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Friday 31 October 2008
club news
Today's ticket sales arrangements - Friday 31 October

Tickets for the FA Cup first round tie go on sale today as follows:

. to callers, from 10.30 am to 4.00 pm. Please follow the signs to the President's Lounge where tickets are being sold

. to callers from 6.30 pm to 9.00 pm, from Reception

. on the credit card hotline (020 8546 9582) and the main switchboard (020 8547 3528) from 10.30 am to 4.00 pm

. on the credit card hotline (but not the main switchboard) from 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm


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Thursday 30 October 2008
first team news
Terry looks forward to the big game at Chelmsford

Before looking forward to Saturday's key fixture at Chelmsford, who lead the table by two points but have played two more games than The Dons, Terry Brown talked briefly about yesterday's game at Chertsey.

"Last night's friendly at Chertsey proved to be a worthwhile outing for my senior squad members. It was important that all the squad got 90 minutes and thankfully they all came through without any injuries. The game itself was played on a bitterly cold night with both sides trying to play football on an increasingly difficult surface.

"Full credit to Chertsey who entertained and looked after us well and played some very good football. The game ended in a 2-0 win with goals from Chris Sullivan and Dean Mason.

"Moving on to Saturday's game, after all the excitement of the FA Cup draw it is important that we don't lose sight of our main target this year, which is promotion to the Blue Square Premier. They don't come any bigger than Saturday's game against Chelmsford. Once again we find ourselves battling against Jeff King's boys in what should be a very close and exciting game.

"Stuart and I watched them on Monday against Bishop's Stortford but because Robinson was sent off early in the game it was difficult to get a true understanding of their shape and system, as they had to play for the majority of the match with ten men.

"Chelmsford looked, as usual, a strong and well-organised outfit with goal threats from various areas of the field, especially set pieces. They play a system similar to our own and I would expect that both sides will set out to play their own game.

"I expect Chelmsford to get the ball down and play football in an open and expansive manner, unlike most of the teams we will encounter this year. I personally feel that, although this is not a six-pointer at this stage of the season, there won't be a massive distance between the sides after 42 games, therefore making the points more important than usual.

"I am hopeful that we should have nearly a full squad, with only Belal Aiteouakrim and Lewis Taylor still on the sidelines. We have worked really hard this week to ensure that the focus has been on Chelmsford and not Wycombe. I expect the players to remember just how important Saturday's game is."


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Thursday 30 October 2008
club news
Hang your flag at the FA Cup First Round tie

Fans who would like early access to hang their flags in the Tempest End for the game against Wycombe Wanderers may do so up to 3.00 pm on the day of the game, Monday 10 November. If you would like early access, please email flags at AFC Wimbledon.

Alternatively, you can call the club's office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on any weekday.

Please also tell us the dimensions of your flag, and its subject.

If there is more demand than there is available space, we will give priority to regular flag-hangers. Please note that flags hung over pitch-side advertising hoardings are likely to be removed.

We regret that it will not be possible to offer access to hang flags on Sunday 9 November.


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Thursday 30 October 2008
club news
Sam Hatton in running for Player of the Fourth Round award

Sam Hatton is in contention to be The Dons' third winner of the Player of the Round award, which follows his history-making winning goal against Maidstone United, to take a Wimbledon team back into the first round proper of the FA Cup for the first time in over 20 years.

Voting ends at 9.00 am on Monday 3 November.

To vote, click on vote here

If Sam wins, he will receive VIP hospitality for himself and a guest at the FA Cup Final on Saturday 30 May 2009 as well as bringing welcome publicity for the club. The winner of the award will also be presented with a commemorative trophy.

Previous winners from the Dons were Rob Ursell and Byron Bubb.


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Thursday 30 October 2008
first team news
Blue Square South fixture update

Because of our FA Cup tie on Monday 10 November against Wycombe Wanderers, the Blue Square South league games at home to Eastleigh on 8 November, and the rearranged game away to Dorchester Town on 11 November have been postponed.

The Eastleigh game will now take place at the Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow on Tuesday 2 December ko 7.45 pm. The date for the Dorchester Town game will be announced shortly.




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Thursday 30 October 2008
club news
AFCW PLC takes share register maintenance back in house

As part of our continuing review of costs, the board has decided to take the maintenance of the AFCW PLC share register back from Capita. This is effective from 1 November 2008.

It is important that the register is kept accurate and up to date to ensure that documents issued, such as meeting notices, are sent to the correct addresses. Email addresses will also be kept to enable documents to be sent electronically to cut down on postage costs.

So, if you are a shareholder who has, for example, moved in the last few years, or your name has changed and you did not advise Capita, please write to the “AFCW Share Registrar” at the club address or email share.register@afcwimbledon.co.uk. Future changes should also be advised by the same method. Additionally if you want to transfer your shares please advise the Registrar.

If you have not previously advised that you are happy to receive documents by email and you now wish this as your preferred method of communication, please email the above address.



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Wednesday 29 October 2008
club news
Arrangements for the sale of main stand seat tickets for the Wycombe game

This game will be all-ticket. Main stand seat tickets will go on sale to season ticket holders only from 10.30 am on Friday 31 October. Season ticket holders will have until 4.00 pm on Tuesday 4 November to reserve their usual seat.

To guarantee that you get at least one ticket, please submit Voucher C from your season ticket book

Fans who are not season ticket holders may apply now and will be put on a waiting list. They will then be allocated specific seats from 5 November in order that their application was received. It is very unlikely we will be able to meet all the extra demand for seats and so fans are advised to also indicate whether they would be willing to accept a terrace ticket if they are unsuccessful in their seat application. If this does occur a refund will be made when the ticket is collected or sent out.

No individual will be allowed more than 2 seat tickets

Tickets, priced at £12 for adults, £7 for concessions and £3 for Under-16s in Blocks A-C and J-L, and £14 for adults, £8 for concessions and £4 for Under-16s in Blocks D-H can be purchased as follows:

1. by ringing either the credit card hotline on 020 8546 9582 or club office on 020 8547 3528
a. between 10.30 am and 4.00 pm on Friday 31 October
b. between 10.30 am and 3.00 pm on Sunday 2 November
c. between 10.30 am and 2.30 pm on 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 November

2. by ringing only the credit card hotline on 020 8546 9582 between 6.00 pm and 9.00 pm on 31 October and 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 November

3. by postal application to the club enclosing a cheque, made payable to AFC Wimbledon, for the correct amount and, if you wish the tickets to be posted to you, a self-addressed stamped envelope. Please also provide a contact telephone number

4. by calling personally at the club offices between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays, and additionally between 6.30 pm and 9.00 pm on 31 October and 10.30 am and 3.00 pm on 2 November





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Wednesday 29 October 2008
club news
Arrangements for the sale of terrace tickets for the Wycombe game

This game will be all-ticket. Terrace tickets will go on sale from 10.30 am on Friday 31 October, both to season ticket holders and non-season ticket holders.

All applicants will be limited to four tickets per application on a first come, first served basis.

All season ticket holders will get at least one ticket, so long as they apply before 4.00 pm on Tuesday 4 November. To guarantee that you get at least one ticket, please submit Voucher C from your season ticket book.

