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Monday 29 June 2009
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents Terry Alderton (AKA Mr Sheepskin) and Kevin Day!

Comedy@Kingsmeadow is thrilled to announce the line-up for a special show on Friday 24 July, the night before our pre-season friendly against FC United of Manchester. Anyone who came to the show we held before the corresponding match a couple of years ago will tell you what a fantastic night it will be! Make sure to book your tickets quickly as we fully expect this how to sell out.

See below for more about the line-up, headlined by 'Mr Sheepskin' himself, Terry Alderton and also featuring Match of the Day regular Kevin Day!

And as usual, Ting N Ting will be serving up their award winning Caribbean Cuisines, all for the bargain price of £12.

To book tickets, call 020 8547 3335 or visit here.



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Friday 24th July
COMEDY@KINGSMEADOW presents….
Terry Alderton, Kevin Day, Bob ‘Walshy’ Walsh and Sully O’Sullivan
Doors open 7.30pm/ comedy starts 9pm/ bar closes Midnight
Admission: £12 (includes comedy and dinner)

Terry Alderton (Headliner)
Until now, ex-Southend goalkeeper and former holiday camp entertainer was comedy’s best-kept secret. This astounding act is a riot of exuberant, loose-limbed physical comedy, extraordinary caricatures and stunningly acute impressions. Combining a fearless onstage presence, unshakeable confidence and streetwise hyperactive delivery, Terry leaves his audience exhilarated and exhausted with laughter.
“Brilliant, always funny” The List
“Hilarious” The Herald
“Electrifying stage presence and hilarious, first rate impressions.” THE INDEPENDENT
“Terry Alderton was sensational and hilarious.” THE SUN
“The funniest export Southend has ever produced” THE MIRROR

Kevin Day (Opening Act)
Not often seen on the circuit these days, Day is now better known for his broadcast work on Match Of The Day, Talksport or Five Live.
But while that CV suggests a sporting bent, his live set takes its cue from the world of politics – with the twisted world of the bigoted right a favourite target. Indeed, he once had a teenage flirtation with that world himself, as he explained in a one-man show of the Nineties, but has long been reformed and redeemed.
His approach to stand-up is casual and stealthy, low-key and laid-back. Indeed, his starting points often appear unexciting, gently meandering into familiar topics with a few so-obvious-they-had-to-be done lines that don’t do much to capture the imagination.
But slowly and subtly, this robust South Londoner nudges into more thoughtful and inspired territory, with the punchlines to match. Only then do you realise you’ve been seduced – or hoodwinked – into some very classy comedy indeed.
In this, Day is a talented artisan of stand-up, offering proof positive that a ‘slowly, slowly catchee monkey’ approach can prove devastatingly effective in the right hands.

Bob ‘Walshy’ Walsh (Open Spot)

Sully O’ Sullivan (MC)
He’s been declared a highlight of the New Zealand International Comedy Festival by The NZ Herald, a highlight of the Glasgow International Comedy Festival by The Scotsman, won Canada’s Master’s of the Universe Improv Competition, and featured on Australian TV’s The Comedy Channel.
“Wicked sense of humour, gets the audience involved from the kick off” - BBC (UK)
“A blast of hilarity” - Manchester Evening News (UK)
“I gasp with laughter and a small amount of beer tries to escape through my nose.” - Manchester Evening News (UK)
“Unforgettable comedy” - Three Weeks (UK)
"Slickly combines quintessentially Kiwi comedy with vocal and physical audience participation" - The Press (NZ)
“A vitriol which makes Richard Dawkins look like the Archbishop of Canterbury.” - The Scotsman (UK)
“Sully's booming self confidence and no-nonsense delivery refreshed the whole genre.” - Huddersfield Daily Examiner (UK)
“Booming stage presence” - The Comedy Digest (UK)
“Highlights...the guitar-toting duo Flight of the Conchords…..and the punk-ish Sully O'Sullivan” - The New Zealand Herald (NZ)
“Rising star” - The Evening Post (NZ)
“Hilarious Standup” - The Evening Post (NZ)




(Line-ups subject to change)



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Monday 29 June 2009
dons trust news
Minute-taker needed

The Trust needs a minute-taker, for board meetings and general meetings of members.

The board usually meets once a month, often on a Monday evening, at the stadium. Our meetings start at 7:30 and are due to finish at 10pm, although they can extend beyond that time.

