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Sunday 31 October 2004
first team news
Tooting thoughts as Roddis leaves

Dave Anderson announced this afternoon that Nick Roddis has left the club by mutual consent. We wish him all the best in the future.

And the manager was forthright in his views on the derby draw against Tooting & Mitcham:
?I hope some people in the ground enjoyed it, because it was a terrible day to be a football manager. I?m as involved as everyone else and my nerves were shot by the end. I didn?t know whether to laugh or cry, At least you can say it was exciting in hindsight. Technically I thought we were terrible in the first half and was genuinely worried at half time as we tried to sort it out. I thought we were a lot better in the second half. I?m not saying we were where we want to be, but it was a lot better.

?And you have to say that Tooting came here to win the game. That was refreshing and if we?d played in the second half as we did in the first they would have won, without question. They came here on a good unbeaten run and played very well.

?We had no mobility in midfield. They had better pace than us all day, but especially in the middle of the park and that made the difference, Even at the back, where Matt and Steve have both just returned, they?re not yet quite back up where they need to be. And it gave us a problem when Frankie Howard went off. We don?t like taking Gelly out of the middle, but at the early stage we felt we had to. We discussed making the switch to Woolner at the back at half-time, but decided to give it another ten minutes when we?d sorted out some of the problems. As soon as Gelly came back into midfield we looked a lot better.

?It?s easy to look back now in hindsight when Frankie came off and say we had the wrong bench. But our thinking was that Gibbo was there as a wing-back option and we felt we needed two strikers there because Richard Butler was a concern with his ankle and Rands hasn?t played that many games. That proved right as Rands tightened up and we had to bring him off before the end. With Leon, Joe and Steve we felt we had enough options going forward on the bench, so JB got the nod over Gav as someone who could sit in defensively.

?Of course, when we lost Frankie that gave us a problem, but that was the thinking. The biggest problem was that we had too many people having an off day. I think the fans realise that now we?re in a league where if you play badly, you don?t win games. We were poor in the first half and we didn?t win. The days of winning six and seven nil playing badly are over. By the end of the match, both sides felt they could have won it. And our second-half improvement meant we deserved something from the game.

?That?s two draws now and people are asking about pressure or whether going for a record run is affecting anyone. It?s not something we think about, but it is there in the back of your mind sometimes. And the players are under immense pressure here, so am I. It?s what this club is. You know that at every game we have a big crowd turn up and they expect us to win. There?s no doubt that?s intimidating and that?s pressure, But the players want that pressure and they want to respond to it. We?ll be under pressure again on Tuesday and we?re already looking forward to it. That's why we're here.

?Winning leagues isn?t just about playing well, it?s about the games where you don?t play well. In a 46 game season, there?ll be six to ten games where you don?t perform. I?d say we?ve had three of them already and we?re still unbeaten with nine wins and three draws, so there?s no panic just yet.?


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Friday 29 October 2004
first team news
Tooting squad named

Dave Anderson has named the following squad for the derby match tomorrow against Tooting & Mitcham United at The Fans? Stadium - Kingsmeadow:
Danny Naisbitt, Paul Smith, Steve Gibson, Micky Woolner, Steve Butler, Matt Everard, Antony Howard, Ryan Gray, Chris Gell, Jon-Barrie Bates, Robert Ursell, Nick Roddis, Gavin Bolger, Leon McDowall, Martin Randall, Richard Butler.

Dave explained:
?We?ve been working hard on bringing a striker in, but we?re not going to rush it and bring someone in for the sake of it. We need to make sure we bring someone in who?s right for us. In the meantime we?re happy with what we have.

?We?re looking forward to a big match tomorrow and hope to see a big crowd. I know a lot of people have really been looking forward to resuming this old rivalry, so we?re hoping for plenty of noise. Tooting are doing well and we know they?ll be fired up, but we?re confident and prepared for a tough game.?


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Friday 29 October 2004
club news
Loan's the tonic for Quinny

Paul Quinn has joined Ryman Division Two side Chertsey on a month?s loan.

Dave Anderson explained:
?In a deal similar to the one we?ve done with Gareth Graham and Whyteleafe, Quinny will be going to play for Chertsey for the next month to get some first-team games under his belt. It?s a good deal for us and him, because he?ll still be able to play for our reserves midweek and train with us. He?s back from injury now, so he needs the games and it?ll get him back and fully in contention.?


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Thursday 28 October 2004
dons trust news
The Dons Trust respond to open letter published by MK Dons Supporters Association

We note that an organisation calling itself the MK Dons Supporters Association (MKDSA) has published an open letter addressed to the Chairs of all Supporters? Trusts in England, Scotland and Wales.

At heart, the open letter is a plea for a proposed Industrial & Provident Society (IPS), to be set up to support Milton Keynes Dons FC, to be admitted to full membership of Supporters Direct, the umbrella body for Supporters? Trusts.

Supporters Direct has declined to give financial assistance to this organisation in setting up such an IPS. Before doing so, they sought the advice of the Football Association. The FA?s view is that Milton Keynes Dons FC (MKDFC) is a continuation of Wimbledon FC. Supporters Direct have therefore taken the view that since they have already given financial support for a Trust for Wimbledon FC ? The Dons Trust ? they cannot do so again.

It is impossible to imagine the circumstances under which such an IPS could be admitted to membership while The Dons Trust is a member of Supporters Direct and while Milton Keynes Dons FC continues to see itself and to be accepted by the FA as a continuation of Wimbledon FC.

Should the MKDSA and MKDFC decide to stop representing the Milton Keynes franchise as the inheritors of the history of Wimbledon FC, The Dons Trust would then be willing to engage in a fuller debate.

This debate would consider the rights and wrongs of allowing a Trust which supports a franchise, an anathema to the English football pyramid, to be part of the Supporters? Trusts movement.

Until such time, The Dons Trust considers the request from MKDSA to be premature and unworthy of consideration.

The open letter states that:

"There is a widespread condemnation of ?franchising? throughout football, and this is not an opinion where you see any variation of opinion in MK."

