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The Trip to Kingston

Just a couple of points from me in the run up to the trip to Kingston.

First of all, while I completely understand the many reasons why a lot of our usual away travellers will be giving this one a miss, I’d urge you to think again.  Not going to a match is a difficult choice to make, and I know it won’t have been made without a lot of thought, but I would ask you to consider it once more.

Recent announcements by those supposedly in positions of responsibility within that club, combined with the disgraceful way that Robbo was treated there recently give a clue to the level of hostility that we as fans are likely to be met with by members of their staff. If there’s anyone left in the football world who still believes the myth that they are some sort of family friendly club, and club that acts in a way that others should aspire to, well it’s safe to say that these events should have put paid to it once and for all.
In any organisation, you will find individuals who are bad eggs, and football is no different.  What shows the character of any organisation is how they respond to their own bad eggs, and the Kingston lot have repeatedly shown that they are fully supportive of, and even proud of, the people in their fold who act in ways that would be considered abhorrent in any normal civilised environment.  The fact that our fans and club representatives have to enter the ground under police protection to provide protection from their fans shows just how out of control they are as a club, and they should be ashamed of themselves.

We’ve seen enough to know that they will feel no shame though, as they have managed to reach a point where they believe that any behaviour towards us is acceptable.  Sorry Kingston, but that makes you nothing more than a bunch of thugs, and you’re everything that’s wrong with the game.

So why am I asking those of you who have chosen not to attend to reconsider?  Purely because I’d love to see as close to our usual away crowd attending as possible – our genuinely family friendly crowd, who’ve been there and seen it all, who aren’t likely to rise to any provocation from Kingston staff on the day.  I’d love there to be laughter, and piss-taking and pride in everything that we’ve done together over the years, and the less of you who attend, the less representative the crowd on the night will be.

So do me a favour – if you’re currently in the ‘no’ camp, then give it another thought.

My second point concerns those who are going.  

My guess is that we’ll face a pretty hostile reception from both fans and staff.  Fans we expect to be hostile, and we’re used to it.  Staff we don’t expect to be hostile (and shouldn’t have to) and we’re not used to it, so it could be odd to say the least.  I would encourage you to shrug off any attempts to provoke you into some form of response, laugh at them and get on with supporting the Dons.  I would suggest that if possible, you capture any attempts by their stewards or other staff to provoke a reaction on camera, but don’t rise to it.  This game means everything to them, and in the wider scheme of things, nothing to us.
It’s a nothing game, with a nothing club, who are desperate to turn it into something, because without us, they’re nothing. 

Don’t give them the satisfaction.

Come on you Dons.

It’s Armitage Shanks Memorial Clock Time Once Again

The Armitage Shanks Memorial Clock
It has been:

since anyone took a crap on the floor in the Boycott End

Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun?  It’s been a while since we had a visit from the Kingston lot, as you can see from the clock above.  It should be pointed out that the clock wasn’t reset after their last visit, as apparently the handful they bought with them for the JPT match were actually toilet-trained.  The cleaning firms of Milton Keynes are obviously hoping for a return to form this time, however the rest of us are hoping for a more civilised visit – we’ll keep you posted, and if needs be, we’ll reset the clock.

It can’t be easy for the Kingston lot when they have to play us.  Hidden somewhere in the depths of that club, I’m pretty certain that there are some principled people who will never have anything to do with us.  I presume that they are also the people who with good conscience asked supporters of other clubs to boycott games against us for many years.  Obviously over the years the number of people who paid any attention to boycott calls diminished dramatically – more away fans generally visit us than visit any other club in our division – but even now, long after the calls for a boycott stopped, a very small number of supporters of other clubs still won’t visit us.

What must it have been like for those principled people, both within Kingston and other clubs, when the Kingston lot first had a chance to show their support for all those who had boycotted in the past?  As the ticket sales increased for that first game, even offers to buy back tickets fell on deaf ears, and eventually they bought more than four times their usual away gate.  The hypocrisy still amazes me.

The next attempt to save some dignity was to ask all their fans not to spend any money while in the stadium.  I felt sorry for the handful of individuals standing by the massed queues at the food concessions, asking people not to spend money and being routinely ignored, as  receipts for programme and food sales for a crowd of that size testify.  That they crapped on the floor as well was presumably a disappointment, though that’s never been acknowledged.

The most hypocritical, ‘shoot yourself in the foot’ series of acts that I can imagine – I still can’t believe they came.

They’ve been here a couple of times since then, with dwindling away support each time, though that is apparently going to be back up to about 2,000 this time, which is around three times their average away support.  Again the papers are full of stories of boycotts, and food boycotts – it will be interesting to see how principled they are this time.  Thanks for the money anyway – it’s much appreciated.

