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Thursday 31 July 2008
club news
Paul Strank and Sons to sponsor Main Stand

AFC Wimbledon is proud to announce a significant new sponsorship agreement with Paul Strank and Sons Roofing Contractors, which will see the main stand at the Cherry Red Records Fans’ Stadium renamed.

Paul Strank and Sons are roofing contractors and builders merchants based on Weir Rd (just around the corner from Plough Lane) who are celebrating 40 years in business in 2008. Paul Strank himself has been an avid Wimbledon supporter since the 1950’s and even worked as a steward on the South Stand at Plough Lane as a teenager. Fast forward nearly 50 years and Paul is still supporting Wimbledon from the terraces, with the next generation of Wimbledon supporting Stranks, son Charlie.

Paul Strank and Sons have been valued corporate partners of AFC Wimbledon over the past two seasons, both advertising at the stadium and sponsoring the club’s Community Football Scheme.

‘I am absolutely delighted to announce this agreement’ said commercial director Ivor Heller. ‘This is a huge boost for the club as we enter our first season in the Blue Square South. On behalf of everyone at AFC Wimbledon, I would like to extend our sincere thanks for the support Paul Strank and Sons have shown us, not only by sponsoring the stand but over the past two seasons also’.

To find out more about Paul Strank and Sons Roofing Contractors, please visit here.



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Thursday 31 July 2008
first team news
Terry looks back over this week and forward to Tonbridge

Terry Brown missed last night's game while he was away scouting for a forward, but perhaps the answer was back at Sutton United's ground.

"This was a much better week, this week, as far as the two performances are concerned. I was very pleased with Monday's game, as I thought we started to implement some of the tactical changes we've made. It was nice to see the boys getting the ball down and passing it and I felt with more clinical finishing we could have put the game to bed earlier. It was certainly a test for our lads as Kingstonian looked a very strong, talented outfit.

"With two games within 48 hours, it meant that we had to juggle the squads. Fortunately, we were able to put out strong sides in both games. I was away on Wednesday evening scouting but the reports back from everyone were very positive and again the most pleasing aspect was that we got the ball down and passed it.

"On Wednesday we were able to trial Daniel Baconde and he made a good impact. We will be having ongoing talks with him this week and we will see what happens as to his future.

"We have managed to complete the two games without anyone getting a serious injury and I can't tell you how important that is in any pre-season. To have lost a senior player of Lewis Taylor's calibre is more than any side should have to endure so we don't want any more injuries.

"The month of July is over now and we have been able to put a lot of work in on the training pitch and in games. With one or two exceptions, most of my senior squad now have sufficient game time under their belts, as we approach the final pre-season game. Next week will allow us the opportunity of working at set pieces, both attacking and defending. I will have a clear picture as to our starting line up and we will be concentrating on the three upcoming league games the following week.

"It would obviously help if we could get off to a positive start. However, our new team is still evolving and therefore there will be several hiccoughs on the way. There will be times this season when we are able to play free-flowing football and other times where we have to show the courage and resilience for a fight. Please bear with the squad in their formative months and I'm sure the whole club will see the benefits of patience at this early stage. To reiterate the club's ambitions, this season is to create a passing, footballing team that can both excite and win matches.

"As for Saturday we are looking forward to our meeting with Tonbridge. I expect that we will race into a two goal lead and then surrender it meekly in the second half!"


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Tuesday 29 July 2008
dons trust news
Recycling

We would like to remind supporters that you can contribute to the Dons Trust fundraising effort by bringing in loose change, foreign currency (notes or coins), mobile phones and printer cartridges for recycling. These can be handed in before home matches, either at the Dons Trust table in the back bar or at the recycling point outside the club shop. For further details see here.


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Tuesday 29 July 2008
club news
Order your replica shirt now

Sales of replica shirts are substantially up compared to the same period two years ago, the last time we launched two new strips at once. In addition, shirt sales via the on-line shop are at record levels.

Some sizes are already sold out, but the good news is that we are expecting a replenishment order at the end of this week. If you want to maximise your chances of getting the shirt of your choice before the season starts, we recommend that you place your order on line now.

You can do this by clicking on on-line shop or on the button on the right hand side of this page.


