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Friday 28 September 2007
club news
There's Only One Wayne Matthews!

Win a family ticket for four people to see There’s Only One Wayne Matthews! at Polka Theatre!

Wayne Matthews wants to be the greatest footballer in the country; there’s only one problem – he’s rubbish! Yes, there is only one Wayne Matthews – he’s a dreamer, an artist and the proud owner of a head full of football trivia but none of that means anything if you can’t kick a ball. Wayne wishes he could just be a little bit more like Carl Wilkins – the most popular boy in the school and the star of the school team.

Set in late 70s London, this fast action-packed new play has been written for Polka by one of the UK’s leading playwrights, Roy Williams (writer of hit shows such as Sing Yer Heart out For the Lads and episodes of the BBC’s Babyfather.) It’s the perfect football-themed theatre treat for anyone aged 10 and over.

Following the 2pm performance on Saturday 6 October, Paul Canoville will be giving a free post-show talk for show ticket holders about his experience as the first black footballer to play for Chelsea FC and his work with the Let’s Kick Racism Out Of Football campaign. And after the 2pm performance on Saturday 13 October, ticket holders can hear writer Roy Williams talk about his writing career and what inspired him to write this play.

Tickets are just £4 for the 2pm preview performance on Saturday 29 September, and £9 for all other performances (£6 for concessions). Tickets can be booked online at www.polkatheatre.com or by calling the Polka Theatre Box Office on 020 8543 4888.

To win the tickets, simply e-mail commercial@afcwimbledon.co.uk with your name and contact details to be entered into the draw. The winners will be announced at teh Man of the Match presentation on Saturday 6th October.


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Thursday 27 September 2007
first team news
Back, forward and a midfielder

Earlier today, Terry Brown looked back to Margate and forward to Debenham, while introducing a new player to the Dons' squad.

"Tuesday's game at Margate resulted in a disappointing draw. I felt that the players showed character and ability in coming back from a 1-0 half-time deficit, although we are aware as a squad that dropping two points to anybody isn't sufficient.

"I felt the game was similar to the Boreham Wood match, although I thought we looked more dangerous in the final third. Unfortunately, once again our inability to turn possession into points proved costly. I felt we lacked a little bit of drive in central areas but was again delighted with the performance of Tony Finn in particular.

"Karl Beckford picked up a calf strain that is likely to keep him out for at least two weeks and, therefore, taking into account his injury and the need for more drive in midfield, I am pleased to announce that the club today signed Mark Beard with a view to a longer-term deal. Mark played 49 games last year for Stevenage Borough, culminating in an FA Trophy winners' medal at Wembley. It is fortunate for us that Mark is available at this time, having just left St Albans, where he was player-coach, following the departure of the manager who recruited him to the club.

"The timing is particularly favourable as Mark will come straight into the FA Cup side against Debenham. Mark is a terrier-like player and the type of player who, as a manager, is a nightmare to have to play against.

"I am very much looking forward to our FA Cup adventure at Debenham on Saturday. The FA cup throws up such wonderful 'David versus Goliath' fixtures, where of course we are still at the stage where we are seen as Goliath. If we can progress on Saturday then I will certainly look forward to becoming the underdogs in the next round, subject to the draw.

"We were able to send a representative to watch Debenham on Tuesday, where they continued their fine early season form with another victory. The report back showed that we will be playing against a team with a winning habit and a real belief in themselves. They have an extremely potent strike force; the front two have formed a prolific partnership over the last two years and we will have to be aware of them on Saturday."


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Thursday 27 September 2007
dons trust news
Reminder - Special General Meeting tonight

There is a Dons Trust SGM this evening, in the main bar at The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow, starting at 7.30 pm.

The papers for the meeting can be found here.


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Thursday 27 September 2007
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow this Friday!

This Friday, Comedy@Kingsmeadow, AFC Wimbledon’s weekly comedy club, presents headliner Gordon Southern, who has earned glowing reviews from some serious publications and the return of the brilliant Josh Howie. Should be quite a show! For more information on the rest of the line-up, see below.
Don’t forget, you can now get a curry and admission to the comedy for the fantastic price of £10 (advance bookings only)!
To book tickets in advance, either e-mail here or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335.



More about this week’s show…

Friday 21 September
COMEDY@KINGSMEADOW presents…
Gordon Southern, Josh Howie, Lee Canterbury and Mike Wozniak
Doors open & Dinner served 8.00pm/ Show starts 9.00pm/ Bar closes Midnight
Admission: £6 (advance)/ £8 (door)/ £10 (curry and comedy-advance bookings only)

Gordon Southern (Closing act)
Southern has performed all over the country and at most top gigs (including Comedy Store and Jongleurs) and has played at the Dubai, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne comedy festivals. In recent years he’s also played in China, Indonesia, Singapore, Barhain and the UAE, all over Europe and even the Falkland Islands. In the UK he is a regular at the Comedy Store, Banana, Jongleurs etc. He’s performed many times at the Edinburgh festival, garnering four star reviews in the Guardian, Scotsman and The List.
“Top class all round” The Sunday Times
“Razor sharp wit and cavernous imagination” Evening Standard
“Hugely talented” Time Out
“Top notch stories…Had the audience in stitches” DB magazine, Australia
“Deliciously funny” Beat Magazine, Australia

Josh Howie (Opening act)
"Challenging, intelligent wit… as funny as it is fascinating" www.chortle.co.uk
"Bellylaughs" The Scotsman
"Very good and certainly original (4 stars)" Three Weeks
"Intelligently neurotic" Evening Standard

Lee Canterbury (Compere)
Former Daily Telegraph Open Mic Finalist.
“His years of experience showed. He is a real ball of hyper-energy. Right the first second of going on stage he was mucking in with the audience, doing lots of improv stuff” The Cheeky Monkey Comedy Club
“Good-natured and smiley and full of bounce” StandupCom Magazine

Mike Wozniak (Open spot)
Another new act gets 10 minutes on stage to try and he has what it takes to make it as a stand up comedian



And we now bring you 2 new ways of enjoying the top comedy club in Kingston:

Birthday Party Package
Celebrating a birthday? Have your party at Comedy@Kingsmeadow!
The birthday party package includes:
- 10 x tickets covering admission and dinner
- 1 x glass of Bucks Fizz for everyone in your party
- 1 x reserved table
- 1 x birthday cake
- Special mention from MC
Cost: £100 (additional tickets available for £10 each)

Sponsorship Package
Looking for a great night out to entertain clients or for a staff party?
Trying to build up your business profile in the local community? Then you should consider sponsoring a Comedy@Kingsmeadow show!
The sponsorship package includes:
- 30 x tickets covering admission and dinner
- 3 x complementary bottles of house wine
- 3 x tables reserved for your party
- Logo and editorial (max 25 words) on e-mail newsletter sent to over a thousand recipients twice each week
- Presence on the Kingsmeadow Live website (www.kingsmeadowlive.com)
Cost: £300 + VAT



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Monday 24 September 2007
club news
Game on Tuesday 2 October

Next Tuesday the Dons will be at home in a cup game, either to Whyteleafe in the Ryman League Cup or to Debenham LC in an FA Cup replay. Whichever game it turns out to be, the kick off will be at 7.45 pm.

