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Wycombe Wanderers

Wycombe Wanderers

Wycombe Wanderers were founded in 1887, at a meeting held at the Steam Engine pub on Station Road in the town.

The Chairboys – initially – resisted the opportunity to turn professional, remaining amateur and joining the Isthmian League in 1921. Ten years later they won the FA Amateur Cup at Highbury, beating Hayes 1-0.

Wycombe joined a national league – the Gola League – for the first time in 1985. Martin O’Neill’s appointment as manager came in the same year as the club’s move to its current Adams Park home.

In 1992 Wanderers won the double to be crowned Conference champions and FA Trophy winners, achieving promotion again at the end of the next season.

In 2001, Lawrie Sanchez masterminded an incredible run to the semi-final of the FA Cup, narrowly losing to Liverpool. Under Paul Lambert, the Chairboys reached the same stage of the League Cup, losing to Chelsea.

The summer of 2012 saw the club fall into the hands of its Supporters Trust and promotion to League 1 was clinched in 2017/18 as Gareth Ainsworth led his side to a third-placed finish.

The former winger then led his men to the Championship for the first time in their history where they just failed to stay up by one point. Never a dull moment… 

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Wycombe Wanderers, 1887-1996: The Official History​

Wycombe Wanderers, 1887-1996: The Official History

By Dave Finch and Steve Peart

“Bought this for my father. He was thrilled.”
J Popp

Out of the Blue: The Success Story at Wycombe Wanderers​

Out of the Blue: The Success Story at Wycombe Wanderers

By Pete Lansley, David Langdon

The incredible story of Wycombe Wanderers’ rise up to the Football League under Martin O’Neill.

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