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Tuesday 30 September 2003
club news
Fixture confirmed

FOLLOWING Kingstonian's exit from the FA Cup in the Second Qualifying Round, the Sandhurst Town game has been confirmed for Saturday 11 October at the Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow with a 3pm kick-off.

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Tuesday 30 September 2003
club news
Merstham clarification

IT has been brought to our attention that a clerical error has resulted in the prices for the Merstham Cup match, switched to the Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow, being listed in the matchday programme as being the same as for a home match at Kingsmeadow with the normal home league match prices.

In fact, the prices will be the same as for a home cup match, as follows
(and previously stated on this website):

Main Stand Adult 8; Concession 4; U-16 3.

Terraces Adult 6; Concession 3; U-16 2.

A very limited number of tickets for the President's lounge are on sale for 15.

We apologise for any confusion caused.

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Tuesday 30 September 2003
club news
Gone to the dogs

Saturday 8 November promises to be a very entertaining evening at Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium for a Fans Stadium fundraiser. The players and officials from AFC will be there, along with some other familiar faces. There are packages available that suit every pocket: Restaurant at 35 (admission, top quality 3 course dinner), 6-Pack at 12 (admission, couple of free drinks, fast food meal, programme, and a free 1 bet) or admission only at 3.

Additionally, there will be a raffle, and a disco in the Diamond Room which starts at 10.30pm, with a 1am license. Tickets for this are 10 and are limited to 200, so get in quickly. There are a number of sponsorship opportunities available as well, including a 300 race package or individual dog sponsorships at just 10. In addition, you can also sponsor the paraders tops, as well as the presentation jacket that the winning greyhounds will be pictured wearing!

Tickets are now on sale, in the back bar at home games or find Jill (Stratton), Paul (Flair), Warren, Mags, David (Bugsy) or Carol at away games. Please note the restaurant tickets are disappearing quickly, so buy them early to avoid disappointment.

For more information about what promises to be a memorable evening, please contact Jill Stratton on 07764 187093 or Paul Farrance on 0777 5631240. Alternatively email them on info@afcwimbledon.co.uk

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Tuesday 30 September 2003
club news
Disruption of internet commentary

DUE to BT's terminating our ADSL service, in error and once again without notice, we will be unable to provide the WDON commentary for the home match v Chessington United this week. We hope to be up and running again as soon as possible. Please note that the AFC Wimbledon office will be operating with a dial-up connection until this situation is remedied.

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Tuesday 30 September 2003
club news
Reserve team round-up

THE reserves won 6-1 at Godalming & Guildford in a Suburban League match on Saturday. Goals came from a Ryan Luffman hat-trick, Matt Hodge, Wade Falana and Keith Ward.

Paul Quinn was removed from the action early on with a recurrence of his hamstring injury and the management looked at two triallists: Bobby Jones in defence and a striker called Ned.

Joint manager Lee Dobinson said:

"It was a terrible pitch, it sounded like it was bad as the one the first team had. But we were very pleased with the attitude from all the players and the atmosphere within the squad. We were 4-0 up at half-time, so we changed formation to 4-3-3 in the second-half to make everyone work harder. We played better football and created more chances without scoring as many times."

Team: Ben Courtney, Keith Ward, Lewis Taylor (Bobby Jones 75), Tony Readings, Paul Quinn (Dave Towse 20), Matt Hodge, Noel Frankum, Kerry Watts, Stuart Wilson (Ned the triallist 45), Wade Falana, Ryan Luffman.
Not used: John Ellis, Micky Fernandes.

Ned has been released but Bobby Jones has been kept on to continue his trial. The defender spent some time with Charlton and has previously played for Southall.

Another triallist joining the squad is Mark Skinner. Mark is a 20-year-old pacy goalscoring right midfielder who previously played for Raynes Park Vale. Both players will stay for a few games to give the management chance to assess their potential.

Three further players have been released: Freddie Van der Byl, Stuart Wilson and John Ellis. Lee Dobinson said:

"We have a lot of people we need to look at and it wasn't fair to keep people here when they could be finding regular football somewhere else. We wish them all the best of luck and thank them for all their efforts in their time here."

