An opportunity to work-out with Bayo Akinfenwa and fantastic Wimbledon memorabilia from the 1988 FA Cup triumph are up for grabs in our 2014 Dons Trust Auction.
Dons Trust fundraisers Ray Armfield and Paul Jeater have put together a fantastic collection for this auction, which comes at perfect timing for Christmas. The image above shows Bayo and George Francomb celebrating the winner at Milton Keynes in the JPT (lot 16) and many of the other items are in our gallery.
We have plenty of coveted mementoes from Wimbledon’s rich history, including a captain’s armband from 1988, signed by Dave Beasant. However, this auction comes into its own with two prizes offering unique behind-the-scenes access at AFC Wimbledon. A successful bid for lot one entitles you to join the 2014/15 squad for an away trip and lot two is an hour-long gym session with “The Beast” as your personal trainer.
Online bidding ends at midnight on Friday, but there will be a chance to also bid for items before Saturday’s Mansfield match in the back bar. If you wish to bid for an item, simply write your bid plus contact details on the form by that item – and if your bid is the highest when the auction closes at 2.30pm today, you’ll have won!
Silent auctions have raised nearly £30,000 for the Dons Trust since their inception. To e-mail your bid online, send the item you wish to bid for and your personal details, including a contact number to email@example.com.
The organising team wishes to thank Ivor Heller and the commercial department, along with David McKnight, Sports Interactive, Peter Armfield and Bayo Akinfenwa for their help in putting the collection together.
Below is a summary of each item:
Lot one - Away with the Dons
The trip of a lifetime for a Dons fan includes travel to an away game with the team and management. You will depart on the Friday morning, before watching a training session, staying in the team hotel, and then travelling to and from the game by coach. Spend pre-match and the game with board members and then return to the Cherry Red Records Stadium with the squad. (reserve price £600).
Lot two - Beast Mode On!
An hour-long gym session with Bayo Akinfenwa as your personal trainer. You will be presented with a signed BMO T-shirt as a lasting souvenir of the occasion.
Lot three - AFC Wimbledon matchball sponsorship package
A matchball sponsorship package including hospitality meals, match tickets, match programme and photograph with the Man of the Match for four people. (reserve price £300)
Lot four-AFC Wimbledon matchday mascot package
Be the match day mascot at the Dons (reserve price £220).
Lot five - Signed Wimbledon FC shirt
A poignant slice of Dons history from the last recognised season as Wimbledon FC. Signed by many of the squad and ideal for framing.
Lot six - Shane Smeltz player shirt
A match-worn yellow 2004/05 AFC Wimbledon away shirt, signed by New Zealand international and ‘Kiwi Womble’ Shane Smeltz and the rest of the Dons Ryman League One South title-winning squad.
Lot seven - Nuts about KP
A signed copy of the most controversial sports book of 2014. The book called ‘KP’ was signed by Kevin Pietersen at an event in London.
Lot eight - Good Darts!
A signed copy of "Staying Power" , which chronicles a year in the life of Phil "The Power" Taylor. Probably the world's greatest-ever darts player and 16-time world champion.
Lot nine - On your bike!
What does it take to win the Tour De France? Find out with a signed copy of "The Climb" by Chris Froome (Winner of the 100th Tour de France).
Lot 10 - Sports Interactive 2015 goodie bag
This Sports Interactive gift pack includes a copy of Football Manager 2015, plus plenty more items of interest.
Lot 11 - The AFC Wimbledon original shirt
A real rarity from the early days after the rebirth of the club. It is a match-worn, number 20 ‘Championship Manager’ shirt worn in several of AFC Wimbledon’s first friendlies back in 2002. If you are a Dons shirt collector, you won’t want to miss this one.
Lot 12 - Signed Crazy Gang ball.
With next week’s Crazy Gang documentary set to hit the TV screens, you can get this official WFC leather ball signed by Fashanu, Jones, Cork, Earle and others, including current manager Neal Ardley.
Lot 13 - Save with Seb!
A signed and framed photograph of that memorable afternoon at Eastlands, featuring a Seb Brown penalty save, plus a signed pair of his personalized and match-worn goalkeeping gloves.
Lot 14 - Michael Collins 20013/14player shirt
White AFC Wimbledon shirt worn by Michael Collins last season. Named and numbered 35 on the reverse with all the League 2 sponsorship logos.
Lot 15 - Winner equals Chicken Dinner!
Bayo Akinfenwa received a restaurant voucher from grateful Dons fans for scoring the winner in Buckinghamshire and here’s a lovely signed A3 reminder of his goal and a very satisfying evening’s work.
Lot 16 - Bayo and George
If you fancy a matching pair from that memorable evening in the JPT, then we have George Francomb celebrating with ‘The Beast’ just moments later. Signed by both and identically framed to Lot 15.
Lot 17 - Dave Beasant
Always a popular figure within Wimbledon football history, we’ve framed a photo of ‘Lurch’ from his playing day,s together with a signed captain’s armband and goalkeeping glove.
Lot 18 - 1988 remembered
An attractively-framed print commemorating Lawrie Sanchez celebrating the 1988 FA Cup Final win against Liverpool at Wembley. Signed by the goalscoring hero himself.
Lot 19 - Keep your eyes on the ball!
A matchball signed by both teams who took the field in the 2007 Gravesend & Northfleet v AFC Wimbledon FA Trophy game. Though the Dons won, they were later removed from the competition after fielding an ineligible player.
Lot 20 – Rio’s story
England defender Rio Ferdinand’s controversial new autobiography, signed by the author.