Milton Keynes Dons F.C.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from MK Dons)
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Milton Keynes Dons
MK Dons badge
Full name Milton Keynes Dons Football Club
Nickname(s) The Dons
Short name MK Dons
Founded 2004[n 1]
Ground Stadium MK
Capacity 30,500
Chairman Pete Winkelman
Manager Paul Tisdale
League League Two
2017–18 League One, 23rd of 24 (relegated)
Website Club website
Current season

Milton Keynes Dons Football Club (/ˌmɪltən ˈknz ˈdɒnz/), usually abbreviated to MK Dons, is a professional association football club based in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England. It was founded in 2004, following Wimbledon F.C.'s controversial relocation to Milton Keynes from south London, when it adopted its present name, badge and home colours.[n 2] The club currently competes in League Two, the fourth tier of the English football league system, following relegation from League One at the end of the 2017–18 season.

Initially based at the National Hockey Stadium, the club competed as Milton Keynes Dons from the start of the 2004–05 season. After two seasons in League One, it was relegated to League Two in 2006. The club moved to its current ground, Stadium MK, for the 2007–08 season, in which it won the League Two title and the Football League Trophy under the management of Paul Ince. After seven further seasons in League One, the club won promotion to the Championship in 2015 under the management of Karl Robinson; however, it was relegated back to League One after one season.

Milton Keynes Dons have built a reputation for youth development [4], run 16 disability teams and their football trust engages around 60,000 people; between 2012 and 2013 the club produced 11 young players who have been called into age group national teams and between 2004 and 2014 the club gave first-team debuts to 14 local academy graduates, including the England international midfielder Dele Alli.[5][6][7]

Origins[edit]

Milton Keynes Dons F.C. is located in England
Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes
Plough Lane
Plough Lane
Selhurst Park
Selhurst Park

Milton Keynes, about 45 miles (72 km) north-west of London in Buckinghamshire, was established as a new town in 1967.[8] In the absence of a professional football club representing the town—none of the local non-league teams progressed significantly through the English football league system or "pyramid" over the following decades—it was occasionally suggested that a Football League club might relocate there. There was no precedent in English league football for such a move between conurbations and the football authorities and most fans expressed strong opposition to the idea.[9] Charlton Athletic briefly mooted moving to "a progressive Midlands borough" during a planning dispute with their local council in 1973,[10] and the relocation of nearby Luton Town to Milton Keynes was repeatedly suggested from the 1980s onwards.[11] Another team linked with the new town was Wimbledon Football Club.[12]

Wimbledon, established in south London in 1889 and nicknamed "the Dons", were elected to the Football League in 1977. They thereafter went through a "fairytale" rise from obscurity and by the end of the 1980s were established in the top division of English football.[13] Despite Wimbledon's new prominence, the club's modest home stadium at Plough Lane remained largely unchanged from its non-league days.[13] The club's then-owner Ron Noades identified this as a problem as early as 1979, extending his dissatisfaction to the ground's very location. Interested in the stadium site designated by the Milton Keynes Development Corporation, Noades briefly planned to move Wimbledon there by merging with a non-league club in Milton Keynes, purchasing debt-ridden Milton Keynes City. However Noades then decided that the club would not gain sufficient support in Milton Keynes as the population was still low still being under construction, abandoning the idea.[12]

In 1991, after the Taylor Report was published recommending the redevelopment of English football grounds, Wimbledon left Plough Lane to groundshare at Crystal Palace's ground, Selhurst Park, about 6 miles (9.7 km) away. Sam Hammam, who then owned Wimbledon, said the club could not afford to redevelop Plough Lane and that the groundshare was a temporary arrangement while a new ground was sourced in south-west London. A new stadium for Wimbledon proved difficult to achieve.[13] Frustrated by what he perceived as a lack of support from Merton Council, Hammam began to look further afield and by 1996 was pursuing a move to Dublin, an idea that most Wimbledon fans strongly opposed.[14] Hammam sold the club to two Norwegian businessmen, Kjell Inge Røkke and Bjørn Rune Gjelsten, in 1997,[15] and a year later sold Plough Lane to Safeway supermarkets.[16] Wimbledon were relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 1999–2000 season.[17]

A man in a dark suit with wispy brown hair and a wide smile looks into the camera.

Starting in 2000,[16] a consortium led by music promoter Pete Winkelman and supported by Asda (a Walmart subsidiary) and IKEA proposed a large retail development in Milton Keynes including a Football League-standard stadium.[18][19] The consortium proposed that an established league club move to use this site;[18][19] it approached Luton, Wimbledon, Crystal Palace, Barnet and Queens Park Rangers.[20] In 2001 Røkke and Gjelsten appointed a new chairman, Charles Koppel, who was in favour of this idea, saying it was necessary to stop the club going out of business.[21] To the fury of most Wimbledon fans,[22] Koppel announced on 2 August 2001 that the club intended to relocate to Milton Keynes. After the Football League refused permission, Wimbledon launched an appeal, leading to a Football Association arbitration hearing and subsequently the appointment of a three-man independent commission to make a final and binding verdict. The league and FA stated opposition but the commissioners ruled in favour, two to one, on 28 May 2002.[23]

Having campaigned against the move,[22] a group of disaffected Wimbledon fans reacted to this in June 2002 by forming their own non-league club, AFC Wimbledon, to which most of the original team's support defected.[24] AFC Wimbledon entered a groundshare agreement with Kingstonian in the borough of Kingston upon Thames, adjacent to Merton.[24] The original Wimbledon intended to move to Milton Keynes immediately but were unable to do so until a temporary home in the town meeting Football League criteria could be found.[25] The club remained at Selhurst Park in the meantime and in June 2003 went into administration.[26] With the move threatened and the club facing liquidation,[27] Winkelman decided to buy it himself.[19] He secured funding for the administrators to keep the team operating with the goal of getting it to Milton Keynes as soon as possible.[28] The club arranged the temporary use of the National Hockey Stadium in Milton Keynes and played its first match there in September 2003.[29] Nine months later Winkelman's Inter MK Group bought the club out of administration and announced changes to its name, badge and colours—the team was renamed Milton Keynes Dons Football Club.[30]

History[edit]

2004–2006: Struggles and relegation[edit]

Milton Keynes Dons (white) take on Blackpool (orange) at the former England National Hockey Stadium during the 2004–05 season

The first season for the club as Milton Keynes Dons was 2004–05, in Football League One, under Stuart Murdoch, who had managed Wimbledon F.C. since 2002. The team's first game was on 7 August 2004, a 1–1 home draw against Barnsley, with Izale McLeod equalising with their first competitive goal.[31] Murdoch was sacked in November[32] and replaced by Danny Wilson, who kept Milton Keynes Dons in the division on the final day of the season — but only because of Wrexham's 10-point deduction for going into administration. The following season, Milton Keynes Dons struggled all year, and were relegated to League Two; Wilson, as a result, was sacked.[33]

2006–2010: Promotion and first trophy[edit]

Wilson's successor for 2006–07 was Martin Allen, who had just taken Brentford to the brink of a place in the Football League Championship. Milton Keynes Dons were in contention for automatic promotion right up to the last game, but eventually finished fourth and had to settle for a play-off place. They then suffered a defeat to Shrewsbury Town in the play-off semi-finals. During the 2007 summer break, Allen left to take over at Leicester City.

For the 2007–08 season, former England captain Paul Ince took over as manager. Milton Keynes Dons reached the final of the Football League Trophy, while topping the table for most of the season. The final was played on 30 March against Grimsby Town — Milton Keynes Dons won 2–0 at Wembley to bring the first professional trophy to Milton Keynes. The club capped the trophy win with the League Two championship, and the subsequent promotion to League One for the 2008–09 season. Following his successes, Ince left at the end of the season to manage Blackburn Rovers.

