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Friday 30 June 2006
club news
Watch England at Kingsmeadow

Come and join fellow fans at Kingsmeadow on Saturday for England's quarter final match against Portugal. Kick off is at 4.00pm but the bar is open from noon.

Please note that we will be showing Italy v Ukraine on Friday evening but the bar will not be open for Brazil v France on Saturday night.



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Thursday 29 June 2006
club news
9 Month accounts for AFCW PLC published

AFCW PLC today publishes its 9-month accounts for the period ending 31 March
2006, as seen by the pilot Strategic Review Board (SROB) last week. These
can be downloaded here (40kb).

The results show the organisation just ahead of our most recent forecast, produced in December 2005 and published alongside the 6-month results in March. As you will see from the profit and loss account, in 2005-06 we spent considerably more on the football side and have yet to see the full benefits of the appointment of Keith McGuinness as Commercial Executive - the full fruits of his work have started to come through now and will show a significant improvement in 2006-07.

Any questions or comments on these accounts can be sent to info@afcwimbledon.co.uk

The next results to be published will be the full year audited accounts, which we expect to be available in October (earlier than last year). These will need to take into account any slow or non-moving merchandise stock, as well as any doubtful debts which may need writing off.

Work on the 2006-07 budget is well advanced and a draft has already been looked at by SROB. A second draft is being produced to put in front of the next meeting, in early July.


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Wednesday 28 June 2006
club news
Credit card hotline for FCUM coach travel - alternative number

Due to a technical problem, the credit card hotline is temporarily out of service. If you wish to book a place on the coach for the away game against FC United of Manchester on 22 July, please call 020 8547 3528 until further notice.


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Tuesday 27 June 2006
club news
Fairweather is a friend of AFC Wimbledon

AFC Wimbledon is proud to announce that Wimbledon FC legend Carlton Fairweather will be representing The Dons at the Masters Tournament being held at Wembley Arena on Sunday July 16th. Carlton enjoyed a highly successful career with Wimbledon FC, which included 75 appearances and 22 goals, and is now coaching up at Sunderland. He is keen to show his support for AFC Wimbledon which is why he is making the long trip South for the Masters!

Tickets are available by calling commercial executive Keith McGuinness on 020 8547 3336 between 11am and 1pm, Monday through Friday. Make sure you order your tickets through the club as a percentage of the sales we make will go directly to the club.


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Sunday 25 June 2006
club news
It's all kicking off at Kingsmeadow today

As usual, England's World Cup game will be showing on the big screen in the back bar today. The kick off for the game against Ecuador is 4.00 pm, but the bar will be open from noon. See you there!


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Friday 23 June 2006
club news
FCUM travel arrangements

It is only just over 4 weeks until our away match against FC United of Manchester (?FCUM?) on 22 July and we are now taking bookings for coach travel to the game.

The match is a return game following our 1-0 win in FCUM?s second-ever game, watched by 3,301 people at Kingsmeadow last July. Like last season, the game has the Supporters? Direct Trust cup at stake and FCUM will be very keen to take it from us in front of their own fans. It is likely to be a close game as, since our win last July, FCUM have gone from strength to strength and ran out clear winners of the North West Counties Division 2, with 87 points from 36 games.

This will be the first trip to Gigg Lane by a Wimbledon team since May 1983, when a 3-1 win saw us complete the double over Bury on our way to the Division 4 championship title. Since then Gigg Lane has undergone a transformation and is now an 11,000 all-seater stadium. Some of the seats still carry our fans? names because, following an appeal for support from across the country, AFC Wimbledon fans led the way in supporting Bury by sponsoring seats.

We are keen to make it as easy as possible for our fans to get to our first long-distance away game for many years. Therefore, we have made the following arrangements:

Coaches will leave from:

. the Woodman at 7.45 am
. Kingsmeadow at 8.00 am

expecting to arrive at about 1.30 pm.

The coaches will be leaving immediately after the game and expect to get back at about 10.00 pm. There will be a short (20 ? 30 minute) stop in the journey each way.

Prices are:
Adults 22
Concessions 16

Tickets can be bought by calling the credit card hotline on 020 8564 9582 between 11.00 am and 1.00 pm on weekdays. Please remember there is a 1.50 charge per transaction.

