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Tuesday 31 July 2007
first team news
Additional first team pre-season friendly

The club has arranged an additional match next Wednesday, 8 August, at Walton Casuals' Franklyn Road Sports Ground - kick off 7.45 pm.

Terry Brown said "We need as many players as possible to get 200 minutes of match time before the season. We were struggling a bit to get there with the Brentford game having been postponed. Fortunately, Walton Casuals were able and willing to accommodate us at short notice. I hear it is a good pitch there, which is important for pre-season games, so we are delighted to be able to play this additional fixture."


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Tuesday 31 July 2007
club news
Kingsmeadow Live this Saturday!

On Saturday 4 August, straight after the pre- season friendly against FC United of Manchester, Kingsmeadow Live returns briefly from its summer holiday to present a gig in celebration of the day’s football.
Starting at 6.00pm in the back bar, there will be three bands, featuring supporters of AFC Wimbledon and FC United of Manchester, playing a variety of music. See below for more details. Admission is free with a match ticket or costs £5 otherwise. For more information, e-mail here or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335.

The Comcomcommas
New to the South London music scene but already causing a stir, The ComComCommas have all the ingredients of a great band. They have an infectious onstage presence, spitting out songs of guilt and frustration from the stage, like angry drunks in the park, leaving you on the dancefloor cutting serious shapes to their unique sound.
To find out more about the band, visit here.

Last Chance Sunday
Recently formed and playing gigs in and around Manchester, Last Chance Sunday’s versatility is their strength, from the pop-punk melodies of Because and Someone Else's Wife to the luscious harmonies of read Me Now and Fragile Dreams via the indie beat of Save The World and She Cries.
To find out more about the band, visit here.

Creeper
Creeper are a four piece Rock/alternative band based in SE London. The music has been compared to many brilliant acts such as Soundgarden, Queens of the Stone Age, Tool, Deftones, and Alice in Chains. Creeper are an original band with oodles of talent,stage and recording experience. Performing live is where they love to be and with a back catologue the size of a small planet creeper always deliver a professional and exciting live show not to be missed.
To find out more about the band, visit here.




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Tuesday 31 July 2007
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow this Friday!

Comedy@Kingsmeadow returns for one night on Friday 3 August, the night before the FC United of Manchester pre- season friendly, before the club relaunches in September.
Over 70 FCUM supporters have already reserved tickets, so we strongly advise booking tickets in advance. Call our booking line on 020 8547 3335 or e-mail here

Please note
Food will be available in the back bar prior to the comedy. Admission to the comedy and dinner costs £10. However you MUST order tickets in advance to be able to take advantage of this offer.

More about the gig….

Friday 3 August
Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents…
Martin Coyote, Paddy Lennox, Barrie Hall and Lee Hume
Doors open 8.00pm, show starts 9.00pm, bar closes midnight
Admission: £6 (advance) /£8 (door)

Martin Coyote (Closing Act)
For eight years Martin Coyote has been a pivotal member of the Comedy Store's flagship topical show, The Cutting Edge. He is a prolific writer of challenging and thought provoking gags.
Exuding a warmth and laddish charm, he generates an equally glowing response from his audiences. They genuinely like him. Even the most hardened hecklers seek his approval.
His talents are diverse. Equally at home with the mainstay circuit gigs as with the major comedy venues, on television or on radio, Coyote is a force to be reckoned with. Credits include. 'Bring Me The Head Of Light Entertainment.' (Channel Five) 'Loose Talk' (Radio One) 'Comedy Network' (Radio One) 'The Treatment' (Radio Five Live). He also supported Lee Hurst on his three highly successful UK tours.
'Criminally underrated. A truly great writer and performer.' Time Out
'Great topical one-liners. Will make you laugh a lot.' Radio Five Live
'Unhinged, quick witted, slightly sinister. But always worth going to see.' London Evening Standard
'Coyote is a safe pair of hands, guaranteed to deliver a quality set.' www.chortle.co.uk

Paddy Lennox (Opening Act)
Irish comedian and actor Paddy Lennox first burst on to stage as a Stand-Up in 2001 only to be interrupted with a couple of comedies at the Shakespeare Globe Theatre and filming in far off lands, before returning to his new found passion. An engaging and instantly likeable comic, Paddy combines topical material with observational routines. "Simply a scream" Belfast Telegraph.

Barrie Hall (Compere)
Sophisticated Geordie comedian, Barrie Hall is one of the performers in new Channel 4 comedy sketch series Experimental. He also appears in BBC 1's new entertainment show, Spy TV hosted by Ian Wright.Barrie performs stand up comedy regularly all around the country. Equally at home performing extended sets or as compere, he performed at this year's Edinburgh Fringe in his own sell-out stand up show.
‘Hall's performance is a tour de force’ Time Out
‘Bladder-aching hilarity, a gem amongst the crud’ City Life
‘Achingly funny and hilariously offbeat’ The List
‘Highly entertaining stand up’ Metro
‘Comic fantasy with a dark tinge’ The Times

Lee Hume (New Act)
Another new act gets 10 minutes on stage to try and prove he has what it takes to make it as a stand up comedian.



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Monday 30 July 2007
first team news
Looking back on Salisbury and forward to Fisher

We spoke to Terry Brown after Saturday's 0-0 draw at Salisbury.

"I was delighted with Saturday's trip to Salisbury. We were made very welcome by the Wiltshire club who I believe will more than hold their own in the Conference this year.

"Salisbury put us under a lot of pressure in the first half hour and tested our defensive capabilities to the full. I thought we dealt very well with the aerial challenge and, once we'd settled down, we were able to get the ball down and pass it. I thought we looked particularly dangerous on the break and created a couple of chances in the first half. I hope we will be able to capitalise on such breaks later on in the season.

"We approached the second half in a confident manner and were able to take the game to Salisbury. It was pleasing to see us pressing for a winner in the last ten minutes.

