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Friday 30 October 2009
club news
Breakfast at The Grove

The Grove will be serving breakfast at 7.30am tomorrow, before the coach departs for Chester at 8am.

Fans can also use the pub's car park at a cost of £5 for the day, although this fee is waived for anyone who buys breakfast.


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Friday 30 October 2009
club news
Last call for coaches to Chester

There are just a handful of places remaining on the coaches travelling to Chester on Saturday for our Blue Square Premier game. The coach will pick up from The Grove at 8.00 am and from Kingsmeadow at 8.30 am. The price is £15 and if you want to claim one of the last places please call the office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 2.00 pm today.


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Friday 30 October 2009
club news
Millwall ticket sales on Friday

The credit card hotline will not be in operation today but fans requiring tickets for our FA Cup game against Millwall can still visit the club office between 10.00 am and 2.00 pm to buy their tickets. The office will be shut after 2.00 pm.

It is still possible to purchase tickets via the club’s web site. Look for the ‘Buy tickets online here’ sign on the left of the home page.


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Thursday 29 October 2009
first team news
Wrexham game rearranged

The Blue Square Premier game against Wrexham due to have been played on 10 November and which has been postponed because of our involvement in the FA Cup the previous evening has been rearranged.

The game will now take place at Kingsmeadow on Tuesday 5 January 2010, kick off at 7.45 pm


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Thursday 29 October 2009
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents Hal Cruttenden SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS

Comedy@Kingsmeadow returns on Friday 6th November, headlined by the hilarious Hal Cruttenden. See below for more about the line-up, including an appearance by AFC Wimbledn fan Colin Shergold.

***Special arrangements for Friday 6th November***
Due to the fireworks display taking place at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Friday 6th November, we regret to say that there will be no parking available until 9pm. As a result, doors will open at 8pm and the comedy will start at 9.30pm.

To purchase tickets, click www.kingsmeadowlive.com

Upcoming Gigs:
Saturday 21st November - The Kounterfeit Kinks
Saturday 19th December - Kingsmeadow Live Xmas Party featuring Ska Wars!





Friday 6th November
COMEDY@KINGSMEADOW presents Hal Cruttenden, Steve Williams, David Earl, Colin Shergold and Geoff Whiting
Doors open 7:30pm. Comedy starts 9:00pm. Bar closes midnight.
Admission: £12.00 (includes dinner)

Hal Cruttenden (Headliner)
Hal Cruttenden is one of the one of the top comedians working in the UK today, as well as being an accomplished writer and actor. Already this year he has appeared on 'Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive' for BBC3 and has just finished writing and performing in 'The Omid Djalili Show' due to be aired on BBC1 towards the end of the year. Hal's big breakthrough in stand up came with his nomination for the Perrier Newcomer Award at the 2002 Edinburgh Festival for his solo show 'Hal', followed by a highly successful run the following year of his second show, 'To Hal and Back', which was also performed at the Soho Theatre in London at the end of 2003.
At the 2005 Edinburgh Festival, he performed sketches with 'The Monkey Butlers' to sell out crowds at the Underbelly Venue. He is a regular performer at all the top UK clubs, including the Comedy Store and Jongleurs, and supported Ardal O'Hanlon and Omid Djalili on their recent nationwide tours. Internationally, Hal received rave reviews at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal in 2004 and at the Kilkenny Cat Laughs Comedy Festival in 2005.
He has done shows throughout the Netherlands, Belgium, and Ireland, and even further afield in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Jakarta, Canada, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore, where he appeared at the Jubilee Hall in the world famous Raffles Hotel. He performed at the opening of the first comedy venue in Bali and, earlier this year, did a week of shows to the Armed Forces in the Falkland Islands!


Steve Williams (Opening Act)
"The Prodigy" - The Independent
"The star of the show and a treat to behold. Inventive material and banter with the audience blended together effortlessly and seamlessly. Sheer brilliance." - Manchester Evening News
"Scores real laughs with sharp improv" - The Scotsman.
"Hilarious, shining through" - Three Weeks Magazine.
"Very special, completely spontaneous lunacy. Tears were universal" - East Magazine.
"Attracts admirers for his topical comedy and effortless delivery" - Newcastle Metro.
"Every minute provided a digestible chunk of sheer hilarity. His natural talent threw the crowd into a frenzy, resulting in a night of laugh-out-loud comedy. This distinctive night of comic entertainment will be ingrained in the minds of those who went for some time." - Huddersfield Daily Examiner
''Enjoyable' and 'Entertaining'' - Time Out Magazine
''Deservedly good'' - The Western Mail
''Seriously recommended viewing, immerse yourself in his world'' - Manchester City Life Magazine
''Effortless and effective delivery'' – Chortle


David Earl and Colin Shergold (Open Spots)


Geoff Whiting (MC)
Geoff Whiting is an established and popular compere, as well as a strong and versatile act. He has appeared at the Edinburgh Festival, on television and radio and at every notable comedy club in the UK. He is also an established TV warm up. "Geoff Whiting takes the stage with consummate ease and works the audience like a miner at the coal face, digging out nuggets of information to fuel his comedy." - Independent on Sunday, August 2006
"Geoff Whiting was the perfect compere. His lack of ego, his audience technique, and, of course, some great material, were a perfect warm-up for the main-billed acts." - Funny.co.uk
"...a master of the 'That's so True' type of humour. He ad-libbed brilliantly and hooked the audience." - Evening Standard
"...wonderfully confident, highly entertaining..." - Scene Magazine Bristol
'' skilful stand-up '' - Time Out Magazine

(Line-ups subject to change)




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Thursday 29 October 2009
first team news
Terry on Crawley and Chester

Terry Brown was still on a high after Tuesday night's FA cup success when we spoke to him this afternoon.

"Tuesday night's replay win against Crawley really epitomised the strength and importance of the FA Cup. I thought our players showed real character and dug deep for what was a well-earned victory against a very talented and experienced outfit. And the fans dug deep too. From the moment that Derek Duncan was sent off, they raised the noise levels dramatically and, believe me, they were a massive boost to the team as they set about beating Crawley's eleven men.

"We now look forward to a very exciting twelve days until we visit Millwall on Monday 9 November. In between, however, we have a very important league fixture at Chester, a game that we can ill-afford to lose if we are to keep in touch with the top five clubs.

"We go into Saturday's game without the services of Jay Conroy and Kennedy Adjei, who both have injuries likely to sideline them for the next couple of weeks. We will also be without Derek Duncan whose automatic one match ban stops him from travelling to Chester.

"I am looking to bring Nathan Ashton into the squad for Saturday's game and we hope to have a look at this very talented young left back over the next month.

"Chester's current plight at the bottom of the league table will no doubt ensure a very competitive game as they desperately need to pick up results since their 25 points deduction. Had they not had that deduction, they would certainly not be in the bottom three today.

"We had Chester watched recently and the report back was positive and we expect a very difficult game.

"After Tuesday's game, some of the boys enjoyed a golf day at Royal Wimbledon golf course, as part of the Wimbledon Sports Week. The bandit Stuart Cash once again took the prize money. I would also like to point out that I comprehensively beat the 18-handicap Ivor Heller.

"Friday sees the early departure of the players to allow us to train in Cheadle, prior to an overnight stay before Saturday's game. We will have no excuses with regards to the performance on Saturday as the players are fully aware of how important the game is to us."


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Thursday 29 October 2009
club news
Ticket arrangements for the FA Cup first round tie at Millwall

Tickets have now gone on sale to Dons fans for the FA Cup first round tie at Millwall. The game will be played at The New Den, kick off 7.45pm, on Monday 9 November. The game is not all-ticket but we strongly advise fans to buy in advance.

Tickets are for unreserved seating and four tickets per applicant can be bought as follows:

Callers

The club office will be open from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm on weekdays. We do not require a season ticket voucher for this game.

Credit card hotline

The hotline, 020 8247 9910, will be open on Thursday from 10.30 am to 2.30 pm.

Times may vary from day to day – please watch this site for news of opening times.

On line

Tickets can be bought via the club’s web site from 9.00 am on Thursday. Look for the ‘Buy tickets online here’ sign on the left of the home page

Tickets will be sent by first class post but we cannot take responsibility for their safe or timely delivery, nor can we issue replacement tickets. We recommend that you check the status of any possible postal strike before ordering tickets this way.

By post

Postal applications should be sent to the club’s offices, with a cheque made out to AFC Wimbledon. Please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope, or indicate that you plan to collect them. Please make sure to include a telephone number, for us to contact you in the event of any query. It is not necessary to include a voucher for this game.

If you would like the tickets to be sent by recorded delivery, please add a further £2 to the payment.

Tickets will be sent by first class post but we cannot take responsibility for their safe or timely delivery, nor can we issue replacement tickets. We recommend that you check the status of any possible postal strike before ordering tickets this way.

Prices

All the tickets are for seats. Prices are as follows:

Adults £15
Concessions £10 (Over 60s only, not students or the unemployed)
Under 16s £5


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Wednesday 28 October 2009
club news
Volunteers needed

The commercial department is looking for volunteers to help distribute information promoting several aspects of the club at the annual fireworks display held at the stadium on Friday 6 November. There will be several thousand people at the stadium so this is a great opportunity to build up the club's profile.
If you have a couple of hours to spare, please e-mail here.
Each volunteer will be given free entry to Comedy@Kingsmeadow (including dinner) being held in the back bar after the fireworks.