Tickets, priced at £10 for adults, £6 for concessions and £2 for Under-16s, can be purchased as follows:

1. by ringing either the credit card hotline on 020 8546 9582 or club office on 020 8547 3528
a. between 10.30 am and 4.00 pm on Friday 31 October
b. between 10.30 am and 3.00 pm on Sunday 2 November
c. between 10.30 am and 2.30 pm on 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 November

2. by ringing only the credit card hotline on 020 8546 9582
a. between 6.00 pm and 9.00 pm on 31 October and 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 November

3. by postal application to the club enclosing a cheque (made out to AFC Wimbledon) for the correct amount and, if you wish the tickets to be posted to you, a self-addressed stamped envelope

4. by calling personally at the club offices between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 November, and additionally between 6.30 pm and 9.00 pm on Friday 31 October and 10.30 am and 3.00 pm on Sunday 2 November

When ordering terrace tickets, please indicate whether you wish to stand at the Tempest End, the Kingston Road end, or in the John Smith’s Stand. We recommend that you indicate a second choice, as the number of fans will be controlled in each area. And please provide a contact number so we can follow up on any queries.

The match will be segregated and Wycombe Wanderers will be selling tickets directly to their fans.

Ticketing arrangements for seats in the main stand are published in a separate news item.


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Wednesday 29 October 2008
first team news
Friendly game tonight - 7.15 kick off

A very strong Wimbledon team will play a friendly game at Chertsey Town tonight, kick off 7.15. The team includes James Pullen, Jason Goodliffe, Alan Inns, Elliott Godfrey, Michael Haswell and several other first team squad members.


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Tuesday 28 October 2008
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow returns on Friday 7 November

Comedy@Kingsmeadow returns on Friday 7 November, headlined by the 'hugely entertaining' Canadian comic Tony Law and once again offering up the Caribbean culinary delights on Ting N' Ting. For more information about the line-up, see below.

To book tickets, call our booking line on 020 8547 3335.



Friday 7 November
COMEDY@KINGSMEADOW presents….
Tony Law, Inder Manocha and Bryan Lacey
Doors open 8.00 pm/ comedy starts 9.00 pm/ bar closes Midnight
Admission: £12 (includes comedy and dinner)

Tony Law (Headliner)
Like a rolling ball of funny with bits flying out of it, Tony Law’s infectious comedy will leave you stranded in a hilarious field of ideas. Half Canadian, half Trinidadian, Tony has been busy working hard on the circuit and creating a buzz for himself as one of the most exciting new comedy propositions around.

His laid back acid casualty approach, combined with scorching jokes and incisive remarks, have endeared him to both live and TV audiences here and abroad. Tony has performed in New York, Aspen, South Africa, Ireland, The Netherlands and in his native Canada. He is a regular face at the UK’s biggest comedy clubs such as The Comedy Store and Jongleurs.
Along with Dan Antopolski and Craig Campbell, Tony created The Dinks, the acclaimed comedy troupe, which excited both Fringe audiences and critics alike with their inimitable style of slapstick and banter.

Tony’s TV credits include The Stand Up Show (BBC1), House of Fun (Meridian) and Does Doug Know? (Channel 4).
‘Hugely entertaining’ Time Out
‘To see Tony Law is to inhale deep breaths of comedy oxygen’ The Herald

Inder Manocha (Opening Act)

Since appearing on the comedy circuit in September 2000, Inder Manocha has established himself as one of the hottest talents on the international stand-up scene. He has caught the spirit of our times with his devilishly funny observations about multiculturalism, integration and the clash of civilisations in the 21st century. His incisive wit has won him acclaim both at home and abroad. In 2004 his achievements were acknowledged when he won the EMMA (Ethnic, Multicultural Media Award) in the category of Best Comedy/Comedian, beating Lenny Henry, Meera Syal and Three Non-Blondes.

‘Skilfully surfed the wave of acceptability’ The Telegraph on-line
‘A thorough delight from start to finish’ Time Out
‘...it was time for the undoubted star of the show Inder Manocha, known to TV viewers for his work on Channel 4’s ‘Skins’. His was a masterclass in observational comedy...the audience lapped it up, and it is an act which deserves the widest possible stage’ Lancashire Telegraph, 2007
‘…this was the highlight of my Edinburgh festival… Inder’s slick, confident and unbelievably smooth style was great to watch… clever, informed and hilarious... Pure Class’ www.Funny.co.uk
‘Inder Manocha... skilled and stylish set’ Manchester Online
‘At last, an Anglo-Asian stand-up not afraid to wrestle with the big questions. Like, why is there no one on the Starship Enterprise called Patel?’ William Cook, Guardian Guide – Critics Choice
‘Among this year's highlights at Best of the Fest... was a hugely successful set from Inder Manocha, who went down a storm in front of the 600-strong crowd’ The Scotsman

Bryan Lacey (MC)

With a relaxed, cheeky yet charming persona Bryan seems to have almost as much fun as the audience. His material guides you in to his somewhat strange existence and lets you see the world as he sees it and as it sees him!

Since starting on the circuit he has fast become a club favourite and he easily mixes some slick material with quick wit and improvisational skills making him a truly solid act and an excellent MC for any evening.

‘Very, very amusing, the audience is treated to some fine stand-up! Lacey is top notch!’ Three Weeks 2007
‘Bryans music and material charms the audience’– The Scotsman
‘A genuinely funny man and a potential comedy star of the future’ BBC 6 Music.


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Monday 27 October 2008
first team news
Terry on Maidstone United and Wycombe Wanderers

Terry Brown was full of enthusiasm for the FA Cup draw against Wycombe Wanderers when we spoke to him earlier today. At the same time he was determined to ensure that the team focuses on the major league game at Chelmsford this coming Saturday before thinking about anything else. He started by looking back to the win at Maidstone.

"Saturday's game against Maidstone was hardly a classic. However, to reach the later stages of the FA Cup it is inevitable that you have to dig out a scrappy win somewhere. I personally thought the game as a spectacle was poor, with neither side able to master a blustery wind and bouncy pitch.

"I was proud of our players, as they worked very hard on the ugly side of the game and came away with a well-deserved win. Our away form of late has been disappointing and I was particularly pleased that we managed to keep a clean sheet.

"Saturday's game rounded off a really good week and I was relieved that we didn't have a midweek fixture this week, so we can prepare properly for our biggest league game of the season, away to Chelmsford on Saturday. The brilliant cup draw, allied with live TV on the Monday, mustn't distract the players from the very difficult task of going to Chelmsford and coming away with three points.

"As far as the FA Cup is concerned, although we have already achieved our targets for the year, I still believe that this is a game that we can win and the game will be a lovely diversion from the pressure of winning league points. I felt last year when we drew Torquay there was a need to tactically deny Torquay time and space. However, I feel this year we can be confident, and set about playing our own game, on our own patch, on our own terms.

"Peter Taylor's side have the best defensive record in the Football league where they are also the only unbeaten team. The gulf between the two leagues is substantial, but in a one-off cup tie there is no reason why we can't be better on the day. For my players, this will be their first opportunity to play in front of a full house at Kingsmeadow and with live television coverage I'm sure the boys won't need any additional motivation.

