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A View From Afar

All I hear is "What a terrible year 2020 was”. For me, it's been absolutely wonderful. I

didn't work for 100 days and got paid. My other team, Arsenal, won the FA Cup and

Charity Shield (you were allowed to support a top team as well as your local nonleague

side back in the day). And my beloved Chairboys won promotion to the

Championship after 133 years - and most of the country knew it.

Back in January 1975, I had recently turned into a teen and Wycombe were playing

Middlesbrough in the FA Cup. They were top of the old First Division and were

managed by a legend - big Jack Charlton. The ITV Big Match crew brought their

cameras and we queued all the way past the home terrace to get tickets. Sir Stanley

Rous, FIFA President, was an occasional visitor to Loakes Park back in those days.

How could it ever be better than that?

Fast forward to the early 1990s. Martin O'Neil took his team to Wembley and won

twice. We won promotion to the Football League and I saw George Best play in the

final game at Loakes Park before the move to Sands. How could it ever be better

than that?

I took my son to his first away game at Leicester City in the FA Cup Quarterfinal and

his second away game at Villa Park against Liverpool. How could it ever be better

than that? I took the whole family to Charlton on a cold, dark night to earn another

semi-final encounter, home and away against the mighty Chelsea. Adams Park was

filled to the brim. How could it ever be better than that?

A global pandemic, the season cut short and a playoff place for the team who were

the bookies favourites to be relegated against more fancied sides with greater

financial clout. Watching from home, with links all around the country and the world,

the Blues overcome everything for promotion. At the final whistle it took a couple of

minutes to realise the enormity of the task completed, before pure joy took over. How

can it ever be better than that?

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