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The Big Reveal – Roundabout of the Week – 28/03/2016

Clue 1, was a picture of acclaimed actress Patricia Hodge. Appeared in several productions with MK reference. Morse – Bletchley Park? Rumpole – CMK Court? Or Victoria Wood – now this could indicate a plethora of woods in MK. Could have just been there to throw you – or was it?

Clue 2, was someone being knighted. Sword? King? Noble? Clue 3 simply said name – hold that thought. Clue 4, showed a sprinter, finishing first in a race. First. Clue 5 was Terry Christian and Clue 6 was Lee Evans, but what did it all mean?

Well, what have we got so far? Patricia followed by a ceremony for nobles, making them Knights – or Sir, followed by ‘name’. Patricia’s ‘Sir’ ‘name’ is ‘Hodge’. Then you have Terry Christian, and the Christian name of number 6 was Lee, but Usain finished first, first could mean win, it could me 1 or, if it was the alphabet, could be a.

Put it all together and you should have had Hodge Lea Roundabout.


 

Roundabout of the Week – 28/03/2016 – Clue 6

It’s Roundabout of the Week time once more – each week Modders goes out to see what’s happening at one of the 3,426 beautiful roundabouts in Milton Keynes and picks one at random and describe it to you in all it’s splendor.

Here’s your first clue

ROTW Clue 1
Clue 1

And here’s your second clue:

clue 2
Your second clue

And here’s your third clue:

Clue 3
Clue the Third

And here’s your fourth clue:

Clue 4
Clue 4

And here’s your fifth clue! (yes fifth!)

Clue 5
The FIFTH! Clue

And here’s your sixth (yes SIXTH) and last clue:

Clue 6
Sixth Sense?

Get those thinking caps on – so get in touch via the usual channels and let us know just whereabouts is this weeks ‘Roundabout of the Week’?

Roundabout of the Week – 28/03/2016 – Clue 5

It’s Roundabout of the Week time once more – each week Modders goes out to see what’s happening at one of the 3,426 beautiful roundabouts in Milton Keynes and picks one at random and describe it to you in all it’s splendor.

Here’s your first clue

ROTW Clue 1
Clue 1

And here’s your second clue:

clue 2
Your second clue

And here’s your third clue:

Clue 3
Clue the Third

And here’s your fourth clue:

Clue 4
Clue 4

And here’s your fifth clue! (yes fifth!)

Clue 5
The FIFTH! Clue

Get those thinking caps on – so get in touch via the usual channels and let us know just whereabouts is this weeks ‘Roundabout of the Week’?


Fulham Away 2nd April 2016 – Match Preview

The MooCamp Radio Show Issue 2.21So it’s starting to get serious then 😉

We trek down to that London tomorrow for a match that both teams will be desperately hoping to win, and one where a loss would see the other team sitting in the bottom three come 5pm.  A draw wouldn’t be the end of the world for either, but that would leave us in the bottom three, which will undoubtedly raise the pressure on the players.  At this time of the season, this is just as much a psychological battle than a footballing one, and as our results against the teams around us have shown, we’re struggling in this one.

We’ve not been to Craven Cottage before (well at least I haven’t, so it amounts to the same thing) so the chance to tick another ground off (I think I’m in the mid-sixties of the current 92 at the moment – will need to tot up properly) is one that will be taken by a fair few of our lot   It’s expected that we’ll take around 1500-1600, which is a fairly sizeable away following by our standards.  It should be added that of those fans, there are a number who are making their journey down there as difficult as possible, so they can raise money for Willen Hospice – Bootsie and Radar by kayak and Dan, Ashley, Emmaaaaaaaaa, Tracy and others on foot.  Good luck to you all – you have both my admiration and my money, so stop asking.

So what can I tell you about Fulham then?  Well as you will know by now, here at MooCamp Towers, we consider research to be cheating, so we go with what we know.

What I know about Fulham is:

  • Jimmy Hill was their Chairman at one point, and they ended up getting relegated on the basis of a goals scored rule (as opposed to goal difference) that Jimmy introduced
  • Mohammed Al Fayed used to own them, and might still do for all I know
  • They used to have a statue of Michael Jackson outside their ground, which is perhaps the most surreal of all the football-related statues that have ever existed in these isles
  • Richard Osman of Pointless fame is a fan, and was good enough to retweet about our fans sponsored travels
  • They have a neutrals section of their ground, presumably to cater for all the tourists who can’t get into the games at clubs that they’ve heard of.  A neutral area is an interesting idea, though not one that we’d ever use of course 😉
  • Lewie’s dad Ray used to be their manager
  • They’ve never won a major trophy.  Ever.  A good opportunity for our fans to get out the silver foil and cardboard replicas of the Portiamao cup, it would seem

In preparation for the match, we spoke to Andrew at CottageConfidential and gave him three questions:

1) Sum up your season for us – how’s it gone, how does that compare to your expectations and how is it going to end?

This is a season in which most Fulham supporters thought we would be challenging for a playoff spot, instead we’re flirting with relegation. At this point so little has gone right that I’m almost resigned to relegation

2) What needs to change at your club, and what mustn’t change?

