Milton Keynes Dons Club Profile
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Milton Keynes Dons : Club Background
This is a club whose very existence continues to be contentious in the football world, and there are still many fans who will not attend away matches against the Buckinghamshire franchise although the numbers harbouring resentment to that degree is probably lessening.

The issue is one of the fundamental principles of the English game over its history: that we don't have franchising, with towns and cities 'buying' their position in the football pyramid. Except in a staggering and completely inexplicable over-turning of this principle in 2002. The F.A. set up a Commission to decide the future of Wimbledon F.C., and has subsequently always been totally secretive as to how the decision was reached. Even the then Chief Executive of the F.A., Adam Crozier, came out in public to express his dismay at, and opposition to, the move to Milton Keynes. Since then both the F.A. and the Football League have gone out of their way to say no precedent has been set and that they oppose franchising. All too late in this case, and something that makes that 2002 decision even odder, and for some gives it the stench of corruption.

The name of Wimbledon was soon ditched, though what they are currently called isn't entirely clear as the Football League still refers to them as Milton Keynes Dons whereas everything coming out of the club these days brands them as MK Dons.

The National Hockey Stadium
The former home of MK Dons - and what an embarrassment it was.
Photo 2006 Ciderspace

At least one thing has improved since our early days of playing them. At that time, they were playing in the National Hockey Stadium which as a football ground was a complete joke. Now they have a new purpose built stadium which, though not complete as they ran short of money, holds just over 21,000. The bit that is missing is the second tier of the stadium - the design has left it as an empty shell, although the structural supports are in place for that gaps to be filled and seats slotted in without any major rebuild. There is a theoretical option to add a third tier that would lift capacity to 45,000 although there are no plans in scope for that option at present.

In November 2011, they claimed that they would be recommencing that work for the second tier to be completed for the start of the 2012-13 season. That hasn't happened, and so we're still going to be visiting a half-completed 21,000 capacity stadium. However on August 6th 2012, the club announced they had agreed a deal with Buckingham Group Contracting, who built the first half of the stadium. The construction company are targeting "the start of next (2013-14) season" as their deadline for providing the second tier of the stadium and with that a total of 32,000 seats.

The outside of the prententiously named stadium:mk - might look less odd when it gets finished
The outside of the prententiously named stadium:mk - might look less odd when it gets finished.
Photo 2010 Ciderspace

The history section is nice and short anyway. They have managed one relegation, in 2005-06, and one promotion when they took the League Two title at the end of the 2007-08 season. They made it a double winning season, also securing the Football League Trophy by beating Grimsby Town 2-0 at Wembley. Since then they've been hovering around the upper end of the League One table - good enough to challenge for, and sometimes be in, the play-offs, but as yet not good enough to get one step higher.

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Milton Keynes Dons : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Milton Keynes Dons

14/01/2006AwayCCL1D1-15548Skiverton 13
14/02/2006HomeCCL1D1-15048Gall 71
06/09/2008AwayCCL1L0-37959
21/03/2009HomeCCL1D0-04028
05/12/2009AwayCCL1D2-28965Bowditch 1, MacDonald 17
27/02/2010HomeCCL1W1-03844MacDonald 23
02/11/2010AwayNPL1L2-37281Bowditch 19, Virgo 75
03/01/2011HomeNPL1W1-03508Huntington 11
16/08/2011HomeNPL1L0-13274
06/03/2012AwayNPL1W1-06624G Williams 40
15/09/2012AwayNPL1L0-17235
29/01/2013HomeNPL1W2-13152Madden 26, 78
04/10/2014HomeFL1L0-24000


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Milton Keynes Dons

HomeAwayOverall
WDLFAWDLFAWDLFA
322551236104451115


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Milton Keynes Dons : Club Statistics

RECENT RESULTS

18/10/2014Leyton OrientAwaySBL1D0-05014
21/10/2014Fleetwood TownHomeSBL1W2-16736McFadzean 61, Afobe 84
25/10/2014Doncaster RoversAwaySBL1D0-05976
01/11/2014Swindon TownHomeSBL1W2-19494
21/11/2014Port ValeHomeSBL1W1-012007
25/11/2014RochdaleHomeSBL1D2-26720Grigg 19, Green 84


FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

CLUB GOALSCORERS
Name LGE FAC FAT LGC CC Total
Benik Afobe600006
Dele Alli600006
Will Grigg500005
Ben Reeves200002
Kyle McFadzean200002
Daniel Powell200002
Dean Lewington200002
Danny Green100001
Samir Carruthers100001
Dean Bowditch100001
Own Goals100001

ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: 12007, vs Port Vale, 21/11/2014
Lowest League Attendance: 6720, vs Rochdale, 25/11/2014
Average League Attendance: 8276

CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS

Games Without A Win: 1 Games Without A Home Win: 1
Games Without An Away Win: 2 Games Without Defeat: 7
Games Without A Home Defeat: 5 Games Without An Away Defeat: 3
Games Without A Draw: 0 Games Without A Score Draw: 0
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 3 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence: LWWWWD
Away Results Sequence: WWLWDD Overall Results Sequence: DWDWWD


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Milton Keynes Dons : Club Information
stadium:mk
Stadium Way West
Milton Keynes
Buckinghamshire
MK1 1ST

(Click for map)

Telephone Number : 01908 622922
Fax : 01908 622933
E-mail: info@mkdons.com
Chairman : Pete Winkelman
Club Secretary : Kirstine Nicholson
Safety Officer : Gary Alger
Press and PR Manager : Anthony Herlihy
Manager : Karl Robinson

Capacity : 21,189
Seated : all seated
Covered Terrace : N/A
Record Attendance : 17,717 vs Leicester City, League One, 28/02/2009

Colours : shirt - white, shorts - white, socks - white, black trim
Nickname : Franchise FC

Ticket Prices :
Glovers fans have been allocated the North-East corner of the stadium:mk. MK Dons have been revamping and simplifying their ticketing structures for this season, removing a lot of the complicated banding structures. This means a bit of variation on last season's prices and gives 2012-13 admission as follows:
Adults: 20.00 (same as last season); Over-65s: 15.00 (up 2.00); Under-18s: 5.00 (down 4.00).
There are no student concessions. Note that MK say you are required to bring ID with you to act as proof of entitlement although given there are three age groups involved here, we can't imagine that being enforced too tightly.

Advance tickets are available from the Huish Park Ticket Office until Friday at 12.00 noon. They've introduced a cash only turnstile to add to the barcode scanners that are used to access the automated facilities that meant that you had to buy a ticket before entering the turnstiles. However, they still recommend that you try to purchase in advance to avoid queuing. There is no matchday surcharge though, so the choice is yours. If you don't want to queue for the cash turnstile, tickets for away supporters are available at two outlets. There's a dedicated away ticket booth adjacent to the away Gate 3. This is cash only. Alternatively, if you need to use a credit/debit card, it's a trek round to the MK Dons Box Office which is to be found between Gates 6 and 7 on the opposite side of the stadium from the away section.

For those who recall the 101 items one was not supposed to take in their previous stadium, and the officious jobsworths whose main delight seemed to be to try and enforce it, the list at their new ground is not quite so prohibitive but does include items most would consider harmless like radios, cameras and flags on poles. Oh, and they are still playing the "You need a fire certificate for any flag/banner bigger than 1.5 metres" card. Sad ****s really.

Disabled Info:
Disabled supporters must book direct with MK Dons by phoning 01908 622900/622901. Dedicated disabled parking is available at the stadium site. If you look at the photo immediately below, you can see the disabled viewing platform and the view you'll get of the pitch from the corner where away fans are situated. Because the stadium is built as a 'bowl', you come into the ground at this level, so it's a pretty easy route through - the advantage of a pre-designed new stadium. Ambulant Disabled and Wheelchair Disabled supporters are charged as per Seniors. You are entitled to admit an assistant free of charge.

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Milton Keynes Dons : Directions To The Ground
The view from the corner where away fans are situated. Note that the two seats immediately visible are part of a raised disabled platform - good facilities
The view from the corner where away fans are situated. Note that the two seats immediately visible are part of a raised disabled platform - good facilities.
Photo 2010 Ciderspace

General

Milton Keynes is a new town built on the American grid pattern 50 miles north of London and eighty miles south of Birmingham. It is the epitome of modern design - an ordered, structured, clinical, carefully landscaped, anti-septic, green-aware enterprise boom town full of complexes - shopping, leisure, commercial, sport, entertainment, business, artistic, theatrical. You name it, there's a complex. It's the Brave New World we should all be aspiring to - unless you're one of those reactionary fools who thinks a single piece of character, soul, spontaneity, awkwardness, eccentricity or difference would be worth more. Don't panic, there aren't any. The stadium:mk is located between Grafton Street, Saxon Street and the A5 towards the south of this paradise.

