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Dramatic Dons equalisers

26 January 2017

Your selections on social media

With yesterday marking the 20-year anniversary of Robbie Earle’s memorable leveller for Wimbledon at Man United in the FA Cup, we asked supporters on social media for their favourite late equalisers.

Following a great response on Twitter, six of the best are below, including that magical late moment at Old Trafford!

Man United 1-1 Wimbledon (25 January 1997)

Despite dominating this FA Cup tie for long spells, a Wimbledon side including Neal Ardley appeared to be heading out when Paul Scholes struck late on – a familiar scenario for a Man United dominating English football at the time. However, there was a twist in the tale and one that is still revered by older Wimbledon supporters. Alan Kimble curled in a wonderful free-kick and Robbie Earle gave it the finish it deserved with a thumping header to signal ecstatic scenes among the Crazy Gang.

Wimbledon 2-2 Aston Villa (6 May 2000)

John Hartson struck with a fine header in the last minute of normal time to give Wimbledon hope in the Premier League survival stakes. An own goal from Ugo Ehiogu had put the Dons in charge, but Lee Hendrie and Dion Dublin earned a 2-1 lead, before Hartson’s late intervention provided a temporary relegation lifeline.

Ebbsfleet United 2-3 AFC Wimbledon (18 November 2010)

Sammy Moore kept Wimbledon in the FA Cup with a last-gasp equaliser in front of the TV cameras, before adding a dramatic winner at the end of extra-time. It was a victory that maintained momentum for Terry Brown’s men as they ultimately secured that historic promotion back into the Football League for Wimbledon.

Crewe 3-3 AFC Wimbledon (25 February 2012)

minute to earn a valuable point in the ultimately successful search for League 2 survival.stAn early Billy Knott strike was cancelled out by three goals from the hosts and at 3-1 down, it looked all over. However, a penalty save by Seb Brown from Ashley Westwood offered Wimbledon encouragement and a brilliant goal from Sammy Moore narrowed the deficit to 3-2. There was even better to come when Christian Jolley struck with an emphatic header in the 91

AFC Wimbledon 2-1 Bradford City (16 February 2013)

minute, Wimbledon had earned a victory that proved vital in the race to stay up.th minute. When Gary Alexander headed home superbly in the 90rdTaking on a Bradford side set for a League Cup Final showdown against Swansea City a week later, Dons supporters had hoped that their opponents would be taking this game easy. There was no sign of that though when Garry Thompson put the visitors in front, but Jack Midson was in the right place once again to equalise in the 83

Burton Albion 1-1 AFC Wimbledon (15 March 2014)

On a day when AFC Wimbledon celebrated the annual volunteers’ away day, Darren Jones (pictured celebrating above) gave our fans something to cheer about. Billy Kee had opened the scoring for Gary Rowett’s men, but Neal Ardley’s men were rewarded for a never-say-die attitude with Jones turning in George Francomb’s corner in the seventh minute of injury-time.

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