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More Outrageous Lies From Buckinghamshire

An international week means no football for the Dons today (on account of how crap Wales must be to have to call up players from a side in our division, even for their Under 21 side…). Which gives us all a bit of spare time to play with, and maybe root for items of interest beyond the confines of our new division. Which lead me, via a couple of links, to come across this.

http://www.thisisexeter.co.uk/sport/Undefined-Headline/article-1314914-detail/article.html

Firstly, read the article and the comments below (for a reality check – by the way there are a few Dons ‘names’ in there if you look closely… Hello Lawrence from Sutton and W Gimenes from Epsom… and as for Neil Lord-Smith, well he’s quite clearly forgotten where he lives…). I chose to highlight this not just because it’s a new angle, but it has been written in a manner where indisputable facts have been entwined with outrageous lies in order to read something like what a neutral approaching the subject may regard as convincing.

(Just imagine that last sentence of mine will be picked up by MK fans as ‘I chose to highlight this…because…it has been written in…undisputable facts…convincing’ and plastered across the internet as a comment made by the famous Anonymous Don… Famous? Remember how they twist the truth!)

For example;

He is guilty of jumping on the populist bandwagon that has been dragged around the clubs of England rather than researching the hard facts.

Of course making no reference that on this occasion the so-called ‘populist bandwagon’ is actually ‘the truth’. Linking the whole betrayal back to Ron Noades, and linking Noades so strongly to Wimbledon FC, is twisting the truth beyond distortion. While Noades will always be remembered as the man who engineered the Dons election to the Football League, he will be remembered in slightly less favourable terms as the man who tried to merge WFC with Crystal Palace.

I think we have all become a little sick of this revision of history by Winkleman, his PR and his supporters. Newspapers far more mainstream than the Exeter Express & Echo have been suckered by this sort of behaviour before, for example Patrick Barclay in The Times showed he was more than a little clueless on goings on outside the Premiership these days by penning a fawning article last spring, no doubt pushed in the right direction from some access-all-areas tour with one of Winkies cronies next to him to remind him what was fact and what wasn’t.

Barclay has always read to me like your prawn sandwich sort of journo, someone who appreciates the beauty yet fails to capture the soul of the game. Henry Winter frequently falls into this trap as well. Martin Samuel reads well and has said nice things about us in the past, but seems to jump on any bandwagon passing in order to give an opinion which sounds like it might be what the majority of brain-dead football fans would agree with. David Conn is well known to all of us, his attention to detail and sense of morality make him an essential read and can be considered a benchmark to anyone with serious ambitions to be a sportswriter (and those of us who have ambitions to be an unserious sportswriter!).

exMKSo what caused the E&E to publish this right to reply, on a website dedicated to those living in an area where MK support is weak or non-existant? Did someone high up at the MK franchise make a quick call promising future sanctions when Exeter next visit the Winkiedome? Did someone at said franchise then knock out this (unnamed) article? Well, and you’ll like this, here is the original article. One that really cuts to the chase in a manner that only a biased third party could. While we fall over ourselves to take the moral high ground, unhindered by this requirement here is what the brilliant Alan Crockford originally wrote;

http://www.thisisexeter.co.uk/alancrockford/Soulless-Dons-paupers-comes-integrity/article-1296772-detail/article.html

The beautiful thing is, Crockford doesn’t seem to even like Wimbledon! Yet he doesn’t put a simple dislike of another football club ahead of his fully functioning morality radar telling him what is right and what is wrong. I naturally especially like the following;

‘…never has a more disgusting bunch of cheats and charlatans been sent our way than today’s opponents.’

Comments as strong as this are rare, yet I cannot support what he has said enough, especially following the so-called facts given in response actually turned out to be, well, slightly disappointing in terms of their accuracy.

The whole incident has been covered on Old Centrals (good luck finding that) as well as Exeter’s Exeweb (http://www.exeweb.com/forums/showthread.php?t=34128). Obviously there are Exeter fans who are clued up on our tale, and there are those who sadly do genuinely seem to have been taken in by this reply. A couple of them mention how ‘Its good to hear an alternative view’, and talk of ‘both sides of the story’. Sadly they fail to notice the propaganda, the fact that one side of the tale has been warped to suit the ramblings of those who will always feel guilt over what happened

The thing is as long as they are there to muddy the waters and to try and turn it back on AFC Wimbledon, we have to be there to defend ourselves. They weren’t there in ’77, Christ I had only just taken my place on this planet. But a lot of Dons fans were there. A lot of us do remember. And to a man we don’t want to let anyone forget. They weren’t there at Wembley in ’63, Leeds in ’78, Huddersfield in ’86 or Wembley in ’88. These people just don’t care how much of our history they tread on, and they will continue to try and belittle us in future. While there are men like Crockford around, and those that have supported him, at least we won’t have to bear this burden entirely on our own.