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Wednesday 28 October 2009
club news
Wrexham game postponed

With the FA Cup first round tie now scheduled for Monday 9 November, the Blue Square Premier home game against Wrexham, due to be played on Tuesday 10 November, has been postponed. We are in contact wtih Wrexham to decide a new date and will make an announcement as soon as possible.

Fans who have aleady bought tickets for the Wrexham game should please note that the tickets will be valid for the rearranged date. Any fan who wishes to do so may send their ticket to the club's offices and we will issue a repayment.


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Wednesday 28 October 2009
club news
Second supporters' coach arranged for Chester - spaces still available

Following a large number of reservations being made at last night's game, we have booked a second supporters' coach for the game at Chester City on Saturday.

The coach will pick up from The Grove at 8.00 am and from Kingsmeadow at 8.30 am. Price £15.

You can book a place by calling at the office, or phoning us, between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm.


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Tuesday 27 October 2009
club news
Wimbledon go through to meet Millwall

The Dons had a great cup night as they overcame Crawley Town 3-1 to set up a First Round game at Millwall on Monday 9 November.

They did so having to play the entire second half with ten men after Derek Duncan was sent off just before half time having picked up his second yellow card. The Dons had gone ahead after 15 minutes from a great left footed shot from Jon Main that went in off the far post. The visitors were level after 27 minutes when Jefferson Louis broke through and calmly slotted the ball past the advancing James Pullen.

The second half saw a fantastic perfromance with Luke Moore converting a Danny Kedwell cross after 66 minutes and then Kedwell himself made sure of the cup win when he scored from close range after keeper Simon Rayner had dropped a cross at his feet.




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Tuesday 27 October 2009
first team news
Terry on Crawley

Terry Brown was focusing solely on tonight's FA Cup replay with little thought of the next round when we spoke to him earlier this afternoon.

"Yesterday's training session gave me an opportunity to talk through Saturday's game with the players, highlighting the need for us to show more urgency and determination if we are to finally overcome Crawley. Although we have a young side they must come to terms with the fact that this is an FA Cup tie and, like all derbies against local opposition, before you can get down to play your football you had best win your battles.

"Both clubs have seen enough of each other over the last month to realise the strengths and the weaknesses in each team and although there has been little to choose between the teams so far, I am looking for my players to show us another gear tonight and clinch a fantastic opportunity to play a top eight League One side.

"The experience would be invaluable to our young players and, like all good cup ties, you have to have earned the right to get there. The players are aware how important this cup tie is to them and the club and I'm sure with the help of our fantastic support it is in our own hands now.

"There are injury doubts concerning Jay Conroy and Kennedy Adjei. However, the return of Ben Judge and Elliott Godfrey has come at a very important time for the club."


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Tuesday 27 October 2009
club news
Chester City game goes ahead - coach arrangements

We have received confirmation that the away game at Chester City in the Blue Square Premier on Saturday 31 October will definitely be going ahead.

If there is sufficient demand we will run a second supporters' coach to the game. You can add your name to the list by calling the club's office (020 8547 3528) between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm or by calling at the complimentary tickets window this evening.

The coach will pick up from The Grove at 8.00 am and from Kingsmeadow at 8.30 am. Price £15.


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Tuesday 27 October 2009
club news
Arrangements for ticket sales today - credit card hotline open again

The match is not all ticket and tickets can be bought on the night of the game or during the day. The ticket prices have now been confirmed with the FA as follows.

Seats:

Adults £16

Concessions £10

Under 16s £5

Terrace:

Adults £13

Concessions £8

Under 16s £2

Please note that with the expected attendance for this game, we are not issuing different tickets for the John Smith's and Tempest End terraces.

Tickets can be purchased via the credit card hotline on 020 8247 9910 between 10.30 am and 2.30 pm today. Personal callers can also visit the club office up to 3.30 pm.

Terrace tickets can be purchased on line for home and away fans by going to the 'Buy tickets' online tab on the front page of the Official web site up to 2.00 pm.

Any remaining seat tickets will go on sale from the booth in the foyer from 5.45 pm and the turnstiles will be open from 6.45 pm.




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Monday 26 October 2009
club news
Club Shop opening hours

The Club Shop will be open from 6.00 pm until 7.30 pm on Tuesday before the FA Cup replay. This is your last chance to get some warm AFC Wimbledon clothing for HALLOWEEN and FIREWORK NIGHT - a gift better than all those sweets and chocolate and that will last longer.

Happy Halloween from the Merchandise Team.


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Monday 26 October 2009
club news
Terry and the players get Sports Week going at Wimbledon Station at 2.00 pm today

Wimbledon Sports Week starts today. Part of the first day's activities is that Terry Brown and several first team players will be appearing in the forecourt at Wimbledon station at 2.00 pm. So come along and support the team and get Sports Week off to a great start!

For more about Sprots Week, read on.

Sports Week is an opportunity for all the different clubs in Wimbledon to exhibit the sporting opportunities for the general public to get involved in.

There will be demonstrations, join-in coaching, free competitions, literature to pick up, promotional vouchers, players signing and loads and loads of occasions to win prizes. Come to Wimbledon Station forecourt and Wimbledon Shopping Plaza and enjoy the fun!

Monday
Present: All England LTC (10.00 am - 1.00 pm), YMCA (11.00 am - noon), Old Ruts mini rugby (2.00 pm - 3.00 pm)
AFC Wimbledon activities (10.00 am - 4.00 pm): Football Skittles, Football Golf, Football Speed Cage
Features: 2.00 pm Terry Brown and AFC Wimbledon players' appearance.

Tuesday
Present: All England LTC (10.00 am - 2.30 pm), Cassar Martial Arts demonstration (12.30 pm - 13.30 pm)
AFC Wimbledon activities (10 am - 4 pm): Timed assault course, Speed Passing, Keepy-upy, Heading Competition
Features: The Mayor visiting (10.00 am), Terry Brown and Haydon the Womble (10.00 am)

Wednesday
Present: Kimberley Rothman Fit Camp (11am - 12 noon), Wimbledon Rugby Club (noon - 2.00 pm), YMCA (3.00 pm - 4.00 pm)
AFC Wimbledon Activities (10.00 am - 4.00 pm): Target Board, Football Volleyball, Timed Shooting

Thursday
Present: Surrey Cricket (10.00 am - 4.00 pm) Old Ruts mini rugby (11.00 am - noon)
AFC Wimbledon Activities (10.00 am - 4.00 pm): Dribbling, Football Cricket, Heading Competition, Target Slots, Football Skittles
Features: Cricket players signing (10.00 am - 11.00 am)

Friday
Present: Surrey Cricket (10 am - 4 pm), YMCA (11.30 am - 12.30 pm), Cassar Martial Arts demonstration (12.30 pm - 1.30 pm) British Martial Arts and kick boxing demonstration (2.00 pm - 3.00 pm)
AFC Wimbledon Activities (10.00 am - 4.00 pm): Timed assault course, Football Pool, Speed Turning, Moving ball targets
Features: Cricket players signing (10.00 am - 11.00 am) Harlequins mascot (10.00 am - 11.00 am)

Also taking place this week will be the Business to Business friendly sports competition.
26 Monday - 5 a side Football Tournament at Goals Wimbledon from 4.30 pm - 7.30 pm.
27 Tuesday - Tennis Tournament at David Lloyd Wimbledon from 4.30 pm - 7.30 pm.
27 Wednesday - Golf Competition at the Royal Wimbledon Golf Club starting at 8.45am - 3pm.
There is still one space available for the tennis tournament and two spaces (groups of 4) for the golf competition, if you would like to get involved email Lynda ASAP at Lynda@southlondon.biz

Submit prize entry forms that can be found and posted at either the station forecourt or piazza throughout sports week, to be automatically placed in a random draw for your chances to win:
+ Premiership football tickets
+ All England Tennis merchandise
+ Signed surrey cricket bat
+ AFC Wimbledon match tickets
+ Children’s football party at Goals

A random draw will take place on 30 October to select the winners, see www.wimbledongoingforgold.co.uk for a complete list of prizes and supporters of Wimbledon Sports Week.

The organisations involved; AFC Wimbledon, All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon Racquets Club, Pedal for health, Nuffield Health, Royal Wimbledon golf club, LBM Sports, YMCA, GLL Wimbledon Leisure Centre, Surrey Cricket, South West Trains, Wimbledon rugby club, Goals, Harmony with Aikado, Old ruts mini rugby, The women only exercise club, Unique Diamondz, David Lloyd leisure, Harlequins Big Game 2, Mango Events, Cassar Academy, Kimberley Rothman Fit Camp, Fitt Gym, Wimbledon Police, British Martial Arts and kick boxing, 2012 sport in Merton schools.

To find out more visit www.wimbledongoingforgold.co.uk


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Sunday 25 October 2009
dons trust news
Junior Dons Christmas party

This year's Junior Dons Christmas Party will be held on Sunday 13 December from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm in the back bar.

