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Monday 31 October 2011
club news
Special offers for FA Cup carvery

We are pleased to announce special offers for both our carvery and carvery + stand ticket packages for the FA Cup tie against Scunthorpe on Saturday 12 November.

Carvery 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 member of management team

Cost:
£20 for the carvery only (normally £25)
or
£35 for the carvery and a seat ticket for the Paul Strank Stand (normally £45)

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

We expect demand to be high for this carvery so book early to avoid disappointment.

The carvery opens at 12.00 in the back bar on a match day. If you order the carvery + ticket package, you can collect your tickets from the carvery. Please e-mail here if you have any special dietary requirements.




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Monday 31 October 2011
club news
Stuart Cash ''team spirit won us this point"

Stuart Cash spoke to us after the game at Shrewsbury. The interview can be heard by clicking on Stuart on Shrewsbury.


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Monday 31 October 2011
club news
Hawaii 501 Open Darts Tournament

We are pleased to announce our first Hawaii 501 Open Darts Tournament will be held at The Cherry Red Records Stadium on Sunday 19 February 2012, followed by ‘An Evening with Wayne “Hawaii 501” Mardle’.

Registration for the tournament starts at 12.00 with the tournament itself starting at 1.00pm

Doors open for ‘An Evening with Wayne “Hawaii 501” Mardle’ at 6.00 pm with the exhibition starting at 7.30 pm. The bar closes at 10.30 pm.

The costs are as follows.

Players:
Entry to the Tournament + an Evening with Wayne “Hawaii 501” Mardle - £23.00 (including food in the evening).
Entry to Tournament only: £5.00

Spectators:
Tournament: FREE
An Evening with Wayne “Hawaii 501” Mardle: £20.00 (including food in the evening).

To register for the tournament and for tickets for An Evening with Wayne “Hawaii 501” Mardle please click here or call 020 8247 9918 now.



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Sunday 30 October 2011
club news
Dons at home in the Cup

Wimbledon were paired with Scunthorpe United from n power league 1 when the draw for the 1st Round of the FA Cup sponsored by Budweiser was made at lunchtime.

The tie will be played at The Cherry Red Records Stadium on Saturday 12 November and details of admission prices will be made in due course.


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Friday 28 October 2011
club news
Youth Development match day steward needed

The Youth Development Department requires a match day steward every Sunday for its Centre of Excellence games programme.

The role will be from 9.00 am - 1.30 pm on Sundays and the main responsibilities will be to:

- Manage parking in the sports ground
- Ensure only players, parents and staff enter the ground
- Help direct and advise visitors inside the ground
- Ensure the day runs smoothly

We need someone reliable, presentable, friendly and organised who is able to commit to the position each week. Please contact Jeremy Sauer via email to apply here.



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Friday 28 October 2011
club news
“One Game, One Community” - Young Dons Photo Opportunity

Part of this years’ ‘Lets Kick Racism Out Of Football” education programme is a national photography competition for children at Keystage two or three with prizes that include the chance to be a mascot at a future England home match! All you have to do is to take a photo that you think sums up the phrase “One Game, One Community” – The photo can be of whatever or whoever you like and it doesn’t necessarily have to be either football based or of technically high quality as the judges are looking for good ideas rather than photographic skill. There are separate competitions for each keystage age group and you can read full details of the national Kick It Out competition here.

AFC Wimbledon fully support the Kick It Out project and will be running our own local competition for those young AFC Wimbledon supporters and Merton schoolchildren who are tempted to enter the national competition. These photos will be judged separately by our own panel of experts and could win one of our own range of prizes, from book tokens to matchday experiences and AFC Wimbledon goodie bags. All the photos would still be entered in the national competition so you could win two sets of prizes.

The photos will also feature in an AFC Wimbledon & Merton photographic exhibition for public display so that everyone can get to enjoy your work, not just the judges. The entry details are on the AFC Wimbledon community blog and if you have any further queries or even a photograph you’d like to submit, please email us at communitydons@talktalk.net

The closing date for entries in both competitions is 5.00 pm on Friday 11 November so budding snappers have a couple of weeks to come up with an interesting shot or two!


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Friday 28 October 2011
first team news
Dons prepare for the Shrews

With Terry Brown away on family matters, Stuart Cash is leading the Dons' efforts to get back on track at the Greenhous Meadow on Saturday.

Stuart told us "obviously, everyone's thoughts are with Terry and Suzy right now and I have been in touch with Terry to keep him up to date. The boys know that the best thing they can do to lift Terry's spirits is to present him with a strong performance and a good result on Saturday.

"We continue to look at what we can do to reduce the number of individual errors that have been plaguing us recently. When it is a problem with the tactics or if the players aren't keeping their shape, for example, it is simple to deal with. But here we are dealing with individual errors and they have been spread across a number of players - and that requires some one-on-one work and rebuilding confidence.

"We've also looked at the DVDs of recent games. No-one enjoys seeing mistakes played out again but we need to see what went wrong and set about correcting it. We've gone about this in a positive way and we ended the session by viewing the Morecambe game, where our passing and movement were outstanding. Sometimes a team needs to be reminded just how good they are and so we reinforced that at Thursday's training.

"We've already had one overnight this week at Torquay so we've decided to travel to Shrewsbury on the day of the game. Christian Jolley is recovering well from his injury at Torquay and it looks as if it isn't as severe as we first thought, but we are looking in terms of a return for Barnet rather than Saturday. Christian is a naturally upbeat lad and it is good to see him positive after being downcast following his initial injury as he loves to play.

"Kieran Djilali is fit again and has been in full training for a few days now so we are looking for him to travel with us. Fraser Franks has rejoined us too -Hayes were very positive about his time there and wanted to extend the loan but he wants to fight for a first team place here so he comes into consideration for a place in the squad. Meanwhile, we expect Mat Mitchel-King to get some game time early next week and Gareth Gwillim is back to straight line running, although there is a way to go before he is ready to return.

"Overall we are not looking to make wholesale changes as this is still a very good young team that is learning and Terry has often said that we will take some knocks and setbacks over the season. That is what we are going through now and we will deal with it.

"We are looking forward to getting back out on the pitch and sorting out these problems. I'd love to be able to call Terry after the game on Saturday to report a positive result and that is what we will be aiming for. As always, the fans' support is much appreciated by the team and I'm told there is a good number travelling on Saturday. We will be looking to send you away happy."

Shrewsbury are managed by the highly respected Graham Turner, back in charge at the club where he started his managerial career over thirty years ago. Early success at Shrewsbury took him on a career that has embraced Aston Villa, Wolves and fourteen very successful years at Hereford United, where for part of the time he was majority shareholder and chairman. Having left The Bulls he rejoined The Shrews where he has led them to third in the league.

Underpinning their high place in the league is their almost perfect home record this season with six wins and a draw from seven league games, plus an impressive 3-1 win over Premier League Swansea in the Carling Cup. The Dons might take heart, however, that with the exception of Swindon, all these home successes have been against teams from the bottom half of the table.

The main threat is likely to come from Dons summer target Marvin Morgan, who chose to join Shrewsbury and has been having a highly influential season, with his height, pace and power troubling defences and helping him to seven goals so far. But Stuart Cash is clear that the team is going to try to win the game as he explained 'we're not set up to play for draws so we will do what we always do, and look for all three points'.


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Thursday 27 October 2011
club news
Comedy@Kingsmeadow returns!

Comedy@Kingsmeadow in association with Crack Comedy are pleased to present The Christmas Crack, a night of Comedy, Magic and Dancing until late, on Thursday 15 December.

Pete Firman (star of Dirty Tricks, 'Derren Brown's 3D Magic Spectacular' (Channel 4), 'The Secret World of Magic' (Sky1) and ITV’s 'Comedy Rocks') headlines a special Christmas Comedy night with able support from impressionist and beatboxer Stefano Paolini (BBC 2's Double Take and on Radio 4's Dead Ringers).Your MC for the evening is Steve N Allen.

This is a fantastic night out for office Christmas parties and we are taking group bookings for tables of 10.

Doors open at 7.00pm and the bar closes at 1.00am. Admission is £15 including dinner and tickets can be purchased here or by calling 020 8247 9918.



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Thursday 27 October 2011
club news
Shrewsbury travel update

We have been sent the following information by Shrewsbury Town regarding the game this Saturday:

Supporters intending to travel to Shrewsbury should be aware that parking at the stadium is strictly by permit only. There is no parking on roads in the vicinity of the stadium and supporters travelling by car are advised to park at official car parks close to the stadium. The car parks are The Brooklands Hotel and Pritchard’s Garage. Parking charges at these sites is £5.00.

Supporters are strongly advised to travel by official supporters’ coaches which park at the stadium.


