We have had a week’s break following the 6-0 home victory vs Cambridge United on News Year Day. Up next, a tricky away tie to Bury.
Bury currently occupy the third automatic promotion position after a 1-0 away victory to Yeovil on Saturday. Bury are currently 1 behind the Dons and 1 ahead of Mansfield although they have played two more fixtures. Bury have 3 wins and a draw in their last 5 games so are showing good form and will overtake the Dons into second with victory at Gigg Lane.
December saw a slip in form for the Dons although we continue in 2nd position. A New Year’s Day 6-0 victory against Cambridge see the Dons gain two points on league leaders Lincoln City to close the gap to two points. The Cambridge victory saw the Dons keep their 12th clean sheet of the season and saw all 6 goals scored from 4 strikers. A win against Bury will push them 4 clear of the shakers with 2 games in hand.
Players to Watch
Two former Dons could be in the starting line up to face the Dons. Attacking Midfielder Jay O’Shea scored 6 goals in 39 appearances for the Dons between 2011-2013. After 4 seasons with Chesterfield, Jay joined Bury and has 13 goals in 51 appearances including 9 goals this season.
The other former Don is striker Nicky Maynard. Nicky signed for the Dons in 2015 and scored 8 goals in 66 appearances over 2 seasons. Maynard signed for Bury this season following a year with Aberdeen. In 15 appearances for the shakers, he has netted 10 times including the winner at Yeovil last Saturday.
After signing in the summer, Jordan Houghton has proved to be an instant hit at Stadium MK. The holding midfielder has proved successful in being the deep lying playmaker for Tisdale’s Dons. After a spell at centre back, Houghton has returned to his natural position. Jordan will likely be tasked to support the defenders with the attacking midfield threat from bury including former Don Jay O’Shea. Jordan has also netted two goals this season both coming from outside of the box.
A familiar face will occupy the home dugout at Gigg Lane with former Don striker Ryan Lowe as first team manager. Lowe played in MK for one season after joining from Sheffield Wednesday. He made 42 appearances for the Dons scoring 11 times. Ryan’s youth career was at his hometown club Liverpool before being released and joined Burscough. In 2000, Ryan signed for Shrewsbury town and scored 32 goals in 171 appearances. Ryan has also had 2 spells at Chester, 3 spells at Crewe Alexandra and 3 spells at current club Bury. It was his time at Bury where he was most prolific scoring 49 goals in 90 appearances between 2009-2011.
Ryan has managed 59 games for Bury winning 23 times with a win rate of 38.98%
Bury currently have no injury concerns although loan signings Mathew Hudson and Jamie Barjonas have returned to their parent clubs.
The transfer window is open so there maybe new faces or familiar faces leave the club before the visit to Gigg Lane. Wieger Sietsma & Aidan Nesbitt have both recently left MK Dons although both have rarely featured this season. Rhys Healey’s loan at the Dons has expired and has gone back to Cardiff City. Although, Tisdale announced their interest of keeping Rhys on a longer spell which is awaiting Cardiff approval.
Mathieu Baudry has returned to the starting line up with impressive performances vs Northampton and Cambridge. Moore-Taylor returned off the bench at Sixfields and will be pushing for a starting position with another week’s break to recover.
Osman Sow impressed off the bench with a goal and the pass to Agard which won the team a penalty. Os has faced several injuries since joining the Dons and his return to fitness will please the Dons supporters especially with Healey’s expired loan deal.
Joe Walsh attended the Young Dons Zone before the Cambridge match and confirmed he is back in training following his injury although Bury maybe too soon for a return to the starting line-up.
Bury play their home fixtures at Gigg Lane. The grounds capacity is 11,840 and is an all seater covered ground.
The Dons fans are likely to be situated in the Tappit East Stand behind one of the goals. This stand has a capacity of approx. 2000.
To the right is the main stand, which is raised for an enhanced viewing area. Although there are supporting pillars across this stand which may block some views of the pitch.
The stand opposite is the Manchester Road stand which is used if there is sufficient demand. Again, there are several supporting pillars to provide restricted views to the pitch.
To the left is the Les Hart stand which is joined to the Tappit East stand with corner seating.
There are 5 car park spaces available for disabled away supporters which requires to be booked in advance. To book, call Bury via 0161 764 4881 option 2.
There are 50 wheelchair user spaces available within Gigg Lane. There are not currently any low level serving counters within the stadium
More details can be found on Level Playing Fields website:
Tickets are unavailable to purchase from MK Dons. Tickets can only be purchased with Bury online, by phone or at the turnstiles. The link to pre-order tickets is below, please note there is an additional booking fee for ordering online:
Seniors (over 65): £14
Supporters with a disability: £14
Under 23’s: £14
Under -16s: £7
Under -5s: Free
MK Dons coach travel is on sale for £23 with a £1 discount for season ticket holders. Coaches will depart Stadium MK at 9:30AM. Coach travel can be booked online, from the box office or by calling 0333 200 5343. Coach travel will remain on sale until 5PM on Friday 11th January, subject to availability.
Join the M1 heading Northbound. Continue until Junction 42 and take the first exit onto the M62 heading west. Remain on the M62 until junction 18 for the M66. Take the third exit and join the M66 heading North. Leave at junction 2 and take the first exit onto Rochdale Road. Take the left turning off Rochdale road onto Heywood Street. Take the 2nd exit at the roundabout onto Parkhills road and then the second exit at the roundabout onto Market Street. St the next roundabout take the third exit onto Gigg Lane and the stadium will be on your left.
Postcode for satnavs is: BL9 9HR
There are no train stations within Bury. Supporters can travel into Manchester and then catch the Bury Metro link tram which is approx. 1 mile away from the stadium. As you arrive at the Metro link station, take a left onto Haymarket Street. At the interchange, continue straight onto Knowsley Street. Continue on this street until you reach Manchester Road which you turn left. Continue straight on this road and take the left turn onto Gigg Lane. The stadium will then be on your right.
Bury have no car park accessible for away supporters at the ground. There is nearby street parking available but be aware of resident only parking schemes in some areas. If you arrive early then you can also consider Fishpool Liberal Club or Phoenix House but there are limited spaces in both these areas.
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