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Friday 29 June 2012
club news
What's happening at Kingsmeadow, 2012 - number 2

What’s Happening at Kingsmeadow will return on an occasional basis over the summer to keep fans updated on the latest news from The Cherry Red Records Stadium. The second instalment this summer can be read by clicking on club news.


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Friday 29 June 2012
first team news
Warren Cummings: Steven pointed me in the right direction

New signing Warren Cummings admitted that ex-AFC Wimbledon player Steven Gregory's advice played a part in his move.

Experienced left-back Warren may have been impressed with Wimbledon's passing style last season and the ambitions of the club, but he said that his former team-mate at Bournemouth helped push him in our direction.

"Steven could not speak highly enough of the club as he told me that he really enjoyed his time here," said Warren. "He filled me in about the players, the management, and the way that things worked at Wimbledon. It was great to hear that positive feedback from him about the club. I have seen Wimbledon's progress as a club from afar and the history of the club and what it has achieved is remarkable. To have started by basically playing park football and be where they are is incredible. I am sure it will go from strength to strength and I am looking forward to being a part of it. The management here are ambitious and we can push up the league next season. With a bit of luck, then hopefully we can get into the play-offs."

The former Dundee United and West Brom defender, who had a spell on loan at Crawley Town last season, admitted there was competition for his signature, but a move to Wimbledon is what he wanted at this stage of his career.

The 31-year-old added: "I had a lot of interest in me and had other options available, but I spoke to the manager here and it just felt right. Last season when I was at Crawley I was impressed with the manner of Wimbledon's play and how they passed it. I watched them when they came down to Crawley at the end of last season and saw them on television a couple of times. I really liked how they played. I get forward a lot, but I enjoy the passing side of the game. I study matches in depth and watch a lot of the best teams in the world when I can. If I become a manager in the future, then the passing style is what I want to base my football on and that is what they try to do at Wimbledon. It is something that I am really looking forward to."

Warren, who is a Scottish international, spent over 10 years at Bournemouth and made over 300 appearances. A highly successful spell there included two promotions and he admitted that being told he was not part of manager Paul Groves' plans was painful.

"I would not class it as sour, but I think it could have been handled slightly differently," said the Aberdeen-born defender. "It did not taint my 10 years there as I had a fantastic time at Bournemouth. I look back on my time there fondly, but I hope I will be able to do the same when I leave Wimbledon. It was never an option for me to go back to Scotland as I love playing in England. I got a phone call from my Dad, who acts on my behalf, and he told me that AFC Wimbledon were interested. I remembered what I saw last season and I am delighted to be here now."


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Friday 29 June 2012
club news
Terry confirms AFC Wimbledon cricket squad

Terry Brown is hoping that another Wimbledon side can revel in the tag of underdogs in Sunday's cricket match at Deando Ruxley CC.

Last season's player of the year, Sammy Moore, is a late addition to a 12-strong AFC Wimbledon squad that will take on the hosts (1.00pm start) at Ruxley Lane, Ewell, in an event that all supporters are welcome to attend.

The full AFC Wimbledon squad, comprising current first-team players, ex-player Jason Goodliffe, along with management and club officials, is as follows: Terry Brown, Stuart Cash, Ben McNamara, Louis Harris, Jason Goodliffe, Huw Johnson, Jim Fenlon, Frankie Merrifield, Ivor Heller, Nigel Higgs, Chris Atkinson, Sammy Moore.

Despite assembling a competitive squad, Dons boss Terry, who will be captain on the day, says his side will be far from favourites and they will be relying on the old Wimbledon habit of winning against the odds.

"I may have opened the batting for Middlesex Colts many years ago, but I don't expect to be banging in half centuries," Terry said. "Stuart says he was a batsman for West Midlands so I do not know who is the biggest liar out of the two of us! Some years we had cricketers in the squad, we had Warren Kelly who was a fantastic cricketer, and Jason Goodliffe too, but none of my current squad claim to play cricket. If the opposition cannot win, then they need to have a serious look at themselves!"

It promises to be a highly entertaining day with a junior match staged as a curtain raiser for the main event that features a Deando Ruxley side against AFC Wimbledon. There will be a barbeque, refreshments served, and the bar will be open all day.

Entry is free to the event with gates opening at 10.00am, before a Deando Ruxley junior match an hour later, followed by Deando Ruxley versus an AFC Wimbledon XI, at 1.00pm. The full address for the club is: 27 Ruxley Lane, Ewell, Surrey, KT19 OJB.


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Friday 29 June 2012
first team news
New signing: Dons complete Warren Cummings deal

AFC Wimbledon are pleased to announce the signing of a vastly experienced left-back with former Bournemouth defender Warren Cummings having joined this afternoon.

Scotland international Warren, who made 302 appearances for the Cherries during a 10-year spell before being released last month, is a vital piece in the jigsaw for manager Terry Brown as he looks to assemble a competitive League 2 squad for next season. Terry admits he has been searching for an experienced left-back all summer and the arrival of Aberdeen-born Warren certainly fits the bill.

"Warren is a major capture for us at left-back," said Terry. "He is the one that I had set my heart on us signing. His track record is fantastic and he has had numerous offers from other clubs, but I am very pleased that Warren has decided to join us. We have done all our homework on him, including speaking to our former player Steven Gregory, who played with him at Bournemouth, and his previous managers. Everyone spoke really highly of him. He is very technically gifted and has a sweet left foot and he is used to playing our passing style of football at Bournemouth.

"He has experience of winning promotion at Bournemouth and Warren will also be a real character for us in and around the club. He is a Scottish boy, who is full of life, and we need his sort of senior presence in the dressing room. He is a winner and we have also brought him in for that reason."

Warren started his career at Chelsea and went onto have spells at Dundee United and West Brom before settling at Bournemouth, where he enjoyed two promotions in a highly successful spell. The 31-year-old, who earned one cap for Scotland in 2002 against Hong Kong, admitted he never needed much convincing to join Wimbledon, particularly after being impressed by us during a loan spell at Crawley Town last season.

"I had a lot of interest in me and I had other options available, but I spoke to the manager and it just felt like the right move," Warren said. "I saw Wimbledon play last season at Crawley and I was very impressed with the way that they passed the ball. The management here are ambitious and hopefully we can push up the table and get into the play-offs."

See the official website later for a full interview with Warren.


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Thursday 28 June 2012
club news
Club appeal for help this weekend

Our final clean-up weekend at the Cherry Red Records Stadium takes place this Saturday and Sunday.

We are again appealing for volunteers to help spruce up the ground with just over two weeks until our first pre-season match against Premier League Reading.

The club is extremely grateful for the support received from volunteers earlier this month and we are hoping for a similar response this weekend. AFC Wimbledon Academy players assisted last time and Head of Youth, Mark Robinson, has again signed up his youngsters for the clean-up operation.

Many jobs need doing to ensure that the stadium is in good order when the new season kicks off, including mowing the grass in the overflow car park, cutting back bushes and undergrowth, power-washing the stands and terraces, and painting. Although most tools will be provided, if you are able to bring your own - in particular, power washers - that would be appreciated. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

If you are able to help, whether for a few hours or for a full day, please e-mail by clicking on volunteers or ring the office on 020 8547 3528 and leave a message, stating your name and when you are available on Saturday or Sunday, or on both days.


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Thursday 28 June 2012
first team news
Capital One Cup tie date at Stevenage is confirmed

AFC Wimbledon can confirm that the Capital One Cup first round tie at Stevenage will take place on Tuesday, 14 August.

Our original announcement of the fixtures 10 days ago did not include the exact date of the Stevenage match, but it has now been agreed that our entry into the first round proper of the Football League's flagship compeitition for the first time will take place on the above date. The Dons will play Stevenage in a knockout competition for the third successive season and we will have two former Stevenage players eager to make an impression with both Stacy Long and Byron Harrison returning to Broadhall Way. Ticket details for this match will be announced on the official website in due course.

Meanwhile, one early fixture change is that we will now take on Rotherham a day earlier than announced in the fixture list. The match will now be played on Friday, March 29, 2013, at the New York Stadium, and not on the Saturday, as first published. Clubs are given the option of playing on the Friday over the Easter weekend, rather than on Saturday, and both AFC Wimbledon and Rotherham have agreed to this. Ironically, we also played the Millers on the Good Friday last season when we were beaten 2-1 at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.


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Thursday 28 June 2012
club news
AFC Wimbledon 10-year anniversary match: Ryan Gray signs up

The official website will be featuring interviews with several AFC Wimbledon heroes in the build-up to our special 10-year anniversary exhibition match on Saturday, 4 August.

AFC Wimbledon supporters have the chance to play alongside Simon Bassey and several other club heroes before our testimonial for Bass against a West Ham XI on that day. Bass already has 11 players lined up for the exhibition match, including Ryan Gray, who told us that he will definitely make a return to the Cherry Red Records Stadium. Ryan made his name at Wimbledon as a dazzling winger who tormented full-backs in the Combined Counties and Ryman Leagues. His famous double nutmeg in the Surrey Senior Cup Final was featured on Sky Sports' Soccer AM, but he admits there's little chance of him repeating the trick. Now aged 32, Ryan has not played for two years, but he is relishing the chance to get back out there for our exhibition match.

"I am looking forward to it, but the boots I had are probably a bit mouldy now as it has been a couple of years since I played," he said. "It will be good to meet up with a few of the old faces, but I will need to buy a new pair of boots for the match. I will probably make a fool of myself as I haven't played for a while."

For an interview with Ryan, including his best Dons memories, click on club heroes.

As well as featuring in a match alongside AFC Wimbledon legends on Saturday, 4 August, supporters get to keep the actual commemorative white strip that our players wore against Bristol Rovers in AFC Wimbledon's Football League debut. There are 16 places up for grabs in the match and, perhaps unsurprisingly, Jack Midson's number 10, has attracted the highest bid of £300 to keep the kit he wore on that day.

Supporters can now visit the link on the home page of the official website to get involved in the bidding or go to the online auction site by clicking on Dons auction.


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Wednesday 27 June 2012
club news
Auction for exhibition match: bidding gathers pace

AFC Wimbledon supporters have already responded well to our online auction for places in an exhibition match to celebrate 10 years of the club.

As well as featuring in a match alongside AFC Wimbledon legends on Saturday, 4 August, supporters get to keep the actual commemorative white strip that our players wore against Bristol Rovers in AFC Wimbledon's Football League debut. There are 16 places up for grabs in the match and, perhaps unsurprisingly, Jack Midson's number 10, has attracted the highest bid of £300 to keep the kit he wore on that day.

Supporters can now visit the link on the home page of the official website to get involved in the bidding or go to the online auction site by clicking on Dons auction.

As announced on the official website, we play host to a West Ham XI on Saturday, 4 August (3.00pm kick-off), in a testimonial for first-team coach Simon Bassey, who joined AFC Wimbledon as a player in 2002. The exhibition match will take place beforehand with a host of AFC Wimbledon heroes including Matt Everard, Keith Ward, Joe Sheerin, Steve Butler, Andy Little and Ryan Gray joining Simon on the pitch.

