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Senda on Sound

Popular ex-player to appear on Wycombe Sound.

23 December 2021

In a week of such sad news with the deaths of Gary Lester and Dave Roberton, hopefully something to cheer us up tonight on Wycombe Sound’s Wanderers’ radio show. While the club’s current squad have had a settled working environment thanks to the nine-year reign of Gareth Ainsworth and Richard Dobson, it’s not always been the case. Take Danny Senda, whose six-season spell at Adams Park saw five bosses come and go.

Those sometimes-turbulent times will be remembered when Danny is the latest to sit in the hot seat as guest (7pm). Despite the ins and outs which involved John Gregory, Neil Smillie, Lawrie Sanchez, Tony Adams and John Gorman, Danny notched up a memorable 316 senior appearances between 1998-2006. Although starting as a striker, many were as a flying wing-back which would have ideally suited today’s line-up. The former Great Marlow Schoolboy won international youth team honours but had to be patient as a sub before claiming the No 2 shirt as his own in a line-up that included such icons as Martin Taylor, Jason Cousins, Keith Ryan, Paul McCarthy, Dave Carroll and Michael Simpson.

All of those featured in the glorious 2001 FA Cup semi-final run. Senda played in three early games of the competition before injury halted his progress. But he was to become a regular for the next five seasons, forming a deadly partnership down the right flank with Kevin Betsy, to make the Wanderers’ exalted 300-Club occupied by only 31 other players. When Paul Lambert took over, Danny moved on to stints with Millwall – where he became a huge favourite - Torquay, Bristol Rovers and finally Barnet where he was reunited with Lawrie Sanchez. Forced to retire through injury, he had coaching spells at Brentford and Leyton Orient before joining Charlton this season. That job and a young family with wife Catherine – daughter of long-time Wycombe fan Andy Worboys – keeps him busy.     

You can listen to his reflections on 106.6FM or via the website https://wycombesound.org.uk/  You can also reprise any of the previous WWEPA interviews in full via https://podlink.to/TWWS.   

Pictured: The different roles of Danny Senda. He was part of Wycombe’s successful 2001 FA Cup squad with Lawrie Sanchez his mentor. Recently, he’s taken up a job coaching at Charlton. But still enjoys time with wife Catherine, son Bailey and daughter Savannah.


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