Dons doing all they can to make sure Thursday's game goes ahead
AFC Wimbledon are doing all they possibly can to make sure tomorrow night’s televised game against the Vale goes ahead.
The club have appealed for volunteers to clear the pitch of snow and about twenty people turned up this morning, ready to do their bit in the freezing conditions.
The volunteers were joined by the club’s Under 18 players and they appear to be gradually getting on top of things.
The Dons are asking for more of their supporters to turn up at the Cherry Record Stadium to help out and will be supplying refreshments for the helpers.
With the Sky cameras already in place and the promise of TV money at stake, there will be quite a few fingers crossed in the Kingston on Thames area that the weather doesn’t deteriorate.
Although the match is planned for live TV, there will be a number of Vale fans making their way by road on Thursday.
If you are travelling by car, please make sure you take care and remember to take plenty of warm clothing with you.
DIRECTIONS:Take M6 S, M42, M40 to J1a. Take M25(S) exit to M4/M23. Merge onto M25. At J 10 exit onto A3. Follow the A3 to Kingston where it becomes the “Kingston by Pass” Follow the A3 to the junction with A2043 and turn left onto this road. 500 yards along the ground is on the left.
WHERE TO PARK: There is limited parking at the ground, so arrive early, otherwise it is street parking!
OVERVIEW OF THE GROUND: and having recently been extended it can accommodate 1,265 spectators. Although only 8 rows high it there are no pillars to obstruct the view. The ground consists of open terracing on three sides with the Paul Shrank Stand forming the other side. This stand is covered, all seated
The team dug outs are on the opposite side in front of the John Smith Terrace. This terrace is partly covered to the rear and has open flanks.
At one end is the Tempest Terrace - known as the Athletics End because of the stadium behind- where most of the home supporters stand. This stand is newish looking and being close to the pitch gives a good view of the ground. Opposite is the Kingston Road End terrace which is allocated to away support.
WHERE THE VALIANTS WILL BE SEATED:The Valiants will be allocated the Kingston Road Terrace. This is partly covered with a basic looking roof and open sides.
WHERE TO GET A DRINK:Nearby pubs are the Duke of Wellington and the Prince of Wales, both located on Kingston Road.
WHERE TO EAT:Normal “football food” is available from kiosks on the ground. There is a chippy near the main entrance and “Fat Boys” a little along the road.