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Sean O: 'MK Dons Are A Big Club'

Sean O'Hanlon's shock departure to MK Dons was because he thinks the former Wimbledon F.C are 'a big club in disguise'.

He believes the club can do 'a Swansea' and climb up the leagues with their new 30,000 seat stadium which will open in 2007.

O'Hanlon has now joined the most hated team in England and has left a bitter taste in the fans mouth's and the mouth's of the directors at Swindon Town Football Club.

Swindon Chief Executive has already said the club will fight for compensation although it has now been revealed that MK Dons have contacted Swindon with an offer of compensation.

Sean O' Can be sure of a hostile reception when he returns to the County Ground this upcoming season.

O'Hanlon's new club has had a highly controversial past. Many fans will never forgive Pete Winkleman for moving Wimbledon F.C 70 miles from it's historical home to Milton Keynes.

To this day many fans boycott going to their clubs fixtures at the National Hockey Stadium in protest to franchise football.

This site is firmly against Franchise Football and us at Swindon Town face a situation that is similar. If we do not get a new stadium, we too could leave our historical home.

Below is some of MK Dons trouble's gaining acceptance into the Football League Community.

Change of name

In June 2004, despite the Football Association's 'Independent Commission' recommendations, Pete Winkelman announced that Wimbledon FC would change its name to Milton Keynes Dons FC, having previously promised fans a vote on the issue; the committee of the official supporters' club had voted unanimously for the word 'Wimbledon' to be retained in the name.

Winkelman announced that he was including the word 'Dons' formally in the new title (and not just as a nickname) in recognition of the previous history of the club, but it was clear that he wanted to close that chapter. When the club formally emerged from administration under the new name and ownership on July 1, he also announced new team colours and a new badge, this time without any consultation. The badge bears the legend MMIV, signifying that MK Dons is a new club started in 2004. The domain name had been registered by Winkelman in 2000.

Supporters club recognition

On 5 June 2005, at the 2005 Fans Parliament, the MK Dons Supporters Club was again refused membership of the national Football Supporters' Federation (FSF), by 98 votes to 44. However, an informal indication was given that the FSF might be less hostile (though not necessarily favourable) if two conditions were met �" although meeting them is not within the MK supporters' power, they might be able to influence the Board:

* The history and honours of Wimbledon FC are returned to the community of Wimbledon and/or AFC Wimbledon (as per the amended motion2 approved by the Fans Parliament). This includes all honours won by the club before the 28th May 2002.

* The Football Association amend their rules to prohibit clubs being moved out of their natural Community.

Only one of the Football League's six new rules would explicitly oppose similar relocation of another club.

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The Journalist

Writer: Moonraker1969 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday July 4 2006

Time: 10:09PM

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who is he never heard ov he
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04/07/2006 22:18:00

i've heard of him, think he's alright but you was a bigger club when you was wimbledon...
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04/07/2006 22:28:00

Sell out to join the Franchise. Give him a warm welcome when he returns to the County Ground!
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04/07/2006 22:42:00

Sean who are you trying to convince - probably your pay packet is bigger now...come off it we might be green but we are not stupid. MK Donuts here's another enemy you have made now !
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05/07/2006 07:06:00

MKD. A Franchise. End Of. Good luck AFC Wimbledon. The trouble with us all (me included) railing against this abomination is that it may spurn a siege mentality in the club and its fans, and actually go towards growing the fan base. MK Dons. Yuk!
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05/07/2006 08:44:00

u make me laugh the club would of gone busted if pete hadnt taken over and we where ground shareing with palace there was no where to build the stadium so he brought them to mk
the rodge
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05/07/2006 13:11:00

MK Dons, the most despised team in the English League. What sort of player would ever WANT to go there! Wimbledon AFC, yes. The home of TRUE Dons fans, not some upstart outfit piggybacking on somebody else's glory and stealing the club out from under the fan's nose. Long may they (and players who thik they are a 'big' club) remain the p*ss poor outfit that slowly drifts out of the Conference.
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05/07/2006 13:23:00

will see he proberly only left you because your fans are so abusive when we played u i was sitting in the town end and one fan was bang out of order to jamie cureton now if you where a player would you want to stay at a club with fans like that
the rodge
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05/07/2006 14:32:00

Don't class him going there as a step up the ladder for him. Good riddance will not be a loss to stfc in the end. Becareful o'hanlon the grass is not always greener as the likes of Grunt smith et al have found out!!!!!!!!!!!
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05/07/2006 19:27:00

hate to say it but the only thing big about mk dons will be there stadium which will be half full if they are lucky . Sean o will wish he never left when we win the league and he is a division below .
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05/07/2006 19:58:00

sorry but the dons will win the league u will be 2nd or 3rd
the rodge
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05/07/2006 22:41:00

'the rodge' hmmmm ! your argument was getting weaker and weaker and finally collapsed like a pack of cards with your last may be able to buy success but you will never win over true club football fans - born and bred as they say, not engineered.
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06/07/2006 05:51:00

like i said i was a wimbledon fan and there is still a big number of dons fans that choose the mkdons way
the rodge
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06/07/2006 12:15:00

O'Hanlon probably did not fancy the training here twice a day
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06/07/2006 20:20:00

Mind you after seeing that Martin Allen here with Brentford - I thought he was a nutter and a good candidate for a heart- attack if that is how he carries on, so perhaps Sean will get a wake up call with his training too.
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08/07/2006 06:22:00

grass is definitely not always greener then. serve him right.
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08/07/2006 09:49:00


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