By Road

Huish Park to stadium:mk is around the 160 miles mark following the A303, A34, M40, A43 route. At Barley Mow, a couple of miles south of Brackley, you have the choice of the more direct but worse A421 run via Buckingham into Milton Keynes, or the longer dog-leg but better road of continuing up the A43 to Towcester and then back down along the A5 (Watling Street). Both the A421 (which becomes H8 Standing Way in the town) and the A5 will take you to the vicinity of the stadium. From the A421 turn right onto the A5 and then take the first slip road off at the Redmoor interchange, and take the last exit going south on V6 Grafton Street

For those supporters approaching Milton Keynes from the M1, whether North bound or South bound, exit at Junction 14.
As you head towards town, continue straight over the roundabout (Northfield) on H6 Childs Way. At the next roundabout (Fox Milne) turn left onto V11 Tongwell Street. Continue straight over next roundabout (Monkston) along V11 Tongwell Street. At the next roundabout (Brinklow) turn right along the H8 Standing Way (A421). Continue on H8 Standing Way (A421) following signs for Buckingham continuing over a series of roundabouts, until reaching the Bleak Hall roundabout, when turning left onto V6 Grafton Street. Continue through the Redmoor interchange (which bridges the A5) and you should be able to see the stadium.

Parking

Limited parking is available at the stadium priced at 7.00. Yes, that's right 7.00! And even at that price, one car park attendant tried to kid us it was more than that until we challenged him on the price. Don't waste time looking for on-street parking unless you're prepared to walk a significant distance - it basically doesn't exist in Milton Keynes, certainly not in the vicinity of the stadium. So, as an alternative look for spaces in the industrial areas surrounding the stadium which are generally fairly deserted of workers on a Saturday or towards kick-off during an evening. There are also dozens and dozens of complexes and mini-retail parks scattered throughout the town, some of which are in the vicinity of the stadium. All have parking provision, generally free. You're obviously supposed to be a customer, but we leave that to your conscience and risk taking proclivities.

There are a couple of other alternative options involving buses that have been introduced - see the 'Bus' details below.

By Supporters Coaches

The Green and White Supporters Club are running coaches to the match for this 2012-13 season League One fixture as follows:

Coaches will depart from Yeovil Bus Station at 9.15a.m. and from Huish Park at 9.30a.m. Cost of travel will be 20.00 for Adults, with concessions available at 18.00. Non-GWSC members are welcomed and will pay two pounds extra.

To place your booking, call Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570 or Rich Rendell on 01935 427072 (Evenings).

By Rail

The nearest railway station is Bletchley, on the West Coast Main Line out of London Euston. The walk to the stadium will take around 20 to 25 minutes. Milton Keynes Central Station is a rather longer hike away at about 35 minutes. Over 200 trains a day stop at Bletchley and/or Milton Keynes, with the bulk of them provided by London Midland for local services and Virgin for long distance expresses.



By Bus

From Bletchley Bus Station, which is just across the road from Bletchley Railway Station, Nos. 7 (MK Metro) or 70 (Arriva) are your best options, the former ending at Granby Industrial Estate, the latter at Mount Farm Industrial Estate, with both routes running fairly close to the stadium.

From Milton Keynes Central railway station the No. 32 (MK Metro) runs at 21 minutes past the hour on Saturdays to Mount Farm Industrial Estate close by the stadium.

If you're coming in by car, then at MK College on Chaffron Way (Postcode: MK6 5LP), cars can be parked for free on a park'n'ride basis, with the bus fare costing 1.50 single or 2 return.

There is also a specific matchday shuttle bus that runs from the rail stations at MK Central (Bus Stop Z6) and Bletchley. This also picks up at JD Wetherspoon on Midsummer Boulevard and from MK College on Chaffron Way which is in Leadenhall just off Grafton Street. The stadium drop off is at the bus stop on Grafton Street adjacent to DW sports. Return to this spot after the match for your return journey.

By Taxi

A selection of Milton Keynes taxi companies can be found here.
This is the East side of the stadium - to your left as you look from the away corner
This is the East side of the stadium - to your left as you look from the away corner.
Photo 2010 Ciderspace

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Milton Keynes Dons : Web Resources
Web Sites

Milton Keynes Dons
MAD franchise. In more ways than one.


MK Dons Official
PTV site, register to look.


MK Dons Supporters Association
Website of the MK Dons Supporters Association. So that'll be thousands of members then ...


Vital Milton Keynes Dons


Web Message Boards

Milton Keynes Dons Mad


The MooCamp
Name's worth a smile.



