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The AFC Wimbledon supporter, Siobhain McDonagh MP, will hold a debate in the House of Commons this evening about football governance and AFC Wimbledon. The Labour MP for the former home of Wimbledon FC, will urge her colleagues to ensure any rule changes guarantee clubs are responsible to their supporters. She will also call for MPs to support the Drop the Dons campaign: "I want ministers to remember the case of Wimbledon and look at the running sore of Franchise FC stealing our name. I don't mind if Milton Keynes has its own team, although I wish they had built it from the bottom up, like AFC Wimbledon. The name Dons belongs to us and I will be asking the House of Commons to support the campaign." To read more click here.

 

Comments (14)
Comment by grippersi 2012-01-26 15:48:32

That article ruined by the line 'footballers earn more in a week than...people in a year'. No footballers at AFC Wimbledon or Milton Keynes would be earning that sort of wage, and to even mention that in the article is ill-advised.

Comment by Harry Truscott 2012-01-26 16:01:22

Er, the article in on the link says "many footballers earn more in a week than most people do in a year". Y ou do know the difference between the words "many" and "all", yes?

Comment by Paul Rowland 2012-01-26 16:14:18

... and I for my part, Siobhain, will be hoping that the House of Commons gives you short shrift on this one.

As a tax-payer, I am contributing towards the cost of your MP's salary and expense account, so that you can represent your local constituents in parliament by debating, lobbying and voting upon matters of national political importance.

Whatever the wrongs and rights of this issue, it's got nothing to do with the national legislative body. There are no major principles at stake - basically it's nothing more than a local squabble. If you want to discuss it with somebody, Siobhain - go down your local pub and discuss it in there.

(MP's debating what the name of a football team in Milton Keynes should be? Give me strength...)

Comment by Barnstoneworth 2012-01-26 16:52:16

Paul Rowland: "I am contributing towards the cost of your MP's salary and expense account, so that you can represent your local constituents in parliament by debating, lobbying and voting upon matters of national political importance."

So is she not allowed to raise issues of local importance to her constituents then? I thought that was the whole point of having a constituency MP.

Not only did they have their league place stolen from them, they are constantly reminded of it by the fact that the Milton Keynes club carries a name that not only has absolutely nothing to do with Milton Keynes, but has been inextricably linked with Wimbledon for more than a century. For MK to retain the name prolongs a pretence that the people of Wimbledon should feel an allegiance to them, as if it truly is a continuation of the former Wimbledon FC. It adds insult to injury.

I'd suggest additionally that the name embarrasses younger supporters of the MK club who might otherwise not know about the former Wimbledon club by being a constant reminder of the manner in which it came to be.

Nothing will ever right the wrong, but for MK to drop the Dons name would be a significant step in the right direction. Why would Winkleman not want to do it?

Comment by IanP 2012-01-27 10:23:42

re Barstoneworth comment - "Nothing will ever right the wrong" - exactly, so stop moaning about it and move on!.
Fact is that there was neither support from fans or the Merton Council for Wimbledon FC when they needed it and someone else took the opportunity to provide that support both financially and fan wise
MK Dons recent record home game attendance of 19506 demonstrates this.

Comment by eighteen85 2012-01-27 12:02:52

"Drop the Dons" - agreed, but from how high?

Comment by tempestinaflathat 2012-01-27 12:31:24

Paul Rowland: "As a tax-payer, I am contributing towards the cost of your MP's salary and expense account, so that you can represent your local constituents in parliament by debating, lobbying and voting upon matters of national political importance."

Representing your local constituents also means raising matters of local importance; the nation is not a uniform, homogenous mass, and the only way for local issues to be resolves is often to raise them in Westminster.

Mrs McDonagh deserves praise for standing up for her constituents.

Comment by jertzeeAFCW 2012-01-27 13:52:44

As a Wimbledon fan I am not supporting the local paper's campaign (because that's whose it is).

A lot of me wants them to keep it.
It is like a convicts tattoo…it scars them for eternity (although here’s hoping they go bust) as the product of a theft from London.

May as well call themselves MK Club Stealers. In years to come, when their “customers” ask why they have the nickname “Dons”, then we can say it is because they stole Wimbledon and took what they wanted (i.e. the league place), disposed of what they didn’t like (i.e.the name…Wimbledon, the badge, the colours etc).

It will be a constant reminder of the fact that the people of MK didn’t want to support their own team (MK City) but chose instead to steal someone elses. A reminder that the correct way to achieve league status is to start at the bottom and work your way up.

Did I mention that I want their nasty club to die, so the name won't be an issue anyway??

Comment by jasoñ voorhees 2012-01-27 15:09:38

What eighteen8 said.

Only the big debate is whether it should be in this atmosphere, where they would still be on earth, or out of this atmosphere, where they would float away to some other unfortunate planet.

Comment by Liffrok 2012-01-27 21:42:57

They'll always be the Bletchley Stealers to me.

Comment by A Doctor Speaks 2012-01-28 01:49:02

Drop the whole name. And club too, whilst they're at it.

Failing that, the Bucks Fakes.

Comment by tone_burst 2012-01-30 08:38:41

i think Franchise should go all-out to become as unpopular as possible - becoming some sort of footballing equivalent of Giant Haystacks on Saturday morning wrestling programs on ITV - hated far and wide but totally at ease with that fact. If they can scrape their way into the Championship they shouldn't just stop at Alan Smith - surely they can step up a gear and go for the likes of El-Hadj Djiouf and Joey Barton while they're at it.

Comment by eighteen85 2012-01-30 12:38:07

Glad I'm not the only one to refer to them as the Bletchley Stealers.

Another way they could change their name but still remind everyone of Wankleman's Big Lie would be to adopt the name MK Frenzy.

Comment by crickers 2012-05-19 17:41:42

AFC Wimbledon fans need to get over the fact that they didnt come out and support the club in their hour of need.

A business solution was offered and the club is now in a great stadium with a good average attendance.

To continually call the club Franchise FC or the Bletchley Stealers is immature.

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