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Wednesday 31 August 2011
club news
Johnstone's Paint Trophy groupings

The draw for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy second round will be made live on Sky's Soccer AM programme on Saturday 3 September.

The draw is regionalised and the Dons are grouped with Barnet, Brentford, Charlton, Gillingham, Leyton Orient or Dagenham & Redbridge, Southend and Stevenage. The ties will be played in the week beginning 3 October.


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Wednesday 31 August 2011
club news
Kingsmeadow Live returns this Saturday with Long Tall Shorty!

The first KingsmeadowLive! gig of the new season kicks off this Saturday 3 September after the Port Vale game.

Mod/Powerpop/Punk stalwarts Long Tall Shorty will now be headlining as The Stranglers Banned have pulled out due to unforeseen circumstances.

Long Tall Shorty have been turning their amps up to 11 since 1978 and feature Tony Morrison (nee Perfect, nee Feedback) previously of the Angelic Upstarts, Gentleman John, previously of the Gonads & the club’s very own Commercial Executive Jim Piddington on drums. Check them out here.

Support will come from local band The Past Tense.

Entry is only £8 on the night.

Tickets for the Guns2Roses gig on Friday 9 September are available from here.



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Tuesday 30 August 2011
club news
Port Vale ticket update

Tickets for the Port Vale game are selling very well and we expect a large attendance. We strongly recommend booking in advance as follows:

. through the online ticketing system, which can be accessed by clicking on Dons v Port Vale

. by visiting the club's office between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm on any weekday

We regret that we cannot sell tickets over the phone.

Away fans

Port Vale have been sent their allocation of tickets and they can be purchased directly from them. Should any tickets be remaining they will be on sale on the gate.


An udpate on each stand is as follows:

Paul Strank stand

All the tickets we had for this stand are now sold out. We are hoping to have some 'returns' from season ticket holders and we will attempt to make any returned tickets available for purchase on the day of the game. We will not be offering any more seat tickets for sale in advance.

Tempest End

The Tempest End is sold out

John Smith's stand and Kingston Road End

Tickets are available for the home sections of both of these stands. They can be bought online, by post or by visting the club's offices as explained above.

Prices

Terraces

Adults £15
Concessions £9
Under 16s £2

Please note that anyone with a discounted price ticket may be asked to provide photo id as proof of entitlement to the reduced price - failure to do so will mean being required to pay the adult price.


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Monday 29 August 2011
first team news
Terry to get back to basics after heavy defeat

We spoke to Terry Brown about Saturday's 4-0 defeat at Macclesfield and, not surprisingly, he was concentrating on improving the team's defensive performances after again conceding goals through simple errors. Not that he thought Macclesfield were flattered by the result....

"The weekend's results certainly turned out well for Manchester against the London teams. I'm not too sure who suffered the most but it is a small comfort to think that I am in the same company as Arsene Wenger and Harry Redknapp. I think all three managers will agree that we need to take something out of those defeats and learn from them.

"Every so often you have to have a reality check and I think there was certainly one on Saturday. Macclesfield played extremely well and thoroughly deserved their victory on the day.

"The management team here are no different to anywhere else and we will be working hard with our whole team as a defensive unit. There is never just one cause for a bad defeat - it is invariably an accumulation of different factors and although I haven't been able to look at the DVD yet, I think my eyes told me enough on the day to realise how essential it is to tighten up at the back.

"We won't be making massive changes for Saturday's game as this group of players has continually showed their ability to bounce back from defeat. I do believe that this season the results will fluctuate between good and bad and it is how the team responds to setbacks that will determine how successful our season is.

"Apart from the work Stuart will be doing with the back four this week, we also have an opportunity to give some of the players a little run out in an upcoming friendly (behind closed doors at the request of the opposition) and it will give the squad players an opportunity to get to know our recent signing, Kieran Djilali. Kieran has hardly played any pre-season games and we will have to look at his fitness levels to decide whether he is either available for a start or a substitute's spot on Saturday.

"Many thanks to the supporters who made the trip to Macclesfield. Your fantastic support even when the boys were 4-0 down was a real credit to you and everyone at the club. Let's hope the boys can bounce back immediately on Saturday and secure what would be our first home win of the season."


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Friday 26 August 2011
first team news
Kieran joins the Dons

Terry Brown announced earlier today that the club has agreed terms with Kieran Djilali.

Terry said "I am absolutely delighted to have Kieran joining us. He is a very exciting player who has proved himself at Championship level - he has appeared for Crystal Palace over 30 times and is still only 20 years old.

"Kieran is a a wide player who can take people on and who has a yard of pace. He is equally at home on either wing but prefers the left. I honestly think he will excite the fans.

"Kieran is not travelling to the Macclesfield game and he will join the team for training next week."

Kieran Djilali is 5' 10" (not 6' 3" as appears on some web sites) and was with Crystal Palace for seven years, coming through their youth academy and making his first team debut at the age of 17. Since then he has made 16 first team starts and about 20 appearances as a substitute.


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Friday 26 August 2011
club news
Commemorative shirt - update

Following the spectacularly successful launch of the white commemorative shirt for our first home match in the nPower League 2, all but a few sizes were sold out within a few days.

It was therefore decided to place a further order with manufacturers Tempest to fulfil demand. However, due to production timetables, the replacement stock will not arrive with us until around 24 September. We will despatch outstanding items as soon as we receive the stock.

Pre-orders can still be made via the online shop and further announcements will be made as soon as we have any updates. We apologise for any inconvenience this timing may cause you.


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Friday 26 August 2011
club news
Looking for something to do this Bank Holiday Monday?

Kidsfest 2011 is taking place at Merton Abbey Mills on Monday, starting at 11am and finishing at 5pm.

Kidsfest is a fantastic day out for the whole family and its free! The Community Football Scheme will be there all day providing football activities with the help of Haydon and there will be a wide range of other attractions and activities including live music, arts and crafts, dance and more!

And there will also be a variety of different cuisines on offer, many of which you may have sampled at The Cherry Red Records Stadium over the past couple of seasons.

Fore directions, click here.



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Thursday 25 August 2011
first team news
Macclesfield preview

The Dons travel to Macclesfield tomorrow looking to add to their two away wins so far. Terry Brown is able to choose from a fully fit squad with the exception of long-term injured Fraser Franks and Mat Mitchel-King, who took a nasty knock when preventing a goal in Tuesday night's Suburban League game - but there was good news about Mat, as Terry told us earlier today.

"Tuesday night gave all of the squad who have had limited game time so far this season an opportunity to play competitive football Many thanks to Carshalton Reserves who found themselves facing a side full of first teamers. Carshalton were a credit on the night - playing good, attractive football and although obviously losing the game I hope it was some value to them.

"It is not our intention to play our senior players regularly in the Suburban League. However, circumstances dictated that our first team players desperately needed a run out. The aim in future is to play games against professional opposition to give our first team squad and our development squad valuable game time and as far as Marcus's boys are concerned, invaluable experience playing alongside and against experienced professional footballers.

"For those of you who were at Walton Casuals' ground, you will be glad to hear that we believe Mat Mitchel-King has suffered no serious injury despite colliding with the post on Tuesday night and having to go for an X-ray. The results of the X-ray showed no fracture and he was able to walk unassisted, although still with discomfort, today.

"The players trained well today and we hope to take the same squad to Macclesfield that has played in the recent games. Having looked at the Macclesfield team report over the last two games, including a fine performance at the Reebok Stadium on Wednesday night, it would appear we will be in for a very tough test.

"Macclesfield play a very direct attacking brand of football and their side includes several very talented players. We will need to show the same resolve and enthusiasm as we did against Dagenham if we are to take anything away from Moss Rose.

"As with the game at Plymouth, we will be travelling up the day before the game and let's hope we can continue our great away form."

Macclesfield have had a mixed start to the season, with impressive wins at Hull City in the Carling Cup, and Hereford United where they put four goals past the Bulls, plus a home draw against Bristol Rovers, winners at the Cherry Red Records Fans' stadium in the opening game of the season.

In between, they went down 2-0 to Crawley and with a home defeat by Dagenham on the opening day of the season, they are currently sitting in sixteenth position with four points.

