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Thursday 30 June 2011
club news
Steven Gregory moves on

Earlier today, AFC Bournemouth and AFC Wimbledon agreed the transfer of Steven Gregory for an undisclosed fee. Following a medical, Steven is now a Bournemouth player.

The negotiations, which took place over the last few days, were carried out in an excellent spirit. AFC Wimbledon Chief Executive, Erik Samuelson said “Obviously we are very sorry to lose Steven who has been terrific for us over the last two seasons. He is a very talented player and while we are sorry to lose him, we felt that so long as we could get a fee that reflected his talents we should not stand in the way of his ambition to play at a higher level. He leaves us on a high following his masterful performance in the play off victory at the City of Manchester Stadium and we wish him every success at Bournemouth.”




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Wednesday 29 June 2011
club news
Reece and Jack sign up again

With the squad due back for pre-season training on Friday, two more contract renewals were signed today.

The emphasis remains on youth and Terry Brown was delighted when Reece Jones and Jack Turner (both of whom are still 18) signed their respective deals. Terry said "both these talented young lads will benefit from another year's full time training. In pre season they will take part in a number of games, after which we shall be looking, at a later stage, for them to gain some much-needed game time on loan with good quality Blue Square sides.

"At this stage it isn't really worth bringing the last few players in to sign a deal when they will be training on Friday so the small number of players who have not yet signed will do so after Friday's training session."


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Tuesday 28 June 2011
club news
Change of date for Sutton United friendly

Our game against Sutton United at Gander Green Lane which was scheduled to take place on Tuesday 12 July will now take place on Saturday 16 July, kick-of 3.00 pm. We are endeavouing to arrange an alternative game for 12 July.


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Monday 27 June 2011
club news
Five sign up today

As Terry Brown arrived back in the UK after a brief holiday, much of the work he set in motion before leaving was coming to fruition.

Earlier today, Seb Brown signed a contract extension while James Mulley, who was a non-contract player for the Dons last season, also agreed terms and signed a contract.

They were soon followed onto the club’s books by the signing of Chris Bush, who was on loan from Brentford for about four months last season before being recalled in January. And finally, at the end of the afternoon, Ryan Jackson is due to come in to complete the formality of converting his existing deal into a Football league contract.

All four players represent a continuation of the management’s philosophy of building a young team, with Seb aged 21, James 22, Chris 19 and Ryan 20. Joining them is new signing Charles Ademeno, who is also 22, and signed for the Dons shortly after lunch today.

Charles is a 5’ 9” striker, with enormous strength and great pace. Dons fans may remember him playing and scoring a fine goal, the winner, for Crawley in our league game at the Broadfield stadium in March 2010.

Charles joined Crawley Town from Southend in 2009 and his achievements included the quickest hat-trick in Football Conference history, variously reported as six or eight minutes. During that season he scored 11 goals in 32 games, despite playing several games with a niggling knee injury.

At the end of the season Charles was offered new terms by Crawley but he chose instead to move to Grimsby Town for a fee set by a tribunal. In his time at Grimsby, the knee injury recurred and he underwent an operation in January of this year. Although he regained full fitness he was unable to get back into the first team and so he agreed terms to leave a little while ago.

All new signings are required to undergo a medical and, given the history of injuries, Mike Rayner’s examination was even more thorough than usual. Mike gave Charles a clean bill of health and so he has signed a contract that, at least in its early stages, reflects his recent injury record.

Charles said ‘I am really looking forward to being involved again, especially in a team that gets the ball down and plays football. I am sure I will score goals in this side.”


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Monday 27 June 2011
club news
Many thanks to the work weekend volunteers

On behalf of the club, many thanks to the large group of volunteers, 40+ on Saturday and 20+ on Sunday, who gave up their weekends to prepare the stadium for our first season in the Football League. On two steaming hot days, much of the stadium was painted and cleaned, and the shrubbery in and around the ground trimmed and tidied up.

Most of the undercroft beneath the Paul Strank stand has been re-organised and cleared, resulting in at least four skips filled with the accumulated debris of another year in the club's life. With construction work going on in the background to ensure we comply with Football League entry requirements, the stadium has been a hive of activity over the summer.

Media interest in the AFC Wimbledon story continues and in the last week, the club has been featured on Talksport and Radio London, with Sky Sports News presenting a feature around the work weekend. And this is all before the season starts in earnest!

