Mrs Baldock’s boys ready to do battle

George and Sam Baldock. Pic: Lee Scriven
George and Sam Baldock. Pic: Lee Scriven

One is the hero of old, and the other is the new would-be king of Milton Keynes - all eyes will be on George and Sam Baldock on Saturday.

The brothers could line-up against each other this Saturday as Bristol City take on MK Dons at stadium:mk.

Since leaving in 2011, Sam, the first product of the Dons academy since the move in 2004, has tasted play-off final joy for West Ham before securing a move to Bristol City a year later.

And although he tasted relegation at Aston Gate last season, he has become a fans favourite and has been given the captain’s armband to lead out his team.

Meanwhile George has been plugging away trying to get himself a regular spot in Karl Robinson’s side.

After loan deals at Tamworth and in Iceland, he has looked in impressive form this term as part of the all-new Dons attacking line-up.

And although they may have the same Cowshed song, Robinson said there are a lot of differences between the Baldock boys.

“In terms of personality, they’re polar opposites,” he said. “Sam was very serious, a lot more thoughtful. George is a lot more playful and outgoing.

“But when it comes down to football, they love it the same. The consistency in them comes in their manners, their conduct towards working hard and they’re both talent.

“George does everything at 100 miles an hour and is in your face, Sam was much more of a silent assassin.

“They’re two different people, but their core values are the same.

“I’m looking forward to, hopefully, seeing them side-by-side in the tunnel, but it’s a decision I haven’t made yet.

“I know who will win the 50-50, but I’m not sure Sam will be beaten in a running race!”

Bristol City are back in League 1 for the first time since 2007 and haven’t enjoyed a great time of it so far, picking up just a point from their opening three matches.

But Robinson isn’t going to take the Robins for granted, signalling their wealth of forwards as a constant threat of danger.

“They’re one of the best resourced teams in the league,” he said. “You cannot read too much into their results, but we know it’ll be a big task.

“But we won’t change our style against anyone.”

The question remains whether George will be given a start against his brother to inevitably steal the headlines before the game has even kicked off.

And although the emotion of the occasion could threaten to overshadow the game itself, Dons would much rather get one over the original ‘one of our own’ than have him come back to haunt them on his old stomping ground.