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Match Report – Dons 1:4 Brentford – 23/04/2016

On St. George’s day, nobody wants to be the dragon.  Everyone wants to be the one left standing, sword in hand, prodding the bloody corpse to make sure all life has gone.  Sadly this year we celebrated Shakespeare’s birthday as the dragon, and we were coughing out smoke instead of  breathing fire.  Though we’d hoped for a different ending, we were finally put to the sword.

We’re relegated.

cropped-MooCamp-plastic-fan.pngWe can all point to games where we could have salvaged points – there have been many – but as Robbo succinctly said in his post-match interview, the table does not lie at the end of the season.  We’re going down because we’re one of the worst teams in this division, and that’s been proved beyond any doubt.

This match was a pretty good analogy for our season.  We started well, took an early lead, but very quickly found ourselves pegged back to level terms.  Then our confidence went, the opposition were playing with a swagger that we couldn’t match, and we resorted to a hoofing the ball forward, vainly hoping for something to happen.  Then we started making mistakes, and we fell further and further behind.  Injuries led to unplanned substitutions, planned substitutions had a lot of people raising their eyebrows and an air of resignation fell across the stadium.

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

We huffed and puffed but as a team, we really didn’t look like we had any ideas how to get ourselves out of it.  There were some poor performances individually, but some very strong ones too.  On the poor side, Cody Cropper had a nightmare of a first half (though it was oddly entertaining to watch at times) and was substituted at half time, though it was reported that was due to an injury.  Charlie Burns struggled as Cody’s replacement, and any lingering optimistic hopes we had were damned as the goals went in.

On the positive side, Josh Murphy had what I’d say was his best game in a Dons shirt, and will rightly be in demand come the end of the season.

The most positive thing about the day was the reception given to the players and manager at the final whistle.  We’d just been relegated, but the fans, players – both loanees and contracted – and manager stood and applauded each other.

This season has been a painful one.  We’ve worked so hard to reach the championship, and been found wanting at the first hurdle.  The post-mortem has been going on for months already, and will surely continue for a while longer, but for now, we need to lick our wounds, support each other for the final two matches, and finish with a smile on our faces.

I’m gutted, but still proud of what we’ve done this season.

COYD.

Brando.

 

Gers on Sunday – Eight One! Eight Bloody One! – 17/04/2016

The peasants are revolting…

  • “Did I read it right? That fans actually booed Karl Robinson??? Shame on you”
  • “Yeah, totally agree, some people have very short memories!”
  • “Things like this really make me feel sad for football and its fans.”
  • “Do they really think that buying a ticket gives them the right to treat people like this?”
  • “I agree 100%. I have no doubt that some are bullies too.”
Gers on Sunday
Gers on Sunday

These quotes are taken from MK’s second most popular on-line fans forum in the wake of last weekend’s defeat at the feet, and heads of Rotherham. While I think that some, if not all, are rip- roaringly hilarious (especially the one that no doubts that some are bullies) there’s a ring of truth to all of them (except the ‘bullies’ one. Which I’ve just put in because it’s funny). However, the second one down, the one that mentions short memories. Now that person hit the nail firmly in the head.

It hasn’t been a great season. You’d be delusional if you thought otherwise. But the vitriol that Robinson has received since last weekend has been nothing short of pathetic. Can you remember his reaction when we got promoted last May? Remember that day, when he came over to The Cowshed (the very same Cowshed that booed him last weekend) smiling, waving, laughing? The look of relief on his face just before the final whistle, when it’d been confirmed that he’d finally managed to do what four other previous incumbents of his position failed to. Remember that? Great wasn’t it! And how about how you felt! I mean you must’ve been walking on cloud 9. I know I was. I actually hugged complete strangers that day. It was a wonderful.

The MooCamp Radio Show 2.19
“Dreaming of the barbers”

We, as a fan base, get an awful lot of stick from the wider football family. It’s the classic catch 22 situation (and if you don’t get that reference, then you should read more). We’re all two club wankers. Wonder who we supported before 2004? We’re plastic, and know nothing about real support. Which always makes me laugh. The contradiction of following another club before the move, while simultaneously knowing nothing about following a club after the move. But there you go. I’m of the belief that most people are idiots. And there’s your proof. But I think after the quite frankly shameful reaction when Robbo walked out onto the pitch last weekend to acknowledge the fans… Well, perhaps the wider football family may have a point.

