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Do MK Dons deserve respect? Some people think so and their numbers appear to be growing. John Still, the manager of Dagenham & Redbridge, was interviewed by Sky prior to last Saturday's final round of matches in League Two. If his side went up through the play-offs, Still said, they could potentially face five trips to big clubs next season. He then ticked off the names – the three sides relegated from the Championship, plus Leeds and MK Dons. In the event, Still was to be denied his wish as Dagenham lost their vital final game to Shrewsbury. It could be that being the manager of Dagenham & Redbridge, an entity assembled from the parts of four clubs, may give you an odd perspective on what constitutes a proper football team. But Still's outlook is far from unusual, as we may get to see over the next couple of weeks.

Scunthorpe will acquire temporary fans around the country tonight when they take on MK Dons in the first leg of their League One play-off, just as Shrewsbury did when they played the team widely known as "Franchise" at the same stage, but one level further down, two years ago. Shrewsbury's manager at the time, Gary Peters, had played for Wimbledon in the 1980s and spoke out against the club's relocation to Milton Keynes in the build-up to the match. This was a rare case of a football insider expressing their opposition to the Dons' existence. When Peters' team went on to win the tie, some optimists may have wondered if it would be the beginning of a slide into obscurity for Milton Keynes – surely the local interest in the club, whipped up by an expensive PR campaign, wouldn't be sustained over a long spell at the fourth level? Unfortunately, we didn't get a chance to find out as Paul Ince's side easily won promotion last year.

It may still be the case that the club will go into decline if they get stuck at the third level but right now they are only three games away from the Championship. At least one influential football writer would love to see them step up and he invokes the dreaded "political correctness" in explaining why their critics are wrong. Patrick Barclay of the Times is a former resident of Milton Keynes, which is now apparently "a proper football town", their club contrasted with Wimbledon who "could never pull a crowd". It will be interesting to see how Sky's commentary team describe the club during their play-off coverage but I'm prepared to bet that we will hear a lot more about this notion that MK Dons are now a club in their own right who are gaining acceptance within football. This is a virus that urgently needs to be contained. Come on Scunthorpe, or Millwall, or Leeds.
What does anyone think? I think MK Dons is an abomination and I want it to die.

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Hell no. Absolute scum of the highest order. Any true football fan would never class them as a football club.

I hate Man United and Fulham but would never like to see either of those teams go bust. However, should MK Dons go bust I'll be on the next train to Wimbledon to celebrate with the AFC fans.

MK Dons are franchise scum and I hope the club dies.
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Traitors to their own community.
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They are disgusting mercenary binmen.
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I miss the old Wimbledon. Best match I ever went to was when we beat them 6-2 at Selhurst. MK Dons seems a bit weird and I find it funny how the people of Milton Keynes feel some sort of pride for them. It usually takes decades.
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Hope they die personally.

The club is befitting of the place it exists though. Which most of the time is a positive, in this regard though it's a huge negative.
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They're an abortion to football.
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I love the town Milton Keynes.

The club is just scum though. Winkleman(?) is a weird little fat tosser.
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If you supported Wimbledon and they left to Milton Keynes would ity be seen as okay to support a different London club? Just wondering what the regulars thought. :cool:
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(Original post by NDGAARONDI)
If you supported Wimbledon and they left to Milton Keynes would ity be seen as okay to support a different London club? Just wondering what the regulars thought. :cool:
I would say not okay. If Newcastle did such a thing, then I'd support the AFC Wimbledon-like club that would be formed, and no others.
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I don't have a problem with them. At the end of the day, although I don't like glory supporters and that, Wimbledon were going bust. At one point as a Premiership club they took 17 away fans to a game. You can't survive with such a low level of support - they had to move or let the club go bust, so they took the best of two bad decisions.

And supporters of MK Dons definitely don't deserve all the abuse they get for supporting their local team.
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(Original post by Lucy :))
I love the town Milton Keynes
Dude, it's famous for concrete cows ffs



The club is just scum though. Winkleman(?) is a weird little fat tosser.
:rofl:

He looks like a cross between Wormtongue from Lord of The Rings, and Jimmy Bullard

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I don't have a problem with them. At the end of the day, although I don't like glory supporters and that, Wimbledon were going bust. At one point as a Premiership club they took 17 away fans to a game. You can't survive with such a low level of support - they had to move or let the club go bust, so they took the best of two bad decisions.
I think it's a moot point that Wimbledon were going bust. They might have slid down the leagues, but eventually they'd have found a home and a level and carried on, their glory days part of their history and heritage. They were a small club on a massive crest. Under normal circumstances, admin, a couple of relegations and a return to lower league football. I presume that the 17 fans was during the boycott too.

