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Friday 29 September 2006
club news
Kingsmeadow Live launches this Saturday!

Don't forget that Kingsmeadow Live, Kingston's newest venue for live music and comedy, will officially be launched on Saturday 30th September, after the FA Cup match against Oxhey Jets.

The launch will give you a taste of what is to come over the next few months, featuring comedy with Andre Vincent (BBC, CH4), followed by Money for Nothing playing Dire Straits' greatest hits and finishing up with an 80?s disco.

As there are functions in both bars on Saturday night, the President's Lounge will be open to the public after the manin bar closes at 6.30 until 8.00 pm.

Doors for Kingsmeadow Live open from 8pm till late (a taxi company has been notified) and tickets cost 10 on the night. However, if you book tickets in advance, tickets cost 9. We expect demand to be high for the launch so book tickets now to avoid disappointment.

To book tickets and for more information, call our booking line on 020 8547 3335 or visit the Kingsmeadow Live website here)..

Tickets will also be available from the Comps Window from 1pm on Saturday.

When you visit the website, make sure you submit your e-mail address to allow you to take advantage of discount prices for all our future events.


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Friday 29 September 2006
reserve team news
Reserve squad for Burgess Hill

The reserves, like the first team, are also in cup action on Saturday when they vist Burgess Hill Town in the 1st round of the Suburban league cup. The teams met in league action on the first day of the season with the Dons coming out 2-1 winners and another close game is expected. John Morris has named the following squad:

Josh Lennie, Simon Sweeney, Ken During, Casey Maclaren, Dominic Worthington, Jake Galbraith, James Young-Husband, Joe Paris, Steve Tyson, Jack Johnson, Peter Hinks, Freddie Myers, Jason Finnigan, Mark King, Niall Connery


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Friday 29 September 2006
club news
Up for the cup!

Dave Anderson is taking tomorrow's FA Cup game against Oxhey Jets very seriously. "Everyone I've spoken to this week, especially the press, is assuming that we just have to turn up tomorrow to win. That's OK outside the dressing room but believe me that inside the dressing room we are taking this as seriously as any game we might play against a team from this league or one higher.

"I'm very aware that the FA Cup always throws up surprises and we are absolutely determined that on Saturday night we won't be one of them. As a result, we are putting out the strongest team possible because it is a big fixture for us. And we want to win it because it would be a massive result for us to be in the hat on Monday.

"This season the support at Kingsmeadow has been exceptional and I hope the fans will be as up for this as we are - if so, it will be a great day. But let's give Oxhey every respect. And I hope the fans will also show a little patience because this will be a bit tricker than everyone wants us to think."

The squad is:

Andy Little; Paul Smith; Steve Wales; Michael Haswell; Antony Howard; Simon Sobihy; Steve Butler; Lee Kersey; Wayne Finnie; Luke Garrard; Wes Daly; Scott Curley; Robin Shroot; Darren Grieves; Richard Butler; Roscoe Dsane.

Mark Rooney and Byron Bubb are still recovering from their hamstring injuries, Paul Barnes continues his treatment for his knee injury, Simon Sweeney will get another run out with the reserves while Stephen Goddard has not recovered from the injury he picked up in the warm up before the Ashford game on Tuesday.


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Friday 29 September 2006
club news
Matchday Academy and Sport for Schools and Clubs vouchers

Matchday Academy open before the Oxhey Jets Game

The Matchday Academy is held at Kingsmeadow Athletics Track next to The Fans' Stadium, before every AFC Wimbledon Saturday home game. The MDA?s new format is set to continue, with the session now running from 1.00pm to 2.00pm for boys and girls aged 4 - 12.

The new look session costs only 3 for season ticket holders and 4 for non-season ticket holders who will also receive free entrance to the game that day.

The MDA involves lots of small-sided games on state-of-the-art synthetic grass pitches. Everyone is welcome to take part, whether you are a Wimbledon fan or not, so come on down and enjoy the pre-game atmosphere!

Vouchers for AFC Wimbledon

The Tesco Sport for Schools and Clubs 2006 Scheme started last Monday, 11 September, and runs until 5 November 2006. Please help the club by collecting "Sport for Schools and Clubs" vouchers whenever you shop at Tesco. You can collect one voucher for every 10 you spend at Tesco.

We will be collecting vouchers to exchange them for sports equipment for use in our community football scheme, so please consider giving them to the club.

You can hand vouchers in at any home game at the Complimentary Tickets window.



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Friday 29 September 2006
club news
Burgess Hill game update

As expected, our Westview League Cup 3rd round game against Burgess Hill Town has been confirmed for Tuesday 3 October. Please note that it is a 7.30 kick off.

However, if Saturday's FA Cup game against Oxhey Jets ends in a draw then the replay will be played on Wednesday 4 October. If this happens, the Burgess Hill game will be postponed.

Please note that we are not arranging coach travel to Burgess Hill.


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Friday 29 September 2006
club news
Matchday ticket arrangements for Oxhey Jets game

Seat tickets for the FA Cup game against Oxhey Jets will be sold from the following locations:

Seats in blocks A - E; from the booth in the main lobby

Seats in Blocks F - K; from turnstile 3, at the Kingston Road end of the stadium.

Terrace tickets are available from turnstiles 1,2,4 and 5.

Please help us to move the queues quickly by accepting the tickets which are offered and, where possible, buying them as you arrive at the ground. As usual, tickets will go on sale at about 1.45 pm.

Please note that seat tickets will only be on sale up to kick off.
Only terrace tickets will be available for sale in the bar during the game.

Ticket prices for the Main Stand are:
Adults 11
Concessions 6
Under 16s 3

For the terraces:
Adults 9
Concessions 5
Under 16s 2


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Thursday 28 September 2006
club news
Traffic warning for Saturday

We have been told by the police that Surbiton town centre will be closed on Saturday for the Surbiton festival.

Fans who travel through or near to Surbiton are likely to be subject to substantial delays; the police encourage you to find an alternative route to Kingsmeadow.


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Wednesday 27 September 2006
club news
Team spirit wins through

"Last night's win was about team spirit" said Dave Anderson after Wimbledon pulled off a last minute victory against Ashford Town, Middlesex.

"We started well and two great moves led to Scott Curley hitting both bar and post with a header and Roscoe being brought down for what looked like a clear penalty which wasn't given. I thought we dominated the first half but, come half-time, I was begining to think it was going to be Margate all over again. In the second half we lost our way - you can't dominate a game for 90 minutes. Some of our passing was going astray and the movement wasn't what it had been in the first half. And then they got their goal and, with only 10 minutes to go, you fear the worst.

"But the team just kept going and showed its character and spirit. We got the penalty, again from a well-worked move. And what I really liked was that we celebrated but then picked the ball up and carried it back to the centre spot. Everyone was still going for the win and that shows the strength of team spirit we've got here. And suddenly another excellent move set up Steve Wales for the winner. It was really odd. From where I was sitting I was sure he'd hit the side netting and suddenly there was pandemonium. If you'd had a camera on me it would have shown me reacting about two seconds after everyone else!"

