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Sunday 31 October 2010
club news
Darlington highlights on AFC Wimbledon TV

Highlights from yesterday's game against Darlington can be viewed by clicking on Darlington match.


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Sunday 31 October 2010
dons trust news
Bobby's back!

The fundraising group is delighted to announce that former Wimbledon FC
manager Bobby Gould will be our special guest for this season's fundraising
dinner on 11 February.

Bobby was of course the manager of our victorious FA Cup campaign of 1987/88 - undoubtedly the club's most successful season - when the Crazy Gang upset the Culture Club of Liverpool FC at Wembley.

Bobby arrived at Wimbledon in 1987, on the back of an exciting playing career including Coventry City, Arsenal, Wolverhampton Wanderers, West Bromwich Albion, Bristol City, West Ham and Bristol Rovers and (since 1979) a management career covering three of his former clubs as well as a caretaker role with Chelsea. His managerial career subsequent to Wimbledon includes not only a string of clubs but also four years managing Wales.

With such a career at the top levels of football, this is going to be a very special evening and we are extremely lucky that Bobby has agreed to be with us. So make sure to block out your diary for 11 February and to come along for a fascinating evening's entertainment.

Tickets will go on sale shortly, priced at £65 each or £550 for a table of ten. Details will be published on the website and in the matchday programme. Make sure to book early so as to avoid disappointment. For any queries please contact Bobby Gould dinner.


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Sunday 31 October 2010
club news
Terry's post match interview re Darlington

Terry's post match thoughts can be heard by clicking on Darlington interview.


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Sunday 31 October 2010
club news
From the Darlington programme

From time to time we publish articles that appear in the programme which contain news that hasn't been published on this site. The linked article updates fans on where we are with our project to find a new ground. It appeared in the Darlington programme.

It can be read by clicking on stadium update


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Saturday 30 October 2010
dons trust news
From the Darlington programme.....News from the Trust

Dons Trust Board member Ray Armfield has a round-up of Trust-related news and events which is presented as a feature here.


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Saturday 30 October 2010
club news
Arrangements for Darlington game

Seat tickets

Thanks to some late returns we expect there will be about 20 seat tickets for sale today. These are mainly 'singles' and will go on sale at about 1.45 pm from the kiosk in the lobby of the Paul Strank stand.

Terrace tickets

There are plenty of terrace tickets for sale, including about 50 for the Tempest End - these tickets will be on sale at the TE turnstiles from about 1.45 pm.

Pre-ordered tickets can be collected from the complimentary tickets window next to the players’ entrance, from about 1.00 pm.

Segregation

Full segregation will be in place for the game.

As usual for segregated games, Wimbledon fans will enter as follows:

For the Tempest End and the southern end of the John Smith’s stand (i.e. furthest away from the Kingston Road end), Wimbledon fans will enter via turnstiles 4, 5 and 6.

For the Kingston Road end, Wimbledon fans will enter via turnstiles 1, 2 and 3.

Darlington fans have been allocated the northern end of the John Smith’s stand (i.e. nearest the Kingston Road end) and will enter through turnstiles 7 and 8. These turnstiles are accessed via the residential car park which is, in turn, entered from Jack Goodchild Way.

Parking and public transport

As usual, parking will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please take care and drive slowly when entering the car park.

Fans may park in some surrounding streets but please do so considerately.

Bars

The bars will open at noon and are open both to Wimbledon and Darlington fans before the game. A decision will be made on the day about whether or not there will be access to the bars for Darlington fans after the game.

Food

There will be a burger trailer in the car park, opening at about noon. The four outlets within the stadium will be operating as usual from 1.45 pm.

Programme

As usual, we are publishing a 68 page programme for £2.50. The contents for this game include an update from Erik Samuelson on progress towards a new stadium, an interview with physio Mike Rayner, and features on opposition manager Mark Cooper, our Community Football activities and the under 9 teams who have made a good start to the season. Plus all the other usual features.

Rowing

While the weather forecast may be fine, there will be some rowing going on at the stadium today. Azam Rehman is seeking to row 1,750 km in 20 days to increase awareness of the effects of the recent floods in Pakistan.

Azam will be on a rowing machine outside the back bar and fans are invited to row a km or two to help him reach his targets.

Fans who'd like to track his progress can do so by clicking on The Right Result.


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Friday 29 October 2010
club news
Ebbsfleet tickets - a reminder to season ticket holders

Paul Strank Stand season ticket holders who wish to reserve their usual seat for the Ebbsfleet FA Cup first round tie have until 6.00 pm on Saturday 30 October, i.e. after our home game against Darlington, to do so.

We will accept applications handed in before and after the game. Voucher A will need to be produced. Fans who wish the tickets to be mailed to them should enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope; alternatively the tickets may be collected before the Ebbsfleet game.

Non season ticket holders wishing to buy a seat for the game can apply immediately but will not be allocated a specific seat until after we've processed applications by season ticket holders.

Fans with season tickets who are unable to come to the Darlington game are asked to consider donating the relevant ST voucher to the club so that we can re-sell the seat, since they are in short supply due to very high demand.

To do so, email your ticket details to this address ST vouchers or phone the office on 020 8547 3528 and leave a message.


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Friday 29 October 2010
club news
Weekend Blue Square Bet Premier - Preview

AFC Wimbledon have enjoyed an extended stay at the top of the Blue Square Bet Premier table after a break in league matches for the all important ‘magic’ of the FA Cup. The top three teams in the division all progressed to the 1st Round Proper of the famous competition and will hopefully do the Non-League game proud on their respective adventures.

It’s back to league action on Saturday and the table topping Wombles welcome struggling Darlington to Kingsmeadow. The teams are separated by 15 points and 12 places which secures 4/6 favouritism for the London side. Terry Brown’s team have a formidable home record and have only conceded four goals in eight unbeaten matches at their compact ground. If we were being ultra-critical of AFC Wimbledon to try and make a case for the away side at 4/1 then we’d have to focus on two recent home matches when they drew with Forest Green and needed a late goal to beat Gateshead. Brown’s side were much shorter prices to win both of those games and in some respects it says more about Darlington that they are 4/1 to defeat a side that were mid-table in the Blue Square South whilst they were topping League 2 exactly two years ago. Mark Cooper’s team are without a win in five league matches and have drawn the most games of any team in the league – 8 from 16. Another draw for Cooper’s side is priced at 12/5.

Crawley Town lost top spot with a home defeat against Newport County two weeks ago. Steve Evans’ team got immediate revenge in the FA Cup on Saturday when becoming the first team to win at Spytty Park in over 18 months. County manager Dean Holdsworth remarked after that game that as much as he loves the cup he was happy to have won the league encounter. I’m sure Evans would have agreed with that sentiment. Crawley travel to Mansfield Town on Saturday and are priced as the 13/10 favourites to gain another three points. The home side come into the game off the back of five winless matches and have been coming up short in matches against their fellow promotion hopefuls. So far they have played five matches against teams in the top six and have no points and just two goals from those outings. The Stags are 17/10 to halt that poor run.

Luton Town will be hoping to take advantage of any slip ups experienced by AFC Wimbledon or Crawley Town. The Hatters made the most of their game in hand by casting aside Forest Green Rovers by six goals to one just over a week ago. They were 2/7 favourites for that game and are exactly the same price for another home match this weekend. The visitors to Kenilworth Road this time are Bath City who sit one point and one place away from safety in the relegation zone. City’s defence on their travels has shipped nearly two goals per game and with Luton rampant in recent matches there could be plenty of goalmouth action for the home side. Richard Money’s team are just 5/6 to win this match by more than one goal.

Newport’s loss of their home record will inspire them to go about building up another one and they are 7/10 favourites to start that on Saturday with a victory over Kettering Town. The Poppies are recovering from a cup defeat to arch rivals Rushden & Diamonds at the weekend and couldn’t really wish for a harder game off the back of such a fiery tie. Kettering boss Marcus Law may have forgotten how to build a side up from defeat having not been on the losing side for over a year. His team are 7/2 outsiders to respond the right way here.

Gary Mills has been very busy stamping his mark on his new charges York City. The former Tamworth manager has been sorting the wheat from the chaff at Bootham Crescent and was rewarded with an FA Cup win at Kidderminster last weekend. Mills has also made some important signings as his side play catch up in the league standings. They are nine points off the play-offs where they finished comfortably last season. York travel to Forest Green Rovers in a battle of the divisions’ longest serving clubs. The away side are the favourites at 11/8 with second from bottom Rovers offered at 8/5.

Gateshead have been tough to beat at home and only Fleetwood have returned from the International Stadium with all three points this season. Cambridge United are the visitors on Saturday and arrive with an upturn in form, three unbeaten matches in all competitions. Martin Ling’s team will no doubt attract some money at a price of 9/5 because of that, but this is a pressure game for them as they try to prove recent results were no fluke. Gateshead are the 13/10 favourites here but I’d favour another home draw for Ian Bogie’s side at 9/4.

Elsewhere Hayes & Yeading United are the odds-on favourites at 5/6 to register a home victory over bottom club Altrincham. Wrexham can put pressure on the teams above them with a win at Histon, Dean Saunders’ side are 5/4 to win their fifth game in eight matches. Grimsby Town are odds on again at home, this time 4/6 for the visit of Eastbourne Boruigh despite failing to secure the money for punters four times from a similar position already this season. Barrow were beaten in the cup by FC United of Manchester at the weekend and look to be struggling for any glimmer of form. They visit a sparkling Rusdhen & Diamonds on Saturday who have won five of their last six and are strong favourites at 1/2. Tamworth, no win in their last seven league games, host Fleetwood who are without a win in their last four in the league. The draw looks a good bet in this one at a price of 12/5.



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Thursday 28 October 2010
first team news
Darlington preview

We spoke to Terry Brown shortly after he and the team had returned from a successful appearance at Wimbledon Sports Week.

“This week’s training has gone very well and the players have been flying in a couple of the sessions. We’ve got one or two problems with injuries but I don’t particularly wish to go into too much detail about them unless and until I have to. Having said that, I am sure that with a squad of 22 we should be OK for Saturday. On a positive note both Luke Moore and Rashid Yussuff have excelled in training this week and will both be pushing for a starting place this week.

“Mark Cooper brings his Darlington side on the back of a good win in the FA Cup last week. Having looked at the scout’s report of last week, they are certainly going to pose some problems in the box as Mark’s teams play bright, quick attacking football and they have a lot of height in the team for set pieces.

“Darlington have only lost one away fixture this year, so we know we are going to be in for a difficult game. But, our home form has been very good this season and so long as we stick to our game plan I am confident that we can continue the run. When we played Gateshead it took over 70 minutes to get a breakthrough but the crowd was very patient. Believe me that really helps, so we’ll be looking for the same again, please, if necessary.”

Pre-sales ticket demand for the game has been much higher than normal and unless there is a significant number of season ticket returns, it is unlikely that there will be any seats available for sale on the day. However, there will be plenty of terrace tickets available to buy on the day of the game.

Darlington were relegated to the Football Conference after a disastrous start to the 2009-10 season which was almost impossible to recover from, losing seven of their opening nine games. They will no doubt be seeking an immediate return to the Football League, much as they did when last in the Conference in the 1989-90 season. With this in mind they appointed manager Mark Cooper who has earned a lot of respect for his track record in non league football, first with Tamworth and then Kettering Town.

Darlington have had a mixed start to this season, with three home defeats but, perhaps more relevant to Saturday’s game, only one defeat in eight away games. Despite that, they have yet to win away from home - their other seven away games have been drawn. As would be expected of a team managed by Mark Cooper, they are hard to score against having conceded only nine goals on their travels.

