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Tuesday 30 August 2005
club news
Watch England at East Thurrock

Just a quick reminder that next Saturday's away fixture with East Thurrock United kicks-off at 1pm.

East Thurrock are erecting two big screens in their club hall and lounge bar and hope as many Wimbledon fans as possible will stay on and watch the Wales versus England World Cup qualifier.


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Monday 29 August 2005
first team news
Battling draw at the Meadow

Shane Smeltz's early goal was not enough to maintain Wimbledon's 100 per cent record as Jermaine Hunter hit back to give Staines Town a share of the spoils.

Dave Anderson was philosophical after the draw, which sees the Dons slip to second in the table.

"It was everything we expected it to be. By no means a classic but an intriguing match nonetheless.

"When players leave the dressing room, you always ask for total committment and you couldnt fault any of our player's efforts. We applied ourselves well against a team that will be there or thereabouts.

"Of course you always feel you have dropped points when you draw at home but fortunately for us, we have picked up points in other games. Our start has been solid and that gives us a foundation to move on."

The OS caught up with Richard Butler after the game to find out the extent of the ankle injury which forced him to leave the pitch.

"I went up for a header with their left-back and left-winger and got sandwiched between them. I landed on one foot and it buckled beneath me. The pain was intense for a couple of minutes but has eased so hopefully it is not as bad as I first expected."

We will update you as soon as we know more.


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Monday 29 August 2005
first team news
Staines squad

Dave Anderson has named the following squad for today's game with Staines Town:

Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Steve Butler, Sean Hillier, Mark Cooper, Wayne Finnie, Antony Howard, Wes Daly, Dave Sargent, Barry Moore, Micky Woolner, Craig Carley, Matt York, Jeff Campbell, Stefan Wojciechowski, Shane Smeltz, Richard Butler, Matt Fowler.

Amo Kouman picked up a knee injury in the victory over Slough Town and is expected to be out for a couple of weeks. Dave Anderson is looking forward to the game.

?Without doubt, this will be our toughest test yet. We have made a very good start to this league but this game will raise the bar a little higher. But we go into the match in good form and that is all you can ask for."


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Monday 29 August 2005
club news
Programme preview

Don't forget to pick up a copy of the matchday programme today.

Packed full of all the usual features including Dave Anderson, Kris Stewart, Marc Jones and Ray Armfield, we also welcome guest columnist Kevin Borras - who takes a break from bringing top-notch music to the Meadow - to look at how fan power is changing the face of football.

We also profile two Wimbledon stars. All White, Shane Smeltz reflects on his fine start to the season, while we catch up with FA Cup hero, and all-round good guy, Andy Thorn to find out how life is treating him working for David Moyes.

Also it's time, once more, for supporter to pit their wits against player in Shoot. This week, merchandise maestro, Mark Lewis takes on Wayne Finnie to answer those all important questions.

(...lets just hope Wayne doesnt go the same way as, star of last week's Shoot, Ryan Gray.)


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Saturday 27 August 2005
first team news
A dogged day at the office

AFC Wimbledon maintained their fine start to the season with a battling 2-0 victory over Slough Town.

A late Barry Moore goal, to add to the opener from All White, Shane Smeltz, put gloss on a performance Dave Anderson described as "dogged".

"If I am honest, it was a game we could have drawn. Hopefully our supporters are getting the hang of this league. There are no easy games and any match can be won, drawn or lost. We played a new system and were able to change this twice during the game to reflect their changes.

"Football is not about the days when everybody plays well, because they take care of themselves, but about days like today when four or five of ours were off the pace.

"We were dogged and won 2-0. The credit must go to our defenders. Steve Butler and Mark Cooper were excellent and only surpassed by Dave Sargent. If people have wondered about Dave, then today showed exactly what his attributes are."




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Friday 26 August 2005
reserve team news
New territory for the reserves

The reserves visit Eastleigh, newcomers to the Suburban League, on Saturday 27 August kick off 3.00pm. Eastleigh who won their opening match against Corinthian Casuals 5-3 are expected to provide stiff opposition and John Morris has announced the following squad:-

Sean Hillier, Charlie Bunce, Ken During, Frank Wilson, Jeremy Williams, Freddie Myers, Stefan Wojciechowski, Jeff Campbell, Noel Frankum, Joe Paris, Anthony Wall, Tom Jelly, Liam Hirrel, Mark King, Niall Connery


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Friday 26 August 2005
first team news
Carley in squad for Slough

Dave Anderson has named the following squad for tomorrow?s away game with Slough Town:

Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Steve Butler, Mark Cooper, Wayne Finnie, Antony Howard, Wes Daly, Dave Sargent, Barry Moore, Micky Woolner, Craig Carley, Matt York, Amadou Kouman, Shane Smeltz, Richard Butler, Matt Fowler.

With Sonny Farr and Simon Sobihy still a few weeks from fitness, Dave Anderson names a strong squad with new signing Craig Carley replacing Ryan Gray for the visit to Slough. Steve Butler and Mark Cooper will undergo fitness tests but both are expected to figure.

?This will be a decent test for us and another indication as to where we stand in this league," admits Dave. "We played Slough last season in the cup and the difference between the Ryman First and the Premier division was fully illustrated. Though the result tomorrow wont tell us too much, it will at least indicate whether we have bridged the gap at all.?


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Thursday 25 August 2005
club news
Club coach

The club will be running a coach to East Thurrock on Saturday 3 September. The coach will leave Kingsmeadow at 9.30am for the game which kicks off early at 1pm.

Prices are £13 for adults and £7 for concessions. Please call the club office on 020 8547 3528 between 10am and 4pm on weekdays or email coaches@afcwimbledon.co.uk to book your place.


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Thursday 25 August 2005
club news
Youth Development Programme update

The club is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Brindley to the post of Youth Development Programme - Manager.

The Youth Development Programme (YDP), announced in a joint statement with NESCOT in June this year, will provide players for the AFC Wimbledon youth side which will play in the Football Conference Youth League (FCYL) and the FA Youth Cup this season as well as the NESCOT English Colleges Football Association team.

As part of his duties, Steve will select and take charge of the AFC Wimbledon sides in the FCYL and the FA Youth Cup.

Steve will also play a leading role, alongside Dons Trust board Youth and Community lead Nigel Higgs and Youth Academy director Paul Bentley, in building and integrating the YDP to ensure a consistent and high-quality approach to the development of young players, both academically and in their football careers.

Steve Brindley has been with the club since the summer of 2003 and has covered a number of areas - taking training sessions, dealing with other clubs and negotiating training and playing facilities and assisting with the process of finding a new first team manager, as well putting in thousands of miles scouting opponents and prospective signings.



