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I am based on the south coast of the UK, about hour from London and a Home Business Coach & Online Marketing Specialist Since being introduced to direct marketing response in the summer of 1991, copywriting has always fascinated me, to the point that I find it probably the most exciting industry to work in and be associated with. As a result, I have since studied various copywriting courses, associated with various industry sectors, such as finance, investment, property, import/export and the internet to name a few & including the world of online business advertising, which I discovered in 2002 With the starting of social media sites such as Linkedin ( 2003), Facebook ( 2004), YouTube ( 05) and Twitter (06) it has become increasingly important, especially for business owners to have a presence on one, or more of these networks, to raise brand awareness. However, for some, the very mention of social media, conjures up, sheer terror, but this is due in the main, to not understanding it very well, or not being shown how powerful a marketing tool it can be & perhaps more importantly... How it can free your time up From a personal perspective, being an established & experienced Social media professional, having had a presence on all the major social networks as and when they started, I now help those who have no idea, or who are not sure how to use it. I am proficient in article writing, blogging, advertising and marketing, public relations and social media marketing techniques, has made me become one of the most sought after writers for clients, due to my unique style, which attracts new customers for people, producing above average results. Outside of work, I am a football mad, AFC Wimbledon fan who also happens to be a Dons Trust Member. I look forward to networking with you, moving forward.

AFC Wimbledon Five Years Ago Today

In the run up to the Papa Johns Troiphy match tonight for AFC Wimbledon against Arsenal, its interesting to look back five years in time to see what was happening then

Not quite to the exact day, but certainly, there are only four days difference, when a then League Two AFC Wimbledon, were beaten 2-1 at home by Stevenage.

Nothing quite so strange about that on face value… But when you look at the league position for the club after that match, then there are similarities

Indeed, if you compare then and now, AFC Wimbledon were sitting 13th as opposed to their current position of 14th in the table.

Points wise, meanwhile, The Dons had 28, from 21 matches and the exact same goal difference to that of today, which stands at -1.

The match after that defeat was a 2-2 draw in Wales against Newport County. So while a draw this evening against Arsenal’s U21s is hopefully to be avoided, so that the club can take strides towards the last 16 of a cup competition and emulate the recent experience of the clubs Under 18s. When they travelled to Yorkshire to Play Rotherham in the final of the alliance league, winning the game in the last minute, with the last kick of the match… From the goalkeeper of all people

So while the present day stats, based on the defeat on Sunday, make grim reading, the history records showed that not much has changed and in fact overall that season five years ago, the club went on a run which ended with play off victory against Plymouth at Wembley to secure their place in League One.

A similar run this season would be welcomed by all

Is history about to repeat itself? Here is hoping so……

AFC Wimbledon create unwanted history

Less than a month after moving into their brand New Plough Lane Ground, AFC Wimbledon, created unwanted history on December 5.

Playing against Bristol Rovers, themselves under new management, with ironically ex MK Dons Manager Paul Tisdale at the helm and playing a variation of AFC Wimbledon’s favoured 3-5-2, In rovers case, they employ an attacking free roving midfielder, to the Dons holding midfielder

The Dons Took an early lead, through a slightly contentious penalty, which was duly converted by Joe Piggot, himself a man in form and clearly liking playing at the new stadium, because this was in fifth goal since the move back to the clubs borough.

But, this seemed to inspire The Gas, as they are affectionately known, becaue within 11 minutes they were on level terms and then ahead, shortly before the half hour mark, though Wimbledon managed to level the scores up, through Ben Heneghan, only to concede late in stoppage time in the first half


The second half started much the same way as the first half had finished.

Bristol Rovers, put Wimbledon under the cosh for long periods and for some reason, best known only to themselves, AFC Wimbledon, seemeed content to play admiration football, when Rovers were in possession, (admiration football is watching the other player with the ball, without pressing)

This subsequently led to Rovers scoring a fourth goal, in the 63 minute, which ultmately killed AFC Wimbledon off and led to them

Creating Unwanted History

A first league loss back at the new ground, conceding four goals in the process and dropping to 14th as a result.


Hot on the heels of the disappointment of losing at home in League One to Bristol Rovers, AFC Wimbledon have a great opportunity to make amends in their Papa Johns Trophy match at Plough Lane tonight against Arsenal U21

Wimbledon are expected. as per competition rules to make changes to the team tonight, with several fringe players, looking to be given an opportunity, among those is highly rated Left Back Paul Osew who hasn’t featured as much recently, given the summer loan signing of Steve Seddon and Nest Guiness Walker as the two Left backs at the club

That said, tonight promises to be a good opportunity, against an Arsenal U21 side who play attacking football on the front foot, together with an ability to mix up their play and, who, in recent matches in this competition against other teams, shown they are capable of scoring goals

Under Covid Restrictions and also because the club don’t yet have the formal handover of the stadium from Buckingham contractors completed yet( it is expected tomorrow) there will be no spectators in the ground.