Due to the increased demand and works on the rail line which mean trains are not running directly to Shrewsbury we are running a second supporters coach to the game at the usual bargain price of £15 per person. Spaces are limited but can be booked by calling the club offices on 020 8547 3528 between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm today and tomorrow. The coach leaves the Grove pub (opposite South Wimbledon underground station) at 8.00 am and the Cherry Red Records Stadium at 8.30 am.



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Thursday 27 October 2011
club news
Availability for carvery before Barnet game

There are still tickets available for the carvery before the Barnet game on Saturday 5 November.

You can also purchase tickets for the matchday carvery for all games up until Southend on New Years Eve.

Many of these games are already selling quickly so we recommend buying tickets as far in advance as possible.

Carvery 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

The carvery opens in the back bar at 12pm.

Cost: £25 (carvery only) or £45 (including a seat ticket for the Paul Strank Stand)

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

We are also pleased to announce a special package for celebrations, whether it be birthdays, anniversaries or even divorces! If you book a table of ten, we will give you a complimentary bottle of Champagne or birthday cake. Once you have made your booking, please e-mail here to let us know what kind of event you’re celebrating.



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Wednesday 26 October 2011
first team news
Stuart Cash on the Torquay game

With Terry Brown temporarily away, Stuart Cash took over the reins for the game at Torquay and we spoke to him today about that game.

"Obviously we are all concerned about Terry's news and our thoughts are with him. We would have liked to give him a better result last night but the same bugbear of individual mistakes came back to undermine us again.

"I thought we started well and Christian Jolley was in good form. On another day he would have had a couple of goals in the first 15 minutes. Then they got their first goal, from a lapse in concentration as we let Stevenson cut inside, which he likes to do, when the instruction was to show him the line. Even then, we were a bit unlucky as his shot was badly deflected.

"Torquay played some good football but Simon and I felt that we were still the better side after that goal. However, the second one, when we lingered too long on the ball in defence, was a killer. The third goal also came from losing the ball in a vulnerable position but credit to Torquay, they put it away clinically.

"At half time we told the lads to keep playing their football and to try to nick a goal. But Torquay have some quick lads in their team and we were exposed to breakaways - they might even have had more as we pressed forward.

"So now we need to get back to basics, tighten up the defence and remind them that only a couple of weeks ago we were looking a very good team indeed. There is no magic solution to these mistakes - it's about hard work and concentration.

"With Terry away for a while, I will free up more time to be involved, which I can do as I am self-employed. Obviously we want to see him back, but it is more important that he is with his family at times like this."


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Wednesday 26 October 2011
club news
Fright Night!

There are only a few days left before the Halloween themed ‘Fright Night’ party in the back bar this Saturday 29 October in aid of Children In Need.

Presented by Paul Strank Roofing in association with AFC Wimbledon, this will be a fancy dress party with music from the Onelife DJs. Fancy dress is optional though so you can still join in the party in normal clothes.

Tickets cost £12 including admission and a buffet. Doors open at 7.30 pm and the party goes on until 1.00 am.

Tickets can be purchased here under ‘Special Events’.



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Wednesday 26 October 2011
club news
Terry Brown

Terry was not at last night's match at Torquay United because he was at home with his wife, Suzy, who is facing an operation for cancer next week.

Terry will be taking some time to be with his family. Stuart Cash and Simon Bassey will run team affairs in the meantime. We have passed on everyone's best wishes and love to Suzy and Terry and naturally our thoughts are with them. We ask everyone to respect their privacy.


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Tuesday 25 October 2011
club news
Youth Development Programme team sponsorships still available

Sponsorship is still available for several of AFC Wimbledon’s youth teams for the 2011/12 season.

Sponsorship is very important to the academy as it helps provide the best experience possible for the boys involved. If you choose to sponsor on behalf of a company, it will also provide some excellent exposure for your company. However you can also sponsor on a personal basis (anonymously if preferred).

The package on offer is as follows:

- Name in match programme for the season

- Name on club website for the season

- Invitation to kit sponsors dinner at end of season

- Signed team photo at end of season

Cost: £250 (+ VAT for corporate sponsorship)

For more information or to find out which teams are available, please e-mail here or call 020 8547 3336.




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Tuesday 25 October 2011
first team news
Dons aim to get back on winning trail

The Dons step out tonight at Plainmoor determined to get back on track and back into the play off places. The team travelled down yesterday afternoon and we spoke to Terry Brown at the team's hotel.

"We had a light training session yesterday morning before lunch and the trip down. Despite Saturday's defeat, the boys were in good spirits.

"You won't be surprised to hear that we spent much of our session looking at defending. I said after Saturday's game that we celebrate wins as a team and we lick our wounds together when we lose. So today was about defending as a team and looking at everyone's roles, especially at set pieces.

"On Saturday the first, second and third goals all came from corners and OK we might have been a little bit unlucky with the first one, where Chris Bush's sliced clearance could have gone anywhere, but we have generally defended well at set pieces this season so it is about getting back to what we know we do well.

"Having been suspended on Saturday, Luke Moore is available again and comes back into the squad with Brendan Kiernan stepping down. Brendan has done very well this season and he is pushing for a place in the squad but Luke has been having an excellent season and we need his experience for tonight. That is the only change to the squad since Toks isn't available and while Kieran Djilali is nearly ready to return we didn't think he should travel - he will be better off getting more time in on the training ground so that he is available for Saturday.

"I know I've said this many times before but tonight's game will be tough, like every game in this league. Martin Ling is a very experienced manager and he will be taking his team through the same process that we went through yesterday, after one or two disappointing results lately. So they will be as keen as us to get back into winning ways and we'll need to be strong and determined. But we set out to win every game and we'll do the same again tonight.

"Finally, all the boys want to thank the fans for keeping the support going on Saturday. We know there will be quite a few making the trip for tonight's game and we'll be doing everything we can to send them away happy on the long trip back home."


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Monday 24 October 2011
club news
Zumba! Zumba! at The Cherry Red Records Stadium

Move your body to the sound of exotic rhythms, high energy Latin beats whilst getting yourself into shape. Zumba is easy to do, effective and exhilarating. Join the growing Zumba community and dance yourself healthy.

Our instructor Paola is from Colombia so she was born with that Latin Rhythm running through her. Paola is a registered fitness instructor, so you will be in expert hands. Paola also runs classes at gyms around London including Chelsea Harbour.

Date: Every Thursday starting 10 November
Time: 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm
Venue: Middle Bar, Cherry Red Records Stadium
Class entry fee:
£5.00 for season ticket holders. (Please state this when reserving your place and bring your season ticket on the night.)
£6.00 non season ticket holders

To guarantee your place in the class, pre-book by calling 020 8247 9918.


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Monday 24 October 2011
club news
Communications executive

The deadline for applications for this role has now passed.

Because we have had a large number of applications it will take some time to identify a short list of candidates. Therefore we are unlikely to reply to candidates until next week. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


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Monday 24 October 2011
club news
Coaches update for Torquay and Shrewsbury

There are 10 spaces left on the coach travelling to Torquay tomorrow which will leave the Grove at 1.00 pm and pick up from The Cherry Red Records Stadium at 1.30 pm.

The coach travelling to Shrewsbury on Saturday is full but with engineering works on the rail line which means trains are not running directly to Shrewsbury there has been a lot of interest in the club running a second coach. If you are interested in travelling by coach to Shrewsbury or Torquay please call the office on 020 8547 3528 between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm during the week.

The cost for a seat is £15.


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Monday 24 October 2011
club news
Seb - now we need to win the next two

Seb Brown was interviewed after the home game against Crawley Town for his views on the game and the season so far. The interview can be heard by clicking on Seb Brown.


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Sunday 23 October 2011
club news
Terry Brown after Crawley game

Terry Brown was interviewed after the home game against Crawley Town. The interview can be seen by clicking on Terry on Crawley.

An audio-only version may be heard by clicking on Terry on Crawley, audio only.


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Sunday 23 October 2011
dons trust news
Saturday's raffle

Luke Moore drew blue raffle ticket number 346 out of the hat at half-time on Saturday. The winner has come forward and claimed the prize, which was Luke Moore's playing shirt from last season.

The raffle raised just under £1,000 for the Dons Trust and thanks to everyone who took part.


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Saturday 22 October 2011
club news
Get your copy of Football Manager 2012 today!

Football Manager 2012 will be on sale in the club shop today.

For a limited time only, we also have copies of the exclusive AFC Wimbledon cover.



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Friday 21 October 2011
club news
Arrangements for Crawley game, Saturday 22 October

Sold out

The game is sold out - no tickets will be available on the day.

