2017–18 Milton Keynes Dons F.C. season

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Milton Keynes Dons
2017–18 season
ChairmanPete Winkelman
ManagerPaul Tisdale
(from 6 June 2018)
Keith Millen
(caretaker, from 22 April 2018 until 6 June 2018)
Dan Micciche
(from 23 January 2018 until 22 April 2018)
Robbie Neilson
(until 20 January 2018)
StadiumStadium MK
League One23rd
(relegated to League Two)
FA CupFourth round
EFL CupSecond round
EFL TrophySecond round
Top goalscorerLeague: Chuks Aneke (9)
All: Chuks Aneke (10)
Highest home attendance14,925 (vs Coventry City)
27 January 2018, FA Cup R4
Lowest home attendance1,541 (vs Brighton & Hove Albion U21s)
29 August 2017, EFL Trophy
Average home league attendance9,202[1]
Biggest win0–4 (vs Hyde United)
3 November 2017, FA Cup R1
Biggest defeat5–1 (vs Wigan Athletic)
7 April 2018, League One

The 2017–18 season was Milton Keynes Dons' 14th season in their existence, and their second consecutive season in League One, the third tier of English football.[2] Along with competing in League One, the club also competed in the FA Cup, EFL Cup and EFL Trophy.

The season covers the period from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.

Competitions[edit]

League One[edit]

League table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion, qualification or relegation
20 Rochdale 46 11 18 17 49 57 −8 51
21 Oldham Athletic (R) 46 11 17 18 58 75 −17 50 Relegation to EFL League Two
22 Northampton Town (R) 46 12 11 23 43 77 −34 47
23 Milton Keynes Dons (R) 46 11 12 23 43 69 −26 45
24 Bury (R) 46 8 12 26 41 71 −30 36
Source: BBC Sport
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored
(R) Relegated.

Matches

Date League
position
Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Ref
5 August 2017 19th Wigan Athletic H L 0–1 9,164 [3]
12 August 2017 20th Blackpool A L 0–1 3,412 [4]
19 August 2017 16th Gillingham H W 1–0 Sow 7,901 [5]
26 August 2017 20th Blackburn Rovers A L 1–4 Upson 10,111 [6]
2 September 2017 19th Oxford United H D 1–1 Brittain 10,746 [7]
9 September 2017 15th Plymouth Argyle A W 1–0 Nesbitt 8,566 [8]
12 September 2017 15th Peterborough United A L 0–2 6,465 [9]
16 September 2017 13th Rochdale H W 3–2 Ariyibi (2), Seager 7,670 [10]
22 September 2017 9th AFC Wimbledon A W 2–0 Francomb (og), Ariyibi 3,973 [11]
26 September 2017 12th Northampton Town H D 0–0 11,340 [12]
30 September 2017 10th Bury A W 2–0 Sow, Ebanks-Landell 3,165 [13]
7 October 2017 13th Bradford City H L 1–4 Ebanks-Landell 9,106 [14]
14 October 2017 14th Portsmouth A L 0–2 17,608 [15]
17 October 2017 14th Walsall H D 1–1 Aneke 7,258 [16]
21 October 2017 15th Oldham Athletic H D 4–4 Gilbey, Upson (2), Nesbitt 9,312 [17]
28 October 2017 16th Bristol Rovers A L 0–2 8,701 [18]
11 November 2017 14th Fleetwood Town H W 1–0 Aneke 7,827 [19]
18 November 2017 13th Charlton Athletic A D 2–2 Agard (2) 10,577 [20]
21 November 2017 13th Southend United H D 1–1 Agard 7,521 [21]
25 November 2017 15th Doncaster Rovers A L 1–2 Aneke 7,743 [22]
9 December 2017 17th Shrewsbury Town H D 1–1 Pawlett 8,355 [23]
16 December 2017 17th Scunthorpe United A D 2–2 Agard, Aneke 3,569 [24]
23 December 2017 19th Rotherham United A L 1–2 Aneke 8,333 [25]
26 December 2017 20th Plymouth Argyle H L 0–1 9,268 [26]
30 December 2017 17th Peterborough United H W 1–0 Aneke 10,304 [27]
1 January 2018 19th Oxford United A L 1–3 Gilbey 7,628 [28]
13 January 2018 19th AFC Wimbledon H D 0–0 9,504 [29]
20 January 2018 21st Northampton Town A L 1–2 Gilbey 7,231 [30]
3 February 2018 22nd Walsall A L 0–1 4,009 [31]
10 February 2018 22nd Portsmouth H L 1–2 Ugbo 14,762 [32]
13 February 2018 22nd Oldham Athletic A L 0–1 3,381 [33]
17 February 2018 22nd Charlton Athletic H L 1–2 Agard 8,961 [34]
21 February 2018 22nd Rochdale A D 0–0 Agard 2,273 [35]
24 February 2018 22nd Fleetwood Town A D 1–1 Muirhead 2,273 [36]
3 March 2018 22nd Bristol Rovers H L 0–1 8,240 [37]
13 March 2018 22nd Rotherham United H W 3–2 Muirhead (2), Pawlett 7,327 [38]
17 March 2018 22nd Bury H W 2–1 Aneke (2) 9,247 [39]
24 March 2018 22nd Blackpool H D 0–0 8,094 [40]
29 March 2018 20th Gillingham A W 2–1 Aneke, Williams 5,540 [41]
2 April 2018 21st Blackburn Rovers H L 1–2 Pawlett 11,215 [42]
7 April 2018 22nd Wigan Athletic A L 1–5 Brittain 8,404 [43]
14 April 2018 23rd Doncaster Rovers H L 1–2 Ugbo 8,954 [44]
21 April 2018 23rd Southend United A L 0–4 7,546 [45]
24 April 2018 23rd Bradford City A L 0–2 19,192 [46]
28 April 2018 23rd Scunthorpe United H L 0–2 9,578 [47]
5 May 2018 23rd Shrewsbury Town A W 1–0 Agard 6,516 [48]

