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Ali’s arrival sparks a new phenomenon

Iraq international already making waves at Adams Park.

24 November 2021

Iraq striker Ali Al-Hamadi is the latest name to join Wycombe Wanderers’ growing band of international stars – and his arrival at Adams Park didn’t go unnoticed by his legions of supporters in his country of birth.

The club’s social media pages have been flooded by messages of support from Iraqi football fans, who are eager to see the 19-year-old flourish in English football after Al-Hamadi made his debut for the senior national team earlier this month.

Eight thousand Iraqi supporters have begun following the club’s Facebook page in the four days since his signing was announced, and the photo of his unveiling on the pitch is now in the top three most-liked photos of all-time on Wanderers’ Instagram page.

Wanderers’ commercial manager Harry Gadd, who oversees the club’s global marketing initiatives, said: “It’s been an incredible response to the signing of Ali and we’ve loved seeing Wycombe Wanderers once again making waves across the world.

“This season already we’ve seen a huge surge in support from Gibraltar following the signing of Tjay De Barr, and we’ve had players representing their countries in Sierra Leone (Sullay Kaikai), St Kitts & Nevis (Andre Burley), Albania (Anis Mehmeti) and Ireland (Daryl Horgan).

“On top of that, there was a lot of interest from Georgetown at the signing of Jean-Baptiste Fischer, and we see a lot of love for Ryan Tafazolli from Iranian football fans online.

“We now have representation from Wycombe fans in more than 70 countries, with over 1,800 members signed up to our worldwide membership programme. There are new fan groups appearing all the time across social media, in all corners of the world, and we’re excited to see the club’s global presence grow and grow.”

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