The following squad has been named for tonight's friendly match at Chessington United:

Ben Courtney, Keith Ward, Lewis Taylor, Tony Readings, Matt Hodge, Kerry Watts, Wade Falana, Ryan Luffman, Dave Towse, Micky Fernandes, Bobby Jones, Mark Skinner, Ben Chesters and a triallist named Sam.

Lee Dobinson added:

"We're looking to get the fitness levels up now and see what we've got in the squad. Having played so well at the weekend, we would have liked to have a league game but a friendly will give us chance to look at a few more players and keep things developing."

The match will kick-off at 7.45pm at Fetcham Park United, Rivers Lane, off Randalls Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 0AQ.

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Tuesday 30 September 2003
club news
Weekend Round-Up

To round off a good weekend for the club, AFC Wimbledon Ladies recorded their first away win in the league this season, whilst the youth teams managed four wins and a draw in their six matches.

The Ladies overcame a nervous last 15 minutes at Hartley Wintney to beat Portsmouth 3-2.

The Dons went ahead in the 12th minute when a Vicky Dodds corner was converted by Keisha Ramos at the near post. Portsmouth were soon on level terms, poor concentration allowing Poore to sweep home a low shot. Vicky Dodds then swung a superb free kick past the keeper, who was distracted by Michelle Riley. An excellent diving save by Tracy Perry ensured a 2-1 half-time score.

Poore volleyed over as Portsmouth started to press, but the Dons extended their advantage in the 69th minute when Laura Smith's through ball was headed home by Beth Sims from outside the area. Ten minutes later Jane Walker-Smith could only help a Portsmouth shot over the line, and in the tense closing stages a Portsmouth lob looped agonisingly over the bar and an Amy Price shot was brilliantly parried as Wimbledon managed to play out time.

Team: Perry, Dodds (McLean 78), Nuttall, Axon, Walker-Smith, Elcome,
Bertelli, Smith, Sims (AN Other 78), Ramos (Price 46), Riley.

The weekend's youth team results were as follows:

Epsom and Ewell League: Epsom Dynamoes 0 - 4 AFCW
West Surrey Youth League: AFCW 0 - 0 Haliford Colts Boys

West Surrey Youth League: Hayes 4 - 0 AFCW
Guildford and Shere League: Worpleston 1 - 8 AFCW

Epsom and Ewell League: Weston Green Utd 0 - 5 AFCW
West Surrey Youth League: AFCW 3 - 1 Walton and Hersham

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Sunday 28 September 2003
club news
Reserve fixtures

Tuesday 30 Sep Chessington United A Friendly

Saturday 04 Oct Walton & Hersham H Suburban League Cup

Saturday 11 Oct Croydon Athletic H Suburban League

Wednesday 15 Oct Havant & Waterlooville A Suburban League

Following the postponement of this Tuesday's reserve team clash against Walton because the pitch at Hampton was unavailable, a reserve team friendly fixture against Chessington United has been arranged for the same day. It will be played at their ground: Fetcham Park United, Rivers Lane, off Randalls Road, Letherhead, Surrey, KT22 0AQ

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Sunday 28 September 2003
club news
Herne Bay away coach

The club will be running a coach to Herne Bay for our FA Vase clash on Saturday 18 October. It will depart Wimbledon Theatre at 11am with an 11:30am pickup at The Fans' Stadium, Kingsmeadow. It will return 45 minutes after the end of the game. Tickets are 17 for adults and 8 for concessions. Book your ticket at Wednesday night's game in the back bar, email the club on info@afcwimbledon.co.uk or telephone 020 8547 3528. Please ensure you tell us which point you will be picked up from.

Match tickets for the game will be priced at 6 and 3.

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Friday 26 September 2003
club news
Squad announced

TERRY Eames has named the following squad for tomorrow's Seagrave Haualge League Premier Division match at Bedfont:

Matt Martin, Steve Gibson, Jamie Angell, Danny Oakins, Matt Everard, Simon Bassey, Darren Dobinson, Andy Sullivan, Seb Favata, Gavin Bolger, Neil Robson, Ryan Gray, Kevin Cooper, Ally Russell, Joe Sheerin, Paul Scott.