If you’re reading this, and you were one of the small section who booed, then stop reading now. I don’t want folk like you reading my stuff. It’s not for you. Have you gone? Good. Then we can talk about you behind your back.

I like following MK. It’s a laugh. It’s not a proper club in the traditional sense of the idea. Good. That’s one of the main reasons I’m an avid supporter. I like Captain Beefheart (and once again, if you haven’t heard of him, then you should get out more), The Fall, Sleaford Mods. Stewart Lee, Ivor Cutler. Stuff that’s quite difficult to like. And like them, that’s why I support MK. It’s not easy following this club. When I first started, I was constantly making excuses for it. Always felt slightly ashamed. Dirty. Then one day, after I almost had a stand up fight with a Luton supporter, simply down to the fact that I actually lived in MK and had the audacity to follow MK Dons, I thought fuck it. Now I take great pleasure in rubbing it right in people’s faces. As a great man with a stick on moustache once said, I’d never be a member of a club that would have me as a member.

But enough about me and my fantastic cultural awareness. Let’s get back to the booing.

  • “I personally won’t boo but people should have the right to do so”
  • “If you don’t like a difference of opinion or free speech then move to North Korea”
  • “Booing is now part of everybody’s working life, Robbo was booed because some didn’t like his work”
The MooCamp Earlier Today
The MooCamp Earlier Today

The above quotes taken from a little known MK on-line fans fourm. And once again, comedy gold. Especially No’2. Who argues the right of free speech, while denying  the right he’s arguing for to others.

While there has undoubtedly been massive problems this season, but if you think Krobbo is to blame, then you’re wrong. Canny business plans, landscaped car parks, padded seats, a hotel with hundreds of rooms, a cinema, on and on and on. That won’t keep us in The Championship. If he’s got no money to spend, then who on earth is he going to bring in? The current consensus around the wonderful word of the interweb, is that our scouting team is in disarray, with the sad death of Andy King. Scouting now being headed by Winkie’s son. Make of that what you will. Playing devils advocate here, you may just have noticed that Winkie was nowhere to be seen at the end of last week’s game. Just saying like.

I’m writing this before Thursday’s fan’s forum, which you may, or more probably didn’t attend. I’m wondering how many of those who booed last weekend, booed Krobbo at the end of the forum. I’m betting none. So how about instead of berating Krobbo next time we get a right kicking, you keep your powder dry, take a deep breath, close your eyes, and think back to last May. Oh and you might like to consider not behaving like a spoilt Victorian child (Fall reference, for those ITK)

Gers

Casting begins for “No Toilet Training Allowed – The AFC Kingston Story”

The owner of the Heel of God
The owner of the Heel of God

Following today’s announcement that previously well-respected educationalist and author John Green intends to sully his reputation further by producing a film about the story of the Kingston lot, the footballing world is alive with speculation as to who will pick up some of the key roles.

Early reports suggest that “No Toilet Training Allowed – The AFC Kingston Story” will cover all the key moments in the club’s short history.  Current football showbiz rumours suggest that the arrest and imprisonment of their first goalscorer will feature prominently, and that the film will culminate in a very long slow-motion sequence of the ball looping from Semi’s heel, over Neil Sullivan’s head and into the net at the Cowshed end.

Bookies favourites to pick up the starring roles are currently as follows:

  • Glen Mulcaire – John Altman
  • Jon Otsemobor – Ryan Gosling
  • Neil Sullivan – Shaun Williams
  • Dirty Protestors – supplied by Whipsnade Zoo
  • Neil Ardley – Danny Dyer
  • Ivor Hellor – Steve McFadden
  • Erik Samuelson – Leslie Grantham
  • Pete Winkelman – George Clooney
  • John Brockwell – Clint Eastwood
  • Simon from London – Adam Woodyatt
  • Beavis and Butthead – Beavis and Butthead
  • Kevin from Bath – Ian Holloway
  • Sam Hammam – Eddie Izzard

We’ll keep you posted on the news as it happens.

Brando.

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’?

Roundabout of the Week – 28/03/2016 – Clue 1

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.

Here’s your first clue

ROTW Clue 1
Clue 1

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’?

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

Hull 1:1 Dons – 12/03/2016

Humber Bridge on route to HullIt’s getting to that part of the season where we know we’re probably not going to be treated to a feast of football, but when every match is that important that you really don’t want to miss a game.  Whatever happens between now and the end of the season, these are the games we’ll be talking about for years to come, not the sunny carefree days of earlier in the season.  All of that, plus the fact that it’s a new ground for us both, our attendance was a no-brainer, so Mrs B and I jumped in the car about 10:30 on Saturday morning to make our way up to wherever the hell Hull is.

