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Wally ahead of Wycombe: It’s great to have Will back

Our manager's interview ahead of important home game

29 August 2019

Captain Will Nightingale could make just his second start of the season on Saturday and our manager is pleased to welcome him back into the squad.

The Dons host an in-form Wycombe Wanderers side without the injured Rod McDonald, but Will played for half an hour at Sunderland last Saturday and Wally expects him to be a real asset to the squad in the coming weeks.

“Will is an inspirational player,” said Wally. “He is whole-hearted, as everyone knows. Will is not the most vocal around the place, but he is one of those players who leads by example, so it’s great to have him back in the squad.”

Wally added that Joe Pigott, who scored a vital double to defeat Wycombe at the end of last season, is pushing for a recall after being on the substitutes’ bench in recent weeks.

“It has (been difficult to leave him out) because he’s a match-winner,” said Wally. “He’s a goalscorer and we need goals, but Kwesi has weighed in with a couple. He will certainly be back in the frame for Saturday.”

Wally is expecting a very difficult match on Saturday with Wycombe currently occupying third place in League One after coming from 3-1 down to edge out Southend 4-3 last Saturday.

“Any side that Gareth Ainsworth puts out will work for the full 90 minutes. You can see that from the result last week. He gets players playing for him and they have a great atmosphere and a great team presence when they play against you. You know that one goal is never enough. If you manage to come off with a clean sheet against them, you’ve done really well. To come back from 3-1 down against Southend last week shows great resilience.

“It’s close enough to be called a derby I think and we’ve got to give the fans something to get excited about, but it’s a two-way thing,” said Wally. “Anything we achieve, we achieve with them, so let’s get them off their seats on Saturday.

“We’ve tried to keep the training sessions short and sharp this week. You don’t want to wear them out. We’ve played game after game so our fitness levels are there, but at the same time you don’t want to drain them. Training and playing in heat like this is debilitating, so we try to get as much information into them as we can in as short a space of time as we can and get the work into them. We’ve been doing a bit of classroom work with them this afternoon as well.”

Take a look at the full interview with Wally below.

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Dons battle for a point and a first clean sheet this season

Wimbledon and Wycombe share the spoils

31 August 2019

AFC Wimbledon secured a first clean sheet this season in a hard-fought draw versus Wycombe Wanderers today.

A first victory of the season eluded Wimbledon in a 0-0 draw with both defences on top in a game that included few chances. The outcome at least hinted at defensive stability for Wimbledon and it was a second point of the season for The Dons with in-form Wycombe denied.

Wally Downes made two changes from the side that started at Sunderland last time out. Joe Pigott was handed a recall to face a Wycombe side that he scored an important double against back in April, Michael Folivi having to settle for a place on the bench. The other change was at the back with Will Nightingale restored at the heart of defence, our captain replacing the injured Rod McDonald. Wycombe included two familiar faces in their line-up with former Wimbledon promotion heroes Darius Charles and Bayo Akinfenwa both starting.

It didn’t take long for Akinfenwa to show his threat as he found space in the box to try a volley, but it was comfortably over the crossbar. Taking on a Wycombe side in third place heading into this game, Wimbledon found it difficult to create chances in the first 20 minutes. The closest Wimbledon came early on was when Nesta Guinness-Walker delivered a dangerous ball from the left that Wycombe keeper Ryan Allsop could only parry, but no one was able to get on the end of it. The visitors first tested Nathan Trott in the 15th minute, but the shot from Scott Kashket was straight at the on-loan West Ham keeper.

There had been little goalmouth incident in the first half an hour, but Wimbledon needed Nightingale to stay alert when he did very well to cut-out a header from Akinfenwa before it could reach Wycombe players waiting at the back post. At the other end, Wimbledon worked a shooting opportunity for Scott Wagstaff, but his shot was too close to Allsop. The Dons started to find a few gaps as the half progressed and a promising move ended with Pigott finding Luke O’Neill with a lovely ball across the area, but the Wimbledon right back’s shot flashed over the crossbar.

As we approached half-time, Wycombe fashioned a decent opportunity from a free-kick with Joe Jacobsen delivering a wicked cross from the left that picked out Charles, but he headed over the crossbar. The half-time score of 0-0 reflected a first 45 minutes of few chances with both teams having defended very well. It was certainly going to require a bit more attacking ingenuity to break the deadlock. There was a half chance for Wimbledon though within two minutes of the restart when Pigott found space on the edge of the area, but he curled high and wide.

As we progressed towards the hour mark, Wycombe started to cause problems from set-pieces. Terell Thomas did very well to cut-out a free-kick from Joe Jacobsen. Then Nathan Trott failed to collect a corner, but Scott Kashket was unable to take advantage. A big chance followed from the subsequent flag kick with the ball headed into Akinfenwa’s path, but he shot wide from close-range. The Dons created a good chance at the other end when Nesta Guinness-Walker sent over a lovely cross to pick out Kwesi Appiah, but his header was comfortably saved by Allsop.

