Wycombe Wanderers played host to a number of special occasions as fans enjoyed a matchday with a twist at Adams Park.
The One Can Trust foodbank collected an impressive number of canned and tinned food items from Wanderers fans at their first game back at Adams Park after the pandemic, with Year 4 children from St Mary’s School volunteering at the table inside the car park gates, while local partners Sytner BMW enjoyed showcasing one of their vehicles to fans in the Chairboys Village ahead of the game.
Brothers Jon and Chris Moore celebrated their joint birthday in an executive box, while George Cashell also enjoyed VIP treatment in the Ignite Tunnel Club, tucking into a pre-match meal and receiving a surprise visit from Sam Vokes after the game.
Aston and Ethan Bowring were also celebrating their birthdays, with Aston’s 18th birthday party taking place in the Woodlands Lounge that night, and Paul Soper celebrated his 70th birthday at the game, receiving a signed shirt and card from daughter Leanne.
Scarlett Ainsworth, daughter of Gareth, celebrated his 18th birthday with friends, while Joseph Wates was also enjoying his own birthday celebrations with mates after a surprise party arranged at Rush Trampoline Park by dad David, the club’s sports scientist.
Beaconsfield Town Under-8s came along to the game with a giant group booking and were invited pitchside for the warm-up, high-fiving their heroes, having photos with Bodger and a number of players, and forming a guard of honour as the teams emerged from the tunnel for kick-off.
Street Child United and a High Wycombe church group were the beneficiaries of kit donations from Wycombe Wanderers before kick-off, with Jason McCarthy and Adebayo Akinfenwa handing over a variety of items to be distributed in Kenya and Nigeria.
At half-time, Wycombe Wanderers Women were invited onto the pitch for a lap of honour, receiving warm applause from the Chairboys fans, and Ian and Jennifer Sharp came on to the pitch to tell the story of how they met at a Wycombe game 20 years ago to the day, and are now happily married with two children.
In the 69th minute of the game, Wanderers applauded in memory of Steve Woods, a dearly missed supporter who passed away last year at the age of 69, with an image of Steve being displayed on the screen at the time.
After the game, Ian and Jennifer Sharp had the privilege of presenting the Man of the Match prize to Sam Vokes, who in turn handed them back the bottle of bubbly for their anniversary celebrations, that evening, and a young fan who’s had a tough time with illness was invited into the players’ lounge to meet the players.
All of that – along with the victory and the fireworks – made it a special day to remember for most of those visiting Adams Park on Saturday.