were in the contract with the City of Manchester Stadium which had been signed.

There are three pricing levels. Level 1 prices are £36 for adults and £18 for Under-16s. Level 2 prices are £41 with no concessions. Level 3 prices are £36 with no concessions. Level 3 tickets will only be released if Levels 1 and 2 are sold out (which is very unlikely) but will not have any concession pricing.

The tickets that are on sale from the club until Thursday noon are in Level 1.

ARE THERE ANY ADDITIONAL FEES? Unfortunately, yes, when you buy from SeeTickets. Each ticket carries a £3 booking charge for adults and a £1.50 booking charge for concessions.

CAN I BOOK A GROUP BOOKING? If you are in a group of 10 or more wishing to block book, you are advised to make your booking by phone on 0844 854 1361.

WHERE WILL WE BE SITTING? Dons fans have been allocated the north and west parts of the stadium. Although we hope to hear all our fans singing our cup final song “We are Wimbledon”, there is a designated singing area behind the goal, which you should ask for when you book.

WHAT IF I LOSE MY TICKET? Duplicate tickets to replace those lost will only be sent out by See Tickets if they are sent (and lost) by recorded delivery.

ARE THERE HOSPITALITY PACKAGES AVAILABLE? Yes. Contact the club on 020 8547 3396. Hospitality places are available for purchase until close of business on Thursday 19 May.

ARE THERE PUBS RECOMMENDED FOR DONS FANS? Yes, guidance issued by the City of Manchester police, including a list of pubs for Dons fans, can be read by clicking on Pubs and parking.

IS PARKING AVAILABLE ON THE DAY? Yes. Check the guidance issued by the City of Manchester police by clicking on Pubs and parking. This includes guidance on how to get to the stadium by road.

WHAT ARE THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR COACHES? Click on Coach travel for details of coach arrangements.

CAN I STILL BUY MERCHANDISE FOR THE GAME? Yes. The club shop will be open on Thursday evening and merchandise will also be on sale to fans boarding the coaches at The Grove and Kingsmeadow on Saturday.

WHEN WILL THE PLAYERS BE RETURNING? Click on Players’ return for details of the arrangements.

WHAT COLOURS WILL WE WEAR? We will be wearing our usual home strip of all blue.


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Wednesday 18 May 2011
club news
Tickets and coach bookings on sale from the club until noon tomorrow

You can still buy a £36 adult ticket (under 16 ticket is £18) for the game and/or book a place on a coach via the club. To do so, click on the 'Buy tickets online here' button on the home page of this site, or visit the office. There is a £1.50 transaction fee for tickets and coaches booked on line.

This opportunity ends at noon on Thursday 19 May, after which time we must finalise the coach bookings and return unsold tickets to Manchester.

Any tickets bought before noon on Thursday can be collected from the club's offices until noon on Friday. If not collected they will be available from the Fans' Zone at the north end of the City of Manchester Stadium on Saturday.

If you book a coach ticket on line, please bring the email acknowledgement with you. Coaches will leave from the Grove, starting at 8.00 am on Saturday - the last coach will set off at 8.30 am.

Coaches will start to leave from Kingsmeadow at 8.00 am on Saturday and the last coach will depart no later than 9.00 am.


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Wednesday 18 May 2011
club news
Pubs and parking on Saturday

Manchester police have issued guidance for varous aspects of the play off final on Saturday. In particular, they explain which pubs are designated as being for Wimbledon fans, give a recommended approach to the stadium by car, and guidance on which stadium car parks are set aside for Dons fans.

The guidance can be read by clicking on Pubs and parking.


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Wednesday 18 May 2011
first team news
Arrangements for the team's return on Sunday

The team will be staying over in Manchester on Saturday and travelling back on Sunday. We expect that they will arrive back at about 4.00 pm. We will update our Twitter feed and this web site when the exact arrival time is clearer.

We have been trying to find a way to deal with the substantial crowds we expect, should the team win promotion. The problem is that there is a large event on Sunday in the adjacent athletics stadium.

We have decided that the best way to deal with this is to open up our stadium and invite fans into the Paul Strank Stand and, if necessary, onto the terraces. The bars will be open and drinks may be taken into the stadium, but not glasses or cans. Also, the pizza stand will be open plus at least one of the concessions in the stadium.

Pitch renovation is well underway and we are anxious to avoid damaging it, so only the team will be allowed on the pitch - and even they will need to keep to the edges. The pitch will probably have a thick top layer of sand which must not be disturbed - sadly it will not make for an attractive backdrop for photographs, but we assume that fans won't mind that if we have won.

After the players leave, the bars will stay open until demand slackens.


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Wednesday 18 May 2011
club news
Coach arrangements for the play off final

This article is for fans who are travelling by coach to the play off final on Saturday.

Parking at Kingsmeadow

Please note that the car park will be jammed full of coaches on Saturday morning and also there is an athletics event being held that day. Therefore, we urge all fans to travel to the ground by public transport if at all possible.

Coach tickets

No ticket is necessary. Please bring with you your confirmation email, if applicable, and you will be checked off against the list.

Boarding

Fans who are boarding at The Grove will be able to do so from 8.00 am onwards. Coaches will leave as soon as they are full, with the last one due to depart no later than 8.30 am. We will be asking fans to board in order of arrival so if you wish to travel with other fans, please wait until you have all arrived.

Coaches from The Grove will not be calling at Kingsmeadow so if you are travelling as a group you will need to congregate at one site or the other. If you wish to change your preferred place of boarding, please email the club at coach travel.

Fans can board at Kingsmeadow from 8.00 am. The final coach will leave no later than 9.00 am.

Luxury coach

The luxury coach is sold out. It will leave from Kingsmeadow at 8.30 am – there will be no pick up at The Grove.

Return journey

The return journey will start about 20 minutes after the trophy has been awarded. Should Wimbledon win the game the departure time will be extended slightly, but fans are urged not to linger too long at the stadium as you may miss your coach.

Please make sure you make a note of your coach details so that you can return to the same one, on time.

Merchandise

The club shop will be open before the coaches depart and merchandise will also be available at The Grove until the coaches leave.

Alcohol

Alcohol is not allowed on the coach and anyone trying to bring it on to a coach will not be allowed to travel.


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Wednesday 18 May 2011
club news
Hospitality at playoff final

We still have hospitality tickets available in the Mancunian Suite for the playoff final on Saturday.

The package comprises a three course lunch, featuring a hot and cold buffet, the seat for the game and a complimentary programme. Tables for the Mancunian Suite can be configured as you wish, for between four and ten guests.

The seated area for guests allows you to watch the game from close to the halfway line, behind the Directors’ Box. There will be a cash bar available after the game.

To add to the occasion, the lunch will be hosted by Dons legend Dave Bassett, accompanied by some of the famous names from our history.

The packages are available at £150 each, including VAT, and can be bought here.

Dress for the Mancunian Suite is smart casual, no sports wear, blue jeans or trainers.




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Wednesday 18 May 2011
club news
Ben and Dave talk about the Dons

Ben Judge and Dave Anderson are next in our series of interviews which were carried out after last week's play off semi final win against Fleetwood Town.

To hear them click on Ben Judge and Dave, interrupted.


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Wednesday 18 May 2011
club news
Stewards for Coaches

With the number of coaches being run to Manchester, it is important we have a responsible adult on each coach as a point of contact to act as a steward.

So to assist Laurence Lowne, please would you drop him an email if you would like to help out on the day.

Briefly, we will need six volunteers travelling from The Grove and nineteen travelling from Kingsmeadow. It is important that you have a working mobile phone. Primarily it is a counting job, and a point of contact, in case anything changes to and from Manchester. A full brief will be provided by email.

Please email Laurence here by 5.00 pm on Thursday 19 May confirming your name and mobile phone number.




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Wednesday 18 May 2011
club news
After party tickets on sale now for End of Season dinner!

We are pleased to announce that tickets for the after party for this year’s End of Season Party, kindly sponsored by Sports Interactive, are now on sale. This year’s event takes place on Saturday 28 May at the stadium.

