Milton Keynes Dons F.C.

Milton Keynes Dons F.C.
Milton Keynes Dons
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Full name Milton Keynes Dons Football Club
Nickname(s) The Dons
Short name MK Dons
Founded 2004
Ground Stadium mk
(Capacity: 22,000)
Chairman Pete Winkelman
Manager Karl Robinson
League League One
2010–11 League One, 5th
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Current season

Milton Keynes Dons Football Club (play /ˌmɪltən ˈknz ˈdɒnz/; usually abbreviated to MK Dons) is an English professional football club founded in 2004 and based since 2007 at Stadium mk, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. MK Dons are currently contesting Football League One, the third tier of English football, during the 2011–12 season.

Milton Keynes Dons were created on 21 June 2004 as the result of Wimbledon F.C.'s relocation from south-west London to the National Hockey Stadium in Milton Keynes nine months earlier. Although the team originally claimed the history of Wimbledon F.C. as its own, it stopped doing so in 2007, in part to ensure the recognition of its supporters groups by the Football Supporters Federation, which had previously boycotted them. Despite remaining a legal continuation of the original Wimbledon club, MK Dons has maintained since 2007 that it is a new team, founded in 2004.

Following Wimbledon F.C.'s relegation, MK Dons played in League One for the 2004–05 season and were relegated again to the fourth-tier League Two after 2005–06. Under the management of Paul Ince, the club won both the division and the Football League Trophy during the 2007–08 season, and was promoted back to League One for 2008–09, where as of 2011–12 they remain.




MK Dons (in white) take on Blackpool at the National Hockey Stadium during the 2004–05 season

The first season for the club as MK Dons was the 2004–05 season. At the season's start, the team still being managed by former Wimbledon manager Stuart Murdoch, who was sacked after a long run of bad results, and replaced by Danny Wilson half-way through the campaign. Under their new manager, MK Dons managed to stay in League One on the final day of the season — but only because of Wrexham's 10-point deduction that had been their penalty for going into administration. The following season, MK Dons struggled all year, and were relegated to League Two. Wilson, as a result, was sacked.

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. With a new manager taking charge of a team in a new division, MK Dons looked more consistent than they had done in either of the previous two seasons. They 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 MK Dons to take over at Leicester City.

For the 2007–08 season, former England captain Paul Ince took over as manager. MK Dons reached the final of the Johnstone's Paint 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 2008-9 season, MK Dons missed out to 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.[1] His replacement was Ince, who returned a year after leaving.[2] Paul Ince resigned from the club on 16 April 2010, but remained manager until the end of the season.[3] 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 is the youngest manager in the Football League.[4] In his first season in the club MK Dons finished 5th in 2010-11 Football 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.

Supporters club recognition

On 4 June 2005, at the 2005 Football Supporters' Federation "Fans' Parliament" (AGM), the FSF refused the MK Dons Supporters Club 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.[5][6] 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 F.C. With this in mind, the FSF began discussions aimed at returning Wimbledon F.C.'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.[7]

At its AGM on 5 June 2006, the FSF again considered a motion[8] proposed by the FSF Council to allow MK Dons Supporters Association membership if the honours and trophies of Wimbledon F.C. were given to the London Borough of Merton. In October 2006, agreement[9] was reached between the club, the MK Dons Supporters Association, the Wimbledon Independent Supporters Association and the Football Supporters Federation. The replica of the FA Cup 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. The Borough subsequently transferred all trademarks to AFC Wimbledon. As part of the same deal it was agreed that any reference made to Milton Keynes Dons F.C. should refer only to events subsequent to 7 August 2004 (the date of the first League game of Milton Keynes Dons F.C.). As a result of this deal, the FSF announced that the supporters of Milton Keynes Dons F.C. would be permitted to become members of the federation, and that it would no longer appeal to the supporters of other clubs to boycott MK Dons matches.[10]

