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Thursday 31 October 2002
first team news
Match reaction.

MANAGER Terry Eames made a winning return to the touchline, the Dons having now racked up '10-in-a-row'. Despite a resounding 4-0 win he remained less than satisfied:

"I thought we were poor tonight. We didn't play the way we should and they were a very poor side. We've made massive strides in the last few weeks, but went back to bad ways tonight. At 1-0, Ray Merry pulled of a superb save and he kept us in it. Glyn is back on Saturday, but Ray has done fantastic for us. It's disappointing - we didn't show the same desire and spirit. Maybe it was because it was a cup game, but you can't go in with that attitude and I was a little unhappy with the back four. We played too many square short balls and didn't exploit the diagonal ball over the top. Ali and Coops have got pace but we didn't see the right pass tonight. Coops did well - two more good goals and the Oakins goal was out of this world. Maybe I'm a stickler, but I expect more from them. We took Woodford too lightly."

Speaking about the substitutions that were made Terry added:

"Lee Sidwell has played every game and has done great or us, but I need to see other players and give some a rest, to get them refreshed. We've lost Bolger now for a couple of weeks and Tony Readings has sprained his ankle and may be doubtful for Saturday."

On his return to the dugout Terry concluded:

"I'm much happier there - I can holler and shout now!"

Two-goal hero and top goalscorer Kevin Cooper had gone into the game with his confidence sky high:

"Missing a few easier chances early on didn't dispirit me. I scored on Saturday and so I came into today with confidence. If I wasn't getting the chances, I would worry but I know that with my ability, if I get chances I will score goals. I had a little bit of luck on a tackle for my first goal and it fell for me, so I picked my corner and placed it there. I'm chuffed it went in. I get a lot of stick because I like to hit it with the outside of my boot, but luckily enough this one flew in. Even after scoring a free kick on Saturday, I had four players wanting to take the free kick off me so the pressure was on. But I knew where I was going to put it, that I could bend it round the wall, and I did that."

Cooper gave Dons fans a new goal celebration after his first goal, involving showing off his stomach:

"My goal celebration is because of my sponsor. If I score in a game, he buys me dinner and if I don't score I have to take him for a meal. I was just looking at my sponsor and rubbing my belly as if to say thank you very much."

Danny Oakins confirmed that his spectacular goal from just two yards into the Woodford half was an entirely deliberate effort:

"The keeper had a clearance and I saw him off his line. I took a touch and the ball just bounced up, so I hit it towards goal and went over him. I just went for an Ali Russell. He says it was jammy, but I meant it."

Whilst defender Danny Oakins scoring goals is nothing new, there was one break with tradition. Match sponsors KPD awarded the visiting goalkeeper Terry Neale the man of the match award - something which so far this season has gone to a player in yellow and blue:

"I got everything I have always got through the years but ten times worse -but it is all part of the game. If anything, they were doing me a favour - making me perform better and improve myself. It is nice that we both enjoyed it. I was a bit disappointed with the last goal, being lobbed from quite a distance, but I think I had quite a good game."

Neale explained that he has heard a lot about the Dons and looked forward to travelling to play at Kingsmeadow:

"I hear about AFC Wimbledon about four or five times a day on the radio. It is great that a non-league club, set up by the fans are making themselves so big. We are not exactly the biggest club in our league and we mainly play in front of away supporters, so it tends to be between 50 and 100. So it was a complete change for us. We are about midway in our league. We had a good start but we have had a bad run over the last few games. The Manager is trying a few new players, but I think, whilst we may not contend for the league, we will give it our best."

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Wednesday 30 October 2002
first team news
Squad announced.

TERRY Eames has named the following squad for the home match against Woodford Town:

Ray Merry, Danny Oakins, Keith Ward, Tony Readings, Mark Nicholas, Simon Bassey, Lee Sidwell, Lee Passmore, Gavin Bolger, Andy Sullivan, Ali Russell, Kevin Cooper, Neil Robson, Danny Roberts, Sim Johnston, Chris Theodore.

