Merton Council calls on MK Dons to change name to MK City

Wimbledon Guardian: Merton's four political party leaders unite behind our Drop the Dons campaign (L-R): Iain Dysart (Lib Dem), Stephen Alambritis (Lab, Council leader), Debbie Shears (Con), Peter Southgate (Merton Park independent) Merton's four political party leaders unite behind our Drop the Dons campaign (L-R): Iain Dysart (Lib Dem), Stephen Alambritis (Lab, Council leader), Debbie Shears (Con), Peter Southgate (Merton Park independent)

Our fight for football justice has been formally endorsed by Merton’s councillors, who have backed growing calls to extinguish the symbol of Wimbledon losing its football team to a franchise deal.

Merton Council passed a motion to back our Drop the Dons campaign, which calls on Milton Keynes Dons FC, the club formed after Wimbledon FC was relocated to Buckinghamshire, to remove their lingering nominal association to our community.

All four party leaders signed the Wimbledon Guardian's petition and also called on the Queen to grant Milton Keynes city status as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebration this year.

This, they said, would give the club another reason to drop the Dons and change its name to Milton Keynes City FC.

The motion, passed at last week's full council meeting at the Civic Centre, Morden, said: “Merton Council now believes that it is appropriate that Milton Keynes Dons FC drop the “Dons” from their title.

“There is recent precedent to such a name change, with Stevenage dropping the “Borough” from their name in 2010.

“This is also needed because there is every possibility that AFC Wimbledon and Milton Keynes Dons FC wil either be drawn against each other in a cup tie or meet in a scheduled league match at some stage.

“Dropping the Dons would assist in contributing towards better relations between the clubs.”

“Merton Council also notes that Milton Keynes has applied for City status and wishes them every success in this endeavour.

“This council therefore calls on Milton Keynes Dons FC to apply to the Football Association for a change of name prior to the April 1 deadline, in time for the 2012-13 football season and to coincide with the application for City status, thus enabling the club to move seamlessly to being called Milton Keynes City FC.”

The leader of the council, Stephen Alambritis, said: "This is a campaign that deserves to succeed as the Dons nickname truly belongs to AFC Wimbledon.

"We want good relations between the two clubs and this can only happen if Milton Keynes drop the dons."

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2:10pm Wed 8 Feb 12

tjames says...

i think this proves that we could do with reducing the number of cllrs! wtf!!!
i think this proves that we could do with reducing the number of cllrs! wtf!!! tjames
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2:27pm Wed 8 Feb 12

KeepCalmCarryOn says...

This is a campaign that is a total waste of time because the decision on their name depends upon one person, their owner.

Unfortunately the average neutral will think it emanates from the club when it is the child of the newspaper and a subset of supporters.

Supporters of Wrexham, one of the newest fan-owned clubs, are busy organising collections for threatened clubs such as Darlington and Kettering whereas some of our supporters are arguing about a name. Which do you think looks like the better attitude to the average football fan?
This is a campaign that is a total waste of time because the decision on their name depends upon one person, their owner. Unfortunately the average neutral will think it emanates from the club when it is the child of the newspaper and a subset of supporters. Supporters of Wrexham, one of the newest fan-owned clubs, are busy organising collections for threatened clubs such as Darlington and Kettering whereas some of our supporters are arguing about a name. Which do you think looks like the better attitude to the average football fan? KeepCalmCarryOn
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5:19pm Wed 8 Feb 12

peacedon says...

this campaign does nothing to help deter the potential for trouble at football games & in fact encourages extreme views from those who don't have the best interests of football in their minds. Councillors seem to be jumping onto something they may see as a vote winner but surely the best way to deal with this is for the Chief Executive of AFC Wimbledon to write privately to the Chairman of MK Dons. This publicity is not in the wider interests of football and the Council & Newspaper are acting very irresponsibly
this campaign does nothing to help deter the potential for trouble at football games & in fact encourages extreme views from those who don't have the best interests of football in their minds. Councillors seem to be jumping onto something they may see as a vote winner but surely the best way to deal with this is for the Chief Executive of AFC Wimbledon to write privately to the Chairman of MK Dons. This publicity is not in the wider interests of football and the Council & Newspaper are acting very irresponsibly peacedon
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8:42pm Wed 8 Feb 12

KeepCalmCarryOn says...

peacedon - please leave AFC Wimbledon and our chief executive out of this. It's just two lots of people with no influence shouting at each other with their ears blocked.
peacedon - please leave AFC Wimbledon and our chief executive out of this. It's just two lots of people with no influence shouting at each other with their ears blocked. KeepCalmCarryOn
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2:29pm Sat 11 Feb 12

MK Fan says...

The decision about city status isn't due until after 1 April and therefore it is completely ludicrous to suggest that the FA would allow the name of MK Dons to be changed to MK City for the 2012/13 season. A pointless motion in a pointless debate supporting a pointless campaign.

All this has done is driven a massive wedge between the WISA minority and run of the mill AFC Wimbledon majority who are constantly criticising this campaign and those behind it.

As so many have said, it really is time to move on.
The decision about city status isn't due until after 1 April and therefore it is completely ludicrous to suggest that the FA would allow the name of MK Dons to be changed to MK City for the 2012/13 season. A pointless motion in a pointless debate supporting a pointless campaign. All this has done is driven a massive wedge between the WISA minority and run of the mill AFC Wimbledon majority who are constantly criticising this campaign and those behind it. As so many have said, it really is time to move on. MK Fan
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