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Monday 31 August 2009
first team news
Dons shine in the sun

Wimbledon moved to third in the Blue Square Premier as they overcame Grays Athletic in an exciting and entertaining encounter.

Terry Brown kept his word that he would make full use of his squad over the Bank Holiday weekend and made five changes from the team that had lined up against Oxford United on Saturday with Luke Garrard, Kennedy Adjei, Ricky Wellard, Elliott Godfrey and Jon Main all starting.

The first 20 minutes was end to end as both teams had excellent chances to score. The Dons took the lead after ten minutes when Brett Johnson headed home a Chris Hussey free kick, and the lead was increased after 21 minutes when Jon Main was brought down in the penalty area by goalkeeper Preston Edwards, before picking himself up and sending Edwards the wrong way.

Grays pulled one back after 29 minutes when Sam Gaughran headed home after a cross from the right. Within two minutes of the second half starting, the home team had equalised when Daniel Charge blasted home from close range. The lead was restored after 63 minutes when Danny Kedwell chased a long clearance into the opposition penalty area and, when he was about to shoot, was tugged back by Cameron Mawer. After consulting his assistant, the referee pointed to the spot and dismissed Mawer from the field. Main stepped up and made no mistake.

To their credit Grays continued to attack but as the game wore on, more and more space was appearing in the Grays half and in added-on time Danny Kedwell made sure of the points with his sixth goal of the season.

Terry Brown was very pleased to have secured the victory. “After seven games, the players have now earned a rest period until next Saturday and this will give Stuart Cash, Simon Bassey and I the chance to work on one or two things.

“The players have played seven games in 24 days, and today they were playing on a very thick playing surface on a very hot day. We started off sloppily and offered Grays a number of early chances. Our first goal scored from a well-worked free kick with excellent delivery from Chris Hussey was the first scored by one of our centre halves.

“I thought today that we were not so commanding in defence and at times we were a yard off the pace. To be fair, Paul Lorraine was carrying an injury and he battled throughout to complete the 90 minutes. After going two goals ahead we let Grays back into the game. They have a number of very skilful individual players and when they bond together, they will be a very effective side. They caused us problems in defence all afternoon, and I do feel that if we had kept better position and been more clinical in our finishing, we would have put the game to bed a lot earlier.

“The seven games have offered us an opportunity to look at seven very different teams in our league. I feel we have nothing to fear and we will now look to build on this good start and play more football in the future.”



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Saturday 29 August 2009
first team news
Dons come unstuck

League leaders Oxford United came away with all three points but were severely tested in the final 30 minutes of the game, and the Dons will feel that they should have at least taken a point.

Oxford were the better team in the first half, and, similar to the Luton game, were that bit brighter and quicker to the ball. However, neither team created many clear-cut chances, with Oxford having two attempts on target, and none from Wimbledon.

Oxford took the lead just four minutes into the second half when a move down the right saw the ball cut across the six yard box and Jay Conroy’s attempt to get to the ball first only saw him steer it past James Pullen. Wimbledon then raised their game and Paul Lorraine was bundled over in the penalty area, but Danny Kedwell’s strongly hit shot was well saved by Ryan Clarke.

The Dons had much the better of the final quarter, and came close to scoring on a number of occasions. The best effort was a Ricky Wellard header which failed to have enough strength to beat Clarke.

Despite the defeat, Terry Brown was not too disappointed. “I am again very proud of my players, the way they showed great character after going a goal down, and dominating much of the second half. We have now played a number of the top teams in the league and have not been disgraced in any way. We are a young team still learning and I am sure we will have a good season.

“We created a number of chances in the second half and the difference at the present time is that we are not taking them. I thought Steven Gregory as the holding midfield player had an outstanding game. We now travel to Grays Athletic on Bank Holiday Monday when I will be looking to make use of my full squad.”



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Friday 28 August 2009
club news
Ticket sales for Cambridge United and update re Tamworth tickets

Tamworth We have heard that our game at Tamworth on Saturday 5 September will NOT be all ticket. We are not selling tickets for that game.

Grays As previously announced, the game at Grays on Monday 31 August is not all ticket.

Cambridge United, home, Saturday 12 September

This game is all ticket. No tickets will be sold on the day of the game.

Cambridge ticket sales at tomorrow's game

Terrace tickets for the John Smith stand, plus a small number of seat tickets, will be on sale before the game at the kiosk in the main lobby and after the game from the Tempest End turnstiles.

We continue to try to ensure that only Wimbledon fans and neutrals can buy tickets for the home areas. To help us to achieve this, fans will be able to buy up to four tickets (subject to availability) for the John Smith terrace on presentation of a valid 'home' ticket (i.e. a Tempest End or a John Smith's ticket) for the Oxford game.

On line

Tickets can now be bought on line by season ticket holders, Dons Trust members and shareholders in the PLC. Up to four tickets can be bought by each applicant. You will also qualify if you have been a season ticket holder at any time in the last five years.

By post

• Applications may be made at any time and will be dealt with in the order in which they are received
• There is a maximum of four tickets per application
• Applicants should enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Tickets will be sent at the risk of the applicant - in other words, we cannot issue replacement tickets for any that are lost in the post. Fans who want more secure delivery of their tickets should not stamp the self-addressed envelope, but instead add a payment of £2 for a recorded delivery service
• Applicants must enclose a daytime phone contact number

Personal callers

Tickets will not be sold by phone. However, personal callers may visit the club between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm, and their applications must meet the above conditions.

Prices

Adult terrace tickets: £12; Concessions £6; Under-16s £2.

There will be a limited number of seats, priced at: Adults £14; Concessions £7; Under-16s £3.


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Friday 28 August 2009
club news
Arrangements for the Oxford United game and a caution re parking

There are some special arrangements for tomorrow’s game against Oxford United.

All-ticket game

The game is all ticket and, as a result, we will not be selling tickets on the day of the game.

Parking

The car park will be open as usual on a first-come, first-served basis and the car park is likely to fill up quickly.

Fans who park in local streets should please show consideration when doing so. Some fans who park in King Henry's Road, Norbiton Common Road and Fleetwood Road have been obstructing the road. From the Oxford game onwards, 'no parking' cones will be placed at key points in the road. The roads will be policed and anyone who parks in a coned area will be subject to an on-the-spot fine. In addtion, fans who block access to residents' driveways will also be subject to fines.

Disabled fans should please remember that their passes give them priority but not a guarantee of a space. Once the disabled area is full we cannot provide any additional spaces and therefore you are advised to arrive as early as possible.

Entry to the stadium

There will be full segregation in place for tomorrow’s game.

Fans with tickets for the Tempest End should enter, as usual, via any of turnstiles 4, 5 and 6.

Fans with tickets for the John Smith stand cannot enter via the Kingston Road end turnstiles. Instead, they should enter either via turnstiles 4, 5 and 6 at the Tempest End or via the gate at the junction of the John Smith stand and the Kingston Road end. This can be reached via the car park behind the houses on Kingston Road.

Fans with seat tickets in the Paul Strank stand should, as usual, enter via the main lobby entrance.

We remind season ticket holders that you must bring your ST book, not just the relevant voucher.

Exit from the stadium

Fans who leave the ground during the game or at half time will not be allowed to re-enter the stadium.

Bars

The main bar and back bar will open at noon. They are open to Wimbledon fans only. You will need to show a ticket for a home section of the ground to gain entry to the bar both before and after the game. This means that season ticket holders who only bring their voucher will not be able to enter the bars after the game.

Please note that fans who bring their own food will not be allowed to eat it in the bar. Similarly, fans who bring cans or bottles of alcohol into the stadium and its surroundings will be asked to leave.

Catering

There will be a barbecue outside the main bar from noon, and food will also be available in the back bar from noon. The normal range of food and drinks will be available from the burger bars in the ground, including ‘the tea pot’ at the corner of the Tempest End and the John Smith stand.

Please note that fans in the John Smith stand cannot use the burger bar at the Kingston Road end.

As stated above, fans with their own food will not be allowed to bring it into the bars.

Ticket collection and sales for other games

This will be dealt with in a separate announcement.


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Friday 28 August 2009
first team news
Terry looks forward to Oxford

Although only five games have been played this season, there are already only two unbeaten teams in the league. Tomorrow sees the Dons entertain one of them, Oxford United, having already drawn with Luton Town, the other unbeaten team. Oxford arrive as table toppers and equal top scorers, with thirteen goals this season.

James Constable is leading the way with five league goals, equal to our own Danny Kedwell's total, with Matthew Green hard on his heels with three. With the Dons’ defence being equal meanest in the league, it looks like something will have to give tomorrow.

When we spoke to him earlier today, Terry Brown was well aware of the pressure on his young squad to perform in two hard games over the bank holiday weekend.

"Tomorrow's visit of league leaders Oxford United offers us another opportunity to gauge how far we have come in recent months. Having looked at our scout's report Oxford appear to be a very strong and talented outfit and I know that our players are really looking forward to what should be a fantastic contest. The two fixtures over the weekend will stretch our squad and I am looking to utilise all the fit and available players we have at our disposal for the two games.

"I've crossed swords with the Oxford manager, Chris Wilder, on several occasions. He has transformed Oxford since his arrival and they are quite rightly one of the favourites for promotion this year. We have started very well and if you offered me the chance to finish the regular season now, in fourth position, I would bite your hand off.

"Obviously I'm delighted with the start that our players have had. The arrival of Ross Montague takes our squad up to 22. We now have great cover in every position and in the majority of cases very little to choose between the candidates for the positions. Although this is a lovely position for a manager to be in, it does mean that we have to work really hard with the players to achieve an understanding of what we are trying to achieve long term.

"This particular squad of players has not been assembled just for instant success but as part of the club's long term policy regarding our eventual rightful return to the Football League. Tomorrow is another important milestone in assessing our progress towards achieving that long term plan."


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Thursday 27 August 2009
club news
Wrexham game postponed

We have today received confirmation from the Football Conference that our home game against Wrexham due to take place on Tuesday 8 September has been postponed.

The new date for this game will be announced in due course.


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Thursday 27 August 2009
first team news
Ross signs on for the Dons

Shortly before Thursday evening’s training session Club Secretary David Charles and Manager Terry Brown completed the signing of 20 year old Ross Montague after he successfully completed a thorough medical.

Ross, who came through the Brentford youth ranks, made his debut against Nottingham Forest in April 2007 and has subsequently spent loan periods at Sutton United, Welling United and Basingstoke Town.

Terry Brown said “I am absolutely delighted to announce the arrival of Ross Montague to complete our squad of 22 players which now gives us cover in every position. Ross is a player we have tracked over the last couple of years. He is a tall strong aggressive front runner with two good feet and an eye for goal.

