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New Season, New Team - Wycombe Wanderers

12 June 2018

Let's look at our new opponents for the 2018/19 season...

This week's edition of 'New Season, New Team' focusses on the promoted League Two side Wycombe Wanderers. 

Wycombe Wanderers were formed in 1887 and have been in the football league since 1993. 

In the 2000/01, while in the third teir, the Chairboys went on a fantastic FA Cup run, reaching the semi-finals, eventually getting knocked out by Liverpool.

They were relegated to League Two in 2004 and failed in their attempt to get back via the play-offs in 2006.

On 30 June 2012, the Wycombe Wanderers Supporters' Trust formally took over the club and provided some financial stability.

In more recent years, they have been in League Two after relegation from League One in 2012. They faced Blues in the League Two Play-Off Final in 2015 as a penalty shoot-out victory saw Blues come through in dramatic fashion.

They play at Adams Park which has a total capacity of 9,617. 

Wycombe have played at their ground since 1990, which is when the stadium first opened. 

Coincidentally the move, like many other clubs, brought much success with the Chairboy's gaining five pieces of silverware at that ground to date, meaning the club have had the most success in their history while at Adams Park. 

Last season Wycombe finished third as they won automatic promotion to League One with a game to spare in the 17/18 season. 

They scored 79 goals last season with 17 of them coming from their top scorer; 36-year-old Adebayo Akinfenwa who is also known as 'The Beast'. 

The club have released four players since the end of the season with goalkeeper Scott Brown among one of the names. The club have kept a number of their big players from last season with Akinfenwa, Sido Jombati and Adam El-Abd all extending their stays with the club. 

Wycombe are managed by former QPR midfielder Gareth Ainsworth who joined the club in 2010 on a player contract before becoming player/manager in 2014. 

His reign at the club has been rather successful with over 311 games under his belt as Manager which has seen him earn a 41.8% win rate with the Chairboys. 

Blues fans will almost certainly remember the last game between these two sides due the magnitude of the result. 

This is of course the historical League Two play-off final that took place on 23rd May 2015 at Wembley Stadium. 

The game had to go to extra time after neither club found the net in regular time, but in the 95th minute Wycombe took the lead following a free-kick that bounced off the bar, onto Daniel Bentley's back and into the net. 

Later on in the dying minutes of extra time Joe Pigott slotted home the equaliser to take it to penalties. 

Wycombe goalkeeper Alex Lynch, making only his third senior start, saved the second Southend penalty from Ben Coker but, after Wanderers midfielder Matt Bloomfield - a first-minute substitute for the injured Sam Saunders - missed Wycombe's fourth penalty and the next two were scored, it went to sudden death. 

Both sides converted their next two and, after Cian Bolger fired in the 15th penalty of the shootout, Bentley tipped Wood's effort onto the post to end the Shrimpers' five-year stay in the fourth tier. 

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