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Wednesday 15 August 2012
club news
Tickets for Chesterfield match

We still have tickets remaining for Saturday's League 2 opener at home to Chesterfield.

However, we wish to remind supporters that this match is all-ticket and no tickets will be sold on the day of the match. Following our announcement that the new North Stand will not be ready for the visit of the Spireites, we only have a limited number of tickets left for the East Terrace (previously John Smiths). We will therefore not have any seat tickets to release for general sale.

The easiest way to buy tickets is through our online ticket shop. Supporters should click on Dons tickets to purchase tickets in this way. Any purchases made before 4.00 pm today will be posted out to ensure swift entry on the day of the game. Tickets purchased after this time must be collected in person from the club office and they can be picked up on the day of the game. Tickets can also be purchased from the AFC Wimbledon club offices between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm on weekdays. No tickets will be sold over the phone for this match.


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Tuesday 14 August 2012
first team news
The Dons bow out of Capital One Cup at Stevenage

AFiC Wimbledon paid the price for a sloppy first-half tonight as they bowed out of the Capital One Cup at the first hurdle.

An own goal from Pim Balkestein gave Stevenage the lead and it got worse for the Dons in the 38th minute when James Dunne tapped into an empty net after a bad mistake by goalkeeper Seb Brown. Brendan Kiernan made it 2-1 with a superb strike - his first senior goal apart from one in the London Senior Cup - but Mark Roberts effectively sealed it on the stroke of half-time.

To read a full match report, click on Stevenage report


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Tuesday 14 August 2012
first team news
Luke Moore on tonight's cup tie at Stevenage

Luke Moore enters his fourth season at AFC Wimbledon in fine form after a prolific pre-season campaign.

But the forward is far from resting on his laurels and he is aiming to take that form into Stevenage tonight. Certainly, all AFC Wimbledon supporters will be hoping he can start in similar fashion to last season when he scored a wonderful goal in the 3-2 league cup defeat at Crawley Town.

"I did not have the best of starts to pre-season, but I feel that I am starting to find my form now," he said. "In the West Ham game I felt good and again against Portsmouth. I should have scored a couple more in that game but at least I am getting into the positions and I am sure the goals will come. The second-half against Portsmouth was more up to the standards that we have set ourselves and hopefully we can push on against Stevenage. We are confident that we can go there and win."

Luke was speaking to WDON commentator Rob Cornell in the build-up to tonight's game. To listen to the full interview with Luke, click on Dons interview.


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Monday 13 August 2012
first team news
Jim Fenlon: young full-back on coming through the ranks

With Jim Fenlon having gained a taste of first-team football during pre-season, the official website decided it was a good time to catch-up with him.

The 18-year-old full-back, who can play on either flank, spent time playing state football in Australia in his early teenage years, before coming through the AFC Wimbledon youth system. And after signing his first professional contract in May, Jim will be in contention to make his Football League debut during the coming season. Speaking to WDON commentator Rob Cornell ahead of our trip to Stevenage, Jim says he is relishing the chance of playing at senior level.

"It is different to the youth team, but it is good to step-up," he said. "There are a lot more pre-season games, it is a lot quicker, and we have played against hard opposition. It has been a good opportunity for me to see how I could do in a tough men's league. Every game you have to be on it, otherwise the players will take the mickey out of you. Some of the players in our squad have been in the game a long time. I am just trying to learn off them and get tips on how to defend better."

To listen to the full interview with Jim, click on Dons interview.


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Monday 13 August 2012
first team news
Stevenage preview: update from Terry on cup tie

Terry Brown has confirmed that Curtis Osano will not be ready for tomorrow night's Capital One Cup tie at Stevenage.

The right-back's injured ankle was assessed by physio Mike Rayner today, but Curtis failed a fitness test and will therefore miss the first round match at the Lamex Stadium. Midfielder Louis Harris has a chance of making the squad after shaking off a hamstring injury, but the match will come too soon for Rashid Yussuff, who has returned to training. Charlie Strutton is likely to be in the squad after signing a contract at AFC Wimbledon today.

Terry Brown has no other injury concerns though and the Dons boss admits he is just relieved to get pre-season out of the way.

"It has seemed like a long pre-season, certainly compared to last year when we had the play-offs," said Terry. "It has been a hard pre-season, which has tested the players, but during the last week they have shown that they are ready for the real thing. This is a fantastic opportunity for the club to get through and draw one of the big boys in the next round. Stevenage have done very well in the cups in recent years and we would like to do better in these competitions."

This will be the third successive season that the Dons have met Stevenage in a knockout competition. Wimbledon were beaten 2-0 at home by Stevenage in the FA Cup second round in 2010/11, but the Dons were victorious on penalties in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy last season. Wimbledon pair Stacy Long and Byron Harrison will both be returning to their former club tomorrow night. However, it will be a far different Stevenage from the side they played for last season with current manager Gary Smith having rebuilt the squad after the departure of Graham Westley to Preston.


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Monday 13 August 2012
club news
New site to be launched later this week

AFC Wimbledon is pleased to announce that our new web site will go live during the coming week.

In common with 85 other football clubs, our new website will be hosted by Football League Interactive (FLi) – the digital arm of the Football League.

What does this mean?

The design of our website (which remains afcwimbledon.co.uk) will be new, but we have worked with the FLi design team to ensure the new site is as easy to use as possible.

All the items you would expect to find on the site are there; Team news, ticket information, news on progressing a new stadium in Plough Lane, away match travel information etc. We have additionally worked with FLi to ensure that as much of the information as possible on our current site is migrated to the new one (items such as match reports, players stats etc).
Some information will remain on the former site but will be reached via the new site which will guide you to the appropriate place.

What are the benefits?

By being part of the FLi package, their digital team are responsible for updating the site, meaning fans should see news, match statistics etc. up on the site far quicker than we are currently able to achieve.

Additionally the club will benefit from the commercial arrangements that FLi have in place, meaning that we will receive a share of the revenue from advertising that appears on the site. We will also receive revenue from fans just visiting afcwimbledon.co.uk (meaning that whenever you read a match report, the club earns revenue). During our first season back in the Football League, not being part of FLi was a commercial disadvantage.

FLi will also be launching a new mobile optimised website in September (built on the Netbiscuits mobile publishing platform). Once launched this mean our fans who access our website via their smartphones will have a much improved experience.

Dons Player

At the same time as launching our new site, we will also launch Dons Player.
Dons Player provides access to exclusive news and interviews; live audio commentary; and match and extended highlights. All such content is free of advertisements, and carried on a high quality 1.8MB Flash stream.

Once our new site has been launched, Radio WDon and filmed interviews will only be accessible via Dons Player.

Dons Player can be paid for in a number of ways (with a year’s subscription costing 10p per day). To join, visit Dons Player.

Questions?