The game kicks off at 3pm and the nearest tube station is Hatton Cross on the Piccadilly Line.

Wednesday night's skipper Matt Everard is expecting a tough clash:

"They've not got the best pitch down there ? it's very dry and dusty this season, so I've heard. They've strengthened their team from last year as well, so we'll go there knowing it will be one of our toughest away trips."

Lee Dobinson and Dave Wager will be taking a squad of 16 to the Surburban League clash at Godalming & Guildford (kick-off 3pm) including these players:

Arthur Askey aka Ben Courtney, Keith Ward, Lewis Taylor, Tony Readings, Paul Quinn, Dave Towse, Matt Hodge, John Ellis, Noel Frankum, Kerry Watts, Stuart Wilson, Micky Fernandes, Wade Falana, Ryan Luffman.

Ray Merry was injured during Wednesday's thrashing of Chessington & Hook United and Leon White is also ruled out through injury. The Hill twins are absent attending a wedding.

And Sunday sees a full programme of youth team action. The U14s(E&E) take on Western Green Utd in an away match at Longmead Road, Thames Ditton, with a 10.30am kick-off. Further details of other youth matches will be posted later if possible.

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Wednesday 24 September 2003
club news
Paul Scott joins AFC Wimbledon

THE Dons are hoping to have completed the signing of Paul Scott in time to be included in Saturday's squad, his registration forms having been sent to the League.

Contrary to website rumours he was never signed on for the season at Chipstead. Having left Whyteleafe, he agreed to play one game to help out his friend Stuart Massey, with Chipstead weakened by injuries and suspensions.

The pacy 24 year old striker has spent the last seven years at Whyteleafe, although he did have a spell on trial with a professional club this summer.

We tracked him down for an exclusive chat as he watched his new team-mates hit six past Chessington and Hook United.

How did this move come about?

"I actually came down for one training session pre-season and then went for a trial with pro club but didn't work out so I went back to Whyteleafe.

I was scoring goals at Whyteleafe but not really enjoying it there this year and I'd heard so much about what was going on down here ? I thought it would be better to find a club I could take to my heart rather than playing for the sake of playing.

I used to play with Ginge, (Gareth Graham) and Ryan Gray. They told me good things about the club. Nicky English put in a good word as well."

What do you think you'll bring to the team?

"What's my game? I bring goals, pace, skill, flair. I try to model myself on Thierry Henry! I can head and hold up the ball. I like to think I've got a well-rounded game. But for now it's all about getting some time on the pitch. I'll be raring to go on Saturday if the registration is completed and I'm given the chance."

How do you view the competition for places we have here?

"For now I'll be sitting on the bench and waiting for my time. I Will try to use every minute I do get on the pitch to show what I can do. I know there's competition and don't worry about that. I know Coops and Joe are doing very well and have the top two places. I'm not after anyone's place as such.

I can do either I think ? be the target man or the last man, but it's all about taking the minutes I do get and showing what I can do. I know they've done well so I'll look to get 20 minutes here and there and push them. The most important thing now is to get in the squad ? then we'll worry about the first 11."

What are your aims for yourself and for the club?

"I think I can play conference, I think I have the skills for that. And I think this club can be a league club again. With the facilities and support, it has the backing and potential to reach the league. And I hope to go with it.

I'd still like to go to any pro club ? football is my ambition, I know I can play at a higher level and hope can use those aspirations to help AFC Wimbledon."

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Wednesday 24 September 2003
club news
Squad announced

TERRY Eames has named the following 16 to face Chessington & Hook United at Kingsmeadow tonight (Wednesday 24):

Ray Merry, Steve Gibson, Matt Everard, Danny Oakins, Jamie Angell, Lewis Taylor, Simon Bassey, Andy Sullivan, Seb Favata, Gavin Bolger, Noel Frankum, Ryan Gray, Kevin Cooper, Ally Russell, Joe Sheerin, Ryan Luffman.