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Wednesday 24 August 2005
first team news
Gray day for Wimbledon

Ryan Gray has decided to call time on his career with AFC Wimbledon due to the pressure of his work commitments. Ryan played 104 times for the club, scoring 27 goals, but the increased travelling required in the Ryman Premier, coupled with not making the bench yesterday for the away game at Maldon Town, meant something had to give. Ryan explains:

?Yesterday brought home to me the extent of the commitment the club needs. I had to leave work at 3pm, and then not to figure at all was difficult. Work has to come first as that is my bread and butter, and although I believe I would have regained my place sooner rather than later, at the moment I am unable to give the club the commitment it deserves.?

?I would like to thank everybody at the club and the fans for a fantastic two years.?

Dave Anderson was disappointed to lose Ryan:

?We had an honest discussion about his future, and I fully respect his views and his decision. He understands that from my point of view we need a big squad, and that there is a long season ahead and everyone will play their part, but I appreciate that his work is important and am genuinely very sorry to see him go. I wouldn?t hesitate to recommend him to anyone and would like to thank him for his contribution to our success.?



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Wednesday 24 August 2005
reserve team news
New home for the reserves

The reserves start their league season tonight when they entertain Molesey Reserves. The match, which kicks off at 7.45pm, will be played at the home of Croydon Athletic, Mayfields, off Mayfield Road, Thornton Heath where the reserves will be playing their home games this season.

Manager John Morris has announced the following squad:

Josh Lennie, Sean Hillier, Jake Delaney, Ken During, Charlie Bunce, Freddie Myers, Stefan Wojciechowski, Craig Carley, Jeff Campbell, Wes Daly, Joe Paris, Anthony Wall, Jones Bamfo, Matt Fowler, Mark King, Niall Connery.


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Wednesday 24 August 2005
ladies news
Managerial changes for the Ladies

The club wish to announce that Graham Newnham has stepped down as manager of the Ladies team with immediate effect.

We would like to express our gratitude to Graham for his commitment over the last two seasons which culminated in AFC Wimbledon Ladies winning the Surrey Womens Cup at the end of last season.

Lance Patey, previously the Ladies reserve team manager, has been appointed as his replacement and will take charge of the team for Sunday's match at home to Crystal Palace.


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Tuesday 23 August 2005
first team news
Butler brace sees Dons home

AFC Wimbledon overcame dogged Maldon Town resistance to maintain their 100 per cent record in the Ryman Premier.

Two second half goals from Richard Butler saw the Dons home after a Dave Anderson tactical switch turned the game on its head.

"As bad as we were first half, we were as good second half. We were really poor first half and I have to take some of the blame for that. The system we played at the start wasn't right," explained Dave.

"We made some adjustments at the break. It was not a case of sandwiches flying about but all credit to the players, they responded well and we looked good all over the pitch in the second period.

"What can I say about Richard Butler except he was exceptional."


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Tuesday 23 August 2005
first team news
Carley on the coach

Dave Anderson has confirmed that former Don, Craig Carley has re-signed for the club after a highly-successful spell with Walton Casuals and will travel with the squad to tonight's game with Maldon Town.

The 21-year-old is a pacy right-sided midfielder who was the Casual's top scorer with 29 goals in 55 appearances, helping them win the Combined Counties League last season. The Non-League Paper voted him Step Five's player of the year.

Dave Anderson told the OS.

"I've known about him for over a year. He's a flair player that will excite the fans."

The complete squad for tonight's game is:

Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Mark Cooper, Steve Butler, Dave Sargent, Wayne Finnie, Antony Howard, Stefan Wojciechowski, Barry Moore, Micky Woolner, Wes Daly, Sean Hillier, Jeff Campbell, Ryan Gray, Matt York, Amadou Kouman, Shane Smeltz, Richard Butler, Matt Fowler.

Antony Howard and Jeff Campbell return, but Steve Butler and Mark Cooper face late fitness tests. Dave is up for the challenge.

"It's a long journey for a Tuesday night and I am expecting a very difficult game. But as ever we will go there and try to get a win."


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Tuesday 23 August 2005
club news
Ticketing arrangements for the FA Cup First Qualifying Round

Arrangements for the advance sale of tickets for the FA Cup First Qualifying Round tie on 10 September 2005 against Ashford Town (Middlesex) or Whyteleafe have been amended slightly.

Following the success of the experiment with a credit card hotline for our recent friendly with FC United of Manchester, we are offering the same facility for the advance purchase of tickets for this game. We will also continue to accept postal applications.

In a slight change to the details printed in the matchday programme, the hotline will be now open between 11am and Noon and between 2pm and 3pm on weekdays. A charge of £1 per transaction will apply to hotline sales.

The arrangements for the game on 10 September are as follows:

Main Stand and President's Lounge

Main Stand season ticket holders who wish to reserve their usual seat will be able to do so by calling the hotline (020 8546 9582) or by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the club office. All hotline calls taken, and all postal applications received, by close of business on Friday 26 August will be allocated their usual seats. When calling the hotline, please make sure you can quote your season ticket number (it is printed on the book). If applying by post, please enclose Voucher A and a cheque for the correct amount. Main Stand and terrace season ticket holders who apply for seats after 26 August will have priority to purchase a seat until Wednesday 31 August. From Thursday 1 September, any unsold seats will be available to all supporters.

We expect that demand for this game from away fans will not be high so, exceptionally, Block A season ticket holders may reserve their usual seats.

Tickets for the President's Lounge are available only to existing season ticket holders.

Terraces

Terrace tickets are available by hotline and by post. Please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope containing a cheque for the correct amount and a telephone number in the event of a query. There is no need to enclose a season ticket voucher with your application.

Seat prices are £11 for adults, £6 for concessions and £3 for under-16s. Terrace prices are £9, £5 and £2 respectively. President's Lounge tickets are £35.



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Monday 22 August 2005
cfs news
Bank Holiday Matchday Academy

Following Saturday's wonderful opener, just a quick note to remind parents that the Matchday Academy will be running this Bank Holiday Monday before the home match with Staines Town.

The Academy is aimed at boys and girls, aged 5-12 years, and includes warm-ups, fun games, skills sessions and small-sided games.

The Matchday Academy takes place between 12.30pm - 2.00pm at the Kingsmeadow Athletics Stadium.


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Saturday 20 August 2005
first team news
Shane pain for Folkestone

A two-goal salvo from New Zealand striker Shane Smeltz helped Wimbledon to a fine 4-1 victory over Folkestone Invicta.

Smeltz scored a superb individual effort, as Folkestone defenders stood by and admired, to add to the first-half tap-in that had given the Dons the lead.

Paul Jones grabbed a shock equaliser before the break but the Dons came out firing in the second period with goals from Richard Butler and a debut strike from Matt York to add to the Smeltz double.

Dave Anderson paid tribute to all his players but admitted Smeltz was exceptional.

"Shane has been fantastic always throughout pre-season. In all honesty, he is a player who is capable of playing at any level he wants ? certainly professionally.