Due to limited space in the back bar, the speeches will be broadcast live into the middle bar and shown on the big screen for after party guests.

The End of Season Dinner is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate another great season in the history of the club with the players, management staff and your fellow fans.

There will also be a disco in the middle bar which will be open both to dinner guests and after party guests.

The middle bar will be open from 8.00 pm with the speeches expected to start around 9.30 pm - 10.00 pm. The Champions League final will be shown at 8pm and we expect the disco to start at around 10.30 pm-11.00 pm with the bar closing at 1.00 am. All these timings are subject to delay on the night.

Tickets cost £10 each and can be purchased here under 'Special Events'. Tickets are selling out fast so make sure you book soon to avoid disappointment.


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Tuesday 17 May 2011
club news
More fee-free tickets made available and special offer for fans

We have been able to make more tickets available for purchase by fans direct from the club. There is no booking fee or postage charge for these tickets (unless you buy on-line when there is a £1.50 transaction charge).

They can be bought either:

. through the on-line sales service (click on the 'Buy tickets online here' button on the left hand side of the home page of this site), or

. by visting the office between 10.00 am and 8.00 pm on Wednesday.

A maximum of 6 tickets can be bought at £36 for adults and £18 for under 16s. We will not be posting tickets which are bought on line - you can visit the office to collect them or, if you don't do so, we will leave them for collection at the City of Manchester Stadium on Saturday - details of exactly where and when will follow later.

Because of the very high price of tickets for the game, plus booking fees and postage, and the costs of travelling to the game, we are also making a special offer to Wimbledon fans. Following the final, fans can obtain a £5 reduction in merchandise bought from the shop in exchange for the play off final ticket, on a basis of one reduction per person per transaction. We regret that we can't make this offer available on line.

Fuller details of how to obtain the reduction in price will follow after the final.


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Tuesday 17 May 2011
club news
Flags for the Dons - help needed please

Due to the short time scales between establishing what size flags are allowed into the City of Manchester Stadium and the game itself, we need help, please, to prepare them for use.

Our usual flag suppliers could not print them to our design in time for us to sell. However, they were able to make the flags (as they did for the cup finals that we were previously in) but they have had to leave them blank.

We are delighted to say that our kit suppliers, Tempest, have come to the rescue. They will use their hot presses to print the flags for us and to add some logos and designs to a range of merchandise, as people request them. To do this we are going to open the middle bar on Thursday evening to sell flags and T-shirts.

To prepare for the evening, we need volunteers to come in on Thursday during the day to help produce the vinyls for the flags. Tempest are bringing their vinyl cutter and at least two presses so that we can produce the flags.

We reckon that 8 volunteers for 4 hours will be enough to do all of the flags. If any fans who are experienced in this area can help please call the club on 020 8547 3528 and leave a message with contact details.


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Tuesday 17 May 2011
club news
At last - the bundled play off tickets arrive

At about 6.30 pm we received a courier delivery of the play off final tickets which were sold as bundles, along with a coach ticket. For the avoidance of doubt, these tickets are not the same as the ones ordered through SeeTickets (but see later in this article).

A team of volunteers and office staff is working late into the night to allocate the bundled tickets and the office will be open for extended hours tomorrow, from 9.00 am until 8.00 pm, for fans to collect their tickets. We will not be mailing any of these tickets. Please bring proof of identity with you when you come to collect your tickets.

Additional opening times are:

Thursday 10.00 am - 4.00 pm

Friday 10.00 am - 2.00 pm.

After 2.00 pm on Friday any unclaimed tickets will be taken to Manchester for collection at the stadium before the game (details of where and when to collect them will be published nearer the time).

If you know you can't collect your tickets before 2.00 pm on Friday, please send an email saying so. Send your email to play off tickets.

Please do not call into the office this evening as the staff need to concentrate on fulfilling everyone's orders and cannot take time out to deal with a specific request.

Meanwhile, at 5.30 pm today SeeTickets reported that they had despatched approximately 50% of the Wimbledon tickets ordered via them.

Regarding hospitality tickets and passes, we have not yet received any, nor have we been told when to expect them. We will keep fans informed. when we find out what is happening.

Finally, sales to Dons fans were about 5,800 at 5.30 pm today.


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Tuesday 17 May 2011
first team news
Paul and Dickie on Seb and the art of goalkeeping

Starting now, we are publishing a series of interviews which were conducted after last Wednesday's play off semi final, second leg.

We begin by focusing on two goalkeepers, first the club's goalkeeping coach, Paul Priddy, and then Dons legend, Dickie Guy.

Paul's interview can be heard by clicking on Paul Priddy.

While Dickie can be heard (still hoarse from the game) by clicking on Dickie Guy.


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Tuesday 17 May 2011
first team news
Terry looks back over four wonderful seasons

With the play off final only four days away, Terry Brown took the opportunity to look back on his four seasons at AFC Wimbledon before the biggest game of the club's existence to date.

"Saturday's play off final seems a perfect time to reflect upon the four seasons since Stuart and I arrived at AFC Wimbledon. The first year for any manager is a difficult one. Entering the Ryman League managing the team with the biggest name and biggest gates is certainly a pressure environment. Thankfully Stuart and I had both experienced this before with Aldershot and this allowed us to be slightly calmer than most of the fan base, who had suffered two back-to-back promotion play off defeats.

"The mentality required from players to play for a team such as AFC Wimbledon has to be a very strong one. We therefore brought in players such as Jason Goodliffe, Jake Leberl, Rob Quinn and, of course, Marcus Gayle, in addition to the young and talented players I inherited from Dave Anderson. We were pitched up against a very strong Chelmsford side that year who deservedly won the title and it left us, as most of you will remember, with a tricky away play off final at Staines,

"My recollection of the final is probably similar to your own as I watched a pretty painful 80 minutes and a wonderful, majestic ten minutes to finish. The substitutes helped to win it on the day and, as always, a little bit of Lady Luck was required. A year of frustrated football tasted a lot sweeter after those magical ten minutes.

"The calibre and mindset of players required to get you out of the Ryman League is different to those players required to win the Blue Square South. A promising pre-season with several new faces took us into our first game of the season at Newport and I can't ever remember one game that single-handedly shaped our season as much as that one. I went there as a manager thinking this will be one of the most difficult games of the season and came away thinking 'we could win this title'. I know it sounds ridiculous to place so much emphasis on one game, but that was just how I felt.

"Some of the football we played that year, with fantastic contributions by Jon Main and Tony Finn, was as good as I could ever have hoped for. Some of the early games in particular, with late winners against Bognor and Thurrock, still stay with me today. The club's highlights package, put together by Charlie Kemp, is still regular viewing in my household.

"The mid season arrival of Danny Kedwell, after a scouting mission by Erik Samuelson and me (editor's note - this is the type of flattery that Terry uses every time he wants to sign a new player), bolstered the squad and allowed us those memorable scenes away to Hampton and at home to St Albans. Promotion into the Blue Square Premier would always mean a change of personnel. After discussions as to a longer term plan towards building a side capable of competing in the Football League the policy was always going to be to play football but to bring in younger players we would be able to mould into the kind of side we were looking for.

"Our first year in the Conference National was better than we really expected and although we knew at the time we were punching above our weight I had hoped that with addition of two or three loan players we could have kicked on into the play offs. The loans proved to be unsuccessful as far as that season was concerned, however we had started to build the nucleus of a young and talented side that would stand us in good stead the following year.

"After another cull in the summer, the start of the season saw the promotion and recruitment of more young players, including Christian Jolley, Ryan Jackson, Fraser Franks and Ed Harris, all of whom played a major part in our good start, and the establishment of Seb Brown as our regular first team goalkeeper with Jack Turner, who was promoted to be Seb's understudy.