"The atmosphere for the cup game should be second to none as the Wycombe supporters, like our own, love the FA Cup and treat it with the respect it deserves. Therefore we can look forward to a carnival atmosphere on the Monday night.

"Having said that, my job this week will be to focus on the Chelmsford match and try to ensure that the game, which is the most important one for our long term future, takes priority."


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Monday 27 October 2008
club news
Ticketing arrangements for Wycombe to be announced later

We will announce the ticketing arrangements for the FA Cup game against Wycombe Wanderers as soon as possible - but this may not be until Wednesday.

The reason is that because we have drawn a league team in the FA Cup we are required to hold a safety meeting involving the council, the police and the FA. A provisional date for a meeting has been set for Wednesday and, unless things change, no announcements about match arrangements will be made before then.


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Monday 27 October 2008
club news
Dons live on Setanta

The FA Cup 1st round tie against Wycombe Wanderers will be played at the Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow on Monday 10 November kick off 7.45 pm and will be televised live on Setanta Sports 1.


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Sunday 26 October 2008
first team news
Dons draw Wycombe Wanderers in the FA Cup first round

In this afternoon's televised draw, Wimbledon drew a home tie against Stuart Cash's old club, Wycombe Wanderers, in the first round of the FA Cup.

First round ties are scheduled to be played at 3.00 pm on Saturday 8 November, but dates and times will not be finalised until ITV and Setanta have decided which three games they wish to televise. We understand that this will be decided tomorrow, Monday. The dates for televised games are Friday 7 November; Sunday 9 November; and Monday 10 November.

When a non-league teams draws a league team in the FA Cup there is a requirement to hold a safety meeting involving the council, the police and the FA. A provisional date for a meeting has been set for Wednesday and, unless things change, no announcements about match arrangements will be made before then.


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Saturday 25 October 2008
first team news
Come and watch the draw at Kingsmeadow

Why not come down to Kingsmeadow tomorrow to watch a little bit of history with your fellow fans, as The Dons go into the draw for the first round proper of the FA Cup for the first time?

Come and join us at 1.00 pm to watch the draw and then perhaps spend some time talking about our chances with other Wimbledon fans.


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Saturday 25 October 2008
first team news
Dons go through to 1st round proper

A solitary Sam Hatton goal after 32 minutes was enough to put the Dons through to the 1st round of the FA Cup.

The Dons were able to start with an unchanged team for the fifth consecutive match. The windy conditions and a hard, bumpy pitch made it difficult for either team to play attractive passing football and as a spectacle for the 1719 fans crammed into Bourne Park it lacked the entertainment enjoyed by the Wimbledon fans on the previous Tuesday.

Following early Maidstone pressure the Dons came into the game. After the home side had spurned their best opportunity, Sam Hatton put the visitors ahead when he shot home following good work from Tony Finn and Danny Kedwell. The home side thought they had earned a penalty minutes before half time but the referee felt Lloyd Blackman had dived in the penalty area and duly booked him for simulation.

The second half saw the Stones pump more high balls into the Wimbledon half but the defence stood up well to the challenge and Andy Little was rarely called into action.

The Dons deservedly booked their place in Sunday's live draw and the fans were left to discuss who they wanted to play in the next round.


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Friday 24 October 2008
club news
AFC Wimbledon and Kingstonian FC joint press release

AFC Wimbledon and Kingstonian FC are pleased to announce that they have reached agreement on a proposal for the transfer of the additional land surrounding Kingsmeadow stadium to AFC Wimbledon. The deal is designed to enable AFC Wimbledon to operate the stadium more safely and effectively while helping to safeguard Kingstonian FC’s future in the borough.

The transfer of the land, which would be in the form of a lease, will need to be approved by The Royal Borough of Kingston.

The key terms of the proposed deal:

• AFC Wimbledon to be given a new lease on the land, co-terminous with the lease on the main site
• Kingstonian to receive a new 25 year licence to play at Kingsmeadow. The agreement contains safeguards for both clubs should the other decide to move.

Erik Samuelson, Chief Executive of AFC Wimbledon, commented “I’m delighted that we have reached agreement with Kingstonian for a joint approach to the council. We have always thought it is important to ensure that Kingstonian have a home in Kingston and this deal should ensure that for a considerable length of time. In return, we will be free to make much-needed improvements in the stadium and that will help to secure our future here too.”

Malcolm Winwright and Mark Anderson, joint chairmen of Kingstonian FC, said “we are delighted with this agreement and are optimistic it will be ratified very soon. It offers a much improved and longer term position for our club enabling us to remain at Kingsmeadow Stadium. This new licence between AFC Wimbledon and us also reflects the ever improving relationship between both clubs.

This arrangement has taken nearly two years to virtually finalise and we would like to express our thanks to Erik Samuelson CEO of AFC Wimbledon and Scott Herbertson of Kingston Council for their patience and assistance.


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Friday 24 October 2008
club news
AFC Wimbledon returns to Merton Abbey Mills

The club is pleased to announce that we have been invited to Merton Abbey Mills to provide entertainment for the kids attending the weekly market on Sunday 26 October.

The activities start at noon and include free coaching sessions with Chris Hussey and Kennedy Adjei as well as all sorts of competitions giving you the chance to win AFC Wimbledon merchandise and match tickets. Merton Abbey Mills have recently agreed to a sponsorship package the club so we would like to encourage all our fans with kids to support this event and also to help promote the club in the local community. Admission is free.

For more information visit here.


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Friday 24 October 2008
first team news
Rearranged game

The game at Dorchester Town originally scheduled for 25 October will now take place on Tuesday 11 November with a 7.45 pm kick off. Details about a supporters' coach will be announced shortly.


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Thursday 23 October 2008
first team news
Jake's red card rescinded

Earlier today the club was notified that its appeal against Jake Leberl's sending off agaisnt Bishop's Stortford has been successful; as a result, Jake will not be banned. The cost of the appeal, where we argued successfully that he did not prevent an obvious goalscoring opportunity, will be reimbursed to the club.

Terry Brown said "this is very good news. Jake has been in excellent form recently and so we were very keen to ensure he remained available to play."


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Thursday 23 October 2008
club news
Last places on the Maidstone coach

There are only a couple of places left on the second coach to Maidstone for this Saturday's FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie.

To book one or both of them, please call the office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on Friday. The coach will leave The Woodman pub at 11.30 am and Kingsmeadow at noon. As usual, tickets are a flat rate £10.


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Thursday 23 October 2008
club news
Can you help the club find some weights, please?

Recently we have been able to create a small area where the players can do some work with weights.

We now want to obtain some weights and, ideally, would like to get them as a donation or second hand. Specifically, we are looking for the following:

Life fitness Series Dual Adjustable pulley machine (cable based machine) (x1)

Flat workout bench (x2)

Multi-press/Squat rack set-up (x1)

Bosu (x2)

Barbell Olympic 20Kg (x1)

20Kg weight plates (x2)
10 Kg weight plates (x2)
5 Kg weight plates (x2)
2.5 Kg weight plates (x2)
1.25 Kg weight plates (x2)

10Kg dumb bells (x2)
7.5 Kg dum bbells (x2)
5 Kg dumb bells (x2)
3 Kg dumb bells (x2)
2 Kg dumb bells (x2)
1 Kg dumb bells (x2)

Dumb bell rack (x1)

If you can help us to obtain any of these, please email the club.