Having said that, we very nearly didn’t make it, as it was only when I had a quick look to see whether there were any discounts for buying early that I discovered that you couldn’t buy on the day.  I’m remarkably badly organised, so often tend to leave everything to the last-minute, so it would probably be a good idea if the club went out of their way to make sure that fans knew that a match was all-ticket.  I’m not sure what Hull would have done if they’d have been presented with a couple of confused and angry Dons fans who’d managed to make the trip but hadn’t realised they couldn’t buy on the day.  I presume they’d find a way to let us in, but I wouldn’t want to test it.

Any way, nice enough journey, mainly as we came cross-country rather than the motorways, so Mrs B had to slow down, and I didn’t spend the entire journey with my eyes clenched tightly shut.  We went over the Humber bridge for the first time, and reminisced over previous trips to that part of the world – multiple trips to Lincoln and Scunthorpe, a couple of trips to Grimsby, including one four days before we beat them at Wembley in the JPT, and one to Doncaster.  Giggled quite a bit when paying to park (a fiver, which isn’t bad for parking just a short walk from the stadium) as I honestly could not understand a word the guy on the gate was saying.  He was really nice and friendly, and I felt more than a little guilty, as I had to keep asking him to repeat himself.

KC and the Sunshine Stadium
KC and the Sunshine Stadium

Anyway, five minutes walk to the ground, and a quick walk round to the away end.  A nice bar to grab a drink and watch the Man City v Norwich game, a quick circuit of the outside of the stadium to get a picture for the album, picked up a programme and then in.  Steak and Ale pie was good, and reasonable value at £3.30 – major points dropped with Mrs B for having run out of Cheese and Onion pies, but that serves her right for being fussy.

Big shout out to the team that put their program together by the way – it’s the most interesting and well put together programme that I’ve seen, and by a considerable margin.  There’s enough in there for home and away fans to make it well worth the three quid – well done people.  I usually buy a program at away matches, but they tend to go straight in the pile on the landing to be stored in the loft for future biographers.  This one was read from cover to cover.  And then put on the pile on the landing to be stored in the loft for future biographers, but that’s as it should be.

There weren’t that many of us that made the journey (no surprise there really 😉 ) – just under three hundred, but I think we did ourselves relatively proud, singing for most of the match and generally having a good time.  I was surprised that the home fans didn’t get behind their team more – they seemed to only spring to life to complain about time-wasting, some of which was totally justified, but a lot of which wasn’t.  We stifled them well in the first half, frustrated them, battled them and pretty much kept that up for 98 minutes.  We took the lead from a set-piece with a great header from Antony Kay (leading to a certain Mr Hovis having to pop to B&Q for some blue paint to paint his backside blue, but that’s a story for another day) – he had a great game and has continued to impress since his return.  We conceded within a few minutes, with a free-kick leaving Dave flat-footed.  The wall looked poor to me, but what do I know?  There were protestations from the bench (just for a change 😉 ) as they felt that there had been a handball in the run up to the free kick, but it was a bit disappointing to concede so quickly.

Welcome to Hull
Welcome to Hull

There fans were on Dave’s back from the first couple of minutes, and cheered loudly when he went down injured.  That was a little disappointing, but I was appalled by their player who chose to take a long shot at goal, with the keeper on the floor injured.  Thankfully Dave was able to catch it, even from his prone position on the floor, but it was a pretty scummy thing to do.  Shameful really.

Anyway, we clung on to the point, and I think we deserved it – any suggestion that we only know one way to play has been truly blown out of the water in recent weeks – we’re battling and fighting and stifling and time-wasting and digging-in in a way that we really haven’t managed to do before, and it’s great to watch.  Not the prettiest thing to watch, and I can understand why it frustrates the opposition, but you have to play to your strengths, and right now, that battling determination is our strength.

Hopefully Dave won’t be out for long, though I heard tell it was his hamstring – no other injuries on the day as far as I know.  I can’t see Hull getting promoted unless they fluke it in the playoffs – they’re just not good enough.  I also hope we end up playing them again next season, as they get really cross and whine like little bitches all through the game – that’s always entertaining.

A hard-fought point that was vital with results around us – bring on Brighton.

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.