Ince's replacement was Roberto Di Matteo. In the 2008–09 season, they missed out on an automatic promotion spot by two points, finishing third behind Peterborough United and Leicester City. They were knocked out of the play-offs by Scunthorpe United, who defeated MK Dons by penalty shootout at Stadium MK. Di Matteo left at the season's end for West Bromwich Albion.[34]

A year after leaving, Ince returned to manage the Dons for the 2009–10 season.[35] He resigned from the club on 16 April 2010, but remained manager until the end of the season.[36]

2010–2016: Karl Robinson era[edit]

On 10 May 2010, Karl Robinson was appointed as the club's new manager, with former England coach John Gorman as his assistant. At 29 years of age, Robinson was at the time of his appointment the youngest manager in the Football League.[37] In his first season in the club Milton Keynes Dons finished fifth in 2010–11 League One. They faced Peterborough United in the play-off semifinals. Although they won the first leg 3–2, a 2–0 defeat at London Road meant they missed out on the play-off final.

The 2011–12 season brought similar results to the previous season with the Dons finishing fifth in 2011–12 League One facing Huddersfield in the play-offs. Losing the first leg 2–0 followed by winning 2–1 at The Galpharm saw Milton Keynes Dons lose 3–2 on aggregate against the eventual play-off winners. The away leg was John Gorman's last match in football after announcing his retirement a few weeks beforehand. Gorman's replacement was announced on 18 May 2012 as being ex-Luton manager Mick Harford along with new part-time coach Ian Wright.

Chart showing the progress of MK Dons' league finishes since the 2004–05 season

Milton Keynes Dons experienced their best ever FA Cup campaign in the 2012–13 season by beating a spirited Cambridge City (0–0 and 6–1), League Two fierce rivals AFC Wimbledon (2–1), Championship Sheffield Wednesday (0–0 and 2–0) and Premier League Queens Park Rangers (4–2) to reach the fifth round of the competition for the first time ever in their history. Their record-breaking run ended in the fifth round at stadium:mk on 16 February 2013, losing 3–1 to Championship side Barnsley. After being in the top five for most of the season, the club finished the 2013–14 League One season in tenth place.

The 2014–15 season began well. The highlight event of the season's first month was being drawn against Manchester United in the League Cup second round, having dispatched AFC Wimbledon in the first. The Dons recorded a shock 4–0 victory over Manchester United in front of a sell out crowd at stadium:mk. A few weeks later, the Dons recorded their record win, a 6–0 thrashing of Colchester United at home.[38] That record did not last long as it was broken once again with a 7–0 demolition of Oldham Athletic on 20 December 2014.[39] Just over a month later, on 31 January 2015, the Dons recorded a joint record 5–0 away win against Crewe Alexandra, earning a short-lived top spot.[40] On 3 May the club secured promotion to the Football League Championship for the first time, beating Yeovil Town 5–1 and leapfrogging Preston North End (who lost 1–0 at Colchester United) on the final day of the season.[41]

The Dons started life in the Championship by beating Rotherham away 4–1 on the opening day of the season and gaining seven points from a possible 12 in their first four games. They were not able to sustain this form throughout the season - the Dons did not win any of their final 11 games and they returned to League One after finishing 23rd in the Championship.[42]

On 23 October 2016, Karl Robinson left the club by mutual consent, following a 3–0 home to defeat to Southend United the previous day, which had extended the Dons' winless run to four games and left them 19th in the League One table.[43]

2016–present : Neilson, Micciche[edit]

Robbie Neilson joined MK Dons as manager from Hearts F.C. in his native Scotland[44] with the first game in charge coincidentally an FA Cup game against Karl Robinson's new club Charlton Athletic[45] and would meet twice more the following weeks.[46][47] The new era started off well, with the second game in charge a win against AFC Wimbledon[48] and in late January a local derby win against Northampton Town.[49] The following season started badly, and Neilson left by mutual consent on 20 January 2018 after a run of one win in 11 league games with the club 21st in the table.[50] Under Neilson's successor Dan Micciche, the club continued to struggle in the relegation places. Following a run of poor results with only three wins in sixteen matches in charge, Micciche left the club on 22 April 2018, with assistant manager Keith Millen taking over as a caretaker.[51] On the penultimate weekend of the season another defeat mathematically relegated them (leaving them seven points from safety with one game to play). [52]

Stadium[edit]

Stadium MK's East Stand in 2007

The club's first stadium was the National Hockey Stadium, which was temporarily converted for football for the duration of the club's stay. Their lease on this ground ended in May 2007.

On 18 July 2007, the club's new 22,000 seater, Stadium MK in Denbigh hosted its first game, a restricted-entrance event against a young Chelsea XI.[53] The stadium was officially opened on 29 November 2007 by the Queen.[54] The stadium features an open concourse at the top of the lower tier, an integrated hotel with rooms looking over the pitch and conference facilities. The complex was to include a 3,000 seat indoor arena, where the MK Lions basketball team would be based, but completion of this arena was delayed due to deferral of proposed commercial developments around the site,[55] and the Lions left to find a new home away from Milton Keynes.

In May 2009, the stadium was named as one of 15 stadia put forward as potential hosts for the England 2018 FIFA World Cup bid, which would include increasing capacity to 44,000.[56] England's bid was unsuccessful, but Stadium MK went on to be one of stadia for the Rugby World Cup 2015.[57][58]

Supporters[edit]

Famous supporters[edit]

The Dons' most famous non-football related supporter was local resident Jim Marshall, the founder of Marshall Amplification,[59] who were one of the earliest shirt-sponsors.[60] Racing driver Dan Wheldon was also reported to be a fan;[61] after his death, a minute's silence was held in his memory before the next game's kickoff, against Scunthorpe.[62] Former cricketer and talkSport radio presenter Darren Gough,[61] despite being a Barnsley F.C. fan, attends Dons games from time to time as he lives nearby, and also frequently speaks of the Dons when presenting on the radio.

Other notable fans who are either Dons fans or regularly attend games are: Gabi Downs, Paralympic fencer; Andrew Baggaley, table tennis Commonwealth Games double gold medallist; Gail Emms, badminton world champion; James Hildreth and James Foster both England cricketers; Mark Lancaster, local member of parliament and government minister in 2012; Craig Pickering, 100m sprinter – bronze medal at the World Championship in 2007; Craig Gibbons, London 2012 Olympic 100 metre swimmer; Mikey Burrows, Sky Sports Radio presenter; and the late musician and radio broadcaster George Webley.[61]

Supporters' club recognition[edit]

On 4 June 2005, at the 2005 Football Supporters' Federation "Fans' Parliament" (AGM), the FSF refused the Milton Keynes Dons Supporters Association membership of the FSF in a debate that, among other arguments, questioned why the Football League had yet to introduce any new rules to prevent the "franchising" of other football clubs in the future.[63][64] In addition, the FSF membership agreed with the Wimbledon Independent Supporters' Association that the Milton Keynes Dons Supporters Association should not be entitled to join the FSF until they give up all claim to the history and honours of Wimbledon FC. With this in mind, the FSF began discussions aimed at returning Wimbledon FC's honours to the London Borough of Merton.

