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Tuesday 31 July 2012
first team news
Wimbledon well beaten by Preston

A Christian Jolley strike was of consolation value only for the Dons as Preston proved too strong tonight.

A double from Preston trialist Akpo Sodje and Joel Byrom earned a 4-1 win for the visitors at the Cherry Red Records Stadium. To read a full report from the friendly, click on Preston report


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Tuesday 31 July 2012
club news
Simon Bassey testimonial: bidding for exhibition closes tomorrow

AFC Wimbledon supporters have until tomorrow night to get their bids in for Saturday's historic exhibition match.

Simon Bassey has 15 Wimbledon heroes, including himself, pencilled in for the match with Elliott Godfrey having been added to the mix. Supporters have until 11.59pm tomorrow night to bid for a place to play alongside them in an exhibition match that will mark Simon's testimonial. That will be held before AFC Wimbledon versus a West Ham XI in a whole day of celebrations, which will also mark 10 years of the club.

Simon plans to use roll-on, roll-off substitutes, so that everyone gets a piece of the action. As well as featuring in the match, supporters get to keep the actual commemorative white strip that our players wore against Bristol Rovers in AFC Wimbledon's Football League debut.

Full list of players confirmed for exhibition match: Simon Bassey, Keith Ward, Rob Ursell, Jon Main, Sean Daly, Joe Sheerin, Noel Frankum, Matt Everard, Steve Butler, Martin Randall, Ryan Gray, Andy Little, Ben Thatcher, Chris Gell, Elliott Godfrey.

Supporters can visit the link on the home page of the official website to get involved in the bidding or go to the online auction site by clicking on Dons auction.


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Tuesday 31 July 2012
first team news
Johnstone's Paint Trophy draw

AFC Wimbledon will be paired with one of seven teams in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy when the draw is televised live on Soccer AM.

The draw for round one of the competition will take place on the popular Sky Sports programme on Saturday, August 18 (between 10.00am and 10.30am).

The full list of teams in Southern Section East, including the Dons, is:

AFC Wimbledon
Crawley Town
Dagenham & Redbridge
Gillingham
Milton Keynes
Northampton Town
Stevenage
Southend United

Ties take place in the week commencing 3 September. The Dons enjoyed an impressive penalty shoot-out victory against Stevenage last season in the competition, but the club's involvement was ended in the quarter-finals by beaten finalists Swindon, who triumphed on spot-kicks. Swindon were defeated 2-0 in the final at Wembley by Chesterfield, who we entertain in our first League 2 match on Saturday, 18 August.


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Tuesday 31 July 2012
first team news
Preston preview: new signing set to feature

Dons fans will get a chance to see new loan signing Angus MacDonald in action tonight as the 19-year-old Reading defender lines up against Preston North End (7.45pm start).

Terry Brown has confirmed that Angus will feature in an AFC Wimbledon shirt at the Cherry Red Records Stadium for the first time as he will play the whole of the second-half against League 1 PNE. Striker Byron Harrison is ruled out with an ankle injury and Rashid Yussuff is not yet ready to return from a foot injury. However, Warren Cummings has shaken off a virus and will feature after taking a full part in training yesterday. Tonight’s visit of Graham Westley’s Preston side is the first of three games that Terry will use to step-up the fitness of his first-teamers as the Dons edge closer to that first competitive match at Stevenage in two weeks’ time.

“So far, we have been making sure that everyone in the squad gets the same amount of game time,” said Terry. “But now we have to ensure that the senior players start getting 90 minutes as we build-up towards Stevenage. In the next three games I want to make sure that all the first-teamers get 90 minutes under their belts. It will be a big one in our pre-season schedule tonight against very strong opposition. I aim to give Angus 45 minutes. He is a very talented youngster, who has come through the ranks at Reading. I am delighted with Pim Balkestein and Mat Mitchel-King, but you need to have three quality centre-backs vying for places and we will have that now.”

Former Stevenage manager Graham Westley has embarked on a summer rebuilding job at Deepdale and Preston’s 1-0 victory against AEK Athens on Saturday included 10 new players making their home debuts. Former Arsenal youngster Jeffrey Monakana scored a late winner, but veteran striker Lee Trundle suffered an injury and is out. Westley has gone back to his old club Stevenage to boost his squad with John Mousinho among the players he has brought in, but former England goalkeeper Richard Wright left the club after one week due to family reasons.

Tickets for tonight's match are £10 for adults, £7 concessions, and £4 for Under-16s. Supporters may go anywhere in the ground tonight with a valid ticket. Only terrace tickets can be purchased online by clicking on Dons tickets


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Tuesday 31 July 2012
club news
Return of the matchday carvery

AFC Wimbledon are offering supporters a chance to start the season in style with our matchday carvery.

The club is pleased to announce the return of the matchday carvery for the 2012/13 season with bookings now being taken for the home matches against Chesterfield on Saturday, August 18, and Dagenham and Redbridge, on September 1. The carvery is open for anyone to book on a first-come, first served basis, with match sponsors and visiting directors welcome to use the service.

We are delighted to welcome our new Head Chef, Roberto Carini, to the team. Roberto has a wealth of hospitality and catering experience, including working at Twickenham Stadium, Kempton and Goodwood races and Leyton Orient FC.

Carvery guests enjoy:

- a 3 course carvery including tea and coffee
- Drinks service directly to table
- Sky Sports/ ESPN on the high def screen
- Complimentary programme and team sheet
- Pre-match briefing by Terry Brown

Cost: £25 for carvery only or £45 for carvery and seat in the Paul Strank or North Stand. To book online please click on Dons carvery. For more information or to book your place, please contact 020 8547 3336 or e-mail by clicking on matchday carvery


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Monday 30 July 2012
youth news
Dons youngsters aim for three on the bounce

AFC Wimbledon Under-18s have started pre-season with two impressive away wins and they will be bidding to make it three tomorrow.

Mark Robinson's side edged out Maidstone United 3-2 yesterday with goals from Tom Beere, Charlie Fayers and Sam Baffour and they head to Hayes and Yeading tomorrow with the chance to make it a pre-season treble. The Dons youngsters started their preparations for the new season with a 2-1 win at Lewes, thanks to goals from George Oakley and Harlan Basker, last Monday.

The Under-18s start their Football League Youth Alliance campaign on Saturday, August 11, and they have impressed so far. Head of Youth, Robinson, said: "We gave the other team two goals yesterday by over-playing, but I do not mind that as they are trying to play good football and it is part of the learning process. In terms of our movement and creating chances I was very pleased, especially with the first-half. We have a mix of second year players from the U18s last season, along with younger players. George and Harlan, the players who scored against Lewes, are both U16s players, so we are pleased with the talent that we have got."

AFC Wimbledon Under-18s step-up their preparations for the new season tomorrow afternoon with Hayes and Yeading away, before a home match against Histon on Friday.


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Monday 30 July 2012
first team news
Terry Brown interview: boss raises the bar for Preston

Terry Brown says that pre-season will step-up a gear for his first-teamers against Preston North End tomorrow night.

The Dons boss has experimented with youngsters during our friendlies so far, but he says that getting 90 minutes into those who will start the season at Stevenage in two weeks' time is now crucial.

"I need to get to a situation where I am giving 90 minutes to the 11-14 players who will be regulars," Terry said. "Preston will offer me a chance to do that. We have mixed youngsters in with the seniors and at any given time during our friendlies we have had at least six or seven young players in the squads. They are players with no experience of men's football whatsoever. Some of the yougsters have acquitted themselves well, but Preston offers us a chance to concentrate on the first-team."

Terry gave a full interview to WDON commentator Rob Cornell after Saturday's 0-0 draw at Eastbourne, in which he talked about Angus MacDonald, who we announced has joined us on loan from Reading today. Click on Dons audio for more from Terry.


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Monday 30 July 2012
first team news
New signing: Reading defender joins the Dons on loan

Terry Brown has boosted his defensive options this afternoon with the Dons having completed a six-month loan deal for Reading's Angus MacDonald.

The 19-year-old, who played the second-half of our 0-0 draw at Eastbourne Borough on Saturday, will compete for a centre-back berth with Mat Mitchel-King and Pim Balkestein. Angus comes with a rich pedigree as he was capped by England at Under-16s and Under-19s level, though he has yet to make his debut for Reading. The highly-rated defender enjoyed loan spells at Basingstoke and Torquay United last season.

Wimbledon boss Terry Brown believes the addition of Angus is a crucial signing with our first competitive match at Stevenage in the Capital One Cup just over two weeks away.

"We have been looking to get another centre-half in on loan until Callum McNaughton is back and fit to play," said Terry. "Angus is a very talented, young centre-back from Reading and I think he will be a really good addition for us."


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Sunday 29 July 2012
first team news
Match report for Eastbourne stalemate

The Dons were held to a 0-0 draw on the East Sussex coast yesterday as Terry Brown continued to experiment with his squad.

The pre-season steps a gear during the next week though with games against Preston North End and a West Ham XI as Terry plans to get 90 minutes into several of his first-teamers. To read a full report from yesterday's friendly, click on Eastbourne report


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Friday 27 July 2012
first team news
Simon Bassey: update on his testimonial and team news

WDON commentator Rob Cornell caught up with Simon Bassey for an update on his testimonial on Saturday, 4 August.

Simon also provided team news ahead of tomorrow's friendly match at Eastbourne Borough. It will be an important week for Simon after that as he helps prepare the Dons for Tuesday night's visit of Preston North End, followed by his big day of celebration, which involves an exhibition match and AFC Wimbledon versus a West Ham XI.

He said: "It is going to be a fantastic day. We have got 15 former players taking part in the exhibition match now. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for supporters to play alongside the likes of Joe Sheerin, Keith Ward and Jon Main."

To listen to a full interview with Simon, click on Dons audio. Supporters still have a chance to claim a spot in Simon's testimonial exhibition match by bidding on the online auction site. Click on Dons auction.


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Friday 27 July 2012
first team news
Christian Jolley interview

We may have had a mixed pre-season so far, but Christian Jolley believes Wimbledon will be in great shape for the first competitive fixture at Stevenage on 14 August.

The pacy forward admits he is some way short of his best after a lighter close season schedule that was designed to keep him free from injury. But Christian is relishing the pre-season tests against Eastbourne Borough, Preston North End, a West Ham XI and Portsmouth as he steps up his own fitness levels.

"I did things differently this time by resting more during the close season and I am just trying to get back to full fitness now," he said. "I am a little bit off where I would like to be, but I have plenty of time still to get there. The fixtures we have had so far have been very competitive. If we want to aspire to get into those play-offs and reach League 1 then we need to be competing against the likes of Preston. The matches coming up will be great tests for us. Hopefully, we will get fitter and stronger and by the time Stevenage comes around we will be flying."

In the interview with WDON commentator Rob Cornell, Christian also saluted Dean Parsons (Haydon the Womble) for carrying the Olympic torch through Sutton on Monday. Dons fan Amy Terriere also carried the Olympic torch through Croydon. AFC Wimbledon congratulates Dean and Amy. To listen to a full interview with Christian, click on Dons audio


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Thursday 26 July 2012
youth news
Academy fixtures

In season 2012-13 our Under 18 Academy team will continue to play in the Football League Youth Alliance and our youth sides will continue to play matches against local teams. This season the geographic coverage for all these teams has been extended and, as a result, the Academy team and all the youth teams will be playing fixtures against Milton Keynes.

