MK Dons travel away to Cambridge United on Saturday for the first league match at the Abbey Stadium. MKDSA have investigated details ahead of this upcoming visit.

League form

Cambridge have had a poor start to League 2 this term as they currently sit in the relegation zone in 23rd position. In their opening 12 games, the U’s have lost 8 times with 2 wins and 2 draws. The last win for Cambridge was their away trip to Stevenage on 1st September winning by the single goal.  However, confidence will have been gained in the EFL trophy match this week as they beat Southampton U21’s 4-0 at home.

Whilst the Dons won twice in a week to push back up the League 2 table and currently sit in 4th position. The two wins also saw two clean sheets and 5 goals to go 4 games unbeaten.

Players to Watch

Cambridge

Dons fans would welcome the sight of former fans favourite Jabo Ibehre with his latest club Cambridge United. The 6ft 2 Target man striker now 35 has yet to score for Cambridge so far and is likely to miss out due to injury.

Otherwise, Adebayo Azeez will be feeling confident after netting a hattrick midweek vs Southampton U21’s. Azeez started his career with Charlton although he never made an appearance for the Addick’s. Azeez had various loan spells away from the Valley before settling in Kingston with AFC Wimbledon. Over a 2-year spell, Azeez scored 12 times in 85 appearances including a goal at Stadium MK. In 2016, Azeez joined Partick Thistle before joining Cambridge in 2017. This season, Azeez has scored 2 in the league vs Notts County, 1 in the EFL cup against Newport & the previously mentioned hattrick this week

MK Dons

Chuks Aneke is set to make his 150th career start and his 50th appearance in a Dons shirt this Saturday. Chuks has been in fine form scoring 4 goals in 5 league games. His next goal will also be Aneke’s 50 career goal scored. 

Management Team

Joe Dunne is in his first season as the appointed head coach of Cambridge United. Joe was the assistant manager at Cambridge 3 years before this appointment so will know the club and players well. Joe’s only other management experience was at Colchester United between 2012 and 2014 where they avoided relegation from League 1 in his first season. The second season saw Joe play academy stars as they finished 16th in League 1. Notable players to star this season include current MK Dons midfielder Alex Gilbey.

Team Selection

Cambridge United

Cambridge are expecting to miss Jabo Ibehre and Barry Corr this weekend due to injury. Paul Lewis was also substituted midweek due to injury. Jake Carroll will also be unavailable for Joe Dunne after a red card at home to Forest Green Rovers resulted in a 3-match ban for a dangerous tackle.

MK Dons

Ouss Cisse hobbled off at half time mid-week at Kenilworth Road and will remain a doubt for the trip to the Abbey stadium.

Lawson D’Ath & Osman Sow visited the Young Dons Zone ahead of the home match vs Cheltenham and both confirmed they are back in full training. Saturday may be too early for these players to return to the starting line-up but will be pushing for a place in the matchday squad.

Pete Pawlett, Conor McGrandles & Ryan Harley have all been recorded this week back running on grass as they recover from their respective injuries.

Stadium

Away supporters are situated behind the goal in the South Stand. This is an all seater stand with unrestricted views of the pitch. This stand can hold up to 1,600 supporters although this can sometimes be segregated to include home fans.

To the right is the main stand which has a very traditional look. This is a two-tiered all seater stand and covers 2/3rds of the touchline.

To the left is the Habbin Stand named after a former supporter’s club president. This covered terrace almost covers the full length of the pitch with various supports providing a restricted view of the pitch.

Behind the opposite goal is the covered North Terrace which runs half the width of the pitch. 

Disabled Access

 

Accessible parking available on the Corona car park off Newmarket Road next to the main entrance. Supporters are advised to pre-book disabled parking spaces which are on a first-come, first-served basis. You can contact Cambridge United on 01223 566 500

There are 16 wheelchair user spaces available for away fans and are situated within the same area as the Dons supporters. There is a choice of elevated and pitch side spaces available.

For more details please visit the Level Playing Fields page for Cambridge United on the below link:

http://www.levelplayingfield.org.uk/clubs/cambridge-united

Tickets

 

PRICES

Advance of match (before 5PM on Friday 12th October)

  • Adults: £20

  • Concessions: £15

  • Wheelchair users: £15

  • Under-18s: £1

  • Under-5s: FREE

Matchday

  • Adults: £22

  • Concessions: £17

  • Wheelchair Users: £17

  • Under-18s: £3

  • Under-5s: £2

Travel

Coach

MK Dons coach travel is on sale for £14 with a £1 discount for season ticket holders.

Driving

For Drivers, the postcode is CB5 8LN. From Stadium MK, join the A421 and head towards the M1. Continue on the A421 over M1 junction 13 and head towards Bedford. Continue on this road to the Black Cat roundabout and take the first exit onto the A1. Leave the A1 at the junction for the A428 signposted for Cambridge. As you leave the junction take the 2nd exit of the roundabout onto the A428. Continue on this road crossing many roundabouts and continue straight over the M11 junction as you join the A14. Leave the A14 at junction 34 and turn right onto Horningsea Road. Make a right at the T-junction and straight on at the roundabout. You will be able to see the stadium on your left. There is no parking outside the ground so please review the parking options provided later in this guide.

Train

Cambridge Railway station and Cambridge North Railway station are a couple of miles away from the ground.  Walking will take a good 30 minutes so a taxi maybe a preferable option. If you prefer the walk, there is a guide available on the football ground website to assist:

https://www.footballgroundguide.com/leagues/england/league-two/abbey-stadium-cambridge-united.html#aby-train

Parking

There is no parking available for away fans at the ground. Nearby Street parking maybe available on Coldham’s Lane, Ditton Walk or Whitehall Road. Traffic is generally busy around the ground and there is limited availability for parking so would suggest arriving earlier to find a suitable parking place.

Post-Match Review

 

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

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/away-fans-survey-2018-19