We have very limited space and already have a number of other pieces of equipment such as exercise bikes, so the above is the only equipment we need.

Please do not bring any equipment to the stadium without first speaking to us.


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Thursday 23 October 2008
first team news
Terry on Havant & Waterlooville and Maidstone United

Terry Brown was feeling very happy with recent events at the club when we spoke to him earlier today.

"What a fantastic seven days for the club. To progress in the FA Cup against a very strong Dover side and also to regain top spot, albeit courtesy of our third goal against Havant. It was not just three wins, but good football against good sides and coming out on top should give the boys additional confidence going into a very difficult FA Cup tie against Maidstone on Saturday.

"The victories also coincided with our strikers beginning to work together as a unit. I wasn't quite sure how long it would take for these two talented boys to gell, but it is lovely to see them hitting form at the same time and causing mayhem by scoring seven goals between them in three games.

"I would like to think that Tuesday's game against Havant was a significant win in our season as on paper Havant possess one of the strongest squads in the league, and it looks like our visit to Chelmsford on 1 November will again be a top-of-the-table clash. Having watched Chelmsford a couple of times this year I feel they have significantly strengthened their squad and it will be interesting to gauge the progress we have made when we visit them on the first of November.

However, we have to put Chelmsford aside for a week to concentrate on a chance of cup glory for ourselves. It would be significant progress for our club to qualify for the first round proper. As every year goes by the club is ticking off the necessary milestones to regain our rightful position in the Football League.

"Erik and I have given ourselves the luxury of briefly dreaming who we might play in the first round proper. However, we are both long enough in the tooth to realise that getting past Maidstone away will be a significant achievement in itself.

"Although we've been delighted with the past week, both Stuart and I will be emphasising the need to get back into winning ways away from home is vitally important if we are to be successful this season.

"Having studied our scout's report from Maidstone, they contain established players with Football League experience, players with a mixture of strength and quality who have despatched Tooting, Hornchurch and Fisher in cup competitions this year. So we know that they can raise their game and if last year's visit to Sittingbourne is anything to go by we can expect another very difficult away cup tie. With any luck we should go into the tie with a full strength side and we all look forward to seeing and hearing our fans there on Saturday.

"Fans may have seen reports in the press about Tony Finn. I'm pleased to confirm that he has committed himself to another year at the club. Tony is a talented young lad who is able to play up front on either wing or in behind the front runners, where he is currently playing. He has started in 17 games this year and has already contributed four goals and many assists in the 30 league goals we have scored this season."


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Wednesday 22 October 2008
youth news
Under 19s playing at Kingsmeadow

Today's Under-19 game against Birmingham City Blues in the Football Conference Youth league will be played at Kingsmeadow, kick off 2.00 pm.


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Tuesday 21 October 2008
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow returns on Friday 7 November!

Comedy@Kingsmeadow returns on Friday 7 November, headlined by the 'hugely entertaining' Canadian comic Tony Law and once again offering up the Caribbean culinary delights on Ting N' Ting. For more information about the line-up, see below.

To book tickets, call our booking line on 020 8547 3335.





Friday 7 November
COMEDY@KINGSMEADOW presents….
Tony Law, Inder Manocha and Bryan Lacey
Doors open 8.00pm/ comedy starts 9.00pm/ bar closes Midnight
Admission: £12 (includes comedy and dinner)

Tony Law (Headliner)
Like a rolling ball of funny with bits flying out of it, Tony Law’s infectious comedy will leave you stranded in a hilarious field of ideas. Half Canadian, half Trinidadian, Tony has been busy working hard on the circuit and creating a buzz for himself as one of the most exciting new comedy propositions around.
His laid back acid casualty approach, combined with scorching jokes and incisive remarks, have endeared him to both live and TV audiences here and abroad. Tony has performed in New York, Aspen, South Africa, Ireland, The Netherlands and in his native Canada. He is a regular face at the UK’s biggest comedy clubs such as The Comedy Store and Jongleurs.
Along with Dan Antopolski and Craig Campbell, Tony created The Dinks, the acclaimed comedy troupe, which excited both Fringe audiences and critics alike with their inimitable style of slapstick and banter.
Tony’s TV credits include The Stand Up Show (BBC1), House of Fun (Meridian) and Does Doug Know? (Channel 4).
‘Hugely entertaining’ Time Out
‘To see Tony Law is to inhale deep breaths of comedy oxygen’ The Herald

Inder Manocha (Opening Act)
Since appearing on the comedy circuit in September 2000, Inder Manocha has established himself as one of the hottest talents on the international stand-up scene. He has caught the spirit of our times with his devilishly funny observations about multiculturalism, integration and the clash of civilisations in the 21st century. His incisive wit has won him acclaim both at home and abroad. In 2004 his achievements were acknowledged when he won the EMMA (Ethnic, Multicultural Media Award) in the category of Best Comedy/Comedian, beating Lenny Henry, Meera Syal and Three Non-Blondes.
‘Skilfully surfed the wave of acceptability’ The Telegraph on-line
‘A thorough delight from start to finish’ Time Out
‘...it was time for the undoubted star of the show Inder Manocha, known to TV viewers for his work on Channel 4’s ‘Skins’. His was a masterclass in observational comedy...the audience lapped it up, and it is an act which deserves the widest possible stage’ Lancashire Telegraph, 2007
‘…this was the highlight of my Edinburgh festival… Inder’s slick, confident and unbelievably smooth style was great to watch… clever, informed and hilarious... Pure Class’ www.Funny.co.uk
‘Inder Manocha... skilled and stylish set’ Manchester Online
‘At last, an Anglo-Asian stand-up not afraid to wrestle with the big questions. Like, why is there no one on the Starship Enterprise called Patel?’ William Cook, Guardian Guide – Critics Choice
‘Among this year's highlights at Best of the Fest... was a hugely successful set from Inder Manocha, who went down a storm in front of the 600-strong crowd’ The Scotsman

Bryan Lacey (MC)
With a relaxed, cheeky yet charming persona Bryan seems to have almost as much fun as the audience. His material guides you in to his somewhat strange existence and lets you see the world as he see’s it and as it see’s him!
Since starting on the circuit he has fast become a club favourite and he easily mixes some slick material with quick wit and improvisational skills making him a truly solid act and an excellent MC for any evening.
‘Very, very amusing, the audience is treated to some fine stand-up! Lacey is top notch!’ Three Weeks 2007
‘Bryans music and material charms the audience’– The Scotsman
‘A genuinely funny man and a potential comedy star of the future’ BBC 6 Music.



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Monday 20 October 2008
first team news
Terry on Bishop's Stortford and Havant & Waterlooville

Terry Brown was very pleased with Saturday's return to winning ways in the league when we spoke to him earlier today.

"Saturday's game saw the boys bounce back from two league defeats on the road and it was important to get back to winning ways as soon as possible. The game started off once again with us conceding very early and this is an area we are discussing with the players over the next week or two.

