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Friday 30 July 2004
reserve team news
Reserves ready

Johnny Morris confirmed the following squad will take on Epsom & Ewell at the club's Tolworth training ground (Kingston University Playing Fields) with a 10.30am kickoff:

Ben Courtney, David Pierre, Aaron McLeish, Sam Elliott, Dave Towse, Marc Skinner, Daniel Llewellyn, Andrew Trefry, Joe Hill, Rob Hill, James Earp, Jones Bamfo, Leon McDowell, Joe Sheerin.



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Friday 30 July 2004
first team news
Jon Turner names squad

Assistant manager Jon Turner confirmed the following squad will be travelling to Harrow tomorrow:

Danny Naisbitt, Paul Smith, Steve Butler, Antony Howard, Steve Gibson, Matt Everard, Darren Dobinson, Ryan Gray, Gavin Bolger, Robert Ursell, Jamie Taylor, Martin Randall, Richard Butler, Lewis Taylor, Chris Head, Ken During.

He explained:
"Chris Gell is away and it didn't make sense to try to rush back any of the other players still recovering from injury, people like Bassey, Sully, Ginge and Quinny. We expect another tough test a little nearer the level we will be playing at next season. They didn't concede many goals last season and I expect them to be hard to break down. It is tough to play all these games with so many players sidelined and still returning from injury but we'll look for another good performance."




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Thursday 29 July 2004
first team news
Ticket details for Croydon Athletic match

Seat tickets:
Although the game against Croydon Athletic on Wednesday 18 August is not all-ticket, we have been allocated about 150 seat tickets (over half the capacity) in their new, covered stand.

Because we have relatively few seat tickets, we are offering them to season ticket holders only, by ballot. Since some season ticket holders may not have received their books by the application deadline of 9 August, we are not asking applicants to send vouchers. Instead, please follow the following procedures:

- Send us an envelope containing details of your name, address and daytime phone number. Alternatively, you can leave the envelope at the complimentary tickets window on weekdays between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm or before the Bognor and Ashford (Middlesex) friendly games

- If you want the maximum of two tickets per application, also enclose full details for the other season ticket holder so that we can check you both against the database

- Please do NOT send money at this stage. We will call you to arrange payment if you are successful in the ballot

- The ballot will be held on Tuesday 10 August and we will call successful applicants to arrange for collection and payment. If you do not hear by Friday 13 August, you have not been successful

Seat ticket prices are:
Adult: 10
Concessions: 6
Under 16s: 5

Terrace tickets
The club is not pre-selling terrace tickets. If you wish to buy them in advance, please apply directly to Croydon Athletic at the following address:

The Chief Executive
Croydon Athletic FC
153 Chipstead Valley Road
Coulsdon,
Surrey
CR5 3BQ

Terrace ticket prices are:
Adult: 8
Concessions: 4
Under 16s: 3

Other details about purchase of terrace tickets can be found on the Croydon Athletic site at www.croydonathletic.co.uk



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Wednesday 28 July 2004
reserve team news
Strong squad for Bedfont Sports game

Johnny Morris and Dave Wager will be travelling to Bedfont Sports tomorrow with a strong squad:

Ben Courtney, Paul Smith, Matt Everard, Joe Hill, Rob Hill, Lewis Taylor, Steve Butler, David Pearce, Daniel Llewellyn, Leon McDowell, James Earp, Ken During, Sam Elliott, Marc Skinner, Andy Trefry, Joe Sheerin, Jones Bamfo

The ground is next door to Bedfont FC in the Rec. Turn down Faggs Road opposite Hatton Cross (Piccadilly Line) station on Great South Western Road (A30), then sharp right into Hatton Road and walk down to Bedfont FC's ground and the Rec.

The match kicks off at 7.15pm.


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Wednesday 28 July 2004
reserve team news
Ressies playing Bedfont SPORTS tomorrow

The reserve team fixture tomorrow night is against Bedfont Sports away - they play at the Rec which is next door to Bedfont's ground.

Kick-off is at 7.15pm.

The reserves then have four further pre-season friendlies - at home to Epsom & Ewell on Saturday 31 July, at home to Kew Association on Wednesday 4 August (both matches to be played at the training ground in Tolworth), and away to Raynes Park Vale on 7 August and Met Police on 10 August.


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Wednesday 28 July 2004
first team news
Favata flies the nest

Seb Favata has turned down an offer to stay with Wimbledon for next season and has decided to move on in search of more first team football.

Dave Anderson explained:
"We offered Seb terms for next year and I had a chat with him when we did so. I told him that I didn't see him in my first choice midfield at the moment, but that I wanted him to stay involved. He's decided that's not for him and wants to move on to find first team football. I understand that, respect his decision and wish him all the best. He's a very hard-working and honest player and this is of course the part of the job I like least, but I hope he does very well wherever he ends up. I'd like to thank him for what he did in his time here and also for the dedication and effort he's shown this pre-season - he's gone about everything in a very professional manner."

Seb added:
"The club did offer me terms, but I didn't really want to be playing in the reserves, which is what I think would have happened much of the time. Of course I'm sad to be moving on, but there is no argument between me and Dave - it's his job to call things the way he sees it. I'm not sure where I'll end up for next season yet, but I'd like to thank everyone at the club for making my time here so enjoyable. The fans have been amazing and I've made a lot of good friends along the way. I hope the team go up this year and keep on going up to reward all the hard work everyone puts in."


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Wednesday 28 July 2004
first team news
A magnificent seven agree terms

Wrapping up a busy day's activity, Dave confirmed that the following seven players have all agreed terms for the forthcoming season:

Paul Smith, Chris Gell, Antony Howard, Steve Butler, Steve Gibson, Darren Dobinson, Martin Randall.

The manager added:
?Negotiations are still in progress with a couple of people who I hope will agree shortly and there are still a few people I need to speak to before I head off on Thursday. The number of 18 players which I quoted at the Q&A evening isn?t set in stone ? it?s all about making sure the squad we have fits the budget we have been given. At the moment, no-one else has been released, so there?s not too much point reading anything into the names that are missing. As far as the injured players are concerned, we will wait till they?re fit and we can have a proper look at them before making any decisions or offers ? I don?t want anyone feeling pressured into rushing back and making things worse.

?I?m delighted with the way the squad is shaping up. I think the fans who?ve been down to the games have been able to see that we?re developing a good team spirit and togetherness already with everyone involved working together well. On the pitch things are gelling together nicely and the ideas for the squad are starting to become more settled.?


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Wednesday 28 July 2004
first team news
Grave news - Dave's thoughts

Manager Dave Anderson was pleased on the whole with the draw at Gravesend:
?In all honesty, Gravesend have stabilised in the Conference because they have a tremendous work ethic. When I last played with Hendon when they won the division, they were the hardest working outfit I had ever seen. They?ve still got that and they have continued to build on their squad, so to get a result against them you have to work your socks off. And we did that very well.

?Ours was a very pleasing goal ? to carve open a Conference team like that is excellent and Gav?s third man run was great. Steve Butler showed what he?s capable of in his first outing for us. He?s only just got off a jet from California, but I have no doubt he will show the fans what a good, good player he is.

