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MEDIA WEEKLY: Pies and Opportunities

25 November 2016

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Phew! Tuesday was a bit of a relief then. Very strange how good Stadium MK has been to us recently, but let's hope the upsurge in form continues this weekend.

In fact, all we need now is a six-goal swing with a win against Bristol Rovers tomorrow and we'll hop above the Dons and will be heading for a nice and straight-forward season after all. Simple.

Food for Thought

If armies march on their stomachs and the way to man's heart is likewise then you can be sure that for the battalions of media team troops up and down the land, food is often a major consideration on matchday.

I'll not name him, but there's one League One press officer who before every trip to the Proact will enquire as to what food we put on and whether he should stock up beforehand. Sadly, there's only soup in our press room at half time.

The best I've experienced in my time with Chesterfield was away at Derby County in the FA Cup. Full plated meals pre-match, greedily gobbled down by us Spireites unused to such pleasures, and things got better still as we trudged back into the press room at half time.

The first give-away was from the cheeky face of the injured Gary Roberts, on co-commentary duty that day. He saw me as the door swung open and quickly wiped away the chocolate brownie smeared around his chops, perhaps thinking I might grass him up to the gaffer. Thankfully, there were plenty more left as well as a plentifully-stacked cheese board. Luxury!

At a lot of grounds you'll not get much more than a coffee, but whatever your feelings about MK Dons, they certainly do lovely pies. As a veggie, I can often feel left out when plates of warm sausage rolls (Southend United) are handed around the press box, but among four selections on Tuesday was even a crisp spinach and ricotta beauty (pictured) that was soon treated without mercy.

Not long later, one of the MK Dons media men was heard to exclaim loudly: "I'd never have boxed up any pasta if I'd known they were bringing out the chicken balti pies tonight." 

Media Team Vacancy

Some of you may have seen earlier in the week that there's a media vacancy at the club, that's because I'll be heading to pastures new (specifically, Bournemouth) just before Christmas.

It's a fantastic job and a superb opportunity to get into the football industry, though it does come with plenty of hard work (but then I would say that). 

So if you or someone you know fills the criteria then send Nick an email on and this Media Weekly platform could become yours!

Iain Pearce - Spireites Media Team

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