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A special day at the club

31 March 2013

Big occasion for Wimbledon's 2012/13 season and beyond

Easter Monday marks a pivotal occasion for AFC Wimbledon with an important League 2 clash against Barnet and the launch of We Are Wimbledon Day.

with just five games to play and Dons manager Neal Ardley knows it is vital for his side to bounce back after Friday’s defeat at Rotherham.nd and Barnet in 22thJust three points separate Wimbledon in 18

Wimbledon are likely to be without Sammy Moore, who has struggled to shake off illness and Neal Ardley says that he needs all of his squad to be at their best for the visit of Barnet.

“They are all important games and we have always managed to bounce back after defeats,” he said. “But we did not do enough to take anything from the game against Rotherham. We have to focus and stay mentally and physically strong. It is a different type of challenge from Rotherham and we know it will be a tough game.”

 Neal Ardley (pictured) has thrown his weight behind tomorrow’s We Are Wimbledon Fund Day, which is a key date launched by organisers to push the campaign forward.

Supporters of fan-owned AFC Wimbledon recently started the We Are Wimbledon Fund with the aim of raising £400,000 a year to contribute towards the playing budget.

Since launching in February, We Are Wimbledon campaigners have been rallying the cause at home games. The scheme, which is endorsed by The Dons Trust, owners of AFC Wimbledon, has been worked on by a group led by long-term supporter Xavier Wiggins. It is hoped that the We Are Wimbledon Fund can raise £100,000 mark by the end of Easter Monday.

A team of volunteers will be on hand to get more supporters signed up via direct debit forms and several activities will be going on during the day. Organisers want fans to support the day by getting involved in the following ways.

Wearing the colours

Fans are being urged to wear yellow and blue and to bring flags if they have them so that the ground can be full of colour as well as noise. Face painting will be available and there are no excuses for having a voice left at 5.00 pm. Let us lift the roof off on all four sides of the ground and cheer our team closer to safety.

Kids’ Activities

As well as the face painting, there will be two Easter related activities for the kids with Bunny Bingo and an Easter Egg Hunt. Winners of the Bunny Bingo will receive Easter prizes and a draw will made from all entries to the Easter Egg Hunt for a top prize of two adult and two children main stand tickets for the game against Exeter City.

By signing-up

Supporters of fan-owned AFC Wimbledon recently started the We Are Wimbledon Fund with the aim of raising £400,000 a year to contribute towards the playing budget.

“We cannot stress enough the need for Wimbledon fans to dig as deep as they can if they want to create a more competitive playing squad. Neal Ardley has worked so hard with his backroom staff to improve results and this is a major opportunity to show our support for him and for the club in general as we enter a potentially brilliant phase in our amazing history which could end in us moving home. Our future is in our hands. Spokesman Xavier Wiggins said:

“If you haven’t signed up please think really hard about doing so. We know that times are tough for many and we know that some people simply will not be able to afford to get involved. However, for those that can please remember that so far we have achieved over £45,000 in just a few weeks and that 1,000 fans paying £33.34 per month would see our playing budget increase by a massive £400,000 per year. We have already won amateur cups, risen up the leagues in nine years (twice), won the FA Cup, funded a stadium, earned respect from the whole football community and shown fans of other clubs how to reclaim the game from the moneymen. Let’s dig deep again to help continue this amazing journey and let’s do it together.”

  website.We are Wimbledon FundFor those supporters not attending tomorrow, you can still get involved by visiting the 

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