"A good FA Cup run coupled with several injuries allowed me to bend Erik's ear to recruit a senior warrior in Jamie Stuart, whose first game I can remember, with him almost single-handedly beating off Darlington on a freezing, unplayable pitch. Shortly afterwards we brought in Gareth Gwillim on loan to replace Chris Bush who had done so well for us that Brentford recalled him. These two signings have allowed two very experienced players to come in and support our very young back four. We also recruited James Mulley who added pace, grit and goals to our midfield. We needed to strengthen the team as, after a successful first part of the season, Sammy Moore and Fraser Franks succumbed to long term injuries that would see them miss the remainder of the season.

"New additions later in the year included Drewe Broughton and Kirk Hudson, the latter of whom never really achieved full fitness. We also benefitted from the re-emergence of the fit again Lee Minshull, who has brought strength, height and power into midfield, and Ricky Wellard who was rejuvenated by his eleven-game stint at Cambridge and brought a calm assurance to midfield.

"After the Crawley fixture where I thought we underperformed on the evening we sat down with the team to explain exactly what was required for promotion. We had ten games left, of which we would aim to win all ten. As with all targets set, the first step can be the most difficult to take and a very unconvincing scrappy win over Rushden and Diamonds at home led us into the run which we are now in.

"Our final throw of the dice was the recruitment of Kaid Mohamed who had really impressed in the 2-2 draw at Bath City. Circumstances with his contract allowed us to recruit Kaid, thanks to the generous assistance of his manager Adie Britton. It took Mo a few weeks to settle in his new role and as he stated to me on his signing, should we get in the play offs he would score goals for us and he has certainly kept his word on that!

"Fine wins against Barrow and Cambridge allowed us to dream of that special day in Manchester. Winning teams tend to be those which aren't changed too often and we were able to pick a fairly settled side from there on in. We went into the Fleetwood semis full of confidence, which showed itself in a very professional away win at Highbury.

"The most nervous times of any play offs are in between the two semi final legs, regardless of the outcome of the first game. If we were going to show any fear or freeze on the night then it would have been at home in the second leg. Thankfully I needn't have worried as the players approached the game at a fantastic tempo which saw us secure the tie within 28 minutes and allowed us the breathing space to play our football for the remainder of the game.

"When we played Luton at the start of the season at Kenilworth Road we had a very young and talented side that would benefit from the experience of a 3-0 defeat. We go into Saturday's play off final with the benefit of several quality signings added to that young side and if the training I've witnessed this week is anything to go by, we go into Saturday's game full of confidence and knowing we are in the best form of our lives - the boys can't wait to get to Manchester."


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Tuesday 17 May 2011
club news
Luxury Coach

If there is sufficient interest we will be running a 32 seater luxury coach to the play-off final on Saturday The coach has 8 tables, wi-fi, servery, 2 fridges, a microwave and toilet.

The coach will leave Kingsmeadow at 8.30 am and the cost is £45. If you have already booked one of the supporters' coaches you will be able to upgrade. If you wish to reserve a seat on this coach please call the office on 020 8547 3528 or e mail here

Please note that no alcohol will be allowed on this or any of the supporters' coaches.


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Tuesday 17 May 2011
club news
Delivery of Tickets

We have been informed by Manchester City that the tickets that fans have pre-ordered through us are being delivered to the club tonight.

They will therefore be available for collection from 9.00 am until 8.00 pm on Wednesday 18 May and again from 10.00 am until 4.00 pm on Thursday 19 May and Friday 20 May.

It will not be possible to pick up tickets on Saturday morning before boarding the coach. We understand there will be a collection point at the City of Manchester Stadium and details will be announced later.

We have also been informed that See Tickets have now received the tickets from Manchester City and they will be sending out the tickets booked through them to our fans today by 1st class post.


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Monday 16 May 2011
club news
Mascot Winner

We are delighted to announce that nine year old Jasmine Bates will be the team’s mascot for this Saturday’s promotion final against Luton Town. Jasmine was selected at random from around 80 entries to the competition held on the Wimbledon official website.

Jasmine is a Paul Strank Stand season ticket holder and will be helping lead out the team alongside her favourite player Danny Kedwell at the City of Manchester Stadium.

Thanks to everybody who entered the competition.


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Monday 16 May 2011
club news
What's happening at Kingsmeadow

The first of this summer's 'What's happening at Kingsmeadow' features is published today. It can be read by clicking on WHAK 2011- number 1.



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Monday 16 May 2011
club news
Club Shop opening hours this week

The Club shop will be open between 6.00 pm and 9.00 pm every evening this week commencing Monday 16 May so you can top up on your 'Yellow & Blue' merchandise before the play-off final in Manchester. It will also be open on the Saturday morning between 7.00 am and 9.00 am before the coaches depart for the City of Manchester Stadium

We now have specially printed T-shirts available for sale. They can be seen by clicking T-shirt - front or T-shirt - back.

Sizes range from Small to XXL.

There will be other new items of merchandise available before we depart for Manchester. We encourage everyone to buy their merchandise from the Club shop and/or from Official Club retail points which will be announced in due course. There are likely to be lots of pirate goods offered to you at the stadium - please support the club by buying from official outlets, to ensure monies raised continue to benefit our Club.

Mail order will continue as normal but for UK deliveries, Tuesday will be the last day for posting out before the big day. First class orders should arrive by Friday subject to stock levels and the postal system.


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Saturday 14 May 2011
dons trust news
Summary of the DT Board Meeting held 12 May 2011

The main focus of the meeting centred on the CEO's report and the 9-month accounts of the Club. This season has gone well off the pitch as well as on the pitch with the FA Cup run and the arrival of the new back of shirt sponsor (thinkFOLIO) being key contributors. There was a lively discussion over admission prices for next season in the event that we get promoted; it was agreed that there will be some increases if we achieve promotion although it should be noted that season tickets presently remain on sale at current prices. Other topics addressed included:

- the feasibility of introducing a "Development Squad" for next season under Marcus Gayle to better bridge the gap between the youth academy and the first team
- the selection of our preferred supplier for the CRM system
- further work on the feasibility of the new stadium project in Merton
- the success of the Mumford & Sons fundraising gig for the DT at New Wimbledon Theatre

On completion of normal business the Board had a debate about the pricing of the Conference Play-Off Final in Manchester. The Board reaffirmed its unhappiness with the extremely high prices and. in particular, the very limited applicability and availability of concessions. Whilst we fully supported the representations made to the Conference over these issues it was confirmed that there was little that could be done as the pricing structure was in accordance with the signed contract made with Manchester City earlier in the season.

The Board also managed to find time to watch the last few minutes of the annual match between the Club staff (led from the front by Terry Brown) and our main sponsors, Sports Interactive. The Dons improved on previous years' performances by winning 5-1 with a line up that included Marcus Gayle, Ivor Heller and Nigel Higgs.


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Saturday 14 May 2011
club news
Ticket arrangements for play-off final and other information

WHEN? Saturday 21 May, kick-off 3.00 pm.

WHERE? The final will be played at Eastlands, the City of Manchester Stadium.

WILL THE GAME BE TELEVISED? Yes. Premier Sports will be screening the Promotion Final live.

WHAT IS OUR TICKET ALLOCATION? We have been allocated an initial 13,500 seats in the North and West Stand. In addition, we will have a small number of executive hospitality tickets for sale in the West Stand and a handful of executive boxes for groups of 10 or 20. For further details please see the news item dated 13 May.

WHEN DO TICKETS GO ON SALE? Tickets are now on sale but they will not be physically sent out until Monday.

HOW MANY CAN I BUY? There is no limit to the number of tickets that can be purchased.

ARE THE CLUB SELLING TICKETS? No. The Football Conference have appointed a third-party agency, See Tickets, to sell the tickets.

HOW DO I BUY THEM? In two ways: 1. Online via www.seetickets.com/wimbledon or by calling See Tickets on 0844 854 1361. However, you are advised that it will be quicker if you use the online booking.