Visiting fans

Full segregation will be in force for the game, with visiting fans in the north end of the John Smith's stand, which is accessed from the road that runs behind that stand. Signs will be in place to direct visiting fans, who will not have entered the stadium from this direction in any of their previous visits.

Tickets for Shrewsbury away game on 29 October

Tickets for this game will be on sale from the kiosk in the main lobby from 1.45 pm onwards. Tickets bought in advance are £2 cheaper than tickets bought on the day.

Bars

The bars will open at noon and are open to Dons fans only.

Parking

As usual, parking will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking is available on local streets, but please be considerate when parking there.

Proof of eligibility for reduced price tickets

Fans are reminded that you may be asked to prove your entitlement to a concession or under 16 ticket - if you can't do this, you will be charged full price for admission. It is important that the evidence you provide clearly relates to you and, for example if you show a student cards it is current.

Programme

As usual, the programme is £3 for 68 pages. This week's programme includes an interview with Football League chairman Greg Clarke, a report of the Mumford and Sons fundraising gig earlier this year, and features on an evening with Dave Anderson, last week's Family Festival, and a review of the longest serving managers in the league - plus all the usual features.


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Friday 21 October 2011
first team news
Crawley preview

AFC Wimbledon go into their game with Crawley Town looking to cement their play-off place and aiming to build upon the excellent start to the season by their young squad.

Fans will remember last season's dramatic game when a Dons team with two defenders making their senior debuts and a defence with an average age of just over 19 came back thrillingly from an early deficit to win with two late goals, the winner coming from Danny Kedwell.

While Crawley won last season's return game, they have yet to win a competitive game at The Cherry Red Records Stadium and Terry Brown is keen to keep it that way on Saturday.

Possibly feeling a little bit light-headed after having his head shaved for charity on Thursday night, Terry told us "the lads have been in great spirits this week and training has gone very well. We are looking foward to Saturday's game and expect that it will be as tight as all the previous games between the clubs. We are well aware of their talent and strength in depth but right now I have a squad that is brimming over with confidence and they can't wait for Saturday to come round every week.

"We are missing Luke Moore who is suspended after collecting five bookings this season and we have one or two injury doubts, including Rashid Yussuff. Kieran Djilali is now back in full time training and although he isn't fit to start a game yet, he must come into consideration for a place in the squad, as does Brendan Kiernan, who played well again in a midweek development game against a strong Wycombe Wanderers team.

"But whoever is in the squad tomorrow, I am happy that we have strength in depth as we showed when a team containing several players with limited game time this season played so well to beat Stevenage recently. We are getting used to playing in front of full houses now and the players definitely get a boost from hearing our fans get behind them so noisily, so I'm hoping to hear more of the same tomorrow, please - and on behalf of the players, thanks to you all, you've been terrific."

With Crawley selling all their 700 ticket allocation, the Cherry Red Records Stadium is sold out for the fourth time this season.

Following last week's appearance on Football Focus, the Dons will be featured in Saturday night's Football League Show for the second time this season, with Mark Clemmit reporting on the game in the show.


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Friday 21 October 2011
club news
Shrewsbury tickets on sale before the Crawley game

Tickets for the away game at Shrewsbury on Saturday 28 October will be available for purchase from the kiosk in the main lobby area from 1.45pm, before the Crawley game on Saturday.

Tickets are £2 cheaper if bought before the day of the game. Prices for the all-seater stadium (after deducting the £2 discount for early purchase) are as follows:

Adults £17
Concessions £12
Under 16s £10
Under 11s £4

Further discounts are available for Family Tickets as follows:
1 adult plus 1 U16. £20
1 adult plus 1 U11 £18
Adding an additional U16 to a Family Ticket, £4


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Friday 21 October 2011
club news
Join Terry and the players for the launch of Football Manager 2012 tonight

Terry, several players and Haydon the Womble will be helping launch Football Manager 2012 at the Wimbledon branch of Game tonight.

Terry and the boys will be at Game from 5.00pm until 7.00pm to sign copies of the exclusive AFC Wimbledon game cover (as seen outside the stadium) and to try their hand at the game itself.

This is not only a fantastic opportunity to promote the club at the heart of Wimbledon town centre but it also gives the club a chance to support Sports Interactive, who have played such an important role in the club’s success to date.



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Friday 21 October 2011
dons trust news
Raffle of play-off final shirt

The fundraising team will be holding a raffle at Saturday's match against Crawley Town. The prize will be one of the shirts that were specially prepared for last season's play-off final against Luton. The shirt - which was Luke Moore's - is specially embroidered to commemorate the play-off final and is therefore a highly desirable item of club memorabilia.

As usual, raffle tickets will be on sale before the match, priced at £1 each.

The draw will be made and announced at half-time.



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Thursday 20 October 2011
club news
Fright Night!

The club is pleased to announce that there will be a Halloween themed ‘Fright Night’ party in the back bar on Saturday 29 October in aid of Children In Need.

Presented by Paul Strank Roofing in association with AFC Wimbledon, this will be a fancy dress party with music from the Onelife DJs. Fancy dress is optional though so you can still join in the party in normal clothes.

Tickets cost £12 including admission and a buffet. Doors open at 7.30 pm and the party goes on until 1.00 am.

Tickets can be purchased here under ‘Special Events’.


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Thursday 20 October 2011
club news
Kick It Out 'day of action' this Saturday

Our game against Crawley this Saturday has been nominated as our ‘day of action’ fixture for Kick It Out’s 2011/12 ‘One Game, One Community’ campaign.

Kick It Out operates English football’s equality and inclusion campaign and the ‘One Game, One Community’ campaign tackles bigotry, intolerance and anti-social behaviour in our game.

The event will be recognised in several ways including the players wearing Kick It Out t-shirts during the warm up, a special piece in the match programme, and Kick It Out magazines will be distributed in the bars and more.


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Wednesday 19 October 2011
cfs news
October half term football course

Our October Half Term Football Course will be running at Wimbledon Park next week. The course is available to any boy or girl of any ability between the ages of 4-14, so come down to Wimbledon Park and join in the fun whilst learning lots of new skills. The details are outlined below, and please visit the Community Football Scheme website here for more information.

Venue

Wimbledon Park

Revelstoke Road, London, SW18 5NN


Dates

Monday 24 October to Friday 28 October


Times

Full day: 9.30 am to 3.00 pm

Half day: 9.30 am to 12.00 noon


Prices

Individual full day: £17.50

Individual half-day: £12.50

Full week of full days: £70

Full week of half-days: £50

Booking a full week gets you the equivalent of one day completely free.


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Wednesday 19 October 2011
club news
Crawley game sold out

All tickets for our game against Crawley Town on Saturday 22 October have now been sold.

Tickets remain on sale for our league game against Barnet on Saturday 5 November and our away game at Shrewsbury on Saturday 29 October.


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Wednesday 19 October 2011
club news
A Plan Insurance announce prize draw

Corporate partner A Plan Insurance will be running a promotional event at the stadium before the Crawley game this Saturday.

As many fans will know, A Plan is a nationwide insurance company with a branch on Wimbledon Hill Road.

This is the second season that A Plan has sponsored the club and they have a fantastic incentive for Dons fans to sign up for a policy- they pay the club an extra £25 per policy! This was worth a significant amount of income last season and we would like to build on that this season.

A Plan are also pleased to announce a very special prize draw for anyone who fills in an inquiry form for a new policy between now and the end of the season. They are offering the following prizes:
- Two season tickets for the 2012/13 season
- A framed shirt signed by the 2011/12 squad
(Winner to be announced at last match of 2011/12 season)

If you can’t wait until Saturday, you can enter the draw here




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Tuesday 18 October 2011
club news
Update on Crawley ticket sales

We have now sold all tickets for the Paul Strank Stand, Tempest End and John Smith's Stand and there are about 130 tickets left for the Kingston Road End.

The remaining tickets can be purchased through the on line ticket shop which can be accessed via the front page of this web site.


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Tuesday 18 October 2011
club news
Football Manager 2012 Launch

The commercial department is pleased to announce that we will be helping launch Football Manager 2012 at the Wimbledon branch of Game, following the successful promotional event for the launch of FIFA 2012.

Football Manager 2012 will launch on Friday 21 October and the club is planning an even bigger presence this time. Terry, several players and Haydon will be on hand from 5.00 pm until 7.00 pm to sign copies of the AFC Wimbledon adapted game cover (as seen outside the stadium) and to hand out tips. We also hope to have some other Football Manager merchandise to give away.

This is not only a fantastic opportunity to remind Wimbledon that its football team is thriving at the heart of the town but it also gives the club a chance to support Sports Interactive, who have played such an important role in the club’s success to date.