This Seagrave Haulage Football League Premier Division game kicks off at 7:45pm, remember that full match commentary is available for those unable to attend, more details here www.wdon.com.

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Monday 22 September 2003
club news
FA Vase draw

AFC Wimbledon have been drawn away to Herne Bay in the First Round of the FA Vase. The tie is scheduled to be played on Saturday October 18. Further details to follow.

This means that the home Seagrave Haulage Premier Division match against Walton Casuals will be postponed.

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Friday 19 September 2003
club news
Squads announced for weekend

DAVE Wager and Lee Dobinson have named the following squad for tomorrow's reserve team match against Wealdstone:

Matt Martin, Matthew Hodge, Lewis Taylor, Tony Readings, Ceri Watts, Tommy McFadden, Mickey Fernandes, Stuart Wilson, Leon White, Wade Falana, Joe Hill, Rob Hill, Freddie Vanderbyl, Ben Courtney.

Tony Readings has returned from New Zealand ? he was of course captain for the Dons' first ever competitive fixture against Sandhurst last year. Ceri Watts is a 17-year-old triallist who has been to the club by Dave Wager and plays in defence, whilst Tommy McFadden is a triallist brought down by Terry Eames. Freddie Vanderbyl is a South African defender and Mickey Fernandes is a lifelong Don and committed AFC Wimbledon fan. He stepped in at short notice to play for the reserves in midfield last weekend and has been invited to stay following an impressive performance and good showings in training.

The match kicks of at 3pm at Hampton & Richmond's Beveree Stadium and entry is free to season-ticket holders. So come on down and support the club and welcome Tony Readings back to these shores!

Terry Eames has named the following squad for Sunday's trip to Pagham in the FA Vase Second Qualifying Round:

Ray Merry, Steve Gibson, Jamie Angell, Matt Everard, Danny Oakins, Simon Bassey, Seb Favata, Gavin Bolger, Ryan Gray, Lee Sidwell, Neil Robson, Noel Frankum, Ally Russell, Kevin Cooper, Leon White, Ryan Luffman.

The Dons manager said:

"We obviously still have some players out through injury but we have players with plenty of ability waiting to step in. I'm looking forward to seeing Ryan Luffman and Ally Russell take their chance to be involved."

Darren Dobinson is missing owing to being on holiday. The match at Nyetimber Lane kicks off at 2pm. There are still some places left on the supporters' coach, leaving The Fans' Stadium ? Kinsgmeadow at 10:45am. Phone the office now on 020 8547 3528 to book your place.

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Thursday 18 September 2003
club news
Defender wins appeal

DEFENDER Matt Everard has tonight escaped a possible ban following his sending off last season against Walton Casuals. AFC Wimbledon would like to extend their gratitude to Walton Casuals player Mark Osikoya who appeared at the hearing to speak on behalf of Matt.

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Thursday 18 September 2003
club news
FA Vase replay info

SHOULD our FA Vase game at Pagham this Sunday end in a draw, the replay will be at The Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow this Wednesday evening. The Seagrave Haulage League Premier Division match against Chessington & Hook United would therefore be postponed.

Chessington & Hook United are also in FA Vase action this weekend, playing Cowes Sports. Should that tie require a replay, then the League game will be postponed.

Please check the official site for confirmation and any change in ticket details on Sunday.

Meanwhile, don't forget that there are still places on the supporters' coach for the trip to Pagham, leaving The Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow at 10.45am. Contact the office on 020 8547 3528 to book your place.

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Wednesday 17 September 2003
club news
Club appoint journalist

AFC Wimbledon today announced that a club journalist has been appointed. Club Chairman Kris Stewart and Dons Trust Board member Jacki Harvie describe below the process they went through to make this appointment:

"We advertised the position on the club website and in The Guardian's media section. Several dozen people applied, some who were known to us and some from outside who had heard and been impressed by our story and wanted the chance to work for a new kind of club. We carefully read these application letters, CVs and copies of published work and then spent a couple of evenings discussing them between ourselves, to select eight who were interviewed and tested for over an hour each.