Shortly afterwards, following heavy criticism for allowing the move, the Football League announced new tighter rules on club relocation.[65]

At its AGM on 5 June 2006, the FSF again considered a motion[66] proposed by the FSF Council to allow Milton Keynes Dons Supporters Association membership if the honours and trophies of Wimbledon FC were given to the London Borough of Merton. In October 2006, agreement[67] was reached between the club, the Milton Keynes Dons Supporters Association, the Wimbledon Independent Supporters' Association and the Football Supporters Federation. The FA Cup trophy plus all club patrimony gathered under the name of Wimbledon F.C. would be returned to the London Borough of Merton. Ownership of trademarks and website domain names related to Wimbledon F.C. would also be transferred to the borough. As part of the same deal it was agreed that any reference made to Milton Keynes Dons FC should refer only to events subsequent to 7 August 2004 (the date of the first League game of Milton Keynes Dons FC). As a result of this deal, the FSF announced that the supporters of Milton Keynes Dons FC would be permitted to become members of the federation, and that it would no longer appeal to the supporters of other clubs to boycott Milton Keynes Dons' matches.[68] On 2 August 2007, Milton Keynes Dons transferred ownership of all Wimbledon FC trophies and memorabilia to the London Borough of Merton.[69]

Rivalries[edit]

Versus Peterborough United[edit]

Peterborough United have a rivalry with MK Dons,[70][71] since the two clubs have vied head-to-head for promotion to the Championship,[72][73] There also exists between MK Lightning and Peterborough Phantoms in ice hockey a rivalry that pre-dates the one in football.[74] The relegation of the Dons means they will not face each other in league play in 2018-19.

Head to head

Opponent Matches Won Drawn Lost Win %
Peterborough United 26 10 3 13 38.4

Most recent

[75]

Versus Northampton Town[edit]

Northampton is geographically the closest urban area to Milton Keynes with a professional football team, Northampton Town, the two places separated by a little over 20 miles (32 km).[76] MK Dons supporters' association chairman John Brockwell has stated that the fans were looking forward to hosting Northampton, the club that, geographically at least, are their nearest rivals.[77] Although Peterborough have been traditionally Northampton's main rivals, the "Cobblers" spokesman has stated, in 2008, that, "with MK Dons now on the fixture list, it gives [Northampton] supporters the chance to develop another rivalry."[77]

In 2018, before the 30 January 3pm kick-off in the League One game between the two clubs, Northamptonshire Police arrested seven travelling supporters of the Dons, with one Northampton fan also arrested.[78][79] Four arrests were for public order offences, one for criminal damage, one for pitch encroachment, one for obstructing the police, and one for affray.[78]

Head to head

Opponent Matches Won Drawn Lost Win %
Northampton Town 12 7 2 3 58.3

Most Recent

[80]

Versus AFC Wimbledon[edit]

Due to their shared ancestry in Wimbledon F.C., there is an unavoidably acrimonious rivalry with AFC Wimbledon[81] since the relocation of Wimbledon F.C. to Milton Keynes;[82] AFC Wimbledon was the club created in 2002 by disaffected supporters. Dons chairman Pete Winkelman initially stated that MK Dons were the rightful inheritors, writing in November 2004 that "MK Dons and AFC Wimbledon share the same heritage, but we're the real child of Wimbledon"[83]

The first fixture between MK Dons and AFC Wimbledon took place in the second round of the 2012–13 FA Cup, where they were drawn to play each other at Stadium MK. Milton Keynes Dons won the match, held on 2 December 2012, by two goals to one, with a winner scored in injury time, scored by Jon Otsemobor and dubbed by MK Dons fans as "The Heel of God" (a reference to Maradona's "Hand of God").[84] Kyle McFadzean's opening goal for MK Dons in the second match between the two clubs, a 3–1 MK win in the first round of the League Cup in August 2014,[85] was also scored with his heel, and was consequently labelled "Heel of God II".[86] Two months later, in the Football League Trophy Southern section second round, AFC Wimbledon defeated MK Dons 3–2 with a winning goal by Adebayo Akinfenwa.[87]

On 10 December 2016, the sides met for the first time in a competitive league fixture following MK Dons' relegation from the Championship and AFC Wimbledon's promotion from League Two the previous season. Milton Keynes Dons won 1–0, with Dean Bowditch scoring the only goal of the game with a 63rd minute penalty.[88] The first visit of MK Dons to AFC Wimbledon's home ground for a League One match on 14 March 2017 resulted in a 2–0 victory for AFC Wimbledon.

In 2017, AFC Wimbledon, in the club's programme for their home game against the Dons, held on 22 September, failed to recognise their opponents by their full name for the second successive season. AFC's official Twitter feed also referred to their opponents as "Milton Keynes" throughout their match coverage. AFC Wimbledon were subsequently threatened by the EFL with disciplinary action,[82] and eventually charged for breaching EFL regulations.[89] The charges were dropped.[90] The relegation of MK Dons means they will not face each other in league play in 2018-19.

Head to head

Opponent Matches Won Drawn Lost Goals For:Against Win %
AFC Wimbledon 7 4 1 2 10:7 57.1

Encounters

Versus Wycombe Wanderers[edit]

Wycombe Wanderers are the only other professional team in Buckinghamshire, therefore games between the two teams are labelled "the Bucks derby."[91][92]They have not played in the same division since 2012 and will not be doing so in 2018-19.

Community[edit]

Through the work of Milton Keynes Dons SET (Sport and Educational Trust), the club works locally (Milton Keynes and the neighbouring towns) in the fields of education, social inclusion, participation and football development.[93] It works with schools, has 14 disability teams playing in regional or national competitions, works with BME (black and minority ethnic) community groups and runs many activities for women and girls. MK Dons also supports the "Football v Homophobia" initiative (one of only 25 premiership and football league clubs supporting the programme in 2012 and only 30 in 2013).[94]

Milton Keynes Dons' work in the community was recognised by the award of Football League Awards Community Club of the Year for London and the South East for 2012, and in the award of an honorary doctorate to chairman Pete Winkelman by the Open University in June 2013.[95]

Thanks to the co-operation with the University of Bedfordshire (which is partly based in Milton Keynes), Dons match highlights are shown free of charge on YouTube.

Youth academy[edit]

Milton Keynes Dons sold Dele Alli to Tottenham Hotspur for £5 million in 2015

In recent years Milton Keynes Dons are gaining a growing reputation for their youth academy,[6][96] partially due to former head of coaching Dan Micciche.

Striker Sam Baldock was the first notable academy graduate who, after making 102 appearances, moved on to West Ham for a seven-figure sum. Since then he became captain of Bristol City and now plays for Brighton. As of February 2015, Daniel Powell, Tom Flanagan and George Baldock, brother of Sam, all played regularly for the MK Dons first team.

On 2 February 2015, Milton Keynes Dons academy graduate and first team midfielder Dele Alli was sold to Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur for a fee in the region of £5 million.[97] Alli became the first Milton Keynes Dons academy graduate to make a full England senior team debut, on 9 October 2015.[98]

Kevin Danso is a graduate of the academy[99] who went on to play for Austria and became the youngest player to make a league appearance in FC Augsburg's history, when making his Bundesliga debut.[100][101]

Other notable youth graduates who have gone on to play at a higher level include George Williams, Brendan Galloway, Scotland international Liam Kelly and England youth team international Sheyi Ojo.

On 9 August 2016 in a first round EFL Cup match versus Newport County, manager Karl Robinson selected a first-team squad composed of 13 academy graduates and players, giving eight of those players their full debuts for the club including Brandon Thomas-Asante. The game ended with a 2–3 away win for the club.[102]

Players[edit]

First team squad[edit]

As of 31 August 2018[103]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 England GK Lee Nicholls
2 England DF George Williams
3 England DF Dean Lewington (captain)
4 Wales DF Joe Walsh
5 France DF Mathieu Baudry
6 Mali MF Ousseynou Cissé
7 England MF Ryan Watson
8 England MF Alex Gilbey
9 Sweden FW Osman Sow
10 England MF Chuks Aneke
11 Scotland MF Peter Pawlett
12 England DF Mitch Hancox
13 Netherlands GK Wieger Sietsma
14 England FW Kieran Agard
15 England DF Jordan Moore-Taylor
18 Scotland MF Conor McGrandles
No. Position Player
19 England FW Robbie Simpson
20 England MF Lawson D'Ath
21 Scotland MF Aidan Nesbitt
22 England GK Stuart Moore
23 Ghana FW Brandon Thomas-Asante
24 England MF Jordan Houghton
25 England DF Callum Brittain
26 England DF Baily Cargill
27 England FW Sam Nombe
28 England DF Oran Jackson
29 Nigeria MF David Kasumu
30 England MF Liam Sole
31 England DF Finn Tapp
32 England FW Rhys Healey (on loan from Cardiff City until 5 January 2019)
33 England MF Ryan Harley
37 England FW Dylan Asonganyi