We are consulting Whyteleafe about prices for their game and will announce our decision very soon.


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Monday 24 September 2007
first team news
Terry on Heybridge and Margate

Terry Brown was pleased to pick up three points on Saturday against Heybridge.

"The most significant thing was that we won - a very important victory for the team and one that will boost their confidence. The next most important thing was that we kept a clean sheet and got back to good defensive ways. We ended up unable to play the centre back pair I was planning for - Antony Howard picked up an injury in training and Jake had a neck problem, possibly due to the cheekbone injury he got in the friendly against Walton.

"Fortunately, Jason had recovered rather faster than we first expected and Rob Quinn slotted in very nicely alongside him. Up front, we made the goalie work a lot harder than recently and he made some excellent saves. The one from Graz, when he latched onto the initial save from Finn's free kick, was an outstanding save - top quality.

"When you play with two wingers you need them to chip in with a few goals and it was good to see a goal created by one and finished by the other. In the second half we were never under pressure but we couldn't finish them off. I am looking for a bit more from central midfield.

"Re Margate, Saturday saw them lose their unbeaten home record to the league leaders. They won't be easy to break down but we are going there with the intention of getting all three points. If we can turn two successive wins into three, it will feel like the start of a run - that is what we need and what we are looking for right now."


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Monday 24 September 2007
club news
Debenham coach full

All the places on the fans' coach to Debenham have been filled.

We do not believe that we can fill another coach and therefore we are taking no more bookings for the game on Saturday.


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Sunday 23 September 2007
club news
Places are still available on the Margate coach

We still have some seats available for the Margate coach for Tuesday's game at Hartsdown Park. The coach will leave The Woodman pub at 4.00 pm and Kingsmeadow at 4.30 pm.

Prices are £13 for adults and £9 for concessions.

You can obtain a place by phoning the office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on Monday or Tuesday. Alternatively, you can call at the club's office during those hours.


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Sunday 23 September 2007
club news
Arrangements for Debenham FA Cup tie on 29 September

Next Saturday's game at Debenham LC will not be all ticket.

Prices for admission are £7 for adults and £4 for concessions. Although these prices are rather higher than Debenham's usual matchday prices, they were arrived at after consulting us and have our support. We will not be making any advanced sales for the game.

There will be informal segregation for the game. We understand that the police have agreed a ground capacity of 3,000, although the crowd is expected to be closer to 1,000.

Please note that, as we understand it, although the pitch is surrounded by hard-standing, there is no terracing and very little cover.


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Saturday 22 September 2007
club news
There's Only One Wayne Matthews!

Win a family ticket for four people to see There’s Only One Wayne Matthews! at Polka Theatre!

Wayne Matthews wants to be the greatest footballer in the country; there’s only one problem – he’s rubbish! Yes, there is only one Wayne Matthews – he’s a dreamer, an artist and the proud owner of a head full of football trivia but none of that means anything if you can’t kick a ball. Wayne wishes he could just be a little bit more like Carl Wilkins – the most popular boy in the school and the star of the school team.

Set in late 70s London, this fast action-packed new play has been written for Polka by one of the UK’s leading playwrights, Roy Williams (writer of hit shows such as Sing Yer Heart out For the Lads and episodes of the BBC’s Babyfather.) It’s the perfect football-themed theatre treat for anyone aged 10 and over.

Following the 2pm performance on Saturday 6 October, Paul Canoville will be giving a free post-show talk for show ticket holders about his experience as the first black footballer to play for Chelsea FC and his work with the Let’s Kick Racism Out Of Football campaign. And after the 2pm performance on Saturday 13 October, ticket holders can hear writer Roy Williams talk about his writing career and what inspired him to write this play.

Tickets are just £4 for the 2pm preview performance on Saturday 29 September, and £9 for all other performances (£6 for concessions). Tickets can be booked online at www.polkatheatre.com or by calling the Polka Theatre Box Office on 020 8543 4888.

To win the tickets, simply e-mail commercial@afcwimbledon.co.uk with your name and contact details to be entered into the draw. The winners will be announced at teh Man of the Match presentation on Saturday 6th October.


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Saturday 22 September 2007
cfs news
Pre-match kids’ football returns today

The Matchday Academy returns for this Saturday’s game against Heybridge Swifts. This is held at Kingsmeadow all-weather pitches next to The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium before every AFC Wimbledon Saturday home game.

The academy is open to boys and girls of all abilities aged 4 – 12 and consists of varied small-sided games on state-of-the-art synthetic grass pitches. It runs from 1.00pm to 2.00pm, entry to the area is gained through the Kingsmeadow athletics stadium reception and costs only £3.

Remember kids can then go free to the match in line with the club’s policy



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Friday 21 September 2007
first team news
Kevin moves on and Sebastian comes in

Terry Brown announced some player movements and looked forward to tomorrow's game when we spoke to him earlier today.

“A few days ago Kevin Warner came to me and said that he thought it would be in the best interests of the club and himself if he moved on. I am slightly disappointed but I can understand his reasoning. He is a very talented player and AFC Wimbledon never saw the best of him.

“Kevin had difficulty with regards to travelling from his workplace and his substantial work commitments meant he was never able to really show his best. On behalf of the club I would like to wish Kevin, who is a lovely character, all the best in his future football endeavours.

“I am pleased to say that the club has secured the services of Sebastian Kneissl. Sebastian is a player who I have watched on several occasions for Chelsea reserves and he will add significantly to our strike force.

“We were able to secure Sebastian’s services after the club obtained his international clearance in midweek. He scored in the friendly against Walton Casuals. As a player, Sebastian possesses good awareness and touch and the ability to score goals. He will be in tomorrow’s squad.”

“Tomorrow’s game offers us the opportunity of securing some much-needed valuable home points. As no game has proved easy this year we are expecting dogged resistance from Heybridge Swifts, who I note have made two significant signings this week.

“Unfortunately, Antony Howard picked up a knock in training and is doubtful. Jason Goodliffe will have a fitness test prior to the game. Marcus Gayle and Steve Goddard are injured and not available. I have a nice, but difficult, option of bringing Giuliano Grazioli back into the team following last weekend’s fine FA Cup win.”


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Thursday 20 September 2007
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents The Smyths!

Kingsmeadow Live returns this Saturday night with Smiths tribute The Smyths. This is the bands second gig at the venue, having played to one of our largest audiences in February. These guys pride themselves on being a Smiths band of Smiths fans for Smiths fans and are easily one of the most authentic tribute bands out there today.
We expect demand to be high for this gig so make sure you book tickets in advance. To do so, either e-mail here or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335.



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Saturday 22 September
The Smyths
Doors 8.00pm/ show starts 9.30pm/ bar closes 1.00am
Admission: £8 (advance)/ £10 (door)

Great friends of Kingsmeadow Live, The Smyths return for the second time after a hugely successful gig in Febraury.
The ultimate tribute to seminal 80’s legends the Smiths, the Smyths offer an authentic and thoroughly entertaining tribute to the angst-ridden pop rockers. Extensive set list covers hits such as ‘Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now’, ‘Girfriend in a Coma’, ‘Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want’ and ‘The Boy With The Thorn In His Side’.

