With the Blues about to play live on TV for the first time in almost four years – and the first time in a regular league game in the best part of five* – let’s take a look at our most recent performances in the spotlight…
*The 3-2 win at Luton in March 2015
Coventry 2-1 Wycombe (07/02/17, EFL Trophy Semi-Final)
This was about the only game in restructured* EFL Trophy which fans didn’t have to feel guilty about attending; a semi-final is a semi-final, right? In the end, we just felt like we’d wasted our time. On a freezing cold night at the soul vacuum that is the Ricoh Arena, we didn’t show up and Coventry – then on their way to relegation from the third tier – did. Former Chairboy Stuart Beavon was on the scoresheet for the hosts, with the Beast bagging our consolation. The Sky Blues went on to beat Oxford in the final, giving their supporters something to cheer about in an otherwise miserable season, while we swiftly got over missing out on a trip to Wembley and remembered we didn’t care about this waste of space on the football calendar.
Wycombe 1-1 Aston Villa (09/01/16, FA Cup Third Round)
BT Sport made their first visit to Adams Park sensing a giant-killing – and with very good reason. Well adrift at the bottom of the Premier League and on course for relegation, this was probably the worst Aston Villa side in decades, and they made a few personnel changes for this one – but they were a top flight side nonetheless and a Wycombe win would have constituted no less of an upset. As it was, we took them to a replay, Joe Jacobson’s second half penalty cancelling out Micah Richards’ opener. The main action would come off the pitch, though, with Villa’s players leaving it to chants of “You’re not fit to wear the shirt” and skipper Richards involved in ‘friendly discussion’ with fans.
Southend (7) 1-1 (6) Wycombe (23/05/15, League Two Play-Off Final)
Oh boy. Do we really want to go over this one? You know what, let’s not – but if you want to punish yourself, here’s the video:
Wycombe 2-1 Plymouth (14/05/15, League Two Play-Off Semi-Final 2nd Leg)
When the final whistle went and the Adams Park turf became a sea of delirium and delight, we didn’t know what was to come nine days later – and we were going to enjoy the moment. A year on from that day at Torquay, we’d only gone and made it to Wembley – and besides, any victory over that bitter lot from Devon is worth revisiting. Paul Hayes and Alfie Mawson saw us go in at half-time 5-2 up on aggregate. As the clock ticked past 70 minutes, the visitors still needed three just to take it to extra time. They got one and, even if we ultimately joined them in the fourth tier once again the following season, at least we kept our promotion hopes alive for a little while longer…
Plymouth 2-3 Wycombe (09/05/15, League Two Play-Off Semi-Final 1st Leg)
3-0 up with four minutes to go: that’s a comfortable win, right? Er, no; this is Wycombe Wanderers, masters of doing things the hard way. Hayes, Aaron Holloway and Steven Craig had us cruising within the hour, but late strikes from future Chairboy Jason Banton and Zak Ansah – now plying their trade for sixth tier Braintree and eighth tier Herne Bay respectively – pegged us back and had the Green Army wrongly confident that they wouldn’t have to worry ‘bout a thing. We’ve actually not lost at Home Park since.