We asked why Steve Goddard was withdrawn from the squad at the last minute. "He hurt his knee in the warm up and so we had to make a change. We'll have it looked at by Mike Rayner to see how serious it is. Frankie also rolled his ankle and although he finished the game we need Mike to have a look to see if it is anything more than that."

Dave was also pleased with Robin Shroot's first team competitive debut. "Robin did very well. He is very accomplished on the ball and slotted straight into the team. And that is another sign of the quality in the squad."

And now it is back to the FA Cup on Saturday. "Yes, there are lots of games coming up but the strength in depth of the squad and its spirit continues to make me feel optimistic."


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Wednesday 27 September 2006
youth news
FA Youth Cup

The squad for the FA Youth Cup match against Erith Town tonight is:
Elliot Ransom , Liam Poupart, Harrison Dunk, Oliver Treacher, Stevie Gilbert, Luke Pigden, Dan Dein, Jack Holmes, Matt Farrell, Antony Giglio, Matt Martin, Aaron Reid, Aaron Snelling , Nicolas Ogeanufe, David Fianyor, Tommy Hutchings.

The game is being played at The Erith Sports Centre, Avenue Road Erith, Kent DA8 3AJ with a 7:30 KO


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Wednesday 27 September 2006
club news
Cup dates confirmed (almost)

We expect to play our Westview league cup game away at Burgess Hill Town next Tuesday 3 October with a 7:30 kickoff (this will be confirmed tonight, Wednesday 27 September). However, the game will be postponed if we draw with Oxhey Jets in this Saturday's FA Cup game.

Our London Senior cup campaign starts on Tuesday 10 October at home to Dulwich Hamlet with a 7:45 kick off. This game may also have to postponed if Dulwich are involved in an FA Trophy replay, following their game against Tooting and Mitcham the previous Saturday.

As always please check the club website or contact the club office for up to date fixture information.


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Tuesday 26 September 2006
club news
Sweeney returns to squad

Simon Sweeney returns to the squad tonight after two successful 70 minute spells with the reserves. "I don't think Simon will start tonight but he may well be on the bench, expecially with the injuries we've got. It will be good to see him back after the injury he has had - he has gone about his recovery in a totally professional manner and I'm delighted to see him close to the end of what has been a very frustrating time for him."

Dave discussed the injury situation. "Mark Rooney and Byron Bubb are both out with hamstring injuries and Paul Barnes remains doubtful - we'll review his situation when we get to the ground. Speedo is also doubtful after getting a dead leg the other day but Wayne Finnie returns to the squad.

"We are also adding Robin Shroot to the squad. We said we'd try to progress young players and he's been getting good reports from John Morris and Simon Bassey so we are including him."

As for the game itself, Dave said "we probably know more about Ashford than any other team in this league, given our cup games against them in the last couple of years. We have done well but it has never been easy and I expect it will be the same again tonight. Ashford are coming off a big win against Heybridge and they will be well up for tonight. But we always go out to beat the other team and this will be no different. If we can get a win then the two away games combined, Margate and Ashford, will have been good for us. If we don't, then let's be honest, it will feel like we have dropped points."


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Sunday 24 September 2006
club news
Dave frustrated by missed chances

Dave Anderson said "We played a team which had scored 19 league goals in 7 games before yesterday and Andy Little didn't have a serious save to make all game. And we created 4 good chances to score and took none of them. I am very frustrated but I can't fault the team's application and endeavour.

"I always look for positives and while everybody had a reasonable game, I thought Steve Butler was back to his best, Frankie maintained his excellent form and Luke Garrard did a very good job for us today. Also, this was a game where we showed how our discipline has improved since last season; it could easily have boiled over but it didn't and I am very pleased about that.

"The down side is that Mark Rooney did a hamstring and is out for at least 2 weeks. We aren't so sure about Bryron Bubb - it looked like a hamstring at first but it might only be cramp. We will check it out tomorrow.

"In the dressing room after the game you'd have thought we'd lost, the players were so quiet. So it is good that there is another game on Tuesday for us to go out and show we can turn these strong performances into wins."

Meanwhile there is more good news from the reserves game where Dave said "Simon Sweeney had 70 minutes' match time with no reaction. Steve Watson had his second 45 minutes in 2 days and was a bit sore at the end and we'll be watching that. But they are getting closer to match fitness all the time, which is very good news for us."


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Friday 22 September 2006
youth news
Pitches sorted

Good news from the boys youth section. Following the appeal on the official site and in recent match programmes, suitable locations have been found to cover the need for match pitches for the coming months.

Nigel Higgs, the club?s Youth and Community Director, said ?We received around fifty direct responses suggesting venues or potential contacts. From these we have identified a couple of great locations for both our mini-soccer and 11 a side needs. We now have a database of contacts that will be useful in the longer term as we service the need for training and playing pitches for all the AFC Wimbledon teams. Many thanks to everyone who contacted us and particularly to Mags Hutchison, Leigh Rumbelow, Russell Smith and Dave Canham who were instrumental in delivering the solutions we now have.?

Ben Canham, acting Development Manager for the U16 section, said ?It?s a weight of our minds and we were literally working round the clock to find solutions. Many thanks to all who helped us out.?




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Friday 22 September 2006
club news
Launch of Kingsmeadow Live

Kingsmeadow Live, Kingston's newest venue for live music and comedy, will officially be launched on Saturday 30th September, after the FA Cup match against Oxhey Jets.

The launch will give you a taste of what is to come over the next few months, featuring comedy with Andre Vincent, followed by Money for Nothing playing Dire Straits greatest hits and finishing up with an 80?s disco.

Doors open from 8pm till late and tickets cost 10. To book tickets and for more information, call our booking line on 020 8547 3335 or visit the Kingsmeadow Live website here).

When you visit the website, make sure you submit your e-mail address to allow you to take advantage of discount prices for all our events.


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Friday 22 September 2006
reserve team news
Reserve squad for Chipstead

The reserves play their first home league game since the opening day of the season when they entertain Chipstead. Hoping to maintain the 100% league record, John Morris has named the following squad:

Paul Smith, Simon Sweeney, Ken During, Casey Maclaren, Wayne Finnie, Simon Sobihy, Dominic Worthington, Jake Galbraith, Steve Watson, Liam Grier, Joe Paris, Steve Tyson, Robin Shroot, Jason Finnigan, Jack Johnson, Freddie Myers, Niall Connery, Mark King.


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Friday 22 September 2006
club news
Margate squad

Dave Anderson has announced the following squad for the game at Margate tomorrow, 23 September:

Andy Little; Josh Lennie; Steve Wales; Michael Haswell; Antony Howard; Simon Sobihy; Steve Butler; Lee Kersey; Mark Rooney; Byron Bubb; Luke Garrard; Wes Daly; Scott Curley; Paul Barnes; Darren Grieves; Richard Butler; Roscoe Dsane; Stephen Goddard.

