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Monday 31 July 2006
club news
1889 Club launch on Wednesday

Don?t forget, the official launch of the 1889 Club will take place at SWNineteen in Wimbledon Village on Wednesday night, 2 August, beginning at 7.30pm.

Whether you would like to sign-up for the club or you would just like to find out more about its aims - this year we are aiming to increase the playing budget by up to £40,000 - we invite you to join us for a drink and informal info session.

SWNineteen is located on the roundabout at the top of Wimbledon Hill Rd. The dress code is smart casual.

If you are interested in attending, please call commercial executive Keith McGuinness on 020 8547 3336 or e-mail 1889@afcwimbledon.co.uk


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Monday 31 July 2006
reserve team news
Reserve Squad For Raynes Park Vale

The reserves visit Raynes Park Vale reserves tonight with a 7.45 kick off and John Morris has named the following squad:

Paul Smith, Casey Maclaren, Jon Boswell, Dominic Worthington, Ken During, Jake Galbraith, Jack Johnson, Jason Finnigan, Steve Tyson, Noel Frankum, Bartek Biegajlo, Ronnie Vincent, Steve Goddard, Niall Connery.


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Sunday 30 July 2006
club news
JT's thoughts on a Grays day

Jon Turner was in philosophical mood following the 2-0 home defeat against Grays Athletic yesterday.

"For the first 30 mintues I thought we played quite well and matched them but then they started moving the ball around more brightly and we found ourselves following the ball sometimes instead of holding our positions. We ended up looking a bit ragged and, to be honest, when that spell was going on I couldn't wait for half time to come.

"In the second half I thought Paul Barnes made a difference with his pace. We held our own slightly better and neither team created that much, except a couple of chances we made in the last five minutes."

We asked Jon about injuries. "Grievesey went off after his neck stiffened up but Mike Rayner thinks it isn't too serious. Wes had a bit of an impact injury and was still limping when he left the stadium, but it looks like a fairly routine knock and he should be OK. Roscoe suffered a little bit of tightness but that's to be expected after a longish lay off. We aren't worried about any of them and we took them off as a precaution; there is no point asking anyone to play through an injury in pre-season matches."

And so, with no midweek match, the squad will go through two full training sessions to embed the lessons from the friendlies to date, followed by a trip to Aldershot on Saturday to look forward to.


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Saturday 29 July 2006
reserve team news
Squad for Reverves' trip to Cove

After their game against Bedfont Sports was called off by the referee before kick off, with the ground being surrounded by lightning, the reserves' second friendly is a visit to Cove. The game at Oak Farm Fields, Squirrels Lane, Farnborough, kicks off at 3.00pm and John Morris has named the following squad:

Danny Wheeler, Steve Gilbert, Ken During, Casey Maclaren, Jon Boswell, Dan Dean, Dominic Worthington, Jake Galbraith, Steve Tyson, Dwayne Bryan, Jack Johnson, Jason Finnigan, Ronnie Vincent, Peter Hinks, Luke Pigden, Niall Connery.

The game against Bedfont Sports has been rearranged for Thursday 3 August, kick off at 7.00pm, but before that the reserves will visit Raynes Park Vale reserves on Monday 31 July, kick off 7.45pm. The game originally scheduled for Saturday 5 August against Banstead has been cancelled.



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Friday 28 July 2006
club news
Squad for Grays Athletic

Jon Turner has announced the following squad for the game against Grays Athletic tomorrow, Saturday 29 July:

Andy Little, Josh Lennie; Steve Wales, Michael Haswell, Wayne Finnie, Steve Butler, Antony Howard, Simon Sobihy; Joe Paris, Wes Daly, Scott Curley, Luke Garrard, Rob Ursell, Byron Bubb; Roscoe D'Sane, Darren Grieves, Paul Barnes, Steve Goddard, Paul Armstrong.

JT said "I am really looking forward to this game. Grays are one of the best non-league teams and I'd be very surprised if they don't at least make the top 3 this season. They have a lot of very good strikers, including Aaron McLean and Lee Boylan. Lee transferred recently from Canvey Island where he scored 164 goals in 4 seasons. So, it will be a real test for our defence and we need to make sure we implement the lessons we learned from Tuesday night."

Grays are managed by former Leeds and Notts Forest star Frank Gray, who was appointed on a two year contract in May. He was previously at Farnborough Town where he took them to third place in the Conference South.

On the injury front, Scott Curley will need a fitness test before the game but Roscoe D'Sane has recovered and is available. Meanwhile, JT was delighted to say that Chris Gell is in light training again and should be OK for the start of the season.

For those fans who like to come in matching kit, we will be playing in red against Grays.


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Thursday 27 July 2006
club news
Power back on at the club office

Following an interruption in service, electrical power has been reinstated at the club and the office will re-open at our normal time of 10:00 am, tomorrow, Friday. The bars will be open as normal tonight.


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Thursday 27 July 2006
dons trust news
Next DT Fundraising Meeting - 1 August

The next meeting of the Dons Trust Fundraising Group is on Tuesday 1 August at Kingsmeadow at 7:45pm. The meeting is in the President's Lounge to plan our events for the 2006-07 season including a Walk,
Sporting Dinner and Silent Auctions. We need Project Managers, helpers and people with fresh ideas. All are welcome, so please come down and join Faz and Erik to offer your help.