On 2 August 2007, MK Dons transferred the replica trophies and all Wimbledon F.C. memorabilia to the London Borough of Merton.[11]


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.[12] The stadium was officially opened on 29 November 2007 by Queen Elizabeth II.[13] 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 also includes a 3,000 seat indoor arena, where the MK Lions basketball team will be based. The completion of this arena has been delayed due to deferral of proposed commercial developments around the site.[14]

In May 2009 stadium mk was named as one of 15 stadia put forward as potential hosts for the unsuccessful England 2018 FIFA World Cup bid. Plans were announced to extend the capacity to 44,000.[15]

League history

Only seasons played by Milton Keynes Dons are given here. For a statistical history of Wimbledon F.C., see List of Wimbledon F.C. seasons.
Statistics are correct as of 2 May 2009.[16]
Season League FA Cup League
Other competitions Top scorer Average
Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Name #
2004–05 League One 46 12 15 19 54 67 51 20th R3 R2 Football League Trophy R2S Izale McLeod 18 4,896
2005–06 League One 46 12 14 20 45 66 50 22nd R3 R1 Football League Trophy QFS Izale McLeod 18 5,619
2006–07 League Two 46 25 9 12 76 58 84 4th R2 R3 Football League Trophy R2S Izale McLeod 24 6,033
2007–08 League Two 46 29 10 7 82 37 97 1st R1 R2 Football League Trophy W Mark Wright 15 9,456
2008–09 League One 46 26 9 11 83 39 87 3rd R1 R2 Football League Trophy R2S Aaron Wilbraham 16 10,550
2009–10 League One 46 19 7 20 60 68 60 12th R3 R1 Football League Trophy FS Jermaine Easter 19 10,290
2010–11 League One 46 23 8 15 67 60 77 5th R1 R3 Football League Trophy R2 Sam Baldock 14 8,512


As of 31 August 2011.[17]

Current squad

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

No. Position Player
1 England GK David Martin
2 England DF Adam Smith (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
3 England DF Dean Lewington (captain)
4 France DF Mathias Kouo-Doumbé
5 Scotland DF Gary MacKenzie
6 England DF Mark Beevers (on loan from Sheffield Wednesday)
7 Republic of Ireland MF Stephen Gleeson
8 Republic of Ireland MF Darren Potter
9 England FW Dean Bowditch
10 England FW Charlie MacDonald
11 Colombia FW Angelo Balanta (on loan from Q.P.R.)
12 England DF Adam Chicksen
13 Republic of Ireland MF Shaun Williams
14 England FW Lewis Guy
No. Position Player
15 England DF Tom Flanagan
16 Republic of Ireland GK Ian McLoughlin
17 England FW Daniel Powell
19 England FW Jabo Ibehre
20 Republic of Ireland FW Charlie Collins
21 England MF Harry Milton
23 Republic of Ireland FW Jay O'Shea
26 England MF Luke Chadwick
27 England MF Anthony McNamee
29 Republic of Ireland FW Clinton Morrison (on loan from Sheffield Wednesday)
30 England FW Stephan Powell
31 England DF Joel Gysai
32 England GK Louis Bragg


From the start of the 2008–09 season, no reserve side has been entered into any organised competition or league.[18]

Former players

Notable players

Dean Lewington, the present captain of MK Dons, has played more matches for the team than any other player. Pictured in 2011, he is also one of only two former Wimbledon players left in the club's squad.
This list contains players who have made 100 or more league appearances. Appearances and goals apply to league matches only; substitute appearances are included. Names in bold denote current MK Dons players.
Statistics are correct as of 5 September 2011.[19]
Name Nationality Position[A] MK Dons
Apps Goals Notes
Baldock, SamSam Baldock  England Forward 2006–11 102 33
Chadwick, LukeLuke Chadwick  England Midfielder 2008– 118 10
Edds, GarethGareth Edds  Australia Midfielder 2004–08 122 10
Guéret, WillyWilly Guéret  France Goalkeeper 2007–11 133 0
Lewington, DeanDean Lewington  England Defender 2004– 341 13 [B]
Leven, PeterPeter Leven  Scotland Midfielder 2008–11 113 22
McLeod, IzaleIzale McLeod  England Forward 2004–07 116 54
O'Hanlon, SeanSean O'Hanlon  England Defender 2006–11 157 15
Platt, CliveClive Platt  England Forward 2005–07 102 27
Wilbraham, AaronAaron Wilbraham  England Forward 2005–11 178 50

