Dons are continuing to make their own unique history and can add another chapter, says chairman Pete Winkelman.
He watched on as his side secured promotion to the Championship on the final day of the season on Sunday, beating Yeovil 5-1 at stadium:mk, while Preston slipped up against Colchester, losing 1-0 to allow Dons to nip in at the last gasp.
From controversial beginnings, Dons are now back where they started when they moved to Milton Keynes, and Winkelman says they are there on their own terms.
“We absolutely deserve it. It wasn’t in our hands today, so all I could do was ask was for the players to go out and get us 100 league goals. That really is a real achievement. I’m knocked out.
“People need to be affiliated with success. But we need to pass that success on from generation to generation. This is a ‘I was there when...’ moment.
“We are creating our own history, but we have to keep growing football. There were over 15,000 people here from Milton Keynes and I think that’s just the beginning.
“People can start being proud of us, we’ve taken the next step.
“It’s what the club has been set up to be. We’ve been the bridesmaid for so many years, but I’m so glad we’re going up with everything set up.
“We’re in the Championship by right - we’ve done it our way, and no-one can take that away from us. I’m so proud.
“We’re going there with no fear. We have the makings of a really good team going forward. We’ve been so entertaining this year. It’s a challenge we’re all looking forward to.”