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Thursday 30 September 2004
first team news
Casual thoughts

Manager Dave Anderson was pleased with the result away to Corinthian Casuals, if not the game itself.

"There are always going to be a few games where you just do the job, and it isn't that exciting to watch. Wednesday night was one of those games.

"I thought we did well first half, scored two good goals, and were good value for 2-0 at half time. We played some decent football and dominated the game - Danny had another fairly quiet night. Second half they changed things around and tried to push one extra up front, so we responded to that. We ended the match playing keep-ball, and it's important that we can do that when necessary. That meant the game pretty much died as a spectacle

"So I can understand why things were a bit quiet on the terraces - I hope that means everyone is raring to go on Saturday!

"JB got a knock on his ankle again, and we kept him on probably 15 minutes or so longer than was ideal. There were a couple of other little knocks as well, so we'll have to see how everyone is for Saturday."


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Wednesday 29 September 2004
first team news
Casuals squad and the win against Hastings

Manager Dave Anderson has announced the following squad for tonight's league game away to Corinthian Casuals:

Danny Naisbitt; Paul Smith; Steve Gibson; Michael Woolner; Antony Howard; Jay Conroy; Glenn Wilson; Ryan Gray; Gavin Bolger; Rob Ursell; Jon-Barrie Bates; Chris Gell; Jamie Taylor; Joe Sheerin; Richard Butler; Martin Randall.

Dave explained, "Nick Roddis has been called away due to personal reasons and so won't be taking part tonight. Micky Woolner missed out on Saturday as he spent the day and night in hospital with something caught in his throat, but he will be involved tonight.

"Tonight's match is a big one - I know no-one has really talked about this game, with the big home match last Saturday and the next cup game coming up, but it's our last league fixture for a couple of weeks and it will be tough. We know they are well organised and have only lost one game all season. We will have to be right to keep our form going, and will have to be focused on it and make sure we don't think we just have to turn up.

"Saturday's win at home to Hastings was excellent - I thought we created 6 or 7 good chances, and kept them down to one or two. That's been a feature recently - sides that have scored against us have had to make the best of the few chances they've had.

"For ten minutes, after they scored, there was a real nervy feeling around the ground, among the supporters, but we handled it well as a team and deserved the win. It was good to get through that, after what happened in the Leatherhead match.

"For most of the game we looked powerful and dominated. When we played football, we played very well, although we did go a bit long at times. We're working on that as I think we can all see that we do better when we get the ball down and pass it.

"Joe Sheerin looks much fitter, having lost over a stone, and he did well and scored an excellent goal. Rob Ursell wasn't his usual dazzling self but his pass for Richard Butler's opener was worth the entrance fee on its own."

Tonight's match is not all-ticket. Stand tickets are 10. Terrace tickets are 8 for adults and 5 for pensioners and under-16s

For those travelling by car, the parking that will be available comprises:

Parking in Council Car Park at junction of Cox Lane and Jubilee Way ? there is access to Casuals? ground across the playing fields.

Overflow parking along Jubilee Way ? again, there is Casuals? ground across playing fields.

Limited parking (fee 2) in ATC Car Park in Queen Mary Close off Hook Rise South.

PLEASE NOTE THAT CARS PARKED IN HOOK RISE SOUTH ARE LIABLE TO BE REMOVED

Fans are urged to use public transport wherever possible. This includes:

By train:
Tolworth BR on the Waterloo to Chessington South line

By bus:
265 from Putney Bridge and Roehampton
281 from Hounslow and Kingston
406 from Kingston Bus Station to Ewell and Epsom
418 from Kingston Bus Station to West Ewell and Epsom
K1 from Kingston to New Malden
K2 from Hook to Surbiton, Kingston Hospital.



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Wednesday 29 September 2004
dons trust news
Dons Trust Board Quarterly Report No. 3 released

The Dons Trust Board has released its third quarterly report. This has been sent to all members but is also being made available for download.

To download the report as a PDF file click here (140kb)

Adobe Acrobat 4.0 or higher version is need to view this .pdf document. Download the latest version here.


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Wednesday 29 September 2004
club news
AFCW PLC Unaudited Management Accounts and Budget for 2004/05 released

AFCW PLC have released the Unaudited Management Accounts for the year ending June 2004 and the Budget for 2004-5.

To download the Unaudited Management Accounts as a PDF file click here (132kb)

To download the 2004/05 Budget as a PDF file click here (140kb)

Adobe Acrobat 4.0 or higher version is need to view this .pdf document. Download the latest version here.


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Sunday 26 September 2004
club news
First Dons Draw results

The first ever Dons Draw took place at Kingsmeadow before the home game against Hastings Utd on Saturday 25th September. Chair of the Dons Trust Tom Adam and Dons Draw Treasurer John Owen announced the winners during half time:

1st Prize 600 ? Christopher Inglis of Watford [ticket no. 0885]

2nd Prize 300 ? Paul Farrance of Morden [ticket no. 0160]

3rd Prize 100 ? Paul Fletcher of Morden [ticket no. 0667]

After expenses the first Draw will raise nearly 1000 for the Dons Trust. This is valuable income put towards the Ground Fund and select Dons Trust initiatives.

You can sign up on-line now via the application form which can be found here or print off the application form, complete it and hand it in at the complimentaries window next time you are at Kingsmeadow.

The results of the October draw will be given during half time at our home match against Molesey on Saturday, 16th October.

Good luck!


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Sunday 26 September 2004
club news
Volunteers needed

The Finance Working Group is about to re-review the availability of grants of any sort for AFC Wimbledon. We are looking for someone with suitable skills and experience in obtaining grants to help us with this review.

The Finance Working Group is also planning to review various tax issues affecting AFC Wimbledon and the Dons Trust. We are looking for two people with suitable skills to help us with this review. One of these people should have experience in corporation tax, especially group tax, and the other should have experience in VAT.

If you think you might be able to help please email erik.samuelson@afcwimbledon.co.uk or simply come to the next FWG meeting on Monday 4 October at Kingsmeadow.


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Sunday 26 September 2004
ladies news
Ladies Take On The Palace

After denting Chelsea's 100% record in midweek, the Ladies hope to continue their recently improved results this afternoon at home to newly promoted Crystal Palace (Kingsmeadow, 14.00). Admission is free, and the bar is open, so why not pop down and give the ladies your support.

Graham Newnham names an unchanged squad; Rachael Axon, Natalie Barette, Maria Bertelli, Julie Bygrave, Lou Cooper, Danni Davies, Vicky Elcome, Joanna Goodwin, Lizzie Laws, Andi McGrady, Lisa Patey, Keisha Ramos, Michelle Riley, Beth Sims and Laura Smith.

The reserves continue their League Cup quest with a tie at Ipswich Town (Ipswich Town Training Ground, 14.30). The squad selected is thus; Christine Alamu, Katie Brennan, Lynda Brown, Roxanne Camp, Rae Connell, Sasha Denny, Lekesha James, Nicola Manolis, Rose Maskell, Charlotte Nash, Sarah Pearce, Amy Price, Michelle Storrier and Rachel Woodland.


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Friday 24 September 2004
first team news
Squad for Saturday

Manager Dave Anderson announced the following 16-man squad for tomorrow's home league match against Hastings United:

Danny Naisbitt; Paul Smith; Steve Gibson; Michael Woolner; Antony Howard; Jay Conroy; Glenn Wilson; Ryan Gray; Gavin Bolger; Rob Ursell; Jon-Barrie Bates; Chris Gell; Nick Roddis; Jamie Taylor; Joe Sheerin; Richard Butler.

Dave explained, "The injury situation has improved over the week, and Leon and Noel need to get some match time, so they will be with the reserves this weekend.