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Tuesday 18 October 2011
club news
Drinks special tomorrow night

Chelsea v Genk in the Champions League will be playing on the big screen in the Middle Bar tomorrow. Why not come along and watch the match at the Cherry Red Records Stadium and get a pint of Fosters for only £2.00 during the game? Normal prices apply before kick off and after the final whistle.




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Tuesday 18 October 2011
dons trust news
October's Dons Trust Board meeting

Thursday evening (13 October) saw the October Dons Trust Board (DTB) meeting at The Cherry Red Records Stadium.

All DTB members were in attendance, with the exception of Tom Adam who had sent apologies in advance. The DTB was joined by the full Football Club Board (FCB) (Chief Executive Erik Samuelson, Operations Director David Charles, Youth and Community Director Nigel Higgs and Commercial Director Ivor Heller) as well as Dons Trust Secretary Warren Harvey.

While discussing the minutes, it was confirmed that the DTB had at its previous meeting agreed to the change of stadium name as proposed by the FCB and that the FCB should publicise this change as soon as possible.

While discussing the FCB report, the following issues were noted:

Work to improve on the financial reporting situation has started. The DTB will receive a report in November on financial reporting and in December on how the FCB will bolster its financial expertise.

The FCB is putting together its list of objectives to underpin the DTB’s overall requirements and these will be presented to the DTB in time for November’s meeting.

There have been 55 expressions of interest so far in the Communications Executive role advertised recently.

The DTB was pleased to see another comprehensive Commercial Report

The DTB put on record its thanks and appreciation for the AFC Wimbledon TV piece on our Youth players put together by Geoff Hawley and Rob Cornell, which is still available to watch by clicking here

The DTB discussed again the issue of what benefits might be offered to someone offering to invest large amounts of money in the Club. The DTB agreed to postpone any decision on proposals to take to the membership until the November meeting.

The DTB agreed to bring a motion to the Trust AGM in December on the subject of ethics, specifically with respect to how the Club does business and with whom. Arrangements for the forthcoming AGM and the election were also discussed

In light of DTB members’ receiving an invitation to attend the Cheltenham festival, the DTB agreed to revive the register of interests and gifts for members of the DTB and the FCB.

The meeting closed at 10:05pm.


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Tuesday 18 October 2011
club news
Ticket update on Crawley, Shrewsbury and Barnet

Crawley Town

Saturday's game against Crawley Town is not all-ticket for home fans but we expect to sell out well before the game, so we urge fans to buy tickets now.

There are still about 20 tickets available for the home section of the John Smith's terrace and 200 for the Kingston Road End. There are no tickets available for the Tempest End and the Paul Strank stand. Away tickets are only available via Crawley and they are very close to selling out.

Terrace ticket prices are, as usual, £15 for an adult ticket; £9 for a concession and £2 for under 16s. We remind fans that turnstile operators are likely to ask for proof of eligibility (a photo id is the best form of proof) for any reduced price ticket. Away fans who attempt to enter the home terrces will be refused admission with no refund.

Shrewsbury Town

Shrewsbury tickets are now on sale.

The Greenhous Meadow stadium is all-seater and ticket prices are £2 cheaper if bought in advance. Prices (after deducting the £2 discount for early purchase) are as follows:

Adults £17
Concessions £12
Under 16s £10
Under 11s £4

Further discounts are available for Family Tickets. There are too many price combinations to deal with Family Tickets or Under 11 tickets on our online site, so we recommend that you apply to us in person or by post for those tickets. Family prices are:

1 adult plus 1 U16. £20
1 adult plus 1 U11 £18
Adding an additional U16 to a Family Ticket, £4

Barnet

Tickets for the Barnet home game also go on sale on Tuesday 18 October.

Given the recent capacity crowds, we urge fans to buy in advance to ensure that you get in to see the game.

How to buy tickets

These can be bought either online, by clicking on the 'Buy tickets online here' button on the left hand side of this site's home page, or by visiting the club's offices between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm on a weekday.

Postal applications can also be made for the Shrewsbury and Barnet games. However, given the current rate of ticket sales it is likely that postal applications for the Crawley game will arrive too late and we do not recommend taking this approach.


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Monday 17 October 2011
club news
Please return unwanted season ticket vouchers for the Crawley game

Fans will have seen that the game against Crawley Town is likely to sell out soon. If you are a season ticket holder (for seats or terraces) and are not planning to come to the game against Crawley, please consider donating the relevant ST voucher to the club so that we can offer more spaces to supporters.

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


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Monday 17 October 2011
club news
Carvery tickets on sale for all games until New Years Eve

You can now purchase tickets for the matchday carvery for all games up until Southend on New Years Eve.

Many of these games are already selling quickly so we recommend buying tickets as far in advance as possible.

Carvery 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

The carvery opens in the back bar at 12pm.

Cost: £25 (carvery only) or £45 (including a seat ticket for the Paul Strank Stand)

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

We are also pleased to announce a special package for celebrations, whether it be birthdays, anniversaries or even divorces! If you book a table of ten, we will give you a complimentary bottle of Champagne or birthday cake. Once you have made your booking, please e-mail here to let us know what kind of event you’re celebrating.



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Monday 17 October 2011
club news
Interview with Mat Mitchel-King

After the Crewe game we interviewed Mat Mitchel-King, who talks about the the game from the point of view of a former Crewe player, plus the frustrations of his pre-season illness followed by injury.

To hear the interview, click on Mat Mitchel-King.


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Monday 17 October 2011
club news
Crewe highlights on AFC Wimbledon TV

Highlights of Saturday's game against Crewe can be seen by clicking on Crewe highlights.


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Sunday 16 October 2011
dons trust news
Dons Draw results for October

The October Dons Draw took place today after the game at Kingsmeadow.

Winning numbers were drawn in the presence of Matthew Breach (Dons Trust Board Chair) Neil Messenbird (Dons Draw Administrator) and Mike Berry, AFC Wimbledon volunteer.

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

First prize of £1,000 - ticket 2698 - Ross Maclagan - GU15

Second prize of £500 - ticket 2623 - P Hearty - SW20

Third prize of £250 - ticket 4297 - Warren Harvey - KT3

Fourth prize of £150 - ticket 3796 - Sue Reeves - SW19

Fifth prize of £100 - ticket 0541 - Peter Cork - KT2

Sixth prize of £75 - ticket 3275 - John Stembridge - SW19

Congratulations to all six prize winners.

The next Dons Draw will take place on or around 15 November 2011 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 2011 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 16 October 2011
club news
Terry after Crewe

Terry Brown was interviewed after yesterday's defeat at home to Crewe Alexandra. He can be heard by clicking on Terry on Crewe.

You can hear an audio-only version by clicking on Terry on Crewe, audio only.


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Saturday 15 October 2011
first team news
Dons drop out of automatic promotion places

The Dons dropped down three places to sixth after a disappointing 3-1 defeat at home to Crewe Alexandra.

Despite dominating the opening thirty minutes, Wimbledon couldn't convert their chances and Crewe gradually came back into the game. The second half started with a superb goal by Nick Powell. This was cancelled out some 15 minutes later by another goal for Christian Jolley which set the Dons up to go for all three points.

However, it was not to be and two late goals, one from a header following a free kick and one from a breakaway as the Dons pushed forward, gave Crewe all three points.


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Saturday 15 October 2011
club news
The stadium name changes

Cherry Red Records have been a major sponsor and staunch supporters of AFC Wimbledon since the club started. For four years their sponsorship has included naming rights for the stadium.

At a meeting on Thursday night, the Dons Trust Board endorsed the decision made by the football club board to refer to our stadium in future as The Cherry Red Records Stadium.

Commercial director Ivor Heller said "we have had a long and very close relationship with Cherry Red Records, which has got stronger over the years. We would like to thank them and in particular the company's founder, Iain McNay, for their fantastic support.


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Friday 14 October 2011
club news
More space for Dons fans for the Crewe Alexandra game

In addition to the arrangements for the Family Funday Festival (see the earlier item on this site) the following specific arrangements apply to Saturday's home game against Crewe Alexandra.

Tickets

The game is not all-ticket so you can pay to enter on the day.

Please note that all seats have been sold but there is terrace availabillity for the home and away sections of the John Smith's stand, as well as the Kingston Road End.

Based on estimates of the number of Crewe fans attending the game, we are extending the space allocated to Dons fans in the John Smith's stand. The home allocation in that stand will now run from the Tempest End to beyond the away dug out. This will provide home fans with a lot more space and comfort when watching the game.

Bars

The bars will open at noon and are open to away fans as well as Dons fans.

Parking

As usual, parking will be on a first-come, first-served basis, but the number of spaces will be reduced by about 20 due to the area taken up by the Family Fun Festival.

Parking is available on local streets, but please be considerate when doing so.

Cycles

The usual cycle parking is not available but you can use the railings on the right hand side of the gym, which is part of the athletics stadium.

