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Tuesday 30 September 2008
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents The Jamm's Farewell Tour this Saturday!

The Jamm return to Kingsmeadow Live this Saturday 4 October as part of their their farewell tour. Don’t miss this chance to see one of the UK's top tributes for the very last time. For more details, see below.

To book tickets, call 020 8547 3335.



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The Jamm

Saturday 4 October
Doors 8pm, show starts 9.30pm, bar closes 1am
Admission: £10 (advance)/ £12 (door)

With support from DJ’s spinning real deal 60’s soul, power pop and new wave with a side order of bluebeat, ska, and two-tone faves.

The Jamm have been delighting fans of Paul Weller's original group since '97. They have proven time and again just how powerful the music is, and the quality of The Jamm's show remains unsurpassed.
Backed by the experience of over 2000 shows, the band will take you back to a time when The Jam ruled the charts and a youth culture identified with the lyrics, energy and attitude from a band that reflected their lives.
The show includes 30+ songs packed into a "high energy" authentic performance and continues to draw in crowds old and new, young and old.

For more information, visit here.



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Tuesday 30 September 2008
club news
Dons fan Geoff Norcott headlines Comedy@Kingsmeadow this Friday!

AFC Wimbledon fan and Nuts TV presenter Geoff Norcott headlines Comedy@Kingsmeadow this Friday, 3 October. And Ting N' Ting will be providing their award-winning Caribbean cuisine as usual.

For tickets, call our booking line on 020 8547 3335.



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Friday 3 October
COMEDY@KINGSMEADOW presents….
Geoff Norcott, Dan Evans and Elliott Potter
Doors open 8.00pm/ comedy starts 9.00pm/ bar closes Midnight
Admission: £12 (includes comedy and dinner)

Geoff Norcott (Headliner)
Everything Geoff Norcott does is under-pinned by enthusiasm, optimism and a sharp comic mind.
Whether it be on the comedy circuit, where Geoff’s abundance of energy combined with a storming mix of observations, impressions and satire has made him a hugely popular act both in the UK and abroad.
Or on television, where Geoff recently went from co-presenter to become the main anchor on the WKD Shed Sports Show - his sharp one-liners becoming a popular feature of the nightly debates.
Geoff has also recently filmed a comedy drama pilot for the BBC, and was a key part of the ‘SPOOF’ impressions show line-up on BBC1 last year.
‘This guy is going to be big’ The Stage

Dan Evans (Opening Act)
Dan Evans first appeared on the comedy circuit in 1994, shortly afterwards leaving a promising career as one of East Anglia's leading office menials to go full time.
Over the past decade his twisted logic has delighted the nation, helping it through the dark days of the death of HRH The Queen Mother and the uncertainties of 21st century property prices.
As well as playing clubs and universities throughout the UK, Dan has gigged in Holland, Germany, Dubai and Ireland as well as being part of the sell-out Screaming Blue Murder Cabaret and Avalon Comedy Zones at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Dan's TV and radio appearances include Brain Candy (BBC3 & 2), Channel 5 at The Store, Channel 5 Comedy Zone and the Radio 2 Stand Up Show.
He writes too, with many credits including The Very World of Milton Jones (R4 - Sony Award Winner), Rory Bremner Who Else? (CH 4), The Eleven O'Clock Show (CH 4), The Live Floor Show (BBC 1), Revolver (BBC 1) and The Joan Rivers Position (CH 5).
'Skilful and surreal' The Scotsman
'Original and inventive' The Times

Elliot Potter (MC)
Elliot started doing stand up comedy in April 2007 and has progressed rapidly, getting opening spots and doing compere work less than a year after starting out. He combines topical gags with personal based story telling, all told in an affable and personable manner. On his 10th gig he progressed to the semi finals of the 'So You Think You Are Funny' competition and has since vowed never to do another competition as long as he lives (such was the injustice and travesty of him not reaching the final).



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Tuesday 30 September 2008
club news
Ticket arrangements for tonight

Turnstiles 1 2 4 and 5 will be selling terrace tickets; Turnstile 3 (Kingston Road end) will be selling seats in Blocks A-C and J-M which are priced at £12 for adults, £7 for concessions and £3 for U-16s and the booth will be selling seats in Block D-H which are priced at £14 for adults, £8 for concessions and £4 for U-16s.

Fans are asked to buy their tickets as soon as they arrive at the stadium and allow plenty of time before the 7.45 kick-off. All tickets will be on sale from 7.00 pm.

Away fans who wish to sit should follow the instructions above. Those who want to stand should purchase tickets from the Kingston Road turnstiles and proceed into the ground as directed.



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Tuesday 30 September 2008
club news
Credit card hotline

The credit card hotline, 020 8546 9582, will be open today from 10.30 am until 4.00 pm for tickets for tonight's replay against Bedford Town.

It will, of course, be possible to buy tickets at the turnstiles.


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Monday 29 September 2008
first team news
Terry on Bedford and (possibly) Dover

Terry Brown was in his office early today, planning tomorrow night's replay against Bedford Town in an FA Cup replay.

"Having watched Bedford's previous encounter with Wealdstone, it was almost deja vu on Saturday. Both ourselves and Wealdstone dominated possession without ever effectively breaching a very solid and talented Bedford defence. The league table suggests they concede fewer than a goal every two games and I thought their back four in particular played very well on Saturday.

"Full credit should go to Bedford for persevering even when they went 2-1 down and even though we were disappointed to concede late on, from their point of view it was a splendid equaliser.

"Tuesday's replay is set up to be an exciting encounter with Bedford having nothing to lose and everything to gain. We don't expect any of Saturday's missing players to be available tomorrow so we will be running with much the same squad.

"The draw hasn't been kind to Bedford or us with a very difficult tie away to Dover Athletic. If we are fortunate enough to get through on Tuesday we will have the opportunity to watch our opponents at Carshalton this coming Saturday. Any decent cup run always starts off with one or two difficult ties and if we wish to have a crack at one of the big boys we will certainly have to earn the right at Dover."


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Monday 29 September 2008
first team news
Dons away to Dover if ...

Wimbledon have been drawn away to Dover Athletic in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup, if we beat Bedford Town tomorrow night.


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Monday 29 September 2008
club news
Credit card hotline

The credit card hotline will open at 11.30 am today for season ticket holders to purchase their usual seat for tomorrow night's replay. Alternatively, personal callers can visit the office up to 4.00 pm today to collect their ticket.

All remaining seats will go on sale to the general public from 10.00 am tomorrow morning.


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Monday 29 September 2008
club news
Coaches to Worcester

As the first two coaches going to Worcester next Saturday are full, a third coach will now run. Pick up at The Woodman is 10.00 am and from Kingsmeadow 10.30 am. The price is £10 and to reserve a seat please call 020 8547 3528 during normal office hours.

Alternatively, seats can be booked at the complimentary tickets window before and after tomorrow night's replay against Bedfrord Town.