Darlington recently lost central midfielder Paul Terry with an anterior cruciate ligament injury and, looking to strengthen, they’ve been frustrated when they lost out on attempts to sign no-nonsense centre back Sean Gregan, who chose the more locally based Fleetwood, and Northern Ireland international winger Keith Gillespie, where they appear to have fallen foul of the rules surrounding international transfer certificates.

The Quakers’ goals have been shared around the team with Chris Senior, a scorer against the Dons at Kingsmeadow last season for Altrincham, and Liam Hatch joint top of the goalscorers' list. Hatch played centre back for the Quakers in their most recent league game at Mansfield, a 1-1 draw, and although he apparently excelled he is expected to resume his normal role for Saturday’s game.


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Thursday 28 October 2010
club news
Blue Square Bet Premier preview of Friday's televised game

Southport have landed a plum 1st Round FA Cup draw as they welcome three-time winners Sheffield Wednesday to Haig Avenue in a weeks time. The match has been chosen for live TV coverage and the Sandgrounders can get used to the cameras on Friday night as they take on Kidderminster Harriers on Premier Sports. The home side are 19th in the Blue Square Bet Premier table and the visitors are nine places above them with six more points on the board. The sides have gone opposite ways in the standings in recent weeks as last season’s Blue Square North champions find their feet back in the top-flight. Liam Watson’s team have only won once in their last 11 league matches but registered a morale boosting FA Cup qualifying round win at Wrexham last Saturday to set up the Sheffield Wednesday clash. Kidderminster started the season brightly with a victory at York City, form that has taken a bit of a knock since considering the Minstermen’s troubles. Steve Burr’s team then went on a five game winless run, including a 4-3 home defeat in the reverse of this fixture, which took them into the relegation zone in the early table. They have picked up of late and retain an outside chance of getting involved in the play-offs. York gained revenge for that opening day defeat in the cup last weekend and that will have knocked the Harriers’ confidence ahead of this big game.

Southport are the very slight favourites at 11/8 to register a double over the Midlands’ outfit, but they will need to improve their prowess in front of goal. Only bottom club Altrincham have a lower goals per game average than Watson’s side. In fact their win at Aggborough was the only time this season that they have managed more than two goals in a game and one of only three occasions in the league where they have scored more than once. Including that thrilling seven-goal affair at the start of the season, Kidderminster’s matches have been some of the highest scoring in the division. They are the 8/5 outsiders to get three points here that would move them up to 7th place before Saturday’s matches. Both sides have drawn five of their 16 matches and that eventuality looks to be priced right at 12/5.

Kidderminster’s Chris McPhee and summer-signing Matty Blair have been in good form and will be the chief goal threat for the visitors. McPhee has three goals in his last six league matches and Blair has marked the signing of an improved contract with three in his last three league outings. McPhee is 7/1 to score first and Blair is a very tempting 10/1 chance. Southport striker Steve Daly is the overall favourite for the market at 11/2 but must improve on his total of three strikes in the first third of the season. The home side have only found the net once in the second-half in their last six matches so must improve their staying power as they look to avoid a relegation battle. Kidderminster have been slow starters in their away matches and have only found the net twice in the first-halves of their road games.




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Thursday 28 October 2010
dons trust news
Dons Trust Election

The ballot papers and candidate manifestos were mailed to DT members yesterday, 27 October.

A ballot box will be available for the casting of votes on the Dons Trust stall at home games from now until 20 November 20. If you return your ballots this way you will save the Dons Trust postage costs so if you are coming to a match please bring your ballot paper with you. There will also be someone from the Election Steering Group on hand to help with any problems concerning the election.

In addition to the manifestos there is also an internet forum for quizzing the candidates at here

We hope as many members as possible will use their votes to have their say in the way in which the club is run.



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Thursday 28 October 2010
club news
Update on York train tickets

Anderson Travel have told us that all 50 reduced price train tickets for the York City game on 4 December have been sold. They are currently trying to obtain some more and we will keep you informed of any developments.


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Wednesday 27 October 2010
club news
Kingsmeadow Live presents the Football Comedy Roadshow!

Football Comedy Roadshow!

Kick off: 5:45pm (straight after the man of the match)
Half-time: 6.30pm- 6.45pm
Final whistle: 7:30pm
Admission: £5 (Over 16 Only)

The Travelling Football Comedy Show presents two 45 minute halves of PURE FOOTBALL COMEDY from its cast of football MAD comics straight after the big match against Darlington.

The show JUST FOOTBALL COMEDY. . . STRAIGHT AFTER FOOTBALL. Does what it says on the tin. IF YOU LOVE FOOTBALL AND YOU LOVE COMEDY YOU WILL LOVE THIS. Join us

For tickets click here or see Walshy who will be shouting and selling like mad before game but BEWARE there is only 250 tickets for this show so don’t delay!!!!




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Wednesday 27 October 2010
club news
Terry and the players to visit Wimbledon Sports Week

Wimbledon Sports Week is taking place this week between 11.00am and 4.00pm outside Wimbledon train station in the heart of Wimbledon town centre.

Wimbledon Sports Week is an opportunity for local sports clubs to promote the activities they offer to the Wimbledon community. Participants that will have a presence at the station at various times during the week include AFC Wimbledon, the All England Tennis Club and Surrey cricket.

Terry and the players will be heading to the station to join in the activities at around 1.15pm tomorrow (Thursday) and will be staying for about an hour.

We would like to encourage as many fans as possible, especially younger fans who are enjoying their half term holidays this week, to come out and support the club at this event.


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Wednesday 27 October 2010
club news
Seats for Darlington nearly gone - please help by returning unwanted ST vouchers

Demand for seat tickets for the Darlington game is very high and at present we have only half a dozen left for sale.

If you aren't planning to come to the game, please consider donating the relevant ST voucher to the club so that we can re-sell the seat.

To do so, email your ticket details to this address ST vouchers or phone the office on 020 8547 3528 and leave a message.

Vouchers for terrace STs are also very welcome as we can reclaim the VAT on those tickets.


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Tuesday 26 October 2010
club news
Dons to feature on FA Cup highlights

The Dons game against Ebbsfleet on Saturday 6 November has been selected as one of three games for inclusion in the ITV highlights programme for the FA Cup first round proper.

The announcement says that "ITV may ask for an earlier kick-off if they consider the floodlights at the ground not satisfactory for their cameras". Our floodlights were upgraded to Football League standard last season, so we are confident that no change of kick off time will be needed.

Ebbsfleet have been featured in ITV's 'Road to Wembley' feature since the second qualifying round. If Wimbledon should win the game then the Dons will assume the role.

The other highlighted games are understood to be Fleetwood v Walsall and Harrow Borough v Chesterfield.


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Tuesday 26 October 2010
club news
Ticket prices and sale arrangements for FA Cup tie

We are pleased to announce ticket prices for the first round proper FA Cup tie against Ebbsfleet United on Saturday 6 November.

We want as large a crowd as possible to ensure a fantastic atmosphere in the stadium and to will the Dons on to the second round proper of the FA Cup for the first time since 2002.

We realise that these are difficult times for many people and we want to make the game as affordable as possible for fans of both clubs to attend. Therefore, we have agreed with Ebbsfleet United that we will reduce our usual prices for this game, making admission to the game only £10 for an adult terrace ticket and £14 for an adult seat.

The full list of prices is as follows:

Terraces:

Adults £10
Concessions £5
Under 16s £2

Seats

Adults £14
Concessions £7
Under 16s £3

There will be no surcharge for the central blocks of seats.

At these prices we hope that we can generate an old fashioned cup tie atmosphere, with the massive prize of a second round game for the winners.

The prices for the carvery for that game have also been reduced to:

Carvery including seat in the Paul Strank Stand, £30

Carvery including Directors' Box seat and access to President's Lounge, £40.

The match is not all-ticket, and all season ticket holders will be required to pay. Tickets will go on sale from 10.00 am on Wednesday 27 October.

Paul Strank Stand season ticket holders who wish to reserve their usual seat will have until 6.00 pm on Saturday 30 October to do so. This is the date for our home league game against Darlington and we will accept applications handed in on that day. Voucher A will need to be produced. Non season ticket holders wishing to buy a seat for the game can apply immediately but will not be allocated a specific seat until after 30 October.

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

Tickets may be purchased as follows:

By Post:

• There is a maximum of 4 tickets per applicant.

• Applicants should enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Tickets will be sent at the risk of the applicant – in other words we cannot issue replacement tickets for any that are lost in the post. Fans who want secure delivery of the tickets should not stamp the self-addressed envelope but instead add a payment of £2 for a recorded delivery service. Alternatively, applicants can request that the tickets are kept at the office for collection.

• Applicants must enclose a daytime phone contact number.

Online:

Terrace tickets may be bought online by going to the “Buy tickets” online tab on the front page of the official website. There is a maximum of 4 tickets per applicant.

Personal callers:

Tickets will not be sold by phone. However, personal callers may visit the club between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm during office hours to purchase tickets.


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Tuesday 26 October 2010
club news
Carvery open this Saturday

The carvery will open slightly earlier at 12.00 noon in the back bar prior to the Darlington match this Saturday.

Following on from the overwhelming demand for the carvery recently, we strongly urge fans who wish to book early to avoid disappointment.

Guests enjoy:

- A 3 course carvery including tea and coffee
- Drinks service direct to the tables
- Sky Sports/ ESPN on the high def screen
- A complimentary match programme and team sheet
- A pre-match briefing by Terry Brown

Cost: £20

A season ticket for the carvery is also available for £300 (pro rated), which works out at just over £13 per match.

For more information or to book your place please email here
or call 020 8247 9918.


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Tuesday 26 October 2010
dons trust news
Running order for an Evening with Simon Bassey

Tickets are no longer on sale for an Evening with Simon Bassey (and will not be on sale on the evening) as this event has now sold out. For those who are coming along, the arrangements are as follows:

The back bar opens at 7.30 pm (please note that there will be no access to the main bar during the evening as this is being used for another event). As seating is unallocated (other than those who have reserved whole tables), we encourage you to be punctual.

The dress code is casual. We encourage as many as possible of you to wear the club strip from the CCL era, in keeping with the spirit of the evening.

The evening's entertainment starts at 8.00 pm, when we will show video footage of our special guests in the club's CCL era. Our special guests will then be introduced. Before the buffet gets going, there will be a Heads & Tails game and raffle tickets will be on sale, with some excellent and nostalgic prizes assembled and kindly donated by David McKnight, among others.

After the buffet, we will be hearing a few words from Simon Bassey, following which there will be a Q&A session with him and his guests. So come along armed with a well chosen question or two that you want to put to Simon, Joe Sheerin or Matt Everard.

At various stages in the evening, we will be inviting tables to come along to the President's Lounge to see the memorabilia on display. You will also have the opportunity, for a modest fee, to have your photograph taken wearing Vinnie Jones' FA Cup winner's medal and with the replica FA Cup.

The raffle will be drawn around 10.45 pm. That will bring the formal side of the evening to a conclusion. However, the back bar will remain open until midnight, so there will be plenty of time to savour the evening and reminisce about an era in the development of AFC Wimbledon that really was unique.


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Monday 25 October 2010
first team news
Terry on the FA Cup

Terry Brown spoke today about the FA Cup win on Saturday and the former Dons who stand in the way of AFC Wimbledon reaching the FA Cup second round proper for the first time.