You can also apply by post, enclosing a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a cheque made out to AFC Wimbledon, or by calling into the office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on a weekday.



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Thursday 22 June 2006
club news
Can you help the Village people?

With the World Cup hotting up, and with Dave Anderson making some very exciting additions to the Wimbledon squad, we're now looking for Dons fans to play their part at grass roots level as AFC Wimbledon have fun at the Fair.

As in previous years, AFC Wimbledon and the Dons Trust will be at the Wimbledon Village Fair on Saturday 24th June, and anyone who can spare just an hour or so - to help man the stalls or ?spread the word? by handing out leaflets, reminding people of our existence and generally promoting the club and Trust - would be most welcome.

The last couple of years have gone a long way to remind the local community that they still have a successful football club, playing in the local area.

The fair runs from 10.30am until around 4pm and the AFC Wimbledon presence will be located at the front of the funfair, by the pond. We have a large area this year and amongst the attractions will be the AFC Wimbledon human table football competition - competing for the Equity Invest Challenge Cup, co-organised with Equity Invest by James Thorne from the Dons' Community Football Scheme. This is a huge inflatable arena where participants play 5 a-side football restrained by straps - a bit like table football but with humans! There will also be our very own football speed game (which measures the speed that the ball is kicked), stocks, merchandise and various other games and stalls.

So if you can help, even for an hour, please contact Barrie Scott on barrie.scott@thedonstrust.org or, alternatively, simply turn up on the day and contact him there.


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Tuesday 20 June 2006
dons trust news
SGM on 29 June

Dons Trust members are reminded that the second SGM of the year takes place on 29 June. The meeting starts at 7.30pm and will be held in the back bar at Kingsmeadow. One of the items on the agenda is a discussion on the structuring of the various Boards and a pilot exercise that is being undertaken to try out an alternative structure. Although this is not due to be voted on at this meeting, the Board would welcome members coming along and adding their contribution to this debate.

Any members who have not received papers for the meeting should check that their membership hasn?t expired and that the contact details provided to us remain up to date. For membership queries, please contact membership@thedonstrust.org. In the meantime, if you wish to download the meeting papers, click on the links below.

Draft minutes, SGM 30/03/2006
SGM June 2006 Covering Letter
SGM Jund 2006 Agenda
SGM June 2006 Discussion Papers
2006 Q02 DT Board Quarterly Report

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Tuesday 20 June 2006
club news
Dave signs another

Dave Anderson has announced that he expects to complete the signing of Steve Wales tonight. Steve joins us from Yeading FC where he has made a name for himself as a right-sided midfielder who made his debut for the full England non-league side last season. Steve also has other representative honours, including captaining an FA XI under Paul Fairclough in a commemorative match against Cambridge University last year.

Dave said "I am very excited to sign Steve. We?ve known about him for a while. He has been getting lots of attention from other clubs because he was the only Conference South player to make the cut for the England squad last season. He would probably have played more than the game against Belgium if he hadn?t picked up a knock. He is only 23 and this now means that we've recruited two young wide players to strengthen what is now becoming a formidable squad. And he is over 6 foot tall, so he brings additional height to our midfield."

We spoke briefly to Steve this afternoon. "I'm a man of very few words but I can say that I am really happy to be signing for AFC Wimbledon. I can play wide midfield, full back or central midfield but I don?t mind where I play ? I will just be happy to be playing for Wimbledon."

Steve will be at Kingsmeadow this evening to finalise his transfer and we have invited him to join us to watch the England game in the bar afterwards.

In addition to meeting our latest signing we are laying on a cold buffet and salads so come and feast on the food and the football, meet our latest signing, and hear the views of Dave and his management team on England?s display tonight.



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Tuesday 20 June 2006
club news
Sarge says his farewells

As promised, we caught up with Dave Sargent to talk to him about his time at AFC Wimbledon.

?I thoroughly enjoyed everything at Wimbledon? said Dave. ?The fans were great and the team spirit was fantastic. I loved it all.?

To be honest, it was a bit of a surprise to be released but, at 28, I don?t want to run the risk of spending a large part of the season on the bench and, with Dave?s recent signings, I could see that happening.?

