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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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League One Champions! Woo! Roll on the Championship!

Episode 12 - End of an Era

Martin, you're next!

AS the MK Dons prepared to celebrate their 10th anniversary under the current branding, the only player to have played in every season for them finally walked out on the club.

Dean Lewington, who also played under the former club Wimbledon, had his contract terminated just days after celebrating a first ever promotion to the Championship for the Dons, all under his captaincy.

While the exact reasons* for the shock exit are unknown, manager Karl Robinson's decision is reportedly due to deeming Lewington surplus to requirements. Last season, having frequented the substitutes' bench thanks to the impressive form of youngster Gedeon Okito, Lewington spoke of his uncertainty over his future at the second-tier newcomers, reiterating that he intended to see out the 2013/14 season before making a final decision on his future at the club.

Further doubts were cast after the arrival of Lee Wallace from Rangers on a cut-price deal, although the eventual termination of "Lewy"'s contract was not said to be one that both player and manager fully agreed on.

While fans of the Milton Keynes club expressed their sadness and disappointment, there was a general agreement between them that this day was always going to come, and many have already stated they would welcome him back in a more senior role in the future. For the time being, however, Darren Potter will take over as captain of the side, with Tom Flanagan being appointed his deputy.

Outside of the fanbase, there has been an air of hilarity and delight over the release. Several Football League fans took to social networks to make their own comments on the situation, with one Twitter user saying "Hahaha! The face of the franchise is gone! #TaxiForLewington"

*Okay guys, I have to admit here that I cocked up pretty badly. I never intended to release Lewington, but nor did I ever intend to renew his contract once it expired in 2015. So, I was completely oblivious to the fact that his current deal had a "match highest earner" clause in can probably guess the rest, but let me go on. When I brought in a new, high-earning player, Lewington's contract went from a few grand a week to something like 10k. And, as this was only in June, once promotion bonuses were activated, that figure went up by another 20%.
Yeah. There's a reason why I always get rid of them bloody clauses. And frankly, I wasn't going to pay thirteen thousand a week to an aging substitute, was I? So, it had to be done. But damn, did I screw up.

Ins and Outs

Name: Simon Higgins
Date of Birth: 13th November 1997
Previous Clubs: Ebbsfleet United
Coach Report:

It was a busy transfer window for us, but Higgins was possibly my favourite buy, and I have only my scout to thank, whichever one it was. :P
I'm not sure how a club formerly owned by a group of internet investors manged to produce such a good youth talent, but at just £14,000, I'll happily snap that shit up.

Elsewhere, Irishmen Gleeson and McLoughlin were probably the biggest departures this window. Gleeson was pretty mediocre last season even in League One, and I felt like cashing in while I still could. McLoughlin was given plenty of chances to impress last season, but rarely took them, so I was more than happy to respond to interest from, weirdly, Manchester City, Tottenham, Arsenal, among others.

Lewis Milne was signed on a pre-contract in January and arrives in good shape, while an entire new back four in the form of Wallace, Maguire, Devine and Christie were signed for just under £2,000,000 combined transfer fees. Originally, I had tried to sign James Tavernier on a much lower transfer fee than Christie, but the bastard went and chose Dundee United instead. They'll rarely be playing all at once, but it's always nice to have depth, and Maguire seems like a real steal.

Midfielder Jason Holt is brought in to bolster the attacking midfield department and will compete with Giorgio Rasulo and Ryan Hall for the Trequartista spot. After a lot of interest from myself and other clubs in the past, Luke Moore joins on a free transfer to replace Danny Handling, who I chose not to loan in again. However, as is my usual luck with transfers, both Moore and backup striker Daniel Powell were injured in friendlies, which can only spell disaster for the start of the season...

Friendly Results

An unbelievably up-and-down set of pre-season fixtures. We started off with a bang against Alloa, but honestly I expected nothing less. The Solihull Moors game also, as expected, went exactly to plan. We played brilliantly against Lille and Motherwell and were very unlucky not to win at least one, in fact we were even able to dominate Marseille away from home.