General meetings of members are held three times a year, usually on a Thursday evening, with similar timings.

We need an experienced minute-taker to attend these meetings, minute them, and provide draft minutes to the board within three days of the meeting.

If you have the right experience, are available for one or two evenings plus a few hours each month, and would like to help out, please email the chair of the board with your details.


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Sunday 28 June 2009
club news
What's happening at Kingsmeadow #5

The latest in the series of "What's happening at Kingsmeadow" features is now online.

To read it, click WHAS #5.


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Saturday 27 June 2009
first team news
Ricky Wellard signs and Steven Gregory's transfer is sealed

Terry Brown emerged from pre-season training this morning to confirm the news that Ricky Wellard is now a Dons player.

"At long last we have managed to complete one of the longest-running sagas in non-league football. After making an unsuccessful bid last year for Ricky Wellard we went back with a substantially improved bid and after long and arduous negotiations we sealed the deal earlier today.

"Ricky brings us legs in midfield, and pretty long legs at that (he is 6’ 4”), and great ability on the ball. He is a midfield player who always wants the ball to feet and can pass with both feet. For us to play passing football next year it is vital that we have at least two or three players who are comfortable on the ball and possess the ability to find a man in space.

"This signing will be a massive plus, not just to the team but especially to the forwards who will benefit greatly from his incisive passing ability. Ricky is still only a raw young talent and has much to learn, but he will do so in an environment that encourages him to get the ball down and play. He complements the existing midfield that now possess the ability to pass, plus fantastic energy and power, combined with the height and strength that are the building blocks of our new side.

“We still have one or two signings to make, but I can’t tell you how excited I am about our current crop of very talented young players. The coaching staff are really looking forward to working with this ambitious and hungry set of players and, by the time you are reading this we will have finished our first pre-season training session and it will be interesting to know the level of fitness compared with then last couple of years.

“I am also delighted to say that we’ve agreed terms with Hayes & Yeading United for Steven Gregory and therefore we avoid an FA tribunal. I believe we paid a fair price for Steven and, in return, we have got a very talented young player.


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Thursday 25 June 2009
club news
Paul Strank Family Fun Day UPDATE

UPDATE
The merchandise team will be launching the club's new baseball cap on Saturday at the Strank Family Fun Day! There will also be a wide range of other merchandise on sale.


Paul Strank and Sons Roofing Contractors, in association with AFC Wimbledon, will be holding a family fun day in aid of Children in Need this coming Saturday 27 June at their premises at 22 Weir Rd, Wimbledon SW19 8UG.

The club is pleased to announce that the first team squad will be making an appearance at around lunchtime, fresh from their first pre-season training session.

Also appearing will be Haydon the Womble, stars of ITV’s ‘The Bill’ and ‘Eastenders’ and there is also a rumour that a Hollywood ‘A- Lister’ will be dropping by at some point, but you will just have to turn up to find out who!

There will be a wide range of activities and entertainment for kids and adults alike including go karts, face painting, rodeo bull, football skills, beer tent and more.

The event starts at 11.00am and finishes at 4.00pm.

We would like to encourage as many supporters as possible to support this event and help to raise funds for an extremely worthwhile cause.


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Wednesday 24 June 2009
club news
Club statement re Setanta

Following the sad news that Setanta has gone into administration this statement is designed to explain the possible effect on our finances.

The budgets for season 2009-10 were prepared in late March/early April and, as a result, there were two budgets; one for promotion and one for ‘non-promotion’. These budgets were presented to the Dons Trust board at least twice, the first time in April to get a feel for the likely outturn and to debate prices for each scenario, and then secondly in May to review a revised version, taking into account new information and the agreed price structure, now that we knew we had won promotion.

At both the April and May meetings, the DT board had its attention drawn to the effect on the budget if Setanta went into administration, which had been a clear possibility for some time. For the avoidance of doubt, the proposed budget included our best estimate of the likely income from Setanta, including fees for televised games.

The budget for the year, including the budgeted income from Setanta, showed a profit. Without the Setanta money, the budget showed a loss which the AFC Wimbledon board considered to be manageable. After discussion, the budget including the Setanta money was approved and, in effect, this allowed Terry Brown to start recruiting players.