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Sunday 28 September 2008
club news
Office number closing at 2.OO pm

The office telephone number being used to take credit card bookings will close at 2.00 pm today although the usual credit card hotline number will remain open until 3.00 pm.


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Sunday 28 September 2008
club news
Bedford ticket sales also open via main switchboard

As well as the the usual credit card hotline number you can additionally call the main switchboard, 020 8547 3528, until 3.00 pm today to buy your usual seat for the Bedford Cup replay


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Saturday 27 September 2008
first team news
Late equaliser forces replay

A goal in the 89th minute by debutant Graham Clark denied Wimbledon victory and forced a replay which will take place at Kingsmeadow on Tuesday night.

The home team opened the scoring after 11 minutes when James Pullen spilled a through ball and despite the efforts of Ben Judge, Steve Gentle had the simple task of slotting the ball into the open goal.

The equaliser on 43 minutes came out of the blue as Clark needlessly tugged at Jon Main, and the referee immediately pointed to the spot, as well as booking Clark. Main made no mistake with the resulting penalty.

The Dons enjoyed the majority of the possession and chances in the second half, and came close to scoring on 59 minutes when a Sam Hatton free kick smashed against the underside of the bar, but not over the line. Eventually the pressure paid 10 minutes from time when Kennedy Adjei received the ball outside the area, swivelled and hit a left foot shot past Mike Armitt.

With the home side tiring, it looked as though the Dons had secured their place in the next round, but a minute from time a cross from the left found the unmarked Clark at the far post and his header back across goal gave Pullen no chance.


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Saturday 27 September 2008
first team news
Ticket arrangements for Tuesday's FA Cup replay

The credit card hotline, 020 8546 9582, will be open tomorrow between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm for season ticket holders to reserve their usual seats for Tuesday's game. It is likely that it will be possible to ring other numbers and these will be announced tomorrow morning, so please check the website.

The club office will also be open for personal callers tomorrow between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm to pay for and collect their tickets. Season ticket holders will need to bring with them voucher A from their season ticket book. We do not expect it will be necessary for non-season ticket holders to book seats in advance as there should be plenty available on the evening of the match.

Please watch this website for further announcements about additional opening hours for the credit card hotline.


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Friday 26 September 2008
first team news
Terry on the FA Cup trail

The Dons start out on this year's FA Cup journey with a difficult tie tomorrow, when they visit the New Eyrie, where Bedford Town are unbeaten this season. The Eagles are currently enjoying a seven match unbeaten run in the league, where they occupy third position, and the FA Cup.

The Eagles' season started poorly, with only one point from their first three games. Since then they have improved dramatically, thanks to a very strong defence; they haven't conceded a goal in any of their five most recent league games.

Up front, however, they aren't prolific with exactly one goal a game in the league. So manager Terry Brown has spent the week with his injury-depleted squad working on how to break down the Eagles' defences. When we spoke to him late this afternoon, he was looking forward to getting back into winning ways in the FA Cup, following last week's first league defeat of the season.

"I am looking forward to our first FA Cup game of the season. After ten league games, it makes a change to be focusing on a team from outside our league. Because their tie with Wealdstone went to a replay, I had the good fortune to be able to watch them myself in the previous round. It was a very close game that they eventually won on penalties.

"A look at their recent record would suggest a very well organised defence who have only conceded three goals in eight league games. However, they do not appear to score a lot of goals themselves.

"Looking at the way they played against Wealdstone I felt the centre of their defence, the centre halfs, goalie and centre midfield, were all very solid and it might take a while to break them down. So I will be emphasising to the players that we need to be patient, but I feel that if we play our normal game at a high tempo we should be pressing strongly in the second half.

"Last Saturday's fixture against Hayes certainly took its toll. We will be fielding our strongest available eleven tomorrow. However, through injuries there will be three or four regular faces missing. The good news is that Belal Aiteouakrim successfully came through a reserve team outing last Saturday and will be fit and available to join the squad for the first time this season.

"Having seen the Bedford ground and the weather forecast for Saturday, I am hoping that the fans will make the effort to get down there and give us their usual rousing support, as it should be a very exciting FA Cup encounter."


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Friday 26 September 2008
club news
Dons fan Geoff Norcott headlines Comedy@Kingsmeadow!

AFC Wimbledon fan and Nuts TV presenter Geoff Norcott headlines Comedy@Kingsmeadow next Friday, 3 October. And Ting N' Ting will be providing their award-winning Caribbean cuisine as usual.

For tickets, call our booking line on 020 8547 3335.

More about the line-up...

Friday 3 October
COMEDY@KINGSMEADOW presents….
Geoff Norcott, Dan Evans and Elliott Potter
Doors open 8.00pm/ comedy starts 9.00pm/ bar closes Midnight
Admission: £12 (includes comedy and dinner)

Geoff Norcott (Headliner)
Everything Geoff Norcott does is under-pinned by enthusiasm, optimism and a sharp comic mind.
Whether it be on the comedy circuit, where Geoff’s abundance of energy combined with a storming mix of observations, impressions and satire has made him a hugely popular act both in the UK and abroad.
Or on television, where Geoff recently went from co-presenter to become the main anchor on the WKD Shed Sports Show - his sharp one-liners becoming a popular feature of the nightly debates.
Geoff has also recently filmed a comedy drama pilot for the BBC, and was a key part of the ‘SPOOF’ impressions show line-up on BBC1 last year.
‘This guy is going to be big’ The Stage

Dan Evans (Opening Act)
Dan Evans first appeared on the comedy circuit in 1994, shortly afterwards leaving a promising career as one of East Anglia's leading office menials to go full time.
Over the past decade his twisted logic has delighted the nation, helping it through the dark days of the death of HRH The Queen Mother and the uncertainties of 21st century property prices.
As well as playing clubs and universities throughout the UK, Dan has gigged in Holland, Germany, Dubai and Ireland as well as being part of the sell-out Screaming Blue Murder Cabaret and Avalon Comedy Zones at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Dan's TV and radio appearances include Brain Candy (BBC3 & 2), Channel 5 at The Store, Channel 5 Comedy Zone and the Radio 2 Stand Up Show.
He writes too, with many credits including The Very World of Milton Jones (R4 - Sony Award Winner), Rory Bremner Who Else? (CH 4), The Eleven O'Clock Show (CH 4), The Live Floor Show (BBC 1), Revolver (BBC 1) and The Joan Rivers Position (CH 5).
'Skilful and surreal' The Scotsman
'Original and inventive' The Times

Elliot Potter (MC)
Elliot started doing stand up comedy in April 2007 and has progressed rapidly, getting opening spots and doing compere work less than a year after starting out. He combines topical gags with personal based story telling, all told in an affable and personable manner. On his 10th gig he progressed to the semi finals of the 'So You Think You Are Funny' competition and has since vowed never to do another competition as long as he lives (such was the injustice and travesty of him not reaching the final).



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Friday 26 September 2008
first team news
Matchday arrangements for the FA Cup

Tomorrow’s game against Bedford Town will be played at The Eyrie, Meadow Lane, Cardington, Bedford, MK44 3SB.