"The early goal conceded meant that it took us a bit longer to get into our stride than I would have liked. However, once we had equalised through a fine headed goal from Sam Hatton (from a set piece!) I felt we settled into our passing game. I am encouraging Sam to get into the box more often as I feel he should set himself a minimum of ten goals this season.

"We began the second half very strongly and Sam was proving to be a real handful for the Stortford defence. Once again he stole in with a powerful header which was beaten out by the 'keeper, only for the inimitable Jon Main to finally register on the score sheet. It was great to see Jon register his first goal in open play for a while. I don't know if the old boots had anything to do with it but, trust me, he will be wearing them on Tuesday!

"Kennedy received the man of the match award after a really good second half display. I also thought that Danny Kedwell certainly earned his goal with a non-stop aggressive display that caused Stortford all sorts of problems up front and allowed Jon Main the room to get back to what he does best. And both Jason Goodliffe and Michael Haswell came on and showed how good it is to have such high quality experience available in the squad.

"I thought Jake Leberl was very unlucky to be sent off and, having looked at the DVD, we are appealing as we don't think he was denying the player a clear goal-scoring opportunity.

"I envisage tomorrow nights' game will be a lot closer. Having looked at the scout's report, they contain several quality players with Football League and Conference experience and I've no doubt they will be play off contenders by the end of the season. I have personally worked with Gary Elphick, Ian Simpemba and Gary Holloway. Stuart has also worked with Paul Booth who was the leading goalscorer in the Blue Square South last season and of course both Stuart and I would like to welcome back Danny Webb who helped us to gain promotion last season.

"Barring any unexpected news on injuries I don't expect to make many chenges to Saturday's line up."


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Monday 20 October 2008
club news
Coaches to Maidstone

As the first coach travelling to Maidstone United for the FA Cup tie on Saturday is now full, bookings are being taken for a second coach.

To reserve a seat please contact the club on 020 8547 3528 or call in at the office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm. Alternatively, bookings can be made before and after tomorrow night's game against Havant & Waterlooville.


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Sunday 19 October 2008
dons trust news
Dons Draw winners for October

The October Dons Draw took place before the game on Saturday at Kingsmeadow.

Winning numbers were drawn in the presence of Aideen Rochford (Dons Trust board member), Varney Constantinou and Mike Berry.
The winning ticket numbers and prizes were as follows:

First prize of £1,000 - ticket 0103 - Sue Knight from Worcester Park

Second prize of £500 - ticket 0135 - Christopher Burgess from Wimbledon

Third prize of £225 - ticket 3531 - Vicki McKeegan from Ealing

Fourth prize of £100 - ticket 2546 - David Morton from SE4

Congratulations to all four prize winners.

The next Dons Draw will take place on or after the 15 November 2008 with the results being posted on the AFC Wimbledon official web site soon after the draw has taken place.

We have again been able to increase the total prize fund and it could increase again next month.

If you want a chance of winning next month's 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 numbers, then why not do so now?

You can sign up online to the Dons Draw or download an application here or to increase your tickets email us here.

The deadline for new entrants to the November 2008 Dons Draw is 8:00 pm on Friday 31 October.

Any questions you may have can be answered by contacting the Dons Draw team here or by clicking here.


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Friday 17 October 2008
dons trust news
Last night's Dons Trust Special General Meeting

A Special General meeting of the Trust was held at Kingsmeadow on Thursday evening.

On a 7.5% turnout (those present plus those casting their votes by proxy), the members resolved unanimously that in future there will be three formal trust meetings each year supplemented by informal events held to inform and consult the membership. An announcement of the dates of the three general meetings for 2009 will be made before the end of the year.

The meeting also unanimously approved a resolution concluding the list of actions where the board must come to the membership to obtain their special approval before going ahead with something. So from now on, whenever the Board wants to borrow against the security of the stadium, it will only be able to do so if it first obtains a majority in favour of its proposals of two thirds of those voting (whether in person or by proxy).


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Friday 17 October 2008
club news
Early notice of Maidstone arrangements - and coaches

Full details of the arrangements for our away FA Cup tie at Maidstone United on Saturday 25 October will be published next week. However, in response to a number of enquiries, please note the following, which is the situation as we currently understand it:

. The game is not all-ticket

. Tickets are not being sold in advance - it is 'pay on the gate'

. The fans will not be segregated

. The stadium has very few seats, so none are being made available specifically for AFC Wimbledon fans. However, Maidstone have kindly indicated that they will make a small number available for our older or disabled fans - we have agreed to co-ordinate their details

We understand that the terraces at Bourne Park (where Maidstone share a ground with Sittingbourne) are mainly on the flat. Therefore, fans are advised to arrive early to get a good view.

As always, we are running a fans' coach to the game. The cost is the usual flat rate price of £10. The coach will leave from The Woodman pub at 11.30 am and Kingsmeadow at noon. You can book your place by phoning 020 8547 3528 or by visiting the office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays. In addition, you can book a place before or after tomorrow's home league game against Bishop's Stortford.

While you are booking your place to Maidstone, you may wish to book for the Chelmsford game on Saturday 1 November. The price and booking arrangements are the same as for Maidstone. The coach will leave The Woodman at 11.00 am and Kingsmeadow at 11.30 am.


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Friday 17 October 2008
club news
Credit card hotline today

We are not operating the credit card hotline today. However, if you want to buy tickets for tomorrow's game against Bishop's Stortford or for Tuesday's game against Havant & Waterlooville you can do still do so by calling the main switchboard (020 8547 3528) or by visiting the office.

The switchboard and office opening hours are 10.00 am to 4.00 pm,

You can also phone or visit the office to book your seat on the fans' coach to Maidstone for next Saturday's FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie.


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Thursday 16 October 2008
club news
We ate all the pies

This Saturday, when we play Bishop's Stortford, we will also be visited by world-renowned chef Heston Blumenthal.

Channel 4 has commission a series which has the master-chef going back in time and, in the words of their promotional release, scientifically reconstructing an inventive back-to-the-future banquet consisting of forgotten flavours, textures and taste sensations from the past. By the end of each programme, he will have recreated a spectacular mouthwatering historical feast complete with all the sumptuous, orgiastic, excessive mayhem our ancestors took for granted.

As part of the series, Blumenthal wants to test public reaction to some pies he has created and where better to test the reaction to a pie than at a football match? So, look out for your free sample on Saturday. Some of the cooking and all of the eating will be recorded by a film crew so please be prepared to sign release forms in return for a taste of history.


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Thursday 16 October 2008
first team news
Terry on Dover Athletic and Bishop's Stortford

Terry Brown was feeling under the weather when we spoke to him earlier today, but he was still getting a warm glow from Tuesday night's FA Cup victory against Dvoer Athletic.

"I hope you all enjoyed Tuesday's FA Cup replay. I thought both games were very close and to have come out in front against a very good Dover side was very pleasing.

"I felt it was an important result for us in more ways than one as our recent form has been a little sketchy. One of the most pleasing aspects of the two games has been that we've kept a clean sheet in both of them. The 'keeper and the back four looked solid and determined in both ties.

