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Brando’s Blog – Win, Lose or Draw – Enjoy Every Minute – 31/01/2016

My beloved Dons fans, today is a glorious day.

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.

Win, Lose or Draw - Enjoy Every MinuteWhen 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.

The Heel of GodThat 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!

Brando.

Happy Anniversary of the 4-0 Drubbing of Man Utd – Listen Now!

The MooCamp Radio Show 3.04 - Listen Now!  Man Utd 4-0 AnniversaryThe Anniversary Show. 4-0. Yup.

Issue 3.04 of The MooCamp Radio Show allows us to wallow in nostalgia for the glorious night exactly one year ago when we demolished one of the biggest names in world football. That’s Man Utd btw. We’ll also look back on last Saturday’s trip to Reading, last night’s victory over Cardiff City and this Saturday’s impending visit of Birmingham City.

Along the way, we’ll have the greatest football chant in the history of the world itself, we’ll have Spot the Ball on the Radio, the return of The Roundabout of the Week, and more delightful insight from the footballing world in Franchise Watch.

Throw in your texts, tweets, faces, tweets and everything else, and you’ve got something rather delightful. Music came from Mammoth Penguins. That’s all we had time for – too much action. Can you remember when we used to have six tracks in each show?

The MooCamp Radio Show – it’s like this time last year, but once a week, every week.

Issue 2.04 The MooCamp Radio Show – Listen Now!

That'll Be the Score Then!The one after the Man Utd match. The 4-0 Man Utd match. Yup. 4-0. 

We talk about the Coventry match a bit, but mainly the Man Utd match. We barely mentioned the upcoming Crawley match. Sorry. But we did also mention the Man Utd match a few times. The 4-0 Man Utd match.

We also take a look at The Lexicon of Chav, What’s on Top of Daniel Powell’s Boots, The Roundabout of the Week, Lieutenant Dan’s Excuse of the Week and loads more. Though nowhere as near as many features as we’d planned. As we kind of got distracted talking about the Man Utd match.

Music this week came from Art Brut and The Damned, and didn’t come from Dennis Wilson, which was planned, but didn’t happen. We didn’t have time you see. We were too busy talking about the Man Utd match.

It might seem like we’re labouring this whole Man Utd match a little, but while for them it’s a match they’ll barely remember, for us, it’s one that we’ll never forget. So we’ll talk about it a bit 🙂

The MooCamp Radio Show – bringing football-related radio into your ears in a fashion that’s quite unique, but isn’t necessarily a good thing.

 

Issue 2.03 The MooCamp Radio Show – Listen Now

The One Where We Don’t Say 3-1 Quite So Often

Issue three of what has recently been described as “the only Dons Show worth popping in to every now and again” so you really ought to have a listen.

This week we talk about the trip to Posh, we pretend we went to Chesterfield so we can talk about that and we mention the upcoming Man Utd match a few times too. We didn’t have time to talk about Coventry much. Sorry.

We have more from Lieutenant Dan’s excuse of the week, we introduce Tom Hitchcock Presents, we continue to try to make Darren Potter and the Deathly Hellos into something worth listening to, along with loads of input from you, our dear listeners.

Music was provided by Department S, The UK Subs and The Who. Which is good. Honestly.

The MooCamp Radio Show – you know you’d probably miss it if it wasn’t on.