"Paul Smith will be with the reserves, getting some match time folllowing Josh's appearance for the reserves last night. Wayne Finnie will also be with the reserves tomorrow. Lee Kersey is back in contention following his injury.

"Tomorrow is a big game. Margate's manager is quoted as saying that they want to win the league and so do we, so with both teams wanting to win I think the fans are in for an exciting match. We go into it in reasonable form and the squad is confident and in good spirits."

Dave also has good news about long-term injured players Steve Watson and Simon Sweeney. "Steve played 45 minutes last night and Simon was on for nearly an hour. They looked good and, best of all, neither of them has had any post-match reaction, so they are set for a few more games and then they will be available for first team action again. That is very good news for us."


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Thursday 21 September 2006
club news
Executive coach travel to Margate

There are still a few places left on the executive coach being run to Margate on Saturday. The coach departs from The Woodman pub at 10.30am and will pick up from The Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow at 10.45am, arriving in Margate at around 1pm. It will leave Margate at 5.45pm.

Amenities include 6 flat screen TV's with DVD, toilet, kitchenette (including extensive fridge space), leather seats and tables.

There will also be an opportunity to win a 06/07 home shirt signed by the 2006 Masters team.

Tickets cost 25.

To book a place, either e-mail Keith at commercial@afcwimbledon.co.uk or call 020 8547 3336.


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Thursday 21 September 2006
club news
Margate arrangements

Margate have announced the following arrangements for our game at Hartsdown Park on Saturday, kick off 3.00 pm.

Prices are:
Adults 9
Concessions 6
Under-16s 1

Fans will be segregated and there are separate parking arrangements for Wimbledon fans - see below for details. For those of you who went to last season's game, the arrangements are the same as last season.

Please note that there are a few seats (probably fewer than 20) available to Wimbledon fans in the main stand on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a 2 transfer charge. Disabled seating is available and there are a small number of disabled parking spaces (call 01843 221769 if you wish to book a space).

Margate tell us that some opposition fans like to make a weekend trip arund games there. If you decide to do this they are happy to recommend places to stay - just call their offices on the number shown above for advice.


Directions to the segregated parking area follow:

Address: Hartsdown Park, Hartsdown Road, Margate, Kent CT9 5QZ

Directions: Follow the M2 in the direction of Ramsgate. The M2 ends and becomes the A299 Thanet Way. After 16.2 miles on the A299 take the 2nd exit off the roundabout onto the A28. Continue straight along A28 (Canterbury Road, Birchington). Follow the signs and road for Margate. Stay on the A28 which becomes Canterbury Road. Follow the road until the roundabout by the Nayland Rock Hotel on the sea front. Take the second exit from the roundabout onto All Saints Avenue. Turn left into the car park by the Arlington House tower block. Park your car and walk up All Saints Avenue. Turn left at the brow into Tivoli Park Avenue. Follow the road until you see the ground on the right hand side. Take the concrete path through the park to the away turnstiles. For a map, see here) and follow the instructions for segregated games.

Nearest train station: Margate. To get from the railway station either take a taxi from the rank outside or take the 15-minute walk. Leave the station and turn right onto All Saints Avenue, then follow the instructions above.


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Wednesday 20 September 2006
reserve team news
Reserve squad for North Greenford friendly

The reserves play an extra friendly on Thursday 21 September when they visit North Greenford United. The match at Berkeley Fields, Berkeley Avenue, Greenford, Middlesex, UB6 ONX kicks off at 7.45 pm. With the return to action for Simon Sweeney and Steve Watson, John Morris has been able to name a strong squad for the game:

Josh Lennie, Simon Sweeney, Casey Maclaren, Wayne Finnie, Simon Sobihy, Dominic Worthington, Ken During, Scott Curley, Steve Watson, Robin Shroot, Liam Grier, Jack Johnson, Freddie Myers, Steve Goddard, Darren Grieves, Niall Connery, Mark King.


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Wednesday 20 September 2006
club news
Haydon makes a dash for Wimbledon

Haydon the Womble, AFC Wimbledon's mascot, will be appearing in the mascots' grand national at Huntingdon racecourse on Sunday 24 September.

Haydon was only appointed as the club's mascot a few weeks ago but he has been in serious training for the last two weeks. He said "I am wary of peaking too soon. I think I have a good chance of finishing the course although without Wagner (aka Brazilian Don) to guide me I may well end up getting lost. To deal with this I've been working on visualisation techniques where I picture myself crossing the finishing line from the correct direction.

"This is my first time in the race and my main purpose is to assess the opposition and start a year-long diet and training schedule to maximise my chances for next year."

Entrants take the race very seriously and there are stringent checks to make sure that the correct person appears in the race, with a requirement that all mascots prepare in the club house to avoid any "ringers" taking their place. The race is run over a furlong, which is 220 yards or a touch over 200 metres, with six hurdles. Mascots without big feet start 30 metres behind the others and have to overcome one additional hurdle.

The purpose of the event is to raise money for charity, with each mascot nominating a charity. Last year's champion was the Sun's Scoop Six Squirrel. We wish Haydon every success in his race and his fundraising.


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Wednesday 20 September 2006
club news
Margate coach full, Ashford coach has spaces

We have now sold all the seats for the supporters' coach to Margate and there is a waiting list.

There are still some spaces available on the coach for the Ashford Town (Mdx) game on Tuesday 26 September. If you are planning to go by public transport then the coach might be a better option, as it is quite a long walk to the ground from the nearest station.

You can reserve a seat on the Ashford coach by calling the club office, 020 8547 3528, between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays.


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Wednesday 20 September 2006
club news
Good going

Kingston Council are running a competition promoting London's 'good going' campaign to encourage people to use alternative forms of transport, for example trains, buses and bikes. This appeared in the programme on Saturday and is repeated here now.

There are great prizes up for grabs, including two tickets to the President's Lounge and Directors' Box and footballs signed by the whole squad. To enter, just answer the following question:
Which bus running from Kingston stops directly outside the AFC Wimbledon ground?
a) 138
b) 139
c) 131

E-mail your answer to commercial@afcwimbledon.co.uk. The closing date is Monday 25th September. President's Lounge tickets must be booked 2 weeks in advance an are subject to availability.


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Monday 18 September 2006
club news
Grieves is the word

Completing a hat-trick of early season interviews, Graham Stacey ventures into the AFC Wimbledon dressing room to catch up with the fans' new favourite Darren Grieves.

See features for the full interview or click here.


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Monday 18 September 2006
club news
FA Cup draw

AFC Wimbledon have been drawn at home to Oxhey Jets of the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup on Saturday 30 September.