"You’ll never see The Smiths again, but The Smyths are the next best thing." Music-News.com
"Amazing...just like The Smiths" XFM
For more information, visit www.thesmyths.net.



Don’t miss these upcoming gigs:
Saturday 6th October- Under the Kosh, Pokerfac/d, The Pressure Drop
Saturday 13th October- The Dualers
Saturday 27th October-Boo Hewerdine with Kirsty McGee/ Mat Martin and Sapphira Gold
Saturday 10th November- The Sex Pistols Experience
Saturday 24th November- Neville Staple
Saturday 15th December- Kingsmeadow Live Xmas Party (line-up TBA)
For more information, visit here.




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Thursday 20 September 2007
club news
Comedy & curry for £10!

Comedy@Kingsmeadow, AFC Wimbledon’s Friday night comedy club, returns this week with the hilarious David Hadingham headlining. For more information on the rest of the line-up, see below.
And don’t forget, you can now get a curry and admission to the comedy for the fantastic price of £10 (advance bookings only)!
To book tickets in advance, either e-mail here or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335.

More about this week’s show…

Friday 21 September
COMEDY@KINGSMEADOW presents…
David Hadingham, Nik Coppin, Kevin Shepherd and Elliot Potter
Doors open & Dinner served 8.00pm/ Show starts 9.00pm/ Bar closes Midnight
Admission: £6 (advance) /£8 (door)/ £10 (curry and comedy)

David Hadingham (Closing act)
Intense and anecdotal, Hadingham keeps audiences hooked right up to the last punchline as he presents his unique and often warped view of everyday life. This gravel-voiced comic combines supremely controlled delivery with inimitable facial contortions as he cracks some of the best handmade gags in the business.
David is a highly-regarded regular on the nationwide comedy circuit. Within the last 12 months, he has headlined clubs such as The Glee, The Hyena Cafe, Lee Hurst's Backyard, Up the Creek, Komedia, Jesters and The Stand. David also plays the other main venues including Jongleurs, Bearcat Club, Banana Cabaret, The Comedy Cafe, Bound & Gagged, Standing Ovation, Rawhide and Buzz
"Ranting and raving comic genius" The Guardian

Nik Coppin (Opening act)
"A rapid-fire non-stop act full of energy. His hour went so quick, his charming smile and easy manner had the audience eating out of his hand and wanting more. Go and see him." Stephen Mathew, Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
"Coppin sets a new benchmark for international comedy" The Pun magazine, Melbourne
“Charmed our audiences. Scoundrelously funny" Classic Comedy Club, New Zealand.
"There is absolutely nothing to dislike about Coppin as a performer" www.chortle.co.uk

Kevin Shepherd (Compere)
"He then gave way to Kevin Shepherd, who packed the next 20 or so minutes with as many jokes as some comedians manage in an hour. He switched between anecdotal and punchline based humour with ease, and left us eager for more." BBC Lincolnshire.
"Assured stage presence, deadpan delivery and good gags." Last Laugh. Sheffield.
"Kevin's friendly face and light touch comedy was a hit with the Knutters. He got hold of the audience and held them to the end, they really listened and laughed." King Knut's Club. Peterborough.
"Cuts a confident and assured figure." Chortle.
"A charming young chap with cheek, humour, wit and a smooth delivery that would do any midwife proud. Lots of life, lots of gags and quite a few kids to his name." Jester Laugh Comedy Club. Bournemouth.

Elliot Potter (Open spot)
Another new act gets 10 minutes on stage to try and prove he has what it takes to make it as a stand up comedian.


And we now bring you 2 new ways of enjoying the top comedy club in Kingston:

Birthday Party Package
Celebrating a birthday? Have your party at Comedy@Kingsmeadow!
The birthday party package includes:
- 10 x tickets covering admission and dinner
- 1 x glass of Bucks Fizz for everyone in your party
- 1 x reserved table
- 1 x birthday cake
- Special mention from MC
Cost: £100 (additional tickets available for £10 each)

Sponsorship Package
Looking for a great night out to entertain clients or for a staff party?
Trying to build up your business profile in the local community? Then you should consider sponsoring a Comedy@Kingsmeadow show!
The sponsorship package includes:
- 30 x tickets covering admission and dinner
- 3 x complementary bottles of house wine
- 3 x tables reserved for your party
- Logo and editorial (max 25 words) on e-mail newsletter sent to over a thousand recipients twice each week
- Presence on the Kingsmeadow Live website (www.kingsmeadowlive.com)
Cost: £300 + VAT



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Thursday 20 September 2007
club news
Collection of season tickets

If you haven't yet collected your season ticket, please note that you can do so at the complimentary tickets window before the Heybridge Swifts game on Saturday.


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Thursday 20 September 2007
club news
Brian Goodwin - funeral arrangements

Brian's family has sent us the following details of his funeral:

The funeral service will be at 3.00 pm on Wednesday 26 September at Croydon Crematorium, with a gathering afterwards at Chipstead Golf Club, How Lane, Chipstead. Family flowers only; any donations should be sent or passed to the undertaker who will collect them and then hand them on to the Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton. The undertaker's address is W A Truelove, 109 Stafford Road, Wallington, SM6 9AP.

Brian's family has made it clear that they would welcome any fans who wish to attend.


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Wednesday 19 September 2007
dons trust news
Dons Draw results for September

The September Dons Draw took place this last night at Walton Casual's Franklin Road ground.

Winning numbers were drawn in the presence of Erik Samuelson (Dons Trust board member), Clare McDonagh and Neil Messenbird (the Dons Draw Treasurer). The winning ticket numbers and prizes were as follows:

First prize of £1,000 - ticket 0286 – Neal Brett from Northampton

Second prize of £480 - ticket 2404 – Brian Alderman from Chessington

Third prize of £150 - ticket 2937 – Jack Yeomanson from SW18

Congratulations to all three prize winners!

This is the first win for all three prize winners.

The next Dons Draw will take place on or after the 18th October 2007 with the results being posted on the AFC Wimbledon official web site soon after the draw has taken place.

The first prize is now £1,000 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 or downlad an application here.

The deadline for new entrants to the October 2007 Dons Draw is 8.00pm on Sunday 30 September.

Any questions you may have can be answered by contacting the Dons Draw team here or by going here.


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Wednesday 19 September 2007
club news
Brian Goodwin

We were very sad to hear of the passing this week of Brian Goodwin, a long-term fan and volunteer.

Brian, 54, had been a supporter since the early 1960s, taking in all of the club’s greatest triumphs. On the formation of AFC Wimbledon he volunteered his services across a wide range of areas. He was a member of the Dons Trust board for two years, in which time he became the first chairman of the Fundraising Working Group. Under his leadership the group launched many schemes, including the Dons Draw, the sporting dinners, sponsor-a-seat and recycling. A strong believer in the volunteer culture of the club, he was also a volunteer steward for two seasons and installed the club’s accountancy systems.

Away from the club Brian was married to Pam for 32 years and had three children, Andrew, Liz and Chris. He was a successful management consultant and property developer and an active member of the Carshalton Beeches Rotary Club.

