Season’s greetings – and ‘thank you’

Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year to our members and all AFC Wimbledon supporters.

Trust chair Matthew Breach said: ‘2016 was another fantastic year for the Trust and the club as our new stadium and our return to Wimbledon got ever closer. And of course on the pitch we were able to celebrate another promotion at Wembley.

‘But as always what makes this club so special is the hard work put in by the many volunteers who give their..

FSF and EFL structured dialogue meeting

Supporter representatives from the EFL’s three divisions, under the auspices of the Football Supporters’ Federation, met with EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey on Wednesday, November 2.

This was the first meeting between fan organisations and the EFL following the Government’s Expert Working Group (EWG) on Fan Engagement and Supporter Ownership. There is a commitment from both fan groups and the EFL to bi-annual meetings.

This meeting was attended by three fans from different clubs for each division, drawn from the FSF’s..

RB Leipzig defies German ethos

Dons Trust communications volunteer Rob Crane looks at the rise of a club in Germany that challenges that country’s tradition of fan ownership of football clubs.

German football has often been praised for its approach to supporter involvement, insisting that top-level clubs remain controlled by their members – but that approach has been challenged by the recent rise of RB Leipzig.

Until nearly 20 years ago, German football clubs were owned exclusively by their members on a not-for-profit basis, with..

Dons Trust Board election result

The result of this year’s Dons Trust Board election was announced at last night’s Trust AGM. The votes cast were as follows:

Matthew Breach 609 Sean McLaughlin 467 Tim Hillyer 440 Cormac van der Hoeven 370 Tom Adam 395 Nigel Higgs 540

Turnout was 27%.

With four spots on the board up for election, Matthew Breach, Nigel Higgs, Sean McLaughlin and Tim Hillyer were therefore elected. Commiserations and ‘thank you’ for standing to Tom Adam and Cormac van der Hoeven.

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Reminder: Trust AGM this Thursday

Don’t forget that our annual general meeting is this Thursday, at the Cherry Red Records Stadium, starting at 7.30 pm.

As well as the result of this year’s election to the Trust board, there will also be a presentation updating fans on the latest news regarding our new stadium.

Plus, of course, the usual chance to question the Dons Trust Board, with club chief executive Erik Samuelson also in attendance to answer questions.

The relevant paperwork for the meeting has..

Board meeting summaries now online

The Dons Trust Board held two meetings in November. The summaries of these have been available exclusively to Trust members via the Trust Webjam for the past month but are now available to the wider fanbase.

Read the summary of the November 3 board meeting Read the summary of the November 10 board meeting

The redacted minutes of the November 3 meeting are also available. We hope to have the minutes for the September, October and November 10 meetings online soon –..

November’s board meeting summary

The Dons Trust Board (DTB) held its regular monthly meeting at the Cherry Red Records Stadium on Thursday, November 10. (You can read a summary of an additional meeting held earlier in November.) Ahead of publication of the redacted minutes, this article summarises the main points that were discussed.

The meeting was joined by the club’s stadium consultant, Andrew Williams, who along with club chief executive Erik Samuelson gave the DTB an update on the project. Trust members will be..

Additional November board meeting summary

The Dons Trust Board (DTB) held an additional meeting in November, on Thursday, November 3. Ahead of publication of the redacted minutes, this article summarises the main points that were raised.

This additional meeting was held so that the regularly monthly meeting, scheduled for November 10, can be devoted mostly to stadium-related matters, and to address several issues that recent board meetings haven’t had time to discuss due to the time devoted to the new-stadium project.

The meeting started with..

‘Ask the board’ section added to the Trust Webjam

The Trust Webjam now has an ‘Ask the board’ forum thread so that members can ask direct questions to specific board members.

The forum thread also outlines the current allocation of responsibilities within the Trust board, so that when asking your question you know which board members have responsibility for different areas.

Why not ‘Subscribe’ to this forum thread so that you receive email notifications when someone posts in it?

Don’t forget that the Trust Webjam is a secure, Trust-members-only..

Junior Dons Christmas Party proving popular

Tickets are selling well for the Junior Dons Christmas Party, which will be held at the Cherry Red Records Stadium on Sunday, December 18 from noon to 3pm.

The event is open to all AFC Wimbledon fans aged 12 or under. It’s free for Junior Dons members, while it costs just £10 for other young fans to attend.

There will be appearances by players and Haydon the Womble, a disco, facepainting, party food, and a gift for everyone!

There are..