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17: Kevin's Dons debut

12 June 2014

Kit launch countdown recalls memorable game

 The club’s new Admiral kits will be launched on Sunday, 29 June and our countdown continues with a number that recalls Kevin Gage claiming a slice of Dons history.

However, Ray Armfield’s latest offering also remembered that the same match in question provided a former Wimbledon goalkeeper with a chance to sign off with a bang.

17 – “Say hello, wave goodbye”

Just over a week after his 17th birthday, trainee midfielder Kevin Gage (pictured above) became Wimbledon’s youngest Football League player when he turned out for the already promoted Dons in their final Division Four home game of the season against Bury. The visiting mid-table Shakers were playing for pride though in the final match of the 1980/81 season and were 3-0 ahead before the hour mark. However, then came a big moment for Dons goalkeeper Ray Goddard, who was at the other end of the career spectrum to Gage. A penalty award allowed Goddard a chance to bring the curtain down on a long career between the sticks in style by taking the spot kick himself. He expertly despatched the spot-kick beyond his opposite number – a youthful Neville Southall – but Bury eventually won 4-2.

 .Your AFC WimbledonIn association with Admiral Sportswear Limited, supporters will be able to see the club’s new home, away and third kits, along with training wear, for the first time, on 29 June, at Centre Court Shopping Centre. To view our previous announcement about this, click on 

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