"After a below par performance from my midfield on Saturday I was very pleased to see them bounce back with a solid performance at home on Tuesday. Up front it was very pleasing to see Danny Kedwell add to his goal tally and as for Jon Main I would dearly love to buy him a goal at the moment. I thought Jon's performance was tireless - he created several chances for team mates and I'm sure once he gets back on the goal trail everything will seem easy to him again.

"Monday's draw against Maidstone gives us an opportunity to progress. However, Maidstone are having a successful year in the Ryman League and we certainly won't be taking them for granted. We will have them watched over the next couple of games and hopefully we can take a large number of supporters to sunny Sittingbourne next week.

"Tuesday's home win puts us in a good frame of mind for the upcoming visits of both Bishop's Stortford and Havant & Waterlooville. Like us, Bishop's Stortford are doing well in the FA Cup and I'm sure the success they have had there will give them the confidence to come here and do well.

"These two home league games represent a fantastic opportunity for us to force our way back into the top two. We must ensure that, however well we do in the FA Cup, it doesn't affect our major target of promotion into the Blue Square Premier. In recent games we have failed to maintain the quality of football that we started this season with. Therefore, so as far as training is concerned it is back to basics with passing drills and hopefully an improvement on our set pieces.

"Jason Goodliffe came through 90 minutes for the reserves in their 2-0 win at Tooting & Mitcham, alongside James Pullen and Luke Pigden, as well as Belal Aiteouakrim and Chris Sullivan, who each scored on the night. I know that Marcus was delighted with the performance and it was important to bounce back after last week's disappointing cup exit at the hands of Erith Town.

"Finally, on the injury front, we are hopeful that both Alan Inns and Elliott Godfrey will be available prior to the FA Cup game at Maidstone, as this will be a considerable boost to the strength of our squad."


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Tuesday 14 October 2008
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents Who's Who this Saturday!

Our next gig sees the return of Who's Who, the UK's top tribute to The Who, after the Bishops Stortford match this Saturday 18 October. These guys played Kingsmeadow last year and blew the audience away so make sure you don’t miss this one.

To book tickets, call 020 8547 3335.



More about the gig....

Saturday 18 October
Who’s Who
Doors 8.00pm, show starts 9.30pm, bar closes 1.00am
Admission: £8 (advance)/ £10 (door)

Who's Who is a dynamic powerful tribute band from the U.K with all of the energies, passion and angst of The Who at their peak. They recreate the classic hits whilst evoking the atmosphere of those heady times for a new generation to witness and for the older one’s to relive.
Who's Who's exciting live performances with Townshend's leaping and Daltrey's microphone whirling antics receive incredible reactions country wide. But it’s not just about the theatrics; they are widely recognised and respected by their musical peers, and The Who hierarchy, as the LEADING Who tribute style band in the country.
Gary, the bands vocalist, has been personally praised by Pete Townshend, and their interpretation of the original sound, is widely regarded as the best (and closest) that anyone will ever get to recreating the feeling and energy of The Who at their peak!
“Professional attitude….Indiscernible from the real thing” The Stage
“The band ended with My Generation and the 1000 strong crowd went absolutely mental” Scootering Magazine
I rushed home and put on my Who albums. For a tribute act, there's no higher praise.” The Daily Record

For more information, visit here



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Monday 13 October 2008
club news
Dons on Setanta

The highlights of the club's visit to Dover Athletic on Saturday in the FA Cup will be shown tonight on the Setanta Sports Channel 423 between 10.00 and 11.00 pm as part of their football review programme.


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Monday 13 October 2008
club news
Dons to travel again, if ......

The draw for the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup was announced today and it pits the winners of tomorrow's FA Cup replay against Maidstone United.

If the Dons win through tomorrow night, arrangements for the Maidstone game will be announced as soon as possible afterwards.


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Saturday 11 October 2008
first team news
South coast stalemate

After 90 minutes of a hard-fought Cup tie, neither team was able to pierce the opposition’s defence and the teams will return to Kingsmeadow on Tuesday night to see who will advance to the 4th qualifying round.

The home team closely shaded the first half and had a number of near misses with Shaun Wellford volleying over when well placed amongst one of the best. The Dons, who were not at their best in the first half, came out brightly in the second and hit the bar with a Hatton cross. Two penalty claims were also turned down for the visitors as they enjoyed their best spell of the game. The introduction of Jerahl Hughes with 20 minutes remaining galvanised Dover, who finished the game strongly, with Andy Little having to pull off a couple of instinctive saves.

A draw was the right result and both teams’ names will go into the hat for Monday’s draw, details of which will appear on the website around 12.30 pm.



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Saturday 11 October 2008
club news
Ticket sales for the FA Cup replay and for Bishop's Stortford league game

Following our drawn FA Cup game against Dover Athletic, the replay will be at The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow, on Tuesday 14 October, kick off 7.45 pm.

Tickets for the game will be on sale via the credit card hotline, 020 8546 9582, which will be open from 10.30 am to 2.30 pm on Monday. Tickets can also be bought by visiting the office between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm.

Please note that, as usual, season ticket holders who wish to reserve their usual seat may do so until 4.00 pm on Monday. Fans wishing to buy a seat for the game may call the hotline or call at the office on Monday, but we will not be able to allocate a specific seat to them until Tuesday.

Seat tickets for the Blue Square South league game on Saturday 18 October against Bishop's Stortford can also be bought via the hotline or by calling at the office, as described above.

Tuesday's arrangements for ticket sales will be announced very soon. Please watch this site for further details.


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Saturday 11 October 2008
first team news
Setanta follow the Dons

With the FA Cup clash between Dover Athletic and AFC Wimbledon being the pick of the round's ties, Setanta are following today's game. They have a camera on the team coach and will be filming the game, as well as looking in on the dressing room chat.

We will announce the time of the programme when we've confirmed it with Setanta.


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Friday 10 October 2008
club news
Matchday arrangements for the FA Cup

Tomorrow’s FA Cup tie against Dover Athletic will be played at The Crabble Athletic Ground, Lewisham Road, River, Dover, CT17 0JB.

For those travelling by car there are two possible routes. From the M25 take the M2/A2 (following the signs to Canterbury, then from Canterbury follow signs to Dover) as far as the Whitfield roundabout (there is a McDonald's Drive-Thru on the left). Take the fourth exit at this roundabout, down Whitfield Hill. At the bottom of the hill turn left at the roundabout and follow this road until the first set of traffic lights. At the lights turn right (180 degrees down the hill) and follow the road under the railway bridge, the ground is a little further up the road on the left.

There is no parking for supporters within the ground, although parking is available in the rugby ground, which is just inside the main entrance and stewards will direct you.

If you take the M20/A20 route, after the Roundhill Tunnels continue on the A20 for about 1.5 miles before taking the exit signposted Dover Town Centre, B&B. At the roundabout take the 1st exit into Dover. Go straight over the mini roundabout and when you reach the large roundabout take the 1st exit and stay in the left hand lane. Continue on this road for 1.5 miles passing the Bull pub on your right and an Esso petrol station on the left. At the traffic lights stay in the left hand lane, follow the road under the railway bridge and the ground is a little further up the road on the left.