A player for the Dons to watch out for is Emile Sinclair, top scorer with three goals this season and reportedly being watched by higher league clubs. He was withdrawn on Wednesday night during the 2-1 defeat at Bolton Wanderers in the Carling Cup after a particularly robust tackle left him limping and The Silkmen’s manager, Gary Simpson, will be hoping to see him fit and back again for the Dons’ visit.


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Thursday 25 August 2011
club news
Aldershot Tickets now on sale

Tickets are now on sale for our npower league 2 game at Aldershot Town on Saturday 10 September, kick-off 3.00 pm. The match is all ticket for Wimbledon supporters and fans must buy tickets now as there will be no tickets available on the day for Dons fans. We have been allocated 1,141 terrace tickets (not all under cover) and 150 unallocated seats at the following prices:

Seats

Adults £19
Concessions (Over 60s) £15
Students £14
Under-16s £7

Terrace

Adults £17
Concessions (Over 60s) £13
Students £10
Under-16s £5

Children under the age of seven go free but do require a ticket.

Tickets will initially go on sale to season ticket holders only, limited to one ticket per applicant and season ticket holders will have until 10.00 am on Wednesday 31 August to order their ticket. Thereafter tickets will go on general sale.

Tickets can be purchased in the following ways:

Online

Tickets can be bought through our online shop here. Tickets purchased online up to five days before the match will be sent out in the post. Otherwise they will have to be collected from the club by 5.00 pm on Friday 9 September. Please enter your season ticket number when ordering online.

Because of the variety of prices you need to click on away terrace for terrace tickets but we can only sell to Adults, Concessions and Under-16s in this way. For Student tickets please call the office on 020 8547 3528
For Seats please click on Standard tickets and again but we can only sell to Adults, Concessions and Under-16s in this way. For student tickets please call the office on 020 8547 3528

Tickets will be mailed at the buyer’s risk and no replacements can be offered. If you wish to have your tickets sent by recorded delivery you should order by post (see below)

In person

Tickets can be purchased from the club offices between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm on weekdays but please bring your season ticket book with you.

By post

Applications should include a SAE and a cheque for the relevant amount made payable to ‘AFC Wimbledon Ltd’ and be sent to:

Ticket Office
AFC Wimbledon
The Fans’ Stadium - Kingsmeadow
422a Kingston Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey
KT1 3PB

If you would like your tickets to be sent by recorded delivery, please say so in a covering letter and enclose a further £2.


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Wednesday 24 August 2011
club news
Tickets for Macclesfield on Saturday

This is not an all-ticket game but pre-booking either seats in the McAlpine Stand or a place on the terrace in the uncovered Silkman Terrace is £1-£2 cheaper than entrance on the day.

The Price for Pre-match seating is Adults £16, Over 60s £12, Under-18s and Students (who must take proof with them) £4 and Under 12 £2. Pre-match terrace prices are Adults £12, Over 60s £9, Under-18s and Students (who must take proof with them) £4 and Under 12 £2. To pre-book please call 01625 264686.

Macclesfield Train and Bus stations are 1 mile from the ground. There is no car park for away fans but parking is allowed in the streets around the ground - howver, please check for double white and yellow lines.


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Wednesday 24 August 2011
club news
Match ball sponsorship packages still available

We still have match ball sponsorship packages available for several games this season.

Match ball sponsorship is a fantastic way for a fan to celebrate a big occasion or a company to entertain clients at one of our home games.

The match ball sponsorship package includes:

- 4 tickets for the carvery, President's Lounge and Paul Strank Stand
- Half-time refreshments in the Presidents Lounge
- Complimentary match programme and team sheet for each guest
- Company name and logo on front cover of match programme
- Editorial on commercial page of match programme
- Several PA mentions during the match
- Signed AFC Wimbledon football
- Commemorative photo of the occasion

For more information about price and availability, please e-mail here or call 020 8547 3336.



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Tuesday 23 August 2011
reserve team news
Reserves play at Walton tonight

A very strong Dons team plays Carshalton Reserves in a Suburban League fixture at Walton Casuals' ground this evening, kick off 7.45 pm.

Getting time tonight, for part or all the game, will be first team squad members Jack Turner, Ryan Jackson, Chris Bush, the competitive debut of Mat Mitchel-King, Reece Jones, James Mulley, Brendan Kiernan, Lee Minshull and Max Porter.


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Tuesday 23 August 2011
club news
AFC Wimbledon Golf Day

The club is pleased to announce the return of the AFC Wimbledon Golf Day, taking place at Malden Golf Club on Wednesday 28 September.

The day will start off with bacon rolls served with tea or coffee followed by 18 holes of golf with a tee time of 10.30am onwards. The format will be a team score based on the best 3 of 4 Stapleford scores. There will also be a competition for the best individual score with prizes for first, second and third places, as well as prizes for longest drive and ‘nearest the pin’.

A buffet meal will be served in the clubhouse on completion of each team’s round and there will be a prize giving ceremony once everyone has completed their round.

Entry costs £350 for a team of 4 or £350 for a team of 3 to play with a celebrity. The celebrities will either be current Wimbledon players, coaching staff or former heroes. We are also giving non-golfers the opportunity to take part by being caddies for the day. No experience is necessary and the £30 caddy fee will be donated to the Dons Trust.

There will be several sponsorship packages available for this event, including the headline sponsor who will have the honour of playing a round of golf with first team manager Terry Brown.

To enter a team or for more information about sponsorship, please e-mail Commercial Manager Keith McGuinness at here or call 020 8547 3336.

Entries will be limited so we advise getting in touch as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.




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Monday 22 August 2011
club news
Jack Midson interviewed after the Hereford game

Jack's interview can be heard by clicking on Jack Midson.


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Sunday 21 August 2011
first team news
Terry Brown post Hereford United

Terry Brown was interviewed after Saturday's game against Hereford United. The interview can be viewed on AFC Wimbledon TV. Click on Terry on Hereford to see it.

An audio-only version of the interview can be heard by clicking on Terry on Hereford, audio only.




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Saturday 20 August 2011
dons trust news
Results of the August Dons Trust Draw

The August Dons Draw took place after the Hereford United game at Kingsmeadow.

Winning numbers were drawn in the presence of Matthew Breach (Dons Trust Board Chairman) Neil Messenbird (Dons Draw Administrator) and Toni Shepherd (Steward)

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

First prize of £1000 - ticket 1928 - Peter Stremes - CR2

Second prize of £500 - ticket 3886 - Annamarie Critchard - SW12

Third prize of £250 - ticket 3488 - Roy Scott - KT22

Fourth prize of £150 - ticket 1730 - William Wasson - RH1

Fifth prize of £100 - ticket 1905 - John Wells - BR6

Sixth prize of £75 - ticket 0373 - Raymond Smithson - BD20

Congratulations to all six prize winners..

The next Dons Draw will take place on or around the 15 September 2011 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 2011 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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Saturday 20 August 2011
dons trust news
Raffle at Hereford game

The raffle held at the Hereford United game raised £336.

The holders of the winning tickets, Green 448 and White 653, have both come forward to claim the montage from the match against Halifax Town in 1977 and a pair of tickets for the Evening with Graham Thorpe on 16 September.

Thank you for your support.


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Saturday 20 August 2011
club news
General arrangements for the Hereford United game

In addition to the changes and one-off arrangements in a separate news item, the following matchday arrangements are in place and are generally unchanged from usual.

Visiting fans

Hereford United fans should enter the stadium via the access road behind the east stand. This is about 100 yards east of Jack Goodchild Way and will be signposted

We are sorry but we can’t accommodate visiting fans in the bars before or after the game

Tickets

See the other news item re 'one-off arrangements' which covers ticket arrangements for today.

Bars

The bars will open at noon and are open only to Wimbledon fans both before and after the game.

After the game there will be a man of the match presentation in the main bar, along with an interview with the Wimbledon man of the match.

Food

The four outlets within the stadium will be operating from when the turnstiles open at 1.30 pm. From about 12.30 pm there will be a trailer in the car park selling burgers, hot dogs etc.

Segregation

Full segregation will be in place for the game, with Hereford United fans directed to the north end of the John Smith's stand.