"But I am pleased with all my players tonight. We tried the new formation (4-3-3) with Amo Kouman a late replacement for Jeff Campbell and all three front-men coped with the system well.

"We won 4-1 but I think fans will appreciate that was a tougher test than we faced this time last year. But I have told the players to enjoy the evening but when you wake up tomorrow, forget about it ? Tuesday is another test."


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Saturday 20 August 2005
first team news
Mike's injury minutes

Mike Rayner found his treatment room busier on Thursday so here he is to bring you up to date with news of the latest injuries at the club:

Jeff Campbell - slight calf strain sustained earlier in the week. Jeff is progressing well, and an intensive treatment session last night. He will face a fitness test tomorrow.
 
Antony Howard - mild strain of his adductor (groin) muscles sustained in the game against Dover means Anthony is another who requires a fitness test.
 
Sonny Farr - Sonny sprained his ankle whilst out jogging. He has damaged one of the ligaments on the outside of his ankle, but he was able to comfortably weight bear. The area was further iced and compressed. At this early stage I would say he will be unavailable for at least 3 weeks.
 
Wes Daly - mild strain of his hip flexor muscle sustained in the reserve game on Tuesday. It responded well to treatment last night, and Wes will have a fitness test tomorrow.
 
Matt Everard - had his operation to trim down the torn cartilage on Monday, which went well. Matt will be reviewed tomorrow, and his initial rehab progressed. I expect the rehab from this to be reasonably quick, as he had worked hard, and was in good shape prior to this. I expect he will require about 6 weeks of rehab, and then he can be placed into full contact training again.
 
Rob Ursell - was reviewed by the specialist last Thursday. He was pleased the ligament and swelling had settled, and was optimistic that Rob would respond to conservative treatment (strengthening rehab) rather than requiring an operation. Having spoken to the specialist, we anticipate Rob could re-start playing anywhere from 8-16 weeks from now. It now depends on how the knee responds to the rehab.
 
Simon Sobihy - his big toe fracture is healing well, and he is working hard through progressive running programmes to ensure the site of healing becomes accustommed to the lines of stress that it will be subjected to in a game. I anticipate it will be another 2 weeks before Simon is back in full contact training.
 
Paul Smith - advancing through his rehab programme, Paul has now been given the all clear to resume training by his consultant. This does not include any diving or contact work, but will include fitness and ball work. He will be further progressed in the next month to ensure his shoulder is as strong as it can be.


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Saturday 20 August 2005
club news
Keeping mobile following the Dons

If you are unable to follow AFC Wimbledon in person, or via the various
internet services this season, and have access to a UK mobile phone you
can receive news of all the major action as soon as it happens.

Subscribe to the club's official SMS service and you will receive our line-up,
any goals, the half-time score and the full time result. Each message you
receive will cost you 25p - so for example if was to finish 2-1 that would
cost you £1.50 in total.

Messages will be provided for all AFC Wimbledon first-team games - Ryman
League Premier Division, FA Cup & Trophy, the London and Surrey Senior
Cups and the Westview Cup.

We are able to offer two services this year - a full subscription service and an
"On-Demand" service.

Full subscription Service:

To subscribe to the full subscription service send the message DONS LIVE
START to 83248. You will be sent a confirmation SMS which will include
details of how to unsubscribe (as simple as sending the message DONS
LIVE STOP to 83248). Unsubscribing works as quickly as signing up, so if you
receive a message and realise you have forgotten to cancel the service,
do it immediately and you will probably be in time to stop the next
message being sent to you.

"On-Demand" Service:

If you just want to know the current score, send the message DONS LIVE
to 83248 and you will get the most recent message. The message you receive
will cost you 25p. In the event you get the team line up after the expected
kick off, this means the score is still 0-0 and the first half is still
being played.

Your message should arrive with you within around 15 seconds of its
being sent if using either service. If you are not the bill payer or under
the age of 18 please ask the bill payer's permission before signing up for the
service.

If you have any questions about the service, please email us on sms@afcwimbledon.co.uk


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Friday 19 August 2005
club news
Read all about it

The Dons finally kick off their league campaign tomorrow with the visit of Folkestone Invicta to Kingsmeadow. As always you can read all about the club in the new bigger AFC Wimbledon matchday programme.

Tomorrow's edition includes two profiles of Dons stars - both past and present. Amadou Kouman explains why he just wants to leave the past behind and Stewart Castledine explains how he went from bit-part Premiership footballer, to acting in an Hollywood movie with Steve Martin, to Wimbledon Ladies - all before his 33rd birthday.

Also find out who is the coolest? Long-time Wimbledon fan, Greg Valentine or resilient left-back, Ryan Gray (...and which one has a thing for Paula Radcliffe?) in our new Shoot feature.

Of course there is plenty of room for Dave Anderson, Kris Stewart, Ray Armfield, all your views and letters and a new guest columnist - this week penned by Graham "Dubai Don" Stacey.

All this and still only £2.50.


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Friday 19 August 2005
club news
Changes for Under-16s at The Fans' Stadium

With the new season upon us it's time to update our younger supporters, and parents and guardians with some changes we have planned at the stadium.

As you will probably be aware, the attempts we have made to reserve an area of terracing under cover for under-16s have not been completely successful. So when the Tempest End re-opens once the roof is finished, the section of newly-covered terracing furthest from the Main Stand will be designated "Under-16s only". Whilst we will not insist that all under-16s use this area, we will ensure that no-one else does. We hope this will mean that younger supporters will get a decent view of the game and be able to watch in comfort and safety.

On matchdays, we welcome under-16s into the bars before the game, and afterwards until 9 pm providing that they are with an adult - that's someone 18 or over - who is happy to take responsibility for them. We would also like to remind everyone, particularly now we have the new trophy cabinet in place, that the foyer outside the main bar is not a play area. After the match, unaccompanied or unsupervised children, and anyone using the foyer as a play area, will be required to leave the premises. Parents or guardians who do not supervise those under-16s
they are responsible for will also be required to leave the premises. For the avoidance of doubt, "the premises" includes the car park.

We are very proud of the younger supporters that we have at AFC Wimbledon and we hope that the changes outlined above will help ensure that under-16s continue to enjoy themselves and be safe while watching the Dons.


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Friday 19 August 2005
dons trust news
Dons Draw ? August 2005 results

With all the funds having being received and the appropriate reconciliations completed, the twelfth Dons Draw took place this morning at Kingsmeadow. Kris Stewart plucked the winning numbers whilst John Owen, the Dons Draw Treasurer and Board member, controlled the draw process.

The August 2005 jackpot jumped to £708, and again we had three new winners. The winning ticket numbers and prizes were as follows:

First prize of £708 - ticket 2417 ? Richard Pope from London E17
Second prize of £354 - ticket 1893 ? V O?Shaughnessy from Maidenhead
Third prize of £118 - ticket 2444 ? Janice Williams from Raynes Park

Congratulations to all three prize winners!

