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Friday 30 September 2005
first team news
Heads up for Heybridge

Dave Anderson has been delighted with his squad's attitude in training this week as the club looks to bounce back after last week's disappointing cup defeat.

"We have had a great week training and I am hopeful we can put in a performance tomorrow.

"It is no secret I hoped to add to the squad and we have worked ever so hard to make this happen this week but you cant just click your fingers and bring in two or three new players.

"I will not be rushed into bringing in a player I dont feel is right but while we look for players who can make us better, I have every confidence in the squad we have here."

Dave has named the following squad for tomorrow's match:

Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Antony Howard, Simon Sobihy, Dave Sargent, Wayne Finnie, Mark Cooper, Steve Butler, Michael Woolner, Matt York, Barry Moore, Stefan Wojciechowski, Shane Smeltz, Wes Daly, Sonny Farr, Richard Butler, Matt Fowler.

Steve Butler, Antony Howard and Matt Fowler will face fitness tests before the game. Michael Harvey is taking part in Sky's The Match.


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Friday 30 September 2005
club news
Home from home

If you have been feeling more at home at The Fans? Stadium recently, we may have found the reason why - the ground?s reception room is now proud home to the original Plough Lane road sign.

The sign, formerly owned by Merton Council, was sold to a private individual who then offered it for auction on eBay. AFC Wimbledon fans Chris and Sharon Gibbs made the winning bid and donated it to the club ? along with a letter of authenticity from the Council ? earlier in the year. Having debated where best to showcase the sign, it has now been placed on the reception room wall for visitors to see.

The club would like to thank Chris and Sharon for their generosity and for playing their part in securing a unique piece of football history.



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Thursday 29 September 2005
youth news
Squad for tonight's FA Youth Cup match at The Fans' Stadium

Youth Development Programme Manager Steve Brindley has announced the following squad for tonight?s FA Youth Cup game against Erith and Belvedere:

Sam Collier; Stevie Gilbert; Antony Myers; Matt Farrell; Jake Delaney; Dan Dean; Luke Pigden; Steve Tyson; Nial Connery; Tommy Hutchins; Steven Barrilli; Matt Martin; Hamza Malik; Oliver Treacher; James Bailey; Herbert Seudieu

Steve is looking forward to the game:

"We have a very young side out again tonight but they are looking forward to playing on a good surface at home. They did well in the last game but we expect this to be a much tougher test. I would encourage fans to come down and support the boys tonight.?

In accordance with FA rules we have to charge for admittance to tonight?s game. Prices are 3 for adults and 1 for concessions, with under-16s admitted free.

Please enter the ground though the main entrance. Kick off will be at 19:45.


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Wednesday 28 September 2005
reserve team news
Surrey Premier Cup Squad

The reserves play their Surrey Premier Cup first round match tonight against Warlingham from the Combined Couties League, Division 1. The opposition reached last year's final before losing to Sutton and a hard-fought contest is expected tonight. Although Warlingham are the home team, the match is being played at Croydon Athletic FC with a 7.45 pm kick off and John Morris has announced the following squad:

Josh Lennie, Sean Hillier, Charlie Bunce, Simon Bassey, Jon Boswell, Noel Frankum, Joe Paris, Stefan Wojciechowski, Craig Reilly, Liam Hirel, Jack Faraday, Mark King, Tom Jelly, Greg Ngoy.


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Tuesday 27 September 2005
dons trust news
2005 Dons Trust elections under way

The Dons Trust is pleased to announce that the 2005 elections for membership of the Dons Trust Board is now under way. Six places are available on the Board this year, and we would like to encourage as many members as possible to put themselves forward.

You do not require specialist skills or prior experience of serving on a Board. But you will need energy, commitment, integrity, the ability to work as part of a diverse team and a passion for furthering the aims of the Dons Trust.

Members wishing to stand for election will need to send in their nomination forms and manifestos by 17th October. Voting will take place over the period 25th October to 25th November, and the results will be announced at the Annual General Meeting on 1st December.

Once again, the election process will be overseen by an Election Steering Group comprising Stephen Godfrey, Tim Hillyer and Matt West. The Board wishes to thank them for volunteering to undertake this task.

For more information, the following documents can be accessed via the links below:

? Letter from the Secretary of the Dons Trust to members (40kb);
? Nomination forms (32kb);
? Election rules policy (including conflict of interests policy) (108kb).

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


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Sunday 25 September 2005
ladies news
Ladies home sweep

The senior team take on Langford Ladies (Kingsmeadow, 14.00) in a crucial Nationwide Premier League South match. Recent signs of recovery must be maintained to move out of the relegation zone. Manager Lance Patey names the same squad that drew at Millwall Lionesses last Sunday.

The reserves look for early revenge over Bristol Academy. After defeat in the league two weeks ago, today's game is in the league cup (Dorking, 14.00).

The under 14s also kick-off their league cup campaign with a home tie against Croydon Borough Girls (Tolworth, 15.00).


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Saturday 24 September 2005
club news
Dave promises to ring the changes

Dave Anderson has promised to ring the changes following the 3-0 FA Cup defeat to Walton & Hersham.

Dave kept the players locked in the dressing room for 30 minutes after the final whistle, but admitted that there ?isn?t much you can say about that?.

