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Anthony back in contention to start on Saturday

Midfielder could step up his return against Shrewsbury

27 January 2022

Midfielder Anthony Hartigan could step up his return against Shrewsbury on Saturday, having come on as a substitute in our midweek game against Ipswich.

Anthony, who turned 22 today, suffered stomach pains just over a fortnight ago, but he came on just before the midway point of the second half for Ethan Chislett and managed to see out the match.

“Anthony is recovering well,” said first-team coach James Oliver-Pearce. “We’re still managing him to make sure there are no reoccurrences of the issue that he had, but we’re making sure he comes back fit and healthy. Today, he’s trained brilliantly. I’m sure that over the next week or so he will regain his full sharpness and build on his momentum.

“He’s capable of starting the game, but we’ve got other players that performed well in those positions in midweek, so anyone who is selected will give their best levels of performance. If Anthony is on the bench, he's a great substitute to have.”

James also had an update on both defender Paul Kalambayi and winger Egli Kaja, as they both edge closer to returns.

“Paul is probably just over a week away now,” said James. “He trained today, and his leadership qualities are massive for the group. Having him out on the training pitch is nice to see, because he’s worked really hard to make sure that he gets back. Now it’s about him getting sharp and when he does get his opportunity that he takes it.

“Egli could be back in training next week. That’s the plan. Obviously with muscle injuries you must play it by ear, but he should be back in the frame as well.”

There are no fresh injury concerns, to add to the absence of defender Henry Lawrence, midfielder Alex Woodyard and striker Aaron Pressley (all hamstring injuries). With Ollie Palmer’s departure to Wrexham earlier this week, the focus has been on bringing out the best from the squad in front of goal.

“We’re always process driven,” said James. “If we aren’t scoring, we’ll look at how. We need to look at if we’re getting into the right areas, the bodies we get in there, and what sort of movement we need. Also, that we’re staying secure at the same time.

“It’s an area we need to get better at. Ollie was a big player for us, but he’s no longer with us. The focus now has to be on the players that are in the building and how we improve them.”

On facing up to the challenge of Shrewsbury, James added: “They’ve been really tight at the back recently. They’ve drawn a couple of games. We know what to expect from them in terms of structure and we’ve got to look at ways where we can be a bit more creative. They will have high energy, they’ll press and chase down lost causes. They’ll be organised when they don’t have the ball, so it’s about how we manage those moments and how we look to penetrate when we can, without turning over the ball too cheaply.”

Listen to the full interview with James Oliver-Pearce below, where he also talks about his own transition from Under 18s Head Coach to the first team for this season.

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Match Reports

Dons held in frustrating draw

Wimbledon earn a share of the spoils

29 January 2022

AFC Wimbledon experienced yet more frustration on home turf after a cheek-puffing 1-1 draw with Shrewsbury Town.

The first-half had offered plenty of promise for the young Dons with the hassling and harrying that we had seen against Ipswich Town in evidence.

Alas the angst that has been felt after recent matches returned with a vengeance as the visitors stole in to put a sting in the tail with a slightly fortuitous goal after half-time that levelled the scores following Ayoub Assal’s opener. 

Nevertheless, our boys gave it everything as the game transformed into a scrappy affair in the second half with the usual Wimbledon spirit adding an extra bit of punch that many have come to expect from this side, albeit without the reward of a second goal.

Assal’s well-taken header was the undoubted highlight of the afternoon for Mark Robinson’s side, who fought hard for a draw. The team certainly came away from the contest with lessons to learn and positives to take from what was another rollercoaster 90 minutes.

With the home and away ends of the ground packed to the rafters, a sense of expectation swept around the stadium as IBO Super-Middleweight reigning champion boxer and Dons fan Lerrone Richards took to the pitch to rapturous applause following his title victory in December.

Robbo rung the changes once again for this home game, with new signing Lee Brown coming in for his first start, along with Will Nightingale and Terry Ablade. These alterations saw Nesta Guinness-Walker, Aaron Cosgrave and Dan Csoka drop out.

It set the tone for what would be another eventful afternoon here in SW19 as the players streamed out onto the field in front of a crowd of 7824. Wimbledon quickly got into the ascendancy as our high pressing game put the opposition under the cosh, a theme that has been ever-present in our recent games, despite results not going our way.

