June 2017



AFC Wimbledon have been handed a plum first round draw in the Carabao Cup with a home tie against Brentford. At the seventh time of asking, AFC Wimbledon finally landed a home tie and it's certainly one to savour with the Championship club visiting in the week commencing 7 August. The last meeting between the two clubs was a thriller with the Bees winning 5-3 in the EFL Trophy. Ticket details for the Dons versus Brentford will be announced in due course....

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Fine wine growth continues


Fine wine growth continued in May with the main indices rising by 0.4% (Liv-ex 100) and +0.5% (Liv-ex Investables) says Andrew della Casa, founding director of The Wine Investment Fund (TWIF). The fine wine market was helped by a drop in sterling during the month. The pound fell by 1% against the US dollar and by slightly more against the euro, yen and renminbi. Within the wine market, the major focus over the past month has been the en primeur release of the new Bordeaux vintage, the 2016s. Virtually all wines have now been offered and, looking at the euro-based château release prices, most have seen sharp price increases compared to the (equally lauded) 2015s. These price rises have then been exaggerated further once converted to sterling, thanks to the 12% fall in the pound since last year. Fifteen to twenty of the most sought-after names have sold well. These chateaux have tended...

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5th June, 2017 by Rupert Millar If the ups and downs of Bordeaux is holding back the Liv-ex Fine Wine 100, the broader market is booming, climbing over 1% in May. The Fine Wine 100 returned a very small gain of 0.4% in May, largely wiping out a 0.5% in April. The much broader Fine Wine 1000 though, which tracks a much wider array of 1,000 wines from across France, Italy, the US, Australia, Spain and Portugal, rose 1.2%. The index has been rising for a record 18 consecutive months and, closing May on 310.57, it is now far above its previous all-time high of 280 it reached back in 2011. All of the sub-indices rose in May, with the Burgundy 150 being the best performer – up 2.6%. The Bordeaux 500 was also a strong performer, up 1.2%, as was the Italy 100, which rose 1.1%. The best performing indices of the year to date are...

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Dons fans cycling for Prostate Cancer UK


This year's Football to Amsterdam sponsored ride has already raised more than £300,000 for Prostate Cancer UK – and there's still time for generous AFC Wimbledon fans to help add to that total. There are seven AFC Wimbledon fans representing the club this year, cycling the 145 miles from London to Amsterdam on 9 and 10 June. The Dons riders – Anita Gibbons, Bruce McFadyen, Herbie Knott, Kevin Deegan, Paul Parma, Rob Crane and Sean McLaughlin – have between them already raised more than £5,000. You can add to that total by going to their main fundraising JustGiving page. All money pledged will support Prostate Cancer UK's valuable work to combat the disease and give support to affected people. For more about Prostate Cancer and the ride, visit their website. Coming soon to the club shop will be a limited stock of new AFC Wimbledon replica cycling tops, with a contribution to Prostate Cancer UK...

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