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League Two Lowdown: Wycombe

28 August 2013

Our look at Pompey's 2013/14 opponents continues with the Chairboys

Meetings with Pompey
The only competitive fixture between the sides took place at Fratton Park in the second round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy last season.

Izale McLeod scored for the Blues, but goals from Dean Morgan (2) and Joel Grant meant it was the visitors who progressed.

Jim Smith’s side did visit Wycombe for a friendly in August 1993, with Paul Walsh (2) and Alan McLoughlin finding the target in a 3-0 victory.

Wycombe history
The club were formed in 1887 following a meeting at the Steam Engine Public House in Station Road, High Wycombe.

They played friendly matches at their Loakes Park ground until joining the Southern League in 1896 and then playing in the Great Western Suburban League in 1908.

After World War One, Wycombe competed in the Spartan League – which they won in 1919 and 1920 – and the Isthmian League.

One of the club’s biggest achievements came in April 1931 when they beat Hayes 1-0 at Highbury to lift the FA Amateur Cup.

The 1950s was a successful decade, with Wanderers winning the Isthmian league in successive seasons and playing at Wembley for the first time, although they were beaten 3-1 by Bishop Auckland in the FA Amateur Cup final.

Four more league titles followed in the 1970s, beating Enfield by a superior goal average of just 0.1 in 1975.

More history was made in the same year when Wycombe reached the third round of the FA Cup for the first time, holding first division Middlesbrough to a goalless draw at Loakes Park before losing 1-0 in the replay.

A seventh Isthmian League success followed in 1983, but they were denied a place in the Conference because the club were concerned about travelling costs.

Wycombe finally earned promotion in 1985 and although they only lasted one season, an eighth league title saw them return in 1987.

The Chairboys left Loakes Park to move to their current Adams Park home in 1990 and were runners-up in the FA Trophy the following year before goal difference saw them miss out on promotion to the Football League in 1992.

But 1993 was a memorable one, with Wycombe winning the Conference title and beating Runcorn 4-1 at Wembley to lift the FA Trophy.

Wanderers were not daunted by Division Three and finished fourth in their first season, going on to beat Carlisle over two legs in the play-offs before a 4-2 victory over Preston at Wembley saw them reach the second division.

The departure of Martin O’Neill was followed by a few seasons of struggle and changes of manager and a 1-0 win over Lincoln saw Lawrie Sanchez keep them up on the final day in 2000.

He achieved something even greater the next season, leading Wycombe to the semi-finals of the FA Cup, where they were eventually beaten 2-1 by Liverpool.

That was a false dawn, however, and by 2004 they had suffered only a second ever relegation to slip back into the basement.

Wycombe present
The Chairboys lost to Cheltenham over two legs in the play-offs in 2006 and then reached the last four of the League Cup – where they were beaten by Chelsea – the following season.

There was more play-off disappointment in 2008, while automatic promotion in 2009 and 2011 was immediately followed by relegation on both occasions.

Financial instability saw the club taken over by the Supporters’ Trust in June 2012 and Gareth Ainsworth led Wycombe to a 15th-placed League Two finish last term.

Information for Pompey fans
Scores Bar and the Vera Suite both serve visiting fans at the ground, but nearby pubs and food outlets are few and far between.

The nearest pub to Adam Park is the Hourglass, which is a 15-minute walk away.

Travelling by road
Postcode: HP12 4HU
Distance from Fratton Park: 86.5 miles
Estimated drive time: 1 hour 44 minutes

The stadium is located on the outskirts of Wycombe on the Sands Industrial Estate. Leave the M40 at Junction 4 and take the A4010 towards Aylesbury. Turn left at the fourth roundabout into Lane End Road and then cross another roundabout into Hillbottom Road. The ground is down at the very bottom of this road.

The car park at the ground charges £5, while some of the industrial units also provide car parking. Wycombe also run a Park & Ride scheme from the car park opposite the Cressex Cinema by Junction 4 of the M40. Buses depart between 1.30pm and 2.30pm for Saturday fixtures and 6.15pm and 7.15pm for midweek fixtures. The cost of the service is £1 for adults and free for concessions. Buses return 15 minutes after the final whistle and then again after completing one drop off to pick up any remaining fans.

Travelling by rail
High Wycombe station is two-and-a-half miles from the ground and the journey from Portsmouth stations takes around three hours with changes at London Waterloo and London Marylebone

League Two fixtures
Pompey v Wycombe: Tuesday, October 22 (7.45pm)
Wycombe v Pompey: Tuesday, January 28 (7.45pm)

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