Milton Keynes City

Club Profile

First Played: 1983-4

Win Rate: 100% (from 1 games)

Last Updated: 05 July 2022

Three teams have now called themselves Milton Keynes City – but we only knew the first incarnation that folded back in 1985. Like Milton Keynes Borough and Wolverton Town, it seems City struggled to make football a going concern in MK at the time. Now, the club’s third incarnation are 15 years in existence; outlasting the two that went before. This first version formed as Bletchley & WIPAC in 1956; changing their name to Bletchley Town in 1957 and then adopting MKC in 1974. It wasn’t long after this that talk of moving Wimbledon to MK started to emerge. No fooling. The idea of merging the Gladiators with the Dons fell away soon enough; the financial impact of which led to its demise in 1985.


Milton Keynes City: The Facts

Who are Milton Keynes City?

Now, don’t go confusing ‘The Gladiators’ with the side that uses the MKC moniker today. After all, we are not here to wax lyrical about “one of the largest youth football clubs in the Milton Keynes area“. The standard of our opposition back in the day wasn’t as good as it perhaps it is now, but we didn’t go around taking on kids’ teams. Also, and as far as senior sides go, there have been two incarnations of MKC: one between 1974-1985, another between 1988-2003. Guess which one we’re more bothered about? Here’s a clue. It’s the first one.

Right, before we start on the usual formalities, here’s a tale about Milton Keynes City, er, MK I. It relates to a time not that long before our first meeting with them. 1979, to be precise. It appears that Ron Noades, then chairman of Wimbledon, wanted to move the Dons to Bucks. Oh, yes – so it wasn’t a new idea in 2003! Noades then bought a controlling interest in the MKC club, installing directors and working towards merging the two – based in MK, using the Dons’ League place. It didn’t happen, clearly, and Noades sold that interest a year later.

Just think. In a parallel universe, our first encounter with The Gladiators could have been – in fact – our first encounter with an embryonic MK Dons. OK, so the Dons were a League team and unlikely to be taking part in the FA Cup Preliminary Round back in 1983. So, maybe it’s a moot point after all that waffle. The nuts and bolts of our record against MKC are fairly straightforward. Thanks to goals from Ronnie Lear and Martin Gittings, Boro’ won 2-0 on Saturday 3 September 1983. And, at the end of the next season (1984-5), MKC were no more.

Milton Keynes City: Record vs Boro'

Pl W D L F A GD Pts* WR%
Overall 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 100%
Home 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 100%
Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Cup 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 n/a 100%

* league points only

Milton Keynes City: Result-by-Result (Boro' Scoring First)

Saturday 03 September 1983

Saturday 16 February 1980

Saturday 29 September 1979

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