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Tuesday 31 August 2010
club news
Match ball sponsorships still available

There are still several match ball sponsorship packages available for the current season both before and after Christmas.

The match ball sponsorship package is perfect for fans celebrating birthdays, weddings or any other significant milestone as well as businesses who want to show their support for the club while also entertaining clients with the club's corporate hospitality.

This season, the package also includes the carvery that was recently launched in the back bar.

The complete package consists of:

- 4 tickets for the Directors Box and Paul Strank Stand

- 3 course carvery before the game

- Half- time refreshments

- Complimentary match programme and team sheet for each guest

- Name and logo on front cover of programme

- Editorial on commercial pages of programme

- Several P.A. mentions throughout the match

- Signed ball presented by Man of the Match

- Commemorative photo of occasion

For more information about availability and price, please contact Keith in the commercial department by either e-mailing here or call 020 8547 3336.




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Tuesday 31 August 2010
first team news
Injury news and tonight's reserve game

Terry Brown spent part of Tuesday studying the DVD of yesterday's game against Newport before checking on the injury situation.

"Brett Johnson went for a scan today and we expect to hear the results within 48 hours. At the moment our best information is still that Brett is likely to out for three or four weeks but we have to wait for the results to be certain. It looks as if the only other injury is Sam Hatton's hip, which appears to be responding to treatment very well so we are confident that apart from Mark Nwokeji and Brett we should have a full, fit squad to chose from on Saturday.

"We now enter a period of Saturday fixtures only for three weeks which will end with Luton on Saturday 18 September, closely followed by the first midweek fixture for a while, Crawley, on Tuesday 21 September.

"Tonight I will take the opportunity to look at Ed Harris and Fraser Franks, the two natural replacements while Brett recovers, as I am going to Walton Casuals' ground to watch our reserve game with Tooting and Mitcham. Also joining Marcus's unbeaten young team will be Jack Turner, Reece Johes and Delano Sam-Yorke. The reserves have made a great start to the season but tonight will be a real test for them and well worth a visit for any of our fans who want to watch the youngsters in action."


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Tuesday 31 August 2010
club news
Update on supporters' coaches

The supporters' coach going to Kettering on Saturday is now full.

Bookings are still being taken for the coach travelling to Luton on Saturday 18 September. It will pick up from The Grove at 11.00 am and from Kingsmeadow at 11.30 am. The cost is £10.


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Tuesday 31 August 2010
club news
Corporate hospitality at Kettering Town this Saturday

Kettering Town have asked us to promote the following corporate hospitality on offer for our game at Rockingham Rd this Saturday.

- 3 Course Meal
- Match day programme and team sheet
- Tea & coffee at half time and full time
- Car parking space (limited space available, on a first come first served basis)
- Reserved match ticket

Cost: £40 per person

To book, please call Daniel Lee on 01536 517013 or email here.




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Tuesday 31 August 2010
dons trust news
Dons Trust Board Elections

The next Dons Trust Board elections will be held during the Autumn, prior to the December AGM. The Dons Trust Board Secretary will be making the formal announcement in the coming weeks but the cut-off membership date for standing or voting in the elections will be 30 September.

So now is the time to join the Dons Trust or check your membership is up to date so that you can have your say in the running of the Dons Trust and the club.



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Tuesday 31 August 2010
club news
Dons and the Exiles share the points

Wimbledon were held to a 2 - 2 draw by a Newport County team who kept going to the end to deny the Dons all three points.

Terry Brown made two changes from the team that had played Eastbourne Borough, with Ricky Wellard and Jon Main coming in for Luke Moore and Lee Minshull. The game got off to a good tempo and the Dons took an early lead when Sammy Moore was brought down in the box, and Danny Kedwell converted the penalty. The Dons' lead lasted just nine minutes, when Robbie Matthews was fouled in the penalty area by Ismail Yakubu and Craig Reid converted the spot-kick.

By this time, the flow had been interrupted by a number of free kicks and yellow cards awarded by the referee, and in a game that was not particularly dirty, four yellow cards had been issued by half time. Just before half time the Dons suffered a blow when Brett Johnson was forced to leave the field through injury, and was replaced at centre back by Lee Minshull.

More yellow cards followed in the second half but it was the Dons who took the lead after 52 minutes when Christian Jolley sneaked in at the far post to prod home Kedwell's low cross. Clear chances at both ends were sparse and the Dons seemed to have the measure of Newport's attack until 11 minutes from time when, out of the blue, a long clearance from the goalkeeper was headed on by Matthews and the unmarked Reid brought the two teams level.

Terry Brown was disappointed after the game but felt it was a fair result. "Both teams looked tired today and not surprisingly, having played six games in 16 days. It was a scrappy affair and the flow of the game was not helped by the constant interruptions from the referee. For the away team it would have been a good point, but from a home point of view it was two points dropped.

"It was unfortunate that Brett Johnson was injured and it may be that he has injured medial ligaments and could be out for a few weeks. Although Lee Minshull played well at centre back I have two good centre halves in the squad and I would be looking how Ed Harris and Fraser Franks perform in the reserves friendly against Tooting & Mitcham on Tuesday night."


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Tuesday 31 August 2010
dons trust news
Matchday Raffle

The winning raffle tickets at Monday's game against Newport County were Green 399 and Blue 432. The winners were Kerri Clarke and Tina Massey.

The raffle raised over £260 towards the ground fund.



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Monday 30 August 2010
club news
Arrangements for the Newport game

The following news item first appeared on Friday 27 August. It has been re-presented here to help fans to plan for Monday's game.

Tickets

The Newport County game on Monday 30 August is not all ticket and we expect there to be plenty of terrace tickets available on the day (see below for more details.)

A number of seat tickets will be available for sale on the day. These will be on sale from the kiosk in the Paul Strank stand from about 1.45 pm.

Pre-ordered tickets can be collected from the complimentary tickets window next to the players’ entrance, from about 12.30 pm.

Segregation

Full segregation will be in place for the game.

Newport fans will be allocated the northern end of the John Smith’s stand (i.e. nearest the Kingston Road end) and will enter through turnstiles 7 and 8. These turnstiles are accessed via the residential car park which is, in turn, entered from Jack Goodchild Way. There will be signs in place to direct Newport fans to the correct turnstiles. They will have sole use of the new burger bar behind the Kingston Road end and the new toilets in that corner.

Wimbledon fans will enter as follows:

For the Tempest End Wimbledon fans will enter via turnstiles 4, 5 and 6. Fans may only enter this terrace if they have TE season tickets or matchday tickets – a few will be on sale on the day from turnstile 5 and 6

For the John Smith’s stand, southern end, (i.e. furthest away from the Kingston Road end), Wimbledon fans will also enter via turnstiles 4, 5 and 6.

For the Kingston Road end, Wimbledon fans will enter via turnstiles 1, 2 and 3.

Segregation in the John Smith’s stand

Although we have been given estimates of the number of away fans, we can’t be certain how many will actually attend on the day. Since we don’t expect a sell out game, and it is not all ticket, this gives us a problem in managing the segregated area.

We have allowed for up to 750 Newport fans, although estimates of their numbers are some way below that. We will deal with this uncertainty by setting a wide ‘sterile area’ behind the dug outs. This will allow us flexibility to narrow the sterile area and create more space for away or home fans, as appropriate, when the numbers of each become apparent.

Please be patient as we adjust to the circumstances on the day – we are trying to accommodate everyone who wishes to attend, safely and in comfort.

Parking and public transport

As usual, parking will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please take care and drive slowly when entering the car park.

We expect the car park to be very busy so please consider coming by public transport. Fans are advised to check the Transport for London web site Transport for London for tube travel,
and National Rail at National Rail for updates re train services on the day.

Fans may park in some surrounding streets but please do so considerately. Note that normal parking restrictions are in force on Monday.

Bars

The bars will open at noon and are open to Wimbledon and Newport fans before the game. A decision will be made on the day about whether or not there will be access to the bars for Newport fans after the game.

Food

There will be a burger trailer in the car park, opening at about 12.30 pm. The four outlets within the stadium will be operating as usual from 1.45 pm. As mentioned above, the outlet behind the Kingston Road end is for Newport fans only.