Speaking about the unchanged squad Terry said:

"I had intended to bring in some of the younger players from Netherne for the cup games, but to get through the next two rounds of this cup gives us a chance to go up against some very strong sides. I feel that the players did well Saturday and I'm keen to see how we measure up to the likes of Ford and Tooting & Mitcham should we make that progression. The lads at Netherene will get their chance in due time."

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Tuesday 29 October 2002
club news
No Kane do.

TERRY Eames has confirmed that striker Conrad Kane will not after all be joining AFC Wimbledon:

"Conrad signed for us but spent the last two weeks playing at Whyteleafe. After speaking to him yesterday he explained that he was understandably looking for first team football. I explained to him that was not something I could gaurantee him here - no player is assured a start with us, whoever they are. I have a lot of players down at Netherne working really hard and to bring a new player straight in as first choice would go against the way we have been doing things here. I wish Conrad all the best for the rest of the season down at Whyteleafe."

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Monday 28 October 2002
club news
Disciplinary hearing verdict.

TERRY Eames this evening attended a London FA disciplinary hearing which considered the charge of bringing the game into disrepute arising from the Godalming and Guildford game.

After a full and fair hearing, at which all the evidence was heard, Terry received a 50 fine and a four match touchline ban.

Considering that Terry has been absent from the dugout for the last four matches, since the charge was brought, Terry has no further ban to serve.

The club are very pleased to have Terry back on the bench for this Wednesday's cup match against Woodford Town.

Neither Terry nor the club will be making any further statement.

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Sunday 27 October 2002
first team news
Match reaction.

MANAGER Terry Eames was understandably upbeat following yesterday's 4-0 victory over Cobham:

"We have certainly come a long way. If I've got this after just four months, just imagine what we can achieve. We can really move on from here. The performance could have been better - we actually played better last week against Farnham, but the application of the boys is super. The unity I've got now is fantastic and we have great strength in depth."

Debutant striker Chris Theodore came in for praise following his late appearance as substitute along with hat-trick hero Ali Russell:

"Chris Theodore is only 17 years old but he showed me enough in 15 minutes to see that he has something about him. Ali Russell also did great in his first full game. He held the line well and worked really, really hard."

Eames then took time out to praise recently-appointed left-back Simon Bassey:

"Simon Bassey was excellent today - different gear. He epitomises what I like in a player. His 'never-say-die' attitude is great. He'll put his foot in where it hurts and he's got a subtlety about him. He's got a little more time playing at left back and I think that showed in his game today - his quality came out today."

Next up under the Eamo spotlight was the new-look centre-back pairing:

"The partnership at the back between Mark Nicholas and Tony Readings is pleasing me. They have given me an assurance and a solidity. They make everything look easy. They've gelled and we are not conceding goals. What a great problem to have with Keith Ward coming back on Wednesday. I have got some thinking to do..."

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Sunday 27 October 2002
first team news
Suspension for Bassey and Roberts.

DETAILS of Simon Bassey and Danny Roberts' suspensions have been received. Both players will now miss the match away to AFC Wallingford on Saturday 23 November.

Simon Bassey's enforced absence will commence on Monday 18 November and will last for 35 days.

Danny Roberts will be missing from Monday 18 November also, although his suspension lasts for just seven days.

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Friday 25 October 2002
first team news
Squad announced.

TERRY Eames has named the following squad for the home match against Cobham:

Ray Merry, Danny Oakins, Tony Readings, Mark Nicholas, Simon Bassey, Lee Sidwell, Lee Passmore, Gavin Bolger, Andy Sullivan, Ali Russell, Kevin Cooper, Neil Robson, Danny Roberts, Chris Theodore.

Speaking about Chris Theodore's return to the club and his first squad call up Terry said:

"Chris has been playing at Netherne after returning to the fold and has worked hard. His recent displays added to his good attitude are the reason for his inclusion. He has earned his call-up and his inclusion is a reward for all he has done since coming back."

