The fantastic good fortune of becoming involved with Wycombe Wanderers continues for Missy, Pete, and me. Already competing in the Championship for the first time in its 133-year history, now we have a chance to play in the fourth round of the FA Cup, against Tottenham, at home at Adams Park!
I know many Chairboys fans recall the last time these clubs met and Spurs survived by the narrowest of margins. If ever a loss can be called bittersweet that one probably qualifies. Time for a little payback if you ask me.
This is a new time for Wycombe. While the odds may be against the team as it squares off against a high quality, extraordinarily well coached Premier League team, it’s no longer little Wycombe taking on the giant. As the Club has shown with its improving performances in the Championship, ours is one capable of performing at the highest level. Gareth Ainsworth and his staff have put together the most talented and deepest squad in the club’s history. I have every confidence that the boys will play well and compete in every minute of the match.
For those of us who support Wycombe, it’s time we emulate the coaches and players and expect to win when the team plays to the level to which it is capable. Let the lads know that you believe in them. If we can take their confidence and match it with our own, we can help carry the team to victory. The reality is that this team deserves to be playing in matches such as this and successfully competing in the Championship.
We know that this match and the remainder of the season are going to require dedication, strong play, and belief on the part of the players if we are to meet our goals. We also know that it can only happen if you share their belief in their ability to succeed.
I know I may sound a bit nuts writing about the importance of your belief in the team in this match and in this season even though we are not allowed to go to the games but it’s true. When I speak with the manager, staff, and players (still by Zoom), each tells me how much they miss you being in attendance. Everyone wants you to have the chance to experience this wonderful team and season with them at the stadium. However, there is a sense among the players and staff that you are with them in the games, willing them on to success. So please cheer, yell, and feel free to scream at your TV set as the game takes place and know in a strange unquantifiable way, it’s very important to them.
They each know and can see that the day is coming in which we finally shake off the burdens of this awful pandemic and again have a normal life which will include attendance at football games. The team practices hard and plays hard so that when they are reunited with you, you can enjoy the best team Wycombe has ever fielded. They know it’s because of you support and faith in them.
Off the pitch, the staff is constantly working to make things better when you return. As you watch the game on TV, you will see just a few of the things that have been added to improve Adams Park: new dugout and world-class seating for coaches and players, LED boards, new scoreboard, new lights. When you are finally allowed back in, I know you will be pleased.
You can also be proud that your stadium is being used to battle Covid as a vaccination centre. Literally thousands will be saved from this horrid disease because they received their inoculations at Adams Park.
In the meantime, I hope you can feel and enjoy the justified belief building about this Club. Enjoy the match and know that together we will get through this dark period together. Our best days are still ahead.
It’s great to be able to say: Yeah, I’m a Wanderer!
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