My fellow Dons,
It’s been a tough season so far and it’s safe to say that we’re not sitting where we want to be. Twelve months ago, with the massed ranks of the media and the wider football world stacked against us, we rallied together to show the world that we love our club. There are times when we need to put our frustrations behind us, when we need to commit to getting behind the team and the manager, no matter what happens on the pitch. This is one of those times. Today, we have a job to do.
We have 7,000 away fans joining us today, from a team who have more serious problems. A team who currently face a very uncertain future. Those 7,000 fans are here to show the wider footballing world that they love their team; looking to show that while most of them may not be attending matches at Sixfields, they are still there behind their team.
At times, we may find it difficult to make ourselves heard today, but we must make ourself heard. The players and the manager need our vocal support. They need to know that we are willing them to succeed, not waiting to pounce if they struggle. They need to hear our voices in amongst the massed away support, and know that they are our team and that we love them. We know that as fans, we can lift the team on the pitch, and today we must do that by making ourselves heard for 90 minutes.
Today is a day for us to join together as one. Fans, players, staff, pigeons, ball boys, programme sellers and anyone else in the vicinity of Stadium:MK. We must be seen and we must be heard. If you have friends or family who are not planning to attend the game, then bring them along. Buy them a ticket if you must (it’s nearly Christmas after all) but do anything you can to increase our numbers.
Whatever frustrations you might feel about the current squad, individual players, the manager, the chairman or anything else, I urge you to leave that behind you today. Leave it at home, until the odds aren’t stacked so heavily against us. Take every opportunity today to clap, sing, shout and cheer for the Dons. Let them know that we’re behind them. Let them know that we are proud to be – The Milton Keynes Dons. The Franchise. The Dons.