?But you don?t get results in games like that unless everyone performs and everyone certainly did well tonight. Roy Essandoh has worked free-kick moves like that against teams at all levels and there?s no shame in conceding to a free-kick delivered like that at this stage of pre-season."

And Dave is leaving the team in JT?s hands for the next week:
?I?m actually off to Portugal for a week now on Thursday! It was arranged long before I took the job on here and I have to say I wouldn?t be going if it hadn?t already been set. But I have no qualms at all about leaving JT in charge for a week. He is a manager in his own right ? that?s why the management team is successful. I know he and Wazza will continue the good work and I?ll be back for the Bognor match.?




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Tuesday 27 July 2004
first team news
Gravesend squad confirmed

Dave Anderson will be taking the following squad to face Gravesend this evening:

Danny Naisbitt, Paul Smith, Steve Butler, Anthony Howard, Matt Everard, Steve Gibson, Paul Quinn, Darren Dobinson, Chris Gell, Seb Favata, Gavin Bolger, Lewis Taylor, Robert Ursell, Lee Sidwell, Ryan Gray, Jones Bamfo, Martin Randall, Jamie Taylor, Richard Butler.

The manager explained:
?Ginge has suffered a slight recurrence of the thigh strain he had earlier, so he?ll be out. Steve Butler is back from honeymoon and is training with us again ? he should get half an hour tonight. People have asked about Joe Sheerin. I don?t expect him to figure until he?s fitter and lighter - one of the reasons why he keeps getting injured is because he gets rushed back, so we?re going to work with him a for a while and get him fully fit first this time.

"Gravesend are a good combative side, so it will be another very tough game tonight."

Tickets will be 10 for adults and 5 for concessions.


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Tuesday 27 July 2004
first team news
Ginge and Gray terms agreed

Dave Anderson announced this morning that Gareth Graham and Ryan Gray have both agreed deals for the coming season.

A delighted Dave explained:
?Gareth and Ryan have both agreed terms, which is another big bonus for us as the squad starts to take shape. Everyone can see how hard Gareth has worked on his own over the summer and now he and we are reaping the benefits of that. Ryan has been excellent in pre-season as well ? he claimed he couldn?t really play at wing-back, but his performances have been great and I think everyone?s seen he?s played his way into being a major part of the squad next year.

?It?s great news that we have things sorted out with the pair of them and I hope to be finalising arrangements with more of the players this week and next as we look to put the squad together under our budget.?



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Sunday 25 July 2004
first team news
Anderson and Ursell pleased with beating Barnet

Dave Anderson was more than happy with the 3-0 win over Barnet, but sounded a cautionary note:
?Of course I?m delighted by the result, but it?s important we don?t get carried away, Barnet did have a difficult journey to get here and it was only a pre-season friendly. If we beat them 3-0 like that in the FA Cup ? then I?ll be delighted! Today was an excellent day?s work, but we?re still focused on performing on August 14 and this is just more preparation towards that.

?But a 3-0 win against quality opposition is always something to be enjoyed. We used the same shape as we had against Brentford and I think it would be unfair really to single out individuals ? everyone gave it their all and the clean sheet and performance were testament to that. In the second half, they came at us more and we had to sit back and give them some time to play, but we did plenty of creating as well. Everyone that?s here is desperate to be part of what?s going on and be in the squad and I think that really showed. I don?t think anybody can be faulted.

?Of course I have to say something about Robert Ursell ? we?re delighted he?s signed and we?re happy to have him here. That second goal was I think the best goal I?ve ever seen in my years as a manager ? not just for the finish but the whole build-up and passes that led to it. There must have been getting on for 20 passes before he did his circus trick at the end!

?All in all, today was a great day and one to be enjoyed, but immediately we have to be thinking about Tuesday and facing another Conference club when we go to Gravesend.?

The hat-trick hero himself, Robert Ursell, was modest about the trickery involved in his second:
?To be honest, sometimes I hang on to the ball too long, so I just wanted to shoot. But the defender was too tight, so I just slipped him, then I had to do it again and as I fell over, I swung my left foot and fortunately connected well.?

And he revealed that he was always confident he could complete the hat-trick from the spot:
?I think Richard Butler quite fancied it, as he won it, but the rest of the lads were expecting me to step up as I was on a hat-trick. I was the taker last year at Harefield, although I missed the last one I took, so I was confident I could put it away.

He revealed that Dave and the fans were the major factors in his decision to join the Dons:
?As people know, I did have an offer to go to Milton Keynes on trial. Obviously the chance to see if I could make it as a pro was a little bit tempting, but I knew there were no guarantees and I also knew that if I went there I could never come back here! The trial should have started last Tuesday, when we played Brentford, but in the end I never phoned MK back.

?From the first training session I?ve enjoyed it down here. The coaching and the set-up is excellent ? it?s absolutely professional in every way. And playing in front of the fans is special. Even at Banstead there was quite an atmosphere ? last year at Harefield there were never more than 50 people there. Today it was good to be in front of so many people, I can?t wait to see the place full! I hope people don?t expect a hat-trick every week though.

?I think things are going well. People are understanding what Dave wants and we?re playing some good football. It?s still early but by the start of the season the squad will be raring to go.?



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Saturday 24 July 2004
club news
Danny no longer a Don

After the win over Barnet, manager Dave Anderson confirmed that Danny Oakins has decided to leave the club.

Dave explained:
"Danny Oakins has left the club and is looking to play elsewhere. I respect his decision for wanting to leave and I'd like to thank him for what he's done for this club and wish him all the best."


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Saturday 24 July 2004
club news
Most shirts still in stock

After last night's launch, the merchandise team have temporarily sold out of XXL and XXXL shirts, both home and away. More is expected to arrive shortly. All other sizes are currently available and the kit will be on sale from 12.30pm today.


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Friday 23 July 2004
first team news
Ursell signs for the Dons

Dave Anderson was delighted to announce at the Meet the Manager evening that the Dons have signed Robert Ursell on a year contract, with a further one year option.

He further revealed that Ursell turned down offers from other clubs to sign for Wimbledon, including rejecting the offer of a trial at a Coca Cola League One outfit currently plying its trade in Milton Keynes.



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Friday 23 July 2004
reserve team news
Fixtures tomorrow

A mixture of reserves / trialists and Under-18s will be playng two fixtures tomorrow - both with 3pm kickoffs. One side will be playing Forest away, while the other will be away to Shalford.


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Friday 23 July 2004
club news
Mascot scheme places available

Places are still available for your child to be a mascot at AFC Wimbledon first team home matches.

The cost is just 120 and the package includes:

- Full home kit
- Three Main Stand tickets for the mascot and two guests
- Access to the Presidents' Lounge
- Signed football from the squad
- Signed photo with the player of your choice
- Three programmes

Most importantly, it gives your child the chance to be part of the first team squad for a day. They will meet the players in the dressing room, warm-up with them and lead the team out onto the pitch.

