Where are they now? The last Wimbledon XI before Milton Keynes switch

Wimbledon's Malvin Kamara celebrates with jubilant team-mates after scoring the equalizing goal against Sunderland

With AFC Wimbledon, the phoenix club, now ahead of MK Dons in the Football League, where are the final players of the old Wimbledon now.

With AFC Wimbledon currently above MK Dons in the Football League it marks a remarkable turnaround from a team that formed from the ashes of the old Wimbledon side.

They have come through the youth ranks ever since forming in protest at the club’s relocation to Milton Keynes after substantial financial ruin.

But what happened to that last ever Wimbledon team that defeated Derby County 1-0 on the 9th May 2004?

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesScott Bevan at Wimbledon

GK: Scott Bevan

Signed in March 2010 he remained with the club when it moved to Milton Keynes. The former Southampton keeper then spent time at Tamworth, Kidderminster Harriers, Shrewsbury and Torquay, Bristol Rovers and retired in 2014 after a spell at Havant and Waterlooville. He is currently the goalkeeper coach at League Two side Portsmouth.

DF: Shola Oyedele

One of the young players asked to step up in the face of a closing club he also went on to play for Milton Keynes before later playing non-league football with Woking and Wingate & Finchley.

Founded the charity ‘I Have A Gift’ in 2011 that delivers workshops and FA accredited courses to young people.

Wimbledon's Malvin Kamara celebrates with jubilant team-mates after scoring the equalizing goal against SunderlandWimbledon celebrate after scoring the equalizing goal against Sunderland

DF: Dean Lewington

The son of former England assistant Ray he also stuck with Milton Keynes and is currently the Buckinghamshire club’s longest serving player and record appearance holder.

DF: Mark Williams

The Northern Ireland international went on to play for MK Dons before finishing his career on loan with Rushden & Diamonds in 2005; who themselves dissolved.

Recently was back in the news after coming forward as a victim of sexual abuse from youth coach Barry Bennell, as reported by The Guardian.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesHarry Ntimban-Zeh of Wimbledon tackles Burnley's Richard Chaplow

DF: Harry Ntimban-Zeh

A French journeyman when he arrived at Wimbledon in 2004 he stayed with Milton Keynes before being released along with compatriot Laurent Herve in 2005.

Now a football agent and consultant.

Wimbledon's Malvin Kamara celebrates with jubilant team-mates after scoring the equalizing goal against SunderlandWimbledon's Malvin Kamara celebrates with jubilant team-mates after scoring the equalizing goal against Sunderland

MF: Malvin Kamara

Kamara went on to play for Cardiff City, Port Vale and Huddersfield Town. After stints at various non-league clubs the one cap Sierra Leone international, who infamously had to watch Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory before every game, is now plying his trade for Hampton & Richmond Borough.

The 33-year-old now works as a recruitment consultant for a utilities company in London.

MF: Jermaine Darlington

Scored in the final fixture and went on to have stints with Watford and Cardiff City, but struggled with a persistent knee injury.

He became one of a handful of players to join the newly formed AFC Wimbledon in 2006.

He has since played semi-pro football with Maidstone United and Whitstable Town and is currently joint under-21 manager at Sittingbourne FC.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesJermaine Darlington in action

MF: Ben Chorley

After leaving Milton Keynes in 2007 he had successful stints at Tranmere Rovers and Leyton Orient. Now 34, the former Arsenal youngster is playing for non-league side Bromley.

MF: Gary Smith

Was on loan at Wimbledon from Middlesbrough for the Derby game and went on to play for Milton Keynes. He won League Two with Brentford in 2009 and moved to Darlington.

He was released by The Quakers in 2011 after suffering a severe knee injury in the FA Trophy final win against Mansfield. He has not played professionally since.

FW: Wayne Gray

Another player who went on to a journeyman career post Wimbledon. Southend, Yeovil, Leyton Orient, Grays Athletic, Cambridge United, Chelmsford, Woking, Carshalton Athletic and AFC Hornchurch have all been graced by his presence.

FW: Wade Small

Small was Milton Keynes first ever Player of the Year in 2005 and ended up moving to Sheffield Wednesday for a ‘substantial fee’ in 2006. Injury problems mounted and brief spells at Blackpool and Charlton were followed by signing for Chesterfield in 2009. Since leaving the Spireites in 2010 he has played for Aldershot Town, Lewes, and Tooting & Mitcham and Kingstonian.

Currently the 32-year-old is working as a personal trainer.


GK: David Martin

He was just 18 at the time and moved to Liverpool in 2006. He spent much of his four years at Anfield out on loan including a long stint with Leicester in 08-09. Returned to Milton Keynes in 2010 and remains at the club.

DF: Peter Hawkins

Signed for Rushden & Diamonds after the Milton Keynes rebrand before stints with Ebbsfleet United, Maidstone United, Tonbridge Angels, Blyth Spartans, Whitstable Town and Chatham Town where he was also assistant manager.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesJason Puncheon in action for Wimbledon

MF: Jason Puncheon

The most successful of all the players in the squad that day and he didn’t even get on the pitch. Puncheon has had a whirlwind career with Fisher Athletic, Lewes, Barnet, and Plymouth Argyle and Southampton. Now a regular in the Premier League with Crystal Palace.

MF: Ben Harding

Went on to play for Milton Keynes for one season before signing for Aldershot Town. Spells at Wycombe Wanderers, Northampton Town and Torquay United followed. Currently at Gosport Borough.

FW: Dean Holdsworth

The Wimbledon legend went on to play for a string of clubs after their dissolution in 2004 before going into management with Redbridge. He then had spells as manager at Newport County, Aldershot Town, Chelmsford City and Brentwood Town – with varying degrees of success.

Played a major role in saving former club Bolton Wanderers from administration earlier this year and is still a director at the club – which is again in financial peril.

City's Jeff Kenna and Dons' Jamie Mackie in action
	Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Andy CouldridgeCity's Jeff Kenna and Dons' Jamie Mackie in action

Honourable Mentions

Jamie Mackie

Was a youngster at Wimbledon at the time and didn’t feature against Derby County.

Now a Scotland international he is playing at QPR and has graced the Premier League.

Lionel Morgan

Once compared to a young John Barnes left-winger Morgan was tipped to be a future star.

Ready to sign for Spurs in a £400k deal in 2003, as reported by Sky Sports, it was postponed until Morgan could recover his full fitness after a string of serious knee injuries.

He played only three more games after this date as a professional as a promising career was curtailed by injury.

Co-founded Sports Management company Infinite Sports with former Wimbledon player Jobi McAnuff in 2011.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesAlex Tapp in possession

Alex Tapp

Another player tipped to go a long way in the game, midfielder Tapp also suffered with serious injury trouble.

He moved to MK Dons before spending time at Lews, Tonbridge Angels and Chipstead.

Joined US side Austin Atex in 2009 for whom he went on to become a coach.

Now settled in Texas, he is a property realtor.

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