Haydon will be overseeing the fun and party favourite Rockin' Paddy will be dj-ing and organising the party games. Terry Brown and the players will be joining in the fun and Father Christmas has even agreed to leave the North Pole for a couple of hours to hand out presents.

The party is suitable for children up to 12 years old, under 5s must be accompanied by an adult.

Admission is £8 for Junior Dons and £10 for others and are sold on a first come first served basis.

Please send cheques, made out to the Dons Trust, to the club office for the attention of Aideen Rochford and include the Junior Don's name, age, gender and details of any allergies or medical conditons.

If you have any queries, please email here.


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Sunday 25 October 2009
first team news
Dons come back to earn cup replay and news of the Cup Draw

Wimbledon came back from a goal behind to earn a draw which sees them face Crawley for a third time in two months on Tuesday night.

In a game of few clear-cut chances the Reds took the lead after 14 minutes through Danny Forest. Having given the ball away in midfield the Dons then failed to clear the ball from their penalty area and it finally reached Forest who drove the ball home.

The equaliser came a minute from half time after good work between Ricky Wellard and Sam Hatton which led to Hatton cutting inside a defender and driving home the ball low inside the near post. Neither side did enough to earn the victory and so both teams went into the draw for the 1st round proper.

The draw seen live on ITV paired either the Dons or Crawley Town at Millwall on 7 or 8 November. Terry Brown's initial reaction was that this was 'an incredibly hard draw for whoever gets through after Tuesday night's replay, and we still have a lot of work to do to earn that right. Millwall sit eighth in the First Division having come off the back of a 2 - 1 victory againts Leeds United yesterday, and are presently unbeaten at home in the League.'


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Friday 23 October 2009
club news
Terry prepares for the FA Cup

The Dons make the short trip to Crawley Town tomorrow for their 4th qualifying round match in the FA Cup sponsored by E.ON. The teams met a month ago at Kingsmeadow in the league with honours ending even. Jefferson Louis put the visitors ahead after 38 minutes with a deflected free kick and Danny Kedwell headed an equalized 13 minutes from time.

After three training sessions during the week Terry Brown was very much looking forward to the tie on Saturday. “There is no doubt that, like any team at this stage of the competition, we would have preferred an easier game against a team from a lower division.

“However, last season we were drawn away against Dover Athletic and eventually progressed after two very difficult games, and I envisage Saturday’s game to be every bit as competitive. It is not just the financial gains that motivate people to a good cup run and as I have been telling my players all week they will only get a certain number of opportunities in their life time for glory in the FA Cup.

“On the injury front, Jay Conroy has not recovered sufficiently from the neck injury he sustained last week against Kettering Town but Derek Duncan returns to the squad and is available for selection.

“Our away form of late suggests we go there full of confidence and that is the case although, having played them already this season, we know what to expect. I can see a full blooded cup tie with hopefully one of our midfielders popping up with the winning goal.”



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Thursday 22 October 2009
club news
Quiz returns tonight!

The ever popular AFC Wimbledon quiz night returns to Kingsmeadow this week on Thursday 22 October.

Entrance is just £1 per person with a maximum of six people in a team. The quiz will be held in the Main Bar and starts at 8.00 pm, so be sure to be there at 7.45 pm to guarantee yourself a good seat.

There will be prizes for the winners, spot prizes and even a prize for the funniest team name. Come along and get involved in what promises to be a really enjoyable night.


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Thursday 22 October 2009
club news
Coach to Crawley Town

There are still some spaces left on the supporters' coach travelling to Crawley Town for our FA Cup tie on Saturday. The coach picks up at The Grove at 12.30 pm and from Kingsmeadow at 1.00 pm.

The cost is £10 and to reserve a seat please call the club on 020 8547 3528.


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Thursday 22 October 2009
u18s news
Further success in the FA Youth Cup

Despite enduring a three hour coach journey which meant a delayed start of 20 minutes, the Under 18s overcame Tilbury 2-0 to move into the first round proper of the competition for the first time since their formation.

First half goals from Matt Harmsworth and Joe Jackson were enough to see off The Dockers and give The Dons a home tie against either Sutton United or Margate in two weeks time.


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Wednesday 21 October 2009
first team news
Kettering highlights now available

To see highlights from Saturday's game against Kettering, just click on AFC Wimbledon TV.


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Wednesday 21 October 2009
cfs news
Wimbledon Sports Week 26 to 30 October

Sports week is an opportunity for all the different clubs in Wimbledon to exhibit the sporting opportunities for the general public to get involved in.

There will be demonstrations, join-in coaching, free competitions, literature to pick up, promotional vouchers, players signing and loads and loads of occasions to win prizes. Come to Wimbledon Station forecourt and Wimbledon Shopping Plaza and enjoy the fun!

Monday
Present: All England LTC (10 am - 1 pm), YMCA (11 am - 12 noon), Old Ruts mini rugby (2 pm - 3 pm)
AFC Wimbledon activities (10 am - 4 pm): Football Skittles, Football Golf, Football Speed Cage
Features: 2pm Terry Brown and AFC Wimbledon players appearance.

Tuesday
Present: All England LTC (10 am - 2.30 pm), Cassar Martial Arts demonstration (12.30 pm - 13.30 pm)
AFC Wimbledon activities (10 am - 4 pm): Timed assault course, Speed Passing, Keepy-upy, Heading Competition
Features: The Mayor visiting (10 am), Terry Brown and Haydon the Womble (10 am)

Wednesday
Present: Kimberley Rothman Fit Camp (11am - 12 noon), Wimbledon Rugby Club (12 noon - 2 pm), YMCA (3 pm - 4 pm)
AFC Wimbledon Activities (10 am - 4 pm): Target Board, Football Volleyball, Timed Shooting

Thursday
Present: Surrey Cricket (10 am - 4 pm) Old Ruts mini rugby (11 am - 12 noon)
AFC Wimbledon Activities (10 am - 4 pm): Dribbling, Football Cricket, Heading Competition, Target Slots, Football Skittles
Features: Cricket players signing (10 am - 11 am)

Friday
Present: Surrey Cricket (10 am - 4 pm), YMCA (11.30 am - 12.30 pm), Cassar Martial Arts demonstration (12.30 pm - 1.30 pm) British Martial Arts and kick boxing demonstration (2 pm - 3 pm)
AFC Wimbledon Activities (10 am - 4 pm): Timed assault course, Football Pool, Speed Turning, Moving ball targets
Features: Cricket players signing (10 am - 11 am) Harlequins mascot (10 am - 11 am)

Also taking place this week will be the Business to Business friendly sports competition.
26 Monday - 5 a side Football Tournament at Goals Wimbledon from 4.30 pm - 7.30 pm.
27 Tuesday - Tennis Tournament at David Lloyd Wimbledon from 4.30 pm - 7.30 pm.
27 Wednesday - Golf Competition at the Royal Wimbledon Golf Club starting at 8.45am - 3pm.
There is still one space available for the tennis tournament and two spaces (groups of 4) for the golf competition, if you would like to get involved email Lynda ASAP at Lynda@southlondon.biz

Submit prize entry forms that can be found and posted at either the station forecourt or piazza throughout sports week, to be automatically placed in a random draw for your chances to win:
+ Premiership football tickets
+ All England Tennis merchandise
+ Signed surrey cricket bat
+ AFC Wimbledon match tickets
+ Children’s football party at Goals

A random draw will take place on 30 October to select the winners, see www.wimbledongoingforgold.co.uk for a complete list of prizes and supporters of Wimbledon Sports Week.

The organisations involved; AFC Wimbledon, All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon Racquets Club, Pedal for health, Nuffield Health, Royal Wimbledon golf club, LBM Sports, YMCA, GLL Wimbledon Leisure Centre, Surrey Cricket, South West Trains, Wimbledon rugby club, Goals, Harmony with Aikado, Old ruts mini rugby, The women only exercise club, Unique Diamondz, David Lloyd leisure, Harlequins Big Game 2, Mango Events, Cassar Academy, Kimberley Rothman Fit Camp, Fitt Gym, Wimbledon Police, British Martial Arts and kick boxing, 2012 sport in Merton schools.

To find out more visit www.wimbledongoingforgold.co.uk



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Tuesday 20 October 2009
club news
Ticket prices at Crawley

The FA Cup tie at Crawley Town on Saturday 24 October is not all ticket and entry will be via the turnstiles on the day. Admission prices have been confirmed as follows:

Seats

Adults - £17

OAP/NUS - £13

U17/18 - £17

U16’s - £7

Terrace

Adults - £14

OAP/NUS - £10

U17/18 - £4

U16’s -£1




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Tuesday 20 October 2009
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents The Dualers SOLD OUT

The Dualers gig taking place this Saturday is now sold out. Sorry to those who didn’t manage to get tickets this time. Keep an eye out for their return next year.

However there are still tickets available for Comedy@Kingsmeadow on Friday 6 November. See below for more details.

To buy tickets, click here.


