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Tuesday 31 October 2006
club news
Help needed

The annual fireworks display, which attracts thousands of people to Kingsmeadow, takes place this Friday, 3 November. This presents the club with a great opportunity to distribute information about the club, the Community Football Scheme and Kingsmeadow Live to the local community. If you have a couple of hours free on Friday night to help hand out leaflets, please e-mail Keith at commercial@afcwimbledon.co.uk. Anyone who volunteers will also get a free ticket to the Kingsmeadow Live gig on Friday night, featuring top cover band CoStar.


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Monday 30 October 2006
club news
Dons to take on Sutton United

A Dons squad featuring Paul Smith, Steve Butler, Wayne Finnie, Chris Gell, Darren Grieves, Robin Shroot, and Jermaine Darlington will take on a strong Sutton side this Wednesday at Gander Green Lane in a friendly game with a 7:45 kick off.


Prices are £5 adults and £2 for concessions and U16s.



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Monday 30 October 2006
first team news
Dave's thoughts on Exeter

 
"The two things you don?t want to do in a game like that are concede early or just before half time and we managed to do both!

For the first 20-25 minutes we saw the difference between semi-pro and full-time - it took us that long to get used to the tempo of the game. It?s a bit like when you pull onto a motorway, you?re used to driving at 30 then all of a sudden everyone around you is going 70 and it takes a while to adjust. We were starting to contain them a bit better leading up to half time. Then they score and it sets you back again.

We made a few changes at half time and we knew we had to go at them to get anything from the game. We wanted to give the supporters something as well. I thought we did well in the second-half - we caused them problems and I couldn?t fault the commitment or the attitude of the players. We took the game to the final whistle and with a bit of luck we might have got something out of it. We need to take the positives from the game from a football point of view and in the second-half there were lots of them.

I also have to mention the crowd, they were superb. From about 2.30 all you could hear in the dressing room were our fans singing. When we came out the colour and noise was amazing. I don?t know how many were there but the terrace and our bit of the stand looked jammed. When you?re on the bench you lose the atmosphere a bit as you?re involved in the game but I had some friends at the game and they said it was constant noise for 90 minutes. So I just want to say thanks to all our fans. It means a lot to the players, staff and myself that so many made the trip and were so vocal."


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Monday 30 October 2006
club news
This week at AFC Wimbledon

MONDAY: Following our exit from the FA Cup our attention turns to hopes of a good run in the FA Trophy. Seat tickets for the Trophy second round qualifying go on general sale today, via the hotline (020 8546 9582) or by post. The hotline is open from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm on weekdays. Full details of how to apply are included in the news item dated Monday 23 October.

TUESDAY: New entrants to the Dons Draw need to sign up before midnight to qualify for the November draw and a chance of winning a first prize of at least £900. You can sign up online to the Dons Draw .here or download an online application at www.thedonsdraw.co.uk.

WEDNESDAY: The under-19 side are at home to Thatcham Town in the football conference youth league. The game is a prelude to the forthcoming FA Youth cup game against Thatcham, to be played next week.

FRIDAY: Kingsmeadow Live continues with Co Star, a rock/pop cover band who recently performed on Channel 4?s Popworld. Entry is £7 and only £5 for people with tickets for the fireworks display (see below).

On the same evening, The Kingston fireworks display takes place at the Athletics Stadium, starting at 8.00 pm (gates open at 6.30 pm). The middle bar is open to participants.

SATURDAY: The Dons host Tonbridge Angels in the FA Trophy second round qualifying at Kingsmeadow, kick off 3.00 pm. This game will be a tough one with Tonbridge in good form this season and currently sitting in fifth place in the Ryman Premier League with games in hand over the teams above them.

Saturday?s Kingsmeadow Live features Oasist, one of the most popular tribute bands performing all the Oasis hits with the attitude, sounds and looks of one of today?s biggest bands.

Make sure you keep an eye on here for all the November line-up!


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Friday 27 October 2006
reserve team news
Reserves off to Lewes

The reserves continue in league action when they visit Lewes on Saturday for what is expected to be a tight game. Lewes lay in 3rd position in the league and John Morris has named the following squad:

Danny Andrews, Casey Maclaren, Jon Boswell, Dominic Worthington, Jake Galbraith, Charlie Bunce, Freddie Myers, Steve Tyson, Joe Paris, Jack Johnson, Jason Finnigan, Peter Hinks, Mark King and Niall Connery.


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Friday 27 October 2006
club news
Join the team after the game tomorrow

Come what may, the team will return to the bar at Kingsmeadow tomorrow night to celebrate our cup run. So why not come down to join them and, hopefully, celebrate our success in another cup match?


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Friday 27 October 2006
club news
Media coverage of the Dons

In addition to yesterday?s articles in the Times and the Evening Standard, our FA Cup tie against Exeter City features on the Telegraph?s podcast (see News item earlier today). The Dons also featured on BBC London?s mid-day broadcast and will probably do so again tonight on BBC 1 between 6.30 and 7.00 pm.

The build up to the game is also expected to appear on Sky Sports News tonight and on Football Focus tomorrow. And if you can?t get to the game there will be regular updates during the match from BBC Southern Counties, 104.0/104.6 FM; 1368 MW.


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Friday 27 October 2006
club news
The Dons set off on the FA Cup trail

Earlier this afternoon, the team set off for their hotel on the outskirts of Exeter where they will prepare for tomorrow?s FA Cup tie at St James?s Park. The squad is:

Andy Little; Paul Smith; Luke Garrard; Simon Sweeney; Michael Haswell; Antony Howard; Steve Butler; Lee Kersey; Wayne Finnie; Steve Wales; Wes Daly; Byron Bubb; Mark Rooney; Steve Watson; Robin Shroot; Darren Grieves; Paul Barnes; Roscoe Dsane.

The only doubt is Darren Grieves, who has an ankle injury. Antony Howard and Mark Rooney passed fitness tests in a short training session on the Kingsmeadow pitch this morning.

Dave Anderson said ?After all the publicity and build up, it is nice to set off and get on with the real business. The players all took a day off to be at the training session and allow us to leave early. For many of them, it is a taste of being a full-time professional and I?ve told them to enjoy it to the full.

?We are well-prepared and, for once, we will be going into a game as the underdogs. I am sure we will react well to that. In the previous two rounds where we?ve been playing a team from a lower division, I?ve said to the team that we don?t want to be one of the shocks come 5.00 pm. Tomorrow is a great chance to cause an upset and be in the hat for the first round proper. We?ll be giving it everything we?ve got, believe me.?



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Friday 27 October 2006
club news
The real Dons featured on Telegraph podcast

Go to this link here
to hear Dave Anderson, Byron Bubb, Mikey T, Chris Philips and Erik Samuelson talking about AFC Wimbledon and the Exeter game.

To hear the piece, click on Sporting Issues and the feature is 16 minutes into the podcast.


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Thursday 26 October 2006
club news
New finance director appointed to AFC Wimbledon

Rod Fraser.We are pleased to announce that Rod Fraser has been appointed as Finance Director (Designate) to AFC Wimbledon. The recruitment process was led by the AFC Wimbledon board with support and input from representatives of the Dons Trust board.

Rod Fraser is an AFC Wimbledon fan, season ticket holder, PLC shareholder and founder member of the Dons Trust. He is a chartered accountant and during his career has been a finance director and CEO as well as running his own accountancy practice. More recently, Rod has worked with a number of local charities.

Rod is a long-time supporter of the club, his first game being the Amateur Cup Final in 1963. He said ?I am delighted to be appointed to this role and look forward to contributing to the club that I love. I have always wanted to be involved and this is a great thrill for me.?

Acting Chief Executive Erik Samuelson said ?we thought Rod was the best man for the job but it is a real bonus that he is also a season ticket holder, shareholder and founder DT member. It just shows how much talent there is among our fan base. The board is looking forward to working with Rod.?


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Thursday 26 October 2006
club news
FA Trophy and FA Cup ticket sales

Now that the rush for FA Cup tickets is nearly over, the credit card hotline (020 8546 9582) is reverting to normal hours of 11.00 am to 1.00 pm.

Season ticket holders who wish to reserve their usual seats for the FA Trophy game against Tonbridge Angels can continue to do so until Saturday 28 October. This includes applications dropped off by fans travelling to Exeter by coach on Saturday. From Monday 30 October, seats will go on general sale. Terrace tickets for this game are already on general sale.

