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Friday 31 July 2009
club news
Terry on Farnborough and North Greenford United

Terry Brown has had a change of plan with his final pre-season friendlies, as he has decided that both the Farnborough and the North Greenford games will feature a significant number of squad members. He explained when we spoke to him earlier this afternoon.

"The weekend sees the last of our pre-season friendlies. We plan to use both games, Farnborough on Saturday and NGU on Monday, to give all of our squad 90 minutes' football. This will enable us to put two strong sides out in both games and as always, I'll be looking for the performance rather than the result as the important factor.

"Paul Lorraine and Kennedy Adjei are both available for selection over the weekend after minor ailments. We also will have the opportunity of looking at Callum Morrissen. Callum is a boy who we spotted playing for the Isle of Man Select XI and he did well against us. He is a 6' 2" front runner who we hope does well during the weekend and, you never know, we might have unearthed a diamond from our trip to the Isle of Man.

"The Farnborough game in particular will be very difficult. As they are local to me I've had the opportunity of watching them play in pre-season and was particularly impressed by their forwards. This should lead to a very exciting encounter on Saturday and I hope you will be able to get to at least one of the two games.

"After the Monday game, I will have to get down to the difficult task of selecting a team for the Luton game. This will be particularly difficult this year as now only is it disappointing for some of our players to be substitutes on the first day of the season but at least three or four won't even be sitting on the bench. I would emphasise the point, as I do to the players, that all the players in our squad will play a massive part in our season, be it successful or otherwise."


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Thursday 30 July 2009
first team news
Terry gets closer to finalising his squad

Shortly before getting ready for his 'Meet the Manager' session Terry Brown finalised the signing of three players whose signings have already been, prematurely, announced elsewhere.

"I am delighted to announce that Ben Judge and Alan Inns have put pen to paper tonight. Both Ben and Alan have worked extremely hard during the close season and have come back fitter and stronger than ever for what should be a very exciting season ahead.

"I am also pleased to announce the signing of Peter Rapson. Peter is a tremendous young prospect who represented the club at under 18 level last year. He is still only 17 and has already scored his opening goal in a first team fixture at the Tempest End - against FC United of Manchester.

"Peter will train with us on a full time basis and although I expect him to play a part in several first team fixtures this year he will, at a later stage, be loaned out to play some senior first team football.

"This leaves us in a very strong position. We still have one or two players we've offered improved terms to and I'm hopeful that the signings will go through within the next couple of days."


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Thursday 30 July 2009
first team news
Dave Bassett to be guest at Farnborough friendly

Farnborough Football Club has announced that Dave ‘Harry’ Bassett will be their guest of the day for the pre-season fixture on 1 August at Cherrywood Road.

Bassett, the legendary Wimbledon manager, will be their guest alongside former Boro boss and ex-Wimbledon player Andy Clement.

Bassett will answer questions in the club’s Platinum Lounge prior to the clash with the Dons. Platinum tickets for the game are priced at £30, and will include a two-course meal and access to the Lounge bar before, during and after the game.

He will also be live on stage in The Dugout after the game, open to all supporters free of charge.

Kick-off at Cherrywood Road is at 3.00 pm and Bassett will be in the Platinum Lounge from 1.00 pm. Ticket prices are Adults £7, Concessions £5 and Under-16s £1

For more information contact Chris Harris on 07855 903888 or email chris.harris@farnboroughfc.co.uk



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Thursday 30 July 2009
reserve team news
Reserves at Godalming tonight and Cove on Saturday

For those of you who can't wait until Saturday for your next Dons football, Marcus Gayle's young reserve team is playing its second pre-season game tonight at Godalming, kick off 7.45.

On Saturday, the reserves are at Cove, kicking off at noon. Fans who would like a look at some of our possible first team of the future can drop by to watch the game before making the short trip to Farnborough to watch the first team in action.


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Thursday 30 July 2009
club news
Don't forget to Meet the Manager tonight - and have your photo taken with the Blue Square South trophy

A reminder that Terry Brown will be answering questions at this pre-season's 'Meet the Manager' session in the middlebar at Kingsmeadow tonight at 8.00 pm.

There will also be the opportunity for supporters to have their photo taken with the Blue Square Conference South trophy. A modest fee will be charged, the proceeds of which will be contributed to the Dons Trust’s funds. We will be fitting the shooting around the Meet the Manager session, and expect to start this at around 7.15 pm.


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Thursday 30 July 2009
cfs news
Matchday Football Club - New for 2009/10

This new initiative will take place every Saturday throughout the year at Kingsmeadow.

Time: 1.00 pm – 2.30 pm

Free child match ticket on AFC Wimbledon home matchdays!

Turn up on the day for £6 per session or pre-book the whole block of sessions at the rate of £5 per session. AFC Wimbledon Season Ticket Holders receive the discounted rate of only £5 per session.

Dates:

2009

• Block A (£30) – July 25, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
• Block B (£45) – September 5, 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
• Block C (£40) – Nov 7, 14, 21, 28, Dec 5, 12, 19, 26

2010

• Block D (£45) – January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27
• Block E (£40) – March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24
• Block F (£45) – May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26

Book all 6 Blocks and receive a free Under 16 AFC Wimbledon Season Ticket for the 2009/10 Season (for the John Smith’s Terrace)

For more information call us on 020 8974 5712 or go to the Community section of this website.



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Wednesday 29 July 2009
first team news
Luton tickets

We still have a number of tickets available in the John Smith Stand for our opening league fixture against Luton Town on Saturday 8 August.

Tickets can be applied for by post and Applicants should enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. We cannot issue replacement tickets for any that are lost in the post and fans who want more secure delivery should enclose a payment of £2 for a recorded delivery service. When applying by post please enclose a daytime phone contact number.

Tickets can also be purchased from the club office betwwen 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays. Personal callers will be required to show proof of address.


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Wednesday 29 July 2009
first team news
Ticket arrangements for the Eastbourne game

We have been advised that our Blue Square Premier league game against Eastbourne Borough on Tuesday 11 August will be all ticket.

We have been allocated sufficient terrace tickets for there to be no need for priority selling. Prices are Adult £13, Concessions £9 and Under-16s £4 and tickets can be purchased by post. Applicants should enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope together with a cheque for the correct amount.

Alternatively, personal callers can visit the club office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays to buy their tickets.

A supporters' coach to Eastbourne will be picking up at The Woodman at 4.30 pm and Kingsmeadow at 5.00 pm and places can be reserved at a cost of £10 by calling the club office on 020 8547 3528 during office hours.


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Wednesday 29 July 2009
club news
Season tickets on their way

Season ticket sales to date are just under 2,450. Of these, all bar 200 have either been collected at recent pre-season games, or sent by post today. The remaining books will be sent tomorrow, all bar 25 where we are still awaiting proof of entitlement to concessionary prices.

The time spent on collation, envelope stuffing, stamping and despatch of the books has been much higher than ever before. In total, 17 volunteers have given up time during the day and evening to get the work completed. Many thanks to all of them for their time and effort.

The season tickets were sent by second class post and so will not arrive before Friday 31 July at the earliest.

We are still accepting applcations for the John Smith terrace but any that are received after Monday 3 August may not be ready in time for the Luton game on Saturday 8 August.


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Wednesday 29 July 2009
first team news
Deal falls through

Earlier this afternoon, Terry Brown announced that Calum Willock will not be joining the club.

“I went through our position with Erik Samuelson this morning to look at the finances of the deal. Understandably, Calum is keen to sort out a club for the entire season and at this stage we were unable to offer him the security and commitment he was looking for.

“No-one has made unreasonable demands and Calum has acted in a thoroughly professional way throughout. We will continue to look for ways to strengthen the team.”


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Wednesday 29 July 2009
club news
Meet the manager - and have your photo taken with the Blue Square South trophy

A reminder that Terry Brown will be answering questions at this pre-season's 'Meet the Manager' session in the middlebar at Kingsmeadow this Thursday, 30 July, at 8.00 pm.

There will also be the opportunity for supporters to have their photo taken with the Blue Square Conference South trophy. A modest fee will be charged, the proceeds of which will be contributed to the Dons Trust’s funds. We will be fitting the shooting around the Meet the Manager session, and expect to start this at around 7.15 pm.