"I hope you have recovered from Saturday's trip to Basingstoke. I managed to have a drink with several of our fans after the game, most of who looked like they'd enjoyed their day out.

"As with all FA Cup ties, the result is more important than the performance and although we never reached any heights on Saturday I would point out that Basingstoke is a very difficult place to win and I am really delighted to have overcome what was a really good Basingstoke performance on the day.

"Sunday's midday draw paired us with Liam Daish's Ebbsfleet, a team that is on a twelve match unbeaten run. It will also bring back to Kingsmeadow last year's skipper, Paul Lorraine, along with Derek Duncan and Callum Willock, all of whom will no doubt relish the opportunity to take us on in what should be a very exciting FA Cup tie. Our games against Ebbsfleet last year were very tight and you always know you are in for a hard game against any of Liam Daish's teams.

"The bad news for Ebbsfleet is that Luke Moore saved some of his best performance against 'The Fleet' and I must say he looked very sharp in training today.

"As far as Saturday's game is concerned we picked up slight knocks to Ismail Yakubu, Ryan Jackson and Seb Brown. All are expected to be fit and available for our up-and-coming league fixture with Darlington on Saturday. Meanwhile, Brett Johnson had a cortisone injection in his knee on Friday. He needs a rest period of three or four days and he hopefully will be able to resume training in earnest in Thursday."


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Sunday 24 October 2010
club news
Dons FA Cup highlights on AFC Wimbledon TV

Highlights of yesterday's FA Cup win at Basingstoke can be seen by clicking on Basingstoke highlights.


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Sunday 24 October 2010
first team news
Dons get Ebbsfleet in FA Cup

Wimbledon have been drawn at home to Ebbsfleet in the first round proper of the FA Cup. The game will be played on Saturday 6 November.

The full draw can be seen by clicking on FA Cup first round draw.

Reaction to the draw will follow later.


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Sunday 24 October 2010
club news
Dons in FA Cup draw at 12.30 pm today

Following the 1-0 win at Basingstoke Town yesterday, Wimbledon go into the draw for the first round proper of the FA Cup for the third season in succession. At this stage the winners of the 32 fourth round qualifying ties are joined by the 48 League 1 and League 2 clubs. In each of the last two seasons, the Dons have drawn league opposition; Wycombe Wanderers at home in 2008 and then Millwall away in 2009.

The draw will take place on ITV at 12.30pm today. Matches will be played on Saturday 6 or Sunday 7 November.

The Dons are number 75 in the draw. A full list of the teams' numbers can be found by clicking on FA Cup draw.


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Saturday 23 October 2010
first team news
Wimbledon progress to 1st round proper

A 71st minute goal from centre back Ed Harris was enough to see the Dons progress to the next round of the cup and spare any giant killing blushes.

The Dons were not at their best on a difficult surface with the home team closing down quickly and limiting the Dons to a few chances. In the first half the majority of the Dons’ best play came down the right hand side with Ryan Jackson getting past his marker and making several good crosses which were not converted. At the other end, Seb Brown was called upon to make a superb tip-over from a well placed header.

The second half was little better from a Dons point of view, and eventually following a cross from the right, Harris was able to control the ball and drive it past the unsighted Simon Moore. Although Basingstoke pumped the ball forward the defence stood firm, although Brown was again called upon to make several important saves.

The Dons however made the 1st round proper for the third year running, the draw for which will take place live on ITV1 at 12.30 pm on Sunday.



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Saturday 23 October 2010
club news
More highlights on AFC Wimbledon TV

The highlights of the recent game at Wrexham can be seen by clicking on
Wrexham highlights.


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Saturday 23 October 2010
cfs news
Support the Dons at Sports Week Next Week

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

Throughout next week, Monday to Friday between 11.00 am and 4.00 pm, the AFC Wimbledon Community Football Scheme will be based outside Wimbledon Train station as part of the Sports week initiative, which aims to get local residents participating in different sports.

There will be demonstrations, join-in coaching, free competitions, literature to pick up, promotional vouchers, player signings and plenty of occasions to win prizes. Come to Wimbledon Station forecourt and enjoy the fun.

Whilst there, the CFS will be running various free football drills, games and activities so if you’re passing by and fancy yourself as the next Danny Kedwell, don’t be afraid to put on your shooting boots and get involved. Also coming down at various times to support the event and promote AFC Wimbledon within the local community will be Terry Brown and the 1st team players.

Besides playing some football, other sports the public will be able to try their hands at include tennis, cricket, rugby and martial arts.

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Friday 22 October 2010
club news
ESPN need a favour!

ESPN will be filming at tomorrow’s FA Cup tie against Basingstoke with a view to using some of the footage for the title sequence of their coverage of this season’s competition.

They have asked Dons fans to make an extra special effort to wear club colours to the game so the terraces look lively. Any other FA Cup paraphernalia, such as foil replicas of the cup, would also help.

We would like to encourage fans to support this request as this is great publicity for the club.



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Friday 22 October 2010
dons trust news
Final call for an Evening with Simon Bassey

There are still a few tickets left for an Evening with Simon Bassey, which takes place next Friday 29 October. Simon's special guests will be former AFC Wimbledon legends Matt Everard and Joe Sheerin. The evening will feature specially compiled video footage of the CCL era, a hot buffet, Q&A with our special guests, a display of memorabilia (including replica FA Cup and Vinnie Jones' FA Cup winner's medal) and the irrepressible wit of our host Simon Bassey.

To buy a ticket, send a stamped addressed envelope (1st class) with a cheque for £15 per person (cheque made payable to The Dons Trust; please write your name and contact details on the reverse of the cheque) to: An Evening with Simon Bassey, c/o Mark Davis, 20 Rayleigh Road, London, SW19 3RF. There is also a limited stock of tickets in the club office but, if you intend to buy tickets this way, we recommend that you telephone first (020 8547 3528) to check availability.


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Thursday 21 October 2010
first team news
The Dons prepare for the FA Cup

With the Dons guaranteed to be top of the league for two weeks, Terry Brown's attention has turned to the FA Cup, where he is determined to make sure that the squad members understand that they face a very difficult tie at Basingstoke on Saturday.

"Training this week has been centred around Saturday's important FA Cup tie against Basingstoke. Taking into consideration that Basingstoke have won their last five games and beaten Eastleigh and Bromley comprehensively in the league, I've left our players in no doubt that Saturday will be a very difficult game against in-form opposition.

"As this is our first entry into this year's FA Cup it is necessary to drill into the players the importance of this competition to the club, themselves and the fans. One of the joys of being a non-league side is that once a year you get the opportunity to take a much larger scalp and I think it is about time that this club joined in the party as far as the FA Cup is concerned.

"I have emphasised to the boys that we are currently one of the biggest scalps in Saturday's draw and I am in no doubt that Basingstoke will be fired up for Saturday's encounter. I hope that as many of you as possible can get to the Camrose for what should be a very exciting cup tie.

"Training has gone well this week, with the return of Ricky Wellard, Steven Gregory and Sammy Moore who all picked up knocks against Gateshead last Saturday. I won't personally be looking to make too many changes on Saturday although there will be scope on the bench as we can have seven substitutes available for the FA Cup.

"I am pleased to say that Reece Jones made the starting eleven for the Welsh Under 19 side in the UEFA competition for players of that age. Reece was the only non-league player who made the starting line up and as part of a comprehensive set of fixtures he will no doubt be involved in the two remaining games to be played over the next few days."


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Thursday 21 October 2010
youth news
Youth team progresses in FA Cup

The Dons youth team defeated Wealdstone 1-0 in last night's third qualifying round of the FA Youth Cup. The winning goal was scored by Brendan Kiernan from a deflected free kick in the 39th minute.

Wimbledon will travel to Dartford for the first round proper. The game is scheduled to be played in the week beginning 1 November 2010.


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Wednesday 20 October 2010
club news
Terry and Marcus Talking Sport!

As part of Wimbledon Sports Week, Merton Chamber of Commerce present Talking Sport, a business networking event celebrating local sport, at 7.00pm tomorrow night (Thursday 21 October) at Wimbledon Park Golf Club (SW19 7HR).

Guest speakers include AFC Wimbledon’s Terry Brown and Marcus Gayle and a host of representatives of other local sporting institutions including Rory Hamilton Brown of Surrey Cricket, Paul Hutchin of the Davis Cup/ Lawn Tennis Association and Dan Bloxham, head coach at The All England Club.

Tickets cost £15 and can be booked through Lynda Reynolds at the Merton Chamber of Commerce by calling 020 8944 5501 or e-mail here.



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Wednesday 20 October 2010
club news
A few more York train tickets are now available

Anderson Travel have told us that all the initial 40 reduced price train tickets for the York City game on 4 December have been sold. However, they have been able to secure an additional 10 tickets. We recommend that fans who wish to take up this offer do so as soon as possible as it seems unlikely that more tickets will become available.

Fans can pay on line and will get an e-ticket as confirmation. Each person will receive their rail tickets from the Andersons representative at the station on the day, on presentation of their confirmation.

For more details, click on York train tickets and scroll down the page. The offer is limited to the specific trains referred to on the site.

We hope to make an announcement soon about equivalent arrangements for the Darlington game on 8 January.


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Tuesday 19 October 2010
dons trust news
Dons Trust Board Elections

Following the close of nominations for the Dons Trust Board election, we have received nine nominations for the five positions and so will be conducting the election according to the published timescale.

The candidates (in the order drawn for the ballot paper by the independent observer) are: Stephen Crabtree; Iain McNay; Matt Breach; Zoe Linkson; Kate Terriere; Chris Gibbs; Sean McLaughlin; Simon Bath and Mike Richardson.

Ballot papers together with printed copies of the manifestos should be posted in the week beginning Monday October 25th. There is now a forum to question the candidates which can be viewed here
where the manifestos will also be posted once they have been vetted by the Election Steering Group.

We encourage as many people as possible to register and quiz the candidates on their views and policies but please read the thread on registration before registering.



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Tuesday 19 October 2010
dons trust news
An Evening with Simon Bassey - last few tickets on sale

Sales of tickets for An Evening with Simon Bassey on 29 October were strong on Saturday and approximately 120 tickets have now been sold, leaving up to a maximum of 30 tickets for sale and less than two weeks to go to the event.

If you would like a ticket, then you are advised to apply quickly - either by calling in at the club (where a limited number of tickets is available) or sending a cheque for £15 per person (made payable to the Dons Trust), together with an stamped addressed envelope, to: Evening with Simon Bassey, c/o Mark Davis, 20 Rayleigh Road, London, SW19 3RF. Seating is unallocated although whole tables of ten can be booked, subject to availability.

Simon's guests on 29 October will be Joe Sheerin and Matt Everard. This will be an evening to remember, so please send off your application now to avoid disappointment.


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Tuesday 19 October 2010
dons trust news
Most ran, some walked, others crawled

A glorious sunny day provided the perfect setting for the inaugural AFC Wimbledon Minithon on Sunday. Over 70 participants completed the course, the fastest being 12 year-old Alex Barbour from Wokingham (20 minutes, 19 seconds), closely followed by Jakub Stegner from Morden (20 minutes, 20 seconds).

All of the AFC Wimbledon management team completed the course, with Jason Moriarty leading the pack (20 minutes, 47 seconds). Terry Brown narrowly beat Stuart Cash (30 minutes, 50 and 51 seconds respectively), just a few minutes ahead of Erik Samuelson (34 minutes, 34 seconds). Simon Bassey and Mike Rayner, with young children in tow, posted a more leisurely time of 53 minutes, 6 seconds.