For Richard Pope, it was clearly the case of beginner?s luck, having only entered the draw for the first time in July. As for Janice Williams, having initially signed up for the draw last September, she clearly wanted to increase her chances of winning the jackpot, and so took some additional numbers for the first time this month, one of which helped her win third prize.

The Dons Draw was launched back in September 2004, and since then, as the number of supporters entering the draw has increased, so too have the proceeds and the prize fund. But with the anniversary of the first draw in September, we felt it time to make the Dons Draw even more worthwhile winning! And so from September 2005, the Dons Draw will pay out an increased minimum jackpot of £750, and increased minimum second and third prizes of £375 and £125 respectively.

If you haven?t entered the Dons Draw yet, then why not pick up an entry form tomorrow from the Dons Trust table at Kingmeadow. Alternatively you can sign up to the Dons Draw here.

Any questions you may have can be answered on match days at the Dons Trust table, or by contacting the Dons Draw team at donsdraw@thedonstrust.org or on 07990554959.

The deadline for entry for the September 2005 draw with the new bigger £750 jackpot, is 31 August 2005.


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Friday 19 August 2005
first team news
The big kick-off

Dave Anderson has named the following squad for tomorrow's curtain-raising clash with Folkestone Invicta:

Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Mark Cooper, Steve Butler, Dave Sargent, Wayne Finnie, Antony Howard, Stefan Wojciechowski, Barry Moore, Micky Woolner, Wes Daly, Sean Hillier, Jeff Campbell, Ryan Gray, Matt York, Amadou Kouman, Shane Smeltz, Richard Butler, Matt Fowler.

Sony Farr is definitely out and Jeff Campbell, Antony Howard and Wes Daly face late fitness tests before the game. Dave Anderson is looking forward to the new campaign.

"I really cant wait to get started. It's a blow to lose Sonny and we have a few players who will need a fitness tests but tomorrow cant come too quickly. I am looking forward to seeing a big crowd and I hope the fans are in good voice. Supporters will immediately notice the difference in levels but it is a challenge everyone at the club is relishing."



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Thursday 18 August 2005
cfs news
Matchday Academy is back at Kingsmeadow

Bring the kids down before the season's curtain-raiser on Saturday and join in the fun as the Matchday Academy returns. This year we have a new girls-only session as well as the boys session.

These are aimed at kids aged 5-12 years and include warm-ups, fun games, skills sessions and small-sided games.

The Matchday Academy takes place every home game on a Saturday from 12.30pm - 2.00pm at the Kingsmeadow Athletics Stadium.

So come down and enjoy the football fun and savour the AFC Wimbledon pre-match atmosphere.


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Thursday 18 August 2005
first team news
Farr out

Sonny Farr has been ruled out of the opening game of the season against Folkestone Invicta after twisting his ankle whilst out doing extra training.

He will be assessed by physio Mike Rayner, tonight at training, to gauge the extent of the damage. Dave Anderson was disappointed when we caught up with him.

"The saying goes that you get what you deserve in football. Well that hasn't been the case with Sonny. We always ask our players to put in extra training, so for Sonny to roll his ankle doing this is a big blow for us. Hopefully the injury will only keep him out for a few weeks as I fully expect him to play a big part this season."


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Wednesday 17 August 2005
club news
Give & Go Online

Give & Go, AFC Wimbledon's live music venture, now has its very own website.

Designed by Clockwork Business (the trading name of Michelle Walker and Dons fan and matchday steward Matt Breach), the site provides you with band news, forthcoming gigs, a photo gallery, links to the bands' official sites, reviews and, within the next couple of weeks, downloadable MP3s so you can burn your own Give & Go CDs.

Go to www.giveandgo.co.uk for the fruits of their labours. And don't forget, this Friday's Give & Go Live Six Show features Everstrong, James Richard Stevens and getAmped ... have a look the website for more details.



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Tuesday 16 August 2005
dons trust news
Fundraising Update

This Saturday sees the start of the new season at The Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow. Before the game The Dons Trust will be running a couple of tables, one in the back bar, and another near the home turnstiles (weather permitting).

Please remember to bring along any foreign currency you have left over from your summer holidays, any old mobile phones or printer cartridges, and any loose change you've managed to collect.

Also, as of this Saturday, prices for Sponsor a Seat are being revised. It will now cost £50 for adults, and £30 for Junior Dons for the next two seasons. If you are interested, please pick up a form from the Dons Trust tables.


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Monday 15 August 2005
club news
Casuals encounter

An AFC Wimbledon team made up of first-team stars and reserves will play in a game against Walton Casuals tomorrow (Tuesday 16 August). The game has been arranged following the cancellation of the planned friendly againt Croydon.

Josh Lennie, Stefan Wojciechowski, Sean Hillier, Charlie Bunce, Barry Moore, Wes Daly, Simon Bassey, Amadou Kouman and Matt Fowler are all expected to turn out.

The game will kick-off at 7:45 at Walton.


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Monday 15 August 2005
club news
Call for sponsor

The club are looking for a sponsor for this season's curtain-raiser against Folkestone Invicta. With most games already snapped up for the whole season, the club are accepting sealed bids for the opportunity to sponsor this game. The highest bidder will receive a VIP package including 10 match tickets - with seats in the Presidents Lounge, a buffet lunch, match programmes, an advert in the programme and the opportunity to choose and present the man of the match award.

The package normally costs £1000 but the club will consider the highest offer. All offers must be mailed to sponsorship@afcwimbledon.co.uk by 7pm on Tuesday 16 August.

Please note this is not an auction, so please mail sensible bids for your chance to take advantage of this unique opportunity, and show your support for Dave and the boys as the new season gets underway.


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Monday 15 August 2005
club news
Thank you

Everyone at the club would like to pass on their profound thanks to an army of volunteers who have ensured the stadium is ready for the new season. The fans, too numerous to mention individually, have given up their free time to help with the various improvements at Kingsmeadow and their hard work and dedication is greatly appreciated.

The work undertaken includes painting, cleaning and gardening. Kris Stewart paid tribute to the volunteers.

?Everyone who helped whether it be for a couple of hours, or for a few days, have made it possible for all the necessary work to be completed in time for the start of the season. It never ceases to amaze me how enthusiastic and inspiring our fans are and I would personally like to thank them for their help.?


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Sunday 14 August 2005
reserve team news
Croydon reserves friendly OFF

The reserves friendly due to take place at the Croydon Sports Arena on Tuesday of this week (16 August) has been cancelled as Croydon are unable to use the pitch on this date.


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Sunday 14 August 2005
ladies news
Ladies ready to roll

AFC Wimbledon Ladies kick off their Nationwide Premier League South campaign today with a home game against Southampton Saints (Kingsmeadow, 14.00).

