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THE WANDERER’S ALTERNATIVE TEAM OF THE SEASON

We were all rightly proud of our promotion-winning Chairboys and many fans would

have been hard-pressed to agree on a Wanderers ‘Team of the Season’. Grimmer or

McCarthy? Gape or Ofoborh? Kashket or Onyedinma? We’re sure you all have your own

picks, but what about those unsung heroes, who made their own, vital contributions to

our charge to the Championship, all of them overlooked merely because of the tiny

detail that they were playing for the opposition? Here’s our dream XI of the men who

helped us along the way to Wembley glory – not that they’ll want reminding…

GOALKEEPER: Simon Eastwood – Oxford United. It’s fair to say Wycombe benefitted

from a few dodgy ‘keeper performances over the course of the season. There was Josh

Vickers of Lincoln City, who cheerfully waved three Joe Jacobson set-pieces into his net

and Fleetwood Town’s Alex Cairns, who appeared to have some kind of breakdown in

the playoff semi-final first leg, repeatedly trying to catch the ball long after it became

heartbreakingly apparent that he wasn’t going to. However, for direct contribution to

our promotion, the prize must go to Eastwood for his extraordinarily craptacular display

in the Playoff Final. First, he completely missed Joe Jacobson’s corner, helping Anthony

Stewart’s header into the net with his flailing left foot and then he confirmed our win -

and his place in this team - by charging out of his goal with all the calm and control of a

terrified rhino and wiping out Fred Onyedinma for the penalty, sportingly diving out of

the way of Jacobson’s subsequent spot-kick, as the Blues claimed a historic victory.

RIGHT WING-BACK: Luke Matheson – Rochdale. We feel a bit bad about this one, so

we’ll just quickly get it out the way. Having starred and scored in Dale’s heroic showing

against Man Utd in the League Cup earlier on in the season, 17-year-old England youth

international Matheson was rightly being touted for a bright future and added to a

string of superb performances with a near-excellent display against the Chairboys. We

say ‘near-excellent’, because in the third minute of stoppage time, with the score tied at

1-1, Paul Smyth raced past him into the box, only to be brought down by his clumsy

challenge. Jacobson did the honours from the spot to wrap up the points and the poor

kid left the field in tears, although Wolves bought him for a million quid about two

weeks later, so he probably cheered up fairly quickly.

RIGHT CENTRE-BACK: Harry Souttar – Fleetwood Town. Trailing 4-1 from the playoff

first leg, Fleetwood went into the game at Adams Park knowing they had to attack from

the off and they duly grabbed an earlyish goal to bring themselves back into the tie and

set Wycombe nerves jangling. They upped the pressure, whilst also keeping it tight at

the back, the Wycombe attack getting little change out of a Cod defence that showed a

lot more discipline than they had up at Highbury. Even when Fred Onyedinma did go on

a solo run towards the Town goal, Souttar kept pace and dispossessed him. However,

instead of shielding it out for a corner, Souttar inexplicably chose to hook the ball back

into the feet of the grateful Fred, who tucked the ball home from close range. The wind

taken out their sails, Fleetwood lost their early momentum and despite pulling another

one back, Onyedinma added a late second to ensure there’d be no second leg fightback.

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