The AFC Wimbledon board has been monitoring the situation carefully and, following yesterday’s news, is content that the budgeted loss is still manageable for the following reasons:

• Other than the news from Setanta, nothing else in the budget has deteriorated
• All our major sponsors are confirmed for the coming year
• The budget was, as always, very prudent. For example, as usual we assumed that we would be drawn away and lose in all cup competitions
• We don’t enter into long term contracts with players, so any problems that might arise need not last beyond this season

As a result of these factors, the scope for deterioration in our results currently appears to be limited. On the other hand, there is scope for improvement, because season ticket sales suggest that attendances will be better than our conservative budget estimates. Furthermore, if another company takes up the rights that will mitigate the loss of income and, if they don’t, we will get some improvement in our figures since we won’t suffer from the smaller gates that we would get for Monday and Thursday games.

Overall, while the demise of Setanta makes things much more challenging, we are confident that we are better placed than many clubs to deal with it.


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Wednesday 24 June 2009
club news
Please help with the stadium work this weekend

The second of the two stadium clean-up weekends takes place this Saturday 26 June and Sunday 27 June.

Although a lot of work was achieved during the first weekend there are still plenty of jobs to be completed around the stadium. Despite the great turnout of volunteers last time more will be welcome whether for a few hours or for a full day.

Although most tools will be provided, if you are able to bring your own, in particular power washers, that would be even better. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

If you are planning to help but not yet told us, please ring the office on 020 8547 3528 so we can plan for the right amount of food - but if you find yourself free on the day you can just turn up and you will be very welcome.


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Wednesday 24 June 2009
club news
Season ticket update

Season ticket applications are now approaching 2,250, which is over 500 more than last season. However, there are plenty of terrace spaces still available.

This week we have started calling and/or emailing applicants for a number of reasons, which include:

. Asking ST holders who have renewed their seats if they would be willing to move slightly, for example to enable us to make a pair out of two single available seats

. Explaining that while we can offer a seat to an applicant it isn't where they asked for, and offering them the choice of withdrawing their application or accepting the available seat(s)

. Informing some seat applicants that they have been unsuccessful and offering them the option of withdrawing their application or taking a place on the terrace of their choice

We have spoken to every ST seat holder who is not renewing, to confirm that our understanding is correct. Having spoken to everyone who is not renewing, we are NOT contacting successful seat renewals, as it is not necessary.

The process of seat allocation continues and, due to the need to wait for replies to some of the requests and offers described above, it is not a speedy process. Until seat allocation is complete and unsuccessful applicants have chosen which terrace they wish to stand on, we cannot deal with the waiting list for spaces at the Tempest End.

We understand that the wait is frustrating but we are taking great care to make sure that the entire process is as fair and accurate as possible and that applicants are consulted whenever possible. The nature of the work in allocating seats and then terrace spaces is that it is best done by the same people throughout. Any diversion of their time into answering queries further delays the process, so we will be grateful if you will please be patient and not call to ask about the status of your application.


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Wednesday 24 June 2009
reserve team news
Reserves and Under 19s move to Walton

We are very pleased to announce that we have signed a two year deal to play all reserve and under 19 games at Walton Casuals' ground, The Waterside Stadium.

Our agreement with Croydon Athletic ended recently when they decided that they needed to reduce the number of games played there to ensure the best possible playing surface for their first team. We understand their reasons and, having always been looked after very well by Dean Fisher and his staff, we thank them for their hospitality and support over the last few years and wish them well for the coming season.

Since our encounters in the first few years of our club we have always had an excellent relationship with Walton Casuals and so we were delighted when they agreed to our approach. Reserve team games will be played on Saturdays and Tuesdays and under 19 games on Wednesday afternoons.

Starting from this season we will be charging for entry to reserve team games, although season ticket holders will gain free entry on production of a current ST book.


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Monday 22 June 2009
club news
Paul Strank Family Fun Day in aid of Children in Need- 1st chance to meet the 09/10 squad!

Paul Strank and Sons Roofing Contractors, in association with AFC Wimbledon, will be holding a family fun day in aid of Children in Need this coming Saturday 27 June at their premises at 22 Weir Rd, Wimbledon SW19 8UG.

The club is pleased to announce that the first team squad will be making an appearance at around lunchtime, fresh from their first pre-season training session.

Also appearing will be Haydon the Womble, stars of ITV’s ‘The Bill’ and ‘Eastenders’ and there is also a rumour that a Hollywood ‘A- Lister’ will be dropping by at some point, but you will just have to turn up to find out who!

