2002–03 AFC Wimbledon season

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AFC Wimbledon
2002–03 season
Chairman Erik Samuelson
Manager Terry Eames
Stadium Kingsmeadow
Combined Counties League Premier Division 3rd
Top goalscorer League: Kevin Cooper (37)
All: Kevin Cooper (38)
Highest home attendance 4,560 v Raynes Park Vale (5 May 2003)
Lowest home attendance 2,338 v Merstham (26 March 2003)
Average home league attendance 3,003

The 2002–03 season was the inaugural season for AFC Wimbledon following the FA's decision to allow the relocation of Wimbledon F.C. to Milton Keynes. Former Wimbledon F.C. player Terry Eames was appointed as AFC Wimbledon's first manager on 13 June 2002. The club competed in the Combined Counties League Premier Division.[1] The new team attracted a crowd of 4,657 supporters for their first ever game, a pre-season friendly against Sutton United on 10 July 2002 in which they were beaten 4–0.[2] Glenn Mulcaire, known as "Trigger" by fans, scored AFC Wimbledon's first ever goal in a pre-season friendly against Bromley on 17 July 2002, which ultimately ended as a 2–1 defeat.[3] Kevin Cooper scored the team's first ever league goal in the first game of the season in a 2–1 away victory at Sandhurst Town, with an attendance of 2,449 on 17 August 2002.[4] The first home game of the season against Chipstead, ending in a 2–1 defeat on 21 August 2002, had an attendance of 4,142.[1] The team started slowly but won their last eleven league games of the season, finishing third in the league, and only narrowly missing out on promotion to the Isthmian League First Division.[5] Their average home attendance at league fixtures exceeded 3,000 – higher than the average attendance in the same season of Wimbledon F.C., who were still playing in the First Division (now the Football League Championship).[6]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Withdean 2000 (C) (P) 46 40 4 2 143 32 +111 124 Promotion to Isthmian League Division One
2 AFC Wallingford 46 37 4 5 129 33 +96 115
3 AFC Wimbledon 46 36 3 7 125 46 +79 111
4 Feltham 46 25 10 11 101 48 +53 85
5 Bedfont 46 25 5 16 106 73 +33 80
6 Sandhurst Town 46 23 9 14 86 57 +29 78
7 Godalming & Guildford 46 25 3 18 95 75 +20 78
8 Raynes Park Vale 46 24 5 17 101 79 +22 77
9 Ash United 46 23 5 18 110 83 +27 74
10 North Greenford United 46 22 7 17 104 87 +17 73
11 Hartley Wintney 46 23 4 19 88 84 +4 73
12 Southall 46 19 11 16 91 77 +14 68
13 Westfield 46 19 9 18 75 86 −11 66
14 Chessington & Hook United 46 18 9 19 96 80 +16 63
15 Reading Town 46 18 6 22 67 79 −12 60
16 Chipstead 46 16 10 20 92 87 +5 58
17 Merstham 46 16 10 20 61 80 −19 58
18 Walton Casuals 46 12 10 24 60 95 −35 46
19 Chessington United 46 13 6 27 54 84 −30 45
20 Frimley Green 46 13 5 28 65 98 −33 44
21 Cobham 46 11 10 25 61 108 −47 43
22 Farnham Town 46 5 9 32 45 130 −85 24
23 Cove 46 5 6 35 46 160 −114 21
24 Viking Greenford (R) 46 3 2 41 35 175 −140 11 Relegation to 11th Level

Updated to games played on 5 May 2003.
Source: [1].
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.


Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
46 36 3 7 125 46  +79 111 18 2 3 62 26  +36 18 1 4 63 20  +43

Last updated: 5 May 2003.
Source: AFC Wimbledon

Match results[edit]

Pre-season friendlies[edit]

Combined Counties League Premier Division 2002-03[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

Combined Counties Premier Challenge Cup 2002-03[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

