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Wednesday 30 September 2009
first team news
Dons take home the points

In a fast, open game at Nene Park the Dons secured their fourth away win of the season and moved up to fourth position in the league.

The heroes of the win were Ross Montague who scored the winning goal after just two minutes with a shot that squirmed under the body of goalkeeper, Nathan Abbey, and James Pullen who made a vital penalty save after 32 minutes.

In a game full of incident the Diamonds hit the post in the first half, Alan Inns received another cut to his eye and had to bandaged up by Mike Rayner before he could continue, Terry Brown was sent off, Abbey made two stunning saves from shots from Chris Hussey and Kennedy Adjei came within inches of adding a second after a delightful five man move that carved through the home defence.

Terry Brown was in a very happy mood on the coach back to Kingsmeadow. “I thought that at this stage of the season it was only right I should give Stuart Cash and Simon Bassey an opportunity to lead the troops into battle. This was always going to be a very difficult game against a team that play good football and can score a lot of goals. To come away with a good victory is very pleasing as not many teams will be able to come away from Nene Park with all three points.

“We had the perfect start with Ross Montague capitalising on a goalkeeping error so early in the game. After that it was an even contest between two sides that went out to play attractive football. The overall team performance was composed and resolute with exceptional performances from James Pullen who saved a penalty, Alan Inns who was making only his second start of the season and Ross Montague scoring his second goal for the club in his first full start.

“As we said before the start of the season the quality of the squad will determine how successful we will be and the players who came in tonight contributed greatly to our win. The support of the fans tonight was exceptional and incredibly good humoured and I am delighted the players were able to send them home happy with the three points.

“This win leads us nicely into Saturday’s home game against Kidderminster and regardless of the result I am sure we can guarantee another exciting contest.”



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Tuesday 29 September 2009
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents Ian Stone this Friday!

Comedy@Kingsmeadow is back this Friday, 2 October! There have been a couple of changes to the line-up, but we are absolutely thrilled to have Ian Stone headlining in place of Damian Clark. See below for more details.

Don't forget, you can buy tickets online here.

Friday 2 October
COMEDY@KINGSMEADOW presents….
Ian Stone, Johnny Candon, Jimmy Bird and Ian Moore
Doors open 7.30pm/ comedy starts 9.00pm/ bar closes Midnight
Admission: £12 (includes comedy and dinner)

Ian Stone (Headliner)
Topical comedian & writer Ian Stone is currently a regular guest on 'The Gabby Logan Show' (current affairs, politics & showbiz show on BBC Radio 5) & 'Fighting Talk' (sports show on BBC Radio 5). Prior to this he was a regular guest on the Julian Worricker Show (BBC Radio 5) and Sandi Toksvig's LBC show. He's appeared several times on 'The Late Edition' (BBC 4) & Mock The Week (BBC 2) and is a commissioned writer on the Omid Djalili Show (BBC 1). He's also recently had a sitcom pilot commissioned by BBC Radio 2, which stars Alistair McGowan. Ranked amongst the top ten stand-ups in Britain by The Independent, Ian is also a member of the Comedy Store's critically acclaimed Cutting Edge team - where you can see him perform most Tuesdays.
Ian has performed all over the world including Comedy Festivals in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, South Africa, Holland, France, Ireland and Germany
"Seriously funny" The Guardian
"He looks and sounds very good indeed" Time Out
"A masterful exponent of self-mocking Jewish humour" The Times
"…like a cross between Tony Hancock and Frankie Howard. Stone is probably better than we deserve. Ultimately, it is the sheer quantity of funny material that really impresses". The List

Johnny Candon (Opening Act)
As an experienced stand-up Johnny regularly plays at established UK
comedy venues including Jongleurs & The Comedy Store, and is a
regular at Robin Ince’s Book Club. Johnny took his first solo show, One
Careless Lady Owner, to the Edinburgh Festival in August 2008.
‘By the end…you’ll want to go home with him, meet his wife and baby son, have tea and talk about old
times.’ – Three Weeks (One Careless Lady Owner, Edinburgh 2008)
‘Amiably told by a likeable racounteur, this is an engaging tale.’ – The Scotsman (One Careless Lady
Owner, Edinburgh 2008)
‘The new Dave Allen.’ – Ricky Gervais

Jimmy Bird (Open Spot)
Jimmy is a young newcomer to the comedy scene having only been performing since the start of the year. In that time however he has already been a finalist at the infamous Comedy Store Gong Show and the Lions Den Gong Show.
Off his success at the comedy store he was actually asked to audition for a starring role in a Hollywood movie! Unfortunately his acting skills are terrible! Jimmy is now a regular performer around the London comedy scene.

Ian Moore (MC)
A thinly veiled contempt for all forms of physical exertion and an open adoration of all things Mod, Ian was recently voted by fellow comedians as 'Man most likely to run amok with a firearm'. Fortunately this hasn't stopped him achieving great success on the London and National circuits where he has spent the last two years supporting the likes of + LEE EVANS, + JACK DEE and + MARK LAMARR.
Ian's laconic observations on life, from the problems of using the wrong vocabulary in a German Pizza Hut to an almost pathological hatred of open-toed footwear, have proved hugely successful with live audiences.
In 2003 Ian was one of only seven British comics selected to appear at the pinnacle of all comedy festivals - Montreal's Just For Laugh's. Alongside the likes of Jimmy Carr, Ian performed in the sellout Britcom showcase proving to be such a success he subsequently went on to headline the Worldcom show at the festival's finale.
Ian is also a regular performer at London's Comedy Store and has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe festival and headlined at The Reading and Leeds music festivals.


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Tuesday 29 September 2009
club news
Volunteers needed

The commercial department is looking for volunteers to help with leafleting once or twice a month. It would really help us get the word out about events at the club, ultimately increasing our revenue.

If you would like to help, please get in contact with commercial executive Kabilan Ganesh by e-mail here or call 020 8547 3396.


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Monday 28 September 2009
club news
AFC Wimbledon v Histon - highlights now available on AFC Wimbledon TV

Highlights of Saturday's game against Histon can now be see by clicking on
AFC Wimbledon TV.


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Monday 28 September 2009
first team news
Terry on Rushden & Diamonds

The Dons make the journey to Nene Park tomorrow for the first time. Nene Park is an all-seater stadium, except for a terrace for home fans behind one goal, so Dons fans will be unable to stand, probably for the first time since the Championship days.

The Dons play a team which is on the same number of points but a slightly poorer goal difference. Since Rushden suffered an opening day home defeat against Salisbury they have won four and drawn one of their five games at Nene Park. They tend to score goals in bursts, with their results including an astonishing 5-4 home win against Grays Athletic, one of manager Justin Edinburgh’s former clubs. They can do it away from Nene Park too, as shown when they put six goals past Barrow at the beginning of September. The goals have been spread around and currently Cliff Akurang leads the scorers' list with six.

With his young team having scored four goals on Saturday, Terry Brown didn't seem too worried about the Diamonds’ goal threat when we spoke to him after the usual Monday morning training session.

"Having finished training this morning, we look to have a clean bill of health. I don't envisage making too many changes from Saturday's side. However, Jon Main is feeling a little under the weather and we may well start with Ross Montague on Tuesday.

"I have had the opportunity to view Saturday's DVD and although we played some fantastic, open football from a manager's point of view it was probably a bit too open for my liking, we will be giving this some thought before tomorrow's game.

"If this is your first opportunity to travel to Rushden please take it as you will find a very warm welcome from one of the best clubs in the Blue Square Premier. Justin Edinburgh has done a really good job on limited resources compared to his predecessors and I am sure that Tuesday's game will be keenly contested between two evenly balanced sides."


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Monday 28 September 2009
club news
Feature updates from the Crawley and Histon programmes

After home games we sometimes publish articles from the programme that provide news or information about the club and Trust and which haven't previously appeared on this site.

The linked features update fans on discussions about ethics at the Dons Trust board, and on what will happen to the money that will be coming our way following the announcement of a donation to the Conference by the Premier League.


They can be found by clicking on ethics and Money, money, money....


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Monday 28 September 2009
club news
Coaches to Rushden & Diamonds

As a result of the number of enquiries about coaches travelling to Rushden & Diamonds on Tuesday for the Blue Square Premier game the club will definitely be running a second coach which will pick up from The Woodman at 3.00 pm and from Kingsmeadow at 3.30 pm.

The price is £10 and a place can be reserved by ringing the club on 020 8547 3528 today between 10.30 am and 4.00 pm. The club will be contacting all those who put their name on the reserve list on Saturday to confirm their booking.


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Saturday 26 September 2009
first team news
Wimbledon return to winning ways

Wimbledon ended their run of draws with what turned out to be a convincing four goal victory over Histon.

Terry Brown experimented again moving Sam Hatton to right back, playing two holding midfielders in Kennedy Adjei and Steven Gregory with Luke Moore on the left and Lewis Taylor on the right of midfield. The Dons opened the scoring after 13 minutes with a Luke Moore header after a cross from the left was only partially cleared.

