The 2007-08 squad
DateOpponents CompResultScorersAttPos
Sat 11 AugBuryHFL21-2Andrews7,74019th
Tue 14 AugIpswich TownHFLC3-3AET. Dons 5-3 on pens.Knight, Bruce (og), Gallen7,496FLC
Sat 18 AugMacclesfield TownAFL23-3Andrews, Knight, Cameron2,25717th
Sat 25 AugShrewsbury TownHFL23-0Knight, Wilbraham, Dyer7,38010th
Tue 28 AugSheffield UnitedHFLC2-3AET. Broughton, McGovern7,943FLC
Sat 1 SepRochdaleAFL22-3Gallen (2)2,74312th
Fri 7 SepNotts CountyHFL23-0Andrews, Swailes, Wilbraham7,9778th
Sat 15 SepBrentfordAFL23-0Andrews (2), Johnson4,4766th
Sat 22 SepDarlingtonHFL21-0Diallo7,9015th
Sat 29 SepMorecambeAFL21-0Dyer2,6881st
Tue 2 OctMansfield TownAFL22-1Stirling, Dyer1,9841st
Sat 6 OctBradford CityHFL22-1Andrews, Swailes7,9031st
Tue 9 OctPeterborough UnitedHJPT3-1Wright (2), Cameron5,087JPT
Sun 14 OctLincoln CityHFL24-0Knight (2), Dyer, Wilbraham13,0371st
Sat 20 OctHereford UnitedAFL21-0Wright3,9361st
Sat 27 OctStockport CountyHFL20-2 8,2901st
Sat 3 NovWycombe WanderersAFL21-1Cameron5,9291st
Tue 6 NovGrimsby TownHFL22-0Wilbraham, Wright6,7971st
Sat 10 NovCrewe AlexandraAFAC1-2Johnson3,049FAC
Tue 13 NovBournemouthAJPT2-0Andrews, Swailes3,247JPT
Sat 17 NovChester CityAFL22-0Wright, Johnson3,1021st
Sat 24 NovChesterfieldHFL21-2Wright9,6381st
Tue 4 DecDagnhm & RdbrdgeAFL21-0Diallo1,8801st
Sat 8 DecAccrington StanleyHFL25-0Andrews, Navarro, Cameron, Dyer (2)6,9171st
Sat 15 DecPeterborough UnitedAFL22-1Gallen, Andrews10,3511st
Fri 21 DecBrentfordHFL21-1Gallen8,4451st
Wed 26 DecNotts CountyAFL22-1Wright, Johnson5,1061st
Sat 29 DecDarlingtonAFL21-0Johnson5,3041st
Tue 1 JanMansfield TownHFL21-0Andrews9,5831st
Sat 5 JanRotherham UnitedAFL21-0Wright5,4211st
Tue 8 JanGillinghamAJPT1-1Dons won 5-4 on penalties. Johnson3,717JPT
Sat 12 JanBarnetHFL20-1 9,8811st
Sat 19 JanWrexhamAFL20-1 4,3191st
Sat 26 JanRochdaleHFL20-1 7,8821st
Tue 29 JanMacclesfield TownHFL21-1O'Hanlon6,4831st
Sat 2 FebBuryAFL25-1Wright (3), Dyer, Gallen2,2411st
Sat 9 FebRotherham UnitedHFL21-1Gallen9,4551st
Tue 12 FebShrewsbury TownAFL23-3Wright (2), Gallen5,4741st
Tue 19 FebSwansea CityAJPTS11-0Johnson10,125JPTS
Sat 23 FebBarnetAFL22-0Navarro, Dyer2,4951st
Tue 25 FebSwansea CityHJPTS20-1Agg score 1-1. Dons won 5-4 on penalties9,757JPTS
Sat 1 MarChester CityHFL21-0Swailes8,1721st
Fri 7 MarGrimsby TownAFL21-0O'Hanlon4,1061st
Mon 10 MarChesterfieldAFL22-1Andrews, Dyer3,8341st
Sat 15 MarDagnhm & RdbrdgeHFL24-0Wilbraham (2), Dyer, Gallen9,4171st
Fri 21 MarPeterborough UnitedHFL21-1Wilbraham14,5211st
Mon 24 MarAccrington StanleyAFL21-0Wright1,5591st
Sun 30 MarGrimsby TownWJPT F2-0Andrews, O'Hanlon56,618JPTF
Fri 4 AprLincoln CityAFL22-1Regan, Johnson3,8961st
Tue 8 AprWrexhamHFL24-1Swailes, Wilbraham (2), O'Hanlon8,6461st
Sat 12 AprWycombe WanderersHFL22-2Wilbraham, O'Hanlon12,7471st
Tue 15 AprHereford UnitedHFL20-0 11,4281st
Sat 19 AprStockport CountyAFL23-2Wright, Navarro, Andrews8,8381st
Sat 26 AprBradford CityAFL22-1Stirling, Dyer14,6091st
Sat 3 MayMorecambeHFL21-1Wilbraham17,2501st
