Orient express disappointment at Dons away day experience

Padded seats, an unobstructed view and £14 cheaper than a matchday ticket at Brisbane Road - are Leyton Orient right to complain to MK Dons about the away end at stadium:mk?

This season, all travelling supporters have been relocated to the top tier in the north east corner of state-of-the-art stadium:mk.

But it is something which has wrangled Leyton Orient, who in the aftermath of their 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat on Tuesday night, have written to MK Dons to complain about the treatment of their supporters.

A statement on the club’s website states: “We want to thank you for your passionate support at the League Cup match away to MK Dons. We came so close to a victory, and though disappointed to lose in the dying minutes we are proud of the team’s effort, and are grateful to those who travelled to watch the game.

“However, we were very unhappy to see that the Orient fans were put so high up in a corner section of the Stadium MK on an evening when there were 25,000 empty seats in the ground. We believe that this was unsporting and unnecessary on the part of our opponents, and we have written to MK Dons to make them aware of our complaint.

“We don’t think that supporters, home or away, should be treated in that way and can only apologise to our fans that they were not better accommodated.”

A view from the away end at stadium:mk

A view from the away end at stadium:mk

The upper tier at stadium:mk has only been used on a handful of occasions since it opened this time last year, most notably in the 4-0 victory over Manchester United.

Views from the top are unobstructed and offer a better view of the far end of the pitch from the comfort of bespoke, cushioned chairs almost identical to those at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium.

But this isn’t unfamiliar territory: Dons fans had similar gripes when travelling to both Sunderland’s Stadium of Light in 2013, and at Bramall Lane last season when, on both occasions, fans were allocated seats in the upper tier.

However, the club stopped short of writing a letter of complaint.

MK Dons confirmed they had received the letter from Leyton Orient.