Both teams had chances to score in the remainder of the half but at the break the Dons went in with their one goal lead. 10 minutes into the second half a volley from Taylor increased the lead and two goals in the space of three minutes put the result beyond doubt.

The first came from a Gregory shot having been fed the ball by Hatton and soon after Hatton was pushed from behind as he drove into the penalty area and Danny Kedwell scored emphatically from the spot.

Terry Brown was in a very happy mood after the game. “It was a fantastic afternoon’s football. For the first time this season we started brightly and I thought we were quicker and sharper for the first 25 minutes.

“To be fair to Histon they then changed their shape and stopped us playing for the rest of the half and indeed they created one or two good chances themselves. At half time we talked about starting the second half nice and brightly again and this is what we did. I spoke on Tuesday night about the need for goals from midfield and today the players in that area answered the challenge I had set them.

“Our young squad is stronger and fitter than most of the teams in this league and if we play our football we are always likely to score goals in the second half and this is what we did. The result sets us up nicely for our visit to Rushden and Diamonds on Tuesday and I hope to see a good number of our fans make the journey as the players certainly appreciate the fantastic support they have been receiving.”



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Saturday 26 September 2009
club news
Seat tickets available today

We have over 50 seat tickets available for sale today. The majority are in Block M, the block nearest the Kingston Road end, but there are some seats nearer the middle of the Paul Strank stand. The central seats are from returned season ticket vouchers and are mainly 'singles' with a small number of pairs.

The tickets will go on sale from the kiosk in the lobby area at about 1.45 pm.


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Friday 25 September 2009
club news
Change in access arrangements for Histon game

Changed access arrangements

In an attempt to reduce the queues at the Tempest End, we are changing the arrangements for access through the turnstiles for tomorrow's game against Histon.

Turnstiles 1 and 2 will be available for home fans to enter the John Smith's terrace and part of the Kingston Road end (see later in this article for more details).

Turnstile 3 will be reserved for Histon fans and Dons season ticket holders.

Dons fans who already have match tickets or season tickets may also enter the John Smith's stand via the car park behind the houses in Kingston Road - there will be signs directing the way. However, tickets will not be on sale at that entrance - you must already have a ticket to enter that way.

Turnstiles 4, 5 and 6 are for fans entering the Tempest End. Fans who wish to enter the John Smith's stand may use these turnstiles but we expect that it will be quicker and easier to enter the John Smith's stand via turnstiles 1 and 2.

Until two new turnstiles can be built, we will continue to have pressure on the Tempest End turnstiles. When (as is the case tomorrow) we are not expecting a large number of away fans, we will continue with the arrangements described above.

Access arrangements for future games will be decided on a game-by-game basis, after taking advice from the police.

Dons fans in the Kingston Road end

Histon fans will be required to stand in the Kingston Road end, in the part nearest the turnstiles. As a result, Dons fans who have John Smith's terrace tickets may stand in the KRE, at the end furthest from the turnstiles.

Parking

As usual, the car park will be open as usual on a first-come, first-served basis and the car park is likely to fill up quickly.

Disabled fans should please remember that their passes give them priority but not a guarantee of a space. Once the disabled area is full we cannot provide any additional spaces and therefore you are advised to arrive as early as possible.

Bars

The main bar and back bar will open at noon. They are open to fans from both teams.

Catering

There will be a barbecue outside the main bar from noon, and food will also be available in the back bar from noon. The normal range of food and drinks will be available from the burger bars in the ground, including ‘the tea pot’ at the corner of the Tempest End and the John Smith's stand.

Fans bringing their own food will not be allowed to consume it in the bars.


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Friday 25 September 2009
club news
Coach bookings to Rushden and Diamonds

Although we have already filled one supporters' coach travelling to Rushden & Diamonds for our league game on Tuesday, we are taking provisional bookings for a second coach.

A place on the coach can be reserved at the complimentary tickets window before or after tomorrow's game.


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Friday 25 September 2009
club news
Allen Batsford on AFC Wimbledon TV

Hot on the heels of Ian Cooke's interview on AFC Wimbledon TV, you can now see legendary manager Allen Batsford in conversation with Iain McNay at AFC Wimbledon TV.


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Friday 25 September 2009
first team news
Terry looks forward to Histon

Saturday's opponents, Histon, have been the surprise package of the Blue Square Premier for so long that people are beginning to take their success for granted. Last season, their second in this league, they reached the play offs and went down to a narrow defeat to Torquay.

Following last season's success Histon have lost some of their leading players, including striker Jack Midson, who went to Oxford United, and they made a stuttering start to the season. But they have regrouped and with two successive wins they are rising up the table. As a result, they will be a real test for Terry Brown's young squad tomorrow. Nonetheless, Terry was very positive when we spoke to him at lunchtime today.

"Saturday's home game against Histon gives us the opportunity to get back to winning ways. While we haven't lost in five games, we really need to start picking up all three points, not just the one for a draw. So we will be looking to pick a very attacking side in the hope that one of my other players can contribute to our goal scoring tally, apart from Danny Kedwell.

"We look to have a clean bill of health so far as the players who started last Tuesday's game are concerned and we also have Jay Conroy back after suspension. The only two players unavailable are Ben Judge, who is recovering well from a collar bone injury, and Elliott Godfrey who is recovering from a bronchial complaint.

"Our scout has watched Histon over the last two games and they will come to Kingsmeadow on the back of two good wins. This year they appear to play more football than of late and you can only marvel at the rise of Histon over the last ten years.

"This will be our twelfth game of the season and I think it is fair to say we have given nearly everyone in our squad (barring injuries) ample opportunity to impress. I am pleased with the character and the contribution of the players and I am sure that over the next 12 games the side will settle down and we will be able to maintain more continuity in the future.

"We look forward to seeing you on Saturday. Your support at Ebbsfleet and Crawley has been brilliant as usual."


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Thursday 24 September 2009
club news
Highlights from Crawley and Ebbsfleet, plus Ian Cooke interview - all on AFC Wimbledon TV

Highlights from the recent games against Crawley and Ebbsfleet can now be seen at AFC Wimbledon TV.

On the same site, fans can also see an interview with Ian Cooke, featured on both Cherry Red TV and AFC Wimbedon TV.


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Thursday 24 September 2009
club news
Dine out with a player!

Paul Strank and Sons Roofing are offering one lucky fan the opportunity to dine out at Lydons in Wimbledon Village with one of the 1st team squad, all in aid of Children In Need.

Paul’s staff will be selling raffle tickets in the bars and the car park before the game and inside the stadium at half time so keep an eye out for their yellow t-shirts. The winner will be drawn at the Man of the Match presentation in the middle bar at about 5.30pm.

This is a very worthwhile cause so we would like to encourage everyone to dig deep in support of it.



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Thursday 24 September 2009
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents Ian Stone on Friday 2 October!

Comedy@Kingsmeadow returns in October headlined by the hilarious Ian Stone!

Ian is ‘Seriously funny’ according to The Guardian and anyone who saw him here just after we launched Kingsmeadow Live will definitely agree. For more details about the line-up, see below.

To book tickets, click here.



Friday 2 October
COMEDY@KINGSMEADOW presents….
Ian Stone, Pete Johansson, Jimmy Bird and Ian Moore
Doors open 7.30pm/ comedy starts 9.00pm/ bar closes Midnight
Admission: £12 (includes comedy and dinner)

Ian Stone (Headliner)
Topical comedian & writer Ian Stone is currently a regular guest on 'The Gabby Logan Show' (current affairs, politics & showbiz show on BBC Radio 5) & 'Fighting Talk' (sports show on BBC Radio 5). Prior to this he was a regular guest on the Julian Worricker Show (BBC Radio 5) and Sandi Toksvig's LBC show. He's appeared several times on 'The Late Edition' (BBC 4) & Mock The Week (BBC 2) and is a commissioned writer on the Omid Djalili Show (BBC 1). He's also recently had a sitcom pilot commissioned by BBC Radio 2, which stars Alistair McGowan. Ranked amongst the top ten stand-ups in Britain by The Independent, Ian is also a member of the Comedy Store's critically acclaimed Cutting Edge team - where you can see him perform most Tuesdays.
Ian has performed all over the world including Comedy Festivals in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, South Africa, Holland, France, Ireland and Germany
"Seriously funny" The Guardian
"He looks and sounds very good indeed" Time Out
"A masterful exponent of self-mocking Jewish humour" The Times
"…like a cross between Tony Hancock and Frankie Howard. Stone is probably better than we deserve. Ultimately, it is the sheer quantity of funny material that really impresses". The List

Pete Johansson (Opening Act)
Johansson started comedy at age 16 in the beautiful little town of Kelowna, British Columbia Canada. Since then he have lived in Vancouver, Los Angeles, Montreal, Toronto, North Carolina, New York, and currently 19 years later resides in London England. Pete was born 10 years after his 3 brothers and sister and made the papers the very day he was born at 12 pounds. Johansson is 6’4” of Swedish decent and have tattoos and piercing's in places you cant see. His dad was an NHL hockey player (His name is on the Stanley Cup) and his mom a nurse. The only animal Pete has had in the past 5 years is a snake because he travels too much to feed them and snakes can go for months with no food and don’t seem to ever die.
Johansson is a regular at the Comedy Store and Jongluers and performs internationally in the US, Canada and Europe.