"Tomorrow gives us possibly our last opportunity to ensure that all the players in our squad have competed in at least 200 minutes' football, with the exception of Marcus Gayle and Antony Howard, who we are hopeful may play some part in the FC United game.

"Stuart and I would like to try a different formation tomorrow that will allow us to incorporate more front runners in the team. We are hoping that Richard Jolly and Chris Hussey will be able to complete a full 90 minutes for the first time in pre-season. We will continue to rotate the goalkeepers and it will be a very difficult call for the Ramsgate game, owing to the pleasing fact that neither 'keeper has had too much to do so far this year.

"It was great so see so many fans at Salisbury and I hope to see and hear them there again tomorrow night at Fisher."


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Monday 30 July 2007
cfs news
Today's course cancelled at Dundonald Park

The community football scheme course at Dundonald Park has been cancelled for the period Monday 30 July to Wednesday 1 August. All other courses this week are running as usual.

All next week's courses will run as scheduled. Applications are still being accepted for courses at Dundonald Park, Wimbledon Park and Cottenham Park. Call 020 8974 5712 or click here.


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Sunday 29 July 2007
club news
Roof gets go ahead from council

For some time we have wanted to extend the roof over the main stand to provide cover for all the seats. Unfortunately, although we have planning permission, for reasons beyond our control we were unable to obtain copies of the engineers' calculations that proved that extending the roof was safe i.e. that the supports would bear the load. Without such evidence, we could not begin to consider going ahead.

A few months ago we commissioned a load test of one of the roof supports and, following a positive report, we approached Kingston Council to obtain their confirmation that they are content that we can go ahead. We have now obtained this confirmation and the project will be added to the list of work we would like to carry out at the stadium. It will then be prioritised.

The cost of carrying out the extension is unlikely to be less than £40,000. If we find we are able to fund the work it can not be carried out until next summer at the earliest. However, a major obstacle to progress has now been overcome.


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Sunday 29 July 2007
club news
AFC Wimbledon on Talk Sport today

Talk Sport is currently running a programme reviewing the forthcoming non-league season and AFC Wimbledon should be featured sometime between 12.45 and 1.00 pm today.


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Sunday 29 July 2007
first team news
London Senior Cup draw

The draw for the London Senior Cup has been made, where Wimbledon join in the fourth round.

We have been drawn away to Dulwich Hamlet, who beat us 3-2 in the same competition last year. The game must be played before 8 December.


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Friday 27 July 2007
first team news
Team for Salisbury

Dons' manager Terry Brown has announced the following starting line up for the trip to Salisbury:

Andy Little; Luke Garrard, Rob Quinn, Jake Leberl, Michael Haswell; Karl Beckford, Kevin Warner, Sam Hatton, Tony Finn; Daniel Webb, Richard Butler.

"My aim is to give all the players 120 minutes of match time by the time the Fisher game has been played so as to get everyone up and running and to give them all an opportunity to shine. It is never quite that easy, however, as we are missing Richard Jolly, who is taking exams, Antony Howard, who isn't ready yet but should be for the FC United game, Robin Shroot, who is with the Northern Ireland under 20 squad, and Marcus Gayle who is still feeling his hamstring but will also probably be OK for the FC United game.

"I've decided to rest Jason Goodliffe who played 90 minutes on Tuesday, which was more than we planned, and Will Salmon who appears to be fine after his clash of heads, but we thought we should rest him.

"The good news is that Luke Garrard should be OK to start following his abdominal strain, and the rest of the squad is fit and will be getting 20 - 30 minutes. Once again, the idea is that the players who get a shorter time today will play in the next game against Fisher.

"The game tomorrow should be very entertaining. I was very impressed with Salisbury last year and they have got one or two exceptional players. And they are used to winning so it will be a fantastic test for us.

"The benefit of playing Conference teams is that they will stretch us and we can identify weaknesses to work on. So, I am really looking forward to the test."


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Friday 27 July 2007
club news
AFC Wimbledon XI game tonight

Tonight sees John Morris take a young Dons side to Combined Counties League side Cove. The squad will mainly feature players who have developed through the AFC Wimbledon Youth system.

The young squad has already recorded a good victory over another CCL side Raynes Park Vale this season and tonight promises to be another good test. Cove have former AFC Wimbledon favourite Kevin Cooper as player/assistant manager.

The game will be played at Cove FC, Oak Farm, 7 Squirrel Lane, Cove, Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 8PB. Kick off 7.45 pm.


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Thursday 26 July 2007
club news
Sponsorship opportunities

Although we have a season long programme sponsor, we still have several ball sponsorship packages available for the forthcoming season.

The ball sponsorship package provides a great opportunity to enjoy the match day hospitality at The Cherry Red Records Fans’ Stadium - Kingsmeadow while showing your support for the club. They are also a fantastic present for that special Don in your life.

The package is identical to the programme sponsor package and includes the following.

• 4 tickets to the Presidents lounge and 4 stand seats
• Full buffet plus tea/coffee
• Match day programme for each guest
• Company/ group name/ logo on front of match day programme
• Editorial on commercial page in the programme
• Several P.A. mentions during the match
• Commemorative photo of the occasion
• Signed AFC Wimbledon football (A signed programme can be arranged instead of a signed football)

Cost: £200

For more information or to reserve a date, please either call the commercial department on 020 8547 3336 or e-mail here.



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Thursday 26 July 2007
club news
Departure times for the Salisbury coach

There are still spaces available for the fans' coach to Salisbury on Saturday. Prices are £13 for adults and £9 for concessions.

The coach will pick up at the Woodman pub in Wimbledon at 11.15 am and at Kingsmeadow at 11.45 am.


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Wednesday 25 July 2007
club news
Additional information if travelling by train to the Salisbury game

A fan has sent us the following information for those fans travelling to the game by train who don't want to follow the guidance on the OS and walk the 2.7 miles to the stadium from the station:

To reach the bus station Turn left out of the railway station entrance down to Fisherton Street. Turn right along Fisherton Street and follow this until you reach the market place, which will be busy as Saturday is market day. On the northern side of the market place you will see a row of shops including Debenhams. At the far end of this row (on the right as you are facing it) is Endless Street, where you will find the bus station.

