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Me and my Wycombe - Lee Standing

3 October 2015

Lee Standing answers questions on his many years following the Blues.

Where do you sit/stand? Family Stand (previously terrace)

Who do you come to games with? My seven year old son, Adam.

How long have you been a supporter? Since 1993, aged 14

What made you first start coming to matches? Despite having moved from High Wycombe aged six, as soon as my town of birth had its own Football League club, supporting my cherry-picked top division club (Everton) no longer seemed right.

What was your first match as a fan? A 5-2 home defeat to Col U! It was Wycombe's first ever league defeat and humiliation against the club’s greatest foe at a time when the rivalry was at its most intense! Typical!

What has been your favourite moment supporting the club? Roy Essandoh rising like a salmon to head us into the FA Cup semi-final. 14 years on, I still can't believe that really happened. I have a large signed framed photo of that moment which hangs proudly in my hallway and I make a point of looking at it after every disappointing result to remind myself that you never know what's around the corner supporting this club.

Who's the best player you've seen during your time as a fan? Although he only played six times, a young Steven Taylor on loan stood out in an otherwise horrible season. He had everything to suggest he'd go on to make it at the highest level and a great attitude too. Of players we've actually owned, Sean Devine before the injury.

Who's been your favourite player to wear the quarters and why? Keith Ryan. Wycombe through and through and a player who always rolled up his sleeves and did a job for the club whatever the circumstance and in whatever position he was asked to play. Whether at his brilliant best or having an off day, you always knew he was giving his all, and that's all you can ever ask of a player at this level.

Tell us a funny story from your time supporting the club? My wife was heavily pregnant at the time we played Chelsea in the League Cup semi-final second leg. Prior to kick off, in the pub, my phone rang and I saw it was the good lady calling. Petrified I was about to have to choose between a momentous moment of my own or my football club's existence, I boldly chose not to answer! I like to tell myself I've grown up since then?!

What does the club mean to you? There are things in life that can put football into perspective, but aside from those, my mood largely reflects the current fortunes of the club, which pretty much says it all.

Describe Wycombe Wanderers in three words: In my blood.

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