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Thursday 31 July 2003
club news
Club invites Programme proposals

AFC Wimbledon would like to invite proposals from all interested parties looking to produce/write for the programme for the coming season. We have already received two detailed proposals so far from supporters with experience of this kind of publication, but before making any decision, we would like to open up this process to any other AFC Wimbledon fans who believe they have the knowledge and expertise to produce the official programme.

Although we did effectively "outsource" the programme for last season, we are also interested in any proposal which would see the programme produced "in-house", by people working directly for the club.

With the first home league match only three few weeks away, we need to make a firm decision soon, and so the closing date for proposals is Tuesday 05 August.

Please send your proposals to kris.stewart@afcwimbledon.co.uk. If you have any questions to ask before doing so, please use the same address.


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Thursday 31 July 2003
club news
Reserve fixtures

AFC Wimbledon's reserve side have been issued with their opening fixtures:

Saturday 16 August - Chipstead - Home
Saturday 23 August - Fleet Town - Away
Tuesday 26 August - Bracknell Town - Away
Tuesday 02 September - Chertsey Town - Home


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Thursday 31 July 2003
club news
Reserve fixtures

AFC Wimbledon's reserve side have been issued with their opening fixtures:

Saturday 16 August - Chipstead - Home
Saturday 23 August - Fleet Town - Away
Tuesday 26 August - Bracknell Town - Away
Tuesday 02 September - Chertsey Town - Home


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Thursday 31 July 2003
club news
Club invites Programme proposals

AFC Wimbledon would like to invite proposals from all interested parties looking to produce/write for the programme for the coming season. We have already received two detailed proposals so far from supporters with experience of this kind of publication, but before making any decision, we would like to open up this process to any other AFC Wimbledon fans who believe they have the knowledge and expertise to produce the official programme.

Although we did effectively "outsource" the programme for last season, we are also interested in any proposal which would see the programme produced "in-house", by people working directly for the club.

With the first home league match only three few weeks away, we need to make a firm decision soon, and so the closing date for proposals is Tuesday 05 August.

Please send your proposals to kris.stewart@afcwimbledon.co.uk. If you have any questions to ask before doing so, please use the same address.


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Tuesday 29 July 2003
club news
Squad news for Carshalton & Dulwich matches

MANAGER Terry Eames is taking strong squads to both the Carshalton Athletic and the Dulwich Hamlet matches. First team players, reserve players and triallists will be mixed for both matches.

Tonight's match (Tuesday 29 July) away to Carshalton Athletic is to feature Matt Everard, Joe Sheerin, Simon Bassey, Lee Sidwell, and Sean Daly amongst others. As the game is Neil Robson's testimonial he will play for former club Carshalton in the first half and finish the game playing for AFC Wimbledon. Also on display will be triallist Ian Concannon. Ian is a striker with an proven goalscoring record wherever he has played including former club AFC Wallingford.

Tomorrow's match away to Dulwich Hamlet (Wednesday 30 July) will feature Ryan Gray, Paul Quinn, Gavin Bolger, Jamie Angel and Steve Gibson.


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Friday 25 July 2003
club news
Watford friendly information

FOR the Milly Dowler game against Watford on Saturday, we will have the same catering arrangements as Kingstonian had for our recent friendly. Three mobile units - one serving drinks, one serving ice-cream, and one serving a variety of baguettes and burgers - will be outside the ground from midday. The food from these units got a very good reception at the Kingstonian match, and we hope you take full advantage of them on Saturday.

The programme for the match will be a special programme put together by Milly's Fund and priced at 1 - with all profits going to the fund.

Immediately before the game between AFC Wimbledon and Watford there will be a special ladies match.

At the Dons Trust Family Fun Day in May, a team of lady AFCW supporters beat a team of AFCW players' wives, girlfriends (and others associated with the club) by 3 goals to 1. The wives and girlfriends immediately challenged the supporters to a re-match and this is taking place at 2.40pm on Saturday, playing across the pitch at Kingsmeadow. The AFCW players' wives, girlfriends team is expected to include the partners of Danny Oakins, Kevin Cooper, Gavin Bolger and Andy Sullivan, plus Terry Eames's daughters and Lou Carton-Kelly.