Entering the ground

Hereford United fans will enter through turnstiles 7 and 8. These turnstiles are accessed via the access road behind the John Smith’s stand.

Wimbledon fans will enter via turnstiles 4, 5 and 6 for the Tempest End and the southern end of the John Smith’s stand (i.e. furthest away from the Kingston Road end). For the Kingston Road end, Wimbledon fans will enter via turnstiles 1, 2 and 3.

The Paul Strank stand must be entered via the lobby in the main entrance.

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. There are over 30 disabled parking spaces but please remember that possession of a disabled parking badge gives you priority, not a guaranteed place

You can park in some surrounding streets but please do so considerately.

Club shop

The merchandise shop will be open from 12.30 pm to 2.45 pm and then for 30 minutes after the game.


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Saturday 20 August 2011
club news
One off arrangements for the Hereford United game

The majority of the arrangements for today are unchanged from usual and are set out in a separate news item. However, there are some issues we draw to your attention:

Tickets for collection

With substantial numbers of tickets having been sold in advance, tickets ordered via the Sun newspaper's voucher deal should be collected from a table near the complimentary tickets window - it will be signposted. Please note that you must have the vouchers with you to be eligible to collect tickets. Also, only pre-booked tickets may be collected - we cannot accept Sun vouchers which were not pre-booked.

All other tickets for collection will be available, as usual, from the complimentary tickets window.

Seat tickets

There is likely to be a handful of seat tickets, mainly 'singles', for sale. These will go on sale from the kiosk at 1.30 pm.

Terrace tickets - home

We are expecting a close-to-capacity crowd today so we strongly recommend fans to arrive early. There are home terrace tickets for sale in the John Smith's stand and in the Kingston Road End, but the Tempest End is sold out.

Terrace tickets - away

Hereford fans can buy tickets for the John Smith's stand - northern end - at turnstiles 7 and 8, which are accessed via the road that runs behind the John Smith's stand. This will be signposted. Visiting fans should not enter the stadium via Jack Goodchild Way.

We regret that visting fans are not allowed in the club's bars.

Other changes from last season

There are several other issues which are changes from last season and which will now apply to all home games:

. The stadium is now a no smoking area

. Ticket holders for the Paul Strank Stand may no longer enter the stand via any of turnstiles 1, 2 or 3. You must enter via the main lobby.

. The programme now costs £3

. Concession and under 16 tickets (including season tickets) will be scrutinised and you may be asked for proof of entitlement to the reduced rate shown on your ticket. See the club statement dated 4 August for details of what constitutes acceptable proof. If you can’t provide proof you must pay the difference up to the full adult rate

. Fans should be aware that CCTV is operating inside the stadium and the car park


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Friday 19 August 2011
club news
Carvery open before Hereford game

The carvery returns before the Hereford game on Saturday.

Carvery 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

The carvery opens in the back bar at 12 noon.

Cost: £25 (carvery only) or £45 (including a ticket for Paul Strank Stand)

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.


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Friday 19 August 2011
club news
Terry, post Plymouth

Terry Brown was interviewed after Tuesday night's game at Plymouth and his interview can now be viewed on AFC Wimbledon TV. Click on Terry on Plymouth to see it.

For an audio-only version, click on Terry on Plymouth, audio-only.


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Thursday 18 August 2011
dons trust news
Fundraising on Saturday

A raffle will be held at the Hereford match on Saturday. Two prizes will be on offer:

- Commemorating the Dons' first match in the Football League in 1977, there will be a framed montage featuring the matchday programme from our match against Halifax Town, squad photograph and signatures of various players. This item has kindly been donated by Ray Armfield (who is organising next month's cricketing dinner - see below);

- Also on offer will be a pair of tickets to the cricketing dinner with Graham Thorpe on 16 September. Further details of the evening - for which tickets are still on sale - can be found at Graham Thorpe evening.

As announced earlier this month, Graham will be joined by two members of the 2011 Surrey cricket squad, both with Wimbledon FC connections, namely Matthew Spriegel and Tom Lancefield.

As usual, raffle tickets will be priced at £1 each and the result of the draw will be announced at half-time.


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Thursday 18 August 2011
first team news
Terry wary of wounded Bulls

The Dons entertain Hereford United on Saturday, looking for their first home win of the season, while The Bulls will be hoping to put an end to their run of three league games without a goal.

Dons manager Terry Brown was being cautious after the excellent start to the season. "Tuesday night's win was a real bonus having come on the back of a well-earned three points at Dagenham. We went down to Plymouth on the Monday and prepared well for the game. However, we started off very sluggishly with most of the side looking to be still suffering from the after effects of a very difficult game on Saturday.

"I thought Plymouth dominated both possession and goalscoring chances during the first half and, to be honest, I was glad to be able to get the boys into the dressing room at half time with a clean sheet. Looking at the players in the first half, it was quite evident that both Lee Minshull and Charles Ademeno were suffering more than most through their lack of game time over the last year. Two games in the space of three days is a big ask if you've only played a handful of games in the previous season.

"We are in the nice position at the moment where I can look at the bench in the knowledge that I can not only bring on fresh legs but also quality players. Both Christian Jolley and Ricky Wellard made a real contribution to a first class second half display which saw us on the front foot from the 46th minute onwards.

"Games at this level appear to take a little bit more out of our squad than they did last year, both physically and mentally, and to gain back-to-back wins at any time in the season is a real bonus. A special mention for the back four and goalkeeper Seb Brown who again kept a clean sheet and special commendations for Sammy Moore, who I thought was brilliant on the night, and Jack Midson whose two goals will give him the confidence to aim for double figures as soon as possible.

"The players didn't arrive home until nearly 4.00 am and after a day's rest had a very easy Thursday morning session. Tomorrow we will look at our pattern and shape but I'm not expecting to make too many changes from the side that did well at Plymouth.

"Having read the Hereford report it would appear they have been unfortunate not to pick up any points so far this term and looking at the make up of their side they certainly have a few quality players available to them.

"Finally, many thanks for the great travelling support that we had at Plymouth. I'm sure you enjoyed your evening and that it made the four hour journey back a lot easier to endure after a win."

Following their midweek home defeat to Macclesfield, Hereford manager Jamie Pitman made it clear he was looking to add three players to his squad. He has since signed Simon Clist, a left-sided midfielder or full back and hopes to sign another recruit in time for Saturday's game.

Pitman will be looking to last season's top scorer Stuart Fleetwood to get back among the goals. Fleetwood scored 18 league and cup goals last season although Dons fans may remember him best for his prolific season at Forest Green Rovers in 2007-08 when he scored 28 goals in 41 games.

Although the game is not all ticket, advance sales have been very high and the club strongly recommends buying tickets online for collection on the day. Tickets can also be bought in advance by calling into the office between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm on Friday.

Full details of ticket availability are set out in the 'Hereford ticket update' news item, published on 18 August.


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Thursday 18 August 2011
club news
Hereford ticket update

Tickets for the Hereford game are selling strongly and we expect a large attendance. We strongly recommend booking in advance as follows:

. through the online ticketing system, which can be accessed by clicking on Dons v Hereford United

. by visiting the club's office between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm on any weekday

We regret that we cannot sell tickets over the phone.

Away fans

Hereford United fans can also buy on line by clicking on Dons v Hereford United. We expect that tickets will also be on sale on the gate.


An udpate on each stand is as follows:

Paul Strank stand

All the tickets we had for this stand are now sold out. We are hoping to have some 'returns' from season ticket holders and we will attempt to make any returned tickets available for purchase on the day of the game.

Tempest End

The Tempest End is sold out

John Smith's stand and Kingston Road End

Tickets are available for the home sections of both of these stands. They can be bought online, by post or by visting the club's offices as explained above.

Prices

Terraces

Adults £15
Concessions £9
Under 16s £2

Please note that anyone with a discounted price ticket may be asked to provide photo id as proof of entitlement to the reduced price - failure to do so will mean being required to pay the adult price.


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Wednesday 17 August 2011
cfs news
New CFS website and summer holiday football courses

New Community Football Scheme website

The new Community Football Scheme website has now gone live and can be reached by clicking on the ‘Community’ tab of the AFC Wimbledon official site Please check the website for all the latest information regarding CFS football courses and what there is on offer.