As of 5 May 2003
No. Pos Nat Player Total CCL Premier Division League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
GK England Glyn Shimell 25 0 24 0 1 0
GK England Ray Merry 18 0 18 0 0 0
GK England Andy Bell 5 0 4 0 1 0
DF England Keith Ward 45 5 36+7 5 2 0
DF England Danny Oakins 41 11 39+1 11 0+1 0
DF England Mark Nicholas 24 3 15+7 3 2 0
DF England Tony Readings 21 0 18+2 0 1 0
DF England Sean Daly 19 1 19 1 0 0
DF England Matt Everard 18 10 18 10 0 0
DF England Sim Johnston 12 2 10 2 1+1 0
DF England Danny Roberts 12 0 9+1 0 2 0
DF England Dave Towse 10 0 8+2 0 0 0
DF England Steve Lawson 2 0 2+0 0 0 0
DF England Akin Gallimore 1 0 0 0 1 0
MF England Lee Sidwell 46 11 44 11 1+1 0
MF England Andy Sullivan 45 7 41+2 7 2 0
MF England Lee Passmore 41 3 25+14 3 1+1 0
MF England Neil Robson 35 6 27+7 6 0+1 0
MF Republic of Ireland Gavin Bolger 30 7 26+3 7 1 0
MF England Simon Bassey 24 0 17+5 0 2 0
MF England Noel Frankum 15 1 7+8 1 0 0
MF England Gareth Graham 9 0 6+3 0 0 0
MF England Glenn Mulcaire 8 0 1+6 0 1 0
MF England Dave Fry 5 0 0+5 0 0 0
MF England Luke Milner 2 0 1+1 0 0 0
MF England Ben Garner 2 0 0+2 0 0 0
MF England Mehmet Mehmet 2 0 0+1 0 1 0
FW England Kevin Cooper 46 38 43+2 37 1 1
FW England Joe Sheerin 33 9 31+2 9 0 0
FW England Ally Russell 31 7 11+19 7 1 0
FW England Andy Petty 10 3 3+7 3 0 0
FW England Sean Marshall 6 1 2+4 1 0 0
FW England Chris Theodore 4 1 0+3 0 0+1 1
FW England Robbie Burns 1 0 0+1 0 0 0
Players who featured on loan for AFC Wimbledon but subsequently returned to their parent club:
Players who left or were released by AFC Wimbledon during the course of the season:

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Position Nation Player CCL Premier Division League Cup Total
1 FW England Kevin Cooper 37 1 38
2 DF England Danny Oakins 11 0 11
= MF England Lee Sidwell 11 0 11
3 DF England Matt Everard 10 0 10
4 FW England Joe Sheerin 9 0 9
5 FW England Ally Russell 7 0 7
= MF England Andy Sullivan 7 0 7
= MF Republic of Ireland Gavin Bolger 7 0 7
6 MF England Neil Robson 6 0 6
7 DF England Keith Ward 5 0 5
8 FW England Andy Petty 3 0 3
= MF England Lee Passmore 3 0 3
= DF England Mark Nicholas 3 0 3
9 DF England Sim Johnston 2 0 2
10 FW England Sean Marshall 1 0 1
= MF England Noel Frankum 1 0 1
= DF England Sean Daly 1 0 1
= FW England Chris Theodore 0 1 1
= N/A N/A Own Goal 1 0 1
TOTALS 125 2 127

Disciplinary record[edit]

Position Nation Name CCL Premier Division League Cup Total
YC Red card YC Red card YC Red card
GK England Glyn Shimell 1 0 0 0 1 0
DF England Keith Ward 3 1 0 0 3 1
DF England Danny Oakins 9 0 0 0 9 0
DF England Danny Roberts 1 0 0 0 1 0
DF England Matt Everard 3 0 0 0 3 0
DF England Steve Lawson 1 0 0 0 1 0
DF England Mark Nicholas 1 0 1 0 2 0
DF England Sean Daly 8 2 0 0 8 2
DF England Tony Readings 4 0 0 0 4 0
MF England Neil Robson 5 1 0 0 5 1
MF England Lee Passmore 5 0 1 0 6 0
MF Republic of Ireland Gavin Bolger 1 0 0 0 1 0
MF England Lee Sidwell 4 0 1 0 5 0
MF England Glenn Mulcaire 1 0 0 0 1 0
MF England Simon Bassey 8 1 1 0 9 1
MF England Andy Sullivan 9 0 0 0 9 0
FW England Joe Sheerin 8 1 0 0 8 1
FW England Andy Petty 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW England Robbie Burns 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW England Ally Russell 2 0 0 0 2 0
TOTALS 76 6 4 0 80 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Timeline:the rise of AFC Wimbledon". Surrey Comet. 29 May 2012. Retrieved 2011-05-20. 
  2. ^ "AFC Wimbledon match report vs. Sutton United". AFC Wimbledon. 10 July 2002. Archived from the original on 5 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-23. 
  3. ^ Crane, Rob (10 July 2002). "Match report Wednesday 10 July 2002 Pre-season friendly Bromley 2 – 1 AFC Wimbledon". AFC Wimbledon Official Website. Archived from the original on 5 June 2003. Retrieved 6 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Sandhurst Town 1–2 AFC Wimbledon". AFC Wimbledon Official Website. 29 May 2012. Retrieved 2002-08-17. 
  5. ^ "Combined Counties Football League Premier Division league table 2002-03". AFC Wimbledon. Archived from the original on 11 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-23. 
  6. ^ "Dip in attendances lower than breakaway club AFC Wimbledon's". BBC. 6 June 2006 [2003]. Retrieved 2007-11-23.