If travelling via the A1 leave the A1 at the Sandy roundabout and take the A603 through Moggerhanger and Willington and the ground is situated just before the Bedford bypass on the right hand side.

If travelling via the M1 leave the motorway at Junction 13 and join the A421. At the Kemptson roundabout take the A428 Bedford bypass. At the 3rd slip road leave the bypass, take the A603 and go back under the bypass and the ground is 200 yards on the left.

Although there will be no crowd segregation both police and stewards will be present. Adult terrace tickets are £9 with concessions at £6 and Under-13s £2. The turnstiles will open at 12.30 pm and the bar will also be open from that time. No alcohol can be consumed outside the clubhouse.

Seats are still available on the supporters' coach which will pick up from The Woodman at 10.45 am and Kingsmeadow at 11.15 am and can be booked by ringing the club office on 020 8547 3528 before 4.00 pm today. Price is £10.



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Thursday 25 September 2008
club news
Erik Samuelson at the Wimbledon Book Fest

As part of this year's Wimbledon Book Fest, BBC's John Inverdale will be interviewing author Duncan Hamilton about his book, 'Provided You Don't Kiss Me- 20 years with Brian Clough (winner William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2007, 'one of the best football books I've ever read' according to John Motson) at the Odeon Cinema on Wimbledon Broadway on Thursday 9 October at 7.30pm.
The organisers have kindly invited AFC Wimbledon chief executive Erik Samuelson to attend the event and also be interviewed by John Inverdale.
We would like to encourage fans to support this event, not only because it is a great opportunity to promote the club in the local community but also to support Erik.
Tickets cost £7.50 and can be booked by calling the Polka Theatre on 020 8543 4888 or online at here.



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Thursday 25 September 2008
club news
Coaches to Bedford

There are still a number of seats available on the supporters' coach travelling to Bedford on Saturday for the FA Cup tie.

Please contact the club office on 020 8547 3528 to make a booking.


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Wednesday 24 September 2008
club news
AFC Wimbledon and BucheonFC1995

AFC Wimbledon is pleased to announce that we are taking the first steps in establishing a relationship with South Korean club BucheonFC1995.
Supporters of BucheonFC1995, who play in the K3 League, suffered a very similar experience to Wimbledon fans when their club, Bucheon SK, was removed from its community in 2006. In response, the fans started their own club, which was launched in 2007. For the full story story, visit here (click on 'English' on the right hand side of the screen and then scroll down).
This is a positive development for the club for several reasons. First and foremost, it is a chance to show our support for a club that has been founded on the same principles as AFC Wimbledon. This also presents a fantastic opportunity to build up the profile of the club to a whole new audience. And finally, The Cherry Red Records Fans Stadium is located close to the biggest South Korean community in Europe in New Malden so it makes sense to establish a relationship with a Korean side.
We hope this relationship with BucheonFC1995 will involve a wide range of activities including exchange of merchandise, interaction amongst supporters, cross promotion and sharing of expertise. We will keep you up to date on our progress.
We would like to hear from any fans who would be interested in helping us develop this relationship, especially by engaging fans of BucheonFC1995. If this is of interest, please e-mail the commercial office at here.
Finally, we would like to thank Hoil Lee, an intern currently working with the commercial department, for his hard work over the last few weeks that has brought us to this point.



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Wednesday 24 September 2008
u18s news
FA Youth Cup sponsored by E.ON

Following their defeat of Hanwell Town in the preliminary round the Under-18 team visit Hampton and Richmond Borough tonight in the 1st qualifying round.

The match will be played at the Beveree Stadium, Beaver Close, Station Road, Hampton, Middlesex, TW12 2BT. Kick-off is at 7.45 pm and admission is £3 for adults and £1 for children and senior citizens.



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Monday 22 September 2008
first team news
Terry on Hayes and Yeading

Terry Brown was in philosophical mood about Saturday's first defeat of the season when we spoke to him earlier today, following the Monday morning training session.

"I'm obviously disappointed after our first league defeat of the season. But credit to Hayes who I thought played very well on the day. It was certainly the most even match we've had this season as far as chances created and chances taken.

"Obviously they had done their homework on us and, especially in the second half, they stopped us playing to a large degree and broke very well themselves. I haven't had a chance to analyse any video footage of the game yet, and I want to watch that before drawing too many conclusions as you learn a lot when you watch it later.

"But I do think we need to work on the ugly side of our game a little bit more. I felt we didn't defend very well on Saturday. They scored two and they could possibly have had three or four on the day.

"On the plus side, I was pleased with Danny Kedwell's contribution. I thought he worked very hard. We need to just work out the best midfield we have available on any one Saturday. But we won't be making too many changes with reference to the side as, overall, I've been delighted with the start that we've made to the season.

"On another positive note, Belal Aiteouakrim played sixty minutes on Saturday and I've been told that he scored two absolutely splendid goals for the reserves. I'll be very pleased when we've got all our strikers back fit and ready to play."


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Monday 22 September 2008
club news
Coaches to Bedford

The first coach going to Bedford for our FA Cup tie on Saturday is now full. However, due to demand, a second coach will also run. It will pick up at The Woodman at 10.45 am and Kingsmeadow at 11.15 am. The price is £10 and supporters are advised to contact the club office on 020 8547 3528 to reserve a seat.


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Saturday 20 September 2008
first team news
Dons taste first league defeat

Wimbledon lost their unbeaten league record and with that, top spot in the league, as Hayes and Yeading jumped above the Dons following their 2 – 1 victory in the top of the table clash.

For the first time this season, the Dons came up against opponents who worked tirelessly throughout the game, closed down their attacking options, and played some penetrating, skilful football. Too many Wimbledon players had an off-day, although they came closest to taking the lead when Anthony Finn’s volley from a dinked cross to the far post was blocked by the legs of keeper Aaron Howe.

The opening goal came after 24 minutes following a corner from the right hand side. Although there were some suspicions that there may have been a push on Danny Kedwell as he attempted to defend the cross, Josh Scott headed firmly into the net as Andy Little was left in no man’s land. The response from the visitors was swift as just three minutes later a partly cleared corner from Chris Hussey was controlled by Elliott Godfrey, who thumped the ball into the back of the net from 25 yards.

What turned out to be the winning goal came six minutes before half time, and was partly of the Dons’ own making. The ball was originally lost in midfield and although possession appeared to be regained, it eventually found its way out to the left channel. The resulting cross into the penalty area found Scott Fitzgerald who, under no pressure from the defence, was able to steer the ball wide of Little.

The Dons’ performance gained urgency in the second period as they fought to reduce the deficit. However, resolute defending from the home side prevented many clear-cut chances and on at least two occasions, they could have increased their lead, breaking quickly from the back. Terry Brown played his last cards by putting on Jake Leberl, Ben Judge and Dean Mason with a quarter of an hour left, and an equaliser was almost snatched in the final minutes with a header that beat Howe but hit the underside of the bar, and was scrambled away for safety.



