June 13, 2024

The Dons will step-up preparations for the 2023/24 League Two season with a match against Championship opposition.

Johnnie Jackson’s men will face QPR at the Cherry Red Records Stadium on Saturday 22 July (3pm kick-off).

Managed by our former player Gareth Ainsworth, the ‘Hoops’ will be aiming to be much more competitive in the second tier next season after a 20th place finish last time around.

More details, including ticket information, will be released in due course.

So far, we’ve confirmed the following pre-season fixtures:

  • Woking (away) on Saturday 15 July (12 noon kick-off)
  • QPR (home) on Saturday 22 July (3pm kick-off)
  • Portsmouth (home) on Tuesday 25 July (7pm kick-off)

Of course, we yesterday announced the return of Jake Reeves as our first signing of the summer and these games will offer the chance to see him back in a Dons shirt.

We’ve sold 3,000 Season Tickets already and there’s still time to snap one up before the Early Bird Window closes – on 31 May.

Access our designated Season Tickets page for more information.

 

             Task Force Takeover!

An army of our loyal volunteers have been working around the clock in order to get our New Malden training ground looking ship-shape for the 2023/24 season.

From painting, to cutting hedges, the newly coined ‘Dons Task Force’ have teamed up to give our facilities the lift they need in order for us to make real progress in the upcoming campaign.

And there are plenty of incentives for willing helpers to keep on coming back, with food being provided on site along with a complimentary t-shirt in recognition of their hard work.

Brian, who lives locally to our training ground, expressed how rewarding the experience has been: “I saw it on the website and I thought it was a great opportunity to come down and do something useful for the club.

“We’ve refreshed the canteen with a new coat of paint, so we hope the players will appreciate the work that’s been done when they return.”

Mark has attended several clean up days over the years and is still as eager as ever to help out: “We’re freshening the whole place up and it’s looking good! We all have our opinions about what happens on the pitch but there’s a lot which goes on off it. It’s good to be involved in it.

“No matter how little or how much, volunteering is excellent because there is always someone that you can help out when they need it.”

Dave has plenty of words of encouragement for anyone who is interested in volunteering with the Dons: “It’s great fun. It’s very social, it’s about camaraderie and it makes you feel good inside because you know you’re doing your bit.

“I love the club and I always come away feeling satisfied. My advice to people would be to just ask because there is bound to be something that they want to do. It’s great, you won’t regret it.”

Head of Football Operations, Craig Cope said: “It’s been brilliant! We’ve had a very positive response to the advert that we put out the other week asking for volunteers to come down. I can’t thank everyone who has helped to pull this together enough for their help.

“To every volunteer, whether they’ve turned up for an hour or three days has been fantastic – we’ve completely transformed the canteen, the physio room, the corridor areas – and hopefully the lads are going to come back and see a much improved training ground.”

 

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