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Thursday 31 May 2012
club news
AFC Motorsport: our team gears up for glory at the TT races

AFC Motorsport’s Leslie Carter believes he has the team in place to create more headlines at the world-famous TT races.

Wimbledon supporter Leslie admits he’s been overwhelmed by the media interest in AFC Motorsport, but it will be a dream come true for him if the club’s blue and yellow colours are thrust onto the podium next Friday. That is when the Isle of Man’s flagship events take place, but the best riders on the planet are already gearing up for success with practice sessions having been held this week, ahead of Saturday’s opening race.

AFC Motorsport, launched in March before our crucial 2-1 win against Dagenham and Redbridge, have recruited two top quality riders. Ben Wylie, the fastest newcomer at the 2009 TT races, is recognised as one of the best around, while Billy Smith is a rising talent who has progressed from the amateur version called the Manx GP.

Leslie, who is joint team manager with his wife Tina, said: “Ben is up there as one of the favourites and we think he will win. I was so lucky to get him. I typed his name into Google and sent him an e-mail, and he said straight away that he would do it. Billy won the Manx GP and he is capable of moving up to the TT races and doing well. In the first practice session the bike had a little hitch, but in the next one we were third fastest on the first lap. With motorsport, it only takes one thing to go wrong and you can be out.

“I did not realise how much pressure there would be and the amount of publicity that we would get. So many people on the island are interested in the link between the club and the racing team. It has got Wimbledon’s name out there and I cannot remember how many interview requests that we have had from the press. But my wife has done so much. She has helped me get sponsorship and sort out the leathers for the event."

Leslie’s JHS Racing Suzuki SV650 Super Twin TT spec bikes are painted in AFC Wimbledon colours and have the club’s logo on the side. Both our riders will be racing for AFC Motorsport in the Lightweight TT race next Friday, though they are competing for other teams in races before that.

Isle of Man-based Leslie, who realised one ambition last summer when he competed in the Manx GP, admitted he owes a debt of gratitude to Mike Richardson, vice president at AFC Wimbledon, for his sponsorship.

“I have known Mike for many years as we have often travelled over for games together,” he added. “I first started going to games when Wimbledon were in the Ryman League after Jon Main had just signed and I have been going since then. I always try and convert people into being Wimbledon fans. I was talking with Mike one day about sport and I told him that I would love to race a bike. It all went on from there. He helped me get a bike to ride in the Manx GP. That did not go great for me, but then I said why don’t we try and get the riders on board to go in the TT races? It is great that we are now in such a prestigious event.”


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Thursday 31 May 2012
club news
AFC Wimbledon Mascots Race staged during celebrations for The Queen

AFC Wimbledon's Community team have brought together the finest mascots in Merton to mark The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

On Saturday, a day when Her Majesty will be attending the Epsom Derby, The Queen's love of horse racing will be celebrated at the Mitcham Carnival.

As part of the London Borough of Merton's official Diamond Jubilee celebrations, our very own Haydon the Womble will take on challengers over a testing course of hurdles and fences. The race, dubbed the "Chariots Of Fur", was won last year by Debra the Zebra, from the Merton Road Safety team. Staged between 2.10pm and 2.30pm by Wimbledon's Community team, the event takes place at Three Kings' Piece, Commonside West, Mitcham.

The Womble Underground Press, AFC Wimbledon's supporter fanzine, have once again supplied the trophies for the winner's podium. Pudsey Bear (Paul Strank Roofing), Sam the Dog (Samuels Estate Agents), Bumper the Mouse (Hollywood Bowl Tolworth) and PCSO Steve (Merton Community Police) will be among the mascots vying for success. However, there is more than pride at stake as competitors will be raising funds for Home Start Merton, a children's charity. Mitcham and Morden estate agents are sponsoring a chosen mascot and with a bucket collection on the day, AFC Wimbledon hope to raise £500 for the charity, which supports young families in difficulty in Merton.

For more information on the event and the mascots taking part, click here


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Thursday 31 May 2012
club news
Club office will be closed from tomorrow

AFC Wimbledon's offices will be closed tomorrow due to unavoidable circumstances.

We will reopen again on Wednesday, 6 June, at 9.30am, after the extended Bank Holiday for The Queen's Jubilee celebrations. During this time, supporters can still leave a message at the club and we will endeavour to respond as quickly as possible. Contact the club by phone on 0208 547 3528 or e-mail by clicking here


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Thursday 31 May 2012
first team news
Your AFC Wimbledon: a dream day at North Greenford

To mark 10 years of AFC Wimbledon, the official website asked readers for their magic moments of the past decade. The response has surpassed expectations, just like AFC Wimbledon securing Football League status in nine years. Many supporters have recalled the early days from the Combined Counties League and the days out to the less fashionable grounds in the Home Counties. For long-time Wimbledon supporter Ian Walker, the 6-2 victory at North Greenford in 2003 is the special one that stands out. The hat-tricks from both Kevin Cooper and Gavin Bolger were goals that Ian felt privileged to see as he almost never saw the match because he was planning his wedding. To read more about that match through the eyes of Ian, click here.


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Wednesday 30 May 2012
first team news
Woking friendly adds to pre-season schedule

AFC Wimbledon have confirmed another pre-season fixture with a trip to Woking on Tuesday, July 24.

The Dons will again take on Blue Square South Champions Woking in the Phil Ledger Memorial Cup, AFC Wimbledon having won the inaugural fixture 4-0 in 2010.

Phil, who passed away earlier that year, served Woking FC in several capacities, including as a player, chairman and life president. He also had a close association with Wimbledon, appearing over 100 times in goal for us during his playing days.

Admission prices for the match will be £10 for Adults, £5 for Concessions, and free for Under-16s. Kick-off will be at 7.45pm.

AFC Wimbledon have so far confirmed the following pre-season fixtures: Reading at home (Saturday, July 14), Bognor Regis Town away (Saturday, 21 July), Woking away (Tuesday, July 24), Preston North End at home (Tuesday, 31 July), West Ham XI at home (Saturday, 4 August), Portsmouth at home (Wednesday, August 8). Ticket details for the matches will be released in due course.


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Wednesday 30 May 2012
club news
Euro 2012 and a night of music at AFC Wimbledon

It may be the close season, but there is still a chance to watch football at AFC Wimbledon with all of England's Euro 2012 matches shown live at the club.

Football never sleeps at The Cherry Red Records Stadium and to celebrate the start of England’s campaign in Euro 2012 against France on Monday, 11 June, the main bar at the stadium will be opening at 3.00pm, offering you a chance to have a warm-up drink before the big kick-off at 5.00pm. All England games will be shown live in full HD on the large screen in the main bar at the stadium.

Our entertainment gets bigger and better on Friday, 15 June, when Hersham punk band Sham 69 feature at Kingsmeadow Live after England's match against Sweden. Party time starts at 3.00pm when the bars open, a BBQ starting at 5.00pm, followed by England’s game against Sweden, kick-off 7.45pm, in the main bar. Tickets for the gig, priced £10, are already selling well so get your tickets now as it will be a great night of football and music. It will be free to watch the football in the main bar. England's final group game against Ukraine on Tuesday, 19 June, will also be shown live, the bars again opening at 5.00pm. Please keep an eye on the official website for further announcements regarding opening times for games.

Tickets for the Sham 69 gig on Friday, 15 June, are available by clicking here and you can also join the mailing list to find out more about future events.


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Wednesday 30 May 2012
first team news
Your AFC Wimbledon: fans cherish our landmark win against Cove

With the official website having had a superb response from AFC Wimbledon fans for their magic moments, we will be featuring a selection of them during the coming weeks. For part two of our series celebrating 10 years of AFC Wimbledon, we rewind back to a victory in the early days of the club. Our 3-2 win against Cove on Saturday, 24 August, 2002, was memorable in more ways than one. It provided a first home league victory since the formation of AFC Wimbledon. However, it is also remembered as a thrilling match by supporters, who watched the Dons twice come from behind through Lee Passmore and Neil Robson, before Lee Sidwell struck a late winner to earn a 3-2 victory. To read the thoughts of AFC Wimbledon fans, Richard Brazier and Edd Paul, click here.


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Wednesday 30 May 2012
first team news
Interview with Terry Brown

For those AFC Wimbledon supporters who missed it, Terry Brown gave an eight-minute interview for BBC Radio London last night.

Terry featured on the radio station's daily sports programme, which was broadcast between 7.00pm and 9.00pm last night. The Dons boss spoke about the "first piece of the jigsaw" with the capture of Curtis Osano, his transfer plans, and how he hopes to move the club forward. To hear the interview, click on Terry audio interview. Terry's interview starts approximately 46 minutes into the programme on the BBC iPlayer link.


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Tuesday 29 May 2012
first team news
Update on players from Terry

Terry Brown says he is working hard on completing more signings this week after bringing in Curtis Osano.

The Dons boss is meeting with several players as he aims to build up his squad for season 2012/13. "As well as signing Curtis, I have been holding talks with players. It has been a very busy week for us so far and we are trying to make some signings if we can. I would like to think that we will go a long way to making those signings this week. We may not nail any more down because it takes a week or two sometimes between holding discussions with a player and actually signing them. However, we are talking to a left-back, two centre-backs and a couple of central midfielders this week. We need to be a little bit patient and secure the best players in terms of value for money."

Terry will tonight feature on BBC Radio London's daily sports programme with Nick Godwin. The show (available on 94.9 FM and on digital radio) runs between 7pm and 9pm and will focus on the clubs in London who have made early moves in the transfer market, along with the sports issues of the day. Terry is expected to be interviewed between 7.30pm and 8.00pm tonight.


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Tuesday 29 May 2012
ladies news
AFC Wimbledon Ladies: new recruits wanted

AFC Wimbledon Ladies are looking to strengthen their squad for the 2012-13 season.

The Dons, who play in the London and South East Counties Women's Premier League, are managed by Tony Milstead and he wishes to run the rule over potential new recruits at a trials day on Thursday, 28 June (7.30pm-9.30pm). AFC Wimbledon Ladies are also hoping to run a reserves team next season to participate in the Surrey County Women's and Girls League. Trialists for both teams are welcome to attend the trials, which will be held at Manor Park Recreation Ground, Malden Road, New Malden, KT3 6AU.

AFC Wimbledon Ladies will then be gearing up for pre-season matches after that date, along with further Sunday morning training/trials sessions. For information, e-mail club secretary John Ivers by clicking here. Or e-mail Tony Milstead by clicking here. AFC Wimbledon are also looking for players for its Under-16 girls squad for next season. New players must be under the age of 16 on or before 1 September, 2012. For information, e-mail Club Secretary John Ivers by clicking here.

For all the squads mentioned, please send e-mail with details of previous experience (including previous clubs), preferred playing position and for ladies players, please inform if you use public transport or private car.


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Tuesday 29 May 2012
first team news
Curtis Osano: new signing aims to add steel for AFC Wimbledon

Curtis Osano believes he is approaching his peak as a defender and can add a touch of steel to AFC Wimbledon’s defence.

After spending five seasons playing Conference football, the Kenyan-born right-back says he is now ready for the challenge of playing in the Football League. Curtis may be known as a marauding full-back who likes to get forward, but he is clear about why Terry Brown made a move for him once his contract was up at Luton Town.

“It is my job to dominate every player who I come up against in my position,” he said. “I try my best to do that anyway. I get forward quite a lot, but on the team sheet I am a defender first and foremost and I will do my job for the team. It is a learning curve for me, but it is exciting more than anything. I am 25 years of age and it is all or nothing for me now. You learn a lot from playing in the Conference, but I believe I am ready for the Football League. I played against AFC Wimbledon a few times when I was with Rushden and Diamonds and there was a good buzz about the place when I played here. Once I got my medical done I just wanted to sign and the chance to play in the Football League at a place like this was too good to turn down.”

Curtis showed what he could do against us in March, 2010, when he helped frustrate the Dons in a 1-0 win for Rushden and Diamonds at the Cherry Red Records Stadium. It was the type of performance that persuaded Terry Brown to keep tabs on a defender who played for him when he was manager at Aldershot. Since that loan spell when Curtis was just a teenager, Terry believes he has now developed into “a beast of a boy” who can be a favourite with the Dons faithful. Curtis, who moved to England from Kenya with his family at the age of nine, came so close to getting into the Football League with Luton when they were beaten 2-1 in the play-off final by York City at Wembley. Curtis admits that the defeat earlier this month hurt him a lot and he hopes that the Luton fans will understand why he left Kenilworth Road.

“I played a full part for Luton and to lose in the play-off final at Wembley was heartbreaking,” he admitted. “I enjoyed it at Luton and I learned a lot from both Gary Brabin and Paul Buckle, the two managers during my time there. There was 30,000 fans there who came to support us and I think when we came off the pitch they knew that we had given our all. I think they will understand why I have left. It is not a case of me jumping ship, it is because I want to progress.

“Terry took me from Reading for a few months on loan. He knows what I am capable of. Hopefully, I can continue to improve. I was just a young boy coming through at Aldershot and I enjoyed my time there as I grew up in the area and my mates used to come and watch me play. As a young player and coming from Reading, you think you will cruise through it when you go out on loan, but then reality hits you as Conference football is a high standard and there is a lot to admire in that league. But I think if you ask any player who has a chance to move up to the Football League, they will take it. Terry told me where the club is trying to go and he said the position he wants us to finish in. Terry knows what the problems were last season and he is trying to fix them next season. I think the club will progress and I want to be a part of it.”


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Tuesday 29 May 2012
first team news
AFC Wimbledon confirm friendly against a West Ham XI

The Dons have announced another home pre-season friendly with the visit of a West Ham XI on Saturday, August 4 (3pm kick-off).

Newly promoted Premier Leage club West Ham are expected to field several of their rising talents in the fixture, which could see the return of George Moncur to the Cherry Red Records Stadium after his impressive loan spell with the Dons last season.

AFC Wimbledon have so far confirmed the following pre-season fixtures: Reading at home (Saturday, July 14), Bognor Regis Town away (Saturday, 21 July), Preston North End at home (Tuesday, 31 July), West Ham XI at home (Saturday, 4 August), Portsmouth at home (Wednesday, August 8). Ticket details for the matches will be released in due course.


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Monday 28 May 2012
first team news
New signing: Terry swoops for Luton Town defender

AFC Wimbledon are pleased to announce that right-back Curtis Osano has today signed on the dotted line from Luton Town.

The 25-year-old Kenyan-born defender is reunited with Dons boss Terry Brown, who gave him his first taste of senior football during a loan spell at Aldershot Town in 2006. Former Reading trainee Curtis went on to make his name during four seasons at Rushden and Diamonds, where he played alongside our former skipper Jamie Stuart. However, Curtis joined Luton last summer, initially on trial, after Rushden and Diamonds folded and he impressed enough to play a key role in Luton Town's promotion push. That ultimately ended with play-off final defeat at Wembley against York City, but Curtis will realise his ambition of playing in the Football League with AFC Wimbledon.

Terry Brown said: "I was very lucky to work with Curtis when he was an apprentice at Reading. He came in and played centre-back at the time, but since then he has developed into a good right-back. He is a beast of a boy, who has great power and strength and is a very good overall defender. Curtis will give us an outlet in that right-back spot as he is capable of bursting down the wing and I think he will be a great signing for the club. He is a boy who has played against us for Rushden and Jamie Stuart spoke incredibly highly of him.”

Curtis, who was out of contract at Luton Town, admitted that he could not wait to sign on the dotted line after completing a medical this morning. “Terry has known me since I was a kid and he knows what I am capable of," he said. "I learned a lot from him when I was at Aldershot. I spoke to Terry and he told me where the club is hoping to go. He told me that he knows what the problems were last season and he is trying to fix them next season. I think the club will progress and I want to be a part of it. Once I got my medical done I just wanted to sign as the chance to work again with Terry for a Football League team was too good to turn down.”