Friday 6 November
COMEDY@KINGSMEADOW presents Hal Cruttenden, Steve Williams and Geoff Whiting
Doors open 7.30pm. Comedy starts 9.00pm. Bar closes midnight.
Admission: £12.00 (includes dinner)


Hal Cruttenden (Headliner)
Hal Cruttenden is one of the one of the top comedians working in the UK today, as well as being an accomplished writer and actor. Already this year he has appeared on 'Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive' for BBC3 and has just finished writing and performing in 'The Omid Djalili Show' due to be aired on BBC1 towards the end of the year. Hal's big breakthrough in stand up came with his nomination for the Perrier Newcomer Award at the 2002 Edinburgh Festival for his solo show 'Hal', followed by a highly successful run the following year of his second show, 'To Hal and Back', which was also performed at the Soho Theatre in London at the end of 2003.
At the 2005 Edinburgh Festival, he performed sketches with 'The Monkey Butlers' to sell out crowds at the Underbelly Venue. He is a regular performer at all the top UK clubs, including the Comedy Store and Jongleurs, and supported Ardal O'Hanlon and Omid Djalili on their recent nationwide tours. Internationally, Hal received rave reviews at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal in 2004 and at the Kilkenny Cat Laughs Comedy Festival in 2005.
He has done shows throughout the Netherlands, Belgium, and Ireland, and even further afield in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Jakarta, Canada, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore, where he appeared at the Jubilee Hall in the world famous Raffles Hotel. He performed at the opening of the first comedy venue in Bali and, earlier this year, did a week of shows to the Armed Forces in the Falkland Islands!


Steve Williams (Opening Act)
"The Prodigy" - The Independent
"The star of the show and a treat to behold. Inventive material and banter with the audience blended together effortlessly and seamlessly. Sheer brilliance." - Manchester Evening News
"Scores real laughs with sharp improv" - The Scotsman.
"Hilarious, shining through" - Three Weeks Magazine.
"Very special, completely spontaneous lunacy. Tears were universal" - East Magazine.
"Attracts admirers for his topical comedy and effortless delivery" - Newcastle Metro.
"Every minute provided a digestible chunk of sheer hilarity. His natural talent threw the crowd into a frenzy, resulting in a night of laugh-out-loud comedy. This distinctive night of comic entertainment will be ingrained in the minds of those who went for some time." - Huddersfield Daily Examiner
''Enjoyable' and 'Entertaining'' - Time Out Magazine
''Deservedly good'' - The Western Mail
''Seriously recommended viewing, immerse yourself in his world'' - Manchester City Life Magazine
''Effortless and effective delivery'' - Chortle


Geoff Whiting (MC)
Geoff Whiting is an established and popular compere, as well as a strong and versatile act. He has appeared at the Edinburgh Festival, on television and radio and at every notable comedy club in the UK. He is also an established TV warm up. "Geoff Whiting takes the stage with consummate ease and works the audience like a miner at the coal face, digging out nuggets of information to fuel his comedy." - Independent on Sunday, August 2006
"Geoff Whiting was the perfect compere. His lack of ego, his audience technique, and, of course, some great material, were a perfect warm-up for the main-billed acts." - Funny.co.uk
"...a master of the 'That's so True' type of humour. He ad-libbed brilliantly and hooked the audience." - Evening Standard
"...wonderfully confident, highly entertaining..." - Scene Magazine Bristol
'' skilful stand-up '' - Time Out Magazine

(Line-ups subject to change)


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Tuesday 20 October 2009
club news
Update on coaches to Crawley, Chester and Barrow

We are still taking bookings for the coaches travelling to our FA Cup game against Crawley Town and the next two away games in the Blue Square Premier against Chester City and Barrow.

Crawley Town on Saturday 24 October: The coach will pick up from The Grove at 12.30 pm and from Kingsmeadow at 1.00 pm. Price £10.

Chester City on Saturday 31 October: The coach will pick up from The Grove at 8.00 am and from Kingsmeadow at 8.30 am. Price £15.

Barrow on Saturday 14 November: The coach will pick up from The Grove at 6.00 am and from Kingsmeadow at 6.30 am. Price £15.

To book a seat on any of these coaches please call the club office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays.


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Tuesday 20 October 2009
u18s news
Under 18s in Cup action

On Wednesday 21 October the Under 18s visit Tilbury in the 3rd qualifying round of the FA Youth Cup sponsored by E.ON. The game is to be played at Chadfields, St Chads Road, Tilbury, Essex, RM18 8NL and kick off is 7.30 pm. Admission is £4 Adults and £2 for Concessions and Under 16s.

The winners will have a home tie in the First Round proper of the competition against either Sutton United or Margate, that match to be played during the week commencing 2 November.



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Monday 19 October 2009
club news
Quiz night returns!

The ever popular AFC Wimbledon quiz night returns to Kingsmeadow this week on Thursday 22 October.

Entrance is just £1 per person with a maximum of six people in a team. The quiz will be held in the Main Bar and starts at 8.00 pm, so be sure to be there at 7.45 pm to guarantee yourself a good seat.

There will be prizes for the winners, spot prizes and even a prize for the funniest team name. Come along and get involved in what promises to be a really enjoyable night.


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Monday 19 October 2009
dons trust news
Diary date - Junior Dons Christmas Party

Please make a note of the date - this year's Junior Dons Christmas Party will be held on Sunday 13 December from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm in the back bar.

The party is suitable for children up to 12 years old; under 5s must be accompanied by an adult.

Full details of events and prices will be published soon, but you can be sure that Haydon will be there, and so will Terry Brown and the players.


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Sunday 18 October 2009
dons trust news
Dons Draw winners for October

The October Dons Draw took place yesterday at Kingsmeadow.

Winning numbers were drawn in the presence of Matthew Breach (Dons Trust board member), Jerzy Dabrowski and Neil Messenbird (Dons Draw administrator).

The winning ticket numbers and prizes for this draw were as follows:

First prize of £1,000 - ticket 0342 – Callum Watson from Basingstoke

Second prize of £500 - ticket 2912 – M Allen from Addlestone

Third prize of £250 - ticket 0109 – Jeff Roberts from Wimbledon

Fourth prize of £150 - ticket 3064 – Thomas Wilkie from Warlingham

Fifth prize of £100 – ticket 0534 – Kevin Watson from Morden

Sixth prize of £50 – ticket 1947 – Mark Goldfinch from Sutton

Congratulations to all six prize winners.

Also thanks to Jerzy for helping with the draw today having previously expressed an interest in observing. If you would like to observe a future draw please let us know.

The next Dons Draw will take place on or around 15 November 2009, with the results being posted on the AFC Wimbledon official web site soon after the draw has taken place.

Following a continued surge in entrants we have again been able to increase our total prizes.

We now are now paying out a massive £2,050 a month in prizes!

If you want a chance of winning one of these prizes, 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 2009 Dons Draw is 8.00pm on 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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Sunday 18 October 2009
first team news
Terry looks back on Kettering - AFC Wimbledon TV

Terry Brown's thoughts after the Kettering game are now available.

To see his interview, just click on AFC Wimbledon TV.


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Saturday 17 October 2009
first team news
Wimbledon slip to home defeat

Wimbledon’s disappointing home form, certainly result-wise, continued as they were beaten by the odd goal of three by third placed Kettering Town.

With Chris Hussey having gone on loan to Coventry, Brett Johnson filled the left back position, and Paul Lorraine and Alan Inns were at centre back. Sam Hatton moved forward to midfield, with Jay Conroy coming in at right back.

The Dons contributed to their own downfall by giving away possession which ultimately led to the two goals. Greg Taylor opened the scoring when he fired home from the edge of the penalty area after 18 minutes, and just two minutes later Danny Thomas’ powerful left-footed shot beat James Pullen all ends up. Wimbledon’s response was almost immediate, as a long cross from Hatton was headed back across goal by Danny Kedwell for Jon Main to head in.

Despite being behind, the Dons played some good football and Kedwell was inches away from an equaliser, as was Main who saw his shot well saved by Lee Harper, who deflected the ball onto the bar.

The Dons continued to play some attractive football particularly when Hatton moved to the right back position and his attacking forays created chances. Kedwell came closest to levelling the scores, although Ricky Wellard also had two good opportunities.

Terry Brown was subdued after the game and still unhappy about the failure of his midfield to score goals. The team are finding it more difficult to obtain victories at home than away, where they are usually afforded more space. Kettering, as had Kidderminster in the previous game, shut down the space and gave the Dons’ passing players little time on the ball, and that area of the game will have to improve if the team are to move forward.



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Friday 16 October 2009
first team news
Chris signs up

Late this afternoon, Chris Hussey signed the forms for his loan to Coventry, with a view to a transfer in the January transfer window. We spoke to him at the hotel in Coventry where he had stayed overnight before the details were thrashed out and terms agreed earlier today.

"I feel really, really good. Sometimes I think it is a dream but then I realise it is actually happening to me. I just can't wait to get into training and get going.

One of the first things Chris did when he realised the deal was going to happen was to call John Morris, his reserve team manager when he first joined the club. "I wanted to call John because when I first came to the club he was my manager and he gave me a start in the reserves. He was very patient with me and I learned a lot from him. He looked after me and I'd like to think he was proud of me.

"Also I want to thank Simon Bassey for everything he has done, including sometimes giving me a hard time. But he encouraged me when I needed it. And of course I'd like to think Terry for giving me my chance and for sticking with me. And thank you to everyone in the club.

"The world is my oyster now - hopefully I'll be able to force my way into the team at Coventry. I'll be giving it all I've got."

