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Played for both: Bristol City

1 October 2015

Ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship clash at Ashton Gate, looks at the players who have represented the Dons and Bristol City in the league...

Nathan Abbey
Abbey joined Bristol City on a free transfer in February 2006 after leaving Boston United the previous month. He spent the remainder of the 2006/07 campaign at Ashton Gate but made just one substitute appearance in a clash with Southend United.

Following his departure from Bristol that summer, the goalkeeper spent time with Torquay United and Brentford before moving to stadiummk at the start of the 2007/08 season. He made five appearances in total for the Dons, during a two-year spell.

Sam Baldock
Buckinghamshire-born Baldock became the first player to progress through the Dons’ Academy set up when he signed a professional deal in April 2006. The striker went on to score 43 goals in 124 appearances for the Club before joining West Ham United for an undisclosed fee in August 2011.

Baldock spent just one season with the Iron before making the switch to Ashton Gate for another undisclosed fee in the summer of 2012. He spent two years in Bristol, netting 36 times in 92 games before his departure in August 2014.

Michael Bridges
Bristol City signed Bridges on a free transfer in July 2005 after the striker had left Sunderland. He played 13 times for the Robins before joining Carlisle United on loan in October – a move he made permanent three months later.

Spells with Hull and Sydney FC followed for Bridges, who moved to stadiummk ahead of the 2009/10 campaign. He featured off the bench in the season opener against Hartlepool United but would play just one more game before leaving Milton Keynes.

Ryan Harley
Harley began his career with hometown club Bristol City, signing his first professional deal at Ashton Gate in 2004. He played three times for the Robins, including one appearance against the Dons, before his release in the summer of 2006.

The midfielder would go on to have stints with Exeter City, Swansea City and Brighton & Hove Albion and it during his time with the latter that he joined the Dons on a short-term loan. He played 11 times for the men from MK1 in total, scoring one goal.

Nicky Maynard
Crewe youngster Maynard joined Bristol City for an undisclosed fee in July 2008 and it was during his time at Ashton Gate where the striker really made a name for himself, by scoring 46 times in 131 games.

After turning down the offer a new contract with the Robins, Maynard joined West Ham United before later moving to Cardiff City. The forward left Wales this past summer and recently signed a deal with the Dons – one which will keep him at stadiummk until the end of the season.

Michael McIndoe
Winger McIndoe joined Bristol City after leaving Wolverhampton Wanderers in August 2007. During his two seasons at Ashton Gate, the winger made 97 appearances and scored 13 goals.

McIndoe signed for Coventry City from Bristol City and during his time with the Warwickshire outfit, he spent time on loan at stadiummk – McIndoe played eight times for the Dons between November and May 2011.

David Partridge
Bristol City bought Partridge from Motherwell in July 2005 for a reported fee of £150,000 and the defender spent two years with the Robins, featuring only 14 times in total.

In January 2006, while on the books at Ashton Gate, Partridge joined the Dons on loan and he went on to make 18 appearances during the remainder of the 2005/06 campaign.

Jamie Smith
Right-back Smith moved to Bristol on a free transfer in August 2004, following the end of a seven-year spell at Crystal Palace. He spent two seasons at Ashton Gate, playing 49 times and scoring two goals.

Smith left the Robins upon the expiry of his contract in the summer of 2006 and subsequently signed for Martin Allen’s Dons side, where he was instantly made captain. However, injuries prevented him establishing himself in the first-team fold and the armband was later passed on to Keith Andrews.

Jordan Spence
Spence enjoyed two separate loan spells with Bristol City while under contract with West Ham United. He played 22 times in total for the Robins before returning to his parent club at the end of the 2011/12 season.

Two campaigns later, the right-back moved to stadiummk on loan and after impressing during his two spells, the Dons made the move permanent in August 2014. To date he has made 85 appearances for the Club.

James Tavernier
Dons boss Robinson swooped to secure the services of highly-rated Tavernier on January transfer deadline day in 2012. The then-Newcastle United full-back impressed during his seven appearances at stadiummk but was soon recalled by his parent club.

Tavernier spent two more years at St. James’ Park before moving to Wigan Athletic on a permanent basis in August 2014, however, he spent the second half of his one and only season at the DW Stadium on loan at Bristol City, with whom he won a League 1 winners medal.

Aaron Wilbraham
Wilbraham ranks amongst the Dons’ top appearance makers and goalscorers thanks to his profitable five-and-a-half year spell in Milton Keynes. In total, the versatile forward made 2014 appearances for the Club and scored 59 goals.

Norwich City signed Wilbraham in January 2011 and after a spell with the Canaries and a stint with Crystal Palace, he moved to Bristol City on a free transfer. Since his arrival in July 2014, Wilbraham has scored over 20 goals and played over 50 games for the Robins.

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