Bus routes Three bus routes (numbers 5, 6 and 8) go to Amesbury from the bus station and will take fans to about 0.5 mile from the ground. Ask to be dropped at The Beehive Park & Ride. These buses leave the bus station at appprox 05, 20, 30 & 55 mins past the hour and take about 10 minutes.

When dropped at the Park and Ride, cross the road (the A345) and follow the road that is to the right of the Park & Ride site (as you are facing it). After about 1/2 mile you will reach a small housing estate on the left - take the road into the estate and after about a further hundred yards you will be at Salisbury's ground.

Or take the club's coach from Kingsmeadow and the Woodman pub direct to the ground!


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Wednesday 25 July 2007
club news
TB's view of the Woking game

Terry Brown was relieved at the lack of injuries after a positive performance last night. "Tuesday night's game at Woking turned out to be a very useful 90 minutes for us. After a start that saw us concede within the first minute, the next 89 turned out to be a very even affair.

"Defensively I thought we coped very well and limited them to a few opportunities. We've placed the emphasis on defending in the first three weeks of training so I was particularly pleased that the new players gelled quickly.

"Although the side had a solid look about it, I think it was quite obvious that we weren't creating enough chances and I shall be looking for improvements in our forward play over the next couple of games.

"As far as the injury front is concerned, although it may have looked as though we had several injuries, they are in fact small niggles and so far nothing long term. I am hopeful that within the next two games we will see the return of Luke Garrard, Antony Howard, Karl Beckford and Marcus Gayle. Robin Shroot's ankle injury should be cleared up in time for his international call up and I am sure everyone at the club wishes him all the best as he sets off to Northern Ireland.

"Overall, I feel that it is good at this stage of our preparation to be playing teams from a higher level. I thought that Woking stretched us at times and we will benefit from that, both in training and in future games. I am fully aware of the ability that our senior players possess but it was a real plus point for me to see our younger players in a matchday environment hold their own against Conference opposition.

"Finally, pre-season games also offer you the opportunity of looking at other aspects of the game. One particular aspect I wasn't pleased with was the discipline. I expect my players to compete 100%. However this does not mean I expect my players to be involved in two-footed tackles or melees surrounding any incidents. My brief to the players of the club is simple - if you get involved in a melee it is to pull your own players out and not to have contact with the opposition. The players are aware of that and I expect the players to heed my words."


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Wednesday 25 July 2007
club news
Kingsmeadow Live- Saturday 4 August

On Saturday 4 August, straight after the pre- season friendly against FC United of Manchester, Kingsmeadow Live returns briefly from its summer holiday to present a gig in celebration of the day’s football.
Starting at 6.00pm in the back bar, there will be three bands, featuring supporters of AFC Wimbledon and FC United of Manchester, playing a variety of music. See below for more details. Admission is free with a match ticket or costs £5 otherwise. For more information, e-mail here or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335.

The Comcomcommas
New to the South London music scene but already causing a stir, The ComComCommas have all the ingredients of a great band. They have an infectious onstage presence, spitting out songs of guilt and frustration from the stage, like angry drunks in the park, leaving you on the dancefloor cutting serious shapes to their unique sound.
To find out more about the band, visit here.

Last Chance Sunday
Recently formed and playing gigs in and around Manchester, Last Chance Sunday’s versatility is their strength, from the pop-punk melodies of Because and Someone Else's Wife to the luscious harmonies of read Me Now and Fragile Dreams via the indie beat of Save The World and She Cries.
To find out more about the band, visit here.

Creeper
Creeper are a four piece Rock/alternative band based in SE London. The music has been compared to many brilliant acts such as Soundgarden, Queens of the Stone Age, Tool, Deftones, and Alice in Chains. Creeper are an original band with oodles of talent,stage and recording experience. Performing live is where they love to be and with a back catologue the size of a small planet creeper always deliver a professional and exciting live show not to be missed.
To find out more about the band, visit here.




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Wednesday 25 July 2007
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow- Friday 3 August

Comedy@Kingsmeadow returns for one night on Friday 3 August, the night before the FC United of Manchester pre- season friendly, before the club relaunches in September.
Over 70 FCUM supporters have already reserved tickets, so we strongly advise booking tickets in advance. Call our booking line on 020 8547 3335 or e-mail here

Please note
Food will be available in the back bar prior to the comedy. Admission to the comedy and dinner costs £10. However you MUST order tickets in advance to be able to take advantage of this offer.

More about the gig….

Friday 3 August
Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents…
Martin Coyote, Paddy Lennox, Barrie Hall and Lee Hume
Doors open 8.00pm, show starts 9.00pm, bar closes midnight
Admission: £6 (advance) /£8 (door)

Martin Coyote (Closing Act)
For eight years Martin Coyote has been a pivotal member of the Comedy Store's flagship topical show, The Cutting Edge. He is a prolific writer of challenging and thought provoking gags.
Exuding a warmth and laddish charm, he generates an equally glowing response from his audiences. They genuinely like him. Even the most hardened hecklers seek his approval.
His talents are diverse. Equally at home with the mainstay circuit gigs as with the major comedy venues, on television or on radio, Coyote is a force to be reckoned with. Credits include. 'Bring Me The Head Of Light Entertainment.' (Channel Five) 'Loose Talk' (Radio One) 'Comedy Network' (Radio One) 'The Treatment' (Radio Five Live). He also supported Lee Hurst on his three highly successful UK tours.
'Criminally underrated. A truly great writer and performer.' Time Out
'Great topical one-liners. Will make you laugh a lot.' Radio Five Live
'Unhinged, quick witted, slightly sinister. But always worth going to see.' London Evening Standard
'Coyote is a safe pair of hands, guaranteed to deliver a quality set.' www.chortle.co.uk

Paddy Lennox (Opening Act)
Irish comedian and actor Paddy Lennox first burst on to stage as a Stand-Up in 2001 only to be interrupted with a couple of comedies at the Shakespeare Globe Theatre and filming in far off lands, before returning to his new found passion. An engaging and instantly likeable comic, Paddy combines topical material with observational routines. "Simply a scream" Belfast Telegraph.

