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PUBLISHED: 13:40 02 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:14 24 August 2010

YOU can t stand still in life, but in football it s vital that you preserve the heart and soul of a club. To me, that means that if a club moves to a new stadium, they should stay within their own territory and that s how I d feel if the owners of QPR dec

YOU can't stand still in life, but in football it's vital that you preserve the heart and soul of a club.

To me, that means that if a club moves to a new stadium, they should stay within their own territory and that's how I'd feel if the owners of QPR decided to leave Loftus Road.

The Wimbledon debate seemed to be reopened after MK Dons won at Wembley - as an ex-Wimbledon player, my view is that they are two totally different clubs.

I hate reading that MK Dons once paid £2m for me - they didn't. There's no way Kevin Gallen plays for the same club I played for and I know a lot of Wimbledon fans feel very strongly that MK Dons should never be allowed to claim that history.

Good luck to MK Dons and I hope they can make their own history. But the heart and soul of Wimbledon is still in the same area, with AFC Wimbledon, and it can't ever be moved.

Talking of my previous clubs, I'm delighted Preston have put together a great run of form in recent weeks and will be in the Championship again next season.

When I was 17, I made my reserve team debut thanks to Alan Irvine. He was meant to play on the right wing away to Leeds, but he pulled his hamstring, so I took his place and scored.

He seemed old to me that day, so it'll make him feel really old on Saturday when he sees me now, pushing 35!

Being manager of Preston has really brought out Alan's credentials and he's made them into a side that are hard to beat.

But we're looking to keep our home form going and build on the two draws we've picked up in the last couple of away games.

The result at Ipswich was probably about fair in the end, although I couldn't help feeling the referee gave a poor decision in our favour because he'd missed the foul on Pat Agyemang earlier.

The gaffer and myself both felt Ipswich had a legitimate claim for a penalty, but it's always nice to get one going your way.

It was good that we got a result despite missing Rowly and Akos, as well as our left-back - that shows how the squad can cope without key players.

We may still be a few short in terms of a promotion-winning squad, but there's no doubt we've come on leaps and bounds in a short space of time.


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