Dean Lewington

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Dean Lewington
Lewington, Dean.jpg
Lewington in 2011
Personal information
Full name Dean Scott Lewington[1]
Date of birth (1984-05-18) 18 May 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Kingston upon Thames, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Milton Keynes Dons
Number 3
Youth career
000?–2004 Wimbledon
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Wimbledon 29 (1)
2004– Milton Keynes Dons 542 (19)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:22, 14 March 2017 (UTC).

Dean Scott Lewington (born 18 May 1984) is an English footballer who plays at left back or centre back for Milton Keynes Dons where he is currently captain and widely considered a club hero.[3]

Club career[edit]

Wimbledon[edit]

Born in Kingston upon Thames, London, Lewington made his Wimbledon first team debut on 5 April 2003, coming on as a last-minute substitute for Alex Tapp in a 4–2 First Division defeat to Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough, his only appearance of the season.[4]

On 1 November 2003, he made his first start, in a 2–1 win over Bradford City at the National Hockey Stadium, their first victory in Milton Keynes.[5] He scored his first goal on 26 December in a 3–0 win away to Reading at the Madejski Stadium, heading Adam Nowland's cross for the second of the game.[6] Lewington was sent off for violent conduct near the end of the team's 0–3 home defeat to Coventry City on 21 February 2004.[7] At the end of the season, Wimbledon were relegated.[8]

Milton Keynes Dons[edit]

Lewington takes a throw in against Barnsley in 2015

Having moved to Milton Keynes in 2003, Wimbledon were relaunched in 2004 as Milton Keynes Dons, in the newly renamed League One. Lewington almost moved to Huddersfield Town in 2005 in an exchange deal involving Pawel Abbott, however Abbott chose to stay at Huddersfield thus ending their interest. As of 2015, Lewington is one of two former Wimbledon players at Milton Keynes Dons, the other being goalkeeper David Martin.

He received the MK Dons captaincy after the departure of Keith Andrews to Blackburn Rovers in August 2008. On 21 March 2011, Lewington led his team to a 1–0 victory over promotion rivals Peterborough United. The Dons reached the play-offs but were defeated by Peterborough.

On 2 December 2012, Lewington captained his side against AFC Wimbledon in their highly publicised first meeting. On 12 January 2013, Lewington made his 400th league appearance for Milton Keynes Dons against Bury.

Lewington scored his only goal of the 2013–14 League One season in the last minute of a 3–2 victory over Stevenage at Broadhall Way. The 2–2 draw with Rotherham United at the New York Stadium on 26 April 2014 saw Lewington make his 500th appearance for Milton Keynes Dons in all competitions. To celebrate his 500th appearance for the club, supporters of Milton Keynes Dons got together for the last home game of the season against Leyton Orient, and wore as much orange as possible (due to Lewington's hair colour). This campaign was dubbed "Orange4Lewie" and gained publicity from Twitter, Facebook and other social media.

On 3 May 2015, Lewington scored twice and assisted two further goals as the Dons defeated Yeovil Town 5–1 on the final day of the season to earn their first promotion to the Championship.[9]

Testimonial[edit]

On 20 May 2014, it was announced that a testimonial match against Nottingham Forest would be played, in honour of Lewington's 10 years of service to the club. The match was played on 27 July 2014 at stadium:mk with 4,121 attending the game, including 1,286 from Nottingham Forest.[10] In his 10 years at Milton Keynes Dons, he has amassed over 500 appearances in league and cup competitions.

Personal life[edit]

He is the son of former England assistant manager Ray Lewington.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 24 November 2016.[11]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Wimbledon 2002–03 First Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2003–04 First Division 28 1 3 0 0 0 31 1
Total 29 1 3 0 0 0 32 1
Milton Keynes Dons 2004–05 League One 43 2 3 0 1 0 1 1 48 3
2005–06 League One 44 1 3 0 1 0 3 0 51 1
2006–07 League Two 45 1 3 0 2 0 2 0 52 1
2007–08 League Two 45 0 1 0 1 0 6 0 53 0
2008–09 League One 42 2 1 0 2 0 1 0 46 0
2009–10 League One 42 1 3 0 0 0 5 1 50 2
2010–11 League One 42 3 2 0 3 0 3 0 50 3
2011–12 League One 46 3 3 0 3 1 3 0 55 4
2012–13 League One 38 1 7 0 2 0 0 0 47 1
2013–14 League One 43 1 4 0 0 0 2 0 49 1
2014–15 League One 41 3 3 0 4 0 1 0 49 3
2015–16 Championship 46 1 2 0 2 0 50 1
2016–17 League One 22 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 26 0
Total 539 19 38 0 21 1 28 2 626 22
Career total 568 20 41 0 21 1 28 2 658 23

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Milton Keynes Dons

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Findmypast
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Bretland, Elliot (7 May 2015). "MK Dons has been built brick by brick and Karl Robinson is the architect of our success, says captain Dean Lewington following promotion to the Championship". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "Sheffield Wed 4-2 Wimbledon". BBC Sport. 5 April 2003. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "Wimbledon 2-1 Bradford". BBC Sport. 1 November 2003. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Reading 0-3 Wimbledon". BBC Sport. 26 December 2003. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "Wimbledon 0-3 Coventry". 21 February 2004. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
  8. ^ "Wimbledon 1-0 Derby". BBC Sport. 9 May 2004. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "MK Dons 5-1 Yeovil". BBC Sport. 3 May 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  10. ^ http://www.nottinghamforest.co.uk/news/article/mk-dons-1-0-forest-1784976.aspx.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ "Statistics". Soccerbase. Retrieved 24 November 2016. 

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