The match day experience at MK....

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The match day experience at MK....

Postby ACDon » Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:57 pm

I'm not sure what the hell is going on at our club but one thing i do know is it's having a detrimental effect on our fan base. Not for the first time this season we walked back to the Red Dot Bar after the the game to meet up with a few friends and discuss the dross we had just watched only to be told the bar was not going to open. This may not be a big deal to some supporters but as we don't live local to MK, to me and my family it is the chance to socialise with other Dons supporters and after games like the one we suffered today this is sometimes the most enjoyable part of the day for me. Surely a club of our size can justify a bar for supporters to meet up and have a post match drink in. After the game today there was a group of around 20-30 of us who wanted to do just that yet we were not only told the RDB was shut but we were also told we couldn't go in the pitchside bar upstairs. The 20-30 supporters I am talking about are people who follow the club up and down the length of the country, supporters who follow the club through thick and thin. Surely the club should be trying to encourage supporters like this, not drive them away! Just to add insult to injury we bumped into a couple of good friends who had recently moved over to Spain to live but had come over to watch today's game and meet up with some old friends but sadly our post match catch up was cut short.

I know supporters that now choose alternative things to do on matchdays (our attendances also clarify this fact) because things have got so bad at Stadium Mk, the majority of us are working class blokes who enjoy a proper matchday experience, It really is time for the club and the MKDSA to wake up and smell the coffee!!
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Re: The match day experience at MK....

Postby Dark Destroyer » Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:16 am

This situation has been going on for seasons and has been mentioned before by me and others. Going to the bars at half time is a thoroughly miserable experience ie, Poorly trained bar staff and waiting forever to get served ( sometimes just as the second half is underway ). Thats one reason I do not go for a pre match drink at the stadium any more. Go to any drinking hole on home match days with a good away support and you always get the feeling you are the away team as there are so few Dons fans to be seen. In essence I think the pre and post match day experience for supporters who like a drink has gone ( If it was ever here in the first place ). Sadly the club now target the prawn sandwich brigade who pay to park at the stadium and has a Hotdog or Balti and a soft drink at half time and drive straight home afterwards. This only used to happen with the top premier clubs but has now filtered down to the lower leagues. You and I sir are Football supporting Dinosaurs and will soon be extinct.
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Re: The match day experience at MK....

Postby Furzdonny » Sun Sep 30, 2018 8:02 am

I hope someone from the club is reading this or you make a complaint to the club. If they don't know about it they can't act on it.
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Re: The match day experience at MK....

Postby ACDon » Sun Sep 30, 2018 8:53 am

Dark Destroyer wrote:This situation has been going on for seasons and has been mentioned before by me and others. Going to the bars at half time is a thoroughly miserable experience ie, Poorly trained bar staff and waiting forever to get served ( sometimes just as the second half is underway ). Thats one reason I do not go for a pre match drink at the stadium any more. Go to any drinking hole on home match days with a good away support and you always get the feeling you are the away team as there are so few Dons fans to be seen. In essence I think the pre and post match day experience for supporters who like a drink has gone ( If it was ever here in the first place ). Sadly the club now target the prawn sandwich brigade who pay to park at the stadium and has a Hotdog or Balti and a soft drink at half time and drive straight home afterwards. This only used to happen with the top premier clubs but has now filtered down to the lower leagues. You and I sir are Football supporting Dinosaurs and will soon be extinct.



Very well put.


[Quote="Furzdonny"] I hope someone from the club is reading this or you make a complaint to the club. If they don't know about it they can't act on it.

True, but I know for a fact the hierarchy at the club do read this and the other forum, whether they give a damn is an entirely different matter. Sadly, I know of several other supporters who now go to Brackley Town for their football fix, only Conference North football but they consider the matchday experience better and the fans are treated with more respect, too many jobsworth stewards at MK who don't know the meaning of the word respect. I know for a fact the pitchside bar WAS open last night yet got told by our stewards that it was closed. Pity because the standard of football is poor and our attendances are dropping, perhaps there is more than one reason for this. :idea:
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Re: The match day experience at MK....

Postby dons50 » Sun Sep 30, 2018 1:59 pm

I get that the Red Dot sometimes gets booked and can’t be available after a match. Surely in those circumstances it would be reasonable to let people into the Pitchside bar.

I had the same situation a couple of weeks ago. As AC says, it’s a good opportunity to let the traffic clear and have a beer and a chat (or moan!) about the game.
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