There will be a wide range of activities and entertainment for kids and adults alike including go karts, face painting, rodeo bull, football skills, beer tent and more.

The event starts at 11.00am and finishes at 4.00pm.

We would like to encourage as many supporters as possible to support this event and help to raise funds for an extremely worthwhile cause.


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Monday 22 June 2009
first team news
Player update from Terry

Terry Brown was back at work today and took time out to update us on the situation regarding the squad for the coming season.

"It was back to work today, refreshed after a lovely break in Devon with my wife. Pictures of my surfing adventures can be obtained on my personal website*.

"I had a busy first day back, firstly trying to tie down contract extensions for our existing players. Hopefully, we will be able to finalise extended deals with Chris Hussey and Sam Hatton later this week.

"Negotiations for the transfer of the midfielder we've talked about before feel like they have been going on forever, but we think there may have been a breakthrough today and we are evaluating the latest proposals. If these prove acceptable, we expect things to come to a conclusion this week.

"It is pleasing to see the squad is now taking shape. We are looking to run with a very young, fit squad. Several of the players are versatile enough to offer us cover in more than one position, which is why we won't be running with a large squad. To be honest I would be quite happy if we started the season with the players we have lined up to date. This year in particular, given the uncertainty over the Setanta money it is advisable to bide our time with regards to any more signings.

"The aim is to build an extremely tight-knit young squad that will be able to grow together during the next few years to achieve everybody's aim, which is entry back into the Football League. To do so, they have to understand what this club means to its supporters, and the manner in which we achieve our aims is also vitally important. Not only do we want to entertain our supporters but we want to watch a football team we can all be proud of.

"Although this might sound a bit soft, one of the most important awards we won last season was the Fair Play award. We are very proud to have won that over the last two years and, to me, it emphasises strength and discipline which are two key attributes of any successful side requires.

"Obviously no-one knows how difficult this season will turn out to be. Because of the nature of this year's squad rebuild, the players may take a little while longer to settle in to what will be a much stronger league than we played in last year. Therefore, your patience and support will be vital this year. If we end up on the wrong end of a hiding or two at some stage it will be how we deal with that which shows me the mental strength of this group of young players. Your reaction will have also have a big bearing on how quickly our young players recover from inevitable setbacks.

"Having said that, experience tells me that this side should more than hold its own and we will be looking to see how many points we have acquired by Christmas to ascertain whether we need to strengthen the squad during the January transfer window.

"Pre-season starts this Saturday. The players will be training fourteen times prior to our first league game of the season. This will allow us plenty of time to work on both the fitness of the players and the tactics we mean to employ. We will be playing in a similar fashion to last year but we have also balanced our new squad to be able to play either 4-3-3 or 4-4-2. This enables us not only to have plan A but also plans B and C."

* Terry's personal web site is still at the concept stage and may well be completed sometime in 2011 - or not.


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Monday 22 June 2009
dons trust news
Community events meeting - Wednesday 24 June, 7.30 pm

With the Wimbledon Village Fair behind us, the Community Events team is holding an open meeting in the President's Lounge from 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm on Wednesday to discuss the format, scope, existing commitments and future development of the group.

It's always nice to see some new faces, so please feel free to come along and join us, even if you feel that both your time and skills are limited - we're sure that we can find interesting things for you to do!


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Monday 22 June 2009
dons trust news
Support the Boys in

Starting midday Saturday 27 June, AFC Wimbledon fans Will Glover-James, Mark Casarotto, Russell Smith and first team physiotherapist Mike Rayner will race against 24 other teams to cover the greatest distance over 24 hours of road race cycling. The team hope to cover in excess of 500 miles during the 24 hour period.

Ride 24 is a unique event and you can support the team by visiting here to make a donation. Funds raised from the Velo and Blue team will be shared between the Dons Trust ground fund and Action Medical research.

The team will be grateful for your support in person so if you have some time to spare this coming weekend, please head to Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey and bring your friends and families too. Besides the cycle racing, attractions include live music, food, drink, stalls, amusements and race commentary. You will be most welcome at the D2E sponsored Velo and Blue tent. Please wear your AFC Wimbledon colours to support the team, and cheer D2E / Velo and Blue to the 24 hour cycling world championship (ratified by British Cycling). It's Le Mans for Bikes.