Tickets will go on sale on Tuesday 19 September as follows:

Main Stand and President's Lounge

Main Stand season ticket holders can reserve their usual seats by calling the credit card hotline (020 8546 9582) between 11.00 am and 1.00 pm on weekdays or sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the club office. Applications received by Saturday 23 September will be allocated their usual seats. If applying by post, please enclose Voucher B, a cheque for the correct amount, a contact phone number and a stamped, self-addressed envelope. From Monday 25 September, any unsold seats will go on general sale.

Postal applications may be made at any time, but seats will not be allocated until after 23 September, the deadline for season ticket applicants.

We expect that demand for this game from away fans will not be high so Block A season ticket holders may reserve their usual seats.

Tickets for the President's Lounge are available only to existing season ticket holders.

Terraces

Terrace tickets are available by hotline and by post. Please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope as described above. There is no need to enclose a season ticket voucher with your application.

Seat prices are Adults 11, Concessions 6, and Under-16s 3. Terrace prices are 9, 5 and 2 respectively. President's Lounge tickets are 35.


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Sunday 17 September 2006
club news
Volunteer party

There will be a party for AFC Wimbledon and Dons Trust volunteers on Friday 24 November at Kingsmeadow. We haven't yet finalised all the details but one of the bars will be set aside for the party, with a buffet and some free drinks. In addition, each volunteer will be offered a free ticket for the "Kingsmeadow Live" comedy night in the other bar, after which they can return to their own bar for the party to continue.

We will publish final details and send out invitations very soon but, in the meantime, please set this date aside in your diary.


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Sunday 17 September 2006
club news
Dave's post Horsham thoughts

Dave Anderson was in a relaxed mood the day after the thrilling 1-0 FA Cup win against Horsham. "It was a good game but I was sitting on the bench thinking that after saying there would be goals it looked like ending up a 0 - 0 draw. We had a few chances in the first half, including Steve Wales's effort, which was well saved, Steve Butler putting the ball over the bar from a free header and Mark Rooney not hitting the ball the way he normally would after great build-up work. It was good to hear the fans appreciating the build-up work too.

"In the second half, Horsham had a few half chances but you expect that against a team has been scoring so freely. Then on came Grievesey and scored a great goal. He started it and finished it, with a brilliantly-timed run. Then he had a smashing header from a corner and two or three great defensive headers. Even if he never played again for us he has won his place in the club's folk lore!

"We are still unbeaten and have let in only one goal in the last five games, so I am very pleased. And another reason for being pleased is that we have arranged a reserve match away to North Greenford on Thursday and I am hoping that both Steve Watson and Simon Sweeeney will be able to play. I am sure that a few of our fans will be there to watch and encourage them in their comeback game."

You can hear Dave, Grievesey and Kris Stewart in a post-match interview with Chris Philips here.


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Sunday 17 September 2006
dons trust news
The Dons Draw - September 2006 results

The 25th Dons Draw took place yesterday afternoon before the Horsham game.

The winning numbers were drawn in the presence of Nina Smith, Dons Draw board member David Cox and Neil Messenbird (the Dons Draw Treasurer).

The September 2006 jackpot reached a new record high of 900. The winning ticket numbers and prizes were as follows:

First prize of 900 - ticket 0149 ? Adam Brooks from Carshalton
Second prize of 450 - ticket 2721 ? Darren Foreman from Surbiton
Third prize of 150 - ticket 3287 ? Jim McKerlie from Raynes Park

Congratulations to all three prize winners!

This is the first win for all the entrants. Adam joined the draw in September 2004, Darren in November 2005 and Jim entered the draw for the first time this month

The next Dons Draw will take place on or around 17 October 2006 with the results being posted on the AFC Wimbledon official web site soon after the draw has taken place.

Current indications are that the jackpot next month will be in the region of 910 as we move towards a 1000 first prize! So if you want a chance of winning next month?s bumper jackpot but still haven?t entered, or if you have already entered the draw but would like to increase your chances of winning by taking a few more ticket numbers, then you know what to do!!

You can sign up online to the Dons Draw .here or download an online application at www.thedonsdraw.co.uk.

The deadline for new entrants to the October 2006 Dons Draw is midnight on 30th September 2006.

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.


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Friday 15 September 2006
club news
Horsham ticket sales

Seat tickets for the FA Cup gagme against Horsham will be sold from the following locations:

Seats in blocks A - E; from the booth in the main lobby

Seats in Blocks F - K; from turnstile 3, at the Kingston Road end of the stadium.

Please help us to move the queues quickly by accepting the tickets which are offered and, where possible, buying them as you arrive at the ground. As usual, tickets will go on sale at about 1.45 pm.


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Friday 15 September 2006
club news
Squad for the Horsham game

Dave Anderson has announced the following squad for tomorrow's FA Cup game against Horsham:

Andy Little; Paul Smith; Josh Lennie; Steve Wales; Michael Haswell; Antony Howard; Casey Maclaren; Simon Sobihy; Steve Butler; Lee Kersey; Mark Rooney; Byron Bubb; Luke Garrard; Wes Daly; Scott Curley; Paul Barnes; Darren Grieves; Richard Butler; Roscoe Dsane; Stephen Goddard.

There are a number of omissions and doubts in the squad. Dave said "We spoke to Brentford about Scott Fitzgerald and, understandably, they don't want him cup-tied, so he can't play for us. We don't have a problem with this and in a similar situation we would probably say the same. Scott's loan period was actually four weeks, not a month, and it expires next Thursday. We won't be seeking to renew it because Richard Butler is now fully recovered. Although Richard is not as sharp as he can be, it is a chicken and egg thing in that the only we he will get sharp is to play. As always he will be giving his all but I hope the fans will be a little bit patient as he works to regain that extra edge that matchplay gives you.

"So, we felt it was right to let Scott return to Brentford with our thanks for his contribution both on and off the pitch; he has been very professional in everything he has done. Our best wishes to him and our thanks to Brentford too.

"Paul Barnes will take a fitness test tomorrow. Our other major concerns are Lee Kersey, who suffered a slight thight strain in training last night, and Mark Rooney who didn't train. Mark suffered a jarred knee last Saturday and suffered a reaction from Tuesday night so we are keeping a close eye on him.

Paul Smith has a bruised foot and is doubtful but Josh Lennie is back in training and he joins the squad tomorrow."

Scott Curley returns to the squad tomorrow. Dave said "as you know, we thought that Scott was going to join Thurrock on loan but this didn't come off. He has been playing with the Learning Disability England team in a tournament in Germany and so he has had match time. He needs more, but I am not worried about pitching him in if I need to."

There is good news about the longer-term injured players. "Steve Watson joined in training last night and was kicking everything in sight, he was so glad to be back! He needs a couple more sessions and then we can get him some game time. Also, Simon Sweeney is ready for a game as soon as we can get one arranged - the reserves don't have a fixture tomorrow. And finally Chris Gell trained under the supervision of Mike Rayner last night. He had no problems and will join the rest of the squad in training in a week or so. This is good news and I am pleased for them all."