PMK Dons462910782374597
PPeterborough Utd462881084434192
PHereford United 4626101072413188
PStockport Cty 4624101272541882
7Wycombe Wdrs4622121256421478
9Rotherham United462111146058264*
10Bradford City461711186361262
15Lincoln City46184246177−1658
16Grimsby Town461510215566−1155
17Accrington Stanley46163274983−3451
18Shrewsbury Town461214205665−950
19Macclesfield Town461117184764−1750
20Dagnhm & Redbdge461310234970−2149
21Notts County461018183753−1648
22Chester City461211235168−1747
RMansfield Town46119264868−2042
RWrexham 461010263870−324
Mark Wright4115
Keith Andrews4514
Lloyd Dyer5011
Aaron Wilbraham4010
Kevin Gallen319
Jemal Johnson468
Sean O'Hanlon515
Leon Knight185
Danny Swailes475
Colin Cameron354
Alan Navarro473
Jude Stirling412
Drissa Diallo352
Jon-Paul McGovern51
Drewe Broughton191
Carl Regan91
01 July 2007 Ben HardingReleased 
01 July 2007 Gary SmithReleased 
03 July 2007 Clive PlattColchester United£300,000
09 August 2007 Izale McLeodCharlton Athletic£1,100,000
31 August 2007 Jon-Paul McGovernSwindon TownUndisclosed
05 July 2007Kevin GallenFree agentFree
11 July 2007Mark WrightFree agent 
25 July 2007Drewe BroughtonFree agent 
01 August 2007Colin CameronFree agent 
03 August 2007Mustapha CarayolFree agent 
10 August 2007Nathan AbbeyFree agent 
10 August 2007Alan NavarroFree agent 
11 August 2007Willy GuéretFree agent 
11 August 2007Luke HowellFree agent[ 
19 August 2007Danny SwailesMacclesfield TownUndisclosed
31 August 2007Jemal JohnsonWolves 
15 November 2007Jordan HadfieldMacclesfield TownLoan to end of season
04 December 2007 Matt CarbonFree agentFree
25 January 2008John MilesAccrington StanleyLoan to end of season
01 February 2008Carl ReganMacclesfield TownUndisclosed
01 February 2008Craig DobsonStevenage Borough
The new manager
Paul Ince
25 June 2007 - 22 June 2008
3 July 2009 - 10 May 2010
*Rotherham deducted 10 pts for entering administration
The season's transfers
EFL2: How they finished
No. Player
1 Ademola Bankole
2 Jude Stirling
3 Dean Lewington
4 Keith Andrews
5 Drissa Diallo
6 Sean O'Hanlon
7 Jon-Paul McGovern
8 Kevin Gallen
9 Felix Bastians
9 Leon Knight
10 Colin Cameron
11 Lloyd Dyer
12 Willy Guéret
No. Player
13 Gareth Edds
14 Mark Wright
15 Drewe Broughton
16 Aaron Wilbraham
17 Kieran Murphy
18 John Miles
18 Scott Taylor
19 John Hastings
19 Carl Regan
20 Alan Navarro
21 Luke Howell
22 Jake Livermore
22 Bally Smart
No. Player
23 Jemal Johnson
24 Matt Carbon
25 Danny Swailes
26 Sam Page
27 Sam Collins
28 Liam Kelly
29 Nathan Abbey
30 Mustapha Carayol
31 Laurie Walker
32 Jordan Hadfield
35 Adam Chicksen
36 Sam Baldock
Paul Ince was born in Ilford on 21 October 1967 and grew up as a West Ham United supporter. He was spotted playing, aged 12, by West Ham manager John Lyall when the club was in the Second Division and signed for the Hammers as a trainee, aged 14. He became a regular first team player in the 1987–88 season before signing for Manchester United in 1989, making 206 appearances and scoring 25 goals.
