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There were some familiar faces present who had just finished training and media

commitments ahead of the first leg. As you’d expect, Gareth was his usual charismatic

self and asked if we were ready for Friday. Never mind us, what about him? He replied

with all the confidence and guts of a man whose side were about to blow the opposition

out of the water in their own back yard… Enough of the chit-chat about kicking a football

around though - we had a serious job of hanging up some flags to do. Some of the flags

were familiar: the iconic ‘Wycombe till I die 1884’ banner had been displayed at Villa

Park and Stamford Bridge but was making its home debut, whilst I recalled first seeing

the ‘We are the old Bucks Boys’ flag on a cliff by the sea in Torquay in May 2014…

Some flags were poignant reminders of fans who weren’t able to experience the playoffs

in any guise. Others possessed familiar names, some were humorous (‘Vegan. Leader.

Legend.’ was my personal favourite) and others did the proverbial “faeces-housing” (this

is a family friendly fanzine). Chairboys Central’s ‘1.74 - The Magic Number’ simply had to

take centre stage, not that a certain owner of a posh club would be watching of course...

There was a beauty to the diversity on show, demonstrating the many families and

individuals from all over the world that make up our fanbase.

After the path to Wembley was secured, the call to action to get the flags to Wembley

came and we didn’t need to be asked twice. Naturally they needed to be taken down

first and Nick’s request for assistance saw me greet him with ‘No thanks, that sounds

boring. See you at Wembley’, but it was in jest of course and another lunchtime trip to

Adams Park was required. Taking them down and flinging them in the back of Nick’s car

proved to be much easier than putting them up. The decision to also grab the ‘Wild

Thing’ flag was a last minute decision.

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