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Friday 31 August 2007
club news
Helping reduce tea bar queues - volunteers found, thanks

Thanks to the two volunteers who stepped forward re the tea hut (see below for the background) so we no longer need any help.


As a first step towards reducing queues, we are building a 'tea hut', which is literally what it is, between the John Smith stand and the Tempest End. It will serve hot and cold drinks and sandwiches but not burgers or chips. So if you only want a drink, there is somewhere easier to get it.

We need a couple of volunteers, we're told one of them needs to be tall, to help erect the hut for a few hours on Monday afternoon. If you can help then please call the office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on Friday or email here.


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Thursday 30 August 2007
club news
Kingsmeadow Live returns!

Kingsmeadow Live is back this weekend following our summer break, bringing you the best live music and the funniest comedy.
Our first gig is this Saturday 8 September featuring one of the hottest local bands to perform at Kingsmeadow Live, Jed Dmochowski’s The Tranquilizers. The Tranquilizers are managed by AFC Wimbledon supporter Steve Elson and you may remember Jed from early 80’s band The VIP’s. For more informaiton, see below.

Comedy@Kingsmeadow kicks off again on Friday 14 September with more of the best comedians on the circuit. And now you can get dinner and admission to the comedy for the fantastic price of £10. Click here for line-ups.

Don’t miss these upcoming gigs:
Saturday 22 September- The Smyths
Saturday 6 October- Under the Kosh,Pokerfac/d,The Pressure Drop
Saturday 13 October- The Dualers
Saturday 27 October-Boo Hewerdine with Kirsty McGee/Mat Martin
Saturday 10 November- The Sex Pistols Experience
Saturday 24 November- Neville Staple
Saturday 15th December- Kingsmeadow Live Christmas Party (Line-up TBA)
For more information, visit here.


More about our next gig…

Saturday 8 September
The Tranquilizers
With support from Jed Dmochowski performing songs by The VIPs for the first time in 25 years
Doors 8.00pm, show starts 9.00pm, bar closes 1.00am
Admission: £6 (advance)/ £8 (door)

Former VIPs front man Jed Dmochowski is back playing live with his new band The Tranquilizers. The Tranquilizers will be playing only their third ever gig at Kingsmeadow Live and already they are building a devoted live following. Jed's previous band, The VIPs, will be well known to anybody who watched live music in South London in the early 1980s. They had a hit single with the cult classic "Quarter Moon" and supported Madness, Dexy's Midnight Runners and Secret Affair on nationwide tours. The VIPs had a devoted following and many of them will be going to Kingsmeadow to see The Tranquilizers showcase Jed's unique songwriting abilities and also to see Jed himself performing VIPs songs live for the first time in 25 years as his own support act.
The Tranquilizers themselves are no VIPs mark two though. They are an up and coming band in their own right who take Jed's latest songs and apply an impressive musical gloss that will please all fans of mature popular music.

For more information on The Tranquilizers, visit here.
For more information on Jed Dmochowski and The VIP’s, visit here.

To order tickets in advance, either e-mail here or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335. Don't forget, when you order 10 tickets, you get one free!



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Thursday 30 August 2007
first team news
Terry looks ahead to Harrow

Terry Brown was looking forward to the season getting back on track on Saturday.

"I know the players will be looking to get back into action as soon as possible and thankfully the games are coming thick and fast at the moment.

"Last week was a poor week for us on the field with only one point from a possible six and I know that the boys will be keen to rectify that as soon as possible.

"Harrow have not made the best of starts and therefore will be keen to register their first points of the season. David Howell will no doubt be looking to kick start his season at Kingsmeadow.

"As far as we are concerned we need to get our season back on track and play a little more football than we did, especially in the second half, on Monday. We are aware that the goals we have conceded have all come from set pieces and we will be working on that on Thursday night. However, apart from the three goals we have conceded the main concern is the lack of goals.

"We hope to have both Mickey Haswell and Tony Finn available for selection and the possibility of a first appearance of the season for one Marcus Gayle."

"Stuart and I attended a reserve team game on Wednesday and, although the result wasn't as intended, it was nice to see Marcus Gayle get through about 20 minutes with no repercussions. So long as today shows that he has had no reaction to the game, he will be training tonight with a view to giving him a place on the bench on Saturday."


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Tuesday 28 August 2007
club news
1889 Club returns

The commercial department is pleased to announce that, following a successful inaugural season, the 1889 Club will be returning for the 07/08 season, although in a slightly different format. This season, the majority of our events will revolve around intimate dinners with some very special guests (for more information, see below).

We are also going to allow our members choose the club’s fundraising purpose. Suggestions so far include the playing budget, the main stand roof extension and the youth team.

An informal information session will take place on Thursday 6th September at Zero Quattro in Wimbledon Village. To register for this event, please e-mail here.

This season, membership benefits include:

1) An invitation to 6 intimate dinners with some very special guests:

An evening with Terry Brown and Stuart Cash
Monday 17 September
Venue: Zero Quattro
Cost: £50 (Members only)

Other dates for your diary:
An evening with Alan Cork- Thursday 18 October (Members only)
An evening with Allen Batsford and Ian Cooke- Thursday 29 November
An evening with Jason Goodliffe, Jake Leberl and Rob Quinn- Monday 14 January
An evening with David Barnard- Thursday 28 February
An evening with Terry Brown and Stuart Cash- Monday 31 March

2) An invitation to the 1889 Club’s signature event, a dinner celebrating the 20 Year Anniversary of Wimbledon’s FA Cup victory, being held at the Café Royal in the West End. 1889 Club members will also be invited to the exclusive pre-dinner reception with both the 1988 and current squads.

3) 4 tickets for the Presidents Lounge and Directors Box will be made available to 1889 Club members for the discount price of £20 each.