To book a slot or enquire about availability, email Aideen Rochford on mascots@afcwimbledon.co.uk


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Friday 23 July 2004
club news
Set fair for Barnet

With several players still sidelined, Michael Woolner on holiday and Joe Sheerin facing a fitness test, Dave Anderson has named the following squad for tomorrow's visit of Barnet to The Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow:

Danny Naisbitt, Paul Smith, Danny Oakins, Anthony Howard, Steve Gibson, Jay Conroy, Paul Quinn, Darren Dobinson, Chris Gell, Seb Favata, Gavin Bolger, Lewis Taylor, Robert Ursell, Gareth Graham, Lee Sidwell, Ryan Gray, Joe Sheerin, Jones Bamfo, Martin Randall, Jamie Taylor, Richard Butler.

The manager explained:
"Jay is a 19-year-old on the books at Palace who's been sent down for us to have a look at for one game. It's a link people may see a bit more of, set up by my friendship with Bob and Iain Dowie.

"I'm looking forward to our first home game of this pre-season and hopefully our biggest crowd so far. Barnet will be another tough challenge and we'll look to continue our good work against them."

The players will of course be wearing the new kit, which is on sale tonight and tomorrow at the stadium. Dave's Q&A session tonight will be live via Radio WDON from 8pm this evening.


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Friday 23 July 2004
ladies news
Fulham & Northampton friendlies cancelled

Fulham have cancelled this Sunday's friendly as their players will not be available this weekend.

Northampton have also had to cancel this Sunday's friendly against the reserves due to holidays and injuries.


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Friday 23 July 2004
first team news
There's no need to feel down

Dave Anderson remained upbeat after the 2-0 loss at Horsham YMCA:
?We always knew it was going to be a very different game with seven or eight players rested after working so hard on Tuesday night. They needed that to get their legs for Saturday, while tonight we were able to make sure other people got more game time. We?re still looking at players and working on systems, so you can?t always expect results to go your way. We were unlucky not to score at times, but these things happen.

?And then we had a couple of trialists and the young reserves in to have a look at them ? that?s what pre-season?s for, to find out what these players are capable of. Another effect of that was it put the pressure on the more experienced players to perform, because it left them more exposed than normal. The way they reacted to that shows me more about them as well. That was easily Gavin?s best performance since he came back in, Ginge is working really hard to reach the levels he?s capable of and I thought Lewis Taylor was the best player on the park until he was taken out by a shocking tackle.

?We didn?t always defend that well, but up front we looked lively. Jamie Taylor showed up well again, Bamfo had some very good moments and Richard Butler needed some minutes under his belt to get started.

?I absolutely hate losing games of football, because if you?re not careful it can become habit forming, but as an exercise there was still plenty to take from tonight. That said, as a game to watch for the supporters it didn?t have much about it. I?m aware of that, but at this time of year you have to mix things up and be prepared for setbacks in terms of results in order to get everyone ready for the start of the season.?


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Thursday 22 July 2004
first team news
Horsham squad announced

Dave Anderson's squad for Horsham YMCA will include:

Paul Smith, Sam Elliott, Lewis Taylor, Gareth Graham, Sab Favata, Gavin Bolger, Darren Dobinson, Jamie Taylor, Jones Bamfo, Richard Butler, Ken During, two trialists (TBC), as well as a couple more players from the reserve team squad.

Dave explained:
"Tuesday certainly took it out of the players and we've given some of them a chance to get their legs back for Saturday. So we're going to take the opportunity to give other people more game time, have another look at a few people and bring some of the reserves and trialists in. Richard Butler is back from holiday, so he'll probably get half-an-hour or so. I hope the fans appreciate why we're mixing things up like this - at this stage people need to get their fitness up and we need to see what everyone can do."

Don't forget that our game is against Horsham YMCA, as Horsham are also at home this evening to Crawley Town. The local police recommend that fans park in the town centre, where there are several car parks, and walk to the ground down the Brighton Road. Horsham YMCA?s ground is slightly further away from the town centre than Horsham?s, so do check that you are at the right ground before paying to enter!


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Thursday 22 July 2004
club news
Kit launch and meet the manager tomorrow

A reminder for those of you that may have pop-ups blocked and thus are missing Football Development Officer James Thorne's foray into the world of modelling that the 2004/5 brand new kit will be on sale for the first time tomorrow evening at The Fans' Stadium - Kinsgmeadow.

BOTH home and away shirts will be on sale. Prices will remain the same as last season: 35 for adult sizes and just 15 for children's sizes.

Come on down and make an evening of it - with kits on sale from 7pm and Dave Anderson speaking and answering questions from 8pm.

To submit questions in advance, email talkback@afcwimbledon.co.uk. The floor will of course be open to questions from the room as well and the event will be broadcast live via radio WDON - for details on how to listen click here. We will also take questions and feedback on the night via email - Matt Everard for one has already confirmed he will be among the listening masses as broadband has just reached Ash - so anyone who can't make it down still has a chance to get involved.


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Thursday 22 July 2004
first team news
Three move on as squad shapes up

Dave Anderson confirmed this morning that a trio of players have moved on as he begins the process of selecting his squad for the coming season: Jamie Angell, Roger Joseph and Mark Williams.

Dave explained:
"Jamie has decided to move on because he wants to play first team football. He asked me about my plans and I wasn't able to guarantee him first team involvement. He travels a long distance and would rather look elsewhere to be in the first team. I wholeheartedly respect that - he was a cracking lad and went about everything exactly the right way, so I wish him all the best wherever he ends up.

"I spoke to Roger last night and released him. There was a mix-up about the Brentford game which was largely my fault, so that didn't affect my decision at all. I just felt that we have enough cover in that position and I'd rather look to bring some younger players in to put pressure on places. He's been an absolute credit in the time I've worked with him and set a great example to the younger players. You can see how he was a pro for 16 years, but unfortunately sometimes you have to make hard decisions and this was one of them.

"Finally for now I've let Mark Williams go. Again, he's done nothing wrong as such but he's more of a right-midfielder really and I feel we're looking alright in that position, particularly with regard to fitting everything into a budget now.

"I've got nothing but respect for all three of them. I'd like to thank them for their efforts and wish them every success - they'll always be welcome to come back down to the club as far as I'm concerned."


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Wednesday 21 July 2004
u18s news
Nicky's boys ready to roll

Nicky English's Under-18 side have confirmed their pre-season schedule.

On Wednesday 28 July they will be away to Whyteleafe with a 7.30pm kick-off, before facing Chipstead at home on Saturday 31 July (Kingston Uni Playing Fields, Tolworth) for an 11am kickoff.

On Wednesday 4 August they are away to Thatcham Town with a 7.45pm kickoff.

Their final warm-up game and an excellent chance to see how the next generation of Dons stars will shape up comes on Thursday 12 August with a home game against Crystal Palace, to be played at The Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow with a 7.30pm kickoff.

League fixtures will be published in the fixtures section of the website as soon as they are known.


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Wednesday 21 July 2004
club news
Terrace ticket time

Don't forget to get your applications in for terrace season tickets. To be sure of receiving your season ticket in the post, please apply before July 31. Should you need another application form, email the office

Not only have the prices been held at 2002 levels, season ticket holders will receive priority booking for any matches where ticket sales are limited - and don't forget the Dons are back in the FA Cup this season.