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Tuesday 29 July 2008
ladies news
Ladies pre-season friendlies

The ladies team has arranged three pre-season games as follows:

Tuesday 29th July v Troy HS Women (USA) at Richardson Evans Memorial Fields, kick off 7.00 pm

Sunday 3rd August v Tottenham Hotspur Ladies at Frederick Knight Sports Ground, Willoughby Lane, Tottenham, kick off 2.00 pm

Sunday 10th August v Epsom & Ewell Ladies at Richardson Evans Memorial Fields, kick off 2.00 pm





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Monday 28 July 2008
club news
Club shop open before Kingstonian game

Fans who couldn't get their new replica kit last Friday or Saturday can do so tonight, as the club shop will be open from 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm.

Also on sale are the new club towels and beanies, plus the souvenir programme.


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Monday 28 July 2008
club news
Collect your season ticket and book your Newport coach place tonight

The complimentary tickets window will be open this evening for fans who are coming to the friendly against Kingstonian. So, this is another chance to collect your season ticket book and/or book a place on the coach to Newport on Saturday 9 August.

Uncollected ST books will be mailed on Wednesday or Thursday this week.

We are now well into our third fans' coach for the game and we expect to fill it. Coach tickets are £10 for all-comers. The coaches will leave from The Woodman pub at 9.00 am and Kingsmeadow at 9.30 am.


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Monday 28 July 2008
first team news
Terry on Salisbury and the Kingstonian and Sutton games

We caught up wtih Terry Brown earlier today for his thoughts on the Salisbury game and on the forthcoming pre-season games against Kingstonian and Sutton United.

"Saturday gave us the chance of a full 90 minutes for most of the first team. I thought it was a very good game against very strong opposition. Football being football, I thought the dominated the first half and went in behind. In the second half I thought we came out a lot stronger, looked the better side and conceded two soft goals.

"Although the result was disappointing, I felt that several of our players acquitted themselves well and it was pleasing to see most of the squad reaching somewhere near their expected fitness levels for the coming season.

"The fixtures this week, tonight and Wednesday, offer the opportunnity for a full 90 minutes for all our squad members and we should be able to put decent sides out in both games. The close proximity of the games means that I won't want to be playing anybody in both. Therefore, up front in particular, we will still be looking at one or two triallists and we shall also have to be keeping Andy Little wrapped in cotton wool this week as he has a slight groin strain.

"We also have the opportunity of training twice this week and we will be doing some nececssary work on set pieces.

"On the injury front, Lewis Taylor sees a specialist today to arrange his imminent operation. James Pullen is making good progress and should be fit to challenge for a place at the start of the season. The forecast on both Belal Aiteouakrim and Chris Sullivan is that they should be fit for round about the second Saturday of the season."


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Saturday 26 July 2008
club news
Meet the manager to be broadcast

Last night's 'meet the manager' was recorded for fans who couldn't be there.

It will take a little while to edit and upload but we hope to do so later this week.


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Saturday 26 July 2008
club news
New kit, towels and beanie hats now available on-line

Following a very successful kit launch last night, the new kit is now available via the on-line shop. They can be ordered by clicking on club shop.

In addition to the new home and away replica shirts and shorts, we have replenished stocks of the white kit, so all the kits are fully available.

There is also some new merchandise - a 100% cotton AFC Wimbledon towel, beanie hats in various colours, and a new-design football are all available on-line now.

At the time of writing, pictures of the new kit were not available in the on-line shop but they can be viewed in the news item 'Kit launch and meeting the manager - timings announced', which was posted on 25 July.


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Friday 25 July 2008
club news
What's happening at Kingsmeadow - feature number 11

Today we publish the latest feature about what is happening at the club during the close season.

To read it, click on feature number 11.


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Friday 25 July 2008
club news
Kit launch update

Further deliveries have arrived in time for tonight's Kit Launch.

Starting at 6.00 pm, we can also now offer:

AFC Wimbledon towel 100% cotton approx. size 80cm x 150cm (30 inches x 60 inches) £15 each or, as a limited period special offer, 2 for £25
Royal blue beanie 56cm £7
Reversible royal/yellow beanie 52cm Children £7
Reversible royal/navy beanie 52cm Adult £8
Reversible waffle black/grey beanie 56cm Adult £8
Peaked beanie navy 56cm Adult £8
Reversible bucket hat navy/white 59cm £9
Reversible bucket hat navy/white 55cm £8

New design football £10

Payment can be made by cash or cheque (upto the cheque card limit).

All offers are subject to availability. Remaining stock can be purchased from the Club Shop before the match against Salisbury City on Saturday from 12 noon.




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Friday 25 July 2008
club news
Kit launch and meet the manager - timings announced

The kit launch

The new first team home and away kits will be available from tonight, Friday 25 July, starting at 6.00 pm in the back bar before 'meet the manager' begins at 8.00 pm.

The new home and away kits.