Follow @afcwimbledoncfs on Twitter

Keep up to date by following @afcwimbledoncfs on Twitter, another feed of all the latest information at the CFS.

Summer holiday football courses at Wimbledon Park

The Summer Football Courses at Wimbledon Park have been going very well. Any boy or girl of any ability between the ages of 4-14 is welcome to attend, so come down and join in the fun whilst learning lots of new skills!

The breakdown and information can be seen below, and a booking form can be downloaded from CFS booking form.

Remember, no advanced booking is required (although it is recommended) and you can simply turn up and pay on any individual day.

Help spread the word of courses to anyone you know who may be interested – there are still two and a half weeks remaining!

Course dates

Week 4: Monday 15 August – Friday 19 August 2011

Week 5: Monday 22 August – Friday 26 August 2011

Week 6: Monday 29 August – Friday 2 September 2011


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Tuesday 16 August 2011
dons trust news
Dons Trust board meeting, Thursday 11 August

The Dons Trust Board met last Thursday evening. Erik Samuelson presented the monthly Chief Executive's report. The board discussed the policy of not paying players’ agents; Erik had researched some other clubs’ policies on this topic, and it was decided that our existing principle should stay in force. Erik also reported about the rumours circulating prior to the Bristol Rovers game that forged tickets were in circulation among the away fans. Over 650 tickets were tested and no forgeries were found.

Nigel Higgs updated the board on the progress of the CRM system and stated that the CFS summer courses are well attended. David Charles confirmed that the trial of extending the office opening hours had been successful and that they would now remain as 9.30 am until 5.00 pm.

David Growns presented an update from the communications working group. The group has carried out a survey and has produced a report highlighting communication priorities for the club and trust. Simon Bath described the first stages of the membership working group, which has held its first meeting and is now drafting a strategy document.

Nicole Hammond sought the board’s advice on the work of the survey working group. Since the last SGM the club has achieved promotion and the LBM is assisting in the long-term goal of moving the club to Wimbledon - so some of the planned next stages of questioning are redundant. The board decided that an appropriate focus for the group’s work would be formulating questions around the revised strategy.

Kate Terriere presented her paper on the revised strategy for the club and trust. The board welcomed the report and agreed that it will be circulated to members prior to the upcoming SGM in September.

The board then discussed two papers presented by Erik; one on club ethics, and one on the club and board’s actions in the event of AFC Wimbledon being drawn against the Franchise. Members of the Dons Trust board and football club board then aired their views on how “AFC” has become an unofficial nickname for the club. It was agreed that this be put on the agenda for the next SGM as a discussion item. Finally, the board unanimously approved Dave Boyle as chair of the election steering group.

The next Dons Trust board meeting will take place on 19 September, the Monday before the SGM which will be held on 22 September.


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Monday 15 August 2011
club news
Carvery open before Hereford game

The carvery returns before the Hereford game on Saturday 20 August.

Carvery 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

The carvery opens in the back bar at 12 noon.

Cost: £25 (carvery only) or £45 (including a ticket for Paul Strank Stand)

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.




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Monday 15 August 2011
club news
Only three places left on Plymouth coach

The suporters' coach to Plymouth is nearly full, with only three places available.

The coach will leave The Grove at 13.00 pm and pick up from Kingsmeadow at 13.30 pm. The price for this game is £15 and seats can be booked through our online ticket shop.

Alternatively, bookings can be made by contacting the club office on 020 8547 3528 before 5.00 pm today. If there are still any places remaining they can be booked between 9.30 am and noon on Tuesday.


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Monday 15 August 2011
first team news
The Dons set off for Plymouth in good spirits

Following the Dons' first ever win against a Football League team in a competitive game, Terry Brown was delighted with the versatility of his squad and their commitment against Dagenham & Redbridge.

"After getting over the euphoria of our first league points I took the opportunity to view the DVD on Sunday and it is really nice to appreciate that we can play in a more rugged, direct way if necessary. Although the aim is to play as much football as we can, I think it is essential that we are more pragmatic in this league and if we are not allowed to play then we have to have a Plan B and a Plan C.

"I thought Lee Minshull came into the side and gave us a new dimension in terms of strength and aerial ability. I spoke to the players today with reference to our performance on Saturday and made it clear that we are still looking to play our football, as and when we are able to play, and while we are not going to turn into the Crazy Gang I hope we have shown we can replicate some of their spirit.

"I thought our front two worked their socks off and retained the ball and therefore allowed our midfield to support them. Although our back four weren't allowed to play a lot of football they certainly competed well and won their fair share of headers in our box.

"Toks' goal was worthy of winning any game and the support from our thousand plus fans behind the goal was a joy to see and hear. It is lovely to know that every Wimbledon fan went home with a huge grin on their faces, as did the management, staff and players. Collecting our first three points of the season was always going to be a special occasion and I am really glad we had a massive following there to appreciate it.

"I don't think we picked up any new injuries on Saturday apart from Lee Minshull who has a sore heel. The squad remains the same for Tuesday night's game at Plymouth. Hopefully some of you will be able to make the long journey there and hopefully we can look forward to another exciting League 2 encounter.

"There is good news on the injury front with reference to Mat Mitchel-King. He had a scan on his spleen on Friday and it showed he is ready to resume full training with the first team, which he did today. The nature of this illness means we won't be rushing him back and we shall have to monitor his progress closely to make sure he doesn't suffer any relapse."

The Dons set off on the long trip to Plymouth shortly after lunch today and face a young Plymouth team which seeks to play football, so the game may well suit the purists a little bit more than Saturday's match. With nine players making their debut in the first game of the season, Plymouth gained a very good point at Shrewsbury, but then surprisingly went down 4-1 at home to Rotherham on Saturday.

Manager Peter Reid will be seeking to implement the same message as Terry Brown, namely to eliminate the sort of defensive mistakes which led to a scoreline that reportedly was not a fair reflection of the balance of play. It all points to an excellent game of football in Plymouth's redeveloped all-seater stadium. There will be plenty of room for travelling Dons fans.


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Sunday 14 August 2011
club news
Job opportunity for administrative role in the Club office

Following promotion to the Football League and a review of the administration functions, the Club has concluded that additional administrative help is required to support the Operations Director and the accountant, in dealing with the increasing demands.

The successful candidate will be required to work a 35 hour week in a friendly and busy team. The duties to be carried out are wide ranging and applicants will need to show an ability to be flexible as well as having knowledge of Outlook, Word and Excel. It would be an advantage also to have knowledge of the SAGE accounting package but training will be provided.

The salary will be commensurate with similar junior roles in outer London.

If you would like to see the job description please call the club office on 020 8547 3528 between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm Monday to Friday, or email here

Applicants for the post should send their CV for the attention of the Operations Director at the Club address, or email it here
by 1 September 2011.

AFC Wimbledon is an equal opportunities employer.


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Friday 12 August 2011
club news
AFC Wimbledon TV appearances

Soccer AM have been in touch to say that our players' crossbar challenge is scheduled to be screened tomorrow morning in the second half of the show.

It is also rumoured that the soccerette is one of our fans.

Take it like a fan which was filmed last Saturday at the ground and which features our fans and players will be shown tonight on Sky Sports 3 at 10.00 pm and repeated at various times over the weekend on the Sky Sports Channels.


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Friday 12 August 2011
club news
Places available on the fans' coach to Dagenham & Redbridge

With the good news that this weekend's fixtures are going ahead, there is still time to book a place on the fans' coach for tomorrow's against Dagenham & Redbridge.

The coach will leave The Grove at 11.30 am and pick up from Kingsmeadow at 12.00 pm. The price for this game is £10 and seats can be booked through our online ticket shop.

Alternatively, you can book by contacting the club office on 020 8547 3528 before 5.00 pm today, Friday.



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Thursday 11 August 2011
first team news
Terry looks forward to the Dagenham & Redbridge game

Despite Dagenham & Redbridge's defeat at AFC Bournemouth earlier this week, Terry Brown is not underestimating the task facing the Dons at Victoria Road on Saturday.