I got a call from Dave late last week and he met me, face-to-face, to explain his thinking. You hear so many things about players being released at other clubs with a 10 second phone call, but Dave is a straightforward man and he wanted to do things properly. I really appreciated him doing that. This is probably the best management team I have worked with and this sort of detail shows you why. They are very honest with you and that is something players really appreciate.?

We asked Dave for his best memory of being here. ?Probably it was walking out in front of nearly three and half thousand people for the game against FCUM back in July. Before that, the biggest attendance I?d played in front of was 1,600 ? and that was for Hendon against AFC Wimbledon!?

Another good memory was the penalty I took against St Albans. I think everyone was surprised when I stepped forward to take it but I?d taken them at Northwood where I don?t think I missed any, so I?d been our named penalty-taker for a while. Unfortunately, when we got one against Windsor & Eton I was on the bench so Dwayne Plummer took it.?

I think we had a couple more after that but when Shane missed one against Wingate & Finchley I took over the role and finally got my chance against St Albans. It felt so good when that one hit the net.?

A message for the fans? ?The best of luck for next season. I?ll be watching and I am sure we?ll be up there.?

We?ve invited Dave back when he has a free matchday and we are sure he will get a warm welcome from everyone here.


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Monday 19 June 2006
club news
Join Dave and the lads for the England match

Tuesday night sees England's last group match, against Sweden. Instead of listening to the ITV studio chat at half time, come and hear Dave Anderson's analysis of the game, backed up by John Morris, Simon Bassey, Wes Daly and Rob Ursell.

The match kicks off at 8.00 pm but the bar opens at 6.00 pm. See you there!


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Sunday 18 June 2006
club news
Dave Sargent and Michael Woolner move on

Dave Sargent and Michael Woolner have been released by Dave Anderson.

?This is the part of football that I hate,? said Dave. ?These are two great characters who have given great service to the club. However, following recent signings I can?t guarantee them first team places. I?ve been honest with them about the situation and we agreed that it would be best for them to move on.?

Dave Anderson talked about the background to Michael Woolner leaving. ?Mickey spoke to me at the end of last season to say he wasn?t sure he could dedicate enough time to training because of his studies. We agreed to talk again during pre-season but events have overtaken that, so with his uncertainty and the arrival of new players, it made my decision unavoidable.?

I?ve known Michael for 5 or 6 years and there isn?t a nicer man in football. He is also one of the most talented players we?ve had on our books ? remember that Chester took him on trial not so long ago, which was a testament to his quality and gave his confidence a huge boost. It was no surprise to me that his best form was after he came back from his time there. But more recently he has been plagued by injuries which led to a loss of form and confidence. So, given the uncertainty about his ability to commit the time next season we agreed it would be better if he made a fresh start elsewhere.?

We spoke to Michael Woolner, who explained that the next stage of his electricians? exams involve practical assessments that have to be done in the evenings. He doesn?t yet know which evenings they will be, so he was struggling to commit to training this season.

?I?ve had a great time at Wimbledon?, he said. ?The first season was fantastic, especially the Surrey Senior Cup semi-final at Sutton and then winning the final with deafening support from the fans. And winning the league as well. Absolutely brilliant. Last season was enjoyable too, although I had a lot of injuries which spoiled it a bit. But I have loved everything about the club. Obviously I will miss it all but I?ll be back to say ?hello? and check how we are getting on.?

While I?ve got the chance to comment, I?d like to thank Dave, JT and Warren for all their help and support. They?ve been great. ?

We also asked Dave about Dave Sargent. ?Dave joined us at the beginning of last season when we wanted to strengthen the left side of defence. What a good signing he was. I know that he got off to a slow start with some of the crowd, but it wasn?t long before they recognised the solidity he brought to the team. One of my highlights of last season was when the crowd chanted his name after the away draw at Braintree in March. Dave is a modest man and I know he was genuinely surprised and a bit embarrassed by the acclaim. But he was Mr Consistency for us and a natural choice for captain when Steve Butler was injured.?

