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Sunday 31 July 2005
ladies news
Stewart Castledine joins Ladies

Stewart Castledine, who was at Wimbledon FC for 16 years - 9 as a professional - including the whole Premiership era, has agreed to take the post of coach for the Ladies senior teams.

Stewart said "It?s fantastic to be involved with Wimbledon football again, especially under the AFC banner which is the true heart of the club I was so happy with. I hope to play my part in ensuring the Ladies have a successful season."

Stewart met a number of the players at a training session this afternoon and hopes to be taking most of the coaching on Wednesday evening at Tolworth - as long as the imminent birth of his second child does not intervene!


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Saturday 30 July 2005
first team news
Two more sign-on as Dons draw

Dave Anderson confirmed two more signings, following the Dons 1-1 draw with Ashford Town. Amadou Kouman and Sean Hillier have both signed one-year contracts, with an option for a second, after impressing in pre-season matches.

"I am delighted that both players have committed to the club," explained Dave.

"Ammo (Kouman) was asked by Barnet to stay and train with them this week but we made it clear we wanted him, and fair play to the man, that is what he wanted to.

"He has great flair, which he has already shown in setting up the goal against K's and today's for Richard Butler. Obviously he comes to us with a great background but I am sure he will have a great future too.

"Sean is one for the future, but like Ammo, has all the ability to have a big future in the game. He has shown he will work hard and has all the capabilities needed to play right wing-back. The goal against Kingstonians showed his attacking ability and we will work together to improve him still further."

The Dons took the lead at Ashford courtesy of Butler in the first half but were pegged back in the second half. Dave admitted it wasnt the greatest spectacle.

"It was probably our poorest performance of pre-season. We want to play well and maybe today, we tried to do too much. Still it's another game towards where we want to be. I have had the opportunity to look at a few new payers in different positions so it was a useful work-out. I felt Jeff Campbell had a good second-half.

"Pre-season really steps up a gear now with three very tough games. We will be working very hard in training this week - looking at pattern of play and set-pieces. Obviously Aldershot will be a real test, but one we are all looking forward to."


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Friday 29 July 2005
first team news
Set for service

Dave Anderson has named a strong 20-man squad for tomorrow's game away at Ashford Town (Middlesex):

Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Sean Hillier, Stefan Wojciechowski, Antony Howard, Steve Butler, Wayne Finnie, Simon Sobihy, Dave Sargent, Ryan Gray,Barry Moore, Matt York, Wes Daly, Ammo Kouman, Shane Smeltz, Jeff Campbell, Richard Butler, Tony Boot, Ricci Crace, Leon McDowall.

Richard Butler will have a fitness test on his ankle before the match, following the knock he receivedagainst K's which forced him to leave thepitch. Mark Cooper is unavailable tomorrow and has been added to tonight's reserve squad. Micky Woolner and Sonny Farr are also unavailable. Wes Daly is a 21-year-old central midfielder who was previously on the books at QPR. Last season he played in the Bells Scottish Football League Division One for Raith Rovers while on loan.


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Friday 29 July 2005
reserve team news
Reserves in action at Westfield

The reserves travel to Westfield tonight for another pre-season friendly. The squad is as follows:

Josh Lennie, Jon Boswell, Mark Cooper, Charlie Bunce, Mark Cooper, Ken During, Joe Paris, Tom Jelly, Anthony Wall, Jones Bamfo, Mark King, Leon McDowell, Jack Faraday, Steve Tyson, Freddie Myers, Sean Hillier and Gary Dennis.

Kick Off is at 7.30pm.


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Friday 29 July 2005
first team news
Two more confirmed

Dave Anderson has confirmed two more signings as the AFC Wimbledon squad shapes up for the start of the new campaign.

Wayne Finnie, a 25-year-old defender who joins us from Banstead Athletic, and Stefan Wojciechowski, 22, a versatile midfielder cum defender, have both agreed terms. Dave Anderson explains what they will add to the first team.

"Wayne has caught our eye a number of times. He played well against us and we always got good reports about him when we had Banstead watched. To be honest he hasn't put a foot wrong since he has been training with us and people will talk about his long throw - but that's the least of the reasons why we have signed him. He has excellent defensive capabilities and is comfortable on the ball."

"Stefan is the perfect example of how the club will always look at trialists. Stefan wrote to us and enclosed a promising CV. We called him to training and even if the thirty, or forty, other trialists werent good enough, it is well worth the trouble, if we discover one like Stefan. He played for Team Bath and is an adaptable player. He can play anywhere across the middle and, as fans will have seen, he is also capable at playing at wing-back. Obviously this is a role he is still learning but we have been impressed with him. He is a quick learner and is very good at taking on information."

The official website will catch up with both new boys shortly to find out how they feel at signing for AFC Wimbledon.


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Friday 29 July 2005
club news
How the cup was won, meet the manager and be first to buythe new kit...

Friday 12 August is shaping up to be a night not to be missed with three special events planned at Kingsmeadow to usher in the start of the new football season.

Not only will manager Dave Anderson be taking on all-comers in the latest of our fascinating 'Meet the Manager' sessions, he will also be talking tactics, as the club replay extended highlights of theSurreySenior Cup victory on the bar's big screen.Dave willprovide commentary on the game, explaining his thoughts behind the various substitutions and tactical changes he made, as the team overcame dogged Walton & Hersham resistance, to seal the cup.

If that wasn't enough, the club will also be launching the brand new, third kit.Designed by 16-year-old Jake Mullarkey, the kit was the overwhelming choice of fans in our recent competition tochoose a third strip.