We believe that the best guardian against any extension of franchising in English football would be the failure of the first attempt ? Milton Keynes Dons FC. It is difficult to imagine how an organisation devoted to supporting and keeping alive the first English franchise can at the same time be opposed to the principle of franchising.

The Dons Trust will of course be playing a full part in the Supporters Direct conference in London on Thursday 28 October 2004, as it has at all such previous events. Representatives will be there to discuss with our friends and colleagues in the Supporters? Trust movement the many issues facing football, and will be happy to share views on the open letter and the subject of franchising with those friends and colleagues.


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Wednesday 27 October 2004
first team news
Talking the Flack

Dave Anderson was under no illusions after last night?s functional win:
?Nobody appreciates more than me and the staff that last night wasn?t exactly a magnificent game to watch. I was amazed at the size of the crowd and I hope people understand that we were trying to do a few things last night. First, we had to rest some people who needed a rest, then we had to play some people who needed game time and finally, of course, we had to make sure we won the game.

?Sometimes when you chop and change you lose the fluency and that was the case for a lot of the match. But there were a fair few positives out of it. Matt and Steve both looked back to form at the back and we kept a shutout. Leon got 90 minutes and we gave Joe Paris, who we?ve brought down from Woking and is only 17, his first taste of what it?s all about.

?So we were trying to do more than just win the game and I hope the fans appreciate that. It wasn?t a free-flowing performance and I don?t think it was the prettiest game to watch. But we managed to do what we set out to do and we got through to the next round. That?s good, because it?s a competition we would like to do well in.?


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Wednesday 27 October 2004
club news
Bassey on board

After the win over Flackwell Heath, Dave Anderson confirmed that Simon Bassey will be taking on a backroom role at the club as a player-coach.

He explained:
?I approached Bass a while ago about coming onto the coaching side of things as well as playing. I?m delighted to say he?s accepted and he?ll be working alongside John Morris and Dave Wager with the reserves.

?I knew Bass before I joined, but only as a player, Since I?ve been here, I?ve been very impressed with his knowledge and the way he voices his opinions. He?s already been watching games for us and I?m sure he?ll be a useful addition to the coaching side of things. We?ll be looking to help him get his badges done, but his main qualification at the moment is that he knows what he?s talking about.

?He?s still very much a player as well. Now he?s back from injury, his first task on that side of things is to get a place in the reserve side. Once he?s done that, if he earns a place in the first team, he?ll step up and do that. The coaching will exist alongside that.?

Bassey himself said he was delighted with his new role:
?I?ve been thinking about it for a while, but I was very pleased to be asked to do it and it?s something I?m very excited about. I?ve had problems with injuries over the last few years, but I certainly want to stay in football when I stop playing. And the chance to take that first step into coaching at a club like this is a wonderful opportunity. I know new regulations are coming in next year about the qualifications you need to coach, so I?ll be working to get those done as quickly as possible.

?I?m still very much looking to be involved as a player as well. This is something that will happen alongside that and I can?t wait to get started.?


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Tuesday 26 October 2004
first team news
Injury update

Mike Rayner writes:
Richard Butler - turned his ankle on Saturday in a divot. Ice and heavy compression was immediately used over the area. Talking through with him yesterday, there has been no significant swelling of the ankle and he has almost full range of motion. I will further assess the ankle this evening, but initial signs are that it is not serious, and should not keep him out for too long.

Leon McDowell - received a heavy blow to the ankle on Saturday. This became swollen, but was able to bear weight fully. With a compression bandage to limit the swelling I am hopeful Leon will be fit for this evening.

Joe Sheerin - nearing full fitness now, with only minor twinges to the hamstring area. The area has progressed well in the last week, and we will aim to introduce him into full training on Thursday if there is no subsequent reaction to the increased workload tomorrow evening.

Simon Bassey - we will be looking to give Simon game time in the reserves in the next week or so, with his knee becoming stronger with every training session. He has continued to work hard after what has been a long lay-off.

Steve Butler and Matt Everard have been patient and disciplined during their injuries, and there have been no reactions or set-backs to their return.


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Tuesday 26 October 2004
club news
Come to Hamlet with the Hatters on November 20

Luton Town Supporters Club will be running a coach from Luton and Milton Keynes to our home match against Dulwich on Saturday 20 November, as their fans have expressed an interest in coming to watch the real Wimbledon rather their team play Franchise.

Places are available on the coach to any Wimbledon fans in the area. Dons fans will be charged the members rate of 11 if they turn up in AFCW colours, so it?s a good opportunity to travel down to the game with like-minded fellow football fans and support this great gesture from Luton.

The coach will be fully stewarded, with a toilet, video entertainment and hot & cold drinks and snacks available.

Pick up times will be:
11.15 Bletchley bus station
11.30 Leighton Buzzard
11.45 Houghton Regis
12.30 Luton (LTFC Maple Road car park)

All bookings can be made on the Town on Tour tel no : 07960 567465 (9.00am to 9.00pm). If there?s enough demand, then the coach will do its best to make another pick-up en route, so ring to enquire.

Yvonne Fletcher of the Supporters Club added:
?We're really keen to make sure this can happen and think it would be great
publicity to have Luton/AFC fans photographed together travelling to the
game. Last season pressure from Luton fans meant the Franchise pre-season
friendly was cancelled and a game arranged with AFC instead. We can't do
anything about the league fixture this season, but we'd like to be able to
demonstrate that we still feel as strongly that there's no place for
franchising in football as ever.?


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Monday 25 October 2004
first team news
Ready to take the Flack

Dave Anderson has named the following squad for tomorrow night's visit of Flackwell Heath in the Bryco Cup:

Danny Naisbitt, Paul Smith, Steve Gibson, Micky Woolner, Steve Butler, Matt Everard, Antony Howard, Ryan Gray, Chris Gell, Jon-Barrie Bates, Robert Ursell, Joe Paris, Nick Roddis, Gavin Bolger, Leon McDowall, Martin Randall, Jones Bamfo.

