The Wanderer - issue 119 - http://www.wwisc.co.uk/

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Screening for Wembley proved to be tight; Forms were filled in, surveys taken and we

finally headed up to the arch. Myself, Nick, Jed and Martin were on flag duty, with Pete

Couhig and Neil Peters heading up the team on the cutouts (not cardboard cutouts - the

company who makes them is very eager to point that out). The Covid test involved

checking temperature, oxygen levels and heartrate, which I was pleased to hear was a

healthy 54 BPM (Out of interest, I took it again 15 minutes before the final kicked off

and it had shot up to a not-so-healthy 85…). None the less, the club’s finance director

told me I looked nervous and to snap out of it…

Masks had to be worn and social distancing strictly adhered to. We made our way round

to the Wycombe end and went out into the glorious sunshine that bathed the stadium

bowl. We walked right up to the pitch, but were under strict instructions not to go on or

touch it. It was covered in chemicals and, despite looking fantastic, was only reportedly

60% ready. It was cut a further two times while we were there and the science that goes

into such things was plain to see. We made a start on the flags, but Wembley’s seats

were not exactly designed for easy application. We persevered, but admittedly the

novelty did wear off. It was fiddly work on a hot day and the flags just kept on coming.

Were there really this many? So it would seem.

Eventually the display was complete and we could sit back to admire our handiwork. We

took a few photos of us pretending to hide ahead of the game (well it was funny to us at

the time) before making our way round to the dugouts to see them decked out in the

colours of the mighty Wycombe Wanderers (and some other team) and take a view of

the one Ainsworth and Dobbo would be sat in ahead of the big match.

Wembley was ready and so we had to sadly retreat to our front rooms to take it all in.

We weren’t there to experience it, but can at least say we played a small part in our

famous victory. A week or so later and I was watching the F.A. Cup Semi-Finals in the

same stadium. Each end was covered with larger seat coverings, bearing slogans and

logos relative to each team, as well as various sponsors. They looked neater, they looked

smarter and they were more visible – but lacked the personality and cosmopolitan

nature of the flags designed and purchased by individual families, fans and fan groups of

clubs from the lower leagues.

All photos by PRiME Media Images.


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