The process of mailing out season tickets will begin at the end of next week and volunteers helping for a few hours would make the process quicker and easier. If you are available to help, please let the office know by email or give them a ring on 020 8547 3528.


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Wednesday 21 July 2004
first team news
Anderson buzzing despite Bees defeat

Manager Dave Anderson was smiling after a narrow yet honourable defeat at Brentford:
"I thought that worked very well. We didn't play a straight 3-5-2 as such, because we used Martin Randall as a pivot alone up front, with Williams and Ursell just dropped off him to avoid getting over-run. When you come to play a team five divisions above you, you have to give them respect and we did that - I thought our display showed that we were tactically aware. Arsenal are five divisions above Barnet and did them 10-1, so there's always the possibility you can be punished if you don't organise properly.

"The reason why we created more today than we did against Dagenham is twofold. First, we're just that little bit further down the road - everyone knows each other a bit better and people are more aware of what myself, JT and Wazz are trying to do. Secondly, against Dagenham we were looking to hit it longer and more direct, but today we knew that to give ourselves a chance against a team like Brentford, we had to hang on to the ball and look for some quick passing.

"The result was very pleasing, and I couldn't see much wrong with Williams' goal at 1-0 either. And with the likes of Everard, Sheerin and Butler still to come in, we produced an excellent performance with four or five players missing. We were hard to break down and defended excellently. If Aldershot had seen Danny Oakins play the first hour, they may have offered him a contract! He's not fit enough yet, though that'll come, but his was a good performance - very organised and disciplined as well.

"Up front we got more space as the game wore on and Jamie Taylor looked very lively when he came on. He's got the skills and finishing ability - no-one doubts that. I'd like him to just get into the box a bit quicker and we'll be working on that with him. It's hard to pick individuals out really because the result came from everyone working really hard and the whole squad contributed to a very pleasing performance."


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Tuesday 20 July 2004
first team news
Boys ready for Brentford

With Matt Everard, Andy Sullivan and Jon-Barrie Bates still sidelined by injury, and Jamie Angell out with back trouble, Dave Anderson will be taking the following squad to Brentford:

Danny Naisbitt, Paul Smith, Roger Joseph, Danny Oakins, Anthony Howard, Steve Gibson, Micky Woolner, Paul Quinn, Darren Dobinson, Chris Gell, Seb Favata, Gavin Bolger, Lewis Taylor, Robert Ursell, Gareth Graham, Lee Sidwell, Ryan Gray, Mark Williams, Joe Sheerin, Jones Bamfo, Martin Randall, Jamie Taylor.

Dave said:
"We expect a tough game tonight. Martin Allen will certainly be taking this seriously and it will be a hard test. So I hope the players enjoy being at a League ground and our supporters enjoy the experience as well. We probably won't use quite as many players have we done so far - this will be a tough test and we already have people we don't want to risk through injury."

And Dave is keen on the notion of extending the Supporters Direct Cup:
"It's great to have a game that celebrates fans being in control and highlights the way football is changing now. I'm sure it will be a good night, with fans intermingled, which is good to see. Who knows, hopefully one summer we can have more fans run clubs competing in a tournament for this trophy."


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Tuesday 20 July 2004
club news
Youth Academy Summer Festival

The first ever AFC Wimbledon August Summer Soccer Festival will be held at the Kingston University Playing Fields, Tolworth on August 21 and 22.

Entry is open to teams from Under-7 to Under-16 (age ranges based on 2003/4 season), priced just 20 pounds per team. The day will include:

Bar & refreshments
Bar-b-q & fresh food available
Inflatables
Penalty shoot-outs
Celebrity appearances
Children's area
A fun day out for all the family.

For an entry form, email communityfootball@afcwimbledon.co.uk or contact Paul Bentley


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Monday 19 July 2004
club news
That Friday feeling

Timings have now been confirmed for Friday night's pre-launch of the new AFC Wimbledon kit and Meet the Manager Q&A session.

The kit will be on sale from 7pm in the back bar, with Dave Anderson 'onstage' at 8pm in the main bar. His introduction and the subsequent question session will be recorded and also broadcast live on the internet via radio WDON. For details of how to listen go here.

We will be taking questions in advance and also live on the net on the night - email talkback@afcwimbledon.co.uk. The floor will of course be open to questions from the room as well.

Dave himself is looking forward to getting to know more of the fans. He said:
"It's been a busy pre-season obviously, but by the Barnet game things will start to settle down and I think people will see where we're going. So it'll be a good opportunity to explain what I'm about and my staff are about and for people to find out more about our plans and views. I hope to see as many people as possible down there - I'll do my best to answer questions on anything apart from how much individual players are paid and how much I weigh!"


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Monday 19 July 2004
first team news
London Senior Cup draw

AFC Wimbledon will enter this year's London Senior Cup at the Third Round stage. Their opponents will be either Hanwell Town, Crown & Manor or Brimsdown Rovers, with the tie to be played by Saturday 6 November. Should the Dons win that, their opponents in the next round would be Fisher Athletic, Erith & Belvedere or Southall Town, with a potential clash with Hendon awaiting in the Fifth Round.

The full draw can be found on the London FA's website here (We assume tie 25 should read Hendon v winner tie 18, not tie 16 as is currently the case).


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Monday 19 July 2004
ladies news
Hat-trick of tough fixtures

After a warm-up game yesterday against a team of fans, the ladies get down to serious pre-season games next Sunday when the first team travel to Motspur Park to take on Fulham (2pm kickoff), whilst the reserves test themselves against Northampton Town at Kingston University Playing Fields, Tolworth (1pm kick-off).

Sunday 1 August sees a double header at Kingsmeadow, with the reserves in the morning against Carshalton Athletic (10.30am kick-off) and the first team seeking to avenge last season's London Cup mauling at the hands of Arsenal (2pm kick-off).

After a tournament in Holland the following weekend, the first team complete their hat-trick of friendlies against the three best women's teams in the country with the visit of Charlton Athletic to Tolworth on Thursday 12 August (7pm kick-off).


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Sunday 18 July 2004
first team news
Dave's fairly happy

Dave Anderson was in reflective mood after the victory over Banstead:
"Overall I was pretty pleased with that. 3-5-2 worked well considering some of the lads had never done it before. Of course it was nice to get the win for the supporters - it's great to see so many people down to watch in pre-season but they need to also appreciate that winning isn't the be-all and end-all of these games. We learnt a lot more about systems and the way players can fit in to them today. It was another 90 minutes of good work towards where we need to be on August 14."

And Dave was able to pinpoint what he and the team had learnt from the game:
"I think the first thing that I would say has been learnt was by Ryan Gray. He told me before the game he couldn't play at wing-back and he certainly proved himself wrong. I thought he did ever so well. Robert Ursell looked very exciting - he's someone I've been tracking for a year so I've been aware of his ability.

"A lot of the lads who've come in from outside have also learned what it's like to do something quite good and get a ripple of applause for it - they're not used to that! I'm not too worried about singling out individuals at this stage - we're all still working and we're all still learning, but it's nice to do that with a win of course."