“He is still in the process of recovering from a knee injury he suffered last year and although he has completed a full pre-season with Brentford he needs to get match fit over the next four weeks. Although he will not be involved over this weekend I hope that he will be able to play at least 60 minutes for the reserves next Tuesday.”



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Thursday 27 August 2009
club news
Club office remaining open to 8.00 pm for Oxford tickets

A reminder that as well as selling tickets to personal callers during normal office hours, the office will additionally stay open until 8.00 pm tonight for the sale of tickets.

It will still be necessary for callers to bring with them proof of address. Alternatively, members of the Dons Trust, PLC shareholders and season ticket holders can buy tickets on line by clicking on the button on the left hand side of this site's home page.

Applicants will be limited to four tickets per person.


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Wednesday 26 August 2009
club news
1889 Club announces House of Lords dinner

House of Lords
In addition to the four dinners listed below, we are pleased to announce that 1889 Club members will be invited to an exclusive dinner at the House Of Lords in Spring 2010. See below for more details.



The commercial department is pleased to announce the format for the 1889 Club for the 09/10 season.

Now in its third year, The 1889 Club is a fundraising initiative introduced by the commercial department as a substitute for premium seating/ corporate boxes that other clubs can offer.

As you can see below, the members decide what the money is spent on. The main benefit associated with membership is invitations to dinners with special guests from the world of football but there are several other benefits too, including discount President Lounge tickets and a complimentary ticket for the end of season dinner. See below for more details.

For more information, please e-mail commercial executive Keith McGuinness at here or call 020 8547 3336.

1889 Club 2009/2010

Purpose
Each member will vote to determine which part of the club will benefit from the funds raised. This will be voted on at the first dinner.
Examples:
- 1st team playing budget
- Youth teams
- Bar renovations
- Ground fund
Please feel free to make any other suggestions.

Benefits of membership

1) Invitation to 4 dinners throughout the season:

John Scales
Monday 21 September
Cost: £50 for members, £100 for guests

Other guests include:
- Dave Anderson and Caroline Barker from BBC London’s Non League Show (November)
- Paul Lorraine and Lewis Taylor (January)
- Terry Brown and Stuart Cash (March)
- House Of Lords (April/ May)

2) VIP travel for the Tamworth game (Sat 6 September)
16 seat luxury minibus. Facilities include:
- Leather reclining seats
- Air conditioning,
- Refrigerator,
- DVD Player,
- Extra leg room
Match tickets arranged prior to departure (Subject to availability, price varies depending on opposition)
Please note: This trip will only take place if we have sufficient numbers. 1889 Club members and their guests get first preference, it will then be offered to the fan base in general.
Cost: £52 (including stand ticket)/ £50 (including terrace ticket)

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

4) Members will have the opportunity to attend a first team training session with Terry Brown providing insight into the training methods.

5) Members receive a free ticket for the AFC Wimbledon End of Season dinner, being held in a marquee on the pitch and an invitation to the pre-dinner VIP reception. Discount tickets will be available for one guest.

Cost of Membership:
Membership costs £575 (including VAT) and is payable in one instalment or by direct debit over 8 months.




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Wednesday 26 August 2009
club news
Some seat tickets available for Oxford

With it being the holiday season, we have had a good number of returned seat ticket vouchers for Saturday's game against Oxford United.

Wimbledon fans who wish to purchase these tickets may do so by calling into the club's office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm.


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Wednesday 26 August 2009
club news
Wrexham ticket sales suspended

Wrexham have told us that they have had several players called up for international duty during the week of our forthcoming game against them. As a result, they are seeking leave from the Conference to postpone our home game with them on Tuesday 8 September.

We assume that their application will be agreed but until matters are clarified we are suspending ticket sales for that game.


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Tuesday 25 August 2009
club news
Oxford tickets still available

The club still has a good number of terrace tickets available for Wimbledon fans in the John Smith's Stand for the game on Saturday against Oxford United.

As well as selling tickets to personal callers during normal office hours, the office will additionally stay open until 8.00 pm on Thursday evening for the sale of tickets. Applicants will be limited to four tickets per person.

It will still be necessary for callers to bring with them proof of address. Alternatively, members of the Dons Trust, PLC shareholders and season ticket holders can buy tickets on line by clicking on the button on the left hand side of this site's home page.


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Tuesday 25 August 2009
first team news
Ben Judge

Following his injury during the game at Altrincham, it turns out that Ben Judge has fractured his collarbone.

Mike Rayner's assessment is that Ben will be out of action from six to eight weeks. We wish Ben a speedy recovery.


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Tuesday 25 August 2009
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow returns with Rob Deering and a free drink!

SPECIAL OFFER
If you are one of the first 100 people to book tickets for Comedy@Kingsmeadow on Friday 4 September, your first drink is on us!
(Beer, wine or soft drinks only)

To book tickets, visit here



After our well earned summer break, Kingston’s top comedy club returns on Friday 5 September, headlined by the ‘bruisingly hilarious’ (Time Out) Rob Deering. Ting N’ Ting also return with their award winning Caribbean cuisine, so normal service is resumed

For more information about the line-up, see below.

New gigs just announced:
Saturday 26 September- Arthur Smith and The Rollin' Clones
Saturday 24 October- The Dualers
Saturday 21 November- The Kounterfeit Kinks



More about the comedy...

Friday 4 September
COMEDY@KINGSMEADOW presents….
Rob Deering, Vince Atta and Kevin Hayes
Doors open 7.30pm/ comedy starts 9.00pm/ bar closes Midnight
Admission: £12 (includes comedy and dinner)

Rob Deering (Headliner)

Rob Deering exploded on to the comedy scene in 2000, reaching the Daily Telegraph Open Mic Award semi-finals, the finals of the BBC New Comedy Award and the final of the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year Competition, as well as winning the prestigious Amused Moose New Talent Award. 2001 brought further success with Rob hosting the legendary Comedy Zone at the Edinburgh Festival; this led to a personal request from Emo Phillips to support him for his festival run.
With his easy charm, cheesy singing voice, razor-sharp wit and clownish physicality Rob has quickly established himself as a firm favourite on the London circuit and has played at all the major comedy clubs nationwide. He slayed audiences as a headliner on The Comedy Network and has been commissioned by channel 4 to write and host the comedy series Lesser-Spotted Britain.

"Sterling stand-up from one of the circuit's rising stars. A safe place to bet your comedy dollar" - The Sunday Times
“Bruisingly Hilarious.” Time Out
“Truly wonderful stand-up.” The Sunday Times
“Comedy’s man of the moment.” Metro
“Self-deprecating and immensely likable…hugely enjoyable.” **** Sunday Herald
“He captures the audience’s imagination and creates a show where audience participation actually works.” **** The Herald
“Sterling stand-up from one of the circuit's rising stars. A safe place to bet your comedy dollar.” Sunday Times
“The award-winning comic performs his engaging brand of stand-up humour.” The Guardian
“Highly enjoyable…A rising star who combines an easy-going cheeky chappie demeanour with a quickfire wit.” Evening Standard
“Amiable charm and softly spoken sarcasm.” **** The Metro
“He has such confidence, control and ease with an audience.” The Stage
“An utter delight from start to finish.” ***** Three Weeks

Vince Atta (Opening Act)

It's fair to say that everything Vince Atta touches turns to gold. His high-octane performances, stunning delivery & flawless array of impressions leave you short of breath. With a broad, wonderful spectrum of material ranging from students, Spanish horses in a kitchen, psychotic London ex-girlfriends, pointless racial pride & the advantages of an alcoholic mother, Atta brings an inspiring touch of pathos which demonstrates an unerring ability to turn experience into bullet proof comedy. His festival shows 'Atta, Bowman & Hoo' (2005) & "Atta, Bowman & Hoo 2" (2006) were both among the most successful shows in their respective Manchester Comedy Festivals. Both included Vince's hour-long headline performance. They were referred to by ManchesterComedy.com as "a blinder in terms of every aspect of making a successful festival show."
In October 2006 Vince won the much-coveted 'City Life Comedian Of The Year' Award. Previous recipients include Peter Kay, Caroline Aherne, Chris Addison, Jason Manford & Seymour Mace.
CITY LIFE COMEDIAN OF THE YEAR 2006/7
"An unstoppable force, forging a brilliant rapport with the audience.. like an intravenous shot of adrenaline!" -Steve Bennett, Chortle reviews
"Star of the future. Fact!" - Student Direct
"He sparkles- he's energetic, animated with a gift for characterisations" -Unity
"An instant crowd pleaser, his infectious enthusiasm & multi-faceted approach, anecdotes, stories, observations gave the evening a new dimension, his set is very, very impressive." - Student Direct
"A set to be proud of!" City Life Magazine
"Atta Boy!" South Manchester Reporter

Kevin Hayes (MC)

Having failed to realise his childhood dream of becoming a Civil Engineer, Kevin fell back on comedy to earn a crust. Since then he has peddled his wares around the comedy world from Melbourne to San Francisco and from Derry to Dubai, telling jokes and gazing longingly at the buildings.
As a broadly topical comic, Kevin offers general commentary, he talks engagingly about topics in a light, accessible way making fine points and offering good company.
His TV credits include 'Live at Jongleurs' (ITV), 'The Comedy Store' (Channel 5) and 'The Stand Up Show', 'Everyman' and 'The Empire Laughs Back' on BBC 1. He also contributes a column to The Irish Post, the largest Irish newspaper in Britain.
‘Hayes has a more subtle brand of humour and a gift for getting the audience eating out of his hand. Then his outrageous jokes jump up and headbutt you. He is insightful, intelligent, and incredibly funny. It's all served up with a dose of political satire as he talks about things that shouldn't be funny but it's a relief when they are' THE EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS
'The best thing about Kevin Hayes is that his jokes are really funny, something which some comics think is not as important as being clever. Hayes is clever too and his best material is a mixture of surrealism and satire. He handles religion and politics with a light but incisive touch' THE STAGE
'This man is gold!' THE SCOTSMAN
'Here is a great Irish comic. His dry, smooth wit is wondrous' THE IRISH TIMES
'Some of the finest and most intelligent comedy I have seen on this or any other Fringe' 'DB' MAGAZINE, ADELAIDE
'Kevin Hayes is the stand-up comedian for people who thought they didn't like stand-up comedy' SCOT FM
'A fine comic. Intelligent and incisive yet still amenable ' THE GUARDIAN


Line-ups subject to change



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Tuesday 25 August 2009
club news
Luxury minibus to Tamworth

The club will be running a luxury minibus for the game against Tamworth on Saturday 5 September.

