Although almost impossible, with just one game left of the season, Wycombe Wanderers still have a chance to stay up. Technically. That is incredible. People doubted whether or not they would even get a win or hit double figures for points, but here they are on 40 points after winning 10 and drawing 10. Of course there are negatives to their season; only Birmingham have scored less than their 36 goals and no team has conceded more than Wycombe’s 69, but what a fairy-tale story it has been for the Chairboys.
Wycombe have actually scored in each of their last 7 games, stretching back to the beginning of April, and picked up 13 points in that time. If they had managed this form earlier in the season, they would have been in a much better position at this point. But with a small, ageing squad they possess, no one saw them staying up anyway.
If there was one moment to sum up Wycombe’s season, it would be 38 year-old Adebayo Akinfenwa, a football league legend, scoring his first (and so far only) Championship goal of his career when he converted a 93rd minute penalty to win the 3 points against Bristol City. A penalty which came from a Kasey Palmer handball following a David Stockdale shot. Yes, David Stockdale. Wycombe’s goalkeeper. In Stockdale’s own words, “that was so Wycombe”. And that is why football fans up and down the country have developed a soft spot for Gareth Ainsworth’s team over the past year, despite their controversial promotion to the second tier.
Players like Joe Jacobson and the aforementioned Adebayo Akinfenwa; rockstar manager Gareth Ainsworth; a brilliant, traditional, lower league stadium. There is so much to like about this small, overachieving team, but nothing more so than the story. It’s a season Wycombe fans and players will remember forever and despite their impending relegation they have proved a lot of people wrong. It’s just a shame they have the worst nickname in football.