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Niall Thompson. The Birmingham-born, Canadian international striker arrived on trial in

October after spells in Scotland, Belgium, Canada, America and the Netherlands, where he’d

played in the PSV Eindhoven youth system. Signed on a one-month deal, a string of gutsy

displays earned him an extension and he started the Second Round replay against Millwall.

He only played 7 more games for Wycombe and was let go when his extension ran out in

February. He returned to Canada, playing for Montreal Impact, Vancouver Whitecaps and

Vancouver Firefighters and later went into coaching with Surrey United Firefighters.

George Clegg. A Manchester City-supporting Manchester United striker signed on loan in

the midst of the injury crisis prior to the game against Leicester. Clegg started the match at

Filbert Street, but failed to impress and was subbed off. The 20-year-old played a further ten

league games for Wycombe without scoring and returned to United, joining Bury on a free

transfer that summer. He later dropped into non-league, with spells at Northwich Victoria,

Worcester City, Hinckley United and then back at Northwich. Not much is known about him

now, other than he lives in Manchester and is married with two kids.

Alan Beeton. Another product of the youth system, the young left-back featured in the First

Round win against Harrow Borough, but didn’t feature again in the rest of the cup run. A

former youth team player of the year, big things had been expected of Beeton, who at one

point was supposedly being watched by Liverpool, but his career stalled after contracting

meningitis and then being injured in a car crash. Released that summer, he had a spell at

Chesham United before going into the motor trade, moving to Kings Langley and becoming

a sales manager at CD Bramhall in Hemel Hempstead. Now an MD at A2B performance.

Dannie Bulman. Signed from non-league Ashford Town, the terrier-like midfielder is best

remembered for scoring with his arse within fifteen seconds of making his debut, Bristol

Rovers ‘keeper Lee Jones firing his clearance into the substitute’s backside. 2000/01 was his

breakthrough season at Wycombe and he formed a formidable midfield pairing with

Michael Simpson. Bulman remained a regular and a popular player until he was released by

Tony Adams in 2004. Since then, Bulman has racked up an impressive five separate spells at

Crawley Town, punctuated by stays at Stevenage, Oxford and Wimbledon, where he helped

them win the 2016 League Two Playoff Final. Even more impressive, Bulman is still playing

for Crawley at the grand old age of 42, the current oldest player in the Football League. He is

currently in talks over a new contract at Crawley, combining playing with a coaching role.

Sam Parkin. The young striker on loan from Chelsea wrote his name into Wycombe folklore

when his late header against Wolves sent Wycombe into the Fifth Round. Named as a sub,

Parkin nearly didn’t play, but kept a back injury secret from Lawrie Sanchez, in case it cost

him his place on the bench. Parkin played in both Fifth Round games against Wimbledon,

but Wycombe were unable to keep him for the Quarter-Final. He left Chelsea in 2002 and

went on to play for a host of Football League clubs, as well as a spell playing in Scotland.

After retiring he went into media, presenting for BBC Radio Wiltshire and commentating for

Chelsea TV. More recently, he has been commentating for BBC Radio London and TalkSport,

writing a column for The Football League Paper and co-hosting the podcast Hanging Up The

Boots. He also often appears as a pundit on Football League highlights show EFL on Quest.


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