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On This Day in 2016
AFC Wimbledon stretched their unbeaten run away from home to eight games with an impressive 2-0 victory at Meadow Lane. "We were outstanding from start to finish," manager Neal Ardley commented. "To come to somewhere like Notts County and have 18 attempts on goal- if we had won 4-0 it would not have been a story. We cut them open time and time again, and only a mixture of our finishing, the woodwork and their keeper kept the score down. We dominated them from start to finish and it is as complete an away performance as you will ever get. I cannot give the boys enough credit, they were superb." - historicaldons.com
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Please share, RT, like, email to mates and, well, whatever it takes. We Are Wimbledon and we can do this. The Plough Lane Bond is Live! [Link]
17th Jan 2020 16:44:09 
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Please could the link be a sticky x
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“Bond - we’ve been expecting you.” Lets get Plough Lane built - The Wimbledon Way... [Link]
17th Jan 2020 14:43:30 
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cybersheppey
KT2 - That sounds about right to me. I can only speak about how I feel it was during my own time on the DTB. I'd suggest the strategic direction was the Dons Trust aims, and after that was decided everyone was given "something to do". Sometimes this would be over-sight, sometime it would be actually running something. There would then be monthly meetings where Erik would present to the DTB the current state of affairs and any issues. He certainly was questioned and held responsible for any decisions made, but during my time the only items that could be seen as particularly interesting, i.e. the Darragh McAntony talks, Darlogate, appointment of Terry Brown, were dealt with in a manner that the DTB agreed with and consistent with the aims.
23rd Jan 2020 11:02:19 
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Lurker re Joe Palmer, spot on.
OI @ 09.38 - I don't see the DTB working in its current form OR selling out as a binary choice. We need to professionalise the structure as has been said by others, perhaps add more specialist expertise in paid roles that might dilute the expertise monopoly of a single actor (or double taking the eg of Erik and Ivor) running the club, enabling to DTB to make more informed decisions on the basis of a range of advice.
23rd Jan 2020 10:56:24 
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kt2
How can the DTB effectively question an (expert) CEO's directive, in the absence of available third / fourth opinions), when that CEO knows far more about the subject matter than they?
“I just don't think they have sufficient time to commit.” Now that is an inherent problem with the structure and the structure of any voluntary org that requires this much time - hence why people end up on these boards who have time first and skills second, third or not at all.
23rd Jan 2020 10:53:12 
[46.lo.gg.ed] 
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
I seem to remember reading some time ago that Erik himself was worried by the lack of scrutiny of his actions and was counselling the DTB to do something about it.
23rd Jan 2020 10:45:19 
[2.lo.gg.ed] 
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
That bond banner is very pleasing to my eye Bert, fine work Sir :)
23rd Jan 2020 10:41:25 
[94.lo.gg.ed] 
KT2 - your moral is spot on. I share OI's view that we probably have capable people in the fan base, I just don't think they have sufficient time to commit.
All of which makes it interesting (and right) when Joe Palmer pointed out that he wasn’t at the meetings to lead this, we need to decide our strategy/approach and his job is to make it work.
23rd Jan 2020 10:14:32 
[46.lo.gg.ed] 
For which he is still getting kicked. Even though that is sort of what people are complaining Erik was allowed to not do.
Exactly WD! The problems arose because the DTB didn't question enough at some points and then took on more executive roles, presumably because money is tight and we couldn't afford suitable employees.
23rd Jan 2020 10:09:43 
[109.lo.gg.ed] 
Get the DTB back to their evening jobs
Oo er missus!
I always assumed that the DTB works in exactly the same way as almost all local government in this country - elected members give strategic direction to the professional officers that run the council in line with that direction. The CEO and staff should have more knowledge and resources than the elected members, who have no executive responsibilities.
23rd Jan 2020 10:06:33 
[91.lo.gg.ed] 
The CEO has a duty to keep the elected members informed of what is going on and cannot overrule the decisions of the elected members
Lurker, agree with that, untouchable people aren't good for a democratic organisation unless they are capable of having an open mind and can question themselves and accept that they can be wrong.
23rd Jan 2020 09:56:25 
[10.lo.gg.ed] 
Otherwise they can get to sound like the "you don't want to do that...." Harry Enfield character
Kt2 I’d agree up to it being inherent in the model. For me one of the big reasons that happened was the cult status Erik and Ivor both accumulated amongst core elements of the fan base. Don’t question them they know more than you so became a mantra - even seen it on here.