In what will be a full day of celebrations to mark a decade of AFC Wimbledon, several AFC Wimbledon heroes will attend Kingsmeadow Live in the evening, which will feature Paul Weller tribute act, The Modfathers, and Simon has promised to sing “A Town Called Malice” to provide more entertainment on the night.


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Wednesday 27 June 2012
first team news
Christian Jolley: I aim to match Jack for goals

Christian Jolley has set his sights on matching Jack Midson in the scoring stakes next season.

Christian accepts that he needs to be more clinical after striking seven goals in 2011/12, but his progress was interruped by injuries and suspension during the middle part of the campaign. The pacy striker therefore believes he can do much better next season, especially with strike partner Jack Midson's AFC Wimbledon future now sorted after he signed a new contract last week.

"Jack sent me a message straight away last week after he signed, but I was away on holiday in Spain at the time." Christian said. "It was good news though when I returned as I love playing up front with him. What he did last season in scoring so many goals was fantastic and hopefully I can try and stick with him next season. Jack will be ready to go and will be confident of doing the same again, I am glad that his contract has been sorted before the start of pre-season. Clinical in front of goal is exactly what Jack is and I need to take a leaf out of his book and be more of an assassin in front of goal. If I can do that, then it will make a big difference to the team and myself. I scored six goals in nine games during one spell of the season and there is no reason why I cannot do that on a regular basis. I just need to stay fit and show what I can do."

While several of the squad from last season were handed tough fitness programmes during the close season by the club, Christian's schedule was not so intense as he aims to shake off the knocks that dogged him during 2011/12. However, he will be back doing fitness tests with Jason Moriarty tomorrow and Christian is raring to go.

"I have been told not to do too much as I ran myself hard last season and picked up a few injuries," Christian added. "During the close season last year I did a lot and that may have been a reason why I got injured. But I have taken it easier this time and now I am refreshed and ready to go again for pre-season. I have been doing injury prevention stuff, but nothing heavy impact as I will leave that to pre-season. The main thing for me is not getting injured, I sometimes find it difficult to bounce back from little knocks and that is why I am working hard on the prevention side of things. If I can stay fit, then I think I will be fine next season.

"It is a big season for everyone at the club. I am honoured that the club took up my option as there were a lot of quality players that were let go, which was a massive surprise at the time. I have to prove to the club that I am worth another deal and get back into goalscoring form."

The 24-year-old striker insists that the Dons should be setting their targets higher than just improving on last season's 16th place finish.

"I think the play-offs should be the aim," he added. "I thought that last season, but maybe that was a bit naive as it was our first year in the Football League. But with everyone pushing in the right direction, we should be aiming for the play-offs - that is what we think is achievable. We are a few short in terms of the squad that is being put together, but I am sure the gaffer will take care of that. We played better against the best sides last season and showed that we could reach the required standard. We just need to make sure that we do the job next season and be more consistent."


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Tuesday 26 June 2012
club news
Your AFC Wimbledon: return of the Crazy Gang spirit at Aldershot

After an excellent response from readers of the official website for their magic moments of the past decade, our latest feature focuses on another occasion when Wimbledon revelled in the role of underdogs.

It may have been a painful day for current manager Terry Brown, but our FA Trophy win at Aldershot in 2006 brought back memories of those giantkilling acts of the past, and long-time supporter David Hall selects it as one of his favourite AFC Wimbledon moments in the last 10 years.

For older Dons fans who remember 1988, the Crazy Gang and all that, Aldershot is a special memory, and David, a Wimbledon supporter for 40 years, certainly thinks so. It may have been far removed from upsetting Liverpool at Wembley, but beating the side managed by Terry Brown on their own patch showed that AFC Wimbledon had retained that spirit of winning against the odds. At the time, Aldershot were flying high in the Conference and AFC Wimbledon were stuck in the Ryman League, but goals from Chris Gell and Scott Fitzgerald helped the Dons come from behind to earn a 2-1 win.

Terry Brown, who took over at AFC Wimbledon at the end of that season, recalled: "It was a game that Aldershot were obviously expected to win because when I was there we were in the Conference and Wimbledon were in the Ryman League. We had Wimbledon watched the previous week and they raised their game considerably in the FA Trophy match. I know Dave Anderson reasonably well and he said it was probably the first time that he had not felt under pressure. Prior to that one, every game was like a Cup Final for him as AFC Wimbledon manager, but this was a game that they could relax in with no pressure. Roscoe Dsane had a very good game and I remember that Chris Gell hit a 30-yarder that he would never strike again to this day. We played very well in the first-half and should have been 2-0 up at half-time, but Wimbledon came out and gave it everything in the second-half and thoroughly deserved to win in the end. Andy Little made great saves and I remember feeling pig-sick at the end."

To read more about the match, through the eyes of long-time Dons fan, David Hall, click on Your AFC Wimbledon. To view all of our recent features celebrating 10 years, including the Your AFC Wimbledon series, click on features.


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Tuesday 26 June 2012
first team news
New kit launch and meet the manager

AFC Wimbledon supporters can get in the mood for a new season by attending our official kit launch on Wednesday, 11 July, at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

The new home and away kits will be on sale for the first time, just three days before our first pre-season game at home to Premier League Reading, and there will also be a chance to meet manager Terry Brown afterwards.

Commercial Director, Ivor Heller, is also hoping that a couple of special guests will join Terry and assistant boss Stuart Cash at the event, which all supporters are welcome to attend and ask the Dons management about their plans for the new season.

Ivor said: "It is great for supporters to come along and meet the manager and, of course, they will be free to ask a few questions. Terry is always very open and answers questions honestly. With a bit of luck, I will be able to get a couple of special guests along too. We will be launching both kits before that when supporters will have the chance to buy the new kits for the first time."

AFC Wimbledon supporters should note that the home shirt currently paraded on the official website by Jack Midson is not yet the finished design.

The middle bar will be open from 5.30pm on the night and the new kits will be on sale from 6.00pm. Terry and Stuart will then be introduced to supporters at about 7.30pm in the middle bar, which will be followed by a question and answer session.


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Monday 25 June 2012
club news
Update on our new club website

Preparations for a brand new AFC Wimbledon website will this week step-up a gear.

After being sent our preferred format for a new website, the project team are now getting to grips with site testing, ahead of a visit from Football League Interactive (FLi) staff later this week. During the last two weeks, we have prepared for this key training day by particpating in online webinars and using information packs to get familiar with the new system. While it is anticipated that good progress has been made, the visit from FLi will offer an accurate indication of how much work still needs to be done.

It is hoped that by mid-July, approximately, we will be able to offer AFC Wimbledon supporters a more professional, up-to-date website. We want to make sure you have access to breaking news from the training ground, in-depth updates from the coaching staff, and exclusive video interviews with the new signings who will be helping us towards the League 2 play-offs.

With AFC Wimbledon having had the fourth lowest budget last season in League 2, the commercial benefits of this venture offers an income stream that will help us consolidate in the Football League. The FLi website offers clubs a share of the earnings from click-throughs, meaning that every time you visit the site to look at fixtures, news announcements, Dons Trust updates, ticket information and club statements, you will be earning money for the club. The club will also earn money by charging for accessing premium parts of the site, for which an annual fee will be payable. Access to the items mentioned previously will be free, but post-match video interviews, produced through a state-of-the-art Dons Player, will be part of a premium package, along with Radio WDON commentaries for home and away matches and extended match highlights.

While we appreciate that asking you to pay for another service during these testing economic times may be a burden, we need other income streams to help us progress into League 1 and move to a new stadium. As far as we know, the cost of the Premium FLi package will be about £3 per month, but we will notify you when we are certain of the price in the near future.

Keep an eye on the official website soon for information on how you can subscribe to the package and an update on our progress as we edge towards the launch date. At this stage, it is important to inform readers that the frequency of daily updates on the existing website may be less than normal as the project team devote more time to developing the new website. We will, of course, still endeavour to keep you up to date with any new signings or other news from around the club when we get it.


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Monday 25 June 2012
first team news
Dons interview: Mat is determined to prove himself again

Mat Mitchel-King says he has made himself fitter than ever during the close season in a bid to keep his place in the AFC Wimbledon team.

The 28-year-old may have been on a long holiday around the United States, but that did not stop him pounding the streets - and a few beaches - in an effort to be in great shape for next season. Mat recovered from a nightmare spell with injuries and illness to make 24 appearances during the second half of last season. However, the former Crewe Alexandra defender admitted that the prospect of manager Terry Brown bringing in more defenders has added extra motivation to be at his best.

"I came here last season and had to meet a whole new squad of players and as it worked out I did not play for the first four or five months of the season," he said. "I felt a bit out of it all, but Terry and the management here have shown faith in me and I need to repay that faith by playing as many games as I can. I am not taking anything for granted that I am going to be first-choice in defence just because they have kept me on. That would be a stupid thing to think because Terry has been looking at a lot of players, particularly for the defence. We need to still get a left-back and a couple of centre-backs in so I know that I need to keep within the fitness levels that I have set myself and do well during pre-season."

Mat was one of 12 first-team players to attend a training session run by fitness coach, Jason Moriarty, on Thursday at our New Malden training complex and he showed that he had stuck to a summer fitness programme laid down by the club.

"I went on a 30-day road trip across America, which including driving around and going to places like Las Vegas, San Diego, Los Angeles and the West Coast," he said. "It was a great holiday, but in between driving around I made sure that I did my running and hiking. I was running for a lot of nights along beaches and boulevards. I was out there with a few footballers and I made sure that did 10km runs and hill-running. It was great fun and it is now the fittest that I have ever felt coming into a pre-season. I met the time levels set by Jason in the training session so I am pleased with that. Normally, I would switch off over the summer and use pre-season to get to where I should be.

"I feel that I am now in a better place than when I first joined the club. Mike Rayner (club physio) was brilliant with me last season when I had injuries and he knows where a lot of my weaknesses are in my body. He has got a tailor-made fitness programme for me, which he e-mailed over when I was on holiday in America. I am in better shape now than when I signed and that should hopefully be better for keeping injuries at bay next season."


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Monday 25 June 2012
club news
Wimbledon Village Fair: appeal for winner to claim prize

The eagle-eyed winner of our AFC Wimbledon accuracy shooting competition can now claim free tickets for a League 2 match next season.

If you hold winning ticket number 505 from the AFC Wimbledon stall at Saturday's Wimbledon Village Fair, then please contact the club to collect your prize, which is a one adult, one child match ticket. These can be used at either AFC Wimbledon versus Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday, 1 September, or our home match against Rochdale on Saturday, 15 September. The winner should e-mail us by clicking on prize winner or by calling 020-8247-9918.

Several other AFC Wimbledon supporters have already received free tickets for the games after getting the better of our youth team goalkeeper, Jordan Knight, in a Beat the Goalkeeper Challenge at the Wimbledon Village Fair. Our stall at the popular summer event was well attended with the assistance of the AFC Wimbledon merchandising team and Community Football Scheme (CFS) coaches. AFC Wimbledon wishes to place on record our thanks to the volunteers for their help at the event. Wimbledon-based charity My Voice were also involved with our stall on the day.


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Monday 25 June 2012
club news
Players sign up for AFC Wimbledon cricket match

Terry Brown has lined up several first-team players for Sunday's AFC Wimbledon cricket match at Deando Ruxley CC.