Dave wants first team football and we can?t promise it to him so, with a lot of sadness, I?ve released him. We wish him well and thank him for his total commitment while he was here.?

We plan to catch up with Dave Sargent over the next couple of days to get his thoughts about his time at Wimbledon .

Michael Woolner made 57 starts and 15 substitute appearances for the first team with 39 (14) in the league. He scored 2 goals. He also had a bewildering array of nicknames including Charlie, Charlie Chester and Mickey Corndog, the origin of most of them being unfathomable to anybody outside the squad.

Dave Sargent made 52 starts and 3 substitute appearances for the first team with 38 (3) of them in the league. He scored 3 goals.

Michael and Dave are well-liked and respected by management, their team-mates and the fans and we know they will get a very warm welcome any time they want to come back to see us.


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Friday 16 June 2006
dons trust news
The Dons Draw - June 2006 results

With all the funds in, and the necessary reconciliations completed, the 22nd Dons Draw took place earlier this afternoon at Kingsmeadow.

This month the winning numbers were drawn by Tom Adam, the Dons Trust Board Chair, whilst John Owen, the Dons Draw Treasurer, controlled the draw process and it was witnessed by Neil Messenbird.

The June 2006 jackpot climbed to a new record high of 880. The winning ticket numbers and prizes were as follows:

First prize of 880 - ticket 2074 - Christopher Gibbs, from Surbiton, Surrey
Second prize of 440 - ticket 2054 - Scott Goulding, from Herne Hill, SE25
Third prize of 150 - ticket 2531 - Mike Elliott, from Langley, Berks

Congratulations to all three prize winners.

This is the first win for Christopher who first entered the draw back in February 2005 and the second win for Scott who won a 3rd place prize in March 2005. Mike has also won a prize in November 2005 with the SAME number! It is the first time a number has been draw twice.

The next Dons Draw will take place on 15 July 2006 with the results being posted on the AFC Wimbledon official web site soon after the draw has taken place.

Current indications are that the jackpot next month will be in the region of 900, or more. So if you want a chance of winning next month's bumper jackpot but still haven't entered, or if you have already entered the draw but would like to increase your chances of winning by taking a few more ticket numbers, then you know what to do!! You can sign up to the Dons Draw here.

The deadline for new entrants to the July 2006 Dons Draw is midnight on 30 June 2006.

Any questions you may have can be answered on match days at the Dons Trust table, or by contacting the Dons Draw team at donsdraw@thedonstrust.org.


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Friday 16 June 2006
first team news
Local game-plan

Since 2002, AFC Wimbledon has put a good deal of energy and resources into playing our part in the sporting life of our home borough, the London Borough of Merton. The work we do in delivering the Merton Community Football Programme, in conjunction with Tooting & Mitcham United FC and Merton Council is one significant part of this.

Recently we have decided that, each summer, we will try to arrange an away match against a senior club from Merton. Wimbledon supporters have always been keen on local pre-season games, so we hope that this initiative will get a good deal of support. Following our usual policy, we will seek to arrange a gate-sharing deal for all our away pre-season games.

For this summer, we have arranged to visit Raynes Park Vale on Monday 17 July. The game will kick off at 7:45pm . Admission prices will be confirmed as soon as possible, along with parking and other arrangements.

As we did last year, we will be playing two first-team matches in that week, with the squad divided over the two games. We hope to announce the Tuesday fixture as soon as possible.

We have already been in contact with other Merton-based senior clubs to start discussions on matches in future years, and hope to visit Imperial Fields in 2007.


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Friday 16 June 2006
club news
World Cup jolly-up continues at Kingsmeadow

This coming Tuesday (20 June) sees the continued coverage of the World Cup on the big screen at Kingsmeadow.

Manager Dave Anderson and a few of the players will be dropping in to watch the World Cup group decider between England and Sweden.

This is a chance to spend the evening with fellow Dons fans following England whilst swelling the club's coffers by way of the odd sherbert or two.

Spread the word and come on down. We may have our own celebrity panel at half and full time, and let's face it Wimbledon?s finest will be more entertaining than Lineker and chums.


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Friday 16 June 2006
club news
Carnival reminder - volunteers needed

AFC Wimbledon and The Dons Trust will be at the Mitcham Carnival tomorrow (Saturday 17 June) and volunteers are needed to help man the stalls and take part in the parade.