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Friday 16 July 2004
club news
Dons in the House

For fans that may have missed it, AFC Wimbledon were the subject of an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons ths week, tabled by Roger Casale MP, Member for Wimbledon. The motion has so far been signed by 26 members, including Siobhain McDonagh MP, Member for Mitcham and Morden, and Alan Keen MP, Member for Feltham and Heston and chair of the All Party Parliamentary Football Group.

The motion reads:
That this House is delighted by the amazing story of AFC Wimbledon, which only came into existence in summer 2002 following the bizarre decision to allow Wimbledon FC to relocate to Milton Keynes; notes that AFC was set up by Wimbledon fans who wanted to reclaim their club from the ashes of Wimbledon FC, or Franchise FC as it is often known; congratulates AFC on its astonishing performance during the 2003-04 season when it went unbeaten to win the Combined Counties Football League Premier Division with a total of 130 points, winning 42 games and drawing 4, scoring 180 goals and conceding just 32; notes that AFC also won the Premier Challenge Cup; welcomes the support of the London Borough of Merton for its local club by arranging a parade in their honour followed by a civic reception at Merton Civil Centre and giving AFC a leading role in its Football in the Community programme; notes the visit on 24th June of AFC players and representatives to the Palace of Westminster as part of their celebrations; wishes all supporter-led football clubs well in the coming season; and calls for all those involved in football to learn lessons from AFC's success story and to remember that first and foremost it is a game for the fans.


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Friday 16 July 2004
first team news
Squad named for Banstead trip

Dave Anderson has named a smaller squad than previously hoped for the trip to Banstead, with at least six players unavailable.

The squad will include the following:
Danny Naisbitt, Paul Smith, Roger Joseph, Jamie Angell, Anthony Howard, Steve Gibson, Micky Woolner, Chris Gell, Seb Favata, Gavin Bolger, Lewis Taylor, Lee Sidwell, Ryan Gray, Mark Williams, Joe Sheerin, Jones Bamfo, Martin Randall, Jamie Taylor.

Martin Randall is an experience centre-forward who has played at Hendon, Hayes and St Albans City.

The manager explained:
"Sully is obviously still out after straining his calf against Dagenham. Unfortunately, Matt Everard's knee swelled up after that game and Gareth Graham has a slight strain at the top of the thigh. He can run fine but it hurts when he kicks a ball. Jon-Barrie Bates got a kick very early on against Dagenham and should probably have come off. I think it affected his game and I wasn't all that pleased when he admitted it afterwards, but he was desperate to play as it was his first chance here. We'll get them all in for some treatment early tomorrow.

"Danny Oakins went down for a trial at Aldershot yesterday and today and will probably be getting a run-out for them tomorrow afternoon. And Darren Dobinson is away for the weekend. Finally, Quinny will probably have a fitness test before the game."

And Dave added that the Dons will be lining up in a dfferent formation as they face the fellow Ryman One side:
"We'll be playing 3-5-2 tomorrow. We had a look at 4-4-2 last weekend, so it's time to see how this works. We worked on it at training yesterday. I have to say I was more convinced by the 4-4-2 but that's not surprising at this stage given the players aren't that used to it. We'll be coaching during the game and it gives us a chance to get some good tactical work done. That's what these pre-seasons are for - winning is nice, but the important thing is to work on systems and look at players in those systems. The next two weeks are when the hard work reallly kicks in to shape the squad and the systems for August 14.

"Gavin Bolger being back from holiday is obvsiouly a bonus and I was impressed with how lively Jones Bamfo looked against Dagenham. I'll also be having a look at Lewis in midfield because I think he could be a very exciting prospect there - he's got a great engine, good awareness and a good touch."

The match is also a testimonial to Banstead manager Bob Langford. Banstead Athletic have rewarded their manager with a benefit year in response to his ten years devoted service to the football club and this friendly was arranged as part of that before it was known the two clubs would be in the same league. Banstead hope many people will turn up for the game to support someone who has taken Banstead Athletic to the quarter & semi-final of the FA Vase, been a coach, committee member, groundsman and player, but most importantly dedicated himself to one club as a manager.


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Friday 16 July 2004
dons trust news
Dons Trust Board resignation

It is with much regret that the Dons Trust Board has to announce that Lou Carton-Kelly has decided to stand down from membership of the Dons Trust Board.

Lou in her letter to the Chair of the Dons Trust, Tom Adam, stated:
?Dear Tom,
After much deliberation I have decided to resign from The Dons Trust Board.
Due to other commitments, both professional and personal, I am no longer able to commit the time and energy that being a Dons Trust Board member requires.
I do, of course, remain committed to helping the Board and all Dons Trust members achieve the Trust?s aims and objectives.
Kind regards
Lou Carton-Kelly?


The Chair of the Dons Trust?s reply was:
?Dear Lou,
Further to your letter of the 12th of July 04, I am sorry that you have decided to resign from The Dons Trust Board which I accept with much regret on behalf of the Board.
The energy and commitment you have given to The Dons Trust Board since its inception has been invaluable and the Board is greatly indebted to you for your contribution over this time, without which we would not be in such a strong position as we are today.
I know from our conversations over the last six months that you have been finding it increasingly more and more difficult to contribute to The Dons Trust Board matters due to ongoing pressures at work and at home. I therefore appreciate why you have chosen to stand down from the Board at this time.
Once again, may I thank you for your considerable contribution to The Dons Trust Board and I am in no doubt the skills you have brought to the Board will be difficult to replace.
We all look forward to your ongoing support to the Board in particular and to the Dons Trust membership in general.
Look forward to seeing you in the near future.
Kindest regards
Tom Adam?


The above communication took place initially in the exchange of emails and was then confirmed by letter. Also Tom and Lou spoke for some length by telephone where Lou reaffirmed her commitment to the Dons Trust and they agreed that the best way for Lou to focus the limited time she now had available would be through her role as Vice Chair to Supporters Direct.

The whole of the Dons Trust Board thanks Lou for the contribution she has made to the Dons Trust, wishes her well for the future and looks forward to working with her, in particular in her Supporters Direct capacity.

The resignation of Lou Carton-Kelly will create a casual vacancy, which under Rule 62 of the Constitution can be filled by the Board. In view of the proximity to the next Board elections campaign, which will start in mid September, and the cost of by-elections, the Board has decided to fill this vacancy by co-opting a new Board member. The person chosen will be announced in the near future and will hold the position until the AGM in December 2004.


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Thursday 15 July 2004
club news
Backroom staff change

After discussions with Dave Anderson, the club has decided that a change of emphasis is needed in the sports therapist support area. The club has therefore appointed Mike Rayner as lead physiotherapist in succession to John Harris. The club would like to thank John Harris for all his efforts over the last two years.

Dave explained:
"We want someone to do a different job to the one John Harris performed and I know Mike is the man to do that. I worked with him for two years at Hendon and he was on the verge of going full time at a pro club, so this was a great chance to bring him down here. His presence will be an immense benefit to the players and the club. I'd also like to thank John for his work at the club."



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Wednesday 14 July 2004
youth news
AFC Wimbledon to play international matches

Ben Canham writes:

The AFC Wimbledon U13s will entertain the Uganda National U13s side on
Tuesday 20 July. Kick off will be 6.30pm.