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Thursday 27 July 2006
reserve team news
Reserves visit Bedfont Sports

The reserves make their annual visit to Bedfont Sports for their second friendly of the season. The match kicks off at 7.00pm and John Morris has named the following squad:

Paul Smith, Erkan, Jon Boswell, Steve Butler, Ken During, Jack Galbraith, Casey MacLaren, Dominic Worthington, Peter Hinks, Jason Finnigan, Jack Johnston, Steve Tyson, Dwayne Bryan, Steve Goddard, Byron Bubb, Niall Connery.




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Wednesday 26 July 2006
club news
JT's thoughts on last night's game

Jon Turner returned from honeymoon to the reality of a pre-season friendly game last night and a 3-4 defeat.

"Of course, I've been away so this is really Warren's team and I am not taking the blame for the defeat!", he said. "More seriously, while it is true that we use pre-seasons to build up fitness, we were disappointed to let in four goals. We pride ourselves on not conceding goals and this wasn't good. But, we had the second best defence in the league last season and it hasn't suddenly gone bad, we just need to work on a couple of things in training. We still have a good defence, no question.

"What does impress me, on returning after a break, is the abundance of good strikers we've got here and I am sure that they will be the envy of many clubs. I thought Roscoe was outstanding last night and it was a pity that he was feeling some tightness in his lower back, so we took him off at half time. Scott also felt his hamstring which is why we took him off as a precaution. It is a bit early to say for sure, but we hope Scott and Roscoe won't be out for very long."

While on the subject of injuries, Jon updated us on Richard Butler. "He has followed the consultant's 10-day rest programme and is still feeling some soreness in his groin. Although he was feeling quite a lot better last night we've decided to send him off for a scan on Friday, again as a precaution."

The announced crowd last night was understated by 197 and should have been 632. The error arose in a spreadsheet that was re-designed during the close season. The correct figure was identified during our usual post-match review. We apologise for the error and, in line with our usual policy, we are publishing the corrected figure as soon as possible.


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Tuesday 25 July 2006
club news
The 1889 Club

The 1889 Club will officially be launched on Wednesday 2 August at SWNineteen in Wimbledon Village.

The 1889 Club is a new commercial initiative that will give supporters the opportunity to contribute directly to a specific project within the club. This year the aim will be to increase the team budget for the 2006/2007 season by up to £40,000.

The launch will be a great opportunity to find out more about the 1889 Club and its aims and prospective members will be able to sign up on the night.

The dress code is smart casual.

If you are interested in attending, please call commercial executive Keith McGuinness on 020 8547 3336 or e-mail 1889@afcwimbledon.co.uk


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Tuesday 25 July 2006
first team news
Squad for Palace game

Jon Turner says ?I?m just back from my honeymoon and looking forward to seeing the new lads play in a game. Although we expect it to be a young Palace side tonight we know they will be fit, good young players and will come looking to play football which should lead to an open game.?

The squad is

Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Steve Wales, Michael Haswell, Jon Boswell, Steve Butler, Casey Maclaren Wayne Finnie, Antony Howard, Simon Sobihy, Wes Daly, Scott Curley, Luke Garrard, Robert Ursell, Byron Bubb, Joe Paris, Steve Tyson, Darren Grieves, Steve Goddard, Roscoe D?Sane
and Paul Barnes



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Monday 24 July 2006
club news
Kelly's eye view of FC United game

We spoke to Warren Kelly after Saturday's match to get his thoughts on a game of two halves. We started with an injury update.

"First and most important we didn't pick up any serious injuries. Darren Grieves felt a bit of a strain in the groin and Paul Barnes felt his knee a bit, but there was nothing to be very worried about. For tomorrow's game against Palace Youth team we will also have Roscoe D'Sane and Paul Armstrong back - neither of them could make Saturday's game due to other commitments.

"As for the game, we were very good in the first half with good passing and movement. Maybe we didn't capitalise on enough chances but we made quite a few. Also, our delivery from set pieces was much better, which was good to see.

"We didn't have any changes forced on us at half time but we wanted to give Speedo, Rob, Scott and Josh some match time. Making so many changes upset our balance a little bit and we became a bit disjointed. But this is the price you sometimes pay if you want to get as many players fit as possible.

"To be fair, FCUM had a real go after half time and we made it easier for them by giving the ball away too much and giving away too many free kicks. They used their possession well but there will be spells in every game where we are under pressure and we need to work on stopping them playing when this happens. But we'll learn from this and we are that much closer to being fit for the season, which was the main objective."

We asked Warren about the sendings off. "I genuinely didn't see the incidents so I am not commenting on them until I've seen the video. We have spent quite a bit of time telling players to walk away, whatever happens, but these are the sort of messages that need constant repetition and we'll be doing that, no question."


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Friday 21 July 2006
first team news
Shane moves on

AFC Wimbledon and Halifax Town today agreed terms for the transfer of New Zealand international striker Shane Smeltz

Shane came to Wimbledon in March 2005 having been released by Mansfield Town and signed a contract with us later that month. He made 61 competitive appearances for the Dons, including 11 as a substitute, and scored 26 goals. As well as being the first to win international honours while playing for AFC Wimbledon, he became an international goalscorer on April 25 when he netted in an away friendly against Chile.

