Dons fans and stewards set for charity football match

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It’s going to kick-off between MK Dons fans and stewards on the evening of May 17.

For the third time, Dons supporters and stadium:mk stewards will swap the stands for the football pitch to raise money for the club’s Sports & Education Trust.

The first meeting between Dons Supporters’ Association members and club stewards took place at the National Hockey Stadium in 2007, with the fans winning 5-2.

The team didn’t meet again for another five years, but when they did the supporters were victorious for a second time, winning in front of more than 200 spectators at stadium:mk in 2012.

“We all take it really seriously and want to win,” said stewards left-sided midfielder Paul Steel. “We have some banter on match day saying things like ‘we’re going to beat you next time’ and stuff like that. It’s all very good natured.

“And of course we raise money for worthy causes. It was for Willen Hospice last time and this year it’s for the Dons SET.

“Thanks to the club we get to use the pitch, changing rooms and everything for free. It’s a great experience.”

More than £1,500 was raised at last year’s game and everyone involved is hoping to better that this time. The game kicks-off at 6.30pm on May 17. Entry is free and there will be a bucket collection during the action.

The Dons stewards have also been invited to take part in a charity match against their Northampton Town counterparts at Sixfield on June 1.

The occasion is to raise money for 14-year-old Cobblers fan Ben Chamberlain who has been suffering with cancer.