He said:
?I thought we were good for five minutes ? then we were poor for the rest of the game. We knew what to expect, and we knew how they would play, but those two early goals weren?t about systems or tactics ? they were just poor goals to concede. The first goal was embarrassing.?

And he admitted that the team deserved the stick from Wimbledon fans at the final whistle, adding:
?I feel sorry for them ? they paid their money and had to make do with that. We were playing a team who hadn?t conceded a goal in five games. At two down it doesn?t take a rocket scientist to figure we were up against it.

?But, after 20 years in football that ranks as one of my worst days. We have to fix it, and I will. Expect to see several changes.?



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Friday 23 September 2005
dons trust news
Project Managers wanted

In order to achieve this seasons fundraising target of 100,000 a number of events are currently being considered and evaluated by the Fundraising Working Group, these include:-

? A Sporting Dinner
? A Corporate football tournament
? An evening with some of our heroes

In order to make progress with these ideas we are looking for Project Managers, who will be able to take an idea and turn it into reality. You will have the support from the fundraising team and access to the required resources; but you will need to be self-motivated, resilient, organised and above all an excellent communicator.

If you are interested in project managing an event, or even simply helping run one please send your contact details to geraldine.messenbird@thedonstrust.org.



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Friday 23 September 2005
reserve team news
Reserves visit the other Walton

The reserves visit Walton Casuals on 24 September for what will be just their 3rd league game of the season. The match has a 3.00pm kick off and John Morris has announced the following squad:

Charlie Stallard, Sean Hillier, Charlie Bunce, Jon Boswell, Jake Delaney, Steve Lawson, Joe Paris, Tom Jelly, Steve Tyson, Jack Faraday, Niall Connery, Mark King, Craig Reilly, Noel Frankum, Greg Ngoy.


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Friday 23 September 2005
club news
Don't forget to pick up your programme

In tomorrow's matchday programme, we meet former Swan, Simon Sobihy who warns that the atmosphere he experienced in last season's beaten Walton & Hersham dressing room will act as a huge spur to his former teammates.

In addition we have all the usual features including Dave Anderson, Kris Stewart and Ray Armfield as well as supporter Kerry Mander who becomes the first lady of Shoot as she goes head to head with Rob Ursell.

If that wasn't enough, we also talk to Matt Couper who relays his experiences of Edinburgh following a sucessful run of his AFC Wimbledon play, A Fan's Club.


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Friday 23 September 2005
first team news
Everard on the come-back trail

The OS caught up with Matt Everard today to find out how his rehabilitation is progressing following the serious knee injury he sustained last year.

"The knee is looking good. I saw Mike Rayner yesterday and he thinks I should be able to start running in a month or so."

"I cant get too excited as I was only a week away from full training when I suffered my last setback but the prognosis wasn't as bad as I expected so I am quite hopeful. It's onwards and upwards."


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Friday 23 September 2005
first team news
Campbell to Hendon

Jeff Campbell has joined Hendon on a long-term 'loan' deal. Dave Anderson explains:

"Jeff has gone to Hendon but we have the option to recall him, as and when, is necessary. I expect it to be a long-term arrangement and we have ensured that he will be ineligible to play against us.

"I felt we needed to trim the squad a little bit so it is a good move for him and in the long-term could benefit us."


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Friday 23 September 2005
first team news
Let's get it on!

Dave Anderson has rallied his players and supporters ahead of tomorrow's FA Cup tie with Walton & Hersham.

"A huge part of our cup victory last season over Walton was our supporters. They were superb that night and we need everyone behind us tomorrow."

"We have trained very well this week and I expect a full-blooded cup tie. We may play technically better teams this year, but we wont play anyone who works as hard or is as committed as Walton. But we know that and have done so since last season. Both clubs have respect for each other and both managers certainly do. It will be a very difficult game but we're ready for it - Let's get it on!"

Dave has named the following squad for tomorrow's match:

Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Antony Howard, Simon Sobihy, Dave Sargent, Wayne Finnie, Michael Harvey, Mark Cooper, Steve Butler, Michael Woolner, Matt York, Barry Moore, Stefan Wojciechowski, Shane Smeltz, Wes Daly, Sonny Farr, Richard Butler.

Steve Butler and Micky Woolner will face fitness tests but Dave is hopeful they will be available.


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Friday 23 September 2005
club news
Tickets and a travel warning for tomorrow's FA Cup clash

For the FA Cup game against Walton & Hersham seat tickets will be on sale from the turnstiles at the Tempest End only. Terrace tickets will be on sale at the Kingston Road end.

If you are coming to the match from or via the Surbiton area, please note that there will be heavy congestion in that area this weekend.

From Friday 23 September at 10am to Monday 26 September at 6am, Ewell Road and Surbiton Hill Road (A240) will be totally closed between Maple Road and Kingsdowne Road.

The junction with St Marks Hill and Lamberts Road will also be closed. In addition the Surbiton Festival and Parade is being held in Victoria Road, Surbiton on Saturday.

So, if your usual matchday route includes any of these locations, we advise you to take a different route and allow a little more time to get to Kingsmeadow.


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Thursday 22 September 2005
dons trust news
Dons Trust Board Membership Resignation ? Niall Couper

It is with much regret that I have to report that Niall Couper has decided to stand down as a member of the Dons Trust Board.