See the official website tomorrow for a full interview with Curtis.


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Monday 28 May 2012
club news
Season tickets on sale for Kingston Road End

AFC Wimbledon supporters still have a chance to purchase 2012/13 season tickets for the Kingston Road End.

For the first time since our formation, the Kingston Road End will be all-seater with a new stand on course to be completed in time for the first home league game of the campaign. Season ticket sales are progressing well for the Kingston Road End, but there are still places available at the current time of writing. Adult season tickets for the Kingston Road End are priced at £320 with concessions at £200, young adults (16-21 years) at £135, and £75 for Under-16s.

Season tickets are also on sale for other areas for next season. Full details about prices, along with a question and answer document, and application forms can be found on the ticket page of the official club website.

Applicants who apply before the end of the month can pay by Direct Debit with the cost being spread across ten months.

We are currently accepting applications for all areas, although supporters who wish to sit in the premium seats in the Paul Strank Stand are advised to indicate a second preference as we are once again experiencing high demand for the best seats.


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Monday 28 May 2012
first team news
AFC Wimbledon announce Preston North End friendly

AFC Wimbledon have confirmed another attractive pre-season friendly with the visit of Preston North End on Tuesday, 31 July (7.45pm kick-off).

It promises to be a tough pre-season test for the Dons with ex-Stevenage boss Graham Westley aiming to assemble a squad that can challenge for promotion from League 1 during the next campaign. Westley has already moved to strengthen with former England and Arsenal goalkeeper Richard Wright, former Stevenage defender Scott Laird, and ex-Liverpool forward David Amoo, having all signed during the close season.

AFC Wimbledon have so far confirmed the following pre-season fixtures: Reading at home (Saturday, July 14), Bognor Regis Town away (Saturday, 21 July), Preston North End at home (Tuesday, 31 July), Portsmouth at home (Wednesday, August 8). Ticket details for the matches will be released in due course.


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Monday 28 May 2012
first team news
Your AFC Wimbledon: a magical fightback at Chessington

After a good response to our request for your favourite AFC Wimbledon moments during the past decade, the official website focuses on the thrilling 5-3 win at Chessington and Hook United. As we won the Combined Counties Premier by 27 points, the win on 24 April, 2004, was far from crucial, but it was a match that had everything. The Dons came back from 3-1 down to win in a stormy encounter that saw four players sent off and coaching staff sent to the stands by the match officials. To read why Dons fans Sam Griggs and Michael Gibbs chose the match, along with the views of our current first-team coach, Simon Bassey, who played in it, click here.

There is still time to share your favourite moments of the past 10 years. To celebrate a decade of AFC Wimbledon, we want to hear all about your favourite goals and the matches that stand out since our formation. Why was it so special? How did you celebrate another vital victory on our road towards the Football League? Please e-mail details of your favourite moments, along with your name, age, area you live in, and how long you have supported the Dons by clicking here


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Monday 28 May 2012
club news
Dons Trust consultation - Added Q&A

The Dons Trust board is consulting members about the issues we face with our current stadium and some potential solutions. As part of this, we held the first of two meetings for members and other fans at Wimbledon Community Centre on Friday evening, 25 May.

Following the meeting, we have developed some questions and answers which cover most of the points that have been raised to date - responses to other questions are being prepared and will appear later in regular updates to this document.

For the Q&A click here.

To read the original briefing document that sets out the issues we face, click here.

Please note that the second consultation meeting will take place on Tuesday 12 June at 7.30 pm at the Cherry Red Records stadium.


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Friday 25 May 2012
club news
The Dons decade: your magic moments

The official website is providing a platform for you to share your favourite AFC Wimbledon moments during the past 10 years.

To celebrate a decade of AFC Wimbledon, we want to hear all about your favourite goals and the matches that stand out since our formation. Why was it so special? How did you celebrate another vital victory on our road towards the Football League?

Please e-mail details of your favourite moments, along with your name, age, area you live in, and how long you have supported the Dons by clicking here

We will then endeavour to print all your responses during the close season.


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Friday 25 May 2012
club news
New website update

We are progressing well with our plans for a new Football League Interactive website at AFC Wimbledon.

The project team have now been given training dates by the Football League for site testing. This will allow us to construct the site map that is best suited to meeting the requirements of AFC Wimbledon supporters. We are still on course to meet the planned mid-July launch date and to put in place a more professional, up-to-date website.

We want to make sure you have access to breaking news from the training ground, in-depth updates from the coaching staff, and exclusive video interviews with the new signings who will be helping us towards the League 2 play-offs.

There is obviously a commercial aspect to our venture, but you will be helping to consolidate AFC Wimbledon in the Football League. Firstly, we will take a share of the earnings from click-throughs, the amount we earn depending on how many people view the site and how often. Every time you visit the site to look at fixtures, news announcements, Dons Trust updates, ticket information and club statements, you will be earning money for the club. The club will also earn money by charging for accessing premium parts of the site, for which an annual fee will be payable. Access to the items mentioned previously will be free, but post-match video interviews, produced through a state-of-the-art Dons Player, will be part of a premium package, along with Radio WDON commentaries for home and away matches and extended match highlights.

While we appreciate that asking you to pay for another service during these testing economic times may be a burden, we need other income streams to help us progress into League 1 and move to a new stadium. We currently have the fourth-lowest budget in League 2, and we need new projects such as the new FLi website to help us pay for those new signings who will help keep us competitive. As far as we know, the cost of the Premium FLi package will be about £3 per month, but we will notify you when we are certain of the price in the near future.

Since our formation, we have always strived to keep you informed about the latest developments at the club. That aim will not change, but we are just upgrading to a more professional way of doing this and in line with other Football League clubs.


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Friday 25 May 2012
dons trust news
Important reminder: Dons Trust consultation meeting tonight

The Dons Trust Board will tonight be consulting with its members about the issues we face with our current stadium and several potential solutions.

All fans are invited to attend the first of two consultation meetings, which will be held at the Wimbledon Community Centre, St George’s Road, Wimbledon (7.30pm start). The second meeting will be held on Tuesday, 12 June, at the Cherry Red Records stadium (also 7.30pm start).

To read a briefing document that sets out the issues we face, click here.

We encourage fans to come to one of the meetings to discuss these matters of major importance to the club.


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Friday 25 May 2012
first team news
A decade of AFC Wimbledon heroes: Jon Main

In the latest feature focusing on the players who shaped AFC Wimbledon's success over the past decade, we interviewed Jon Main about his glorious three-and-a-half year spell at the club. Now 31 years of age and without a club after leaving Tonbridge Angels, a reminder of his goalscoring prowess will certainly do him no harm in his aim to recapture his scoring touch. Jon's move to AFC Wimbledon in November, 2007, came about after he scored for Tonbridge against us, but he certainly more than made up for that. His goals, including 33 in our Blue Square South title-winning season, helped us to three promotions, before he left in May, 2011, after joining in the post-match celebrations at Manchester. To read the feature, click here.


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Thursday 24 May 2012
club news
AFC Wimbledon Poker Tournament is cancelled

Our second AFC Wimbledon Poker Tournament has been cancelled for the time being.

The competition, which was due to take place tomorrow night, will now not go-ahead as planned. It will instead be rescheduled for a later date with further details to follow on the official website in due course.


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Thursday 24 May 2012
club news
Euro 2012 and live music at AFC Wimbledon

AFC Wimbledon are offering a superb night of entertainment for England fans on Friday, 15 June.

On the night of England versus Sweden, a BBQ starts it all off at 5.00pm with the bars opening an hour earlier. After hopefully watching an England victory (7.45pm kick-off), punk rock band Sham 69 will be performing post-match at Kingsmeadow Live. Tickets for the gig are just £10, but entry to the bar will be free to watch the football.

Every game of the European Championships will be shown live in full HD at AFC Wimbledon, including England's opener against France on Monday, 11 June (5.00pm kick-off), and the final group match against the Ukraine (19 June, 7.45pm kick-off).

Tickets for the Sham 69 gig on Friday, 15 June, are available by clicking here and you can also join the mailing list to find out more about future events.


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Thursday 24 May 2012
first team news
Injury update: Jason Prior steps up his recuperation

Jason Prior has been given the green light to step-up his rehabilitation by doing a first gym session since he suffered a double leg break.

The striker, who suffered the injury at Crawley Town in April, will tonight do light work in the gym under the supervision of club physio Mike Rayner. An X-ray yesterday gave him the go-ahead to start building up his muscle strength and Jason is relieved to be making progress. He wished to thank Wimbledon fans for the support he has received during such a difficult time and he is targeting a first-team return by Christmas.

"Mike is coming down tonight and we are going to go through what I can do in the gym," Jason said. "It will be mainly cardiovascular exercises and hopefully in a few weeks I can do more body weight training as your muscles waste away a bit when you are out. I am hoping I will be able to walk without the crutches in a couple of weeks and start doing more work in the gym. I have been away to Spain on holiday, just for four days, as that was already booked before the injury. I think it is important not to just stay at home. I had lots of messages from Wimbledon fans on Twitter and through the club so I wish to thank them for their support since the injury. My X-ray was good yesterday and I am hoping to be available to play by Christmas. Hopefully, in time, I can start scoring the goals that I was brought to the club to get."

Mike Rayner said: "The X-ray showed that the bone callus (connects broken bone ends) is forming around the fracture site very well. From Jason's point of view, there has been no increased pain from being on the crutches. With the callus forming, we have been given the all-clear to place more weight on the leg. We will start him on a static bike and hopefully he can make more progress in a couple of weeks. We have to make sure that he is walking properly and not with a limp. If all goes well, then he could be back by Christmas at the earliest. That is a good goal for him."

Meanwhile, Mike also updated us on the progress made by centre-back Callum McNaughton from the anterior cruciate ligament damage that he suffered to his knee at the end of March. The centre-back is expected to be back in the Autumn. "Callum has now had six weeks since his operation and he is progressing very well," said Mike. "Myself and the physio at Bishop's Stortford have been liaising about his rehabilitation and he appears to be bang on schedule. I am seeing Callum today and hopefully we can progress with his exercises. He has been on the exercise bike and we will try and get him on the stepper. I am hoping he will be able to return by October or November."


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Thursday 24 May 2012
first team news
Dave Beasant: hero of 1988 on AFC Wimbledon and his plans for next year

Heroes of Wimbledon's past featured in a friendly match at Aldershot Town on Tuesday night and it offered a chance for WDON commentator Rob Cornell to catch up with the man who saved THAT penalty in 1988. Dave Beasant gave his views on AFC Wimbledon's debut Football League season, our current goalkeeping situation, and his plans to mark next year's 25th anniversary of the 1-0 FA Cup Final win against Liverpool. To hear what Dave had to say, click on Dons audio interview.


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Wednesday 23 May 2012
dons trust news
Help required for the Dons Trust

The Dons Trust are looking for volunteers to help fill its secretarial role after Warren Harvey's decision to stand down.

Warren recently decided to relinquish his position as Dons Trust secretary due to the pressures of work and other commitments and the DTB wishes to state its appreciation for his contribution. Warren helped out during a difficult period as the organisation of the DTB and FCB have evolved in recent years.

Recognising the new organisation and methods of working within the club and DT, we believe that a new approach to fulfilling the secretarial role will help make the job(s) more manageable for volunteers. This concept of "the secretariat" splits the role into three parts; provision of constitutional and governance advice to the DTB at and around Board meetings, administrative support to the DTB (mainly clerical and organisational work outside of meetings) and minute taking. We would like to hear from any DT member who is interested in discussing how they might be able to help in any of the first two roles as the exact terms of reference can be moulded to suit. We would also love to hear from anyone who would like to join Eric Page to form a team of minute takers to help spread that load.

All expressions of interest or questions about the roles can be made to the DTB Chair (Matthew Breach) or Vice-Chair (David Growns) by e-mailing here


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Wednesday 23 May 2012
club news
AFC Wimbledon Mascots Race staged during celebrations for The Queen

AFC Wimbledon's Community team have brought together the finest mascots in Merton to mark The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

On Saturday, 2 June, a day when Her Majesty will be attending the Epsom Derby, The Queen's love of horse racing will be celebrated at the Mitcham Carnival.

As part of the London Borough of Merton's official Diamond Jubilee celebrations, our very own Haydon the Womble will take on challengers over a testing course of hurdles and fences. The race, dubbed the "Chariots Of Fur", was won last year by Debra the Zebra, from the Merton Road Safety team. Staged between 2.10pm and 2.30pm, Wimbledon's Community team are appealing for volunteers to clear away the course with such a tight schedule at the carnival, which takes place at Three Kings' Piece, Commonside West, Mitcham.

The Womble Underground Press, AFC Wimbledon's supporter fanzine, have once again supplied the trophies for the winner's podium. Pudsey Bear (Paul Strank Roofing), Sam the Dog (Samuels Estate Agents), Bumper the Mouse (Hollywood Bowl Tolworth) and PCSO Steve (Merton Community Police) will be among the mascots vying for success. However, there is more than just pride at stake as competitors will also be raising funds for Home Start Merton, a children's charity. Mitcham and Morden estate agents are sponsoring a chosen mascot and with a collection on the day, AFC Wimbledon hope to raise over £500 for the charity, which supports young families in difficulty in Merton.

If you can spare half an hour to volunteer your help on the day and have an AFC Wimbledon shirt, then please contact Clive Yelf by e-mailing here For more information on the event and the mascots taking part, click here


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Wednesday 23 May 2012
first team news
A decade of AFC Wimbledon heroes: Kevin Cooper

As part of a series of features focusing on the heroes who shaped AFC Wimbledon's success during the past decade, Kevin Cooper talks to the official website. We caught up with AFC Wimbledon's record goalscorer after his first-half appearance in a friendly match at Aldershot Town last night. Eight years earlier, Kevin decided to leave AFC Wimbledon after helping us win a double with the Combined Counties Premier title and the Premier Challenge Cup. Kevin said that leaving us was the worst decision that he ever made in a football career that included spells at Aldershot Town, Wycombe Wanderers and Dover Athletic. To read the feature, click here.


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Wednesday 23 May 2012
first team news
Terry inspires fightback with help from Dean Holdsworth

Terry Brown pulled off a managerial masterstroke last night when he sent on Dean Holdsworth as a substitute and the former Wimbledon hero scored a hat-trick.

Terry managed a side picked by the Aldershot boss against Nicky Banger's XI in the Knights Cup, a friendly match featuring a host of well-known former footballers, at the EBB Stadium. Terry's side were 5-0 down at half-time after goals from ex-Southampton stars Matt Le Tissier and Gordon Watson. However, they came back to draw 6-6 and win on penalties after Terry sent on Dean midway through the second-half and the ex-Wimbledon striker fired a superb hat-trick.

After guiding his side to victory in front of a crowd of 1,194 spectators, Terry, a former Aldershot manager, joked: "That was one of my best-ever team-talks. If only I could replicate that every Saturday!"

Dean Holdsworth rolled back the years with his superb cameo that brought memories flooding back of his golden days at Wimbledon when he was one of the Premier League's top strikers.

Dean said: "You do not ever lose the desire and passion to score goals. I still have that 'Crazy Gang' spirit and you do not want to get beat. I was having a bit of banter with Terry on the bench as we started the second-half quite well and he told me to get on and score a few goals. It was good fun and to get a crowd of nearly 1,200 people showed what a community spirit we have got at Aldershot. I had a chat with Terry before the game and we have a lot of respect for each other. I have come up against him a few times as a manager and you always want to win. But I still have respect for a lot of people at Wimbledon. Terry showed his support by coming here tonight."

Dean recalled his debut season at Wimbledon with particular affection when he formed a prolific partnership with John Fashanu. "I think my first season at the club was so memorable for me," he added. "I had signed from Brentford for a lot of money and in my first season I scored 19 goals. We went to Liverpool and Man United and won - those games were massive for me. It just got better and better for me after that and I loved my time at Wimbledon."

