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Milton Keynes Dons: Writing History

No history? Who cares, we'll write our own. Join me as I attempt to take everybody's least favourite Football League club up the football pyramid, one home grown player at a time.
Started on 8 May 2014 by Rablador / First Post
Latest Reply on 18 July 2014 by Rablador / Last Post
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5 yearsEdited

Episode 1 - Introduction

Nobody likes the MK Dons. They're a thieving, failing, wannabe football club. They're dirt, and their chariman is scum; how dare he steal our club, how dare he relocate. Soon enough, MK "dons" will be back where they belong - below Wimbledon. Soon enough, MK will be dead.


Milton Keynes Dons
Founded: 2004
Nickname: The Dons
Chairman: Pete Winkelman
Stadium: stadium:mk, capacity: 30500 (Though FM will tell you otherwise)
Honours: League Two 2008, Football League Trophy 2008


Hello ladies and gentleman, and welcome to a brand new story from yours truly, where I will attempt to take Milton Keynes Dons to the top of the footballing pyramid - but with several twists. For those of you who weren't aware, the Dons are possibly one of the most hated clubs in English football. Why? Well, just last decade, the once thriving Premier League side Wimbledon were in severe financial trouble. They were in the shit, balls deep in the stuff, to put it lightly, and were threatened with folding. So when a Milton Keynes-based consortium came knocking, not for the first time, and offered them a move to the new town of Milton Keynes, complete with a flashy new stadium among other developments, owner Charles Koppel was enticed - in stark contrast to the fans who largely detested any such move. After months of discussions and hearings, Wimbledon were eventually cleared to move, which they finally did in September 2003. A season of relegation and administration later, and Wimbledon became MK Dons. The whole process had been extremely controversial, and to this day disputes about the club's name and history still take place. AFC Wimbledon were founded in 2002, and eventually rose through the lower leagues to become and cement their place as a Football League team. The first meeting between the new sides took place in 2012, a 2-1 win for MK in the FA Cup.

But why have you chosen them?

Good question, me. I've had this idea for a little while, ever since I noticed there was an almost total lack of MK Dons stories on this site, especially in comparison to AFC Wimbledon stories. I thought, for once, it would be nice to play as "the bad guy", and the whole idea of being such a controversial club really intrigued me. No history? Who cares, we'll write our own as we go along. On top of this, they have some great youth prospects, a top quality stadium and an interesting manager, for a number of reasons...

Karl Robinson
Nicknames: Karl "with a K", Robbo
Date of Birth: 13th September 1980
Trivia: At 29, he was the Football League's youngest manager at his 2010 appointment. Karl was also the youngest man to achieve a UEFA Pro Licence.

Karl Robinson seems the perfect suit for a manager, not least because he's already in charge of the club. Currently the second youngest manager in the Football League, after only Lee Johnson, son of Yeovil boss Gary, Robinson has stated on a number of occasions that he will not leave until he can get MK into the Championship. Although I plan to achieve much more than just promotion, a manager with such loyalty and determination to a club with a minimal list of legends and former players is a no-brainer for my choice for this story.

So what are your goals?

It's not about winning the Champions League or signing Ronaldo, as nice as they would be. I want to:
  • Climb the Football League ladder with as little help from other clubs as possible. After all, nobody likes MK Dons. This means no parent clubs, minimal loans, and certainly NO former AFC Wimbledon players.
  • Build a team of home-grown players. Preferably, I'm after regens as local as possible, who we can develop to eventually become club legends.

  • To stride towards these goals, however, I also neet to set some rules for myself. Failure to abide by these rules will result in a penalty, decided if and when it is required:
  • There must be a minimum of 3 Under-21 players in each matchday squad. There may be an exception during a severe injury crisis.
  • All staff must be from the UK or Ireland. This excludes former players who retire and join the setup.
  • Only British or Irish players can be signed. Players from our own youth intakes are not included in this guideline.
  • Players must have played for the club for at least 3 seasons before being eligible for captaincy. Vice captaincy requires at least 2 years of experience with the club, on the other hand.
  • Planning to expand stadium:mk can only be confirmed once the club has achieved promotion to the Championship.

  • And, of course, any of these may be subject to change throughout the story, as I may look to impose extra limits for myself.