It will be some time before we know how much money was raised for the Trust's funds and the Mayor of Merton's charities but we will announce this as soon as we can. We do know, however, that over £700 has so far been pledged online for the management team. It is not too late to sponsor the management team - visit Minithon sponsorship if you wish to do so. In addition, Saturday's bucket collection raised £250.

The fundraising team would like to thank all who participated in, volunteered for or spectated at the minithon and all who provided sponsorship for the participants. We would also like to thank thinkFolio for sponsoring the event and Terry's Badges for designing and donating special commemorative badges for all who took part.


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Tuesday 19 October 2010
club news
Travel to Basingstoke

After a rush of bookings the supporters' coach travelling to Basingstoke for the FA Cup tie on Saturday is now full.

The nearest rail station is Basingstoke, which is served by trains from London Waterloo or Clapham Junction. For more information about train times, use the National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950 or www.nationalrail.co.uk.

The station is about 1.5 miles from the ground. There is a taxi rank on the left outside the station and the fare should be about £6. There is a bus stop at the bottom of the steps outside the station: take a No 1 bus to Hatch Warren/Kempshott Park (not a No 1 to Chineham) and ask for The Camrose:get off at B & Q and cross the A30 by the pedestrian crossing.

To walk from the station to the ground takes about 30-40 minutes.


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Tuesday 19 October 2010
club news
Win tickets for 'Reasons to be Cheerful'

Theatre Royal Stratford East and the Graeae Theatre Company have teamed up with AFC Wimbledon to give you the chance to win tickets for ‘Reasons To Be Cheerful’.

Set in 1979 the play is a musical tribute to Ian Dury. A scorching live band and cast pays tribute to Dury’s anarchic spirit and propels this riotous coming of age tale in a show for young punks and old rockers alike.

And the lead singer in the show’s band is none other than Dons fan John Kelly, AKA Rockin’ Paddy.

For more information, visit here.

To be in with a chance to win free tickets and a pre show drink, tell us YOUR ‘Reason To Be Cheerful’. E-mail your reasons (no more than 140 characters) here by 20 October with the subject 'Wimbledon FC / Reasons to be Cheerful Comp'.

John Kelly will pick the best 3 reasons so don’t hold back!


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Monday 18 October 2010
dons trust news
From the Gateshead programme.....Communications Working Group update

COMMUNICATING MATTERS

As David Growns reports, the Dons Trust is reviewing how the club and the trust communicate with trust members, the wider fanbase, the media and the world at large. His article, which appeared in the programme for the Gateshead game on 16 October 2010, can be read by clicking on communications update.


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Monday 18 October 2010
first team news
Terry on Gateshead - and the lure of the FA Cup

This week the club and management's attention turn to the FA Cup, with the tie at Basingstoke on Saturday. Terry Brown was keen to emphasise that the team will be taking this game as seriously as any league game but first he gave some considered thoughts on the performance and result that took Wimbledon back to the top of the Blue Square Premier.

"Having looked at the DVD of Saturday's game it was certainly an exciting match with both teams trying to play open, expansive football. Credit must go to Gateshead who came down and played their football and ensured that it was a good game to watch.

"I was very pleased with the patience we showed as it took us a long time to break down a resilient Gateshead defence. The difference in tight games can be as little as one set piece and this proved to be the case on Saturday. From Ian Bogie's point of view it would be one lapse in concentration and from our point of view it was one perfectly worked set piece.

"Of course the big event of the weekend was the next day when the minithon took place. I take great pleasure in having beaten Stuart Cash, Simon Bassey and, of course, Erik Samuelson. It was a really lovely occasion on a beautiful afternoon.

"Owing to the fact that we have had a heavy schedule and our players had a well-deserved bonding night out in Kingston on Saturday, we have allowed them the pleasure of a Monday off and hopefully they will be back in with fresh legs and fresh stories to tell of their weekend.

"Both Steven Gregory and Ricky Wellard will have hopefully recovered from the knocks they received on Saturday. Both should be fit and available for training this week prior to our big FA Cup game at Basingstoke on Saturday.

"Lee Minshull, one of our long term injuries, is responding well to treatment and is on schedule for a return in four weeks' time. As far as Brett Johnson is concerned, the club doctor and Mike Rayner feel that a cortisone injection in his knee will be necessary to facilitate a comeback within the next two weeks. This has been a frustrating time for Brett and I know he is hoping to get back to playing as soon as possible.

"Turning to the FA Cup, we sent our scout, Luke Dowling, to watch Basingstoke and he was particularly impressed by a very good performance in beating Bromley, who were top of the Blue Square South at the time. I am pleased to say that Delano Sam-Yorke came on and scored two good goals. We have agreed with Frank Gray to extend Delano's loan for a further two months with the opportunity of us having an immediate call back now that he has been there over 28 days.

"Although the league season has started off very well, it is critical to remind the players this week of the importance of the FA Cup. Not only does the FA Cup provide revenue to the club, it also provides extra excitement for the supporters and players. We are in a position where if we beat Basingstoke on Saturday we go into the draw with teams from Leagues 1 and 2 and the fantastic possibility of playing a team such as Southampton or Sheffield Wednesday. But first we need to win on Saturday and we'll be keeping the players focused on that all week."


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Monday 18 October 2010
club news
Supporters' coach to Basingstoke

There are just a dozen seats still available on the coach travelling to Basingstoke for our FA Cup game on Saturday.

The coach will pick up from The Grove at 12.00 noon and from Kingsmeadow at 12.30 pm. The price is £10 and places can be reserved by contacting the club on 020 8547 3528 during normal office hours or at the online ticket shop, accessed via the front page of the official website.


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Monday 18 October 2010
club news
Gateshead highlights now on AFC Wimbledon TV

The highlights of Saturday's game can be seen by clicking on
Gateshead highlights.


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Sunday 17 October 2010
dons trust news
Have your say - the Survey Working Group

The Survey Working Group has been busy during the summer putting together a set of scenarios, as explained in the PDF you can download here. The group handed out the document and talked to people before the Gateshead game in the main bar and the back bar, and will be doing the same before the Darlington game, so feel free to come and talk to them. If you are unable to make it to the game and have any questions or ideas, please email Nicole Hammond.


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Sunday 17 October 2010
dons trust news
October Dons Draw Results

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

Winning numbers were drawn in the presence of Erik Samuelson (AFC Wimbledon Chief Executive), Neil Messenbird (Dons Draw Administrator) and Mark Smith-Lachie (Community Football Scheme Manager).

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

First prize of £1,000 - ticket 1986 - Christine Purchas SN10

Second prize of £500 - ticket 3979 - Robert Cope SM2

Third prize of £250 - ticket 1258 - Peter Hudson KT4

Fourth prize of £150 - ticket 1571 - Duncan Simpson BR3

Fifth prize of £100 - ticket 1073 - Richard Popay KT22

Sixth prize of £75 - ticket 3704 - William Wasson RH1

Congratulations to all six prize winners.

The next Dons Draw will take place on or around 15 November 2010 with the results being posted on the AFC Wimbledon official web site soon after the draw has taken place.

We are again paying out a massive £2,075 this 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 2010 Dons Draw is 8.00 pm 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 17 October 2010
club news
Terry's post-match thoughts on AFC Wimbledon TV

Terry Brown's post-match interview yesterday can be seen by clicking on
Terry Brown on Gateshead game.


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Sunday 17 October 2010
club news
Train tickets for York City game

Following the announcement of reduced price train fares for fans who wish to travel to the York City game on 4 December, Anderson Travel tell us that nearly three quarters of the 40 available tickets have been sold. We recommend fans who wish to take up this offer to do so soon. Meanwhile, Andersons are investigating whether more tickets can be made available if demand continues.

Fans can pay on line and will get an e-ticket as confirmation. Each person will receive their rail tickets from the Andersons representative on the day by the platform on presentation of the confirmation.

This offer is a trial and, if it is successful, similar offers will be made for selected away games later in the season.

To learn more, click on York train tickets and scroll down the page. The offer is limited to the specific trains refererd to on the site.


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Sunday 17 October 2010
dons trust news
Come and join the throng

Why not come down to the AFC Wimbledon minithon today, either to make a late entry to the event or to lend your support to Terry, Stuart, Simon, Haydon and Erik as they run, walk or, in the case of Erik, crawl around the three mile course.

You can just turn up at Morden Park on Sunday at 11.00 am and pay on the day to secure your place in the event. The revised starting point for the minithon is at the bandstand, which is near the Morden swimming pool car park. The Deputy Mayor of Merton, Cllr Margaret Brierley, will be attending the minithon, and this is a chance to demonstrate our support for the Wimbledon community.

If you can't come, you can still pledge sponsorship online at the minithon sponsorship page.

The Dons Trust is grateful to the club's back-of-shirt sponsors thinkFolio for sponsoring this event.


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Saturday 16 October 2010
club news
Dons retake the top spot

Wimbledon went back to the top of the Blue Square Premier with a late Ismail Yakubu winner against a hard-working Gateshead team.

The Dons started with an unchanged team once more and with both sides committed to playing a fast-flowing passing game, this was a treat for the neutral. While the Dons were on top in the first half, Gateshead had their chances from breakaways. Wimbledon's flow was disrupted when Steven Gregory was injured and although he struggled on for a while, he had to leave the pitch just before half time with what transpired to be a dead leg.

The second half was played with the same level of commitment as the first and both teams had their chances. Gateshead hit the post and Ricky Wellard headed against a post, before a turn and shot from Danny Kedwell was turned away by the 'keeper.

Neither goalkeeper was severely tested until the 72nd minute when a Ricky Wellard free kick was headed home powerfully by Ismail Yakubu. From that moment, Gateshead became more adventurous and the game swung from end to end before the referee ended the game with both teams looking very tired indeed. With Crawley crashing to a 2-3 defeat at home to Newport County the Dons returned to the top of the table.

Terry Brown was full of praise for his young team. "We worked very hard and some of our build up play was a joy to watch. I kept calling to the boys to be patient and keep playing their football and although it took a set piece to win it, I felt we deserved the win on balance.

"The team is now going out for a bonding evening but I will be going home to get an early night as I have a three mile run tomorrow at Morden Park!"


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Saturday 16 October 2010
ladies news
Ladies appoint new manager

AFC Wimbledon Ladies are pleased to announce the appointment of Jean Pierre Kalebic as the new Ladies 1st Team Manager. Jean Pierre, who is 35 yrs old has had experience of managing and Coaching Ladies football.

Jean Pierre is taking over as manager of the Ladies team with immediate effect and his first match in charge is the Ladies home Surrey Women’s Cup tie v Chelsea Reserves.

AFC Wimbledon Ladies will be playing this match at Leatherhead Predators FC, Fetcham Park, River Lane, off Randalls Road, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 0AU at 2.00 pm on Sunday (Tomorrow)






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Saturday 16 October 2010
dons trust news
Tickets on sale at today's match for An Evening with Simon Bassey

You can get your tickets for an evening of nostalgia, revisiting our early years in the Combined Counties League, both before and after the Gateshead game today. Ticket sellers will be outside the stadium before the match and in the back bar after the match. Tickets are priced at £15 per person. Seating is unallocated but whole tables of ten people can be reserved.

The Evening with Simon Bassey takes place on Friday 29 October and will feature:

Ø Reminiscences from the CCL era with Simon Bassey and his special guests Joe Sheerin and Matt Everard

Ø Specially compiled video footage from the CCL featuring Simon and his guests

Ø Buffet meal

Ø Display of memorabilia, including replica FA Cup and Vinnie Jones’ FA Cup winner’s medal

Ø Games, raffle, etc.

