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Wycombe will take on Lawrie Sanchez's old Club Wimbledon in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup after The Dons beat Middlesbrough 3-1 in the Fourth Round replay at Selhurst Park on Tuesday 13th February.

It took extra-time to get a winner after The Dons had come back from a goal down.  A goal shortly before the break from Hamilton Ricard put Middlesbrough in the driving seat but Wimbledon equalised with 15 minutes left of normal through a Neil Ardley penalty. The Dons then took the lead during extra-time through Jason Euell and were handed a one man advantage when Ugo Ehiogu was sent off for violent conduct. Jonathan Hunt sealed the tie in the dying minutes.

The arrival of Wimbledon at Adams Park will be the first competitive First Team fixture between the two Clubs for more than 37 years when the teams were rivals in the Isthmian League. The main talking point, of course, will be the Lawrie Sanchez and Terry Gibson connection - 'Sanch' and 'Gibbo' being part of the side that had the red half of Merseyside crying in their beer after the 1988 FA Cup Final. It was a massive upset that day but the press will be out in force again to see if the Wombles wobble against the Wanderers.
 
The lateness of knowing the opponents has brought a few logistics problems for the Club's involved. The Dons had just three days to try and sell their 1,400 allocation for Adams Park, while Wycombe delayed the final printing of the special 56 page matchday programme until the opponents were confirmed.

The last remaining tickets available for home fans were snapped up by Monday afternoon and Saturday's attendance will be close to record figure of 9,617 set against Wolves in the previous round. However, whatever the attendance it will be biggest pay day ever at Adams Park. Increased ticket prices all around will smash the 97,000 taken at the Wolves tie and broadcast rights fees from both Match of the Day and Radio Five Live will also help swell the Adams Park coffers.

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