Children’s shirts cost £18 from baby sizes (3-6 months) to 11-12.
Youth sizes XXS and XS are priced at £25, with adult shirts, sized S to 8XL (home) and 4XL (away) for £38. The price increase for adult shirts is the first for over six years and results from higher raw material and factory costs, which can no longer be absorbed.

Shorts are available at £12 for children and £18 for adults.

Replenishment stock has also arrived of the popular white third kit, so all sizes are now once more on the shelves.

The new shirts will be added to the online shop after the launch.

All items are subject to availability.

Other exciting new products are scheduled to arrive before the upcoming Blue Square South League season. Watch out for more announcements soon.

Meet the manager

Following the kit launch, meet the manager starts at 8.00 pm and Terry Brown and Stuart Cash will be available to answer your questions about all aspects of the forthcoming season and last season too, if you wish.

If you'd like a question to be asked and you can't be at the meeting, you can send it to the club office. Please make sure it arrives before 4.00 pm on Friday.

We aren't broadcasting the meeting but we plan to publish the proceedings at a later date.

The kit launch will be closed during the meeting.


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Thursday 24 July 2008
club news
Terry on Walton, Colliers Wood and Salisbury

Terry Brown was looking at the positives today, despite the news of Lewis Taylor's long term injury earlier in the week. First, however, he talked about Lewis.

"It was another difficult week, starting off with the disappointing news about Lewis Taylor. Obviously this will be a blow to our plans, as Lewis was an integral part of our new team. Even if we had the ability to look for a replacement, I don't think there is another Lewis Taylor available.

"We are doing everything we can to get Lewis back as soon as possible. First, Mike Rayner has given him some exercises to strengthen the knee before the operation, as Mike's experience is that the better the pre-operative preparation, the better the quality and speed of recovery.

"Second, we are providing Lewis with all the support we can, as it will be a long period out and he will need to show great mental strength. But he is a determined and disciplined lad - we are sure he will be fine and that he will work hard to get himself back in shape in the shortest possible time.

"Moving onto the games we've played, the two midweek games offered the first opportunity for a full 90 minutes for all of our fit squad, which is why we shuffled the teams to take advantage of that opportunity. There were things to like in both games, as well as things to work on. The Walton Casuals game started brightly with a couple of well-taken early goals and plenty of good forward movement. I have to say I was disappointed with the defending and obviously there is still work to be done on the fitness levels of all the players.

"Wednesday's game meant we were short as far as attacking options are concerned and so we introduced several young players, some of whom we are trialling. I thought they gave a good account of themselves and we will be having a look at one or two of them again.

"Most important to me was that all the senior players managed to come through their first 90 minutes intact and, considering how light we are in certain positions through injury, this was very good news.

"The Salisbury game will be a fantastic test for the boys. They are a very successful team who have been together for several years, playing a disciplined, direct game, and this will be a severe test for our defensive capabilities. This particular game will be our first real test with regards to competing and earning the right to play. It will definitely be a case of winning our own individual battles before we can look at getting the ball down and playing any football.

"To be fair to our players, they have grasped what we are trying to do with regard to playing football. They have taken it on board and, as a manager, you can't ask for much more than that. We will be working on defending on Thursday night, especially set pieces, where we have been very vulnerable so far in pre-season. Therefore, Saturday should be a good test in this department.

"As far as going forward is concerned, we still have to find the best way of combining Elliott Godfrey and Tony Finn together. Owing to the current injury situation, we are still without an additional front runner to support Jon Main, but I've been delighted with the form that Jon has shown during pre-season.

"The games will be coming thick and fast this coming week and I'm looking forward to getting the team together on the training ground after the Tonbridge game so we can prepare for the season proper, which isn't far away now."


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Thursday 24 July 2008
club news
Fixture lists have arrived!

Pocket fixture lists for the 08/09 season arrived yesterday so the commercial department would like to ask for as much help as possible to distribute them over the next couple of weeks.

We would especially like help from supporters who live in or around the SW19 post code that would be willing to distribute fixture lists in local businesses.

We are also looking for a volunteer to distribute them in the shops, cafes, bars and restaurants on Wimbledon Broadway and around Wimbledon Village.

This is a fantastic way to promote the club and the upcoming season so if you have a couple of hours to spare, please call commercial executive Keith McGuinness on 020 8547 3336 or e-mail here.

The fixture lists will also be available to collect at the ‘Meet the Manager’ event on Friday night and the Salisbury match on Saturday.



