The above matters feed into the issue of the ‘Dons’ nickname, which Wimbledon fans feel needs to be dropped by Milton Keynes for any sort of truce to take place.
The irony is that the more Wimbledon fans make derogatory comments towards MK, the more inclined they feel to use the ‘Dons’ name as a weapon to hurt them – thus we have a vicious cycle of hatred.
And yet, in many ways, Wimbledon do not need Milton Keynes to drop the ‘Dons’ name for AFCW as a club to be vindicated: that has already happened.
Wimbledon are going back to their spiritual home of Plough Lane in 2020, they have a professional football club in the EFL that represents the spirit of the original club – from their point of view, the battle has long been won.
It stands to reason, therefore, that Milton Keynes should be able to keep the ‘Dons’ as part of their name – but on the condition that it refers to the club in Buckinghamshire and that it is agreed they do not represent a continuation of Wimbledon FC.