One other squad member missing tomorrow is Wayne Finnie who marries Kate today, Friday. Wayne won't be here tomorrow but he will be back next week because he and Kate are taking their honeymoon in December. We wish them every happiness.

Turning to the game tomorrow, Dave said "I don't really think the FA Cup needs an introduction to fans. I am looking forward to the game because the way Horsham play is to attack teams so I am expecting goals. They won't be cagey and neither will we. It should be a great game!"


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Thursday 14 September 2006
club news
Help needed please

We are looking for a small number of volunteers to help with the pitch on matchdays. At half-time and after the game we need to replace divots quickly to keep the pitch in the best possible condition.

If you are able to help, please email trevor.williams@afcwimbledon.co.uk


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Thursday 14 September 2006
club news
FA Youth Cup squad for tonight and amended kick off time

The squad for the FA Youth Cup match against Leighton Town tonight is:
Elliot Ransom , Liam Poupart, Harrison Dunk, Jordon Cheadle, Stevie Gilbert, Luke Pigden, Dan Dein, Jack Holmes, Matt Farrell, Antony Giglio, Matt Martin, Aaron Reid, Aaron Snelling , Nicolas Ogeanufe, David Fianyor, Tommy Hutchings

Contrary to our earlier announcement, the kick off is 7.45 pm. The bar will be open from 6.00pm and after the game. So why not come down and have a look at the future stars of the first team?

FA regulations require that we charge for entry to the game. This will be 3 for adults and 1 for concessions and under-16s. Entrance to the game will be via the main lobby.


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Thursday 14 September 2006
first team news
Westview Cup draw

AFC Wimbledon have been drawn away in the third round of the Westview Cup. They will travel to the winners of the Wingate & Finchley v Burgess Hill Town tie.


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Wednesday 13 September 2006
dons trust news
DT fundraising meeting

The Dons Trust fundraising team hold their next meeting on Tuesday 19 September in the President's Lounge at Kingsmeadow.

The meeting kicks off at 7.45 pm, and any member of the DT with ideas or who is keen to help is welcome to attend.

We have a few interesting events coming up where we need project managers, designers, people to make phone calls and write letters etc. If you think you can help, please join us.



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Wednesday 13 September 2006
cfs news
Vouchers for AFC Wimbledon

The Tesco Sport for Schools and Clubs 2006 Scheme started last Monday, 11 September, and runs until 5 November 2006. Please help the club by collecting "Sport for Schools and Clubs" vouchers whenever you shop at Tesco. You can collect one voucher for every 10 you spend at Tesco.

We will be collecting vouchers to exchange them for sports equipment for use in our community football scheme, so please consider giving them to the club.

You can hand vouchers in at any home game at the Complimentary Tickets window.


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Wednesday 13 September 2006
club news
Help needed, please

Many thanks to the volunteers who participated in last Sunday's Womble walkabout in Centre Court and Wimbledon Town Centre to promote the FA Cup game against Horsham this Saturday. We are now looking for more help, please.

The commercial department will be handing out fliers promoting the match against Horsham outside Wimbledon Station on Friday between 5pm and 7.30pm. If you have a couple of hours to spare on Friday evening to help, please e-mail Keith at commercial@afcwimbledon.co.uk or call 020 8547 3336.


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Wednesday 13 September 2006
club news
JT's thoughts on the Hastings game

To give a slightly different perspective on the game, Chris Philips interviewed Jon Turner after last night's game. the interview can be heard here.


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Tuesday 12 September 2006
club news
Mascots - waiting list opened

We have sold the mascot package for every Saturday game this season. Therefore, we are now building a waiting list, which we will call upon to fill any cancellations or cup games, both of which tend to come up at short notice. As a result, anyone joining the list would need to be willing to take advantage of a vacancy withh very little notice. People on the waiting list who don't get allocated a match this season will be at the front of the queue for next season, so its worth going on the list now (note that almost all this season's mascots have been on the list since last season)

Some midweek games this season are still available for mascots. Please note that previous midweek mascots haven't always been children and have featured stag night celebrations and a birthday surprise, etc.

If you have any enquiries please contact mascots@afcwimbledon.co.uk


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Tuesday 12 September 2006
club news
Margate coach tickets on sale

Coach tickets for the Margate game will be on sale before tonight's game against Hastings United. They can be bought from the complimentary tickets window, with prices 12 for adults and 7 for concessions and under 16s. The coach will leave the Woodman Pub in Wimbledon at 10.30 am and Kingsmeadow at 11.00 am. We regret that we cannot accept bookings from unaccompanied under 18s.

Coach tickets can also be bought by calling the office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays.

It is our intention to run supporters' coaches to all our remaining away league games this season, except Hampton & Richmond; the original decision not to send a supporters' coach to the Staines game is currently under review.

The price for coach travel is the same for every game, as shown above.


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Tuesday 12 September 2006
club news
Squad for Hastings

Dave Anderson has announced an enlarged squad for tonight's game against Hastings United at the Fans' Stadium. It comprises:

Andy Little; Paul Smith; Steve Wales; Michael Haswell; Antony Howard; Casey Maclaren; Simon Sobihy; Steve Butler; Wayne Finnie; Lee Kersey; Mark Rooney; Byron Bubb; Joe Paris; Luke Garrard; Wes Daly; Ryan Watts; Paul Barnes; Darren Grieves; Richard Butler; Roscoe Dsane; Stephen Goddard; Niall Connery; Robin Shroot; Scott Fitzgerald.

Dave said "we will be making changes from Saturday's team. I'm looking to give some senior players game time and also have a look at some of the younger players in competitive first team action. I'm looking forward to it and if supporters want to see more of the young lads then some of them will definitely be featuring tonight."

The game kicks off at 7.45 pm and entrance is 6 for adults and 2 for concessions and under 16s. This price provides access to all areas (except the Directors' and Press boxes).


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Tuesday 12 September 2006
club news
Hendon attendance

Following our usual post match review of the figures, the attendance for last Saturday's game against Hendon has been revised to 2,319.


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Monday 11 September 2006
club news
Having a Wales of a time

In the second of an occasional series, Graham Stacey ventures into the AFC Wimbledon dressing room to hear the players' thoughts on the season so far.

See features for the full interview or click here.


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Monday 11 September 2006
club news
Help promote the Horsham game

Haydon the Womble was round and about in Wimbledon yesterday, supported by Ivor and some of the team, handing out flyers for the FA Cup game against Horsham on Saturday.

There are some flyers left and we encourage anyone who can help to collect some from the complimentary tickets window before the Hastings game tomorrow night for handing out at schools and workplaces.

So, if you feel you can distribute some of them and help to get the word out, please collect them tomorrow, or call the office and we will set some aside for you.


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Sunday 10 September 2006
youth news
Pitch in for our youth

Our boys? youth section needs your help, please. Over the next few weeks, possibly for the whole season, due to circumstances outside our control, we have been left without enough pitches to play our home fixtures. We are appealing to our fan base for help.

