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Fan of the Year nominees

23 April 2013

Milton Keynes Dons received a record number of nominations for the MK Dons Fan of the Year award.

As a result, ahead of the 2012/13 Player of the Year Awards the Club have decided to profile a short-list of six who will be up for the award on Wednesday night.

All six of the following were nominated by friends, fellow supporters or family members who felt they fitted the ‘Fan of the Year’ criteria.

Rex Burton – A fan of the Dons since the Club arrived in Milton Keynes, Rex has been described as a ‘loyal’ supporter and is an integral link between the fans and the Football Club when it comes to improving disabled facilities within the game.
Rex is the MKDSA Disability Liaison Officer and works tirelessly throughout the year with MK Dons and Level Playing Field to ensure all supporters can attend football matches safely and in comfort. Rex has also introduced his daughter and granddaughter to MK Dons and is currently in the process of recruiting his four-year-old granddaughter too.

George Cooper – At 14-years old George is a Dons fan through and through. Having attended all but one game this season he has travelled the length and breadth of the country this year. 
A participant on the fans-made MK Dons Radio Show, George has also contributed to the MK Dons programme with his Away Trip reviews.
His proudest possession is Darren Potter’s shirt from last year’s play-off match at Huddersfield.

Andrew Durham – Andrew was nominated by his grandchildren Lucy and Ben, amongst others, and was described as ‘an inspiration’. Andrew has spent the last year battling, and overcoming, cancer and despite undergoing chemotherapy and several operations, he has still attended Dons matches this season. Matches at stadiummk allowed him to have something to look forward to and to spend time with his grandchildren. Every matchday, Andrew predicts a 3-1 win for the Dons.

Adam Faiers – Known to some as GetSET1000, Adam took it upon himself to cycle to raise money for the MK Dons SET Disability teams and Redway School this season by cycling to every away game. Dedicating hours, pain, sweat and tears to his challenge, Adam has inspired many football fans across the country. Adam went to New Zealand with his work earlier this year, but ensured he cycled the distance he should have covered for the Dons match he missed while out of the country. Adam has surpassed his target of £5,000 with one last cycle still remaining.

Jo Newell – Jo is well-known in the Dons faithful and can often be recognised by her distinctive headwear at home and away matches and is often among the first to shout ‘Come on You Dons’. 
Jo requires the use of an electrical buggy – and is ably supported by her husband Geoff – and rarely misses a match at home or away. She always remains cheerful and optimistic for her team whatever the weather, result or variable facilities she is faced with at different grounds. Jo has been described as a ‘real ambassador for MK Dons’.

Raymond Old – Nominated by his son Ronan, Raymond is a season ticket holder in Club Platinum at stadiummk.  is an away day for Raymond as he makes a 260-mile round trip from his home in Bournemouth to watch the Dons. mkstadiumEvery trip
Raymond became an MK Dons fan when the Club arrived in Milton Keynes and makes the trip to MK for pre-season and Cup games despite the distance he has to travel.

Each of the six nominees have all shown a tremendous amount of commitment and support to the Dons this season, but who will be crowned the MK Dons Fan of the Year?

The winner will be revealed on Wednesday night at the MK Dons Player of the Year Awards.

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