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Jermain McSporran. Plucked from non-league Oxford City, the jet-heeled forward became a

fans’ favourite for his blistering pace and eye for goal. ‘Jocky’ featured in the first two games

of the cup run, but then suffered an injury that kept him out for the rest of the season.

Inexplicably allowed to join First Division Walsall on a free transfer in 2004, he moved on to

Doncaster Rovers, before dropping back into non-league with Kidlington and Banbury

United, finishing his career back where it began with two seasons at Oxford City. He now

lives in Oxford and works as a shift manager in a Unipart distribution warehouse.

Andy Rammell. Some eyebrows were raised when Wycombe paid Walsall £70,000 for the

33-year-old striker in September 2000, but it proved to be money well spent, as the oldfashioned

centre-forward hit 13 goals in the next 30 games, including the opening goal in

the fourth round win over Wolves, which he celebrated by diving into the snow piled up

behind the Valley End goal. After three seasons at Adams Park, ‘Rambo’ moved to Bristol

Rovers in March 2003, scoring four goals in the last three games of the season to prevent

the Gas from slipping out of the Football League (for the time being at least). However, time

finally caught up with the veteran and injury forced him to retire at the end of the following

season. After working as a postman, he now lives in Wareham and works as a trainer/coach

for WISE Ability, helping disabled and disadvantaged people find employment.

Mark Rogers. The popular defender from Ontario became Wycombe’s first international

when he made his Canada debut in 2002. After scoring in the third round replay at Grimsby,

‘Ted’ was injured in the fifth round against Wimbledon but heroically played on, rather than

leave Wycombe with ten men, and subsequently missed the rest of the season. After over

150 appearances for the Blues, he joined Stevenage in 2004, but injuries forced him to retire

in 2006, aged just 30. He returned to Canada, where he was appointed Head Coach of the

British Columbia Women’s team, before becoming interim Assistant Coach for the Canadian

National side. He hosted a weekly radio program called ‘Footy Soldiers’ and now works for

The Sports Network as a Vancouver Whitecaps pundit, as well as being Technical Director of

South Delta United. He still follows the Blues and is a Wanderer subscriber – Hiya Ted!

Ben Townsend. Having captained the Wycombe youth team to the Football League Youth

Alliance Division One South title the previous season, the young right back was drafted into

the first team and produced a string of fine displays that belied his years. Many predicted a

bright future for the energetic and versatile defender, but he missed most of the next two

seasons with injuries and in 2003 was allowed to join Woking, He left in 2004 to join

Farnborough and had spells at Maidenhead United and Basingstoke, before joining the

family painting and decorating business in Woodley, Reading.

Stewart Castledine. Signed from Wimbledon in 2000, Castledine made two sub appearances

in the cup run and is mostly remembered by Wycombe fans for pushing to the front of the

post-match celebrations at Filbert Street, despite having barely touched the ball. Released

the following season he retired from football aged 29. After a spell modelling for Topman

and DKNY, Castledine, who married TV presenter Lucy Alexander in 2000 (making him the

first Wycombe player to grace the front cover of HELLO! Magazine) also moved into TV,

hosting DIY shows Big Strong Boys, Houses Behaving Badly and Builders, Sweat and Tears.

He also appeared as a French goalkeeper in the 2006 film The Pink Panther. He changed

careers again, moving into the business side of football, serving as a director at Soccerex

and marketing agency Sports Revolution. He has also coached AFC Wimbledon Ladies.

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