Long the punch line of any atmosphere-related joke, MK Dons fans will never shy away from the poor vocal support at their games. But times are changing.
Stadium:MK, featuring just one vocal section – The Cowshed – has never been the most intimidating of away grounds. The 20,000-odd empty seats often make it nigh-on impossible to get any real support going. Add on top of this a home support made up largely of day-trippers and locals with little real affection for the club, it’s understandable why many come away from Denbigh disappointed with the home support.
But after deliberation, with a range of different ideas taken on board, supporters’ association DonsAction was formed to tackle these issues.
Lead by a small group of young fans, the organisation has raised over £1000 via a GoFundMe page to pay for new flags, drumsticks and a drum for the affectionately known Cowshed. Many have been impressed with their professional approach to their work, organising meetings with club CEO Andrew Cullen among many other top figures at the Buckinghamshire side.
The group have also called for mass gathering in Block 11 – directly behind the home goal – of fans keen on becoming more involved in the vocal side of support. Such gathering reduces the loss of noise through fans being spread out alongside recreating that community feel that has somewhat been lost on the terraces over the last two decades. A vast improvement in sales is evident when looking on the official ticketing website.
But their work is not just limited to home games – organisation of fans getting the same trains to away games has taken place alongside being active in the decision making on safety arrangements for the club’s away fixture to AFC Wimbledon in the first round of the Carabao Cup.
Whilst many are critical of the controversial club and their supporters, in times where fan intervention is becoming more and more necessary it is fantastic to see the younger generation voicing their opinions and acting on them.