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AFC Wimbledon: Beasant's Peasants

Started on 27 July 2015 by Jack
Latest Reply on 23 September 2015 by Jack
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I'm genuinely lost for words this month. I don't know how or why we have suddenly decided that we were going to become superheroes this month, but whatever it is I'm happy with it. We've picked up ten points out of a possible fifteen, which is a huge, huge improvement. I don't know if it's the return of Thierry Ambrose (who scored his first goal for us this month), but there's something and I love it.


AFC Wimbledon 3 - 2 Newport County

League Two

Alnwick, Smith, Bossaerts, Osborne, Newton (October 79), Mooney, J Reeves, Sinclair (Azeez 61), Barker, Ambrose, D Reeves

Goalscorers: Karleigh Osborne (23), Damian Reeves (34, 50)

Hartlepool United 1 - 4 AFC Wimbledon

Victoria Park
League Two

Alnwick, Fuller, Osborne, Bossaerts, October, J Reeves (Jenkins 90), Mooney, Ambrose (Rigg 67), Barker, Azeez (Elliott 82), D Reeves

Goalscorers: Adebayo Azeez (8), Damian Reeves (15, 16, 27)

AFC Wimbledon 1 - 2 Portsmouth FC

League Two

Alnwick, Smith, Osborne, Bossaerts, October, J Reeves, Mooney (Jenkins 63), Ambrose, Barker (Meades 41), Azeez (Elliott 72), D Reeves

Goalscorers: Thierry Ambrose (11)

AFC Wimbledon 1 - 1 Northampton Town

League Two

Alnwick, Smith (Fuller 72), Bossaerts, Osborne, Newton, J Reeves, Mooney (Jenkins 72), Ambrose (Rigg 45), Barker, Azeez, D Reeves

Goalscorers: Adebayo Azeez (75)

Dagenham & Redbridge 0 -2 AFC Wimbledon

Victoria Road
League Two

Alnwick, Smith, Bossaerts, Osborne, Newton, J Reeves, Mooney, Ambrose, Barker, Azeez, D Reeves

Goalscorers: Damian Reeves (19), Brandon Barker (49)


We moved up a fantastic four places because of the results this month, and now four points away from the playoffs unlike last months ten points. We have also narrowed our goal difference down to zero, as opposed to the minus five at the end of January.


Damian Reeves

I had to give this month's award to Reeves again because he won the Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month award anyway! The striker scored six goals this month, including a hattrick against Hartlepool. An excellent return for someone who has got all the quality, but has just been requiring the service, which he received this month.


This month has to be one of the most important if we are serious about the playoffs. We play Notts County, who are the team we are four points behind in 7th. We must beat them to have a greater chance than anyone. That fixture is closely followed by the visit of Plymouth Argyle who are currently sat right at the top of the tree, on 69 points. If we get any points out of that one I will be absolutely delighted.

Future Stars Link Up With Wimbledon

It's been a busy day down at Wimbledon's training ground Moatside this morning, as youth players lined up to secure a footballing future at the club.

Youth Intake Day is an annual event that every club in the world goes through. Youngsters from all over the country come together in a team of candidates.

Whoever plays best, or is rated the best gets a contract at the club - simple as that. Sometimes it's just a quantity signing day, a day where you sign players just to make up the numbers in each team.

The youth candidate game took place this morning at Moatside and two particular players stood out to Jeremy Sauer - The Dons' Head of Youth Development manager. First-team manager Dave Beasant was also watching the game with Under-18's manager Mark Robinson.

The first name is right-winger Connor Stewart - 16-years-old. The winger scored in the 23rd minute in the Youth Candidate Match, which ended 5-3.

Sauer reported to the local press: "Connor looks one of the best out of this years recruitment progress. The lad possesses great pace and threatening dribbling skills, as well as a good end product. It wouldn't surprise me to see him playing first-team football next season!"

And finally, the next player is a certain 16-year-old striker by the name of Ryan Wearing. The youngster found the net twice in the match this morning, on the same team as Stewart.

