Wimbledon Independent Supporters Association back calls to DROP THE DONS

The Wimbledon Guardian has called for MK Dons FC to DROP THE DONS

The Wimbledon Guardian has called for MK Dons FC to DROP THE DONS

First published in Drop The Dons by

AFC Wimbledon's supporters' group have pledged their support to our campaign for football justice.

Last week, the Wimbledon Guardian launched the Drop The Dons campaign, which simply asks Milton Keynes Dons Football Club to drop the Dons from their name.

Retaining the nickname Dons serves as a constant reminder of a scandal which led to Wimbledon FC sold off to new owners who moved the club to Milton Keynes.

Since a new club, AFC Wimbledon, was formed nearly 10 years ago and has given our community a new club to be proud of, we believe the time is right for Milton Keynes to sever this link to its scandalous past.

The Wimbledon Independent Supporters Association (WISA) have now joined our campaign and are renewing their calls for MK Dons to DROP THE DONS.

WISA backs the Wimbledon Guardian's Drop the Dons campaign

“It only took nine years”, sang the travelling Wimbledon contingent, as Danny Kedwell went up to lift the Blue Square Premier Conference Play-Off winners’ trophy – cementing Wimbledon’s meteoric rise through non-league football and confirming their return to League Football, following the biggest football injustice that this country has ever witnessed.

The scenes of jubilation in Manchester in May 2011, were in stark contrast to the dismay felt by supporters, when a Football Association Three Man Commission, announced that it had given permission for Wimbledon FC to relocate to Milton Keynes on 28th May 2002.

For 10 years now, WISA has been campaigning for Milton Keynes Dons to relinquish any connections to Wimbledon FC. Indeed, considerable progress has been made over the years. The accord signed in 2006 by WISA, MK Dons and the MK Dons Supporters Association, saw all of the honours and trademarks won by Wimbledon FC returning to the Borough of Merton, with Merton Council transferring the trademarks to AFC Wimbledon.   

The accord was a landmark moment, Milton Keynes Dons FC would no longer claim to be Wimbledon FC and acknowledged that their history started in 2004, the year that they changed the name.

To their credit, MK Dons and the MKDSA have stuck to the accord and have been developing community ties in Milton Keynes.

Sadly, a small but vocal minority of their support still celebrate the fact that they profiteered by becoming the first football club to be franchised and relocated to another community.

WISA believes that it is beneficial for all parties, that Milton Keynes Dons FC drops the Dons from their name, a tag that remains a prominent “beacon of theft” and franchising of Wimbledon FC.

When Pete Winkelman changed the name to Milton Keynes Dons, they were naively trying to claim that they were still Wimbledon FC. WISA is extremely confident that the football authorities would look kindly on an application by them to change their name. 

Wimbledon supporters should never forgive or forget the theft of their Club to Milton Keynes. Ten years, however, have now passed, and let’s be honest they can give nothing back to us now, certainly not our league place, which we regained the proper way, the Dons way.  Re-branding as a Milton Keynes Club will begin the final chapter in disassociating themselves from the theft of Wimbledon FC.

It will certainly remove a huge amount of stigma associated with the Club and will give them a greater opportunity to attract more local support, sponsorship and have something that their community could develop and be proud of.

Many residents of Milton Keynes are simply put off by the shame and stigma attached to a Club that claims it has community values, yet wants a nickname that is not related at all to Milton Keynes.

WISA asks Pete Winkelman and Milton Keynes Dons FC to seriously consider this proposal and do the right thing for the club and their community.

If this brave decision is made, great swathes of the football community would undeniably consider that Milton Keynes Dons has finally done the right thing and we can all move on. 

Whilst WISA will never agree with the method in which Milton Keynes gained their football club, dropping the name Dons will give them a significant opportunity, whilst also guaranteeing to Wimbledon supporters, that when the dark day does arrive of a Wimbledon side playing Milton Keynes, that their will only be one Dons team on the pitch.

Click here to sign our Drop the Dons petition

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8:44pm Mon 16 Jan 12

stony bloke says...