Finally, a special word of thanks to father and son Dave and Simon Peacey, Cheltenham and Bristol Rovers fans respectively, who drove 150 miles to come to help on Saturday because, in their words, they think what our fans have done in creating and building AFC Wimbledon is something very special. We look forward to welcoming Simon on 6 August and Dave on 17 September when they come to support their teams at Kingsmeadow.


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Sunday 26 June 2011
dons trust news
Calling all cricket fans!

Do you play cricket - or are you involved in some capacity at your local cricket club?

If so, the club needs your help with fundraising!

The Friends of the Dons Trust are holding the club's first cricket-themed dinner at Kingsmeadow on Friday 16 September, with our star guest being former Surrey and England batsman Graham Thorpe. For full details of the evening click here.

Can you help us promote the event? We need Dons fans to put up posters and sell tickets via their local cricket clubs. Why not get your cricket club to take a table of 10 for the evening - discounts are available.

If you can assist, please contact Ray Armfield on 07922 144625 or via rayarmfield@aol.com.



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Saturday 25 June 2011
club news
Marcus to take a team to Guernsey for pre-season

Last Monday, Kris Stewart and Erik Samuelson were presented with a memento of our time in the Combined Counties League by league officials. This presentation was followed by the CCL annual general meeting at which Guernsey FC were accepted into the league.

Some time ago, in anticipation of a successful application to join the CCL, Guernsey officials invited us to send a team as part of the preparations for their first season We were very pleased to accept and Marcus Gayle will be flying out with a young squad for the game on Saturday 16 July.

As Kris said at the agm, we had a very happy time in the CCL and retain many wonderful memories. We are delighted to see that the competition continues to thrive and to be invited to celebrate the entry of a new club into the league.


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Saturday 25 June 2011
club news
New T-shirts now available on line

Following the successful launch of a new range of T-shirts at Wimbledon village fair, we are pleased to announce that they are available for purchase via the online shop, which can be accessed by clicking on on line shop. The T-shirts will also be available at the 'Meet the Manager' evening on 14 July, subject to stock levels.

Adding to our recent launch of the 'Dons 2....' T-shirt, they are available in a range of colours, designs and sizes. Additionally, these products are available in a Ladies cut, sizes small to large.


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Saturday 25 June 2011
club news
Fulham first in pre season games

The Dons' first pre-season game will be at home on Saturday 9 July against Fulham. This will be followed on Tuesday 12 July at Sutton United.

The Fulham game will be against a squad comprising first team players and some reserves/squad players, as Fulham are also involved in the Europa Cup in the same week.

We are still in discussions to replace the home friendly game on Saturday 16 July which was cancelled by Leyton Orient. With that exception, our pre-season fixtures are now complete.


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Friday 24 June 2011
club news
Welcome Mat

Earlier this week we signed Mat Mitchel-King, a 6' 4" centre back. Mat is well known to the club and some of our current players - Mat was at Histon at the same time as Jack Midson and Gareth Gwillim. During his time at Histon he featured in the famous FA Cup win against Leeds United.

Mat was signed from Histon by Crewe Alexandra where he was made captain in his first season and played the majority of his 46 first team appearances. A back injury and subsequent hernia operation interrupted his progress and eventually he was released at the end of the season. Following an extensive medical by club physio Mike Rayner, Mat signed for the Dons on Wednesday but we agreed not to release details until today.

Also at the club today to sign, or re-sign, for next season were Luke Moore and Fraser Franks. Both had been retained under the option clause in their contracts but needed to sign Football League style contracts following the club's promotion.

Pedants may wish to note that Mat's name is correctly spelled on the first line of this article.


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Friday 24 June 2011
club news
Bid for Steven Gregory

Yesterday afternoon, AFC Bournemouth made an offer for Steven Gregory. This offer is a long way below the club's valuation so it was rejected by the board late yesterday afternoon.

In subsequent discussions with Bournemouth they made it clear that they will not be increasing their offer and so we regard the matter as closed.


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Thursday 23 June 2011
club news
New signing waits in the wings

Even though Terry Brown is sunning himself on a well-earned holiday, things are still happening on the transfer front. Stuart Cash and Erik Samuelson signed a centre back yesterday but, for personal reasons, we can’t yet disclose full details. We hope to say more on Friday or Saturday.

Meanwhile, there are still quite a few players who we’ve retained on their options but who need to complete the formality of signing a Football League style contract. Today Brett Johnson completed his paperwork and so we now have the four centre backs Terry wanted; Brett, the new signing, Jamie Stuart and Fraser Franks, who still needs to come by and sign his forms.

