The visit of Chelsea this afternoon means that our stadium will be full for a football match for the first time since that glorious night 16 months ago against Manchester United. On that occasion, a plucky team who were hoping to push for promotion from League 1 showed the world that on our day, we were capable of taking on and beating one of the greatest club sides in the world.
When I look back on that night, it’s with feelings of immense pride. Walking into the stadium and seeing it full, actually ‘feeling’ it full, was truly wonderful to experience. It showed just how far we’ve come over the past 12 years and I feel great pride at everything that we’ve achieved together during that time.
What made me most proud on that night however, was the way that we played our football. We didn’t sit back and defend, hoping to snatch a goal on the break. We didn’t change our game in any way to counter the vast differences between the resources at the two clubs disposal. Instead, we played our game and we played it our way. We passed the ball as if we were playing another League 1 side, not Manchester United, and we kept doing that for 95 minutes. That took great courage for the players to play that way, and genuinely immense courage for Robbo to send them out to do that.
Looking back on the changes to our squad since that game, we have to accept that you can’t lose players like Dele, Will and Benik without leaving massive gaps, and so far, we’ve struggled to fill those gaps. This season we’re not a club hoping for promotion from league 1, we’re a club hoping to avoid relegation from the championship. When you factor in just how tough this season has been, the task today begins to look impossible. Looking at the vast differences between the resources at Chelsea’s disposal and ours, there should be no possibility that we could ever be a threat to them.
That could bring extreme pressure onto the team, but as fans, we need to do the opposite. We need to take the pressure off of the players, and take the pressure off of Robbo. They and he need to know that it is ok to go out and play our football, our way, win, lose or draw. They need to know that whatever happens on that pitch, they will be cheered, clapped and encouraged along, every step of the way.
The eyes of the footballing world will be on us this afternoon, some hoping that we’ll be able to repeat the Man Utd result and cause a cup shock, and some because for whatever reason, they’ll be hoping to see us lose. What’s undoubtedly true is that the former will massively outnumber the latter – we’ve won a lot of friends for the way we try to play and the players that we’ve brought through.
If you’re leading the singing today, keep it simple, keep it slow, and keep it going. Give people the opportunity and the time to join in, and they will. If you’re joining in, then stick your chest out with pride and sing louder than you’ve ever sung before. If you find yourself wishing that you had the courage to sing, then be bold and sing anyway – make some noise and make sure that the people around you know that they won’t be on their own if they sing.
Games like this genuinely do not come around very often – make sure that whatever the score, win, lose or draw, you enjoy every minute.
Come on you Dons!
The one before the long hiatus. And the one before the Chelsea game. And the one with the balloons.
Issue 19, Season 3 of The MooCamp Radio Show brings you balloons galore, predictions, reviews, balloons, healing, bovril, Bootsie and genuinely more. We review the depressing afternoon that was our trip to Bolton, and we preview the upcoming visit of a certain team from somewhere in London.
Chelsea – that’s it – we discuss the likely hammering, and make like it won’t matter, then realise that it probably won’t, because we’ve got balloons. Balloons I tell ya.
We get a little bit maudlin, because it’s the last show from our current studio, but then we get a little excited because by the time we return we’ll be ready for FM.
Music came from David Bowie, with a little bit of Depeche Mode in the background if you’re prepared to listen carefully.
The MooCamp Radio Show – it’s like we’re not going to know what to do with ourselves for a couple of months – what about you?
Join us on The MooCamp Radio Show as we revel in consecutive victories over Reading and Northampton Town. Laugh with us as we revel in all the money the Cobblers fans have given us, and celebrate with us as we look forward to the 4th round home tie against Chelsea.
We’ve got your answers to the Question of the Week, and we pose an additional question – SemiColon or Appendix – the choice is yours. Because that’s the sort of thing we do. We bringyou a rubbish song from Alby, a football fact from Gers and a lot of S-Club 7 along the way.
Music came from David Bowie and the aforementioned Bradley, Jo, Rachel and the other ones.
The MooCamp Radio Show – because sometimes even being a Dons fan isn’t enough on its own.
Issue 17 of the tricky third series of The MooCamp Radio Show finds us with little positive to talk about football-wise, and the loss of a music god impacting on us all. Oddly enough, we still managed to have a rather fun time, helped splendidly by Mr Radar making his first trip into the studio.
We talk about the lows and lows of Northampton away, smoke, argy-bargy, the lows and very lows of Burnley at home and we look forward with some trepidation to the visits of Reading and the Cobblers. More importantly, we discuss the upcoming visit to Fulham with our fans using seemingly countless ways of making their way there – Mr Radar Kayak, one half of the famous Kayak brothers joins us because Bootsie couldn’t be bothered.
We have smoke-related questions and answers, plentiful Franchise Watch submissions, lots of texts, tweets, roundabouts, links and occasional hilarity amongst the presenters.
Music came from David Bowie. And David Bowie.
The MooCamp Radio Show – it’s like nobody ever dies.
Happy new year! The MooCamp Radio Show brings greetings to all connected with the MK Dons, whether by love or by hate, but never by indifference. Never I tell you.