The minibus will depart from Kingsmeadow at 10.00am and return from Tamworth at 5.30pm.

Facilities on the minibus include:

- Leather reclining seats

- Air conditioning,

- Refrigerator

- DVD Player

- Extra leg room

We will also arrange match tickets prior to departure.

Please note
This trip will only take place if we have sufficient numbers.

Cost: £50 (including stand ticket)/ £48 (including terrace ticket)

To book your place on the minibus, please e-mail here or call 020 8547 3336.




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Monday 24 August 2009
first team news
Terry on Altrincham

After the Monday morning training session Terry Brown gave us his thoughts about Saturday's win and the injury situation.

"Having now watched the DVD of Saturday's game it was nice to notice how solid we were at the back. Although sometimes we watch games and look for how well we are doing going forward, every successful side has to start off with a solid back four.

"Up until the injury to Paul Lorraine and the subsequent injury, after only one minute on the pitch, to Ben Judge, I thought our back four handled their very lively front pairing extremely well. The necessary reorganisation, coupled with the fact that we had gone one nil up, meant that we had to handle a front four or five in the last ten minutes. I thought Jay Conroy settled into his centre half role with relish and won his headers and Sam Hatton turned into Garrincha at right back.

"We had asked the players before the match to show us the character necessary to travel long distance, stay away from home and perform to a high level. They certainly proved they are capable of doing that and have set themselves a benchmark for the rest of the season.

"The resilience shown away to Kettering and Altrincham bodes well for the future. As with any new team you are never quite sure of the character necessary to dig in and win difficult away games.

"It was nice to see Danny Kedwell on the score sheet again and it is evident that our midfield players will have to start chipping in with goals if we are to maintain our current run.

"At this early stage of the season we are sitting in a nice position that allows me to still experiment. We have juggled both the system and the players around over the last five matches and we will continue to do so. It never has been a case of finding the right system - it is more of a case of being able to play different systems to meet the circumstances of each game and to utilise the individual strengths of our own players.

"Fortunately we have no game during the week, since we have started picking up injuries. The training session today, Monday, is the first of four this week and I didn't have available James Pullen, Paul Lorraine, Alan Inns, Ben Judge, Danny Kedwell, Luke Moore, Peter Rapson and Lewis Taylor, who were all carrying knocks and didn't train. Apart from Ben Judge, I would expect the rest of the squad to be fit and available for selection on Saturday.

"Those players who haven't had as much time in the starting eleven will get a run out in the reserves at Wednesday night, at Basingstoke. I will try not to injure any more of them this week in training and we look forward to welcoming the league leaders on Saturday."


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Monday 24 August 2009
club news
Coaches to Grays and Tamworth

We are now taking bookings for the supporters' coaches travelling to our next two away games.

On Monday 31 August we travel to Grays when the coach will pick up from The Woodman at 11.30 am and from Kingsmeadow at 12 noon.

On Saturday 5 September we travel to Tamworth when the coach will pick up from The Woodman at 10.00 am and from Kingsmeadow at 10.30 am.

The price is £10 and to reserve a seat, bookings can be made at the complimentary tickets window before and after the game on Saturday against Oxford United or, alternatively, please contact the club office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays.



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Monday 24 August 2009
club news
Ticket arrangements for the next few games

After conversations with the police and the relevant clubs, the situation regarding the next few games is as follows:

Oxford United, Saturday 29 August

See the news item which was posted on this site earlier today.

Grays Athletic, away, Monday 31 August

This game is not all-ticket, i.e. you can pay on the day.

We are not selling tickets in advance for this game. For more information about arrangements for visitors to Grays, click on Grays Athletic.

Tamworth, away, Saturday 5 September

Tamworth are in discussions with their local police about the game. We will announce the arrangements as soon as they are known.

Wrexham, home, Tuesday 8 September

This game is not all ticket but we will be selling tickets in advance. These may be purchased by postal application, by calling at the club's office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on a weekday, or on-line, which can be accessed via the home page.

Cambridge United, home, Saturday 12 September

This game will be all-ticket. Details will be announced soon. Please do not send applications until the arrangements have been announced.


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Monday 24 August 2009
club news
Oxford tickets now on sale on line

Tickets for the John Smith terrace for Saturday's league game against table-topping Oxford United can now be bought on line by season ticket holders, Dons Trust members, and shareholders in the PLC. Up to four tickets can be bought by each applicant. You may also qualify if you have been a ST holder at any time in the last five years.

The link to on-line ticket sales is on the left hand side of the home page, under the 'Next fixtures' listing,

Other Dons fans may buy tickets by calling at the club's office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays or by posting an application. At this late stage we will hold postal applications for collection, unless you specify otherwise.


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Monday 24 August 2009
club news
Jack Goodchild Way closed at lunchtime

If you are planning to visit the club's office today, please note that Jack Goodchild Way will be closed to traffic between noon and approximately 2.00 pm for road repairs.

The club's offices are open during that time and there is ample street parking nearby.


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Sunday 23 August 2009
club news
Salisbury game highlights

Highlights of the home game against Salisbury are now available.

You can see them by clicking on AFC Wimbledon TV.


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Saturday 22 August 2009
first team news
Captain Kedwell strikes again

Danny Kedwell was the Wimbledon hero again as he scored his fifth goal in three games as the Dons ran up their third consecutive win.

Reverting to a 4-3-3 formation with Jay Conroy, Derek Duncan and Lewis Taylor all returning to the starting line up the Dons thoroughly deserved their victory and with more clinical finishing could have won by a bigger margin.

The win came at some cost with Paul Lorraine coming off injured with a hamstring strain and his replacement, Ben Judge, being on the pitch for just one minute before he too was forced to retire with a shoulder injury.

However, with Conroy moving to the heart of the defence and Sam Hatton slotting into the right back position the back line remained solid whilst the forwards still looked dangerous. It was substitute Elliott Godfrey who instigated the move that led to the goal. Picking up the ball in central midfield he drove forward and unleashed a defence-splitting pass into the inside right position. As Stuart Coburn advanced from goal Kedwell, who had assumed the captain's armband from Judge who in turn had taken it from Lorraine, calmly directed the ball into the far corner of the goal to secure the points.

On the coach back to London, Terry Brown reflected on what he described as “a perfect weekend”.

“We left Kingsmeadow at 10.30 am on Friday morning and as we drove north listened to the cricket which proved to be an outstanding day for the English. We arrived at a beautiful hotel in Cheadle in time to have a training session prior to our evening meal which set us up perfectly for what was going to be a very difficult game at Moss Lane.

“We started off with a 4-3-3 formation to nullify their 3-5-2 line up and with Lewis Taylor prominent wide right we managed to cause problems for them all afternoon. We worked very hard to close them down and the defensive players were excellent and we deserved to keep a clean sheet.

“Going forward we looked bright and kept good possession although we never really tested their goalkeeper enough. The second half turned out to be a more open affair and eventually we got the goal our play richly deserved. On the downside we suffered an injury to Paul Lorraine and Ben Judge’s cameo appearance lasted just 49 seconds.

“However, the squad pulled together and showed great character as Jay Conroy showed his versatility as he moved to centre back and Sam Hatton put in an inspired display at right back. As with any game when you are just one goal ahead with ten minutes remaining it proved to be a nervous time but I felt that if another goal was to be scored it would come from us.

“It was a fantastic victory which will give our young squad bags of confidence as we go into next week’s exciting game against Oxford United.”


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Friday 21 August 2009
reserve team news
Reserves at home

If you aren't going to the Altrincham game, why not drop in and watch Marcus Gayle's young reserve team play its second league game of the season on Saturday against Beaconsfield Sycob?

The reserves play their home games at Walton Casuals' ground, the Waterside Stadium. Kick off is at 3.00 pm.

Entry is £3 for adults and £1.50 for concessions and under 16s.


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Friday 21 August 2009
first team news
Terry looks forward to Altrincham

We spoke to Terry Brown earlier this evening after the players had settled in to their hotel.

"Tonight sees our first overnight stay this season as we prepare to meet Altrincham. The squad set off this morning and arrived at our hotel in good time late this afternoon before a light training session. I'd like to thank FC United of Manchester for arranging training facilities for us early this evening so that we could have a session to loosen up after the journey.

"The squad that travelled up today is the same as for Tuesday night's win against Salisbury, with the exception that Jay Conroy has come in for Luke Garrard. The only injury doubt after Tuesday was Danny Kedwell and I expect him to play - otherwise we wouldn't have travelled with only sixteen players.

"Saturday's game gives us the opportunity to test ourselves against one of the current top teams in the league - they are second behind next week's opposition, Oxford United. Altrincham have started the season well and are undefeated with ten points out of twelve. We have had them watched a couple of times and we know they can get the ball down and play it around, so we will need to be at our best defensively.

“But we also know that Altrincham have a good defensive record themselves so far this season so we will need to sharp if we are to get anything out of tomorrow’s game. Stuart and I expect that Tuesday night’s win will spread some more confidence around the squad so that we can start to play our passing game to create chances.

"We always aim to win games and so we will be setting out our stall tomorrow to go for all three points. I know the players are looking forward to the challenge and they really appreciate the tremendous support they get from our travelling fans - it really does lift them."


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Friday 21 August 2009
club news
Luxury minibus to Tamworth

The club will be running a luxury minibus for the game against Tamworth on Saturday 5 September.

The minibus will depart from Kingsmeadow at 10.00am and return from Tamworth at 5.30pm.

Facilities on the minibus include:

- Leather reclining seats

- Air conditioning,

- Refrigerator

- DVD Player

- Extra leg room

We will also arrange match tickets prior to departure.

Please note
This trip will only take place if we have sufficient numbers.

Cost: £50 (including stand ticket)/ £48 (including terrace ticket)

To book your place on the minibus, please e-mail here or call 020 8547 3336.




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Friday 21 August 2009
club news
Last coach bookings for Altrincham

There are still some places left on the second coach travelling to Altrincham on Saturday so if you want to reserve your seat please contact the office today on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm.


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Thursday 20 August 2009
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow returns with Rob Deering

After our well earned summer break, Kingston’s top comedy club returns on Friday 5 September, headlined by the ‘bruisingly hilarious’ (Time Out) Rob Deering. Ting N’ Ting also return with their award winning Caribbean cuisine, so normal service is resumed

To book tickets, visit here

For more information about the line-up, see below.

New gigs just announced:
Saturday 26 September- Arthur Smith and The Rollin' Clones
Saturday 24 October- The Dualers
Saturday 21 November- The Kounterfeit Kinks

More about the comedy...