The search for a striker continues, with a number of possible targets being spoken to. We had been hoping to re-sign Kaid Mohamed who ended the season so well for us. However, Kaid was on loan from Bath City and wasn’t ‘our' player, so with his contract expiring he was a free agent. We spoke to him and his agent but it was clear that we couldn’t, and wouldn’t, match the terms they were expecting to get elsewhere. We kept in touch and were disappointed but not surprised to see him sign for Cheltenham. Nonetheless, we wish him well and than him for the major impact he made in his brief spell here.

Fans will want to know the situation regarding Danny Kedwell. This hasn’t changed; although we have agreed that we will listen to offers for his transfer, we won’t finalise anything unless we get a fee that matches his value to this club. Meanwhile, he continues here and will attend pre-season training when it starts at the end of next week.


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Thursday 23 June 2011
club news
Meet the manager and get your new shirt and DVD

Come and meet the manager on Thursday 14 July in the middle bar.

The evening will include Terry talking us through the shoot out penalties and we will also be offering the first, limited, supply of DVDs of the final - further stocks will arrive in the following week.

This is also your first chance to buy one of the new 'third kit' shirts so it is going to be a busy evening.

The evening will start when the main bar opens at 6.00 pm. The DVD and third kit will be on sale from 6.00 pm and with limited supplies we advise early arrival if you want to be sure of getting your shirt and DVD.

Terry's penalty shoot commentary (possibly including his own celebratory penalty) will start at about 7.30pm, followed by a question and answer session.

It is going to be a brilliant curtain-raiser to the new season, our first back in the Football League, so come and join us on the night.


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Wednesday 22 June 2011
club news
Opening league game to be shown live

Our first fixture in npower League 2 against Bristol Rovers is to be televised live by Sky Sports on Saturday 6 August with a 12.45 pm kick-off.

We have already received a number of enquiries about tickets for the game from both home and away fans and an announcement will be made in a few days after we have spoken with officials at Bristol Rovers.


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Wednesday 22 June 2011
dons trust news
Dons Trust board - June meeting notes

The Dons Trust Board met last Thursday, 16 June, in our first meeting as the Trust Board of a Football League Club.

All four Mancomm executives were present and the meeting devoted considerable time to a long, detailed and productive discussion covering all Mancomm areas of responsibility. This included:

· A report back on the League and Conference AGMs

· New player signings, League contracts and Danny Kedwell

· The playing budget

· The Pre-Season Friendly schedule

· Essential stadium works in readiness for the League

· Updates on Functions, merchandising and commercial

· The plan to achieve Centre of Excellence status

· A update on operational issues

This was followed by a presentation of the draft budget. A discussion was held concerning any future surplus funding and the level beyond which ManComm cannot make expenditure decisions without Board approval.

The coming season’s charity appeals process was debated. This year the end to end process – from selection through to collection - will be managed by Ivor Heller. Members will be asked to vote on the final shortlist of charities.

The meeting closed with an update on the League’s latest developments to enhance the FLi website.

The next DT Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday 14 July. Any input that members wish to make can be passed to any board member in person or by e-mail to info@thedonstrust.org.


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Monday 20 June 2011
club news
Work weekend on 25 and 26 June

We will be holding our second and final work weekend of the close season on the 25/26 June and are hoping to get another fantastic turnout.

Every year a band of intrepid volunteers help with a whole range of jobs in the stadium, including mowing the grass, cutting back the bushes and undergrowth on the grass car park, power washing the stand and terraces, painting various parts of the stadium. We have already done a large amount of work at the May weekend, but we are attempting to get a record turnout this time in order to get the stadium in a fantastic condition ready for the Football League.

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 have not yet told us, please email Stadium weekend or ring the office on 020 8547 3528 to leave your name, a contact number and when you are available.


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Sunday 19 June 2011
club news
What's happening at Kingsmeadow, 2011 - number 5

The latest edition of 'What's happening at Kingsmeadow' can be read by clicking on WHAK #5


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Sunday 19 June 2011
dons trust news
Buy a brick update

Because the current work on the stadium requires that some of the existing inscribed bricks need to be moved, we have relaunched the 'buy a brick' campaign. This means that there is another chance for you to have your own brick, inscribed to your specification, at the north end of the Paul Strank Stand.

