We did that. Us. The fan base. The club are professional and friendly to our neighbours, as they should be. AFC Wimbledon are doing this as a club, something OUFC, or any other club, wouldn't do.Yet we paragons of virtue insist on calling our rivals ‘scum’ and unveil an enormous banner with the debowelling of their mascot by ours. I’m in favour of both of these btw but aren’t we throwing stones from our transparent abode here?
And whatever you say about the scum, I think AFCW have a bigger axe to grind with MK given the events of the past 20 years.
I’m sure the club had to sanction the displaying of the enormous banner. That’s them with us, the fan base.We did that. Us. The fan base. The club are professional and friendly to our neighbours, as they should be. AFC Wimbledon are doing this as a club, something OUFC, or any other club, wouldn't do.
I'm surprised you can even compare the 2 as they are vastly different things.
It's just not the same thing at all. Now if the scoreboard had called them 'S*****n' or similar, then you'd have a point.I’m sure the club had to sanction the displaying of the enormous banner. That’s them with us, the fan base.
MK Franchise would reflect their short history best ... IMOAFC forget that they failed to support their club in the first place. Rubbish crowds meant they couldn’t afford to redevelop Plough Lane so they had ground shared at Palace. Their local council wouldn’t help so they were forced to sell up. Along come Milton Keynes with a large populace and pick up the reins. If anyone has a gripe about that, it should be with the league, the old owners and Merton council, not MK.
MK Dons have been a club for 15 years, so there are adults out there who have been supporting the club since being kids. They have a fan base. They have a magnificent stadium and get larger crowds than the old Wimbledon did. A visit to their place is very enjoyable.
I actually think it’s time for MK to drop the “Dons”. They get crap from AFC, so remove any last memories of them in the bin. MK City, MK Rovers, MK Rangers etc.
AFC should also be warned, that one more churlish act and they will be fined for unsportsmanlike behaviour. We’ve seen plenty of that from the thugs on the pitch.
Winkelman cares very little about that. MK Dons ticket sales are a small part of his income. He owns the neighbouring cinema / restaurant complex and MK1 shopping park, Hilton DoubleTree pay rent for their hotel built into the stadium, and miscellaneous concerts, rugby matches and conventions add to his pocket.
I know a few Wimbledon fans and what they feel for MK Dons goes way beyond rivalry. It's proper hatred. They're not letting it go any time soon, though they definitely should. If MK dropped the 'Dons', that would go a long way to reducing the hate, so I'm told.
On another note, why do we have to refer to them as 'AFC' Wimbledon these days? There's no confusion over who they are or that it's a reformed club. No one says AFC Bournemouth. It annoys me more than it should.
I've been to a lot of meetings and functions at the stadium and stayed in the hotel a few times. It's a very good venue that shows how that model can work. Definitely what our owners should be looking at (and I'm sure they are).
Technically they are a different club. Wimbledon F.C were officially dissolved in 2004 and became the MK Dons. It's no different to teams folding and becoming 'phoenix clubs' e.g. Aldershot become Aldershot Town, Chester City become Chester F.C. etcOn another note, why do we have to refer to them as 'AFC' Wimbledon these days? There's no confusion over who they are or that it's a reformed club. No one says AFC Bournemouth. It annoys me more than it should.