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Matchday Guide: Countdown to Bradford clash

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's big match

13 October 2023

Club News

Matchday Guide: Countdown to Bradford clash

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's big match

13 October 2023

With tickets sold out in home areas for tomorrow’s big match versus Bradford, we’re expecting a fantastic atmosphere at our stadium.

After taking four points from the last six on the road, the Dons are back on home turf – and your support can help to lift Johnnie Jackson's men higher up the table. 

So come along and create an electric atmosphere at the Cherry Red Records Stadium!

For all you need to know ahead of the big game, take a look at our full Matchday Guide below.


There’s been high demand for tickets to attend this fixture and we’re currently sold out in home areas. If any spare tickets do become available, you can buy from our online ticket shop.

As announced previously, we would very much appreciate ST holders making use of the Ticket Resale initiative, if you're not attending. This will help us to get even more support for the Dons!

Collections for away supporters will be from the away ticket booth close to gate six.

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With Saturday’s match falling on a weekend break for the Premier League, due to international football, our match will be available to watch on iFollow.

The match will be streamed live for domestic and international subscribers, with match passes available for £10. Click on the link below to order your match pass.

Bradford on iFollow  

Pre-match tribute

As a mark of respect to all those people that lost their lives in Israel and Palestine, we will be observing a minute’s silence before the game versus Bradford. 

In line with other EFL clubs for this weekend’s fixtures, players from both sides will be wearing black armbands at our fixture tomorrow.   

The EFL is making a donation to the emergency appeal of its charity partner, the British Red Cross, to support the international response efforts aiding those in urgent need across the region. 

Donations can be made by clicking on the link below. 

British Red Cross 

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Club Shop

New stock alert!

Make sure you check out the Club Shop before or after tomorrow’s game against Bradford. Since the win against Tranmere a fortnight ago we’ve topped up our leisurewear offering, including four new tees, a premium hoodie, two very smart knitted tops and a stunning new softshell jacket. We’ve also introduced a new cap, our first ever bone china mug and an A2 poster of that alternative squad photo taken in the stands.

We’ve also received a fresh delivery of all playing shirts, including our popular black iris third shirt and yellow GK shirt.

Over the next two to three weeks we’re expecting to complete our 2023 range ready for Christmas Shopping to get in full swing. We also hoping to update fans with some extremely exciting news about our next retro range by the end of the month.

Mat, Anthony and their fantastic team of volunteers can’t wait to see you, but if you’re not coming to the game you can explore our latest arrivals by accessing our online shop.

The shop will be open from 11 am until 3 pm, at half-time, and from 5 pm until 6 pm.


Snap-up your matchday ‘staple diet’ for another big Dons occasion!

Yes, the matchday programme is back (£3 per copy), and it includes an extensive interview with two Dons captains!

Read in-depth interviews with Jake Reeves and Hannah Billingham, plus plenty of other features and news from around our club.

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Live lunchtime TV match

The Phoenix Pub will be open from 12 noon (entry via the Club Shop) with supporters welcome to arrive early and watch the Notts County versus Mansfield match (12.30 pm kick-off).

Bringing bottles into the stadium 

We announced recently that supporters are permitted to bring drinks of water in clear plastic bottles into our stadium.

This will be in the form of 500 ml (or less) clear plastic bottles (an equivalent drinks container as used by children under 16 or those with medical requirements is also permitted). Bottle tops will also not be removed by matchday stewards.

Full Update

For containers not permitted (metal containers, as stated in the article), there is the option to leave them before the game at a collection point (by gate three) or on the level one concourse (gates one and two). You can then collect after the match.

Opening times

The turnstiles will be open for home supporters from 1 pm tomorrow - entry is via gates 2-5. For those supporters who have booked hospitality, entry is via gate one.

The away turnstiles (gate six and seven) will be open from 1.30 pm. Bradford supporters can choose from a wide selection of food and drink options, available from the area behind the Cherry Red (North) Stand.

It's well worth first time visitors taking a look at a map of the stadium, plus other key details, by accessing our designated page on the official website.

Matchday Guide

Cashless Stadium

Don’t forget that we’ve now moved to become a cashless stadium.

See our previous article for full details.

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Man of the Match presentation

This will be hosted in the Viticult Lounge after the match (at approximately 5.20 pm).

Those who have booked hospitality will be invited to stay on for post-match, but all supporters will be welcome upstairs to enjoy a drink or two and the entertainment.

For those who want to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and a chat with fellow Dons, we recommend making your way upstairs.

We'll have a DJ pumping out a selection of sounds outside the Phoenix Pub straight after the game, for those who want to enjoy a more lively atmosphere.

For those not in hospitality, you will need to join a queue close to the autograph zone in the undercroft. You will then be shown to the Viticult Lounge/ Mezzanine area for the Man of the Match presentation.

If you are sitting in the Cappagh Stand for the game please use the stairs in the pub, or if you are sitting in the Ry or Reston Waste Stand, please make your way across the area behind the Reston Waste Stand and past the pub.

Unfortunately, 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 once it is safe to do so after fans leaving the ground post-match.

Food and Drink

We’ve got one of THE best food parks around and you can also enjoy a bite to eat from kiosks in the Cappagh (West Stand).

Our Food Park, situated behind the Reston Waste (South) Stand features the best of several different cuisines, including the following:

  • La Posta
  • Dough Shack
  • Naked Chips
  • Ding Ding
  • MyPie
  • Come & Go (Souvlaki wraps – Greek food)

A wide selection of food offerings will be available from kiosks behind the Ry Stand and from the Cappagh Stand concourse, including the following:

  • Piglet’s Pantry pies and sausage rolls
  • Hot Dogs
  • Margarita Pizza slices
  • Dorito Nachos
  • Burgers including Vegan option

Our By The Horns Phoenix Pub is the place for quality beers, so enjoy a nice tipple or two after choosing from a wide range of culinary delights.

A quick way to get your pint is by utilising 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.

We'll also have six EBAR machines located around the ground on Saturday - three on the West Stand concourse and the others behind the Ry (East) Stand.

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Dons TV

Our popular Club Show is available on our YouTube and Facebook channels before and after the game.

Live pre-match and post-match shows are hosted from inside the Cherry Red Records Stadium, regularly featuring first-team staff and special guests.

Pre-match shows start from 2.15-2.30 pm on Saturdays with post-match reaction starting approximately 10 minutes after the final whistle.

To tune in, simply subscribe to AFC Wimbledon’s Youtube and Facebook channels, then set up a reminder for the pre-match and post-match shows for the game.

And make sure you message us while we're broadcasting! We'll pick up what you have to say and respond live on air.

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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Dons Local Action Group Collection Point

There will once again be collection points for DLAG 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.

Kids Zone

This will be open on Saturday. Fans will be able to meet Haydon, our favourite Womble, and there’s also plenty of fun activities for children to get involved with. The Kids Zone is positioned on the concourse behind the Family Section on the corner of the Reston Waste and Ry 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.

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 more information on visiting us, see our Matchday Guide section.

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