Given the way in which Milton Keynes was formed, these are games we would rather not play. However, we are committed to fulfilling all our fixtures in every competition we enter so we will go about our business professionally and complete the games. Our academy U18 home fixture is scheduled for March.


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Wednesday 25 July 2012
first team news
Ticket details for Preston, Portsmouth and Simon's testimonial

We now have tickets on sale for our remaining home pre-season friendly fixtures.

The first of three attractive friendly matches at the Cherry Red Records Stadium starts with Preston North End on Tuesday, 31 July. This is followed by the visit of a West Ham XI, which is part of Simon Bassey's testimonial, on Saturday, August 4. In a day of celebrations marking 10 years of the club and Simon's testimonial, we also play host to an exhibition match (12.30pm start) featuring Wimbledon heroes and supporters. The visit of Portsmouth is our final home friendly fixture on Wednesday, August 8.

Tickets for the Preston and West Ham XI matches let you access any area of the ground (including seats), but allocated seating is in place for the match against Portsmouth.

Tickets can be purchased through our online ticket shop by clicking on Dons tickets or alternatively by coming into our club offices at the Cherry Red Records Stadium on weekdays between 9.30am and 5.00pm.

Supporters still have a chance to claim a spot in Simon's testimonial exhibition match by bidding on the online auction site. Click on Dons auction.


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Wednesday 25 July 2012
first team news
Jack Midson interview: we have a lot of work to do

Jack Midson scored his third goal in pre-season last night at Woking, but he admitted that himself and the team must do better.

Speaking to our WDON commentator Rob Cornell after the 2-1 defeat, Jack said: "Looking at the goals we conceded and the chances we created, it was disappointing. We need to try and gel and get that continuity with the new players. Terry and Simon said afterwards that we have a lot of work to do. We have to work hard in all areas, but we will put the effort in, and we will be alright for the start of the season."

Jack added that he expects to do better himself during the rest of pre-season after playing 90 minutes for the first time this summer.

"I am not guaranteed to start myself, so I need to work hard in training, keep scoring goals and creating chances," he added. "I had my first 90 minutes and I am not saying that I felt great because I am tired. But I am glad to have done it as physically and mentally you know you need to get it out the way. The games coming up will be real tests for us and we need to be better than we were tonight."

To listen to the full interview with Jack, click on Dons audio


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Wednesday 25 July 2012
club news
Season tickets update

We wish to let supporters know that next week the club will be compiling season ticket books and preparing them for dispatch.

With around 2600 season tickets sold, it is quite a lengthy process but we are hoping to have the books available for collection at Simon Bassey’s testimonial game on Saturday, 4 August. We will confirm that we are in a position to do this nearer the time. Any season tickets not collected will be sent out the next working day and supporters will receive their books in plenty of time for the Chesterfield match on Saturday, 18 August.

Supporters can still apply for season tickets, covering all 23 home npower league 2 matches, and details can be found on the tickets page by clicking on Dons tickets.

Below is the latest availability in the various stands:

Paul Strank Stand
Nearly all the available places in this stand have now been sold. We have a very small number of seats left in the outer blocks in the front two rows.

Kingston Road End
Over 60 per cent of the available season ticket places in the new all seated Kingston Road End have now been sold. We have seats remaining in the front 3 or 4 rows and we would recommend that you apply quickly to secure the best available remaining seats. We still have some excellent seats remaining in the family section of the stand located in Block N and a small part of Block P.

Tempest End
Over 90 per cent of the places in this terrace have now been taken, but we currently still have space available.

East Terrace
Places are still available in the East terrace (formerly John Smiths Stand) and we are not expecting this terrace to sell out.


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Tuesday 24 July 2012
first team news
Match report for Woking match

The Dons left it too late to salvage anything at Kingfield in the Phil Ledger Cup as they succumbed to a 2-1 defeat on Tuesday night.

To read a full report from the match, click on Woking report


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Tuesday 24 July 2012
first team news
The Dons slip to defeat at Woking

A Jack Midson penalty came too late to save Wimbledon tonight at Woking in the Phil Ledger Memorial Cup.

Terry Brown's men were beaten 2-0 at Kingfield with Bradley Bubb setting the hosts on their way in the 17th minute and Joe McNerney doubling their advantage 18 minutes from time as the Dons again failed to defend a set-piece.

The visitors did improve after the break, but they failed to really find a cutting edge until the 80th minute when Brendan Kiernan was brought down by Kevin Betsy and Midson converted from the spot. The Dons failed to build on that though and Woking were deserved winners in the end.

See the official website later for a full report.


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Tuesday 24 July 2012
first team news
Luke Moore excited about his fourth season with the Dons

Luke Moore says he has seen enough in pre-season so far to convince him that the Dons can progress again during 2012/13.

Having joined AFC Wimbledon in June, 2009, Luke is now our longest-serving first-team player and the 24-year-old’s 10 goals last season persuaded Terry Brown to retain his services for another year. Luke admits that was a relief to him after Terry’s summer overhaul and he believes that the Dons can push on next season.

“As soon as the gaffer said he wanted to keep me, I wanted to stay and I am happy at the club,” he admitted. “I will be here for as long as the manager wants me. This will be my fourth season at the club and we have progressed each year that I have been here. I want to carry on being a part of this team going forward and I am really looking forward to the start of the season at Wimbledon.

“We know as a group what we want to achieve. We will not lie down for anyone next season and we want to push on and improve. It looks like we are building a good squad here with the signings that the gaffer has made. From what I have seen in friendlies they will be very good signings. If we can gel as a team during the rest of pre-season then it will look good for us for next season.”

Luke struck his first goal during the pre-season schedule on Saturday at Bognor, but the forward admits he is still some way short of his best. “Getting goals is what it is all about for me as I want to get as many as I can,” he added. “I did not have the best of games on Saturday and I am still trying to build up my performances. Hopefully, I will get more fitness in the next few games and step up my general play. That is the target for all of the squad so that we can start next season well and finish as high in the table as we possibly can.”


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Tuesday 24 July 2012
club news
AFC Wimbledon Golf Day

We are pleased to announce the return of our AFC Wimbledon Golf Day on Wednesday, 26 September.

Teams of four are wanted to compete for the coveted title of AFC Wimbledon Golf Day Champions 2012. However, golfers can also enter as a team of three and play with our special guest, who will be a "Wimbledon celebrity".

We are delighted that Wimbledon-based Apogee Corporation are once again sponsoring the event, which will take place at Malden Golf Club. Along with the main prize, there will be awards for for Longest Drive, Straightest Drive and many more.

Competitors will enjoy Coffee and Bacon rolls, 18 holes of golf and a two-course buffet. The cost to enter is £360 for a team of three or four. To enquire, or to book your team in, please contact our Commercial Executive, Sam Grayson, on 020 8547 3336. Or you can e-mail your entry by clicking on Dons golf comp. Please state whether you wish to enter as a team of three or four for the competition.


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Monday 23 July 2012
first team news
Match details for Woking tomorrow night

AFC Wimbledon will be aiming to retain the Phil Ledger Memorial Cup tomorrow night after winning it in convincing style two years ago.

With both clubs having strengthened their squads, it promises to be an entertaining match (7.45pm start) at Kingfield and hosts Woking have announced the following admission prices: Adults £10, Concessions £5, U16s free entry.

The match is played in memory of the late Phil Ledger, who played for both Wimbledon and Woking, before filling several club roles over the years with the Cards. As stated previously on the official website, Terry Brown has selected a strong squad for the fixture. It includes our number one Seb Brown, who will earlier on Tuesday attend a graduation ceremony at Guildford after gaining first class honours in Sports Science at Roehampton University. All at AFC Wimbledon congratulate Seb on his achievement.

The Dons marched to a stunning 4-0 success in the last staging of the Phil Ledger Memorial Cup two years ago with Danny Kedwell striking all four goals.


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Monday 23 July 2012
first team news
Woking preview: Terry praises Brett Johnson

Terry Brown has chosen a strong squad for tomorrow night's pre-season friendly at Woking.

The Dons boss is expecting a tough match at Kingfield in the Phil Ledger Memorial Cup against Blue Square Premier new boys Woking, who are likely to include our former defender Brett Johnson in their side. Cards manager Garry Hill has also boosted his squad with the additions of Loick Pires, Bradley Bubb, Mike Cestor, Lee Sawyer and Jack Parkinson. However, signing Johnson, who played a crucial role for the Dons in our promotion to the Football League, is arguably Woking's best signing.

Terry Brown said: "I first worked with Brett at Aldershot and then decided to bring him to Wimbledon. He was a fantastic role model at both clubs for the younger players. He always gave 100 per cent and it was a very difficult decision to let him go at the end of last season. Brett made a major contribution when we got promoted and was one of the main reasons why we got to the Football League."

After being far from impressed by his side's 2-0 friendly win at Bognor on Saturday, Terry is demanding more from the squad against the Blue Square South Champions. "It will be one of our hardest pre-season games," he added. "Woking had a big season in getting promoted to the Conference and they have added quality players to their squad. It will be a difficult game for us and it will tell us a lot about our players. Tomorrow night and Eastbourne on Saturday will be the last two games of mixing the squad around. After Eastbourne I will be looking to give players 90 minutes on a regular basis as we are getting towards the start of the season now."

Warren Cummings will be not risked due to illness and Stacy Long has a tight hamstring so he also misses out.

The full squad is: Seb Brown, Curtis Osano, Pim Balkestein, Aaron Racciny, Jim Fenlon, Louis Harris, Dan Collier, Will Bor, Brendan Kiernan, Christian Jolley, Charlie Strutton, Mat Mitchel-King, Yilmaz Aksoy, Dan Sweeney, Frankie Merrifield, Sammy Moore, Luke Moore, Byron Harrison, Jack Midson.


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Sunday 22 July 2012
first team news
Pim Balkestein talks about being back in a Wimbledon shirt

The travelling Dons fans got to see Pim Balkestein for the first time since he signed for us on a permanent basis at Bognor yesterday.

Pim provided a glimpse of the defensive solidity and composure on the ball that made him such a favourite with our supporters during his loan spell at AFC Wimbledon in March. WDON commentator Rob Cornell spoke to Pim about his Dons return, getting back to full fitness in pre-season, and his hopes for 2012/13 in a Wimbledon shirt.

To listen to the full interview with Pim, click on Dons audio


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Sunday 22 July 2012
first team news
Terry Brown reaction and Bognor match report

The Dons eventually came through a testing workout at Bognor yesterday with two goals in the last 23 minutes earning a 2-0 victory.

There were positives to take from the performance with youngsters including trialist Dan Collier impressing, along with Curtis Osano, who Terry Brown described as "fantastic" on the day. To read a report and reaction from Terry Brown, click on Bognor report


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Saturday 21 July 2012
first team news
Luke Moore seals win at Bognor

The Dons made hard work of it at Bognor today with a last-minute Luke Moore strike eventually sealing victory.

A raft of substitutions from Terry Brown on the hour paved the way to a 2-0 victory as trialist Dan Collier scored seven minutes later with a superb header after an excellent cross from the right by Louis Harris. Former Southampton youth teamer Collier also had a hand in the second goal as he put Luke Moore through and he finished emphatically to provide a more comfortable success in the end.

Charlie Strutton came closest to breaking the deadlock in the first half, but he was denied by Bognor goalkeeper Tom Boyle. The tavelling Dons fans got to see Pim Balkestein back in a Wimbledon shirt for the first time as he played the first 45 minutes.

See the website tomorrow for a full report and an audio interview with Pim.


