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Season tickets for our women’s first team now live

We have now released season tickets for all of AFC Wimbledon Women’s First team home games this season.

You will be able to purchase the season ticket via the AFC Wimbledon ticketing site. You will need a login. If you have purchased tickets on the AFC Wimbledon ticketing site previously, you can use the same account.

If you have never used the site before, you will need to create a new account.

A season ticket is £50 for adults, and will allow you access to all AFC Wimbledon Women home games at both Cherry Red Record Stadium, Plough Lane, and Carshalton Athletic FC’s War Memorial Sports Ground.

This include league games, league cup games, county cup games and FA Cup games. Under 18s will continue to gain free entry.

If you have any questions at all do reach out on our social media channels, or email women@afcwimbledon.ltd.uk.

Becki Bath is our most recent Don

We’re delighted to confirm our fifth signing of the summer, Becki Bath.

Becki joins AFC Wimbledon Women’s First team from AFC Bournemouth, where she was their top goal scorer and league golden boot winner last season. She scored 15 goals in just 17 games. Before playing for Bournemouth, she was also the top goal scorer for Portsmouth in the Covid-curtailed 2020/21 season.

When announcing the signing, manager Kevin Foster said

Becki understands the national league and has always scored goals and added assists wherever she has played her football. She’s energetic, lively and given half a space she’ll look to strike and score goals.

Kevin Foster

Becki, alongside our other summer signings Ellie Dorey, Emma Plewa and Mia Lockett,  have added strength and depth to Kevin Foster forward options this season. Paired with the retention of prolific striker Ashlee Hincks, along with Gloria Siber, Chloe Sampson and Rebecca Carter, means there will be no shortage of goals this season for Wimbledon. There has never been a better time to come and support us and watch some really exciting high quality football.

Ellie Dorey signs for AFC Wimbledon Women’s First Team

The Dons are delighted to confirm yet another signing this summer as Ellie Dorey joins the team.

Ellie comes from FA Women’s Championship side Charlton Athletic. She’s been training with the Dons for a few weeks, and scored an impressive brace in the preseason fixture against Dulwich Hamlet.

Manager Kevin Foster said

Ellie brings us a real threat from out wide, and also has the ability to play through the middle and rotate. She had an excellent game against Dulwich and we’re really looking forward to watching her this season.

Kevin Foster

Ellie Dorey started her career with Brighton & Hove Albion. At Charlton she helped the club establish themselves in the Championship, being a near ever present in the Covid-19 affected 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons.

What’s next? A message from the women’s board

Dear friends,

On the back of the Lionesses fantastic victory in the Euro 2022, we have received a lot of messages that now is the time for AFC Wimbledon Women to play in Wimbledon permanently.

Last season, we played 8 league and cup games at The Cherry Red Records Stadium, Plough Lane. These games were nothing but excellent. We scored 22 goals and only conceded 6. We won 7 out of 8 games. The players thrived, but best of all, the team had the chance to connect with the supporters in a completely different way.

We would be lying if we said it didn’t matter where we play. Of course it does. We had the foresight and vision to know that playing in Wimbledon (rather than going back and forth between there and Carshalton) is key to our growth. Sponsors need crowds and we need a permanent home.

Women’s football is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK. You can tell by the many parents who message saying their daughters want to play. You can tell by the many families that come down watch our women’s first team play in Wimbledon. You can tell by the 300 girls playing football for the club, all who look up to our first team as role models. There is excitement about the prospects for women’s football.

But we also know that if you can’t see it, it is hard to dream that you can be it.

Subject to pitch wear, this season, we will play as many games as possible at The Cherry Red Records Stadium, Plough Lane. We’re in constant conversation with the men’s club and the grounds staff to make that happen.

But no matter where we play – come and support us! We are completely volunteer run, we’re hugely successful, and this season we’re pushing for promotion.

Season ticket for AFC Wimbledon Women’s First Team

IT FINALLY CAME HOME!

The Lionesses claimed the gold and created a huge buzz around women’s football throughout the country.

There is no better time than now to get behind your local team – and there’s no better way of doing it than buying a season ticket to all our home games!

We’re currently investigating the possibility of producing our own season tickets. They would be priced at £50 for adults (under 18s still go free), and would be valid at all our home games at Plough Lane and Carshalton.

Sign up below with your name and email address, and we’ll get in touch if there is sufficient interest.

Partnership opportunities with AFC Wimbledon Women

It’s hard to escape the buzz surrounding women’s football at the moment. The “It’s coming home!” chants in the stadiums, in bars, in the streets.

England’s national team has reached the final of the UEFA Euro. This is great news for the growth of women’s football in our local communities too. It’s inspirational.

So there’s no better time than now to “jump on the bandwagon” and join forces with a women’s team which has a strong connection with the local community.

We want to raise your profile just as much as you would help us to raise ours. At AFC Wimbledon Women we want to create an equal partnership with our sponsors. Because when you help us, we have a greater opportunity to help you.

We have several levels to get involved with. Whether it’s an ad in our programme, being our training kit partner, or anything in between.

If you want to get involved, or want to know more – please email women@afcwimbledon.ltd.uk.

Women’s first team players retained for the 2022/23 season

After a successful 2021/22 season, the Dons have, in addition to the new contract signed by Ashlee Hincks and the signings of Mia Lockett, Emma Plewa, and Billie Brooks, also as of yet retained 16 players from last season’s squad.

Below they are listed in alphabetical order, from goalkeepers to forwards.

Lauren-Amie Allen, Faye Baker

We have had the great fortune of retaining goalkeepers Lauren-Amie Allen and Faye Baker, who together with our defenders made sure we had the second best defensive record in the league last season.

