Boro’ have taken on their fair share of opponents down the years and some of those teams have simply been no more than passing acquaintances, while there are others that have become – well – annoyingly familiar. For all the many times we’ve faced teams like Woking, there have been rare match-ups too. So, we’re asking, where do MK Dons stand in the grand scheme of things?
MK Dons: Us And Them
Now then, how do we tackle this one? Lead with a gentle nudge of the shoulder – or leap into a full on Dino Maamria lunge? After all, you could say there’s little love lost between the Dons and, well, a lot of the footballing nation. We’re pretty sure you’ll have an opinion on how the club came into being, so we’re not going to waste much time telling that particular tale for the 494,374th time. We’ll stick with what’s happened since…
Boro’ first ran into MK Dons back in 2010 – us a League Two upstart, them on the path to borking up another League One playoff. It was the FA Cup and a goalless draw at the Lamex looked to have swung the odds in their favour as we took it back to their place. Darius Charles struck late on in the replay, however, to nudge things into extra time; Boro’ running out winners on pelanties. And it ain’t often we’ve been able to say that…
The irony of that ‘scalp’, of course, was that we went onto meet AFC Wimbledon in the next round.
It’d have been the first-ever tete-a-tete between the Dons and the Dons – a pair of Dons, if you will – and ITV planned their media wonkfest down to the last detail without checking in with us first. If you’re bothered, it was another couple of years until those two had the chance to go at it and have now played each other a total of three times; Wimbledon Wanderers up two victories to one.
Not that it’s relevant to us. We’re concerned about them and us, not them and new them or whatever. Having spent a stretch up in League One with ’em, we’ve had the pleasure of MK’s company on nine occasions to this point – including a John Stones’ Paint Tin meeting. It’s pretty even too, with four wins a piece (if you count that pelanty shootout) – though all their wins came in the league.
And what of them since we departed the crusty landscape of League One for the flowing meadows of League Two? Well, somehow ol’Karl Robinson did it and MK ascended into
heaven the Championship in 2015. Mind you, it looks like they bought a one season return ticket as things stand in the table – taking a path back to the place where it all began for MK Dons in 2004: League One.
BoroGuide’s MK Dons club profile – for old time’s sake…