4) Opportunity to attend a senior team practice session as guests of Terry Brown and Stuart Cash (One session in September, one in March).

Membership costs £500 + Vat payable either in one instalment or by Direct Debit over 9 months, starting in October.

If you would like to sign up for the 07/08 season or if you have any questions, please e-mail here or call commercial executive Keith McGuinness on 020 8547 3336.




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Sunday 26 August 2007
club news
Ramsgate and Wealdstone highlights showing tomorrow before the game

Highlights of the Ramsgate and Wealdstone games will be shown before the Staines game tomorrow, starting at 1.45pm. The highlights last about 45 minutes in total.

So, if you want to see Sam's double against Ramsgate, or the sending off in full glorious tehnicolour, or check out whether Andy Little should have gone in the Wealdstone game, this is your chance.

Meanwhile, to whet your appetite for the Staines game, you can find a preview here.


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Sunday 26 August 2007
dons trust news
Wanted - your ideas for commemorating Plough Lane

WISA has asked us to publish the following article about naming the buildings at Plough Lane:


"Who are the people you'd like to see represent our 90 years of history at Plough Lane?

With the new housing development rapidly advancing, the time has come to decide how best to remember everyone who helped write the colourful story of the Dons in SW19.

WISA has been talking to the developers, and we've told them we'd like each of the apartment blocks to be named after an outstanding individual from the club's past at Plough Lane.

What we'll be giving the developers is effectively a wish-list, and it's up to them whether we get all the blocks, one block, or none named.

The names could of course include players, but you might also want to remember a manager, a loyal club employee or a fan. You might plump for outstanding players from a particular season, or the Amateur Cup-winning side, or include names from much further back.

Please e-mail your suggested names ­ a maximum of five each,­ to secretary@wisa.org.uk We'll also be handing out slips at the Staines Town match on Monday and the Harrow game on Saturday, 1 September - please write down your suggestions and hand them in at the WISA table before the match, or to a WISA committee member afterwards.

The deadline for sending in names by e-mail is close of play on Sunday 2 September. We are sorry for the tight schedule;­ unfortunately the Barratts takeover of David Wilson Homes earlier this year led to a long handover period, which delayed things by several months, while building work was still continuing.

As many of you have suggested on the guestbooks, we're also asking for a time capsule to be buried on the site, to be marked by a plaque. Again, we'd like your suggestions as to what to put in it. The time capsule under the new Wembley Stadium for instance contains items such as a signed England shirt, DVDs of the 1966 World Cup Final and a Rolling Stones concert ticket.

Please send your ideas to secretary@wisa.org.uk by 2 September, or write them on a slip at Kingsmeadow at either of the two games.

Thank you for your input on this ­let's hope we can come up with a fitting tribute to the Dons' history at Plough Lane."


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Thursday 23 August 2007
first team news
Terry looks forward to East Thurrock

Terry Brown is looking forward to the club's first trip to Essex this season.

"This will be my first opportunity to visit East Thurrock. We had them watched on Tuesday and the report back was very complimentary about their side. We are told that they thoroughly deserved to beat a well-organised Margate side. They will offer us a physical challenge in the shape of Steve West, a seasoned target man with Conference experience.

"I don't envisage making too many changes in our starting line up as, barring injuries at training tonight, we hope to be able to name a settled squad. I am aware that they have made substantial changes since we last played them. Both sides will therefore be playing much-changed teams from last year.

"One of the most difficult parts of a manager's job is keeping the players on the bench happy. Whilst I know you will never be able to keep them completely happy on the bench, it is my job over the next couple of weeks to ensure that the players who are not getting 90 minutes are playing sufficient football to be keeping them both fit and mentally up for it.

"This weeekend's fixtures come on the back of a Saturday and a Tuesday fixture, which makes for four games in ten days. Therefore, there must be a higher probablility than normal that I will need to make changes on Monday.

"Finally, on a jovial note, I am pleased to announce that we will be playing in our brand new Real Madrid strip on Saturday. I hope it is as lucky as the previous two strips we have played."


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Thursday 23 August 2007
first team news
Arrangements for and preview of the East Thurrock game

East Thurrock officials have asked us to inform fans that, to help to get fans into the ground as efficiently as possible, match tickets will be on sale in the bar before the game.

Also, please note that although the club's car park will be reserved for players and officials, there is a large grass car park close to the ground where free parking is available.

A preview of the game can be found here.


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Wednesday 22 August 2007
first team news
Terry's thoughts on Wealdstone

After last night's game we caught up with Terry Brown this afternoon. He said "I was delighted with the result. After a disappointing first half showing we went in at half time with a fortunate 2-1 advantage. The timing of our second goal gave us a psychological lift for the second half.

"We talked at half time about better ways of exploiting their system and we overcame their midfield numerical advantage by pushing our full backs to support and go past the wingers. I thought our second half performance showed more enterprise and more tempo than the first. It's important with the players we have available that we play as high a tempo, i.e. a quick passing game, as possible.

"I was also pleased with the performance of Daniel Webb, who gave us the opportunity of going longer during difficult periods. I am sure that, when the team settles down, we will be able to exploit more of our players' strengths. I was pleased to see that the players responded to some stern half time words in a positive fashion, as each game shows me a little more of the make up of our side.

"I thought Gordon Bartlett's team played very well and, on another day, they could have come away with the spoils. The playing surface was lovely and Wealdstone's management and officials looked after us very well on the night, for which I'd like to thank them."


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Wednesday 22 August 2007
dons trust news
Strategy documents

As promised, the "issues" paper from the strategy review, plus the first more-detailed paper, are now available on this site. To find them, click on the "Trust" tab at the top of this page and then the "strategy review" tab on the Trust page.


