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Freeview: Watch Wanderers break a world record!

25 September 2015

Today marks the 15th anniversary of a bizarre but record-breaking day in the club's history.

Look at the date of September 23rd 2000 in the archives and you'll see a 2-0 victory over Peterborough United at Adams Park.

Nothing spectacular there.

Look a little closer and you'll note the goal times - Jamie Bates on 45 minutes, and Jermaine McSporran on 46 minutes.

And so the story begins. Wycombe Wanderers entered the Guinness Book of World Records for scoring two goals within nine seconds of each other - and the opposition didn't even touch the ball in between.

This remarkable feat occurred when centre-back Bates blasted home a free-kick on the very stroke of half-time after Steve Brown had been fouled just outside the box.

Referee John Brandwood deemed there was no time for the Posh to restart the game before the interval, so Lawrie Sanchez's men went in 1-0 up.

With Peterborough having kicked off in the first half, it was Wanderers' turn to get the second period underway, and as the ball was laid off to Jermaine McSporran, the pacy striker zipped through the visitors' defence and slipped it past keeper Mark Tyler and into the back of the net.

The game finished 2-0 and soon after, it was confirmed that the club had indeed set a new world record for the shortest time for the same side to score two goals in a football match.

A certificate to that effect hangs proudly in the boardroom to this day.


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