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Monday 30 June 2008
first team news
Steve and Kennedy sign up

Over the weekend, Terry Brown signed two young players, Steve Gilbert and Kennedy Adjei. Both players were with the club last season. Steve made his debut for the first team as a substitute in the FA Trophy win at Tonbridge Angels, while Kennedy played about 15 games for our reserves.

Terry said "I am very pleased to sign both these very promising young players. We have been talking about signing Stevie for ages, but we couldn't do so until he had finished his full time education, which he did recently. Our fans already know that he is a quality full back and he will fit in well with our system, which expects full backs to get forward. He has a tremendous engine and can deliver quality crosses into the box, which is what we are looking for this season. Stevie is a product of our youth system and it is a testament to that system that we've signed contracts for him and for Luke Pigden, both of whom came up through that route.

"Kennedy is probably less well-known to our fans, although they may have spotted him being interviewed in "Football Hurts". He is a versatile player who can play anywhere. He has a sweet left foot and good pace. He originates from Ghana and when he was in his teens he returned there with his mother, so he doesn't have the same sort of playing history as many of our young players. Since returning to England he has had trials with Millwall and Southend, who both told him he needed to get regular football. Having had him recommended to us by Ryan Gordon, our reserve team manager who saw him training at Arsenal, we gave him a few run outs in the reserves last season and he has earned himself a contract

"I hope that other players who are asked to come and try out for the reserves will see that we mean it when we say that if they have the quality we will sign them up. There is a lot of talent out there and we are looking to Ryan to find the players and develop them for us, as he has done with Kennedy."


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Monday 30 June 2008
club news
Appointment of new auditor

The Dons Trust and AFC Wimbledon are seeking an auditor for their annual financial statements. The Trust owns the overwhelming majority of the shares in AFCW PLC which, in turn, owns 100% each of AFC Wimbledon Limited and AFCW Stadium Limited. The relative roles of these companies is described here.

The successful candidates will need to be:

Ø Registered auditors, and

Ø Aware of the requirements of the Financial Services Authority as they affect Industrial & Provident Societies (the Dons Trust is an I&PS)

The previous auditors, Proto & Co, have tendered their resignation and, as required by Company Law, they have confirmed in writing that there are no circumstances relating to their resignation which need to be drawn to the attention of shareholders.

If you would like more information or wish to express an interest in the appointments, please call 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays or email info@thedonstrust.org or info@afcwimbledon.co.uk.

We want to appoint a new auditor as soon possible as the companies' year end is 30 June.



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Monday 30 June 2008
club news
Volunteers needed for clean up and painting weekend

This weekend, Saturday and Sunday 5 and 6 July, sees the second and last of our usual close-season clean ups in and around the stadium.

There are plenty of jobs to be done so we are asking for multi-skilled workers to help.

If you can help on either or both days, please telephone the club office on 020 8547 3528 to let us know so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

If you are able to bring your own tools, especially shears, flymo or equivalent and buckets, that would be even better.

Refreshments will be provided to keep you going.


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Monday 30 June 2008
youth news
Youth managers required

AFC Wimbledon Youth is looking for a manager/coach at both under 15 Youth and under 12 Colts levels. Experienced managers and coaches interested in either of these positions should send a summary of achievements and references to Nigel Higgs at the stadium or by emailing Nigel Higgs here


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Saturday 28 June 2008
dons trust news
Dons Trust board meeting on Monday 2 June

At its monthly meeting on Monday 2nd June, the Dons Trust board:

- approved its forward work programme for the rest of 2008, including
the formation of two new working groups devoted to membership and communication issues

- approved a roughly break-even budget for the PLC for the year to 30 June 2009

- agreed to set the dates of the remaining general meetings for this
year at its July meeting when it would have available next season's fixture list

- endorsed the continuing efforts of the directors of AFC Wimbledon to
ensure that all of the youth and girls football teams are organised and managed in accordance with the policies approved by the board.

The minutes of the June meeting will be put onto the official website once they have been approved by the board at its next meeting. All the minutes of past meetings can be found here and the minutes for annual and special general meetings can be found at here, the latest being those for the SGM held on 21 April when members approved by a large majority the project to extend the main stand.


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Friday 27 June 2008
dons trust news
Dons draw news

Do you want to be fourth?

Of course not – everyone would prefer to come first.

However, being the fourth number drawn in the Dons Draw from July will make you a winner as we are introducing a fourth prize starting at £50.