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Tuesday 28 July 2009
club news
Sale of Luton tickets and collection of season tickets at tonight's game

Luton tickets

Tickets for the first game of the Blue Square Premier season go on sale to AFC Wimbledon fans only, before and after tonight's game against a Fulham XI. Tickets can be bought from 6.30 pm until 7.45 pm in the back bar. Any remaining tickets will be on sale after the game, again in the back bar.

Tickets are available for the John Smith stand only, at one per applicant. Tickets may only be bought by Dons fans who must bring proof of address. Fans who have already collected their season ticket (see below)may present that as proof of id.

Collection of season tickets

As previously announced, season ticket holders who have received an email telling them their book is ready may collect their book before today's game in exchange for a copy of the email. They will be available from 6.30 pm outside the complimentary tickets window.

The books are collated in number order, not alphabetical order - your number is on your email. With 1,500 to search, we cannot look for an individual's ST unless they present us with the email containing the application number. Any STs that aren't collected today will be posted on Wednesday or Thursday.

ST books for fans who haven't given us a current email address will also be posted on Wednesday and Thursday, along with the 900 ST applications we have yet to process.


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Tuesday 28 July 2009
club news
Supporters' coaches to Eastbourne and Kettering

The club will be running coaches to the Blue Square Premier games against Eastbourne Borough on Tuesday 11 August and Kettering Town on Saturday 15 August.

For the Eastbourne game the coach will be picking up from The Woodman at 4.30 pm and Kingsmeadow at 5.00 pm. Against Kettering Town the coach will pick up from The Woodman at 11.45 am and from Kingsmeadow at 12.15 pm.

The price is £10 and places can be reserved at the complimentary tickets window before and after the game against a Fulham XI. Alternatively, bookings can be made by contacting the club office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays.


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Tuesday 28 July 2009
club news
Arrangements for Fulham game

Following the improvements to the terraces in the Kingston Road End, we need to install some additional safety barriers. Work is underway on the barriers and, as a result, the Kingston Road End will not be open for tonight's game.

Entrance to the John Smith and Tempest End terraces for tonight's game will be via the Tempest End turnstiles. Access to seats in the Paul Strank stand will, as usual, be via the main entrance.

The burger bar at the Kingston Raod end will be closed but the Tempest End will be open, as well as the 'Tea Pot' at the corner of the John Smith stand and the Tempest End.

We expect the work on the barriers to be finished before this weekend, in good time for next week's season opener against Luton Town.


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Monday 27 July 2009
first team news
Terry on FC United and Fulham

After the weekend's game against FC United of Manchester, Terry Brown is still considering his options for the starting game against Luton which is now less than two weeks away.

"Saturday's game against FC United turned out to be a very closely fought match. United could have scored on a couple of occasions but for a fine penalty save from James Pullen and the luck of the bounce with a second half free kick that rebounded to safety from the upright.

"After a very slow start I thought the game picked up momentum in the second half and we could have had one or two more on top of the two goals we scored. The main positives to come out of this, and all of the pre-season so far, is that we look strong at the back, whatever combination we use.

"I'd like to be able to say at this stage that I have a clear picture of the starting line up, but that's not true at the moment. I'm sure that you and your friends would probably pick a different side from me - as I would probably pick a different side from Stuart and Simon at the moment.

"As with the introduction of any new faces, it will take a while a) for them to settle in and b) for me to ascertain their best positions within our team. At the moment we are still juggling the players around, looking at them playing in various positions. But the time will soon be coming when we need to settle on a better idea of what our starting line up will be. It won't necessarily be a case of the starting line up against Farnborough is the starting line up against Luton. We will also be looking at Luton over the next couple of weeks to gain a rough idea of where their strengths and weaknesses lie. We will then pick a side looking to beat them on the day.

"For tomorrow's game against Fulham, we are hoping to have another look at Calum Willock but we fully understand his situation as he wants to get settled, so we will be making a decision sooner rather than later. If necessary, we could start the season without another target man and I'm not under any pressure to get everything right at this stage of the season so if we run with what we've today got I'm OK about that."


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Sunday 26 July 2009
ladies news
Under 15 girls team looking for players

AFC Wimbledon U-15 Girls, who play in the Surrey County Women & Girls League (SCWGL), are looking for an experienced goalkeeper and players for some other outfield positions.

Matches are usually played on a Sunday morning with either a 10.30 am or 12.00 noon Kick Off. Home games take place at Richardson Evans Memorial Playing Fields (Front Pitches), Roehampton Vale, London, SW15 3PQ.

Girls train on Tuesday evenings between 5.30 pm and 7.00 pm under the supervision of the manager, John Parker. He is a qualified football coach (1st aid certified), working alongside another qualified coach.

The Club is looking to develop players for eventual Ladies first team football.

Full details are available from:

John Parker (Manager) on 0798 4417810 or e-mail: jalsparker1@hotmail.com;
or John Ivers (Secretary) 020 8395 6253 or 0771 9074908 or e-mail john_ivers@blueyonder.co.uk


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Sunday 26 July 2009
dons trust news
Tempest End season ticket for auction

The holder of a five year season ticket has temporarily moved overseas and has generously donated his season ticket for the 2009/10 season to the Dons Trust.

After discussion with the donor, we have decided that the best way of using this opportunity is to auction the season ticket, with the proceeds raised to be contributed to the Dons Trust’s funds. This follows the same format as the recent successful auction of two seats in the main stand, which has now concluded.

In common with other season ticket holders, the successful bidder will have preferential rights to purchase tickets for all home cup games during the season. However, there will be no preferential rights to renew this season ticket (or more particularly the position in the Tempest End) in subsequent seasons, as it is possible that the original season ticket holder will return to the UK. Nonetheless, given that season tickets for the Tempest End have now sold out, this is a valuable opportunity to be guaranteed a place in the Tempest End for the 2009/10 season.

If you would like to bid for the ticket, then please email season ticket auction. by 10.00 pm on Friday 31 July. The tight deadline is to ensure that we can process the season ticket in time for the winning bidder to be able to attend the Luton game.

Alternatively, messages may be left for Mark Davis via the club on 020 8547 3528 during office hours (i.e. by 4.00 pm on Friday). However, please note that email bidders will be kept apprised of the current status of their bid, so you are likely to have a better chance of bidding successfully if you bid by email.

If you wish to bid, then please indicate clearly the amount of your bid, your name and contact details. Please note that there is a reserve price for this ticket, which would normally sell for £200.

We are grateful to Rob Ceccarelli for his generous donation.


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Saturday 25 July 2009
club news
Season ticket collection - clarification

As previously announced, season ticket holders who have received an email telling them their book is ready may collect their book before today's game (or before the Fulham game) in exchange for a copy of the email. Of current sales of about 2,400, about 1,500 STs have been processed so far.

The books are collated in number order, not alphabetical order - your number is on your email. With 1,500 to search, we cannot look for an individual's ST unless they present us with the email containing the application number. Any STs that aren't collected today or before the Fulham game will be posted on Wednesday.

ST books for fans who haven't given us a current email address will also be posted on Wednesday, along with the 900 ST applcaitions we have yet to process.


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Friday 24 July 2009
first team news
Terry looks forward to FC United of Manchester

We spoke to Terry Brown earlier today about the game against FC United tomorrow and the possibility of seeing a trialist target man during the game.

"Saturday's game for the Supporters Direct Cup against FC United offers us the opportunity to welcome back our good friends from Manchester. Karl Marginson's team was the first home fixture of Stuart and my time at the club. If memory serves me well, it was a very tight game last time and I think we ran out 2-0 winners.

"I think Saturday's game offers us a really good test, slightly different to most of our home games against Football League opposition and I expect it to be more of a competitive environment that will stand us in good stead for the start of the season.

"Of course we expect FC United to bring down a good travelling contingent and therefore it adds another level to the atmosphere within Kingsmeadow. Some of the players who have been in training need to catch up on some game time tomorrow and other players not involved tomorrow will be involved on Tuesday against Fulham.

