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Match Reports

Dons bounce back emphatically to end winless run

Ali marks his return with a goal before going off injured

28 March 2023

The Dons produced a stirring second-half to end a winless run that stretched back to 28 January.

Will Nightingale's powerful header swept Wimbledon into the lead, before Ali Al-Hamadi marked his return from international duty with Iraq by scoring only five minutes after his second-half introduction.  

Though the 2-0 victory was soured by Al-Hamadi departing through injury, this was certainly a hugely positive night for the Dons. The swashbuckling nature of the display, particularly after the break, belied the fact that Johnnie Jackson's men had gone 11 matches without victory. The cauldron of noise created by a partisan home faithful showed exactly how much this win was needed - all in yellow and blue had waited a while for this.

Indeed, this performance was more reminiscent of the steely stuff that helped us to 10 matches unbeaten earlier this season, a run that included Johnnie Jackson earning the Manager of the Month award.

That all seemed a long time ago, but the nature of this victory was an emphatic way to bounce back after recent struggles.

Johnnie Jackson made just one change from the side that started the narrow defeat at Barrow on Saturday with Aaron Pierre recalled in place of Luke Jenkins, who was an injury doubt after his goalscoring debut in Cumbria.

The Dons made a bright start and a fine move almost resulted in the opening goal with Kasey McAteer shooting just wide of the far post. There was better to come as Wimbledon came even closer a couple of minutes later. Lovely play by Chislett on the left ended with a fine cross that Alex Woodyard met superbly with a powerful header, but it was tipped over by Owen Evans.

Walsall gradually started to come back into the match, but it took until the 35th minute for them to threaten. Saddlers skipper Donervon Daniels sent over a dangerous cross that Conor Wilkinson headed towards goal, but Nathan Broome got down well to tip wide. In response, the Dons put together good possession and forced another corner, but yet again another fine delivery by Armani Little came to nothing.

As we approached half-time, there had been encouraging signs from Wimbledon that a long-awaited win could be the cards. Certainly, Johnnie Jackson’s men had created the better chances, so there could be positives to be taken from that aspect. However, the visitors had stemmed the early pressure and more was needed from the Dons to secure all three points.

What followed at the start of the second-half was exactly what was needed in the circumstances. The tempo was raised from the Dons and so too were the decibel levels around the Cherry Red Records Stadium. All of a sudden Wimbledon were looking threatening again and it was no surprise when the breakthrough was made. It was a good old fashioned goal in its execution as Armani Little sent over a lovely corner delivery from the right and Will Nightingale gave it the finish it deserved with a towering header that left Walsall keeper Owen Evans with no chance.

Far from settling on the one-goal lead, there was better to come from the Dons as substitute Al-Hamadi made the perfect impact after his return from international duty. This time Little played the corner short to Kasey McAteer, who sent over a fine cross that Al-Hamadi powered home from close range. It now seemed a case of how many for the Dons and Al-Hamadi had the ball in the back of the net again shortly afterwards, only for it to be ruled out for offside.

The disappointing aspect of this game was still to follow as Al-Hamadi departed injured and he was replaced by Sam Pearson. However, the Dons quite comfortably coasted to victory, the only moment of worry coming when Broome reacted well to tip over a header. All in all, a great night for the Dons and something to really build upon with Rochdale at home up next on Saturday.

AFC Wimbledon: Nathan Broome, Isaac Ogundere, Will Nightingale, Aaron Pierre, Jack Currie, Alex Woodyard, George Marsh, Kasey McAteer, Armani Little, Ethan Chislett, Saikou Janneh (Ali Al-Hamadi), (Sam Pearson).

Pic: Ian Stephen (Pro Sports Images).

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Ticket News

Matchday Guide: Buy from our new ticket office

Everything you need to know ahead of tonight's game

28 March 2023

We're counting down the hours until our final midweek match this season - and we'll be unveiling our new ticket office for this game.

For those buying tickets on the night, pop into the Club Shop to snap-up a ticket for the game versus Walsall as the Dons seek to get back on track with a much-needed victory.

We've sold 6,600 tickets so far, but we want as much support as possible to cheer on the Dons, so make sure you join us - and help create an electric atmosphere at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

Turnstiles open for home fans at 6.00 pm, so there's plenty of time to get in the mood for the game by accessing our Food Park for delicious treats and the Phoenix Pub for a pre-match pint.

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Below is a summary of match arrangements for tonight's game. 

New ticket office

For all ticket purchases on the night and enquiries, please visit our new ticket office, which is located in the Club Shop.

Our friendly ticket office team will be available to help you with the following:

  • Ticket sales for tonight's game
  • Queries about tickets
  • Away game sales/collections
  • Reprints of tickets

The ticket office is open now right up until half-time of tonight's game (same arrangements on Saturday, but open from 11am). On non matchdays it will be open from 10 am until 5 pm. 