"An early Carling Cup exit allowed me the opportunity to watch Saturday's opponents, Dagenham, play at Bournemouth on Tuesday night. Although the score line looked like a thrashing on the night it was anything but. Had Jon Nurse's shot not been magnificently saved by the Bournemouth 'keeper, I think Dagenham would have exploited their good start to the second half and the game could have gone either way.

"I was very impressed by not only Dagenham's work rate and organisation, as and when they got the opportunity they possess very dangerous players whose passing at times cut open the Bournemouth defence.

"Having won their first fixture away to Macclesfield they will undoubtedly pose a major problem to us collecting our first points of the season. No doubt Gareth Gwillim will be looking forward to returning to Victoria Road but as anyone will tell you, overcoming a John Still side at any time of the season, especially when they are at home, is incredibly difficult.

"As far as our own team is concerned, we will be looking to eradicate some of the individual errors that have occurred over the last two games. If we can do that I am sure we will start to register league points on a regular basis. I am not going to make many changes, if any, from the team that nearly earned a draw against Bristol Rovers last Saturday.

"To our fans who are travelling, you will definitely enjoy a fantastic view in Dagenham's brand new stand in a game that should be very bit as exciting as the Bristol Rovers game."

AFC Wimbledon have played Dagenham & Rdbridge before. In season 2004-05 the Dons lost to a goal from a young Craig Mackail-Smith who, at 20, was just starting a Dagenham career that has recently seen him land up at Brighton, via Peterborough, for a reported £2.5m transfer. John Still is renowned for uncovering fine young players from the non-league scene and Mackail-Smith must rank as one of his best finds.

Fans who went to the 2004 game will see some substantial changes to the Victoria Road ground, note least the addition of a superb new stand behind the goal. All 1,200 seats have been allocated to Dons fans and with over 700 tickets sold in advance it is likely to be close to full on the day.


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Thursday 11 August 2011
club news
Saturday's match goes ahead

Following on-going discussions with the Metropolitan Police, statutory authorities and Clubs in London, The Football League can confirm that all League games in the capital will go ahead as scheduled this weekend.

The Football League has worked closely with the authorities and London-based clubs throughout the recent civil unrest to ensure matches are staged in accordance with supporter safety.

Acting on current information from the authorities there is no reason to believe matches outside of London will be affected at this time.


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Wednesday 10 August 2011
club news
Carvery returns before Hereford game

The carvery returns before the Hereford game on Saturday 20 August.

Carvery 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

The carvery opens in the back bar at 12 noon.

Cost: £25 (carvery only) or £45 (including a ticket for Paul Strank Stand)

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.




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Wednesday 10 August 2011
club news
Dagenham & Redbridge tickets still on sale to visitors to the office

Tickets for Saturday's game at Dagenham & Redbridge are no longer on sale on line and may only be bought by visting the club's offices between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm on any weekday.

Prices if tickets are bought in advance are:

Adults: £19 (this represents a £3 discount on the price payable on the day)

Over-65s, students with a valid card, under-18s and those registered disabled: £13 (a £2 discount on the price payable on the day)

The game is not all-ticket, so fans can pay on the day. A total of 1,200 tickets in the all-seated Marcus James Stand have been made available to us. These are allocated seats.

At close of business on Tuesday we had sold over 650 seats. We continue to recommend fans to buy in advance so as to get a better choice of seat - and, of course, to take advantage of the early payment discount.


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Tuesday 09 August 2011
club news
Bristol Rovers highlights on AFC Wimbledon TV

Highlights of Saturday's game against Bristol Rovers can now be viewed on AFC Wimbledon TV. Click on Dons v Bristol Rovers to see them.


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Tuesday 09 August 2011
dons trust news
Who's Surrey now?

The Friends of the Dons Trust are delighted to confirm that two members of the 2011 Surrey CCC squad will be joining us for the 'Evening with Graham Thorpe' cricket dinner at Kingsmeadow on Friday 16 September.

And both have a Dons connection!

All-rounder Matthew Spriegel, a supporter of Wimbledon FC during the Selhurst years, and opening batsman Tom Lancefield, the 2001 Wimbledon FC Under-11s goalkeeper, will be joining guests for the club's first ever cricket-themed dinner.

For details and tickets see Graham Thorpe evening or contact Ray Armfield on 07922 144625.


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Tuesday 09 August 2011
club news
AFC Wimbledon Golf Day

The club is pleased to announce the return of the AFC Wimbledon Golf Day, taking place at Malden Golf Club on Wednesday 28 September.

The day will start off with bacon rolls served with tea or coffee followed by 18 holes of golf with a tee time of 10.30am onwards. The format will be a team score based on the best 3 of 4 Stapleford scores. There will also be a competition for the best individual score with prizes for first, second and third places, as well as prizes for longest drive and ‘nearest the pin’.

A buffet meal will be served in the clubhouse on completion of each team’s round and there will be a prize giving ceremony once everyone has completed their round.

Entry costs £350 for a team of 4 or £350 for a team of 3 to play with a celebrity. The celebrities will either be current Wimbledon players, coaching staff or former heroes. We are also giving non-golfers the opportunity to take part by being caddies for the day. No experience is necessary and the £30 caddy fee will be donated to the Dons Trust.

There will be several sponsorship packages available for this event, including the headline sponsor who will have the honour of playing a round of golf with first team manager Terry Brown.

To enter a team or for more information about sponsorship, please e-mail Commercial Manager Keith McGuinness at here or call 020 8547 3336.

Entries will be limited so we advise getting in touch as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.




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Tuesday 09 August 2011
club news
Last call for on-line sales for Dagenham & Redbridge game

Tickets for Saturday's game at Dagenham & Redbridge can be bought on line until 3.00 pm today, Tuesday. We have set this deadline so that all purchases can be posted today to ensure they are received in good time for the game.

After 3.00 pm tickets will no longer be available on line but they can still be bought by visiting the club's offices between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm on any weekday, including Friday.

Please note that a discount of £3 on an adult ticket is available, compared to the price on the day, if the tickets are bought in advance.

Prices if tickets are bought in advance are:

Adults: £19

Over-65s, students with a valid card, under-18s and those registered disabled: £13

The game is not all-ticket and 1,200 tickets in the all-seated Marcus James Stand have been made available to us. These are allocated seats.


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Monday 08 August 2011
club news
Bobby and Dave on the Dons

After Saturday's game we caught up with former Dons heroes Bobby Gould and Dave Beasant.

To hear them click on Bobby Gould and Dave Beasant respectively.


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Monday 08 August 2011
first team news
Bristol Rovers revisited

Terry Brown was disappointed but not downhearted following Saturday's loss to Bristol Rovers, as he explained to us.

"After reflecting on Saturday's game via Sky on Sunday, it doesn't need me to tell you that individual errors cost us the game. I said to the players at half time that if I could have written a nightmare scenario for the first league game that AFC Wimbledon have played, it would be the first goal, a straight throw from the 'keeper given away resulting in a goal and the centre half getting caught on the halfway line as the cause of the second goal.

"It would be the easiest thing in the word to say that if we hadn't been trying to play football in our own half that wouldn't have happened. Of course that is correct. However, this is the way that I ask our players to play.

"There is no doubt that the as you go to a higher level, the mistakes you make are punished more severely. However, we do not play 'no-risk football'. I ask our players to make angles and to believe in both their own ability and the ability of their team mates.

"Trust me, if I allowed Seb to kick every ball and Jamie and Brett to launch every ball, they would be more than happy as it would make life a lot easier for our defence. To play the brand of football that I would like to see us play means working much harder both with and without the ball. I am aware that attractive passing football also has to be winning football and we may well have to eliminate some of the riskier football we play but the emphasis will always be on passing the ball.

"There is no doubt that the fixture list has thrown up a very difficult start for us and the next two games will offer us stern and difficult challenges. I am asking the players to be patient and to believe in the system and pattern we play and I have total confidence that the squad has both the character and the ability to blossom in this league."


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Monday 08 August 2011
club news
Corporate hospitality at Dagenham & Redbridge

Dagenham & Redbridge FC are delighted to be able to offer Hospitality Packages to AFC Wimbledon fans on their first ever Football League away trip on Saturday 13th August.