Niall has been a Dons Trust Board member for almost 18 months and during that time has successfully focussed on the development of Dons Trust Membership and Volunteers as well as being highly active on a number of fundraising initiatives including the Weird and Wonderful Rematch, Dons Draw and others. Furthermore, members will recall that when Niall was elected, he promised that he would do whatever he could to get more people involved and enshrine the fan at the centre of the Trust. The Board is fully appreciative of the achievements secured against these aims including getting David Bugg, John O'Brien and Ray Armfield formally involved in the club.

As some of you may be aware, Niall has recently taken on a new career challenge, the application for which I as Chair of the Dons Trust was delighted to endorse in view of the tremendous contribution Niall has made to the Dons Trust since its inception. However, this new career challenge has meant that over the last six months Niall has found it increasingly difficult to attend Dons Trust Board meetings. Niall also found the volume of the agenda at these meetings extremely full and sometimes accompanied with lengthy discussion arising from controversial items, coupled with experiencing clash of personality with some other board members, all rather exhausting, particularly as this could take, with travel to and from Kingsmeadow, some six hours out of an evening

With DT Board membership elections underway it was therefore considered that this would be the best time to make the break from Board Membership.

Niall has made it very clear that he will devote his energies, albeit rather limited at this time, to support The Dons Trust where ever they can be best directed. So I am sure that Niall will remain pivotal to our fundraising, help to develop car-sharing, continue to give support to the Dons Trust desk on match days and run the Wimbledon Old Players' Association whether or not this ultimately becomes a Dons Trust activity.

Dons Trust Board representation for Membership and Volunteers will be taken on by David Cox until after the election when all DT Board assignments will be reviewed and allocated according to the composition of the new DT Board.

It is with much reluctance the Board has accepted Niall?s resignation and wish him well for the future and look forward to his continued support, particularly in fundraising.

Tom Adam, Chair Dons Trust Board


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Wednesday 21 September 2005
first team news
Redbridge reaction

The OS eventually caught up with Dave Anderson following last night's 3-0 victory over Redbridge. Dave was understandably happy with the performance.

"Redbridge is a difficult place to visit, in so far as the playing surface was patchy. Going in to the game, I felt we would be OK as I could sense the lads were frustrated from last Saturday.

"We scored three good goals. I felt we did a lot of things well in the first half and not so well in the second half - such as moving the ball around at speed and creating space.

"All in all a good reaction to the Worthing game and a useful opportunity to rest a few players towards the end."


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Tuesday 20 September 2005
club news
Redbridge squad

Dave Anderson has named the following squad for tonight's match with Redbridge:

Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Antony Howard, Simon Sobihy, Dave Sargent, Wayne Finnie, Michael Harvey, Mark Cooper, Michael Woolner, Matt York, Barry Moore, Mark King, Stefan Wojciechowski, Sean Hillier, Shane Smeltz, Wes Daly, Sonny Farr, Richard Butler.

Michael Harvey returns and it is a welcome back to Mark King who makes his first appearance in the first-team squad this season.

"Tonight is the perfect opportunity for us to bounce back for the disappointment of losing on Saturday," admits Dave Anderson. "We gave away two poor goals last time out and I haven't been happy with the last six we have conceded but if we can eradicate the sloppy goals, and pass the ball as well as we can, we should be fine."


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Tuesday 20 September 2005
youth news
FA Youth Cup success

Last Wednesday Steve Brindley and James Thorne took a side to play Camberley Town in the FA Youth Cup preliminary round.

Several of last year's successful U18 side were in the squad but the majority were from the under-16 age group. On the night the boys performed brilliantly, constantly taking the game to their opponents and running out 4-0 winners.

The goals came from skipper Matt Farrell, finishing off a goal mouth scramble following a corner, two from Tommy Hutchings, the first when he
pounced onto a mis-hit back pass and the second a superb second half strike into the far top corner and a fine solo effort from substitute Albert
Seudieu.

All the boys ran themselves into the ground and performed with discipline
and application. Playing against older opposition had presented an early
test for the Youth Development Programme's policy of attracting the best
local boys to AFC Wimbledon, but with Chairman Kris Stewart in attendance
the boys did themselves and the club proud.

In the first qualifying round we will now play Erith & Belvedere on Thursday
29 September. The club has decided to play the game at The Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow. We will announce further details on the OS and in the matchday programme as soon as we have them.


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Monday 19 September 2005
club news
Mike's injury minutes

Physio Mike Rayner round up the latest news from his treatment room:

Steve Butler ? mild thigh strain sustained Saturday, and had to be withdrawn. Steve will now be unavailable for Tuesday?s game, but with intensive treatment, I am hopeful he will be fit for Saturday's FA Cup game.

Amadou Kouman ? progressing well following a Medial Ligament injury of his knee sustained against Slough. I expect him to be able to participate in light running activities this week, following intense rehab over the last few weeks. He?ll be ready for match time in about 2-3 weeks.

Matt Fowler ? following a deep back strain sustained at East Thurrock, Matt has remained disciplined and worked hard. He is now back to light running and turning work, and has yet suffered no reaction. This will gradually be progressed, and he should be available in the next week or so.

Rob Ursell ? has progressed extremely well through his late stage rehab programme for his Posterior Cruciate Ligament injury. The specialist further examined Rob last week, who was pleased at his advances. We have now been given the all clear to re-start light running activities this week. I have further assessed Rob via video analysis for his running pattern, and already ensured he is strengthening specific areas to try and ensure pressure is taken away from the area, and to give longevity of his knee. It is possible Rob could be training in about 3 weeks time, and playing in about 4 weeks. It is important to note though, Rob still may require an operation at some point in his career, but if he keeps taking responsibility and working hard, this will be less likely.