There are still some terrace tickets available for the Exeter game this Saturday. Please note that hotline callers must be willing to collect the tickets between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm today, Thursday, or Friday. the office will not be open for ticket collection on Saturday.


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Wednesday 25 October 2006
club news
Comedy night - Kingsmeadow Live this Friday

Don't forget, Kingsmeadow Live continues this Friday with
Comedy @ Kingsmeadow. If you missed the last comedy night, make sure you make it to this one as these hilarious shows are not to be missed!

The line-up is as follows:

Dougie Dunlop (Compere)

"Dougie has a rare ability to tell jokes about ordinary things and be hilarious!" Edinburgh Evening News

Will Hodgson (On first)

"Attitude in spades ? a talented raconteur" See the Chortle UK site here

Andy Zaltzman (Headliner)

"This is satire at its best? His excellent material demands to be seen" Jason Hall, Edinburgh Evening News

Tickets cost £7/£8 and can be reserved by calling the booking line on 020 8547 3335.

Make sure you keep an eye on here for the November line-up!

Please note:

The Ian Paige and the Affair gig on Saturday 28th October has been postponed until Saturday 11th November. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

(Line-ups may be subject to change)


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Wednesday 25 October 2006
club news
Dave's interview with Chris Philips

You can hear Dave Anderson's post match interview with Chris Philips here.


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Wednesday 25 October 2006
club news
FA Youth Cup squad for tonight

The squad for the FA Youth Cup match against Chelmsford City tonight is:
Elliot Ransom , Liam Poupart, Harrison Dunk, Jordon Cheadle, Stevie Gilbert, Luke Pigden, Dan Dein, Jack Holmes, Matt Farrell, Antony Giglio, Matt Martin, Aaron Reid, Aaron Snelling , Nicolas Ogeanufe, Stefan Small, and Tommy Hutchings.

The game kicks off at 7:45 pm and the bar is open from 6:00

FA regulations require that we charge for entry to the game. This will be £3 for adults and £1 for concessions and under-16s. Entrance to the game will be via the main lobby.



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Wednesday 25 October 2006
club news
FA Cup match ticket and coach update

Terrace tickets for the FA Cup fourth round qualifying tie on Saturday 28 October are still on sale via the hotline, 020 8546 9582. Our allocation of seat tickets is sold out but we are assured that it is possible to pay on the day.

We will stop selling match tickets after the office closes at 4.00pm on Thursday, because we have to return unsold tickets to Exeter on Friday. Any tickets sold between now and Thursday evening must be collected; we will not post them at this late stage.

The fans' coaches are now full and we are taking no more bookings.


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Wednesday 25 October 2006
club news
Dave on Dulwich Hamlet and the FA Cup

I was pleased with last night's performance" said Dave Anderson following the 3-2 defeat against Dulwich Hamlet last night. "We had quite a few younger players in the team and I think they learned a lot from the game. Dulwich are a good team and even when we were 2-0 up I thought the game was far from over. The tempo of the game was much higher than they are used to and I think it told in the end.

"But this is all great learning for them, playing alongside and against experienced players in a highly competitive game, and I think they did very well. They will be better players as a result"

Dave now allows himself to turn his thoughts to Saturday's FA Cup tie against Exeter. Last night saw the FA Cup at Kingsmeadow and a presentation to Byron Bubb as player of the round for the third round qualifying tie. Football Focus, Sky Sports News, the Telegraph (who were preparing a podcast for release on Friday) and the Evening Standard were all present before the game. So, look out for the club back in the news over the next few days.

Final preparations for the game include a training session on Thursday night and a get-together at Kingsmeadow on Friday morning for the team before they leave for Exeter shortly after lunch.

Before then, however, there is more FA Cup action for the youth team tonight at Kingsmeadow against Chelmsford, kick off 7.45. So why not come down and get in FA Cup mode tonight?


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Tuesday 24 October 2006
club news
Squad for Dulwich Hamlet game

Dave Anderson has announced the following squad for tonight's London Senior Cup game against Dulwich Hamlet:

Paul Smith; Andy Little; Jake Galbraith; Jon Boswell; Wayne Finnie; Steve Butler; Simon Sweeney; Casey Maclaren; Luke Garrard; Joe Paris; Steve Tyson; Robin Shroot; Jack Johnson; Niall Connery; Mark King; Darren Grieves.

"It will be a tough game tonight. Dulwich are a good side who play attacking football. With a game coming up on Saturday we have a number of players carrying slight knocks and it is a great opportunity for some of the younger players to get game time in a competitive game like this."


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Tuesday 24 October 2006
club news
The FA Cup trail - date of any replay decided

Following discussions between the FA and the police, if Saturday's game against Exeter ends in a draw the replay will be held at Kingsmeadow 10 days later on Tuesday 7 November, pm kick off 7.45 pm.

Should there be a replay, please watch this site for an announcement re ticket arrangements.


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Monday 23 October 2006
club news
Bubb named player of the round.

Congratulations to Byron Bubb who was today named FA Cup Player of the Round for the 3rd qualifying round match against Evesham United. Byron, who was nominated by BBC Five Live's Mark Clemmit, secured 51% of the vote and wins VIP hospitality at this season's Cup Final, an engraved silver salver and £500 of football equipment to donate to a local school, courtesy of E.ON.

?I?m delighted to win,? said Byron. ?It is nice to be appreciated by fans and I would like to thank them all for voting.?



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Monday 23 October 2006
club news
Exeter programme

Exeter City officials have been in touch to say that if you cannot get to the game and wants to buy a programme direct from them, then you should call their club shop - 01392 411243 - asking for Kelly Ingleson, Ian Jubb or Andy Gillard, if either of those is out. They will then post you a copy.


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Monday 23 October 2006
club news
FA Cup action at Kingsmeadow on Tuesday night

The FA has advised us that they will be bringing the FA Cup to tomorrow's London Senior Cup game for promotional purposes.

At present, we are not sure of the final details but we hope that fans will be able to have their photos taken with the cup. We will confirm the arrangements on Tuesday.

Due to the registration requirements of the London Senior Cup, Jermaine Darlington will not be able to make his competitive debut for the Dons tomorrow night.


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Monday 23 October 2006
club news
Credit card hotline hours extended

To deal with the demand for tickets for the Exeter FA Cup game the credit card hotline will be open as follows:

Today till 3.00 pm
Tuesday 10.30 - 3.00 pm

The hotline number is 020 8546 9582.


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Monday 23 October 2006
club news
FA Trophy draw and ticket arrangements

Following Saturday's win against Dunstable, we have been drawn against Tonbridge Angels in the FA Trophy second qualifying round on Saturday 4 November.

Tickets are on sale for that game with immediate effect, as follows:

Main Stand and President's Lounge

Main Stand season ticket holders can reserve their seats by calling the credit card hotline (020 8546 9582) between 11.00 am and 1.00 pm on weekdays or sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the club office. Applications received by Saturday 28 October will be allocated their usual seats. If applying by post, please enclose Voucher F, a cheque for the correct amount, a contact phone number and a stamped, self-addressed envelope. From Monday 30 October, any unsold seats will go on general sale.

Postal applications may be made at any time, but seats will not be allocated until after 28 October, the deadline for season ticket applicants.

We expect that demand for this game from away fans will not be high so Block A season ticket holders may reserve their usual seats.

Tickets for the President's Lounge are available only to existing season ticket holders.

Terraces

Terrace tickets are available by hotline and by post immediately. Please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope as described above. There is no need to enclose a season ticket voucher with your application.

Seat prices are Adults £11, Concessions £6, and Under-16s £3. Terrace prices are £9, £5 and £2 respectively. President's Lounge tickets are £35.


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Monday 23 October 2006
club news
Exeter seat allocation sold out

We have sold all the seat tickets that we were allocated for the FA Cup 4th round qualifying tie this Saturday, 28 October. We are assured by Exeter that tickets will still be available on the day.

Meanwhile, if you want to buy your terrace tickets in advance these are still available via the credit card hotline, 020 8546 9582. We will post any purchases today and tomorrow, Tuesday, at your risk re delivery. After tomorrow, Tuesday, you will need to collect the tickets from the club office or from the complimentary tickets window before the London Senior Cup game on Tuesday night. Please be clear whether you want tickets posted or held for collection when you ring up.