The Daggers offer a terrific hospitality package which includes the following:

Three-Course Carvery Meal
Complimentary Programme & Team Sheet
Half-Time Refreshments
Seat in the Sponsor’s Box

All for just £65.00 including VAT.

Don’t miss out on your chance to watch the Dons historic first League away day in style!

Contact the Dagenham & Redbridge Commercial Department on 020 8592 1549 ext 21 or email to here for more information and booking.




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Monday 08 August 2011
club news
Coach travel update

The club will be running supporters' coaches to games against Dagenham & Redbridge and Plymouth Argyle.

Dagenham & Redbridge
The coaches will leave The Grove at 11.30 am and pick up from Kingsmeadow at 12.00 pm. The price for this game is £10 and seats can be booked through our online ticket shop.

Plymouth Argyle
The coaches will leave The Grove at 13.00 pm and pick up from Kingsmeadow at 13.30 pm. The price for this game is £15 and seats can be booked through our online ticket shop.

Alternatively, bookings can be made for both games by contacting the club office on 020 8547 3528 between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm during the week.



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Sunday 07 August 2011
club news
Tickets on general sale for Dagenham and Redbridge game

Tickets are selling well for our away game against Dagenham & Redbridge on 13 August, kick off 3.00 pm. A discount of £3 on an adult ticket is available, compared to the price on the day, if the tickets are bought in advance.

The game is not all-ticket and 1,200 tickets in the all-seated Marcus James Stand have been made available to us. These are allocated seats.

Prices if tickets are bought in advance are:

Adults: £19

Over-65s, students with a valid card, under-18s and those registered disabled: £13

Tickets are now available on general sale and can be purchased in the following ways:

Online

Tickets can be bought through our online shop by clicking on Dagenham tickets. Tickets purchased online up to 1.00 pm on Tuesday will be sent out in the post. Otherwise they will have to be collected from our office no later than 5.00 pm on Friday 12 August

Tickets will be mailed at the buyer’s risk and no replacements can be offered. If you wish to have your tickets sent by recorded delivery you should order by post (see below).

In person

Tickets can be purchased from the club offices between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm on weekdays.

By post

Applications should include an SAE and a cheque for the relevant amount made payable to “AFC Wimbledon Ltd” and be sent to:

Ticket Office
AFC Wimbledon
The Cherry Red Records Fans’ Stadium – Kingsmeadow
422a Kingston Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey
KT1 3PB

If you would like your tickets to be sent by recorded delivery, please say so in a covering letter and enclose a further £2.

If there are any tickets left they will be returned to Dagenham & Redbridge for sale on the day of the game at no discount. They will then cost £22 for an adult ticket and £15 for concession prices, as described above.


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Sunday 07 August 2011
club news
From the Bristol Rovers programme

From time to time we reproduce articles from the programme that haven't been published elsewhere. The following link will take you to Erik Samuelson's page from the Bristol Rovers game on 6 August.

To see it, click on programme article.


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Sunday 07 August 2011
first team news
Terry on Bristol Rovers

Terry Brown talked about the Bristol Rovers game for AFC Wimbledon TV shortly after the match. You can see his interview by clicking on Terry Brown.

An audio-only version can be heard by clicking on Terry Brown, audio only.


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Sunday 07 August 2011
dons trust news
Help Required by the Dons Trust

If you have some time to spare this week could you please help to prepare the 450 DT membership packs (100 new and 350 renewals) which we need to send out to fans. This activity will be undertaken in the President's Lounge at Kingsmeadow on Wednesday between 18:30 and 21:30 and we are looking for volunteers to help to get the job done as fast as we can. The work will include writing and laminating membership cards, assembling membership packs and envelope stuffing.

If you can help please email your name and contact details to here.


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Saturday 06 August 2011
club news
Sky on AFC Wimbledon TV

At Tuesday's press day we took the oportunity to interview Daniel Mann, today's match commentator for Sky.

To hear the interview, click on Daniel Mann.




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Friday 05 August 2011
club news
Matchday arrangements for the Bristol Rovers game

Kick off time

Don't forget that Saturday's kick off time is 12.45 pm, as the game is being televised live on Sky.

Visiting fans

Bristol Rovers fans should enter the stadium via the access road behind the east stand. This is about 100 yards east of Jack Goodchild Way and will be signposted

We are sorry but we can’t accommodate visiting fans in the bars before or after the game

Tickets

The game is sold out and there will be no tickets available on the day

Pre-ordered tickets

Pre-ordered tickets can be collected from the complimentary tickets window next to the players’ entrance, from about 11.15 am.

Bars

The bars will open at 10.30 am and are open only to Wimbledon fans both before and after the game. The game will be shown on the big screen in both bars

After the game there will be a man of the match presentation in the main bar, along with an interview with the Wimbledon man of the match.

Food

The four outlets within the stadium will be operating from when the turnstiles open at 11.15 am. From about 10.00 am there will be a trailer in the car park selling burgers, hot dogs etc.

Segregation

Full segregation will be in place for the game, with Bristol Rovers fans directed to the north end of the John Smith's stand.

Entering the ground

Bristol Rovers fans will enter through turnstiles 7 and 8. These turnstiles are accessed via the access road behind the John Smith’s stand.

Wimbledon fans will enter via turnstiles 4, 5 and 6 for the Tempest End and the southern end of the John Smith’s stand (i.e. furthest away from the Kingston Road end). For the Kingston Road end, Wimbledon fans will enter via turnstiles 1, 2 and 3.

The Paul Strank stand must be entered via the lobby in the main entrance

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. There are over 30 disabled parking spaces but please remember that possession of a disabled parking badge gives you priority, not a guaranteed place

You can park in some surrounding streets but please do so considerately.

Club shop

The merchandise shop will be open from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm and then for 30 minutes after the game.


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Friday 05 August 2011
club news
Some important changes to matchday arrangements

This article summarises a number of important changes from last season's matchday arrangements.

. Now that we are in the Football League, the stadium is a no smoking area

. Ticket holders for the Paul Strank Stand – please note that it is no longer possible to enter the stand via any of turnstiles 1, 2 or 3. You must enter via the main lobby.

. The programme now costs £3

. Concession and under 16 tickets (including season tickets) will be scrutinised and you may be asked for proof of entitlement to the reduced rate shown on your ticket. See the club statement dated 4 August for details of what constitutes acceptable proof. If you can’t provide proof you must pay the difference up to the full adult rate

. There is now a barrier in the John Smith’s stand. You must stand behind this barrier, not pitch side

. Visiting fans will be directed to enter the ground via the access road that runs behind the John Smith’s stand – they will not be able to enter via Jack Goodchild Way

. Fans should be aware that CCTV is operating inside the stadium and the car park

. And finally, a major change is that we are in the Football League!

Detailed arrangements for home and visiting fans are shown in a separate announcement on this site.


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Friday 05 August 2011
first team news
Dons can't wait for Football League action to start

There's less than a day to go before the Dons take to the Football League stage again. The ground is ready, the game is sold out and it's the first televised Saturday game of the season.

Terry Brown, his staff and the players are impatient to get on with the season as he told us this afternoon.

"Thank goodness the pre-season is drawing to a close. Although this pre-season has been slightly shorter than most we have still managed to fit in 18 training sessions and seven friendly games, plus a very difficult Carling Cup game at Crawley.

"The players have had a mixed week in training with Thursday being a particularly slow day, reminding me of our last poor training session, which was the day before our semi final game with Fleetwood. Today, however, we were bright and sharp and the boys certainly look like they are ready for League 2 football.

"We are not looking to make many changes from the team that played against Crawley and I am hopeful that the players will have benefitted from a very physically demanding game at the Broadfield Stadium.

"To say I am looking forward to tomorrow's game would be a massive understatement and although the first game of any season takes on special importance to every team, this one appears to be one of the biggest games nationally, with the added significance of the live coverage as the first Saturday game shown on Sky this season.

