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Tuesday 28 June 2005
dons trust news
The numbers game

The AFCW PLC results for the 9 months to 31 March 2005 were released at the recent Special General Meeting of the Dons Trust and can be downloaded here as a PDF file (108kb).

Adobe Reader (Adobe Acrobat Reader) is required to view. If you do not have this installed it can be obtained here.


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Sunday 26 June 2005
club news
FC United of Manchester ticket sales details

Tickets for the pre-season friendly match against Football Club United of Manchester (FCUM) are now on general sale as follows:

By post:

- Payment by cheque: Please send your application to the AFCW office (see below for address), enclosing a cheque for the correct amount made out to AFC Wimbledon Ltd, a stamped self-addressed envelope and a contact number.

- Payment by credit card: Please send your application to the AFCW office (see below for address), setting out your ticket requirements, your card details (16-digit card number, the three digit security number from the reverse, expiry date, valid from date and issue number if applicable) your mailing address (which must be the same address as for your card) and a contact number. Please note there will be a £1 per order charge for all debit and credit card sales.

By phone:

Tickets can be bought using a credit or debit card by calling our tickets hotline on weekdays between 10.00 am and 8.00 pm on 020 8546 9582 and no other AFCW number. Please note that the hotline is for credit/debit card sales only; general queries should be addressed to 020 8547 3528. Please note there will be a £1 per order charge for all debit and credit card sales.

By fax:

Tickets can be bought by sending a fax to 020 8974 5713 setting out your ticket requirements, your card details (16-digit card number, the three-digit security number from the reverse, expiry date, ?valid from? date and issue number if applicable) your mailing address (which must be the same address as for your card) and a contact number. Please note there will be a £1 per order charge for all debit and credit card sales. If you would like confirmation that your order has been processed, please include an email address in the fax.

Priority booking

AFCW season ticket holders who have already applied for their ticket for the 2005/06 season will be given preference for ticket applications until the office closes on Friday 1 July.

FCUM Founder Members who have fulfilled their pledge should write ?Founder Member? on their application, making sure to use precisely the same name and initials as on their pledge. FCUM Founder Members will be given preference for the FCUM ticket allocation until the office closes on Friday 1 July.

Seats in the main stand

We will allocate the best seats available to each applicant in turn. We cannot meet requests for specific seats. Please note that the last applicants may be allocated seats in the front rows; these seats are not under cover.

Despatch of tickets

We will start to post tickets in the week beginning 11 July.

Prices are as follows:

Adults: Main Stand £9, terraces £7

Concessions (over-60s, full-time students, unemployed): Main Stand £5, terraces £4

Under 16s: Main Stand £3, terraces £2

There will be a £1 per order charge for tickets bought by credit or debit card.

AFCW address

Postal applications should be sent to:

Ticket Office
AFC Wimbledon
The Fans? Stadium ? Kingsmeadow
422a Kingston Road
Kingston upon Thames
KT1 3PB

Tel: 020 8547 3528

For those fans who have never been to Kingsmeadow:

Directions to Kingsmeadow can be found here

Kingsmeadow is a stadium which has hosted Conference football as recently as 2001 and has a current capacity of 4,500. The main stand contains just over 1,000 seats. The remainder of the stadium is terraced and access to all three terraces can be gained from the turnstiles at each end of the ground.

There are two bars with a total capacity of about 400 people although many more fans stand outside in the summer.

Supporters may smoke freely in all parts of the terrace and in the main bar, away from the serving area. All other parts of the stadium are strictly non-smoking.

The ground is served by a car park which has limited capacity. It is rarely possible to gain entry after 1.30 pm on a busy match day but there is street parking available nearby. Please park considerately.

Disabled fans who are concerned about access should contact the club on 020 8547 3528 and we will explain our facilities to you; please don?t call the hotline for this advice


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Saturday 25 June 2005
ladies news
Girls Trials This Sunday

A reminder that open trials for the new girls U12 and U14 teams will be held at the club's training ground, Kingston University Fields in Tolworth, on 3rd July, starting at midday. All players aged at least 10 and younger than 14 on 1st August 2005 are welcome to come along.

If anyone is interested in joining, helping out in any capacity or sponsoring in any way, please contact Toby on 07831 570441 or by e-mail at youth@afcwl.co.uk


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Saturday 25 June 2005
club news
Help needed selling tickets for FC United of Manchester game

For the friendly match on 23 July we intend to sell tickets in advance as we are expecting a large crowd. Since announcing the game we have received a very high number of enquiries.