Prizes are currently:

1st prize -£1000
2nd prize - £500
3rd prize - £150
4th prize £50

You can sign up now online or download an application here or to increase you tickets email us here.

The deadline for new entrants to the July 2008 Dons Draw is 8.00 pm on Monday 30 June.


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Friday 27 June 2008
club news
What's happening at Kingsmeadow - feature number 7

Today we publish the latest feature about what is happening at the club during the close season.

To read it, click here.


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Thursday 26 June 2008
club news
Belal signs up

Terry Brown has signed Belal Aiteouakrim, a striker who was with Hendon last season.

Belal, a Londoner, is 23 years old and just under six feet tall. After being released by Fulham he played for Kingstonian, then Windsor & Eton, before moving to Hendon for the last two seasons. While there, and despite missing a lot games due to an ankle injury, he scored 27 goals in 60 starts, including a superb goal against the Dons in our 2-1 FA Trophy win last season.

Terry Brown said "Belal has pace, is young and athletic and so he fits perfectly into the profile of the players we are signing. He has two good feet and was one of the best strikers in our league, as can be seen from his record of nearly one goal every two starts. So, I'm delighted to have signed him."

Belal said "I am very pleased to join a club as big and ambitious as AFC Wimbledon. I am looking forward to getting into training next week and then playing in front of the Wimbledon fans."

Note: Belal's surname is pronounced "Ay-tee-wakrim".


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Wednesday 25 June 2008
club news
Kit launch and meet the manager

The official launch of the club's new replica kit will take place in the main bar on Friday 18 July, the night before the first home pre-season friendly game against Brentford.

Following the launch, we will be holding a 'meet the manager' session with Terry Brown and Stuart Cash, also in the main bar.

So if you want to get your hands on the new kit as soon as possible, make your way down to the stadium that night. And while you're there, you'll be able to hear Terry and Stuart talking about the new players, their plans for the new season, and anything else football-related you want to ask them about.

Exact timings will follow soon but, for now, mark it in your diary.


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Tuesday 24 June 2008
first team news
Elliott joins up

Terry Brown signed Elliott Godfrey tonight. Elliott, who is 25, was out of contract from Hampton & Richmond where he scored 22 goals last season. Born in Canada, he moved to the UK as a child and started his football career at Watford.

Elliott joined Hampton direct from Watford and has been there for four years, being part of the very successful team that won promotion to the Blue Square South and very nearly to the Premier last season. He has regularly scored over 15 goals a season, including one of the goals in our 4-0 home defeat on April Fools Day 2006.

Elliott said "I want to thank everyone at Hampton, especially Alan Devonshire, for four great years, where I loved every moment. But I am delighted to be joining Wimbledon and I am already looking forward to the new season with Wimbledon and starting to score goals for the Dons. I've been very impressed with everything I've seen here tonight and that is why I signed on the spot."

Terry Brown said "I am delighted to secure the services of such a talented young lad. I feel that we will get the benefit of Elliott’s passing and vision which will allow us to play more football. And he offers us a potent goal threat as his 22 last season shows."


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Friday 20 June 2008
club news
What's happening at Kingsmeadow - feature number 6

Today we publish the sixth in a series of features about what is happening at the club during the close season.

To read it, click here.


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Thursday 19 June 2008
dons trust news
AFCW PLC calls EGM to approve Barclays loan

The board of AFCW PLC has called an EGM on 14 July to ask shareholders to approve a resolution giving the board authority to vary its existing loan facilities with Barclays Bank PLC. The specific resolution is as follows:

That the directors of AFCW PLC be hereby authorised, pursuant to article 98.2 of the company’s articles of association, to vary the existing loan facilities with Barclays Bank PLC by increasing the facility from the current sum of £600,000 to £850,000 and by extending the term to 15 years from the present 10 years. The facility will continue to be secured by a fixed charge over the leasehold interest of AFCW Stadium Limited in The Cherry Red Records Fans’ Stadium - Kingsmeadow.

Papers are being sent out to shareholders over the next few days explaining the background to the EGM. Briefly, the EGM has been called because the PLC's Articles of Association (effectively the rules by which it operates) require that any increase in borrowing of over £100,000 and any mortgage that is taken out must be approved at an EGM. Since the Barclays loan facility is to be increased by £250,000, mortgaged on the stadium, an EGM is needed.

In practice, the Dons Trust membership voted in favour of such an increase in the loan facility earlier this year and so the votes of the DT will be cast in favour of the resolution, which means it is bound to be passed. Nonetheless, the EGM must be held to comply with the PLC's rules, so as to make the loan valid.