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Monday 23 October 2006
dons trust news
2006 elections to the Dons Trust Board

The Secretary of the Dons Trust has today written out to members inviting nominations to the Board. Nominations are due by 2pm on 8th November.

To find out more about this year?s elections, please see the attached following documents:

Letter from the Dons Trust Secretary (PDF document, 114kb)
Nomination form (Word document, 72kb)
Election rules and conflicts of interest documentation (Word document, 117kb)

The Board is grateful to Alex Folkes, who has agreed to chair the Election Steering Group (ESG), and to Dave Boyle, John Dolan, Sean Fox and Stephen Godfrey for agreeing to serve on the ESG. If you have any questions on the election process, please e-mail elections@thedonstrust.org


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Sunday 22 October 2006
club news
Dave's thoughts on Dunstable

"I thought we weren't at our best and I wouldn't give us any more than 7 out of 10, at most, for our performance" said Dave Anderson, looking back on yesterday's 2-1 win against Dunstable Town. "in patches we played some lovely stuff, but there were long spells where we struggled to get going. But the good thing, as I said to the players after the game, is that we've got into the habit of winning.

"That's a good habit to have, obviously, and it probably seems a strange thing to say. But look at the most successful teams and you'll see that they win a fair percentage of games where the opposition wonder how they lost. And that's what I want us to be, so that when we aren't anything special, we still win."

We asked if the forthcoming Exeter game had affected any of the players. "We treated this game like any other game and prepared properly for it, so I'd like to say 'no', but maybe subconsciously it had an effect. But we'll never know for sure and now that this game is out of the way let's just move on and think about the next one."

The next game is Dulwich on Tuesday night in the London Senior Cup. "We will be fielding a side with quite a lot of changes. One particular change that I hope will happen is that Jermaine Darlington will make his debut for us, so long as he had had no reaction to his game on Saturday. I try to take a break on Sundays so I've not been in touch, so I'll not know for sure until tomorrow, but I am excited at the thought of him turning out for AFC Wimbledon."

You can hear Dave Anderson's post match interview with Chris Philips here.


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Sunday 22 October 2006
club news
This week at AFC Wimbledon

MONDAY: The draw for the FA Trophy second qualifying round takes place and, following our win against Dunstable Town, we are in the hat. The draw will appear on the FA website at about noon and on the OS shortly afterwards. Ticketing and/or travel arrangements will be published as soon as possible after the draw.

Match tickets for the FA Cup tie at Exeter on Saturday 28 October will continue to be on sale from the credit card hotline, 020 8546 9582, which will be open from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm every day this week. We will not be posting tickets after Tuesday 24 October, however.

Coach tickets will be on sale via the office number, 020 8547 3528, between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm every day until further notice. There will come a time (and it is not yet clear when that will be) when we decide that it is not practical to book another coach, so, we advise you to book sooner rather than later.

TUESDAY: We are at home to Dulwich Hamlet in the London Senior Cup, kick off at 7.45pm. This is our last competitive game before the Exeter FA Cup tie on Saturday.

WEDNESDAY: It is only 3 days until the Exeter FA Cup tie.

To ease the tension, why not pop down to Kingsmeadow to watch the Youth team in their home tie in the FA Youth Cup? The game is against Chelmsford City, kick off 7.45 pm. The youth team has won all its competitive matches this season, so it should be a great game.

THURSDAY: It is only 2 days until the Exeter FA Cup tie.

Make this a day of quiet contemplation as you gear up for the big game.

FRIDAY: The Exeter FA Cup tie is tomorrow. The team will travel down to Exeter today.

If you aren't already in Exeter, to ease the now unbearable tension why not come to Kingsmeadow Live?s second ever comedy night? The first one was absolutely sensational and everyone there had a brilliant time. So come down and see the show for only £7.

For more information, or to book tickets, visit the website here or call the booking line on 020 8547 3335.

SATURDAY: Today is the day.

After the game, the players are coming back to the bar at Kingsmeadow so please come and join them to celebrate our biggest cup game since we re-formed. Let?s give them a great reception on their return from Exeter.

Also on Saturday, the reserves are away at Lewes, kick off 3.00 pm.

SUNDAY: The Ladies team is away at Brighton & Hove Albion with a 2.00 pm kick off.



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Friday 20 October 2006
reserve team news
Reserve squad for Raynes Park

The reserves face local rivals Raynes Park Vale at home in the Suburban League and John Morris has named the following squad:

Danny Andrews, Casey Maclaren, Ken During, Jon Boswell, Dominic Worthington, Jake Galbraith, Chris Gell, Joe Paris, Steve Tyson, Jermaine Darlington, Freddie Myers, Jason Finnigan, Jack Johnson, Peter Hinks, Mark King and Niall Connery.


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Friday 20 October 2006
club news
Exeter FA Cup tickets on sale after Dunstable game

Tickets for the FA Cup fourth round qualifying tie against Exeter City on 28 October will be on sale from the turnstiles at the Kingston Road end after the game tomorrow. Seat tickets and terrace tickets will be sold from separate turnstiles. The tickets are being sold by volunteers who will have been watching the FA Trophy game against Dunstable, so please allow them time to get into place following the game.

There are about 120 seat tickets and about 600 terrace tickets available for sale. If you can't stay to buy tickets after the match, we will accept applications handed in at the complimentary tickets window before the game. However, these applications will not be processed until Monday and all the seat tickets may well have been sold before then. While we advise you to buy in advance, Exeter assure us that there will be seat and terrace tickets on sale on the day of the match.

Please note that the seat tickets are for unallocated seating.


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Friday 20 October 2006
club news
Coach tickets for Exeter on sale before and after Dunstable game

Coach tickets for the FA Cup trip to Exeter on Saturday 28 October will be on sale in the back bar before the game against Dunstable and from the complimentary tickets window after the game.

Tickets are £20 for adults and £15 for concessions and coaches will leave from the Woodman at 9.00 am and from Kingsmeadow at 9.30 am.


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Friday 20 October 2006
club news
Squad for Dunstable

Dave Anderson has announced the following squad for tomorrow's FA Trophy game against Dunstable Town:

Andy Little; Paul Smith; Luke Garrard; Simon Sweeney; Michael Haswell; Antony Howard; Steve Butler; Lee Kersey; Wayne Finnie; Steve Wales; Wes Daly; Byron Bubb; Steve Watson; Robin Shroot; Lewis Cook; Darren Grieves; Paul Barnes; Roscoe Dsane.

Mark Rooney has not recovered from his knee injury and is not available. Steve Butler, Lewis Cook and Antony Howard all face fitness tests.

Dave said "my job is to concentrate the players' minds on this game and keep away from the distractions of forthcoming matches. I can understand the fans' excitement about next Saturday but I want them excited about a run in the FA Trophy as well. So I hope they are going to turn out in numbers and give us the same fantastic support as we got last Tuesday against Leyton."

Meanwhile, Dave has made Scott Curley and Simon Sobihy available for transfer. "It is never pleasant telling a player you are letting him go but I had to be honest with them and say that their chances of first team football are limited, so we are making them available."


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Thursday 19 October 2006
club news
Fancy going to Exeter in luxury?

We are considering running a luxury coach to Exeter for the FA Cup match on Saturday 28 October. The coach costs £40 per person and will start at the Woodman and Kingsmeadow at around 9am and depart from Exeter at around 6pm.

Features of the luxury coach include leather seats, tables, a toilet, several flat screen tv's and fridges. At present, 14 people have signed up for the coach but we need another 16 to make it worthwhile.

If you are interested in taking this coach, which we understand costs roughly the same as the train, please e-mail commercial@afcwimbledon.co.uk by 1pm tomorrow.

Reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis and will be dependent on the availability of the coach.


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Thursday 19 October 2006
club news
Update on Exeter ticket sales

We have spoken again to Exeter City FC officials about ticketing for the game on Saturday 28 October.

City officials tell us that there will be plenty of space and that it will be possible for our fans to pay on the day. In the light of this, we have decided that we will remove the limit on the number of tickets we will sell to each applicant after this Saturday's FA Trophy game.