"From those first interviews, we chose four candidates for a second interview - two Dons supporters and two from outside the club. On Wednesday of last week we conducted all four of these second interviews and then spent a whole evening and some of the following day discussing the four candidates and their relative merits. It was a very close-run thing, but in the end, having taken all aspects of the job and the candidates into account, Charlie Talbot emerged as the lead candidate. Following the receipt of positive references, we have offered the job to Charlie and he has accepted."

The club would like to thank all those who applied, among whom were a number of experienced and talented journalists. We would also like to thank Jacki Harvie of the board of The Dons Trust for her advice, time and energy in helping the club with this process.

Charlie Talbot will start work immediately.

Any further enquiries should be directed to Club Chairman Kris Stewart on kris.stewart@afcwimbledon.co.uk

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Tuesday 16 September 2003
club news
Pagham coach info

Full price 17
Concessions 8

Departing Kingsmeadow 10:45am

The Coach leaves Pagham 45mins after the end of the match.

Limited space available, contact the office on 020 8547 3528 to book on the coach.

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Tuesday 16 September 2003
club news
Love me tender

WHEREVER possible, the club seeks volunteers to provide goods and services either free or at cost. When we cannot get volunteers we have a general rule that, for all but the most trivial of purchases, we will seek three quotes before buying.

With the purchase of Kingsmeadow, we now have a much wider range of needs. Depending on available funds, over the next few months we may be asking for tenders from companies for goods and services in the following areas:

* Printing
* Catering
* Plumbing
* Electrical work
* Building repairs

Other goods and services will be tendered for on an ad hoc basis.

If you or your company wishes to be considered, please send your details to Kris Stewart at the club offices or by email to info@afcwimbledon.co.uk as soon as possible. When we next require goods or services in your specialist area we will contact you with our requirements. In the medium term, we intend to prepare a shortlist of preferred suppliers. This list will be reviewed regularly, to ensure that we continue to get competitive prices and first-class service.

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Tuesday 16 September 2003
club news
News from the treatment room

CLUB sports therapist John Harris gave us the latest injury news following the weekend action.

Matt Everard
Making steady progress from a badly bruised ankle. Could well be in contention for a place at Pagham next Sunday.

Sean Daly
Needs two more weeks rest and recuperation after suffering from tendonitis.

Lee Sidwell
Making steady progress from a contusion to the calcaneum. Could be considered for Sunday's game at Pagham.

Paul Quinn
Slight strain to one of the hamstring muscles. Should be available for Wednesday at Ilford.

Joe Sheerin
A haematoma to the lateral aspect of his left thigh after suffering a "dead leg" on Saturday. Undergoing treatment and has a fifty-fifty chance for Sunday.

Michael Rootes
Being sent for a scan after his knee failed to respond to treatment.

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Saturday 13 September 2003
club news
Vase date decided

ON police advice, the FA have decided that our FA Vase game against Pagham will be played on Sunday 21 September, with a 2pm kick-off.

Pagham's Nyetimber Lane ground is three miles from Bognor BR station, on bus routes 240 and 260. By car, turn off the A27 Chichester bypass (signposted A259 Pagham) and the ground is in the village of Nyetimber.

Further ticket details are not yet known, but it is expected to be pay on the day and not all ticket.

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Friday 12 September 2003
club news
Squad announced

WITH Lee Sidwell, Sean Daly and Matt Everard still out through injury, Terry Eames has named the following 17-man squad for tomorrow's game against Farnham Town at the Fans' Stadium, Kingsmeadow.

Matt Martin, Ray Merry, Steve Gibson, Danny Oakins, Jamie Angell, Lewis Taylor, Darren Dobinson, Andy Sullivan, Seb Favata, Gavin Bolger, Simon Bassey, Noel Frankum, Ryan Gray, Joe Sheerin, Kevin Cooper, Wade Falana, Leon White.

Lewis Taylor is a 17-year-old centre-back who has impressed for the reserves
so far this season. He was released by Fulham over the summer.