If you have any queries, feedback or suggestions about how the site works, after launch, please email FLi queries.

For commercial opportunities please contact Commercial.

For comments about the site content, please email Website content.


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Monday 13 August 2012
first team news
Breaking news: Charlie Strutton signs for the Dons

Charlie Strutton has today signed a contract at AFC Wimbledon after impressing manager Terry Brown during pre-season.

The 23-year-old forward, who originally signed for us in March from Chalfont St Peter, has done enough to convince the Dons boss he is worth another chance after spending the whole summer with Wimbledon.

"I would like to congratulate Charlie on earning a contract with us," said Terry Brown. "He has worked incredibly hard and his fitness levels are now approaching a level that will allow him to give his best. Having looked at Charlie in training and in games, he has a massive will-to-win, and has a fantastic attitude. He would run through a brick wall for the team. He is a great finisher and goalscorers are a rare commodity. I am absolutely certain that he can play at this level and once he gets off the mark, I am sure that the goals will flow."

Charlie is likely to be in the squad tomorrow night for our first competitive match of the new season in the Capital One Cup at Stevenage.


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Monday 13 August 2012
club news
Travel to Stevenage tomorrow night

There are still places on the supporters' coach for our Capital One Cup tie at Stevenage.

Places on the coach (priced £12) are available to book now by contacting the club office. The coach will depart from opposite South Wimbledon Underground Station at 4.30pm and will then pick up from the Cherry Red Records Stadium at 5.00pm.

Supporters who wish to book a place on the coach should call 020 8547 3528 during normal office hours.


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Monday 13 August 2012
club news
Matchday vacancies at AFC Wimbledon

The club is looking for casual waiting staff to assist us on matchdays during the coming season.

Potential recruits must be hard working, presentable and courteous as they will be helping our commercial department during functions and matchday hospitality. The successful applicants will be punctual, smartly dressed and have a positive attitude.

The hours will be from 11.00am until 3.00pm (approximately) on Saturdays and from 5.00pm until 7.45pm for midweek matches (usually on a Tuesday night). Three waiting staff are required for the paid positions. Pay will be dependent on experience, but experience is not essential.

To apply please e-mail our Commercial Department by clicking on matchday vacancies.


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Sunday 12 August 2012
first team news
Warren Cummings: club captain on his new role

With over a decade of Football League experience under his belt, Warren Cummings was the obvious choice when Terry Brown decided to appoint a club captain for the new season.

The 31-year-old left-back filled the role at AFC Bournemouth and now that he has returned to full fitness after a bout of illness, Warren aims to be a key presence off the pitch as well as on it.

"It was something that the manager and the assistant talked to me about when I first arrived at Wimbledon," he said. "I did it (club captain) at Bournemouth and hopefully I did that job fairly well in terms of being a decent go-between for the players and the manager. I aim to try and look after the players off the pitch as well as I can. It is something that I am comfortable with and hopefully the lads will enjoy me doing it. I am still finding my feet here, but I want to take responsibility and help the younger ones on and be a big part of what we are trying to do here."

Speaking to WDON commentator Rob Cornell (to listen to the audio version click on Dons interview), Warren added that he has been very impressed by our young full-back Jim Fenlon, ahead of the new season.

"He has acquitted himself exceptionally well," said Warren. "He is comfortable wiith both feet and I think that he has a great future ahead of him. It is a fairly young, new squad that we have and people, including myself, are still getting to know each other. Hopefully, we now know each other more, we will be better organised, and can get better results straight away now."


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Saturday 11 August 2012
dons trust news
Announcing The Blue and Yellow club

The following is a message from the founders of the Blue and Yellow club, Iain McNay and Martin Fielding.

As many of you already understand, if we are going to consolidate our
position in the Football League we need to raise substantially more money
for our football club playing budget, which is currently one of the lowest
in League 2. Even if we are successful on the field and move forward to
League 1, the increase in non-gate revenue would not be large and the wage bill would very probably increase by more than that, so this problem will be made more pronounced by success. At the same time, the football club needs to find more funds to improve our current stadium up to Football League standards and help pay the costs of making more progress towards our proposed move back to Merton, so the funds available for strengthening the team from within the football club will be very restricted.

We have a very different business model and structure from other football
league clubs. Almost without exception they have directors who put in
substantial sums of money to help subsidise the playing budget and keep their clubs afloat. In return they often get shares, a seat on the board and are involved with all the big decisions. As you know, we elect our Dons Trust Board which oversees our four man Football Club Board on behalf of you, our supporters. The majority of shares in the club are held by the Trust with the residue being held by fans directly so we cannot follow the model of these other clubs.

A group of supporters has therefore decided to launch 'The Blue and Yellow
Club' with the intention of raising money to assist Terry in building the
best team possible. The club will be run by us and will donate money back to the club to assist with the playing budget as available and when it is needed and as agreed by us the members. Although the days of acquiring top strikers for £10,000 are long gone, we all saw last year how cash made available for loan signings, for example, can affect the outcome of the season.

The cost of membership of the club will be £1,000 per season and two
alternative packages of benefits have been devised to recognise the
differences between members who can regularly attend games (the Blue
Package) and those who cannot (the Yellow Package).

The benefits of the Blue membership for supporters who attend matches
regularly include:

1. A pass to the President's lounge for home matches (but not match day
tickets)

2. Two tickets for the end of season dinner

3. Dinner with the Football management team and club Chief Executive twice a season (for the cost of the meal)

4. Access to reserved table(s) for the Blue and Yellow Club in the carvery
before home matches (for the cost of the meal)

5. Invitation to the occasional Wimbledon celebrity dinner each season
(again for the cost of the meal)

The benefits of the Yellow membership for those who don't attend matches
regularly include:

1. VIP treatment for you and a guest at two home games a season. This would include a special welcome from the Chief Executive, The Dons Trust Chairman and the manager; pre-match meal in the carvery plus access to the President's lounge and seats in the Directors' box next to a former player such as Club President Dickie Guy or former Captain Ian Cooke. (If you can't make two home games but can get to one or two away games we will do our best to arrange a similar package for you there.)

2. A tour of the training ground and opportunity to meet the players

3. A club shirt signed by the whole squad team plus a club tie and a
signed copy of Niall Couper's new book, 'This Is Our Time.'

4. Invitation to at least one scheduled telephone briefing each season
with the Chief Executive and Manager

You will see from the above that the idea is to give members unique benefits that have low direct costs to the football club so as not to consume the membership fees in order that they are available as far as possible entirely for the playing budget.

Whichever package you choose, where possible we will help facilitate Club
members sharing travel and meeting up at for lunch at away games; hopefully this will in time also include specially arranged luxury coach travel to important games. We will also hold Club meetings during the year to explore how else we can help the football club.