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Thursday 24 July 2008
club news
Office closed today

Due to staff holidays, the office will be closed today, Thursday 24 July, and will reopen at 10.00 am tomorrow, Friday 25 July.


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Thursday 24 July 2008
club news
Collect your season ticket at the kit launch/meet the manager evening

By tomorrow we will have completed processing all season ticket applications received by Monday 21 July.

Fans who wish to collect their tickets may do so before the kit launch and meet the manager sessions on Friday evening. The complimentary tickets window will be open for ticket collection between 6.00 pm and 7.30 pm, but not after the meeting.

If you can't make the meeting/launch, but want to collect your ticket, you may also do so before and after the Salisbury game on Saturday. You can also leave an application for a season ticket at that game or on Friday night.

All uncollected tickets will be sent next week, along with applications received on Friday and Saturday. Please do not call at the office seeking your ticket before tomorrow night, as we are still processing the tickets.


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Wednesday 23 July 2008
club news
Supporters' coach

We are still taking bookings for the supporters' coach that will be travelling to Newport County for our opening league game on 9 August.

We have filled one coach and the second is already half full. To book your seat you can either contact the club office on 020 8547 3528 or visit the complimentary tickets window before or after Saturday's game against Salisbury City.

The coach will pick up from The Woodman at 9.00 am and from Kingsmeadow at 9.30 am and the price is £10.




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Wednesday 23 July 2008
first team news
First team at Colliers Wood United

Tonight Terry Brown takes his team to neighbours Colliers Wood United for what will be our first game against the team from the Combined Counties League.

Tonight is a special one for our opponents who will be the subject of a presentation by the Surrey FA to recognize 100 years of their existence. Ray Lewis and Ray Ward from the Surrey FA will both be in attendance to mark the occasion.

Colliers Wood play at Wibbandune Sports Ground which is situated just off the A3 and kick off is at 7.30 pm. To assist with parking, fans can enter the ground via the Wimbledon Common Extension entrance and then drive up to the pitch. Admission is £6 with £1 for parking.



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Wednesday 23 July 2008
club news
Can you help with jet washing, please?

Now that the scaffolding is almost completely down, we need to clean the seats and walkways in the main stand.

We've been jet washins the stand today and plan to continue tomorrow. If you are able to help, please come to the stadium tomorrow after 10.00 am, suitably dressed for seat cleaning.


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Tuesday 22 July 2008
club news
Lewis Taylor

Last Saturday, Lewis Taylor had a scan on the knee he injured against the Metropolitan Police last week.

The results are very disappointing for the club and particularly for Lewis. He has severely damaged his anterior cruciate ligament and will need an operation. The club has arranged for him to see a top medical consultant tomorrow, with reference to having the operation immediately. He is likely to be out for most of this season.

Terry Brown said "obviously I am bitterly disappinted both for Lewis and the club. However, we can assure Lewis that he is in good hands and will receive the best possible care and rehab and we hope to get him back, stronger than ever, as soon as possible."


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Tuesday 22 July 2008
club news
Programme subscriptions 2008-09

Programme subscriptions are available for this season, to include all AFC Wimbledon HOME matches including the pre-season friendlies programme, 21 League matches, FA Cup, FA Trophy, League Cup (Setanta Shield), Surrey Senior Cup and London Senior Cup.

Prices are: UK - £95.00, Europe - £115.00 and Rest of the world - £135.00.

Cheques or International money orders payable in pounds sterling should be made payable to AFC Wimbledon Limited and sent to:

Programme Subscription
AFC Wimbledon Limited
The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow
422A Kingston Road
Kingston upon Thames
KT1 3PB


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Monday 21 July 2008
first team news
Terry on Brentford

Terry Brown was pleased with the improvement in performance that Saturday showed.

"I was a lot happier with Saturday's performance. I felt that we tried to play open expansive football for 90 minutes. Please bear with us on this because, come the first Saturday of the season, we won't be playing square passes and dangerous possession football in front of our own box.

"However, for us to incorporate more passing in the team it is necessary to be using the pre-season games in the manner in which we are doing. In other words, we will be over-playing and taking risks and looking at the comfort of our players on the ball.

"As and when we have assessed their comfort levels, we can look at tailoring a more pragmatic approach to winning football matches. If you look at Saturday's game, it is evident that if you always play short you will attract the opposition into a pressing game and therefore you won't have sufficient space to play your football. And in games where points are at stake, obviously you need to stretch the opposition defence by getting in behind them and therefore creating the space to play.

