Episode 10 - A New Chapter
Jelly and ice cream when the scum is gone!
Name: Graham Taylor
Date of Birth: 15th September 1944
Previous Clubs: Grimsby Town, Lincoln City (as a player), Lincoln City, Watford, Aston Villa, England, Wolverhampton Wanderers (as a manager), Watford (as a chairman)
EX-England manager Graham Taylor has completed his takeover of League One club MK Dons.
The 69 year old, who was also previously chairman on Championship outift Watford until 2012, takes over from Pete Winkelman, a decade after the latter brought the Football League to Milton Keynes - by whatever means necessary.
Winkelman's position as the Dons'
first and only owner was thought to be under serious doubt for several months as, despite a recent improval in the club's finances thanks to a reduced wage bill and the minnows' recent surge to the FA Cup Quarter Finals, the overall financial position of the promotion chasers was believed to be threatened, although these claims were continually denied by manager Karl Robinson.
Robinson, who Winkelman gambled on when promoting the then-29 year old from his post as assistant manager in 2010, making him the youngest manager in the Football League at the time, was immediately rewarded by the new ownership with a new extension to his previous deal, which was set to finish at the end of the season, finally putting to bed any doubts over Robinson's future with the club after Blackpool and Derby County were reportedly interested.
Though no official approach for his services was ever made, Robinson spoke of his thrill at a new contract.
"Obviously it's a wonderful feeling as a professional to know that so-called "higher-ranked" people have taken notice to your work, but I never wanted to leave this club, I was simply waiting for the offer to be on the cards and was always ready to accept,"
smiles Robinson, now 33. [Of the new ownership]"It's an exciting time for everyone connected with the club. We thank Pete for his phenomenal work to get us to where we are today and welcome a new chapter in the club's short but detailed history, we are confident that under Graham's leadership we can push towards the next level."
Taylor, whose ill-fated spell as manager of the English national team ended with resignation after conceding a long-standing record for the fastest ever goal in World Cup qualifying history to tiny San Marino, was in attendance to see Robinson's men steal a 1-0 win over Wolves at stadium:mk on Saturday.
Sky Bet League 1
0 - 2
Josh Falkingham 9, Darren Potter (pen) 79
0 - 1
Daniel Powell 43
1 - 1
Danny Handling 30 - Britt Assombalonga 37
Michael Bostwick 67
0 - 1
Ben Reeves 73
2 - 2
Ben Reeves 49, George Baldock 90+3 - Darius Vassell 7, Cody McDonald (pen) 90
1 - 0
Ryan Hall 72
FA Cup, Quarter Final
1 - 0
Marko Arnautovic 41
We finally bow out of the cup, one hurdle away from a trip to Wembley, after defeat at Stoke. I went with a much more defensive approach to this game, and it ultimately fell short despite coming very close to forcing a home replay late on. But hey, what else can you do when every single round draws you away from home? -_-
Player of the Episode
Name: George Baldock
Date of Birth: 26 January 1993
Previous Clubs: Northampton Town, Tamworth, IBV (All loans)
His last "Player of the episode" accolade was a tricky one to choose but there was no doubt in mind that he deserved this one. Although not a regular starter, when given the opportunities over the likes of the excellent Falkingham and Carruthers, Baldock has shone and his brilliant equaliser against Gillingham sums up what a brilliant run of games he's been having.
As usual, thanks for reading this, the penultimate episode of the 2013/14 season. Next time I'll round off the remaining 6 fixtures, but will we be champions by then?
And a massive thanks for 2000 views everyone!
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