Barrie Hall (Compere)
Sophisticated Geordie comedian, Barrie Hall is one of the performers in new Channel 4 comedy sketch series Experimental. He also appears in BBC 1's new entertainment show, Spy TV hosted by Ian Wright.Barrie performs stand up comedy regularly all around the country. Equally at home performing extended sets or as compere, he performed at this year's Edinburgh Fringe in his own sell-out stand up show.
‘Hall's performance is a tour de force’ Time Out
‘Bladder-aching hilarity, a gem amongst the crud’ City Life
‘Achingly funny and hilariously offbeat’ The List
‘Highly entertaining stand up’ Metro
‘Comic fantasy with a dark tinge’ The Times

Lee Hume (New Act)
Another new act gets 10 minutes on stage to try and prove he has what it takes to make it as a stand up comedian.



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Wednesday 25 July 2007
club news
Cherry Red Records to sponsor stadium

AFC Wimbledon is pleased to announce that the club has agreed a deal with Cherry Red Records to sponsor the Fans' Stadium. The ground will now be known as "The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium."

Cherry Red has been a corporate sponsor of the club since it was started five years ago and is owned by Iain McNay, who is a member of the Dons Trust Board and Chairman of AFCW PLC. Cherry Red also sponsors the Combined Counties League, the Middlesex Counties League, and several minor cup competitions, as well as the Non-League Newsdesk Annual and the Football Traveller weekly non-league listing magazine.

Cherry Red Records was started nearly 30 years ago and is one of the most prolific independent record labels in the UK, releasing over 300 albums last year. The company also has very active DVD and Book divisions.

Cherry Red Chairman Iain McNay said, “I have been a Dons Supporter now for 36 years and have found the last 5 years since AFC Wimbledon has been formed incredibly exciting. Cherry Red is really happy to step up its involvement with the club as it becomes more and more professional in the way it is operating, and the ambition of reclaiming its league status becomes more and more realistic.”

AFC Wimbledon Commercial Director, Ivor Heller, said “as Commercial Director of AFC Wimbledon one of my greatest ambitions has been to sell the naming rights of the stadium. We are extremely grateful to Iain McNay for his company, Cherry Red Records, generous sponsorship.

“I hope this will encourage other businesses from within our fan base to get more involved with the Club. The only way that AFC Wimbledon will continue to grow is by further investment from within. We all know what the rewards will hopefully be - a successful football team!”

Chief Executive Erik Samuelson said "Cherry Red is a great company to be involved with because it has consistently demonstrated its commitment to non-league football over the years and, very importantly, the company has an approach to business ethics which mirrors ours. Our thanks to Iain for making this happen."


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Tuesday 24 July 2007
first team news
Game on

Despite the recent bad weather Woking FC expect tonight’s game to go ahead with no problems.

The game will also see Daniel Webb make his Wimbledon debut after receiving clearance from the FA.



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Tuesday 24 July 2007
club news
Tonight's team for Woking

Terry Brown has announced his team for the Woking game tonight as well as how he will change it as the game goes on.

"Most of the players had 45 minutes against Tooting and so tonight I am giving some 60 minutes and the others 30, with the intention of reversing it on Saturday. The ones who are getting 60 are basically the ones who have been back at training longer."

"It is a bit more complicated than that as we have a few niggles and, while the players would play if it was a league game, we are taking no chances.

"So, tonight we are missing Luke Garrard with an abdominal strain and Antony Howard can't play until we can clarify what sort of cast he is allowed to wear to protect his thumb. Mike Rayner is looking into that.

"Karl Beckford and Marcus Gayle have slight niggles and Robin Shroot has a foot injury, so they are all rested. After taking all that into account, we don't have cover for some areas so some players, probably Jason Goodliffe and Jake Leberl, will get 90 minutes. However, where possible we will be giving everyone at least 30 minutes and the team will look like this:

Paul Seuke (for 60 minutes) - Andy Little (for 30)

Will Salmon (90)
Jason Goodliffe (90)
Jake Leberl (90)
Michael Haswell (60) - Chris Hussey (30)

Steve Ferguson (90)
Rob Quinn (90)
Sam Hatton (90)
Tony Finn (90)

Richard Butler (60) - Daniel Webb (30)
Steve Goddard (60) - Richard Jolly (30)

"Kevin Warner will also get 30 minutes and so will triallist Jack Tallentine but we'll decide during the game who in midfield they will step in for. And all this is subject to picking up no injuries of course.

"There is also a doubt about Daniel Webb, as we haven't yet got his ITC. We are hoping it will come through before kick off but, for obvious reasons, we are taking no chances about this and unless we get his ITC in time he won't be appearing.

"Finally, Richard Jolly has been very busy in his full time job lately and has missed a fair bit of training. I want to be satisfied that he is ready before putting him in tonight."


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Monday 23 July 2007
club news
Daniel signs up

Earlier today Terry Brown signed Daniel Webb, giving him the target man he has been looking for to complete his squad.

"Dan played against Aldershot when he was on loan at Woking last year. He ran us ragged, as well as scoring a good goal, and I made my mind up at the time that I would sign him if I could. Now I have, although it is for another club!

"To be honest, I thought I'd lost him because when we heard he was available earlier in the summer we made him an offer but instead he went to play in Malta. But when he became available again, we snapped him up.

"Dan is young, he is only 24, over 6ft 1 and plays as a genuine target man. But he is also mobile with good touch, so we won't be worried about playing the ball into his feet."