Jimmy Bird (Open spot)
Jimmy is a young newcomer to the comedy scene having only been performing since the start of the year. In that time however he has already been a finalist at the infamous Comedy Store Gong Show and the Lions Den Gong Show. Off his success at the comedy store he was actually asked to audition for a starring role in a Hollywood movie!! Unfortunately his acting skills are terrible! Jimmy is now a regular performer around the London comedy scene.

Ian Moore (MC)
A thinly veiled contempt for all forms of physical exertion and an open adoration of all things Mod, Ian was recently voted by fellow comedians as 'Man most likely to run amok with a firearm'. Fortunately this hasn't stopped him achieving great success on the London and National circuits where he has spent the last two years supporting the likes of + LEE EVANS, + JACK DEE and + MARK LAMARR.
Ian's laconic observations on life, from the problems of using the wrong vocabulary in a German Pizza Hut to an almost pathological hatred of open-toed footwear, have proved hugely successful with live audiences.
In 2003 Ian was one of only seven British comics selected to appear at the pinnacle of all comedy festivals - Montreal's Just For Laugh's. Alongside the likes of Jimmy Carr, Ian performed in the sellout Britcom showcase proving to be such a success he subsequently went on to headline the Worldcom show at the festival's finale.
Ian is also a regular performer at London's Comedy Store and has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe festival and headlined at The Reading and Leeds music festivals.

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Thursday 24 September 2009
club news
Youth Development Appointments from the Oxford United programme

After home games we sometimes publish articles from the programme that provide news or information about the club and Trust and which haven't previously appeared on this site.

This linked feature updates fans on appointments in the Youth Development Programme.

It can be found by clicking on features.


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Thursday 24 September 2009
dons trust news
Merton Local Development Framework - WISA open meeting

We have been asked by Wimbledon Independent Supporters Association to
draw fans' attention to an open meeting tonight, Thursday, to discuss the latest proposals for Merton’s new borough plan, known as the long-term development framework (LDF).

The meeting will start at 7.45 pm, or at the conclusion of the preceding WISA EGM. It will be held at Wimbledon Community Centre, 28 St George’s Road, Wimbledon SW19 4DP

To find out more about the meeting, click on WISA meeting.


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Thursday 24 September 2009
club news
Luxury coach to Barrow

*Please note the change of departure time and travel time below*

The club will be running a luxury coach to the Barrow game on Saturday 14 November (subject to demand). Please see below for further details. If you would like to book a place on this trip, please call the commercial office on 020 8547 3336 or e-mail here

Date: Saturday 14th November

DEPARTURE: 7am from The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium
TRAVEL TIME: 6 hours

Return: 5.30pm
Cost: £60

Facilities include:

Air Conditioning
Coffee Machine
DVD Player
Flat Screen TV's
Fridge
Wi Fi
Leather Seats
Refreshment Bar
Sky TV
Tables
Toilet
Video/DVD Player
Kitchenette



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Tuesday 22 September 2009
first team news
All square again for the Dons

Wimbledon made it four draws in a row as they came back from a goal deficit and looked the more likely side to get a winner against a strong Crawley side.

Crawley took the lead after 38 minutes when Brett Johnson was adjudged to have committed a foul in a central position just outside the penalty area. The free kick was taken by Jefferson Louis and seemed to go through the wall before deflecting off Lewis Taylor into the opposite corner of the goal.

The Dons switched their formation from the diamond shape to 4-4-2 mid way through the second half and they were eventually rewarded when Chris Hussey swung in a cross from the right and Danny Kedwell was there to head home.

Terry Brown was a frustrated man after the game. “I thought we did enough to win the game tonight. Crawley were a big, strong well disciplined side who were difficult to break down and if you give them a goal start it was always going to be difficult.

“They slowed the game down and made it difficult for us but every player responded to the challenge they set us. I was really pleased with the patience the players showed. They kept the ball on the ground and continued to play their football. I thought we were the better team both before we changed the formation to 4-4-2 and after it.

“I have six midfield players who have yet to get on the score sheet and we cannot continue relying on Danny Kedwell to score the goals. I have set them the challenge of showing me that I do not need to look at the loan market to get someone in to score goals from midfield. I do believe we have the players in the dressing room to get the goals but they need to take responsibility for creating and taking chances.”


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Tuesday 22 September 2009
club news
Podcast 2009-10, number 2

The latest podcast, recorded earlier this afternoon, is now available. In it, Terry Brown looks back over the season to date and talks about 'what next?'.

Click on podcast to hear it.


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Tuesday 22 September 2009
club news
Luxury coach to Barrow

*Please note the change of departure time and travel time below*

The club will be running a luxury coach to the Barrow game on Saturday 14 November (subject to demand). Please see below for further details. If you would like to book a place on this trip, please call the commercial office on 020 8547 3336 or e-mail here

Date: Saturday 14 November

DEPARTURE: 7.00 am from The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium
TRAVEL TIME: 6 hours

Return: 5.30pm
Cost: £60

Facilities include:

Air Conditioning
Coffee Machine
DVD Player
Flat Screen TV's
Fridge
Wi Fi
Leather Seats
Refreshment Bar
Sky TV
Tables
Toilet
Video/DVD Player
Kitchenette


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Tuesday 22 September 2009
first team news
Appeal against sending off dismissed

The club's appeal against the dismissal of Jay Conroy in Saturday's game against Ebbsfleet United was heard by the FA today.

The appeal was dismissed but it was not felt by the commission to be an appeal that had no merit so the ban was not increased.

Jay will serve a one match suspension which means he will not be available for selection tonight.


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Tuesday 22 September 2009
club news
The Best of Kingsmeadow Live presents Arthur Smith and The Rollin' Clones this Saturday!

The Best of Kingsmeadow Live is all about what Kingsmeadow Live does best… we bring you one of the top acts on the circuit, comedian and raconteur Arthur Smith, and the Rollin' Clones, the ultimate tribute to the Rolling Stones…..all this Saturday night, 26 September!

See below for more details.

Tickets can be purchased here.



Saturday 26 September

The Best of Kingsmeadow Live presents…
Arthur Smith The Rolling Clones!

Doors 7.30pm, starts 8.30pm, bar closes 1.00am
Admission: £12

Arthur Smith
Arthur Smith was one of many stand-up performers on the alternative comedy scene in the 1980s. He still performs today and has regularly attended the Edinburgh Fringe comedy festival since 1977, and still comperes the long-running Hackney Empire New Act of the Year competition final.
His comedy is based on observation tinged with a strong flavour of the absurd, although Smith is an expert at telling one-liner jokes. He also ventures into extreme comedy, sometimes stripping off during his performances and, during his Edinburgh shows, taking the entire audience out of the theatre for a guided tour of the city.

The Rollin’ Clones
The Rollin’ Clones were formed in 1997 to celebrate the music and career of the greatest rock n' roll band of all time. Since then 'The Clones' have gone from strength to strength, playing sellout concerts at home and abroad. They enjoy the reputation of being the best tribute to The Rolling Stones ever.
The shows place great emphasis on the Rolling Stones' actual LIVE performances thus creating the most dynamic stage show, packed full of brilliantly played classics from the early 60s, 70s and 80s, through to the new releases of today. The band members, all outstanding musicians with numerous professional credits to their name, recreate the songs with
"frightening accuracy" and Mick Jagged "more Mick than Mick" is sensational.

"Without a doubt the most exciting tribute to the Rolling Stones...Outstanding" The Daily Mail

"Frighteningly accurate" Empire Magazine

"The Rollin' Clones manage to re-create the Stones at their most prolific and do it with all the passion and raw energy of the real
thing. Great fun, fine musicians and an excellent choice of songs...not to be missed!" The Rolling Stones Supporters Association.

"Hit after hit were walloped out with a passion, a smirk,and a wink that kept the dance floor moving all night...." The BBC

"A storming set at Ashton Court " The NME

For more information, visit here.



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Tuesday 22 September 2009
u18s news
Under 18s in FA Youth Cup win

The Under 18s moved into the second qualifying round of the FA Youth Cup after a well deserved win against Hayes & Yeading last night. Goals from Callum Wellburn, Rhys Turner and Matt Harmsworth secured the win.

In the next round, which is to be played in the week commencing 5 October, the Dons will be away to the winners of the North Greenford United/Thamesmead Town tie which is due to be played on 23 September.

A fuller report will appear later.


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Monday 21 September 2009
club news
Dons to appeal against red card for Jay Conroy

Having had a chance to study the DVD of Saturday's game at Ebbsfleet, the club is to appeal against the red card that was issued against Jay Conroy late in the game.

The appeal is likely to be heard and decided early tomorrow afternoon.