The idea is that the Blue and Yellow Club would run itself independently of
the football club (and replace the old 1889 Club which the football club
used to run) and would form a small group of Club members to manage it.
Founding members include: Stephen Crabtree, Martin Fielding, Iain McNay and Mike Richardson.

If you would like to join or know more please email Martin Fielding or
Iain McNay saying which package you are interested in and we will send you more information or talk you through any details which are not clear to you. We look forward to hearing from you.


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Saturday 11 August 2012
dons trust news
AFC Wimbledon captures Olympic spirit with Minithon event

We are pleased to announce that the AFC Wimbledon Minithon event will return on Sunday, 30 September.

The 5km event, staged at Morden Park, aims to keep the Olympic spirit alive after the exploits of Team GB at London 2012. To fit in with the Olympic ideals, we will be promoting sport for all with people of all ages and abilities welcome to participate. Just like our first staging of the AFC Wimbledon Minithon two years ago, entrants can walk, stroll or run and babies in buggies can even take part with their families. The fun gets underway at 11.00 am near the bandstand in the park.

Our AFC Wimbledon team are busy shaping up for the event with Haydon the Womble leading the charge, though he will be stopping to meet his younger followers along the way. Dons boss Terry Brown, club physio Mike Rayner and chief executive, Erik Samuelson, will be among those competing. It will hopefully be a big charity event for the club with funds raised this year donated to St Raphael’s Hospice, Born Too Soon (Prem Baby Unit), along with ground safety improvements at AFC Wimbledon.

We are hoping that supporters will get behind the event by sponsoring one or more of our team. For information about the AFC Wimbledon Minithon and how to sponsor any of our competitors, please e-mail us by clicking on AFC Wimbledon Minithon.


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Friday 10 August 2012
first team news
A busy day for Wimbledon's star players

AFC Wimbledon players found time in their busy schedules today to attend the summer holiday courses run by our Community Football Scheme.

Stacy Long, Sammy Moore, Jack Midson and Luke Moore were all high on the list of players wanted for interviews at this afternoon's media day, held after the morning training session at at our New Malden complex. But after fulfilling their media requirements ahead of the new season, all four popped along to Wimbledon Park to make the day of young footballers at the AFC Wimbledon CFS course. They presented prizes to boys and girls, who had played in a mini tournament on the final day of this week's courses. Pim Balkestein, Christian Jolley, Charlie Strutton and Warren Cummings attended last Friday's coaching day.

There are still three weeks to go for the CFS summer holiday courses, which are completely flexible as children can attend for one day or the whole week. The courses are run by qualified coaches with skills sessions, mini tournaments and prizes. For more information, click on summer courses


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Friday 10 August 2012
first team news
New captain looks ahead to the coming season

Mat Mitchel-King may have been appointed as our new captain, but he believes the Wimbledon fans have yet to see the best of him as a player.

The centre-back admits his performances during pre-season have fallen below his own expectations, though he says the second-half against Portsmouth was a step in the right direction. And Mat believes he will be a better player after a full pre-season under his belt, something which did not happen when he first joined us last summer.

"Last season was disjointed for me as it took me five months to even get a game here with the problems I had," he said. "I do not think the fans have seen the best of me yet and I will have had a full pre-season this time. I still need to improve though as I do not think I have reached the standards that I set myself during pre-season. You can use it as an excuse that we are still gelling, but individually and collectively the back four and the whole team have not defended well enough. The goals have been avoidable and it is not like the goals we have conceded have been great shots from 40 yards. They have been silly mistakes and I have been one of the biggest culprits. The second-half against Portsmouth was better at the back though and hopefully we can be more solid in the new season."

Mat added that it is a big honour for him to be selected as Wimbledon skipper and the former Crewe Alexandra defender believes he can lead the Dons to an improved League 2 performance next season.

"I am delighted to be captain of the team," he added. "I am hoping that myself and the other senior players can inspire the lads and we can have a good season. The club's board, along with Terry and his coaching team, have done well, with the new signings we have made. To get Pim in was a massive coup for us. He is a quality centre-back who has played at a higher level and if you have got someone in like him, then it can only be good for the team. It is great that he is here, along with the other signings. We want to be a solid team, difficult to beat first and foremost, as we have always scored goals at the other end. I think there was encouraging signs against Portsmouth. If we play like we did in the second-half on a regular basis, then we will be a match for anyone in League 2 and can do well next season."


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Friday 10 August 2012
club news
Matchday vacancies at AFC Wimbledon

The club is looking for casual waiting staff to assist us on matchdays during the coming season.

Potential recruits must be hard working, presentable and courteous as they will be helping our commercial department during functions and matchday hospitality. The successful applicants will be punctual, smartly dressed and have a positive attitude.

The hours will be from 11.00am until 3.00pm (approximately) on Saturdays and from 5.00pm until 7.45pm for midweek matches (usually on a Tuesday night). Three waiting staff are required for the paid positions. Pay will be dependent on experience, but experience is not essential.

To apply please e-mail our Commercial Department by clicking on matchday vacancies.


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Thursday 09 August 2012
club news
Travel details for Stevenage match

AFC Wimbledon will be running a supporters' coach for the Capital One Cup tie at Stevenage on Tuesday, 14 August.

Places on the coach (priced £12) are available to book now by contacting the club office. The coach will depart from opposite South Wimbledon Underground Station at 4.30pm and will then pick up from the Cherry Red Records Stadium at 5.00pm.

Supporters who wish to book a place on the coach should call 020 8547 3528 during normal office hours.


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Thursday 09 August 2012
dons trust news
Dons Trust board meeting - 6 August

The Dons Trust Board held its monthly meeting on Monday 6 August.

The meeting was chaired by Iain McNay and started with the monthly report from the Football Club Board. This included a discussion on the now published statement on the club’s vision for making the Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium its new home in response to Merton Council’s recent call for sites.

There was also some discussion about Farnrise Construction's inability to complete the North Stand for the opening fixture with Chesterfield on 18 August and the arrangements for the reduced capacity.

There then followed a discussion on the regular reports from the Commercial Director, the Youth and Community Director, the Operations Director and the Chief Executive.

Erik Samuelson then took the Board through the quarterly accounts and twelve-month accounts for the year to 30 June. The profit before depreciation is expected to be slightly better than forecast. A detailed commentary will be prepared for the next meeting.

The second half of the meeting focussed on the proposed arrangements for the next Dons Trust Special General Meeting (SGM) scheduled for 20 September. There were also various items raised under Any Other Business including further feedback from the Community Working Group and arrangements for the next Board elections.

The Dons Trust Board is due to have a special meeting on 16 August to discuss the items at the SGM and in particular the progress and timetable for the New Stadium project including funding and other arrangements.


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Thursday 09 August 2012
first team news
From Venezuela to Wimbledon: Mikhael’s second chance

New signing Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz says he is determined to make a success of another chance to prove himself at AFC Wimbledon.

