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Friday 30 July 2010
club news
Jonny Mudball runs for the Dons!

Blue Square have announced a competition for Blue Square Premier, North and South clubs to coincide with the bluesquare.com Stewards’ Cup horse race being run at Goodwood at 3.40 pm tomorrow (Saturday 31 July).

Each club has been allocated a horse and will win £2,000 if that horse wins plus an additional amount that will be determined by a £100 bet on the horse.

AFC Wimbledon have been allocated ‘Jonny Mudball’ which is currently priced at 10-1, meaning the club could win an additional £1,000.

The race will be broadcast live on Channel 4.

To place your own bet on the race, click on the link on the right hand side of this page or visit here.


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Friday 30 July 2010
club news
Mascots required

We are still looking for a mascot for the home games on Tuesday 21 September against Crawley Town and Tuesday 28 September against Cambridge Utd.

If you want further details about what is involved and the cost please contact Aideen Rochford here


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Friday 30 July 2010
club news
Arsenal tickets remain on sale

Although this match is not all ticket, and it will be possible to buy tickets on the day of the game, we are continuing to pre-sell tickets. To date we have sold well over half the seats in the Paul Strank Stand so we recommend that you book now if you want to ensure a seat for the game.

The game is to be played on Saturday 7 August, kick off 3.00 pm, and ticket prices are as follows:

Terrace tickets in the Tempest End, John Smith’s Stand and Kingston Road End:

Adults £10
Concessions £5
Under-16s £2

Seats in the Paul Strank Stand:

Adults £12
Concessions £6
Under-16s £3

Tickets can be purchased in the following ways:

Online

Up to eight tickets can be bought by home fans for the Tempest End and John Smith’s Stand and by away fans for the Kingston Road End.

Up to eight tickets can be purchased for the Paul Strank Stand by requesting a standard ticket. You will automatically be allocated the best seats available at the time.

Callers

Personal callers can visit the club office to buy tickets between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays.

Postal applications

We will accept postal applications for tickets, and cheques should be made out to AFC Wimbledon Limited. A stamped self-addressed envelope should also be included with the application.

Please remember that if you want your tickets sent out by post applications must be received by Monday 2 August. You can contiue to purchase tickets after that date and they will be held for collection on the day of the game.


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Thursday 29 July 2010
first team news
Terry signs three

Immediately after training this morning Terry Brown signed Fraser Franks, Ed Harris and Delano Sam-Yorke.

"I am delighted to announce that I have managed to squeeze some of the Premier League money out of Erik and we've increased the size of the squad to 20 players. Although my budget was complete, the opportunity to sign three very talented young players into our squad was one that I felt would benefit the club both short term and, hopefully, long term.

"The two young centre halfs offer us great cover for Brett and Ismail and, judging by last year, they will both see plenty of action. Up front, Delano (pronounced Delayno) Sam-Yorke offers us both cover for Danny Kedwell and he can also play either side of a central striker. He is a tall, strong and quick front runner who should develop quickly with full time training.

Fraser Franks and Ed Harris are both 19 and were previously with Brentford and QPR respectively. Delano Sam-Yorke is 21 and played for Woking after graduating from their Academy. Subject to any changes enforced by late injuries, they will all be featuring in the pre-season friendly against Tiverton tomorrow night.


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Thursday 29 July 2010
club news
Mini Silent Auction - The Magnificent Seven

Dons Trust Board member Ray Armfield has another mini Silent Auction running from now until Saturday 7 August – and there’s a special item of interest for everyone who drives to Kingsmeadow!

You now have over a week to bid online here for the following seven items.

Once online bidding ends at 23:59 hours on Friday 6 August, there is a final opportunity to have a look and bid for the lots themselves in the back bar area ahead of the Arsenal fixture. Simply turn up, write down your bid next to your preferred item(s) and at 2.30pm if your bid(s) are the highest - you win!


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Wednesday 28 July 2010
club news
Apply by Monday if you want to buy your season ticket in eight instalments

The season is nearly upon us - there are just over two weeks to go to the first league game - and season tickets are on their way to fans in today's post.

If you've not applied yet, it isn't too late to buy your ST for the coming season. If you apply by Monday 2 August, you can pay by direct debit in eight monthly instalments.

To obtain an application form for your ST and for direct debit monthly instalments, plus the questions and answers document and the terms and conditions, just click on the 'Tickets' button, found at the top of the page. Or call us on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays and we'll send you a form.


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Wednesday 28 July 2010
club news
Fixture list distribution

Fixture lists for the 2010/11 season have arrived and the club is looking for help to distribute them in cafés, bars, newsagents and any other establishments that are frequenter by customers in the local area.

If you could help with this, please e-mail here and let us know where you can distribute them and how many you would like. We can also provide holders.

This is a fantastic way of promoting the club’s fixtures amd attracting new fans so please get in touch if you can help.



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Tuesday 27 July 2010
club news
Kit update

Unfortunately, the expected delivery of kit has not happened and so we regret to announce that we have no home kit available for sale tonight. It is now due to arrive on Friday.

Fans who wish to buy the away kit will be able to do so in the club shop tonight plus, of course, all our other merchandise.


