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Dean Scott Lewington (born 18 May 1984) is an English professional footballer who plays as a left-back for League One club Milton Keynes Dons where he is currently club captain. He is the club's longest serving player.[3]

Dean Lewington
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Lewington in 2011
Personal information
Full name Dean Scott Lewington[1]
Date of birth (1984-05-18) 18 May 1984 (age 35)[1]
Place of birth Kingston upon Thames, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2]
Playing position Left-back
Club information
Current team
Milton Keynes Dons
Number 3
Youth career
0000–2004 Wimbledon
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Wimbledon 29 (1)
2004– Milton Keynes Dons 625 (21)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:21, 7 September 2019 (UTC)

Club careerEdit

WimbledonEdit

Born in Kingston upon Thames, London,[1] Lewington made his Wimbledon first team debut on 5 April 2003, coming on as a last-minute substitute for Alex Tapp in a 4–2 First Division defeat to Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough, his only appearance of the season.[4]

On 1 November 2003, he made his first start, in a 2–1 win over Bradford City at the National Hockey Stadium, their first victory in Milton Keynes.[5] He scored his first goal on 26 December in a 3–0 win away to Reading at the Madejski Stadium, heading Adam Nowland's cross for the second of the game.[6] Lewington was sent off for violent conduct near the end of the team's 0–3 home defeat to Coventry City on 21 February 2004.[7] At the end of the season, Wimbledon were relegated.[8]

Milton Keynes DonsEdit

 
Lewington takes a throw in against Barnsley in 2015

Having moved to Milton Keynes in 2003, Wimbledon were relaunched in 2004 as Milton Keynes Dons, in the newly renamed League One. Lewington almost moved to Huddersfield Town in 2005 in an exchange deal involving Pawel Abbott, however Abbott chose to stay at Huddersfield thus ending their interest. As of January 2019, Lewington is the only former Wimbledon player at Milton Keynes Dons.

He received the MK Dons captaincy after the departure of Keith Andrews to Blackburn Rovers in August 2008. On 21 March 2011, Lewington led his team to a 1–0 victory over promotion rivals Peterborough United. The Dons reached the play-offs but were defeated by Peterborough.

On 2 December 2012, Lewington captained his side against AFC Wimbledon in their highly publicised first meeting. On 12 January 2013, Lewington made his 400th league appearance for Milton Keynes Dons against Bury.

Lewington scored his only goal of the 2013–14 League One season in the last minute of a 3–2 victory over Stevenage at Broadhall Way. The 2–2 draw with Rotherham United at the New York Stadium on 26 April 2014 saw Lewington make his 500th appearance for Milton Keynes Dons in all competitions. To celebrate his 500th appearance for the club, supporters of Milton Keynes Dons got together for the last home game of the season against Leyton Orient, and wore as much orange as possible (due to Lewington's hair colour). This campaign was dubbed "Orange4Lewie" and gained some publicity from Twitter, Facebook and other social media.

On 3 May 2015, Lewington scored twice and assisted two further goals as the Dons defeated Yeovil Town 5–1 on the final day of the season to earn their first promotion to the Championship.[9]

On 20 May 2014, Milton Keynes Dons announced a testimonial match against Nottingham Forest would be played in honour of Lewington's ten years of service for the club. The match was played on 27 July 2014 at stadium:mk although 4,121 attended the game, of whom 1,286 were from Nottingham Forest.[10] At the time of his testimonial, Lewington had amassed over 500 appearances in league and cup competitions for Milton Keynes Dons.

