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Just creating a new thread on Milton Keynes Irish until they no doubt change their name again, I have transferred over the previous threads relating to the merger and the Milton Keynes Robins one:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milton_Keynes_Irish_F.C.

 

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The old Milton Keynes Robins thread with links to Buckingham Town, who can forget their FA Cup First Round tie with Orient in 1984/85 when Ford Meadow was packed to the rafters, sadly their inspirational Manager at that time, Gary Knibbs, passed away last month:

https://www.sportsshots.org.uk/2020/07/22/remembering-gary-knibbs-buckingham-towns-legendary-manager/?doing_wp_cron=1597738501.4218890666961669921875

 

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With the draw later on today Milton Keynes Irish will make their FA Vase bow under the new name this coming season although Milton Keynes Robins and Unite MK have both participated in the competition previously. Buckingham Town obviously played in the FA Vase on numerous occasions reaching the Quarter Final stage in 1990/91 and 1992/93 as well as the Fifth Round four times. Wolverton Town participated in the FA Vase twelve times prior to the Club's sad demise in 1991/92 and after three brave attempts to reform in as many years as, firstly, Wolverton Town MK, secondly, Milton Keynes Wolverton Town and, thirdly, Wolverton. It was not until 2012/13 that a new Wolverton Town were formed and joined the SSML Division Two that season before changing their name to Unite MK for the 2016/17 campaign. The new Wolverton Town could not play in the FA Vase due to ground restrictions however on moving to the salubrious Manor Fields in 2016 Unite MK later enterered the competition, falling at the first hurdle at Leverstock Green in 2018/19 and again at Holyport last season. Following their takeover of Buckingham Town Milton Keynes Robins played in the FA Vase last season, losing to Eynesbury Rovers in a Second Round proper tie after beating Fleet Spurs and, impressively, Essex Senior League Hadley 2-0 at Brickfield Lane:

Billede

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Didn’t north ferriby win fa trophy a few years ago??!

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Photographs, courtesy of Mike Snell Photography, and match report from the pre-season friendly between Milton Keynes Irish and Aylesbury United, at Manor Fields on Saturday 15 August 2020, resulting in a 4-2 win for Milton Keynes Irish having been 2-0 in arrears at one point:

http://www.aylesburyunitedfc.co.uk/news/?e=4103

MK Irish v Aylesbury United 2020

 

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Milton Keynes Irish's 2020/21 League fixtures at a glance, they have an FA Vase First Qualifying Round tie at Thame Rangers on Saturday 19 September:

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Milton Keynes Irish Reserves compete in the Uhlsport United Counties League Reserve Division and kicked off their campaign on Saturday (5 September) with a fairly routine 2-0 win over Yaxley Reserves at Manor Fields, Milton Keynes Irish entertain Potton United Reserves this evening (Wednesday), kick off 7.45pm, and then are at home yet again on Saturday to Bourne Town Reserves, kick off 3.00pm:

Uhlsport United Counties League Reserve Division        
Cogenhoe United Reserves        
Potton United Reserves      
Lutterworth Athletic Reserves        
Milton Keynes Irish Reserves        
Northampton ON Chenecks Reserves        
Yaxley Reserves        
Newport Pagnell Town Reserves        
Kempston Rovers Reserves        
Raunds Town Reserves        
Bourne Town Reserves        
Bugbrooke St.Michael Reserves        
Harborough Town Reserves        
Irchester United Reserves     
Huntingdon Town Reserves        
Rothwell Corinthians Reserves       
Daventry Town Reserves        
Wellingborough Town Reserves
Wellingborough Whitworth Reserves
Desborough Town Reserves

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Milton Keynes Irish Reserves last three fixtures in the Uhlsport United Counties League Reserve Division, since beating Yaxley Reserves 2-0 in the opener, have been somewhat hit and miss, they narrowly beat Potton United Reserves 4-3 on 9 September having been 4-0 ahead and then proceeded to beat Bourne Town 6-1 on 12 September however last Saturday (19 September) they inexplicably lost 3-0 at Raunds Town Reserves who hadn't won previously, tomorrow evening sees a visit to Newport Pagnell Town Reserves. Meanwhile the First team started the season on Friday with a thumping 6-0 FA Vase First Qualifying Round win at Thame Rangers (see match report) following an extensive pre-season where the squad are clearly as fit as butchers dogs, tomorrow evening they entertain Ampthill Town in their first SSML Division One fixture of the campaign and then travel to Stotfold on Saturday, Terry Shrieves and Glyn Creaser will be a force to be reckoned with this season.