Player of the year, club captains and top scorers[edit]

The following table shows players who have previously been selected to be club captain, have been voted the club's Player of the Year and have been the player who scored the most league goals in a season (including penalties) in chronological order:

Season Club captain Player of the year Top scorer Goals
2004–05 England Ben Chorley England Wade Small England Izale McLeod 16
2005–06 England Paul Mitchell England Izale McLeod England Izale McLeod 17
2006–07 Republic of Ireland Keith Andrews England Clive Platt England Izale McLeod 21
2007–08 Republic of Ireland Keith Andrews Republic of Ireland Keith Andrews England Mark Wright 13
2008–09 England Dean Lewington England Aaron Wilbraham England Aaron Wilbraham 17
2009–10 England Dean Lewington England Luke Chadwick Wales Jermaine Easter 14
2010–11 England Dean Lewington England Luke Chadwick England Sam Baldock 12
2011–12 England Dean Lewington Republic of Ireland Darren Potter England Dean Bowditch 12
2012–13 England Dean Lewington Republic of Ireland Shaun Williams England Ryan Lowe 11
2013–14 England Dean Lewington Northern Ireland Ben Reeves England Patrick Bamford 14
2014–15 England Dean Lewington England Carl Baker Northern Ireland Will Grigg 20
2015–16 England Dean Lewington England David Martin England Nicky Maynard 7
2016–17 England Dean Lewington England George Williams England Kieran Agard 12
2017–18 England Dean Lewington Not awarded England Chuks Aneke 10

Former players[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Dean Lewington, the present captain of MK Dons, has played more matches for the team than any other player. Pictured in 2011, he is, as of October 2017, the only former Wimbledon player left in the club's squad.
This list contains players who have made 100 or more league appearances (with the exception of Dele Alli). Appearances and goals apply to league matches only; substitute appearances are included. Names in bold denote current Milton Keynes Dons players.
Statistics are correct as of 26 August 2017.[104]
Name Nationality Position[n 3] Milton Keynes Dons
career
Apps Goals Notes
Dele Alli  England Midfielder 2011–2015 88 24
Sam Baldock  England Forward 2006–2011 102 33
Dean Bowditch  England Winger 2011–2017 185 37
Samir Carruthers  Ireland Midfielder 2013–2017 117 6
Luke Chadwick  England Midfielder 2008–2014 210 17
Gareth Edds  Australia Midfielder 2004–2008 122 10
Stephen Gleeson  Ireland Midfielder 2009–2014 174 16
Willy Guéret  France Goalkeeper 2007–2011 135 0
Antony Kay  England Defender 2012–2016 142 6
Mathias Kouo-Doumbé  France Defender 2009–2013 121 11
Peter Leven  Scotland Midfielder 2008–2011 113 22
Dean Lewington  England Defender 2004– 539 19 [n 4]
David Martin  England Goalkeeper 2004–2006
2010–17
274 0
Izale McLeod  England Forward 2004–2007
2013–2014
165 62
Sean O'Hanlon  England Defender 2006–2011 157 15
Clive Platt  England Forward 2005–2007 102 27
Darren Potter  Ireland Midfielder 2011–2017 228 9
Daniel Powell  England Forward 2008–2017 228 37
Ben Reeves  Northern Ireland Midfielder 2013–2017 102 22
Jordan Spence  England Defender 2013–2016 100 2
Aaron Wilbraham  England Forward 2005–2011 178 50
Shaun Williams  Ireland Defender 2011–2014 108 19

Other notable players[edit]

Mark Wright finished the 2007/08 season as the club's top goalscorer, helping the Dons win both the League Two title and the Football League Trophy. Jon Otsemobor made 44 appearances for the club and scored the winning goal in the first match against AFC Wimbledon with a back-heel that was later dubbed the "Heel of God".[105]

Milton Keynes Dons were former Premier League player Jimmy Bullard's last club before his retirement from football, making only three appearances for the club.[106] Similarly Dietmar Hamman made 12 appearances as a player-coach before retiring.[107]

Notable players loaned from other clubs were strikers Patrick Bamford, who scored 18 goals in 37 games, Benik Afobe, who became the league's top scorer in just six months, and Ángelo Balanta, whose loan spell lasted three years.[108] Former Ireland international Clinton Morrison[109] and former Premiership players Paul Rachubka and James Tavernier also had short loan spells with the club.

Alan Smith, most known for his time at Leeds United and Manchester United, joined the club on loan, signing from Newcastle United before making the move permanent totalling 67 appearances for the club. Other international players who have worn the Dons shirt include Tore André Flo, Ali Gerba, Michel Pensée, Cristian Benavente and Richard Pacquette.

Technical staff[edit]

As of 10 August 2018[110][111]

First-team

Paul Tisdale Manager
Matt Oakley Assistant Manager
Danny Butterfield First-Team Coach
Mel Gwinnett First-Team Coach
Simon Crampton Head of Sports Science and Medicine
Adam Ross Senior Sports Therapist
Matt Wilmott Head Fitness and Conditioning Coach
Tom Bromley Lead Strength and Power Coach
Liam Sweeting Head of Recruitment and Performance Analysis
Jonathan Kaye First-Team Performance Analyst
Ian Lanning Kit Manager

Academy

Simon Dwight Interim Academy Manager
Edu Rubio Senior Professional Development Phase Coach
Steve Brown Head of Academy Coaching
John Bitting Lead Foundation Phase Coach
Callum Tychowski Academy Head of Performance Analysis
Tom Gittoes Academy Head of Medicine
Ben Couzens Academy Head of Recruitment

Senior management and club staff[edit]

As of 10 August 2018[110]
Pete Winkelman Club Chairman
John Cove Club Director
Sue Dawson Club Director / Stadium Operations Director
Mark Turner Club Director
Berni Winkelman Club Director
Bobby Winkelman Club Director
Andrew Cullen Executive Director
Andy Gibb Group Sales & Marketing Director
Anthony Richens Group Finance Director
Peter Cork Associate Director
Reg Davis Associate Director
Steve Perryman MBE Associate Director
Kirstine Nicholson Head of Football Operations
Andy Wooldridge Head of Business Sales
Antoni Fruncillo Media Manager
Oona Carmichael Customer Services Manager / Support Liaison Officer
Andy Standen Disability Liaison Officer

Managers[edit]

Paul Ince, pictured in 2006, managed the club over two spells between 2007 and 2010.

The first Milton Keynes Dons manager was Stuart Murdoch, who had previously been manager of Wimbledon.[112] Murdoch only lasted three months into the 2004–05 season before being sacked[113] — his assistant, Jimmy Gilligan, managed the club for a month before Murdoch's replacement was revealed to be Danny Wilson.[113][114][115] Wilson managed to keep the team up during the 2004–05 season,[116] but failed to repeat this feat during 2005–06.[116] Following relegation,[116] Wilson was shown the door and replaced with Martin Allen.[117] After Allen's team fell at the play-offs,[116] he left to manage Leicester City.[118] Paul Ince was appointed manager for the 2007–08 season,[119] and proved to be a shrewd appointment as MK Dons won the League Two championship as well as the Football League Trophy.[116] Ince too left after only a season, to become manager of Blackburn Rovers.[120]

Former Chelsea player Roberto di Matteo was then appointed in July 2008, his personal first ever managerial position[121][122] and left after a season to manage West Bromwich Albion.[34] Ince was reappointed in his stead on 3 July 2009.[35] Paul Ince resigned as manager on 16 April 2010, stating "a reduction in funds for next season was the reason behind his decision to leave", although he remained with the club until the end of the 2009–10 season.