The reserves also start their season with a friendly at home to British Airways' Women (Kingston University Fields, Tolworth, 11.00).


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Saturday 13 August 2005
first team news
Pre-seasoned out

Dover came away from the Meadow with a 1-0 victory in the final pre-season game after a disappointing encounter. Dave Anderson was honest, after the match, in his assessment.

"It was garbage - I thought we were poor, they were poor and I thought the referee was worse than both of us. It rained, it was flat, it was uninspiring. Thank God it's not next week - I think we are all a little pre-seasoned out.

"Having said that, they are a team that'll do well in Div One next year - they're big, strong, organised and we have to make sure we do better in everything we do. As a spectator sport, it was as bad as watching cricket from my point of view.

"Shane Smeltz was good again. He looks like he is ready to go, but I'll put this one away and, not forget about it, but try not to think about it. If we play like this three or four times though, then l'll be thinking very hard about it."


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Saturday 13 August 2005
dons trust news
Help raise funds

The Fundraising Working Group holds its next meeting on Monday 15 August.

The meeting starts at 7.30pm and will be held in the President's Lounge at The Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow. This meeting is open to all Dons Trust members.

There are a number of exciting projects which the fundraising team will need assistance with during the coming season. So why not come along and find out how you can help raise money for the club.

If you would like further information on the meeting and the Fundraising Working Group in general, please contact Geraldine Messenbird at geraldine.messenbird@thedonstrust.org



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Friday 12 August 2005
reserve team news
Reserves at Whyteleafe

The reserves visit Whyteleafe reserves on Saturday ko 3.00pm and John Morris has announced the following squad:-

Josh Lennie, Sean Hillier, Charlie Bunce, Frank Wilson, Jeremy Williams, Sampa Chibula, Albert Sulaiman, Liam Hirrel, Joe Paris, Ryan O'Sullivan, Tom Jelly, Korel Ibrahim, John Nicolls, Anthony Wall, Jones Bamfo, Mark King, Niall Connery.


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Friday 12 August 2005
first team news
Dover to you Dave

Dave Anderson has named the following squad for Dover:

Andy Little, Mark Cooper, Dave Sargent, Wayne Finnie, Antony Howard, Stefan Wojciechowski, Barry Moore, Micky Woolner, Sonny Farr, Jeff Campbell, Ryan Gray, Wes Daly, Matt York, Amadou Kouman, Shane Smeltz, Richard Butler, Matt Fowler.

Steve Butler has a slight hamstring injury and will not be risked and Jeff Campbell will face a late fitness test.

"I dont want to risk Steve with the season one week away and have decided to play Sean Hillier and Josh Lennie in the reserves. I am sure people understand the need to give players as much match-time as possible at this stage of our preparations and, to this end, hope to give Matt Fowler a longer run out tomorrow.

"It is a slight risk not having a keeper on the bench but one we will deal with if Andy Little picks up an injury. Fans can rest assured though, that if the unfortunate does happen, Antony Howard will not be stepping in!"



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Friday 12 August 2005
first team news
Injury update

Physio Mike Rayner brings us news from the walking wounded with the season just eight days away:

Matt Everard - unfortunately, Matt had a reaction to his knee about 10 days ago. I have been in close contact with his consultant and it appears at present it is not his original Anterior Cruciate Ligament problem, but a seperate meniscal tear (the cartilage between the knee). It is very frustrating for Matt, as the rehab went without complication, and he was only a week or so from being placed into full contact training sessions. This will mean another scan and operation, but only a further six weeks from playing.

Rob Ursell - due to see the consultant this week. Here, his knee will be assessed to see if an operation is necessary at this point, or whether a period of 16-20 weeks rehab would be more appropriate. It will depend on how the swelling has settled inside the knee, and how the ligament has responded.

Simon Sobihy - Simon felt soreness in his big toe after the Ashford game, but then since received seperate blows to the area which aggravated it. On assessment, I recommended an x-ray which revealed an old fracture site. The doctor felt this was healing well, but recommended an active rest period of up to 2 weeks. I will re-assess him tomorrow and adjust his training programme, so he spends as little time on the sidellines as possible.


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Friday 12 August 2005
club news
The Tempest End

AFC Wimbledon are pleased to announce that Tempest Sports, suppliers of Dons kits since 2002, are to sponsor the Athletics End. The end, which will be re-christened the Tempest End, will be opening soon following the completion of the new roof, on which construction work has now started.

Tempest Sports launched in 1998 and has grown rapidly to become one of the UK's leaders in the 'made to order' sportswear market, catering to a wide range of clients from universities to football clubs including FC United of Manchester as well as AFC Wimbledon.

Commercial Director Ivor Heller is delighted with the deal.

"We have a long standing relationship with Tempest who were with us from the very beginning. The Tempest End will be the natural home to our supporters following the completion of the roof and I am proud that we have linked up with a company based in Merton. More importantly, they are good people as well."

The Managing Director of Tempest Sports, Alp Orge said:

"We are delighted to continue our long-standing relationship with AFC Wimbledon. We hope our continued support will help the Dons to have a long and successful future."


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Friday 12 August 2005
club news
Season tickets on their way

The first 200 season tickets were despatched yesterday, Thursday, by first class post. A further 1,000 or so will be posted today. They are being posted in the order in which we received them. The most recent applications will be posted next week.

Applications will be accepted at the complimentary tickets window at the Dover game on Saturday 13 August and the related season tickets will be posted next Wednesday. We cannot guarantee that applications received after Saturday will be processed in time for the first league game of the season.

Processing applications, printing the inserts, matching the books and covers to the type of application, and collating all the inserts is complex and takes a team of up to 8 people. As a result, trying to intercept a specific ticket so that it can be collected is very disruptive. For this reason, we will be sending as many tickets as possible by post and they will not be available for collection at the Dover game on Saturday.


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Thursday 11 August 2005
club news
How the cup was won

Not only are the club launching the third kit on Friday 12 August but manager Dave Anderson will also be hosting a very special evening at Kingsmeadow. As part of the popular ?Meet the Manager? night, Dave will also be reliving the great Surrey Senior Cup victory.

A special 30-minute DVD of the match has been prepared which will be shown on the big screen in the bar at Kingsmeadow. Dave will provide commentary and explain the tactical decisions he made as the match unfurled, as he led the Dons to a tense 2-1 victory over Walton & Hersham.

Following what promises to be an enlightening session, Dave, his staff and hopefully a player or two will take questions from the floor on anything you have ever wanted to ask the great man.

The re-run of the game will start at 8pm with the merchandise team in place from 7pm to allow for some early shopping.


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Thursday 11 August 2005
club news
Third kit launch

The brand new third kit will be launched on Friday 12 August in the main bar at Kingsmeadow from 7pm.