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Sunday 20 September 2009
u18s news
Under 18s in FA Youth Cup action

The Under 18s are in FA Youth cup action again when they visit Hayes & Yeading in the 1st qualifying round on Monday 21 September.

The match is to be played on the 1st team pitch at Church Road, Hayes, Middlesex, UB3 2LE and kick off is 7.45 pm.

Admission prices are £3 Adults and £1 for Concessions.


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Saturday 19 September 2009
first team news
Dons leave it late to snatch a point

A goal in the fourth minute of added on time from Ross Montague, his first for the club, gave the Dons an equalizer which they just about deserved.

James Pullen, Lewis Taylor and Jon Main all made the starting line up with Terry Brown keeping the diamond formation. The Dons took the lead after 28 minutes when Luke Moore, returning to his previous club, picked up a loose ball and shot into the far corner of the net. The leveler from Ebbsfleet came shortly before half time from former Wimbledon player Luis Cumbers who won his tussle with Paul Lorraine as they chased a long clearance and blasted an unstoppable shot past Pullen.

The second half saw Sam Hatton and Danny Kedwell miss good chances for Wimbledon before substitute Magno Vieira’s shot from outside the penalty area beat Pullen after 79 minutes. With Terry Brown exhorting his players to show character and get back in the game the Dons drove forward but the match seemed to have gone when Jay Conroy was adjudged to have denied an obvious goal scoring opportunity and was sent off with a minute left of the 90 minutes.

With Ebbsfleet clearly wanting to hold on to what they had and taking the ball into the corners of the pitch at every opportunity, the four minutes of added time was ebbing away when Chris Hussey swung over a cross with his right foot to the far post where substitute Montague got above his marker and headed firmly home.

Terry Brown had mixed emotions. “Considering that we equalized in added on time I am pleased with a point. Ebbsfleet played very well today and made it difficult for us.

“I am disappointed with our performance once we took the lead but then in the second half we showed character after going behind and kept going until we scored the late goal. Today proved that there are no easy games in this league and we now go in to the Crawley game knowing there is some catching up to do on the leading pack.

“In so far as the dismissal of Jay Conroy was concerned I didn’t see it as a goal scoring opportunity and in my view it wasn’t a sending off. However, I will be looking at the video of the game to see whether we should take the matter further.”



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Friday 18 September 2009
club news
Luxury coach to Barrow

*Please note the change of departure time and travel time below*

The club will be running a luxury coach to the Barrow game on Saturday 14 November (subject to demand). Please see below for further details. If you would like to book a place on this trip, please call the commercial office on 020 8547 3336 or e-mail here

Date: Saturday 14th November

DEPARTURE: 7am from The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium
TRAVEL TIME: 6 hours

Return: 5.30pm
Cost: £60

Facilities include:

Air Conditioning
Coffee Machine
DVD Player
Flat Screen TV's
Fridge
Wi Fi
Leather Seats
Refreshment Bar
Sky TV
Tables
Toilet
Video/DVD Player
Kitchenette



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Thursday 17 September 2009
first team news
Terry on Ebbsfleet

The Dons make the short journey to Kent on Saturday to play Ebbsfleet. The Fleet have had a slow start to the season and currently sit in 20th position, with seven points.

Ebbsfleet have had a tough start to the campaign with games against Stevenage, Cambridge, Mansfield and Oxford already. Following the departure of Michael Gash to York City, they have struggled for goals, with only five so far this season and none in their last three games. Nonetheless, match reports suggest that they are beginning to turn the corner.

One player who may be renewing acquaintanceships on Saturday is former Dons full back, Will Salmon. Will, who was selected in the contingency squad for the England C game in Hungary, has made eight starts for the Fleet this season.

After a week working with the players, Terry Brown was looking forward to seeing some of the training ground routines put into action on Saturday as the games start to come thick and fast again.

"Saturday's away trip to Ebbsfleet is the first of four games in quick succession. We go to Ebbsfleet in a confident manner looking forward to continuing our away form of late.

"Liam Daish has had to rebuild a young team after last year's very successful side was dismantled owing to financial restrictions. As a club we have benefitted to the tune of Luke Moore and Derek Duncan; Luke will definitely be a starter on Saturday whilst Derek is carrying a knock and is doubtful at the moment.

"The current Ebbsfleet side still contains several very good players and, like most games we will play this year, we will need to be at our best to come away with the points. We expect to be able to pick from a squad that includes James Pullen and Alan Inns, who have both recovered from the injuries they incurred at Tamworth. Unfortunately, Elliott Godfrey is still suffering from a stomach virus which will exclude him from the journey to Ebbsfleet.

"The size and nature of our squad will enable us to make any necessary changes for Tuesday's home game against Crawley, as we continue to rotate the squad to ensure they are all given ample opportunity to impress."


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Thursday 17 September 2009
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents Damian Clark in October!

Comedy@Kingsmeadow returns in October headlined by the hilarious Damian Clark! For more details about the line-up, see below.

To book tickets, click here.



Friday 2nd October
COMEDY@KINGSMEADOW presents….
Damian Clark, Pete Johansson and Ian Moore
Doors open 7.30pm/ comedy starts 9pm/ bar closes Midnight
Admission: £12 (includes comedy and dinner)

Damian Clark (Headliner)
Damian Clark is one of the best comics to emerge from Australia in recent years. His enthusiastic and consistently energetic storytelling continues to captivate people everywhere. Damian has performed all across Australia and is now based in Dublin and is a regular on the UK and European circuit.
Immediately likeable, Damian was voted 'The Number 1 event to see' & 'cream of the crop' (InDublin Magazine) within only months of moving to Ireland. Notably his ability to target everyday observations culturally as a source of humour immediately builds a great rapor with every audience.
This explains his abundance of sell-out shows in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Kilkenny Cat Laughs and the Edinburgh Fringe.
Ultimately 'there is barely a bad word to say about Clark: distinctive and possessing a comic talent beyond his years, both biological and mental' - chortle.co.uk
"The future of Australian comedy". - The Comedy Channel
"An example of the best that comedy can be" - The Age, Melbourne
"Number one event to see" - InDubin
"Masterfully silly" - The Scotsman
"He's not only got a great story to tell but he tells it like a top professional" - Beat Magazine, Melbourne
"burped five times in 20 minutes" - The Adelaide Advertiser

Pete Johansson (Opening Act)
Johansson started comedy at age 16 in the beautiful little town of Kelowna, British Columbia Canada. Since then he have lived in Vancouver, Los Angeles, Montreal, Toronto, North Carolina, New York, and currently 19 years later resides in London England. Pete was born 10 years after his 3 brothers and sister and made the papers the very day he was born at 12 pounds. Johansson is 6’4” of Swedish decent and have tattoos and piercing's in places you cant see. His dad was an NHL hockey player (His name is on the Stanley Cup) and his mom a nurse. The only animal Pete has had in the past 5 years is a snake because he travels too much to feed them and snakes can go for months with no food and don’t seem to ever die.
Johansson is a regular at the Comedy Store and Jongluers and performs internationally in the US, Canada and Europe.

Ian Moore (MC)
A thinly veiled contempt for all forms of physical exertion and an open adoration of all things Mod, Ian was recently voted by fellow comedians as 'Man most likely to run amok with a firearm'. Fortunately this hasn't stopped him achieving great success on the London and National circuits where he has spent the last two years supporting the likes of + LEE EVANS, + JACK DEE and + MARK LAMARR.
Ian's laconic observations on life, from the problems of using the wrong vocabulary in a German Pizza Hut to an almost pathological hatred of open-toed footwear, have proved hugely successful with live audiences.
In 2003 Ian was one of only seven British comics selected to appear at the pinnacle of all comedy festivals - Montreal's Just For Laugh's. Alongside the likes of Jimmy Carr, Ian performed in the sellout Britcom showcase proving to be such a success he subsequently went on to headline the Worldcom show at the festival's finale.
Ian is also a regular performer at London's Comedy Store and has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe festival and headlined at The Reading and Leeds music festivals.

(Line-ups subject to change)



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Wednesday 16 September 2009
dons trust news
Dons Draw results for September

The September Dons Draw took place today at Kingsmeadow.

Winning numbers were drawn in the presence of Erik Samuelson (Dons Trust board member), Neil Messenbird (Dons Draw Administrator) and Alice Mason.

The winning ticket numbers and prizes for this draw were as follows:

First prize of £1,000 - ticket 1184 – Rachel Brookfield from Horsham

Second prize of £500 - ticket 2029 – Richard Harrison from Barking

Third prize of £250 - ticket 0167 – Paul Farrance from Morden

Fourth prize of £125 - ticket 1108 – May Haylock from Merstham

Fifth prize of £100 – ticket 2295 – David Chan from Tooting

Sixth prize of £50 – ticket 1976 – Catherine Honour from Morden

Congratulations to all six prize winners.

The next Dons Draw will take place on or around 15 October 2009 with the results being posted on the AFC Wimbledon official web site soon after the draw has taken place.

Following a continued surge in entrants we have again been able to increase our total prize money. We now are now paying out a massive £2,025 a month in prizes!