To summarise:

. We will continue to take applications from season ticket holders only until Friday 20 October. The main reason for this is to enable ST holders to ensure they are among the main groups of Wimbledon fans
. We will not accept applications before the FA Trophy game on Saturday
. We will put unsold tickets on sale after Saturday's FA Trophy game, with no limit on the number of tickets that each applicant can buy


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Thursday 19 October 2006
club news
Jeepster, T-Rex tribute band, at Kingsmeadow Live this Saturday

This week, Kingsmeadow Live brings you a nostalgic evening with the music of one of the 70s most famous bands, T-Rex.

Jeepster, the T-Rex tribute that recently performed with Rolan Bolan (Marc's son), will take to the stage on Saturday night and will feature support from the Reservoir Don, Steve Elson, on the decks. This gig should be a fantastic end to what will hopefully be a fantastic day at The Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow.

Doors open at 8pm, the show starts at 9.30pm and the bar is serving until 1am. Tickets cost £10 if you book in advance or £11/£12 on the door.

Also, everyone who comes to the Jeepster gig can get a ticket for Comedy@Kingsmeadow on Friday 27th October for the special price of £5!

For more information, or to book tickets, visit the website here or call the booking line on 020 8547 3335.


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Thursday 19 October 2006
club news
Credit card hotline hours extended

To deal with the demand for tickets for the Exeter FA Cup game the credit card hotline will be open as follows:

Today 10.30 - 3.00 pm
Friday 10.30 - 1.30 pm

Please note that only season ticket holders can buy tickets until Friday evening.

On Saturday we will NOT be accepting applications before the game and remaining tickets will go on sale after the game. Postal and credit card applications from non-season ticket holders will be dealt with on Monday, so we strongly advise buying after the game on Saturday if you are not a season ticket holder.


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Thursday 19 October 2006
club news
Dave on Leyton

Dave Anderson was full of praise for the crowd at Tuesday night's late 1-0 win against Leyton. "They never stopped. All the way through they were brilliant and in the second half the noise was tremendous. The team really appreciate it and that's why they went over to the Tempest End at the final whistle. Wonderful.

"I thought we were poor early on but by half time we were in control. We changed things around a little bit at half time- just a couple of technical things, and it was one-way traffic for the second half. And what a coolly taken goal by Roscoe. That is class, when you are in on goal but still have the awareness of the space around you and the confidence to use it; a quality finish.

"That is three very important points just before we go into two weeks' cup football and keeps us tucked in nicely for when re return to the league campaign."

You can hear Dave Anderson's post match interview with Chris Philips here.


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Thursday 19 October 2006
club news
Change of date for Ian Page at Kingsmeadow Live

Please note that the Kingsmeadow Live gig scheduled for Saturday 28 October, Ian Page and the Affair, has been postponed until Saturday 11 November.



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Wednesday 18 October 2006
youth news
Young Dons on cup trail

The youth under 18 team entertain Chelmsford City in the 3rd qualifying round of the FA Youth Cup next Wednesday evening 25 October at Kingsmeadow. FA regulations require that we charge for entry to the game and prices are £3 for adults and £1 for concessions and under-16s.

Earlier today the under 19 team beat Cirencester Town in a league fixture and extended its winning run in all competitions this season to five games. Well done boys.


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Wednesday 18 October 2006
club news
Credit card hotline hours extended

To deal with the demand for tickets for the Exeter FA Cup game the credit card hotline will be open as follows:

Today 10.30 - 3.00 pm
Thursday 10.30 - 2.00 pm
Friday 10.30 - 1.30 pm

Please note that only season ticket holders can buy tickets until Friday evening.

On Saturday we will NOT be accepting applications before the game and remaining tickets will go on sale after the game. Postal and credit card applications from non-season ticket holders will be dealt with on Monday, so we strongly advise buying after the game on Saturday if you are not a season ticket holder.


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Wednesday 18 October 2006
club news
Can you help deal with the FA Cup rush?

We need volunteers to help to process ticket applications for the FA Cup game against Exeter. We need:

. Someone for up to 4 hours for each of today, tomorrow and Friday
. Two people for Friday evening to stuff tickets in envelopes etc

Anyone able to help on any of these days should please call the office on 020 8547 3528 or email trevor.williams@afcwimbledon.co.uk


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Tuesday 17 October 2006
dons trust news
Statement by Tom Adam, Chair of the Dons Trust

The Dons Trust Board has recommended to members to vote in favour of Resolution 1 at the forthcoming SGM on Thursday 19th October. Resolution 1 provides for, among other things a reduction in the minimum number of elected Board members from twelve to ten, and a commensurate reduction in the minimum number of Board members below which the Board must cease to function.

A small number of supporters have mounted a vociferous campaign against Resolution 1 over recent weeks and have issued leaflets which the Board believes to be misinformed and misleading. The Board continues to believe that changes such as those proposed in Resolution 1 are appropriate if the Dons Trust is to have an effective Board operating in a vibrant and sustainable democracy.

Over the past few days, the Board has been approached by a number of members who represent a wide range of trust members's views. All of them have expressed their concerns that this matter has been grown out of proportion and is in danger of being very divisive, to the major detriment of the Trust.

While the Board continues to believe that the resolution is in the best interests of the trust and members, the board has listened to trust members, has accepted the concerns expressed, especially about the divisive nature of the debate, and wishes to avoid such divisiveness. Therefore, the Board has decided to withdraw Resolution 1 from the agenda of the SGM on Thursday. There will instead be a discussion about the issues raised by the resolution, but no decision will be taken at the meeting.

It follows from this that the 2006 Board elections will allow for a complement of twelve elected DT Board members, and any decision on a reduction in the size of the Board will be left to the incoming Board.

The Board regrets that it has been necessary to take this decision but believes that it will not be in the interests of the Dons Trust and its members for a vote to be held upon this issue at the current time.


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Tuesday 17 October 2006
club news
Squad for Leyton game

Dave Anderson welcomes Lee Kersey back into the squad for tonight's game against Leyton. The squad is:

Andy Little; Paul Smith; Luke Garrard; Simon Sweeney; Michael Haswell; Antony Howard; Steve Butler; Lee Kersey; Wayne Finnie; Steve Wales; Wes Daly; Scott Curley; Mark Rooney; Byron Bubb; Steve Watson; Robin Shroot; Lewis Cook; Darren Grieves; Paul Barnes; Roscoe Dsane.

Steve Butler and Lewis Cook are doubts and will have fitness tests. Simon Sobihy is onlny jsut back from Cyprus and is not included.

"I am sure that many people are thinking and talking about the Exeter game" said Dave "but believe me, in the dressing room we will only be focused on this game. It is very important and a win will set us up well in the league, before two weeks of cup football.

"I know that Leyton had a couple of poor results but they are back to full strength, as the win at Tonbridge showed, so we will be facing a tough test tonight. But we are confident and the spirit in the dressing room is very high indeed. I hope that the crowd will continue to give us the fantastic support we've had at home all season"


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Tuesday 17 October 2006
dons trust news
Wanted ? Election Steering Group members

Rules for the 2006 Board elections are to be voted upon at this Thursday?s SGM. Assuming those rules are passed, the Dons Trust Secretary will very shortly thereafter be writing out to members inviting nominations for candidates. However, in order for the elections to be launched, it will be necessary to have the Election Steering Group (ESG) in place. This will comprise a Chair (who will ideally be independent of the Dons Trust, e.g. a representative of another Supporter Trust) and a handful of Dons Trust members (to be approved by the ESG Chair) who will not be standing as candidates in the election.

If you would be interested in serving on the ESG, you are invited to drop a line urgently to secretary@thedonstrust.org including your daytime and evening contact details. Also, if you have good contacts in appropriate organisations who are independent of the Dons Trust and whom you believe would be ready, willing and able to act as Chair of the ESG, please forward these suggestions (including contact details) too.


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Monday 16 October 2006
club news
Send Byron to Wembley (or Cardiff!)

Following his man of the match performance and stunning strike against Evesham United, Byron Bubb has been nominated as one of the players of the round by the FA. If he wins the online poll he will get a trip to the FA Cup Final.

To vote for Byron go to the FA Website here. The poll is towards the bottom of the page.