"We still have a decision to make regarding another goalkeeper and we will look at Seb Brown again in tomorrow's fixture. We are also hoping to have a look at an experienced target man and we aim to confirm his availability later today.

"I am very much looking forward to Saturday's game and savouring the special atmosphere that a Wimbledon versus Manchester United game has always attracted!"


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Friday 24 July 2009
dons trust news
Fundraising on Saturday

We have a busy programme of fundraising activities at Saturday's match against FC United.

From 12.30 to 2.30, there will be a silent auction of cricket memorabilia in the back bar. To bid online for these items in advance of Saturday, visit here. Along with the cricket memorabilia, there will also be an FC United shirt, signed by the full 2008-09 squad.

There will be a half-time collection on behalf of the Velo & Blue team, who between them cycled a staggering 480 miles from 27 to 28 June as part of the 24 Hour Road Race Championship. All proceeds raised from the bucket collection will go to the Dons Trust ground fund.

The iDON media stall and recycling point will be in action before the match. So, come along and buy CDs, DVDs and computer games or get rid of unwanted printer cartridges, mobile phones, loose change, foreign exchange and CDs, DVDs and computer games.

The auction for a pair of seats in the main stand closes at 5.30pm on Saturday. So, if you wish to bid, make your way to the compliments window immediately after the game and leave your details and bid, for the attention of Mark Davis. The highest bid currently stands at £750.

If you would like to volunteer to help with the silent auction or bucket collection, please email here.


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Thursday 23 July 2009
club news
What's happening on Saturday? SD Cup special!

To celebrate the SD Cup, Supporters Direct have arranged a variety of activities at the ground on Saturday. Please see below for more details. These arrangements are subject to change depending on the weather.

12.00 - Both bars open

12.30 - Barbecue in front of main bar

12.30 - Club shop opens with the new shirt available for sale

12.00 to 3.00 pm - Your chance to have your photo taken with the FA Cup and FA Trophy (courtesy of the Football Association) in the middle bar.

12.00 to 3.00 pm - 5-a-side pitch on the grass area adjacent to the car park for your chance to give your friends a game of football, so make sure you bring your trainers

1.00 pm to 3.00 pm - Show your true colours by getting your face painted in your club's colours beside the 5-a-side pitch

1.45 pm to 2.35 pm - The short film 'I have a Team to Save, Uri Masiah's Journey', will also be played in the back bar before the match. Lasting 50 minutes, the film is about Israeli football fan Uri Mashiah's experiences when he came to the UK, and features footage from FC United of Manchester and AFC Wimbledon.

2.45 pm to 2.55 pm - In a warm up to the highly contested Co-operative Supporters Direct Cup there will be a players' crossbar challenge before kick-off. How many of the two teams can hit the crossbar from the half way line?

Half time - Four contestants battle it out on the pitch for £50.00 prize money in Square Up

4.45pm – Trophy presentation on pitch

5.30 pm/ 5.45 pm - Man of the match award in main bar

6.00 pm - Middle bar closes. Fans may transfer to the back bar or President’s Lounge if they wish to stay on.


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Thursday 23 July 2009
club news
Season ticket collection and despatch

Despite the efforts of a large group of volunteers, we regret that we will not be able to finish collating all the season ticket books in time to be available for collection before Saturday’s game against FC United of Manchester.

Approximately two thirds of the STs will have been processed by Friday evening. Later today, we will be emailing everyone whose season ticket will be available for collection before Saturday’s game.

If you receive an email and are coming to either the FC United or the Fulham game, please bring it with you and we will give you your season ticket.

If you do not receive an email it is almost certainly for one of the following reasons:

• We haven’t collated yours yet

• We don’t have an email address for you, or it is out of date

• You haven’t provided proof of entitlement to a discounted price ST

We will send out further emails as and when more ST books have been processed. In any event, all remaining STs, including those which haven’t been collected, will be mailed next Wednesday and Thursday.

Please do not email or call the club asking about the status of your book until Monday 3 August at the earliest.


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Thursday 23 July 2009
club news
Third kit launch on Friday evening, 24 July

The new third kit will be launched on Friday 24th July in the Main Bar at 6.00 pm (until 8.00 pm). Adult sized shirts are £38, youth £28 and children £18. Shorts are available at £18 for adults, £12 for children.

In addition to the new kit, there will be new training wear including tracksuits, sweatshirts, polo shirts and tee shirts.

Three new mugs have arrived, two of which commemorate the 2008-2009 Conference South title. The third lists this season's Blue Square Premier fixtures, so will be a handy addition to any desk. All at £6.

Haydon the Womble is now back in stock in the original size. A baby-sized version is now available for £8, with tiny companions at £7, fitted with suckers for windows or shiny surfaces, or a keychain to attach to your mobile, rucksack or handbag zip-pull.

All items are subject to availability. We regret that we are not able to process credit or debit cards, so can only accept payment by cash or cheque with a cheque card (upto the card limit).

The products will be available online next week, after sales from the launch evening and the FC United matchday have been recorded and stock levels updated.


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Wednesday 22 July 2009
club news
Square Up and win £50!

Square Up, the keepy uppy contest with the Blue Square dice, returns this weekend at half-time of the FC United of Manchester game.

We are looking for two contestants to take part. Each contestant is rewarded with a FREE £25 bet with Blue Square and the winner also gets £50 cash!

To enter, pelase e-mail here.

Entries will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis.


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Wednesday 22 July 2009
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents Terry Alderton - LAST 20 TICKETS!

Update
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we regret to say that Kevin Day will not be appearing on Friday night. However we are very pleased to announce that John Moloney has agreed to step in as a last minute replacement. For more information, please see below.



Comedy@Kingsmeadow is thrilled to announce the line-up for a special show on Friday 24 July, the night before our pre-season friendly against FC United of Manchester. Anyone who came to the show we held before the corresponding match a couple of years ago will tell you what a fantastic night it will be! Make sure to book your tickets quickly as we fully expect this how to sell out.

See below for more about the line-up, headlined by 'Mr Sheepskin' himself, Terry Alderton!

And as usual, Ting N Ting will be serving up their award winning Caribbean Cuisines, all for the bargain price of £12.

To book tickets, call 020 8547 3335 or visit here.



More about the line-up...


Friday 24 July
COMEDY@KINGSMEADOW presents….
Terry Alderton, John Maloney, Bob ‘Walshy’ Walsh and Sully O’Sullivan
Doors open 7.30 pm/ comedy starts 9.00 pm/ bar closes Midnight
Admission: £12 (includes comedy and dinner)

Terry Alderton (Headliner)
Until now, ex-Southend goalkeeper and former holiday camp entertainer was comedy’s best-kept secret. This astounding act is a riot of exuberant, loose-limbed physical comedy, extraordinary caricatures and stunningly acute impressions. Combining a fearless onstage presence, unshakeable confidence and streetwise hyperactive delivery, Terry leaves his audience exhilarated and exhausted with laughter.
“Brilliant, always funny” The List
“Hilarious” The Herald
“Electrifying stage presence and hilarious, first rate impressions.” THE INDEPENDENT
“Terry Alderton was sensational and hilarious.” THE SUN
“The funniest export Southend has ever produced” THE MIRROR

John Moloney (Opening Act)
“ He shows a depth of experience and a quiet professionalism that other comedians could well learn from." - THE INDEPENDENT
"An excellently-paced hour of stand-up and musical whimsy - go and see this hilarious and quite unique exponent of comedy."
THE SCOTSMAN
"A wondrous array of classy gags. Comedy scholars, plus folk needing a right good laugh, can choose from a wide range of quality Moloney originals. Take your pick from droll one-liners; coruscating bits of political satire, absurdist observations; gleeful schoolboy puns and observant re-interpretations of everyday phenomena. In addition, they're all delivered with a measured dryness and quiet understatement, too. Masterly."
THE HERALD
"Moloney's comedy is in defiance of the trend towards sophistication. His technology consists of a microphone and….that's it. His gags are stripped down and rapid, his delivery is suitably clipped. No fat on this show." - THE SUNDAY TIMES
"He has the down to earth stage manner of a performer from the pre-alternative era and has perfected the art of delivering punchy routines with barely an ounce of fat. It is good to know that there is still room for a stand-up comedian as gifted and unpretentious as John Moloney." - THE TIMES
"He looks every bit the professional. He is. He treats the audience with compassion, tact and intelligence in a show that has strolling one-liners and relative stories. A natural rapport." - THE STAGE
"Good old fashioned stand up. He is acutely funny at his deadpan and beautifully bitchy best." - THE LIST
"A blistering sixty minutes on life, love, celebrity, royalty and religion." - METRO
"A powerfully funny act." - TIME OUT
"Has stacks of material...what used to be known as rapier wit." - EVENING NEWS
"The Master of Delicious One Liners." - NZ HERALD
"A triumph of Quality over Hype." - THE SYDNEY HERALD