Naturally, I got pretty cocky following the Marseille result and told my team I expected them to win against Lille. Of course, though, all good things must come to an end, and were it not for a late Holt consolation, the score would have looked far more one-sided. The final friendly saw us return to Scotlan for a match with Ross County, and although putting a decent account for ourselves on the pitch, Ross County decided the best way to succeed was to injure three of my players, including Daniel Powell, in injury time (hur de hur), which sees me start the season without a senior striker. Well, jokes on you, County, you didn't win after all!

New Season, New Kits

Kit making is not something I often do, and in fact I hadn't taken to SSD for a pretty long time before this, but I had a few ideas in mind for kits for the coming season, so decided to dust off the...err, colour pallette? :/

Anyway, they all look rather unpolished and extraordinarily unprofessional, but it's nice to have them in the game.

First two are pretty basic, just your average kit templates with an unlikely sponsor. Third kit is supposed to be a special '10th anniversary' kit, and I'm actually quite pleased with how it turned out.

Thanks for joining me for this episode, next update will feature the highly anticipated start to the season, so be sure to check it out! :D

- Some North American commentator or other following a John Arne Riise free kick goal.
I like it, and RELEASE THE KRAKEN!
Just caught up, this story is awesome. I agree with Pauker though, RELEASE THE KRAKEN!!!
Really nice, Skim read most updates but read the last one, really good although not a great pre-season in terms of the actual football played, ah well can only get better! (Or worse...)
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10 yearsEdited

Episode 13 - The Kyle de Silva Experiment

Might have to sneak in to some away matches...

Name: Kyle de Silva
Date of Birth: 29th November 1993
Previous Clubs: Crystal Palace, Torquay (Loan)
Coach Report:

TRANSFER deadline days aren't usually the biggest of occasions at newly promoted MK Dons, but Karl Robinson has done his best to change that.

After young goalkeeper Dougie Horne was brought in on loan from Hamilton Accies to act as cover for standalone first choice David Martin, fellow Scottish club Dundee United made a surprise bid for left back Gedeon Okito.

The bid, believed to be in the region of £325,000, arrived just hours short of the transfer deadline, and, although Okito, 17, made 26 starts last season in his favoured role, manager Karl Robinson acknowledged the bid was just "too good to turn down".

Although that transfer left the Dons with just one senior left back, another summer arrival in Lee Wallace, Robinson opted not to reinvest the fee for Okito into obtaining a backup. Instead, he brought in Crystal Palace's Kyle de Silva, a former hot prospect, for a sum of just £20,000.

When asked to explain the bizarre deal, Robinson replied, "What is there to explain? In Kyle I see an adventurous, promising playmaker with great defensive attributes, whose development has been blighted by a series of unfortunate injuries. His physical condition has been heavily damaged by his spells on the sidelines but I see a real opportunity here to deploy de Silva into a new position."

De Silva, 21, broke into the Palace first team in the 2011-12 season, but the midfielder's career at Selhurst Park never really took off as expected. His last professional action was a three-month loan spell at Torquay United last season, where he scored 2 goals and set up another two.

Sky Bet Championship

4 - 1

Billy McKay 20, 75, James McClean 23, Grant Holt 83 - Ryan Hall 69
Shaun Maloney

2 - 0

Ryan Hall (pen) 22, Jason Holt 53
Lee Hodson

2 - 1

Rudy Gestede 34, Craig Conway 57 - Giorgio Rasulo 90+1
Craig Conway

2 - 0

Kevin Lisbie 70, Mathieu Baudry 77
Danny Redmond

2 - 1

Daniel Powell 67, Ryan Hall 72 - Andy Carroll 13
Dean Moxey 90+2
Andy Carroll

1 - 0

Daniel Powell 82
George Baldock

Capital One Cup, First Round

5 - 1

Giorgio Rasulo 18, Harry Maguire 32, Jason Holt 39, 49, Ryan Hall 87 - Ryan Taylor 48
Jason Holt

Capital One Cup, Second Round

2 - 0

Ben Marshall 14, Anton Forrester 88
Anton Forrester

The First Round was an emphatic, confidence boosting win over League One side Portsmouth but we bowed out to Blackburn in the next round. Interestingly, we still haven't merited a booking in all 8 of our games.

