Chairman Pete Winkelman believes the next 500 games will see MK Dons cement themselves as an established Football League club.
On Tuesday night Dons celebrated their 500th match with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Northampton Town in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at stadium:mk.
Few could have predicted the rollercoaster the last 10 years have been for the club, with relegations and promotions, joy and despair.
For Winkelman though, it has been an emotional journey to reach 500.
“I can’t believe we’ve got to 500 games,” he said. “It feels like just yesterday that we started. But then again it also feels like a long time as well because we’ve been trying to hard to get done all the things we said we would do.
“It is a milestone. We’re not babies any more and we’re growing into teenagers and I’m really looking forward to the next 10 years.
“The 500th game does send a message that we are here, we are now, and we are forever.”
From their contentious beginnings, Winkelman believes Dons, in their new home with their new fan-base, are beginning to turn people around, which will only stand them in good stead in the future.
“We are gaining more respect, begrudgingly sometimes but it’s coming. I’m excited about the next 500 games, but with everything we’ve learned, we can put our best foot forward and if Milton Keynes can stay as supportive as they have been so far, then we can end the next 500 games as an even bigger, more important and respected club.”