The Carnival runs from 12.00 noon to 5.00pm and is held at Three Kings' Piece, Commonside West, Mitcham. In addition, there is a parade at 12.30 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 event and is looking for a few more helpers on the day. Volunteers are needed for two activities:

Firstly we are looking for people to assist in 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 hours and helpers from 2.00 onwards would be most welcome.

Secondly, we also need supporters to take part in the Carnival parade from Figges Marsh to the Carnival site. The parade starts at 12.30 and takes about half an hour. We will want people to assemble, in colours, at 12.00. 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 12.00 for the parade or anytime to help at the Carnival.



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Thursday 15 June 2006
club news
Dave is even happier with transfer progress

Dave Anderson has announced that he has signed two more players, Michael Haswell and Darren Grieves.

Michael Haswell signed a contract with AFC Wimbledon this morning. He is a left-sided player who loves to get forward. Dave said, ?I am very pleased to have signed Michael, who gives us more options on the left side of the team. He is only 22 but was the players? and fans? player of the year at Chelmsford last season so he has lots of promise. We will be working with him to ensure that he becomes a really fine player for AFC Wimbledon. He is a whole-hearted lad and I am sure that the fans will quickly come to appreciate his qualities.?

Dave went on to add, ?Michael was out of contract from Chelmsford but, being under 24, he falls under the Bosman ruling. We are negotiating with Chelmsford to agree a fee but he has signed for us ? he is a Wimbledon player, no question about it.?

Michael said, ?I?m really relishing the thought of playing in front of so many supporters ? to be honest, I can hardly wait for the season to begin. I?m also looking forward to working with Dave and his coaching team to develop my game.?

Michael talked about what it felt like to play against us last season, having been a member of the first team to achieve the league double over AFC Wimbledon since Withdean 2000. ?I am not sure I should admit it, but it was me who made the pass that led up to the winning goal at Kingsmeadow,? said Michael. ?But my main memory of that game was the magnificent support and the noise that seemed never to stop throughout the game. Believe me, it is quite an experience.?

Dave has also agreed terms with Darren Grieves, another player who featured in a game at Kingsmeadow last season when we beat East Thurrock United 3-2 thanks to a late Frankie Howard goal.

Darren said that his main memory of that game, apart from the header he scored, was ?the amazing atmosphere. The noise was deafening and when you got the last minute winner, while I was disappointed I was also standing there thinking ?listen to that?. And I knew that if I got the chance I?d come here like a shot. I will be a very happy man, playing in front of all our fans.?

Dave added, ?it is no secret that we have been looking for a six foot plus striker, who is good in the air and a handful to defenders. Darren is that sort of player ? just think of that bullet header he scored against us last season. We already know him well because he played under Jon Turner at Yeading and I?ve watched him at some of his other clubs, such as Aylesbury and Cheshunt.

?I was very pleased with Darren?s attitude in wanting to come to play for us. And with Tony Battersby having left, Darren gives us a nice mixture of strikers to choose from.?

Dave added that he is continuing to pursue ?one or two other additions to the squad. But Steve, Michael and Darren are a great start, aren?t they??



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Wednesday 14 June 2006
club news
Steve Watson joins AFC Wimbledon

Steve Watson, last season?s Aldershot captain, joined AFC Wimbledon tonight. As soon as manager Dave Anderson heard that Steve was available he went after him and sealed the deal this evening, when Steve signed a contract with the Dons.

Dave is delighted with his first capture of the close season. ?Steve will bring tremendous drive and dynamism to our midfield. He has tons of experience and brings a thoroughly professional approach to everything he does. He is a real leader of men and the fact that he was made captain by two managers with very different styles, Terry Brown at Aldershot and Graham Westley at Stevenage, speaks volumes about him.?

Dave added ?while I was always confident that Steve would join us, I know he has had offers from Conference South and Conference clubs, which says all you need to know about how highly regarded he is in the professional game. Furthermore, he knows what it takes to get promoted out of the Ryman Premier League because he has done it with Sutton and Farnborough. If you really want to know how keen I was to sign him, ask my wife - I gave up our wedding anniversary celebrations to meet him earlier this week!?

