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BLUES 1 COALVILLETOWN 0, F.A. Cup First Round, 13 th November 2004

On Monday 8 th November, Blues manager Tony Adams made a comment about how

Wycombe wouldn’t be taking Coalville Town lightly. He quit the next day, with the

Chairboys winless in nine league matches.

Pete Cawley took charge of the team against the Midland Alliance side, who were the

lowest ranked in the competition. With fewer than 3,000 fans in attendance, the

opposition hit the side-netting in the first half and, although there were chances, it took

a 70 th minute Roger Johnson header from a free-kick to break the deadlock. It was at

least the first Saturday afternoon since the opening day that we had tasted victory at

Adams Park, but then that’s just how sad and desperate things had become.

HAYES & YEADING UNITED 1 BLUES 2, F.A. Cup First Round, 6 th November 2010

A trip to Hayes for the F.A. Cup First Round in 2010-11 looked like an easy pass – Gary

Waddock’s side were going well in League Two with four wins in a row, while Hayes and

Yeading were struggling in the division below.

The crowd was 1,426 with Wycombe fans making up nearly half (700) of the total. These

games are never easy, admittedly, but it still took Wycombe an hour to find the

breakthrough. Surely more goals would follow? Maybe not – Hayes equalised ten

minutes later and Wycombe were hanging on. In the fourth minute of injury time, a

corner pinballed around the area and Gareth Ainsworth, in what was undoubtedly the

unpopular individual’s only decent contribution to the club, tapped in a scrappy winner.

BLUES 5 HARTLEPOOL 0, League One, 25 th February 2012

Is winning 5-0 in a league game ever embarrassing? Not ordinarily, but context is key in

this regard. The 2011-12 season under Gary Waddock was hardly going to plan, with

Wycombe never able to string a couple of good results together and just seven league

wins all season had seen us slump to the bottom of the league. Waddock called in the

ringers and handed out four debuts for the visit of Hartlepool which, combined with

other loan signings, meant that none of the ten outfield players that started the game

had played on the opening day of the season.

The win may have been impressive, Paul Hayes starring with two goals, but this felt like

a struggling Sunday league side getting a win with the manager calling up a group of his

mates who used to play semi-professional to come along for a game. It was a damning

incitement of Waddock’s woeful summer recruitment policy and while a mini-revival did

briefly offer hope, when Hayes was recalled by parent club Charlton, he took any hope

of surviving relegation with him.

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