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MILTON KEYNES DONS

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The move to MK and the new Dons

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10th June 2003 - BBC: Dons reject Luton merger

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16th June 2003 - The Lawyer

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10th July 2003 - Telegraph: Three weeks for the Dons to save themselves

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26th August 2003 - “No supermarket – no stadium” warns leaflet - MK Citizen report

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September 2003 - Wimbledon Football Club relocate to Milton Keynes

 

27th September 2003 - Wimbledon FC play first match in Milton Keynes against Burnley

 

2004 - MK Dons Customer Charter

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March 2004 - Planning Report Plough Lane

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2004 - Pete Winkelman Interview for 4-4-2

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Pete Winkelman made nothing out of the development at Bletchley.

 

May 2004 - Wimbledon FC hopelessly insolvent

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June 2004 - Letter from Pete Winkelman re name change

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23rd June 2004 - Letter from Wimbledon FC Supporters Club (MK) to Football League regarding name change

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30th June 2004 - Wimbledon Football Club exits CVA

1st July 2004 - All Wimbledon FC liabilities and assets are transferred to Milton Keynes Dons Football Club.  

 

3rd November 2004 - The move to Milton Keynes was not mandatory

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6th January 2006 - Statement from National Council of Football Supporters Federation

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3rd May 2006 - The Dons Trust were engaged with WISA in preparation of The Accord

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6th June 2006 - Freedom of Information from MK Council regarding Stadium MK

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In July 2003 MK Council entered a legal agreement with Inter MK Ltd, Asda and the Commission for the New Towns (EP) to develop land at Denbigh. The agreement was to build a Stadium, Arena and Asda store together with other enabling properties and associated highways.








The agreement had conditions that Inter MK Ltd and Asda would secure planning permission for the stadium and store, that Inter MK Ltd would secure a legally binding agreement that Wimbledon FC would re-locate to the stadium with the consent of the FA and that Inter MK Ltd would arrange a building contract for the stadium 

Once the conditions were satisfied and the new stadium achieved the agreed specification and licence from the Football Licensing Authority, EP and the Council would transfer their freehold interests in the site of the new Stadium to  Inter MK Ltd (or subsidiary company).  

This transfer contains a restriction that in the event Pyramid 6 football ceases to be played at the Stadium for a continuous period of 2 years then the freehold interest in the Stadium will be transferred back to the Council for a nominal £1 consideration.   This restriction will be registered against the title to the Stadium and as such, will be binding on the Inter MK Ltd and any future owners of the stadium.

If Inter MK Ltd makes any profit from the development, EP and the Council will receive a percentage of the profits. These payments will be minus reimbursement to Inter MK Ltd for costs incurred in the development - excluding costs for the operation of the Football Club as a going concern.  Any new owner would be bound by the same obligations.    

The “development costs” exclude any costs relating to the acquisition of Wimbledon Football Club from the administrators and its relocation to Milton Keynes.  

The Council does not have any agreement with Inter MK Ltd or Asda relating to the MK Dons training facility at Woughton on the Green.  Any arrangements are between MK Dons and Milton Keynes Sports Club.  

 

2007 - Terms of The Accord

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Parties to the Accord - FSF, MK Dons FC, MK Dons Supporters Association, WISA.

All parties recognise that AFC Wimbledon was established by supporters of the former Wimbledon FC following the decision to allow that club to move to Milton Keynes.

All parties recognise and genuinely regret the hurt which was caused to supporters of the former Wimbledon FC by the move to Milton Keynes.

Once the transfer of all physical patrimony and records has been agreed and implemented WISA and the FSF will withdraw any and all objections, and any existing policies which support such objections, to other professional football clubs playing MKDFC in pre-season friendly fixtures. WISA and the FSF shall also similarly withdraw their policies of calling for supporters of other clubs to boycott attendance as away supporters at MKDFC home fixtures in all competitions and friendly matches.

WISA and the FSF will not object to applications for funding by MKDFC to the Football Foundation or other bodies which should be assessed against the same criteria as any other club.

