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Match Preview: MK Dons vs Swindon Town

Town make the trip to Milton Keynes today

28 October 2023

Match Previews

Match Preview: MK Dons vs Swindon Town

Town make the trip to Milton Keynes today

28 October 2023

Town will be looking to respond well from their most fixture with their up-and-coming against MK Dons today.

MK Dons have seen a mixed bag of results for themselves this season as they won their first three out of five games season but failed to win four of their last five.

The Dons have enjoyed their most recent fixture against Bradford City as they beat the Yorkshire side 4-1.

However, even with their recent victory due to recent results MK only sees themselves sitting 16th in the league table.

A lowdown on the visitors:

MK Dons was formed in 2004 from the ashes of Wimbledon FC.

MK Dons would be chucked in the deep end straight away as they would face a relegation fight which they would survive due to a late win against Tranmere Rovers.

In the following campaign, the Dons ran out of fight as they were relegated to League Two, and a new Chairman in the name of Pete Winkelman would take charge.

There were promising signs early on for The Dons but a poor second half to the season saw the Dons fall into the play-offs where they were eventually beaten 2-1 by Shrewsbury Town.

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince arrived in Milton Keynes to take charge, in the same year they moved into their new home, Stadium MK.

Ince’s arrival in 2007 coincided with the Dons’ most successful season as they went on to win their first piece of silverware, which would be the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, by beating Grimsby Town 2-0 at Wembley, before going on to win the League Two title and clinching promotion back to the third tier.

The next manager in line for the job at the Stadium MK was Roberto Di Matteo and the newly faced ex-Belgium boss guided the men from MK to their then-highest ever finish - third in League One, only to once again miss out on promotion in the play-offs, losing on penalties in the semi-final to Scunthorpe United.

Paul Ince would return to MK Dons after only four months at Blackburn Rovers in 2009.

But it wasn’t to be for Ince in his return, with the Dons unable to reach the play-offs, and that led to the former England captain resigning at the end of the season.

Karl Robinson would be the next in line for the job at MK and would also be the youngest EFL manager at only the age of 29 years old.

The Dons would flourish under Robinson and spend the entire season in the top six scoring 100 goals whilst doing so, ensuring they booked themselves another chance at promotion by reaching the play-off semi-finals for the third time in four years.

Unfortunately for The Dons they again proved the Playoffs would be too much as MK Dons bowed out to a 3-2 aggregate defeat to Huddersfield Town.

The Dons continued to create history as they reached the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup, beating rivals AFC Wimbledon, and Queens Park Rangers in the process, for the first time.

However, several injuries to key and influential players prevented the Dons from finishing in the top six for a second consecutive season.

Robinson eventually led the Club to its first-ever promotion to the Sky Bet Championship, a season that also saw the breakthrough of ex-England star Dele Alli.

The Dons totalled a whopping 91 points and finished the season in second place after a dramatic final day in which they needed to win and hope rivals Preston North End failed to beat Colchester United.

Robinson’s men thrashed Yeovil Town 5-1 at Stadium MK, while the Lilywhites were beaten 1-0 by the U’s in Essex.

The Dons would unfortunately be relegated the season after, due to a poor second half of the season.

Robinson would eventually part ways the next season, after a total of six and a half years in charge.

Not much would happen for MK Dons until the arrival of Paul Tisdale for the 2018/19 season.

Tisdale's arrival, along with some notable signings, had MK Dons fans feeling optimistic for what the 2018/19 season could bring and they quickly sought to fulfil that expectation, racing into a top-two place by November and after a difficult Winter period Tisdale would secure automatic promotion for The Dons, after finishing second place.

However, a poor start to League One life for Tisdale saw him replaced by Russell Martin.

Martin made an immediate impact at the wheel, bringing back a familiar style of attractive football for MK as well as improving the results. This made sure of The Dons League One dedication.

Ahead of the side's 2021/22 season, the Dons were forced to make a major structural change when Executive Director Andrew Cullen left the Football Club after 12 years to join Portsmouth.

Liam Manning would take over the side and after being unable to secure promotion via the Play-Offs in their first season they entered the 2022/23 full of optimism but, following the departure of several key players and a difficult start to the campaign, the Dons quickly found themselves in a fight for survival.

Manning would leave in December of 2022 and would eventually be replaced by Mark Jackson where they would finally be relegated to League 2.

Preparing for life in Sky Bet League Two, MK Dons appointed Graham Alexander as their new Manager where they now sit 16th in the league rankings.

Last time out:

This fixture hasn’t had a more recent contest between the two sides, as MK Dons have enjoyed three wins in their last five encounters with Swindon Town.

However, it was a five-goal battering that would be the most recent result, with Town unable to score against today’s opponents back in April of 2021, but will be looking to change that as they visit the MK Stadium


2020/21: MK Dons 5-0 Swindon Town

2020/21: Swindon Town 1-4 MK Dons

2018/19: MK Dons 2-3 Swindon Town

2018/19: Swindon Town 1-1 MK Dons

2016/17: Swindon Town 1-1 MK Dons

Manager: Mike Williamson

Ex-Newcastle United and Wycombe Wanderers hero Mike Williamson is now in charge of MK Dons after four years in charge of Gateshead.

Williamson made over 400 career appearances before retiring at Gateshead and taking over the managerial role at the club before ending up in Milton Keyes.

One to watch: Jonathan Leko

A former England youth international, Leko has tallied close to 150 senior appearances across his time with West Bromwich Albion, Bristol City, Charlton Athletic and Birmingham. He marked his MK Dons debut with an assist in a 2-1 win over Forest Green Rovers.

The ex-West Brom starlet will be looking to add to the three goals and two assists this season.

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