DONS boss Karl Robinson cannot wait to potentially welcome AFC Wimbledon to stadium:mk in the FA Cup second round.
To make what would undoubtedly be the tie of the round, both Dons and AFC must first come through replays against Cambridge City and York City respectively.
But after eight years of animosity between the two sets of supporters, the game – pencilled in for the first weekend of December – has never had a better chance of finally happening.
“It’s a tie I want. It needs to happen.” said Robinson. “I was made up when the draw came out and I did a little dance around the living room in excitement!
“But when you take stock, there’s an awful lot of water to pass under the bridge between now and then.
“We’ve got a Cambridge City side to overcome, and they’ve got to beat York. We’re just hoping that, if it does happen, it’ll be on TV so we get some money too. But we’ll have to wait and see.”
It’s the second time the two clubs have been drawn against each other in the FA Cup, pending replays. In 2010, Dons had to get past Stevenage at stadium:mk, but lost on penalties. This time though, Robinson believes it’s fate that the teams will finally meet.
He said: “I believe in fate. We played Stevenage two years ago, we were winning 1-0, the cross goes in, and David Martin has it in his hands.
“I turned away, he dropped it, and they scored. Then we go to penalties, and Peter Leven – who hadn’t missed a penalty in two years – misses the kick and they win it.
“It just wasn’t meant to be. Maybe this is the time.”