On Friday 3 November 2017, Milton Keynes Dons and Hyde United played their FA Cup First Round tie at Ewen Fields, the home of Hyde United.
Unfortunately, shortly before the scheduled 7.55pm kick-off, a flare was thrown onto the Ewen Fields pitch, causing a small fire resulting in thousands of pounds worth of damage to the artificial surface.
Supporters recognise that Hyde United had already battled through several qualifying rounds to reach the first round and as a non-league club being featured on live television, were due a considerable financial reward.
Several MK Dons supporters who attended the game were additionally impressed by the welcoming atmosphere and generosity shown by staff at Hyde United, some of whom had their taxi fares to their hotels paid for by the club directors.
Hyde United's Chief Executive Mark Worthington recently revealed the money generated by live tv coverage was intended to be used for community projects , and not for the first team itself.
Unfortunately much of that financial reward will now be used to repair the senseless damage caused prior the FA Cup game.
In the spirit of the FA Cup, MK Dons supporters via this GoFundMe campaign would like to raise money to contribute towards the cost of repair as a gesture of goodwill. All funds raised will be passed to Hyde United FC.
The campaign will run until Friday 17 November 2017. Our initial target is £1,000 however all funds raised will be directly passed to Hyde United FC regardless of the total figure.
This campaign was launched by members of AFC TCR - the unofficial MK Dons forum, and was suggested by forum member Alby. GoFundMe page created and managed by forum member FilthyDon.
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