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Sunday 30 October 2005
first team news
Dave happy as plan comes together

Dave Anderson was in jubilant mood following the 4-0 win over Windsor & Eton.

Dave said: "I had asked the players for a reaction following the Bromley defeat and I think we got the perfect response. I think the Bromley game was a bit of a blip and this puts us right back on track."

Dave shuffled his pack for the game, with Michael Harvey coming in for erstwhile ever-present full-back Dave Sargent, and with Wes Daly continuing on the right wing. He said: "Michael has bided his time and deserved a chance. Dave's been great for us this year, but I felt Michael and Wes would give us more attacking options for a game in which we were really going all out for the win.

"At the end of the day we've scored four and not conceded, so it's been a good day at the office. The lads are out celebrating tonight, and they deserve it."

The game also saw Richard Butler end his barren spell in front of goal in style, with two typical Butler efforts while he also earned the penalty that led to Plummer registering his first goal for the club. Dave added: "I've always said that, the way Ritchie plays, he will always score goals. We were never worried that he hadn't hit the net for a while as he's been playing really well. It was always only a matter of time before the goals came."



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Friday 28 October 2005
club news
Dave shuffles his pack for Windsor & Eton

With several players hampered by injury, and with several players returning, Dave Anderson?s squad to face Windsor & Eton features several changes to the squad that travelled to Bromley last Tuesday.

The 17-man squad is: Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Antony Howard, Steve Butler, Dave Sargent, Wayne Finnie, Simon Sobihy, Sean Hillier, Wes Daly, Matt York, Barry Moore, Sonny Farr, Dwayne Plummer, Michael Harvey, Matt Fowler, Shane Smeltz, Richard Butler.

Harvey, Plummer, Smeltz and Daly all face fitness tests on the day. Michael Woolner is definitely ruled out with a pulled calf that is expected to keep him out for a couple of weeks, while Jon Boswell broke his nose playing for the reserves in midweek and won?t be travelling as a precaution. With both Butlers and Barry Moore available after suspension, Jake Delaney and Craig Reilly return to the reserve team squad.

Dave said: ?We trained on Thursday night and the players looked very bright. It was good to see how annoyed the lads were with their performance against Bromley, and I?ve asked them to react to that result in the right way, with a positive performance tomorrow. We?ve been playing well recently and I hope that Tuesday night was just a blip.?

Meanwhile, Jon Boswell has been coming in for some stick from the rest of the players following his Steve Bruce-style facial rearrangement. Dave added: ?Jon?s been getting a bit of an earful from the rest of the lads ? he looks like he?s been ten rounds with Tyson! But I told him that?s he?s a proper centre-half now that he?s had his nose broken!?

Dave also added that his search for new players looks likely to bear fruit before long. He said: ?I hope to be able to add another name to the squad next week. We?ve been in talks with a player and, if things continue to go to plan, we should be able to unveil a new signing ahead of next Saturday?s game.?


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Wednesday 26 October 2005
dons trust news
Attention all lawyers, barristers and legal experts

The Dons Trust board, and in particular the Legal & Constitutional Group, are seeking the help of a legal expert. We are currently undertaking many projects that would benefit from some in-house legal support in particular company, property, planning and commercial law would be assets.

The successful volunteer or volunteers will share the DT membership passion for both AFC Wimbledon and The Dons Trust although you will need to be self-motivated, resilient, organised and above all interested in shaping the future of community football.

In order to progress work in some if not all of the above areas we need someone who can bring a legal perspective to such matters. The degree to which the volunteer wishes to become involved will depend on both their ability and desire.

The Dons Trust is a volunteer organisation run by fans for fans, your guidance and support will enable The Dons Trust board to take ideas and turn them into reality. You will have support in your work from the Legal & Constitutional Group as well as the Dons Trust board.

If you are interested in making a difference please send your contact details to david.cox@thedonstrust.org


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Wednesday 26 October 2005
first team news
The morning after

Dave Anderson is nursing a hangover today as last night's defeat at Bromley leaves four players injured and doubtful for Saturday's trip to Windsor & Eton.

"I am disappointed with the result and disappointed with the performance. What I am most disappointed about though is the injuries we have picked up. To lose and have four players ? Shane Smeltz, Dwayne Plummer, Wes Daly and Micky Woolner ? injured leaves us a serious hangover to deal with for Windsor,? admitted Dave. ?If we get two of them back for Saturday, we will have done well.?

?I felt we didn?t start the game well, though we had two decent chances to score. We were playing into the wind and up the hill and I was keen to get to the break and sort a few things out. We then let in goals at terrible times - just before the break and just after - which meant that everything we had worked on at half-time immediately went out the window.

?In previous games I have felt we deserved something or have been unlucky and have said so because that is what I have believed but I have to be honest now and admit that the best team won the match.?

Dave was also unhappy with Matt Fowler?s sending off.

?It is something we will deal with internally and I will be talking to Matt as that is something I will not tolerate.?