"Gibbo had some trouble with his groin at training and so will need a fitness test before the game to see if he's ok.

"It's a big game tomorrow, they are on a good run and will give us a big test, probably the biggest so far in the league. The team will need to perform well, and it would be great if the supporters could get the noise going like they did last week down at Dover - that would really help.

The manager also announced that midfielder Lee Sidwell has left the club.

"Lee got back in touch this week, having been away working. He had an approach from Whyteleafe and has signed for them with immediate effect.

"With his injury and being away for a while, Lee hasn't really been able to show me what he can do. Whyteleafe offered him first team football, which I couldn't promise him right now, and he's decided to go. I have to respect that, and I wish him well."

Lee Sidwell made 79 first team appearances for the Dons, scoring 17 goals in the process, and was voted Player of the Year by supporters in 2002-03. The club would like to thank him for his two seasons here and wish him all the best for the future.



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Thursday 23 September 2004
dons trust news
Brian Goodwin Leaves the Dons Trust Board

The Dons Trust Board announces with regret that due to heavy business commitments, Brian Goodwin has found it necessary to stand down as a co-opted member of the Dons Trust Board. Brian was co-opted on to the DT Board earlier this year where he has undertaken general responsibility for fundraising, focussing on major events in particular. During the period of Brian's stewardship on fundraising we have witnessed the emergence of a whole range of initiatives which are now coming to fruition. The Board wishes to express their thanks to Brian for his successful leadership on fundraising and look forward to his continued support on fundraising events.

Since fundraising is so critical to the ongoing success of the Trust, DT Board members in consultation with Brian and other members of the fundraising team were keen to identify a replacement for Brian at board level to maintain fundraising momentum and to provide leadership in taking the initiatives through to successful conclusion. As a result of this search activity, the Board is pleased to announce that they have recently co-opted Fazal Ahmad on to the Dons Trust Board for the period up to the election at end of this year. Fazal, known to everyone as Faz, is a long time supporter of Wimbledon football and over the last year has become a highly active and respected fundraiser. The Board has every confidence that Faz will ensure the continuity and maintain the momentum that is so necessary for fundraising at this time.

Tom Adam
Chair Dons Trust Board


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Thursday 23 September 2004
club news
Update on ticket and travel information for Dunstable

The second fans? coach for the Dunstable FA Cup match trip is already over three quarters full. As soon as it is full, we will open up a reserve list for a third coach which will be booked if the demand justifies it. Therefore, if you want to go by coach, please call the AFCW office on 020 8547 3528, as soon as possible.

Places on the coach are priced at 13 for adults and 7 for concessions and under 16s. The coach will leave Kingsmeadow at 11.30 am.

Dunstable have now notified us of ticket prices for the game. These are adults 8, over-60s and under-16s 4.


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Thursday 23 September 2004
club news
Crowd capacity at Kingsmeadow

Following a recent safety liaison meeting with the Kingston Council safety consultant, the police and the fire brigade, Kingsmeadow?s capacity has been increased from 4,262 to 4,500. All the extra capacity has been allocated to the Athletics End of the stadium. The increase applies with immediate effect.

Stadium capacity depends on a number of factors, including the speed at which we can get people into and out of the ground, the strength of the safety barriers, the general condition of the stadium and various complex technical considerations. We are delighted that the increase has been approved as it reflects the gradual improvements we have been making to the fabric of the stadium and to our stewarding arrangements.

On a related safety matter, the club was visited by an FA Crowd Control Advisor during the Ashford FA Cup game. His report was very positive and was taken into account when making the decision to increase the capacity of Kingsmeadow. Many thanks to the volunteer stewards who were largely responsible for the positive impression that was made on the day.


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Thursday 23 September 2004
dons trust news
An evening with Ossie

On Friday 22 October Kingsmeadow plays host to a special evening with Chelsea, Southampton and England legend Peter Osgood.

Ossie's illustrious football career includes winning the FA Cup with Chelsea in 1970 and the European Cup Winners Cup (beating Real Madrid) in 1971. He also won an FA Cup medal with Southampton in 1976. He was top scorer in the First Division in 1969-70 and went to Mexico with England's World Cup squad in 1970. Nowadays he's a keen golfer and recently was a regular host at Stamford Bridge for Premiership fixtures.

Joining Ossie will be Times journalist and AFC Wimbledon friend Martin Samuel who has warmed the hearts of Dons fans with his righteous articles and scathing endictments of all involved in moving Wimbledon Football Club to Milton Keynes.

We are delighted to have acclaimed stand up comedian Mike Pugh to link the night together and keep you entertained.

The bar will be open from 7pm and the evening gets underway from 8pm including 3 course dinner (with vegetarian option) and coffee, raffle, games with cash prizes and an auction of superb memorabilia.

Tickets priced at 40 each are now available (table of 8 costs 320) and dress code is lounge suit.

For further information and booking details contact Mike O?Shaughnessy
Tel: 01628 594804 (w) or 01628 639060 (h) or 07901 554399 (mob)
Email: eveningwithossie@thedonstrust.org


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Thursday 23 September 2004
dons trust news
Walk for Wimbledon II postponed

Please note that the Walk For Wimbledon II originally planned for Saturday 9 October has been postponed. The decision was made in light of the new earlier kick-off time for the Dons FA Trophy match against the Met Police at 1pm that afternoon. A future date for the Walk will be announced later in the season.


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Wednesday 22 September 2004
u18s news
Top of the table clash and regional recognition for the Under-18s

Tonight, a week ahead of the first team's visit, the Under 18s face Corinthian Casuals in a top of the table clash in the Southern Youth League Eastern division.

Nicky has named the following squad for this game:

Mark Nicholas, Jason Dodd, Jake Delaney, Daniel Lynn, Jamie King, Joe Edwards, Ryan O'Sullivan, Liam Hirell, Gary Dennis, Scott Hayhoe, Antony Myers Tom Flynn Ross Langton, Niall Connery,Bradley Drake, Steve Goddard.

Corinthian Casuals are unbeaten so far this season and have played a game fewer than the Dons, making a victory even more important tonight.

If you are interested in watching tonight the game starts at 19:45 and is at Casuals' ground in Tolworth see here for details.

Nicky would also like to congratulate Steve Goddard and Anthony Myers ("Freddie" to his team mates) following the announcement that they have been selected to represent Surrey FA in a friendly game on Sunday against the Army at Egham FC in a 12 noon kick off. To receive regional recognition after only 5 league games shows what a strong team we have and reflects well on all the players.


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Wednesday 22 September 2004
first team news
Manager's thoughts on winning at Dover

Dave Anderson was happy with the way the Dons dealt with Dover Athletic on Saturday.

"I was more than pleased with the performance and with the result, which was more than deserved. We knew the game would be niggly and hard and I think we put out a team to deal with that.

"We went about our business, disciplined and committed, and I don't see that anyone could complain about the result over the 90 minutes. Although we had four players booked, when you think back to some of the situations, with even JT being tackled twice, I think we held ourselves well. We had to stand up and be counted, and we did that, but the players didn't react or get involved in that way and I'm very pleased with that.

"The Palace lads slotted in very well, having only spent half an hour with us at training on Thursday, and Frankie in there as well had another good game. I thought the middle three - Gell, Bolger and Bates - were very important to us. Gibbo and Giggsy both worked hard and posed a threat going forward.

"Up front, Rob Ursell pulled a few out of the bag. Richard Butler took his goal very well, and ran all day as he always does. Danny had hardly anything to do all day and Joe and Nick did exactly what I asked of them when they came on.

"The other people who made a big difference were the supporters - that's the loudest we've been so far since I've been here and the lads loved it. Some of the songs made me laugh, and after the game some fans may have heard a few we made up ourselves. The jouney back was great and we had a good night after a hard day.