Chris explained that there is no chance of him making his Coventry debut tomorrow. "As it happens I've not been able to sign early enough for the papers to be submitted until Monday, so I wasn't eligible for the squad for the game tomorrow, and my new gaffer told me to come back to London for the weekend. I am hoping to come to the game tomorrow to say a proper 'goodbye' to everyone. Obviously I really want to be playing but I am pleased to get a chance to say my goodbyes properly."

We asked Terry Brown to look back on Chris's time with the Dons. He said "when Stuart and I first joined the club we had a long chat with John Morris with reference to who he thought might progress into the first team - and Chris was the first name that John gave me as a future prospect. The first couple of times we had a chance to look at him in training he looked a very talented but nervous young lad. I remember thinking at the time 'I don't think he will do for me in the Ryman Premier at the moment'.

"So far as the first team was concerned, Mickey Haswell was a regular starter and it took a loan spell at Windsor with Dave Anderson giving him regular first team football to give him the additional confidence to push for Mickey's place. On his return Chris had a major battle on his hands to get in front of Mickey but whenever he had the opportunity to start a game he proved that he certainly had the ability to start at that level.

"To me one of the biggest games Chris encountered during this period was the Torquay tie when he came in and gave a very confident, assured performance and on the day was one of our better players. During the following summer Chris went away and worked very hard in the gym and built his upper body strength up. During the start of our first Blue Square South season he soon established himself as a first team regular, always showing great desire and commitment to get forward, although still with room for improvement on his defensive side.

"During this summer, I feel Chris has grown from a boy into a man. He came back one of our strongest, most athletic players and it was quite evident early in pre-season that it would be difficult to hold onto the services of this very talented young lad. During the 15 league games so far this season, Chris has played exceptionally well and he will certainly be a very difficult act to follow.

"On behalf of the management team and all of the players, we would like to wish Chris all the best in his future career - and remember, Chris, you've just started your professional football career and this is an opportunity that is too good to miss. Grasp it with both hands and everyone will be delighted to see you back here when we knock you out of the FA Cup this season."

Chris Hussey is 20. He made his debut for the first team as a substitute for Tony Finn in the FA Cup replay at Horsham on 16 October 2007, exactly two years ago today. He made 83 first team appearances, comprising 73 starts and 10 as a substitute, and scored two penalties and one free kick in those games. He also played 25 games for the reserves, scoring two goals.


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Friday 16 October 2009
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents The Dualers LAST 10 TICKETS

The Dualers make their big return to Kingsmeadow Live on Saturday 24 October but this gig is almost sold out!

To grab one of the last few tickets, click here.

Saturday 24 October
The Dualers
Doors 7.00pm, show starts 9.30pm, bar closes 1.00am
Admission: £12 (advance)/ £14 (door)

The Dualers first came to the attention of the nation in October 2004 when they became the world’s first street performers to enter the UK singles chart. Debuting at number 21 with self-penned Kiss on the Lips, they sold more records that week than established artists such as Duran Duran, the Scissor Sisters, Ronan Keating, Girls Aloud, and Natasha Bedingfield. No small feat given the lack of backing and publicity.
In November 2005, The Dualers released their second single, Truly Madly Deeply, another chart hit, entering at number 23 ahead of Bananarama, Jamiroquai, and Corrine Bailey Rae. Following the release of a third single, Don’t Go, their debut album, The Melting Pot, was unleashed on the nation on July 3rd, 2006.
The band is fronted by mercurial brothers Si and Tyber Cranstoun. Their musical preferences were heavily influenced by their father, Bill, who helped to introduce ska and soul music to the capital as aprt of the Savoy Sound System.
'These local superstars are inching towards fame' The Independent
'When you start dancing to these guys, it's impossible to stop' The Sun
'The Dualers soulful harmonising has admirable echoes of Bob Marley and Sam Cooke' Q Magazine

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Thursday 15 October 2009
first team news
Terry on Kettering Town

Terry Brown was looking forward to this weekend's fixture without one of his most talented young proteges when we spoke to him earlier today.

"The likelihood is that we will be starting Saturday's game against Kettering without the services of our very young and talented left back, Chris Hussey. As a manager, although losing one of your best players is disappointing, this has to be balanced against the movement of any of our players, especially into a championship club.

"Coventry have watched Chris on a number of occasions and although the deal has not been ratified yet, it looks as though Chris will be a Coventry player by the weekend.

"Chris has travelled to Coventry for the necessary medical tests, personal terms and discussions necessary before any move can take place. If the move does go through I would like to congratulate Chris on behalf of the football club; it would truly be a magnificent achievement for Chris and I'm sure that everyone will join me in wishing him every success in the world in his future career.

"Chris has been a great role model for any young player joining our club. He has consistently strived to make himself better, be it extra training after a session, or weights during the summer. The only time he has ever moaned about training to me was when he thought we hadn't done enough of it.

"As far as Saturday's team selection is concerned I am in no rush to bring in an immediate replacement and I would like to have a good look at Derek Duncan in the left back position. This is the position he finished last season at Ebbsfleet and barring a problem he currently has with a mouth abcess, he should be starting on Saturday.

"Having studied our previous game against Kettering, I am fully aware that we will have to be at our very best if we are to capture the six points against them. Our first win of the season at Rockingham Road in August proved to be a very hard-earned victory, but we go into Saturday's game on the back of a very encouraging display at Forest Green Rovers, with Jon Main and Lewis Taylor in particularly good form.

"Paul Lorraine will, hopefully, train this evening and looks to have shaken off the virus that affected him last week. The only other injury doubts concern Elliott Godfrey, who has been unable to train owing to an ankle ligament injury. On a positive note, we are hoping that Ben Judge can start a game for the reserves on Saturday. This will be his first start since he was injured at the Altrincham away game."


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Thursday 15 October 2009
club news
Kick It Out to sponsor Kettering game

The club is pleased to announce that Saturday’s game against Kettering Town will be sponsored by Kick It Out’s ‘One Game One Community’ campaign.

The ‘One Game One Community’ campaign is one of the most prominent equality and community engagement initiatives in the country.

The 2009 ‘One Game, One Community’ Weeks Of Action are taking place between 15 and 27 October. The weeks have a strong community focus and play a role in celebrating diversity and inclusion.

AFC Wimbledon is proud to be involved in this campaign and we look forward to welcoming Kick It Out to the Cherry Red Records Fans’ Stadium on Saturday.

For more information, click here.




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Thursday 15 October 2009
dons trust news
Merton Local Development Framework – last chance to comment

The deadline for responses to Merton Council’s Local Development Framework – the new long-term borough plan – is tomorrow, 16 October. Fans who wish to express their views on the issue are encouraged to write to Merton council.

Wimbledon Independent Supporters Association are encouraging fans to write in to support planning provision for a stadium within Merton, should AFC Wimbledon one day be in a position to return. Their website, which includes a model response, can be found here.


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Wednesday 14 October 2009
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow presents Hal Cruttenden in November!

Comedy@Kingsmeadow returns with the hilarious Hal Cruttenden on Friday 6th November. Anyone who remembers Hal’s appearance a couple of years ago will tell you how funny this guy is!
We are also thrilled to announce Steve Williams as our opening act, fresh from his appearance on Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.

And Ting N Ting will be back, serving up there award winning Caribbean cuisine.

To book tickets, click here.

Friday 6th November
COMEDY@KINGSMEADOW presents….
Hal Cruttenden, Steve Williams and Geoff Whiting
Doors open 7.30pm/ comedy starts 9pm/ bar closes Midnight
Admission: £12 (includes comedy and dinner)

Hal Cruttenden (Headliner)
Hal Cruttenden is one of the one of the top comedians working in the UK today, as well as being an accomplished writer and actor. Already this year he has appeared on 'Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive' for BBC3 and has just finished writing and performing in 'The Omid Djalili Show' due to be aired on BBC1 towards the end of the year.
Hal's big breakthrough in stand up came with his nomination for the Perrier Newcomer Award at the 2002 Edinburgh Festival for his solo show 'Hal', followed by a highly successful run the following year of his second show, 'To Hal and Back', which was also performed at the Soho Theatre in London at the end of 2003. At the 2005 Edinburgh Festival, he performed sketches with 'The Monkey Butlers' to sell out crowds at the Underbelly Venue. He is a regular performer at all the top UK clubs, including the Comedy Store and Jongleurs, and supported Ardal O'Hanlon and Omid Djalili on their recent nationwide tours.
Internationally, Hal received rave reviews at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal in 2004 and at the Kilkenny Cat Laughs Comedy Festival in 2005. He has done shows throughout the Netherlands, Belgium, and Ireland, and even further afield in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Jakarta, Canada, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore, where he appeared at the Jubilee Hall in the world famous Raffles Hotel. He performed at the opening of the first comedy venue in Bali and, earlier this year, did a week of shows to the Armed Forces in the Falkland Islands!

