Week 35: Hero – MK Dons

by Ray_North on August 31, 2014

hero_icon2This week’s heroes are the MK Dons.

No one particularly likes the MK Dons, even the fans of the MK Dons are a bit embarrassed to support a team that really only exist because the former owners of Wimbledon FC, fucked over the history and culture of that club and relocated to Milton Keynes.

But, credit where credit is due – fair’s fair – this week, MK Dons are worthy winners of our weekly award for heroism.

Why?

Well, they won a game of football – what’s surprising about that, you may ask, after all, they are a football team. But, it wasn’t any game of football, against any old opposition, this week, MK Dons of Division One (that’s the old Third Division, for those of us of a certain age), played against Manchester United. This summer alone, Manchester United have spent over £150m on new players, they have appointed a manager who has a reputation for international and domestic success and they have whipped up their fans in the belief that the good times will return this season.

MK Dons’ team cost about four shillings and sixpence to put together, the total value of the whole club is £4.4m, which is about the price of one of Man United’s tea ladies. The most they’ve ever spent on a player is £220,000, which is about what Man United paid for Jimmy Greenhoff in 1975.

Yet, despite this massive contrast – the MK Dons Davids, slew the United Goliath – and not with a lucky slingshot, but with four superb, unanswered goals. United were hammered.

But that’s not the reason we’ve made the Dons our heroes, they’ve won our award, because they’ve reminded us that football is a game, not a business, it is about skill and guts and playing to the very best of your ability, not money. And, of course, it is about the fans – and every fan must have the right to dream about beating Man United 4-0 in the cup, otherwise, there is no point to football.

MK Dons have achieved that.
Well done lads.

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