Karl Robinson was appointed manager on 10 May 2010, having previously been the club's assistant manager under previous boss Paul Ince. At 30 years of age, he was the youngest manager in the Football League and former England coach John Gorman was named his number two. He was also the youngest person to ever acquire a UEFA Pro Licence at the age of 29. At the end of the 2011–12 season Gorman retired and was replaced by former Luton player/manager Mick Harford. At the same time, ex-Arsenal and former England international Ian Wright was also enlisted in a part-time role to provide assistance with coaching duties.

In January 2013, Robinson turned down an offer to manage Blackpool FC, a well established Championship and former Premier League team, in favour of his continuing commitment and loyalty towards Milton Keynes Dons, something which endeared him to the fans of the club.[123] Robinson was linked to other former Premier League clubs including Birmingham City, Sheffield United and Leeds United,and eventually managed Charlton Athletic in 2016-18 after leaving Milton Keynes before moving on to Oxford United.

Statistics are correct as of 15 August 2018.[122]
Name Nationality From To Matches Won Drawn Lost Win % Notes
Stuart Murdoch  Scotland 7 August 2004 8 November 2004 21 5 5 11 023.81 [112][113][n 5]
Jimmy Gilligan  England 8 November 2004 7 December 2004 4 2 0 2 050.00 Caretaker[114]
Danny Wilson  Northern Ireland 7 December 2004 21 June 2006 81 25 32 24 030.86 [115]
Martin Allen  England 21 June 2006 25 May 2007 46 25 9 12 054.35 [117][118]
Paul Ince  England 25 June 2007 21 June 2008 55 35 11 9 063.64 [119][120]
Roberto di Matteo  Italy 3 July 2008 30 June 2009 41 22 7 12 053.66 [34][121]
Paul Ince  England 3 July 2009 10 May 2010 44 22 4 18 050.00 [35]
Karl Robinson  England 10 May 2010 23 October 2016 346 147 81 118 042.49 [124]
Richie Barker  England 23 October 2016 3 December 2016 8 2 3 3 025.00 Caretaker[124]
Robbie Neilson  Scotland 3 December 2016 20 January 2018 66 26 16 24 039.39 [125]
Dan Micciche  England 23 January 2018 22 April 2018 16 3 3 10 018.75 [126]
Keith Millen  England 22 April 2018 6 June 2018 3 1 0 2 033.33 Caretaker[127]
Paul Tisdale  England 6 June 2018 Present 3 3 0 0 100.00 [128]

Notable coaches[edit]

Notable former coaches include Robbie Fowler, former German international Dietmar Hamann and former Arsenal player Ian Wright.

Former Manchester United and England international Alan Smith was signed as a player, however was often assisting manager Karl Robinson during matches and would manager the reserve side on occasion, and went to take on a player-coach role at Notts County in May 2014. Similarly Alex Rae, former top-flight player, joined the Dons in July 2009 on a temporary basis with a view to a permanent deal, as first team coach working under his former Wolves team-mate Paul Ince,[129] however he did make three appearances as a player for the Dons. Rae left 29 October 2010, following Paul Ince to Notts County, as an assistant manager, a role which he fulfilled until 3 April 2011 when he left the club following the departure of manager Ince.

Honours[edit]

[130]

League[edit]

Runners-up (1): 2014–15
Runners Up (1): 2007–08

Cup[edit]

Runners Up (1): 2007–08
Runners Up (1): 2006–07
Runners-up (2): 2005–06, 2017–18

Club records and achievements[edit]

Attendance[edit]

Record Home Attendance: 28,127 vs. Chelsea, FA Cup fourth round, 31 January 2016 (Stadium MK)[131]
Record Home League Attendance: 21,545 vs. Bolton Wanderers, 2016–17 EFL League One, 4 February 2017 (Stadium MK)[132]
Record Away Attendance: 3,155[133] vs. Queen's Park Rangers, FA Cup 4th Round, 26 January 2013 (Loftus Road)
Record Away League Attendance: 2,005[134] vs. Peterborough United, League One (play-off semi-final), 19 May 2011 (London Road)
Record Neutral Venue Attendance: 33,000[135] (out of a total of 56 618[136]) vs Grimsby Town, Football League Trophy Final, 30 March 2008 (Wembley Stadium)

Managerial[edit]

Youngest League Manager at the time of hiring: Karl Robinson (b. 13 September 1980) May 2010 – October 2016

League[edit]

Highest finishing position: 23rd Championship, 2015–16
Records points: 97, League Two, 2007–08
Most wins in season: 29, League Two, 2007–08
Longest unbeaten run: 18 games – 29 January to 3 May 2008
Longest winning run: 8 games – 7 September to 27 October 2007
Highest scoring season: 101, League One, 2014–15
Lowest scoring season: 39, Championship, 2015–16
Record home win: 7–0 Oldham Athletic, 20 December 2014 (stadium:mk)[137]
Record away win: Hartlepool United 0–5, 16 January 2010 (Victoria Park);[138] Crewe Alexandra 0–5, 31 January 2015 (Gresty Road)[40]
Record home defeat: 0–5 Burnley, 12 January 2016 (Stadium MK)[139]
Record away defeat: 5–0 Carlisle United, 13 February 2010 (Brunton Park);[140] 5–0 Rochdale, 27 January 2007 (Spotland);[141] 5–0 Huddersfield Town, 18 February 2006 (Kirklees Stadium);[142] 5–0 Hartlepool United, 3 January 2005 (Victoria Park)[143]
Most goals scored in one game: 7–0 Oldham Athletic, 20 December 2014 (Stadium MK)[137]

Cup[edit]

Best FA Cup progression: Fifth Round, 2013 (lost 3–1 to Barnsley on 16 February 2013 at Stadium MK)[144]
Best League Cup progression: Fourth round, 2014 (lost 2–1 to Sheffield United on 28 October 2014 at Stadium MK)[145]
Best Football League Trophy progression: Winners, 2008 (won 2–0 against Grimsby Town on 30 March 2008 at Wembley Stadium)
Record FA Cup win: 6–0 Nantwich Town, 12 November 2011 (Stadium MK)[146]
Record FA Cup defeat: 1–5 Chelsea, 31 January 2016 (Stadium MK)[147]
Record League Cup win: 4–0 Manchester United, 26 August 2014 (stadium:mk)
Record League Cup defeat 0–6 Southampton, 23 September 2015 (Stadium MK)[148]
Record Football League Trophy win: Hereford United 1–4 MK Dons, 15 December 2009 (Edgar Street)[149]
Record Football League Trophy defeat: Yeovil Town 4–1 MK Dons, 6 December 2016 (Huish Park),[150] Norwich City U21 4–1 MK Dons, 8 November 2016 (Carrow Road),[151] Brighton 4–1 MK Dons, 1 November 2006 (Withdean Stadium)
Most goals scored in game: 6–0 Nantwich Town, 12 November 2011 (Stadium MK); 6–1 Cambridge City 13 November 2012 (Stadium MK)[152]
Most goals conceded in a game: 0–6 Southampton, 23 September 2015 (Stadium MK)[148]

Players[edit]

Most appearances: Dean Lewington – 551 (up to 1 July 2017, still playing, only including games when team known as MK Dons)[153]
Most goals: Izale McLeod − 62
Youngest player: Giorgio Rasulo – 15 years and 10 months[154]
Youngest Goal Scorer: George Williams – 16 years and 2 months (12 November 2011 at stadium:mk vs. Nantwich Town)
Oldest player: Alex Rae – 40 years and 10 months
Oldest Goal Scorer: Colin Cameron – 35 years and 1 month

Transfers[edit]

Record transfer fee received: Dele Alli – £5,000,000 to Tottenham Hotspur, February 2015[155]
Record transfer fee paid: Kieran Agard – undisclosed, 11 August 2016.[156]