Programme

As usual, we are publishing a 68 page programme for £2.50. The contents for this game include a review of the Junior Academy, a profile of Christian Jolley, Marcus Gayle talking about this season’s reserve team, an article about the Community Football Scheme, and all the usual rounds ups and feature pages.


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Sunday 29 August 2010
club news
Carvery sold out

The carvery before tomorrow's game against Newport is now fully booked.

To avoid disappointment, we strongly recommend booking as far as possible in advance for future games by either e-mailing here or call 020 8247 9918.



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Sunday 29 August 2010
club news
Get down early for Monday's game

With the Dons topping the Blue Square Bet Premier league for the first time and Monday's weather forecast looking perfect for football, we are expecting a bumper crowd for the home game against Newport County.

There are some seat tickets left and these will go on sale from the kiosk in the lobby area of the Paul Strank Stand at about 1.45 pm. Terrace tickets for all areas will go on sale from the turnstiles at the same time. Please note that we have a limited number of tickets for the Tempest End, so if you want to book a place there make sure you get in the queue at the Tempest End in good time.

On a busy day like tomorrow the car park will fill up quickly. We remind fans with disabled parking passes that these passes only apply to a limited number of reserved spaces - once those spaces are full your pass does not guarantee you a space in the car park.

The overall message is: arrive early. For detailed guidance on the matchday arrangements see the news item "Arrangements for the Newport game".


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Sunday 29 August 2010
first team news
Terry looks forward to Monday's game against Newport

Terry Brown spent his Sunday planning how to retain top spot when the Dons face Newport Country tomorrow and deciding who needs a rest after the exertions of the last two weeks.

"Monday sees us welcome Dean Holdsworth back for his second visit within two years. After what was a wonderful season last year for Newport County, they look like they are now settling in the Premier League with a fine 3-0 home win against Kidderminster on Saturday.

"Looking at their team they have a great deal of experience and a winning mentality from last year's successful campaign. As we are at home we are obviously expected to win although as Tottenham proved yesterday there is no such thing as a home banker in any league.

"As far as we are concerned I will be freshening up the side with one or two changes after what has been a very busy fixture list over the 14 days since the start of the season. The thinking behind this is quite simple. We have a talented squad that need games and when you play two games in 48 hours it would be foolish not to take advantage of fresh legs when possible.

"Our previous two home games have been similar in as much as the players and the fans have had to be patient before we succeeded in scoring late goals in both games. Dean will be no different from every other manager who comes here and will no doubt hope to keep the crowd quiet by not conceding early. Judging by Luton manager Richard Money's comments about Newport's performance at Kenilworth Road, where he praised their attacking intentions, we should be in for a fantastic and open game of football. I expect that Kingsmeadow will be a great sight and full of noise tomorrow and I'm really looking forward to it."


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Sunday 29 August 2010
club news
Wimbledon go top

The Dons moved to the top of the Blue Square Bet Premier after a thrilling victory at Priory Lane when they threw away a two goal advantage, only to come back and score the winner in added-on time.

Terry Brown made two changes to the team that had started against Rushden & Diamonds on Tuesday, with Lee Minshull and Christian Jolley coming in for Rashid Yussuff and Jon Main. The Dons got off to a tentative start as Eastbourne made the early running with front runner Richard Pacquette looking dangerous, and the Dons were grateful to Seb Brown who made several good early saves. Wimbledon weren’t without their own chances, with Jolley and Sammy Moore both coming close.

After 31 minutes the Dons took the lead, following good work from Luke Moore which led to Danny Kedwell driving the ball low and hard from 25 yards and beating the late-diving Rikki Banks. The goal boosted the Dons’ confidence and they could have gone further ahead with both Moores again coming close.

The second half started with the Dons very much in charge, and in the space of a minute, both Stephen Gregory and Minshull rattled the woodwork. The Dons were not to be denied however and following a cross from Luke Moore, Minshull rose to head high into the net. It looked as though the Dons were going on to score more goals, but two needless free kicks were given away in the space of seven minutes, which resulted in Simon Weatherstone pulling a goal back and then Andy Atkin bringing the teams level.

The momentum was with Eastbourne, but to the Dons’ credit, they regrouped and looked the team most likely to score a third, and in added-on time a great run and pass from Sam Hatton found Kedwell, who rounded the keeper and slipped the ball home to send the many Dons fans home in delight.

Terry Brown was in ebullient mood on the coach home. “We have now only conceded three goals in five games, and this is one of the reasons we have started so well. We are celebrating being top of the league for what I believe is the first time since 1977. I know it is only August but I would rather have the 12 points and our present position than being anywhere else.

“I hope our players learned something today, particularly that they shouldn’t take anything for granted. When we went two goals ahead people thought we would get three or four, but credit to Eastbourne, who never gave up, and at 2 – 2 looked as though they would go on and win the game. Once again the strength of the squad with Rashid Yussuff and Ryan Jackson coming on for the last 15 minutes gave us new energy and legs, and helped take us to what I thought was a deserved victory.

“It was a fascinating game of football played in a lovely atmosphere, and I hope for more of the same on Monday, with the visit of Dean Holdsworth’s Newport County who secured their first victory of the season today.”


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Saturday 28 August 2010
club news
Please donate your ST voucher if you can't come to the Newport game

Seats are in great demand for Monday's game against Newport County so if you aren't planning to come to the game, please consider donating the relevant ST voucher to the club so that we can re-sell the seat.

To do so, email your ticket details to this address ST vouchers or phone the office on 020 8547 3528 and leave a message.

Vouchers for terrace STs are also very welcome as we can reclaim the VAT on those tickets.


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Friday 27 August 2010
club news
Remaining tickets to go on sale at Eastbourne tomorrow

We have sold the majority of the tickets we were sent by Eastbourne Borough and have heard that those unsold will be on sale at the turnstiles tomorrow afternoon.


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Friday 27 August 2010
club news
Breakfast at The Grove

The Grove will be serving breakfast from 10.00 am tomorrow, before the coach departs for Eastbourne at 11.00 am.

Fans can also use the pub's car park at a cost of £5 for the day, although this fee is waived for anyone who buys breakfast.



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Friday 27 August 2010
club news
Last day for Eastbourne tickets

We will continue selling tickets from the club office for Saturday's game against Eastbourne Borough until 4.00 pm today.

Terrace prices are Adults £14, Concessions £10 and Under 16s £4.

There are still a couple of stand tickets available priced at Adult £16 and Concessions £12.






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Friday 27 August 2010
dons trust news
Raffle and Magic Minute on Monday

The fundraising team will be in action at the home game against Newport County on Monday. Prior to the game, raffle tickets will be on sale for two signed, framed photos of Wimbledon FC former striker (and Monday’s opposition manager) Dean Holdsworth, taken during lighter moments of a Wimbledon FC training session in the 1990s. We are grateful to David McKnight for these items.

We will also be piloting a fundraising scheme known as the Magic Minute. This is along the lines of an away version of Golden Goals, but with a difference. Each ticket is allocated two numbers corresponding to a minute in the game. The winning minute will be the minute in which the first penalty is scored in our away game at Luton on 18 September. If there is no penalty goal, then it will be the minute of the first goal or (in turn) red card or yellow card.

As the numbers on the tickets are generated randomly, there could be a number of winners sharing the prize pot (which will be 50% of the total ticket sales) or just one. However, every entrant has a 1-in-90 chance of winning (provided there is either a goal or a card in the game).

At this stage, this scheme is just a pilot but could be repeated at selected away games in the future, if successful. To find out more about this, and to see an illustration of how it works, visit Magic Minute.

We would welcome further volunteers to help out with the above on Monday. If you can spare some time before or after the game, please email fundraising or leave a message with the club on 020 8547 3528.


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Friday 27 August 2010
club news
Special offer for carvery on Monday!

BANK HOLIDAY SPECIAL OFFER
We are only charging £15 per peorson for the carvery before the Newport game on Monday 30 August!

Once again, the carvery will be open from 12.30pm in the back bar prior to the game against Newport on Monday.