AFC Wimbledon’s record goalscorer Kevin Cooper played in the first-half in Terry's side, which also included Stuart Cash, who played 20 minutes, and Marcus Gayle. Wimbledon's hero of 1988, Dave Beasant, kept goal for Nicky Banger's side.

Aldershot afterwards staged a charity auction, featuring an Arsenal shirt signed by Thierry Henry, in aid of Sophia's Fund, which provides specially adapted tricycles for disabled children.


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Tuesday 22 May 2012
club news
Countdown to AFC Wimbledon Poker Tournament

Our second AFC Wimbledon Poker Tournament promises to be another hotly-contested affair and there is still a chance to sign up for the event this Friday.

After the success of our inaugural tournament in February, won by avid AFC Wimbledon fan Chris Lines, a new Champion could be crowned at the Cherry Red Records Stadium. Contenders will battle it out for the right to win cash prizes at the competition. Several first-team players competed in the first event, but it was Lines who reigned supreme and he is ready to defend his crown on Friday.

Doors will open at 7.00pm and the initial buy-in is £20. Competitors will be allowed one re-buy for £10 or a £10 booster within the first hour. You can book your seat at a table by buying in at Poker Champs or by calling Jim Piddington on 020 8247 9918. Seats are limited, so please buy in early to guarantee yourself a place in the game.


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Tuesday 22 May 2012
club news
Dons fans just holding top spot in competition

AFC Wimbledon's fans are still making the most "noise" in the League 2 Fanpower Stadium with just 10 days to go in the competition.

Our supporters are top of the pile in terms of using their social networking skills to mention AFC Wimbledon on Twitter and Facebook, ahead of the deadline on 1 June. Football League sponsors, npower, launched a Facebook challenge with each of the clubs being set a target (based on their average attendance) to sign up to the Fanpower Stadium. The first club to reach that specified target in each division wins £10,000.

There is also an additional £20,000 up for grabs for making the most "noise" on social networks. AFC Wimbledon are currently top of the League 2 standings, just ahead of Oxford United, with Dagenham and Redbridge leading the attendance figures. Dons fans can continue to boost our chances in the following ways:

- Checking in at the stadium (Facebook only)

- Mentioning Terry Brown or any first team player's name (Facebook & Twitter)

- Mentioning the Dons, Wombles or Crazy Gang (Facebook & Twitter)

- Use the #fanpowerstadium hashtag (Twitter only)

Of course, making sure you share your support of the Dons with your friends can only help support our drive to win funds for the club. Join by clicking here.


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Tuesday 22 May 2012
first team news
A decade of AFC Wimbledon heroes: Matt Everard

The latest in our series of features on the players who shaped our success during the past 10 years focuses on Matt Everard. A true hero of AFC Wimbledon's early success after the club's formation, Matt had a unique relationship with our fans. Though 37 goals in two-and-a-half seasons certainly helped - and from centre-back too - Matt's move to Wimbledon came about after interacting with fans on the Weird and Wonderful chat site. That came after scoring against AFC Wimbledon for Ash United in August, 2002. But he was eventually banging them in at the right end and his vital goals earned him the player of the year award and resulted in the fans making up a song in his honour. "We've got Matt Everard" was the tribute song and the player himself admits that he will never forget away games such as the 3-2 FA Vase win at Herne Bay in front of 1,920 spectators, mostly Dons fans. To view the feature, click here.


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Tuesday 22 May 2012
club news
Record AFC Wimbledon goalscorer features in Aldershot match

AFC Wimbledon’s record goalscorer Kevin Cooper will be aiming to have his shooting boots on once again when he features in a friendly match at Aldershot Town tonight.

Cooper, who struck over 100 goals for the club between 2002 and 2004, features alongside several Dons heroes at the EBB Stadium (7.30pm start). Marcus Gayle and Dave Beasant are former Wimbledon players taking part in the Knights Cup, joining the likes of Matt Le Tissier, Neil Webb, Ken Monkou and Steve Guppy in the line-ups.

Terry Brown returns to Aldershot to manage one of the teams, which has been put together by former Wimbledon striker and current Shots manager, Dean Holdsworth, against a side chosen by Aldershot Town’s Commercial Manager, Nicky Banger. AFC Wimbledon assistant manager, Stuart Cash, will also make a playing appearance at his former club. The evening will also feature a charity auction, featuring an Arsenal shirt signed by Thierry Henry, in aid of Sophia's Fund, which provides specially adapted tricycles for disabled children. All players will be available for autographs and photographs with Aldershot’s official club photographer on the night.

The match kicks-off at 7.30pm at the EBB Stadium. Tickets are available in advance on 01252 320211 (Ext 303), priced £5 for adults and £2.50 for children. Tickets on the night are priced at £8 for adults and £4 for children, with parent and child tickets available at £10.


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Tuesday 22 May 2012
club news
Dons Trust consultation

As previously announced, the Dons Trust board is consulting members about the issues we face with our current stadium and some potential solutions. As part of this, we are holding two meetings and all fans are invited to attend either or both of the meetings. The details are:

* Friday 25 May at 7.30 pm at the Wimbledon Community Centre, St George’s Road, and

* Tuesday 12 June at 7.30 pm at the Cherry Red Records stadium (please note that this is a change for the original announced date to avoid a clash with the England v France game).

To read a briefing document that sets out the issues we face, click here.

We encourage fans to come to one of the meetings to discuss these matters of major importance to the club.


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Monday 21 May 2012
dons trust news
Change of date - DT consultation meeting

Following feedback from members we have decided to move the second consultation meeting from Monday 11 June to Tuesday 12 June, at the Cherry Red Records Stadium, starting at 7.30 pm.

The reason for the change is that the England v France game is due to be played on 11 June. Although the game starts at 5.00 pm and will be over before the consultation meeting, members felt it was better to hold the meeting on a different date.

The date and time of the first meeting remain unchanged as Friday 25 May, 7.30 pm at Wimbledon Community Centre, 28 St George's Road, Wimbledon SW19 4DP.

Briefing documentation will be released later today and copies will also be available at the meetings.


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Monday 21 May 2012
dons trust news
Sign up for AFC Wimbledon Six-a-Side Tournament

Champions Nova South have signed up to bid for a repeat success on 30 June and the challenge is on to knock them off their perch.

After the success of last year's event, AFC Wimbledon are again running a Six-a-Side competition with entries now open for teams to try and follow in the footsteps of Nova South, who beat The Jolly Boys 2-1 in the final to win it. The tournament will be held on Saturday, June 30, at Prince George's Playing Field, Raynes Park, starting at 10am, with presentations at the end of the day. The entry fee for a team of up to eight players is £70 and each team will be guaranteed a minimum of four games on the day. There will be a burger van available, a bar, changing facilities and a wide range of entertainment, including a raffle, and plenty more to be confirmed nearer the time.

We are looking for a number of volunteers to help with a variety of roles, including manning the gates, stewarding, and refereeing the games. To enter a team, or to volunteer, please e-mail here or leave a message for Jack Yeomanson via the club on 020 8547 3528. All money raised on the day will be donated to the Dons Trust.


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Monday 21 May 2012
first team news
The one-year anniversary: Danny Kedwell relives his winning penalty

Danny Kedwell told the official website that he has watched THAT penalty millions of times on DVD since the glory of Manchester on 21 May, 2011. It was a magic moment that no Wimbledon fan will ever forget. Even though he is now a Gillingham player, our former skipper says he misses life at AFC Wimbledon and he is still so proud of his time with the club. During three seasons with Wimbledon, Danny scored 67 goals and his last kick for the club was the penalty that earned play-off glory against Luton Town. To view the full feature, click here.


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Monday 21 May 2012
club news
Wimbledon receives Football League award

AFC Wimbledon has been recognised by the Football League for providing families with a quality match day experience.

Our debut season in the Football League ended with survival in League 2 and the governing body has acknowledged that we are getting it right off the pitch by selecting Wimbledon for its Family Excellence Award.

Created in 2007, the award is based on an independent assessment, commissioned by the Football League, of the family experience at all 72 League clubs during the 2011/12 season. This is carried out using "mystery shopper" families and recognises the outstanding experience clubs provide for young fans and families at their grounds. A record 50 clubs from across all three divisions of The Football League were given the Award for 2012 – topping the previous highest total of 47 – with nine clubs securing it for the fifth year running. A total of eight clubs, including Wimbledon, also won the award for the first time this year.

In announcing the successful clubs, Football League Chairman, Greg Clarke, said: “The Football League Family Excellence Award provides clubs with a benchmark in their efforts to attract families through their gates. It is hugely encouraging to see that the number of clubs receiving the accolade is at its highest ever level, demonstrating The Football League’s commitment to securing the next generation of fans.”

The judges were particularly impressed with the efforts made to engage with families through matchday entertainment, refreshment facilities and mascot activities, ensuring they can enjoy the match in a dedicated, safe, welcoming and entertaining environment.

The Football League has also recognised the clubs delivering the very best family experience in each division through the ‘Family Club of the Year’ award at this season’s Football League Awards. Portsmouth, Huddersfield, Tranmere Rovers, Swindon Town, Dagenham & Redbridge and Cardiff City were shortlisted with Portsmouth being announced as eventual overall winners. Huddersfield picked up the League 1 accolade with Swindon crowned as League 2 winners.


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Monday 21 May 2012
dons trust news
Help required for the Dons Trust

The Dons Trust are looking for volunteers to help fill its secretarial role after Warren Harvey's decision to stand down.

Warren recently decided to relinquish his position as Dons Trust secretary due to the pressures of work and other commitments and the DTB wishes to state its appreciation for his contribution. Warren helped out during a difficult period as the organisation of the DTB and FCB have evolved in recent years.

Recognising the new organisation and methods of working within the club and DT, we believe that a new approach to fulfilling the secretarial role will help make the job(s) more manageable for volunteers. This concept of "the secretariat" splits the role into three parts; provision of constitutional and governance advice to the DTB at and around Board meetings, administrative support to the DTB (mainly clerical and organisational work outside of meetings) and minute taking. We would like to hear from any DT member who is interested in discussing how they might be able to help in any of the first two roles as the exact terms of reference can be moulded to suit. We would also love to hear from anyone who would like to join Eric Page to form a team of minute takers to help spread that load.

All expressions of interest or questions about the roles can be made to the DTB Chair (Matthew Breach) or Vice-Chair (David Growns) by e-mailing here


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Sunday 20 May 2012
youth news
The Dons decade: our move towards Centre of Excellence status

It has been far from an overnight process in reaching Centre of Excellence status at AFC Wimbledon. Just like the first-team reaching the Football League, it was nine years in the making and we focus on the key changes implemented to our youth section during the past decade. To view the feature, click here.


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Friday 18 May 2012
dons trust news
Hold one of these dates - DT consultation process begins

The Dons Trust is entering into a consultation process about the means by which funds will be raised for the next steps in the development of the Cherry Red Records stadium.

A central part of the consultation will be two public meetings which are open to DT members, season ticket holders, fans and everybody who is interested in the future of the Trust and the football club.

To try to ensure as wide a consultation as possible, one meeting will be held in Wimbledon at the Community Centre in St George's Road and a second meeting will be held at the stadium.

Details are as follows:

Friday 25 May, 7.30 pm. Community Centre, 28 St George's Road, Wimbledon SW19 4DP.

Monday 11 June, 7.30 pm. The Cherry Red Records stadium, KT1 3PB

Background briefing documentation will be released early next week and copies will also be available at the meetings.


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Friday 18 May 2012
first team news
AFC Wimbledon youth products sign professional contracts

AFC Wimbledon are pleased to announce that youngsters Frankie Merrifield and Jim Fenlon have signed professional contracts for next season.

Both products of our youth system, the 18-year-old pair have impressed Terry Brown enough for him to put them into his first-team squad for next season.

After signing on the dotted line yesterday afternoon, it was a particularly proud moment for Jim as it is his first professional contract. The full-back, who can play on either flank, joined AFC Wimbledon Under-16s after returning to England from Australia, where he played football for his state to aid his development. “It is great to sign my first professional contract at AFC Wimbledon,” he said. “I lived in Australia for six years and played for my state Western Australia and Stirling Lions, but Wimbledon is my first English club. The standard in Australia was quite good, but it is a lot quicker here.

"Since joining Wimbledon Under-16s, Mark Robinson (Head of Youth), has helped me a lot with my tackling and heading and to make me a better player over the past two years. Right-back is my preferred position, but I can also play on the left and I have always tried to play with both feet since I was younger. Hopefully, I can do well in training with the first-team and get a chance next season to show what I can do.”

Frankie, a midfielder, signed his first professional contract with the Dons last December, but his impressive form for the reserves last season has earned a new deal.

He said: “This is the second contract that I have signed here and I am delighted really. I needed to work hard during the season to get another chance and luckily that has happened. I felt that I was fairly consistent for the reserves last season. Marcus Gayle showed me how to be mentally strong and how to understand the game more in terms of the physical side of things. Marcus is a good manager and he helped me a lot."

"I joined Wimbledon Under-16s after a trial and I know all about the history of the club. The future of the club looks bright as well and I am excited about getting a chance to play for Wimbledon. I was happy for Huw (Johnson) when he made his first-team debut and I was there watching him. That encouraged me to push on and try and do better. I have trained with the first-team a couple of times and I cannot wait to start full-time training with the first-team squad in pre-season.”

Terry Brown said: “I am pleased to announce that we have signed two of our best young players,” he said. “They will now come on board with the first-team squad during pre-season and hopefully they can play a part in League 2 next season.”


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Friday 18 May 2012
club news
AFC Wimbledon season tickets announcement

AFC Wimbledon season tickets for the 2012/13 campaign are now on sale.

Full details about prices, along with a question and answer document, and application forms can be found on the ticket page of the official club website.

Season tickets for all 23 League 2 games in the 2012/13 season start from just £260 for adults and £40 for Under-16s. Applicants who apply before the end of the month can pay by Direct Debit with the cost being spread across ten months.

We are currently accepting applications for all areas, although supporters who wish to sit in the premium seats in the Paul Strank Stand are advised to indicate a second preference as we are once again experiencing high demand for the best seats.

The new Kingston Road End is proving to be a popular choice with over 50 per cent of the available season tickets in this area already being sold. If you are looking to secure a seat in this stand we would recommend applying as soon as possible. Supporters who would like to be located in our new family area should indicate this on their applications.

Our office team are currently in the process of uploading all the seating requests to our system, and we expect it will be a few weeks before any of the seating allocations are finalised.


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Friday 18 May 2012
first team news
Wimbledon announce pre-season friendly against Reading

AFC Wimbledon have announced that newly promoted Premier League club Reading will visit the Cherry Red Records Stadium on Saturday, July 14.

The fixture will be the first in Terry Brown's pre-season schedule and it offers a chance to take on a Reading side that will be preparing for their return to the top-flight after a four-year gap. The Royals were promoted as Champions last month to complete a superb job by Brian McDermott since he was appointed in December 2009. Initally taking over as caretaker manager from Brendan Rodgers, an impressive set of results, including an FA Cup win against Liverpool, earned him the job on a permanent basis. McDermott came so close to leading the Royals to promotion in his first full season, but Reading were beaten 4-2 by Swansea, ironically managed by his former colleague Rodgers, in the play-off final last May. However, that experience paid off this season when McDermott guided Reading to promotion this season as Champions.

Wimbledon boss Terry Brown is relishing the prospect of our first pre-season fixture. "I wish to personally thank Brian McDermott for promising to bring his newly promoted Premier League squad here," he said. "Both clubs will be trying out all of their first-team squads and I am looking forward to what should be an entertaining match. Considering Brian lost key players after they were beaten in the play-off final, he has done a remarkable job in leading Reading into the Premier League."

Ticket details for the fixture will be announced soon on the official website.


