25 YEARS IN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
(First published 14th August 2018 - research by Paul Lewis)
Wycombe Wanderers celebrate 25 years since their first ever game in the Football League during August 2018. Wanderers' well documented debut in the Football League came on Saturday 14th August 1993 at Carlisle United. Since that date, they have clocked up 1,146 games during an unbroken spell as members of the Football League - with 12 of those seasons spent in the third tier (Division Two and League One). Wanderers' 26th season in the Football League will see a return to the third tier for the first time in six years.
Manager for the 2018/19 campaign, Gareth Ainsworth, is Wanderers' 11th permanent boss during the quarter century spell and with more than five years in charge to his name, he is by far the longest serving man at the helm at Adams Park.
To reach the 25 year landmark, Wanderers have used 390 different players. Matt Bloomfield, still a squad member for the 2018/19 season, sits top of the rankings with 416 League appearances to his name. Behind Bloomfield is Steve Brown with 371 apps, followed by Keith Ryan on 351. Goalkeeper Martin Taylor holds the current record for consecutive appearances in Football League matches for Wanderers with 115 back to back apps between January 2000 and August 2002. At the other end of the stats, Aaron Patton (May 1998) and Jerome Federico (Sep 2010) both appeared as 89th minute substitutes for Wanderers in the Football League but failed to add to their minute of fame in a Wycombe shirt.
Top scorer is Nathan Tyson with 50 League goals as of the end of the 2017/18 campaign. Tyson rejoined the Wanderers during the 2017/18 season and was able to add to his previous 42 League goals in a Wanderers shirt. Scott McGleish clocked up the most in one season when he bagged 26 goals during the 2007/2008 season under Paul Lambert. Tyson also holds the record for a transfer fee received by the Wanderers when Nottingham Forest paid £675,000 for his services in January 2006. The most Wanderers have paid out for a player was £200,000 - Sean Devine and Darren Currie both commanding this fee when they moved from Barnet in March 1999 and July 2001 respectively.
Jordon Ibe became the youngest player to date to appear in the Football League for the Wanderers when he came on as substitute in the game at Hartlepool on 15th October 2011 aged 15 years and 311 days. 14 days later he became the youngster player to score a League goal for Wanderers when he netted at home to Sheffield Wednesday. Ibe joined Liverpool in December 2011 for a fee in the region of £600,000.
The oldest player to date to take the field for Wanderers in the Football League is Barry Richardson. Aged 46 years and nearly six months, Richardson famously made an emergency substitute appearance for Wycombe in the League meeting at Plymouth in Janaury 2016 - keeping a clean sheet in the process as Wanderers ran out 1-0 winners against the 'big'club' wannabes. Richardson's appearance broke the previous 'old-man' record held by Rob Lee by more than six years. Lee, a former England International, joined Wanderers in March 2005 when John Gorman was Manager. He made his final League appearance for Wanderers aged 40 years and 87 days in the penultimate game of the 2005/6 season. Lee surpassed the previous record held by Ray Wilkins, who was 7 days short of his 40th birthday when he made a one-off appearance for Wanderers in September 1996.
If you are still counting grounds, then Wanderers have played at 102 different ones in League games. The most visited club in the Football League, as of May 2018, was Notts County with 16 meetings (all at Meadow Lane plus an extra one for good luck when the League meeting was abandoned there in April 2001).
The average home Football League attendance during Wanderers opening 25 years in the Football League was 4,980, while the average away attendance was 5,418. The total number of spectators to make their way to Wanderers' games in those 25 years in the Football League was 5.95 million, giving an overall average of 5,198.
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