New signing Louis Harris and Australian trialist Ben McNamara have already pledged to play in the match (1.00pm start) against the hosts and it is free for all supporters to attend. Terry Brown himself will be playing, along with members of his coaching staff, and more players are likely to be confirmed later in the week for the Wimbledon team. It promises to be a highly entertaining day with a junior match staged as a curtain raiser for the main event that features a Deando Ruxley side against AFC Wimbledon. There will be a barbeque, refreshments served, and the bar will be open all day.

Entry is free to the event with gates opening at 10.00am, before a Deando Ruxley junior match an hour later, followed by Deando Ruxley versus an AFC Wimbledon XI, at 1.00pm. The full address for the club is: 27 Ruxley Lane, Ewell, Surrey, KT19 OJB.


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Sunday 24 June 2012
club news
Consultation - what next, plus further Q&A

The second consultation meeting about the issues we face with our current stadium was held at The Cherry Red Records Stadium on Tuesday 12 June. A number of new questions were raised at the meeting and we have set out the answers in a new document which can be read by clicking on Further Q&A.

The next step in the process is that the results of the consultation will be summarised and presented to the Dons Trust board, along with recommendations for action, at the DTB meeting on 11 July. The agreed actions from that meeting will be published on this web site shortly after that meeting.

For fans who wish to re-read the earlier documentation, it comprises:

. The original document, setting out the issues we face, can be read by clicking on briefing document.

. The first set of questions and answers can be read by clicking on Initial Q&A.

. Additional Q&A following the first consultation meeting were published as a separate document from the original Q&A and can be read by clicking on Additional Q&A.


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Friday 22 June 2012
dons trust news
Auction For Exhibition Match Places

We are offering you the chance to feature alongside several AFC Wimbledon legends in an exhibition match to celebrate 10 years of the club.

As already announced on the official website, we play host to a West Ham XI on Saturday, 4 August, in a testimonial for first-team coach Simon Bassey, who joined AFC Wimbledon as a player in 2002. However, Dons supporters have their own chance to grab a slice of AFC Wimbledon history by featuring in an exhibition match alongside several club heroes.

Supporters, who can nominate someone else if they so wish, can bid for one of 16 places in the match, which will be staged before the West Ham pre-season friendly, by taking part in an online auction on the official website. Those lucky enough to win a spot will win the full kit from a highly significant date in AFC Wimbledon's history, the actual commemorative white strip that the players wore against Bristol Rovers in AFC Wimbledon's first Football League match on Saturday, 6 August, 2011. For example, if an individual is the highest bidder for the number one kit, then he or she will get to keep Seb Brown’s actual kit from the Bristol Rovers match.

Simon, who is planning to play himself, expects to be joined by AFC Wimbledon heroes including Matt Everard, Keith Ward, Joe Sheerin, Steve Butler, Andy Little and Ryan Gray in the match.

In what will be a full day of celebrations to mark a decade of AFC Wimbledon, several AFC Wimbledon heroes will attend Kingsmeadow Live in the evening, which will feature Paul Weller tribute act, The Modfathers, and Simon has promised to sing “A Town Called Malice” to provide more entertainment on the night.

To go to the online auction site, click here.


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Friday 22 June 2012
club news
England v Italy

We regret that we are unable to show the England v Italy game on Sunday evening in the club's bar.


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Thursday 21 June 2012
first team news
Update from Mike Rayner: Callum making great progress

Callum McNaughton is well on schedule for a first-team return in October, according to club physio Mike Rayner.

The centre-back is ready to start light jogging next month after an impressive recovery from the anterior cruciate knee ligament injury that he suffered at the end of March.

Mike Rayner said: "The way the injury is progressing, Callum is definitely a possibility to return in October. He should be starting to do a bit of light jogging by mid-July and then we are looking at a 10-12 week running programme for him to get him back into training. He is making great progress and has done excellent in his recovery. Callum has come to terms with the injury and his spirits are high. We broke his recovery programme into achievable goals and he is definitely meeting them. It looks like he will be back in the minimum six months from when he had the operation in April, rather than nine months, which is the length of time it can be for that type of injury. He can do all the cardiovascular stuff now by using the bike, stepper and the rowing machine. If anything, we might have to hold him back so that he does not come back too soon."

Striker Jason Prior, who suffered a double leg break in April, is also making progress as he is now able to walk without the use of crutches. "Jason is doing as well as we could have expected," added Mike. "He is going for another X-ray next week to see how the bone is healing. But the initial indications suggest that has gone well."

Mike estimates that Jason could be back by Christmas if he continues to make good progress from the injury that he suffered at Crawley Town.


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Thursday 21 June 2012
first team news
AFC Wimbledon boss offers a trial to Australian goalkeeper

Terry Brown has revealed that he has handed a trial to 23-year-old Australian goalkeeper Ben McNamara.

Ben was recommended to our assistant manager, Stuart Cash, by a contact Down Under after his impressive form for New South Wales Premier League leaders Bonnyrigg White Eagles. The goalkeeper flew into England yesterday and attended today's fitness session at our training complex in New Malden, ahead of pre-season.

Ben, who started his career with Australia A-League side Newcastle Jets, has been offered a two-week trial during pre-season and Terry Brown admitted he will be given a chance to stake a claim. It is an opportunity that Ben is relishing - and he has heard all about the AFC Wimbledon story.

"I had some experience with an A-League club and that is the top level in Australia," he said. "But an Australia international goalkeeper was number one at Newcastle Jets when I was there. Football has been on the up in Australia in recent years, but as there are only 12 teams in the top-flight the opportunities are limited for goalkeepers. I have been playing in the New South Wales Premier League, which is basically the second tier, but I want to better myself and get opportunities in England. Stuart Cash told me that I will get two weeks in pre-season. This is my first club in England and I want to do well. I know Wimbledon have a young goalkeeper in Seb Brown, who has played a lot of games in the last couple of years. That is something that I want to push towards myself. Hopefully, I can push him to do better for the team and help myself too."

This is the first time in England for Ben, who is staying with his cousin, Robert Buckland MP, in Westminster. However, he is determined to ensure that his stay is memorable for more than just seeing the sights in London.

"I took a look at the AFC Wimbledon website and it is a fantastic story," he added. "I read about how much hard work and commitment has gone into the club. That is what I am also about as I have those attributes and I am inspired by the Wimbledon story. It shows what can be achieved with hard work and ambition and it would be great if I could be a part of it."


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Thursday 21 June 2012
first team news
Pre-season update: Wimbledon players brought in early

AFC Wimbledon players warmed up for pre-season with an intense fitness session at the club's training ground today.

First-team fitness coach Jason Moriarty put a total of 12 players through their paces at New Malden, ahead of the start of pre-season training on Monday, 2 July. New signings Curtis Osano and Louis Harris were among the players who took part in the fitness tests, which were compulsory for everyone in the squad, apart from those on holidays.

The players present participated in the Yo-Yo Endurance Test, a variation of the Bleep Test, and they had to beat certain times laid down by Jason - or face further fitness sessions next week. In collaboration with club physio Mike Rayner, players were given a fitness programme by Jason to follow after the end of the season and today was the first examination of whether they had stuck to it.

Mat Mitchel-King was one of the players who has avoided coming back for extra fitness sessions after the centre-back showed he had kept himself in shape.

"We did the Yo-Yo test in which you have to run 20 yards and back in a certain time," he said. "It gets quicker and quicker, but thankfully I hit the scores that I was set. We did the same test at the end of the season to gauge our fitness, compared to today, and we are doing it again at the end of pre-season. We had a programme to do over the summer and I felt good today. Jason is very good at what he does and he is meticulous in planning our programmes. Mike has been brilliant for me as he nursed me back from injuries last season. He knows where my weaknesses are in my body so he had a tailor-made programme for me to follow, which he e-mailed to me when I was on holiday in America. It is a programme which will hopefully stop me getting injured."

Mike Rayner said: "Jason has been taking them through time trials as we want to make sure they are at a reasonable fitness level before the start of pre-season training. If they are not, then they will be doing extra fitness work with Jason next week. We are very big on the preventative side of things here as we want to give the players every chance of staking a claim for a first-team place every week, rather than being injured. We aim to be more proactive than reactive and the players all have specific programmes to follow during the summer. I have seen how they are doing individually from the assessments that we carried out at the end of the season. I will also be having a chat with them about whether they have suitable footwear, including the right inner-soles and adequate padding. All those little things make a difference, it is not just working on the muscular and skeletal side of things that prevents injuries."


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Thursday 21 June 2012
first team news
AFC Wimbledon announce a testimonial for Simon and 10-year celebrations

AFC Wimbledon will celebrate 10 years of the club with a double event on Saturday, August 4.

The first event, organised by the Friends of Simon Bassey, is a testimonial match for Bass, to mark his 10 years since he joined the club at the start of our first season in 2002. The testimonial match comprises a pre-season friendly against a West Ham XI.

Secondly, to make the day a combined celebration of the past decade, a host of AFC Wimbledon legends will feature in an exhibition match. That will take place before the West Ham game kicks off and supporters can bid for the chance to play alongside their heroes by taking part in an online auction on the official website.

A total of 16 places in the exhibition match will be up for grabs to the highest bidders, who can take part themselves or nominate someone else. Those lucky enough to win a spot will win the full kit from a highly significant date in AFC Wimbledon's history, the actual commemorative white strip that the players wore against Bristol Rovers in the club’s first Football League match on Saturday, 6 August, 2011. For example, if an individual is the highest bidder for the number one kit, then he or she will get to keep Seb Brown’s actual kit from the Bristol Rovers match.

In what will be a full day of celebrations to mark a decade of AFC Wimbledon, several AFC Wimbledon heroes will attend Kingsmeadow Live in the evening, which will feature Paul Weller tribute act, The Modfathers, and Simon has promised to sing “A Town Called Malice” to provide more entertainment on the night.

AFC Wimbledon Commercial Director, Ivor Heller, one of the club’s founder members in 2002, said: “This will be an unmissable day of celebrations to mark 10 years of AFC Wimbledon. We decided that Simon Bassey’s testimonial should be a key part of the day, as he has been here from the very start as a player. We always wanted to mark our 10-year anniversary with a game of football. That is what AFC Wimbledon is all about and we worked so hard to form the club because we wanted to watch a team in yellow and blue play football on a regular basis. We thought that we would wait until there was a suitable time to stage Simon’s testimonial and we wanted to build it into a full day of celebrations with the legends of AFC Wimbledon making a welcome return.”

Simon expects to be joined by AFC Wimbledon heroes including Matt Everard, Keith Ward, Joe Sheerin, Steve Butler, Andy Little and Ryan Gray in the match.

Now aged 36, Simon’s connection with the club goes back almost three decades as he joined Wimbledon FC’s youth section as an eight-year-old. Simon left to join Charlton Athletic when he was 16, but after a serious knee injury forced him to give up playing at Carshalton Athletic, he came out of retirement to play for the newly formed AFC Wimbledon in 2002. Injuries continued to restrict Simon though and his last game for the club was a 2-1 win at North Greenford on 27 April, 2004, a season that saw AFC Wimbledon win the Combined Counties Premier League. However, the end of Simon’s playing days brought about a new beginning for him as then Wimbledon boss Dave Anderson asked him to be reserves team manager. After impressing in that role, Simon was invited to coach the first-team at the end of the 2006/07 season and though Dave left as manager, he was kept on as part of the coaching team by Terry Brown.