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Thursday 17 May 2012
first team news
A decade of AFC Wimbledon heroes: Jason Goodliffe

To mark 10 years of AFC Wimbledon, the official website is taking a look back at the key players that helped us climb the ladder into the Football League. In no particular order, we will be featuring a selection of players who made a big difference. Part one of the series focuses on Jason Goodliffe, whose no-nonsense style in defence made him a real favourite with the Dons fans. Jason's impact after being signed by Terry Brown in 2007 was instant as he led us to promotions from the Ryman Premier to the Conference as captain. Now 38 years of age and assistant manager to Dave Anderson at Harrow Borough, Jason provides an insight into his successes as a player at Wimbledon and offers his views on the current situation at his old club. To view the feature, click here.


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Thursday 17 May 2012
club news
Kingsmeadow Live vacancy

Kingsmeadow Live has an exciting vacancy to provide assistance with its busy events schedule.

A new Front of House (FOH) and monitor engineer is required to help out at live events staged at the Cherry Red Records Stadium. If you, or someone you know, has what it takes to run the sound at our live events, then please get in touch. We have our own in-house PA and we are looking for someone who has experience of dealing with high profile bands and their requirements. The ideal candidate will hopefully be able to do that with a smile on their face, along with a can-do attitude during live events.

For information on the role and what it entails, please e-mail here


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Thursday 17 May 2012
dons trust news
Latest winners of the Dons Draw are announced

The Dons Draw for May took place at the Cherry Red Records Stadium yesterday.

Winning numbers were drawn in the presence of David Charles (Operations Director and Club Secretary), Neil Messenbird (Dons Draw Administrator) and Alison Franks (AFC Wimbledon Accountant).

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

First prize of £1000 - ticket 2740 - Douglas Hammond - SW20

Second prize of £500 - ticket 0095 - David Webb - SW4

Third prize of £250 - ticket 3952 - Jeremy Llewellyn - CH2

Fourth prize of £150 - ticket 1746 - Eve White - RH13

Fifth prize of £100 - ticket 0826 - Paul Starr - NG5

Sixth prize of £75 - ticket 3546 - Chris Roche - KT12

Congratulations to all six prize winners.

The next Dons Draw will take place on or around the 15 June 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 £2075 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 2012 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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Thursday 17 May 2012
first team news
Wimbledon agree to put Brendan Kiernan on the transfer list

AFC Wimbledon have confirmed that a written transfer request has been received on behalf of Brendan Kiernan and this has been agreed to by the club.

The 19-year-old midfielder, who is under contract for next season, made one start and seven substitute appearances during 2011/12, but Brendan now wishes to leave AFC Wimbledon and he has been put on the transfer list.

Chief Executive Erik Samuelson said: “Brendan is a talented player and Terry Brown had earmarked him as part of his long-term plans. That is why we offered him an extended contract in January, which he signed. However, Brendan now wishes to leave the club and we have decided not to stand in his way. We are seeking a fee for his transfer."


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Wednesday 16 May 2012
first team news
The best and worst of 2011/12: Luke Moore strives to improve

With the season now over, the official website asked several key players for their highs and lows from last season, along with their hopes for 2012/13. Luke Moore started the campaign by scoring one of our goals of the season in the 3-2 Carling Cup Preliminary Round defeat at Crawley Town, and he ended it with a double against Shrewsbury Town. Just like the season before when his goals helped us to promotion into the Football League, the 24-year-old attacking midfielder showed prolific form during the run-in. However, Moore believes the team and himself are capable of better.

Best game?
That would probably be the last one against Shrewsbury as it was the only game when I scored twice in the Football League and as a team we played well, particularly in the second-half.

Worst game?
Definitely Bradford away in the FA Cup. It was really disappointing because we did not give a good account of ourselves. After beating them previously at their place when we did very well, we felt that we had a very good chance of progressing in the FA Cup. But it just did not happen and we let ourselves down as a team on that day.

Hardest team you have faced?
I would say Shrewsbury even though we took four points off them. I felt that Shrewsbury, particularly in the away game when we drew 0-0, were the best team that we played. You could tell they were a good team and deserved to get promoted. Even beating them, you could tell why they had done so well with their overall play.

Best achievement?
Staying in League 2 would have to be the best achievement. After the start that we had, we wanted to have a better season. But we had a bad losing streak and hopefully we have now put our fingers on what went wrong during that spell. In the end, just staying in the league was an achievement.

Hopes for next season
I scored 11 goals in total, but I was injured for spells, and I know that I can do better. It was good for the team to end the season on a high, but we need to kick on next season. We beat the top teams in the league, but we also lost to Barnet 4-0. We felt that we could beat anyone on our day, but we need to have those days more than we had last season.


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Wednesday 16 May 2012
club news
Kingsmeadow Live: Boo promises a "fresh approach" on his return

Boo Hewerdine is back for yet another Kingsmeadow Live performance on Saturday night, but the veteran musician will not be attempting to roll back the years.

That's because the 51-year-old frontman of 1980s cult band The Bible is constantly striving for a fresh approach during his busy tour schedule, which has seen him do 100 gigs during the past year. Singer-songwriter Hewerdine has worked with renowned musicians such as Eddi Reader, but he is constantly aiming to reinvent himself as a performer. Just this year he has put together an album called "State of the Union" with Brooks Williams that was described by Folk Radio UK as "a masterclass in songwriting." Though Hewerdine did allow himself a reunion gig with The Bible last year, he is determined to move on with his music.

"I was 20 years of age when I got my first record deal," he said. "I was in The Great Divide, but we were a terrible band. We made an album and it never came out. About five years ago it was brought out though and it made my kids laugh. I also did a couple of gigs last year at the Clapham Grand with the Bible. It was great fun, but we have all moved on and one of the band Neill MacColl has been working with David Gray. It is hard to get everyone together again. I am constantly aiming to reinvent myself. I have made an album recently with American guitarist Brooks Williams called State of the Union. That has been doing well lately and was featured on Radio Two. I aim to keep my music fresh, but when people go to gigs they want to be entertained. I am an acoustic singer-songwriter. I was in an indie band, but I have also played with folk singers, so there are influences of both. But I tell a few stories too in between the music as it is about having fun too."

Hewerdine will certainly approve of his support act on Saturday as rising indie folk singer Malory Torr offers an entertaining alternative at Kingsmeadow Live. The Wimbledon-based singer may only be a teenager and still concentrating on her A-levels, but she has already made a name for herself. She has been writing her own songs and performing from the age of 13, playing the local pub circuit and local music festivals, culminating in reaching the grand finals of a national music competition called "Live and Unsigned" against over 10,000 entrants, staged at the O2 Arena in July, 2011. Her songs have been played on John Kennedy’s XFM radio show, as well as BBC London on Jo Good’s show and Radio Jackie.

Admission is just £10 for what promises to be an excellent night's entertainment. Doors open at 7.30pm and the event goes on until 1.00am. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling 020 8247 9918.


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Wednesday 16 May 2012
reserve team news
Marcus Gayle: it was a tough decision to leave

Marcus Gayle has admitted it was a far from easy decision to leave AFC Wimbledon after nearly five years at the club.

The 41-year-old was officially announced as the new manager at Staines Town last night, bringing an end to a successful spell as reserve team boss with the Dons. Marcus revealed it had been a tough decision to leave Wimbledon, but the lure of first-team football management at Staines Town was too good to turn down. "It was always going to be a tough decision," he said. "I have had 12 years collectively at Wimbledon with the latest being five great years of involvement in the new set-up, but I had to look at my own ambitions as a manager. I am very close to Wimbledon and I have made a lot of great friends there, that will not change. I will keep the club close to my heart. I must thank the fans, they made me feel so welcome when I returned for a second time and it was an easy decision to come back to Wimbledon when I did. I am sure our paths will cross again. You never know what will happen in the future, but right now I am concentrating on developing my management in many areas."

Marcus established himself as a favourite with the Dons faithful during seven years as a player between 1994 until 2001, and six years later he became Terry Brown's first signing as AFC Wimbledon boss. Ironically, his last first-team game was our Ryman Premier League play-off final win against Staines Town in 2008, before he accepted the role of reserves manager. He believes now is the right time to test himself as a manager of a club who have since been promoted to the Blue Square South.

"I have been in charge of the reserves for four seasons and I have taken great pride in my work," he added. "Helping players progress towards the first-team and develop as players has been very encouraging from my perspective. You want to see them take things that you coach on board. Hopefully, the players I have left behind will make the step-up if they are given the opportunity. I have also cultivated my own management skills. The next step for me though is to get involved in first-team football and with this opportunity having come along, it is a great new challenge. It is a good league with the club having young players who I have come across when managing the reserves in the Suburban League. I am an up-and-coming manager with a club that wants to grow with young talent. I want to move the club forward in the right direction, but I am under no pressure to do that during the first season. I want to assess what we need to improve upon. I have tried to learn from every manager that I have played under and I have worked under some great ones. I have taken little bits of good and bad things from them and I want to develop my own management style."


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Wednesday 16 May 2012
dons trust news
AFC Wimbledon Six-a-Side tournament returns

Champions Nova South have signed up to bid for a repeat success on 30 June and the challenge is on to knock them off their perch.

After the success of last year's event, AFC Wimbledon are again running a Six-a-Side competition with entries now open for teams to try and follow in the footsteps of Nova South, who beat The Jolly Boys 2-1 in the final to win it. The tournament will be held on Saturday, June 30, at Prince George's Playing Field, Raynes Park, starting at 10am, with presentations at the end of the day. The entry fee for a team of up to eight players is £70 and each team will be guaranteed a minimum of four games on the day. There will be a burger van available, a bar, changing facilities and a wide range of entertainment, including a raffle and plenty more to be confirmed nearer the time.

We are looking for a number of volunteers on the day to help with a variety of roles, including manning the gates, stewarding the car park, and refereeing the games. To enter a team, or to volunteer, please e-mail here or leave a message for Jack via the club on 020 8547 3528. All money raised on the day will be donated to the Dons Trust.


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Tuesday 15 May 2012
first team news
Marcus Gayle leaves the Dons for Staines Town job

AFC Wimbledon have confirmed that Marcus Gayle has left the club to become Staines Town's new manager.

Having enjoyed success as AFC Wimbledon's reserve team boss, Marcus has decided to take the next step in his career at Staines Town and he was due to be unveiled as Steve Cordery's successor at a press conference tonight. Marcus remains a firm favourite with the Dons faithful after playing for both Wimbledon and AFC Wimbledon, before taking his first steps into management with us. He played 285 games for Wimbledon, scoring 47 goals, between 1994 and 2001, and six years later he became Terry Brown's first signing as manager of the Dons. Ironically, Marcus played his last game for our first-team in 2008 against Staines Town in the Ryman Premier play-off final, helping the Dons into the Blue Square South.

Since taking over as reserve team boss in 2008, Marcus has guided several players into the first-team, along with winning plenty of silverware, and he ended on a high by leading his side to the Suburban League Shield with a 2-1 win against Eastbourne Borough earlier this month. AFC Wimbledon wish Marcus every success in his new role as manager of Blue Square South club Staines Town.


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Tuesday 15 May 2012
club news
Sign up for AFC Wimbledon Poker Tournament

Our second AFC Wimbledon Poker Tournament promises to be another hotly-contested affair and there is still a chance to sign up for the event.

After the success of our inaugural tournament in February, won by avid AFC Wimbledon fan Chris Lines, a new Champion could be crowned on Friday, 25 May. That is the day of reckoning for our next list of contenders, who will battle it out for the right to win cash prizes in the tournament. Several first-team players competed in the first event, but it was Lines who reigned supreme and he is ready to defend his crown next Friday.

Doors will open at 7.00pm and the initial buy-in is £20. Competitors will be allowed one re-buy for £10 or a £10 booster within the first hour. You can book your seat at a table by buying in at Poker Champs or by calling Jim Piddington on 020 8247 9918. Seats are limited, so please buy in early to guarantee yourself a place in the game.


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Tuesday 15 May 2012
dons trust news
The future for your club: still a chance to complete our survey

There is still a chance to complete our Dons Trust online survey before Friday's deadline.

We have had a very good response to the survey conducted by our Membership Working Group and the Dons Trust wishes to thank everyone who has taken the time to fill it in. The survey will close on Friday to enable the results to be reviewed and then implemented into a plan based on the feedback by the start of next season. However, there is still an opportunity for any remaining Dons fans to have their say. While 27 per cent of Dons Trust members have already responded, we have heard from only 5 per cent of supporters who are not Dons Trust members.

As a fans-owned club, the aim of the survey is to get your views on what the Dons Trust means to you and how the membership could be more attractive. Ultimately, a strong Dons Trust, supported by and reflecting the views of our fans, is crucial to ensuring the continued success of AFC Wimbledon after retaining our Football League status.

For your chance to help shape the future of the Dons Trust, simply access the following links. For Dons Trust members, click here. For non Dons Trust members, click here.


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Tuesday 15 May 2012
first team news
Squad update: Sam Hatton is released

Terry Brown has decided to release Sam Hatton after careful consideration with the player about his future.

Following discussions with Hatton yesterday, AFC Wimbledon will not be taking up the option on the right-back's contract and he has therefore been released. The club wishes to thank Hatton for his contribution after almost five years with the Dons.

Terry Brown said: "Sam was one of my first signings when I took over after a recommendation from Jason Goodliffe. He has been a fantastic servant to the club. He was instrumental in taking us from the Ryman League to the Football League and I have no doubt that he will continue to have a successful career in football. Releasing Sam was definitely one of the hardest decisions I have had to make as a manager."


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Tuesday 15 May 2012
club news
New Community Administrator wanted

Community Administrator Job Description:

AFC Wimbledon has a vacancy for a Full Time Community Football Scheme Administrator, to be based at the Cherry Red Records Stadium. The hours of work are Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.30pm, but candidates will need to be flexible around this, and some weekend work will be required.

Salary: Circa £13,000

Main Tasks
- Administer business process and record-keeping
- Update Community Football Scheme internet and other media publications and twitter feeds
- Act as first point of contact for all communications and customer service
- Support marketing and advertising activities
- Organise and support courses and events
- Support projects and other activities to expand the work of the scheme

Requirements
- Computer literate with good skills in MS Office and the Internet
- Excellent verbal and written communication
- A positive and enthusiastic manner in person and on the telephone
- Database skills to maintain and work with the CFS databases

Skills
- Strong organisation and time management
- Good use of English
- Good team player
- Self starter

Preferred
- Full driving licence and access to own transport
- Previous football coaching experience with a minimum Level 1 FA Coaching Certificate

To apply, please email a CV and covering letter here with the subject heading: "Community Football Scheme Administrator – Job Application".

Closing date for applications
The closing date for applications is Monday, 28 May 2012, with interviews to be held shortly after that deadline. Ideally, candidates should be ready for an immediate start, and not more than two weeks after the position has been offered. AFC Wimbledon is an equal opportunity employer.


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Monday 14 May 2012
first team news
End of season dinner: Sammy refuses to rest on his laurels

Sammy Moore says he is determined to lead the way for AFC Wimbledon once again next season after a hugely significant week for him as a footballer.

The popular midfielder told AFC Wimbledon fans in a speech at the club's end of season dinner on Saturday that it was one of the highlights of his life to be recognised as our Player of the Year. Moore, who signed a new contract at AFC Wimbledon just three days earlier, said: "It was a bit stressful writing the speech and I was a bit nervous, but I thought I was okay once I got up there. It was a great honour, but hopefully I can repeat it next year. I have had a great reception from the fans and I want to do well for them next season. I wanted to get the contract sorted so that I could enjoy my holidays. As soon as the season ended, people were coming up to me and asking was I staying or going, but I am really happy to be here. When I first joined, I felt Wimbledon was a family club and I still believe that. I was delighted to sign an improved contract and hopefully we can do better next season and go for the play-offs."