"I reminded the lads on the way back that Dover are in a relegation spot in the division above, which just shows what a tough division the Prem is.

"Dunstable away in the next round won't be simple - people who've been there say it's a tough place to visit. Mid-table in the Southern Prem they won't be an easy side to play, but I'm looking forward to the trip. I just hope I get home earlier that day than I did this week!"


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Wednesday 22 September 2004
ladies news
Dons take on Chelsea

The Ladies take on the 100% League leaders Chelsea tonight at Hampton & Richmond (19.45).

Chelsea are fresh from the 10-2 demolition of Ipswich Town on Sunday, whilst the Dons recorded their first win of the season at Southampton Saints.

With the exception of long term injury victim Lauren Nuttall, manager Graham Newnham has a full squad to select from, although Natalie Barette is expected to have a late fitness test.

Squad: Rachael Axon, Natalie Barette, Maria Bertelli, Julie Bygrave, Lou Cooper, Danni Davies, Vicky Elcome, Joanna Goodwin, Lizzie Laws, Andi McGrady, Lisa Patey, Keisha Ramos, Michelle Riley, Beth Sims, Laura Smith


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Monday 20 September 2004
first team news
Trophy match kick-off changed

AFC WIMBLEDON v METROPOLITAN POLICE ? FA TROPHY 09/10/04

Having previously confirmed that the two clubs were unable to agree an alternative kick-off time, we have now been advised that the Met Police can play earlier on that day, and so this match will kick off at 1 pm.

The England v Wales qualifier, starting at 3 pm, will be on at the ground after the Dons match and we are currently making arrangements to show it in both bars.

This match is not all-ticket.

Main Stand and President?s Lounge season ticket holders who wish to reserve their normal seats should apply by no later than first post on Monday 4 October. All such applications that arrive on time will be dealt with before seats are made available on general sale on 5 October. For this game, season ticket holders in Block A may, if they wish, apply for their usual seats as we are not expecting significant demand for seats from Metropolitan Police supporters.

Terrace tickets are also on sale in advance.

From Tuesday 5 October, remaining tickets will be available for sale to callers at the office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm. Until that date, applications will only be accepted by post.

Postal applications should enclose Voucher B, a stamped, self-addressed envelope and a cheque for the relevant amount. Ticket prices are as follows:

Main Stand
Adult 10
Concessions 5
Under-16s 3

Terrace
Adult 8
Concessions 4
Under-16s 2



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Monday 20 September 2004
first team news
Dons away to Dunstable Town - ticket and travel info

AFC Wimbledon were today drawn away against Dunstable Town of the Southern League Premier Division in the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup. The tie is due to be played on Saturday 2 October. The Ryman League Division One match away to Newport IOW originally scheduled for that date has been postponed and we await a new date.

We?ve spoken to Dunstable Town who are meeting very soon to plan for the game. Until they have done so, we must await details of ticket availability and prices. However, we understand that their capacity is about 3,500 and therefore the match will probably not be all-ticket. For details of advance ticket sales (if any) and prices, please check here and listen to announcements at Saturday?s game against Hastings. Details will also be posted on the noticeboards in the main entrance and outside the middle bar at Kingsmeadow as soon as they are known.

Dunstable Town?s ground is not easily accessible by public transport and so the club has arranged coach travel for supporters. Prices are 13 for adults and 7 for concessions and under-16s. You can book by calling the office on 020 8547 3528 or emailing your details (name, contact number, number of adult/concession/under-16 places required) to coaches@afcwimbledon.co.uk


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Sunday 19 September 2004
first team news
Transport update for Casuals trip

Following a meeting with the police, Corinthian-Casuals have confirmed that there will only be limited parking available for our away game on Wednesday 29 September.

The parking that will be available comprises:

Parking in Council Car Park at junction of Cox Lane and Jubilee Way ? there is access to Casuals? ground across the playing fields.

Overflow parking along Jubilee Way ? again, there is Casuals? ground across playing fields.

Limited parking (fee 2) in ATC Car Park in Queen Mary Close off Hook Rise South.

PLEASE NOTE THAT CARS PARKED IN HOOK RISE SOUTH ARE LIABLE TO BE REMOVED

Fans are urged to use public transport wherever possible. This includes:

By train:
Tolworth BR on the Waterloo to Chessington South line

By bus:
265 from Putney Bridge and Roehampton
281 from Hounslow and Kingston
406 from Kingston Bus Station to Ewell and Epsom
418 from Kingston Bus Station to West Ewell and Epsom
K1 from Kingston to New Malden
K2 from Hook to Surbiton, Kingston Hospital.


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Sunday 19 September 2004
first team news
Injury update

Mike Rayner summed up the state of the treatment room after three bruising matches:

The injury news is at last improving, following a period of three days where we
lost two of our centre halves.

Gavin Bolger - received a heavy blow to his Achilles against Dover. The area was iced and a support was placed in his shoe to reduce the pressure on the tendon. He should be fit for selection on Saturday.

Martin Randall - working hard and progressing well, but now at the frustrating stage where he is at least 75% fit and running well, but is still feeling a slight twinge in the ankle on advanced running and turning work.

Michael Woolner - finally shaken off the hamstring strain that has kept him out for two weeks. Back in full training, as well as completing specific exercises for the next month, to try to ensure there is no repeat of the same injury through the season.

Steve Butler - will be working on maintaining his CV fitness on a bike, then progressing to running activities while his ribs heal. It is still estimated he will be unavailable for the next five weeks.

Matt Everard - broke a toe on his right foot last Tuesday. We are looking at a period of 2-3 weeks before the pain completely subsides and he is able to resume playing with a support strapping to the next toe.

Nick Roddis - following extensive treatment on Thursday evening, Nick was available for selection against Dover, having slightly strained his adductor muscles in his groin against Leatherhead. Continuation of exercises should ensure he remains playing.

Jon-Barrie Bates - received a heavy blow to his ankle against Leatherhead last Tuesday. With treatment and support strapping, John was fit to play against Dover. No reaction was felt after the game.

Richard Butler - following ongoing advice and treatment, Richard has felt no reaction to the ankle injury sustained several weeks previously.

Joe Sheerin - recovered from the slight strain to his hip flexor from last Saturday. I will be further assessing Joe to improve his levels of strength and stability, with the aim to keep him playing as often (and as injury free) as possible.

Gareth Graham - now to be reintroduced to full training to ensure fitness levels are maintained whilst his suspension finishes.

Simon Bassey - now close to returning to full training, possibly in the next week / fortnight if no reaction is felt to the advanced running and ball work he is now performing.


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Friday 17 September 2004
reserve team news
Reserves squad for Walton Casuals

John Morris has announced the following 14-man squad for tomorrow's game away to Walton Casuals:

Ben Courtney; James Marriott; Marc Skinner; Dave Towse; Ken During; Richard Bayler; David Pierre; Paul Quinn; Rob Hill; Daniel Llewellyn; Wally Downes; Wes Goggin; Aaron McLeish; Jones Bamfo.

Dave Anderson explained Jones Bamfo's inclusion in the squad:

"Although John Morris, Jones Bamfo and I were all clear about the suspension, I made a mistake when explaining it to club journalist Charlie Talbot at the time.

Jones was suspended for a month and that month is now up, so when John Morris asked me if he could include Jones in tomorrow's squad, I said yes. He has done his time, so to speak, and now needs the chance to show us that he has learned his lesson."

Wes Goggin, who also works on the AFC Wimbledon Community Football Scheme, has come to the playing side of the club from Walton & Hersham, having appeared against the Dons at Kingsmeadow in their recent 3-1 defeat here.