We have had an excellent response so far, with nearly 50 new bricks on order. If you want to add your name to the list, time is limited as we need to complete the building work in the next few weeks and with it the work to insert new bricks, which will also take a little while to inscribe.

So, if you want to be the proud owner of a personalised brick in the north extension to the Paul Strank Main Stand, phone the office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on a weekday or email buy a brick.

Bricks cost £40 each and the wording can be on two lines of up to 13 characters per line (including spaces).


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Sunday 19 June 2011
dons trust news
Shoot-for-goal competition at Wimbledon Village Fair

The following entrants won the shoot-for-goal competition at Wimbledon Village Fair on Saturday.

Hard ball: Gerry Williams - 56 mph
Soft ball: Jake Cunningham 45 mph

The winners should email fundraising here or leave a message for Mark Davis via the club, on 020 8547 3528 in order to claim their prize of a Dons 2 League 2 tee-shirt.


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Friday 17 June 2011
club news
Dons Draw Results

The June Dons Draw took place today at Kingsmeadow.

Winning numbers were drawn in the presence of Erik Samuelson (AFC Wimbledon Chief Executive), Neil Messenbird (Dons Draw Administrator) and Chris Atkinson (AFC Wimbledon administration assistant)

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

First prize of £1,000 - ticket 3237 - Hazel Potter - E5

Second prize of £500 - ticket 3583 - Michael Shepherd - KT4

Third prize of £250 - ticket 3605 - Richard Bishop - YO16

Fourth prize of £150 - ticket 0011 - M Levins - WR5

Fifth prize of £100 - ticket 2779 - Matt Jennings - MK40

Sixth prize of £75 - ticket 0356 - Ian Pollock - SW19

Congratulations to all six prize winners.

The next Dons Draw will take place on or around 15 July 2011 with the results being posted on the AFC Wimbledon official web site soon after the draw has taken place.

We are again paying out a massive £2,075 this month in prizes!

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

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

The deadline for new entrants to the July 2011 Dons Draw is 8:00pm 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 17 June 2011
cfs news
Summer Courses, Twitter and Fairs

We are happy to announce that the AFC Wimbledon Community Football Scheme can now be followed on Twitter here (@afcwimbledoncfs) . We aim to Tweet with the very latest goings on at the CFS, so if you have a Twitter account, please add us to your following and let your friends and family know who may be interested in our courses.

We can confirm that we will be running Summer Holiday Football Courses for the full 6 Weeks of the summer at Wimbledon Park.

Dates

Week 1: Monday 25 July – Friday 29 July 2011

Week 2: Monday 1 August – Friday 5 August 2011

Week 3: Monday 8 August – Friday 12 August 2011

Week 4: Monday 15 August – Friday 19 August 2011

Week 5: Monday 22 August – Friday 26 August 2011

Week 6: Monday 29 August – Friday 2 September 2011


Times

Full Day: 9.30 am – 3.00 pm

Half Day: 9.30 am – 12.00 noon

Prices

£17.50 Individual Full Day, £12.50 Individual Half Day

£70 Full Week of Full Days (if pre-booked), £50 Full Week of Half Days (if pre-booked)

Finally, the AFC Wimbledon Community Football Scheme will be at Wimbledon Village Fair this Saturday (18th June) from 10.30 am – 5.30 pm, running a beat-the-keeper penalty shootout, speed shooting in the giant inflatable, and more. We hope to see a large number of Wimbledon fans there! We will also have a presence at the fairs at both Hatfield and Garfield Primary Schools on Saturday on what is a very busy weekend for the CFS.

A booking form for the Summer Holiday Courses will be available to download from the website next week, or alternatively pick one up at one of the fairs tomorrow.




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Friday 17 June 2011
club news
Another busy day at the office

During a very busy day at the club office this morning, Terry Brown today completed the signing of striker Jack Midson. Jack is an experienced striker that the management team has been tracking for some time and was in the successful Oxford United side that won promotion to League 2 last summer. Jack will join the rest of the squad for pre-season training at the start of July. A number of players from last season's squad also came in to tie up their new contracts.

Sky Sports News and other members of the press were at the ground to interview Terry and CEO Erik Samuelson about the league fixtures that were announced at 9.00 am this morning. Wimbledon start at the league campaign with a home game against Bristol Rovers on 6 August before travelling to Dagenham & Redbridge the following Saturday and three days later making the long trip to Plymouth Argyle. On Boxing Day we welcome Oxford United to Kingsmeadow and finish the season at home to Shrewsbury Town on 5 May.

