Date: 5th October 2017 at 8:30am
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So we travel to a club in Denbigh, near Bletchley, near Milton Keynes, near South West London. The club that came into being in controversial circumstances replacing one of the most well known clubs in the English game. Was it fair to the fans and supporters alike? Was it right for the game? But as time passes by, new supporters and fans enter the game, the history of the club will eventually be overlooked as people move on and know what is rather than know what was, as it’s now been 13 years since Wimbledon FC dissolved which means there are teen fans that have no experience or memories of the once famous club, just as teens have as much fondness for Elvis Presley or the Sierra Cosworth.

Should we as neutrals accept the Dons?
I hated what happened and what was allowed, I’d hate it if ‘Bradford’ were based in Newcastle and then change their name to Newcastle Upon Tyne Bantams or NUT Bantams, I would detest that club, a club should be in the area it is based just as Huddersfield is in Huddersfield or Leeds is a few miles near Leeds. Looking at it now, after nearly a decade and half, MKD is here if we like it or not and have a new fan base who enjoy the game. I accept in some sports you can buy a team, for example in F1 Red Bull is basically Stewart F1 and Force India is practically Jordan, so why can’t I accept it in sports like football? It just doesn’t feel right. From a commercial point of view Burnley could be bought by Celtic, relocate north of the border and after a few seasons play under the Celtic banner in the English game, this is basically what MKD did with Wimbledon. Buy a club, relocate it, rename it, but on the other hand, the club was kept alive in some guise with a new ground, surely that is a good thing?

We will make our MK
Stuart McCall has been nominated for the manager of the month award for September, and quite rightly so, McCall has done a fantastic job this past month and beyond. We’ve beaten some quality teams of late like Rotherham United and Peterborough United and sit comfortably in the play offs, pushing the top 2 teams. MK Dons haven’t lost a game in their last 6, but when they do play the top teams in the division, they tend to come a bit unstuck and not faired very well against teams in the top half. We have thrashed some of the teams that have thrashed MKD and McCall will look at another away victory, currently we have 3 wins and 2 draws on the road and remain unbeaten outside of Bradford. We didn’t exactly play well last time out against Doncaster, but a sign of a good team is that they pick up wins even when not at their best. There is no reason why we can’t claim a 4th away victory in 6 this season, and again, McCall will have his squad focused on the game in hand.

MK Dunce
MK Dons aren’t a bad team, losing once in their last 9 games they will prove a very stern test. A bit of a dark horse this season, before looking at their position in the table I had a true belief they were easily in the bottom half but they are sat in 10th and only 2 points off the play offs. A win against the Bantams if results go for them can sneak into the play off places come Saturday evening which will be a realistic target for them. Leading scorer, midfielder Gboly Ariyibi on loan from Nottingham Forest has scored 5 this season in all competitions, 1 more than either Wyke or Poleon will fancy his chances adding a 6th and has scored in 2 of his last 4 home games. With City having a couple of bad games of late, MK Dons have a chance of claiming a home win and having a say in the play off battle.

Head to head and form
As MK Dons are a very new club there have only been 14 games, 8 have been won by the Bantams and 5 the way of MK Dons which means a solitary draw. This fixture last season City won 1-2 courtesy of Josh Cullen and Billy Clarke, MK’s goal was scored by Ed Upson. City took 4 points off MK last season, the previous meet was in 2014/15 where we got the double, but MK won in the League cup. The biggest win goes to MK Dons back in 2005, the first meet at Valley Parade 1-4 to the away team. Dean Windass scored the consolation to bring the score back to 1-2, MK scorers were Wade Small, Izale McLeod x2 and Ben Harding. Both teams are currently on decent form and reads

MK Dons DWDWWL
Bradford City WLWWDW

Boz’s Match Verdict: Home win

5 Fun Facts
1. Adam Chicksen is the only current player to play for both City and MK Dons having started his career with them back in 2006 as a youth. Chicksen went on to make 93 appearances scoring 3 goals over a span of 6 years.

2. Speaking of Adam Chicksen, did you know he is of Chinese, English and Zimbabwean decent.

3. This might come to a shock to many, MK Dons stadium, Stadium MK (imaginative name) is larger than Valley Parade with an official capacity of 30,500, but league attendances tend to average around the ten and half thousand mark.

4. Talking of attendances, the largest crowd at Stadium MK is 30048 when Fiji played Uruguay in the 2005 Rugby Union world cup.

5. The record attendance for a football match was 28127 in the FA Cup where Chelsea beat MK Dons 1-5 back in 2016 even though Darren Potter equalised for MK on 21 minutes giving MK a shadow of hope.

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