So what do you do as a club, if you’re almost entirely defined by your issues with the bastard cousins 60 miles up the road, and your own fans let you down so badly?  I’d say that you concentrate on the football, and that’s what they’ve done – they deserve credit for what they’ve achieved on the pitch.  They’re now in the same division as us, and they’re currently sitting comfortably above us.  They also deserve credit for the ‘just another game’ approach that they’re taking officially in the media, which is in marked contrast to previous games.  The usual individuals are still looking to milk the media for all they’re worth, but it would appear that the club itself has learned from their dwindling public support and is sitting back for now.  Whether they keep it up will be interesting too.

I don’t prescribe to the ‘just another game’ viewpoint – to me it’s an important game from a footballing rivalry perspective, and I’d like to win it.  (Football rivalry it is though – having brought so many people the first time, any pretence that it is anything else has long gone.)  In terms of the match, current form suggests that we’re likely to get a bit of a kicking, but games like these can be hard to predict.  We’ve got a new boss, and we’re not quite as bad a side as our results suggest.

To Robbie, welcome on board, and a quick suggestion.  If you’re looking for a way to establish which of our squad has what it takes to take us forwards, then this is it.  If the players aren’t up for this, if they don’t get the importance of this, then there are no further questions to ask.  Get rid and play some of the kids who’ll fight for us.

To the fans, just turn up, thank them for their money, sing loud, laugh at their banners/planes/boycotts/toilet habits and win, lose or draw, be proud of all we’ve achieved.

Come on you Dons.

Brando.

Shares in MK Cleaning Firms Rocket

This Just In – Following today’s announcement that the Kingston lot have got through the playoffs, shares in MK cleaning firms are set to rocket when trading begins again on Tuesday morning.  Speaking exclusively to The MooCamp this evening, local cleaning magnate Roy Al-Doulton announced excitedly

“We’re going to be rich!  Rich I tell ya!  It’s been ages since we’ve had a proper boycott, and this one’s a dirty protest too?  Fantastic!  I’ve just been on the line to my broker, and we’ll both be retiring after this.”

The current status of the Armitage Shanks Countdown Clock shows that it is currently:

since anyone took a crap on the floor in the Boycott End

More on this once we’ve dug out the photos of the last dirty protest.

Brando’s Blog – For what we are about to receive – 02/05/2015

My beloved Dons fans,

When we talk of famous matches in our history, we talk of ‘that’ Tranmere match, securing promotion at Stockport and winning the league at Bradford. We talk of winning the JPT at Wembley, drawing at Wycombe with nine men, beating Leeds at home and we talk of the first Kingston match and the Heel of God.

That'll Be the Score Then!Those matches have etched a place into our collective memories, and Sunday 3rd May 2015 will be a day that will live long in the memories that we are building together.  Whatever happens at Stadium:MK and whatever happens in Colchester, we will talk of this match to each other, and to our friends and families for years to come.

If things go our way, then at the final whistle, we will have secured a place in the championship for next season.  If things go differently, then we will be moving in to the playoffs in incredible form, and we’ll have done it by playing some of the greatest football that we’ve ever played.

If you’d told me back in August that I’d be looking back on a season where we beat the Kingston lot again, but that it would be nothing more than an afterthought, I’d have doubted your sanity.  But that’s exactly what happened – this has been an incredible season.

The feeling of walking into our sold out stadium for the first time was remarkable.  Seeing us use that opportunity to destroy Manchester United, and seeing us doing that playing OUR game, in front of the watching world was beautiful.  Seeing the entire stadium celebrating each goal with us was sublime.

We’ve scored goals galore this season, and we’ve defended strongly, breaking records at both ends of the pitch.  The points tally we’ve accrued going into the last match would have been enough for us to have already gained automatic promotion in the majority of recent seasons.

What’s most significant for me this season isn’t the numbers, however impressive they may be – for me what’s most impressive is the way that we’ve done it.  I am genuinely honoured to have watched some of the football that we’ve played this season.  There have been many occasions where I’ve struggled to believe that we’re a third division side – it has been beautiful, and I’ll remember it forever.

From the moment we arrive at Stadium:MK tomorrow, we have a job to do as supporters.  We need to sing loud and proud from before kickoff right through to the final whistle, whatever happens in Colchester.  Wherever you sit in the stadium, make sure that anyone near you who wants to sing will not be singing alone – lead the way and make some noise.

If things go our way, then we’ll party till Tuesday morning :-).  If things don’t go our way, then que sera sera – we need to start our playoff campaign from the final whistle.  Let the team and Robbo know how great this season has been and let them know that we are behind them.

Whatever happens – let’s puff those chests out, be proud of everything we’ve created, and the history that we’re making.