Designed by 16-year-old Jake Mullarkey, the kit will be worn by the first team at home to Dover Athletic on Saturday.

Adult shirts are priced at £35, with children's at £15. Shorts are £18 for adults and £11 for children. Socks are also available.

The new tracksuit completing the latest Tempest leisure range will also be available for the first time. A complete adult tracksuit is £80, with children's sizes at £60. Tracksuit tops and bottoms can be bought separately.

Remember to bring cash and a chequebook with guarantee card, since credit card facilities will not be available.


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Thursday 11 August 2005
dons trust news
Special General Meeting now 1 Sept 2005

At the last Special General Meeting on 16 June, David Cox updated members on Rule 61 of the Dons Trust Constitution. The rule appeared to require half of the Board members who had been elected at the previous election to stand down after just one year, whereas the underlying intention had been that Board members would serve two years. It has been decided to amend the Constitution before the 2005 elections to reflect what was intended.

Given this amendment requires members voting and passing a resolution and that elections have a pre determined time scale, it will require the Special General Meeting in September to be rescheduled to 1 September.

The Dons Trust board apologise if this causes any inconvenience to members but hope they will understand.


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Thursday 11 August 2005
club news
Another slice off the debt

Following a range of recent fund-raising activities by the Dons Trust we are pleased to announce that a further £20,000 has been transferred to AFCW by the Trust. This has immediately been despatched to Mr Khosla, reducing our debt to him to £520,000.

Our thanks to the many people who participate in the Trust?s various fundraising activities and to the Fundraising Working Group who provide a combination of leadership, support and advice to them.

A significant amount of money is also raised from the Dons Draw. You can find out more about the Draw by clicking on the promotional button on the home page.


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Thursday 11 August 2005
ladies news
Call for U14 girls

AFC Wimbledon's U14 girls team are still looking for a couple of players to strenghten their squad for the coming season.
 
The girls play in the Premier Division of the Surrey County Girls League on Sunday mornings.
 
Any player who would like to join the squad should contact the manager, Toby Crisp, on 07831 570441 or e-mail youth@afcwl.co.uk


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Wednesday 10 August 2005
club news
Fowler agrees terms

Matt Fowler has agreed terms to sign for the Dons, following last night's roller-coaster 5-4 defeat to Crawley Town. Dave Anderson tells us more.

"Matt is a proven goalscorer and will give us a few options. In many ways he brings a mixture of attributes to the team and I was keen to get a striker who could play with either Shane Smeltz or Richard Butler. He scored 26 goals in the Ryman League Division One last season and before that he caught my eye at Sutton United where he was successful at a higher level."

Matt opened his account for the Dons last night, as the team raced into a
3-0 lead within 30 minutes but Conference class soon showed, as Crawley bounced back to win 5-4. Dave remains positive.

"Well it will certainly keep the crowds coming. It was very unlike one of my teams but we are able to take plusses and minuses from it.

"The big plus was that for the first 30 minutes, we were excellent. The passing and movement were tremendous and the system of play we had been working on in training worked well. Apart from Matt, Shane had his best game and looked every bit the international player he is and Stefan Wojciechowski is growing into his role at right wing-back.

"After that spell, Crawley fully showed the difference between full-time Conference and semi-professional, just promoted to the Ryman League, football. I made a lot of changes during the game, as we need to give people as much match time as possible, as we gear up for August 20."


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Wednesday 10 August 2005
first team news
Leon loan

Following initial plans for Leon to go on loan to Chertsey, discussions with Croydon Athletic over the future of Matt Fowler have led to the front-man signing a long-term loan with them instead - similar to the deal agreed with Hounslow Borough for Jon-Barrie Bates.


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Tuesday 09 August 2005
first team news
Matt finish for Crawley?

Dave Anderson has named the following squad for tonight?s pre-season friendly at Crawley Town:

Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Steve Butler, Mark Cooper, Wayne Finnie, Sean Hillier, Antony Howard, Stefan Wojciechowski, Barry Moore, Micky Woolner, Sonny Farr, Jeff Campbell, Ryan Gray, Matt York, Amadou Kouman, Shane Smeltz, Richard Butler, Matt Fowler.

Dave Sargent is unavailable tonight and Simon Sobihy is sidelined by a fractured big toe. This is an old injury Simon has been carrying but he has been advised to rest for two weeks to allow it to heal properly. Matt Fowler, who played for Croydon Athletic last season, is one of several centre-forwards Dave is considering as he tries to boost his front-line options for the forthcoming season.

"Matt is no stranger to us as he played in both games against us for Croydon Athletic,? explains Dave. ?I knew him before that at Sutton United and he is a good player. He has a bit of both Shane Smeltz and Richard Butler about him - a mix of both their abilities. It is no secret that we are talking to a few centre-forwards and Matt is high on that list.

?I like to see potential signings in match situations so, though it can be a public, it is also a very useful exercise. Ali Chaaban (who played in the 1-1 draw with Aldershot at the weekend) is still an option but he is also speaking to other clubs. Tonight?s game allows him the opportunity to do that and lets us see Matt in action. It is also useful for him to find out a little more about us."



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Tuesday 09 August 2005
club news
English moves on

Nicky English has left the club.

Nicky English came to AFC Wimbledon at the start of 2003 as assistant manager. He took over as manager on a temporary basis in February 2004 and successfully steered the club to its first promotion and the CCL Premier Challenge Cup. He was then offered the job of under-18s manager and, assisted by Keith Ward, built a new side which won its Southern Youth League division by 10 points

The recent announcement concerning the club's partnership with NESCOT means that Nicky is unable to fulfil this role in the future. The AFC Wimbledon Youth Development Programme will see young players receiving football training on Monday and Friday afternoons and playing English Colleges Football Association and Football Conference Youth League matches on Wednesday afternoons.

Unfortunately Nicky, due to his work commitments, is unable to coach and manage in this situation and furthermore does not yet have the coaching qualifications required by NESCOT.

The club and Nicky English have therefore parted company as of 1 August 2005. We would like to put on record our thanks to Nicky for his work in all capacities since Jan 2003 and wish him all the best in the future.

Nicky English asked for the following statement to be published:

?I have had a wonderful time at AFC Wimbledon and would like to thank the fans for all their support over the past three years.

?It is a privilege to have met such a great bunch of people and I am proud that I was at the beginning of a journey that, hopefully, will lead back to the Football League.

?Whether with the senior team or the U18?s, I tried to get my sides to play an attractive and entertaining style of football and I think that was appreciated. It?s nice to be considered a ?fans? favourite? and that respect was mutual as I hold them in very high regard too.

?I have massively fond memories of my time. Finishing third in my first season as assistant made us stronger and the party that greeted the double the following year seemed to last all summer. Of course, I was disappointed to miss out on the manager?s job, full time, but it was an honour to manage the U18?s and I would like to thank all those young lads for their commitment.