https://mkirishfc.co.uk/thame-rangers-0-6-mk-irish/

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On 21/09/2020 at 18:42, Rhodes said:

tomorrow evening they entertain Ampthill Town in their first SSML Division One fixture of the campaign

This evening's team sheet and match programme, just wondering why Terry Shrieves isn't in the dugout but perhaps he's sitting in the stand 'miked up' to Glyn Creaser:

https://issuu.com/mkirishfc/docs/mk-irish-programme-final

Billede

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What a dreadful night for Milton Keynes Irish on Tuesday (22 September) with the First team going down 5-3 to Ampthill Town and the Reserves losing 6-2 at Newport Pagnell Town Reserves in the Uhlsport United Counties League Reserve Division. Terry Shrieves must be worried about travelling to Stotfold on Saturday who are desperate for a win whilst the Reserves entertain Harborough Town Reserves who won 6-0 on Tuesday so they will be on a high at Manor Fields.

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As anticipated Milton Keynes Irish Reserves found Harborough Town Reserves a little too lively for their liking on Saturday at Manor Fields in a Uhlsport United Counties League Reserve Division fixture going down 3-0 however it was a very young side and they will learn from the experience. The First team meanwhile drew 1-1 at Stotfold's New Roker Park but really should have taken all three points after a Stotfold player saw red just before the interval with the score still 0-0, Terry Shrieves men then proceeded to take the lead through Vinny Shrieves on 71 minutes only for Stotfold to equalise five minutes later following poor marking from a free kick. In Milton Keynes Irish's defence it was like the Alamo for the remainder of the game and nobody knows how Stotfold's rearguard, particularly superb goalkeeper Liam Gooch, managed to stand firm (see match reports). This evening (29 September) sees the First team travel to Rayners Lane whilst on Saturday (3 October) they welcome Amersham Town to Manor Fields, the Reserve side have no game on Saturday but entertain Wellingborough Whitworth Reserves on Tuesday 6 October:

https://mkirishfc.co.uk/stotfold-1-1-mk-irish/

https://www.stotfoldfc.co.uk/Matchreport.aspx?id=466353

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11 minutes ago, Rhodes said:

This evening (29 September) sees the First team travel to Rayners Lane

Milton Keynes Irish's team sheet for the SSML Division One visit to Rayners Lane this evening, Owusu Kyerementang will look 'pretty in pink', a 1986 film if you're wondering:

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On 29/09/2020 at 20:08, Rhodes said:

Milton Keynes Irish's team sheet for the SSML Division One visit to Rayners Lane this evening, Owusu Kyerementang will look 'pretty in pink', a 1986 film if you're wondering:

Billede

One too many in the Technical Area. 😵

 

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5 hours ago, petethegreek said:

One too many in the Technical Area. 😵

Trust you to notice that, it's interesting though that Terry Shrieves wasn't in the technical area for the last home game against Ampthill Town which was why I thought he was sitting in the stand 'miked up' to Glyn Creaser. I see that you are on the Wembley v Crawley Green game on Saturday, that doesn't really set pulses racing does it.

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On 01/10/2020 at 02:49, Rhodes said:

Trust you to notice that, it's interesting though that Terry Shrieves wasn't in the technical area for the last home game against Ampthill Town which was why I thought he was sitting in the stand 'miked up' to Glyn Creaser. I see that you are on the Wembley v Crawley Green game on Saturday, that doesn't really set pulses racing does it.

A deluge of rain in London today may put the game in doubt.
I was at Wembley earlier in the week for their game against Harefield United and the pitch was in superb condition.

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1 hour ago, petethegreek said:


I was at Wembley earlier in the week for their game against Harefield United and the pitch was in superb condition.

Winter, spring, summer or fall, it's the best playing surface in the SSML along with Eynesbury Rovers

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13 hours ago, petethegreek said:

A deluge of rain in London today may put the game in doubt.
I was at Wembley earlier in the week for their game against Harefield United and the pitch was in superb condition.