Terry Brown said “It’s a difficult start to the season with our first three league fixtures being against teams recently relegated from League One. When you look at the fixture list the task ahead of us starts to sink in and there are certainly no home bankers anymore. I’m personally really looking forward to playing against my old side Aldershot and some interesting fixtures over the Christmas period against Oxford United, Southend United and Swindon Town.”

Terry now goes on holiday for a week, but has already held negotiations with a number of current and potential future players who he hopes will sign new deals for the forthcoming season.

Today was also the renewal and price deadline for season tickets. Following a late rush of applicants we will be processing all the forms onto the system before starting the difficult process of trying to allocate supporters’ their preferred seat or terrace they have requested. It is already apparent the renewal rate is very high, and as previously reported we will have a record number of season ticket holders for the 2011/12 season.


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Thursday 16 June 2011
club news
Please help us at the Fair

We urgently need more volunteers to hand out leaflets and fixture lists at Wimbledon Village Fair on Saturday.

If you can spare an hour, or the whole day - or anything in between - please come to the AFC Wimbledon stand where we will set you up to support the Dons at this major community event


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Thursday 16 June 2011
club news
Join us at Wimbledon Village Fair on Saturday 18 June

The Dons willl have a major presence at this year's Wimbledon Village Fair on Saturday 18 June.

The club will be opening the fair at 11.00 am when commercial director Ivor Heller, star penalty-saver Seb Brown and Haydon the Womble join award-winning BBC sports presenter John Inverdale on stage to get the proceedings going.

We will be launching some new merchandise at the Fair, including a range of T-shirts commemorating aspects of our achievements, and there's a chance to test your prowess on the inflatable speed kicking game.

For the club, this is our biggest community event of the year, so please come along and support it: this is a great chance to show the whole of Wimbledon that we are a major part of the community.

The Wimbledon Village Fair is not just a great day out on beautiful Wimbledon Common – it’s also a great way to support the local charity the Wimbledon Guild, who organise the event. They support local people of all ages across the community and are aiming to raise as much money as possible on the day. To find out more about their work, visit here.

Attractions at this year’s Fair include:

• Test your shooting speed with the Dons new
• Walk on Water – zorb balls new
• Wimbledon Bookfest with author signings new
• babyballet Song and Dance Academy new
• Pied Piper Music
• Surf simulator
• Fun dog shows throughout the day
• Over 200 craft and produce stalls
• Food village
• Live entertainment all day.

Come and have fun at the Fair and help the Wimbledon Guild to raise as much money as possible to support local people. This will help them to continue to provide the same level of services as last year, which included:

• 21,700 hours of volunteering time
• £19,000 of small cash grants to people who need emergency help
• 5,000 counselling sessions
• 3,000 lunches at our lunch club
• 1,600 befriending visits to older people in Merton
• 500 items of quality second-hand furniture to homes.

Organiser: Eleanor Lawrence

EVENT DETAILS
Wimbledon Common Southside
Saturday 18 June 2011
10.30 am to 5.30 pm
ENTRY IS FREE


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Thursday 16 June 2011
club news
Final reminder for reduced price season ticket deadline

Tomorrow, Friday 17 June, is the deadline for fans who wish to purchase a season ticket at last season's prices. Applications must arrive at the club's offices by the close of business on Friday to qualify for the reduced prices.

Full details of how to apply (including how to pay in monthly instalments) can be found by clicking on Season ticket offer or by clicking on the Season Ticket button on the home page of this site.


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Thursday 16 June 2011
club news
London derby if we beat Crawley

The draw for the 1st Round of the Carling Cup has seen us drawn away to Crystal Palace should we defeat Crawley Town in the Preliminary Round.

The 1st Round ties are to be played in the week commencing 8 August.

The Full draw is as follows:

Rochdale v Chesterfield
Port Vale v Huddersfield Town
Rotherham United v Leicester City
Hull City v Macclesfield Town
Hartlepool United v Sheffield United
Leeds United v Bradford City
Doncaster Rovers v Tranmere Rovers
Walsall v Middlesbrough
Barnsley v Morecambe
Accrington Stanley v Scunthorpe United
Derby County v Shrewsbury Town
Oldham Athletic v Carlisle United
Bury v Coventry City
Sheffield Wednesday v Blackpool
Burnley v Burton Albion
Preston North End v Crewe Alexandra
Nottingham Forest v Notts County
Brighton & Hove Albion v Gillingham
AFC Bournemouth v Dagenham & Redbridge
Ipswich Town v Northampton Town
Cheltenham Town v Milton Keynes
Bristol Rovers v Watford
Plymouth Argyle v Millwall
Oxford United v Cardiff City
West Ham United v Aldershot Town
Southampton v Torquay United
Charlton Athletic v Reading
Portsmouth v Barnet
Stevenage v Peterborough United
Southend United v Leyton Orient
Wycombe Wanderers v Colchester United
Hereford United v Brentford
Exeter City v Yeovil Town
Bristol City v Swindon Town
Crystal Palace v Crawley Town/AFC Wimbledon