Manager Terry Brown also made a speech about our Football League debut campaign and his hopes for 2012/13 at the end of season dinner, which marked 10 years of AFC Wimbledon. Commercial Director Ivor Heller, who helped form the club, said: "It was a fitting way to celebrate 10 years. I want to say a big thank-you to everyone who helped make it such a great evening on Saturday. In particular, I wish to thank Keith McGuinness, who has done such great work in the Commercial Executive role, and he has now left the club. We also held a successful raffle and auction with funds raised going towards the Velo and Blue appeal."


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Monday 14 May 2012
club news
Sing for Wimbledon: have you got the X Factor?

Budding musicians with a passion for AFC Wimbledon have been offered the platform to showcase their talents by our club sponsors Cherry Red Records.

To celebrate the launch of "This is Our Time", Niall Couper's AFC Wimbledon book, in September, Cherry Red Records are inviting you to compose a new song all about our unique club. The songs judged the best will appear on a brand new AFC Wimbledon download album. Your composition can be performed in any style or genre, it can be short or long, but the song must be an original compostion and must focus on the club. Entries can be about AFC Wimbledon generally or about one or more of our players, either past or present, but they should be in the form of a finished master and be ready to include on the album.

Cherry Red Records is home to the world's largest known football-related music catalogue, with the company having produced over 50 such albums since 1997. Iain McNay, Chairman at Cherry Red Records and AFC Wimbledon Vice President, said: "We are looking for any supporters who can create a song and record it, which can be considered for an AFC Wimbledon download album. I am very interested to hear any new compositions, which we would probably use alongside some old Wimbledon songs on a new album."

E-mail your MP3s here before the closing date of Monday, 30 July.


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Monday 14 May 2012
youth news
Frankie's Sunday best sparks Wimbledon youngsters

A clinical finish from Frankie Merrifield secured a share of the spoils for Wimbledon Under-18s against Reading yesterday.

The highly-rated midfielder struck a superb half volley to earn a 1-1 draw for the young Dons against an academy side from the newly promoted Premier League club.

AFC Wimbledon dominated the rest of the first-half after that equaliser and Emmanuel Akokhia was denied by the Reading goalkeeper, before Dan Sweeney's header was cleared off the line. Manager Mark Robinson made several changes at half-time, but the chances continued to come for his side. Will Nightingale had a header well saved and Tom Beere was also denied after a fine cross from Chace Jacqhaurt. The Dons needed excellent last-ditch defending from Terry Murray to keep the scores level in a match that ended prematurely due to an injury to a Reading player.

The game against Reading was one of four AFC Wimbledon youth matches played at the Cherry Red Records Stadium yesterday. There was an excellent win for Wimbledon Under-15s as they triumphed 3-0 against Charlton Athletic and the Under-14s battled to a 3-3 against the Addicks. The Under-13s were narrowly beaten 3-2 by Charlton on a Sunday of youth football that was well attended by Wimbledon supporters.

Head of Youth, Mark Robinson, said: "I think it is a tribute to our set-up and the work done by our staff that we are now competing on a level playing field with clubs that have had professionally-run academies for many years. This has been our first season as a Centre of Excellence and I am very pleased with how it has gone. Our Under-18s were competing against a Reading side that had lost only three times last season and played against the likes of Chelsea and other top academies. But we played very well against them, particularly in the first-half, when we kept possession really well."


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Monday 14 May 2012
club news
Club IT systems are back up and running

AFC Wimbledon's IT systems are back in working order again and we are now able to send and receive e-mails from supporters.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused during the past couple of days, but we are now back up and running again and will do our best to respond to any enquiries.


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Monday 14 May 2012
first team news
The best and worst of 2011/12: Sammy Moore says we must do better

With the season now over, the official website has asked several key players for their highs and lows of last season, along with their hopes for 2012/13. The fourth in our series focuses on our Player of the Year Sammy Moore, who signed a new contract last week, and says the Dons must improve next season.

Best game?

For the team, it was probably Gillingham as we showed great character to come from 3-1 down and win 4-3. We had great backing from the fans at Gillingham and it was good to win it for the supporters. Personally, Macclesfield at home was my best though as we really got the ball down and played. I thought that was probably the best we played in terms of getting the ball down and passing it around.

Worst game?

I would have to say the Torquay match away when we lost 4-0. The circumstances were not good with the gaffer away for that match. We did not really perform as we wanted and did not play anywhere near what we did when we beat Torquay at home. Macclesfield away was also tough as we also lost that 4-0 in one of our first away matches of the season. That was a reality check for us in the Football League after we had two away wins at the start of the season.

Best team you have faced?

The hardest team we faced was probably Shrewsbury when we played them away from home. We got a point up there, but we just sat back and defended on that day. We were not allowed to play any of our football and they showed what a good side that they are. Swindon were the best side overall as they won the league, but Shewsbury were more impressive on the day when we played them.

Hardest opponent?

Marlon Pack was very tough to play against at Cheltenham. They were very good in the first-half against us even though we got a 0-0 draw in the end. He showed that he was a very good midfield player during that match. Simon Ferry at Swindon can also play a bit too and he was key to his club winning the title.

Best achievement?

AFC Wimbledon surviving in League 2. That was our main objective when we first got into the league and we wanted to get to the 50 points mark as quickly as possible. We survived with three games to spare. The fans were a little bit frustrated at times, but so too were the players. I think the main thing was to have a look at it this year and try and build on what we have done. The players and the fans can be proud as we have consolidated in League 2 and hopefully we can kick-on next season.

Hopes for next season

As a team we did not always show what we were capable of and that was the most disappointing aspect for me. We had a lot of talented players in the squad, but we did not produce our best regularly enough on a Saturday and that was disappointing. I could see the quality that we had every day in training, but we fell below expectations in games. I hope that we can be more consistent next season and try and get into the top half of the table.


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Saturday 12 May 2012
club news
No IT systems at the club

Over the weekend we have encountered an IT problem and it is unlikely that we will able to send or receive emails for the next couple of days.

We will keep fans updated via this website. In the meantime, if you need to be sure to get a message to the club it would be wise to phone 020 8547 3528.


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Friday 11 May 2012
club news
The siren sound of Wimbledon: Radio WDON ten years on

To mark the 10th anniversary of AFC Wimbledon, we have been running a series of features focusing on the changes we as a club have made during that time.

This week we take a look at how Radio WDON has evolved from transistors and steam radio to being the technically excellent, smooth running digital machine that it is today. We have brought together Mikey T, Rob Cornell, Geoff Hawley and Chris Philips to commentate on the evolution of a service which has brought so much pleasure to many Dons fans across the world.

The feature can be viewed here.


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Friday 11 May 2012
first team news
Alan Inns interview: ex-Wimbledon defender on his old club

WDON commentator Rob Cornell caught up with Alan Inns after he helped his current club Woking to a 3-1 Surrey Senior Cup success against Sutton United on Tuesday night at the Cherry Red Records Stadium. To hear what Inns had to say, click on Dons audio interview.


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Friday 11 May 2012
youth news
Mark Robinson: A big test for our youngsters on Sunday

Mark Robinson says that AFC Wimbledon's brightest young prospects face a tough test of their credentials on Sunday with matches against academy squads from Reading and Charlton.

Our Centre of Excellence will be hosting youth matches at the Cherry Red Records Stadium with Wimbledon season tickets holders allowed entry free of charge. Head of Youth, Robinson, is expecting a high standard of football to be on show this Sunday. "Charlton have got a great pedigree with their U15s," he said. "They have beaten Chelsea and West Ham this season and it is going to be a great test for our U15s, who we consider to be a very good group. Reading are a Premier League Academy now and their U18s were just three points off winning the Academy South League. It is going to be a good gauge of where we are with all the youth teams. I have got my U18s squad for next season. We finish at the end of next week and come back on 25 June."

There will be four matches on Sunday:

AFC Wimbledon Under-13s v Charlton Athletic Under-13s, kick-off 10.00am

AFC Wimbledon Under-14s v Charlton Athletic Under-14s, kick-off 12.15pm

AFC Wimbledon Under-15s v Charlton Athletic Under-15s, kick-off 2.30pm

AFC Wimbledon Under-18s v Reading U18s, kick-off 5.00pm

AFC Wimbledon Centre of Excellence strive to create a positive learning environment for all our players to develop in youth team matches. So we therefore request that any season ticket holders attending please applaud all good play and refrain from any loud or aggressive behaviour. Note that only season ticket holders will be admitted, on showing their season ticket at the main entrance - there is no need to book in advance.


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Friday 11 May 2012
first team news
The best and worst of 2011/12: Billy Knott's magic moments

He may only have been with the Dons for four months, but Billy Knott established himself as a real favourite with our fans during his loan spell from Sunderland. With the season now over, the official website has asked several key players to select their best and worst moments of the 2011/12 campaign. Knott's arrival in January helped us to three crucial wins straight away and they were particularly memorable for the 19-year-old, who ended the season by being voted our Young Player of the Year.

Best game?
For the team, the best match I was involved in was at Gillingham. To come back and win 4-3 when we appeared to be dead and buried showed the team spirit that we had and it helped me to settle into the club. I felt a real part of it after that and at the time George Moncur and I thought the club could push on for the play-offs. For me personally, my favourite was Macclesfield at home (2-1 win). I scored my first goal in that game and we won 2-1, which was a great game for me.

Worst game?
There was a couple when I was far from at my best. I did not play well against Shrewsbury, but Oxford away was possibly the worst that I had played. It was a good team performance even though we got beat, but I let everyone down on that day.

Best team you have faced?
I think Crewe Alexandra for what they did to us during the first-half at their place. We came back to draw 3-3, but for the way that they got the ball down and played in the first-half, it has to be Crewe.

Hardest opponent?
Gavin Tomlin at Gillingham was the best that I played against personally as he was very good on the right wing. But Nick Powell at Crewe is a very good player and he is definitely going to play higher. You never know how far he can go and he could go all the way.

Best achievement?
Playing in the Football League for the first time and being a part of it all at AFC Wimbledon. The fans were great to me, along with the players and the staff. Just being involved with the club has been my biggest achievement. There was not really a downside, only apart from the odd bad game. People picked me up from those and you have to keep plugging away to do your best. When I first came in I thought we could push for the play-offs and you have to set your targets high. But things never went for us at times and we had a few bad results. It was good for the club to make sure that we stayed up so that all the hard work did not go to waste.

Hopes for next season
I would consider coming back as Wimbledon is a great club with great fans. I will be looking to go out on loan again as I do not want to go back to playing reserve team football. But I will have to speak to the gaffer and the staff at Sunderland first when I go back there. The club needs to move on now. I have high hopes for AFC Wimbledon and maybe they can move into League 1 and even the Championship in the future.


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Thursday 10 May 2012
first team news
View from the backroom: Jason Moriarty assesses our season

AFC Wimbledon's fitness coach Jason Moriarty will be keeping tabs on our players during the close season to ensure they do not pile on the pounds. WDON commentator Rob Cornell got his perspective on the season gone by and how he aims to keep the players ticking over. To hear the interview, click on Dons audio interview.


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Thursday 10 May 2012
club news
End of season dinner: tickets still remaining for Saturday

There are still places remaining for Saturday's end of season dinner and tickets are on sale for the after party.

The event this Saturday is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the club’s first season in the Football League with the players, management staff and your fellow fans. We are now also offering after party tickets for £10 each, which allows guests to have access to the middle bar from 8.00 pm, and back bar from about 9.30 pm-10.00 pm in time for the speeches, auction and raffle. The post-dinner entertainment will be available to both dinner and after party guests and will start in the middle bar at around 10.30 pm-11.00 pm with the bar closing at 1.00 am. All timings on the night are subject to delay. A raffle will take place at the end of season dinner with all funds raised going towards our Velo and Blue appeal.

Tickets for the after party cost £10 each and can be purchased here (under special events). The dress code is lounge suit. The last few tickets for the dinner are also on sale, please call 020 8547 3336 to make a booking.


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Thursday 10 May 2012
dons trust news
Summary of meetings from the Dons Trust

AFC Wimbledon's Special General Meeting (SGM) was well attended last Wednesday with plans for our stadium and season ticket prices on the agenda.

The first part of the SGM featured an update from Chief Executive Erik Samuelson on the plans for developing our current stadium, financing the work, and the latest on our desired return to a site in the borough of Merton. After describing the detailed plans for the work that has recently started on the Kingston Road End, Erik outlined the reasons behind the need to upgrade the East Stand and the range of options available to us for completing this project. Finally, he described the latest news regarding our efforts to return to our spiritual home in Merton, which was a mixture of positives and negatives. Erik's presentation can be found here

The second part of the SGM featured a lively debate on the recently announced season ticket and matchday price increases based around two Members' resolutions, one which called for the pricing to be reviewed and one which called for members to vote on any future price increases. The two resolutions were defeated by significant majorities but Dons Trust Board Chairman, Matthew Breach, agreed that in the future there should be more consultation with members over such issues, a theme that recurred during the debate. The meeting then closed after presentation of the updated DT Action Plan and a Question and Answer session with DTB and FCB members. The latest update to the Action Plan can be found here

The following night saw the DTB and the Football Club Board (FCB) meet again at The Cherry Red Records Stadium for the regular monthly meeting. The vast majority of the meeting concentrated on financial matters with the first topic being a discussion on the potential for the DT to issue Community Shares to help fund the ongoing stadium development. James Mathie from Supporters Direct is acting as an advisor for us in this area and fielded questions from the Board; it was agreed to bring a detailed proposal back to the next meeting with the aim to present to the members at the next SGM. The following section of the meeting covered the nine month accounts and the draft budget for next season. As reported at the SGM, there is a major challenge to generate enough money to enable Terry Brown to assemble a competitive squad as several funding streams have reduced from last year. A number of measures were agreed to help create a realistic budget, but more work will be needed on fundraising and securing other investment in order to move to a sustainable position in the Football League. Finally, key points from the FCB report were reviewed and a number of AOB topics were briefly addressed.

The next SGM is currently planned for 20 September 20, while the next DTB meeting will be held on 12 June. If you have any issues you wish to raise with the DTB, please e-mail here


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Thursday 10 May 2012
first team news
Seb Brown on his best and worst moments of the season

With the season now over, the official website has asked several key players for their highs and lows of last season, along with their hopes for 2012/13. The second in our series focuses on goalkeeper Seb Brown, who missed just two games during the whole season.

Best game?
In terms of what it meant to the club, it is tough to beat the Bristol Rovers game at home because it was our first match in the Football League. But the performance at Gillingham in coming back from 3-1 down to win 4-3 has to be the one. We probably thought they would see it out better than what they did, but we kept going and got our rewards. As a goalkeeper, I conceded three goals, which was not so good, but we dominated near the end and it was nice to watch all our goals going in.

Worst game?
From a personal view, it has to be Northampton at home (3-0 defeat). I gave away a penalty and then the second goal was a disappointing one from my perspective. It was one of those games for me, but you have to move on from them as a goalkeeper. Thankfully, I only had a few of those games during my first season in the Football League. You learn from games like that and become stronger for it for the future.

Best team you have faced?
Crawley has always been a tough game for us and the home match was not too good for us (5-2 defeat). Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong for us, in that match. A few of the goals that they got were a bit unlucky from our perspective. But they are a good side and it was pleasing to go down there and get a draw considering how well they have done.

Hardest opponent?
Adebayo Akinfenwa at Northampton as he is so big and tough to play against. It was so difficult to defend against him. When we watched the video back from when they beat us at home, one of our boys tried to nick the ball off him, but he ended up running around him to get it and could not stop him. The boy at Macclesfield (Emile Sinclair) who got his move to Peterborough after they beat us 4-0 was obviously good too.

Best achievement?
To play so many games from a personal perspective. I have gone through a whole season without getting injured. That is particularly good when I look back at a few seasons ago when I was out for a while. The biggest acheivement as a team was to get past that 50 points mark and to seal survival in our first season in the Football League.

