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Couhig welcomes Wycombe legends

Ex-Players Association set for annual dinner on Friday night.

22 November 2019

Wycombe's management consultant Peter Couhig welcomed two Wanderers legends to the Ex-Players box on Wednesday.

Despite the FA Cup result and the cold, they got a warm welcome at Adams Park. And they are in for another standing ovation on Friday night when they are among the 200 guests attending the WWEPA’s eleventh annual dinner.

The evening will be a celebration of the 80s when the Blues won two Isthmian League titles and lots of other silverware. It was also the decade when the controversial decision was taken to move from Loakes Park.

Carroll and Kerr were teammates from 1988 and they’ll link up with Jim Kelman, manager at the time, for the first time in years along with other old teammates like Glyn Creaser, Simon Stapleton, Matt Crossley, John Granville and Andy Robinson. Kerr, now Head Coach at Duke University in North Carolina, flew over especially for the event.

He’ll also link up with other 80s Wycombe heroes like Bob Dell, Dave Burgess, Anton Vircavs, Ken Wilson, Mark Hill and Mark West. And it’s reunion time for Westie as well as he meets up again with Kevin Keen. The pair were key figures in a sensational Wycombe Schools win over Sunderland in the final of the English Schools Under-15 Trophy back in 1981.

Both won England schoolboy caps and together later linked up with the Wanderers at Loakes Park. Kevin was picked by his Dad, Mike Keen, to play for the Blues aged only 15 years and 209 days – a club record then. He made just three appearances before starting on a long professional career that took in West Ham, Wolves, Stoke and Macclesfield. He topped 500 appearances for these clubs before turning to management as caretaker at Macclesfield and West Ham. After a spell as boss of Colchester, the 52-year-old is back coaching at West Ham.

Mark West was also signed by manager Mike Keen. His spell with the club was longer. In nine successful years he scored 252 times in 509 games and was individual top scorer over six seasons. He helped the club to the Isthmian League title in 1987 and was a Vauxhall Conference winner in 1992. He helped Martin O’Neill’s side to many other triumphs including their first FA Trophy win at Wembley when he scored with a sensational header from a Keith Scott cross to clinch victory.

There’ll also be an appearance from players from all the post-war decades including surviving members of the Blues’ 1957 FA Amateur Cup Final side –Jim Truett, Mike Wicks and Len Worley. Should be another great night for Wycombe Ex-Players Association with proceeds going to local Stroke Associations.

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