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Tuesday 22 October 2002
first team news
Game OFF.

TONIGHT'S match against Ditton in the Cherry Red Books Trophy, due to be played at Corinthian Casuals ground in Tolworth is OFF due to a waterlogged pitch.

As soon as a rearranged date is known it will be posted on the site.

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Monday 21 October 2002
first team news
Match reaction.

SPEAKING after Saturday's late win against Farnham Town, Dons Manager Terry Eames said:

"I thought we did ever so well. Our discipline was good and we looked very assured, particularly at the back. It was a thoroughly professional performance and it was a pity we didn't take our chances early on and fluffed a few good scoring positions. In the end, they just couldn't cope with us. Gavin Bolger did very well for us today, but Lee Passmore was by far my man of the match."

Terry refused to talk about Danny Oakins' goal, claiming that he would never hear the end of it from the player himself, but praised him saying:

"Danny Oakins scored more than 20 goals for Netherne last year. He gives me an option when we are short of strikers. In an ideal scenario I would always play him at the back and he will be replacing Keith Ward at right back when he is suspended for the next two games."

Goal scorer Danny Oakins relished his chance to play up front:

"I don't mind playing up front, it is a good laugh. Terry told me not to get near free kicks but I fancied a go. Their goalie was lining up the wall at the far post and Lee Passmore said to me to hit one quick and so I hit it and it just reached the goal. It wasn't a screamer but I just tried to hit it quickly and I caught the keeper unaware."

New boy Mark Nicholas is adapting well to his new team:

"I have really started to enjoy my football since I have been down here. The first game last week was a different class and I love the buzz of it all. Today the back four was solid but as they only played one up front I didn't really have anything to do all game. I have known Danny Oakins for ages and I always thought he was a striker. That's what he always told me, anyway!"

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Friday 18 October 2002
first team news
Squad announced.

TERRY Eames has named the following squad for tomorrows clash away to Farnham Town:

Ray Merry, Keith Ward, Danny Roberts, Simon Bassey, Mark Nicholas, Tony Readings, Lee Sidwell, Lee Passmore, Gavin Bolger, Andy Sullivan, Danny Oakins, Kevin Cooper, Conrad Kane, Ali Russell, Sim Johnston.

Looking ahead to the match Terry added:

"It will be another hard game. The pitch isn't fantastic and along with the conditions it will be a bit of a leveler. We need to be 'at it' to get something from the game but we have enough players that will give us 100% as well as some outstanding technical ability to be confident of a result. I am very pleased with how the squad is shaping up and when you consider the talent we have at Netherne knocking on the door things look very good for us".

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Friday 18 October 2002
first team news
New signings.

MANAGER Terry Eames has signed two players ahead of this Saturday's return to League action.

Goalkeeper Ray Merry joins the Dons to cover for Glyn Shimell who has undergone a groin operation. The other Dons keeper, Andy Bell, is himself still recovering from an appendix operation and so Ray will be straight in the side for the game against Farnham Town. 29 year-old Ray has joined from Netherne Village but has also played for Whyteleafe.

Also signed in time for Saturdays match is Conrad Kane. Conrad is a 39 year-old striker described by our very own club secretary Trevor Williams as "a very skillful player who can play wide or as a central striker and is amazingly fit despite his age". This is an informed view as Trevor watched Conrad in action on many occasions playing for Tooting and Mitcham. Conrad made 179 appearances for Tooting and Mitcham (along with 55 appearances as substitute) and scored a total of 90 goals. His former clubs also include Bromley, Carshalton Athletic, Crawley Town, Dulwich Hamlet, Dijon, Kingstonian and Merstham.

One player leaving the club is player/coach Julian King. Julian is looking to play this season and was unable to be guaranteed a start taking into account the size of the squad we now have. He has therefore decided to look for another club. Taking over his role as player/coach is Neil Robson. The club wish Julian all the best for the future and thank him for all his work whilst with us. We also wish Neil good luck in his new role knocking the players into shape on the training pitch!