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Wednesday 15 June 2011
club news
Club reluctantly accepts Kedwell transfer request

After receiving a written request from Danny Kedwell the club has agreed to put him on the transfer list.

Chief Executive Erik Samuelson said “we have spoken to Danny frequently and tried everything we can to persuade him to stay. However, he is determined to leave and so we have reluctantly agreed to make him available for offers. We will, of course, be seeking a fee appropriate to his fantastic scoring record for this club.”


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Tuesday 14 June 2011
club news
Deadline approaches for reduced price season tickets

Fans who wish to purchase a season ticket at last season's prices have only three more days to do so. Applications must arrive at the club's offices by the close of business on Friday 17 June to qualify for the reduced prices.

Full details of how to apply (including how to pay in monthly instalments) can be found by clicking on Season ticket offer or by clicking on the Season Ticket button on the home page of this site.


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Tuesday 14 June 2011
dons trust news
Buy a brick, revisited

We are relaunching the 'buy a brick' campaign for you to have your own brick, inscribed to your specification, at the north end of the Paul Strank Stand.

This opportunity has arisen because 15 of the existing bricks need to be moved - they will be obscured as a result of building a ramp to the improved disabled area at the north end of the stand. We have emailed everyone who is affected to explain in more detail.

The need to move these bricks (they will be inserted above the existing ones) opens up an opportunity to insert a few more. Time is limited as we need to complete the ramp and associated work in the next few weeks. We then need to insert all the new bricks at the same time and the bricks will take a little while to inscribe.

So, if you want to be the proud owner of a personalised brick in the north extension to the Paul Strank Main Stand, phone the office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on a weekday or email buy a brick.

Bricks cost £40 each and the wording can be on two lines of up to 13 characters per line (including spaces).


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Monday 13 June 2011
dons trust news
Call to restore funding to Supporters Direct

AFC Wimbledon and The Dons Trust are dismayed to learn that the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF) has decided to cut its funding of Supporters Direct, leaving the organisation at very real risk of closure.

(Read David Conn's piece in The Guardian)

AFC Wimbledon are proud to be supporter-owned through the Dons Trust and delighted to be returning to the Football League nine years after the community's league position was taken away and given to a business consortium in Milton Keynes.

We are a football club first and foremost, but we believe our successes and those of Exeter City (another Football League club with majority Trust ownership) prove that clubs can be run as community assets, by, for and with fans. Fans have a greater interest in sustaining clubs over the long-term, not gambling future security for short-term profit.

In common with almost 180 trusts around the country, The Dons Trust would not have been created without the help, advice, support and encouragement of Supporters Direct and its staff in 2002. The AFC Wimbledon story and the incredible achievements we have made in the last nine years are due in no small part to Supporters Direct. Equally, SD were instrumental ten years ago in working with Swansea fans to save their club - next year Swansea will be playing in the Premier League with 20% of the club owned by the fans and an elected trust representative on the board.

We know that many other clubs and trusts have benefited similarly and will be as disappointed as we are by this decision. We are unable to understand how the offence taken at one individual's remarks, made in a personal capacity, can possibly justify the withdrawal of all funding from a hugely successful organisation such as Supporters Direct, and the knock-on effects that the closure of Supporters Direct would have on the future of supporters' co-operative ownership of football clubs.

We add our voice to those calling on the FSIF to reconsider its decision and encourage others to do the same. We note that supporting co-operative ownership by fans is an aim shared by all three major political parties and is mentioned in the current government’s coalition agreement. At a time when billions of pounds are spent in the top division of our national sport on players' wages alone we urge the Premier League, via the FSIF, to reinstate this relatively small sum for vital work that has ensured the survival of more than 50 clubs around the country.