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Friday 19 June 2009
dons trust news
Dons Draw results - and another regular prize!

The June Dons Draw took place today at Kingsmeadow.

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

First prize of £1,000 - ticket 2805 – Caroline Kingston-Lynch from Thornton Heath

Second prize of £500 - ticket 0715 – Caroline Threadgold from Wimbledon

Third prize of £250 - ticket 2195 – Paul Raymond from Tooting

Fourth prize of £100 - ticket 0908 – Paul Harrison from Feltham

Fifth prize of £50 – ticket 1906 – Roger Cassells from New Malden

Congratulations to all five prize winners.

The next Dons Draw will take place on or after 15 July 2009 with the results being posted on the AFC Wimbledon official web site soon after the draw has taken place.

Following a surge in entrants we have now introduced a 5th prize and expect to increase prizes further over the coming months.

If you want a chance of winning one of these prizes, but still haven't entered, or if you have already entered the draw but would like to increase your chances of winning by taking a few more numbers, then why not do so now?

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

The deadline for new entrants to the July 2009 Dons Draw is 8.00 pm on 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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Friday 19 June 2009
club news
See the Dons at the Blue Square awards

At 6.00 pm today Setanta 1 is showing the Blue Square awards ceremony, filmed at Stratford-upon-Avon last Saturday.

Dons fans should look out for Jon Main collecting the Blue Square South player of the year award as well as the golden boot, while manager Terry Brown collects the Blue Square South manager of the year award, to add to the team's championship success.


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Thursday 18 June 2009
club news
AFC Wimbledon at the Wimbledon Village Fair!

The Wimbledon Village Fair takes place on Wimbledon Common this Saturday, 20 June. As in previous years, the club will have a presence at the fair, including running a football speed game, selling merchandise and promoting the Community Football Scheme and the club generally.

Haydon the Womble will be making appearances at the AFC Wimbledon stand at 11.00 am, 1.30 pm and 3.00 pm, so make sure you are around to say hi.

It would be good to see as many supporters as possible coming along to support the Dons' presence at the fair. If you have an hour or two to spare, it would also be appreciated if supporters could come along and relieve the volunteers who are running the club's stalls at the fair.

For futher information visit the Wimbledon fair site at www.wimbledonvisitor.com/wimbledon_village_fair.html


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Thursday 18 June 2009
ladies news
Coaches required and trial dates for the girls and ladies teams

AFC Wimbledon Girls are seeking coaches for their u15 and u18 teams next season.

The girls play in Surrey County Women and Girls League in their respective premier divisions.

Applicants should preferably hold a level 2 coaching certificate or be working towards it. Preference will also be given to those who are experienced in working with girls at these age groups.

The teams will play their home games at Richardson Evans Memorial Sports Ground, Roehampton Vale on Sundays and training will be one evening a week. Days and location for training are still to be decided but will be within the same vicinity.

Applications will close on 30 June with interviews planned for early July.

If you think you are ready for a challenge as coach and can bring your experience and professionalism to one of our well established sides then please contact Secretary John Ivers on 0771904908 or alternatively, email
john_ivers@blueyonder.co.uk

Trials for the u13s, u15s, u16s, u18s and Ladies Teams will take place at the Richardson Evans Memorial Playing Fields (near the main car park) on Sunday 28 June and Sunday 5 July. The Trials will take place between 11.00 am and 1.00 pm on both dates, although the Ladies Trials will probably start at 12.00.



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Thursday 18 June 2009
club news
Stadium clean-up weekend

The second of the two stadium clean-up weekends takes place on Saturday 26 June and Sunday 27 June.

Although a lot of work was achieved during the first weekend there are still plenty of jobs to be completed around the stadium. Despite the great turnout of volunteers last time more will be welcome whether for a few hours or for a full day.

Although most tools will be provided, if you are able to bring your own, in particular power washers, that would be even better. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

If you are plannimng to help but not yet told us please ring the office on 020 8547 3528.


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Tuesday 16 June 2009
club news
AFC Wimbledon presence at Wimbledon Village Fair

The Wimbledon Village Fair takes place on Wimbledon Common this Saturday, 20 June. As in previous years, the club will have a presence at the fair, including running a football speed game, selling merchandise and promoting the Community Football Scheme and the club generally.

Haydon the Womble will be making appearances at the AFC Wimbledon stand at 11am, 1.30pm and 3pm so make sure you are around to say hi.

