Throughout the season we have looked at a number of relationships between father and son, uncle and nephew and between brothers; we have focused on some of football's well-known family links and the success that they have enjoyed on the field in their respective eras.

There's one unique relationship in The Football League, however, that doesn't come under the spotlight out on the pitch, and one that hopes its more productive years in the game are still ahead of them.

Bobby Winkelman has gone from having high hopes of making it as a professional in the game to working under his father, who is one of the most recognisable chairmen in The Football League, Pete Winkelman.

Having started his football career at Northampton Town Bobby was released as a schoolboy. He then went down the road to Milton Keynes and joined the Dons. However, his hopes of making a name for himself on the pitch all came crashing down after he suffered an injury that would ultimately end his chances of making it as a pro.

"I ruptured my cruciate ligaments playing against Coventry City for the Dons, just after my 18th birthday," he told football-league.co.uk. "I had surgery and I was back playing and training with the reserves about a year after I had initially injured my cruciate. I had a second surgery on my knee in America then realised I was going to be out for another 8-12 months."

Fortunately though Bobby was able to adjust his focus and he developed a passion for sports science whilst sitting on the sidelines with the injury.

"I did another year on my national certificate to make it a national diploma and that gave me enough UCAS points to go to university - that's something I knew I could fall back on if football didn't worked out for me.

"I was enjoying college and learning about the body. I wanted to know what had happened to me and what had gone wrong."

After going to Liverpool John Moores University to study science and football, Bobby worked at Rochdale with their youth team before getting the chance to return to Milton Keynes Dons.

"I came back to MK Dons and worked with the youth team doing their fitness sessions on a daily basis. I also did the match analysis and gave the club a more detailed knowledge of sports science.

"It was good to work on the youth side and I think it helped that it was only a few years before that I had been in their position. I really enjoyed my time with the youth team and it's pleasing to see a few of the lads work their way up to the fringes of the first-team."

Like the aspiring professional players, Bobby has worked his way up through the ranks at stadiummk and now heads up the club's recruitment operation, something he regards as a key aspect of the club.

"As the budget is mainly for the players, we need to make sure we recruit the best players to take the club forward.

"I work closely with Alex Rae who was formerly a coach with us before coming back to join the scouting team. We report into Karl [Robinson] and John Gorman and there is a good blend there."

Having inherited his passion for the game from his father, Bobby is enjoying putting his energies into an area he hopes can contribute to fulfilling the ambition the club has.

The pair certainly don't have the relationship that you would come to expect between a father and son behind the scenes at a football club.

"He is my dad but he's a busy man and he has a lot of things going on. He knows I am going to work as hard as I possibly can for him and the football club to take it forwards, just like everyone else here.

"I don't get to see him as much as people may think, it is very difficult. We're there with a job to do and the roles don't cross over that often directly.

"Even away from the stadium, my time is taken up with football. My girlfriend plays for the Ladies team and I coach some of their sessions in the evenings and I then watch her on Sundays. I'm at a game every Saturday and then on Sunday I'm off to see her matches - it's football all week every week."

With the club now becoming prominent within the community, there is a generation of aspiring young players starting to emerge from the local area.

They stand a good chance of progression, too, with the club having built up a reputation for giving people their big breaks in football.

Sam Baldock is arguably their most recognisable youth product and he made over 100 first-team appearances before joining West Ham United in August 2011. Ironically, it was Baldock that replaced Bobby Winkelman when he ruptured his cruciate ligaments in the match against Coventry, way back in 2006.

More recently, another youth team product, Tom Flanagan, has been introduced to the first-team, making a handful of appearances.

The Dons also gave Roberto Di Matteo his first taste of management and provided Dietmar Hamann with his first coaching job, as well as employing The Football League's youngest manager in Karl Robinson - a shrewd move that looks to have paid off with the Dons on the verge of the second tier of English football.

"It's such an exciting time here in Milton Keynes. We had 19,500 come and watch us against Queens Park Rangers and we are getting the upper tier of the stadium completed to give us the chance to have over 30,000 people here.

"The next step is, of course, the Championship - which we have been knocking on the door of for the last few years. Hopefully our fan base will increase and we will grow as a team on the field and as a club off it.

"There's a silver lining for everything and I think the playing days ended for me to give me a chance to be here, not just for five years or 10 years, but to be here throughout the football club's growth for years to come."

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