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|Middlesbrough 1 Wycombe 0
FA Cup Third Round replay - 7th January 1975
|After holding the First Division leaders to a goalless draw at Loakes Park a few days earlier, Wycombe travelled to Ayresome Park with Boro Manager Jack Charlton predicting "Murder" for the amateurs. Wycombe took nine coachloads of supporters plus many more by car - a few even flew up from Booker! They witnessed probably the greatest night in the non-League history of Wycombe Wanderers.
were not overwhelmed by the occasion but no one expected anything other
than an easy victory for the professionals. Boro stormed forward from the
off but were foiled time and time again by a rigid Wycombe defence led by
Alan Phillips and a superb display by John Maskell in goal. He saved a 20
yarder from Souness in the 25th minute before Wycombe's best move of the
game that involved Birdseye and Searle and ended with a close range shot
from Perrin that Platt held on to. Incredibly it was still goalless at
Boro continued the pressure in the second-half but Maskell was on top form. The home side took off top scorer Alan Foggon just after the hour mark as Wycombe continued to hold on. It was literally in the last minute that Wycombe buckled under the pressure. It came after Maskell had made another full length save. The ball was cleared but Craggs found Souness who picked out England Under-21 international David Armstrong. He cut inside the Wycombe defence before pushing the ball wide of Maskell to bring a massive roar from the 29,000 home fans.
WYCOMBE:Maskell, Birdseye, Mead, Phillips, Hand, Holifield, Reardon, Kennedy, Horseman (sub 74 Evans), Searle and Perrin.
MIDDLESBROUGH: Platt, Craggs, Maddren, Boam, Spraggon, Charlton, Souness, Armstrong, Hickton, Foggan (sub 61 Willey), Mills Att: 30,128
Article first published by chairboys.co.uk in 1998
Also see extended feature published for 40th anniversary in January 2015.
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