The Wanderer - issue 119 - http://www.wwisc.co.uk/

The Wanderer - issue 119 - Online - WYCOMBE WANDERERS INDEPENDENT SUPPORTERS CLUB - http://www.wwisc.co.uk/

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We look back on the times when managers have spoken a little bit too soon…

“The best that Wycombe could have done is match us. There is no way they could have

prepared better than us.” Joey Barton

The set-up – Football was on hold for four months and then Wycombe and Fleetwood got

into the playoffs after cheating and voting themselves into the top six ahead of championselect

Peterborough. Nobody knew how the game would go, with no recent matches to base

any form on and the two teams training in isolation. It was a unique situation that presented

a new challenge, but Barton was convinced nobody would be as ready as his side.

What happened – From conceding inside two minutes to having two players sent off,

Fleetwood looked out of sorts, whereas Wycombe were fit, prepared and ruthless.

“On a good pitch, playing the way we did today, we’d have beaten them.” Mark McGhee

The set up – After probably the least memorable match of the 2000-01 F.A. Cup campaign, a

0-0 draw at Millwall, McGhee claimed his side were the better footballing team and the

patchy turf at The New Den was the only reason we’d scraped a replay. He was fonder of

the Adams Park surface and was confident Millwall would pass Wycombe out the cup.

What happened – Goals from Andy Rammell and Paul McCarthy saw Wycombe through to

the bright lights of Round Three and as the Valley End Terrace emptied into the December

night, the chant was unmistakable… ‘Cheer up Mark McGhee, Oh what can it mean…’

“Any team we put out should be capable of beating Wycombe.” Chris Coleman

The set up - League Two Wycombe headed to Craven Cottage to take on Premier League

Fulham in Round Two of the League Cup and Coleman made a statement that, to be fair,

was accurate. Any side he put out should be capable of beating little old Wycombe…

What happened - Fulham, despite fielding seven internationals, lost. An early goal from

Jermaine Easter and a Tommy Mooney penalty earned a 2-1 win and Coleman was forced to

endure a rousing rendition of ‘Coleman, Coleman, What’s the score?’ from the gleeful away

fans, as he dejectedly made his way across the pitch at full-time.

“That goal changes nothing.” Paul Lambert

The set up – As we’re a fair, balanced and impartial publication (compared to TalkSport and

the Peterborough Telegraph at least) we’ll include one that blew up in our own faces. Paul

Lambert’s Wycombe took on Stockport County in the 2008 League Two Playoff Semi-Finals

and Delroy Facey made a few gamblers happy by giving us the lead in the first leg at Adams

Park. Ten minutes from time, Stephen Gleeson scored an absolute worldie completely mishit

a volley from a yard out that hit nine players, both posts and the bar before trickling over

the line at 0.0000000001 mph to make it 1-1 ahead of the second leg.

What happened – Lambert’s remark was odd, as it meant Wycombe needed to go and win

at Edgeley Park, rather than just draw. Lambert, in fairness, was referring to the fact that,

had the goal not gone in, Wycombe would still have gone to Stockport with the intention of

winning the game, rather than playing for a draw (although that in itself sounds unlikely,

given Lambert’s defensive minded approach to, well, everything). Yet it galvanised the home

support and a fired-up County won the second leg 1-0 to go through to the final.


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