Simon said: “I think to spend 10 years at any club is a real achievement, but for me to do it at AFC Wimbledon and be a part of our rise to the Football League is extra special. I was with Wimbledon as a kid and then came back when I was 26 when the club was starting off again. I had to stop playing at Carshalton with a knee injury, but people told me I could still do it at Combined Counties level and as it was Wimbledon and the club was starting off again, I wanted to be a part of it and play in front of a big crowd.

"I was then lucky enough to be asked by Dave Anderson to help with coaching and when he left, Erik Samuelson (Chief Executive) said he wanted to keep me on to help the next first-team manager when he was appointed. I knew Stuart Cash (assistant manager) from my Aldershot days and when Terry Brown got the job they were both happy for me to stay. We have had nothing but success since then, apart from the odd blip. When the club was formed, people were talking about getting into the Football League in 10 years, but I did not think it was possible. What the club has achieved is miraculous and for me to play a part in that is a real honour as Wimbledon has been a massive part in my life. I am aiming to play and it should be a great day. It may be the last chance to see some of the old heroes play and even play alongside them.”

The official website will soon publish details about the online auction, including how supporters can bid for a spot in the match, and win that special commemorative shirt.


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Thursday 21 June 2012
club news
A decade of AFC Wimbledon: the matchday experience

The official website has marked 10 years of AFC Wimbledon with a series of features that have focused on every aspect of the club.

Along with our ongoing "Your AFC Wimbledon" features, we have focused on the people who have shaped the club during the decade and the changes they have helped implement. In today's feature, the final one for now, we focus on AFC Wimbledon's matchday operations. We spoke to Tim Hillyer about how the merchandising team has evolved from a small operation in the back bar and the Wombulance, to opening up a club shop and dealing with the mail order requirements of Dons fans all over the world. Neil Messenbird also brought us up to date on on the changes to our turnstile operation as a Football League club. To read the feature, click here.

For the full range of features on 10 years of AFC Wimbledon, including the "Your AFC Wimbledon" series, click here.


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Wednesday 20 June 2012
first team news
Your AFC Wimbledon: the long road to glory at Fleetwood

During the past month or so, the official website has been publishing your best AFC Wimbledon moments to celebrate a decade of the club.

While responses have included several moments from the early years, including winning cup finals and going up from the Combined Counties League, promotion to the Football League has obviously figured highly.

Considering what they have since gone on to achieve as runaway winners of the Blue Square Premier, beating Fleetwood Town 8-1 on aggregate in the play-off semi-final now appears an even better achievement. For the 625 Dons fans who made the journey, our first-leg 2-0 success at Highbury Stadium was arguably better than the stunning 6-1 home win as victory felt so good after a 500-mile round trip. Adam Griggs was one of those AFC Wimbledon fans who treasures the memories of that night. To read all about how we silenced the Cod Army on their own patch, through the eyes of Adam, click here.


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Wednesday 20 June 2012
dons trust news
AFC Wimbledon Six-a-Side Tournament is cancelled

The AFC Wimbledon Six-a-Side Tournament has been cancelled due to a lack of entries and suitable volunteers.

After the success of last year's event, won by Nova South, we were hoping to stage the competition once again on Saturday, 30 June, at the St George's Playing Fields, Raynes Park. However, the Dons Trust Fundraising Group has announced that the tournament has now been cancelled and it apologises for any inconvenience caused. All funds raised were due to be donated to the Dons Trust.


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Tuesday 19 June 2012
first team news
Stuart Cash: we never wanted a repeat of last summer

Stuart Cash has admitted that Jack Midson's decision to sign a new contract is a big relief after the events of last summer.

AFC Wimbledon's assistant manager said that holding onto our best players was crucial this year after losing Danny Kedwell and Steven Gregory during the last close season. But Jack has now followed player of the year, Sammy Moore, in commiting his future to the Dons and Stuart insisted that keeping the pair is vitally important for building a successful team for our second season in League 2.

"We lost two of our better players last year with Danny and Steven leaving and we never wanted that to happen again," said Stuart. "We want to build our new team around the likes of Jack and Sammy Moore. Hopefully, the new players we bring in will also help them to become even better. It is very important that we keep our best players to improve next season and we are happy that we have managed to do that so far."

Stuart has high hopes that Jack can do even better in 2012/13 than in his debut season with Wimbledon when he struck 20 goals in all competitions.

"Jack was fantastic for us last season," added Stuart. "He was up there with the leading scorers in League 2. He set his targets in pre-season last summer and he achieved them. Hopefully, he can emulate that next season. We had a lot of interest from other clubs in Jack, but Jack has signed a new contract and we are delighted with that. I hope that he can improve on what he did last season."


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Tuesday 19 June 2012
club news
AFC Wimbledon at the Wimbledon Village Fair on Saturday

AFC Wimbledon supporters can win free tickets for a 2012/13 League 2 match as part of our Beat the Goalkeeper challenge on Saturday.

We as a club will again have a significant presence at Wimbledon Guild's Village Fair, staged at Wimbledon Common, with a merchandise stall and our Community Football Scheme coaches at the event. The CFS staff will be running a Beat the Goalkeeper competition, starting at midday, when entrants can put themselves in contention to win free Football League tickets by beating our youth team goalkeeper, Jordan Knight.

The Wimbledon Village Fair starts at 10am and we will also have a speed/accuracy test inflatable at our stall. Our merchandising team will also be taking pre-orders (but only by cheque) for Niall Couper's “This is Our Time” book, which chronicles AFC Wimbledon's rise from the ashes to the Football League. We will have credit card facilities available for all your other merchandise purchases.

Haydon the Womble will, of course, be on hand during the day for photo opportunities and Wimbledon-based charity My Voice will be linking up with us on the day.

AFC Wimbledon are looking for volunteers to help with handing out leaflets and to assist the merchandising team. Anyone who can help, should e-mail us by clicking here


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Tuesday 19 June 2012
first team news
Jack Midson: I aim to be a League 1 player with Wimbledon

Jack Midson believes he could be a prolific striker at League 1 level - and he is determined to achieve that with AFC Wimbledon.

The 28-year-old, who signed a new contract with the Dons today, is ambitious to play at a higher level after his superb first season at AFC Wimbledon that saw him plunder 20 goals in all competitions.

Jack said: "Without wanting to blow my own trumpet, I think I could go and play in League 1, but my aim is to do it with this club. It is a good aim for us to be looking at the top-10 next season and if we do over-achieve then hopefully we can get into the play-offs. With the start that we had last season, we showed that we can compete in this league, but we fizzled out during the middle of the season and then we ended on a high. It was disappointing because we never showed what we were capable of overall."

Jack's exploits last season drew the attention of other clubs, but a bid from Rotherham was turned down last month and the ex-Oxford United striker is relieved that he has now tied up his future at Wimbledon.

"I would like to have done it sooner, but it was just a case of sorting out a few of the finer details," he added. "I am glad that the contract is done now as I wanted it sorted before the start of pre-season training. It would have had to have been a massive offer for me to go. The grass is not always greener and I am happy to stay at this club. It is no secret that I had a good year at Wimbledon, but it was the support from the fans, the staff, and everyone at the club that helped me do so well in my first season here."

Jack has been impressed by the signings made so far by Terry Brown with the influx of Curtis Osano, Louis Harris and Stacy Long having been brought in as part of a summer rebuilding job for season 2012/13.

"It looks like we have made good signings," he added. "Stacy Long is from a higher level club and he has that experience of playing in League 1. Terry likes bringing youngsters through, but you need that bit of experience. Hopefully, we will have a good balance of players for next season. The signings made will strengthen us, but there are obviously going to have to be more. You do not want to use the words 'clear-out' and a lot of managers would not have done what Terry has because they would think it is too much. But I do not think he wants the squad to be as big next season, hopefully that will lead to more quality signings."


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Tuesday 19 June 2012
first team news
Breaking news: Jack Midson signs new contract

AFC Wimbledon are pleased to announce that Jack Midson has today signed a new contract.

The 28-year-old striker, who struck 20 goals in all competitions during his first season with the Dons in 2011/12, has put pen to paper on an improved deal to his existing contract and he is determined to help Wimbledon progress as a club.

Though he was the subject of a bid from Rotherham for his services last month, Jack insisted that he was never looking for a move away from AFC Wimbledon.

"It is quite flattering when there is interest in you, but my main aim was to stay at Wimbledon," he said. "It would have had to have been a massive offer for me to go. The grass is not always greener and I am happy to stay at this club. It is no secret that I had a good year at Wimbledon, but it was the support from the fans, the staff and everyone at the club that helped me do so well in my first season here. We had to get a few things sorted out, but I am glad that the contract is done now as I wanted it sorted before the start of pre-season training."

See the official website later for a full interview with Jack and reaction from Terry Brown.


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Monday 18 June 2012
club news
Annual clean-up: a thank-you to volunteers

We wish to thank all volunteers who helped get the Cherry Red Records Stadium ready for pre-season at the weekend.

The club is very grateful to volunteers who carried out vital jobs in the first of our annual clean-up weekends on Saturday and Sunday. We are again requesting your valuable assistance on 30 June/1 July, which is just two weeks before AFC Wimbledon's first pre-season home game against Premier League new boys Reading.

Many jobs need doing to ensure that the stadium is in good order when the new season kicks off, including mowing the grass in the overflow car park, cutting back bushes and undergrowth, power-washing the stands and terraces, and painting. Although most tools will be provided, if you are able to bring your own - in particular, power washers - that would be appreciated. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

If you are able to help, whether for a few hours or for a full day, please e-mail here or ring the office on 020 8547 3528 and leave a message, stating your name and when you are available on 30 June/1 July.


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Monday 18 June 2012
club news
Watch England versus Ukraine at AFC Wimbledon

Get behind England's bid for glory and support your club at the same time tomorrow night.

England versus Ukraine (7.45pm start) offers the chance for Roy Hodgson's men to march into the quarter-finals by knocking out one of the hosts in their final group game and we will be showing the match live in full HD at the main bar.

AFC Wimbledon supporters packed into the bar on Friday for a successful night at the club that included England's thrilling victory against Sweden, followed by Kingsmeadow Live's staging of Sham 69. It is hoped there will be more reasons to celebrate on Tuesday night and the bar will be open from 5.00pm for supporters who wish to have a warm-up drink. There will again be a BBQ and this will start at 6.00pm tomorrow night.


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Monday 18 June 2012
club news
'This Is Our Time' - collector's edition

A number of fans have asked if they can collect their copy of Niall Couper's book, 'This is our Time', rather than have it posted to them.

To do this, please send a cheque for £15, made out to AFC Wimbledon, along with your 20 word quote for inclusion in the book. To ensure your quote is included, please send your order to arrive no later than 27 July.

Fans who are attending Wimbledon Village Fair on Saturday 23 June can place their orders at the AFC Wimbledon stall that day.