The manager added:
"Some of the players who've played nearly every game need a bit of a rest, some other players are coming back and need some game time, while the younger lads in reserve need the experience of some time in the first team. So we'll look to achieve those three things while trying doing our utmost to win the game.

Don't forget that entrance is free tomorrow night for Under-16s.

Dave finished:
"Obviously balancing the books isn't my job, but I think ideas like the kids getting in free are fantastic. It makes it easy for parents to bring their kids down for a cheap evening. And we hope that if people come down and see us, they'll come back."


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Friday 22 October 2004
club news
Buying tickets in advance

Starting with the Tooting & Mitcham game, we are selling all types of tickets in advance for Ryman League games. Ticket sales for cup games will continue to be announced on a match-by-match basis.

Postal applications for all types of tickets will be processed on the Monday before a Saturday game. For midweek games, applications will be processed on the Wednesday in the week before the game. Tickets will be on sale to callers the day after postal applications are processed.

For example, for the Dulwich game on 20 November, postal applications will be processed on Monday 15 November and tickets will be available to callers to the office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm from Tuesday 16 November.

For the midweek league game against Fleet on Tuesday 2 November, applications will be processed on Wednesday 27 October and sold to callers from Thursday 28 October.

Please don?t apply months in advance; early applications will all be regarded as being received on the date that the tickets are being processed.

For a postal application, please:
o Mark your application ?ticket application? and insert the name of the game
o enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope
o enclose a cheque for the correct amount made out to AFC Wimbledon Limited
o provide a contact phone number in case we have any queries, for example if a game is postponed due to the weather or to cup commitments.

Ticket prices for the Main Stand are:
Adults 10
Concessions 5
Under 16s 3

For the terraces:
Adults 8
Concessions 4
Under 16s 2


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Friday 22 October 2004
first team news
Squad ready for Police questioning

Dave Anderson has named the following squad for the trip to Met Police tomorrow:

Danny Naisbitt, Paul Smith, Steve Gibson, Micky Woolner, Steve Butler, Matt Everard, Jay Conroy, Glenn Wilson, Antony Howard, Ryan Gray, Chris Gell, Jon-Barrie Bates, Robert Ursell, Nick Roddis, Gavin Bolger, Leon McDowall, Martin Randall, Richard Butler.

The manager added:
"We don't think Jay will be able to play, but he's in the squad while we check on the situation. It's probably the last game for him and Glenn now Matt and Steve are on their way back, so I hope the fans will get a chance to thank both of them for what they've done for us. Joe Sheerin still isn't quite ready yet.

"It's first v second and we've got a bit of a point to prove. After the Trophy match their manager said he wasn't that impressed of us and we were nothing to be scared of - so we want to improve and do well tomorrow just for him, quite apart from all the other reasons!

"The support through our Cup run was magnificent. It'd be great now if we can get that noise and fervour behind us in these crucial league games as we look to keep our good start going."


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Friday 22 October 2004
first team news
Taylor leaves

Jamie Taylor has left the club and joined Horsham.

Dave Anderson explained:
?Horsham put in a seven day approach for Jamie, so I discussed it with him and he said he?d like to talk to them. Having spoken to them, he said he wanted to go, so of course we don't stand in his way and we wish him well. It was a bit of a dilemma for both of us, because I didn?t want him to leave but didn?t feel his form merited a starting place at the moment and he didn?t want to leave but wanted to be guaranteed first-team football. We couldn?t give him that guarantee but Horsham can. It?s a situation that?s been going on for a while and we?re sorry to see him leave, but thank him for all he?s done here and wish him all the best down there, apart from when they play us of course!

"I'll be looking to bring another centre-forward in as soon as possible next week. It leaves us a bit thin on the ground with Joe injured, but we have Leon McDowall and Jones Bamfo to call on."

We will bring you Jamie's parting thoughts as soon as possible.


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Friday 22 October 2004
dons trust news
Dons Trust Questionnaire now live

The Dons Trust Board is undertaking a thorough review on membership and volunteers for AFC Wimbledon. We have commisioned a comprehensive survey questionnaire. To get an accurate sample we need at least 200 responses, so please take time out to fill in the survey, whether you are a Dons trust member or not.

You can fill it out online here or in printed form at the Dons Trust table in the back bar on matchdays starting with the home game against Tooting and Mitcham Utd on Saturday 30 October.

The results will be made public later in the year and the Dons Trust Board will be looking to address the issues wherever possible. The board would like to thank Vicki McKeegan for her research and work on this survey and Mike Arrowsmith for his work on the online version.


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Thursday 21 October 2004
first team news
Ginge on loan

Gareth Graham is going on loan to Whyteleafe for one or two months to give him enough games to get back to full fitness.

Dave Anderson explained:
?I spoke to Ginge and we both agree he needs a spell of matches in a short period of time to get back on top of his game. If he goes out on loan, he?ll be able to do that at a first team level. Stuart Massey at Whyteleafe is happy to have him. As we?re in the same league, it?s being done as a gentleman?s agreement, with two terms: he can?t play in a competitive match against us and he has to come back fit. It?s in his best interests and our best interests, so I?m glad to have it sorted out.?

Gareth added:
?I played last night and to be honest felt a couple of yards off the pace. Dave?s said I?m not ready yet and I agree with that. I know Stuart Massey because I used to play with him down at Whyteleafe. So I?ll go down there and get fit because I know I?m good enough to get into our first team and I want to give myself the best chance of proving that. I?ll certainly be coming back!?


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Thursday 21 October 2004
u18s news
No U18 match tonight

The Under-18s do not have a match tonight, despite some information to the contrary in last weekend's programme.


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Tuesday 19 October 2004
first team news
Conroy sidelined

Mike Rayner has this update on Jay Conroy's progress:
"Jay has been back and training with Palace as normal. However, he suffered a regression yesterday and was experiencing the same symptoms as he first felt on the pitch following the collision on Saturday. The Palace doctors and physio are still trying to assess the cause of the symptoms, but have advised the player and us that he will be unavailable for at least a couple of weeks."


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Tuesday 19 October 2004
club news
Any questions?

