Many thanks to Steve “Bo” Bottomley who was a little bit cagey about telling us his age, saying he was just a bit older than his teeth, or pre-Jurassic. We’re also not 100% sure about the photo you supplied Steve, it’s not you so much as the guy standing next to you, we are sure it will send shivers down some fan’s spines. We intend to start winding this feature down a bit now and possibly move on to something else, we feel its just about run its course, so if you still want your 5 minutes of fame get in touch with us by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tell us a little bit about how you became a Dons fan and what was your first game?
I lived around the Milton Keynes area for a total of around 25 years, an exiled Yorkshire man whose career took him all over the country. I’d been invited by a colleague to go along to a game at the National Hockey Stadium to watch a new team, the MK Dons. I Can’t remember who the opponent was, knew nothing about the club’s history, all I knew was that it was great, at last, to have league football where I lived, I was hooked. The real first game that stuck in my mind, and really got the pulse racing was on the 7th of May 2005, yes, THAT game against Tranmere Rovers! Final game of the season and a “must win” if we were to avoid relegation. We also needed Colchester to beat Torquay. The planets were aligned, Gareth Edds was on fire and his superb half volley facing the Cowshed sealed victory, and Colchester, in the last minute of their game, beat Torquay! We stayed up by the skin of our teeth and from then on, I was fully committed to supporting the MK Dons! The love affair continues to this day!
What were your expectations for us pre-season, and have you changed your mind on what you have seen so far?
Pre-season expectations, being brutally honest, were set low. Survival was the prime objective, anything beyond that would be a bonus. So many factors are in play. Russell is still learning, the team is evolving and growing together, getting used to new ways of playing. It takes time to build a culture and that is what Russell, and his management team are doing. His relationship with our Chairman seems solid so hopefully Russell will be given the time to make a concerted challenge for promotion in the 21/22 season.
Which Dons player, or players have really impressed you so far this season?
Andrew Fisher has impressed many this season, and for sheer longevity and commitment I’ve always admired Dean Lewington’s dedication and drive. Cameron Jerome has added firepower, Sorensen is getting stronger by the day, putting in some great performances, as is Scott Fraser. Got to mention Ethan Laird with an Immediate impact on his debut. I just hope we can hold on to him for the full period of his loan! Seems unfair to single out individuals as I’m sure Russell would say it’s a team effort!
What is your favourite Dons moment?
Promotion, such a proud day for the club! But, for sheer jaw dropping, unbridled joy and excitement, yes, it has to be that magical, magical night at Stadium MK when we thrashed Manchester United! I couldn’t be there, and that will always hurt, but I did watch on TV and was in total disbelief at what I was witnessing! As I said…magical!
Who is your all-time favourite player and why?
That’s a difficult one! So many candidates. I always enjoyed watching Dean Bowditch, you always felt he was capable of turning a game. Another stand out for me (I know its two…) is Daniel Powell. Frustrating a lot of the time, but boy his runs up the wing were exciting, let down only by his final pass.
Who is a good tip for promotion and relegation in League 1?
Promotion? At the start of the season, you’d look at Sunderland, Ipswich, Hull, and Charlton to be pushing for automatic. Of those now I’d say Hull and Charlton and I’ll add Lincoln. Relegation…… Burton, sadly Wigan who are in complete disarray, and Rochdale. Very tight at the bottom so I fully expect to be wrong with all of those!
Home games, or away games?
Home games! Love meeting up with all the friends we’ve made and staying in The Hilton for the weekend.
All fans love a good awayday, are there any grounds you look forward to visiting again, or perhaps one on your bucket list?
I went to Elland Road when we were in the Championship and sat amongst the Leeds Supporters with a particularly good friend of mine, (Scary, the supporters, not my mate!). Leeds was my first club, being born and bred in Yorkshire, and I still follow them. Theirs is the first result I look for, after ours of course! So, going back to Elland Road is a thrill for me. Modern day and boyhood memories from when I’d go to Leeds games as a teenager.
Where do you think MK Dons will finish up this season?
Mid-table. We are still “work in progress”. Next season? Could be our time!
White shirt, red shirt, or black shirt?
White! Reminds me of Leeds and Barcelona!!
Your preferred matchday grub?
A chicken wrap, chips, and a few beers in the Pitchside Bar!