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Friday 19 September 2008
club news
Arrangements for top of the table clash

There will no crowd segregation at tomorrow's game against Hayes & Yeading which will be played at their ground at Townfield House, Church Road, Hayes, Middlesex, UB3 2LE.

Admission to the ground is £10 for adults, £5 for concessions and £1 for children under 12 accompanied by an adult. There is an additional charge of £1 for transfer to the stand. Car parking is £1 and the matchday programme is £2.



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Friday 19 September 2008
club news
Robin Shroot

Fans will know that Robin Shroot is out of contract with AFC Wimbledon but, as a consequence of the Bosman case, we are entitled to compensation when he moves to another club.

Under the regulations, Robin is free to play for other clubs as a non-contract player. Harrow Borough have approached us to seek our support for him playing for them on that basis, which we have readily given. We wish Robin well as he seeks to regain fitness following an operation in the Summer.

The rules regarding compensation will only apply once Robin signs a contract with another club.


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Friday 19 September 2008
club news
1889 Club 2008/2009

The commercial department is pleased to announce the format of the 1889 Club for the 08/09 season.



We have made a few changes from last season's format:

- We would like to ask members to suggest what the money will be used for. An e-mail vote will then take place on Wednesday 1st October to determine the recipient of the funds.

- We have booked a private dining room for the first dinner. This means the dinner can be held in a more intimate setting and will allow greater interaction between guests.

- We have provisionally booked a luxury minibus for the match at Worcester City on Saturday 4th October (see below for more details). However whether this trip goes ahead will depend on demand.



The benefits of membership this season are as follows:

1) Invitation to 4 dinners during the season:

Marcus Gayle
Monday 27th October
San Lorenzo, Wimbledon (Private dining room)
Cost: £50 for members, £100 for guests

Other guests include:
- Dickie Guy and Dave Bassett
- Andy Little and Alan Inns
- Terry Brown and Stuart Cash

2) Luxury minibus travel to selected away trips
As mentioned, a minibus has been provisionally booked for the trip to Worcester on Saturday 4th October. The minibus has tables, leather seats and TV screens but no toilet. The trip will cost around £40 per person, based on 16 passengers. Please let us know ASAP if this is of interest to you.

3) 4 tickets for Presidents Lounge and Directors Box will be made available to 1889 Club members for every home match for the discount price of £20.

4) Members will have the opportunity to attend a first team training session with Terry Brown providing insight into the training methods.

5) Members receive a free ticket for the AFC Wimbledon End of Season dinner (Venue TBA). Discount tickets will be available for one guest.



Cost of Membership:
Membership costs £587 (including VAT) and is payable in one instalment or by direct debit over 8 months.



To sign up or for more information, please e-mail commercial executive Keith McGuinness here or call 020 8547 3336.



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Friday 19 September 2008
club news
Volunteers required

After five years working at the club, Clair Richardson, who has acted as receptionist, office administrator and performed a number of other roles, has decided to move on to pastures new in early October and we wish her every success in her new post.

While the club considers how best to define the role in the wider administrative structure, we are looking for volunteers who will be able to come into the office during the week, ideally between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm, on a rota basis to answer the telephone, greet visitors and sign for deliveries.

For further details about how the role will work please call the office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 and 4.00 or e mail secretary@afcwimbledon.co.uk



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Thursday 18 September 2008
first team news
Terry on Hayes

Terry Brown was in a nostalgic mood about his time at Hayes when we spoke to him today, in anticipation of the Hayes game this weekend.

"As a lifetime member of the Hayes supporters' club it is certainly a strange occasion to be going back as the opposition manager. I've only experienced it once before when I was on the losing end of a Ryman League game at Church Road in the year Aldershot won the title. It was our last defeat before going on a long, successful run.

"Church Road has always been a difficult place for any opposition team to go. However, we will be going there in a very positive frame of mind and, as we do everywhere, looking for three points.

"Gary has built an entertaining, successful footballing side with a complementary mix of experience and youth. Several of the players have come through their very successful FEDO youth development scheme, a scheme that has successfully introduced dozens of talented young footballers into both League and Conference football. Simon East was instrumental in bringing this scheme to the club and I know he talked to both Nigel and Erik with reference to our aims and ambitions for young players. I personally shall expect some fierce banter from the terraces but I look forward to having a beer with them afterwards.

"Both sides go into Saturday's encounter in terrific form, Hayes in particular after having won their last seven league games. I wouldn't have envisaged at the start of the season that our appearance would be a top-of-the-table encounter.

"I expect the game to be free-flowing and open as both sides try to play the game in a similar fashion. I expect there to be goals and the only question is which team will score the most. I am hopeful that Jason Goodliffe will recover from his injury doubt as this was also his first senior club and a club where he skippered and had considerable success.

"This will be our first real opportunity to look at the pairing of Danny Kedwell and Jon Main; experience tells me that it takes while to strike up a good working relationship as a front pair, so please be patient and allow them time to build an understanding. This pairing has been made possible by kind donations from a small number of our fervent supporters. If these two players do fulfil their potential I am sure it will have been money well spent and we won't be far away from gaining promotion. We owe these generous donors a big vote of thanks."


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Wednesday 17 September 2008
first team news
Coaches to Bedford and Worcester

Following last night's replay result, we will be travelling to Bedford Town on Saturday 27 September for the 2nd qualifying round of the FA Cup.

The club will run a supporters' coach to the game which will pick up from The Woodman at 10.45 am and Kingsmeadow at 11.15 am. The price will be £10.

The coach for the game at Worcester on 4 October is almost full and bookings will now be taken for a second coach.

Please contact the club office as soon as possible on 020 8547 3528 to reserve your seat for either of these coaches.


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Wednesday 17 September 2008
dons trust news
Dons Draw for September

The September Dons Draw took place before the game on Saturday at Kingsmeadow.

Winning numbers were drawn in the presence of David Cox (Dons Trust board member), Jill Stratton and Neil Messenbird (Dons Draw Treasurer).
The winning ticket numbers and prizes were as follows:

First prize of £1,000 - ticket 0962 - Alan Milne from Guildford
Second prize of £500 - ticket 0031 - Chris Root from Cumbria
Third prize of £175 - ticket 3539 - Peter Welch from Bromley
Fourth prize of £75 - ticket 2233 - Michael Nicholson from Essex

Congratulations to all four prize winners.

The next Dons Draw will take place on or after the 15 October 2008 with the results being posted on the AFC Wimbledon official web site soon after the draw has taken place.

For the third month running we have been able to increase the 3rd and 4th prizes and they could increase again next month.

If you want a chance of winning next month's 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 numbers, then why not do so now?

You can sign up online to the Dons Draw or download an application here or to increase your tickets email us here.

The deadline for new entrants to the October 2008 Dons Draw is 8:00pm on Tuesday 30 September.