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Saturday 21 July 2012
club news
IT manager vacancy - application deadline 23 July

Following the impending retirement of our existing IT Manager, the club is looking for a replacement. In the past this has been done on a largely voluntary basis but we will consider proposals for paid IT support.

The suitable applicants should have detailed knowledge and experience of the following technologies:

• Windows XP and 7 operating systems
• Microsoft Office 2003 and 2010
• Sage Lin 50 and Sage Payroll
• PC hardware installation and maintenance
• Network cabling and maintenance
• PBX installation and maintenance
• Network design and configuration including
o Broadband connections
o Routers, hubs and switches
o Firewalls
o Wireless technology
• Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 and 2008
• Microsoft Exchange 2003 and 2008
• Microsoft Access database design
• CRM systems, including Microsoft Dynamics
• IT Policies including data security, Service Level Agreements, purchasing and software evaluation.

There will be a handover process to ensure the smooth running of the Club’s IT facilities. Interested applicants should provide a detailed CV to David Charles by writing to the club's offices or emailing David at IT manager application by 23 July 2012.

AFC Wimbledon is an equal opportunities employer.


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Friday 20 July 2012
first team news
Match details for Bognor friendly

The Dons travel to Bognor Regis Town tomorrow (3pm start) for our third pre-season friendly match with tickets available on the day.

Prices are just £6 for adults and £2 for children at the turnstiles. The full address for the club is: Bognor Regis Town FC, Nyewood Lane, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO21 2TY.

Terry Brown will select a strong squad to take on Ryman Premier new boys Bognor and new signing Pim Balkestein is poised to start for the first time since his return. Our striker Jason Prior, who struck 96 goals in 125 games for his old club Bognor, will attend the game. To listen to a full interview with Jason, who is continuing his recuperation from a double leg break, click on Dons audio


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Friday 20 July 2012
first team news
Terry Brown interview: the boss outlines his plans for Bognor

Terry Brown updated us on his plans for tomorrow's pre-season friendly at Bognor in an interview with WDON commentator Rob Cornell.

As already reported on the official website, the Dons boss plans to reintroduce Pim Balkestein to the AFC Wimbledon defence after the towering centre-back signed for us from Brentford on Monday. Terry also tells us that he will utilise his squad options at the Ryman Premier club with a different starting 11 from Maidenhead United on Tuesday night. To listen to the full interview with Terry, click on Dons audio


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Friday 20 July 2012
first team news
Jason Prior on his Bognor return

Jason Prior returns to the club he left six months ago for AFC Wimbledon's friendly match at Bognor tomorrow.

It may not be the perfect return for the striker as he would have loved to have played against his old club, but meeting up with former team-mates will offer a welcome distraction from his ongoing rehabilitation from the double leg break he suffered in April. Jason spoke enthusiastically to our WDON commentator Rob Cornell about his return to the Ryman Premier club and updated us on his progress towards fitness. To listen to the interview, click on Dons audio


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Thursday 19 July 2012
cfs news
Join the AFC Wimbledon Community Coaching team

AFC Wimbledon are looking to recruit qualified coaches for our highly successful Community Football Scheme (CFS).

Our CFS coaching team received a special award from the Football League recently with Wimbledon just one of five clubs nationally to be recognised for running a high-quality Girls/Kids competition in the community. There is now a chance for you to play a part in building on this success as we are offering regular paid work in and around Wimbledon. Coaching sessions will include: PPA/after school clubs, holiday courses, Saturday morning sessions, birthday parties, and possible opportunities to participate in our Advanced Coaching Programme (ACP).

Candidates must be enthusiastic and reliable with excellent communication skills and previous experience of coaching children between the ages of 4-14 years is essential. Applicants also require a minimum FA Level 1 coaching qualification or FA Youth Module 1 Award, along with up to date Child Protection and First Aid certificates. A clean CRB must also be obtained as well as satisfactory references during the recruitment process.

A driving license and access to a car would be highly desirable, but is not a necessity.

To apply, either e-mail your CV with a covering letter by clicking on
community coaching or send your application by post to the following address:

AFC Wimbledon Community Football Scheme
The Cherry Red Records Stadium
Jack Goodchild Way
422A Kingston Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey
KT1 3PB


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Thursday 19 July 2012
first team news
New signing Pim expected to start at Bognor

Pim Balkestein is expected to make his first start since returning to AFC Wimbledon at Bognor on Saturday.

Terry Brown decided not to pitch Pim straight in for Tuesday's friendly at Maidenhead after he signed just the day before, but the former Brentford centre-back is now ready for action.

"We are looking forward to Pim starting the game at Bognor on Saturday," confirmed Terry Brown. "He has done a certain amount of pre-season with Brentford, but we just wanted to make sure that he was right physically. He has had all sorts of knocks in the last few years and we did not want to rush him."

Pim will wear AFC Wimbledon's new kit for the first time and he has been handed the number five shirt for season 2012/13.

Midfielders Rashid Yussuff and Huw Johnson are both carrying injury knocks though and the Dons boss says the pair are unlikely to be risked at Bognor.

Saturday offers Jason Prior a chance to return to the club where he scored 95 goals in 126 games to earn a January move to AFC Wimbledon. Jason is unsurprisingly remembered with great affection by the Ryman Premier club and though still injured, the striker will be back at his old club for the match.

See the official website tomorrow for an update from Jason on his progress from a double leg break, along with a full interview with Terry Brown.


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Wednesday 18 July 2012
first team news
AFC Wimbledon 10-year celebrations: Bass in his playing days

Our first-team coach Simon Bassey will be getting ready for his long-awaited testimonial in just over two weeks' time and the event today received press attention on the Wimbledon Guardian website.

Complete with a photograph of Bass in his playing days, the article acknowledges our special 10-year anniversary celebrations on Saturday, 4 August, which offers fans a chance to feature in an exhibition match with Simon and 13 other Wimbledon heroes.

Taking place before AFC Wimbledon versus a West Ham XI, there is still time for supporters to bid for one of 16 spots in the exhibition match. Supporters can visit the link on the home page of the official website to get involved in the bidding or go to the online auction site by clicking on Dons auction.

Click on Bassey testimonial to view the Wimbledon Guardian article


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Wednesday 18 July 2012
first team news
Mat Mitchel-King will relish a defensive partnership with Pim

Mat Mitchel-King spoke enthusiastically about our summer signings after last night's victory against Maidenhead.

In particular, he told WDON commentator Rob Cornell that he is looking forward to forming a central defensive partnership once again with Pim Balkestein, who signed on Monday from Brentford.

Manager Terry Brown has indicated that he expects Mat and Pim to start the new season as his centre-back pairing, barring injuries, as he puts his trust in experience.

That will certainly suit Mat, who was impressed with Pim during a loan spell at AFC Wimbledon in March that included three crucial victories.

"He is a great signing for us," said Mat. "We know what a quality player he is as Pim made a massive difference to us when he was last here. It is great news for us and we will reap the benefits of his ability. Pim will be a very good player for us next season."

To listen to the full interview with Mat, click on Dons audio


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Wednesday 18 July 2012
first team news
Terry Brown interview: young pair impress the boss

Terry Brown said that youngsters Frankie Merrifield and Jim Fenlon have impressed him since stepping up to the first-team squad.

Frankie and Jim, who both came through the Dons academy system, have been introduced to first-team action during the friendlies against Reading and Maidenhead with the pair having shown encouraging signs in the matches.

Speaking after last night's 3-1 friendly win at Maidenhead, Terry Brown said: "Some of the youngsters are not quite ready for what we want yet, but there are one or two of them, and Frankie is one of them, who will be pushing for a first-team place next season. I think that Jim Fenlon will be one hell of a player at this club in the future. It is just about giving Jim the necessary game time for him to blossom as a player."

It may only have been a friendly victory at Maidenhead, but Terry admitted the match had added importance after Wimbledon's heavy defeat against Reading on Saturday.

"It was a really good blow-out for us as 'Drax' (Johnson Hippolyte) has got a good team together here," said Terry. "It was important that we bounced back after that drubbing on Saturday. It is alright saying that it was our first game and it was against Premier League opposition, but no one wants to get beat 7-0 at home and we certainly didn't. It was nice to see Jack on the scoresheet again and I thought Stacy Long's goal was the pick of the bunch.

"Overall, we are just about getting to a fitness level that allows us to play our football. I am not looking for too much at this time of the year, but we have another 90 minutes at Bognor on Saturday and I will look to reverse the squad around for that one. I am pleased with the new signings that we have made, but it is now about just trying to gel them in. I am still not happy with some of our defending at the moment. I think Saturday was still a bit raw for us tonight and I would like us to stop giving away needless penalties."


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Wednesday 18 July 2012
first team news
Match report for Maidenhead victory

Stacy Long's superb strike provided the highlight of our 3-1 friendly success at Maidenhead United last night.

To read Stacy's thoughts on his first goal in a Wimbledon shirt and more on our return to winning ways at York Road, click on match report


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Tuesday 17 July 2012
first team news
Midson strikes twice in win at Maidenhead

Jack Midson fired a double tonight to help the Dons put Saturday's heavy defeat against Reading behind them.

Good work by Charlie Strutton helped Wimbledon on the way to a 3-1 win when he set up his strike partner Midson for the first after 16 minutes. Maidenhead drew level though in the 28th minute when Mat Mitchell-King was adjudged to have brought down Alex Wall and Bobby Behzadi made no mistake from the penalty spot.

The Dons were back in front two minutes before the break when Sammy Moore powered down the right and picked out Stacy Long, who struck his first goal in a Wimbledon shirt. Two minutes after the break, Midson struck his second with Strutton again providing the assist. See the website tomorrow for a full report.


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Tuesday 17 July 2012
club news
Club request for help on Friday

AFC Wimbledon are looking for volunteers to help with work at the ground on Friday afternoon.

We require people to help shift sand from our car park into the stadium with wheelbarrows provided by the club. The sand will then be laid by our contractors between the pitch and the new Kingston Road End for drainage purposes. Volunteers are required after 2.00pm on Friday and anyone who can help should e-mail club help.


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Tuesday 17 July 2012
first team news
Maidenhead preview

Charlie Strutton will be handed a chance by manager Terry Brown to stake his claim tonight against the club that he enjoyed a loan spell with last season.

Terry Brown has confirmed that Charlie will start up front at York Road, where he scored last season in an impressive win for Maidenhead against Blue Square South Champions Woking. Centre-back Steven Old will also be given another opportunity after featuring against Reading on Saturday, but Terry says that tonight's game will come too soon for Pim Balkestein to be pitched straight in at the back. Our signing of Pim means that defenders Aaron Downes and Alex Keddie have now left the club and manager Terry Brown wishes to thank both of them for their efforts during trial spells.

"Both boys did exceptionally well and I would definitely have signed one out of the two of them," he said. "However, the opportunity came up to sign Pim, so things changed. I wish them both well and I am sure that they will find clubs elsewhere. Pim provides good balance for us alongside Mat Mitchel-King and we have Callum McNaughton still to come back, but I still need another centre-back."

After Saturday's heavy defeat at the hands of Reading, Wimbledon will face a completely different kind of test against a Blue Square South side intent on causing an upset. The Dons boss believes it is just what his men need at this stage of pre-season.

"Saturday was a great run-out for us and though it was painful to watch, it is all about us getting ready for Stevenage and Chesterfield," Terry said. "I am not going to spend any more time dwelling on the Reading match. Some of the goals we conceded were horrendous, but we went through it all in training on Monday. Now we go into four games that are winnable and I want good performances from the players. I have lots of respect for their manager (Johnson Hippolyte) as I have known him for years. He has done great jobs at Yeading and Maidenhead on limited budgets. It will be a difficult game for us, but it will be just what we need."