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Wednesday 22 August 2007
club news
Spaces still available on the fans' coach to East Thurrock

You can book a place on the fans' coach to East Thurrock either by phoning the club office on 020 8547 3528 or by calling into the office. The office and switchboard are open from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm on weekdays.

The coach will leave the Woodman Pub in SW19 at 12.10 pm and pick up fans from The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium at 12.30 pm.

An adult ticket costs £13 and a concession £9.


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Monday 20 August 2007
club news
Want a message read out at a game?

If you would like a birthday greeting, or similar message, read out at a Dons home game, then you can call the office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays or email here. There is no charge.


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Monday 20 August 2007
first team news
Terry on Ramsgate and Wealdstone

“I am pleased that we have got the first game of the season out of the way and it has resulted in three points. Regardless whether you are manager of Man United or Wimbledon, getting the first three points in the bag is greeted with a great deal of relief.

“The first game of the season is notoriously a nervous affair. We were fortunate in that we made an early breakthrough on Saturday which dissipated some of the pressure that can build up prior to scoring the first goal in any game.

“From a managerial point of view, I was particularly pleased with the discipline we showed. We need to focus on our own game and not get embroiled in the opposition’s tactics, whatever they may be. I thought Ramsgate were a very well-organised side who I believe will have a very successful season this year.

“Stuart and I are still assessing the strengths and weaknesses of our own players and it will no doubt take a while to assess the right balance for the starting eleven. The strength of the squad will allow us to make the necessary changes as and when we think we need to. It is always nice when you are sitting in the dug out to look at the strength of your bench and know that you can make tactical changes that can change a game. Looking at our squad of players, they offer us different options to the starting eleven and I think every manager needs a plan B up their sleeves. Let’s hope, in the meantime, that plan A serves us well and I don’t need to make too many changes.”

Looking forward to tomorrow night’s game against Wealdstone, Terry added “this game offers me the opportunity to lock horns again with my good friend Gordon Bartlett who I played with for several years at Hayes. Gordon’s teams always play attractive attacking football and they will no doubt be buoyed by their fantastic result on Saturday.

“I was pleased with the team on Saturday and I don’t envisage making too many changes.”

A preview of the game can be read here

For those fans who like to wear the same colour as the team, please note that we will be wearing the red strip for this game.


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Sunday 19 August 2007
club news
Credit card hotline open for Staines tickets

Tickets for the home Ryman League game against Staines go on sale via the credit card hotline from Monday 20 August.

The hotline is open on weekdays between 11.00 am and 1.00 pm in the week preceding a home game. Please call 020 8546 9582 between those hours if you wish to buy a ticket. There is a £1.50 transaction charge.

Please note that we are not posting tickets for league games this season - instead they can be collected at the pre-paid and complimentary tickets window from about 2.00 pm on the day of the game.


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Sunday 19 August 2007
club news
Coach travel to East Thurrock

We are running a fans' coach to East Thurrock for the game on Saturday 25 August.

The coach will leave The Woodman pub in SW19 at 12.10 pm and pick up at Kingsmeadow at 12.30 pm. Tickets cost £13 for adults and £9 for concessions.

You can get a ticket by phoning the club office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays or by calling at the office between those times.


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Sunday 19 August 2007
dons trust news
Dons Draw for August

The August Dons Draw took place yesterday morning at Kingsmeadow

Winning numbers were drawn in the presence of Matthew Breach (Dons Trust board member) and Neil Messenbird (the Dons Draw Treasurer). The winning ticket numbers and prizes were as follows:

First prize of £1,000 - ticket 0936 – Martin Drake from Croydon

Second prize of £480 - ticket 2969 – Simon Rey from Wandsworth

Third prize of £150 - ticket 2320 – J Wardell from Raynes Park

Congratulations to all three prize winners!

You may recognise Martin's name - this is his third win, having won two third prizes in the past.

The next Dons Draw will take place on or after 18 September 2007, with the results being posted on the AFC Wimbledon official web site soon after the draw has taken place.

The first prize is now £1,000 so if you want a chance of winning next month’s bumper jackpot but still haven’t entered, or if you have already entered the draw but would like to increase your chances of winning by taking a few more ticket numbers, then you know what to do!!

You can sign up online to the Dons Draw here or download an online application here.

The deadline for new entrants to the September 2007 Dons Draw is 8.00 pm on Friday 31 August.

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


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Saturday 18 August 2007
club news
Some seat tickets available today

Due to the high levels of voucher returns there are some seats available for sale today. They will be sold from the kiosk in the main bar lobby from about 1.45 pm.

Remember that highlights of the Salisbury and FC United games will be shown in the back bar at 1.45 pm and 2.10 pm respectively.


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Friday 17 August 2007
ladies news
Match officials wanted

The Ladies kick-off their season against Lewes this Sunday at the athletics stadium and are looking for qualified referees and assistants to officiate their home games. In fact, we are still looking for assistants for this Sunday!

The appointments are paid. Anyone who wishes to put their name down for one or more games should contact Ron Trayhorn on 07980 697515 or by e-mail.


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Friday 17 August 2007
first team news
Here we go

Terry Brown was looking forward to the season beginning when we spoke to him late this afternoon. "I am absolutely delighted that the season is about to begin at last. It has been evident for the last week that most of the lads can't wait until the real action begins.

“We were able to give them a fairly easy week, owing to the hard work they put in over the last six weeks. It enabled us last night to walk through set pieces and pattern of play and gave us the opportunity to spend time in a meeting, setting out goals and aims for the coming season. It was a positive meeting where we asked the players to contribute their thoughts to what would be required to finish the season as champions. Although the meeting was fairly light-hearted it did allow the management and players to focus on the discipline and commitment that will be required for a successful season.

“The two home games we have played against FC United and Kingstonian gave Stuart and me a good idea of our current best side. At this time of the year it is easy for the other squad players to feel disillusioned - they have worked very hard and they are not in the starting XI. On Thursday night we tried to emphasise that, to be successful, we will need the full participation of all our squad members.