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


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Monday 15 September 2008
first team news
Coach bookings for Worcester City

Bookings are now being taken for the supporters' coach going to Worcester City on Saturday 4 October. The price, as usual, is £10 and to reserve your seat please contact the club office on 020 8547 3528 during normal office hours. The coach will be picking up from The Woodman at 10.00 am and Kingsmeadow at 10.30 am.


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Monday 15 September 2008
first team news
Terry on Maidenhead

We spoke to Terry Brown about Saturday's game and the FA Cup draw, following one of his now-regular Monday morning training sessions.

"Saturday's game against Maidenhead proved to be an exciting encounter - another home game that took us a while to get going. Maidenhead had done their homework on us and, to be fair, played an attacking line up. I know from talking to their manager afterwards that he felt he was disappointed with their performance and I think that would always be the case when you've lost for the first time in the season.

"I thought we did enough to win the game and was particularly pleased with the debut of Danny Kedwell. I thought he added some power and strength to our front line and caused Maidenhead's defence a great deal of problems in the 45 minutes he appeared on the pitch. Danny struck up an instant rapport with Jon Main and both of them could have had a hat-trick in the second half.

"The differences with having a larger presence up front shouldn't detract from the football we are trying to play. However, it is pleasant to see someone aggressively attacking the ball in the final third, as it is a quality we've been without this season. I am hoping that the different option Danny gives us will allow Finn and Grdfrey in particular to benefit from balls played up to Danny and that they can take advantage of his splendid hold-up play. Danny trained with us this morning and looked fit and hungry for goals.

"Along with Jon Main's penalty brace, it was nice to see Tom Davis on the score sheet as I have been trying to impress on our other midfield players the need to share the goal tally around. I now have both my full backs having scored, one of my centre halfs, and I shall expect the others to pull their fingers out very soon. Although it doesn't actually matter where the goals come from, it is important that we do not become too reliant on any one player. Most successful teams have several players reaching double figures.

"Fortunately we have a break from football in midweek and hopefully this will allow Sam Hatton, Mickey Haswell, Kennedy Adjei, Chris Sullivan, Luke Pigden and Michael Peacock time to recover fully for Saturday's top-of-the-table clash with my old team, Hayes.

"Today's FA Cup draw has allowed me the opportunity of seeing our future opponents, as they will replay tomorrow night at Bedford. I am not particularly superstitious; however, it is nice to know that at least in the last five years I've been able to do that with our first game, which is a great opportunity for me. I hope we end up playing Gordon Bartlett's team as he is a good friend of mine and I am sure Wealdstone would welcome a big cup gate at their new home."


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Monday 15 September 2008
club news
FA Cup draw

The draw for the second qualifying round of the FA Cup has been announced. The Dons have drawn Wealdstone or Bedford Town away.

Ties will be played on Saturday 27 September. Arrangements for the game will be advertised on this site as soon as possible.


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Saturday 13 September 2008
first team news
An old Don and New Tricks

Club captain Jason Goodliffe celebrated his first league start of the season by picking up the sponsors' man of the match award; but it was Jon Main’s two penalty conversions that earned maximum points and kept the Dons top of the Blue Square South.

Maidenhead came to Kingsmeadow with a positive attitude and created some good situations early on in a game characterised by petty fouls and seven yellow cards. The boys in yellow and blue were finding it hard to establish a rhythm, but help was at hand when a 25th minute penalty was despatched low and hard into the corner by Jon Main and the Dons ended the half with their noses in front.

The introduction of new signing Danny Kedwell had a positive influence as Wimbledon began to recapture their passing game and gain a grip on the game. In the 68th minute following some neat play down the right a loose ball broke to Tom Davis on the edge of the box and his finish was too precise for Shane Gore in the Magpies’ goal. A third followed a few minutes later with Jon Main again nerveless from the spot. The Magpies scored a consolation at the death through Richard Pacquette, but nothing was to deny victory to the Dons.

After the game, long-standing Wimbledon fan Alun Armstrong, who plays oddball copper Brian in the BBC’s hugely successful drama series ‘New Tricks’, was on hand to present 'old man' Jason with his award and to explain how he manages to get so much exposure for his beloved club in the series. An enthusiastic crowd in the main bar were enjoying the taste of success but soon thoughts will turn to next Saturday and a real test away to second placed Hayes and Yeading United.



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Saturday 13 September 2008
club news
Today's running order

Once more there is lots going on today at the Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow. Wimbledon FC hero John Scales will be presenting a large cheque to the club on behalf of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund and Alun Armstrong, star of 'New Tricks' will be subjected to Ivor's inimitable interrogation techniques during the man of the match presentation.

The full running order is as follows:

Noon Both bars open.

Noon Food is on sale in the back bar shortly afterwards

12.45 Liverpool v Manchester United on the big screen in both bars

1.30 Seat tickets go on sale in the kiosk in the main lobby

2.00 appr Turnstiles open

2.30 appr Highlights of the Dons v Weston-super-Mare in back bar

2.45 appr Manager and player of the month awards on the pitch

2.50 appr Presentation of grant cheque by John Scales in front of the extension to the Paul Strank Stand

3.00 Kick off

5.40 appr Official opening of the Dons new honours board, in memory of Natalie Callow

5.45 appr Man of the match award, plus interview with Alun Armstrong, star of 'New Tricks'

There are functions in both bars tonight and so they will need to close for cleaning. Fans can move to the President's Lounge when the main bar closes


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Friday 12 September 2008
first team news
Terry on Maidenhead

Maidenhead United come to the Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow tomorrow as one of only three teams yet to lose in the league although, like the Dons, they lost their unbeaten record for the season due to a defeat in the Setanta Shield in midweek.

The Magpies had a very tough pre-season with five of their first six pre-season friendlies against teams from higher leagues. However, this seems to have stood them in good stead and they won their last three PSFs before setting off on their unbeaten league run to date. Until Tuesday night's defeat against Havant & Waterlooville in the Setanta Shield, they had gone ten games without defeat this season.

Maidenhead sit three points adrift of the Dons thanks to their game in hand. This was caused by their home game against Newport County being abandoned after 70 minutes last Friday night, with the score at 3-3 at the time.

With Wes Daly having moved on since the Dons played Maidenhead last season, their only genuine Wimbledon link is maintained by goalkeeper Shane Gore who was at Wimbledon 'at the turn of the century' as the Magpies' web site describes him.

Following their abandoned game last Friday, Maidenhead sent two representatives to watch the Dons draw with Weston-super-Mare but their plans may well have been disrupted by Wimbledon's signing of Danny Kedwell yesterday, to give a new dimension to the Dons attacking play.

Back at the stadium, Terry Brown was bubbling with enthusiasm before tomorrow's game when we spoke to him late this afternoon.

"I am looking forward to Saturday's game against Maidenhead, playing against a friend of mine Johnson Hippolyte, who everybody calls Drax. Stuart and I have watched them twice this year and they are very much improved from the side that we played last season.

"Saturday also gives us the opportunity of introducing our new signing, Danny Kedwell, and I am sure the fans will be as anxious to see our new forward as I am.

