AFC Wimbledon leave MK Dons name and logo off official programme for first clash at Kingsmeadow

AFC Wimbledon gave MK Dons an early indication of the frosty reception they could expect to receive ahead of their match at Kingmeadow on Tuesday.

The two clubs went head-to-head at the home of AFC Wimbledon for the first time in history when they met for the League One clash.

And the hosts programme was evidence enough of the fierce rivalry that exists between the two, as there was no sign of MK Dons name or badge on the front page.

The original Wimbledon Football Club was relocated to Milton Keynes from its South London home in 2003 after the club experienced financial difficulties.

The move prompted many of the clubs faithful fans to branch off in protest and start their own team – AFC Wimbledon – and they have continued to emulate the original Wimbledon side by wearing the same strip and using the same nickname.

After a meteoric rise through the non-league ranks, AFC Wimbledon earned promotion from League Two via the playoffs last season to join MK Dons in League One.

AFC Wimbledon have heightened security for the match
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An A.F.C Wimbledon flag is hung up in the terrace before the match
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The sides have met four times previously, with MK Dons coming out on top on three occasions, but all of those matches were played at the Milton Keynes Bowl.

The supporter-owned club remarkably went into the match above their Milton Keynes counterparts in the League One table.

Police ramped up security ahead of the clash in anticipation that the emotional rivalry could spark trouble off the pitch.

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