After their match, while the men come out for the main game, the ladies will carry out a bucket collection for Milly's Fund. So, get into the ground early and show your appreciation of the ladies' match by contributing to the collection.

Also available at the match is the Dons Trust produced Full season roundup video.

Capturing action from 36 Games across the length of AFC Wimbledon's inaugural season, the roundup includes highlights from the first ever friendly against Sutton, all the way through to the superb final "revenge" games against Ash Utd and AFC Wallingford. And of course the double rout of local rivals Raynes Park Vale during those final weeks!

Watch the players improve and the team start to gel under the stewardship of Terry Eames and the rest of the coaching staff. From the first home game, first win, superb goals by Sim Johnson and Ally Russell (even his goal with the assist from the Viking Greenford (RIP) keeper!), right through to the nail biting finish to the season - as the reborn Dons came of age and fought to the bitter end in an attempt to secure second spot in the Seagrave Haulage CCL and promotion.

The compilation also includes highlights of special bonus games ? including last season's de facto reserve team, Netherne, in action.

Many thanks to Charles Kemp, the Trust's Official Cameraman, for covering so much of the season whilst also fulfilling his contractual obligations as Official Cameraman for Yeovil Town FC. Thanks also to Gordon Taylor for providing coverage of other away fixtures and allowing them to be included on this compilation.

And of course thanks to all at AFCW for their continued support of the Dons Trust's initiative in arranging the recording and archiving the first season's football, and also the Trust's provision of this matchday video service to overseas supporters and those wanting a permanent reminder of a particular game or goal. We hope to provide even more goals, excitement and entertainment this coming season!

The 2 hour video compilation is on general sale at 12.

The Dons Trust are endeavouring to successfully mass-produce a DVD version. In the meantime the video version will be on sale from the Watford Friendly on the 26th July 2003 and then atselected pre season friendlies or by mail order (please add 1.50 for P&P. Cheques payable to The Dons Trust) from:

Merchandise Dept
The Dons Trust
PO Box 38064,
Wimbledon,
London SW19 2WS


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Wednesday 23 July 2003
club news
Coach to Newport

WE would like to run a coach for supporters to the Newport County match (to be played on Saturday 2 August).

Due to the cost of such a long trip, prices will have to be 20 for adults and 13 for concessions (over 60s, under 16s, students, unemployed supporters).

We will be taking bookings by phone from Wednesday 23 July and at the Watford match on Saturday. If we have sufficient demand by the end of Saturday's match, we will definitely run a coach.

If we are unable to run a coach, due to insufficient demand, we will inform everyone who has booked by the end of Sunday evening.

Call the office, on 020 8547 3528, to book your seats. We will require a name, address and daytime and evening telephone number for each booking.


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Wednesday 23 July 2003
club news
Squad announced

TERRY Eames has named the following squad for the friendly match away to Leatherhead, Wednesday 23 July, KO 7:45pm:

Ray Merry, Tony Smith, Steve Gibson, Keith Ward, Matt Everard, Jamie Angel, Paul Quinn, Roger Joseph, Lee Sidwell, Simon Bassey, Ben Chesters, Gavin Bolger, Ryan Gray, Noel Frankum, Darren Dobbinson, Andy Sullivan, Kevin Cooper, Leon White, Wade Falana.

Entrance prices are Adults 6 under 16's/OAP 3. The match is being played for the Maureen Woolridge Memorial Cup - currently held by Leatherhead following their 2-0 victory over the Dons last pre-season.


