Government urged to back Wimbledon Guardian's DROP THE DONS campaign

Mitcham and Morden MP Siobhain McDonagh urged the Government to support our Drop the Dons campaign in the Commons yesterday

Mitcham and Morden MP Siobhain McDonagh urged the Government to support our Drop the Dons campaign in the Commons yesterday

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The Wimbledon Guardian’s campaign for football justice has been heard by the Government after the issue was debated in the House of Commons yesterday.

Mitcham and Morden MP, Siobhain McDonagh, called for the debate in which she urged Parliament to support the campaign, which calls on MK Dons FC to drop the Dons from their name.

She said: “It is time for [MK Dons] to find a different way of representing their heritage in their name.

“Then the team that is known throughout football as Franchise FC, who most fans think gained its position through identity theft, would be able to carve out its own identity, and allow AFC Wimbledon to retain its.

“That would be good for Milton Keynes and remove much of the stigma associated with that club. And it would be good for the game.

“I therefore hope the Minister will commit to ensuring that the new licensing model also tackles identity theft, and urge him to back the “Drop the Dons” campaign launched earlier this month by my local newspaper, the Wimbledon Guardian, and to support my Early Day Motion on the subject.”

Ms McDonagh has also launched an Early Day Motion which calls on her fellow MPs to support our Drop the Dons campaign, which has been supported by Wimbledon MP Stephen Hammond, as well as former ministers Hazel Blears, Peter Bottomley and Kate Hoey.

Also at the debate, Mr Hammond said: “The key word she [Ms McDonagh] has hit on with AFC is that it is a club of the community of Merton and Wimbledon.

“The work that it does in the community, beyond its work on the football field, is to be commended.

“That is why the nickname “The Dons” needs to come back to that club, where it belongs.”

Hugh Robertson, the Minister for Sport and Olympics, thanked Ms McDonagh for calling for the debate and said supporters should have more say in the running and decision-making of football clubs.

Speaking on behalf of the Government, he said: “...supporters ought to be represented or consulted in the club’s decision making.

“That will help to prevent such unpopular decisions as a club’s moving miles from its traditional fan base, as was the case with Wimbledon FC.”

Mr Robertson added: “I recognise that any change in the corporate governance landscape of football ownership will be something of a cultural change.

“Given that we are trying to modernise and professionalise the governance of football, there will have to be a similar step change in the skills of supporters’ representatives.

“That will ensure that the success of AFC Wimbledon is repeated across the country and across the leagues.”

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4:24pm Fri 27 Jan 12

MK Fan says...

Apart from wasting taxpayers money on a frivolous motion, the said lady succeeded in making a ridiculous campaign even more cringe worthy.

She started by saying that the main reason for the debate was to ensure what happened to Wimbledon could not happen again. We all thought it was to persuade MK Dons to drop the Dons?

She managed to mention the Drop the Dons campaign just ONCE in 20 minutes of script reading.

She tried to suggest that the term "Dons" was derived from Wimble-DON. Perhaps someone had failed to brief her that it was the nickname of Old Centrals in 1889 thanks to the clubs formation by the Dons of Old Central School.

Then she went on to claim that the term "Dons" was owned by AFC Wimbledon - perhaps the likes of Hendon and Aberdeen don't count?

And perhaps her lowest moment in a positively subterranean speech came when she managed to heap praise on MK Dons whilst undermining the whole campaign; "I understand that they are a good team with a good young manager, and, although what they did caused a lot of hurt, IT IS TIME TO CONSIGN IN TO HISTORY"

And so say all of us.
Apart from wasting taxpayers money on a frivolous motion, the said lady succeeded in making a ridiculous campaign even more cringe worthy. She started by saying that the main reason for the debate was to ensure what happened to Wimbledon could not happen again. We all thought it was to persuade MK Dons to drop the Dons? She managed to mention the Drop the Dons campaign just ONCE in 20 minutes of script reading. She tried to suggest that the term "Dons" was derived from Wimble-DON. Perhaps someone had failed to brief her that it was the nickname of Old Centrals in 1889 thanks to the clubs formation by the Dons of Old Central School. Then she went on to claim that the term "Dons" was owned by AFC Wimbledon - perhaps the likes of Hendon and Aberdeen don't count? And perhaps her lowest moment in a positively subterranean speech came when she managed to heap praise on MK Dons whilst undermining the whole campaign; "I understand that they are a good team with a good young manager, and, although what they did caused a lot of hurt, IT IS TIME TO CONSIGN IN TO HISTORY" And so say all of us. MK Fan
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4:49pm Fri 27 Jan 12

dons11 says...

