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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
Latest Reply on 18 July 2014 by Rablador
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Boo! I don't really care that you beat Chelsea, just that you are Milton Keynes ;)
Chelsea weak? You sir, are hard man hard as nails!
2014-05-22 16:57#176152 Justice : Chelsea weak? You sir, are hard man hard as nails!

Sadly hard man hard as nails Petr Cech wasn't so hard on the night, could've kept out both our goals ;)
Ya' beat Chelsea! Had it been at home, the fans would've gone wild, and I would even be giving the players a free 'hall-pass' to get seewper drunk!
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10 yearsEdited

Episode 9 - Steadying the Ship

C'mon you O's!

Name: Ryan Hall
Date of Birth: 4th January 1988
Previous Clubs: Crystal Palace, Bromley, Southend United, Leeds United (Permanent), Lewes, Dagenham & Redbridge, Crawley Town, Sheffield United (Loans)
Coach Report:

FORMER Leeds United midfielder Ryan Hall has expressed his surprise over a new contract at MK Dons.

The versatile playmaker had been on the fringes at stadium:mk for large parts of the season and was widely expected to be leaving the club once his short-term deal expired at the end of the season.

However, having been given a chance to impress by manager Karl Robinson during a busy schedule, Hall has clearly caught the eye of his boss and the fans are delighted that the 26 year old has finally come good.

His reward for a run of 5 goals in his last 8 games in league and cup is a new one year contract at the club, currently jousting with Russell Slade's Leyton Orient for the League One title. And, having finally taken over from hot prospect Giorgio Rasulo in the trequartista role, Hall revealed he was determined to hold down a regular first team place.

"Honestly, if I'd been offered an extension a few months ago, I'd have laughed my way out of the office," smirks Hall, "but I've got into the team now, and I'm here to stay, so I'm determined to help this club to the Championship and maintain my place in the squad if and when we get there."

In other club news, defender Yado Mambo has signed for the Dons on an 18-month contract. The former Charlton centre half is ineligible for FA Cup games due to appearances during his non-contract spell with Ebsfleet.

His new manager, Robinson, has also been involved in transfer speculation, with reported interest from Derby County and Blackpool of the Championship, but reacted swiftly to deny any possible movement.

Sky Bet League 1

1 - 4

Mike Edwards 90+2 - Ben Reeves 5, Danny Handling 6, 69, Ryan Hall 90
Ryan Hall

3 - 1

Ryan Hall 30, Ben Reeves 45+1, Dean Bowditch 74 - Cole Stockton 85
Jordan Spence

4 - 3

Michael Ngoo 9, Andy Taylor 28, Gedeon Okito (OG) 45+3, Milan Lalkovic 89 - Danny Handling 7, Paul Downing (OG) 32, Samir Carruthers 51
Sean McDermott

3 - 2

Josh Falkingham 10, Rob Kiernan 18, Danny Handling 32 - James Dayton 40, Calvin Zola 70
Josh Falkingham

2 - 1

Chris Atkinson 33, Josh Morris 82 - Ben Reeves 15
Chris Atkinson

2 - 1

Daniel Powell 90+1, Ryan Hall 90+3 - Iain Hume 68
George Baldock

3 - 0

Josh Falkingham 24, Danny Handling 63, Ryan Hall 80
Ryan Hall

FA Cup, 5th Round

0 - 2

Danny Handling 57, Ryan Hall 68
David Martin

A truly astonishing performance continues the breathtaking FA Cup run for MK Dons. Our next stop? A cold, non-Monday trip to the Britannia to play Stoke. Another. Fucking. Away. Game.
Oh shit...

Player of the Episode

Name: Danny Handling
Date of Birth: 6 February 1994
Previous Clubs: Hibernian, Berwick (Loan)
Coach Report:

Josh Falkingham put in another series of great performances and David Martin was also excellent between the sticks this month but in the end it was a two-way jossle between Handling and Hall. In the end I have decided to award this episode-ly accolade to Handling, partly because he was a very frequent goalscorer but mostly because I've already featured Hall in this episode ;)

From now on I'm hoping to crack on with the rest of the season and should be finished with the League One season after another 2 updates, give or take, unless something so spectacular happens that it needs its own update dedicated to it. Regarding update times, I'd like to get more out but it really depends on how much I play FM during the week, ideally I'd like to get one out every couple of days but I've set a bare minimum of one update per week.

