Continuing our '25 Years in the EFL' series, we look back at the events of mid-November 1993, when the FA Cup win at Bristol Rovers was overshadowed by the loss of top scorer Keith Scott to Swindon Town.
The shock news broke the following Wednesday that the club had agreed a £300,000 fee which would take the striker to Swindon in the Premier League, managed by John Gorman.
The fee was ten times the figure that Wycombe had paid to prise Scott away from Lincoln two years earlier, and he himself was thrilled to make the switch – acknowledging the role that Wanderers had played in his development:
“I have got a few regrets about leaving Wycombe. I have left a lot of friends behind and I had a good relationship with the supporters. But once I weighed things up, it took me about three seconds to decide to sign for Swindon. I have got the utmost respect for Martin O'Neill and I am grateful for his help in getting me this move."
His departure left big shoes to fill, so step forward Tony Hemmings, whose brace in the first match of the post-Scott era saw the Chairboys collect a 3-1 victory over Crewe Alexandra at Adams Park.
The former Northwich man had played a bit-part role since his arrival at the club but grabbed his chance to shine with both hands, scoring twice on 20th November after Terry Evans had headed home the opener. Steve Guppy was responsible for creating all three goals, with Darren Rowbotham briefly giving the Railwaymen hope with a goal to make it 2-1.
Commenting on Hemmings' performance, said: "He was fantastic. His second goal was great. He went into his shell after joining us. But I hope this has shaken it out of him. Hemmings and Scott are totally different players all round. I still think we need a replacement for Keith Scott. But I will not find that type of player overnight, and there is no point rushing into anything."