Bob ‘Walshy’ Walsh (Open Spot)

Sully O’ Sullivan (MC)
He’s been declared a highlight of the New Zealand International Comedy Festival by The NZ Herald, a highlight of the Glasgow International Comedy Festival by The Scotsman, won Canada’s Master’s of the Universe Improv Competition, and featured on Australian TV’s The Comedy Channel.
“Wicked sense of humour, gets the audience involved from the kick off” - BBC (UK)
“A blast of hilarity” - Manchester Evening News (UK)
“I gasp with laughter and a small amount of beer tries to escape through my nose.” - Manchester Evening News (UK)
“Unforgettable comedy” - Three Weeks (UK)
"Slickly combines quintessentially Kiwi comedy with vocal and physical audience participation" - The Press (NZ)
“A vitriol which makes Richard Dawkins look like the Archbishop of Canterbury.” - The Scotsman (UK)
“Sully's booming self confidence and no-nonsense delivery refreshed the whole genre.” - Huddersfield Daily Examiner (UK)
“Booming stage presence” - The Comedy Digest (UK)
“Highlights...the guitar-toting duo Flight of the Conchords…..and the punk-ish Sully O'Sullivan” - The New Zealand Herald (NZ)
“Rising star” - The Evening Post (NZ)
“Hilarious Standup” - The Evening Post (NZ)




(Line-ups subject to change)


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Wednesday 22 July 2009
first team news
Terry on Brighton

We spoke to Terry earlier today to get his feedback on pre-season so far.

"Tuesday night's game against Brighton ended up in a disappointing result but a satisfactory outcome as far as the performance I was looking for. As I pointed out previously, as far as pre-season goes, the targets are to give everybody sufficient game time and, most importantly, not to injure anybody.

"This policy therefore leads to somewhat disjointed performances but ensures that players are not over-stretched with 90 minutes of football before their bodies are ready to accept the workload.

"Last night's game was an even encounter with none of the goalkeepers having much to do. I thought both of our triallist goalkeepers did well and we shall be looking to make a decision within the next week or so,

"The games have offered me the opportunity of looking at some of my new players in different positions. For example Luke Moore, Ricky Wellard and Derek Duncan have the versatility to play in a number of positions. So, as an example, Ricky Wellard started on the left of midfield last night and then we moved him into 'the hole' for the last thirty minutes. Until I've tried these sorts of options I can't decide where Ricky fits best for us - and the same thing applies to several other players. That's why you are seeing the team being switched around from game to game and within games - there is method in my madness! And, overall, as far as I'm concerned, pre-season has gone extremely well and bodes well for the start of the season.

"There are areas where we obviously need to improve. In the two home games so far, I think we've gifted the opposition all three goals. I seem to remember giving away similar goals at an early stage of the season last year. For the next couple of weeks we shall be concentrating on set pieces at both ends and the pattern of play, to deal with issues like that.

"Looking forward to Saturday's game against FC United, we shall be continuing our 60-30 mode and basically reversing it, so the players who had 60 minutes on Tuesday will get 30 minutes on Saturday, and vice versa. There will be one or two changes as James Pullen and Alan Inns were unavailable for selection on Tuesday but I expect that they will both be available for Saturday.

"The players know the importance of their performances in Saturday's game plus the last three pre-seasons against Fulham, Farnborough and North Greenford, if they wish to secure a shirt for the opening game of the season. I state now that I can guarantee that the starting eleven against Luton will not be the team that plays the vast majority of the season. The players know that if we are to have success at this club over the next two or three years, it will be as a squad not as individuals and those who are not selected for the first game will need to swallow their disappointment - their chance will come.”


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Wednesday 22 July 2009
dons trust news
Cricket silent auction

With the Ashes series well and truly under way, we've got together a selection of cricket memorabilia items for a Silent Auction, which will culminate in the back bar between 12.30 and 2.30 this Saturday, ahead of the FC United fixture.

Before this you can view the lots, and bid online, at here. Online bidding will close at midnight on Friday 24 July.

To view the lots - which include signed items from Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff, Paul Collingwood and the Surrey and Lancashire county sides - and to bid on the day itself, please see Ray Armfield in the back bar this Saturday. All profits go to the Dons Trust's Ground Fund.





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Tuesday 21 July 2009
first team news
Terry looks back to the Isle of Man and forward to tonight's game against Brighton

Terry Brown came back from the Isle of Man relaxed but buoyant after a very successful weekend pre-season trip.

"If you were one of those fans who joined us on the Isle of Man you will know what a lovely and hospitable island it is. The players and management all enjoyed their weekend away and, to be honest, I don't think it could have gone any better than it did.

"The party arrived on Friday evening and were taken for a really enjoyable Italian meal where the food just kept coming. It certainly provided the players with enough carbohydrates to keep them going through what was a busy and testing weekend!

"Saturday's football started with a 12.30 kick off against a Ramsey team that included Jonathan Leece, one of Mike Richardson's business team, who doubled up with some of his colleagues as our guides for the weekend. It was quite fitting that Jonathan managed to convert a rather dubious penalty which he took great delight in reminding us about on the Saturday night.

"Our squad was split into two teams of equal strength with both our sides able to play their first full 90 minutes of the season. The second game proved to be a slightly tougher fixture with the best players from the island combining to make a strong select XI.

"We managed to lift the Premier Group trophy for our two wins and were also able to partake in a drink with several of the opposition players during the Saturday evening.

"Sunday started with coaching sessions for children on the island, where the club was able to spread the AFC Wimbledon message. The club also provided each child with a goodies bag containing a scarf and several other Wimbledon items.

"Finishing off, we attended a local primary school fun day where the players took part in a penalty competition and Haydon wowed the young audience with his Michael Jackson dancing routine. This concluded a fantastically enjoyable weekend with all players gaining valuable playing time and the squad picking up no injuries.

"Many thanks must go to Mike Richardson and his work force who made the trip possible and ensured that everything went like clockwork.

"Tonight's game offers us the opportunity of looking at another goalkeeper as cover, so David Wilkinson, who will be in the starting XI. David has recently been released by Crystal Palace and comes to us highly recommended by their coaching staff.

"The selection plan over the next two games is to rotate nearly all of the players, starting off with sixty minutes and thirty minutes tonight, followed by role reversal on Saturday against FC United. There will be a couple of players who have to play 90 minutes tonight due to one or two of the squad not being available.

"Many thanks to Russell Slade for bringing a strong squad for tonight's game. We are looking to a really good game of football on the pitch which is looking in great condition."


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Monday 20 July 2009
club news
Mascot opportunities for Blue Square Premier, FA Cup and FA Trophy

We have vacancies for mascots for our midweek games against:

Wrexham – 8 September

Ebbsfleet – 24 November

Grays – 19 January

In addition, while all our Saturday league games have been sold, we are opening a waiting list for any other Saturday games that might arise due to the FA Cup or Trophy. Obviously, we can’t promise that we will be drawn at home, but the following four Saturdays are set aside in the fixture list for those cup games:

FA Cup

Saturday 24 October – Fourth qualifying round

Saturday 7 November – First round proper (if we win on 24 October)

FA Trophy

Saturday 12 December – First round

Saturday 9 January – Second round (if we win on 12 December)

For details of mascot deals, please contact mascots.


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Monday 20 July 2009
dons trust news
Dons Trust News: Squad Photo

As announced on this website on Sunday 12 July, the Dons Trust has been running a random draw for five supporters to feature in squad photographs and an auction for a further five such photographs.