Friday 4 September
COMEDY@KINGSMEADOW presents….
Rob Deering, Vince Atta and Kevin Hayes
Doors open 7.30pm/ comedy starts 9.00pm/ bar closes Midnight
Admission: £12 (includes comedy and dinner)

Rob Deering (Headliner)

Rob Deering exploded on to the comedy scene in 2000, reaching the Daily Telegraph Open Mic Award semi-finals, the finals of the BBC New Comedy Award and the final of the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year Competition, as well as winning the prestigious Amused Moose New Talent Award. 2001 brought further success with Rob hosting the legendary Comedy Zone at the Edinburgh Festival; this led to a personal request from Emo Phillips to support him for his festival run.
With his easy charm, cheesy singing voice, razor-sharp wit and clownish physicality Rob has quickly established himself as a firm favourite on the London circuit and has played at all the major comedy clubs nationwide. He slayed audiences as a headliner on The Comedy Network and has been commissioned by channel 4 to write and host the comedy series Lesser-Spotted Britain.

"Sterling stand-up from one of the circuit's rising stars. A safe place to bet your comedy dollar" - The Sunday Times
“Bruisingly Hilarious.” Time Out
“Truly wonderful stand-up.” The Sunday Times
“Comedy’s man of the moment.” Metro
“Self-deprecating and immensely likable…hugely enjoyable.” **** Sunday Herald
“He captures the audience’s imagination and creates a show where audience participation actually works.” **** The Herald
“Sterling stand-up from one of the circuit's rising stars. A safe place to bet your comedy dollar.” Sunday Times
“The award-winning comic performs his engaging brand of stand-up humour.” The Guardian
“Highly enjoyable…A rising star who combines an easy-going cheeky chappie demeanour with a quickfire wit.” Evening Standard
“Amiable charm and softly spoken sarcasm.” **** The Metro
“He has such confidence, control and ease with an audience.” The Stage
“An utter delight from start to finish.” ***** Three Weeks

Vince Atta (Opening Act)

It's fair to say that everything Vince Atta touches turns to gold. His high-octane performances, stunning delivery & flawless array of impressions leave you short of breath. With a broad, wonderful spectrum of material ranging from students, Spanish horses in a kitchen, psychotic London ex-girlfriends, pointless racial pride & the advantages of an alcoholic mother, Atta brings an inspiring touch of pathos which demonstrates an unerring ability to turn experience into bullet proof comedy. His festival shows 'Atta, Bowman & Hoo' (2005) & "Atta, Bowman & Hoo 2" (2006) were both among the most successful shows in their respective Manchester Comedy Festivals. Both included Vince's hour-long headline performance. They were referred to by ManchesterComedy.com as "a blinder in terms of every aspect of making a successful festival show."
In October 2006 Vince won the much-coveted 'City Life Comedian Of The Year' Award. Previous recipients include Peter Kay, Caroline Aherne, Chris Addison, Jason Manford & Seymour Mace.
CITY LIFE COMEDIAN OF THE YEAR 2006/7
"An unstoppable force, forging a brilliant rapport with the audience.. like an intravenous shot of adrenaline!" -Steve Bennett, Chortle reviews
"Star of the future. Fact!" - Student Direct
"He sparkles- he's energetic, animated with a gift for characterisations" -Unity
"An instant crowd pleaser, his infectious enthusiasm & multi-faceted approach, anecdotes, stories, observations gave the evening a new dimension, his set is very, very impressive." - Student Direct
"A set to be proud of!" City Life Magazine
"Atta Boy!" South Manchester Reporter

Kevin Hayes (MC)

Having failed to realise his childhood dream of becoming a Civil Engineer, Kevin fell back on comedy to earn a crust. Since then he has peddled his wares around the comedy world from Melbourne to San Francisco and from Derry to Dubai, telling jokes and gazing longingly at the buildings.
As a broadly topical comic, Kevin offers general commentary, he talks engagingly about topics in a light, accessible way making fine points and offering good company.
His TV credits include 'Live at Jongleurs' (ITV), 'The Comedy Store' (Channel 5) and 'The Stand Up Show', 'Everyman' and 'The Empire Laughs Back' on BBC 1. He also contributes a column to The Irish Post, the largest Irish newspaper in Britain.
‘Hayes has a more subtle brand of humour and a gift for getting the audience eating out of his hand. Then his outrageous jokes jump up and headbutt you. He is insightful, intelligent, and incredibly funny. It's all served up with a dose of political satire as he talks about things that shouldn't be funny but it's a relief when they are' THE EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS
'The best thing about Kevin Hayes is that his jokes are really funny, something which some comics think is not as important as being clever. Hayes is clever too and his best material is a mixture of surrealism and satire. He handles religion and politics with a light but incisive touch' THE STAGE
'This man is gold!' THE SCOTSMAN
'Here is a great Irish comic. His dry, smooth wit is wondrous' THE IRISH TIMES
'Some of the finest and most intelligent comedy I have seen on this or any other Fringe' 'DB' MAGAZINE, ADELAIDE
'Kevin Hayes is the stand-up comedian for people who thought they didn't like stand-up comedy' SCOT FM
'A fine comic. Intelligent and incisive yet still amenable ' THE GUARDIAN


Line-ups subject to change



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Wednesday 19 August 2009
first team news
Terry on Salisbury

After a light post-match training session this morning, Terry Brown spent a few minutes looking back on last night's win and the problems of keeping squad players involved.

"Tuesday night's fixture saw us gain another valuable three points. How valuable these points are is something we won't know until later on in the season, but having managed in the Conference Premier before, I can promise you they will be valuable.

"Once again I was delighted with the defence in particular. The fact that we have only conceded three goals in four games is testimony to the 'keeper, the back four and the holding midfield player, Steven Gregory. Although the score line ended up 4-0 I felt it flattered us and didn't do justice to a very clever and bright young Salisbury side.

"Up front it is nice to see the forwards on the score sheet, Mainy having a goal to his credit, Luke Moore scoring two and Danny Kedwell leading the goal scoring with four goals. Stuart, Simon and I still have an enormous amount to do with our midfield and attacking play, and we shall continue to juggle with the squad as much as we can during the initial ten games.

"We have to take this opportunity to look at all of our squad in depth, especially our vast array of midfield players. The size of our squad is causing me in particular one or two headaches as we have two quality right backs and four quality centre halfs, and sometimes I can't give them a game.

"As any manager will tell you, the centre back pairing is the more difficult to disrupt and, to be fair to both of them, they couldn't do better than they have been doing. It is inevitable that some of the boys who aren't getting as many games as they would like will be disappointed. However, our aim is to keep the squad intact as much as we can.

"As I continually say to our players, there will be fourteen games over the first two months of the season and injuries will no doubt play a part in team selection when we enter September."


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Wednesday 19 August 2009
club news
Altrincham tickets and coaches

Saturday's Blue Square Premier league game at Altrincham is not all ticket and entrance to the ground will be via the turnstiles on the day. Match day prices are:

Terrace: Adults £13; Concessions £8; 12-16 years £5 and Under-12s £2.

Main Stand seats are Adults £15 and Concessions £9.

We have been advised by Altrincham that visiting fans are welcome in the Noel White Suite prior to and after the game.

We have already filled one coach and have taken a lot of bookings for a second coach. The coaches will be picking up from the Woodman at 8.00 am and from Kingsmeadow at 8.30 am.

The price for this journey will be £15 and to reserve a place please call the office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm today, tomorrow and Friday.


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Tuesday 18 August 2009
first team news
Four star Dons win again

A brace of goals apiece from Luke Moore and Danny Kedwell gave the Dons their first home win of the season although the margin of victory was a bit harsh on a spirited Salisbury side.

A superb 25 yard shot from Luke Moore got Wimbledon off to the start they wanted but despite playing some good football at times they were unable to increase the lead before half-time.

The visitors had a good spell for 15 minutes mid way through the second half but were unable to trouble James Pullen. The turning point came after 71 minutes when Luke Moore was put through on goal by Derek Duncan. As he pushed the ball wide of the onrushing James Bittner Moore's legs were taken from him by the goalkeeper and the referee pointed to the penalty spot and dismissed Bittner. With no second keeper on the bench, former Dons’ favourite Danny Webb pulled on the keeper’s jersey and was then picking the ball out of the net as Kedwell dispatched the penalty.

As the visitors began to tire Wimbledon took advantage of their extra man and Kedwell and Moore were able to add further goals in the dying minutes.

Terry Brown said “It was a fantastic score line but one which flattered us tonight. I was again really happy with our defensive display which left James Pullen little to do.

“Our forwards have now found their goal scoring touch and all our goals scored so far this season have come from Main, Kedwell and Moore. Although we looked very good up front and at the back there is still a great deal of work to be done in midfield where we need to improve our ball retention. We also need our attacking play to be more fluent.

“There is still a big learning curve for some of the players and I though tonight again demonstrated the gulf between this league and the one we played in last year.

“We now face a very difficult trip to Altrincham on Saturday and hope the fans can again come out in force to support the boys”.



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Tuesday 18 August 2009
club news
1889 Club 09/10

The commercial department is pleased to announce the format for the 1889 Club for the 09/10 season.
Now in its third year, The 1889 Club is a fundraising initiative introduced by the commercial department as a substitute for premium seating/ corporate boxes that other clubs can offer.
As you can see below, the members decide what the money is spent on. The main benefit associated with membership is invitations to dinners with special guests from the world of football but there are several other benefits too, including discount President Lounge tickets and a complimentary ticket for the end of season dinner. See below for more details.
For more information, please e-mail commercial executive Keith McGuinness at here or call 020 8547 3336.

1889 Club 2009/2010

Purpose
Each member will vote to determine which part of the club will benefit from the funds raised. This will be voted on at the first dinner.
Examples:
- 1st team playing budget
- Youth teams
- Bar renovations
- Ground fund
Please feel free to make any other suggestions.

Benefits of membership

1) Invitation to 4 dinners throughout the season:

John Scales
Monday 21 September
Cost: £50 for members, £100 for guests

Other guests include:
- Dave Anderson and Caroline Barker from BBC London’s Non League Show (November)
- Paul Lorraine and Lewis Taylor (January)
- Terry Brown and Stuart Cash (March)

2) VIP travel for the Tamworth game (Sat 6 September)
16 seat luxury minibus. Facilities include:
- Leather reclining seats
- Air conditioning,
- Refrigerator,
- DVD Player,
- Extra leg room
Match tickets arranged prior to departure (Subject to availability, price varies depending on opposition)
Please note: This trip will only take place if we have sufficient numbers. 1889 Club members and their guests get first preference, it will then be offered to the fan base in general.
Cost: £52 (including stand ticket)/ £50 (including terrace ticket)

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

4) Members will have the opportunity to attend a first team training session with Terry Brown providing insight into the training methods.