The clubs have agreed not to release details of the deal, but we can announce that a sell-on clause has been included in the agreement.

Dave Anderson told us:

"It's been no secret that Shane wants to play full-time and we've known that since he came to us. People will have heard about the Halifax thing over the last couple of weeks, and it's now finalised. Of course we wish Shane well at Halifax and we also think the deal is right for us.

"As well as his 20-odd-yarder on his debut, a highlight of his time with us was scoring the opener in the Surrey Senior Cup final win against Walton. But the abiding memory will be of our supporters going to Craven Cottage to cheer Shane on for New Zealand against Australia - that tells you everything about this club."

We hope to catch up with Shane soon to talk about his feelings on joining the Shaymen.


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Friday 21 July 2006
club news
Squad for the FC United game

Dave Anderson has announced the following squad for the trip to play FC United of Manchester at Gigg Lane on Saturday 22 July:

Andy Little, Josh Lennie; Steve Wales, Jon Boswell, Steve Butler, Wayne Finnie, Michael Haswell, Antony Howard, Simon Sobihy, Casey Maclaren; Scott Curley, Wes Daly, Luke Garrard, Joe Paris, Rob Ursell; Paul Barnes, Darren Grieves, Steve Goddard and Paul Armstrong.

Dave said ?Richard Butler is still feeling some strain in his groin but he is showing signs of improvement and should be back in training next week. Roscoe D?Sane had a long-standing commitment which we agreed he should honour when we signed him, but he will be back for Tuesday?s game. Steve Wales and Luke Garrard took knocks on Tuesday but they trained and are fine. Steve Watson and Chris Gell aren't ready yet but they should be back in training in about 10 days.?

Dave has again included some of the younger players. ?They will benefit from the experience. They?ve all done well in the match time they?ve had so far and I hope they will get some more in Manchester.?

Dave talked about the trialists who have featured over the first 3 games. ?I?ve released Danny Honeyball, Marcus Sawyer and Lee Matthews with our best wishes and thanks. However, Paul Armstrong is staying on for a couple of weeks so that we can have a longer look at him.?

Dave will miss the game as he booked a family holiday before the match date was agreed. ?I usually go away in the off season but we knew we?d be working hard on new signings so I agreed with the board that I?d put my holiday back until everything was settled. It would be great to be at the match but this year I felt it was very important to get the signings completed and now I am taking my family away for a holiday. I will be back shortly after the Grays game.

?Jon Turner is still on honeymoon until Monday, so he will be back for the Crystal Palace game. But I have no qualms about leaving the team in the hands of Warren Kelly, John Morris and Simon Bassey who are all very experienced and well-respected by the squad.?

Finally, Dave updated us on the situation with Shane Smeltz. ?As most people know, Shane has been on trial at Halifax and he has done well there. They have made an approach to us but these things always take a lot longer to work out that you might imagine. As soon as anything is settled we will announce it on the club?s site.?

For those of you who like to wear the same strip as the team, they will be in the new blue kit tomorrow, given that FCUM will, of course, be in red.


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Thursday 20 July 2006
club news
More help needed, please

With the season almost upon us and with new home and away kits we are looking for some assistance with numbering the playing shirts. If you have some time available - preferably during the working day - and are willing to help, please drop us a line to info@afcwimbledon.co.uk with your details.


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Thursday 20 July 2006
club news
Reserves step out for first time this season

The first reserves game of pre-season takes place on Thursday evening at
Staines Lammas FC and manager John Morris is looking forward to it:

?The lads who played for the first team in the last two games have done very well and tonight?s game is a great opportunity to work on their fitness and get 90 minutes under their belt.?

The match kicks off at 7pm at Staines Lammas FC, The Lucan Pavilion & Recreation Ground, The Broadway, Laleham, Staines, Middx, TWI8 1RZ

John Morris has named the following squad:

Paul Smith; Danny Wheeler; Casey Maclaren; Jon Boswell; Freddie Myers; Richard Bayley; Ken During; Jake Galbraith; Jason Finnigan; Steve Tyson; Jack Johnston; Peter Hinks; Niall Connery; Mark King; Stephen Goddard


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Thursday 20 July 2006
club news
FCUM coaches sold out

We have now sold the last seats on the coaches to the FC United game on Saturday. We will not be opening a waiting list for an additional coach.


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Thursday 20 July 2006
club news
Arrangements at the FCUM game

FC United of Manchester have contacted us about the game on Saturday. Both clubs see this game as a friendship match and so FCUM has decided that there will be no segregation. However, if AFC Wimbledon fans want to congregate together to create a competitive atmosphere they suggest that we use the Cemetery End of the ground.

Please note that it is not possible to move between stands once you have entered the ground.


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Thursday 20 July 2006
club news
Name that Womble

As many of you will know, thanks to the Womble Underground Press and a lot of hard work from our own Ivor Heller, we will have a Womble mascot this coming season.