Jake will be awarded his prize ofa complete third kit as well as a new AFCW tracksuit and training kit, plus a goodie bag from SI and Sega that contains nine computer games, a Puma sports bag, Sega shoulder bag and a host of other goodies.

The night gets underway at 7.30pm in the Kingsmeadow bar, with the shop open from 7pm to allow fashion-conscious followersto be first to get their mitts on the new strip.


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Thursday 28 July 2005
club news
Do you fancy seeing your name in lights?

Consider yourself as a bit of a writer? If you want to contribute exciting and, hopefully, evocative match reports to appear on the club's official website, then the club want to hear from you.

We need people, with a flair for writing, to be able to produce high-quality match reports to be published on the club's award-winning website.

We are looking to cover all first-team matches - home and away - and ideally are looking for a number of supporters to work on rotation as we appreciate to commit to a whole season is often difficult.

The opportunity to 'work live' during the game, using the club's laptop & mobile connection, is available or you can submit your report after the game.

For further details, please contact us on matchreports@afcwimbledon.co.uk



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Thursday 28 July 2005
club news
Get your kit on

The club are looking for an assistant (or two!) to help out Kit Manager Dennis Lowndes for the forthcoming season.

The role will be to help Dennis with both kit and equipment and the successful candidate(s) must be available to attend training sessions (Tuesdays and Thursdays) as well as matches, as required.

Ideally we would prefer to have two assistants to ensure there is always plenty of cover for Dennis. You will need your own transport and though the position will be voluntary, the club will re-imburse reasonable out-of-pocket expenses.

If interested, please write with your details to Club Secretary Trevor Williams on trevor.williams@afcwimbledon.co.uk


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Wednesday 27 July 2005
first team news
The best of me

Gareth Graham spoke candidly to us following last night?s news of his departure:

?I?m gutted to be leaving and at the moment I am not to sure what I am going to do. There are three clubs who are interested in me ? one from a higher division and two below ? and I will be chatting to them to decide my next move.

?Unfortunately, Dave was the only manager I have ever had, since the age of 16, who could actually understand me so I?m really looking for an Irish manager who?ll have me.

?I am not bitter about leaving. Dave has to do what he has to do and I?m just sorry injuries prevented me from showing my true worth. I haven?t played much football over the past three years and it?s a pity for the fans that they never saw the best of me - I always felt there was at least 20 per cent more to come.

?This is genuinely a great club with special fans and I have nothing but praise for all three managers I played for. Also I?d like to thank physio, Mike Rayner for his support ? unfortunately I?ve seen more of him that I would have hoped. This really is a family club and I will definitely be coming down to support the team very soon.?

Ginge made 26 starts, plus 16 substitute appearances scoring three goals.

Everyone at the club would like to thank Gareth for his efforts and unstinting enthusiasm. The official programme will catch up with Gareth later in the season to see how he is getting on. We wish him very well.


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Wednesday 27 July 2005
first team news
Ginge bids farewell

With a heavy heart, Dave Anderson has released Gareth Graham from the club. The former Crystal Palace and Brentford midfielder has seen his Dons career ravaged by injuries but Dave was quick to pay tribute to his "soulmate"

"Ginge is from where I'm from - I actually played against his father when I was at Glentoran - and this was a horrible decision. My humour is his humour. We would have a joke in the dressing room, that no-one else would understand and we would fall about, and I am going to deperately miss that. I really hope he comes down and has a beer with us from time to time.

I am not knocking his ability as a footballer - he's a great player. I hope he gets over his injuries and gets a run of games and that's what he needs desperately. Before anybody says it - I am more than aware he hasn't had a chance this year but that is just the way it goes sometimes. He suffered another injury in pre-season and this has cost him. He wants to play and if any manager asks about him then I have nothing but praise for his attitude and aptitude.

It's always hard to release players and I have had to let a lot of good players, and good people, go - but on a personal level this has to be the hardest - when I first came to this club he was like a soulmate to me."


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Tuesday 26 July 2005
first team news
Work in progress

Goals from Steve Butler and former Brentford man Sean Hillyer sealed the Trevor Jones Memorial Trophy for the Dons following a tough encounter with Kingstonian on Tuesday night.

We caught up with Dave Anderson straight after the match to find out what he learnt.

"The game reminded me of Saturday. We started well, before losing our way a little. We worked on a few things at half time and i think we got better. It is important to remember the players are still new - we have a lot of new faces - and this was a useful workout for me to gauge where we are.

I felt we played some nice stuff in patches but it is just sporadic at the moment. I think people accept that because the time of year it is.

I was very pleased with the win though and felt Josh Lennie played well. He is shaping up as a good young keeper and i was pleased for him. Tony Boot also showed some nice touches. I enjoyed the two goals, the second was great pass and move with a fine finish from Sean and the first goal from Wayne Finnie's throw and Steve Butler's head were classic Wimbledon."




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Tuesday 26 July 2005
first team news
Trevor Jones Memorial Trophy match tonight

Tonight's away match at Kingsmeadow will once again see Kingstonian take on Wimbledon for the Trevor Jones Memorial Trophy. The annual fixture is played in the name of the former Kingstonian goalkeepr and reserve team manager, who died in a tragic accident in 2003.

Manager Dave Anderson explained his selection for the game:

"I will rotate the squad a bit tonight from Saturday. Pre-season is about looking at players and getting match fit. That said we still go into these games looking to put in a good performance and win the game.

