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2011–12 matches
League Two
Team Home Away
Accrington 5–1 1–2
AFC Wimbledon 1–0 3–2
Aldershot 0–1 0–1
Barnet 0–2 0–2
Bradford 2–1 2–2
Burton 7–1 1–2
Cheltenham 1–3 2–0
Crawley 0–0 1–4
Crewe 2–5 0–3
Dag & Red 2–0 0–4
Gillingham 2–2 1–4
Hereford 0–0 2–1
Macclesfield 0–0 0–0
Morecambe 2–1 3–2
Northampton 2–1 2–3
Oxford 0–0 0–3
Plymouth 2–3 1–1
Port Vale 0–3 0–1
Rotherham 5–2 1–0
Shrewsbury 1–0 0–1
Southend 1–0 1–1
Swindon 1–1 0–0
Torquay 1–2 2–2
FA Cup
Team H/A
Corby Town H 3–1
AFC Totton A 6–1
Aston Villa H 1–3
League Cup
Team H/A
Watford H 1–1
Leyton Orient A 2–3
League Trophy
Team H/A
Wycombe A 1–3

Rovers provided the opposition for AFC Wimbledon's first ever match in the Football League in what was a game of many firsts. It was also the first game played in League Two in the 2011–12 season, as the game kicked off early for television coverage, leaving Rovers first in the league standings until the results of the 3 o'clock kick-offs came in. It was The Pirates' first game back playing at the fourth level of league football since their promotion in 2007, and a grand total of eleven players made their first appearances in the quartered shirts. For the record, the only member of the starting eleven who was at the club last season was Byron Anthony.

Northern Irishman Michael Smith made his first appearance in the Football League, after joining Rovers from Ballymena United in the summer. Paul Buckle was taking charge of his first competitive match as Bristol Rovers manager, and was joined on the bench by assistant manager Shaun North in his first game in the role, and by Stuart Campbell in his first game as player-coach.

In amongst all the media hoopla surrounding AFC Wimbledon joining the league, it was easy to forget that an actual football match was taking place. Rovers went into an early 2–0 lead thanks to goals from new men Scott McGleish and Matt Harrold, and looked comfortable until The Wombles hit back either side of the break to cancel out their two goal deficit. Despite putting in a much stronger performance in the second half, Wimbledon were unable to hold on for a point when Adam Virgo scored the winning goal from the penalty spot after Brett Johnson was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the area, a decision backed up by television replays.

Match details[]

AFC Wimbledon 2–3 Bristol Rovers
Stuart (39)
Ademeno (68)
(1–2 HT) McGleish (17)
Harrold (20)
Virgo (85 pen)
at Kingsmeadow attendance: 4,629
Lineups
1 Seb Brown 1 Scott Bevan
Sub-off 3 Gareth Gwillim 2 Michael Smith
Yellow Ball 5 Jamie Stuart 15 Byron Anthony
6 Brett Johnson 19 Adam Virgo Yellow Ball
7 Sam Hatton 14 Lee Brown
Sub-off 4 Max Porter 26 Chris Zebroski Yellow Sub-off
8 Ricky Wellard 6 Craig Stanley
11 Luke Moore 8 Matt Gill
23 Rashid Yussuff 16 Joe Anyinsah Yellow Sub-off
10 Jack Midson 9 Matt Harrold Ball Yellow
Sub-off 12 Christian Jolley 10 Scott McGleish Ball Sub-off
Substitutes
20 Jack Turner (GK) 4 Chris Lines Sub-on
Sub-on Ball 9 Charles Ademeno 5 Cian Bolger
Sub-on 13 Chris Bush 11 Mustapha Carayol Sub-on
Sub-on 14 Lee Minshull 17 Jo Kuffour Sub-on
15 Sammy Moore 21 Wayne Brown

Timeline[]

  • Yellow 5 mins: Jamie Stuart booked for a foul on Matt Gill
  • Yellow 9 mins: Chris Zebroski booked for a foul on Sam Hatton
  • Yellow 13 mins: Joe Anyinsah booked for diving
  • Ball 17 mins: Goal for Bristol Rovers scored by Scott McGleish
  • Ball 20 mins: Goal for Bristol Rovers scored by Matt Harrold
  • Yellow 39 mins: Adam Virgo booked for a foul on Christian Jolley
  • Ball 39 mins: Goal for AFC Wimbledon scored by Jamie Stuart
  • Sub-onSub-off 52 mins: Chris Lines replaced Chris Zebroski
  • Yellow 61 mins: Matt Harrold booked for a foul on Brett Johnson
  • Sub-onSub-off 61 mins: Jo Kuffour replaced Scott McGleish and Lee Minshull replaced Max Porter
  • Sub-onSub-off 65 mins: Charles Ademeno replaced Christian Jolley
  • Ball 68 mins: Goal for AFC Wimbledon scored by Charles Ademeno
  • Sub-onSub-off 70 mins: Mustapha Carayol replaced Joe Anyinsah
  • Sub-onSub-off 81 mins: Chris Bush replaced Gareth Gwillim
  • Ball 85 mins: Goal for Bristol Rovers scored from the penalty spot by Adam Virgo, following a handball by Brett Johnson
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