Every Womble needs a name, and the AFC Wimbledon way is for supporters to decide these things. So we'd like your suggestions, please. Wombles are usually named after a place or a geographical feature - Tobermory, Orinoco and Great Uncle Bulgaria, for example - so bear that in mind when writing in.

Anyone can send in a name, to the usual address by post or by email to womble@afcwimbledon.co.uk and the best three will be chosen by Elizabeth Beresford herself. These will then be put to a ballot of all Junior Dons to make the final choice. Please get your names to us by the end of July.


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Wednesday 19 July 2006
club news
Help needed please

We are looking for someone to review one of our accounting and operational processes to see if we can simplify it and to check the quality of our controls.

The skills needed for this extremely exciting project include:

. good experience of process analysis and simplification
. an understanding of how to implement effective but simple internal controls

If you have the skills and the time to help, please send an email to erik.samuelson@afcwimbledon.co.uk


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Wednesday 19 July 2006
club news
FCUM game - Supporters Direct press release

Earlier this week, Supporters Direct issued this press release about our game against FC United of Manchester, this Saturday 22 July at Gigg Lane Bury.

Supporters Direct Cup
AFC Wimbledon v FC United of Manchester

Trailblazing Clubs Compete for Pre-Season Trophy

AFC Wimbledon and FC United of Manchester will compete for the Supporters Direct Cup this coming Saturday, 22nd July, at Gigg Lane, Bury, and it promises to be another special occasion.

Last season?s fixture saw a highly competitive game between the then Ryman 1st Division title winners and the new boys of the North West Counties League, FC United of Manchester, with the Dons squeezing through as one nil winners.

This season?s match sees FC United, as the Moore and Co Construction Solicitors, North West Counties League Division Two title winners and promoted to Division One. AFC Wimbledon will be amongst the front runners for the Ryman League Premier Division, having been knocked out in the semi-finals of the playoffs last season.

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

With new players on show and a big crowd expected, it is sure to be a day to remember. Phil French, Chief Executive of Supporters Direct said, ?We are delighted to see both clubs competing for the SD Cup. If last season is anything to go by it should be fantastic occasion with a festival atmosphere and a highly competitive match to savour. We wish both teams every success for the forthcoming season as they continue to battle against the odds and prove to the world of football what a success story they are.?

Andy Walsh, General Manager of FC United said, ?this match celebrates the achievements of both competing clubs and Supporters Direct in giving supporters control over the destiny of their football clubs. Last season AFC Wimbledon were narrow one nil victors in a highly competitive match I hope this return game is as exciting with the results being reversed.?

And AFC Wimbledon are looking forward to the fixture. Chairman Kris Stewart said, ?I have been looking forward to this match since last year. It promises to be a great occasion for the supporters and hopefully we can thrash them since the trophy looks good in our cabinet! But the game is not really about that, this game is about two clubs formed in a similar fashion but from very different circumstances. A year ago FC United looked to us for advice but already we have begun to look to them for advice. We are proud to be able to play our part in the Supporters Trust movement with mutual support from other clubs and Supporters Direct. We look forward to an exciting season and to challenging for the Ryman League Premier Division title.?

In the spirit of the competition, the gate money from the match will be shared between both clubs.

Entrance will be available on the day, priced £7 for adults, £5 for over 60s, and £2 for under 18s. Further information can be obtained by visiting here.


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Wednesday 19 July 2006
club news
Dave looks back on the Raynes Park Vale and Fleet friendlies

Dave Anderson was upbeat after the two friendly matches against Raynes Park Vale and Fleet Town.

?When we beat Leyton Orient I said that the result wasn?t important and that is still true after these two draws. The purpose of pre-season is to get us ready for the league and I am satisfied with where we are after these games. More players have now had 90 minutes, including two younger players in Steve Tyson and Joe Paris, and we also got the chance to blood Casey MacLaren and Steve Goddard. Casey and Steve came on against Raynes Park Vale and showed enough to persuade us to take them to Fleet and give them some more game time.

So, we?ve had a good work out, fitness levels are continuing to improve and we think we got away without any serious injuries. Steve Wales was taken off after a fall and a twisted shoulder and Luke Garrard rolled his ankle, but the early signs are that they will be back for Saturday?s game at FCUM.

I am really disappointed that I will miss the game on Saturday. I booked a brief holiday ages ago and, at the time, the date of the FCUM game wasn?t clear. I don?t get much time off so I am going ahead with my break but I wish I?d chose a different week!?



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Tuesday 18 July 2006
club news
Coach and train travel for FC United

There are only 8 seats left for the coach to the FCUM game on Saturday.

Fans may have noticed that there is a threat of industrial action by the RMT from noon on Friday to noon on Saturday. If it goes ahead this is likely to disrupt trains to the Manchester area. We recommend that you check before travelling in case the strike goes ahead.

If you are worried about your travel arrangements, you can book one of the remaining coach places by calling 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays.


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Tuesday 18 July 2006
club news
1889 Club is launched

The commercial department is proud to announce the formation of the ?1889 Club?. The 1889 Club will give supporters the opportunity to contribute directly to a specific project within the club. This year the aim will be to increase the team budget for the 2006/2007 season by around £40,000.