Our senior mens?, ladies?, boys? and girls? teams all train at Tolworth Court, the Kingston University sports field. The boys and girls also play home matches there at weekends with the boys having been there for three seasons. It is a fantastic area for football with space for many pitches and a secure and managed environment where we have our own training floodlights. As with any complex requirements, such as sorting out the needs of over 25 teams, things have not always gone smoothly, but that is to be expected and we have a generally good relationship with Kingston University.

Ben Canham assistant manager for the development programme and pitch coordinator for the boys youth section says ?Just looking ahead to next week it looks as though we have huge problems. We have been allocated no pitches on Saturday 16th! And the next week we have four home games with only two games available! Saturday 30th there are no pitches at all available! That?s just the mini soccer; 11 a sides are due six games for next week and according to Kingston University, we have been given just one game. I will not be able to fit in five others elsewhere. Sunday 24th is also just one game. It?s becoming impossible and frankly ridiculous. It?s an emergency!?

Why have things come to this? Nigel Higgs, Youth & Community Director for the club said ?since June Paul Bentley and I have been working on pitch arrangements with Kingston University. This has involved many phone calls, meetings, emails and forms to be filled in. We have always stated that our need this season is for sufficient pitches to play four mini-soccer matches on Saturdays and five 11-a-side games on Sundays. The administration at Kingston has completely changed over the last three months, with all three people in the hierarchy new to their job. For some reason, which I can?t get my head round, they don?t seem to have registered our requirements and we were told last week that we can?t have anything like what we have asked for.

I don?t think we could have worked any harder on this and we are now in the position where all of us, our managers, parents and players, will be scraping around for a solution on a weekly basis. If there is anyone out there who could help by identifying suitable pitches and giving us contact details, or using any influence they have, we will work with them on the follow up. I am confident we will manage this crisis and get by on a week to week basis; but for the good of the players? development and enjoyment whilst with AFC Wimbledon, we desperately need a solution for the rest of the season. This is where I am hoping that our fantastic fans could provide the answer. There must be a solution out there; there may be some under-used pitches that would welcome us, but we just don?t have the resources to search for them. If we have 3,000 pairs of eyes and ear helping us I know we will find it. So please put on your thinking caps, talk to your friends and work mates and help us find a solution.?

If anyone has ideas or help they can give please call or email the club at nigel.higgs@afcwimbledon.co.uk with ideas for Nigel and Ben.


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Sunday 10 September 2006
club news
Dave on the Hendon win

"We played well for about 40 seconds in the first half yesterday and about 40 minutes in the second half" said Dave Anderson. "Sometimes players react to an early goal and think everything is fine and then it is very hard to throw the switch and get going again. So, while we didn't throw any tea cups at half time, we talked through pressuring Hendon high up the pitch and applying the things we practised on the training ground on Thursday night. And to be fair, our second goal was a training-ground goal.

"Andy Little only had one save to make, following their free kick, but it was a great one. It came through a crowd of players and he must have seen it late so I am pleased for him for that one.

"All in all it was a good day, the atmosphere was great and the fans were excellent. And Richard Butler came on, did well and won us a penalty. The final whistle, with Roscoe taking the acclaim from the crowd, was a great moment."

We asked about the pre-match presentation to Kris Stewart. "It was JT who suggested it but we all knew immediately that it was a good idea. Kris has been very supportive, although he has challenged us from time to time, as a good chairman should. I spoke to Gary McCann about what we planned to do and he said he'd ask his team to line up as well, which was a smashing gesture and helped to make it work so well.

"Overall, then, not a bad day from start to finish."

If you want to hear Chris Philip's post-match interview with Dave it can be heard here.


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Friday 08 September 2006
dons trust news
Recycling on Saturday

Before this Saturday's game against Hendon, we will again be Recycling for the Dons Trust. For those of you who have collected loose change or have currency left over from holidays, or if you have Mobile Phones or Printer Cartridges to hand in, or if you feel like buying any of our old WFC and AFCW programmes going back 50 years, please visit the Dons Trust table in the Back Bar or next to the Club Shop before the game.


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Friday 08 September 2006
club news
Matchday Academy open before Hendon game

The Matchday Academy is held at Kingsmeadow Athletics Track next to The Fans' Stadium, before every AFC Wimbledon Saturday home game. The MDA?s new format is set to continue, with the session now running from 1.00pm to 2.00pm for boys and girls aged 4 - 12.

The new look session costs only 3 for season ticket holders and 4 for non-season ticket holders who will also receive free entrance to the game that day.

The MDA involves lots of small-sided games on state-of-the-art synthetic grass pitches. Everyone is welcome to take part, whether you are a Wimbledon fan or not, so come on down and enjoy the pre-game atmosphere!


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Friday 08 September 2006
club news
Rob ties the knot with Windsor

Rob Ursell, known to many as "The Wizard", has signed for Windsor & Eton today. Manager Dave Anderson said "I wish Rob well at his new club and thank him for his time here and the performances he put in for us. When he came here he lit the place up with his skills, especially in his first season. I will never forget the game immediately after we signed him when he scored that amazing hat-trick against Barnet.

"I was sorry when Rob decided he wanted to move on. Speaking both as a manager and as someone who spent many hours getting to know him travelling backwards and forwards to Kingsmeadow, I'll always have a soft spot for Rob. And I am sure that whenever he returns to Kingsmeadow he will get a very warm welcome from everyone here."

We asked Rob for his thoughts as he moves on to a new club. He said "First of all I would like to thank all the fans for treating me so well during my time at the club. During the last few weeks I have missed being around the place and I will miss the rest of the players. When Dave says there is a great team spirit he is spot on.

If I didn?t care about football then it would have been easy for me to stay because I got on so well with everyone and had such a good relationship with the fans. But for a long time now I have not enjoyed the actual football side of things and this is the first time I?ve ever not enjoyed playing football. When you?re not enjoying playing it is difficult to produce your best performances and I think this has shown during the last year and a half.

It is not a case of Dave wouldn?t play me in my position so I?m off, or I was unwilling to sit on the bench so I?m off. I have to enjoy my football because it has always been the thing I?ve loved to do most.

I had an agreement to join a Conference club but it fell through at the last minute and that is why I haven?t been playing for the last few weeks.

Simon Lane at Windsor has been very persistent, and I?ve heard great things about his coaching abilities. I have decided to join them as I believe their playing style will benefit me and help me to start playing well again. Obviously I still want to progress and play a higher level but after the last season and a half I had it?s almost a case of starting again for me and showing I can regain the form I was in before my injuries.

Finally thank you again to the fans, and also to all the players, management and club officials at AFC Wimbledon for giving me so many memories."

Rob Ursell made 69 starts and 12 substitute appearances scoring 25 goals (including the Dunstable hat-trick that won him an FA Cup "Player of the Round award and a trip to Cardiff for the Cup Final).

Rob's move was completed under the terms of "the Bosman rules" whereby the club was entitled to ask for compensation from a signing club in return for releasing his registration.