Tickets are selling well, so we recommend that you buy your tickets at the game today. If not then, subject to availability, there will be a limited supply of tickets available from the club’s offices during working hours (10.00 am – 4.00 pm Mondays to Fridays) or you can send a stamped addressed envelope to Evening with Bassey, c/o Mark Davis, 20 Rayleigh Road, London SW19 3RF. Cheques should be made payable to The Dons Trust. Please remember to write your name and contact details on the back of the cheque.


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Saturday 16 October 2010
dons trust news
Last minute entrants welcome for AFC Wimbledon minithon

It isn't too late to enter the AFC Wimbledon Minithon which takes place at noon tomorrow in Morden Park. If you wish to take part and have not registered, then download an entry form from the minithon entry form and bring it to the Dons Trust table before this afternoon's game, together with £10 entry fee (£5 for under-18s – cheques to be made payable to the Dons Trust).

Alternatively, come along to Morden Park on Sunday at 11.00 am and pay on the day to secure your place in the event. The revised starting point for the minithon is at the bandstand, which is near the Morden swimming pool car park.

Even if you do not wish to run, walk or crawl three miles, you can come along wearing yellow and blue and participate as a spectator. The Deputy Mayor of Merton, Cllr Margaret Brierley, will be attending the minithon, and this is a chance to demonstrate our support for the Wimbledon community.

You can pledge sponsorship online to Haydon, Erik and Terry and the AFC Wimbledon management team at the minithon sponsorship page. In addition, there will be a bucket collection at half-time today, with the proceeds going to the causes supported by the minithon, namely the ground fund and the Mayor of Merton’s charities Macmillan Cancer Support and Wimbledon Civic Theatre Trust.

The Dons Trust is grateful to the club's back-of-shirt sponsors thinkFolio for sponsoring this event.


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Friday 15 October 2010
dons trust news
Dons Trust Board Elections

Nominations for the Dons Trust Board elections close on Monday 18 October but it would help to get as many forms as possible at Saturday's match. There will be an Election Steering Group presence at the Dons Trust stall before the game. Unfortunately the Back Bar will not be available after the game so any forms should then be handed in at the Comps Window.

Assuming there are enough candidates for an election to be necessary there will again be a bulletin board, details next week. After consultation at the SGM there is insufficient demand for a "Quiz the Candidates" evening so there will be no hustings this year.



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Friday 15 October 2010
first team news
Gateshead preview

The Dons take on Gateshead tomorrow, after a full week’s break, the first for some time, following an intensive spell of games. Terry Brown still didn’t have all his fit players available until today, however, as we found out when we spoke to him after Friday morning's training.

“As you can imagine, the boys were in extremely high spirits after what has been a really great couple of weeks. Sam Hatton and Steven Gregory rejoined the squad today while Seb Brown returned to training on Thursday. Apart from Lee Minshull and Brett Johnson we have a full squad to choose from and we go into the next two games in very good shape.

"I am not looking to make too many changes to the side that picked up six points on the road. Saturday’s game is important as we will be on the FA Cup trail the following week so we get two weeks off from league games and we’d like to sign off with a win.

"Gateshead come to us on the back of a very good win against Tamworth in which our scout reported they were the hardest working side he’d seen this year. Ian Bogie has done a first class job at Gateshead where, like us, they are now full time so we know we will be in for a very difficult afternoon.”

Gateshead have had a mixed season which includes a superb 1-0 win against Luton last month but they also suffered a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Cambridge United at the beginning of September. That was in the middle of a run where they were also struggling to get goals. Since then they have only failed to score in one game and an improved run of form has lifted them into ninth place. Their 17 goals have been spread fairly evenly around the squad, with former England C international Jon Shaw and left-sided midfielder Craig Nelthorpe netting four each. Gateshead are likely to be unchanged for the game, following a fine 3-1 won against Tamworth last Saturday.

Turning to the matchday arrangements, away fans will enter via turnstiles 7 and 8, which are accessed via the car park behind the Kingston Road end. ‘Soft segregation’ will be in place with home and away fans able to use the toilets and burger bar at the corner of the John Smith’s stand and the Kingston Road end.

There are likely to be seats available for sale from the kiosk in the lobby of the Paul Strank Stand from about 1.45 pm. We expect all the seats to be sold so we advise joining the queue early.

As usual, the bars will open at noon. Because the Duallers are appearing in the back on Saturday evening, we need time to prepare the room. As a result, the back bar will not open at half time or after the game. All tickets for the Duallers have been sold.

Tomorrow’s programme will be 68 pages and it includes an interview with young centre half Ed Harris, Gateshead manager Ian Bogie’s views on the benefits of going full time, a photo report on the England C game in Talinn, where Seb Brown, Steven Gregory and Sam Hatton played, a report on the youth team’s FA cup win and all the usual features. Erik Samuelson has deferred his update on a possible new stadium until our next home league game, so that he can give as up to date a report as possible.


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Friday 15 October 2010
club news
Please return unwanted season ticket vouchers to the club

As always, demand for seats exceeds supply and so we are appealing for fans who aren't planning to come to the Gateshead game to consider donating the relevant ST voucher to the club. We can then re-sell the seat, allowing a fan to see the game who might otherwise might have not been able to do so.

To do this, please email your ticket details to this address ST vouchers or phone the office on 020 8547 3528 and leave a message.

Vouchers for terrace STs are also very welcome as we can reclaim the VAT on those tickets.


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Thursday 14 October 2010
club news
A Plan Insurance pay up!

As many fans will be aware, A Plan Insurance are offering to pay the club £25 each time a fan signs up for an insurance policy with them.

The commercial department is pleased to announce that the club has received its first cheque as a result of this reward scheme. So far, six fans have signed up, earning the club £150.

This scheme could potentially generate a substantial amount of commercial revenue for the club so we would like to encourage all our fans to get in touch with A Plan if they are looking for insurance.

A Plan specialise in all forms of insurance, including motor, household, travel, business and more. They have a branch in Wimbledon town centre at 52 Wimbledon Hill Road or can be contacted by calling 020 8944 4121 and e-mailing here.



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Thursday 14 October 2010
club news
Weekend Blue Square Bet Premier Review

Despite three consecutive draws, Fleetwood Town possess the longest current unbeaten run in the Blue Square Bet Premier. The Lancashire side produced another stalemate in their live home clash with Cambridge United on Sunday, when the visitors arguably had the better of the game. Micky Mellon’s team are on a ten game streak without defeat with an equal number of victories and draws in that time – five apiece. Their strong start has been based on a defence that has only conceded more than once in a game on just two occasions. They travel to Altrincham on Saturday sitting fourth in the table and odds-on favourites at 5/6 to return to winning ways. A fourth consecutive draw for Fleetwood is 12/5 and a win for bottom club Altrincham is 14/5.

The game of the day is at the Broadfield Stadium where third placed Newport County travel to take on table-toppers Crawley Town. This is part of a tough run of away trips for Dean Holdsworth’s team. The Exiles have already been to AFC Wimbledon, Luton, Rushden, Grimsby, Darlington and Cambridge – sides that formed the top of the title betting market in pre-season. They have eight points from a possible 18 in those matches, which is a decent haul. Newport are the 3/1 outsiders as the away team here with Crawley the odds-on favourites at 4/5.

Gary Mills left Tamworth to take over at York City in midweek. His first game in charge of The Minstermen will be a home one against Bath City. He is priced at 8/11 to get off to a winning start, but looks to have a tough job on his hands. Ironically City’s last win came against Mills’ former side on the 25th of September but since then they have only scored one goal in four matches – including three recent defeats. Mills will be looking for an immediate response from his squad and with a new boss to impress they may be a good bet to beat a Bath side that only have one win on the road.

Tamworth get used to life without Mills as they host Rushden & Diamonds at the Lamb. The home side begin the game on a run of six matches without a win. Consequently they are the 17/10 outsiders against a Rushden outfit that sit sixth in the table with four wins in their last seven matches. Justin Edinburgh’s team have found that degree of consistency at an appropriate stage of the season. It’s worth noting that they made a late run to capture a play-off place in the last campaign yet they have four more points at this stage and are five places higher than at the same point last season. An away win is priced at just 13/10.

Mansfield Town slumped from first place in the table to seventh in the space of just two weeks and four winless matches. They visit Darlington on Saturday who are also struggling for form. Mark Cooper’s team are also without a win in four matches. The market pitches Darlington as the Evens favourites but punters will surely want to tread carefully with two teams that are in the midst of bad runs.

Cambridge United put in a good performance at Fleetwood to put a halt to their losing run. The U’s are still not out of the woods but can get back on the right path with victory over Barrow on Saturday at odds of 4/5. Luton Town have had an extended break since losing at home to Crawley and will be happy that the distance to top spot is not insurmountable – standing at nine points, with a game in hand. The Hatters are odds-on at 10/11 for a trip to free-scoring Eastbourne Borough. The Sussex side are the top scorers in the division and are averaging nearly three strikes per game at home so this will be a difficult game for Richard Money’s men.

AFC Wimbledon are the shortest priced favourites of the weekend at 4/9 as they welcome Gateshead to South West London. A comfortable home win could put the Wombles on top depending on Crawley’s result. Grimsby Town also look like solid odds-on home favourites at 4/7 for the visit of Southport. The Sandgrounders have only won once in seven away matches and are one of the lowest scoring sides in the division. After a decent unbeaten run towards the end of September, Wrexham have stumbled in recent weeks. I fancy them to bounce back at Hayes & Yeading where they are attractively priced at 7/5 to scoop all three points.

Marcus Law continues his fantastic unbeaten run as a manager which he has carried into his role at Kettering from his previous job at Barwell. The Poppies are Evens favourites to win at home to Kidderminster on Saturday – a price that looks nap material. The relegation clash between Forest Green and Histon at the New Lawn seems to have goals written all over it and I’d want to be on ‘over 2.5 goals’ at 7/10 regardless of where the points end up.



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Wednesday 13 October 2010
dons trust news
Special General Meeting

This is a reminder that there is a Special General Meeting tonight in the back bar, starting at 7.30 pm. The agenda is:

Agenda

1. Minutes of AGM held on 22 April 2010.
2. Meet the Manager: A question-and-answer session with Terry Brown.
3. Televising Conference matches: members’ resolution.
4. Expectations and priorities: surveying the views of DT members and others with and interest in the club’s future.
5. Any other business.


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Tuesday 12 October 2010
club news
Arrangements for the FA Cup game against Basingstoke

The 4th qualifying round tie against Basingstoke Town will take place on Saturday 23 October at The Camrose Ground, Western Way, Basingstoke, RG22 6EZ, kick off 3.00 pm.

Terrace ticket prices are: Adults £10, Over-60s £6 and Under-16s £3. To transfer to the main stand there is an additional charge of £1.

The club will be running a supporters' coach which will pick up from The Grove at 12.00 noon and from Kingsmeadow at 12.30 pm. The price is £10 and places on the coach may be reserved at the complimentary tickets window before or after Saturday's game against Gateshead.

Alternatively, bookings may be made by contacting the club office on 020 8547 3528 during normal office hours or at the online ticket shop, accessed via the front page of the official website.


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Tuesday 12 October 2010
first team news
News from Talinn

Needing only a draw to go through, we understand that England C won 1-0 in their game against Estonia earlier today and therefore qualified for the semi final of the International Challenge Trophy.

