‘Real Dons v Fake Dons’ – These fans react as Carabao Cup draw brings together bitter rivals

AFC Wimbledon and Mk Dons bitter rivalry is set to resume after the two clubs were drawn to face each other in the first round of this season’s Carabao Cup.

The draw for the competition was made by former players John Barnes and Ray Parlour at the Morrisons supermarket in Colindale, London and in one of the few standout ties, Milton Keynes will travel to face Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow.

MK used to be the old Wimbledon side – nicknamed the Dons –  who were relocated north in 2003, with AFC first founded in response to the club’s controversial move. Milton Keynes subsequently changed their name to MK Dons in the summer of 2004.

AFC Wimbledon’s rise back to the EFL, winning five promotions in nine seasons, has sparked a fierce and at times bitter rivalry between the two clubs.

In the announcement of the tie on Wimbledon’s official website the club once again referred to the Buckinghamshire outfit as Milton Keynes, dropping the controversial Dons, something they got into trouble for with the EFL in September 2017 following a league match between the two sides.

The EFL eventually dropped charges relating to the incident after ‘positive dialogue’ between the clubs.

Wimbledon had also failed to recognise the MK Dons name in their very first league meeting at Kingsmeadow, which took place in March 2017, calling them MK on the scoreboard.

Fans soon picked up on the missing piece of the announcement on social media with many MK fans predicting AFC may once again be in trouble with the EFL while Wimbledon fans unsurprisingly backed their club’s stance.

Here is a selection of their responses to the draw and Wimbledon refusal to recognise the official and controversial name of their rivals.





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