well MK fan, MK Dons comes under either of these options.

you are wimbledon fc, and therefore was formed in 1889, play in south london, and wear yellow and blue. (well you are obviously not this)

or you are mk dons, a club from milton keynes formed in 2004, which miraculously appeared in the championship without earning your league place, and bought the league position of another club. closed the club down and opened your new club in its place. which is theft

you are franchise scum, and EVERONE knows it, you have the cheek to use our nickname. you mention hendon and aberdeen, its their nickname as well because of their towns name. they earned their place in their leagues unlike you!!! you also have the cheek to sing "no one likes us we dont care". THATS A BLOODY MILLWALL SONG!!! dont you have anything of your own??? you horrible thieving LITTLE club. btw average away fans for MK scum 127 HAHAHAHAHAHA. AFC Wimbledon have over 4 times that this season
well MK fan, MK Dons comes under either of these options. you are wimbledon fc, and therefore was formed in 1889, play in south london, and wear yellow and blue. (well you are obviously not this) or you are mk dons, a club from milton keynes formed in 2004, which miraculously appeared in the championship without earning your league place, and bought the league position of another club. closed the club down and opened your new club in its place. which is theft you are franchise scum, and EVERONE knows it, you have the cheek to use our nickname. you mention hendon and aberdeen, its their nickname as well because of their towns name. they earned their place in their leagues unlike you!!! you also have the cheek to sing "no one likes us we dont care". THATS A BLOODY MILLWALL SONG!!! dont you have anything of your own??? you horrible thieving LITTLE club. btw average away fans for MK scum 127 HAHAHAHAHAHA. AFC Wimbledon have over 4 times that this season dons11
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7:58pm Sat 28 Jan 12

MK4EVA says...

Wait a **** minute Dons11 while you brand us SCUM as you put it you are portraying your Club as it is already seen by many MKDFC fans, the un-wanted after-thought from this whole sorry affair. MK Dons HAD to move away from Merton IN-FACT they got driven from it because the borough did not even want Wimbledon FC, even though they promised to find a new ground for them after they shared at Palace. They were willing to let WFC die. As for the term Dons being exclusive to AFC Wimbledon - has anyone consulted Aberdeen on this as they have been using it for their's for the past Century and then some. You are the Wombles and The Dons no one is denying you that. Milton Keynes has athriving grassroots system and is only 4 leagues from having two teams in the FL. It was never about WFC moving to london in fact the Chairman fought to keep the club down in South London and the Administrators ''Grant Thornton'' told him he HAD to move it to MK. there are so many mis-giving's and lies being told it is any wonder that everyone is fighting???? I wholly agree Franchising shouldn't ever happen again .. But if AFC find's itself having to move again are you all gonna be fighting like this again????
Wait a **** minute Dons11 while you brand us SCUM as you put it you are portraying your Club as it is already seen by many MKDFC fans, the un-wanted after-thought from this whole sorry affair. MK Dons HAD to move away from Merton IN-FACT they got driven from it because the borough did not even want Wimbledon FC, even though they promised to find a new ground for them after they shared at Palace. They were willing to let WFC die. As for the term Dons being exclusive to AFC Wimbledon - has anyone consulted Aberdeen on this as they have been using it for their's for the past Century and then some. You are the Wombles and The Dons no one is denying you that. Milton Keynes has athriving grassroots system and is only 4 leagues from having two teams in the FL. It was never about WFC moving to london in fact the Chairman fought to keep the club down in South London and the Administrators ''Grant Thornton'' told him he HAD to move it to MK. there are so many mis-giving's and lies being told it is any wonder that everyone is fighting???? I wholly agree Franchising shouldn't ever happen again .. But if AFC find's itself having to move again are you all gonna be fighting like this again???? MK4EVA
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2:25pm Sun 29 Jan 12

KeepCalmCarryOn says...