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Friday 08 September 2006
club news
Squad for Hendon game

Dave Anderson has announced the following squad for the Hendon game:

Andy Little; Paul Smith; Steve Wales; Michael Haswell; Antony Howard; Simon Sobihy; Lee Kersey; Mark Rooney; Byron Bubb; Luke Garrard; Wes Daly; Paul Barnes; Darren Grieves; Richard Butler; Roscoe Dsane; Scott Fitzgerald.

Dave said "Steve Butler and Wayne Finnie are getting some game time in the reserves and Speedo rejoins the squad after his recent run out for them. I said a while ago that we will make sure that everyone has had recent game time and this is part of making sure that it happens.

"Josh hasn't been well and has been advised to rest for a week, so Paul Smith continues as the second goalkeeper in the squad. We also hope to welcome Ryan Watts, a left-sided player who was released recently by Brentford and has been playing in the reserves. We hope to register him today and, if all goes well, you will see him in the squad tomorrow.

"Finally, Paul Barnes had a reaction to his game time on Tuesday night. This one is a bit of a puzzle but we will give him a fitness test before the game and see how he is."

As for the game itself, Dave said "we spent last night in training practising moving defenders around. Our problem is that teams are coming to defend and we need to pull them out of position more often and to create gaps. We have been working hard on this.

"The players are still very confident but frustrated. But I don't take this as a negative - quite the opposite - as they are in absolutely the right frame of mind to start the game.

"I want to welcome a fellow goalkeeping manager, Gary McCann, who I've known for a long time now. Hendon have had a slow start to the season but he will like the fact that they come here as underdogs. And if you want to see what underdogs can achieve with the right organisation and frame of mind then ask Spain about their game against Northern Ireland the other night! We will be on our guard against a repeat of that on Saturday."


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Thursday 07 September 2006
club news
WISA meeting before the Hendon game

Don't forget the WISA meeting that is to be held from 12.30 in the back bar before the Hendon game on Saturday 9 September. The meeting has been called to discuss the history and honours of Wimbledon FC and other related topics. The following article was published in last week's programme setting out some of the background to the meeting.



Did you know that some football web sites say that Milton Keynes Dons won the FA Cup in 1988? Even if you are bored by the subject of "Franchise" and wish people would let go of it, you'd probably be taken aback by that particular view of history.

For some time, the Wimbledon Independent Supporters Association (WISA) has been campaigning to ensure that the honours won by Wimbledon FC were not claimed by, or associated with, Milton Keynes. One part of their campaign has been to oppose the MK Dons Supporters Association (MKDSA) joining the Football Supporters Federation (FSF). This opposition resulted in a resolution at the FSF AGM in 2005 requiring that the history of Wimbledon FC be handed over to AFC Wimbledon and/or the community of Wimbledon before MKDSA could be admitted to membership.

Discussions have continued over the 15 months since that resolution was adopted and WISA has now decided that it is time to brief its members and supporters generally about where they have got to. While we understand that WISA have undertaken a confidentiality agreement as part of their negotiations, we also note that the MKDSA are co-ordinating a meeting with all Milton Keynes Dons fans on the same day; to us, this seems significant.

So, while we don't know the precise content of the discussion, if you want to know what is happening, and what might be going to happen, we encourage you to attend the meeting which will start at 12.30 in the back bar before the Hendon game on Saturday 9 September. You do not need to be a WISA member to attend.


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Thursday 07 September 2006
club news
Help Haydon in Centre Court

Haydon the Womble will be introduced to the people of Wimbledon this Sunday so make sure you come out to show your support for the club and remind everyone that football in Wimbledon is alive and well.

Haydon will be at Centre Court from 12pm and will then be walking through Wimbledon Town Centre around 2pm.

We are looking for as many volunteers as possible to help Haydon hand out 10,000 leaflets and put up posters to help spread the word, so if you have a couple of hours to spare on Sunday, please let Keith McGuinness know by e-mailing commercial@afcwimbedon.co.uk or phone 020 8547 3336 or just turn up at Centre Court (the stand will be manned all day). Please note children must be accompanied by adults.


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Thursday 07 September 2006
dons trust news
Announcement by Tom Adam, Chair, Dons Trust board

I am sorry to have to report the resignation of Geraldine Messenbird from the Dons Trust board. As some of you are aware, Geraldine was diagnosed with breast cancer and has this week undergone surgery which will be followed by further treatment. Whilst we are looking for a speedy recovery, I am sure you will appreciate she needs all the rest she can get.

Geraldine joined the Dons Trust board in August 04. I must admit she was a breath of fresh air as she immediately volunteered to take on Fundraising, which has gone from strength to strength under her stewardship. Also her forthright but polite approach to board meetings will be missed.

Concerning ongoing management of fundraising and filling the vacancy arising from the resignation, this is in hand.

On behalf of its members The Dons Trust board wishes to thank Geraldine for the tremendous contribution she has made to the Trust and the Club over recent years.

Our thoughts go out to Geraldine and her family during this trying time and we all look forward to seeing her join her family back in the main stand in the not too distant future.


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Wednesday 06 September 2006
dons trust news
Date for your diary

The date of the third SGM of 2006 has now been set for Thursday 19th October (7.30 pm, Kingsmeadow). An agenda and papers for the meeting will be distributed to members in due course.


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Wednesday 06 September 2006
club news
What's your favourite Wimbledon FA Cup memory?

For the Horsham FA Cup programme on 16 September, we are looking to collect together your favourite Dons FA cup moments. It can be anything you want (within reason!), a great goal a good game or even a heart breaking loss - whatever sticks in your mind from Wimbledon's many years in the FA Cup.

Please email
editor@afcwimbledon.co.uk with your memories.


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Wednesday 06 September 2006
club news
Watch England v Macedonia at The Fans' Stadium

Come and see England on the big screen at Kingsmeadow this evening in their second 2008 Group qualifier against Macedonia. The game kicks off at 8.00 pm and the bar opens at 6.00 pm.


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Tuesday 05 September 2006
dons trust news
Statement by the Dons Trust Board

It is with great regret that we announce that AFC Wimbledon?s Chief Executive and Chairman, Kris Stewart is standing down.

On 4 September, Kris tendered his resignation which was accepted by the boards of both The Dons Trust and AFCW PLC at a scheduled joint meeting that evening.

Chair of The Dons Trust, Tom Adam, said, ?I have very much enjoyed working with Kris over the last four years. He has been an inspirational leader of our club and I am sad to be seeing him leave his post. He leaves with our best wishes and I look forward to seeing him at the next match.?

Talking about his resignation, Kris said, ?Along with my colleagues and fellow supporters, we have been through a rollercoaster ride together in the last six years of Wimbledon Football Club and its successor, AFC Wimbledon. I can?t believe how far we?ve come since I first got involved with WISA back in 1999. The job has been incredibly challenging, demanding and rewarding ? indeed, I?ve learned more in the last four years than in the rest of my working life. But now the time has come for me to take a break and spend time on other things. I leave the job with fond memories and many more friends than I started with. I am proud to have played my part in re-establishing Wimbledon?s football club and I am looking forward to finding my spot on the Tempest End.?