The meeting will be held at 7.00 pm on 14 July and is expected to be brief, since there is no other business on the agenda.


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Wednesday 18 June 2008
club news
Dons Draw results for June

The June Dons Draw took place this morning at Kingsmeadow.

Winning numbers were drawn in the presence of Aideen Rochford (Dons Trust board member), Keith McGuinness (Commercial Manager) and Neil Messenbird (Dons Draw Treasurer).

The winning ticket numbers and prizes were as follows:

First prize of £1000 - ticket 0422 – Toni Shepherd from Worcester Park

Second prize of £500 - ticket 0816 – Ian Clarke from Epson

Third prize of £150 - ticket 0753 – Anna Rowatt from East Molesey

Congratulations to all three prize winners who all joined the draw back in September 2004.

The next Dons Draw will take place on or after the 15 July 2008 with the results being posted on the AFC Wimbledon official web site soon after the draw has taken place.

Next month we will introduce a 4th prize so now there is even more chance of a getting a prize.

If you want a chance of winning next month’s 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 numbers, then why not do so now?

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

The deadline for new entrants to the July 2008 Dons Draw is 8.00 pm on Monday 30 June.

Any questions you may have can be answered by contacting the Dons Draw team here or by clicking here.


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Tuesday 17 June 2008
club news
Wimbledon village fair

A reminder that the Wimbledon Village Fair will be taking place this Saturday at Wimbledon Common Southside, near the pond. The event starts at 10.30 am and, as usual, AFC Wimbledon will have a presence at the fair.

The community football scheme will be organising some games of football, the merchandise team will be selling a selection of our merchandise and, of course, Haydon will also be making an appearance.

More volunteers are required to help make this a successful day and if you are able to spare some time please contact Nina Smith by e mailing her at smithy_nl@hotmail.com to find out more.


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Sunday 15 June 2008
club news
Dons pick up awards at the Ryman annual bash

Wimbledon received two awards at the Ryman League annual dinner, last night.

As mentioned in this week's "What's happening at Kingsmeadow" the club were bottom of the 'bad boys' league table for disciplinary points by a substantial distance. So it was no surprise to pick up the evening's programme and see that the fair play award for the premier league was ours.

Our second award of the evening was for best premier league programme; this award was particularly pleasing since the club didn't come in the top three last year. Chelmsford City came second and Staines Town came third.

The evening continued with presentations to the champions and runners up of each of the three leagues, but no award for the play off winners (except Tooting & Mitcham, since they also came second).

This was, in effect, the club's farewell to the Ryman league and it was gratifying to hear so many warm congratulations on our promotion and best wishes for success at the next level.


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Friday 13 June 2008
club news
What's happening at Kingsmeadow - feature number 5

Today we publish the fifth in a series of features about what is happening at the club during the close season.

To read it, click here.


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Friday 13 June 2008
dons trust news
Dons Draw - 'what next?' update

Thank you very much to all those who responded to the 'Dons Draw – What next?' question we recently posed on this web site. The number of responses was incredible with some really useful comments and suggestions.

So what is the conclusion?

Of the 73 responses, 59 people indicated that they would like to see a 4th prize with a general feeling to move towards a 3rd prize of £250 and a 4th prize of £100.

We also had a number of suggestions for a ‘super’ draw at Christmas and also to have extra prizes or tickets and vouchers, which we will of course look at. Only a handful of people suggested increasing the 1st prize at this time.

Some suggestions we received cannot be carried out as we are bound by the Lotteries Act. For instance we are unable to have a draw for people who have been an entrant for a whole year - that would be in breach of the law.

What action will we take?

From the July draw (which will take place on or around 16 July) we will add a fourth prize of at least £50. We will then look to increase the 3rd and 4th prizes in line with the suggestions, as the prize pot increases.

What can you do?

A number of people stated that they had not entered to date as they had not ‘got around to it’. Well you can sign up NOW online or download an application at.

A number of others were existing entrants, but, implied that they would like to increase their holding. Rather than completing a new application please drop us an email at donsdraw@thedonstrust.organd we can make the change whilst minimising Direct Debit costs.

Any further thoughts?

If you have any further comments or would like more information please email us at donsdraw@thedonstrust.org


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Friday 13 June 2008
club news
Dons made associate members of the FA

Fans may remember that some time ago, the club applied for associate membership of the FA. There are certain criteria to be eligible, a key one having been a senior club for five years.

