Dons Two Shy Of League Landmark
Wimbledon are two goals away from Rochdale possibly going down in the history books.
Since the club was formed Wimbledon have gone on to score 998 goals in league action, with the first one going in on the 18th minute of the two one win at Sandhurst Town on August 17th 2002.
The opening goalscorer on the day, Kevin Cooper, has spoken to the Official Site in advance of what everybody hopes will be that little moment of victory in tomorrow's match.
He explains that it seems such a long time ago, but to be fair 14 years isn't exactly five minutes, but a moment like that especially the issues surrounding the formation of the club mean it will be unforgettable for all those involved, because that goal was a marker and a reward following the efforts of many to get us to that point.
'On the coach to Sandhurst it was being drummed into us by supporters and those behind the club that this was the start of a rollercoaster ride for AFC Wimbledon. I will never forget that I scored it and got the man of the match award. To know that I got the first and the club has now nearly scored 1000 goals makes me so proud.'
Cooper goes on to say that nobody realistically expected the club to make the progress it then did in nine short years with a return to the Football League, but it really is a testament to the efforts and the drive of so many people ultimately.
Cooper in his career did go on to play at a higher level that we did at the time, but he's never beaten his 66 goal haul in one season again, and that is another special moment for him when he thinks about the Dons. Finishing his time with us with a record that read 107 goals in 95 games is something many treasure.
Special mention ahead of this milestone also had to go to our now first team coach Simon Bassey...all those years ago against Sandhurst, and slightly younger in the process, he came on as a substitute in the 74th minute. Having a role in being involved in the first and then the one thousandth goal is some nod to his history with us.
Whether it comes against Rochdale remains to be seen, but it certainly won't be far off.
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