Proof of eligibility for reduced price tickets

Fans are reminded that you may be asked to prove your entitlement to a concession or under 16 ticket - if you can't do this, you will be charged full price for admission. It is important that the evidence you provide clearly relates to you and, for example for student cards, is current.

Programme

As usual, the programme is £3 for 68 pages. This week's programme includes an interview with Dario Gradi where he looks back on his time as a Wimbledon FC manager, a report on the club's golf day (won by the team led by former Dons star Ian Cooke), an update from Jeremy Sauer on the super work being done at the junior academy, and all the usual features.


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Friday 14 October 2011
club news
Family Football Festival, Saturday 15 October – arrangements

The Family Football Festival takes place prior to the match against Crewe Alexandra on Saturday. We hope to see plenty of fans in the Family Football Festival getting involved with our activities and joining in with ‘Show Your Colours’ where we would like to see fans in as much yellow and blue as possible! There will be plenty of yellow and blue merchandise for sale on the day.

The Family Football Festival Zone will be located in the car parking area outside the back bar and the gym. The zone will therefore use approximately 20 spaces in this area, where the Festival activities will be taking place. The area will also incorporate the usual bike parking area, which means that those travelling by bike will need to park their motorbikes or cycles in the spaces by the railings on the right hand side of the gym.

The activities in the Family Football Festival Zone start at 12.30 pm, so come down early and join in the fun. We will have a Penalty Shootout with youth team goalkeepers in goal (and a final on the pitch at half time), our Football Inflatable, the Inflatable Bungee Run and Face Painting, whilst the family-friendly bar will be open to show live coverage of Liverpool v Man Utd which kicks off at 12.45 pm.

Then there is the Fancy Dress competition, where entrants should meet at the Family Football Festival Zone at 2.30 pm. The best entrants will go through to a final where the crowd’s cheers will decide the winner at half time.

A few AFC Wimbledon players themselves will also come down to the Family Football Festival Zone between 2.00 pm and 2.30 pm, where fans will be able to meet them and collect autographs.

Finally, during the match itself, remember to take part in the Family Football Festival Quiz. The quiz will be in the matchday programme, with additional copies available in the Family Football Festival Zone. The quiz is free to enter and a first team signed football is the prize on offer, so just remember to bring a pen!

With all this available, along with free match entry to the terraces for under 16s, we hope to see as many Wimbledon fans as possible at Kingsmeadow joining in with the day’s events!


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Friday 14 October 2011
first team news
Ryan off to Fleetwood

Ryan Jackson has joined injury-hit Fleetwood for a month after Terry Brown agreed to a request from Mickey Mellon earlier today. He will be diving straight into action as he is already on his way to join the team for their televised game at Lincoln City tonight.

Terry said "Ryan has been as good as gold this season but he is obviously deperate to get some games, so when the request came in we asked him if he fancied it. It's a long way for him but it shows his commitment to getting some match time. Fleetwood play good football and they have got an excellent set up. We wish him well during his stay there."


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Thursday 13 October 2011
club news
Football Manager 2012 launch

The commercial department is pleased to announce that we will be helping launch Football Manager 2012 at the Wimbledon branch of Game, following the successful promotional event for the launch of FIFA 2012.

Football Manager 2012 will launch on Friday 21 October and the club is planning an even bigger presence this time. Terry, several players and Haydon will be on hand from 5.00 pm until 7.00 pm to sign copies of the AFC Wimbledon adapted game cover (as seen outside the stadium) and to hand out tips. We also hope to have some other Football Manager merchandise to give away.

This is not only a fantastic opportunity to remind Wimbledon that its football team is thriving at the heart of the town but it also gives the club a chance to support Sports Interactive, who have played such an important role in the club’s success to date.


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Thursday 13 October 2011
dons trust news
Arrangements for an Evening with Dave Anderson

For those with tickets to the Evening with Dave Anderson, the main bar at Kingsmeadow opens from 7.00 pm on Friday, prior to the evening getting underway in the back bar at 7.30 pm. Those who need to collect tickets they have already ordered should aim to arrive before 7.30 pm.

Dress is casual, and the evening will conclude at midnight.

There will be a raffle, with a fine assortment of items kindly donated by David McKnight.


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Thursday 13 October 2011
club news
Family Football Festival - Show Your Colours!

We are happy to announce that there will be plenty of yellow and blue merchandise on sale this Saturday for ‘Show Your Colours’ at the Family Football Festival - AFC Wimbledon v Crewe Alexandra. We want to see fans in as much yellow and blue as possible!

The items on sale will include:

Yellow & Blue Bar Scarf: £5

Yellow & Blue Wig: £5

Yellow & Blue Hat: £5

Yellow & Blue Flag: £5

Yellow & Blue Air Horn: £4

These items will be on sale around the ground before the match.

The activities in the Family Football Festival Zone start at 12.30 pm, so come down early and join in the fun. We will have a Penalty Shootout with youth team goalkeepers in goal (and a final on the pitch at half time), our Football Inflatable, the Inflatable Bungee Run and Face Painting, whilst the family-friendly bar will be open to show live coverage of Liverpool v Man Utd which kicks off at 12.45 pm.

Then there is the Fancy Dress competition, where entrants should meet at the Family Football Festival Zone at 2.30 pm. The best entrants will go through to a final where the crowd’s cheers will decide the winner at half time.

A few AFC Wimbledon players themselves will also come down to the Family Football Festival Zone between 2.00 pm and 2.30 pm, where fans will be able to meet them and collect autographs.

Finally, during the match itself, remember to take part in the Family Football Festival Quiz. The quiz will be in the matchday programme, with additional copies available in the Family Football Festival Zone. The quiz is free to enter and a first team signed football is the prize on offer, so just remember to bring a pen!

With all this available on Saturday, along with free match entry for under 16s, we hope to see as many Wimbledon fans as possible at Kingsmeadow joining in with the day’s events.




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Thursday 13 October 2011
first team news
Crewe preview

The Dons take on Crewe Alexandra on Saturday, looking to cement their place in an automatic promotion spot. Crewe will, of course, be led by one of the game's most respected managers, Dario Gradi, manager of the Dons from 1978 - 1981 and who led the team to promotion to the old Third Division.

Gradi's teams are renowned for playing a high quality passing game, an approach that he has maintained throughout the nearly 30 years which he has been at Crewe. Although he stepped down in 2007 he has since taken up the reins again and brings his team to visit the Dons after getting them on an upward track, following defeats in all the first four league games of the season.

During the week, the Dons played another in a series of development games and Terry Brown was enthusing about their value to the squad.

"This week's training has included a friendly with Charlton Athletic at their training ground. Charlton fielded a very strong side - like our team, many of them had played in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy the previous week.

"These games are a real bonus for us this year, as our squad players really benefit from playing top class opposition on good pitches. Tuesday's game saw us go down 3 -1. However, the result is fairly academic in these games as it is the performance that matters most. It proved a really useful run out for our squad; in particular Mat Mitchel-King enjoyed his first 60 minutes for a while.

"Apart from Kieron Djilali and Mat, everyone trained today and the only other doubt is Lee Minshull who is carrying a sore foot at the moment. The boys are looking forward to facing Crewe on Saturday because both teams like to get the ball down and play.

"Having looked at the report from Saturday's game, Crewe were very unlucky to concede two late goals to Southend, who currently head the table. It will be lovely to welcome Dario Gradi, who was a very successful manager when the Dons first made the Football League. His success is built around his footballing ethos. It will certainly be a challenge to pit our wits against a team playing to his design on Saturday.

"Our players go into Saturday's game on the back of fine wins against Gillingham and Morecambe. My job is to ensure that their feet are firmly on the ground and that they work harder than Crewe on the day.

"Finally, I just wanted to say that because we have started the season so well there will be various stories about interest in our players but they are just stories - we have had no contact about any of our players and as I've said many times we want to keep this young team together."


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Thursday 13 October 2011
club news
AFC Wimbledon supports One Game, One Community weeks of action

Kick It Out’s One Game, One Community weeks of action is upon us, taking place from Thursday 13 to Monday 31 October 2011; and players, staff and supporters of AFC Wimbledon will be pledging their support.

Kick It Out continues to operate as football’s equality and inclusion campaign, working with players at professional and grass roots and community level, clubs, managers and fans throughout the year.

It is during the weeks of action where the campaign is most visible, with this period acting as a united stand against discrimination and a call for equality.

Lord Herman Ouseley, Chair of Kick It Out is urging supporters to remain vigilant when it comes to reporting abuse, seen or heard within the stadium:

“Some of the worst excesses of abuse, where players, fans, even managers and coaches, were abused, harassed and attacked based on colour, race and religion, are now thankfully a thing of the past. But, pockets of unacceptable behaviour still exist. It’s the duty of everyone within the game to flag this up where and when it happens.