Australian goalkeeper Ben McNamara, who has been on trial with Wimbledon recently, has been allowed to leave and the club wishes him well for the future.

Admission prices for tonight's match (7.30pm start) will be £8 for adults, £4 concessions, and U18s will be allowed in free of charge.


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Tuesday 17 July 2012
first team news
Pim interview: new signing on his Wimbledon return

Moments after becoming Terry Brown's fifth signing of the summer, Pim Balkestein spoke exclusively to the official website. Pim, who has played in the Championship with Ipswich Town and League 1 football with Brentford, spoke with great enthusiasm about his move to Wimbledon. Here's what he had to say.......

Are you pleased to be back at AFC Wimbledon?
It is great to get this move to Wimbledon. I am fit and looking forward to the start of the season. The fans showed that they liked me the last time I was here and I want to play a lot of games next season and show what I can do in every game. I was really impressed that Terry and Stuart still thought about me and tried so much to get me back here.

Is it a big challenge to do even better than your last spell here?
When I was here last time we won three games at home, but hopefully I can help us do better when we go away. We have made some good signings during the summer and we hope to do better than 16th next season. I think that we can climb six or seven places higher and try to challenge for the play-off places. I think that is our target.

It seems like you have been around for years in English football now, but are your peak years still to come?
I am still only 25 and hopefully I can step-up again in my career. I am hoping it is a case of one step back and two steps forward and I can go up again, maybe with Wimbledon. It crossed my mind to go back to Holland, but I made my career in England and I want to finish it here. It is great for me to get another chance in English football.

Did you still have a chance of staying at Brentford?
I had been training at Brentford for two weeks and played a pre-season game as well. But on Friday they signed another centre-back, a left-footed one as well, and it was made clear that there was no future for me, so I had to look around. From last winter, the Brentford manager told me I was not part of his plans. I tried to do my best, but it was clear that I was not in his mind. I played a couple of games after I returned from my loan spell with Wimbledon, but it was not to be for me at Brentford.

What was the main motivation behind your move as it is a step down from League 1 football?
The work and effort that the management made to get me here last time really impressed me. To come back and try and sign me again showed that they have a lot of confidence in me. They really wanted me and that is a good feeling. I really wanted to play for a good club like this with the support of the fans. When I was here last time we also played good football. Hopefully, we can improve on that and do better next season.

Your loan spell at Wimbledon ended with you suffering a broken toe. Are you fit and raring to go?
I had a little fracture in my toe, but nothing major. I had three weeks off due to that, but I played the last couple of games last season at Brentford. That went well and I had my summer holiday, but I have been in pre-season training at Brentford and it is great to now get this move to Wimbledon. I am fit and looking forward to the start of the season.


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Tuesday 17 July 2012
first team news
Pim's number 5

New signing Pim Balkestein will be handed the number five shirt for season 2012/13.

The experienced former Brentford and Ipswich centre-back will not feature in tonight's pre-season friendly at Maidenhead United, but he could wear our new strip for the first time at Bognor on Saturday.

Confirmed squad numbers so far for next season are as follows:

1 Seb Brown
2 Curtis Osano
3 Warren Cummings
4 Louis Harris
5 Pim Balkestein
6 Mat Mitchel-King
7 Stacy Long
8 Sammy Moore
9 Byron Harrison
10 Jack Midson
11 Luke Moore
12 Christian Jolley
14 Callum McNaughton
15 Jim Fenlon
17 Huw Johnson
18 Brendan Kiernan
19 Jason Prior
20 Frankie Merrifield
23 Rashid Yussuff


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Tuesday 17 July 2012
first team news
Breaking news: Pim returns to the Dons

AFC Wimbledon have moved swiftly to complete the signing of experienced centre-back Pim Balkestein.

Terry Brown was quick to swoop for the 25-year-old following his release from League 1 Brentford and the Dons boss believes he has pulled off a real transfer coup by bringing Pim back to the club. Dutch defender Pim was a huge influence during a loan spell in March as he helped us to three crucial wins that eased our relegation fears.

The signing ends Terry Brown's summer-long search for an experienced centre-back and Wimbledon beat off interest from other clubs to sign Pim.

"Pim ticks every box for us," said Terry Brown. "He is a left-sided centre-back, who is big, strong, and has a great attitude. I know that we made him feel comfortable here and the fans took to him straight away. The first header that he won against Dagenham, the ball went about 40 yards, and straight away you could tell that the fans here would appreciate that kind of effort. Pim wants to play for a club that really wants him and I think that is a big factor in him coming here. He is a fantastic signing for us and he has chosen to come here even though a League 1 club were interested in him."

Pim admitted that the management team's determination to bring him back to the club played a big part in his decision to sign permanently for AFC Wimbledon.

"I was really impressed that Terry and Stuart Cash still thought about me and tried so much to get me back here," he said. "The fans showed that they liked me last time I was here and I hope to play a lot of games next season. We have made some good signings and hopefully we can do better than 16th next season. I think that we can climb six or seven places and maybe challenge for the play-offs. It was made clear to me that I was not part of Brentford's plans after they signed another centre-back and it is great for me to get another chance in English football."

See the official website later for a full interview with Pim.


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Monday 16 July 2012
first team news
The 10-year celebrations: Michael takes on managerial role

Former AFC Wimbledon left-back Michael Haswell will join in our 10-year anniversary celebrations after being handed a managerial role for the exhibition match by Simon Bassey.

Staged as part of Simon's testimonial, a total of 14 Wimbledon heroes will play in our exhibition match on Saturday, August 4. Former Wimbledon full-back Ben Thatcher is among the players who have agreed to feature in the match alongside supporters, which will be held before AFC Wimbledon entertain a West Ham XI.

One of the sides will now be managed by Michael, who became a favourite with our supporters during a three-year spell at the club. His time at AFC Wimbledon included helping us to successive promotions from the Ryman Premier and Conference South, but he had to retire from playing in his late 20s after suffering a serious ankle injury while playing at Billericay two years ago.

Simon said: "I have asked Michael to manage one of the teams on the day as he was popular with our supporters when he was here. He had to retire from playing a couple of years ago so it will be good to have him involved."

Michael says he cannot wait to be involved on the day. "The club still means a lot to me and I have been down and watched a few matches since I left," he said. "I still keep in touch with a number of people from my playing days and have been in contact with fans via Twitter. It will be really nice to come down and join in the celebrations."

Supporters have the chance to play alongside Simon Bassey and Wimbledon heroes by bidding for one of 16 places in our online auction on the official website. Simon plans to use roll-on, roll-off substitutes, so that everyone gets a piece of the action. As well as featuring in the match, supporters get to keep the actual commemorative white strip that our players wore against Bristol Rovers in AFC Wimbledon's Football League debut.

Full list of players confirmed for exhibition match: Simon Bassey, Keith Ward, Rob Ursell, Jon Main, Sean Daly, Joe Sheerin, Noel Frankum, Matt Everard, Steve Butler, Martin Randall, Ryan Gray, Andy Little, Ben Thatcher, Chris Gell.

Supporters can visit the link on the home page of the official website to get involved in the bidding or go to the online auction site by clicking on Dons auction.


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Monday 16 July 2012
club news
Match information and food offer for Maidenhead friendly

AFC Wimbledon supporters can take advantage of a generous food offer from Bar Sport in Maidenhead for tomorrow night's pre-season friendly.

Wimbledon fan Kareem Naaman, who is Managing Director of the new bar in Maidenhead town centre, is offering 20 per cent off food on the day of the Maidenhead United game. AFC Wimbledon supporters need to either be wearing a club shirt or show a valid match ticket to claim the offer. Bar Sport, located next to the Odeon Cinema, is within easy walking distance of Maidenhead United FC's York Road ground. The full address is: Unit 2, Grenfell Island, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 1DY.

The Dons will be looking to get back on track after Saturday's heavy defeat at the hands of Reading. Admission prices will be £8 for adults, £4 concessions, and U18s will be allowed in free of charge. It should be an interesting return to Maidenhead for the Dons after a three-and-a-half year gap as the Blue Square South outfit are likely to have former AFC Wimbledon left-back Derek Duncan in their side. Derek signed from Woking during the summer and manager Johnson Hippolyte has also strengthened his squad by bringing Michael Pook back to the club from Forest Green.

AFC Wimbledon last visited York Road on 17 January, 2009, when the Dons won 4-0 during our Conference South title-winning season with a double from Jon Main and goals from Danny Kedwell and Sam Hatton.


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Sunday 15 July 2012
first team news
Terry Brown's views on Reading defeat

WDON commentator Rob Cornell caught up with Terry Brown after our defeat at the hands of Reading.

Terry took positives from his side's first-half performance, but he admitted the second-half was particuarly hard to stomach as The Royals warmed up for their return to the Premier League by rattling in five goals after the break. To listen to the interview with Terry, click on Dons audio


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Sunday 15 July 2012
first team news
Reading match report

As pre-season friendlies go, it was a tough one for AFC Wimbledon to start with as Reading showed just why they clinched a spot among the Premier League elite.

Click on match report for more on our 7-0 defeat to a classy Reading side.


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Saturday 14 July 2012
club news
Reading too strong for the Dons

Premier Division new boys Reading proved too strong for Wimbledon in the first pre-season friendly, winning 7 - 0.

Brian McDermott brought his first team squad with both sides playing different elevens in each half. In the first half, the Dons acquitted themselves well, but were undone by a soft penalty after 26 minutes which was converted by Adam Le Fondre, who scored a second a minute before half time.

Reading came out for the second half with much more purpose and four goals in eight minutes rocked the Dons. Michail Antonio scored with a header, with Simon Church quickly adding two more goals. Jordan Obita netted a fourth before Church completed his hat-trick in the 67th minute. The Dons came closest to scoring when Luke Moore volleyed just past the post.

A full report will appear later.


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Friday 13 July 2012
dons trust news
Dons Trust Board meeting - 11 July

The Dons Trust Board held its monthly meeting on Wednesday 11 July.

The meeting started with a report back from James Mathie of Supporters Direct who provided some feedback on the recent consultation meetings concerning funding of the stadium improvements / development and in particular the use of the Community Shares option.

There then followed the monthly report from the football club board included a new reporting proposal, approval of the revised budget, an update on the status of discussions on the new stadium and the operation of Kingsmeadow Live.

Following this a number of other items were considered including a paper on a Volunteer Register, feedback from the Community Working Group and planning arrangements for the SGM and AGM.

Look out for further announcements on these issues on the website.


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Friday 13 July 2012
club news
The Dons Draw: winners for July announced

The Dons Draw for July took place today at the Cherry Red Records Stadium with Richard Trinick winning the top prize of £1,000.

Winning numbers were drawn in the presence of David Charles (Operations Director and Club Secretary), Neil Messenbird (Dons Draw Administrator) and Phil Clark (Safety Officer).

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

First prize of £1,000 - ticket 3656 - Richard Trinick - SW20

Second prize of £500 - ticket 3494 - Meryl Wilkinson - SW19

Third prize of £250 - ticket 2922 - Graham Timms - SW19

Fourth prize of £150 - ticket 3372 - Lesley Adams - SW19

Fiffth prize of £100 - ticket 3760 - Stephen Nuttall - CH1

Sixth prize of £75 - ticket 0282 - Daniel Stern - SE1

Congratulations to all six prize winners.