In order to sell tickets as efficiently and quickly as possible, we have made arrangements for a credit card hotline service, using a dedicated telephone number and a credit card acceptance procedure adapted from that used for the online shop.

In order to operate this, we will need need at least one and preferably two or more helpers to answer the calls and process the credit card payments, and to assist with sending out tickets once they are printed.

If you are available during the daytime or early evenings over the next two weeks, have a good telephone manner, can type quickly and accurately and would like to help out, please drop a line to kris.stewart@afcwimbledon.co.uk as soon as possible.


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Saturday 25 June 2005
club news
Joe Sheerin moves on

Following a meeting between Dave Anderson and Joe Sheerin this afternoon, the club regrets to annouce that Joe has informed us that he has accepted an offer from Croydon Athletic for the 2005-06 season.

After the meeting Joe said:

"I am very disappointed to leave but I'm looking forward to a new challenge. Wimbledon has been my home for the last three years and I've enjoyed every minute of that time. Although last year was very frustrating I did enjoy being part of the club and felt I did contribute to the season. I've got huge respect for Dave and JT and Wazza and I feel I have learned a lot from them. Playing here last season was the nearest I have experienced to being at a pro club since I left Bournemouth.

"Now I know I need to go away and prove I can play a full season, that's the best thing that I can do. And after that, who knows? This club is in my heart and always will be, much more so than anywhere else I've been"

Manager Anderson commented: "Today's was a very strange meeting for both of us because we both want Joe to be at the club, but I appreciate that Joe has had a very good offer from Croydon Athletic. Joe appreciates that what we were talking about was performance-related, because of his frustrating season last year. It's probably one of the few times that if we had changed seats we would have come up with the same thing.

Joe was the first Wimbledon player I spoke to when I got the job, and from that meeting to this meeting we have never had a problem with each other. Joe's playing ability isn't and never has been in doubt and as a person he is someone that I plan to keep in touch with because he is such a genuine guy. I wish him well at Croydon Athletic, but - and you won't hear me say this often - I would not rule out seeing him in a Wimbledon shirt again in the future."

Chairman Kris Stewart added: "The whole club is very sad to see Joe move on. From the day of the trials back in June 2002 right up to today, Joe has been a very big part of the AFC Wimbledon story. He and Dave have said everything that needs saying and all I will add is that we will miss Joe enormously."

Joe Sheerin made 85 competitive first-team appearances for Wimbledon, 15 as a substitute, and scored 35 goals.


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Thursday 23 June 2005
club news
AFC Wimbledon and NESCOT announce partnership

AFC Wimbledon is delighted to announce a partnership with NESCOT (Epsom?s college of further and higher education) which will see young footballers given the opportunity to benefit from a high quality academic and football education under one roof.

The club will play an active part in the current NESCOT programme for the 2005-06 season and academic year in preparation for providing a new intake to the programme in September 2006.

The new AFC Wimbledon under-16s sides will be given the opportunity to apply for a place on the scheme in September 2006, with initial presentations to players and parents expected in late Autumn 2005.

Lubna Kazmi, Director of External Relations at NESCOT said ?This is an exciting and innovative development and we are pleased to be involved in the education of these young people?

The Principal, Bill Grady, OBE added his congratulations to the project ?With the commitment shown by both partners, I am confident that this will be a flagship project within this area of work?

The Youth Development Programme will provide players for the NESCOT English Colleges Football Association (ECFA) team as well as an AFC Wimbledon Youth side to play in the Football Conference Youth League (FCYL). An application has been made to the FCYL for the 2005-06 season.

The Youth Development Programme will include football coaching on Monday and Friday afternoons and ECFA and FYCL games on Wednesday afternoons. To accommodate these changes the club has notified the Southern Youth League of its intention to withdraw its under-18s side from that competition for the coming season.

Nigel Higgs, the Dons Trust board member responsible for AFC Wimbledon Youth and Community Football welcomed the news:

"It's great to be adding another piece of the jigsaw. The Programme, on top of our mini-soccer and youth sides running from under-8s to under-16s, puts us another step along the road to our ultimate aim of a youth setup at Wimbledon to rival the professional academies."

Kris Stewart, Chairman of AFC Wimbledon, added:

"The Youth Development Programme is the culmination of several months of planning and hard work by a number of people both within AFC Wimbledon and outside. As we strive to progress higher in the pyramid, we will come to depend more and more on home-grown youth players. To have a partnership with NESCOT means that we can be assured that our young players will get the best academically as well as in their football development."