Also, the AFC Wimbledon U12s will play the Florida State champions, who are
on tour in England, on Monday 26 July. Kick off will be 10:30am.

Both games will take place at the training ground which is:
Kingston Uni Playing Fields, Old Kingston Road (Opposite Tolworth Station / Just off A3 by Tolworth Tower), Tolworth.

Please get along to support the youth sides for these excellent international football occasions if you can.


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Wednesday 14 July 2004
first team news
Dave explains Tuesday switch

As fans will see from this season's fixture list, the first team will be playing their midweek home games on Tuesdays from now on.

Dave Anderson explained:
"It's standard practice at this level of football. Anyone who doesn't play on Tuesdays - it's generally just because they can't. We train on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so if you play Tuesdays as well it means that the working football days are always Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. It means you can get into a routine and get stuff done at training.

"The only time we won't train on a Tuesday is when we have an away Wednesday game, otherwise the schedule is fixed so everyone knows where they stand."


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Wednesday 14 July 2004
first team news
League fixtures announced

The league fixtures have been published for the coming season. The Dons will start the campaign at home to Ashford Town (Kent) on Saturday 14 August. On Wednesday 18 August they will be away to Croydon Athletic and then away to Horsham on Saturday 21 August.

The trip to play Newport IOW is currently scheduled for October 2, but that day is the date for the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup if either club progresses that far.

The home game against Tooting & Mitcham United will be on Saturday 30 October, with the trip to Imperial Fields on Saturday April 16.

The season is scheduled to end with a trip to Burgess Hill on Saturday 30 April.

Full fixtures will be published in the matches section of the website as soon as possible.


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Tuesday 13 July 2004
club news
That's entertainment

The new working group to maximise the entertainment revenue at The Fans Stadium - Kingsmeadow meets for the first time tomorrow night at 7.30pm.

Jill Stratton writes:
"We are looking to launch a new working group, the AFC Wimbledon Entertainment Group. It will focus on how we can maximise the use of Kingsmeadow other than on match days. We want to get regular music nights, quiz nights, comedy nights etc going and attract in the local community alongside fans of both clubs.

"The first meeting is being held in the back bar at Kingsmeadow on Wednesday 14 July at 7.30pm. It would be great to see as many fans come along as possible. We need people to become involved who are willing to go off, investigate possible events and help organise and run the events. All ideas are welcome. It will mean hard work, but will also be fun and will help towards paying off the debt.

"If you are unable to make the meeting (I appreciate it is short notice) but you have any thoughts or ideas you would like considered please feel free to e-mail me on jillstratton@ntlworld.com and I will take them to the meeting with me."


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Tuesday 13 July 2004
club news
Kit launch and DA Q&A

Lucky competition winner Marc Jones enjoyed his prize of a trip to Turkey to see his kit design being made. See the photo feature here.

The kit will be worn for the first time by the first team against Barnet on Saturday 24 July and will be on sale at the ground on the day.

In order to facilitate the expected high demand, the kit will be launched on the previous evening, Friday 23 July, at The Fans Stadium - Kingsmeadow.

And the evening will be combined with a Q&A session with new manager Dave Anderson - your chance to come down and ask anything about his plans for the coming season, his thoughts on the way the squad is shaping up, his tactical ideas and anything else that takes your fancy.

The bar will be open and the kit on sale all evening - further detailed timings will follow, so come on down to get kitted up for the new season and see what the manager has to say.


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Tuesday 13 July 2004
first team news
Matt moves on

Goalkeeper Matt Martin has left the club in search of first team football. Dave Anderson explained:
"I had a chat with Matt last week. He said that he couldn't see himself featuring in the first team enough now Danny Naisbitt had arrived and would rather figure at first team level elsewhere than play in the reserves. I respect that absolutely and wish him all the best. If he ends up in our division I hope he has a great season with two bad games.

"He went about it in exactly the right way and I'd be delighted to see him back down the club for a drink whenever he wants to come down. Of course I'd like to thank him for what he did in his time at the club and hope he keeps in touch."

Matt added:
"With Danny arriving, I just couldn't see myself figuring in Dave's plans enough. With a new baby, I couldn't make the commitment to giving up time and travelling three times a week to play in the reserves. I want to play at the highest level I can and I know I can play in the same division in a first team somewhere.

"I had a great time at the club and I'd like to thank the fans for all their support. I'll watch what happens with interest because I think Dave, JT and Wazza know what they want to take the club to promotion and they'll be there or thereabouts I'm sure.

"I'm sure I'll be back down at some point, so thanks for some great memories and best of luck in the future."


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Monday 12 July 2004
first team news
It's fun to play at the YMCA

The away game against Horsham YMCA on Thursday 22 July will kick-off at 7.30, not 7.45 as previously advertised.

Tickets will be 5 for adults and 3 for concessions. On the subject of tickets, don't forget that family tickets are available IN ADVANCE ONLY for the Dons trip to Brentford in the Supporters Direct Cup on Tuesday 20 July - see news item below for further details.



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Monday 12 July 2004
youth news
Welch seals dramatic win after Fallon heroics

Ian Hicks reports on a dramatic summer victory for the under-10s at the Yeading six-a-side tournament:

On a cloudy Saturday 16 June next season?s Under-10s squad set off for deepest darkest Middlesex for only their second tournament since getting together. We split the squad into two teams of eight, with me looking after AFC Wimbledon ?A? and co-manager David Welch looking after AFC Wimbledon ?B?.

Things started well with both teams winning - the A?s 1-0 against Yeading Hew A and the B?s 2-0 against Chelham Utd. The next two games were 0-0 draws for both teams, with the B?s registering an impressive draw with highly fancied Epsom Eagles.

In the final game of the group stages the B?s finished with the most one sided 0-0 in 6-a-side history, but were through to the Quarter-Finals in second place. The A?s meanwhile hit the self destruct button losing 2-0 in their final group game to a very useful Hayes Youth side. Fingernails were chewed as the A?s waited to see if they had qualified for the quarters. There was a collective sigh of relief as we learned that we had got through in third place.

In the Quarter-Finals the B?s fought bravely but lost 1-0 to Harlington A, meaning they were out despite only conceding one goal in five matches throughout the tournament, which was gutting. The A?s entertained Harlington B in the quarters, coming out worthy winners with two goals in the first half from Dean Hills and Glory Wala.

In the Semi-Finals the A?s came up against the B?s conquerors Harlington A. A hard fought 0-0 draw was the final score, with match going into a penalty shootout. Four cool and calm conversions by the Dons and two misses by the opposition meant that we were into the final against Hayes Youth, who had beaten Epsom Eagles in the other semi-final.

The Final started brightly with some good football from both teams. Some good attacking play and stout defending left the score at 0-0 at half-time. Wimbledon started the second half with a lovely passing move between Alex Burnel and Glory Wala. He put Dean Hills through on goal, who calmly placed his shot past the keeper into the right hand corner. 1-0 to the Dons. We kept the pressure up and came close to extending our lead.