Membership will be limited and will cost £500 (plus VAT) for one year. A Direct Debit payment scheme will be available.

The benefits to members are still being finalised, but some highlights are:

1) The 1889 Club will present AFC Wimbledon?s official end of season dinner, planned for the Café Royale (Regent Street) on Saturday 12th May 2007. This will be an exclusive black tie event that will be attended by members, players and coaching staff and should be a memorable night for all those involved.

2) Discounted executive travel will be available to a selection of away matches during the season.

3) Several social events will be held throughout the season giving members the opportunity to socialise together and with playing and coaching staff.

4) Members will be able to come along to training sessions and learn from the coaching staff how we prepare for games and keep the players fit.

5) A limited number of tickets for the President?s Lounge and Directors? Box will be available to members at a discounted rate for each home match throughout the season.

Members are welcome to invite guests to all club events, although guests will be charged the full price for each event.

We are holding an official launch of the club and an informal information session at the "SW Nineteen" bar in Wimbledon Village on Wednesday 2 August, so if you have any questions, feel free to join us. In the meantime, contact commercial Keith McGuinness on 020 8547 3336 or commercial@afcwimbledon.co.uk for further information.


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Tuesday 18 July 2006
club news
Summer courses for Community Football

Details of our Community Football summer soccer courses are now available via the CFS section of this website or by post. For a copy, call the office (020 8974 5712) between 10.00am and 4.00pm on weekdays

Our courses are for boys and girls, aged 4-12 and run all through the summer holidays.




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Monday 17 July 2006
dons trust news
Safe in your hands: Ownership of AFC Wimbledon

The following statement is issued on behalf of the boards of The Dons Trust and AFCW PLC.

On 28 June, representatives of the club met with a businessman with whom the club had been discussing a commercial sponsorship deal. At that meeting, the businessman stated that he was interested in buying AFC Wimbledon. Although he did not make a formal proposal, the businessman indicated at the meeting that his vision for the club was to gain football success through investing substantial sums in the playing budget, to install a professional management team and to attempt to return the club to Merton.

Although he was willing to safeguard the Kingsmeadow stadium for supporters, the businessman made it very clear that he wanted ownership and total control of the club. He proposed a deadline of 31 August for a final decision to be reached and said that, if a deal was not concluded with AFC Wimbledon, he would look for another club to buy.

On 3 July, the board of The Dons Trust met, together with members of the AFCW PLC board. A representative of Supporters Direct was also present to provide informal advice. Those present at the meeting discussed these developments, explored whether there might ever be circumstances in which they could recommend giving up control of AFC Wimbledon and considered how to respond to the businessman. The conclusions of both the Dons Trust and AFCW PLC boards, in each case arrived at through a majority vote, were that:

- Based upon the circumstances described to the Boards, there was little appetite to recommend to members that The Dons Trust should give up control of AFC Wimbledon in response to this particular approach;

- A long-term strategy was needed, setting out the aspirations for the club and identifying the most appropriate business model for realising those aspirations;

- Such a strategy should be devised with the full participation of Dons Trust members and should not be rushed;

- If the businessman wished to wait for the outcome of the strategy process, then the Boards would be willing to listen to (without in any way being bound by) any proposal that he might then wish to make.

On 7 July, an e-mail was received following up on a few of the points made at the 28 June meeting. At a meeting of the Strategic Review and Oversight Board on 10 July, members of the boards concluded that, although the e-mail included statements aimed at addressing some of the potential concerns of members, the further information set out in the e-mail did not alter the conclusions reached at the 3 July meeting. The meeting further noted that sale of a controlling stake in the club would be contrary to the spirit and/or letter of the Society?s Objects and Aims. The above conclusions were therefore conveyed to the businessman on 17 July.

Whether or not the businessman remains interested in buying AFC Wimbledon, the board of The Dons Trust believes that it is important to set a long-term strategy for the club. Such a strategy needs to be informed by:

- the aspirations that Dons Trust members hold for the club and its ownership;

- the club?s long-term financial and football prospects (and the risks associated with these); and

- consideration of how different corporate models could serve the objectives.

Corporate models that could be considered include, for example, The Dons Trust retaining control of AFCW PLC (i.e. the existing situation), or establishing a Community Interest Company, in which different classes of shareholder might gain different levels of control and protection, or even, potentially, transferring full ownership and control of the club to a buyer prepared to invest in its future. The strategy would attempt to establish whether the existing Aims of the Society ? in particular retaining control of AFC Wimbledon and achieving league status by 2013/14 ? remain relevant and mutually compatible and, if not, how to revise and/or prioritise them.

The Board wishes to emphasise that:

- The decision to set a long-term strategy does not mean that there is a presumption in favour of changing the current ownership and corporate structure;

- Any decisions on such fundamental issues should be made by the members of The Dons Trust. Majority ownership and control of AFCW PLC and its subsidiaries will remain firmly in the hands of the Dons Trust unless and until Dons Trust members decide otherwise.

Further details on the strategy-forming process will be made available to members in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, members are encouraged to remind themselves of the Society?s Aims (see here) and to prepare for a dialogue about whether these aims remain relevant, realistic, and mutually compatible and how they might be prioritised. Members may also wish to remind themselves of the Objects of The Dons Trust, as set out in Rule 2 of the Constitution (see here).