Before Terry hurried Dan off to his first training session with his new teammates this evening, Dan said "I was tempted when Terry made me that offer but I had already committed to Malta and felt I should honour that commitment. But it didn't work out and so I am delighted that a big team like AFC Wimbledon has come in for me."


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Monday 23 July 2007
club news
Fans' coach to Salisbury

The club is aiming to run a coach to the Salisbury City pre-season game on 28 July. Prices are £13 for adults and £9 for concessions. We will only run the coach if there are sufficient bookings to ensure that the club does not lose money. The coach will leave from The Woodman pub, Wimbledon Park and Kingsmeadow. Times will be published when confirmed by the coach company.

To book please call the club office on 020 8547 3528 with your credit/debit card details or you can book in person at the club’s offices between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm Monday to Friday.


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Saturday 21 July 2007
club news
Back to normal

With power restored late yesterday, the office will be back to normal on Monday, open from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.


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Friday 20 July 2007
club news
Office closure

Probably due to today's extreme weather conditions, the power supply to the office has been cut, and therefore the office will be closed at least for the rest of today, Friday 20 July.


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Friday 20 July 2007
first team news
Tomorrow's game off

Brentford FC have issued the following statement about tomorrow's friendly game at Griffin Park.


Brentford Football Club have regrettably announced that their first home pre-season friendly against AFC Wimbledon on Saturday has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

The torrential downpours suffered today, Friday, on top of an already rain-sodden pitch made the decision inevitable.

It was a clear cut decision based primarily on safety and was taken with the advice of the groundsman and in consultation with both managers.


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Thursday 19 July 2007
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow- Friday 3 August

Comedy@Kingsmeadow returns for one night on Friday 3 August, the night before the FC United of Manchester pre- season friendly, before the club relaunches in September.
We expect demand to be high for this gig so we strongly advise booking tickets in advance. Call our booking line on 020 8547 3335 or e-mail here

More about the gig….

Friday 3 August
Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents…
Martin Coyote, Paddy Lennox, Barrie Hall and Lee Hume
Doors open 8.00pm, show starts 9.00pm, bar closes midnight
Admission: £6 (advance) /£8 (door)

Special offer: Book in advance and get your ticket plus dinner for the bargain price of £10!

Martin Coyote (Closing Act)
For eight years Martin Coyote has been a pivotal member of the Comedy Store's flagship topical show, The Cutting Edge. He is a prolific writer of challenging and thought provoking gags.
Exuding a warmth and laddish charm, he generates an equally glowing response from his audiences. They genuinely like him. Even the most hardened hecklers seek his approval.
His talents are diverse. Equally at home with the mainstay circuit gigs as with the major comedy venues, on television or on radio, Coyote is a force to be reckoned with. Credits include. 'Bring Me The Head Of Light Entertainment.' (Channel Five) 'Loose Talk' (Radio One) 'Comedy Network' (Radio One) 'The Treatment' (Radio Five Live). He also supported Lee Hurst on his three highly successful UK tours.
'Criminally underrated. A truly great writer and performer.' Time Out
'Great topical one-liners. Will make you laugh a lot.' Radio Five Live
'Unhinged, quick witted, slightly sinister. But always worth going to see.' London Evening Standard
'Coyote is a safe pair of hands, guaranteed to deliver a quality set.' www.chortle.co.uk

Paddy Lennox (Opening Act)
Irish comedian and actor Paddy Lennox first burst on to stage as a Stand-Up in 2001 only to be interrupted with a couple of comedies at the Shakespeare Globe Theatre and filming in far off lands, before returning to his new found passion. An engaging and instantly likeable comic, Paddy combines topical material with observational routines. "Simply a scream" Belfast Telegraph.

Barrie Hall (Compere)
Sophisticated Geordie comedian, Barrie Hall is one of the performers in new Channel 4 comedy sketch series Experimental. He also appears in BBC 1's new entertainment show, Spy TV hosted by Ian Wright.Barrie performs stand up comedy regularly all around the country. Equally at home performing extended sets or as compere, he performed at this year's Edinburgh Fringe in his own sell-out stand up show.
‘Hall's performance is a tour de force’ Time Out
‘Bladder-aching hilarity, a gem amongst the crud’ City Life
‘Achingly funny and hilariously offbeat’ The List
‘Highly entertaining stand up’ Metro
‘Comic fantasy with a dark tinge’ The Times

Lee Hume (New Act)
Another new act gets 10 minutes on stage to try and prove he has what it takes to make it as a stand up comedian.



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Wednesday 18 July 2007
dons trust news
Dons Draw results for July

The July Dons Draw took place this morning at Kingsmeadow.

The winning numbers were drawn in the presence of Erik Samuelson (Dons Trust board member), Neil Messenbird (the Dons Draw Treasurer) and Trevor Williams.

The winning ticket numbers and prizes were as follows:

First prize of £1,000 - ticket 1572 – Duncan Simpson from Beckenham

Second prize of £475 - ticket 1548 – David Cunningham from Worcester Park

Third prize of £150 - ticket 1634 – Lucia Caravia from Guildford

Congratulations to all three prize winners!

All the winners joined the draw towards the end on 2004 and the only previous winner is David who won a 2nd prize in 2005.

The next Dons Draw will take place on or after 18 August 2007 with the results being posted on the AFC Wimbledon official web site soon after the draw has taken place.

The first prize is now £1,000 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 online to the Dons Draw here or download an online application here.

The deadline for new entrants to the August 2007 Dons Draw is 8.00 pm on Tuesday 31 July.

Any questions you may have can be answered by contacting the Dons Draw team here or by going here.


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Tuesday 17 July 2007
club news
Advance sales of tickets for the FC United match on 4 August

Following a number of requests, we have decided to sell tickets in advance for the FCUM game on 4 August.

The credit card hotline will not be open. Instead you can buy tickets by calling 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays. Tickets will also be sold to personal callers within the same hours. Please note that the tickets are not yet printed and so, if you want to take them away, please wait until next week.