    Outro

    Thank you very much for reading the first update of this new story, I hope you enjoyed what you have seen so far. Any suggestions or constructive criticism are welcomed!
    My past stories may not have been that long, or great for that matter, but I plan to surpass those with this story. It's not about getting a Story of the Month nomination, it's about making a story I can be proud of and you can enjoy. Once again, thanks a lot. :)

    "They seem to be in total, if not complete control"
    - Jon Champion, Football Commentator of 20 Years


    This is Wagtastic, good luck :)
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    Fantastic start! Will be following this closely, good luck!
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    Great start mate, look forward to following :)
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    Great start Rab, good luck :)
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    Great start Rab! Will be following! :)
    1
    Great start, I know you can do a great job. I mean you playing as the most hated club in England, a match made in heaven! xD
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    Great start, Rab, already expecting big things about it, so pls don't slack off :P
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    Great start Rab :D
    I wish you the best of luck!
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    Rablador's avatar Group Rablador
    5 yearsEdited

    Episode 2 - Pre-season, Fresh Faces

    Why would anyone want to play for MK Dons, anyway?


    Name: Josh Falkingham
    Date of Birth: 25 August 1990
    Previous Clubs: Leeds (Youth), St. Johnstone, Arbroath, Dunfermline
    Transfer Fee: £21k
    Wage: 1.9k per week
    Coach Report:


    MK Dons boss Karl Robinson has already begun rebuilding for the season ahead as the Dons look to improve on last season's points haul by mounting a strong play-off push. Former England and Manchester United midfielder Alan Smith has been allowed to leave the club on a free transfer following a contract dispute between the player and his manager. Smith, who has 19 caps for England, began his career at Leeds and was a star player for the Yorkshire side at a time when new signing Josh Falkingham was in the club's youth setup.

    Falkingham, who made a name for himself in Scotland, with appearances in all four professional leagues there, joins the club from cash-strapped Dunfermline, where he had previously captained the side, for a fee of £21,000. When questioned about the signing, Robinson described Falkingham as a "hard-working, determined central midfielder, with an eye to get forward but with some strong tackling in his locker when needed." Meanwhile, fellow midfielder Brendan Galloway has been loaned out for the entirety of the 2013-14 season to Skrill Premier team Cambridge Utd.

    Robinson has also completed the signings of Irish defender Rob Kiernan from Wigan Athletic - for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £120,000 - and promising Scottish striker Danny Handling on a season long loan from Hibernian. Handling, expected to provide competition for Izale McLeod and the injured Dean Bowditch, has already been touted as a possible star for the future, and the Dons gaffer has made it clear in no uncertain terms that he would love to bring the teenager to the club on a permanent transfer should the opportunity arise. Finally, relatively-obscure Irish striker Dean Clarke has agreed a pre-contract deal with the Dons, and will officially join from current club UCD Dublin in December.

    In other transfer news, promising attacker Giorgio Rasulo has alledgedly been attracting interest from "dozens" of clubs in England and Italy, with some sources reporting that MK have rejected bids of close to seven-figure fees. While the authenticity of these reports remains questionable, manager Karl has insisted that Rasulo will remain an MK player for the forseeable future, claiming that "we've already got a contract in place that he'll officially sign when he turns 17, and we're certainly not ready to sell just yet. We've had plenty of interest, sure, from the Premier League and even Serie A, but Giorgio is staying as an MK Dons player."

    Name: Giorgio Rasulo
    Date of Birth: 23 January 1997
    Previous Clubs: Banbury (Youth)
    Coach Report:


    Friendly Results

    0 - 0

    None
    Lee Hodson

    0 - 3

    Giorgio Rasulo 22, Ben Reeves 45+1, Luke Chadwick 72
    Giorgio Rasulo

    0 - 2

    Tom Flanagan 64, Giorgio Rasulo 68
    Lee Hodson

    2 - 3

    Rob Kiernan 51, George Baldock 71 - Jeffrey Schlupp 23, Andy King 58, Wes Morgan 79
    Wes Morgan

    1 - 5

    Ryan Horne 68 - Danny Handling 13, 22, Ben Reeves 23, Dele Alli 36, Samir Carruthers 61
    Samir Carruthers


    By no means perfect, but a solid pre-season under our belts, ahead of the first game of the season - away to Shrewsbury. As always, thanks for reading, and for all your supportive comments from the last update. :) And a special thank you to Justice for the incredible banner! :D


    "The Crazy Gang have beaten the Culture Club!"
    - John "Motty" Motson, OBE, after Wimbledon beat Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup Final
    Rablador stories are always great, so I will be sure to follow this! Glad to see we've both got FM14 now :)
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    God damn, what a great update! Love your update style! Also that banner is amazing!
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    2014-05-08 20:43#173958 Josh_MU : God damn, what a great update! Love your update style! Also that banner is amazing!
    I wonder who made it! :P
    Them team logo graphics are great, Man i used to live in Milton Keynes for a few years, so they are a team close to my heart...Kinda, Anyway good luck with the rest of the season, I will be following.
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    Great banner, Justice. Pretty good update, a pretty solid outing in the pre-season, + the addition of the players can definitely make you go to the Champ, or what do you say :P?
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