It would be good to see as many supporters as possible coming along to support the Dons' presence at the fair. If you have an hour or two to spare, it would also be appreciated if supporters could come along and relieve the volunteers who are running the club's stalls at the fair.

For futher information visit the Wimbledon fair site at www.wimbledonvisitor.com/wimbledon_village_fair.html


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Monday 15 June 2009
first team news
Stuart Cash adds to the squad

With Terry Brown enjoying a few days away on holiday, Stuart Cash took the helm to complete contract negotiations and sign Derek Duncan earlier this evening.

Derek, now 22, began his career at Leyton Orient where he made 20 appearances. He later moved to Wycombe Wanderers and subsequently joined Ebbsfleet in January 2009. Stuart, who worked with Derek during a loan spell at Lewes, said that he was pleased to link up again with a player who possesses a number of qualities.

Stuart said “We are very impressed with Derek’s attitude, application and, more importantly, his work rate. He is a skilful, fast, attacking player who can play anywhere on the left hand side of the pitch. Although predominantly a midfield player, Derek has shown his versatility by playing some games for Ebbsfleet at left back.

“Derek is another young, athletic, exciting and talented footballer who has ticked all our boxes.”

Derek said he is looking forward to joining a progressive young team, and starting pre-season training with his new team mates in two weeks.



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Monday 15 June 2009
club news
Junior Administrative Assistant required

Following promotion to the Blue Square Premier, which is a national league, the club has concluded that additional administrative help is required to support the Club Secretary, Accountant and Chief Executive in carrying out their duties.

The club is therefore advertising for a junior administrative assistant who will be expected to work a 35 hour week in total. The successful applicant will need to be flexible as they will be expected to work on match days and evenings and should note that they will be expected to work in the office during games. The duties to be carried out are wide-ranging and the job might suit someone starting out in a career in sports admin. The salary will be commensurate with other junior admin assistants in outer London.

If you would like to see the job description please call the office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm or e mail info@afcwimbledon.co.uk.

Applicants for the post should send their CV for the attention of the Club Secretary at the club address or e mail it to secretary@afcwimbledon.co.uk by Wednesday 1 July.

AFC Wimbledon is an equal opportunities employer.




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Monday 15 June 2009
club news
What's happening at Stratford-Upon-Avon - #2

Here is the follow up article to Saturday night's brief summary of the Blue Square awards dinner.

To read it, click WHAS #2.


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Saturday 13 June 2009
club news
What's happening at Stratford-upon-Avon - #1

At tonight’s Blue Square awards ceremony the Dons swept the board, with all six awards for which the club was eligible, following the team’s historic promotion to the Blue Square Premier last season.

It was no surprise that Jon Main was presented with the Golden Boot for his 33 league goals in season 2008-09. But that wasn’t all he got; Main was also called to collect the Blue Square South player of the season award, voted for by the other clubs in the league.

The AFC Wimbledon table was busy again when Terry Brown stepped up for the championship award and, while he was there, he collected the Blue Square South manager of the year award.

The previous evening, Erik Samuelson accepted the Sports 360 award on behalf of Terry for the team’s performance in topping the Fair Play league. The TV timetables for the awards dinner were very tight so the Fair Play award was presented as part of the dinner the night before.

And finally, AFC Wimbledon won the Blue Square South programme of the year award.

There will be a fuller ‘What’s happening at Stratford-upon-Avon’ early next week, with feedback on the Conference AGM as well as more photos of the awards ceremony which is due to be televised on Setanta Sports on Friday at 5.30 pm.


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Friday 12 June 2009
club news
What's happening at Kingsmeadow - #4

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

To read it, click WHAK #4.


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Friday 12 June 2009
first team news
First pre-season is Wycombe Wanderers

The Dons will start their pre-season at home on Saturday 11 July with a repeat of last year's FA Cup clash with the Chairboys.

The last time the teams met, Matt Harold scored a hat trick in a 4-1 win for Wycombe, but with some inadvertent assistance from the Wimbledon defence for three of the goals. With both teams gaining promotion and strengthening their teams, the game will be a real test of the progress the Dons have made since the match last November. The kick off is at the usual time of 3.00 pm.