HOW MUCH WILL THEY COST ME? Both Luton Town and Wimbledon have been talking to the Football Conference about the pricing arrangements. At a Conference meeting on Thursday the Board was notified that the arrangements that follow were in the contract with the City of Manchester Stadium which had been signed. There are three pricing levels. Level 1 prices are £36 for adults and £18 for Under-16s. Level 2 prices are £41 with no concessions. Level 3 prices are £36 with no concessions. Level 3 tickets will only be released if there is a demand for them but will not have any concession pricing so please book early if you intend to take children.

ARE THERE ANY ADDITIONAL FEES? Unfortunately, yes. Each ticket carries a £3 booking charge for adults and a £1.50 booking charge for concessions. Postage of tickets costs £2.25 for first class mail or £5.25 for recorded delivery.

CAN I BOOK A GROUP BOOKING? If you are in a group of 10 or more wishing to block book, you are advised to make your booking by phone on 0844 854 1361.

WHERE WILL WE BE SITTING? Dons fans have been allocated the north and west parts of the stadium. Although we hope to hear all our fans singing our cup final song “We are Wimbledon”, there is a designated singing area behind the goal, which you should ask for when you book.

WHAT IF I LOSE MY TICKET? Duplicate tickets to replace those lost will only be sent out by See Tickets if they are sent (and lost) by recorded delivery.

ARE THERE HOSPITALITY PACKAGES AVAILABLE? Yes. Details will be announced soon

WHAT COLOURS WILL WE WEAR? We will be wearing our usual home strip of all blue. Official merchandise will be available from the club shop and a further announcement will be made.


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Friday 13 May 2011
club news
Hospitality at the promotion final

We are pleased to offer two hospitality packages for the Football Conference promotion final on Saturday 21 May, at the City of Manchester Stadium, kick off 3.00 pm.

The Mancunian Suite

We have 200 individual packages available to us in The Mancunian Suite. The package comprises a three course lunch, featuring a hot and cold buffet, the seat for the game and a complimentary programme. Tables for the Mancunian Suite can be configured as you wish, for between four and ten guests.

The seated area for guests allows you to watch the game from close to the halfway line, behind the Directors’ Box. There will be a cash bar available after the game.

To add to the occasion, the lunch will be hosted by Dons legend Dave Bassett, accompanied by some of the famous names from our history.

The packages are available at £150 each, including VAT, and can be bought by calling the club’s office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm or by emailing Hospitality.

Dress for the Mancunian Suite is smart casual, no sports wear, blue jeans or trainers.

Platinum boxes

We have up to ten boxes available for this game. A box comprises either 10 or 20 places and the package includes a three course buffet and complimentary drinks.

The price is £195 + VAT. The box is sold as a total package and therefore all 10 places must be paid for, so the total prices are £1,950 + VAT and £3,900 + VAT.

A Platinum Box can be booked calling the club’s office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm or by emailing Hospitality.


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Friday 13 May 2011
club news
Dons Draw results for May

The May Dons Draw took place this morning at Kingsmeadow.

Winning numbers were drawn in the presence of Erik Samuelson (AFC Wimbledon Chief Executive), Neil Messenbird (Dons Draw Administrator) and David Charles (AFC Wimbledon Club Secretary).

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

First prize of £1,000 - ticket 3365 - Michael Pressland SM4

Second prize of £500 - ticket 2813 - Martin Allen-Smith EX11

Third prize of £250 - ticket 1212 - Elaine Jeater CM4

Fourth prize of £150 - ticket 4082 - Simon English SW17

Fifth prize of £100 - ticket 3499 - Steve Bright SM4

Sixth prize of £75 - ticket 3822 - Andrew Browning KT12

Congratulations to all six prize winners..

The next Dons Draw will take place on or around 15 June 2011 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 2011 Dons Draw is 8.00pm 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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Friday 13 May 2011
club news
Shop opening times and special play off final merchandise

The Club shop will be open between noon and 3.00 pm tomorrow, Saturday 14 May 2011, prior to the FA Cup final being shown in the Main bar. This is one of the few opportunities you will have, prior to the play-off final in Manchester, to top up on your 'Yellow & Blue' merchandise. If you require shirt printing, this will also be available.

We expect to have specially printed T-shirts available for sale at the shop. They can be seen by clicking on T-shirt - front and T-shirt - back.

There will be new items of other merchandise available before we depart for Manchester and we will announce the next opening date(s) when it arrives. We encourage everyone to buy their merchandise from the Club shop and/or from Official Club retail points as announced. There are likely to be lots of pirate goods offered to you at the stadium - please support the club by buying from official outlets, to ensure monies raised continue to benefit our Club.

Mail order will continue as normal but for UK deliveries, Tuesday will be the last posting out day before the big day. First class orders should arrive by Friday subject to stock levels and the postal system.'


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Friday 13 May 2011
club news
Deadline for reduced price season tickets approaches

There is still time to get a season ticket at this season's prices - the deadline is Friday 20 May.

If you are renewing, please return your form and payment with any necessary amendments to the club's office. If you are a new applicant, you can download a form by clicking on season tickets or by clicking on the 'Season Ticekts' button on this site's home page.

Don't forget that you can pay in monthly direct debit payments for one year season tickets. The guidance and application forms can be found at the above link.

When you apply for your season ticket, please also consider joining the Dons Draw. With the play off final only a week away planning is well underway for next season – whichever league we find ourselves in.

Our first year of having a full-time squad has seen us do better than many of us had dared hope. This success however comes at a cost, both in wages and infrastructure. The Dons Trust fundraising team thanks all of you who are already Dons Draw ticket holders for your continued support.

To those of you who are not members of the Dons Draw, please consider signing up.

The money the Dons Draw raises is vital in allowing the club to invest in the squad - without it those funds would have to go towards meeting our Barclays loan repayments.

The draw has the advantage of both raising funds for the club and giving every fan who enters the chance to win £1,000 every month. Last year alone the Draw paid out £24,900 to fans.

Signing up can be done for as little as £2 a month, in two easy ways:

1) Click on join here and sign up online via the secure website

2) Click on Dons Draw, print out the form from the web site and return it in the post to the club, or hand it in at the Complimentary Tickets window on a match day (in both cases marked for my attention). In case you are worried about sending bank details by mail, the information we require is no more than your bank would send you with your monthly bank statement.

If you are already a member of the draw and wish to increase the number of tickets you have please email Dons Draw, or we can be contacted via the club on 020 8547 3528.

Good luck to all those who enter!

Each lottery ticket costs £2 and you can buy just one ticket if you wish. Entrants must be aged 16 or over, with a bank account. The Dons Draw is a monthly lottery run by the Dons Trust and registered with, and authorised by, the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. The draw takes place on or around the 15th of each month. To minimise costs (and maximise the prizes and fundraising) the draw is run by direct debit mandate. Full details are available in the Dons Trust, Dons Draw section of the AFC Wimbledon website.


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Friday 13 May 2011
club news
Fleetwood Town highlights on AFC Wimbledon TV

To view the highlights of Wednesday night's win against Fleetwood Town, click on Fleetwood play off - second leg.




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Thursday 12 May 2011
club news
Terry talks after the Fleetwood game

To view Terry's thoughts on the Fleetwood game, click on Terry on Fleetwood.

For the audio only version click on Terry on Fleetwood - audio only




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Thursday 12 May 2011
club news
Special Travel and Ticket Combined Offer

Seat and coach travel bundle

We know that many fans are struggling to meet the cost of travel to Manchester on top of the ticket prices and so we are making a special offer.

We have over 600 tickets that we can sell directly and we are offering these in a bundle with reduced price coach tickets, as follows:

Adult ticket in Tier 1, plus coach travel £51

Under 16 plus coach travel, £33

These may only be bought as a bundle – we will not sell the tickets separate from the coach.

By buying from the club you will avoid agency fees and postage costs and the only additional charge will be the transaction charge of £1.50 if you buy on line.

The seat and coach bundles may be bought online here (or click on ‘Buy Tickets Online Here’ on the home page of this site) or by visiting the office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on a weekday to pay for and reserve your seats – we don’t yet have physical possession of the tickets so they will have to be collected from the club from Tuesday onward. You can buy a maximum of ten such bundles at once. The reference to buying seats on the credit card hotline is incorrect and there will be no sales taken by phone.