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Monday 17 July 2006
first team news
Squads for Raynes Park Vale and Fleet Town

Dave Anderson announced his squads and explained his approach to the two first team friendlies this week:

"During the first game we tried to get as many people as possible 45 minutes to an hour of playing time. For these two games midweek, we can up people's playing time to closer to 90 minutes. It?s also a good chance to look at the trialists.

"There is no A or B squad, we just tried to put 2 balanced squads together. There will be some reserves involved both games - it's good to get them involved with the first team squad and get them some playing time as well."

For the Raynes Park Vale match on Monday 17 July, Dave is taking the following squad:

Danny Wheeler; Paul Smith; Wayne Finnie; Lee Matthews; Danny Honeyball; Simon Sobihy; Casey Maclaren; Steve Tyson; Rob Ursell; Scott Curley; Marcus Sawyer; Darren Grieves; Paul Armstrong; Mark King; Stephen Goddard.

Making the trip to Fleet Town on Tuesday 18 July will be:

Andy Little; Josh Lennie; Jon Boswell; Antony Howard; Steve Butler; Steve Wales; Luke Garrard; Freddie Myers; Jack Johnson; Steve Tyson; Joe Paris; Wes Daly; Michael Haswell; Roscoe D?Sane; Paul Barnes; Niall Connery.


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Monday 17 July 2006
club news
A few spaces left on the coach to FCUM

After a late rush on Saturday, we are close to filling a second coach for the trip to FC United of Manchester this Saturday.

If you want to book one or more of the remaining seats, please call the office on 020 8547 3528 or call in. The office is open for calls and visitors between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays.

Tickets are £22 for an adult return and £16 for concessions. The coaches leave from The Woodman pub in Wimbledon and Kingsmeadow at 7.45am and 8.00 am respectively.

For further details see the feature article here.


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Saturday 15 July 2006
dons trust news
The Dons Draw - July 2006 results

With all the funds in, and the necessary reconciliations completed, the 23rd Dons Draw took place earlier this afternoon at Kingsmeadow.

This month the winning numbers were drawn by Sandy Lawrence, a Dons Trust Board member, whilst Neil Messenbird, the Dons Draw Treasurer, controlled the draw process and it was witnessed by Varney Constantinou.

The June 2006 jackpot equaled the record high of £880. The winning ticket numbers and prizes were as follows:

First prize of £880 - ticket 0144 ? John O?Sullivan, from Morden
Second prize of £440 - ticket 0520 ? Sally Harlow, from SW19
Third prize of £150 - ticket 2990 ? Jane Lonsdale, from Worcester Park

Congratulations to all three prize winners.

This is the first win for all the entrants. John and Sally both joined the draw in September 2004, but, Jane only entered the draw in May this year.

The next Dons Draw will take place around 15 August 2006 with the results being posted on the AFC Wimbledon official web site soon after the draw has taken place.

Current indications are that the jackpot next month will be in the region of £890, or more. So if you want a chance of winning next month's bumper jackpot but still haven't entered, or if you have already entered the draw but would like to increase your chances of winning by taking a few more ticket numbers, then you know what to do!! You can sign up to the Dons Draw here.

The deadline for new entrants to the August 2006 Dons Draw is midnight on 30 July 2006.

Any questions you may have can be answered on match days at the Dons Trust table, or by contacting the Dons Draw team at donsdraw@thedonstrust.org.


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Saturday 15 July 2006
club news
Another new arrival

We are delighted to pass on the good news from Mike Rayner, the club's physiotherapist, that his wife Fiona gave birth to a 7lb 13 oz baby girl early this morning.

Everyone at the club is delighted for them and we send them our very best wishes.


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Saturday 15 July 2006
club news
Roscoe D'Sign

Shortly after today's game Dave Anderson announced that he had agreed terms with Roscoe D'Sane.

"I said during the week that Roscoe was training with us and we'd talk to him after a couple of the pre-season friendlies. But, after seeing him today, I didn't need to wait any longer. Roscoe is a quality player who scores goals and so I'm delighted to secure him for the club."

We will catch up with Roscoe early next week for his thoughts on joining AFC Wimbledon.


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Saturday 15 July 2006
club news
Dave pleased even though Orient score late on

Dave Anderson was cautious about reading too much into today's 2-1 win against Leyton Orient but pleased with the performance.

"You know what you are going to face when you play a league club and I think we saw that today. They held the ball well and made us work hard. But I thought we kept our shape well and had a couple of purple patches in the first half when things came together. I thought Wayne Finnie had a particularly very good first half and didn't Roscoe D'Sane look good?

"What also pleased me was to see our players put up against theirs and matching them physically. And we took our chances when they came.

"However, the real pluses are that we picked up no new injuries, the team has had a chance to play together and get the new men settled in and, after a work out like that, their overall fitness will be that much further forward. Not a bad day, all-in-all."


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Friday 14 July 2006
u18s news
Under 18s in action

An AFC Wimbledon U18 side will be playing Brentford?s U18 side tomorrow, Saturday 15 July, kick off 11.30 am. The game will be at Brentford?s training ground, which is 100 Jersey Road, Osterley, Middx, TW5 0TP.