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Wednesday 26 October 2005
reserve team news
Reserves hit the cup trail

The reserves play their 2nd round Surrey Premier cup tie tonight against Netherne from the Combined Counties League. The match, rescheduled from last week, will now be played at Kingsmeadow with a 7.45pm kick off and John Morris has named the following squad:

Josh Lennie, Sean Hillier, Charlie Bunce, Jon Boswell, Jake Delaney, Steve Lawson, Simon Bassey, Ken During, Tom Jelley, Joe Paris, Craig Reilly, Noel Frankum, Steve Tyson, Freddie Myers, Jack Faraday, Mark King, Niall Connery, Frank Wilson.


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Tuesday 25 October 2005
club news
New names for Bromley squad

AFC Wimbledon go to Bromley tonight intent on building on last Saturday's impressive victory over Fisher Athletic. Dave Anderson has three big players suspended for the game but has no concerns over the calibre of the players who will come in.

"We have a good squad and the players who will start are no strangers to the team. We have suspensions to Barry Moore, Steve Butler and Richard Butler but our form is good and we need to keep it going."

The squad is: Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Antony Howard, Dave Sargent, Wayne Finnie, Simon Sobihy, Michael Woolner, Matt York, Shane Smeltz, Wes Daly, Sonny Farr, Matt Fowler, Dwayne Plummer, Jake Delaney, Jon Boswell, Craig Reilly, Sean Hillier.

"There are a few unusual names in there but they are players who have been doing well in the reserves and with seven players missing, it is important to bring in the kids to give them expereince."

Dwayne Plummer faces a late fitness test and Michael Harvey is injured after taking part in a charity game at the weekend.

"We allowed Harvey to play as we wanted to keep him fit," explains Dave. "It is only a small knock and we expect him to be fit for Saturday."


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Monday 24 October 2005
club news
Fixture change

AFC Wimbledon will face Maldon Town at home on Saturday 5 November.

This match replaces the scheduled fixture against Braintree Town as Braintree are in FA Cup action that day.

We will confirm the new date for Braintree as soon as we have it.


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Sunday 23 October 2005
ladies news
Ladies in League action

The Ladies team take on Brighton & Hove Albion today (Kingsmeadow, 14.00) hopeful of 3 points. The south coast side are bottom of the table with only four points, but the AFC Wimbledon squad has been decimated due to injuries and suspensions, so a tight game is on the cards.


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Saturday 22 October 2005
first team news
Fowler fries the Fish

Dave Anderson praised his troops after they dominated the game in a 1-0 win over fellow promotion chasers Fisher Athletic.

Dave said: "I thought we were worthy winners. At last, we seem to be getting the results our performances deserve. On another day, and with a better referee, I don't think they would have finished the game with 11 men."

Matt Fowler sent the crowd wild with a nimble turn and shot from just inside the box on 42 minutes to seal the three points. Dave added: "We had discussed our tactics before the game and it worked for us. It's a big win but I have to stress it hasn't won us the league or anything. Going into the King's Lynn game I said that two wins from that one and this one could see us kick on and move up the table. We have to make sure that happens now."

Full match report here.



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Friday 21 October 2005
club news
Sponsorships update

With all but three match sponsorships now sold for the rest of the season, there are still some great opportunities for groups of fans to get involved.

Our programme and ball sponsorships each entitle you to four tickets in the Cherry Red Presidents Lounge for the game, a buffet meal, tea, coffee and cakes, a match day programme each and either a signed, framed programme from the game or signed AFC Wimbledon ball, dependent on the package.

These are available at £300 and make for a great day out at the club. For more information on availabiity please e-mail Damian Woodward on commercial@afcwimbledon.co.uk or call 020 8547 3336.


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Friday 21 October 2005
club news
Office closed on Friday afternoon

The club office is closed from 2.00 pm today, Friday, and will re-open at 10.00 am on Monday. The switchboard will not be manned but messages can be left on the answerphone; we will respond to any messages on Monday.


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Friday 21 October 2005
club news
Seats sold out

All main stand tickets have now sold out for tomorrow's clash with Fisher Athletic.

Dont forget to pick up your matchday programme which gets to grips with Wes Daly, Kris Stewart, Dave Anderson and gives you the chance to win a copy of Football Manager 2006 which is released today.

Finally dont forget to bring your Tesco sports vouchers to help the Community Football Scheme purchase sports equipment.



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Friday 21 October 2005
club news
Dave names his squad to face the Fish

Dave Anderson has announced the following squad for tomorrow?s big game with Fisher Athletic.

The squad is: Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Antony Howard, Dave Sargent, Wayne Finnie, Steve Butler, Simon Sobihy, Michael Woolner, Matt York, Barry Moore, Shane Smeltz, Wes Daly, Sonny Farr, Richard Butler, Matt Fowler, Michael Harvey, Dwayne Plummer.

One name missing from that squad is Stefan Wojciechowski who has left the club due to the pressures of work. Dave was disappointed to lose the player.

?He was a good lad and we have told him that he is welcome to train with us to stay fit. Unfortunately his work commitments meant he was struggling to get to midweek games and training. He isn?t going to another club and was happy to bide his time and earn his place in the team so there really was no more to it than that.?

Micky Woolner and Barry Moore face fitness test with Woolner rated no more than 50-50 to make the game. Dave, however, is relishing the challenge.