“I can honestly say in the years that I've been managing, that the team that starts the first game of the season is very rarely the team that will either finish the season or play the vast majority of games. The fixtures schedule offers us four games in ten days so I am absolutely sure that several of those players not involved on Saturday will get their chance within those ten days.

“We have watched Ramsgate and you won't be surprised to hear that we are expecting a full-blooded encounter. They have made improvements to their playing staff this season and I can personally vouch for the expertise of a friend of mine, in their first team coach, Steve Butler - not the Steve Butler you all know, but a former assistant to Peter Taylor at Hull and Leicester.”


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Friday 17 August 2007
club news
Club shop opens tomorrow at noon

The club shop will be open from 12 midday tomorrow, so that early arrivals can buy their new white 3rd kit. Also we have the new white polos from £20, new training tee shirts and new performance tee shirts.

The shop will be open until 2.45 pm and after the match until 5.30pm. Pictures are available here where online purchases can be made.


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Friday 17 August 2007
first team news
Simon moves on

Simon Sweeney has joined Hemel Hempstead today.

After initially signing a new contract, Simon left AFC Wimbledon because his promotion at work meant that he couldn't give the commitment required for the extensive training regime, comprising 18 pre-season training sessions and seven friendly games in a seven week period.

Erik Samuelson said "we were approached by Steve Bateman, who was Simon's manager at Chesham, and who thought he could persuade him to fit in some games for them. We gave Steve permission to approach Simon on the understanding that he was still our player.

"We have now agreed a fee with Hemel which will more than recoup what we paid for Simon. Simon was a popular player and made a valued contribution to the team's progress during his spell here, after making an excellent recovery from a serious injury. We wish him well."


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Friday 17 August 2007
club news
Text alerts

The club provides a text message service where you can receive an almost instant text message from all games of the line-up, goals, half-time and full-time score from all league and cup games.

To subscribe to get every message, text 'AFCW Goals Start' to 60300. This will mean you are sent every message including line-up, goals, half-time and full-time score.

To stop the service, text 'AFCW Goals Stop' to the same number (60300).

If you just want the current score text AFCW Goals to 60300.

Each message received costs you 25 pence so please make sure if you are not the bill payer that you get their permission. If you have any additional questions please contact Paul Raymond here.


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Wednesday 15 August 2007
club news
Food in the back bar on sale from noon on Saturday

Our caterers are providing food in the back bar on Saturday, before the Ramsgate game, starting at noon. Why not come along, grab a bite to eat and then settle down to watch the highlights of two of our recent games before the game?


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Wednesday 15 August 2007
club news
Match highlights in back bar before the Ramsgate game

We will be showing highlights of our recent games against Salisbury and FC United before the Ramsgate game on Saturday.

The Salisbury highlights will start at 1.45 pm and last about 15 minutes. The FC United highlights last about 25 minutes and will be shown shortly after 2.00 pm. We hope to make this a regular feature this season, so come along a little bit earlier and get in the mood for our league opener by watching these recent games.

The Portsmouth v Bolton Wanderers game will be shown in the main bar, starting at 12.45 pm.


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Wednesday 15 August 2007
club news
Chris goes on loan

Chris Hussey has joined Windsor & Eton on a temporary loan.

Terry Brown said “Chris and I had a chat this week regarding the progress he has made during the pre-season period. I’ve been delighted both with his fitness and commitment. I’ve also been very impressed with Chris’s quality on the ball and determination to learn – he has acquitted himself very well in the pre-season games. The Windsor manager, Simon Lane, has watched him on two occasions this season and I know he will be delighted with securing Chris’s services for a short loan period.

“At this stage of his development Chris really needs regular first team football. This loan offers him the chance of playing regular senior football and, in my opinion, this loan period will benefit his career enormously.”


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Tuesday 14 August 2007
club news
Help needed

The commercial department needs help distributing 07/08 fixture lists in areas around the SW18, SW19 and SW20 postcodes. If you have a couple of spare hours where you could help promote the club by dropping fixture lists into bars, restaurants, cafés, newsagents etc, please call commercial executive Keith McGuinness on 020 8547 3336 or e-mail here.
Please also let us know if your place of business would be willing to display fixture lists and we can arrange for you to collect them before the Ramsgate match on Saturday.



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Monday 13 August 2007
first team news
Terry on Ks and the Met Police

Terry Brown was very satisfied after Saturday's 2-0 win against Kingstonian in the Trevor Jones Memorial Cup. "Overall, I've been very pleased with the attitude and commitment of the whole squad to pre-season training and games. In particular, our performances for the Saturday games have been very good. But now, everyone is getting a bit restless waiting for the first game and it isn't far away.

"There are still some places in the team that aren't completely settled and so I'll be looking for strong performances tonight, against the Metropolitan Police, from the players who didn't start on Saturday. Basically, it will be all those players except Marcus Gayle, who is still receiving treatment for a hamstring injury, and possibly Stephen Goddard who has an ear infection and is on antibiotics, The infection was why he wasn't here on Saturday; the other missing players were Kevin Warner and Robin Shroot, who both opted to play for the reserves and did very well, by all accounts. As last week, the team will also include a few of our promising youngsters."

Tonight's game is at Imber Court and kicks off at 7.45 pm.


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Monday 13 August 2007
club news
Credit card hotline open for Ramsgate tickets

Tickets for the home Ryman League game against Ramsgate are now on sale via the credit card hotline.

The hotline is open on weekdays between 11.00 am and 1.00 pm in the week preceding a home game. Please call 020 8546 9582 between those hours if you wish to buy a ticket. There is a £1.50 transaction charge.