With 20 minutes remaining, Guinness-Walker produced an impressive run down the left flank, beating his marker with lovely skill, but no one was able to get on the end of his cross. Wycombe continued to pose a threat and there was relief in the Wimbledon ranks when Akinfenwa had the ball in the back of the net from a rebound, but the flag was correctly up for offside.

Wally Downes made his first substitution with 15 minutes to go and it was a significant change with Adam Roscrow coming on to make his league debut as he replaced Appiah. Roscrow, who has had to wait patiently for his opportunity, was straight into the thick of the action and he had a shot charged down after good play by Guinness-Walker. However, the best chance of the game so far fell to Wycombe eight minutes from time when Nick Freeman was found in space in the area, but he shot just wide of the far post.

In a finale when the outcome could have gone either way, Wimbledon fashioned a decent opening for Roscrow, but his shot from an acute angle was well gathered by Allsop. Roscrow had certainly been bright since he entered the fray, finding space with his runs down the channels. Despite five minutes of injury-time, neither side were able to conjure up a winner and it ended goal-less at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

AFC Wimbledon: Nathan Trott, Luke O’Neill, Will Nightingale, Terell Thomas, Scott Wagstaff, Anthony Hartigan (Mitch Pinnock), Kwesi Appiah (Adam Roscrow), Nesta Guinness-Walker, Paul Kalambayi, Callum Reilly, Joe Pigott.

Pic credit: Matt Redman, Pro Sports Images.

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Match Details: Tickets left for The Dons versus Wycombe

Buy in advance or on the day for home match on Saturday

30 August 2019

AFC Wimbledon will on Saturday be aiming for a first victory this season by getting the better of Gareth Ainsworth’s Wycombe and tickets are available to cheer on The Dons.

Wally’s men concluded last season’s home programme with a vital 2-1 win against the Chairboys and a repeat of that result will be very much welcome by everyone in blue and yellow. However, Wycombe visit the Cherry Red Records Stadium currently occupying third place in League One after an impressive start to the season – and more of your great support will really help the boys on Saturday.

Below is a summary of ticket availability and other match arrangements ahead of the game.


We have tickets available for the Chemflow terrace and the RyGas Stand (just £17 for an adult standing ticket). You can buy in advance from our online ticket shop until 11.00 am on Saturday or pay on the day. Tickets bought in advance can be collected pre-match from the white booth in Jack Goodchild Way.


We have had seat returns for this match and if you would like to order a seat ticket, please e-mail  or contact the club on 020 8547 3528. Please contact us before 4.00 pm today (Friday) or between 10 am and 12 noon on Saturday. If you cannot attend, please let us know via the same e-mail, as it will mean we can make your seat ticket available for another supporter.


Supporters are welcome to get here early to enjoy a drink in the bars. The bars will be open at 12 noon and we will be pleased to welcome Wycombe Wanderers supporters in for a drink. A wide selection of drinks will be available, including lagers, ales, and soft drinks.

Real ale lovers are in for a treat. Wimbledon Copper Leaf Ale, Plough Lane Ale, and SW19 Summer Ale will be available in the Your Golf Travel Ale. Plough Lane Ale and SW19 Ale will also be served in the back bar.

Athletics meeting

Due to a meeting at the nearby Weir Archer Academy, parking will be limited for supporters at tomorrow’s game. We recommend getting here early if you wish to make use of parking facilities. 

One minute of applause for Bury

Following the sad midweek news that Bury have been expelled from the EFL, the FSA (Football Supporters’ Association) are calling on supporters everywhere to applaud for one minute in a nationwide display of solidarity for Bury. The FSA are recommending that this takes place in the 27th minute. This will mark the fact that Bury were expelled from the EFL on 27 August it's 27 years since that last happened to a league club.  


Included in Saturday’s edition is an in-depth interview with goalkeeper Nathan Trott, who has received a call-up for England Under-21s. Nathan (pictured receiving congratulations from his team-mates after his superb save versus Accrington) tells us why he decided that AFC Wimbledon is the club for him to progress in his career. Of course, the programme includes all the usual features about your club.  

Golden Goals

Our valuable club fundraiser resumes on Saturday and look out for Golden Goals sellers around the ground for your chance to win £100. This season, there are some changes to Golden Goals, an initiative which is generously sponsored by Chemflow Total Solutions. Please refer to the Dons Trust website for more information on these changes.

DT Kiosk

Dons Trust members and fans interested in the work of the DT are welcome to pop in and find out more about the work of the Trust. Anna Kingsley and Roger Evans will be at the DT Kiosk on Saturday and you can ask them about work that has been going on in relation to the new stadium during the summer.

Rail Disruption

Due to strike action by the RMT, the South Western Rail network is running a restricted service from today until 2 September. Please visit for more information.

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