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Tuesday 27 July 2010
club news
Are you match fit?

The NHS Chlamydia team will be in the back bar at the next few home games offering free Chlamydia test kits, starting at tonight’s game against Kingstonian.

Chlamydia is the most commonly diagnosed sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the UK, affecting both men and women. Most people who have it will have no symptoms, without a test you will probably not know anything is wrong. If left untreated it can cause infertility.

If you are sexually active and under 25 you should be tested for Chlamydia every six months. The test for Chlamydia only needs a urine sample, you do NOT need to be examined! It can be treated with a single course of antibiotics.

We send your result via text message, write to you (by post) or phone you, whichever you prefer. All contact will be totally confidential.



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Monday 26 July 2010
club news
Collect your season ticket at the game on Tuesday night

Season tickets can be collected before tomorrow's game against Kingstonian.

They will be available outside, adjacent to the complimentary tickets window. If the weather is wet you can collect your ticket in the main bar, from near the pool table.


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Monday 26 July 2010
club news
Update - watch the Non League Fans' Forum online tonight

For those fans who would like to watch the Fans' Forum this evening, as well as listen to it, you can do so on line by clicking on Non League Show from 8.00 pm onwards, tonight.


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Monday 26 July 2010
first team news
Terry looks forward to Kingstonian

Tomorrow night sees the Dons play Kingstonian.

The fixture was agreed as part of the deal when Terry Brown signed Christian Jolley from Ks - the aim is that the proceeds of the match will enable AFC Wimbledon to cover the cost of Christian's transfer fee.

Terry Brown is certainly delighted with Christian's progress to date and, indeed, with all his new signings. "When I spoke to Alan Dowson with reference to signing Christian Jolley he was full of praise for this young and gifted player. He said at the time that I'd be delighted with the player and his attitude and I certainly understand now why he said that. Christian is a joy to work with and I am sure the added bonus of full time training will develop him into a player of Football League standard within a couple of years.

"Those of you who were at Woking at Saturday will have seen his versatility - he started the game off at left back and ended it playing at right wing! Wherever you ask him to play he will not only give it 100% but he will take on any role we give him with a smile on his face.

"Tuesday night's game will be your last opportunity to see our other possible signings for the start of the season. Games against Kingstonian have always been competitive in the past and knowing Dowse as I do I don't expect any difference tomorrow night.

"Pre season is progressing very satisfactorily and although we had four senior players missing for the Woking game I am hopeful that both Luke Moore and Andre Blackman will be fit and available for selection tomorrow or, at worst, Saturday.

"Mark Nwokeji is also back in training this week and, depending on his progress, hopefully should be fit before the start of the season. As far as Steven Gregory is concerned we are still waiting for the results of his precautionary scan, following his over-stretching on Friday."


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Monday 26 July 2010
club news
Fans' forum tonight

The Cherry Red Records Fans' stadium - Kingsmeadow is hosting a Fans' Forum, presented by the BBC's Non League show in conjunction with the Non League Paper.

The Forum includes representatives from leading organisations and clubs in non league football who will be answering questions sent in by fans and debating current issues in the non league game. The debate will be lively and it can be heard from 8.00 pm onwards via the Non League Show web site - just click on Non League Show - and from 9.00 pm onwards you can also hear it on 94.9 FM.

Please note that the show is a guest list event, and if you haven't already applied for an invitation you are unlikely to gain entrance.


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Saturday 24 July 2010
club news
Dons lift the Phil Ledger Memorial Cup

Wimbledon comfortably won the inaugural playing of the Phil Ledger Memorial Cup and it was fitting that after his awesome display, Danny Kedwell led the team to pick up the trophy.

On a splendid playing surface the Dons put in a near-perfect performance, and had the benefit of an early 4th minute goal when Jon Main, put in by Ricky Wellard, crossed to the far post for Kedwell to score the first of his four goals. Twenty minutes later Kedwell added his second after good work by Sammy Moore and Ryan Jackson, when he shot left-footed past the helpless Woking keeper.

The hat-trick came two minutes before half time when a long cross from Jackson saw Kedwell beat his marker and head powerfully home. The lead could have been even bigger with Kedwell coming close with a twenty yard drive and Main hitting the post.

Terry Brown again made full use of his squad by making changes early in the second half and after 69 minutes, Kedwell added his fourth when he headed home from Chrisian Jolley's cross. The defence in both halves looked extremely solid and Seb Brown was not called upon to make any saves.

The fifth of the eight-game pre-season friendlies takes place on Tuesday night when the Dons entertain Kingstonian.


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Friday 23 July 2010
club news
New kits

The new kits are proving to be a huge success, particularly the home shirts. So much so, we are running very low on available stock and will not get a fresh delivery until early next week, hopefully in time for the friendly against Kingstonian FC on Tuesday. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but it will be worth the wait.

Additional new items include, a range of Oyster Card holders and Fleydon Flag Fridge Magnets. The Club shop will be open from 6.15 pm on Tuesday 27 July


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Friday 23 July 2010
first team news
Terry's team for Woking

Following a training session this morning, Terry Brown has announced his team for tomorrow's game at Working. Playing a 4-3-3 formation it is:

Seb Brown; Sam Hatton, Ismail Yakubu, Brett Johnson, Christian Jolley; Sam Moore, Lee Minshull, Ricky Wellard; Ryan Jackson, Danny Kedwell and Jon Main.