Kit history[edit]

Only seasons played by Milton Keynes Dons under that name are given here. For a kit history of Wimbledon F.C., see Wimbledon F.C.#Kit history.
Season Kit Manufacturer Sponsor
2004–2005 A-line Marshall Amplification
2005–2006
2006–2007 Surridge Sports
2007–2008 Nike
2008–2009
2009–2010 DoubleTree by Hilton
2010–2011 ISC
2011–2012
2012–2013 Vandanel Case Security
2013–2014 Sondico
2014–2015 Suzuki GB[157]
2015–2016 Erreà
2016–2017
2017–2018
2018–2019
2019–2020 TBC
2020–2021

Source: Historical Football Kits

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ In terms of its footballing assets and place in the English football league structure, Milton Keynes Dons F.C. is the continuation of Wimbledon F.C., which was formed in south London in 1889 and relocated to Milton Keynes in 2003. The club was brought out of administration in 2004 as a new company, Milton Keynes Dons Ltd, which purchased the assets of The Wimbledon Football Club Ltd and received the team's place in Football League One.[1] The Wimbledon Football Club Ltd legally endured until 2009.[2] Since 2006 Milton Keynes Dons has officially considered itself a new club, formed in 2004—it no longer claims any history before then, despite retaining Wimbledon F.C.'s "Dons" nickname.[3]
  2. ^ The club abandoned its claim to any history before 2004 in October 2006 as part of an agreement with the Football Supporters' Federation, which had previously boycotted the team and its supporters' groups. Under this deal Milton Keynes Dons transferred Wimbledon F.C.'s trophies and other patrimony to Merton Council in south London in 2007.[3]
  3. ^ For a full description of positions see Football positions.
  4. ^ Dean Lewington played for Wimbledon before the club was renamed in 2004. The date of Milton Keynes Dons's first league match, 7 August 2004, was agreed in 2006 to be the date on which Lewington ceased to play for Wimbledon and began to play for Milton Keynes Dons.
  5. ^ Stuart Murdoch was the manager of Wimbledon before the club was renamed in 2004. The date of Milton Keynes Dons's first league match, 7 August 2004, was agreed in 2006 to be the date on which Murdoch ceased to manage Wimbledon and began to manage Milton Keynes Dons.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dons out of administration". ESPN. 1 July 2004. Archived from the original on 17 February 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2015. A club statement read: 'InterMK are pleased to announce that the Football League have today issued their final approval of the voluntary arrangement (CVA) and confirmed the transfer of the Wimbledon FC League share to Milton Keynes Dons Ltd, bringing certainty to a future for the football club in Milton Keynes.' 
  2. ^ "WebCHeck". London: Companies House. Archived from the original on 29 December 2008. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "The Accord 2006" (PDF). Sunderland: Football Supporters' Federation. 2 October 2006. Retrieved 17 February 2015. ; "MK Dons agree to return Wimbledon trophies to Merton—and sanction amendments to football statistics" (PDF). Sunderland: Football Supporters' Federation. 29 June 2007. Retrieved 17 February 2015. And, on behalf of both clubs, the FSF respectfully requests that, with immediate effect, our media colleagues now refer to MK Dons in relation ONLY to matches played since their first Football League fixture was fulfilled against Barnsley on August 7, 2004. 
  4. ^ "Five reasons why MK Dons would be a great first job for Steven Gerrard". ITV News. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 6 February 2018. 
  5. ^ MK Dons' Dele Alli has the makings of next Steven Gerrard – BBC Sport, 19 September 2014
  6. ^ a b Samuel, Martin (6 February 2013). "Small is beautiful at Milton Keynes...and it could make us play like Brazil". Mail Online. Retrieved 17 January 2018. 
  7. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/24287468
  8. ^ "History in Milton Keynes". MK Web. Cambridge: Iliffe News and Media Limited. Retrieved 9 May 2010. 
  9. ^ Bale, John (1993). Sport, Space and the City. London: Routledge. p. 70. ISBN 0-415-08098-3. ; Ward, Andrew; Williams, John (2010) [2009]. Football Nation: Sixty Years of the Beautiful Game. London: Bloomsbury Publishing. pp. 362–363. ISBN 978-1-4088-0126-0. ; Parker, Raj; Stride, Steve; Turvey, Alan (28 May 2002). Report of the Independent Commission on Wimbledon F.C.'s wish to relocate to Milton Keynes (pdf). The Football Association. p. 21. [dead link]
  10. ^ Southgate, Robert (5 April 1973). "Interview with Rodney Stone". The Kentish Independent. London. ; "Programme Notes". Charlton Athletic match programme. Charlton Athletic F.C.: 2. 14 April 1973. 
  11. ^ "Luton Town 1 MK Dons 0". When Saturday Comes. June 2005. Retrieved 2010-11-22. Thus the spectre of Luton moving to Milton Keynes has been raised regularly over the years, but the opposition of either the fans (vehement) or the Football League (ironic, given that it was on the basis of a club moving out of its area) always came to the rescue. 
  12. ^ a b Noades, Ron (1 April 2001). "I looked at MK in the 70's". BBC. Retrieved 30 May 2009. 
  13. ^ a b c Roach, Stuart (2 August 2001). "Too big for their roots". BBC. Retrieved 31 August 2009. 
  14. ^ Neville, Conor (18 September 2014). "Balls Remembers: The Complete Story Of How Dublin Almost Got A Premier League Team". Balls.ie. Dublin: Balls Media Ltd. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  15. ^ Shaw, Phil (12 June 1997). "Hammam sells up without moving out". The Independent. London: Independent News & Media. Retrieved 31 August 2009. 
  16. ^ a b Bose, Mihir (16 August 2001). "Hammam cast in villain's role as Dons seek happy ending". The Daily Telegraph. London: Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 31 October 2009. 
  17. ^ Wallace, Sam (2 August 2001). "Wimbledon on move to Milton Keynes". Daily Telegraph. London: Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  18. ^ a b Cloake, Martin (29 August 2014). "Why MK Dons' 4–0 victory over Manchester United didn't cause universal joy". New Statesman. London. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  19. ^ a b c Conn, David (27 November 2012). "Peter Winkelman: 'I'm not proud of how football came to Milton Keynes'". The Guardian. London: Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  20. ^ Willacy, Gavin (February 2007). "Relocation, relocation". When Saturday Comes. Retrieved 1 November 2009. 
  21. ^ "Move or die: 'A whole raft of us believe it is better to live, even if somewhere else'". The Independent. London: Independent News & Media. 10 November 2002. Retrieved 31 August 2009. 
  22. ^ a b Parker, Raj; Stride, Steve; Turvey, Alan (28 May 2002). Report of the Independent Commission on Wimbledon F.C.'s wish to relocate to Milton Keynes (PDF). The Football Association. pp. 17–18, 61–67. Archived from the original (pdf) on 19 November 2004. Retrieved 5 June 2009. The proposal has met with considerable opposition, and not just from the WFC fans. ... [M]ost of the hundreds (over 600) of communications we have received have argued against the proposal. They have generally been from individual WFC fans. 57. Supporters' associations and individual fans from many other clubs and people from as far afield as the United States, Australia (Wimbledon Supporters Downunder), Russia and Norway have also expressed similar views. ... The fans are not of the opinion that a club in Milton Keynes is better than no club at all. ; "Dons get Milton Keynes green light". BBC. 28 May 2002. Retrieved 31 August 2009. 