"Whenever players are advised of the starting line up there will be some who are obviously happy and delighted and others, especially on the first day of the season, who think it is the end of the world if they are not in the initial eleven. Because of the size and the quality of our squad this year, although I have four players unavailable through injury and illness I am still left with seven disappointed players. I have assured them that they will all play a valuable part in our league campaign this year and I am particularly pleased to announce that nine players from the play off final will be in the starting eleven on Saturday.

"I have told the new players to look forward to an unbelievable atmosphere tomorrow as this is the day that you have been waiting for, for just over nine years. It is obvious that there is a massive amount of interest in our 'good news' story and although we are very appreciate of the amount of media coverage we have received it will be nice to get down to the football over the next couple of weeks.

"Although the management and the players will enjoy the honour of representing your club, this is your day and you should be rightfully proud of what you have achieved as a true and honestly run fans-owned club."

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Friday 05 August 2011
club news
Wimbledon Vs Bristol Rovers sold out

The game tomorrow is sold out and we are not expecting any more tickets to become available.

Sky Sports 2 will be showing the game live, and our HD screens will be showing the game and build up in both bars.

Tickets for our next home match against Hereford are on sale now through our online shop.

Full arrangements for the match tomorrow will appear here later today.


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Thursday 04 August 2011
club news
More AFC Wimbledon TV interviews

At Tuesday's press day, AFC Wimbledon TV took the opportunity to speak to Reece Jones, who gave us a brief tour of the club's gym and chatted to us in his idiosyncratic style, and new skipper Jamie Stuart, who talked about his role as captain in this historic season.

To see Reece's interview, click on Reece Jones.

To see Jamie's interview, click on Jamie Stuart.




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Thursday 04 August 2011
club news
A big thank you to Sports Interactive

As previously announced, in AFC Wimbledon’s first game in the Football League the team will wear a one-off commemorative shirt. It is a replica, as near as we have been able to make it, of the shirt worn when Wimbledon FC played Halifax FC in August 1977, our first ever game in the Football League.

To help us to make the shirt look as close to the original as possible, our shirt sponsors Sports Interactive, makers of the award-winning Football Manager game, have agreed that we can omit their logo.

Sports Interactive have been our shirt sponsors since we started and have been unfailingly supportive of the club over the last nine years. This is another example of their generous support, for which we thank them.

The Sports Interactive logo will of course continue to appear on the shirts worn by all our teams for the rest of the season.


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Thursday 04 August 2011
club news
Calling all Dons fans

Sky Sports hit football quiz show show Take it Like a Fan, which is presented by John Fendley (Fenners, formerly of Soccer AM) and Bianca Westwood will be at Kingsmeadow on Saturday for our historic game with Bristol Rovers.

If you want to be considered as a contestant please email here or tweet Fenners @Fennersfooty. Fans have to be 18+ to take part, have a ticket for the game and be able to get to the ground by 9.00 am. If you fancy getting yourself on TV and winning some cash then get in touch now!


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Thursday 04 August 2011
club news
Discounted matchday prices - club statement

Compared to most other clubs in League Two, AFC Wimbledon's admission prices are very reasonable. We offer reduced concessionary prices to anyone who is under 16, over 65, unemployed or a full-time student.

In particular, the club has a proud tradition of extremely generous concessions for young people - just £2 for the terraces for any game. We want to encourage under-16's to use their hard-earned pocket money to come and watch us, and intend to continue with this policy for the forseeable future.

Unfortunately, we know that a small number of people have tried to take advantage of this in the past and, as a fan-owned and run club, we can no longer afford for this to continue. Therefore, please note that all our ticket sellers and turnstile operators will now ask for proof of any concessionary prices and will charge the full adult price of £15 to anyone who is unable to provide such evidence. This includes anyone who has pre-purchased a concessionary ticket - you will still need to provide proof on the day in order to gain access to the ground. In addition, turnstile operators may challenge anyone with a season ticket for proof of entitlement of the type of ST that they present.

Please don't rely on Freedom Passes (which only prove you are over 60, not 65) or Student Union cards which don't have an expiry date on them - neither of these is acceptable. If you want to claim one of the age-related concessions (under 16 or over 65) and are not sure what to bring, then a photocopy of your birth certificate or passport will do just fine.

We are very proud of what we have achieved in the nine years of the club's existence and feel sure that you will want to support our fan-owned model of running our football club. We look forward to welcoming all fans to Kingsmeadow and thank you for your co-operation with our policy on concessionary prices in advance.


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Thursday 04 August 2011
club news
Plymouth Argyle tickets

We understand that our game at Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday 16 August will not be all ticket and it will be possible to buy tickets on the night. Fans who wish to take advantage of the offer promoted by the Sun newspaper should contact Plymouth directly.

If you are collecting vouchers for the equivalent promotions of our home games against Hereford United and Northampton Town, please call the club to provide your personal details. We will then make the tickets available for collection on the day of the game, in exchange for the vouchers.


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Wednesday 03 August 2011
club news
Flying the flag for AFC Wimbledon, again

If you are attending AFC Wimbledon's season's opener against Bristol Rovers on 6 August you may well notice a few additions to the usual selection of supporters' flags in the Tempest End!

Wimbledon's return to the league will provide a welcome opportunity to emphasise the core values of a club felt by some not to be 'in the wider interests of football'. One of the ways we hope to do this will be to illustrate some of our work in the community by putting on a show of the flags painted for the club by Merton schoolchildren.

These flags were produced as a result of the 'Flying the Flag for Haydon' community project and were originally flown at this year's pre-season game against Watford and last season's game against Charlton Athletic. Featuring good luck messages, Wimbledon players, the ever-popular Haydon and his typical Womble concern for environmental issues, the flags were created by the next generation of Wimbledon supporters from Reception up to Year 6 and symbolise the club's commitment to the community.

The flags will be positioned at either end of the Tempest Stand and we hope you will enjoy another opportunity to admire these colourful and inventive works of art and that they add to the atmosphere of what will be a memorable day in the clubs history!


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Wednesday 03 August 2011
club news
Commemorative shirt - update

AFC Wimbledon’s first match in the Football League will see the team wearing a special, one-off commemorative shirt. This shirt is a replica, as near as we are able to make it, of the shirt that was worn when Wimbledon FC played Halifax FC in 1977, our first ever game in the Football League.

Due to overwhelming demand, the bulk of the men’s shirts sold within 48 hours. We are sorry for the inevitable disappointment, this has caused.

There are still small numbers remaining of children’s and youth sizes with the Ladies’ range due to arrive early next week. A few men’s small sizes are still available.

The next delivery will arrive during September. Stocks will again be limited. So to ensure that you do not miss out, it is advisable that you pre-order. This option will remain open for a limited period.

This will be the final batch produced, so to avoid missing out, place your order quickly.

Pre-orders can be placed via the Online shop by clicking on Commemorative shirts. The shirts can be collected when available upon production of the transaction confirmation sheet. The adult shirt costs £40, youth £30 and children’s are £20. A range of ladies’ sizes is also available.

For clarification: there are two options on the online shop re the commemorative shirt:

1 To have your shirt(s) mailed to you

2 To buy your shirt(s) for collection, with no charge for postage

Please note: the design of the shop's site does not cater for this approach and the only way we could get the price correct for a shirt for collection was to reduce its nominal price to £35, with the £5 for 'postage' being added automatically, the price charged is the correct £40.

We are sorry that this has caused some confusion.

As a result of having to set it up this way, we cannot account for orders for collection of more than one shirt. For example, if you order two adult shirts for collection you will be charged £75 (2 * £35 plus £5 postage) by the on-line shop. In fact, the correct price is £80 so in this example, when you come to collect your order you will be charged an additional £5.


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Wednesday 03 August 2011
dons trust news
Fundraising news: Car parking space at Kingsmeadow

This is a final reminder that the Dons Trust is auctioning one space in the players' car parking area (behind the Kingston Road End) at Kingsmeadow. Availability will be guaranteed for all AFC Wimbledon home matches throughout the 2011/12 season.

Bidding will be open until 5.00 pm on Thursday 4 August. To enter your bid, please email here giving your name, the amount of your bid and your telephone number.


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Wednesday 03 August 2011
club news
Christian Jolley on AFC Wimbledon TV

At the press day on Tuesday, AFC Wimbledon TV took the opportunity to talk to a few players. We will feature these interviews as the week goes on.