"Achieving this balance is what pre-season is what pre-season is all about for us this year. It will also be evident to you that we are still looking at the various options that our new players give us, i.e. Elliott Godfrey up front, in the hole, or in midfield, and we will be using these games to ascertain the strengths and weaknesses of all our squad.

"The other factor we need to take into account is that we've not been able to use Chris Sullivan yet and he won't be available until just after the season starts. Taken with the fact that Belal Aiteouakrim is still feeling a back strain, we are yet to bring all our forward options into play, which is frustrating. And in the next 48 hours we should get the results of Lewis Taylor's scan, which will tell us when we can include him in our planning."




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Monday 21 July 2008
club news
Loose change collection

A big thank you to all those who donated to the loose change collection on Saturday which raised in excess of £164.

A reminder that loose change is collected at Saturday home games throughout the season in the back bar.



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Sunday 20 July 2008
youth news
Applications still open for under 19 Academy

AFC Wimbledon invites talented and eligible young players to apply for its Academy at Merton College. Full details are available here.



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Saturday 19 July 2008
cfs news
Book now for summer soccer courses

Bookings are going very strongly for the Community Football Scheme summer soccer coaching programme. Courses run for five-day blocks and can be booked as either half-day (10.00 am - 12.00 pm) or full-day (10.00 am - 3.00 pm) courses. We will running courses at both our ever-popular venues, Wimbledon Park and Goals Wimbledon.

Courses are for boys and girls aged between 4 and 14 and of all abilities. All of our coaching sessions include warm-ups, skills, small-sided games and tournaments and are coached by FA-qualified and CRB-checked coaches.

Call us on 020 8974 5712 or click here for more information or to download a booking form.


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Friday 18 July 2008
club news
What's happening at Kingsmeadow - feature number 10

Today we publish the latest feature about what is happening at the club during the close season.

To read it, click on feature number 10.


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Friday 18 July 2008
club news
Loose change at Saturday's game

To help with fundraising there will be a collection of loose change at Saturday's game against Brentford

Please remember to bring any loose change which the fundraising team will be happy to accept at the Dons Trust table in the back bar before the game.




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Friday 18 July 2008
club news
Souvenir promotion programme on sale tomorrow

A souvenir programme, commemorating our promotion season will be on sale at the Brentford game, tomorrow.

The programme is packed full of commentary, insights, reports from key matches and events, and fans' memories of the highs and lows of the season. It also contains interviews with Terry Brown and senior players, plus great photos that will rekindle the memorable moments of last season.

Subject to the weather, the souvenir programme will be on sale outside the ground, but separately from the match programme, cost £7.

The matchday programme, which covers both our home pre-season friendlies, will be on sale from programme sellers in the usual places for £2.


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Friday 18 July 2008
club news
Season ticket applications accepted at the Brentford game

Season ticket applications are being accepted before and after Saturday's Suppporters Direct cup game against Brentford.

We aim to have season tickets available for collecction at the Salisbury game on Saturday 26 July. Anyone who applies tomorrow will be able to collect their ticket at the Salisbury game.

New applicants can download a copy of the season ticket application form, check out prices and read the terms and conditions by clicking on season tickets 2008-09.

If you are an existing season ticket holder, but have lost your renewal form, you may use the form for new applicants, but please mark it clearly as a renewal.


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Friday 18 July 2008
club news
Coach travel to Newport - and beyond

Fans who wish to travel by coach to our first ever Blue Square South league game at Newport County on 9 August can book their places before and after Saturday's game against Brentford. As usual, coaches will leave from the Woodman pub (at 9.00 am) and Kingsmeadow (at 9.30 am).

Despite the fact that many of the journeys will be longer than last season, the price will be fixed at £10 for away league games where coach travel makes sense - we won't be running coaches for some of the local away games. We will announce prices for travel to cup matches on a game-by-game basis.


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Friday 18 July 2008
club news
Arrangements for the Supporters Direct cup, v Brentford - updated

We play Brentford for the Supporters Direct cup, which we won in our very first season, on Saturday, kick off 3.00 pm.

