Long before the Dons came to town, Milton Keynes had an indifferent relationship to football. As the largest celebration of roundabouts in the UK got its status as a fellow New Town in the late 1960s, new clubs looked to take advantage in the population boom. Among these was Milton Keynes Borough FC. Like us, they were a Borough. Like us, a New Town too. And like us, they started out in United Counties League.
Milton Keynes Borough: Who Are They?
To be honest, this club didn’t start life as Milton Keynes Borough. Pies and Mushy Peas appears to be the only decent source of information. Initially a Sunday League side representing a Bletchley company, the club went through several names such as Denbigh United. With a good few of their lads working for Belsize Engineering, however, that company started sponsoring the team. And that prompted another change of name.
As Belsize, they joined the United Counties League Division Three in 1970. To start off, they’d be a safe use of your free bets UK too; rising up into Division One within four seasons and scoring more than 100 goals in each of their first three campaigns! In 1976, along came Boro’; both in Stevenage and in MK too as Belsize changed their name. And after more UCL success, the club moved to Hellenic League Division One in 1979.
Us And Them…
By the time our paths came to align, Milton Keynes Borough had again been on the move; this time into South Midlands League Division One in 1984. They won the division at the first attempt, and went straight up to the Premier Division. As we were in neither of these competitions but Vauxhall Opel League Division One, though, it was (of course) a Cup tie that gave us with that first meet. The 1986-7 FA Cup Preliminary Round, as it goes.
It was only the second time MK Boro’ (Sounds like a grime artist. Ed.) had taken part in the FA Cup. The season before, they’d gone down 2-1 at Hednesford Town. We weren’t in the mood to let history be made, however. Danny Dance, Chris Myers and Owen Goal found the net for us as we extended their 100% beaten FA Cup run to two games. Not that it was plain sailing; MK did bag a couple for themselves on the day in a 3-2 defeat.
And Then What?
Immediately? Well, we made it to the 3rd Qualifying Round before losing 3-1 to Halesowen Town. And Milton Keynes Borough went back to their league duties and finished fourth. Mind you, they also went out of the FA Vase at the first hurdle too… and for the fourth season on the trot. If you were wondering, MK Boro’ did end their FA Cup hoodoo the following season with a 4-1 win at Bourne Town.
But there isn’t much more to the MK Boro’ tale.
The 1991-2 season was a pretty decent one for them, all told. It was another season in which they sailed past 100 league goals, but their 93 points was only enough for second spot in the South Midlands League Premier Division. The next season, their best FA Vase showing (Round Two) did little to make up for a disappointing 12th place in the league. And it was to be their last campaign too; this Boro’ folding in the summer of 1993.
Milton Keynes Borough: Boro’s Record
P1 W1 D0 L0 F3 A2 – League Points: 0, Cup Meetings: 1, Win Rate: 100%
• BoroGuide’s Milton Keynes Borough club profile – for old time’s sake…