Chief Executive Erik Samuelson said “Brian was a super person who wasn’t worried about status or any of that stuff. He volunteered to steward home and away games in our first season and I carry an image of him, soaked to the skin, cheerfully but firmly telling fans where to go and traffic where to park.

“He was a successful businessman who, I suspect, did his business little good by devoting so much of his time to the club. He was always forthright and clear about what the club should be doing from a business point of view – and when we should be doing it (“now!”). I was pleased to spend some time talking to him at our last home game and glad that he managed to see his beloved Dons a couple more times following his diagnosis. He will be sadly missed.”


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Tuesday 18 September 2007
dons trust news
The future of AFC Wimbledon - part 2

Tomorrow night, Wednesday, there will be the second open meeting in what is a vital stage in the whole AFC Wimbledon strategy review. the meeting will be held at the Community Centre, 28 St George's Road, Wimbledon, starting at 7.30 pm.

The timing is particularly appropriate as it will not have escaped your notice that The Greyhound Stadium is for sale, according to newspaper reports.

Where we play in the future and in what type of stadium is very important in the whole strategy review process. How we get the funding to ensure our stadium now and in the future also needs your feedback. And there is much more to discuss.

The meeting will take the form of a brief introduction followed by discussions split into individual tables around core headings which include 'stadium', 'funding', 'governance', 'volunteers/ethics' etc.

Further information on the work so far, along with online discussions on key themes, can be found here.

This section contains some recent material, with background papers on corporate governance and funding, as well as a summary of the Dons Trust Board's views on the eight key issues.

There has been good progress so far on the strategy review and much work has gone on behind the scenes but it needs your input and it needs it now. Please do come to the meeting on Wednesday.


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Tuesday 18 September 2007
reserve team news
John Morris

John Morris has accepted the position of assistant manager at Walton Casuals, working alongside Luke Dowling. John has been our reserve team manager for over three years, having joined us when Dave Anderson was appointed in 2004.

John said “You don’t often get the chance to work at a top club like Wimbledon, so it was an incredibly hard decision to leave. I’m grateful to Dave Anderson who bought me into the setup when he took over. Terry and Stuart have been brilliant with me since they took over as well but the opportunity at Walton is one I couldn’t turn down as it’s a chance to do first team football alongside a good young manager and Tony Gale. It’s an exciting challenge and I’m looking forward to it.

I have been touched by the number of calls I’ve had from our players and their parents wishing me luck and saying ‘thank you’ – it means a lot.

I feel the reserves have developed during the last three years and the club is now producing players who will be able to get in the first team in the near future. Last year was a great one – getting promoted and getting to a cup final was good for the players and testament to their hard work over the season.

Personally, I would like to thank Simon Bassey and Dave Charles who have worked incredibly hard for the reserves along with all the office staff at club and all the fans who took the time to come and see us play.”

Terry Brown said “I would like to thank John. He’s done a great job since we got here. I’m disappointed from a personal level because I’ve enjoyed working with him but I totally understand his reasons for leaving. I have no doubt he will do a good job for Walton as he is a very capable manager. I’m sure this will strengthen our already good relations with Walton Casuals.”


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Tuesday 18 September 2007
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents The Smyths!

Kingsmeadow Live returns this Saturday night with Smiths tribute The Smyths. This is the bands second gig at the venue, having played to one of our largest audiences in February. These guys pride themselves on being a Smiths band of Smiths fans for Smiths fans and are easily one of the most authentic tribute bands out there today.
We expect demand to be high for this gig so make sure you book tickets in advance. To do so, either e-mail here or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335.



More about the gig...

Saturday 22 September
The Smyths
Doors 8.00pm/ show starts 9.30pm/ bar closes 1.00am
Admission: £8 (advance)/ £10 (door)

Great friends of Kingsmeadow Live, The Smyths return for the second time after a hugely successful gig in Febraury.
The ultimate tribute to seminal 80’s legends the Smiths, the Smyths offer an authentic and thoroughly entertaining tribute to the angst-ridden pop rockers. Extensive set list covers hits such as ‘Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now’, ‘Girfriend in a Coma’, ‘Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want’ and ‘The Boy With The Thorn In His Side’.

"You’ll never see The Smiths again, but The Smyths are the next best thing." Music-News.com
"Amazing...just like The Smiths" XFM
For more information, visit www.thesmyths.net.



Don’t miss these upcoming gigs:
Saturday 6th October- Under the Kosh, Pokerfac/d, The Pressure Drop
Saturday 13th October- The Dualers
Saturday 27th October-Boo Hewerdine with Kirsty McGee/ Mat Martin and Sapphira Gold
Saturday 10th November- The Sex Pistols Experience
Saturday 24th November- Neville Staple
Saturday 15th December- Kingsmeadow Live Xmas Party (line-up TBA)
For more information, visit here.




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Tuesday 18 September 2007
club news
Comedy and curry!

Comedy@Kingsmeadow, AFC Wimbledon’s Friday night comedy club, returns this week with the hilarious David Hadingham headlining. For more information on the rest of the line-up, see below.
And don’t forget, you can now get a curry and admission to the comedy for the fantastic price of £10 (advance bookings only)!
To book tickets in advance, either e-mail here or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335.

More about this week’s show…

Friday 21 September
COMEDY@KINGSMEADOW presents…
David Hadingham, Nik Coppin, Kevin Shepherd and Elliot Potter
Doors open & Dinner served 8.00pm/ Show starts 9.00pm/ Bar closes Midnight
Admission: £6 (advance) /£8 (door)/ £10 (curry and comedy)

David Hadingham (Closing act)
Intense and anecdotal, Hadingham keeps audiences hooked right up to the last punchline as he presents his unique and often warped view of everyday life. This gravel-voiced comic combines supremely controlled delivery with inimitable facial contortions as he cracks some of the best handmade gags in the business.
David is a highly-regarded regular on the nationwide comedy circuit. Within the last 12 months, he has headlined clubs such as The Glee, The Hyena Cafe, Lee Hurst's Backyard, Up the Creek, Komedia, Jesters and The Stand. David also plays the other main venues including Jongleurs, Bearcat Club, Banana Cabaret, The Comedy Cafe, Bound & Gagged, Standing Ovation, Rawhide and Buzz
"Ranting and raving comic genius" The Guardian

Nik Coppin (Opening act)
"A rapid-fire non-stop act full of energy. His hour went so quick, his charming smile and easy manner had the audience eating out of his hand and wanting more. Go and see him." Stephen Mathew, Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
"Coppin sets a new benchmark for international comedy" The Pun magazine, Melbourne
“Charmed our audiences. Scoundrelously funny" Classic Comedy Club, New Zealand.
"There is absolutely nothing to dislike about Coppin as a performer" www.chortle.co.uk

Kevin Shepherd (Compere)
"He then gave way to Kevin Shepherd, who packed the next 20 or so minutes with as many jokes as some comedians manage in an hour. He switched between anecdotal and punchline based humour with ease, and left us eager for more." BBC Lincolnshire.
"Assured stage presence, deadpan delivery and good gags." Last Laugh. Sheffield.
"Kevin's friendly face and light touch comedy was a hit with the Knutters. He got hold of the audience and held them to the end, they really listened and laughed." King Knut's Club. Peterborough.
"Cuts a confident and assured figure." Chortle.
"A charming young chap with cheek, humour, wit and a smooth delivery that would do any midwife proud. Lots of life, lots of gags and quite a few kids to his name." Jester Laugh Comedy Club. Bournemouth.