Tickets prices are as follows:

Seats (please note that seats are unallocated, except for the Directors' Box):

Adults £9
Concessions £5
Under 16 £3

Terraces

Adults £7
Concessions £4
Under 16 Free (note that under 12s must be accompanied by an adult)


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Tuesday 17 July 2007
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents Darron J Connett this Saturday

Although the venue is closed in July and August, we do have one gig this Saturday 21 July. Please see below for more details. To book tickets for this gig, either e-mail here or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335.

the clubseen presents…
Darron J Connett
With support from The Brights and DJ’s spinning real deal 60’s soul/ska/max r‘n’b/power pop/new wave.

Saturday 21 July
Doors 8.00pm, show starts 9.00pm, bar closes 1.00am
Admission: £5 (advance)/ £7 (door)
For more information, visit here or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335

Darron J. Connett is a name you'll soon find hard to forget. No hype, this is straight up. He's not just another fresh faced wannabe off conveyor belt of music, he's real. A driven singer-songwriter of depth, soulful integrity and immense talent.
With media acclaim from Time Out (who describe Darron as a 'Mod Rocker') Scootering Magazine, BBC London presenter Gary Crowley, and ex-NME journalist and writer Paolo Hewitt, (who called Darron's song 'Early in the Morning' , "Obvious Single material" ), Summer 2006 saw the release of a new double A Side single on Mono Media Records which featured the songs "Soul Clean" and "Ego Ascending". The single was available on limited edition 7" vinyl, which sold out quickly.
Darron and the band ended 2006 performing at the one and only 100 Club in London, and started 2007 at the one and only Cavern Club up in Liverpool.
‘There's a definite feel, an aura of witnessing the birth of something extra special here at The 100 Club tonight’ Scootering, March 2007
‘Can Darron live up to the hype? Sure he can, if 'Soul Clean' is anything to go by! It's infectious and the sound of a very bright future’ Virtual Brighton Magazine.
For more information about Darron, visit here
and here

For more information about The Brights, visit here and to learn more about the clubseen, visit here.



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Monday 16 July 2007
club news
Last call for help with stadium maintenance

There are a lot of small jobs that need completing before we are ready to open for the new season. We are having another weekend's work to tackle them on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July. So, if you aren't going to the Brentford game or if you can give up part of your Sunday to help, please help us to get it all finished on time.

We want everything to be as well-prepared as possible for what looks like being a very exciting season so if you have good d-i-y skills, or can offer a helping hand in moving things around, then please call the office on 020 8547 3528 or email here.


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Monday 16 July 2007
dons trust news
Statement from WISA

WISA has asked us to publish the following statement:



"Back to Merton? Write in now!

Want to pave the way for the club's possible return to Merton? Then please write a response to the latest proposals for Merton's long-term borough plan, the long-term development framework (LDF), by Monday, 23 July.

The LDF provides a huge opportunity to help us return to the borough ­ as and when possible - because it sets out planning policy in the borough for the next 15 years. If we can get provision for a stadium included in the final planning guidelines, it could be crucial to getting us back. The more of us who respond to the proposals and call for this, the more likely the council are to listen.

You can reply online or by completing the paper response form. It need only take a few minutes. Full instructions on what to say and how to reply are on the WISA website here.

Remember, it might seem years away, but if we ever get the opportunity to go back to Merton, this could help make the difference.

There's only a week to the 23 July deadline ­ so please make sure you respond before then!"

Statement ends.


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Sunday 15 July 2007
club news
Dons' fans meet their manager

A feature on the meet the manager event on Friday night can be found here.

A full transcript of the meeting will be published very soon.


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Sunday 15 July 2007
first team news
Tooting report now available

The match report from Saturday's pre-season friendly against Tooting and Mitcham can be found here.


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Friday 13 July 2007
club news
Jake signs up

At tonight’s “meet the manager” Terry Brown introduced his latest signing, Jake Leberl.

“Jake brings with him a Conference winner's medal from last year. He played in the majority of Dagenham’s games and was instrumental in their success. Jake offers us experience as a centre half, a right back and a central midfield player. He is young enough to be able to enjoy a long and successful career at AFC Wimbledon.”

Jake added “I am a Morden boy and a long-time Dons supporter, so I am delighted to be joining the club. I went to my first game, which was against Manchester United at Plough Lane, in 1987. I watched the club regularly until 1994, including travelling to away games. In 1994 I started playing on Saturdays and so I couldn’t get to many games, but I am still a Dons fan. That is why I asked for the number 4 on my training kit – Dons fans will know why. There are no squad numbers in the Ryman League but I will be pushing the manager to let me wear the number 4 shirt when I am playing.”

We aim to publish a separate report on the meeting itself and, as soon as possible, a transcript of the questions and answers.


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Thursday 12 July 2007
first team news
Terry Brown's thoughts as the first pre-season approaches

Saturday sees the start of the Dons’ pre-season fixtures with an away game at Tooting and Mitcham’s Imperial Fields, kicking off at 3.00 pm.

With Terry Brown having recruited most of his additions to the squad, it is a chance for the fans to see them in action at last.

Tooting started their pre-season yesterday, going down 5-0 to a very strong Charlton XI. Their starting line up featured seven or eight of the squad that beat the Dons 1-0 in last season’s League Cup, including former Don Matt York. The substitutes included former Dons’ favourites Gareth Graham and Ryan Gray.

Meanwhile, Terry Brown is playing a practice match at tonight’s training to check on the fitness of one or two players before Saturday’s opener, and as a break from the very intensive training they’ve been undergoing to date. “I think it is important after a very hard two weeks to ensure that we limit injuries as far as possible, so for the first pre-season friendly I am looking for my senior players to be playing 45 minutes each. This will be made possible by adding some of our talented youngsters from the under 19s.