The match kicks-off at 3pm, but don't forget there will be an open meeting
at 12pm in the back bar beforehand.

Meanwhile, a ruling from FA for the day of next weekend's FA Vase at Pagham
is expected this evening.

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Friday 12 September 2003
club news
Club announcement

AT the Frimley Green game, the visiting goalkeeper was subjected to an unacceptable level of abuse. In addition a coin was thrown onto the playing surface. The club have so far been unable to identify the culprit. If you have any information, please contact the club or tell a steward on duty at Kingsmeadow. The matter was included in the referee's report and may result in further action being taken by the footballing authorities. In a separate incident a supporter was ejected from the ground for unacceptable behaviour and will be banned from the ground for two home matches.

Following the match, after discussion with the police, we have decided that, should the situation not improve, we will be forced to close the section of the Kingston Road End directly behind the goal. Should this fail to resolve the matter, further measures will include prohibiting supporters from changing ends at half-time and, in extremis, closing the Kingston Road End in its entirety. The club and the police are firmly committed to this strategy. We appeal to all supporters to work with the club to ensure that these sanctions do not need to be imposed. Thank you for your co-operation.

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Thursday 11 September 2003
club news
Cup fixture update

The game against Pagham next weekend will definitely be played at Pagham's Nyetimber Lane. AFC Wimbledon want to play the game on Saturday, Pagham want to move the match to the Sunday and the matter rests with the FA to make a decision. We will inform our supporters as soon as the decision is known.

The Dons are away to Ilford next Wednesday (September 17) in the London Senior Cup. The match will kick-off at 7.30pm. Cricklefield Stadium is on Ilford High Road, a short walk from Seven Kings BR station and just east of Ilford town centre (off the A406 North Circular).

Suggested trains from Liverpool Street are the 18:06, arriving at 18:24, 18:16 arriving 18:34, 18:33 arriving 18:48 and 18:40 arriving 18:58.

The Premier Challenge Cup game against Merstham, originally scheduled to be played on Saturday 4 October at Merstham Rec, has been moved to Sunday 5 October and will be played at Kingsmeadow, with a 2pm kick-off.

AFCW will benefit financially from this and Merstham also hope that the potential additional crowd for from a match at Kingsmeadow will help them with their ground developments.

It remains technically an away fixture and tickets will cost the same as for cup games at Kingsmeadow, i.e. Main Stand Adult 8; Concession 4; U-16 3. Terraces Adult 6; Concession 3; U-16 2. A very limited number of tickets for the President's lounge are on sale for 15.

Merstham have kindly agreed that we can offer Main Stand and President's Lounge season ticket holders the opportunity to book their usual seat. Main Stand and PL ST holders who wish to do so should send or leave an application enclosing voucher A from their season-ticket book and payment, along with their name, seat number and a self-addressed envelope. Payment can be by cash or cheque, made payable to "AFC Wimbledon Limited". Tickets will also be available to callers between 10.00 and 4.00 on weekdays but not on match days, due to the pressure on our ticket offices. Main Stand ST holders have until Saturday 27 September to reserve their usual place, after which the seats will be available to all applicants.

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Wednesday 10 September 2003
club news
Pagham match not yet confirmed

The details of our FA Vase Second Qualifying Round game against Pagham have not yet been confirmed.

AFC Wimbledon wanted to play the game as scheduled on Saturday 20 September. Pagham have requested to play the game on Sunday 21 at Bognor's ground and the decision now rests with the FA. As soon as the final decision is known, the details will be published on here.

Sorry for the inconvenience to our fans, but we hope you can appreciate the matter is out of our hands.

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Tuesday 09 September 2003
club news
Squad announced

WITH Joe Sheerin troubled by his long-standing hip injury and Matt Everard still out with a bruised ankle, Terry Eames has named the following squad for tonight's match at The Fans Stadium, Kinsgmeadow:

Matt Martin, Steve Gibson, Darren Dobinson, Jamie Angell, Danny Oakins, Lee Sidwell, Seb Favata, Gavin Bolger, Ryan Gray, Andy Sullivan, Noel Frankum, Simon Bassey, Wade Falana, Kevin Cooper, Leon White, Ally Russell.

