The Dons' timeline
7 August 04
21 August

7 December
3 January 05
16 February 06
6 May
First game as MK Dons v Barnsley D.1-1. Att: 4,720
First Penalty scored by MK Dons Allan Smart, v AFC Bournemouth. Lose 1-3 
Danny Wilson replaces Stuart Murdoch as Manager
Dons lose 5-0 v Hartlepool United
Dons lose 5-0 v Huddersfield Town
Relegated to Division Two
27 June
20 January

27 January
17 May
Martin Allen replaces Danny Wilson as Manager
Clive Platt scores the first MK Dons hat trick,
v Barnet
Dons lose 5-0 to Rochdale
Dons lose Play-off semi-final v Shrewsbury 1-2 on aggregate
25 June
11 August

8 December
2 February

30 March
26 April
Paul Ince replaces Martin Allen as Manager
First league game at Stadium MK v Bury, Lost 1-2 Attendance: 5,002
Dons beat Accrington Stanley 5-0.
Mark Wright scores hat trick v Bury
Winners of Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, v Grimsby Town Win 2-0, Wembley Stadium (Att: 56,618)
Promoted to League 1 as Champions of League 2
3 July
16 January

13 February
Roberto Di Matteo replaces Paul Ince as Manager
Aaron Wilbraham scores a hat trick v Cheltenham Town
Dons lose Play-off semi-final v Scunthorpe United
7-6 on penalties after 1-1 on aggregate
3 July
16 January
13 February
Paul Ince replaces Roberto Di Matteo as Manager
Dons beat Hartlepool United 5-0
Dons lose 5-0 to Carlisle
10 May
12 March
19 May
Karl Robinson replaces Paul Ince as Manager
Sam Baldock scores a hat trick v Colchester United
Dons lose Play-off semi-final v Peterborough United, 3-4 on aggregate
20 August
18 February
15 May
Sam Baldock scores a hat-trick v Chesterfield
Dons beat Oldham Athletic 5-0
Dons lose Play-off semi-final v Huddersfield Town
2-3 on aggregate
22 September
2 December

26 January
16 February

27 April
Dean Bowditch scores a hat trick v Bury
Dons beat AFC Wimbledon 2-1 in the FA Cup 2nd Round with the legendary "heel of God" back flick from Jon Otsemobor in stoppage time
FA Cup 4th round: Dons beat QPR 4-2 away
FA Cup 5th Round: Dons lose 3-1 to Barnsley
at home
Dons finish 8th with a 2-0 win at Stevenage
11 March
15 March
29 March

26 April
Dele Alli scores a hat trick v Notts County
Top Tier opens, v Peterborough. Att: 9,590
Record home league attendance of 20,516 v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Dean Lewington makes his 500th appearance, v Rotherham United D 2-2
26 August

20 September
29 November

20 December

3 May
Record home attendance of 26,969 as the Dons beat Manchester United 4-0 in Capital One Cup
Dons beat Crewe 6-1. Dele Alli scores a hat trick
Dons beat Colchester 6-0, the highest winning
margin to date. Benik Afobe scores his first hat trick
Dons beat Oldham 7-0, their highest-ever score in a competitive game
Dons beat Yeovil 5-1 in front of a 16,965 crowd to win automatic promotion to the Championship
8 August

23 September

5 December

7 May
Dons play their first game in the Championship at Rotherham, winning 4-1 and topping the table.
Dons fall to their highest-ever defeat, losing 6-0 to Southampton in the Capital One Cup, Round 3
A 2-0 loss at Brentford means the Dons are 20th, a position they never better again in the season
Dons finish 23rd and are relegated to League One
6 August

23 October

2 December
10 December

30 April
Dons kick off the season in 8th place after a 1-0
win at Shrewsbury, their highest position apart from one game for the rest of the year
After a poor run of games and the Dons just above the relegation zone Karl Robinson is sacked
Robbie Neilson becomes Dons Manager
Dons' first home win for eight months, beating AFC Wimbledon 1-0 in Neilson's first game in charge
Dons finish 12th after a 4-1 win at Walsall
5 August

20 January

22 January
22 April
28 April
Dons start the season 19th in the table after losing 1-0 at home to Wigan and apart from a three-week spell in September never rise above 13th again
A 1-0 defeat at Northampton Town sees the Dons in the relegation zone and Robbie Neilson is sacked
Dan Micciche is appointed Manager
Micciche is sacked
A 2-0 loss at home to Scunthorpe sees the Dons relegated to EFL2
6 June
23 October
17 November

4 May
Paul Tisdale is appointed Manager
Dons go 2nd after beating Notts County 2-1
Dons reach the top spot with a 2-0 win against Macclesfield Town
Dons beat Mansfield Town to secure third place and automatic promotion back to League One
10 August

2 November

13 March
Dons beat Shrewsbury 1-0 with a 93rd minute screamer from Rhys Healey.
After nine league games without a win, Paul Tisdale is sacked as the Dons slip into the relegation zone. Russell Martin is appointed first team coach.
All football is suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic with Dons in 18th place. The season ends with the table decided on an unweighted points per game basis, with the Dons dropping to 19th.

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12 September

9 January

24 April

8 May
Dons' first game in a season where fans were only able to attend two matches because of Covid is a 1-1 draw at Doncaster in an almost-empty stadium.
Dons are knocked out of the FA Cup by Burnley 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at full time
Dons beat Swindon 5-0 at home with Will Grigg being the first player to score 4 goals in a game
A 3-0 defeat at home by already-relegated Rochdale sees the Dons end the season in 13th place
Russell Martin leaves MK Dons to join Swansea City as manager a day after the Dons' 5-0 Carabao Cup defeat to Bournemouth.
1 August
13 August
Liam Manning is announced as the new Head Coach arriving from Belgium side Lommel SK.