Please note that we are not posting tickets for league games this season - instead they can be collected at the pre-paid and complimentary tickets window from about 2.00 pm on the day of the game.


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Sunday 12 August 2007
ladies news
Match postponed

As Staines are unable to raise a team, today's Ladies match has been postponed.


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Friday 10 August 2007
youth news
Coaching vacancies with AFC Wimbledon youth

The AFC Wimbledon Youth Development Programme is looking for experienced and talented coaches to work with its young players. We are looking to recruit coaches at all levels but have the following specific needs.

A Head Coach to oversee the day-to-day delivery of the coaching programme for the under 19 squad which is based at NESCOT College and plays in the Football Conference Youth League and the Ryman Youth League. The Head Coach will also take a senior role in the coaching of AFC Wimbledon Reserves. The duties are focussed around running both the 10 hours of curriculum time coaching at the college and coaching at under 19 matches. The appointment requires a commitment of between 10-20 hours per week depending on the academic schedule and fixtures.

Senior coaches to work alongside all our youth teams both at Nescot and evenings and weekends with the U16 age group squads.

Applicants for these positions will need to have attained a minimum of an FA Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Football and will ideally hold higher coaching qualifications or be working towards them. However, relevant experience is as important as formal qualifications. All applicants should possess full and up to date Criminal Records Bureaux documentation and be able to provide satisfactory relevant references.

For more details about these opportunities call the club’s offices on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays or email a brief summary of experience and qualifications to info@afcwimbledon.co.uk



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Friday 10 August 2007
club news
Club secretary and administrator position

We are seeking to recruit a full-time administrator. This role is wide-ranging and, in addition to the normal club secretary role, includes responsibility for the content of the club’s website and for co-ordinating the programme production process. The successful candidate will also act as company secretary to AFCW PLC and its subsidiaries.

For more details about the job, call the club’s offices (020 8547 3528) between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays or email info@afcwimbledon.co.uk

Please note that we intend to move quickly on this appointment

The salary is negotiable


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Thursday 09 August 2007
first team news
Late change in first team plans

Shortly after announcing his team plans for Saturday, Terry Brown was delighted to have arranged an additional pre-season fixture that allows the players to get another game under their belts.

Terry has arranged an additional pre-season game against the Metropolitan Police, to be played at Imber Court on Monday at 7.45 pm. "This allows me to keep the whole squad together on Saturday for the Kingstonian game and still get the extra game time that some of the players need early next week."


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Thursday 09 August 2007
club news
Terry looks back to the midweek games and forward to Kingstonian

Following the 2-1 win at Windsor and the 1-0 defeat at Walton Casuals, Terry Brown said “I have to say that I am a little disappointed with the performances during the week. Both games were very lacklustre and none of the players who needed to impress did so. Stuart and I spoke to the players prior to both games, stating that if they thought they should be in the starting line up for the Kingstonian game then they had the opportunity to impress in one of these games.

“Although the formation of both sides was selected to give everybody a game I still thought that both of our teams failed to impress. In terms of readiness, it would appear that several players in the squad are a couple of weeks behind the other lads, which makes my job of selection that much easier.

“We have decided that, rather than sit those seven or eight players on the bench on Saturday, waiting for 30 or 45 minutes' play, they will all be better occupied having a full 90 minutes at Bedfont. We will be drafting in three or four of our talented youngsters as cover for Saturday’s fixture with Kingstonian, although the chances are that, barring injury, the side will stay unchanged from the one that started against FC United.

”Looking forward to the game, I was fortunate enough to watch Kingstonian on Monday night when they played a Millwall XI. I was very impressed with Alan Dowson's team. They looked well organised and gave a very strong Millwall side a run for their money. I was particularly impressed with the back four who took no prisoners on the night. I think this will be an ideal curtain raiser to the start of the season."


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Thursday 09 August 2007
club news
More diary dates - Christmas and end of season parties

The club's Christmas party will be held on Saturday 15 December, following the home game against Wealdstone.

The end of season party will be held after the last home game of the season against Harlow Town on Saturday 19 April.

More details will follow in due course.


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Thursday 09 August 2007
club news
Rail and traffic warning for Saturday's game v Kingstonian

If you are planning to come to our 'away' game on Saturday 11 August against Kingstonian, please note that the train lines between New Malden and Kingston will be closed all day. This is because the bridge over London Road is being replaced. As a result, London Road will also be closed, with diversions in place, so we suggest you consider alternative routes if you are driving.

Fans planning to use public transport should use "Transport for London" local bus services for journeys between New Malden or Surbiton, Norbiton and Kingston. Valid rail tickets will be accepted on bus routes 57, 71, 131, 213, 281, K1, K2, K3, K4 in this area.


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Thursday 09 August 2007
club news
Season tickets on their way

The first 100 season tickets were mailed yesterday and we hope that by tomorrow, Friday, night the team will have despatched all the applications that were received up to and including the FC United game on Saturday 4 August. The application despatch process is quite complex but, in broad terms, applications are being sent in the order we received them. Please leave at least a week before calling the office if yours hasn't arrived.

Applications for which we are awaiting proof of the right to a reduced price are being retained until we receive the relevant proof.

Applications received after Saturday 4 August will be processed as early as possible next week.

At the end of yesterday, Wednesday 8 August, we had received 1,429 applications, which is 80 more than we had for the first day of the season last year.

We have enclosed some papers relating to the strategy review with the tickets. More about this later.


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Tuesday 07 August 2007
dons trust news
Printer cartridge and mobile phone recycling suspended

For the time being we are unable to accept printer cartridges or mobile phones for recycling. Please don't bring them to the club until we are able to re-start the process.


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Monday 06 August 2007
club news
Season ticket posting date

In case you missed last week's news item about season tickets, they will start to be posted this week, starting on Wednesday 8 August. Applications that were handed in at the FC United game on Saturday will be included in the mailing this week.