5) Members receive a free ticket for the AFC Wimbledon End of Season dinner, being held in a marquee on the pitch and an invitation to the pre-dinner VIP reception. Discount tickets will be available for one guest.

Cost of Membership:
Membership costs £575 (including VAT) and is payable in one instalment or by direct debit over 8 months.




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Tuesday 18 August 2009
club news
The terraces tonight

We have counted up the returned season ticket vouchers for tonight's game. As a result, for tonight's game, there are about 100 tickets available for the Tempest End. These may be obtained from a table near the complimentary tickets window:

. For cash, at the usual prices

. In exchange for a voucher from a ST in the John Smith's stand

We are doing this in this way to avoid delays at the turnstiles.

Fans who want to be on the John Smith's terraces can buy tickets at the turnstiles in the usual way.

Tickets for the Oxford game, and a small number of seat tickets for tonight's game, can be bought at the kiosk.


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Tuesday 18 August 2009
club news
Dickie Guy interview

The latest in the series of Cherry Red TV and AFC Wimbledon TV interviews is with Dons legend Dickie Guy.

You can see it by clicking on AFC Wimbledon TV.


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Tuesday 18 August 2009
club news
Ticket sales for the Oxford game on Saturday 29 August

The Blue Square Premier league game against Oxford United on 29 August will be all-ticket and no tickets will be available on the day.

Arrangements for Oxford fans to buy tickets are being dealt with by their club and this note is for Wimbledon fans only.

Terrace tickets for the John Smith’s stand only will be sold as follows:

Before and after tonight’s game against Salisbury City:

• Tickets will be sold on the basis of two tickets per person

• Proof of address must be shown to ensure a ticket. A recent utility bill, bank statement etc are suitable evidence. A general letter to your address is not acceptable. We will accept an equivalent (for example a DT membership card or a season ticket for someone buying a ticket for a friend)

By post:

Any unsold tickets, plus returns from season ticket holders who can’t attend, will be sold, starting on Wednesday 19 August:

• Applications may be made at any time and will be dealt with in the order in which they are received

• A maximum of two tickets per application

• Applications should enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Tickets will be sent at the risk of the applicant – in other words we cannot issue replacement tickets for any that are lost in the post. Fans who want certainty about their tickets should not stamp the self-addressed envelope and, instead, include a payment of £2 for a recorded delivery service

• Applicants must enclose a daytime contact number

• We will not cash cheques unless and until tickets are available for an applicant

Personal callers

• Tickets will not be sold by phone. However, personal callers can visit the club between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm, to purchase tickets provided they meet the above conditions.

Prices

Adult terrace tickets are £12; Concessions are £6; Under 16s are £2.

There will be a limited number of seats, priced at: Adults £14; Concessions £7; Under-16s £3

We reserve the right to refuse to sell tickets to anyone who we suspect is not a Wimbledon supporter.




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Monday 17 August 2009
club news
The Best of Kingsmeadow Live presents Arthur Smith and the Rollin' Clones

The Best of Kingsmeadow Live is all about what Kingsmeadow Live does best… we bring you one of the top acts on the circuit, comedian and raconteur Arthur Smith, and the Rollin' Clones, the ultimate tribute to the Rolling Stones…..all in one night!

Tickets can be purchased by e-mailing here or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335.

The Best of Kingsmeadow Live presents…
Arthur Smith The Rolling Clones!
Saturday 26 September
Doors 7.30pm, starts 8.30pm, bar closes 1.00am
Admission: £12

Arthur Smith

Arthur Smith was one of many stand-up performers on the alternative comedy scene in the 1980s. He still performs today and has regularly attended the Edinburgh Fringe comedy festival since 1977, and still comperes the long-running Hackney Empire New Act of the Year competition final.
His comedy is based on observation tinged with a strong flavour of the absurd, although Smith is an expert at telling one-liner jokes. He also ventures into extreme comedy, sometimes stripping off during his performances and, during his Edinburgh shows, taking the entire audience out of the theatre for a guided tour of the city.

The Rollin’ Clones

The Rollin’ Clones were formed in 1997 to celebrate the music and career of the greatest rock n' roll band of all time. Since then 'The Clones' have gone from strength to strength, playing sellout concerts at home and abroad. They enjoy the reputation of being the best tribute to The Rolling Stones ever.

The shows place great emphasis on the Rolling Stones' actual LIVE performances thus creating the most dynamic stage show, packed full of brilliantly played classics from the early 60s, 70s and 80s, through to the new releases of today. The band members, all outstanding musicians with numerous professional credits to their name, recreate the songs with
"frightening accuracy" and Mick Jagged "more Mick than Mick" is sensational.

"Without a doubt the most exciting tribute to the Rolling Stones...Outstanding" The Daily Mail

"Frighteningly accurate" Empire Magazine

"The Rollin' Clones manage to re-create the Stones at their most prolific and do it with all the passion and raw energy of the real
thing. Great fun, fine musicians and an excellent choice of songs...not to be missed!" The Rolling Stones Supporters Association.

"Hit after hit were walloped out with a passion, a smirk,and a wink that kept the dance floor moving all night...." The BBC

"A storming set at Ashton Court " The NME

For more information, visit here..



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Monday 17 August 2009
first team news
Availability of Salisbury tickets

Tuesday night's game against Salisbury City is not all ticket and it will be possible to buy terrace tickets for the John Smith's Stand at the turnstiles. As usual, the prices are Adults £12; Concessions £6 and Under-16s £2.

There are likely to be a few seats available in the Paul Strank Stand as a result of returns from season ticket holders and they will go on sale from the booth at 6.45 pm.


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Monday 17 August 2009
first team news
Terry on Kettering and Salisbury

Terry Brown came back from Monday morning training raring to go for tomorrow night's clash with Salisbury City.

"Saturday's exciting encounter against Kettering surprisingly left us unscathed as far as injuries are concerned. On a very sultry afternoon we managed to hang on to three very precious points.

"As far as quality football was concerned we need to improve, but I was delighted with the character and resilience shown, especially defensively. Kettering is not a place that many teams will look forward to visiting and, judging by Saturday's display, not many will come away from there with three points.

"I think the three games we have played so far highlight the gulf between the Blue Square South and Premier and I must say I am very happy with the way our players have settled in to what is a much higher standard than most have ever played before.

"Defensively we appear to be stronger this year. However, I do believe that we will have to work a lot harder on ball retention and passing, since teams give you a lot less time in this league. So far we haven't been able to impose our own style in any of the three games so far and this is an area that we will be working on at the Monday and Wednesday training sessions.

"All the players who were fit and available for Saturday are available for tomorrow. We had a good training session this morning, Monday, and I hope we can impose our style of play as the new players, in particular, get used to the systems we have asked them to play within.

"The players have had three very hard games within seven days so it will be necessary to give one or two players a rest tomorrow. This also gives an opportunity for a couple of boys who haven't started yet to cement their own places in the side.

"We have yet to find our feet as an attacking force and I would like to think this will soon start to gel within the next couple of weeks. However, I am aware that this is a very young squad with very limited experience at this level. Therefore I mustn't burden them with too much expectation at this early stage of the season. I do, however, want them to play without fear and to relax on the ball and enjoy the various tests we have ahead of us.

"Looking forward to tomorrow night, Salisbury are currently sitting in sixth position. With them having collected six points out of a possible nine we are no doubt in for another testing and exciting night.

"Thanks for your support on Saturday and I am glad we were able to beat one of our old Southern League adversaries, albeit in a very close encounter. I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday."


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Sunday 16 August 2009
club news
The Non League Football Show, Monday 17 August

AFC Wimbledon chief executive Erik Samuelson will be appearing on BBC London's Non League Football Show on Monday night at 9.00 pm, presumably to offer his feedback on life in the Blue Square Premier so far and to join in the studio chat with the host, Caroline Barker, and former Dons manager Dave Anderson, plus other luminaries of the non league world.

You can listen by tuning in to BBC London, 94.9 FM, or by clicking Non League Show at the appropriate time.


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Saturday 15 August 2009
first team news
Kedwell double gives the Dons the points

Wimbledon survived a final 20 minute aerial onslaught to come away from Kettering with their first victory of the season.

Terry Brown changed his formation to 4-4-2 with Jay Conroy coming in at right back and Luke Moore playing on the left of the midfield four. In a game where Kettering played a lot of early, high balls to their frontmen, it was never a football classic but the Dons did just enough to take all three points.

Danny Kedwell was the two goal hero, heading home a Chris Hussey free kick after nine minutes, and then converting a penalty after 66 minutes when Jay Conroy was bundled over in the box. Confusion in the Wimbledon defence gave Danny Thomas the chance to pull a goal back after 74 minutes, but the Dons were able to withstand the mounting pressure from the home side.

Terry Brown was in a very happy mood after the game. “It was a fantastic result at a very difficult venue, and I don’t think many teams will come away from Kettering with all three points. We had watched Kettering in their two previous games and knew that on their day they are a very difficult side to play against.

“It seemed that we were under a constant bombardment, but the defence competed and won at least 90% of the balls pumped into the penalty area. We stood very firm defensively and the pleasing part of the first three games is the strength at the back.

“I am delighted Danny Kedwell got on the score sheet as his work rate deserved his goals. While it was going to be a difficult day to play football, it was a day to roll up your sleeves and show character and commitment, which we did. As a team we will play better football, but we will not collect a more important three points than that. It puts us in a good position as we take on Salisbury on Tuesday when, hopefully, we will be able to play more of our own brand of football.”



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Saturday 15 August 2009
club news
Eastbourne highlights now available on AFC Wimbledon TV

Highlights from Tuesday night's game at Eastbourne can now be seen at AFC Wimbledon TV.


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Saturday 15 August 2009
dons trust news
Dons Draw results for August

The August Dons Draw took place yesterday at Kingsmeadow.

Winning numbers were drawn in the presence of Erik Samuelson (Dons Trust board member), Neil Messenbird (Dons Draw Administrator) and Jeremy Sauer.

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

First prize of £1,000 - ticket 1446 – Tina Massey from Sutton

Second prize of £500 - ticket 0667 – Paul Fletcher from Morden

Third prize of £250 - ticket 3654 – Richard Trinick from Wimbledon

Fourth prize of £125 - ticket 0763 – Brian Rowatt from Molesey

Fifth prize of £75 – ticket 3946 – Derek Hubble from Banstead

Sixth prize of £50 – ticket 2191 – Paul Raymond from Tooting

Congratulations to all six prize winners.