Name: Harry Maguire
Date of Birth: 5 March 1993
Previous Clubs: Sheffield United
Coach Report:

Although we were leaky at the back for much of this episode, Maguire was by far our best defender and has looked an absolute steal of a signing so far. The only problem is trying to figure out who he partners best with...

Merci beaucoup, danke schön, muchas gracias and thanks a bunch for putting up with me during the long delay for updates. Can't say it's definitely going to improve, but we shall see. And thanks for 3000 views everyone :)

"Welcome to Rio!”
- ITV's somehow-still-employed presenter Adrian Chiles, presenting from Miami.
Fairly good start to the league, something to build on definitely.

Also, I see you're using Steklo x4 just like me, I like it ;)
2014-06-21 14:06#180930 Walter : Fairly good start to the league, something to build on definitely.

Also, I see you're using Steklo x4 just like me, I like it ;)

Indeed I am, it's a very nice skin :)
As Walt said, fairly good start to the season however it's always going to be tough in the Championship. Great update ofc, but why did you have to demolish Pompey? :P
Great update Rab :D. Some good results, but some bad thrashings. PL in the horizon, maybe?

Episode 14 - Inexplicable

Keep doing what you do, Luke.

WEST Ham United may well be one of the biggest clubs in the Championship, but Karl Robinson certainly doesn't think so.

The Hammers were the latest in an increasing list of suitors for the MK Dons boss' services, after Blackpool and Leeds United had previously expressed interest, but the Englishman once again reassured he was going nowhere.

And his undeniable loyalty has reportedly delighted new owner Graham Taylor, whose side would have been due some form of compensation had Robinson chose to make the switch to Upton Park.

West Ham, who lost 2-1 to MK Dons back in August when Robinson's side hauled themselves out of the relegation zone, instead chose to appoint former Birmingham and Huddersfield man Lee Clark.

Sky Bet Championship

1 - 1

Steve Morison (pen) 29 - Daniel Powell 90+2
Daniel Powell

0 - 0

Darren Randolph

0 - 1

Daniel Powell 81
Lee Wallace

2 - 0

Dele Allli 5, Tom Flanagan 45+2
Tom Flanagan

1 - 1

Chuks Aneke 69 - Simon Higgins 58
Simon Higgins

2 - 3

Dele Alli 45+1, Ryan Hall 82 - Lukas Jutkiewicz 12, Marvin Emnes 33, Mustapha Carayol 37
Lukas Jutkiewicz

1 - 1

Ryan Hall 50 - Graham Cook 86
Ryan Hall

0 - 0

Harry Maguire

2 - 3

Rob Jones 8, Tom Eaves 16 - Daniel Powell 21, Ryan Hall 65, 81
Ryan Hall

Name: Daniel Powell
Date of Birth: 12 March 1991
Previous Clubs: Crawley Town, Forest Green, Darlington (Loans)
Coach Report:

Powell has continued his fine goalscoring form which ended the last episode and, with Luke Moore seemingly incapable of finishing when not offside, has finally earned himself a starting place. Really playing above what his attributes suggest right now, and he even managed to bag a goal in one of them starts!

“I have to chuckle when I hear opposing fans’ ginger jibes. Surely they must realise that at 42, I’ve heard every ginger joke in the book."
- Burnley's red-headed success story Sean Dyche.
Scoring a lot in the second half :P
The Premier League awaits!
Brilliant comeback versus Doncaster! :D A good month, you're doing well.

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