?Fisher are my favourites to win this division and they showed last season that they are a good side. They?ll be up for it but so will we and if the fans can give us a performance like they did at Hampton then that will help us. I can?t see it being a 0-0 ? in-fact it is all set up to be a great game.?

Barry Moore, Richard Butler and Steve Butler will all be suspended for the following game away at Bromley on Tuesday night.


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Thursday 20 October 2005
dons trust news
Dons Trust elections

The deadline for receipt of nominations to the DT Board elections expired on 17th October. Five nominations were received for the six places available. The Election Sub Group has reviewed all of these nominations and has confirmed to the Board that they are valid.

Neither the DT Constitution nor the adopted election rules cater for the eventuality that the number of candidates who come forward in an election may be less than the number of available places, although the Board believes that Rule 64 of the Constitution provides an appropriate guide. A decision on how to proceed was therefore made by the DT Board (excluding Board members standing for election) in the light of advice received from the Election Steering Group and from the DT Secretary.

The Board's conclusion was that to continue with a formal voting process would be unnecessary, given that all five candidates would inevitably be elected. Furthermore, an extension of the nomination deadline would be unfair to those candidates who submitted nominations on time and could set an unfortunate precedent. DT members have been notified of the elections through a variety of media and have had ample time to consider their candidacy.

The Board's decision is therefore that, with effect from close of the Annual General Meeting on 1st December, the following five candidates will be duly elected to the Board:

? Tom Adam
? Rob Dale
? Marc Jones
? Sandy Lawrence
? Erik Samuelson

The Board welcomes those members joining the Board for the first time and looks forward to the continuing participation, expertise and comradeship of Tom Adam, Marc Jones and Erik Samuelson. The Board wishes to thank those Board members who will be stepping down after the AGM, namely Ivor Heller and Ron Trayhorn, for their enormous contribution to date.

So that DT members can get to know the new members of the Board, the manifestos of the successful candidates are being published with this article (see PDF link below) and will be sent out with the AGM papers together with a copy of this announcement.

In view of the above circumstances,

? The candidates' surgery planned for 5th November is cancelled;
? The Board will be liaising with AFCW PLC regarding the composition of the Boards of AFCW PLC and its subsidiaries after 1st December - further announcements will be made in due course;
? Although formally a matter for the incoming Board to decide, the current Board anticipates that at least one further DT Board member may be co-opted through a process to be announced following the AGM;

? The Board will be instructing the Constitution Review Group to consider the implications of the low level of nominations received as part of the review of the Constitution.

Finally, the Board wishes to thank the Election Sub Group, comprising Stephen Godfrey, Tim Hillyer and Matt West, for their work in co-ordinating the election process to date and for advising on the course of action to be followed following receipt of nominations.

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

2005 Manifestos (32kb)


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Thursday 20 October 2005
club news
Ten Football Manager vacancies to fill on Saturday

Be one of the first to get your hands on Football Manager 2006 this Saturday.

Released tomorrow (Friday 21 October), we have ten copies to give away this Saturday. All the children who attend the Matchday Academy before the Fisher Athletic game will be entered into a draw and three lucky winners will each get a copy, as will the first two customers to spend over £60 in the AFC Wimbledon shop.

The final five will go to lucky winners who find one of the five randomly-placed vouchers in the matchday programme.

The award winning Football Manager series has almost 50 new features to once again fully immerse yourself in the intricate detail of football management, including the ability to manage our very own AFC Wimbledon.

Dave Anderson, watch out...


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Wednesday 19 October 2005
youth news
Youth team on FA Cup trail

Thursday night sees AFC Wimbledon's youth team take on Sandhurst Town in an FA Youth Cup Second Qualifying Round match. Kick off is at 7:45pm. Admission is £3 for adults, with concessions and under-16s free.

In the previous round, a very young AFCW team won 3-0 in a memorable game against Erith & Belvedere, helped on by tremendous support from the crowd. So come and take the opportunity to cheer on the next generation of players at Kingsmeadow tomorrow night (Thursday 20 October).

The match was switched from Bottom Meadow following problems with their floodlight pylon, so it is still a home game for Sandhurst Town, who will produce the programme for the match.


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Wednesday 19 October 2005
first team news
Cup draws confirmed

AFC Wimbledon have been drawn to play Staines Town away on Tuesday 8 November in the third round of the Westview League Cup.

And if that isn't enough cup fever for one day, we begin our Surrey Senior Cup defence at home to Ash.

The date of the Ash game is yet to be confirmed but check the OS and the matchday programme for further details.


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Wednesday 19 October 2005
reserve team news
Reserves game tonight is off

The reserves' Surrey Premier Cup match at home to Netherne scheduled for tonight has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Mayfields.


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Monday 17 October 2005
dons trust news
Dons Draw ? October 2005 results

The fourteenth Dons Draw took place before the match with King's Lynn last Saturday. Chris Philips helped draw the winning numbers whilst John Owen, the Dons Trust Treasurer, controlled the draw process.

This month again saw an increased jackpot that climbed to £770.

