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Some of the tackles that he pulled off were frankly incredible. Those legs would come

seemingly from nowhere, sometimes reaching around opponents Inspector Gadget

style, seeking out the ball from any angle. In a one-on-one situation, you would have to

go a long way to find a more effective defender, particularly during that coming-of-age

2018-2019 season, in which he held a makeshift, constantly changing Wycombe defence

together through injury after injury, despite playing out of position nearly every week.

Then, just when we thought we had worked Sido out, he continued his quest for

adjectives by unveiling of one of the strangest freekick techniques ever seen in the

Football League. The simplicity of the technique — which involved him curling the ball

inside the near post off a one-step run-up — is almost insulting to the generations of

freekick-takers that went before him, who like everybody else, got too tied up in the

minutiae of curl and dip and forgot that they should just kick the ball into the goal.

Sido’s one-man homage to Question of Sport’s “What Happened Next” round marched

on and by all accounts his Sido-ness also translated to other arenas. Neil Harman’s Close

Quarters notes that his distinctive voice was commonly heard in animated debates on

the team bus and matchday programme player questionnaires over the years have often

seen him nominated as the worst squad member to be stuck with in a room or broken

lift. The hipster clothes that he showed up to Adams Park in when injured were another

clue that he was in no way your typical footballer, but I am sure that any abuse from

teammates was tongue-in-cheek. I plucked up the courage to speak to him on a couple

of occasions at friendlies and always received the warmest, politest response.

Wycombe may have outgrown Sido (and there were many Chairboys fans that thought it

hadn’t) but we couldn’t have done it without his help. He joined in the summer of 2014,

with the club at its lowest ebb for many years - and left with it at its highest. Every

bounding stepover and long range sliding tackle contributed to that journey. But Sido’s

work in South Bucks is done. It’s time for him to move north in search of new adjectives

and find out how they say “Sido-ness” in an Oldham accent.

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