Don't forget the programme's soapbox feature would like to hear from you if you have any questions or comments on any aspect of the club. So far topics discussed and answered have included why you don't have a man on the line at free-kicks, why there isn't a cash machine at the ground, what beer is on sale in the bars and where the Dons might play pre-season friendlies. We've also managed to bring two long-standing fans together to meet up for the first time in years.

So, whether you want to talk about what you're watching on the pitch, or ask a question about something off it, drop us a line by email or hand a question to the WISA table in the back bar on a matchday.


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Tuesday 19 October 2004
first team news
Cup matches announced.

The Dons will be at home in the London Senior Cup Third Round on Tuesday 9 November, UNLESS there is a FA Trophy replay following the trip to Hendon. They will face the winners of the match (scheduled to be played tonight) between Hanwell Town and Brimsdown Rovers.

And on Tuesday 14 December, the Dons will take on Chessington United in the Second Round of the Surrey Senior Cup. The winners will be at home to either Whyteleafe or Kingstonian in the next round.


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Tuesday 19 October 2004
dons trust news
Draw deadline looms - get your tickets now

It?s the last call for entry into November?s Dons Draw. The administrative deadline is this Saturday 23 October. The draw operates by monthly direct subscription defined by you. Each ticket is 2 and the more you buy, the better your chance of that monthly windfall with a guaranteed minimum first prize of 600. Click here to sign up online.

The second monthly Dons Draw took place on Saturday 16 October before the home game against Thurrock. As usual it was independently observed and the numbers drawn at around midday at Kingsmeadow. Congratulations to the three cash prize winners this month as follows:

1st Prize Ticket number 0571 - Keith Brown from Redhill, winning 600
2nd Prize Ticket number 0830 - R Mitchell from London SW17, winning 300
3rd Prize Ticket number 0871 - Paul Thompson from Addlestone, winning 100.

AFC Wimbledon manager Dave Anderson will be reaching for November?s numbers next month so, as usual, be lucky!



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Monday 18 October 2004
first team news
Out but not down

Dave Anderson looked back on Saturday?s FA Cup exit:
?The game was everything we thought it would be. They were bigger, faster and stronger than the teams we?re used to playing against. At our best we might have been able to beat them, but we weren?t quite at our best. They may have won 2-0, but their first goal was a set piece and their second was a refereeing mistake. So the difference between the teams wasn?t that great.

?We worked hard on defending set pieces all week, but Jimmy McFarlane has been scoring goals like that at that level for years. They only really created one chance, which they took well, but it came from a blatant foul on the halfway line. But that?s what you expect in a game like that ? they took their chances and we made half-chances and didn?t. Perhaps a few of us could have played better, but they will say that about themselves too. In terms of possession we had more than them, in terms of chances maybe we shaded it. In terms of corners we definitely won. But the game?s about goals and overall you couldn?t say they didn?t deserve to win.

?But it looked like a league game ? one where one side was that bit more powerful in both penalty boxes. And that?s a credit to us. Thurrock aren?t fifth in Conference South for nothing. Colin McBride has been in charge there years and they?ve always been strong and organised. It?s important to look at what we can take out of it. It was great experience for a lot of our players. Five or six of them are used to games at that level, but many more aren?t. I was talking about the way the game went afterwards to Ryan Gray, Steve Gibson and Richard Butler. They learnt a lot from it ? that?s the experience we need to build on as we look to move onwards and upwards.

?Tactically we didn?t try to change things at half-time. We had more space to play the ball around in the first half. After the break, they sat back on their lead and crowded the midfield. We couldn?t find the space for our passing so we ended up being forced to hit it long. It wasn?t a deliberate ploy ? it?s just what happened. We always knew it was going to be hard to trouble them in the air. For the last 20 minutes, we threw three strikers on, but at that stage you?re just gambling in all honesty.

?Losing Jay was a blow, of course. It meant we had to reorganise. Steve Butler wasn?t fully fit ? he was there on the bench for a specific job in the event we were winning. If we?d been 1-0 up, we knew they?d put McFarlane upfront. Steve would have come on to combat that and we reckon we could have got 20 minutes out of him. But when Jay went down that early, the back-up plan was always to drop Gelly back and bring Nick Roddis into the midfield. It?s easy now to look at things with hindsight, but before the game we had to anticipate every likely outcome and work out what we could do about it. So that?s why Butler didn?t come on ? we couldn?t have expected 70 minutes from him.

?But overall we can?t have any complaints about the result. We take it and move on. I spoke to Colin afterwards ? I?ve known him for years and knew he?d tell the truth. He said to compete with team at the top of their league, we need to be stronger. But we knew that. Otherwise, he was complimentary about us. It was a tough draw neither of us wanted and on the day we didn?t get the things going our way we needed to win. But if we played them another nine times, they wouldn?t win all nine.

?If you look at team on top of their league playing a team near the top two leagues above ? that was Luton playing Man Utd. And if Luton had played like we did, everyone there would be pretty happy with the performance. So we look to build on the knowledge and experience we?ve gained as we prepare to travel to Met Police and keep the league run going,?


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Monday 18 October 2004
first team news
Conroy cleared by doctors

Many thanks to the fans who have been asking about Jay Conroy. He was taken to hospital from the ground as he was believed to be suffering from concussion. After a series of tests, he was allowed to leave on Saturday night and is fine, apart from a headache.



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Saturday 16 October 2004
club news
Kids go free to Flackwell

The club is pleased to announce that admission for Under-16s will be free for the Bryco Cup match against Flackwell Heath on Tuesday 26 October.

Chairman Kris Stewart explained:
"Following several appeals in the programme, we now have a new group who are looking at ways of increasing awareness of the club and improving our gates. They suggested this idea for the Cup match and we are delighted to be able to implement it. Increasing gates obviously benefits the club in many ways, so this is hopefully the first of many ideas.

"The group is still very new, but has already started advertising the club's matches and results at Wimbledon station as well - so I hope people can see this is a doing group, not just a talking shop. We're working on other ways to increase our pubicity and profile in Wimbledon and the wider area. If you have any more ideas, or want to get involved with the group's work, drop me an email or speak to me at a game."


