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9YRS - EP67 - The 'Fan-Owned' Question
November 30, 2016 03:26 PM PST
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With supporters of Kingstonian having recently voted against moving to a community-owned and run club, in favour of staying in their current set-up as a director-led organisation, Nick and Stu are wondering whether the fan-owned model is likely to grow any more than it has already. With problems mounting at FC United of Manchester, and AFC Telford searching for external investment alongside their supporter-led structure, has the rise in the supporter-owned model reached its peak? We question whether we are an exception to the rule that clubs can only progress so far with a democratic structure, and if clubs such as Portsmouth and Wycombe soon seek to relinquish control in the pursuit of on-field success.

We're also looking back in-depth at the Fleetwood game, as well as previewing our big, live TV game in the FA Cup on Sunday. It's safe to say, we're all tremendously looking forward to our trip to Manchester - even if Stu is having to depart at some ridiculously early hour to make the midday kick-off. We're also picking out some potential FA Cup upsets from the weekend's rather fragmented fixture list.

Poleon Go and Two-word Tango return as well, as does our Top 7 lists, but we also have to touch on a couple of wider-footballing issues as well, including the tragic events in South America. Sometimes, events come along that put everything into perspective, and our thoughts go to all those affected.

9YRS - EP66 - The Price of Football 2016
November 23, 2016 03:27 PM PST
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The results of the latest Price of Football survey were released last week, so we thought it was worth comparing the cost of tickets, merchandise, and - most importantly - refreshments at Kingsmeadow with our League One counterparts. Little has changed in regard to the cost of being a football fan - it remains far too high - and whilst our pricing looks in keeping with the general average in the league, there are perhaps areas we can look at offering better deals for supporters: coach travel and programme options are among a number of areas that Nick and Stu see potential in incorporating the ideas of other clubs in the country.

All the usual features accompany our main feature. We discuss the second rout of Bury and the goalless draw at Millwall, and then look ahead to the upcoming Fleetwood game ... with half an eye on the Milton Keynes game that awaits in a couple of weeks. We also catch up with the Ladies Team, Academy sides, and our trio of players currently out on loan at various levels of the non-league pyramid.

Celebrity Two-Word Tango returns, as does Poleon Go which includes a HUGE SURPRISE BONUS TWIST this week. There's also a startling revelation regarding wildlife in the Bermondsey area. We won't spoil it for you now, but safe to say, Stu has made a remarkable discovery. There's also time for some great wrestling-related links: get used to them as Nick counts down to his trip to WRESTLEMANIA BABY!

9YRS - EP65 - STATE OF THE LEAGUE ONE NATION
November 16, 2016 03:53 PM PST
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Managerial sackings, disenchanted fans, and out-of-touch owners … it’s an old tale of woe that has hovered like a cloud over many football clubs for too many years now, yet does not seem to go away. With many clubs in League One suffering one, if not all, of these ailments, Nick and Stu look at what’s happening to a number of teams that we currently share a division with. Chesterfield, Coventry, Bury: just what is going wrong at present?

Alongside our look into these recurring problems, the podcast deals with its own recurring problems of stuttering sentences, never-ending non sequitirs, and patent plagiarism. We’re talking about the thrashing of Bury, the goalless draw at Oldham, and the coming return game with Bury who, as we discover during recording, will have a new manager in the dug-out. We also try to figure out when we last won 5-0 …

Poleon Go, Celebrity Two-Word Tango, and Top 7 lists somehow continue to find their way on to the show, alongside Tony Blackburn, Kingstonian, KFC, and Black Friday … suggesting that it’s probably about time we started scripting the show again. It’s not pretty, so be warned. There’s also a dearth of WWE and anti-Watford sentiment this week, although a famous Luton victory at least gets a name check.

9YRS - EP64 - Pundits, Poppies ... and Pink
November 09, 2016 03:46 PM PST
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We're having a right old moan on this week's show. With the record button pressed and a script having remained unwritten, Nick and Stu start talking about a few things in modern football today that they are finding very irritating ... and it does sound like two very grumpy old men having a moan about how things were better in the days gone by. Chief sources of irritation are football pundits that are paid to offer very little insight; football's bizarre need to trumpet its own methods of celebrating Remembrance Sunday; and an enforced kit change where there is no clash of colours ...

We try to lighten the mood by attempting a BRAND NEW GAME ... although Stu is again struggling with new things. Do not panic however: Poleon Go remains, and it might even spare Stu's blushes this week. You might have switched the show off by that point, mind.

A look back at the Bury and Newport games, a preview of the trip to Oldham and the cup replay with Bury next week, and updates from around the club also manage to avoid the cutting room floor this week. We're getting longer and longer - despite the cold weather - suggesting that there really is no end to the amount of nonsense we can speak. Remember Darren Dobbinson? Benjamin Netanyahu does!

9YRS - EP63 - Dons Trust Election Candidates 2016
November 02, 2016 03:40 PM PDT
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Six candidates are standing for election to the Dons Trust Board this year. Only four spaces are available, so we're in for a keenly-contested election campaign - starting right here on The 9yrs Podcast. We speak to all six candidates, who speak about what they feel they would bring to the Board; their ideas for the Trust and the football club in the future, and what changes they would like to implement. Voting opens on Monday 7 November, so once you've listened to all the candidates, make sure you use your vote!

Alongside the candidates, we also speak to current Board member Jane Lonsdale, who updates us on the progress of the Webjam project - a tool that becomes even more relevant as we enter the election period. Everything you need regarding the election and Webjam can be found by visting the Trust web site: www.thedonstrust.org.