"I expect the game to be an entertaining, free-flowing game as Maidenhead have a strong attacking strike force, Paquette and Binns being particularly dangerous. It is important that we get back to winning ways after the draw against Weston-super-Mare and our Setanta cup exit against Chelmsford.

"We now have a large squad where, unless we have an incredible run of injuries, we should be able to cover every position on the pitch with one of our own boys. I don't envisage making any other signings and I would like to think that this squad is capable of promotion this year.

"The start we have given ourselves should allow us to continue playing good football regardless of what teething problems we may have later on in the year. I have no doubt that we will suffer several defeats along the way and the test of this current squad will be how they react to defeats and move on to another level.

"As you will be aware there is now fierce competition for places both up front and in midfield and our main task will be how to fit the in-form Tony Finn into our midfield. One of the things that I hope Danny will give us, apart from more presence in the box, is goals. When Tony fits into our four-man midfield this will give the team additional goals. I certainly have no complaints concerning Sam, Tom and Kennedy whose performances have been fantastic. However, I must get some goals from the number 4, 7 and 8 shirts.

"I am looking forward to playing a game at home with the new part of the stand open and I am sure it will add to what is already a fantastic atmosphere."


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Friday 12 September 2008
club news
Extension to Paul Strank stand opens tomorrow

Following a meeting earlier today, it was agreed by the various contractors that the extension to the Paul Strank stand can open for the first time tomorrow. This means that season ticket holders in block K can resume sitting in their usual seats and season ticket holders in block L will be able to occupy their seats for the first time.

We are not currently selling season tickets in block M, which means that there will be seats available for all home games this season. For tomorrow's game against Maidenhead tickets will be available from the kiosk in the lobby of the main stand.

Because we have been unable to pre-sell seats for this game, there may well be substantial demand on the day for seats in the new blocks. to accommodate the demand, we will open the kiosk at 1.30 pm tomorrow. Pre-sales will resume before the next home game, the date of which depends on Monday's FA Cup draw.

To mark the opening of the extension, Wimbledon FC hero John Scales will be presenting a very large cheque to chief executive Erik Samuelson on behalf of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, shortly before kick off. For a full listing of events at the Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow, watch this site later this evening.


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Thursday 11 September 2008
first team news
Danny signs up

Terry Brown has this evening agreed terms with Danny Kedwell who successfully came through a medical earlier today. 25 year-old Danny has been with Blue Square Premier side Grays Athletic since signing for them in May 2007, and last season made 44 appearances scoring a total of 15 goals.

Before going off to training, Danny explained that he was pleased to be joining a club that had ambitions to move up the football ladder and was clearly going in the right direction. He was also looking forward to playing in front of the big crowds that the club attracted.

Terry Brown was also a happy manager. “I am absolutely delighted to have signed Danny today. He is totally different from the forwards we have at the club at the moment. He is an aggressive, powerful number nine who has recently been playing up front on his own at Grays Athletic. His strength lays in his ability to play with his back to the goal, his good ball retention and the aggressive manner with which he attacks the ball in both penalty areas.

We have some very talented, quick midfield and forward players at the club and therefore needed a different type of player to hold the ball for us and take the pressure off Jon Main up front. My job now is to fit Tony Finn into our midfield and what a great problem to have.”



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Wednesday 10 September 2008
u18s news
FA Youth Cup sponsored by E.ON

The Under-18 team open their FA Youth Cup campaign tonight when they visit Hanwell Town in the Preliminary Round.

The match will be played at Reynolds Fields, Perivale Lane, Perivale, Greenford, Middlesex, UB6 8TL. Kick-off is at 7.45 pm and admission is £4 for adults and £2 for children and senior citizens.


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Wednesday 10 September 2008
club news
Nearly there...

The extension to the Paul Strank stand was signed off yesterday by Kingston Council's safety officer, subject to the completion of certain specific tasks. This is a major hurdle cleared and makes it much more likely that we will be able to open the new seats and disabled area for use for Saturday's game against Maidenhead.

There is still a substantial amount of work to be completed but we are increasingly confident that the stand will be ready for the Maidenhead game. Nonetheless, after careful consideration we have decided to err on the side of caution. As a result, we are not pre-selling tickets for the game.

There is a sign-off meeting on Friday morning after which we will make a further announcement.


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Wednesday 10 September 2008
club news
More from AFC Wimbledon TV

Highlights of the games against Bromley and Basingstoke are now available by clicking AFC Wimbledon TV.


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Tuesday 09 September 2008
club news
AFC Wimbledon TV

We are working on developing and launching AFC Wimbledon TV in the near future but, while that work proceeds, we have decided to post match highlights on YouTube.

The first one, highlights of the Newport County game, was uploaded last night and can be seen by clicking AFC Wimbledon TV.

Over the next couple of days we will be uploading highlights and/or goals from the games against Bromley, Basingstoke and Bognor Regis Town. Watch out for them.


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Tuesday 09 September 2008
first team news
Terry on Chelmsford

Terry Brown was very pleased with last night's performance despite the 1-0 defeat at Chelmsford.

"Monday night's game at Chelmsford proved to be a very tight and close encounter. Although we were on the losing end I was very pleased with our team's performance. We made seven changes from Saturday's side to allow James Pullen and James Goodliffe to have their first 90 minutes of the season and also introduce Steve Gilbert, Michael Peacock, Luke Pigden, Dean Mason and Chris Sullivan to their first starts of the year.

"I thought it took our young side 20 minutes to settle and, considering that we conceded an early goal, I thought our young side steadied itself and went on to play in what is now the club's style.

"I don't want to single out any of the young players as I thought they all did themselves proud. I'd have no hesitation in putting any of them into a league start.

"The game panned out in a similar fashion to our last three or four games, where we played good football from box to box and again failed to have a cutting edge in the opposition penalty area. I do feel that there are goals within our side as we have proved in the earlier games and it is important that we don't allow any frustration to build up with reference to scoring goals. I would be more worried if we were not creating any chances but I feel the fact that we are missing numerous chances is a much better position to be in that creating none at all. We will get there.

"It will be important that the players respond in a positive fashion on Saturday after a difficult couple of results. The fact that we are playing one of the top teams will be a boost to everyone as we look forward to what should be a very exciting couple of weeks for the club, against top five sides. I think after the next two Saturdays against Maidenhead and Hayes and, having played Chelmsford, we should have a better understanding of the strengths within the Blue Square South.

"I am pleased to say that Michael Peacock has recovered OK from his concussion. However, he did damage his shoulder and we will have to wait to see the outcome with Mike Rayner on Thursday. I hope he will be back very soon."


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Tuesday 09 September 2008
club news
The Rudeboy returns!

Neville Staple makes his long awaited return to Kingsmeadow Live this Saturday, 13th September! Make sure you catch one of his last solo shows before The Specials get back together later this year. For more information, see below.

To book tickets, call our booking line on 020 8547 3335.