Both boards wish to thank Kris for the immense contribution he has made to turning the germ of the idea of AFC Wimbledon into a reality. He has been in the driving seat during a period where as a club we have achieved so much; finding a home for the first time in 12 years; the establishment of a thriving community football scheme; a successful youth football section; on the pitch, three successive cup finals and two league titles. He should be rightly proud of his role in the journey of the club so far. We will greatly miss him as a colleague, but we look forward to seeing him as a friend and fellow fan once again.

Non-Executive Chairman of AFCW PLC, Iain McNay, said, ?What AFC Wimbledon has achieved as a club in such a short space of time has been unique. It has been an inspiration to so many football fans around the country and Kris must take major credit for his role in this. The amount of time and effort he has put into this over the past four years has been extraordinary. I am sorry to see him go but understand that he needs to move on in his life.?

In the interests of stability within the club, the Dons Trust board has appointed Erik Samuelson as acting Chief Executive, with immediate effect. Erik will have overall responsibility for day-to-day matters at the club, for a limited period. The board has accepted Erik?s offer to carry out the role without remuneration. The board intends to advertise the permanent position following the forthcoming elections for the DT board later this year.

Kris will continue with some of his existing responsibilities during the handover period.


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Tuesday 05 September 2006
club news
Special offer re Slough coach

There are spaces left on the coach to Slough tonight and so, for this trip only, we will accept fans who come to either The Woodman Pub at 4.45 pm or Kingsmeadow at 5.15 pm. The cost is 12 for adults and 7 for concessions and we will accept payment on the coach.

Fans who want a one-way journey back from the match can join the coach after the game for a standard price of 6 for adults and concessions.


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Monday 04 September 2006
reserve team news
Reserve Squad for Tonbridge Angels

The reserves face the tough trip to Tonbridge Angels on Tuesday evening and John Morris has named the following squad:

Danny Wheeler, Ken During, Casey Maclaren, Jon Boswell, Dominic Worthington, Simon Sobihy, Jake Galbraith, Robin Shroot, Joe Paris, Steve Tyson, Liam Grier, Ryan Wells, Jack Johnson, Freddie Myers, Steve Goddard, Niall Connery


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Monday 04 September 2006
club news
Squad for Slough game

Dave Anderson has announced an unchanged squad from Saturday's 4 - 0 victory against Folkestone. Simon Sobihy, who was away on Saturday, will be getting some game time for the reserves, as will Stephen Goddard.

"We go into this game off a good performance on Saturday" said Dave and we are looking for more of the same. Immediately after the game on Saturday I spoke to the team and congratulated them, told them to have a good evening and then wake up on Sunday knowing that this win won't help us beat Slough - we need to start again to win this one.

"I feel confident about this game but not arrogant. We aren't getting carried away by a good win." The squad is:

Andy Little; Paul Smith; Steve Wales; Michael Haswell; Antony Howard; Wayne Finnie; Steve Butler; Lee Kersey; Mark Rooney; Byron Bubb; Luke Garrard; Wes Daly; Paul Barnes; Darren Grieves; Richard Butler; Roscoe Dsane; Scott Fitzgerald.


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Monday 04 September 2006
club news
Coach travel to Slough game

Don't forget that the club is running a coach to the Slough game tomorrow night, Tuesday 5 September. It will leave from The Woodman Pub in Wimbledon at 4.45 pm and from Kingsmeadow at 5.15 pm.

Tickets are 12 adult, 7 concessions and can be bought by phoning 020 8547 3528 or calling in at the club office. In both cases, opening hours are 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.


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Sunday 03 September 2006
club news
Dave's thoughts following the Folkestone game

"I thought it was a performance similar to Ramsgate but with a couple of goals" said Dave Anderson, looking back on yesterday's game.

"Our dressing room has been a confident place all season and I am delighted for them; this is the first time they've got what they deserve. At 2-0 we had 2 or 3 chances to make it 3-0 and kill it off completely by half time. But we kept the pressure on in the second half and even after a missed penalty we kept going and the goals came.

"I am pleased with the goals from open play but also with the success of our set pieces. Two goals came from them and there were others, for example a first half corner by Mickey Haswell, where I just couldn't believe it didn't go in.

"Late in the game we got a bit sloppy and nearly conceded but even then the team were absolutely determined not to concede and we had players throwing themselves at the ball to keep it out. Having pride in keeping a clean sheet is a great thing to see when you are a manager."

We asked why Richard Butler didn't feature. "He has some residual tightness in his groin following last season's operation. This is absolutely normal and he is fine to play, but the consultant said we need to manage him back to full fitness. So, the rest will have done him good. We would have brought him on if we'd really needed to, but we didn't.

"The same logic applies to Roscoe. Everyone could see that he didn't want to come off but he hasn't played a lot of football over the last year or so and we want to nurse him back. I regard the rests we give him as money in the bank for the future and he understands that."


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Sunday 03 September 2006
club news
One for the diary

The AFC Wimbledon FA Youth Cup match against Leighton Town will be played at Kingsmeadow on Thursday 14 September, kick off 7.30. The bar will be open from 6.00pm and after the game. So why not come down and have a look at the future stars of the first team?


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Friday 01 September 2006
club news
Squad for Folkestone Invicta

Dave Anderson has announced an unchanged squad for tomorrow?s game against Folkestone Invicta, with the exceptions that Simon Sobihy is away on personal business and Stephen Goddard will be with the reserves. The squad is:

Andy Little; Paul Smith; Steve Wales; Michael Haswell; Antony Howard; Wayne Finnie; Steve Butler; Lee Kersey; Mark Rooney; Byron Bubb; Luke Garrard; Wes Daly; Paul Barnes; Darren Grieves; Richard Butler; Roscoe Dsane; Scott Fitzgerald.

Dave said ?I am hoping to continue the quality of our home performances so far this season but turn these draws into wins. We played exceptionally well against Ramsgate and well enough to win against Boreham Wood but we?ve not been able to convert control of the game into 3 points. But, the squad is really fired up for tomorrow?s game, their spirit is excellent and confidence is high. Of course, Folkestone are coming from a poor start to the season so they?ve got something to prove, but we are confident that we can get back to winning ways at home and are looking forward to the support of the fans in making that happen.?

Asked about injury concerns, Dave said, ?Lee Kersey and Barney sat out training on Thursday and Grievesie picked up a dead leg with the reserves on Tuesday but they will all be OK for tomorrow.?



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Friday 01 September 2006
club news
Bets off tomorrow

We regret that Wimbledon Bookmakers will not be at the ground tomorrow. However, their shop at 165 Arthur Road is open. For all enquiries, please phone 020 8947 4048.



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