Guests enjoy:

- A 3 course carvery including tea and coffee
- Drinks service direct to the tables
- Sky Sports/ ESPN on the high def screen
- A complimentary match programme and team sheet
- A pre-match briefing by Terry Brown

Cost: £15

Don't forget, we are also offering a season ticket for the carvery for only £300 (pro-rated), which works out as only £13 per match!

For more information or to book, please e-mail here or call 020 8247 9918.



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Thursday 26 August 2010
cfs news
Special Matchday Football Club This Monday + Best Price deal of the season

The Matchday Football Club for children aged between 4 and 16 will be taking place this Monday, 30 August prior to the match against Newport County. The venue is Kingsmeadow Athletics Centre on the 3G artificial grass pitches from 1.00 pm – 2.30 pm, with the cost per session only £6 and including a free child match ticket for the first team match at 3.00 pm. Season ticket holders can attend at the reduced rate of £5 on production of their 2010/11 season ticket.

For only £9.50 your child can have football coaching from 9.30 am until 3.00 pm on Bank Holiday Monday as they can join in our Holiday course that is being run that day. They will also be given a match ticket for the Newport game. Just obtain a booking form from the Community page, fill it out and register on the day.

The CFS Holiday Course will run all next week and The Matchday Football Club will run every Saturday throughout the season when AFC Wimbledon are playing at home.



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Thursday 26 August 2010
first team news
Terry looks forward to a trip to the seaside

AFC Wimbledon manager Terry Brown is looking forward to getting the team back into action at Eastbourne and putting Tuesday's game at Rushden behind them. But first he wanted to comment on the impressively high levels of travelling support that follow the team to away games.

"Ticket sales have been going well with nearly three quarters of our allocation of 1,200 being sold, therefore ensuring a great bank holiday atmosphere at Eastbourne on Saturday. It is a lovely ground where as a manager I failed to get any points in a previous visit. I hope their full back doesn't replicate last year's 30 yard screamer although Seb assures me that he would have saved it anyway!

"Eastbourne have started the season with goals galore having scored twelve in four games and our defence will have to be at their best to cope with a rampant Paquette and Taylor strike force. We played them at a similar time last season and, as Wrexham will testify, this year it is a very difficult place to go if you are looking to come away with all three points.

"It is important as a group that we bounce back from Tuesday's defeat. It is easy to have good team spirit and a positive dressing room when you are winning, and looking at the boys' attitude in training today I fully believe we will bounce back on Saturday.

"On the fitness front this is an important weekend for us as far as the squad is concerned and we are looking forward to welcoming back Ricky Wellard and Lee Minshull, along with a fit-again Sam Hatton, for the weekend's fixtures. Mark Nwokeji incurred a shoulder injury playing and scoring for the reserves last Saturday and he is responding well to treatment. We are hopeful that Mark will be fit and available for first team selection in approximately two weeks.

"I will look to utilise the squad's depth with regards to who starts and who plays 90 minutes in each game, as the schedule so far has proved to be very strenuous. After Monday's fixture at home to Newport we will have played six games in 16 days, which is a lot. But we have good players keen to get into the team and I am confident that we are well placed to put out teams that are capable of winning both games."

The fans' coach to Eastbourne is full and we are taking no more bookings. However, we still have over 300 terrace tickets for the game available for sale. Tickets can be bought by calling into the club between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on Friday.


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Thursday 26 August 2010
dons trust news
Dons Trust board - precis of last week's meeting

The meeting was held at Kingsmeadow on 16 August.

The board reviewed action points from last month’s meeting, noting ongoing discussions with the Ladies and girls sections concerning their 2010/11 budget, the appointment of David Growns as the Vice Chair and contact with the Trust matchday team and WISA concerning operational changes resulting from the back bar carvery.

Specific items that were discussed at the meeting included:

CEO Erik Samuelson’s monthly report, noting that;
• Local political support for the club remains strong
• The residential car park lights have been fitted, completing the turnstile project
• The club will receive £35,000 as our share of the solidarity payment to the Football Conference by the Premier League
• The carvery launch at the Arsenal XI was very well received by participants
• Season ticket sales were likely to reach 2,200 by the time of the Histon home game.

Other agenda items debated included;

• 2010/11 targets and priorities for the Dons Trust
• Timetables and planning for the autumn Dons Trust Board elections
• The board endorsed the terms of reference for David Growns’ Communications Strategy
• An update from Nicole Hammond on progress on the Members' Survey.

The next board meeting is scheduled for Monday 13 September, by which time the agenda for that meeting and the full August board meeting minutes should have been published. Any input that members wish to make can be passed on any board member in person or by e-mail to Dons Trust.


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Thursday 26 August 2010
club news
Comedy club returns!

Monthly comedy nights return to The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium Kingsmeadow in October under a new guise - LLaugh@Kingsmedaow

The night will be hosted by our new resident MC, Al Cowie fresh from his exploits at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival after performing with comics ranging from Mitch Benn to Paul Sinha.

October’s show will be headlined by John Moloney, winner of the Best Live Performer award for two years running at the London Comedy Festival. Ian Cognito and Felix Dexter return headline our November and December shows respectively.

Doors open at 7.30pm with the comedy starting at 9.00pm. The bar will be open until midnight.

Tickets are priced at £10. Snacks can be purchased separately on the night, details of which will follow in a separate update.

For more information on all the comedy shows please click here

To purchase tickets please click here

Full comedy line up

Friday 1 October – John Moloney, Steve Hall and Al Cowie

Friday 5 November – Ian Cognito, Tom Craine and Al Cowie

Friday 3 December – Felix Dexter, Nick Doody and Al Cowie




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Thursday 26 August 2010
dons trust news
Raising the game - Fundraising for 2010-11

There was a mistake in this article when it was first published yesterday so it is being reproduced again today.

Saturday's matchday programme featured an article describing some of the projects the fundraising team has in store for the coming season. The article is reproduced in full as a feature and can be seen by clicking on fundraising feature article so that supporters can make a note of forthcoming events for their diaries.

The fundraising team will be holding a raffle at the match against Newport County on 30 August and will also be piloting another fundraising venture. If you are able to help out with selling raffle tickets, please contact Mark Davis either by emailing fundraising
or leaving a message for him via the club on 020 8547 3528.


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Wednesday 25 August 2010
first team news
Terry on Rushden

Earier today, Terry Brown reflected on last night's defeat at Rushden and Diamonds that nonetheless leaves the Dons in second place after the first four games of the season.

"Having had the chance to look at the DVD of last night's game we looked leggy and a little weak. The margins between playing your football and not playing your football are very small and they can be little things like the full backs working on getting their angles right and the midfield rotating a little more. We will be looking to tweak those areas during training this week.

"The players' schedule over the first week has been a very high workload with four games in eleven days, which certainly took its toll last night. Injuries to Ricky Wellard from Saturday and Sam Hatton early in the game gave an opportunity for both Rashid Yussuf and Ryan Jackson to have longer game time.

"At no time in the match did we get our passing game going and chances were few and far between at both ends. From their point of view their goal was a cracker but from our point of view I felt we stood off the striker and allowed him too much room to get a shot away. However, an overall reflection of the start of the season sees us with nine points out of a possible twelve, one goal conceded and six goals scored.

"Last night's game highlighted the fact that there is still a great deal of work to be done on the training ground with what is a very young group of players who are still getting to know each other. Full credit to Rushden who not only stopped us playing but also played well themselves and although neither side created many chances I thought they edged it over the ninety minutes.

"We need to get our passing game going, especially away from home where we have struggled. We go to Eastbourne on Saturday with second playing third, so we will need to improve on last night's performance if we are to bring something back from Priory Lane.

"I look forward to seeing you over the bank holiday weekend where hopefully we can get back on a winning track."


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Wednesday 25 August 2010
club news
Bank holiday special offer for Carvery on Monday!

BANK HOLIDAY SPECIAL OFFER
We are only charging £15 per peorson for the carvery before the Newport game on Monday 30 August!

Once again, the carvery will be open from 12.30pm in the back bar prior to the game against Newport on Monday.