The winning ticket numbers and prizes for the October 2005 draw were as follows:

First prize of £770 - ticket 1959 ? Simon Vaughan from Manchester
Second prize of £380 - ticket 2027 ? Richard Harrison, from Barking, Essex
Third prize of £130 - ticket 0156 ? Andy Eeles from Addlestone, Surrey

Congratulations to all three prize winners.

If you haven?t entered the Dons Draw yet or if you have already entered but would like to increase your number of lottery tickets, then why not pick up an entry form from the Dons Trust table at next Saturday?s home match. Alternatively you can sign up to the Dons Draw here

Any questions you may have can be answered on match days at the Dons Trust table, or by contacting the Dons Draw team at donsdraw@thedonstrust.org or on 07990 554959.

The deadline for entry to the November 2005 draw is 31 October 2005.


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Monday 17 October 2005
club news
Come in number four

Number four is the lucky number when it comes to Golden Goals. Billericay?s Dave McSweeney and Antony Howard both notched opening goals in recent games when wearing the number four shirt.

If you are holding the winning ticket from either of these two games, then get in touch with Roger Dennis on rogdennis1@aol.com

Billericay Town
The £100.00 golden goal was player 4, minute 11. This has not yet been claimed, so the ticket holder should claim by following the instructions on the reverse of the ticket. The holder of the ticket with player 4, minutes 9 and 10 may wish to claim in case the holder of the ticket with player 4, minutes 11 and 12 does not claim within three weeks.

King?s Lynn (FA Trophy)
The £100.00 golden goal was player 4, minute 77. This was not claimed on the day and the ticket holder should claim by following the instructions on the reverse of the ticket. The £25.00 second prize went to Anna Gettings ? a young supporter from Liverpool ? who had the ticket with the 1-0 scoreline.


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Monday 17 October 2005
club news
Office closure

In order to carry out essential maintenance work the AFC Wimbledon office will not be open today (Monday 17 of October). The office will re-open at 10 am on Tuesday 18. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please note that normal office hours are Monday-Friday, 10am - 4pm.


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Sunday 16 October 2005
ladies news
Ladies start cup defence

It's local cup ties all round for the female Dons today.

The senior side begin their defence of the Surrey Women's Cup with the short trip to Greater London League side Surbiton Town (Riverhill Sports Ground, Worcester Park Road, Tolworth, 14:00). Injuries and suspensions deprive the Dons of several key players, but manager Lance Patey is confident of victory.

The reserves look to put their recent poor League results behind them when they take on Surrey County League opponents, Epsom Eagles, also in the Surrey Women's Cup (Alexandra Rec, Alexandra Road, Epsom, 13.30). Toni Taylor comes in for her first game of the season.

The girls are also in cup action - the Surrey County Girls League Cup. The under 14s are away to Petts Wood Swifts (Petts Wood FC, Barnet Wood Road, Keston, 10.00) whilst the under 12s take on Kingstonian (Kingston University Fields, Tolworth, 10.00).


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Saturday 15 October 2005
first team news
Dave delighted with win

Dave Anderson was a happy man after AFC Wimbledon beat King's Lynn 1-0 to progress through to the FA Trophy Second Qualifying Round.

Dave said: "It's great just to get a win, and I'm delighted for the lads. When we hit the bar I just laughed, literally - I thought it was going to be one of those days again.

"To be honest, we possibly didn't play as well as we have in the last couple of games, but this time round we got something out of it. You can't fault the players' commitment over the past few games, and the fans have been great so it's nice to get something for them."




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Friday 14 October 2005
reserve team news
Ressies at Home Again

The reserves seek to continue their unbeaten run when they entertain Epsom & Ewell in their Suburban League game tomorrow. The match kicks off at 3.00pm and John Morris has announced the following squad:

Charlie Stannard, Charlie Bunce, Jon Boswell, Sean Hillier, Simon Bassey, Steve Lawson, Freddie Myers, Craig Reilly, Noel Frankum, Joe Paris, Tom Jelly, Mark King, Niall Connery, Steve Tyson, Liam Hirrel, Jack Faraday.




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Friday 14 October 2005
club news
Dave names squad for cup clash

Dave Anderson has include new signing Dwayne Plummer in an 18-man squad for the FA Trophy game against King's Lynn tomorrow.

The squad is: Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Antony Howard, Dave Sargent, Wayne Finnie, Steve Butler, Simon Sobihy, Michael Woolner, Matt York, Barry Moore, Stefan Wojciechowski, Shane Smeltz, Wes Daly, Sonny Farr, Richard Butler, Matt Fowler, Michael Harvey, Dwayne Plummer.

Dave said: "We've been playing some great football in our last two games, but now we have to start winning games.

"If we can get two wins from our next two games, I really feel that we could kick on and put a good run together. I have to say that the fans have been superb and really getting behind us, and I hope we can give them something to cheer on Saturday."


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Friday 14 October 2005
club news
Plum kind of wonderful

AFC Wimbledon have announced the signing of Dwayne Plummer from Ryman Premier rivals Staines.