Elliot Potter (Open spot)
Another new act gets 10 minutes on stage to try and prove he has what it takes to make it as a stand up comedian.


And we now bring you 2 new ways of enjoying the top comedy club in Kingston:

Birthday Party Package
Celebrating a birthday? Have your party at Comedy@Kingsmeadow!
The birthday party package includes:
- 10 x tickets covering admission and dinner
- 1 x glass of Bucks Fizz for everyone in your party
- 1 x reserved table
- 1 x birthday cake
- Special mention from MC
Cost: £100 (additional tickets available for £10 each)

Sponsorship Package
Looking for a great night out to entertain clients or for a staff party?
Trying to build up your business profile in the local community? Then you should consider sponsoring a Comedy@Kingsmeadow show!
The sponsorship package includes:
- 30 x tickets covering admission and dinner
- 3 x complementary bottles of house wine
- 3 x tables reserved for your party
- Logo and editorial (max 25 words) on e-mail newsletter sent to over a thousand recipients twice each week
- Presence on the Kingsmeadow Live website (www.kingsmeadowlive.com)
Cost: £300 + VAT



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Tuesday 18 September 2007
club news
Cracking Nuts?

AFC Wimbledon fan Geoff Norcott is co-presenting a nightly sports show on new channel Nuts TV, alongside Radio 1's Comedy Dave.

The show, 'Shed Sports 1', will be a fan-driven view of all things sporting and will go out in two parts during the channel's broadcasting hours of 9.00 pm until 1.00 am.

The show has values which should appeal to AFC Wimbledon fans, as Geoff explained, 'Nuts really want to approach this show from a grass roots angle. We will be launching a number of campaigns to get back to the real spirit of football. Even though comedy Dave is an Evertonian, he is a proper fan and is still grateful to Wimbledon for keeping his team up! Our producer is also sound; he does, unfortunately, support Chelsea - but he's more from the Graham Stuart end of things than the Michael Ballack, if you know what I mean. '

Geoff, who was born a stone's throw from Plough Lane, added, 'This is a dream job for me and hopefully viewers will genuinely feel like they've dropped in on two guys enjoying a good yarn about sport and cracking some gags...and the fact that I can now write off the cost of premium sports channels against tax is truly a thing of beauty.'

Geoff will still be working as a stand up and makes his debut appearance at the Kingsmeadow comedy night on 5 October. Geoff said, 'I'm looking forward to this. I've waited a long time to perform in front of an audience who will know why John Gayle is comedy gold.'


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Tuesday 18 September 2007
first team news
Coach travel to Margate and Debenham

Details of the fans' coaches to Margate for the league game on Tuesday 25 September and to Debenham, in the FA Cup, on Saturday 29 September are as follows:

Margate

The coach will leave The Woodman at 4.00 pm and Kingsmeadow at 4.30 pm. Prices are £13 for adults and £9 for concessions.

Debenham, Suffolk

The coach will leave the Woodman at 10.30 am and Kingsmeadow at 11.00 am. Please note that prices for this coach are £15 for adults and £10 for concessions.

Buying tickets

Coach tickets can be reserved by phoning the office (020 8547 3528), or by calling in, between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays. Alternatively, they will be available at the complimentary tickets window before and after the Heybridge game this Saturday, 22 September.


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Monday 17 September 2007
first team news
Terry reflects on cup win

Terry Brown, was very happy with the win in a potentially tricky tie at Cray Wanderers yesterday.

"I was absolutely delighted with the win on Sunday and also pleased that we managed to find the net six times. The win will be a real boost to the players and, although Cray gave us a scare or two, I thought it was a fair result in what turned out to be a really exciting cup tie.

"We have been rewarded with a tie at Debenham LC and I can assure everybody from Suffolk that we will be taking the game very seriously. We will have them watched and find out as much information as we can about them to avoid the perils that the FA Cup often throws up.

"It was nice to see Buts looking fit, working hard and, depending on which of our players you talk to, opening the scoring for us. Apart from a shaky spell in the second half when they scored two good goals, I was pleased with both the performance and the result. Our inability to finish off dececnt attacks has cost us in previous weeks and it was nice to see our forwards scoring again.

"Because we have no official game this week, it gives me the rare opportunity at this time of the season to utilise Tuesday for a friendly match at Walton Casuals. This will allow me to look at the other squad players who have not played much football recently."


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Monday 17 September 2007
first team news
Dons away in FA Cup

The Dons have been drawn away in the FA Cup for the third time in succession. In the second qualifying round, Wimbledon will play Debenham LC on Saturday 29 September.

Further details, including details of fans' coach travel arrangements, will follow as soon as possible.


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Saturday 15 September 2007
ladies news
Officials urgently required

The Ladies are still looking for a referee and assistants for tomorrow's South East Combination League game against Welwyn Garden City, to be played at Kingsmeadow Athletics Stadium at 14.00

The appointments are paid. Anyone who can help please contact Bert Dale on 07840 842290 or by e-mail.


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Thursday 13 September 2007
club news
Comedy and Curry for £10!

Kingston’s top comedy club is making its long awaited return this Friday 14 September!
Comedy@Kingsmeadow is back to bring you the top comedians on the circuit every Friday night. If you are one of our regulars, you know that you are guaranteed 2 hours of fantastic comedy every week. If you are not, then come on Friday and you soon will be!
And as if you needed another reason, we now serve a delicious curry from 8pm so you can get dinner and comedy for the fantastic price of £10.

More about this week's show...

Friday 14 September
COMEDY@KINGSMEADOW presents…
Ian Cognito, Dan Evans, Mike Belgrave and Michael Marsland
Doors open & Dinner served 8pm/ Show starts 9pm/ Bar closes Midnight
Admission: £10 (curry and comedy- advance bookings only)
£6 (advance) /£8 (door)

Ian Cognito (Closing act)
Ian Cognito is one of the best comics on the national circuit, a veteran who clearly knows what he’s doing as he spits his darkly humorous vitriol over an unsuspecting crowd. Outspoken, opinionated, and totally clued up, this man’s take on the world will have you convinced and convulsed (with laughter).
"Cognito’s indignant polemic is a bracing antidote to more amiable routines. When a comedian can transform rage into humour without diluting their passion, the result is always riveting. Share his inspired madness." The Guardian
"Cognito puts them all in the shade. If you want to know what’s wrong with New Britain, Ian Cognito’s going to tell you. And if you don’t, you’d better keep your mouth shut. Just stunning." The Guardian
"Ian Cognito is up there with the greats. He rants - but not without thought." Evening Standard
"There is no doubting Ian Cognito’s blazing talent as a stand-up." Time Out

Dan Evans (Opening act)
'Skilful and surreal' The Scotsman
'Original and inventive' The Times

Mike Belgrave (Compere)
"A very enthusiastic and energetic performance from this crazy man with a beard" Three Weeks
"The very funny Mike Belgrave" Time Out
"The engaging Mike Belgrave" Time Out
"The excellent Mike Belgrave" Time Out
"Belgrave has a nice line in observational comedy...
...an effortless patter that puts any audience in a good mood." www.chortle.co.uk

Michael Marsland (Open spot)
Another new act gets 10 minutes on stage to try and he has what it takes to make it as a stand up comedian.