The next Dons Draw will take place on or around the 15 August 2012 with the results being posted on the 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 form by clicking on Dons Draw or to increase your tickets e-mail us by clicking on more tickets.

The deadline for new entrants to the August 2012 Dons Draw is 8:00pm on 31 July.

Any questions you may have can be answered by e-mailing the Dons Draw team by clicking on queries or by clicking on our Q & A section online.


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Friday 13 July 2012
first team news
Reading preview: Terry looks ahead to pre-season test

Terry Brown will field an experimental defence for tomorrow's visit of Reading with trialists set to feature.

Terry has revealed that he will take a look at two centre-backs who have been training with the squad and Australian goalkeeper Ben McNamara may also feature. With new full-backs Curtis Osano and Warren Cummings set to make their debuts at the back, Terry says that tomorrow will offer a very useful test against Premier League opposition.
"Centre-back is the only position where we still have vacancies," Terry said. "We had already been looking at one player in training and another came in this week and we may have a look at him on Saturday too. We will leave supporters with a bit of a teaser about who starts and finishes the game, but we aim to use the whole squad and mix it up a bit. It is an exciting game for us as not only will Brian McDermott be bringing Premier Division players, but he has made a few great additions after they won the Championship. We know that they will set a high standard for us to try to match, but it is great for us to work on the defensive side of things. We have to work on the shutting down and pressing side of the game, the aspects that players do not sometimes want to do, because they are obviously technically better than us. The result does not matter and it is more about taking a good look at my players by assessing their strengths and weaknesses against a Premier League side."

Terry added that he is far from panicking about the task of bringing in a new centre-back or two to boost his squad.

"We have a list of players who are currently training with other clubs," he added. "It is that time of year when quite often the players you want are trying to get signed on by higher level clubs. If they do not make it with those clubs, then we might be able to get better quality in. But we also have players on trial and they will get a chance first to show what they can do. We have only just started the pre-season campaign and have another month to go so we are in a pretty good position. All we need is another couple of centre-backs.

"It would have been easy to say that we wanted to get all the new players in before the Reading game, but with all due respect, that is not the biggest game of the season for us. Our first big game is Stevenage in the League Cup. I would like us to go there with a settled side and one we are comfortable with going into that match. I am delighted with the fitness levels of of our squad and that is credit to our fitness coach Jason Moriarty. It is the fittest group of players that I have ever worked with at this stage of pre-season. It has allowed us to go straight into small-sided matches and not worry about running up and down hills. It has given us a much bigger opportunity to look at the new players and educate them about how we expect them to play."

Tomorrow promises to be an intriguing fixture for both sets of supporters with the home faithful having a first look at our new signings Curtis Osano, Stacy Long, Louis Harris and Warren Cummings. Reading boss Brian McDermott will bring a strong squad that could feature former England international Nicky Shorey, who re-signed for The Royals earlier this week, along with ex-Newcastle United midfielder Danny Guthrie, who joined this summer. However, new Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak, who made a big impression in the Premier League last season with Fulham, is unavailable and former Wimbledon FC youth teamer Jem Karacan is out injured.


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Friday 13 July 2012
club news
Reading ticket and match information

AFC Wimbledon's pre-season schedule starts tomorrow with an attractive friendly against Premier League new boys Reading.

Though the game is not all-ticket and fans can gain admission on the day, we are selling tickets in advance, via our online shop. To buy tickets, click on Reading friendly. If a seat is required, supporters should click on standard ticket to make a purchase.

An 18-page official match programme (priced just £1) will be available for tomorrow's visit of Reading and it contains an update from chief executive, Erik Samuelson, on the Kingston Road End, along with the usual club news and features.

Reading supporters will be allowed entry to the bar areas before and after the game.

Prices for the game tomorrow (3pm kick-off) are as follows:

Seats

Adults, £12

Over 65s, £8

Under 16s, £4

Terrace

Adults, £10

Over 65s, £7

Under 16s, £2


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Friday 13 July 2012
first team news
Curtis Osano: former Reading right-back can't wait for Saturday

Curtis Osano is relishing the propect of doing battle with his old team-mates when Reading visit the Cherry Red Records Stadium tomorrow.

Our new right-back came through The Royals academy system alongside the likes of current Reading first-teamers Simon Church, Jem Karacan, Alex Pearce and Hal Robson-Kanu. Curtis was released in 2008, but he only has fond memories of his time at Reading as he says the club played a crucial part in his development.

"Straight away when I signed here and Terry told me that we had Reading in our first pre-season match, it brought a smile to my face," Curtis said. "I am still friends with some of the boys. I know Simon Church, Alex Pearce, Jem Karacan and Hal Robson-Kanu from when I was there. They are still there now and I speak to them every now and then. It will be good to see what level they are at and try and match up with them.

"I can look at it as a disappointment (being released by Reading), but in a way, it has got me where I am today and I am now playing professional football at AFC Wimbledon. I needed to get first-team games and I went and played non league football. I played a lot of games in the Conference and I learned a lot from that to take into the Football League."

Curtis did get a taste of first-team football at Reading as he made two substitute appearances in the FA Cup after impressing as captain of the reserves team. His progress through the ranks was helped by the guidance of current Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, who was in charge of The Royals youth set-up before he departed to work for Jose Mourinho at Chelsea in 2004. Curtis credits Brendan with a major part of his football development as the Northern Irishman turned him into a right-back.

"I was captain of Reading reserves, but I did not quite manage to get much further," added Curtis. "When I first signed for Reading, Brendan was in charge of the academy. He is a top guy and his passsion and hunger stood out. His attention to detail was very impressive and it was great for young players to see that. He made me the player that I am. When I first went there I was a central midfielder, but Brendan converted me into a right-back. He went over and over things with me and it all clicked straight away for me. Everything went well during my youth development at Reading. I left when I was 18, but that's football and they helped me to develop as a player."

Curtis, who went onto play for Rushden and Diamonds and Luton Town, says he already feels at home at AFC Wimbledon after attending Wednesday's new kit launch. "People at the club have made me feel very welcome and I had fans coming up to me and shaking my hand," he added. "I have never had that before and it is just a nice, warm place to be. Everyone wants to achieve something and I cannot wait for the start of the season now. Since I joined I have been looking forward to my first Wimbledon game and hopefully the first few matches will be a good test of the level we are at. It is an exciting time to be at the club."


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Friday 13 July 2012
first team news
Callum McNaughton: I have taken a massive step this week

Callum McNaughton has made a big breakthrough in his recovery this week by starting running again and the centre-back is determined to show his worth when he returns.

The 20-year-old defender, who suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage to his knee during a development game against Wycombe Wanderers at the end of March, has stepped up his training and is bang on schedule to return within the six-month target set by club physio Mike Rayner.

Speaking to the official website at AFC Wimbledon's new kit launch on Wednesday, Callum said: "I have been in the gym pretty much since I had the operation, so for me to now start running is a massive step. I can do all the work in the gym now and I am increasing the running. I have a programme to follow and it is now a case of building my fitness up and getting stronger. It was obviously a big blow, as you can imagine, when I suffered the injury, but you always have to stay positive. There have been days when it has dragged, but you have to be disciplined and patient. My recovery has gone well and I am on track to be back in six months from when I had the operation."

Callum, who joined the Dons permanently in January after impressing during an initial loan spell from West Ham, is eager to show everyone just why manager Terry Brown signed him when he returns.

"I have loved my time at Wimbledon so far and I have always given 100 per cent," he added. "There are no negatives in my mind and I just want to come back and repay the faith that everyone at the club has shown in me. I left West Ham and they are in the Premier League now, but I was playing reserve team football there so joining Wimbledon was a step-up for me. I have never looked at it as being a step down. I have to stay on track and take every chance that I get when I return. I love playing football, it is my passion, and to be at Wimbledon, a club with such great support, is a big opportunity for me."

Callum may have left West Ham behind, but his friend George Moncur, who created such a favourable impression during a loan spell here last season, is highly rated at Upton Park. Callum believes that his former team-mate has what it takes to make it at the top level. "I still talk to George from time to time," said Callum. "He has not yet turned 20 yet and you can see that he is a really good, natural footballer. George has a really good attitude as well and there is no reason why he cannot make it."


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Thursday 12 July 2012
first team news
Match details for Maidenhead United friendly

AFC Wimbledon travel to York Road for a pre-season friendly at Maidenhead United on Tuesday, 17 July, and we have received admission prices for the fixture.

The prices will be £8 for adults, £4 concessions, and U18s will be allowed in free of charge on the night. It should be an interesting return to Maidenhead for the Dons after a three-and-a-half year gap as the Blue Square South outfit are likely to have former AFC Wimbledon left-back Derek Duncan in their side. Derek signed from Woking during the summer and manager Johnson Hippolyte has also strengthened his squad by bringing Michael Pook back to the club from Forest Green.

AFC Wimbledon last visited York Road on 17 January, 2009, when the Dons won 4-0 during our Conference South title-winning season with a double from Jon Main and goals from Danny Kedwell and Sam Hatton.


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Thursday 12 July 2012
club news
Kit launch and meet the manager event hailed as a success

AFC Wimbledon supporters packed into the middle bar last night for a successful kit launch and meet the manager event.

After good sales for our new home and away kits, commercial director, Ivor Heller, brought Terry Brown's first summer signing, Curtis Osano, onto the stage to be introduced to supporters. Seb Brown, Frankie Merrifield and Callum McNaughton also spoke to supporters about their hopes for next season. Our new midfielder Louis Harris and Jason Prior then modelled the new home and away kits, before Terry Brown and Stuart Cash took to the stage. The Dons management team were then quizzed about everything from who will take Wimbledon's free-kicks next season to Terry's love of the diamond formation!

In what was a long and insightful question and answer session, Terry and Stuart answered every question thrown at them.

Ivor said: "You coud not get a more honest manager than Terry and he tells it like it is when answering the questions from supporters. It was a really great turnout for the event and a good atmosphere. The volunteers for this club deserve so much credit for putting the event on. It is a special night for us and there are a lot of clubs that would love to be able to put on such an event."

Supporters have been urged to get their orders in soon as our merchandising team are already experiencing high demand to buy the new kits.

Tim Hillyer, coordinator of the merchandising team, said: "We are already running out of several sizes after an excellent response from supporters. We had a huge amount of orders online tonight and supporters should come in to see us during pre-season. A lot of supporters will wait until there is a match on though so we could be busy on Saturday before the Reading game. Nowadays, we invite our supporters to vote for the best kit designs. I must thank Marc Jones and Morgan O'Brien for designing the home and away kits respectively as both have been well received. Tonight is the culmination of all the hard work from the volunteers and everyone connected with the kit launch."


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Thursday 12 July 2012
first team news
Reading preview: Rashid excited by Saturday's challenge

Rashid Yussuff says AFC Wimbledon's new signings have given everyone a boost during pre-season training.

Rashid may have more on his plate to cement a spot in the centre of the park with the arrivals of Stacy Long and Louis Harris, but he is determined to play a big part during his third season at AFC Wimbledon. The midfielder told our WDON commentator Rob Cornell that he can't wait for Saturday's first pre-season friendly against Premier League Reading. To listen to the interview with Rashid, click on Dons audio.


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Thursday 12 July 2012
club news
AFC Wimbledon IT manager

Following the impending retirement of our existing IT Manager, the club is looking for a replacement. In the past this has been done on a largely voluntary basis but we will consider proposals for paid IT support.