With Wembley, edging ever closer, the team that plays tonight has its own opportunity, to create a unique and wanted bit of history, by securing place in the last 16 of the competiton.

Either way it promises to be a good, entertaining game


AFC Wimbledon, literally a few days after celebrating their momentous return to Plough Lane, have been hit by the COVID Bug.

Following the game against Doncaster Rovers, a number of the first team squad, returned positive tests.

As a result of this the weekends FA Cup first round tie at Barrow was postponed, to allow the affected players time to self isolate and recover.

24 Hours after this news was announced, the club then implemented a 14 day Fire Breaker, and everyone at AFC Wimbledon, is now isolating as a precaution

What this means is that the clubs next home game at Wigan, has also been postponed, till the results are known.

It isn’t known how the players contracted the virus, though in the games previously to being back at Plough Lane, the club were playing fixtures in the North, which as is known at this time, is where the majority of the worst cases are.

How Does This Affect The FA CUP for Wimbledon

Because this is a different competition to the EFL and as it was the the first round, it means that the club will treat the game as if were a replay and it will take place on a later date

So Both Barrow and AFC Wimbledon will be in the draw taking place tonight on BBC2, with them both having the Number 30 ball.

AFC Wimbledon’s next scheduled league game, ironically, is back in the north against Rochdale at the Crown Oil Arena. At this time the game is planned to go ahead

the DONS ARE Back!

It has been 29 veerrryyy long years, since the Then Wimbledon Football club, left Plough Lane, in what was a Temporary move to Selhurst Park

But on Tuesday evening, the re incarnation AFC Wimbledon took to the field for a League One Match against Doncaster Rovers.

It was against a back drop of an emotion charged evening for those who made it responsible, that AFC Wimbledon took to the field.

Lining up in their favoured 3 5 2 formation, AFC Wimbledon, looked nervous as Doncaster took a grip on the game and started to impose themselves, looking at first every inch the promotion favourites that they are.

However, once nerves had settled, the Dons then started to impose themselves, albeit not in the style of their previous team, but non the less they got a grip on the game and deservedly went ahead through

Joe Piggott

But as is the way with this current Wimbledon Team, they seem to revert to charity cases, because within five minutes of taking the lead and as has happened so often this season, they let Doncaster back into the game with an equaliser that really should have been dealt with better.

The position that the equaliser came from, has become an achilles heel for Wimbledon this season and is clearly something that needs to be resolved, by the manager Glyn Hodges, himself an original member of the previous Crazy Gang, back in the 80s

Half time arrived and the Dons were lucky to be in the game still at 1-1

Second Half

The second half started for Wimbledon, very much as the first had ended, with Doncaster taking the game to the hosts, something which would never have happened back in the day at the old Plough Lane, or if it did, then it would have been after a hard won battle in the midfield.

Doncaster were gaining more and more of a stranglehold on the game, as Wimbledon sat off them and made little or no attempt to chase the ball or close down.

At this time it was a case of when Doncaster scored not if

However, as the iFollow commentator noted, Wimbledon were like a boxer on the ropes and needed a stop in play to regroup.

Luckily for them, this happened when Glyn Hodges made a double Substitution, taking off Ryan Longman and Paul Kalambyi, replacing them with Jack Rudoni and Ollie Palmer.

This reshuffled the pack for the Dons and helped them get a foothold back in the match, with what seemed a more balance team

Eventually, they started hitting the Doncater goal making the goalkeeper work and after 83 minutes, following good work on the left hand side, a cross came over and found Joe Pigott, who, with some aplomb, smashed a brilliant shot into the back of the net

AFC Wimbledon 2 Doncaster Rovers 1

Would the Dons be able to hold on to this lead.

Doncaster again started to take a grip and as the match moved into the closing stages of time added on, it looked as though the points and a momentous emotion charged evening would end on a high, but with the last and very desperate kick of the match, James Coppinger swung at the ball in the Dons penalty area

The shot went towards the ground, but as it did so, deflected off a dons Boot and looped agonisingly over the Goalkeeper Connal Trueman into the back of the net.


Not long after the final whistle rang and a point was shared.

On reflection the first game back at our home stadium, was always going to be emotional, add into the bargain the circumstances caused by Covid 19, so no fans in the ground and with a bit more fight from the Dons, the result could have been so different.

Either way

The Dons are Back