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

Following a continued surge in entrants we have again been able to increase the 5th prizes and introduced a new 6th prize of £50.

We now are now paying out a massive £2,000 a month in prizes!

If you want a chance of winning one of these prizes, but, still haven't entered, or if you have already entered the draw but would like to increase your chances of winning by taking a few more numbers, then why not do so now?

You can sign up online to the Dons Draw or download an application here or to increase your tickets email us here.

The deadline for new entrants to the September 2009 Dons Draw is 8.00 pm on 30 August.

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


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Friday 14 August 2009
club news
Last chance for Kettering tickets and coaches

We still have terrace and seat tickets available for Saturday's league game against Kettering Town. Prices are:

Adults £18
Concessions £14
Under 16s £7

Terrace

Adults £16
Concessions £12
Under 16s £6


There are still some places remaining on the supporters' coach which will pick up from The Woodman at 11.15 am and Kingsmeadow at 11.45 am.
Please note this is 30 minutes earlier than originally advertised because of road works on the M25. The cost on the coach is £10.

To book either a match ticket or place on the coach please contact the office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00am and 4.00 pm.



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Friday 14 August 2009
club news
Quiz night at Kingsmeadow

Thursday 20 August sees the return of the popular AFC Wimbledon quiz night at Kingsmeadow.

Entrance is just £1 per person with a maximum of six people in a team. The quiz will be held in the Main Bar and starts at 8.00 pm, so be sure to be there at 7.45 pm to guarantee yourself a good seat.

There will be prizes for the winners, spot prizes and even a prize for the funniest team name. Come along and get involved in what promises to be a really enjoyable night.

Please note that food will not be available.


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Thursday 13 August 2009
club news
More interviews on Cherry Red TV and AFC Wimbledon TV

The latest two interviews in the series hosted by Iain McNay, of our sponsor Cherry Red Records, are now available.

Interviews with Ivor Heller, the club's Commercial Director, and John Faulkner, the club's sports psychologist, can be seen on AFC Wimbledon TV.


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Thursday 13 August 2009
first team news
Terry on Eastbourne and Kettering

Terry Brown was quite philosophical after Tuesday night's result at Eastbourne when we spoke to him this morning.

"Although Tuesday night ended in a disappointing result, after viewing the DVD it is evident that we deserved something out of the game. The delivery on our set pieces is much improved and we should have scored at least two goals from corners.

"As far as our general play is concerned it took us a long while to settle again and some of the simple basics are things we need to improve upon. The real positives to come out of both games are that defensively we have looked very solid against Luton and Eastbourne. Having conceded a penalty and what can only be described as a world class finish against Eastbourne.

"On the flip side, our goal tally so far stands at one converted penalty. Therefore, we will be working this Thursday on attacking shape, getting more players in the opposition final third and obviously finishing.

"There is no doubt that this league is at least a yard faster. However, once my players get accustomed to playing that this level, I'm sure we will have no problems as far as improving our results goes. I still have several options with reference to attacking midfield and up front and I will look to explore them prior to looking at any additional front runner.

"Although as a football manager you very rarely have the precious time available for experimentation, I do feel this year in particularl there is a need with the additional seven new players to really understand how to make the best use of their strengths, for me to understand their weaknesses and to integrate them with our existing players in systems that best suit the young talent we have available. This therefore means there is a big learning curve for both the management and the players so far as this season is concerned.

"I want all our squad players to be able to comprehend and play at least two or three systems of play. The common denominator will always be a back four and whatever system we decide is best to win a game the systems will be based on attacking, passing football.

"Looking back to Tuesday night, your support on Tuesday was absolutely phenomenal and I am sorry we were unable to give you too much to cheer about on the night.

"Saturday's game sees us travel to high-flying Kettering. We have had them watched twice and they certainly look like being a major force within the league this year. Prior to training on Thursday night, we appear to have everybody apart from Alan Inns and Kennedy Adjei available for selection."


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Wednesday 12 August 2009
club news
Match sponsorships sold out

The commercial department is pleased to announce that all match sponsorship packages have now been sold for the 09/10 season.
We had received a number of inquiries before the fixture list was even released so most of the sponsorships were sold in a matter of days. However there were a few games that took a little while longer to allocate, and today NatWest kindly agreed to sponsor the last outstanding game against Crawley on Tuesday 22nd September.
We have started a waiting list for FA Cup and Trophy games so if you would like to be added, please e-mail here or call 020 8547 3336.
We also have several match ball sponsorship packages available this season, please get in touch if you would like to make an inquiry about a particular game.



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Wednesday 12 August 2009
first team news
Wimbledon sunk by great strike

Wimbledon were punished for failing to take their chances, particularly in the early part of the first half, as a superb 50th minute strike from Neil Jenkins was enough to give the home side the victory.

Terry Brown made one change to Saturday’s starting line up with Jon Main coming into the side and Sam Hatton dropping to the bench. The Dons made a bright start with Danny Kedwell twice and Chris Hussey coming close to giving them the lead. Wimbledon also looked dangerous at corners but frustratingly on at least two occasions the ball went across the six yard box without any attacking player getting that vital touch. Eastbourne were limited to one real chance when Dan Brown unleashed a strong drive which just missed the near post.

The second half was just five minutes old when Jenkins latched on to a flick and from 25 yards shot from the angle into the top corner of the goal giving James Pullen no chance to get a hand to it.

Brown soon made changes bringing on Hatton and Luke Moore for Derek Duncan and Elliott Godfrey as the Dons went in search of the equaliser. Moore brought a save out of Knowles and Lewis Taylor failed to get enough pace on the ball as he headed Moore’s cross towards goal. The Dons continued to have the majority of the play but despite the pressure the goal failed to arrive as the Dons finished the game still looking for their first league win.

Terry Brown was disappointed to come away from the game with nothing. “We started the game slowly with the players still playing with fear and trepidation. For the second consecutive game I had to talk to the players at half-time about what was expected of them going into the second period.

“Again I had to make substitutions to lift the side and although we played with some urgency in the last 30 minutes we didn’t have the firepower to break down a resolute Eastbourne side. A disappointing return of just one point out of six and we have to travel to Kettering Town on Saturday knowing we are in for a difficult game.

“The pleasing aspects of the game were another brilliant performance from Brett Johnson and the fact that the only two goals we have conceded have been a penalty and a world beating effort. Although I am pleased with the defensive side of the game we need to do a lot more work on the offensive side of the game.

“Finally, we would like to thank the fans for the tremendous support they gave us tonight.”



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Tuesday 11 August 2009
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow is back!

After our well earned summer break, Kingston’s top comedy club returns on Friday 5 September, headlined by the ‘bruisingly hilarious’ (Time Out) Rob Deering!
And Ting N’ Ting also return with their award winning Caribbean cuisine, so normal service is resumed!

To book tickets, visit here

For more information about the line-up, see below.


New gigs just announced:
Saturday 24th October- The Dualers
Saturday 21st November- The Kounterfeit Kinks


More about the comedy...

Friday 4 September
COMEDY@KINGSMEADOW presents….
Rob Deering, Vince Atta and Kevin Hayes
Doors open 7.30pm/ comedy starts 9.00pm/ bar closes Midnight
Admission: £12 (includes comedy and dinner)

Rob Deering (Headliner)
Rob Deering exploded on to the comedy scene in 2000, reaching the Daily Telegraph Open Mic Award semi-finals, the finals of the BBC New Comedy Award and the final of the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year Competition, as well as winning the prestigious Amused Moose New Talent Award. 2001 brought further success with Rob hosting the legendary Comedy Zone at the Edinburgh Festival; this led to a personal request from Emo Phillips to support him for his festival run.
With his easy charm, cheesy singing voice, razor-sharp wit and clownish physicality Rob has quickly established himself as a firm favourite on the London circuit and has played at all the major comedy clubs nationwide. He slayed audiences as a headliner on The Comedy Network and has been commissioned by channel 4 to write and host the comedy series Lesser-Spotted Britain.
"Sterling stand-up from one of the circuit's rising stars. A safe place to bet your comedy dollar" - The Sunday Times
“Bruisingly Hilarious.” Time Out
“Truly wonderful stand-up.” The Sunday Times
“Comedy’s man of the moment.” Metro
“Self-deprecating and immensely likable…hugely enjoyable.” **** Sunday Herald
“He captures the audience’s imagination and creates a show where audience participation actually works.” **** The Herald
“Sterling stand-up from one of the circuit's rising stars. A safe place to bet your comedy dollar.” Sunday Times
“The award-winning comic performs his engaging brand of stand-up humour.” The Guardian
“Highly enjoyable…A rising star who combines an easy-going cheeky chappie demeanour with a quickfire wit.” Evening Standard
“Amiable charm and softly spoken sarcasm.” **** The Metro
“He has such confidence, control and ease with an audience.” The Stage
“An utter delight from start to finish.” ***** Three Weeks

Vince Atta (Opening Act)
It's fair to say that everything Vince Atta touches turns to gold. His high-octane performances, stunning delivery & flawless array of impressions leave you short of breath. With a broad, wonderful spectrum of material ranging from students, Spanish horses in a kitchen, psychotic London ex-girlfriends, pointless racial pride & the advantages of an alcoholic mother, Atta brings an inspiring touch of pathos which demonstrates an unerring ability to turn experience into bullet proof comedy. His festival shows 'Atta, Bowman & Hoo' (2005) & "Atta, Bowman & Hoo 2" (2006) were both among the most successful shows in their respective Manchester Comedy Festivals. Both included Vince's hour-long headline performance. They were referred to by ManchesterComedy.com as "a blinder in terms of every aspect of making a successful festival show."
In October 2006 Vince won the much-coveted 'City Life Comedian Of The Year' Award. Previous recipients include Peter Kay, Caroline Aherne, Chris Addison, Jason Manford & Seymour Mace.
CITY LIFE COMEDIAN OF THE YEAR 2006/7
"An unstoppable force, forging a brilliant rapport with the audience.. like an intravenous shot of adrenaline!" -Steve Bennett, Chortle reviews
"Star of the future. Fact!" - Student Direct
"He sparkles- he's energetic, animated with a gift for characterisations" -Unity
"An instant crowd pleaser, his infectious enthusiasm & multi-faceted approach, anecdotes, stories, observations gave the evening a new dimension, his set is very, very impressive." - Student Direct
"A set to be proud of!" City Life Magazine
"Atta Boy!" South Manchester Reporter

