Stevenage are making the 64-mile round trip to Home Counties neighbour Buckinghamshire for the test of Milton Keynes Dons in the First Round of the Emirates FA Cup…
Following an impressive FA Cup campaign in 2020/21 which saw Alex Revell’s men shock League One leaders Hull City on penalties to progress to the Third Round, Boro will be aiming to kick-off their cup run with another positive result at stadium:mk on Saturday.
Following Russell Martin’s swift departure to Swansea City in early August of this year, MK Dons announced that former New York City Academy manger and Belgian side Lommel SK manager Liam Manning would take the reigns as the Club’s new Head Coach. Manning won League Manager of the Month for September in his first full month at the club, and finds his side just outside of the play-offs in seventh.
Founded in 2004, after the controversial relocation of Wimbledon FC 56 miles north to Buckinghamshire, MK Dons have spent the majority of their short existence in League One – with one season in the Championship in 2015/16 and three in League Two.
So far this campaign, Liam Manning’s Dons have won seven, drawn four and lost four from their fifteen games played thus far in the league. Their most recent outing saw a 4-1 thrashing of Crewe Alexandra on Gresty Road, after a disappointing 3-0 home defeat to Rotherham the weekend previous.
Their current top goal scorer this season is former Swindon Town midfielder Scott Twine with six goals. Goals for MK can come from all over the pitch however, with ex-Luton Town man Peter Kioso their joint-second top scorer with four from right-back this season.
Newly promoted Stevenage came face to face with MK Dons for the first time in November 2010 in the First Round of the FA Cup. The first game at Broadhall Way ended goalless, before a penalty shootout success took the Boro underdogs into the Second Round for the first time in five years. That same campaign, Stevenage reached the Fourth Round for the first time in the Club’s history after that famous 3-1 win over Newcastle.
The most recent fixture between the two sides was last season in the Papa John’s Trophy, while the last time Stevenage were victorious over the side from Bucks was in 2018 thanks to a late Ben Kennedy free-kick winner.
Milton Keynes Dons have played at the 30,500-capacity stadium ‘stadium:mk’ since 2007. They spent their first few years in the EFL playing at the National Hockey Museum until their current ground was completed.
The stadium has hosted the likes of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the 2014 FA Women’s Cup final as well as numerous music concerts for artists including Take That, Rod Stewart and Olly Murs.
Away fans are typically located in the northeast corner, where around 3,000 fans can be accommodated.
stadium:mk is located just 32 miles from The Lamex Stadium, and can be accessed by either the M1 or A5.
Limited car parking is available at stadium:mk for £7. Spaces can be pre-booked at Park the Car Here. Matchday spaces for Blue Badge holders are limited and should be pre-booked by visiting the Box Office, calling 01908 622901 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
iFollow offers an Audio Match Pass for £2.50 for Saturday’s game if you cannot attend stadium:mk but wish to listen to live commentary.
Match tickets for Stevenage vs Cambridge United are now available from www.borotickets.co.uk.