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Saturday 16 October 2004
club news
Tickets today

There are still just over 100 unsold seat tickets for today's match. They will go on sale at 1.00 pm on Saturday from the kiosk inside the main entrance. The ground will not open until 1.45pm, when terrace tickets will be on sale from the turnstiles.

Fans are asked to buy their tickets as early as possible when they arrive, to help ease congestion at the turnstiles and enable the counting team to see more of the match. So please buy your ticket when you arrive, before going to the bar or merchandise facility, if possible.


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Friday 15 October 2004
first team news
Ready to 'rock - squad named

Thurrock are coming to Kingsmeadow for the toughest test in this season?s FA Cup run tomorrow and manager Dave Anderson has named the following squad:

Danny Naisbitt, Paul Smith, Steve Gibson, Jay Conroy, Antony Howard, Glenn Wilson, Steve Butler, Ryan Gray, Gavin Bolger, Robert Ursell, Jon-Barrie Bates, Chris Gell, Nick Roddis, Jamie Taylor, Joe Sheerin. Leon McDowall, Martin Randall, Richard Butler.

The manager added:
?We?re expecting a very difficult match tomorrow, but we?re ready for them. Steve Butler has progressed fantastically well in training this week and has earned a chance to be on the bench. Joe Sheerin will have a fitness test, so we?ll see how he?s doing. We have cover in place anyway.?

And Dave is hoping the fans will be in good voice:
?I think the fans need to be aware they could make the difference tomorrow. Thurrock are a very good side and it will be a very tough test. It?s the biggest game in terms of opposition AFC Wimbledon have had in a competitive match. But I can assure the fans we will be doing everything we can to win this one for them and the more noise they make, the better the chance we have of doing that.?

Midfielder Chris Gell said the squad are fired up and raring to go:
?The whole squad has been buzzing in training. We all can?t just wait to get out there and get on with it. I?m hoping seeing the FA Cup beforehand will be lucky, but we?ve been working really hard for this one. It?s been a bit different in training ? we?ve been working on the way we?ll play, our shape and our tactics even more than normal.

?When the crowd really get behind you, it gives you that little more to your game and we?ll need that. I?ve played Thurrock with Northwood and they?re a good strong side. But we?ve given ourselves every chance of doing well with the way we?ve prepared. I was really glad to get a goal last week ? it had been preying on my mind because I had a couple I should have scored before then. Now it?s out of the way I think a few more will come. Last week was a poor game, but I?d take a poor game and the same result tomorrow, whether I score or not!?

Should the game end in a draw at the end of 90 minutes (no extra time), the replay will be on Monday night at Thurrock. Entrance will be 8 for adults, 5 for concessions, with a 2 upgrade to sit in the stand. The winners will progress to the Fourth Qualifying Round on Saturday 30 October.

Don?t forget to come down early to have your photo taken with the FA Cup and also to look round the new merchandise facility, in case you haven?t done so already.


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Thursday 14 October 2004
club news
FA Cup at the ground on Saturday

The FA have organised for the FA Cup trophy to be on display at the club between 12.30 and 2.45pm on Saturday, with supporters of all ages invited to bring their cameras and have their photos taken with the world famous Cup.

Prior to kick off, David Fowkes, Secretary of the London FA, will present Rob Ursell with his FA Cup Player of the Round Award, after his hat-trick in the previous round.

Steve Clark, the FA?s Competitions Secretary said:
?As well as the individual performance of Rob, AFC Wimbledon have already progressed through three rounds of the competition, netting themselves 7,000 from the FA Cup Prize Fund. Victory on Saturday will earn the winners 5,000 from the FA Cup Prize Fund, but more importantly will take them just one game away from the First Round Proper.?

Trevor Williams, Club Secretary of AFC Wimbledon said:
?This is a wonderful opportunity to see the FA Cup. The FA has agreed that both teams can be pictured on the pitch with the trophy ahead of Saturday?s game, an opportunity I?m sure the players will treasure throughout their careers, and then we will be doing our upmost to get through to the next round.?



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Thursday 14 October 2004
first team news
Match details

Ticket details have been confirmed for the Dons' trip to Hendon in the First Round of the FA Trophy on Saturday 6 November. Tickets will be 8 for adults and 3 for concession (OAPS, Under-16s, anyone on benefit).

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed the home match against Molesey in the Ryman League Division One will take place on Tuesday 7 December.



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Monday 11 October 2004
club news
Shop open and tickets on sale tomorrow night

Don't forget that tickets for Saturday's FA Cup visit of Thurrock are on sale tomorrow evening at TFS-KM from 7pm - 9pm. The merchandise facility will also be open for all your purchasing needs.

Tickets may also be bought between 10am - 4pm all week from the office.


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Monday 11 October 2004
first team news
Ursell and Anderson win awards

Hat-trick hero Rob Ursell has won The FA Cup Player of the Round award in a landslide victory, while Dave Anderson has been named Manager of the Month.

Rob is the second player to join the prestigious ?Team of the FA Cup?, guaranteeing him a VIP seat at The FA Cup final next May and a half-time introduction to the crowd. He scored all three goals within 53 minutes in AFC Wimbledon?s 3 ? 0 win over Dunstable Town in the FA Cup Second Qualifying Round and gained 67% of the 11,673 votes in an-line poll at TheFA.com.

Rob said he was delighted to win the award, telling the FA website: ?Winning the award is fantastic, it was just nice to be nominated in the first place. AFC Wimbledon has a huge fan base so I thought I might be in with a good chance and I would like to thank everyone for voting.

"I am looking forward to the next game against Thurrock which is going to be a tough match but I think we have a good chance.?

In the race for the award Rob remained far ahead of his fellow nominees throughout the week of voting. He beat Maidstone United?s Simon Austin who polled 9% of the vote, Lee Chudy of AFC Newbury polled 10%, Paul Sykes of Stalybridge Celtic ended on 11%, while Lincoln United?s Gary Bull polled 3%.

Rob also wins 1000 worth of UMBRO football kit and equipment for a local school, club or organisation of his choice and an engraved silver salver.

