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THE STORY OF THE BLUES

OPPONENTS: FRANCHISE (A)

DATE: Saturday 1 st February 2020

COMPETITION: League One

SCORE: Franchise 2 (Healy 68, Gladwin 86) Blues 0

ATTENDANCE: 9,699 (including 1,834 who don’t consider them rivals)

REFEREE: Darren Handley

SUMMARY: A frustrating game as we slumped to defeat against the relegation-haunted

Franchise. We only managed one shot on target – Alex Samuel’s effort being tipped over

by ‘keeper Lee Nicholls – and were punished for a lacklustre showing. Rhys Healey

opened the scoring when he tapped in at the far post, then former Marlow midfielder

Ben Gladwin sealed the win, with a long range effort that bounced over the hapless

David Stockdale. Still, a minute’s applause during the 62 nd minute for Wycombe fan

Mark Bird, who tragically passed away before the game against Blackpool, reminded us

that, win or lose, there are some things far more important than football.

BEST BIT: Still being the best team in Bucks.

WORST BIT: The second goal.

HERO: Not the result he would have wanted to mark the occasion, but 1 st February 2020

marked the tenth anniversary of Gareth Ainsworth joining the club on a permanent deal.

VILLAIN: Pete Winkleman. Never forgive, never forget.

MEMORABILITY RATING: 1/10

OPPONENTS: BRISTOL ROVERS (H)

DATE: Saturday 8 th February 2020

COMPETITION: League One

SCORE: Blues 3 (Akinfenwa 9, Charles 39, Bloomfield 41) Gas 1 (Mitchell-Lawson 27)

ATTENDANCE: 5,769 (including 970 who were probably hoping a lightning storm would

get the game abandoned in the 66 th minute)

REFEREE: Tom Nield

SUMMARY: We stormed to victory with a thunderous display against our friends from

along the M4. Ainsworth brought Bayo, Blooms and Mango Man into the starting eleven

and they rewarded him with three goals in a whirlwind first half, our shots raining down

on ex-Blue Jamal Blackman in the Rovers goal. Dark clouds threatened to gather when

Rovers equalised, but we blew them away with two lightning strikes before the break,

Charles tapping home after Blackman parried Jacobson’s thunderbolt and Blooms

storming into the box to flash home a third. Rovers came out with the wind in their sails

in the second half, but we weathered the storm and breezed to three points, much to

the delight of the Adams Park faithful, who hailed their victorious Chairboys with gusto.

BEST BIT: Bloomfield’s well-taken goal.

WORST BIT: Our defending in the build-up to Bristol’s goal wasn’t exactly our best work.

HERO: Ainsworth, for his seemingly prescient team selection and the fact that this was

his 400 th game in charge of the Blues.

VILLAIN: Us, for this match report (the important things is, we think we’re funny).

MEMORABILITY RATING: 7/10

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