All three Wimbledon players, Sam Hatton, Steven Gregory and Seb Brown played and we have been told that all three are injury free. Terry Brown said "I am delighted for the boys and for England. We won't be training them hard after such a long journey but I'm looking forward to getting them back and seeing for myself that they are all fit and ready for Saturday."


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Monday 11 October 2010
club news
AFC Wimbledon announces Mercedes-Benz sponsorship

The Commercial Department is pleased to announce that we recently signed a new sponsorship agreement with Mercedes-Benz Retail Used Cars Kingston upon Thames.

Based on Malden Way in New Malden, the showroom specialises in used Mercedes vehicles.

And they have already benefited from their first AFC Wimbledon customer in Chief Executive Erik Samuelson who had been looking for a B Class for some time. He said ‘We told them what we were looking for and within 48 hours they had found the car we wanted at a very competitive price’.

Commercial Director Ivor Heller was delighted to sign the club’s first sponsorship agreement with a car dealership.

‘We are really pleased to welcome Mercedes Benz as our newest corporate partner’ said Ivor. ‘It is fantastic to associate the club with such an exclusive brand and we would like to encourage our fans to support this local dealership’.

‘We are very proud to be working with AFC Wimbledon’ said Dealer Principle Stephen Trowell. ‘We’re looking forward to building a relationship with the club and getting to know the supporters’.

In addition to sponsoring the club, we are pleased to say that Mercedes- Benz Retail Used Cars Kingston upon Thames have become an official partner of the Community Football Scheme.

Keep an eye out for their advertising over the next couple of games but if you need to get in touch sooner, please call Stephen Trowell on 020 8336 8200.



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Monday 11 October 2010
first team news
Terry looks back on Wrexham and forward to the FA Cup

Terry Brown was sticking to his philosophy of taking one game at a time when we asked him about the FA Cup draw earlier today. But first he spoke about the team's excellent win at Wrexham on Saturday.

"Saturday signalled the end of a very hectic period which has included 15 league games since 14 August. I am glad to say we haven't picked up any significant injuries from our two away trips this week and considering we pulled in a six point haul I think it is obvious to say that things are going well at the moment.

"Saturday's performance at Wrexham provided a very different and difficult hurdle. Although we didn't play well on the day, we did enough to keep ourselves in the game in the first half and a much-improved, spirited second half performance saw us come away with an unlikely three points.

"It is important if we wish to stay in the top five that we are able to pick up points when not firing on all cylinders. I thought, as with the Kidderminster game, our players looked tired and slightly jaded, which is understandable considering the work load the starting eleven have had this season.

"The long term injuries to Lee Minshull and Brett Johnson will still require another two or three weeks, maybe longer for Lee, and hopefully now the schedule is lighter we can avoid any additional injuries. Sammy Moore came off on Saturday after feeling the effects of a stomach bug and a slight Achilles strain.

"Although this might sound like a moan I must say I am slightly worried about our three players' involvement in Estonia. As well as playing in all 15 games they have also had an additional two England trips in which the latter one involves a long journey to Estonia. I do acknowledge that the players are thrilled at the opportunity of pulling on an England shirt, and so I would I have been at their age. However, from a manager's point of view it is two additional games that I would prefer they hadn't played.

"With the cups we are in and 46 league games to negotiate I don't suppose I am any different from the Alex Fergusons of this world and I just hope the international week is over without any additional complications.

"Considering some the Conference v Conference FA Cup draws, we should be pleased to have missed out on any of the big guns in our league. However, I am under no illusions that the game against Basingstoke on 23 October will be a very difficult one, as in Frank Gray they have an extremely experienced and talented manager who will no doubt do his homework on us. I look forward to what should be an epic encounter but, before then, it is important that our players realise the importance of our next home fixture against Gateshead. If they need any reminding, the Gateshead side this season is better than the one that dominated us on the last day of last season."


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Monday 11 October 2010
club news
Dons away to Town in the FA Cup

The Dons have been drawn away to Basingstoke Town of the Blue Square Bet South in the 4th qualifying round of the FA Cup. The match will take place on Saturday 23 October.

More reaction to the draw will follow later.


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Sunday 10 October 2010
first team news
Dons creep up on Crawley

The 2-1 win at Wrexham was in many ways the result that Terry Brown has been waiting for. It was a game where his team was under pressure for the first 75 minutes, could easily have leaked three or four goals, but showing great resilience they took their opportunities and came away with the points.

The game was in marked contrast to Mansfield on Tuesday where Wimbledon had dominated from first to last. Wrexham had clearly done their homework and Wimbledon struggled to get into the game from the off. It was no surprise when The Dragons took the lead with an excellent goal from Andy Mangan, ending his personal goal drought, although the Dons manager will have wondered how Mangan could make a run through the centre with no-one tracking him.

At half time Wimbledon fans breathed a sigh of relief, assuming the second half performance could only be better. But only the most optimistic fan would have forecast an equaliser within two minutes. For once Ryan Jackson got away from his full back and at first his cross looked to be going nowhere, until Christian Jolley's pace allowed him to get to the ball first and volley it into the corner of the net.

Wrexham continued to press and Seb Brown made two excellent saves, supported by several blocks from Sam Hatton and Ismail Yakubu. Luke Moore, on for Sammy Moore who was feeling a slight achilles injury, was starting to make his presence felt and the Dons were beginning to threaten. The introduction of Rashid Yussuf ten minutes from time coincided with the Dons' best period and it was 'Toks' who received Danny Kedwell's downward header from another Jackson cross and calmly slotted the ball into the net with five minutes to go.

As Wrexham pressed for an equaliser they almost conceded another goal, which would have added insult to injury, before Wimbledon ran time down very comfortably. With Crawley drawing at Barrow the gap at the top is now only one point.

Terry Brown now has a week in which to tend to players' injuries and tired limbs after the recent rush of games, while no doubt keeping an ear open for tomorrow's FA Cup draw - and hoping Messrs Brown, Gregory and Hatton return safe and sound from their England C game in Talinn on Tuesday.


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Friday 08 October 2010
dons trust news
Tickets for An Evening with Simon Bassey and friends

Tickets, priced at £15 per person, are still available for the Evening with Simon Bassey (featuring Simon's special guests Joe Sheerin and Matt Everard) on 29 October.

As there are not many home games between now and 29 October, here are ways of buying tickets:

- Send a stamped addressed envelope to: An Evening with Simon Bassey, c/o Mark Davis, 20 Rayleigh Road, London, SW19 3RF. Please enclose a cheque, made payable to the Dons Trust, for £15 per person, and write your name and phone number or email address on the back of your cheque;
- A limited stock of tickets is held at the club and can be purchased during office hours (10.00 am - 4.00 pm Mondays to Fridays);
- If there are any tickets remaining, then tickets will be on sale at the game against Gateshead on 16 October.

Seating at the dinner is not allocated in advance. However, if you wish to book a whole table of 10 places, then this can be arranged (please indicate on your application).


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Friday 08 October 2010
dons trust news
Just a little bit more time...

With the AFC Wimbledon Minithon looming on 17 October, we are extending the entry deadline to Wednesday 13 October. Please go to the minithon entry form to download an entry form and make sure to return it, with a cheque for your entry fee (which is deductible from the proceeds of sponsorship you raise), by the new deadline. We understand that FC United of Manchester now have over 100 entrants in their event, whereas we have some way to go to reach this number, so please help us restore the bragging rights to London by registering for the minithon.

For supporters who are not participating in the minithon, please do remember to sponsor the AFC Wimbledon management team. You can pledge your sponsorship for Terry, Stuart, Simon, Mike, Jason, Robin, Haydon and Erik by visiting the minithon sponsorship page.

Finally, we are pleased to announce that thinkFolio (AFC Wimbledon's back-of-shirt sponsors) have kindly agreed to sponsor the minithon. We are grateful to thinkFolio for their generous support.


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Friday 08 October 2010
club news
Cambridge highlights now available on AFC Wimbledon TV

The highlights of the Cambridge United game are now available. They can be seen by clicking on Cambridge United.


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Friday 08 October 2010
club news
Weekend Blue Square Bet Premier Review

Crawley Town’s fantastic comeback at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday night has strengthened their position as favourites to lift the Blue Square Bet Premier title. The Red Devils are 5/4 favourites to win the division with their beaten hosts from Tuesday, Luton Town, drifting to the biggest price they have been this season – 11/4. Maybe our odds-compilers should have listened to Hatters’ boss Richard Money who said before the game that the visitors should have been the match favourites. The market disagreed, but those who went against it collected after the away sides’ last minute winner. Luton now have an extended break to get over their midweek disappointment whilst Crawley make the long trip up to Barrow for their next game. Steve Evans’ team are the 8/13 favourites to win at Holker Street against a team that did the double over them last season.

It’s a reduced ‘Saturday 3.00 pm’ fixture list due to Premier Sports’ treble-header of live matches but it’s not lacking in quality. AFC Wimbledon’s trip to Wrexham is a particular highlight. The Wombles are the slight outsiders at 13/8 off the back of a fantastic win at Mansfield in which they put five past the hapless Stags. Prior to that game Wimbledon had lost their last two away matches, taking their total defeats in that column to three – all coming without a goal scored. Wrexham’s defence will relish that test and I’d be tempted to back the Welsh side to achieve a narrow victory at 11/8. A correct-score of a 1-0 home win is also tempting at 6/1.

This weekend York City aim to become the first side to beat Newport County at their Spytty Park home since the 18 March 2009. It’s a tough task for the managerless and shot-shy Minstermen, who we price at a stand-out 100/30 to end the Exiles’ run. Eastbourne Borough had the chance to do that in midweek against ten men but needed a late equaliser to take a point from South Wales. It’s another trip West for Borough on Saturday as they travel to Bath City, who were incidentally the victors back on 18 March 2009 in South Wales. The Romans have only been beaten once at home in the opening exchanges of this season and rate as the 6/5 favourites to win this match against the Sussex side who have the worst travelling defence in the country – an average of three goals per game conceded.

Bottom club Altrincham visit Histon who are two places and five points above them in the table. This is a genuine early-season relegation six-pointer and Histon are slight favourites to gain the points at 6/5. The Stutes have three victories this season from three matches against their fellow sides in the bottom eight. Kettering Town look to be turning the corner after appointing a new manager and we’re swerving them at 9/5 to win at Southport this weekend. The home side have only won once in nine matches and the Poppies look a good bet to extend that to one in ten.

Darlington are struggling to find the net and consequently struggling to get points on the board in their quest for immediate promotion back to the Football League. They will no doubt be popular in weekend accumulators at 8/13 to beat Hayes & Yeading United, but the Middlesex club have already returned unbeaten from trips to Grimsby and Luton. Tamworth enjoyed a good run at the start of the season but have stuttered in recent weeks – with no wins in their last five games. They are the 15/8 outsiders to win on a tricky outing at Gateshead where only Fleetwood Town have plundered all three points. The Heed have only lost two of their last eight fixtures and have a decent return of 19 points from their first 14 matches as a full-time outfit.




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Thursday 07 October 2010
club news
Train tickets offer for York City game

Anderson Travel are offering reduced price train fares for fans who wish to travel to the York City game on 4 December.

Fans can pay on line and will get an e-ticket as confirmation. Each person will receive their rail tickets from the Andersons representative on the day by the platform on presentation of the confirmation.

This offer is a trial and, if it is successful, similar offers will be made for selected away games later in the season.

To learn more, click on York train tickets and scroll down the page. The offer is limited to the specific trains refererd to on the site.