Sauer commented on Wearing as well to local press: "Wearing looks extremely difficult to deal with from a defenders point of view. His movement is so lively and snappy that he's a pain in the backside to stop. He looks a great prospect."

Reeves Teaches Plymouth Footballing Lesson

Damian Reeves shocked the whole of League Two this afternoon with an outstanding striking performance against league leaders Plymouth Argyle.

The 29-year-old was heavily among the goals scored at Kingsmeadow today, netting his second hat-trick of the season against The Pilgrims this afternoon.

It was an stunning team performance that proved a treat as Reeves spearheaded a 5-1 demolition job of the league leaders in front of their own fans.

The striker started off the scoring in the 11th minute of the match, doubling the lead with a second in the 20th minute.

Plymouth's 23-year-old striker Jake Jervis pulled one back for Plymouth to make it 2-1 in the 31st minute, but his team didn't capitalise on the strike, as Reeves scored his 16th league goal of the season in the 37th minute.

His hat-trick inspired strike partner Thierry Ambrose to finish off a third for The Dons, making it 4-1 before the half-time whistle had even gone.

It was Wimbledon's record signing Sean Newton who finished off the scoring in the 92nd minute, with an outstanding free-kick from 20 yards out - straight into the top right-hand corner.

Dave Beasant called his team's performance 'a breath of fresh air', confirming that kind of performance had been locked up all season.

*Thank you AlexTHFC for the banner. Top quality :D

To be honest, I think the injury of Thierry Ambrose was the factor that led to our bad form as ever since he came back into footballing matters, we have just thrived and now we're two points away from the playoffs? The Frenchman scored another goal this month, but Damian Reeves stole the headlines with two hat-tricks throughout this month, making the 29-year-old the second top scorer in League Two.


AFC Wimbledon 0 - 2 Notts County

League Two

Alnwick, Fuller, Bossaerts, Osborne, Newton, J Reeves, Mooney (Jenkins 62), Ambrose, Barker ( Rigg 62), Azeez (Eliott 62), D Reeves

Goalscorers: None

Wycombe Wanderers 1 - 0 AFC Wimbledon

Adams Park
League Two

Alnwick, Smith, Osborne, Bossaerts, October, J Reeves, Mooney (Jenkins 90), Ambrose, Meades (Elliott 84), Azeez, D Reeves

Goalscorers: None

AFC Wimbledon 5 - 1 Plymouth Argyle

League Two

Alnwick, Smith, Osborne, Bossaerts, Newton (October 90), Mooney, J Reeves (Jenkins 90), Sinclair, Rigg (Azeez 82), Ambrose, D Reeves

Goalscorers: Damian Reeves (11, 20, 37), Thierry Ambrose (44), Sean Newton (90+2)

Morecambe 3 - 5 AFC Wimbledon

The Globe Arena
League Two

Alnwick, Fuller, Bossaerts, Osborne, Newton (October 82), Mooney, J Reeves (Jenkins 82), Sinclair (Azeez 79), Barker, Ambrose, D Reeves

Goalscorers: Damian Reeves (pen 53, 54, 90), Paul Mooney (60), Adebayo Azeez (82)

AFC Wimbledon 2 - 0 Barnet

League Two

Alnwick, Smith (Fuller 77), Osborne, Bossaerts, Newton (October 83), Mooney, J Reeves, Sinclair, Rigg, Azeez, D Reeves

Goalscorers: Jack Smith (pen 26), Adebayo Azeez (40)


With only six games remaining, it's getting extremely tight up at the top there. We sit just two points below 7th placed Northampton Town, and eight points behind 3rd placed Luton Town, but they are with a game in hand. There are eighteen points to play for now. If we can get into the playoffs, I will regard that as an extremely good achievement for my season, if we go up or not.


Thierry Ambrose

The 18-year-old loanee has looked like a constant threat to the opposition - a great player to have in your side. His pace can see past any full-back in this league, which is just what you need. The youngster has been a revelation since his return from injury and I wouldn't be surprised to see him take us to the next level in the last few games of this season.