Technical staff

Karl Robinson England First Team Manager
John Gorman Scotland Assistant Manager
Paul Heald England Goalkeeping Coach
Simon Crampton England Head of Sports Medicine
Paul Mitchell England Chief Scout
Mike Dove England Director of Youth / Under 18s Manager
Matt Hillyer England Fitness Coach
Karim Suleman England Head Academy Physiotherapist
Joe Aylett England Head Groundsman
Dr Martin Cave England Club Doctor
Dr Turab A Syed England Academy Doctor


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

The first manager of Milton Keynes Dons was Stuart Murdoch, who had previously been manager of Wimbledon.[20] Murdoch only lasted three months before being sacked[21] — his assistant, Jimmy Gilligan, managed the club for a month before Murdoch's replacement was revealed to be Danny Wilson.[21][22][23] Wilson managed to keep the team up during the inaugural 2004–05 season,[16] but failed to repeat this feat during the next season.[16] Following relegation,[16] Wilson was shown the door and replaced with Martin Allen.[24] After Allen's team fell at the play-offs,[16] he left to manage Leicester City.[25] Paul Ince was appointed manager for the 2007–08 season,[26] and proved to be a shrewd appointment as MK Dons won the League Two championship as well as the Football League Trophy.[16] Ince too left after only a season, to become manager of Blackburn Rovers.[27] Former Chelsea player Roberto di Matteo was then appointed in July 2008,[28][29] and left after a season to manage West Bromwich Albion.[1] Ince was reappointed in his stead on 3 July 2009.[2] Paul Ince resigned as Manager on April 16, 2010, stating "a reduction in funds for next season was the reason behind his decision to leave", although he will remain with the club until the end of the 2009/10 season.

Karl Robinson was appointed manager of League One team Milton Keynes Dons on 10 May 2010, having previously been the club's assistant manager under previous boss Paul Ince.[30] At 30 years of age, he is the youngest manager in the Football League and former England coach John Gorman was named his number two. He is also the youngest person to ever acquire a UEFA Pro Licence at the age of 29.

Statistics are correct as of 6 March 2010.[29]
Name Nationality From To Matches Won Drawn Lost Win % Notes
Murdoch, StuartStuart Murdoch  England 02004-08-07 7 August 2004 02004-11-08 8 November 2004 21 5 5 11 23.8 [20][21][C]
Gilligan, JimmyJimmy Gilligan  England 02004-11-08 8 November 2004 02004-12-07 7 December 2004 4 2 0 2 50.0 Caretaker[22]
Wilson, DannyDanny Wilson  Northern Ireland 02004-12-07 7 December 2004 02006-06-21 21 June 2006 81 25 32 24 30.9 [23]
Allen, MartinMartin Allen  England 02006-06-21 21 June 2006 02007-05-25 25 May 2007 46 25 9 12 54.3 [24][25]
Ince, PaulPaul Ince  England 02007-06-25 25 June 2007 02008-06-21 21 June 2008 55 35 11 9 63.6 [26][27]
di Matteo, RobertoRoberto di Matteo  Italy 02008-07-03 3 July 2008 02009-06-30 30 June 2009 40 22 7 12 55.0 [1][28]
Ince, PaulPaul Ince  England 02009-07-03 3 July 2009 02010-05-10 10 May 2010 44 22 4 18 50 [2]
Robinson, KarlKarl Robinson  England 02010-05-10 10 May 2010 Present 54 26 10 18 48.1