Guests enjoy:

- A 3 course carvery including tea and coffee
- Drinks service direct to the tables
- Sky Sports/ ESPN on the high def screen
- A complimentary match programme and team sheet
- A pre-match briefing by Terry Brown

Cost: £15

Don't forget, we are also offering a season ticket for the carvery for only £300 (pro-rated), which works out as only £13 per match!

For more information or to book, please e-mail here or call 020 8247 9918.



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Wednesday 25 August 2010
club news
AFC Wimbledon - Tamworth highlights

You can see the latest Dons highlights, including the Tamworth and Histon games, and the related interviews with Terry Brown, by clicking on AFC Wimbledon TV.


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Tuesday 24 August 2010
club news
Terry on Tamworth and Rushden

We spoke to Terry early this morning as he was preparing for tonight's game. “Our second home game of the season against Tamworth proved to be a very difficult encounter, with Tamworth working very hard in the first half to shut us down and play their own game. They were the first side to really play football against us, and it is very interesting to play different sides with contrasting styles.

“Tamworth played well in the first half, and the game was fairly even up to the first goal. After scoring with a well-worked goal by Sammy Moore we relaxed and started to play better football. In the second half we got our passing game going, and as the game went on we became more and more confident.

“Tamworth continued to play their game and were resilient at the back, and I was very pleased with the number of shots we had, both on and off target. The second goal was set up by a rejuvenated Ricky Wellard, who rode three separate tackles and played in Jon Main. He got in a great shot which allowed his strike partner Danny Kedwell to register his second goal of the season.

“Our back four contained the opposition’s strikers well and were often the springboard for a lot of our attacks. The game culminated with us scoring a goal that could not have been more satisfying for any manager, when Danny Kedwell converted a lovely set piece supplied by Sam Hatton.

“As in previous games, the two young boys came off the substitutes’ bench and added vitality and legs to a good performance. Particular praise should go to Rashid Yussuff, who once again added pace and impetus to our midfield.

“Tonight’s visit to Rushden & Diamonds comes at a similar time to last year’s, when we played very well and secured a 1-0 victory. A similar result tonight would be very pleasing. Rushden went on to make the play-offs last season, and I have no doubt that having kept most of last year’s team they will pose a considerable threat tonight, despite their slow start to this season.”



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Monday 23 August 2010
club news
Kingsmeadow Live is looking for Bands and Solo Performers

AFC Wimbledon is searching for locally based bands and solo performers to play at a Kingsmeadow Live 'Unsigned Showcase' gig in either September or October.

Whether it is Pop, Alternative, Rock, Indie, Grunge or Electro we would love to hear from you!

If you have a following fan base let us know and we will organise a door split with you.

If you're interested, give us a call on 020 8547 3335 or e-mail here



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Monday 23 August 2010
club news
Rushden and Diamonds Corporate Hospitality

Rushden and Diamonds' commercial team has asked the club to promote the following corporate hospitality package for our game at Nene Park tomorrow night:

- 3 course meal
- Tea/coffee at half time
- Team Sheet and programme per guest
- Stand seat
- Car parking (1 per 4 guests)

Cost: £50 + vat per person

To book, please contact Rachel Roberts on 01933 650345
or e mail Rachel.roberts@rd-fc.co.uk



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Monday 23 August 2010
club news
Update on Supporters' coaches

The supporters' coach going to Rushden & Diamonds tomorrow is now full.

There are 10 spaces left on the coach going to Eastbourne on Saturday. The coach picks up from The Grove at 11.00 am and from Kingsmeadow at 11.30 am. The cost is £10.

Bookings are also being taken for the coach travelling to Kettering on Saturday 4 September. It will pick up from The Grove at 10.00 am and from Kingsmeadow at 10.30 am. The early departure is to allow for roadworks and reduced speed limits on the M25 and M1. The cost is £10.

Places can be booked by contacting the club office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays. Payment must be made at the time of booking.


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Monday 23 August 2010
club news
Eastbourne game is all ticket for Wimbledon fans

Tickets remain on sale for our all ticket game against Eastbourne Borough on Saturday 28 August.

Terrace ticket prices are as follows:

Adults £14
Concessions £10
Under-16s £4

There are a very limited number of seats in the main stand which we want to allocate to the disabled and those unable to stand for a long time. These are priced at:

Adults £16
Concessions £12


Tickets can be purchased in the following ways:

Online

Up to four terrace tickets can be bought by clicking here or on the “buy tickets” tab on the club website.

Callers

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

Postal applications

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

If you want your tickets sent out by post, postal applications must be received by first post on Tuesday 24 August. You can continue to purchase tickets online after that date but the tickets will need to be collected from the club office by Friday 4.00 pm.






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Saturday 21 August 2010
first team news
Wimbledon maintain 100% record

The Dons made it three out of three as they overcame Tamworth with a performance that improved as the game went on.

The early stages of the game were fairly equal but the Dons took the lead after 38 minutes when Danny Kedwell’s pass found Sammy Moore, who angled his shot past the keeper and into the far side of the goal.

The Dons dominated the second half and after a number of good movements increased their lead after 60 minutes. The move started with Andre Blackman winning a tackle deep in his own half, and Ricky Wellard taking the ball upfield as he burst through several challenges. His pass inside the full back found Jon Main, whose low shot was parried by Ross Atkins, but Kedwell following up scored from close range.

The icing on the cake came after 79 minutes, when Sam Hatton chipped a free kick over the Tamworth wall, and found Kedwell who hit a cushioned volley into the net, much to the delight of Terry Brown, who had seen one of his training ground set pieces pay dividends.

Terry Brown was extremely pleased with the performance and the result. “Today we beat the best side we have played so far, who themselves played some good football in the first half. There was lots to like about today’s performance, but it is very important that we concentrate on keeping our feet on the ground. We go to Rushden & Diamonds on Tuesday in good heart, but know that they will be looking to bounce back after a series of disappointing results.

“Sam Hatton’s performance as an attacking right back was exemplary today. He won his tackles, won his headers and got forward whenever he could. Danny Kedwell also put in a great performance, scoring two goals and making the other. He is a winner, our captain and a very important member of the team. I thought the third goal was particularly satisfying, with a superb chip from Hatton and a great finish from Kedwell. It was also nice to have Sammy Moore score from midfield.

“I feel we have a great squad and again was pleased with the performances of the three substitutes. There is a lot of competition for places at the present time and with the number of games coming up in the near future they are all likely to get an opportunity to perform.”



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Friday 20 August 2010
club news
Terry reviews Histon and previews Tamworth

"Tuesday’s game against Histon panned out very much as I had expected, with a very resilient performance from a young Histon side. We knew that if we didn’t break them down early they would become more stubborn and more difficult to score against, and so it proved. I thought the performance was very good in the first half, but it became apparent as the game went on that we would need to freshen things up with young legs. I was delighted with all three substitutes who came on, particularly Rashid Yussuff, who injected real pace into the midfield.

"Although the goals came late I was pleased that Danny Kedwell got on the scoresheet – it is always a boost for a forward to get his first goal of the season and it helps him settle down. We have been working on our finishing during the week and hope to have more of a cutting edge tomorrow.

"We have got through the week without any injuries, and I expect to put out the same side that has started the two previous games. There is real competition from those on the bench, and I have been really delighted with the performances from the substitutes who have come on and the impact they have made. As we go into a very busy period of four games in nine days, I am sure they will get their opportunity to make the starting line-up.

"We have had Tamworth watched. They have had a fantastic start to the season, winning their first game and getting an excellent point at Newport. I expect a well-disciplined display from what will be tough opposition. They started last season very well, and they appear to be replicating that good start this season."




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Friday 20 August 2010
club news
FOOTBALL CONFERENCE SIGNS UNIQUE TV DEAL

In a ground breaking deal, which will be a first in English football between a major football competition and a broadcaster, the Football Conference has signed up to a unique partnership with Premier Sports TV to show 30 matches per season from the Blue Square Bet Premier over the next three years, including their Premier Play Offs and the prestigious Premier Promotion Final.