"There are a couple of changes in the squad tonight - Wayne Finnie is back after being away last weekend but Sonny and Michael Woolner are away. Ammo has been offered a trial by Barnet tonight and he will be playing in their game against Hayes. He knows we are very interested in him for next season but we will have to see what happens tonight. Andrew Judge has been released - we thank him for his efforts and wish him well for the season.

"Tony Boot is in the squad tonight. He is a player I have been talking to for a couple of weeks with a view to getting him down after his release from Dagenham & Redbridge this summer. He is a very good striker who earned a move to the Conference club after scoring 30 odd goals for Slough in 2003/2004."

The 20-man squad is as follows:

Andy Little; Josh Lennie; Wayne Finnie; Steve Butler; Mark Cooper; Sean Hillyer; Antony Howard; Dave Sargent; Simon Sobihy; Stefan Wojciechowski; Barry Moore; Jon-Barrie Bates; Jeff Campbell; Ryan Gray; Matt York; Shane Smeltz; Leon McDowall; Ricci Crace; Richard Butler, Tony Boot.

Prices for tonight's game are 7 for adults, 5 for OAPs and card-carrying students, and 3 for under-16s. There will be no extra charge for sitting in the main stand.


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Monday 25 July 2005
club news
Office closed until Tuesday 26

Please note that the AFC Wimbledon office will not be open at all today, Monday 25 July, and will re-open at 10am tomorrow, Tuesday 26 July.

Any messages left on the main office number - 020 8547 3528 - or emails sent to info@afcwimbledon.co.uk will be dealt with on Tuesday 26 July.


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Sunday 24 July 2005
first team news
Dave and Margie on The Supporters Direct Cup

England?s partially sighted international keeper, Barry George was in fine form for FC United of Manchester as the newly formed club finally succumbed to a single goal from Dons trialist Ricci Crace.

Opposition manager Karl Marginson paid tribute to the stopper and admitted he had enjoyed the AFC Wimbledon experience hugely.

?I?m proud of all the lads, though agree with the sponsors (Sports Interactive) that Barry was man of the match. They were a credit to themselves ? a lot of them wont have travelled overnight to a match before and I?m proud of the way they conducted themselves.

"I knew they could play but now I know they can handle a big occasion. I?m a football manager so my only interest is winning games but its been a great day for the fans ? a fantastic occasion.?

Dave Anderson was also impressed with the new United.

?I was concerned it may not be a competitive match as they were such an unknown quantity. But my fears were allayed a bit when I saw their pedigree and the game tuned out to be a really useful workout. It was very competitive and, best of all, we picked up no injuries. We are still a month away from where we want to be but it is always good to be made to work hard for a win.?

"I thought Antony Howard was excellent and Amadou Kouman showed some nice touches."

Dave also paid tribute to goalscorer Ricci Crace:

?He?s been out for 9 months with a cruciate ligament injury but his fitness is a credit to him. He is a long way off in terms of touch and timing and that will only come through games. Unfortunately he is now at a club where that luxury may not be afforded to him. I would ask people to bear with him. He?s very Ritchie Butler-like and that?s a big compliment to pay him.?

Finally Anderson had words of high praise for new Dons keeper ? Andy Little:

?He did very well. He was competent at every thing he did and when they had their spell at end of first-half, he was equal to everything they had. In fact, now I come to think of it, he reminded me of myself in my heyday.?


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Saturday 23 July 2005
first team news
Dave well up for United

We caught up with manager Dave Anderson last night, and he is hoping for a big turnout and a good day all round today:

"We are looking forward to playing at home in front of a big crowd. I hope it's good game but we still are 4 weeks away from the start of the season so we haven't had chance to do a lot of technical work as yet. Most of the work so far has been on getting the players fitness right.

"We don't know a lot about FC United from a football point of view but they got a good result against Leigh RMI last week. We will use the game as a chance to work on our pattern of play and it will be nice for the fans to see the new players. It will also be good for the new players to get used to playing at home.

"Sonny and Wayne are away this weekend, but I have still named a large squad, although I only expect to use about 16 or so of them in the game.

Squad:

Andy Little; Josh Lennie; Steve Butler; Mark Cooper; Sean Hillyer; Antony Howard; Dave Sargent; Simon Sobihy; Stefan Wojciechowski; Barry Moore; Jon-Barrie Bates; Jeff Campbell; Ryan Gray; Andrew Judge; Matt York; Shane Smeltz; Leon McDowall; Amadou Kouman; Ricci Crace; Richard Butler

Don't forget that the bars and shop open at 11am today, with turnstiles opening at 1:45pm. With 3,000 tickets already gone, we would encourage supporters without tickets to buy one as early as possible once the turnatiles open - you can buy a ticket and go back to the bar, and enter the ground later.


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Friday 22 July 2005
club news
An early start for our first home friendly of the season

Tomorrow is going to be a busy day at Kingsmeadow and so we are starting earlier than usual.

The shop will open at 11.00 a.m. and is making good use of the enlarged floor space by launching a range of new goods. These include the new leisure range with a lightweight t-shirt and two styles of polo shirt, a new sweat shirt and, as a one-off for this game, a commemorative "friendship scarf" featuring both clubs' crests. Terry's Badges is also selling a special joint badge as a memento of this major game.

We are expecting an unusually high number of fans, many of whom will have travelled a long way, so the bar is also opening at 11.00 a.m. to cater for them. Please note that the back bar will close at 6.00 p.m.

