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Andrew Cullen's Grimsby notes

Executive Director Andrew Cullen discusses the changes at MK Dons over the summer...

22 August 2018

For those who didn't get the opportunity to read, here are Executive Director Andrew Cullen's programme notes ahead of Tuesday's Sky Bet League Two clash with Grimsby Town...

"All of us here would like to say a big thank you to everyone who made the journey to support us at Crewe Alexandra at the weekend. The travelling support of 455 actually outnumbered those who were at Gresty Road for our previous visit there in the 2014/15 promotion-winning season from Sky Bet League One. At both our opening two away games, it has been particularly heartening to see the loyal away support remain with the Club after three difficult seasons and we all feel it is important for us to recognise your loyalty.

"The encouraging start to the season continued with a well-earned point against the Railwaymen in a thoroughly entertaining game, with plenty of action at both ends of the pitch. The game epitomised the strong team ethic that Paul Tisdale and the management team have quickly instilled in the dressing room, something totally underlined by another strong defensive performance with every player working so hard and covering for each other. The rebuilding project, which was needed to reset matters on the pitch, has started with a firm emphasis and focus on the defence and it was encouraging to record a third consecutive clean sheet on Saturday.

"Our 3-0 victory over Charlton Athletic in the Carabao Cup last week has been rewarded with a trip to Premier League AFC Bournemouth next Tuesday, who have started the Premier League season so well. The clubs have agreed to competitive ticket prices for this match with adult tickets available from just £8 if purchased from the Box Office in advance. We hope the prices, together with the chance to see Premier League opposition in the school holidays, will encourage another good away turnout.

"On Thursday, Paul Tisdale and I will be on the panel at a special Fans Forum hosted by the MKDSA in Red Dot Bar. These events are always constructive and helpful in allowing supporters to hear, face-to-face, the background to first-team matters and other developments at the club, rather than relying on rumour and conjecture from opinions and rumours expressed on social media. Admission is free and we are both looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible and answering your questions as best we can.

"Last Sunday, our Ladies team kicked off their FA Women’s National League Southern season at home to Plymouth Argyle, coming back from 3-0 down but eventually losing 4-3. This season will see the Ladies play all their home games at Stadium MK, with admission for league games priced at £5 for adults and free entry for Under-16s. The games will generally take place on Sundays and full fixture details can be found on the club website. The Ladies had a great end to the 2017/18 season, winning promotion in fine style, and I know they will appreciate your support as they make the step up to a higher division.

"On Saturday we are back at Stadium MK, with Exeter City the visitors. Like ourselves, the Devon club have seen plenty of change over the summer and have started well. It is far too early to call any game a six-pointer but the fixture has the hallmark of an exciting and entertaining game to start the Bank Holiday weekend and I hope you will be back with us."

 


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