The five successful applicants for the random draw were:

Peter Cockburn

Sean Conner

Russ Holloway

Tina Massey

John Mullarkey


Although the random draw has now closed, the auction remains open.

So, if you would like a framed photograph, signed by Terry Brown, of you (but not the other successful applicants, all of whom will feature in separate photographs) as part of a squad photograph, then you still have time to bid.

To apply, email your bid to fundraising@thedonstrust.org by 9.00 pm on Thursday 23 July. Alternatively, you can bid by telephone by leaving a message for Mark Davis via the club (020-8547-3528) no later than 4.00 pm on the same day. Please note that, if you do have online access, you may prefer to bid by email, as email bidders will be kept abreast on a daily basis of the current status of their bid.

At the time of writing, the fifth highest bid is only slightly over £50 but this is likely to rise quickly now that the random draw has closed. The amount to be paid by each successful bidder will be the amount that they personally bid, regardless of the price paid by the four other successful bidders.

For further details, see the “Take your place in the squad” news item on this website from Sunday 12 July.


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Saturday 18 July 2009
dons trust news
New secretary needed

Following David Wilkinson's recent decision to stand down from the role, the Trust needs a new secretary.

Responsible to the members and the board of the Trust, the secretary's key role is to protect the members' interests and ensure that the Trust is properly run, according to its own rules and the law.

The primary tasks of the role include:

- ensuring that members have all the necessary information before and after meetings

- arranging for external expert advice – including legal advice – to be taken, where she or he deems this necessary to protect the interests of members

- liaising with the Chair to arrange meetings and prepare agendas

- publishing minutes from board and members’ meetings

- ensuring the Trust's records are kept up-to-date and that regulatory reports are filed accurately and on time

The Trust recently advertised for a minute taker and has had a number of excellent offers. Once this role is filled - by one or more people - the secretary will co-ordinate the work involved in taking minutes of meetings of members and board meetings.

A good Trust secretary will be methodical, reliable, decisive, resilient and tactful, with the ability to show discretion and maintain confidentiality. She or he will need the ability to summarise and explain complex information, have strong negotiation and delegation skills and be able to plan and co-ordinate the work of others. It is likely that she or he will have some experience of a similar role, either professionally or on a volunteer basis.

The board meets once a month and there is some preparatory work to do before each meeting. Following the meeting, minutes once produced need to be agreed. Members' meetings are at least three times a year and each requires the preparation and distribution of papers to all members, with again some work after each meeting. In all, we believe that a good secretary is likely to dedicate at least 4-5 hours per week, on average, to the role.

If you feel you have the qualities and experience required, and would like to help - or if you would like further information - please contact Kris Stewart, chair of the Trust board, on or before Friday, 31 July.


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Friday 17 July 2009
club news
Office closed

With the officials, management and players travelling to the Isle of Man for this weekend's games the club office will be closed today, 17 July.

The office will reopen on Monday 20 July at 10.00 am.


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Friday 17 July 2009
club news
John Hartson

Former Dons striker John Hartson was recently diagnosed with testicular cancer and underwent emergency surgery in a Swansea hospital as the illness spread to his brain and lungs.

The 34 year-old striker made 49 appearances for Wimbledon between 1999 and 2001, following his £7million transfer from West Ham and is best remembered for a dramatic injury time equaliser against Aston Villa in 2000 that looked to have secured the Dons Premiership status.

Everyone at AFC Wimbledon sends their thoughts and best wishes to John and his family as his chemotherapy treatment continues.

A collection for a cancer charity will take place at the game against Luton Town on 8 August and a further announcement will be made in due course.





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Thursday 16 July 2009
dons trust news
Reminder of deadlines for squad photo and seats

As announced on this website in recent days, the Dons Trust fundraising team is currently accepting applications and bids from supporters wishing to be part of a squad photograph (to be taken before the FC United of Manchester friendly on 25 July) and is also accepting bids for a pair of one year season tickets in the main stand.

Squad photograph

To take part in a squad photograph (and to receive a framed photograph of you with the squad, signed by Terry Brown):

Random draw (5 only will be selected – price £50)

- To apply by telephone, leave a message for Mark Davis via the club (020-8547-3528) or, in view of the office closure, ring 07813-907588 before 4.00 pm on Friday 17 July;

- To apply by email, send a message to here before 8.00 pm on Sunday 19 July.

Auction (5 highest bids will be accepted)

- To bid by telephone, leave a message for Mark Davis via the club (020 8547 3528) before 4.00 pm on Thursday 23 July;

- To bid by email, send a message to here by 9.00 pm on Thursday 23 July.

Please see “Take your place in the squad” news item from Sunday 12 July for further details. We will announce the five successful applications for the random draw by Monday 20 July.

One year season tickets for seats in Block C, Row F, Seats 11 & 12

To bid for one or both of the pair of seats generously donated by Peter Barry and Lucy Caravia, leave a message for Mark Davis by ringing the club (020 8547 3528) or emailing fundraising@thedonstrust.org by 5.30 pm on Saturday 25 July. At time of writing, the highest bid currently stands at £750 for the pair.

Please note that these season tickets will not carry any rights of renewal for the subsequent season. See “Two seat season tickets available” news item from Saturday 11 July for further details.


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Thursday 16 July 2009
club news
Season tickets - do you owe us a reply?

Everyone who is entitled to a discounted price season ticket, whether as a concession, young adult or under 16, must provide evidence to support that price.

There is still a significant number of applicants who haven't sent us the relevant evidence for their ticket. We have phoned, emailed or written to everyone to whom this applies.

To be clear, we will not provide season tickets to fans who have not provided us with the relevant evidence. We urge fans who have not yet replied to do so soon, or they will be omitted from the season ticket production process.


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Wednesday 15 July 2009
dons trust news
Dons Draw winners for July

The July Dons Draw took place today at Kingsmeadow.

The winning ticket numbers and prizes for this draw were as follows:

First prize of £1,000 - ticket 0927 – Karen Scott from West Molesey

Second prize of £500 - ticket 2286 – Dave Chan from Tooting

Third prize of £250 - ticket 0489 – Paul Jeffrey from Thames Ditton

Fourth prize of £125 - ticket 1317 – Andrew Harris from Gravesend

Fifth prize of £50 – ticket 0858 – Barrie Scott from West Molesey

Congratulations to all five prize winners.

The next Dons Draw will take place on or after 15 August 2009, with the results being posted on the AFC Wimbledon official web site soon after the draw has taken place.

Following a continued surge in entrants we have increased the fourth and fifth prizes and plan further prizes over the coming months.

If you want a chance of winning one of these prizes, 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 2009 Dons Draw is 8.00 pm on 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 15 July 2009
club news
The Rivals Cup - Sunday 26 July 2009

The Rivals Cup is a football tournament that brings together the vets teams of four local rivals to compete for charity. The target charity is “Help for Heroes” whose stated aim is 'to raise funds for our heroes who have been injured whilst fighting for our democracy around the world':

The Rivals are AFC Wimbledon, Carshalton Athletic, Sutton United and Tooting & Mitcham and they will be taking part in a competition at Carshalton Athletic's ground at Colston Avenue on 26 July.

For full details of the players taking part, entrance fee etc visit here.


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Wednesday 15 July 2009
club news
Supporters' Direct Cup secures support from Co-operative

For the first time in its seven-year history, the SD Cup will have a title sponsor, with the Co-operative putting their name to the trust movement’s own invitational cup competition.

Going head-to-head in the game on 25 July will be AFC Wimbledon and FC United of Manchester, at The Cherry Red Records Fans’ Stadium – Kingsmeadow, kick-off 3.00 pm.

Co-operative spokesperson Simon Plunkett said, “As a mutual, Supporters’ Direct has principles which are very closely aligned with our own. It has a democratic approach and a commitment to the communities that its teams are part of. Football is hugely important to many communities, providing a sense of cohesiveness and the thrill of sharing in your club’s fortunes. We at the Co-operative are absolutely delighted to be sponsoring the Supporters Direct Cup this year”

SD Chief Executive Dave Boyle said, “We’re extremely pleased and very fortunate to have secured the Co-operatives’ sponsorship for this match. It’s a very welcome extension of our partnership with many areas of the co-operative movement”

FC United were also recent winners of Co-ops UK’s Co-operative Values and Principles award

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

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

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



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Tuesday 14 July 2009
first team news
Terry on Wycombe and the Isle of Man

Terry Brown was pleased by an injury-free start to pre-season after a tight game against Wycombe Wanderers opened the schedule of friendlies.