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Wednesday 16 October 2002
first team news
Fixture and ticketing updates.

The following two home fixtures have been confirmed:

London Senior Cup 1st Round vs Woodford Town.
Wednesday 30 October, Kingsmeadow.

Standing - Adults 6, Concessions 3, Under-16s 2
Seated - Adults 8, Concessions 4, Under-16s 3
Premier Challenge Cup 2nd Round vs Southall
Saturday 16 November, Kingsmeadow.

Standing - Adults 6, Concessions 3, Under-16s 2
Seated - Adults 8, Concessions 4, Under-16s 3
Ticketing arrangements for the match against AFC Wallingford are as follows:

AFC Wallingford, Saturday 23 November.
Wallingford Sports Park, Hithercroft Road, Wallingford, Oxfordshire.

Admission will be by ticket only, priced at 5 for adults, and 3 for concessions (over-60s and 12-16s) under-12s - 1.

All prices include a matchday programme.

Disabled fans - AFC Wallingford will endeavour to accommodate as many of
our disabled fans as would like to attend this game. Please contact AFC
Wimbledon on 020 8544 8022 for further information.

Tickets are available for sale by post immediately and at the Cobham and Woodford games to season ticket holders only, on surrender of voucher "C".

As from 2 November by post and at the Chessington & Hook game we will sell tickets to Dons Trust members as well as any other season ticket holders who have yet to apply.

As from 16 November by post and at the Southall game, we will sell tickets to anyone who wants one.

Postal applications must be received by Wednesday 20 November in order to be processed. We will not send tickets out in response to any applications received after this date, to avoid the possibility of tickets not arriving before the match.

Tickets are 5 including programme. For postal applications, please send a cheque made payable to AFC Wimbledon Ltd, and a stamped, self-addressed envelope, to:

Wallingford Tickets
AFC Wimbledon
297 Haydons Road
SW19 8TX

Season ticket holders ? please include voucher ?C?.

Dons Trust members ? please include a note of your Dons Trust membership number.

Please - no personal callers.

Any postal applications made without a stamped, self-addressed envelope will not be processed.

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Tuesday 15 October 2002
first team news
Farnham NOT all-ticket.

THIS match on Saturday 19 October has been confirmed as pay on the day. 5 admission, 2 programme with no concessionary prices but under-14s will be admitted free.

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Tuesday 15 October 2002
club news
Injury update.

AFTER a few weeks with a full complement of players available for selection, injuries seem to have hit us with a vengeance. We started last Saturday's game against Walton Casuals without Joe Sheerin, Sean Marshall and Danny Oakins. Ali Russell was absent on a pre-arranged holiday, but coincidentally he would have been doubtful anyway.

Joe Sheerin
Joe strained one of the hamstring muscles in his right leg in the game at Goldalming & Guildford.

Initially, the club doctor Dr Wheeler, and I thought that 6-8 weeks would be the minimum before Joe could return to the team. However, last Monday there was a little more hope. The injury may not be as bad as originally thought and after intensive treatment Joe is now doing light training in the gym.

Nevertheless, Joe requires more treatment but we can now hope to pencil him in for the second round of the Premier Cup.

However, I must stress that Joe will not be rushed back until we are sure that he will be able to complete the rest of the season with no recurrence of this type of injury.

Sean Marshall
In the same game, Sean sprained the ankle ligaments in his right foot. He too has responded well to treatment but it may well be prudent to not consider him until the game against Cobham.

Danny Oakins
Ironically after going through a personal battle in the game at Godalming Danny received a strain to a hip flexor away from football. (Lee Sidwell says he was picking up his wallet when the strain happened!).

However, I am hopeful that Terry will have him available for Saturday's game at Farnham Town.

Ali Russell
Ali's right shin was badly bruised in the game against Bedfont, but he was able to play against Godalming and Guildford with some protection.