Following discussions between the clubs the match will be segregated and AFC Wimbledon fans are being asked to enter the ground from the Crabble Avenue entrance. This will be sign-posted and stewards will be on hand to assist. Dover’s website www.doverathletic.com has further details about car parking, coach drop off points and entry to the stadium.

Adult terrace tickets are £10 with concessions at £7, 11-16 year-olds £5 and Under-11s £2. Transfer to the stand is £1.50.

There are still a handful of seats available on the coach and fans are advised to ring the club on 020 8547 3528 as soon as possible after 10.00 am to book their place.





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Thursday 09 October 2008
club news
Terry looks back at Tuesday's cup defeat and looks for better on Saturday

Terry Brown was very clear about how disappointed he felt about Tuesday night's London Senior Cup defeat to Erith Town, when we spoke to him earlier this afternoon.

"I was very disappointed with the performance on Tuesday. With a gate of over 500 people I thought we let ourselves down, in particular the seven first team squad members who played failed to take the opportunity to impress for Saturday's FA Cup tie at Dover.

"I don't expect to be Arsene Wenger but I was hoping that our senior squad players would enjoy a good run in the London Senior Cup and I felt that the players on view should have done better on the night. Credit should go to Erith Town who had a wonderful night and thoroughly deserved their win. I am sure that Marcus Cassius will long remember his visit to Kingsmeadow and everyone at the club wishes them all the best in the competition.

"We selected a similar formation for Chelmsford and the players acquitted themselves very well and I can't begin to tell you how disappointed I was with Tuesday night's performance and results. This severely limits the chances of several of our younger boys in gaining valuable first team experience and I shall have to think carefully about the selection for the Surrey Senior Cup tie in December.

"I am hoping that tonight's training will see the return of Andy Little who is slowly recovering and should be available for Saturday. Jason Goodliffe and Elliott Godfrey are also making gradual progress. However, Saturday will be too soon for both of them. However, we have a strong squad available for selection on Saturday and I personally have one or two difficult decisions surrounding the selection of the team. This, however, means that we will have a very strong bench and no excuses for Saturday's important FA Cup tie.

"We have also received some good news from the specialist with reference to Lewis Taylor. Lewis is recovering in splendid fashion from this very serious injury - the specialist states that he is ahead of schedule and should be able to resume light jogging early in November."


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Wednesday 08 October 2008
club news
Last few spaces on the Dover coach

There are only half a dozen spaces left on the second fans' coach to Dover on Saturday. Once it is full, we won't be booking another coach.

You can reserve one of these last few spaces by calling the office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on any weekday - or by calling into the office between those hours.

As usual, the cost is £10 for all-comers. The coach will leave The Woodman pub at 11.00 am and Kingsmeadow at 11.30 am.


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Tuesday 07 October 2008
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents Who's Who!

Our next gig sees the return of Who's Who, the UK's top tribute to The Who, after the Bishops Stortford match on Saturday 18 October. These guys played Kingsmeadow last year and blew the audience away so make sure you don’t miss this one.

To book tickets, call 020 8547 3335.



More about the gig....

Who’s Who
With support from DJ’s spinning real deal 60’s soul, power pop and new wave with a side order of bluebeat, ska, and two-tone faves.

Saturday 18 October
Doors 8.00pm, show starts 9.30pm, bar closes 1.00am
Admission: £8 (advance)/ £10 (door)

Who's Who is a dynamic powerful tribute band from the U.K with all of the energies, passion and angst of The Who at their peak. They recreate the classic hits whilst evoking the atmosphere of those heady times for a new generation to witness and for the older one’s to relive.
Who's Who's exciting live performances with Townshend's leaping and Daltrey's microphone whirling antics receive incredible reactions country wide. But it’s not just about the theatrics; they are widely recognised and respected by their musical peers, and The Who hierarchy, as the LEADING Who tribute style band in the country.
Gary, the bands vocalist, has been personally praised by Pete Townshend, and their interpretation of the original sound, is widely regarded as the best (and closest) that anyone will ever get to recreating the feeling and energy of The Who at their peak!
“Professional attitude….Indiscernible from the real thing” The Stage
“The band ended with My Generation and the 1000 strong crowd went absolutely mental” Scootering Magazine
I rushed home and put on my Who albums. For a tribute act, there's no higher praise.” The Daily Record
For more information, visit www.thewhotribute.com.



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Monday 06 October 2008
first team news
Terry on Worcester City and Erith Town

Following Saturday's defeat at Worcester, Terry Brown was focusing on getting his defence back into shape for the FA Cup tie at Dover. First, however, there is a London Senior Cup tie to face tomorrow night at Kingsmeadow, where Terry is aiming to give some of the club's exciting youngsters a game, while resting senior players who were injured on Saturday.

"I am still feeling disappointed after a very frustrating weekend. Without trying to over-analyse Saturday's defeat it is evident in the last three away games that we have conceded too many goals. Seven goals in three games away from home would give any team a mountain to climb and we are not good enough to give any team a three goal start.

"This week we will be looking at ways of strengthening the defensive unit, especially during the first 30 minutes of any game. Although it is difficult to find too many pluses from Saturday's performance, I was pleased with the reaction from our players. We continued to try to play football and prise Worcester's defence apart. On another day, we could have equalised and gone on to win. However, our forwards shouldn't be expected to score more than two goals to win any game.

"After speaking to Tom Davis and Sammy Hatton in particular last week, it has been very pleasing that both of them have been on the scoresheet in the last two games. Until our front pairing strike up a better understanding together it is vitally important that we score goals from other parts of the park.

"Tuesday's game against Erith offers an opportunity to several of our squad who have sat on the bench recently. Jack Turner will make his first team debut in a senior competitive game, which will be the first since his sixteenth birthday and became eligible to play in the Conference, where age limits are higher than the Football League. Jack is a first class youngster who will no doubt go on to play at a higher level and he has certainly earned his chance with his attitude and application.

"Stevie Gilbert comes in at right back. Stevie has also been very patient this year and will no doubt be looking forward to returning to the first team after his start against Chelmsford earlier this season.

"Luke Pigden will come into midfield. Luke is a very talented lad who can pick a pass and is one of the best finishers in the club. Again, this will be invaluable experience for him. This game also offers an opportunity for our front three to get another valuable ninety minutes under their belts. We are looking to start with Chris Sullivan on the right, Dean Mason on the left and Belal Aiteouakrim in the middle. These will be supplemented by some of Marcus's young lads who have earned a chance following recent displays.

"This is a cup competition that we would dearly like to do well in, as we are currently running with a squad of 22, who are all first team players. Their progress is vital in this competition if we are to ensure that all our squad is fighting fit as we aim to win things at different levels.

"Several of the squad are nursing injuries after Saturday's game and with the fixtures coming fast and furious at this time of the year it is necessary both to both ensure that injured players get necessary rest and, just as importantly, those players who are sitting on the bench benefit from 90 minutes of match-time."


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Monday 06 October 2008
club news
Second Dover coach now open for bookings

The first coach for the FA Cup tie at Dover this Saturday is now full so we've reserved another and are now taking bookings.