Come on you Dons.

 

Happy Heel of God Day

Happy Heel of God Day

The owner of the Heel of God
The owner of the Heel of God (ta Dan)

There aren’t many days of the year that can be set aside for simple celebration.  Even Christmas Day is becoming just like any other day for many people, but that’s not the case with Heel of God Day.  Heel of God Day is the one day when all followers of the true faith (we worship you oh Franchise) can sit back and smile from the moment they wake to the second their head hits the pillow at night.

On Heel of God Day, we put aside our differences as fans, and together we remember the events surrounding that day.  We remember the shameful bias against us in the media build up.  We remember the dignified manner in which our club, our Supporters Association and our fans behaved during the build up to the match.  We remember the silence from the media once the final whistle blew and they hadn’t got the result they wanted.

We remember the pride we had in our own fans behaviour on that day, and we remember the shameful behaviour of some of the fans from Kingston on that day.  We remember the spitting, we remember the vandalism and we remember them crapping on the floor.

The Heel of God
That Match Poster

We remember the desperate attempts from Kingston as they sought to bribe their own fans not to attend the match.  We remember them offering to buy tickets back from fans in a vain attempt to stop them attending.  We remember the worst boycott in history as they brought many times their usual away following to us – the club they’d encouraged so many to boycott both before and since.

We remember their pleading with people at the concessions not to buy.  We remember the vast sums taken in our concessions from the ‘fans’ who’d told the world that they weren’t going to spend any money once they got here.  We remember  Beavis (or was it Butthead?) appearing in every media outlet clutching the program that none of them were going to buy.

We remember the little plane with it’s rather quaint little banner that they’d spent so much cash on.  We remember that even their own fans were ignoring it after the second journey overhead.

We remember Potter to Lewie to Williams to Gleeson, and the screamer from Gleeson that put us ahead.  We remember Dave Martin keeping us in it at 1:1 in the 89th minute.  We remember Semi running to the corner flag and winning the corner.  We remember Bowditch taking the corner, it coming back out to Ismail and then Ismail putting the ball back int0 the box.

But most of all, we remember The Heel of God.  We remember the elation we felt when fate looked down on us at that moment and smiled – when Jon “Heel of God” Otsemobor stuck a heel out and flicked the ball over the outstretched Sullivan and our fans erupted.

Happy Heel of God Day – We Know What We Are!

Brando

Stand Tall and Stand Proud

My beloved fellow Dons fans, this Sunday will be a momentous day.

There are many amongst our visitors who have used the build-up to this match to try further their own agendas.  There are many who have used it to attempt once again to exert pressure and influence over our club.  The friends that they have in the media, though not as many as before, are still numerous, and together they are a formidable force.  They have much power, and we have none.

But this day will not be about them.

This day will be about us, and what we have created together, in spite of the venom and bile that has been directed towards us.  This will be a day for us to stand tall and strong as we unite together, beaming with pride at all that we have achieved. From a club in freefall to league survival against all expectations, promotion back to League 1, the glory of victory at Wembley, three League 1 play-off semi-finals and praise thoughout the footballing world and the wider community for our club, both on and off the pitch. Perhaps more significantly, the building of a fan base strong enough to withstand anything that has been, will be and indeed, ever could be thrown at us.  A fan base that continues to grow stronger by the day.

Some of us followed the Dons here from London, some rediscovered a love of live football once the Dons arrived, and some have discovered a love of live football for the first time.  No matter how we got here, there is one thing that unites us, and that is our love for the Dons.

The people who have demonised us for ten years know nothing of us.  They know nothing of the bonds that have developed between us throughout their attacks, nothing of the camaraderie that connects us to each other and to our club, and they know nothing of the depths of the passion that our club stirs in us.

They wanted us to die yet we live.  They wanted us to falter yet we grow stronger.  They wanted us to feel shame yet we feel only pride.

On Sunday, as you walk towards the stadium, if you see visiting supporters, smile at them.  As easy as it would be to mock our visitors for their hypocrisy in attending a match against us, having asked so many to boycott before, we must not.  We must see the positive side of this, shake them by the hand, thank them for coming and thank them for changing their minds. Let them know how pleased we are that they’ve come to view us in a more positive light, and let them know how much we appreciate their money.  Welcome them to the home of the Milton Keynes Dons.

Once inside the ground, stand tall and stand proud – stick your chests out and sing, shout, whistle, clap and scream your lungs out in support of the Dons.  May not one single one of us go home without making themselves hoarse. Win, lose or draw on the pitch, this day can be nothing other than a victory for us, so enjoy it.

This is our club.  This is our team.  We are, and will always be, The Milton Keynes Dons.

Come on you Dons!