I find it absolutely unbelievable how we manage to come across Cambridge United in our first game of the month. The league leaders. I hope we can do to them what we did to Plymouth when they were top - or at least something similar. On top of that we have to face Mansfield and Oxford who are just behind us.

Frampton Returns for End of Season Finale

Dave Beasant has finally got his captain back from his six month injury, as Andy Frampton is set on achieving a playoff finish for his fans.

Frampton sustained knee tendonitis in AFC Wimbledon training way back in October, and has only managed to play two matches this season for The Dons as a result of it.

But now the club captain has returned at the most important time of the season as Dave Beasant's men chase a playoff place with only four games remaining.

First-team head coach spoke about his captains return to action: "For Andy to come back at this stage is great news and these next few games will make me think about an extension to his contract here.

"He is our captain here and he will offer leadership to a team that is going to go through some of the toughest fixtures they'll ever be included in."

Frampton is said to be 'delighted' at returning from injury and claims he is fresh for the upcoming games and hopes for an extension to his contract that runs out in June.
Its good that his back. He will help you in your push for promotion and tighten up the defence.

Beasant Extends Kingsmeadow Tenure

With just one more game left of the League Two, Dave Beasant has renewed his contract at Wimbledon, as the positive changes continue to flood in.

The former Wimbledon keeper has spent almost 300 days in charge of The Dons since replacing Neal Ardley at the start of the season.

Beasant started the season in excellent fashion, leading the club into 4th place in League Two 15 games in the season.

That form dropped as low as 17th place as The Wombles lost out to Carlisle United, but the revival has been nothing short of magnificent.

Just six games after falling into 17th place, Wimbledon moved into 11th, four points off the final playoff place on Match 35. Beasant now finds his team in 8th place, losing out on the final playoff spot on goal difference going into the final day of the season.

Such performance in the league and in the transfer market has now earned the man famous for saving Ian Rush's F.A. Cup Final penalty a new one-year extension on his contract - now earning £1,200 per week at Kingsmeadow until June 2016.

Wimbledon Bag Play-Off Place

It's a historical day for AFC Wimbledon as they have achieved a playoff semi-final position on the last day after beating Crawley Town.

Kingsmeadow's pitch was awash with jubilant Wimbledon fans yesterday as they celebrated a possible return into the third tier of English football.

Of course, The Dons must go through the process of the actual Play-Offs, but the fans can celebrate a brilliant season under Dave Beasant for now, as he signs a contract keeping at Kingsmeadow for another season.

It was Belgian centre-back Mathias Bossaerts that sealed Wimbledon's fate in the 80th minute after capitalising on a Mathias Pogba mistake.

It's been a breath of fresh air finally for Wimbledon fans, who have had to endure a 16th place finish and two 20th placed finishes. For them to even get into the top-half is a great achievement for the club that turns 13 years old on 30th May.
2015-08-12 17:56#218373 mo_123 : Its good that his back. He will help you in your push for promotion and tighten up the defence.
He's great to have back in the side :D

Wimbledon Suffer Semi-Final Blow

After a promising first leg at Kingsmeadow, Wimbledon's promotion dreams have been crushed by a quickfire comeback by Neal Ardley's Leyton Orient.

Thierry Ambrose was the man who put Dave Beasant's boys into a two-goal lead going into the second leg at Brisbane Road.

The Frenchman looked to end his stay at Kingsmeadow in a positive fashion, by supporting the second leg victory with a two-goal lead from his.

But them hopes were dashed after three late, late goals from Leyton Orient in the second leg, sending The O's to Wembley on the 23rd.

Adebayo Azeez put Wimbledon 3-0 up on aggregate in first-half added time, and The Dons looked to be on their way to Wembley until the 85th minute.

David Foley pulled what seemed like a consolation goal back for Neal Ardley's side in the 58th minute of the game, making it 3-1 on aggregate - 1-1 on the day.