With pre-season now almost at an end, Mikhael admitted that he thought a move to another professional club in England had passed him by. However, the goalkeeper has a steely drive to succeed in his latest opportunity in English football. Mikhael has played football in four different countries, including Romania, America and back home in Venezuela, but he believes that his move to Wimbledon can bring the best out of him.

“I was very close to being a Wimbledon player last year as I did all the pre-season with the team,” he said. “It was sad in the end that I did not sign, but because of that work I believe that the manager chose to call me. I know it is at the end of pre-season and it did not take me long to accept the offer. I believe in my ability as a goalkeeper. I have also worked before with the goalkeeping coach (Paul Priddy) here and I believe Wimbledon will know how to get the best out of me. Many will agree that goalkeepers can be in their prime when they reach their 30s and I am 28 years of age now. I look after myself and it is great to be back in professional football.”

Speaking to our WDON commentator Rob Cornell (listen to full interview by clicking on Dons audio), Mikhael believes he will be at home at Wimbledon. As well as being friends with Paul Priddy from their time together at Aldershot, Mikhael knows all about our number one Seb Brown as they were in the same class at university. The 28-year-old says he will draw on his wealth of experience from around the world to rival Seb for the jersey and his spell at Dover last season was not too bad either.

“I played 62 times for Aldershot and 45 games for Dover,” he added. “During the first half of last season we had the best defensive record in the league at Dover, but as it was a part-time club I continued to train with Wimbledon on Mondays and Fridays last season. Wimbledon have followed what I was doing and it is a great opportunity for me. I do not know if I am creating a good impression for South American and Venezuelan players as I am doing my own thing. I now live over here with my family and my boy was born here two years ago.

"I am confident that I can prove my ability. I first turned professional in Romania and played for CRF Cluj and I have played football in different countries. I have not had an easy chance to gain opportunities. I have had to fight for trials and second chances to prove myself and that is me as a character. Nowhere else in the world is football so competitive in the fourth division. Crawley and Stevenage have achieved back-to-back promotions in recent years and the competition is very good. I am very happy and playing back in the league again is prestigious for me.”


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Thursday 09 August 2012
club news
Return of the matchday carvery

AFC Wimbledon are offering supporters a chance to start the season in style with our matchday carvery.

The club is pleased to announce the return of the matchday carvery for the 2012/13 season with bookings now being taken for the home matches against Chesterfield on Saturday, August 18, and Dagenham and Redbridge, on September 1. The carvery is open for anyone to book on a first-come, first served basis.

We are delighted to welcome our new Head Chef, Roberto Carini, to the team. Roberto has a wealth of hospitality and catering experience, including working at Twickenham Stadium, Kempton and Goodwood races and Leyton Orient FC.

Carvery guests enjoy:

- a 3 course carvery including tea and coffee
- Drinks service directly to table
- Sky Sports/ ESPN on the high def screen
- Complimentary programme and team sheet
- Pre-match briefing by Terry Brown

Cost: £25 for carvery only or £45 for carvery and seat in the Paul Strank or North Stand. To book online please click on Dons carvery. For more information or to book your place, please contact 020 8547 3336 or e-mail by clicking on matchday carvery


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Thursday 09 August 2012
club news
Ticket details for Chesterfield match

AFC Wimbledon wish to inform our supporters that the opening home league match against Chesterfield will be all-ticket.

Tickets are now on sale for the visit of one of the League 2 promotion favourites and we expect the match on Saturday, 18 August, to be a sell-out. Following our announcement that the new North Stand will not be ready for this match, we are only able to release a limited number of tickets for the East Terrace (previously John Smiths) for the game. Our advice to supporters is therefore to purchase tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. We will not have any seat tickets to release for general sale. No tickets for any areas will be sold on the day of the match.

Season ticket holders in the new stand will be contacted shortly regarding relocation options for this match. Tickets for away supporters will be sold directly through Chesterfield FC.

How to buy tickets

The easiest way to buy tickets is through our online ticket shop. Supporters should click on Dons tickets to purchase tickets online. Any purchases made before Wednesday, 15 August at 4.00 pm will be posted out to ensure swift entry on the day of the game. Tickets can also be purchased from the AFC Wimbledon club offices between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm on weekdays. No tickets will be sold over the phone for this match.


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Wednesday 08 August 2012
first team news
Wimbledon end pre-season with Portsmouth defeat

The Dons finished their pre-season programme with a 2-0 home defeat against Portsmouth tonight.

First-half goals from Luke Rodgers and Liam Walker gave troubled Pompey a morale-boosting pre-season victory. Wimbledon's second-half performance offered some encouragement heading into our competitive opener at Stevenage next Tuesday though as the Dons fashioned plenty of chances, without managing to net a consolation.

To read a full report, click on Portsmouth match


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Wednesday 08 August 2012
first team news
Breaking news: Terry signs new goalkeeper

Terry Brown has completed his search for another goalkeeper with Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz having this evening signed on the dotted line.

The Dons boss has this time decided to sign the Venezuelan on a permanent basis a year after Mikhael had a trial spell with AFC Wimbledon.

"Mikhael trained with us last year and played in the Fulham pre-season game," said Terry Brown. "I could not get him in then because we already had Jack Turner. But we have kept tabs on him since then. He has played in the Football League with Aldershot and our goalkeeping coach Paul Priddy knows him well."

Mikhael goes straight into the squad for tonight's pre-season friendly against Portsmouth after signing for AFC Wimbledon.

Mikhael's first taste of English football after leaving Venezuela behind was a success as he established himself as number one at Aldershot. Ironically, the 28-year-old joined the Shots just after Terry Brown left to become manager here in 2007. Mikhael played in the Football League with Aldershot, but he went back to Venezuala after being released by the club in 2010. Though Mikhael re-signed for Aldershot again, he was released in 2011 and he spent last season at Blue Square South side Dover Athletic.


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Wednesday 08 August 2012
club news
Portsmouth friendly: match information for tonight

We wish to clarify the match arrangements for our final pre-season friendly against Portsmouth tonight (7.45pm kick-off).

Portsmouth fans have been allocated the whole of the East Stand with terrace tickets for Wimbledon supporters only available in the Tempest End. Due to high demand for a pre-season friendly, the following seating and terrace arrangements have been made:

Wimbledon supporters:

Seats can be purchased from the booth (for blocks D,E,F,G and H) in the main stand or turnstile number four (for blocks A,B and C). Terrace tickets are only available from turnstiles five and six.

Portsmouth supporters:

Seats can be purchased from turnstiles one or two in the main stand. Terrace tickets are available from turnstiles seven and eight.

Portsmouth supporters will be allowed in the bar areas. Turnstiles will be open at 6.45pm tonight.


