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Dons waiting on defender ahead of Harrogate visit

Assistant Manager Terry Skiverton rounds-up the latest from training

28 October 2022

Lee Brown is still being assessed in the build up to Saturday’s League Two visit from Harrogate Town, having come off with an injury just before the break on Tuesday night.

The defender was replaced by Alex Woodyard with half-time approaching in our midweek draw versus Crewe Alexandra.

“We’re waiting for the assessment to come back on him, it’ll be touch and go for the weekend,” said our Assistant Manager Terry Skiverton after Friday’s training session. “It was really disappointing to see him come off so early, especially as he was excellent at centre-half in the win at Rochdale last weekend.

“We had to change things the other night and it wasn’t ideal to bring Woody on so early, because we’re trying to manage his minutes since he came back, but he was fantastic when he came on. Out of a negative, there was a positive in the performance of Woody, which was pleasing.”

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The game will most likely come too soon for the return of defender Alex Pearce (groin) or midfielder George Marsh (ankle).

“They are getting there, but we have to make sure that we are not rushing people back too soon and they end up reinjuring themselves,” said Terry. “There must be a careful approach, but the sooner they are back – the better. With Pearcy and Marshy they are getting closer, as they’ve been out on the grass.

“Nathan Young Coombes (knee) has been doing a lot of his intensive rehab with his parent club Brentford. He keeps dipping in, we’re seeing him as we did at the Crewe game the other night and he’s great around the place.”

Having missed out on back-to-back wins in midweek, we’re aiming to round-off a busy week with a possible points haul of seven out of nine.

“We’ve been a lot more resilient,” said Terry. “We’ve been winning a lot more first contacts, higher up the pitch, creating more and there’s a real togetherness about the players. They are really fighting for the cause, but we’d just been on the end of a few results. The momentum is with us now though and we need to show that on Saturday.”

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We’ll break new ground when we take on Harrogate for the first time tomorrow, but Terry will already know what it’s like having faced them before.

Our visitors won promotion via the National League Play-offs two years ago. Back then, our Assistant Manager was with Yeovil Town that season, who finished fourth but were knocked out in the quarter finals.

“I’ve come up against Simon Weaver (pictured above) a few times, while I was at Yeovil,” said Terry. “We had that fantastic season when they got promoted. It’s another challenge for us and a team that’s fighting and below us in the table, so it’s important for us to really go out there, put on a performance and get a good result.”

You can see the full preview with Assistant Manager Terry Skiverton below, via the link to our official YouTube channel.

  

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Matchday Guide: 7,000 and counting for landmark fixture

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's game

28 October 2022

Tickets are selling well for Saturday’s big match versus Harrogate – our first ever fixture against the men from North Yorkshire.

We’ve hit the 7,000 mark for tickets sold, so we’re expecting a great atmosphere at our fantastic stadium once again, as Johnnie Jackson’s men bid to make it seven points from a possible nine. Opponents Harrogate make their first visit to Wimbledon - a distance of 186 miles - with approximately 200 away fans set to make the long trip to SW17. 

Make sure you’re a part of it all by snapping up a ticket online or in person on the day.

And you can join us early from 12 noon to watch the first televised match in the Phoenix Pub with Leicester taking on Man City.

Find out more about tomorrow’s game by checking out our Matchday Guide below.

Tickets

There’s still time to guarantee your seat at the cheaper price in advance.

Access our online ticket shop to book now.

Alternatively, you can get your ticket before the game from the Ry Stand ticket booth (close to gate five), but please note that prices increase by £2 for adults and concessions, if purchased in person or online on matchdays.

Rainbow Laces campaign

We’ll be highlighting our support tomorrow for a campaign that promotes inclusivity. This year’s campaign, in partnership with Stonewall, runs from 19-31 October, but inclusion has no off season, so we support this cause all year round.

Players will be wearing Rainbow laces on their boots for the game tomorrow with the captain’s armbands and corner flags also transformed into a kaleidoscope of colours that has become the campaign's trademark.

A key focus of the partnership with Stonewall encourages LGBT+ acceptance amongst people of all ages and we fully support this with The Dons Trust Diversity and Inclusion group having been formed in recent years.

For more about the Rainbow Laces campaign, visit Stonewall’s website.