Dave Anderson said: "Dwayne is a player who the fans will love. He can play in midfield or in attack and he's the kind of player who can change a game with one bit of inspiration, much in the way Rob Ursell can."

While Wimbledon fans may remember him from our 1-1 draw with Staines earlier in the season, Dave has worked with Plummer before, at Hendon.

Dave added: "I've known Dwayne for a while now, and he played for me a couple of seasons ago at Hendon. We put in a seven day approach for him last week, and he signed on Thursday night. He excites me - when he gets the ball you are on the edge of your seat in anticipation."


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Thursday 13 October 2005
youth news
Postponed FA Youth Cup game now at The Fans' Stadium

The FA Youth Cup Second Round Qaulifying match against Sandhurst Town, which was due to be playedat Bottom Meadow last night, Wednesday 12 October, has been re-arranged for Thursday 20 October at Kingsmeadow.

Kick off will be 7:45pm. Admission will be £3 for adults, with concessions and under-16s free.

A floodlight fell onto the pitch at Bottom Meadow during recent repairs and the ground is not expected to host any evening matches for approximately 6-8 weeks, hence the change of venue. This is still a home game for Sandhurst Town, who will produce a programme for the match.


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Thursday 13 October 2005
dons trust news
Money matters

The Dons Trust Fundraising Working Group target for this year is a hopeful £100,000. This money is currently used to reduce our payments against the cost of financing the ground purchase and allows the club to continue making substantial progress.

The next Fundraising Working Group Meeting will be held at Kingsmeadow on Wednesday 19 October ? 7.30pm in the back bar. It would be great to see some new faces and have some new ideas to help us achieve our aims. If you would like any more information please contact geraldine.messenbird@thedonstrust.org.


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Thursday 13 October 2005
cfs news
Every voucher counts

If you shop at Tesco then you can help your football club.

Tesco are currently running a promotion that gives you a sports voucher for every £10 spent in the supermarket. These can then be sent to the club's Community Football Scheme so we can claim back against sports equipment needed for the scheme.

Please send vouchers to the usual club address marked Community Football Scheme.


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Wednesday 12 October 2005
club news
Wonder goal Wes mourns defeat

Wes Daly has told the OS how he was surprised his 'wonder goal' hit the back of the net against Hampton & Richmond.

With fans talking about the 30-yard screamer as an early goal of the season contender, the humble midfielder admitted: "That's the sort of shot that flies in when you're training, but doesn't often come off in a game. So I was a bit surprised when it actually hit the back of the net. I just cut in and hit it really."

But Wes was left to rue Hampton's good fortune after he followed up a short while later with a spectacular left foot volley from 25-yards which somehow didn't cross the line. He said: "I don't know how that stayed out. It hit the bar, the keeper, the floor..."

And Wes was also left shaking his head in disbelief at the final whistle. He said: "I thought it was a great performance and I don't know how we lost that. I thought we dominated the game - even when we were down to ten men we dominated. We dug in hard but I think we were just unlucky in the end."


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Wednesday 12 October 2005
club news
Incident at the Hampton & Richmond game last night

Following the game against Hampton & Richmond last night, there was an incident involving a spectator and the assistant referee. We understand that the assistant referee was struck during this incident.

The safety of players, officials and spectators is paramount and the referee has, quite rightly, reported the incident to the FA. It is possible that the club will be charged for failing to control our fans and, if found guilty, we could face sanctions from the FA. Therefore, will anyone who witnessed the incident please contact the club by emailing us at info@afcwimbledon.co.uk



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Wednesday 12 October 2005
dons trust news
Nomination deadline looms

Don't forget that Monday 17th October is the deadline for nominations to the DT Board elections. And, with six places to be filled, it is vital that a good number of candidates step forward.

The Dons Trust Secretary explains why DT members should stand for the Board in a feature you can read here.

Please remember that five proposers will be required in support of each nomination, so tonight's and Saturday's matches may provide the final opportunities prospective candidates need to collar fellow DT members for endorsement. Bring your forms


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Tuesday 11 October 2005
first team news
Mike's injury minutes

Physio Mike Rayner pops in with a brief round up of the latest news from his treatment room:

Amadou Kouman ? Though he has suffered no reaction to his medial ligament injury, Amo has developed different symptoms during his rehab. He was seen by a specialist yesterday and he is hopeful that a course of injections, or similar, followed by at least two or three weeks rest will ease these symptons. He should then be able to re-start training.

Rob Ursell ? Was progressing well through the late stage of his rehab programme for his posterior cruciate ligament injury, but after being over-zealous with the ball, has set his recovery back a few weeks. Rob will now resume three-quarter pace running tonight - if free of pain.

Matt Everard - Progressing really well and I anticipate he will be able to start running in a week to two weeks.

Mike will have a further update next week on the OS and in the programme for the match against Fisher Athletic.


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Tuesday 11 October 2005
club news
Mark Cooper moves on

After 26 appearances for the club, Mark Cooper has left the club to rejoin Hendon.

Dave Anderson was quick to pay tribute to the big centre-half.

"They have been talking to me about him for a while and I just think this is the right move for all parties. I would like to thank Mark for all he has done for Wimbledon and for all he has done for me personally.