The Team of The FA Cup will comprise Player of the Round winners from the First Qualifying Round to the Semi Final. Last year?s team included five non-league players as well as Premiership stars Jose Antonio Reyes, Freddie Ljungberg and Bruno Cheyrou.

Many thanks to all the fans who voted. He is the second AFC Wimbledon man to be honoured in the past week ? manager Dave Anderson was named Manager of the Month for August / September by the Ryman League.

Dave said:
?Of course I?m delighted to be named Manager of the Month, but it?s not my award. It?s an award for the management of the club, as far as I?m concerned. So I?m glad to accept it on behalf of Jon Turner, Warren Kelly, Mike Rayner, Dennis the kitman, John Morris and Dave Wager. To win an award like that vindicates the hard work a lot of people put in to make sure our players are prepared.?


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Sunday 10 October 2004
ladies news
Tractor Girls Ahoy

With only one defeat in the last five games, manager Graham Newnham believes nothing less than a win will suffice in today's Premier League match at bottom of the table Ipswich Town (Ipswich Town training ground, 14.00).

Lauren Nuttall (long term injury) and Rachael Axon (injured) are still unavailable and Lisa Patey has not been selected. Captain Maria Bertelli returns from England volleyball duty and new signing Terri Warren and re-signing Jemma Lindfield both join the squad for the first time.

Squad: Natalie Barette, Maria Bertelli, Julie Bygrave, Lou Cooper, Vicky Elcome, Carly Hunt, Gemma Hunt, Lizzie Laws, Jemma Lindfield, Andi McGrady, Keisha Ramos, Michelle Riley, Beth Sims, Laura Smith and Terri Warren.



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Friday 08 October 2004
club news
Help needed with FA Cup tickets

We need 2 volunteers to help to process ticket applications and put the tickets in envelopes between about 11.00 am and 2.00 pm on Sunday 10 October.

We also need 2 volunteers to help to sell tickets between 7.00 and 9.00 on Tuesday evening, 12 October.

If you can help, please email info@afcwimbledon.co.uk with your contact details.


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Friday 08 October 2004
club news
Dons on TV

Some fans may already have seen a version of the story on the lunchtime news, but a story about the Dons' unbeaten run and successful start to the season will be on BBC1 (London) tonight as part of the news programme between 6.30 and 7pm.


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Friday 08 October 2004
club news
Action packed day tomorrow

Don't forget tomorrow's match kicks off at 1pm. This is because the England v Wales World Cup qualifier kicks off at 3pm. With the back bar having been kitted out with a new projection TV this week, the England match will be shown in both bars.

There's no function tomorrow evening, so the Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland games will also be shown in the main bar afterwards.

The bars open at 11am, so come on down and make a day of it at Kingsmeadow.

And for people who'd like a hot drink, the fairtrade coffee and tea inititative has meant that the club have bought a "bean to cup" machine. This is in the main bar and means we now sell premum quality coffee. So whether you fancy a cappuccino, latte or expresso, or even just a refreshing cup of tea to fortify you for the trip home, it's all now available in the main bar. Many thanks to Tudor Jennings for his sterling work in this area. We are always working to improve the facilities at Kingsmeadow, so if you have any feedback on initiatives such as the non-smoking areas, or other suggestions so we can continue to create a more homely feel for both clubs and their supporters down at our stadium, please email the club.

Thurrock ticket applications for both main stand and terrace tickets can be handed in to the back bar before the game, or to the comps window afterwards. The new merchandise facility will be open before the game, but not afterwards.

Finally, in line with the board decision taken last month, tomorrow's programme will be the first to retail at the new price of 2.50 - if you have any comments on this, please let the club or the editor know.


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Friday 08 October 2004
first team news
Squad named and Dave's thoughts

Dave Anderson has named the following squad for tomorrow's visit of Met Police:

Danny Naisbitt, Paul Smith, Steve Gibson, Ryan Gray, Jay Conroy, Glenn Wilson, Antony Howard, Gavin Bolger, Jon-Barrie Bates, Chris Gell, Robert Ursell, Wes Goggin, Richard Butler, Jamie Taylor, Martin Randall, Leon McDowall, Joe Sheerin.

The manager explained:
"Joe Sheerin will have a late fitness test, but we're not that confident he'll be able to play, so we've drafted Wes Goggin in from the reserves as cover. Wes is a left-sided player and has had five games in the reserves since joining us from Walton & Hersham - fans may remember he played against us for them earlier in the season.

"Nick Roddis has had a family bereavement and Micky Woolner is still away. Paul Quinn has a groin injury from his last game in the reserves. The good news is that Matt Everard will be back in full training next week, so he's only a couple of weeks off being back. Steve Butler is still a bit further behind him, but progressing well.

And Dave is looking forward to another big match:
"People have aksed him how important the FA Trophy is. The answer is that it's OUR FA Cup. Every non-league team wants to do well in it. I think I said at the Q & A that the three main targets for the season are to win promotion and do well in the Trophy and FA Cup. Other competitions we'll use to give people some experience, but those three are all as important as each other.

"Met Police will be a tough game. They've been doing well in the league and it'll be a tough test. We want to go as far as we can in this competition, so we're taking it very seriously indeed. And I've got a large group of old mates over from Belfast - the first Northern Irish Dons fanclub, so we have to win for them as well!

"Against Dunstable I thought we didn't play that well in all honesty. At half-time we had to tighten up and make sure people did their jobs better. Of course Rob took the plaudits and that was some hat-trick, but he's as aware as anyone that it was a good team performance that enabled him to shine. "


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Thursday 07 October 2004
first team news
Ticket prices announced for Met Police away match

Tickets for our trip to Imber Court in the League on Saturday 23 October will be 8 for adults and 4 for Over-60s and Under-14s.
Transfers to the seats are 2 each, for both adults and concessions, so seats are 10 and 6 respectively.
There are about 200 seats and Met Police FC will make these available for advanced purchase by telephone from next Monday, 11 October. Calls can be made to them between 9am and 4.30 pm. Payment is expected to be by credit card and their phone number is 020 7230 7108.