E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters



Local Press

Milton Keynes Citizen



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Milton Keynes Dons : Food & Drink
The West side of the stadium - note the top layer is entirely out of bounds, awaiting the restart of the rebuilding programme
The West side of the stadium - note the top layer is entirely out of bounds, awaiting the restart of the rebuilding programme.
Photo 2010 Ciderspace

General

In the immediate vicinity around the stadium you are basically screwed unless an Asda cafe is your refreshment stop of choice, because that's all there is. There's one pub about fifteen minutes from the ground, The Beacon, in Mount Farm. It has nothing to recommend it. After that you are looking at Fenny Stratford, Bletchley or central Milton Keynes for hostelries. Very few of the pubs are worth walking round the corner for let alone one or two miles. If you are arriving via Milton Keynes Central railway station Wetherspoons and The Secklow Hundred (both below) aren't far and both are better than average versions of the genre. There's nothing we'd bother with in Bletchley or Fenny Stratford.

Club Bar :

There's no alcohol outlets for away fans at the stadium. The food is the usual pie/hotdog/burger approach, though with a bigger selection than many grounds offer.

Local Pubs :

Red Lion: By the canal. Recently changed hands, and completely changed character. No regular ales, but an ever changing collection of guests. The stadium is a mile away - around fifteen minutes walk. Has a number of TVs showing sports. Doesn't do food. Garden by the canal for smokers and others. Opening is 12 noon - 11.00 p.m. (extension until 12 midnight on Friday and Saturday); 12.00 noon - 10.30 Sunday.
Red Lion, 11, Lock View Lane, Fenny Stratford, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK1 1BA. Tel: 01908 372317. Map: Click Here.

The Secklow Hundred: From the Lloyds No.1 Bar part of the Wetherspoon stable. They tend to be slightly more 'youthful' in style than the main Wetherspoon chain, though in truth there's not a lot of difference. A stone throw from Wetherspoons (below) and thus pretty much the same distance to the station. Opening is 8.00 a.m. - 12.00 midnight Monday to Thursday, 8.00 a.m. to 2.00 a.m. Friday, 9.00 a.m. - 2.00 a.m. Saturday, 9.00 a.m. - 12.00 midnight Sunday. Not to be confused with the other Lloyds No.1 Bar in Milton Keynes which is called er, Lloyds No.1 Bar and is up near the other Wetherspoon (The Moon Under Water).
The Secklow Hundred, 316, Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK9 1EB. Tel: 01908 202180. Map: Click Here.

The Woolpack: 13 mile drive door to door from here to stadium:mk. This is a pub connected to stalwart Yeovil Town supporter Brian Taylor and you are guaranteed a friendly welcome. Has two real ales on permanently : Black Sheep Best and Timothy Taylor Landlord; plus a couple of different guests every week. Also Carling, Stella Artois, Guinness and Strongbow. Food served 12.00 noon - 3.00 p.m. and 6.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. everyday except Monday and Sunday evening. Children allowed, garden, heated patio for the smokers. Opening is 10.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 10.00 a.m. - 12.00 midnight Friday and Saturday, 11.30 a.m. -10.30 p.m. Sunday.
The Woolpack, 57, Well Street, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, MK18 1EP. Tel: 01280 817972. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Wetherspoons: Unusual for Wetherspoon in that it looks purpose built - but then there aren't any old buildings to take over in Milton Keynes. Opening is 9.00 a.m. 12.00 midnight Sunday - Thursday, 9.00 a.m. - 1.00 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Has child certificate - though this means different things in different Wetherspoon pubs so isn't very helpful. One of the chain that has broken the tradition of Wetherspoon's and shows Sky and Setanta sports channels. Outside area - yep, that's the smokers' part. Less than ten minutes walk from Milton Keynes Central railway station. There is a second Wetherspoon - The Moon Under Water - but this is another a mile or so on at the further end of the shopping centre.
Wetherspoons, 201, Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK9 1EA. Tel: 01908 606074. Map: Click Here.


The away seated area, in the North-East corner. To be fair, these seats give plenty of legroom and are even cushioned!
The away seated area, in the North-East corner. To be fair, these seats give plenty of legroom and are even cushioned!
Photo 2010 Ciderspace

Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

Milton Keynes is the most characterless place I know in Britain. Its population of over 200,000 is almost entirely made up of those who think that is terrific.

Top-Tip :

Arrive close to kick-off, leave the area immediately the final whistle blows.

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Milton Keynes Dons : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.


Other Points Of Disinterest

The Shopping Centre is in the Guinness Book of Records for being the longest shopping Mall in the world. The UK's first active solar house was built in Bradville in Milton Keynes in 1972. In October 1999 English Partnerships announced that all new houses built in Milton Keynes must have an energy efficiency rating of 10 out of 10 compared to the national average of 4.3 out of 10. The UK's first Peace Pagoda can be found at Willen Lake in Milton Keynes.

[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]

The view from the away end looking to the South side of the ground. Here the missing top tier is very obvious.
The view from the away end looking to the South side of the ground. Here the missing top tier is very obvious.
Photo 2010 Ciderspace


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