If you want a chance of winning one of these prizes, 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 2009 Dons Draw is 8.00 pm on 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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Wednesday 16 September 2009
club news
Premier League gives financial support to the Football Conference

The Football Conference has just issued the following press release Conference Press Release.

This contribution is as much a surprise to the club as it will be to many fans. While we are financially secure, we have been hit by the loss of the Setanta income, as ahve all the other Conference clubs. Therefore, the gesture is a very welcome one and the board expresses its thanks to the Premier League.


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Wednesday 16 September 2009
club news
1889 Cub 09/10- Last call for dinner with John Scales

The dinner with John Scales takes place this Monday, 21 September. If you would like to join the 1889 Club in time for this event, please e-mail here urgently.



The commercial department is pleased to announce the format for the 1889 Club for the 09/10 season.

Now in its third year, The 1889 Club is a fundraising initiative introduced by the commercial department as a substitute for premium seating/ corporate boxes that other clubs can offer.

As you can see below, the members decide what the money is spent on. The main benefit associated with membership is invitations to dinners with special guests from the world of football but there are several other benefits too, including discount President Lounge tickets and a complimentary ticket for the end of season dinner. See below for more details.

For more information, please e-mail commercial executive Keith McGuinness at here or call 020 8547 3336.

1889 Club 2009/2010

Purpose
Each member will vote to determine which part of the club will benefit from the funds raised. This will be voted on at the first dinner.
Examples:
- 1st team playing budget
- Youth teams
- Bar renovations
- Ground fund
Please feel free to make any other suggestions.

Benefits of membership

1) Invitation to 4 dinners throughout the season:

John Scales
Monday 21 September
Le Piaf, Wimbledon
Cost: £50 for members, £100 for guests

Other guests include:
- Dave Anderson and Caroline Barker from BBC London’s Non League Show (November)
- Paul Lorraine and Lewis Taylor (January)
- Terry Brown and Stuart Cash (March)
- House Of Lords (April/ May)

2) VIP travel for the Tamworth game (Sat 6 September)
16 seat luxury minibus. Facilities include:
- Leather reclining seats
- Air conditioning,
- Refrigerator,
- DVD Player,
- Extra leg room
Match tickets arranged prior to departure (Subject to availability, price varies depending on opposition)
Please note: This trip will only take place if we have sufficient numbers. 1889 Club members and their guests get first preference, it will then be offered to the fan base in general.
Cost: £52 (including stand ticket)/ £50 (including terrace ticket)

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 per ticket.

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, being held in a marquee on the pitch and an invitation to the pre-dinner VIP reception. Discount tickets will be available for one guest.

Cost of Membership:
Membership costs £575 (including VAT) and is payable in one instalment or by direct debit over 8 months.




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Wednesday 16 September 2009
dons trust news
Raffle prizes from the Cambridge United match

The winning numbers from Saturday's draw are:

1st prize: Blue 229 - football signed by Wimbledon FC squad from the early 1990s.

2nd prize: White 358 - choice of tee-shirt signed by Matt Everard or signed photograph of members from the Wimbledon FC 2001-02 squad.

Neither prize has yet been claimed so if you have either of the above tickets, please email fundraising@thedonstrust.org or leave a message for Mark Davis via the club on 020 8547 3528.

Prizes need to be claimed by 31st October.

The raffle raised £275 for the Dons Trust's ground fund.


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Tuesday 15 September 2009
club news
Luxury coach to Barrow UPDATED

The club will be running a luxury coach to the Barrow game on Saturday 14 November (subject to demand). Please see below for further details. If you would like to book a place on this trip, please call the commercial office on 020 8547 3336 or e-mail here

Date: Saturday 14th November

DEPARTURE: 7am from The Cherry Red REcords Fans' Stadium
TRAVEL TIME: 6 hours

Return: 5.30pm
Cost: £60

Facilities include:

Air Conditioning
Coffee Machine
DVD Player
Flat Screen TV's
Fridge
Wi Fi
Leather Seats
Refreshment Bar
Sky TV
Tables
Toilet
Video/DVD Player
Kitchenette



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Tuesday 15 September 2009
club news
The Best of Kingsmeadow Live presents Arthur Smith and The Rollin' Clones!

The Best of Kingsmeadow Live is all about what Kingsmeadow Live does best… we bring you one of the top acts on the circuit, comedian and raconteur Arthur Smith, and the Rollin' Clones, the ultimate tribute to the Rolling Stones…..all in one night!

Tickets can be purchased here.



Saturday 26 September

The Best of Kingsmeadow Live presents…
Arthur Smith The Rolling Clones!

Doors 7.30pm, starts 8.30pm, bar closes 1.00am
Admission: £12

Arthur Smith
Arthur Smith was one of many stand-up performers on the alternative comedy scene in the 1980s. He still performs today and has regularly attended the Edinburgh Fringe comedy festival since 1977, and still comperes the long-running Hackney Empire New Act of the Year competition final.
His comedy is based on observation tinged with a strong flavour of the absurd, although Smith is an expert at telling one-liner jokes. He also ventures into extreme comedy, sometimes stripping off during his performances and, during his Edinburgh shows, taking the entire audience out of the theatre for a guided tour of the city.

The Rollin’ Clones
The Rollin’ Clones were formed in 1997 to celebrate the music and career of the greatest rock n' roll band of all time. Since then 'The Clones' have gone from strength to strength, playing sellout concerts at home and abroad. They enjoy the reputation of being the best tribute to The Rolling Stones ever.
The shows place great emphasis on the Rolling Stones' actual LIVE performances thus creating the most dynamic stage show, packed full of brilliantly played classics from the early 60s, 70s and 80s, through to the new releases of today. The band members, all outstanding musicians with numerous professional credits to their name, recreate the songs with
"frightening accuracy" and Mick Jagged "more Mick than Mick" is sensational.

"Without a doubt the most exciting tribute to the Rolling Stones...Outstanding" The Daily Mail

"Frighteningly accurate" Empire Magazine

"The Rollin' Clones manage to re-create the Stones at their most prolific and do it with all the passion and raw energy of the real
thing. Great fun, fine musicians and an excellent choice of songs...not to be missed!" The Rolling Stones Supporters Association.

"Hit after hit were walloped out with a passion, a smirk,and a wink that kept the dance floor moving all night...." The BBC

"A storming set at Ashton Court " The NME

For more information, visit here..



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Tuesday 15 September 2009
club news
Cambridge highlights now on AFC Wimbledon TV

Highlights from the recent home game against Cambridge United can now be seen at AFC Wimbledon TV.


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Monday 14 September 2009
dons trust news
Board minutes updated

With the addition this evening of the July minutes, the board is now up to date with publication of a record of its meetings, which can be found here.

The report of the meeting held on 4 August will be published once approved, at the board's next meeting.

If you have any questions on these minutes, please contact the secretary


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Monday 14 September 2009
dons trust news
Members' meeting rescheduled

Due to the current backlog of items in the postal system, mail is taking much longer than usual to arrive. The board has, therefore, decided to give a longer notice period for the forthcoming members' meeting (SGM). This means postponing the meeting, which had previously been scheduled for 30 September.

The meeting will now be held at The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow on Thursday 15 October, at 7.30. Notices and an agenda will be posted to members as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about this rescheduling, or the meeting itself, please contact the secretary.


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Monday 14 September 2009
club news
Luxury travel to Barrow

The club will be running a luxury coach to the Barrow game on Saturday 14 November (subject to demand). Please see below for further details. If you would like to book a place on this trip, please call the commercial office on 020 8547 3336 or e-mail here

Date: Saturday 14th November
Departure: 8am from Kingsmeadow
Travel time: 5 hours
Return: 5.30pm
Cost: £60

Facilities include:

Air Conditioning
Coffee Machine
DVD Player
Flat Screen TV's
Fridge
Wi Fi
Leather Seats
Refreshment Bar
Sky TV
Tables
Toilet
Video/DVD Player
Kitchenette



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Sunday 13 September 2009
club news
Coach bookings for Ebbsfleet and Rushden & Diamonds

We are now taking bookings for the coaches travelling to our next two away games in the Blue Square Premier.

Ebbsfleet United on Saturday 19 September: The coach will pick up from The Woodman at 11.30 am and from Kingsmeadow at 12.00 noon. Price £10.

Rushden & Diamonds on Tuesday 29 September: The coach will pick up from The Woodman at 3.00 pm and from Kingsmeadow at 3.30 pm. Price £10.

To book a seat please call the club office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays.


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Saturday 12 September 2009
first team news
Dons draw a blank

The Dons had their first goalless game of the season although there was plenty of entertainment for the sun drenched crowd.

With James Pullen injured, Seb Brown started his first game of the season, and Paul Lorraine, Ricky Wellard and Derek Duncan all returned. Cambridge showed what a strong team they were with Chris Holroyd causing problems in the first half, although the closest the visitors came to scoring followed a misjudgment by Seb Brown, but Cambridge were unable to capitalise on his error. At the other end, the Dons had a number of chances but none resulted in a shot on target.

