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Now spring is coming and my hopes that fans could return for Easter have faded.

What a shame to have a whole season in the Championship and only a handful of

supporters see it live. For midweek matches we have taken to Zoom to share the

watching experience. It’s not the best, but sitting with beer and snacks whilst sharing

banter is fun, particularly as the normal alternative would’ve been looking like the

Michelin Man, with layers of clothes to keep out the February cold. The last 30

minutes at home against Reading was some of the best banter ever.

I thought the playoffs would have given us match sharpness and fitness over other

teams, but fellow promoted side Rotherham proved this theory wrong with their very

late winner. I also assumed we’d defend deep, but the team went toe to toe with

better opposition. The new players have been a breath of fresh air, but the quality of

some opposition players has been outstanding. Watford were pinging cross-field

balls straight to players’ feet, whereas at times in the past I’ve lamented the

Chairboys being unable to successfully complete a short pass.

Also in the past, I have monitored Yeovil in this column. In 2013 they achieved

playoff promotion to the Championship, only to then tumble to their current position

in the National League. They sold their sloping ground to a supermarket and moved

to an industrial estate. They rose from non-league to the Football League, with many

giant-killing cup runs along the way. Whilst I am not giving up on returning to the

Championship, it is vitally important that history does not repeat itself. I still believe

that if teams like Wigan, Oldham, Swindon and Bradford can make it to the

Premiership, why can’t Wycombe? Leagues One and Two are littered with teams

who have reached Everest basecamp.

It’s time to plan for next season. The club were perhaps surprised and less prepared

for promotion last year, but we now know that an assault on the Championship is

possible without spending a fortune, although reinforcements need to be brought in

sooner. I have enjoyed the season, celebrating every point and every time we lose I

simply think of the money earned, compared to zilch in League One. Despite the

disappointment of no fans and no away days, I have still enjoyed the adventure.

Stay Well. Keep the Faith.

Row H


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