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Postby NoGangRequired » Wed Oct 13, 2010 2:01 pm

A lot of people often ask about MK City particularly in relation to question of why we accepted Wimbledon into our Town rather than invest in a local team so here's some info about MK City. Is the source here but I know the MKDONSFORUM did contribute and research to article.

First Incarnation

The first version was a Southern League team founded in 1956 as Bletchley and WIPAC Football club before changing their name a year later to Bletchley Town. The club changed name again in 1974 to become Milton Keynes City.[2] The club posted woeful finishes, never finishing in the top half of their league.[1] The club's only real achievement was victory in the 1979–80 Berks & Bucks Senior Cup.[3] In 1979, after yet another awful season which saw the club finish second from bottom,[1] Ron Noades, the chairman of Wimbledon, entered talks with the Milton Keynes Development Corporation in 1979 about the possibility of moving the south London club to Milton Keynes.[4] At this time Noades purchased Milton Keynes City and Wimbledon directors including Sam Hammam, Bernie Coleman and Jimmy Rose became Milton Keynes City directors on top of their roles in south London. The plan was to merge the two clubs to produce a club using Wimbledon's place in the Football League under the Milton Keynes City banner. The idea was subsequently abandoned, however, and Milton Keynes City was sold on.[5] More terrible seasons followed before the club floundered during 1984–85.[2]
[edit] Second Incarnation

The second version only existed for a few seasons from the late 1990s, playing in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division. The 1990s club began as a Sunday league football club known as Mercedes-Benz Football Club[6], after the factory where many of the players worked. Mercedes-Benz changed their name to Milton Keynes City in 1998, and moved into Wolverton Park, which had been the home of Wolverton until their demise six years earlier. As with Wolverton, City's directors believed that they could build their club up to be accepted as representing Milton Keynes as a whole, but they never achieved this. Following the departure of the directors in June 2003,[7] the club closed in July, unable to secure the investment needed to continue.[8]

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