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Wednesday 08 August 2012
dons trust news
Dons Trust update

There was a fantastic response to our online survey in May and the Dons Trust wishes to thank everyone who responded.

A total of 903 people completed the survey, representing 33 per cent of our Dons Trust members, 23 per cent of our season ticket holders and 19 per cent of our shareholders. While the process was not perfect as we had two complaints, it did enable us to quickly get an excellent response. We were therefore able to act on this feedback with some confidence as we knew that the views expressed were representative. There was very clear agreement in many areas. For example, 88 per cent agreed that the Dons Trust does a great job and 83 per cent agreed that Dons Trust membership enables supporters to have a say in how their club is run.

In terms of where our priorities for action lie, the survey gave us some very clear messages. A total of 48 per cent said that more frequent and clearer communication of the work that the Dons Trust does is very important. It is believed that clearer communications is a key benefit that the Dons Trust brings to the club (46 per cent), while 40 per cent of respondents ranked better access to the decision making process as very important. The survey has guided us to focus our efforts on working to raise the profile of the Dons Trust. It will also help to raise awareness of its role and benefits to the club, how it works, the work that it does, and how you can get more involved.

A total of 72 people who responded to the survey provided their contact details and we will be in touch very soon to get their further views generally and on specific aspects of our campaign.

You can have a look at the full results of the survey by clicking on Survey results

We will let you have further updates as and when we have more news. In the meantime, you do not have to wait for our campaign to take effect. If you are not already a Dons Trust member, why not join today by clicking on Dons Trust


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Tuesday 07 August 2012
club news
Match arrangements for Portsmouth

AFC Wimbledon entertain Portsmouth tomorrow night (7.45pm start) and we wish to confirm match arrangements for our final pre-season friendly.

Portsmouth fans have been allocated the whole of the East Stand with terrace tickets for Wimbledon supporters only available in the Tempest End. Due to high demand for a pre-season friendly, the following seating and terrace arrangements have been made:

Wimbledon supporters:

Seats can be purchased from the booth (for blocks D,E,F,G and H) in the main stand or turnstile number four (for blocks A,B and C). Terrace tickets are only available from turnstiles five and six.

Portsmouth supporters:

Seats can be purchased from turnstiles one or two in the main stand. Terrace tickets are available from turnstiles seven and eight.

Turnstiles will open tomorrow at 6.45pm. Tickets can be purchased through our online ticket shop by clicking on Dons tickets


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Tuesday 07 August 2012
first team news
Portsmouth preview: Byron fit to return for friendly

Terry Brown has confirmed that striker Byron Harrison will return to the squad for our final pre-season friendly against Portsmouth tomorrow.

Byron has shaken off the ankle injury he suffered against Eastbourne Borough and Terry is aiming to hand him much-needed minutes for the visit of Pompey to the Cherry Red Records Stadium. However, Louis Harris (hamstring) and Curtis Osano (calf) are both unlikely to feature and Rashid Yussuff is still out.

Portsmouth may be battling to stay in existence, but the League 1 club's pre-season form has been excellent. After beating Aldershot 1-0 last week, they earned a morale-boosting 3-0 win home win against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday. Manager Michael Appleton fielded 13 trialists in that match, including our former winger Kieran Djilali.

Terry Brown knows that Pompey will provide another tough test tomorrow night and the Dons boss will select a strong side to complete our pre-season programme. "We have had a difficult pre-season and the priority has to be defensively as we have conceded too many goals," he said. "I will be looking to pick the strongest team available. It will be a tough match for us as Portsmouth have still been able to get good players in and they have shown what they can do in pre-season."


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Tuesday 07 August 2012
club news
Club notice: nominate your charity for matchday collections

AFC Wimbledon are welcoming nominations from charities to be selected for one of our matchday collections.

Every year we receive many requests from charities requesting to hold a collection on a matchday. The need to balance these requests with Dons Trust and similar activities means we have allocated three matches for charity collections this season. One of these has been allocated to the Football League's charity of the season and this therefore leaves two places up for grabs.

We as a club successfully launched this system last year with Born Too Soon and My Voice London the two charities to benefit. We will once again ask AFC Wimbledon supporters to vote on the charities that should be chosen, but first we need nominations to compile a shortlist.

The rules for applications are simple:

1 The nomination must come direct from the charity itself.

2 It must give a contact name and details of the charity's purpose - a link to the relevant web site will be enough.

3 The charity must be willing to commit to sending 12-15 volunteers on the selected matchday with the representatives in position by 12.30 pm.

4 Nominations must be received by no later than 5.00 pm on Monday, 13 August, 2012.

5 Selected charities (i.e. the ones the fans vote for) must provide copy for both the programme and web site for the relevant match. Clearly, this need not be prepared until the vote is complete and the relevant charities are selected.

The club undertakes to provide access to our facilities and support for the charities chosen to help make the day as successful as possible.

Fans may bring this opportunity to the attention of a charity they support, but we will only accept nominations directly from the charity itself so that we know they are committed to the event.

Nominations should be e-mailed to: charity fundraising.


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Tuesday 07 August 2012
club news
Dons reveal vision for return to Wimbledon

AFC Wimbledon today issued a press release about its vision for making the Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium site its new home; it can be read by clicking on 'Dons press release'.

The vision is set out in the club’s formal response to Merton Council's 'call for sites' which requested anyone interested in developing a land site in Merton to set out their ideas in writing to the Council. This detailed response can be read by clicking on 'AFC Wimbledon response to call for sites'.

A series of Questions and Answers relating to the club’s submission can be read by clicking on 'Q&A re the call for sites'.


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Monday 06 August 2012
club news
Announcement about the North Stand

Following a meeting with senior officials from Farnrise Construction who are building the new North Stand we regret to announce that they have informed us the stand will not be completed in time for our opening league game of the new season against Chesterfield on Saturday 18 August.

This will result in a reduced capacity for the game which will now become all ticket. Arrangements for the sale of tickets will be announced shortly.

It will be necessary to relocate season ticket holders who have purchased tickets in the North Stand to other areas of the stadium and they will be contacted shortly to find out their preference.



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Monday 06 August 2012
club news
Capital One Cup tie: Stevenage reduce prices

AFC Wimbledon supporters can take advantage of reduced admission prices for our Capital One Cup first round tie at Stevenage on Tuesday, August 14.

The trip to the Lamex Stadium is our first competitive match of the new season and the League 1 club are offering the following prices for both home and away supporters: Adults £15, Under-21s £10, Under-12s £5.

Entry for visiting fans will be via the turnstiles on the night of the match with no tickets being sold in advance.


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Monday 06 August 2012
youth news
Wimbledon youngsters head into new season in fine form

AFC Wimbledon Under-18s warmed up for their league opener at Portsmouth on Saturday with another impressive win.

