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In Focus: MK Dons

24 June 2019

Name: Milton Keynes Dons Football Club

Founded: 2004

Ground: Stadium MK

Capacity: 30,500

Manager: Paul Tisdale

Last season: Third in Sky Bet League Two (Promoted)

MK Dons will be competing alongside Tranmere Rovers in Sky Bet League One next season after finishing in the third and final automatic promotion place in Sky Bet League Two last term.

Winning promotion on the final day of the campaign last month, the Buckinghamshire outfit beat Mansfield Town 1-0 at Stadium MK to pip the Stags to a top three finish after David Wheeler’s early header sealed an immediate return to the third-tier come August.

From their 46 outings, the Dons secured wins in 23 of their matches, drew 10 and lost 13 to finish on 79 points which secured their promotion.

And Paul Tisdale’s men will be hoping to continue their form heading in to Sky Bet League One as August approaches.

The Dons have been busy in the transfer market so far this summer as they look to build on their promotion-winning squad.

Names to come through the door at Stadium MK include Hiram Boateng, Brennan Dickinson alongside forwards Joe Mason and Jordan Bowery.

Boss Tisdale succeeded Dan Micciche at the club and guided them to an immediate return to Sky Bet League One following on from their relegation the previous May.

Beginning his playing career as a youth apprentice at Southampton, the Valletta-born Tisdale turned professional at The Dell in 1991 and would make 16 league appearances in six-years at the Saints, spending most of his time on loan away from the South Coast.

Temporary moves to Northampton Town and Huddersfield Town aided Tisdale’s football development before he switched permanently to Bristol City in 1997.

He was loaned from Ashton Gate to Exeter City, making 10 appearances for a side who he would go on to spend 12-years as manager of before turning out for Dundee United, Finnish outfit FinnPa and Greek club Panionios prior to returning to England and hanging up his boots with Yeovil Town in 2000.

After retiring from the professional game, he would go on to coach Team Bath, the University of Bath’s affiliated football team, from 2001-2006, leading them to four promotions through Non-League level.

Tisdale was appointed as Exeter City manager in the summer of 2006, with the Grecians then playing in the Conference Premier.

The 46-year-old would remain at St James’ Park for a further 12-years, guiding the Devon men to back-to-back promotions, winning the Conference Premier Play-Offs before finishing League Two runners-up in 2008/09.

Tisdale spent over a decade at Exeter before leaving for MK Dons in June 2018, with whom he led to promotion last season.

Tranmere’s record against MK Dons stands at six games won, two drawn and 10 lost.

Micky Mellon’s TRFC were unbeaten versus the Dons in 2018/19, earning a 1-1 draw away at Stadium MK in September before beating Tisdale’s side 2-1 at Prenton Park in April, watched by over 8,000 of the SWA. 


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