The game fell silent and Leyton Orient fans seemed to be on their way out before Piotr Parzyszek's 85th minute finish, making it 3-2 on aggregate.

The O's fans didn't have too wait any longer for an equaliser, as the same man Parzyszek popped up again one minute later to level the scoring. That seemed that and both teams were set for extra-time. Jay Simpson had other ideas.

The defensive forward capitalised on a late cross in by Blair Turgott, and nodded in an 88th minute winner for Leyton Orient, leaving Wimbledon back in for another season in League Two.

Wimbledon Announce Terrace Conversion Plans

AFC Wimbledon chairman Erik Samuelson has today announced the plans to install 2,750 new seats within Kingsmeadow Stadium.

This news comes through as The Dons released their commercial summary for the past and upcoming season. The club's Commercial Director announced five new sponsorship deals - worth an annual £250,000. This compares to the previous figure of £242,000.

The club generated £160,000 from the use of corporate and hospitality facilities, with a further £285,000 from match day commercial and retail activity. Broadcasting revenues and competition prize money totalled to £322,000, with the total merchandise sales for the season adding up to £116,000.

This all means that the Wimbledon board do not require any external funding for the conversion, the club were delighted to say, with the cost of such improvement coming in at £341,000.

It is expected the construction work will take around five months to complete (November). While this development takes place, the club will ground-share with Brentford's Griffin Park.

Clubs Look To Steal Wimbledon Duo

With the season coming to an end and the transfer window nearing opening time, clubs are already snooping around, looking for new faces.

AFC Wimbledon look to be one of the sufferers from such activity from higher-level clubs.

Young Wimbledon starlet Jake Sinclair seems to be on the radar for many clubs, particularly Hull City who have shown major interest in the winger.

Steve Bruce led The Tigers straight back up into the Premier League after being relegated two seasons ago, and looks to improve the squad so they can consolidate a good finish in the top-flight next season.

20-year-old Sinclair seems to be one of them targets, as his ten assists and five goals in League Two last season caught the eye of Hull City scouts and surely many other teams at the same level.

Sinclair, brother to Aston Villa star Scott, is valued at £500,000 by Dave Beasant, but with the pending top-flight recognition for the Humber side, the former England keeper may look to up the pricing for the winger should he want to sell him.

David October in action for former loan side Histon

Another player wanted from this seasons revolution from Kingsmeadow is full-back David October who was signed on a free transfer following his release from Ipswich Town.

Now, in a shocking turn of events, including the left-back putting in some sterling performances on the left flank, the team who let him go free are wanting him back!

The Tractor Boys finished an abysmal 18th place in the Championship this season, and it now seems that Gary Kelly is looking to add a more youthful proposition at left-back to replace the ageing Maynor Figueroa.

October seems to be that man, and with Sean Newton coming in the January transfer window for The Dons, Wimbledon may be more assured in selling October knowing they have the quality of record signing Newton to back them up whenever.
2015-08-12 22:28#218400 Jer : DAMN YOU JAY SIMPSON, YOU FAILED YOUNGSTER
I have a burning hatred for that man now :(

Frampton To Stay On

AFC Wimbledon captain Andy Frampton has agreed a one-year extension on his stay at Kingsmeadow - but will retire at the end of this season.

The former Gillingham centre-back has agreed to take a pay cut to stay on at Kingsmeadow before retiring.

The 35-year-old is the biggest name out of three players at the club who plan to retire at the end of the next season.

Dannie Bulman and fellow centre-back Mark Phillips have also announced a planned date of retirement, but Phillips' contract runs out this summer anyway.

Frampton only managed to make six appearances last season, following a six-month layoff suffering knee tendonitis. The centre-back helped Wimbledon make it into the playoffs in May, but couldn't lead them to the Final at Wembley - which Leyton Orient won in the end.

Frampton has taken a £75 pay cut to stay on at Kingsmeadow until June 2016.

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