Coach travel

We are offering discounted coach travel at £15 per person for the first 300 fans to book. This price causes the club a loss so after the first 300 we will revert to the full price of £20, on which the club makes a small loss.

You can book a place on the coach online (follow the link described above) or by visiting the office on a weekday between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm.

You are not issued a ticket for the coach, however you will be required to bring your confirmation email with you. Bookings made at the same time will all be allocated on to the same coach.

We are sorry but we cannot take telephone bookings.



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Thursday 12 May 2011
club news
Mascot for promotion final

The club is allowed one mascot, with one guardian, for the promotion final on Saturday 21 May at the City of Manchester stadium.

We have decided to offer the place at no charge (except that the mascot and guardian must purchase their tickets for the game) and invite interested fans to apply by email to mascot. Please put the word 'Mascot' in the subject line of the email.

Please include contact details and the name and age of the mascot who must be at least five and not more than twelve years old.

Applications must be made no later than midnight on Sunday 15 May. The successful mascot will be chosen by a draw to be held on Monday 16 May.


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Thursday 12 May 2011
club news
Dons power on to Manchester

It took only 30 seconds for any uncertain Wimbledon fans to realise that it realy is going to happen - the Dons are off to the promotion final at the City of Manchester Stadium.

Almost straight from the kick off, Kaid Mohamed brushed aside two challenges and carefully placed the ball into the net at the Kingston Road End to set the Dons on their way to a 6-1 demolition of Fleetwood Town. A goal by Danny Kedwell and a second frmo Mohamed made the aggregate lead 5-0 at half time.

Fleetwood reorganised at half time making two substitutions and they pulled a goal back when Seb Brown's save from Sean Clancy was pushed into his own net by Brett Johnson as he stretched to clear, under challenge from Gareth Seddon. Brown had earlier made three fine saves as Fleetwood fought to get back into the game.

Mohamed scored his third goal of the evening after a fine move which ended in the ball rebounding around the goal mouth before he killed off Fleetwood's short-lived renaissance. On came Christian Jolley and James Mulley to add to the score line, with Mulley's goal the pick of the six.

And so Wimbledon paraded round Kingsmeadow after the game to a rapturous reception from the fans, many of whom stayed on to talk about a sublime performance to reach the promotion final.

A full report and highlights will follow later.


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Wednesday 11 May 2011
club news
Mark De Bolla and that free kick

When Dons fans think about play-offs, they usually remember Jon Main’s second (and the team’s third) goal against Hornchurch three years ago, or the free-kick by Mark de Bolla which won the final in a late, highly dramatic turnaround.

So we thought we’d catch up with Mark. We found him, now settled in Florida. Why Florida? “My parents have settled here and opened a pub and restaurant*,” he told us. The lifestyle here is great, and while I’ll visit Britain from time to time, I don’t think I’ll be coming back there to settle.”

Mark still plays, but, as has happened to so many Dons in recent years, he tore an anterior cruciate ligament in his knee. As the operation to repair it is so expensive, and it is only a partial tear, he has decided just to play on part time, on Sundays. Not surprisingly, football is different in America, and Mark plays for an amateur team whose players train twice a week. “It’s a good team, but to get into a league we need money – there are no promotions or relegations, you just need $100,000 to get into a league.”

What does Mark remember about his time at Wimbledon? “I joined from Ebbsfleet. I hadn’t been enjoying my football there, so I spoke to Rob Quinn and asked him if he could get me into Wimbledon. I started off really well and scored on my debut, against Hendon in the FA Trophy, and my goalscoring record was pretty good.”

Two weeks after his debut, Mark scored a stunning 30-yard goal in the demolition of a very strong Chelmsford team, and everything seemed to be going his way until the home league fixture against the same team, when he was man the Clarets marked, and the Dons went down 1-0. Jeff King, the Chelmsford manager, reputedly tipped everyone off that the way to stop Wimbledon play was to man-mark their playmaker.

“That’s not quite how I remember it,” said Mark. “A couple of weeks after I joined, Terry Brown signed Jon Main and I was moved out to play on the wing to accommodate a new shape. I’m not a wide player and it doesn’t suit me. After that I felt I didn’t get much of a chance, and there was a bit of a falling-out. I was frustrated with being played wide – it wasn’t what I’d expected, and I asked to go on loan.”

Mark knew that Bromley were interested in him, and he knew their management team of Simon Osborn and Bobby Bowry, so he joined them on loan. “I wasn’t bitter – that’s football, and things change. It was a shame as I’d had a great time at Wimbledon and I’m still in touch with some of the players – I keep in touch with Jon Main, for example.”

While he was at Bromley, towards the end of the season, Mark was sent off. “Six games before the end of the season, I went over in the box,” he explained. “The player stood over me, and when I got up he made as if I’d head-butted him. In those days the suspensions kicked in after a week, and in the meantime I was sent off for two yellows – late challenges – so I got a ban of three matches plus one, and my season was over.”

But it wasn’t, because Bromley had three games left and the Hornchurch semi-final was the fourth after Mark’s ban began. Why was he picked to be on the bench for the final? “Apparently, Simon Bassey told Terry that I can change games and pointed out my goalscoring record. He didn’t tell me for certain, but on the Thursday he said to me, ‘Let’s do some running. You never know, you might be on the bench.’ And that’s how it happened.”

Mark remembers the day very well. “When we were warming up it was a good atmosphere, there was a buzz. But we went 1-0 down and it was nerve-wracking. It wasn’t our best performance. Then I was warming up and I was told I was going on. Bass said, ‘Go on, take your chance, make something happen’ – and I was out there.

“I was told to take all the set pieces, and when we equalised I realised we had a chance to nick it. I remember the free-kick very well. I just had a feeling – I felt really confident. It’s an art, taking a free-kick. But I’d scored five out of about twelve goals at Ebbsfleet from set pieces.

“I think Nick McDonnell was on the end of the wall, where I wanted to put the ball. I told him to move. I sent the ball round the inside of the wall, where he’d been standing, into the corner of the net. I ran to Bass, as I felt he’d been my champion amid all my troubles, and jumped on him.

“After that, the last five minutes seemed to drag. We were under quite a lot of pressure, and it felt like 25 minutes, but we held on and then there was a great celebration.

“I was released on the Monday. Looking back, I’ve got mixed feelings. I thought I was going to be part of the future, but it wasn’t meant to be. But let me stress that there are no hard feelings at all. Overall I had a great time. The end was one of the best moments I’ve ever had, and it will stay with me for the rest of my life. My best moment in football, no question.”

Mark is settled now, but very happy to welcome fans to his family's pub and restaurant. “It’s midway between Tampa and Orlando, so lots of fans must be close at different times. Tell them from me I’d love to see them. And that there could be no better thing than to see AFC Wimbledon back in the league. Good luck to you all.”

* Mark and his parent’s pub and restaurant is The Red Lion in Lake Hamilton, Florida.



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Wednesday 11 May 2011
club news
Matchday arrangements - pizza is back and bar opening times

Tickets and access

The game is sold out and no tickets will be on sale on the door. We do not expect to get any returns.

The turnstiles will open at 6.45 pm. Because the game is a sell out, we strongly advise fans to enter the stadium promptly, to avoid long queues and possibly missing the kick off.

Pre-ordered tickets

Pre-ordered tickets can be collected from the complimentary tickets window next to the players’ entrance, from about 5.30 pm.

Bars

The bars will open at 5.00 pm and are open both to Wimbledon and Fleetwood Town fans before the game. A decision will be made on the day about whether or not there will be access to the bars for away fans after the game. The bars will stay open until midnight.

Food

After the enormous success of the pizza stand, it will be available again today from 5.00 pm onwards The four outlets within the stadium will be operating as usual, from when the turnstiles open at 6.45 pm.

Club shop

The club shop will open from 6.30 pm until just before kick off, but not after the game.