To order tickets in advance, either e-mail here or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335. Don't forget, when you order 10 tickets, you get one free!



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Thursday 13 September 2007
first team news
Cray preview

"I am not sure if it is a welcome relief to be playing in the FA Cup. It is not as if the pressure will be any less than in a league game. The FA Cup for us means an opportunity of advancing to play one of the 'big fish' and the opportunity of being underdogs for a change.

“So far as the players are concerned, they possibly have 10 - 15 opportunities in their lifetime to be part of a successful cup run. For the club itself, it offers the opportunity of extra revenue, should we be successful, and most importantly for you, the fans, it offers you all the excitement and glory that the FA Cup has to offer as a special competition.

"On paper, Sunday's fixture looks to be winnable. However, our form of late would suggest that it certainly not going to be easy. Cray Wanderers are a side whose chairman and management team I know well and they are a fantastic club running on limited resources.

"We have had them watched and we are well aware of their strengths. As far as our own team is concerned, I was extremely pleased with the midweek reserve fixture where several first-teamers did themselves proud. This gives me the opportunity of possibly shaking the team up for Sunday.

"Whilst we are discussing the reserves, I was obviously disappointed to see Richard Jolly pick up a nasty injury. Thankfully it wasn't a bad as we initially feared and it looks like his calf injury is likely to keep him out of action for a week or so.

"Returning to the FA Cup, we have emphasised to the players how important a game this is; a good cup win would be great boost prior to our forthcoming league game against Heybridge."


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Thursday 13 September 2007
youth news
Youth matches switched

For those of you who like to keep up with our academy players, please note that tonight's under 18 match has been reversed and will now be played at Croydon Athletic ko 19:45.

Also, reversed is next Wednesday's under 19 match against Bromley. This fixture will be at Nescot ko 14:00.


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Tuesday 11 September 2007
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow and Curry for £10!

Kingston’s top comedy club is making its long awaited return this Friday 14 September!
Comedy@Kingsmeadow is back to bring you the top comedians on the circuit every Friday night. If you are one of our regulars, you know that you are guaranteed 2 hours of fantastic comedy every week. If you are not, then come on Friday and you soon will be!
And as if you needed another reason, we now serve a delicious curry from 8pm so you can get dinner and comedy for the fantastic price of £10.

More about this week's show...

Friday 14 September
COMEDY@KINGSMEADOW presents…
Ian Cognito, Dan Evans, Mike Belgrave and Michael Marsland
Doors open & Dinner served 8pm/ Show starts 9pm/ Bar closes Midnight
Admission: £10 (curry and comedy- advance bookings only)
£6 (advance) /£8 (door)

Ian Cognito (Closing act)
Ian Cognito is one of the best comics on the national circuit, a veteran who clearly knows what he’s doing as he spits his darkly humorous vitriol over an unsuspecting crowd. Outspoken, opinionated, and totally clued up, this man’s take on the world will have you convinced and convulsed (with laughter).
"Cognito’s indignant polemic is a bracing antidote to more amiable routines. When a comedian can transform rage into humour without diluting their passion, the result is always riveting. Share his inspired madness." The Guardian
"Cognito puts them all in the shade. If you want to know what’s wrong with New Britain, Ian Cognito’s going to tell you. And if you don’t, you’d better keep your mouth shut. Just stunning." The Guardian
"Ian Cognito is up there with the greats. He rants - but not without thought." Evening Standard
"There is no doubting Ian Cognito’s blazing talent as a stand-up." Time Out

Dan Evans (Opening act)
'Skilful and surreal' The Scotsman
'Original and inventive' The Times

Mike Belgrave (Compere)
"A very enthusiastic and energetic performance from this crazy man with a beard" Three Weeks
"The very funny Mike Belgrave" Time Out
"The engaging Mike Belgrave" Time Out
"The excellent Mike Belgrave" Time Out
"Belgrave has a nice line in observational comedy...
...an effortless patter that puts any audience in a good mood." www.chortle.co.uk

Michael Marsland (Open spot)
Another new act gets 10 minutes on stage to try and he has what it takes to make it as a stand up comedian.

To order tickets in advance, either e-mail here or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335. Don't forget, when you order 10 tickets, you get one free!



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Tuesday 11 September 2007
dons trust news
The future of AFC Wimbledon

On Thursday evening at Kingsmeadow there will be an extremely important meeting and a vital stage in the whole AFC Wimbledon strategy review.

The timing is particularly appropriate as it will not have escaped your notice that The Greyhound Stadium is for sale, according to newspaper reports.

Where we play in the future and in what type of stadium is very important in the whole strategy review process. How we get the funding to ensure our stadium now and in the future also needs your feedback. And there is much more to discuss.

The meeting will take the form of a brief introduction followed by discussions split into individual tables around core headings which include 'stadium', 'funding', 'governance', 'volunteers/ethics' etc. It will take place in the back bar from 7.30 pm this Thursday, 13 September.

Further information on the work so far, along with online discussions on key themes, can be found here.

This section contains some new material with background papers on corporate governance and funding, as well as a summary of the Dons Trust Board's views on the eight key issues.

There has been good progress so far on the strategy review and much work has gone on behind the scenes but it needs your input and it needs it now. Please do come to the meeting on Thursday.


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Tuesday 11 September 2007
cfs news
Please give us your unwanted Tesco vouchers

Tesco are running another of their offers entitled "Tesco Sport for Schools and Clubs".

If you don't need your vouchers, we can use them. Please either send them to the club or bring them to a match and leave them at the complimentary tickets window.


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Tuesday 11 September 2007
first team news
Cray Wanderers - a reminder

This is to remind fans that our FA Cup tie at Cray Wanderers will take place at Hayes Lane on Sunday 16 September with a 2.00 pm kick off.

If there is a replay, it will be on Tuesday 18 September, kick off 7.45 pm.

Given the very short time between the tie and any possible replay, please note that if we do have a replay we will not be producing our usual programme but, instead, a "giveaway" containing team details etc. In addition, seats will be sold on a first-come first-served basis, with no reserved seats or advance sales.


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Monday 10 September 2007
first team news
Terry looks back on Saturday

Terry Brown acknowledged that there is still a great deal of work to be done after Saturday's draw at Leyton.

"It is difficult to draw any positives from Saturday's performance. Our inability to score goals in open play was compounded by the fact that for the second time this season we have conceded two goals. It is sometimes the case that an inability to convert chances makes the rest of the team a little nervous.

"Although from a defensive point of view I was disappointed that they scored two goals, from Leyton's point of view, the quality of those goals would be pleasing. As a manager I have been in a similar situation to this on a couple of occasions and it is important to remember not to make too many changes.