Steve Williams (Opening Act)
"The Prodigy" - The Independent
"The star of the show and a treat to behold. Inventive material and banter with the audience blended together effortlessly and seamlessly. Sheer brilliance." - Manchester Evening News
"Scores real laughs with sharp improv" - The Scotsman.
"Hilarious, shining through" - Three Weeks Magazine.
"Very special, completely spontaneous lunacy. Tears were universal" - East Magazine.
"Attracts admirers for his topical comedy and effortless delivery" - Newcastle Metro.
"Every minute provided a digestible chunk of sheer hilarity. His natural talent threw the crowd into a frenzy, resulting in a night of laugh-out-loud comedy. This distinctive night of comic entertainment will be ingrained in the minds of those who went for some time. Huddersfield Daily Examiner
'Enjoyable' and 'Entertaining' - Time Out Magazine
'Deservedly good' - The Western Mail
'Seriously recommended viewing, immerse yourself in his world' - Manchester City Life Magazine
'Effortless and effective delivery' - Chortle

Geoff Whiting (MC)
Geoff Whiting is an established and popular compere, as well as a strong and versatile act. He has appeared at the Edinburgh Festival, on television and radio and at every notable comedy club in the UK. He is also an established TV warm up.
"Geoff Whiting takes the stage with consummate ease and works the audience like a miner at the coal face, digging out nuggets of information to fuel his comedy." - Independent on Sunday, August 2006
"Geoff Whiting takes the stage with consummate ease and works the audience like a miner at the coal face, digging out nuggets of information to fuel his comedy." - Independent on Sunday, August 2006
"Geoff Whiting was the perfect compere. His lack of ego, his audience technique, and, of course, some great material, were a perfect warm-up for the main-billed acts." Funny.co.uk
"...a master of the 'That's so True' type of humour. He ad-libbed brilliantly and hooked the audience." Evening Standard
"...wonderfully confident, highly entertaining..." Scene Magazine Bristol
'' skilful stand-up '' Time Out Magazine

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Monday 12 October 2009
club news
Pre- match dining at the Kettering game

Following its successful launch at the Kidderminster game, the club will once again be offering pre-match dining at the game against Kettering on Saturday 17 October.


The package includes the following:

- Reserved area in back bar for whole day

- Drinks service

- 3 course meal with tea and coffee (served at 1pm)

- 1 x stand ticket

- 1 x complimentary programmes

Cost: £50 per person


This package is also available without the stand ticket for £30.


If you would like to reserve one of these packages, please contact the commercial department by e-mailing here or call 020 8547 3336.

Space is limited so we would advise you to get in touch ASAP if you are interested.



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Monday 12 October 2009
dons trust news
Fundraising sweepstake

A sweepstake was held at the home game against Kidderminster Harriers on 3 October, with a £100 prize on offer for the person picking the ticket with the correct fixture for AFC Wimbledon in the 4th qualifying round of the FA Cup.

Following today's draw, the winning ticket is Crawley Town v AFC Wimbledon. If you are the holder of that ticket, then please email here or leave a message for Mark Davis via the club on 020 8547 3528. You will need to leave your contact details and also to quote the ticket number shown on the ticket.

It has also come to the fundraising team's attention that, because the qualifying rounds of the FA Cup are regionalised, they inadvertently sold sweepstake tickets for teams that AFC Wimbledon could not possibly face. If you believe you have bought such a ticket and wish to reclaim your £2 ticket price, then please get in touch, providing the details quoted above. The fundraising team apologises for any inconvenience caused by this oversight.

Assuming the £100 prize money is claimed and, subject to any refunds claimed, the sweepstake raised £312 for the Dons Trust ground fund.



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Monday 12 October 2009
first team news
Away in the cup

The Dons have been drawn away to Crawley Town in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup.

The match is to be played on Saturday 24 October and ticket arrangements and prices will be announced once known.

The teams have already met this season in the Blue Square Premier with the game at Kingsmeadow ending in a one all draw with Danny Kedwell equalising 13 minutes from time after the visitors had gone ahead in the first half with a deflected Jefferson Louis free kick. Terry Brown thought it was a very tough draw and the cup tie, like the league game, would be a very tight affair.


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Saturday 10 October 2009
first team news
Wimbledon bounce back to winning ways

Wimbledon’s fine away record was maintained in an exciting victory over Forest Green Rovers. Terry Brown made a number of changes with Paul Lorraine, Derek Duncan and Jon Main all making the starting line up.

The game was only 37 seconds old when Lewis Taylor headed home a Luke Moore cross. The home side were level after just seven minutes with Sean Rigg making a run to the near post and beating James Pullen to the ball before steering his shot home. Parity remained for just four minutes before Main beat the offside trap and latched onto Taylor’s through ball, and shot comfortably home past Terry Burton. The goals continued to come thick and fast, and after 16 minutes David Brown equalised for Forest Green once again, heading home after Pullen had made an initial save from a header.

On 23 minutes Alan Inns replaced the unwell Lorraine and with his first touch, he headed down Brett Johnson’s free kick to Danny Kedwell who spun and volleyed home to restore the Dons’ advantage. Although there were no further goals in the half, both teams could easily have added to their goal tally.

For the first time in the game, the Dons took a two goal advantage after 58 minutes, when Kedwell headed home Hatton's cross. Ten minutes from time the goalscoring was completed when good work down the right between Kedwell and Taylor led to Taylor crossing for Main to sweep home.

Terry Brown was in an exuberant mood on the team coach returning to London. “Today saw a fantastic away performance on a wonderful sunny day in a lovely part of the country. It doesn’t get much better than this, for a manager to see his team win 5 – 2 away from home.

“We went to Forest Green expecting a very tight affair, and my team talk was based around the fact that it was going to be a very difficult game, and that we may well have to wait for the 70th or 80th minute to get our noses in front. However this was nothing of the sort. It was an open, expansive game by both sides, who produced great attacking play, and, at times, abysmal defending.

“When I spoke to their manager just after the half time interval, we both agreed that it could easily have been ten-all, although that may have been a slight exaggeration. In the first half we had problems with Paul Lorraine, who was still suffering from the effects of his recent bug, and therefore we had to make an early change with Alan Inns coming on at 2-all. He had an immediate affect, winning the header that set up Danny Kedwell’s goal, from his first touch of the ball.

“It was a really great day for Jon Main and Danny Kedwell, who once again struck up their lethal partnership. Jon showed great composure in finishing a one-on-one with their goalkeeper, and the second goal was vintage Jon Main, after great build-up work. Danny Kedwell led the line with authority and added another two goals to make it 12, which is a great return for this time in the season.

“On top of that we had a man of the match performance from Lewis Taylor who looks fully recovered from his year’s absence from football, and who covered every inch of the pitch and made a great contribution to a splendid performance, scoring one goal and helping create three others. All credit to Forest Green who continued to play football all afternoon, and overall it was just a wonderful day.”



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Friday 09 October 2009
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow returns with Hal Cruttenden in November!

Comedy@Kingsmeadow returns with the hilarious Hal Cruttenden on Friday 6th November. Anyone who remembers Hal’s appearance a couple of years ago will tell you how funny this guy is!
We are also thrilled to announce Steve Williams as our opening act, fresh from his appearance on Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.

And Ting N Ting will be back, serving up there award winning Caribbean cuisine.

To book tickets, click here.

Friday 6th November
COMEDY@KINGSMEADOW presents….
Hal Cruttenden, Steve Williams and Geoff Whiting
Doors open 7.30pm/ comedy starts 9pm/ bar closes Midnight
Admission: £12 (includes comedy and dinner)

Hal Cruttenden (Headliner)
Hal Cruttenden is one of the one of the top comedians working in the UK today, as well as being an accomplished writer and actor. Already this year he has appeared on 'Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive' for BBC3 and has just finished writing and performing in 'The Omid Djalili Show' due to be aired on BBC1 towards the end of the year.
Hal's big breakthrough in stand up came with his nomination for the Perrier Newcomer Award at the 2002 Edinburgh Festival for his solo show 'Hal', followed by a highly successful run the following year of his second show, 'To Hal and Back', which was also performed at the Soho Theatre in London at the end of 2003. At the 2005 Edinburgh Festival, he performed sketches with 'The Monkey Butlers' to sell out crowds at the Underbelly Venue. He is a regular performer at all the top UK clubs, including the Comedy Store and Jongleurs, and supported Ardal O'Hanlon and Omid Djalili on their recent nationwide tours.
Internationally, Hal received rave reviews at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal in 2004 and at the Kilkenny Cat Laughs Comedy Festival in 2005. He has done shows throughout the Netherlands, Belgium, and Ireland, and even further afield in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Jakarta, Canada, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore, where he appeared at the Jubilee Hall in the world famous Raffles Hotel. He performed at the opening of the first comedy venue in Bali and, earlier this year, did a week of shows to the Armed Forces in the Falkland Islands!