Either side of our conversations with present and prospective Trust Board members, Nick and Stu continue to struggle in putting words together in coherent sentences. We disucss the defeat to Bradford, look ahead to the Bury game, and revisit some FA Cup memories. Poleon Go offers up a huge surprise also, whilst Nick also introduces a BRAND NEW FEATURE, during which you can discover which club are the first to make Nick's List of Change Kit Shame!

9YRS - EP62 - Top 5 Football League Performances
October 26, 2016 11:14 PM PDT
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They say that if you remember it, you weren't there; those at Peterborough last Saturday will strongly refute that claim. Many considered it the best performance they had seen from a Wimbledon side for years - some even claimed it was the best they'd EVER seen - which got us to thinking ... what have been the best Dons performances we have ever been witness to?

Coming at a time when the club are on such a high - sitting sixth in the league at time of recording - we narrowed our parameters down to our time in the Football League since 2011, with the rule being that we had to have been at the game for it to count. There were a good number of contenders, but somehow Nick and Stu narrowed it down to five each. Disagree? Give us a shout in the comments section below.

Alongside our Top 5, we talk more in-depth about the Peterborough win; we look ahead to the Bradford match; Poleon Go returns; and we have a little chat about the fortunes of a certain team in Buckinghamshire. There's also time to investigate just exactly what B*Witched meant when they sang Cest la Vie, and to profess our love of George Francomb.

9YRS - EP61 - The Academy, Part Two
October 19, 2016 10:03 PM PDT
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More from Mark Robinson and Jeremy Sauer of the Dons Academy this week. Another fascinating insight into how our successful youth development programme touches on issues of funding, the difference between Category 2 and Category 3 status, the influx of boys following the downsizing of Brentford's youth system, players that have succeeded and those that have failed, and what the next steps of the Academy are. It's not all business though: questions about womble-sized eagles and Sex and the City make an appearance too.

Alongside the second-part of the interview are all the usual features, including Poleon Go! We look back at the Swindon and Bury games, talk about the FA Cup draw, reminisce about Merstham and Wallingford, and preview the weekend's football. There's also our stories of sitting in the President's Lounge for the Swindon game, as The 9yrs Podcast officially goes corporate and too big to talk to all the little people.

For those keeping a tab on which players get a mention on the show each week, make sure to tick-off Toby Sibbick, Toyosi Olusanya, Jim Fenlon, Paul Kalambayi, Carl Cort, Jason Euell, Marcus Gayle, John Hartson, Robbie Earle, Richard Butler, Adebayo Akinfenwa, and Sammy Moore ... but there's no room for Andreas Lund just yet.

9YRS - EP60 - The Academy
October 12, 2016 09:51 PM PDT
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Dons Academy Manager Jeremy Sauer, and Head of Coaching Mark Robinson, speak exclusively to the podcast this week, in what is our most insightful and enlightening interview to date.

From discussing the growth of our Academy, including the changes that the pair have implemented and have had to implement alongside FA guidelines, we delve into the realms of youth coaching in England, debating the successes and potential pitfalls of the systems currently in place in this country. How to strike a balance between first-team and Academy playing time, the approach to improving the understanding of young players from Under-8 through to Under-21 level, and the progress of the current Under-18s are all spoken about at length as well, in what is just the first-half of our chat.

Alongside our illuminating interview, we have all the usual nonsense, only this week, with ADDED BONUS dodgy audio on Nick's end. We also talk about Neal Ardley's four-years in charge, the Oxford game, being above MK in the league table (and the media coverage that followed), and the upcoming Swindon game. Top 7 lists and Poleon Go complete a busy busy show this week. We've run a little long, but the show is on song ... to be fair.

9YRS - EP59 - Not Forgotten to be Awesome
October 05, 2016 10:17 PM PDT
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Illness deprives the podcast of Stu this week, but do not fear! To make up for his absence, Nick has been busy securing a stellar line-up for the show, featuring George Jones and Chris Draper ... oh, and world-renowned writer and YouTube superstar, author of The Fault in our Stars, and AFC Wimbledon sponsor, John Green.

John talks passionately about his experiences of watching the Dons, most notably when at Wembley for the play-off final last year. He also discusses how the AFC Wimbledon movie is progressing, his work on a new book, his thoughts on MLS in America, and how the franchise model in the States compares to the community-based structure of the English game. His, ahem, hatred of Watford, and the progress of his Wimbley Wombleys, are also broached.

Away from John, a chat about the EFL Trophy and the role of Wembley Stadium in lower-league competitions provides an interesting discussion point for the boys this week. A recap of the Gillingham game, a catch-up with the Ladies first-team, and an adapted version of Poleon Go round-off a show that we're sure will make Stu feel better as he recuperates ... #prayforstu.

9YRS - EP58 - Steward's Enquiry
September 29, 2016 03:16 PM PDT
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Luke Mackenzie has been heavily involved with AFC Wimbledon since 2002, and took an important role in the early days of the club. He joins us on the show this week to discuss his many varied roles, starting from taking charge of the stewarding of our first-steps into non-league football, through to being a full-time volunteer, and Dons Trust Board Member.

We talk about games with Wallingford, Chipstead, Staines, and Coney Hall; the Terry Eames incident; his work on the Trust Board; and the current set-up of the Board, with the latest round of elections about to begin. We also touch on which clubs were great to work with during our early days – and which were a little more tricky.

A quick-look at the games with Shrewsbury and Coventry, a look-ahead to Gillingham, Ladies and Loan Watch, Poleon Go, and a stadium update round-off this week’s show, but DO NOT FORGET to have your 9yrspodcast BINGO CARD ready, and see what you’re able to tick-off this time around.

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