Thursday, 24 September 2009

MK Dons

I was fortunate enough to visit MK Dons on the early May Bank Holiday for the Berks & Bucks Cup Final between Windsor & Eton and Marlow.
Fortunate because I got there by car, given a lift by an ice hockey friend. Certainly not a ground I'd have got to otherwise.
Also fortunate because it was cheaper than an MK Dons game to get in, & hopefully the county FA kept the money.
I don't particularly dislike MK Dons, though I am totally against the way they were allowed to evolve from Wimbledon Football Club to their current guise. But they are not going to disappear, & to me they are now just another club, albeit not one I particularly like.
I would return here though, if ever they complete the upper tiers. As you will see this is actually 'half a stadium'.







Stadium MK, built by the Buckingham Group, is a fair way from the centre of Milton Keynes. Not too far out to stop royalty opening the stadium though.



This is the access road towards the ground.



In the car park was a club mini bus.



Here we see the stadium from where we parked up.



The Club shop. Why they have to call it a 'superstore' I have no idea.



The outside looks impressive, but the upper tier is not finished!



Even for a minor game like this you had to purchase tickets from this window, no pay on the gate.



Another view of the outer shell of the ground, from further along.



No cameras eh? You're not going to deter this grounds blogger! ;-)



The actual turnstiles. (This snap was taken on the way out). You can see the modern barriers, where you insert your ticket, which is why you couldn't pay cash on the turnstile.



So now we're in the ground. Here you see the unfinished upper tiers, with the smart new lower section. I would guess they could easily put in the seating upstairs, if they progressed up a division or two, which would be the Premiership!



This is the lower seating behind one of the goals.



From this same corner were we entered we look across the pitch.



And over to the other side, which was the only part open for spectators.



On the concourses were a number of food outlets, most closed today. I cetainly wasn't paying those prices! There's a large ASDA next door, and we popped in there after the match. I highly recommend their meat & potato pies.



A novel way to raise money. This was on the concourse walls. It ma be done at a number of clubs, but not going to many professional grounds it's not something I'd seen before.



We're slowly moving round the concourse towards our section now. Here is another snap of the closed side. I do like the lettering in the seats.



Looking over to the spectator side, some Windsor fans are gathering towards the front.



From behind the goal we look over the pitch, with the concrete upper sections out of shot.



Here is one of the disabled areas, on the concourse, with a warning sign, saying no spectators on the actual concourse during the game. Proof that some prefer to stand, & that there should still be terracing.



We are early, & chat to a friendly steward. On the left is Dave, & on the right is Jane, our driver. They are both fellow Streatham Redskins fans.



This is the main stand side. Just look at all that executive glass frontage. This is clearly a club gearing up for top flight football eventually.



Another very similar shot of the opposite side.



And a rare snap of my good self posing at a ground!



The same side, but showing the seats behind the goal.



A strange sign...does it mean that you can use abusive language & aggressive behaviour in other parts of the ground?



The ground is still new, so even the toilets look smart!



Now we're finally round the side, so get a good look back behind the goal.



Almost kick off. We have a cracking view.



Despite many thinking of MK Dons as a new club, the Dons part reflects the fact they were formerly Wimbledon FC.



This is the area behind the goal at the far end.



Along the side, in the far corner area, there is more space at the back for disabled fans.



Marlow fans hang up their flags with pride.



This Marlow teddy seems to be catching forty winks at half time!



Here we look up the main stand, from the front, by the pitch.



These are the dugouts by the pitch, looking a bit strange to me, as they have no perspex roof.



I spotted these on the bottom of some seats.



A Marlow fan shows off his old, but cherished, sweat shirt to me.



Be nice when it's finished...



Looking down on some Windsor fans at half time.



Here a Windsor fan shows me his old fashioned rattle, which he explained dated back to the Second World War! Customised by himself.



Hefty stewards pitchside. Thankfully they never confiscated my camera! ;-)



The players start to return for the second half.



The final score, in what to be honest, was a pretty poor match.



The presentation table being set up.



Not very happy looking runners up.



The Windsor & Eton faithful start saluting their team.



And this is what they're cheering!



One last look across the pitch before we go.



Before we left Daved posed in an MK Dons scarf he'd bought. He collects scarves, Jane was taking a snap of him on her mobile to send to another Streatham fan, who also follows
AFC Wimbledon!

4 comments:

FIXED BAYONET METAL SOLDIERS said...

great

FIXED BAYONET METAL SOLDIERS said...

The same fuck who built the emirates seems to have built MK Dons.They seem very "Te same". Why oh why do they like these continental designs.Are they boring or what? The Finnish ones you postd reek boredom as does the country.Great informative blog

Rabbler said...

So what's Finland done to upset you? It didn't reek boredom to me, just very expensive!

As for the modern stadia...I suppose they said the same when the old grounds were built in the twenties and thirties! ;-)

THE DONS said...

I liked this blog until you said that you dislike MK Dons for no reason. Wimbledon would have gone bust anyway, they had no home ground and the Dons away support is larger than Wimbledon's home attendance ever was. As for for the name change if the people in south London didn't complain Wimbledon FC would have remained along with it's history etc. only to play in Milton Keynes having found a new loyal base and some much needed new supporters. Now however we are MK Dons, we love our city and those pathetic AFC fans who created a club only after they went bankrupt and exist only out of spite for us, gaining the sympathy of the rest of the country! Would you rather we support Liverpool, Chelsea, or Manchester United depending which one wins instead?