AFC Wimbledon has in the past and hopes in the future to benefit from funding from the FSIF to improve our stadium, and we are very grateful for the opportunity to bid for such funds. We hope, however, that the FSIF and its Premier League funders can also find a way to support as many clubs as possible through reinstating funding for Supporters Direct.

On a personal note, both Brian Lomax (former Managing Director of Supporters Direct) and Dave Boyle were instrumental in the process of establishing AFC Wimbledon and The Dons Trust. We would like to thank them both again for all their assistance.


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Monday 13 June 2011
club news
What happened at Coral Bay (and Celtic Manor)

The fourth WHAK (slightly renamed for this on-the-road edition) of the summer can be read by clicking on WHAK #4.


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Monday 13 June 2011
club news
Newly-promoted AFC Wimbledon to open the 2011 Wimbledon Village Fair

Newly-promoted AFC Wimbledon will be opening the Wimbledon Village Fair at 11.00 am on 18 June. Award-winning BBC sports presenter John Inverdale will be joined on stage by star penalty-saver Seb Brown, Commerical Director Ivor Heller and mascot Haydon the Womble.

We are flattered to be invited to open the fair. For the club, this is our biggest community event of the year, so please come along and support it: this is a great chance to show the whole of Wimbledon that we are a major part of the community.

We will be launching some new merchandise at the Fair, including a range of T-shirts commemorating aspects of our achievements. More details will appear on this website before the end of the week.

The Wimbledon Village Fair is not just a great day out on beautiful Wimbledon Common – it’s also a great way to support the local charity the Wimbledon Guild, who organise the event. They support local people of all ages across the community and are aiming to raise as much money as possible on the day. To find out more about their work, visit here.


Attractions at this year’s Fair include:

• Walk on Water – zorb balls new
• Wimbledon Bookfest with author signings new
• babyballet Song and Dance Academy new
• Pied Piper Music
• Surf simulator
• Fun dog shows throughout the day
• Over 200 craft and produce stalls
• Food village
• Live entertainment all day.

Come and have fun at the Fair and help the Wimbledon Guild to raise as much money as possible to support local people. This will help them to continue to provide the same level of services as last year, which included:

• 21,700 hours of volunteering time
• £19,000 of small cash grants to people who need emergency help
• 5,000 counselling sessions
• 3,000 lunches at our lunch club
• 1,600 befriending visits to older people in Merton
• 500 items of quality second-hand furniture to homes.

Organiser: Eleanor Lawrence

EVENT DETAILS
Wimbledon Common Southside
Saturday 18 June 2011
10.30 am to 5.30 pm
ENTRY IS FREE


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Monday 13 June 2011
club news
Red Devils face Dons in Carling curtain-raiser

This season’s Carling Cup will feature a Preliminary Round for the first time since 2002/03, as a result of Birmingham City’s relegation to the npower Championship.

Birmingham are seeded through to Round 3, as a result of their participation in the Europa League, so the competition format will require one club fewer in the First Round draw.

In line with previous seasons, the Preliminary Round will feature the two clubs placed lowest in the domestic league system last season, namely AFC Wimbledon and Crawley Town. Therefore, following a draw to determine home advantage, Crawley will host the Dons on Friday 29 July, kick-off 7.45 pm, for a place in the First Round of this season’s competition.

Obviously both clubs are disappointed – both would have preferred to play a club they had not played before, and the requirement to play the game by 30 July is disruptive to both clubs’ pre-season preparations. Full arrangements about the game will be announced in due course.

The draw for the First Round of this season’s Carling Cup will be revealed at 10.00 am on Thursday morning here or on this web site.




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Friday 10 June 2011
club news
Help prepare the Fans' Stadium for the Football League (Part 2 )

We would like to say a big thank you to everybody who came down to our last work weekend in May and did a fantastic job of helping prepare the stadium for the Football League. We will be holding our second and final work weekend of the close season on the 25/26 June and are hoping to get another fantastic turnout.

Every year a band of intrepid volunteers helps with a whole range of jobs in the stadium, including mowing the grass, cutting back the bushes and undergrowth on the grass car park, power washing the stand and terraces, painting various parts of the stadium. We have already done a large amount of work at the May weekend, but we are attempting to get a record turnout this time in order to get the stadium in a fantastic condition ready for the Football League.

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 have not yet told us, please email Stadium weekend or ring the office on 020 8547 3528 to leave your name, a contact number and when you are available.


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Sunday 05 June 2011
club news
What's happening at Kingsmeadow, 2011 - number 3

The third WHAK of the summer can be read by clicking on WHAK #3.