Some fans have not yet provided evidence to support a concessionary price for their season ticket; these tickets will not be sent until we have received the evidence.

Please don't call to enquire about the status of your ticket any earlier than 16 August as these calls slow the process down.

Please note that once we have started the posting process and the printing that goes with it, we cannot interrupt it to print late applications. Therefore, while any applications received after today will be processed as soon as possible, we cannot guarantee they will be delivered in time for the first game of the season. We will announce the status of late applications once the current batch has been sent.


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Monday 06 August 2007
club news
Trevor Williams

Trevor Williams has resigned his post as club secretary and will leave in the near future, after working out his notice period.

Trevor has worked for the club since its beginnings, for a long time on an unpaid basis. During that time he took on the club secretary role as well as a number of other administrative responsibilities.

Chief Executive Erik Samuelson said “Trevor doesn’t get enough recognition for being one of the founders of the club, along with Ivor Heller, Kris Stewart and Marc Jones. He was here at the very beginning and, to be truthful, was probably the only one of us who knew anything about non-league football. We wouldn't have got started without him.

“In addition to his day-to-day job as club secretary, Trevor has taken on a number of other roles without complaining and was always the first to volunteer to get in early or stay late to make sure things got done. He has built very good working relationships with his counterparts in the league and with his work colleagues, especially the football staff; we will miss his irreverent humour and cheerful disposition. Personally, I will miss his wise words which were always available but never forced upon me.”

Trevor said “I have been thinking about this for some time and I think it is time to move on. I’ve been in this job for five years and although I’ve loved being involved I need to get a better paid job and make a career for myself. Working for the Dons is incredibly rewarding in many ways, but not in terms of money!

“I was delighted to be asked to stay on as matchday secretary and look forward to staying involved in the club. I am sure that, under Terry, we will have a great season and I will enjoy being involved in that without giving all my time to it.

Finally, I think I should mention that the Jermaine Darlington affair was a difficult time for me and I would like to thank everyone who was supportive to me during that time. I really appreciate the support that I got from so many fans of the club and from outsiders too.”


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Monday 06 August 2007
first team news
Terry Looks forward to Windsor and Walton Casuals

Terry Brown said "we have slightly adjusted our pre-season format. Early on we lost the Brentford game and with getting my squad in place earlier than I had envisaged, it has meant that all 21 players needed an additional game. Therefore, we have split the squad into two for these midweek games.

"The sides are:

Windsor

Andy Little, Elliott Ransom, Matt Farrell, Matt Martin, Steve Gilbert, Will Salmon, Jason Goodliffe, Dan Dean, Michael Haswell, Sam Hatton, Steve Tyson, Kevin Warner, Luke Pigden, Tommy Hutchins, Steve Ferguson, Richard Jolly, Billy Dunn.

Walton

Paul Seuke, Elliott Ransom, Luke Garrard, Jack Holmes, Jake Galbraith, Antony Howard, Jake Leberl, Chris Hussey, Rob Quinn, Mark Wardell, Oliver Treacher, Robin Shroot, Karl Beckford, Tony Finn, Richard Butler, Daniel Webb, Dane Luchford.

"The two midweek games offer the players their last real opportunity to impress, prior to Saturday's final pre-season fixture. Most of the first team squad will, barring injury, play 90 minutes."

Prices for the Walton game are £5 adults, £2 for children over 11 and free for under 11s. We will announce the Windsor prices as soon as we get them.


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Monday 06 August 2007
first team news
Terry looks back on Saturday

"I am pleased to say that I really enjoyed my first Saturday at Kingsmeadow, sampling a very special atmosphere which was made possible by two very special sets of supporters. On days like this, you can appreciate the real value of the non-league game.

"I was also delighted with the playing surface which, I have to admit, we were slightly worried about. The club has invested a lot of money in the development of the stadium, including the pitch, which based on this game, appears to be money well spent.

"Firstly I'd like to congratulate FC United who brought down a very young, talented squad that wanted to play football, which made for a very open and entertaining game. I'm sure that everyone at the club would like to wish them the best for the coming season.

"For us, it was particularly important to register a win on Saturday and there was no doubt that a win was necessary for the boys to build on the hard work they have put in during the pre-season period. In as little as five weeks they have crammed in 15 training sessions and five games. One of the most pleasing aspects of our training to date has been the lack of injuries. Only Marcus Gayle is injured with a repetition of his hamstring pull.

"As far as the performance goes on Saturday, I thought we started off a little nervously but once we got in our stride I felt that we were able to get the ball down and pass it in a comfortable fashion. The concerns over us creating and finishing enough chances were somewhat eased by the two goals. However, I hope we don't come up against a goalkeeper in such form every week.

"I was particularly pleased with Jason Goodliffe, who I thought gave a skipper's performance, despite being kept up all night with an abscess on his tooth. There is still a considerable amount of work to be done on the side, including getting the range-finding sonar in Sammy Hatton's right boot to work better. I think the adrenaline had an effect on this as he was overhitting most of his corners. The good news about this is that, once he finds his range, I am sure you will see one or two spectacular free kicks.

"I was pleased with the balance and shape of the side. However, the starting eleven has yet to be set in concrete. It is nice at this stage of the season to have a fair idea of the nucleus of your team but it also nice that there are still places up for grabs within a very competitive 21-man squad."


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Sunday 05 August 2007
club news
Unclaimed raffle prize

The winning numbers for yesterday's raffle were Blue 70 and Pink 87.

Blue 70 has been claimed and has won the signed AFC Wimbledon shirt.

If you have the other winning ticket and wish to claim the signed FC United of Manchester shirt then please e-mail here


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Friday 03 August 2007
club news
Food available in the back bar before the game tomorrow

For those of you intending to arrive at the ground early tomorrow, the snack bar will be serving food in the back bar from noon tomorrow until the gates open at around 1.45 pm.