The suitable applicants should have detailed knowledge and experience of the following technologies:

• Windows XP and 7 operating systems
• Microsoft Office 2003 and 2010
• Sage Lin 50 and Sage Payroll
• PC hardware installation and maintenance
• Network cabling and maintenance
• PBX installation and maintenance
• Network design and configuration including
o Broadband connections
o Routers, hubs and switches
o Firewalls
o Wireless technology
• Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 and 2008
• Microsoft Exchange 2003 and 2008
• Microsoft Access database design
• CRM systems, including Microsoft Dynamics
• IT Policies including data security, Service Level Agreements, purchasing and software evaluation.

There will be a handover process to ensure the smooth running of the Club’s IT facilities. Interested applicants should provide a detailed CV to David Charles by writing to the club's offices or emailing David at IT manager application by 23 July 2012.

AFC Wimbledon is an equal opportunities employer.


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Wednesday 11 July 2012
first team news
Warren Cummings: I aim to help our talented young players

New signing Warren Cummings is currently AFC Wimbledon's oldest squad member at the age of 31 and he hopes his experience can help our younger players to progress.

The former Bournemouth left-back says he is settling in well after 12 days as an AFC Wimbledon player and he has been impressed by his team-mates since starting training with his new club. WDON commentator Rob Cornell caught up with Warren at our New Malden training base as the squad prepare for Saturday's tough test against Premier League new boys Reading in our first pre-season friendly. To listen to the interview with Warren, click on Dons audio.


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Wednesday 11 July 2012
club news
New signings to attend tonight's kit launch

Curtis Osano and Louis Harris will be among the AFC Wimbledon players to model our new kit at tonight's kit launch.

Seb Brown, Callum McNaughton, Jason Prior and Frankie Merrifield will join summer signings Curtis and Louis at the Cherry Red Records Stadium (5.30pm start in the middle bar).

They will be sporting the new home and away kits, which are available to buy for the first time, just three days before our friendly opener against Premier League Reading.

All Dons supporters are welcome to attend the event, which includes a question and answer session with Terry Brown and Stuart Cash.

The middle bar will be open from 5.30pm and the new kits will be on sale from 6.00pm. Supporters can then meet our managerial team later on as Terry and Stuart will be introduced to supporters at about 7.30pm.

Supporters should note that they can buy kits using debit and credit cards, but cheques will not be accepted.


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Tuesday 10 July 2012
first team news
The 10-year anniversary: Ivor and our fans reflect on Sutton match

Today marks 10 years since AFC Wimbledon's first match against Sutton United.

We may have lost 4-0, but the result was immaterial as Wimbledon once again had a football club again. A decade ago today, AFC Wimbledon's first squad would have been gearing up for the club's first friendly match, which was watched by a bumper crowd of 4,657 at Gander Green. Despite the scoreline, it was an evening of celebration. Our current Commercial Director, Ivor Heller, a founder member of the club, announced a six-figure sponsorship deal with Sports Interactive - and AFC Wimbledon was well and truly up and running.

Reflecting this afternoon on a pivotal night for AFC Wimbledon, Ivor says it was just "staggering and amazing that we had a football club again".

"You cannot help but think about it again today," admitted Ivor. "It was the culmination of the hardest six weeks that I have ever had in my life. I did not have much sleep during that time, but it brought about one of the most exciting days of my life. We had a good feeling that a lot of people would come down for the match, but to see the queues of supporters waiting to get into the ground provided a massive buzz. Looking back, it brings so much pride. We kicked a ball in anger for the first time. It meant a great deal and our fans even invaded the pitch after we lost 4-0 - that tells you what it meant to everyone."

The hard work of Ivor and founder members Marc Jones, Kris Stewart and Trevor Williams had paid off as Wimbledon supporters began a journey that led all the way back to the Football League.

As part of the 10-year anniversary, the official website has been running a "Your AFC Wimbledon" series and today we feature two supporters who were there on the night.

Chris Hill, aged 47, who has supported Wimbledon for 37 years, said: "So what do you do when your football club is stolen from you? I didn’t know, but luckily there were a few people who did. I went to the first friendly at Sutton, not knowing what to expect, but what an experience. Four-and-a half thousand people turned up for a pre-season friendly between two non league clubs and I thought 'this is going to work'. A 'six figure' sponsorship deal was announced. I had no idea who the players were, we lost 4-0, but it felt wonderful. Football felt good again. It was also strange to cheer the board. Previously, I think I'd only heard chants for sackings. I remember the chants of "one Kris Stewart" and "half Ivor Heller" from the supporters on the night."

John Mills, a 58-year-old, who is now living in Lincoln, said: "I think the most memorable AFC Wimbledon match for me (apart from the penalty win at Manchester) has to be the very first friendly at Sutton United. A big expectant crowd, a terrific atmosphere, and it was just simply amazing to realise that we really did have a team to follow - and we were not alone. Well done to all at AFC Wimbledon, it has been a great ride so far with plenty more great years still to come."

To read a report from Wednesday, July 10, 2002, click on our first match.


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Tuesday 10 July 2012
first team news
AFC Wimbledon squad numbers for 2012/13

AFC Wimbledon are pleased to announce our squad numbers for season 2012/13, ahead of tomorrow's kit launch.

Summer signing Stacy Long has been handed number 7, while our other new recruits Curtis Osano, Warren Cummings and Louis Harris will wear numbers 2, 3 and 4 respectively. Youngsters Jim Fenlon and Frankie Merrifield have earned first-team squad numbers after moving through the ranks and they have been allocated numbers 15 and 20 respectively, ahead of Saturday's opening friendly against Premier League Reading.

First-team players will model the new home and away strips at our kit launch and meet the manager evening at the Cherry Red Records Stadium, starting at 5.30pm in the middle bar.

The squad numbers so far for the fortchcoming season are as follows:

1 Seb Brown
2 Curtis Osano
3 Warren Cummings
4 Louis Harris
6 Mat Mitchel-King
7 Stacy Long
8 Sammy Moore
9 Byron Harrison
10 Jack Midson
11 Luke Moore
12 Christian Jolley
14 Callum McNaughton
15 Jim Fenlon
17 Huw Johnson
18 Brendan Kiernan
19 Jason Prior
20 Frankie Merrifield
23 Rashid Yussuff


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Tuesday 10 July 2012
club news
New kit launch and meet the manager tomorrow night

AFC Wimbledon supporters can get ready for the new season by attending our official kit launch tomorrow night.

Current first-team players will be sporting the new home and away kits at the Cherry Red Records Stadium and they will be available to buy for the first time, just three days before our first pre-season friendly against Premier League newcomers Reading.

All Dons supporters are welcome to attend the event in the middle bar at the club, which includes a question and answer session with Terry Brown and his assistant Stuart Cash.

The middle bar will be open from 5.30pm and the new kits will be on sale from 6.00pm. Terry and Stuart will then be introduced to supporters at about 7.30pm.

Supporters should note that they can buy kits using debit and credit cards, but cheques will not be accepted.


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Monday 09 July 2012
club news
Season tickets update: over 2,550 places filled

AFC Wimbledon supporters are again showing their backing for the club by snapping up season tickets for 2012/13.

Certain areas are filling up fast, in particular for the Paul Strank Stand and Tempest End, and we have also had good sales for the Kingston Road End, which will be all-seater for the first time next season.

Season Tickets are by far the cheapest way to ensure you can attend all of the Dons home league matches for next season. With over 2,550 season tickets sold, certain areas are starting to fill up. The process of allocating seats is now complete and if you applied for a change of location you can find out if you were successful by contacting our club office. E-mail us by clicking on seat allocation.

Below is an update on season ticket availability in the different stands:

Paul Strank Stand
Nearly all the available places in this stand have now been sold. We have a very small number of seats left in the outer blocks in the front two rows.

Kingston Road End
Over 60 per cent of the available season ticket places in the new all seated Kingston Road End have now been sold. We have seats remaining in the front 3 or 4 rows and we would recommend that you apply quickly to secure the best available remaining seats. We still have some excellent seats remaining in the family section of the stand located in Block N and a small part of Block P.

Tempest End
Over 90 per cent of the places in this terrace have now been taken, but we currently still have space available.

East Terrace
Places are still available in the East terrace (formerly John Smiths Stand) and we are not expecting this terrace to sell out.

Prices, information and application forms for season tickets can be found on the ticket section of the official website. Click on season tickets.

Applicants who apply before the end of July can split the cost of the season ticket across 8 monthly payments (£12 admin fee applies).


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Monday 09 July 2012
first team news
AFC Wimbledon 10-year celebrations: Simon signs up 13

Simon Bassey has a total of 13 Wimbledon heroes lined up for our 10-year anniversary exhibition match on Saturday, August 4.

Former Wimbledon full-back Ben Thatcher is among the players who have agreed to feature in the match alongside supporters, which will be held before AFC Wimbledon versus a West Ham XI. Jon Main has also pencilled himself in for Simon Bassey's testimonial celebrations after gaining permission from his club Welling United to play.

Supporters have the chance to play alongside Simon Bassey and Wimbledon heroes by bidding for one of 16 places in our online auction on the official website. Simon plans to use roll-on, roll-off substitutes, so that everyone gets a piece of the action. As well as featuring in the match, supporters get to keep the actual commemorative white strip that our players wore against Bristol Rovers in AFC Wimbledon's Football League debut.

Full list of players confirmed for exhibition match: Simon Bassey, Keith Ward, Rob Ursell, Jon Main, Sean Daly, Joe Sheerin, Noel Frankum, Matt Everard, Steve Butler, Martin Randall, Ryan Gray, Andy Little, Ben Thatcher, Chris Gell.

Supporters can now visit the link on the home page of the official website to get involved in the bidding or go to the online auction site by clicking on Dons auction.


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Monday 09 July 2012
club news
'This is Our Time' by Niall Couper - pre-order now

At 5.44 pm on 21 May 2011, Danny Kedwell turned to his team-mates gathered on the half-way line at the City of Manchester Stadium. The scores were tied at 3-3 on penalties. His kick would send AFC Wimbledon into the Football League. The Dons captain said four words: “This is our time.” The rest is history.

Those four words provide the title of Niall Couper’s new book, published this September by Dons patrons Cherry Red Books. The follow-up to the acclaimed ‘Spirit of Wimbledon’, this new tome documents the club’s rise from the ashes of Wimbledon FC through to our first season in the Football League, and recounts all of the club’s key stories, as told by those directly involved.

Read about the FA Commission,Terry Burton’s plot to oust Charles Koppel, the MacAnthony takeover bid, WISA going face-to-face with Winkelman and the Jermaine Darlington affair. Relive Matt Everard’s last-minute winner at Herne Bay, the 2-1 win over Crawley with a defence with an average age of 19, the Staines play-off final, and the two cup finals at Woking. Read the opinions of Dons legends past and present from Shane Smeltz to Jon Main, and from Dario Gradi and Dave Bassett to Lawrie Sanchez and Marcus Gayle. And just about everything else in between.

‘This Is Our Time’ also features an extended players' view of the play-off final at the City of Manchester Stadium, and reveals the name of the Football League club that was offered to the Dons Trust back in 2002.

EXCLUSIVE ADVANCE ORDERS OFFER !

By arrangement with the author and Cherry Red Books, we can offer fans the exclusive opportunity to be included in the book!