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Friday 17 September 2004
first team news
Dover squad and match arrangements

Manager Dave Anderson announced the following 18-man squad for tomorrow's trip to Dover Athletic in the FA Cup first qualifying round:

Danny Naisbitt; Paul Smith; Steve Gibson; Michael Woolner; Antony Howard; Jay Conroy; Glenn Wilson; Ryan Gray; Gavin Bolger; Rob Ursell; Jon-Barrie Bates; Chris Gell; Nick Roddis; Noel Frankum; Jamie Taylor; Leon McDowall; Joe Sheerin; Richard Butler.

Talking about the game, Dave emphasised the importance of the travelling support to the players in such a game.

"Before I came to this club I thought I was aware of how special Wimbledon supporters are, but I've learned so much more about the fans since then. For a cup game, away from home and against a team from a higher level, the team will need everything from the crowd, for as long as possible during the game. So please make it as loud as you can, I'm convinced it could make a difference."

Dover Atheltic have made the following announcement about arrangements for tomorrow:

"Friday, September 17, 2004

By JOHN FARRINGDON
Dover Athletic director

First of all I can confirm that there will be segregation at Saturdays game.

I can also confirm that Dover Athletic Supporters will be at the "River End" of the ground.

Entrance into the ground will be via the main turnstiles with Dover fans having the three turnstiles to the extreme right and Wimbledon Supporters having the other five going across to the left as you come up the slope. Temporary safety fencing will be erected so as to make it clear which side both sets of fans should enter.

The "Centre Spot" will close at 2.30pm sharp and will not re-open until 5.00pm.

At the end of the game Dover Athletic Supporters will leave via the normal exit down the slope. Wimbledon supporters will leave the ground via the rear exit through what is normally the directors' car park down to where their coaches will be waiting outside the bottom of the old ground in Crabble Lane.

The ground will be open from 1.15pm onwards and it would be appreciated if all supporters could arrive as early as possible to avoid last minute congestion.

Programmes, Golden Goal Tickets and Cashcade Tickets will be available at the bottom of the slope and not the other side of the turnstiles as usual."

For those booked on one of the club coaches, these will leave from Kingsmeadow @ 11:30 and will start their return journey 45 minutes after the final whistle. Both coaches are now full.

Should the game be drawn after 90 minutes, there will be a replay at Kingsmeadow on Tuesday 21 September.




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Thursday 16 September 2004
first team news
Anderson announces loan signings

Following the recent injuries to Steve Butler and Matt Everard, Dave Anderson today announced that the club has signed two young central defenders from Crystal Palace on loan.

Glenn Wilson and Jay Conroy have both featured in the Palace reserve squad this season and are well-regarded by the Premiership club. Conroy also played an hour for The Dons against Barnet in pre-season and so will be familiar to some supporters.

Anderson said "I'm very grateful to Crystal Palace for their help. We were faced with a situation where Steve and Matt won't be available for a few weeks. We have a big cup game away to Dover on Saturday and the visit from Hastings, who are in form at the moment, in the league the following week.

"No non-league club would loan out a decent player at this stage of the season, as they won't want anyone cup-tied.

"Jay played for us pre-season and will do a job for us. Glenn Wilson is also highly thought of at Palace, and I'd like to thank Bob and Iain Dowie for their help in getting this deal done today. It's certainly a vote of confidence in how we do things here that Crystal Palace are willing to loan the lads out to us.

"I'd also like to thank Trevor Williams for running around and making sure all the paperwork and so on has been done properly so that they are available for Saturday.

"Having these two with us certainly doesn't give us the next round, but it gives us a chance, and I will certainly be sleeping much easier tonight, knowing it's done."

The loan deal is initially for one month from today, and special permission was needed from Crystal Palace for the two players to play in the FA Cup.


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Thursday 16 September 2004
first team news
Reaction to Tuesday

Manager Dave Anderson was very disappointed with Tuesday?s draw at home to Leatherhead.

?I thought for 80 minutes that was up there as one of our best performances so far. I could give you a million excuses as to why we conceded two late goals, but excuses aren?t good enough. What happened was that Leatherhead changed their formation, putting an extra man up front, and we failed to deal with it as I know we can.

"Giving the ball straight back to them from the kick-off after they?d scored once was a serious error, and really we showed a lack of professionalism in the last ten minutes. Before they scored their first, I was about to bring Paul Quinn on, but once they?d scored I changed my mind, thinking it was the wrong time to make a change.

"Yes it happens in football ? look at Lyon and Coventry this week, even England recently ? but my job is to worry about us, and that wasn?t good enough.

"After getting over the initial shock, there were some positives to come out of the game ? Nick Roddis looked good on the ball until he tweaked his groin, and JB did a job for us at the back again, before he aggravated his ankle. I though Frankie [Antony Howard] had probably his best game for us, against a side I expect to be top six come May.

"Losing two points out of 24 isn?t the end of the world, and there?s a long season ahead of us where we have the chance to put things right, but the worst part of Tuesday was the injuries to a number of players which will cause us problems.

"Joe Sheerin had a problem with his hip in the warm-up, so although he was on the bench, we really needed Richard Butler to play the full game.

"Having already lost Steve Butler for a few weeks, Matt Everard had to come off at half-time, and since then he?s had an x-ray which confirmed he has a broken toe That's likely to keep him out for 3-4 weeks at least. Nick Roddis we will know more about after he?s seen Mike Rayner tonight ? he has spoken to Mike who has given him some exercises to do and we?ll see how the injury reacts. Nick will need a fitness test before playing Saturday, as will JB, who played longer than he should have on Tuesday.

"Frankie should be fit, and the good news is that Richard Butler had no reaction from his ankle after the game.

"Martin Randall is still out, and Mickey Woolner is close to returning and may be available.

"So we are without two senior central defenders for a few weeks. and right now Trevor Williams and I are working hard to find us some cover in that department, and I hope to have some news on that front later today.?



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Tuesday 14 September 2004
first team news
Squad named

Dave Anderson has named the following squad for tonight's visit of Leatherhead to Kingsmeadow for a 7.45pm kick-off:

Danny Naisbitt, Paul Smith, Steve Gibson, Matt Everard, Chris Gell, Antony Howard, Ken During, Ryan Gray, Paul Quinn, Jon-Barrie Bates, Nick Roddis, Gavin Bolger, Noel Frankum, Robert Ursell, Jamie Taylor, Joe Sheerin, Richard Butler, Leon McDowell.


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Tuesday 14 September 2004
club news
Tickets for the Casuals away match on sale tonight

A reminder that tickets for the away game against Corinthian Casuals on Wednesday 29 September will be on sale in the back bar at Kingsmeadow tonight.

Stand tickets are 10. Terrace tickets are 8 for adults and 5 for pensioners and under-16s


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Tuesday 14 September 2004
first team news
Injury update

Mike Rayner sent in this summary of Steve Butler?s condition after he was taken off on Saturday:
?The news on Steve isn't good I'm afraid. In a challenge on Saturday, he cracked one rib, but also chipped another two. This was very painful for him at the time. To compound matters, he was found to have air pockets around the site of injury, which meant he couldn't quite catch his breath. These air pockets have now naturally dispersed and he is far more comfortable. Fortunately, there was found to be no damage to the lung itself. On discussing the situation with the club doctors, John Wheeler and Phil Whitehead, a six week layoff from contact sport was advised. He will be able to run within his tolerance during this time, and we will aim to keep his fitness up as much as possible in this period.?

Mike also brought us these further injury updates:
Martin Randall - as ever, working hard in his rehab from the ankle injury at Whyetleafe. He is progressing well, and was back to running activities on Saturday. We are looking at increasing the workload this week, with the possibility of him being back involved against Dover.