Terry commented "Jack Turner is getting a run out with the reserves tonight at Farnborough, so that both he and Seb Brown get a good amount of game time this weekend. Andre Blackman is well on the way to recovering from his turned ankle last Tuesday and we are hopeful he will be available for the Kingstonian game on Tuesday, but it is too early to risk him tomorrow. Andre lives for his football and he is frustrated to miss out, but we need to take care not to overdo things at this stage of pre-season. Since Andre is unavailable, it gives me another chance to look at Christian Jolley at left back. His former manager Alan Dowson is adamant that Christian is a very skilled left back, so we'll have a look at him in that position tomorrow.

"In midfield, I'm pleased to say that Lee Minshull and Ricky Wellard return after their respective injuries. Sam Moore will take the holding midfield role as Steven Gregory overstretched during training this morning and we are going to rest him as a precaution.

"Up front, Mark Nwokeji's injury is coming on, but a bit slower than we'd like, while Luke Moore's hip has been bugging him a little bit. We are being very cautious so we sent Luke for an X-ray. It seems that Luke has some fluid on his hip which means it is safest to give him a few days' rest, so again we are being careful. Ryan Jackson has played wide right for Marcus a few times so we will give him a run out there tomorrow. And there will be a small number of trialists, including the two young centre backs, Fraser Franks and Ed Harris, to look at.

" All in all, it looks like being a fascinating game tomorrow and I look forward to seeing our fans there."


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Thursday 22 July 2010
club news
Reserves visit Farnborough

Marcus Gayle will be taking his talented reserve team to the Rushmoor Stadium on Friday night, 23 July when they will play Farnborough, newly promoted to the Blue Square Bet South, kick off 7.45 pm.

With the 1st team playing on Saturday only Jack Turner is likely to feature from Terry Brown's squad in order to give him more game time.

Admission is Adults £7, Concessions £5 and Under 16s free.


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Thursday 22 July 2010
club news
Terry's thoughts on Casuals

“Tuesday’s game at Corinthian-Casuals turned out to be an entertaining affair, and the youngsters who played for the first 60 minutes did particularly well. We have now had a good look at all our playing staff and will have another opportunity to look at the two centre-halves on Saturday against Woking.

“As well as the eight goals on Tuesday, we also saw an unusual incident in the first half when trialist Delano Sam-Yorke received the ball from an opponent just inside the Corinthian-Casuals half and took the opportunity to run on and score. Although he did not realise at the time the significance of what he had done, we as a club do not want to be seen to benefit from any type of poor sportsmanship, so we allowed Casuals to score direct from the kick-off – that, however, can’t be said for the second goal they scored that evening.

“On Tuesday we experimented by giving the first-team boys a vigorous training session during the first half, so although they only played for 30 minutes they did have a thorough work-out. Obviously this isn’t the best preparation before playing, and it is not something I would do during the season, but in pre-season it seemed a good idea. It was nice to see Jon Main register two goals and, apart from an injury to Andre Blackman, who rolled his ankle, it was a useful exercise.

“As for Saturday’s game against Woking, there are injury doubts about Luke Moore, Andre Blackman and Sammy Moore. Fortunately we have a big enough squad at present to cope with these three injuries, and I look forward to another exciting game. I knew Phil Ledger very well. He was very much the heart and soul of Woking, and it is a pleasure to take the team down there for the inaugural playing of the Phil Ledger Memorial Cup.”


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Wednesday 21 July 2010
club news
Season tickets available soon

Every year a team of volunteers assembles to collate the enclosures and prepare season tickets for despatch.

The volunteers started the process today and they expect to take three or four working days before the tickets are prepared, reviewed for accuracy and pronounced ready. Fans who wish to do so can collect their ST before the pre season friendly against Kingstonian next Tuesday 27 July. Tickets which aren't collected that night will be sent by post later in that week.

If you haven't yet ordered your season ticket we advise you to do so now. There are still a few spaces available in the Tempest End and, of course, if you wish to do so you can pay by direct debit in eight monthly instalments.


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Monday 19 July 2010
club news
Terry's Monday review

“Friday’s pre-season game against Millwall allowed Stuart Cash to concentrate on the defensive side of our play, in particular the pressing and shutting down that we were unable to master last season. He was very pleased with how well the players took on board the instructions given and also their work rate, and this was effective in limiting Millwall to just a handful of chances over the entire 90 minutes.

“Although we were concentrating mainly on defending from the front, midfield and the back, we also managed to get our own game going on occasions and created one or two pretty decent chances ourselves. The game was played in a great spirit, and I would like to thank Kenny Jackett for doing us the honour of bringing his first-team squad. It was a good workout for both teams and played on a fantastic surface.