The game kicks off at 7.45pm. Don't forget that the England game will be shown in the main bar at Kingsmeadow tomorrow evening.

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Friday 05 September 2003
club news
Weekend news

TERRY Eames has named the following squad for the Dons' first ever FA Vase game:

Matt Martin, Steve Gibson, Darren Dobinson, Jamie Angell, Danny Oakins, Lee Sidwell, Seb Favata, Gavin Bolger, Ryan Gray, Andy Sullivan, Noel Frankum, Simon Bassey, Neil Robson, Kevin Cooper, Leon White, Joe Sheerin.

Meanwhile, Dave Wager and Lee Dobinson's squad for the reserve team's trip to Uxbridge in the Suburban League Cup will include:

Ray Merry, Keith Ward, Mark Nicholas, Lewis Taylor, Paul Quinn, Andrew
Trefry, Ben Chesters, Matt Hodge, Ally Russell, Wade Falana, Ryan Luffman,
Stuart Wilson, John Ellis.

Sean Daly and Matt Everard are both injured, whilst Tony Smith and the Hill twins are unavailable.

Fans travelling to the FA Vase game are advised that the Westfield clubhouse (opposite Woking's Kingfield Stadium) will be open before and after the game and showing the England match. The match will also be shown at Kingsmeadow, where Sky TV has now been installed.

And on Sunday, the U14(E&E) team take on Sutton Utd in their final pre-season friendly. Sutton won the Epsom & Ewell Premier League last season, so the match promises to be a stern test for the Dons youngsters. The game kicks off at 10.30am at Kingston Uni Fields, Old Kingston Road (just off the A3 at Tolworth), where the men's teams all train.

Finally, the Ladies team are away to Millwall Ladies on Sunday.

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Friday 05 September 2003
club news
FA Vase

TOMMOROW we make another piece of AFCW history with our first ever appearance in the FA Vase against Westfield at Woking's ground.

In the event that the game is a draw, the Vase rules require that the replay is played by no later than the following Thursday. We already have a league game against Frimley Green on the night of Tuesday 9 September.

However, the Vase takes precedence and so, if we do draw, we will replace the Frimley game with the Westfield replay. The short time between the original tie and the replay means that we will not have time to enable Main Stand season ticket holders to buy their usual seat and so any replay will be on a first come, first seated, basis.

Finally, a number of fans have asked about who gets the gate money from the game against Westfield. In line with all other cups (except the CC League Cup), the teams share the proceeds, after deduction of expenses such as stewards, etc.

We hope to see as many of you as possible at the game tomorrow ? team news will be posted on here as soon as it is known.

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Tuesday 02 September 2003
club news
NGU match reaction

TERRY Eames reflected on a hard game at the weekend:

"I thought NGU were most organised side we've played. They set their stall out, closed us down well, stopped Joe dropping off into the hole like he normally does. They did lots of little things that made it hard for us to play our game. They did a good job but we adjusted at half-time and overcame them.

"The two wide players pushed higher in the second-half and we started playing the ball with one or two touches, giving the ball quicker. We tried to get the ball down and take too many touches in the first-half. NGU are a very mobile side and were able to close us down. If you allow them to get a foot in, they will stop you playing."

The half-time tactical reshuffle brought the full-backs into the game more:

"We got men wider and higher, which gave our Marx brothers Dobo and Gibbo space to run into ? it got us more possession higher up and pushed them deeper. We kept them pressed back. That gave Kevin Cooper more one-on-ones as Joe dragged his man out of the way ? giving Kevin chance to spin and the wide players the opportunity chance to come inside. You saw Ryan Gray get more one-on-ones too as the spare man was taken out of the game".