In my opinion there is bruising in the lining of the tibia which is extremely uncomfortable. The rest Ali is now taking is fortuitous for him and us and he should be fit for selection on Saturday or next Tuesday.

John Harris
Sports Therapist

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Friday 11 October 2002
first team news
Squad named.

MANAGER Terry Eames has named the following squad for tomorrows clash with Walton Casuals:

Glyn Shimell, Keith Ward, Danny Roberts, Mark Nicholas, Tony Readings, Sim Johnston, Lee Sidwell, Gavin Bolger, Simon Bassey, Andy Sullivan, Glen Mulcaire, Kevin Cooper, Neil Robson, Lee Passmore.

Commenting on the approach to the Premier Challenge Cup Terry said:

"This cup gives me an opportunity to look at players but make no mistake - it's a cup we want on our mantelpiece and a cup we will be doing our best to win".

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Friday 11 October 2002
club news
Car parking at Kingsmeadow.

AFC Wimbledon have been informed by Kingston council that we may not charge supporters for use of the car parking facilities at Kingsmeadow, which belong entirely to the council.

This means that we will only reserve car parking spaces for players, club and match officials and disabled supporters.

All other car park spaces not required by the athletics facility will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at all AFC Wimbledon home matches.

The overflow parking area on the grass will be open whenever the weather allows.

AFC Wimbledon apologise to those who had hoped to be able to reserve a space for matchday parking. Our earlier offer to do so was based on incorrect information having been given to us.

All money that has been sent to the club in respect of car parking season tickets will of course be returned as soon as possible.

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Thursday 10 October 2002
club news
Eames charged by FA.

FOLLOWING the match against Godalming & Guildford last Saturday, the club has been notified that the London F.A. has charged Terry Eames with bringing the game into disrepute. Terry will attend a hearing later this month where the charge will be considered.

In the meantime, and in line with normal practice in such cases, Terry will not be present in the technical area or in the dugout during AFC Wimbledon games. He will, however, continue to take charge of preparation for all our matches as well as taking the half-time team talk.

Terry has declined to comment on the case while it is under consideration, but he has confirmed that he intends to fight the charge. He has the full support of the club in doing so.

No further comment will be made, by Terry or by the club, until the result of the hearing is known.

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Thursday 10 October 2002
first team news
Transfer news.

AFC Wimbledon are pleased to announce the signing of the following two players:
19 year-old midfielder Gavin Bolger and 19 year-old centre-back Mark Nicholas.

Manager Terry Eames commented:

"Both players will be great additions to the squad. The fact that both players were keen to join us is a great advert for AFC Wimbledon and a measure of how far we have come. Gavin was at Wimbledon FC last season and Mark joins us from Whyteleafe having previously been at Crystal palace as a youth and having played all of last season at Bromley. Both players will be in my squad for Saturdays game away to Walton Casuals".

Two players that may line up against the Dons are recently released Carlo Castronovo and Craig Carley - both of whom have signed for Walton casuals. All at AFC Wimbledon wish them the best of luck with their new club.

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Monday 07 October 2002
first team news
Match Reaction.

DONS manager Terry Eames felt that, even in the midst of a messy game, the team has advanced a stage because of it:

"I think there were a few positives to come out of the game. Kevin Cooper scored two decent goals and we are getting the togetherness in the team. There are lot of things that didn't come together today, but the team worked superbly as a unit and these sort of things help to build the side. We are building a unity."

"The opposition trying to get Danny Oakins sent off just goes to show what we are about. People's regard for us is so high now that they want to deplete our side, that is the only way they are going to beat us. They are looking for people within our side who they can wind up and perhaps get to the stage where it will make it eleven against ten or nine. It just goes to show that they can't beat us in footballing terms, they have to do it other ways."

Striker Kevin Cooper described his two goals:

"Terry wanted us to play the ball in behind them early doors and I was looking out for that ball and, luckily enough, it went over the full-back's head, I was on to it and I finished it well. I haven't scored for a couple of weeks and it was nice to do so. It gave me a lot more confidence for the second goal."