In a joint enterprise with Premier Sports, the Conference can now offer those who want the opportunity to watch all that is best outside the Premiership and Football League, the ability to subscribe to a monthly membership for just £6.99. The uniqueness of the deal over and above the normal rights fee paid by the broadcaster to the competition, will see the Conference receive 50% of all subscriptions once a nominal level of subscribers has been achieved.

No other competition has had this style of agreement before and in addition the Conference will also earn 50% from all internet revenue associated with the deal and allow them to retain advertising rights allied to those adverts shown with their matches. This really is a “joint venture” first in football.

Despite the fact that 12 months ago the Conference lost their then broadcaster partner due to financial reasons, they have bounced back strongly from that adversity to again lead the way with this deal.

Fans of the Blue Square Bet Premier can be assured though that LIVE matches will commence on 4 September via Channel 433, at a minimum rate of 3 per month and as little disruption to the current fixture list will take place as possible. The Football Conference and Premier Sports has identified this partnership opportunity and recognise there is a niché market for all football fans who love the game at the level at which the competition plays.

The broadcasts will commence on Saturday 4 September 2010 with Grimsby Town v Luton Town (k.o. 17.15 pm) followed by Newport County v Wrexham on Sunday 5 September (k.o. 13.00 pm).


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Thursday 19 August 2010
dons trust news
Calling prospective board members

For anyone who is thinking of standing for the board in this year's elections, Supporters Direct are putting on an introductory event on 12 September, offering information on a range of topics including Strategic Planning, Engaging with Stakeholders, Shareholding, IPS regulation and Supporters Direct itself.

Further information, and details of how to register for this event, are available here.


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Thursday 19 August 2010
club news
Carvery open this Saturday UPDATED

UPDATE
We are also offering a season ticket for the carvery for only £300 (pro-rated), which works out as only £13 per match!

Once again, the carvery will be open from 12.30pm in the back bar prior to the Tamworth match this Saturday.

Guests enjoy:

- A 3 course carvery including tea and coffee
- Drinks service direct to the tables
- Sky Sports/ ESPN on the high def screen
- A complimentary match programme and team sheet
- A pre-match briefing by Terry Brown

Cost: £20

For more information or to book, please e-mail here or call 020 8247 9918.



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Thursday 19 August 2010
club news
Please return your season ticket vouchers if you can't come to the Tamworth game

Seats are in short supply for Saturday's game against Tamworth so if you aren't planning to come to the game, please consider donating the relevant ST voucher to the club.

To do so, email your ticket details to this address ST vouchers or phone the office on 020 8547 3528 before 4.00 pm today or tomorrow.

Vouchers for terrace STs are also welcome as we can reclaim the VAT on those tickets.


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Wednesday 18 August 2010
dons trust news
Dons Draw results for August

The August Dons Draw took place before the Histon game yesterday at Kingsmeadow.

Winning numbers were drawn in the presence of David Cox(Dons Trust Board), Neil Messenbird (Dons Draw Adminstrator) and David Ritchie.

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

First prize of £1000 - ticket 2385 - John Bridges KT18

Second prize of £500 - ticket 3086 - Jim Drewett KT2

Third prize of £250 - ticket 3298 - Naomi Mahendran SW17

Fourth prize of £150 - ticket 0561 - Colin Cameron KT6

Fifth prize of £100 - ticket 3532 - Neville Boyce KT17

Sixth prize of £75 - ticket 3956 - Andy Baly SE23

Congratulations to all six prize winners..

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

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

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

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

The deadline for new entrants to the September 2010 Dons Draw is 8:00pm on 31 August.

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



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Monday 16 August 2010
first team news
Terry looks forward to Histon and back to Southport

Reflecting on the weekend's result, Terry Brown was grateful that the ball fell for the Dons at Haig Avenue on Saturday, to give the Dons another winning start to the season.

"Our opening fixture at Southport certainly proved to be a real challenge. Southport's direct style football caused us problems throughout most of the match and when executed well it is a very difficult system to play against.

"We certainly rode our luck and on another day Southport could easily have opened the scoring in a first half that they dominated. After a brief respite at half time I thought we came out and took the challenge to Southport and created a couple of chances early on. Although Southport will no doubt be disappointed with the goal they conceded, from an attacking point of view it was a beautifully flighted pass from Steven Gregory and a fantastic run in and first touch by Christian Jolley that opened up the Southport defence and led to the only goal of the game.

"First games are notoriously difficult to gauge but I was delighted with the effort, teamwork and workrate that our boys put in on the day. The three points will give the boys an added boost going into two home games where we shall be looking for a maximum return if possible.

"Tuesday's opponents, Histon, certainly proved to be one of the surprise packages of the weekend with a fantastic 3-1 home win against a strong and experienced Barrow side. Histon were never going to be anybody's whipping boys with John Beck in charge. John's record in the Football League has always been one of overachievement on limited resources. If ever anybody was meant to take over the team with the lowest budget in the league and make the most of it, then John would certainly be your man.

"We have slight injury doubts concerning Ricky Wellard and Rashid Yussuf and, of course, we will be without the services of the suspended Lee Minshull. Having looked at the tackle I feel that it was an extremely harsh decision with reference to the sending off. However, with a limited chance of winning we felt it would be a waste of time and money to appeal.

"We will be looking forward to opening up our home campaign tomorrow night and will be looking to attack from the start."


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Monday 16 August 2010
club news
Carvery open tomorrow night

Following the successful launch on Saturday, the carvery will once again be open before the club’s first home game of the season against Histon tomorrow night.

Once again, the meal will consist of a starter, a choice of two meats, dessert and tea and coffee. The feedback about the food and service from the launch on Saturday was very complimentary.

Tickets for the carvery are available to season ticket holders for £20, including a match programme, a team sheet and a brief speech by Terry, and can be booked by e-mailing here or call 020 8247 9918.

SPECIAL OFFER
We are still offering a ticket for the carvery and the Paul Strank Stand for £30 and the carvery and Directors Box for £40 for the Histon game only.

There will be a limited number of tickets available for the carvery on the day of the game.

We realise that there are some issues that need to be addressed in the back bar since the introduction of the carvery. We would like to ask for your patience while we work our way through these issues but we aim to make the new arrangements acceptable to all fans.



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Saturday 14 August 2010
first team news
Dons take three points with a Jolley goal

The Dons continued their record of never losing an opening game of the season with a hard-fought 1 - 0 win at Haig Avenue.

Terry Brown bought back fit again Ismail Yakubu in the only change to the team which started against Arsenal the previous Saturday. It was a game of two styles from the beginning, with Southport relying on the long ball, throw ins and other set pieces, all aimed at the towering figure of Matty McNeil, to create the majority of their chances.

The first clear chance of the half came when Andre Blackman lost concentration and the ball was slipped to Ashley Winn who hit a weak shot straight at Seb Brown. At the other end, Sammy Moore skied a great chance over the bar from ten yards after good work from Danny Kedwell and Sam Hatton on the right wing.

Shortly before half time the referee showed Wimbledon great benevolence when awarding a penalty for what looked like an innocuous tackle on Hatton, possibly outside the area, but Jon Main’s spot kick was well saved by Tony McMillan. Shortly afterwards, the referee was waving away Southport claims for a handball on the line as Brett Johnson scrambled the ball away.

The second half continued in much the same vein until Terry Brown replaced Main and Luke Moore with Ryan Jackson and Christian Jolley. Shortly afterwards the change paid off when Jolley brought down a long crossfield ball, nicked in ahead of his marker and pushed the ball past McMillan before side footing it home to the delight of the 500 – 600 Dons fans in the crowd.

All that remained was for two more controversial decisions by the hapless official. First he refused a penalty when it looked as if Yakubu had pulled Alan Colins as he burst into the area and then he sent off substitute Lee Minshull for what he must have regarded as an over the ball challenge – the decision sending manager Terry Brown into near apoplexy.

But the Dons ran out time with no real worries and despite the muscular presence of McNeil their main threats over the ninety minutes came from two free kicks, both very well saved by Brown. So, Wimbledon set off back down the M6 for Tuesday’s game against Histon, victors over Barrow in their first game of the season.