Michael Woolner - progressing well from his hamstring tear, and is also back running. We will be assessing the area closely this week to see if he can be involved in one of the next two games.

Gareth Graham - although having a lengthy suspension to serve, Ginge has been working hard in his rehab. After further assessment, he will soon be reintroduced to training to ensure his fitness levels are not too far behind.

Richard Butler - recovered well from his ankle injury, and this seemed to give no further reaction on Saturday. Further increases in game time should now be possible, with ongoing monitoring of this.

Simon Bassey - further increases in demand on his knee have so far given no further reaction. On discussion with Simon I have altered the rehab and exercise programme slightly now and so far he is progressing well. We are steadily increasing the demands of his knee with the adapted rehab programme, and if the progessions continue, I am hopeful we will see Simon back in training soon.


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Monday 13 September 2004
reserve team news
Squad named

John Morris has named the following squad as the reserves host Havant & Waterlooville tonight:

Paul Smith, Ben Courtney, Marc Skinner, Dave Towse, Ken During, Richard Bayley, Sam Elliott, Aaron McLeish, Daniel Llewllyn, Noel Frankum, Rob Hill, Wes Gallagher, Leon McDowell, Wally Downes, Paul Quinn.

The match at Merland Rise will kick off at 7.30pm.


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Sunday 12 September 2004
dons trust news
Tickets still available for today's Weird and Wonderful rematch

A reminder that terrace tickets (10 for adults and 5 for under-16s) and some uncovered seat tickets in the Directors' box (30) are still available for today's Weird and Wonderful rematch.

The gates open at 1pm, and kick-off times are 2pm for the fans/celeb match and 4pm for the Wimbledon v Liverpool match.



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Sunday 12 September 2004
first team news
Trophy match kick-off time confirmed

The FA Trophy match on Saturday 9 October at home to Met Police will go ahead at 3 pm on that day, despite the clash with the England v Wales qualifier which kicks off at the same time.

The clubs did try to find an alternative kick off time but were unable to come up with one which suited both sides. The Met Police have a number of players who are police officers and their shifts are not easily changed.


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Sunday 12 September 2004
club news
Ladies On The Move - Part II

With the '88 Rematch at Kingsmeadow today, the Ladies take on National Division side, Birmingham City Ladies, at Meadowbank, home of Dorking FC (13.00), in a League Cup, 1st Round fixture. The Dons will be without captain Maria Bertelli, who has a previous committment to the England Volleyball team, and Lauren Nuttall (injured). Danni Davies returns from the reserves after sister Kylie's midweek departure to Fulham and Natalie Barette returns from injury. Graham Newnham names the following squad for what should be the Ladies toughest test of the season;

Rachel Axon, Natalie Barette, Julie Bygrave, Louise Cooper, Danni Davies, Vicky Elcome, Joanna Goodwin, Kerry Knott, Lizzy Laws, Andrea McGrady, Lisa Patey, Keisha Ramos, Michelle Riley, Beth Sims and Laura Smith.

The reserves, who normally play at Dorking but are also displaced today, kick off their League season with a home match against Crystal Palace Ladies at Kingston University Playing Fields, Tolworth (15.00). Michelle Storrier and Rachel Woodland return from first team calls last weekend and Sasha Denny joins the squad for the first time this season. Rae Connell and Kelly Nethercoat have named the following squad;

Christine Alamu, Lisa Blundell, Lynda Brown, Roxanne Camp, Jendayi Castillo, Rae Connell, Sasha Denny, Lekesha James, Nicola Manolis, Rose Maskell, Charlotte Nash, Sarah Pearce, Amy Price, Michelle Storrier, Danielle Whelan and Rachel Woodland.


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Saturday 11 September 2004
first team news
Nick Roddis joins, Lewis Taylor moves on

Nick Roddis, a 31 year-old central midfielder who has spent most of his career in the Conference, joined AFC Wimbledon today. His previous clubs include Hayes, Woking, Margate, Aldershot and Crawley Town.

Roddis, who has trained with The Dons recently, turned down more lucrative offers from other clubs to sign for the club.

Manager Dave Anderson is excited by the signing: "Nick will be an asset to the football club. He's already shown he wants to be here by choosing Wimbledon over other clubs prepared to pay much more than we can. His experience is something you can't put a price on, and he will be on the bench today. Of course Nick is in the same position as all our players - there are no guarantees here - but I expect him to add calmness to our midfield if he plays as I know he can."

Meanwhile 18 year-old defender Lewis Taylor has been released by the club and is expected to start for Whyteleafe today away to Cray Wanderers.

Dave Anderson explained:

?We had a seven-day approach from Whyteleafe for Lewis. I spoke to the player and he said he would like to talk to them. They?ve talked, and Lewis has told me that he wants to leave as Whyteleafe have promised him regular first-team football. I?m sorry to see him go ? although he hasn?t played for me in a competitive match yet, I think he?s a good one for the future. But Lewis told me that he wants to play first-team football, and I admire and respect that. Everything has been done properly as far as I?m concerned, and so the door is open to Lewis to come back to this club if and when the time is right for him and for us.?

The club would like to thank Lewis for his efforts in his time with us and wish him all the best in the future.


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Saturday 11 September 2004
ladies news
Ladies On The Move

Kylie Davies, AFC Wimbledon's England Under 17 defender, yesterday joined Fulham Ladies. Kylie, who first joined Wimbledon's Under 12's in 1998, had already been approached during the close season, but the lure of a first team place in the National Division proved too much at the second time of asking.

Geena Gordon and Sammy Stewart have also moved on. Geena found the travelling from her North London home too much and has joined Tottenham Hostpur Ladies, wilst Sammy has rejoined Chelsea Ladies after failing to break into the first team.

Everyone at the Club would like to wish all three players well in the future.

Danielle Rebelo, a twenty-two year old striker, has joined the Club after completing last season at Loughborough Students, and made her debut in the reserves last weekend.


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Friday 10 September 2004
dons trust news
Weird and Wonderful rematch latest

As tickets continue to sell quickly for Sunday?s events, we thought we?d bring you an update on the what, who, how and why of the day?s activities.

Standard seat tickets sold out some days ago and a good number of terrace tickets have been sold in advance as well. No further advance sales will be made before the gates open at 1pm on Sunday. Entrance on the day will be 10 for adults and 5 for under-16s, with a small number of (uncovered) Directors? box seat tickets available for 30 each.

The following players have confirmed they will be available for selection by manager Terry Burton in Sunday's Wimbledon v Liverpool rematch:
Dickie Guy, Glyn Shimmell, Alan Kimble, Roger Joseph, John Scales, Warren Barton, Glyn Hodges, Efan Ekoku, Andy Sayer, Stuart Evans, Stewart Castledine, Ian Hazel, Andy Clement, Dean Thomas.

For the Liverpool side, the following players will make up the squad, managed by Phil Neal:
Bob Bolder, John Aldridge, Steve McMahon, David Fairclough, Gary Gillespie, Nigel Spackman, Dave Watson, Paul Walsh, Mark Walters, John Wark, Alan Kennedy, Ronnie Whelan, Michael Thomas, Jimmy Case.

The other match on the day will be between a group of fans and celebrities from both sides. The celebrities line up as follows:

Wimbledon:
Michael Greco (Beppe in Eastenders), David Jones (Sky Sports News Presenter), Brett Allen (Casualty & Mike Bassett England Manager), Dave Fry (ex-AFC Wimbledon), Peter Smith (Popstars The Rivals) and Mark Fabian (Chlidren?s TV show Heroes to Zeros).

Liverpool:
Dean Gaffney (Eastenders), Mohammed George (Eastenders), Lee Latchford-Evans (Steps), Ralph Little (The Royle Family), DJ Spoony (Radio 1), Dane Bowers (TV Presenter).

