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Dublin Dons - Alternate History of an Irish Team in the EPL

Instead of Wimbledon FC being moved to MIlton Keynes they are moved to Dublin to create a new team that has been in existence since 2004 in the English Pyramid.

By on May 13, 2022   5273 views   11 comments
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FM 2022 Fantasy Scenarios - Dublin Dons - Alternate History of an Irish Team in the EPL

The Dublin Dons

Dominate the English game from the heart of Ireland.

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I have replaced MK Dons and completely overwritten their history with the new team Dublin Dons.

List of Major Changes:

  • MK Dons have been totally replaced with Dublin Dons
  • All players and staff removed from club
  • Irish staff added to team (including legends of the Irish game)
  • A collection of Irish players and Irish youth prospects added to Dublin Dons
  • Affiliate clubs added to Dublin Dons to ensure they have total domination of Irish youth prospects
  • 10 million has been give to each Irish first division team to act as compensation and funds to improve the standard of the Irish game (2nd division teams also given a lower fee)
  • Signing republic of Ireland players and to a lesser extent Northern ireland players are part of the club's vision
  • Budget and balance of the club increased
  • New 40,000 seater stadium created.


  • A separate file for Irish diaspora regions is available to make it so more Irish dual nationality regens are spawned in nations across the world with a large Irish diaspora

I came across a story from over 20 years ago about the controversy between south London team Wimbledon moving cities to north of London in Milton Keynes ,which as is well noted caused quite the out roar at the time, but what I didn't realize is that one of the proposed locations for the new team to be moved to was Dublin. This move would have created a team called the Dublin Dons, becoming the first Irish team to compete in the English leagues.

More than 25 years ago, an Irish consortium led by Eamon Dunphy tried to buy Wimbledon FC and move it to Dublin. Some of the key players recall the story, and wonder what Irish football might look like now had it happened.

A consortium led by Irish football legend Eamon Dunphy tried to buy the team and make the move happen but ultimately they were unsuccessful.

This struck me as an interesting idea because I've noticed the phenomenon of Irish young players being plucked from Ireland in their youth because there is no solid and competitive teams locally to give them the opportunities for growth.

So I thought if there was a team for Irish players to go to, it would change how Irish players develop entirely as they'd be able develop at one club, rather than being scattered across the English leagues after going over to England, going to trial after trial.

Wimbledon fans also emphatically rejected what was called the "sexy" option of moving to Dublin, displaying banners saying "Dublin = Death" at games in Selhurst Park - this despite the fancifully pitched idea that the club would strike a deal to fly fans over and back from London to Dublin for free to see their team every week.

Also included in this deal of moving the Dons to Dublin was an agreement to pay the League of Ireland clubs a payoff of €5 million approx. and a €127 million project of a 50,000 seater stadium, located where shopping centre Liffey Valley exists today, as well as a provision of a number of football schools of excellence around Ireland.

I decided to make this team in Football Manager 2022, trying to imagine how a team in Ireland would exist in the modern game.

Please send me any feedback you may have, in the comments or to my inbox.

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Discussion: Dublin Dons - Alternate History of an Irish Team in the EPL

11 comments have been posted so far.

  • Renskay's avatar
    @Pashen Yes that issue with the club name seems to have resolved itself on it's own. If the new name doesn't load up when first starting the save, load in your game, save and then restart FM. After loading up the game the issue seems to be resolved.
  • Pashen's avatar
    Well, have you solved the problem with the name of the club? Maybe you'll make a fresh update with a glimpse of all the problems. A very interesting idea, I want to play a save, I will be very grateful, I am even ready to pay for a good job
  • Lil Roe's avatar
    @Renskay thanks! I'm also confused about the stadium cuz nothing should be wrong and I have had it work on earlier versions of FM 22. But maybe I just have to re-install it.
  • Renskay's avatar
    @Swilsoni89 I have had success with database edited names working after not functioning initially by loading up the game save and then shutting down the game and coming back to it.

    For some reason on the initial launch it occasionally keeps the previous name and sometimes it doesn't.
  • Renskay's avatar
    @Lil Roe I have updated the file to include a config for the kits so they should be included if you download it again.
    For the stadium I'm not quite sure as they config should be included already.
  • Lil Roe's avatar
    Hey I'm having some problems with the graphics. Neither the kits or the stadium are working even tho I have it all placed in the right folders. Do you have a fix for this?
  • Renskay's avatar
    @Swilson89 It seems an odd one to fix and I've tried a couple different strategies but none seem to be working. on the FM game it says the current version is FM 22.4.1 which would be 1 iteration after the winter update so maybe that is having an effect with the editor data file since the editor only allows you to update on the FM 22.4.0 version of the database at the latest.

    I'll keep trying some other strategies to get a simple fix.
  • Swilsoni89's avatar
    Nice one mate will you let me know please can't wait to have a go off this looking forward to starting a save!
  • Renskay's avatar
    I've just checked and it seems for some reason when you load the data with the fm 20.4 winter update it changes the team name back to MK Dons. I'll try to fix this now.
  • Renskay's avatar
    @Swilson89 I'll put it in the editor and see if I'm having the same problems and get back to you
  • Swilsoni89's avatar
    this isnt working for me really want to try it ive put the fmf file in the editor data folder but when i load it up the team is still mk dons can anyone help please?
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