"Saturday's first pre-season game saw the introduction of six new additions to the squad, Paul Lorraine, Brett Johnson and Derek Duncan in defence, Steven Gregory and Ricky Wellard in midfield, and Luke Moore in an attacking role. We also saw two young men, Peter Rapson and Kelvin Bossman, who are fighting for a front line berth, and the second half involvement of Jamie Cheeseman, Matt Harmsworth and Ryan Jackson, some of the talented young boys from our reserve and youth teams. We also took the opportunity to look at two triallist goalkeepers, Sebb Brown from Brentford and Kieron Thorp from Crystal Palace.

"Having gone into Saturday's game without any pattern of play or set piece training I was delighted with the performance of both teams, i.e. first half and second half. Games at this stage of the season are about game time and getting the players used to playing alongside each other for the first time. It is also vitally important during these games not to overstretch themselves and pick up avoidable injuries at this stage. I think in particular we looked very solid at the back in both teams, which gives us a really firm platform to build upon for this season.

"I'd like to thank Peter Taylor for bringing his first team down and having looked at them at close quarters I am sure they are in for a very fruitful season.

"This week we have two training sessions prior to our visit to the Isle of Man. All 22 players will take part in approximately 90 minutes of play against a Ramsey XI and an Isle of Man Select XI. This should put us in a good position to welcome a full strength Brighton side on the following Tuesday at Kingsmeadow.

"James Pullen and Jack Turner rejoin the squad for the trip and we will be taking one or two promising youth team players. There are now only two positions that we need to lock down, which are a goalkeeper and a front runner. We feel we need an additional goalkeeper as Andy Little's cruciate ligament injury won't be healed until the new year.

"This weekend offers me the opportunity to ensure that the vast majority of my squad get 90 minutes game time. It also allows me to shuffle the players into different teams from the Wycombe starting line ups and to welcome back Luke Garrard for his first game since his injury last season. It will also give the players the opportunity of socialising and bonding with their new team mates. The combination of playing and bonding is a key part of our pre-season preparation and we are very grateful to Mike Richardson for making the coming weekend possible."


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Tuesday 14 July 2009
reserve team news
Reserves start their pre-season tonight

Marcus Gayle's young reserve team starts its pre-season schedule tonight at Colliers Wood United's ground, where they are playing Merstham. The kick off is at 7.15 pm at Colliers Wood's ground on Robin Hood Way, SW20 0AA.

The team will comprise the retained members of last year's impressive young squad, supplemented by youth team players who are graduating to the reserves' squad.

This fixture was arranged at short notice. The reserves other pre-season fixtures will be featured on this site soon.


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Tuesday 14 July 2009
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents Terry Alderton (AKA Mr Sheepskin) and Kevin Day

PLEASE NOTE
Tickets are selling out fast so book yours today!



Comedy@Kingsmeadow is thrilled to announce the line-up for a special show on Friday 24 July, the night before our pre-season friendly against FC United of Manchester. Anyone who came to the show we held before the corresponding match a couple of years ago will tell you what a fantastic night it will be! Make sure to book your tickets quickly as we fully expect this how to sell out.

See below for more about the line-up, headlined by 'Mr Sheepskin' himself, Terry Alderton and also featuring Match of the Day regular Kevin Day!

And as usual, Ting N Ting will be serving up their award winning Caribbean Cuisines, all for the bargain price of £12.

To book tickets, call 020 8547 3335 or visit here.



More about the line-up...


Friday 24 July
COMEDY@KINGSMEADOW presents….
Terry Alderton, Kevin Day, Bob ‘Walshy’ Walsh and Sully O’Sullivan
Doors open 7.30 pm/ comedy starts 9.00 pm/ bar closes Midnight
Admission: £12 (includes comedy and dinner)

Terry Alderton (Headliner)
Until now, ex-Southend goalkeeper and former holiday camp entertainer was comedy’s best-kept secret. This astounding act is a riot of exuberant, loose-limbed physical comedy, extraordinary caricatures and stunningly acute impressions. Combining a fearless onstage presence, unshakeable confidence and streetwise hyperactive delivery, Terry leaves his audience exhilarated and exhausted with laughter.
“Brilliant, always funny” The List
“Hilarious” The Herald
“Electrifying stage presence and hilarious, first rate impressions.” THE INDEPENDENT
“Terry Alderton was sensational and hilarious.” THE SUN
“The funniest export Southend has ever produced” THE MIRROR

Kevin Day (Opening Act)
Not often seen on the circuit these days, Day is now better known for his broadcast work on Match Of The Day, Talksport or Five Live.
But while that CV suggests a sporting bent, his live set takes its cue from the world of politics – with the twisted world of the bigoted right a favourite target. Indeed, he once had a teenage flirtation with that world himself, as he explained in a one-man show of the Nineties, but has long been reformed and redeemed.
His approach to stand-up is casual and stealthy, low-key and laid-back. Indeed, his starting points often appear unexciting, gently meandering into familiar topics with a few so-obvious-they-had-to-be done lines that don’t do much to capture the imagination.
But slowly and subtly, this robust South Londoner nudges into more thoughtful and inspired territory, with the punchlines to match. Only then do you realise you’ve been seduced – or hoodwinked – into some very classy comedy indeed.
In this, Day is a talented artisan of stand-up, offering proof positive that a ‘slowly, slowly catchee monkey’ approach can prove devastatingly effective in the right hands.

Bob ‘Walshy’ Walsh (Open Spot)

Sully O’ Sullivan (MC)
He’s been declared a highlight of the New Zealand International Comedy Festival by The NZ Herald, a highlight of the Glasgow International Comedy Festival by The Scotsman, won Canada’s Master’s of the Universe Improv Competition, and featured on Australian TV’s The Comedy Channel.
“Wicked sense of humour, gets the audience involved from the kick off” - BBC (UK)
“A blast of hilarity” - Manchester Evening News (UK)
“I gasp with laughter and a small amount of beer tries to escape through my nose.” - Manchester Evening News (UK)
“Unforgettable comedy” - Three Weeks (UK)
"Slickly combines quintessentially Kiwi comedy with vocal and physical audience participation" - The Press (NZ)
“A vitriol which makes Richard Dawkins look like the Archbishop of Canterbury.” - The Scotsman (UK)
“Sully's booming self confidence and no-nonsense delivery refreshed the whole genre.” - Huddersfield Daily Examiner (UK)
“Booming stage presence” - The Comedy Digest (UK)
“Highlights...the guitar-toting duo Flight of the Conchords…..and the punk-ish Sully O'Sullivan” - The New Zealand Herald (NZ)
“Rising star” - The Evening Post (NZ)
“Hilarious Standup” - The Evening Post (NZ)




(Line-ups subject to change)


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Sunday 12 July 2009
club news
Meet the manager - a date for your diary

On Thursday 30 July Terry Brown will be talking about his hopes and aspirations for the coming season, how pre-season has gone, the big opening game against Luton Town and indeed anything football you care to ask him about.

The evening starts at 8.00 pm, to give him time to get training going before joining us. Meet the manager will be held in the back bar.


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Sunday 12 July 2009
dons trust news
Take your place in the squad

The official 2009/10 squad photograph is due to be taken before the match against FC United of Manchester on 25 July. The Dons Trust is pleased to announce that 10 supporters will have the opportunity to have their photograph taken with the squad.

Five of these slots will be priced at £50 and the winning applicants will be drawn at random from those applying. The other five slots will be auctioned. To be clear, these are 10 separate photographs, each featuring just one supporter photographed as part of the squad and signed by Terry Brown. The official squad photograph will of course only have members of the playing squad and management team.

Here is what you need to do to apply for a framed, signed photograph of you as part of the AFC Wimbledon squad.