“This was out third pre-season game, and most of the players have now each enjoyed 135 minutes of football. Of those who missed the game on Friday, Mark Nwokeji is recovering well from the ankle injury he picked up against Charlton Athletic just over a week ago, and I am hopeful that he will be back in training by the weekend. Lee Minshull had an ingrowing toenail cut out on Saturday and should be able to do some straight-line running during the week with a view to him having some game time on Saturday.

“We had a very good training session this morning, when we again worked on the defensive elements of our play and particularly the issues that came out of Friday’s game.

“Tomorrow evening we visit Corinthian-Casuals for our first encounter with them since that wonderful afternoon at Wembley three seasons ago. Except for Mark Nwokeji and Lee Minshull, we will be taking our full squad and will be looking to give some players 60 minutes and others 30. Those who come on for just the last half-hour tomorrow will have had a vigorous training session before this game. As we continue with our warm-up matches, we will be looking to rotate the players so that they all have the same amount of time on the pitch.

“Corinthian-Casuals have made a successful start to their pre-season campaign, and we look forward to enjoying their company again on one of the best-playing local non-League pitches.”



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Friday 16 July 2010
club news
Football Conference receives more financial support from the Premier League

The Premier League today announced a solidarity package with The Football Conference worth £6m over the next three seasons.

Following the £1m payment made to the Football Conference in 2009/10 the Premier League has decided to provide funding for seasons 2010/11, 2011/12 and 2012/13 that will support all Football Conference clubs.

The funding will be split into general payments made to all 68 Conference clubs and a separate club development fund which any Conference club can apply to for specific projects.

The funding will be structured in the following way:

- £1.2m per season provided as funds to support all Football Conference clubs;
- £800,000 per season committed to a new club development fund to which all Conference clubs can apply;

Premier League Chief Executive, Richard Scudamore, said:

“The Premier League and our member clubs recognise the importance of the continued health of football outside the Football League and it is with this in mind that we have made this commitment to the Football Conference.

“In particular, we are extremely pleased to be working with the Football Conference to establish a new club development fund that will allow Conference clubs, all extremely important within their local communities, to invest more funds into local youth development and good cause initiatives.”

Football Conference Chairman, Brian Lee, said:

“This is a further wonderful gesture of friendship from the Premier League towards The Football Conference. The solidarity commitment for three years is most welcome whilst the new funding will allow our Clubs to express themselves in a tangible form for the benefit of their communities. We accept the challenge with gratitude.”



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Friday 16 July 2010
first team news
Sammy signs up

Shortly before this evening's pre-season friendly against Milllwall, Terry Brown signed Sam Moore to get closer to completing his squad.

Terry said 'Sam has impresssed me in the games he has played and in training. He has enormous energy and does the jobs that don't always get noticed, breaking up the opposition play and getting forward to offer us options when we attack. He gets his tackles in and covers the entire pitch. He will be a real asset to us.'

Sam Moore came through the Chelsea and Ipswich academies before earning a contract at Portman Road. He adds to our number of former Brentford players, as he went there on loan after making one substitute appearance for Ipswich. He made 17 starts and seven sub appearances, scoring twice before returning to Ipswich.

A takeover at Portman Road saw Sammy released and he signed as a non-contract player at Stevenage, making 11 starts before joining Andy Hessenthaler at Dover in 2008. Sammy wanted full time football but Dover couldn't offer him this, so he was released at the end of last season.


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Friday 16 July 2010
club news
Dons Draw results for July

The July Dons Draw took place today at Kingsmeadow.

Winning numbers were drawn in the presence of Erik Samuelson(AFC Wimbledon Chief Executive), Neil Messenbird and Chris Atkinson.

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

First prize of £1000 - ticket 3072 - Neil Bolton - East Molesey

Second prize of £500 - ticket 0100 - Sam Elliott - Ashford Middlesex

Third prize of £250 - ticket 3634 - Dave King - Battersea

Fourth prize of £150 - ticket 0343 - Callum Watson - Basingstoke

Fifth prize of £100 - ticket 1878 - Matthew Hewison - Epsom

Sixth prize of £75 - ticket 0693 - Susan Carroll - Ringwood, Hants

Congratulations to all six prize winners..

The next Dons Draw will take place on or around the 15 August 2010 with the results being posted on the AFC Wimbledon official web site soon after the draw has taken place.

We are again paying out a massive £2075 this month in prizes!

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 July 2010 Dons Draw is 8:00pm 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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Friday 16 July 2010
youth news
Under 12 Boys Players Required

AFC Wimbledon U12's require a forward and a wide player for the 2010-11 season. AFC Wimbledon play in the Premier Elite Surrey Youth League and won the league and cup double last season. As part of the squad, players receive 2 training sessions a week from fully qualified FA coaches (CRB checked), with matches played on Sundays. The aim is to develop players technically in a progressive environment, and is a fantastic opportunity to join a club that focuses on youth development.

Initial enquiries should be made to team manager Andy Little at keepers@tiscali.co.uk or on 07956 531870


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Thursday 15 July 2010
club news
Follow the Dons to Centre Court! UPDATED

The club is pleased to announce that we will have a stand at Centre Court Shopping Centre in Wimbledon Town Centre on Sunday 18 July, from 11.00am until 5.00pm.