Matt Cunnington led the way with a double on Friday as the Dons youngsters beat Histon 5-0. Charlie Fayers, Harlen Basker and George Oakley were also on target for the Under-18s, who start their Football League Youth Alliance campaign this weekend.

Head of Youth, Mark Robinson, is pleased with the way his squad has gelled during the pre-season programme. "It was probably our most impressive 90 minutes during pre-season," he said. "We were playing against a Histon side that included four players with first-team experience. The fitness levels the boys are showing is fantastic and they are playing good football. The players are understanding at an early stage what we want from them. Hopefully, we can take that form into our first match against Portsmouth."


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Monday 06 August 2012
first team news
Ben Thatcher on his Wimbledon love affair and Simon's testimonial

The tough-tackling style that made his name may have faded, but Ben Thatcher's love for all things Wimbledon remains strong.

At the age of 36, the former Wimbledon full-back shrugged off a dodgy knee to make an appearance at Simon Bassey's testimonial on Saturday. Ben had only returned from Spain the day before, but he was determined not to miss the exhibition match for his friend Simon and to show his support for AFC Wimbledon.

"I joined Wimbledon when I was 21," he said. "At the time I was reluctant to leave Millwall, but they went down and needed the money. I turned down Leicester after speaking to them and I think I signed within half an hour after meeting with Wimbledon. I have had a love affair with the club ever since. A friend of mine is Chris Phillips, who did the announcing at the old ground, and he came over here with the new club. Simon is also a good friend and my two sons love coming down here. It is a wonderful club, I like the atmosphere here and seeing some of the old faces. I came to about six or seven home games last season and a couple of away games."

Speaking to WDON commentator Rob Cornell, Ben, who now works for a sports management company, also offered his views on the current situation at AFC Wimbledon.

"I was just really pleased that the club stayed up last season," he added. "At this level now, it is very difficult. There are some big budgets in League 2. I am good friends with Phil Parkinson at Bradford and they have spent a lot of money. You now look at Fleetwood with the money they have spent coming up and before them Crawley, it is getting tougher and tougher. In some ways, it is even harder with Wimbledon having risen so quickly. If they can survive again next season then it will be fantastic and they can keep building year upon year."

To listen to the full interview with Ben, click on Dons audio.


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Sunday 05 August 2012
first team news
Stuart Cash: we have to improve

Stuart Cash admitted that AFC Wimbledon's defensive performance was unacceptable against a West Ham XI.

The Dons were beaten 4-2 yesterday after leading 2-0 at half-time and Cash said his side must improve before the competitive opener against Stevenage in the Capital One Cup in nine days.

"We created six or seven good opportunities against a decent team in the first-half, but our goalkeeper also had to make three good saves," he said. "It was a very open game and was pleasing on the eye, but in the second-half we just collapsed and we cannot afford to defend like that again. There were too many defensive mistakes. Pre-season is all about learning from the mistakes you make in games and we have to improve on the performance that we gave today."

Stuart added that process will start in training on Monday as there are plenty of things to work on before the real action starts.

"The players had a bit of a dressing down afterwards," Stuart said. "We will look at it on the DVD and work on the things that we did wrong in training. It is not just the defence as defending starts from the front. It has been one of our worst pre-seasons in terms of results and we have to aim to improve against Portsmouth on Wednesday and take that into Stevenage."

Pim Balkestein (ankle), Louis Harris (hamstring), Curtis Osano (calf) and Luke Moore (hamstring) all picked up knocks yesterday, but none of the injuries are thought to be serious and all four could join in training this week.


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Sunday 05 August 2012
first team news
Simon Bassey testimonial: hat-trick hero on his big day

Simon Bassey marked his testimonial with an unlikely hat-trick yesterday to provide the perfect celebration after his 10 years at AFC Wimbledon.

Our first-team coach, who never scored in 60 appearances for the Dons, struck a treble in his exhibition match and the goals were not exactly handed to him on a plate as is customary in testimonials. One was struck from the halfway line into the top corner as Simon's side won 4-3 in a match that featured supporters playing alongside former Wimbledon players, including Ben Thatcher, who flew in from Spain to take part. Simon was quick to thank the 13 ex-players who took part, along with the club and supporters for helping him on his "incredible journey".

"I really enjoyed the day," said Simon. "It was great to see the old faces and I must thank them for all turning up and the crowd on the day for turning out to support the event. I had a shoot-on-sight policy in the match, but the goalkeeper had not read the script in the first-half and I had to remind him at half-time that it was not his testimonial! I never expected to get three goals and certainly not one from the halfway line. I think it looks a bit better now with three goals in 61 appearances for Wimbledon. A special thank-you must go to Ben Thatcher and Rob Ursell as they flew in from Spain and Cyprus respectively to play in the match."

A crowd of 1,067 turned out to watch the exhibition match and AFC Wimbledon versus a West Ham XI. Simon added that it was a fitting trubute not just to him, but also everyone connected with the club for reaching the Football League in just nine years.

"The players who turned out today deserve massive credit for playing a part in the success of this club," he said. "Without their efforts and those of the club's directors and supporters, we would not have been on this incredible journey. It has been fantastic getting to the Football League, but we will keep striving to improve as this club has never stood still."

Jon Main struck the winning goal in the exhibition match that fittingly ended in a 4-3 win for Simon's side. Rob Ursell and Elliott Godfrey scored for the other team and there was a special moment for Dons supporter Mike Trewin, who scored the other goal.

The full list of former Wimbledon players who took part is as follows: Andy Little, Keith Ward, Matt Everard, Ben Thatcher, Noel Frankum, Rob Ursell, Ryan Gray, Dave Fry, Simon Ray, Martin Randell, Joe Sheerin, Jon Main, Elliott Godfrey.


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Saturday 04 August 2012
first team news
The Dons suffer West Ham reverse

AFC Wimbledon were defeated by a West Ham XI this afternoon with a Frederic Piquionne hat-trick earning a 4-2 win for the visitors.

It had all gone so well in the first-half with two Luke Moore goals putting the Dons 2-0 up at the break, but Piquionne turned the match on its head with a quick-fire treble in the first 10 minutes of the second-half. Blair Turgott sealed it for a youthful West Ham side with 13 minutes to play. To read a full report, click on West Ham match


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Saturday 04 August 2012
club news
Watch Sophie go for glory this morning

Dons fan Sophie Hosking goes for Olympic glory at 11.50 am today.

If you are already planning to come down to the stadium for today's Simon Bassey testimonial, why not come down a little bit earlier and watch it in the bar with fellow Dons fans?


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Friday 03 August 2012
first team news
Seb Brown: keeper on his fourth season and working with Simon

WDON commentator Rob Cornell caught up with Seb Brown at our New Malden training complex, ahead of the goalkeeper's fourth season at the club.