"My second goal again was a long ball over the top. I felt that the big tall defender was hard to get around so I had to get behind him. Danny Oakins knocked over a great ball and I got on to it. I could hear the defender breathing down my back, but I saw the keeper coming and I just lobbed it over him. Thankfully it went in."

Danny Oakins was asked what it was like playing against a team aiming to get him sent off:

"The opposition were on our necks from the start, trying to wind us up and make us bite. At half-time I was told to keep calm as I knew they were trying to get me sent off. I got punched, they were trying to wind me up. I don't mind the pressure of them trying to get me sent off. That is what it is all about, battling away and pinching a result. That is what this league is going to be like."

Describing his goal, Danny said:

"I was struggling to get back from a corner and Lee Sidwell knocked one in and I gambled on getting behind the back four and I got on the end of it. And I meant this one!".

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Monday 07 October 2002
club news
Woe for Joe.

STRIKER Joe Sheerin may be out for up to six weeks with an upper hamstring injury sustained in the first half of the match against Godalming and Guildford. Joe was understandably upset after having to leave the field of play and commented:

"The ball just bounced up a bit high and I stretched for it and as soon as I extended my leg I felt the pop. I've done it twice before, and it felt very sore this time. It is high up on the leg and I think those are slightly more painful, but not necessarily as bad as the other ones. Six weeks is the usual time frame for these injuries. If you come back too soon you have a high chance of re-injuring it. You've got to do a lot of rehab work to make sure that both legs are as strong as each other, so that you are not imbalanced. I will get back as soon as I can."

Club physio John Harris said that it would be three or four weeks before Joe can start training again and six weeks before he is back:

"Joe has got to rest completely for the first week, but I trust him entirely to do as he is
told. He is a very good professional. I will start working on him as soon as I can, perhaps on Tuesday, after it has settled down. We will then start intensive treatment. I am confident he will be back by Christmas, anyway."

Terry Eames said that the injury will be a major blow to the team:

"Joe is such a good player and a great asset. We have Ali Russell away for a week on
holiday from Friday so I have a problem next week, but we will come through it as a squad. That is what my job is all about and we will do well."

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Sunday 06 October 2002
club news
Walton Casuals away.

THE next match for AFC Wimbledon is away to Walton Casuals in the Premier Challenge Cup on Saturday 12 October, 3pm kick off. Tickets will be available on the day of the match priced 6 for adults and 4 for concessions. There will be a 48 page colour programme priced 2 and pre-match entertainment will include live music in the beer tent.

There will also be a mini soccer match as Casuals U9's take on AFC Wimbledon's Under 9's, kicking off at 1:45pm.

There is a car park area on Waterside Drive in a large field adjacent to the club, which will eradicate parking problems, cost per car will be 1, as the club has had to hire
the field from the council for the day.

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Friday 04 October 2002
club news
We have moved.

AFC Wimbledon have moved offices. We are no longer based at 297 Haydons Road, although that will continue to be our postal address for the time being.

Our new offices are in Highlands House, at 165 The Broadway in Wimbledon. However, these offices are not suitable for a large number of personal callers.

If you need to visit the office, please call first on 020 8544 8022.

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Friday 04 October 2002
first team news
Ditton match venue confirmed.

THE game against Ditton, in the Cherry Red Books Trophy on Tuesday 22 October, will
be held at Corinthian Casuals' ground, King George's Field, Hook Rise South,
Tolworth, Surrey, KT6 7NA, kick-off 7:30pm.

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Friday 04 October 2002
club news
Merchandise meeting.

COMMERCIAL Director Ivor Heller has announced a second merchandise committee meeting for next Thursday 10 October to be held at 297, Haydons Road, Wimbledon, SW19 8TX, starting at 7:30pm.

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Friday 04 October 2002
reserve team news
Netherne Village cup date.