"Overall, we have been solid at the back and dominated most midfields. There is a temptation, because we haven't been winning, to change both areas. My job now is to focus on the areas that need the most attention.

"Last week the board backed me in supporting the loan of Giuliano Grazioli and I was pleased with his debut. Graz is a player who does his work in the box and if we feed him chances he will score goals for us. He got into those positions on Saturday but we weren't getting the ball to him.

"I felt on Saturday that our wingers in particular breached the Leyton back four with great skill and ability, but failed to find a simmple pass, often to Grazioli. There is no magic wand I can wave to instill confidence within the final third. Confidence is a very brittle commodity. Although the management and coaching staff worked very hard in the week to instill belief, that can only really come with the confidence that winning brings the team.

"Sometimes adversity can draw the team closer and, when we resume our winning ways, this poor period should make us closer as a unit and stronger than before.

"The players will be in three times this week, with two training sessions and a reserve team game at Metropolitan Police. The game will be an opportunity for some of the players who haven't been starting to stake a claim for a place on Sunday.

"The important thing to stress is that we have a really good squad here which is not yet playing to its potential and there is only one person responsible for that - and that person is me. Regardless of the results, our players have been giving 100% effort all season and the frustration you feel is also felt by them. I appreciate your patience and look forward to more positive results starting at Cray on Sunday."


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Friday 07 September 2007
first team news
Terry looks forward to Leyton

Terry Brown was very positive when he spoke to us earlier today.

"Believe it or not, I am looking forward to the game on Saturday, as are all of the players. It gives us all an opportunity to get back to winning ways.

"The loan signing of Giuliano Grazioli should be a real boost to the players and supporters alike. When I was looking for someone to come and score goals, Graz was at the top of my list. He is a prolific goalscorer with an uncanny eye for goal.

"Graz is one of those players who can seem to disappear from the game for an hour and then pop up and get a couple of goals. I am not asking him to track back, I am not asking him to shut down the full backs - his job is in the 18 yard box.

"I feel that over the last four games we have dominated possession without ever having a cutting edge. I hope that Graz can provide that cutting edge. I will also be making a couple of changes to the side as I think we need an injection of new blood. The players should be aware that if we are not getting results, changes will be made."


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Friday 07 September 2007
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow Party Packages

Comedy@Kingsmeadow is pleased to announce two new ways to enjoy the top comedy club in Kingston Upon Thames!

Birthday Party Package
Celebrating a birthday? Have your party at Comedy@Kingsmeadow!

- The birthday party package includes:
- 10 x tickets covering admission and dinner
- 1 x glass of Bucks Fizz for everyone in your party
- 1 x reserved table
- 1 x birthday cake
- Special mention from MC

Cost: £100 (additional tickets available for £10 each)

Sponsorship Package
Looking for a great night out to entertain clients or for a staff party?
Trying to build up your business profile in the local community? Then you should consider sponsoring a Comedy@Kingsmeadow show!

The sponsorship package includes:
- 30 x tickets covering admission and dinner
- 3 x complementary bottles of house wine
- 3 x tables reserved for your party
- Logo and editorial (max 25 words) on e-mail newsletter sent to over a thousand recipients twice each week
- Presence on the Kingsmeadow Live website (See here)

Cost: £300 + VAT

We have a limited number of shows available so make sure to reserve your date early. For more information, e-mail here call our booking line on 020 8547 3335.




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Friday 07 September 2007
first team news
Jolly on the list while Giuliano comes on loan

Terry Brown has transfer-listed Richard Jolly and signed Giuliano Grazioli on loan.

"I sat down with Richard after training last night and told him that I want to make a few changes. He is a smashing lad with a good goal record but we need to shake things up and it is quite clear that we have lacked a cutting edge this season. I expect to get a fee for him.

About Giuliano Grazioli, Terry said "over the last few days we have been looking for a goalscorer to give us an edge and there are few with a better track record than 'Graz'. We have him on loan from Barnet until 13 October although he isn't available for FA Cup games in that period."

Asked if he is looking for any more players, Terry said "yes, we are always looking but it has to be the right person. So we won't rush, expecially now that Graz is here."


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Thursday 06 September 2007
club news
Terry looks backwards and forwards

Earlier today, Terry Brown was blunt in his assessment of the season so far.

"There is no point beating about the bush - I am very disappointed with where we are. I am not looking to offer up any excuses - the performances have not been good enough and it is my job to change that sooner rather than later.

"Although we have only played six games it is perfectly evident that our inability to score goals has resulted in the loss of eleven valuable points. Doing nothing is not an option. I spoke to the players after the Harrow game and let them know that I was keeping faith with the same starting eleven against Boreham Wood and they needed to repay that faith with a positive result.

"Although I can't fault their application and commitment, the conclusion has to be drawn that at this current time the mix is not right. Having assembled a squad of 21 players it is clearly evident to me that I need to shuffle the pack and even a blind man can see that we need a goalscorer - or two.

"As with all major decisions, the ramifications will be felt by the players but, as I said earlier, doing nothing is not an option. To this end, I have been working very hard to supplement the strike force and hope to have some good news with reference to front runners in the next few days.

"Defensively we look to have assembled a stong and competent unit. As an attacking force we have proved we can play attractive football in midfield areas and our percentage of possession should have been enough to kill off most of the games. However, it has to be said that for all the possession we have had, we have not worked the opposition goalkeeper to anywhere near the level I would expect. As I have said on numerous occasions to my players, it is irrelevant how well you play in the middle of the park if you are second best in the penalty areas.

"I was, however, happier with the performance of our squad players who turned out against Whyteleafe last night and one or two of them will be starting for the first team on Saturday."


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Wednesday 05 September 2007
reserve team news
Reserves at Kingsmeadow tonight

Due to a fixture scheduling mix-up, the reserves can't play tonight's match against Whyteleafe Reserves at their usual location of Croydon Athletic and so the game has been moved to The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium. Kick off is at 7.45 pm and entry is free.

Marcus Gayle is expected to be playing, to get some match practice before his return to the first-team squad.


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Tuesday 04 September 2007
club news
Kingsmeadow Live returns

Kingsmeadow Live is back this weekend following our summer break, bringing you the best live music and the funniest comedy.
Our first gig is this Saturday 8 September featuring one of the hottest local bands to perform at Kingsmeadow Live, Jed Dmochowski’s The Tranquilizers. The Tranquilizers are managed by AFC Wimbledon supporter Steve Elson and you may remember Jed from early 80s band The VIPs. For more information, see below.

Comedy@Kingsmeadow kicks off again on Friday 14 September with more of the best comedians on the circuit. And now you can get dinner and admission to the comedy for the fantastic price of £10. Click here for line-ups.

Don’t miss these upcoming gigs:
Saturday 22 September - The Smyths
Saturday 6 October - Under the Kosh,Pokerfac/d,The Pressure Drop
Saturday 13 October - The Dualers
Saturday 27 October - Boo Hewerdine with Kirsty McGee/Mat Martin
Saturday 10 November - The Sex Pistols Experience
Saturday 24 November - Neville Staple
Saturday 15th December - Kingsmeadow Live Christmas Party (Line-up TBA)
For more information, visit here.