The manager is pleased with the way his squad is shaping up:

"Dobo and Gibbo did very well ? they're both young with great ability and we can nurture that natural talent and help make them more comfortable in different positions. There's quality all over the pitch ? look at Seb and Gavin in the middle. It can be quite scary for me now, sitting on the bench looking at the players there and thinking, 'You don't deserve to be on the sidelines.' For the last two games we've had the quality of Andy Sullivan and Wade Falana sitting there, then there's Danny Oakins to come back and a couple of other injuries to heal. It does give me a problem, but it's great problem to have!"

Man of the Match Darren Dobinson was pleased with his award and is enjoying his spell at left-back:

"I was quite surprised to hear that announcement over the tannoy, I thought I was steady but not brilliant. It's great just to be in the team and I think I'm showing I can put in a good effort at left-back.

"I've not really been speaking to anyone for advice, but I did watch some videos last week ? watching Wayne Bridge play, so I suppose I'm trying to model myself on him. And maybe Roberto Carlos, but I don't want to take free kicks. I'm rubbish at them, so I'll just stay at the back out of the way."

And debutant Matt Martin was pleased to get a game under his belt:

"I enjoyed it. I was able to take a cross early on, which was helpful and then I think I made two good saves, one at 0-0 and then one at 1-0. When I tipped the drive over at 0-0, I hadn't had anything to do bar regulation crosses before that so it was good to hear the fans clap and hopefully think, 'Hang on a minute, he might be alright.'".

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Tuesday 02 September 2003
club news
Steve's Angels

STEVE Elson who ran the London Marathon this year for both the Dons Trust Ground Fund and HemiHelp is once again enjoying himself running in Wimbledon Park. He was asked by Chloe Bowles who wanted to raise money for the Ground Fund. So now he gives up his Sunday mornings to train some of the 'Angels' who are planning to run/walk 5k at the Flora Fun Run in Hyde Park on Sunday, 14th September.

Anne Eames is one of the walkers and she is one of 25 other women have signed up. The 'Angels' want to raise the club's profile and so have asked Tempest to provide shorts and the Dons Trust/AFC Wimbledon the training tops.

If anyone wants to sponsor any of the women there will be a sponsorship form on
the Dons Trust Desk in the back bar. We'd love to see you all turn out to support the 'Angels' in Yellow & Blue so come along to Hyde Park and why not bring your flags?

And being 'Angels' they have donated 5 each from their entry fee to the charity HemiHelp.

Contact jacki@thedonstrust.org.

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Monday 01 September 2003
club news
Club office needs help

ONE of our regular office volunteers, Mary Jones, left the office last Friday to take up a paid position elsewhere. Mary's absence will be keenly felt at the office. The club would like to take this opportunity to thank Mary for all her hard work over the last year and to wish her all the best in her new job.

As mentioned in a recent programme, looking after the functions business at Kingsmeadow has proved a huge task. Jean Trayhorn has been doing a great job in getting a system up and running for this and now she needs some regular help.

In view of the above, we are for looking volunteers in the AFCW office. There are two roles, which are described below.

Role one

We are looking for a volunteer/volunteers to act as our receptionist/switchboard
operator and deal with the following areas:

  • incoming mail and phone calls. This includes responding to some of the enquiries and, where they need following up, ensuring that they are passed to the relevant member of the office team

    receiving visitors and answering their enquiries

    selling tickets and responding to enquiries about future games

    a range of typing duties

  • The person/people who carry out this role will meet or speak to a large number of fans and so must have strong interpersonal skills and a good telephone manner. A good typing speed and quite a lot of patience would also be helpful.

    Role two

    Assisting with the drafting of some drafting press releases and items for the club's official website, etc

    Assisting with all aspects of booking and organising functions, etc

    Taking responsibility for keeping some of our databases up to date

    Reviewing office procedures and processes Various analytical tasks, requiring the use of spreadsheets

    The person/people who carry out this role must have strong writing skills,
    wide ranging IT experience and good organisational skills.

    The nature of both roles is that continuity is essential so we are looking for volunteers who are available at least 2 days a week for a period of at least 3 months, although 6 months would be ideal.

    If you are interested in either of these roles, please email Kris Stewart at the following email address: kris.stewart@afcwimbledon.co.uk

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