Anybody who pre-orders directly from the club website before midnight on 27 July will be invited to provide, in twenty words or fewer, their favourite memory of the AFC Wimbledon era for inclusion in a special ‘fans' eye view’ chapter of the book. It can be anything you like, on or off the field, and the collected memories should make for fascinating reading, and a unique record of this, our time!

To order your copy now, click on Pre-order - This is our Time. The book retails at £15 but is available for a special reduced price of £12 for fans who pre-order online.

Once you have ordered your copy, please email This is our Time - personal memory and insert a subject heading 'Personal memory'.

If you have already pre-ordered 'This is Our Time' you will be contacted by the club and offered the opportunity to submit your personal memory for inclusion in the book.

Fans who would prefer to collect the book should send a cheque to the club for £15 made out to AFC Wimbledon, along with your 20 word quote and contact details. Please watch this site for details of when you can collect the book.


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Friday 06 July 2012
first team news
Curtis Osano: I'm excited about my new challenge at Wimbledon

WDON commentator Rob Cornell caught up with Terry Brown's first close season signing, Curtis Osano, at the start of pre-season training.

The ex-Luton Town right-back believes there are exciting times ahead at AFC Wimbledon and he can't wait for our pre-season friendlies, starting with his old club Reading on Saturday, 14 July. To listen to the interview with Curtis, click on Dons audio.


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Friday 06 July 2012
club news
AFC Wimbledon matchday vacancies

We are looking for waiting staff and a kitchen porter to assist the club on matchdays.

The paid vacancies are for staff to work in our carvery and successful applicants must be punctual, smartly dressed and have a positive attitude.

Hours of work will be from 10.00am-4.30pm on Saturdays and between 4.30pm and 9.00pm when we have midweek matches. Please e-mail a CV and relevant experience by clicking on matchday vacancies


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Friday 06 July 2012
club news
Club vacancy for a Child Protection Officer

AFC Wimbledon is looking for a Child Protection Officer to fill a voluntary role at the club.

The post involves ensuring that the club follows its own policies, and those of the FA and Football League, so that all U18s enjoy football in a secure and positive environment.

The CPO will be responsible for managing the FA’s Safeguarding Children education programme and the FA CRB Enhanced Disclosure process. The CPO will need to attend FA workshops and undergo an FA CRB check. He or she must be a good communicator, calm and reassuring and experienced in working with children and parents. The main duties will apply to the Youth and Community Football areas, but there are more general responsibilities.

Attendance on an FA workshop is required and the current post-holder will provide support and training. A job description will be forwarded to applicants that express an interest. For information, e-mail us by clicking on CPO post


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Thursday 05 July 2012
first team news
AFC Wimbledon 10-year celebrations: Andy gets his gloves back on

The official website is featuring interviews with several AFC Wimbledon heroes in the build-up to our special 10-year anniversary exhibition match on Saturday, 4 August.

AFC Wimbledon supporters have the chance to play alongside Simon Bassey and several other club heroes before our testimonial for Bass against a West Ham XI on that day. Bass already has 11 players lined up for the exhibition match, including our former goalkeeper Andy Little, who will get his gloves back on after calling time on his playing days at the end of last season. Andy is revered by the Dons faithful for his five years with the club between 2005 and 2010. His Dons career may have been tainted by injury problems, but his goalkeeping displays, in particular during the FA Trophy win at Aldershot in 2006, helped endear him to AFC Wimbledon supporters.

For an interview with Andy, including his best Dons memories, click on club heroes.

As well as featuring in a match alongside AFC Wimbledon legends on Saturday, 4 August, supporters get to keep the actual commemorative white strip that our players wore against Bristol Rovers in AFC Wimbledon's Football League debut. Supporters can now visit the link on the home page of the official website to get involved in the bidding or go to the online auction site by clicking on Dons auction.


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Thursday 05 July 2012
club news
Our 10-year celebrations: sing-along with Simon and The Modfathers

The number one Paul Weller tribute band will provide a musical flourish to our 10-year celebrations on Saturday, August 4.

On the same day as Simon Bassey's testimonial against a West Ham XI and our exhibition match featuring supporters and AFC Wimbledon legends, The Modfathers will be briging the house down at Kingsmeadow Live. Simon has promised to get on stage and join the Modfathers in their version of a "Town Called Mallice". If that is not worth the ticket price alone, then it is probably worth a reminder about the reputation that The Modfathers have earned over the years. With a superb mix of "The Jam" years, the mellow tones of "The Style Council" and the classic hits of his solo career, they are regarded as the most authentic Paul Weller tribute show on the music scene today.

Doors will be open at 7.30pm and the back bar will be open until 1.00am for those who wish to carry on the AFC Wimbledon celebration party. Tickets are just £10 for The Modfathers and are available now by clicking on Kingsmeadow Live or by calling 020 8247 9918.


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Thursday 05 July 2012
first team news
Stacy Long interview: we can push on next season

Stacy Long told our WDON commentator Rob Cornell that he's already starting to feel at home at AFC Wimbledon.

Being reunited with Luke Moore and Bryon Harrison, who he has played with at Ebbsfleet United and Stevenage respectively, has certainly helped the 27-year-old midfielder to settle in at his new club. But Stacy's decision to take a step down to League 2 is far from motivated by sentimental reasons as he is ambitious to help push AFC Wimbledon on next season. To listen to a full interview with Stacy, click on Dons audio.


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Thursday 05 July 2012
first team news
Reading friendly: ticket details released

AFC Wimbledon's pre-season schedule starts with an attractive friendly against Premier League new boys Reading on Saturday, July 14, and we can now confirm the ticket prices.

Though the game is not all-ticket and fans can gain admission on the day, we are selling tickets in advance, via our online shop. To buy tickets, click on Reading friendly. If a seat is required, supporters should click on standard ticket to make a purchase.

Reading are preparing for their return to the top-flight after a four-year gap and manager Brian McDermott has strengthened his squad with the arrivals of ex-Fulham striker Pavel Pogrebnyak and Danny Guthrie from Newcastle.

Prices for our game on Saturday week are as follows:

Seats

Adults, £12

Over 65s, £8

Under 16s, £4

Terrace

Adults, £10

Over 65s, £7

Under 16s, £2


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Wednesday 04 July 2012
youth news
Youth development: Dons secure new academy status

AFC Wimbledon’s application to the Football League for Category Three Academy status under the EPPP has been approved for season 2012/13.

This offers us a platform to further develop our youth development programme with the aim of ensuring a bright future of bringing players through into the first-team squad.

The EPPP (Elite Player Performance Programme) system for youth development, which replaces Premier League Academies and Football League Centres of Excellence, has resulted in big changes for clubs across the country.

All Football League and Premier League clubs have been assessed under the EPPP system and been placed in categories from one to four. Category one is the highest level and includes residential schools, high levels of player contact time and unrestricted recruitment, while clubs meeting category four only need to run an U18 set-up. One key difference from the old academy system is the amount of funding the club provides. For a Football League club under the current system this was a fairly nominal amount, but under EPPP this increases significantly with category one clubs expected to put in at least £1 million each season.

We at AFC Wimbledon believe that category three level is appropriate for the size of our club and the current stage of our development, and in time we hope to move up to the next level if funds allow us to.

As already stated, we created a development squad structure last season and have retained a promising crop of youngsters to form the basis of this season’s squad. It is hoped that the EPPP will introduce an U21 league in the near future as part of its plans and this will allow AFC Wimbledon to keep more young players who are not quite ready for the first-team.

AFC Wimbledon Head of Youth, Mark Robinson, said: “My argument is that though there are still players who come through the academy system and get professional contracts, some youngsters are not quite ready for the step-up when they are 18. But just because they are not ready then, it does not mean they will not be good enough two years later. We want to be ready if the EPPP brings in an U21 league and I am confident that we will have the players coming through who could be ideal for that. It will help to bridge the gap between the academy and the first-team.

“It is good for us as a club to gain Category Three Academy status. It does not mean we will get loads of talented nine-year-olds queuing up to join us as we are competing against Category One clubs. However, it does mean our coaching curriculum will be even better than now and it will put us in a better position to develop players who are attracted by our professionalism, our track record and the ethos of the club."

To read our earlier club statement, click on Dons Development squad.


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Wednesday 04 July 2012
youth news
Club announcement: the development squad

AFC Wimbledon has decided to withdraw from the Suburban League for 2012/13.

The club will instead aim to bridge the gap between academy and senior level by working with a group of young players who will have the opportunity to prove themselves as they aim for the first-team. AFC Wimbledon has therefore chosen to retain five of last season’s senior Academy graduates with Dan Sweeney, Emmanuel Akhokia, Emmanuel Akiotu, Harry Wise and William Bor all invited to train weekly with the first-team and be involved in regular development games alongside first-team players.

Last season AFC Wimbledon started laying the foundations for the EPPP (Elite Player Performance Programme) system, which has implications for the way that clubs structure their U16-U21 age groups. To fit in with this “Professional Development Phase”, we created a development squad under the management of Marcus Gayle with the aim of providing a pathway for Senior Academy graduates into the first team reckoning. Frankie Merrifield and Jim Fenlon, who have both earned professional contracts, benefited from this approach and we hope that more youngsters can follow in their footsteps.

AFC Wimbledon Youth and Community Director, Nigel Higgs, said: “When we assessed the combined effects of Marcus accepting an offer to manage Staines Town FC, the current lack of an U21 League for 2012-13 as planned under EPPP, and the desire to test our developing players at a higher level, we felt that the best course of action was to withdraw our development squad from the Suburban League. “

Though the new EPPP has not yet introduced its plans for an U21 league, AFC Wimbledon aims to be involved in such a set-up in the near future.

With insufficient game time available for a larger squad, the other development players from last season have been released. AFC Wimbledon thanks all those players for all their efforts and wishes them every success in their future careers.

AFC Wimbledon has been awarded Category Three Academy status under the new EPPP. We hope this will be the first step in moving towards a bright future for youth development at the club. To read more about this, including the views of our Head of Youth, Mark Robinson, click on Academy focus.


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Wednesday 04 July 2012
first team news
Dons interview: Seb Brown on signing a new contract

WDON commentator Rob Cornell got back in the groove for the new season by speaking to Seb Brown after he signed a new contract at AFC Wimbledon.

In an in-depth interview, Seb talks about his determination to improve as a goalkeeper, his hopes for next season and putting his student days behind him! After completing a Sports Science degree, Seb has his graduation ceremony on Tuesday, 24 July, but he will not be able to celebrate too much as it's on the same day as our pre-season friendly at Woking! To listen to the full interview, click on Dons audio.


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Tuesday 03 July 2012
club news
Support Haydon and watch top-class cricket

AFC Wimbledon supporters can cheer on Haydon the Womble and watch top-class cricket for just £15 at the Kia Oval on Friday night.

Our fans can make the most of a discounted rate (usual price £20) as part of this year's London Mascot Derby, which offers extra entertainment for the FLt20 clash between Surrey Lions and the Middlesex Panthers.

The game itself should make for a memorable evening out with Surrey boasting superstar batsman Kevin Pietersen and Ashes-winning fast bowler Chris Tremlett, along with potential future stars in the forms of Zafar Ansari, Stuart Meaker and Jason Roy.

Their North London opposition are unlikely to be intimidated though, boasting a side that could include the trio of England skipper Andrew Strauss, inventive Irishman Eoin Morgan, and young speed king Steven Finn.

Wimbledon fans can enjoy the game and support their favourite Womble at a discounted rate thanks to our friends at Surrey. To get a ticket for £15 instead of £20, enter the code MASCOT on the Oval website. Click on cricket offer for information.