   He played 53 games for England between 1992 and 2000, scoring two goals.
   After leaving United in 1995 he played for Inter Milan, Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Swindon Town (as player-coach) before becoming player-manager of Macclesfield Town in 2006.
   Ince was unveiled as the new Milton Keynes Dons manager along with his assistant Ray Mathias and fitness coach Duncan Russell on 25 June 2007. The Dons reached the top of League Two in September 2007 and other clubs began to take a serious interest. In October and November 2007, he denied rumours that he was being linked with managerless Premier League teams Wigan, Derby County and Championship team Norwich City.
   Ince was named as League Two Manager of the Month in October and December 2007, and again in April 2008. Ince's first silverware as manager came in the Johnstones Paint Trophy final at Wembley on 31 March 2008, with the Dons defeating Grimsby Town 2–0. He then secured the Dons' return to League One in April 2008 after they beat Stockport County 3–2. On 26 April, the Dons became League Two champions after they beat Bradford City 2–1.
   On 22 June 2008 he became manager of Blackburn Rovers, the first black British manager in England's top division, but after winning just three games in 17, Ince was sacked on 16 December 2008
   On 3 July 2009, Ince signed again for Milton Keynes Dons on a two-year deal but during Ince's second spell the club was less successful,l finishing in 13th place in League One. On 16 April 2010, he announced that he would leave the job a year early, at the end of the season.  
   He returned to management on 28 October 2010, signing a three-year deal with Notts County. On 3 April 2011 he left the club by mutual consent after losing a club record nine games in a row.
   On 18 February 2013, Blackpool appointed Ince as manager on a one-year rolling contract, but he left on 21 January 2014, after less than a year in charge, becoming their fourth-shortest-serving manager in their history (40 league games).
CUP WINNERS: The team celebrate with the Johnstones Paint Trophy
after their 2-0 triumph over Grimsby Town in the final at Wembley
won their first national knockout competition, with a 2–0 victory over Grimsby Town at Wembley Stadium in the 2008 Johnstones Paint Trophy Final. They lost in their opening round match in the 2007–08 FA Cup, and were eliminated in the second round of the Football League Cup.
   Thirty-one players made at least one appearance in nationally organised first-team competition, and there were 16 different goal-scorers. Defender Dean Lewington missed only two of the 55 first-team matches over the season.
   Mark Wright finished as leading scorer with 15
goals – 13 in the league competition and two in the Football League Trophy. Keith  Andrews won the Football League Two Player of the Year Award.
   The club released Drewe Broughton, Matt
Carbon, Sam Collins, Liam Kelly, Jake Livermore
and Kieran Murphy, while Mustapha Carayol,
Lloyd Dyer and Gareth Edds left on their own
accord for Torquay United, Leicester City
and Tranmere Rovers.
   New players to join were midfielders Flavien
Belson from FC Metz, Peter Leven from Chesterfield and Florian Sturm from FC Vaduz.
The 2007–08 season was the Dons’ fourth season in the Football League and their second successive season in League Two.
   After the closure of the National Hockey Stadium this was the first season they played home fixtures at Stadium:mk.
   Paul Ince, starting his first season as manager, made nine permanent summer signings.
   After the eighth round of League Two fixtures
the Dons reached first place and occupied this
spot in 37 of the remaining 39 weeks, ending the season as champions of League Two. They also

Season in review


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