With the first team not in action until next Sunday, why not come and watch the future of Milton Keynes Dons football at stadiummk tonight?
The Dons Under-16s take on Manchester City Under-16s tonight in an Academy Challenge match here in MK1.
With kick-off scheduled for 7pm, it’s sure to be an exciting evening of football as previous Academy Challenge matches have shown, with the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Chelsea all previously appearing at this popular event.
Over two thousand people turned out to watch the Under-15s take on Spurs in last season’s match and another bumper crowd is expected as the Dons take on one of the richest clubs in the world.
Dan Micciche, the assistant academy manager, is looking forward to the challenge of the Sky Blues and is confident his team will put on a good show come this evening.
Speaking after his side’s final preparation game ahead of the clash with City, he said: “The players are very excited.
“There is always a bit of worry in them as well as they don’t want to make mistakes but I’ve told them that we have confidence in them and they should believe in themselves
“If we didn’t believe they had the capability to win then we wouldn’t put on these games so there’s excitement with a bit of tension, so let’s see how we do.”
Although sure to be a great night for spectators, it will also be a very important experience for the youngsters who will all be pushing to earn scholarships come the end of the season and hope to one day be pulling on the Dons shirt in a first team match.
Therefore Micciche feels these types of games will only help the development of his players and benefit them in the future.
“Monday will be an experience for the boys, playing in the stadium in front of a couple of thousand people.
“It’s part of the programme to have these games now as fortunately we have a fantastic Chairman, ground staff and manager who all support these games so we can put them on two or three times a year.
“Hopefully the boys can get take some experience from this as some of them might need it in two or three years when they’re playing for the first team in front of tens of thousands.
“It will also put the boys under a bit of stress, so we can see how we cope and obviously we’re playing against the richest club in the world.”
Tickets are on sale from the Box Office at stadiummk and are priced at £3 for adults and £1 for under-16s.