Between January and May 2018 Lewington temporarily worked in a player-coach role for the club under then manager Dan Micciche.[11] Lewington achieved his 600th league appearance and 700th appearance in all competitions for the club in January 2019 in consecutive games against Crewe Alexandra and Grimsby Town.[12][13]

Personal lifeEdit

He is the son of former England assistant manager Ray Lewington.[6]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 7 September 2019
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Wimbledon 2002–03[14] First Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2003–04[15] First Division 28 1 3 0 0 0 31 1
Total 29 1 3 0 0 0 32 1
Milton Keynes Dons 2004–05[16] League One 43 2 3 0 1 0 1[a] 1 48 3
2005–06[17] League One 44 1 3 0 1 0 3[a] 0 51 1
2006–07[18] League Two 45 1 3 0 2 0 2[b] 0 52 1
2007–08[19] League Two 45 0 1 0 1 0 6[a] 0 53 0
2008–09[20] League One 40 2 1 0 2 0 3[c] 0 46 2
2009–10[21] League One 42 1 3 0 0 0 5[a] 1 50 2
2010–11[22] League One 42 3 2 0 3 0 3[d] 0 50 3
2011–12[23] League One 46 3 3 0 3 1 3[e] 0 55 4
2012–13[24] League One 38 1 7 0 2 0 0 0 47 1
2013–14[25] League One 43 1 4 0 0 0 2[a] 0 49 1
2014–15[26] League One 41 3 3 0 4 0 1[a] 0 49 3
2015–16[27] Championship 46 1 2 0 2 0 50 1
2016–17[28] League One 36 1 4 0 0 0 1[a] 0 41 1
2017–18[29] League One 22 0 1 0 2 0 3[a] 0 28 0
2018–19[30] League Two 46 1 1 0 1 0 1[a] 0 49 1
2019–20[31] League One 6 0 0 0 2 0 1[a] 0 9 0
Total 625 21 41 0 26 1 35 2 727 24
Career total 654 22 44 0 26 1 35 2 759 25
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Appearances in Football League Trophy.
  2. ^ Appearances in 2006–07 Football League Two play-offs.
  3. ^ Two appearances in 2008–09 Football League One play-offs and one appearance in Football League Trophy.
  4. ^ Two appearances in 2010–11 Football League One play-offs and one appearance in Football League Trophy.
  5. ^ Two appearances in 2011–12 Football League One play-offs and one appearance in Football League Trophy.

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Bretland, Elliot (7 May 2015). "MK Dons has been built brick by brick and Karl Robinson is the architect of our success, says captain Dean Lewington following promotion to the Championship". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Sheffield Wed 4-2 Wimbledon". BBC Sport. 5 April 2003. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Wimbledon 2-1 Bradford". BBC Sport. 1 November 2003. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Reading 0-3 Wimbledon". BBC Sport. 26 December 2003. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Wimbledon 0-3 Coventry". 21 February 2004. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  8. ^ "Wimbledon 1-0 Derby". BBC Sport. 9 May 2004. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  9. ^ "MK Dons 5-1 Yeovil". BBC Sport. 3 May 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  10. ^ "MK Dons 1-0 Forest". Nottingham Forest F.C. 27 July 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  11. ^ "Dan Micciche: MK Dons appoint ex-England youth coach as new manager". BBC Sport. 23 January 2018. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  12. ^ "Skipper set for 600 milestone". Milton Keynes Dons. 19 January 2019. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  13. ^ "Malvin praises Mr. Consistent ahead of 700th MK Dons game". Milton Keynes Dons. 24 January 2019. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
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  26. ^ "Games played by Dean Lewington in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  27. ^ "Games played by Dean Lewington in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  28. ^ "Games played by Dean Lewington in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
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  30. ^ "Games played by Dean Lewington in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  31. ^ "Games played by Dean Lewington in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  32. ^ Mitchener, Mark (30 March 2008). "Grimsby 0–2 MK Dons". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  33. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2008). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2008–2009. London: Headline Publishing Group. pp. 45, 272–273. ISBN 978-0-7553-1820-9.
  34. ^ Anderson, John, ed. (2015). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2015–2016. London: Headline Publishing Group. pp. 238–239. ISBN 978-1-4722-2416-3.
  35. ^ "League Two: 2018/19: Current table". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
    "MK Dons: Squad details: 2018/19". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
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  37. ^ "Ronaldo named player of the year". BBC Sport. 27 April 2008. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  38. ^ "Giggs earns prestigious PFA award". BBC Sport. 26 April 2009. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  39. ^ "Ben bags four awards". Milton Keynes Dons F.C. 29 April 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2018.

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