Wembley today is off.

Waterlogged pitch. 

Just waiting for official conformation. 

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On 29/09/2020 at 20:50, Rhodes said:

This evening (29 September) sees the First team travel to Rayners Lane whilst on Saturday (3 October) they welcome Amersham Town to Manor Fields, the Reserve side have no game on Saturday but entertain Wellingborough Whitworth Reserves on Tuesday 6 October

Due to the postponement of their SSML Division One game with Amersham Town last Saturday (3 October) at Manor Fields, Milton Keynes Irish were all dressed up with knowhere whatsoever to go as their Reserve side had no fixture scheduled, just to make matters worse the Reserves Uhlsport United Counties League Reserve Division home game with Wellingborough Whitworth Reserves last night (Tuesday) was also called off. They try again this Saturday against Irchester United Reserves at Manor Fields having disappointingly lost their last three league fixtures, having won their first three of the new campaign with a 12-4 aggregate. The First team were very impressive in a 5-1 win at Rayners Lane on 29 September with goals from Rob McDonald, Mason Spence and a classy hat trick from Jack Clarkson, Terry Shrieves hopes to repeat that performance on Saturday when, coincidentally, he takes his men back to Tithe Farm to meet Broadfields United for an FA Vase Second Qualifying Round tie having won 6-0 at Thame Rangers in the First Qualifying Round, they then travel to Forde Park for a midweek league fixture with Langford on Wednesday (14 October). Milton Keynes Irish also have a side competing in the North Bucks & District League Intermediate Division playing under 'the pseudonym' of Milton Keynes Irish Athletic and they currently sit proudly on top of the table with three wins from four matches. Last Saturday they triumphed 5-0 at Tattenhoe and the previous week 9-3 at Deanshanger Athletic, this Saturday (10 October) they entertain Twyford United and I gather play home fixtures at the quaintly named Walnut Tree sports ground, previously used by Unite MK and not a million miles from Manor Fields.

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Milton Keynes Irish's team sheet for their SSML Division One visit to Langford this evening, four in the technical area again, tut tut:

Billede

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On 08/10/2020 at 04:24, Rhodes said:

he takes his men back to Tithe Farm to meet Broadfields United for an FA Vase Second Qualifying Round tie having won 6-0 at Thame Rangers in the First Qualifying Round, they then travel to Forde Park for a midweek league fixture with Langford on Wednesday (14 October)

An excellent five days work for Milton Keynes Irish First team, firstly they make a quick impromtu return to Tithe Farm, the scene of a a recent 5-1 League win over Rayners Lane, this time to take on SSML Premier Division Broadfields United in an FA Vase Second Qualifying Round tie, returning to Manor Fields with a 2-1 success with goals from Jack Clarkson and substitute Dom Lawless (see report), despite going a goal behind. As a result of that the Club walked away with the 'Team Of The Week' award on Ollie Bayliss's BBC Three Counties Non League Show on Sunday with boss Terry Shrieves right hand man Glyn Creaser being interviewed and spreading the gospel about the Club who will now entertain Essex Senior League Stansted on Saturday 31 October. Then last night the side made the trip to Forde Park to take on Langford in a League fixture, coming away with an impressive 5-0 win with goals from George Shrieves, Kaelen Shand, and a superb hat trick from Mason Spence, a frustrated Langford ended the game with nine men. Meanwhile the Reserve team entertained Irchester United Reserves at Manor Fields last Saturday and sufferered their fourth successive Uhlsport United Counties League Reserve Division defeat, losing 2-0, having won their first three fixtures of the campaign, this Saturday (17 October) they travel to Bugbrooke St Michael Reserves who joint lead the table. Lastly the Club's Milton Keynes Irish Athletic side, who compete in the North Bucks & District League Intermediate Division, entertained Twyford United last Saturday at the Walnut Tree Sports Ground and enjoyed a 3-1 win to remain top of the table after five games, Craig Daubney, Luke Little and substitute Cole Rawson netted. This Saturday they travel to the Lace Hill Community & Sports Centre to take on Joe Cooper's Buckingham United Reserve side and then host Great Linford the following week (24 October):