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Ref
First round 3 November 2017 Hyde United A W 4–0 Nesbitt, Aneke, Ebanks-Landell, Upson 3,126 [49]
Second round 2 December 2017 Maidstone United H W 4–1 Nesbitt, Agard (2), Pawlett 4,804 [50]
Third round 6 January 2018 Queens Park Rangers A W 1–0 Cissé 6,314 [51]
Fourth round 27 January 2018 Coventry City H L 0–1 14,925 [52]

EFL Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Ref
First round 8 August 2017 Forest Green Rovers A W 1–0 Ariyibi 1,608 [53]
Second round 22 August 2017 Swansea City H L 1–4 Seager 5,162 [54]

EFL Trophy[edit]

Group stage table

Pos Lge Team Pld W PW PL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 L1 Milton Keynes Dons (Q) 3 2 1 0 0 6 3 +3 8 Round 2
2 L1 Oxford United (Q) 3 1 0 1 1 11 8 +3 4
3 L2 Stevenage (E) 3 1 0 1 1 5 7 −2 4
4 ACA Brighton & Hove Albion U21s (E) 3 0 1 0 2 3 7 −4 2
Updated to match(es) played on 7 November 2017. Source: EFL.com
(E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Matches

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Ref
Group stage 29 August 2017 Brighton & Hove Albion U21s H W 2–0 Ariyibi, Tshibola 1,541 [55]
Group stage 3 October 2017 Stevenage H D 0–0 2,031 [56]
Group stage 7 November 2017 Oxford United A W 4–3 Thomas-Asante, Ariyibi (2), Seager 1,182 [57]
Second round 6 December 2018 Chelsea U23s H L 0–4 1,549 [58]

Berks & Bucks Senior Cup[edit]

Competition does not count towards player or club season statistics.
Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Scorers Attendance Ref
Second round 22 November 2017 Ascot United A W 2–0 Thomas-Asante (2) [59]
Quarter-final 6 March 2018 Windsor A W 5–0 Thomas-Asante (3), Nesbitt, Jackson [60]
Semi-final 18 April 2018 Slough Town A W 4–1 Thomas-Asante(3), Rasulo 392 [61]
Final 2 May 2018 Chesham United H D[a] 2–2* Rasulo, Muirhead 521 [62]
  1. ^ Chesham United won 3–4 on penalties.

Squad[edit]