Kevin Hayes (MC)
Having failed to realise his childhood dream of becoming a Civil Engineer, Kevin fell back on comedy to earn a crust. Since then he has peddled his wares around the comedy world from Melbourne to San Francisco and from Derry to Dubai, telling jokes and gazing longingly at the buildings.
As a broadly topical comic, Kevin offers general commentary, he talks engagingly about topics in a light, accessible way making fine points and offering good company.
His TV credits include 'Live at Jongleurs' (ITV), 'The Comedy Store' (Channel 5) and 'The Stand Up Show', 'Everyman' and 'The Empire Laughs Back' on BBC 1. He also contributes a column to The Irish Post, the largest Irish newspaper in Britain.
‘Hayes has a more subtle brand of humour and a gift for getting the audience eating out of his hand. Then his outrageous jokes jump up and headbutt you. He is insightful, intelligent, and incredibly funny. It's all served up with a dose of political satire as he talks about things that shouldn't be funny but it's a relief when they are' THE EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS
'The best thing about Kevin Hayes is that his jokes are really funny, something which some comics think is not as important as being clever. Hayes is clever too and his best material is a mixture of surrealism and satire. He handles religion and politics with a light but incisive touch' THE STAGE
'This man is gold!' THE SCOTSMAN
'Here is a great Irish comic. His dry, smooth wit is wondrous' THE IRISH TIMES
'Some of the finest and most intelligent comedy I have seen on this or any other Fringe' 'DB' MAGAZINE, ADELAIDE
'Kevin Hayes is the stand-up comedian for people who thought they didn't like stand-up comedy' SCOT FM
'A fine comic. Intelligent and incisive yet still amenable ' THE GUARDIAN


Line-ups subject to change



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Tuesday 11 August 2009
club news
Kettering tickets

We have sought clarification from Kettering Town about the sale of tickets for Saturday's game and have been informed that there will be NO tickets for sale to AFC Wimbledon fans on the day of the game and that they must be purchased in advance from us.

Tickets are still on sale as previously announced.


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Tuesday 11 August 2009
club news
Eastbourne tickets clarification

We have today received a further message from Eastbourne Borough that on police advice, contrary to previous announcements, there will be NO tickets on sale at the turnstiles tonight for AFC Wimbledon fans.

However, tickets can be purchased by contacting their ticket office on 01323 766265 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm today.

For those fans who asked for and paid for a concession ticket but were unable to collect a physical ticket as they were not available, a list has been sent to Eastbourne and those tickets can be collected from their ticket office before the game.


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Monday 10 August 2009
first team news
Terry on Luton and Eastbourne

After a Monday morning training session, Terry Brown had just finished reviewing the DVD of Saturday's game when we caught up with him late this afternoon.

"I hope you've got over Saturday's exciting start to the season. Having now viewed it on DVD I think the boys were well worth a point. As far as Stuart and I are concerned, there are still loads and loads of things to work on but the most pleasing aspect was the character and resilience we showed in the second half.

"I thought the pace of the game was a good yard quicker than what we've been used to and the quality of particularly the front men means that our back four has to be even more vigilant than they were last year. It was satisfying on Saturday to look at the bench and know that you could really change the game and that underlies the strength and depth of our squad this year. It is a nice position to be in. However, it makes Tuesday's team selection more difficult than ever.

"Saturday's game left us relatively unscathed and Paul Lorraine's shoulder looks to be OK. We had Eastbourne watched on Saturday and according to our report not many sides would have got anything at Wrexham on the day. Eastbourne will therefore be looking to open their home campaign with a win and, having watched them several times we are certainly in for a difficult game at Priory Lane.

"The players are all looking forward to enjoying the atmosphere of another Blue Square Premier fixture and several of the squad are champing at the bit to get the opportunity to prove their worth. For those of you that can make the journey tomorrow I look forward to seeing you and hopefully we can bring back the points."


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Monday 10 August 2009
club news
Eastbourne, Kettering and Salisbury tickets - UPDATE

EASTBOURNE

We have now stopped selling tickets for the Eastbourne game. However, we understand from Eastbourne that they will take telephone applications during Tuesday and tickets will be on sale on the gate on the night of the match. NOTE - SEE LATER NEWS ITEM, TICKETS ARE NOT ON SALE AT THE GATE

KETTERING

Seat and terrace tickets are on sale to callers and we are also accepting postal applications. We cannot currently take credit card payments over the phone.

Please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope with a cheque made out to AFC Wimbledon.

Prices are:

Seats

Adults £18
Concessions £14
Under 16s £7

Terrace

Adults £16
Concessions £12
Under 16s £6

SALISBURY

Terrace tickets for the Blue Square Premier home game against Salisbury City on 18 August are now on sale to Wimbledon and Salisbury fans. Dons fans may apply for John Smith terrace tickets; Salisbury fans will be located in one side of the Kingston Road end.

Terrace tickets can be bought as follows:

On-line: Up to four tickets per application can be bought on line by clicking on the 'Buy tickets online here' button on the left of the home page on this site, below the 'next fixtures' list. There is a transaction charge of £1.50 for each purchase (not each ticket).

Callers: Callers to the club office may buy tickets between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays.

By post: Postal applications for home and away fans should enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope and a contact telephone number.

As usual, prices are:

Adult: £12
Concession: £6
Under 16: £2

Seat tickets

We have a small number of seat tickets available for this game. These can be bought by callers or through postal applications. They cannot be bought on line or via the credit card hotline, which is currently not operating. Salisbury fans who wish to buy a seat ticket can do so, but they must say they are away fans when they apply.

Applicants for seat tickets should make it clear whether or not they will accept a terrace ticket if all the seats are sold.

Seats are available at the following prices:

Inner blocks (There will only be tickets in these blocks if non-attending season ticket holders return their vouchers. We may not know this until shortly before the game. The available inner block tickets tend to be 'singles' and occasionally, a pair.)

Adults £16
Concessions £8
Under 16s £4

Outer blocks:

Adults £14
Concessions £7
Under 16s £3

Please note that anyone entering the ground as a concession or under 16 is likely to be challenged to provide proof of entitlement to reduced prices.


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Monday 10 August 2009
club news
Coaches to Eastbourne and Kettering

There are still spaces available on the coaches going to both of our away games this week.

The coach to Eastbourne for the game on Tuesday will pick up from The Woodman at 4.30 pm and from Kingsmeadow at 5.00 pm. The price is £10 and places can be booked by ringing the office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on Monday.

For the Kettering game on Saturday the coach will pick up from The Woodman at 11.15 am and Kingsmeadow at 11.45 am. Please note this is 30 minutes earlier than originally advertised because of road works on the M25.

Places for this coach can be reserved by calling the office on the above number and between the above hours throughout the week. The price is £10.


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Monday 10 August 2009
club news
Luton game highlights now available

Highlights of the Dons' first Blue Square Premier game against Luton on Saturday are now available at AFC Wimbledon TV.


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Monday 10 August 2009
club news
Salisbury tickets on sale now

SALISBURY

Terrace tickets for the Blue Square Premier home game against Salisbury City on 18 August are now on sale to Wimbledon and Salisbury fans. Only John Smith terrace tickets are on sale to Dons fans; Salisbury fans will be located in the Kingston Road end.

Tickets can be bought as follows:

On-line: Up to four tickets per application can be bought on line by clicking on the 'Buy tickets online here' button on the left of the home page on this site below the 'next fixtures' list. There is a transaction charge of £1.50 for each purchase (not each ticket).

Callers: Callers to the club office may buy tickets between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays.

By post: Postal applications for home and away fans should enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope and a contact telephone number.

As usual, prices are:

Adult: £12
Concession: £6
Under 16: £2

Please note that anyone entering the ground as a concession or under 16 is likely to be challenged to provide proof of entitlement to reduced prices.


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Sunday 09 August 2009
ladies news
Ladies season kicks off

The ladies start their season at Corinthian Casuals this afternoon (k.o. 14.00) with a friendly against Norwich City.

Norwich play in the South East Combination, one league above our ladies, so it will be a good test for the team in new manager Adel Hinder's first game.

Admission is free and fans are welcome to come along and support the team.


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Saturday 08 August 2009
first team news
Dons rally to take a point

Wimbledon gave a spirited second half performance and deserved their equalising goal to secure their first point in the Blue Square Premier.

The Dons struggled to settle early on and fell behind after 13 minutes, when Tom Craddock put away a penalty after Paul Lorraine was judged to have pushed a Luton attacker at a corner. The Dons took time adjusting to the pace of the game and were pleased to go in at half time just one down.

A much improved second half saw the Dons create a number of chances, and after Terry Brown had made his three substitutions, the home crowd were rewarded when Jon Main broke clear and was tripped in the penalty area. Luton’s Shane Blackett was immediately shown a red card for his foul and Main got up to send the goalkeeper the wrong way.

Overall a fair result and Terry Brown was a happy manager to maintain the Dons unbeaten record on the first game of the season.

"I thought in the first half we took a long time to get going and they were quicker and sharper to the ball and we really needed to lose the nerves we were showing.

"When you go in at half time a goal down you have to take the game to the opposition in the second half and indeed we got stronger and stronger.
Apart from the goal we gave away we defended well and the lads learned quickly on their feet as the game went on.

"We were able to get in to the game and produce a few decent moves without it being a football spectacular. I am very proud of the commitment showed by the players on a hot day against very good opposition.

"The next two games will tell us more about where we stand in this league but tonight I am pleased to get our first point of the season."




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Friday 07 August 2009
club news
A few seats and Tempest end returns available

After collating all the returned vouchers from season ticket holders who can't come to the game, we have about 35 seats available for the game tomorrow, plus some places on the Tempest End stand.

They will go on sale from the club's office from 6.00 pm this evening until they are all sold. We cannot take telephone enquires and all visitors must provide proof that they are Dons supporters.

Please note that the majority of the seats are 'singles' with some pairs.


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Friday 07 August 2009
club news
Arrangements for the Luton game

There are some special arrangements for tomorrow’s game against Luton.

All-ticket game

The game is all ticket and, as a result, we will not be selling tickets on the day of the game.

Entry to the stadium

There will be full segregation in place for tomorrow’s game.

Fans with tickets for the Tempest End should enter, as usual, via turnstiles 4, 5 and 6.

Fans with tickets for the John Smith stand cannot enter via the Kingston Road end turnstiles. Instead, they should enter either via turnstiles 4, 5 and 6 at the Tempest End or via the gate at the junction of the John Smith stand and the Kingston Road end. This can be reached via the car park behind the houses on Kingston Road.

Fans with seat tickets in the Paul Strank stand should, as usual, enter via the main lobby entrance.

We remind season ticket holders that you must bring the ST book, not just the relevant voucher.

Exit from the stadium

Fans who leave the ground during the game or at half time will not be allowed to re-enter the stadium.