“It’s under the banner One Game, One Community which we tackle bigotry, intolerance and anti-social behaviour and its presence in our game. If something or someone is damaging your experience of football, share it with the appropriate governing body, club or contact Kick It Out where details will be taken, and acted upon.”



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Wednesday 12 October 2011
club news
Fright Night!

The club is pleased to announce that there will be a Halloween themed ‘Fright Night’ party in the back bar on Saturday 29 October in aid of Children In Need.

Presented by Paul Strank Roofing in association with AFC Wimbledon, this will be a fancy dress party with music from the Onelife DJs. Fancy dress is optional though so you can still join in the party in normal clothes.

Tickets cost £12 including admission and a buffet. Doors open at 7.30 pm and the party goes on until 1.00 am.

Tickets can be purchased here under ‘Special Events’.


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Tuesday 11 October 2011
club news
Fancy Dress & ‘Show Your Colours’ at the Family Football Festival

We would like to encourage all Wimbledon supporters to ‘Show Your Colours’ at this Saturday’s match against Crewe Alexandra for the Family Football Festival!

We would also like to see as many people as possible in Fancy Dress for the day. To enter the best Fancy Dress competition and have the chance of winning a prize on the pitch at half time (when the crowd will decide), all entrants should meet in the Family Football Festival Zone outside the back bar at 2.30 pm.

If fancy dress isn’t for you, just make sure you have as much yellow and blue on show as possible.

There will be yellow and blue merchandise on sale on the day – details to be announced later this week.


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Tuesday 11 October 2011
club news
Swindon Trophy game confirmed

Our southern section Quarter-Final game in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy against Swindon Town will take place at the County Ground, Swindon on Tuesday 8 November with a 7.30 pm kick off.

Admission prices for seats are Adults £10, Over 60s and Under 19s £5 and Under 16s £2.


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Tuesday 11 October 2011
club news
Last few tickets for carvery hosted by Joe Sheerin this Saturday

We only have a few tickets left for the carvery before the Crewe game this Saturday, which will be hosted by Joe Sheerin.

Joe will be interviewed by Commercial Director Ivor Heller at about 1.15pm where he will give his views on the current season and how far the club has come since he last pulled on the shirt.

Carvery 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

The carvery opens in the back bar at 12pm.

Cost: £25 (carvery only) or £45 (including a seat ticket for the Paul Strank Stand)

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

We are also pleased to announce a special package for celebrations, whether it be birthdays, anniversaries or even divorces! If you book a table of ten, we will give you a complimentary bottle of Champagne or birthday cake. Once you have made your booking, please e-mail here to let us know what kind of event you’re celebrating.



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Monday 10 October 2011
club news
Family Football Festival at Crewe game

A reminder that all Under 16s will gain access to the terraces on Saturday free of charge but with ticket sales going well, we strongly advise all fans to book their tickets on line as soon as possible.

The on line ticket shop can be accessed via the front page of this web site.


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Monday 10 October 2011
dons trust news
Fundraising news: Sponsor-a-goal is back

The fundraising group are pleased to announce that the Womble Underground Press team is reviving the Sponsor-a-goal scheme as an enjoyable way of contributing funds to the club. When it ran in the 2008-09 season, Sponsor-a-goal raised over £1,500 for the club, and we are setting a similar target for the relaunch this season.

Supporters can sponsor goals scored by particular players, or other events, for season 2011-12. For example, you might be happy to sponsor £1 for every goal scored by Jack Midson this season. Or you could sponsor penalties saved by Seb Brown, or opposition sendings off or pretty much any other event you can conjure up, provided it's readily captured by matchday statistics. All money raised will go to the club at the end of the season.

For further details, or to send in your pledge, please email here. Minimum pledge is 50 pence per occurence sponsored, or any multiple thereof, and you can also set a ceiling on the total amount to be paid in if you wish.



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Sunday 09 October 2011
club news
Family Fun Day - at next Saturday's game v Crewe Alexandra

We are very happy to announce the details of the entertainment on offer during our Family Football Festival for AFC Wimbledon v Crewe Alexandra on Saturday 15 October.

The following events will be taking place in the Family Football Festival Zone, a specifically sectioned area of the car park outside the back bar

- Penalty shootout (with two of the Dons youth 'keepers alternating in goal) - score goals to have the chance to shoot for prizes on the pitch at half time! There will be both an Adult and U14 competition.

- Inflatable bungee run – battle a family member, friend, or a fellow supporter, to see who can reach the furthest down the tracks

- Parent vs. Child challenge or Friend vs. Friend challenge – a fun game to gain bragging rights!

- Face painting – show your colours and get painted up for the match

- Fancy dress – we would like to see plenty of people in fancy dress! Meet at 2.30 pm in the Family Football Festival Zone to have the chance of parading around the pitch at half time, when the crowd will decide the winners by giving the loudest cheer.

- Quiz – will be found in the matchday programme. It is free to enter, and open both to adults and children. Submissions to be handed in directly after the match, so make sure you bring a pen.

And on top of all that, there is free entry to the terraces for under 16s - but please remember to bring photo id to ensure entrance or you may be asked to pay the full adult price.

The fun will start from 12.30 pm and run through until 2.45 pm, just before the match. Fans from both AFC Wimbledon and Crewe Alexandra are welcome to come down to join in the activities.


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Sunday 09 October 2011
first team news
Christian, Luke and Sammy talk after the Morecambe win

As an added bonus, we have three interviews with, respectively, match winner Christian Jolley and the Moores, Sammy and Luke, following yesterday's 2-1 win at Morecambe.

They can be heard by clicking on:

Christian Jolley.

Luke Moore.

Sammy Moore.


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Sunday 09 October 2011
first team news
Terry on Morecambe

Terry Brown was interviewed after yesterday's 2-1 win at Morecambe. He can be heard by clicking on Terry on Morecambe.


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Saturday 08 October 2011
club news
Dons beat Morecambe to go third

Jack Midson and Christian Jolley were again the scorers as Wimbledon beat high flying Morecambe 2-1 at the Globe Arena today.

Luke Moore won a penalty early on but squandered the opportunity to give the Dons the lead on thirteen minutes when his spot kick was saved by Shrimps goalkeeper Barry Roche. Seven minutes later a neat Morecambe set piece was finished well by Stewart Drummond to put his side 1-0 ahead. However the teams went in level at half time thanks to Midson's low and hard finish from the edge of the area, making it four consecutive league games he has scored in.

The second half saw less opportunities for both sides and Morecambe's best chance to take the lead was brilliantly saved by Seb Brown. Just when it seemed both teams would be happy to settle for a draw Jolley nodded home Sam Hatton's cross seven minutes from time to put Wimbledon 2-1 ahead. The Dons defence remained firm for the remainder of the match to ensure all three points were taken from a difficult game.

This makes it five consecutive victories in all competitions and moves the Dons up to third in npower League 2. Next up is a home game against Crewe next Saturday at The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow.

Full report to follow




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Saturday 08 October 2011
club news
Wimbledon face Swindon in the next round

AFC Wimbledon will travel to Swindon Town in their Southern Quarter-Final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. The game will be played the week commencing 7 November.


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Friday 07 October 2011
club news
Communications executive

AFC Wimbledon has a vacancy for a Communications Executive.

This is a new role which will involve producing and editing a wide range of communications content within the football club and Dons Trust, including general communications (such as for the club’s web site); recording and uploading interviews with football management and staff; general marketing materials, and newsletters.

The job is challenging but is likely to be suited to someone taking their first role in communications – you will be expected to grow into the job.

A copy of the job specification can be obtained by calling the club's office between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm on a weekday, or by emailing here.

Applications should be sent to the Chief Executive, along wtih a brief CV and relevant experience or education. The deadline for applications is the close of business on Friday 21 October.

AFC Wimbledon is an equal opportunities employer.


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Friday 07 October 2011
club news
Dons feature on Football Focus on Saturday

AFC Wimbledon will be featured again on Football Focus tomorrow, Saturday. The programme starts at 12.15 pm and will include a piece several minutes long, looking at our start in the Football League and talking to Marcus Gayle about his development squad.

So, tune in for the Dons tomorrow or, if you are travelling to Morecambe, set your recorder now. All of this is subject to possible last minute changes but, all being well, it will appear tomorrow.