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Sunday 18 September 2005
ladies news
Into the Lions den

The Ladies team look to build on last week's convincing result when they take on Millwall Lionesses this afternoon (Carshalton Athletic FC, 14.00).

The second string are at home to Langford (Dorking FC, 14.00), the U14s play their first home fixture, against Badshot Lea (Tolworth, 14.30) and the U12s make their debut against Farncombe (Meades Park, 11.30).


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Saturday 17 September 2005
dons trust news
Dons Draw ? September 2005 results

With all the funds received and reconciliations completed, the thirteenth Dons Draw took place yesterday morning at Kingsmeadow. Kris Stewart drew the winning numbers whilst John Owen, the Dons Trust Treasurer, controlled the draw process.

To celebrate the anniversary of the first draw that took place in September 2004, we felt it time to make the Dons Draw even more worthwhile winning! And so from this month onwards, the Dons Draw will pay out an increased minimum jackpot of 750, and increased minimum second and third prizes of 375 and 125 respectively.

The winning ticket numbers and prizes for our September 2005 draw were as follows:

First prize of 750 - ticket 0614 ? Andy Lamb from Epsom
Second prize of 375 - ticket 0242 ? Harold Galley, also from Epsom
Third prize of 125 - ticket 2553 ? S Roberts from Orpington, Kent

Congratulations to all three prize winners!

For Andy Lamb and Harold Galley, they had patiently waited for their chance to win, both having signed up to the draw last September. For S Roberts we have a repeat from last month whereby the third prize went to an entrant who had just increased their number of tickets to increase their chance of winning the jackpot, and it was one of these new tickets that won third prize.

If you haven?t entered the Dons Draw yet or if you have already entered but would like to increase your number of lottery tickets, then why not pick up an entry form from the Dons Trust table at next Saturday?s home match. Alternatively you can sign up to the Dons Draw here

Any questions you may have can be answered on match days at the Dons Trust table, or by contacting the Dons Draw team at donsdraw@thedonstrust.org or on 07990554959.

The deadline for entry to the October 2005 draw is 30 September 2005


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Saturday 17 September 2005
club news
Dave finds defeat ?hard to stomach?

Dave Anderson was in upbeat mood despite Worthing?s late winner bringing AFC Wimbledon?s unbeaten start to the season to an end.

He said: ?This was one of those days when I felt sorry for my players. At 1-1 I could only see one winner, and that was us. To lose like that was hard to stomach.?

Once again, the Dons? fell behind to a set piece goal before a stunning free-kick from Barry Moore ? captain in the second half in place of the injured Steve Butler ? put Wimbledon back on level terms. However, Worthing sealed the win in the 89th minute.

Dave added: ?I wasn?t happy with the goals we conceded today but I?ve got to look at the bigger picture and there were lots of positives today. Worthing didn?t create an awful lot of chances, and ? as I?ve said before ? you can?t expect teams to roll over and die at this level.?



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Saturday 17 September 2005
club news
Another milestone reached

With the payment of another 20,000 on Friday 16 September, we have now reduced the total debt to Mr Khosla to half a million pounds.

The latest payment was made from funds raised from a number of sources, including: sale of shares to WISA, 4k; Dons Draw and Golden Goals 7k; other fundraising receipts 3k; other membership income 3k and, following a drive to re-recruit members a further 3k from lapsed members who have rejoined the Trust.

We would like to thank everyone who contributed to these funds.


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Saturday 17 September 2005
club news
Golden goal update

Dont forget to pick up your Golden Goal ticket today. The sale of Golden Goal tickets has raised 2,800.00 for the Dons Trust Stadium Fund in the 2005-06 season and an incredible 46,000 since sales began in August 2002.

The latest winners are:

Bromley: The golden goal was player 7, minute 2. That won 100 for Laurie Pym. The second goal was player 9, minute 73. That ticket has not yet been claimed and the ticket holder should claim by following the instructions on the reverse of the ticket.

Ashford Town (Middx): The golden goal was player 10, minute 32, winning 100 for Derek Chaplin. The second goal was player 5, minute 46. That won 25 for Keenan Setter.


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Friday 16 September 2005
reserve team news
Reserves back in action

After a 2 week break the reserves return to action when they entertain Tooting & Mitcham in the 2nd leg of their 1st round Suburban League cup tie. Having taken the lead in the 1st leg through a Mark King penalty, the reserves conceded 3 goals in the last 15 minutes to lose 4-1 and face an uphill struggle to make the 2nd round.

The match kicks off at Croydon Athletic's ground at 3.00pm and John Morris has announced the following squad:

Charlie Stallard, Jake Delaney, Jon Boswell, Simon Bassey, Charlie Bunce, Jason Dodd, Joe Paris, Liam Hirrel, Anthony Wall, Jack Floweday, Craig Reilly, Mark King, Tom Jelley.


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Friday 16 September 2005
first team news
Worthing team news

Dave Anderson has named the following squad for tomorrow's match with Worthing:

Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Antony Howard, Simon Sobihy, Dave Sargent, Wayne Finnie, Steve Butler, Mark Cooper, Michael Woolner, Matt York, Barry Moore, Jeff Campbell, Stefan Wojciechowski, Sean Hillier, Shane Smeltz, Wes Daly, Sonny Farr, Richard Butler.