It does WISA's cause, or yours, no credit whatsoever by the continual use of emotive and provocative language in the pursuit of your case. As you stated, the 'Accord' was signed in 2006 to draw a line under the affair and to let everyone get on with their lives. But despite this, WISA and their followers continue to aggravate the situation at every opportunity, even though the Club's fans and players (even the ones with original connections to Wimbledon) had nothing to do with the re-location of the club by the then owners. The statement above is full of the sort of inflammatory language we have come to expect from WISA and I'm sure the FA will give any further approaches on this subject the response it deserves. You only have to read the posts on forums such as Womble Underground Press to realise that the spirit of the 'Accord' is being grossly abused by the majority of AFC fans. To shed the 'Dons' name now would be an insult to the true fans who chose to follow their club instead of abandoning it in its time of need. Of course, it was the fans' choice, as is their right, but they have no right to criticise and abuse the ones who made their own decision based on their own values and circumstances.
It does WISA's cause, or yours, no credit whatsoever by the continual use of emotive and provocative language in the pursuit of your case. As you stated, the 'Accord' was signed in 2006 to draw a line under the affair and to let everyone get on with their lives. But despite this, WISA and their followers continue to aggravate the situation at every opportunity, even though the Club's fans and players (even the ones with original connections to Wimbledon) had nothing to do with the re-location of the club by the then owners. The statement above is full of the sort of inflammatory language we have come to expect from WISA and I'm sure the FA will give any further approaches on this subject the response it deserves. You only have to read the posts on forums such as Womble Underground Press to realise that the spirit of the 'Accord' is being grossly abused by the majority of AFC fans. To shed the 'Dons' name now would be an insult to the true fans who chose to follow their club instead of abandoning it in its time of need. Of course, it was the fans' choice, as is their right, but they have no right to criticise and abuse the ones who made their own decision based on their own values and circumstances. stony bloke
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11:02am Tue 17 Jan 12

rob_c says...

What has WUP got to do with the accord? Absolutely nothing. No Wimbledon fans are bound by the accord.
What has WUP got to do with the accord? Absolutely nothing. No Wimbledon fans are bound by the accord. rob_c
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11:30am Tue 17 Jan 12

BathWomble says...

The spirit of the Accord is that Franchise FC develops its OWN identity in Milton Keynes. By clinging on to the 'Dons' nickname it is categorically NOT doing that. Get your own identity in Milton Keynes and stop trading off Wimbledon's. Franchise FC is the one not keeping to the spirit of the Accord and not trying to move on by its dogmatic insistence on associating itself with Wimbledon. It's time it stopped. Drop the Dons.
The spirit of the Accord is that Franchise FC develops its OWN identity in Milton Keynes. By clinging on to the 'Dons' nickname it is categorically NOT doing that. Get your own identity in Milton Keynes and stop trading off Wimbledon's. Franchise FC is the one not keeping to the spirit of the Accord and not trying to move on by its dogmatic insistence on associating itself with Wimbledon. It's time it stopped. Drop the Dons. BathWomble
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12:54pm Tue 17 Jan 12

dons11 says...

the man has a point, MK fans keep saying "ooh you need to get over it", we kind of are, but you have a part of our name that means nothing to milton keynes, your the ones holding on to it. how is it a bad thing to have a name that is more in keeping with your town? we want nothing to do with you, as you want nothing to do with us. what if our name was "AFC Wimbledon we hate milton keynes scum"? i think you would want us to change it, wouldnt you? all we are asking is that your stop associating your club with the our town, and a club which you have already distanced yourself from. nothing more
the man has a point, MK fans keep saying "ooh you need to get over it", we kind of are, but you have a part of our name that means nothing to milton keynes, your the ones holding on to it. how is it a bad thing to have a name that is more in keeping with your town? we want nothing to do with you, as you want nothing to do with us. what if our name was "AFC Wimbledon we hate milton keynes scum"? i think you would want us to change it, wouldnt you? all we are asking is that your stop associating your club with the our town, and a club which you have already distanced yourself from. nothing more dons11
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1:05pm Tue 17 Jan 12

dons11 says...

also, what kind of name is MK Dons? it doesnt even sound like a football club, it just sounds wierd. surely Milton Keynes FC, or Milton Keynes City sounds much better and more traditional
also, what kind of name is MK Dons? it doesnt even sound like a football club, it just sounds wierd. surely Milton Keynes FC, or Milton Keynes City sounds much better and more traditional dons11
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