The league-winning 2004-05 AFC Wimbledon under-18s players have all been invited back to pre-season training where they will have the opportunity to stake a claim for a senior spot with the club.



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Thursday 23 June 2005
club news
More help needed at the stadium this weekend

This weekend, 25 and 26 June, we have another working bee planned. Some supporters have already signed up to helping fill holes in the car park, clean the main stand, repaint barriers and other jobs. However we do need more people, so if you can spare some time on Saturday or Sunday, please drop us a line on summerwork@afcwimbledon.co.uk or call the office between 10 am and 4 pm on 020 8547 3528.

Work will be starting at 9:30 each day.

If you are busy this weekend but would like to pop down at some other time - during the week in the daytime or evenings, or another weekend - then do please let us know and we will find something suitable.


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Wednesday 22 June 2005
club news
Sales job re-advertised

The vacant Commercial Sales position at AFC Wimbledon, announced recently here and in the club programme, is now being re-advertised.

Although we received a good number of applications, the two strongest candidates accepted alternative offers and so we were unable to proceed with making an appointment.

We now invite new applicants to respond to the following:

Like football?
Love sales?
This could be your perfect job!

SW London

£15k basic, £30k ote (year one)

AFC Wimbledon is one of football?s most incredible clubs and a shining example of how to triumph through adversity both on and off the pitch.

Known throughout the football world for our passion, ambition and commercial intelligence, we are now urgently seeking a like-minded individual to take the club on to the next level in terms of advertising and sponsorship sales.

As with many sales jobs you will be prepared to make eighty cold telephone sales calls each day if necessary. You will require minimal management. You will be able to handle regular rejection. You will be happy sitting face to face with new and existing clients. Above all you will have a hunger to succeed in a sales role where your performance will have a direct influence on how far the football club is able to progress through the leagues.

This is an opportunity for a dynamic person who is willing to learn to gain valuable sales experience in a sporting environment. You will have a minimum of one year?s experience in business to business sales.

A little over three years ago there was no AFC Wimbledon. The club now gets regular crowds of over 3000 and has enjoyed two consecutive league and cup doubles!

If you would like to enjoy AND contribute to the club?s continued success at the same time as taking a major step up your own career ladder then please send your current CV together with covering notes advising your suitability for this role to:

Mr Ivor Heller
Commercial Director
AFC Wimbledon
The Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow
Jack Goodchild Way
422a Kingston Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey
KT1 3PB

or by email to jobs@afcwimbledon.co.uk

to arrive by 5 pm on Friday 1 July.

Suitable candidates will be given a short telephone interview in the first instance.

AFC Wimbledon is an equal opportunities employer.


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Wednesday 22 June 2005
club news
Final friendlies announced

The last two first team friendlies for the 2005-06 pre-season have now been announced.

On Tuesday 19 July, the Dons will visit Hanwell Town's Reynolds Field, and then on Saturday 23 July the first home match of the summer sees newly-formed Football Club United of Manchester at The Fans' Stadium.

We expect the FC United of Manchester game to attract a great deal of interest and therefore intend to sell tickets in advance. Details will be announced as soon as possible.


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Tuesday 21 June 2005
cfs news
Six Week Summer Soccer Course Programme Announced

This summer the Community Football Scheme is running soccer courses throughout Merton and Kingston. The programme is running for a full six weeks and has something for everyone, from half day and full day courses to goalkeepers' and strikers' courses. Everyone who takes part on the course will receive an AFC Wimbledon gift pack and two tickets to see the first team in action.

All our courses are staffed by FA qualified and CRB checked coaches who will provide a programme based around fun learning. Courses are for boys and girls aged 5 ? 12 of all abilities - so come on down and join the fun.

For further course details click here or for an application form call the scheme on 020 8974 5712.


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Sunday 19 June 2005
dons trust news
Dons Draw ? June 2005 results

The tenth Dons Draw took place on the morning of Friday 17 June at Kingsmeadow, with John Owen, the Dons Draw Treasurer and Board member, controlling the draw process, whilst Kris Stewart again plucked the winning numbers this month.

The cash prizes increased for the seventh consecutive month, with the June 2005 jackpot now standing at a record high of £690!

This month there were three new winners. The winning ticket numbers and prizes were as follows:

First prize of £690 - ticket 1077 ? Neil Asquith from Bradford
Second prize of £345 - ticket 0673 ? Alan Dearman from Chessington
Third prize of £115 - ticket 2106 ? Mario Rajakone from London SW19

Congratulations to Neil, Alan and Mario!

