GREEN BARMY: True Dons back in business after meteoric rise and fall
THIS afternoon at Home Park, the name of AFC Wimbledon competes for points in Plymouth for only the second time.
But the name Wimbledon inevitably takes the mind back to the recent past and the perennial non-league side that was finally elected to full status in 1977.
In 1986, the Dons reached the Football League First Division, then the top flight, following a four-year rise of meteoric proportions from the fourth tier of the English game.
Even more famously, in 1988 they shocked the football world by lifting the FA Cup when Dave Beasant became the first goalkeeper to save a penalty in a final to deny Liverpool's John Aldridge.
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But a decade and a half later they were to undergo a change of location – and name. The Milton Keynes Dons have now been in existence in Buckinghamshire for almost a decade.
But the emigration from south London was opposed by the vast majority of their fans and a new club, AFC Wimbledon, was formed.
Despite having a relatively short league history, there are many links between Plymouth Argyle and the original Wimbledon.
For example, take that FA Cup Final of 1988.
Lining up alongside other Wimbledon legends Dennis Wise, Lawrie Sanchez, John Fashanu in the history-making win over Liverpool was Clive Goodyear who, at right-back, conceded the penalty that led to Beasant's unforgettable moment.
Ironically, he now runs a private physiotherapy practise in Milton Keynes having, in recent years, been involved as physiotherapist with Cardiff City and Chester City football clubs.
But, he admits that he has never been tempted to visit the MK Dons stadium to watch a football match. Perhaps the feelings of the old pros match those of the diehard Wimbledon supporters.
Goodyear broke into the first team at Luton Town as a teenager in 1980 on a journey that would bring more accolades than just his cup-winning medal.
In his first full season, Luton won promotion from the old Division Two at the end of the 1981-82 campaign. Goodyear played in 35 matches during that successful run in which his team lost just twice.
One other stand-out moment for him under David Pleat was a game that went down in Luton folklore when the Hatters defeated Manchester City to avoid relegation.
His first transfer brought him to Plymouth in August 1984.
Playing in all but five of the third division fixtures during the 1985-86 season, he was an integral part of Dave Smith's promotion-winning side.
Both his goals during that term were vital: the winner as Derby County were defeated 2-1 at the Baseball Ground; and the vital second as Chesterfield were beaten by a similar score at Saltergate.
The Lincoln-born defender played most of his matches for Argyle in the number four shirt, and in that side constructed by Smith, Goodyear was a no-nonsense rugged defender who revelled in a backline marshalled by Gerry McElhinney.
Scoring seven goals in his 106 league appearances for the Pilgrims, a move to the capital brought him more success.
It was a move that was unlikely as he had held talks with York City until Bobby Gould stepped him to tempt him to bigger things.
Wimbledon had reached Division One by the time he moved there in 1987, and it is a strange quirk that, despite playing in their FA Cup final team, he was never a regular at Plough Lane because of a succession of serious injuries.
He would never forget his debut, against Derby County, but for all the wrong reasons.
Just five minutes after coming on as a substitute, he badly damaged ankle ligaments which put a halt to his early ambitions with his new club.
Bad luck continued in the most painful of circumstances.
On his comeback game – his second appearance in October 1987 – a clash with Tottenham's Clive Allen saw Goodyear emerge with a fractured knee and tibia.
The fact Wimbledon won 3-0 at White Hart Lane in the London derby would hold cold comfort.
Following the FA Cup Final, Goodyear had another Wembley appearance to look forward to as Wimbledon were to appear in The Charity Shield.
But the injury jinx put paid to that.
The Dons travelled to Bristol Rovers for a pre-season friendly in which Goodyear suffered a ripped knee ligament which put him out of the game for 14 months.
In his three-season spell with the Dons, he made just 30 first-team appearances before being handed a free transfer and a move Brentford.
But it was a brief encounter at Griffin Park before Goodyear's career took an unusual turn.
His final club as a player was Ernest Borel FC in Hong Kong where he played for two years.
The move came about in unusual of circumstances. A chance meeting with a club official in a Chinese restaurant in south London led him to moving east!
However, a serious knee injury ended his playing time in Asia which instigated a change of direction. It was a return of a problem that saw his time with Wimbledon curtailed and subsequently limited his days ar Brentford.
After studying physiotherapy, his new qualifications saw him return to his first club, Luton Town in 1993.
He then took on the responsibilities of physiotherapist at Cardiff City and, more latterly, Chester City.
Working in the treatment room at those three clubs extended his time in the game by another 13 years.
So what of other names that can be linked between Argyle and the original Wimbledon?
The most famous name is Peter Shilton, who joined the Dons in 1995 as goalkeeping cover for Hans Segers.
Barry Silkman, now a football agent, spent just over a year at Plough Lane in the early 1970s. He was later signed by Argyle with Malcolm Allison at the helm.
Former Pilgrims' star striker and manager David Kemp was a record signing when he moved to Plymouth in 1979, and may not be the obvious link.
But Kemp made just one appearance for Wimbledon, and that was as a substitute, against Portsmouth in the League Cup.
Kemp returned to Wimbledon with Mick Harford on the coaching staff, and took charge for a brief spell during Joe Kinnear's enforced absence because of illness.
Andy Clement played under Kemp at Home Park and appeared as a substitute for Wimbledon in their Charity Shield appearance in the 1988 season curtain-raiser.
Dean Blackwell was a regular during the Dons' time in the top flight, and the former England under-21 international once spent a brief time on-loan with Argyle.
Another loanee at the Theatre of Greens was Brian McAllister. The former Scottish international spent 11 years with Wimbledon. As a matter of interest, McAllister now runs a bakery business in Brisbane, Australia.
Winger Mark Fiore, another player known to Kemp when he was manager, made just one top-flight appearance for Wimbledon when he lined up to face Newcastle United.
Going further back in time, defender Mike Everitt played for Argyle in the late 1960s and became Wimbledon player-manager in 1971
Last, but not least in the links, another Dave Smith signing at Home Park – gangly forward Stewart Evans, whose lumbering style struggled to find favour with many Argyle fans.