Ex Wimbledon and MK Dons striker Dean Holdsworth: MK dropping the Dons would be 'fantastic for Wimbledon'

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Dean Holdsworth has added his voice to the growing number of ex-players to support our campaign to get MK Dons to Drop the Dons from their name.

The current Aldershot Town manager played 208 times for Wimbledon in the mid-1990s before playing for them again in 2003 when he was forced to move to Milton Keynes with other contracted players, before they changed the club's name.

And the 43-year-old, labelled by some as a Judas for playing in Milton Keynes, believes now is the perfect time for them to Drop the Dons.

"I think AFC Wimbledon is the real Wimbledon, no matter what anyone thinks," he said.

"In an ideal world, Milton Keynes would not have the Dons name - this is the real Dons and I think they should want to lose it rather than keep it.

"If it gets dropped then fantastic for Wimbledon but this is the real Wimbledon, it doesn't matter what happens.

"Unfortunately, the club was a victim of a franchising and the players under contract at the time were in a no win situation because they were under contract.

"I was there as PFA chairman and didn't want to move to MK Dons, but it was forced upon us, I could not leave the young players I was coaching.

"I have never been a Judas ever, I had to do the right things for those young players.

"I have a lot of love for AFC Wimbledon and I have been following them since they started.

"I have a lot friends here and now they are a league club I want them to push on."

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4:03pm Wed 1 Feb 12

MK Fan says...

Oh my lord, you are getting desperate to keep this story (such as it is) going.

Dean Holdsworth:

Happy to sign for Wimbledon while they were playing in Milton Keynes

Scored the first goal for Wimbledon in Milton Keynes

Happy to sign a current MK Dons player on loan - Charlie Collins

Twin brother David joined MK Dons coaching staff in 2007

13 Jan 2012 said; "I would like to thank MK DONS for helping us out"

In 2003 said; “If they change our name to Pete Winkelman United, this will still be Wimbledon Football Club.”

He's REALLY anti MK Dons isn't he! NOT.
Oh my lord, you are getting desperate to keep this story (such as it is) going. Dean Holdsworth: Happy to sign for Wimbledon while they were playing in Milton Keynes Scored the first goal for Wimbledon in Milton Keynes Happy to sign a current MK Dons player on loan - Charlie Collins Twin brother David joined MK Dons coaching staff in 2007 13 Jan 2012 said; "I would like to thank MK DONS for helping us out" In 2003 said; “If they change our name to Pete Winkelman United, this will still be Wimbledon Football Club.” He's REALLY anti MK Dons isn't he! NOT. MK Fan

4:08pm Wed 1 Feb 12

BathWomble says...

Whatever Dean Holdsworth is, he is clear about 2 things - AFC Wimbledon is the real Wimbledon and Franchise FC should drop the 'Dons'. He doesn't have to be "anti MK Dons" to think it a good idea that Franchise drops the 'Dons'. Clearly he has changed his opinion on certain things over the years, but seeing as certain Franchise customers lauded his playing for you once, I'm sure you'll now laud his conversion to thinking you should drop the 'Dons', right? :)
Whatever Dean Holdsworth is, he is clear about 2 things - AFC Wimbledon is the real Wimbledon and Franchise FC should drop the 'Dons'. He doesn't have to be "anti MK Dons" to think it a good idea that Franchise drops the 'Dons'. Clearly he has changed his opinion on certain things over the years, but seeing as certain Franchise customers lauded his playing for you once, I'm sure you'll now laud his conversion to thinking you should drop the 'Dons', right? :) BathWomble

9:32pm Wed 1 Feb 12

Chatham womble says...

Dean or anyone else who involves themselves with the franchise are and always will be tainted.
Dean or anyone else who involves themselves with the franchise are and always will be tainted. Chatham womble

3:25pm Thu 2 Feb 12

stony bloke says...

Dear me, Bathwomble's you've changed your tune. Quote from WUP (http://wupgb.co.uk/
?pg=3)

"I'm very happy for Dean Holdsworth to say nice things about us. This is a good thing. I trust him about as far as I trust Charles Koppel not to be a c**t though. He has flip-flopped once, he could do it again. Nice while it lasts, but not to be relied upon."

Apologies. I had to censor his/her language, as this is a family newspaper
Dear me, Bathwomble's you've changed your tune. Quote from WUP (http://wupgb.co.uk/ ?pg=3) "I'm very happy for Dean Holdsworth to say nice things about us. This is a good thing. I trust him about as far as I trust Charles Koppel not to be a c**t though. He has flip-flopped once, he could do it again. Nice while it lasts, but not to be relied upon." Apologies. I had to censor his/her language, as this is a family newspaper stony bloke

9:59pm Thu 2 Feb 12

stony bloke says...

To all those sympathisers of AFC Wimbledon you may be interested in the type of supporter they attract by the recent despicable post by someone called 'Nick' on the Womble Underground Press.(http://www.wu
pgb.co.uk/?pg=11). I quote:

"Shame the franchise were not playing in Egypt tonight"

There are usually a fair number of quite distasteful comments about MK Dons on this forum but this one clearly oversteps the mark by some distance.
To all those sympathisers of AFC Wimbledon you may be interested in the type of supporter they attract by the recent despicable post by someone called 'Nick' on the Womble Underground Press.(http://www.wu pgb.co.uk/?pg=11). I quote: "Shame the franchise were not playing in Egypt tonight" There are usually a fair number of quite distasteful comments about MK Dons on this forum but this one clearly oversteps the mark by some distance. stony bloke

12:35pm Mon 6 Feb 12

Purplecharlie32 says...

Oh Dean really!?

You played for us and now you're going against us?

How hypocritical are you!?

Why can't AFC and MK just realise that we'll always dislike each other and let's hope for everyone's sakes that we never play each other.
Oh Dean really!? You played for us and now you're going against us? How hypocritical are you!? Why can't AFC and MK just realise that we'll always dislike each other and let's hope for everyone's sakes that we never play each other. Purplecharlie32

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