Sensibly she spent almost all the speech on praising AFC Wimbledon and only slipped the bit about the name in at the end. I'd have much preferred her moving on from the great points she made about the club to how any new licensing regime should protect clubs such as Darlington, Northwich, Rushden and Diamonds etc. than on stuff about names. As for wasting parliamentary time, almost every MP had left either to look after constituency business or for a pre-dinner drink so she didn't really waste many people's time.
Sensibly she spent almost all the speech on praising AFC Wimbledon and only slipped the bit about the name in at the end. I'd have much preferred her moving on from the great points she made about the club to how any new licensing regime should protect clubs such as Darlington, Northwich, Rushden and Diamonds etc. than on stuff about names. As for wasting parliamentary time, almost every MP had left either to look after constituency business or for a pre-dinner drink so she didn't really waste many people's time. KeepCalmCarryOn
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11:31am Mon 30 Jan 12

dons11 says...

we didnt "have" to move. sam hammam tried to move the club many times before winkelman got involved. dublin, belfast, scotland. merton council offered him the chance to redevelop the greyhound stadium but for reasons unknown he chose not to. he also lied to us about merton councils refusal to help us. you see you are still being lied to as it was us who were lied to. winkelman tried to poach many clubs, crystal palace, luton, watford, charlton, barnet and QPR. did all of these clubs have to move? of course not. i know you fans are not to blame, but fact is, the FA were lied to about the clubs finances to justify the move (did not include player sales). we were lied to to justify the move. and now you have been lied to to try and promote MK Dons in milton keynes.

and people saying we abandoned our club, we did not. we fought against a move away for years, but after the club finally announced that it no longer cared about us and "didnt need our support", thats when we formed AFC Wimbledon. it was after that happened that attendances dropped, and after that when the club went into administration.

fact is, when the move was announced, we had an average attendance of over 8000. we were making a profit despite just being relegated from the premier league 2 years earlier. the club was not in administration. please explain "why" bearing these facts in mind, we needed to move?

mr winkelman was after any club he could get and was very open about that. end of the day, how would you feel if someone came along and said they were moving to MK Dons to cumbria, claiming your finances were a mess, and you had no local support and if it didnt move it would die? because that is about as true as it was for us at the time, the football league said no, the FA said no, and it was only winkelman demanding an independant appeal, that 2 businessman allowed it to happen.

seriously, when you get your facts, look away from your own clubs websites for them
we didnt "have" to move. sam hammam tried to move the club many times before winkelman got involved. dublin, belfast, scotland. merton council offered him the chance to redevelop the greyhound stadium but for reasons unknown he chose not to. he also lied to us about merton councils refusal to help us. you see you are still being lied to as it was us who were lied to. winkelman tried to poach many clubs, crystal palace, luton, watford, charlton, barnet and QPR. did all of these clubs have to move? of course not. i know you fans are not to blame, but fact is, the FA were lied to about the clubs finances to justify the move (did not include player sales). we were lied to to justify the move. and now you have been lied to to try and promote MK Dons in milton keynes. and people saying we abandoned our club, we did not. we fought against a move away for years, but after the club finally announced that it no longer cared about us and "didnt need our support", thats when we formed AFC Wimbledon. it was after that happened that attendances dropped, and after that when the club went into administration. fact is, when the move was announced, we had an average attendance of over 8000. we were making a profit despite just being relegated from the premier league 2 years earlier. the club was not in administration. please explain "why" bearing these facts in mind, we needed to move? mr winkelman was after any club he could get and was very open about that. end of the day, how would you feel if someone came along and said they were moving to MK Dons to cumbria, claiming your finances were a mess, and you had no local support and if it didnt move it would die? because that is about as true as it was for us at the time, the football league said no, the FA said no, and it was only winkelman demanding an independant appeal, that 2 businessman allowed it to happen. seriously, when you get your facts, look away from your own clubs websites for them dons11
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1:04pm Mon 30 Jan 12

dons11 says...

and ye getting back to the article which this is all about, its actually about changing legislation in football to stop clubs moving away from their fan base and giving fans more of a say in their clubs. her being in parliament was more about that rather than the guardians campaign
and ye getting back to the article which this is all about, its actually about changing legislation in football to stop clubs moving away from their fan base and giving fans more of a say in their clubs. her being in parliament was more about that rather than the guardians campaign dons11
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