?I am currently taking my UEFA coaching badges, which I should get this time next year. One of the regulations is that you must be coaching so I have accepted a role at Whyteleafe but you never know what?s round the corner, and I would happily return to AFC Wimbledon in the future if a suitable position became available."


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Tuesday 09 August 2005
first team news
Loan move for JB

Jon-Barrie Bates is to join Hellenic Division One side Hounslow Borough, on loan, in a bid to get fit. The arrangement will see the tough-tackling midfielder link up with Borough for the forthcoming season but he can be recalled at any time - a deal that suits manager Dave Anderson.

"Unfortunately for JB, he picked up a hamstring injury in pre-season and has only had 45 minutes for the first-team. He has been working very hard and it is a credit to his professionalism that he isn't happy to sit in the reserves and collect his money at the end of the week. JB wants to play football and I believe this is the right thing for both parties. We can recall him at any time and it ensures that when we do, he will be fit and ready to play."



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Tuesday 09 August 2005
club news
Quiz night returns tomorrow

The popular monthly trivia quiz, held in the main bar at Kingsmeadow, takes place this Wednesday evening, 10 August.

The quiz begins at 8.30pm and entry is £1 per person. It is advisable to arrive early to make sure you get your favourite table. Teams can be made up of any number of people, although six to eight members is recommended.

This month's quiz will feature the usual mix of pictures, music, general knowledge and the chance to win the jackpot in the final round.

The quiz finishes in plenty of time to ensure that those using public transport can get home. So why not come along to Kingsmeadow this Wednesday and see if you can win the jackpot?


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Monday 08 August 2005
club news
Season ticket update

Season tickets are currently being collated and checked for accuracy. We aim to post them no later than Thursday 11 August. However, if you applied relatively recently, your ticket may not be despatched until next week.

Please allow a few days for delivery before calling the club office to enquire about the status of your ticket.


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Saturday 06 August 2005
first team news
Shots reaction

Dave Anderson's men earned another good result against Football League-chasing opponents, Aldershot at Kingsmeadow today.

Richard Butler equalised from the spot after the Dons had fallen behind to a Wayne Finnie own goal. In between Andy Little saved a penalty to earn AFC Wimbledon a creditable draw. Dave Anderson paid tribute to his team.

"I enjoyed today. What was good about it was that is was a real football match and that is what we wanted. Aldershot start next week, so we knew they wouldn?t be messing about but we competed with them and that pleased me.

"I felt their goal was against the run of the play but as the half wore on we dropped off the pace a little. We were affected, a little, by the substitution of Bertie Brayley and their susequent change of shape.

"We were able to deal with that second half and after that we matched them. That tells us our fitness isn't bad and our strength isn't bad.

"I was pleased with Ali Chaaban. He isn?t fit and he knows that ? but we?ll try and keep him around a little longer. Jeff Campbell was great again. It was a good save by Andy Little which is always nice for a goalkeeper's confidence and Wayne Finnie did well. He has settled in a bit like Mark Cooper, so much so you actually forget he's new."


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Friday 05 August 2005
club news
Arrangements for Aldershot friendly

Work on the new roof means that the Athletics End will be closed for tomorrow?s pre-season friendly against Aldershot. As a result, there will be no access to the John Smith?s stand from the Athletics End. Instead, seat tickets for the Main Stand will be sold through the Athletics End turnstiles and not from the kiosk in the main entrance lobby. Seating for the game will be unallocated.

The first half of the Kingston Road terrace and blocks J and K of the main stand will be set aside for Aldershot fans. It will not be possible to move from the main stand to the Kingston Road end. Both tea bars will be open as usual.

Prices for the game are as follows:

Adults: Main Stand - £9 Terraces - £7
Concessions: Main Stand - £5 Terraces - £4
Under 16s: Main Stand - £3 Terraces - £2


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Friday 05 August 2005
first team news
Shots squad

Dave Anderson has named the following squad for tomorrow's game at Kingsmeadow against Aldershot:

Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Steve Butler, Mark Cooper, Wayne Finnie, Sean Hillier, Antony Howard, Dave Sargent, Stefan Wojciechowski, Barry Moore, Jeff Campbell, Ryan Gray, Matt York, Ali Chaaban, Amadou Kouman, Shane Smeltz, Richard Butler.

The new face in the squad is centre-forward Ali Chabaan who has previously played for Leatherhead, Farnborough Town and latterly, Exeter City. Dave takes up the story.

"Ali trained with us on Thursday and, all things being equal, will be given some match-time against Aldershot so we can take a better look at him. It also allows us to protect Shane and Richard. We are aware that he is a long way from being match-fit but he is one of a few different striking options we are currently assessing.

"Tomorrow's game should be a real test. Terry Brown and his team have had magnificent success over the past three years and we expect to be fully tested. If results have covered over any cracks, Aldershot will strip this paper away - so it is just the sort of test we need at this stage of pre-season."


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Friday 05 August 2005
reserve team news
Early Start for the Reserves

The reserves entertain Hendon Reserves at the Training Ground at Tolworth on Saturday morning with the match kicking off at 11.00am. John Morris has named the following squad:-

Daniel Carr, Danny Naisbitt, Freddie Myers, Jeremy Williams, Frank Wilson, Michael Woolner, Jon-Barrie Bates, Sonny Farr, Wes Daly, John Nicolls, Anthony Wall, Steve Tyson, Albert Sulaiman, Jones Bamfo, Mark King, Niall Connery, Greg Ngoy.

The draw for the 1st round of the Suburban League Cup has been made and the reserves will face local rivals Tooting & Mitcham over 2 legs with the first game being played at Tooting. The winners will play Wealdstone in the 2nd round again over 2 legs.


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Thursday 04 August 2005
dons trust news
Golden Goals update

Sales of Golden Goal tickets resumed at the FC United of Manchester game on 23 July. This is the only pre-season match at which Golden Goal tickets are being sold. Normal Golden Goal sales for the 2005-06 season will start properly at the Folkestone Invicta game on 20 August.

FC United of Manchester:

The Golden Goal was player 15, minute 56. That won £100.00 for Jean Trayhorn. So far, no one has claimed the ticket with the 1-0 scoreline. The holder of that ticket should claim by following the instructions on the reverse of the ticket.

The sale of Golden Goal tickets raised £15,402.00 for the Dons Trust Stadium Fund in the 2004-05 season and £43,484.00 since sales began in August 2002.

Full details of all of last season's winners will appear in the Folkestone programme.


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Thursday 04 August 2005
first team news
Striking out

Dave Anderson has intensified his search for a new centre-forward after releasing Tony Boot and Ricci Crace. Dave explains why:
 
"Ricci has been looking for a permanent deal but we felt, he is a little off where we need him to be to commit at this time. He has battled back strongly from a year out of the game following injury and we wish all the best in the future.

