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Watch the Close Quarters chat with promotion winners

Gareth, Darius, Jack and Blooms took part.

16 November 2020

Wycombe Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth and three of his promotion-winning squad joined Close Quarters author Neil Harman for a special live question-and-answer session for fans on Monday.

The live virtual event was hosted by Harman’s former Fleet Street colleague Nick Szczepanik, and featured Ainsworth, Harman and Wycombe players Darius Charles, Matt Bloomfield and Jack Grimmer.

Watch it back here.

Close Quarters is the inspirational, against the odds story of Wycombe Wanderers, the poorest club in League One, and how it shapes into a side that sustains a nine-month challenge for promotion before the global pandemic stops the team in its tracks.

When the season restarts, Wycombe finds itself in the play-offs behind closed doors, an unprecedented opportunity through unprecedented turmoil. Led by the longest-serving boss in professional football, the charismatic Gareth Ainsworth, this becomes an astonishing campaign, witnessed up close by award-winning sportswriter Neil Harman thanks to his special access.

Harman gets to the heart of the team, joins them in the dressing room, on the coach, in the medical room and in team meetings to chart this unparalleled challenge.

He gets the inside story of Ainsworth's rise from a working-class upbringing on the back streets of Blackburn, through a rumbustious playing career, to a one-club manager moulding Wycombe while dealing with an American takeover that could make the difference between the club's life and death.

Close Quarters is a book that resonates, not just with Wycombe supporters, but fans of underdog clubs everywhere.

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