The next Dons Draw will take place on 15 July 2005, just before the pre-season friendly matches kick off.

Any questions that you may have relating to the Dons Draw may be sent to the Dons Draw team at donsdraw@thedonstrust.org and you can be sure that we will come back to you as soon as possible.

And don?t forget - the deadline for entry for the next draw is 30 June 2005. To join the Dons Draw you can sign up here.


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Saturday 18 June 2005
club news
Why not make a FYST of it?

Sufficient new applications for five-year season tickets (FYSTs) have now arrived to allow us to pay a further £20,000 off the debt to Mr Khosla. This reduces the amount due to him to £540,000.

Following the late surge of applications at the end of May, as the deadline loomed for securing the same seat as last year, they have slowed to a more sedate pace. Nonetheless, we have received about 1,075 to date, of which well over 10% are new applicants. FYSTs are still running at over 20% of the total applications.

If you are planning to apply soon, please think about going for a FYST. We have used all the FYST money to repay Mr Khosla, immediately reducing the debt and the interest we pay.

Our debt comprise the £540,000 and about £235,000 re the DT Bond.


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Friday 17 June 2005
club news
Yet more weekend fun in Wimbledon.

Wimbledon Art Studios are throwing their doors open to the public this weekend - and the more Dons fans who turn up, the better for our club.

On your way to or from the Wimbledon Village Fair, or after you've watched (or even played in) the 5-a-side competition, why not drop in to the studios, near Wimbledon Stadium? Don't forget to sign in as a Wimbledon supporter - the organisation has pledged support for AFCW which could lead to an ongoing relationship between them and us.

Jane Cavanagh, Studio Coordinator, explained:

"Twice a year in June and December the Artists here throw open their studios, giving the public the opportunity to buy direct and to get an insight into the behind the scenes world of one of the largest art studios in London.

Each show there is plenty of new and rising talent as well as the more established artists. You will find among the 100 artists here a diverse mix of ceramics, textiles, sculpture, furniture design and painting. The Show itself lasts for three days with a special event on Friday evening especially for the locals and their friends to come down and discover what is on their doorstep.

The studios themselves are tucked away in the shadow of Wimbledon Stadium, set up high in an old light industrial packaging warehouse, within a large courtyard of similar buildings. Visitors take a journey through a labyrinth of corridors with each studio door opened up to entice you to walk in and discover the work within.

This year we have two new events, the special Friday Evening Event on 17 June from 6pm to 9pm when we are offering free beer and wine as well as the chance to see all the wealth of work, and we will also have a marquee up at Wimbledon Village Fair on Saturday 18 June from 10:30am to 5:30pm where there will be an exhibition representing some of the work that can be found at the Show.

We are lucky enough to offer free parking here at Riverside Yard and there is no entry fee. This year we have Refuel, a local sandwich bar and Café, serving throughout the Show, so you can relax after spending a stimulating visit here.

Wimbledon Art Studios, Riverside Yard
Riverside Road, London SW17 0BB"

The studios are open on Friday 17 June 2-9pm, Saturday 18 June 11-6pm and Sunday 19 June 11-6pm.


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Friday 17 June 2005
dons trust news
Lend a hand this Saturday

There are two opportunities to help AFC Wimbledon and the Dons Trust this Saturday, 18 June.

As in previous years, we have a stall and will be running various games at the Wimbledon Village Fair. The Fair is always very well attended and we have made a big impression there for the last three years. We have also made a fair amount of money for both the club and The Dons Trust.

The Fair takes place from 10.30am to 5.30pm, at Wimbledon Common Southside (at the top of Wimbledon Hill, close to the war memorial and Rushmere Pond). Our stall will be close to Southside, the games will be on the other side of Rushmere Pond along with the AFC Wimbledon Community Football coaches. Roger Dennis is organising our presence at the Fair and still needs a few more volunteers to help on the stall, run the games, hand out leaflets and talk to people about the club and Trust. If you can help, please contact Roger at roger.dennis@thedonstrust.org or come along any time from 10.00am onwards. Helpers for the lunchtime and afternoon shifts are always welcome.

The official AFC Wimbledon 5 a side football tournament will also take place on Saturday 18th June on Prince Georges Playing Fields, Grand Drive, Raynes Park.

This is the third time the tournament has run, it has always been well supported and is a useful fundraising source for the Dons' Trust and AFC Wimbledon.

There will 32 teams playing, split into groups of 4 teams each, with the first group games kicking off at 10am. The aim is to play the tournament finals at approx 3.15pm.