You can reserve your space by calling the office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on any weekday - or by calling into the office between those hours.

As usual, the cost is £10 for all-comers. The coach will leave The Woodman pub at 11.00 am and Kingsmeadow at 11.30 am.


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Sunday 05 October 2008
first team news
Dons fight back not enough

A disastrous opening 25 minutes, in which Wimbledon conceded three goals, sealed their fate and despite pulling two goals back it was not enough to save the Dons from their second successive away defeat in the league.

Marco Adaggio opened the scoring after just 43 seconds when he smashed the ball past the helpless James Pullen having latched on to a weak header from Jake Leberl who was attempting to find keeper, Pullen. Fifteen minutes later, a free kick from the half way line was headed home by Craig Wilding who out jumped Ben Judge and looped the ball over Pullen. After a misplaced pass from Leberl after 24 minutes the ball came to Jamie Price whose shot from 25 yards curled past Pullen and into the net via the far post to put the home side three ahead.

The Dons pulled one back six minutes later when Tom Davis turned in the box, stumbled and picked himself up to curl the ball past Danny McDonnell. 10 minutes into the second half Sam Hatton headed home at the far post after a long free kick from the left by Chris Hussey and the visitors felt they were back in the game. As the home side retreated, the Dons launched attack after attack but although a number of chances were created they failed to test McDonnell enough and eventually, to the relief of the home crowd, the referee blew for time.

On the way home Terry Brown expressed his views. “I am very disappointed with today’s result. The first 25 minutes was a catalogue of disasters caused by individual errors and, as a result, we left ourselves with a mountain to climb.

“Although we huffed and puffed in the second half it was always going to be a difficult task to recover from a three goal deficit. Defensively we weren’t good enough today and although we scored two goals we are still unable to finish in a clinical manner a decent percentage of the chances we create.

“It was pleasing to see both Tom Davis and Sam Hatton contribute to the goals once again but unless we tighten up our defence we will always be chasing games. We have conceded two goals at Bedford and three goals at Worcester in our last two away games and I will be looking for a much better defensive display against Dover.



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Friday 03 October 2008
club news
Football Foundation video re the grant for the Paul Strank stand extension

The Football Stadia Improvement Fund has published a video interview with former Wimbledon FC star John Scales, who presented the grant cheque to the club before the Maidenhead game on 13 September. The video also includes a brief interview with Wimbledon Chief Executive Erik Samuelson.

To view the video, click on FSIF grant video


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Friday 03 October 2008
club news
Last call for Worcester coach places

There are still a few places left on the third coach for the Worcester game on Saturday. The coach will pick up from The Woodman pub at 10.00 am and from Kingsmeadow at 10.30 am.

The price is £10 and places can be booked by ringing the club on 020 8547 3528 before 4.00 pm today.

While you are booking, you can also reserve a place on the coach to the FA Cup tie at Dover on 11 October. Pick up from The Woodman pub will be at 11.00 am and from Kingsmeadow at 11.30 am.



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Thursday 02 October 2008
first team news
Terry looks forward to Worcester

There should be a large crowd at Worcester on Saturday for Wimbledon's return to league action following the midweek cup win against Bedford Town. Worcester average nearly 800 and with at least that number of Wombles looking likely to travel, there could be the best atmosphere since the season's opening game at Newport County.

Worcester currently sit eighth in the league, despite winning only the first of their five home league games to date and then disappointingly going out of the FA Cup at home to Tamworth. It is their away form that has kept them just outside the playoff places, with three wins and two draws from their travels.

Wimbledon Manager Terry Brown is looking forward to Saturday's game, following his team's performance in despatching Bedford Town in a convincing way on Tuesday night.

"After Tuesday night's fine FA Cup win, the players are in a buoyant mood going in to Saturday's away fixture at Worcester. Worcester's form this year has been slightly up and down, including several good wins, notably away at Bromley and Welling.

"From our point of view, it would be nice to get back to winning ways on the road and we shall be aiming for maximum points at St George's Lane - we aren't going there to play for a draw.

"We still have injury doubts concerning Andy Little, Jason Goodliffe, Alan Inns and Elliott Godfrey. Even though none of those four was available on Tuesday we still turned in a fine performance and, although I'd love to have them available, I'd have no qualms about picking the same side for Saturday.

"We got three goals on Tuesday and could easily have got a few more. But despite that, I feel our front partnership is starting to gell and it is comforting to know as a manager that I can juggle with both midfield and defensive lineups within our current squad and still look a strong outfit. So we are very much looking forward to the game."


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Wednesday 01 October 2008
club news
Erik Samuelson at the Wimbledon Book Fest

As part of this year's Wimbledon Book Fest, BBC's John Inverdale will be interviewing author Duncan Hamilton about his book, 'Provided You Don't Kiss Me- 20 years with Brian Clough (winner William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2007, 'one of the best football books I've ever read' according to John Motson) at the Odeon Cinema on Wimbledon Broadway on Thursday 9 October at 7.30pm.
The organisers have kindly invited AFC Wimbledon chief executive Erik Samuelson to attend the event and also be interviewed by John Inverdale.
We would like to encourage fans to support this event, not only because it is a great opportunity to promote the club in the local community but also to support Erik.
Tickets cost £7.50 and can be booked by calling the Polka Theatre on 020 8543 4888 or online at here.



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Wednesday 01 October 2008
club news
Coaches to Worcester and Dover

There are still places left on the coach going to Worcester on Saturday. The coach will pick up from the Woodman at 10.00 am and from Kingsmeadow at 10.30 am.

Coaches will also run to the FA Cup tie at Dover on 11 October. Pick up at The Woodman will be 11.00 am and at Kingsmeadow 11.30 am.

The price is £10 and places can be booked by ringing the club on 020 8547 3528 during office hours.


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Wednesday 01 October 2008
first team news
Dons book trip to Dover

In a very one-sided affair Wimbledon finally wore down the doughty fighters from Bedford to earn a trip to Dover in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup.

The Dons came out with a purpose from the off and could easily have scored in the opening 10 minutes with Danny Kedwell and Luke Garrard both going close. The pressure finally told after 39 minutes when Kedwell was fouled 25 yards from goal. Up stepped Sam Hatton and unlike his effort on Saturday, which hit the bar, his whipped shot flew into the net off the inside of the post.

A second goal within 10 minutes of the start of the second half eased the nerves. A move down the left resulted in Chris Hussey hitting a square cross which was latched on to by Tom Davis who passed the ball into the net. Many more opportunities arose but were not taken and it was left to Kedwell to open his account for the Dons three minutes from time when he slotted home after good work by substitute Luke Pigden.

Terry Brown was in a happy mood after the game. “I thought this was one of our best performances of the season. It was important that we kept a clean sheet and that we did. It was also important that we remained patient and continued to play our football even though we weren’t taking our chances in the first half. It will be interesting to see the DVD of the game and look at the ratio of chances created against the goals taken.

“I was delighted that Danny Kedwell got on the score sheet. He had an excellent game and fully deserved his goal. It was also good to see two of our midfield players, Sam Hatton and Tom Davis score as we will need the midfield players to also get their share of goals."



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