Also at Kingsmeadow will be players and managers from the last six decades of Wimbledon?s history. Around 40 are expected. They include:
from the fifties, Derek Holyoake, John Martin and Ron Wootton; from the sixties, Roy Law, Geoff Hamm and Les Brown; from the seventies, Allen Batsford, Ian Cooke, Glenn Aitken and Jeff Bryant; from the eighties, John Leslie; and from the nineties, Andy Clarke, Peter Fear, Marcus Gayle and Jason Euell.

Kick-off times are 2pm for the fans/celeb match and 4pm for the Wimbledon v Liverpool match.

The back bar will be restricted to invited guests only. The main bar and a marquee erected in the car park, selling Foster?s only, will be open to all supporters. Those who have bought tickets for the Directors? box will also be able to use the President?s Lounge bar.

The bars will be opening at 12 noon. The bar in the marquee will close at 6:30.

The new shop will be open and we are also planning to sell a limited range of items on the day from the marquee.

A commemorative programme will be on sale, price 2.50, as well as a limited edition commemorative t-shirt, price 10. We will also have on sale for the first time a DVD of the 1988 Cup Final itself, priced at 5.99.

Car parking on the day will be restricted to invited guests, officials and matchday volunteers only, apart from a limited number of spaces for disabled supporters.


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Friday 10 September 2004
first team news
The Tram Set

Manager Dave Anderson this morning announced the following squad to travel to Croydon tomorrow:

Danny Naisbitt, Paul Smith, Steve Gibson, Antony Howard, Ken During, Paul Quinn, Steve Butler, Ryan Gray, Noel Frankum, Jon-Barrie Bates, Gavin Bolger, Chris Gell, Robert Ursell, Joe Sheerin, Richard Butler, Jamie Taylor, Leon McDowall

Dave said ?We?ve a few gaps this weekend, with Rands and Micky Woolner carrying knocks and big Matt and Ginge suspended, but we believe our squad is big enough and good enough to get on with the job. Croydon is a difficult place to go and get a result, and this is an important fixture ? as they all are in the league ? so we have to be sure we?re focussed on the game. Having not played during the week, we worked hard in training last night on that.?

The match is at the Croydon Sports Arena, which can be found here, just next to the Arena stop on the Croydon Tramlink, and kick-off is at 3 pm.



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Thursday 09 September 2004
first team news
Casuals tickets updates

As previously announced, tickets are on advance sale for the match against Corinthian-Casuals on Wednesday 29 September.

Many fans arrive close to kick-off for evening games so, to ease the crush, Casuals? officials will be selling tickets in the back bar at Kingsmeadow before our home game against Leatherhead on Tuesday 14 September, and before the Hastings game on Saturday 25 September.

Tickets can also be bought at Corinthian-Casuals' ground - Queen Mary Close, Hook Rise South, Tolworth, Surrey - on the following dates:

Tuesdays and Thursdays - 14, 16, 21 and 23 September from 7pm to 9pm

Saturdays - 11, 18 and 25 September from 11am to 5.30pm.

Stand tickets are 10. Terrace tickets are 8 for adults and 5 for pensioners and under-16s.



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Thursday 09 September 2004
dons trust news
Terrace tickets for Sunday on sale

Don't forget that tickets for Sunday's "Weird and Wonderful Rematch" will be on sale tonight, Thursday 9 September, at The Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow, in the main bar, from 7 pm until 9 pm.

All seat tickets have now been sold, so it's terrace tickets only which are available tonight. Prices are 10 for adults and 5 for under-16s.

Sunday's events start with the bars opening at 12 noon. Gates open at 1 pm and the first match kicks off at 2 pm.


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Thursday 09 September 2004
u18s news
Under-18s squad announced for tonight

Tonight Nicky English and Keith Ward send the Under-18s back into action when they play Godalming & Guildford in the Southern Youth League at Kingsmeadow, with a 7:30 kick-off.

The following squad has been named for the encounter: -
Michael Nicholas, George Carlin, Niall Connery, Jake Delaney, Garry Dennis, Jason Dodd, Bradley Drake, Joe Edwards, Tom Flynn, Steve Goddard, Chris King, Jamie King, Ross Langton, Anthony Myers, Lawrence Palmer, Ryan O'Sullivan.

Following last weeks impresive 7-2 victory against Cobham, Nicky and Keith will be looking for another similar performance and with only playing 16 league games during the season every result makes a difference.

Godalming & Guildford have had two high scoring matches recently, drawing 5-5 and winning 5-0 away from home, so watch out for plenty of goal action.

For this, the second home league match of this season, admission will again be free to all supporters. As of the next home match (next Thursday against Cobham) a entrance charge of 2.00 will be made, although AFC Wimbledon season ticket holders will continue to get in to Under-18s and reserves matches free. Terrace tickets for Sunday's events at Kingsmeadow will also be on sale tonight at the ground.


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Wednesday 08 September 2004
first team news
Injury update

Mike Rayner brings this report from the treatment report:

After several physical matches prior to Ashford's game, the treatment area was once again busy with knocks and strains at various stages of healing. There are three main concerns ahead of Saturday's trip to Croydon. All will have late fitness tests to judge whether they are fit to play:

Michael Woolner - after working hard to overcome the knee injury sustained at Whyteafe, Micky had to be withdrawn against Ashford with a hamstring strain. It is progressing well, but I feel may require more time for the area to heal sufficiently so it does not reccur.

Richard Butler - Richard has been playing with a strapping to protect his ankle following the game against Walton. The area reacted to a running session at training last night, and we will have to see how it settles with treatment and rehab over the next 72 hours.

Jon-Barrie Bates - sustained a knock on his ankle after coming on as a sub on Saturday. The area was very sore on Sunday, but has since settled well. With further treatment and active rest I am confident he will be available this weekend.

The others undergoing treatment were:
Martin Randall - working hard and progressing well following his ankle injury. He is walking fine now and back at work. He is presently on full weight bearing exercises and we will look at running activities this Thursday. I feel within the next week he should be back in full training.

Paul Quinn - came through 45 mins in the reserves Monday night with no reaction. He is now working hard on increasing his fitness in training, and will be getting more game time in the reserves next Monday.

Simon Bassey - restarting on light running activities. Working hard and we will monitor the area closely to observe for any reaction.

Gareth Graham - his calf injury has settled well, and is starting to increase running activities alongside the ongoing rehab programme. Unfortunately, I believe his month suspension has now started, so we will endevour to keep him as fit as possible and I will do a full assessment of him and his injury history shortly to ensure he is in top condition for when he returns.



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Tuesday 07 September 2004
first team news
Dover details

Ticket prices have been confirmed for the trip to Dover in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup on Saturday 18 September.

Terrace tickets will be 8, with OAPS 5 and kids 3. A surcharge of 1.50 is payable in all three categories for a seat in the stand. The match is not all-ticket and will be pay-on-the-day. Further details will be published after the club has held meetings with the police and local authorities.

AFC Wimbledon will be running a supporters? coach to this fixture. It will leave Kingsmeadow at 11:30 and set off from Dover for the return journey 45 minutes after the final whistle.

Places will be 13 for adults and 7 for concessions and under-16s. They can be reserved by ringing 020 8547 3528 or emailing coaches@afcwimbledon.co.uk.



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Tuesday 07 September 2004
club news
Programme price rise, back bar stays non-smoking

Following feedback from the open meeting before the Walton & Hersham game, and after further deliberation, the directors have confirmed that the back bar will remain non-smoking on AFC Wimbledon matchdays on a permanent basis and that the programme cover price will increase to 2.50 as of the Metropolitan Police FA Trophy match on Saturday 9 October.

