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Johnnie and Joe return to the fold

Double boost as we bid to get back on track

29 December 2023

Johnnie Jackson will be back in the technical area tonight against one of his previous clubs - and he also has centre back Joe Lewis available again for selection.

Our manager and on loan defender have served their one-match suspensions after seeing red a week ago in the victory at Crawley - as we aim to return to winning ways against visitors Colchester.

“I can’t wait,” said Johnnie after Thursday’s final training session. ”Boxing Day was frustrating - not being able to be with the lads and obviously the way it panned out. I’m delighted that we’ve got another game so soon.”

Listen to everything Johnnie had to say below, from the gym at the training ground.

“I can be in the changing room before and at half time and it’ll be nice to be back down on the touchline with the boys and with the staff. I’m looking forward to putting things right.”

Joe Lewis, on a season-long loan from league leaders Stockport, will also make a welcome return to the squad.

“Joe was a loss the other day,” said Johnnie. “He’s been excellent for us all season and for him to get a suspension was a difficult one, as I felt it was a little bit harsh. We had to deal with it and his ban meant an opportunity for someone else, but with Joe available again he comes back into our thinking.”

Looking beyond this evening’s match, Johnnie is hopeful of having top scorer Ali Al-Hamadi available for the New Year’s Day match at Forest Green, before he heads off to Asia Cup duty with Iraq. 

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“Hopefully Ali is involved for the Forest Green game and then he goes away on his travels after that,” added Johnnie.

“I think he has to join up with the Iraq squad that week. They have a build-up to the tournament and a friendly they want him to be a part of. How long they are in it will determine how long he is away for, but pretty much for the month of January he’s going to be gone. 

“It’s bittersweet. We’re delighted for him to get that recognition and it's great for us as a club - what with the Asia Cup being such a huge tournament. The flip side is that we lose him, we know how good he’s been and how important he is for us.”

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Johnnie will be up against a familiar face in the opposing dugout this evening from his days at Tottenham, with Colchester having changed their man in charge since a James Tilley brace earned all three points in the corresponding fixture.

“Matthew Etherington is a former teammate of mine,” said Johnnie. “He’s gone in there and tried to implement his style. Although the table suggests something different, they are a good team and tricky to prepare for, because they’ve got players who can hurt you. He’s got them playing in a slightly different way.” 

As our manager, Johnnie has won all three of his previous meetings against Colchester, who he made well over 100 appearances for as a player. Johnnie said: “It’s not about me, but we’ve had some good results against them.

“We’ve got to be better than we were on Boxing Day and we’ve got to be like we were at Crawley, where we were magnificent and left it all out there. That’s the type of character we’ve got to show to bounce back and to do the double over Colchester this season.”

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Christmas Call! Extra tickets released for Colchester Clash

Don't miss our Friday night match under the lights

21 December 2023

We've had high demand to attend our final match of 2023 - the Festive Friday Night Showdown versus Colchester.

But there's still time to make sure you're a part of what promises to be a thriller under the lights at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

That's because we've released 500 Debenture tickets, so you can guarantee your seat now for our final fixture of the calendar year.

With the Dons in flying form - six successive home wins and buoyed by that stunning victory at Portsmouth - our Boxing Day match versus Sutton is almost a sell-out.

So make sure you snap-up a ticket to watch the Dons versus Colchester on Friday 29 December (7.45 pm kick-off).

Dons versus Colchester Tickets


You can get up to a third off on selected Hospitality packages for the big game under the lights at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

We have good availability for the Omnia Lounge, which offers a fantastic matchday experience, and opportunities to book a box for friends and family to make the most of a night with the Dons!

For those who haven't yet sampled our matchday hospitality packages, it includes watching the big game from a padded seat with breathtaking views of all the action - after enjoying a delicious meal.

It's the ultimate way to mark a special occasion for friends and family, or simply to treat yourself at the game. 

And there's an extra bonus as it will be a Curry themed menu for you to enjoy!

The following hospitality options are available (junior prices -12 years and under):

  • Viticult Lounge (Silver Package) £60 (£25 for juniors)
  • Silver Flexi Package £40 (£15 for juniors)
  • Viticult Lounge (Silver Plus package) £80 (£25 for juniors)
  • Silver Plus Flexi Package £55 (£15 for juniors)
  • Wimbledon Quarter Lounge £90 (£40 for juniors)
  • Omnia Lounge £100 (£50 for juniors)

Book by accessing our Seat Unique Hospitality website.

In addition, you can book a private hospitality box for the evening with the following options available:

  • 12 seater for £1,000
  • 14 seater for £1,200

For more information, e-mail .

All prices inc VAT.

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