Steve Williams (Opening Act)
"The Prodigy" - The Independent
"The star of the show and a treat to behold. Inventive material and banter with the audience blended together effortlessly and seamlessly. Sheer brilliance." - Manchester Evening News
"Scores real laughs with sharp improv" - The Scotsman.
"Hilarious, shining through" - Three Weeks Magazine.
"Very special, completely spontaneous lunacy. Tears were universal" - East Magazine.
"Attracts admirers for his topical comedy and effortless delivery" - Newcastle Metro.
"Every minute provided a digestible chunk of sheer hilarity. His natural talent threw the crowd into a frenzy, resulting in a night of laugh-out-loud comedy. This distinctive night of comic entertainment will be ingrained in the minds of those who went for some time. Huddersfield Daily Examiner
'Enjoyable' and 'Entertaining' - Time Out Magazine
'Deservedly good' - The Western Mail
'Seriously recommended viewing, immerse yourself in his world' - Manchester City Life Magazine
'Effortless and effective delivery' - Chortle

Geoff Whiting (MC)
Geoff Whiting is an established and popular compere, as well as a strong and versatile act. He has appeared at the Edinburgh Festival, on television and radio and at every notable comedy club in the UK. He is also an established TV warm up.
"Geoff Whiting takes the stage with consummate ease and works the audience like a miner at the coal face, digging out nuggets of information to fuel his comedy." - Independent on Sunday, August 2006
"Geoff Whiting takes the stage with consummate ease and works the audience like a miner at the coal face, digging out nuggets of information to fuel his comedy." - Independent on Sunday, August 2006
"Geoff Whiting was the perfect compere. His lack of ego, his audience technique, and, of course, some great material, were a perfect warm-up for the main-billed acts." Funny.co.uk
"...a master of the 'That's so True' type of humour. He ad-libbed brilliantly and hooked the audience." Evening Standard
"...wonderfully confident, highly entertaining..." Scene Magazine Bristol
'' skilful stand-up '' Time Out Magazine

(Line-ups subject to change)




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Friday 09 October 2009
dons trust news
Special General Meeting

A reminder for your diary. There is a Special General Meeting of the Dons Trust on Thursday 15 October. It will be held in the back bar and starts at 7.30 pm. The papers were sent out last week but we know that there may be delays in the post and occasional glitches with our server. If your papers have not arrived you can download them here.

This is one of the three General Meetings which the Club holds each year to discuss policies, enable members to quiz the board, and when necessary to seek formal member approval for specific developments.

Items on the agenda will include:
• updates on work on stadium and community
• a discussion about ethics. Do we need more?
• cross membership of Dons Trust Board and boards of subsidiary companies. Should executive directors also be on the Trust Board?

Terry Brown will be joining the meeting to talk about on-the-pitch ethics. Come and join the debate!




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Friday 09 October 2009
club news
Last call for the coaches to Forest Green

We have just a handful of spaces left on the supporters' coaches travelling to Forest Green tomorrow.

To reserve a seat please ring the club office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.30 am and 4.00 pm today.


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Friday 09 October 2009
club news
Matchday arrangements at Forest Green

For our visit to Forest Green Rovers on Saturday we have received the following information from our hosts.

Visiting supporters will be housed in the covered, all-seated EESI Stand (located behind the goal on the far side of the stadium) with a capacity of 453 seats. Space on the open West Terrace will also be made available. Ticket prices are as follows:

£15 Adults
£10 Concessions (over 65’s and students in possession of a valid student card)
£7 Under 16’s – accompanied by a paying adult

Disabled (wheelchair spaces) is provided in the main Western Thermal Stand, both at ground level (through turnstiles C and D) and at first floor level, via the lift in main reception.

The stadium is non smoking, although there are clear designated areas for smoking outside the stadium. Action will be taken against anyone contravening these regulations.

The 52 page matchday programme is priced £2.50.

Car parking is provided on-site, at a cost of £3 per car. Disabled parking is available by reservation, at the front of the main Western Thermal Stand. Permit holders need to contact the Club Admin Office on 01453 834860 to make the necessary arrangements.

Our on-site public house, ‘The Green Man’, is open from 12 noon on matchdays, and away supporters are always made most welcome. A warm pre-match meal is available at a cost of £3.00. No pre-booking is required.

Catering and beverage refreshments are also available before/during the game, and at half time, from the catering outlet in the EESI Stand. Please note, however, that alcohol will not be served here at any time before/during/after the game.



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Thursday 08 October 2009
first team news
Terry's thoughts on the visit to Forest Green

After a quiet week Terry Brown was looking forward to getting back to match action on Saturday and the visit to Gloucestershire.

"Having read the report from our scout on Forest Green’s game against Mansfield Town last Saturday, it is evident that since taking charge manager Dave Hockaday has instilled renewed self belief in Forest Green. In their last seven games they have won two, drawn four and lost only one and that was last week against Mansfield. It is apparent that they are strong defensively having conceded only five goals in those seven games. It looks as though it will be another tight game when once again I will be needing goals from my midfield players.

"The performance of Jon Main on Tuesday when he turned out for the reserves and scored four goals and made the other in the 5-1 defeat of Three Bridges has given me a very pleasant selection problem. Whether he plays from the start or comes on during the game I am sure the midweek game will have done his confidence no end of good. Paul Lorraine, who has been unavailable for the last two games, has been training all week and will be in Saturday’s squad. However, Danny Kedwell has missed most of the training so far this week with a flu bug but I am hopeful he will be training tonight and be available for selection on Saturday. The only other injury problem concerns Elliott Godfrey who picked up a nasty injury last Saturday when playing for the reserves.

"For those who have not travelled to Nailsworth before it is a lovely stadium in a beautiful village with very friendly fans and I would encourage you to make the journey to a very nice part of the country."


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Wednesday 07 October 2009
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents The Dualers!

Our next gig is The Dualers on Saturday 24th October. Tickets are selling out fast so make sure you book yours soon!

To book tickets, visit here.

Saturday 24th October
The Dualers
Doors 7.30pm, show starts 9.30pm, bar closes 1am
Admission: £12 (advance)/ £14 (door)

The Dualers first came to the attention of the nation in October 2004 when they became the world’s first street performers to enter the UK singles chart. Debuting at number 21 with self-penned Kiss on the Lips, they sold more records that week than established artists such as Duran Duran, the Scissor Sisters, Ronan Keating, Girls Aloud, and Natasha Bedingfield. No small feat given the lack of backing and publicity.
In November 2005, The Dualers released their second single, Truly Madly Deeply, another chart hit, entering at number 23 ahead of Bananarama, Jamiroquai, and Corrine Bailey Rae. Following the release of a third single, Don’t Go, their debut album, The Melting Pot, was unleashed on the nation on July 3rd, 2006.
The band is fronted by mercurial brothers Si and Tyber Cranstoun. Their musical preferences were heavily influenced by their father, Bill, who helped to introduce ska and soul music to the capital as aprt of the Savoy Sound System.

'These local superstars are inching towards fame' The Independent
'When you start dancing to these guys, it's impossible to stop' The Sun
'The Dualers soulful harmonising has admirable echoes of Bob Marley and Sam Cooke' Q Magazine

For more information, visit here.





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Wednesday 07 October 2009
club news
Kidderminster highlights on AFC Wimbledon TV

Highlights of last Saturday's game against Kidderminster are now available. To see them, click on AFC Wimbledon TV.


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Wednesday 07 October 2009
club news
Corporate hospitality at Kettering game

Following its successful launch at the Kidderminster game, the club will once again be offering corporate hospitality at the game against Kettering on Saturday 17 October.


The package includes the following:

- Reserved area in back bar for whole day

- Drinks service

- 3 course meal with tea and coffee (served at 1pm)

- 1 x stand ticket

- 1 x complimentary programmes

Cost: £50 per person


This package is also available without the stand ticket for £30.


If you would like to reserve one of these packages, please contact the commercial department by e-mailing here or call 020 8547 3336.

Space is limited so we would advise you to get in touch ASAP if you are interested.



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Tuesday 06 October 2009
club news
Terry talks about the Kidderminster game on AFC Wimbledon TV

Immediately after the game against Kidderminster, AFC Wimbledon TV filmed an interview with Terry Brown. This test interview was designed to confirm that there should be no major problems in doing this on a regular basis. Our intention is to put similar interviews on line shortly after home games.

As a result of this pilot test, we will be making a small number of changes but, in the meantime, we thought that fans might like to see the first interview. You can do so by clicking on AFC Wimbledon TV.


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Tuesday 06 October 2009
club news
Quiz night returns!

The ever popular AFC Wimbledon quiz night returns to Kingsmeadow on
Thursday 22 October.

Entrance is just £1 per person with a maximum of six people in a team. The quiz will be held in the Main Bar and starts at 8.00 pm, so be sure to be there at 7.45 pm to guarantee yourself a good seat.

There will be prizes for the winners, spot prizes and even a prize for the funniest team name. Come along and get involved in what promises to be a really enjoyable night.

Please note that food will not be available.


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Tuesday 06 October 2009
u18s news
Under 18s in FA Youth Cup action

On Thursday 8 October the Under 18s visit Thamesmead Town in the 2nd qualifying round of the FA Youth Cup sponsored by E.ON. The game is to be played at Bayliss Avenue, Thamesmead, SE28 8NJ and kick off is 7.45 pm. Admission is £2 Adults and £1 for Concessions and Under 16s.

The winners will play either Tilbury or St Margaretsbury in the next round.



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Monday 05 October 2009
club news
Coaches to Forest Green

In view of the interest in travelling by coach to Forest Green for our Blue Square Premier game on Saturday 10 October the club is running a second coach which will be picking up from The Grove at 9.30 am and from Kingsmeadow at 10.00 am.

The price is £10 and a place can be reserved by calling the club office on 020 8547 3528 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm during the week.


