PETE Winkelman is urging those Milton Keynes football fans who haven’t yet got their play-off tickets, to get out and do so.
In a final attempt to gather support for his Championship chasing Dons, Winkelman said he would love to see stadium:mk as packed and noisy as it was for Northampton Saints’ recent Heineken Cup ties played in the city.
The chairman spent his lunchtime selling tickets in the club’s box office, where he also got to meet a fan who has travelled all the way from the Ukraine to see Dons take on Peterborough over two legs for a place in the League One play-off final.
Max, born and bred in Ukraine, explained that he started following Wimbledon as his English team, despite seeing them thrashed by Arsenal on the television.
Since then his passion for the club has turned into something of an obsession, but Sunday’s first leg against Posh will be the first time he’s seen his team in the flesh - and he can’t wait.
He’s even started his own Eastern European supporters’ club with a handful of members who regularly travel several miles to see highlights on TV.
He’ll be at stadium:mk and London Road cheering the Dons on, and Winkelman hopes that there’s a late rush of ticket sales to make both games days to remember.
“We’re selling a lot of tickets but we’re conscious of how many Peterborough are selling as well,” said Winkelman. “I’ve said to Karl (Robinson) that when it’s an event in Milton Keynes, everyone turns out - and this is a big event.
“We’ve seen the stadium full in recent weeks, but that was for the rugby. How about that for MK Dons?
“We want to get as many people in this ground as possible. I’m impressed by how many Peterborough are bringing here, but I’d rather be impressed with how many from Milton Keynes can show up.
“Peterborough fans are going to create a really great atmosphere here and we need to do the same at London Road. Whatever happens on Sunday it’s half time and anything can happen. But this is the place where we want to get an advantage and it’s your home crowd that gives you that advantage - so come on Milton Keynes.”
Huddersfield or Bournemouth await in the play-off final at Old Trafford if Dons can edge past old rivals Posh. Winkelman says that game would be the biggest in the club’s history, and he wants the fans to help Robinson’s men get there.
“It would be unbelievable to think of promotion, and this time we’re going into the play-off with no pressure,” he said. “Everyone has seen what a great side Peterborough are - they score lots of goals and have great players.
“But everyone has also seen that on our day we can beat the best in this division, and if we turn up we’ve got a chance of finishing the job off at Old Trafford. Now what a day that would be for Milton Keynes!
“But let’s focus on Sunday first - it’s come on Milton Keynes, turn up and really get behind the boys. Then let’s go to London Road and see what result we can pull out of the hat.”