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Thursday 07 October 2010
first team news
Terry looks forward to Wrexham

Terry Brown was happy that the recent run of better luck with injuries has continued when he spoke to us after a hard training session this morning.

"The congested fixture list that gave us six games in seventeen days will come to an end on Saturday at Wrexham. With three wins, one defeat and one draw out of the first five I hope we can continue the trend and get something out the game at Wrexham.

"Apart from the obvious need to accumulate points my main worry during this hectic period was picking up injuries. After checking everyone this morning, I am glad to say that we appear to be able to pick from the squad that played against Mansfield.

"Hopefully we also have good news about Brett Johnson. He is progressing very well and Mike Rayner is looking at between 10 and 14 days for Brett to be fit again. Lee Minshull is progressing steadily but it will still be several weeks before he is able to resume training,

"I am sure those fans who made the long journey to Mansfield on Tuesday will try to get to the game at Wrexham and I very much hope that we can send them home as happy as we did on Tuesday night."

Wrexham are unbeaten at home this season, most recently drawing 0-0 with high-flying Fleetwood Town. With only one defeat in their last eleven games they have recovered from a slightly rocky start to the season.

The Red Dragons are not short of goals with 20 so far this season, spread very evenly among the team. Perhaps the surprise is that the prolific Andy Mangan, who made his debut against the Dons last season, has yet to get off the mark and Terry Brown will be hoping that the run continues for one game longer.

Last season's game at the Racecourse was an unhappy one for Wimbledon, losing 1-0 to a controversial goal that appeared not to have crossed the line and then seeing substitute Ross Montague suffer cruciate ligament damage that effectively ended his season. But with the confidence they took from the emphatic win at Mansfield on Tuesday night, the Dons will be looking for a happier result on Saturday.

With increased interest following the win at Mansfield, there has been a late rush for seats for the supporters' coach for the game and the coach is now full.


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Thursday 07 October 2010
club news
Bath highlights now available on AFC Wimbledon TV

We apologise for the delay in putting the highlights of the Bath City game on the site but they may now be seen by clicking on Bath City.


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Thursday 07 October 2010
club news
Live Blue Square Bet Premier Action Tonight

Catch all the action from the Blue Square Bet Premier league fixture between Forest Green Rovers and Grimsby Town live on the big screen at the Cherry Red Records Fans Stadium tonight.

The middle bar opens at 6.00pm and the match kicks off at 7:45pm.


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Wednesday 06 October 2010
club news
Supporters' coach to Wrexham is now full

Following Tuesday night's excellent win against Mansfield Town we have taken a number of bookings for the supporters' coach to Wrexham which is now full.


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Wednesday 06 October 2010
club news
Live Blue Square Bet Premier Review

Premier Sports subscribers can enjoy three live games from the Blue Square Bet Premier in four days as the race for promotion to the Football League hots up. The coverage starts in the countryside setting of the Cotswolds on Thursday evening before ending up in the Lancashire coastal town of Fleetwood on Sunday via a stop off at Rushden & Diamonds on Saturday. Six teams feature from different ends of the league table in what promises to be a long and exciting weekend.

Grimsby Town travel to the New Lawn on Thursday night to take on Forest Green Rovers. After Tuesday’s matches the Mariners sit three points and four goals off the play-off zone. A finish in that top five will surely be a minimum target for Neil Woods’ men after their relegation from League 2 last season. As some big teams have found out in recent years, that’s no foregone conclusion. Fellow relegated side Darlington slumped to eleventh spot with a third winless match last night. Grimsby’s away record has a level spread of two from each of the win, draw and loss column. Arguably their toughest two away games, at league leaders Crawley and aforementioned Darlington, actually ended in victories. At the other end of the spectrum they have also failed to win at bottom club Altrincham. Grimsby games have been some of the lowest scoring in the division so far but they take a four match unbeaten run to Gloucestershire having scored two goals in each of their last three matches. That record makes them the clear 23/20 favourites to win this match. Opponents Forest Green are only one place off the bottom of the table and have just two victories to their name this season. Their best result of the season was actually a draw at AFC Wimbledon achieved in their last game. Despite Wombles boss Terry Brown describing it as his sides worst performance of the season, it took plenty of character from Rovers to force a 1-1 scoreline off the back of five successive defeats. That run still puts Dave Hockaday’s side at the bottom of the form tables and earns them a quote of 9/4 to win for the first time since 24 August. The draw is quoted at 23/10.


Mansfield Town have been involved in some high scoring matches of late but were on the wrong end of a five-star AFC Wimbledon performance on Tuesday. The Stags are the visitors to Nene Park on Saturday for a live match against Rushden & Diamonds. That 5-2 home defeat was their third game without a win and has turned a table topping position into a berth just outside the play-off zone. A total of 23 points is exactly the same as they had from the opening 14 games of last season but that ended in a finish a whole 16 points away from the final play-off spot. David Holdsworth’s team need to bounce back here against a tricky Rushden outfit and we quote them as the 9/5 slight outsiders to do so. The form tables show that Holdsworth’s side have lost every one of their five matches against the top ten teams in the opening months of the season. Rushden got that all important extension to their last campaign but succumbed to eventual winners Oxford United in a two-legged semi-final. Justin Edinburgh has had to pick his team up from that disappointment to mount another challenge this season but it hasn’t been easy. The Northants club sit eighth in the table after some patchy results but approach this game with only one defeat in their last six outings. The hosts can go one place above Mansfield with victory in this game at a price of 5/4. A drawn game is offered at 12/5.


Cambridge United boss Martin Ling is under plenty of pressure as his side visit Fleetwood Town in Sunday afternoon’s live match. United dropped into the relegation zone with defeat at Hayes & Yeading United on Tuesday, their fourth on the bounce. They have only managed to score one goal in their last 400 minutes of football and are yet to win away from home this season. It’s no surprise to see them quoted at a huge 7/2 to turn things around in the North West this weekend. It’s testament to how well Fleetwood have started this season that we can describe their last two matches, draws against Histon and Wrexham, as a slump. Last season’s North division play-off winners have settled into the top-flight well and are unbeaten in nine games as they welcome the struggling U’s to Highbury Stadium. They are 7/10 to achieve the win that will keep them well on course for a play-off finish. A third consecutive draw for Micky Mellon’s team is priced at 12/5.

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Wednesday 06 October 2010
first team news
Dons take all three points in an impressive performance at Field Mill

The Dons consolidated their second place in the Blue Square Bet Premier last night with a thrilling display of passing football and clinical chance-taking at Field Mill.

Wimbledon took the lead even before a Stags player had touched the ball as, straight from the kick off, Danny Kedwell won the first of many headers on the night. The ball dropped for Christian Jolley who took it to the by-line before cutting it back for Sammy Moore to slot it home. This was after 11 seconds by our official time-keeper's records.

It got even better when after nine minutes a header from Chris Smith fell short of his 'keeper and Jolley nipped in to lift it over Alan Marriott. With their confidence boosted by these early goals Wimbledon continued to look dangerous but it was Mansfield who clawed their way back into the game when a cross from the right beat everyone and Paul Connor hit a fine header into the net from beyond the far post.

This was the cue for more Mansfield attacks but in the 43rd minute the game was effectively over as Ricky Wellard threaded a pass between the centre backs for Kedwell to latch on to, round Marriott and pass the ball into the net. Mansfield protested vociferously as they felt there was a handball in the build up, but the goal stood and the Dons left the pitch at half time 3-1 up.

If there was any doubt about the result, it was extinguished on the hour when Sammy Moore lifted a pass over the advancing Mansfield back four into the path of Ryan Jackson who took the ball into the penalty area before smashing it past Neil Collett, on for the injured Alan Marriott at half time. On a night when almost everything they tried seemed to work, the Dons scored a fifth when a deep cross from Luke Moore eluded everyone and Sammy Moore got across the defender to see the ball loop into the net for his second of the night and his fourth of the season.

To their credit Mansfield continued to play passing football and they got a reward for their efforts when the impressive Louis Briscoe scored a late consolation.

So the Dons came away with five goals against a team that had previously conceded only three at home all season. No wonder Terry Brown was delighted when we spoke to him the morning after the game.

"It was a wonderful night for the 200+ supporters who travelled to Field Mill. You think to yourself as a manager that it could be our night when we score after 11 seconds and although we do practice re-starts, I think I'd be hard pressed to claim it was a set piece.

"It would be difficult to name a man of the match on Tuesday as there were several outstanding performances. However, I was particularly pleased that Ricky Wellard settled into a slightly different midfield role and provided what for me was the killer goal in the 43rd minute by Danny Kedwell.

"What was particularly pleasing last night was that we beat a very good side in Mansfield. Having previously watched them twice they are certainly one of the best footballing sides in the Conference and are the only other side I've seen so far that look to play from the back.

"Hopefully Mike will have patched up the two or three injuries we suffered yesterday as the three players that came off on Tuesday night were all suffering from minor knocks. Tuesday's win will give us a great deal of confidence going into what will be a very difficult game against an in-form Wrexham side."




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Wednesday 06 October 2010
club news
Win tickets for 'Reasons To Be Cheerful'

Theatre Royal Stratford East and the Graeae Theatre Company have teamed up with AFC Wimbledon to give you the chance to win tickets for ‘Reasons To Be Cheerful’.

Set in 1979 the play is a musical tribute to Ian Dury. A scorching live band and cast pays tribute to Dury’s anarchic spirit and propels this riotous coming of age tale in a show for young punks and old rockers alike.

And the lead singer in the show’s band is none other than Dons fan John Kelly, AKA Rockin’ Paddy.

For more information, visit here.

To be in with a chance to win free tickets and a pre show drink, tell us YOUR ‘Reason To Be Cheerful’. E-mail your reasons (no more than 140 characters) here by 20 October with the subject 'Wimbledon FC / Reasons to be Cheerful Comp'.

John Kelly will pick the best 3 reasons so don’t hold back!



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Monday 04 October 2010
first team news
Yakubu and Gregory available for Mansfield game

Training went well today for Terry Brown when he was delighted to see some senior players available again after injury and sickness. But first he gave us some additional thoughts about Saturday's disappointing performance against Forest Green Rovers.

"On reflection about Saturday's performance it is evident that we never played anywhere near our capability and it is my responsibility to ensure that the frustration felt by the players does not deflect from the work rate and industry required to win a game when we are not playing well.

"As with any young side the one major factor missing is experience. They will only gain that experience through Saturdays such as the Forest Green game. Forest Green came with a very professional game plan with seasoned experienced players who shut us down and stopped us playing and broke on us very effectively.

"The consistency required to stay at the top will always be difficult to achieve without the necessary sprinkling of senior players. Hopefully Tuesday night should see the return of fit-again Ismail Yakubu and the well-again Steven Gregory. Both players trained today and are fit and available for Tuesday.

"Simon Bassey and I had the good fortune of seeing the Luton v Mansfield game last Tuesday. The score line was certainly affected by the dismissal of the Mansfield centre half which meant that Mansfield had to play with ten men for most of the game. Prior to the sending off I was impressed with the manner in which Mansfield played their football. They are one of the only sides I've seen this year whose 'keeper throws the ball out to his full backs and therefore I hope that our travelling fans will be treated to an open and exciting game of football."

Mansfield Town are currently sitting in fifth place, having briefly led the table in September. Following their draw at Gateshead on Saturday, they now have a chance to gain ground on fellow promotion hopefuls in October. After the second-placed Dons visit Field Mill on Tuesday, the Stags then face Darlington, who have not lost away all season, and Crawley, the current leaders, with a visit to Rushden and Diamonds squeezed in between.