Turnstiles will open at 1.45 p.m. With 3,000 tickets already gone, the game is very likely to be a sell out so we encourage fans to buy a ticket early; you can buy a ticket and enter the ground later.

After discussions with the police, the club has decided that, for safety reasons, fans will not be able to change ends during the game. The barrier between the John Smith stand and the Athletics End will remain closed throughout the match and it will not be possible to move between these two stands.

Finally, it is clear that this match is generating enormous interest in the media. Five TV crews are scheduled to be at the game, with well over 30 other members of the Press.


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Friday 22 July 2005
first team news
Cobham and Hanwell, trialists and injuries

We caught up with manager Dave Anderson after the midweek pre-season games and he gave his views on the games and the players:

"Both games were useful exercises and a good chance to look at players, both teams did well and I think either would survive in the Ryman prem but I'm looking to build a promotion-chasing squad.

"We didn?t pick up any injuries. Mark Cooper and Steve Butler had missed some training sessions due to family commitments so it was good for them to get 90 minutes of football and it gave me a chance to look at the trialists. That meant some of last season's players played in slightly different positions, but they adapted well.

"As I said the trialists all did well so releasing some of them was not an easy decision but I have to start getting the squad down to a workable size and one that?s within our budget, so I am releasing Nathan Stamp, Andy Douglas, Scott Forrester and Danny Murphy. We wish them well and I just hope none of them come back to haunt us!

"Ricci has been out for a long time with a cruciate injury and while his general fitness is good it will take some time for his sharpness to come back. Amadou has also had time out of the game as well. His fitness is also excellent but his touch is not quite there yet. The only way he will get that back is through playing."

Physio Mike Rayner also gave us an update:

"With the hard grounds, and hard yardage, that has been covered in pre-season so far, we have picked up the expected 'niggles' and strains. Most players require only ongoing maintance work, but there have been several noteable injuries that have occurred.

"The first, and most serious, is Rob Ursell. Rob has sustained a tear of the Posterior Cruciate Ligament in his right knee. We are unsure of when this first occurred, but Rob twisted his knee on a close-season run, although he had no symptoms. He then had to be withdrawn from training a week last Saturday, when the knee twisted and gave way again.

"I arranged for him to see a specialist, who has examined him and performed MRI scans. This confirmed the consultant's initial diagnosis of a PCL tear, with swelling inside the joint. He is due to go in a brace tomorrow for a 2 week period to allow the PCL and swelling to settle. The consultant can then review him. If the swelling settles, he will be rehabilitated over a period of at least 16 weeks. If this does not settle he may yet require an operation. I will update on Rob in 2 weeks time.

"Gareth Graham: sustained a tear of his left calf a week last Saturday, within the first part of training. He is progressing well, but is at least 2 weeks from re-starting training.

"Jon-Barrie Bates: suffered a slight strain of his hamstring muscle in training last week. Was able to play 45 minutes on Tuesday, and I will further assess him tomorrow at training for any reaction.

"Matt Everard: better news with Matt. He is working hard and progressing well. Certain areas have been further strengthened to achieve the necessary goals. Targets have now been set for him to return to training, which I am sure he will achieve in the next 2-3 weeks.

"Paul Smith : Paul had a successful operation in early May on his shoulder, following dislocation at Sutton. He is progressing well in the early-mid phases of his rehab, following removal of his sling. He will not feature until at least November, on the consultant surgeon's recommendations."


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Thursday 21 July 2005
dons trust news
Starting as we mean to go on

Saturday 23 July represents the start of the new season at Kingsmeadow, with our first home friendly against FC United of Manchester. At this match the Dons Trust will have its usual presence in the back bar, with volunteers around to assist with membership enquiries and support.

We will have a stock of forms and other information which is often asked for, such as applications for the Dons Trust Bond and the monthly Dons Draw. Last season we made real progress on reducing the Khosla debt and this season we aim to repeat this. As part of our fundraising efforts, we will be collecting your recyclables (no need to wait for our first league game to bring them along):

. Old coins and unwanted foreign currency
. Printer cartridges of all shapes and sizes
. Unwanted mobile phones and accessories
. Loose change

Please bring them all along to The Fans' Stadium on Saturday 23. See you there!


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Thursday 21 July 2005
club news
Bring a book to the game on Saturday

At the AFC Wimbledon v FC United of Manchester match on Saturday 23rd, we will be collecting books on behalf of photographer, Karuga Koinange, for a very special project.

Karuga ? currently exhibiting his photographs of Kenya in London (see below for details) ? is asking people to bring their books to Kingsmeadow so that he can send them to a newly built Mutiyambua community library in rural Kenya. Karuga explains:

"Any books you have are welcome, whatever they are. We all have a book or books that we no longer have use for. These books could help to educate others who have limited access to literature. Books inspire and enrich people, they create awareness and an understanding of the wider world we live in. The wonderful thing about books is that they have no shelf life, a single book can educate hundreds without ever going 'off'."

The books collected will be sent out to the commmunity library, which at the moment has a poor stock of books, and a library without books is just an empty building.

So please make sure you bring your books, big or small, old or new, along to Dons Trust table in the back bar at Kingsmeadow on Saturday.

If you want to attend Karuga?s exhibition, which is on from the 23rd-24th July, it?s being held at:

2 Baldwin Terrace
Angel
London
N1 7RU.

The exhibition, entitled 'Pictures for Books', is open between 12.30 and 18:30 Saturday and Sunday.

Map: here.