Now for the controversy. Dons keeper Sean Fallon threw the ball out and the referee blew. We?d won?or so we thought. People were on the pitch; they thought it was all over?but no?the referee had given a free kick to Hayes as he had said that the Sean had not thrown the ball out underarm. According to the rules, the free kick should have been indirect but the referee allowed them to take it direct and also did not give our players time to get back and defend the free kick. He might as well have given a penalty! Hayes scored and we were pegged back to 1-1. The lads were distraught, but I had to tell them that they weren?t down and out and we were still in with a chance. The last 30 seconds were played out and the whistle blew with the score 1-1, sending the match to penalties.

The tension was unbelievable. I hadn?t noticed but David told me later that there must have been 150 people watching the penalties. Hayes won the toss and chose to take the first penalty.

Hayes penalty saved by Sean 0-0
Dons penalty slotted away nicely 1-0 Dons
Hayes penalty scored 1-1
Dons penalty hits the bar 1-1
Hayes penalty scored 2-1 Hayes
Dons penalty just wide 2-1 Hayes
Hayes penalty saved by Sean 2-1 Hayes
Dons penalty hits the post 2-1 Hayes
Hayes penalty saved by Sean 2-1 Hayes
Last Dons penalty to stay in it scored by Dan Johnson 2-2

Sudden Death Penalties
Hayes penalty saved brilliantly by Sean 2-2
Dons penalty slotted neatly into the corner by captain Sam Welch, calm as you like 3-2 Dons and cue mass celebrations.

Both teams played exceptionally well. Their play and more importantly their conduct did AFC Wimbledon proud. Both teams conceding very few goals was great to see and some lovely attacking play showed that in a full length game the lads should be scoring for fun. Considering the lads have only been training for a month, that they reached the semi-final of the first tournament they entered and won the second one is a fantastic achievement. We are proud of every single one of them.

PS Shame the winning team had to play in borrowed Oakway Sports kit and looked more like AFC Wallingford Under 9?s!

AFC Wimbledon ?A?
Sean Fallon, Dean Hills, Sam Welch, Dan Johnson, Glory Wala, Alex Burnel, Thomas Haynes, Keiran McGarry.

AFC Wimbledon ?B?
Daniel Dulake, Adam Hicks, Jack Johnson, Rhys Watson, Josh Davis, Kane, Lewis Dennelly, George Roberts.


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Monday 12 July 2004
u18s news
Nicky starts doing it for the kids

Paul Raymond reports on the formation of the new Under-18 side under the guidance of Nicky English and Uncle Wardy:

Over the weekend of 26 and 27 June the trials for the first ever AFC Wimbledon Under-18s squad took place. 120 applicants contacted the club to attend trials, so manager Nicky English had the hard job of sifting through the applicants to sort out who would be invited to the trials.

The job was made a lot harder owing to the fact that so many of the lads had such strong experience, with a lot for example having played in teams above their age group . To qualify for the Under-18s the player must be 17 or under on 1 September 2004.

After sorting through all the applicants around 50 were invited down to the trials on the Saturday, where they were observed in a series of exercises by Nicky English, assistant manager Keith Ward and goalkeeping coach Geoff Clayton. Before the day was complete a few training games were held and then about half of the players were invited back to the Sunday session.

On the Sunday morning the lads that had progressed from the Saturday were joined by about 20 lads who had been invited direct to the Sunday group. After a warm up and a few exercises, they played a match against each other where subs were made and people moved around positions, so that the coaching team could have a look at people in different places.

At the end of the Sunday, just over half the lads were invited back for training sessions on the following Tuesday and Thursday evenings. In these sessions they continued to improve techniques and learn routines that would be needed in a match situation.

Over the following four training sessions this continued and then on Saturday 10 July, with the first team on the way to Dagenham, the Reserves and Under-18s met in a training game. The Under-18s did really well, but in the end the reserves came out 2-0 winners, with the second goal being scored by Lewis Taylor, but it was more important seeing the players play together than the result itself.

Following the game Nicky, Keith & Geoff were happy in how the players had performed and can already see promise for the season ahead. The Under-18s will be playing in the Southern Youth League this season. The region we have been placed in has nine clubs including us. Home games will be played at Kingsmeadow on Thursday evenings and will be a good chance for you to see a possible future star in the making.



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Sunday 11 July 2004
first team news
Dave happy with start

Dave Anderson pronounced himself happy with the overall performance in yesterday's narrow defeat to Dagenham:

"I thought that was an excellent workout and a good exercise. Against a team like that, I didn't expect us to be able to attack massively but we held our shape and pattern well. In each half we got better as time wore on and people became technically better and more aware of what we were trying to do.

"The team didn't have to defend much last year, so it's good to have to do that for a long time. We only had a couple of half-chances but we restricted a side three divisions above us well. Next weekend against Banstead we'll change things a bit and it'll be more about us and what we do when we have the ball.

"I was gutted for Sully to go down injured so early, but I thought everyone did well and it showed me a lot about people's abilities and the way they adapt to new patterns and systems. Overall it was a good day at the office.

"I know that's the first chance the fans have had to see what myself, JT and Wazza are about, but I'd say to them that the players have had eight sessions or so already, so if they want to know more, ask them. I'm sure they'll tell you!"


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Friday 09 July 2004
first team news
Treatment room empty

Sports therapist John Harris was delighted to confirm yesterday that the treatment room is currently empty. Ben Courtney has almost completed a full recovery from his cruciate ligament injury, while Simon Bassey is back in training after a summer operation.

John explained:
"Fans may remember Bass going off against North Greenford United in the league game. That turned out to be cartilage damage and he underwent an operation four weeks ago. Despite the surgeon thinking it would take him six weeks to get mobile again, Bass is already up and running and almost ready to be involved again. Other than that, I have nothing else to report. Long may it continue!"


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Friday 09 July 2004
first team news
Is this the Daggers I see before me?

Following last night's training session, Dave Anderson told the official website how he planned to approach tomorrow's first pre-season friendly:

"We'll be taking at least 22 players there and probably looking to play a different 11 in each half. I've already discussed that with John Still and he's going to do the same. There are two reasons for that - one is that we're simply not fit enough at this stage of the summer to play 90 minutes, certainly not against a side that was one point off the league a couple of years ago, and the other is that I need to have a look at as many people as possible in these first two games.

"Richard Butler and Gavin Bolger are away on holiday, as are a couple of other lads who've been down and training with us, but there will probably be eight new faces in Saturday's squad the fans won't have seen before, including Danny Naisbitt who people know about already.

"Obviously I want as many of the fans to come down and see us as possible, but I want people to be aware that at this stage, this is very much an exercise with an audience - we won't look anything like the finished article. If this was decorating the front room, then tomorrow we're at the stage of just stripping the wallpaper. The painting won't be finished until 14 August."

He also had one extra message to Dons fans:
"If anyone hasn't got a ticket to the play yet - go and see it! I thought it was brilliant - it really brought home the emotion of the story to me."

The probable squad will be:
GK: Danny Naisbitt, Paul Smith.

DEF: Michael Woolner, Steve Gibson, Paul Quinn, Darren Dobinson, Danny Oakins, Matt Everard, Antony Howard, Roger Joseph.