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Thursday 11 June 2009
youth news
Calling talented young primary school footballers

The AFC Wimbledon Junior Academy is looking to recruit boys of calibre and potential for its under 7 to under 11 age groups in season 2009-10. In 2009-10 this equates to primary school years 2 to 6. Age group teams will represent AFC Wimbledon in the Elite/Premier Leagues of the Saturday Epsom and Ewell League and the Sunday Surrey Youth League (formerly the WSYL).

We are an ambitious club with a Youth Development Programme to deliver in line with the progress of the AFC Wimbledon senior first team, which has recently been promoted into the Blue Square Premier League.

Players will train with their team at excellent facilities, typically twice a week, under the supervision of fully qualified and experienced AFC Wimbledon coaches.

This is an exciting opportunity for ambitious and talented players; in the first instance please email Jeremy Sauer (Junior Academy Head Coach) at junior academy with a brief football CV (not always applicable for U7s/U8s) and your contact details.


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Tuesday 09 June 2009
club news
Season ticket update - Tempest End filling up, plenty of places available in John Smith stand

Season ticket sales are fast approaching 2,150 and we will soon begin to allocate seats for next season. Anyone who is unsuccessful in their application for a seat will be offered a terrace season ticket and, since they applied early, they will be given the opportunity to select which terrace they prefer to stand in.

Meanwhile, the Tempest End continues to fill up. As a result of strong demand for that end, and the need to reserve provisional places for any unsuccessful applicants for seats, there are only about 30 places definitely still available in the Tempest End. Once these are full we will start a wait list for the Tempest End. So, if you want to be in that end, we advise you to apply now.

There are plenty of places left in the John Smith stand.


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Tuesday 09 June 2009
first team news
Update on pre-season friendlies

The pre-season schedule for this summer is now almost complete. We had hoped to publish the complete list but, at the request of our opponents, we have agreed to defer an announcement of the details of our first game, at home on Saturday 11 July.

We are also awaiting confirmation of our first midweek game on either the following Tuesday or Wednesday. This game will be away from home.

Final arrangements are now in place for the trip to the Isle of Man. The team will fly to Douglas on Friday afternoon, 17 July, and the next day they will take part in a three way competition. The games will be as follows:

12.30 pm: AFC Wimbledon v Isle of Man representative team

3.00 pm: AFC Wimbledon v Ramsey

5.30 pm: Isle of Man representative team v Ramsey

All the games will be played in Ramsey.

The following morning the Dons will be coaching schoolchildren from the north of the island before setting off home again late on Sunday afternoon.

On their return, the Dons’ next game is at home to Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday 21 July, kick off 7.45 pm. Several times in the past we have been close to arranging a game against Brighton so both clubs are delighted that we have finally been able to make it happen.

The following Saturday, 25 July, we welcome FC United of Manchester for their third visit to us. We will be playing for the Supporters Direct Cup and there will be a host of other activities around this fixture, which kicks off at 3.00 pm.

Our final pre-season home game is against a Fulham XI on Tuesday 28 July, kick off 7.45 pm and on 1 August, the Saturday before we play our first game in the Blue Square Premier, we are away at Farnborough Town (subject to confirmation of a couple of issues).

In summary, the pre-season fixtures are:

11 July Agreed and to be announced; Home
13/14 July Awaiting confirmation; Away
18 July Isle of Man tournament
21 July Brighton and Hove Albion; Home
25 July FC United of Manchester; Home
28 July Fulham XI; Home
1 August Farnborough Town; Away

All Saturday games are 3.00 pm kick offs and midweek games are 7.45 pm kick offs.


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Friday 05 June 2009
club news
Terry and Stuart interviewed on Cherry Red TV

About a month ago, Iain McNay, the driving force behind Cherry Red TV, interviewed Chief Executive Erik Samuelson as part of an initiative to enable fans to get to know some of the people at AFC Wimbledon a little better. The feedback and viewing figures have been very positive so Iain has followed up with two new interviews, one with Terry Brown and one with Sturat Cash, both of which are published today.

The interviews can be seen by clicking on Cherry Red TV and then the tab marked 'Other'.

Iain is keen to get ideas on other club personalities who you would like to see interviewed, so if you have any suggestions please email him at Cherry Red TV.


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Friday 05 June 2009
first team news
Luke Moore joins the Dons

Terry Brown is delighted to announce the signing of Luke Moore.