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Friday 03 August 2007
first team news
Terry's thoughts about the FC United game

Manager Terry Brown is really looking forward to his first home game with the Dons, especially as it is against our friends from Manchester.

"I think this particular fixture is one we need at this time of the year, as it will be a very competitive fixture and an exciting game too. The next two Saturdays offer us a rough idea of the likely starting line up for Ramsgate. The system will be in place, i.e. 4-4-2. However, the personnel might change a little.

"Marcus unfortunately aggravated his hamstring injury last night at training and is therefore ruled out for tomorrow. Robin Shroot is part of the very successful Northern Ireland youth side who are playing Israel in the final of the milk cup youth tournament in Coleraine tonight. Steve Goddard and Paul Seuke are both unavailable for selection due to family functions. However, the good news is that Antony Howard should be able to take part in his first game of the season and we will look to bring him on later in the game.

"The players now realise that for the next two or three games they have to really fight for a place. It is important that we get into a winning mentality as soon as possible. Any player not in the starting line up on Saturday will know that he has still got an opportunity to make the starting line up against Ramsgate.

"After this game. the players will still have an opportunity to impress, both on Tuesday night at Windsor and on Wednesday night at Walton Casuals."


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Friday 03 August 2007
club news
Sunday fixture at Farnham for a Wimbledon XI

Johnny Morris's very talented young side go to CCL side Farnham Town on Sunday, kick off 2.00 pm, aiming to continue their excellent pre-season form, which includes wins over Raynes Park Vale, Horley Town, Molesey and a draw with Cove.

Entry is £4 for adults and £2 for concessions. Farnham are putting on a barbecue for fans.


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Thursday 02 August 2007
club news
Young Dons on Sky News

Earlier today Sky News filmed one of AFC Wimbledon's very popular summer soccer camps as part of an item about the nine-year old boy who has been signed by Manchester United. The feature will be shown at about 5.00 pm on Sky News today.

Look out for our stars of the future as part of the feature.


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Thursday 02 August 2007
club news
Kingsmeadow Live this Saturday!

On Saturday 4 August, straight after the pre- season friendly against FC United of Manchester, Kingsmeadow Live returns briefly from its summer holiday to present a gig in celebration of the day’s football.
Starting at 6.00pm in the back bar, there will be three bands, featuring supporters of AFC Wimbledon and FC United of Manchester, playing a variety of music. See below for more details. Admission is free with a match ticket or costs £5 otherwise. For more information, e-mail here or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335.

The Comcomcommas
New to the South London music scene but already causing a stir, The ComComCommas have all the ingredients of a great band. They have an infectious onstage presence, spitting out songs of guilt and frustration from the stage, like angry drunks in the park, leaving you on the dancefloor cutting serious shapes to their unique sound.
To find out more about the band, visit here.

Last Chance Sunday
Recently formed and playing gigs in and around Manchester, Last Chance Sunday’s versatility is their strength, from the pop-punk melodies of Because and Someone Else's Wife to the luscious harmonies of read Me Now and Fragile Dreams via the indie beat of Save The World and She Cries.
To find out more about the band, visit here.

Creeper
Creeper are a four piece Rock/alternative band based in SE London. The music has been compared to many brilliant acts such as Soundgarden, Queens of the Stone Age, Tool, Deftones, and Alice in Chains. Creeper are an original band with oodles of talent,stage and recording experience. Performing live is where they love to be and with a back catologue the size of a small planet creeper always deliver a professional and exciting live show not to be missed.
To find out more about the band, visit here.




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Thursday 02 August 2007
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow this Friday!

Comedy@Kingsmeadow returns for one night on Friday 3 August, the night before the FC United of Manchester pre- season friendly, before the club relaunches in September.
Over 70 FCUM supporters have already reserved tickets, so we strongly advise booking tickets in advance. Call our booking line on 020 8547 3335 or e-mail here

Please note
Food will be available in the back bar prior to the comedy. Admission to the comedy and dinner costs £10. However you MUST order tickets in advance to be able to take advantage of this offer.

More about the gig….

Friday 3 August
Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents…
Martin Coyote, Paddy Lennox, Barrie Hall and Lee Hume
Doors open 8.00pm, show starts 9.00pm, bar closes midnight
Admission: £6 (advance) /£8 (door)

Martin Coyote (Closing Act)
For eight years Martin Coyote has been a pivotal member of the Comedy Store's flagship topical show, The Cutting Edge. He is a prolific writer of challenging and thought provoking gags.
Exuding a warmth and laddish charm, he generates an equally glowing response from his audiences. They genuinely like him. Even the most hardened hecklers seek his approval.
His talents are diverse. Equally at home with the mainstay circuit gigs as with the major comedy venues, on television or on radio, Coyote is a force to be reckoned with. Credits include. 'Bring Me The Head Of Light Entertainment.' (Channel Five) 'Loose Talk' (Radio One) 'Comedy Network' (Radio One) 'The Treatment' (Radio Five Live). He also supported Lee Hurst on his three highly successful UK tours.
'Criminally underrated. A truly great writer and performer.' Time Out
'Great topical one-liners. Will make you laugh a lot.' Radio Five Live
'Unhinged, quick witted, slightly sinister. But always worth going to see.' London Evening Standard
'Coyote is a safe pair of hands, guaranteed to deliver a quality set.' www.chortle.co.uk

Paddy Lennox (Opening Act)
Irish comedian and actor Paddy Lennox first burst on to stage as a Stand-Up in 2001 only to be interrupted with a couple of comedies at the Shakespeare Globe Theatre and filming in far off lands, before returning to his new found passion. An engaging and instantly likeable comic, Paddy combines topical material with observational routines. "Simply a scream" Belfast Telegraph.

