DAILY UPDATE: MON 8 APRIL

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Erik Samuelson’s retirement has been confirmed. Erik will step down as AFC Wimbledon Chief Executive Officer having performed the role since April 2007, and a successor is expected to be in place imminently. In a statement, Dons Trust Chair Mark Davis said: “Arrangements are in hand for a smooth and orderly succession and handover. I look forward to saying more at the Dons Trust SGM on 17 April, if not sooner.” Erik discusses his decision in a video interview on the club’s YouTube channel.

Will Nightingale has yet to agree terms on a new contract with the club. Will’s current deal expires in the summer, with clubs in League One and Scotland interested in signing him. In an interview with the club’s official web site, Will commented: “To captain the side means everything to me. I’ve dreamt of it as a little boy.”

Bristol Rovers drew 0-0 at Coventry yesterday. The point keeps them three points above us in 16th place. Rovers boss Graham Coughlan said afterwards: “I thought we were lucky. We didn’t play well.”

The Daily Mail were at Kingsmeadow on Saturday. Tom Farmery has written a nice piece about the game and our season as a whole: click here to read the article in full.

The Ladies won 2-0 at Ipswich yesterday. Georgia Heasman and Sophie Manzi scored the goals that earned new manager Kevin Forster a win in his first game in charge. The ladies remain 7th in National League Division One South East; Ipswich remain 8th.

Voting has opened for the club’s Player and Young Player of the Year awards. The vote closes at midnight on Monday 22 April. To vote for your Player of the Year, email your choice to poty@afcwimbledon.co.uk. To vote for your Young Player of the Year, email ypoty@wup.me.uk. Players eligible for the Young Player award are Alfie Egan, Anthony Hartigan, Paul Kalambayi, Aaron Ramsdale, Steve Seddon, Toby Sibbick, Tennai Watson, and Tommy Wood.

Last night’s Wimbledon Fans Show can be listened to on demand. Mark Hendrikx and Kevin Borras were the guests on a 90-minute edition of the show: listen online at lovesportradio.com or via the Radioplayer app.

We have been shortlisted for this season’s FA Cup Giant Killing award. Our 4-2 victory over West Ham in the Fourth Round has put us in contention with three other sides. You can view the shortlist and make your vote on the FA web site and it seems you can vote multiple times . . .

Thank you for all your feedback on this new feature. We will continue this trial until this Sunday, 14 April. If you have any comments, suggestions, or criticisms, please comment below or email 9yrs@may14.co.uk.

ON THIS DAY – 2000. We lost 2-1 on our first visit to the Stadium of Light: Peter Reid’s Sunderland condemning us to a fourth consecutive Premier League defeat. Michael Hughes’s goal cancelled out Niall Quinn’s opener, but Kevin Kilbane netted the winner eight minutes from time. The loss was our eighth in 11 games as we slipped closer and closer to top-flight relegation for the first time. There is a full match report available on the old BBC web site.

ND, MH, GJ

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