I have no idea what is wrong. The players the club have brought in have played great defense at other clubs. They get to Fulham and they simply forget how to defend. It was easy to chalk that up to bad coaching. But now that Jokanovic is in charge, it’s really hard to use that excuse. If I knew how to fix this club, I’d certainly shout it from the rooftops, but I’m just as confused as everyone else.

3) What’s your take on the whole Wimbledon move to MK and the subsequent birth of the MK Dons?

To be honest, I didn’t really understand all the anger over it for quite sometime. I’m an American, and sports teams moving is just a natural thing here. The NBA team where I live (Seattle) moved to the place where I grew up (Oklahoma). It happens enough here for it to almost become business as usual. But I’m sure the first teams that moved in this country caused just as much commotion as Wimbeldon moving. In the future, this kind of thing might happen more. It’s going to be easier for a rich guy to buy a team in a smaller local and move them to a bigger venue that it will be to invest wisely in the small club to build them up the old fashioned way. I’m not sure what rules the FA has in place to prevent this, but it’s something I could see happening more and more

As to what’s likely to happen on the pitch, that’s anybody’s guess.  We’re capable of winning this, but we’re also capable of getting  good hiding from them.  My money is on a nil-nil draw, but secretly, I think we’ll do this 2:1.

Roundabout of the Week – 28/03/2016 – Clue 4

It’s Roundabout of the Week time once more – each week Modders goes out to see what’s happening at one of the 3,426 beautiful roundabouts in Milton Keynes and picks one at random and describe it to you in all it’s splendor.

Here’s your first clue

ROTW Clue 1
Clue 1

And here’s your second clue:

clue 2
Your second clue

And here’s your third clue:

Clue 3
Clue the Third

And here’s your fourth clue:

Clue 4
Clue 4

Get those thinking caps on – so get in touch via the usual channels and let us know just whereabouts is this weeks ‘Roundabout of the Week’?

Roundabout of the Week – 28/03/2016 – Clue 3

It’s Roundabout of the Week time once more – each week Modders goes out to see what’s happening at one of the 3,426 beautiful roundabouts in Milton Keynes and picks one at random and describe it to you in all it’s splendor.

Here’s your first clue

ROTW Clue 1
Clue 1

And here’s your second clue:

clue 2
Your second clue

And here’s your third clue:

Clue 3
Clue the Third

Get those thinking caps on – so get in touch via the usual channels and let us know just whereabouts is this weeks ‘Roundabout of the Week’?

The Roundabout of the Week 19/03/2016 – Clue 3

It’s Roundabout of the Week time once more – each week Modders goes out to see what’s happening at one of the 3,426 beautiful roundabouts in Milton Keynes and picks one at random and describe it to you in all it’s splendor.

We’ll bring you a number of clues throughout the week – all you have to do is use your cunning and guile to establish which Roundabout we’re referring too, and let us know.

Your first clue is a picture clue:

The Roundabout of the Week
Clue 1

Your second clue is also a picture clue:

Clue 2
Clue 2

Your third clue is a picture clue too – and if you haven’t got it by now, this must surely be a giveaway!:

Clue 3
Clue 3

Get those thinking caps on – so get in touch via the usual channels and let us know just whereabouts is this weeks ‘Roundabout of the Week’?

The Roundabout of the Week 19/03/2016 – Clue 2

It’s Roundabout of the Week time once more – each week Modders goes out to see what’s happening at one of the 3,426 beautiful roundabouts in Milton Keynes and picks one at random and describe it to you in all it’s splendor.

We’ll bring you a number of clues throughout the week – all you have to do is use your cunning and guile to establish which Roundabout we’re referring too, and let us know.

Your first clue is a picture clue:

The Roundabout of the Week
Clue 1

 

Your second clue is also a picture clue:

Clue 2
Clue 2

Get those thinking caps on – so get in touch via the usual channels and let us know just whereabouts is this weeks ‘Roundabout of the Week’?

Match Report – Dons 1:2 Brighton – 19/03/2016

Some idiots today
Some idiots today

That was never a straight red!  Not even a booking.  I’m not even sure it was a foul.

Anyway, what to say about all of that?  Brighton looked pretty rubbish, but they got the points, which means they’ll probably be there or thereabouts at the end of the season.  We played pretty well for most of that match, and got nothing, which means we’re going to be struggling right up to the end of the season.

Our squad is really thin right now – announcing Ben Tilney on the bench shows that (no offence Ben), and we had a number of key players out.  Martin (no idea how long he’s out for), Walsh (same), JFC (who couldn’t play because he’s a Brighton player), Caruthers (for urine-related reasons), Reeves (injured – no idea how long for) – there might be more but I have no idea anymore.  I’ve lost count.

Having said that, I think across defence and midfield we looked very strong for most of the game.  Defensively, Antony Kay has been strong since his return (and also may end up as our top scorer if he continues at this rate and our strikers continue at theirs) and Cody has looked the most competent reserve keeper we’ve had to date.  In midfield, without JFC or Samir in there, Jonny Williams stepped up and had a great 70 minutes or so – he was strong, he was creative and he battled constantly.  I felt like we really saw what he was capable of for the first time today.