Thanks again guys, your support has been incredible...let's go for 2000 views before next time, shall we? :D

I was gonna give you a quote, but it's so magical that you get to listen to the entire sample. Radio Clyde commentator following James McFadden's 2007 winner in France for Scotland. Enjoy.
great work in the league and cup, keep up the good work!
You beat Preston, and in fantastic fashion too.. that makes me very very happy :D

Also, is that... erm, Euan Smith? ;)
Danny is just too hot to Handl(ing)! :P
2014-05-30 05:54#177530 Walter : Also, is that... erm, Euan Smith? ;)

Nope, that's Handling alright. This is Smith (Note the lack of tattoos):,,10290~12061547,00.png
A little tweety bird tells me that a certain someone got it wrong.
2014-05-30 17:45#177617 Rablador :
2014-05-30 05:54#177530 Walter : Also, is that... erm, Euan Smith? ;)

Nope, that's Handling alright. This is Smith (Note the lack of tattoos):,,10290~12061547,00.png
A little tweety bird tells me that a certain someone got it wrong.
Yes but note how I confirmed in my story that the image isn't of Euan Smith.
lel ^
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10 yearsEdited

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
Jordan Spence

0 - 1

Daniel Powell 43
Dean Leacock

1 - 1

Danny Handling 30 - Britt Assombalonga 37
Michael Bostwick 67
David Martin

0 - 1

Ben Reeves 73
Ben Reeves

2 - 2

Ben Reeves 49, George Baldock 90+3 - Darius Vassell 7, Cody McDonald (pen) 90
George Baldock

1 - 0

Ryan Hall 72
George Baldock

FA Cup, Quarter Final

1 - 0

Marko Arnautovic 41
Marko Arnautovic

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)
Coach Report:

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!

"He's not as young as he used to be, Bobby Zamora”
- Gary Cotterill of Sky Sports News
dat quote at the end doeee.. Anyways, some nice extra $$ in the F.A. Cup, and it looks like you're on set to get the title :D
Great story Rab!

Episode 11 - Stumbling Over the Line

Campeones, campeones, ole, ole...ole?

LEYTON Orient were dealt a huge favour by already-promoted MK Dons in the race for automatic promotion from Sky Bet League 1.

Fellow contenders Brentford went into their away clash against a promoted Dons team, who only needed a point to secure the title, some way clear of then third place Orient. But a resounding 3-1 win for Karl Robinson's side blew the hunt for second place straight back open.

And an unexpected loss for the Bees to lowly Colchester took the duel with Russell Slade's men to the final day of the season, themselves missing the chance to steer clear with defeat at home to underperformers Wolves.

There, despite a comeback from the Griffin Park side against Stevenage, Brentford were confined to play-off obscurity by a last minute winner from Leyton Orient at stadium:mk, against what Brentford manager Mark Warburton described as an "extraordinarily youthful team". MK Dons had started a large contingent of youth players, including 15 year old Mark Gamble, who topped Giorgio Rasulo's record of being the youngest ever Dons player by doing so.

Further heartache for Brentford ensued in the play-offs, where Britt Assombalonga's late goal handed Peterborough United promotion in an absorbing season finale.

Sky Bet League 1

1 - 1

Callum Wilson 70 - Danny Handling 43
Jordan Spence 41
Danny Handling

0 - 2

Jamie Proctor (pen) 41, Andy Drury 78
Andy Drury

1 - 2

Gavin Tomlin 90 - Darren Potter 62, Giorgio Rasulo 90+2
Darren Potter

3 - 1

Danny Handling 13, Daniel Powell 45, Jordan Spence 74 - Clayton Donaldson 75
Raphael Calvet 37
Daniel Powell

2 - 0

Hameur Bouazza 30, 62
Hameur Bouazza

1 - 2

Ben Reeves 61 - Jordan Bowery 31, 90
Jordan Bowery

Player of the Episode

Name: Darren Potter
Date of Birth: 21 December 1984
Previous Clubs: Everton, Blackburn (Youth), Liverpool, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Sheffield Wednesday, Southampton (Loan)
Coach Report:

It's soon-to-be captain Darren Potter who claims this episode's accolade. Nobody was truly astonishing on a very mediocre month during which we laboured to the title, but Potter put in some consistently good performances, and even scored directly off a corner in the last-gasp win against Port Vale! :O

Thanks for following during a first season full of ups and downs (though mostly ups I must admit). It's been great fun to write about and I'm definitely up for the challenges of the Championship!

"They'll be dancing in the streets of Total Network Solutions tonight!”
- Gilette Soccer Saturday host and Hartlepool United fanatic, Jeff Stelling.

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