Michael Harvey is spending the weekend training at Bisham Abbey in preparation for his Sky television return on 'The Match' and is unavailable, but Jeff Campbell is fit again following his recent injury. Richard Butler is in the squad and, along with Micky Woolner, will face a fitness test, however Dave expects both players to feature.

"Richard actually was very close to appearing last Saturday and was always going to play on Tuesday. We didn't announce his return on the OS as we felt the boost it would give the fans on the night would be important. Contrary to some newspaper report I saw, playing Richard was never a gamble. For me, playing one of your best players who is fully fit and desperate to play is common-sense. He received a new knock on Tuesday but I think he'll be fine."


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Friday 16 September 2005
club news
Coach travel to Redbridge and Heybridge

The club is running a supporters' coach to each of the next two away league matches - Redbridge on Tuesday 20 September and Heybridge Swifts on Saturday 1 October.

Prices are the usual 13 for adults and 7 for concessions and under-16s. The Redbridge coach will leave Kingsmeadow at 5.15pm - timing details for the Heybridge Swifts coach will be annoucned nearer the time.

To book your place call the office on 020 8547 3528 or email coaches@afcwimbledon.co.uk


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Friday 16 September 2005
club news
Good going

Good Going Week 2005 is a London-wide campaign to increase awareness and encourage people to walk, cycle, use public transport and car share whenever possible. For the home game against Worthing on Saturday 17 September, the club is supporting Kingston Council in this initiative.

There will be a brief travel survey and it would be very useful to the club if as many people as possible can participate. The Good Going team will also be inviting fans to sign pledge cards which offer a range of discounts and benefits across Kingston. Every signed card will be entered in a prize draw which will be held at half time.

So, please do pay a visit to the Good Going gazebo and help in this important project.



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Friday 16 September 2005
club news
Late gates

The gates will open slightly later than usual at 2.00pm for the home match with Worthing to allow as many people as possible to attend tomorrow's scheduled open meeting.


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Thursday 15 September 2005
club news
Seven up for Give & Go

Give & Go's Magnificent Seven is imminent!

Tomorrow at 8.15 (doors open 7.30), you can see King Kool, Larp and Fractured for just 5 if you have a flyer from G&G6, an extra pound if you don't.

The evening will be topped off in style with a reprise of The Chemical Toilet Brothers DJ set to compliment the excitement of a late bar.

Go here for more details.


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Wednesday 14 September 2005
first team news
FA Cup tickets now on sale

As advertised in the programme on Saturday and following our win last night, tickets are now on sale for the FA Cup 2nd Round Qualifying match against Walton & Hersham at Kingsmeadow on Saturday 24 September.

The credit card hotline - 020 8546 9582 - is open daily from 11am until 1pm and today only will be open for an extra two hours, from 3pm until 5pm. Please note there will be a 1 per order charge for all debit and credit card sales.


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Tuesday 13 September 2005
club news
It's good to talk

AFC Wimbledon are looking for volunteers to help with the new credit card ticket hotline.

The position requires a polite telephone manner and basic computer literacy. You will need to be available Monday-Friday, between 11am-1pm.

If you are interested, please call 020 8547 3528 or e-mail info@afcwimbledon.co.uk


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Tuesday 13 September 2005
club news
Craig goes Casual again

Craig Carley has left the club to return to Walton Casuals in a bid for first team football.

Dave Anderson said: ?We felt he had the potential to play at this level, but we always knew it would take him a few games to get off the mark. But at the end of the day I think he missed not playing more often, and missed his old mates. He was very honest with me about wanting to go back to his old side.

?As I?ve said before, I would never stand in the way of someone who wants to leave. Good luck to him.?



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Tuesday 13 September 2005
club news
DA names Ashford squad

Dave Anderson has named a 17 man squad for the FA Cup 1st Round Qualifying replay versus Ashford Town (Middlesex).

The squad is:
Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Anthony Howard, Simon Sobihy, Dave Sargent, Wayne Finnie, Steve Butler, Mark Cooper, Michael Woolner, Matt York, Barry Moore, Stefan Wojciechowski, Sean Hillier, Shane Smeltz, Wes Daly, Sonny Farr, Michael Harvey.

Matt Fowler is still about one week away from full fitness, but Sonny Farr and Anthony 'Frankie' Howard have both recovered from the heat-related symptoms they suffered in the first encounter.

Dave Anderson said: ?We took both Sonny and Frankie off on Saturday as a precaution. They were feeling the heat, and a little bit dehydrated, but it?s nothing serious.?


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Tuesday 13 September 2005
club news
Mascot opportunity

Following a late withdrawal there is a vacancy for a mascot for this Saturday?s game against Worthing. If you are interested, please call the club office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm or email info@afcwimbledon.co.uk


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Monday 12 September 2005
club news
Arrangements for Ashford Town (Middlesex) replay

The FA Cup First Round Qualifying replay against Ashford Town (Middlesex) will take place on Tuesday 13 September, kick off 7.45, at their ground in Short Lane, Stanwell. If the match is a draw at the end of normal time, 30 minutes extra time will be played followed by a penalty shoot-out if necessary.

