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League One Newcomers: MK Dons

The fifth part of our look at the latest sides to join the third tier

16 June 2019

Pompey v MK Dons

The short history of fixtures between Pompey and MK Dons will receive a new chapter during the 2019/20 campaign.

All four of the sides’ previous meetings have taken place in League One – and the Blues are yet to taste defeat.

The club based in Milton Keynes are about to embark on their 16th campaign following the controversial relocation of Wimbledon in 2004.

MK Dons bounced straight back from the disappointment of relegation to secure automatic promotion from League Two at the first attempt.

They were level on points with Mansfield on the final day of the season, with the sides facing off to secure third spot.

And the Dons made the most of home advantage, with an early goal from David Wheeler ensuring an all-important victory.

Paul Tisdale spent 12 years in charge of Exeter before taking over at MK Dons last summer and leading them to promotion.

He began his playing career at Southampton and featured for Bristol City, Yeovil and the Grecians, also having spells in Finland and Greece.

David Wheeler spent the first half of last season on loan at Pompey from QPR – scoring three goals in 18 appearances.

He then moved to MK Dons in January and grabbed the promotion-securing goal against Mansfield on the final day.

Joe Mason also had a loan stint at Fratton Park last term and recently completed a permanent switch to the Dons following his release from Wolves.

Pompey: 2 wins
MK Dons: 0 wins
2 draws

Last Fratton meeting
Pompey 2 (Hawkins 2)
MK Dons 0
League One
October 14 2017

Last away meeting
MK Dons 1 (Ugbo)
Pompey 2 (Clarke, Chaplin)
League One
February 10 2018

Formed: 2004
Best league finish: 23rd in Championship (2015/16)
Ground: Stadium MK
Distance from Fratton Park: 114.6 miles
Estimated drive time: 2 hours 7 minutes
League One title odds: 25/1

2018/19 League Two: 3rd
2017/18 League One: 23rd
2016/17 League One: 12th
2015/16 Championship: 23rd
2014/15 League One: 2nd
2013/14 League One: 10th
2012/13 League One: 8th
2011/12 League One: 5th
2010/11 League One: 5th
2009/10 League One: 12th

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