January’s board meeting summary

The Dons Trust board (DTB) held its usual monthly board meeting at the Cherry Red Records Stadium on Wednesday 23 January 2019. Ahead of publication of the redacted minutes, this article summarises the main points discussed.

The meeting was attended by DTB members Mark Davis (Chair), Rob Crane, Colin Dipple, Roger Evans, Cormac van der Hoeven, Anna Kingsley, Hannah Kitcher, Jane Lonsdale and Luke Mackenzie. Trust secretary David Growns took the minutes.

The DTB were joined by club chief executive..

A computer-generated image showing the location of the pitch at the new stadiumNew stadium update – 14 March 2019

People who have travelled along Plough Lane recently may have noticed a lot of activity, with diggers and lorries coming and going, and wondered what’s happening on the stadium site. The answer is, ‘Actually, nothing right now’ – but that’s set to change soon.

The site of the old greyhound stadium has now been split in two. One site is owned by us following our acquisition of the freehold in December, and will contain our stadium. The other site is..

A computer-generated image of the new stadiumAn update from the Chair

Mark Davis, Chair of the Dons Trust Board, has a round-up of progress on various fronts at the club and the Trust.

In my programme page for the Boxing Day game against Plymouth Argyle, I set out what our newly elected Dons Trust Board (DTB) members could expect over the next year. Now is a good time to summarise how 2019 is shaping up so far.

First of all, with four of the nine elected members new to the DTB,..

The matchday experience

Dons Trust Board member Cormac van der Hoeven hopes that in the coming weeks supporters will feel reassured by visible changes around the stadium.

The UK footballing landscape has had a particularly troublesome few months. In December last year, Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling was allegedly racially abused during a Premier League match against Chelsea, while some fans of our eventual FA Cup conquerors, Millwall, were recorded using a racist term that is derogatory to the Pakistani community in their fourth-round tie.

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Hannah Kitcher Dons Trust Board MemberGetting our priorities right

Dons Trust Board member Hannah Kitcher has news of the Board’s priorities for the year ahead, and which members will be overseeing which areas.

On this page in the West Ham programme in January, I said that I’d share with you my targets as a Dons Trust Board (DTB) member. By sharing our targets with members, you then have something to hold us to account for. I admit that I did promise to do this by the end of February,..

Betting partnership consultation underway

Our ‘temperature test’ consultation with members about a possible partnership with a betting company is going live!

Trust members who are on email should have this afternoon (Friday 8 March) received an email from us setting out the proposal and outlining the next steps of our consultation.

The email for them to vote will be sent out tomorrow morning (Saturday 9 March).

Trust members who have requested to receive electronic communications from us but haven’t received the email or don’t..

AFCW giving discriminatory abuse the boot posterImproving the matchday experience for all

How you can help make a difference on a match day

Ensuring that all members of our community feel safe and welcome at the club is of paramount importance, particularly as we look to expand our fanbase when we move back to Plough Lane.

In recent weeks, some fans have reported isolated incidents of abuse. The boards of AFC Wimbledon and the Dons Trust share these supporters’ extreme disappointment.

Whilst these incidents are not representative of the majority of our..

Book tokenWorld Book Day: FREE book tokens this Saturday

AFC Wimbledon Foundation and WHS Smiths are running a pop-up bookstall between 13.00 and 14.30 before the Doncaster game.

In conjunction with the Premier League Primary Stars education programme and National Literacy Association, we will be celebrating World Book Day by giving away two hundred £1 book tokens to exchange for a book at our pop-up book store.

Calling all Dons’ parents and kids! Get down to the Cherry Red Records Stadium early this Saturday and visit our pop-up..

AFC Wimbledon Golden Goals TicketUnclaimed Golden Goals

Doncaster match: 9 March

The first winning ticket, for £100, is currently unclaimed. The winning ticket was Player 6, minute 67.

The second winning ticket, for £25, has been claimed. The winning ticket was Player sub, minute any.

Deadline for claiming: 30 March 2019

Please hold onto your ticket and, if the holder of the ticket does not come forward, a random draw will be made and the result announced on the Golden Goals webpage.

Charlton match: 23 February

The second winning ticket,..