  23. ^ Parker, Raj; Stride, Steve; Turvey, Alan (28 May 2002). Report of the Independent Commission on Wimbledon F.C.'s wish to relocate to Milton Keynes (PDF). The Football Association. pp. 1, 9–34. Archived from the original (pdf) on 19 November 2004. Retrieved 5 June 2009. 
  24. ^ a b White, Jim (11 January 2003). "Pitch battle". The Guardian. London: Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 5 June 2009. Ten miles from Selhurst Park, in Kingston upon Thames, the following Saturday, the streets around the tidy little Kingsmeadow football ground are filling up an hour before kick-off. It is here that Wimbledon fans, fed up with the direction in which the owners were leading the object of their love, have set up a football club of their own. ... Early in 2001, Wimbledon's owners announced that they intended to move the club to the Buckinghamshire new town. The fans were adamant that it should remain in their community. 'They wanted to steal our club,' says Kevin Rye, of the Wimbledon Independent Supporters Association (Wisa). 'Nick it and move it 70 miles north. That's what it is: nothing short of theft.' 
  25. ^ "Dons could move during season". London: BBC. 5 July 2002. Archived from the original on 19 November 2004. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  26. ^ "Wimbledon go into administration". The Daily Telegraph. London: Telegraph Media Group. 6 June 2003. Retrieved 5 June 2009. 
  27. ^ "Confusion mounts over Don's home ground". London: BBC. 3 July 2003. Archived from the original on 11 March 2005. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  28. ^ "Winkelman will still back Dons". London: BBC. 15 July 2003. Archived from the original on 11 March 2005. Retrieved 30 November 2014. 
  29. ^ "Wimbledon 2–2 Burnley". London: BBC. 26 September 2003. Retrieved 17 November 2014. ; "It's mooing not booing". London: BBC. 27 September 2003. Archived from the original on 11 March 2005. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  30. ^ "Wimbledon to change name". BBC. 21 June 2004. Retrieved 5 June 2009. ; "Wimbledon become MK Dons FC". The Guardian. London: Guardian News and Media. 21 June 2004. Retrieved 4 June 2009. 
  31. ^ Mitchell, Kevin (8 August 2004). "McLeod gives Dons sense of identity". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  32. ^ "Murdoch axed by Dons". BBC Three Counties. 10 November 2004. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  33. ^ "MK Dons part company with Wilson". BBC Three Counties. 11 May 2006. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  34. ^ a b c "Baggies confirm Di Matteo as boss". BBC Sport. BBC. 30 June 2009. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  35. ^ a b c "Ince reappointed as MK Dons boss". BBC. 3 July 2009. Retrieved 3 July 2009. 
  36. ^ Bob Williams (16 April 2010). "Paul Ince announces that he will leave MK Dons at the end of the season". Telegraph.co.uk. 
  37. ^ "Dons spring surprise by appointing Robinson as new boss". BBC. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  38. ^ "Milton Keynes Dons 6–0 Colchester United". BBC Sport. 
  39. ^ "MATCH REPORT: MK Dons 7 – 0 Oldham – Christmas comes early at stadiummk". OneMK. 
  40. ^ a b "Crewe Alexandra 0–5 Milton Keynes Dons". BBC Sport. 
  41. ^ "Milton Keynes Dons 5–1 Yeovil Town". BBC Sport. 
  42. ^ "Milton Keynes Dons 1–4 Brentford". BBC Sport. 23 April 2016. Retrieved 24 April 2016. 
  43. ^ "Karl Robinson: MK boss leaves club 'by mutual consent' after six years in charge". BBC Sport. 23 October 2016. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 
  44. ^ http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/football/robbie-neilson-leaving-hearts-mk-9371068
  45. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/38113158
  46. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/38360837
  47. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/38310641
  48. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/38192505
  49. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/38619530
  50. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/42763390
  51. ^ "Statement: Dan Micciche". Milton Keynes Dons. 22 April 2018. Retrieved 22 April 2018. 
  52. ^ [1]
  53. ^ Dons open stadium against Chelsea. BBC. 19 July 2007.
  54. ^ The Queen visits Milton Keynes. BBC. 30 November 2007.
  55. ^ Winkelman can't guarantee arena! – MK Citizen 26 November 2008
  56. ^ "Milton Keynes in dreamland after being selected for World Cup bid", The Times, 17 December 2009
  57. ^ "MK Dons: A decade of football in Milton Keynes" by Chris Osborne, BBC Sport, 27 December 2013
  58. ^ World Cup 2015 will use only two traditional club rugby grounds", The Guardian, 2 May 2013
  59. ^ Ben Barrett. "PREVIEW YEOVIL TOWN V MK DONS". 
  60. ^ Dons to remember Jim Marshall, MK Dons, 21 April 2015
  61. ^ a b c "Notable fans". MKDSA. Archived from the original on 14 November 2014. 
  62. ^ "Hundreds attend the funeral of British IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon". BBC Sport. 
  63. ^ FSF Annual Report for 2005 Motion 1 on pages 6
  64. ^ FSF Annual Report for 2006 minutes pages 44/45
  65. ^ "Rule changes from League's AGM". The Football League. Archived from the original on 18 February 2007. Retrieved 16 September 2008. 
  66. ^ FSF Annual Report for 2006 Motion 6 (pages 6)
  67. ^ Accord on patrimony of Wimbledon FC MKDSA website.
  68. ^ FSF press release "MK Dons agree to return Wimbledon trophies to Merton – and sanction amendments to football statistics"
  69. ^ "BBC SPORT – Football – My Club – Milton Keynes – Merton given back Dons trophies". 
  70. ^ "McCann: 'It's Gradually Built In To A Rivalry'", Peterborough official website, 11 September 2017
  71. ^ Milton Keynes Dons Peterboroug United 1–0 : game report, BBC Sport, 30 December 2017
  72. ^ "MK Dons v Posh: Play-offs rekindle newest rivalry", BBC Sport, 13 May 2011
  73. ^ "Friendly rivalry between Dons and Posh?" by Toby Lock, MK Citizen, 25 August 2016
  74. ^ "Say it with flowers: Floral face-off for local ice hockey rivals", ITV News, 22 November 2014
  75. ^ Milton Keynes Dons football club: record v Peterborough United, 11v11 website
  76. ^ Google map
  77. ^ a b "Northampton v Milton Keynes: 15 miles away but a world apart", Northampton Chronicle, 14 August 2008
  78. ^ a b "Eight football related arrests during afternoon of MK Dons visit to Northampton Town" by James Averill, MK Citizen, 22 January 2018
  79. ^ "Milton Keynes Dons – Northampton Town 5–3: game report", BBC Sport, 21 January 2017
  80. ^ Milton Keynes Dons football club: record v Northampton Town, 11v11 website
  81. ^ MK Dons v AFC Wimbledon: What is the feeling among fans? – BBC Sport, 9 December 2016
  82. ^ a b "AFC Wimbledon face Football League probe after refusing to recognise bitter rivals MK Dons", The Daily Mirror, 23 September 2017
  83. ^ "Interview & Comment: Pete Winkelman". FourFourTwo. London: Haymarket Group. November 2004. 
  84. ^ "MK Dons 2–1 AFC Wimbledon". BBC Football. 2012-12-02. Retrieved 2012-12-03. 
  85. ^ Osbourne, Chris (2014-08-13). "MK Dons 3–1 AFC Wimbledon". BBC Football. Retrieved 2014-11-13. 