Mansfield will no doubt be fielding recent signing Adam Murray, a midfielder on loan from Luton Town with a view to a permanent transfer in January. However, they will be missing Nathan Smith who was sent off at Gateshead on Saturday. Meanwhile, Steven Foster is available again after suspension.

Last season's game was memorable for a hard-fought 1-0 Wimbledon win thanks to a Danny Kedwell goal, with a second half rearguard action after Derek Duncan was sent off and ending with two superb penalty saves by Seb Brown in the final five minutes. With Mansfield having conceded only three goals in six home games this season, the Dons will have to be at their very best to repeat last season's result.

Fans who wish to book a place on the coach to Mansfield can still do so, as there are about a dozen spaces remaining. The coach will leave from the Grove at 1.30 pm and will pick up from Kingsmeadow at 2.00 pm. The price is £15.

You can book a place on the coach by contacting the club office on 020 8547 3528 during normal office hours. It is also possible to book seats on fans' coaches using the on-line tickets sales button on the front page of this web site.


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Monday 04 October 2010
youth news
Making plans with Nigel - from the Histon programme

Youth and Community Director Nigel Higgs explains how the club's Youth Development Programme is being put into action and how it aims to help the club hang on to its talented young players.

Click here to read the full article.


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Monday 04 October 2010
club news
Kingsmeadow stadium update - from the Forest Green Rovers programme

In line with our occasional practice, we have reproduced an article of specific interest from a recent programme as a feature.

The following link takes you to a feature about the current status of stadium developments and the improvements needed to comply with Football League requirements at the Cherry Red Records Fans' stadium -Kingsmeadow. To read it, click on Kingsmeadow stadium update.


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Monday 04 October 2010
first team news
Terry Brown's post match interview now on AFC Wimbledon TV

You can see Terry Brown's post match interview after the Forest Gren Rovers game by clicking on Terry on Forest Green.


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Saturday 02 October 2010
dons trust news
From the Forest Green programme - Dons Trust election and SGM news

In line with our occasional practice, we are reproducing an article of specific interest from a recent programme as a feature.

The following link takes you to a feature about the Dons Trust Elections and the forthcomng SGM. Click on From the Forest Green programme - Dons Trust news to read it.


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Saturday 02 October 2010
club news
Community Fun Day Winners

Raffle Ticket Winners

Dave Beasant Signed Photo

Yellow 491 - Neil Messenbird
Blue 89 - Ollie Lewis
Blue 48 - Caroline Hurrell

Voucher for a Free AFC Wimbledon CFS Coaching Session

Yellow 497 - Neil Messenbird
Yellow 516 - Dave Thompson
Blue 49 - Kelvin Atkinson

Voucher for four free terrace match tickets for an AFC Wimbledon Home League Match in 2010

Yellow 512 - Lucy Carroll
Blue 52 - Jamie Connolly

AFC Wimbledon Holdall

Yellow 533 - Bev Gould

AFC Wimbledon Signed Kit Board

Blue 97 - P Hurrell
Yellow 543 - Shaun Goldfinch
Blue 95 - Mark Bunworth
Blue 58 - Matt Lawrence
Yellow 504 - Tony Burgess
Blue 74 - Tony Wheeler
Yellow 521 - Graham Massey

2 President's Lounge and Carvery Tickets for an AFC Wimbledon Home Match

Blue 75 - Tony Wheeler

Spot the Ball Winner

Joe Thompson, 11 Years Old.

The correct square was A6.


Many thanks to all the people who have come down and enjoyed the day, despite the weather changing for the worse after 1.00 pm. Many thanks also to our excellent U14 goalkeeper Billy Bishop who proved very difficult to beat in the penalty shootout.


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Saturday 02 October 2010
dons trust news
Erik follows the Cash

The latest entrant for the AFC Wimbledon management team in the Minithon on 17 October is a Mr E. Samuelson of Tooting.

In common with all of the other participants, Erik is raising money for the Dons Trust's funds, Macmillan Cancer Support and Wimbledon Civic Theatre Trust. You can pledge your support for Erik - or any of the other members of the management team - by visiting the minithon sponsorship page.

Commenting on the Minithon, Erik said:

"When I saw that it was advertised as 'run, walk or crawl three miles', I thought this sounded like my kind of exercise. I urge you to join in too, or if you can't, to sponsor a family member, fellow fan or friend who is doing so. Or a Chief Executive!"

Applications to take part in the Minithon will be accepted until 10 October, making today's match the last home game at which you can complete and hand in your application form in person. Participants and volunteers will come away from the event fitter, having done their bit for some very wortwhile causes and with a special commemorative badge kindly sponsored by Terry's Badges.


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Saturday 02 October 2010
club news
Arrangements for the Forest Green Rovers game and Community Fun Day

Despite the heavy overnight rain the pitch is in excellent condition and both the match and the Community Fun Day will go both ahead as scheduled.

Fun Day

The Fun Day will be opened by Haydon the Womble with first-team management and players at 12.00 noon, and will run until 2.30 pm. for a full list of the activities see Fun Day.

Match tickets

With the Dons seeking to extend their fine home form, there is a lot of demand for tickets. Nevertheless, there will be plenty of terrace tickets available on the day (see below for more details). Turnstiles will open at about 1.45 pm.

Thanks to the generosity of season ticket holders who can't attend and have donated their match vouchers, we now have over 40 seat tickets for sale today. These will be available from the kiosk in the Paul Strank stand from about 1.45 pm.

Pre-ordered tickets can be collected from the complimentary tickets window next to the players’ entrance, from about 1.30 pm.

Bars

As usual, the bars will open at noon and the burger trailer in the main car park will be open from about 12.30 pm. Visting fans are welcome in the bars before the game.

Soft segregation today

With a limited number of Forest Green Rovers fans expected, we will be applying 'soft segregation' for today's game. This means that although Forest Green Rovers fans will be allocated to part of the northern end of the John Smith’s stand (i.e. nearest the Kingston Road end) Dons fans in the Kingston Road End and in the southern part of the John Smith's stand will be able to access the burger bars and toilets in the north east corner of the stadium (i.e. behind the Kingston Road end).

Forest Green fans will enter via turnstiles 7 and 8, which are accessed via the residential car park. That car park is, in turn, entered from Jack Goodchild Way. There will be signs in place to direct visiting fans to the correct turnstiles.

Wimbledon fans will enter as follows:

For the Tempest End, Wimbledon fans will enter via turnstiles 4, 5 and 6.
For the John Smith’s stand, southern end, (i.e. furthest away from the Kingston Road end), Wimbledon fans will also enter via turnstiles 4, 5 and 6.

For the Kingston Road end, Wimbledon fans will enter via turnstiles 1, 2 and 3.


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Friday 01 October 2010
cfs news
Community Fun Day - update

Tomorrow sees the Community Fun Day at Kingsmeadow with a fantastic range of activities for young and old alike. See the news item dated 30 September for full details.

We have been asked if the recent rain will affect the activities. In fact, many of the activities will take place on hard standing and so fans are assured that the event will go ahead.

We will inspect the grass car park area early on Saturday morning and decide if any of the activities on that area need to be moved, but the day will be going ahead.

For an update, visit this site tomorrow morning.


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Friday 01 October 2010
first team news
Terry on Forest Green Rovers

With the Dons sitting in second place in the table, Terry Brown was delighted to hear promising news about Ismail Yakubu after Mike Rayner had spent another morning session treating the defender.

Terry said "Friday morning's training went well with an eye to what is a very busy up and coming week. So, although we didn't any hard training we did a lot of work on shape and set pieces. It has been evident in tight games this year that the difference between an unsuccessful and a successful set piece is converting into the difference between one point and three points.

"On the injury front, we had some good news that Ismail Yakubu's injury is not as bad as we first thought and it looks more likely to be a back-related problem. Hopefully he should be available for the forthcoming away trips to Mansfield and Wrexham.

"Apart from that we didn't manage to injure anyone so we will have a full squad to choose from except Lee Minshull and Brett Johnson. Forest Green Rovers come to us in a difficult position needing points to climb away from the bottom four.

"Having played against David Hockaday's team last year I know they will be highly motivated and well-disciplined and therefore like most games in this league it will be difficult to predict. This is an important game for us where we need to get maximum points and set off for our away games with those points in the bag.

"The crowd has been magnificent this year and let's hope we can continue to keep them happy by making sure that our excellent home form continues."

Forest Green started the season well and took eight points from their first five games but since then they have taken only one point from the next seven games. As a result, they currently sit in 22nd place. They have moved to strengthen their squad by taking Chris Flood on loan from Crawley. Crawley paid Salisbury £10,000 for the speedy young winger and he has now been loaned to Forest Green for a month.

Interest in the game is extremely high and the club has almost sold out of seat tickets. At the moment there is only a handful of seat tickets left (although there will be plenty of terrace tickets available on the day). So, if you aren't planning to come to the game, please consider donating the relevant ST voucher to the club so that we can enable more fans to sit and at the same time earn extra income for the club.

If you can help, please email your ticket details to this address ST vouchers or phone the office on 020 8547 3528 and leave a message.

Vouchers for terrace STs are also very welcome as we can reclaim the VAT on those tickets.


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Friday 01 October 2010
dons trust news
Fundraising - Latest on minithon and evening with Simon Bassey

Saturday will be the last home game before the 10 October deadline to enter the AFC Wimbledon Minithon. So, if you wish to hand in your entry form direct, download one from minithon entry and bring it along to the game on Saturday. Alternatively, the fundraising team will be on hand to help you complete an entry form in or around the back bar before and after the game.

The first team management staff (Terry Brown, Stuart Cash, Simon Bassey, Mike Rayner, Jason Moriarty, Robin Bedford and Haydon) will be taking part in the minithon. You can sponsor them online by visiting minithon sponsorships. See the 20 September news item for Terry Brown's comments on the importance of the minithon, or visit minithon event details for further details of the event.

Tickets for the 29 October Evening with Simon Bassey will be on sale in or around the back bar, both before and after Saturday's home game against Forest Green Rovers. With Matt Everard and Joe Sheerin announced as Simon's special guests for the evening, this is going to be an extremely entertaining evening and, at £15 per head, an absolute bargain. Make sure to avoid disappointment by buying your ticket at the game this Saturday.


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Friday 01 October 2010
club news
Supporters' coaches to Mansfield and Wrexham - and news of on-line booking

There are still spaces available on the supporters' coaches travelling to Mansfield for our league game on Tuesday 5 October and to Wrexham for the game on Saturday 9 October.

The coach to Mansfield will leave from the Grove at 1.30 pm and will pick up from Kingsmeadow at 2.00 pm and the price is £15.

The coach to Wrexham will leave from The Grove at 8.00 am and from Kingsmeadow at 8.30 am and the price is £15.

Places for either coach can be reserved at the complimentary tickets window before or after Saturday's game against Forest Green Rovers or, alternatively, by contacting the club office on 020 8547 3528 during normal office hours.

For the first time it will also be possible to book seats on the coaches using the on-line tickets sales button on the front page of this web site.


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Friday 01 October 2010
club news
More International recognition for Dons trio

England C Manager Paul Fairclough has announced a 16 man squad to represent the England C (U23) team in their International challenge Trophy Group A fixture with Estonia, which is to be played at the Kadrioru Stadium in Tallinn on Tuesday 12 October 2010, kick-off 4.00 pm.

Having represented their country earlier in the month in the friendly against Wales, Seb Brown, Sam Hatton and Steven Gregory have all been named in the 16 man squad.

Congratulations again to all three players.


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