The FSF and WISA confirm that they do not expect MKDFC to implement the recommendations of the FA Appeal Commission relating to maintaining links with South London, and would support moves by the club to develop its identity as a new club within Milton Keynes.

 

2nd April 2007 - Luton FC stadium planning application

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Planning application by Luton FC to develop land adjacent J12 of M1 for football stadium and mixed development.

The applicants advise that they have considered the following alternative sites; Kenilworth Road, M1 Junction 11a, M1 Junction 10, Land to the north of Luton, Houghton Regis and Dunstable, Napier Park, Luton, Vauxhall Test Track, Chaul End, Land to the East of Leighton Buzzard, MK Dons Stadium, Milton Keynes

 

28th June 2007 - Agenda for Merton Council Committee - Wimbledon FC Patrimony recommendations

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That the London Borough of Merton accepts the patrimony of the former Wimbledon Football Club

That the London Borough of Merton arranges for display of the said patrimony in accordance with the Deed

Item 2.2. The owners and the council spent considerable effort in finding a suitable site for the club





 within Merton, one that would be able to meet the requirements for the building of stadia, but were unsuccessful.

Item 2.4. Fans of the club in south-west London, however, created the Dons Trust, originally to marshall opposition to the move of the club, but once the move was approved in 2002, they then created a new club, AFC Wimbledon.

Item 2.5. The patrimony, it was claimed, should not have remained with MK Dons as this was substantially a different club, and negotiations have been underway to have the patrimony returned to south-west London.

 

2007 - FSF statement lifting boycott of MK Dons

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Malcolm Clarke. "I should also like to confirm that, with immediate effect MK Dons supporters will now be admitted to the FSF with immediate effect and our calls for fans to boycott the club will also cease forthwith."

 

2009 - Interview with Horst Bullinger (Former Councillor of Merton Council, WFC supporter and member of WISA)

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Merton was in dire straits financially.

The Labour Council was not interested in supporting Wimbledon FC's return to Merton as they failed to win any seats in Wimbledon itself.

Merton is an artificially created borough, throwing together three areas. Wimbledon, Morden and Mitcham. These areas have not much in common and in the case of Mitcham, nothing at all.

The Wimbledon public was lukewarm about football

AFC Wimbledon will not be able to create a climate for football in that part of London.

The role of WISA wasn't clear in the beginning but became clear soon afterwards when they dived head over heels into the AFC creation.

Wimbledon FC supporters were fooled into believing the Wimbledon FC follow-on lies dished out by WISA.

The fans did let the club down. Their behaviour was quite disgraceful and must have affected the team's performance during all home matches at that time.

There was no sign of sufficient fan support for Wimbledon FC regardless where in the area a stadium would have been built.

"As an ex Womble, as far as I am concerned MK Dons are the proper follow-on club from the old Wimbledon Football Club, regardless of all the nonsense dished out on the 'Franchise' issue.

As a local Councillor in Merton I had the doubtful pleasure of witnessing the cloning of AFC Wimbledon.

This was a cheap way out for the Council and an easy way out for the fans. The Council avoided giving proper assistance to Wimbledon FC for staying in Wimbledon. In the end they couldn't find a place for their AFC creation in the Borough either and they ended up in Kingston.

There was simply not enough money available for supporting the WFC.

The move away from Plough Lane was necessary, as the facilities were poor

The name died, but the ingredients survive at MK Dons as a new shell for them. One should look on the bright side of life, rather than death. Merton Council, Sam Hammam, the Norwegians and Pete Winkelman were involved in this process. But Pete Winkelman in a positive way, because without him the funeral would indeed have taken place.

 



6th June 2006 - Freedom of Information request from MK Council regarding Stadium MK

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2007 - Terms of The Accord

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2nd April 2007 - Luton FC stadium planning application

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28th June 2007 - Agenda for Merton Council Committee - Wimbledon FC Patrimony recommendations

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2007 - FSF statement lifting boycott of MK Dons

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2009 - Interview with Horst Bullinger (Former Councillor of Merton Council, WFC supporter and member of WISA)

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24th February 2009 The Wimbledon Football Club Ltd, Company No 00811820, is wound up