Hopes for next season
To improve on what we have done this season. At the start of the season we aimed to survive and we did that with three games to spare. That showed how well we did at the start of the season. We picked ourselves up during January and March after bad runs, but we have to try and be more consistent next season.


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Thursday 10 May 2012
club news
Sponsored slim update: Ivor takes up another challenge

Ivor Heller has been offered an extra incentive to keep the weight off after Saturday's final weigh-in.

Our Commercial Director met his target of shedding at least 20 lbs since starting his sponsored slim in January with funds raised going towards the Dons Trust. But two generous donaters have offered to double their contributions if Ivor can keep the weight off and Ivor is determined not to pile on the pounds during the next four months.

"I lost 22 lbs in the end, which I did through having more control," he said. "I cut out the carbohydrates as much as possible and did a little bit more exercise. It has been difficult though as I do not get the time with my job and duties at Wimbledon. Two donaters have said that they will double their money though if I keep the weight off until the end of September so I intend to do that. If anyone wants to sponsor me again then that will be great as it is all for the club."

If anyone wishes to sponsor Ivor, then please contact 0208 547 3528 to make a contribution.


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Wednesday 09 May 2012
first team news
Sammy Moore signs new contract at Wimbledon

Sammy Moore has signed a new contract at AFC Wimbledon.

The 24-year-old midfielder put pen to paper on an improved deal to his existing contract after a season that ended with Moore voted as Wimbledon's Player of the Year.
Terry Brown says that Moore is a crucial part of his plans and that he aims to make greater use of the midfielder's attacking instincts next season. "I am absolutely delighted to have signed the backbone of our midfield from last season," said the Wimbledon manager. "Sammy quite rightly earned the Player of the Year award and he has been an integral part of our success in the past two seasons. He has managed to score six goals from a midfield holding role this season, which is brilliant. I would like more opportunity to release Sammy into attacking areas and I intend to do that."

Moore, who had spells at Ipswich Town and Brentford as a youngster, grabbed his chance of full-time football with both hands two years ago when he impressed during a trial at Wimbledon after leaving Dover Athletic.


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Wednesday 09 May 2012
youth news
Wimbledon host Charlton and Reading in youth matches

AFC Wimbledon season ticket holders have the chance to watch our potential stars of the future in action on Sunday.

Our Centre of Excellence will be hosting youth matches at the Cherry Red Records Stadium with Academy squads from newly promoted Premier League club Reading and Championship Charlton Athletic providing the opposition. Season ticket holders from the Dons are invited to attend any or all of the matches free of charge.

There will be four games:

AFC Wimbledon Under-13s v Charlton Athletic Under-13s, kick-off 10.00am

AFC Wimbledon Under-14s v Charlton Athletic Under-14s, kick-off 12.15pm

AFC Wimbledon Under-15s v Charlton Athletic Under-15s, kick-off 2.30pm

AFC Wimbledon Under-18s v Reading U18s, kick-off 5.00pm

Centre of Excellence Manager, Jeremy Sauer, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for Dons fans to see future AFC Wimbledon stars and all the hard work that players and staff have put into our first season of providing Centre of Excellence football. We'd like to encourage as many supporters to attend as possible and to enjoy a day of high-quality youth football."

AFC Wimbledon Centre of Excellence strive to create a positive learning environment for all our players to develop in youth team matches. So we therefore request that any season ticket holders attending please applaud all good play and refrain from any loud or aggressive behaviour. Note that only season ticket holders will be admitted, on showing their season ticket at the main entrance - there is no need to book in advance.


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Wednesday 09 May 2012
youth news
New recruits wanted for U14s Centre of Excellence

AFC Wimbledon have places available for footballers of a high standard in its U14s squad.

The Dons are seeking new recruits for next season with players able to take advantage of top-class coaching through our Youth Development Programme (YDF). It is now run as a professional Centre of Excellence with matches played against other professional clubs in the Football League. Our squads are of a very high standard on Football League contracts and one of our youngsters, Reece Williams-Bowers, aged 13, turned down Premier League Fulham to stay with the Dons this season.

To gain a trial, new players must at least have gained experience at Academy/Centre of Excellence level or have played at top local league clubs (for example Surrey Youth League or Tandridge). Players that do not meet this criterion cannot be accepted for a trial. Players in any position of that standard are welcome to apply, but we are looking for full-backs, centre-backs, wide midfielders and strikers, in particular. The squad train on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and any potential trialist will be asked to attend these training sessions to be assessed by our coaches.

If you or your son fits the bill, please e-mail here with a full footballing CV including current club, previous clubs, and your contact details.


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Wednesday 09 May 2012
first team news
Ex-Wimbledon man hangs up his gloves after a victorious return

Former AFC Wimbledon goalkeeper Andy Little announced his retirement from senior football after returning to the Cherry Red Records Stadium last night. Little, who left the Dons in 2010, ended on a high by helping Woking to a 3-1 Surrey Senior Cup win against Sutton United in a match that included a goal from ex-Wimbledon player Wayne Gray and Derek Duncan also in the squad. Now 37 years of age, Little told WDON's Rob Cornell that he will be concentrating on his youth coaching role at AFC Wimbledon after making 17 appearances during Woking's promotion to the Conference. To hear what Little had to say, click on Dons audio interview.


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Wednesday 09 May 2012
club news
Dons fans lead the way in Fanpower Stadium competition

It may now be the close season, but Wimbledon's fans are still making the most "noise" in the League 2 Fanpower Stadium.

Our supporters have risen to the top of the pile in terms of using their social networking skills to mention AFC Wimbledon on Twitter and Facebook and we have just three weeks to stay there as the end of the competition is on 1 June. Football League sponsors, npower, launched a Facebook challenge with each of the clubs being set a target (based on their average attendance) to sign up to the Fanpower Stadium. The first club to reach that specified target in each division wins £10,000. There is also an additional £20,000 up for grabs for making the most "noise" on social networks. AFC Wimbledon are currently top of the League 2 standings with Dagenham and Redbridge leading the attendance figures. Dons fans can continue to boost our chances in the following ways:

- Checking in at the stadium (Facebook only)

- Mentioning Terry Brown or any first team player's name (Facebook & Twitter)

- Mentioning the Dons, Wombles or Crazy Gang (Facebook & Twitter)

- Use the #fanpowerstadium hashtag (Twitter only)

Of course, making sure you share your support of the Dons with your friends can only help support our drive to win £30,000 for the club. Join by visiting www.facebook.com/npowerfootballleague


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Wednesday 09 May 2012
first team news
Mat Mitchel-King on Wimbledon's debut Football League season

With the season now over, the official website has asked several key players for their best and worst moments of the season, along with their hopes for 2012/13. The first in our series focuses on Mat Mitchel-King.

Best game?
I would have to say the Burton match at home because it was a good overall team performance. We all like to play well individually, but it was so pleasing on that day as everyone was firing on all cylinders. We won 4-0 and we are a good team when we get our passing going and play like that. There will be changes during the summer and hopefully we can build on performances like that and do better next season.

Worst game?
Southend at home when we got beat 4-1. It was one of my first games back and Christian Jolley got sent off. In the second-half I had no energy as the games I had played since coming back caught up with me. One of their lads got in ahead of me to score a goal and the other goals that we conceded were so poor. That was a very disappointing game and one to forget, but you have those during the season.

Best team you have faced?
That would be my old club Crewe Alexandra. In the first-half they were excellent against us at their place and they went on a great run to get into the play-offs. Crewe played very good football against us, particularly in the first-half. I was not marking Nick Powell, but he showed what he could do. He has a great future in the game and people are talking about Chelsea being after him. They are the form team going into the play-offs and I hope they do really well.

Hardest opponent?
Gary Alexander at Crawley. He is very clever in what he does and wise in his ways. He provided a physical test and you can tell that he has played at a higher level. He also knows how to win decisions from referees and he was a very tricky customer. Adebayo Akinfenwa was also very tough to play against.

Biggest disappointment?
Obviously, fresh in my mind is the Barnet game and that was not good. For me personally, the biggest disappointment was that it took until nearly Christmas to make my debut for AFC Wimbledon. I could not legislate for getting glandular fever, but then I also had other injuries. It was frustrating as I just wanted to show the management and fans what I could do, especially as I had only just joined.

Best achievement
For me personally, it would be that I played 24 games in the end. I could not see me playing that many times earlier in the season. I think that staying in the league is a massive achievement for AFC Wimbledon. I know that things have not gone so well at times this season, but you have got to look at the bigger picture. It may only have taken nine years, but it was massive that we stayed here in the Football League. The club have done something really special.

Hopes for next season
I want to get a full pre-season under my belt as I felt that I was always playing catch-up after missing the start last season. I want to be fit and raring to go this time. Hopefully, we can strive for considerable improvement next season. I think the fans here have been used to doing well all the time and maybe we first have to become an established League 2 club. Or we could become a League 1 club depending on what happens in the next few seasons. We have to try and do better next season and just try and keep improving. The infrastructure here is good and we have a very good fan base so there is definitely scope for improvement."


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Tuesday 08 May 2012
first team news
Sammy Moore: I want to stay at Wimbledon

Wimbledon's Player of the Year Sammy Moore told our WDON commentator Rob Cornell that he wants to prolong his stay at the club. The dynamic midfielder, who joined the Dons two years ago, also revealed that he feared his career was over when he suffered a terrible knee injury last season. To hear what Sammy had to say, click on Dons audio interview.


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Tuesday 08 May 2012
first team news
Dons squad announcement: players to be released

Terry Brown has this afternoon announced the list of players who will be released from AFC Wimbledon.

Following lengthy discussions today, the Dons boss has decided to allow nine more players to leave. The full list is: Jack Turner, Chris Bush, Fraser Franks, Gareth Gwillim, Brett Johnson, Jamie Stuart, Reece Jones, Ricky Wellard, Kieran Djilali. This is in addition to Ryan Jackson, Lee Minshull, James Mulley and Max Porter, who were all told in January that they would be leaving.

Terry Brown paid tribute to the players released and admitted it had been a difficult decision: "I would personally like to thank every player that I have released today," he said. "Every one of them has given his all in a Wimbledon shirt. They have been a credit to work with and I would be pleased to recommend these players to any manager who enquires about signing them. Sometimes there is a need to reshuffle personnel so that I can get new players in to reinforce the squad."

The AFC Wimbledon manager added that talks with the rest of the squad from the 2011/12 season are "ongoing" as regards their futures.


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Tuesday 08 May 2012
club news
Dons interview: kit man Robin Bedford on completing Velo and Blue

WDON commentator Rob Cornell spoke to our kit man Robin Bedford after his successful climb of Mont Ventoux, France, for our Velo and Blue appeal. Bedford, who has served as Wimbledon's kit man for six years, was one of 10 cyclists to climb the 4,443m summit with funds raised going towards the Anthony Nolan cancer charity, along with equipment for the club gym. To hear the interview, click on Dons audio interview.

Velo and Blue tickets are no longer on sale. However, Jack Midson is raising money for the Anthony Nolan charity by climbing Mount Snowdon. Midson has set-up a JustGiving page on his Twitter account, which can be accessed by clicking here. Velo and Blue cycling shirts are still available to boost the fundraising effort. They are priced at £45 and to place your order or request more information, e-mail Velo and Blue shirts.


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Tuesday 08 May 2012
club news
End of season dinner: book tickets for the after party

Tickets are now on sale to celebrate the end of season dinner in style.

The event this Saturday is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the club’s first season in the Football League with the players, management staff and your fellow fans. We are now also offering after party tickets for £10 each, which allows guests to have access to the middle bar from 8.00 pm, and back bar from about 9.30 pm-10.00 pm in time for the speeches, auction and raffle. The post-dinner entertainment will be available to both dinner and after party guests and will start in the middle bar at around 10.30 pm-11.00 pm with the bar closing at 1.00 am. All timings on the night are subject to delay.

Tickets cost £10 each and can be purchased here (under special events). The dress code is lounge suit. The last few tickets for the dinner are also on sale, please call 020 8547 3336 to make a booking.


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Tuesday 08 May 2012
reserve team news
Marcus Gayle pays tribute to young Dons pair

Marcus Gayle has saluted Olu Scott and Huw Johnson after the pair received end-of-season awards.

Defender Scott's consistent performances since joining the Dons in December were rewarded with the Players' Player of the Year for the reserves, while Johnson, who made his first-team debut against Shrewsbury on Saturday, earned the Manager's Player of the Year from Gayle. "Olu came here in December and he has shown an impeccable attitude in training and in games," said Marcus Gayle. "He has done really well and deserves this award. Huw has come through the ranks and has this season come back from a long-term injury. Huw has scored 13 goals from midfield and has shown that he can play in virtually every position. That is why he has been my player of the year."

AFC Wimbledon reserves were just pipped to the title on the final day of the season by Woking, but they won both the Suburban League Champions Trophy and the Suburban League Shield to make it a very successful season.


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Tuesday 08 May 2012
club news
Surrey Senior Cup Final

The final of the Surrey Senior Cup, between Sutton United and Woking, will take place here at The Cherry Red Records Stadium tonight, kick-off 7.30 pm. Ticket prices are £8 for adults and £4 for senior citizens and under-15s (anywhere in the ground).


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Monday 07 May 2012
first team news
Luke Moore: we must do better next season

Luke Moore admits Wimbledon's wins against Torquay and Shrewsbury do not mask how far away the club is from being promotion challengers next season.

The attacking midfielder made it 11 goals from him for the season with a double against Shrewsbury on Saturday to help the Dons finish their campaign with two successive home wins. But sandwiched in between was a 4-0 defeat at Barnet and Moore says that sums up just how inconsistent they have been this season. "On our day we feel that we can beat anybody, but we need to have those days more than we have this season," he said. "Hopefully, we can keep the majority of the players for next season and do a lot better. We had a big losing streak earlier this season and hopefully we have put our fingers on what went wrong. We have had two very good wins against Torquay and Shrewsbury, but we need to be more consistent. We have beaten top teams, but we lost to Barnet. We have to refocus after our break and do better."

Moore has again saved his best form for the second half of the season as he has been in prolific form since putting his injury problems behing him in February. And he admits that the battle to be a part of Terry Brown's plans for next season has spurred him on. "All I have done is play as well as I possibly could and that is 11 for the season," he added. "I did not have the best of first-halves, but I turned that around with a couple of goals. It was nice to get on the scoresheet again, but the most important thing was getting the three points to end the season on a high. Hopefully, we can kick-on and take that into next season."


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Monday 07 May 2012
first team news
Extended highlights: watch our win against Shrewsbury again

The Dons ended a testing first season in the Football League on a high with an impressive 3-1 victory against promoted Shrewsbury on Saturday. Relive the final match of the season by clicking on Dons highlights.


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Monday 07 May 2012
first team news
Dons interview: Chris Bush on his breakthrough season

Our WDON commentator Rob Cornell caught up with 19-year-old left-back Chris Bush on his breakthrough season at senior level. The former Brentford man made 22 appearances during the 2011/12 campaign as he shared the left-back duties with Gareth Gwillim. To hear his reflections on the season, click on Dons audio interview.


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Sunday 06 May 2012
first team news
Billy Knott: I would consider coming back from Sunderland

Billy Knott admits he would relish a potential AFC Wimbledon return after ending his loan spell by collecting the club's Young Player of the Year award.

Manager Terry Brown admitted that the Sunderland midfielder's four-month loan spell was pivotal in keeping the Dons away from a League 2 relegation battle and Knott was again impressive in our 3-1 win against Shrewsbury yesterday. Ending with a victory and picking up the Natalie Callow Memorial Trophy, voted for by the fans, was the perfect swansong for 19-year-old Knott, who said: "To be picked as the Young Player of the Year is a great honour for me. But it is all down to the players and staff here who have helped me every day in training. They have helped through a few personal things and to settle in well. I have also been allowed the freedom to play my football.