"Tony and I did talk about terms but unfortunately his background as a full-time professional in the Conference means we are unable to offer him what he needs. We understand and respect that, after all it is livelihood we are talking about. I am actively searching for an experienced centre forward at this very moment and am hopeful that we will have someone in place for the start of the season."
 
One striker, who remains in Dave's plans, is going out on loan in a bid to aid his development. Leon McDowall will join up with Ryman Division Two side, Chertsey, for the season, though can be recalled at any time.
 
"We feel he would benefit from a run of twenty or so games. He has proved he is more than capable in the reserves and coming off the bench so I believe this is the best thing for him at this stage of his development."



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Wednesday 03 August 2005
first team news
Staines game moved to Bank Holiday

Following weeks of consultation with the police, Staines Town and the Ryman League, the club are delighted to announce that the home fixture against Staines Town has been re-arranged to Bank Holiday Monday 29 August. The game was initially scheduled for the following evening on police request but will now kick off at 3pm to allow for a traditional holiday football feast.


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Wednesday 03 August 2005
club news
Roof reminder

Work is progressing well on the new roof at the Athletics End. We hope the work can be completed in about four weeks, and until this time, the Athletics End will remain closed. We will update you with regard to the Bank Holiday fixture against Staines nearer to the time.


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Wednesday 03 August 2005
dons trust news
Walk 4 Wimbledon II ? Dons Trust Fund Raising

On the 9th April, prior to the Metropolitan Police game, 170 intrepid supporters walked from Plough Lane to Kingsmeadow. Among their number were players past and present, including Club President, Dickie Guy and representing Merton, Deputy Mayor, Councillor Corinna Edge and her husband Chris.

Between them, they raised over £11,000, of which £9,000 went to the Dons Trust and over £2,000 has been given to the Mayor of Merton charities, St Raphael's Hospice and Merton Crossroads Caring for Carers.

On Saturday, for the home game against Aldershot, we are pleased to welcome to Kingsmeadow, last years? Mayor Councillor Margaret Brierly and present Mayor, Councillor Judy Saunders to accept a cheque from the Dons Trust, presented by Dave Honour, who individually raised the most money, and Chairman of the Dons Trust, Tom Adam.

This year, the Mayor is supporting Merton Music Foundation and the Dons Trust wish her every success during her tenure.

Finally, thank you to everyone who took part in this event and particularly
Mark Davis and his team, for pulling this all together and making it such a success.

Fund Raising by the Dons Trust is of paramount importance and this is just one of many successful events. Full details of all schemes can be found in the Dons Trust section of this website or by visiting the back bar on a match day and seeing the team there.


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Tuesday 02 August 2005
club news
Your programme needs you

As you may be aware, the matchday programme is changing for the new season. This will mean bigger pages, more of them and all wrapped up in a shiny, laminated cover.

Inside, there will be new features, in-depth profiles of all your favourite Dons - and the odd one you never really rated - and far more opportunity for you to get involved.

We are expanding last season?s popular soapbox feature and want to hear from you. If you have a burning question that keeps you awake at night - preferably concerning AFC Wimbledon, though we are more than happy to try our hand at personal matters too - then why not ask us?

Drop a line to editor@afcwimbledon.co.uk complete with your name and we will do our best to answer in a forthcoming programme.

Of course, if you know the answer, just want to reminisce about a Wimbledon memory, wish to share your wisdom with the rest of us or are looking for an excuse to while away an hour or so in the office, pretending to work, the programme will also feature a letters page this season. Please drop editor@afcwimbledon.co.uk your thoughts and remember all letters will be considered for publication - so don?t complain to us if your note eulogising Duncan Jupp sees you shunned on the West Bank.

Finally there will be a brand-new, fans feature in the programme. Entitled Shoot! - the piece will take one fan every week and pit them against one player to find out answers to important, soul-searching questions - such as favourite goal, favourite player, best away trip, classic film, the greatest album ever made and, of course, what their miscellaneous like and dislikes are.

If you want to be considered for this feature then get in touch via editor@afcwimbledon.co.uk and we can provide you with a few more details. We are also very keen to see your holiday snaps in far-flung places, complete with yellow and blue attire and anything else you think might be of interest to other fans.



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Monday 01 August 2005
ladies news
Castledine tunes in

New ladies coach, Stewart Castledine will be talking to Emma Jones and Phil Parry on Tuesday between 7pm and 10pm on BBC London 94.9FM. You can also read a full interview with Stewart in the new matchday programme for the first game of the season against Folkestone Invicta.


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Monday 01 August 2005
reserve team news
Reserves at Bedfont

The reserves travel to Bedfont on Tuesday evening for their next pre- season friendly. The game kicks off at 7.30pm and John Morris has announced the following squad:-

Danny Naisbitt, Daniel Carr, Charlie Bunce, Jon Boswell, Ken During, Freddie Myers, Michael Woolner, Jon-Barrie Bates, Wes Daly, Joe Paris, Sonny Farr, Jones Bamfo, Leon McDowall, Mark King, Tom Jelly, Niall Connery.


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Monday 01 August 2005
first team news
Stefan and Wayne give thanks

Stefan Wojciechowski and Wayne Finnie were united in their joy in signing for AFC Wimbledon, when the official website caught up with them this weekend.

Stefan explains when he knew he had made the right move in leaving Team Bath.

"I'd heard all about AFC Wimbledon, of course, but I was taken aback when I walked out at Kingsmeadow for the match against FC United of Manchester (FCUM). The atmosphere was excellent and I have never known so many people come up and wish me well. I had my heart set on signing immediately. Everyone at the club looks after you and I am honoured to be given this chance."

A sentiment echoed by centre-back Wayne Finnie.

"Dave took me aside, after the game against Kingstonian, and told me the good news. I knew when I came to pre-season training that it was going to be tough. There isn't a poor player at the club so I knew I had to get my head down and work hard.

"I missed the game against FCUM because a good friend of mine was getting married. I couldn't believe I was going to miss the biggest footballing occasion of my life. So I am more than grateful now I have been given another a chance. I can promise fans that I'll always give my best and cant wait to play for them."


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Monday 01 August 2005
club news
Would you like to sponsor a match?

Although the fixture list has only just been published we have already booked a substantial proportion of match sponsorships for the season. The first fixtures to be snapped up are almost always the ones in October and beyond, as this gives people plenty of time to plan. As a result, we still have vacancies for sponsors for the first two or three league games.

Match sponsors get ten seats in the Directors? Box, a buffet lunch, free programme, the opportunity to name the man of the match and present the award. They are also featured in the programme. If you would like to know more about sponsorship, especially for the first few games of the season, please contact Ivor Heller on ivor.heller@afcwimbledon.co.uk


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