More about our next gig…

Saturday 8 September
The Tranquilizers
With support from Jed Dmochowski performing songs by The VIPs for the first time in 25 years

Doors 8.00pm, show starts 9.00pm, bar closes 1.00am
Admission: £6 (advance)/ £8 (door)

Former VIPs front man Jed Dmochowski is back playing live with his new band The Tranquilizers. The Tranquilizers will be playing only their third ever gig at Kingsmeadow Live and already they are building a devoted live following. Jed's previous band, The VIPs, will be well known to anybody who watched live music in South London in the early 1980s. They had a hit single with the cult classic "Quarter Moon" and supported Madness, Dexy's Midnight Runners and Secret Affair on nationwide tours. The VIPs had a devoted following and many of them will be going to Kingsmeadow to see The Tranquilizers showcase Jed's unique songwriting abilities and also to see Jed himself performing VIPs songs live for the first time in 25 years as his own support act.

The Tranquilizers themselves are no VIPs mark two though. They are an up and coming band in their own right who take Jed's latest songs and apply an impressive musical gloss that will please all fans of mature popular music.

For more information on The Tranquilizers, visit here.
For more information on Jed Dmochowski and The VIPs, visit here.

To order tickets in advance, either e-mail here or call our booking line on 020 8547 3335. Don't forget, when you order 10 tickets, you get one free!


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Tuesday 04 September 2007
club news
1889 Club

The commercial department is pleased to announce that, following a successful inaugural season, the 1889 Club will be returning for the 07/08 season, although in a slightly different format. This season, the majority of our events will revolve around intimate dinners with some very special guests (for more information, see below).

We are also going to allow our members choose the club’s fundraising purpose. Suggestions so far include the playing budget, the main stand roof extension and the youth team.

An informal information session will take place this Thursday 6 September at Zero Quattro in Wimbledon Village. To register for this event, please e-mail here.

This season, membership benefits include:

1) An invitation to six intimate dinners with some very special guests:

An evening with Terry Brown and Stuart Cash
Monday 17 September
Venue: Zero Quattro
Cost: £50 (members only)

Other dates for your diary:
An evening with Alan Cork - Thursday 18 October (members only)
An evening with Allen Batsford and Ian Cooke - Thursday 29 November
An evening with Jason Goodliffe, Jake Leberl and Rob Quinn - Monday 14 January
An evening with David Barnard - Thursday 28 February
An evening with Terry Brown and Stuart Cash - Monday 31 March

2) An invitation to the 1889 Club’s signature event, a dinner celebrating the 20 Year Anniversary of Wimbledon’s FA Cup victory, being held at the Café Royal in the West End. 1889 Club members will also be invited to the exclusive pre-dinner reception with both the 1988 and current squads.

3) Four tickets for the President's Lounge and Directors' Box will be made available to 1889 Club members for the discount price of £20 each.

4) Opportunity to attend a senior team practice session as guests of Terry Brown and Stuart Cash (one session in September, one in March).

Membership costs £500 + Vat payable either in one instalment or by Direct Debit over nine months, starting in October.

If you would like to sign up for the 07/08 season or if you have any questions, please e-mail here or call commercial executive Keith McGuinness on 020 8547 3336.


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Tuesday 04 September 2007
club news
Margate coach departure times

The fans' coach to Margate for the game on 25 September will leave The Woodman at 4.00 pm and Kingsmeadow at 4.30 pm.

Tickets are on sale now by calling the club office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm - £13 for adults, £9 for concessions.


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Tuesday 04 September 2007
club news
FA Cup details for Cray Wanderers

Our FA Cup first qualifying round tie against Cray Wanderers will be played at Bromley's ground on Sunday 16 September, kick off 2.00 pm.

Tickets will be adults £8, senior citizens and under 16s £4.


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Tuesday 04 September 2007
dons trust news
DTB Meeting - 3 September

At its September's meeting, the Board:

* authorised the PLC to draw down to its full extent the £600,000 loan facility with Barclays Bank on the understanding that £250,000 would be ring-fenced to implement one of the planning permissions for the stadium.
* discussed the different possibilities now being identified for improving and developing the stadium as part of the work now being undertaken on the planning permissions.
* reaffirmed its commitment to finding a way forward to coordinate the Trust's fundraising effort in 2007-08
* confirmed the arrangements for the two Strategy Review consultation meetings to be held at Kingsmeadow at 7:30pm on Thursday 13th September and at the Wimbledon Community Centre at 7:30pm on Wednesday 19th September.
* confirmed the arrangements for the Dons Trust Special General Meeting to be held at Kingsmeadow at 7:30pm on Thursday 27th September.

Further details and papers for these three meetings will be issued as soon as possible.

The minutes of the meeting will be posted onto the website once they are approved by the Board.


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Monday 03 September 2007
first team news
Terry looks back at Harrow

Just before going into an extra evening session with the team, Terry Brown gave us his thoughts about last Saturday's shock defeat by Harrow Borough.

"Just like the fans, I was incredibly frustrated by our performance and the result and I spent at least an hour locked away with the team going through what went wrong. Not for the first time, we have totally dominated a team and yet not scored. It was the sort of game where you know that if you can just get a lead then it is there for the taking. But we didn't and that is my responsibility to sort out.

"Why aren't we scoring? Well, the main reason is that we aren't getting enough men into the box on the end of these crosses, and we will be looking at that tonight. Now that I've had a chance to look at the DVD of the game - three times in fact - it has given me a few things to work on tonight. To be honest, having the chance to look at it all in a calmer mood later has also shown me that some of my initial conclusions on Saturday weren't quite right.

"So, the team will all be in tonight to watch the video nasty with me but now it is about learning and correcting some very obvious things we need to do better.

"Will I be making changes for tomorrow night? I will be talking to Stuart about that tonight, but there are a few players with knocks and so I want to reserve my options for now. What I am pleased about is that we get a chance to go out and do something about it very quickly after the defeat and we will be looking to get back into winning ways at Boreham Wood tomorrow.

"Finally, I wanted to say how pleased I was with the patience the crowd showed during the game. I know the second half wasn't a lot of fun to watch but they stayed with us and I wanted to thank everyone for that."


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Monday 03 September 2007
club news
Travelling to Boreham Wood

At the moment it seems that there is likely to be a tube strike tomorrow. However, Boreham Wood's ground is served by First Capital Connect, for which there are no known travel problems. You are strongly advised to check details on the day, but the following information may be helpful.

Trains go to Elstree & Borehamwood from Sutton, via Wimbledon, Blackfriars and Kings Cross Thameslink. They are, of course, likely to be much fuller than normal if the tube strike goes ahead.

Suitable trains are 17.03 and 17.31 from Sutton, arriving at 18.12 and 19.06 respectively. Return trains leave at 22.12 and 22.43.




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Saturday 01 September 2007
cfs news
Matchday academy to relaunch on 22 September

The Matchday academy will be relaunched formally on 22 September before the game against Heybridge. Full details will be announced in the near future.

As a result, it will not be open today, before the game against Harrow Borough.


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