A full report on the meeting and the reasons behind both decisions can be found here


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Tuesday 07 September 2004
dons trust news
Sunday place still up for grabs and help needed

The Number Three Wimbledon shirt in Sunday's fans/celebrities team on Saturday is back out for auction. The shirt was put aside for Dons Draw participants, and Tim Powell was drawn out as the winner. But sadly Tim is on holiday in the Channel Islands on Sunday and won't be able to make the game.Tim said:
"This is really dreadful. I'd have loved to play, though I reckon I'd last about five minutes. First time I win anything for years and this happens! But I'll have to decline."

It's Tim wish that the shirt be put back out to auction to help raise some more money for the club. This is the last chance to play in the game. To bid for the shirt please email bids@thedonstrust.org, including a contact number. Bidding will close on Saturday morning.

The place in the Liverpool 88 team is also still available on eBay. So if you fancy playing alongside the greatest players in Liverpool's history, get bidding here.

The club also desperately need volunteers to help out on the day. Duties will mainly include: car park (escorting guests into KM), waiting and cleaning. The work won't be glamorous, but you might get a chance to get up close and personal with your favourite footballers of yesteryear! If you can help, please come to the Main Bar at KM on Friday 10 September at 7.00pm for a briefing. Alternatively, please call Anna Slade on 07947 431053.

Because of extremely limited car parking facilities at KM, car parking on the day is going to be restricted to invited guests, officials and matchday volunteers only. Can we ask that you please park elsewhere, or alternatively travel by public transport. The 131 bus runs from Wimbledon, and stops just outside KM. Norbiton Station is 15 minutes' walk away.


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Monday 06 September 2004
club news
Soapbox answer to attendance question

The programme's new soap-box feature is proving popular and several queries have been answered and matters discussed so far this season. One question came into the office today from Mark Sheppard about the attendance figure for the Ashford FA Cup match. Given that this has been seemingly a hot topic among fans over the last few days, we thought the answer from the club's finance director might be of interest to supporters in its entirety.

You can find the question and answer here.

Remember, if you have any questions you'd like to see answered in the programme, or anything you'd like to get off your chest, email your submissions to the editor or leave them at the WISA table in the back bar on a matchday.


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Monday 06 September 2004
dons trust news
Rematch tickets on sale again on Thursday

Ticket for the Weird & Wonderful rematch will be on sale at the ground again this Thursday evening, from 7pm to 9pm.

For any applications recieved from Tuesday onwards, the tickets will be held for collection and not posted.


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Monday 06 September 2004
club news
Did you win the raffle?

The winning ticket in Saturday's raffle for a place in the fans / celebrities match was orange ticket 49. But the winner has not yet come forward - so if this is you, or someone you know, then get in touch with Paul Jeater on essexwomble@aol.com.


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Monday 06 September 2004
reserve team news
Squad named

John Morris has named the following squad for tonight's home Suburban League fixture agianst Godalming & Guildford:

Paul Smith, Ben Courtney, Marc Skinner, Paul Quinn, Ken During, Richard Bayley, Dave Towse, Noel Frankum, Lewis Taylor, James Earp, Joe Sheerin, Leon McDowell, Joe Hill, Daniel Llewellyn, David Pierre, Sam Elliott.

The match will be played, as normal, at Banstead FC's Merland Rise. Please note that all weekday home reserve team matches will kick off at 7.30pm.


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Monday 06 September 2004
first team news
Ryman rivals start well in Cup

Club secretary Trevor Williams rounds up the efforts of the Ryman Division One sides in the FA Cup Preliminary Round here.


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Monday 06 September 2004
first team news
Dover next up for Dons

Following Saturday's victory, Wimbledon will play Dover Athletic away in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup. The match will take place on Saturday 18 September. Ticket prices and further details will be published as soon as they are known.

The club will be running coaches to the game, details and prices to be confirmed - watch the website for further updates. If you would like to put your name down to provisionally reserve a place, then email info@afcwimbledon.co.uk or call the office.


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Sunday 05 September 2004
club news
Ladies Squads

The ladies attempt to kick-start their season this afternoon (Kingsmeadow, 14.00) with a Premier League match against unbeaten Cardiff City.

Natalie Barette and Lauren Nuttall are injured and Beth Sims is unavailable, so Graham Newnham has included young Michelle Storrier and Rachel Woodland.

Squad:

Rachael Axon, Maria Bertelli, Julie Bygrave, Lou Cooper, Kylie Davies, Vicky Elcome, Joanna Goodwin, Lizzie Laws, Andrea McGrady, Lisa Patey, Keisha Ramos, Michelle Riley, Laura Smith, Michelle Storrier and Rachel Woodland.


Meanwhile the reserves start their season proper with a League Cup tie at home to Brighton & Hove Albion reserves (Dorking, 14.00).

Rae Connell and Kelly Nethercoat have announced the following squad for their first competitive game in charge:

Christine Alamu, Lynda Brown, Roxanne Camp, Jendayi Castillo, Rae Connell, Lekesha James, Danni Davies, Sarah Pearce, Rose Maskell, Charlotte Nash, Fiona O'Shea, Amy Price, Danielle Whelan and Victoria White.


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Friday 03 September 2004
club news
From FA Cup to World Cup

Don't forget that there's a full afternoon and evening of entertainment at Kingsmeadow tomorrow.

After the match, and the Man-of-the-Match presentation, there will be your final chance to bid for the fans / celebrities match places for the Weird & Wonderful rematch, as well as the mascot slots for both teams.

And at 7.30pm, England kick off their World Cup qualifying campaign in Austria, shown live on the big screen in the main bar.

Food will be on sale from the bottle bar and, of course, the bar will be open all evening, so stay behind and enjoy the atmosphere of two big matches in the same day with your fellow Dons fans.


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Friday 03 September 2004
first team news
JT announces the squad

With manager Dave Anderson picking the biggest week for media interest in the club since he took the post to lose his phone - apparently it was pilfered from his shoe at training - Jon Turner announced that the following 16 man squad will face Ashford Town in the Preliminary Round of the FA Cup at TFS - KM tomorrow:

Danny Naisbitt, Paul Smith, Michael Woolner, Steve Gibson, Antony Howard, Matt Everard, Steve Butler, Ryan Gray, Lewis Taylor, Jon-Barrie Bates, Gavin Bolger, Chris Gell, Robert Ursell, Joe Sheerin, Richard Butler, Jamie Taylor.

The assistant manager added:
"Rands is still out, but everyone else has recovered from their bangs and knocks after Whyteleafe - that's the magic of the FA Cup! Everyone is very aware of what an important day this is for the club and the supporters and we're all really looking forward to a big crowd and a big day. The season has started well, so we'd love to get on a run in the FA Cup and get to make that trip to Dover.

"But even though we've beaten Ashford, we know that will have no bearing on tomorrow. They've not started well, but they have a new manager in now and league results have no bearing on what can happen in a one-off game."


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Friday 03 September 2004
club news
Academy on

Don't forget the Matchday Academy will be running tomorrow at the normal time on the astro-turf opposite The Fans Stadium.

Register at 12.15pm for a 12.30pm start. It's open to boys and girls between the ages of five and 12, costing just 5 including terrace entry ticket to the game afterwards or 4 just for the session.


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Friday 03 September 2004
first team news
Casuals tickets on sale

Corinthian-Casuals are now accepting applications for tickets for our away game on Wednesday 29 September. (Please remember that this date has been revised since the fixtures were first published. The game is now on the Wednesday.)

Tickets may be purchased by post direct from:

The Treasurer,
Corinthian-Casuals FC,
25 Hutton Lane, Harrow
Middlesex HA3 6RE

Terrace tickets are 8 for adults and 5 for concessions and Under-16s. Stand tickets are 10.