Steve told us ?once I heard about AFC Wimbledon?s interest there was nobody else that I would have considered joining. Everything I?ve heard about AFC Wimbledon is that it is a massive club that is going places and I want to be one of the people driving it towards the league. I knew AFC Wimbledon was a team with ambition and, having talked to Dave and seen the set up at Kingsmeadow, it was only a matter of agreeing terms ? and that didn?t take long!?

Steve has six international caps and has played Conference football at Farnborough, Stevenage and then the Shots over the last few years. He missed our pre-season friendly against Aldershot following a close season operation but is looking forward to going back to the Recreation Ground as an AFC Wimbledon player for the return game on 5 August.


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Wednesday 14 June 2006
club news
Rooney fit? Neville out? Follow England's progress at Kingsmeadow

Why not make The Fans' Stadium your England World Cup venue this week? Tomorrow's game against Trinidad & Tobago kicks off at 5 pm and the back bar will once again be open, will everyone welcome to watch the match on the big screen.

There's no need to stop off to eat on your way here, with hot food from caterers R.EDS available on site.


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Monday 12 June 2006
first team news
Dave happy with transfer progress

We caught up with Dave Anderson for an update on AFC Wimbledon?s summer transfer dealings.

Dave said: "We?ve been working hard behind the scenes and I?m hopeful we?ll have completed a couple of good signings towards the end of the week - and possibly three or even four before the weekend. As ever, it?s a case of nothing being done until everything is signed but I?m happy with the way things are going and, if I do get the players I?m after, I?ll be very excited about our squad."

Going the other way is Dwayne Plummer, who has not been offered a new contract. Dave said: "I spoke to Dwayne a couple of weeks back and he told me that he had the opportunity to move up a division with Braintree. He told me that he wanted the chance to play at a higher level and it?s no secret that I?m looking at the way we play next season - which means changing the players around a bit ? so I think the move is in the best interests of all parties. We wish him all the best."

Meanwhile, Dave has been following the World Cup, and has declared that he will be supporting England. Dave said: "I always follow England, unless they are playing Northern Ireland, of course. I?ve lived here for 22 years so of course I?ll be following England?s progress. I think they?ve started okay ? a lot of teams struggle to win the first game."

But Dave isn?t eyeing up Sven Goran Eriksson?s job just yet. He said: "I?ve entered the World Cup Scorecast and now everyone can see what a bad international manager I?d be!"

Dave is currently in the bottom third of the 154-strong Scorecast table ? and that?s good news for the Ground Fund! Dave said: "I?m pledging 1 for every person that finishes above me. If my current form continues, we?ll have cleared the debt in no time!"


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Monday 12 June 2006
youth news
Play for the Dons!

The AFC Wimbledon under-15s are holding open trials ahead of the new season. If you feel you could be good enough, then why not come along and try out?

The trial takes place on Sunday 25th June at Weston Green Sports Club, Longmead Road, Thames Ditton, and kicks off at 10.30am.

Contact Paul Dawson on 07831 676278 for further details.


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Friday 09 June 2006
club news
World Cup kicks off at Kingsmeadow tonight

The first match of the 2006 World Cup kicks off at 5pm tonight and you can watch Germany v Costa Rica here in the main bar at The Fans' Stadium.

Tomorrow, Saturday 10 June, sees England's first match, against Paraguay. With hot food available at all England games, this match will be shown in the back bar, which will open at noon.

If you have a designated driver for the day, please note that there is a major athletics meeting on and so parking at the stadium itself will be limited. Trains to Norbiton and the 131 from Wimbledon will be running as normal.


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Thursday 08 June 2006
club news
Office closure

Please note that the AFC Wimbledon office will be closed on Friday 9 June, re-opening at 10am on Monday 12 June.

Don't forget that the bars at Kingsmeadow will be open for the World Cup. Why not come down on Saturday afternoon and watch the England match with fellow Dons? Hot food will be available.


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Thursday 08 June 2006
club news
Dons sign deal with bookies

How about betting on the World Cup and making money for the club at the same time?