Neville Staple (Ex Specials)
Saturday 13 September
Admission: £12
Doors open 8.00pm, gig starts 9.30pm, bar closes 1.00am

Best known for his work writing & composing, the lead singer from The Specials, and as one of the founding members of Fun Boy 3, Neville Staple is credited with changing the face of pop music not only once but twice.
Neville's biography and past projects read like a who's who of rock. He has worked with such legends as Elvis Costello (The Specials 1979 – Chrysalis Records), David Byrne (Fun Boy 3 Waiting 1983 – Chrysalis Records), and Ali Campbell (Today's Specials 1996 – Kuff Records/Virgin), to name only a few.
Since 1998 Neville has been on a mission to entertain, successfully touring Japan, South America and extensively touring North America with his own band. Above all he is a performer. It is worth seeing Neville's live performance, his captivation stage presence and distinct voice are well worth it. Catch his show these days, and you'll get a mix of old favourites plus loads of his brand new original solo material.
For more information, click here.


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Sunday 07 September 2008
first team news
Terry on Weston-super-Mare and Chelmsford

Terry Brown was philosophical about losing this season's 100% home record when he spoke to him late this afternoon.

"Saturday's game against Weston-super-Mare proved to be a frustrating afternoon. We gave away a goal start with a cross that, having watched the video, went straight in - there wasn't much we could do about that really, I felt. After that we took a little while to regain our confidence. When we did we pushed hard for an equaliser. If there was fortune with their goal there was certainly even more fortune with ours, as we benefitted with an own goal from the Weston centre half.

"I felt once we had equalised we should have gone on to take the points. However, credit to Weston who worked very hard to deny us the space to play our football and solid defending ensured they went away with a point.

"Like most of the home games we have played this year we have found it difficult to break down sides which defend in numbers and I think more than anything this is an area of concern where we need to have more of a presence in the opposition box. I feel we are getting adequate crosses into the box without any real aerial presence to take advantage of them.

"One or two of the boys were slightly off their game yesterday and this can obviously happen from time to time. It was a good game for us to look at tactically from a managerial point of view as they played with two up front and one 'in the hole' and we have to look at better ways of dealing with that in future.

"It would be wrong to place any blame on our two forwards, although several chances have been missed during the last two or three games - we have to look at other players sharing the work load as far as goals are concerned.

"I was pleased with the way we carried on playing our football, even though it wasn't a great performance, and I think possibly last year we may have thrown all three points away in the last few minutes, but we never looked like doing so on Saturday.

"Monday night's Setanta Shield game offers a great opportunity for Jason Goodliffe, Jake Leberl, James Pullen and the younger members of our squad to push for a first team place against Maidenhead on Saturday. It will be nice to lock horns again with Jeff King and I am sure that both sides will take the opportunity to blood their squad players in what should be an entertaining and open game."


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Saturday 06 September 2008
first team news
All square at Kingsmeadow

The Dons dropped their first home points of the season when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Weston-super-Mare at a wet and breezy Kingsmeadow.

Wimbledon fell behind after just two minutes when a long cross from the left found the unmarked Mark McGregor whose close range header gave Andy Little no chance. The Dons immediately hit back and after a period of pressure, which included a number of corners, visiting captain Charlie Comyn-Platt headed into his own net to put the home side level.

As in previous games the Dons created a number of good chances in the second half but Sam Hatton, Jon Main and Elliott Godfrey were unable to convert the more clear cut opportunities. The Dons run of late goals almost continued when Tom Davis struck the inside of the post with a well hit shot in the last five minutes of the game and Tony Finn was also very close with a shot that went just wide of the post.


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Saturday 06 September 2008
club news
Today's game

We have looked at the pitch and, despite yesterday's heavy rain, it is in good condition and so we expect the game to go ahead. We are not asking for a pitch inspection.


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Friday 05 September 2008
cfs news
Matchday Academy

The Matchday Academy returns for Saturday’s game against Weston-super-Mare. The academy 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 1.30pm to 2.30pm, entry to the area is gained through the Kingsmeadow athletics stadium reception. For AFC Wimbledon season ticket holders the cost is £3 and for non season ticket holders the cost is £5.




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Friday 05 September 2008
club news
Timetable for events at Kingsmeadow on Saturday

This Saturday sees the table-topping Dons at home to Weston-super-Mare, seeking another win to consolidate our position at the top of the Blue Square South. There are lots of other things going on at Kingsmeadow, both before and after the game, so we’ve listed them all for you here.

Noon Both bars open

Noon Food will be served in the back bar (until the gates open)

12.30 pm Highlights of the Bromley game, plus goals from Newport, Bognor and Basingstoke, will be shown at 12.30 pm, 1.30 pm and 2.30 pm in the back bar

2.00 pm Gates open

3.00 pm Kick off

4.45 pm Results service on TV in both bars

5.00 pm Georgia v Ireland in the main bar

5.30 pm Back bar closes to prepare for function

5.45 pm Man of the match presentation in the main bar

6.15 pm President’s Lounge opens to all

6.15 pm Main bar closes to prepare for function

7.00 pm Andorra v England in the President’s Lounge. Bar stays open until the final whistle


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Friday 05 September 2008
club news
Pre-sales for the Maidenhead game and new blocks L and M

The extension to the Paul Strank stand is due to be handed over to the club on Friday 12 September, the day before our home game against Maidenhead. While the contractors are confident that the stand will be completed on time, this is dependent on several factors, including the weather. In addition, use of the stand will need to be approved by RB Kingston Council’s safety consultant and his review will take place very close to the end of the project.

As a result of these factors, we have decided that we will not offer seats in blocks L and M for pre-sale for the Maidenhead game. Instead, we will sell seats on the day if the stand is approved for use.

If there are any unexpected hitches and the project isn’t completed by 12 September, we will continue with the current practice of providing season ticket holders in blocks K and L with alternative seats, to be collected on the day of the game.

Please watch the club’s web site for further news towards the end of next week.



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Thursday 04 September 2008
club news
Terry looks forward to Saturday

The Dons are looking to extend their unbeaten run on Saturday against a resurgent Weston-super-Mare team which was only saved from a first-ever relegation last season by the demise of Cambridge City. But this season they have started well, with two away wins out of three, although at home they have struggled to turn supremacy into wins, with three draws out of four games. Nonetheless, they are one of only two teams to extract a draw out of Maidenhead and, by all accounts, they were unfortunate not to win that game. So Terry Brown was bracing himself for a difficult game on Saturday when we spoke to him late this afternoon.

"On Saturday we welcome an in-form Weston-super-Mare side. It will be the first time we've flexed our muscles against a top eight side. Their start includes a great win at Havant & Waterlooville, one of the promotion favourites, so we will have to be at our best to maintain our 100% home record.

"Barring one of two injury doubts, we should be able to field a very strong side. Several players will miss training tonight, owing to knocks picked up in the two previous away games. Fortunately the squad has a decent balance and so far we have been able to overcome the loss of any player who has been unavailable through injury. One piece of positive news is that Mickey Haswell is recovering well and we are hoping he might be back for the Chelmsford game - we'll give you more news on that later.