Segregation

Full segregation will be in place for the game, with Fleetwood Town fans directed to the north end of the John Smith's stand.

Entering the ground

Fleetwood Town fans will enter through turnstiles 7 and 8. These turnstiles are accessed via the residential car park which is, in turn, entered from Jack Goodchild Way.

Wimbledon fans will enter via turnstiles 4, 5 and 6 for the Tempest End and the southern end of the John Smith’s stand (i.e. furthest away from the Kingston Road end). For the Kingston Road end, Wimbledon fans will enter via turnstiles 1, 2 and 3.

Parking and public transport

As usual, parking will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please take care and drive slowly when entering the car park.

You can park in some surrounding streets but please do so considerately.


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Wednesday 11 May 2011
club news
Tonight's game is sold out

There are no more tickets available for the game tonight against Fleetwood Town and there will be no tickets available tonight at the turnstiles.


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Tuesday 10 May 2011
club news
Play off build up - relive our last semi final home game on AFC Wimbledon TV

The day before our play off semi final second leg, we thought you'd enjoy a brief trip down memory lane to the previous time we hosted a play off game at Kingsmeadow.

To view the highlights of that game, click on Hornchurch play off semi final.


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Tuesday 10 May 2011
first team news
Terry - 'we will be positive and look to win the tie'

With training over for the day we spoke to Terry Brown, who is very optimistic about tomorrow's play off semi final second leg but stressed that the team will not succumb to overconfidence after the 2-0 win in the first leg at Fleetwood.

"After Friday night's good victory and pleasant journey home, you find yourself waking up on a Saturday morning in a state of limbo with five days left to contemplate if two goals is ever enough. Of course we can look back and think we could have wrapped it up with one or two of the chances that were missed but it must be remembered that Fleetwood came back strongly and could have nicked a goal or two themselves.

"We can only enter the game in a positive manner looking to win the home tie as well as the away one. We have played in this fashion all season and it is a pattern that has served us well this year.

"Having reviewed the DVD there are obvious strengths and weaknesses on both sides. The key to our recent good form has been the tempo and work rate that the players are putting in, not just in games but in recent training sessions. There is a buoyant but not overconfident mood among the players and they are looking to complete the job on Wednesday.

"The three players who received knocks at Fleetwood are responding well to treatment and we are hopeful that we will have our strongest squad to choose from. The depth and strength of our squad has been a vital factor over the last two months and there is possibly more quality on my bench now than I've had at any stage of the season so far."


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Tuesday 10 May 2011
club news
After party tickets on sale now for End of Season dinner!

We are pleased to announce that tickets for the after party for this year’s End of Season Party, kindly sponsored by Sports Interactive, are now on sale. This year’s event takes place on Saturday 28 May at the stadium.

Due to limited space in the back bar, the speeches will be broadcast live into the middle bar and shown on the big screen for after party guests.

The End of Season Dinner is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate another great season in the history of the club with the players, management staff and your fellow fans.

There will also be a disco in the middle bar which will be open both to dinner guests and after party guests.

The middle bar will be open from 8.00 pm with the speeches expected to start around 9.30 pm - 10.00 pm. The Champions League final will be shown at 8pm and we expect the disco to start at around 10.30 pm-11.00 pm with the bar closing at 1.00 am. All these timings are subject to delay on the night.

Tickets cost £10 each and can be purchased here under 'Special Events'. Tickets are selling out fast so make sure you book soon to avoid disappointment.



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Tuesday 10 May 2011
dons trust news
Fundraising: A Little Extra

With less than a month to go until the Velo and Blue team sets off on its marathon cycle ride to Paris, we are pleased to announce that Dons goalkeeping legend Andy Little is also taking part in the ride.

Lottery tickets can now be purchased online for the Velo and Blue lottery. If you are aged 16 or over, and would like the chance to win £324 and support this fundraising venture, then email fundraising giving your name and stating the number of tickets you would like to buy at £2.00 each. You will then be emailed with details of how to pay online (either via credit card or Paypal) and, following payment, you will receive an email with your ticket numbers.

As a reminder of what the Velo and Blue project is all about, a group of cyclists featuring Dons legends Marcus Gayle and Andy Little, club physio Mike Rayner, kit man Robin Bedford, Velo and Blue stalwarts Russell Smith and Tom Woolgar and a number of others will be setting off from Kingsmeadow on 2 June for a three day cycle to Paris of approximately 300 miles.

The project they are working for this year will be some ground improvements which will make a real difference to the matchday experience of our disabled fans. During the summer, the intention is to raise the disabled area at the north end of the Paul Strank stand, so improving the view from this area, and to build a ramp to create wheelchair access to it.

The fundraising for these improvements will be raised via a lottery. Tickets are priced at £2 each, and the draw will be made on 4 June, when the Velo and Blue team arrive in Paris. The prize for the winning ticket is £324 (corresponding to the height, in metres, of the Eiffel Tower).

The estimated cost of the improvements to the disabled section of the main stand is £7,000 and we are hoping to raise all of it from the Velo and Blue lottery.

The Velo and Blue lottery is organised by The Dons Trust , under its registration with the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. Purchasers of tickets must be at least 16 years of age.


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Monday 09 May 2011
youth news
Success for the youth teams

Last week at Molesey FC the Under-15s were runners-up to Wycombe Wanderers HDC in the Surrey Youth League Cup, falling to a fantastic late strike to lose 1-0. The boys dominated the first half but failed to find the net. The second half was more Wycombe’s, and their 25-yard shot that went in off the crossbar was enough to secure the trophy, despite a late fightback by the Dons.

At mini-soccer level, the Junior Academy Under-9 B team won their league cup, defeating Stoneleigh Athletic 4-3 with goals from Harry Taylor, Ricky Johnson and Diego Leyenda (2).

Last Sunday at Chipstead FC the Under-16s clinched the Surrey Youth Cup, beating local rivals Hook Youth 3-1 in a closely fought match. The Dons got off to a perfect start with a superb Charlie Craig effort that curled into the top corner from 25 yards; Hook equalised from a free-kick. In what turned into a fiercely competitive game, the young Dons broke the deadlock with some quality play down the wings resulting in two goals deep into the second half from substitute Dejaun Best.

In the last of the boys’ cup finals, also at Chipstead last Sunday, the Under-14s completed their second successive treble. The first goal came early for Wimbledon through a brilliantly executed reverse header from Egli Kaja. In what was another closely fought match, opponents Netherne Falcons battled their way back into contention, and a spirited second-half spell led to an own goal by the Wimbledon defence. Extra time seemed likely, but the Dons were not to be denied, and Daniel Haines got on the end of a defence-splitting ball from Billy Frost and lobbed the advancing keeper for what proved to be the decisive act of the game.

Well done to all our teams.


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Monday 09 May 2011
club news
More tickets on sale in the John Smith's Stand

Following discussions with officials at Fleetwood Town, a further 300 terrace tickets have become available for sale for home fans in the John Smith's Stand for our 2nd leg play-off semi-final on Wednesday 11 May, kick-off 7.45 pm.

Prices are Adults £14, Concessions £7 and Under-16s £2. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the club offices today up to 4.00 pm and between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm tomorrow. They can also be bought at the online ticket shop, accessed via the front page of this website.

Any tickets ordered online can be collected from the complimentary tickets window before the game on Wednesday. Additionally, any tickets ordered already with a reference number of 10015 and higher will not be sent out by post but can be collected before the game.

There will be no telephone sales.


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Monday 09 May 2011
club news
After party for Mumford and Sons tonight

Although the Mumford and Sons gig is sold out for tonight, you can still party with the band at the after party being held in the Watershed on Wimbledon Braodway.
The party will start from about 10.30pm and the band themselves will be DJing.
Tickets cost £15 and can be purchased here but will also be available on the door.
There will also be an after show party hosted by AFC Wimbledon at Cento, directly across the Broadway from the theatre, also starting at about 10.30pm.