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Tuesday 22 July 2003
club news
London Senior Cup draw

LONDON SENIOR CUP

Preliminary Round
1.
Ruislip Manor
Romford

2.
VCD Athletic
Crown & Manor

3.
Erith Town
Sporting Bengal United

4.
Brimsdown Rovers
Cray Wanderers

5.
Haringey Borough
Waltham Abbey

6.
Beckenham Town
Greenwich Borough

7.
Barkingside
Civil Service

8.
Cockfosters
Hanwell Town

First Round
9.
winners of tie 6
Thamesmead Town

10.
winners of tie 3
winners of tie 8

11.
winners of tie 5
winners of tie 1

12.
winners of tie 4
Hoddesdon Town

13.
winners of tie 7
Leyton

14.
Enfield
Clapton

15.
Bedfont
winners of tie 2

16.
Ilford
AFC WIMBLEDON

Second Round
17.
Corinthian Casuals
Croydon

18.
winners of tie 15
winners of tie 9

19.
winners of tie 11
Erith & Belvedere

20.
winners of tie 10
Metropolitan Police

21.
winners of tie 16
Croydon Athletic

22.
winners of tie 14
winners of tie 13

23.
Fisher Athletic (London)
Wingate & Finchley

24.
Barking & East Ham United
winners of tie 12

Third Round
25.
winners of tie 20
winners of tie 19

26.
Hendon
Dulwich Hamlet

27.
Ford United
winners of tie 17

28.
winners of tie 24
winners of tie 21

29.
Bromley
Hornchurch

30.
Tooting & Mitcham United
winners of tie 18

31.
winners of tie 22
Uxbridge

32.
winners of tie 23
Welling United

Fourth Round
33.
winners of tie 28
winners of tie 30

34.
winners of tie 29
winners of tie 26

35.
winners of tie 25
winners of tie 27

36.
winners of tie 32
winners of tie 31

Semi-Finals
37.
winners of tie 36
winners of tie 33

38.
winners of tie 34
winners of tie 35

Final
39.
winners of tie 37
winners of tie 38


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Sunday 20 July 2003
club news
Offer for Subscription by AFCW PLC ("the Company") Offer Update

ON 26th June, 2003, AFCW PLC announced the terms of an Offer for Subscription ("Offer") to raise up to 3 million by the issue of up to 5,000,000 A Ordinary Shares of 1p each at 60 pence per share.

As at 3.00pm today, AFCW PLC had received 1,521 valid applications in respect of 1,056,314.40 (1,760,524 A Ordinary Shares) representing approximately 35 per cent. of the total number of shares available under the Offer.

The Company is pleased to announce that it has exceeded the Minimum Subscription of 1 million (1,666,667 A Ordinary Shares) as set out in the Prospectus dated 26th June, 2003 and duly confirms that share certificates in respect of applications received to date will be despatched to applicants by no later than 11th August, 2003.

Having reached the Minimum Subscription, AFCW PLC has decided to extend the closing date for the Offer and the Offer will now close on 4th August, 2003.


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Sunday 20 July 2003
club news
Squad announced

TERRY Eames has named the following squad for the friendly match away to Hampton & Richmond, Monday 21st July, KO 7:30:

Tony Smith, Sim Johnston, Jamie Angel, Mark Nicholas, John Ellis, Danny Couch, Stuart Wilson, Damon Aston, Andrew Trefry, Ben Chesters, Noel Frankum, Freddie Vanberbyl, Tony Gibson, Andy Sullivan, Darren Dobinson, Lee Passmore, Ally Russell, Wade Falana.


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Wednesday 16 July 2003
club news
Squad announced

TERRY Eames has named the following squad for the friendly match away to Kingstonian, Wednesday 16 July, KO 7:45:

Ray Merry, Tony Smith, Keith Ward, Lee Passmore, Matt Everard, Noel Frankum, Danny Oakins, Ben Chester, Paul Quinn, Darren Dobinson, Lee Sidwell, Andy Sullivan, Gavin Bolger, Jamie Angell, Simon Bassey, Roger Joseph, Ryan Gray, Ally Russell, Kevin Cooper, Ryan Luffman, Joe Sheerin.


