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🔎 The Opposition: MK Dons

An in-depth look at the Dons

22 August 2018

The Grecians travel to Stadium MK on Saturday top of Sky Bet League Two and will be looking to continue their bright start to the season which sees Matt Taylor's men unbeaten so far.

Here is all you need to know about MK Dons..

  • Founded: 2004
  • Stadium: Stadium MK
  • Nickname: The Dons

MK Dons were formed in 2004 following Wimbledon FC's controversial relocation to Milton Keynes from south London, when it adopted its present name, badge and home colours.

In 2007 the club won both the League Two title and Football League Trophy under the management of Paul Ince.

The club then spent seven seasons in League One before gaining promotion to the Championship in 2015 under Karl Robinson. However they only lasted a season in the second tier and since find themselves in League Two for the 2018/19 season.

The Manager:

Paul Tisdale 

Someone who needs no introduction to Exeter City supporters. Paul departed St James Park after 12 seasons in charge in June after deciding not to sign a new contract. Paul left the club in a great position and was instrumental in leading the club to what it is today.

 

Paul joined MK Dons on June 6 on a long-term contract and is tasked at getting MK Dons back to League One at the first time of asking. 

The Ground:

Name: Stadium MK
Capacity:
 30,500
Year opened: 2007
Address: Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, Stadium Way, MK1 1ST

Stadium MK is a 30,500 all seater purpose built stadium, opened in 2007.

The stadium is a modern enclosed bowl with a high roof which allows more natural light to reach the pitch.

Away supporters are usually housed in the upper tier of the stadium in the North East Corner, where around 3,000 fans can be accommodated.

One to Watch:

Chuks Aneke 

Young-midfielder Chuks joined the Dons in 2016 from Zulte Waregem.

The former Arsenal youth product scored his first goals for the club in a 5–3 home win over Northampton Town in January 2017.

He would finish the 2017/18 season as MK Don's top scorer with 10 goals in all competitions, as well as registering 10 assists.

Recent form guide:

MK Dons go into the match unbeaten after five matches in league and cup. Last time out MK Dons drew 1-1 with Grimsby Town with former Grecian Robbie Simpson netting a minute after coming on to rescue a point for the Dons. In the Carabao Cup, MK Dons beat League One side Charlton Athletic 3-0 to set up a second round tie away at Premier League side Bournemouth.

2017/18 Season In Review:

  • Position: 23rd (Relegated) 
  • Average Attendance: 9,202
  • Top Scorer: Chuks Aneke - 10

After two seasons back in League One, MK Dons were relegated to League Two, finishing in 23rd place.

Since January the Dons had been hovering in and around the relegation places and were unable to pull themselves away from danger. Relegation was confirmed on April 28 after a 2-0 defeat at home to Sunthorpe.

Previous Meetings:

MK Dons 3 Exeter City 0: March 10, 2012

MK Dons strengthened their grip on a play-off position with a routine win over a struggling City side.

Mathias Doumbe opened the scoring from long-range, before Charlie MacDonald doubled their lead.

City would go close through Jamie Cureton and John O'Flynn, but sub Jabo Ibehre raced clear to complete the 3-0 win.

Exeter City 0 MK Dons 2: August 13, 2011

MK Dons ended City's five-match winning run at St James Park, with victory coming thanks to a Jabo Ibehre strike and a last minute effort from Dean Bowditch.

Head to Head:

  • Exeter City wins: 0
  • Draws: 2
  • MK Dons wins: 6

Ticket news:

Tickets are still on sale for the match, and are also available on the day from the cash ticket booth. Click here for the full details.

Up next at St James Park:

City face West Ham under-21s on Saturday, September 25 in a 7:45pm kick-off. Click here to purchase tickets online!


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