The second half again saw a lot of entertainment with neither team being able to dominate the other. The Dons' best chance fell to Luke Moore late in the second half but he was unable to control the ball and goalkeeper Danny Potter was able to come out and clear.

Despite picking up a point, Terry Brown was not entirely happy with the performance. "It was another entertaining home fixture, this time against an excellent Cambridge side who stretched us in both halves. At times both Paul Lorraine and Brett Johnson struggled to keep up with their lively front pair of Chris Holroyd and Danny Crow.

"However, we stuck at it and as in every game this season, we came into it more as the game progressed. I was delighted that Seb Brown in his home debut was able to keep a clean sheet. Once again we have identified that we need to score more goals from midfield. We have now played nine games and have yet to score a goal from midfield, and we cannot expect the forwards to keep getting us out of jail.

We will continue to work on our attacking play so that we are ready to take on Ebbsfleet next Saturday."


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Friday 11 September 2009
club news
Cambridge game not now all ticket - plus other arrangements for the game

There are some special arrangements for tomorrow’s game against Cambridge United, not least that the game is no longer designated as an all-ticket match.

Change in status of the game

This game was designated as all ticket for safety reasons because, after consultation with the police, we needed to manage ticket sales so as to ensure that full segregation was enforced.

Earlier today we received the sales figures for the Kingston Road end (where Cambridge fans will be housed). We understand that there are over 150 tickets still available for that end. As a result, we have concluded, again after consulting the police, that we can sell tickets on the day of the game, with reasonable confidence that the game will not sell out.

Therefore, we have decided to lift the 'all ticket' designation for this game and sell tickets to home and away fans on Saturday. We apologise to fans who have gone out of their way to get tickets in advance, but we believe that keeping the game all ticket in the light of this information would not be fair to fans who find they can come on the day.

Tickets for Cambridge fans will be on sale at the Kingston Road turnstiles and tickets for Wimbledon fans (for the John Smith stand only) will be on sale at the Tempest End turnstiles.

If there are any seats available from returned season ticket vouchers they will be put on sale in the kiosk at about 1.45 pm.

While we will assess each game on its merits, it is likely that home games will not be all-ticket for the foreseeable future.

Parking

The car park will be open as usual on a first-come, first-served basis and the car park is likely to fill up quickly.

We remind fans that, following discussions between the police, the council and the club, 'no parking' cones will be placed at key points in the some local roads. These roads will be policed and anyone who parks in a coned area will be subject to an on-the-spot fine. In addition, drivers who block access to residents' driveways will be subject to fines.

Disabled fans should please remember that their passes give them priority but not a guarantee of a space. Once the disabled area is full we cannot provide any additional spaces and therefore you are advised to arrive as early as possible.

Entry to the stadium

There will be full segregation in place for tomorrow’s game.

Fans with tickets for the Tempest End should enter, as usual, via any of turnstiles 4, 5 and 6.

Fans who have bought tickets in advance for the John Smith stand cannot enter via the Kingston Road end turnstiles. Instead, they should enter either via turnstiles 4, 5 and 6 at the Tempest End or via the gate at the junction of the John Smith stand and the Kingston Road end. This can be reached via the car park behind the houses on Kingston Road.

Fans with seat tickets in the Paul Strank stand should, as usual, enter via the main lobby entrance.

We remind season ticket holders that you must bring your ST book, not just the relevant voucher.

Exit from the stadium

Fans who leave the ground during the game or at half time will not be allowed to re-enter the stadium.

Bars

The main bar and back bar will open at noon. They are open to Wimbledon fans only. You will need to show a ticket for a home section of the ground to gain entry to the bar both before and after the game. This means that season ticket holders who only bring their voucher will not be able to enter the bars after the game.

Please note that fans who bring their own food will not be allowed to eat it in the bar. Similarly, fans who bring cans or bottles of alcohol into the stadium and its surroundings will be asked to leave.

Catering

There will be a barbecue outside the main bar from noon, and food will also be available in the back bar from noon. The normal range of food and drinks will be available from the burger bars in the ground, including ‘the tea pot’ at the corner of the Tempest End and the John Smith stand.

Please note that fans in the John Smith stand cannot use the burger bar at the Kingston Road end.

As stated above, fans with their own food will not be allowed to bring it into the bars.


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Friday 11 September 2009
first team news
Terry on Cambridge United

Terry Brown is still set on giving his players every opportunity to stake their claim for a place, as he made clear when we spoke to him earlier today.

"Looking forward to another exciting weekend, the visit of Cambridge United will no doubt bring back memories for most of our fans. I know the management and playing staff are certainly looking forward to Saturday’s game against Martin Ling's strong Cambridge side.

"As you would expect we have watched them a couple of times including the 7-0 home win against Forest Green. He describes them as a very well-organised attacking outfit so we therefore hope Saturday's encounter will be as exciting as the Luton and Oxford games were.

"Saturday offers us another opportunity to look further into the depth of our squad with Seb Brown making his league home debut plus three additional changes from Saturday's spirited draw at Tamworth. I am also hopeful that we fans will have their first opportunity of seeing Ross Montague in action, as he will be on the bench tomorrow.

"As I have stated before, we are still very much at the experimental stage as regards systems and the playing staff. We promised our squad during pre-season that they would all have the opportunity to stake a claim for a place in the starting line up. I am really pleased that the start we have had has given me the opportunity to ensure that everybody in the squad has sufficient playing time to show both the management and the supporters the quality that I believe they possess.

"We are hopeful that both Alan Inns will be fit for selection and as you will have previously gathered James Pullen is still suffering from a strained thigh muscle and will miss Saturday's game. Luke Garrard also picked up a groin strain during Monday night's friendly at Godalming and will be unavailable for selection.

"Considering the amount of games we have crammed into the first five weeks of the season it is very pleasing that I am still able to choose from a large squad without having to risk injured players. After having drawn and lost at home to Luton and Oxford respectively, I am hopeful that we can gain our first win against one of the bigger sides in the league. I am sure that, whatever the result, we will enjoy an exciting and open game of football and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow."


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Thursday 10 September 2009
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents Damian Clark in October!

Comedy@Kingsmeadow returns in October headlined by the hilarious Damian Clark!

To book tickets, click here.



Friday 2nd October
COMEDY@KINGSMEADOW presents….
Damian Clark, Pete Johansson and Ian Moore
Doors open 7.30pm/ comedy starts 9pm/ bar closes Midnight
Admission: £12 (includes comedy and dinner)

Damian Clark (Headliner)
Damian Clark is one of the best comics to emerge from Australia in recent years. His enthusiastic and consistently energetic storytelling continues to captivate people everywhere. Damian has performed all across Australia and is now based in Dublin and is a regular on the UK and European circuit.
Immediately likeable, Damian was voted 'The Number 1 event to see' & 'cream of the crop' (InDublin Magazine) within only months of moving to Ireland. Notably his ability to target everyday observations culturally as a source of humour immediately builds a great rapor with every audience.
This explains his abundance of sell-out shows in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Kilkenny Cat Laughs and the Edinburgh Fringe.
Ultimately 'there is barely a bad word to say about Clark: distinctive and possessing a comic talent beyond his years, both biological and mental' - chortle.co.uk
"The future of Australian comedy". - The Comedy Channel
"An example of the best that comedy can be" - The Age, Melbourne
"Number one event to see" - InDubin
"Masterfully silly" - The Scotsman
"He's not only got a great story to tell but he tells it like a top professional" - Beat Magazine, Melbourne
"burped five times in 20 minutes" - The Adelaide Advertiser

Pete Johansson (Opening Act)
Johansson started comedy at age 16 in the beautiful little town of Kelowna, British Columbia Canada. Since then he have lived in Vancouver, Los Angeles, Montreal, Toronto, North Carolina, New York, and currently 19 years later resides in London England. Pete was born 10 years after his 3 brothers and sister and made the papers the very day he was born at 12 pounds. Johansson is 6’4” of Swedish decent and have tattoos and piercing's in places you cant see. His dad was an NHL hockey player (His name is on the Stanley Cup) and his mom a nurse. The only animal Pete has had in the past 5 years is a snake because he travels too much to feed them and snakes can go for months with no food and don’t seem to ever die.
Johansson is a regular at the Comedy Store and Jongluers and performs internationally in the US, Canada and Europe.

Ian Moore (MC)
A thinly veiled contempt for all forms of physical exertion and an open adoration of all things Mod, Ian was recently voted by fellow comedians as 'Man most likely to run amok with a firearm'. Fortunately this hasn't stopped him achieving great success on the London and National circuits where he has spent the last two years supporting the likes of + LEE EVANS, + JACK DEE and + MARK LAMARR.
Ian's laconic observations on life, from the problems of using the wrong vocabulary in a German Pizza Hut to an almost pathological hatred of open-toed footwear, have proved hugely successful with live audiences.
In 2003 Ian was one of only seven British comics selected to appear at the pinnacle of all comedy festivals - Montreal's Just For Laugh's. Alongside the likes of Jimmy Carr, Ian performed in the sellout Britcom showcase proving to be such a success he subsequently went on to headline the Worldcom show at the festival's finale.
Ian is also a regular performer at London's Comedy Store and has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe festival and headlined at The Reading and Leeds music festivals.