The brand new 2010/11 home and away kits will be on sale at the stand as well as a range of other merchandise. Please note, unfortunately we will NOT be able to take credit card payments.

This is a chance for the fans to meet the new members of the 2010/11 squad along with the management team BETWEEN 1PM AND 3PM.

Haydon the Womble will also be making several appearances throughout the day

The Community Football Scheme will be promoting their summer courses and running their games and activities with a chance to win some official AFC Wimbledon prizes.

This is not only a fantastic opportunity to promote the club in the heart of Wimbledon but it also gives the club a chance to support one of our long-term corporate partners so we would like to encourage as many fans as possible to attend.



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Thursday 15 July 2010
club news
Surrey Senior Cup

The draw has been made for the Surrey Senior Cup and the Dons have been given a bye to the second round.

In that round they will be away to the winners of the first round tie between Lingfield FC and Colliers Wood United FC who are due to have played their game by 27 October. The second round game should be played by 8 December but more details will be provided nearer the time.


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Thursday 15 July 2010
club news
Terry looks back at Maidenhead and forward to Millwall

Terry was already planning for Friday's game when he gave us his views about that game and how his squad performed on Tuesday night.

“Many thanks to the supporters who travelled to Maidenhead on Tuesday night. It was much appreciated by the players, even though it was only a pre-season friendly. Those who did go would have seen a game in which our trialists and younger players faced their first team for 60 minutes, and our stronger contracted players played for 30 minutes against a younger Maidenhead side which included a few trialists.

“Although this gave the game a lack of balance, it served me very well as I was able to see our trialists’ potential against a settled and strong team, and I thought the youngsters acquitted themselves well. The last 30 minutes saw the arrival of the cavalry, and what followed was some really exciting attacking football – though I wouldn’t want to get carried away considering the structure of the game.

“I was really pleased to see the players implement the new 4-3-3 formation. The wingers and full-backs supplied good width, and Sam Hatton and Andre Blackman were able to attack with impunity. We created at least ten chances and finished with three good goals. Jon Main picked up a slight knock to his ankle, and he was therefore rested after 20 minutes of action.

“We will gradually be narrowing down the selection pool for the other pre-season games, but there will still be an opportunity for some of the trialists to shine against Millwall. Against the Championship side we will be starting with those players who only had 30 minutes of game time against Maidenhead, and barring injuries they will play for an hour. I expect Friday’s game to give me a better picture of our defensive capabilities and how our new defensive set-up deals with a much stronger Millwall attack.

“The Millwall, Exeter and Arsenal games will be a severe test defensively, and that will let me gauge where we are as we approach the league season.

“Because of the quality we possess in midfield we are unable to offer Tae Hun Kim a contract for the coming season, and he is being released. He has done very well in training, and I have no hesitation in recommending him to any non-League manager as he would be a useful asset to any team.”



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Wednesday 14 July 2010
club news
Dons secure second pre-season win

Wimbledon completed a comfortable 3 - 0 victory over Maidenhead United in their second pre-season game.

The home side chose to put out their stronger XI in the first half with Terry Brown electing to put his younger, less experienced XI out. Although scoreless both sides had opportunities to break the deadlock with the Dons coming very close after 30 minutes when a Ricky Wellard free kick was palmed away by the keeper but Javon Molley was deemed offside as he slotted home the loose ball.

15 minutes into the second half both sides brought on their substitutes and the pace and power of the Dons then dominated the rest of the half. Luke Moore opened the scoring after 65 minutes after he was put in by Lee Minshull and three minutes later Jon Main struck powerfully home when converting a cross from Moore.

Main was then denied a second as his left foot shot was superbly saved. The only problem was that it was the defender who had made the save but Danny Kedwell’s penalty sailed high over the bar.

The Dons continued to create a number of chances with Andre Blackman looking very sharp down the left hand side and Steven Gregory spraying pin point passes to all areas of the pitch. Kedwell was denied several times by the goalkeeper and Minshull came close seeing his header coming back off the inside of the post. Right on full time Sam Hatton broke down the right, exchanged passes and drove the ball home to conclude an emphatic second half performance.



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Monday 12 July 2010
club news
Follow the Dons to Centre Court!

The club is pleased to announce that we will have a stand at Centre Court Shopping Centre in Wimbledon Town Centre on Sunday 18 July, from 11.00am until 5.00pm.

The brand new 2010/11 home and away kits will be on sale at the stand as well as a range of other merchandise. Please note, unfortunately we will NOT be able to take credit card payments.

This is a chance for the fans to meet the new members of the 2010/11 squad along with the management team. Haydon the Womble will also be making several appearances throughout the day

The Community Football Scheme will be promoting their summer courses and running their games and activities with a chance to win some official AFC Wimbledon prizes.

This is not only a fantastic opportunity to promote the club in the heart of Wimbledon but it also gives the club a chance to support one of our long-term corporate partners so we would like to encourage as many fans as possible to attend.



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Monday 12 July 2010
first team news
Update on Mark Nwokeji

Following treatment this morning, Club Physiotherapist Mike Rayner was able to update us on Mark Nwokeji.