Other competitors are likely to include Stamford the Chelsea Lion, Billy the Badger from Fulham, Spark the QPR Cat and Sarrie the Camel from Saracens RFC, plus a host of other mascot titans from the capital’s crowded sporting scene!

The game is due to begin at 6.30pm with the Mascot Derby under starters orders at around 7.45pm.


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Tuesday 03 July 2012
first team news
Breaking news: Seb Brown signs a new contract

AFC Wimbledon can confirm that our goalkeeper Seb Brown has this afternoon signed a new contract.

Seb, who joined the Dons in 2009 after starting his career with Brentford, has put pen to paper on an improved deal to his existing contract. It now means that manager Terry Brown has secured the future of another of his key players after Jack Midson signed a new contract two weeks ago.

At the age of just 22, Seb has been AFC Wimbledon's regular number one for the last two seasons and he made 44 League 2 appearances in 2011/12. Terry Brown believes that Seb will only get better and better after his debut Football League season. "I think it is important to have continuity in terms of keeping your key players, but it also has to mean something to them," Terry said. "Everyone knows that Seb's whole family support the club and that he is also a supporter. For him to help take us into the Football League was massive for him. I expect Seb to be much stronger next season, mainly just because he has now had that experience in League 2. He is still very young in goalkeeping terms and I think he will be fantastic for us in the long-term."

Seb Brown said: "It is great to have it finally sorted out. It has not been a massive deal for me as I have basically been away on holiday since the day after the end-of-season do. My agent has kept me informed with discussions. But it is nice to now have it signed and sealed. I can now get on with working on the things that I need to improve upon.

"It is good that we have kept some of the players from last season and the signings that we have made look impressive. Obviously, we will have to see how they gel, but on paper it looks like we have made a promising clutch of signings."

See the official website tomorrow for a full audio interview with Seb Brown.


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Tuesday 03 July 2012
club news
The Survey Working Group meets tomorrow night

AFC Wimbledon supporters are invited to attend a meeting of the Survey Working Group tomorrow night at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

Scheduled for 7.30pm in the Presidents Lounge, the group is open to new members, who can join in the topic up for discussion, which is what constitutes AFC Wimbledon's communities and what we as a club should be doing to reach out to each community.

Meetings of the group have been staged on several occasions since it was set-up last year when the Dons Trust ran a survey, in collaboration with the New Economics Foundation, to try to find out what Wimbledon fans think are the club's priorities. This was a complex and lengthy exercise, which resulted in a set of results that mean the Dons Trust board can state with some confidence that Wimbledon fans want to see steady progress on the pitch, and are keen to move back to Wimbledon. However, they do not want to gain either of these at the expense of losing ownership of the club, which it seems fair to say is of paramount importance to most supporters.

During the meetings so far staged, The Survey Working Group devised scenarios which would assist Dons Trust members and other fans in setting their priorities in order. Part of the process was to consider the different aspects involved, such as ownership models, location and funding. The location aspect covered to some extent the very important community aspect of the club, but it did not explore the issue in depth.

This is now something that The Survey Working Group wishes to put right and we will be considering the question of what the term community means to the club, and how our different communities, once defined, should be addressed. In short, "what should we be doing and where?" is the question. Once the group has come up with some ideas, we will be putting some options to the Dons Trust membership to help decide where our focus and priorities should lie.


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Tuesday 03 July 2012
first team news
Sammy Moore: I can't wait for new role

Sammy Moore says he is relishing the prospect of playing in an attacking midfield role next season.

Terry Brown has already stated that he plans to give Sammy more freedom to go forward next season with the Wimbledon manager having reinforced his midfield with both Louis Harris and Stacy Long. And that is something that the 24-year-old believes he will thrive on. "I spoke to Terry before I signed a new contract and he told me that I am wasted playing as a holding midfielder," said Wimbledon's player of the year from last season. "Terry says that I have goals in me as I scored six goals in a holding role last season, without barely getting over the halfway line. He wants me to get into double figures next season. I am relishing that as it will be a new challenge for me, hopefully it will only be good for myself and the team going forward."

Sammy showed a good attacking instinct during the early part of his AFC Wimbledon career, before a serious knee injury ended his 2010/11 prematurely. When he returned, Steven Gregory had left for Bournemouth and that meant that Sammy played the whole of last season as our anchor man in midfield.

The return of pre-season training yesterday could not come quick enough for Sammy and new signing Warren Cummings has already made an instant impression on him. Sammy believes the ex-Bournemouth left-back, who earned two promotions with the Cherries, will be a key influence at AFC Wimbledon next season.

"Bringing in the quality players that we have so far this summer shows what we are trying to achieve here," he added. "It can only help the players that were here last season and bring them on. I was speaking to Warren earlier and he said that you can have all the money in the world, but if you do not have good team spirit, then you will not get anywhere. He said they had great team spirit at Bournemouth when they got promoted and hopefully Warren can help bring that to us. They also played a good passing style so I think that he will fit in well here.

"We want to achieve something next season. I think that the players we have brought in shows that the club is only going one way and hopefully that is towards the play-offs. I have been itching to get back for about a month now. It was great to start training again and I think that the new lads are settling in well."


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Monday 02 July 2012
club news
It's just not cricket: Terry run out by Stuart in defeat

AFC Wimbledon's opening partnership failed to flourish yesterday as manager Terry Brown was run out by his assistant Stuart Cash.

Set a target of 148 by the hosts in a friendly cricket match at Deando Ruxley CC, Terry had no problems getting off the mark when he put one on the board off the first ball he faced. It all looked to be going so well when Stuart struck two quick boundaries, but Terry was left fuming at his number two when he was run out after his partner went for one run too many. Wimbledon were 20 runs short of the target in the end, but they did salvage pride, thanks to a superb 34 from our commercial executive Sam Grayson. However, first-team coach Simon Bassey, Ivor Heller and Chris Atkinson (office administrator) were all out for golden ducks as Wimbledon struck 128 all out.

Wimbledon had restricted the hosts to 148-8 off their 25 overs with new signing Louis Harris taking two wickets and Simon Bath (Dons Trust Board Member) also claiming a double. Former AFC Wimbledon defender Jason Goodliffe took an excellent catch behind the stumps as wicket-keeper.

It was all not enough in the end though and Terry was left thinking what might have been if he hadn't been run out. He said: "It was diabolical that the assistant should run out the manager! But we had a smashing day and I would like to say thank-you to Deando Ruxley CC for staging a great game of cricket. They were nearly all Wimbledon fans we were playing against, but I am confident that we can beat them next year."


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Monday 02 July 2012
club news
Stadium clean-up: Dons youth players among 150 helpers

AFC Wimbledon's stadium clean-up weekend had an excellent response from our supporters and the club's Under-18 players.

All 18 players from Mark Robinson's squad turned up on Saturday to boost the effort and they were joined by two helpers all the way from Bristol, father-and-son Dave and Simon Peacey having made a 230-mile round trip to volunteer their efforts.

In total, about 150 volunteers helped out over two weekends and the club wishes to thank them for helping to spruce up the Cherry Red Records Stadium ahead of the first pre-season match at home to Reading on Saturday, 14 July.

Many vital jobs were done outside the stadium including trimming hedges and mowing the grass around the car parks, removing weeds, along with cutting back bushes and undergrowth. Inside the stadium, volunteers did a host of jobs including re-painting the terraces at the Tempest End and cleaning up the areas around the East Stand burger bars and away fans toilets.

Head of Youth, Mark Robinson, praised the efforts of his young players on Saturday.

"I got the boys down to help for several reasons," he said. "Firstly, they came back for pre-season last Monday and I wanted to do something to get them to bond as a squad. But it tells me something about them and their commitment to the cause as they helped out at the end of a tough week that involved a four-hour training session around Richmond Park on Friday. Most importantly, it was a great opportunity for them to mix with the fans and people who make things happen at the club. It gives them an understanding of our club, which should mean everything they are trying to achieve means a little bit more to them than just being a footballer anywhere else."

Dave and Simon Peacey made the marathon journey for the second successive year to help out at AFC Wimbledon. The pair both view Wimbledon as their second team as Dave supports Cheltenham Town and his son Simon follows Bristol Rovers.

Dave said: "I follow AFC Wimbledon from a distance and I was there at Manchester last May. We came last year and decided to come again after seeing it on the club website. Cheltenham did something similar a few years ago and it is a great idea."

AFC Wimbledon wishes to thank Kingsmeadow Fitness and Athletics Centre's management for the use of water and toilet facilities as the club was without water over the weekend.


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Monday 02 July 2012
first team news
Start of pre-season training: Terry in optimistic mood

Terry Brown said he is very pleased with the way his squad is taking shape at the start of pre-season training today.

Recent signings Curtis Osano, Louis Harris, Stacy Long and Warren Cummings joined their new team-mates for the first time in a full training session at New Malden. Terry says the new signings have given everyone at Wimbledon a boost and he is close to assembling the squad that he wants. "We have managed to keep our best young players and those that we wanted to stay," he said. "We have added to that with quality, experienced players so far, who have been used to playing in League 1. Warren has played over 300 games over 10 years at Bournemouth and that tells you all you need to know about the quality of players he is used to playing against. Stacy also played a lot of games for Stevenage last season and I am delighted that we got him as we wanted to sign him three years ago before he went there.

"I am happy with what we have got so far. In midfield we have a group of players that will give us good balance in there and we have goals in us up front. We just need two quality centre-backs to add to Mat Mitchel-King at the back. We have a couple of players coming into training and hopefully we can nail one of them down during the next week. If we can get two centre-backs in then I think we will be ready to go."

The whole squad had been put through their paces by Jason Moriarty in fitness tests during the past two weeks, but today was the first time the whole squad were together.

Terry added: "It is nice to be back. The break was well needed for the boys and the management. I am pleased with how it went as everyone turned up and they looked fit and raring to go. We know the levels of fitness they are at as they have all completed fitness sessions with Jason. I am happy with the fitness of the players at this stage."

Today offered the opportunity for our players to get used to the Football League's new match balls with the Mitre Delta V12 having been recently launched. It will be used in all Football League games and is also the official match ball for the 2012/13 Capital One Cup so will be used in our round one match at Stevenage on Tuesday, August 14.


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Monday 02 July 2012
club news
Have you got a song for AFC Wimbledon?

There is still time to make your mark on a new download album celebrating 10 years of AFC Wimbledon.

Our stadium sponsors Cherry Red Records are welcoming entries from budding musicians or even more established talents to submit a track for inclusion on the Wimbledon album. The project is to be tied in with the launch of "This is Our Time", Niall Couper's AFC Wimbledon book, which will be launched in September.

All entries will be considered for new songs all about our unique club and they will feature alongside a selection of offerings about the old Wimbledon FC. Entries can be performed in any style or genre, be it short or long, but the song must be an original composition and must focus on the club. Entries can be about AFC Wimbledon generally or about one or more of our players, either past or present, but they should be in the form of a finished master and be ready to include on the album.

Cherry Red Records is home to the world's largest known football-related music catalogue, with the company having produced over 50 such albums.

Iain McNay, Chairman at Cherry Red Records and an AFC Wimbledon Vice President, said: "We are looking for any supporters who can write a song and record it, which can be included on a Wimbledon download album. We are very interested to hear any new compositions, which we will use alongside some old Wimbledon songs on a new album."

E-mail your MP3s by clicking on AFC Wimbledon songs before the closing date of Sunday, 12 August.


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