THE HISTORY OF WIMBLEDON FOOTBALL CLUB
2001
 
Saturday, 08 December 2001
Nationwide League Division 1
Edgeley Park
Attendance: 4,673
Ref: Graham Frankland
 
Stockport County
Aaron Wilbraham
1 (1) - (2) 2
Wimbledon
Kevin Cooper, David Connelly
1
Lee Jones
5
Mike Flynn
16
Leo Roget
Yellow 31m
18
Aaron Lescott
Yellow 37m
11
Colin Woodthorpe
6
Kevin Ellison
12
Ali Gibb
2
Petri Helin
7
Carlton Palmer
Subbed 84m
9
Shefki Kuqi
19
Aaron Wilbraham
Goal 42m Subbed 73m
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37
Glynn Hurst
31
Sam Turner
29
Andy Welsh
10
Scott Taylor
Sub (19 73m)19
23
Damien Delaney
Sub (7 84m)7

Stockport old boy Kevin Cooper returned to Edgeley Park to help Wimbledon gain their first win in six matches.

The winger, who moved to Selhurst Park for £1m last march, kept his old team rooted to the foot of Division One.

It took Cooper just 30 seconds to fire the Londoners ahead - and he was also involved in Wimbledon's second goal in the 32nd minute.

A slip by Finnish international Petri Helin at the start of the game allowed David Connolly to set up Cooper, who finished clinically with a left-foot shot from 15 yards.

It was the worst possible start for the Hatters, who had lost their last three games without scoring.

Four players were booked in the first half alone, including County player-boss Carlton Palmer was perhaps fortunate not to be cautioned for two off-the-ball fouls.

It was a foul by Leo Roget on Cooper which earned him a booking and saw Terry Burton's team double their advantage.

Neal Ardley took a quick free-kick and Connolly reacted quickest to drive in a low shot for his 12th goal of the campaign.

County dragged themselves back into contention with a controversial goal five minutes from half-time.

Striker Aaron Wilbraham ended his side's goal drought, and when a linesman flagged for an infringement referee Graham Frankland awarded the goal.

In the second period Davis came to Wimbledon's rescue with saves from Mike Flynn and Kevin Ellison.

  • David Connolly and Petri Helin challenge. Terry Burton gives direction. Connolly celebrates his goal.