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Friday 13 August 2010
cfs news
Community Football Scheme summer football courses

Our Summer Football Courses may have already reached the end of their third week, but there are still three more weeks of fun ahead! The attendances have been very good so far, and with both advanced booking and pay on the day available for each venue, joining one of the courses couldn’t be easier.

Come and enjoy the Monday of any course at half price by simply downloading the summer voucher from the website – that works out at £5 for the Half Day or only £7.50 for the full day. Even better, book a week of either half or full days and get one day absolutely free.

Our venues are Wimbledon Park, Kingsmeadow, Wandsworth Common and Tooting Common, for boys and girls ages 4-16, and you can find the voucher, booking form and all the information you need by visiting the Community section of the website here.


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Friday 13 August 2010
club news
Supporters' coach to Southport

There are half a dozen spaces left on the second supporters' coach travelling to Southport on Saturday.

The coach will pick up from the usual places, i.e. The Grove at 7.30 am and from Kingsmeadow at 8.00 am. The price is a flat rate £15 and payment must be made at the time of booking.

To reserve a seat please call the club on 020 8547 3528 up to 4.00 pm today.


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Thursday 12 August 2010
club news
Kit sponsorships available for 10/11 season

There are still a few kit sponsorship packages available for the forthcoming season.

Several of the players who recently joined the club are available as well as some of last season’s squad including Luke Moore and Brett Johnson, assistant manager Stuart Cash and club mascot Haydon the Womble.

The kit sponsorship package includes:
- Name in match programme and on club website for season
- Signed shirt at end of season
- Invitation to the kit sponsors dinner at end of season

For more information and to see which players are available, please e-mail here or call 020 8547 3336.



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Thursday 12 August 2010
first team news
Terry looks forward to Southport

For Terry Brown, the players and the fans the waiting is nearly over. Tomorrow morning the team will set out to Southport for the opening game of our second season in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

Plainly glad to be getting on with things, Terry said "at last, our final pre-season training session took place today and I'm pleased to be able to tell you that our complete squad of 21 players trained and they are all fit and raring to go. This obviously leaves me with some very difficult decisions to make and it is a lovely, while awkward, position for any manager to be in at the start of the season. Many thanks to Mike Rayner and Jason Moriarty who have played a massive part in ensuring, with the aid of our new heart monitors, no physical injuries caused by training sessions.

"Having checked the stats today, nearly all the squad have completed 21 training sessions and will have had between five and eight hours of playing time on the pitch. The task we face at Southport would not have been an easy game to replicate during pre-season, so it is a step into the unknown as far as how we will compete with a much stronger physical challenge than we've encountered in pre-season games.

"Southport enter the Conference Premier as champions on the back of a fantastic season and with one of the most experienced non-league managers at the helm. Therefore, we expect a very difficult afternoon as we welcome back the fans to the excitement of a new season.

"I have had the good fortune to play against Southport at Haig Avenue on many occasions. It is a beautiful ground with a lovely pitch and let's hope we come away from there in good spirits as we look forward to the start of what we hope will be an exciting and productive season for the Dons.

"The players are travelling up on Friday morning to ensure that we give ourselves every opportunity to be at our best for the first of many difficult away journeys this year. We will be calling in at Keele University to have a light training session en route and I'd like to thank David Kemp at Stoke City who sorted it out for us."


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Wednesday 11 August 2010
club news
Exeter highlights now available

You can see the highlights of the Exeter game by clicking on Exeter.


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Tuesday 10 August 2010
club news
Carvery returns before Histon game

Following the successful launch on Saturday, the carvery will once again be open before the club’s first home game of the season against Histon on Tuesday 17 August.

Once again, the meal will consist of a starter, a choice of two meats, dessert and tea and coffee. The feedback about the food and service from the launch on Saturday was very complimentary.

Tickets for the carvery are available to season ticket holders for £20, including a match programme, a team sheet and a brief speech by Terry, and can be booked by e-mailing here or call 020 8247 9918.

SPECIAL OFFER
We are still offering a ticket for the carvery and the Paul Strank Stand for £30 and the carvery and Directors Box for £40 for the Histon game only.

There will be a limited number of tickets available for the carvery on the day of the game.

We realise that there are some issues that need to be addressed in the back bar since the introduction of the carvery. We would like to ask for your patience while we work our way through these issues but we aim to make the new arrangements acceptable to all fans.



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Tuesday 10 August 2010
club news
Highlights of Arsenal game now on AFC Wimbledon TV

You can see the latest Dons highlights by clicking on Arsenal XI.


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Tuesday 10 August 2010
club news
Dons reject offer for captain

The club has rejected a bid from Crawley Town for captain and top Conference striker, Danny Kedwell.

Manager Terry Brown said "Danny is our skipper and our leading player. He is an integral part of the future of the team and he is not for sale. Danny is aware of the situation and he has made it clear that he is very happy here."

Chief Executive Erik Samuelson said "quite often these bids get out in a distorted form and we thought our fans should hear it from us. To be clear, we are not a selling club - and certainly not to other clubs in this league.

"As I've said before, at the time we sign them we tell each player that we are looking to get into the Football League with them - we also say won’t stand in their way if a good offer comes in for them. We also explain that ‘a good offer’ does not mean a club in our league or, indeed, from most of the clubs in the two leagues directly above us. So, he isn't for sale."


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Monday 09 August 2010
dons trust news
Dons Trust board meeting postponed

Tonight's DT board meeting has been postponed until next Monday, 16 August. The agenda was published last week and will remain unchanged.


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Monday 09 August 2010
club news
Terry's Monday review

“First, many thanks to Arsenal FC for bringing their very talented youngsters down to Kingsmeadow on Saturday. I am sure the fans will have enjoyed the football on show as both sides got the ball on the ground and played good passing football.

“In the first half Arsenal were slightly the better team and should have gone in at half-time two goals to the good, but they spurned two excellent chances. I was very pleased with the way we played throughout the game – with the emphasis on shutting down a very good side. The football played by any Arsenal XI is attractive, and they can always find space and give you problems. In the second half we were better, and going forward we created a number of chances and scored two excellent goals.

“Andre Blackman’s contribution to the first goal was crucial – a good flowing move ended with him picking out Sammy Moore, who finished with aplomb. The second goal was created by Andre’s movement, which allowed him the space to fire home. He still has a lot to learn about the defensive side of his game, but on Saturday he showed us a glimpse of what he can do going forward. I was also pleased with the contribution of the substitutes, who added fresh impetus to the side.

“The pre-season has gone well in terms of fitness levels and the lack of injuries. But I still felt it was necessary for some of my squad to get an additional 90 minutes this week, so we arranged a fixture with our friends at Walton Casuals, which will kick off this evening at 7.45 pm.

“I will be taking all the squad to the Waterside Stadium, and the starting line-up will be: Jack Turner, Wilson Gondwe, Christian Jolley, Ismail Yakubu, Fraser Franks, Reece Jones, Lee Minshull, Rashid Yussuff, Karl Douglin, Delano Sam-Yorke and Mark Nwokeji.

“I also expect to give some game time to other members of my first-team squad. This will be the last warm-up game before we start the league season at Southport on Saturday, so do come along tonight and continue the fantastic support you have given us throughout our pre-season schedule.”



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Saturday 07 August 2010
club news
Programme subscription rates for this season

If you cannot attend games at Kingsmeadow but would like to read the programmes, you can use our programme subscription service.

Subscribers receive a programme for every AFC Wimbledon home league match, including the pre-season friendlies. Please note that programmes for FA Cup, FA Trophy, Surrey Senior Cup and London Senior Cup ties are not included in the price.

The rate remains the same as last season for UK subscribers, but we have had to increase the rates for Europe and the rest of the world because of large increases in postal charges. The rates for 2010/11 are:

UK: £90
Europe: £140
Rest of the world: £220

Cheques or International Money Orders should be made payable to AFC Wimbledon Limited and sent to:

Programme Subscription
AFC Wimbledon Ltd
The Cherry Red Records Fans’ Stadium
Kingsmeadow
Jack Goodchild Way
422a Kingston Road
Kingston upon Thames
KT1 3PB

Payment can also be made by credit card or debit card if you contact the office on 020 8547 3528 (Monday to Friday, between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm). For credit card payments there is a handling charge of £1.50.