To be part of the random draw

To have the opportunity to purchase a framed, signed photograph for £50, please send an email to fundraising@thedonstrust.org on or before Sunday 19 July (8.00 pm deadline), giving your name, telephone number(s) and (if you have one) email address. Please head the email Squad photo – random draw.

Alternatively, leave a telephone message for Mark Davis via the club on 020 8547 3528 no later than 4pm on Friday 17 July. The draw will be made on the evening of 19 July and successful applicants will be notified that evening or the following day. Successful applicants for the random draw will have the right to withdraw their auction bid at that point.

To bid in the auction

To have the opportunity to bid for one of the five auctioned slots, effectively guaranteeing your place in the photograph, please send an email to fundraising@thedonstrust.org on or before Thursday 23 July (9.00 pm deadline), giving your name, telephone number, email address (if you have one) and the amount you are bidding. Alternatively, leave a telephone message of your bid for Mark Davis via the club during office hours on 020 8547 3528 no later than 4pm on Thursday 23 July.

We will make reasonable efforts to keep email bidders informed about the highest bids at any point in time, so supporters are encouraged to submit their bids by email if possible. The winning bidders will be notified on the evening of 23 July or the following day. Further announcements may be made about online bidding arrangements, so watch this space.


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Saturday 11 July 2009
dons trust news
Two seat season tickets available

The holders of a pair of 5 year season tickets in the Paul Strank stand have temporarily moved overseas and have generously agreed to donate their rights to two season tickets for the 2009/10 season to the Dons Trust.

After discussion with the donors, we have decided that the best way of using this opportunity is to auction these season tickets, with all proceeds raised to be contributed to the Dons Trust’s funds. The two seats are in block C, row F, seats 11 and 12 (approximately in line with the 18 yard box towards the Tempest End and three rows from the back).

In common with other season tickets, the holders of these season tickets will have preferential rights to purchase seat tickets for all home cup games during the season. However, there will be no rights to renew these seats in subsequent seasons as it is possible that the original season ticket holders will return to the UK. Nonetheless, given that season tickets for seats have now sold out, this is a valuable opportunity to be guaranteed a seat for the 2009/10 season.

If you would like to bid for one or both tickets, then please email fundraising (or leave a message for Mark Davis via the club on 020 8547 3528). The closing date for bids is 5.30 pm on Saturday 25 July, i.e. shortly after the end of the game against FC United of Manchester.

Please make clear the amount of your bid and whether you are bidding for one or both tickets. The decision on whether the two seats are sold individually or as a pair will be based on maximising the total amount of money raised. We will keep bidders notified from time to time during the bidding period of the amounts currently being offered. Please note that there is a reserve price for these tickets; they would normally sell for £260 each as adult outer block season tickets.

We are grateful to Peter Barry and Lucia Caravia for their generous donation.


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Friday 10 July 2009
club news
Season ticket collection and despatch

We are aiming to make season tickets available for collection at the pre-season friendly games against FC United of Manchester and a Fulham XI on 25 and 28 July respectively. It will be necessary when collecting the tickets for some form of ID to be shown.

Tickets that are not collected at one of these games will be despatched by second class post on Wednesday 29 July.

All season ticket holders will also be sent a free copy of a 20 page souvenir brochure entitled 'How we won the league'. We are also offering a free copy to all volunteers who are not season ticket holders. If you are a volunteer, but not a season ticket holder, send an email to volunteers and we will set aside a copy for you to collect.

The brochure will also be available for sale for £2.50 from the FC United game onwards.


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Friday 10 July 2009
club news
Supporters' coaches

After the success of the supporters’ coaches last year, the club will continue to run coaches to all league games this season, except for the Hayes and Yeading United game.

We try to set the prices as attractively as possible while still breaking even over the season. With this in mind, prices have been increased for some games.

Nonetheless, we are pleased to announce that the cost of a seat on the coach will remain at £10, except for the games at Altrincham, Barrow, Chester City, Gateshead, Mansfield Town, Wrexham and York City when the cost will be £15. The pick up points will continue to be The Woodman pub and Kingsmeadow.

We are not running a coach to the Farnborough pre-season friendly. Bookings for places on the coaches to the Eastbourne Borough and Kettering Town league games will be accepted at the complimentary tickets window before or after the FC United of Manchester game on 25 July and by phone from the following Monday, 27 July.


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Friday 10 July 2009
first team news
Terry gears up for the first pre-season game tomorrow

The pitch is looking immaculate, the stadium improvements are complete and the squad is ready for Wimbledon’s first pre-season friendly, signalling the run in to the club’s first ever season in the Blue Square Premier. And the first pre-season visitors are Wycombe Wanderers, in a re-run of last season’s first round FA Cup match.

A lot has happened since then, most notably that both clubs won promotion last season. The Dons have already had eight training sessions over the last two weeks and now Terry Brown says it’s time for some match action.

“Firstly I’d personally like to thank Peter Taylor and Junior Lewis for bringing their first team players down to Kingsmeadow for tomorrow’s prestigious pre-season opener. We aim to offer them a warm and friendly welcome but to be a little bit less generous defensively than the last time we played them.

“I’d like to offer a warm welcome back to fans for what should be a fantastic season. Pre-season started for the players on 27 June. We have managed to train eight times prior to tomorrow’s first pre-season game. During these sessions, we have concentrated solely on the fitness side of their training with the emphasis on ensuring we suffered as few injuries as possible. This was made a little more difficult this season with the bone hard conditions on not just our training ground but on most other teams’ grounds too.

“It is our intention to start the players for 45 minutes on Saturday as we gently ease them into what will be our busiest beginning to any season since the club started, with fourteen games packed into August and September. The teams during our initial pre-season games will be mixed to ensure that every player in the squad has an equal opportunity to stake a claim for a shirt against Luton. The style of play will also be changed during different games in pre-season.

“The results during this period will be academic to me, although obviously we will initially be looking at the performance of individual player add then later of the team as a whole. This attractive fixture, which should be a good game to watch, has come very early in the pre-season schedule so please bear with the players, especially the new players, with reference to the way we want to play in future. As I stated earlier, we haven’t yet had the opportunity to practise either pattern of play or set pieces up to this point.

“I can honestly say, for the first time in my managerial experience, I couldn’t tell you what my best team is at the moment and therefore I go into the pre-season campaign with an open mind as to what is my best side. I am sure you will have as much fun as I will in deciding who you think will be lucky enough to pull on the famous blue shirt against Luton on 8 August. What I can tell the players is that the eleven that get to wear the shirt against Luton will not necessarily be the same starting eleven against Rushden and Diamonds at the end of the fourteen game, on 26 September. By then we will all have a better idea of how we will fare in the top echelon of non-league football.

“For tomorrow’s game, we may well be playing two triallist ‘keepers, as we would like to make a decision with reference to a third goalkeeper as soon as possible. All the senior squad will feature, with only Luke Garrard unavailable to start, as we’re taking a cautious approach with him, on the advice of our first-class physio, Mike Rayner. Mike expects that following a rigorous rehab programme, Luke should be able to start his first game in the Isle of Man. To ensure that Jay Conroy doesn’t have to play the full 90 minutes, we will be introducing one of Marcus Gayle’s young protégés, Ryan Jackson, into the side for part of the game. We will also include Peter Rapson from last year’s under 18 team and should we pick up an injury 16-year-old Matt Harmsworth will be on the bench. Jamie Cheeseman, from last year’s reserves, will also feature for part of the game.

“As this will be your first opportunity to view our new recruits I will outline their positions on Saturday. Several of our players can play in a number of positions. In particular Luke Moore can play in the advanced midfield role, where we will play him tomorrow, and as an out-and-out forward where he will feature in a later friendly. Ricky Wellard is also very versatile and is capable of playing in any of the four midfield positions – he will start tomorrow in a left-sided midfield position.

“Continuing on our new signings, Steven Gregory, who we recruited from Hayes and Yeading, is a former Wycombe player and he will start against his old team in his preferred holding midfield position. He will be joined by a fellow ex-Wycombe colleague Derek Duncan, who has certainly impressed in pre-season training.