NETHERNE Village are set to play a 1st round Surrey Cup tie against Seagrave Haulage Premier League side Westfield on Tuesday 8th October.

Dons manager Terry Eames will take the opportunity to watch some of his squad in action. AFC Wimbledon are not due to play Westfield until February next year when they visit Kingsmeadow but this game provides a chance for Dons fans to watch and support the likes of Sim Johnston, Dave Towse, Dave Fry, Akin Gallimore, Mehmet Mehmet, Daniel Couch and Trigger.

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Thursday 03 October 2002
first team news
Match Reaction.

MANAGER Terry Eames was a happy man after the Dons hit another 5 goals and claimed another 3 points in their league campaign:

"The second half was good but the first half was dire. I have to give the players a lot of credit. I lost my rag at half time and they came out and showed me what they were about. The spirit in the team is fantastic and I couldn't fault anyone. Bedfont couldn't live with us second half. We kept the momentum going, we got it and played it, our movement was excellent, our touch was excellent- I'm a very, very pleased man.

Joe Sheerin was superb today and Lee Sidwell worked really hard. I asked Joe to do a job for me after Bassey was sent off. I asked him to sit in there just behind Kevin Cooper and he did ever so well.

The second goal from Siddy fired us up. The third and fourth goals would honour division one of the Ryman, the Conference or even the football league in some ways. The way they were set up and the sort of one touch football that was played there."

Returning wide man Andy Sullivan was singled out for praise after returning to the side as a late substitute:

"Sully did ever so well when he came on. He is a good passer and his work rate is immense and I think he is a very good player for us.?

Ali Russell also made an impact after again scoring after leaving the bench:

"Russell scored a great goal. He took it ever so well. He gives us a different dimension. We?re a good footballing side and he gets on the end of things. He?s still learning, he?s only 18. He?s not the finished article yet but he will be soon."

One of the clubs unsung heroes, fitness coach Paul Braham, also came in for some praise from the manager:

"We've got a good fitness regime here. We train and we train hard. Paul has set a standard, people moaned about it at first, but it?s showing now. Up to 60 minutes, it didn't look like a 5-1, but we showed our mettle."

Despite his sending off, Simon Bassey had full support from Terry:

"We have a situation where we have a good footballing team, but you need a bit of steel in certain areas and Simon Bassey provides that to me. He is a bloody good player and he showed me a lot of what I want in the time he was on today. He came down initially and his head wasn't right. We've had a chat and he's turned that round. He is going to be a valuable asset as the season goes on, because he is a good player. He?s a player who going to be so valuable for us. He does what I like- he sits in front of the back 4 and breaks the game up. He was booked for an innocuous tackle and they played on it. They tried to get him sent off and they succeeded"

Captain Joe Sheerin feels that everything is coming right for him at the moment:

"I think the little things that weren't going well for me have just fallen into place and it's nice. I felt as though I have been playing the same, but I am just taking the chances now. You like to say that if you are playing well things will come to you but you still have that little doubt in the back of your mind. I thought I had been playing as well as I could play, but things weren't falling right. It's nice to see that this is the case and you get rewarded for your effort and hard work.

My first goal was not the best. Kevin Cooper held the ball up well on the wing, he laid it off to Lee Sidwell. I saw the way he was shaping up, he was going to flick it over his head and I just snuck in between the two defenders. It was quite an easy header from just four or five yards out.

For my second, we saw the chance from the moment their move broke down near our goal. Lee Sidwell came out with the ball and I saw Wardy breaking his neck down the right wing and once Lee played him in, all there was were two defenders back and I pointed to where I wanted it and he played a great ball in to me and it was just a matter of controlling and finishing. It was a nice move from start to finish."

Sponsors Man of the Match Lee Sidwell was happy with the performance and his goal:

"It was a good performance all around. We showed a bit of character. I think that's what it's about in games like this. When you go down to ten men each side, it's about whose got the most character.

