FOOTBALL: The Buckingham Big Day is back!
MK Dons FC and the town of Buckingham are set to join forces again with the Dons match against Oldham Athletic on Saturday February 18 designated as the Buckingham Big Day. A similar event last year saw more than 1,000 people from the town take advantage of some special ticket deals at the Don’s fixture with Tranmere which was preceded by a host of events attended by MK Dons players in Buckingham schools, local football clubs and businesses.
The match saw local Buckingham entertainers perform at the stadiummk with eight pages of the match programme dedicated to promoting Buckingham and its businesses.
Back in August, 600 Buckingham fans made the short journey to Milton Keynes to see Buckingham Town FC take on the Dons in a pre-season friendly as part of the flourishing partnership. This year’s MK Dons fixture with Oldham will entitle anyone with an MK18 postcode to purchase discounted tickets at the special price of two adult tickets for £20 and U16’s for £3.
Organised groups of 20 or more can purchase tickets at just £5 for adults and £1 for U16’s with tickets for the game now on sale at the stadiummk box office. A special subsidised coach has been organised to run direct to stadiummk from the Buckingham town centre bus stand with a return fare of just £5.
MK Dons will be making a number of appearances in Buckingham over the next few months. First up sees club mascots, Donny and Mooey helping with the Saturday November 26 Christmas lights switch-on in the town.
MK Dons chairman Pete Winkelman and first team manager Karl Robinson will be part of a special football forum at Buckingham Athletic on February 2, followed a week later when Dons players visit Buckingham School sports hall for activities, games and a Q&A session with local U13’s days after they conduct a special training session for youngsters from Moretonville and Preston Gawcott football cubs.
A reception for local businesses and retailers is planned together with a teen event in association with Buckingham charity, Project Street Life, which will also be the nominated charity collection at the MK Dons v Oldham match.
Buckingham mayor Mike Smith said: “I’m delighted that the success of last year’s Buckingham Big Day has led MK Dons to repeat it this year. Their input is generous and I know that many local people, whether young and old, are looking forward to the events being arranged and to the showcasing of Buckingham at the MK Dons match against Oldham Athletic in February.”
MK Dons director Andrew Cullen said: “We are thrilled to be given the opportunity to build on our very special relationship with Buckingham.
“We very much look forward to attending a variety of events at different organisations throughout the town over the coming months as well as promoting the many great things about Buckingham to all our supporters on February 2.”
League one side The Dons are currently fourth in the table. They travel to Colchester United this Saturday.
>>The Buckingham Advertiser has teamed up with the MK Dons to search for local Buckingham entertainers, musicians and dancers to perform at stadiummk before and at half time at the Dons match with Oldham on February 18 .
If you or your organisation would like to perform at the game in front of more than 8,000 people then make sure you pick up a copy of next week’s Buckingham Advertiser for full details and how to apply.