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Monday 16 October 2006
club news
The FA Cup trail: Exeter City v AFC Wimbledon, match and travel arrangements

TICKETS

Following discussions with Exeter City regarding the FA Cup fourth qualifying round game on 28 October, we currently understand that we will have 1,000 terrace tickets and at least 260 seats for sale. Tickets can be purchased as follows:

All season ticket holders (whether main stand or terrace) can book seat or standing tickets by calling the credit card hotline (020 8546 9582) between 11.00 am and 1.00 pm on weekdays or by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the club office. Applications received by 4.00 pm on Friday 20 October will be given priority for tickets. If applying by post, please enclose Voucher E, a cheque for the correct amount, a contact phone number and a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Please note that we will only allocate one ticket per season ticket.

We will NOT accept applications (whether postal or credit card) from non-season ticket holders until after Saturday 21 October.

Any unsold tickets will go on sale after the home match against Dunstable this Saturday 21 October. Please note that applications will NOT be accepted before the game against Dunstable and tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis with a maximum of 2 per applicant.

If any tickets remain unsold after Saturday the credit card hotline will operate next week as normal.

Seat prices are as follows:
Adults £15
Concessions £9
U-16s £6

Terrace prices are:
Adults £13
Concessions £8
U-16s £6

COACH TRAVEL

Coaches will leave the Woodman Pub in Wimbledon at 9.00 am. They will leave from Kingsmeadow at 9.30 am. Prices are:

Adults £20
Concessions £15

Please note that we cannot accept booking from unaccompanied under 18 year olds.

Places on coaches can be booked by calling the club?s office number 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays. We are sorry but we cannot sell coach tickets on the credit card hotline.

We will run as many coaches as needed to the game.


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Monday 16 October 2006
first team news
FA Cup

AFC Wimbledon have been drawn away to Exeter City in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup on Saturday 28 October.


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Monday 16 October 2006
club news
Dave's post match interview with Chris Philips

You can hear Dave Anderson's post match interview with Chris Philips here.


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Monday 16 October 2006
dons trust news
SGM Reminder

A reminder that the Dons Trust SGM is taking place on Thursday evening, starting at 7.30pm in the back bar. Those unable to attend in person are welcome to send in their proxy forms, or to hand them in at the compliments window before kick-off at the home game against Leyton on Tuesday.


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Sunday 15 October 2006
club news
This week at AFC Wimbledon

As always, there is lots going on at Kingsmeadow while our teams are playing at a wide range of locations.

MONDAY
This is the day of the draw for the FA Cup fourth round qualifying and we are in the hat. If you can?t find your way around the labyrinthine FA site then watch the club?s site after noon for news of the draw. Ticket and/or coach travel news will also be given soon after that, unless we are drawn away against teams involved in a replay, of course.

Tickets for Saturday?s FA Trophy game against Dunstable are on sale all week from the credit card hotline and by post. Details of how to buy tickets are in a news item dated 9 October, on this site.

Also on Monday and Tuesday you can reserve available seat tickets for Tuesday?s game against Leyton FC. At this late stage the only practical way is to call the credit card hotline, 020 8546 9582, which is open from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm.

TUESDAY
The Dons play Leyton FC, who are recovering from a shaky spell after losing some players and won 5-2 at Tonbridge last week. They had a rest on Saturday, with no FA Cup game, so they come to the game fresh. Kick off is at 7.45 pm.

WEDNESDAY
The Under19 team, which has won all its competitive games this season, is away to Cirencester Town in the Football Conference Youth League

THURSDAY
The Dons Trust SGM will be held at Kingsmeadow on Thursday evening.

FRIDAY
Both functions rooms were pre-booked before we launched Kingsmeadow Live so there is no event on Friday; but do look at tomorrow?s live music gig, below

SATURDAY
Today sees the Dons start their FA Trophy campaign against Dunstable, the club against whom Rob Ursell won his renowned ?player of the round? award two seasons ago. High scoring Dunstable are in a play-off spot in Southern Division One (Midlands). For ticket details see the news item dated 9 October on this site.

Saturday night sees the appearance of Jeepster, the T-Rex tribute band, at Kingsmeadow. Doors open at 8.00 pm

SUNDAY
The Ladies are at home to Barnet Ladies in the Women?s Premier League, Southern Division, kick off 2.00 pm


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Sunday 15 October 2006
club news
A win in the bag and The Dons in the hat tomorrow

Dave Anderson was in a philosophical mood after yeserday's cup success ? the furthest AFC Wimbledon have got in the FA Cup so far. ?I don?t want to speculate about the next round - I am just happy that we are in the hat. We will get who we get, which is stating the obvious, but I can?t affect the draw so let's just wait and see.

?I thought we started well against Evesham. Like the Oxhey game we got what we always want, an early goal. And it was a good one. Then they scored a fluke, a freak goal, and we were knocked out of our stride for a while, but we got to half time where we sorted some things out.

?It could all have been for nothing but Andy Little made a great save at the start of the second half and from then on, I thought we dominated the game. We just needed a third goal to kill it off and the penalty looked like that would do it. But Roscoe decided to hit this one and suddenly you are wondering, and they are giving it everything as they?ve nothing to lose. But we saw it through and now it is back to business in the league on Tuesday.

?The other good things were that Steve Watson got an hour under his belt and Mark Rooney played some lovely passes when he came on. I am hoping to hear they both had no reaction to the game as we need to have such good players to call on.?

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Saturday 14 October 2006
ladies news
Ladies on the Surrey Cup trail

AFC Wimbledon Ladies hope to kick-start their season tomorrow with a first round Surrey Cup tie at Wandgas (Wandgas Sports & Social Club, Worcester Park, 14.00 (See here for a map).

The reserves are also in Surey Cup action, taking on Fulham Compton at Dorking FC's Meadowbank (14.00).

All four girls teams are away in Surrey County Girls League Cup games;

U15s vs Crawley Wasps (11.00)
U14s vs Woking Cougars (13.00)
U13s vs Roundshaw And District Allstars (10.00)
U12s vs Colne Valley (14.00)



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Saturday 14 October 2006
dons trust news
The Dons Draw - October 2006 results

The 26th Dons Draw took place today this afternoon before the Evesham game.

The winning numbers were drawn in the presence of Luke MacKenzie, Dons Draw board member Bert Dale and Neil Messenbird (the Dons Draw Treasurer).

The October 2006 jackpot reached a new record high of £910. The winning ticket numbers and prizes were as follows:

First prize of £910 - ticket 2822 ? Roy Wilkinson from Herne Bay
Second prize of £455 - ticket 3144 ? Steve Row from Banstead
Third prize of £150 - ticket 2019 ? Howard Fry from Poole

Congratulations to all three prize winners!

This is the first win for all the entrants. Roy and Steve joined the draw earlier this year and Howard entered the draw in February 2005.

The next Dons Draw will take place on around 15 November 2006 with the results being posted on the AFC Wimbledon official web site soon after the draw has taken place.

We hope that the jackpot next month will be in the region of £920 as we move towards a £1000 first prize! So if you want a chance of winning next month?s bumper jackpot but still haven?t entered, or if you have already entered the draw but would like to increase your chances of winning by taking a few more ticket numbers, then you know what to do!!

You can sign up online to the Dons Draw .here or download an online application at www.thedonsdraw.co.uk.

The deadline for new entrants to the November 2006 Dons Draw is midnight on 31st October 2006.

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.


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Saturday 14 October 2006
club news
Matchday Academy and Sport for Schools and Clubs vouchers

Matchday Academy is open before today?s game.

The Matchday Academy is held at Kingsmeadow Athletics Track next to The Fans' Stadium, before every AFC Wimbledon Saturday home game. The MDA?s new format is set to continue, with the session now running from 1.00pm to 2.00pm for boys and girls aged 4 - 12.

The new look session costs only £3 for season ticket holders and £4 for non-season ticket holders who will also receive free entrance to the game that day.

The MDA involves lots of small-sided games on state-of-the-art synthetic grass pitches. Everyone is welcome to take part, whether you are a Wimbledon fan or not, so come on down and enjoy the pre-game atmosphere!

Vouchers for AFC Wimbledon

The Tesco Sport for Schools and Clubs 2006 Scheme runs until 5 November 2006. Please help the club by collecting "Sport for Schools and Clubs" vouchers whenever you shop at Tesco. You can collect one voucher for every £10 you spend at Tesco.

We will be collecting vouchers to exchange them for sports equipment for use in our community football scheme, so please consider giving them to the club.

You can hand vouchers in at any home game at the Complimentary Tickets window.