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Wednesday 16 July 2003
club news
Ground update

Since we took possession of Kingsmeadow nearly three weeks ago, we've made a lot of progress. Not all of it is visible so I thought I'd update you on progress.

I'd like to start by thanking the volunteers who have been working on the ground over the last two weekends, with a special thanks to the Ks fans who've pitched in to help. The volunteers have:

Cleaned all the toilets, twice, and started painting them. We hope that a further coat of paint will have been applied before Wednesday's game with Kingstonian. Without a significant amount of work, the toilets will never be the best, but we think you'll notice the improvement. One problem is that we've discovered that the toilet roll holders are a proprietorial make, but we can't find out the manufacturer's name. So, you may well find that they are not yet sorted in time for Wednesday's game.

In the Main Stand, all the seats have been cleaned, the steps repainted and the floor sprayed with a water jet.

Cut back all the long grass etc behind the Grolsch, Athletics Stadium and Kingston Road stands from about 5 feet high down to the ground. The emergency exit routes are now much safer than before.

Cordoned off a small area at the Athletic Stadium end as a concrete slab needs some work to make it safe.

Tidied up various areas outside the ground, including removal of:

  • the decrepit barbeque outside the main bar.

    the old fence posts that people tripped over near the Kingston Road turnstiles.

    graffiti from the outside of the Main Stand and on the walls along Jack Goodchild Way.

    piles of shrubbery on the entrance road ? unfortunately, this has merely revealed just how much rubbish has been tipped into it, so there is more work to be done.

    at least 5 skip loads of rubbish.


  • Cleaned and painted the home and officials' dressing rooms.

    Painted the boards at the side of the pitch. If you sit in the Main Stand, bring your sunglasses on Saturday, as they are now dazzlingly bright when the sun hits them.

    Meanwhile, we've also:

    Repaired the water pipes to allow the pitch to be watered properly (lack of watering was the cause of the desert down the centre of the pitch at the end of the season). You can already see an amazing difference from last season but it looks better than it really is - it will take until October to get the pitch up to the standard we'd like.

    Fixed the Main Stand toilets.

    Arranged deep cleaning of the tea bars. These are not in a condition to be used and will be closed for at least the Kingstonian game and possibly beyond.

    Booked temporary catering facilities while the tea bars are closed for cleaning.

    Signed a deal with our new beer suppliers.

    Obtained quotes for:

  • putting up netting to keep the pigeons away. This will take some time to complete so please be patient (and watchful) in the meantime.

    a complete change of locks in the stadium.

    essential roof repairs.

    a new telephone exchange, capable of meeting our needs.


  • Cleaned the carpets in the far bar.

    Settled the office into its new location.

    Arranged power for the Ks Trust office.

    Commissioned surveys of the electrics and plumbing.

    Continued to support the share issue, dealt with season ticket applications and made preparations for our first genuine home game (since we are the away team for the Kingstonian game) on 26 July. Not to mention dealing with existing and new function room bookings.

    I make no apologies for this being a long list. We've done an extraordinary amount already but there is a long way to go, so please be patient if the thing that you think is most urgent has not yet been done. Even better, come down next Sunday and help us to do it ? while the voluntary help has been magnificent, it would be great to see some new faces. There is plenty to do.

    Kris Stewart
    Chairman


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    Tuesday 15 July 2003
    club news
    More signings made

    TERRY Eames has added more players to his squad by making the following signings:

    Scot Bennetts - right midfield previously with Exeter City, Farnborough Town, Hampton and Richmond.

    Ben Chester - left-footed midfielder previously with Leighton Town.

    Jamie Angell - central midfield/centre back.


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    Tuesday 15 July 2003
    club news
    Dons Trust invest Stadium Fund in shares

    AT a meeting of the Dons Trust Board last night, Monday 14 July, the Board authorised the purchase of 50,000 Offer shares, costing 30,000, in AFCW plc, as part of its share offer. The money will be paid from the stadium fund. This investment is in addition to the 100,000 of Ordinary shares purchased on AFCW plc on 17 June, as described in the prospectus for the share offer.

