On behalf of the Milton Keynes Dons Supporters Association, we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas. This year’s boxing day fixture sees the MK Army on the road away to Cheltenham Town.
Cheltenham Town will face a tricky away fixture to Swindon Town ahead of the boxing day visit of the Dons. Their last fixture saw a last-minute Antony Kay equaliser to share the spoils away to Port Vale. Cheltenham find themselves 21st in the league although they have 3 league wins in their last 5 games.
MK Dons saw their game fail to start as the elements took control on a wet afternoon in South Wales. They will enter the game at Cheltenham following a tricky home match vs Colchester United. Otherwise the Dons enter this match after 2-0 victories at home to Morecambe and then Carlisle. The last away match saw a last-minute winner for Stevenage but otherwise the Dons form has been strong with 4 wins and a draw in the last 6 league fixtures.
Players to Watch
Tyrone Barnett is the top scorer for Cheltenham Town this season with 4 goals and 2 assists this season. Barnett is currently on loan to the robins from Port Vale. Tyrone joined the Valiants in 2017 after a season at AFC Wimbledon. The 6ft 3-inch striker has also had spells at Peterborough United, Shrewsbury Town, Crawley & Macclesfield town. Tyrone will be wearing the number 29 shirt.
Club Legend Dean Lewington has been in fine form this season with the new Left Wing-Back role. His performances have not been unnoticed as he was nominated for November Player of the month award. November saw Deano part of a team which kept 3 clean sheets and he contributed 2 assists in the four matches. The last home match also saw Lewington provide another fantastic assist for Kieran Agard.
In September 2018, Cheltenham turned to former player Michael Duff to lead the team. Michael is a former Northern Ireland International that made 300 appearances for the Robins between 1996 and 2004. Duff was to leave Cheltenham in 2004 for Burnley where he remained until his retirement in 2016. Duff went on to make 342 appearances for the clarets. Since his appointment, Michael has managed 20 matches winning 6 and drawing 7.
Jacob Maddox is a doubt after picking up an injury in their 2-1 victory over Grimsby Town. Tom Field, Sean Long and Kevin Dawson all expected to be ruled out.
Jordan Moore-Taylor and Chuks Aneke have an extra week’s rest after the postponed match at Newport County. Joe Walsh, Mathieu Baudry & Ryan Harley are all looking to get back to fitness within the next month although Boxing day may come too early for the trio. Lawson D’Ath will be looking to keep his position in the starting 11 after his first league appearance against Carlisle. We also saw the return of Osman Sow & Peter Pawlett from the subs bench after their long-term injuries and both will be in contention.
Cheltenham Town play their home fixtures at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium although most supporters will recognise the ground to be Whaddon Road. The ground holds just over 7,000 supporters with almost 4,000 seats.
The Dons fans will be situated in the Hazlewoods Stand behind one of the goals at the Whaddon Road end. This is the most modern stand in the ground which holds 1,100 supporters. The stand is fully covered with a windshield to the left.
The left touchline is the main stand. This stand was opened in 1963 and has terracing at the front with seating above. The stand covers the central area of the pitch with the corners left more exposed to the weather conditions.
The far side sees a small covered terrace known as the Speedy Skips Stand. This area holds approx. 2,000 supporters and will generate the majority of noise from the home supporters.
On the right to the Dons supporters is the Colin Farmer Stand which was named after a former vice chairman of the club. This is a single tier covered all seating stand which is the same height as the away end.
Cheltenham Town have 2 accessible parking spaces for away supporters. Parking is located approx. 30 yards from the ground. Spaces can be pre-booked by contacting Cheltenham Town. Drop off facilities are also available by prior arrangement.
There are 4 friendly spaces for wheelchairs for away supporters.
Both home and away fans can use accessible toilets inside the stadium, of which there are 4. Catering Kiosks do not have low level service counters.
For more details, please review the level playing fields and Cheltenham Town websites via the below links:
Seniors (over 65): £15
Wheelchair Users: £15
SUPPORTERS WITH A DISABILITY
Supporters with a disability are entitled to a FREE personal assistant.
MK Dons coach travel is on sale for £16 with a £1 discount for season ticket holders. Coaches will depart Stadium MK at 11:30AM. Coach travel can be booked online, from the box office or by calling 0333 200 5343. Coach travel will remain on sale until Midday on Monday 24th December subject to availability.
From Leaving Stadium MK, take the A421 towards Buckingham. Continue through Buckingham and take the first exit at the roundabout after the Finmere Bypass heading towards Bicester. Continue through Bicester towards the M40 junction. At the M40 Roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto the A34 towards Oxford. Leave the A34 at the junction interchange for the A40. The A40 will continue for a long stretch taking you into Cheltenham. As you enter Cheltenham, take the right turn at the traffic lights signposted the B4632 Hales Road to Broadway, Winchcombe & Prestbury. At the next roundabout, take the second exit which is signposted for Cheltenham Town Football Club. Take the next left onto Whaddon Road and the ground will be on your right.
Postcode for satnavs is: GL52 5NA
As this is a boxing day fixture, there are no trains available on this date.
There is limited official parking available at the ground for £5. These spaces can be pre-booked by calling Cheltenham. Alternatively, there is street parking local to the ground or the nearby Parklands Social club has some spaces available at £4.
The Football Supporters Federation (FSF) are surveying supporters with the aim to improve away fans experience and encourage more supporters to travel to watch their team. If you would like to add your views, please take a couple of minutes to complete the below survey