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Monday 05 October 2009
first team news
Terry looks back on Kidderminster

After an intensive training session for the squad this morning, Terry Brown was seeking to put the weekend's disappointment behind him. But first, he looked back once more on Saturday's game.

"My reaction on Saturday after the game was one of disappointment. Normally I go home, look at the DVD on Sunday and cheer myself up with the positives. Unfortunately, in this particular case I didn't see too many!

"In an attempt to defend our players, the game was after an incredibly hard week in which we had beaten Histon and Rushden, and full credit to Kidderminster who were by far the better side on the day.

"One underlying fact is still the same - we are not scoring enough goals from midfield. After watching the DVD I decided to watch Arsenal’s game yesterday. It was quite apparent that with six different goalscorers they are able to share the workload of scoring goals around and we need to start to do that too.

"It is difficult sometimes as a manager to know why one week you can put in a fantastic performance and the next week a poor one, and sometimes you have to put it down to just a bad day at the office.

"Fortunately, after a heavy schedule we now go into October with one game a week rather than two. This will give us ample time to work with the players both physically and mentally to ensure, come Saturday, they are sharper and brighter than they were this Saturday."


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Saturday 03 October 2009
first team news
Unbeaten run comes to an end

Wimbledon’s run of seven unbeaten games came to an end as they lost to a solitary goal against a strong, organised Kidderminster Harriers team.

For the first time this season Terry Brown started with the same eleven who had begun the previous game but it was apparent from early on that it was going to be a difficult 90 minutes for the Dons. Kidderminster looked a bright attacking side and James Pullen was required to make a number of good saves in the first half. At the other end of the pitch the Dons were given little time or space as the Harriers closed the ball down quickly and Dean Coleman was only called on once to make a telling save.

The winning goal came just two minutes into the second half when Matthew Barnes-Homer latched on to a loose ball on the edge of the Dons penalty area and in a flash has driven the ball into the corner of the goal. Despite Brown making use of his three substitutes the Dons were unable to mount any sustained pressure on their opponents and the best chance to equalise was wasted when Lewis Taylor broke into the penalty area and with only Coleman to beat blasted his effort wide.

Terry Brown was not downcast despite the reverse. “I thought Kidderminster played very well today and thoroughly deserved their victory. They are a well-set up side and did not allow us to play the football we can. They looked very strong going forward and caused us a lot of problems.

“ We are still having problems with scoring goals across the whole team and as I have said before we cannot rely on the forwards scoring all our goals. We now have a week to prepare for our next game and will be working on putting this right.”



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Friday 02 October 2009
club news
Arrangements for the Kidderminster game

Ticket status

The home game against Kidderminster on Saturday 3 October is not all ticket.

Tickets are available on the day of the game for the John Smith's terrace. These tickets will also allow access to part of the Kingston Road end, as explained later in this article.

We expect that there will be a handful of seat tickets for sale. The exact number depends on how many returns we receive overnight. The available seat tickets will go on sale from the kiosk in the main lobby at about 1.45 pm.

For the foreseeable future we expect that games will not be all ticket, although we will continue to review this on a match-by-match basis.

Access arrangements
Turnstiles 1 and 2 will be available for home fans to enter the John Smith's terrace and part of the Kingston Road end (as explained later in this article).

Turnstile 3 will be reserved for Kidderminster fans and Dons season ticket holders.

As usual, Dons fans who already have match tickets or season tickets may also enter the John Smith's stand via the car park behind the houses in Kingston Road - there will be signs directing the way. However, tickets will not be on sale at that entrance - you must already have a ticket to enter that way.

Turnstiles 4, 5 and 6 are for fans entering the Tempest End. Fans who wish to enter the John Smith's stand may use these turnstiles but fans may wish to check the length of the queues - it may be quicker and easier to buy tickets for the John Smith's stand via turnstiles 1 and 2.

Access arrangements for future games will be decided on a game-by-game basis, after taking advice from the police.

Dons fans in the Kingston Road end

Kidderminster fans will be required to stand in the Kingston Road end, in the part nearest the turnstiles. As a result, Dons fans who have John Smith's terrace tickets may stand in the KRE, at the end furthest from the turnstiles.

Tempest End ST holders

We do not expect a full house for this game. As a result, we can be slightly more relaxed about access to the John Smith's stand and Tempest End ST holders may, if they wish, go onto that terrace. However, the converse is not true - because the Tempest End is sold out to ST holders, we must reserve spaces for them - other ticket holders my not stand there. Stewards will be in place to prevent fans trying to gain access to the Tempest End if they do not have the correct ticket.

Bars

The main bar and back bar will open at noon. They are open to fans from both teams.

The bars will remain open at half time.

Catering

There will be a barbecue outside the main bar from noon, and food will also be available in the back bar from noon. The normal range of food and drinks will be available from the burger bars in the ground, including ‘the tea pot’ at the corner of the Tempest End and the John Smith's stand.

Please note that, as an experiment, part of the back bar will be set aside for sponsors.


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Friday 02 October 2009
cfs news
Matchday Football Club – Reminder

Every Saturday throughout the year at Kingsmeadow get your children in the mood for the match with some football coaching experience .

Time: 1.00 pm – 2.30 pm. Free child match ticket on AFC Wimbledon home matchdays.

Price: Turn up on the day for £6 per session or pre-book the whole block of sessions at the rate of £5 per session. AFC Wimbledon Season Ticket Holders receive the discounted rate of only £5 per session.

What to expect at AFC Wimbledon's Matchday Football Club:

• Structured coaching delivered by experienced FA and UFEA qualified coaches

• Fun games

• Skills competitions with prizes

• Small sided matches

For more information call us on 020 8974 5712 or go to the Community section of this website.


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Friday 02 October 2009
club news
Coach pick up points

The club has received a number of enquiries asking why the first pick up point for the supporters' coaches has changed from the Woodman. Below is the text of a news item that will appear in Saturday's matchday programme which explains the position.

"Fans who regularly use the supporters' coaches will be aware that starting for the game against Forest Green Rovers on 10 October we will no longer be using The Woodman as a pick-up point. This follows a request from the pub, as on away matchdays their car park was full all day but fans did not make use of the pub.

For the next few games, The Grove pub, opposite South Wimbledon tube station, will be the new pick-up point. Fans will be able to use the pub's car park at a cost of £5. But for fans who wish to enjoy a traditional English breakfast, which will be served 45 minutes before the pick-up, there will be no car park charge. The other pick-up point will continue to be Kingsmeadow where the car park is free of charge.

As this a new arrangement, we will welcome feedback from those who use the coaches."


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Friday 02 October 2009
dons trust news
Fundraising on Saturday

The fundraising team is seeking some additional helpers to assisst with fundraising at the match against Kidderminster Harriers this Saturday. If you are willing to help out, then please email fundraising@thedonstrust.org or leave a message for Mark Davis via the club on 020 8547 3528.

Also on Saturday, the iDON media stall will be in operation prior to the match, selling the usual range of CDs, DVDs and video games donated by supporters. Any contributions of stock would be gratefully received. So, if you have any unloved CDs, DVDs or video games that you would be willing to donate, then please bring them along to the match and deposit them at the recycling point or the iDON stall.


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Friday 02 October 2009
first team news
Terry on Kidderminster Harriers

The Dons face former league opposition for the second time in a week, with the visit of Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday. The Harriers currently sit in ninth position, two points behind the Dons, although they have played a game more.

The league table is so tight that while a win on Saturday could take Wimbledon into third place, the team is only three points ahead of Rushden & Diamonds, who are fourteenth.

With the Dons' away record currently showing two points per game, the team will be looking to bring the same sort of results to Kingsmeadow. Kidderminster's away form has been patchy, with their only win on their travels - a 3-1 win at Grays. But with only one defeat in their last six games, and that at high flying York where the Harriers played with ten men for most of the match, they aren't being underestimated by Terry Brown.

More than half of the Harriers' goals this season have come from midfielder Brian Smikle and striker Matthew Barnes-Homer, the latter hitting an impressive 21 goals last season. With the Dons only conceding three goals at home this season, manager Terry Brown will be looking for another strong performance from his defenders to keep these two in check.

"With both teams having splendid midweek wins, both sides will go into Saturday's game full of confidence. Having read our scout's report from their victory against Wrexham, it would appear we will be in for a very entertaining game as both sides look to play open, attractive, passing football.

"I am fully aware of the prowess of their strike force of Robbie Matthews and Matthew Barnes-Homer, supplemented by their current leading scorer, Brian Smikle, so defensively we will need to be at our best to combat their goal-scoring threat.

"As far as the Dons are concerned, we go into Saturday's game hopeful that Luke Moore has recovered from the injury he picked up at Rushden and we will know tomorrow with regards to the fitness levels of Paul Lorraine, Jon Main and Ricky Wellard, all of whom were suffering from flu-like symptoms prior to the Rushden game.

"Luke Garrard has asked if he can gain some valuable match time during October. Having missed most of last season, I agreed that it would be in Luke's interest to get one or two more games under his belt. His connections with Boreham Wood FC will allow him to fit in well there as he knows most of the players and I am sure the games will benefit him as and when he returns to Kingsmeadow. We are not allowing Luke to be cup tied in the FA Trophy as we see him as an integral part of our squad - he just needs some game time."


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