Rainbow Laces and Dons 4 Diversity


This Saturday’s game vs Bristol Rovers is the club’s designated Rainbow Laces (#RainbowLaces) campaign game – a reminder that sport should be inclusive for everyone.

As well as the activities around Rainbow Laces, including Rainbow corner flags and players wearing the rainbow laces* and warm up t-shirts, the Dons Trust Diversity and Inclusion Group, working with Anne-Marie Godfrey, are launching the Dons 4 Diversity initiative.

Dons 4 Diversity is a supporter run group for LGBTQ+ Wimbledon fans, their..

Football Supporters' Association logoSupporter vs community-owned clubs

Tim Hillyer discusses the ongoing debate at The Football Supporters’ Association about the distinction between ‘supporter-owned’ clubs and ‘community-owned’ clubs.

Recent developments at Wrexham and Cork City have thrown supporter ownership of football clubs into question. Is this the latest in a pattern of trust-owned clubs selling out to private ownership, following Portsmouth and others? Is there a limit to the progress of fan-owned clubs?

News that 98.6% of Wrexham trust members had voted to sell their club to a..

The Dons Trust AFC Wimbledon Club OwnersDTB elections – missing ballot papers

With around one week to go to the ballot deadline of midnight on Saturday 5 December 2020, for this year’s Dons Trust Board elections, we have sent out a further reminder to Dons Trust members to those of you who have yet to vote.

This will come via Survey Monkey or in a small number of cases via Mailchimp (which is what the DT uses for its other email despatches).

Do please check your spam and junk folders as sometimes..

The Dons Trust AFC Wimbledon Club OwnersMonday 30 November: Meet the FCB with Joe and Ivor

We are delighted to announce details of our first Meet the FCB event.

With the Dons Trust election campaign currently underway, and with five of nine spots being contested, we have decided to postpone the next in our series of regular Meet The DTB sessions.

However, responding to member feedback, we will now be hosting a special Meet the Football Club Board event in its place.

Kicking off at 19:30 GMT on Monday 30 November 2020, the evening will be..

The Dons Trust AFC Wimbledon Club OwnersDons Trust Board meeting 18 November 2020 – summary

On Wednesday 18 November 2020, the Dons Trust Board (DTB) gathered via Teams for its regular monthly meeting. This is a summary of matters discussed, pending publication of full minutes.

AFC Wimbledon CEO, Joe Palmer, Financial Controller, Tom Rawcliffe, and Commercial Director, Ivor Heller were in attendance from the Football Club Board (FCB).

From the DTB, Mark Davis, Jane Lonsdale, Graham Stacey, Anne Williams, Anna Kingsley, Luke Mackenzie, Ed Leek, Tim Hillyer, Hannah Kitcher and Alastair Brown. Also in attendance was David Growns,..

Youth Alliance League Cup winnersYoung Dons make history

On behalf of its members, the Dons Trust Board would like to pass on its congratulations to the AFC Wimbledon under-18s players, staff and management following their EFL Youth Cup Alliance win yesterday.

The young Dons side picked up the trophy following a 1-0 victory over Rotherham U18s, with Matt Cox scoring the winner at the New York stadium in a game that was streamed live on YouTube and watched by more than 3,000 fans.

En route to the final,..

Elections AheadHustings videos: Dons Trust Board Elections 2020

Hustings for this year’s Dons Trust Board elections were held on Sunday from 11:30 to 17:00 GMT.

The 9yrspodcast team presented the live hustings via Zoom.

All 11 candidates were interviewed for 20 minutes with live questions from DT members invited.

We would like to thank the 9yrspodcast team for hosting this year’s hustings. All interviews are now available on the 9yrspodcast YouTube channel. You can also click on each candidates’ name to watch their interview.

The show schedule was..

Bring the Dons homePlough Lane Bond: Donations of Interest

Some bondholders have kindly contacted the Dons Trust to ask about reducing the interest rate on their bond or waiving interest payments.

The DT are very grateful to bondholders who have suggested this, recognising the change in the financial landscape since the Bond was launched. We cannot, however, do it at this late stage as it will create considerable administrative complexity (bearing in mind that these are 5, 10 or 20-year loans with agreed terms and conditions).

However, if you..

The Dons Trust AFC Wimbledon Club OwnersDons Trust Election 2020 – mini manifestos

This article was originally designed for the Wigan programme.


We are delighted to have eleven strong candidates who have put their names forward for the election to fill the five places on the Dons Trust Board. On the following pages you will find a short version of each candidate’s manifesto, provided by them. You can read their full manifestos as part of the ballot pack that has been sent to every member of the Trust. You can also read..