There will be car parking on site, a BBQ and refreshments provided by Raynes Park FC, a raffle of assorted AFC Wimbledon memorabilia and an ice cream van!

Mark Lewis is the organiser of the tournament and needs a few more volunteers to help out with the car park, scoring for the tournament itself as well as selling raffle tickets. Help is needed from 9.15am on Saturday morning with the preparation of the tournament, but any help for even just a short time would be welcome.

Please email Mark on fiveaside@afcwimbledon.co.uk or call him on 07989 967 503 for more information - alternatively just turn up on the day.

The entrance to the playing fields is on Grand Drive approx 400 yards from the traffic lights with Bushey Road.

Subject to availability, players in the squads include a number of well known present and former AFC Wimbledon players, so a lively day should be guaranteed.


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Thursday 16 June 2005
club news
Have you got the write stuff?

AFC Wimbledon?s journalist for the last two years, Charlie Talbot, has moved on to pastures new. The club would like to thank Charlie for all his hard work and wish him all the best in all his future endeavours.

To fill the gap left by Charlie?s departure, we need a mix of writing and PR skills covering the following:

o Researching, writing and editing the AFC Wimbledon matchday programme to strict deadlines

o Updating the AFC Wimbledon website on a daily basis

o Co-ordinating press & PR activity


In the press & PR arena we need a first point of call for all media demands. However this is not simply a reactive role. We need to generate local and national coverage on a proactive basis, to consolidate and build on our existing profile.

Due to extreme pressure on space at Kingsmeadow, we are not able to provide office space at the stadium during the working week. An individual working on a freelance basis would be the ideal way to fill this role. However, we are open to other proposals.

If you believe that you have what is required to fulfil this role, please contact us, giving details of your skills and experience, examples of previous published work and your proposals for PR activity. Please include your earning expectations from this role.

Send your proposals to:

Kris Stewart
Chairman
AFC Wimbledon
The Fans? Stadium ? Kingsmeadow
Jack Goodchild Way
422a Kingston Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey
KT1 3PB

or by email to kris.stewart@afcwimbledon.co.uk , to arrive by 5 pm on Friday 24 June 2005.

AFC Wimbledon is an equal opportunities organisation.

Note:

The programme is likely to be a 48- or 52-page full colour publication.

The website updates should comprise original material including:

o Match previews and match reaction
o Club news
o Promotion and coverage of other club and stadium events



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Tuesday 14 June 2005
ladies news
AFC Wimbledon Ladies to restart U12 & U14 teams

AFC Wimbledon Ladies and the Dons Trust are pleased to announce that we are restarting the girls U12 and U14 teams for the 2005/06 season.

Toby Crisp and Nick Flinders have been appointed managers of the two teams, and bring a wealth of experience of managing girls football to the club.

Open trials will be held at the club's training ground, Kingston University Fields in Tolworth, on 3rd July, starting at midday and all players are welcome to come along.

If anyone is interested in joining, helping out in any capacity or sponsoring in any way, please contact Toby on 07831 570441 or by e-mail at youth@afcwl.co.uk


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Saturday 11 June 2005
ladies news
Ladies Herts

AFC Wimbledon Ladies have entered a team in tomorrow's Watford 6-a-side Tournament.

A team comprising Laura Smith, Kelly Nethercoat, Lauren Nuttall, Julie Bygrave, Michelle Riley, Beth Sims and Rachel Axon will compete against 53 other teams at Watford's Sun Postal Sports ground, kicking off at 10 am. The event is likely to last until early evening.


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Saturday 11 June 2005
club news
Little looms large

Crawley Town goalkeeper Andy Little today agreed terms with Dave Anderson to join Wimbledon for the 2005-06 season.

Andy, who played 10 first team games in Crawley's inaugural Conference season in 2004-05, joined the Sussex club from Sutton in 2000. He won a Southern League Premier Division championship medal in 2003-04, memorably playing in the "6-pointer" at home to Weymouth in front of a crowd of 4,522.

Dave Anderson explained: "I've had my eye on Andy for a while and once again we've signed a player who has had to drop a level to play for us. With his experience in the Doc Martens Prem and in the Conference, Andy will be good for us."

Before leaving on his summer holidays, Andy said "I am delighted to be signing for such a big club and I'm looking forward to meeting the lads when pre-season starts next month."

What Andy didn't know is that Wimbledon physio Mike Rayner is on the same flight as him today. Once you are in the Dons fold, we like to keep an eye on you...