As you may have guessed by now, the entrance price is one book! Make sure you raid your bookshelves and get down there before it closes on Sunday.

If you are unable to make the game on Saturday, or would like to give Karuga your books now, please contact him on the following e-mail address:

karugakoinange@yahoo.com


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Thursday 21 July 2005
club news
Ticket update for the FCUM game on Saturday 23 July

All the seats are now sold for the Supporters Direct Cup match on Saturday 23 and there has been unprecedented demand for the remaining terrace tickets. While there will still be about 1,500 tickets available on the day, if you want to avoid delays getting into the ground we advise you call the Credit Card Hotline to reserve a ticket in advance.

Although we are no longer posting tickets out, they can be purchased in advance through the Hotline and collected on the day.

Please note that the Hotline will be open between the following hours:

Thursday 21: 11.00 am and 2.00 pm & 6.00 pm and 8.00 pm
Friday 22: 11.00 am and 2.00 pm only.

The Hotline number is 020 8546 9582. Tickets can also be purchased by fax, as explained in the news item dated 23 June.



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Thursday 21 July 2005
ladies news
Ladies Kick Off

AFC Wimbledon Ladies kick off their season tonight, Kington University Fields, Tolworth (19.00) with a friendly against the current national League champions, Arsenal.


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Wednesday 20 July 2005
club news
Welcome, Matt

AFC Wimbledon is pleased to announce the appointment of Down the Dip to look after the club's communications for the forthcoming season.

Down the Dip is the trading name of Matt Rickard - a Wimbledon supporter and season ticket holder of over 20 years - who previously covered the club for the region's two newspapers, South London Press and Wimbledon News.

The club would like to thank the other applicants, who were of a high calibre, and place on record our appreciation for the interest shown in AFC Wimbledon.

Matt will now look after this season's programme and our award-winning website as well as co-ordinating the public relations function for the club. He can be contacted on editor@afcwimbledon.co.uk

Once again we would like to express our thanks to Charlie Talbot, who has performed the role admirably for the past two years.


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Monday 18 July 2005
first team news
Dave on Bognor and squads for the midweek friendlies

Dave Anderson was happy enough with Saturday's workout at Bognor Regis Town:

"Saturday was a very useful exercise against a good Conference South side. I was pleased in the way we played and everyone did well but we are not getting carried away - both we and Bognor are miles away from where we want to be in terms of fitness and training. It gave me a chance to have a look at the new players in a game situation which is what I need.

"I'm taking smaller squads to the next 2 games so players get more game time, then after the Hanwell game we will be cutting the squad. By that time we would have seen enough of the players in training and matches to make some decisions and it's also only fair to the players to let them know as they will need to find other clubs."

Squads for the Cobham and Hanwell Town games will be as follows:

Cobham: Andy Little; Wayne Finnie; Antony Howard; Simon Siobhy; Stefan Wojciechowski; Lewis Hamilton; Barry Moore; Matt York; Ryan Gray; Amadou Kouman; Leon McDowall; Richard Butler; Scott Forrester.

Hanwell Town: Josh Lennie; Mark Cooper; Steve Butler; Sean Hillyer; Nathan Stamp; Michael Woolner; Jeff Campbell; Dave Sargent; Danny Murphy; Andy Douglas; Ricci Crace; Sonny Farr; Shane Smeltz; Andrew Judge.

Both squads will also include players from the reserve set-up.


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Sunday 17 July 2005
club news
Programme sellers needed

Gavin Ainslie is going to be leading the programme selling team this season, and he has the following message:

"So I can collate an accurate list of everyone who is or wants to be a programme seller for this season, I am asking everyone who wants to be part of the team (including those who already sell) to contact me with their details right away.

"I need the following details - full name; home, work and mobile phone numbers; email address and an idea of what you can and can't do, e.g. Saturdays only.

"Please send your details to me at programmesellers@afcwimbledon.co.uk

"I also need to know fairly urgently who can sell this Saturday for the FCUM game. Thanks."


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Friday 15 July 2005
dons trust news
Dons Draw ? July 2005 results

The latest Dons Draw took place this morning at Kingsmeadow. Once again Kris Stewart plucked the winning numbers and winners whilst John Owen, the Dons Draw Treasurer and Board member, controlled the draw process.

The July 2005 jackpot jumped to a new record high of 702. The winning ticket numbers and prizes were as follows:

First prize of 702 - ticket 1253 ? Justin Gallagher from Worcester Park
Second prize of 351 - ticket 0529 ? Ian Walker from Sutton
Third prize of 117 - ticket 0936 ? Martin Drake from South Croydon

Congratulations to all three prize winners!

With the fixtures announced for the coming season, we can now confirm that the next Dons Draw will take place on 20 August 2005, prior to our opening home match of the new campaign against Folkestone Invicta.

Any questions that you may have relating to the Dons Draw may be sent to the Dons Draw team at donsdraw@thedonstrust.org and you can be sure that we will come back to you as soon as possible.

The deadline for entry for the next draw is 31 July 2005. To join the Dons Draw you can sign up here.