Please watch this site for details of when the book will be available for collection.


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Monday 18 June 2012
first team news
Terry Brown: we face a tough start

Terry Brown has admitted that the Dons will face a tough test of their credentials at the start of 2012/13.

This morning's announcement of the fixtures has handed AFC Wimbledon three of the clubs relegated from League 1 in the first eight games, starting with the visit of Chesterfield on Saturday, August 18. John Sheridan's men are strongly fancied to go straight back up with the Spireites having already strengthened their squad this summer, most notably with the signings of former Port Vale striker Marc Richards and ex-Leyton Orient defender Terrell Forbes. AFC Wimbledon's first meeting against Chesterfield will be one to savour for our assistant manager Stuart Cash, who spent two years as a player with the club from 1992 until 1994.

Terry Brown said: "Apart from being Stuart's old club, they are one of the favourites for promotion. They have invested a lot of money in trying to bounce back so it is going to be a difficult one for us. We will need to get some points in August because September is going to be hard for us as we face a few more of the teams who are likely to be challenging for promotion at the end of the season."

Away trips to Burton Albion and Bradford City complete our August fixture list, before a September including matches against relegated clubs Rochdale and Wycombe Wanderers, along with a visit by Torquay United, who reached the play-offs in 2011/12.


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Monday 18 June 2012
first team news
AFC Wimbledon start 2012/13 with Chesterfield at home

The Dons will start the new League 2 season with a home match against relegated Chesterfield on Saturday, August 18.

AFC Wimbledon face a side relegated from League 1 for the second successive season in the opener after we made our Football League debut against Bristol Rovers in 2011/12. The Dons then have away matches at Burton Albion and Bradford City in August, before starting September at home to Dagenham and Redbridge.

Terry Brown's men have been handed two home matches over the Christmas period with Northampton Town on Boxing Day and Oxford United on Saturday 29 December, before a New Year's Day trip to Torquay United.

We finish our season with a home match against promoted Fleetwood Town on Saturday, 27 April.

See the official website later for reaction to our fixture list.

The full list of fixtures, which are subject to change, is as follows:

Wed 15 Aug Capital One Cup 1
Sat 18 Aug Chesterfield H
Tue 21 Aug Burton Albion A
Sat 25 Aug Bradford City A
Wed 29 Aug Capital One Cup 2
Sat 1 Sep Dagenham & Redbridge H
Sat 8 Sep Northampton Town A
Sat 15 Sep Rochdale H
Tue 18 Sep Torquay United H
Sat 22 Sep Wycombe Wanderers A
Wed 26 Sep Capital One Cup 3
Sat 29 Sep Accrington Stanley H
Tue 2 Oct Oxford United A
Sat 6 Oct Plymouth Argyle A
Sat 13 Oct Cheltenham Town H
Sat 20 Oct Fleetwood Town A
Tue 23 Oct Bristol Rovers H
Sat 27 Oct Gillingham H
Wed 31 Oct Capital One Cup 4
Sat 3 Nov F.A. Cup 1
Tue 6 Nov Exeter City A
Sat 10 Nov York City A
Sat 17 Nov Aldershot Town H
Tue 20 Nov Southend United H
Sat 24 Nov Morecambe A
Sat 1 Dec F.A. Cup 2
Sat 8 Dec Barnet A
Wed 12 Dec Capital One Cup 5
Sat 15 Dec Rotherham United H
Sat 22 Dec Port Vale A
Wed 26 Dec Northampton Town H
Sat 29 Dec Oxford United H
Tue 1 Jan Torquay United A
Sat 5 Jan Rochdale A F.A. Cup 3
Wed 9 Jan Capital One Cup Semi-Final (1)
Sat 12 Jan Wycombe Wanderers H
Sat 19 Jan Accrington Stanley A
Wed 23 Jan Capital One Cup Semi-Final (2)
Sat 26 Jan Port Vale H F.A. Cup 4
Sat 2 Feb Burton Albion H
Sat 9 Feb Chesterfield A
Sat 16 Feb Bradford City H F.A. Cup 5
Sat 23 Feb Dagenham & Redbridge A
Sun 24 Feb Capital One Cup Final
Tue 26 Feb Plymouth Argyle H
Sat 2 Mar Cheltenham Town A
Sat 9 Mar York City H F.A. Cup 6
Tue 12 Mar Southend United A
Sat 16 Mar Aldershot Town A
Sat 23 Mar Morecambe H
Sat 30 Mar Rotherham United A
Mon 1 Apr Barnet H
Sat 6 Apr Bristol Rovers A
Sat 13 Apr Exeter City H F.A. Cup Semi-Final
Sat 20 Apr Gillingham A
Sat 27 Apr Fleetwood Town H


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Saturday 16 June 2012
club news
'This Is Our Time' by Niall Couper - pre-order now

At 5.44 pm on 21 May 2011, Danny Kedwell turned to his team-mates gathered on the half-way line at the City of Manchester Stadium. The scores were tied at 3-3 on penalties. His kick would send AFC Wimbledon into the Football League. The Dons captain said four words: “This is our time.” The rest is history.

Those four words provide the title of Niall Couper’s new book, published this September by Dons patrons Cherry Red Books. The follow-up to the acclaimed ‘Spirit of Wimbledon’, this new tome documents the club’s rise from the ashes of Wimbledon FC through to our first season in the Football League, and recounts all of the club’s key stories, as told by those directly involved.

Read about the FA Commission,Terry Burton’s plot to oust Charles Koppel, the MacAnthony takeover bid, WISA going face-to-face with Winkelman and the Jermaine Darlington affair. Relive Matt Everard’s last-minute winner at Herne Bay, the 2-1 win over Crawley with a defence with an average age of 19, the Staines play-off final, and the two cup finals at Woking. Read the opinions of Dons legends past and present from Shane Smeltz to Jon Main, and from Dario Gradi and Dave Bassett to Lawrie Sanchez and Marcus Gayle. And just about everything else in between.

‘This Is Our Time’ also features an extended players' view of the play-off final at the City of Manchester Stadium, and reveals the name of the Football League club that was offered to the Dons Trust back in 2002.

EXCLUSIVE ADVANCE ORDERS OFFER !

By arrangement with the author and Cherry Red Books, we can offer fans the exclusive opportunity to be included in the book!

Anybody who pre-orders directly from the club website before midnight on 27 July will be invited to provide, in twenty words or fewer, their favourite memory of the AFC Wimbledon era for inclusion in a special ‘fans' eye view’ chapter of the book. It can be anything you like, on or off the field, and the collected memories should make for fascinating reading, and a unique record of this, our time!

To order your copy now, click on Pre-order - This is our Time. The book retails at £15 but is available for a special reduced price of £12 for fans who pre-order online.

Once you have ordered your copy, please email This is our Time - personal memory and insert a subject heading 'Personal memory'.

If you have already pre-ordered 'This is Our Time' you will be contacted by the club and offered the opportunity to submit your personal memory for inclusion in the book.

Fans who would prefer to collect the book should send a cheque to the club for £15 made out to AFC Wimbledon, along with your 20 word quote and contact details. Please watch this site for details of when you can collect the book.


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Friday 15 June 2012
club news
Calling all Dons fans: vote on how to spend £20,000 prize

We are calling on AFC Wimbledon fans to help us spend £20,000 after your fantastic efforts helped us to victory in the Fanpower Stadium competition.

Supporters now have until midnight on Sunday to vote for one of three options earmarked by the club for improvements and you can do so by following the link on the bottom of this page.

Hosted on Facebook, the npower Football League rewarded the club in each of its leagues for attendance and making the most "noise". We brushed aside the League 2 opposition for the latter competition with our fans generating over 100,000 "noise counts" in 11 weeks. The Dons fans therefore mentioned their club on Twitter easily more than the rest and we are inviting you to vote on how to spend the money.

The club has identified three areas that could potentially benefit from the prize:

- Improve fans’ facilities by providing match commentary for sight impaired fans and purchasing furniture for the main bar

- Renovate the Kingston Road End toilets

- Provide storage and other facilities at Kings College for the Academy

So far, the first option has proved the most popular with 191 votes, followed by the second proposal with 83 votes. The most popular option, as voted for by Dons fans, will receive the £20,000 prize money.

Emma Collins, Sponsorship Manager from npower, said: “We’re delighted to be handing over the prize fund to AFC Wimbledon and their fans, who clearly seized the opportunity to support their club with great passion. It’s great to be a part of this very real showing of ‘Fanpower’ and maybe this victory for the fans will be a good omen for the players next season.”

Fans have the opportunity to vote how the prize money is spent by clicking here. Supporters must first log into Facebook and then click the "see more recent stories" icon on the Fanpower Stadium page. Voting closes at midnight on Sunday, 17 June.


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Friday 15 June 2012
first team news
Your AFC Wimbledon: magic moments at Woking

The official website has been featuring your best moments from the past 10 years to celebrate a decade of AFC Wimbledon. A superb response has shown how much the club means to its supporters and the memories of winning cup finals in our early years have figured highly among your favourite moments.

Today, we feature AFC Wimbledon's 2-1 victory against Walton and Hersham in the 2005 Surrey Senior Cup Final. To a number of fans, the glory of the early years meant every bit as much as clinching promotion to the Football League at Manchester as many were just glad to have a football club again. We take a look back at AFC Wimbledon's extra-time win at Woking's Kingfield, through the eyes of Dons supporter, Carwyn Tywyn, and then manager Dave Anderson. While a stunning opener from Shane Smeltz and a scrambled winner from Richard Butler are vivid memories for Dave, he also recalls a double-nutmeg from Ryan Gray and having to make a big decision over whether to play his skipper, Steve Butler. To some Wimbledon fans though, including Bob Barker, the semi-final win against then Conference South outfit Sutton United, was even better. To read about Carwyn and Bob's special memories, along with Dave Anderson on the victory that clinched a double in his first season at Wimbledon, click here.

There is still a chance to share your favourite moments of the past decade and how you celebrated with the official website and we will endeavour to print them during the close season. Please e-mail details of your best memories, along with your name, age, area you live in, and how long you have supported the Dons by clicking here


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Friday 15 June 2012
club news
What's happening at Kingsmeadow, 2012 - number 1

What’s Happening at Kingsmeadow will return on an occasional basis over the summer to keep fans updated on the latest news from The Cherry Red Records Stadium. The first instalment can be read by clicking here.


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Thursday 14 June 2012
club news
Season tickets update

AFC Wimbledon have already sold over 2,500 season tickets so far with more than two months still to go until the start of the 2012/13 league campaign.

Season ticket sales so far this summer have matched the same point last year when we were preparing for our debut Football League season. We will find out our full list of league fixtures on Monday, 18 June, and the Dons supporters are once again showing their backing for the club as we prepare for our second season in League 2.

A new all-seater Kingston Road End, which is on course to be completed before the first home League 2 game of the season, is proving to be popular (including the area especially for families). The best seats are filling up fast and supporters are therefore urged to apply swiftly. Adult season tickets for the Kingston Road End are priced at £320 with concessions at £200, young adults (16-21 years) at £135, and £75 for Under-16s.

