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Me and my Wycombe: Bill Turnbull

Posted: Tue 29 Nov 2016
Author: @billtu

Bill Turnbull shares his story of following the Chairboys.

This article first appeared in the club's matchday programme 'Parklife', published on 26th November 2016.

Where do you sit/stand?
Usually in the press box, sitting next to Phil Catchpole in the commentary position. It’s got a great view of the away end. The Valley End is harder to see – especially in the dark!

Who do you come to games with?
In the early days I used to come with my two sons and a friend, and we sat in the Woodlands. Now I tend to come on my own.

How long have you been a supporter?
The boys used to go to football camps run by WWFC at a local school. Since 2001, enticed by the magical FA Cup run. So we were glory hangers to a certain extent; and after two promotions, three relegations, a League Cup semi and a trip to Wembley, I’m still hanging on.

What made you first start coming to matches?
That Cup run.

What was your first match as a fan?
In order to get tickets to the famous tie against Wimbledon, we had to attend another game first – so it was at home against Brentford, as I recall. A nil-all draw; not much to remember.

What has been your favourite moment supporting the club?
Hard to decide, there have been some great times. The happiest afternoon was the day we went up decisively in 2011 on the last day, beating Southend 3-1 after conceding first. LJ (Leon Johnson) sprayed beer all over me in the tunnel afterwards.

Who’s the best player you’ve seen during your time as a fan?
In the quarters? Tough to choose. I’ve always admired the great ball players – Darren Currie, Kevin Betsy, and Sergio Torres. The best striker though was Nathan Tyson. On his day, with his pace he was a class above.

Who’s been your favourite player to wear the quarters and why?
Brownie. For sheer spirit, style, and humour.

Tell us a funny story from your time supporting the club?
MK Dons away, 2008. Left home in a hurry, left the tickets on the table. At the stadium, bought tickets for a second time - and got crapped on by a pigeon. Got to the bar just in time to find it closed. To cap it all, Wanderers conceded an equaliser deep in stoppage time. Laughed all the way home that day.

What does the club mean to you?
With so many memories over the years, it’s a bit like a home from home – especially now that I live 140 miles away. I’ve always said supporting a smaller team means so much more than following the big timers. You have more of a share in what’s going on, a much greater connection with the club. Players and managers come and go. But through good times and bad, it feels like being part of a family.

Describe Wycombe Wanderers in three words:
Resilient. Surviving. Mighty!

Having recently begun presenting a three-hour music programme on Classic FM every Saturday and Sunday morning, Bill has now curated a brand-new album – ‘Bill Turnbull’s Relaxing Classics’ – which is now available to purchase online via Amazon. This eagerly-anticipated 3CD set showcases some of the world’s most beautiful and relaxing classical music, all personally curated by Bill himself.