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The Long & Winding Road

Ah, the end of the football season. A time for reflection on what could have been which will soon melt into the anticipation for it all to kick off again in August.

League 2 has been a funny old division this time around, which was summed up perfectly by the final game of the campaign at Adams Park. Both Wycombe Wanderers and Cambridge United had poor starts to the season, but found themselves on the final day with an outside chance of the play offs. A convincing 1-0 victory was not enough for The Chairboys as the required ‘favours’ elsewhere failed to materialise.
I spoke to an upbeat Gareth Ainsworth, shortly after the final whistle:
An improvement on last season’s league position, points total and goals scored are all positives to take away from a gruelling campaign which also included two significant forays into the cup competitions. A continuation of the poor form from the end of the 16/17 season saw a slow start to the season which ultimately contributed to Wycombe falling just short of the top seven. The unbeaten run through the winter months was exhilarating, but the games mounted up and injuries to key players brought about a slump which was arrested in time for a tilt towards the play offs.
I’m doubtless that some will look at the failure to beat Morecambe away or hold on against ten man Cheltenham at home as the reasons why The Chairboys missed out on the play off party. Quite simply though, the league table doesn’t lie. As Gareth said on the interview:
“You are where you are after 46 games”.
Tottenham Hotspur away was one of those days that reminds you of what a brilliant (and cruel) game football can be. The performance of the team with the noise and passion from the fans was absolutely fantastic, whilst the drama on the day was just unbelievable. Apologies to the people who I made cry with the audio montage of the game afterwards. Here it is again for those of you who may have found it too painful to listen to at the time:
The trip to White Hart Lane was a real highlight of the season for me but there have been many others along the way too. It’s a real privilege to be able to help tell the story of Wycombe Wanderers each week and I hope that the rise of the club continues under Gareth Ainsworth.
Thanks to everyone who has tuned in, tweeted, said hello and stopped for a chat, be it at Adams Park or on the road/train. It’s been a pleasure.
Have a great Summer and, of course, COYB!
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Pre Morecambe

The last home league game of the campaign is upon us and whatever happens against Morecambe, Wycombe Wanderers are a million miles from the depths they reached at this stage last season against Bristol Rovers. It’s been a magnificent season and there is a great chance for someone to write themselves into Chairboys folklore in the last two games.

It will be a patched up team and losing Aaron Pierre is a massive blow at both ends of the pitch. A rock defensively and a constant thorn in the side of the opposition at attacking set pieces, Wycombe will need to dig deep against an awkward Shrimpers side who will be well organised by Jim Bentley.

I spoke with Gareth Ainsworth ahead of the game and it was this quote that jumped out at me…

“We need the fans to keep with us, keep chanting, keep the boys going.”

If you’re going to be at Adams Park, play your part!

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I also caught up with talismanic skipper Paul Hayes…

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If you can’t be at Adams Park today then tune into BBC Three Counties 98FM where there will be full match commentary from myself, Scotty and Geoff Doyle. The coverage will also be broadcast on Chairboys Player around the world as normal.

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