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The General Specific (Thursday 10th September ’09)

So the big news of the day is… Callum Willock signs for Crawley Town. Aww, he obviously wasn’t as good as he appeared to be… Talking of an elusive fourth striker that we actually ended up signing, Ross Montague is ready for a place on the bench come Saturday. More about that in the Cambridge preview, but needless to say Mainy is now in the last chance saloon. A performance is now required from him for fear he may be starting on the bench at Ebbsfleet.

Let’s catch up with some club news. As many of you may have noticed, we didn’t line up against Wrexham tonight. And by the way BBC, the game wasn’t cancelled, as the game was never due to be played tonight to begin with. Perhaps they will turn the blame back on the Press Association, but the truth is the BBC Sport website always manage some kind of calamity when reporting the Dons, when they can be bothered to report on us at all… and I’m sure Sam Hutton and Chris Huffy would agree…

If anyone turned up at the Meadow expecting a game, well, they got one. The Under 18’s took on Kentish Town tonight in the FA Youth Cup, winning 2-1 and thus progressing to the next round. While not quite the game they would have expected, at least they made it out tonight, rather than a certain blogger who liked the idea in principle yet bailed at the last minute. I’m sure I am the one who missed out. Both goals came from James Cottee, who added to the two he scored in last weeks 5-2 win over Harrow Borough in their opening Ryman Youth League game. By the way, thanks to Trebor for posting this info on Old Centrals or I would still be in the dark myself.

The U19’s also played their first game this season, beating Charlton Athletic Trust 4-2 in The Conference Youth League Cup. Regular league games begin next Wednesday, the Under 19’s being the side least likely to get the Anonymous treatment thanks to their regular 2pm Wednesday kick off time.

Another Dons team I am yet to see this season is AFC Wimbledon ladies, however after watching the England ladies unfortunately heavy defeat to a much superior Germany side this afternoon I am determined to make it to a game at some point this season. However as Sunday is just about the only day I get to spend completely with my wife, I’m not sure she’ going to be happy! The Ladies succumbed to their first defeat on Sunday, going down 3-2 at home to Crawley Wasps after three straight wins.

Finally the Reserves, for who Marcus Gayle has been helping nurse Ross Montague back to fitness. Montague managed a goal in the 4-0 victory over Uxbridge, before playing in last Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Wealdstone. Elton Gjoni has been on fire, hitting the opening goal in the Wealdstone game, adding to the braces he hit against Basingstoke and Uxbridge. So Gayley’s boys remain unbeaten heading into Saturdays game at home to Chalfont St Peter as they begin the defence of their Suburban League Cup trophy.

Finally, a Wimbledon XI featuring certain first team players who haven’t had much in the way of match action this season took the field against Godalming on Monday. As the game was only announced last minute your Anony Don couldn’t make it there, yet the boys won 2-0 as Lewis Taylor and Ollie Killick goals sandwiched a Luke Garrard penalty miss.

New shorts – Cambridge tickets are still on sale tomorrow, remember none on sale on the day. Look out for the Cambridge preview tomorrow. Finally, as Chris Hussey is on standby for England C’s trip to Hungary can we all keep our fingers crossed for some kind of misfortune to befall the current left-sided full back…

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The General Specific (Sunday 23rd August ’09)

Well I haven’t done one of these for a while… in fact I haven’t missed a game in a while either. In fact the last away game I didn’t attend was last seasons 0-0 bore draw against St Albans, thanks to a particularly well timed bout of flu. I’ve become pretty good at working my obsession to attend as many Dons games as possible around both my family (I manage to plan visiting family around Dons northern away trips…) and my friends (I have now lost contact with all but two of them… one is in Canada and the other follows a similar lifestyle to mine, just with Manchester United…).

