THE TEAM

Steve Gifford

Chair

Steve is currently in his second season as MKDSA Chair. He has actively been involved with the MKDSA for the last 4 seasons where he first joined to build a bridge between the MKDSA committee and the supporters football team (MKDSA FC). 

Steve regularly attend matches home and away and can be found at the top of the Cowshed on home match days. The last couple of years he has represented MK Dons as a player for MKDSA FC as well as supporting the lovable Donny & Mooie. He has also been involved with managing the organisation of a football tournament & cycled as part of a group from Milton Keynes to Southend to raise funds for the changing places project.  He was also involved with part-taking in the first MK Dons Legends match.

 Within his role, this year he has been involved with the review of the club’s customer charter, sponsorship at the end of season awards, opening of the Changing Places facility and hosting fan forum events. He is also active on several supporters working group meetings as well as existing with individual supporter concerns.

Russell Forgham

Vice Chairman

 

Russell is a season ticket holder in the East Stand, and has been a member of the MKDSA committee for several years. His role as online archivist, as well as being Vice Chairman has been collating and compiling the MKDSA online "History in the Making" Archive, which is giving him a deep insight into the history of the Dons and helps him communicate the work of the MKDSA in an authoritative way to both fans and the general public. He believes the MKDSA can do much more than it currently does to engage with all fans, help them to sort out their concerns, and be a voice for them and truly represent them. He has made this his top priority since being elected. 

Mike Killeen

Secretary

Mike live in South Bedfordshire which is a traditional catchment area for Luton Town FC. This will be his seventh season as a MK Dons supporter and his sixth as a season ticket holder. Mike watches the games from the top of the Cowshed along with his 13-year-old son who is also a season ticket holder. He came to MK Dons by accident, on a £1 ticket (an offer by the club to local youth teams). It took that one match to get hooked! He loves the ground & loves the vibe. He has never regretted that decision.

Mike joined the MKDSA after buying his first Season Ticket, it was the obvious thing to do for him and he came to the first AGM in 2017 as he was curious about what the MKDSA does, especially how it interacts with the club.  The MKDSA were asking for people to join the committee, and felt this was a natural thing to do with experience of being involved in various committee's with other sports previously.  

Mike has represented fans’ interests on various working parties, namely; the Matchday Experience and Ticket Prices working parties.  Being on these working groups has provided a greater insight into how the club works and he is proud to lend a fan’s voice to how the club is run. As a CAMRA member, Mike is very glad to have directly contributed to getting Real Ale in the bars on match days!

Rex Burton

Disability Officer

 

Rex Burton, is our senior member at 72 years old, and he has been registered disabled for over 40 years. He has been watching the MK Dons for the past eleven years, and has been a season ticket holder for the last eleven years.

He has been the disabilities officer of the MKDSA for the past ten years. He is an elected trustee of the Level Playing Field organisation for the disabled.

He hopes his efforts over the years has gained the respect, not only of his fellow committee members, but also of the members of staff at the club, that he has been involved with, and he is continuing  to work on behalf of the disabled supporters. 

Tom Stewart

Committee Member

Tom has served on the SA committee for many years both as Chairman and committee member.  He feels that he still has the experience to support the committees along with working groups that he has been involved with.  Some of you will may know Tom as he assists the club on match days by taking pictures of the games which you can find on the MKDSA Facebook page. He does this so that fans who are unable to attend can at least get a feeling for what the game was like.  

Daisy Croker

Committee Member

 

Daisy is our youngest committee member at 18 years old. She has been supporting the Dons since the age of 5 when she won two tickets through a competition at school to watch the next home game. She loved going to the games with her Dad and brought a half season ticket for Christmas during the 2007-08 season and has been continuing to go to games ever since. Daisy attends home fixtures within the family area and also attends some away games. This is Daisy's first season as part of the MKDSA Committee. She made the decision to stand to provide a voice for the younger supporters of the club. 

Olivia Killeen

Committee Member

 

Olivia in her early 20's has been going to MK Dons with her dad and brothers for years. Her first game was when she was in her early teens and remembers it being an absolutely freezing match on a tuesday night but very little about the game. Her first impressions was the hugely impressive stadium and the laughter between the fans. Olivia would later move to Scotland so would attend limited match days but caught the bug.  The fans were great, so friendly and it felt like a big family. It was also a lovely way to bond with her brothers and father. She went to an Old Firm game in Glasgow once, that was an experience!  Not necessarily a good one either.  MK Dons is way more friendly club and an MK Dons game is a much, much better day out – more intimate, and more family orientated.

Her dad was already a committee member of the MKDSA and was interested to hear that being part of the MKDSA meant he spent a lot of time talking to the club hierarchy, he had met various players and managers, the coaches and others that worked for the club.  He had been asked to join various working groups.  It sounded really interesting.  Her dad also told her recently that young people, especially females, were under represented on the MKDSA and their voice wasn’t heard often enough by the football club.  While at University she had done a lot of volunteering and she had enjoyed that. Olivia's work skills of marketing would be really uesful to the MKDSA and wanted to have something useful and interesting to do outside of work.