For Saturday matches we’ll be open for a limited time after the game to buy tickets or for any enquiries.

Please note that there will be no ticket booth open for home ticket sales tonight - The Ry Stand ticket booth will be for away supporters only to collect.

You can also buy for tonight's game from our online ticket shop


Season ticket returns will help us significantly as we can make your seat available for resale, allowing more Dons to come along and get behind the team.

Please let us know by emailing with your name, the block, row, and seat number of the seat(s) you are releasing.

Heroes from 2011

We'll be presenting eight members of the glorious 2010/11 promotion-winning squad as special guests - James Mulley, Jon Main, Rashid Yussuff, Steven Gregory, Danny Kedwell, Fraser Franks, Brett Johnson Christian Jolley – along with Mickey Haswell and Elliott Godfrey. They will be presented on the pitch to our supporters.

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As always, we’ve got some great content lined up for our matchday programme, so don’t miss out on tonight’s edition!

The programme (usual price of £3) will be on sale from outside the club shop, behind the South London Movers Stand, from the Cappagh (West) Stand and at the away end.

It includes the following:

  • Report on hosting the Ukraine national team versus Brentford B
  • Details on how our players fared on international duty
  • Picture focus on our latest debutants
  • Updates from WiSH and DLAG
  • A focus on our rising goalkeepers in the Academy

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Man of the Match presentations

We're always striving to increase engagement with our fans - and we'll therefore be hosting two Man of the Match presentations tonight.

We’ll be hosting the first one in our traditional venue outside the Phoenix Pub with the star man selected by our match sponsors interviewed by Ivor Heller as soon as possible after the game.

Following this, the Man of the Match will make his way up to the Sliver Lounge, where another presentation will take place. Those who have booked hospitality will be invited to stay on for the post-match entertainment, but all supporters will be welcome upstairs to enjoy a drink or two in the Silver Lounge.

Please note the following:

  • Access to Man of the Match in the Silver Lounge will be via a queue in the under croft (rear of staff entrance / rear reception entrance). This can be accessed near the pub / back of the shop entrance.
  • If you are sitting in the Cappagh Stand please use the stairs in the pub, or if you are sitting in the Ry or South London Movers Stand please make your way from behind the South Stand and past the pub.
  • No spectators will be able to leave the ground and re-enter to access the queue as this goes against our licensing terms.
  • Entry is on a first-come, first-serve basis, with fans will only allowed up to the second floor once it is safe to do so after fans leaving the ground post-match.
  • If numbers reach capacity in the Silver Lounge fans will be escorted to the Mezzanine area, and those with access will be given a wristband.

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Bars and Food

Our By The Horns Phoenix Pub is the place to be for quality beers. We’ve also got one of the best food parks around, offering a wide range of culinary delights, as provided by several different cuisines from local businesses. Argentinian Cuisine outlet La Posta recently joined us, serving up delicious South American treats for supporters.

Our food park includes the following:

  • La Posta
  • MyPie
  • All Burgers
  • Ding Ding
  • Dough Shack
  • Berlin Doner Kebab
  • Naked Chips

The food park is situated behind the South London Movers Stand with kiosks open until 9:45pm - last drinks orders from the Movers Stand bar at the same time.

For supporters in the Cappagh Stand, you can get your matchday pint in extra quick time by accessing our new EBAR machines, which we are using on a trial basis. Fans can buy pints of Lager, Camden Pale Ale and Guinness from the EBAR. A wide range of food kiosks will also be open on the Cappagh Stand concourse.

Don’t forget though that we’ve also still got SwipeStation! Supporters can get a swift pint of Camden Pale Ale or Stella Artois from designated stations around the ground, including behind the Ry (East) Stand.

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Though there's no stadium parking for supporters, Centre Court Shopping Centre in Wimbledon town centre offers parking from 6pm for a maximum charge of £4.

Autograph zone

There'll be an opportunity for fans to get signatures from our players after the game by accessing our autograph zone in the under croft (behind the club shop).

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Club Shop

The Club Shop will remain open right up kick-off, offering an opportunity to get your hands on our new Dons leisurewear items - ideal for stepping into Spring! 

Dons TV

Get in the mood for the big game by joining our 9yrs Podcast team pre-match on Saturday. There will also be a post-match show, starting around 15-20 minutes after the game.

Follow the club's official Facebook and YouTube channels and you will receive a notification about the show.

Access to the stadium

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 via Gate 7, which can be accessed via St Martin’s Way or Maskell Road.

Reusable cups

We have a reusable beer cup scheme to replace all single use plastic pint cups around the stadium. Once you’ve finished your beer, please dispose of your cup within the reusable cup bins located around the stadium.

For a map of the stadium, and other information, including details about bringing bags into the ground and our cycle store facility, see our MATCHDAY GUIDE section on the official website.

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