https://mkirishfc.co.uk/broadfields-1-2-mk-irish/

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Milton Keynes Irish's team sheet for this afternoon's SSML Division One fixture against New Salamis at Manor Fields and I am just wondering whether it will be framed and put up on the boardroom wall following the 2-1 win with goals from Mason Spence and George Shrieves, also see the match programme and a match report. New Salamis didn't give up without a fight and pulled a goal back on 75 minutes however despite hammering on the door it was a deserved win for Terry Shrieves men to make it four successive wins. On Tuesday evening they are in action again and entertain London Tigers before making a tricky looking trip to Enfield Borough next Saturday (24 October) who beat beleaguered Hillingdon Borough 10-0 this afternoon. Unfortunately the Reserve side went down 2-0 at Bugbrooke St Michael Reserves in a Uhlsport United Counties League Reserve Division fixture however the Milton Keynes Irish Athletic side also did the Club proud today by winning 5-1 at the Lace Hill Community & Sports Centre against Buckingham United Reserves and proudly top the Division by three points:

https://issuu.com/mkirishfc/docs/mk-irish-programme-new-salamis-final

https://mkirishfc.co.uk/mk-irish-2-1-new-salamis/

Billede

 

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On 17/10/2020 at 21:14, Rhodes said:

On Tuesday evening they are in action again and entertain London Tigers

Another win for Terry Shrieves men last night beating London Tigers 3-1 at Manor Fields (see match programme), it wasn't quite as emphatic as was expected with the visitors even taking an early lead however first half goals from George Shrieves, Mason Spence and Shane Uings were enough to take the points. The Reserve side were also in Uhlsport United Counties League Reserve Division action last night and met with their  sixth successive League defeat at Kempston Rovers Reserves, a groundhopper from another Forum was at the game (see below). On Saturday (24 October) the First team travel to Enfield Borough where they will enjoy the billiard table like surface at Summers Lane whilst the Reserves entertain high flying Northampton ON Chenecks Reserves, the table topping Milton Keynes Irish Athletic side have a North Bucks & District League Intermediate Division fixture against Great Linford at the Walnut Tree Sports Ground:

https://issuu.com/mkirishfc/docs/mk-irish-programme-tigers

Kempston Rovers Reserves 4 - 0 Milton Keynes Irish Reserves HT 2 - 0
Hillgrounds, Kempston, MK42 8SZ
United Counties Reserves Division.
Admission £2
Attendance 38, approx HC...and several flying bats throughout....I am reliably informed that the collective name for a group of bats in flight is a Cloud!
Tea £1
Kempston is just North of Bedford, and is within 1 mile of Bedford's South Wing hospital, (I worked at the hospital for over 7 years and never realised how close Hillgrounds was!). There is a small club car park, and also free car parking on Hillgrounds Road itself. The turnstiles are just beyond the clubhouse, and there are plastic flip seats on the side of the clubhouse, raised up for a good view of the pitch. Up 5 steps is the tea hatch. Beyond the main pitch are 2 cages with 3G pitches and also a junior pitch. Hard standing on all 4 sides and beyond the far goal are 5 picnic tables.
It was hard to do a head count, as random players were walking through the ground to get to the 3G cages on the far side for their evening games.
Kempston took a while to start covering the gaps in the field, but opened the scoring at 21 minutes, there were plenty of shots on goal from then on, and the MK GK did well. Kempston really could, and should have scored more.

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The Irish have certainly found the winning formula. Is it down to having better players? A good management team? A bit of both.. it’s good to see and MK team finally doing well that can go up the pyramid. 
MK has so much potential to be able to produce a few good teams!!

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4 hours ago, Daily Dose said:

The Irish have certainly found the winning formula. Is it down to having better players? A good management team? A bit of both.. it’s good to see and MK team finally doing well that can go up the pyramid. 
MK has so much potential to be able to produce a few good teams!!

Not a vastly different team than last year, they have some good players and some experienced players. Shrieves who was a top non league player and had a very good spell as manager of Newport Pagnell and Creaser who played for Wycombe in the conference, that’s an excellent management team for this level. They set the team up simply and well, they have goals in them and don’t often give many away. They will always struggle for proper support like most MK sides, will they last 5-10 years? History would say not, I hope so. MK needs a good non league team. 

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