Details of the arrangements are as follows:

. Scaffolders started to remove the scaffolding from the main stand, today, Friday

. We expect that seating blocks A - E will be cleared in time for the game. We will update you after they finish work today

. For safety reasons, the areas with scaffolding will not be accessible to fans and will be boarded off. As a result, some of the available seating will have an obstructed view

. The usual entrance to the main stand is via the lobby, emerging between block H and the directors' box. These areas will still have scaffolding in place. As a result, we will sell seats from the kiosk in the main entrance; fans who have seats will need to enter via the Tempest End

. The Kingston Road turnstiles will be closed and all terrace access will be via the two turnstiles at the Tempest End

. We have made special arrangements to make the players' tunnel usable but, otherwise, the main stand will not be accessible, except for blocks A - E

. The PA will be working but there is still some doubt about whether we can operate Radio WDON. This will be decided on the day

. Exits from the ground will be the same as usual, with the obvious exception of the gates adjacent to the club shop. It will be possible to leave via the gates adjacent to the Kingston Road toilets, which open directly onto Jack Goodchild Way

. The toilets at the Kingston Road end will not be available but the portaloo at the corner of the Kingston Road end and the John Smith stand, will be available

. The Tempest End teabar will be open

. Both bars will be opening as usual

Prices for the game are:

Seats (unallocated): Adults £10; Concessions £5; Under 16s £3

Terrace: Adults £8; Concessions £4; Under 16s £2

The arrangements for the game were agreed following extensive meetings with the builders, the council's safety representative, the fire brigade and the police. We would like to thank them for their help in making it possible to allow fans who wish to do so, to watch the game from a seat.


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Thursday 17 July 2008
club news
Terry on Brentford and a week of friendlies

Terry Brown was being realistic about performances in the three pre-season friendlies to date.

"Lewis Taylor was injured on Tuesday night. In these cases, it is necessary to let the injury settle down a little bit, so our physiotherapist Mike Rayner will be examining Lewis's knee in greater detail tonight. Initial thoughts are that he has damaged his knee ligaments and we've made contingency arrangements for a scan to assess the extent of the damage. It would be wrong at this time to guess how many weeks he will be out and we'll keep you updated as and when we have more information.

"On a football front this is obviously a blow for the club, as Lewis is an integral part of our future plans. We have lots of talent in midfield and, while losing Lewis is a blow, I am sure we will be fine.

"Hopefully we should have some good news about Jake Leberl and Belal Aiteouakrim, as both should resume training tonight, with a view to taking part in Saturday's game.

"Most of my first team squad have now had two sets of 45 minutes and we shall be looking to increase their playing time over the next few games. As I stated earlier, the results were fairly academic to the progress we are making, however the performances will obviously have to improve substantially, especially in the games against higher opposition.

"Saturday will be a severe test for our new-look squad which has only been together for about three weeks, so we've done lots of stamina work, but not a great deal of football-related work. The players will be training at a higher tempo with small-sided games over the next couple of weeks and they should have a better understanding of how we are looking to play and, as they begin to jell, start to look a lot sharper in these friendly games.

"The team will start taking a little bit more shape in the games against Brentford and Salisbury as we narrow down the amount of players that we use for the upcoming pre-season games. In the meantime, thanks for your patience - it hasn't been pretty watching so far, but it is part of our building process and believe it or not, there is a method to our madness.

"Looking forward to the Brentford game, the only senior players who aren't available are Chris Sullivan and James Pullen, who are still recovering from operations and Lewis. Everyone else in the first team squad will feature in that game."


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Wednesday 16 July 2008
dons trust news
Dons Draw results for July

The July Dons Draw took place this morning at Kingsmeadow.

Winning numbers were drawn in the presence of Erik Samuelson (Dons Trust board member), Ted Richardson and Neil Messenbird (Dons Draw Treasurer).

The winning ticket numbers and prizes were as follows:

First prize of £1000 - ticket 0796 - Claus Wagner of Ham
Second prize of £500 - ticket 3129 – David Tapping of Worcester Park
Third prize of £150 - ticket 2445 – Janice Williams of Raynes Park
Fourth prize of £50 - ticket 3300 - Naomi Mahendran of Epsom

Congratulations to all the winners!

The next Dons Draw will take place on or after 15 August 2008 with the results being posted on the AFC Wimbledon official web site soon after the draw has taken place.

The fourth prize will now be a regular feature and we expect that it will be even more next month!

If you want a chance of winning next month’s 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 numbers, then why not do so now?

You can sign up online to the Dons Draw or download an application here or, to increase your tickets, email us here.

The deadline for new entrants to the August 2008 Dons Draw is 8.00 pm on Thursday 31 July.

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


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Wednesday 16 July 2008
club news
Michael Haswell returns

Michael Haswell has been told by Brighton that they have decided not to go ahead with signing him and so he has returned to the club.

Manager Terry Brown said "Obviously, I am very disappointed for Michael but, from a selfish point of view, I'm delighted that he is back with us. To get him back into the swing of all things AFC Wimbledon, he will be starting tonight at Northwood and I am sure that our fans will give him a warm welcome back."