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Sunday 08 May 2011
youth news
Surrey Youth Cup Finals at Chipstead FC

Today two of the boys' youth teams are in the final of the Surrey County Cup to be held at Chipstead FC, High Road, Chipstead, Surrey, CR5 3SF.

At 11am the U16 face Hook Youth and at 2pm the U14 take on Netherne Falcons. The U14 are going for the treble of Surrey Youth League, League Cup and County Cup.

The boys will be looking to finish their season on a high and it would be great if some fans are able to get down and show their support.




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Sunday 08 May 2011
club news
Terry Brown interviewed after the Fleetwood game

After the play off semi final first leg we caught up briefly with Terry Brown. His interview can be heard by clicking on Terry on Fleetwood.


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Friday 06 May 2011
club news
From the team hotel

As the team relaxed before setting off for tonight's semi final play off game at Fleetwood, we spoke to Terry Brown. He told us first about last night when he and Stuart went across to The Racecourse Ground to watch the Wrexham v Luton game.

"The match was very exciting and enjoyable. It started very evenly but the two superb early strikes from Luton effectively knocked Wrexham off their stride and then they struggled. The goals really were special, the 30 yard drive from Lawless in particular, followed by a fine shot from a narrow angle by Gnapka.

When the third goal went it, I thought Wrexham might fold, but credit to them as they came out in the second half and had a real go and could perhaps have pulled a goal back. It will, obviously, take something special for them to get back into this at Kenilworth Road.

For us the key message is that we need to come away from tonight still in the game. But the team is ready, they are all fit and can't wait to get started. I'm sure they will do us proud, shouted on by the travelling fans."


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Friday 06 May 2011
club news
A memory of Radio WDon from times past

In honour of the many Dons fans who will be watching or listening to the play off semi final from afar we are reprinting an article about the problems and pleasures of remote listening, written at the time of the Ryman League play offs.

To read the article, click on Listening from afar.


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Thursday 05 May 2011
club news
Office Closed On Friday

With office staff going to the match at Fleetwood Town to support the team the office will be closed on Friday 6 May and the telephones will therefore not be answered. Please leave a message on the answer phone and we will get back to you on Monday morning. The office will reopen at 10.00 am on Monday.


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Thursday 05 May 2011
club news
Wimbledon leave for Fleetwood

Following a short training session on the Kingsmeadow pitch this morning, the team have been travelling up to Fleetwood today ahead of tomorrow night’s match. A selection of pictures taken during the day can be seen by clicking on the links below:

Ryan Jackson and Lee Minshull practising pass and move

Brett Johnson and Steven Gregory chat during the warm up

Captain Danny Kedwell leads the way

The team relax during the long journey

Ricky Wellard and Jack Turner have a quick muscle stretch during a stop



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Thursday 05 May 2011
club news
Play-off Game At Kingsmeadow Sold Out

Our play-off semi-final game against Fleetwood Town on Wednesday 11 May is now sold out.

However, we may be getting some terrace returns from Fleetwood so please watch this website for further announcements on Sunday evening.


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Thursday 05 May 2011
club news
Blue Square Bet Premier live play-off Semi-Final 1st Leg previews by Alan Alger from Blue Square

Thursday 5th May 7.45pm – WREXHAM v LUTON TOWN – live on Premier Sports

Wrexham got the better of Luton over two games in the regular season including a live Premier Sports match at The Racecourse back in November when a defensive howler gifted the home side a 1-0 win in blustery conditions. The sides also met on the final day of the season when Dragon’s boss Dean Saunders, with one eye on this match, rested players at Kenilworth Road. They took on a Luton side which wouldn’t be far off the one that Gary Brabin picks on Thursday night and a creditable 1-1 draw suggests that Saunders has plenty of talent at his disposal. Brabin’s side will no doubt put in a different level of effort from a meaningless end of season encounter and that is probably best ignored as a form guide. Wrexham are the 5/4 favourites to get an upper-hand in this first leg, a draw is priced at 12/5 and a Luton win offered at 9/5.

Wrexham have kept nine clean sheets at home this season including matches against champions Crawley Town and Luton (in that 1-0 win). The Hatters finished one place and three points ahead of the Welsh side in the table but there was a huge 37 goal margin in their favour in the goal-difference column. Gary Brabin’s side have a poor record though when travelling to the better teams in the division and only won one match away to their fellow top ten teams in the division. Meeting a defence that is as mean as Wrexham’s away could hold fears for a team that are only 11th in the ‘away goals scored’ table. A repeat of the low scoring affair from last year looks like a good bet and another 1-0 home win is 6/1 on the correct-score market.

Friday 6th May 7.45pm – FLEETWOOD TOWN v AFC WIMBLEDON – live on Premier Sports

Like Luton, AFC Wimbledon have a poor record when travelling away to the better teams in the Blue Square Bet Premier, they also have only one win from trips to their fellow top ten teams. They did draw the regular season version of this fixture back in January and were also winners against their semi-final opponents in the game at Kingsmeadow. The Wombles also come into the play-offs in great form – seven games unbeaten and only three goals conceded in over 700 minutes of league football. Only three teams have gone to Fleetwood this season and taken all three points – including Crawley and Luton. Micky Mellon’s team do not concede many goals at home so it will be tough for Terry Brown’s team to break them down in this first match. A home win is priced at 6/5, the draw is 12/5 and the Londoners are the 12/5 outsiders.

All four of last year’s play-off semi-final matches featured under 2.5 goals and I can’t disagree with having that bet for this match at Highbury Stadium. It’s 4/5 that we see reduced goalmouth action as the teams realise how near they are to the prize of League 2 football. A goalless draw is priced at 8/1 and that also looks a fair bet in the circumstances. Fleetwood are 13/8 to keep a clean sheet and that may also be a good way of getting with a low scoring outcome. Magno Vieira was one of few first teamers to appear in Fleetwood’s starting line-up at Cambridge United on Saturday and he is 4/1 to open the scoring on the night. Danny Kedwell is the shortest priced away player at 6/1 on the same market.


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Thursday 05 May 2011
club news
After party tickets for End of Season dinner on sale now!

We are pleased to announce that tickets for the after party for this year’s End of Season Party, kindly sponsored by Sports Interactive, are now on sale. This year’s event takes place on Saturday 28 May at the stadium.

Due to limited space in the back bar, the speeches will be broadcast live into the middle bar and shown on the big screen for after party guests.

The End of Season Dinner is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate another great season in the history of the club with the players, management staff and your fellow fans.

There will also be a disco in the middle bar which will be open both to dinner guests and after party guests.

The middle bar will be open from 8.00 pm with the speeches expected to start around 9.30 pm - 10.00 pm. The Champions League final will be shown at 8pm and we expect the disco to start at around 10.30 pm-11.00 pm with the bar closing at 1.00 am. All these timings are subject to delay on the night.

Tickets cost £10 each and can be purchased here under 'Special Events'.




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Wednesday 04 May 2011
club news
Play off home leg - ticket update

After a constant stream of purchases today, on line and by visitors, the situation is as follows:

. Paul Strank Stand - we have a handful of single tickets left for sale

. Kingston Road End - we have allocated a number of tickets for youth team players. Once these are taken into account, there are none left for sale. We are awaiting feedback as to how many are actually needed - if they are not all taken up, we may be able to release a few at a later date

. Tempest End - sold out

. John Smith's Stand - we have about 100 tickets left for sale

If you want to see the game, we strongly suggest that you buy tickets on line now.


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Wednesday 04 May 2011
club news
This is your captain speaking

We interviewed Dons skipper Danny Kedwell after the Grimsby game, when he told us about the spirit in the camp and how he sees his role in the play offs.

To hear the interview, click on Danny Kedwell.


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Wednesday 04 May 2011
club news
Final call for Fleetwood away tickets and update on home ticket availability

Tickets for the away leg of the Fleetwood game will be withdrawn from online sale at 6.00 pm today, Wednesday. After that time we will not be selling any more. However, Fleetwood officials have told us that tickets will be available on the door on Friday night.

