The Frankish Family Experience
The Milton Keynes Dons Supporters Association are very pleased that they are able to share the story of one family’s fantastic experience at the recent home fixture vs Shrewsbury Town. Keith, Jen, Seth and Luca Frankish were amongst the MK Army that travelled to the FA Cup 1st round Away fixture against Hyde United. Seth & Luca are two young fans who experienced the terrifying incidents of objects being thrown towards them including a flare which landed terrifyingly close.
The MKDSA & MK Dons FC were in contact with the family soon after the events of that evening and the family were invited to a special behind the scenes tour before the Shrewsbury league match. Keith has kindly provided the report below of their experience:
“I am writing to say a massive thanks to everyone involved at MK Dons for making our day at the club on Saturday 9th December such a memorable one. Everyone we met from the guys in the club shop to Andy Cullen and Pete Winkelman all took the time to make us feel so welcome and nothing was too much trouble for anyone.
We arrived at the ground and we were met by Steve Gifford from the Milton Keynes Dons Supporters Association in the foyer of the hotel and we were then introduced to Andy Cullen who took us on a guided tour of the ground. The boys were amazed by the dressing room and by being allowed to go pitch side and look at the stadium from ground level. It really was an impressive sight for 2 little boys more used to watching the Dons play at places like Gigg Lane and Spotland to name but a few over the years! They both met their favourite player Mr. Cisse and we're over the moon to get an autograph and a photo with him! They also got to meet Connor McGrandles and Alex Gilbey who they wished a happy birthday to! We were also introduced to Robbie Neilson in his office and he was extremely friendly and interested in talking to the boys and he then presented them with a kit with their name on which they've hardly had off their backs since the weekend! It was a lovely gesture for him to take the time out of his preparation for the game to talk to us.
Our meal in the hotel was really delicious as well with the added bonus of being able to come back in at half time to get warmed up before the second half kicked off. The people we met at the meal were all extremely friendly as well, and I'd like to thank Jacqui Cullen and her friends John and Cheryl for being so friendly to us and the boys.
Overall our day out at MK was amazing from start to finish and it was just a shame we couldn't hold out for the 3 points and also that I didn't get to say hello to my favourite player Izale McLeod!!”
MKDSA Chairman Steve Gifford said: "It was a privilege to meet and join the Frankish family on their unique behind the scenes match day experience. We hope these positive experiences will live long in the memory, especially with two of our younger supporters, and will look forward to seeing them again soon at future fixtures. "