Check out the new link for Ladbrokes on the right hand side of the OS. When you click on this link, it will send you to the Ladbrokes website. Once you have registered for an account, the club earns money every time you place a bet.

Make sure you take a look at their prices for the World Cup, where you can get England at 7/1 to win the whole thing. Or you could put a couple of quid on Sven to do the robot (a la Peter Crouch), which Ladbrokes consider more likely than England being crowned champions, at 3/1.


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Tuesday 06 June 2006
club news
Wednesday night is quiz night

Don't forget that this month's quiz kicks-off Wednesday in the main bar at 8pm.

Hosted by Radio Jackie DJ Neil Long - AKA the Knight Fantastic - it costs 2 per person to enter and you can expect plenty of prizes and surprises through the night.


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Tuesday 06 June 2006
dons trust news
Can the World Cup get more exciting? Oh Yes!

Ian Hidden, the man behind the Euro 2004 Scorecast fundraiser, has joined forces with the Dons Trust Fundraising Working Group to come up trumps again, with the World Cup 2006 Scorecast!

Friday, before the first game kicks off, is your last chance to make the World Cup even more exciting this summer AND raise some money for the Groundfund at the same time. It?s so easy you can pass it on to your friends and colleagues and raise even more ... and it?s only 5 to enter!

There are two formats. The first is an excel spreadsheet, which you can download here. You can fill in the your entry directly into the spreadsheet and it will automatically update the tables and following rounds for you. You can then either e-mail the whole spreadsheet back or print it out and send that.

The second format is a pdf document, which you can download here. You can print this out and send your completed entry.

Further details, including rules, how the scoring works and where to post your entries can be found in the files or by e-mailing worldcup@thedonstrust.org


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Sunday 04 June 2006
club news
It's carnival time!

AFC Wimbledon and The Dons Trust will be at the Mitcham Carnival on Saturday 17 June. The Carnival runs from 12.00 noon to 5.00pm and is held at Three Kings' Piece, Commonside West, Mitcham. In addition, there is a parade at 12.30 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 event and is looking for a few more helpers on the day. Volunteers are needed for two activities:

Firstly we are looking for people to assist in 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 hours and helpers from 2.00 onwards would be most welcome.

Secondly, we also need supporters to take part in the Carnival parade from Figges Marsh to the Carnival site. The parade starts at 12.30 and takes about half an hour. We will want people to assemble, in colours, at 12.00. 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 12.00 for the parade or anytime to help at the Carnival.


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Friday 02 June 2006
club news
Follow England at The Fans' Stadium

The main bar will be open tomorrow for the England match against Jamaica, which kicks off at 2pm. Come on down and watch the last warm-up game before the competition starts in earnest next Friday.

And why not make Kingsmeadow your venue of choice for the World Cup? As well as many others, we will be sure of showing every match involving England.

The three group matches are:

Saturday 10 June, v Paraguay, kick off 2 pm

Thursday 15 June, v Trinidad & Tobago, kick off 5 pm

Tuesday 20 June, v Sweden, kick off 8 pm

Hot food will be available during all England World Cup matches at Kingsmeadow.


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Friday 02 June 2006
first team news
Two out, who in?

The OS caught up with Dave Anderson for an update on summer transfer activities.

Dave said: "Dean Brennan and Tony Battersby have moved on following their brief spells with us. We brought both players in at a time when we were suffering badly with injuries and needed a boost to get us into the play-offs. To be fair to Dean, I don't feel the fans really got to see the best of him - he injured himself in his second game for us and was only around 75% fit at best after that. But, credit to him, he helped us out when we needed him and he agreed to play for the cause.

"And Batts has been great to have around the place - he has a great attitude and has been an example to others. Realistically, they are both full-time players and we're not quite ready for that here yet. I'd like to wish them well wherever they move on to, and I wouldn't be surprised to see them turning out in the Conference again next season."

But while Dave has been honing in on his transfer targets, no deals have been signed just yet. Dave explained: "I've met with several possible signings over the last two weeks, and I have a couple more meetings arranged for next week. I'm quite confident that we're making progress although it may be another week-to-two weeks before anything is finalised. Of course, as soon as anything changes we'll update the website."


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