"Several of our squad players took part in the reserve team fixture at Croydon Athletic on Wednesday and those 90 minutes will prove invaluable for those squad members either involved tomorrow or against Chelmsford on Monday. I was particularly pleased at Braintree with the fact that we were missing Elliott Godfrey and we were still able to shuffle the midfield around to allow Jake Leberl into the number four spot without disrupting our pattern of play.

"So, we go into Saturday's game full of optimism and confidence. But, for everybody's sake I hope we manage to score a little earlier than our previous home games."


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Thursday 04 September 2008
club news
Terry's latest signing

Terry Brown has signed Dons legend Marcus Gayle for a second time. Marcus was his first signing in the Dons promotion season and now Terry has signed him again as his reserve team manager.

Earlier today Terry said “I was delighted when Marcus expressed an interest in the role and he is a great addition to the management team. He brings a wealth of experience of playing at the highest level and I’m confident that he can pass that on to the young players who we want to develop into first team players.

“Part of his role will be liaising with Nigel Higgs, as director of youth football, and with the under 19 and under 18 managers, to help to make the transition from one level to the next as straightforward as possible. He will also be helping me with the Monday training sessions with the younger players.”

Marcus said “I only really wanted to be at Wimbledon and I’m very pleased that this has been settled so quickly. I will be meeting the players at training tonight and we have a game on Saturday so I will be getting into action almost immediately. It’s good to be back.”


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Wednesday 03 September 2008
first team news
Hussey's rocket puts the Dons back on top

A goal after 69 minutes from Chris Hussey gave the Dons a deserved victory in an entertaining game at Braintree.

The goal came after Tom Davis was fouled just outside the penalty area. From 22 yards Hussey curled the ball with pace into the top corner of the net giving goalkeeper Craig Holloway no chance.

Terry Brown was very pleased with the result and the performance. "It was a fantastic victory at a ground where it will be difficult to visit and come away with points. Buoyed by results against Chelmsford and Team Bath they were a dangerous team but having defended well early on we were able to get our own game going after 20 minutes. In some respects the game was similar to Basingstoke with us creating a number of opportunities to score. It will not be possible to keep coming away with 1-0 victories and we must learn to finish a higher ratio of the chances we create."


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Tuesday 02 September 2008
club news
Jon Main gets player of the month award

Following hard on the heels of Terry Brown's award for manager of the month, Blue Square have announced that the player of the month in Blue Square South is Jon Main.

Their press release says "In the Blue Square South the award goes to AFC Wimbledon striker Jon Main. The Dons forward got off to a fantastic start with a hat-trick at Newport County on the opening day of the season. That was Main’s second consecutive hat-trick after doing the same a week earlier in a pre-season friendly with former club Tonbridge Angels. Main also hit important strikes late on in the games against Bognor Regis and Bromley to give his club a table-topping start to the Blue Square South season."

Jon said "I'm obviously very pleased about this but I need to thank everyone else in the team, as I can't score unless they create the chances for me. And I'll be doing my best to win it again this month!"


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Tuesday 02 September 2008
reserve team news
Ryan Gordon

After discussions with Terry Brown, Ryan Gordon has stepped down from his role as reserve team manager.

Terry said “Ryan is an excellent coach and he has done a good job in player development, specifically bringing in some talented players, including Kennedy Adjei. However, we feel we need someone who can give more time to forging a strong link between the reserves and the senior youth teams, namely the under 19 and under 18 teams. Furthermore, Ryan has made it clear that he wants to develop his coaching career. Ryan goes with our thanks for his work for us and our best wishes in his future career.”

The club will be interviewing candidates for the role of reserve team manager over the next few days and, in the meantime, the reserves will be overseen by Terry Brown.


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Tuesday 02 September 2008
club news
WISA update on names at the Plough Lane site

For the last few months, WISA and Barratt Homes have been in discussions including Merton Council about the names which will be used to commemorate the history of Wimbledon Football Club in the new residential development being built at Plough Lane.

For full details of the results of these discussions, click WISA announcement.


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Tuesday 02 September 2008
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow is back this Friday!

Comedy@Kingsmeadow and Kingsmeadow Live both return from their summer holidays in September. See below for more details.

To book tickets, call the Kingsmeadow Live hotline on 020 8547 3335.



Comedy@Kingsmeadow is back on Friday 5 September, headlined by the hilarious Gordon Southern and once again featuring award winning Caribbean cuisine form Ting n’ Ting…

Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents...
Featuring Gordon Southern, Nik Coppin and Mike Manera
Friday 5 September
Admission: £12 (includes dinner)
Doors open 8.00pm/ show starts 9.00pm/ bar closes midnight

Gordon Southern
“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
Review of “Best of the Edinburgh Fest” in Adelaide:
“Gordon Southern was the pick of the three and could have carried the show on his own” - The Independent

Nik Coppin
“A rapid, non-stop act full of energy. His hour went so quickly, his charming smile and easy manner had the audience eating out of his hand and wanting more … 9 out of 10” Melbourne Comedy Festival
“Coppin sets a new benchmark for international comedy” Pun Magazine, Melbourne
“Charmed our audiences … scoundrelously funny” Classic Comedy Club, New Zealand
“There is absolutely nothing to dislike about Coppin as a performer” Chortle

Mike Manera
"You will still be talking about this guy weeks after seeing him" NME
"Funny, charming and a wiz with the ladies. A star in the making" Dan Willis, former Perrier panellist
"Don't expect the usual comedy gumpf… Funny, original and thought provoking" 3 Weeks
"A comedy force" Time Out
"There is something very charming yet menacing about him which I like greatly. A must-see" chortle.co.uk



And make sure you don’t miss the return of the rudeboy, Neville Staple, on Saturday 13th September…

Neville Staple (Ex Specials)
Saturday 13 September
Admission: £12
Doors open 8.00pm, gig starts 9.30pm, bar closes 1.00am



For more information about both these gigs, visit
here.



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Tuesday 02 September 2008
first team news
Blue Square name Terry Brown as Manager of the Month

Blue Square have announced the Manager of the Month awards for August and in the Blue Square South the award has gone to AFC Wimbledon manager Terry Brown.

The announcemnet said "The award recognises that the Dons have got off to a flying start after achieving promotion from the Ryman League last season. Victory on the opening day at Newport County was followed by another four wins on the bounce as Terry Brown’s side topped the Blue Square South table. After making extensive changes during pre-season Wimbledon have adapted well to this higher level scoring 15 goals in their first six games".

The presentation to Terry will be made at either the Weston-super-Mare or Maidenhead Town game.


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Monday 01 September 2008
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Update on coach travel

Braintree Town: There are still a few seats available on the coach for the trip on Tuesday 2 September. Please contact the office on 020 8547 3528 to reserve a place.

Chelmsford City: There will be no supporters' coach running to Chelmsford for the Setanta Shield game on Monday 8 September.


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