We revisit the joys of the stupidly expensive trip to Leeds, and all that entailed, including possibly the best/worst own-goal you’ll ever see. We’ll look forward to our trip to the Cobblers in the FA Cup and we’ll drop a couple of lines in the direction of Burnley’s far more important visit in the League on Tuesday.
We have a round up of your worst christmas presents in the question of the week, no less than THREE new chants, a surprisingly easy Roundabout of the Week and the return of Tenuous Links.
We’re inundated by your texts and tweets, and frankly struggling under the weight of the Facebook post. A bumper double edition of Franchise Watch with a couple of corkers in there too. Frankly it’s a cracker of a show, which is a rather rubbish attempt at Christmas humour.
Music came from Little Anthony and the Imperials, and didn’t come from Abba because we ran out of time.
The MooCamp Radio Show – it’s like Christmas never stopped, but simply got worse and worse each week.
Issue 15 of season 3 of The MooCamp Radio Show – the MK Dons Radio show that talks about the MK Dons on the radio. We relive the delights of Cardiff at home, the disappointments of Birmingham away and we look forward to the stupidly expensive trip to Leeds and the unwanted trip to the Cobblers.
We discuss bottlegate, handballgate, newphonegate, Margate and garden entrances of all kinds, and we hear about your Christmas presents – god we’re bleeding edge we are.
The world tells us how much they love us in Franchise Watch, we celebrate the lives and deaths of some musical icons and we can’t work out whether something should be edited or not. I’m going with not at the moment, though I’m sure that someone will let me know if that’s not correct.
Music came from Motorhead, The Specials, Barnes and Barnes and Teach-In, so sit back and enjoy.
The MooCamp Radio Show – if you’d unwrapped it on Christmas morning, you’d not be fed up with it till at least Boxing Day teatime.
The Christmas Special of The MooCamp Radio Show brings you a feast of football, music and the inane ramblings of Brando and Gers, which bearing in mind you’ve paid nothing, is immensely good value.
We pick apart the recent matches against Ipswich Town, Sheffield Wednesday (we won that one!) and Notts Forest, and we also wax lyrically about our trip to our latest local Franchise – the boys from Buckingham Town. Who aren’t from Buckingham any more. It’s our way.
We round up the ratings of the footballing world in Franchise Watch, we bring you a live ukulele terrace chant for our very own Christian Benevente, we round up your Christmas tune recommendations in the Question of the Week, all thrown into an odd-shaped pot with your texts and tweets.
Music came from The Waitresses, and a performance of Merry Christmas Everybody, Live in the studio from the Dukes of Uke.
Modders and Alby who?
The MooCamp Radio Show – it’s like Christmas, but without all the naps.
The one where we came back from our holidays. The MooCamp Radio returns with all the excitement from the games that have happened recently, which means a draw against Fulham, a draw against Wolves and a defeat against Brentford. Exciting stuff eh?
We also talk about National HOG Day, the sponsors evening, the upcoming FA cup match at the Cobblers and this week’s visit of Ipswich Town. And our post-Ipswich trip where we’re all walking to Buckingham Town in Bletchley. It all makes sense really.
Along the way we’ll get your answers to the Question of the Week, the most stunning roundabout of the week to date, a new chant, a tenuous link and genuinely loads more. It’s like if we take a few weeks off, we’ve got enough material to fill a show!
Music came from The Pixies, Longpigs and Bernard Cribbins and one of those isn’t real.
The MooCamp Radio Show – it’s like you’ve had a gap in your life, but weren’t sure what it was until we came along and filled it.
The One Where Uncle Paul Came Back For A Visit
Issue 12 of season 3 of The MooCamp Radio Show – the MK Dons Radio Show that likes standing at the best of times, but loves standing in front of the terminally seated.
We revisit the highs, lows and mediums of our trip to Brighton, the warm welcome that we received, and the seemingly endless series of discussion points to not get too heated about. We get Paul Harris to sing us a song, we get Gers to tell us a fact and we get Modders to tell us a joke to our punchline, which he managed to do remotely.
We share some fantastic Franchise Watch entries from the Brightony and Charltony people, we look forward to our upcoming matches and realise that there aren’t any, so instead we prove that we have no idea who’s likely to get called up for international duty, and who’s fit enough anyway.
Music came from Devo, Barnes and Barnes (of course), Go West for which I apologise, with a smattering of ABC bubbling under the surface.
The MooCamp Radio Show – it’s like another language, but one where you can understand about a third of the words.
The one that was just a jump to the left.
The ONLY MK Dons Radio Show on the planet, and quite possibly anywhere else, brings you our thoughts on the loss against Hull, the victory against Charlton and the impending trip to Brighton.
We talk to MKDSA Chairman Adam Faiers about a seemingly endless list of things, all of which we understood and liked. A lot. Especially the shirt.
Along the way we bring you masses of Franchise Watch, Adam pretends to be a chav and Gers tells us facts, because he can. Music came from Alvvays and Earth Wind and Fire, which is a pairing that’s not often seen outside of the lower leagues.
The MooCamp Radio Show – it’s like friendship, but without all the bitterness and distrust.