Any remaining supporters wishing to purchase season tickets for the Tempest End will need to act quickly as we are on the verge of selling out again. There has also been a 97 per cent renewal rate from supporters who were in the Paul Strank Stand last season and we therefore cannot accept any further applications for that stand currently.

Supporters who still wish to buy season tickets can still split their payments over nine months if they apply before the end of this month with a direct debit form included in their application. Seat and terrace allocations will be taking place over the next few weeks. We kindly request that supporters do not contact the club regarding your location until this process is complete.

Full details about season ticket prices, along with a question and answer document, and application forms, can be found on the ticket page of the official club website.


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Thursday 14 June 2012
club news
Friday night live: Sham 69 after England versus Sweden

AFC Wimbledon has an action-packed schedule of entertainment lined up for tomorrow evening's England versus Sweden match.

Hersham punk band Sham 69 will pump up the post-match atmopshere as part of Kingsmeadow Live after the Sweden clash (7.45pm kick-off), which will be shown live in full HD on a large screen in the main bar. However, AFC Wimbledon fans can warm-up for the big one from 4.00pm when the main bar opens, which will be followed by a BBQ at 5.00pm. France versus Ukraine is a 5.00pm kick-off and will be shown live too, before Roy Hodgson's men aim to move one step closer to the Euro 2012 quarter-finals by beating Sweden in their second group match.

However, that will be far from the end of tomorrow night's entertainment with Sham 69 taking to the stage at 10.30pm approximately. The back bar will open at 7.45pm and it will not close until late with a 1.00am finish.

Tickets for the gig, priced £10, have sold well, but there are still tickets remaining for what promises to be a great night of music. Tickets for the Sham 69 event are available by clicking here and you can join the mailing list to find out more about future events.


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Thursday 14 June 2012
first team news
Capital One Cup: Stevenage away for the Dons

AFC Wimbledon have been handed a trip to Stevenage in this morning's Capital One Cup draw.

Terry Brown's men face a first round tie at Broadhall Way in a match that offers a quick return for new signing Stacy Long, who left Stevenage only last month. Byron Harrison is another former Stevenage player who will be looking to impress at his former club.

We have played Stevenage twice in knockout competitions in the past two seasons, the first a 2-0 defeat in the second round of the FA Cup and the second was won by the Dons on penalties after a 2-2 draw in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy last season.

The first round matches are scheduled for the week commencing 13 August, but ties can be played on Saturday, August 11, or on the Sunday, if both clubs are in agreement.

The full draw for the Capital One Cup is as follows:

Round 1
Derby County v Scunthorpe United
Rochdale v Barnsley
Port Vale v Burnley
Notts County v Bradford City
Hull City v Rotherham United
Fleetwood Town v Nottingham Forest
Carlisle United v Accrington Stanley
Doncaster Rovers v York City
Crewe Alexandra v Hartlepool United
Bury v Middlesbrough
Chesterfield v Tranmere Rovers
Sheffield United v Burton Albion
Blackpool v Morecambe
Leeds United v Shrewsbury Town
Preston North End v Huddersfield Town
Oldham Athletic v Sheffield Wednesday
Cheltenham Town v Milton Keynes
Ipswich Town v Bristol Rovers
Stevenage v AFC Wimbledon
Exeter City v Crystal Palace
Yeovil Town v Colchester United
Birmingham City v Barnet
Bristol City v Gillingham
Northampton Town v Cardiff City
Plymouth Argyle v Portsmouth
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Aldershot Town
Walsall v Brentford
Millwall v Crawley Town
Torquay United v Leicester City
Dagenham & Redbridge v Coventry City
Peterborough United v Southend United
Swindon Town v Brighton & Hove Albion
Watford v Wycombe Wanderers
Charlton Athletic v Leyton Orient
Oxford United v AFC Bournemouth


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Wednesday 13 June 2012
first team news
Capital One Cup: Stuart determined to make progress this year

AFC Wimbledon could be pitched in against one of the Championship's big-hitters in tomorrow's Capital One Cup draw.

Last season's losing finalists Cardiff, beaten by Liverpool at Wembley in February, are one of 19 seeded teams in the south section of the first round draw who the Dons can face, along with Birmingham City. There is also the potential of a London derby against either Charlton, Brentford, Crystal Palace or Millwall.

However, Wimbledon assistant manager, Stuart Cash, just wants a home draw as he is eager to make up for last season's Preliminary Round defeat by Crawley Town, when the competition was called the Carling Cup. "We had a hard draw last year against Crawley and went out and I am looking forward to trying to make up for that this year," said Stuart. "We are hoping for a home tie as we want to progress in the competition this season. For revenue purposes and to give our supporters a good cup run, I hope we get a home tie. We were new to it all last season and were maybe concentrating on the league, but we want to do well in the competition this time."

Capital One have taken over from Carling to sponsor the Football League competition on a four-year contract from this season onwards. AFC Wimbledon can only draw one of 19 teams from the seeded south section with ties for the first round to be played on the week commencing 13 August. The draw will be announced at 9.30am tomorrow morning.

The full list of seeds and non-seeds, 16 each in the north, and 19 each in the south, is as follows :

North - Seeded

1.Barnsley
2.Blackpool
3.Burnley
4.Carlisle United
5.Derby County
6.Doncaster Rovers
7.Hartlepool United
8.Huddersfield Town
9.Hull City
10.Leeds United
11.Middlesbrough
12.Nottingham Forest
13.Notts County
14.Sheffield United
15.Sheffield Wednesday
16.Tranmere Rovers

North - Unseeded

1.Accrington Stanley
2.Bradford City
3.Burton Albion
4.Bury
5.Chesterfield
6.Crewe Alexandra
7.Fleetwood Town
8.Morecambe
9.Oldham Athletic
10.Port Vale
11.Preston North End
12.Rochdale
13.Rotherham United
14.Scunthorpe United
15.Shrewsbury Town
16.York City

South - Seeded

1.AFC Bournemouth
2.Birmingham City
3.Brentford
4.Brighton & Hove Albion
5.Bristol City
6.Cardiff City
7.Charlton Athletic
8.Colchester United
9.Coventry City
10.Crystal Palace
11.Ipswich Town
12.Leicester City
13.Millwall
14.Milton Keynes
15.Peterborough United
16.Portsmouth
17.Stevenage
18.Watford
19.Wolverhampton Wanderers

South - Unseeded

1.AFC Wimbledon
2.Aldershot Town
3.Barnet
4.Bristol Rovers
5.Cheltenham Town
6.Crawley Town
7.Dagenham & Redbridge
8.Exeter City
9.Gillingham
10.Leyton Orient
11.Northampton Town
12.Oxford United
13.Plymouth Argyle
14.Southend United
15.Swindon Town
16.Torquay United
17.Walsall
18.Wycombe Wanderers
19.Yeovil Town


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Wednesday 13 June 2012
club news
Competition: win Football League tickets and a new smartphone

AFC Wimbledon supporters have been invited to enter a competition that offers the superb double prize of tickets to a Football League match and a Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

The Football League has teamed up with Dialaphone and Samsung to offer one lucky entrant the chance to win a pair of tickets for a Football League match of their choice, along with a state-of-the-art Samsung Galaxy S III, in white.

All you have to do to have a shot of winning is visit the Dialaphone Facebook page and identify which photo out of two was taken using the Galaxy S III. Dialaphone are so confident in their new smartphone's imaging prowess that they enlisted the help of a professional sports photographer to use the Samsung handset alongside his usual equipment at a match. The photographer's images were therefore taken before the npower League 1 play-off final between Sheffield United and Huddersfield Town at Wembley in May, won in dramatic style on penalties by Town.

Two of the resulting photographs are displayed on the Dialaphone Facebook page and to be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to any npower Football League match before 30 September 2012, and a Galaxy S III, pick the one taken with the S III.

Entrants must first sign up to the Dialaphone Facebook site by clicking here. There is also a chance to win prizes for the most Twitter/Facebook mentions, click here.


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Wednesday 13 June 2012
club news
Club appeal: request for help this weekend

AFC Wimbledon are appealing for volunteers this weekend to help spruce up our ground in time for pre-season.

We have scheduled our annual clean-up weekends for this Saturday and Sunday, followed by 30 June/1 July and we would be very grateful for any assistance that volunteers can provide once again as our first friendly against Premier League new boys Reading is just two weeks after that latter date.

Thames Water are set to lift its hosepipe ban tomorrow, ensuring there will be no restrictions on the work that we need to carry out this weekend. Many jobs need doing to ensure that the stadium is in good order when the new season kicks off, including mowing the grass in the overflow car park, cutting back bushes and undergrowth, power-washing the stands and terraces, and painting. Although most tools will be provided, if you are able to bring your own - in particular, power washers - that would be appreciated. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

If you are able to help, whether for a few hours or for a full day, please e-mail here or ring the office on 020 8547 3528 and leave a message, stating your name and when you are available, either this weekend or on 30 June/1 July.


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Wednesday 13 June 2012
club news
The Dons Draw: winners for June announced

The Dons Draw for June took place yesterday at the Cherry Red Records Stadium with Duncan Simpson winning the top prize of £1,000.

Winning numbers were drawn in the presence of David Growns (Vice-Chair of the Dons Trust Board), Neil Messenbird (Dons Draw Administrator) and Mr L Charman.

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

First prize of £1000 - ticket 1566 - Duncan Simpson - BR3

Second prize of £500 - ticket 3453 - James Claydon - SW11

Third of £250 - ticket 0682 - Joe Blair - SW17

Fourth prize of £150 - ticket 4036 - John Bowis - KT3

Fifth prize of £100 - ticket 0724 - Joseph Utton - PO1

Sixth prize of £75 - ticket 1362 - Steve Murray - SW19

Congratulations to all six prize winners.

The next Dons Draw will take place on or around the 15 July 2012 with the results being posted on the AFC Wimbledon official website soon after the draw has taken place.

We are again paying out a massive £2075 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 April 2012 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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Wednesday 13 June 2012
first team news
Pre-season: Maidenhead fixture completes schedule

AFC Wimbledon have confirmed a friendly at Maidenhead United on Tuesday, 17 July, to complete our pre-season schedule.

The trip to York Road will be the second of eight pre-season fixtures for Terry Brown's men, just three days after an attractive friendly against Premier League new boys Reading at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

Maidenhead United manager Johnson Hippolyte has been busy strengthening his squad in recent weeks after his side just avoided relegation in Blue Square South last season and former AFC Wimbledon left-back Derek Duncan is among their summer signings.

Full AFC Wimbledon fixture list: Reading at home (Saturday, July 14), Maidenhead United away (Tuesday, July 17), Bognor Regis Town away (Saturday, 21 July), Woking away (Tuesday, July 24), Eastbourne Borough away (Saturday, 28 July), Preston North End at home (Tuesday, 31 July), West Ham XI at home (Saturday, 4 August), Portsmouth at home (Wednesday, August 8). Ticket details for matches will be released in due course.


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Tuesday 12 June 2012
first team news
Stacy Long: Wimbledon is not a step down for me

Stacy Long says the ambitions shown by AFC Wimbledon convinced him that League 2 football will not be a backward step in his career.

