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League One 2017-18: Milton Keynes Dons

28 June 2017

We continue a new feature taking an in depth look at all the teams in Sky Bet League One for the 2017-18 campaign, looking at Milton Keynes Dons.

Last season...

Final position: 12th (down 13 places from 2015-16)

Biggest win: 4-0 v Peterborough United (28/01/17)

Heaviest defeat: 1-4 v Norwich City U21's (08/11/16)

League Cup: 2nd round

FA Cup: 3rd round

Checkatrade Trophy: 2nd round

Manager: Robbie Neilson

After a youth career spell at Rangers, Neilson made the switch to Heart of Midlothian in 1996 and signed a professional contract with the club three years later. He'd remain there for ten further years, making 200 league appearances for the club, scoring once. During his time at the club, he had loan spells away from the side, but eventually crossed the border to England in 2009, signing for Leicester City. He'd return to Scotland to finish his career, with the final side being East Fife in 2013.

His first managerial spell came at Hearts in 2014 for two years before he joined MK Dons in 2016.

Milton Keynes Dons 02/12/16 Present 30 12 8 10
Hearts 12/05/14 02/12/16 106 62 22 22

Transfer news...

IN: Conor McGrandles (Norwich City, free)

OUT: Daniel Powell (Northampton Town, free), George Baldock (Sheffield United, undisclosed)

RELEASED: Dean Bowditch (Northampton Town, free), Darren Potter (Rotherham United, free), David Martin, Nicky Maynard, Charlie Powell

Correct as of June 26, 2017      


Conor McGrandles

MK Dons agreed terms to sign Norwich City midfielder Conor McGrandles on a free transfer in their first signing of the summer.

The 21-year-old Scotsman began his career with Falkirk, where he made 82 first-team appearances and scored eight goals.

McGrandles then joined Sky Bet Championship club Norwich in August 2014 and spent three years with the East Anglian club before Thursday’s move to Stadium MK.

Speaking to MK Dons PlayerHD, the dynamic midfielder said: “I’m very pleased to sign here. You never want to be worrying about your future over the offseason so to get this done so early is perfect.

“When I learnt MK Dons were interested, I knew that it would be a great place for me to come to. I know the ambition the Club is to get out of the league again and that was a big factor. I know the manager and the coaching staff well too so that was another big draw.”


Capacity: 30,500

Distance to GP: 147 miles

The club moved to the stadium in 2007 and cost in the region of £50million to build. It is a two-tiered stadium, three sides have a large lower tier with a smaller upper tier, while the fourth stand upper tier holds the Director's box and hospitality areas. The stadium also has comforts such as comfy seats.

Away supporters are usually located in th eupper tier of the north-east corner of the stadium, where around 3,000 spectators can enjoy the game. If demand requires, the stand behind the goal can also be allocated.

Head-to-head record...

  Milton Keynes Dons wins Draw Scunthorpe United wins
League 5 4 5
Total 5 4 5

Milton Keynes Dons' biggest win: 3-0 (14/04/12 and 27/10/12)

Scunthorpe United's biggest win: 2-0 (04/02/06 and 06/12/08)

Memorable encounter...

Scunthorpe United (Madden, 65, 81) 2-1 Milton Keynes Dons (Agard, 37)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Iron came from behind to earn three valuable points against Milton Keynes Dons, with Paddy Madden coming off the bench to grab a brace.

With United 1-0 down at the interval thanks to a Kieran Agard strike, manager Graham Alexander switche Richie Smallwood and Duane Holmes for Kevin van Veen and Madden on the hour mark and the duo didn't disappoint. Just four minutes after their introduction, it was the Dutchman's shot which was spilled by the Dons' 'keeper for Madden to poke home, while Madden swept home the winner nine minutes from time following an assist from Josh Morris.

Sky Bet odds...

We've taken a look at the latest Sky Bet odds ahead of the League One campaign to see how the bookmakers think MK Dons will fare in 2017-18.

Correct as of June 12, 2017

Outcome Position Odds
Outright Winner 5th 12/1
Promotion 6th 9/2
Top six 6th 2/1
Relegation 19th 9/1

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