  86. ^ Kirk, Scott (2014-08-12). "Football: Heel of God Two helps MK Dons beat AFC Wimbledon in grudge match". MKWeb. Cambridge: Iliffe News and Media Limited. Retrieved 2014-11-13. 
  87. ^ "MK Dons 2–3 AFC Wimbledon". BBC Football. 2014-10-07. Retrieved 2014-11-13. 
  88. ^ "Milton Keynes Dons 1–0 AFC Wimbledon". BBC Sport. 10 December 2016. Retrieved 10 December 2016. 
  89. ^ "AFC Wimbledon appoint top QC in fight over MK Dons charge" by , Evening Standard, 12 January 2018
  90. ^ [2]
  91. ^ Sam Green (18 December 2006). "Card game riles Wycombe". The Daily Telegraph. 
  92. ^ "MK Dons 2–3 Wycombe". BBC Sport. 17 April 2010. 
  93. ^ MK Dons SET
  94. ^ "Football v Homophobia". Football v Homophobia. 
  95. ^ MK Dons chairman receives Honorary Doctorate from The Open University The Open University June 6th, 2013
  96. ^ McIlroy, Thomas (6 October 2017). "BRITT OF ALRIGHT Who is Callum Brittain? MK Dons' latest prospect tipped to become the 'next Dele Alli'". The Sun (UK Edition). Retrieved 17 January 2018. 
  97. ^ "Dele Alli: Tottenham sign £5m MK Dons midfielder & loan him back". BBC Sport. 
  98. ^ "Euro 2016 qualifiers: England 2–0 Estonia". BBC Sport. 
  99. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45437421
  100. ^ Langner, Wolfgang (4 March 2017). "Kevin Danso ist nach seinem Debüt ein gefragter Mann". Augsburger Allgemeine (in German). Retrieved 24 May 2017. 
  101. ^ "Baum über Danso: "Es ist eine Sensation"" (in German). 24 May 2017. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 
  102. ^ "Karl delighted with comeback kids". Milton Keynes Dons F.C. Retrieved 11 August 2016. 
  103. ^ "First Team". Milton Keynes Dons F.C. Retrieved 24 August 2018. 
  104. ^ "Soccerbase – The Internet Soccer Database". Soccerbase. Retrieved 3 August 2017. 
  105. ^ "HEEL OF GOD: It's two years on from when Jon Otsemobor scored magical goal for MK Dons against AFC Wimbledon"Paid subscription required. OneMK. 
  106. ^ "Fans' favourite Bullard calls time on injury-hit career after spells with Fulham, Wigan and Hull". 
  107. ^ "MK Dons sign Dietmar Hamann as player-coach". BBC Sport. 20 May 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  108. ^ "Balanta back but Doumbe is ruled out". Milton Keynes Citizen. 2 August 2011. 
  109. ^ "MK Dons bring in striker Clinton Morrison". BBC Sport. 24 September 2011. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  110. ^ a b "Who's Who". Milton Keynes Dons. Retrieved 11 April 2018. 
  111. ^ "Football Staff". Milton Keynes Dons. Retrieved 11 April 2018. 
  112. ^ a b "Murdoch takes reins". BBC. 25 June 2002. Retrieved 10 June 2009. 
  113. ^ a b c "Murdoch axed by Dons". BBC. 8 November 2004. Retrieved 10 June 2009. 
  114. ^ a b "Farewell to Jim and Martyn". Milton Keynes Dons F.C. 22 December 2004. Retrieved 29 April 2008. [permanent dead link]
  115. ^ a b "Wilson named Milton Keynes boss". BBC. 7 December 2004. Retrieved 10 June 2009. 
  116. ^ a b c d e Richard Rundle. "Football Club History Database – Milton Keynes Dons". Football Club History Database. Retrieved 29 April 2009. 
  117. ^ a b "Dons appoint new manager". BBC. 27 June 2006. Retrieved 10 June 2009. 
  118. ^ a b "Allen named new Leicester manager". BBC Whilst Allen had spent a lot of money transforming the team, he continues to receive mixed reviews for his period as manager. Some praised him for prevent successive promotions which many in the football community had expected as well as recruiting key players for the following campaign. However 'long ball tactics', disappointing highly paid signings and failure at the play-offs left others disappointed with his spell. 25 May 2007. Retrieved 10 June 2009. 
  119. ^ a b "Ince unveiled as new MK Dons boss". BBC. 25 June 2007. Retrieved 10 June 2009. 
  120. ^ a b "Blackburn appoint Ince as manager". BBC. 22 June 2008. Retrieved 10 June 2009. 
  121. ^ a b "Di Matteo appointed MK Dons coach". BBC. 2 July 2008. Retrieved 10 June 2009. 
  122. ^ a b "Manager History for MK Dons (formerly Wimbledon)". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 June 2009. 
  123. ^ "MK Dons reject Blackpool approach to speak to manager Karl Robinson". guardian.co.uk. Press Association. 16 January 2013. 
  124. ^ a b "Club statement: Karl Robinson". Milton Keynes Dons Official Site. 23 October 2016. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 
  125. ^ "Neilson named MK Dons manager". Milton Keynes Dons Official Site. 2 December 2016. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  126. ^ "Dan Micciche: MK Dons appoint ex-England youth coach as new manager". BBC Sport. 23 January 2018. Retrieved 23 January 2018. 
  127. ^ "Dan Micciche: MK Dons part company with manager". BBC Sport. 22 April 2018. Retrieved 22 April 2018. 
  128. ^ "Paul Tisdale: MK Dons appoint former Exeter City boss as new manager". BBC Sport. 6 June 2018. Retrieved 6 June 2018. 
  129. ^ "Ince makes his mark as assistant is named". Milton Keynes Citizen. 15 July 2009. Retrieved 29 July 2009. 
  130. ^ "History – Milton Keynes Dons". Milton Keynes Dons. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  131. ^ "MK Dons 1 Chelsea 5, FA Cup match report". Telegraph. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  132. ^ "MK Dons Report". 
  133. ^ "Football: QPR 2 MK Dons 4 – historic FA Cup victory as Dons send Premier League QPR out". OneMK. 
  134. ^ "Peterborough Utd 2 – 0 MK Dons (19/05/2011) – UpThePosh! The Peterborough United Database". 
  135. ^ "Story of the Dons 2004–2010". MK Dons Supporters Association. Archived from the original on 10 April 2014. 
  136. ^ "BBC SPORT – Football – Grimsby 0–2 MK Dons". 
  137. ^ a b "Milton Keynes Dons 7–0 Oldham Athletic". BBC Sport. 
  138. ^ "BBC Sport – Football – Hartlepool 0–5 MK Dons". 
  139. ^ "Milton Keynes Dons 0–5 Burnley". BBC Sport. 
  140. ^ "BBC Sport – Football – Carlisle 5–0 MK Dons". 
  141. ^ "Latest MK Dons Results, Fixtures & Betting Odds – Soccer Base". 
  142. ^ "Huddersfield Town 5–0 MK Dons – League One – Football – Sports Mole". 
  143. ^ "Hartlepool 5 – 0 MK Dons – Match Report & Highlights". SkySports. 
  144. ^ "MK Dons 1–3 Barnsley". BBC Sport. 
  145. ^ "Milton Keynes Dons 1–2 Sheffield United". BBC Sport. 
  146. ^ "MK Dons 6–0 Nantwich Town". BBC Sport. 
  147. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/35394225
  148. ^ a b "Milton Keynes Dons 0–6 Southampton". BBC Sport. 
  149. ^ "BBC Sport – Football – Hereford United 1–4 MK Dons". 
  150. ^ "Report: Yeovil Town 4–1 MK Dons". Milton Keynes Dons Official Site. 6 December 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2016. 
  151. ^ "Report: Norwich City 4–1 MK Dons". Milton Keynes Dons Official Site. 8 November 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2016. 
  152. ^ "MK Dons 6–1 Cambridge City". BBC Sport. 
  153. ^ "Dean Lewington". Milton Keynes Dons FC. Retrieved 14 November 2017. 
  154. ^ "FOOTBALL: Rising star Giorgio Rasulo is making his mark". Oxford Mail. 
  155. ^ "Dele Alli: Tottenham sign £5m MK Dons midfielder & loan him back". Retrieved 29 August 2016. 
  156. ^ "Agard arrives". Retrieved 29 August 2016. 
  157. ^ "MK Dons and Suzuki GB keep the ball rolling for three more years". Milton Keynes Dons. 7 September 2018. Retrieved 7 September 2018. 

Footnotes[edit]

External links[edit]