On occasions like Saturday, I find myself backed into a corner. My dad lives in the north, so doesn’t find his way south too often, so it was an obvious decision to blow out the game for this one. I still feel slightly guilty though… like when I used to persuad my mum I was sick, then just bum around the house when I should have been at school… And the person you might expect to have the biggest problem about it, Mrs Anony Don, is actually really supportive (a good attitude that is being rewarded by me taking her camping when I should be at the Tamworth game…).

Now I’ve remembered that I normally start these articles with some random drivel about me, on to some other stories that I may have missed out on over the last couple of weeks. Firstly, there have been some non first team games over the weekend, and I’m glad to say the news is good!

After last Tuesdays goalfest, when they managed to see off Uxbridge 5-1, the Reserves made it two wins out of two at their new home, The Waterside Stadium (home of Walton Casuals, partly improved by the money raised by three competitive fixtures against the Dons back in our CCL days…). This time they saw off Beaconsfield SYCOB Reserves 2-0. Marcus Gayle is getting the most out of our young players – however the question has to be asked how these boys can prove they are worthy of moving up to the first team in such a poor league? Although results are only secondary at that stage of a players development, surely they will be pushing for the title before moving to a more challenging environment next term.

This morning the Under 19s, still in pre-season action, took apart LA FC Academy by three goals to nil. I gather the LA FC Acadamy falls under the umbrella of the Chelsea Acadamy, so when the O/S mentions the game was played away I presume this means Cobham and not California… The Under 18s finished their preseason unbeaten after last Thursdays 1-1 draw with Carshalton, and commence their Ryman Youth League campaign in early September, including an FA Youth Cup tie (presumably at the Meadow) against Kentish Town on the 10th.

Last but certainly not least the Ladies side have started their London & South East Regional League campaign with two wins, after beating Garston Ladies in their first game at their new home at Corinthian Casuals 1-0 they followed up today by brushing aside Madstone United 3-0 away from home. With form like that it won’t be long before glory hunting bloggers like myself jump on the bandwagon and head off down there on a Sunday…

A few articles to come this week. One of them relating to the old polls, and onother introducing a new one on a contentious issue… This won’t get in the way of a full preview of Oxford on Saturday (and doesn’t waiting a week feel a long time? We have been spoiled with the frequency of games so far!)

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The General Specific (Wednesday 27th May ’09)

For the love of God, won’t somebody somewhere sign something! I’m getting sick of rumours, counter-rumours, and educated, uneducated, or just plain dumb guesswork.

Anything will do. Club agrees terms to sign a new lawnmower. Marcus Gayle spotted in the Bentall Centre signing autographs. Danny Kedwell sends his gran a birthday card. Literally anything in terms of hard news will do right now.

Oh, hold on. Someone has signed. It looks like good news for AFC Wimbledon Ladies, as ex-Don Adel Hinder has agreed to take the managerial hotseat to hopefully try and guide the Dons back up the pyramid into the South East Combination and beyond. Adel played for Millwall and the all-conquering Arsenal, as well as having a spell in Sweden, and was on the fringe of the England squad. She cut her coaching teeth at Crystal Palace Centre of Excellence, so hopefully the contacts she has acquired will allow her to attract some decent players to help us progress.

The Ladies setup has been dragging behind where the Trusts objectives originally saw them, so I like that a hungry ex-player has been appointed, rather than for example the men’s sides kitman (although it didn’t do Arsenal any harm…).  There has been precious little commentary on the Ladies team on this particular blog (in fact across most Dons sites), they must be feeling pretty unappreciated, so this particular Don has made a vow to make regular visits next season to update the doubting majority of their progress.

Ok, to be honest I was hoping for some breaking news to come in while I typed this, but no luck so far. There’s only so much guestbook debate I can take over whether we should focus on moving back to a non-existent ground in Wimbledon or stick with Kingsmeadow (which I’m fully confident we can get the council onside to develop into at least an 8k capacity when we are prepared to make those improvements… plus if we created access to Berrylands Station it could be even more).

Anyway… here’s hoping.

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