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Friday 15 July 2005
first team news
Squad for Bognor Regis Town

Football Manager Dave Anderson has named the following squad for the Bognor Game:

Andy Little; Josh Lennie; Simon Siobhy; Antony Howard; Wayne Finnie; Michael Woolner; Nathan Stamp; Sean Hillyer; Danny Murphy; Dave Sargent; Stefan Wojciechowski; Barry Moore; Jeff Campbell; "Ammo" Koeman; Andrew Judge; Ryan Gray; Sonny Farr; Andy Douglas; Scott Forrester; Shane Smeltz; Richard Butler; Ricci Crace; Leon McDowall

Dave said "It?s a big squad as we are early in pre-season. There are a number of people not travelling down to Bognor. Urse, JB and Ginge all have knocks so we are not going to risk them. Matt Yorke, Steve Butler, Mark Cooper and Lewis Hamilton are away at the moment - while it's a shame they can?t play, it does mean I get a chance to look at the new lads and trialists."

The trialists:

Wayne Finnie is a centre-half who can also play as a right-back. Wayne played against us for Banstead last season - you might remember him as the one with the long throw!

Nathan Stamp is a right sided defender who was at Basingstoke last season.

Sean Hillyer is a right-sided player comfortable as a defender or wing-back. Sean was released by Brentford in the summer.

Danny Murphy is a young left-sided defender who was released by QPR in the summer.

Dave Sargent is a left-back or wing-back who is vastly experienced in the Ryman league.

Stefan Wojciechowski is a right-sided defender or midfielder, formerly of Team Bath and Huddersfield.

Jeff Campbell is a central midfielder from New Zealand who has represented his country. Jeff played well for our reserves at the end of last season.

Andrew Judge is another former QPR player. Andrew is a midfielder who can play on the right side or through the middle. He is not the leader of Merton Council.

"Ammo" Koeman is a former Manchester Utd and Aston Villa youth player who can play as an attacking midfielder or a striker.

Scott Forester is a striker who has spent time with Hayes, Sutton and Aldershot.

Ricci Crace is a former Hendon and Cheshunt striker.

Andy Douglas is a striker who started with Arsenal then went to Sheffield Wednesday and spent last season at Hornchurch and Grays.

Saturday's match kicks off at 12:30pm. Ticket information is here and directions to the ground can be found here.

Johnny Morris, Dave Wager and Simon Bassey take the reserves to Chertsey Town where they kick off their pre-season at 3pm.


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Thursday 14 July 2005
club news
Stand up for the Queen

A generous fan has given us four General Admission tickets (face value 39.50 each) for the Queen concert tomorrow, Friday, in Hyde Park. He has asked us to use them to raise money for the ground fund.

Will anyone who wants to bid for them please email info@afcwimbledon.co.uk with their bid for all four tickets. The highest bid received up to 4.00 pm today gets the tickets.

Please note that gates open at 3.00pm and the show starts at 5.30. Razorlight are also on the bill.


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Thursday 14 July 2005
club news
Change in Credit Card Hotline arrangements

We have now sold over 2,200 tickets for the match on 23 July against Football Club United of Manchester. The Credit Card Hotline has been a huge success with about 80% of the tickets sold through that route.

We have been monitoring the pattern of calls over the last week and there are clear peak times and some "dead" periods. Therefore, to make best use of scarce volunteer time, from today the Hotline will be open on weekdays between 11.00 am and 2.00 pm and then between 6.00 pm and 8.00pm.

The Hotline number is 020 8546 9582. Tickets can also be purchased by post and by fax, as explained in the news item dated 23 June.


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Thursday 14 July 2005
first team news
Fixtures announced

The league fixtures have been published for the coming season. The Dons will start their Ryman Premier campaign at home to Folkestone Invicta on Saturday 20 August. On Tuesday 23 August we will be away to Maldon Town and then away to Slough Town on Saturday 27 August.

Full fixtures can be seen here.


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Wednesday 13 July 2005
club news
Got a spare hour or two on Sunday?

This coming Sunday, 17 July, is the last full weekend day available before pre-season matches start, and we are putting a call out for volunteers to come down to the stadium to finish up some jobs, from 9:30am onwards.

Painting, gardening, cleaning, general labouring, whatever you're good at, give us a shout on 020 8547 3528 or drop a line to summerwork@afcwimbledon.co.uk and let us know when you are available.

If you'd like to help out at other times, again, just let us know when you're free and what you can do. Don't worry, we will use you if we can!




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Wednesday 13 July 2005
club news
Gell tears us apart

Some time ago, midfielder Chris Gell spoke to Jon Turner, informing him that due to changed personal circumstances he may find it difficult to fulfill his committments with AFC Wimbledon this coming season.

Since then, Dave Anderson has been trying to discuss the situation with Chris but has not been able to. Yesterday the Northwood FC official website announced that Chris has rejoined Northwood for the coming season.

Dave Anderson said, "I am very disappointed to hear of a player leaving the club in this way. I had hoped that Chris Gell would be part of the club this season, but it seems clear that we have seen the last of him."


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Wednesday 13 July 2005
club news
Bognor price changes and Ryman fixtures

Bognor Regis Town have announced lower prices for the friendly match this coming Saturday 16 July.

The new prices, along with ticket details for the Hanwell Town game, are available here.

Meanwhile, the club has been informed that the Ryman League fixtures for 2005-06 will be announced at 9am tomorrow, Thursday 14 July. They will be published on this site as soon as possible thereafter.


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Tuesday 12 July 2005
club news
First team friendlies - changes to arrangements

After playing Bognor Regis Town on Saturday 16 July, the first team squad will be in action twice next week, playing away at Cobham on Monday 18 July and also away at Hanwell Town on Tuesday 19 July.

All three fixtures will see a mix of last year's regulars, new players, and some trialists. Ticket details can be found here .