"He has played for me for a long time and been a big part of the success I have had. I wish him well - except when he plays against us of-course!"


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Tuesday 11 October 2005
club news
Fans advised to 'go training'

AFC Wimbledon fans travelling to Hampton & Richmond have been advised to travel by train if at all possible, due to road works in the vicinity of the club's Beveree ground.

Road works being carried out within 100 yards of the ground, coupled with the installation of temporary traffic lights, have already caused severe tailbacks in the area today. This has also affected the 111 bus route.

Please also note that the 111 bus stop closest to the stadium has been suspended and fans will now have to get off at the train station stop, which is at the far end of Station Road in relation to the ground.


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Tuesday 11 October 2005
club news
Youth game postponed

AFC Wimbledon's FA Youth Cup game versus Sandhurst Town, scheduled for Wednesday 12 October, has been postponed due to the collapse of a lighting pylon at their Bottom Meadow ground.

As soon as a new date is set for the fixture, it will appear here.



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Tuesday 11 October 2005
first team news
Parking tonight

We have been advised by Hampton and Richmond Borough that they expect local parking restrictions close to the ground to be strictly enforced tonight. Therefore, unless you want a parking ticket, anyone driving to the game tonight should check the restrictions before parking.



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Monday 10 October 2005
club news
Wednesday night is quiz night

The popular monthly trivia quiz, held in the main bar at Kingsmeadow, takes place this Wednesday evening, 12 October.

The quiz begins at 8.15pm and entry is £1 per person. It is advisable to arrive early to make sure you get your favourite table. Teams can be made up of any number of people, although six to eight members is recommended.

This month's quiz will feature the usual mix of pictures, music, general knowledge and the chance to win the jackpot in the final round.


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Monday 10 October 2005
club news
Squad for top-of-the-table clash

Dave Anderson has named an 18-man squad for the trip to table toppers Hampton & Richmond, but there are question marks over the fitness of several key players.

Dave has named the following squad:

Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Antony Howard, Dave Sargent, Wayne Finnie, Mark Cooper, Steve Butler, Simon Sobihy, Michael Woolner, Matt York, Barry Moore, Stefan Wojciechowski, Shane Smeltz, Wes Daly, Sonny Farr, Richard Butler, Matt Fowler, Michael Harvey.

Barry Moore picked up a thigh injury in the 1-1 draw with Billericay, and is rated doubtful for the game. Meanwhile, Simon Sobihy and Michael Woolner ? who both missed the Billericay game with flu ? are rated as 50/50 to recover in time.

And with long-term injured trio Matt Everard, Amo Kouman and Rob Ursell yet to comeback from knee injuries, Dave insists that cover is on its way. He said: ?I?ve spoken to one or two players recently and I have my fingers crossed. I?m speaking to someone today and we?re hopeful he?ll say ?yes? in the next day or so, maybe even before the match tomorrow.?

Michael Harvey is available for selection following his return from filming Sky?s The Match ? a reality TV show where celebrities are coached by former England manager Graham Taylor then line-up against a team of former professionals. Dave said: ?I saw the game and Harvey did well. I thought his side did quite well, and to lose 2-0 was a bit harsh on them in the end. But it?s good to have Harvey back and we?ll be checking on his fitness before I name my team.?



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Monday 10 October 2005
club news
Dave praises players' reaction

Dave Anderson was in buoyant mood following the 1-1 draw with Billericay.
He said: ?That second half was possibly the best 45 minutes we?ve played since I became manager here. We just desperately need to turn these draws into wins now.?

Having conceded early on in the first half, it took another superb Barry Moore free-kick, this time from 25 yards out, to bring Wimbledon back on level terms.

?At the end of the day I thought we could have got more out of it, but I was disappointed with the goal we conceded ? it was a case of people sleeping, and I find that frustrating. You have to be alive when the ball is dead?they are a full-time outfit and we knew they would do things quickly.

?But I was delighted with the players? reaction in the second half. We really were going for the win and the crowd responded to that with great support once again.?

On a less positive note, Barry Moore finished the game with a thigh injury and is now rated doubtful for the clash with top-of-the-table Hampton & Richmond on Tuesday night.



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Sunday 09 October 2005
ladies news
Sunderland at The Fans' Stadium

The Ladies welcome Nationwide National Premier League side Sunderland to Kingsmeadow today in the second round of the League Cup. The Black Cats are doing well after promotion to the top level this season, and the Dons are looking forward to a tough match. Beth Sims (broken wrist) and Carly Hunt (suspended) are unavailable, but Gemma Hunt returns after missing Wednesday's 4-1 victory over Reading Royals. Kick-off is at 14.00

The reserve team also have a tough fixture, away to Millwall Lionesses (South Bank Uni Sports Ground, Dulwich).

The under 14s have their first crack at cup football with a Surrey County Girls League Cup match against Croydon Borough Girls (Wimbledon Common Extensions, 10.00) whilst the under 12s have a League game against Rocks Lane (Tolworth, 10.00).