The 27-year-old midfielder was a regular with League 1 Stevenage last season, but he was released by manager Gary Smith last month and Wimbledon were quick to swoop for a player who Terry Brown tried to sign three years ago.

Stacy, who has signed subject to a medical, played in Stevenage's FA Cup win at AFC Wimbledon in 2010/11 and was impressed by the Dons when he visited last season in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

"I was sat in the stand amongst the Wimbledon fans and I was very impressed by the atmosphere," he said. "The fans here are a big influence on the team and it seems like they are the 12th man. Hopefully, they can have the same effect next season and help us do better. I am coming to a great club and I would not have come down to League 2 if I did not think that the club wanted to go anywhere. I aim to go straight back up again and that was a key reason for joining Wimbledon. The ambition is the main thing as they are not happy about finishing where they did last season, which is a great mentality and hopefully I can help push the club on next season."

Stacy admitted he did not expect to be released by Stevenage after three fine seasons at Broadhall Way that included two promotions and an impressive FA Cup run. However, the midfield playmaker believes he is approaching his peak years and is excited by the challenge at AFC Wimbledon.

"I had some great times at Stevenage, including great cup runs, and obviously that Newcastle United win was massive for everyone at the club," he added. "I suppose it was a surprise (when I was told I was leaving), but a new manager came in and I am sure he will bring in his own players this summer. I think it will be a completely different Stevenage side. But for me, that is history now and I am looking forward to the next stage in my career at AFC Wimbledon. I have always felt there was interest in me from Wimbledon. It is nice to come to a place where you feel wanted and hopefully I can put my own stamp on the team and help the club do better than last season. I am at an age now when I have a good combination of physical fitness and experience and hopefully I can help others along. But until the end of your career you are always learning and this is a great opportunity for me."


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Tuesday 12 June 2012
first team news
Signing number three: Dons swoop for ex-Stevenage man

AFC Wimbledon have confirmed that long-term target Stacy Long has today signed for the club, subject to a medical.

The 27-year-old midfielder, who Wimbledon tried to sign three years ago before he joined Stevenage, will undergo a medical next week on his return from a holiday in Dubai. Stacy signed on the dotted line at a Bromley hotel after meeting with first-team coach, Simon Bassey, who believes that the Dons have pulled off a real transfer coup with our third addition of the close season.

"Stacy gives us that bit of experience," said Simon. "He is a very talented footballer, who will add craft to our midfield. His goals tally needs to improve, but we will work on that. If we can get the movement up front, then I am sure he will find those killer balls.

"He has a winning attitude as he has helped Stevenage to promotions and was involved in their FA Cup run when they beat Newcastle United. Hopefully, his experience will rub off on the younger players we have here and we can do what Stevenage have done. We wanted to sign Stacy three years ago after he left Ebbsfleet United, but we missed out on him. We kept an eye on him though and to bring someone in who played over 30 games in League 1 last season is a real coup for us."

The former Ebbsfleet United man started his career with Charlton Athletic and one of the highlights of his 2011/12 season was when he scored the winner against the League 1 Champions in a 1-0 win for Stevenage. However, Stacy was surprisingly released last month after failing to figure in the plans of manager Gary Smith, who took over from Graham Westley at Broadhall Way in January.

Stacy, who will again link-up with his former Stevenage team-mate, Byron Harrison, admitted that Wimbledon's determination to sign him played a big part in the move.

"I have always felt there was interest in me from AFC Wimbledon," he said. "That was a key part in my decision to sign. It is nice to come to a place where you feel wanted and hopefully I can put my own stamp on the team and help the club do better than last season. I am at an age now when I have a good combination of physical fitness and experience and hopefully I can help others along. But until the end of your career you are always learning and this is a great opportunity for me."

See the official website later today for a full interview with Stacy.


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Monday 11 June 2012
club news
AFC Wimbledon fans invited to vote after club wins prize

We are calling on AFC Wimbledon fans to help us spend £20,000 after your fantastic efforts helped us to victory in the Fanpower Stadium competition.

Hosted on Facebook, the npower Football League rewarded the club in each of its leagues for attendance and making the most "noise".

We brushed aside the League 2 opposition for the latter competition with Wimbledon fans generating over 100,000 "noise counts" in 11 weeks. That meant that the Dons fans mentioned their club on Twitter easily more than the rest and we are now inviting you to vote on how to spend the money.

The club has identified three areas that could potentially benefit from the prize:

- Improve fans’ facilities by providing match commentary for sight impaired fans and purchasing furniture for the main bar

- Renovate the Kingston Road End toilets

- Provide storage and other facilities at Kings College for the Academy

The most popular option as voted for by Dons fans, will receive the £20,000 prize money.

Emma Collins, Sponsorship Manager from npower, said: “We’re delighted to be handing over the prize fund to AFC Wimbledon and their fans, who clearly seized the opportunity to support their club with great passion. It’s great to be a part of this very real showing of ‘Fanpower’ and maybe this victory for the fans will be a good omen for the players next season.”

Fans will now get the opportunity to vote how the prize money is spent within the club. To vote, click here. Voting closes at midnight on Sunday, 17 June.


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Monday 11 June 2012
first team news
New signing: Louis Harris aims to fill midfield holding role

AFC Wimbledon are pleased to announce that 19-year-old former Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Louis Harris has today signed on the dotted line.

Louis, who gained Football League experience last season during a loan spell at Notts County, has signed for the Dons after being released by Wolves last month.

He becomes our second close season signing after the arrival of ex-Luton Town right-back Curtis Osano two weeks ago and assistant manager Stuart Cash believes he will be a very important addition. Stuart revealed that Louis has been signed to fill the holding role in the Wimbledon midfield, which will allow Sammy Moore to play further forward.

“We showed Louis around today and he was very impressed with the facilities at the club,” said Stuart. “I am really excited with the signing. He may lack a little experience, but we feel it will be a quick learning curve for him. He is a player who comes highly recommended from Terry Connor (former manager at Wolves) and he has similar characteristics to Steven Gregory, who left us last year. Louis will play in the holding midfield role and that will allow Sammy to go further forward.”

Louis says that manager Terry Brown’s reputation for bringing young players through was the main motivation for making the move to AFC Wimbledon.

“When I met with Terry he told me that he wants to go up again with a young squad that plays good football,” Louis said. “I am a ball-playing midfielder so hopefully this is the right place for me and I will fit in well here. I know that Wimbledon have had a few promotions in recent years and I am looking forward to working with everyone here. Hopefully, we can do better than last season and aim for the play-offs. I have been told that I will get a chance to play so I want to make a good impression and I cannot wait to hit the ground running in pre-season.”

Louis made two first-team appearances during a brief loan spell with League One Notts County at the end of last season and he is aiming to build on that with the Dons.

“I was at Notts County for six weeks and played two games, but then they were going for the play-offs and I was left out,” he added. “That was a difficult time for me and I was not playing much football. So AFC Wimbledon is a really big opportunity for me now and I intend to take it. It was the end of the road for me at Wolves, but I have to move on in my career and this is a new start for me.”


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Monday 11 June 2012
club news
Watch England versus France live at AFC Wimbledon

AFC Wimbledon supporters can get behind England at their favourite stadium this evening with all the action shown live at the main bar.

We will be opening our doors for England fans at 4.00pm and entry is free for supporters to watch the France match (5.00pm kick-off) live in full HD on a large screen at the Cherry Red Records Stadium. The bar will be open until 11.30pm with fans also welcome to watch Ukraine versus Sweden, and there will be a selection of tunes played after that match to continue those celebrations if Roy Hodgson's men upset the French.

All England's Euro 2012 games will be shown live at the Cherry Red Records Stadium and our entertainment gets bigger and better on Friday, 15 June, when Hersham punk band Sham 69 feature at Kingsmeadow Live after England's match against Sweden. Party time starts at 3.00pm when the bars open, a BBQ starting at 5.00pm, followed by England’s game against Sweden, kick-off 7.45pm, in the main bar. Tickets for the gig, priced £10, are already selling well so get your tickets now as it will be a great night of football and music. It will be free to watch the football in the main bar. England's final group game against Ukraine on Tuesday, 19 June, will also be shown live, the bars again opening at 5.00pm, and closing at 11.30pm.

Tickets for the Sham 69 gig on Friday, 15 June, are available by clicking here and you can also join the mailing list to find out more about future events.


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Sunday 10 June 2012
club news
Consultation meeting on 12 June - and more Q&A

The second consultation meeting about the issues we face with our current stadium will be held at The Cherry Red Records Stadium on Tuesday 12 June at 7.30 pm. The topics to be covered are of massive importance to all our fans so we urge as many as possible to attend - we want to hear your questions and get your feedback on the issues and some possible solutions.

Following the first consultation meeting we received additional questions. For ease of reading, we are publishing these plus our responses as a separate document from the original Q&A. They can be read by clicking on Additional Q&A.

The first set of questions and answers can be read by clicking on Initial Q&A.

To read the original briefing document that sets out the issues we face, click briefing document.


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Friday 08 June 2012
club news
Your AFC Wimbledon: marathon trip to Manchester ends jinx

An excellent response to our request for your magic moments during the past decade has highlighted just how much the club means to AFC Wimbledon supporters.

The official website has featured several of your responses during the past few weeks, without mentioning 21 May, 2011, and Danny Kedwell's winning penalty. While we have had plenty of e-mails mentioning the day when we sealed a spot in the Football League, two, in particular, stand out. One was from Paul Martin, a Singapore-based AFC Wimbledon fan, who travelled thousands of miles to watch the glory in Manchester. There cannot have been many Dons fans who had made such a marathon journey. But perhaps more significant was Paul's terrible record when watching AFC Wimbledon in the Conference. His friends begged him to stay away, but thankfully his jinx ended in Manchester. For completely different reasons, Barry Faust, a founding member of the Dons Trust, was also overwhelmed by the emotions of the day.

To relive THAT magical day in Manchester through the eyes of Paul and Barry, who were both among 6,000-plus Dons fans at the match, click here.


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Friday 08 June 2012
club news
The Dons decade: from money-spinning deals to the burger bar

As part of our 10-year anniversary celebrations, the official website has been running a series of features on the changes at AFC Wimbledon during that time.

For our seventh such offering, we focus on one of our founder members, Ivor Heller, who has looked after AFC Wimbledon's commercial operations since the Combined Counties League days. As the club's Commercial Director, Ivor's role has obviously changed a lot since he served up the burgers on match days, but even then he was pulling off major sponsorship deals, such as the big one with our long-serving sponsor Sports Interactive.

For a full interview with Ivor on the changes he has helped implement at AFC Wimbledon during the past decade, click here.


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Friday 08 June 2012
club news
Dons Trust consultation - Added Q&A

The Dons Trust board is consulting members about the issues we face with our current stadium and some potential solutions. As part of this, we held the first of two meetings for members and other fans at Wimbledon Community Centre on Friday evening, 25 May.

Following the meeting, we have developed some questions and answers which cover most of the points that have been raised to date - responses to other questions are being prepared and will appear later in regular updates to this document.

For the Q&A click here.

To read the original briefing document that sets out the issues we face, click here.

Please note that the second consultation meeting will take place on Tuesday 12 June at 7.30 pm at the Cherry Red Records stadium.