“We have tried to even the sides out and I have an open mind about who will be in my starting XI on 18 August. I’ve been very impressed with some of the youngsters’ attitude and fitness levels and look forward to seeing them play for the first time on Saturday.

“I am not a great believer in pre-season results telling you too much, but the games are a great opportunity when you are building a new side to look at the strengths and weaknesses of your squad. At this stage of the season we have done a lot of physical work and very little tactical work. We have yet to work on any set pieces and this will be done later in the month.

“There are slight injury doubts regarding Andy Little, who has been ill this week, and Richard Butler, who we are nursing through last year’s ankle injury, so we may well not risk him. While Antony Howard has been able to take part in the running and fitness work we’ve done, he can’t join in contact sport until the surgeon who recently operated on his thumb says he is ready.

“One of the points I like to make about pre-season fixtures is that I don’t expect my players to go flying about the park and getting injured in heavy tackles. The game itself is part of the fitness programme and we need to limit injuries as far as possible.”

Admission prices for the game, which is on a gate share basis, are:

Adults, £8

Senior Citizens, £4

Under 16s, £2.

The game will be preceded by a series of ten-minute mini-games between the two clubs’ youth teams. The first youth match kicks off on the all-weather pitch at 1.30 pm.


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Thursday 12 July 2007
club news
Flag raisers found

We are no longing looking for volunteers for this role, thanks to the two volunteers who stepped forward to salute the flags next season.


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Thursday 12 July 2007
club news
Volunteers' party - date for your diary

With the fixtures announced we have been able to set the date for this year's volunteers' party, which will be held on Friday 7 December at Kingsmeadow. Details will follow a lot nearer the time but, if you are a volunteer, please put the date in your diary now. People who are invited are those who carry out voluntary work for the club in the calendar year, so there is still time to join up and get your invitation to this year's party.

For those who wonder why the fixtures have an effect on the date of the party, it is selected to be reasonably near Christmas, the night before an away game (so that volunteers aren't working the next day), and the next day's fixture should not be subject to change due to possible cup games.


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Thursday 12 July 2007
club news
Fixtures announced

Ryman League, Premier Division fixtures for the forthcoming season have been announced this morning. For a full list of AFC Wimbledon's fixtures see here.


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Wednesday 11 July 2007
club news
Run this one up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes it

You may have noticed that the AFC Wimbledon flags are not flying at the moment. The reason is that they were never taken down and, as a result, they became very ragged.

We have now bought some new flags and are looking for someone to take responsibility for raising them before each home game and lowering them at the end.

If you are willing to take on this brief, but important role, then please either call the office on 020 8547 3528 or email here. with your contact details.


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Wednesday 11 July 2007
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents Darron J Connett

Although the venue is closed in July and August, we do have one gig on Saturday 21 July. Please see below for more details. To book tickets for this gig, either e-mail here or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335.

the clubseen presents…
Darron J Connett
With support from The Brights and DJ’s spinning real deal 60’s soul/ska/max r‘n’b/power pop/new wave.

Saturday 21 July
Doors 8.00pm, show starts 9.00pm, bar closes 1.00am
Admission: £5 (advance)/ £7 (door)
For more information, visit here or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335

Darron J. Connett is a name you'll soon find hard to forget. No hype, this is straight up. He's not just another fresh faced wannabe off conveyor belt of music, he's real. A driven singer-songwriter of depth, soulful integrity and immense talent.
With media acclaim from Time Out (who describe Darron as a 'Mod Rocker') Scootering Magazine, BBC London presenter Gary Crowley, and ex-NME journalist and writer Paolo Hewitt, (who called Darron's song 'Early in the Morning' , "Obvious Single material" ), Summer 2006 saw the release of a new double A Side single on Mono Media Records which featured the songs "Soul Clean" and "Ego Ascending". The single was available on limited edition 7" vinyl, which sold out quickly.
Darron and the band ended 2006 performing at the one and only 100 Club in London, and started 2007 at the one and only Cavern Club up in Liverpool.
‘There's a definite feel, an aura of witnessing the birth of something extra special here at The 100 Club tonight’ Scootering, March 2007
‘Can Darron live up to the hype? Sure he can, if 'Soul Clean' is anything to go by! It's infectious and the sound of a very bright future’ Virtual Brighton Magazine.
For more information about Darron, visit here
and here

For more information about The Brights, visit here and to learn more about the clubseen, visit here.



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Wednesday 11 July 2007
club news
Or not......

Last night we reported that Robin Shroot had been given the go-ahead by manager Terry Brown to spend a week on trial with Blackpool.

Robin has decided to decline the offer. He said "I spent quite a bit of time thinking about it and, while I am flattered by the offer of a chance up there, I think the best place for me right now is to stay here and get more experience playing senior football with AFC Wimbledon. So I won't be going.

"Don't get me wrong, I'd love to make it in the full time game and I am confident in my ability, but the timing has to be right and it didn't feel that way at the moment."

Terry Brown commented "we said we wouldn't stand in the way of our young players progressing in the game and we would have honoured that, but I think Robin has made a good decision. He has come back after working hard on his fitness throughout the summer break and that has impressed us, as has his commitment to keeping learning and building up his experience."


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Tuesday 10 July 2007
club news
Robin flies north for a week

AFC Wimbledon manager Terry Brown has announced that he has agreed that Robin Shroot can go to Blackpool for a week's trial. "We are pleased that the progress Robin has made over the last year has been recognised by a professional club. I understand that Blackpool saw Robin playing for Northern Ireland and liked the look of him. Robin has come back this season fitter and stronger and, allied to the technical ability he possesses, this may help him to make the leap into the professional game.

"Although he is a contracted player with the Dons, the club would not stand in the way of any of our young players' development."


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Tuesday 10 July 2007
club news
Send in your questions for Terry

If you can't get down to Terry Brown's first 'Meet the Manager' session this Friday night, then why not send in your question and, if time allows, we will ask it for you.

A transcript of the meeting will be put on this site as soon as possible after the event.