Bootsie, Radar and friend.
Bootsie, Radar and friend.

As has been a recurring theme this season, our attack just doesn’t seem to be ‘right’.  We did create chances, but they all seemed to be individual self-created chances from the wings rather than anything created by the team.  Murphy and Hall both created chances for themselves, but I’m not sure they created anything for anyone else.  Maynard didn’t once look like getting a shot off today, let alone look like scoring – whatever he’s supposed to be doing, I don’t think it’s working right now, but I don’t think it’s him – everyone who has played in that position for us this season has ended up in exactly the same situation.  I thought Daniel created a few good chances for himself, but he needs more match time if he’s going to convert them.

Their penalty was a bit unfortunate – Potter had no idea their guy was there and made the clearance.  Their second was disappointing – first of all, it came about because Williams lost possession cheaply in their half, once the cross came over, Powell didn’t cause the attacker any problems, and he had a pretty free header.  I know that heading is never his strong point, but he has to make it harder for the attacker in that situation.  Of course he shouldn’t be the last man there anyway.

We seemed to spring to life once they’d gone two up – Kay’s header was really well taken – he’s proving to be our best ariel threat at this point, and he’s finding space for himself.  I’d like to see the ref penalising their keeper and not him and Kyle for holding on to the ball – whichever way you look at it, Kyle is entitled to get the ball, the keeper is not entitled to hold on to it.  While it smacks of a juvenile ‘he started it’ kind of argument, without the keeper holding on to the ball, then there’s no incident.

Samir's Instruction Manual
Samir’s Instruction Manual

The sending off was one of the most ludicrous decisions I’ve seen in a long time.  It wasn’t a red, it wasn’t a yellow, I’m not even sure it was a foul – their guy rolled round like he’d been shot and the ref bought it.  Terrible refereeing.  Terrible.

Our penalty wasn’t good – not sure why Baker took it with two strikers on the pitch, but credit to him for stepping up.  He’ll need a hug tonight, so whoever is out with him, look after him a little.  It is worrying that we’re not taking the chances that we have to pick up points, but I’d be more worried if we weren’t creating those chances at all.

So we’re now without Kyle for three games, and we’ll have to hope that the international break gives some of our injured players the chance to get themselves back into contention again.  Results didn’t go our way today, so we’re back into the bottom three for the first time in a while.  I’d say we’re down to Bolton and Charlton plus one from three – us, Rotherham or Fulham.  Right now my money would be on us or Fulham.

Big shout out to the family fun day people – lots of activity, lots of fun, lots of families, so all went according to plan.  Great to see Radar and Bootsie in their tutus and Dan in his Samir commemorative t-shirt, and great to see so much money being raised for Willen.

Feeling a little sombre today, but bring on Fulham.  Then Wolves.  Then Rotherham.  After them, I think we’ll have a better idea of how much trouble we’re in.

Franchise Watch 001

  • How do people actually come about to support MK Dons? Are they people’s second teams?
  • Yes, that or they are mongs.
  • Melton Keynes is not a new place anymore. They also have been reasonably successful since relocation. It’s good for MK
  • You are a ‘franchise in a fridge’
  • You can have you 30,000 seater,your rich chairman,your stolen club,and your fake fan base, little old @ntfc is priceless #outsold
  • No, you can’t buy class but all those years ago Woolwich Arsenal Franchise FC bought promotion #History
  • you had 3,000 more to MK than your average home attendance. Thank you for funding franchise FC ?
  • If you make this Bolton team look as good as Franchise FC did today you deserve to be relegated. Awful team, and fans.

The owner of the Heel of God

    • The owner of the Heel of God
  • Franchise FC are absolutely awful
  • Its always a good result for football when Franchise FC get beat.
  • Bolton, currently languishing in the fiery depths of dogbleep manage to do enough to stick it to Franchise FC. Bleep them. #AMF
  • Franchise history re-writers note – in 2003 ‘Wimbledon FC’ was already to be ‘MK Dons’. You were never Wimbledon.
  • Wishing you luck deciding who you most want to lose when MK Dons play Chelsea on TV in the next round, the MirrorFootball Top Five
  • mk dons vs afc wimbledon, the football equivalent of sugababes vs mutya keisha siobhan.
  • A trip to Milton Keynes will surely send Diego Costa back to Spain #bleephole #franchisefc
  • Franchise FC vs Chelski in the next round of the #FACup .The worst football fixture in history?
  • mk dons franchise scum.afc Wimbledon real dons always will be?
  • Doesn’t matter you still got beat by a pub team from Kingston you nonce (possibly the most cliché-ridden sentence in Franchise Watch History)
  • MK Dons are a franchise from Wimbledon in the same way (Woolwich) Arsenal are from Woolwich.
  • Arsenal Franchise Club – The Original MK Dons – If the M1 was open in 1913 they’d have moved to Leicester or Northampton, Kent not London
  • A grotesquely manufactured franchise representing all that’s wrong with football versus MK Dons.
  • Lovely bunch of fans they are at MK, unlike those at that franchise club Afc.
  • @TheMooCamp something tells me you don’t have a life