John Scales backs Wimbledon Guardian's DROP THE DONS campaign

Wimbledon Guardian: John Scales was an England international and played 240 games for Wimbledon FC John Scales was an England international and played 240 games for Wimbledon FC

Another Wimbledon football legend has come forward in support of our campaign for sporting justice.

John Scales, who played 240 games for Wimbledon FC, including during the club’s historic 1988 FA Cup win over the mighty Liverpool, said he owed it to AFC Wimbledon's fans to support the Wimbledon Guardian’s Drop the Dons campaign.

This newspaper is asking Milton Keynes Dons FC, which was created after Wimbledon FC was moved to Buckinghamshire, to drop the Dons from their name.

Mr Scales, who lives in Wimbledon Village, said: “Football should be about community and, now that AFC Wimbledon is in the Football League, it is only right that MK Dons pursue their own legacy without our history.

“I owe Wimbledon, the club and its supporters, so much because I had some of the best years of my life there.

"Wimbledon made me the player I was and I am so proud to have been part of such a special set up.

“I see it as my duty now to support AFC Wimbledon and stand shoulder to shoulder with the fans.

"I just don’t get why MK would want to hang on to the Dons.”

More than 1,800 people have signed up to the campaign, launched in January, which has been debated in the House of Commons and several TV and radio programmes.

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4:06pm Thu 1 Mar 12

peacedon says...

so he sees it as a duty to support AFC Wimbledon, what a pity, much better to support a team through passion
so he sees it as a duty to support AFC Wimbledon, what a pity, much better to support a team through passion peacedon

9:28pm Thu 1 Mar 12

Deptford Don says...

peacedon - you'd be hard pressed to find an ex-player who "gets it" more than Scalesy. Absolute legend.
peacedon - you'd be hard pressed to find an ex-player who "gets it" more than Scalesy. Absolute legend. Deptford Don

11:51pm Thu 1 Mar 12

MK Fan says...

John Scales - Sky Sports News - 2008

“It’s great to see that they’re (MK Dons) doing well. It’s a real hot bed of football, the fans are coming in numbers and it’s good to see any club doing that. I don’t know the people in Milton Keynes, and while it’s good to see them doing well, it’s AFC that I follow – and they’re doing well too.”

Whilst Scales is far more of a legend than the other z-list celebs WISA and The Guardian have dredged up so far, I hardly think he's that committed to the anti-MK Dons cause.

Meanwhile, perhaps The Guardian or WISA or the Surrey Post could explain why over 60% of AFC Wimbledon fans haven't signed the petition?
John Scales - Sky Sports News - 2008 “It’s great to see that they’re (MK Dons) doing well. It’s a real hot bed of football, the fans are coming in numbers and it’s good to see any club doing that. I don’t know the people in Milton Keynes, and while it’s good to see them doing well, it’s AFC that I follow – and they’re doing well too.” Whilst Scales is far more of a legend than the other z-list celebs WISA and The Guardian have dredged up so far, I hardly think he's that committed to the anti-MK Dons cause. Meanwhile, perhaps The Guardian or WISA or the Surrey Post could explain why over 60% of AFC Wimbledon fans haven't signed the petition? MK Fan

11:32am Fri 2 Mar 12

Deptford Don says...

Nice try. However most of us watched that episode of Soccer AM, so we can easily spot your very obvious and disingenuous editing of what John actually said. For instance I clearly remember him also saying "It (MK Dons) is certainly not the club I played for" and "...I think it's (referring to the theft of a football club by MK) terrible what happened". What made it even more satisfying is that he said this right in front of a load of Franchise fans that were sat in the studio about five yards away. (Who would have thought an MK fan would not tell the whole truth and try to rewrite history...?)
Nice try. However most of us watched that episode of Soccer AM, so we can easily spot your very obvious and disingenuous editing of what John actually said. For instance I clearly remember him also saying "It (MK Dons) is certainly not the club I played for" and "...I think it's (referring to the theft of a football club by MK) terrible what happened". What made it even more satisfying is that he said this right in front of a load of Franchise fans that were sat in the studio about five yards away. (Who would have thought an MK fan would not tell the whole truth and try to rewrite history...?) Deptford Don

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