Terry said "Luke is one of the brightest prospects in the Blue Square Premier, with well over 150 first team appearances to his name. He was an integral part of Ebbsfleet's FA Trophy success in 2007-08 and so, despite the fact that he is only just 21, he brings a wealth of experience with him.

"It is lovely to conclude the negotiations, as they started over two weeks ago and it is reassuring to know that we fought off offers from three other senior clubs, including a Football League club.

"Luke is a very talented front runner who can play as an out-and-out striker or with his back to goal, or just off the front two. He has been an ever-present in a very good Blue Square Premier side with the added experience of a Wembley trophy winner.

"Luke will bring to the side a very high energy level, with great movement and two good feet. I also expect Luke to develop within the next couple of years into a quality Football League striker. Luke's addition to our squad fits in with our player profile of young talented winners.

"We are in negotiations with three or four additional players but the squad is now starting to take shape. It is evident that we will be one of the youngest squads in the Blue Square Premier. However, let me assure the players and supporters alike that this doesn't indicate any lack of ambition for the coming year; in fact, quite the opposite. We intend to work incredibly hard during the pre season training to ensure that this tall, athletic side is not only full of talented players with pace and energy, but is able to cope with the demands of playing full time teams, some of which will no doubt possess more resources than us.

"This is undoubtedly the most important season in the club's history. I expect the team to develop as the season goes on. There will certainly be one or two Saturdays where we won't have it all our own way. However, I am sure you will see a clear indication of what we are trying to achieve during the forthcoming pre-season friendlies. (There will be news about those games early next week.)

"Stuart and I would like to be in a position where, at the end of the season, we are able to keep the vast majority of this squad intact and therefore ensure the continuity that all sides require for ongoing success."


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Wednesday 03 June 2009
club news
Seats sold out - Tempest End filling up fast

We are now up to date in our processing of season ticket applications and so we can start the process of responding to requests to move and then start allocating the available seats to new applicants. What is already clear is that we are over-subscribed and therefore we are not accepting any more applications for seats (there are plenty of terrace places still available - but see later re preferences).

We have a total of nearly 300 people who want a seat or who already have a seat and wish to move to a different one. Trying to accommodate as many of these move requests as possible, while taking into account the uneven distribution of available seats, means that this is a difficult, complex and time-consuming task.

We know that fans will be keen to know if they have been successful in getting a move or a seat, but it will be some time before we complete this process. Please don't add to the team's workload by phoning or emailing to ask about progress.

By the end of today we had 2,025 ST applications and renewals. To date there are about 700 terrace applications where ST holders have expressed a preference to be allocated to the Tempest End. The capacity of the Tempest End is just under 900, so if you want to be in that end for big games you should consider applying soon.

Five year terrace season ticket holders who have not returned their forms will, obviously, still receive a ST for next season. However, if you haven't stated a preference for a particular stand you will have been provisionally allocated to the John Smith stand. If you have a terrace FYST and haven't replied yet, please do so now if that isn't the stand you want to be in.


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Tuesday 02 June 2009
first team news
James Pullen re-signs

James Pullen has signed a new contract with the Dons. Earlier today he put pen to paper, much to Terry Brown's satisfaction.

"We have been unable to sign James before now, because he has been on holiday, but as soon as he returned I got him to come into the office and we sorted out the details very quickly.

"James is a quality 'keeper and I am very pleased that he has re-signed for us. He has great presence, which always makes a defence feel comfortable, and some of his saves in the run in to the championship were superb. He will be a great asset in the Blue Square Premier."


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Tuesday 02 June 2009
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents Nick Wilty THIS FRIDAY!

Comedy@Kingsmeadow is proud to announce that Nick Wilty ('Unmissable' according to Time Out) will be headlining our show on Friday 5 June, which will also feature Phil Butler and Electric Forecast. See below for more details.

This is another incredibly strong line-up and we expect demand to be high once again so make sure you get your tickets soon to avoid disappointment.

And the catering will once again be provided by Ting N' Ting's award winning Caribbean cuisine.

To book ticket, either call our booking line on 020 8547 3335 or buy online here.



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Tuesday 02 June 2009
dons trust news
Board meeting

At last night's board meeting, David Cox stood down as chair of the board and Kris Stewart was elected to the position for the period until the conclusion of the AGM.

The board meeting discussed youth and community work, the role of the board and its officers, stadium plans and Trust finances. Minutes of the meeting will be published once approved by the board.


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