"I would consider coming back as it is a great club with great fans. I will be looking to go out on loan again as I do not want to go back to playing reserve team football. But I will have to speak to the gaffer and the staff at Sunderland first when I go back there."

Knott believes that Wimbledon can do more than just merely survive next season and he believes Terry Brown's men have shown what they are capable of with wins against Torquay and Shrewsbury. "I think we have shown that we can compete with the best teams," he said. "When George Moncur and I first came here we had three wins and we were maybe looking at the play-offs. But things never went for us at times and we had a few bad results. In the end it was good for the club to stay up after all the hard work that had been put in to get here. Wimbledon want to be looking at doing better next season and maybe getting into the top-10. When we have got it down and played our football and the fans have been behind us, we have shown we can compete with the best. The club needs to move on now. I have high hopes for the club and maybe they can move into League 1 and even the Championship in the future."

Full list of award winners announced at yesterday's game against Shewsbury Town: Sammy Moore (Radio WDON Player of the Year, WISA Allen Batsford Player of the Year and Junior Dons Player of the Year), Jack Midson (Players' Player of the Year), Billy Knott (Natalie Callow Memorial Trophy for Young Player of the Year), Olu Scott (Reserves Players' Player of the Year), Huw Johnson (Reserves Manager Player of the Year).


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Sunday 06 May 2012
club news
A decade of AFC Wimbledon: the key decisions that shaped our club

To mark the 10-year anniversary of AFC Wimbledon, we have been running a series of features focusing on the changes we as a club have made during that time. This week we take a look at how the Dons Trust shaped the club throughout the years. Founding chairman Kris Stewart and current Dons Trust Board member Tom Adam spoke about the key changes that moved AFC Wimbledon forward. The feature can be viewed here.


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Sunday 06 May 2012
first team news
Terry Brown salutes club skipper after his farewell match

Terry Brown paid tribute to the contribution of club skipper Jamie Stuart after his last AFC Wimbledon game yesterday.

The 35-year-old centre-back produced a typically robust display to help us end the season with an impressive 3-1 victory against promoted Shrewsbury Town. And Terry Brown was quick to salute Stuart for leading the Dons to promotion last season and helping us through our Football League debut campaign. "We told Jamie some time ago that we would not be keeping him," said Terry Brown. "Since we put him back in he has got better and better in every game. He will run through a brick wall for you and he is a real winner. We have to try and get someone in who gives me that kind of leadership. It is going to be a difficult summer for us."


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Sunday 06 May 2012
club news
Our move to a new Football League Interactive website

An important aspect of the close season for Wimbledon fans will be the launch of a new Football League Interactive (FLi) website in time for 2012/13. Erik Samuelson explained the benefits for AFC Wimbledon of moving to such a site in the Shrewsbury Town programme. To read the article, click on feature.


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Sunday 06 May 2012
first team news
Post-match interview with Terry after Shrewsbury

We may have ended 2011/12 on a high with a 3-1 victory against promoted Shrewsbury yesterday, but Terry Brown says the hard work starts now in his attempts to improve the Wimbledon squad for next season. Watch the full video interview by clicking on Dons interview. To hear Terry Brown's reflections on the season, click on Dons audio interview.


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Saturday 05 May 2012
first team news
Terry on Shrewsbury win: we still have to improve a lot

Terry Brown refused to get carried away by Wimbledon's impressive end to the season against Shrewsbury.

The 3-1 victory means that the Dons have ended their home schedule with wins over two of the leading sides in League 2 by beating Torquay and now Shrewsbury. But sandwiched in between was a 4-0 defeat at Barnet and Terry Brown is under no illusions about the size of the task he faces to improve us next season.

"I am just delighted with the way that we rounded off the season," he said. "Not just the fans, but everyone remembers the last game of the season and up until today I would remember the last 10 minutes against Barnet. It was a horror show and I wanted to get that out of my mind. We have beaten Shrewsbury and Torquay this season, but our home form has not been good enough.

"I thought we played okay today. It was end of season fare in the first-half especially. Shrewsbury are a better side than us and Graham Turner has got a fantastic team. I need to get five or six players in, but first I need to move some out. It is going to be a tough summer."

Terry Brown hailed the Wimbledon faithful for their patience during what has been a tough League 2 debut for the club at times this season. "I said earlier this season that we would get a few spankings this season and we have got beat 4-0 three times," he added. "But the fans have never got on our backs. Their patience has allowed us to stay in this league. That is also important for next season. That is not me waffling on to keep my job as whoever is in charge for the next four or five years needs to be allowed to bring young players through.

"It was nice to bring Huw Johnson on for 10 minutes today. Realistically, I am going to have five or six players next season and will they be ready? Probably not and we have to maintain that patience."

See the official website later this weekend for a full interview with Terry Brown.


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Saturday 05 May 2012
first team news
Wimbledon end the season in style with Shrewsbury win

AFC Wimbledon ended the season by spoiling Shrewsbury's promotion party with a Luke Moore double proving the difference.

There was also the bonus of a second AFC Wimbledon goal for Byron Harrison in an emphatic 3-1 win against Graham Turner's men.

See our match section for a full match report.


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Saturday 05 May 2012
dons trust news
Velo and Blue update and draw result

The Velo and Blue lottery draw was conducted on the same day that our AFC Wimbledon cycling team completed their climb of Mont Ventoux.

Our cyclists had to cut their challenge short on Monday due to severe weather conditions, but all of the 10-strong group reached the summit of the 4,443m mountain a day later. The Velo and Blue draw for those who had purchased lottery tickets was also carried out on Tuesday at the Cherry Red Records Stadium by fundraiser Mark Davis, witnessed by Paul Lapraik and Dean Parsons. The winner of the £444.30 prize was former AFC Wimbledon player Luke Garrard, holder of ticket number 1073. Approximately £4,300 worth of tickets were sold. After accounting for the prize money and expenses, the net proceeds will be divided equally between the club (for purposes of funding gym equipment for the first team) and the Anthony Nolan cancer charity.

AFC Wimbledon kitman Robin Bedford was one of six cyclists in our team to complete the gruelling climb of Mont Ventoux three times up and down. He said: "We started the first climb on the Monday and only got halfway up as our guide told us that the conditions at the top were too stormy. But it was sunny and reasonably clear on the Tuesday. I enjoyed the first climb, but I really struggled on the second as it was so steep. The guys encouraged me to keep going and I found the energy from somewhere. It was one of the best achievements of my life to do it and the team spirit was superb with everyone pushing each other on."

Velo and Blue tickets are no longer on sale. However, Jack Midson is raising money for the Anthony Nolan charity by climbing Mount Snowdon. Midson has set-up a JustGiving page on his Twitter account, which can be accessed by clicking here. Velo and Blue cycling shirts are still available to boost the fundraising effort. They are priced at £45 and to place your order or request more information, e-mail Velo and Blue shirts.


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Saturday 05 May 2012
club news
Deadline for season ticket renewals is today

We would like to remind current season ticket holders that the deadline to renew your usual seat or terrace place for the 2012/13 season is today.

Direct Debit
If you currently pay by Direct Debit your season ticket will be automatically renewed. Should you not return your renewal form we will work on the assumption that you would like your ticket in the same place next season and that none of your personal details have changed. If you would like to change your location or any of the details we have on file for you please return your renewal form amending the appropriate areas.

If you have cancelled the Direct Debit mandate with your bank we will not renew your season ticket automatically.

Five Year Season Tickets
Supporters who have purchased a five year season ticket in previous years and have seasons remaining will have their season tickets automatically renewed. Should you wish to top your season ticket back up to five years, change your location in the stadium or amend your personal details please return your renewal form to us.

How to return your renewal forms
Forms can be handed in at the complimentary tickets window before or after today’s final home game of the season against Shrewsbury.

For queries about season ticket renewals, email here or call 020 8547 3528.


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Saturday 05 May 2012
club news
Shrewsbury game is sold out

A reminder that our final game of the season against Shrewsbury Town was sold out two weeks ago and there are no tickets available for the game today.


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Friday 04 May 2012
first team news
Wimbledon agree pre-season trip to Jason Prior's old club Bognor

AFC Wimbledon have announced a pre-season fixture at Bognor Regis Town on Saturday, 21 July.

Our injured striker Jason Prior forms a link between the two clubs after his move to the Dons in January. Prior, who suffered a double leg break at Crawley Town last month, scored 95 goals in 126 games for the Ryman Division One South club. It will be Wimbledon's first visit to Nyewood Lane for three-and-a-half years, the Dons having earned a 5-1 Conference South win in January 2009, thanks to a Danny Kedwell double, Kennedy Adjei, Jake Leberl and a Sam Pearce own goal.


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Friday 04 May 2012
first team news
Sammy Moore returns with a promise to Wimbledon fans

Sammy Moore is determined to deliver a big performance for the Wimbledon fans tomorrow after admitting that this season has fallen below his expectations.

Moore, who returns to the heart of the Wimbledon midfield tomorrow after missing the 4-0 defeat at Barnet last Saturday with a virus, says the players can repay their fans by beating a Shrewsbury side that he rates as the hardest he has faced this season. We may have held Graham Turner's promoted side to a 0-0 draw at the Greenhous Meadow Stadium in October, but Moore was very impressed. "They are probably the hardest team for me," he said. "We got a point, but we did not have much possession like we normally do and we just sat back. Full credit to Shrewsbury for going up as they deserve it. I was ill last week and was on antiobiotics, but I spoke to the boys and they were really disappointed after Barnet. We have one game left in front of our own fans and it is only right that we put in a good display for them. I cannot wait to get back out there and show the fans what we can do. They can then go away buzzing for next season, I know I am. We can be proud of staying up, but hopefully we can kick-on next season."

Moore added that the Dons must be looking to do better than mere survival in League 2 next season. "As a squad I have seen what quality that we have here, but at times we have not really shown that," he added. "That is the most disappointing aspect of the season as we have a lot of talented players that have not quite shown what they are capable of. We have not been consistent enough and we need to look at that if we are to do better in the league next season."


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Friday 04 May 2012
first team news
Wimbledon announce pre-season friendly against Portsmouth

AFC Wimbledon have confirmed that Portsmouth will visit the Cherry Red Records Stadium on 8 August.

We will take on Pompey, relegated from the Championship this season, in a Wednesday night match (7,45pm kick-off) in preparation for the 2012/13 campaign, which starts on 18 August.

More AFC Wimbledon pre-season fixtures will be announced in due course.


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Friday 04 May 2012
reserve team news
Frankie finally silences his manager to spark cup glory

Frankie Merrifield delivered for the reserves when it really mattered last night with a goal that finally silenced his manager Marcus Gayle.

Merrifield's goal provided the equaliser as Wimbledon Reserves came from behind to beat Eastbourne 2-1 in the Suburban League Shield Final, Huw Johnson netting what turned out to be the winner. While Merrifield's all-round midfield game has earned praise from Gayle this season, his prowess in front of goal had been lacking. But his header last night was one that Gayle admitted he would have been proud of during his playing days - and it finally ended the stick Merrifield has been getting from his boss.

"That was Frankie's first goal for the reserves this season, he had only scored once for the development team," said Gayle. "I have been badgering him all season about scoring and I told him that it was about time that he scored for us. He got on the end of a great cross from Louie Sproson with a header that I would have been proud of in my playing days. Then Huw has given us a 2-1 lead with the ablility he has with both feet, it was a fine strike with his left foot."

The young Dons had to battle back in the final at Tonbridge Angels FC after Darren Lok put Eastbourne in front just seven minutes in. Wimbledon goalkeeper Yannick Nlate failed to hold a corner and Lok was there to stab home from close range. That brought an instant response from Gayle's side, who stepped up the tempo and were rewarded when Sproson sent over a cross from the right that Merrifield headed home brilliantly. Wimbledon showed exactly what they were capable of in the first-half as they dominated with a fluent exhibition of passing football. There was a cutting edge to their play too and they grabbed the lead in style when Johnson latched onto a pass from Ade Osifuwa, before producing a smart turn and an excellent finish that left Eastbourne goalkeeper James Shaw with no chance. Sproson came close to getting in on the act when he let fly with a fizzing drive from 25 yards that Shaw just managed to turn away.

It was a completely different match in the second-half though as the Dons were forced to hang on against a resurgent Eastbourne side. Wimbledon needed Nlate on top form and he atoned for his earlier error with great saves. Twice he denied Eastsbourne's Anthony Dawson with flying stops, before Wimbledon's top scorer Louie Theophanous came so close to sealing it when he rounded Shaw, but had his effort cleared off the line by Andy Hales. The Dons just did enough to cling onto what they had after Eastbourne substitute Will Marsh missed a great chance from close range. But they needed Nlate to pull off his best stop of the night when he produced a flying fingertip save to deny Lok his second at the the death.

"I told the players beforehand that we needed to start at a high tempo, but they caught us cold after a mistake by Yannick," added Gayle. "But he redeemed himself with great saves in the second-half. In the first-half we played the football that I have always advocated in that we sprayed the ball around with purpose, but we came under pressure in the second-half. We looked a little bit tired through the middle so I put Chase Jacqhaurt on and he was a nuisance in there. I said to the boys that this was probably the last time that they would all be together in blue shirts and to play the football that they are capable of. They have left a legacy for the reserves by winning two cups and I am over the moon with their performances and effort during the season."

Wiimbledon Reserves: Yannick Nlate, Ade Osifuwa, Jim Fenlon, Frankie Merrifield (Oluyesi Daley), Harry Wise, Olu Scott, Jake Rose (Chase Jacqhaurt), Louis Sproson, Tom Beere (Cherno Mendy), Louie Theophanous, Huw Johnson.


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Friday 04 May 2012
club news
End of season celebrations after Shrewsbury match

Wimbledon's Player of the Year awards feature in a packed schedule of entertainment to mark the end of our season tomorrow.

The Player of the Year, along with the Young Player and Junior Dons accolades, will be presented on the pitch before the Shrewsbury match and at half-time. There will then be interviews with our award winners in the middle bar after the match, along with Terry Brown and his management team. Our commercial director, Ivor Heller, will also hear if his sponsored slim has been successful when the announcement of his final weigh-in is made. Heller set a target of shedding at least 20 lbs to raise money for the Dons Trust and he is confident that he has exceeded that. Club physio Mike Rayner will adjudicate on Heller's final weigh-in on the morning of the match. The FA Cup Final between Liverpool and Chelsea will be shown live on our large screen in the middle bar and the end-of-season party will include music from DJ JP as the bar will be open until late.


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Friday 04 May 2012
club news
Deadline for season ticket renewals is tomorrow

We would like to remind current season ticket holders that the deadline to renew your usual seat or terrace place for the 2012/13 season is tomorrow.

Direct Debit
If you currently pay by Direct Debit your season ticket will be automatically renewed. Should you not return your renewal form we will work on the assumption that you would like your ticket in the same place next season and that none of your personal details have changed. If you would like to change your location or any of the details we have on file for you please return your renewal form amending the appropriate areas.

If you have cancelled the Direct Debit mandate with your bank we will not renew your season ticket automatically.

Five Year Season Tickets
Supporters who have purchased a five year season ticket in previous years and have seasons remaining will have their season tickets automatically renewed. Should you wish to top your season ticket back up to five years, change your location in the stadium or amend your personal details please return your renewal form to us.

How to return your renewal forms
Forms can be sent to or handed in at the club address:

AFC Wimbledon
The Cherry Red Records Stadium
422a Kingston Road
Surrey
KT1 3PB

They can also be handed in at the complimentary tickets window before or after Saturday’s final home game of the season against Shrewsbury.

For queries about season ticket renewals, email here or call 020 8547 3528.


