But a League Two title and a Johnstone's Paint Trophy double in 2008 have offered chapters of early history for MK Dons.

Winkelman has previously said the decision of whether to drop 'Dons' from their name lies firmly with his club's supporters, who have expressed little to no interest in the idea.

Group 7 PAOK V ZFK Nase (17:00) Stadium: Mladost, Strumica (MKD)

"I understand that argument. It's been put to me a number of times," he said.

"In reality MK Dons are here to stay. And I would prefer to see some reconciliation," said Dr Beech.

Group 7 MTK V SKONTO (17:00) Stadium: Kukuš Stadium, Strumica (MKD)

Group 4 Ekonomist V Slovan Bratislava (17:00) Stadium: Štadión Pasienky, Bratislava (SVK)

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Group 6 Zhilstroy-1 V Apollon (17:00) Stadium: Tsirion Stadium, Limassol (CYP)

"It's not just AFC Wimbledon fans who refer to them as the franchise. There is a fairly widespread dislike of them."

Group 1 Gintra V Zürich (17:00) Stadium: Športni park, Lendava (SVN)

Group 2 NSA Sofia V Pärnu (15:00) Stadium: Gradski, Subotica (SRB)

"But what I need to do is put MK Dons and the people of Milton Keynes first and let history be the judge."

Group 6 Zhilstroy-1 V Ada Velipoje (20:00) Stadium: GSZ, Larnaca (CYP)

Group 8 PK-35 V Noroc (13:00) Stadium: Myyrmäen Urheilupuisto, Vantaa (FIN)

"In the short-term we are a lot of people's second team," said Winkelman.

Group 4 Bobruichanka V Unia Racibórz (17:00) Stadium: National Training Centre, Senec (SVK)

Group 1 Ataşehir V Pomurje (17:00) Stadium: Sportni Park, Beltinci (SVN)

Group 5 UWIC V Peamount (17:00) Stadium: SRC Slavija, Sarajevo (BIH)

Group 6 Klaksvík V Zhilstroy-1 (17:00) Stadium: GSZ, Larnaca (CYP)

APOEL FC striker Tričkovski was named as the best foreign-based Macedonian player after the 24-year-old's fine 12 months with APOEL FC, winning the Cypriot title then helping them past the UEFA Champions League group stage. He ends the five-year dominance of the award by Goran Pandev.

"Will it happen? I hope it will over time.

Could the passing of time enable a shift in perception of MK Dons?

Group 5 Sarajevo V Peamount (17:30) Stadium: Asim Ferhatović Hase Stadion, Sarajevo (BIH)

"I think the perception is still broadly negative," said Dr John Beech, an honorary researcher in football finances at Coventry University.

Group 2 BIIK Shymkent V Pärnu (15:00) Stadium: Gradski, Subotica (SRB)

For better or worse, Pete Winkelman's consortium moved the Dons to Milton Keynes, the Buckinghamshire new town.

Group 6 Apollon V Ada Velipoje (20:00) Stadium: GSZ, Larnaca (CYP)

Group 3 Birkirkara V Glentoran Belfast United (17:00) Stadium: Centenary, Ta’ Qali (MLT)

"But I cannot be confident of somebody else coming in and not looking at the big picture of what MK Dons needs to be about.

ZFK Nase

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Group 5 ASA Tel-Aviv V UWIC (11:00) Stadium: Asim Ferhatović Hase Stadion, Sarajevo (BIH)

Hasani, 21, was named best domestic player after his 13 goals aided FK Shkëndija 79 to their first league championship last season, keeping up that form this term to earn a January switch to VfL Wolfsburg. To complete a treble for the club, Qatip Osmani took the prize as coach of the year and Shkëndija themselves were honoured as best team.

Group 4 Unia Racibórz V Slovan Bratislava (11:00) Stadium: Štadión Pasienky, Bratislava (SVK)

Group 1 Pomurje V Gintra (20:00) Stadium: Športni park, Lendava (SVN)

Group 8 PK-35 V Glasgow City (17:00) Stadium: Hakunilan Urheilupuisto, Vantaa (FIN)

Group 8 Glasgow City V Noroc (17:30) Stadium: Myyrmäen Urheilupuisto, Vantaa (FIN)

Not that MK Dons fans are pining for approval.

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"And while MK Dons gave back the heritage, they kept the name 'Dons'. To me there is still this major impediment that they stole the name and haven't given it back."