2007–08 Champions[31]
2007–08 Winners[32]

See also


A. ^ For a full description of positions see Football Positions.
B. ^ Dean Lewington had previously played for Wimbledon before the club's rebranding. 7 August 2004 is the date of Milton Keynes Dons's first league match, and so is given as the date on which Lewington ceased to play for Wimbledon and began to play for Milton Keynes Dons.
C. ^ Stuart Murdoch had previously managed Wimbledon before the club's rebranding. 7 August 2004 is the date of Milton Keynes Dons's first league match, and so is given as the date on which Murdoch ceased to manage Wimbledon and began to manage Milton Keynes Dons.


  1. ^ a b c "Baggies confirm Di Matteo as boss". BBC. 2009-06-30.,,10794~673609,00.html. Retrieved 2009-07-01. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b c "Ince reappointed as MK Dons boss". BBC. 2009-07-03. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  3. ^ Paul Ince announces that he will leave MK Dons at the end of the season
  4. ^ "Dons spring surprise by appointing Robinson as new boss". BBC. 2010-05-10. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  5. ^ FSF Annual Report for 2005 Motion 1 on pages 6
  6. ^ FSF Annual Report for 2006 minutes pages 44/45
  7. ^ "Rule changes from League's AGM". The Football League.,,10794~673609,00.html. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  8. ^ FSF Annual Report for 2006 Motion 6 (pages 6)
  9. ^ Accord on history and honours of Wimbledon F.C. WISA website.
  10. ^ FSF press release "MK Dons agree to return Wimbledon trophies to Merton - and sanction amendments to football statistics" ]
  11. ^ Merton given back Dons trophies
  12. ^ Dons open stadium against Chelsea. BBC. 19 July 2007.
  13. ^ The Queen visits Milton Keynes. BBC. 30 November 2007.
  14. ^ Winkelman can't guarantee arena! - MK Citizen 26 November 2008
  15. ^ Milton Keynes in dreamland after being selected for World Cup bid The Times, 17 December 2009
  16. ^ a b c d e f Richard Rundle. "Football Club History Database - Milton Keynes Dons". Football Club History Database. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  17. ^ "Profiles". Milton Keynes Dons F.C..,,10420,00.html. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  18. ^ Reserve team sacrificed to concentrate on first team MK News
  19. ^ "Soccerbase - The Internet Soccer Database". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  20. ^ a b "Murdoch takes reins". BBC. 2002-06-25. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  21. ^ a b c "Murdoch axed by Dons". BBC. 2004-11-08. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  22. ^ a b "Farewell to Jim and Martyn". Milton Keynes Dons F.C.. 2004-12-22.,,10420~604606,00.html. Retrieved 2008-04-29. 
  23. ^ a b "Wilson named Milton Keynes boss". BBC. 2004-12-07. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  24. ^ a b "Dons appoint new manager". BBC. 2006-06-27. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  25. ^ a b "Allen named new Leicester manager". BBC. 2007-05-25. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  26. ^ a b "Ince unveiled as new MK Dons boss". BBC. 2007-06-25. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  27. ^ a b "Blackburn appoint Ince as manager". BBC. 2008-06-22. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  28. ^ a b "Di Matteo appointed MK Dons coach". BBC. 2008-07-02. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  29. ^ a b "Manager History for MK Dons (formerly Wimbledon)". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  30. ^ "MK Dons appoint Karl Robinson, 29, as their new manager". London: Daily Mail. 2010-05-11. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  31. ^ "Bradford 1-2 MK Dons (Match Report)". BBC Sport. 2008-04-26. 
  32. ^ Mitchener, Mark (2008-03-30). "Grimsby Town 0-2 MK Dons (Match Report)". BBC Sport. 

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