We spoke to Michael a few minutes ago and he was philosophical when saying "obviously, I'm disappointed, but life must go on and I'm now going to focus on making sure we have another successful season at Wimbledon. Id like to add that I've been very touched by the support I've received in personal messages from fans and I would also like to thank the club for supporting me."


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Monday 14 July 2008
club news
Change of date for kit launch and meet the manager

Unfortunately, there has been a delay in the delivery of the new kit and so we have reluctantly decided to defer the kit launch.

We had always intended to hold the 'meet the manager' evening on the same night as the kit launch and so we have also postponed that session.

Both events will be held a week later than originally scheduled and will now be on Friday 25 July. Full details will follow later.

Although we are certain that fans will think the wait was worthwhile when they see the new kit, we are very sorry if anyone is inconvenienced by this change.


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Monday 14 July 2008
club news
PLC meeting tonight

This is to remind shareholders that there is an EGM at Kingsmeadow tonight, at 7.00 pm, to vote on a resolution varying the terms of the Barclays loan.

Full details of the meeting are set out in the news item on this site, dated 19 June.


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Monday 14 July 2008
first team news
Terry looks back on Saturday

Terry Brown was upbeat this morning after coming out of Saturday's game at Croydon with no injuries and plenty to be pleased about.

"It was nice to be back playing games again. The players are half way through what will be a pretty exhausting pre-season.

"Saturday's game offered the supporters their first opportunity to view our new signings and, having worked with them, I can confidently tell you that there is a lot more to come than you saw on Saturday.

"The midweek games will allow me to replicate Saturday's game, in as much as I will play two different first teams, both at Metropolitan Police and Northwood. I am trying at this stage to mix and match the teams, so that everyone gets a chance to play with each other, as opposed at this stage to narrowing down the options to any specific style.

"Defensively, Saturday's performance was very sound, with all the new players at the back performing very well. It will take a while for the team to jell as a unit. There were glimpses of what we are trying to achieve and, from a managerial point of view, it was particularly pleasing not to pick up any additional injuries.

"On the injury front, we are still looking at at least four weeks for James Pullen and Chris Sullivan, who are both making good progress after summer operations. Other niggles include Belal Aiteouakrim, who has a slight muscle strain, and Jake Leberl, who has a calf strain. Both should be able to play soon, although whether they are ready to play on Tuesday will be Mike Rayner's decision."


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Friday 11 July 2008
club news
Seating for the Brentford pre-season friendly

It is now just over a week until we play Brentford in a pre-season friendly, for the Supporters Direct Cup.

Work on extending the roof to cover the seats in the front three rows of the main stand continues. The extended roof is now in place, with the fascia being erected on Monday. The wiring for the PA system is also going in today. However, due to additional time spent clarifying what is needed in terms of emergency lighting, that work and other tidying up may not be completed until late next week. This may give us a problem, as it takes up to four days to dismantle the scaffolding and we can’t use the seats until it has been taken down.

At present, therefore, it looks as if we won’t be able to open all of the main stand for the Brentford game, although all the terracing will still be available to us. We are still hopeful that we will be able to open seats at one end of the main stand – probably the Tempest End.

Next Wednesday the club is meeting the police, the fire brigade and the council’s safety consultant to agree what seating can be available for the Brentford game. As soon as possible after that meeting we will announce the arrangements for the game.

There will be more detail about the background to these issues in this week’s “What’s happening at Kingsmeadow”, which will be published this evening.


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Friday 11 July 2008
club news
Club shop open before and after PLC meeting on Monday

The club shop is holding a one day clearance sale and will be open on the evening of Monday 14 July from 6.00 pm to 7.00 pm and after the AFCW plc EGM until 8.00 pm.

Many existing sale items have been reduced further still. Check online for availability and the new low prices.

Availability of these products is across all sizes, with a wide choice for children and large adults.


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Thursday 10 July 2008
first team news
Terry looks forward to the pre-season kick off

Terry Brown was planning tonight's training session when we caught up with him earlier today to get his thoughts on the start of pre-season games on Saturday.

"As ever, the first pre-season game has come round a lot quicker than we could ever imagine. We are thankful to have the opportunity to go to Croydon Athletic on Saturday, on a nice playing surface so it should be a good test for our new squad.

"We intend to give 45 minutes to all the squad who are fit and available on Saturday. We are currently running with a squad of 21, of which Michael Haswell is still on trial at Brighton. Chris Sullivan and James Pullen are making good progress from summer surgery but are still four weeks away from being able to take part.

