Ben Chorley says he has ‘so much admiration’ for MK Dons chairman Pete Winkelman, for what he’s brought to the city of Milton Keynes and how he’s developed the Football Club.
Chorley was a member of the inaugural MK Dons squad in 2004/05 and featured 80 times for the Club before departing in 2006.
The defender was back at Stadium MK during the Club’s last home outing against Swindon Town as part of the Club’s Once A Don, Always a Don initiative, run in conjunction with Osmo UK.
Before the game with the Robins, he caught up with iFollow MK Dons to reflect on his time as a Don and could only speak highly of his time at the Club, as well as the Chairman, the MK Dons faithful, and his team mates.
“It’s brilliant being back here,” he told iFollow MK Dons. “I’ve got some lovely memories of my time at the Club and it was a privilege to captain the Club for three years.”
“I can’t speak highly enough of the Chairman. I’ve got so much admiration for Pete and John Cove, the people of Milton Keynes and everyone there at the time.
“It was always going to be a big change for the Club, but I saw Pete’s dream and how hard everyone was working, so I wanted to stay around for that - so did a lot of the boys.
“It was a place I really enjoyed my football and to stand here today and look at the stadium – it’s incredible what Pete has done.
Recollecting moving down to Milton Keynes, Chorley recalled the days he lived with Dean Lewington and Jamie Mackie.
“I look back on it with such fond memories. We all moved up here at the same time and lived together – me, Lewie and Jamie Mackie all lived in the same block. It was a time that made you grow up.
“We were in each other’s pockets 24/7 up here – we only went home on a Sunday! We lived together, we ate Nando’s together. The way this City has come on is incredible – there were about five shops here when I first moved up here!”