(Line-ups subject to change)



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Thursday 10 September 2009
club news
Tickets for Cambridge United game

The game against Cambridge United on Saturday 12 September is all ticket and no tickets will be on sale on the day of the game.

Tickets for the John Smith's stand can be bought by visiting the office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on Thursday or Friday, or by post, for collection on the day of the game. There may be some tickets available in the Tempest End, depending on whether season ticket holders who can't come to the game return their vouchers to the club. These tickets will be made available as the vouchers are returned.

Fans who are members of the Dons Trust, shareholders in the PLC, or season ticket holders, can buy tickets for this game on line. For subsequent league games, on line ticket sales will not be restricted in this way.

Cambridge United fans should buy their tickets from Cambridge; we are not selling tickets to away fans.


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Wednesday 09 September 2009
club news
No Wrexham game at Kingsmeadow on Thursday but Under 18s are playing

There are a number of web sites advertising our Blue Square Premier game against Wrexham as taking place on 10 September. This is not the case as the game has been re-arranged for 10 November as previouisly announced.

However our Under 18 youth team are playing at Kingsmeadow on Thursday night when they entertain Kentish Town Under 18s in the preliminary round of the FA Youth Cup.

The match kicks off at 7.45 pm and entrance is £5 Adults and £2 Concessions and Under 16s. The Burger bar will be open for drinks and food.


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Tuesday 08 September 2009
club news
The Best of Kingsmeadow Live presents Arthur Smith and The Rollin' Clones!

The Best of Kingsmeadow Live is all about what Kingsmeadow Live does best… we bring you one of the top acts on the circuit, comedian and raconteur Arthur Smith, and the Rollin' Clones, the ultimate tribute to the Rolling Stones…..all in one night!

Tickets can be purchased here.



Saturday 26 September

The Best of Kingsmeadow Live presents…
Arthur Smith The Rolling Clones!

Doors 7.30pm, starts 8.30pm, bar closes 1.00am
Admission: £12

Arthur Smith
Arthur Smith was one of many stand-up performers on the alternative comedy scene in the 1980s. He still performs today and has regularly attended the Edinburgh Fringe comedy festival since 1977, and still comperes the long-running Hackney Empire New Act of the Year competition final.
His comedy is based on observation tinged with a strong flavour of the absurd, although Smith is an expert at telling one-liner jokes. He also ventures into extreme comedy, sometimes stripping off during his performances and, during his Edinburgh shows, taking the entire audience out of the theatre for a guided tour of the city.

The Rollin’ Clones
The Rollin’ Clones were formed in 1997 to celebrate the music and career of the greatest rock n' roll band of all time. Since then 'The Clones' have gone from strength to strength, playing sellout concerts at home and abroad. They enjoy the reputation of being the best tribute to The Rolling Stones ever.
The shows place great emphasis on the Rolling Stones' actual LIVE performances thus creating the most dynamic stage show, packed full of brilliantly played classics from the early 60s, 70s and 80s, through to the new releases of today. The band members, all outstanding musicians with numerous professional credits to their name, recreate the songs with
"frightening accuracy" and Mick Jagged "more Mick than Mick" is sensational.

"Without a doubt the most exciting tribute to the Rolling Stones...Outstanding" The Daily Mail

"Frighteningly accurate" Empire Magazine

"The Rollin' Clones manage to re-create the Stones at their most prolific and do it with all the passion and raw energy of the real
thing. Great fun, fine musicians and an excellent choice of songs...not to be missed!" The Rolling Stones Supporters Association.

"Hit after hit were walloped out with a passion, a smirk,and a wink that kept the dance floor moving all night...." The BBC

"A storming set at Ashton Court " The NME

For more information, visit here..



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Tuesday 08 September 2009
club news
More highlights available on AFC Wimbledon TV

Highlights from the recent game at Grays can now be seen at AFC Wimbledon TV.


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Monday 07 September 2009
club news
Friendly game brought forward to tonight

In order to provide more game time for some of Terry Brown's squad, a Wimbledon XI will be playing tonight against Godalming Town at Wey Court, Mead Row, Godalming, GU7 3JE, kick off 7.30 pm.

The team will feature Seb Brown, Jack Turner, Luke Garrard, Ricky Wellard, Derek Duncan, Lewis Taylor, Elliott Godfrey and Ross Montague as well as some of the best rising stars form the reserve team.


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Sunday 06 September 2009
club news
Chris on stand by again

Chris Hussey has been selected by Paul Fairclough as one of the back up players for the England C game against Hungary on 15 September. This is the second time he has been named; Chris was on standby for the game against Malta under 21s in February.

Terry Brown said "the fact that Chris has been named again is a sign of how consistent his form has been. It is is a great honour for Chris and for the club. He is still only 20 and he has adapted to life in the Blue Square Premier very quickly indeed."


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Saturday 05 September 2009
first team news
Wimbledon fight back earns a draw

In another entertaining game, the Dons fought back from a two goal half time deficit to take a point from a good, young Tamworth team who last season were the Blue Square North champions.

Terry Brown kept the diamond formation which had been used so successfully against Grays Athletic, but gave starts to Jay Conroy, Alan Inns, Steven Gregory and Sam Hatton. The Dons fell behind after just seven minutes when a long through ball didn’t run into the penalty area as James Pullen anticipated, and as he came out of his area to clear, Jake Sheridan blocked the clearance and the ball rebounded into the empty net.

Worse was to follow minutes later when Inns suffered a cut to the forehead and despite efforts by Mike Rayner to patch him up, he was eventually forced to leave the field. Conroy was again forced to move into the centre back position with Hatton slotting in at right back. After Kennedy Adjei had hit the post with a scuffed right foot shot, the Dons fell further behind shortly before half time when Nick Wright headed home a right wing cross.

Further reorganisation took place at half time, with Seb Brown replacing an injured James Pullen, and Elliott Godfrey coming on for Steven Gregory. Within minutes of the restart the Dons pulled one back when Danny Kedwell headed home a Hatton cross. Wimbledon were in the ascendancy and soon after Kedwell brought the score level with another header, this time from a Chris Hussey corner.

The game became more open with both teams having chances to nick the winner, but in the end a draw was the fair result. Terry Brown said, “Saturday’s visit to Tamworth proved to be both frustrating and exhilarating. Prior to kick off, James Pullen strained his thigh muscle and in hindsight probably shouldn’t have started. However, James is a strong character and wanted to play, and managed to last 45 minutes.

“Unfortunately during that first half we gave away two sloppy goals. The half was continually disrupted by injuries with Alan Inns suffering a nasty injury which required four deep stitches. Two weeks ago I was wondering why I had four centre halves on the books and now I have lost three of them in the last two weeks.

“Once again the strength of our squad came to the fore, with the introduction of Seb Brown in goal, Jay Conroy moving to replace Alan Inns and with Steven Gregory picking up a knock to compound a very difficult week personally for the lad, Elliott Godfrey also came on.

“For the second time this season I asked the team to show pride and character. The first time was against Kettering, and they certainly came up trumps again. Although I am delighted with the work rate and effort of all the players, I must give particular praise to Danny Kedwell, who has led the line magnificently all season and thoroughly deserved his two goals today. The players showed remarkable character and resilience for such a young group, and that bodes well for the future.

“All in all it was a fantastic afternoon’s football against a very talented Tamworth side. They looked after us well and I am grateful to their club doctor who did a great job looking after Alan Inns.”



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Friday 04 September 2009
club news
Coaches to Tamworth and other arrangements

There are still a few places available on the coaches travelling to Tamworth.

The coaches will pick up from The Woodman at 10.00 am and from Kingsmeadow at 10.30 am. The price is £10 and seats can be reserved by ringing the club on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm today.

The match is not all ticket and supporters can gain access into the ground via turnstile numbers 1 & 2 (Adults £12 Concessions £7).

For those parking at the ground at Tamworth there is a £10 charge for supporters coaches, £5 for mini buses and £2 for cars.


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Thursday 03 September 2009
first team news
Terry on Tamworth

The Dons match at Tamworth on Saturday is the team's fifth away game out of the first eight fixtures of the season. This situation arose because of the need to avoid staging home games when there is a substantial athletics event on the same day. The fixtures were due to be brought into balance by two successive home games - until the Wrexham game was postponed.

However, with the Dons having won their last three away games, Terry Brown had no qualms about another one, although he warned about Tamworth's excellent start to the season when we spoke to him earlier today.

"After a hectic weekend programme I am pleased to say that apart from Ben Judge we have everybody fit and available for selection. On Saturday we face another difficult away day, this time to the in-form Tamworth.

"Tamworth, like us, were promoted last season and their home record is 10 points out of twelve against some very strong teams, including Cambridge, Wrexham, Grays and Kidderminster, so we know how difficult a task it will be. They have a very strong defence and, like us, are still probably riding on the euphoria of promotion into a new league.

