MK Dons 0 – 0 Albion

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The last awayday of the 2009/10 season – a great day out with a pretty dire football match sandwiched in between. I was pretty much on the soak all day, so the match went past pretty fast, not fast enough to notice the stunning debut of 18 year old Lewis Dunk at centre back though.

Milton Keynes is one weird looking place. Alighting at MK Central railway station and you could be excused for thinking you’d just landed at Heathrow Terminal 3. A few forlorn Seagulls walked out with us to find a pub among the roundabouts and empty boulevards. We found one, typically looking like an airline departure lounge. A few shants later and we were off to Stadium MK in a taxi.

MK Dons are universally despised in the football world as “Franchise FC”, and the purists have a point. Even the hardest of football hearts could find a soft spot for the old Crazy Gang of Wimbledon FC, and when the club died and moved to Milton Keynes, most of us felt the spirit of the Wombles lived (and lives) on in AFC Wimbledon. But this is unfair on the good people of MK, and to be honest, I rather like their set-up in the land of the eternal roundabout.

Sure, the stadium was near empty, apart from the full to brimming away end. Half the seats haven’t gone in, but there’s something continental about Stadium MK. I would love to see a ground like this in the hands of a club like the Albion, and it could be a pointer to how Falmer will look and feel like in 2012, albeit a lot louder.

But the food and beer wasn’t cutting the mustard at all. Fucking three beers were a tenner, and I spent £4.40, yes £4.40! for a cold hotdog in a mouldy bap – no onions, no mustard.

The game was a bore, we spent most of the first half watching the crowd, and the little Hitler stewards rounding up the inflatable toy squadron as they swarmed in the sky just above our heads. What is wrong with having fun at a football match? Has anyone seriously been injured by an inflatable sheep?

The second half we spent in the gantry, the view was better than the comfy MK seats, and leaning on the railing to watch the game made me feel nostalgic for the days you could do just that on the terraces.

To be honest I wasn’t arsed about the result of this one – nothing to play for except a new contract for a few borderliners in the team. The defence looked solid, Gavin Hoyte had more than a decent game, El-Abd is better in the centre, but on yesterday’s viewing Elphick and Dunk were superb, a good omen for the BIG PUSH next season? Hope so.

In midfield no-one really caught the eye, and Chris Holroyd looked lost on his own up front. We need a new striker for next season more than anything in my opinion. That’s all in the future though – I enjoyed our final day out yesterday. As it happens, we stopped off in Brighton at a local boozer (which shall remain nameless) for a few pints (about 15) and a karaoke, and who should be in the bar with all his pals celebrating his big debut? Yes, young Lewis Dunk. A good lad, and my last awayday man of the match.

The Hovian’s Albion Team Performance : 6 out of 10 

The Hovian’s Albion Man of the Match : Lewis Dunk 

Albion Team (goalscorers in bold) 

 (4-5-1) Brezovan; Hoyte, El-Abd (Painter 66), Elphick, Dunk; Bennett, Crofts, Arismendi , Hendrie (Dicker 59), Carole (Navarro 59); Holroyd

Subs: Walker (GK), Tunnicliffce, Dicker, Caskey, Barnes, Cook, Navarro 

Attendance: 12023 (there was never that!) (1854 Albion)

League One table

Sunday, 2 May 2010 00:00 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
Full League One table
1 Norwich 45 44 95
2 Leeds United 45 32 83
3 Millwall 45 31 82
4 Swindon 45 17 82
5 Charlton 45 21 81
6 Huddersfield 45 27 80
7 Southampton 45 36 70
8 Colchester 45 11 69
9 Bristol Rovers 45 -10 62
10 Brentford 45 3 61
11 MK Dons 45 -7 60
12 Walsall 45 -4 59
13 Brighton 45 -5 56
14 Carlisle 45 -5 55
15 Yeovil 45 -3 53
16 Hartlepool 45 -8 52
17 Oldham 45 -16 52
18 Leyton Orient 45 -9 51
19 Gillingham 45 -13 50
20 Exeter 45 -13 48
21 Tranmere 45 -30 48
22 Southend 45 -19 43
23 Wycombe 45 -23 42
24 Stockport 45 -57 25
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4 Responses to “MK Dons 0 – 0 Albion”

  1. barrell86 Says:

    MK Dons stadium is quite possibly the most POINTLESS stadium on the planet, they can’t even fill the damn thing now and it’s not even had the top tier done out yet they should have stayed in Wimbledon

  2. barrell86 Says:

    PS Is that meant to be a chicken burger in that photie cos that looks rank!

  3. The Hovian Says:

    It’s a veggie burger – my mate is a veggie. The best laugh about yesterday was that MK Dons tried to say there was 12000 at the match, utter bollocks

    Cheers

  4. glasfryn Says:

    Never eat and drink at a football stadium,unless of coarse it oop north were the pies are fantastic and the beer’s not bad either.
    the match sounded like a friendly where Gus was trying out a few that as you say are borderline.
    a clean sheet is always nice.
    Now the fun starts with transfers ready for next season ……looking forward to it

    G

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