“Mark was stretchered off in the second half as he was unable to move his ankle following his fall. By the time he returned to the treatment room his movement was gradually returning.

“My initial thoughts, which I have been able to confirm having seen Mark today, show no ligament or boney damage to the ankle and I am optimistic that once the swelling has settled we will see him return to action in two weeks.”



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Monday 12 July 2010
first team news
Terry's thoughts on Charlton

We got Terry Brown’s reaction to the game against Charlton Athletic before he started Monday’s training session.

“After eight training sessions, Saturday’s opener against Charlton gave me my first opportunity to look at the players in a game situation, and I was very pleased with the overall performance of our new side and the trialists who have been with us.

“The extreme temperature meant that conditions for both sides were very difficult, and several of my players lost a considerable amount of weight, with one or two suffering slight dehydration problems. I was delighted with the quality of the pitch, which was in a fantastic condition bearing in mind the very dry weather we have had over the past four weeks. It gave both sides the opportunity to keep the ball on the ground and play football.

“It’s far too early in pre-season to draw any conclusions about to how the team will do once we hit league action, as the players have each had just 45 minutes on the pitch. So far at training we have concentrated on the physical work to get the players back to fitness and have not spent much time on patterns of play and set pieces, so I was pleased how they responded in the game to our new system.

“As for the injury to Mark Nwokeji, we are hopeful that it’s not as bad as we initially thought. He will be having treatment with Mike Rayner first thing this morning and we will have a better idea after that. Andre Blackman also picked up a slight knock to the ankle and he too will be having treatment.

“This week will be very hard physically on the squad, as by Friday night they will have taken part in three games in the space of a week, though they are being limited to a maximum of 60 minutes per game. I will be taking the same squad of players to Maidenhead on tomorrow for our second pre-season match, although it is extremely doubtful that Mark or Andre will travel. This match will be against non-League opposition and will offer different challenges to those posed by Charlton. Previous encounters with Maidenhead over the past couple of seasons have always been difficult despite the final score, and we are looking forward to another exciting pre-season game.”



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Friday 09 July 2010
youth news
Under 14 Boys Trials

Last season was one of fantastic achievement for AFC Wimbledon under 13, which included winning the ‘quadruple’ of Surrey County Cup, Surrey Youth League Premier Elite League and League Cup and the Tesco National Cup.

The boys will move up to under 14 from September and we are looking to add top standard players to the squad. This is a tremendous opportunity to join a progressive club that focuses on youth development and is committed to the improvement of all young players both as individuals and as a team.

If you feel that you can play at this level and will be over 13 and under 14 at midnight on 31 August 2010 then please contact manager Tony Wilson on 07989 321 002



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Friday 09 July 2010
club news
Flag Exhibition at Wimbledon Library - Tuesday 13 July to Saturday 17 July

Tomorrow's game against Charlton Athletic will feature a number of flags designed and produced by Merton schools as part of the 'Fly The Flag For Haydon' Community Arts Project. Although those at the match will be able to admire these lively and colourful works of art, we are keen to ensure that as many of our supporters and Merton residents as possible also have that opportunity.

Those of you who are familiar with Wimbledon Public Library will be aware of its art gallery space and we are proud to announce that this will house an exhibition featuring all of the project flags - along with a few special guests(!) - from Tuesday 13 July to Saturday 17 July during the library's normal opening hours.

For a few days we will be putting Wimbledon flags right back in the heart of the community, so please drop in to have a look, enjoy the efforts and the skills of the youngsters and support their efforts!




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Friday 09 July 2010
club news
Supporters' coach to Southport

The club will be running a supporters’ coach to Southport for our opening league game of the season on 14 August.

The coach will pick up from The Grove at 7.30 am and from Kingsmeadow at 8.00 am. The price is £15, and places on the coach may be reserved at the complimentary tickets window before or after any of the pre-season games. Alternatively, bookings may be made by contacting the club office on 020 8547 3528 during normal office hours. Payment must be made at the time of booking.


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Thursday 08 July 2010
club news
Terry looks forward to Sandhurst and Charlton

We spoke to an excited Terry Brown as he looked forward eagerly to the two games over the weekend.

“For the nostalgic supporters among us, a return to Sandhurst on Friday evening will rekindle happy memories of our first ever league game. A 2-1 victory in front of 2,449 fans with goals from Kevin Cooper and Keith Ward was the first of many victories the club has enjoyed over the past eight seasons. When I was contacted by Sandhurst about a pre-season game to start their celebration of 100 years of football in the community, I was delighted to accept.

“I will be sending down several trialists to bolster a strong reserve squad that Marcus Gayle has assembled for the coming season. The trialists on view will be goalkeeper Tommy Smith, midfielders Adam Martin and Reece Jones, and forward Tyrone Sealey. All four boys have done well during the first two weeks of training, and I look forward to seeing them in action on Friday night.

“On Saturday both Phil Parkinson and I will be giving all our players an opportunity of at least 45 minutes of action as they ease themselves into the new season. Our team at this stage will be mixed to give everyone an opportunity to shine and the trialists to earn a contract. The trialists on Saturday will be defenders Fraser Franks, Michael Noone and Ed Harris, midfielders Tae Hun Kim and Sam Moore, and forward Javonne Morroy.