After 10 minutes the visiting Shrews were teetering on the edge and it didn’t take long for them to give way as the Dons hit the front soon after. Ethan Chislett got in well down the side with a penetrating run, before lofting up the simplest of balls for the onrushing Assal to head home clinically into the far corner for the ideal start. The stadium was bouncing, and it was clear that the confidence was flowing through the boys in yellow and blue as they continued to come forwards in waves.

Brown certainly impressed during the opening half an hour of his Dons career and provided an assured presence on the left-hand side, shuttling up and down the line in equal measure to provide near constant support. Wimbledon were really starting to enjoy themselves, Paul Osew cheekily nutmegging his opponent down the left-hand side in a move that wouldn’t have looked out of place on the beaches of Brazil.

The abundance of desire and tenacity within the Dons’ ranks shone through and in the end, it proved to be a comfortable first 45 minutes and a well deserved 1-0 half-time lead. It had been a typically principle-driven performance from Robbo’s men in the first-half and it was certainly an attitude to the game which didn’t falter in the early stages after the break.

The familiar chants of ‘allez, allez, allez’ were ringing out from the South London Movers End and the buoyant home faithful almost had a second goal to celebrate in reward for their vocal efforts as the lively Jack Rudoni arrowed a shot wide from distance following good hold up play from Chislett. However, things were set to turn sour for the Dons as a low cross was able to creep into the penalty area, and Daniel Udoh was allowed to scramble the ball home from close range after we failed to clear our lines.

The away side’s tails were up and Udoh was again proving to be menace for the Wimbledon backline, this time hitting a shot from distance that forced Nik Tzanev into a flying save to remove the danger. If the first half was largely uneventful, the second was the polar opposite with both sides committing numerous bodies forward when the opportunity allowed.

It was a relentless tempo that was driving this game, something which suits this Wimbledon side down to the ground. However, the dots weren’t connecting as fluently as they did during the first period for the Dons, meaning that our players had to dig deep once more to take the game to Shrewsbury as the minutes ticked into injury time.

Ultimately, a late winner failed to materialise as the points were shared on what was another frustrating afternoon for our young side. Attentions now turn to Tuesday night with Cheltenham Town the next side due to visit the Cherry Red Records Stadium as part of this hectic new year schedule.

AFC Wimbledon: Nik Tzanev, Will Nightingale, George Marsh, Ayoub Assal (Tomas Kalinauskas), Ethan Chislett (Anthony Hartigan), Jack Rudoni, Terry Ablade (Aaron Cosgrave), Luke McCormick, Ben Heneghan, Paul Osew, Lee Brown.

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Ticket News

Matchday Guide: Tickets left for Dons versus Shrews

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's game

28 January 2022

The Dons take on Shrewsbury Town in a crucial clash tomorrow - and tickets are still available to show your support for Robbo's boys.

Former Dons player Steve Cotterill brings his Shrews side to the Cherry Red Records Stadium with vital points up for grabs.

Your support can help the men in blue and yellow to extend the gap to the bottom four by earning a valuable three points.

Book a ticket online .

Tickets will also be available to buy on the day (adjacent to the club shop). 

Show us more of that famous Dons support and cheer on the boys to victory!

Man of the Match

Our ever popular post-match presentation is back! Join our very own Ivor Heller from approximately 5.30 pm. It will be held behind the South London Movers Stand (next to the pub entrance) with Ivor interviewing the star man, as selected by our match sponsors.

Beat the queues with the SwipeStation app

Tomorrow’s game will see us trial a brand new app which will help you enjoy your half-time pint - without spending 15 minutes stuck in a queue.

Yes, the days of missing the second half kick-off really will be a thing of the past by downloading the innovative SwipeStation.

The mobile app enables supporters to order a pint anywhere in the stadium before the game - and then collect it at a fast lane, either pre-match or at half-time.

That’s not all, either! The app even works offline, which means you can place an order without Wi-Fi connectivity. Obviously, the app does require initial connectivity to download, so why not do it at home before you come to the game?

The new service will run on a pilot basis for the next five matches, starting with tomorrow’s game against Shrewsbury.

For the trial period, we will be operating five SwipeStation machines in the Cappagh (West) Stand and two in the Ry (East) Stand.

Camden Pale Ale and Stella Artois will initially be the two drinks available on SwipeStation, although we’ll aim to expand the menu if the app proves to be popular.

Download SwipeStation from the App Store or Google Play and add your card details and email address (like you would for Uber, or to buy a drink in a pub!).

We have a downloadable user guide made for mobile phones, so take a look now and get ordering your pint for the match! There will also be five members of SwipeStation staff at the game tomorrow to offer you assistance.  