If you have any questions about programme subscriptions, please email them to here



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Friday 06 August 2010
club news
Arrangements for AFC Wimbledon v Arsenal XI

There is a lot going on at the game on Saturday so here is a summary of the arrangements:

Tickets

Tickets will be on sale on the day. There are plenty of terrace tickets left. At the time of writing, the remaining seats are either at an extreme end or in the front two rows, of the Paul Strank stand. If you want a seat, we recommend that you buy online – see the box on the left hand side of this site’s home page – and click on ‘Standard tickets’. You can book online until 9.00 am on Saturday and collect the tickets from the complimentary tickets window after 1.45 pm.

Any remaining seat tickets will be on sale from the kiosk in the main entrance from about 1.45 pm.

Fans who want to buy concession or under 16 tickets (including those bought in advance) may be challenged to provide proof of their entitlement to those tickets – we recommend that you bring photo id in case you are asked. Fans who can’t prove their entitlement to reduced price tickets will be required to pay full price.

Turnstiles

Arsenal fans have been allocated the terrace at the Kingston Road end and should enter via turnstiles 1, 2 and 3.

Wimbledon fans have been allocated the Tempest End and the John Smith’s stand and should enter via turnstiles 4, 5 and 6. Please note that turnstiles 7 and 8 will not be open for this game.

Parking

There is a meeting at the adjacent athletics stadium on Saturday and so parking spaces will be limited in number. Please travel by public transport if at all possible. If travelling by car and unable to get into the car park, please park considerately in the local streets.

Programme

There is a 32 page programme on sale for £2. It contains a picture review of pre-season games, a feature on players who appeared for both Wimbledon and Arsenal, a ‘We’ve met before’ feature, plus the usual regular features.

Bars

The main and back bars will open from noon. Fans from both clubs are welcome in the bars before the game.

Food

Saturday sees the launch of carvery in the back bar. This comprises a three course ‘all you can eat’ meal. There are a few places left for anyone who fans who wish to buy on the day, on a first come, first served basis. The cost is £20 for the meal alone.

The carvery opens at 12.30 pm and food will be served from 1.00 pm.

Also, before the game, there will be trailer in the car park selling burgers etc from 12.30 pm onwards. Within the stadium, as well as the usual two burger bars, we are opening the two new burger bars for the first time, one in the north east corner of the ground, adjacent to the new turnstiles and one at the corner of the Tempest End and John Smith’s stand.

Please note that for tomorrow only, the one burger bar in the north east corner will be unable to serve chips.

Silent auction

The silent auction will take bids up until 2.30 pm. For details of the items and to bid online (you can do this until 23.59 today) click on bid online here.


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Friday 06 August 2010
dons trust news
Silent auction - last chance to bid online

A reminder that you have until 23.59 today, Friday, to make your bids online for the silent auction items organised by Dons Trust Board member Ray Armfield. Click on bid online here to see and bid for the listed items.

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


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Friday 06 August 2010
dons trust news
Squad Photo

As announced on this website on Friday 23 July, the Dons Trust has been running a random draw for five supporters to feature in squad photographs and an auction for a further five such photographs.

The five successful applicants for the random draw were:

Neil Markey
Rob Woodward
Rob Beatty
Peter Morley
Lee Finch

The five successful auction bidders were:

Paul Raymond
Mike Richardson
Dal Singh
Mat Haylock
Richard Brown

Congratulations to all of the above.



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Friday 06 August 2010
first team news
Terry looks forward to Arsenal and announces another friendly game

Terry Brown was very positive at the end of a good week's training, marred only slightly by some illness within the camp.

"The training this week prior to the visit of an Arsenal XI has been very positive and the squad eagerly awaits their arrival. We have one or two problems regarding Lee Minshull and Ismail Yakubu who have both picked up a bronchial bug and will therefore probably not be risked on Saturday.

"Also, although Mark Nwokeji has completed his first full week's training since picking up a nasty ankle injury he will not be risked on Saturday, but I am hopeful that all three will be fit and available for selection in a newly arranged friendly at Walton Casuals.

"There are one or two players within our squad who are running a little short on game time during this pre-season so the extra 90 minutes will be invaluable also to those who are not able to play tomorrow.

"The visit of the Arsenal boys should ask a lot of questions of our team, especially with reference to defending and shutting down. We will endeavour to play our own football and therefore with both sides trying to play football it should be a most enjoyable 90 minutes.

"Stuart and I have been pontificating as to how to handle these very talented young bucks and we have decided to play our own normal game. Hopefully if they expose one or two gaps in our system this will be valuable to us at a later stage.

"On a personal note, I love the way Arsene Wenger sets his teams out and the manner in which they play fast, attractive football and I really look forward to seeing them in the flesh on Saturday."

Tickets for the game are selling very well. There are still plenty of terrace tickets for sale, and they can be bought on the day, but fans who want to buy a seat are encouraged to do so now. Tickets (for seats and the terraces) can be bought on line until 9.00 am on Saturday and collected from the complimentary tickets window. Seats are £12 for adults, £6 for concessions and £3 for under 16s; terrace tickets are £10, £5 and £2 respectively.

Fans who plan to go to the game at Walton Casuals on Monday please note that the game will kick off at 7.45 pm with entry for £5, £3 and £1 for adults, concessions and under 16s.


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Friday 06 August 2010
youth news
English Champions on show

Just before we kick off our final pre-season friendly tomorrow, our Under-14 quintuple English Champions will be coming onto the pitch to do a lap of honour.

Last season they not only won the treble of league championship, league cup and county cup, they went on to become Southern England champions and then champions of England, lifting the Tesco Cup.

We urge everyone to come into the ground early to give the boys the fantastic ovation they deserve, as they parade their impressive collection of trophies.

You can read more about their exploits in tomorrow’s matchday programme, on sale at £2.



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Friday 06 August 2010
cfs news
Matchday Football Club this Saturday

The matchday Football Club for children aged 4-16 will be taking place this Saturday, 7 August, prior to the match against an Arsenal XI. The venue is Kingsmeadow Athletics Centre on the 3G artificial grass pitches from 1.00 pm – 2.30 pm, with the cost per session only £6 and including a free child match ticket for the first team match at 3.00 pm. Season ticket holders can attend at the reduced rate of £5 on production of their 2010/11 season ticket.

The matchday Football Club will run every Saturday throughout the season when AFC Wimbledon are playing at home.




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Thursday 05 August 2010
club news
Club shop now restocked with a full range of home and away kits

The club shop has received a delivery of merchandise and now has a full range of the 2010-12 home and away shirts, shorts and socks. As well as many other items it also has training tops, new training shorts and splash jackets in adult sizes.

The club shop will next be open before Saturday's pre-season friendly against an Arsenal XI.


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Thursday 05 August 2010
club news
Earn money for the club with A Plan Insurance!

The AFC Wimbledon commercial department is pleased to welcome A Plan Insurance as a new corporate partner for the 2010/ 2011 season and announce a new revenue stream for the club.

A Plan Insurance recently opened a new branch in Wimbledon town centre at 52 Wimbledon Hill Road and specialise in all forms of insurance, including motor, household, travel, business and more.

Not only will A Plan have a presence at the ground on match days, they are also generously offering to pay the club £25 every time one of our fans (or their family and friends) take out a new policy with the company.

A-Plan’s Branch Manager, Matt Hillier said: “It’s great to be supporting a local team, and I’m sure the association will assist the ongoing progression at AFC Wimbledon, as well as allowing more people to benefit from our personal insurance service”.

AFC Wimbledon’s Commercial Director, Ivor Heller said: “AFC Wimbledon is delighted to welcome A Plan insurance as one of our valued corporate partners. The fact that A Plan has a branch in Wimbledon town centre makes them really accessible to our fan base. And we really appreciate their generous offer to pay the club £25 for every policy opened by a Dons fan“.

For more information, call the branch on 020 8944 4121.