We start with Christian Jolley talking about his meteoric rise from Sunday football to the Football League. To see his interview, click on Christian Jolley.


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Tuesday 02 August 2011
club news
Cheques and vouchers at the club shop

Cheque cards are no longer valid following changes implemented by the clearing banks.

We appreciate that many of our supporters will wish to continue to use cheques. In the club shop cheques will be accepted upon production of a current season ticket in the same name or a current Dons Trust membership card in the same name (details will be taken).

The discount offer for holders of Play-Off Final tickets (AFC Wimbledon sections only) is available upon production of the ticket, which will be retained by the club shop.

npower vouchers from the ongoing promotion can be used in the shop by personal callers only as full or part payment for purchases. It is not possible to give change or a refund for such transactions.

And please note that if you don't want to pay by cheque or voucher we will now take a payment by credit card.


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Tuesday 02 August 2011
club news
It only took nine years......

The club shop is now able to take payment by credit and debit card on matchdays.

Most popular credit and debit cards are accepted including: MasterCard, Visa, Delta, Switch/Maestro, Visa Electron and Solo Cards. (Please note that Visa Electron and Solo Cards can not be used for online mail order purchases.)


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Tuesday 02 August 2011
club news
Collection of commemorative shirt orders

Collection of the commemorative shirts for pre-orders will be in the Main Bar on Thursday 4 August between 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm.

The club shop will not be open during the evening.

New products will be available for preview and purchase including sweatshirts, hoodies, full zip splash jackets and tracksuits. The delivery arrived straight from the airport yesterday. Photographs will be posted on this site (or on the online shop site) later.

Prices are as follows:

Sweatshirt (Adult) 50% Cotton/50% Polyester £35

Sweatshirt (Child) 50% Cotton/50% Polyester £20

Hoodie (Adult) 50% Cotton/50% Polyester £40

Hoodie (Child) 50% Cotton/50% Polyester n/a

Splash Jacket (Adult) £40

Splash Jacket (Child) £30

Tracksuit Top (Adult) £40

Tracksuit Top (Child) £30

Tracksuit Bottom (Adult) £30

Tracksuit Bottom (Child) £20

Credit and debit cards can be used on the evening.

All popular credit and debit cards are accepted including: MasterCard, Visa, Delta, Switch/Maestro, Visa Electron and Solo Cards. (Please note that Visa Electron and Solo Cards can not be used for online mail order purchases.)


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Tuesday 02 August 2011
club news
Tickets now on sale for the visit to Dagenham & Redbridge

Tickets are now on sale for our first away game in the npower Football League against Dagenham & Redbridge, on Saturday 13 August, kick-off 3.00 pm.

The game is not all-ticket, and 1,200 tickets in the all-seated Marcus James Stand have been made available to us. These are allocated seats. However, there is the chance that all these seats will be sold out before the game.

Prices if tickets are bought in advance are:

Adults: £19

Over- 65s, students with a valid card, Under-18s and those registered disabled: £13

If tickets are bought on the day (if available) they will cost £22 and £15, respectively.

Tickets will initially go on sale to season ticket holders only, one ticket per applicant. ST holders will have until 10.00 am on Saturday 6 August to order their ticket. Any unsold tickets will go on general sale from Turnstiles 1, 2 and 3 after the Bristol Rovers game.

Tickets can be purchased in the following ways:


Online

Tickets can be bought through our online shop here. Tickets purchased online up to five days before the match will be sent out in the post. Otherwise they will have to be collected from the club by 5.00 pm on Friday 12 August

Tickets will be mailed at the buyer’s risk and no replacements can be offered. If you wish to have your tickets sent by recorded delivery you should order by post (see below). Please enter your season ticket number when ordering your ticket


In person

Tickets can be purchased from the club offices between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm on weekdays.


By post

Applications should include an SAE and a cheque for the relevant amount made payable to “AFC Wimbledon Ltd” and be sent to:

Ticket Office
AFC Wimbledon
The Cherry Red Records Fans’ Stadium – Kingsmeadow
422a Kingston Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey
KT1 3PB

If you would like your tickets to be sent by recorded delivery, please say so in a covering letter and enclose a further £2.


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Monday 01 August 2011
club news
Welcome to our new corporate partners

The commercial department would like to welcome the following corporate partners who are getting involved with the club for the first time for the 2011/12 season.

Apogee Corporation
Apogee Corporation is a leading digital office solutions specialist with its headquarters in Wimbledon. They cover digital document devices, software, workflow and telecoms & IT infrastructure. They were also awarded ‘Best Large Business’ in the South London Business awards 2010.

For more information, click here or call 0845 300 99 55.

Morrisons Solicitors
Morrisons are one of the leading solicitors firms in Surrey, with offices all over the county including Wimbledon. They specialise in business law, including commercial property, employment and debt recovery and family law, including probate, personal injury and residential conveyancing.

For more information, click here or call 020 8971 1020.

The Coreco Group
Coreco are a leading London-based provider of independent mortgage and financial advice. They specialise in all types of mortgages and are experts in first time buyer mortgages, large mortgage loans, short lease mortgages and complex offshore loans.

For more information, click here or call 020 7220 5100.

Chak 89
Chak 89 is an Indian Restaurant, and conference and banqueting facility and wedding venue that can cater for up to 650 guests based in Mitcham. The restaurant has hosted a wide range of celebrities, such as footballer Nwanko Kanu, politician David Milliband and musician Jay Sean.

For more information, click here or call 020 8646 2177.

Wimbledon School of English
Wimbledon School of English is a language school based on the top of Worple Road in Wimbledon. In addition to teaching English, they also teach several foreign language courses including French, German, Italian, Spanish and Chinese.

For more information, click here or call 020 8947 1921.

We would like to thank all the companies mentioned above for their support and we look forward to working with them throughout the season.


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Monday 01 August 2011
club news
Wimbledon Vs Bristol Rovers programme

Our new-look programme will be available this Saturday at the sold out Bristol Rovers game. If you are not able to make it to the match but would like to own our first Football League programme you can order one by post. Please send your address and a cheque for £4.00 (includes £1.00 for postage) to:


Programmes
AFC Wimbledon
The Cherry Red Records Fans’ Stadium - Kingsmeadow
422a Kingston Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey
KT1 3PB





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Monday 01 August 2011
first team news
Terry on training - and the crossbar challenge

Just six days before the biggest game in AFC Wimbledon's history, the team was back in training after Friday's Carling Cup game at Crawley. Terry Brown was aiming to build on the positives of that display when we spoke to him, after a hard session followed by some post-training fun.

"The boys resumed training today in blistering heat and on the back of their first defeat in eleven games. As always we tried not to dwell on the negatives and although we worked on one or two defensive areas the atmosphere was as buoyant as ever.

"Our fitness coach, Jason Moriarty, was able to repeat the speed and agility fitness tests that we carried out on 1 July and the results we got back were terrific, with a massive improvement in all the players, which bodes well for the future.

"During the lunch break we also invited the Soccer AM team down for the first team to compete in the cross bar challenge and Marcus Gayle's development side to compete in a skills session. Both sides acquitted themselves well with two scorers in the crossbar challenge - see if you can guess who it was before they tweet it to the world!

"Mat Mitchel-King resumed light training today and is hopeful to resume full training on Thursday after hopefully positive results from his medical tests. Sammy Moore and Chris Bush completed ninety minutes on Saturday at Godalming but unfortunately Lee Minshull's dead leg and James Mulley's back make them currently unable to participate in contact sports at the moment. Charles Ademeno is still having difficulties with a damaged heel and on these hard grounds it makes it difficult for him to do too much.

"Tomorrow sees our first official Football League press conference wtih several national papers attending. This should add to the build up and excitement for the players looking forward to Saturday's arrival of Bristol Rovers and the SKY TV cameras. I will no doubt be asked if we are any nearer signing our final striker and the answer is 'not really'. We have approached two quality forwards with Football League experience and we are hopeful for a decision very soon. However, I would emphasise we are not in a massive rush to sign as I've been pleased with the movement and goalscoring prowess shown in pre-season by our forwards."


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