Club representatives were interviewed for about 45 minutes by the FA membership committee, in a session that included the club's financial strength, corporate governance, and disciplinary record, where we were told that we were bottom of the Premier League by some distance (bottom of the league being a good thing in this instance).

We have now been formally told that our application has been successful and we are only one step away from full membership of the FA, which brings a number of benefits, including the right to vote on certain issues addressed by the FA Council.


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Thursday 12 June 2008
youth news
Applications still open for under 19 Academy

AFC Wimbledon invites talented and eligible young players to apply for its Academy at Merton College. Full details are available here.



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Thursday 12 June 2008
reserve team news
Suburban League AGM

The AGM of the Suburban League took place at Sutton United FC on Wednesday 11 June. Whether it was the lure of the Switzerland v Turkey European match or the final of The Apprentice was unclear, but the meeting was the quickest of the six attended by the club since it joined the League.

The approval of the minutes of the previous year’s AGM, the adoption of the annual report and statement of accounts, the election of the officers, management committee and Auditors, the alterations of the Rules and the fixing of the date for the commencement and conclusion of the playing season, were all concluded with minimal fuss.

A presentation to Bruce McLaren, who was hanging up his boots after 18 years of refereeing in the League, was very well supported by the member clubs.

The one issue which was not so straightforward was the constitution of the League. Although in the previous seasons the Premier division had been at full strength, both the North and South divisions had been a few teams short of the maximum. However, the popularity of the League was demonstrated as 13 teams sought election to join or rejoin the League, which caused a potential problem as the divisions were oversubscribed.

After careful consideration, the board’s proposal that, exceptionally, 19 teams instead of 18 be placed in each division was accepted. Accordingly, Chessington and Hook United, Crowborough Athletic, Croydon Athletic, Eastbourne Borough, Leatherhead and Oakwood were placed in the South division, and Amersham Town, Bedfont Green, Bracknell Town, Cove, Hampton and Richmond, Leighton Town and Northwood were placed in the North division.



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Thursday 12 June 2008
first team news
Robin Shroot to move on

Robin Shroot rang Terry Brown last night to tell him that he has decided to leave the club. So far as we are aware, Robin has not signed for another team yet.

Terry Brown said "Obviously I am very disappointed. Robin is a very talented young player, which league clubs such as Crewe and Blackpool have recognised in the past, and is also a Northern Ireland international. We saw him fitting very nicely into the style of play we propose for next season, since we want to play more football, which would have suited him. But it is his decision and he is out of contract, so he is free to find another club.

"We wish him well and will watch with interest to see where he eventually decides to play his football."


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Thursday 12 June 2008
club news
Conference South appeal results

We understand that the appeals of both Halifax Town and Boston United have failed. On that basis, it seems that there will be no further changes to the composition of the Blue Square South for the coming season, although this is yet to be finally confirmed.


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Sunday 08 June 2008
club news
Conference agm report

A brief report on proceedings at the Conference agm and congress (presumably so named to avoid if being called the Conference conference) appears here.


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Friday 06 June 2008
club news
What's happening at Kingsmeadow - feature number 4

Today we publish the fourth in a series of features about what is happening at the club in the close season.

To read it, click here.


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Thursday 05 June 2008
first team news
Terry signs Sullivan

Terry Brown has signed Chris Sullivan, a 20-year-old striker and wide player, from Braintree Town.

Chris started his career with three years at Stevenage before moving on to Braintree at the beginning of last season. We spoke to him about the move and, first, himself.

“I played over 40 games for Braintree in the Conference South last season, mainly as a winger, and scored nine goals. To be honest, I see myself more as a central striker, happy to play either right or left of a central striker where I can use my pace.

“I am delighted to be joining AFC Wimbledon. I’ve spoken to Terry Brown and he has talked about his vision of building a team playing good football with the emphasis on attacking. I like the sound of these plans and the aim of league football for the club and hopefully for me too.”

Terry said “Chris is exactly the type of promising player who is young enough for us to work with him on his development. He has lots of pace – he competed in the 100 metres for Essex County schoolboys - he is a touch under six feet tall and looks a powerful young man.

“Chris was out of contract at Braintree but, being only 20, the Bosman rules may apply and we may need to pay a fee for him. That is something we will sort out over the summer. For now, we are just pleased to have another young, athletic striker on board.”