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Thursday 05 August 2010
club news
Spaces going quickly on the Supporters' coach to Southport

The second supporters' coach going to Southport for our opening league game of the season on 14 August is filling up quickly.

To avoid disappointment we advise that bookings should be made at the complimentary tickets window before or after the pre-season game against an Arsenal XI on Saturday or by contacting the club office on 020 8547 3528 during normal office hours.

The coach which will pick up from The Grove at 7.30 am and from Kingsmeadow at 8.00 am and the price is £15.

Payment must be made at the time of booking.





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Wednesday 04 August 2010
club news
Arsenal tickets - book now if you want a seat

Demand for seat tickets in the Paul Strank stand for Saturday's game against Arsenal is very strong and there is a very limited number of seats still available. If you want to make sure you get a seat, we recommend buying in advance, either by clicking on the 'Buy tickets online here' button on the home page of this site, or by calling into the office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm.

Please note that for online purchases, the seats are available under the heading 'Standard tickets'. If you order your tickets online we will allocate you the best available places. The tickets will be available for collection from the complimentary tickets window on the day of the game.

There are plenty of terrace tickets still available. To avoid queues we recomend that you buy now, but you can also buy at the turnstiles on the day of the game.


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Wednesday 04 August 2010
dons trust news
New initiative for Dons Trust Board meetings

The Dons Trust Board is aiming in future to publish the agenda for each of its meetings a few days beforehand so that members know what issues are being considered.

The next DTB meeting is on Monday, 9 August and you can see the agenda below. If you have any comments or questions please e-mail them to a member of the Board (their contact details are on the Dons Trust section of this website) or to the secretary here

1. Apologies

2. Minutes and matters arising from previous meetings

3. Targets for Dons Trust 2010/11

4. Chief Executive’s Report

5. Election planning

6. Communications strategy: terms of reference

7. Plans for SGM and AGM

8. Updates on Member Survey, DT Website

9. Any other business


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Wednesday 04 August 2010
dons trust news
Silent auction this Saturday - make your bid now

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

You now have just a couple of days to bid online here for the listed items.

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


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Wednesday 04 August 2010
club news
Season tickets - applications accepted at Saturday's game

With our first home game less than two weeks away there is still time to get your season ticket. We will be accepting applications before and after the game against an Arsenal XI this Saturday. Anyone who applies at that time will be sent their ticket before the game against Histon on 17 August. Fans are also welcome to apply by post or bring an application to the office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays.

There is a small number of places still available in the Tempest End. For fans who want a seat there are about a dozen for sale, most of them in the front and second rows of the Paul Strank stand, with one 'single' further back.

Season tickets may still be paid for by instalments with monthly direct debits. You can download the relevant forms by clicking on the 'season tickets' button on the right hand side of this site's home page.

Season ticket sales have held up well and we expect to reach 2,200 before the season starts.


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Tuesday 03 August 2010
club news
Match day carvery launches this Saturday!

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

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

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

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

SPECIAL OFFER

We are offering the following introductory packages for the games against Arsenal XI on Saturday 7 August and Histon on Tuesday 17 August:

Carvery, Paul Strank Stand ticket and match programme for £30

Carvery, Presidents Lounge Pass, Directors Box seat and match programme for £40




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Tuesday 03 August 2010
reserve team news
Reserves take on Bookham tonight

Marcus Gayle will be taking his squad to Dorking tonight to take on Bookham FC of the Combined Counties Premier Division. The match is to be played at Meadowbank, Mill Lane, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1DX and kick off is at 7.45 pm.


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Tuesday 03 August 2010
dons trust news
Take your place in the squad - bids end on Wednesday

The official 2010/11 squad photograph is due to be taken before the match against an Arsenal XI on Saturday 7 August. The Dons Trust is pleased to announce that, following on from the success of last year, ten supporters will once more have the opportunity to have their photograph taken as part of the squad.

Five of these slots will be priced at £50, and the winning applicants will be drawn at random from those applying. The other five slots will be auctioned. Ten separate photographs will be taken, each featuring just one supporter pictured as part of the squad. The official squad photograph will of course only have members of the playing squad and management team.

Here is what you need to do to apply for a framed photograph of you as part of the AFC Wimbledon squad.

To be part of the random draw

To have the opportunity to purchase a framed photograph for £50, please email here on or before Wednesday 4 August (7.00 pm deadline), giving your name, telephone number(s) and (if you have one) email address. Please make the email subject line “Squad photo – random draw”. Alternatively, leave a telephone message for Tina Massey via the club during office hours on 020 8547 3528 no later than 4.00 pm on Wednesday 4 August. The draw will be made on the evening of 5 August, and successful applicants will be notified that evening or the following day. Successful applicants for the random draw will have the right to withdraw their auction bid at that point.

To bid in the auction

To have the opportunity to bid for one of the five auctioned slots, please email here on or before Wednesday 4 August (7.00 pm deadline), giving your name, telephone number(s), email address (if you have one) and the amount you are bidding. Alternatively, leave a telephone message for Tina Massey with the amount of your bid via the club during office hours on 020 8547 3528 no later than 4.00 pm on Wednesday 4 August. We will make reasonable efforts to keep email bidders informed when there is a new highest bid, so supporters are encouraged to submit their bids by email if possible. The winning bidders will be notified on the evening of 5 August or the following day. Further announcements may be made about online bidding arrangements, so watch this space.



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Tuesday 03 August 2010
dons trust news
Tempest End season ticket for auction

The holder of a 5 year season tickets in the Tempest End Terrace has temporarily moved overseas and has generously agreed to donate their rights to their season ticket for the 2010-11 season to the Dons Trust.

After discussion with the donor, we have decided that the best way of using this opportunity is to auction this season ticket, with all proceeds raised to be contributed to the Dons Trust’s ground fund.

In common with other season tickets, the holder of this season ticket will have preferential rights to purchase Tempest End Terrace tickets for all home cup games during the season.

If you would like to bid for the ticket, then please email here (or leave a message for Tina Massey via the club on 020 8547 3528) before 4.00 pm on 6 August 2010, making clear the amount of your bid. We will keep bidders notified from time to time during the bidding period of the amounts currently being offered.

We are grateful to Robert Ceccarelli for his generous donation


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Monday 02 August 2010
first team news
Terry on a successful weekend and a new signing

“The players returned to training today after a most enjoyable and successful, if tiring, weekend. The purpose behind the weekend’s trip to Devon was to give all of them 90 minutes of football and the chance to gel as a squad both on and off the pitch.

“The weekend provided us with two great games as well as two very pleasing performances from both teams. Whenever you ask the players to move up from 60 minutes of game time to 90 in pre-season matches, you are putting additional pressure on their fitness. I am delighted therefore that everyone who played came through unscathed and we did not pick up any additional injuries. Although they were unable to participate in the games, we took with us Mark Nwokeji, Steven Gregory, Luke Moore and Andre Blackman, who all received treatment over the weekend and were fit and available for training this morning.

“The players have really taken to the new formation, and it has been very pleasing to see the number of chances we are creating for Jon Main and Danny Kedwell. As I have often stated, it is important that we create and score goals from different areas of the pitch this season, and we will be increasing the work we do on set pieces over the next two weeks.

“The game against Exeter City emphasised our level of fitness, and by the time of our opening league game against Southport on 14 August I don’t think there will be a fitter team than us.

“The other purpose of the weekend for the players to bond, and I am pleased that no one was arrested on the Saturday night. Apart from Simon Bassey, everyone looked OK to me on Sunday morning.

“Training went well this morning, with all 20 contracted players taking part together with our latest signing, Reece Jones, who put pen to paper this afternoon. Those who have seen this local midfielder, who turned 18 only last week, will be delighted that he has decided to secure his future with the Dons. This is the second contract he has signed for Wimbledon: he was previously registered with the club until 2003, when he refused to go to Milton Keynes. Fulham snapped him up back then, and I am very pleased to have snapped him up now.

“Reece shows great maturity on the ball for a lad of his age. He can see a pass, he can finish and he has a non-stop engine. I am sure he will be pushing for a place in the team this season rather than next season.”



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