"Jake Leberl has suffered a slight calf strain and is doubtful. Apart from that, all the squad, including Alan Inns, Ben Judge, Michael Peacock, Lewis Taylor, Tom Davis, Elliott Godfrey and Belal Aiteouakrim, will be playing. And, of course, Luke Pigden, Stevie Gilbert and Kennedy Adjie, all now full-time members of the first team squad, will be appearing.

"I've been very pleased with the quality of new players we have brought into the club. Their fitness, technical ability and pace are clearly visible and, as we planned, they have helped to bring the average age down from last year. As fans are aware, we plan to play an attacking game, so pre-season will see us juggling with positional changes and different formations.

"All good sides evolve and at the present time I don't want to tie myself down to one specific system. By the Croydon game we will have completed two full weeks' training, including a very productive visit to Bath University where we were able to take advantage of their high-tech equipment, as have Fulham, QPR and Nottingham Forest this month.

"The players will all experience 45 minutes on Saturday and 45 minutes on either Tuesday or Wednesday, leading us into our first home fixture against Brentford on Saturday 19 July. I hope you are as excited as I am about the prospect of our new players, appearing in Wimbledon shirts and getting the ball down and passing. As everybody knows, it is no good just having a good team on paper - I will be looking for the players to show me they are a good team on the pitch. We are ready now and Saturday is the start of the run in to Blue Square South football."


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Tuesday 08 July 2008
reserve team news
Reserves in action tonight

Ryan Gordon takes his talented reserve team to Chertsey Town tonight for their first pre season friendly.

Chertsey, managed by former Dons favourite Kevin Cooper, and playing in the Combined Counties League will provide stiff opposition for the young team. The match at Alwyns Close, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 9DN kicks off at 7.45 pm


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Monday 07 July 2008
club news
Players take to Bath for the weekend

Players and management held a training weekend at BAth Unviersity over the weekend.

To read it, click on training weekend.


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Friday 04 July 2008
club news
What's happening at Kingsmeadow - feature number 8

Today we publish the latest feature about what is happening at the club during the close season.

To read it, click here.


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Friday 04 July 2008
first team news
Setanta Shield draw

The draw for the first round of the Setanta Shield has the Dons travelling to Chelmsford in the week beginning Monday 8 September.

Detailed arrangements will be published later.


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Friday 04 July 2008
first team news
Micky takes Michael for a while

The club has given Michael Haswell permission to train with Brighton & Hove Albion and to play two games for them while on trial with Micky Adams' team. He joined up with them yesterday and is likely to go with the squad on a short tour of Ireland.

Terry Brown said "obviously nothing is settled and the purpose of this is for Brighton to have another look at Michael. We knew they had him watched last season, so we aren't surprised that they've made this request. We wouldn't stand in the way of a player who wants to try to earn a place at a league club. We wish Michael every success, while also making it clear that we don't want him to leave and will be pleased to welcome him back, should that be the outcome."


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Friday 04 July 2008
club news
Success granted

We are delighted to announce that the Football Stadia Improvement Fund has awarded the club a grant of £147,529 towards the cost of the work on our main stand extension. Fans will know that the work is designed to provide 220 additional seats at the Kingston Road end and, at the same time, the roof will be extended over the front three rows of the rest of the main stand, to provide all seated fans with cover. The work includes improving the facilities for disabled fans as their seats are being moved from their current location so that they will also be under cover.

The application process is a rigorous one, which requires detailed analysis of the entire project. Not all the work is eligible for grants but, for the parts that were, we have been awarded 40% of the costs. Chief Executive Erik Samuelson said "this news is a great boost to us. The work on the main stand is a key step in our longer term plans to make the stadium suitable for league football. We've got a long way to go, both on and off the pitch, but the project shows our determination to get there and the FSIF's support is tremendous news."


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Wednesday 02 July 2008
club news
Dons start the season at Newport County

The Dons start the season with an away game at Newport County, managed by former Wimbledon FC striker, Dean Holdsworth, followed by a Tuesday home game against Thurrock. On the second Saturday of the season, Wimbledon will host Bognor Regis.

Other fixtures that fans will no doubt be looking out for are the August Bank Holiday (at home) and Easter Monday (away) games versus Bromley, with August ending with a trip to Bath City on the 30th.

The Christmas period derby games are against Fisher Athletic, with the Dons away on Boxing Day and at home on New Year's Day.

Fans who are looking forward to seaside trips to Bognor and Weston Super Mare will need to brave the weather in January and March respectively, while the trip to Dorchester is in October.

The full fixtures can now be found here.


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