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AFC Wimbledon Foundation Day

This is one of our two matchdays per season that’s dedicated to promoting the important community initiatives coordinated by our Foundation in Wimbledon and surrounding areas. This comes at a time when the Foundation is launching a campaign to raise £100,000 so that it can reach out and inspire 1,000 more local people a week by the end of 2023.

To showcase the activities of our Foundation there will be a gazebo outside the stadium, close to our reception, offering an opportunity to find out more about our community work, which includes engaging 2,500 local people in sport, exercise and social activities every week.  

With 400 children from the Foundation’s courses joining us at tomorrow’s game, there will be additional activities going on in our Kids’ Zone behind the Ry (East) Stand including Face Painting, along with the usual football challenges. It’s therefore shaping up to be a real family occasion at the game tomorrow!  

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Early entry

Please note that if you wish to come in between 12 noon and 1 pm to watch the early televised match between Leicester and Man City (12.30 pm kick-off) you will need to enter via the club shop. A steward will be on hand at the back of the shop to provide access using a portable scanning machine. Once you’ve entered the ground, you will not be permitted to leave the stadium and get back in as your ticket will not work.

The Harry Stannard Collection

We'll be unveiling a collection in our club shop in recognition of former Wimbledon player Harry Stannard, who served the Dons for 50 years in total. This will take place from 12 noon tomorrow in the club shop, thanks to WiSH (Wimbledon in Sporting History). For more information, access our previous article .

Programme

Our in-form attacker Ayoub Assal is the cover star for tomorrow’s programme, which includes the concluding Black History Month feature with contributions from Paul Kalambayi and Michael Hamilton. There’s also an in-depth interview with our long-serving Goalkeeper Coach Bayzo, so this edition is certainly not one to miss!

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Food, Drinks and Pub

Our fantastic food park (situated behind the South London Movers Stand) offers the best of several different cuisines, as served up by local businesses, including the following:

  • Dough Shack
  • MyPie
  • Traditional Jerk Chicken
  • All Burgers
  • Ding Ding
  • Naked Chips

The food trucks will stop serving at 6:00pm with last drink orders on the Movers Stand bar at the same time. The Phoenix pub will remain open after the game and there’s plenty of incentive to stay on afterwards as we’ll be showing the live televised matches – Fulham versus Everton (5.30 pm kick-off) and Liverpool versus Leeds United (7.45 pm kick-off).

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.

Fans are 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.

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Beat the queues with SwipeStation

Since its launch earlier this year, the introduction of the SwipeStation app has helped to beat the queues at the bars.

And you can get your pint in extra quick time for tomorrow’s big game.

For those that haven’t used it, the SwipeStation app 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?

We operate SwipeStation machines in the Cappagh (West) Stand and in the Ry (East) Stand. Camden Pale Ale and Stella Artois will initially be the two drinks available on SwipeStation.

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!

Dons Trust Board Elections – Final Call!

Nominations close on Saturday 29 October (11.59 pm) for the Dons Trust Board Elections - and you can find out more at tomorrow’s game. David Hall and other Election Steering Group members will be at the Dons Trust stall (from 2 pm) to provide more information for potential candidates.

To find out more visit the Dons Trust website. For any queries, e-mail any queries should contact us at elections@thedonstrust.org  .

Lifts in reception

Unfortunately, the lifts in our club reception will be out of service for tomorrow’s game. We fully understand that this will cause real inconvenience for fans with disabilities and those with mobility issues.

However, there is an alternative for those who require assistance. Please ask at reception and we will provide access to a service lift inside the stadium. As this is utilised for matchday operations, we would really appreciate your patience.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused.

Dons TV

Get in the mood for the big game by joining our 9yrs Podcast team from 1.55 pm on Saturday. There will also be a post-match show, starting at 5.10 pm approximately. 

Tune in via our official Facebook and YouTube channels.

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.

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Club Shop

Opening hours will be from 11.00 am until 2.55 pm (reopening at 3.15 pm). Choose from an impressive range of smart hummel kits and a wide variety of merchandise with our friendly staff on hand to help.

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Golden Goal tickets

Tickets will be on sale at the game tomorrow (priced at just £1) with the top prize of £100 (all funds raised are donated to the Club), so look out for our Golden Goal sellers on Saturday.

Access to the stadium

Turnstiles for home fans open at 1.00 pm and at 1.30 pm for away supporters. For fans who have purchased matchday hospitality, please enter the stadium via Gate 1, which will open at 12 noon.

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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