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Saturday 14 October 2006
club news
Goalkeeping Kit

Due to the high level of interest in the new goalie kits, the shop has decided to take orders for anyone who would like to buy one ? or more! To place your order, send the order form to us or hand it in to the shop or the office. Order forms are also available from the shop or the office. Shirts are £40 for adult sizes and £18 for children?s sizes, with shorts £18 and £11 respectively. All order forms should be returned by 6.00 pm on Saturday 21 October and the shirts will be ready for you in time for Christmas. Please note that you will need to pay in advance for all new goalkeeping kit.

Click here to download the order form (93kb).

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


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Friday 13 October 2006
reserve team news
Reserve squad for Epsom and Ewell

The reserves aim to continue their winning run when they entertain Epsom and Ewell in the Suburban league game on Saturday and John Morris has named the following squad:

Danny Wheeler, Casey Maclaren, Ken During, Jon Boswell, Dominic Worthington, Jake Galbraith, Joe Paris, Steve Tyson, Chris Gell, Jason Finnigan, Peter Hinks, Jack Johnson, Freddie Myers, Mark King, Niall Connery.


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Friday 13 October 2006
club news
FA Trophy tickets

Don't forget that you can reserve your tickets for the FA Trophy game against Dunstable by leaving an application at the complimentary tickets window before or after the game against Evesham United.

If the Evesham game is a draw we will be selling coach tickets at the complimentary tickets window for half an hour after the game.


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Friday 13 October 2006
club news
Squad for Evesham United

Dave Anderson has announced the following squad for the FA Cup 3rd qualifying round against Evesham United tomorrow:

Andy Little; Paul Smith; Luke Garrard; Simon Sweeney; Michael Haswell; Antony Howard; Steve Butler; Wayne Finnie; Steve Wales; Wes Daly; Scott Curley; Mark Rooney; Byron Bubb; Steve Watson; Robin Shroot; Darren Grieves; Paul Barnes; Roscoe Dsane.

Lee Kersey hasn?t trained all week because of illness and so he is not in the squad. Simon Sobihy is away at a family wedding in Cyprus. Lewis Cook is injured but is, in any event, cup-tied. Richard Butler has had some further reaction to his groin injury and is being given time to recover.

Michael Haswell and Antony Howard face fitness tests.

For the first time this season Dave has been able to include Steve Watson in the squad, along with Simon Sweeney. Dave said ?I am very pleased to see them both in the squad. Steve played in the training game on Tuesday with no significant reaction while Simon has been getting more and more game time and is now ready to compete for a first team place. This is really good news as, while I know it is a cliché, it is like having two new players.?

Meanwhile, Mark Rooney has recovered from a slight hamstring injury and rejoins the squad.

?As always, we are taking today very seriously; after all it is the FA Cup. And the game has an added level of interest because they are a team from a different league entirely. It won?t be easy and we will pay them the same respect we pay teams we face in the league. We are very even-keeled in the way we approach each game ? we have to be or we?ll be in danger of being one of those surprise results you see at 5.00 pm on a cup day.

?But it is a really big game for us, as it is a chance to take the team further than before in the FA Cup and it would mean taking the club on to another level. If we are going to win we desperately need to show a reaction to the second half performance last week; I want this and I know that the players do too. And if we get it then we?ll be hoping to be in the hat at 5.00 pm tomorrow.?


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Thursday 12 October 2006
dons trust news
Additional paper for the SGM

As noted in the covering letter from the Dons Trust Chair for the SGM papers, an additional paper is available in support of the discussion item on the structuring of the Dons Trust and AFCW Boards. As a reminder to all DT members, the SGM takes place in the back bar at Kingsmeadow at 7.30pm on Thursday 19 October.

Click here to download the discussion paper.

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


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Thursday 12 October 2006
youth news
Minibus drivers needed

As part of our arrangement with Nescot College for the AFC Wimbledon U19 squad, Nescot will provide a minibus for all our away league games. However, we need to supply a driver. We are looking for volunteers to do this for us. Drivers must be aged 21 or over, have held a car (category B) licence for at least 2 years and provide the service on a voluntary basis. For insurance purposes drivers will need to be added to the Nescot payroll and will be required to apply for Criminal Records Bureau clearance in accordance with the club?s child protection policy. Matches are mostly played on Wednesday afternoons; the next away match is Cirencester Town on Wednesday 18 October. Volunteers should contact nigel.higgs@afcwimbledon.co.uk or call the office on 020 8547 3528 and leave a message and contact number for Nigel.


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Thursday 12 October 2006
club news
Office closed for part of Friday but credit card hotline still open normally

Office hours this Friday 13 October will be from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.

Beween 10.00 am and 2.00 pm we will not be able to take calls and reception will be closed.

The direct number for the credit card hotline ((020 8546 9582) will, however, be open for the normal times of 11.00 am to 1.00 pm.


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Wednesday 11 October 2006
club news
Comedy night this Friday at Kingsmeadow Live

Don't forget, this Friday Kingsmeadow Live brings you Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents....

We have a fantastic line-up this week, featuring the following comedians:

Andrew Bird (Compere)
'One of the hottest prospects in stand-up'-Time Out

Kevin Dewsbury (On first)
?Cracking Stand up, smashing, funky, lively, remarkable, individual and fresh? ? Three Weeks

Craig Campbell (Headliner)
"Craig is, simply, a very, very funny man" - Chortle, UK

Doors open at 8pm and the show starts at 9pm. Sign up for the newsletter on here and pay the discount price of £7, or pay £8 on the door. For more information, visit the website or call the booking line on 020 8547 3335.

(Line-ups may be subject to change)


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Wednesday 11 October 2006
club news
Prize winners

The winners of "Good Going's" Matchday Travel Challenge, drawn during the man of the match presentation on Saturday, are as follows:

Winner of two tickets for the President's Lounge:
Stephen Daly

Winner of a signed football:
Michael Fisher
Michael Shea
Scott Whittington
Pauline Deakin

To find out more about Kingston Council's travel awareness programme, visit here.


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Wednesday 11 October 2006
club news
Watch the England game at Kingsmeadow tonight

The England v Croatia Euro 2008 qualifier will be shown on Sky in the main bar at Kingsmeadow tonight. The kick off time is 6.00 pm, so why not come along and watch it here with your fellow Dons fans?


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Tuesday 10 October 2006
club news
Training game tonight

Following the postponement of the London Senior Cup game against Dulwich, tonight's training will mainly comprise a match involving the first team squad and reserves. It will take place at Kingsmeadow from approximately 7.30 to 9.00 and will consist of either two or three 30 minute games.

Jermaine Darlington and Steve Watson are expected to play for at least some of the time.

As always, fans are welcome to watch training and entry to the ground is free from 7.30 onwards.


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Monday 09 October 2006
club news
What the Butler sees

Following the Hampton & Richmond defeat, Graham Stacey caught up with fans' favourite Richard Butler in a search of some post-match positives.

See features for the full interview or click here.


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Monday 09 October 2006
club news
Tickets for the FA Trophy home game against Dunstable on 21 October

Following Saturday's results, we now know that our home game in the FA Trophy on Saturday 21 October will be against Dunstable Town.

Tickets are on sale for that game with immediate effect, as follows:

Main Stand and President's Lounge

Main Stand season ticket holders can reserve their seats by calling the credit card hotline (020 8546 9582) between 11.00 am and 1.00 pm on weekdays or sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the club office. Applications received by Saturday 14 October (including those handed in at our game against Evesham United) will be allocated their usual seats. If applying by post, please enclose Voucher D, a cheque for the correct amount, a contact phone number and a stamped, self-addressed envelope. From Monday 16 October, any unsold seats will go on general sale.

Postal applications may be made at any time, but seats will not be allocated until after 14 October, the deadline for season ticket applicants.

We expect that demand for this game from away fans will not be high so Block A season ticket holders may reserve their usual seats.

Tickets for the President's Lounge are available only to existing season ticket holders.

Terraces

Terrace tickets are available by hotline and by post immediately. Please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope as described above. There is no need to enclose a season ticket voucher with your application.

Seat prices are Adults £11, Concessions £6, and Under-16s £3. Terrace prices are £9, £5 and £2 respectively. President's Lounge tickets are £35.


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Sunday 08 October 2006
club news
Post-match interview with Dave

Hear Dave's interview with Chris Philips here.