MID: Jon Barrie-Bates, Chris Gell, Gareth Graham, Lee Sidwell, Seb Favata, Andy Sullivan, Ryan Gray, Chris Head.

ATT: Joe Sheerin, Jamie Taylor, Billy Sentence, Jones Bamfo.

Paul Smith is a 19-year-old goalkeeper formally with Fulham and Sutton; right-back Michael Woolner previously played under Dave at Hendon before taking a year out of the game; Antony Howard is a centre-back Dave took to Hendon from Slough; Jon Barrie-Bates has played under Dave at Southall, Harrow Borough and Hendon and is a tough-tackling midfielder; Chris Gell is an experienced midfielder who has just completed a testimonial season at Northwood, but is still only 28; Chris Head is a left-winger who has been released by Crystal Palace; Billy Sentence is a young striker previously on the books at Chelsea.


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Thursday 08 July 2004
dons trust news
A Fans' Club opens

A Fans' Club - the musical based on the story behind the formation of AFC Wimbledon has now officially opened at the New Wimbledon Studio Theatre.

It has earned rave reviews - Matt Rickard brings you his thoughts and the comments of well known theatre critics Dave Anderson and Nicky English here

It runs until July 24 on Tuesday - Saturday evenings, with the last peformance coming after the first home friendly against Barnet. Tickets are just 10 - further details can be found here



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Thursday 08 July 2004
first team news
Prices confirmed

Ticket prices for AFC Wimbledon's trip to Banstead on Saturday 17 July have been confirmed as 6 for adults and 3 for Under-16s.

On the following Tuesday, July 20, the Dons will be contesting the Supporters' Direct Cup at Griffin Park against Brentford. In keeping with the spirit of the evening as a "Fans United" occasion, there will be no segregation in the ground. Tickets will be 10 for adults, 5 for senior citizens and just 1 for Under-16s. Tickets are available on the day or in advance.

Special family tickets are available IN ADVANCE ONLY by calling Brentford Football Club on 0870 900 9229 - they cost 15 for two adults and two juniors.

A specal souvenir programme costing 3 will be available - this is being produced to mark Brentford's centenary of playing at Griffin Park and will cover this match and the following Sunday's game against Reading.


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Thursday 08 July 2004
first team news
Dons ready for first taste of action

AFC Wimbledon play their first match under new manager Dave Anderson when they take on Dagenham & Redbridge in a friendly this Saturday - the first game in a ten game pre-season schedule.

The match at the Glyn Hopkins Stadium kicks off at 3pm and the gate receipts will be shared between the two clubs, so it would be great to see as many people as possible making the trip. Terrace tickets will be 8 for adults and 5 for senior citizens and U16s, while seats in the Barking College Family Stand will be priced at 10 and 6.

Fans travelling by public transport have been advised to consider alternative routes by our man in the London Transport office:

"On 10 July, there will be no service on the District Line between Earl's Court and Whitechapel and no Circle Line at all. There will NOT be a replacement bus service in operation and fans travelling to the game will need to seek alternative routes.

"The advice to those travelling from South West London is take a overground train to Waterloo and then take the Jubilee Line to West Ham. You will then be able to connect with the District Line to Dagenham East."

We'll bring you possible team news and the thoughts of the manager after tonight's training session.


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Tuesday 06 July 2004
club news
Programme production tenders wanted

The club is now inviting tenders for the job of producing the programme for next season. Details of the job specification are attached here

Please reply to:
Ivor Heller
AFC Wimbledon
The Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow
Jack Goodchild Way
422a Kingston Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey
KT1 3PB

or by email to:
kris.stewart@afcwimbledon.co.uk

At this stage, please simply include your quotation for designing the template and subsequent production of each issue in accordance with the brief. Please also include a scale of late charges for any copy or pages you may receive out of normal work hours. Further details will be discussed at interview.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 14 July and interviews will be held on Thursday 22 July.


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Monday 05 July 2004
dons trust news
Dons musical opens this week

The first team return to pre-season action this weekend, but before then fans have a chance to see their team represented in the very different surroundings of New Wimbledon Theatre. Tickets are still available for A Fans? Club, a brand new play by Matthew Couper based on the true story of the formation of AFC Wimbledon.

The show runs between July 6 and 24 at The Studio in the New Wimbledon Theatre (on the Broadway in Wimbledon).

A Fans? Club follows Wimbledon supporters as first they battle to save their club moving to Milton Keynes and then defy the footballing authorities to set up AFC Wimbledon.

The play was written by AFC Wimbledon fan Matthew Couper, with original music from London based musical composer Chris Barlow, and features one of Britain?s leading actors, Alun Armstrong.

Tickets cost 10 for adults and 8 for concessions ? they are available from the Box Office on 0870 060 6646 or Ticketmaster on 0870 060 1827. Further details are available at www.afansclub.co.uk

As Alun Armstrong says: ?We?re the fans, we?re back and we?re doing what they said was impossible. Come and join the celebration.?


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Friday 02 July 2004
first team news
Cup draws made

The draw for AFC Wimbledon's first entry into the FA Cup and FA Trophy has been confirmed.

In the FA Cup, the Dons will be at home to Ashford Town on Saturday 4 September in the Preliminary Round. The winners will be away to Dover Athletic on Saturday 18 September in the First Qualifying Round.

In the FA Trophy, the Dons will face Metropolitan Police at home in the Preliminary Round on 9 October. The winners will play Hendon away on Saturday 6 November.

Further details of these fixtures will be published as soon as they are known.

League fixtures for next season are expected to be published next Friday - July 9.


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Thursday 01 July 2004
first team news
Training Day

With the first team squad about to report for their third training session tonight, Dave Anderson told the official website he was happy with the progress since they assembled for the first time on Saturday:

?It?s really good to put the talking behind us and get on with the job. On the whole, I?ve been generally impressed with people?s fitness. A couple of people are a bit behind where they should be, but that?s what pre-season is for. And the quality of football and ballwork has been good. The attitude and application has been generally excellent.

?So far we?ve been working with about 30 players. As well as the two new signings, seven or so other players have been involved and three young lads Wally Downes sent down from Brentford. We?ll stay with this squad size until after the Banstead game ? then I?ll be looking to start making the squad for the season take shape and try to cut it down to about 20 people.

?That?s difficult, of course, and you always want more time, but that will mean we?ve had about eight sessions and two games to have a look at people in. In those first two games, obviously there?ll be changes ? people can?t play 90 minutes against a team as good as Dagenham so early in pre-season for a start. Once that first stage is out of the way, things won?t be set in stone and other people may still come in, but that will be the point at which I sit down with the management team and we work out how to fit a squad together and fit it into our budget.

?People have asked if they can come down to watch training, and the answer is of course they can. It?s their club and anyone is welcome to get as close as they like without interfering ? I have to warn people with children that it?s a fairly industrial environment in terms of language though, so I don?t want people to be offended!?

Training takes place at the Kingston University Playing Fields, in Old Kingston Road off the A240, just by the Tolworth roundabout on the A3, on the opposite side of the A240 to Tolworth station. Midweek training starts at 7.30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Saturday training is at 10.30am.


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