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Friday 14 July 2006
club news
Leyton Orient sending full squad

Leyton Orient have notified us that they are sending their full first team squad for tomorrow's game at The Fans' Stadium. The squad includes Matthew Lockwood, for a long time rumoured to be a target of Wimbledon, as well as most of the squad who won promotion in the last game of last season.

Dave Anderson said "It's nice to see professionals at close quarters - let's hope we get that close to them! We've been back in training now for only two weeks so our fitness isn't quite where we want it to be yet and therefore we will mix things up a bit by giving a lot of players some game time.

"Fans who follow the web site will know that Steve Watson and Byron Bubb aren't ready to play tomorrow but all the other new players will feature, as will Steve Butler who is back in training after his operation. Other players who are still on the injured list are Chris Gell, Simon Sweeney and Richard Butler. Richard has been feeling some pain in his groin and, as a precaution, he has been put on a 10 day rest programme by the surgeon who operated on him last season.

"Fans will also see one or two new names as we try out a couple of players. I'm naming no names now - you'll have to come and see for yourself tomorrow!

"Finally, I just want it say it is a privilege to play against a league team. We know they will really give us a hard game, which is great experience for our players and will sharpen their fitness as well. The season isn't far away now and it will be good to get out on the pitch again."


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Friday 14 July 2006
club news
Pay by credit card at kit launch

As an experiment, we are taking payment by credit or debit card at the kit launch tonight. The system we use is rather slow and not suited to use in the shop on matchdays, but we believe that with the extra space in the bar it will work tonight.

Masters' tickets and coach tickets for the FC United of Manchester away game on 22 July can also be bought by credit card tonight.

And don't forget that the launch is followed by a "Meet the Manager" session with Dave Anderson fielding any question you care to launch at him.


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Friday 14 July 2006
club news
New kit launch and meet the manager

We are delighted to announce that Dave Anderson and some of the players will attend the launch of the new kit on Friday 14 July at 8.00pm.

Whilst we have the manager and some players in our company it seemed like a good idea to have a 'Meet the Manager' session as we have done on previous occasions. These evenings are always highly entertaining and give you the chance to ask your questions about the new season or give your observations on any aspect of the team.

The new home and away kits will be available to purchase from the main bar and the 'Meet the Manager' will start shortly after the launch.

So come down and make it a full weekend of Dons action:

. Friday: Kit launch and Meet the Manager.
. Saturday: 1st Pre Season against Leyton Orient
. Sunday: visit Wembley Arena to witness Wimbledon Masters do battle with Arsenal, Tottenham and Watford. Tickets (£18 for adults, £12 for concessions) will be available at the kit launch


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Thursday 13 July 2006
club news
Masters update

With the 2006 Masters Tournament only a few days away, the OS caught up with some of the players involved.

Alan Kimble and Carlton Fairweather have both expressed their excitement at representing Wimbledon on Sunday. Glen ?Trigger? Mulcaire has been talking to Alan Kimble and says he is looking forward to representing what he considers the ?real? Wimbledon, while Fairweather is thrilled about playing in front of the old Wimbledon fans again.

Trigger also spoke to Scott Fitzgerald, who is currently managing Brentford Under 18s (who face AFC Wimbledon Under 19s this Saturday). ?I consider AFC Wimbledon to be the true continuation of Wimbledon football? said Scott. ?It is a pleasure to be playing in the Masters?.

The Masters takes place at Wembley Arena on Sunday 16 July, starting at 7.30pm and will feature players from both Wimbledon FC and AFC Wimbledon, playing side by side against teams from Arsenal, Watford and Tottenham. With the Masters being broadcast live on Sky Sports, this is a huge opportunity to remind the world that football is alive and well in Wimbledon.

The squad is as follows:
Glenn ?Trigger? Mulcaire
Roger Joseph
Scott Fitzgerald
Keith Ward
Dean Holdsworth
Alan Kimble
Andy Clarke
Marcus Gayle
Carlton Fairweather

Tickets are still available through the following channels:

1) Call Keith in the commercial office at 020 8547 3336 between 9.30am and 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.

2) In the Main Bar at the ?Meet the Manager? and kit launch on Friday night

3) From the WISA table in the back bar before the Leyton Orient match on Saturday and at the complimentary tickets window after the game.

Make sure you order your tickets through the club as the club earns a percentage of the sales.


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Wednesday 12 July 2006
club news
Here we go again?

Pre-season training has been going well and Dave Anderson has said that he is delighted with the way his strengthened squad is looking. So, something was bound to happen.

Last night, Steve Watson stood on the ball in training and went over on his ankle. "Steve isn't a man who stays down unless there is a good reason" said Dave, "so we were very worried and got him off to hospital as soon as possible." Mike Rayner picks up the story:

"There is no ligament damage but there is swelling on the fibula. The X-ray revealed a slight avulsion fracture - in layman's terms part of the bone has come away. The good news is that the fragment is small and, with adequate rehabilitation and active rest the fragment should be absorbed by the body. We are hopeful that he will be back in action in 2 or 3 weeks."