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Sunday 08 October 2006
club news
This week at AFC Wimbledon

As usual, there is lots going on around AFC Wimbledon and Kingsmeadow in the coming week. Here is a brief preview - further details will appear in due course during the week

MONDAY:

Tickets for the FA Trophy game against Dunstable on 21 October go on sale. Season ticket holders who want to reserve their usual seat can do so by ordering their ticket in the usual way (see separate news item).

Seat tickets for the FA Cup game against Evesham United go on general sale. Terrace tickets have been on sale since last week. See separate news item dated 2 October.

TUESDAY:

Please note that the planned London Senior Cup match against Dulwich has been postponed to enable them to replay their FA Trophy game against Tooting and Mitcham, which ended in a draw on Saturday

WEDNESDAY:

The England Euro 2008 qualifier against Croatia, kick off 6.00 pm, will be on show in the main bar

Please note that the FA Youth cup game planned for that night has been cancelled because our opponents, Hillingdon, have been disqualified for playing an ineligible player in an earlier round

FRIDAY:

Kingsmeadow Live continues with its first comedy evening, starring three great acts for £7. You can book in advance by calling 020 8547 3335

SATURDAY:

The Dons are at home to Evesham United in the FA Cup 3rd round qualifying, kick off 3.00 pm. See separate email news dated 2 October for details of ticket prices and booking arrangements

Please note that there is no Kingsmeadow Live on Saturday 14 October due to non-availability of the function rooms ? they were both booked a long time ago and before Kingsmeadow Live was planned. It will resume on Saturday 21 October with Jeepster, the T-Rex tribute band


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Sunday 08 October 2006
club news
Dulwich match deferred, Trophy opponents decided

Our London Senior Cup game, provisionally scheduled for Tuesday 10 October, has been deferred following their draw with Tooting in the FA Trophy on Saturday, which means they need to replay that game this week. A new date for our game will be announced as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, Dunstable won yesterday's Trophy game against Godalming and so we will entertain them in the Trophy at Kingsmeadow on Saturday 21 October.


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Saturday 07 October 2006
club news
FA Youth Cup game cancelled

The FA Youth Cup 2nd round qualifying has been cancelled because our opponents, Hillingdon, have been disqualified for playing an ineligible player in a previous round.

In the 3rd round qualifying we will now be at home to the winner of Chelmsford City and Southend Manor, probably in the week commencing 23 October.


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Friday 06 October 2006
club news
Special offer for England v Macedonia at The Fans' Stadium

Don't forget that we have a special offer on Foster's at £2 a pint for fans who are staying to watch the England Euro 2008 qualifier against Macedonia tomorrow, Saturday 7 October.

The game will be shown on our new projector in the main bar. The Foster's offer lasts from kick off time, 5.00 pm, until 6.30. So, don't miss the game and the offer!


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Friday 06 October 2006
club news
Kingsmeadow Live continues with The Jammed and Fleetwood Bac

Kingsmeadow Live continues this week with concerts on both Friday and Saturday night, so why not come down to The Fans' Stadium to enjoy some excellent live music?

Friday night sees The Jam tribute 'The Jammed' play live on stage. The Jammed recently supported The Stranglers so it should be a good show. The night also features DJs spinning real deal 60s soul / ska / max r?n?b / power pop / new wave. Doors open at 8pm, show starts at 9pm and tickets cost £9 on the door, or £8 for anyone who has signed up to the newsletter.

On Saturday night, hopefully you can come and celebrate a win with Kingsmeadow Live. We are lucky to have one of the best tribute bands around performing, Fleetwood Bac. This Fleetwood Mac tribute band has been endorsed by the man himself, Mick Fleetwood, so you know they must be good! Doors open at 8pm, tickets cost £13 on the door or £12 for those who have signed up.

For more information, check out the Kingsmeadow Live website here or call our dedicated booking line on 020 8547 3335.


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Friday 06 October 2006
club news
Wimbledon Bookmakers return to Kingsmeadow

Following confirmation from the F.A. that we are not in breach of their regulations, the club is pleased to announce the return of Wimbledon Bookmakers to the stadium for tomorrow?s match against Hampton and Richmond.

As before, the club generates valuable revenue from your bets so please support our official bookmakers.

Odds for tomorrow are as follows:

To win

AFC Wimbledon 8/11

Draw 3/1

Hampton and Richmond 9/2


1st player to score

R. Dsane 4/1---R. Butler 5/1---D. Grieves 7/1---L. Cook 8/1---W. Daly 8/1---M. R ooney 9/1---S. Wales 11/1---S. Curley 12/1---L. Garrard 12/1---M. Haswell 14/1---A. Howard 18/1---S. Butler 25/1---L. Kersey 28/1---W. Finnie 33/1

Other bets on offer

Correct score-1st player to score doubles

Correct score

Half time-full time

England bets also available

0-0 special

If any live TV game finishes 0-0, Wimbledon Bookmakers will refund all 1st player to score, correct score and half time-full time bets placed on that match

Place a £5.00 or over football coupon bet and if it loses you will be entered into Wimbledon Bookmaker?s monthly prize draw with the chance to win £50.00 in bet vouchers, next draw 1st November

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Friday 06 October 2006
club news
Squad for Hampton & Richmond

Dave Anderson has announced the following squad for tomorrow's game against Hampton & Richmond:

Andy Little; Paul Smith; Steve Wales; Michael Haswell; Antony Howard; Steve Butler; Lee Kersey; Wayne Finnie; Luke Garrard; Wes Daly; Scott Curley; Byron Bubb; Robin Shroot; Lewis Cook; Darren Grieves; Richard Butler; Roscoe Dsane.

New signing Lewis Cook goes straight into the squad but Simon Sobihy misses the game as he is away at a family wedding in Cyprus. Byron Bubb is doubtful, having missed Thursday night's training with a heavy cold.

About the game, Dave said "We are really looking forward to it. Some of the papers are talking about this game as revenge for last season's home defeat but I never, ever look at games this way. Last season is last season and I am not going to dwell on it, although I know a few of the lads are especially determined to do well tomorrow. Let's just say I am expecting a better performance tomorrow than we got last year!

"The game will be a good test because Hampton will be there or therabouts at the end of the season, no question. But our players looked bright in training and are well up for it."

Dave also updated us on injuries. "Chris Gell, Simon Sweeney and Paul Barnes will all be playing for the reserves tomorrow, which is good news as they make their way back from injury. Josh Lennie will also be in the reserves as he is likely to play on Tuesday and needs some game time (Dave is referring to a home game against Dulwich on Tuesday night in the London Senior Cup, which will go ahead so long as Dulwich avoid a reply of their FA Trophy game tomorrow.)

"Mark Rooney expects to be back in training next Thursday while Steve Watson trained on Thursday night with no reaction afterwards. We are much more optimistic about Steve following a diagnosis that he needs orthotics - in effect a specially-shaped support in his shoe to correct an imbalance in the way he weight is distributed on his foot when he runs. The orthotics should arrive this week but in the meantime he has made do, but he is relieved to hear an explanation of the cause of his problem.

"Finally, I wanted to mention that Jermaine Darlington trained with us last night. He had no reaction to it so he will be working hard over the next few weeks to get back to full fitness. Then we will talk to him about what he wants to do."


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Friday 06 October 2006
club news
Matchday Academy and Sport for Schools and Clubs vouchers

Matchday Academy open before the Hampton and Richmond game.

The Matchday Academy is held at Kingsmeadow Athletics Track next to The Fans' Stadium, before every AFC Wimbledon Saturday home game. The MDA?s new format is set to continue, with the session now running from 1.00pm to 2.00pm for boys and girls aged 4 - 12.

The new look session costs only £3 for season ticket holders and £4 for non-season ticket holders who will also receive free entrance to the game that day.

The MDA involves lots of small-sided games on state-of-the-art synthetic grass pitches. Everyone is welcome to take part, whether you are a Wimbledon fan or not, so come on down and enjoy the pre-game atmosphere!

Vouchers for AFC Wimbledon

The Tesco Sport for Schools and Clubs 2006 Scheme started last Monday, 11 September, and runs until 5 November 2006. Please help the club by collecting "Sport for Schools and Clubs" vouchers whenever you shop at Tesco. You can collect one voucher for every £10 you spend at Tesco.

