Robbie Earle: I played 300 games for Wimbledon, not MK Dons, so you can guess who I'm backing in cup showdown
I'LL be rooting for AFC Wimbledon in their much-hyped first-ever meeting with MK Dons on the weekend of December 1.
The pair will play each other in the FA Cup second round at Milton Keynes after both came through their first-round replays this week.
Understandably, there's huge interest in the game because it is the first time they have met since Wimbledon FC relocated to Milton Keynes to eventually become the MK Dons. Die-hard fans opposed to the move set up their own club, AFC Wimbledon, in 2002 and have since seen them rise from the ninth tier of English football to League Two.
Now many AFC fans don't want anything to do with MK Dons, and won't even be going to the cup tie because they don't want to put anything in their bitter rivals' coffers or give them any legitimacy.
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I can understand some of the bitterness because AFC fans feel their identity was stolen by MK Dons when they upped and left Plough Lane.
For example, when the club was set up in Milton Keynes, they initially took on Wimbledon's history.
Some websites and record books still say I played 300 games for MK Dons.
No I didn't. I played for Wimbledon, not this new team 60 miles up the road.
It was the first and hopefully last example of an American-style franchise move in modern English football. Let's be clear, no one should blame MK Dons fans.
There will be families in Milton Keynes who like football and now find they can go along to support a Football League club on their doorstep.
I've no problem with them at all, but the move should never have been allowed to happen.
It's too late to change all that now of course, but not too late to make the situation a little better.
What do I mean? Well, I'd like to see MK Dons drop the "Dons" part of their name.
They could become MK Steelers or something else they want to choose, maybe something that has relevance to Milton Keynes.
After all, if you can change the town in which you play and divest yourself of a loyal fan base and a long history, then a simple name change should be a piece of cake to achieve.
The Dons name belongs to the real Wimbledon.