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25 years on: Wycombe 4-0 Scarborough

Steve Guppy and Dave Carroll assists, Keith Scott goals. The glory days of the early 90s summed up in one 4-0 demolition of Scarborough on this day in 1993.

2 November 2018

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With no league wins in four matches, Martin O’Neill’s men looked for home comforts on Tuesday 2nd November 1993 – and ended up recording their biggest victory of the season with a dominant display against Scarborough.

Wycombe had been frustrated by the 1-1 draw against lowly Shrewsbury three days earlier but made amends with a 4-0 win under the lights, in front of a crowd of 4,289.

The visitors had John Burridge in goal – some 24 years after his league debut – but his first touch was to pick the ball out of the net after Dave Carroll headed home Steve Guppy’s corner just 22 seconds into the match – officially the fastest goal scored at Adams Park since it opened three years before.

Scarborough were managed by former Chairboy Steve Wicks and he saw his side go two goals down on eight minutes when another Guppy corner resulted in Matt Crossley powering a header emphatically past the keeper.

The result was then never in doubt when Keith Scott netted a quickfire double before the interval, firstly converting at the end of a sublime move involving Carroll and Steve Thompson, before finishing off another Guppy delivery.

The second half was a virtual non-event with the points safe and Scarborough content to settle for damage limitation, with Wicks commenting afterwards: “They were far better than anything I have seen in Division Three so far. There is always a driving ambition at the club. And I think there is no one who comes here who does not hope that Wycombe do their very best in the Football League.

Meanwhile O’Neill was pleased to see his players deliver the goods after questioning their futures following the below-par draw with Shrewsbury: “The players will dictate what happens to them. If they are not doing it, there will be no room for sentimentality – they will have to go. There is not a player at this club who has not had an opportunity to perform.”

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