Dave added "Steve has been looking terrific in training and for a while I feared the worst, especially given our luck last season. Let's hope this is the first and last scare for a long time."


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Wednesday 12 July 2006
club news
Announcement of league fixtures on Thursday

The Ryman League has announced that the fixtures for the coming season will be available from 9.00 am tomorrow. If you can't wait for them to be posted on our site, you can get an individual club?s fixture list by logging onto the League's website ? here.

Then:
. select the "Tables" option at the top of the page
. select the Premier Division
. click on AFC Wimbledon in the League Table to display our league matches for that club


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Monday 10 July 2006
club news
Programme sellers wanted

We need some volunteers to help to sell programmes this season. On a Saturday programmes go on sale at about 1.30 pm and sellers can normaly expect to be inside the ground to see the beginning of the game.

If you are interested in volunteering on a regular or occasional basis then please contact the office by calling 020 8547 3528 between 10.00am and 4.00pm on weekdays or by emailing info@afcwimbledon.co.uk with the subject heading "programme sellers".


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Monday 10 July 2006
club news
Byron joins

Dave Anderson has announced that he has agreed terms with winger Byron Bubb, who can also play just behind the front two. Byron started his career with Millwall, where he made about 20 first team appearances. He joins us from Hendon and played for them against us in the league and cup games at Kingsmeadow in December last year.

Byron is a current Grenadan international with 10 caps and 4 goals. He is currently recovering from minor knee surgery and is expected to be fit for the start of the season.

At the same time, Dave announced that Roscoe D?Sane is training with us and he is expected to feature in the pre-season friendlies. Also welcomed at training at the weekend was Paul Smith, who was back from his studies and fully recovered from the operation on his dislocated shoulder.

Byron?s thoughts about joining AFC Wimbledon, more details about recent signings and progress on long-term injuries will all appear in the programme for the pre-season friendly games, which will be on sale at Saturday?s game against Leyton Orient.


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Monday 10 July 2006
ladies news
Ladies kick-off

AFC Wimbledon Ladies kick off their season this evening with a training ground friendly against the touring FC Carolina Alliance side, Tolworth, 19.00

With all bar one of last season's squad retained alongside several new signings, manager Lance Patey is looking forward to a successful campaign.


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Friday 07 July 2006
club news
FA Cup and FA Trophy draw

AFC Wimbledon have been drawn at home to Horsham in the first round qualifying stage of the FA Cup. The match will be played on Saturday September 16th.

In the FA Trophy the Dons also enter at the first round qualifying stage. We are also at home for this game against the winners of the tie between Godalming Town and Dunstable Town. The game is scheduled to take place on Saturday October 21st


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Wednesday 05 July 2006
club news
Masters 2006

AFC Wimbledon is proud to announce the following squad for the Masters Tournament, taking place at Wembley Arena on 16 July:

Roger Joseph
Glenn ?Trigger? Mulcaire
Scott Fitzgerald
Keith Ward
Dean Holdsworth
Alan Kimble
Andy Clarke
Marcus Gayle
Carlton Fairweather

The squad represents Wimbledon old and new, with players from Wimbledon FC competing alongside their counterparts from AFC Wimbledon. The goalkeeper will be named shortly.

The event is being broadcast live by Sky Sports, making it a great chance to remind the world that football is alive and well in Wimbledon.

Tickets are available by calling commercial executive Keith McGuinness on 020 8547 3336 between 9.30am and 5.30pm, on weekdays. Please make sure you order your tickets through the club as a percentage of the sales we make will go directly to the club.


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Tuesday 04 July 2006
club news
More pre-season friendlies announced

The final pre-season friendlies have now been confirmed, as follows:

. Tuesday 18 July, away to Fleet Town
. Saturday 29 July, home to Grays Athletic
. Tuesday 8 August, away to Croydon Athletic

We asked Dave Anderson for his view of the pre-season games and he commented "we start with a tough one against Leyton Orient and we'll take the chance to give everyone some match time. Then, in the games against Raynes Park Vale and Fleet we will operate a split squad and give everyone 90 minutes in one of those games."

Dave was particularly pleased that we are playing host to Grays Athletic. "This is the team that has won the FA Trophy for the last two years, once while they were in Conference South. They've gone down the path that we eventually want to, going full time and breaking into the Conference. They are a very strong team."

Some fans may know that Ashley Bayes, the Grays goalkeeper, is also our goalkeeping coach. "Ashley has been a big plus for us and Andy Little's performances last season definitely benefitted from advice from the big man. So, I hope our fans will remember that and be a bit kinder to him than they are to some away goalkeepers!"

Finally, we have a game against at Croydon Athletic, where we last played in Monsoon conditions as Rob Ursell scored twice in a hard-fought 3-1 win.

Overall, Dave is pleased with the balance of our pre-seasons. "We have games against a league team and 2 conference teams, where we'll be under pressure, and games against teams from lower leagues where I hope we will be able to keep the ball and move it around well. I can't wait to get started."


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Monday 03 July 2006
club news
Quiz suspended over the summer

With everything else that is going on over the summer, we have decided to suspend the monthly quiz for a while. Therefore, the quiz that was due this Wednesday evening, 5 July, will not now be taking place.


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