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Guy Whittingham. The 36-year-old striker joined Wycombe on a free transfer in the run up

to the Semi-Final, as the club scrabbled about for players who weren’t cup-tied, and came

on as a late sub in the game against Liverpool. He retired from the professional game that

summer, joining Newport Isle of Wight as player/manager in 2003. He left the club in 2005

after they ran into financial difficulties and became manager of AFC Newbury, only for the

same thing to happen (Newbury were dissolved at the end of the season). After a period

coaching at Eastleigh, he re-joined former club Portsmouth in 2011 as a development coach.

He was appointed manager in 2012, initially as caretaker, then being made permanent at

the end of the 2012/13 season, but was sacked in November after a poor start. After a

season coaching at Crawley Town, he joined the FA as a coach developer in 2014.

Martyn Lee. A product of the Wycombe youth system, the diminutive midfielder enjoyed a

breakout season in 2000/01, featuring in most of the FA Cup games, although he was an

unused substitute for the Semi-Final. His season highlight was undoubtedly a superb display

in the Third Round Replay win at Grimsby, where he had a hand in all three of Wycombe’s

goals. After an impressive season, many predicted a bright future for him, but the following

campaign was a disappointing one, as he made just four starts and was eventually loaned

out to Cheltenham Town. Released at the end of the following season, he joined local nonleague

side Maidenhead United, where he spent three seasons before dropping out of the

game. Now living in Woking, he worked as a self-employed chauffeur before becoming a

tiler, specialising in marble and stone floors.

Michael Simpson. The tough-tackling midfielder played a key role the cup run, scoring twice

but also being harshly sent off in the fifth round replay at Wimbledon. ‘Simmo’ spent seven

years at Wycombe, playing over 300 games and named the 2003 player of the season.

However, he was one of a number of players released by Tony Adams in 2004. He joined

Leyton Orient, making over 100 appearances asthe O’s won promotion to League One. After

a long spell out with injury, he joined Burton Albion, making over 100 appearances as he

helped the them to the Conference title and promotion to the Football League. After a

season at Eastwood Town and a brief spell at the delightfully- named Graham Street Prims,

he hung up his boots and returned to his hometown of Nottingham, where he worked as a

postman and coached at Notts County’s academy. Now working for UPS and living in Derby.

Danny Senda. Another youth team graduate who broke through in 2000/01, Senda featured

in all four games against Millwall and Grimsby. Originally a striker, he shone after converting

to right wing-back and was a regular for the next five seasons before moving to Millwall.

Injured on the final day of the 2007/08 season, he spent 16-months on the sidelines and

despite going on to have brief spells with Torquay, Bristol Rovers and Barnet, he continued

to struggle with injuries and eventually announced his retirement at 29 in February 2013.

Alongside running his own fitness company, he joined Brentford as an academy coach in

September 2013, before being appointed head coach of Barnet’s under-18 team in 2017. In

February 2019, he was promoted to first team coach, leaving the position in July 2020. He

was made assistant head coach of Leyton Orient in July 2020, stepping down a year later.

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