Bars

The main bar and back bar will open at noon. They are open to Wimbledon fans only. You will need to show a ticket for a home section of the ground to gain entry to the bar both before and after the game. This means that season ticket holders who only bring their voucher will not be able to enter the bars after the game.

Please note that fans who bring their own food will not be allowed to eat it in the bar. Similarly, fans who bring cans or bottles of alcohol into the stadium and its surroundings will be asked to leave and will not be allowed to consume it in the car park.

After the game, last orders in the back bar will be at 6.00 pm. Last orders in the main bar will be 6.45 pm.

Catering

There will be a barbecue outside the main bar from noon, and food will also be available in the back bar from noon. The normal range of food and drinks will be available from the burger bars in the ground, including ‘the tea pot’ at the corner of the Tempest End and the John Smith stand.

Please note that fans in the John Smith stand cannot use the burger bar at the Kingston Road end.

As stated above, fans with their own food will not be allowed to bring it into the bars.

Parking

The car park will be open as usual on a first-come, first-served basis and the car park is likely to fill up quickly.

Will fans who park in local streets, please show consideration when doing so. The police will be carrying out random checks of parking and anyone causing an obstruction will be issued with a fine.

Disabled fans should please remember that their passes give them priority but not a guarantee of a space. Once the disabled area is full we cannot provide any additional spaces and therefore you are advised to arrive as early as possible.

Ticket collection and sales for other games

Tickets will be on sale from the kiosk, before and after the Luton match, for the Eastbourne and Kettering away games. Ticket prices are as follows:

Eastbourne – terrace only

. Adult £13
. Concession £9
. Under 16 £4

Kettering - seats

. Adults £18
. Concessions £14
. Under 16 £7

Terrace

. Adults £16
. Concessions £12
. Under 16 £6

Arrangements for ticket sales for the Salisbury home game on 18 August have not yet been announced.


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Friday 07 August 2009
club news
Eastbourne tickets

In the light of the postal strike, we have decided not to send Eastbourne tickets by post.

Instead, Eastbourne tickets that have been ordered by post may be collected from the complimentary tickets window before and after the Luton game. Fans who can't collect their tickets at that game will be able to collect them at Eastbourne, before the game - nearer the time we will announce where this can be done.

We are in the process of calling everyone who ordered tickets by post to explain the arrangements to them. Please be patient if you are expecting Eastbourne tickets and don't phone the office this morning until we have completed the calls.

Can we please remind fans that this sort of event is why we ask for a contact number when fans order tickets by post.


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Friday 07 August 2009
first team news
Nearly there - Terry looks forward to Luton

After long and intensive pre-season preparation, it is now just over 24 hours until the start of Dons' first season in the Blue Square Premier. There is massive interest in the game against Luton, with extensive press coverage in the build up and a record number of journalists and photographers at the game tomorrow.

Earlier this week, ITV came down to Kingsmeadow to film the players and last night, BBC London filmed training and interviews with some fans. The ITV programme will be shown between 6.00 and 6.30 pm today, while the BBC report will be shown at about 6.45 tonight. Later this evening, Terry Brown will be on Talksport, at 9.00 pm, while Erik Samuelson will be on Talksport tomorrow morning along with Nick Owen at 11.15 am. Various TV crews will also be here tomorrow, including Sky Sports News.

Meanwhile, the players have been quietly getting on with their preparation for the game, with a training session last night including new signing Seb Brown, who will go into the squad for tomorrow's game as back up for James Pullen.

Terry Brown broke off from his various interviews to speak to us earlier this morning.

"This weekend we look forward to possibly the biggest game in our seven year history. It is testimony to everybody at the club and to all the fans that the game is taking place - who'd have thought when we started that we'd be playing Luton in the league in the season 2009-10?

"It gives us the opportunity to flex our muscles against what must be one of the strongest sides in non-league football. The next seven days will offer a real insight into what is necessary to compete at this level. Obviously this Saturday's match is one of the most exciting fixtures we could have hoped for.

"Stuart and I have done our homework as far as Luton are concerned and we hope that we can contain what is likely to be one of the most potent strike forces we will encounter this year. We shall play our own normal attacking game and whatever happens on Saturday the learning experience for our young squad will be invaluable.

"The players trained last night in what was the fifteenth training session during pre season. During this period we have put a lot of emphasis on fitness and strength. It was important to get that in place and we will no doubt get better in other areas, such as set pieces, as the season progresses. I am pleased to report that apart from an injury doubt for Kennedy Adjei we have everybody fit and raring to go.

"We have emphasised to the players the importance of our squad this year and this is particularly highlighted with three top quality players and our two youngsters unable to gain a place in the squad for the first game. The players who are not making the starting line up for Saturday will all play a massive role, not just in the coming season but quite possibly in the coming week.

"The first game of the season always takes on ridiculous and exaggerated importance. I am sure that the two away games against Eastbourne and Kettering will probably be a better indicator as to how our season will fare than our opening day fixture against Luton.

"Saturday is the start of what will be a very long hard and hopefully enjoyable season on the pitch. Off the pitch there will be a bit more competition for our fans in making noise, with 800 Luton fans in the crowd - and I'm sure that will be a battle we will win.”


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Friday 07 August 2009
club news
Cancer collection tomorrow- Volunteers still needed

Following the recent announcement about former Don John Hartson’s illness, a collection will take place at the Luton game on Saturday in aid of the ‘Keep Your Eye On the Ball’ cancer campaign being run by the Football Association. For more information about the campaign, see here.

The club is looking for volunteers to help collect money before the game, at half time and after the game. If you have some time to spare for a very worthwhile cause, please e-mail the commercial department here or call 020 8547 3336.


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Wednesday 05 August 2009
club news
Eastbourne and Kettering tickets

We are still selling tickets for the Blue Square Premier game against Eastbourne Borough on Tuesday 11 August to personal callers at the club office betwen 10.00 am and 4.00 pm. Alternatively it will be possible to buy tickets at the booth in the main foyer before and after Saturday's game against Luton Town.

The match is all ticket and terrace prices are: Adults £13; Concessions £9; Under-16s £4.

We have now received tickets for the game against Kettering Town on Saturday 15 August which is also all ticket.

Main Stand prices are: Adults £18; Senior citizens £14; Juniors £7

Terrace prices: Adults £16; Senior citizens £12; Juniors £6

Please note there are no student concessions.

Tickets can be purchased by post and applicants should enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope together with a cheque for the correct amount. Alternatively, personal callers can visit the club office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays to buy their tickets.

Tickets will also be on sale from the booth before and after Saturday's game.


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Wednesday 05 August 2009
first team news
Chris and Sam re-sign

While Terry Brown was taking a break to celebrate his birthday, David Charles was hard at work in the office signing Chris Hussey and Sam Hatton on new contracts.

Sam and Chris were already Dons players for the season thanks to the club exercising its options, but they have accepted improved terms and extended their contracts. On hearing the news, Terry said "I'm absolutely delighted that these two talented young players have pledged their futures to the club. They fit the profile of the type of player we are targeting and I'm expecting great things of them this season."

One player who won't be joining is Callum Morrissen. Terry said "we were very impressed with Callum although he is clearly not fit yet. We started to discuss how he could get himself fit so that we could give him a definite 'yes' or 'no' but he gradually realised that the practicalities of joining us would put too much of a strain on his personal circumstances. So, with reluctance, we have mutually agreed to call off our discussions. Callum is a talented lad and we'll be recommending him to a club nearer the Isle of Man."

These recent signings complete Terry's squad, although the search continues for a target man. "We have a couple of players in our sights but I'm not going to hurry" said Terry. "We are more than happy to start the season with the players we've got."


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Wednesday 05 August 2009
club news
Luxury coach to Altrincham

The club is offering a luxury coach service for the away fixture against Altrincham on Saturday 22 August.

The coach will be leaving from The Cherry Red Records Fans Stadium, Kingsmeadow at 8:00am.

On the way up to the game there will be a stop off for lunch in Lymm before arriving at Altrincham for 2:15pm.

The coach will be departing from Altrincham at 5:30pm.

Amenities include:

Fully air conditioned
Royal Class leather reclining seats around tables
Walk in toilet washroom
240 v supply suitable for laptop computer use
Wi-Fi
Multi screen Sky/DVD/Divix/XBox
Privacy glass
Alcohol will not be allowed on the coach.

The cost for the journey will be £50.00 per person.

PLEASE NOTE
- This service will only go ahead if there is enough interest (32 seats need to be sold)
- No alcohol will be allowed on the coach

To book your place or for any further information contact commercial volunteer Michael Negrepontis on 020 8247 9918.




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Wednesday 05 August 2009
club news
Cancer collection this Saturday - volunteers needed

Following the recent announcement about former Don John Hartson’s illness, a collection will take place at the Luton game on Saturday in aid of the ‘Keep Your Eye On the Ball’ cancer campaign being run by the Football Association. For more information about the campaign, see here.

The club is looking for volunteers to help collect money before the game, at half time and after the game. If you have some time to spare for a very worthwhile cause, please e-mail the commercial department here or call 020 8547 3336.


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Tuesday 04 August 2009
club news
Luton tickets

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

Tickets can be applied for by post. At this late stage we will not post them but will hold them for collection during normal office hours or before the game at the complimentary tickets window. Fans collecting tickets in this way will be required to provide evidence of their address.

Tickets can also be purchased from the club office betwwen 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays. Proof of address will be requested if you wish to buy tickets in this way.


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Monday 03 August 2009
club news
Brett signs

Terry Brown moved closer to finalising his squad by signing Brett Johnson this evening. Just before watching a strong Dons side play North Greenford United, Terry said "I am absolutely delighted that we've signed a player of Brett's ability. He is a left-sided centre back who can cover as a left back if needed. He's a player with lots of talent and pace, plus Football League experience. This is a terrific signing for us."

Brett said "I've played for Terry before at Aldershot and I'm pleased to be re-joining him at Wimbledon. Now that this is all sorted, I can't wait for the season to get started."


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Sunday 02 August 2009
club news
Luke re-signs

Club secretary David Charles took time out from yesterday's pre-season friendly to get Luke Garrard's signature on a new contract.

Luke was out of contract at the end of last season. Both he and Terry Brown were keen to get the deal done as soon as they were both sure that Luke was back to full fitness following his cruciate ligament injury last season.

Despite being one of the club's longest serving players, Luke is still only 23, and he's delighted to have extended his spell at the Dons. "I love it here and never wanted to go anywhere else, so I'm delighted that we've agreed terms. I feel fully recovered and I'm ready to go."

He is expected to continue his comeback at tomorrow night's final pre-season friendly game at North Greenford United.


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