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Thursday 07 June 2012
club news
Club appeal: help us get ready for pre-season

AFC Wimbledon are appealing for volunteers to help spruce up our ground in time for pre-season.

We have scheduled our annual clean-up weekends for 16/17 June and 30 June/1 July and we would be very grateful for any assistance that volunteers can provide once again as our first friendly against Reading is just two weeks after that latter date.

Many jobs need doing to ensure that the stadium is in good order when the new season kicks off, including mowing the grass in the overflow car park, cutting back bushes and undergrowth, power-washing the stands and terraces, and painting. Although most tools will be provided, if you are able to bring your own - in particular, power washers - that would be appreciated. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

If you are able to help, whether for a few hours or for a full day, please e-mail here or ring the office on 020 8547 3528 and leave a message, stating your name and when you are available.


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Thursday 07 June 2012
first team news
Wimbledon add pre-season fixture at Eastbourne Borough

AFC Wimbledon's pre-season fixture list is now almost complete with a trip to Eastbourne Borough having been arranged for Saturday, 28 July.

With the men's cycle road race at the 2012 Olympics passing through Kingston, it was decided that this date was preferential for an away fixture. The Dons will therefore visit Priory Lane for our fourth friendly match of the pre-season to take on Blue Square South side Eastbourne Borough. We have just one more friendly date to fill for Tuesday 17 July, which has yet to be arranged.

AFC Wimbledon have so far confirmed the following pre-season fixtures: Reading at home (Saturday, July 14), Bognor Regis Town away (Saturday, 21 July), Woking away (Tuesday, July 24), Eastbourne Borough away (Saturday, 28 July), Preston North End at home (Tuesday, 31 July), West Ham XI at home (Saturday, 4 August), Portsmouth at home (Wednesday, August 8). Ticket details for matches will be released in due course.


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Thursday 07 June 2012
club news
Watch England versus France at AFC Wimbledon

AFC Wimbledon will be opening up its doors early for Monday's England versus France match with supporters invited to watch all the action here.

Football never sleeps at The Cherry Red Records Stadium and to celebrate the start of England’s campaign in Euro 2012 against France on Monday, the main bar at the stadium will be opening at 4.00pm, offering you a chance to have a warm-up drink before the big kick-off at 5.00pm. All England games will be shown live in full HD on the large screen in the main bar at the stadium.

Our entertainment gets bigger and better on Friday, 15 June, when Hersham punk band Sham 69 feature at Kingsmeadow Live after England's match against Sweden. Party time starts at 3.00pm when the bars open, a BBQ starting at 5.00pm, followed by England’s game against Sweden, kick-off 7.45pm, in the main bar. Tickets for the gig, priced £10, are already selling well so get your tickets now as it will be a great night of football and music. It will be free to watch the football in the main bar. England's final group game against Ukraine on Tuesday, 19 June, will also be shown live, the bars again opening at 5.00pm, and closing at 11.30pm.

Tickets for the Sham 69 gig on Friday, 15 June, are available by clicking here and you can also join the mailing list to find out more about future events.


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Thursday 07 June 2012
club news
AFC Motorsport: Manx GP Champion bids for glory with Wimbledon

AFC Motorsport's bid for glory at the TT races is now less than 24 hours away and the official website caught up with rider Billy Smith during his preparations for the big day.

It would be the realisation of a dream for everyone connected with the team if AFC Motorsport can earn a podium spot on the flagship day of the TT races. Liverpool fan Billy knows all about the history of Wimbledon and he needed no reminding about how his heroes were humbled in 1988, but he is determined to put our club's yellow and blue colours on the podium tomorrow.

Team manager Leslie Carter and his wife Tina have worked tirelessly to put AFC Motorsport on the same stage as all-time leading TT rider, John McGuinness, with sponsorship from Mike Richardson, vice president at AFC Wimbledon.

Yesterday, we featured an interview with our leading rider Ben Wylie, but today we focus on Billy Smith, who has risen up the ranks to take on the big boys. To read more about Billy’s motorsport background and his preparations for tomorrow, click here.

Our team's bid for glory starts at 10.45am tomorrow with Billy and Ben both competing in JHS Racing Suzuki SV650 Super Twin TT spec bikes, which are painted in AFC Wimbledon colours and have the club’s logo on the side.


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Wednesday 06 June 2012
club news
Terry Brown leads AFC Wimbledon cricket team

An AFC Wimbledon XI will be switching sporting codes on Sunday, 1 July, when Terry Brown leads us into a cricket match at Deando Ruxley CC.

Terry is expected to be joined by players and members of his coaching team in a match that all AFC Wimbledon supporters are welcome to attend. It promises to be a highly entertaining day with a junior match staged as a curtain raiser for the main event that features a Deando Ruxley side against AFC Wimbledon. There will be a barbeque, refreshments served, and the bar will be open all day at the event.

AFC Wimbledon Commercial Director, Ivor Heller, said: "We have fans down at Deando Ruxley and they invited us to put a team together for a cricket match against them. All supporters are welcome to come down and it should be a great day. Terry will be leading the way and I am expecting players to be involved in our team."

Entry is free to the event with gates opening at 10.00am, before a Deando Ruxley junior match an hour later, followed by Deando Ruxley versus an AFC Wimbledon XI, at 1.00pm. The full address for the club is: 27 Ruxley Lane, Ewell, Surrey, KT19 OJB.


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Wednesday 06 June 2012
ladies news
Make your mark for AFC Wimbledon Girls and Ladies

AFC Wimbledon Ladies are looking for new recruits to boost its senior and youth squads for next season.

The Dons seniors, who play in the London and South East Counties Women's Premier League, are managed by Tony Milstead and he wishes to run the rule over potential new recruits at a trials day on Thursday, 28 June (7.30pm-9.30pm). AFC Wimbledon Ladies are also hoping to run a reserves team next season to play in the Surrey County Women's and Girls League. Trialists for both teams are welcome to attend trials, which will be held at Manor Park Recreation Ground, Malden Road, New Malden, KT3 6AU.

The Dons Girls are also looking to strengthen for 2012/13 with players wanted for its Under-14s, Under-15s and Under-16s squads. Potential new recruits must be under the age of 16 on or before 1 September, 2012. For information about AFC Wimbledon Ladies and Girls, e-mail Club Secretary John Ivers by clicking here. Or e-mail Tony Milstead by clicking here. For all the squads mentioned, please send an e-mail with details of previous experience (including previous clubs), preferred playing position and for ladies players, please inform if you use public transport or private car.


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Wednesday 06 June 2012
cfs news
AFC Wimbledon Community Coaches win Football League award

AFC Wimbledon has won special recognition from the Football League for delivering a high quality programme for local schools.

As one of just five clubs commended for reaching out into their communities, the npower Football League praised work done by the Dons in promoting the Girls/Kids Cup for children between the ages of 10 and 13. Recognising the achievements of AFC Wimbledon, a Football League press release said: "It was an excellent entry, which highlighted a number of 'best practice' examples of the club engaging with its local schools in promoting the Girls/Kids Cups."

The initiatives set-up by AFC Wimbledon's Senior Community Coach, Paul Foley, Youth and Community Administrator, Dan Stevens, along with community coaches Adam Wicks, Scott Lockwood, Ollie Rickman and Rob Tuvey, earned acclaim from the Football League. This included extensive use of the club’s websites, matchday programmes, social media and an excellent drive to recruit schools via e-mail and letters. We also used first-teamers, including our player of the year, Sammy Moore, to present the schools with trophies after watching the latter rounds of competitions. One particular example which won praise from the Football League was allowing schools in the Girls Cup to meet up with players for a training stint and a question and answer session. Free match tickets for school players and parents, along with recognition of their achievements on match days, was also offered by AFC Wimbledon.

AFC Wimbledon's Youth and Community Director, Nigel Higgs, said: "This is a very satisfying achievement and I am delighted that it recognises the tremendous work that Paul Foley, Dan Stevens and the CFS coaches do in the community. Now that we have the support of sponsors like npower and the Football League Trust, there are many more opportunities to demonstrate the values we are founded upon. For Paul and his team this means much more work and I am sure this deserved recognition is the first of many over the coming years as we extend the coverage of our community work."

Bradford City, Crawley Town, Derby County and Northampton Town were the four other clubs chosen by the Football League as its "Top 5" award winners.


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Wednesday 06 June 2012
club news
AFC Motorsport: riders raise Wimbledon's profile on the Isle of Man

With AFC Motorsport’s big day approaching on Friday, the official website caught up with our leading rider, Ben Wylie, ahead of what promises to be a thrilling end to the TT races. Launched in March before our crucial 2-1 victory against Dagenham and Redbridge, it would be the realisation of a dream for everyone connected with the team if AFC Motorsport can earn a podium spot on the flagship day of the TT races. Team manager Leslie Carter and his wife Tina have worked tirelessly to put AFC Motorsport on the same stage as all-time leading TT rider, John McGuinness, with sponsorship from Mike Richardson, vice president at AFC Wimbledon.

Now it’s over to Ben, who is riding for another team this afternoon, and Billy Smith, with the pair racing in the lightweight class on Friday. Hopefully, their JHS Racing Suzuki SV650 Super Twin TT spec bikes, which are painted in AFC Wimbledon colours and have the club’s logo on the side, can power to glory on the world-famous circuit. To read more about Ben’s motorsport background and his preparations for Friday, click here.

See the official website tomorrow for more on the AFC Wimbledon motorsport team, including an interview, and an update on the progress of our riders.


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Tuesday 05 June 2012
first team news
Your AFC Wimbledon: the magic at Staines Town

As part of our 10-year anniversary, the official website asked readers to nominate their favourite moments of the past decade.

We have so far featured your memories of the early years when supporters were glad just to have a football club again, but the moments when we clinched promotion unsurprisingly featured highly in responses.

For pure drama, the 2-1 win at Staines Town in the Ryman Premier play-off final is one that is hard to beat. A never-say-die spirit eventually paid dividends for Terry Brown's men as the Dons came from behind with two goals in the last eight minutes, Mark De Bolla striking the winner in style with a superb free-kick.

It is rightly remembered by the Dons fans as a pivotal moment in AFC Wimbledon's rise. To read an account of the match through the eyes of two of our supporters and how they celebrated such a glorious win, click here.


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Tuesday 05 June 2012
club news
AFC Wimbledon Mascots Race: victory for our sponsor

There was victory for one of our key sponsors in the AFC Wimbledon Mascots Race on Saturday when Pudsey Bear stormed clear of the rest.

Paul Strank Roofing’s mascot won the event staged as part of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations at Mitcham Fair with Sam the Dog (Samuel Estate Agents) in second and our very own Haydon the Womble in third.

On the same day that Her Majesty attended the Epsom Derby, The Queen’s love of horse racing was celebrated with AFC Wimbledon’s Community team setting a challenging hurdles course for 10 of the finest mascots around.

The event was a tremendous success with over £550 raised for Home Start Merton, a charity which supports young families in difficulty in the borough.

KNK Engineering made a generous donation of £250, though its entry KNK Kev failed to make it onto the podium for the trophy presentation. The Womble Underground Press, AFC Wimbledon's supporter fanzine, once again supplied the trophies on the day.


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