We understand that Ashford Town are providing additional catering for the game. Ashford officials also tell us that there are over 200 car parking spaces available in the ground and urge fans to use those spaces rather than park in the nearby streets.

Entrance for the game is 7 for adults and 3.50 for under 16s and over 60s.

Directions to the ground can be found here



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Monday 12 September 2005
club news
Amended attendance for Ashford Town match

As part of our usual post-match procedures we have reviewed the attendance for last Saturday?s game. In doing so, we discovered that we had omitted pre-match credit card sales from the attendance. These amounted to 249 which, when added to the announced figure of 1,609, gives an amended attendance of 1,868.

Finance director Erik Samuelson explained: ?this is the first time we have used the credit card hotline for selling FA Cup tickets. Whenever something new is introduced there is a higher chance of an error and we omitted to provide the credit card sales analysis to the cash count team. I am sorry, and embarrassed, about this but our policy is to correct any errors as soon as we discover them and then announce the correct result. I have spoken to Ashford Town?s club secretary and explained the situation and he understood and accepted that this was a genuine error. We will change our process to make sure this doesn?t happen again.?


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Monday 12 September 2005
club news
FA Cup Second Round Qualifying draw announced

The draw for the FA Cup Second Round Qualifying was made this morning. The winners of tomorrow night's replay will be at home to Walton & Hersham on Saturday 24 September.


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Saturday 10 September 2005
club news
Richard signs on

AFC Wimbledon are pleased to announce that Player of the Year Richard Butler has agreed a one-year extension to his contract, meaning he will now be with the Dons until the end of next season, with an option for a further year after that.

Richard said: ?I?m really happy here and the deal was right, so I?m only too pleased to sign up. I can?t really see myself playing for another non-league team.

?There are only a couple of divisions above us now, and I hope we?ll be in the Conference South soon anyway. I don?t think it?ll be as easy as some people suggest, but that?s definitely the aim.?

AFC Wimbledon chairman Kris Stewart added: ?Richard is a quality player, and this is fantastic news all round.?



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Saturday 10 September 2005
club news
DA disappointed with draw

AFC Wimbledon saw Ashford Town fight back from 2-0 down to force a replay in our FA Cup 1st Round Qualifying meeting at The Fans? Stadium.

The Dons went ahead thanks to a cool finish from Man of the Match Wes Daly on 34 minutes. And the game looked to be safe when Steve Butler tucked away a header from a trademark Wayne Finnie long throw just 45 seconds into the second half.

But Ashford hadn?t read the script and, having pulled one back in the 71st minute, threw everyone forward in a tense last few minutes, eventually equalising with the last kick of the game.

Dave Anderson said: ?It?s safe to say that it?s not a happy dressing room at the moment. It was a game we should have won, but I thought we were poor tonight. I could only mark us five-out-of-ten for that.

?But it?s my job to get them up for it on Tuesday now. If I can mark them nine-out-of-ten in the replay, we?ll win it.?



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Friday 09 September 2005
first team news
The road to Wembley

Dave Anderson has named the following squad for tomorrow's FA Cup tie with Ashford Town (Middlesex):

Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Antony Howard, Mark Cooper, Steve Butler, Wayne Finnie, Dave Sargent, Simon Sobihy, Michael Harvey, Craig Carley, Wes Daly, Barry Moore, Matt York, Michael Woolner, Sean Hillier, Shane Smeltz, Matt Fowler, Sonny Farr, Stefan Wojciechowski.

Both Matt's (Fowler and York) will face fitness tests before the game, while new signing, Michael Harvey returns for his second spell at the club. Dave Anderson is pleased to have signed the player:

?We have signed a player who has come out of the Conference South on a deal that suits both him and the club. He is a good player who will give us a new dimension on the left, with his pace, strength and aerial ability."

"All of the lads were disappointed with themselves on Tuesday and, as a manager, you hope to see a reaction tomorrow. Ashford are top of their league and it will be a tough game but the FA Cup only comes round once a year. We only get one chance and we are all determined to do well."


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Thursday 08 September 2005
club news
Bow for under-19s

The under-19s play their first match tomorrow. The friendly fixture against Croydon Athletic under-18s will take place at Banstead's Merland Rise ground with a 7.30pm kick-off.

The side will be selected by Steve Brindley and includes James Bailey, an U16 player who is currently doing two weeks' work experience at the club office.


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Thursday 08 September 2005
first team news
Dons make Solid signing

Dave Anderson has announced the re-signing of Junior Harvey. Since last appearing for AFC Wimbledon, Harvey has been forging a successful career with Lewes in the Conference South.

Anderson said: "We're delighted to have him back. I know him well and he made it clear to me that he wanted to come back. He left AFC Wimbledon as a CCL player and he's come back as an established Conference South player. And, have no doubt about it, he's here to play football.

"Younger fans may recognise Harvey, AKA MC Harvey, as a member of chart-topping band So Solid Crew, while others will remember him as an attacking left-sided defender with an eye for goal."


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Thursday 08 September 2005
club news
Further roof delay

Following the delay in Kingston Council giving permission for some of the roofing materials, the club has been informed by the contractors, that their suppliers will not be delivering the cladding until the end of next week.

Unfortunately this means the roof will not be finished in time for the game against Worthing, as hoped, on Saturday 17 September. Kris Stewart explains:

"To have yet another delay is incredibly disappointing. This is our first major building project, and although we have taken the best advice we can, we have also learned a lot from the experience.