Once he's back from holiday Andy's profile will be updated with all the usual facts and figures.


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Friday 10 June 2005
club news
All White all right

Shane Smeltz came on as a late substitute in last night's international friendly between Australia and New Zealand. We caught up briefly with the Kiwi Womble as he was checking in at Heathrow for a flight back home today and he asked us to pass on his thanks to the over 100 Wimbledon supporters who went along to cheer him on. Shane was very proud to add to his caps last night and is planning to bring back a New Zealand shirt with him for the club to display at Kingsmeadow.

Manager Dave Anderson and club secretary Trevor Williams were among the 9,000-plus crowd at Craven Cottage who saw Australia win 1-0 with a late Simon Colosimo goal. The match was shown live on Sky Sports 1.


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Thursday 09 June 2005
club news
Shane against the Socceroos

Wimbledon's New Zealand international striker Shane Smeltz is expecting to start on the bench in tonight's friendly against Australia at Craven Cottage.

The game, which is being shown live on Sky Sports 1, kicks off at 7:45 pm. Tickets start from £15 and will be available on the gate. Extended highlights of the match will be shown on Sky Sports 1 at midnight tonight.

Shane has played 7 times for the All Whites, scoring one goal so far.


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Wednesday 08 June 2005
club news
Yorkie and Dave on the newest Womble

Matt York spoke about his feelings on joining AFC Wimbledon:

"I am really looking forward to playing for Wimbledon - it's a massive club with big ambitions, so although it's a league lower it's not really a step down. The club want to win things and have shown this season that they can, so I'm here to help win more trophies.

"I can't wait to play in front of 3000 people. I have been speaking to people about the manager and have heard glowing reports about him - I think he can make me a better player."

Manager Dave Anderson added: "Matt is another Conference South player, and another club captain, which shows the quality of player we are looking at. Signing Matt shows the pulling power of this club, as he has agreed to take a step down to come here. He's got a great range of passing but is also very, very competitive - put all that together and I'm sure people will understand why I am very happy with this signing."


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Wednesday 08 June 2005
club news
Matt York agrees terms with Wimbledon

Central midfielder Matt York, captain of Nationwide South Carshalton Athletic in 2004/05, has today agreed terms with Dave Anderson for the season 2005/06.

26 year-old Matt, a youth player with Banstead Athletic who signed for Carshalton five years ago, is a well thought of and much sought after player who is good on the ball and a strong tackler.

Dave's thoughts and Matt's reaction to moving to the Dons will follow here soon.


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Wednesday 08 June 2005
dons trust news
Mitcham Carnival this Saturday - come down

AFC Wimbledon and the Dons Trust will be at the Mitcham Carnival this Saturday, 11 June.  The Carnival runs from 12 noon to 5.30pm and is held at Three Kings' Piece, Commonside West, Mitcham.  Attractions include a fun fair, stalls, music, Little League football tournament and arena events.  In addition, there is a parade at 12 noon from Figges Marsh, London Road, Mitcham to Three Kings' Piece.  Previous Carnivals have provided something for all the family and the AFC Wimbledon/Dons Trust presence has always been successful.

Roger Dennis is organising our presence at this year's Carnival and is looking for a few more helpers on the day.  Volunteers are needed for two activities. One is manning our stall and games, possibly also selling club merchandise or giving out leaflets and generally promoting the club and Trust. No one has to stay for the whole five and a half hours and helpers from 2pm onwards will be welcome.

Also, we need supporters to take part in the Carnival parade from Figges Marsh to the Carnival site.  The parade starts at 12 noon and takes about half an hour.  The theme this year is Leisure For Life, so our participation is quite apt.  We will want people to assemble, in colours, at 11.30am.  We will have a banner to show who we are and a couple of other things may be arranged as well.  Once the parade has finished, you can look round the Carnival and/or help on our stall.

Please let Roger Dennis know if you can help with the stall or the parade or both.  Roger can be contacted on roger.dennis@thedonstrust.org or simply turn up at 11.30 for the parade or anytime to help at the Carnival.


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Tuesday 07 June 2005
club news
Quiz night, Wednesday 8 June, at The Fans' Stadium

Once again it's time for our popular monthly trivia quiz, in the main bar at Kingsmeadow.

The night begins at 8.00 pm, though it's often advisable to arrive early to make sure you get your favourite table.

Entry is £1 per person and there are five rounds, finishing in good time to get home by public transport. Teams can have any number of people but 6 - 8 members is ideal. The rounds are the usual mixture of a picture quiz, music, general knowledge and a final round which includes the chance to win the jackpot.



