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Gareth adds to Len’s Get Well callers

Boss makes a call to club legend.

12 October 2021

Len Worley has been showered with Get Well soon messages after the shock of his heart attack.

The Wanderers’ hero of the 1950s and 60s had to be rushed to hospital last Friday after experiencing severe chest pains. He had two stents inserted, been put on blood thinners and is now resting at home. Although turning 84 in June and having had a similar attack seven years ago when a pacemaker was fitted, he prided himself on his fitness and was still playing high-level and competitive tennis at least twice a week.

The former Blues winger was supposed to be attending Saturday’s match at Adams Park to watch Gareth Ainsworth’s boys attempt to top the League 1 table. But after being taken ill while out shopping, he spent part of the weekend in Wycombe hospital – ironically just yards from the old Loakes Park pitch where he entertained fans for 16 years and over 500 matches.

Among the many calls he received from old teammates and social posts wishing him well from friends and fans, Len was moved to get a call from the Wanderers’ boss himself. “I was really touched to hear from Gareth,” said Worley - one of the most distinguished Blues’ players of all time. “For him to take the time to pick up the phone and offer words of encouragement was truly amazing. It actually brought tears to my eyes. My sincere thanks to him and everyone who has been in touch.”

An England amateur international, he turned down several professional contracts – including offers from Spurs and Charlton – to earn himself a special place in Wycombe’s history. But along with Dennis Syrett and Dennis Atkins, he’s the only survivor of the Blues’ famous 1957 FA Amateur Cup Final squad sadly depleted in the past year with the losses of Jimmy Truett, Mike Wicks and Cliff Trott.

All at WWEPA and beyond wish him a speedy and complete recovery.

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