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Friday 07 October 2005
reserve team news
Reserve Squad for Godalming

The reserves start a run of 3 consecutive home league games with a match against Godalming Town. Kick off is at 1.00pm and John Morris has announced the following squad:

Charlie Stannard, Sean Hillier, Ken During, Jake Delaney, Charlie Bunce, Simon Bassey, Steve Lawson, Steve Tyson, Joe Paris, Tom Flaraday, Liam Hirrel, Tom Jelly, Mark King, Greg Ngoyi.




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Friday 07 October 2005
club news
Dave ready for Billericay

Dave has named the following squad for the Billericay game:

Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Antony Howard, Dave Sargent, Wayne Finnie, Mark Cooper, Steve Butler, Simon Sobihy, Michael Woolner, Matt York, Barry Moore, Stefan Wojciechowski, Shane Smeltz, Wes Daly, Sonny Farr, Richard Butler, Matt Fowler.

Simon Sobihy is doubtful as he recovers from his recent bout of influenza and Micky Woolner will face a fitness test on his injured achilles.

Dave Anderson is hoping his luck is about to change.

"I feel we have been a little unlucky recently and hopefully that will change tomorrow. It is another tough test. Billericay will be one of the hardest encounters we will face in this league and usher in a run of three matches that will give us a very good idea of exactly where we stand in this division. Billericay have a lot of full time players and we need to be on top of our game.

"We are all desperately frustrated with recent results and Wealdstone proved the old adage that you are most vulnerable immediately after you score. We need to learn from that and cut out the mistakes."


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Friday 07 October 2005
dons trust news
Loose Change, Foreign Currency and Items for Recycling

A quick reminder to those of you coming to The Fans' Stadium this Saturday to bring along any foreign currency, old mobile phones or printer cartridges, and any loose change you've managed to collect to the Dons Trust table in the back bar before the game.

Any contributions, large or small, are appreciated and will assist in reducing the stadium debt.


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Friday 07 October 2005
club news
Early kick-off KOs Matchday Academy

There will be no Matchday Academy tomorrow due to the 1.30pm kick-off of the Billericay match.

The popular Academy will return next week and takes place every Saturday home game. The Academy is aimed at boys and girls, aged 5-12 years, and includes warm-ups, fun games, skills sessions and small-sided games.

The Academy takes place between 12.30pm - 2.00pm on the all-weather pitches at the Kingsmeadow Athletics Stadium.

Session fees are £5 (includes U16 terrace ticket) or £4 for season ticket holders.

Additionally the CFS is running after school sessions at Raynes Park High School on Wednesdays and a Friday Soccer Club at Goals Wimbledon.

For more details on any of these courses please call the scheme on 020-8974-5712 or email at communityfootball@afcwimbledon.com


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Friday 07 October 2005
cfs news
Give Mini Soccer a go

Mini Soccer has gone off with a bang this season with over 130 kids taking part on the first weekend. However, there are still places available on the course and with three venues to choose from there is no reason for you not to get involved. You can chose from Wimbledon Park, Goals Wimbledon and our brand new venue, Haydons Road Park.

The course is aimed at boys and girls aged 5 - 12 years and of all abilities. Prices range from £25 - £30 per half term and there is a discount of £15 plus a free gift if you book for the season. Extra discounts can be had for family bookings. Sessions run from 10.00 am - 11.30 am and are put on in a fun and safe environment by FA qualified and CRB checked coaches.


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Thursday 06 October 2005
club news
Shop opening hours for Billericay

Before the early kick off against Billericay on Saturday, the AFC Wimbledon club shop will be open from 11am until 1.15pm.

The shop will be open briefly after the match until 3.45pm.

Recent stock deliveries include official club umbrellas, cufflinks, Ryman One champions polo shirts, ladies? skinny t-shirts and the popular ladies? t-shirts in pink or black.


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Wednesday 05 October 2005
club news
Peek-a-Boo for Give & Go

An Eighth of Give & Go, taking place in the main bar this Friday from 7.30, features three stellar names from the acoustic rock world for your aural entertainment.

Peterborough United fan and BBC6 Music favourite MJ Hibbett kicks off at 8, followed by one of the UK's leading exponents of Americana, Peter Bruntnell (with thanks to Rog Dennis for making this possible).

Completing the line-up is Boo Hewerdine, former frontman for the 80s highly polished pop troubadors The Bible, and for the last 13 years one of the hardest-working, most enduring stars of the acoustic circuit. It's not often you get to see one of Britain's best songwriters, with a voice described as "honey melting over your eardrums," in the main bar of a non-league football club so come along and give your spine ample warning that it'll be tingling for a few hours. In a good way.

£7 will get you a ticket, no need to book in advance but we're expecting a good crowd so get there before 8 to guarantee yourself a seat near the bar!

Go to www.giveandgo.co.uk for more details and to listen to a new Boo Hewerdine track.


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Wednesday 05 October 2005
club news
Advance tickets for Hampton & Richmond

Hampton & Richmond are selling tickets today and tomorrow for next Tuesday's match with AFC Wimbledon.

Please go to their clubhouse at the Beveree Stadium in Beaver Close, Hampton, if you wish to purchase tickets in advance of the match. The club tell us the office will be manned until at least 9pm.