“It will be the first opportunity for fans to see the new contracted players who have joined the club during the close season, and barring injury tomorrow they will have all come through a hard week’s training very well.

“As I have said often over the past four seasons, the result in the early games, especially against the pro clubs, will be secondary to the performance. The first three pre-season games will allow the players to have between 45 and 60 minutes of action, after which they will be fit enough to play a full 90 minutes.

“Our pre-season fixtures offer us, and particularly Stuart Cash, a great opportunity to work on the defensive side of our game, as we are stretching ourselves by taking on the first teams of Charlton, Millwall and Exeter. We have evened this up with hopefully slightly easier games against non-League opposition, and if we get the balance right – as we did last season – it should stand us in good stead for the opening league game against Southport on 14 August.

“The Kingsmeadow pitch looks in excellent condition, the weather is set fair, and I’m look forward to seeing a lot of our fans, both at Sandhurst on Friday night and at Kingsmeadow on Saturday.”



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Thursday 08 July 2010
cfs news
Matchday Football Club This Saturday

The Matchday Football Club for the 2010/11 season will be starting this Saturday, 10 July, prior to the match against Charlton Athletic.

As last season the venue is Kingsmeadow Athletics Centre on the 3G artificial grass pitches and the sessions will start at 1.00 pm and finish at 2.30 pm and be run by our FA qualified coaches. The sessions are for children aged between 4 and 16 with the cost being just £6 which includes a free child match ticket for the first team match at 3.00 pm.

The Matchday Football Club will run each Saturday throughout the season when AFC Wimbledon are at home.




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Wednesday 07 July 2010
club news
What's happening at Kingsmeadow - number 5

The fifth of this summer’s What’s happening at Kingsmeadow features has been published.

To read it, click on WHAK #5.


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Wednesday 07 July 2010
club news
New kit on sale before Meet the Manager on Thursday evening

Terry Brown will be appearing on Thursday evening in this season's first Meet the Manager session, in the middle bar at Kingsmeadow. So, if you want to ask him his views on our new signings, our formation for the coming season, how much money some of our rivals are spending, and indeed anything football-related, this is your chance to ask him yourself.

From 6.30 pm the merchandise team wil be offering the new home and away kit for sale in the middle bar. However, if you want size XXXL you will need to wait as we've already sold out of the first batch.

Terry will be on stage from about 8.00pm so if you want to make sure you get your kit and secure your place, we recommend that you arrive no later than 7.30 pm..


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Tuesday 06 July 2010
club news
Follow the Dons to Centre Court!

The club is pleased to announce that we will have a stand at Centre Court Shopping Centre in Wimbledon Town Centre on Sunday 18 July, from 11.00am until 5.00pm.

The brand new 2010/11 home and away kits will be on sale at the stand as well as a range of other merchandise. We can take both cash and credit card payments at the stand.

This is a chance for the fans to meet the new members of the 2010/11 squad along with the management team. Haydon the Womble will also be making several appearances throughout the day

The Community Football Scheme will be promoting their summer courses and running their games and activities with a chance to win some official AFC Wimbledon prizes.

This is not only a fantastic opportunity to promote the club in the heart of Wimbledon but it also gives the club a chance to support one of our long-term corporate partners so we would like to encourage as many fans as possible to attend.



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Monday 05 July 2010
club news
New match day carvery

The club is pleased to announce that we will be introducing a carvery in the back bar on matchdays for the 2010/11 season. The carvery is open to anyone on a first come first served basis. Match sponsors and visiting directors will also be using this new service.

Part of the room will be partitioned to allow 100 guests to sit down at round tables of 10 for a three course meal while also being able to watch the football on the big screen. There will also be a drinks service direct to the tables.

The rest of the back bar will be open to the general public, with new screens being installed to show the football. We are also taking steps to increase the available space for fans who don’t want to use the carvery.

The set price for the carvery will be £20 per person on an ‘all you can eat’ basis. We hope to keep it this way but like all new things we will have to see how it goes. Spaces must be booked in advance by e-mailing here or call 020 8247 9918.

The carvery will be launched at the Arsenal game so book your place early to avoid disappointment.



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Saturday 03 July 2010
club news
Meet the manager and buy your kit, Thursday 8 July

With the first pre-seson game nearly upon us, the first meet the manager of the season will take place at Kingsmeadow next Thursday, 8 July. so, if you want Terry's thoughts on our new signings, who else he feels he needs, our formation for the coming season, what he has learned from the World Cup, or anything football-related, this is your chance to ask him directly.

Terry will be on stage from about 8.00pm. Before that, you will be able to buy the team's new kit from the merchandise stall, so we suggest you aim to be there by no later than 7.30 pm.


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Saturday 03 July 2010
club news
Apply now if you want to pay for your season ticket in nine instalments

Don't forget that you can pay for your ST in nine instalments, starting in July, so long as you apply now. We need to receive you application by Tuesday at the latest if you want to qualify - after that date any applications to pay by direct debit can pay in eight monthly instalments.