Food, Drinks and Pub

The food park will be open, offering several different types of cuisines from local food businesses. The food trucks that will be at the game against Shrewsbury are the following: MYPIE, Traditional Jerk Chicken, Dough Shack, Vegan Express and Naked Chips. Fans are also permitted to bring water in a clear plastic bottle if they wish. However, no glass, cans, or metal bottles will be allowed. Thermos flasks are permitted.

All fans will have access to food and drink concessions around the stadium including the food park behind the Movers stand. Unfortunately due to fire regulations, fans in the Ry and Movers Stands will not have access to the first floor concessions in the Cappagh Stand. As a result, all fans seated in the Cappagh Stand will need to show their match ticket or have their hand stamped in order to get back to the first floor concourse.

The food trucks will stop serving at 6:30pm with last drink orders on the Movers Stand bar at the same time. The Phoenix pub will remain open after the game. The pub will also be serving spirits. Please note that the full range of spirits will be available from after the final whistle until closing time. Pre-mixed cans will be available prior to the final whistle.

Dons Local Action Group Food Collection Point

We will once again be organising collection points on Saturday with supporters invited to donate food to those less fortunate in the community. Masterminded by our award-winning Dons Local Action Group (DLAG), fans will be able to drop off tinned supplies - with an urgent need for tinned meat, tinned vegetables, tinned fish, tinned fruit, and tinned pulses. Food collection points will be located at every entrance into the stadium.

How to access the stadium

The Cherry Red Records Stadium will open for home fans from 1pm and it is advised that you arrive as early as possible. Away supporters can arrive from 1:30pm onwards. Supporters must enter the stadium via their designated entrance for their stand which is indicated on their ticket. Additionally, fans will be required to go through security where bags may be searched.

Below is a colour-coded map of the stadium entrances to help fans find their allocated point of entry.

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All home fans will enter via the Plough Lane end of the stadium only. Please note that fans in the South London Movers Stand or Ry Stand can only enter via Gates 3, 4 and 5. Fans seated in the Cappagh Stand can only enter via Gate 2.

Away fans can only access the stadium by Gate 7, which is accessed via St Martin’s Way or Maskell Road.

For fans who have purchased matchday hospitality, please enter the stadium via Gate 1 which will open at 12pm. The map below highlights the hospitality blocks and lounges.

 

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Parking

There will be no parking on site (accessible spectators will be given separate guidelines). We recommend fans travel to the stadium by train, bus, or, if you are local, by simply walking to the ground. There will be no parking available at Garrett Business Park.

Cycle Store

The cycle store will be open tomorrow from midday until 6.00 pm, located behind the Ry Stand. Please note that all bikes MUST be collected before 6pm. Please note that there will be a steward at the cycle store, but fans leave their bikes stored at their own risk.

Bags

To help reduce queues at checkpoints, we ask fans not to bring bags into the Stadium where possible. If essential, then please only bring an A5 sized bag (21cm x 15 cm x 10cm) or a clear bag only. Large bags or suitcases (including cabin bags) are not permitted.

Cashless Stadium

We are currently operating a semi-cashless stadium. This means that most of the stadium will only accept card payments apart from the club shop and matchday magazine sellers. Fans who turn up on the day with only cash will be able to purchase vouchers in denominations of £10 at the matchday magazine stalls and the club shop, which can then be used to buy food and drinks in the concessions.

The Club Shop

The club shop will be open on Saturday from 11:30am to 2:45pm before the game and from 5pm to 6pm after the game.

Kids Zone

The Kids Zone will be open on Saturday. Not only will fans be able to meet Haydon, our favourite Womble, there'll also be tons of fun activities such as colouring, Lego, Duplo and Stickle Brix - as well as an  inflatable football shooting game. The Kids Zone is positioned on the concourse behind the Family Section on the corner of the East and South stands. Specifically for kids aged between 5-12, it is open from 1.30pm to 2.45pm with activities organised on a rotation basis. Please note that children MUST be supervised by parents at all times.

The map below shows the location of the Food Park, Pub, Club Shop, and the Kids Zone.

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Matchday Magazine

The matchday magazine can be purchased for £3 at the club shop and also inside each of our four stands. Sellers will also be positioned outside the Cappagh Stand entrance and along Plough Lane.

Reusable Cups

The club has implemented a reusable beer cup scheme to replace all single use plastic pint cups around the stadium. Once fans have finished their beer, they are required to put these cups within the reusable cup bins located around the stadium.

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