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Tuesday 04 October 2005
club news
Dave mourns two dropped points

Dave Anderson saw AFC Wimbledon?s 1-1 draw with Wealdstone as two points lost, rather than one point gained, such was the Dons? dominance of the game.

Dave said: ?We lacked quality in front of goal ? I don?t really remember their keeper having a save to make. He fumbled one shot and we scored from it, but that was about it. We have to be better in front of goal in games like this.

?And we have to learn how to sit on a lead. They say you are most vulnerable just after you scored. What we need to do is score one off someone?s backside and then hold on to it for ten minutes. Actually, it would just be nice to win a game 1-0.?

Matt Fowler made his comeback from injury, coming on in the 62nd minute to replace Shane Smeltz, and almost put the Dons ahead with his first touch. Dave said: ?Matt Fowler was like a breath of fresh air when he came on. I?m still looking to bring someone in up front but these things take time. I?d love to be able to give Shane a rest but I just haven?t had the opportunities up to now.?

On a more positive note, the game saw The Tempest End open for the first time, and Dons fans wasted no time in making it their home end. Dave was also suitably impressed. He said: ?It?s excellent, it looks really great and, once again the fans were fantastic. I?m just sorry we couldn?t give them more goals in front of it.?



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Tuesday 04 October 2005
first team news
Wealdstone squad

Dave has named the following squad for tonight's match:

Andy Little, Josh Lennie, Antony Howard, Dave Sargent, Wayne Finnie, Mark Cooper, Steve Butler, Michael Woolner, Matt York, Barry Moore, Stefan Wojciechowski, Shane Smeltz, Wes Daly, Sonny Farr, Richard Butler, Matt Fowler.

Simon Sobihy is sick and Steve Butler and Micky Woolner will face fitness tests before the game but Matt Fowler, though short of match fitness, should be fit enough to take a place on the bench.

Dave Anderson is delighted the Tempest End is opening tonight and believes the atmosphere tonight could be a real help to his side.

"I'm looking forward to the game tonight and the roof should really help the atmosphere. Midweeks games are always good so tonight should be extra special. If we can pick up three points tonight, it will make Saturday's result all the better."


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Monday 03 October 2005
club news
Tempest End to Open

Following an inspection by Kingston Council?s experts, we have been given permission to open the Tempest End for the match against Wealdstone on Tuesday 4 October, subject to the removal of the remaining scaffolding. A team of workers has already removed about 60% of the scaffolding and will return tomorrow to complete the job. So long as this work is completed we have permission to open.

For the first time there will be a disabled area under cover and, next to it, there is an area set aside for under 16s only. These are at the end of the stand nearest the tea bar.

A number of lighting tests must be completed over the next two or three weeks before the permission becomes final but, in the meantime, we can begin to use the Tempest End.



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Monday 03 October 2005
club news
Tickets for FA Trophy match versus Kings Lynn

Tickets are now on sale for the FA Trophy first round qualifying match against Kings Lynn at Kingsmeadow on Saturday 15 October, kick off 3pm.

Main stand season ticket holders who wish to reserve their usual seat have until Saturday 8 October to do so. Applications which are made by post should include voucher C plus a stamped, self-addressed envelope and a cheque made out to AFC Wimbledon Limited.

The credit card hotline - 020 8546 9582 - is open for ticket sales from 11am until 1pm every weekday. Please note there will be a £1 per order charge for all debit and credit card sales.

Ticket prices are:

Main Stand
Adults £11
Concessions £6
Under 16s £3

Terraces
Adults £9
Concessions £5
Under 16s £2

Please note that a small number of tickets for the Ryman Premier League game against Billericay, kick off 1.30 on Saturday 8 October, are also available for sale from today.


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Sunday 02 October 2005
club news
Dave happy with players? response

Dave Anderson has praised the way his players bounced back from the Walton & Hersham defeat to put in an improved performance against a much-fancied Heybridge Swifts team.

Dave said: ?I wouldn?t mark us ten out of ten, but as far as commitment and confidence go, it was a great reaction. We had an okay first-half and started the second half well enough only to go a goal down. Then we recovered well only for the referee to give a harsh penalty decision against us. Luckily, Speedo had seen their keeper take a penalty in pre-season and he told Andy Little that the guy would just hit it really hard. Andy took that on board and was able to make a great save.

?I think 2-0 would have been unjust at that point and, in the end, we just kept at it and Richard Butler scored late on. I would like to hope that nobody in the ground would deny we were worth at least a draw.?

And Dave also heaped praise on the travelling Dons in the crowd. He added: ?They were fantastic and stuck by us. Even when we went behind, I think they could tell we weren?t playing badly and were very vocal, and I can tell you that that?s much appreciated by the players ? it really can make a difference.?



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Sunday 02 October 2005
ladies news
Ladies off

The ladies game scheduled for today (away to Cardiff City) has been postponed due to international call ups.

The reserve team takes on Reading Royals at Dorking (14.00) whilst the two girls teams take on Beecholme Belles U14s (Beecholme Rec, Banstead, 10.00) and Kingstonian U12s (Tolworth, 10.00).


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