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Friday 07 October 2011
dons trust news
Dons Trust members choose charities to support

In September Dons Trust members were offered the chance to vote for charities they would like to see given the opportunity to fundraise at a future AFC Wimbledon home match. The voting closed at midnight on 30 September and we are delighted to announce the three charities chosen for the 2011/12 season are:

Born Too Soon

My Voice London

The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity

Thank you to all the charities who put themselves forward and also to everybody who voted. The charities selected by Dons Trust members, along with Help For Hospices who are the chosen charity of the Football League, will be collecting at selected home matches later in the season. More information about each charity will feature in the relevant match programme.



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Friday 07 October 2011
club news
Opportunity for matchday turnstile operators

Following promotion to the Football League and a review of the matchday facilities, the Club has concluded that we would like to be able to extend the turnstile opening times.

Our existing turnstile operators are all volunteers and are keen to watch as much of the game as possible. We are therefore looking to complement the existing team with two paid operators.

Successful candidates will be required to work on Saturday and occasional Tuesday matchdays from 1½ hrs before kick off up to half time. They must be calm and be able to deal with pressure. Full training will be provided. We would prefer candidates to commit to work at all home games however, we will also consider applicants who may not be able to do this. To confirm, when working you will not be able to see any of the 1st half of the game.

Payment £7.00 per hour.

Applicants for these posts should send a brief CV covering any experience to the Operations Director at the Club address, or email it here by 30 October 2011.

AFC Wimbledon is an equal opportunities employer.


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Friday 07 October 2011
club news
Final call for an Evening with Dave Anderson

There are still a few tickets left for the Evening with Dave Anderson on Friday 14 October, featuring former AFC Wimbledon manager Dave Anderson and two of his signings from the Ryman League era, Rob Ursell and Roscoe D'Sane.

If you wish to buy a ticket, please email here or leave a message for Mark Davis via the club on 020 8547 3528. Tickets are priced at £20 each or £175 for a table of ten.

Availability is limited so please do not delay if you wish to secure a place at what promises to be a highly enjoyable evening.



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Thursday 06 October 2011
club news
Commemorative shirt delivery update

The Commemorative shirts have arrived and many thanks go to everyone who placed pre-orders. Your patience can now be repaid.

All orders have been packed and the first batch of UK orders was despatched by First Class post yesterday. The remaining orders will be going today for delivery by the weekend. International orders have been sent by Airmail.

Orders for collection have been packed and will be available for collection on Tuesday 11 October between 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm in the Middle Bar at The Cherry Red Records Stadium. This will avoid the need to queue before the Crewe Alexandra match, when remaining orders can be collected from the Club Shop.


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Thursday 06 October 2011
first team news
Morecambe preview

Since Tuesday's win against Stevenage, Terry Brown has been wrestling with deciding on his team for Saturday, with a number of players having performed exceptionally well in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy game. He was also pleased with the way the team settled into an alternative formation, with the choices that gives him for Saturday.

"After Tuesday's superb performance, especially by the squad players who have had limited opportunities this year, we resumed training in a very buoyant mood. I now have the enviable option of playing 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 in the knowledge that we have very capable players who can play either system.

"Having looked at Morecambe's report against Preston where they held one of the first division front runners to a 2-2 draw, we are obviously going to be in for another difficult game. Morecambe currently sit in third position and have conceded the least number of goals in the division.

"For those fans who are making the long journey this weekend, I am sure you will enjoy the hospitality as I've always found Morecambe one of the friendliest clubs I've ever been to.

"Apart from Macclesfield, our away form this year has been really positive. We will go in the same frame of mind, looking for maximum points, as we have done everywhere. As far as our injured players are concerned, we are hoping that Mat Mitchel-King will be able to take part in a behind-closed-doors friendly next week, along with the players who aren't travelling to Morecambe.

"Gareth Gwillim has had a glucose injection in his knee and looks to be making steady progress, possibly returning to training within the next three weeks. Kieran Djilali should be able to take part in some straight line running early next week and, if all goes well, he should be able to resume full time training within approximately ten days.

"Fraser Franks' speedy recovery in pre-season has allowed us to loan him to Hayes and Yeading to get some much-needed game time. I will hopefully have the opportunity of watching him play at Woking in Hayes' game on Sunday. The reports we are getting back from Hayes are very positive. With Fraser still on loan, we have retained the services of Callum McNaughton who has performed really well over the last month. West Ham have been brilliant in the way they have dealt with this and we have secured him until early November so he will be able to play in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy regional quarter final.

"We are having a wonderful run of form and really enjoying our football and visiting some terrific stadiums - Saturday will be another one. But I am still keeping my feet on the ground; Sky Sports said today that if we win on Saturday we might go top, but I wish I had had the presence of mind to point out that if we lose we could theoretically go twelfth, depending on who is playing who on the day. So we will continue to focus on making sure we are secure in the Football League before we start to look up and dream."

Since their 6-0 thrashing of Crawley Town, Morecambe have won one, drawn two and lost one - against Bristol Rovers. This was their first defeat in nine games and by all accounts they were unlucky not to get at least a point. So the Dons, on their own high after four successive wins, will have their work cut out at The Globe Arena, Morecambe's superb £12m stadium.

Fans who want to travel to the game can still book a place on the fans' coach, which leaves the Grove at 7.00 am and The Cherry Red Records stadium at 7.30 am. The cost is £15 and you can book by phoning 020 8547 3528 or calling into the office between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm on Friday.


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Thursday 06 October 2011
club news
Callum stays for another month

Callum McNaughton's loan period from West Ham United was due to expire after our game with Morecambe on Saturday.

But with Mat Mitchel-King still not match fit and with Fraser Franks still on loan at Hayes & Yeading United it has been agreed that Callum will stay with us until 9 November making him avaialble for our next tie in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. We are grateful for West Ham's assistance.


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Thursday 06 October 2011
club news
The Football League appoints Heaselgrave as new commercial chief

The Football League has appointed Richard Heaselgrave to the position of Chief Commercial Officer.

Heaselgrave, 40, joins The League from the National Basketball Association (NBA) European office based in London where he is Vice President of Business Development, having previously held senior positions at UEFA, the World Rally Championship and Anheuser Bush.

In welcoming Heaselgrave’s appointment, Football League Chairman, Greg Clarke, said: “I am delighted to welcome Richard to The Football League. He is a highly regarded individual with a proven track record in sponsorship and business development.

“He brings with him a wealth of experience in football and other sports across the UK, Europe and worldwide. I look forward to working with him to further enhance The League’s commercial portfolio and revenues.”

Richard Heaselgrave said: “I am very excited to be joining The Football League at such an important time for domestic football. It is a tremendous challenge that was too good to turn down.

"From the outside, it has been fascinating to follow the progress made by The Football League in recent years and I very much look forward to playing my part in its future from the inside.

“I would like to thank the NBA where, over my two year tenure, we have enjoyed tremendous growth across Europe, the Middle East and Africa."

Heaselgrave will join The Football League in the new year and will be based at the League’s London Office. He will also head The League’s executive team in conjunction with Chief Operating Officer, Andy Williamson under Chairman Greg Clarke.


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Thursday 06 October 2011
club news
Surrey Senior Cup

Having received a bye to the 2nd round of the Surrey Senior Cup we will now play Tooting and Mitcham United on Wednesday 16 November at Imperial Fields with a 7.45 pm kick-off.

Details of admission prices will be announced in due course.


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Wednesday 05 October 2011
club news
Joe Sheerin to host carvery before Crewe game

We are pleased to announce that one of AFC Wimbledon’s earliest stars, Joe Sheerin, will be hosting the carvery before the Crewe match on Saturday 15 October. This is the first time that a former player will host the carvery and we are looking forward to Joe mingling with the guests and also answering some questions. Click on the link below to purchase tickets.

We are also pleased to announce a special package for celebrations, whether it be birthdays, anniversaries or even divorces! If you book a table of ten, we will give you a complimentary bottle of Champagne or birthday cake. Once you have make your booking, please e-mail here to let us know what kind of event you’re celebrating.

Following on from the recent popularity of the carvery, we strongly urge fans to book early to avoid disappointment.

Carvery 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

The carvery opens in the back bar at 12pm.

Cost: £25 (carvery only) or £45 (including a seat ticket for the Paul Strank Stand)

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.


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Wednesday 05 October 2011
club news
Dons chosen again for live game

Our home game in npower league 2 against Oxford United on Boxing Day, 26 December will now be shown live on Sky Sports with a 12.15 pm kick off.


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Wednesday 05 October 2011
club news
Supporters' coaches to Morecambe

Wimbledon will attempt to make it five straight victories against Morecambe this Saturday, and there are still around a dozen spaces available on the fans' coach to the game. The coach will leave The Grove (opposite South Wimbledon underground station) at 7.00 am and Kingsmeadow at 7.30 am. Advanced booking is essential.

The cost is just £15. To reserve a seat please call the office on 020 8547 3528 between 9.30 am and 5.00 pm on weekdays.