    The investment utilises funds raised from a wide range of events, including the Comedy Night, the "Leap of Faith", Golden Goals and many others plus, of course, individual donations from members, fans and other supporters of the Trust and the football club.

    The Board urges everyone who is raising money for the stadium fund to make every effort to send the money raised to the DT Treasurer, PO Box 38064, Wimbledon, London SW19 2WS as soon as possible, or pass it to any member of the board at the Kingstonian game on Wednesday night, 16 July. This will enable further shares to be purchased as we aim to achieve the minimum subscription of 1m.


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    Tuesday 15 July 2003
    club news
    Dons to take part in The Phoenix Cup

    AFC Wimbledon are due for a busy weekend on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 July, as we are participating in the LoveFootball event as well as the game versus Watford in aid of Milly's Fund. When we were approached with the idea of the LoveFootball event, we were torn about what to do as we were already committed to the Milly's Fund game. However, we are very keen to be involved in events that actively involve the community in and around Merton. Therefore, we've accepted the invitation to play and Terry has risen to the challenge of getting more the right balance of teams out over the weekend. In practice, he welcomes the challenge as this gives him a great chance to look at more of the talented players who've been to pre-season training. So, we look forward to seeing you at one or other (or both) of these events in a great weekend of football.


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    Thursday 10 July 2003
    club news
    Cleanup continues

    THIS Saturday and Sunday, 12 and 13 July, we will be continuing the cleanup of The Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow.

    There are more and varied tasks to complete this weekend, including:

  • removing graffiti from inside and outside the building

    cleaning the carpets

    cleaning the toilets again inside and outside, to prepare them for painting

    painting safety markings inside the stadium

    cleaning and tidying the changing rooms

    clearing the car park behind the Kingston Road End


  • So please bring along paintbrushes and rollers, any unused tins of paint, gardening gloves, buckets, rubber gloves, old work clothes and any cleaning equipment you have to hand, e.g. sponges, etc. If you have access to a petrol-powered strimmer, for example, please bring that along. In case of doubt, give us a call on 020 8547 3528.

    We will be starting at 10 a.m and carrying on until late afternoon. Please come along on either day (or both!), even if you can only spare an hour. All help will be gratefully received.


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    Thursday 10 July 2003
    club news
    More new faces for the Dons

    TERRY Eames has added three more players to his squad for the new season.

    In comes left-sided midfielder Ryan Gray, right back John Ellis and striker Ryan Luffman.

    Ryan Gray joins us from Whyteleafe where he was last season's player of the year, he was previously at Fulham and Reading.

    19 year-old John Ellis joins us from Ryman Premier side Hayes FC.

    Ryan Luffman is a former Wimbledon apprentice (where he spent 5 years). He has also played for Fleet Town and Croydon Athletic and is a 6 foot plus striker.


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    Wednesday 09 July 2003
    club news
    AFC Wimbledon vs Watford

    OUR first home game of the season is a match, arranged by Milly's Fund, against Watford FC, to be played on saturday 26th July with a 3.00 pm kick off. The proceeds of the game and programme sales will go to Milly's Fund.

    Admission prices are as follows:

    MAIN STAND
    Adult 10
    Concessions 5
    Under 16 3

    TERRACES
    Adult 8
    Concessions 4
    Under 16s 2

    Tickets are now on sale by postal application to:

    The Milly's Fund benefit match
    AFC Wimbledon
    The Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow
    Jack Goodchild Way
    Kingston Road
    Kingston-upon -Thames
    Surrey
    KT1 3PB

    Please enclose a stamped, addressed envelope and make cheques payable to Milly's Fund. For the Main Stand, please indicate if you want a seat in a non-smoking area (Blocks A, B, C, J and K). Once all these seats are sold, we will allocate applications to a smoking area.