Scoring the second goal got me buzzing for the rest of the half. I linked up with Coops, it fell to me and I just thought I would strike it. I wasn't about to take the last defender on. I struck it with my left foot and it just happened to go in."

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Thursday 03 October 2002
club news
Perry pops in.

Former Dons star defender Chris Perry was a welcome guest at last night's Bedfont game and he declared himself a fan of the team:

"I am definitely an AFC Wimbledon fan. I was always a fan of Wimbledon and all the fans have now come over here, so I've come with them. There is definitely a lot of support behind this club and it feels more like a family club because everyone's putting their own money into it to set it up.

I quite enjoy my international weekends off and I don't see why I shouldn't come down to watch AFC Wimbledon. If there's a game on and I'm available then I'll be coming down."

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Thursday 03 October 2002
club news
Bell not so swell.

AFC Wimbledon's goalkeeper Andy Bell has been in the wars a bit recently, having had to undergo an emergency appendix operation. However, he was back at Kingsmeadow to watch the win against Bedfont and he told the story of his illness:

"On the Sunday night I started feeling pains. I thought it might have been a bit of food poisoning from my Mum's cooking, but I thought I would wait until the morning and see what it was like. I didn't sleep Sunday night and on Monday I went to the doctor's and had a check-up and they sent me straight down to the hospital. They didn't think it was appendix at first, so they had a look to see if it was anything else. They couldn't find my appendix, it was trapped behind some other stuff inside. They ended up cutting it out and I was in hospital until last Thursday.

I'm feeling a bit tender but I'm getting there. The surgeon said that at the end of October I can start full training and I can take it from there. I hope to get games or I can go down to Netherne and get a few games there for match fitness before I am back here challenging Glyn again.

There is no such thing as a reserve goalkeeper here. There is one shirt and we are both challenging for it. At the moment Glyn's got it and that is justified. He hasn't made any mistakes since he has come in and he has inspired confidence through the defence and through the rest of the team. In the penalty shoot-out against Brimsdown, his save was outstanding. He's got the shirt, I want it, and as soon as I'm back in training, we'll be fighting for it again."

All at AFC Wimbledon send their best wishes to Andy and look forward to seeing him back in action soon.

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Wednesday 02 October 2002
club news
Fixture update.

THE following are changes and/or confirmations of forthcoming fixtures...

Farnham Town - Away - Saturday 19th October.
Despite contrary information in the recent North Greenford United matchday programme - this game is ON as originally scheduled.

Ditton - Away - Cherry Red Books Trophy - Tuesday 22nd October.
This match is ON but the venue remains unconfirmed at this time. Details will be published here on the official website as soon as the club receives confirmation.

Feltham - Home - Wednesday 23rd October.
This game is POSTPONED and will be rescheduled. Again, keep an eye on the official website for an update of the rearranged date.

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Wednesday 02 October 2002
first team news
Gaffer and skipper look preview tonight's game.

MANAGER Terry Eames sounded cautious but confident when weighing up the job ahead:

"Bedfont are an above average side at this level, very organised and very
direct, but we have got to get maximum points from this game and then in Saturday's match at Godalming and Guildford.

I honestly wasn't expecting anything up to this stage of the season,
because the club has only been in existence for four months, so to be fourth
in the league is amazing.

We are getting such a good spirit in the side, which is half the battle at
this level of football - at 3-1 down against North Greenford in our last
home match, the players felt it was a liberty that they were in that
position. They really care what the fans think of them."

Joe Sheerin commented after having been substituted in last Saturday's 5-0 win away to Frimley Green:

"I picked up a bit of a knock against Frimley Green on Saturday but I should be OK for the game against Bedfont. I reckon my fitness level is now 90%."

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Wednesday 02 October 2002
first team news
Wardy gets his ban.

Keith Ward's long awaited enforced absence has finally made it way to the club, he will miss any match that falls between the dates of Monday 21 October to Sunday 27 October. This means he will not be available for selection for the matches against Ditton (away in the Cherry Red Books Trophy) and Cobham (home in the league).

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