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Old friends pay tribute to Blooms

20 August 2016

Former managers and players have passed on their congratulations to Matt Bloomfield on his 400th appearance for the club.

Leon Johnson (team-mate, 2007-14): Congratulations Blooms on your 400th appearance. It’s a great achievement, you’ve been there a long time and it’s fantastic to reach that milestone. Hopefully you get to 500 and then get a coaching role surely?! Long may it continue and I’ll come down soon to congratulate you in person.

Gary Waddock (manager, 2009-12): Matt Bloomfield is a really nice guy and a model pro. Any club/manager would be delighted to have a player of his quality in the side. He has been a loyal professional to Wycombe Wanderers FC and I hope he continues to play this great game  for many a year .Wishing him good luck for the rest of his career.

John Gorman (manager, 2004-06: Congratulations Blooms on playing 400 games. As your old gaffer, as you still call me, it was a pleasure to work with you every day when I was manager at Wycombe. You were a credit to your family and the club, and an amazing servant and a really good player who was totally underestimated. Keep going, get to that 500 mark – you deserve it.

Steven Craig (team-mate, 2013-15):  Blooms, aka Mr Wycombe, is the perfect example of what a professional footballer should be and a great role model. It was a pleasure to share a changing room with him and call him a team-mate.

Stuart Lewis (team-mate, 2010-14): A proper football person, top pro and a good friend. One of the hardest working players I’ve ever played with, on and off the pitch. He deserves all the credit in the world for his service to Wycombe. Congratulations on 400 appearances, great achievement.

Peter Murphy (team-mate, 2014-15): Congratulations Blooms, great achievement. Hopefully many more to come.

Keith Ryan (team-mate 2003-05, caretaker manager 2004, coach 2004-07): I’m pretty sure I played in Blooms’ debut – it was very forgettable but Matt’s contribution to WWFC certainly hasn’t been. In my time at the club, Blooms was a most likeable character and he had all the attributes that you need to be a professional footballer - enthusiasm, desire, passion and ability. He was signed by the ex-England captain Tony Adams, who should know a thing or two about football. He joined at the same time as a crop of great Wycombe youngsters – he, Mark Philo, Russell Martin and Mike Williamson breathed new life into an ageing squad. 400 games – what an achievement; some injury lows but lots of highs with promotions and cup success along the way. Well done Blooms – your attitude and intelligence has made you a vital part of the Wycombe team under many managers. Have a great day on this momentous occasion. Wish I could be there but I’m raising a glass to you on a beach in Mallorca as we speak. Here’s to the next 100. PS when are we going to get a round of golf?

Scott McGleish (team-mate, 2007-2009): Bloomers, I hear it's your 400th game. I hope there's many more to come. Well done.

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