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Defeated:MK

Well how apt.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who considered that penalty shootout as perhaps one of the most nervous I’ve ever experienced. AFC Wimbledon are a massive part of my life, second only to my wife in my affections (unless she doesn’t read this, in which case its actually 50/50…), yet there is still a destructive side to my personality. A hateful, cheated part of my brain, which after a Dons game immediately forces me to look up the MK score before anything else. People talk of having second teams, I was hearing today about a friend of a friend, a Manchester United season ticket holder who was a regular visitor to Altrincham. Well I have that second team as well, and it’s not our friends at FC United, nor Bucheon FC of Korea, the team we are linked with. Neither is it the team that bears my hometowns name, Kingstonian, nor my wife’s local side New England Revolution, not even Corinthian Casuals, who were so nice to invite us to their 125th birthday party at Wembley last season.

I’m quite open about the fact that my second team have been for a long time, and probably will be well into the future, ‘Anyone who happens to be playing MK that day’. Its the same sort of feeling when I hear they have lost that many normal down to earth people feel when they hear that a scumbag mugger who robbed a frail old pensioner then ran into the road and got mown down by a bus. It shouldn’t really make you happy – but it does.

I think we have to accept even as we move towards the ultimate goal of an intellectual age, where the spirit of hope and goodwill shall overcome all mankind’s problems, that there is still a prehistoric caveman side to our minds that sees a neighbour has stolen some of our belongings, and is prepared to cave his head in with a rock to get it back. That’s why I felt the sense of nervousness and dread as the shootout headed towards sudden death. Why I couldn’t look at the screen when Jude ‘Bottle’ Stirling strode forwards with a chance to win it for MK. It was why I felt a sudden sense of kindredship with the Scunthorpe fans biting their nails, while the MK ‘masses’ stood there open mouthed, gormless, waiting for a booming disembodied voice to tell them what was going to happen next.

I’m sure the majority of neutral supporters were cheering on Scunthorpe tonight, and felt pretty similar to me when it came down to the shootout. I’ll be eternally grateful to Scunthorpe for ending the scum’s hopes tonight, and can go to bed and sleep easier knowing that at least the League One playoff final will be contested between Scunthorpe, who hold a league place on merit, and Millwall, who also hold a league place on merit. In other words, a proper football club will be promoted to the Championship this season.

You have to wonder what the future holds for MK, led by their thieving bastard leader Pete Winkleman (a guy who looks like he takes a bath in discarded kebab shop grease). Are they really up shit creek financially next term? Will they be making cutbacks? And how will rookie manager Roberto Di Matteo adjust to not being given bundles of cash to spend, especially as he doesn’t seem capable of obtaining the prerequisite coaching badges that dozens of other managers further down the league system seem to have had no trouble acquiring?

What about the likes of Flo, whose penalty miss proved so costly, who must be on a decent wedge and seemed like the vanity purchase of an inexperience manager hiring one of his mates. Plus MK seem to have a fair few decent players (albeit scumbag mercenaries) who could find themselves pursued by larger clubs in the summer. How will Di Matteo cope with trying to rebuild a squad on a budget?

So many questions, enough that I can be satisfied they wouldn’t be able to answer them all. Yes there is talk of Winkleman selling up in the future, but how sure can they be of obtaining new funding in the current financial climate? There may be speculators interested in the stadium, but will they be getting into bed with local businessmen with an affinity for the town or nut jobs like John Batchelor who see a side with no history or hardcore support and see pound signs while dreaming of Harchester United/Celebrity FC soccer franchises?

The more I put my mind to it the more questions appear. What about Charlton, Norwich, Leeds? We have no idea how strong a post takeover Southampton could be next year, if they exist at all. Can MK be confident of even a top half finish? I don’t know. And now I know they won’t be polluting the Championship next season (a division in which they originally stole a league position from the people and supporters of Wimbledon…) I’m not sure I care that much. Until I’m exiting places like Gateshead and Barrow next season, desperately trying to find out the League One scores… 

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