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Small Town Dreams - a tale of love, life, travel and Wycombe Wanderers

21 July 2016

The story of a Chairboys fan’s journey around the world, from humble beginnings in High Wycombe to the bright lights of Sydney, has been published in a new book...

...which features the agonising tale of being separated from the Wanderers at the worst possible time.

Small Town Dreams is a tale of love, life, travel and football by J.F. Cumming, telling the story of Wycombe Wanderers’ epic journey to the FA Cup semi-final in 2001 through the eyes of a fan who missed the entire adventure.

Having grown up in High Wycombe, James spent his youth dreaming of two things - travelling the world and, more ambitiously, seeing his lowly local football team, Wycombe Wanderers, experience a glorious FA Cup run. As the reality of adulthood took hold, neither dream looked any closer to reality, so James and his girlfriend set off to travel around the world, spending an unexpected redundancy payment in Thailand, Hong Kong, China, Australia, Easter Island, Chile and America.

Little was he to know that his beloved Chairboys would fulfil his ultimate ambition whilst he was on the other side of the globe, forcing him to go to any means to follow the action from afar.

James said: “My inspiration for writing the book came from my love for Wycombe Wanderers and I wanted to make sure that the story of the greatest sporting achievement in this town’s history continues to live long in the memory. Much has been written about that famous cup run but I think my perspective of it – due to being on an adventure of my own – gives it a unique twist which I feel makes for a fun read not just for football fans but for everyone.

“It’s 15 years since the cup run but it still feels hard to believe that it all happened, and for me, it happened in the most heart-wrenching way possible, being thousands of miles away and unable to watch it unfold. I got to visit some of the most spectacular places in the world – and my obsession for Wycombe Wanderers certainly took its toll on my long-suffering girlfriend, as I mused about team selections and the like while viewing such wonders as Easter Island and the Great Wall of China – so it was without question the most memorable year of my life.

“The book has taken me two-and-a-half years to write but I’m very proud to see it come to life and the early reviews and reactions to the book have been extremely positive, both from avid football fans and those who have no interest in it whatsoever.”

Small Town Dreams will be available to purchase from the club shop at Adams Park, with proceeds going towards the club, or online through Amazon, either as a paperback copy for £12.99 or Kindle download for £4.99.

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