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Monday 06 June 2005
club news
Have you put your name down yet?

Thanks for those who have already replied offering their services cleaning and reapairing at the stadium this month.

For those yet to reply, here's a gentle reminder:

As in previous years, this summer we have plenty of work to do at the stadium to get ready for the new season.

Over the weekends of 11/12 and 25/26 June we will be cleaning (seats, toilets, inside and outside), painting (slapping it on in some places, delicate skilled work in others, gardening (ripping out entire hedges as well as simple grass-cutting), filling holes in the overflow car park (involving some heavy lifting), disposing properly of all the rubbish we generate and generally doing all those jobs which don?t get done during the football season.

If you can help with any of the above, or if you can come down to the stadium and keep those who are working in tea, the please let us know.

Drop us a line to summerwork@afcwimbledon.co.uk and tell us who you are, when you are free, what you can do, what useful equipment you are able to bring along with you and if you have a car suitable for transporting equipment or rubbish, and we?ll get back to you to confirm details.

If anyone is not free those weekends but does have time available during the week, then please also get in touch - there's plenty of work to go round.



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Saturday 04 June 2005
club news
Golf Day Cancelled

The AFC Wimbledon Golf Day, scheduled for Thursday 9 June at Malden Golf Club, has been cancelled.

We would like to thank everyone who expressed an interest in attending this event.

It is hoped that a new date will be found later in the year.


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Friday 03 June 2005
club news
Kristian hands Anderson a fairy-tale ending to the season

AFC Wimbledon today signed a 3-year contract with manager Dave Anderson.

Chairman Kris Stewart said, "We've been talking to Dave for a while now and I'm very pleased that we've managed to come up with a deal that everyone's happy with.

"Over the last year we've developed good ways of working together, based on trust and mutual respect. Dave has done more than was asked of him when we hired him and I'm very hopeful that he can grow and progress alongside the club as we continue our quest back towards the Football League."

Dave added: "I came to Wimbledon without a contract as I desperately wanted the job. I'm happy with what I've done since last summer and it's great to have that recognised. Signing a contract cements the excellent relationship between me and the board and is a great reward for the success we've had so far.

"I believe we've moved the club on a step, become more professional in how we do things, and that needs to continue. I hope when I go back to the Chairman to renegotiate it will be as manager of a Conference South football club. And that's what I'm already working as hard as I can to achieve."

The manager added his thoughts on the goalkeeper situation: "Danny Naisbitt and his agent are aware that Danny doesn't feature in my plans for the Ryman Premier. We've signed Josh Lennie on a contract and I'm looking for a more experienced keeper to add to the squad over the next couple of weeks. The two of them will be fighting it out for the number one jersey next season"


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Friday 03 June 2005
club news
Ricky Hatton tickets up for grabs

At the recent AFC Wimbledon boxing event a pair of tickets for tomorrow night?s Ricky Hatton versus Kostya Tszyu World Light Welterweight Champion fight in Manchester were sold by auction. Since the event the buyer has pulled out leaving the club with two outstanding tickets and missing an expected amount of money in the ground fund.

The tickets were donated by Ricky?s father and so cannot be sold on e-bay (for example).

You are invited to bid for these tickets by emailing or sending a text message to the club?s commercial director Ivor Heller email: ivor.heller@afcwimbledon.co.uk text: 07973 322409 by 5.30pm today (Friday 3 June).

The tickets are for seats 1 & 2 of row A block 208 of the upper tier.


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Friday 03 June 2005
club news
A little bit more off the top

The surge of applications at the deadline for main stand season ticket renewal included a large number of five-year season tickets. As a result, we have been able to make a further payment of £15,000 to reduce the debt to Mr Khosla to £560,000.

The amount owed to Bond holders is approximately £235,000, making our total debt £795,000.


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Thursday 02 June 2005
club news
Head of stewarding required

The club wants to recruit a head of stewarding. The role involves overall management of our matchday stewarding activities, including:

? Developing a pool of stewards to ensure that we have enough to meet our needs

? Recruiting additional stewards

? Ensuring that all stewards are appropriately trained

? Liaising with the police regarding matchday arrangements

? Updating our stewarding and safety policies

This is a challenging job and will require someone with good organisational and inter-personal skills. Ideally, we are looking for someone with a safety background who is used to leading a team of people.

We hope that the position will be filled by a volunteer, although we are willing to pay a small amount to a particularly strong candidate.

