A unified fans’ organisation

Dons Trust Board member Tim Hillyer is an elected member of the National Council of the Football Supporters’ Federation and a co-opted member of the Board of Supporters Direct. Here is his update on progress being made to set up a single representative body for English (and Welsh) football supporters.

Almost six months ago, I reported on the early stages of a move to set up a new body to incorporate both the campaigning ethos of the Football Supporters’ Federation..

Engaging the fanbase

Cormac van der Hoeven, who joined the Dons Trust Board at the end of last year, believes that the Trust must look to extend its appeal to more – and younger – fans.

“With completion must come renewal.”

The Dons Trust (DT), led until recently by Matt Breach and now by Mark Davis – has been instrumental in supporting our historic return to Plough Lane. With that move will come a form of completion: within nine years of re-forming we had..

Increasing diversity

Dons Trust Board member Jane Lonsdale looks at the diversity of the Board and encourages others to think about standing for election.

As many will know, the Dons Trust is run in a democratic way, through annual elections to the Dons Trust Board (DTB), with any member of the Dons Trust eligible to be nominated for election.

Unfortunately, last year there were not enough candidates for a contested election, so all the nominated candidates automatically became DTB members; the same..

Joe Palmer COO AFCWHow we found Joe Palmer

Now that Joe Palmer has been appointed as the club’s Chief Operating Officer, we thought you would be interested in knowing more about how he was recruited. Dons Trust Board members Sean McLaughlin and Roger Evans explain.

Early in 2016, Erik Samuelson wrote to the Dons Trust Board (DTB) to say that he did not wish to continue in the role of CEO in the new stadium. This led to a long discussion within the DTB and with Erik..

Matt BreachThe thoughts of Chairman Matt

After six years as chair of the Dons Trust Board, Matt Breach decided to take a small step back and is now assisting Mark Davis, the new chair. We asked Matt to share with us his thoughts on his time in the role.

When I was first elected to the Dons Trust Board, Erik phoned me and briefed me about the impending charge that the club faced over playing Jermaine Darlington without obtaining international clearance. That was certainly a baptism..

Mark DavisStepping into the Breach

Newly appointed Dons Trust Board chair Mark Davis sets out the board’s priorities and explains some new ways of working for 2018.

Every year, one of the first actions of the board, following the Dons Trust Board elections and AGM, is to appoint the Trust’s officers for the coming 12 months. After six years as chair, Matthew Breach has decided to step back from that role and, following a discussion at the board’s first January meeting, it..

Goodbye Columbus?

Dons Trust member Brian Everett lives in the USA, and his local team, Columbus Crew, are now seriously threatened with a huge relocation. Here he explains why he is taking inspiration from the AFC Wimbledon story.


As you prepare for kick-off at the Cherry Red Records Stadium today, I will be logging into my computer and following the game from Columbus, Ohio, in the United States. Why would someone five hours behind, 3,854 miles away, and who has never..

The 2017 FSF awards

Dons Trust Board member Tim Hillyer attended the annual Football Supporters’ Federation awards event, and was impressed by how prestigious an occasion it has become.



The run-up to Christmas signals the start of the season of awards presentations. The Football Supporters’ Federation kick off the annual prize-giving merry-go-round with a formal dinner interspersed with speeches. A measure of the increasing stature of this event is the number of high-profile guests in attendance this year, including such well-known names..

Working hard behind the scenes


Dons Trust Secretary Tom Brown introduces the team of people who support the Dons Trust Board and tells us about the areas in which they work.


What we do


The Dons Trust secretariat supports the Board in a number of ways:

compiling agendas and minutes for the Board’s meetings each month preparing papers for general meetings and sending them out to members communicating with members via Webjam, Twitter and Facebook keeping the Trust’s website up to date..

Fan power in action

Dons Trust Chair Matt Breach and Vice-Chair Mark Davis look back on the role that DT members and AFC Wimbledon supporters – plus one or two others – have played in bringing the Dons home.


This week’s news about the new stadium is a proud moment for us all. It really does look as if AFC Wimbledon, the fans-owned club formed from the ashes of Wimbledon FC, is going to pull off a coup that our predecessor and its multi-millionaire..