Hannah Billingham, Kelly Highman, Emily Oliver, Rosie Russell, Becky Sargent, Sarah Wentworth

In defence, we’ll see Hannah Billingham captain the side in her 7th season with the club. Kelly Highman, who has been known to score some game changing goals, has also signed up for the 2022/23 season.

AFC Wimbledon Girls graduates Emily Oliver and Rosie Russell joins the list with our longest serving player, Becky Sargent, and Sarah Wentworth, who is making a return from an ACL injury.

Molly Childerhouse, Emily Donovan, Steph Mann, Megan Stow, Amy Taylor

Midfielder Molly Childerhouse, who was on loan from Oxford last season, is staying for her first full season with the Dons. Energetic and technical Emily Donovan will continue to grace the central midfield. So will assertive Steph Mann – who never stops running.

Also retained are athletic attacking midfielder Megan Stow, and composed Amy Taylor, who can also play as a defender.

Rebecca Carter, Ashlee Hincks, Chloe Sampson, Gloria Siber

Up front we’ll again be seeing Rebecca Carter, who’s partial to lobbing a goalkeeper or two. As previously reported, we’ve also retained league top goal scorer Ashlee Hincks. Chloe Sampson will continue to bring lots of energy and excellent ball control to the team. Technical Hungary U19 International Gloria Siber has also been retained.

The 2022/23 season will be an exciting one. To see the players’ own thoughts on staying with the club – check out our Instagram Story Highlights.

Billie Brooks is the Dons’ third summer signing

We are delighted to announce the signing of Billie Brooks ahead of the 2022/23 season.

Central defender Billie has already spent the early stages of pre-season training with the Dons. She also joined the line-up in several of the pre-season games, including the double header against Ipswich.

Billie has extensive playing experience having previously been at Millwall, London Bees and most recently Harlow where the defender scored 5 goals in 25 games last season. She has come through the ranks at Arsenal and has represented England as a youth international.

When announcing the signing manager Kevin Foster said

Billie has been in with us a few weeks and fitted in with the group really well. She reads the game well, strong in the air, and gives us a strong passing range from the defence. We look forward to seeing her during the season.

Kevin Foster

Billie Brooks becomes the Dons third signing of the summer after the announcements of Emma Plewa and Mia Lockett.

First team’s fixtures released

The women’s first team start their 2022/23 season with a home fixtures against Hashtag United.

Last season Hashtag finished second and we finished third, meaning the race for promotion really does start on day one.

The season starts on 21 August, and is followed up on 28 August when we host QPR.

We are scheduled to finish the season with consecutive home games against Cambridge United and Norwich City.

You can download all the AFC Wimbledon Women’s First Team fixtures and sync them to your calendar by clicking here.

Update from first team manager Kevin Foster

We spoke to AFC Wimbledon Women’s First Team manager Kevin Foster, to get an update on the preseason, signings and what’s to come.

Q: Training started on 3 July – how was it?

A: Preseason is back and it’s really great to see all of our women back in business after which has been a short, but enjoyable few months off. It was clear that everyone was glad to be back and ready to get going for the upcoming season.

Q: Has there been any changes or updates to the staff for this new season?

A: On a staffing front we are going into the season as settled as we have ever been, with retaining Blaine Walsh and Andy May as head coaches, John Parker our goalkeeper coach, Jacob Miller our S&C coach, and a medical team headed up by Stephanie Cantelo-Poppe and assisted by Mariam Apata and intern Isiah Goddard-Joseph.

The U23s welcome aboard Scott Lockwood to the coaching staff. Many will know him from the Foundation – adding and another joined up approach, having two coaches from the teams working across different areas of AFC Wimbledon.

As with all the staff we are hugely fortunate to have the expertise we do with everyone putting the time and effort in for the players voluntary.

Kevin Foster in action at Plough Lane last season
© Ian Stephen

Q: And what about the squad? Any new signings?

A: On the pitch it’s very positive. We have retained a large amount of the squad, only losing Katie Stanley to retirement, and Angel Fowler to the USA. We wish them both all the best.

We do also welcome two new, highly rated footballers so far. Both are at different ends of their career. Emma Plewa joins from Crawley Wasps, having played at a number of high-profile clubs including Chelsea and Charlton. A right winger who can also play down the middle, she’ll bring us experience and a different dimension to our game. Plewa is bright, with excellent movement and has always scored goals and added assists when she has played football in the higher tiers.

We have also signed Mia Lockett – a strong, direct, dynamic, winger at a young age who already boasts an excellent CV having played football in the Championship with Crystal Palace and Tottenham, and last year she was promoted with Billericay Town FC.

Both players will add excitement and a new edge to our forward line, and I’m sure with both Emma and Mia will have a strong positive impact on the group. 

Q: So what’s next?

A: We are now looking forward to and preparing for the Ipswich match having had two full weeks of training. We are looking forward to getting going and putting match fitness into the players, whilst also being able to show the AFC Wimbledon faithful just what the women are capable of producing this season.

Once again, as I’ve alluded to in the past, this double header with our men’s and women’s fist teams, playing and supporting each other at Plough Lane shows the seriousness of AFC Wimbledon’s one club strategy. I hope to see as many people down there cheering on the football club for both the men and the women. I certainly will be down there, as I’m looking forward to seeing a new era with Johnnie Jackson. I’m wishing him and the team every success.

The preseason started this Tuesday with an evening game against Sutton United, and there are another six games scheduled after today’s game.

Coming up are home games (at Carshalton Athletic FC) against Portsmouth and last year’s league winners Billericay Town. The first team is also facing away games to Fulham, Bournemouth, Dulwich Hamlet and Clapton Community FC.

The full schedule and more details about each game can be found here.