Please enclose a cheque payable to Corinthian-Casuals FC, a stamped, self-addressed envelope and a contact number in case of queries.

In addition Casuals' officials will be selling tickets in the back bar at Kingsmeadow before the Leatherhead game on 14 September and the Hastings game on 25 September.


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Thursday 02 September 2004
dons trust news
Final auctions for fans' places takes place this Saturday

The auction for places in the fans / celebrities match at TFS-KM in Sunday 12 September's Wimbledon v Liverpool clash reaches the end of the email bidding stage at 4pm tomorrow (Friday). Click here for the latest known totals and to submit your bids.

After the Ashford Town match on Saturday, the shirts will be offered for auction in the main bar, to see if anyone is willing to offer higher than the current email pledges. So stay behind after the Man of the Match presentation to get your bid in before the England game kicks off.

Should you not be able to be there in person, there are two ways to attempt to secure your place. Either email in a reserve bid for your shirt before 10am on Saturday - this bid will be taken if it is higher than anything else offered in the room during the final auction. Or email the bidding email address at any time before 10am on Saturday and ask for phone bidding.

The mascot places will be auctioned according to the same system, with email reserves and phone bidding also available in the same way.

Good luck!

Don't forget that this Saturday promises to be a day of football entertainment at Kingsmeadow, with food available after the game and England's first World Cup qualifier against Austria being shown in the main bar on the big screen, kick-off 7.30pm.


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Thursday 02 September 2004
first team news
Injuries improving

Mike Rayner brought us an update on the situation in his treatment room as the squad prepare for Saturday's first taste of AFC Wimbledon FA Cup action:

Paul Quinn - due to join in with a full training session tonight. If there is no reaction to this, he will start getting game time in the reserves next week. He has been patient and disciplined during his lay-off and worked very hard to keep himself in shape.

- Martin Randall - after receiving a heavy blow to his standing leg against Whyteleafe, he has sustained severe bruising to the medial and lateral sides of his left ankle, making weight bearing extremely sore. The area is very swollen, but early assessment shows there to be no major ligament damage. We will further assess him at training on Thursday. My early thoughts are that he will be unavailable for at least two - three weeks.

- Gareth Graham - has resumed running activities again, following the calf tear he sustained against Horsham almost two weeks ago. We will progress the running and functional activities this week. If there is no reaction, we will look at getting him back into training next week.

- Michael Woolner - following a knee high challenge and subsequent stamping incident over the same area of his left knee, Mike was withdrawn from the game at Whyteleafe. Following assessment there appears to be, fortunately, no major knee damage but just localised bruising, tenderness and muscle spasm over the outside of his knee. This has settled well with initial treatment, and we are confident he will be available to play this Saturday in the FA Cup game.

- Robert Ursell - was withdrawn as a precaution against Whyteleafe, after injuring his ankle by catching his studs in the ground. Once the inital muscle spasm had settled, the area was relatively pain-free and his mobility was good. Further assessment and treatment at training tonight should mean Rob is fit to play on Saturday.

- Simon Bassey - has been working very hard with the rehabilitation of his knee. He was back to running activities following the initial reaction in the friendly against Ashford, but the knee has since become swollen again, even though it is now stronger than the unaffected side. We have once again stabilised the swelling, but if there is any further reaction to the rehab we look at a referral back to his consultant


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Wednesday 01 September 2004
club news
Saturday's kids

Make a day of it at The Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow this Saturday, as the England match will be shown on the big screen in the main bar after the Dons have taken on Ashford Town in their first match back in the FA Cup.

So stay behind after the game, when we have plenty to keep you occupied. The Man-of-the-Match presentation will be followed by your final chance to bid for the shirts in the fans and celebrities game on 12 September for the Weird & Wonderful Rematch.

And meals in a basket will be on sale - simply ask at the bottle bar and the normal range of burger bar food will be on sale to keep you going between matches.

England's World Cup Qualifying campaign kicks off in Austria at 7.30pm and what better way to watch than in the company of your fellow Dons fans?

Don't forget that tickets to Saturday's FA Cup clash and the Weird & Wonderful Rematch will be on sale at the club from 7pm til 9pm tomorrow evening.

All postal applications for Saturday's FA Cup match which were received by yesterday were sent out by last night (except where people had asked to collect them). All applications received now for Saturday's game will be processed and held for collection.


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Wednesday 01 September 2004
dons trust news
Special General Meeting

The Dons Trust Board has decided to re-schedule the Special General Meeting, which was originally intended to take place on 16 September. This meeting will now be held on Thursday 30 September 2004 at 7.30 pm at The Fans Stadium ? Kingsmeadow.

Formal notice and the agenda for this meeting will be sent out shortly to members by post, or by email to members who have confirmed their acceptance to receive notices by email.



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Wednesday 01 September 2004
reserve team news
Squad for Camberley

John Morris has named the following squad for tonight's trip to face Camberley:

Paul Smith, Ben Courtney, Steve Gibson, Marc Skinner, Ken During, Richard Bayley, Dave Towse, Noel Frankum, Jon-Barrie Bates, Jamie Taylor, Joe Sheerin, Leon McDowell, James Earp, Joe Hill, Andrew Trefry, Lewis Taylor.


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Wednesday 01 September 2004
dons trust news
Last chance to play in the 88 rematch

Don't forget there is a place in the Liverpool side and a place in the Wimbledon team up for grabs in the main event on Sunday 12 September. Bidding closes today on eBay. so get yourself and all your Dons (or Liverpool) supporting mates over there today and get those bids in.

If our word isn't enough for you, here's what Phil Neal, who will be manging the Liverpool team, had to say:
"We were a great side in the 1980s and it'll be good to bring them all together once again. The 1988 defeat was one of the biggest upsets ever, and having
spoken to a large number of our side that day they all feel they have a point to prove. John Aldridge for one has a certain penalty he wants to put right!"

The Liverpool team will include: John Aldridge, Steve McMahon, Jan Molby, Gary Gillespie, Nigel Spackman, Ray Houghton, Phil Neal, Jimmy Case, David Fairclough, Bob Bolder, Mark Walters and Ronnie Rosenthal.

So, whether you want to make sure the pain of 88 is inflicted on them again, or know of someone who is keen to avenge the memory, get bidding and get involved.

The LIverpool place is on offer here, and the Wimbledon place is here.

Meanwhile, bidding for places in the fans and celebrities match will stay open until
the end of Friday, so check here for more details.


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Wednesday 01 September 2004
first team news
Dobo drops out

Darren Dobinson has decided to leave the club and take a break from playing football.

The laid-back left-back told the official site:
"I just felt that with my work life, I wasn't able to give the club 100%. I don't feel able to fit the three days a week of football in with my job, and to be honest I felt like needed a break and some time to relax away from work.

"I'll probably go back to playing for a local side. There's no point my playing for the reserves ? it?s not fair for someone who's trying to come through to be kept out of the side by someone who's not able to give it everything.

"I'd like to thank all the fans for all the fantastic support they gave me in my time playing here, especially my sponsors Clare, Kerry and Jo, the weird&wonderfulworld tag collective and the Ivers family. I'm sorry if people feel I've let them down by walking away, but I'll be back to buy them all a beer and keep in touch with how everyone?s getting on. Maybe I'll try for a rock career now!"

Manager Dave Anderson added:
"Darren actually came to me about three weeks ago and said he was thinking of leaving. I told him to take some time and think about it and not walk away instantly. But he's decided he can?t fit it around his work commitments, so sadly we say thanks for everything he did and wish him all the best. He's a great lad and I hope to see him down at the ground in the stands!"


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