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Quiz-master Gaz beats bus boredom

5 September 2013

Gareth Ainsworth has revealed some of the methods he employs on long journeys to enhance the team spirit within his squad.

Chairboys, who made the 360-mile round trip to Exeter City on Tuesday, are on the road again on Saturday as they make the trek to Hartlepool United (k.o 3pm).

The following Saturday the Blues travel to Plymouth Argyle, before rounding off the month with a visit to Rochdale.

All in all the Blues will rack up over 1,700 miles in September, and Ainsworth admits that he sees the trips as important in creating a close-knit squad.

“I see my job as not just football management and what happens tactically on the pitch on Saturdays - I see it as everything and I want to oversee everything,” he told Chairboys Player.

“That means on long journeys I don’t want the boys eating rubbish. They have to be professional and they have to do it right.

“I don’t want anyone sneaking off to get a McDonalds at the service station and that’s not going to happen under me.

“When we get closer to grounds I like to put a quiz on for the players. There are some interesting answers that come out, but it’s not about the quiz, it’s about the togetherness that it brings.

“They’re together in teams, interacting with each other and their brains are working rather than just sitting there with their headphones in watching a film, listening to music or snoozing.

“I’d rather they were together and be part of this Wycombe we are trying to create.”

Ainsworth joked: “There are some clever clogs on there, but there are also some people who have surprised me and answered a few.

“I don’t know if they were Googling on their phones, but I’ll find them and if they do they’ll be banned!”

Wanderers’ newest recruits will be under a different kind of pressure on Friday as they take to the stage to perform their initiation songs in front of the rest of the squad.

And Ainsworth remembers his own performance well after he joined the Blues permanently in February 2010.

He said: “We’ll have an interesting Friday night concert before the England match on TV. I know a few of these boys and I don’t know what the heck they are going to sing.

“I’m sure Stevie Craig will come up with Flower of Scotland or something like that. He’s taken a lot of stick for his roots already this term and I’m sure there will be a patriotic song from him.

“The rest I couldn’t tell you what they would sing and I probably wouldn’t have heard of any of their songs anyway.

“We went out for a night out after I had signed and there was a band on stage and I got up with them.

“The lads egged me on so I got up and sang - if I can do that in the first week then they can definitely sing in a room full of their own peers!

“It’s a good giggle and again adds to the spirit that we have - I’ll let you know which ones were good and which were bad next week!”

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