Enrique Guillen, Head Coach, said "This is a great adventure for the Lions and caps a fabulous season, winning both the FA Cup and the Grand Finals. Its a great reward for a great group of players!"
In May 2009, the stadium was named as one of 15 stadia put forward as potential hosts for the (later) unsuccessful England 2018 FIFA World Cup bid. Plans were announced to extend the capacity to 44,000 in the event of a successful bid.
In January 2013, Robinson turned down an offer to manage Blackpool FC, a well established Championship and former Premier League team, in favour of his continuing commitment and loyalty towards Milton Keynes Dons, something which has endeared him to the fans of the club. Robinson has also been linked to other former Premier League clubs including Birmingham City, Sheffield United and Leeds United
Striker Sam Baldock was the first notable academy graduate who, after making 102 appearances, moved on to West Ham for a 6 figure sum. Since then he became captain of Bristol City and now plays for Brighton. As of February 2015[update], Daniel Powell, Tom Flanagan and George Baldock, brother of Sam, all play regularly for the MK Dons first team.
Group 2Araz Naxçıvan (AZE), Zelezarec Skopje (MKD)*, Winner preliminary round Group H, Winner preliminary round Group F
Group 6EP Chrudim (CZE)*, City'US Târgu Mureş (ROU), Pinerola Bratislava (SVK), Winner preliminary round Group A
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Oxford City Lions, top seeds in the Preliminary Round, now face a trip to Andorra, one of eight hosts, where they will play Encamp (Andorra), Tel Aviv (Israel), and FC Feniks (Kosovo).
In recent years Milton Keynes Dons are gaining a growing reputation for their youth academy, partially due to former head of coaching Dan Micciche.
Alan Smith, most known for his time at Leeds and Manchester United joined the club on loan, signing from Newcastle before making the move permanent totalling 67 appearances for the club. Other international players who have worn the Dons shirt include Tore André Flo, Ali Gerba, Michel Pensée and Richard Pacquette.
The South stand of Stadium mk is known as The Cowshed by Dons' fans, as Milton Keynes' reputation for its Concrete Cow sculptures. This nickname was also used for the home end at the Dons' previous ground in Milton Keynes, the National Hockey Stadium, which was later demolished 2010. The Cowshed is preferred by the club's more ardent fans.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
The UEFA Futsal Cup comprises three group stages and a four-team final tournament.
The following table shows players who have previously been selected to be club captain, have been voted the club's Player of the Year and have been the player who scored the most league goals in a season (including penalties) in chronological order:
Ince's replacement was Roberto Di Matteo. In the 2008–09 season, they missed out to an automatic promotion spot by two points, finishing third behind Peterborough United and Leicester City. They were knocked out of the play-offs by Scunthorpe United, who defeated MK Dons by penalty shootout at Stadium mk. Di Matteo left at the season's end for West Bromwich Albion.
The Preliminary Round is 16-21st August and the Main Round is 11-16 October.
On 9 August 2016 in a first round EFL Cup match versus Newport County, manager Karl Robinson selected a first-team squad composed of thirteen academy graduates and players, giving eight of those players their full debuts for the club including Brandon Thomas-Asante. The game ended with a 2-3 away win for the club. Following the game Robinson said, "I'm so happy for them and proud of them all".
Group 3Nikars Riga (LVA), Grand Pro Varna (BUL)*, Winner preliminary round Group C, Winner preliminary round Group E
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Record transfer fee received: Dele Alli – £5,000,000 to Tottenham Hotspur, February 2015 Record transfer fee paid: Kieran Agard - undisclosed, 11 August 2016.
Further details, including the criteria for separating teams that finish level on points in a group, or after extra time in a match, can be found in the official competition regulations.
Mark Wright finished the 2007/08 season as the club's top goalscorer, helping the Dons win both the League Two title and the Football League Trophy. Jon Otsemobor, although only made 44 appearances for the club, had gained almost cult-hero status for his winning goal in the first match against arch-rivals AFC Wimbledon scored with his heel, which was later dubbed the "Heel of God".
Notable former coaches include Robbie Fowler, former German international Dietmar Hamann and Arsenal legend Ian Wright.
Wycombe Wanderers are the only other professional team in Buckinghamshire, and therefore contest the Bucks Derby. Northampton Town, Stevenage F.C. and Luton Town are also considered rivals due to geographic proximity, though those rivals have rarely been in the same league as the Dons.
A year after leaving, Ince returned to manage the Dons for the 2009–10 season. He resigned from the club on 16 April 2010, but remained manager until the end of the season.
Clubs from 52 countries will contest the UEFA Futsal Cup.
There have been many other notable players at the club, who have either gained fame elsewhere or for other reasons before joining the Dons, or have been remembered at the club for notable appearances.
Other notable youth graduates who have gone on to play at a higher level include George Williams, Brendan Galloway, Scotland international Liam Kelly and Sheyi Ojo.
Karl Robinson speaks to MK Dons PlayerHD after his side suffer a 1-0 loss at Stadium MK...
On 2 February 2015, Milton Keynes Dons academy graduate and first team midfielder Dele Alli was sold to Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur for a fee in the region of £5 million. Alli became the first Milton Keynes Dons academy product to make their full England senior team debut on 9 October 2015.
Group 5Sporting CP (POR), Halle-Gooik (BEL), Real Rieti (ITA)*, Winner preliminary round Group D
The sides meet for the first time in league competition in the 2016-17 English Football League One season, as AFC Wimbledon gained promotion from League Two for the 2016-17 season, while Milton Keynes Dons were relegated from the Championship.
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Jack Hendry had to wait for his MK Dons debut but the defender was pleased to finally make his bow in the Checkatrade Trophy success at Peterborough United.
A picture round-up of MK Dons' Checkatrade Trophy victory over Peterborough United at the ABAX Stadium...
Bye to elite round (draw 21 October)Ugra Yugorsk (RUS, holders)Kairat Almaty (KAZ)Inter FS (ESP)FC Dynamo (RUS)
Thanks to the co-operation with the University of Bedfordshire (which is partly based in Milton Keynes), Dons match highlights are shown free of charge on YouTube.
Following a disappointing end to the 2013-14 Football League One season (10th, after being in the top five for much of the season), Karl Robinson made some shrewd summer signings to take the football club forward in 2014–15, including Danny Green, Kyle McFadzean, Benik Afobe (on loan from Arsenal), Samir Carruthers, Jordan Spence on a free transfer and Will Grigg (on loan from Brentford).
Apart from Andorra, hosts for the Preliminary Round are Finland, Slovenia, Moldova, Montenegro, Austria, Armenia, and Lithuania.
Milton Keynes Dons were former Premier League player Jimmy Bullard's last club before his retirement from football, making only 3 appearances for the club, similarly Dietmar Hamman made 12 appearances as a player-coach before retiring and going onto becoming a coach at Leicester City.