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Tuesday 10 July 2007
club news
Please help to prepare the stadium for the new season

Work continues on getting the stadium prepared for the new season. The outside toilet refurbishment at the Tempest End is complete and the contractors have now started on the inside toilets at that end. Meanwhile, new windows are going in along the whole of the front of the building.

There are a lot of other smaller jobs that need doing and we are having another weekend attacking them on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July. So, if you aren't going to the Brentford game, or can give up part of your Sunday, please do help.

We want everything to be as well-prepared as possible for what looks like being a very exciting season so if you have good d-i-y skills, or can offer a helping hand in moving things around, then please call the office on 020 8547 3528 or email here.


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Sunday 08 July 2007
club news
Meet the manager, this Friday, 13 July

Don't forget that this Friday, the night before our first pre-season friendly at Tooting and Mitcham, Terry Brown and Stuart Cash will be holding their first AFC Wimbledon "meet the manager" session. The event takes place at Kingsmeadow starting at 7.30 pm.

Terry and Stuart have a lot to talk about, including where we are with our search for that elusive target man, the new players they've recruited and their hopes and expectations for the season.

And, of course, anything else that you want to ask them about!


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Friday 06 July 2007
club news
Date for Ryman League fixtures

Lots of people are asking when the Ryman league fixtures will be released so we thought we'd explain the process and the target date.

Fixtures for all leagues are prepared from the top down, in other words, the fixtures of the highest leagues are prepared first. The reason for this is simple - where there is a ground share (such as Bromley with Cray Wanderers) the Conference South fixtures need to be finalised before the Ryman fixtures can be prepared. Furthermore, clubs are asked if they want to "twin" with other clubs, so far as is possible. If a club is sited very near to another club from a higher league then they will normally want to avoid a clash of home fixtures. As a result of this, the Ryman League can't start to prepare the fixtures until the more senior leagues' fixtures are complete.

The Football Conference published their fixtures on 3 July, some three weeks after the Premier League and Football League came out, and almost a week later than they originally said. The Ryman League is aiming to complete the complex task of preparing its fixtures within seven working days, which is why the latest published date of 12 July is a target and not a certainty.

If there is any delay to the 12 July target, we will announce it on this site.


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Thursday 05 July 2007
club news
Season ticket update

Season ticket sales, which stand at about 1,170 to date, are ahead of the same stage at this time last year, when the comparative figure was about 1,130.

Chief Executive Erik Samuelson said" it is very hard to draw a true comparison with last year for a number of reasons. First, we can't easily tell whether we are ahead just because fans are applying earlier. Second, we think we've been a bit quicker off the mark in reminding people this year, which ought to have accelerated replies - but of course you never know for sure.

"The applications tend to come in two stages. First there are the seat renewals, where we set an early deadline to enable us to process all the applications and the "requests to move" (there are usually well over 100 requests), so it is a complex process that needs time. These applications and renewals come in a rush, towards the end of May. The second phase is for the terraces and these applications are strung out over a longer period, accelerating when the first pre-season friendly has been played and fans have realised just how near we are to the start of the season.

"The best way to compare is to look at the number on the first day of the season. Last year we had 1,350 STs in issue at that date and, so far, we look like we are on track to beat that. There is a lot of excitement among our fans about the new season and it would be great to see that reflected in our season ticket sales.

"Meanwhile, we still have a few seats available so it isn't too late to apply. While the best seats have gone, remember that existing season ticket holders get priority over new applicants when applying to move seats next year, so it is worth getting on the list now."


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Wednesday 04 July 2007
club news
Wes goes west

Terry Brown has announced that the club has accepted an offer from Maidenhead United for Wes Daly for a small fee. The deal includes a sell-on clause.

Terry said, "unfortunately, although we had previously agreed terms, Wes wasn't willing to commit to the club for two years and so it was decided, in the best interests of both parties, that we would allow Wes to move on. On behalf of the club, we wish Wes every success. He has played a significant part in the progress Wimbledon has made during his period at the club."


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Wednesday 04 July 2007
club news
Volunteer needed re our energy use

We are approaching the renewal date for our electricity contract and are looking for a volunteer with relevant skills and experience of commercial energy contracts to help us to assess our options.

If you can help, please call the office on 020 8547 3528 or email here.


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Tuesday 03 July 2007
club news
DT Board meeting - 2 July 2007

At July's meeting the main issues discussed by the Board included:


  • The Strategy Review
  • The perimeter lease
  • Progress on planning permissions
  • Ladies football, where the Board resolved to incorporate the Ladies section under the PLC
  • The Management Accounts for the nine months to 31st March

The minutes of the meeting will be posted onto the website once they are approved by the Board.

Minutes from the June DT Board meeting can now be read here.


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Tuesday 03 July 2007
club news
The Dons are back in training

The AFC Wimbledon squad started preparations for the up-coming season on Saturday. See how it went here.


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Tuesday 03 July 2007
ladies news
Ladies trials on Wednesday

AFC Wimbledon Ladies are looking to make a quick return to the National League after relegation last season.

A trials evening is being held for players who feel they are up for the challenge of being part of an established team looking for promotion.

This will take place at Beverley Park, Dukes Avenue, New Malden (two minutes' walk from New Malden Station) at 18.30 on Wednesday 4 July.

For further details, please contact manager Joe Oddy on 07956 519417


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Monday 02 July 2007
club news
FA Cup and Trophy draw

The FA has announced the first three rounds (the extra preliminary, the preliminary and the first qualifying round) of the FA Cup. The Dons join in at the first qualifying stage and have been drawn away to the winners of the preliminary round game between Tooting and Mitcham and Cray Wanderers. The game against Tooting or Cray will be played on Saturday 15 September.

The FA has also announced the draw for the preliminary and the first qualifying rounds of the Trophy. The Dons join in the first qualifying round and will meet Hendon at Kingsmeadow on Saturday 20 October.


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