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Thursday 07 October 2004
u18s news
U18s in their first cup match

The Under-18s tonight start the search for cup glory, when they play their first match in the Southern Youth League Cup.

The competition sees teams from all 4 divisions of the Southern Youth League drawn in a straight knockout format. The first round match will be a real test, as AFC Wimbledon have been drawn at home to Worthing, who play in the Southern Division. In their 3 league matches so far they have won 2 and lost 1, scoring 11 goals in the process.

Nicky English and Keith Ward have named the following 16-man squad for the game: -

Michael Nicholas, Jon Fossett, George Carlin, Jason Dodd, Tom Flynn, Dan Lynn, Joe Edwards, Ryan O?Sullivan, Gary Dennis, Mark King, Bradley Drake, Niall Connery, Chris King, Jamie King, Thomas Tyderman, Liam Hirrell

In the past two league games Bradley Drake has scored 5 goals, only narrowly missing out on double hat-trick because a Corinthians Casuals defender put the ball past the keeper himself in the first match.

Kick off is at 19:30 at Kingsmeadow and admission is free. Programmes and golden goal tickets will be on sale - 50 pence each or 1.00 the pair - with the golden goal prize being 25.00 for the first goal.


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Thursday 07 October 2004
first team news
Despatch of seat tickets for the FA Trophy game

We have had printing problems which have, in turn, led to delays in sending out seat tickets for the FA Trophy match against the Metropolitan Police this Saturday. However, the problems have now been resolved and, except where other arrangements were requested, all tickets were sent in yesterday?s post (i.e. Wednesday?s post).

If your tickets don?t arrive in time, please call at the Complimentary Tickets window before the game on Saturday.



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Wednesday 06 October 2004
club news
Send the Wizard to Cardiff

Although Robert Ursell appears to be leading the Player of the Round poll on the FA's website by some distance, apparently the results shown are not accurate. Multiple votes from one computer are counted in the results shown, but we understand that for the actual result only one vote is counted per IP address.

So if we want to send Rob Ursell to Cardiff, we need to get more votes in for him from different computers - make sure all the Dons fans you know have voted and get friends, family and work colleagues to join in!

You can find the poll bottom right on this screen.


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Tuesday 05 October 2004
dons trust news
No Academy on Saturday

Because of the early kick-off time, there will be no Junior Dons Matchday Academy this Saturday. It will resume next weekend before the FA Cup match against Thurrock.

The match against Met Police kicks off at 1pm. Don't forget that England v Wales will be shown on the big screen in the bar afterwards.


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Monday 04 October 2004
first team news
Thurrock FA Cup ticket details

The FA Cup Third Qualifying Round match against Thurrock on Saturday 16 October will NOT be all-ticket.

Terrace tickets are on sale to season-ticket holders by postal application only until Saturday 9 October, after which time they are on general sale. Applications may be left before and after the FA Trophy game on Saturday, but terrace tickets will not be available for callers to Kingsmeadow until Monday 11 October.

Main Stand and President's Lounge season ticket holders who wish to reserve their normal seats should apply no later than the end of Saturday 9 October. All such applications which arrive on time will be dealt with before seats are made available on general sale from Monday 11 October. Because it is short notice, we will be accepting such applications from season ticket holders before (in the back bar) and after (at the complimentary tickets window) the FA Trophy game on Saturday.

For this FA Cup game we are not yet (at the time of writing) able to say if Block A season ticket holders will be allocated their normal seats. Block A season ticket holders should apply in the normal way, but must include a daytime contact number with the application. If we are unable to furnish you with your normal seats, you will be first in the queue after the end of Saturday 9 October.

From Monday 11 October, the remaining tickets will be on open sale, by calling at the office between 10 am and 4 pm during the week, or in the main bar on the evening of Tuesday 12 October, between 7 pm and 9 pm.

Postal applications should enclose voucher C, a stamped, self-addressed envelope and a cheque for the relevant amount made payable to AFC Wimbledon Ltd, and be sent to:

FA Cup Tickets
AFC Wimbledon
The Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow
Jack Goodchild Way
422a Kingston Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey
KT1 3PB

Ticket prices:
Main Stand: Adult - 10, Concessions - 5, Under-16s - 3
Terrace: Adult - 8, Concessions - 4, Under-16s - 2



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Monday 04 October 2004
first team news
Injury update

Mike Rayner sent us this latest dispatch from the treatment room:

Over the last two weeks, we have picked up several ongoing injuries, that haven't required players to sit out games, but have required continuous assessment and treatment. So far, they have been able to play with assistance of strappings and pre-match treatment. The areas are improving with each session, but for now I will not name the players to ensure they are not targeted in the next game!

Other players recently on the treatment table have included:

Joe Sheerin - my initial concern was a ligament injury to Joe's knee after a challenge against Dunstable. After assessing the area, this appears not to be the case. The injured area is at the far end of his outside hamstring
muscle, where it attaches to the fibula bone. This took the strain, and not the knee joint itself. Had Joe not put in the rehab work that he has done, I am sure it would have been a more serious knee injury. I will further assess him this week to determine the full extent of the injury, and update the site accordingly.

Simon Bassey - after all the hard work he has put into his adapted rehab programme, Simon is back in training. We will consolidate him for two ? three weeks in training sessions, and then he should soon be back playing games.

Gareth Graham - with his suspension almost up, Gareth was out running keeping his fitness up last week, when he twisted his knee in a divot. The area rapidly became swollen. We have managed to settle the initial inflammation, and on assessment last week, there appears to be no ligament or cartilage damage to the area. The knee will be reassessed tomorrow evening and worked hard, and I am hopeful he will be back in training soon.

Steve Butler - a gradual re-introduction to running activities has been possible over the last seven days, without reaction to the injured ribs. This will be increased over the next two weeks, to gradually get back in full contact training.

Matt Everard - with strapping, Matt was able to run last Saturday for the first time since he broke his toe almost three weeks ago. Running and ball activities will be increased over the next seven - ten days, with a view to getting him game time as soon as possible.