Barrie Hall (Compere)
Sophisticated Geordie comedian, Barrie Hall is one of the performers in new Channel 4 comedy sketch series Experimental. He also appears in BBC 1's new entertainment show, Spy TV hosted by Ian Wright.Barrie performs stand up comedy regularly all around the country. Equally at home performing extended sets or as compere, he performed at this year's Edinburgh Fringe in his own sell-out stand up show.
‘Hall's performance is a tour de force’ Time Out
‘Bladder-aching hilarity, a gem amongst the crud’ City Life
‘Achingly funny and hilariously offbeat’ The List
‘Highly entertaining stand up’ Metro
‘Comic fantasy with a dark tinge’ The Times

Lee Hume andBob 'Walshy' Walsh (New Acts)
Another couple of new act gets 10 minutes on stage to try and prove they has what it takes to make it as a stand up comedian.



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Thursday 02 August 2007
club news
Under 16s go free on the terrace for the FC United game - and all league games!

Terrace access is free for under 16s at all this season’s league games and also for the friendly game against FC United on Saturday 4 August. All you have to do is turn up at the turnstile and you will be given a ticket (so we can count the numbers attending) and admitted. If you are under 12, you need to be accompanied by an adult.

Fans who look as if they might be over 16 or under 12 will be asked to provide proof of age. To make life easier, you can apply for a photo id card. All you need to do is send (or bring to a game) a copy of your birth certificate along with two photographs, your name, address, email and phone number. Make sure you enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. It is as simple as that.

Please allow 10 days for your photocard to arrive.

Leaflets explaining what you need to do will be handed out at the FC United game on Saturday.

If you are under 16 and would still like a terrace season ticket then all you need to do is apply in the normal way. Forms are available via the button on the home page of this site or you can collect one at any home game.

Seat tickets for under 16s are still £3 for one game, £35 for the season.


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Thursday 02 August 2007
club news
Season tickets - apply on Saturday and we will deliver before Ramsgate

Season tickets will be posted next week, starting on Wednesday 8 August. Please don't call to enquire about the status of your ticket any earlier than 16 August. Some fans have not yet provided evidence to support a concessionary price for their season ticket; these tickets will not be sent until we have received the evidence.

Applications that are handed in at the FC United game on Saturday will be processed and despatched in time to arrive before the first home game of the season on 18 August against Ramsgate. Please note that we cannot guarantee that applications received after the FC United game will be processed in time for the first home game of the season.

Season ticket sales continue to be well over 100 higher than last season's sales at the same date. Please note that a few main stand seats are still available.


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Wednesday 01 August 2007
first team news
Terry on last night's performance

Terry Brown was disappointed with the performance at Fisher last night. "You don't like to see your team outplayed, and we were, at various times in last night's game. It is always a balance between how poorly we play and how well the opposition play.

"A major contributory factor was the team selection last night. In trying to ensure that all the members of my squad had at least two games under their belts, it meant that Tuesday night's line up was ill-balanced at the start and possibly this wasn't the right game to have done that.

"However, it did give me the opportunity of seeing different players play in unorthodox positions. I thought we started the second half in a more positive fashion with a more balanced side and we took the game to Fisher. But their breakaway goal changed the balance of the game and after that I thought we always appeared stretched.

"Overall, I think it will do the squad the world of good and give them the necessary kick up the backside that every pre-season squad requires at same stage. Apart from Marcus Gayle and Antony Howard, all my players have now played the equivalent of at least two full games in terms of minutes on the pitch. Some of them have, obviously, impressed more than others.

"At this stage I would like to point out that although we will now start to gear the side towards our starting eleven for the Ramsgate game, experience tells me that the team that day won't necessarily be the strongest eleven for the rest of the season. I've always found that when you look back to your starting line up on day one, it isn't necessarily the one you run with for the rest of the year. Therefore, the other members of the squad are very important at this stage of the season.

"After four games it is noticeable that defensively we look a fairly stable unit, midfield appears to offer strength, pace and skill on the ball. However, we have yet to translate this into goals. It will take time for the new team to gell and I am as impatient as some of you, I suspect. I look forward to us bursting the back of the net on Saturday with an avalanche of at least one goal!"


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Wednesday 01 August 2007
club news
Special offer

As you may know, Comedy@Kingsmeadow is returning from its summer break for one night this Friday to celebrate the pre-season friendly against FC United of Manchester on Saturday.

We are happy to say that over 70 FCUM supporters have already booked tickets in advance, meaning we are expecting over 100 people to attend the event.

For the first time, we will also be serving dinner at Comedy@Kingsmeadow. For a special price of £10, you will get a ticket for the comedy and a buffet featuring chicken or vegetarian curry. However, to avail of this offer, tickets MUST be booked in advance by either calling our booking line on 020 8547 3335 or e-mail here.

For more information about the line-up, see Tuesday's news item entitled 'Comedy@Kingsmeadow this Friday!'.


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Wednesday 01 August 2007
dons trust news
Golden Goal update

Golden goal tickets will not be on sale at the pre-season friendly against FC United of Manchester on 4 August. When faced with the prospect of coping with the number of substitutions and the sort of shirt numbering that we had at the Tooting and Mitcham game, Roger and Linda Dennis - the golden goal organisers – decided the easiest course of action was to go on holiday rather than produce and sell tickets. However, they assure us that normal service will be resumed for our opening league game on 18 August.

Last season, the sale of golden goal tickets raised £12,500 to help towards paying off the Dons Trust’s bank loan. In the five seasons that the golden goal competition has been running, it has raised over £70,000, all of which has helped to buy Kingsmeadow for the Trust. Roger and Linda would like to thank all their volunteer sellers over the last five seasons, as well as the purchasers of tickets, for making the competition such a success.


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