Anyone who buys on line before 6.00 pm today will need to come to collect their tickets tomorrow, Thursday, between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm. If this is not possible, you should call the office on 020 8547 3528, also between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm. Please note that the office will not be open for ticket sales, home or away, on Friday.

We have sold about 530 of our allocation of just under 1,000 tickets for the away leg of the semi final.

Tickets for the home leg, next Wednesday 11 May, remain on sale, but please note:

. We are not selling tickets from the office on Friday but they will be availble on line
. There are only a handful of seats left and all of these are 'singles'
. At the current rate of sales, the John Smith's stand will sell out within the next 24 hours
. In total we have sold about 3,550 tickets, excluding Fleetwood sales


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Wednesday 04 May 2011
club news
Watch Wrexham v Luton in the main bar on Thursday night

As a warm up for Friday night's play off semi final first leg, why not watch the other two semi-finalists on the large screen on Thursday? You can do so in the company of fellow Dons fans in the main bar.

The programme starts at 7.30pm on Premier Sports TV, with the Luton v Wrexham game kicking off at 7.45 pm.


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Wednesday 04 May 2011
club news
Build up to the play offs - interview with Ian Cooke

As we approach a momentous few days for the club, we continue the build-up by talking to Wimbledon legend Ian Cooke – who scored a club record 297 goals in 615 games for the Dons between 1963 and 1977 – about his take on the play-offs and his memories of the last time we entered the Football League.

To read the interview, click on Ian Cooke on the play offs.


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Tuesday 03 May 2011
club news
Simon Bassey on play offs old and new

Today it is Simon Bassey's turn to talk about former and looming play offs. You can hear his thoughts by clicking on Simon says.

Earlier today a probelm with this site led to the loss of links to interviews with Sam Hatton and Marcus Gayle. They can now be heard by clicking on Sam Hatton and Marcus Gayle respectively.


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Tuesday 03 May 2011
club news
What's happening at Kingsmeadow - play off special

To read a special edition of What's happening at Kingsmeadow, click on WHAK - play off special.


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Tuesday 03 May 2011
club news
AFC Wimbledon fundraiser - Mumford & Sons

We are very pleased to announce that Mumford & Sons will perform at New Wimbledon Theatre in a bid to raise funds for the team. Tickets will go on sale at 11.00 am on Wednesday 4 May. Support comes from Matthew and the Atlas.

AFC Wimbledon are proud to be a club for the fans; this means we take responsibility for our own fundraising ranging from sportsmens' dinners to a Wimbledon to Paris fan bike ride in the Summer.

AFC Wimbledon covers a multitude of community activities. We actively support many charities both in Merton and further afield. We have over 20 youth teams including five girls’ teams, a Community Football Scheme that runs courses all across Merton and also provides coaching at schools such as St Ann’s, a school for young people with severe learning difficulties.

The club is on the verge of a return to the Football League; this has been achieved by sheer hard work and the use of our own resources. Locally educated Mumford & Sons are thrilled to contribute to this wonderful community of fans by performing this gig on the club’s behalf.

Mumford & Sons has become one of the most hardworking and successful young British bands in years. The four young men (two of whom are avid fans of AFC Wimbledon) have enjoyed a fantastic two years of life on the road, resulting in sold-out tours across the globe, in support of their Brit Award winning debut album, Sigh No More. This show precedes the band’s huge Hyde Park show in June with Arcade Fire, and an appearance at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.

AFC Wimbledon are very grateful to everyone who has contributed to making this event happen, in particular ITB (International Talent Booking) and New Wimbledon Theatre.

Ticket details follow

Mumford & Sons + Matthew & The Atlas – Tickets on sale 11.00 am on Wednesday 4 May.
Performance: Monday 9 May, 7.30 pm
Tickets range from £35 - £45 with AFC Wimbledon VIP tickets at £100.

AFC Wimbledon fans have a chance to buy a limited number of tickets before they go on general sale, from 11.00 am today. Please follow the link by clicking on Mumford & Sons - for Wimbledon fans or phone 0844 871 7646.

Tickets: On general sale from 11.00 am Wednesday at New Wimbledon Theatre Box Office, online at Mumford & Sons, or via the theatre’s box office telephone sales number: 0844 871 7646

For press enquiries regarding this event and AFC Wimbledon, please contact Ivor Heller
and for Mumford & Sons, please contact Jon Lawrence.

Mumford & Sons.


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Monday 02 May 2011
club news
Season ticket reservation and price deadline approaches

The deadline for season ticket holders who wish to guarantee an existing seat or terrace place for next season is Friday 20 May. The price guarantee for next season has the same deadline, as explained below.

You can apply for a new or renewed ST by writing to the club, or phoning or visiting the office (phone number 020 8547 3528), between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on a weekday.

Fans who want to buy a season ticket for the first time can download an application form by clicking on season tickets, 2011-12. Application forms to pay by monthly direct debit can be found at the foot of the linked page.

The prices shown on the link are guaranteed, both for one year and five year season tickets (including 'top ups'), so long as your application is received by Friday 20 May. After 20 May, the age for eligibility for a concession ticket becomes 65 and concession prices increase. Prices may also be changed if we win promotion to the Football League - this is currently under review.


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Monday 02 May 2011
club news
Grimsby highlights on AFC Wimbledon TV

Highlights of the Grimsby game are now available on AFC Wimbledon TV by clicking on Grimsby highlights.


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Monday 02 May 2011
club news
Fleetwood home and away tickets on general sale

Tickets for both the away leg of the play off semi final on Friday 6 May and the home leg at Kingsmeadow on Wednesday 11 May are now on general sale.

Terrace tickets for both matches can be purchased at the online ticket shop, accessed via the front page of this website. The reference to buying seats on the credit card hotline is incorrect and there will be no sales taken
by phone.

Seat and terrace tickets can also be purchased by visiting the club offices between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays, from Tuesday 3 May. There is a maximum of four tickets per person.

For the match at Fleetwood, the prices are Adults £15, and concessions and under-16s £10. We have also been given a small number of seat tickets for this game, priced at £18 and £13 respectively.

For the home match, prices are the same as for our league games, namely :

Seats
adults (centre blocks) £18 (outer blocks) £16
concessions £9 and £8
under-16s £5 and £4

Terraces
adults £14
concessions £7
under-16s £2

For the home leg only, postal applications can be made by enclosing an SAE and the relevant payment. Cheques should be made payable to AFC Wimbledon. Tickets will be posted to you but we cannot be responsible for any that are lost in the post - if you would like them to be sent by recorded delivery, please make this clear with your application and include an extra £2.


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Sunday 01 May 2011
club news
Terry after the Grimsby game and Hendon highlights on AFC Wimbledon TV

Terry Brown's post match comments on the Grimsby game are available by clicking on Terry on Grimsby.

An audio-only version can be heard by clicking on Terry on Grimsby - audio only.

Highlights of the Hendon game are also now available on AFC Wimbledon TV by clicking on Hendon highlights.


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Sunday 01 May 2011
club news
Build up to the play offs - interview with Mike Rayner

After the Grimsby game, we asked Mike Rayner to look back over the season and what special steps he is taking to make sure the players are in peak condition for the play off semi final games.

The interview can be heard by clicking on Interview with Mike.


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Sunday 01 May 2011
club news
Build up to the play offs

During the build up to the play off semi final games we will be presenting a series of features, including articles and audio interviews.

The first two features are a report on the meeting held last week for all four semi finalists, at the City of Manchester Stadium, often known as Eastlands. This can be read by clicking on What's happening at Eastlands.

Later today we will feature Mike Rayner, the club's physio, interviewed after the Grimsby game.


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Sunday 01 May 2011
club news
Supporters' coaches to Fleetwood

We are still taking bookings for the supporters' coaches going to Fleetwood on 6 May. The coaches will pick up from The Grove at 11.30 am and from Kingsmeadow at 12 noon. The cost is £10.

Seats on the coach can be booked at the online ticket shop or by calling the club office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.


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