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Monday 04 October 2004
first team news
Robert Ursell nominated for FA Award

We have just received the following press release from the FA. So now's the time for all Dons fans to get on their website and cast their votes for our very own Wizard:

AFC Wimbledon?s hat-trick hero Rob Ursell has been nominated for The FA?s prestigious FA Cup ?Player of the Round? award after his Second Qualifying round heroics at the weekend.

Ursell bagged two before half-time and completed his hat-trick in the 53rd minute in the 3 ? 0 away victory over Dunstable Town, earning him a Player of the Round nomination from The Independent?s football writer Stuart Robertson.

Now AFC Wimbledon fans are being urged to voice their support for Ursell by voting in an on-line poll at www.TheFA.com.

Fans have just seven days to register their support as votes must be cast by 9am on Monday, October 11.

Ursell is one of five players short-listed for The FA Cup Player of the Round award, run in partnership with UMBRO. The others are AFC Newbury?s Lee Chudy, Lincoln United?s Gary Bull, Stalybridge Celtic?s Paul Sykes and Maidstone United?s Simon Austin.

If he secures the most votes, as well as being crowned ?Player of the Round?, he will win 1000 worth of UMBRO football kit and equipment for a local school, club or organisation of his choice. He will also receive an engraved silver salver.

Ursell would only be the second player to join The Team of The FA Cup, guaranteeing VIP attendance at The FA Cup final at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday May 21, 2005 and the chance-of-a-lifetime introduction to the crowd, pitch-side at half time.

The other player already guaranteed a place in this season?s Team of The FA Cup is Bishop?s Cleeve FC?s Kevin Slack who scored all five in a 5 - 3 First Qualifying Round win over Highworth Town.

The Team of The FA Cup will comprise Player of the Round winners from the First Qualifying round to the Semi Final. Last year?s team included five non-league players as well as Premiership stars Jose Antonio Reyes, Freddie Ljungberg and Bruno Cheyrou.

Sir Trevor Brooking, The FA?s Director of Football Development, said: ?The FA Cup always produces heroic performances that live long in the memory of fans. Robert?s performance at the weekend may not generate the same column inches as a semi-final winning goal, but his outstanding contribution to the competition is something that The FA is delighted to recognise.

?Robert thoroughly deserves to be in the running for The FA Player of the Round award. Now AFC Wimbledon fans have an opportunity to show their support to try and help Robert win 1000 worth of UMBRO kit to boost grass roots football in the local community as well as book his place at The FA Cup Final in eight months time.?


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Monday 04 October 2004
first team news
Third Qualifying Round draw

Following last Saturday's win, the Dons have been drawn at home to Thurrock in the FA Cup Third Qualifying Round. The tie is scheduled to be played on Saturday 16 October. The Ryman League Division One match against Molesey currently scheduled for that date will therefore be postponed, though no date has been set yet.

Further details of the tie will be published on here as soon as possible.


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Sunday 03 October 2004
dons trust news
Dons Trust Board Election Documents

If you wish to stand as a candidate in the forthcoming elections for positions on the Dons Trust Board the Election Rules and Nomination form are available for download here.

The closing date for nominations is noon Sunday 31st October 2004.

To download the election rules as a PDF file click here (328kb)

To download the nomination form as a PDF file click here (164kb)

Adobe Acrobat 4.0 or higher version is need to view this .pdf document. Download the latest version here.


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Sunday 03 October 2004
ladies news
Ladies Take On Lionesses

Lauren Nuttall (long term injury), Rachael Axon (injured) and Maria Bertelli (England volleyball committment) aren't available, so new signings Carly and Gemma Hunt are expected to make their Dons debuts today at home to Millwall Lionesses (Kingsmeadow, 14.00).

Squad: Natalie Barette, Julie Bygrave, Lou Cooper, Vicky Elcome, Joanna Goodwin, Carly Hunt, Gemma Hunt, Lizzie Laws, Andi McGrady, Lisa Patey, Keisha Ramos, Michelle Riley, Beth Sims and Laura Smith.



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Saturday 02 October 2004
first team news
Dons through to next round

AFC Wimbledon stormed into the Third Qualifying Round of the FA Cup with a fine 3-0 victory at Dunstable Town. Read the full report here. The draw for the next round will be published here as soon as it is announced on Monday.


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Friday 01 October 2004
ladies news
Ladies Sign International Twins

Graham Newnham has taken decisive action to halt the ladies poor start to the season by signing several players this week.

After almost a year of tracking, England internationals Carly (full) and Gemma (under 18s) Hunt finally completed their transfer from National Division Leeds United on Friday afternoon. The 22 year old twins had previously played for Doncaster Belles and Croydon (Charlton) where they won the League title and Women's FA Cup, and guested for the Dons in a friendly against Fulham last Christmas.

Also signed this week is young former Millwall and Fulham striker, Terri Warren and re-signing from last season are defender Jemma Lindfield and experienced goalkeeper Tracy Perry (as cover for Lou Cooper).

The ladies take on Millwall Lionesses at Kingsmeadow on Sunday, 14.00


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Friday 01 October 2004
first team news
Squad for Dunstable Town

Dave Anderson has announced the following 17-man squad for Saturday's FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round match away to Dunstable Town:

Danny Naisbitt; Paul Smith; Steve Gibson; Paul Quinn; Antony Howard; Jay Conroy; Glenn Wilson; Ryan Gray; Gavin Bolger; Rob Ursell; Jon-Barrie Bates; Chris Gell; Noel Frankum; Jamie Taylor; Joe Sheerin; Richard Butler; Martin Randall.

"Micky Woolner is away for a couple of weeks - that's a long-standing arrangement which we knew about when he joined us. With a few knocks and bruises around, we've brought Paul Quinn and Noel Frankum into the squad for the weekend. Jamie Taylor has a bit of a cold so Leon McDowall is on standby to join us.

"Although the cup is a bonus, and first priority has to be the league, a run would be great, it lifts the whole club. The noise and atmosphere at Dover really made a difference, and if the supporters could do the same again, that would be fantastic."


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