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Monday 11 July 2005
club news
Quiz Night at Kingsmeadow, Wednesday 13 July

It's time once again for the popular monthly trivia quiz, held in the main bar at Kingsmeadow this Wednesday evening.

The quiz begins at 8.00pm and entry is 1 per person. It is advisable to arrive early to make sure you get your favourite table. Teams can be
made up of any number of people although 6-8 members is recommended.

This month's quiz will feature the usual mix of pictures, music, general knowledge and the chance to win the jackpot in the final round.

The quiz finishes in plenty of time to ensure that those using public transport can get home.

So why not come along to Kingsmeadow this Wednesday and see if you can win the jackpot!



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Monday 11 July 2005
club news
Keith Ward moves on

2004-05 Under-18s assistant manager Keith Ward has informed the club that he has been offered and has accepted the job of assistant manager with local Combined Counties League club Raynes Park Vale.

The club would like to take this opportunity to thank Keith for his service to Wimbledon, as a player and latterly as a coach, helping to set up and run the Under-18s side last season.

Keith Ward made 54 appearances for the first team, ten of those as a substitute, and scored the club's winning goal in our first ever game in the Combined Counties League, at Sandhurst in August 2002. In 2003-04 he made 32 appearances for the reserves and helped bring on a number of young players. The Under-18s side which he helped build alongside Nicky English won its league handsomely in 2004-05 and a number of players made it through to the reserves and even the first team squad towards the end of the season.

Chairman Kris Stewart said ?Keith has been an important part of the AFC Wimbledon story and it?s a shame to see him go. We wish him all the best at Raynes Park Vale, along with the other ex-Dons who have found a home there.?

Keith asked us to thank Wimbledon fans on his behalf for all the support he has had since coming to the club.


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Friday 08 July 2005
club news
The show must go on

The show A Fans? Club will be taking place tonight (Friday 8 July) at the New Wimbledon Theatre.

Writer Matthew Couper explained:

"We considered cancelling the show, but after talking to various people, including those at AFC Wimbledon, we decided that putting the play on as advertised was the right thing to do. I am more determined now than ever that the show goes on and hope that everyone comes along and has a great time."

Former Wimbledon player Roger Joseph is also looking forward to the play:

"It's a tale that needs to be told and I'm really looking forward to it. The whole play is great for the club."

Joseph goes on to say:

"I refer to AFC Wimbledon as Wimbledon as in my eyes that's who they are. Get back into league status it will say loud and clear to the wider football community that the fans should never be ignored again."

Tickets for the show can be brought online here, by calling: 0870 060 6646 or on the door.


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Wednesday 06 July 2005
club news
Conference calls for youth team

The Club is delighted to announce that it has today been elected to the Football Conference Youth League, southern area, known as the Youth South Conference.

Election into the Youth South Conference means that our youth team will face teams from AFC Newbury, Crawley Town, Gravesend and Northfleet, Grays Athletic, Weymouth and Woking. Kris Stewart, Chairman of AFC Wimbledon, commented:

?This is another key step towards our youth team set up being able to rival the professional academies. The standard is likely to be high because the first teams from these clubs are almost all in higher divisions than us. But, if we want to develop and improve, this is the sort of challenge we must meet and we are looking forward to it very much?.

Teams play each other twice and the winners of the four regional leagues play off for a national title which was won by Burton Albion last year, with Barnet as runners up. This coming season the youth team enters the FA Youth Cup for the first time and has been drawn away to Camberley Town in the Preliminary Round.


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Wednesday 06 July 2005
club news
Putting a gloss on things this weekend

Painting and renovation work at The Fans' Stadium continues this weekend. If you are a dab hand with a paint brush (or even if you aren't) and can spare a couple of hours, please come and join the volunteer team.

Work starts at 10.00 am on Saturday and Sunday but you can arrive later if you wish. If you are going to help, it would help us to plan the work if you would please drop us a line at summerwork@afcwimbledon.co.uk or call the office on 020 8547 3528 and leave a message.


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Tuesday 05 July 2005
club news
Curtain-raiser for the new season

A Fans’ Club is the perfect way to start the new season and it?s happening this Friday!

With the AFC Wimbledon team starting pre-season training this week, Chairman Kris Stewart is hoping this performance of A Fans? Club marks the start of another successful campaign for the Dons. Even though the club are going from strength to strength, Stewart says that ?it?s important for us to remember where we came from and the struggles we all went through to get the club to where it is today?.

The cast, which includes former EasterEnders regular Mark Homer, won?t be the only stars at the play on Friday. The audience will include a whole host of ex-Wimbledon players, amongst the ex-players will be Alan Reeves, Andy Sayer, two Kevin Coopers, Mick Smith, Roger Connell, Roger Joseph, Roy Law, Steve Galliers and Dickie Guy.

So come along Friday, rub shoulders with some Wimbledon heroes and relive the formation of AFC Wimbledon.

Buy tickets on line here.

Or by calling 0870 060 6646


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Monday 04 July 2005
club news
Volunteer and paid Stewards needed

We want to increase the number of stewards we can call upon for games, partly to allow us to cover larger matches more easily and partly to allow some of our ?regulars? to take a break from time to time.

To help people who are interested in joining the team but unsure of what it involves we are inviting fans to shadow existing team members at one or more of the pre-season friendlies. We plan that all of our regular stewards will receive formal training leading to the award of an FA-recognised qualification in stewarding.

We are also looking for paid stewards to take on a number of specific roles.

If you would like to shadow one of the current team as a prelude to volunteering, or if you are interested in a paid role, please email info@afcwimbledon.co.uk or call the AFCW office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays.