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Wednesday 04 June 2008
youth news
AFC Wimbledon and Merton College announce partnership

AFC Wimbledon is pleased to announce that next season’s under 19 Academy will operate from Merton College. This will replace the scheme which was based at NESCOT over the last two seasons. This move is fully supported by the AFC Wimbledon and Dons Trust Boards and First team Manager Terry Brown.

The under 19 squad is the final stage of development for many of the boys that come through the ranks of our junior teams. It is important that as the senior club moves up the football pyramid the youth teams keep in step with that progression and the college academy structure enables the high quality training that requires. As in previous seasons the under 19 squad will play in the Football Conference Youth League.

The football club board has also agreed to a number of other new developments in the Youth Programme as a whole for next season. Announcements about these changes will be made over the coming weeks.

Merton College has also announced the partnership here.

Applications to the Academy can be made by following the links above to the Merton College website.


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Tuesday 03 June 2008
dons trust news
Read how Trust members voted to extend the main stand

For those of you who didn't make the recent Trust general meeting, called to discuss the proposed extension to the main stand at Kingsmeadow, you can now read the draft minutes of the meeting (87k) which have been added to the website.

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


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Tuesday 03 June 2008
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents reality TV star Matt Kirshen!

Just a quick reminder about our last Comedy@Kingsmeadow before the summer break on Friday 6th June, headlined by Matt Kirshen, star of US reality TV show 'Last Comic Standing' (NBC).
Garfield is back with his phenomenal Caribbean food but there will be an alternative for those who fancy something a bit more basic. This MUST be booked in advance though.

To book tickets, call 020 8547 3336.


More about the show….

Friday 6 June
COMEDY@KINGSMEADOW presents….
Matt Kirshen, Martin Coyote and Paul T Eyres
Doors open 8.00pm/ comedy starts 9.00pm/ bar closes midnight
Admission: £12 (includes comedy and dinner)

Matt Kirshen (Closing act)
After a triumphant win at the 2003 Hackney Empire New Act of the Year competition, Matt became an instant success on the the prestigious London and UK comedy circuit and a welcome regular at The Comedy Store, Jongleurs among others. He was also one of the seven finalists in NBC’s ‘Last Comic Standing’ (USA).
"A rollercoaster of comedy genius" The Scotsman.
"His performance is the perfect mix of innocence and post-adolescent cynicism driven by infectious energy." Metro Life Magazine
"Excellent" The Stage
"Killer gags" Metro
"Matt Kirshen is a definite one to watch, his innocent looks belying a sharp, surreal and often gloriously sick mind" Metro
"A pocket sized dynamo" The Evening Standard

Martin Coyote (Opening act)
'Criminally underrated. A truly great writer and performer.' Time Out
'Great topical one-liners. Will make you laugh a lot.' Radio Five Live
'Unhinged, quick witted, slightly sinister. But always worth going to see.' London Evening Standard
'Coyote is a safe pair of hands, guaranteed to deliver a quality set.' www.chortle.co.uk

Paul T Eyres (Compere)
Paul T. Eyres was so bored of middle-class values that he converted to Buddhism, only to win the title of world's rudest Buddhist. Despite his everyman appearance, Paul rallies against the stereotypes and assumptions that are ingrained into our culture.
Paul is a lively and engaging compere who is much in demand for his ability to get a room going.
With his relentless high energy humour and rapid fire delivery, Paul breaks down barriers in way which is often challenging and frequently shocking — inspiring his audiences to laugh, gasp, then laugh some more!

Line-ups subject to change



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Tuesday 03 June 2008
club news
Volunteers still required for our spring clean weekends

This weekend sees the first of our usual close-season clean ups in and around the stadium.

There are plenty of jobs to be done so we are asking for multi-skilled workers to help.

As well as this coming weekend we will be doing it again on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 July. If you can help this weekend or on any of the other days, please telephone the club office on 020 8547 3528 to let us know so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

If you are able to bring your own tools, especially shears, flymo or equivalent and buckets, that would be even better.

Refreshments will be provided to keep you going.


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Monday 02 June 2008
ladies news
AFC Wimbledon Ladies trials

AFC Wimbledon Ladies will be holding final football trials on Sunday 29 June from 11.00 am until 1.00 pm at Beverley Park, Dukes Avenue, New Malden, Surrey.

Players need to be 16+ and it will provide players a chance to join an established club, receive excellent coaching and play competitive football.

If you feel up to the challenge, please come along or, for more information, ring John Ivers (Secretary) on 020 8395 6253 (home) or 07719 074908 (mobile) or e-mail John at john_ivers@blueyonder.co.uk


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