A decade or so later, MK Dons are still splitting the football world. Some see them as no more than a franchise, a side that should always been hated for how they came about.
Others think it is time to move on, to forgive and forget. Some clubs talk of boycott, that all-too familiar word that is now associated with the Checktrade Trophy, big business in football and everyone’s favourite enemy, Milton Keynes.
Maybe things wouldn’t be quite as severe if they dropped the Dons bit, given that they’re now a level below Wimbledon. AFC have shown that you can start at the bottom and work your way up, whereas MK have stagnated, despite the clear hunger for football in the city.
Mind you, there didn’t seem to be that much of a hunger when Milton Keynes City folded in 2003, due to a lack of interest in the town.
Whichever side of the debate you sit upon, it seems some Grimsby Town fans are adamant they’re not going to the game. Others think it is time to move on, with one speculating the club look set to lose £110 or more if the five who say they’re not going, don’t.
— brooks1985 (@brooks1985) August 19, 2018
— IntoTheTerraces (@IntoTheTerraces) August 20, 2018
— Susan Firth (@marinersue) August 19, 2018
Whilst in agreement, I’m doing the game as not been to ground yet. When I worked in MK I turned down various offers to go! They only get my £ cos my team are playing
— MW (@lancsmariner) August 19, 2018
I’m down there for work, and it kind of hurts, but I’m not giving that shower my money.
— Bill Meek (@billmeek63) August 19, 2018
I think you’ll find a lot of football fans don’t find these principles ‘risible’.
— Dan Green (@DangreenGY) August 20, 2018
Heard rumours your club took less to Wembley than mk Dons #gtfc
— Ollie (@Ollie_Charnock) August 20, 2018
Seen about 5 different Grimsby fans saying over twitter they are boycotting the game tomorrow. The implications of this are quite severe. A £22 adult ticket multiplied by the 5 of them means mk dons football club are set to record a loss of £110. Very concerning financially. #mkd
— Jack (@JCDonsss) August 20, 2018