We will be collecting vouchers to exchange them for sports equipment for use in our community football scheme, so please consider giving them to the club.

You can hand vouchers in at any home game at the Complimentary Tickets window.



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Thursday 05 October 2006
reserve team news
Reserves take on Bookham

Reserve manager John Morris has named the following squad for tonight's Surrey Premier Cup game against Bookham reserves:

Paul Smith, Ken During, Casey Maclaren, Jon Boswell, Dominic Worthington , Jake Galbraith, Jason Finnigan, Joe Paris, Steve Tyson, Chris Gell, Peter Hinks, Niall Connery ,Mark King and Matt Fowler.

?It?s a cup game which of course we want to progress in, if we do get through to the next round would see us play against Sutton reserves. ?

?Gelly is in the squad as part of his rehabilitation and Matt Fowler is in the squad again. Matt has been with us a couple of times this season he has a niggling injury which is stopping him playing at his normal level at the moment so with Steve Goddard injured and Niall having played for the first team on Tuesday it?s good to be able to add him to the squad .

?It would be nice to see as many fans as possible down to the game as I know the lads would appreciate it.?

The game is at Croydon Athletic?s Mayfields ground, with a 7.45 pm kick-off.


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Wednesday 04 October 2006
club news
Lewis joins the Dons

The Dons have signed left-sided midfielder Lewis Cook from Lewes. Lewis has been on loan at Worthing and played for them in last night's FA Cup replay against Cheshunt. "Signing Lewis, who has league experience at Wycombe, now gives us competition for all positions in the squad. He is an exciting wide player - something we are always looking for and which I know the fans enjoy. He will go straight into the squad for Saturday's game against Hampton & Richmond"

Lewis's thoughts on joining the Dons will appear here later.


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Tuesday 03 October 2006
club news
Squad for Burgess Hill

Dave Anderson announced the following squad for the game at Burgess Hill tonight, kick off 7.30:

Paul Smith; Josh Lennie; Casey Maclaren; Wayne Finnie; Simon Sobihy; Lee Kersey; Jon Boswell; Joe Paris; Wes Daly; Simon Sweeney; Scott Curley; Robin Shroot; Byron Bubb; Darren Grieves; Richard Butler; Niall Connery

Dave commented "We have already played a lot of intensive games this season and several of the squad have got strains and knocks, so we are resting a few of them, just to be on the safe side. Nonetheless, this is a strong squad because this is a competition we want to stay in and do well in. We are looking for a good result, no question."

Dave will be assisted on the bench tonight by Simon Bassey and John Morris who are back at Leylands Park following a visit there with the reserves for the Suburban League cup last Saturday. Meanwhile, Jon Turner and Warren Kelly will be watching other games tonight.

Dave added "there is a reserve team game on Thursday night and we are hoping that this will see the welcome return from injury of Chris Gell."


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Tuesday 03 October 2006
dons trust news
Stepping out onto the catwalk

The Dons Trust Fundraising Group are working hard to host events to raise much-needed funds. We are currently investigating the possibilty of hosting a fashion show at Kingsmeadow. We would like to hear from anyone who has any knowledge in this area and who would be willing to provide some help and expertise in setting this up.

If you feel that you can offer any advice and help in this please contact
fundraising@thedonstrust.org.


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Tuesday 03 October 2006
club news
Interview with Dave Anderson following the Oxhey Jets game

Chris Philip's interview with Dave Anderson following the Oxhey Jets game is now available and can be heard here.


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Monday 02 October 2006
club news
Special offer for England game next Saturday

We have a special offer on Foster's at £2 a pint next Saturday for fans who are staying to watch the England Euro 2008 qualifier against Macedonia. We are also upgrading the projector in the main bar in time for the game, to respond to recent feedback about picture and sound quality. The Foster's offer lasts from kick off time, 5.00 pm, until 6.30. So, don't miss the game and the offer!


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Monday 02 October 2006
club news
Arrangements for the FA Cup third qualifying round on Saturday 14 October

AFC Wimbledon have been drawn at home to Evesham United of the Southern Division One, Midlands, League in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup on Saturday 14 October.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Tuesday 3 October, as follows:

Main Stand and President's Lounge

Main Stand season ticket holders can reserve their seats by calling the credit card hotline (020 8546 9582) between 11.00 am and 1.00 pm on weekdays or sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the club office. Applications received by Saturday 7 October (including those handed in at our game against Hampton & Richmond) will be allocated their usual seats. If applying by post, please enclose Voucher C, a cheque for the correct amount, a contact phone number and a stamped, self-addressed envelope. From Monday 9 October, any unsold seats will go on general sale.

Postal applications may be made at any time, but seats will not be allocated until after 7 October, the deadline for season ticket applicants.

We expect that demand for this game from away fans will not be high so Block A season ticket holders may reserve their usual seats.

Tickets for the President's Lounge are available only to existing season ticket holders.

Terraces

Terrace tickets are available by hotline and by post immediately. Please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope as described above. There is no need to enclose a season ticket voucher with your application.

Seat prices are Adults £11, Concessions £6, and Under-16s £3. Terrace prices are £9, £5 and £2 respectively. President's Lounge tickets are £35.


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Sunday 01 October 2006
club news
This week at AFC Wimbledon

There is lots going on at AFC Wimbledon this week

Monday see the Dons go into the hat for the FA Cup third round qualifying draw, which will be announced at lunchtime. Watch the official site for details of the draw and any consequent ticket arrangements.

On Tuesday we are away to Burgess Hill in the third round of the Westview League Cup, kick off 7.45 pm, where Simon Sweeney may well be starting his first competitive senior game since his comeback

On Wednesday (or possibly sooner) Dave Anderson is confidently expecting to announce a new signing

The same day, the Under 19 team is at home to Wycombe Wanderers at Nescot, while the Ladies are away to Millwall Lionesses, to be played at Carshalton?s ground

On Thursday the men?s reserves are in action against Bookham Town in a home game to be played at Croydon Athletic?s ground

On Friday, Kingsmeadow Live follows its hugely successful launch night with ?The Jammed?, a Jam tribute band recently seen supporting the Stranglers

On Saturday, the Dons are at home to Hampton & Richmond in a Ryman Premier League game, seeking to avenge last season?s home defeat against Alan Devonshire?s men

Also on Saturday, straight after the Hampton game finishes, we will be showing England versus Macedonia, kick off 5.00pm, on the new projector in the main bar. During the England game there will also be a special promotion with Fosters at £2 a pint from the England kick off time until 6.30 pm

Saturday night sees Fleetwood Bac, a tribute band endorsed by Mick Fleetwood himself, appearing at Kingsmeadow Live at 8.00 pm.

More details of all these events will appear during the week. You can get more details about Kingsmeadow Live from its web site, here)


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Sunday 01 October 2006
club news
A win and a great day

Dave Anderson was pleased with the 3-0 win yesterday against Oxhey Jets. "I thought we won comfortably but I wish we'd killed the game off earlier. At 2-0 there is always the chance that they will somehow get a goal and then who knows what might happen. So I talked to the team about it after the game. But, 24 hours later, it is easier to be more reflective. And of course the most important thing is that we are in the hat for the draw tomorrow."

Dave's post-match interview with Chris Philips will follow later.

While Dave was wishing the third goal would come early, John Elliott, the Jets' founder, general manager and, yesterday, physio was a bit disappointed with it. "At 2-0 I was thinking we could take pride in holding a very good team to that sort of score, so the third one going in was a bit of a blow. We set out with the hope that we could hold Wimbledon for 20 - 30 minutes and get them frustrated but I think to do that we needed the team to be a bit below par. And from the very start, straight out of the traps like greyhounds, it was obvious we were in for a struggle. Dave Anderson clearly meant it when he said you were treating this game very seriously. Our best chance was always that your players would be a bit relaxed and think it was a walkover, but there was good management at play here - you were at us from the start.

"Apart from the result, the game and the day could not have been better. From the moment the draw was announced everyone at AFC Wimbledon has been superb - very helpful, welcoming, friendly and supportive. You may be a big club but you showed us respect, which we appreciate.

"Your fans were brilliant. I thought the banter between them and Kevin Paul, our goalkeeper, was great. And it was a lovely gesture for him to be given a special award. This day will stay with us all a very long time and we will now watch your progress with interest; we wish you every success."


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