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psgmariner
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Their biggest result since they won the FA Cup...


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Quoted from Les Brechin
I can't understand how MK can have any fans older than 10. I mean who did their older fans support before they were formed, did they not support anyone? Surely they should all have been supporting a team and you can't just change the team you support can you?


I live near there. You'd be surprised. One of my neighbours was a season ticket holder. He was an Evertonian. There are a lot of Spurs, West Ham, Chelsea etc who follow MK and another team. The thing is there's a big area around MK without any decent dominant football teams and the city itself continues to grow with a population around 250,000. Nearest teams are Oxford, Luton, Cambridge, Northampton. Pretty excrement choice. Personally I hate them.
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Darren Gough is a fan....


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I live near there. You'd be surprised. One of my neighbours was a season ticket holder. He was an Evertonian. There are a lot of Spurs, West Ham, Chelsea etc who follow MK and another team. The thing is there's a big area around MK without any decent dominant football teams and the city itself continues to grow with a population around 250,000. Nearest teams are Oxford, Luton, Cambridge, Northampton. Pretty excrement choice. Personally I hate them.


When I lived in MK I knew quite a few who were fans of Northampton and Luton and I used to have a good bit of banter with them whenever Town were playing either club (used to go and see games with them if it didn't clash with my Town commitments)

This was well before Wimbledon were uprooted to the "new city" so I'm not sure who this new club have as their "core" support but I know that those who I knew back in the day would never be seen dead going anywhere near the "StadiumMK Franchise"

I know they used to give free tickets out to local school kids so maybe they've grown up knowing nothing different and they see them as their local club

I can't see that anyone from the outlying areas close to MK would choose to go to see them play but then again when you have all the phoney prem types here there and everywhere, I bet the road to their stadium the other night had never seen so many plastic glory hunters going to witness their victory over Manure

The sad thing is the more they are in the public eye for this sort of thing, the more they become accepted as an established club in some quarters....not for me though. They will always be the cuckoos who stole another team's identity
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franchise football, never forget, never forgive
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Personally I hate AFC Wimbledon a lot more for their continued attempts to try and steal the Wimbledon greyhound track - London's only remaining dog track.

When MK Dons took over Wimbledon the Dons had been moving to and fro and were without a home (a bit like the London Broncos rugby league side at the moment). They gave the club a home, the outragous thing was the name change. But if the greyhound track goes, that will be it - they will have killed off another organisation. A far worse "crime" in my eyes.


'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.  
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Couldn't care less.  My mate at work supports Palace and goes to most home games, but goes to watch Ayr United when he visits his in-laws and they're now his Scottish team.  For me, I'd much rather hear how Ayr got on at the weekend from him, than listening to the Man Yoo fans going on about who Van Gaal ought to spend £65m on next.  It all depends on how you like your football culture served up.
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I loved it. Always enjoy seeing United lose and the manner in which they went down to Milton Keynes is hopefully an indicator for another entertaining year observing their struggles and seeing their supporters (the core of which - I am a little surprised to discover - are passionate and funny and reasonably humble about things) suffer the few ups and many downs that most of us football supporters have to endure but that they have been mostly immune from for far too long.

[As an expat I don't get the opportunity to join in with the banter that most of you do (time differences and all that) and have next to no access to anything NOT premier league related (before anyone jumps up and down about me being a plastic Premier League tragic), hence me knowing more about Man United or Arsenal (which still isn't much) than I do Macclesfield or Aldershot (which is nil).]


There's a crooked street in Grimsby Town
It's a well worn path I've travelled down
Now there's ruin in my name, I wish i'd never got off the train
And I wish I'd listened to the words you said....
...Don't go down to Freeman Street
Don't go down to Freeman Street
You'll be lost and never found
You can never turn around
Don't go down to Freeman Street



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The subject of franchised clubs (and their supporters) is an interesting one though. The animosity on here towards MK Dons surprised me a bit. Here in Oz, where football is undoubtedly growing but still languishes below Rugby League, AFL and [arguably] basketball, franchised clubs are very much the accepted norm.

When still fresh to Oz, I was struck by the manipulation of the NRL (we have always lived in RL strongholds) by the administrators, especially when it came to a ruthless control over clubs, the league and their supporters. As an example, following a restructuring of the league in 1999 traditional clubs (and local rivals) Balmain Tigers and Western Sydney Magpies (both formed in 1908 and each very successful) were forced into a union as Wests Tigers. Thinking along traditional English footballing lines, I could not comprehend the union being accepted, supported or successful. And yet it has, West Tigers even beating my own NQ Cowboys in the 2005 Grand Final. They have a reasonably strong fan base and are now an accepted part of the Rugby League structure with fans who are passionate and love their club (despite the former clubs still existing and playing in NSW Rugby (the second tier down from the national competition).

In Aussie Rules (AFL) the situation was even worse. The [massively successful 10 years ago] Brisbane Lions were formed by merging Melbourne's Fitzroy Lions with QFL's Brisbane Bears so that Queensland could have a representative in the expanding national competition and the South Melbourne Football Club (founded 4 years BEFORE Grimsby Town) were relocated to Sydney (as the Swans) in 1982. Both the Lions and the Swans now have massive followings (the Swans average over 30,000 and have done for nearly 20 years) who are passionate and loyal and travel huge distances (this being Australia) to follow their teams (playing Australian Rules!!!!!!).

Now I can't imagine that happening too much in English football (tho' Rushden & Diamonds were an amalgamation weren't they? And Inverness Caledonian Thistle in Scotland - plus the MK Dons relocation) but it does go to demonstrate that if a club is relocated, or merged, or whatever into an area starved of access to a competitive side, then that relocated or merged club can soon become a part of the local identity and quickly develop a local following.

It doesn't surprise me that that [very impressive looking] stadium in Milton Keynes was full the other night and such an occasion will possibly further entrench the team into the local community. Whatever, I for one, was very pleased to see them win (even if I didn't actually realise the game was on - my wife had to tell me that United had lost to "someone called Don or something"). I only wish it could have been highlights of Town hammering United (I wish) in the League Cup (I wish) at such a lovely, new stadium (I wish) that I got to watch. I will, however, leave the having-been-relocated-to-Milton Keynes bit out.


There's a crooked street in Grimsby Town
It's a well worn path I've travelled down
Now there's ruin in my name, I wish i'd never got off the train
And I wish I'd listened to the words you said....
...Don't go down to Freeman Street
Don't go down to Freeman Street
You'll be lost and never found
You can never turn around
Don't go down to Freeman Street



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Yes, but Cairns, all those Australian examples you quote are, well, about Australians.

Franchising defeats the point of promotion and relegation. MK Dons older supporters couldn't be arsed to go to watch other MK teams. Ersatz culture.


Through the door there came familiar laughter,
I saw your face and heard you call my name.
Oh my friend we're older but no wiser,
For in our hearts the dreams are still the same.
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