"The playing surface is very good, so we will have no complaints, regardless of the final outcome. Our team selection doesn't get any easier and although there won't be too many changes at the back the midfield selection is open to debate on a weekly basis.

"In our own particular case, whoever has played this year has acquitted themselves very well and it is lovely for a manager to have the current options that are available to me.

"For the players who don't feature this weekend we are hopeful of arranging an away friendly for next Wednesday night to give them some match time. More about that after the weekend."


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Wednesday 02 September 2009
club news
Seat tickets for Tamworth

We have heard from Tamworth that they have a number of seat tickets for sale in the main stand for Wimbledon fans at a cost of £14 Adults and £9 Concessions.

Tickets can be ordered by telephoning 01827 65798 option 2 after 9.30 am on Thursday. Payment needs to be made by credit/debit card and the tickets can then be picked up on the day of the match from the Tamworth reception.


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Wednesday 02 September 2009
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow is back with Rob Deering and the first round is on us!

SPECIAL OFFER
If you are one of the first 100 people to book tickets for Comedy@Kingsmeadow on Friday 4 September, your first drink is on us!
(Beer, wine or soft drinks only)

To book tickets, visit here



After our well earned summer break, Kingston’s top comedy club returns on Friday 5 September, headlined by the ‘bruisingly hilarious’ (Time Out) Rob Deering. Ting N’ Ting also return with their award winning Caribbean cuisine, so normal service is resumed

For more information about the line-up, see below.

New gigs just announced:
Saturday 26 September- Arthur Smith and The Rollin' Clones
Saturday 24 October- The Dualers
Saturday 21 November- The Kounterfeit Kinks



More about the comedy...

Friday 4 September
COMEDY@KINGSMEADOW presents….
Rob Deering, Vince Atta and Kevin Hayes
Doors open 7.30pm/ comedy starts 9.00pm/ bar closes Midnight
Admission: £12 (includes comedy and dinner)

Rob Deering (Headliner)

Rob Deering exploded on to the comedy scene in 2000, reaching the Daily Telegraph Open Mic Award semi-finals, the finals of the BBC New Comedy Award and the final of the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year Competition, as well as winning the prestigious Amused Moose New Talent Award. 2001 brought further success with Rob hosting the legendary Comedy Zone at the Edinburgh Festival; this led to a personal request from Emo Phillips to support him for his festival run.
With his easy charm, cheesy singing voice, razor-sharp wit and clownish physicality Rob has quickly established himself as a firm favourite on the London circuit and has played at all the major comedy clubs nationwide. He slayed audiences as a headliner on The Comedy Network and has been commissioned by channel 4 to write and host the comedy series Lesser-Spotted Britain.

"Sterling stand-up from one of the circuit's rising stars. A safe place to bet your comedy dollar" - The Sunday Times
“Bruisingly Hilarious.” Time Out
“Truly wonderful stand-up.” The Sunday Times
“Comedy’s man of the moment.” Metro
“Self-deprecating and immensely likable…hugely enjoyable.” **** Sunday Herald
“He captures the audience’s imagination and creates a show where audience participation actually works.” **** The Herald
“Sterling stand-up from one of the circuit's rising stars. A safe place to bet your comedy dollar.” Sunday Times
“The award-winning comic performs his engaging brand of stand-up humour.” The Guardian
“Highly enjoyable…A rising star who combines an easy-going cheeky chappie demeanour with a quickfire wit.” Evening Standard
“Amiable charm and softly spoken sarcasm.” **** The Metro
“He has such confidence, control and ease with an audience.” The Stage
“An utter delight from start to finish.” ***** Three Weeks

Vince Atta (Opening Act)

It's fair to say that everything Vince Atta touches turns to gold. His high-octane performances, stunning delivery & flawless array of impressions leave you short of breath. With a broad, wonderful spectrum of material ranging from students, Spanish horses in a kitchen, psychotic London ex-girlfriends, pointless racial pride & the advantages of an alcoholic mother, Atta brings an inspiring touch of pathos which demonstrates an unerring ability to turn experience into bullet proof comedy. His festival shows 'Atta, Bowman & Hoo' (2005) & "Atta, Bowman & Hoo 2" (2006) were both among the most successful shows in their respective Manchester Comedy Festivals. Both included Vince's hour-long headline performance. They were referred to by ManchesterComedy.com as "a blinder in terms of every aspect of making a successful festival show."
In October 2006 Vince won the much-coveted 'City Life Comedian Of The Year' Award. Previous recipients include Peter Kay, Caroline Aherne, Chris Addison, Jason Manford & Seymour Mace.
CITY LIFE COMEDIAN OF THE YEAR 2006/7
"An unstoppable force, forging a brilliant rapport with the audience.. like an intravenous shot of adrenaline!" -Steve Bennett, Chortle reviews
"Star of the future. Fact!" - Student Direct
"He sparkles- he's energetic, animated with a gift for characterisations" -Unity
"An instant crowd pleaser, his infectious enthusiasm & multi-faceted approach, anecdotes, stories, observations gave the evening a new dimension, his set is very, very impressive." - Student Direct
"A set to be proud of!" City Life Magazine
"Atta Boy!" South Manchester Reporter

Kevin Hayes (MC)

Having failed to realise his childhood dream of becoming a Civil Engineer, Kevin fell back on comedy to earn a crust. Since then he has peddled his wares around the comedy world from Melbourne to San Francisco and from Derry to Dubai, telling jokes and gazing longingly at the buildings.
As a broadly topical comic, Kevin offers general commentary, he talks engagingly about topics in a light, accessible way making fine points and offering good company.
His TV credits include 'Live at Jongleurs' (ITV), 'The Comedy Store' (Channel 5) and 'The Stand Up Show', 'Everyman' and 'The Empire Laughs Back' on BBC 1. He also contributes a column to The Irish Post, the largest Irish newspaper in Britain.
‘Hayes has a more subtle brand of humour and a gift for getting the audience eating out of his hand. Then his outrageous jokes jump up and headbutt you. He is insightful, intelligent, and incredibly funny. It's all served up with a dose of political satire as he talks about things that shouldn't be funny but it's a relief when they are' THE EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS
'The best thing about Kevin Hayes is that his jokes are really funny, something which some comics think is not as important as being clever. Hayes is clever too and his best material is a mixture of surrealism and satire. He handles religion and politics with a light but incisive touch' THE STAGE
'This man is gold!' THE SCOTSMAN
'Here is a great Irish comic. His dry, smooth wit is wondrous' THE IRISH TIMES
'Some of the finest and most intelligent comedy I have seen on this or any other Fringe' 'DB' MAGAZINE, ADELAIDE
'Kevin Hayes is the stand-up comedian for people who thought they didn't like stand-up comedy' SCOT FM
'A fine comic. Intelligent and incisive yet still amenable ' THE GUARDIAN


Line-ups subject to change



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Wednesday 02 September 2009
club news
Oxford highlights now available

Highlights from Saturday's game against Oxford United can now be seen at AFC Wimbledon TV.


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Tuesday 01 September 2009
first team news
New date for Wrexham

The Blue Square Premier league game against Wrexham, which was due to be played on 8 September, will now take place on Tuesday 10 November 2009, kick off at 7.45 pm.

Ticket arrangements will be announced in due course.


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Tuesday 01 September 2009
club news
Stadium update from the Oxford United programme

After home games we sometimes publish articles from the programme that provide news or information about the club and Trust and which haven't previously appeared on this site.

This linked feature updates fans on the challenges we face in preparing the stadium for life in the Football League.

It can be found by clicking on features.


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Tuesday 01 September 2009
club news
Ticket sales for Cambridge United

Tickets can now be bought for the Cambridge United home game on Saturday 12 September as follows:

On line

Tickets can be bought on line by season ticket holders, Dons Trust members and shareholders in the PLC. Up to four tickets can be bought by each applicant. You will also qualify if you have been a season ticket holder at any time in the last five years.

By post

• Applications may be made at any time and will be dealt with in the order in which they are received
• There is a maximum of four tickets per application
• Applicants should enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Tickets will be sent at the risk of the applicant - in other words, we cannot issue replacement tickets for any that are lost in the post. Fans who want more secure delivery of their tickets should not stamp the self-addressed envelope, but instead add a payment of £2 for a recorded delivery service
• Applicants must enclose a daytime phone contact number

Personal callers

Tickets will not be sold by phone. However, personal callers may visit the club between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays; applications must meet the above conditions.

Prices

Adult terrace tickets: £12; Concessions £6; Under-16s £2.

There is a limited number of seats, priced at: Adults £14; Concessions £7; Under-16s £3.


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Tuesday 01 September 2009
club news
Coaches to Tamworth

We are still taking bookings for the supporters' coaches travelling to Tamworth for our Blue Square Premier fixture on Saturday 5 September.

The coaches will pick up from The Woodman at 10.00 am and from Kingsmeadow at 10.30 am. The price is £10 and seats can be reserved by ringing the club on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays.


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