Also, I disagree that the club going bust would be worse than moving. Clubs go bust all the time. Recently, I can think of Halifax and Scarborough. Both of these have had successful pheonix clubs in the lower leagues. One such pheonix club, Aldershot Town, was recently promoted to the football league. Rather have a pheonix club in the non-league than the knowledge that a town with money stole my league position.

And supporters of MK Dons definitely don't deserve all the abuse they get for supporting their local team.
I don't know. If someone sells you a knock-off tv that you know is stolen, do you deserve to be prosecuted.
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(Original post by jonny23563)
I don't have a problem with them. At the end of the day, although I don't like glory supporters and that, Wimbledon were going bust. At one point as a Premiership club they took 17 away fans to a game. You can't survive with such a low level of support - they had to move or let the club go bust, so they took the best of two bad decisions.

And supporters of MK Dons definitely don't deserve all the abuse they get for supporting their local team.
Like my namesake said, there were in a bad postion and although relocation was'nt the only option it was the best one IMO if you consider the clubs current state. That said there will always be a negative view on the club as relocation of a club is uncommon in football compared to other sports and it's not accepted here in the UK.
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I miss the old Wimbledon. Best match I ever went to was when we beat them 6-2 at Selhurst. MK Dons seems a bit weird and I find it funny how the people of Milton Keynes feel some sort of pride for them. It usually takes decades.
i actually hate them. all the bloody fans cause tons of traffic problems when matches are on
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Do Milton Keynes have any other football team? If not.. Then you've got to hand it to the clubs football fans, instead of supporting a club like man utd etc (glory hunting) they have went for there local team (be it a new team) but if they have other clubs around them then i find it wierd.
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(Original post by Arrogant Git)
I think it's a moot point that Wimbledon were going bust. They might have slid down the leagues, but eventually they'd have found a home and a level and carried on, their glory days part of their history and heritage. They were a small club on a massive crest. Under normal circumstances, admin, a couple of relegations and a return to lower league football. I presume that the 17 fans was during the boycott too.

Also, I disagree that the club going bust would be worse than moving. Clubs go bust all the time. Recently, I can think of Halifax and Scarborough. Both of these have had successful pheonix clubs in the lower leagues. One such pheonix club, Aldershot Town, was recently promoted to the football league. Rather have a pheonix club in the non-league than the knowledge that a town with money stole my league position.
Just because clubs go bust all the time doesn't mean it's ok, and also doesn't mean that the board shouldn't do everything they can to keep the club running. The madness of it all was shown when AFC Wimbledon wanted the FA Cup from 1988 - they were trying to say that it was theirs, when it clearly wasn't. And without the move they wouldn't exist at all, they had debts of upwards of £20 million, the club was going into oblivion.

The league position wasn't stolen. They are still technically the same club (despite the rebranding and move), so they are entitled to the same league position.

I don't know. If someone sells you a knock-off tv that you know is stolen, do you deserve to be prosecuted.
How you can compare supporting a team to theft is beyond me. The supporters of MK Dons are supporting their local team. That's it.
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Theres no other clubs in Milton Keynes so why cant MK people support them? Its a shame Wimbledon moved from where it was, but there wasnt many other choices.
I think the get way too much stick
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And I think its good for the younger generation of Milton Keynes, like really young who wil grow up with Mk dons being their team. I live in MK but dont consider MK dons my team, but i probably would If they had come 10 years earlier
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(Original post by Vintage)
Do Milton Keynes have any other football team? If not.. Then you've got to hand it to the clubs football fans, instead of supporting a club like man utd etc (glory hunting) they have went for there local team (be it a new team) but if they have other clubs around them then i find it wierd.
The funny thing is, most of their 'fans' turn up to games in Man Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea etc shirts. If the locals wanted to support a real team they could travel just a little bit further and support either Luton or Northampton. Real clubs with real fans.

If MK Dongs don't go up this season, i predict some serious financial problems due to overspending. Much like Luton.
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