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Wednesday 05 October 2011
first team news
Terry talks after the Stevenage game

For Terry Brown's thoughts on the penalty shoot out win against Stevenage, click on Terry on Stevenage.



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Tuesday 04 October 2011
first team news
Wimbledon knock Stevenage out of the trophy

Wimbledon progressed to the Southern Quarter-Finals of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy with an exciting penalty shoot out win against Stevenage.

Stevenage had taken an early 1-0 lead in the game when Lawrie Wilson capitalised on some hesitant Dons defending to finish. It took Wimbledon until the second half to mount some sustained pressure and when Ryan Jackson was brought down illegally in the area Sam Hatton fired home the resulting penalty to level the score. With the Dons in the ascendancy four minutes later Jack Midson slid through a well-timed ball that Rashid Yussuff finished with comfort to put his side 2-1 in front.

Wimbledon had further chances to extend the lead but were caught in the last minute of normal time by a Stevenage break that resulted in a classy equaliser by Mark Roberts. As per the rules of the competition the game went straight to penalty kicks, and after Lee Minshull had calmly stroked home to put Wimbledon 4-3 ahead, Jack Turner athletically saved Wilson’s kick to put the Dons through to the next round.

The draw for the next round of the competition is made on Soccer AM this Saturday and the ties will take place in the week commencing 7 November.

Full report is available on the match page.


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Tuesday 04 October 2011
club news
Commemorative shirt update

The eagerly awaited delivery of the special one-off shirts worn in the first league match back in The Football League against Bristol Rovers is due to arrive at Kingsmeadow in the next 24 hours.

The Mail Order team will ensure that UK orders for delivery will be despatched by First Class post in time for delivery by the weekend.

Orders for collection will be prepared. A further update will advise when these will be available for pick up.


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Tuesday 04 October 2011
club news
An Evening with Dave Anderson - on Friday 14 October

There are still a few tickets left for the Evening with Dave Anderson (featuring former AFC Wimbledon legends Robert Ursell and Rosco Dsane) on Friday 14 October.

If you wish to purchase, pay for and/or collect tickets for the evening, then please come along to the back bar after tonight's match against Stevenage.

If you have not yet reserved a ticket at all, but wish to attend, you are encouraged to contact the fundraising team - here - in advance.

Please see the news item on 16 September for details of how to apply by post.


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Monday 03 October 2011
club news
Dining arrangements on Tuesday

On Tuesday evening, before the Stevenage game, we will be offering Chilli and Rice or Pasta Bolognese in the back bar.

Advanced booking for the meal + ticket packages is essential, although, for just the meal, we will be very happy to welcome you on the night without an advance booking.

To book one of the 3 match day hospitality packages:

Meal + President's Lounge + Directors' Box seat: £25
Meal + Stand ticket: £20
Meal + Tea and Coffee: £8
Click HERE or by calling 020-8247-9918

The dining room will be open from 5.00 pm

This is a one off arrangement for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy match against Stevenage.



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Monday 03 October 2011
first team news
Stevenage preview

Tuesday night sees the Dons playing Stevenage, with Terry Brown pitting his wits against Graham Westley for a place in the next round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

The rules of the competition require that either six of Saturday's starters, or six of the eleven players with the most frequent appearances so far this season, should start the game. This has given the management team a quandry as the heat on Saturday will have taken a lot out of the players and a couple are ruled out through injury. But before announcing his team, Terry wanted to dwell on a couple of aspects of Saturday's game.

"Having watched the DVD of Saturday's fine win against Gillingham, I was delighted to see Jack Midson's and Christian Jolley's movement causing Gillingham all sorts of problems, especially in the first half. They appear to be striking up a good partnership now and, as with all good things, they are taking time to evolve.

The two injuries we sustained in the first half disrupted our rhythm somewhat. With Gareth Gwillim's injury likely to keep him out for at least a couple of weeks it gives a good opportunity for Chris Bush to stake a claim for the left back spot, starting with Stevenage tomorrow night.

"Luke Moore also sustained an injury - a blow to his lower back - but hopefully he will be fit and available for Saturday's game at Morecambe. I am looking to maintain the midfield trio if I can, as we have been unable to start the same midfield very often this year.

"Saturday was possibly the hottest playing day we have had here this season - the pitch thermometer showed well over 40 degrees. As a result we had a quiet day today with the players going for a swim under the supervision of the training team. So with the draining effect of that heat combined with having picked up several knocks in a bruising encounter on Saturday, we will take the opportunity to include five of our squad who haven't had a start recently.

"Having said that, this is a competition we would like to do well in and we are putting out a strong team. However, it is also important that we rest people like Jamie Stuart who have played in every game this season. Taking all this into account, the starting line up will be Jack Turner, Sam Hatton, Callum McNaughton, Brett Johnson, Chris Bush,
Sammy Moore, Lee Minshull, Rashid Yussuff, James Mulley, Ryan Jackson and Jack Midson.

"We know this is one of the most difficult ties we could have drawn in this competition and it will be interesting to pit ourselves against a League 1 side."

The club is offering reduced prices for Tuesday's game, with terrace access for under 16s free of charge. The game is a 7.45 pm kick off and if it is a draw after 90 minutes, the teams will go straight to penalties, without playing any extra time.


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Monday 03 October 2011
club news
Christian and Danny after the Gillingham game

After Saturday's game we spoke to man-of-the-match Christian Jolley for his thoughts on the 3-1 win. Click on Christian Jolley to hear him.

We also caught up with Danny Kedwell on his first return to the club since he left in the summer. Click on Danny Kedwell to hear him.


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Monday 03 October 2011
club news
Matt Monro Jnr show cancelled

Due to circumstances beyond our control the Matt Monro Jnr show at Kingsmeadow Live on 7 October has been postponed until 2012 (date to be confirmed).

To all those who bought tickets, we apologise, and a full refund will be offered.


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Monday 03 October 2011
club news
Free entry for under 16s for Tuesday night's game - and a meal bargain

The Dons take make their first appearance in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy tomorrow, Tuesday, against League 1 side Stevenage at The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium and terrace entrance is free for under 16s!

Furthermore, prices have been reduced in all areas of the stadium and there is a special offer for a pre-match meal.

Pre-match meal

This comprises:
- A choice of Chilli Con Carne or Pasta Bolognese served with dinner rolls
- Tea and coffee served after the meal
- Drinks service direct to the tables
- Sky Sports/ ESPN on the high definiton screen

There is a choice of packages available:
Meal only - £8.00
Meal & Paul Strank Stand ticket - £20.00
Meal, President's Lounge & Directors' box seat – £25.00

The restaurant will open in the back bar at 5.00 pm.

We recommend booking in advance by clicking here or by calling 020 8247 9918. We will also welcome you on the night without a booking if seats are available.

Match tickets

Tickets for all areas will be available to purchase on the evening of the game. Please note that season tickets are not valid for this match.

Ticket prices

Seating (unallocated)
Adult - £12
Concession - £8
Under 16 - £2

Terrace (ticket allows access to any terrace)
Adult - £10
Concession - £6
Under 16 – FREE

Please note that anyone with a discounted price ticket may be asked to provide photo id as proof of entitlement to the reduced price - failure to do so will mean being required to pay the adult price.


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Sunday 02 October 2011
club news
Gillingham highlights now available on AFC Wimbledon TV

For highlights of the 3-1 win against Gillingham, click on Gillingham.



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Saturday 01 October 2011
first team news
AFC Wimbledon TV - Terry talks after the Gillingham game

For Terry Brown's thoughts on the 3-1 win against Gillingham, click on Terry on Gillingham.

For the audio-only version, click here.



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Saturday 01 October 2011
club news
Jolley and Midson fire Wimbledon to victory again

Wimbledon moved up to fourth in npower League 2 today with a 3-1 victory over Gillingham at The Cherry Red Records Fans' Stadium – Kingsmeadow.

Terry Brown kept the same starting eleven who overcame Bradford last week and it took Christian Jolley just ten minutes to open the scoring with a calm finish. Two minutes later the lead was doubled when Jolley scored his second, this time heading home a Sam Hatton cross. The large majority of the capacity crowd were ecstatic twenty two minutes into the game when the Dons rushed into a three goal lead thanks to Jack Midson's accurate finish. It was an open and entertaining game with both sides having opportunities to add to the scoring and it looked like Wimbledon fans would be in for a nervous finale when Charlie Lee stroked a goal back for Gillingham with 23 minutes remaining. However the Dons defence coped well with the mounting Gillingham pressure to secure a third successive league win.

Next up for Wimbledon is Tuesday night’s Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie against League 1 Stevenage at Kingsmeadow. Tickets are available on the evening of the game for both seats and terrace.

Full match report to follow


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