23rd Jan 2020 09:45:36 
[46.lo.gg.ed] 
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
Erik's problem , which he had been told numerous times and admitted, was delegation, as he tended to think, correctly a lot of the time, that he could do a better job than whoever he might delegate it to. This both gave him a ridiculous workload and tended to discourage able people. If we can't put a DTB together from willing fans that can oversee professional managers and hold them to account when needed, then we might as well sell out. I believe we can get a good board together, though it is definitely a work in progress.
23rd Jan 2020 09:38:36 
[109.lo.gg.ed] 
all my personal opinion
Not part of the 'inner circle' so don't claim to be ITK on this (or anything else), but strikes me that what happened with decision making during Erik's reign was inevitable. When someone with a wealth of relevant expertise is heading or working with a board of individuals (that mostly aren't as familiar with the sharp end of business) it's inevitable that they will naturally defer to the greater expertise on the (many) subjects on which they have less expertise - such as financing. So Erik gradually accumulated decision making power by default, IE a lack of expertise / ability amongst the DTB to challenge, rather than some sort of dictatorial coup.
23rd Jan 2020 09:23:50 
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kt2
As I've said before, it's an inherent problem with our model and will remain so until we restructure. Cant expect a board of volunteer 'amateurs' (for want of a better word) to assure the proper running of a pro club.
Ah thanks Graham
23rd Jan 2020 08:10:07 
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bluewomble75
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
Blue Womble - Burton have a league game against Accrington this Saturday which was in the fixture list all along
23rd Jan 2020 08:02:45 
[86.lo.gg.ed] 
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Alan ; 👍
23rd Jan 2020 07:58:47 
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henry potter
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Eating, drinking, breathing the club doesn't make one a good board member, but in Ivor not only does it help, it also comes over to outsiders as someone worthy of lending an ear to. He does engage with others, whereas others don't, nothing wrong with that btw, if their skillset don't warrant that. This episode is prime for all of us and the various boards to understand what brought us here, what we have to change and how we do so. Now isn't the time for scapegoating.
23rd Jan 2020 07:55:37 
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Being involved at board level is a difficult position in as that we need to remember that doing what we believe is right for the club. But we cannot be expected to know what third parties are doing, want or expect and I believe that the various boards all had experienced degrees of these agencies saying one thing and meaning something else.
Can we release a version of the Spam song, replacing the word Spam with the word Bond, in honour of Terry Jones.....? “Lovely Bond, Wonderful Bond, Bond Bond Bond Bond.....”
23rd Jan 2020 07:55:24 
[81.lo.gg.ed] 
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
A Win against Burton on Tuesday night under floodlights.....will do for me ..
23rd Jan 2020 07:49:08 
[92.lo.gg.ed] 
ninety third minute
I SUPPORT THE BOND
Cheers keefy and thanks for taking the question for what it was.
23rd Jan 2020 07:48:04 
[2.lo.gg.ed] 
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
Nothing wrong with wanting to see the club properly financed. I see from the board minutes we are putting £1 - 1.4m provision for servicing debt. In salaries instead of debt servicing that gets you Dannie Bulman, Darius Charles, Lyle Taylor, Tom Elliot, Jake Reeves and Steve Seddon.
23rd Jan 2020 07:30:36 
[94.lo.gg.ed] 
Not everyone just wants to watch football in league 2. But for now the majority do.
Strange how we are not playing burton on Saturday as no Fa cup fixtures for us both. It would be a higher attendance on a Saturday as well
23rd Jan 2020 07:22:30 
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bluewomble75
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Erik was almost a God for me, told him he deserves a statue, but reply was prefer Car Parking space ... that was day perhaps something changed ....park his car next to investors Roller? ...sad to see his hand go up for investors... Be wary of all powerful i guess ...
23rd Jan 2020 07:17:08 
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ninety third minute
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TF - The only change that Erik made was Erik. More explicitly the threat of no Erik, implicit rather than stated ... the DT certainly have the power to make any changes they see fit, within a legal framework and subject to any restrictive actions.
23rd Jan 2020 02:06:38 
[82.lo.gg.ed] 
Ex www.wup.me.uk - The home of WU
Shared and seedrs !
23rd Jan 2020 00:47:07 
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keefy
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Tf bought. Shared at the start, invested in Seeded and will buy a bond but do not see outside investment as the evil from a far off planet. Never really felt part of the fan owned model. Seemed to be the inner circle that run the club over the years, in fact back in the plough lane days volunteered a lot of time to the club even though different owners came and went! I have no fear for the future, my glass is always half full.
23rd Jan 2020 00:45:39 
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keefy
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