“Also on show will be Brett Johnson, a player that I have worked with at Aldershot. Brett gives us a natural balance on the left side defensively and is another young player who is destined for a bright future. Finally, we will be having a close look at Kelvin Bossman, a young striker who has really impressed during pre-season training.

“I felt last year we crammed too many fixtures into our pre-season programme and after this game we have intentionally given ourselves another free week prior to the Isle of Man trip, to take the opportunity of working on set pieces, pattern of play and fitness. This will involve small-sided games, rather than a full-scale practice match, with the emphasis on introducing the new players to our system.”

Meanwhile, Wycombe have been strengthening their team, with four additions to their squad for their fans to look out for. Out of contract midfielder Lewis Montrose was signed from Wigan Athletic; Joe Cobb, an 18-year-old attacking full back, was signed after being released from Leicester City; and this week they’ve signed two central defenders, Chris Westwood from Peterborough and ex-Chelsea player Michael Duberry, most recently from Reading.

The match kicks-off at 3.00 pm with turnstiles opening shortly after 2.00 pm. Prices for pre-season games have been held at the same as last year, namely terrace tickets are £8 for adults, £6 for concessions and £2 for under 16s. Seat prices are £10, £5 and £3 respectively with no pre-allocation of seats, except in the Directors’ Box and the Press Box.


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Friday 10 July 2009
club news
Temporary office closure

The office will be temporary closed between 10.45 am and 2.00 pm today.


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Thursday 09 July 2009
first team news
Ticket arrangements for Saturday's friendly

The first pre-season game takes place this Saturday at the Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow against Wycombe Wanderers with a 3.00 pm kick off.

Seat tickets for the Paul Strank Stand will be on sale from the booth from 2.00 pm and the turnstiles at the Kingston Road and Tempest end will also be open from 2.00 pm for terrace tickets. Prices are:

Adult terrace £8, Concession terrace £4 and Under-16 terrace £2

Adult seat £10, Concession seat £5 and Under-16 seat £3.

All seats are unreserved other than the Directors' Box and Press Box.


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Wednesday 08 July 2009
club news
Haydon the Womble in Trafalgar Square this Friday

Come and see Haydon this Friday at 6.00 pm in London’s Trafalgar Square!

At each corner of the square is a plinth, each with a permanent statue except for the one at the north-west corner. In recent years this plinth has been home to various contemporary works of art.

This summer, in a project by artist Antony Gormley, 2,400 selected members of the public will each be standing on the fourth plinth for one hour.

So don’t miss AFC Wimbledon’s very own Sight of London, Haydon the Womble. We don’t expect him to stay as still as a statue for a whole hour!


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Wednesday 08 July 2009
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents Terry Alderton (AKA Mr Sheepskin) and Kevin Day!

Comedy@Kingsmeadow is thrilled to announce the line-up for a special show on Friday 24 July, the night before our pre-season friendly against FC United of Manchester. Anyone who came to the show we held before the corresponding match a couple of years ago will tell you what a fantastic night it will be! Make sure to book your tickets quickly as we fully expect this how to sell out.

See below for more about the line-up, headlined by 'Mr Sheepskin' himself, Terry Alderton and also featuring Match of the Day regular Kevin Day!

And as usual, Ting N Ting will be serving up their award winning Caribbean Cuisines, all for the bargain price of £12.

To book tickets, call 020 8547 3335 or visit here.



More about the line-up...


Friday 24 July
COMEDY@KINGSMEADOW presents….
Terry Alderton, Kevin Day, Bob ‘Walshy’ Walsh and Sully O’Sullivan
Doors open 7.30 pm/ comedy starts 9.00 pm/ bar closes Midnight
Admission: £12 (includes comedy and dinner)

Terry Alderton (Headliner)
Until now, ex-Southend goalkeeper and former holiday camp entertainer was comedy’s best-kept secret. This astounding act is a riot of exuberant, loose-limbed physical comedy, extraordinary caricatures and stunningly acute impressions. Combining a fearless onstage presence, unshakeable confidence and streetwise hyperactive delivery, Terry leaves his audience exhilarated and exhausted with laughter.
“Brilliant, always funny” The List
“Hilarious” The Herald
“Electrifying stage presence and hilarious, first rate impressions.” THE INDEPENDENT
“Terry Alderton was sensational and hilarious.” THE SUN
“The funniest export Southend has ever produced” THE MIRROR

Kevin Day (Opening Act)
Not often seen on the circuit these days, Day is now better known for his broadcast work on Match Of The Day, Talksport or Five Live.
But while that CV suggests a sporting bent, his live set takes its cue from the world of politics – with the twisted world of the bigoted right a favourite target. Indeed, he once had a teenage flirtation with that world himself, as he explained in a one-man show of the Nineties, but has long been reformed and redeemed.
His approach to stand-up is casual and stealthy, low-key and laid-back. Indeed, his starting points often appear unexciting, gently meandering into familiar topics with a few so-obvious-they-had-to-be done lines that don’t do much to capture the imagination.
But slowly and subtly, this robust South Londoner nudges into more thoughtful and inspired territory, with the punchlines to match. Only then do you realise you’ve been seduced – or hoodwinked – into some very classy comedy indeed.
In this, Day is a talented artisan of stand-up, offering proof positive that a ‘slowly, slowly catchee monkey’ approach can prove devastatingly effective in the right hands.

Bob ‘Walshy’ Walsh (Open Spot)

Sully O’ Sullivan (MC)
He’s been declared a highlight of the New Zealand International Comedy Festival by The NZ Herald, a highlight of the Glasgow International Comedy Festival by The Scotsman, won Canada’s Master’s of the Universe Improv Competition, and featured on Australian TV’s The Comedy Channel.
“Wicked sense of humour, gets the audience involved from the kick off” - BBC (UK)
“A blast of hilarity” - Manchester Evening News (UK)
“I gasp with laughter and a small amount of beer tries to escape through my nose.” - Manchester Evening News (UK)
“Unforgettable comedy” - Three Weeks (UK)
"Slickly combines quintessentially Kiwi comedy with vocal and physical audience participation" - The Press (NZ)
“A vitriol which makes Richard Dawkins look like the Archbishop of Canterbury.” - The Scotsman (UK)
“Sully's booming self confidence and no-nonsense delivery refreshed the whole genre.” - Huddersfield Daily Examiner (UK)
“Booming stage presence” - The Comedy Digest (UK)
“Highlights...the guitar-toting duo Flight of the Conchords…..and the punk-ish Sully O'Sullivan” - The New Zealand Herald (NZ)
“Rising star” - The Evening Post (NZ)
“Hilarious Standup” - The Evening Post (NZ)




(Line-ups subject to change)


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Friday 03 July 2009
first team news
Luton Town first up for the Dons

Wimbledon start their Blue Square Premier campaign with undoubtedly the game of the day when they entertain Luton Town, relegated at the end of last season from Division 2 of the football league.

Two away games follow at Eastbourne Borough on Tuesday 11 August and Kettering Town on Saturday 15 August. Other games in August see us host Salisbury City and Oxford United and visit Altrincham and Grays Athletic.

Our opponents over the Christmas/New Year period are Hayes & Yeading United with the home game being played on Boxing Day. The season closes on 24 April with a visit to Gateshead.

The full list of first team fixtures are available here.


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Thursday 02 July 2009
club news
Office closure

The club office will be closed on Friday 3 July and Monday 6 July while the administrative offices undergo redecoration, recarpeting and other minor changes.

The office will be open for business as usual from 10.00 am on Tuesday 7 July.


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Thursday 02 July 2009
ladies news
AFC Wimbledon Ladies & Girls are to have an extra trial.

The ladies and girls teams will be holding further trials on Sunday 12th July from 11.00 am until 1.00 pm at Richardson Evans Memorial Playing Fields/Harlequins Training Ground, Roehampton Vale, London, SW15 3PQ

Trials are for players wishing to play for the U-13, U-15, U-16, U-18 and Ladies Teams.

For further details please contact the secretary, John Ivers, on 020 8395 6253 or 0771 9074908.





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Thursday 02 July 2009
club news
Podcast 2009/10 #1

The 8th and final podcast of the 2008/2009 season is now available for download. You can hear it by clicking podcast.


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