During that time, Seb has gained the inside track on the reasons why Simon Bassey has been at the club for so long. Seb talks enthusiastically about Bass ahead of tomorrow's testimonial and Wimbledon's number one speaks about our prospects for the new season. To listen to the full interview with Seb, click on Dons audio.


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Friday 03 August 2012
club news
Sophie to show her support for Wimbledon in Olympic final

Sophie Hosking is planning to show her support for AFC Wimbledon when she bids for Olympic glory at Eton Dorney tomorrow.

GB rower Sophie, who has reached the Women's Lightweight Double Sculls final by teaming up with Katherine Copeland, will paint her fingernails in our blue and yellow colours on Saturday. Sophie, who played for Wimbledon Ladies FC when she was a teenager, is a supporter of AFC Wimbledon, though she did not have much chance to attend matches last season due to her Olympic training schedule.

Now 26 years of age, former Kingston Grammar School student Sophie was a versatile midfielder when she played for Wimbledon Ladies FC, but she stopped playing to concentrate on rowing after gaining a sports scholarship.

Sophie and Katherine swept into the final on Thursday with the fastest qualifying semi-final time and the pair only started rowing together earlier this year. All at AFC Wimbledon wish Sophie good luck in her bid for medal glory tomorrow.


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Friday 03 August 2012
club news
Important notice: season ticket books

We are pleased to confirm that season ticket books will be available for collection tomorrow afternoon at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

Season ticket holders have been e-mailed their unique book number and should bring this with them to the back bar between 12.30 pm and 2.30 pm. Supporters who have not registered an e-mail address can still collect their book, however please be aware a slightly longer wait may be involved whilst our volunteers search for your details.

Please note that we will not be able to release concession rate season ticket books for supporters who are still required to provide the relevant proof. If you are not able to collect your season ticket book tomorrow it will instead be dispatched by post on Monday, 6 August.

AFC Wimbledon wish to say a massive thank you to a considerable number of volunteers who have given up their time to help prepare the season ticket books this week.


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Friday 03 August 2012
first team news
From Wolves to Wimbledon: Louis Harris talks about his move

Having swapped Wolverhampton Wanderers for AFC Wimbledon, it has been a big summer of change for our new midfielder Louis Harris.

The 19-year-old told WDON commentator Rob Cornell that he's settling in well after his move down south. And Louis says Wimbledon's style of football will help him do the business on the pitch when the real action starts at Stevenage in 11 days.

"I have moved away from my family and a long way from home, but I have settled in well," he said. "There has not been much change on the footballing side of things. We played good football in the reserves at Wolves, but it is just a big step for me in moving up to men's senior football. All the new players need to get to know each other's games better, but hopefully after the next two pre-season matches we will be ready and can hit the ground running against Stevenage."

To listen to the full interview with Louis, click on Dons audio.


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Friday 03 August 2012
first team news
Terry on Simon's testimonial and pre-season so far

Terry Brown has saluted the contribution of Simon Bassey to AFC Wimbledon's success, ahead of his testimonial tomorrow.

In a day of celebrations for Bass, an exhibition match featuring Wimbledon heroes and supporters (12.45pm start) will provide an entertaining curtain-raiser for AFC Wimbledon versus a West Ham XI. And Terry says that no one deserves it more than Simon.

"Not many people work for the club that they supported when they were younger and it is a dream job for Simon," said Terry. "He was a Wimbledon supporter, then he was a young player at Wimbledon FC. Simon got an opportunity to get involved with AFC Wimbledon when it started and it was one he jumped at immediately. He has been here for the full 10 years, he ticks every box, and if anyone deserves to earn a testimonial with Wimbledon, then it is Simon.

"Simon was a key part of the reserves set-up when I came in as manager with Stuart. We did not really know much about the playing staff we had and after a short while we decided that Simon would be the one to take on as first-team coach. He took to it like a duck to water and I am really pleased that he came on board. I know how much he enjoys working with the first-team and he offers us a bit more than just being a coach. I am coming up to my 60th Birthday now and you do not expect to be mates with the players. You look for respect and they are two different things. Simon is a lot closer to the players and they relate to him how they are feeling about their football at any time. It is a nice relationship he has with the players. He has a lot of fun, but he takes his football very seriously and he is probably the worst loser out of us all. Simon is a very knowledgable coach and is a valuable asset to the management team."

Terry will use tomorrow's match against a West Ham XI (3pm start) to provide more of his squad with 90 minutes. Squad members who never played the full match against Preston are likely to be given more game-time. The Dons boss confirmed that Charlie Strutton will start the match as he is given another chance to stake his claim to be a part of the squad for next season.

Terry believes his new-look side showed signs of starting to gel against Preston, but he accepts there is plenty of room for improvement after that 4-1 defeat on Tuesday.

"We are gearing up very much towards the Stevenage game, but I do not think we will be firing on all cylinders by then," he added. "There have been a lot of changes and it has taken longer to gel than I had hoped. There are things we have to do better, particularly with our defending, but I saw one or two positive signs on Tuesday against Preston and hopefully we can build on that tomorrow."


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Thursday 02 August 2012
club news
Simon Bassey on BBC London

The build-up to Simon Bassey's special day gathers pace tonight when our first-team coach features on BBC Radio London.

Bass will be interviewed on the radio station's Thursday Night Sports Show about his testimonial on Saturday, which is a full day of celebrations in tribute to the man who started at AFC Wimbledon as a player in 2002. The BBC Radio London programme runs from 7.00pm until 10.00pm. Simon is expected to feature between 9.00pm and 10.00pm on the show, which AFC Wimbledon supporters can listen to on 94.9 FM.

AFC Wimbledon wish to confirm that Simon's exhibition match, featuring Wimbledon heroes and supporters, will start at 12.45pm on Saturday, followed by our first-team against a West Ham XI at 3.00pm.


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Thursday 02 August 2012
club news
Sign up for AFC Wimbledon programme offer

The club is once again offering a programme subscription service for the forthcoming season.

A subscription is perfect for fans who like to keep their programmes in pristine condition and guarantees a copy on those occasions when we sell out. Programmes for Saturday matches will usually be dispatched first class on a Friday, so UK-based Dons fans should receive their programme on the day of the game.

Subscribers receive a programme for every Wimbledon home league match, including the pre-season friendlies. Please note that programmes for cup ties are not included in the price.

Despite large increases in postal costs, we have managed to reduce subscription prices for the new season. The rates for 2012/13 are:
• UK: £95
• Europe: £140
• Rest of the world: £180

Cheques should be made payable to AFC Wimbledon Limited and sent to:

Programme Subscriptions
The Cherry Red Records Stadium
Jack Goodchild Way
422a Kingston Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey, KT1 3PB

Payment can be made by debit card if you contact the office on 020 8547 3528 (Monday to Friday, between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm). If you have any questions about programme subscriptions, please e-mail us by clicking on club programmes.