"I am certain that the Tempest End with a roof will be a great place to watch football, and I want to get round there and enjoy it myself once the work is done. I would like to thank you for your patience."

As soon as we have further information, we will update you on the OS and in the official matchday programme.


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Thursday 08 September 2005
club news
Back to normal

With the power restored and the telephones and computer network having suffered no damage, the AFC Wimbledon office is now back up and running during its usual opening hours of 10am until 4pm on weekdays.

The credit card ticket hotline will also be back in operation today, during its usual hours of 11am until 1pm on weekdays.

Thanks for your patience.


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Wednesday 07 September 2005
youth news
Surrey honours

A staggering 11 players from the AFC Wimbledon Under 16s squad were selected to represent Surrey County in the Harold Whiddon Inter-County Memorial Tournament at Brunel University last weekend.

This fantastic achievement was made even better when the Under 16s side won the tournament, conceding only two goals throughout and going unbeaten against teams representing Hertfordshire, London and Middlesex.

The players involved were:

Sam Collier, Dan Dean, Jack Holmes, Sacha M'Baye, Matt Farrell, Matt Martin, Steven Barrilli, Anthony Giglio, Herbert Seudieu, Tom Hutchings, Richard Bondhu.


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Wednesday 07 September 2005
club news
Power cut problems

Owing to a power cut in the Norbiton area, the club office is currently without power. This means that the phonelines, credit card hotline and club email access are all down.

The office is therefore effectivey closed until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


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Wednesday 07 September 2005
first team news
Dave on the draw

AFC Wimbledon gave away an early goal for the second match running before striking back to earn a share of the spoils at Kingsmeadow.

Shane Smeltz was the pick of the Wimbledon players and deservedly grabbed a 72 minute equaliser as Dave commented after the match:

"Shane worked his socks off and I was pleased with him again tonight. We have two good strikers on the treatment table so that maybe something we need to address before Saturday.

"However you dress it up, we lost two points tonight. Football at this level is all about being clinical in both boxes. We gave away another soft goal, after a minute or so, and that is very frustrating. Then we had four good chances to go in level at half-time. By missing those chances, we found ourselves in a situation where we needed to be careful, as fair play to Bromley, they didn't sit back and we were indebted to Andy Little.

"You can not afford to keep giving goals away at this level. I don't think you could fault our commitment but our quality could have been better."


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Tuesday 06 September 2005
club news
Bromley brief

Ever wondered what happened to Sim Johnston? Well worry no more. Tonight's official matchday programme catches up with the elegant centre-half and he tells us exactly why he left and why he cant wait to be dropped to the reserves for his new side - Tonbridge Angels.

In addition to Sim, we talk to Wayne Finnie about his excellent start to his Wimbledon career, Dave Sargent and supporter Geoff Austin are the willing subjects of Shoot and Ray Armfield is on hand to look at the various regional Dons groups that are in existence.

2.50 gets you this, Kris Stewart, Marc Jones talking Dons Trust and Dave Anderson. And for those of you missing the wordsmithery of Charlie Talbot, there's even room for him too, as tonight's guest columnist.


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Tuesday 06 September 2005
first team news
Bromley squad

Dave Anderson has named a squad of 18 for tonight's match with Bromley. The squad is:

Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Antony Howard, Mark Cooper, Steve Butler, Wayne Finnie, Dave Sargent, Simon Sobihy, Craig Carley, Wes Daly, Barry Moore, Matt York, Michael Woolner, Sean Hillier, Shane Smeltz, Matt Fowler, Sonny Farr, Stefan Wojciechowski.

Matt Fowler will face a fitness tests before the game, while Simon Sobihy is included for the first time competitively, having recovered from his broken toe. Dave was keen to stress the importance of this game:

?I have stressed to the team that we must win tonight to get the benefit of the point away at East Thurrock. I often feel the midweek games generate a better atmosphere and it will be important for everyone to get behind us to maximise what I consider to be a crucial game.

"If we can get three points then it will solidify an excellent start to our season."


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Sunday 04 September 2005
first team news
Billericay game brought forward

With England kicking off at 4pm against Austria at Old Trafford in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday 8 October, the clubs and the Ryman league have agreed to bring forward the Dons home match against Billericay Town to a 1.30pm start. The England match will, of course, be on the big screens at Kingsmeadow.

Please note this is also the Saturday of the FA Cup 3rd qualifying round and therefore the fixture is subject to change.


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Saturday 03 September 2005
first team news
A good point?

Antony Howard came off the bench to rescue a point for AFC Wimbledon in the early kick-off at East Thurrock.

Wes Daly had put through his own net as early as the second minute to leave the Dons trailing and injuries further depleted Dave Anderson's options. The manager felt a point was the least the team deserved though.

"A draw was probably fair. If either team were going to win the match, it looked like being us but after such a terrible opening, I am happy with a point. Shane had a great chance to win it and I would have put my mortgage on him finishing that. He said afterwards that it just sat up as he was about to hit it.

"I wasn't happy with our start. We gave a goal away and for thirty minutes it really affected us. If I had the chance to use six substitutes, I would have taken three off within the first twenty minutes. As it was, we lost Matt Fowler with the back injury he is carrying and Jeff Campbell tweaked his groin so my hands were forced a little.