    Tickets will also be on sale to callers at the ?Complimentaries? window at Kingsmeadow between 10.00 and 4.00 from Wednesday 16 July. We regret that we cannot yet take credit or debit card payments.

    Season tickets are not valid for this game and seats will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

    About Milly's Fund
    Milly's Fund is a charity formed in memory of the murdered schoolgirl Amanda Dowler (known as Milly).

    The charity aims to promote public safety, and in particular the safety of children and young people, with the provision of training and education to teachers, youth workers, children and young people. The charity aims to improve the ability of young people to gauge risk and protect themselves but without making them frightened to develop their own independence. The initial work undertaken by Milly's Fund will focus on young people in their early teens who are just beginning to lead more independent lives.

    Registered charity no. 1094006
    Milly's Fund, P.O.Box 470, Walton on Thames, Surrey, KT12 3XZ.
    Tel: 01932 561020
    www.millysfund.org.uk



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    Tuesday 08 July 2003
    club news
    Eamo makes signings

    TERRY Eames has tonight signed a set of new players to add to last season's squad.

    The players that have been registered are as follows:

    Darren Dobinson, 22 years old, left sided midfielder joins from Raynes Park Vale.

    Seb Favata, 23 years old central midfielder, previously played with Gavin Bolger at Wimbledon FC.

    Leon White, 6' 3" 23 years old ex-Wimbledon FC youth player who can play both centre forward and centre back, previously at Kingstonian.

    Tony Smith, 18 years old ex-Crystal Palace and Chipstead goalkeeper.

    Michael Rootes, Former Wimbledon, Woking, Dulwich and Leatherhead midfielder who joins from Tooting & Mitcham United. Micky played 211 times for T&M scoring 27 goals.

    Paul Quinn, ex-Chelsea reserve player (who played with Joe Sheerin) who plays at left back.


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    Thursday 03 July 2003
    club news
    Clean up Kingsmeadow

    THIS Saturday and Sunday, the 5th and 6th July, we will be starting a spring clean of Kingsmeadow Stadium.

    There are three main jobs to do:

    Clearing the overgrowth behind the Kingston Road end.

    Getting rid of the heavy items of rubbish which are lying around the ground.
    General cleaning of seats, toilets, etc.

    If we finish all of that, maybe we will start a little spot of re-painting of safety areas.

    So bring along your garden shears and gloves, buckets, rubber gloves, old work clothes, strimmers, spades and any cleaning equipment you have to hand, e.g. sponges, etc.

    We will be starting at 10 a.m and carrying on until late afternoon. Please come along on either day (or both!), even if you can only spare an hour. All help will be gratefully received.


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    Thursday 03 July 2003
    club news
    Merton keeps football in the borough

    THE following is a Merton Borough Council press released issued today (03/07/03):

    Merton keeps football in the borough
    Partnership will provide community schemes

    Councillor Andrew Judge, Leader of Merton Council said:

    "We are pleased to announce that we have decided to work with AFC Wimbledon and Tooting & Mitcham Football clubs to provide a Football In The Community (FITC) scheme in Merton.

    "The council does not intend to have any long-term involvement with any branded FITC schemes based outside the borough. This arrangement will start in September and run for an initial period of two years and then reviewed. All the clubs involved have agreed to arrangements made for summer holidays.

    "There has been speculation recently that we approached Fulham FC to run our FITC scheme and I would like to set the record straight. It is not the case that we approached Fulham FC. The PFA made the decision and tried to impose it on us.

    "Now that we have had a chance to consider each proposal, we are fully behind AFC Wimbledon and Tooting & Mitcham and are confident that in partnership with ourselves, they will both deliver a first class scheme that will benefit young people across the borough.

    "As we have resisted the PFA decision other professional clubs may attempt to gain control of Merton's FITC. I would make it very clear that we are issuing a 'Hands Off' warning and I would call on supporters of teams across the country to urge their team not to gain control of an FITC outside of their area.

    "I hope this further demonstrates Merton's long-standing commitment to supporting football in the borough".



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