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Thursday 02 August 2012
ladies news
Former Wimbledon player reaches Olympic final

Wimbledon supporter Sophie Hosking moved closer to Olympic glory today with a stunning performance at Eton Dorney.

GB rower Sophie, who played for Wimbledon FC Ladies as a teenager, teamed up with Katherine Copeland to post the fastest qualifying time in this morning's Women's Lightweight Double Sculls semi-finals. It means that the pair are on the verge of joining the likes of Steve Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent as GB rowing gold medalists.

Despite only starting rowing together two months ago, Sophie and Katherine beat a pair of world record holders from New Zealand in their opening heat three days ago. They built on that performance today by recovering from a slow start to overhaul a Greek pair in the final stages of today's sem-final.

All at AFC Wimbledon wish Sophie many congratulations on reaching Saturday's final and are fully behind her pursuit of glory. Sophie is still a Wimbledon supporter
and is still remembered for being a footballer at Wimbledon FC Girls and Ladies.

AFC Wimbledon Ladies and Girls Club Secretary, John Ivers, said: "Sophie played for Wimbledon as a teenager and a number of people at the club still remember her from then. I noticed that she has qualified for the final and we have all got our fingers crossed that she does well on Saturday."


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Thursday 02 August 2012
club news
Auction now closed for Simon's exhibition match

AFC Wimbledon wishes to thank all those supporters who bidded for a place in Simon Bassey's exhibition match.

The auction closed at 11.59pm last night with Dons supporters having bidded right up until the deadline to play in the match that will celebrate Simon's testimonial. Winners will be notified by e-mail today if they have won a coveted place in the match, which will be staged on Saturday at 12.45pm before AFC Wimbledon versus a West Ham XI.


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Thursday 02 August 2012
club news
Simon Bassey testimonial: referee and linesmen wanted

AFC Wimbledon are appealing for a referee and linesmen to officiate at Saturday's exhibition match for Simon Bassey.

The match is a 12.45pm start and will feature former Wimbledon heroes playing alongside supporters. If you fit the bill, then please contact 020 8547 3528, or e-mail us by clicking on club help.


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Wednesday 01 August 2012
club news
Sing-along with Simon and The Modfathers

It promises to be a hugely entertaining end to a special AFC Wimbledon event on Saturday when The Modfathers take to the stage.

After a full day of celebrations for Simon Bassey's testimonial, the renowned Paul Weller tribute act will bring the house down with a musical flourish at Kingsmeadow Live. As well as reliving the days when Weller fronted The Jam, there is sure to be laughs-a-plenty for the audience as Bass has promised to sing "Town Called Malice". A total of 15 former Wimbledon players are pencilled in for Simon's exhibition match on Saturday and a few of them will hopefully stick around to enjoy the live music with supporters.

Tickets are just £10 to attend and can be purchased by clicking on Dons event.


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Wednesday 01 August 2012
first team news
Danny Kedwell: I'm gutted to miss Simon's testimonial

Danny Kedwell has saluted the coaching qualities of Simon Bassey and says he is "gutted" to miss his testimonial on Saturday.

There is still time for you to feature in the match that Danny would love to have been a part of with AFC Wimbledon supporters having until 11:59pm tonight to bid for a place in the exhibition. Go to the online auction site by clicking on Dons auction.

The man who scored THAT penalty at Manchester last May to get us into the Football League took time out from his pre-season preparations with Gillingham to pay tribute to Bass. Danny says that Simon's contribution over the past 10 years has been crucial to AFC Wimbledon's success. "Simon is one of the best coaches I have ever worked with. I took to him straight away when I came to Wimbledon. He makes players feel welcome when they first come to a club. 'Bass' has great banter and he really helps team spirit. He is also a great coach though and that is sometimes underestimated with him. It is easy to see why he has been at the club so long. I will never forget Manchester last May and I remember him telling me to pull my shin-pads up before I took my penalty. Who knows, that might have made a difference!"

Danny is committed to playing for Gillingham in a pre-season friendly against Charlton Athletic on Saturday, otherwise he says he would have played. "I am really gutted as I would have loved to have played in it. If it would have been a week later I may have been able to play as we haven't got a game then."

Simon has 15 Wimbledon heroes, including himself, pencilled in for the exhibition match to mark his testimonial. It will be held before AFC Wimbledon versus a West Ham XI in a whole day of celebrations, which will also celebrate 10 years of the club.

Simon plans to use roll-on, roll-off substitutes, so that everyone gets a piece of the action. As well as featuring in the match, supporters get to keep the actual commemorative white strip that our players wore against Bristol Rovers in AFC Wimbledon's Football League debut.

Full list of players confirmed for exhibition match: Simon Bassey, Keith Ward, Rob Ursell, Jon Main, Sean Daly, Joe Sheerin, Noel Frankum, Matt Everard, Steve Butler, Martin Randall, Ryan Gray, Andy Little, Ben Thatcher, Chris Gell, Elliott Godfrey.

Our day of celebrations received press coverage on the London 24 website yesterday. To view the article, click on Dons event.


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Wednesday 01 August 2012
youth news
Dons youngsters produce a five-star performance

AFC Wimbledon Under-18s marched to an emphatic friendly victory yesterday afternoon with George Oakley leading the charge.

Oakley struck twice in a 5-1 victory at Hayes and Yeading to maintain Wimbledon's impressive preparations for their Football League Youth Alliance opener on Saturday, 11 August. Owen Roberts, Dan Pearce and Will Bor struck the other goals.

It means that the Dons youngsters have won all three of their pre-season matches so far. Head of Youth, Mark Robinson, said: "It was a very pleasing performance, some of the passing and movement was outstanding, particularly in the first-half. The boys seem to be getting to grips with what we are looking for. They now need to keep working hard and take it onto a bigger stage in 10 days' time."


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Wednesday 01 August 2012
first team news
Terry Brown interview after Preston

Terry Brown offered no excuses after last night's defeat against Preston North End and said his side must tighten up at the back.

The Dons had conceded three goals by the 23rd minute with pacy right-winger Jeffrey Monakana, in particular, offering a potent threat for the impressive League 1 visitors.

Terry said: "I was disappointed with the that goals we gave away. All three in the first-half were individual errors. But Graham Westley plays a distinct type of football that is very hard to play against and he has brought in some very good players. They showed in glimpses that they have the quality to kill teams on the break, they were very clinical.

"That is the difference when you go up a level. We came out bright at the start of the second-half and created a few half chances, but they broke and scored with their first chance of the second half. That is the difference in quality. It was a big run-out for us as some of our players got 90 minutes. It should be a good, open game on Saturday against West Ham's youngsters, but we need to tighten up at the back as our goals against record at home is not the best now."

Terry was talking to WDON commentator Rob Cornell after the 4-1 defeat. Click on Dons audio for more from Terry.


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