"I feel very sorry for Matt. He wanted to play today and then he aggravates his injury, so it looks as if Mike Rayner is going to be busy for a little while longer.

"It's another point at a club who I expect to be up there, so it shows we are able to compete in this league but I stressed to the players, in the dressing room, a point away from home is only a good point if we get all three, at home, against Bromley on Tuesday."


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Friday 02 September 2005
reserve team news
Up for the cup

The reserves travel to local rivals Tooting & Mitcham for the 1st leg of their 1st round Suburban League Cup tie. A tough match is expected with Tooting & Mitcham winning last season's home game 3-1 but the Dons winning the return game 5-1. The match at Imperial Sports Ground, Bishopsford Road, Morden kicks off at 1.00pm and John Morris has announced the following squad:

Charlie Stallard, Sean Hillier, Jon Boswell, Simon Sobihy, Charlie Bunce, Simon Bassey, Freddie Myers, Joe Paris, Noel Frankum, Craig Riley, Mark King, Niall Connery, Tom Jelley, Jack Faraday.




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Friday 02 September 2005
first team news
Squad named for East Thurrock

Dave Anderson has named a squad of 17 for the trip to East Thurrock, with several players facing fitness tests on the morning of the game.

The squad is:

Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Antony Howard, Mark Cooper, Steve Butler, Wayne Finnie, Dave Sargent, Craig Carley, Wes Daly, Barry Moore, Matt York, Michael Woolner, Jeff Campbell, Shane Smeltz, Matt Fowler, Sonny Farr, Stefan Wojciechowski.

Mark Cooper, Michael Woolner and Matt Fowler all face fitness tests before the game, while Sonny Farr features for the first time this year, having made good progress following his pre-season ankle injury.

With Amo Kouman and Richard Butler also ruled out, Dave said: ?Last season we realised that we?d pick up more injuries than most teams just because our games are so intense. I was speaking to Joe Sheerin, who?s playing down at Croydon, and he commented on how much less intense games are at other clubs.?

?It?s bad luck as well though. We have three great strikers at the club, and now suddenly two are unfit ? although we?re hoping Matt Fowler passes fit to play. And we?ve included Sonny Farr in the squad as he isn?t far off full fitness. We know he should be good for 20-30 minutes if we need him.?

Looking ahead, Dave says he?s expecting another tough test. ?I coached Steve West at Enfield? he can play at centre-back or centre forward and he?s a real handful. Then there?s Hazeldine who plays on the left and did well at Dagenham and Redbridge, he?s a useful player. They have a squad that will be good, and able to compete, in every department.

?I expect a real test of football tomorrow ? but then that?s no different to any game in this league.?

Meanwhile, Simon ?Speedo? Sobihy is due for a run out in the reserves, having recovered from his toe injury, and could be in line for a return to the first team squad next week.


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Thursday 01 September 2005
club news
Mike's injury minutes

Having played three games in six days, the treatment room has been pretty busy. Mike Rayner is on-hand with the debrief:

Antony Howard and Craig Carley ? both suffered with cramp in respective games, and had to be withdrawn as a result. Both will be in contention for this Saturday?s game.

Richard Butler ? had to be taken off on Saturday after forcibly turning his ankle. There appears no sign of fracture at this stage, and Richard is able to bear weight. The inability to move his ankle on the field was due to protective muscle spasm. Swelling is present over the ankle, and it is presently compressed and being regularly iced, to reduce the inflammation that will occur over the next 48-72 hours.

Amadou Kouman ? suffered a medial ligament injury of his knee against Slough on Saturday in a heavy challenge. The area is presently very swollen, and I expect him to be out for 5-6 weeks.

Micky Woolner ? another who suffered an injury against Slough. Micky has also damaged medial ligament fibres, but to a lesser extent. I expect him to be out for only 1-2 weeks, and he will be assessed further this Thursday.

Mark Cooper ? took a blow to his lower right thigh muscle and bony prominence against Folkstone. This has been sore since, but with treatment and rest, he has been able to play. With less than 48 hours recovery time from Saturday, it was too soon to play Monday. I fully expect Mark to be fit for this Saturday.

Matt Fowler ? back strain sustained on Monday. I have given him the appropriate advice, and with rest and treatment, I would expect Matt to be fit for this Saturday. He will be further reviewed today at training.

Simon Sobihy ? progressing well from the fracture in his big toe. He has worked hard and been patient up to now. Progressive running and ball work activities have been advanced with no reaction. Simon will be placed into training today and the area observed for reaction.

Sonny Farr - his ankle has healed extremely well in the last seven days, and he has suffered no set-backs in any stage of his rehab. As with Simon, Sonny will be training today and observed for any reaction to the area.

Rob Ursell ? has progressed well in the early and intermediate stages of his rehab. Rob is being disciplined and has worked hard to date. I have just had to hide any footballs from him! If he continues to have no symptoms then Rob may be able to re-start light running activities in the next four weeks.

Paul Smith and Matt Everard, our other two long term injured are progressing well. Paul still cannot join in with full contact activities, but is able to join in everything else. Matt is in early-mid stages of rehab, and it will be another 6-8 weeks before running is re-started.



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Thursday 01 September 2005
dons trust news
Meeting over yonder

A reminder to members that the Dons Trust Special General Meeting is being held in the back bar at The Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow this evening kick-off at 7.30pm.



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