List of squad players, including number of appearances by competition.
Players with squad numbers struck through and marked Left club during playing season left the club during the playing season.
No. Pos Nat Player Total League One FA Cup League Cup League Trophy
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK England Lee Nicholls 46 0 41 0 4 0 1 0 0 0
2 DF England George Williams 51 1 42 1 4 0 1 0 4 0
3 DF England Dean Lewington 28 0 22 0 1 0 2 0 3 0
4 DF Wales Joe Walsh 15 0 9 0 3 0 1 0 2 0
5 DF England Scott Wootton 43 0 38 0 3 0 0 0 2 0
6 MF England Ed Upson 45 4 37 3 4 1 2 0 2 0
7 Left club during playing season FW United States Gboly Ariyibi 27 8 22 3 1 2 1 3 3 0
7 MF England Nigel Reo-Coker 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 MF Mali Ousseynou Cissé 35 1 32 0 1 1 1 0 1 0
9 FW Sweden Osman Sow 20 2 19 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
10 FW England Chuks Aneke 35 10 31 9 3 1 0 0 1 0
11 MF Scotland Peter Pawlett 27 4 23 3 2 1 0 0 2 0
12 DF England Scott Golbourne 25 0 23 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
13 GK Netherlands Wieger Sietsma 10 0 5 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
14 FW England Kieran Agard 47 8 41 6 4 2 1 0 1 0
15 Left club during playing season FW England Ryan Seager 22 3 14 1 2 0 2 1 4 1
15 DF England Elliott Ward 14 0 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 FW Scotland Robbie Muirhead 37 3 30 3 1 0 2 0 4 0
17 Left club during playing season DF England Paul Downing 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0
17 MF England Marcus Tavernier 8 0 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
18 MF Scotland Conor McGrandles 27 0 19 0 4 0 1 0 3 0
19 DF England Ethan Ebanks-Landell 35 3 29 2 4 1 1 0 1 0
20 Left club during playing season MF England Aaron Tshibola 16 1 12 0 0 0 2 0 2 1
20 DF England Josh Tymon 9 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 MF Scotland Aidan Nesbitt 25 4 19 2 3 2 0 0 3 0
22 MF England Giorgio Rasulo 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
23 DF England Ben Tilney 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 MF Scotland Connor Furlong 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 DF England Callum Brittain 33 2 29 2 2 0 2 0 0 0
26 MF England Alex Gilbey 25 3 23 3 2 0 0 0 0 0
27 FW England Ike Ugbo 17 2 15 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
28 MF England Hugo Logan 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
29 DF England Oran Jackson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 FW England Sam Nombe 12 0 6 0 1 0 2 0 3 0
31 FW Ghana Brandon Thomas-Asante 21 1 15 0 1 0 1 0 4 1
35 MF Nigeria David Kasumu 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
37 DF England Dylan Asonganyi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Transfers[edit]

Transfers in[edit]

Date from Position Name From Fee Ref.
1 July 2017 MF Mali Ousseynou Cissé France Tours Free transfer [63]
MF Scotland Conor McGrandles Norwich City [64]
MF Scotland Peter Pawlett Scotland Aberdeen
7 July 2017 GK Netherlands Wieger Sietsma Free agent[a] Free transfer [65]
14 August 2017 FW Sweden Osman Sow China Henan Jianye Undisclosed [66]
31 August 2017 MF England Alex Gilbey Wigan Athletic
MF Scotland Aidan Nesbitt Scotland Celtic
22 March 2018 MF England Nigel Reo-Coker Free agent[b] Free transfer [67]

Transfers out[edit]

Date from Position Name To Fee Ref.
1 July 2017 DF England George Baldock Sheffield United Undisclosed [63]
FW England Dean Bowditch Northampton Town Free transfer [63]
FW England Nicky Maynard Released[c] [65]
GK England David Martin Released[d] [66]
MF Republic of Ireland Darren Potter Rotherham United Free transfer [63]
MF Northern Ireland Ben Reeves Released[e] [66]
FW England Daniel Powell Northampton Town Free transfer [64]
8 January 2018 DF England Paul Downing Blackburn Rovers Undisclosed [68]

Loans in[edit]

Start date Position Name From End date Ref.
14 July 2017 DF England Ethan Ebanks-Landell Wolverhampton Wanderers End of season [65]
17 July 2017 FW United States Gboly Ariyibi Nottingham Forest January 2018[f]
21 July 2017 FW England Ryan Seager Southampton 26 January 2018[g]
27 July 2017 MF England Aaron Tshibola Aston Villa 9 November 2017[h]
31 August 2017 DF England Scott Golbourne Bristol City January 2018 [66]
4 January 2018 FW England Ike Ugbo Chelsea End of season [68]
17 January 2018 FW England Marcus Tavernier Middlesbrough
30 January 2018 DF England Josh Tymon Stoke City
DF England Elliott Ward Blackburn Rovers
31 January 2018 DF England Scott Golbourne Bristol City

Loans out[edit]

Start date Position Name To End date Ref.
31 August 2017 DF England Paul Downing Blackburn Rovers 8 January 2018[i] [66]
  1. ^ Previous club: SC Heerenveen.
  2. ^ Previous club: IK Start.
  3. ^ Joined Aberdeen on 7 July 2017.
  4. ^ Joined Millwall on 1 September 2017.
  5. ^ Declined new contract offer. Joined Charlton Athletic on 3 August 2017.
  6. ^ Recalled. Originally until end of season.
  7. ^ Recalled. Originally until end of season.
  8. ^ Recalled. Originally until end of season.
  9. ^ Signed permanently for Blackburn Rovers on 8 January 2018. Originally until end of season.

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "History". Statto.
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  68. ^ a b Cite error: The named reference BBCJan2018 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
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