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Monday 04 July 2005
club news
FCUM ticket update

By Friday night, we had sold nearly 1,500 tickets for the Supporters Direct Trust Cup game against Football Club United of Manchester on 23 July. Due to the enormous demand, applications received after that date are unlikely to be offered covered seats.

Terrace tickets and uncovered seats continue to be available by calling the credit card hotline on 020 8546 9582 or by post and fax. Full details of how to apply are set out in the news item dated 26 June. The priority period for AFCW season ticket holders and FCUM Founder Members has now expired and all applications will be treated in the order in which they are received.

We will be posting the first batches of tickets no later than tomorrow, Tuesday.


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Monday 04 July 2005
dons trust news
Finance Working Group

The Finance Working Group holds its next meeting on Tuesday 5 July. The meeting starts at 7.30pm. Meetings are usually in the President's Lounge at The Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow, but tomorrow's meeting is, just this once, in the back bar. The meetings are open to all Dons Trust members.

For further information on the meeting and the Finance Working Group in general, please contact Erik Samuelson by email at erik.samuelson@thedonstrust.org


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Sunday 03 July 2005
ladies news
Young And Old Girls In The News

Rachael Axon, the Ladies team's popular central defender, has been selected for the England U21 Women's squad for the upcoming Nordic Cup in Scandanavia at the end of the month.

Hoping to emulate Rachael, a large gathering turned up at the club's training ground in Tolworth this morning, to try out for the newly re-formed Under 12 and Under 14 girls teams. Managers Nick Flinders and Toby Crisp were both pleased with the quality of players at the trial, and forsee an interesting first season in the Surrey County Girls League.

Pre-season training is expected to start next Sunday (further details to follow) and any player who was unable to make the trial today, but still wishes to try out, should contact Toby on 07831 570441 or e-mail youth@afcwl.co.uk


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Friday 01 July 2005
club news
AFC and FC are United on July 23rd

Supporters Direct/AFC Wimbledon/FC United of Manchester Joint Statement

AFC Wimbledon and FC United of Manchester ? the club formed by fans after the unpopular takeover of Manchester United by Malcolm Glazer ? will compete for the Supporters Direct Trust Cup at The Fans? Stadium ? Kingsmeadow, on Sat 23rd July, kick-off 3pm.

The Supporters Direct Trust Cup has been competed for previously by AFC Wimbledon, League One side Brentford and Enfield Town ? all clubs that are owned or operated by their supporters.

Kris Stewart, Chief Executive of AFC Wimbledon, welcomed the fixture, saying, ?Since the formation of FC United, this was one fixture that everyone at Wimbledon wanted. The anticipation amongst our fans has been palpable. We have nothing but respect and admiration for what FC United are doing, and this fixture will be a celebration of fan ownership, as well as being a keenly contested fixture. It?s been quite some time since we beat a team from the red side of Manchester.?

Official spokesman for FC United of Manchester, Jules Spencer, commented, ?This is a landmark occasion for everyone involved and the birth of a new club and we are grateful to all involved for their efforts to make this happen. For years as fans, we have had to suffer ridiculous kick off times, overpriced tickets and saturated TV coverage which is all contributing towards forcing people out of the game whose loyalty has never been in question. This match will show people yet
again that there is an alternative and I?m looking forward to a game that kicks off at 3pm on a Saturday! This fixture will hopefully be the start of a long and successful partnership between the two clubs.?

Supporters Direct Chief Executive Phil French, said, ?I am sure many people will be looking forward to this highly significant game which is another piece of football history in the making. Since 2002, AFC Wimbledon have stood as an example of what fans can do collectively, and I am sure FC United of Manchester can learn a huge amount from their continuing success. They are part of an ever-growing group of clubs that are democratic, not-for-profit and community focused and we are hugely optimistic that an increasing number of clubs will adopt this model of ownership in the future.?

Other events are being planned for the day, and fans are advised to get there early to take advantage of what will be an exciting fixture.

The gate money from the match will also be shared between both clubs.

Tickets are already selling fast for the fixture, with large numbers of fans expected to travel down from Manchester. With Wimbledon averaging crowds of over 3,000, it is advised that people buy tickets in advance.

A ticket hotline, available on weekdays only between 10.00 am and 8.00 pm has been set up. Please call on 020 8546 9582.

Further information about the fixture and the events on the day will be released in the run up to the match.


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Friday 01 July 2005
club news
FA Youth Cup Draw

For our first foray into the FA Youth Cup, we have been drawn away to Camberley Town in the Preliminary Round, to be played week commencing 12 September.

The winners are drawn at home to Erith & Belvedere in the 1st Qualifying Round (week commencing 26 September), the winners of that tie will play Sandhurst Town or Thatcham Town in the 2nd Qualifying Round (week commencing 10 October) and the winner of that will play the winner of Pagham vs Walton & Hersham or Farnborough Town vs Steyning Town in the 3rd Qualifying Round (week commencing 24 October).


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Friday 01 July 2005
first team news
Home Cup Draws

AFC Wimbledon have been drawn at home in both major FA Cup competitions.

In the FA Cup we enter in the first qualifying round, to be played on Saturday 10 September, and have been drawn at home to the winners of the Preliminary Round tie between Ashford Town (Middx) and Whyteleafe.

In the FA Trophy we are at home to King's Lynn in the first qualifying round, to be played on Saturday 15 October, with the winners drawn away to Northwood or Ramsgate.


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