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Friday 04 May 2012
club news
Match arrangements for Shrewsbury Town

Tickets

Our last match of the season at home to Graham Turner's promoted side is a sell-out. Construction on the new Kingston Road End has started and this stand will not be open for the Shrewsbury match. Kingston Road End season ticket holders have been allocated replacement tickets of their choice in other areas. Tickets can be collected from the new kiosk in Jack Goodchild Way on Saturday from 12.30 pm onwards in exchange for voucher 23 from their season ticket books.

Visiting fans

Shrewsbury fans should enter the stadium via the access road behind the east stand. This is about 100 yards east of Jack Goodchild Way and will be signposted.

Bars

The bars will open at noon. Shrewsbury fans are not allowed entry to the bars.

Parking

As usual, parking will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking is available on local streets, but please be considerate when doing so.

Proof of eligibility for reduced price tickets

Fans are reminded that you may be asked to prove your entitlement to a concession or under 16 ticket - if you can't do this, you will be charged full price for admission. It is important that the evidence you provide clearly relates to you and, for example for student cards, is current.

Programme

The programme is £3 for 68 pages. This week's offering includes an in-depth interview with manager Terry Brown on this season's highs and lows, along with his plans for next season. There is also a feature on the launch of our new Football League Interactive (FLi) website in the summer, plus all the usual features.


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Thursday 03 May 2012
first team news
Shrewsbury preview: Terry to check on Jolley's fitness

Terry Brown will check on the fitness of Christian Jolley before choosing his squad for Shrewsbury.

Jolley trained today, but he is struggling with shin splints and Wimbledon will assess the forward's fitness tomorrow, ahead of the visit of promoted Shrewsbury. Gareth Gwillim is definitely out as he has not trained all week due to a virus and Ricky Wellard is sidelined with a hamstring injury. Defender Fraser Franks will come into the reckoning at the back, while midfielder Reece Jones is expected to feature after missing out against Barnet last Saturday. Though the Dons drew 0-0 at Shrewsbury in the reverse fixture, Terry Brown is expecting Graham Turner's men to play with a freedom that should ensure an entertaining match after they sealed promotion last weekend.

"They have been under a lot of pressure in recent weeks to clinch promotion and now that they have done that, they can relax and play football," said the Dons boss. "It should be an entertaining game. I watched them a couple of weeks ago at home to Port Vale and they are a very good side. But the last home game that we had was extremely satisfying as it was a very good performance against Torquay. We want to finish our season in similar fashion against Shrewsbury."

Terry Brown has this week held a meeting with the club to discuss his plans for next season and that will start with having to release players, before assessing potential targets. "After the last game then we can start looking at next season," he added. "It is horrible having to let players go, but at the end of every year you have to do it. I know roughly what the playing budget is now and we are selecting players that we can afford. That is not a process that we will rush into though. There will be a lot of players available during the summer and sometimes if you settle everything too early, then you pay the price later on."


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Thursday 03 May 2012
reserve team news
Marcus Gayle rewards new signing with cup final place

Marcus Gayle has named his squad for tonight's Suburban League Shield Final against Eastbourne.

The AFC Wimbledon reserve team boss has a fully fit squad to choose from for the final at Tonbridge Angels (7.45pm start) and he has rewarded new addition Junior Lawrence with a chance after his impressive debut in the 3-2 win against Farnborough.

"Junior is a six-feet plus striker, who has a good shot on him," said Marcus Gayle. "He has been training with us for about two months and I decided to reward him with a game in our final league match on Saturday. He did very well and he is an interesting acquisition for us. We have lost the league title, but we do not rely on any first-teamers to win anything. Every year the average age of our squad is 18-and-a-half years and we are proud of our record in putting young players into the squad. You are successful when you have young players coming through the system."

Wimbledon Reserves squad: Yannick Nlate, Dwayne Campbell, Harry Wise, Jim Fenlon, Olu Scott, Ade Osifuwa, Oluyesi Daley, Frankie Merrifield, Jake Rose, Louis Sproson, Chase Jacqhaurt, Huw Johnson, Will Bor, Louie Theophanous, Cherno Mendy, Tom Beere, Junior Lawrence.


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Thursday 03 May 2012
club news
End of season dinner: book tickets for the after party

Tickets are now on sale to celebrate the end of season dinner in style.

The event on 12 May is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the club’s first season in the Football League with the players, management staff and your fellow fans. We are now also offering after party tickets for £10 each, which allows guests to have access to the middle bar from 8.00 pm, and back bar from about 9.30 pm-10.00 pm in time for the speeches, auction and raffle. The post-dinner entertainment will be available to both dinner and after party guests and will start in the middle bar at around 10.30 pm-11.00 pm with the bar closing at 1.00 am. All timings on the night are subject to delay.

Tickets cost £10 each and can be purchased here (under special events). The dress code is lounge suit. The last few tickets for the dinner are also on sale, please call 020 8547 3336 to make a booking.


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Thursday 03 May 2012
club news
Kingston Road End this Saturday

Construction on the new Kingston Road End has now begun and this stand will not be open on Saturday for the sold out match against Shrewsbury Town.

Kingston Road End season ticket holders will be issued replacement tickets for this game in one of the areas they have requested. Tickets can be collected from the new kiosk in Jack Goodchild Way on Saturday from 12.30 pm onwards in exchange for voucher 23 from their season ticket books.


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Wednesday 02 May 2012
first team news
Terry takes tips from Swansea boss

Terry Brown took time out from training on Monday to attend a coaching clinic headed by Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers.

The League Manager's Association (LMA) initiative was offered to coaches up and down the country and Terry Brown was one of several to be invited. Charlton boss Chris Powell, who recently led the Addicks to a League 1 promotion, was among those also in attendance for the coaching clinic, held at the Hawthorns, home of West Brom. Along with inspirational words from Swansea boss Rodgers on how he transformed the Welsh club into a Premier League force, the FA's John Peacock also talked about the Spanish influence on clubs and players.

Terry Brown, who is now 59 years of age, admitted you are never too old to stop learning in football and that he could take plenty from it for his own managerial approach at Wimbledon. “It offered an interesting insight as Brendan was told by certain people that Swansea would not be able to play their football when they got promoted to the Premier League,” he said. “Brendan was told that the Premier League was quicker and faster with players that would press and stop you playing. But Swansea stuck to their footballing principles and it has worked. There are similarities between our situation and theirs. We also got promoted last season and have had to try and play our football without fear in a league when your life depends on staying up. You have to stick to your principles and beliefs. If you ever stop learning, then you are in trouble. I am sure that Sir Alex Ferguson will tell you that he is still learning."


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Wednesday 02 May 2012
dons trust news
The future for your club: complete our survey

It only took nine years, but imagine what could be achieved in the next nine!

As a fans-owned club, we need a strong Dons Trust, supported by and reflecting the views of our fans, to ensure the continued success of AFC Wimbledon after retaining our Football League status. The Dons Trust Membership Working Group is therefore running an online survey. The aim is to get as many views as possible on what the Dons Trust means to you and your fellow fans and how our membership could be more attractive. The results will be used to review how the Dons Trust communicates and promotes itself, to review members' benefits, and for a campaign to raise awareness and increase our membership, which will be launched at the start of next season.

Don't miss this opportunity to have your say. Your views will help to shape the future of the Dons Trust. The online survey will be open until 18 May and can be accessed by clicking here.


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Wednesday 02 May 2012
club news
Belfast Dons fan celebrated 60th birthday with Barnet walk

His team failed to complete the perfect 60th birthday celebrations for him on Saturday, but Dons fan Michael Fisher could take consolation from finishing his charity walk at Barnet.

Fisher, who lives in Belfast, achieved success at this year's Walk for Wimbledon, a 50-mile event that ended at Underhill on Saturday. The charity walk was part of a bigger overall aim for Fisher, who had undertaken to complete 60 miles, one for every year of his life, starting with 10 miles that he previously walked in Ireland.

A total of 12 Dons fans braved terrible weather conditions to set off on the walk on Thursday that involved a 22-mile hike along the London Outer Orbital Path (LOOP), starting from the Cherry Red Records Stadium. Another 17.5 miles was accomplished a day later with the final leg, a 10.5 mile stretch from Stanmore to Barnet's ground on Saturday. Organiser Matthew Breach, (Chair of the Dons Trust Board), was joined by Traci Jude-Sleet, Richard Lonsdale, Mario Fernandez, Rob Crane, Dave Chan, Greg Valentine, Andrew Horrocks, Angela Robbins, Richard Williams, Peter Monteath and Fisher. The downside for Fisher and the rest came with our 4-0 defeat at Underhill.

The Walk for Wimbledon aims to have raised at least a couple of thousand
pounds for the club and a similar amount for charities including Macmillan Cancer Support and The Mayor of Merton's Charities. Fisher is raising funds for the Dons along with the Moorfields Lions Korle Bu Trust, an eyesight project in West Africa. He has set-up a JustGiving page, which can be accessed by clicking here.


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Wednesday 02 May 2012
reserve team news
Marcus Gayle urges his side to make up for league disappointment

Wimbledon's reserves have been urged to go out with a bang in tomorrow night's cup final after they lost out on the title.

Boss Marcus Gayle is eager for his young squad to end the season by capturing more silverware when they take on Eastbourne tomorrow in the final of the Suburban League Shield at Tonbridge Angels (7.45pm start). That comes after Wimbledon experienced disappointment without playing last night when Woking beat Eastbourne 4-3 to pip them to the Suburban League title. But Gayle insists the season has still been a success and he will name a young squad tomorrow that contains several players that have come up from the club's Academy.

"We have to try and go out all guns blazing by winning the cup final," Gayle said. "I am really encouraged by the youngsters that have come into our squad throughout the season. The likes of Harry Wise, Chase Jacqhaurt, Will Bor, Jim Fenlon and Tom Beere have all done well this season and have staked a claim. Ade Osifuwa played for the first time in six weeks on Saturday after recovering from injury and it is good to have him back too. I was really pleased with the performance on Saturday. We have a fully fit squad to choose from and it is a chance for us to win another cup."


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Tuesday 01 May 2012
club news
New Commercial Executive wanted

The club is looking for a new Commercial Executive as we move towards our second season in League 2.

The successful applicant will be part of a tight knit, hardworking commercial department and their main responsibilities will include (but not be limited to):

- Sales of sponsorship and advertising packages
- Managing relationships with existing clients
- Coordinating matchday hospitality
- Managing various events e.g. end of season dinner, presence at community events.

Some unsocial hours will be required.

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone early in their career to take their first steps into the football industry. No previous experience in the sports industry required but a degree in a relevant discipline would be a bonus.

The salary will be commensurate with experience.

Please e-mail a CV and covering letter here. The closing deadline is Wednesday 2 May.

AFC Wimbledon is an equal opportunity employer.


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Tuesday 01 May 2012
dons trust news
The Dons future: a matter of finance

Our Dons Trust Board member, Iain McNay, has been exploring ideas that can help us raise funds to progress as a football club.

AFC Wimbledon needs extra income streams to entertain aspirations of rising towards League 1 and moving back to our spiritual home in the borough of Merton. But this needs to be achieved while retaining our status as a fans-owned club. To read more on this subject and how you can help, view the full article here.


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Tuesday 01 May 2012
club news
Deadline for season ticket renewals is Saturday

We would like to remind current season ticket holders that the deadline to renew your usual seat or terrace place for the 2012/13 season is this Saturday 5 May.

Direct Debit
If you currently pay by Direct Debit your season ticket will be automatically renewed. Should you not return your renewal form we will work on the assumption that you would like your ticket in the same place next season and that none of your personal details have changed. If you would like to change your location or any of the details we have on file for you please return your renewal form amending the appropriate areas.

If you have cancelled the Direct Debit mandate with your bank we will not renew your season ticket automatically.

Five Year Season Tickets
Supporters who have purchased a five year season ticket in previous years and have seasons remaining will have their season tickets automatically renewed. Should you wish to top your season ticket back up to five years, change your location in the stadium or amend your personal details please return your renewal form to us.

How to return your renewal forms
Forms can be sent to or handed in at the club address:

AFC Wimbledon
The Cherry Red Records Stadium
422a Kingston Road
Surrey
KT1 3PB

They can also be handed in at the complimentary tickets window before or after Saturday’s final home game of the season against Shrewsbury. We will also be accepting renewal forms before this Wednesday’s Dons Trust SGM (see below).

Questions regarding renewals
Somebody will be available to help with season ticket renewals before this Wednesday’s Dons Trust SGM at The Cherry Red Records Stadium. If you would like help filling in your renewal forms, or to ask questions regarding season tickets, please come to the middle bar any time between 6.00 pm and 7.30 pm on Wednesday evening.

You can also email here with queries or call 020 8547 3528 between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm on weekdays.

New applicants
Application forms for supporters who do not currently have season tickets will be made available on our website within the next couple of days.


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Tuesday 01 May 2012
first team news
Mat Mitchel-King: I'm taking nothing for granted

Mat Mitchel-King hopes his strong second-half to the season has done enough to convince Terry Brown to keep him at AFC Wimbledon.

The centre-back believes he is approaching his best form after missing just one of the last 25 games since making his belated Wimbledon debut at Rotherham in December. That came after he put a nightmare spell of injuries and illness behind him following his arrival last summer from Crewe Alexandra. However, Mitchel-King is taking nothing for granted that he will be on Terry Brown's retained list for next season.

"When I came back I was fighting for my future here," he said. "Of course, I feel part of the team now and in the past few games I have done all right. I have been getting back to my best. The weight that I lost due to my illness (glandular fever) has been put back on, but I also feel sharper and hopefully that has been coming across in my performances. Terry has a big decision to make and there are a few of us who are looking at next season. I have not had any inclination whether it is a 'yes' or a 'no' for me. I am happy here and I have moved back to London, but I do not want to set myself up for a fall. If I am in the team for Saturday, then I have to take my chance."

Mitchel-King accepts that Wimbledon's fans had every right to vent their frustration with Saturday's 4-0 defeat at Barnet. "Some of us are playing at the height of our careers in that we have worked hard to get to this level and games like Saturday, a big London derby, are games that you want to play in," he added. "You do not want to give a poor account of yourself and you want to put in 100 per cent. I think a few of the fans got the impression that we were not doing that and that is the hardest thing to swallow. We have kept saying that we do not want to finish the season on a low note and we are looking forward to Shewsbury and giving a good performance in front of our fans."

The 28-year-old, who earned a move to the Football League with Crewe three years ago after impressing for Histon, believes there will be more to come from him if he can get a full pre-season under his belt. "I feel like I have always been playing catch-up after missing the first few months," he added. "When I got thrown in at Rotherham, I played for 85 minutes and then played the next three games. I was then rested by the manager against Swindon, which I needed. Since then I have played every single game. That has been great for me personally, though there have been some difficult times as in a few games I was struggling in the early part of games. But now I feel fit and strong and if I can get a full pre-season under my belt, then I will be able to hit the ground running."


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Tuesday 01 May 2012
youth news
Seven Dons starlets clinch county cup success

It was glory all the way for seven AFC Wimbledon youngsters as they helped Surrey lift the South Eastern Area Schools Cup.

Surrey's impressive 4-2 win against Kent at Maidstone had plenty of influence from Tony Wilson's Wimbledon U15 squad with Billy Bishop, Callum Wilson, Ryan Sweeney, Taylor Roles, Danny Gallagher, Jake Gill and Ramille Le Blanc, all starring in the success. The competition featured the best rising talents around with Surrey's squad of players from professional clubs taking on a Kent crop consisting of youngsters from Millwall, Chalton, Reading and West Ham. The Dons youngsters helped Surrey to victories against Middlesex, Essex, Sussex and Buckinghamshire on their way to Friday's final.

AFC Wimbledon's U15 manager, Tony Wilson, said: "For the Surrey team to have seven boys who play for the Dons is unique and demonstrates our commitment to developing local boys with lots of potential. The boys have done themselves and the club proud as it shows that we can develop players who can compete at the highest level."


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