To obtain an application form for your ST and for direct debit monthly instalments, plus the questions and answers document and the terms and conditions, just click on the 'Buy season tickets here' box, halfway down the left hand side of the home page for this site. Or call us on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays and we'll send you a form.


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Friday 02 July 2010
first team news
Terry gets his centre back

Earlier today, following a medical, Ismail Yakubu signed for AFC Wimbledon. Yakubu has spent his entire career at Barnet where he was club captain and played nearly 300 senior games.

Terry Brown said "Ismail became available recently and the club moved quickly to secure his signature. Despite what the various web sites say, believe me he is over six foot tall and he has a very powerful physique. I am sure he will be the commanding, experienced figure in central defence that we have been looking for this season. He is still only 25 and has a great career ahead of him - we hope that a large part of that will be with us.

"Ismail has been training with the squad all week, but we wanted to get Mike Rayner to give him a full medical before we completed the deal. He suffered an injury last season that meant he missed about 20 games, so we took the precaution of having a couple of scans done before completing the deal. That is why it has taken a little longer than I'd have liked to finalise, but we needed to be sure that he is fully recovered. Under Mike's watchful eye he will join in full training on Saturday morning."

We spoke briefly to Ismail at trainnig ground this morning. He said 'obviously it was a massive wrench for me to leave a club where I've spent my entire football life, but after I met Terry and Erik last week I knew that Wimbledon was the place for me. I liked the friendliness and openness, the way they handled the negotiations, the ambition of the club and, of course, I already knew all about the fantastic support from the fans."

Meanwhile, Terry and his management team are working with all the squad plus a number of triallists and building up to the first pre season friendly, against Charlton, on 10 July.


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Friday 02 July 2010
club news
AFC Wimbledon announces major new sponsorship

AFC Wimbledon’s Commercial Department is pleased to announce the signing of a major new sponsorship agreement. thinkFolio Ltd have signed a two year deal to become the club’s first ever back of shirt sponsor.

Based in Tempus Wharf on the bank of the Thames, thinkFolio provides modelling, trade order management, compliance checks and cash management capabilities across the spectrum of asset classes, including fixed income, equities, property, commodities, cash, FX and derivatives.. The name may sound familiar to Dons fans as the company sponsored the FA Trophy 2nd Round match against Altrincham back in January of this year.

‘This sponsorship has come at a crucial time for the club’ said Commercial Director Ivor Heller. ‘The transition to full time football means that commercial revenue is hugely important for the continued progress of the club. We are very grateful to Matt and thinkFolio for their support and we look forward to working with them over the next couple of seasons’.

‘thinkFolio are really pleased to be able to support the club in this way,’ said Matt York, Head of Product Delivery for thinkFolio. ‘I’ve been a fan since 1992, and in that time have experienced a rollercoaster of emotions. We are thrilled to have a chance to help the club continue the great progress it has made over the last few seasons and to help in the push for promotion to the football league.’

Don’t forget, you can purchase the brand new kit for the first time at the Paul Strank Family Fun Day tomorrow, being held at Southpark Gardens. The event kicks off at 11am and the club will have an extensive presence, including running the bars. For directions, click here.



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Thursday 01 July 2010
first team news
Full AFC Wimbledon fixture list for the season

Terry Brown managed a quick look through the season’s schedule before setting off home after a hard training session with the squad.

“After looking at the first two month’s fixtures, and specifically the six games in September, it looks as though we will need to put some points on the board during August. Home fixtures against Newport County, Tamworth and Histon will be areas where we will be looking to pick up as many points as possible since away trips in September to Kettering, Luton and Kidderminster will certainly be a formidable challenge.

“The fixture compiler has done very well for us but, as with any team’s fixture list, there are always one or two games that you’d choose to position elsewhere. The Tuesday away game on Tuesday 9 November at Altrincham followed by Saturday 13 November at Barrow would be a double act you’d rather avoid. Had it been Saturday followed by a Tuesday, as opposed to a Tuesday/Saturday, we could have stayed in the north but, all things being equal we’ve got no real grumbles and we still have to play the same teams whenever it might be. And the four games over Christmas allow access for our fans to local derbies, or as close as we can get, given the make up of the league.”

The full list of fixtures can be found here.


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Thursday 01 July 2010
club news
Dons start the new season beside the sea

Wimbledon’s 2010 – 2011 season begins against one of the newly-promoted teams, at Southport.

Southport were founder members of the Conference North and won the title in their first season, but after dicing with relegation in their first season in Conference National, they were relegated the following year.

Season 2008-09 saw Liam Watson start his second stint as Southport manager and after narrowly missing out in the plays offs in his first season, the Sandgrounders won the title outright in his second. Wimbledon and Southport met as league clubs in the 1977-78 season, which ended with Southport losing their place in the league to Wigan Athletic.

Manager Terry Brown said “having travelled to Southport several times in the Conference , I can tell our supporters it is a beautiful club to visit, especially at that time of year. From a managerial point of view, it is always going to be difficult playing newly-promoted champions who will still be on a high from last year. The main effect of hearing the first fixture is that we now see how near the season really is and it is an exciting time.”

Wimbledon’s full fixture list will appear on this site at 4.00 pm


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