Applicants should write to the club or email info@afcwimbledon.co.uk by 17 June.


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Thursday 02 June 2005
club news
Steve Gibson released

Manager Dave Anderson today released Steve Gibson from the club.

Dave said: "I never find it easy to release players but when it's someone who is as genuinely nice as Gibbo it's all the harder. I don't need to tell anyone at the football club what a great lad he is and that he will be missed, not least on the terraces where it's obvious he's very popular. But I have to do what I think is right for us for next season. I know everyone will join me in wishing Steve all the best."

Steve Gibson made 88 first team appearances for Wimbledon, including 73 starts, scoring four goals and winning a CCL Premier Division and Premier Challenge Cup double in 2003-04 and a Ryman League Division One and Surrey Senior Cup double in 2004-05. The club would like to thank Steve for everything he's done with us and wish him every success in his studies and his football career.


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Thursday 02 June 2005
dons trust news
Mailing of SGM papers

Dons Trust members will be aware of the forthcoming SGM on 16th June. Papers for this meeting were sent out by mail last week to those members who have not indicated that they would wish to receive such notices by e-mail. Unfortunately, due to an oversight by the company which handled the mail-out on our behalf, the postage paid per envelope was too low for the weight of papers. A number of members have been asked to pay a supplement of £1.05 by the Royal Mail upon delivery.

The mailing company has therefore agreed to send out, at its own expense, a repeat copy of the SGM papers to save members from having to retrieve the evelope from the Royal Mail at a surcharge of £1.05. We trust that members will be satisfied that this is the appropriate course of action to be followed in the circumstances.

To download the covering letter as a PDF file click here (44kb)

To download the agenda as a PDF file click here (124kb)

To download the proposed member's resolutions as a PDF file click here (72kb)

To download the notes of the SGM held on April 14 2005 as a PDF file click here (140kb)

To download the proxy form as a PDF file click here (140kb)

To download the 'Shares in AFCW PLC' paper (agenda item 4) as a PDF file click here (52kb)

To download the quarterly report as a PDF file click here (140kb)

Adobe Acrobat 4.0 or higher version is need to view these .pdf documents. Download the latest version here.

Members are reminded that they can in future opt to receive Dons Trust papers by e-mail by sending a request to membership@thedonstrust.org


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Wednesday 01 June 2005
club news
Live music at The Fans' Stadium this Friday

A reminder that "Cinco de Give & Go", the fifth AFC Wimbledon band night, takes place this Friday, 3 June, at Kingsmeadow (doors 7.30 pm, entrance £6). The two bands on offer this time are The Warming, touted as the natural successors to Reef (at least by us) and Marc Jones' favourite punk popsters, The Stabilisers, who supported the Buzzcocks on some of their UK tour earlier this year. You can find out more about the bands on their websites and download an MP3 or two. Go to www.thestabilisers.com and www.thewarming.com.

The team are currently working on a dedicated website for Give & Go, where you'll be able to keep up to date as more gigs are added, find out the latest news from the Give & Go bands and, if the mood takes you, send Kevin Borras information about bands you think would be perfect for future nights. We will let you know as soon as the website is ready - the email address is up and running already - kevinb@giveandgo.co.uk.

Finally, the first issue of Go! Magazine, which is out this week, includes a feature on Give & Go and there's a competition where you can win one of 25 Give & Go CDs. Look out for it in all good newsagents.


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Wednesday 01 June 2005
club news
Season ticket sales going up, debt going down

Five-year season tickets ("FYSTs") continue to prove very popular, so much so that the club has been able to repay a further £20,000 to Mr Khosla, reducing the debt to him to £575,000. The amount owed re the Dons Trust Bond, which is at a much lower interest rate, is £225,000 and so the total debt is now £800,000.

After processing the mail on 31 May, we had received a total of 960 ST applications. In total, ST sales are over 40% higher than at the end of May last year. Because we have been dealing with so many applications, it is too early to tell what proportion of these sales are new, or whether the increase is mainly due to people buying their ST earlier than last year.

Of the 960 sales to date, 210 are for FYSTs. We encourage supporters to buy FYSTs because we can use the money to repay the debt to Mr Khosla all the sooner and this will reduce our interest costs.

One reason for the recent surge in applications is that 31 May was the deadline for main stand ST holders to secure their seats for next season. We are now starting to double-check the data that we've input to our database. Once we have completed this work, we will be able to check the availability of seats for ST holders who wish to move to a better seat and, after that, for new applicants. This process is likely to take several weeks to complete.


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