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Saturday 04 June 2011
dons trust news
Fundraising news: Velo and Blue

The Velo and Blue Peledon arrived in Paris today after a gruelling 300 mile cycle ride, to be welcomed at the Eiffel Tower by a small welcoming party of loyal Dons supporters.

Following their arrival, the lottery was drawn and the winning ticket was no. 0340. The holder of that ticket, Ken Mackin, has now been notified of his £324 prize.

The fundraising goal for Velo and Blue was £7,000, to pay for improvements to the disabled section of the main stand. Taken together with raffle proceeds from the shirt sponsors' dinner and the end of season dinner, the total raised looks to be very close to £7,000 - and will almost certainly reach £7,000 when a further raffle is held at a home game at the start of the season.

The fundraising team is very grateful to all those who participated in the ride and put their hands in their pockets to support a very worthwhile cause.


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Friday 03 June 2011
club news
The Football League Marie Curie Cancer Care Mount Kilimanjaro trek is just seven days away

A week today, the adventure of a lifetime begins for the 29-strong Football League team climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for Marie Curie Cancer Care as they take off for Tanzania – and you can follow them every step of the way.
Lead by legendry Sky Sports pundit Chris Kamara, the six day climb to the summit of Africa’s highest peak is set to add over £110,000 to the money already raised for The League’s Official Charity Partner this term.

We will be tweeting all 19,000 feet of the challenge live via @football_league including all the stories from the camp and you can join in the banter by using the hashtag #FLKiliClimb.

Pictures from the tropical jungle through to the frozen peak will appear on the official Twitter page as well as progress reports and general updates on the team which includes Swansea City boss, Brendan Rodgers – fresh from guiding his side into the Premier League.

Former Watford and Coventry City manager Aidy Boothroyd, Middlesbrough Chairman Steve Gibson, Daily Mail columnist Des Kelly, BBC Broadcaster Mark Clemmit, Marie Curie employees and fans representing 17 clubs from across the UK are also taking on the challenge.

And on top of the tweets, you can read a daily blog from our man on the climb, Tom Harverson via the Football League website which each morning with the details from the previous day.

The trek up Kilimanjaro is the climax of a season of engagement with Marie Curie Cancer Care which was chosen by fans last year to be The League’s charity for the current campaign.

This is first of two Football League Mount Kilimanjaro treks on behalf of Marie Curie Cancer Care with another trip booked for June 23.
Since the Mascot Race curtain-raiser in August, Football League clubs across England and Wales have been raising funds for the charity which provides care, free of charge, to terminally ill patients in their own homes and in its hospices.

In March ‘Marie Curie Football Week’ saw all 72 clubs dedicate a game over a two-week period to the charity, emblazoning their shirts with the iconic daffodil and taking donations from fans.

You can sponsor all those taking part or make a £1.50 donation to the charity by texting ‘Kammy’ to 70777. For full terms and conditions, visit here


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Thursday 02 June 2011
club news
Terry signs Max Porter

Terry Brown has made his first move of the summer by securing the signing of Max Porter, subject to a medical.

Just before setting off to Las Vegas for the promotion celebration trip, Terry Brown said 'I am delighted to have signed Max. We know a lot about him as we have been watching him for some time and nearly signed him a couple of years ago.

"Max is an England C international and captain who has also played over 50 games in the Football League with Barnet. He will bring a bit of bite into midfield where we are now very strong, with lots of competition for places."




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Thursday 02 June 2011
club news
Season ticket update

Demand is high for season tickets for the Dons' first season back in the Football League. The pressures of preparing for the play-off final led to a backlog in processing the season tickets and, as a result, we have only recently caught up with cheque processing. If you are concerned because your cheque has not yet been cashed, please wait until Tuesday 7 June before calling us.

We have now started entering application and renewal details on our database and expect that this will take a few days. Until this process is complete we will not be able to answer enquiries about the progress of specific applications.

The renewal rate for seats is always very high and this year is no different. While detailed processing has only just begun, it is clear that we are oversubscribed for seats. Therefore, if you want a season ticket, please apply only for the terraces. However, please note that existing season ticket holders get priority when seats become available and we are currently hoping to build a further 900 seats in time for season 2012-13.

Finally, we estimate that the total number of applications to date is about 2,200. This compares with about 2,250 (including half-season tickets) for season 2010-11. We will announce a more precise figure when processing of current applications is complete.


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